Legal pot growers frustrated by illegal operations in Oregon
Amanda Metzler, a licensed cannabis grower, has beefed up security around her property and no longer dares to go out after dark because she's afraid of armed cartel members who run illegal marijuana farms in her region — even directly across the street. Elin Miller, a vineyard owner, said the illegal sites have lured away so many field workers that grape growers and wineries are suffering labor shortages, particularly at harvest time. Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler says the crime rate, associated with the thousands of illegal marijuana farms that have sprung up this year in southern Oregon, has gone through the roof.news.yahoo.com
After nixing diversity symbols, school district fires leader
A school board in Oregon that recently tried to ban teachers from displaying gay pride and Black Lives Matter symbols has abruptly fired the school superintendent, deeply upsetting board members who opposed the move. The escalating disputes in the Newberg School Board come as schools nationwide have become battlegrounds, with arguments over vaccine and mask mandates, how racism is addressed in teaching, instruction related to sexuality and gender-neutral bathrooms. After Superintendent Joe Morelock was fired in a Zoom meeting late Tuesday night, board member Rebecca Piros — one of three who opposed his firing — told him she was sorry.news.yahoo.com
Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard
On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about two tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms has gotten so bad and so brazen that Jackson County Commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.” During last Wednesday's raid in Medford, Oregon, police found a vast outdoor growing operation, plus harvested plants hanging upside down on drying racks and 3,900 pounds (1,800 kilograms) of resinous buds stashed in huge bags and in stacks of plastic storage containers.news.yahoo.com
Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency
A county in southern Oregon says it is so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help. The Jackson County Board of Commissioners said law enforcement officers and county and state regulators and code enforcers are overwhelmed and warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.” Illegal marijuana grows have been a persistent problem throughout the West, even in states like California that have legalized pot.news.yahoo.com
Troopers: Rape victim took quick photograph, video of Salem suspect as he fled
Oct. 12—A Salem woman who told state police she was raped early Monday was able to take a photograph and film a video of the suspect driving off in his black Chevrolet pickup truck, according to court records. Bryan M. Wallace, 31, also of Salem, was apprehended and arraigned on multiple criminal charges including burglary, illegal possession of a firearm, involuntary deviate sexual ...news.yahoo.com
New Oregon law suspends graduation testing requirement
A new Oregon law that suspends a requirement for a basic-skills test in math, reading and writing to graduate high school is being praised by advocates as a way to rethink education standards and sharply criticized by others as a misguided effort that will hurt children’s learning in the long run.
Oregon adopts most protective heat rules for workers in US
Oregon adopted an emergency rule Thursday that strengthens requirements for employers to safeguard workers from extreme heat, including expanding access to shade and cool water in what advocates called the nation's most protective heat rules following deadly record-high temperatures in the Pacific Northwest. “With these new rules, Oregon has a chance to lead the country in ensuring workplaces are safe from high heat, especially for those doing the most demanding and dangerous jobs like farming and construction,” said Kate Suisman, an attorney with the Northwest Workers’ Justice Project. The emergency rule adopted by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, or Oregon OSHA, also mandates regular cooldown breaks and communication between employees and supervisors so workers can report concerns.news.yahoo.com
Historic Northwest heat wave may have killed hundreds
Hundreds of deaths in Canada, Oregon and Washington may have been caused by the historic heat wave that baked the Pacific Northwest and shattered all-time temperature records in usually temperate cities. Oregon health officials said late Wednesday more than 60 deaths have been tied to the heat, with the state's largest county, Multnomah, blaming the weather for 45 deaths since the heat wave began Friday. British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office received reports of at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between Friday and 1 p.m. Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
Hundreds of deaths could be linked to Northwest heat wave
The grim toll of the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest became more apparent as authorities in Canada, Oregon and Washington state said Wednesday they were investigating hundreds of deaths likely caused by scorching temperatures that shattered all-time records in the normally temperate region. British Columbia’s chief coroner, Lisa Lapointe, said her office received reports of at least 486 “sudden and unexpected deaths” between Friday and Wednesday. “While it is too early to say with certainty how many of these deaths are heat related, it is believed likely that the significant increase in deaths reported is attributable to the extreme weather,” LaPointe said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Salem, Dearborn Divine Child, Grass Lake and St. Charles earn boys bowling team state titles
In Division 1, Salem outscored Macomb Dakota 1,404 to 1,309 to overcome the heartbreak of last year’s runner-up finish to capture its third state championship in program history. Salem took a 347-335 lead over the Cougars after the Baker games and added a 1,057 to 974 advantage in the regular game to clinch the state championship. In Division 2, Dearborn Divine Child clinched its first-ever state championship with a comeback win over Chelsea in the finals match. In Division 4, St. Charles edged Manchester by eight pins to win its first team state championship since 2010 after runner-up finishes in 2018 and 2016. The boys bowling individual state championship tournament rolls into action Saturday with qualifying starting at 8:25 a.m. and match play scheduled to start at 1 p.m.---MORE MLIVE HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING COVERAGE4 new teams crowned champions at girls bowling state finalsComplete guide to 2021 Michigan high school boys bowling state finalsPreviewing the 2021 Michigan girls high school bowling state finalsmlive.com
US jobless claims fall to 684,000, fewest since pandemic
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week to 684,000, the fewest since the pandemic erupted a year ago and a sign the economy is improving. Thursday’s report from the Labor Department showed that jobless claims fell from 781,000 the week before. All told, the number of applicants fell below 1 million for the first time since the pandemic. AdNationally, though, the number of recipients in an extended federal jobless benefits program jumped by 730,000 to 5.5 million. Historically, the weekly unemployment claims figure has been considered an accurate reflection of the pace of layoffs.
Job openings rise, layoffs fall as pandemic economy mends
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)WASHINGTON – Companies posted more open jobs in January while layoffs decreased as the economy heals slowly from the pandemic. There were 6.9 million jobs available on the last day in January, up from 6.7 million in December, the Labor Department said Thursday. While the economy still has 9.5 million fewer jobs than before the pandemic, February's job gain was much higher than January's and came after a sharp job loss in December, suggesting the economy, after stalling out late last year, is mending. AdThursday's report tracks gross job gains and losses, while last week's figure is a net change in total jobs. The data released Thursday also showed that layoffs fell to just under 1.7 million in January, the same pace of job cuts that was occurring before the pandemic.
Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery
That is down dramatically from 14.8% last April, just after the virus erupted in the United States. AdAlso hiring last month were retailers, which added 41,000 jobs, health care companies, with 46,000, and manufacturers, with 21,000. But state and local governments have slashed 1.4 million jobs since the pandemic erupted, including 86,000 last month, and most have instituted hiring freezes. The Congressional Budget Office projects the nation will add a substantial 6.2 million jobs this year. Sounding an optimistic note, he said: “There’s good reason to expect job creation to pick up in the coming months."
Man accused of QAnon vandalism at ‘America’s Stonehenge’
(AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)SALEM, N.H. – Police have made an arrest following a 15-month-long investigation into vandalism at a group of rock configurations in New Hampshire called “America's Stonehenge." Mark Russo, 51, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, has been charged with one count of felony criminal mischief, accused of defacing the stone in Salem in September 2019. Police said the first stands for “Where We Go One, We Go All," a motto affiliated with the QAnon conspiracy theory. An 18-inch (45-centimeter) tall wooden cross was found suspended between two trees, and attached to the cross were several photographs and hand-drawn images. America’s Stonehenge, which features cave-like, granite enclosures, has drawn believers who say it’s 1,000 or more years old, and skeptics who say the evidence suggests it was the work of a 19th century shoemaker.
2nd Jacob Lawrence painting missing for 6 decades located
The locations of three other missing panels remain unknown. (The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Peabody Essex Museum via AP)SALEM, Mass. The Salem-based Peabody Essex Museum organized the exhibit. AdThe 12-inch-by-16-inch (30.5-centimeter-by-40.5-centimeter) panel was found in a New York City apartment, like another painting in the series, panel 16, that was rediscovered in a different home in October. The owner, who wants to remain anonymous, inherited the panel 28 from family, who — like the figures depicted — were immigrants.
Bitcoin, seemingly omnipresent, crosses the $50,000 mark
The Bitcoin logo appears on the display screen of a crypto currency ATM at the Smoker's Choice store, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Salem, N.H. The price of Bitcoin has soared over the past months. – After a wild week in which Bitcoin soared to new heights, Bitcoin crossed the $50,000 mark early Tuesday. Bitcoin rallied throughout the as more companies signaled the volatile digital currency could eventually gain widespread acceptance as a means of payment for goods and services. Bitcoin has been mostly seen as a store of value, like gold, with very few places to spend it.
Racial profiling focus of 2021 Washtenaw Reads book
ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw Reads program is an initiative by local public libraries to encourage reading and civic dialogue. One book is selected each year and participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Salem-South Lyon, Saline and Ypsilanti. This year’s Washtenaw Read is “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. For more information about the book, to see the authors’ websites and to discover related titles for people of all ages, click here. According to the Ann Arbor District Library’s website, Washtenaw Reads books should meet the following criteria:
Nationwide protests authorities feared by Trump supporters fail to materialize
A man who gave his name only as Ace stands with other armed protesters during a rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem on Sunday. When Seiler spotted two men she suspected of being Trump supporters (“no masks, hands in their pockets”), she confronted them and they left the plaza. The crowd included Boogaloo Bois, COVID-19 lockdown opponents, pandemic skeptics and Trump supporters still angry over what they baselessly claim was election fraud. Brandon Jackson, 27, of Scottsdale, Ariz., came to the state capitol wearing a Hawaiian shirt and carrying a modified American flag, both signaling his membership in the right-wing Boogaloo Bois. A libertarian, Jackson said he joined the rally to support gun rights after protesting at the Arizona State Capitol on Jan. 6.latimes.com
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office warning public after occupied home invasion in Salem Township
SALEM TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to check credentials of contractors who arrive on their property without being requested after homeowners in Salem Township were duped by men claiming to work for a tree removal company. Around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from homeowners on the 5800 block of Gotfredson Road after they realized they had been robbed while distracted. The first suspect used the name Ernesto and is described as a small man who spoke with a Spanish accent. Deputies were then dispatched to the scene, but the suspects had already fled the area,” reads a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Calls can also be made to the Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch Non-Emergency line at 734-994-2911.
Supreme Court rejects appeal to limit transgender students
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, people gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court has declined to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than their sex assigned at birth. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up an appeal from parents in Oregon who want to prevent transgender students from using locker rooms and bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, rather than their sex assigned at birth. The federal appeals court in San Francisco had upheld a Dallas, Oregon, school district policy that allows transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity. About 15,000 people live in Dallas, a town in an agricultural area 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Salem.
Christmas tree sales are telling a holly, jolly economic story
John Williams, left, and his dad Terry, right, both of Salem, carry a large Christmas Tree out of the field together at Tucker Tree Farm in Salem, Oregon, November 29, 2020. Alisha Jucevic | ReutersTree retailers are having a spirited season this year, as Americans staying closer to home due to the coronavirus pandemic are turning the holiday spirit up a notch. Christmas trees are helping paint a bit more optimistic narrative. "People are staying at home and getting a really big tree," Evercore analyst Ed Hyman said in a note. Indeed, each year Americans will buy between 25 million and 30 million real Christmas trees along with another 10 million to 20 million artificial ones, according to Statista.cnbc.com
Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugs
The measure said the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs would be decriminalized in Oregon. “Measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”The measure completely changes how Oregon’s justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of the hard drugs. The passage of the measure makes Oregon, which in 1973 became the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession, a pioneer in America in trying the same with hard drugs. While this approach is new in the United States, several countries, including Portugal, the Netherlands and Switzerland, have already decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs, according to the United Nations. Oregon voters on Tuesday also legalized therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms, with a two-year development period.
Oregon could become 1st US state to decriminalize hard drugs
The centers would be funded by tax revenue from retail marijuana sales in the state that was the country's first to decriminalize marijuana possession. Oregon's measure is backed by the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Given that margin, the more controversial hard drugs decriminalization measure is unlikely to pass, said Catherine Bolzendahl, director of Oregon State University's School of Public Policy. But Christopher McKnight Nichols, associate professor of history at Oregon State University, said it's hard to gauge the outcome because voter participation seems headed for a historic high, with many first-time voters. “If the measure passes, Oregon will shift to a health-based approach to drugs and addiction,” the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's website says.
Massachusetts governor and Salem mayor outline safety precautions ahead of Halloween
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll spoke on Wednesday about new restrictions on Halloween activities as the state faces a rise in COVID-19 cases. Salem typically attracts half a million visitors during October, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city is asking visitors without plans to not visit. The new restrictions in the city include early business closures, road closures and parking restrictions. CBSN BostonParades, balls, and all large city events for Halloween were canceled back in August. Governor Baker spoke about Halloween, saying outdoor trick-or-treating, if done in small groups with face coverings and limited interactions, is "a lot safer" than hosting a house party.cbsnews.com
Man fatally shot in face then run over by vehicle near Mt. Morris
MORRIS TWP, MI -- A suspect is in custody after a 57-year-old man was killed outside a Mt. Morris Township home, police said. Morris Township Police Department responded around 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 to the 5000 block of Judith Ann Drive off Carpenter Road for a report of a man who had been shot in the face and run over by a vehicle. Related: Man arrested at Flint hospital after stealing funeral home van, leading police on chaseAnyone with information on the fatal shooting may contact the Mt. Morris Township Police Department at 810-785-1311.mlive.com
Few resources, old-growth forest allowed for fire's growth
“This is a stubborn fire,” Angeles National Forest spokesman Andrew Mitchell said. At the time, many Southern California ground crews and a fleet of retardant- and water-dropping aircraft were assigned to multiple record-breaking blazes in the northern part of the state. Officials were investigating the death of a firefighter at another Southern California wildfire that erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender. Charles Morton, 39, died Sept. 17 while battling the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest east of Los Angeles. The blaze has charred over 21 square miles (55 square kilometers) of Medicine Bow National Forest.
Feds explored possibly charging Portland officials in unrest
Armed right-wing protesters in support of President Donald Trump stand in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)WASHINGTON – The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon, after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday. The revelation that federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal or civil charges against the officials — exploring whether their rhetoric and actions may have helped spur the violence in Portland — underscores the larger Trump administration's effort to spotlight and crack down on protest-related violence. But bringing criminal civil rights charges against city officials for protest-related violence would likely present an uphill court battle for federal prosecutors. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said in a statement it was “ridiculous on its face,” and the Trump administration is trying to distract from its own massive failures on the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
Fires without precedent rage in usually cool, wet Northwest
Farther north, flames devoured buildings and huge tracts of land in Washington state. Because of its cool, wet climate, the Pacific Northwest rarely experiences such intense fire activity. In Washington state, a fire burned more than 480,000 acres of forest, brush and shrubland, Washington Gov. Holland said Oregon State Police had warned him to leave earlier in the day, but the fire seemed far away and he decided to stay. ___Selsky reported from Salem, Oregon.
'Unprecedented' Pacific Northwest fires approach Portland
The fires trapped firefighters and civilians behind fire lines in Oregon and leveled an entire small town in eastern Washington. About 80% of the small eastern Washington farming town of Malden was leveled by flames from a fast-moving fire on Monday. He blamed hot weather, high winds and low humidity for the explosive growth of the fires in Washington state. In Oregon, at least four major fires were burning in Clackamas County, a suburban county in Oregon that's a bedroom community of Portland. Near Eugene, Oregon, dozens of people ordered to evacuate on Tuesday couldn't get out because fire debris was blocking roads, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
Unprecedented Pacific Northwest fires burn hundreds of homes
Huge wildfires also continued to grow in neighboring Washington state. The fires trapped firefighters and civilians behind fire lines in Oregon and leveled an entire small town in eastern Washington. At least two people were reportedly killed in Oregon fires and a small child in blazes in Washington state. Holland said Oregon State Police had warned him to leave earlier in the day, but the fire seemed far away and he decided to stay. In Oregon, at least four major fires were burning in Clackamas County, a suburban county in Oregon that's a bedroom community of Portland.
Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon Capitol
Supporters of President Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter protesters confront each other at the Oregon state Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Later, pro-Trump supporters and counter-protesters clashed at Oregon's Capitol. A smaller group of members of the right-wing group the Proud Boys went on to Salem, where a crowd of several dozen pro-Trump supporters had gathered. On Aug. 29 Aaron Jay Danielson, a supporter of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, was killed in Portland after a pro-Trump caravan went downtown. Trump supporters fired paint ball canisters at counter-demonstrators, who tried to block their way.
Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon's Capitol
Supporters of President Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter protesters confront each other at the Oregon state Capitol in Salem, Ore. on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. After unfolding a large American flag on the steps of the Capitol, right-wing protesters charged counter-protesters, leaving several of them injured, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Organizers of the earlier vehicle rally in Oregon City said they did not plan to enter Multnomah County, where Portland is located. In Portland on Monday, Black Lives Matter supporters rallied in a city park and demonstrated peacefully, KOIN TV reported. Trump supporters fired paint ball canisters at counter-demonstrators, who tried to block their way.
Will coronavirus cancel Halloween?
Salem is already planning for a drastically pared-down Halloween season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Boston.com. A lot remains unknown as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve -- and considering Halloween is still about two months away. Perhaps, if you have children, 2020 is the year of “Halloween at a distance” or “Halloween at home” rather than considering the holiday a complete wash or a cancellation. Perhaps there’s a neighborhood near you that does Halloween right: Big decorations, cool lights or something else. All right, we just said it once but we’ll repeat it for the people in the back: Halloween is still weeks and weeks away.
Oregon declares emergency as coronavirus cases double to 14
FILE PHOTO: Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks at the state capital building in Salem, Oregon, February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola(Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a 60-day state of emergency on Sunday as coronavirus cases in the state doubled to 14. We will do everything in our power to keep Oregonians safe, Brown said at a news conference.feeds.reuters.com
Buttigieg edges past Sanders in Iowa's national delegate race: state party
Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign town hall event at Salem High School in Salem, New Hampshire, February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Bourg(Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg narrowly beat rival Bernie Sanders in Iowa in the race for delegates, according to projected national delegate allocations released by the Iowa Democratic Party on Sunday. Updated results from last weeks caucuses in the state showed Buttigieg with 14 delegates and Sanders with 12. Elizabeth Warren won eight delegates, Joe Biden won six and Amy Klobuchar got one.feeds.reuters.com
Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, on Trump's witch trials remarks: "Learn some history"
Boston The mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, said President Trump needs to "learn some history" after he claimed those accused in the city's infamous witch trials received more due process than he has while facing impeachment. The trials in 1692 included "powerless, innocent victims" who were "hanged or pressed to death" on scant evidence, Democratic Mayor Kim Driscoll said Tuesday on Twitter. The allegations against Mr. Trump, in contrast, are against a powerful world leader and come with "ample evidence" and "admissions of wrongdoing," Driscoll said. In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll speaks in her office at City Hall in Salem. Mr. Trump maintains it was appropriate for him to ask Ukraine to look into allegations of corruption and denies withholding the aid.cbsnews.com
Oregon teammates support boy who survived crash that took mother's life
The Salem community is supporting a teen boy, who survived a serious crash on I-84 that took his mother's life. (KPTV)SALEM, Oregon (KPTV) - The Salem community is supporting a teen boy, who survived a serious crash on I-84 that took his mother's life. James Gilbert Jones is still in the hospital on Saturday recovering from facial fractures, broken ribs and other injuries. Last Sunday morning, the 13-year-old was in a head-on crash on the freeway about 20 miles west of Arlington. To show their support, Jones' teammates with South Salem Saxons football wore T-shirts made in his honor, at their game Saturday afternoon.
Oregon Republicans in hiding to prevent vote on climate bill
Salem, Oregon Republican state senators in Oregon haven't shown up for work since last Thursday when they went into hiding to block Democrats from voting on a climate bill. State Democrats even made a wanted poster, evoking the days of the wild west. "I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon," he said. She said she had no choice but to send the state police to find the state senators who are in hiding. With just five days left in the legislative session, the Senate president said there won't be enough votes to pass the climate bill and urged Republicans to return.cbsnews.com
Witch takes warlock to court for harassment
A self-proclaimed "priestess witch" in Salem, Massachusetts, has won a protective order against self-proclaimed warlock Christian Day. She says he has been harassing her for several years. "48 Hours" Crimesider's Julia Dahl joins CBSN to explain the case.cbsnews.com