Tag Archives: Air Quality/Monitoring

‘When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters’

Smoke-filled summers mean Duane Christensen’s family can no longer live together in the Rogue Valley. His 22-year-old daughter, who has the lung disease cystic fibrosis, had to move away. “It’s been devastating for us as a family. We wish our daughter could live with us,” Christensen told Jackson County Commissioners during a public hearing about […]
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A little smoke now is a small price to pay

With the advent of cold, wet weather, smoke plumes began appearing in the nearby hills, especially above Ashland. Predictably, some residents are complaining about that, especially if they can smell smoke in town. Prescribed burning of slash piles occurs every fall and spring — the “shoulder seasons” between the summer fire season and the winter. […]
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Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Source: Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Wildfire affects all Oregonians

Forestry issues are no longer confined to rural Oregon — it’s now a statewide issue, forestry consultant Matthew Donegan told a gathering of state business, agency and elected leaders Monday. The formation of an Oregon forest business plan now ranks among the state’s highest priorities, Donegan said. Among the plethora of financial issues addressed during […]
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School sours on stench of hemp

For several weeks, a neighbor’s skunky smell filled the air, and students at Oak Grove Elementary complained that their heads hurt and they felt nauseated. Staff, too, were not pleased. They said the odor followed them to their vehicles and homes. From September through October, people at Oak Grove said, they were constantly aware that […]
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School may have little say over hemp

The aroma from ripening hemp crops next to a Medford elementary school is unfortunate for students and staff, but there is probably little the school district can do about it beyond taking steps to filter indoor air. From September through October, students at Oak Grove Elementary School complained of headaches from the odor of a […]
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During California wildfires, farmworkers say they felt pressure to keep working or lose their jobs

Some strawberry pickers, many in the country illegally, said they were not assured access to protective masks when air quality reached dangerous levels. Smoke stung his eyes and throat, but Santiago said his supervisor told workers to go faster because ash from the wildfires could wreck the produce. As public health officials urged people to […]
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‘Smoke from local wood stoves and other sources have combined to create unhealthy air’

Wind should start to clear smoke from the Willamette Valley starting Friday evening, but areas south of Eugene face stagnant air through at least noon on Saturday, weather forecasters and state environmental officials said Thursday. In Lane County, the Lane Regional Air Protection Authority on Wednesday issued a RED alert for air quality, prohibiting visible […]
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Smoke puts W. Oregon, SW Wash. in an Air Quality Alert

Smoke from local woodstoves is combining with haze moving north from California’s wildland fires, putting much of Western Oregon and Southwest Washington under an air quality alert. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued the alert through midnight Friday for much of the Willamette Valley and coastal regions. The alert is in place until Saturday […]
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AIR QUALITY ADVISORIES ISSUED

The reduced air quality around much of Oregon has led to advisories from the National Weather Service and from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Source: AIR QUALITY ADVISORIES ISSUED – KQEN News Radio