Rogue Valley News, Wednesday 8/3 – Five Illegal Grow Busts Over Last Two Days in Josephine County, Wards Creek Fire in Rogue River

The latest news stories of interest in the Rogue Valley and around the state of Oregon from the digital home of Southern Oregon, Wynne Broadcasting’s RogueValleyMagazine.com

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Rogue Valley Weather

Air Quality Alert

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality continues the air quality advisory through Friday August 5 for Jackson and Klamath Counties due to smoke from the McKinney fire in Siskiyou County, near Yreka, California.

DEQ expects the air quality advisory to last until at least Friday, Aug. 5. DEQ and partner agencies will continue to monitor smoke in the area.

Smoke levels can change rapidly depending on weather. Check current conditions on the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQs Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app on your smartphone. For additional information...please visit the Oregon DEQ web site at http://www.oregon.gov/deq   

Marijuana Search Warrants Served – Josephine Co. Sheriff’s Office 

On August 1, 2022 and August 2, 2022, the Josephine Marijuana Enforcement Team (JMET) with the assistance of Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) and Josephine County Code Enforcement executed four separate search warrants in the 12,000 block of Williams Highway, 1500 block of Three Pines Road, 4000 block of Redwood Avenue and 300 block of South Livingston Way regarding illegal marijuana grow sites.

During the execution of the warrants, more than 12,000 growing marijuana plants and over 10,000 pounds of processed marijuana was seized and destroyed. In addition to the marijuana plants and processed marijuana, multiple firearms and over $400,000 in cash was seized. All of the properties involved had multiple water and electrical code violations. These violations could result in the civil forfeiture of the properties. 

Jesus Alcazar-Varelas, Christopher James Clark, and Blu Shayne McFadden were taken into custody and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana.

At the time of this press release the investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released.

Oregon State Police SW Region Drug Enforcement Team Makes Illegal Marijuana Bust- Josephine County

On August 2, 2022, the Oregon State Police Southwest Region Drug Enforcement team served an illegal marijuana search warrant in the 1500 block of Lone Mountain Road, O’Brien, Josephine County.  

As a result, 1,773 illegal marijuana plants in seven large greenhouses and approximately 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale on the black market were located, seized, and destroyed.  A semi-automatic firearm was also seized while one adult male was detained, identified, and interviewed.

Additionally, the property is subject to multiple code violations through Josephine County Code Enforcement for solid waste, unpermitted structures (greenhouses), and unpermitted electrical installations (significant fire hazard).  Josephine County will move forward with enforcement action against the property owner which could result in the property’s closure for one calendar year (illegal drug cultivation) and possible civil forfeiture.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. 

Wards Creek Fire in Rogue River

Firefighters are engaged on the #WardsCreekFire, located in the hills above the 3100-block of Wards Creek road east of Rogue River. It’s estimated to be 2.5 acres at this time, and is 30% lined.

This fire was first reported to 911 at 9 pm on Tuesday night as a tree on fire in the hills above a residence on Wards Creek road. Jackson County Fire District #1, Evans Valley Fire District No 6 and Fire District 3 resources were called out, but due to the rough terrain and nature of the incident, ODF firefighters also responded. When our firefighters arrived on scene, they were able to confirm it was a lightning-caused fire that started in a single tree, but had spread to the surrounding area.

Nine engines and a bulldozer were called in to staff the fire overnight, but extremely steep terrain and dense brush slowed progress. In some areas, saws have been needed to make access and the terrain was deemed too steep for the bulldozer to be effective.

Water access has been difficult, and we’re currently bringing a water tender up to the fire, as well as additional resources for the day. Aircraft may not be utilized on this incident due to the steepness of the slope; any water dropped from above could wash out the hillside and send embers downhill. If there are areas we can safely use aircraft, we will.

Firefighters will continue to work on lining this fire. There may be increased fire behavior and visible smoke as temperature heat up today and fire activity naturally picks up in daytime conditions.

At this time, there are no evacuations in place. We’ll continue to post updates as they become available today.

 The Rogue River National Forest has had reports of 7 new lightning fires.

Six fires are staffed and 1/10 of an acre or less. Two are already contained. Firefighters are walking in to a fire NW of Needle Rock. More info in the evening update. #FireSeason2022

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Weather Update for Southern Oregon and Northern California 8/3/22

A drier and more stable environment is gradually developing across the region today as high pressure begins to influence our weather. We also have remnants of once Hurricane Frank off to the south. We can expect this to trigger more showers and thunderstorms across portions of our forecast area including Northern California (eastern Siskiyou and Modoc counties) and areas east of the Cascades (klamath and Lake counties). Things will begin to calm down across the western interior valleys of Southern Oregon. High temperatures west of the Cascades will reach into the upper 90’s to near 100 degrees. East of the Cascades should see highs in the upper 80’s to lower 90’s. The coastal zones will see fog and low clouds again this morning with highs in the mid to upper 60’s.

The pattern will shift slightly tomorrow with a dry cold front moving inland to our north. This will result in the tightening of the pressure gradient at the surface and winds will increase across the region in the afternoon and evening hours. We will also see a marine surge inland from the coast tomorrow morning into the Umpqua Valley. The potential for afternoon and evening thunderstorms looks to remain in place through at least Friday for areas east of the Cascades and into portions of Northern California. Remnant moisture from Frank is likely to add to the potential for thunderstorms during this time period.

Winds will remain a concern through Friday as the trough migrates to the east. According to the National Weather Service in Medford: “there have been 2,817 lightning strikes since Monday afternoon, and with breezy winds expected for the next few afternoons, there will likely be new fires that develop and we may have to deal with new smoke from those.”

Heat and smoke will be the two likely weather features this weekend into next week. There will be some smoke remaining from the McKinney Fire as highs reach back into the 100-105 degree range on Sunday. Some residual active fire behavior will be observed, despite the heavier rainfall from yesterday’s thunderstorms. High temperatures look to remain above normal through most of next week. I am monitoring all of this very closely and will have more details on how this pattern should evolve over the coming days.

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently. For more information, including COVID-19 data by county, visit our dashboard: http://ow.ly/bhN150Ka4mZ

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COVID-19 tests are extremely reliable when they give a positive result, but a negative result can’t always be trusted.Unfortunately, sometimes COVID-19 tests can show a negative result even when someone is infected with the virus. There are two main reasons for false negatives: either the test was done incorrectly, or the person might not be shedding the virus in their nose. Our recommendation: Because the virus is spreading so widely, if you have symptoms but have tested negative, you should still take precautions—stay home if you can, wear a mask and avoid individuals at high-risk for severe illness. Learn more about the science of false negatives: http://ow.ly/93QM50K7Je1

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McKinney Fire and Yeti Complex (Alex and China 2 Fires) Perimeter Updates as of 8/3/22 7 AM (Siskiyou County, CA)  From InciWeb:

“Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity, including rain over some areas of the fire, moderated fire behavior allowed firefighters to make good progress on the fire yesterday. In the absence of the explosive fire behavior observed previously, firefighters were able to take a more direct posture and engage directly on the McKinney, China 2, and Alex fires.

On the McKinney Fire west of Yreka, direct line has been initiated along Humbug Ridge down to Baldy Gap. This area received significant rain Sunday night, and the wet fuels will allow line improvement to continue over the next few days. On the southeast portion of the fire, dozers are working east to open up access to the fireline from Scott Bar. This will allow crews and equipment to have better access to the fire. Crews are also working around structures in that area. Dozers are working the northwest corner while four hotshot crews build direct line on the northern edge.

The China 2 fire has burned up to dozer lines on China Peak as well as to Highway 96. Firefighters will continue to work those lines to hold the fire. Engine crews are prepping structures south of Highway 96.

There was no significant movement on the Alex Fire. Helicopters assisted hand crews on the ground with water drops”

An infrared flight was conducted last night over the fires. Based on the current known perimeter data, the McKinney Fire is estimated to be 57,519 acres and the China 2 Fire is estimated at 2,986 acres. The Alex Fire was last mapped at 151 acres. Containment remains listed at 0% for all fires at this time.

For a full link to fire information please see the InciWeb link: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/8287/70067/

For evacuation information click the link: https://community.zonehaven.com/?latlon=41.82241712634084,-122.95539351264563&z=10.422241185395976&fbclid=IwAR2NcFJOcoJmIzHjkxPtLrrSw7OnxuzmPojFrcLUgelVl85ZxR7haS29xKA

Here is an update on fires in Central and Southern Oregon from Central Oregon Fire Information and from the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Central Oregon – Firefighters worked late and stayed out overnight on a number of the existing fires across central Oregon. There was no significant growth on any of the incidents despite gusty winds from passing thunderstorms. Resources responded to two additional fires yesterday evening.

Fly Creek Fire

Control lines held on the Fly Creek Fire overnight, it remains 280 acres and 25% contained. Seven engines, two handcrews, Prineville IHC, four water tenders and two dozers are on scene today. Air support will be available as needed and will be dipping out of Lake Billy Chinook. Portions of the lake will be closed for public safety again today where air resources are working. A high priority today is connecting control lines from the two northern corners of the fire perimeter into the Metolius River with dozer or hand line. Firing operations may be utilized if needed to secure these control lines if weather conditions are favorable. Additionally, firefighters will focus on establishing control lines along the western edge and southeast corner of the fire, the sections of the perimeter without dozer line. Thunderstorms are expected over the fire area today which may bring gusty winds.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office dropped the Level 2 evacuation notice for Three Rivers down to a Level 1 this morning. The Level 3 evacuation notice for the Perry South and Monty Campgrounds remains in place. For information on evacuations, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonCountyORSheriff.

Windigo Fire

  • 20 miles SW of La Pine
  • Start 7/30.
  • Full Suppression.
  • Cause: Unknown.
  • 1,300 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Timber
  • Active fire behavior
  • Evacuations in effect. Road, trail and area closures. IMT2, NW
  • Team 6 (Sheldon) assumed command at 0600 today to manage Potter and Windigo incidents.

Tolo Mountain Fire

The Tolo Mountain Fire burning on the Deschutes National Forest remains 41 acres and is now 75% contained.

With increased containment, crews will begin leaving the incident tomorrow to be reassigned to new or existing fires in the west. Local unit firefighters will continue mopping up the fire area until full containment is reached.

The local Type 3 Incident Management Team under the command of Jason Gibb will be transitioning management of the fire back to the Crescent Ranger District today at 8:00pm. Once full containment is reached, the District will continue to monitor the area in the coming days.

This will be the final update for the Tolo Mountain Fire, which was started by lighting on July 27, 2022.

Potter Fire

  • 8 Miles NE of Clearwater
  • Start 7/31
  • Full Suppression
  • Cause: Lightning
  • 400 acres
  • 0% containment
  • Timber
  • Moderate fire behavior
  • Road, trail and area closures. IMT2, NW
  • Team 6 (Sheldon) assumed command at 0600 today to manage Potter and Windigo incidents. No new information received.

Other fires

One engine responded to Incident 521 in the Green Ridge area near the Fly Creek Fire last night. The fire is less than a half-acre. One more engine and a handcrew will be on scene working the fire today.

An eighth start, Incident 522, was detected yesterday evening near the cluster of seven single tree starts located north and northeast of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area near the intersection of George Millican Rd. and Reservoir Rd. The fire is on Prineville District BLM land and is a tenth-of-an acre. One engine worked the fire late last night and resources will be on scene again today.

Firefighters made good progress last night on Incidents 512-518 which are located north and northeast of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness area near the intersection of George Millican Rd. and Reservoir Rd. Resources will continue mopping up these seven fires today.

Smoke Jumpers were not able to access Incident 519 located in the Mt. Thielsen Wilderness on the Deschutes National Forest last night, but they plan to respond today.

The 1-acre Juniper Creek Fire remains 50% contained and resources will continue mopping up today. Incident 505, located near the Fly Creek Fire, held overnight and there was little movement. Resources will be mopping up and cold trailing that fire today. All lines held overnight on Incident 506 as well near Lava Lake, resources will

Oregon Fire Marshal Addresses Concerns About New Defensible Space Codes

Oregon lawmakers passed a wildfire protection law in 2021. Now, the State Fire Marshal’s office is developing new requirements for defensible space and wildfire protection.

Oregon State Police : Oregon Defensible Space Code : Office of the State  Fire Marshal : State of Oregon

The Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office is holding six weeks of town halls as they finalize new defensible space requirements for wildfire protection.

The office is gathering information about how to improve defensible space requirements for property owners at high risk of wildfire.

Assistant Chief Deputy Chad Hawkins spent much of a Tuesday town hall in Ashland clearing up misconceptions about what the upcoming code will do.

“A couple times I’ve heard the comment or the phrase ‘trim the rose bushes’ or ‘cut down the rose bushes,’” says Hawkins. “All we’re asking, or what we’re looking for is to make sure that those rose bushes don’t have any dead or dying material underneath them.”

The new requirements may tell building owners to do things like trimming low tree branches and cleaning up dead vegetation.

Hawkins adds the code will be flexible to meet different needs across the state. The only basis for the new requirements is the language in the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code.

Some of the over 50 attendees at the Ashland town hall had concerns about how the state will enforce the new defensible space code. Hawkins says the code will be adopted by December, but that doesn’t mean it’ll take effect immediately.

“We need to build the program around what inspection, what enforcement, and what education we can do to really socialize folks to what defensible space is, before we can have that expectation of enforcement,” he says.

Having the defensible space codes finished by January allows people to start making those changes around their homes and businesses before they’re actually required.

Hawkins also reassured people that financial penalties for non-compliance aren’t currently being considered. Lawmakers allowed the fire marshal to set fines if they’d like, but Hawkins says the team is considering other approaches right now.

A draft of the code is expected to be available by early fall.

Oregon PUC Approves Income-Qualified Utility Discount for Avista Customers

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved Avista’s program to offer income-qualifying residential customers an ongoing discount to their monthly bills. To qualify, customers must be at or below 60 percent of the state median income (SMI) level. 

House Bill 2475, passed during Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session, gave the PUC authority to consider the financial burden of energy costs when making decisions about rates, bill credits, and program discounts for customers of investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities. This bill, known as the Energy Affordability Act, allows the PUC to consider equity in the ratemaking process to make energy more affordable for all Oregonians. 

“Historically, income was not considered in energy rates,” said Megan Decker, PUC Chair. ”This program will help provide relief to families who typically pay a higher percentage of their income to cover the cost of necessary utility services. We appreciate the collaboration among Avista, many organizations representing customers, and PUC Staff to deliver a strong program and significant discount.”

The monthly bill discounts are calculated as a percentage of the bill and are offered at four levels based on total household income when compared to the SMI level. View the current Oregon SMI energy assistance eligibility matrix to determine eligible discount level. Additionally as part of this program, Avista is providing assistance for customers between 60 and 80 percent of the SMI level who are experiencing a hardship and need temporary assistance with their natural gas bill. 

Total Household IncomePercentage of Bill Discount
At or below 5% of SMI90% discount
6 – 20% of SMI60% discount
21 – 40%  of SMI25% discount
41 – 60% of SMI15% discount

Individuals who have received energy assistance through state or federal assistance programs in the last two years will be automatically enrolled in the program at the lowest discount tier. Starting October 1, 2022, those wishing to apply for the monthly bill discount or believe they qualify for a higher tier, as well as those wanting to be considered for temporary hardship assistance should contact their local Community Action Agency or Avista at myavista.com/about-us/our-community/assistance-programs or call (800) 227-9187. At the time of enrollment, the customer will be asked to declare their household size and qualifying income in order to be placed in the appropriate discount level. Avista customers with past due balances who qualify for the monthly bill discount may also qualify to have that balance forgiven, depending on their approved discount level.

Avista has deferred the costs of this program and has elected to not recover the costs through an increase in customer rates until more information is available to inform a rate adjustment.  

# # # The PUC regulates customer rates and services of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities, including Portland General Electric, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Avista, Cascade Natural, and NW Natural. The PUC also regulates landline telephone providers and select water companies. The PUC’s mission is to ensure Oregonians have access to safe, reliable, and fairly priced utility services that advance state policy and promote the public interest. We use an inclusive process to evaluate differing viewpoints and visions of the public interest and arrive at balanced, well-reasoned, independent decisions supported by fact and law. For more information about the PUC, visit oregon.gov/puc.          

Who To Ask About A Free Air Conditioner If You’re On The Oregon Health Plan   

Oregonians receiving healthcare through Medicaid and Medicare may be wondering how they can get a free unit to cope with high summer temperatures.

The Oregon Health Authority has purchased 3,000 portable air conditioners and has received and shipped 1,000 of them through a new program meant to prevent heat illness for people on public health plans. OHA has reached out to some patients directly and has coordinated the distribution of some units through local nonprofit organizations.

Separately, the state’s “coordinated care organizations,” such as PacificSource Health Plans, also have money to buy air conditioners for Oregon Health Plan patients who qualify.

Coordinated care organizations provide health care for people who are on the Oregon Health Plan, so if you are on OHP, you may be able to get a unit, depending on your health situation.

Most people in Marion and Polk counties who are on the Oregon Health Plan get healthcare through PacificSource.

If you’re a member, you can call PacificSource’s customer service line at 888-977-9299. PacificSource will ask you about your living situation, any health diagnoses and other questions to screen you to see whether you qualify for an AC unit, said Erin Fair Taylor, vice president of Medicaid Programs for PacificSource.

“Unfortunately, we can’t buy every member an air conditioner, but what we can do is for individuals who have particular heat-affected conditions, they qualify to receive an air conditioning unit,” Fair Taylor said. “So what we’re really trying to do is to make sure that the people who are most vulnerable to heat events can support their health needs. And so one way to do that is through air conditioners.”

People with some health conditions can be more susceptible to heat illness. Heat can be especially dangerous for young kids and older adults.

If you go through this process and qualify, it can be done over the phone without a doctor’s appointment, order or note, Fair Taylor said.

PacificSource also will work with you on the best way to get the unit delivered to your home.

“In most cases, we have been able to get delivery of a unit either same day or next day,” Fair Taylor said. “Not all. Sometimes, depending on where people live, it may take a couple of days, but we try to get it there as quickly as we can.”

Demand for air conditioners has gone up in the past year, Fair Taylor said.

“Starting, really, with last year and the extreme heat event that we experienced in 2021, awareness about how important having the ability to cool off has been raised,” Fair Taylor said. “And so we’ve had an increase in requests for air conditioning units since last year and have purchased many more air conditioning units in the last 12 months or so than we had in prior years.”

She said PacificSource has enough money to buy units and increased its funding to meet the increased demand for ACs. They haven’t run into supply chain issues yet, even though the provider buys the units on an ad hoc basis through retailers as an individual customer would.

Fair Taylor said PacificSource has reached out to 790 members who are at the highest risk of heat-related conditions —like if they have congestive heart failure or were hospitalized recently — to ask if they wanted an AC unit.

PacificSource has nearly 328,000 members in Marion, Polk, Lane, Hood River, Wasco, Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties and in the Portland metro area.

If you are a member of OHP through Trillium Community Health Plan, you can call their customer service number at 541-485-2155, or 877-600-5472, or TTY 711 and make the request.

The Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Campaign Encourages People To Think About How Alcohol Consumption Impacts Their Lives And Communities

 Excessive alcohol use is the third leading cause of preventable deaths in Oregon. More than 2,000 Oregonians die each year from excessive alcohol use, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Now OHA is asking you to “Rethink the Drink” in a new public health campaign to raise alcohol consumption awareness.

While drinking is a part of our culture and celebrations, it can also have a negative impact. From the loss of productivity to healthcare and motor vehicle crashes, alcohol use cost the state about $4.8 billion dollars in 2019, according to one report That is about $1,100 a year for every person in the state.

“Alcohol affects all of us, even those of us who don’t drink, because of the impact on our society and the costs,” said Dr. Tom Jeanne with the Oregon Health Authority.

Rethink the Drink asks people to consider the role alcohol plays in their lives and community. Dr. Jeanne said that this does not mean everyone must completely stop drinking alcohol altogether; rather that they should take time to understand the impact and adjust their lifestyle accordingly.

“I think understanding what the latest science says is excessive drinking is important for us to all be aware of,” he said.

In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon saw a 21% increase in death directly attributed to alcohol compared to the year before. While we’ve seen an increase in excessive drinking during the pandemic, Dr. Jeanne said that it has been a growing trend nationwide and here in Oregon over the past few decades.

More than one in five people in Oregon drink excessively, according to OHA. It’s not just a problem for young people — those in their 30s and 40s binge drink at nearly the same rates as people in their 20s.

“Over time alcohol wreaks havoc on the body; increases blood pressure, affects many organs; in which the liver is the worst,” said Dr. James Polo, executive medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon. “Alcohol also increases your risk for many cancers. So, over time alcohol can be very damaging to the body.”

Elevated health risks include prostate, breast, colon, and other cancers; cardiac conditions; depression; anxiety and memory loss; and three types of liver disease.

“There are two types of drinking that we worry about — binge drinking, when people just drink a lot of alcohol in a very short period of time, or people who have heavy use and over time they’re drinking more and more and more,” Polo said.

So, what is considered “heavy” drinking?

For a cisgender man, it is 15 drinks or more per week. For a cisgender woman, it’s eight drinks or more a week.

Binge drinking is when a man has five or more standard drinks in a couple of hours. For a woman, it’s four or more drinks.

“Understanding that is key — but also, just thinking about if you’re drinking more than you think you would like to drink and understanding, maybe, some of the impacts it’s having on your life,” Jeanne said.

If you think you might have a problem with alcohol there are resources available at any time. In a crisis, the 988 mental health crisis line is always there via phone call or text.

For less urgent help, Dr. Polo said to start with your primary care doctor.

“Be honest, because there might be some other health considerations to look at – at the same time most doctors will be able to readily encourage individuals, explain concerns about what overuse might be, and then also provide resources,” he said.

Remember to look out for the people in your life. Dr. Polo said to speak up if you notice someone may be struggling.

“You have to approach folks with facts, offer what you’re observing, no judgment, tell them why you’re concerned, show them that you care,” he said.

“I think it’s trying to raise awareness and it’s also important to note, we’re not telling people to stop drinking. We’re just asking that they pause for a moment and think about the way alcohol is prevalent in their own lives,” Dr. Jeanne said.

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Women Missing Since May 1st 2022 between Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg per Oregon State Police

MAKENNA KENDALL                                   5/3/2022
ERICA LEE  HUTCHINSON                          5/26/2022                          
MARIAH DANIELLE SHARP                          6/12/2022          
KAITLYN RAE NELSON                                  6/14/2022                 
BROOKLYN JOHNS                                     6/14/2022
DONNA LEPP                                               6/27/2022  
BARBARA  DELEPINE                                    7/4/2022                     
****KENDRA MARIE HANKS                              7/7/2022 FOUND MURDERED 7/21/2022
CORI BOSHANE MCCANN                             7/8/2022
SHYHAILA SMITH 7/12/2022
ALEZAE LILYANNE MARTINEZ 7/13/2022
RAVEN RILEY                                                7/13/2022
TAHUANA RILEY                                        7/13/2022
DANIELLE NEWVILLE 7/14/2022
CONNIE LORAINE BOND 7/19/2022
KARIN DAWN RUSSELL 7/19/2022
CHEYENNE SPRINGS 7/19/2022
KAREN ANNETTE SCIORTINO 7/22/2022
MARLENE HICKEY 7/23/2022
MAKAYLA MAY VAUGHT 7/23/2022
WENDY JEAN HAZEN 7/26/2022
SHAHE SOPHIA CATRANIDES 7/27/2022

Women Missing Since May 1st 2022 in Lane County per Oregon State Police

REISA RAQUEAL SIKEL                            5/3/2022
HANNAH MARIE RHOTEN                             5/17/2022
MARISSA ALEESA DAMBROSIO                  5/18/2022
ISABELLA BROSOWSKEYOUNGBLOOD    6/7/2022             
LOUISA DAY AVA                                           5/28/2022             
AMY CHRISTINA SULLIVAN                          6/1/2022
NIKKI ELIZABETH  ZEREBNY                              6/6/2022
SHADOW STAR SEVIGNY                               6/17/2022
SHAUNA LEAH HOGAN                             6/17/2022
AIRIONNA CHEALSEY RHODES                    6/27/2022           
KARISSA RENEE ADAMS                                7/6/2000
VERONICA ESSYNCE DELERIO                    7/6/2022
AUBRIE HANNA STEPHENS                           7/10/2022     
LARA IVEY STEINMETZ                                 7/11/2022
SARA LINDSAY SCHAEFER                            7/12/2022
ANGELINA MARIE NAZAR 7/16/2022
LUCIA MARTHA PANNIER 7/17/2022
MALINA LINN COATS 7/20/2022
KATHY A VERNACCHIO 7/23/2022
LILLY ANNE WARMUTH 7/28/2022
MALINA LINN COATS 7/29/2022
JORDYN CLARA GOHL 7/31/2022
QAVAH ALAH TILLILIE 7/31/2022

As of 8/2/2022, there are now 44 women missing between Medford and Eugene. Sadly Kendra Hanks has been found murdered, though that takes her off the list. We send thoughts and prayers to her family as well as the families of all missing people in our area.

44 women missing in 3 months. That averages out to 14+ missing per month. Something needs to be done.

This is just a small compilation of missing women’s pictures in the area. There are of course women missing all over Oregon and men and children missing too. We don’t mean to dismiss that, however, there is an inordinate amount of women who go missing each week and there could possibly be a connection with an anomaly or two here and there. Sadly most of them never get any attention. Family and friends must keep any information going and lead investigations so that they aren’t just forgotten. https://www.oregon.gov/osp/missing/pages/missingpersons.aspx

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