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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.

Bird flu infects two more flocks in Deschutes County

By: - August 2, 2022

State agricultural officials have identified two more backyard bird flocks that are infected with bird flu. The Agricultural Department said Tuesday that they’re both in Deschutes County, marking the fifth and sixth outbreaks there. They coincide with the death of nine pet rabbits killed by a virus that only affects rabbits and hares but is […]

Heatwave sparks dozens of worker complaints; 14 suspected deaths

By: and - August 2, 2022

The weeklong heatwave in Oregon ended on Monday with 14 suspected deaths and dozens of complaints about companies not following new rules to protect workers from the heat.  The state medical examiner tracked 14 deaths that may be heat-related: seven in Multnomah County, four in Marion County, two in Clackamas County and one in Umatilla […]

Bird flu infects first flock in Coos County

By: - July 29, 2022

Bird flu has spread in Oregon to Coos County where an infected flock was discovered last week. The state Department of Agriculture said the flock of 25 chicken and ducks was euthanized to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. To date, the virus has infected nine backyard flocks, including four in Deschutes County, two […]

Semiconductor bill that would benefit Oregon passes first hurdle

By: - July 27, 2022

A congressional bill that would funnel billions of dollars into semiconductor manufacturing has passed its first big hurdle, with approval in the U.S. Senate. The $280 billion bill passed with a bipartisan 64 to 33 vote. The “CHIPS and Science Act” would allocate $50 billion over five years toward the semiconducter industry and $200 billion […]

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

Amid heat wave, organizations distribute AC units to vulnerable Oregonians

By: - July 26, 2022

Over the weekend, nonprofits distributed 500 air conditioning units to households in the Portland area thanks to a $5 million allocation from the Legislature. The Oregon Health Authority said it distributed the units through three community organizations: the Portland Open Bible Church, Rockwood Community Development Corp., which serves that community in unincorporated Multnomah County near […]

Another Oregon backyard poultry farm infected with bird flu

By: - July 22, 2022

Another backyard poultry farm in Deschutes County has lost its flock to bird flu. State agricultural officials said the outbreak was confirmed Tuesday, marking the fourth outbreak in Deschutes County. As of Thursday, state and federal agriculture officials have “humanely euthanized” 980 birds, including 40 chickens and ducks in the latest outbreak, according to the […]

Covid-19 sickening thousands of Oregonians a week, while monkeypox causes several dozen cases

By: - July 20, 2022

The latest coronavirus variant is sickening thousands of Oregonians a week and increasing demand for hospital beds, and the monkeypox virus has spread only to a few dozen people. Monkeypox is not something most people should worry about, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, said in an online news conference on Wednesday. But Covid-19 remains […]

Health care in Oregon becoming increasingly expensive, report says

By: - July 19, 2022

Oregonians are increasingly paying a bigger share of their income for health care, the latest state report on health care costs shows.  The Oregon Health Authority said in the report, published Tuesday, that Oregonians saw an increase of nearly 50% in health care costs between 2013 and 2019. That’s an average of nearly 7% a […]

Oregon, and the rest of the country, launches new 988 crisis intervention service

By: - July 14, 2022

UPDATED at 5:15 p.m. to reflect Oregon Health Authority response. Oregonians in a mental health crisis have an easy new resource to get help: 988. On Saturday, the new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launches to connect those who call, text or go online to counselors trained in helping people in a crisis. Counselors will […]

Millions earmarked for cooling, heating, clean air yet to benefit Oregonians

By: - July 14, 2022

UPDATED: July 21 at 4:38 p.m.  The Legislature allocated millions of dollars this February and in 2021 toward protecting thousands of Oregonians from extreme weather and smoke-filled air. But that money has yet to help anyone. The Oregon Health Authority, which oversees a program to distribute air conditioning units to vulnerable people, awaits the delivery […]

State offers $10 million in grants to help 2020 wildfire property owners

By: - July 13, 2022

Thousands of Oregonians whose homes or businesses were damaged by the 2020 wildfires are eligible for state grants to help protect them from future wildfire damage. The state Department of Consumer and Business Services said Monday it is offering up to $7,500 for a manufactured home or $6,800 for another home or business to pay […]

State lab detects fourth case of bird flu in backyard flock

By: - July 8, 2022

State officials say that bird flu remains a threat in Oregon, especially to backyard flocks, with confirmation of a fourth infected flock this week. The state veterinary lab confirmed Wednesday that the virus had sickened a backyard flock in Linn County, the state Agriculture Department said in a release. That’s the second Linn County flock […]