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Four Klamath Dams Slated for Removal
States and electric utilities will assume environmental and economic liability

In an agreement between PacificCorp, the states of Oregon and California, the Yurok and Karuk tribes from the southern Oregon/northern California region and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, the parties have agreed to "removal of the JC Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2, and Iron Gate dams in order to achieve a free-flowing Klamath River with volitional fish passage." Drawdown and removal is set to begin in the first quarter of 2023, according to the agreement.

Among other things, the agreement requires PacificCorp to "resolve at PacifiCorp’s sole cost and expense all PreExisting Environmental Site Conditions." PacifiCorp’s agreement will transfer a portion of its liability for dam removal -- potentially billions of dollars -- onto every taxpayer and business in the state of Oregon.

In July 2020, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reviewed the application for removal of dams on the Klamath River. Approval was given only if PacifCorp was part of the liability for any damage caused by the removal of four dams along the Klamath River. The memorandum intends to transfer a portion of that liability directly onto the backs of Oregonians.

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) released a statement, saying:

“It is critically important as complex water issues in the Klamath basin continue to impact tribal members, water users and stakeholders, that we don’t forget all Oregonians who are depending on us to maintain a commitment to good government.

Any executive branch agreement must include protections for tax dollars currently dedicated to funding our safety net.

During this period of economic uncertainty Oregonians cannot afford to allow the governor to simply write a blank check.

This agreement has no protections against cost overruns and is being entered into within an uncertain litigious and regulatory environment, which will impact state budgets for years to come.

As discussions of the removal of additional dams continue within the Brown administration, the importance of hydropower to Oregon’s economic strength and growth cannot be overstated. Hydropower remains a reliable, clean, emission-free energy source which we must not abandon.”

State Senator Dennis Linthicum, State Representative E. Werner Reschke and Klamath County Commissioner Donnie Boyd issued a statement saying, "Governor Brown has no constitutional authority to make this decision. By fiat she has created this policy, entering into this agreement, without legislative process or approval from the people of Oregon."

“This is unethical business by PacificCorp. We accept them as a business partner in our community, but transferring the liability, potentially billions of dollars onto every taxpayer and business in the state of Oregon, is wrong,” said Klamath County Commissioner Donnie Boyd (R-Klamath Falls).

“This bold move by the Governor, without any legislative consideration continues her unconstitutional mandates causing harm to Oregonians while lining the pockets of big corporations,” said Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Malin). “While the Governor polishes her resume for the Biden administration, the prospects for her career increase but the opportunities for Oregonians decrease,” said Rep. Reschke.

State Senator Dennis Linthicum (R-Beatty) replied, “This is another saga in the latest batch of Governor Kate Brown’s unconstitutional power grabs. Brown continually brokers high-stakes, dark-of-night deals without public or legislative input. Oregon’s taxpayers will be on the hook for millions if this imprudent cronyism is allowed to stand.”

The agreement does recognize that no legislature nor any executive action can bind the hands of future legislative or executive action. "State law, future legislative actions, and budget limitations may constrain the States in carrying out these actions and nothing in this Implementing Agreement is intended or shall be construed to require the obligation, appropriation, or expenditure of any funds by the States except as otherwise permitted by applicable law.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-11-17 15:35:47Last Update: 2020-11-17 16:23:30

An Open Letter from Rep. Post
No government has ever said “we’ll come to your private home, and arrest you” for having a family dinner.

Madam Mayor, Councilors and Keizer city staff, First of all I want to address the ongoing issue of the “statement of values”. I believe the statement of values for our great city should be very clear, very concise and very simple.

“ALL people shall be treated with dignity and respect.” PERIOD.

ALL means ALL. If we must resort to listing specific people or groups, then “all” loses its meaning and strength. I believe Keizer is the most “welcoming to ALL” city in Oregon and I’m proud to be a Keizer resident.

This then leads me to the topic that is THE most important tonight that we as citizens of Keizer and the State of Oregon should be discussing: The Governor’s latest orders.

No government leader in the history of the United States has ever said “we’ll come to your house, your private home, cite and/or arrest you” for having a family dinner. Just think about that for a moment. There are people present here tonight who represent families that have 6 or 8 or even 10 or 12 or more. To ask them to not get together for the grand celebration that is Thanksgiving, is something I can’t believe I’m even hearing. It’s not only unconstitutional, and unheard of but in my estimation, it represents inequality and inequity at its most heinous and isn’t that what the statement of values that’s been discussed here in council chambers is supposed to be all about?

Add to that the plight of the workers. That hundreds if not thousands of hard working, lower wage people, perhaps as early as this Wednesday will lose their jobs is so heartless and callous, I can hardly believe it. What also stuns me, as a Representative in the Oregon Legislature, one third of the three branches of government... The Executive branch has “weaponized” a state agency (Oregon OSHA) without input or frankly anything from the Legislative branch. OSHA has “police powers” that even supersede the REAL police! Our Governor has turned Oregonians against Oregonians.

I do not want to put the city of Keizer into an awkward or uncomfortable situation but I am asking the council to consider making Keizer a truly welcoming place... for workers and employers. For businesses. For families. I am asking that we as a community just ignore this latest order. That Keizer be a shining example of hope for Oregon.

I am asking my fellow Keizerites to be smart. Wear your mask when appropriate. Keep your distance when you can. Cover your mouth when coughing. Wash your hands.. a lot! Do the things that we all know are safe and effective at stopping the spread of this virus. Just don’t let that common sense go out the window by not having your family and friends over for dinner. Celebrate Thanksgiving as you see fit and as the founders of this nation meant: in freedom.

--State Representative Bill Post

Post Date: 2020-11-17 06:30:04

Grocery Stores Can Refuse Deposit Redemptions During Freeze
Grocers may choose to still take returns

Grocers and supermarkets will get a reprieve from complying with Oregon’s Bottle Bill redemption requirements starting Wednesday, November 18, 2020when the“Statewide Freeze”begins. The “Statewide Freeze”is designed to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 and places new conditions for how businesses can operate; grocery stores will be limited to new 75% capacity requirements.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission temporarily will not take enforcement action against Oregon retailers that choose not to accept the return of empty beverage containers for redemption. During the Statewide Freeze if stores don’t take back empty beverage containers, the OLCC will not issue them a notice of violation.

Retailers that choose to do so can still accept containers for redemption; there is no mandate that retailers not refuse containers. Even if stores choose not to accept container returns at this time a 10 cent deposit will still be assessed on the purchase of all eligible beverage containers.

BottleDrop redemption centers, operated by the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative(OBRC) will remain open. OBRC and retailers will also continue to operate BottleDrop Express drop sites, and Dealer Redemption Centers. Consumers in communities without redemption centers should store bottles and cans until redemption services fully resume.

The redemption requirement reprieve is expected to last longer than two weeks in some parts of the state where the“Statewide Freeze”may remain in effect based on a county’s re-opening status. Once a jurisdiction is no longer in the “Statewide Freeze”status retailers are required to begin accepting empty redeemable containers within five (5) days.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-11-16 20:15:12Last Update: 2020-11-16 20:27:04

Oregon Will Provide Wildfire Ash and Debris Cleanup
Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties

The State of Oregon will provide no-cost wildfire ash and debris cleanup for all homes and businesses in the eight counties affected by the disastrous September wildfires, the Oregon Debris Management Task Force announced today. This cleanup includes mobile home parks, second homes, businesses, and other structures.

Home and business owners that opt into this government-led wildfire cleanup program will pay no upfront costs for any cleanup work. Additionally, no government agency – state, federal or contractor - will seek payment from any insurance policy unless it is specifically designated for debris removal or left over after the home or business is completely rebuilt.

The no-cost cleanup is available to home and business owners in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, and Marion counties.

“Our mission is to safely clear the ash and debris as quickly as possible, and leave Oregonians with a clean site so they can rebuild,” said Kris Strickler, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. “This will take time, strong partnerships and a lot of hard work, but we’re already well on our way. I encourage every Oregonian who lost a home or business in the wildfires to sign a Right of Entry form with their county, if they haven’t already, to help keep this important work moving forward.”

Property owners need to sign a Right of Entry form to allow cleanup crews onto their property. Cleanup crews will remove ash and structural debris, hazard trees, concrete foundations, and burned vehicles. Submit your Right of Entry form online and for more information, call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline: 503-934-1700.

Wildfire cleanup is a two-step process. Step 1 is removal of household hazardous waste, which is dangerous to people, communities and the environment. This work is nearly completed in all fire-impacted counties. Progress on Step 1 efforts can be viewed on EPA’s 2020 Oregon Fires Recovery website.

Step 2 is removal of ash and debris. The state is currently hiring contractors to carry out this work, scheduled to begin in December 2020. The task force is working closely with local governments to determine cleanup priorities for each area. Given factors such as weather impacts, property access limitations and the large area to be covered, Step 2 is estimated to take approximately 6 to 18 months to complete statewide. As the state task force gets contractors on board, more clarity on timing will be provided.

The 2020 September wildfires were the largest and most expensive disaster in Oregon’s history. Nine Oregonians lost their lives, more than 1 million acres burned and over 5,000 homes and businesses were destroyed. The state has transitioned from immediate fire response to statewide recovery.

FEMA will reimburse the state for a portion of eligible costs. The State of Oregon will fund the remaining costs, regardless of FEMA reimbursement. Initial estimates put the debris cleanup tally at over $600 million, including $326 million for ash and debris removal and $295 million to remove damaged trees. This estimate is preliminary and is likely to change.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-11-16 13:24:50Last Update: 2020-11-16 14:02:22

Union Eyes Oregon Legislative Staff
Electrical workers want to unionize all staff

In a letter from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 89, the Washington State based union claims to be assisting workers in the Oregon Legislature to unionize. The letter, authored by IBEW Local 89 Business Manager/Financial Secretary Matthew P. Carroll was addressed to the "members of the Oregon Legislative Administration Committee," and says:

The IBEW has been asked to assist workers in the Oregon Legislature in forming a Union to address their representational needs. We look forward to working with the Legislative Administration Committee to ensure your employees have a voice in the workplace they are so passionate about. The IBEW has a history of transcending politics and working with public entities in the collective bargaining process, producing agreements based on partnership and collaboration.

Local 89 is committed to a process that provides a path to representation for these workers, while respecting the laws and institutions of the State. We anticipate that the State will do likewise, respecting the rights of their employees.

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said, "Our legislative employees are valued partners in service to our constituents and state. As these options are considered, we want to make sure that all workers are advised of their first amendment rights as required by the Janus decision." In 2018 the US Supreme Court decided in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees must be advised of their first amendment rights, and must knowingly waive those rights before union dues can be deducted.

It is not clear how the unionization will come about -- if there will be a vote of the workers, or if legislative leadership will simply designate IBEW Local 89 as the representative for the workers. Workers in the Legislature have many statutory protections. In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed a pay equity law, HB 2005, which prohibits discriminatory pay laws, effectively determining pay based on resume.

Carroll concludes the letter by saying, "I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the Oregon Legislature.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280 PAC, an Oregon based political action committee has a history of making large donations exclusively to Democratic and left-leaning candidates and causes. It's not clear if their Washington-based sister union will follow the same pattern.

Major donations from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280 PAC this year
11/10/2020Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)$2,430
10/21/2020Jackie for Salem (19242)$1,000
10/21/2020Friends of Dan Rayfield (14046)$1,000
10/21/2020Elect Ashley Carson Cottingham (20526)$1,000
10/21/2020Jason for Bend (18661)$1,000
10/21/2020Megan for Bend (20694)$1,000
10/21/2020Broadman for Bend (20610)$1,000
09/30/2020Melanie For Bend (20331)$1,000
09/30/2020Friends of Val Hoyle (13967)$1,000
09/02/2020Friends of Dan Rayfield (14046)$1,000
09/02/2020IBEW Political/Legislative Dept Voluntary Fund (fed)$5,000
08/19/2020Jackie for Salem (19242)$1,000
08/19/2020Elect Ashley Carson Cottingham (20526)$1,500
08/19/2020Committee to Elect Shemia Fagan (14993)$2,500
08/19/2020Jason for Bend (18661)$1,000
08/19/2020Friends of Julie Fahey (17469)$1,000
08/05/2020Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)$2,430
05/13/2020Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)$2,823
04/15/2020Jackie for Salem (19242)$1,000
03/26/2020Yes for LCC Bond (20245)$10,000
03/15/2020Oregonians to Maintain Community Standards (1579)$2,823

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-11-16 09:29:20Last Update: 2020-11-16 09:48:08

Representative Mark Owens Calls Out Governor
Shutting down entire state is too extreme

Republican Representative Mark Owens of the Oregon legislature has issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown's Two-Week Freeze:

"Governor Brown's one-size-fits-all approach to shutting down our state is far too extreme. Our eastern and rural Oregon communities in House District 60 will suffer to the point of no return. I am fully committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but these extreme regulations do not match the metrics.

Once again, our local elected leaders, public health authorities and businesses were not invited to the table to have a conversation about COVID-19 in our communities. Furthermore, evidence is lacking to support the arbitrary, targeted closures and restricted activities of certain businesses over others. Our businesses across Oregon will not survive another shutdown and thousands of Oregonians will lose their jobs, again, right before the holidays.

The secondary impacts of preventing the spread of COVID are significant and cannot be ignored; we've seen a devastating increase in suicide especially among youth and young adults, drug and alcohol use, and domestic and sexual violence. Our elderly family members have gone months without visitors or family and are dying alone.

I implore the Governor to reconsider this one-size-fits-all freeze, and speak with our businesses, local leaders and authorities to find a different path forward before it is too late for our families, communities, and our state."

Rep. Owens also referenced agreement with a statement made by Jason Brandt, President & CEO for the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA), in a letter to Governor Brown:

"Businesses throughout Oregon have proven that they can make the operational changes necessary to keep their employees and their customers safe, even during this unprecedented pandemic. What we need now is a plan to address the root of the problem without causing additional harm to Oregonians throughout the state," said Brandt.

Critics are noting the statewide orders are being met with a spectrum of reactions ranging from at least minimal criticism to outright rebellion in nearly all demographics.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-11-15 13:16:48Last Update: 2020-11-15 13:39:06

Converting Waste to Energy
Biogas projects out-perform cap and trade.

American Biogas Council reports that Oregon ranks number 33 among U.S. states for methane production potential from biogas sources. Currently Oregon has 53 operational biogas systems. They see the potential for more than 67 new projects to be developed based on the estimated amount of available organic material. Constructing this many projects would generate $201 million in capital investment, and create 1,675 short-term construction jobs, 134 long-term jobs, and numerous industry-supporting jobs. If fully realized, these biogas systems could produce enough electricity to power 13,553 homes (233 million kWh) or enough renewable natural gas to fuel 33.825 vehicles. They would also collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 4.6 trillion tons of carbon dioxide, the same as growing 4.1 million tree seedlings for ten years or the amount 139,803 acres of forest sequester each year.

While Oregon has some dedicated biomass energy crops, most biomass resources are secondary products, such as lumber mill residue, logging slash, and animal manure. Oregon has an opportunity with biomass resources available from recent wildfires woody biomass, spent pulping liquor (byproduct of pulp and paper making process), agricultural field residue, animal manure, food processing residue, landfill gas, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant digester gas. Oregon has 17 woody biomass power facilities, primarily in the wood-products industry. An additional 21 facilities in Oregon use woody biomass to provide space heat. These include schools and hospitals.

The City of Salem is a pioneer in the biogas energy. The Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant has produced clean, renewable energy from biogas for more than 50 years. The plant is now producing much of the energy it needs to operate, thanks to a new Biogas Cogeneration Facility. The new Cogen facility significantly increases this clean energy output to the point where half of all the power needed to treat Salem’s wastewater is produced at the plant. The biogas facility responds to two key Salem City Council goals, Natural Environment Stewardship and Good Governance.

“By turning waste into energy, we’re powering the plant, saving money, and protecting our environment,” said Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett. “Taking pollutants out of the waste stream helps reduce Salem’s impact on the natural environment – one of our Strategic Plan goals,” said Mayor Bennett. “I’m really excited to see that this facility is up and running.”

This innovative project is one of only 11 similar facilities in Oregon that use biogas, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, to produce renewable energy (YouTube - Cogen Chapter 1). Construction of Salem’s new Cogen Facility was made possible through the support of customers participating in Portland General Electric’s Green Future Program through the Renewable Development Fund, and generous support received from the Energy Trust of Oregon and Oregon Department of Energy.

The new facility is expected to keep about 5,000 metric tons of pollution-causing gases from being released to our atmosphere every year and will save the City more than $300,000 a year in average annual energy costs based on wastewater treatment costs without a functioning Cogen Facility.

Here’s how Salem’s Cogen Facility Works: Salem’s new Cogen Facility has just come online. City staff will be monitoring energy savings and providing updates over the next several months.

Given Oregon’s strong agricultural sector, the potential to increase energy production through development of biogas projects out-performs cap and trade.

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-11-14 20:02:22

Oregon Senate Democrats Elect Leadership Team
Courtney is the longest serving president.

The Oregon Senate Democrats held a caucus leadership election and their leadership team will be made up of the following: The Senate Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, as they have for more than a decade.

“The Oregon Senate Democrats have a legacy of success and our eyes on the future. I am thrilled to be at the helm of our caucus, and I am buoyed by the impressive experience and skills of this leadership team,” said Senator Wagner (D-Lake Oswego) who has served as Majority Leader since May 2020. “Oregon is facing a pivotal time in history with great challenges ahead. I am confident in our ability to rebuild and repair our state as we overcome overlapping challenges and focus on improving the wellbeing of every Oregonian. We will continue the ongoing work to advance racial justice, provide for equitable opportunity for all to succeed and protect our climate for future generations. As we begin a Legislative Assembly like none we have experienced before, I am deeply humbled by the trust my colleagues have put in my and I look forward to working alongside them.”

Senator Courtney—as the nominee for Senate President—and Senator James I. Manning Jr. -- as the nominee for Senate President Pro Tempore -- must be elected by a vote of the full Senate which will take place when they meet during Legislative Organizational Days.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2020-11-14 17:55:19Last Update: 2020-11-14 18:12:26

Business Vandalized by Demonstrators
In the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood in Portland

Property damage and vandalism are still happening with frequency in Portland, Oregon.

On November 12, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Portland Central Precinct officers responded to a business located in the 2700 block of Southeast Milwaukie Avenue on reports that demonstrators had vandalized and broke windows at the location. Officers arrived on scene and learned several demonstrators had applied graffiti to the building with spray paint as well as broke two of the businesses glass windows.

No suspects have been arrested at this time in regards to this incident.

Anyone with additional information about this incident are encourage to submit a tip with Crime Stoppers. Tips may be submitted safely and securely to Crime Stoppers of Oregon online or by phone at 503-823-HELP (4357).

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.

--Ben Fisher

Post Date: 2020-11-14 16:11:35Last Update: 2020-11-14 16:20:31

Statewide Shutdown Announced
It’s just two weeks, folks, just like last time

In today’s press conference with Governor Kate Brown, a statewide “freeze” was ordered on the majority of indoor gatherings including but not limited to, restaurants and bars, gyms and faith based gatherings which are restricted to 25 members indoors and 50 outdoors. Retail is allowed to remain open within 75% of their normal capacity for two weeks. It was announced that Multnomah County will be in a four week freeze with the potential for other counties to join them if their cases continue to surge.

Kate Brown had announced a two week pause only one week ago and since then they have seen an “alarming spike in cases and Covid-19 hospitalizations.” It is unclear whether or not that nine county pause made much difference however, Dr. Dean Sidelinger indicated with record number of daily cases they decided to take action now. He updated the case count for today which is 1,056. A majority of cases stems from “community spread, which is lurking visible and not,” according to Kate Brown.

Hospitals are expecting an influx and several are voluntarily reducing or limiting elective procedures that would require a hospital stay of one to four days. OHSU has four ICU’s that care for critically ill patients not just Covid patients and are reportedly at 90% capacity.

Oregon Health Sciences University has been planning for large surge, but that is meant to be last resort measures. Hospitals are looking grim, with a 50% increase in metro, and are facing constraint. There are 15 staffed ICU beds, per Dr. Sidelinger. Other regions are facing urgency even though capacity is not high. Hospitals have a lagging indicator where we won’t see hospitalizations for one to two weeks.

Dire predictions spoken of by Dr. Renee Edwards, Chief Medical Officer of OHSU, echoing phrases like, “the dreaded winter surge is here, and we may be facing the roughest days of the pandemic, we must take further action.”

What is included in the two week freeze? Beginning on Wednesday November 18, through December 2, Expect the following: The Governor followed the new guidance with, “The evidence is clear, masks save lives.”

These lockdown measures are in addition to earlier travel advisory she announced along with Govenor’s Newsom and Inslee of travelers avoiding interstate travel outside the three states, Washington, California and Oregon as well as self-quarantining for 14 days upon return. While this is not mandatory she said “We may be forced to,” make it so.

Individuals should begin compliance now, businesses should start to be in compliance by this coming Wednesday. According to data and modeling, Kate Brown’s public health experts predict we need longer to flatten the curve and slow the transmission.

If this all sounds “familiar” that’s because it is. Two weeks to flatten the curve first began on March 22nd when Governor Brown ordered all businesses except those deemed essential to close. It is hard to imagine the same experts will be satisfied with another two weeks.

Dr. Dean Sidelinger likened the freeze to a firebreak and blamed social gatherings for the rise in case such as Halloween parties and not keeping distance or wearing masks. Examples given were two Halloween parties where one had 50 attendees and 10 positive tests resulted.

Another smaller one involved six testing positive with following up occurring with an additional 25 individuals. “Skyrocketing cases” is preventing local public health departments from being able to quickly contact trace and investigate. Individuals can help the effort, when, someone tells you you’ve been exposed while waiting on test results to stay home and don’t wait for public health call, which is just one tool. The freeze was called another tool.

With previous Executive orders Kate Brown has used discretion to allow law enforcement to enforce as a class c misdemeanor, through citation, fine or arrest. When questioned by reporters about stronger legal action, she said, “She is not asking, but telling people to stop with informal social gatherings,” and she did not want to have to close businesses again but, “We have no other choice.”

In closing, the Governor reiterated, “I know Oregonians can do this as they’ve made incredible sacrifices to protect themselves and we’ve had one of the lowest infections rates.” The infection rate given today is 1.5%.

And if hearing, “Stay Home, Save lives” wasn’t losing its impact, Brown followed that with “get your flu shot,” and it had a certain cheap grocery store ring to it.

It's beginning to feel as if we're Clark Griswold after receiving a jelly of the month club certificate instead of a bonus check. After all the hard work and sacrifice of the last, almost nine months, the phrase Governor Brown uttered last year, has clearer meaning. Revenge isn’t just a dish best served cold, but freezing.

--Nicole DeGraff

Post Date: 2020-11-13 19:05:32Last Update: 2020-11-13 20:55:19

Two Week Shutdown Announced by Gov. Brown
Over the river and through the woods... NOT

Governor Kate Brown has worked her whole political career to get recognition on the national level. She hasn’t made any points in the news with her mismanagement of the Portland riots. But, to one party that seems to be the agenda she was playing out. Now it is rumored that she may have an opportunity in the Biden administration. So what is she doing to enhance her chances? A complete lock down of Oregon over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Using increased testing that in turn produces increased positive results, not to be confused with an active virus, she justifies her latest order effective November 18 for a total lock down to December 2. But, it doesn’t stop there. If you cross state lines, coming home or visiting, you need to self-quarantine for two weeks – effectively closing borders except for essential services.

Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories this week urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local. The travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” said Governor Brown. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

There may be cause to be cautious bordered with states on both sides with high cases of COVID-19. “California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “COVID cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said.

Between the ban on travel and new local restrictions, what is left of our freedom?

--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-11-13 18:56:46

Traveling In Or Out Of Oregon?
You must now self-quarantine after arrival

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the country, Governor Kate Brown, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued travel advisories urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. The travel advisories urge against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.

“COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” said Governor Brown. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

“California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

“COVID cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said. “Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce the further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast.”

To learn more about the risk that travel itself poses for COVID-19 exposure, please visit the CDC page on travel risks.

The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing in many states and countries. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or Oregonians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. In addition, travel itself can be a risk for exposure to COVID-19, particularly travel through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail travel.

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel

1. Persons arriving in Oregon from other states or countries, including returning Oregon residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.

Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

Essential travel includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

2. Oregonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to Oregon.

--Sabrina-Marie Fisher

Post Date: 2020-11-13 15:19:54Last Update: 2020-11-13 17:06:23

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