Fire Chiefs Talk With Senate Staffers

Evans Valley Fire District Chief Tom Davidson said he and a group of several local chiefs had recently met with staffers from the offices of Senator Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden to discuss the needs of small rural fire departments like his in Southern Oregon at the Evans Valley Fire[Read More…]

House Passes Act To Improve National Forests

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1450, the Treating Tribes and Counties as Good Neighbors Act. Good Neighbor Authority allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to enter into agreements with state forestry agencies to conduct management projects on national forests to improve their ecological resilience and[Read More…]

New Pest Raises Concern For Oak Trees

An invasive insect from Europe and the Middle East that attacks oak trees has recently been found in several Oregon white oaks in Wilsonville. The Mediterranean oak borer (Xyleborus monographus) transmits multiple fungal species to the trees it infests. Some fungal species may cause a disease called oak wilt, which[Read More…]

‘Killing Contests’ Part Of Commission Agenda

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider rules to prohibit so-called “killing contests” for the taking of coyotes and other unprotected mammals at its meeting Friday. Last December, the Commission denied a petition while directing state staff to develop rules to stop such contests in a way that is consistent[Read More…]

Four Signs That It’s a Scam

1. Scammers PRETEND to be from an organization you know. Scammers often pretend to be contacting you on behalf of the government. They might use a real name, like the FTC, Social Security Administration, IRS, or Medicare, or make up a name that sounds official. Some pretend to be from[Read More…]

OHA Study Shows Meningococcal B Vaccine May Prevent Gonorrhea

Research follows meningococcal outbreaks at UO, OSU in 2015, 2016 A vaccine that prevents meningococcal B infection may also be protective against the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, according to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) study published today in the scientific journal JAMA Network Open. The study found that mass vaccination[Read More…]

American Sign Language Certificates For Professionals

Western Oregon University Board of Trustees unanimously approved two undergraduate certificates in American Sign Language studies, which are the first in the region. Both certificates, one beginner and the other intermediate, were developed in response to the state and region’s request for competencies in ASL to meet workforce demands. The[Read More…]