Klamath Basin News, Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Snowflake Festival Parade Tomorrow; Sky Lakes Medical Center Announces New Commitment With New Mission and Vision To The Community

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Klamath Basin Weather

Wind Advisory in effect from December 6, 07:00 AM thru 10:00 PM

Today
Rain at times, south winds to 16 mph with high gusts at times, high near 51. Snow level lowering to 5700 feet in the afternoon.  Chance of precipitation is 90%.  New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Overnight, rain and snow mixed, snow level lowers to 4200 feet, low around 32.  Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday
Snow flurries in the morning then rain as it warms up.  High near 40. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday
Partly sunny, with a high near 38.
Saturday

Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday
A chance of rain and snow before 7am, then a chance of rain. Snow level 5500 feet rising to 6100 feet in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

Today’s Headlines
Area Holiday Events…

The 39th Annual Snowflake Mile Run and Parade will take place Thursday on Main Street in downtown Klamath Falls.

The Snowflake Mile will start at 6:30 at the corner of Main and North Spring streets. The Snowflake Festival Parade will start after the race, at 7 p.m.

Main Street between Second Street and North Spring Street will be closed for the event. Barricades will be in place to prevent vehicle access to the parade route.

Staging area for the parade will be along Spring Street with the disbanding area located on Timbermill Drive.

Klamath Avenue will remain open for emergency vehicles, and traffic control staff will be in place for the duration of the event. (Herald and News)

Sky Lakes Medical Center has installed a beautiful bronze sculpture in the center of the roundabout on Campus Drive. This impressive artwork was built and designed by the renowned sculptor and artist, Stefan Savides.

The concept for the “red hawk sculpture” was brought to the Sky Lakes board in 2019 by Paul Stewart, former CEO/President of Sky Lakes Medical Center. The piece created represents nature’s ability to overcome obstacles created by urban development. The entire process, from conceptualization to installation, spanned over two years.

Stefan Savides employed an intricate process that involved crafting miniature clay molds, followed by wax molds, and eventually welding the elements into the beautiful bronze sculpture. The three columns depicted in the sculpture represent the urbanization of land, with a branch breaching each column, symbolizing the resilience and adaptation of nature. At the top of the tallest column, a life-size hawk sits majestically. To further enhance the space, the landscaping around the sculpture will be adorned with native plants and boulders that complement the artwork.

The installation of the sculpture was generously donated by Diversified Contractors Inc and coordinated by Healthy Klamath. This artistic addition is a testament to Sky Lakes’ dedication to fostering a vibrant and thriving community. Public art has been shown to curate a culture of creativity as well as elevate community members’ sense of pride.

Sky Lakes hopes to continue making investments in the community, offering opportunities for people to connect with and take pride in the place we call home. (Sky Lakes Medical Center press release)

 

Sky Lakes is embarking on a journey with a new mission and vision, signaling a pivotal moment in its commitment to shaping a brighter future for the community.

Guided by the dedication to enhancing the patient experience, improving access to care and the overall wellbeing of Klamath County, Sky Lakes’ leadership team is excited to chart a transformative path forward. 

Grounded in the belief of the power of community and the potential of every individual, Sky Lakes’ new mission is to “inspire human potential through better health.”

In these six simple words, the organization encapsulates its dedication to guiding individuals toward a brighter and healthier future. It pledges to empower and support the community in realizing its infinite possibilities by fostering a culture of well-being and vitality. Through its dedication to comprehensive care, Sky Lakes seeks to ensure that every individual receives the support and the care they need throughout every stage of their health journey. 

Sky Lakes’ commitment to comprehensive care extends beyond traditional healthcare, recognizing that the journey to well-being begins in the community, in education, in the home, and in a commitment to preventative care. This proactive and holistic approach is a cornerstone of Sky Lakes’ pledge to uplift the community and promote healthier lifestyles. 

As part of this commitment, Sky Lakes continues to support various community-focused initiatives, including significant investments in parks and recreation, such as Klamath Commons, Eulalona Park, and the new Moore Park Playground.

Sky Lakes also invests in our community through various programs and projects, like the Everyone Swims program, Blue Zones Project/Healthy Klamath, the Wellness Center, and additional investments to support tourism, arts and culture. Additional projects in the works are improved signage downtown, commissioned local art in our new roundabouts, and the extension of community trails for improved access to outdoor activity. (Sky Lakes press release)

 

A lawyer for accused multi-state kidnapper Negasi Zuberi says a key piece of evidence was destroyed in the case — the alleged makeshift cinderblock cell in Zuberi’s rented Klamath Falls home inside the garage, where prosecutors say he locked a woman inside after abducting her from Seattle.

“The government allowed a very important piece of evidence to be destroyed,” attorney Michael P. Bertholf wrote to the court.  Bertholf told a federal judge Monday that he will file a motion to dismiss the case for the alleged destruction of evidence.

Zuberi, 29, was arrested in Reno, Nevada, on July 16, a day after the alleged kidnapping. He is accused of taking the woman from Seattle after posing as an undercover police officer, driving her 450 miles to Klamath Falls, sexually assaulting her on the trip and then locking her in a cell in the garage of his rental home in Klamath Falls, according to the FBI.

The woman escaped after a couple of hours in the cell, ripping apart a metal screen door on the cell, sneaking out of a small space in the screen, running from the home and flagging down a motorist for help, according to the FBI and Klamath Falls police.

 

More mandates coming from the government for farmers. 

Farmland across the U.S. will need to host power-generating solar panels for the country to decarbonize the electric grid and meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture.

But that’s not the sell that officials at the USDA’s Rural Development office use to entice Oregon farmers and rural business owners to get onboard.

Those customers are farmers and small business owners across the state who’ve applied for historic federal funding to put solar panels on their land and businesses through the Rural Energy for America Program. It’s been around since 2008 but received a record $1 billion in funding as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, passed by Congress in 2022.

It is now, according to Hoffmann, the single largest investment in rural electrification since the 1930s, and farmers and business owners are eager to jump on it.

Applications for the next round of Rural Energy for America grants will open on Dec. 31. Applications are due March 31, 2024. Recipients can apply for funding up to $1 million.

In the last year the office has invested more than $4 million in 38 solar projects in rural Oregon. But challenges with a lack of transmission for the electricity, and a lack of local technical assistance — including help applying for grants to offset the cost of solar installations — remain.

Hoffman, who previously served as energy policy advisor for former Oregon Govs. John Kitzhaber and Kate Brown, said it’s something she’s trying to champion as demand for solar in rural Oregon grows.

(Herald and News)

 

Over 100 participants dashed into the holiday season during the 10th annual Ugly Sweater Run hosted by the Friends of the Children Klamath Basin.

Like a scene ripped from a Hallmark Christmas movie, fluffy white snowflakes fell atop the heads of runners dawned in Santa hats and wearing garish red and green ugly sweaters Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Harbor Isles.

An annual tradition since 2013 (the 2020 race was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic), the Friends of the Children of Klamath Basin, a non-profit that pairs professional mentors with at-risk youth providing early intervention and long-term support, hosts a 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles) for charity.

Able to be run or walked, participants tackled two laps around the Harbor Isles neighborhood to the cheering and encouragement of spectators.

One individual who traveled from Eugene to participate, Nathan Estes, finished in first place, setting a time of just over 19 minutes.

All who participated in the event received a free beanie and prizes were handed out to the first-place finishers (male and female) as well as to the best-dressed human and pet.

Amanda Squibb, Friends of the Children Klamath Basin executive director, said the event always brings cheer.  (Herald and News)

 

Local homes were dressed to the nines in holiday cheer, welcoming in hundreds of people for tours this weekend on behalf of the local AU Chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Each year, PEO holds an annual Tour of Homes to raise funding for scholarships for women seeking higher education.

This year, three homes — belonging to Judy Phearson, Heidi Biggs and Victoria Hall — opened their doors to upwards of 200 guests who moseyed about the marvelous, festive residences.

Phearson, a renowned local artist, said it was her first year participating in the tour.

Phearson decorated her own home with an array of ornamental fixtures of her own design, including a tall-standing lighted tree made from actual birch tree branches gathered and provided by friends and neighbors.

In total, the overall magnificent home display required roughly a week to assembly, Phearson said.

Admission to the annual event was $20 per person this year, or $30 for two. The funds are put towards local scholarships for women in need who plan to further their progress and work towards a brighter future.  (Herald and News)

 

Restrictions prohibiting launching boats from trailers at the popular Malone Springs launch site are in effect until March 31, 2024.

In a news release, officials with the Fremont-Winema National Forest and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said the closure is intended to protect native Redband trout spawning and egg incubation.

People can still hand-launch at Malone Springs, which is located north of Fort Klamath on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake. Trailers can be used at the Rocky Point Boat Launch, which is 10 minutes south of Malone Springs boat launch.

ODFW recently placed gravel near the Malone Springs boat launch, which is increasing the amount of spawning area for Redband trout. According to the release, “The period between Nov. 1 and March 31 is a critical time for Redband trout spawning, which can be easily disrupted by trailer tires driving across spawning gravel.”

Along with announcing the temporary closure, officials also are encouraging people to take advantage of outdoor activities.  (Herald and News)

 

Klamath Falls has been named 44th in the Top 50 best places to travel globally by Travel Lemming, a U.S.-based online travel guide that is read by more than 10 million travelers.

The article calls Klamath Falls an “uncrowded gateway to Crater Lake National Park,” and says that its “numerous hiking trails lead to lakes, mountain summits and stunning waterfalls (are) a key feature of southwest Oregon.”

It cites seeing the Klamath Falls Rapids, hiking the Link Trail, and zipping on the Crater Lake Zipline as a few things that visitors shouldn’t miss while in the area.

County Commissioner Kelley Minty says, “It’s encouraging to see others recognize what we all know — Klamath County has so much to offer our citizens as well as visitors. I hope others feel as proud as I do of our community.”

Other American cities making the list were: Memphis, Tenn., ranked 5th; Kodiak, Alaska, ranked 8th; Eureka Springs, Ark., ranked 10th; Quincy, Mass., ranked 21st; Jacksonville, Fla., ranked 29th; and Steamboat Springs, Colo., ranked 41st.

(HeraldandNews.com)

 

Toys For Tots Annual Drive Is On

With the holidays upon us, the season brings a time of giving for children in need in both Klamath and Lake counties.

The annual Toys for Tots toy drive is already underway this year, and the longstanding organization is asking community members to give what they can.

Online monetary donations for Klamath County children can be made by visiting klamath-falls-or.toysfortots.org.

To donate online to children in Lake County, visit lake-county.toysfortots.orgFor those who want to donate a new, unwrapped toy in Klamath County, you can drop off your donation at one of four locations:

  • Leatherneck Club, 1019 Main St.
  • My Mechanic, 3000 Pershing Way
  • Fred Meyer, 2655 Shasta Way
  • Bi-Mart, 1920 Washburn Way

In-person monetary donations can also be made at the Leatherneck Club. (HeraldandNews.com)

 

Around the state of Oregon

Three shootings in three days in Medford, none of which are believed to be related, have the community on edge.

North Medford High School, Kennedy Elementary School and Abraham Lincoln Elementary School were all under secure status as police search for the suspect in a shooting Tuesday morning at the Grandview Garden Apartments on the northwest corner of Roberts Road and north Keene Way Drive.

Police have confirmed there is one victim, who is in the hospital. They are still searching for the suspect in this latest shooting Tuesday.

Two men were killed in a shooting also at a Medford apartment complex Monday morning.   Medford Police have released the names of the two victims in the homicide.

The two victims are 26-year-old Christian Jonathan Torres of White City and 33-year-old Dontrell Xavier Manninen, the release said.

Another man was killed in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings over the weekend.

“Detectives continue to actively work this case in order to provide answers to the families,” the release said. “At this time no arrests have been made. Updates will be provided as they become available.”

and over the weekend, a man was killed by gunfire at Buffalo Wild Wings in Medford.

No arrests have been made in any of those cases as of deadline. (mpd/local)

 

Good news to those that have to travel the highways of Oregon in the winter months.

Governor Tina Kotek says the state House Speaker and Senate President have agreed to commit $19 million to the Oregon Department of Transportation prior to the start of the legislative session in February. 

In the agreement, $8 million will be used to restore winter maintenance for the next two years. ODOT announced earlier this year it would limit overtime hours and seasonal services like plowing, in response to a budget shortfall.

The agency will use $7 million for safety improvements like fixing potholes and re-striping fog-lines on low-volume highways. That work was paused earlier this year. 

The other $4 million is for replacing 10 trucks primarily used for snow plowing. (Oregon news)

 

There’s a storm hitting Oregon with plenty of moisture will bring heavy rain and snow to the northwest over the next few days.

Called atmospheric rivers, the Weather Prediction Center warned residents especially in the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies of “hazardous to even impossible travel conditions in these impacted areas.” More than half a dozen states in the west are now under some kind of winter weather alert as of this past weekend as the atmospheric rivers spread eastward from Washington and Oregon to Colorado and Wyoming. (Oregon news)

 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office reports it’s searching for two people that are possibly lost in the woods in the Oakridge or Lowell areas.

71-year-old Linda Chappell and 65-year-old Don Chappell left their residence in Lowell Sunday afternoon at about 4 p.m.

They are believed to have been headed to an unknown location in the mountains to find snow.  They were expected to return home Sunday evening but have not been heard from since their departure.  (lane co. sheriff’s office)

 

Alaska Airlines has agreed to buy Hawaiian Airlines in a $1.9 billion deal, including debt, putting it on track for a potential clash with the Biden administration that has shown wariness about higher fares in the industry.

The combined company would maintain both airlines’ brands, an unusual move in an industry where waves of acquisitions have led to four big brands dominating the U.S. market.

Alaska will pay $18 in cash for each share of Hawaiian, whose stock closed Friday at $4.86 after losing just over half its value in the year so far.

Officials from both companies called the deal a chance to combine two carriers with few overlapping routes, which they said would create a stronger company to compete with the nation’s Big Four: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. It would also create a “clear leader” in the lucrative, $8 billion Hawaiian market, Alaska CEO Ben Minicucci said in a conference call with investors.

Alaska is Portland’s leading airline hub airline. (Oregon news)

 

A 31-year-old Eagle Point woman was sentenced to 13 years in prison Monday,  after she took sexual photos of an 8-year-old child and sent them to people online.

According to a news release from the Oregon district of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the woman — Kayla Dee Lester — has been sentenced to 156 months in prison and 20 years of supervised release.

“In 2020, Lester took sexually explicit photos of an 8-year-old child and distributed them to multiple individuals online using Whisper, a social media application that allows users to post and share photo and video messages anonymously,” the release said. “When interviewed by police, Lester admitted to using Whisper and other social media applications to meet people and solicit child pornography.”

Lester also admitted that she sent photos of the child in hopes that others would send her pictures of child sex crimes in return, the release said.

On July 6, 2023, Lester violated her release conditions by using an internet-connected cellphone, the release said. When police searched her phone, they found nude photos of herself and other adults she had been talking with online, plus messages where she told other adults how she sexually abused her victim.  (us attys office)

 

A Portland man is facing federal charges for distributing counterfeit Oxycodone pills containing fentanyl that caused the overdose death of a Portland teenager.

Nasir Overton, 20, a resident of Portland, has been charged by criminal complaint with one count each of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, resulting in death, and distributing and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, resulting in death.

According to court documents, on September 20, 2023, a detective from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) responded to a local hospital after receiving a report of a 15-year-old who had fatally overdosed on fentanyl. The detective learned that the day prior, the teenager had ingested a single counterfeit Oxycodone pill containing fentanyl and overdosed. The teenager was pronounced dead four days later. Further investigation revealed that the teen received the fatal pill from a friend who had purchased two pills from Overton

If convicted, Overton faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison. (Oregon atty generals’ office)

 

Thousands more Oregonians are now eligible to get back driver’s licenses suspended because of unpaid traffic violations.

Gov. Tina Kotek on Friday ordered mass clemency for the Oregon residents, building on an order from her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown, forgave more than 8,000 Oregonians in the same situation a year earlier.

Kotek’s order forgives more than 10,000 more people whose driver’s licenses were suspended only because they didn’t pay fines related to traffic violations, such as speeding or parking tickets. The remission order does not apply to people whose licenses were suspended because of traffic crimes, such as driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The order states that the 2022 order from Brown did not include everyone who met the criteria to be forgiven, and that the Oregon DMV has since updated the list.  (Oregon news)

 

Mount Ashland was hoping to open for the ski season this Saturday (12/9/2023), but a lack of snowfall is casting doubt on that plan.

Mount Ashland staff say they saw about 10 inches of snow in the recent storms.

But they say that isn’t enough for safe skiing.

Now, the mountain is experiencing warmer temperatures and rain, causing them to lose that snow.

They say they are at the mercy of mother nature and if they have to wait to open, they will.

(mt.ashland ski park)

 

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for public input regarding the removal of dead Douglas Firs.

Douglas Firs have been dying at alarming rates in southern Oregon, with more trees dying in the last four years than in the past four decades.

To decrease increased fire risk from the dead trees, BLM is planning on removing an estimated 5,000 acres worth of salvage timber. They are pushing to remove the trees by the end of next year, to allow them to remove the dead trees within a time frame that allows for them to still sell the wood.

They plan on selling the wood to minimize the price of the tree removal on Southern Oregon tax payers.

The input period ends on Jan. 7.  (kdrv12)

 

Gov. Tina Kotek announced plans for an advisory council that will guide the role of artificial intelligence in state government.

The decision underscores the growing influence of artificial intelligence and its potential to streamline government and make agencies more efficient or create confusion and infringe on privacy protections.

Kotek is charging the Oregon State Government AI Advisory Council with developing a plan for artificial intelligence in state government that values transparency, privacy and equity. It will have up to 15 members.

At its core, artificial intelligence can mimic human analyses and decision-making while carrying out tasks that society traditionally relies upon people to do. It can be a time saver, for example by transcribing audio into text or sorting through mountains of data to find trends. But in the hands of criminals, it could be deceptive and even put people at risk.  (Oregon news)

 

Former President Donald Trump’s name will be on Oregon’s Republican primary ballot next year.

The Oregon Secretary of State says there’s been significant voter response on the issue. There’s been legal action in other states over whether Trump took part in an insurrection which has been unproven, and if that should keep him off the ballot.

Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade says she doesn’t have the authority to determine the qualifications of candidates in a presidential primary. Oregon’s primary doesn’t determine a candidate, it communicates a preference to party delegates who determine the nominee at the party’s nominating convention.

(Oregon news)

 

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is proposing legislation to increase protection for U.S. Postal Service workers.

In 2020, the Postmaster General issued a directive that restricted Postal Police from operating outside of USPS facilities. Wyden is co-sponsoring legislation to address the sharp increase in letter carrier robberies. They’re often targeted, because they carry keys that open multiple mailboxes. Wyden’s bill would reverse the restriction and allow Postal Police to expand their operations.

(Oregon news)

 

Starting next month, Oregonians will have more options to take the train to Seattle.

Amtrak Cascades, jointly operated between the Washington and Oregon state transportation departments, said it will add two new round-trip trains between the states’ two largest cities.

The two new trains will begin running on Monday, Dec. 11, with the earliest one departing Seattle at 5:52 a.m. and Portland at 6:45 a.m. The latest trains of the day will leave at 7:25 p.m. from Portland and 7:50 p.m. from Seattle. With the two additions, there will now be a dozen trains between the two cities every day.

The two cities are the busiest stops on the Cascades route, which runs from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene.

One train, the Coast Starlight, runs out of Klamath Falls northbound for Portland and points north, leaving Klamath Falls around 8:15am.

(Oregon news)

 

State attorneys general in Oregon, Washington and California and two Oregon-based environmental groups are asking federal energy regulators to reconsider their approval of a natural gas pipeline project that would increase the flow of gas through the Northwest.

Federal regulators voted unanimously Oct. 19 to allow Calgary-based TC Energy to expand the capacity of its 1,400-mile-long GTN Xpress gas pipeline through Oregon, Idaho, Washington and northern California. The expansion would allow 150 million more cubic feet of gas to be delivered to the region each day. It currently transports about 2 billion cubic feet of gas from western Canada to West Coast consumers each day — enough to power 5 million U.S. homes each day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and California Attorney General Rob Bonta and lawyers for Rogue Climate in southern Oregon and Hood River-based Columbia Riverkeeper, filed petitions with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Environmentalists on Tuesday asked for a rehearing from the commission, and accused commissioners of violating two federal laws meant to mitigate environmental harm and ensure gas projects are in the public interest. The state attorneys general filed their petition Wednesday.

Natural gas is almost entirely made up of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and a main contributor to global warming. It’s primarily used to heat homes and businesses, including at least a quarter of all homes in Oregon, according to the state’s Department of Energy.

The state attorneys general claim that TC Energy has not demonstrated the long-term demand for the increase in gas, and that the project is counter to the region’s climate laws, which require greenhouse gas emissions to decrease at least 90% in Oregon by 2050 and 95% in Washington by the same year. In Oregon, at least 26% of that reduction will have to come from natural gas. (HeraldandNews)

 

Red Cross of Oregon Asking for Blood Donations During The Holidays

Help on Giving Tuesday and during the holidays by visiting redcross.org to make a financial donation or an appointment to give blood or platelets. Individuals can also register for volunteer opportunities in their area.

INCREASING SUPPORT AMID EXTREME DISASTERS With the growing frequency and intensity of climate-driven disasters, the Red Cross is racing to adapt its services and grow its disaster response capacity across the country. As part of this national work in 2023, the Red Cross distributed $108 million in financial assistance directly to people after disasters of all sizes, including for wildfire recovery in the Cascades Region.

Across the country, the Red Cross is delivering this vital financial assistance on top of its immediate relief efforts — including safe shelter, nutritious meals and emotional support — which have been provided on a near-constant basis for this year’s relentless extreme disasters. In fact, this year’s onslaught of large disasters drove an increase in emergency lodging provided by the Red Cross with partners — with overnight stays up more than 50% compared to the annual average for the previous five years. 

In the Cascades Region we opened four times as many evacuation shelters in June than previous years because of a wildfire season that burned more than 250,000 acres across Oregon and SW Washington. Altogether, nearly 200 of our local volunteers responded to disasters in 2023, including more than 770 in the Cascades Region.

RESPONDING TO ADDITIONAL EMERGING NEEDS Beyond extreme disasters, people stepped up through the Red Cross to address other emerging needs for communities, including:

  • BLOOD DONATIONS: As the nation’s largest blood supplier, the Red Cross is grateful for the millions of donors who rolled up a sleeve throughout the year and helped us meet the needs of patients in the Cascades Region in 2023. To further improve people’s health outcomes, the Red Cross has been working with community partners to introduce blood donation to a new and more diverse generation of blood donors — which is critical to ensuring that a reliable blood supply is available to the 1 in 7 hospital patients who need a lifesaving blood transfusion. 
  • The holidays can be a challenging time to collect enough blood for those in need. To book a time to give, visit RedCrossBlood.org, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or call 1-800-RED CROSS. As a thank-you, all who come to give blood, platelets or plasma Dec. 1-17 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Terms apply. See rcblood.org/Amazon.
  • LIFESAVING TRAINING: This year, the Cascades Region has trained more than 57,000 people in lifesaving-skills while, nationally, the Red Cross expanded its training to empower people to act during current-day crises — which is vital considering that nearly half of U.S. adults report being unprepared to respond to a medical emergency. This included launching the new “Until Help Arrives” online training course last spring for opioid overdoses, severe bleeding, cardiac arrest and choking emergencies, and partnering with professional sports leagues through the Smart Heart Sports Coalition to help prevent tragedies among student athletes by offering CPR training and increasing access to AEDs. 
  • MILITARY FAMILIES: Red Cross workers helped service members on U.S. military installations and deployment sites worldwide — including in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. As part of our support this year, Red Cross volunteers delivered emergency communications messages connecting more than 87,000 service members with their loved ones during times of family need, while also engaging members in morale and wellness activities during deployments.

Visit www.redcross.org/CascadesGiving for more information about how the Red Cross Cascades Region helped people in 2023.

 

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