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Clackamas board overrules Tootie Smith’s vaccine resolution

PORTLAND, Ore. (Portland Tribune) — Commissioners’ ongoing disagreements over Chair Tootie Smith’s recent resolution urging the state to reevaluate future COVID-19 vaccine mandates reached a boiling point on Thursday, resulting in a 3-2 vote to table the resolution, overruling Smith’s refusal to call an official poll on the matter. Despite...
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Oregon regulators investigate CBD drops

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon regulators are looking into complaints about tainted CBD drops sold in the state. According to the state Cannabis Commission, at least eight people say they bought drops that made them feel paranoid, foggy-minded and high, which are symptoms associated with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

County provides COVID-19 related rental assistance update

VANCOUVER – Clark County has implemented and currently operates eviction prevention rent assistance programs, to assist people who are low-income impacted by the pandemic. These programs have provided an unprecedented $25.2M in financial assistance to 3,447 households, paying for 25,867 months of rent and utilities since August 2020. Approximately $750,000...
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COVID booster? Oregon, Washington plans come into focus

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — COVID-19 booster shots have the green light in Oregon and Washington for a targeted group of people who got the Pfizer vaccine. At this time, the booster shot – approved for people 65 and over, those in nursing homes and people at high risk of severe disease due to their job or a medical condition — is for Pfizer-vaccinated people who got their second dose at least 6 months ago.

Family doctor shares current challenges in the industry

WOODBURN, Ore. (KPTV) – Juma Power runs Juma's Farm in Woodburn. FOX 12 shared her story on Thursday as she says she's overwhelmed with pot belly pig donations because she says people are losing their homes in the pandemic and can no longer take care of them. The pandemic's having...

Straight Talk: Addressing the humanitarian crisis on Portland's streets

PORTLAND, Ore. — The pandemic has been difficult on everyone, but for people living on Portland's streets and for those facing mental health issues and addiction, it has become a humanitarian crisis. Scott Kerman, the executive director of the nonprofit Blanchet House in Old Town, witnesses the suffering daily. "What...
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Beware of pop-up COVID testing sites in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Michael and Ebony Williams sell t-shirts outside the New Seasons in Northeast Portland. They thought the pop-up COVID testing site on a public sidewalk was suspicious. “They were right by that tree right there, right at the end,” Michael Williams told KOIN 6 News. “I seen...

Pandemic: Local school pauses in-person instruction

The St. Helens School District has paused in-person learning at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. "At this time, there have been many students out sick with symptoms that could be suspected as COVID-19," the district states in a letter sent to parents. "We are waiting on confirmed laboratory results and we will keep everyone updated as we learn more information."

Tualatin private school moves to remote learning after possible COVID exposures

TUALATIN, Ore. — Horizon Christian Elementary and Middle School is temporarily transitioning to remote learning for two weeks after dozens of students and staff have been sent home, largely as a precaution for possible COVID-19 exposure. The school principal confirmed Friday that an email was sent out to Tualatin parents...

Parents in Molalla split over school mask mandate

MOLALLA, Ore. (KPTV) - Three weeks into the school year, the Molalla community remains split over the COVID-19 protocols inside schools. A group of parents, who have been vocal in school board meetings in the past, met Thursday night to voice more concerns about mask mandates and using district property for vaccine clinics. Molalla High School was a vaccine clinic site over the summer.

Run in Beaverton raises money for childhood cancer research

BEAVERTON, Ore. — An effort to raise money to fight childhood cancer will happen in Beaverton this weekend. It's called the Sam Day Buddy Run, and it's a 12 mile run named after a 15-year-old boy who passed away from cancer a week before his freshman year at Sunset High School in 2016.

At-home COVID-19 tests are getting difficult to find for some

PORTLAND, Ore. — COVID-19 testing is generally available if you're willing to make an appointment and wait. For people looking to get tested sooner, an at-home COVID-19 test kit may be their best bet. But it also might take a while to track one down. Cynthia Trendell knows all too well.

Vancouver Police receive grant to expand mental health field response

As part of this 2021 partnership grant, $632,986.40 in grant funding will be made available to Sea Mar to hire three new mental health responders, in addition to the three full-time positions which were established with this grant program in 2020. VANCOUVER – In July 2021, the Vancouver Police Department...