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Oregon: Coronavirus growth appears to have flattened, per…

Oregon: Coronavirus growth appears to have flattened, per…

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'We're treading water:' Modeling says growth rate leveled off despite recent record death toll - but could grow again.
OHA: Oregon passes 20,000 known cases of COVID-19

OHA: Oregon passes 20,000 known cases of COVID-19

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As of Thursday's daily report from public health authorities, 339 Oregonians are known to have died from COVID-19.
Lawmakers deadlock on federal funds for personal protective…

Lawmakers deadlock on federal funds for personal protective…

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Critics argue that counties, not the state, should get the money; full Legislature could decide.
Oregon Supreme Court upholds 2019 changes to public pension…

Oregon Supreme Court upholds 2019 changes to public pension…

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Employees and unions lose a challenge to partial diversion of contributions to pay current pensions.
Oregon is now Real ID compliant - but what does that mean?

Oregon is now Real ID compliant - but what does that mean?

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Appointments and a mask are now required in order to visit an Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles field office.
Updated: Oregon high school sports delayed until January

Updated: Oregon high school sports delayed until January

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Competition split into three seasons beginning in January 2021, with football kicking off in March
County gives back environmental health license fees

County gives back environmental health license fees

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Public Health department reimbursed $45K to local businesses using CARES Act funds.
City of Madras hopes for grant to improve downtown…

City of Madras hopes for grant to improve downtown…

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ODOT will be doing project in 2023, city hopes to work on stormwater and more at the same time.
Businesses expanding smoking ban to 25 feet from entrances

Businesses expanding smoking ban to 25 feet from entrances

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Busy Bee was first, others follow suit as Public Health Department encourages expansion of clean air act.
Health & Wellness campus still on track

Health & Wellness campus still on track

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Board of Commissioners votes to go ahead with campus despite loss of Lottery bond funds.
Metolius council votes to respond to recall

Metolius council votes to respond to recall

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Council will send the Pioneer a letter to the editor. Elliott and Wyler also responded.
2 Madras residents die in Highway 97 crash

2 Madras residents die in Highway 97 crash

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A Honda Odyssey was entering Highway 97 at O'Neil Highway when it was struck by a semitruck.
Gov. Brown calls Aug. 10 special session to balance state…

Gov. Brown calls Aug. 10 special session to balance state…

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Leaders already were at work on $1 billion plan blending cuts and fund shifts, but no federal aid.
Brown creates Racial Justice Council to change programs,…

Brown creates Racial Justice Council to change programs,…

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The Oregon governor creates new advisory group to shape next state budget and more.
Sharing what they love in Shaniko

Sharing what they love in Shaniko

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Mother-daughter duo Joni and Olivia Harms will put on a free country-western concert Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1 during Shaniko Days
509-J schools will start fall at a distance

509-J schools will start fall at a distance

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State is requiring new health metrics Jefferson County doesn't meet. 509-J will be distance only for at least 6 weeks.
Metolius recall effort underway

Metolius recall effort underway

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Group files paperwork to recall mayor, 3 city councilors over wooden train, other complaints.
Jefferson County unemployment rate drops to 13.1%

Jefferson County unemployment rate drops to 13.1%

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County added 250 jobs in June, but jobless numbers are still much higher than last year's 5%.
Local agencies offer resources for sexual abuse survivors

Local agencies offer resources for sexual abuse survivors

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KIDS Center and Saving Grace talk about how to report suspected abuse, who to talk to, and more.
Humane society manager's brain tumor worse than thought

Humane society manager's brain tumor worse than thought

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Fundraisers for Jerilee Drynan continue; she does not have health insurance and needs chemotherapy and radiation.
Public Health serves families affected by COVID-19

Public Health serves families affected by COVID-19

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Jefferson County departent delivers food, supplies to people in isolation, partners with local nonprofits.
August looms, but prep sports answers await

August looms, but prep sports answers await

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OSAA delays opening of games until Sept. 23 and football may not be allowed at all as it's a full-contact sport
Governor: Counties must lower COVID-19 case numbers for…

Governor: Counties must lower COVID-19 case numbers for…

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Currently, only one county in Oregon meets the standards that would allow for in-school instruction.
3 Jefferson County residents die due to COVID-19

3 Jefferson County residents die due to COVID-19

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Shirley Heath, wife of Warm Springs Chief Delvis Heath, dies due to coronavirus.
Oregon sees record-high 14 deaths from virus on Tuesday,…

Oregon sees record-high 14 deaths from virus on Tuesday,…

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Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen issues a message of condolence as agency also reports 342 new cases.
Oregon governor announces new steps to curb spread of…

Oregon governor announces new steps to curb spread of…

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As numbers rise, children must wear face coverings, outdoor venues now at 100, restaurants and bars close earlier.
Students heading back to class will need masks

Students heading back to class will need masks

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Oregon will distribute 5 million masks for school children and staff to help them stay safe under updated reopening plans.
Marker near McKenzie summit honors road building, postal…

Marker near McKenzie summit honors road building, postal…

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John Craig keyed the work that led to the McKenzie Highway, opening up Valley to Central Oregon; died on its summit as mail deliverer
Warm Springs government offices closed through Aug. 3

Warm Springs government offices closed through Aug. 3

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Tribal Council enacted the shutdown due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Sheriff address protest questions

Sheriff address protest questions

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Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins took questions from the Faith-Based Network last week.

Mayor ordered train destroyed following threats

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Mayor ordered train destroyed following threats
City of Metolius staff were receiving threats; council ratified mayor's decision Wednesday.

Debate over train used in sex abuse goes back to…

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Debate over train used in sex abuse goes back to…
The Metolius City Council discussed the wooden train in 4 meetings, including one where the victim told her story.

Metolius reverses course, destroys train used in…

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Metolius reverses course, destroys train used in…
The city refurbished the train not knowing its history. Despite victim's request, it was going to display the train.

Inspections show most following COVID rules

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Inspections show most following COVID rules
OLCC visited 800 businesses over the Fourth of July weekend. Bend was one of few places with compliance issues.

Buckner and five cowboys head to Oklahoma for…

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Buckner and five cowboys head to Oklahoma for…
When the National High School Rodeo Finals begin, six competitors from Central Oregon are slated to compete

First presumptive COVID-19 death reported in Crook…

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First presumptive COVID-19 death reported in Crook…
The first Central Oregon fatality from COVID-19 was reported in Crook County on July 9

Kids Club reopens this week

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Kids Club reopens this week
The nonprofit will be limited to 40 children in cohorts of 10. It received a $30K grant from the county for operations.

Emergency Board designates $3.58 million for Warm…

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Emergency Board designates $3.58 million for Warm…
Jefferson County's Health and Wellness Center may be on hold as state lottery losses mean funds won't be coming.

Fundraiser benefits Humane Society executive…

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Fundraiser benefits Humane Society executive…
An online GoFundMe fundraiser is underway to benefit Jerilee Drynan, the executive director of the Madras and The Dalles Humane Societies, who had…

Brothers plead not guilty to charges in death of…

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Brothers plead not guilty to charges in death of…
Jakobi and Josiah Washington are being tried as co-defendants and are accused of multiple charges.

COCC details reopening plan

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COCC details reopening plan
The COCC Board is planning to have in-person classes at all campuses, with online and hybrid options, as well.

COIC grant applications due July 20

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COIC grant applications due July 20
Businesses who didn't get federal funds and meet other criteria are eligible.

Fire danger high in Central Oregon

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Fire danger high in Central Oregon
Use of power saws and equipment maintenance hours are limited across the region.

Oregon joins lawsuit against federal rule aimed at…

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Oregon joins lawsuit against federal rule aimed at…
Attorney general says $145 million from 13,000 students is in jeopardy if online classes barred.

Oregon Gov. Brown sets new COVID-19 rules: Ban on…

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Oregon Gov. Brown sets new COVID-19 rules: Ban on…
Brown releases new guidelines Monday, July 13, in hopes of stopping new increases in infections.

Court Roundup for June 29-July3

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Court Roundup for June 29-July3
Two domestic violence cases and a break-in at the Odd Fellows Lodge were on the docket this week.

Tricounty reopening on hold as COVID-19 deaths,…

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Tricounty reopening on hold as COVID-19 deaths,…
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has linked Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties together for moving to Phase 2.

2 arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old

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2 arrested in shooting death of 18-year-old
Josiah and Jakobi Washington are charged on suspicion of conspiracy to commit homicide, second-degree murder.

Governor declares drought at request of counties

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Governor declares drought at request of counties
Jefferson County is included in list of drought-affected counties. North Unit explains effects of declaration.

Madras man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

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Madras man pleads not guilty to attempted murder
Simon Martinez, 26, pleaded not guilty to 2nd-degree murder, unlawful use of a firearm, and recklessly endangering

Commissioners designate funds for COVID testing

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Commissioners designate funds for COVID testing
A drive-through site at the fairgrounds depends on availability of supplies. Board also visited the jail.

Psilocybin therapy initiative qualifies for…

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Psilocybin therapy initiative qualifies for…
If approved, the drug could be used in Oregon to treat mental illnesses like depression and anxiety starting in 2023.

Madras Police chief weighs in on mask use

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Madras Police chief weighs in on mask use
Police Department plans to help with education. Businesses who need help with noncompliers can call.

COIC is offering another round of grants for…

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COIC is offering another round of grants for…
Funds are available for Central Oregon businesses who weren't eligible for other programs.

Warm Springs dispatcher gets training

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Warm Springs dispatcher gets training
Kelly Berkey completed a Basic Telecommunications class with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Jefferson County placed on COVID watch list

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Jefferson County placed on COVID watch list
County one of eight with statistics that concern the state, may prompt rollback to first phase of reopening

Summer camps moving forward with new social…

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Summer camps moving forward with new social…
North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District to offer more than two dozen programs for kids, adults

State of Oregon to enforce indoor mask rule over…

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State of Oregon to enforce indoor mask rule over…
The Oregon Health Authority also announced 344 new cases of COVID-9 but no deaths on Friday, July 3.

Driver in hit-and-run sentenced to 13 months

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Driver in hit-and-run sentenced to 13 months
Anthony Shadley, 59, died in January. Joe Bernal-Mendoza entered an Alford plea July 1.

County COVID-19 case count reaches 118

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County COVID-19 case count reaches 118
Tribal and county health officials are working together to trace cases; county's cases are younger than average.

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