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Researchers find Covid associated with higher prevalence of mental health problems

BY: - June 6, 2022

Researchers have found that patients with Covid had a higher risk of suffering a mental health disorder up to a year after the initial infection compared with people who came down with other respiratory infections. The findings, published in the medical journal World Psychiatry, compared mental health diagnoses for 46,610 Covid patients nationwide with those […]

Biden picks federal prosecutor Natalie Wight for Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney

BY: - June 6, 2022

President Joe Biden on Monday nominated Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight to become Oregon’s top federal prosecutor. Wight was one of seven applicants and three finalists for the position, which requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate. If confirmed, she’ll direct 107 employees who prosecute federal criminal cases, defend the U.S. government in civil cases and […]

Rent assistance helped 55,000 Oregon households, agency says

BY: - June 6, 2022

More than 55,000 Oregon households have avoided eviction thanks to the state’s rent assistance program, but money is quickly running out. The $406 million program, funded by the federal and state governments, will be mostly out of money by June 30, representatives from Oregon Housing and Community Services told legislative committees last week.  “While we […]

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley suffers Covid relapse

BY: - June 2, 2022

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon is again sick with Covid. “After recovering and feeling better, some Covid symptoms have returned, and I again tested positive,” Merkley said in a statement Thursday. “This is occurring in a modest percent of folks who used Paxlovid and is referred to as ‘COVID-19 rebound.’” Paxlovid is an antiviral […]

wildfire

National wildfire agency forecasts higher fire risk in central and southern Oregon this summer

BY: - June 2, 2022

The National Interagency Fire Center forecasts higher than normal risk for wildfires in central Oregon beginning in June and in southern Oregon by July, according to a report published Tuesday. Southeast Washington will also be at elevated risk and northern California is considered at severe risk. The fire center based in Boise, Idaho, is the […]

Clackamas fuel company hit with state and federal fines for 2020 oil spill into North Santiam River

BY: - June 1, 2022

The company whose fuel truck overturned on Highway 22 two years ago, spilling gasoline and diesel into the North Santiam River, has been penalized by state and federal regulators, the federal Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.  Space Age Fuel Inc. of Clackamas, agreed to pay the EPA $135,000 for violating the federal Clean Water Act […]

Oregon State Seal Capitol

Oregon Secretary of State looking for translators for election information

BY: - May 31, 2022

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan is looking for Oregonians who can help translate the state-issued Voters’ Pamphlet into 12 languages. A 2021 law requires that the pamphlet, which includes biographical and endorsement information provided by candidates and is mailed to each voter, be translated into the most common languages spoken in Oregon beginning with the […]

Oregon Chinook salmon

New limits coming for Chinook fishing over historically low numbers

BY: - May 31, 2022

Due to years of drought and poor ocean conditions, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will restrict fishing for wild Chinook salmon in parts of the state from late summer through the end of the year. Numbers of wild Chinook in several coastal tributaries are forecast to be at historic lows this fall, and […]

Electric highway charging stations upgraded to power electric bicycles

BY: - May 31, 2022

Cyclists riding electric bikes can now charge their batteries for free at nearly all electric vehicle charging stations on Oregon’s portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. That “highway” is a network of hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations stretching from British Columbia to the California-Mexico border. Oregon’s portion of the network has 44 charging […]

Two weeks after primary, Clackamas County almost done counting ballots

BY: - May 31, 2022

Two weeks after the May 17 election, Clackamas County is nearly done counting ballots.  The county had fewer than 5,000 ballots left to count Tuesday morning after dozens of county employees took shifts copying defective ballots by hand over Memorial Day weekend. More than 3,600 of the remaining ballots still need to be duplicated. Delays […]

Clackamas County will keep processing ballots through Memorial Day weekend

BY: - May 27, 2022

Clackamas County employees will work through the long weekend copying more than 30,000 damaged ballots as the third-largest county in Oregon continues processing ballots from the May 17 election.  As of Friday morning, Clackamas still needed to count 34,996 ballots. Nearly every one needed to be copied by hand by bipartisan volunteers because of a […]

chickens

Small territory in eastern Oregon put under quarantine for bird flu risk

BY: - May 26, 2022

A new poultry quarantine has been declared in eastern Oregon after avian flu was detected across the border in Idaho. The U.S. Department of Agriculture imposed the regional quarantine, which affects a small area in Malheur County south of the farming community of Nyssa. Dr. Ryan Scholz, Oregon state veterinarian, explained Thursday that the quarantine […]