H1N1 Flu Strand Claims Another Oregon Life

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 8, 2014
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53-year-old Suzie Mahaffey died in a Salem hospital Tuesday morning.  She reportedly came down with Bronchitis on December 29th and never got better.

Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Justin Denny says the number of flu cases are not up, but the severity of the cases is far worse than in recent years.  He says this year’s H1N1 Strand is the same …

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China Door Still Shut On Northwest Shellfish

Posted by Steve Leader on January 7, 2014
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Just before Christmas China’s government imposed an import ban on west coast geoducks (gooey ducks).  Washington and Oregon are among states where the very large edible clams are harvested.

China says it found high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound which prompted the import ban.

Now, Washington health officials say they’re sending test results to state and federal partners …

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FOUND: 71-year-old Hiker Missing on Mt Hood

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 6, 2014
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Updated 10:00 pm – Hiker FOUND.  Gary Tuor and his dog Buddy have been located.  It will take several hours to get them out.

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A hiker who was supposed to be home Sunday is still not home was found late Monday evening.  Below is the press release that was issued late Monday afternoon for Gary Tuor.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is …

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Public Hearings Set to Debate Smoking Ban in Oregon State Parks

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 3, 2014
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The Oregon Parks Department is considering banning smoking not only in common areas of parks, but also on hiking trails, picnic areas and common areas of campgrounds.  They are following marching orders from the Governor to cut down on everyone’s exposure to second hand smoke as well as left behind cigarette butts.  Four different public hearings are scheduled over the …

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Cover Oregon Director Hands in Resignation

Posted by Brett Reckamp on January 2, 2014
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Rocky King says he will step down after his three-month medical leave is up on March 5th.  The Director of Cover Oregon has been medical leave since early December.  He is the second Cover Oregon leader to quit.  Chief Information Officer for the Oregon Health Authority Carolyn Lawson resigned last month.

The Cover Oregon website was supposed to go live in …

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