Category Archives: KVAL

Professor: Oregon needs to fully fund ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system

When it comes to a major earthquake and the Pacific Northwest, it isn’t a question of “if” – it’s a matter of “when.” Scientists say Oregon is in danger of a combination earthquake and tsunami wave of huge proportions, thanks to the Cascadia Subduction Zone that runs 600 miles from California to British Columbia off […]
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Land Board to hear Elliott State Forest report at October 16 meeting

A report on stakeholder perspectives regarding the Elliott State Forest will be presented to the State Land Board on Oct. 16 as part of ongoing work to keep the forest publicly owned. Oregon Consensus conducted more than 45 interviews with tribes and stakeholders representing key interests associated with the Elliott State Forest to gather perspectives […]
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An Oregon mystery: The dead elk of No Name Lake

Hikers recently reported seeing some dead elk above No Name Lake near Broken Top in the Central Oregon Cascades. So wildlife biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined a U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger on a trip to investigate. Source: An Oregon mystery: The dead elk […]
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Health Advisory lifted at Seal Rock State Park beach

UPDATE: The Oregon Health Authority lifted a health advisory Friday for Seal Rock State Park after further testing revealed that high fecal bacteria levels had subsided.ORIGINAL POST: Heading out to Seal Rock State Park to beat the heat this week? If so, be aware of a health advisory issued for the beach. The Oregon Health […]
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Recreational use health advisory issued for Odell Lake southeast of Eugene

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory Friday for Odell Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacteria (harmful algae) bloom and the toxins they produce. Odell Lake is located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in Klamath County. Source: Recreational use health advisory issued for Odell Lake southeast of […]
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Gov. Brown speaks with coalition about upholding abortion rights in Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is joining a coalition in speaking out against an initiative that they say would threaten women’s reproductive health in the state. Gov. Brown and leaders of the No Cuts to Care Coalition spoke Monday at Planned Parenthood’s office in Northeast Portland. Source: Gov. Brown speaks with coalition about upholding abortion rights […]
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Toxic algae blooms can happen on the Oregon Coast: Learn how to recognize the danger

The Oregon Coast isn’t immune to the threat of toxic algae blooms, like the one causing problems with drinking water in the state capital of Salem. Bodies of water like Tenmile Lake in Lakeside have been areas of concern in the past. There are no current warning along the coast, but Oregon Health Authority’s toxicologist David […]
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Oregon lifts health advisory for Dorena Reservoir as toxic algae levels decrease

A health advisory for toxic algae at Dorena Reservoir has been lifted, the Oregon Health Authority said Friday. The state had issued a warning June 13 not to have contact with the water in the reservoir 6 miles east of Cottage Grove due to a cyanobacteria bloom. Source: Oregon lifts health advisory for Dorena Reservoir as toxic algae […]
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Oregon state agencies look for ways to help mill owner, employees in aftermath of fire

The State of Oregon will look for ways to help in the aftermath of a fire at a manufacturing plant in south Lane County. The Whitsell Manufacturing went up in flames Sunday night and burned for days. Firefighters just turned the property back over to the owners Thursday. Investigators continue to probe the cause of […]
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Tiny home builders: Oregon rule change keeping industry small

Parked outside the Oregon Capitol building last week, Cameron Scott’s cedar-shingled tiny home made for a stark contrast against the austere granite walls of the state government seat. Source: Tiny home builders: Oregon rule change keeping industry small