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Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry

Lynne Terry has more than 30 years of journalism experience, including a recent stint as editor of The Lund Report, a highly regarded health news site. She reported on health and food safety in her 18 years at The Oregonian, was a senior producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Paris correspondent for National Public Radio for nine years. She has won state, regional and national awards, including a National Headliner Award for a long-term care facility story and a top award from the National Association of Health Care Journalists for an investigation into government failures to protect the public from repeated salmonella outbreaks. She loves to cook and entertain, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

With $65 million, fund hopes to help thousands of struggling undocumented immigrants

By: - September 2, 2022

A nonprofit founded at the beginning of the pandemic to help undocumented immigrants is poised to distribute safety net grants to thousands of people. The Worker Relief Fund announced this week it has received $65 million approved by the Legislature in February. The money will be doled out to undocumented workers who’ve lost work or […]

Patients from Idaho, Texas, elsewhere seek abortion care in Oregon

By: - August 25, 2022

Abortion providers in Oregon have seen a recent rise in demand for abortions from women from states that have adopted bans or are in the process of doing so, officials said at a news conference on Thursday. “We are seeing people from almost every red state in the country right now – Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, […]

Nurses and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland

State officials seek nearly $40 million for staff in hospitals, long-term care facilities

By: - August 23, 2022

Oregon officials have stepped into the fray of the state’s hospital crisis with a request for nearly $40 million from the Legislature. The Oregon Health Authority and state Department of Human Services sent requests to the two Democratic leaders of the state House and Senate – Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem and Rep. Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis […]

Political center changes rating in Oregon gubernatorial race to ‘toss-up’

By: - August 18, 2022

A nonpartisan political center has changed its prediction for Oregon’s three-way gubernatorial race from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up.” The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics made the announcement Thursday, saying that “despite the state’s blue lean and the fact that Republicans have not won a gubernatorial race there since 1982” when the late Gov. Vic […]

Oregon identifies first pediatric case of monkeypox as outbreak spreads

By: - August 17, 2022

The newest infection of monkeypox in Oregon involves a child, marking the first pediatric case in the state. Oregon Health Authority officials said Wednesday the child is linked to another patient with the disease, which is usually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with lesions. The child was tested for monkeypox on Aug. 11, and the test […]

Nurse sues over wages on behalf of thousands of employees against Providence

By: - August 16, 2022

A nurse sued Providence Health & Services, Oregon’s largest hospital system, on Monday accusing the company of willfully underpaying thousands of employees. The suit was brought by Jamie Aguilar, a Providence nurse and member of the Oregon Nurses Association, and filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. It seeks class action status. The association said Providence […]

An ambulance outside Oregon Health & Science University's emergency department.

With Oregon hospitals in crisis, state will seek ‘significant’ funds for stopgap measures

By: - August 15, 2022

The hospital crisis in Oregon is playing out in emergency rooms around the state.  Patients in pain wait in lobbies for hours. Some end up on gurneys in hallways while waiting for a room. After they’re treated and ready to leave, they can end up stuck in the hospital for days because rehabilitation and other […]

Oregon health officials gear up to vaccinate more people against monkeypox

By: - August 11, 2022

Oregon is gearing up for a wider vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of monkeypox. The Oregon Health Authority is updating its guidance to providers to encourage them to inject the vaccine just under the skin instead into the fatty tissue in the arm. Under-the-skin shots only require one-fifth of the dose, enabling providers to […]

As monkeypox spreads in Oregon, wait lists grow for the vaccine 

By: - August 9, 2022

Hundreds of people have been vaccinated against monkeypox in Oregon, which has nearly 100 cases, but even more await a shot. A vaccine approved for use against monkeypox remains in short supply. What’s more, infectious disease experts don’t know how effective it is. “We think it’s 85% effective,” said Dr. Katie Sharff, chief of infectious […]

Feds allocate more than $20 million to 11 Oregon airports for renovations

By: - August 8, 2022

The Federal Aviation Administration has allocated more than $20 million for repairs at 11 rural airports in Oregon and to help attract new flights from Salem to California, Nevada and Arizona. Most of the money – $17.5 million – will go toward reconstructing runways at the Corvallis Municipal Airport, the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in […]

Evacuations ordered as firefighters battle spreading Miller Fire in Wasco County

By: and - August 3, 2022

UPDATED: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 at 9 p.m. Firefighters rushed to Wasco County on Wednesday to battle a brush fire that spread from 1,000 to more than 10,000 acres in 24 hours. The Miller Fire, 13 miles west of Maupin, is threatening buildings and people. The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office ordered the evacuation of some […]

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Fire in Wasco County prompts conflagration order, Fire Marshal mobilizes resources

By: - August 3, 2022

UPDATED: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:44 a.m. A fire ignited in Wasco County on Tuesday afternoon quickly swept through dry brush, grass and juniper bushes, prompting evacuation orders and a state conflagration declaration. Late Tuesday, Gov. Kate Brown declared a conflagration, prompted by the threat to residents.  “I have invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act […]