Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Chris Castor Receives Anne Marie Ernsberger Award

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Klamath Basin Weather

Sunny, with a high near 65.  Clear overnight, low of 35 degrees.

Sunny, with a high near 67. Overnight, a low of 36.

Sunny, with a high near 72.

Sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunny, with a high near 54.

The Klamath County Public Health Air Advisory is GREEN until noon today.

Job losses accelerated in Klamath County in September largely due to losses in professional and business services.

This resulted in a notable increase in the local unemployment rate. The employment situation in Lake County is largely unchanged over the past year. Klamath County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in September, an uptick from 6.4 percent in August. The rate increased due to an unseasonable gain in unemployed workers. The rate was 6.4 percent this time last year.

Klamath County added 40 jobs in September, fewer gains than typically expected this time of year. Employment levels continue to trend down with the county posting 490 fewer jobs in September compared with the same time last year (-2.1%). These losses were concentrated in professional and business services (-540 jobs) and manufacturing (- 100 jobs). Most other private sector industries posted minor job losses over the past year with the exception of private education and health services, which gained 90 jobs.

Twice each year there are open burn windows that allow Klamath County residents the opportunity to burn yard waste. The 2019 fall open burning window ends at 5 p.m. this Sunday.

A reminder that the air quality advisory must be green. The daily advisory is available at 541-882-BURN (2876).

Only residential yard waste, such as tree limbs, brush, and leaves may be burned. All burning must occur between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. No trash, plastic, rubber, tar, petroleum products, treated or painted wood may be burned and the use of burn barrels is prohibited. The burning of commercial, construction, demolition or industrial waste is not included in this burn window. Burning for these purposes requires a special permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Finally, agricultural burning inside the Air Quality Zone is prohibited without a certificate of variance issued by Klamath County Public Health.

Professor Chris Castor of Oregon Tech, pictured on the right.

Christopher “Chris” Caster, associate professor and program director of Vascular Technology at Oregon Institute of Technology has been selected as recipient of the Anne Marie Ernsberger award.

The AME award is presented to an individual who has displayed a passion and dedication to further the field of vascular ultrasound. The award was created in honor of Anne Marie Ernsberger, who was an exemplary vascular technologist until her death in 1994.

Professor Caster is a Registered Vascular Technologist who has worked at Oregon Tech for 20 years.

According to Triple A U.S. refinery utilization is at 83 percent which is the lowest rate since September 2017.

Tightening gasoline supplies are causing state gas price averages to rise in nearly half of all states, including Oregon. For the week, the national average holds steady at $2.64 a gallon. The Oregon average jumps seven cents to $3.35. This is the largest weekly jump in the nation for the second week in a row and the highest price for the Oregon average since mid-June of this year.

Health officials say they have started to see cases of flu in Oregon. They recommend everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine.  People who get vaccinated not only protect themselves but may also protect those around them.

People at higher risk of severe illness include babies and young children, adults older than 65, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems.

Ann Thomas public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division says “Healthy adults who get vaccinated help prevent the flu from spreading quickly. But only a third of adults 18 to 49 get the flu vaccine.”  

Thomas added “Even if adults do not get a vaccine for themselves, they may want to get vaccinated to protect those they love.”

The flu vaccine may take up to two weeks to become effective, so getting it earlier in the season is ideal. Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. The vaccine is free or low cost with most health insurance plans.

To find flu vaccine clinic, visit http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA’s flu vaccine locator tool.

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