A group of volunteer advisors to the Oregon Health Authority has voted Tuesday to make the state the third in the nation to seek federal approval for a basic health program.
Snowpack in the Cascades is less than 40% of what it should be, but significant snow is expected this weekend. Learn more here.
Oregon’s population declined from 2022 to 2023. Learn more here.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oregon lost 0.1% of its population between July 2022 and July 2023. Read the OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) article here.
The season is now open for harvesting razor clams on Oregon’s central coast. Learn more via OPB here.
In this OPB file photo from 2017, Seaview resident Andi Day digs for razor clams in Long Beach, using a clam gun passed down from her grandmother.
Oregon is seeking fed approval for a basic health program. Learn more here.
OHA advisors say yes to free health care for adults at 138-200% of the poverty level
Photo Credits: The emergency wing of the Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Northwest Portland on July 28, 2023. Caden Perry / OPB
New evidence suggests humans were in Oregon more than 18,000 years ago.
Photo Courtesy of Becky Raines / University of Oregon
Archaeologists have new evidence suggesting that humans occupied Oregon more than 18,000 years ago. This makes it one of the oldest known sites of human occupation in North America.
A 2023 radiocarbon dating analysis was made based on findings at the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter near Burns, Oregon. The University of Oregon Archaeological Field School has been excavating at the site, which features a shallow overhang in an otherwise open environment. The field school has been working in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management since 2011.
UO staff archaeologist Patrick O’Grady said in 2012 the team found telling objects — camel tooth enamel fragments and a human-made tool — deep in the rock shelter, buried underneath the ash of a Mt. St. Helens eruption from over 15,000 years ago.
Invasive vine mealybugs have been found in Southern Oregon. Find out more here.
An invasive vine mealybug was found in Southern Oregon in 2021 and since then, vineyards have been fighting to eradicate the insect. The pest can cause significant damage to Oregon’s grape vines, affecting fruit quality and mold growth. State funding from SB 5506 will invest more than $400,000 to monitor, research and suppress the insect before it becomes widespread in the state.
Brian Gruber is the president of the Oregon Winegrowers Association. Greg Jones is the vice chair on the Oregon Wine Board’s board of directors. And Vaughn Walton is a professor at Oregon State University’s horticulture department . They join us now to share how this bug can potentially affect Oregon’s vineyards and the potential impact of the funding to address the threat it poses.