More Oregon strawberries recalled due to E coli

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Aug 122011

Ron Spada Farms of Portland is recalling approximately 4,800 flats of strawberries sold between June 11 – August 1 because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheatic illness often accompanied with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some victims can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. One elderly woman in Washington County is said to have died as the result of kidney failure brought on by eating tainted strawberries.

Strawberries (Shuksan, Benton, Hoods) were distributed to these stores and roadside/farm stands to be resold to the consumer:

• Shelly Burns: 2318 SE 302nd Ave Troutdale Oregon

• Tim Rice: Skyline Blvd and Cornell Blvd in the empty lot, Portland Oregon

• The Barn: 5211 NE 148th Airport way Portland, Oregon

• The Fruit Stop: 146 W Columbia Hwy, Troutdale Oregon

• Gresham Farmers Market: 3rd and Miller in downtown Gresham

• Growers Outlet: 16145 NE Glisan , Gresham Oregon

• Florentine Salazar: 4640 SW Hillsboro Hwy Hillsboro, Oregon

All strawberries were sold in green flats that said Fresh Oregon Berries. Strawberries may have also been purchased in smaller quantities.

Spada Farms purchased fresh strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Washington County which have been identified as the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases with illness onsets during July 10 to 29, 2011.

As of Friday, Aug. 12, there have been 14 confirmed cases of illness caused by a single strain of E. coli. They are in residents of Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties.

Of the cases, 73 percent are female. Ages among all the cases ranged from 4 to 85 years. Seven cases have been hospitalized, two had hemolytic uremic syndrome and one elderly Washington County woman has died.

Strawberries from this farm are no longer being sold. Health officials are urging consumers who have purchased berries from the farm to throw them out. Strawberries that have been frozen or made into uncooked jam are of particular concern.

Consumers with questions may contact the Ron Spada company at 503-539-5396.

 Posted by at 10:49 PM

Explosive device found under ODOT Loader in Coos County

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Aug 122011

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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into the discovery of a suspicious improvised explosive device found Friday morning underneath an ODOT loader parked at their property along Highway 242. The object was rendered safe by OSP Explosives Unit.

According to OSP Lieutenant Steve Smartt, at approximately 10:23 am OSP was contacted regarding a suspicious object found underneath an ODOT loader at an ODOT sand shed along Highway 242 near milepost 5 in Coos County. An OSP trooper responded to the scene and confirmed the discovery.

Two OSP explosive techs responded from the Central Point area and rendered the object safe. The object was similar to a small pipe bomb. OSP explosive techs cleared the scene at 2:24 pm.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call OSP Coos Bay Area Command at 541-888-2677.

 Posted by at 10:43 PM

Small fire at Tide Pool Pub, Depoe Bay

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Aug 122011

Tide Pool Pub, Depoe Bay

Smoke was spotted Friday afternoon coming up from behind the Tide Pool Pub at the north end of Depoe Bay. One witness saw flames emanating from a garage in the rear portion of the property. Depoe Bay Fire/Rescue pulled up within a couple of minutes and had water on it very quickly. Firefighters chased the last of the fire up into the attic. Soon it was out as well.

As for a cause, fire fighters say it’s “undetermined.” They’re still looking at the evidence and talking to people. Damage was moderate and has not disrupted the Tide Pool Pub’s business. They’re still very open for business.

 Posted by at 9:02 PM

Medford area man accused of murdering his wife and their four children makes first court appearance

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Aug 122011

Jordan Criado

A Jackson County man accused of killing his wife and four children by stabbing them and then setting fire to their home made his first court appearance in circuit court. Jordan Criado sat motionless beside his attorney and stared at the floor through the entire proceeding which could lead to the death penalty for him, or life in prison without any chance of parole.

The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 4:55 PM

Animal Lover wins EOTM nod from Chamber!

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Aug 122011

Kim Rampley and Friend
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Kim Rampley rings the Chamber’s Bell!

For most of us, once we arrive at work, we are dealing with creatures of a two-legged persuasion. For Kim Rampley, receptionist for Animal Medical Care, that may not always be the case. Many of the visitors to her reception area have four legs, a furry body, and a wet nose. Kim’s primary role at work is to be the “face” of Animal Medical Care. She efficiently checks in clients, often several at once, while at the same time, answers the telephone and provides support to the staff at the clinic. Kim is compassionate in her dealings with owners, whose “best friend” needs veterinary care, and makes certain that both owner and pet are reassured and prepared for their visit with the doctors. Her co-workers agree that she is an irreplaceable asset to the office, and that her problem-solving skills, good sense of humor and attention to detail are all characteristics that make their job much easier. No task is too great or too small; Kim will lend a hand wherever needed. Says her boss, “Kim is the definition of a complete employee…” which is why Kim Rampley has been named Employee of the Month for August.

If you wish to nominate an employee who exhibits characteristics that include Quality of Service, Friendliness, Role Model or Knowledge of the Area, download a form at or send an email to Bobbi, (

 Posted by at 4:36 PM

Services are being held this weekend for former Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield.

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Aug 122011

Sen. Mark Hatfield

This is the weekend during which Oregonians and others from around the country will be able to pay their last respects to former Oregon Governor and long time U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. Hatfield died Sunday after a long illness. The story is in the Salem Statesman-Journal. Click here.

 Posted by at 12:01 AM

Annual Nisika Illahee Pow Wow, August 12-14, Siletz! Everyone is welcome!

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Aug 112011

The Siletz Confederated Tribes are celebrating their annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, atop Government Hill in Siletz. It is an annual opportunity for Siletz tribal members to celebrate their past, their traditions and to honor their elders of today and those who have gone before. All people are warmly invited to come and witness the spectacle and pageantry of Siletz Tribal dance, singing and spiritual renewal.

It is by far one of the most colorful and photogenic events in the region, but those with cameras are cautioned to pay close attention to the tribal announcers as they designate specific ceremonies or dances when photos are NOT allowed. On occasion, an eagle feather may fall from a head dress or regalia whereupon all photography shall cease immediately until the feather is recovered. Again, pay very close attention to the announcer.

The celebration begins with the crowning of the 2011-2012 Siletz Royalty on Friday evening at 6 pm. At 7 pm the first Grand Entry will begin with a beautiful array of all styles of dancing including traditional male and female, fancy, feather, shawl, grass, jingle, Golden Age and children.

The public is invited to join in a very large inter-tribal dance which immediately follows the Grand Entry.

Saturday at 10 am, the Nisika Illahee Pow Wow Parade moves through downtown Siletz. The parade features Siletz Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, horses and riders, vintage cars and floats. The parade is followed by another Grand Entry at 1 pm at the Pow Wow grounds.

Youth and teen dance competitions takes place in the afternoon. More competition dancing continues after 7 pm.

More than 60 vendors on the pow-wow grounds will offer a colorful kaleidoscope of food and Native American arts and crafts and jewelry. A free shuttle (your best bet) will run from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow grounds. Watch for signs for pick-up points.

Admission is free to the pow pow. But they require no drugs or alcohol be in anyone’s possession.

Here’s a schedule of events:

Memorial/Giveaways – Noon – 6 p.m. (Contact Nick Sixkiller)
Presentation of Crowns – 6 p.m.
Grand Entry – 7 p.m.


Parade – 10 a.m.
Grand Entry – 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Grand Entry – Noon

For more information onthe Nisika Illahee Pow Wow, click here.

 Posted by at 11:25 PM

Getting a big charge, driving around Portland

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Aug 112011

Charging station

Are you thinking about the savings and the good green feelings you get when you drive an electric car? Well, you’ll be able to take that highly nuanced sense of well-being out for a spin if you stop by a big electric car charging station exhibition going on in Portland next Tuesday. There are plans to have electric charging stations up and down I-5 through the Willamette Valley, as well as along coastal Highway 101 eventually. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 11:00 PM

Second Saturday Drum Stroll at Nye Beach is upon us!

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Aug 112011

Second Saturday Drum Stroll, Nye Beach

Second Saturday Stroll is August 13th in Nye Beach

It’s the second Saturday of the month tomorrow and that means it’s time to stroll on down to Nye Beach for the popular Second Saturday Stroll Drum Jam at Cafe Mundo, and special second Saturday events throughout the historic, oceanfront neighborhood.

The drum jam, featuring the Thunder & Lightness flute and percussion duo and members of the Newport Community Drum Circle ensemble, provides a celebratory beat from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Café Mundo courtyard at 209 NW Coast Street (541-574-8134). Other merchants will be offering” art shows and demonstrations, wine tastings, restaurant specials, and sales starting about 11 a.m. Chalk art and original street banners by local artists decorate the neighborhood, and street performers can often be found along Coast Street and in the area of the Nye Beach Turnaround.

The annual summer celebration sponsored by the Nye Beach Merchants Association concludes with one more Second Saturday Stroll on September 10.

 Posted by at 10:44 PM

Toledo Wooden Boat Show coming around the bend…

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Aug 112011

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The 7th annual Port of Toledo Wooden Boat Show is coming up on August 20th and 21st on the waterfront in downtown Toledo. A fun and unique activity of the Wooden Boat Show is the Yaquina Run-Off – a non-motorized, people-powered boat race. The Yaquina Run-Off is a gently competitive race scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, starting at 11 AM. The race launches at the Wooden Boat Show site at the Toledo Marina with a 3 mile short course and a 9 mile long course.

Enter the race with your canoe, kayak, row boat or racing shell and enjoy this beautiful course along the Yaquina River. Registration is $20 and includes a 2011 t-shirt. Visit: for registration information or call 541-336-5207.

 Posted by at 10:18 PM