Wildfire Smoke Means Smaller Newborns And More ER Visits

Fire seasons are now 105 days longer in the western U.S. than they were in the 1970s. And longer wildfire seasons means more smoke pouring into cities and towns. Ask anyone who lived in Washington’s Wenatchee Valley in 2012 about the smoke that year, and they’ll remember. The fires were close and the valley’s dry […]
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Medford meeting will air smoke management proposals

State officials will visit Medford next week in one of several public hearings on proposals intended to reduce the lung-choking smoke that has become all too common in the state each summer by increasing controlled burns in non-fire seasons. Oregon departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality will hold the hearing, which is set for 7 […]
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Reservoir levels scraping bottom

Drought, hot summer weather and continued draw-down for irrigation needs have Emigrant, Hyatt and Howard Prairie lakes headed toward their lowest levels since 2014, leading to recreation closures and threatening to inflict future water headaches. Emigrant and Hyatt lakes — which like Howard Prairie are actually reservoirs — are forecast to drop below 10 percent […]
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Cities consider ban on single-use plastic bags

Fairview mayor Ted Tosterud leads local charge to phase out plastic bags in three cities. Source: Cities consider ban on single-use plastic bags

Forest fire burning near popular Terwilliger Hot Springs, east of Springfield

A wildfire burning east of Springfield was first spotted Sunday afternoon near the short trail to Terwilliger Hot Springs, federal officials said Monday.”It was quite close” to the popular soaking pools, said Jennifer Velez, spokeswoman with the interagency team fighting the blaze.The Terwilliger Fire is in the Willamette National Forest about 50 miles east of […]
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Oregon hazelnut growers see warning signs from economic turmoil overseas

Harvest time is just weeks away, and it’s looking like another good season for Harper Farms.Bryan Harper said his 480-acre hazelnut farm south of Junction City already has commitments for much of the Barcelona variety of Hazelnut his family farm has grown for more than a century.The strong forecast is in spite of growing trade […]
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Can a New State Office Get More Oregonians Outside?

It’ll have to balance feedback from all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts, from environmental activists to ATV lovers. Last August, Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill creating the Office of Outdoor Recreation. Nearly a year later, the state announced the leader for this office of, um, one. Meet Cailin O’Brien Feeney: skier, cyclist, climber, surfer. After leading outdoor tours […]
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Fires to the north bring smoke back to Central Oregon

Smoke in Bend mostly from fires in Washington, British Columbia. Central Oregonians awoke Monday morning to a new round of wildfire smoke blanketing the area. However, the smoke is largely unrelated to the spate of new fires in the region, according to fire experts. Source: Fires to the north bring smoke back to Central Oregon; […]
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Friendship Line | Firearm Suicides – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Central Oregon Health Council recently partnered with the San Francisco–based Institute on Aging to bring a friendship line to the region. The phone service connects local seniors who might be feeling lonely with trained volunteers to talk to. In 2017, more than 400 people in Oregon died in firearm suicides. Bend Bulletin reporter Markyian […]
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Guest column: Judge was right to dismiss the Pelton Project lawsuit

My Indian name is Mustalik. I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and am privileged to serve as chairman of the Tribal Council. I come from the Wasco and Warm Springs people on the Columbia River, and I write to address issues raised in The Bulletin’s recent […]
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