Brown creates Child Welfare Oversight Board to address immediate issues in child welfare

Brown creates Child Welfare Oversight Board to address immediate issues in child welfare

Salem, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order that establishes the Child Welfare Oversight Board to advise her direction to the Department of Human Services (DHS) so it can more effectively address Oregon’s child welfare crisis.

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SCOFMP announces Spring Prescribed Fire Season in South Central Oregon

SCOFMP announces Spring Prescribed Fire Season in South Central Oregon

LAKEVIEW, Ore. – Spring weather has arrived in South Central Oregon, and fire managers on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and Lakeview District Bureau of Land Management will be applying prescribed fire to the landscape.

Prescribed fire is used by fire managers to improve forest heath and wildlife habitat, and to reduce hazardous fuels to minimize the threat of high-intensity, severe wildfires in our area.  Applying prescribed fire is a part of our continued commitment to protect communities and natural resources from wildfires.

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Bill qualifies benefits for Sky Lakes Medical Center

Bill qualifies benefits for Sky Lakes Medical Center

Salem, Ore. – HB 2847 passed in a unanimous vote on the House Floor on Monday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls).

The measure expands the list of hospitals, to include Sky Lakes Medical Center, as a hospital classified as a rural referral center and also classified as a sole community hospital, and whose medical staff may qualify for rural medical provider tax credit. Eligible providers…

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House Expands Discrimination Protections for Pregnant, Nursing Mothers

House Expands Discrimination Protections for Pregnant, Nursing Mothers

Salem, Ore. – Bipartisan legislation to provide pregnant and nursing mothers with added employment protections unanimously passed the Oregon House of Representatives today.

The legislation, championed by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie), clarifies protections for job applicants and workers who are pregnant, and ensures all Oregon employees are given needed rest periods to pump breast milk or breastfeed during a child’s first 18 months.

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Registration open for 13th annual History Fitness Hike

Registration open for 13th annual History Fitness Hike

Historic sites between Fort Klamath and Kimball State Park will be explored during the 13th annual History Fitness Hike on May 4.

The hike coincides with a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Kimball State Park. The event is cosponsored by the Klamath County Museum, the YMCA of Klamath Falls, and Oregon State Parks. Registration deadline is April 26.

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Take some tips from Smokey and burn safely

Take some tips from Smokey and burn safely

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The spring open burn window begins Saturday, April 13. Klamath County Public Health (KCPH) officials urge residents to use fire safely.

Smokey Bear is 75 this year and he has a number of tips to safely burn yard debris. According to Smokeybear.com, 88 percent of all wildfires in 2017 were human caused.

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Medical marijuana growers who don't report inventory face penalties

Medical marijuana growers who don't report inventory face penalties

PORTLAND, Ore.—The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is warning hundreds of cannabis growers they need to come into compliance with inventory reporting requirements or face stiff penalties.

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New WIC food list announced

New WIC food list announced

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has announced a new food list for families to use for nutritional benefits. Additions on the list are string cheese and yogurt options, among others. The new food list is available on the WIC app, wicshopper.

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DEQ Offers Free Well Water Testing in Klamath Basin

DEQ Offers Free Well Water Testing in Klamath Basin

Klamath Falls, OR — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is offering free well water testing in the Klamath Basin as part of a groundwater quality study. Interested well users can contact DEQ at groundwater.monitoring@deq.state.or.us or 503-693-5736 to be considered for the study. 

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Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

Mazama Student Health Center Now Open [VIDEO]

“The opportunity to have a clinic attached to the schools…for affordable accessible health care is huge for the school district,” says Glen Szymoniak, KCSD Superintendent.

A $100,000 grant helped finish the Klamath County School Based Health Center. A partnership between KCSD, Cascade Health Alliance, and Klamath Health Partnership.

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New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

New Rules Governing Smoke from Controlled Forest Burns Take Effect in Time for Spring Burning Season

SALEM, Ore. – Revised rules that protect air quality in areas of Oregon susceptible to smoke from controlled forest burns have gone into effect just as the spring burning season gets underway. The new rules were adopted in January by the Oregon Board of Forestry and approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, following a multi-year review process by a broad-based committee.

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Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Salem, Ore. — Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they are leading a national lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new rule that will significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information for women and families.

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Oregon Tech Recognizes Cascade Health Alliances' Commitment to the Klamath Basin

Oregon Tech Recognizes Cascade Health Alliances' Commitment to the Klamath Basin

Klamath Falls, OR — March 1st, 2019 Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) awarded a plaque of appreciation to Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) recognizing CHA’s dedication to the Klamath Basin community and their investment in children and families through support of the Oregon Tech Behavioral Improvement Group (BIG) Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Clinic.

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Traveler With Measles May Have Exposed Others

Traveler With Measles May Have Exposed Others

PORTLAND, Ore.— An individual contagious with measles visited Portland International Airport as well as locations in Marion County. This case is unrelated to the measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash., and unrelated to a recent report of measles in Multnomah County.

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Community Health Fair Saturday

Community Health Fair Saturday

In addition to an assortment of free health screenings and demonstrations at the annual Sky Lakes Medical Center Community Health Fair, you can also have your golf swing analyzed and get improvement tips, learn how to “Stop the Bleed,” and walk through a giant-sized colon.

The 21st edition of the free event begins at 8 a.m. Saturday in Exhibit Hall 1 at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, 3531 S. Sixth St. The event runs until 2 p.m.

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