Beached Whale Blow-Up: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Exploding Whale (Oregon Historical Society)

Oregon Historical Society: Beached Whale Blow-Up: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Florence Exploding Whale. “On the morning of November 12, 1970, KATU news directors asked reporter Paul Linnman and cameraman Doug Brazil to cover an unusual story taking place on the Oregon coast. A 45-foot sperm whale had washed up on the beach near Florence, Oregon, a few days prior, and the Oregon Highway Division was left to come up with a plan on how best to deal with 8 tons of rotting whale flesh. What caught the attention of the news room in Portland, however, was not the whale itself but the plan of how to best dispose of the carcass: dynamite.” The subsequent video is one of the early viral videos of Internet culture and is why I’m including it here.

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties

Willamette Week: Most Oregonians Are Willing to Wear Masks During the Pandemic, but Just Can’t Stop Attending Parties. “Two statewide surveys of Oregonians show that the majority of state residents take mask-wearing precautions seriously amid the COVID-19 pandemic but are still congregating in groups of more than 10.”

KLCC: Oregon Historical Society Adds ‘The Immigrant Story’ Series To Digital Collection

KLCC: Oregon Historical Society Adds ‘The Immigrant Story’ Series To Digital Collection. “Recorded interviews from immigrants across the state are now available on the Oregon Historical Society’s digital archive. The collection comes from the ongoing series The Immigrant Story. With over 170 interviews conducted since 2017, founder and president of The Immigant Story series, Sankar Raman said there are three common themes found in these stories: resiliency, a willingness to give back, and gratitude.”

Portland Monthly: Coronavirus Killed the Ballot Measure in Oregon

Portland Monthly: Coronavirus Killed the Ballot Measure in Oregon. “This November, amid a historic presidential election when turnout will surely be sky-high, Oregonians find the number of ballot initiatives they are being asked to consider is notably lower than in years past. It’s not for lack of trying. Before the pandemic sent us all scurrying for the shelter of our homes, dozens of signature-gathering campaigns were under way on measures ranging from gun control to clean energy to highway tolls. But it’s next to impossible to gather signature when stay-at-home orders are in effect.”

Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Oregon fires: evacuated prisoners sleep on floor in packed Covid-19 hotspot. “Unprecedented wildfires and rushed evacuations in Oregon have wreaked havoc on the state’s incarcerated population, with thousands now packed into a single overcrowded prison that was already a major Covid-19 hotspot.”

Salem Reporter: First executive director will guide deeper research, online museum for Oregon Black Pioneers

Salem Reporter: First executive director will guide deeper research, online museum for Oregon Black Pioneers. “For more than 20 years, a small group of volunteers has worked to find historical records of Black Oregonians scattered across the state. They’ve documented hundreds of lawyers, distance runners, miners and foresters in nearly every county in the state. But those records are mostly confined to filing cabinets in the Oregon Black Pioneers’ Salem office. ‘Right now, the only way to know anything about them is to reach out to us,’ said Zachary Stocks, the group’s executive director. Stocks is working to change that.”

Statesman Journal: More Oregonians dying in 2020, but COVID-19 doesn’t account for entire increase

Statesman Journal: More Oregonians dying in 2020, but COVID-19 doesn’t account for entire increase. “About 980 Oregonians have died so far in 2020 above the state’s five-year average. Of those above-average deaths, 247 were attributed to COVID-19. That means 735 people died through July 25 beyond the average and in addition to deaths attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. State health officials say this disparity is likely caused by the under-reporting of COVID-19 deaths because of the lack of testing and people not seeking medical attention. They say it also may indicate the coronavirus in Oregon is deadlier than previously thought.”

Willamette Week: Portland Public Schools Will Hold Online Only Classes Through at Least Nov. 5

Willamette Week: Portland Public Schools Will Hold Online Only Classes Through at Least Nov. 5. “Portland Public Schools will hold online classes through at least Nov. 5, the district announced July 28 after it became clear that Portland schools—public and private—are unlikely to open anytime soon. ‘It is possible that, unless COVID-19 conditions improve significantly, online learning will extend into the second quarter,’ wrote Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero in an email to parents. ‘It will be some time before students can return to their schools, but the health and wellness of our children, youth and employees have to come first.'”

Oregon Health Authority: OHA Announces New Online Testing Locator

Oregon Health Authority: OHA Announces New Online Testing Locator. “…the Oregon Health Authority announced it has published a COVID-19 test site locator to help Oregonians across the state find testing sites in their community. The interactive map is available on pages in both English and Spanish and can be toggled into multiple other languages.”

KOBI: Oregon releases new, online database showing police misconduct

KOBI: Oregon releases new, online database showing police misconduct. “A new database is now available showing Oregon law enforcement officers’ suspensions, open investigations, and who has lost their badge. It comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the passage of House Bill 4207 in the legislature in recent weeks.”

Willamette Week: Bracing for Another Spike, Oregon Officials Say They’ve Traced COVID-19 Outbreaks to a Fraternity Bash and a Bachelor Party

Willamette Week: Bracing for Another Spike, Oregon Officials Say They’ve Traced COVID-19 Outbreaks to a Fraternity Bash and a Bachelor Party. “Oregon health officials released another round of bleak projections for the spread of the COVID-19 virus, saying the state could see as many as 7,300 cases a day by the end of July. The dire new modeling works off the hypothesis that Oregon is only diagnosing about a quarter of its new viral infections—and that the state is already experiencing 1,100 new cases per day. (The official cases have yet to top 400 a day.) The Oregon Health Authority now warns if residents don’t stay home and wear masks, that number could increase to anywhere from 3,600 to 7,300 new cases each day.”

U.S. News and World Report: Spike in Oregon COVID-19 Cases Tied to Union County Church

U.S. News and World Report: Spike in Oregon COVID-19 Cases Tied to Union County Church. “Oregon’s coronavirus cases continue to rise, with 184 new cases reported Monday – the highest daily count in the state since the start of the pandemic. The Oregon Health Authority says a portion of the increase is due to an outbreak in Union County in the rural northeastern part of the state, where 99 people tested positive for COVID-19. A number of cases are associated with the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Union County, said Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for infectious diseases and immunizations at the Health Authority Public Health Division.”

OPB: Portland Takes Database Of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Offline

OPB: Portland Takes Database Of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Offline. “Want to find out if you live in a Portland building particularly vulnerable in an earthquake? You won’t be able to do it online any longer. Portland has quietly agreed to take down its online database detailing the approximately 1,600 old brick and stone buildings in the city considered likely to collapse in the next major earthquake.”

Jay Inslee: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact

Jay Inslee, Washington Governor: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact. “Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact — a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”