Rogue Valley News, Tuesday 8/9 – Air Quality Advisories for Southern Oregon Again, Josephine County Fair Ready to Roll

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Rogue Valley Weather



* Impacts:  Strong, gusty wind with low relative humidity and critically dry vegetation will greatly increase the spread potential of any new and existing fires.

* Affected area: In Southwest OR...Eastern Fire Weather Zone 621 and southeastern Fire Weather Zone 622, including Ashland, Grizzly Peak, Siskiyou Summit, and Mt. Ashland.

* Wind: Southwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Humidity: As low as 10 percent.

* View the hazard area in detail at:

Air Quality Advisories for Southern Oregon Again

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued an air quality advisory for Monday and Tuesday in southern Josephine County, including Cave Junction. The warning comes as the McKinney Fire continues to burn near the Oregon and California border. On Monday morning, the fire was reported to be over 60,000 acres and 40% contained.

Other parts of Oregon may be affected by wildfire smoke this week too, including Oakridge in Lane County, as fires burn in the Central Cascades. Officials with the department said smoke can irritate the eyes and lungs and worsen some medical conditions. Infants and young children, people with heart or lung disease, older adults and pregnant people are most at risk for negative effects.

The state Department of Environmental Quality asks people to stay inside if possible and keep windows and doors closed. Using high-efficiency particulate air filters in indoor ventilation systems or portable air purifiers can help air quality inside homes.

While Oregon has had a comparatively light wildfire season so far this year compared to 2020 and 2021, smoke levels can change rapidly based on the weather. The state provides resources to help people remain up to date on smoke conditions through the Oregon Smoke Information Blog, DEQ’s Air Quality Index, or by downloading the free OregonAIR app.

Fatal Crash Highway 138W — Douglas County 

On Monday August 8, 2022, at about 2:30 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138W near milepost 17A.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Honda Civic operated by, a female juvenile, age 17, from Oakland, was eastbound and failed to negotiate a curve.  The Honda Civic left the roadway and crashed into a tree. 

The female juvenile operator was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. 

OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Police Department, Kellogg Fire Department, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Medical Examiner and ODOT.  Oregon State Police

Josephine County Fair Ready to Roll 8/10-8-14, 2022

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At a glance DAILY SCHEDULES are posted and we are excited! Parking is very limited at the Fairgrounds and is $10 per vehicle, no RV’s or trailers will be allowed. There is a FREE SHUTTLE AT RCC that will run during Fair Hours Wednesday – Saturday, AND County Transit has added a stop right in front of the Fairgrounds and will be running a special Fair Shuttle on Saturday. So come on down to the Fair and enjoy the FREE GATE ADMISSION EVERY DAY FOR EVERYONE! Reminder: Carnival Arm Bands Pre-Sale ends end of day Tuesday, 8/9. See you at the Fair!!…/schedule…

 UPDATED August 8 at 4:45 p.m– Fire in Eagle Point

The small grassfire portion of this incident has been extinguished and structural resources are continuing to work the structure fire.

ODF resources are remaining on scene to ensure against any additional spot fires. The cause of this fire will be under investigation.

Oregon Department of Forestry, along with Fire District 3, responded to a report of a structure fire with multiple small spot fires in the surrounding area on the 1700 block of Worthington Rd, located northeast of Eagle Point on Monday.

“Numerous engines, two bulldozers, our Type 3 helicopter with our Helitack crew, two Type 2 helicopters, our air attack plane and a water tender are currently en route,” ODF reports. “They’ll be engaging in an aggressive initial attack.”

We want to keep you informed about COVID-19 in Oregon. Data are provisional and change frequently. Note: This report covers the three-day period from August 5 to August 7, 2022.For more information, including COVID-19 data by county, visit our dashboard:

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OHA launches website to share updates on opioid settlement funds

Users can get info on national settlement agreement sites, distribution of money for prevention, treatment, recovery effort

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has launched a new website to share updates and information on opioid settlement funds, which will be used to support opioid prevention, treatment and recovery efforts around the state.

The Oregon Opioid Settlement Funds site, at, has background on the multi-state litigation against the pharmaceutical industry of which Oregon was a party and links to national settlement agreement sites. It also describes how the settlement funds will be distributed in Oregon, how much money is available and what it can be used for.

In addition, the site offers people the opportunity, if interested, to apply to serve on the Oregon Opioid Settlement Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Board, which will determine how the state uses its share of funds from the settlements with the opioid industry.

“These settlement funds will provide much-needed opportunities for cities and counties in Oregon to help their communities begin healing from the ravages caused by the pervasiveness of these drugs over the last decade,” said John McIlveen, Ph.D., state opioid treatment authority, OHA Health Systems Division. “We’re looking forward to working with our local partners to get these funds distributed as soon as they become available.”

The lawsuits hold opioid manufacturers, distributors and retailers accountable for their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic and for aggressively marketing prescription opioids while simultaneously downplaying their risks to health care providers and the public. The State of Oregon reached resolution with four of these companies in July 2021.

The resolution consists of two agreements and is referred to as the Distributor and Janssen Settlement Agreements.

The 18-member, governor-appointed Opioid Settlement Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (OSPTR) Board will be responsible for making funding decisions that align with approved opioid prevention, treatment and recovery strategies listed in Exhibit E of the settlement and Oregon’s Strategic Plan for Substance Use Services developed by the state Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission (ADPC). A portion of the state’s funds must go toward a unified and evidence-based state system for collecting, analyzing and publishing data about the availability and efficacy of substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services statewide.

Oregon drug overdose deaths more than doubled between 2019 and 2021, an alarming trend driven largely by misuse of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, an OHA analysis found. Preliminary data indicate this trend continued in 2022.

A review of State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) and Oregon death certificate data by analysts from OHA’s Injury and Violence Prevention Section found that unintentional/undetermined drug overdose deaths increased from 496 in 2019 to 1,072 in 2021. The 2021 figure doesn’t include all fourth-quarter overdose deaths, which are still being tallied and analyzed.

The number of unintentional/undetermined fentanyl overdose deaths jumped more than 600% between 2019 and 2021, from 71 to 509, respectively.

Of all unintentional/undetermined drug overdose deaths in 2021, 47.5% were due to fentanyl; in 2020, fentanyl caused 32.1% of overdose deaths; in 2019, the drug was responsible for 14.3% of overdoses.

Overall, unintentional/undetermined overdoses from opioids, including fentanyl and heroin, also rose sharply during that time, from 280 to 739 deaths – a 164% increase. Unintentional/undetermined stimulant – methamphetamine – overdoses doubled, from 325 to 658 deaths between 2019 to 2021.

The Oregon Department of Justice provides additional information on the settlement here.

McKinney Fire prepares for more Red Flag Warnings, Yeti Complex holds

Just over 60,000 acres and 40% contained, the McKinney Fire continues to test firefighters as they prepare for another red flag warning through Tuesday evening, working to create perimeter lines and utilize existing road systems to limit fire spread. Smoke may limit air support, but is expected to clear this afternoon, according to officials.

Further west, the Yeti and Alex Fires held well overnight and continue to be approximately 50% contained, according to an update from InciWeb. Crews will continue to patrol Highway 96 to ensure clear roadways and protect containment.

The Yeti Complex fires have burned almost 8,000 acres collectively.

Fire officials are reporting progress against the now 60,000 acre McKinney Fire, but firefighters are keeping their heads on a swivel with the red flag warning in effect, expecting periods of critical weather conditions across northern California.

This warning impacts fire suppression efforts as the hot and dry afternoons, along with winds, could make control efforts difficult. If there is a thunderstorm, outflow winds could contribute to quick fire spread. This warning is in place until Tuesday evening.

The Klamath National Forest Office says one of the McKinney Fire’s fatal victims was a Forest Service employee.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says today Kathy Shoopman died at her home in Klamath River, California from the McKinney Fire. It says Shoopman worked as a lookout for the USFS since 1974, staffing the Buckhorn Lookout since 1993.

Last week the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported four deaths from the McKinney Fire in the northwest part of the County.  Two people reportedly were found in a car in a driveway along Doggett Creek Road off Highway 96 west of Klamath River.

USFS says Shoopman started her career as a lookout at Baldy Mountain Lookout west of Happy Camp in 1974 before staffing the Lake Mountain Lookout and the Buckhorn Lookout.  It says she lived in the Klamath River community nearly five decades where she was “a talented artist, gardener, and a devout animal lover.”

The Cedar Creek Fire doubled in size to 3,234 acres by Monday morning and moved to within about three miles of Waldo Lake, according to an update from fire officials.

The fire remains 0% contained as firefighters struggled with a blaze burning through timber in a steep and inaccessible landscape, fire spokeswoman Kate White said.

“The crews are working on trying to find ways in that super steep landscape to get in there and place some containment lines,” said White, who said the crew is working on a longer-term plan for the blaze.

Showers, cooler temperatures and thunderstorms are expected through Tuesday evening, allowing additional resources into firefighting efforts including additional heavy machinery and aircraft support while ground crews scout for the best areas to contain the fire.

While showers are likely to be scattered and direct hits are difficult to predict, if rain does reach the burn, it will be a huge help in dampening fire activity, according to the incident meteorologist for Cedar Creek.

The entirety of the Waldo Lake wilderness area remains closed during this time, including area hikes and dispersed camping, according to officials.

Campgrounds located on the east side of the lake as well as the lake itself are still open, and closures in that area are not currently expected, White said.

“Public information officers make daily visits to those campsites to provide maps, incident updates and more to resident park hosts to ensure that all campers are up to speed since there isn’t cell reception out there,” White said.

Fire restrictions are in place in many areas across the Oregon. Check local rules before heading out.

A live community meeting for fire information will be held online tonight, Monday, at 7:30 p.m. via the Cedar Creek Fire Facebook page. There will also be a recorded version posted on their YouTube.

All other fires … For information on all other Oregon wildfires, visit InciWeb maps for more.

Windigo-Potter-Big Swamp-Shelter Fires continue to slow burn as weather changes

As crews prepare for higher temperatures and a red flag warning in effect now through Tuesday evening, lines continue to hold on the Windigo Fire, which is now 25% contained and has burned just over 1,000 acres according to InciWeb.

Further west, the Potter Fire has burned approximately 234 acres and is still 0% contained. Mop-up around both fires will continue throughout the next several days as weather allows, both of which were started by lightning according to an update from fire officials.

Nearby smaller fires, such as the Swamp Fire, are also being managed by smaller crews. Just over 100 acres, firefighters will continue to strengthen lines today and attack the Swamp Fire directly when possible.

The Shelter Fire — as well as several other unnamed small starts — is contained as of Monday morning, but will continue to be patrolled, said officials.

Oregon surpasses goal to fund 1,000 permanent homes with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) announced it has exceeded the 2019–2023 Oregon Statewide Housing Plan goal to fund 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH). The Housing Stability Council approved last week funding for almost 250 PSH homes. OHCS has now committed to funding 1,255 PSH homes, which is a year ahead of the scheduled target date of 2023. 

“Achieving this goal is a manifestation of collective galvanizing of the governor, Oregon Legislature, community partners, Tribal Nations, federal, state and local agencies, developers, local businesses, and local communities,” said OHCS Director Andrea Bell. “We do not accept homelessness as a fact of life. Investing in humane, dignified solutions that we know are effective is what the people of Oregon deserve and optimizes public funds. I am proud of what we have accomplished together. As we continue pushing forward, we are eager to learn, build, and advance solutions together.” 

Permanent supportive housing is an evidence-based model for supporting people and households experiencing homelessness. PSH is a nationally recognized strategy to address chronic homelessness. It provides deeply affordable and permanent housing with wraparound services to house people regardless of barriers they may face. 

Alder House, located in the heart of downtown Portland, is one example of what permanent supportive housing looks like in Oregon. Alder House provides 130 apartments for individuals earning low incomes, with 30 apartments designated as permanent supportive housing (PSH). All households receive supportive resident services to help build community and improve housing stability, and the 30 PSH households also receive intensive case management services. Alder House features a community room in which residents can organize events and convene with neighbors. 

In addition, it is near various transportation and grocery options, so people have easy access to their basic everyday needs. With a housing first approach, Alder House helps people get connected with the resources they need to stay stable in their homes and thrive in their communities. 

The work to build more PSH developments in Oregon continues given the magnitude of Oregon’s housing needs. Currently, there are nine PSH projects throughout the state participating in the 2022 OHCS Supportive Housing Institute. Moving forward, OHCS will continue to work alongside community and partners to find innovative and equity-centered solutions to help families who are experiencing homelessness. For more information about this work, visit the OHCS website.  

Climber’s Body Finally Recovered Months After 200-Foot Fall On Mt. Hood

A climber’s body sat on Oregon’s highest peak for months after she fell 200 feet, officials said. Now it’s been recovered. Pradnya Mohite was climbing Mount Hood with a friend on March 6 when they both fell, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said. Rescuers rushed to help the climbers after one of them called 911 and used a Garmin inReach location device to contact officials.

A Mount Hood climber fell 200 feet to her death in March, deputies said. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

“Climbing conditions on Mt. Hood were extremely challenging,” the sheriff’s office said in a March news release. “Rescuers faced deep snow and other treacherous conditions, including avalanche conditions, with winds blowing between 50-70 mph.” Rescuers took the injured climber to a hospital for treatment. She was in critical condition at the time.

But Mohite was declared dead, and rescuers planned to recover her body once “mountain conditions improve.” Months passed before rescuers could reach Mohite’s body. On Saturday, Aug. 6, the sheriff’s office led a recovery mission to get her body. “The Sheriff’s Office and Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) have been monitoring the location since April,” deputies said in a news release. “On August 4, 2022, rescuers observed adequate melt, and immediately finalized planning for the recovery.”

Two Arrested in Homicide investigation in Chiloquin

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested two people in a homicide investigation.

The sheriff’s office said deputies responded to the 100 block of S. Lalo Avenue in Chiloquin after reports of shots fired around 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies found two victims, the sheriff’s office said. Tyler Bates, 33, of Chiloquin was pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Two people, ages 22 and 23, who the sheriff’s office said are believed to be responsible were found in Klamath Falls and taken into custody. They were being held at the county jail, pending charges. No motive was immediately released.

Senator Merkley Speaks Out on Inflation Reduction Act

The U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act along party lines, over the weekend. It still must get through the House. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) says it takes on big pharma cutting prescription drug costs as well as putting a cap of $35 per month for Insulin. He says it also reduces the dependency on fossil fuels, by promoting electrification. And, it addresses a tax loophole. Republicans have said it will increase inflation and kill jobs.

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, historic legislation that will tackle the climate crisis, lower health care costs, and increase tax fairness, all while creating good-paying American jobs. For years, Merkley has been one of the Senate’s foremost advocates for bold climate action.

“Today is a big day for America. For the first time, the U.S. Senate has passed major legislation to remake our energy system—and to do so while also lowering health care costs and creating good-paying, family wage jobs, all paid for by ensuring billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share in taxes.

“We’re taking on Big Pharma to lower drug prices. This bill starts the process of negotiating prescription drug prices and caps out-of-pocket costs for prescriptions at $2,000 a year for seniors on Medicare. Additionally, it helps middle class families get affordable insurance coverage by extending key tax credits and preventing big cost increases that would have hit families this fall. This bill is a big win for affordable health care, and we need to keep building on it. American taxpayers contribute more than the citizens of any other nation in the world to research and development of drugs. They deserve the best prices in the world, not the worst.

“We’re going to transition to clean energy and create high-quality union jobs while we do it. Year after year, I’ve seen my home state of Oregon and other states across the West decimated by mega wildfires and record droughts. In other parts of the country, we’ve seen superstorms, sea rise, and unprecedented flooding. Climate chaos is here, and we have to act now to save lives and livelihoods from catastrophe. This bill is the most significant piece of climate legislation ever passed through the U.S. Senate and finally puts us on a path to transition to clean and renewable energy. What’s more, this bill borrows from the strategy I laid out in my Good Jobs for 21st Century Energy Act to juice the creation of good, family-wage jobs as we’re transitioning to a greener future. This bill is a huge investment in a Made in America, union future for renewable energy in the United States. The bill is not perfect, and I particularly regret parts of it that encourage more climate-killing oil and gas infrastructure and that leave frontline communities vulnerable to the ensuing impacts. But overall, the bill does a lot to drive a fast transition from fossil to renewable energy, and that is a massive stride in the right direction.

“We’re taking on big corporations to finally deliver tax fairness for working Americans. Many huge corporations like Amazon pay little to no federal taxes. That’s outrageous. It’s time for big corporations who’ve benefited from Americans’ investments in education, infrastructure, research and so much more to pay their fair share. The 15% minimum corporate tax in the Inflation Reduction Act stops big corporations from exploiting loopholes to evade taxes, and it taxes stock buybacks to incentivize companies to invest in workers and expansion—not just lining the pockets of CEOs and shareholders. This means that we can pay for historic climate investments without raising taxes by a single dime on working Americans—and to do it all while reducing the deficit by $300 billion to help bring down inflation. This is economic justice for real American families who are suffering.

“It’s been a long road to get here—and our work most certainly doesn’t stop here—but today, Senate Democrats have delivered in a big way for the American people. In future years, I hope that we will be able to look back and see today’s vote as a major inflection point on climate action, both here in the United States and globally. Let’s keep moving forward and build on this work by putting our country on an emergency footing to combat the climate crisis—and let’s keep working to bring costs down for consumers, put workers over big corporations, and deliver a better future for all.”

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Inflation Reduction Act in the coming days, sending it to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

Oregon BLM Worker Rescues Foal Trapped In Mud

An Oregon Bureau of Land Management worker is being credited with rescuing a foal that was trapped in the mud last week.

It happened last Wednesday near Three Lakes Waterhole in a remote area Southern Oregon about 65 miles east of Lakeview.

BLM said Blair Street, a Wild Horse and Burro Specialist, was patrolling the fear east side of Beaty Butte Herd Management area to inspect local water sources and horse conditions.

As she was there, she noticed a horse behaving unusually. The wild mare kept running up to Street’s truck and then to a nearby ridge, BLM said.

As Street investigated this, she went to the top of the ridge and found the foal stuck in the mud. “I felt a rush of ‘oh no’ emotion when I saw the foal, but after seeing it was alive and raising its head I needed to act and act fast,” Street said in a statement.

BLM said Street quickly returned to her truck and grabbed any equipment that could be used to free the young horse.  Street used a rope and carefully put it around the rear end of the foal. The young horse put up no resistance, BLM said.

It took about 30 minutes for Street to get the foal onto solid land. “After pulling the colt out of the mud, and trying to get it to relax, I checked its legs for any injuries. Not seeing or feeling any, I sat patiently waiting for it to get up,” said Street.

It soon rejoined its mother, who BLM said had been watching on the ridge the entire time.

Oregon State Police Ask for Your Vote in America’s Best-Looking Cruiser

America’s Best-Looking Cruiser contest is waiting for you to vote for #YourOregonStatePolice! The American Association of State Troopers (AAST) is conducting its ninth annual Best Looking Cruiser contest.

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Every state police agency submits a photo; the top 13 states to receive the most votes get to be featured in the 2023 AAST calendar with the top cruiser adorning the cover. All calendar proceeds benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation.

“As we would love 🥰 for you to vote for #Oregon, there are some truly amazing photos of our partner agencies from all across the United States. “

To cast your vote for the Oregon State Police

1. Visit:

2. Scroll to the bottom, find the dropdown menu, and select Oregon

3. Click done.

Voting ends at 5:00 PM (EST) on August 25, 2022. Voting can only be done once per device, so use all your devices to vote!

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Women Missing Since May 1st 2022 between Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg per Oregon State Police (Jackson, Josephine and Douglas County)

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
RAVEN RILEY                                                7/13/2022
TAHUANA RILEY                                        7/13/2022

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
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

As of 8/9/2022, there are now 51women 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.

51 women missing in just less than 3 1/2 months. That averages out to 15 missing per month. Something needs to be done.

This is just a small compilation of missing women and their 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.

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