State of Oregon Newsroom: The Oregon Blue Book is Now Updated Online

State of Oregon Newsroom: The Oregon Blue Book is Now Updated Online . “The Oregon Blue Book is the state’s official almanac and fact book, containing listings and descriptions of government agencies and educational institutions, maps, facts about Oregon history and elections, as well as information on the arts, media, and other cultural institutions in Oregon.” It’s updated every two years.

‘My mom was my best friend’: COVID-19 claims Milwaukie mother of four

KGW8: ‘My mom was my best friend’: COVID-19 claims Milwaukie mother of four. “‘I’m heartbroken,’ said [Carola] Montero’s daughter, Catalina Castillo, 21. ‘I would honestly say my mom was my best friend and I miss her every day.’ Carola leaves behind a husband in addition to her four kids who range in age from 11 to 23-years-old.” This is Milwaukie OREGON, if you were getting ready to rag everybody for the weird spelling.

CNN: A person who went to work while sick is likely the cause of two separate Covid-19 outbreaks in Oregon

CNN: A person who went to work while sick is likely the cause of two separate Covid-19 outbreaks in Oregon. “The action in question: A person knowingly went to work while sick and later tested positive for the virus, Douglas County officials said last week. Two separate Covid-19 outbreaks have now been traced back to that person, officials said. Seven people died as a result of the first outbreak, and hundreds of people were forced to self-isolate over the second one.”

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.

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.”

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.’”

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.”