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Salem-News.com (Aug-04-2017 15:48)

PGE Customers Set Another Record for Summer Electricity Use

PGE customers use 3,976 MW on Aug. 3, beating the previous day's record.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - summer weather PGE customers have set a new summer record for energy demand. The new mark is 3,976 megawatts (MW) net system load, set on Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. At the time it was 105 degrees at Portland International Airport.

The all-time winter peak of 4,073 MW net system load was set on Dec. 21, 1998. The low temperature at PDX that day was 16 degrees F.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-03-2017 17:20)

OREGON: Avoid Breathing Problems as Air Quality Deteriorates

Take heat and air quality into consideration when planning weekend outdoor activities

(SALEM, Ore.) - Air Quality Index Marion County public health officials urge county residents to take precautions as temperatures and air quality reach unhealthy levels.

Poor air quality from wildfire smoke can lead to stinging eyes and scratchy throat in anyone, and it makes sense for all residents in smoky communities to avoid smoke exposure, where possible

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Salem-News.com (Aug-03-2017 15:35)

OHSU Leads Team to Prevent Cardiomyopathy Through Gene Correction

Study in Nature demonstrates method for repairing genes in human embryos that prevents inherited diseases

(PORTLAND, Ore./PRNewswire/) - OHSU-CRISPR Scientists have demonstrated an effective way of using a gene-editing tool to correct a disease-causing gene mutation in human embryos and stop it from passing to future generations.

The new technique uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to target a mutation in nuclear DNA that causes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-03-2017 15:00)

Whitewater Fire Closes All Trail Access into Mt Jefferson Park

202 fire personnel are fighting the fire currently 4,579 acres in size.

(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) - whitewater fire Today’s operations will utilize aviation resources, such as helicopters and retardant planes, to slow fire spread and contain lines. Crews and heavy equipment continue to prepare containment lines on the Southern and Western flanks of the fire.

The trails and road will remain closed to protect public and fire fighter safety until further notice.

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Salem-News.com (Aug-02-2017 14:25)

Tobacco Use Declining But Laws Increasing

Treating adults over 18 like children, Oregon will be the third state in the Nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21.

(SALEM, Ore.) - tobacco laws over 21 Smoking cigarettes is bad for you. The Oregon Legislature voted on behalf of Oregon citizens recently to "protect kids from tobacco addiction and save lives" by voting to prohibit the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 21.

That's right. A full-fledged adult in the state of Oregon over the age of 18 will no longer be able to buy cigarettes (or any tobacco products) as of January 1, 2018.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-24-2017 16:58)

Health Advisory Issued for Odell Lake

High toxin levels found in Klamath County lake

(KLAMATH COUNTY, Ore.) - Odell Lake The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Oregon Route 58 in the northwest corner of Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in Odell Lake. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-06-2017 22:15)

All Invited to Oregon`s Beach Bill 50th Birthday Bash Saturday

Celebrate Oregon's Beach Bill, making the coastline open to all

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon beach bill This is the year to celebrate Oregon's beautiful--and singularly protected--beaches. It's the 50th anniversary of Oregon's Beach Bill, signed into law in July 1967 to safeguard beaches from development.

But it easily could have been a different story. When lawmakers first introduced it, the bill faced steep opposition. Ultimately Oregonians fought for their beloved beaches. 50 years later, this beach is yours and mine and everyone's, to treasure and protect, forever.

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Salem-News.com (Jul-06-2017 00:35)

2017 Oregon Country Fair Springs to Life

"The Oregon Country Fair is so much more than a party in the woods."

(VENETA, Ore.) - Oregon Country Fair Just one day and a wake up until the 48th Annual Oregon Country Fair kicks off. The three-day annual event runs from July 7 thru 9, 2017, on the Fair site near Veneta, Oregon.

Nestled on the banks of the Long Tom River, just west of Veneta, off Highway 126, the Oregon Country Fair features 18 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths, and nearly 350 craft booths featuring more than 700 vendors

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Salem-News.com (Jun-14-2017 23:45)

Urgent Weather Message for Western Oregon and Coastal Waters

Batten down the hatches! A late spring storm is kicking up.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - weather An unusually strong frontal system for mid-June will move through northwest Oregon and southwest Washington on Thursday, producing strong winds across the area.

High winds along the coast are expected to gust between 40 and 50 mph, with the strongest gusts along the beaches and headlands. Over the higher terrain of the coastal mountains and the Cascades, winds could gust up to around 45 mph. This system will bring south gales from the south coast northward, and hazardous seas bringing small craft advisory level seas over most of the area. The hazardous conditions will persist into Friday morning.

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Salem-News.com (Jun-08-2017 15:04)

Prevent the Summer Slide with Summer Reading

Free summer reading programs are at libraries all over Oregon!

(SALEM, Ore.) - summer reading The summer slide isn't playground equipment, in fact it's not thrilling at all! Join the summer reading program at your library to prevent the summer slide.

During the summer, students will forget some of the skills they learned in school if they do not engage in activities to practice those skills.

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