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American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter

Newport, OR, May 21st – The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is having our monthly speaker series meeting via Zoom on Saturday, June 4th at 10:00am. Please join us for Interpretation: An Important Skill for Naturalists. The event is free and open to the public.

Our speaker, Joy Primrose, enjoys engaging with visitors in informal place-based learning from leading guided estuary walks, whale watching, and tabling events to presenting campground programs and other presentations. She became a Certified Marine Naturalist through The Whale Museum in August 2010 and a Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) through the National Association of Interpretation in December 2015. She has participated in Oregon State Parks Whale Watching Spoken Here program since March 2005, and as a volunteer interpreter at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center since 2014. She was also a volunteer interpreter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium from 2007-2015. Joy is currently President of the American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter and an American Cetacean Society National Board Director.

You must register to receive the Zoom link & password by 5:00pm Friday June, 3, 2022.  Register at Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/speaker-series-meeting-tickets-345783938067  Sign in information will be emailed after registration closes on June 3rd.  The program begins promptly at 10:00am so please sign in a few minutes ahead of time.

Contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter President at marine_lover4ever@yahoo.com or (541) 517-8754 for more information.
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The non-profit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, CA. Information on the ACS can be found on the website: www.acsonline.org
You can also find us on Facebook now at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter

Joy Primrose
American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter President
(541) 517-8754
www.acsonline.org

Have you seen this young woman?

Mercedes “Bo” Dunningham, 16 missing from Bend.

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Mercedes “Bo” Dunnington, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Bend on May 15th. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Bo and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Bo is known to spend time at the local parks and gas stations in Bend. She also goes by the name Katie. 

Name: Mercedes “Bo” Dunnington
Date of birth: Jan. 10, 2006
Height: 5-foot-6
Weight: 187 pounds
Hair: Dyed blond 
Eye color: Green
Other identifying information: Bo was last seen wearing a fleece red and black button up jacket with a hood.
Bend Police Department Case #22-26762
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1450997

A small number of children in foster care may be in significant danger when they run away or have gone missing. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and ensure their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.

Nano Business of the Year!

Misty and Tyler
Love them boats!

Depoe Bay Captain Receives Oregon ‘Nano Business of the Year’ Award

Tyler Turner is no stranger to overcoming adversity. After experiencing a motorcycle accident in 2008 that left him a paraplegic, the captain of Depoe Bay’s Tacklebuster Sport Fishing fought through a long period of rehabilitation, eventually passing a rigorous U.S Coast Guard test to be certified as a Captain.

Because of his determination, manifested in his success in private industry and his work with the Oregon Coast Community College SBDC and throughout its Small Business Management Program, Turner was recently presented with the “Nano Business of the Year” award for the State of Oregon from U.S. Small Business Administration.

Turner was nominated for the award by his SBDC advisor, Misty Lambrecht. The award was first announced by the SBA in early March of 2020. It wasn’t until May 2022 – after pandemic delays – that the SBDC received the award, a glass trophy celebrating Turner’s work as one of the shining examples of entrepreneurship and drive in Depoe Bay and greater Lincoln County.

“Working with Tyler and his family since 2015, I have watched Tyler grow – developing the discipline to do his homework, business research, and conduct analyses to see the bigger picture and future opportunities,” said SBM Coordinator Misty Lambrecht. “Tyler’s personal drive to success has helped him to overcome formidable obstacles and embrace opportunities.”

350 East Olive, Newport

In addition to managing operations on the family boat the Tacklebuster, Turner is a father of two and has launched multiple other businesses of his own, including Depoe Bay Candy, and has added the Surfrider Charter Boat to his fleet. Presently, Turner is finalizing the purchase of Dockside Charters, a full-service charter company offering fishing and whale watching and scenic tours.

In 2016, Tacklebuster was also named SBM Business of the Year after completing the SBDC Small Business Management Program.
The SBDC is currently recruiting interested candidates for the Small Business Management Program for 2022-2023. The program will begin in the fall of 2022 and will run through June 2023. The program features monthly classes, many of which feature guest speakers who are experts in their fields on a variety of different topics. The program also features monthly one-on-one advising sessions with Lambrecht or another SBDC advisor. The cost of the program is $200 per academic term, and there are scholarships available, including 100 percent tuition scholarship from the city of Lincoln City for any Lincoln City business.

Other entities, ranging from Northwest Oregon Works to the Toledo Rotary Club, have offered scholarships in the past and such opportunities may be available for the new year from these or different organizations.  For more information, call 541-994-4166, or visit oregoncoast.edu/sbdc

Contact: Julia Ryan
Marketing and Foundation Coordinator
julia.ryan@oregoncoast.edu

Expanding booster doses to younger children…

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup supports COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose for children ages 5 through 11 years old

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSSRW) has recommended that a Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose be made available to children ages 5 through 11 at least five months after receiving the last dose in their primary vaccine series. The decision comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a booster dose for children ages 5-11.

Boosters are available today for children 5-11.

“This is great news for parents and children, who can be confident in the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids and the extra protection a booster dose provides,” said Gov. Kate Brown. “Let’s keep working together to keep our friends and families safe. Thank you to the more than 3 million Oregonians who have received a vaccine dose already. I encourage everyone eligible to find a vaccine or booster appointment near you today.”

The WSSSRW reviewed the data presented to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the waning of immunity after receipt of the two-dose series, the safety of boosters in children 5–11 years of age and the boost in antibody levels produced by boosters. The group concluded that the benefits of a booster in preventing COVID-19 illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in this age group substantially outweighed the risk. The workgroup also called for additional efforts to provide vaccines to those who have not yet been vaccinated, and eliminating disparities in vaccine coverage.

“The decisions this week follow a careful review of evidence by experts at the FDA and CDC, and experts in the Western states pact with Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada,” said Paul Cieslak, medical director for communicable diseases and immunizations at Oregon Health Authority (OHA). “Research has shown vaccines to be safe in this age group. In its recommendation, the FDA had determined that the known and potential benefits of a single booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for this age group outweighs the known and potential risks and will extend protection against COVID-19.” (more…)

Head-on Traffic Crash in Cutler City

1:20pm  Traffic head-on crash at SW Galley and SW 65th in Cutler City.  One pregnant lady driver has been shaken up.  Reports from the scene is that both vehicles collided at slow speed.  The pregnant lady is being rushed to the hospital.

Rusty Truck Brewing Holiday Weekend Fest Concert Series!!

Rusty Truck Brewing Holiday Weekend Fest Concert Series

Outdoor Live Music Events Added to Lincoln City’s 4th of July and Labor Day Weekends 

Lincoln City –  Tributes to JOURNEY, AC/DC, TOM PETTY as well as 70s yacht rock and 80s party hits cover bands have been announced as part of the line-up for Rusty Truck Brewing Company’s Holiday Weekend Fest series, outdoor concert events for the upcoming 4th of July and Labor Day celebrations. These all-ages concerts will be staged in the Rusty Truck Commons, the area tucked in between the restaurant and brewery buildings at 4649 SW Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. Rusty Truck owner Alex Trevino has once again partnered with “The Ambassador of Good Times,” Jason Fellman of the J-Fell Presents promoter/talent booking agency, to produce these summer happenings. 

The 4th of July Weekend festivities get underway with Shoot To Thrill – AC/DC tribute band on Saturday, July 2nd. Sunday night features Petty Fever – Tom Petty tribute. Stone In Love – Journey tribute caps off the weekend on Monday, July 4th and their set ends just as the Lincoln City fireworks begin just a few hundred yards away, providing clear sight lines of the display for concert attendees.

 

Labor Day weekend plans include two concerts, starting Saturday, September 3rd with Red Light Romeos whose “Super Sounds of the 70s” repertoire includes AOR and yacht rock classics from Doobie Brothers, Hall & Oates, America, and more. Sunday, September 4th features one of the Northwest’s most in-demand 80’s party bands, Radical Revolution, with a high-energy show of the hits that made MTV a generational phenomenon. 

4th of July Weekend tickets are on sale now. The cost per show is $25 adults, $15 ages 7-17, and FREE for ages 6 & under. Weekend passes (all three nights) are also available at $60 for adults, $35 ages 7-17, and still FREE for ages 6 & under.  5-9pm daily  www.aftontickets.com/july4fest

Labor Day Weekend tickets are also available now. The cost per show is $25 adults, $15 ages 7-17, and FREE for ages 6 & under. Weekend passes are also available at $40 for adults, $20 ages 7-17, and still FREE for ages 6 & under. 5-9pm daily www.aftontickets.com/labordayfest

Additionally, Rusty Truck Commons will be open from 12-3pm each festival day (both weekends) with live music, games, tastings, food, and more.  Free Admission!  

Links:  rustytruckbrewing.com

Major Get-Together This Fall

TAFT HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1972

50TH REUNION

Classmates are invited to celebrate 50 years since we graduated high school!

Saturday Sept 17th from 11am-7pm at Wapiti Park

2118 SW Drift Creek Rd. Lincoln City

https://www.wapitirvpark.com/event-space

(Bring your own picnic food and drinks (there will be a barbecue available for use)

For more information go to Facebook: Taft High School Class of ’72 (OR)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/526568025801956/

or email: tafths72@gmail.com

(Please share this with anyone you know who was part of Taft High School Class of ’72)

 

Somebody in Clackamas County forgot to pay attention to what they were doing…

Salem, OR—The following is a statement from Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan on the Clackamas County Elections Results Delay:

“As Oregon’s chief election officer – and a Clackamas County voter — I am deeply concerned about the delay in reporting from Clackamas County Elections tonight. While I am confident that the process they are following is secure, transparent and the results will be accurate, the county’s reporting delays tonight are unacceptable. Voters have done their jobs, and now it’s time for Clackamas County Elections to do theirs.

“In recent days, my office and other counties have offered extra personnel to help with timely reporting. We eagerly await a response from county elections officials on how we can aid in the timely processing of results. I am disappointed that we have not seen more urgency from elections officials in Clackamas County

Watch where you put your feet!!

Snapping turtles in Oregon pose threat to native species

ODFW encourages public to report sightings

SALEM — Snapping turtles, an invasive species in Oregon, are nesting this time of year and are more likely to be encountered on land which is an opportunity for the public to help out.

Please report sightings of snapping turtles to ODFW by visiting https://oregonturtles.org.

Snapping turtles can harm native turtle populations as well as amphibians, mammals, birds, and fish. ODFW wildlife biologists have seen an uptick in reports, and some snapping turtles have been captured recently by members of the public (photos available). If you find a snapping turtle on land and can safely do so, contain the turtle and immediately contact ODFW. For example, put a large sturdy container such as a plastic storage tote over the turtle and place a heavy object on top to prevent the turtle from escaping. Stay away from the snapping turtle’s head – they have a long neck and a powerful bite.

The common snapping turtle, indigenous to the eastern United States but invasive in Oregon, can reach up to 18 inches in length. Its top shell is strongly serrated and varies from tan/brown to olive to almost black. Its long tail has three rows of saw-tooth keels.

Invasive turtles can be delivered to your local ODFW office when they are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please call ahead to arrange your delivery.

Photos of snapping turtles can be found here:

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Senator Ron Wyden Announces “On Line” People’s Town Hall

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Wyden Announces Five Oregon Town Halls

Coming off this year’s landmark 1,000th town hall, senator’s upcoming online town halls will be in Lincoln, Tillamook, Deschutes, Wasco and Hood River counties 

Portland –  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today announced five upcoming “live on-line” town halls hosted by People’s Town Hall  for residents of Lincoln, Tillamook, Deschutes, Wasco and Hood River counties.

Heading into these upcoming virtual town halls, Wyden has held 1,017 town halls statewide in fulfillment of his pledge to hold at least one town hall each year in each of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“I’ve kept my promise to hold annual town halls in each of our state’s 36 counties because Oregonians deserve every opportunity to have regular and open conversations with public officials,” Wyden said. “It’s an honor representing every part of our state and thanks to Oregonians’ dedication to direct democracy, I had my 1,000th town hall in Oregon this year. I’m committed to providing these opportunities for any Oregonian to ask me any question, and I very much look forward to these upcoming town halls in Lincoln, Tillamook, Deschutes, Wasco and Hood River counties.”

“Our democracy is stronger and better when lawmakers meet regularly with their constituents, and we congratulate Senator Wyden on his 1,000th town hall earlier this year representing the people of Oregon,” said Nathan Williams of People’s Town Hall, a virtual town hall series from the founders of Town Hall Project. “People’s Town Hall invites all constituents in these five Oregon counties, regardless of party affiliation, to join the upcoming substantive conversations so vital to our democracy.” 

The upcoming virtual town hall schedule is as follows:

·        Lincoln County, 11 am, Saturday, May 28 link to watch

·        Tillamook County, 3 pm, Saturday, May 28, link to watch

·        Deschutes County, 3 pm, Wednesday, June 1, link to watch

·        Wasco County, 11 am, Friday, June 3, link to watch

·        Hood River County, 2:30 pm, Friday, June 3, link to watch

For Oregonians in those counties who want to submit questions for Senator Wyden, here’s the link. A web version of this release is here.

Complicated Newport Meeting – Living on the street – Library Upgrade – Cascadia Subduction Zone

Newport City Hall

The Newport City Council this past week examined some pretty hard nuts to crack – some issues solvable – some not.  The Council heard a number of problem situations among them trying to find affordable housing – there’s practically none.  Child care – many families can’t afford it.

But hope is on the way.  Manufactured housing outside and inside city limits (where feasible) are getting some buyers – prefabricated structures – mobile homes which are becoming more acceptable even in neighborhoods that have regular homes.  Sometimes crowded parking in cramped neighborhoods – especially during parts of the year that invite out-of-area seasonal workers who need temporary shelter.

But there is a major issue casting a shadow over the Oregon Coast and that is the inevitable recurrence of the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake. The shakers pound the coast every 250 to 350 years.  Back in 1700 a 9 Richter earthquake obliterated Native American communities. Tsunamis pounded the shore that sank up to 20 feet, putting Native Americans in a disastrous situation.  Many were killed – and geologists today say “We’re overdue for the next “Big One.”

But these days local governments, including police, fire and other services, many residents are worried about the next “Big One.”  Newport’s law enforcement along with an array of local neighborhood needs are looking ahead to the “Big Shaker.”  Local “Cascadia Rising” experts are in the process of practicing evacuation drills, starting 9am, June 9th community-wide so when “the big one” hits again, coastal residents will know what it is and how to help save lives.  The next  “earthquake community drill” will be on June 9th when possibly hundreds, if not thousands of coastal residents practice how to save their own lives.  Practicing is key, of course.

 

 

On June 15th those who want to participate in a drill are welcome to join the 6 hour event.  Everyone from neighbors to police officers will go through the ordeal closely monitored by local Amateur “Ham Radio Operators” who will co-ordinate “rescuers” who will be going through the motions of saving lives and summoning medical professionals.  The drill will be conducted on June 15th, 8:30am to 2pm and a number of Newport City Councilors will be on hand to participate at City Hall and the Armory – if not at a few more locations.

And finally, those who run the Newport Library got a nice pile of money aimed at making the library more easy to use.  The library dipped into the city’s piggy bank and came out with $33,000 dollars (and then some).  They will make some improvements to the library by replacing aging library windows and what sounds like a chimney upgrade.  Maybe more.

Centers for Disease Control: Vaccine for kids 5-11 years recommended

Update on COVID-19 booster eligibility for children ages 5-11

Today, May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended a pediatric booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. This recommendation comes two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a single booster dose for this age group at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup (WSSRW) will meet at 5 p.m. today to review and discuss the CDC recommendation. If the WSSRW recommends a booster dose for children ages 5 through 11, Oregon Governor Kate Brown will review the recommendation, with guidance from health experts, and make the final decision for the state.

If the booster dose recommendation passes  these steps, the recommendation will be implemented in Oregon. Oregon Health Authority will distribute a special edition of the Coronavirus Update newsletter tomorrow, Friday, May 20, with the final decision. Presentation slides from today’s CDC meeting may be found here.

How could America run out of baby formula?

Wyden, Merkley, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Rapidly Implement National Strategy to Address Infant Formula Crisis, Prevent Future Shortages 
Senators in letter to President Biden: “We cannot stop working on this issue until babies are fed.” 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week joined colleagues in urging President Biden to immediately assign a coordinator within the White House to work with manufacturers directly and oversee the development and implementation of a national strategy for increasing the resiliency of the infant formula supply chain and protecting against future contamination and shortages. 

The senators asked that the national strategy rapidly address immediate needs associated with the shortage, including identifying specific action steps and deadlines for addressing the shortage. They also asked that it provide critical information to parents and caregivers, including where to find formula, how to transition from one formula to another, if needed, and what to do if a medical or specialty formula is unavailable. 

“We were encouraged to see FDA take steps this week to address the formula shortage. Recent actions taken by the Administration to boost formula imports and expand the list of products that parents and caregivers can buy under WIC are critical interventions. And FDA’s efforts to safely reopen Abbott’s manufacturing plant and use enforcement discretion with respect to certain specialty formulas that have been held pending the investigation are important steps to boost supply,” Wyden, Merkley and the senators wrote to President Biden“But these steps alone are not enough, and the federal government needs to do more to get formula back on shelves as soon as possible and secure the supply chain of infant formula to prevent this type of crisis from happening again. These actions require a government-wide response, as the issue spans food supply chain security, regulatory oversight, public health surveillance, market competition, government contracting, and more.” 

“. . . The COVID-19 pandemic has put an immense strain on parents and caregivers—and this shortage is only worsening the challenges families are facing. We need organized leadership and a clear plan for addressing this crisis. We cannot stop working on this issue until babies are fed.”

The senators also asked that the administration outline a long-term strategy that allows for better information-sharing across federal, state, and local governments regarding shortages, improved and ongoing coordination with manufacturers and retailers, and measures for protecting the safety and integrity of the formula supply. 

Along with Wyden and Merkley, the letter — which was led by U.S. Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Bob Casey, D-Penn. — was signed by 28 other senators.

Don’t kidnap young wildlife: leave wildlife wild

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SALEM, Ore.— Young wildlife are rarely orphaned, so leave them where you find them. The advice you are likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home is “put it back,” and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too.

Because of the damage it can do to both wildlife and people, removing an animal from the wild is illegal under Oregon wildlife laws. (ORS 497.308 – No person shall remove from its natural habitat or acquire and hold in captivity any live wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws.)

Unfortunately, every year around this time, ODFW offices, licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and even Oregon State Police are flooded with calls from people who picked up a deer fawn, elk calf, fledgling bird learning to fly, or other young animal they assumed was orphaned because it was alone. When removed from the wild, the animal misses the chance to learn where to seek cover, what to eat and how to escape from predators and other dangers.

Here’s how to help instead:

  • Keep pets and other domestic animals away to help wildlife this time of year. Pets will stress wildlife, especially if there are young wildlife or fledgling birds in your yard. Keep dogs on a leash when recreating outside.
  • If you are certain an animal is orphaned because you saw its parent die, or you see an animal that is injured, please call ODFW, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, or OSP for advice.

Deer and Elk
Oregon’s deer and elk give birth from May through July. It’s natural for mother animals to leave their young alone and hidden for extended periods of time while they go off to feed, so never assume a young animal is orphaned when you see it alone. The mother will return when it’s safe to do so—when people, pets or predators aren’t around. Deer and elk see dogs as a threat to their young so may act aggressively in response to disturbance from a dog.

Marine Mammals
The advice to leave animals in the wild applies to all wildlife—including adult and young marine mammals that are commonly seen alone resting on rocks or the beach in spring and summer. Beachgoers should stay away from resting seals and sea lions and keep dogs away from these animals as well. Marine mammal strandings should be reported to OSP’s hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Birds
Some baby birds, called fledglings, may become separated from their parents as they learn to fly. These are sometimes mistaken as abandoned birds. Unless obviously injured, fledglings should be left where they are or lifted carefully back into the nest or onto a branch to avoid predators, so they have the best chance at survival.

Ducklings and goslings frequently become separated from their mothers due to disturbance from humans or predators. If you spot young waterfowl without a mother, please leave them alone and leave the area so the mother can return.

With the recent detections of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Oregon, it is more important than ever to avoid close contact with waterfowl (ducks and geese) this spring and summer. Do not feed ducks and geese. Feeding congregates susceptible birds and enables the disease to spread between birds more easily. Also, note that Oregon’s wildlife rehabilitators are not currently accepting sick ducks and geese to protect other avian patients and education birds in their care.

For more information on young wildlife visit https://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/viewing/FAQs.asp

Certain companies got their hands more than slapped….

DEQ issues 11 penalties in April for environmental violations

May 2022

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued 11 penalties totaling $115,648 in April for various environmental violations. A detailed list of violations and resulting penalties is at https://ordeq.org/enforcement.

Fines ranged from $2,025 to $36,000. Alleged violations included a city discharging untreated sewage to Rock Creek, a truck spilling 25 gallons of diesel into Hedges Creek, and a developer illegally open burning construction materials, plastic and other garbage.

DEQ issued civil penalties to the following organizations:

  • Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning Corp., $2,200, Portland, asbestos
  • Alpha 3 LLC, 1800 Cordon Rd LLC, and Sides, Charles; $5,309, Salem, open burning
  • Arnold J. Thomas & Son, Inc. dba Thomas & Son Distributors, $36,000, Tualatin, emergency response
  • Banyan Tree Investments, LLC, $7,200, Portland, asbestos
  • City of Vernonia, $7,800, Vernonia, water quality
  • Farm Power Tillamook LLC, $20,369, Tillamook, air quality
  • Multnomah County, $3,211, Portland, asbestos
  • Oregon Department of Transportation, $3,900, Dodson, water quality
  • Traeger Pellet Grills LLC, $8,434, Redmond, air quality
  • Westport Service District Sewage Treatment Plant, $2,025, Westport, water quality
  • Zien Phan, $19,200, Portland, asbestos

Organizations or individuals must either pay the fines or file an appeal within 20 days of receiving notice of the penalty. They may be able to offset a portion of a penalty by funding a supplemental environmental project that improves Oregon’s environment. Learn more about these projects at https://ordeq.org/sep.

Penalties may also include orders requiring specific tasks to prevent ongoing violations or additional environmental harm.

DEQ works with thousands of organizations and individuals to help them comply with laws that protect Oregon’s air, land and water. DEQ uses education, technical assistance, warnings and penalties to change behavior and deter future violations.

If you’re out and about in the woods….

SALEM, Ore.— Young wildlife are rarely orphaned, so leave them where you find them. The advice you are likely to hear if you bring a young wild animal home is “put it back,” and you might get a warning or citation from Oregon State Police, too.

Because of the damage it can do to both wildlife and people, removing an animal from the wild is illegal under Oregon wildlife laws. (ORS 497.308 – No person shall remove from its natural habitat or acquire and hold in captivity any live wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws.)

Because of the damage it can do to both wildlife and people, removing an animal from the wild is illegal under Oregon wildlife laws. (ORS 497.308 – No person shall remove from its natural habitat or acquire and hold in captivity any live wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws.)

Unfortunately, every year around this time, ODFW offices, licensed wildlife rehabilitators, and even Oregon State Police are flooded with calls from people who picked up a deer fawn, elk calf, fledgling bird learning to fly, or other young animal they assumed was orphaned because it was alone. When removed from the wild, the animal misses the chance to learn where to seek cover, what to eat and how to escape from predators and other dangers.

(more…)

More than past time to ban Asbestos –

Are you familiar with asbestos? Asbestos is a dangerous, cancer-causing mineral that has been extensively used in various construction materials and industrial applications in the United States for over a century. When material containing asbestos is disturbed, tiny hazardous fibers are released into the air and may cause lung cancer and other illnesses.  
 
We’ve known for generations that asbestos is lethal, yet some industries’ profits have been valued over the lives of firefighters, construction workers, and other Americans exposed to this toxic substance. Other developed nations have already acted to protect their citizens from this deadly substance by banning asbestos. Why has America not done the same?  
 
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and I know it’s long past time for America to end this dangerous public health threat once and for all. That’s why we teamed up to introduce the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022, a bill that will prohibit the manufacture, processing, use, and distribution of commercial asbestos. This bill will ban the importation and use of all six of the recognized asbestos fibers, expanding on the EPA’s recent proposal which will only ban one.   
 
Too many Americans have sat at the bedside watching helplessly as their loved ones die from cancer caused by asbestos. This is totally avoidable if America just bans it. We have an easy solution to a heartbreaking and preventable problem. It’s time to get this done and ban asbestos once and for all.  All my best,
Jeff

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