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Suspected house fire turns out to be very bright Halloween objects in Lincoln City

9:50pm  A Lincoln City resident looked up the hill from her home on Southeast 8th and saw what she thought was a major house fire.  She called North Lincoln Fire-Rescue and told 9-1-1 that there was a fire and it was very bright. 

Arriving firefighters saw the bright lights but as they drew close they quickly discovered there was no fire.  It was a large array of lit pumpkins safely soaking the scene with bright flickering flames from the pumpkins.

North Lincoln Firefighters circled around and headed back to their respective stations.

More Corona Virus info…

Things will get worse before they get better….

Gov. Kate Brown extends COVID-19 State of Emergency

Governor Kate Brown today extended her declaration of a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 for an additional 60 days, until Jan. 2, 2021. The declaration is the legal underpinning for the Governor’s COVID-19 executive orders and the Oregon Health Authority’s health and safety guidance. She issued the following statement:

“As early as January of this year, the Oregon Health Authority began its COVID-19 preparedness efforts as cases spread overseas. Since then, more than 600 Oregonians and over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 — and last week, we set a daily record with 550 new cases.

“Extending the COVID-19 state of emergency is not something I do lightly, but we know all too well that not taking action would mean an even greater loss of life. The second wave of COVID-19 has arrived in the United States, and this time it is hitting all of our communities.

“My goal is to keep Oregon on track to open more schools for in-person instruction for our students — and to continue to reopen, and keep open, our businesses, communities and economies. Oregon is not an island. Without safety precautions in place, we could quickly see our case counts spike as well.

“We must continue to work together and follow the simple steps that have kept us safe throughout this pandemic: Washing our hands, wearing face coverings, watching our physical distance, staying home when sick, and avoiding social get-togethers, especially indoors.”

Need help hanging on to your home or rental?

Need help with rent and/or mortgage?

Making rent or mortgage payments can be a challenge right now. We want you to know there is help available.

Renters are protected by an eviction moratorium in Oregon through Dec. 31, 2020. Tenants cannot be evicted for nonpayment of rent during this time. You can find other protections that are part of the moratorium on the Community Alliance of Tenants webpage. If you need help coming up with your rent, 211info also has information on rental assistance throughout Oregon.

For homeowners, the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OSHI) has a COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance Program.  You can learn about eligibility requirements and the application process at OHSI’s website. There is a moratorium on foreclosures through Dec. 31, 2020 as well.

Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative

Some final laments from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Wyden Takes to Senate Floor to Oppose Rushed SCOTUS Confirmation

Mr. President, everything that’s happened since the untimely passing of the legendary Justice Ginsburg is a clear reminder that much of what goes on in Washington DC is not on the level.

Right now, this country is hurting. Mass death. Mass unemployment. Mass hunger and suffering among children. The two sides in Congress ought to address those challenges together. Now more than ever, while so many people are fearful about the future, the rules we play by and the agreements we make ought to stand for something.

That’s how I felt when I negotiated for the $600 per week unemployment insurance boost in March. The Treasury Secretary for the Republicans agreed to it, but then at the last minute, Republican Senators pretended otherwise and tried to vote it out of the bill. Think about that. There was an agreement – between both sides – on the key proposal to help workers pay the rent and the food bill, and Republicans went back on it.

Another example is unfolding right here before our eyes. Until a few weeks ago, Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham would have told you it was essentially the 11th Commandment, carved in stone: No election-year Supreme Court appointments.

Again, Republicans have gone back on their word. If the cure to COVID-19 was partisanship and rule-breaking, then Republicans might be onto something with their low stunt on the high court. But it isn’t.

The American people have a much more sensitive radar for unfairness than Senate Republicans do. When I was home, I went to counties that went for Trump and counties that went for Clinton in 2016. The people I talked to all said the person who wins the 2020 election should choose the nominee. And in this case, the American people know what’s at stake for them personally as a result of this rule breaking. (more…)

Oregon Covid-19: Nearly 400 new cases and 9 additional deaths

Vaping and smoking weakens lungs – Makes it easier for Covid-19 to end your life….

Smoking and vaping can make COVID-19 worse

The Oregon Health Authority wants you to know that smoking or vaping can make COVID-19 worse. If a person who smokes, or used to smoke, gets COVID-19, they are more likely to develop a serious case of the virus than someone who does not smoke. Smoking and vaping damage the lungs, which makes it hard for the body to stay healthy. Viruses can then enter the lungs and attach to cells more easily.  

Quitting smoking or vaping is one the best ways you can take care of your health. We know that quitting smoking and vaping is hard. Free resources to help you quit are available to everyone in Oregon. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit quitnow.net/Oregon in English. For Spanish speakers, call 1-800-DEJALO-YA or visit https://quitnow.net/mve/quitnow and select Espanol to get help in Spanish. 

SmokefreeUS has a new page on smoking and COVID-19 to learn ways to stay smokefree and protect yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Merkley: Republicans forcing America into a destructive hard right turn…

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon
“This shall not stand”

Sen. Merkley Blasts Rule-Breaking Supreme Court Confirmation Stacking Court and Warns of Backlash

“People will not and should not roll over” as wealthy and powerful trample their health, livelihoods, voting rights, and freedoms

“Senate Republicans have broken rules and shattered precedents to stack the Supreme Court with right-wing extremist justices. Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the Senate Republicans are tearing apart our country to make the elites they represent even more wealthy and powerful, and the repercussions will echo for years to come.

“The goal of this nomination is clear. For years, this impeached president and out-of-touch Senate Republicans have been determined to tear the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to shreds. Having failed in Congress, they’ve turned to the courts over and over again. In a video Donald Trump said last week, plain and simple, that he’d like to see the Supreme Court overturn the ACA. And now the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett brings that twisted wish one key step closer to becoming reality. A Trump-backed lawsuit to throw out the entire law will be before the Court just two weeks from now.

“Quality, affordable health care was on the ballot today. If the court strikes down the ACA, 20 million Americans will lose their health care; millions of Americans will lose protections for preexisting conditions; every American will lose their health care bill of rights. Reproductive rights, including the right to birth control and IVF, were also on the ballot. So were Americans’ rights to vote, to live in a clean and healthy environment, to marry the person you love, and to be protected from discrimination in schools, workplaces, stores, and restaurants.

“The majority of my colleagues voted today to strip away people’s health care and freedoms, unleash bigotry and discrimination, and hand out free passes for huge corporations, mega-polluters, and election-riggers. They voted to make sure our government is not, in fact, of, by, and for the people.

“Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and their loyal followers in the Senate have conspired in a disturbing, thirty-year long scheme—propped up by hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions from radical dark money groups—to rig our courts in favor of the powerful and privileged. These elites and the Republican politicians who work for them are, not surprisingly, unable to persuade the American people that they are best served by allowing a tiny number of people to get unbelievably wealthy while ordinary Americans struggle. Trump and McConnell are building a health care system designed to make pharmaceutical and insurance companies money instead of keeping Americans healthy. They are perpetuating systemic racism that gives more power,opportunity, wealth and security to white Americans while people of color suffer. Republicans have rigged the courts to overturn or gut laws they don’t like and they’re undermining Americans’ ability to vote.

“I believe in the first three words of our Constitution: We the People. The vision of equality and opportunity and justice that underlies those words has been a beacon inspiring Americans for 233 years. Those three words have challenged generations of patriots to shine a light on our country’s deep failings and prompt us to do better. That vision is more powerful than the twisted corruption of government by and for the powerful that today’s vote represents.

Senate Republicans may think they have won a great victory today, but by putting the insatiable thirst for power and wealth ahead of our “We the People vision,” they are undermining the forces that have held our country together. The American people will not and should not roll over while their hard work is discounted, their health is savaged, their votes are stolen, and their freedoms are compromised.”

Water on the Moon!?? Who knew??

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Cecille Kennedy

Since humans first laid eyes on the Moon, it’s been theorized there is a lot more involved being a moon than initially surmised.  Even the first humans guiding research missions to the moon, beginning in the late 1960’s, were wondering what they’d find if they ever got to wander around the far reaches of the moon and take samples.

Well…science finally did them all one better.  From the Earth, researchers have found signs of water on the Moon – and lots of it.  Here’s the story in The Oregonian.

Opening on Newport’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee

Newport City Hall

CITY OF NEWPORT
ANNOUNCES VACANCY ON THE
PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The City of Newport is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the City Council concerning parks, recreation center, recreation programs, and swimming pool. Recommendations may include the acquisition, development, use, operation, and disposition of parks, facilities, rules, regulations, programming, and periodically updating the city’s tree plan. This Committee meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Anyone interested in serving on this committee should apply using the city’s committee application that is found on the city website at www.newportoregon.gov; click on “City;” then on “Committees;” and then on “Application for Committee/Commission.” The completed form can be submitted electronically. Paper copies of the committee application form can also be obtained by contacting Peggy Hawker, at p.hawker@newportoregon.gov, or by telephone at 541.574.0613. The application deadline is November 17, 2020.

It is anticipated that the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will interview interested volunteers at its November meeting, and forward a recommendation to the Mayor for formal appointment at a subsequent City Council meeting.

Response is swift in attacking judge Amy Barrett’s rise to the highest court in the land

Wyden Votes ‘No’ on Amy Coney Barrett

“Senate Republicans have broken rules, violated their word and gamed the system in bad faith to pack the courts with far-right ideologues who will do their dirty work for them”

Washington, D.C.U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted ‘no’ on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court today. Wyden released the following statement:

“The Republican agenda – throwing millions of Americans off their healthcare, overturning Roe and their myriad other priorities that threaten fundamental freedoms – is too unpopular to enact through legislation, so Republicans are working to enact it through the Courts. That’s really what the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett is all about.

“This rush job to fill the Ginsburg seat has been illegitimate from the beginning, and it was proven to be a sham when Judge Barrett turned out to be the Babe Ruth of ducking and dodging simple questions during her nomination hearing. Justice Ginsburg was not just an iconic fighter for the rights of the powerless and vulnerable. She always said what she meant, and meant what she said. We did not get that from Judge Barrett.

“Senate Republicans have broken rules, violated their word and gamed the system in bad faith to pack the courts with far-right ideologues who will do their dirty work for them. They have done severe damage to the legitimacy and the independence of the judiciary in this country. We need to give serious consideration to any solution that can undo this damage and ensure that all Americans are guaranteed equal protection under the law. “

Ron Wyden lays it on the line…and he’s not happy, along with millions of others

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Today, just eight days before the election, and against the wishes of the American people, Senate Republicans handed Amy Coney Barrett a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

I voted no, both because Barrett is far too extreme to sit on the highest court, and because the McConnell-Trump confirmation process made a mockery of our values and our Constitution.

Amy Coney Barrett is the product of one of the most cynical, hypocritical political processes in our history – a hasty attempt to deprive voters of their right to call the shots in our democracy. Further, it confirms that McConnell and Trump’s GOP will cheat and bulldoze their way through any and every rule and norm in our society if it means they can cling to more power.

As for Barrett herself, she’s very plainly demonstrated her intention to join justices like Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in overturning Roe v. Wade, marriage equality, and the Affordable Care Act. Her refusal to answer even the most basic of questions at her confirmation “hearings” speaks volumes.

Her future on the court threatens to reverse decades of hard-won advances and force our most vulnerable populations into second-class citizenship.

As our movement fights across the nation to at last bring an end to Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency, Amy Coney Barrett represents a threat to the very underpinnings of our democracy. As we’ve seen from all that’s happened, she has hinted about being open to the idea of presidential self-pardons for high crimes and misdemeanors carried out by our elected leaders while serving the American people.

This is a dark day for justice in America, David. But we don’t have time to mourn; we’ve got eight days to get out the vote and do everything we can to make sure we take back our government next Tuesday.

John and Cecille Kennedy photographing the stars and sharing them with us…

Can see Orion and the Pleiades, bright cluster in the upper right. Pleiades (the seven sisters) interesting. In mythology, the sisters were about to be eaten or something, so Zeus (or some deity) rescued them and changed them into the constellation. Conspiracy theories abound regarding advanced life forms from Pleiades visiting earth. Supposedly, you can only see six of them and have to look slightly away to see the six. Seventh one is seen with magnification and a smaller star above the far left one. It’s all lost to me. Twenty years ago, an eye doc told me that I should be walking with a white cane and it would border on criminal negligence if I were to drive a car without wearing glasses. Means for astronomy stuff, a bit hard to count the seven sisters. I have faith however that they are all there.

Best,

John and Cecille

In Memoriam – Bill Freeman of the Poole and McCaffrey Sloughs – a life well lived…

Bill Freeman

Few people will notice but we should all learn from the death of “Bill Freeman” on October 19th, five days short of his 85th year.  He lived 10 miles southeast of Newport in the forest between Poole Slough and McCaffrey Slough.  That’s where he was born and spent his entire life.

His mother, Evelyn Schirmer, was born in a cabin that stands on a knoll overlooking Poole Slough. The Schirmers were a German family that emigrated to the coast of Oregon in the 19th century. Evelyn married a newcomer, David Orr Freeman. Their first son, William, was born in a logger’s shack on October 24, 1935. When Bill came of age to go to school, the one room school house in that forest had disappeared about the time his mother was born. Bill said that the county sent a man across the slough in a boat with several textbooks and told his mother, that the books would be Bill’s entire education.

But Bill was illiterate and he was embarrassed by that.  But he never deserved the term “uneducated” – a term that so many people who hang college and university diplomas on their walls use to elevate themselves above those with whom they often disagree and whom they pity.  Bill was much more than that.

Bill and his faithful companion Jingles

I have a few diplomas on my own wall. What I learned at Oxford, 57 years ago, to earn my graduate degree and what I learned in the last eight years from being Bill Freeman’s only neighbor within a half mile, are very different. But I’m as grateful for what I learned about life from Bill as what I learned from Oxford – knowing how to survive and how to live – the truest measures of the quality and utility of what a person masters.

By these measures Bill Freeman was a learned man. Compare him to most people with high school or college degrees, the Ph.D.s who speak with ease, who drink fine wine and enjoy French cheese.  Bill was educated by Mother Nature – a different variety of “higher education.”

The first time I saw Bill Freeman, I was living in the cabin where his mother was born because I had just bought the land, intending to build a new home. On that near freezing March morning I was looking out over the slough when I saw a small dinghy coming downstream. As it came closer I saw  a tall sturdy old man in a knit cap and rubber boots rowing easily and steadily northward toward Yaquina Bay. That was Bill – making the 3 mile round trip to his mail box on North Bay Road.

The first time we talked was a week or two later when I was coming up to my place on the road that leads through Bill’s forest. He was standing tall, supervising the cutting of a dead tree some 3 feet in diameter and fifty feet tall – one of the few trees in his old growth forest that he ever cut. Over the years we met often, sometimes we did a bit of work together.  I learned a lot from him.

Bill plying the waters he knew so well…

Maybe Bill was successful here because he knew the place so well and didn’t have to change his life. About four years ago when I introduced Bill to a documentary film-maker working on a program about the estuaries. The film-maker asked Bill, “What’s changed about the slough since you can first remember?” Bill looked out over the slough and the marshes, thought hard, and answered, “Well, not a whole heck of a lot.” And that’s how he wanted it. That’s what he knew how to live with.

What did Bill know that “educated” people seldom know? Bill knew how to make a living from the forest. He knew that alder trees make the best trolling poles for fishing boats. He couldn’t read books but he could read the water and find his way in and out of the shoals at low tide. He could milk cows and separate cream from milk. He could reload rifle cartridges. He could graft apple trees that grew tons of apples every year.  He could stalk elk and deer to feed his family. He had tamed deer to eat from his hand. In his later years he became a “picker,” roaming hundreds of acres of forest that his father had bought when Bill was a boy. He knew how to find the salal greens used in America and Europe for food and floral displays. He knew which ones to pick, how to cut and tie them and sell them to a local distributor for $1.80 a bunch. He couldn’t calculate how much he earned per hour and he didn’t care. He lived simply and said he “earned enough.”

Bill and Jingles were inseparable – great companions

Bill didn’t know accounting but he knew how to run a business well enough to pay his bills and buy necessities. He also knew how to preserve a forest. He could have become a rich man by selling the big tall trees he inherited, but he used to say he wanted to preserve them – like a park.

He also knew how to do “that thing” that often drives “educated” people to despair, tears and suicide—how to live alone. Bill and his two younger brothers never married. They lost their father in 1962 when the four of them were logging a big fir that had fallen down a steep hill toward the marshes. Their father had worked up a big sweat and was breathing hard when he sat down on the log.  He lit his pipe.  It was the last puff of his life.

Bill’s two brothers died in the late 1990s of cancer. His mother, Evelyn Schirmer Freeman, lived on, running cattle in the marshes until she was about 90. She died in 2010 at age 98.

For the next 8 years Bill lived alone with his overfed and much beloved dachshund, Jingles. He once told me, “If it wasn’t for Jingles here I’d go crazy.” Bill at 82 wasn’t crazy.  He could still ride his motorbike like crazy through the forest pathways with a full load of salal greens attached to a plywood platform behind his seat. His motorbike, his apples, his hand-tamed deer, his dinghy, and his dog Jingles were his pleasures and his salvation.

Bill and friend James Schirmer headin’ out

Eventually, Bill had began to lose his sense of time and place. His cousin James Schirmer who lived across the slough had stepped in as he had several times to help Bill. James, a man of many practical talents, restored the spring pond near Bill’s house and brought running water back to the house and installed hot water. James rebuilt the ramp and gangway to the house that had become something as dangerous as tight rope walking. Two or three times a week James would bring Bill across the slough for a good meal and a hot bath, including a shave and a haircut.

Then Bill made “the news” for the first time in his life. One Friday in April James came roaring down to my place on his ATV in the late afternoon. Had I seen Bill? When he had gone to get Bill for supper Bill was gone. The things that Bill never left home – his knit cap, his jacket, his rubber boots, and his dog Jingles – were still there.

We searched the woods ’til near dark.  James called the sheriff’s office for a search party. We didn’t find him that night or the next day despite dozens of searchers on foot and ATVs scouring the forest. The next night near dusk with a cold rain starting James found on a forest trail the footprint of a foot in a sock. They found Bill sitting on a stump in a clearcut.

Except for cuts on his feet he was okay.  James brought him to his own home across the slough where Bill would live out the rest of his life. James managed everything from Bill’s health to his home and forest. Despite Bill’s fading memory, James began a firewood business with Bill who was still sturdy and eager to work. James had to devote a good part of his own life to taking care of Bill as well as Jingles. Understanding Bill’s love of animals, James and a friend bought a pig and a goat for Bill to bottle feed. They enclosed a small garden for him to tend. They weren’t about to put him in a nursing home.

Two weeks ago Bill suffered a stroke and went to Corvallis for treatment. James brought him home again where he seemed to be recovering slowly, beginning to stand and walk on his own. But on the 19th death came for Bill early in the morning, succumbing while overlooking his beloved forests and Poole Slough that had been his entire life.

Let “LWL” be his diploma certifying the highest achievement any of us can hope to reach – a Life Well Lived – that, along with the One Life Awards – Ph.D. and the illiterate alike – Rest In Peace.  Bill earned both diplomas.

Bill Freeman’s remains will be interred in the Newport cemetery where he wanted to be, next to his brothers Ralph and Dale.

Traffic Crash on 101, two miles south of Yachats

1:20pm  Report of a serious traffic crash on Highway 101 roughly 2miles south of Yachats. 

1:25pm Crash between a Lincoln and an SUV

1:40pm  Law enforcement can’t find any sign of a crash north or south of milepost 167.

More disaster relief funds enroute to Oregon…

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Oregon

Private Nonprofit Organizations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in Oregon following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds that began Sept. 7, 2020, announced Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

These low-interest federal disaster loans are available in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion and Tillamook counties.

“Private nonprofit organizations should contact Oregon State Public Assistance Officer Julie Slevin by calling (503) 378-2235 or by emailing julie.slevin@state.or.us to obtain information about applicant briefings,” said Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “At the briefings, private nonprofit representatives will need to provide information about their organization,” continued Garfield. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will use that information to determine if the private nonprofit provides an “essential governmental service” and is a “critical facility” as defined by law. If so, FEMA may provide the private nonprofit with a Public Assistance grant for their eligible costs. If not, FEMA may refer the private nonprofit to SBA for disaster loan assistance.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For certain private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help with meeting working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the nonprofit suffered any property damage.

The interest rate is 2.75 percent with terms up to 30 years. The deadline to apply for property damage is Dec. 21, 2020. The deadline to apply for economic injury is July 20, 2021.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

‘Light Up a Life’ remembrance goes virtual for expanded participation

For the past several years during the winter holidays, Samaritan Evergreen Hospice has hosted a celebration called Light Up a Life in Albany, Lincoln City and Newport. This annual event brings people together to remember loved ones who have passed and to support hospice patients and their families.

This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Light Up a Life will be a virtual event which will go live on Sunday, Nov. 22. It will be hosted at samhealth.org/LUAL2020.  Viewers will be able to customize their experience by clicking through reflections from hospice chaplains, a memorial slideshow of hospice patients and a candle-lighting video.

Since the event won’t be live, viewers can visit the site anytime from anywhere beginning Nov. 22 to enjoy this impactful event.  “We are absolutely delighted about this opportunity to present Light Up a Life online and to have it available in time for Thanksgiving week, which is a traditional time for family gatherings,” said Jody Gordon, bereavement coordinator at Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. “We envision loved ones gathering around the computer to share in the special moment when their loved ones’ names and pictures are viewed. We hope to replicate the human touch and emotions of love, loss and hope through this new medium.”

Although Light Up a Life focuses on Samaritan Hospice patients who have passed away during the previous year, it is also open to community members who wish to donate in someone’s memory. The deadline to include loved ones’ names in this event is Friday, Nov. 6.

For more information, contact Samaritan Evergreen Hospice at 541-812-4662. To participate with a donation, call Samaritan Foundations at 844-768-4256.

The corona virus is no where near done with us yet…..

Things will get worse before they get better….

Although Gov. Kate Brown has recently eased some restrictions, like allowing bowling alleys and skating rinks to reopen in the Portland area, she announced on Friday that Multnomah County is back on the “watch list,” meaning public health officials will keep closer tabs on it.

The health authority reported new cases in the following counties: Baker (6), Benton (5), Clackamas (17), Clatsop (1), Columbia (3), Coos (2), Crook (4), Deschutes (13), Douglas (4), Jackson (20), Jefferson (1), Josephine (3), Klamath (2), Lake (1), Lane (30), Lincoln (2), Linn (5), Malheur (6), Marion (88), Morrow (2), Multnomah (82), Polk (1), Umatilla (5), Union (1) Wallowa (2), Washington (57) and Yamhill (3).

Oregon Health Authority senior advisor Dr. Shimi Sharief said if the infection rate doesn’t turn around soon, Oregon  hospitals could be at capacity by December.

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