Oregon Health Authority declares war on HIV – Vows eradication within 5 years

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*Five-year plan focuses on testing, prevention, treatment*
From Oregon Health Authority

Oregon today launched an initiative that will end new HIV infections in the state, building on decades work to introduce a new five-year plan focused on testing, prevention and treatment.

The initiative, called End HIV Oregon, envisions a state in which all new HIV infections are eliminated and where all people living with HIV have access to high-quality care, free from stigma and discrimination. The Oregon Health Authority leads the effort, with partners that include local health departments and HIV prevention advocacy organizations.

“Today, we look forward to a new reality in Oregon — the elimination of HIV transmission as we know it,” said Lillian Shirley, director of the OHA Public Health Division, whose HIV Program coordinates the initiative. “This is not a lofty, pie-in-the-sky goal. We know what it takes, and we have what it takes, to get there.”

The End HIV Oregon strategy is centered around three facts:
— Testing is easy. Every Oregonian has an HIV status, but too few get tested for HIV. Confidential testing IS simple, convenient and fast. It is available throughout Oregon as part of a routine medical visit and is covered by most health insurance plans. Only 35 percent of adult Oregonians report having ever been tested for HIV. An estimated 1,100 people in Oregon are infected with HIV but don’t know it. If most or all of these people were tested for HIV and entered into HIV medical care, Oregon could prevent 150 new infections over the next three years alone.

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Oregon has a poaching problem – Ya think?

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Poached Bull Elk in Douglas County.

Poached Bull Elk in Douglas County.


Oregon State Police say poaching elk and deer in the Beaver State has a number of causes – from hunger to simple animal cruelty. But try as they might, authorities can’t seem to get a handle on stopping it.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 11:44 AM

With the public’s help Newport Police bag a suspected car thief

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Sean Rogers, auto theft Lincoln County jail

Sean Rogers, auto theft
Lincoln County jail

Provided by Newport Police

On November 25, 2016 Newport Police Officers conducted an initial investigation into a stolen vehicle complaint. A black 2010 Toyota Scion was stolen from the Walmart parking lot. The victim, a local area resident, had previously reported her keys stolen while she was shopping at the location.

On November 26, 2016, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the vehicle was located and recovered. It had been parked and abandoned on a dirt road in the Agate Beach area.

The investigation continued, resulting in Sean Alan Rogers, age 38 of Newport, being named as the suspect in the case.

Wednesday afternoon Newport Police Officers contacted Rogers at his residence in Agate Beach. He was taken into custody without incident. He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail, and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; Aggravated Theft 1st Degree; and Theft in the 3rd Degree. His bail amount was set at $157,000.

We would like to thank the public for their assistance in this investigation. Several tips and investigative leads were received, which resulted in the timely apprehension of Rogers.

 Posted by at 11:29 AM

Sen. Wyden: “Russia messed with our election. We need to release the information.”

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Sen. Ron Wyden "Russia messed with our election..."

Sen. Ron Wyden
“Russia messed with our election…”

Sen. Ron Wyden has called on U.S. Intelligence agencies to release information that points to Russian interference with the recent Presidential election.

This blockbuster accusation is covered is in today’s edition of The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 10:04 AM

Marijuana sales plunge as pesticide testing freezes the market

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Processed retail marijuana. The Oregonian photo

Processed retail marijuana.
The Oregonian photo

When the state recently tightened rules for testing marijuana for pesticide residues, little did anyone know that it would nearly kill the market for pot. Or nearly so.

Not being able to get their product tested fast enough, recreational marijuana stores are getting far less product from growers and wholesalers, and are having to jack up their prices just to save their businesses. Many are already going out of business.

Although some are saying “told ya so” as testing tightened, others are saying it’s just a start-up glitch that will soon smooth out and things will return to normal.

Here’s more in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 9:46 AM

Lincoln City: Grass fire 38-hundred block of NW Jetty threatening homes

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Grass fire burning near 3865 NW Jetty...

Grass fire burning near 3865 NW Jetty…
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9:13am
Grass fire burning close to some homes near 3900 NW Jetty. North Lincoln Fire-Rescue is enroute.

9:16am
Lincoln City Police officer was first on scene and is dousing the fire with a fire extinguisher. Looks like a chemical caught fire, burning a house railing and flames on the ground – fire burning in the sand.

9:17am
Fire’s out.

 Posted by at 9:15 AM

Weather or Not: A Very Wet November

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wxon-cbThursday, Dec. 1st – Lincoln County

Summary: The stats are in (see below) and if you thought November was extraordinarily wet, you’re right – we had over five inches of rain above normal. For the year, we’re still a couple inches shy of the average precipitation total. But, considering that late-Winter, Spring and Summer were unusually dry, a lot of ground has been made up this Fall. There wasn’t much rainfall added to the total yesterday as we closed out the month with a measly tenth of an inch. In fact, it was one of those days where every time you went outside, the weather was different. Showers, drizzle, sunshine, clouds, haze and wind varying from light easterly to a nor’wester gusting into the 20s. High temps were in the low-50s, the overnight low dipped around 40F; Newport bottomed out at 37F for the chilliest locally. This morning, skies were mostly cloudy and it was dead calm.

Newport Airport Conditions…
Ceiling: scattered @ 2,400’, 2,800’ & 5,000’
Visibility: 10 miles/Wind: E 5 mph/Pressure: 30.34”

Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 53F/44F/0.15”
Depoe Bay: 53F/40F/0.09”
Newport: 52F/37F/0.13”
Waldport: 53F/41F/0.19”
Yachats: 52F/42F/0.15”

Monthly/Yearly Precipitation Totals…
November 2016: 16.15”
November Normal: 10.67”
So Far in 2016: 67.23”
Annual Average: 70.99”

Forecast: Rain gauges won’t collect much today to begin December’s tally, but scattered showers are probable. Expect light northwest winds and a high about 50F. There’s a chance of rain tonight, low 45F, then rain likely tomorrow,wxon-sun-rain areas of fog, southerly winds 10-15 mph gusting 20 and the mercury climbing to 50-55F. Outlook is for a chance of showers Saturday, then rainy and breezy Sunday as a strong front moves through the region ushering in the first cold air of the season. This will bring low elevation snow to the Coast Range, Cascade Foothills, and Cascades on Sunday night and Monday. Rain showers are predicted Monday through Wednesday along the Central Coast with highs of just 45F and lows down to 35F.

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Travel: In the Coast Range this morning, there’s wet pavement and 35F in the passes; scattered showers today, high temperature 45-50F. Willamette Valley destinations are expecting a few showers, the thermometer rising to 45-50F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for showers likely, light west wind, high of 40F. For the Cascades, highways are snow-covered this morning, temps 25-30F, chains or traction tires are required over the passes. Scattered snow showers today, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet. * Motorists should always visit ODOT’s TripCheck before hitting the road.

Marine: Winds are variable 5-10 knots this morning but seas are still rough 14-footers at 14 seconds. A Small wxon-scaCraft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through this evening. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect tomorrow. NW winds 10-15 knots today, seas subsiding to around 11 feet by late this afternoon. Tonight, S winds 10-15 knots with swells 11 feet at 12 seconds. The next storms system comes through tomorrow bringing southerlies 15-25 knots gusting 30 and choppy seas 10 feet at 12 seconds. Outlook is for a light westerly 10-15 knots on Saturday, swells building to 17 feet, then NW winds 20-25 knots Sunday and Monday, swells holding at 16-17 feet. * Make sure you check the latest Bar Reports before venturing offshore.

On the Beach… Mixed sky, chance of showers, surf 10-12 feet (moderate).
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
* Tides
12/01 Thu 06:49 AM 3.62 L
12/01 Thu 12:45 PM 8.71 H
12/01 Thu 07:30 PM -0.33 L
12/02 Fri 02:17 AM 7.50 H

In Short: Possible showers, light wind, stormy, then unsettled and cool.

 Posted by at 7:51 AM

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, Saturday evening, Newport

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Lighted Boat Parade Yaquina Bay, Newport Starts 5:00 pm

Lighted Boat Parade
Yaquina Bay, Newport
Starts 5:00 pm
Newport Chamber of Commerce photo


Come down to the bayfront December 3rd and enjoy the start of the holiday season with the Lighted Boat Parade.

Thousands and thousands of lights adorn dozens of boats, which make a large loop around the bay, from the Coast Guard Station to the Embarcadero Resort and back, showing off a variety of colorful designs. The parade will begin at dusk, around 5:00 p.m. and can be viewed all along the bayfront.

For more info: call 541-265-6200.

 Posted by at 7:39 AM