Category Archives: Statesman Journal

Dental screenings needed for student health, academic success

Oregon students under the age of 7 starting public school for the first time are required to have dental screenings. The requirement was put in place last year. Source: Dental screenings needed for student health, academic success

Flash flood warning issued for Eagle Creek Fire burn area

Heavy rains in the fire-ravaged Columbia River Gorge led the National Weather Service Portland to issue a flash flood warning for the Eagle Creek burn area until 4 p.m. Wednesday. “This is a life-threatening situation,” weather officials said. Source: Flash flood warning issued for Eagle Creek Fire burn area

Salem considers outlawing sitting on sidewalks in homeless crackdown

Salem is poised to outlaw sitting and lying on city sidewalks from dawn to dusk. Source: Salem considers outlawing sitting on sidewalks in homeless crackdown

Pesticide-contaminated farm soil worries neighbors

Neighbors of two farms involved in a proposed swap of pesticide-contaminated soil say they are alarmed by the plan, and have asked state officials to attend a community meeting next week to answer their questions. Source: Pesticide-contaminated farm soil worries neighbors

New Oregon distracted driving, hands-free cellphone law begins Oct. 1

Starting Oct. 1, drivers in Oregon can be pulled over not only texting and talking on their cellphone but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics use. Repeat offenders will face steeper fines and as much as a year in jail. Source: New Oregon distracted driving, hands-free cellphone law […]
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Highest evacuation order issued for Breitenbush Hot Springs, cabins as wildfire comes closer

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office issued the highest level evacuation order for the Breitenbush Community, north of Detroit, on Thursday afternoon. Source: Highest evacuation order issued for Breitenbush Hot Springs, cabins as wildfire comes closer

Gov. Brown ‘appalled’ by Sessions’ position on rescinding DACA

Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday she is “appalled” by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ position on the DACA program, which he recently announced the Trump Administration would rescind in six months. Source: Gov. Brown ‘appalled’ by Sessions’ position on rescinding DACA

Snow blankets Oregon wildfires Chetco bar fire eagle creek fire

As heavy rain turned to snow in Oregon’s high elevations Tuesday, fire crews prepared to wind down operations on multiple wildfires across the state. Source: Snow blankets Oregon wildfires Chetco bar fire eagle creek fire

Salem releases untreated sewage to Willamette

The city of Salem is warning people to stay out of the Willamette River downstream of Keizer’s River Road Park following an accidental sewer overflow. Source: Salem releases untreated sewage to Willamette

Zinke recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned

One of the people who was behind the creation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to President Donald Trump recommending downsizing it has several errors. Source: Zinke recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned