Category Archives: KOBI

Oregon Health Authority to require testing for cyanotoxins in drinking water

Medford Water Commission says the Rogue River may fall into the category of water sources needing to be tested. However, the agency has yet to be notified by the Oregon Health Authority. Source: Oregon Health Authority to require testing for cyanotoxins in drinking water – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

The National Park Service seeking input from the public

The National Park Service is asking for community input on how to best utilize the Oregon Cave National Monument and Preserve. “We’re taking in all the comments, looking at the angles from the public, but also analyzing all the environmental factors and cultural factors to make sure we aren’t missing anything,” Oregon Cave specialist Jason […]
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Electric bikes could be allowed on some rural trails

SALEM, Ore. – Should electric bicycles be allowed on some Oregon trails? That’s the question the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is asking the community. The agency is proposing a rule change which would allow e-bikes on some OPRD roads and trails that are 8 feet or wider, and along some areas of the ocean […]
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Medford Police saving lives through use of Naloxone

Medford, Ore. — Medford Police say they’ve used Naloxone 39 times in the last three years to stop heroin overdoses. Out of those 39 times, 37 lives have been saved. “We’re tremendously grateful that they care so much, and that they carry it everyday,” President of Max’s Mission, Julia Pinsky, said. After losing her son to […]
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Gov. Brown shares Ashland man’s story with U.S. Senate Health Committee

Governor Kate Brown testified Thursday in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to share her perspective on the national opioid crisis. Her testimony included the story of Max Pinsky, an Ashland man who died of overdose in 2013. Source: Gov. Brown shares Ashland man’s story with U.S. Senate Health […]
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After retail gun lawsuit, Oregon Labor responds and prepares – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

MEDFORD, Ore.–  20-year-old Tyler Watson’s lawsuit against Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart is believed to be the first in the country. The state says, it may not be the last. Watson filed the lawsuit Monday saying the stores violated his rights when they wouldn’t sell him a rifle because of his age. Both Dick’s and Walmart […]
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New Oregon legislation makes it easier to save for a home

One of the biggest takeaways from Oregon’s recent legislative session is the efforts to combat the state-wide housing crisis. Perhaps most notable is a new program that aims to boost the amount of homeowners in the state by creating a savings account for first-time homebuyers. It allows a person to put aside $10,000 a year […]
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Oregon tops nation in wildfire drone missions

In 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior began regularly using drones to help fight wildfires. Seven years later, Oregon topped the nation in the use of drones for wildfire and natural resource missions. When the DOI’s drone program first started, they used decommissioned military hand-me-downs used on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. The […]
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State Senator Alan DeBoer won’t seek re-election

State Senator Alan DeBoer announced he won’t be seeking re-election. DeBoer released a statement acknowledging his commitment to the committees he has been assigned to for the remainder of his term and what it takes to work through the government. “There are lobbyists and special interest groups who apply constant pressure to pass their priorities,” […]
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Gov. Kate Brown plans $14.5 million to increase child welfare staffing

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced her plan to increase staffing for the child welfare division of the Oregon Department of Human Services. The proposal comes after an unfavorable audit of the agency by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. Source: Gov. Kate Brown plans $14.5 million to increase child welfare staffing – KOBI-TV NBC5 / […]
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