OREGON-MINK VIRUS OUTBREAK
Oregon forces ranchers to vaccinate mink against COVID
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Department of Agriculture has filed a temporary emergency rule requiring all mink farmers to vaccinate their animals against COVID-19. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that state veterinarian Dr Ryan Scholz said authorities are seeking to prevent the virus from mutating in mink and spreading to humans. The state gave ranchers until the end of August to get vaccinated. A 2020 report from the Fur Commission USA lists 11 licensed mink farms in Oregon with approximately 438,327 animals. This makes Oregon the fourth largest hide producer state behind Wisconsin, Utah and Idaho. Eight of Oregon’s mink farms are in Marion County, two in Clatsop County, and one in Linn County.
NORTHWEST PACIFIC HEAT WAVE
Governor: Heat death toll at least 95 in Oregon alone
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – The governor of Oregon has said a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has killed at least 95 people in that state alone. Democratic Governor Kate Brown told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that government officials had warned people of the heat, scattered water to vulnerable people and set up cooling stations. Even so, Brown calls the death toll “absolutely unacceptable.” Hundreds of people are believed to have died from the heat over the past week in the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada. Record temperatures included 116 degrees in Portland and 108 in Seattle. Warm weather is heading east, with temperatures well above 100 predicted Sunday for parts of Idaho and Montana.
Portland apartment complex fire kills 2
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – Authorities say two people have died in a fire at an apartment complex in Portand, Oregon. KOIN reports that firefighters arrived to find two buildings on fire in northeast Portland around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Fire Chief Sara Boone said there were power lines dropping as crews worked to put out the flames and at peak there were around 120 firefighters at the scene. Boone said the apartment complex did not have a sprinkler system.
FARMERS IN THE WESTERN DROUGHT AGAINST FISH
Water crisis hits boiling point on Oregon-California line
TULELAKE, Calif. (AP) – Extreme drought is tearing communities apart in a huge river basin that stretches across the Oregon-California border. The US government has stopped irrigating hundreds of farmers for the first time in history. And Native American tribes along the 257-mile-long Klamath River are watching fish species approach extinction. Dried up wildlife refuges are also symptoms of a crumbling ecosystem. The situation is attracting anti-government activists who are trying to politicize a water crisis of the generations to come. But irrigators in need of federal help fear any connection to far-right activism will tarnish their image.
More sweltering summer trend: West has hotter days, East has hot nights
Analysis by the Associated Press shows that the recent heat wave hit places that are warming faster than other parts of the United States. Federal weather data since 1990 shows that during the summer, the West warms more than elsewhere. The North West heatwave is therefore not as surprising as it looks. The AP analysis also reveals that in the West, daytime highs rise more rapidly, producing these triple-digit dizziness. But in the east, nightly minimums are heating up faster than daytime maximums. And experts say nighttime cooling is necessary for the body to recuperate daytime heat.
OREGON VIRUS OUTBREAK
Oregon Passes 70% COVID Vaccination Milestone
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – Oregon has reached the 70% mark of adults who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Health officials say the state has met the vaccination target through the efforts of more than 660 vaccination sites, run by health care providers, community organizations, tribal partners, health authorities, pharmacies, volunteers, Oregon National Guard and retired healthcare workers. Earlier this week, after more than 15 months of restrictions, Oregon completely reopened – lifting mask requirements, physical distancing and capacity limits. There are a few exceptions, including federal rules; masks will always be compulsory at airports, on public transport and in health establishments.
MEN’S DETECTIVE SHOOTING
Police: driver shot dead by detective after crashing into patrol car
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Police say a 22-year-old man from Salem was shot dead by police after officers tried to contact him as part of a shooting investigation. Oregon State Police said in a press release Friday that around 7:15 p.m. Thursday, officers in Salem investigating a shooting attempted to stop a motorist they said was involved. Police say the motorist fled and crashed into a Salem patrol car. Police said Detective Erick Hernandez shot the vehicle, which was later arrested. Police say the driver, Erfinson Bossy, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and is expected to survive. Police said a passenger in the car fled. Hernandez is on administrative leave during an investigation.
HEAT WAVE – IN-STORE COOKING
Portland Voodoo Donut workers fired after walkout
PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) – Three workers at the notorious Voodoo Donut in Portland, Ore. Were reportedly laid off this week after leaving during the Pacific Northwest heat wave. The Oregonian / Oregon Live reports that service staff walked out of the store Sunday afternoon and planned to return to work on Tuesday. That’s according to a statement from Donut Workers United, which tried unsuccessfully to unionize staff at the site earlier this year. A spokesperson for Voodoo Donut declined to discuss the layoffs, but said the store has air conditioning and steps have been taken to combat the heat, including providing employees with extended or additional breaks and relocating production. early in the morning and late at night.