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Friday, November 5, 2021
Klamath Basin Weather
Today Rain after noon. Snow level 5500 feet rising to 6100 feet. High near 51. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Overnight, rain likely with a snow level 6000 feet, low around 36.
Saturday A 50 percent chance of showers. Snow level 5400 feet lowering to 4700 feet in the afternoon . Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. South wind 5 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Cloudy overnight with a low around 26.
Sunday Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
Monday A slight chance of snow between noon and 3pm, then a slight chance of rain after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Rain and snow likely, becoming all rain after noon. Snow level 4800 feet rising to 5900 feet in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 47.
A Klamath County mother is behind bars after she and her partner allegedly caused the death of their young child while using the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.
24-year-old Kelsey Rose Randall was arrested and booked into jail Wednesday on charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Court documents indicate that she will likely face further charges for criminally negligent homicide and child neglect, and a higher charge of first-degree manslaughter.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer, Randall and her partner Damon Herrera took fentanyl “in a reckless manner” at their home on Main Avenue in Bly on July 28 of this year.
While the statement does not indicate precisely how, their young child allegedly came into contact with the drug and died. The child was under the age of two years old. While Randall appears on the jail log and court records, Herrera does not.
It was not immediately clear whether he will be sought on similar charges.
More than $13.5 million in funds from the American Rescue Plan will head to rural airports — including in Klamath Falls and Lake County — to help them cover costs incurred during the pandemic and support rent and minimum annual guarantees for airport concessions.
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley made the announcement Thursday.
The $13.56 million from the ARPA legislation will be distributed as follows by the U.S. Department of Transportation: $59,000 for the Crater Lake – Klamath Regional Airport for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport.
$6,020,991 for the Rogue Valley International – Medford Airport for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. Other funds will go to the Mahlon Sweet Field Airport, Roberts Field Airport, Newport Municipal Airport and Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field Airport.
Two calves were killed in the Bly area of Klamath County in recent days, one of which is the first confirmed wolf kill in that area.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said both deaths were investigated on Sunday, Oct. 31 with one determined as being caused by a wolf or wolves while another remains unconfirmed. One Bly-area kill was reported by a ranch manager who found a dead 530-pound calf in a 110-acre private-land grass pasture the morning of Oct. 31.
It was estimated the calf died about 36 hours prior to the investigation. According to the report done by ODFW, “extensive feeding was observed” on the carcass. Based on physical evidence, ODFW reported that there was “clear evidence of a predator attack.
The location and severity of the injuries are similar to injuries observed in calves attacked by wolves. GPS location data places a radio collared wolf within 700 yards of the calf around the estimated time of death.”
There are 64 new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 4,469. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 1,128 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of yesterday, bringing the state total to 369,815.
The new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases reported today are in the following counties: Benton (11), Clackamas (120), Clatsop (5), Columbia (22), Coos (26), Crook (12), Curry (3), Deschutes (100), Douglas (52), Grant (3), Hood River (5), Jackson (61), Jefferson (15), Josephine (26), Klamath (38), Lake (4), Lane (79), Lincoln (10), Linn (55), Malheur (7), Marion (124), Morrow (3), Multnomah (140), Polk (28), Sherman (3), Tillamook (18), Umatilla (27), Union (4), Wallowa (8), Wasco (15), Washington (107), Wheeler (2) and Yamhill (78).
The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 527, which is 10 fewer than yesterday. There are 116 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which means there has been no change from yesterday. There are 53 available adult ICU beds out of 686 total (8% availability) and 255 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,127 (6% availability). Klamath County reported 38 new cases. Deschutes County had 113. Five new cases were reported in Lake County.
Sky Lakes Medical Center reports they are at strain status with 26 Covid related cases, 8 of those patients needing intensive care.
Their overall patient census remains high and their COVID-9 inpatient census has remained high since the delta surge began late summer.
They have consistently had more COVID-19 inpatients a day than we did at the beginning of the pandemic or any previous surge for months now.
The Conquer Covid in Klamath campaign announces its winner for the week. Ashleigh Carter of Klamath Falls won a $2,500 Gas Card.
Ashleigh was selected in a random drawing of all Klamath County residents that have entered at conquercovidinklamath.com.
Each week the prize changes and this week it is a Big Screen TV & Sound Bar for your living room and another smart flat screen TV for another room. The drawing for this weeks prize will take place on Monday morning.
Other Weekly winners to date include: Elizabeth Gaxiola of Bonanza who won a Big Screen TV, Home Theater System and Pizza gift certificates Gillian Bradford of Klamath Falls who won $6,000 in groceries from Grocery Outlet Nolan Napier of Chiloquin who won a top of the line Traeger Grill and 12 bags of premium pellets. Patricia Merrill of Klamath Falls won $4,800 in gasoline for her vehicle. Terri Torres of Klamath Falls won $5,000 worth of furniture for her home. Nicola Cherry of Klamath Falls won a $2,400 free standing pellet stove. Kelly Hawk of Klamath Falls won $2,500 in groceries from Grocery Outlet.
There is a different prize each week along with the Grand Prize, which is the winners choice of a new Dodge RAM pickup or a new Dodge Durango SUV. There are numerous runner up prizes as well. To enter Klamath County residents can go to conquercovidinklamath.com. There is nothing to buy and no charge whatsoever to enter. The site also lists all prizes, rules and vaccination sites. GO TO: http://conquercovidinklamath.com/
A series of paintings inspired by an unknown world traveler are featured in a new exhibit at the Klamath County Museum’s Modoc Gallery. “Following the Path of the Unknown Stranger” is the theme of the exhibition that runs through December.
Bonanza resident Liz Hubbard created the series after receiving a mysterious collection of sand samples through a trade with an individual in Alaska. Hubbard said she was expecting to get some new pigments to work with. Instead, she received a box containing small batches of sand and gravel. Each piece is available for purchase, and comes with a brief description and a note concerning what Hubbard learned about the place the traveler had visited.
The Modoc Gallery is open during regular museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission to the gallery is free.
Around the state of Oregon
OHA kicks off domestic well testing for 2,000 wildfire-affected households
Agency providing vouchers for free testing to eligible property owners, well users
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is offering free domestic well water testing to about 2,000 households affected by wildfire that rely on wells for drinking water.
The Oregon Legislature allocated funds for free well testing in response to the devastating wildfires of 2020. Many communities and households were still digging out from ash and debris when the original program’s funding expired in June 2021. If demand exceeds supply, people with low income and communities of color will be prioritized.
Well users whose properties were affected by wildfires can find steps needed to access the funds, which became available Nov. 1, at www.healthoregon.org/wells. Well owners will find guidance on how to assess damage, take action to protect their well, and test their well water to confirm it is safe to drink.
Curtis Cude, manager of the Oregon Health Authority’s Domestic Well Safety Program, urges well owners to “follow recommendations in the well damage assessment.”
“Make sure you know what work you are authorized to do and when you need to hire a licensed professional,” he said.
Actions may include:
- Repair and replace damaged well components.
- Re-pressurize and refill the well.
- Flush water lines.
- Treat the well for microbial contaminants.
- Test (apply for free testing).
OHA will provide testing vouchers to well users through May 15, 2023. To ensure that all 2020 wildfire-affected domestic well users can receive free testing, OHA can offer one voucher per affected well. Well users can select from a list of approved environmental laboratories in Oregon that will honor the vouchers for testing services. The tests will look for presence of bacteria, nitrates, arsenic, lead and chemicals that are hazardous by-products of fire.
Applications can be found at www.healthoregon.org/wells.
The Oregon Nurses Association Supports OFNHP’s 10-Day Strike Notice at Kaiser Permanente
The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) stands in solidarity with the more than 3,400 nurses and other health care professionals represented by the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP) who submitted their 10-day strike notice to Kaiser Permanente today.
“ONA and our 15,000 members across the state are deeply disappointed that Kaiser Permanente, or any health care system in Oregon, would disrespect the professionalism and commitment of the workers who have sacrificed so much for the benefit of their patients,” said Lynda Pond, RN, President of the ONA Board of Directors. “Kaiser administration’s behavior is outrageous. Although a strike is always a last resort, ONA believes our OFNHP colleagues have no other option but to take this step. Their fight is our fight too.”
ONA also submitted a 10-day notice to Kaiser Permanente, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and the Oregon Employment Relations Board stating ONA members throughout Oregon will engage in picketing and other protected actions in support of our colleagues at OFNHP. ONA nurses’ solidarity actions with OFNHP will take place outside of work hours. ONA nurses will continue working their scheduled shifts at non-Kaiser health care facilities.
“This notice allows ONA members to join the picket lines at Kaiser Permanente facilities beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, November 15,” said Pond. “Since OFNHP first voted to authorize a strike in October, ONA members across the state have been prepared to do whatever we can to support a strike. Every single one of our bargaining units has pledged not to cross the picket line, and we are creating mutual aid committees to raise funds and provide whatever support our colleagues need, for however long is necessary.”
OFNHP and ONA are in 100% agreement: health care systems like Kaiser must do more to address safe staffing. This is a crisis they caused and Kaiser’s failure to reach an agreement has put an even more pressure on an already overstressed nursing workforce.
“ONA stands in solidarity with OFNHP,” said Pond. “At a time when our health care system, and our health care professionals, are at the breaking point, Kaiser’s refusal to settle a fair contract is a slap in the face. All health care systems in Oregon should take note of our shared commitment to putting patient care before profits and to fair contracts for workers.”
The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) is the state’s largest and most influential nursing organization. We are a professional association and labor union which represents 15,000 nurses and allied health workers throughout the state. Our mission is to advocate for nursing, quality health care and healthy communities. For more information visit: www.OregonRN.org.
Oregon Jobs Projected to Increase 16% by 2030
Oregon’s total employment is projected to grow by 317,600 jobs between 2020 and 2030, according to new projections from the Oregon Employment Department.
The projections point to historically high job growth between 2020 and 2030 and accounts for recovery from low employment levels in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated recession. In addition, many job openings are expected due to the need to replace workers who leave their occupations.
In 2020, there were 1,998,400 jobs in Oregon. The projected 16% increase in employment between 2020 and 2030 includes private-sector gains of 283,500 jobs, growth of 25,700 jobs in government, and an additional 8,300 self-employed Oregonians.
Beyond gains associated with the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession and anticipated economic growth, another 2,197,200 job openings will be created by 2030 to replace workers who retire, leave the labor force for other reasons, or make a major occupational change. Together, the number of job openings due to economic recovery, job growth, and replacements will total 2,514,800.
All sectors in Oregon are expected to add jobs by 2030. Leisure and hospitality is projected to increase the fastest and add the largest number of jobs. The projected gain of 73,800 jobs (46% growth) in leisure and hospitality is mainly driven by the recovery from the pandemic, as restaurants, hotels, and arts, cultural, and recreational establishments are expected to see increased demand as in-person and recreational activities resume.
Because of the loss of jobs in leisure and hospitality in 2020, many of the fastest-growing occupations are associated with jobs in this industry. In fact, 10 of the top 20 fastest-growing occupations are in leisure and hospitality. They include cooks, chefs, bartenders, waiters and waitresses, fast food workers, exercise trainers and fitness instructors, and amusement and recreation attendants.
The private health care and social assistance sector is projected to add the second-largest number of jobs, with 51,000 jobs (19% growth) over the 10-year period. This growth is attributed to the aging of the state’s population, longer life expectancies, and continued population growth. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and massage therapists are among the fastest-growing occupations statewide.
A broad variety of career opportunities will be available across all sectors, as well as all job types. One-third of all job openings will require education or training beyond high school at the typical entry-level education. To meet more competitive education requirements, more than half of job openings require at least some training beyond high school.
Occupations with the most job openings, typically requiring a high school diploma or less, include fast food workers, retail salespersons, cashiers, stockers, and order fillers. Those requiring a postsecondary certification or associate’s degree include truck drivers, bookkeepers, and medical and nursing assistants. Occupations with the most total openings requiring at least a bachelor’s degree vary from general and operations managers to registered nurses, software developers, and accountants.
All areas of Oregon expect to see job opportunities due to both economic recovery and growth, and to replace workers leaving the labor force in the coming years. The two regions projected to grow at the fastest rates are Central Oregon (18%) and the Portland area (17%). Northwest Oregon is projected to grow at the same rate as Oregon statewide – 16%. All other areas are projected to have slower growth.
Additional Information More information on 2020-2030 industry and occupational projections for Oregon and sub-state areas can be found at www.qualityinfo.org/projections.
Gunman Holds 2 Students Hostage in Dorm Room at UO
Investigators believe an intruder with a gun set off a fire alarm at the University of Oregon law school early Thursday morning before later taking two students captive in a dorm room and using one of their phones to call 911.
Police located and arrested the suspect – identified as 37-year-old Shawn Scott Densmore – at Hamilton Hall without further incident.
“Our students are safe, our res halls are safe, and this really came to a good conclusion today,” UO Police Chief Matt Carmichael said.
Densmore is not a student at Oregon, the university confirmed. He faces charges of menacing, burglary, criminal trespass, kidnapping and carrying a concealed firearm.
The investigation started with a fire alarm at the University of Oregon William Knight Law Center around 3 a.m.
“The building was checked and cleared with no evidence of smoke or fire,” according to the University. “Fire officials cleared the building and UOPD officers began reviewing security video footage. The video footage showed a person pulling the fire alarm, holding a gun and acting erratically inside the building. A call was made for police support.”
According to UO:
Officers from Springfield Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Junction City Police Department responded to the scene to assist. A tactical search of the building was conducted by a Lane County Sheriff’s drone team and a Springfield Police canine unit. Assisting police officers diverted pedestrian and street traffic around the law school and a UO alert was sent out asking everyone to avoid the area.
UOPD began receiving multiple 911 calls from a single cell phone reporting incidents from other areas across campus. The UOPD worked to locate the 911 caller by pinging, texting and calling the phone. Through a text exchange, UOPD crisis negotiation team members were able to connect with what was later determined to be a student in Hamilton Hall. Two students were being held in the student’s room and the suspect had used the student’s phone to place the 911 calls.
Lane County deputies and UOPD responded to Hamilton Hall based on information received in text messages. Upon entry, officers immediately located the armed suspect and took him into custody without incident.
Shawn Scott Densmore, 37, has been arrested and charged with menacing, burglary, criminal trespass, kidnapping and carrying a concealed firearm. Densmore is being held in Lane County jail. Densmore has no known current affiliation with the university.
Three Men Arrested in Attack on Transgender Woman in Corvallis
Corvallis police have arrested three men suspected of assaulting a transgender woman while she was working at a 7-Eleven convenience store last month.
Riley Westbrooks of Myrtle Creek and Dylan Guido of Roseburg, both 21, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of first-degree bias crime and third-degree assault.
Kyle Rackley of Sutherlin, 22, also was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.
The men fractured her nose, orbital bones, sinus wall, and shoulder while yelling transphobic and homophobic slurs, she wrote on the crowdfunding platform.
The woman was working the graveyard shift at a 7-Eleven store several blocks north of the Oregon State campus on Oct. 24 when the trio attacked her, according to a GoFundMe set up to help her recover.
She wrote in a Sunday update on GoFundMe that she was hospitalized for two nights and is “doing a lot better.”
“Firstly there are no words in the English language that can convey my gratitude that Corvallis and all of you have shown me,” the woman wrote. “This is humbling beyond belief and so very thankful that there are people that care about me and the LGBTQ+ community!”
Guido was an Oregon State student until May 2020, university spokesperson Steven Clark said. Westbrooks and Rackley have not attended the university.
“We continue to be very dismayed and saddened by this attack,” Clark said. “Violence of any sort, against any individual, and certainly against individuals of a transgender or non-binary status, is antithetical to everything this university stands for.”
Detectives found the men in Roseburg. They’re now being held in the Benton County Jail.
Intel and Other Oregon Employers Are Splitting Time for Work at Home and Office
Oregon’s largest employer, Intel, says it plans to become a “hybrid-first” company, allowing most employees to split their time between home and the office. Many other employers are making similar decisions, acknowledging that the nature of work has changed permanently after COVID-19. Intel’s shift will be especially profound in Oregon – the chipmaker is the state’s largest corporate employer, with 21,000 people working at its suburban campuses in Washington County.
“The pandemic compressed a decade’s worth of change into months. From a crisis came an opportunity to reimagine how we work and collaborate,” Christy Pambianchi, the chipmaker’s chief people officer, wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “At Intel, it’s meant creating our future as a ‘hybrid-first’ company.”
The hybrid approach doesn’t apply to manufacturing workers who must be on site at Intel’s factories or in its research labs.
Pambianchi didn’t say when Intel will broadly reopen its offices to hybrid work. COVID-19 levels remain elevated in Oregon but have declined significantly from a record wave of infections triggered by the delta variant in late summer.
Oregon is home to Intel’s leading-edge research and its most advanced factories, as well as many corporate and administrative roles. The company declined to provide a breakdown of the share of Oregon employees who are in roles that require them to be on site.
An employee survey in April found 90% of employees prefer to split their work hours between home and the office, Pambianchi wrote. And when COVID-19 forced offices to close last year, she said, Intel found employees were successful even while working virtually.
So Intel decided to make a permanent change. “The majority of employees will split their time between working remotely and in the office,” Pambianchi said. She said it will be up to individual work teams to determine how often people come into the office. “We’re not mandating a single approach regarding the number of days per week all employees should be on-site or how people should collaborate,” she said.
Statewide, only about a third of all workers have jobs that can be done remotely, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Many employers, from grocery stores to schools, need jobs to be performed in person.
The broader effects of Intel’s shift may be somewhat muted in Oregon. The company hadn’t indicated it planned further expansion here, with the notable exception of more factories that are unaffected by the move to hybrid operations.
And those workers who are now eligible for hybrid work will evidently still be expected in the office regularly, which suggests they’re unlikely to stray too far from Hillsboro.
However, Intel’s change may be reflective of a broader shift among employers that are increasingly allowing employees more flexibility on when they need to be in the office — or if they need to come in at all. That could have more significant regional implications.
Portland-based software company Expensify, for example, has just about 30 of its 140 employees in Oregon. The rest are distributed around the country, and around the world.
And when Umpqua Bank announced plans last month to move its banking offices from downtown Portland to Lake Oswego, the bank said it was doing so partly out of a recognition that its employees wanted a hybrid work arrangement and wanted an office closer to where they live.
Southern Oregon Illegal Grows Also Migrant Worker Problem
Thousands of immigrants working on Southern Oregon illegal marijuana farms that authorities say are run by foreign cartels are living in squalid conditions and are sometimes being cheated and threatened by their employers.
In one such raid where they were growing cannabis illegally, near Selma, Ore., on June 16, 2021…over 100 workers, most or all of them immigrants, were found at the site.
The situation has gotten so bad in the largely rural region near the state line with California, amid a violent crime surge and water theft for the growing operations during a severe drought, that Jackson and Douglas counties declared a state of emergency last month. They requested state funding and other resources, including deployment of the National Guard, to properly enforce cannabis laws.
On Thursday, commissioners in neighboring Josephine County said they are preparing their own emergency declaration. A draft document cites “rampant violations of county codes, state water laws and criminal laws.” They previously wrote a letter to Oregon’s senate president saying the county is experiencing “a tragic surge in narco-slavery.”
A spokeswoman for Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, Elizabeth Merah, has said that there are no immediate plans to deploy the National Guard.
Many of the zone’s illegal marijuana farms operate under the guise of being legal hemp farms, but the crops that they grow have amounts of THC — the component that gives pot its high — far above the legal levels allowed for hemp.
State regulators and local law enforcement officers have been overwhelmed by the amount of industrial-scale growing sites, which they say number in the hundreds and possibly thousands.
There aren’t enough inspectors to test for THC content at each site to determine which ones are legal and which are not, officials have said. Some sites, frequently with armed guards, have refused entry to state inspectors. Police have said they do not have the capacity to raid all the suspicious sites because each raid requires an investigation and search warrants.
And some managers of the illegal operations are refusing to pay workers and have threatened them with violence if they go to the authorities or try to quit, according to law enforcement officials and a group that advocates for the migrant and farm worker rights.
“We’ve had several cases in Josephine County, where they were threatened with guns to their heads, ‘If you guys tell anybody, we’re going to harm your family in Mexico,’ or ‘We’re going to shoot you,’” said Kathy Keesee-Morales, co-director of Unete, an immigrant and farmworker advocacy group based in Medford, Oregon.
Some of workers who say they were cheated have contacted Unete, which has tried to help by calling the pot-farm managers and warning them that they could face complaints filed with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry if they don’t pay the workers what they are owed, Keesee-Morales said.
“Many times they’ll just pay them because they don’t want any kind of interaction with the state,” Keesee-Morales said.
The number of illegal marijuana farms in the region, which are not part of Oregon’s legal and regulated marijuana system, surged this year, with some even emerging alongside state highways.
They produce tons of marijuana that is sold outside the state. Officials believe the cartels selected southern Oregon because it’s considered part of the the fabled marijuana-growing Emerald Triangle, a zone in which California’s Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity counties form the major part.
The region produces top-quality weed that is “the microbrew of cannabis,” said state Rep. Lily Morgan, a Republican from the small city of Grants Pass, the county seat of Josephine County. “You can ask a high dollar around the world for it,” she said.
Local landowners often rent or sell their property to the illegal growers at prices much higher than normal rates. In one case, an owner went to her land to negotiate a lease renewal and discovered that the manager of the illegal marijuana farm was gone — and had left the growing equipment and workers behind.
Morgan said the owner told county officials: “These people have been left, there are workers who have no I.D., they do not speak English, they have no food.”
Oregon’s labor bureau is investigating wage complaints from workers at illegal marijuana farms, said Sonia Ramirez, administrator of the bureau’s wage and hour division.
Workers have had to use holes in the ground for toilets, bathe with makeshift showers, cook in unsanitary kitchens and live in tents and sleep on cots in shipping containers and in marijuana greenhouses, said Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler.
Sickler said his deputies do not arrest the workers on alleged immigration violations and instead hand out cards, in Spanish, provided by Unete that list agencies that provide free services for migrants.
The workers are reluctant to talk to law enforcement officials because they are terrified that cartel enforcers might discover that they have done so and harm them or their relatives living elsewhere, Sickler and Keesee-Morales said.
“There is a fear factor,” the sheriff said. “These individuals know that they could be at risk for talking to the police about several things, including the conditions, the lack of being paid.”
While colder weather now coming to Oregon spells the end of the growing season for many of the marijuana growing sites, indoor illegal operations continue operating through the winter because they are outfitted with heat lamps that allow pot plants to grow.
Sickler doesn’t expect a letup of the criminal activity because a lot of cash is involved, creating a tempting target for robbers.
In raids conducted by Sickler’s deputies on one day in September on two pot farms, officers found $650,000, 7.5 tons of processed marijuana and 20,000 pot plants.
Last month, men with guns tried to rob an illegal marijuana growing site and processing facility in the small Jackson County city of Eagle Point. Three men from Sacramento, California were arrested on charges of robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and assault.
Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel predicted no immediate resolution to the problem of illegal marijuana farms. “This summer was absolutely out of control,” he said. “We’re anticipating next year being just as bad, if not worse.”
Set the clocks back 1 hour before going to bed Saturday night and….add fresh batteries to your smoke alarms!