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Lincoln County group says they’ve exhausted appeals on aerial pesticide initiative

Chris Lehman
File photo of forest land near Lincoln City.

A group that’s trying to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County says it’s exhausted its final appeal to have its voter-approved initiative reinstated. The ban was in effect for more than two years, but in 2019 a judge overturned the initiative, saying a state law preempted any local bans. Now, backers of the initiative say the Oregon Supreme Court has declined to take up the case, meaning the ban is effectively dead.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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