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Oregon says drop, cover and hold on in an earthquake. Some specialists disagree.

BY: - October 20, 2021

Seismic experts agree that one day the state will be smacked by a massive earthquake off the coast that will cause widespread damage. They also agree that Oregonians need to prepare. But they disagree on what the state should advise. On Thursday, the state holds its annual Great Oregon ShakeOut drill aimed at raising awareness […]

Plan for one of Oregon’s largest chicken farms draws criticism; hearing set

BY: - October 20, 2021

Eric Simon got into chicken farming 20 years ago after a career as an electronics technician because, he said, he was poor. With his wife and two young kids, he moved 30 miles from Corvallis to rural Brownsville and bought a house on 40 acres on the edge of town. He built barns and then […]

National parks nominee from Oregon pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

BY: - October 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records. Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is […]

Tillamook Rep. Suzanne Weber seeks to move up to Senate

BY: - October 19, 2021

State Rep. Suzanne Weber is running for Senate in the rural northwest Oregon district long represented by state Sen. Betsy Johnson, who announced her independent campaign for governor last week.  Weber, R-Tillamook, announced her plans shortly after Johnson informed supporters she would run for governor. While Johnson was a Democrat until late last week and […]

Urban hospitals in Oregon lose hundreds of employees over mandate but largely adjust

BY: - October 19, 2021

Oregon’s urban hospitals have lost hundreds of employees and some have consolidated services over the state’s vaccine mandate but they’re continuing to admit patients, perform necessary surgeries and conduct lab tests, they reported on Monday. Rural hospitals, which play a bigger role in their communities, have dealt with the mandate by largely accepting claims from […]

A health care professional picks up a vial of vaccine

Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate

BY: - October 19, 2021

A federal judge on Monday struck down a last-minute attempt to block Oregon’s vaccination mandate for teachers, health care workers and state employees, while another heard arguments in a similar case.  Most people working in health care or education and executive branch employees had until the end of the day Monday to prove they’ve been […]

A view from King's Mountain in the Tillamook State Forest.

Conservation work in Oregon forests gets federal boost

BY: - October 18, 2021

Two state agencies have been awarded a $750,000 federal grant to continue work on a state plan for protecting endangered species and species that could become endangered in the next 70 years in Oregon’s northwest forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife share the grant, which will be […]

Dire warnings about the vaccine mandate unlikely to play out in Oregon

BY: , and - October 18, 2021

Rural officials have warned for more than a month that the vaccine mandate would put some Oregonians at risk as employees resigned or were fired. That mandate took hold Monday, covering tens of thousands of state employees, health care workers and school staff. Not long after Gov. Kate Brown imposed that mandate in August, Baker […]

Hospital room at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City

Oregon’s vaccine mandate is likely to cause longer waits for health care

BY: - October 18, 2021

Health care workers in Oregon, who were among the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19, have some of the highest vaccination rates ahead of the mandate taking effect Monday. Dentists are out in front: 98% are inoculated. Medical doctors, psychologists and physical therapists all have rates above 90%. But chiropractors are near the bottom: Only […]

Proposed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville

State approves 60-bed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville – with caveats

BY: - October 16, 2021

The Portland-area could get another psychiatric hospital. The Oregon Health Authority on Friday announced its thumbs up to the proposal but it scaled it down and attached conditions. It said nearly half the beds at the new Wilsonville hospital must be reserved for mentally ill people who pose a danger to themselves and who are […]

Clackamas County Rep. Mark Meek announces run for Oregon Senate

BY: - October 15, 2021

State Rep. Mark Meek plans to run for the state Senate in a newly-created district,  he announced this week. Meek’s Gladstone home has been in a Republican Senate district represented by former state Sen. Alan Olsen or his appointed successor, state Sen. Bill Kennemer, for the past decade. New legislative boundaries give Democrats an advantage […]

In D.C.: FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot Covid-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]