Author: Tony Cooper

Medford, OR – According to the statement, the individuals reportedly donated $3,834.35 to support the Cancer Center’s future operations. The members of the Tri-Cities Cancer Center were enthusiastic about visiting a prison for the first time and eager to learn about the Paradigm Shift Club, how fundraisers were facilitated, and information about the nuances of prison. A few members of the Paradigm Shift Club shared their personal story as well as how important impacting the outside community is for those incarcerated. The guests showed immense gratitude and empathy toward the group’s endeavors and were surprised that those incarcerated were willing to…

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Medford, OR – According to the state officials, razor clamming is open from the Washington border to Tillamook Head, just south of Seaside. State officials also said that the recent samples show levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the closure limit. Razor clamming remains closed from Tillamook Head to the California border for elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid. Recreational crabbing is closed on the southern Oregon coast from Takenitch Creek (8 miles north of Winchester Bay) at N 43° 47’, to Cape Blanco, at N 42° and 50’, for elevated levels of the…

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Medford, OR – According to the statement, rock scaling crews will remove overhanging and loose debris around Mile Point 53 from 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. starting May 15. ODOT officials also said that they expect this work to take four to five days. ODOT will be flagging traffic through lane closures in the work zone, so expect 15- to 20-minute delays if you are traveling on OR 58 during the week. At some times during the work, they also may need to briefly close all lanes to keep travelers safe from rock falls. When approaching work zones, remember to…

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Medford, OR – According to the statement, Gov. Tina Kotek and First Lady Aimee Kotek Wilson reportedly met with a wide range of leaders, community members, and providers in La Grande, Elgin, Enterprise, and Joseph. Governor Tina Kotek and First Lady visited Eastern Oregon University for a conversation on early literacy, as well as a discussion on how the university is partnering with regional school districts and community organizations to create a pipeline of new educators. The group focused on educator preparation and how the state can reduce impediments to workforce recruitment and retention in rural communities.  They also participated…

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Medford, OR – According to the statement, drivers should expect delays to the following locations and are advised to seek alternate routes and parking, city officials say: LANE CLOSURES W. 6th Street from Front Street to W. Main Street – Expect lanes to be closed with flaggers and traffic controls in place while CommSurf Pro crews perform asphalt maintenance, May 8 – 12, between 7 am – 5 pm. W. 10th Street from S. Riverside Avenue to Oakdale Avenue – Expect lanes to be closed with flaggers and traffic controls in place while CommSurf Pro crews perform asphalt maintenance, May…

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Salem, OR – According to the city officials, observed during the week of Sunday, May 7 – Saturday, May, 13, 2023, Drinking Water Week is a celebration recognizing the vital role water plays in everyday life for both water professionals and the communities they serve. City officials also announced that this week is coordinated by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and recognizes the important role that water plays in our daily lives. Water is one of our most precious natural resources, with the most important use being drinking water.  Salem gets its drinking water from the North Santiam River.…

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Salem, OR – According to the city officials, this change will reportedly allow more access to programs, services, and meeting rooms for the community. The Main Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, will stay open later Tuesday-Saturday and expand Sunday hours. New hours will be: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Monday service hours will now be available at the West Salem Branch, 395 Glen Creek Road NW. New hours at the branch will be: Monday-Thursday – 12-5 p.m. Saturday – 1-6 p.m.

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Astoria, OR – According to the statement, the office is located at 450 Marine Dr, Suite 200, in Astoria. Officials have announced alternate locations for people to get in-person services in the Astoria area. This week, portable trailers were delivered to the building’s parking lot for in-person visits. People who need services from our Child Welfare (CW) and Self-Sufficiency Programs (SSP) can visit these trailers beginning May 1. People who need in-person services from our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program ─ including people who don’t have appointments ─ should visit us at the Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare offices located at 65 North Hwy…

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Medford, OR – According to the state officials, this amazing event will be held May 20-21, 2023, at the Salem Convention Center.  State officials also announced that this free biennial conference, hosted by ODVA for more than 25 years, celebrates the contributions, diversity and strength of Oregon’s women veteran community, and is the largest gathering of women veterans, across every generation of service, in the state.  This year’s agenda will include inspirational speakers, informative seminars and breakout sessions, and opportunities to network with other women veterans and receive direct assistance in accessing earned benefits and other resources. The 2023 conference registration…

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Medford, OR – According to the state officials, this report presents data on health care spending and health care cost growth in the state between 2018 and 2020. Data confirm health care costs grew between 2018 and 2019 before dropping between 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-related changes in use of health care. Medicaid experienced the lowest rate of cost growth compared to Medicare and the commercial market. In 2019, the Oregon Legislature established the Sustainable Health Care Cost Growth Target Program, which is designed to prevent health care costs from growing faster than wages, inflation, and other economic indicators.…

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