Electrical malfunction at chlorine plant creates critical supply shortage in Oregon

Oregonians are asked to limit outdoor water use for things like watering lawns and filling swimming pools to extend the state’s chlorine supply. PORTLAND, Ore. — A major electrical failure at a chlorine manufacturer in Longview, Wash. has created a critical chlorine shortage in Oregon that could affect the state’s water supply, the Oregon Office … Read more

Malheur County among 11 Oregon counties to stay at high COVID risk level

Any county in Oregon can move to the lower risk level once 65% of its residents have received at least one dose and the county has submitted an equity plan. PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor’s note: During a press conference on June 11, Gov. Kate Brown announced Clackamas County is likely to pass 65% of its residents … Read more

Oregon offering cash prizes, including $1 million jackpot, in drawing for vaccinated residents

The drawing includes 36 prizes of $10,000 — one for each Oregon county — and five $100,000 Oregon College Savings Plan scholarship winners for people ages 12-17. PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Friday announced the state will award dozens of cash prizes, including a $1 million jackpot, as an incentive for Oregonians … Read more

Large summer events face unknown COVID restrictions in Oregon

From the St. Paul Rodeo to Pendleton Round-Up, big Oregon events are tentatively moving ahead for summer 2021. Others are canceled again during COVID uncertainty. OREGON, USA — Many of Oregon’s famous summer rodeos and festivals are at a crossroads in 2021, as organizers work to predict COVID restrictions and risk levels ahead. One event … Read more

Areas of Idaho can expect a shorter irrigation season this summer

More than 11% of Idaho is in either severe or extreme drought-level conditions, according to the Idaho Department of Water Resources. BOISE, Idaho — Farmers in central Idaho can expect to see a much shorter irrigation season this summer.  The latest numbers from the National Integrated Drought Information System show more than 11% of Idaho … Read more

Post-COVID: What the 1918 flu pandemic can help predict for the future

OSU professor Christopher Nichols’ research into the 1918 influenza pandemic is drawing a lot of attention as people wonder what life after COVID-19 will look like. OREGON, USA — Both health experts and historians say the “end” of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be a finish line. Some changes and impacts will be felt for … Read more

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