Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map (Oregon Live)

Oregon Live: Oregon wildfires: Check the air quality anywhere in the state with this interactive map. “The Oregonian/OregonLive’s interactive Oregon Smoke Forecast map allows you to check the air quality where you are. Specifically, it ranks the air quality in vibrant color for Good, Moderate, Unhealthy (Sensitive Groups), Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous air.”

The Bend Bulletin: The Hen Party helped these women gain independence decades before the liberation movement

The Bend Bulletin: The Hen Party helped these women gain independence decades before the liberation movement. “From its start in the 1930s, the Hen Party was an early and localized precursor to the women’s rights movement that would sweep the nation 30 years later. Now, nearly 50 years after [Jean] Birnie’s death, her three adopted grandchildren — sisters Melissa Over, 68; Sharon Mascia, 78; and Sally Flury-Deitchler, 77 — want to make the Hen Party archive public. Their biological grandmother, a friend of Birnie’s, passed away before the sisters were born, and Birnie — whose only child died at a young age from a horseback-riding accident — unofficially became part of their family.”

State of Oregon: DEQ launches tool to improve public access to water quality data

State of Oregon: DEQ launches tool to improve public access to water quality data . “The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released a new online tool that will give the public greater access to water quality monitoring data. The Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships Data Viewer is an interactive tool that displays monitoring data collected by Oregon’s Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships, a voluntary program co-managed by DEQ and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.”

KGW8: Oregon Department of Education launches website addressing mental health

KGW8: Oregon Department of Education launches website addressing mental health. “School may be out but students’ mental health needs are still front and center for a lot of educators and parents after such a tough couple years. Now there’s a new resource to help identify ways to help young people who are struggling. The Oregon Department of Education launched a new website called Oregon Classroom WISE this week to help people better address mental health issues in kids, teens and school staff.”

KVAL: New map details Oregon wildfire risk

KVAL: New map details Oregon wildfire risk. “Oregonians have a new tool to help track wildfire risk across the state, in the form of a new online map. The map, announced Thursday by the Oregon Department of Forestry, illustrates the risk of wildfire with color-coded risk levels that range from low (green) to high (red).”

Engadget: Oregon is shutting down its controversial child welfare AI in June

Engadget: Oregon is shutting down its controversial child welfare AI in June. “A number of states across the country have already implemented, or are considering, similar algorithms within their child welfare agencies. But as with Northpointe’s COMPAS before them, their implementation have raised concerns about the transparency and reliability of the process as well as their clear tendency towards racial bias. However, the Allegheny developers did note that their tool was just that and was never intended to operate on its own without direct human oversight.”

The 74: Oregon Fines School District $43,000 For Violating State’s Mask Mandate

The 74: Oregon Fines School District $43,000 For Violating State’s Mask Mandate. “The decision by Oregon’s Alsea School Board to make masks optional for students and staff a month before the state ended masks mandates will cost the district $43,000, according to the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Oregon OSHA investigated after at least eight complaints were submitted following an announcement from then-superintendent Marc Thielman that masks would be optional at schools beginning Jan. 31. The state mask mandate didn’t end until March 12.”

KTVZ: Oregon Historical Society launches new online museum collection portal

KTVZ: Oregon Historical Society launches new online museum collection portal. “OHS’s museum preserves over 75,000 objects that document the history of the region, which includes clothing and textiles, Native American belongings, artworks, vehicles, equipment, and everyday items. At launch, the Portal provides access to the records for over 10,000 of these objects, with new records being added regularly.”

KATU: Over 1,200 National Guard members to assist Oregon hospitals as state sees COVID surge

KATU: Over 1,200 National Guard members to assist Oregon hospitals as state sees COVID surge. “More than 1,200 Oregon National Guard members will be deployed to hospitals across the state by Tuesday as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge. Of those members, 500 were deployed last week to help hospitals care for patients. Gov. Kate Brown recently announced that she would deploy an additional 700 national guard members.”

OPB: Oregon announces long-awaited crisis care standards for hospitals as COVID-19 numbers rise

OPB: Oregon announces long-awaited crisis care standards for hospitals as COVID-19 numbers rise. “The Oregon Health Authority has published new directions for hospitals in the event they need to triage patients and decide who gets urgent, life-saving care in a crisis — and who may not — when there aren’t enough critical resources, such as intensive care beds, available.”

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: Pandemic Poverty and Progress

Oregon Office of Economic Analysis: Pandemic Poverty and Progress. “This morning the Census Bureau released ‘experimental’ estimates for the 2020 American Community Survey. It’s a rather limited number of published tables available at the state level. It’s better than nothing, but this is what we get since all of us did such a terrible job filling out our surveys last year. The hope is the underlying microdata will allow our office to dig a bit deeper into the numbers which aren’t currently published, in particular this includes breakdowns by geography and race and ethnicity. All that said, let’s go over the headline numbers which are broadly in line with expectations and are continued good news.”

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws

Trade Secrets Trends: City Claims Google’s Water Use Is A Trade Secret and Exempt from Oregon’s Public Records Laws . “After a reporter from The Oregonian inquired into Google’s water use, the City of Dalles (‘Dalles’) filed a Complaint against both the reporter and the newspaper (the ‘Defendants’) seeking declaratory relief, requesting that the court declare Google’s water use a trade secret under Oregon’s Public Records Law, ORS 192.311 et seq, and the Oregon Uniform Trade Secrets Act, ORS 646.461 et seq. As described below, the issue is whether Google’s water use is a trade secret, and if so, if the public interest exception, which may permit public disclosure of trade secrets, applies.”