Rogue Valley News, Wednesday 11/23 – Eagle Point High School Gives Turkey Baskets To Families In Need; Rogue Valley Food Pantries Experiencing Surge In Demand As More People In Need This Year

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022 

Rogue Valley Weather

AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY ISSUED: 3:10 AM NOV. 23, 2022 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Stagnant air is expected, which may lead to deteriorating air quality.

* WHERE...The valleys of Central Douglas County, Eastern Curry County and Josephine County, and Jackson County.

* WHEN...Until 10 PM PST Friday.

* IMPACTS...Air stagnation is likely to result in diminishing air quality with time, especially in and near areas with significant sources of air pollution. Diminished air quality is likely to cause health issues for people with respiratory problems if
precautions are not taken.

* View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr

Eagle Point High School Donation Drive to Give Turkey Baskets To Families In Need Gets Larger Every Year

Eagle Point High School’s Thanksgiving Turkey Baskets have been going for over a decade now. Each year, their goal is to give away more baskets than the year before. This year, they are up to a total of 120 baskets.

“This time of year it’s really hard for families that are less fortunate or have some sort of setback inside of their family; so being able to spread some humanity and love to the community is always a good thing,” said Alyssa Ortega, a Junior at the school.

The fundraiser begins at the start of the school year with announcements and funding being set aside from Homecoming and school dances. Local businesses also donate to help as well.

“Eagle Point School District and community but all the way from Shady Cove, Lake Creek, and White City,” said Marlee Kituzmiller, Leadership teacher. “We get donations from everywhere and it’s so special that we get to reach that far and give these baskets to people all over.”

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. for the students at Ray’s Food Place. They come together with teachers, Ray’s staff members, and local law enforcement in organized chaos to make sure all the food gets put in the baskets correctly.

“It’s an assembly line, they start off with the turkey and then they put one of everything in the boxes and then the completed boxes go off to the side, and then the local community members will come and pick them up or we will deliver them to the ones who can’t make it in,” said Andy Scherbarth, manager at Ray’s Food Place.

Next year’s goal has not been set but the school plans on growing and helping out families all across the Rogue Valley.

Rogue Valley Food Pantries Experiencing Surge In Demand As More People In Need This Year

This Thanksgiving many are dealing with food insecurity in southern Oregon and the demand for food banks in Jackson County has surged.

The Ashland Emergency Food Bank and Access have both seen the impacts of food insecurity firsthand. The two say more people are struggling to put food on the table this year.

Over the last several months, the Ashland Emergency Food Bank has seen a drastic increase in demand. In October, it says 80 new families were in need of food. Now, it’s grown 2 to 3 times what a typical increase would be.

“It has been a climb we had a lot come in July we’d never seen, even more in August more in September, and 80 in October so it’s a pretty consistent pattern at this point,” said Amy Broeker, Executive Director of the emergency food bank.

Broeker says inflation is playing a huge factor. “A number of the people that we serve are working households, these are folks who are at least one person earning in the household and often two people, these are seniors on a fixed income who cannot make ends meet,” said Broeker.

Access is also noticing the same increase in demand at its pantries. “If we look at the past year and the challenges that have occurred with costs going up the way we have we really are seeing that impact on people’s ability to go to the grocery store and get the things they need,” said Marcee Champion, Access Food Programs Director.

It’s holding its annual Food for Hope donation drive to supply its pantries with food. Champion says their goal is to collect 10,000 pounds of food. As well as $30,000 to support its programs.

“We have seen a significant increase this year in the need for food, our pantry visits at some pantries have gone up by 80% so a lot of people just struggling to get those basics to their families onto their tables, said Champion.

Here are some free Thanksgiving Meals in the Rogue Valley:

Tuesday Nov. 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Peace House’s Uncle Foods Diner will have a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Pioneer Hall (73 Winburn Way)in Ashland. Uncle Foods Diner has been operating for 30 years! Www.peacehouse.net

Thursday Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day:

Central Point: The Point will serve its annual dinner at 311 E. Pine Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Medford: First Christian church will have a free dine-in or take-out dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1900 Crater Lake Avenue in Medford.

Hawthorne Park daily potluck will offer a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Medford library community room. They still need donations of food and volunteers as they expect they might serve several hundred people. To help, please visit https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0e44aead29a4facf8-hawthorne

Ashland: Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice will host our 8th annual holiday Peace meal. Dinner will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. in Pioneer Hall (73 Winburn Way in Ashland), as well as “to go”. We are organizing home delivery for folks who have transportation or health barriers, as we want everyone in our community to feel cared for. We are critically short on food donations this year, and monetary donations are super appreciated. We are preparing for 250 people. Www.sojwj.org — For food donations: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0B4BAAA928ABF58-free — For volunteer opportunities: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0B4BAAA928ABF58-thanksgiving

Anyone needing a food delivery in Ashland may call or text Jason at 541.841.8341. If you’re looking to help out the Ashland Emergency Food Bank you can learn more here. For more information on meals, click here.

Many organizations this Thanksgiving are shopping, prepping, and cooking meals to hand out to the community, free of charge.

Youth organization, Kids Unlimited gave out around 600 meals out to the community through it’s drive through in Medford on Wednesday.

Many other organizations are stepping up to the plate to help people in need of assistance, on Thanksgiving Day.

Non-profit, Rogue Foods Unites will hand out meals from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Grotto in Talent, the Shoppes at Exit 24, Hawthorne Park, and Unete in Medford.

Non-profit, Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice  is hosting it’s annual Thanksgiving meal distribution, in Ashland.

You can pick up meals at the Ashland ODOT weigh station on North Valley View Road, behind the Ashland Skate Park, at the Lithia Park gazebo, or sign up for delivery at sojwj.org.

Medford Gospel Mission is offering a take out meal from 2-5 p.m. and they can be picked up at the window on first street.

First United Methodist Church and The Compassion Highway Project are hosting a COVID-19 friendly community Thanksgiving at noon. Locations include Hawthorne Park, Table Rock Road, Albertsons on West Main, and the South Walmart.

First Christian Church in Medford is offering a community dinner from 5-7 p.m.

In Josephine County, Jubilation Fellowship Church in Murphy is having a free Thanksgiving feast from 1-4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Grants Pass Mission! Event Address: 540 SW Foundry St. Grants Pass, OR 97526  Anyone in the community is welcome to join us for dinner. Our doors are wide open. When: 2:00pm What to Bring: Pies, Pastries, Desserts Can I Volunteer?:  Yes, please contact Billy Lovejoy at billy@gospelrescuemissiongp.org RSVP here.

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ACCESS says more than 45,000 people relied on its food support last year.

ACCESS is Jackson County’s Community Action nonprofit.  It wants to collect 10,000 pounds of food and $30,000 during its Food for Hope food and fund drive.  It says the donations will support its Regional Food Bank.

It says Food for Hope donation drive is the largest annual community food and fund drive helping fight hunger in Jackson County. It says donations collected during the drive, now in its 39th year, will stay local to help those facing food insecurity in our community.”

“Historically, we have seen an increase in the need for food assistance over the holidays, but, due to the rising cost of food this year, the need is even greater”, says ACCESS Food Programs Director Marcee Champion.  She adds, “We have seen an increase of 60% in the number of visits to our food pantries this year. We rely on donations from our community during the Grocery Bag Drive to help us meet the increased need.”

ACCESS says it distributed 4.6 million pounds of food through the Regional Food Bank to its 32 pantries last year and that one in five Jackson County residents rely on ACCESS for food annually.

“The Food for Hope food and fund drive helps us stock up the shelves in our food pantries so we can get it to hungry families struggling this holiday season and into the new year,” says ACCESS Executive Director Carrie Borgen. “We are grateful for all of the support we receive from our generous community.”

Filled grocery bags are available for purchase at Sherm’s Food 4 Less and Thunderbird Markets. Donations can also be made to the ACCESS Food Program. ACCESS says for every $1 donated, ACCESS can provide four meals. Donations can be mailed to ACCESS at 3630 Aviation Way, Medford, Oregon 97504.

ACCESS says it “provides food, warmth, shelter, and other essential services to Jackson County’s low-income children, families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. As the Community Action Agency of Jackson County, Oregon, ACCESS has been helping residents break the cycle of poverty since 1976. Last year, more than 70,000 people received assistance from ACCESS’ broad continuum of services, including obtaining safe, affordable housing, rental assistance, utility assistance, weatherization, free loaned durable medical equipment, and healthy food.”

To get involved with Access and its Food For Hope fundraiser click here.

Oregon Nurses Association Pushes For Stricter Hospital Staffing Laws

The Oregon Nurses Association is pushing for minimum standards that establish how many nurses hospitals need to operate and meet patients’ needs effectively.

The union, which represents 15,000 nurses, recently released details of legislation it plans to pursue in the 2023 Oregon legislative session. Oregon already has a law that requires hospitals and nurses to develop staffing plans to best meet the needs of patients.

But the union says the existing law needs a stronger enforcement mechanism and steep fines to hold hospitals accountable when they try to skirt staffing requirements. Staffing standards ultimately are about patients, including their level of medical attention and other care they get, such as prompt meals and help to the restroom.

The push for better hospital staffing comes after a two-year pandemic burned out many nurses who endured in understaffed hospitals where the quality of care deteriorated.

“We live with the terrible consequences of unsafe staffing levels every single day,” Tamie Cline, a registered nurse and president of the Oregon Nurses Association’s board of directors, said in a press conference. “We are forced to pick up extra shifts and work longer hours without rest or meal breaks. Managers assign us unmanageable and unsafe numbers of patients. We leave work feeling exhausted, physically and emotionally, because we are just not able to deliver the quality of care that our patients, and our communities, deserve.”

Hospitals have faced nursing shortages for more than two years that have affected patient care, nurses have told the Capital Chronicle. Sometimes the consequences have been dire, with patients dying because of a lack of staff, Patrick Allen, Oregon Health Authority director, told a legislative committee in September.

The trade group that represents hospitals, the Oregon Association of Hospital and Health Systems, has said more needs to be done. But it opposes the proposal and warned it threatens access to patient care and is punitive for struggling hospitals.

“Rather than preserving access to quality health care for Oregon patients, the union’s proposal focuses on new ways to punish community hospitals based on questionable standards, while increasing costs,” Becky Hultberg, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said in a statement. “Under the union’s proposal, community hospitals will have no choice but to reduce access to services if they are unable to hire enough staff, which is very likely given the severe staffing shortage.”

Proposal details — The proposal, backed by Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland and chair of the Interim House Health Care Committee and a former nurses association lobbyist, would set minimum figures for how many nurses should be on different types of hospital units.

From there, nurses and hospital management would set staffing standards based on factors unique to each hospital, such as the acuity of patients and experience of nurses on staff.

The proposal includes:

• The Oregon Health Authority would be required to enforce staffing plans and could levy fines of up to $10,000 a day. The authority didn’t respond to a request for comment.

• Unions and individual employees could sue hospitals in court for violations.

• Staffing plans would require nurses to have adequate meal and rest breaks.

• Minimum staffing standards in the law would set a floor for hospitals. But hospitals and staff would still be expected to collaborate on a plan that looks beyond the minimum standards. For example, an intensive care unit would have at least one nurse for one or two patients, depending on the patient’s conditions.

Allison Seymour, a registered nurse in Salem and secretary of the Oregon Nurses Association, said the improvements would encourage people to return to nursing who, like her, suffered when workloads were unsustainable.

“I carried the guilt of delays in care and missed care,” Seymour said. “I would go home wondering if my patients were going to survive the night. Unsafe workloads made me feel my license was in jeopardy. I developed overwhelming anxiety trying to juggle an unsafe workload, trying to care for everyone at once with the care they deserve.”

Workforce crisis – The nurses union said the shortage of nurses is about retention amid poor working conditions — not the actual number of licensed nurses in Oregon.

The number of licensed registered nurses in Oregon increased from nearly 63,000 in January 2019 to 80,000 in September, an increase of more than 17,000, according to the Oregon Board of Nursing licensing data.

Those figures only reflect licensed nurses in all situations, not all those employed. Licensing figures also reflect other factors, such as nurses who keep their license and move to another state or retire and only work part time.

Still, the rise demonstrates that turnover is at the root of the problem, union officials said.

“Everyone must remember that hospitals are the authors of this crisis due to turnover; we know nurses are leaving the bedside at record rates because they are unwilling to work in unsafe and unsupportive environments,” said Matt Calzia, director of nursing practice and professional development for the Oregon Nurses Association. “Fix the working environment, and you fix turnover.”

Calzia noted that the level of increase is equal to the union’s 15,000-worker membership.

The nurses union said an increase in staffing will improve patient outcomes, help them avoid life-threatening complications and reduce expensive turnover for hospitals.

Hultberg, with the hospitals association, said the group will propose other solutions to address the workforce needs and benefit patients.

In September, the Legislature’s Emergency Board approved a $40 million request from the health authority and the state Department of Human Services for hospitals that coordinate care in Oregon’s six hospital regions, clinical staff to coordinate patient transfers and money to hire 50 more contract nurses. That money is only a temporary fix and state officials say a permanent solution is necessary so hospitals have adequate staffing and the capacity to treat patients at all levels of care.

Kroger Owned Fred Meyer Facing Class Action Lawsuit For Allegedly Not Paying Employees

Fred Meyer is facing a class action lawsuit over wages as two employees are seeking at least $5 million on behalf of employees who aren’t getting paid.

Fred Meyer stores activated a new payroll system in September that created widespread errors, causing people to miss multiple weeks of pay, according to the lawsuit.

“We have experienced a technical error in paycheck distribution. Although a small percentage of our associates have been affected, we understand the impact. We are working quickly on resolving known,” said a Fred Meyer spokesperson in a statement.

The lawsuit claims the company violates Oregon wage laws.

One employee in Vancouver, Washington who was not listed in the lawsuit, told KOIN 6 that since the launch of the new payroll system, she and a bunch of people are not receiving full paychecks or not receiving paychecks at all.

“I just feel so bad for all these other employees that are not being paid at all for weeks on end because they’re being forced into a financial hole that’s going to take them months to get out of,” said Emerson Ferguson, a Fred Meyer employee who says she hasn’t been paid in a month.

According to the lawsuit, one of the plaintiffs listed previously worked at a Fred Meyer in Portland, and the other works in Medford.

DFR advises residents to be informed and cautious when investing in crypto platforms

SALEM – The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) reminds Oregon investors to diversify investments and be informed of the risks in investing in largely unregulated products such as cryptocurrency.   

Some of these financial product offerings are registered and licensed with DFR as money transmitters or securities offerings. The division has investigated several cryptocurrency companies and continues to monitor the market.

“It is important to know the risks involved with cryptocurrency or any investment opportunities,” said TK Keen, administrator for DFR. “No investment opportunities are risk free, and you should always do your homework on where you are sending your money. This is especially true when cryptocurrency is involved.”

The recent news of the bankruptcy of FTX, the third largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, which left approximately 1 million customers and investors facing total losses in the billions, should serve as a warning to anyone investing in cryptocurrency. 

“Investing in cryptocurrency is extremely risky given what’s going on right now,” Keen said. “It’s important to not invest more than you can afford to lose or put all of your assets in one bucket.”

Cryptocurrency accounts are not generally insured by the FDIC, which recently issued a fact sheet clarifying when an account is considered insured.

DFR encourages Oregonians to follow these tips when it comes to digital currency and nonfungible tokens (NFTs), which are often linked to digital works of art, photos, or videos:

  • Carefully research these types of investments. Many of these “investment opportunities” are speculative in nature. Before engaging in a transaction, make sure that you understand what you are purchasing, the value of the item purchased, the reason for the valuation, and how easy it is to sell the investment if you want to get out your money.
  • Use a digital currency exchange that is licensed with the state to transmit cryptocurrency to someone else. Oregon law requires companies that transfer digital currency from one person to another to be licensed as money transmitters. Digital currency exchange companies that purchase or sell cryptocurrency from their own inventories are not required to be licensed.
  • Do not spend money you need. The volatility of the digital currency and NFT markets means that you should not purchase cryptocurrency with money that is needed for essential purposes such as food, housing, and gas.

The division originally put out a press release on Jan. 20 warning of the risks of these types of investments.

Anyone who has questions about these platforms or believes they may have been defrauded, should contact the division’s advocates at 866-814-9710 (toll-free).

About Oregon DFR: The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dfr.oregon.gov and www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

Triple Your Impact: Pacific Power Will Match Your Contribution to Oregon Energy Fund 2-for-1

Helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to the Oregon Energy Fund with $2 more.

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes an Oregon Energy Fund contribution envelope in November. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. 

This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

Donations may be tax-deductible and are forwarded directly to the Oregon Energy Fund, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides.

“Pacific Power’s commitment to our mission of supporting household stability is bolstered by compassion, collaboration, and innovation,” said Brian Allbritton, executive director of the Oregon Energy Fund. “Studies have shown that more than a quarter of Oregonians struggle to pay their bills each year. Pacific Power’s partnership helps ensure that our neighbors don’t have to sacrifice food, rent, medicine, or childcare to keep the lights on.”

Last year, donations from Pacific Power’s customers, employees, and the company helped 721 households in need throughout Oregon. These households included 672 children, 253 seniors, and 221 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power will match up to $144,000 in donations.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs and direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power’s customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

About Pacific Power

Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 764,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company supplies customers with electricity from a diverse portfolio of generating plants including hydroelectric, thermal, wind, geothermal and solar resources. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 2 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

Oregon Lottery Earns Big Returns for State in 2022

The Oregon Lottery announced a return of nearly $909 million dollars to the state for the 2022 fiscal year – a return to pre-pandemic levels and 81% year over year growth. The funding directly benefits state parks and natural habitats, public schools, veteran services, outdoor school, and economic development. Oregon Lottery is self-funded through the sale of games, not tax dollars, and voters and the Legislature designate where the money goes. 

“Lottery funds are dedicated to support some of Oregonians’ most treasured programs,” said Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “The sales rebound this year shows our players continue to find relevancy in our games and value the reliable revenue they provide to help make our state a great place to live.” 

Lottery players also won big, with payouts totaling nearing $16 billion for the year. Five players in Oregon won prizes over $250,000 and five won prizes $1 million or over. Prizes big and small account for 91% of the Lottery dollars played. 

Sales commissions on Lottery games also support retailers, many of whom are small business owners. The 3,800 Lottery retailers across Oregon collectively earned more than $313 million this year.  

Demonstrating a commitment to responsible play, the World Lottery Association recognized the Oregon Lottery in 2022 with the highest certification level for its Responsible Gaming programs. The Oregon Lottery was one of only eight lotteries in the United States to reach this level. 

The Lottery’s financial year runs from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. A final audited report will be posted to the Oregon Lottery’s website

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

King Tides Along the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is expecting a series of King Tides this week. That’s a non-scientific term for the highest high tides of the year, when the moon, sun and Earth align at their closest points and the gravitational pull on the Earth is the greatest.

Meg Reed is with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. The group runs Oregon’s arm of the international King Tides Project, which documents the impacts over time of high-tide events. Reed encourages people to help, as long as they are above and away from the water.

She told KLCC, “If you do have a safe place to look at them, take a photograph showing the extent of high water. And really against a recognizable landmark is really helpful, so something like a sign, or a dock, or something where you can kind of tell how high the water level is.”

Reed said this is the 13th year of the Oregon King Tides Project. The dataset they’ve collected has helped them develop a planning guide, which provides potential adaptation strategies for predicted sea level rise.

This week’s King Tides are Thursday through Saturday. Reed advises to check tide tables at your location for exact times.

Bend Top Thanksgiving Destination in the State

With 777,000 Oregonians expected to travel this week for Thanksgiving roads in the High Desert will get very crowded, starting today. Bend is a top regional destination for the Thanksgiving weekend, according to Oregon
AAA.

Spokesperson Marie Dobbs says that the days before Thanksgiving, are the busiest travel days. So, if you can avoid traveling in the afternoon and early evening on Tuesday and Wednesday that will be an advantage.

Same thing when you’re coming home on Sunday; 4-8 p.m., that’s the busiest time to travel” says Dodds who advises trying to avoid peak commuting times, adding that you don’t intermingle with folks who are trying to get home from work while you’re trying to leave on your Thanksgiving trip.

89% of holiday travelers are estimated to be driving, which will make for a very busy weekend for our roads.

Free parking at Oregon State Parks the day after ThanksgivingFree Fishing Days after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-26

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites Oregonians to head outside the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

North Falls at Silver Falls State Park
North Falls at Silver Falls State Park

Popularly known as “Green Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving has become a tradition in recent years. Oregon state parks will once again waive day-use parking fees in the 24 parks that are open and charge for parking on that day.

“We’re proud to promote this tradition and offer Oregonians an alternative to the busiest shopping day of the year,” said Lisa Sumption, director of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the parks that charge $5 daily for parking. Fee parks include popular destinations such as Fort Stevens, Cape Lookout, Silver Falls, Champoeg, L.L. Stub Stewart, Smith Rock and Milo McIver. A complete list of parks that require day-use parking permits is available online at stateparks.oregon.gov (Fall Creek is listed, but closed for the season).

The fee waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 4 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. 

Use #OptOutside and #OregonStateParks on social media to share your adventures.  Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. 

Free Fishing Days after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25-26

#OptOutside the two days after Thanksgiving and make fishing part of your plans with friends and family. Everyone can fish, clam and crab for free in Oregon on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, 2022.

No fishing/shellfish licenses or tags (including a Combined Angling Tag or Columbia River Basin Endorsement or Two-Rod Validation) are required those two days. Both Oregon residents and nonresidents can fish for free.

All other fishing regulations apply including closures, bag limits and size restrictions. See the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations for rules and remember to check for any in season regulation changes at the Recreation Report especially for salmon and steelhead fishing. Click on the zone where you want to fish and then click the “Regulation Updates” tab to see the in-season changes.

The Recreation Report is updated weekly and features the best bests for fishing for the upcoming week. Depending on water levels and conditions, fishing could be good for Chinook or coho salmon.

For beginners, Easy Angling Oregon is a great guide to getting started fishing in Oregon, https://myodfw.com/EAO And if you live near Portland Bend Medford Roseburg or in Lane County , there are lots of nearby options.

Prefer to crab or clam instead? MyODFW has all the information you need to get started clamming or crabbing . Remember to check ocean conditions and take safety precautions: always clam with a friend and never turn your back on the ocean.

Currently, crabbing is open in bays, beaches, estuaries, tide pools, piers and jetties along the entire Oregon coast. Crabbing is closed in the ocean due to the annual closure from Oct. 16-Nov. 30 each year.

Remember to call the ODA Shellfish safety hotline at 1-800-448-2474 or check their Shellfish page before you go clamming or crabbing. The Oregon Department of Agriculture regularly tests shellfish and closes areas when naturally occurring biotoxins get to levels that make crabs and clams unsafe to eat. Currently, razor clamming is closed along the entire coast but this closure may change by Thanksgiving weekend.

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