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NORTHWEST NEWS

SneakerWeek 2024 Launches in Pioneer Courthouse Square July 26

The event brings together industry experts, BIPOC designers and sneaker enthusiasts.

Money From Washington's Landmark Climate Law Will Help Tribes Face Rising Seas, Climate Change

Tens of millions of dollars raised by a landmark climate law in Washington state will go to Native American tribes that are at risk from climate change and rising sea levels to help them move to higher ground, install solar panels, buy electric vehicles and restore wetlands. The Quinault Indian Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula is getting million to help relocate its two main villages to higher ground, away from the tsunami zone and persistent flooding.

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Wildfire Risk Rises as Western States Dry out Amid Ongoing Heat Wave Baking Most of the US

Blazes are burning in Oregon, where the governor issued an emergency authorization allowing additional firefighting resources to be deployed. More than 142 million people around the U.S. were under heat alerts Wednesday, especially across the West, where dozens of locations tied or broke heat records.

NEWS BRIEFS

Merkley, Senators Urge VA to Expand Access to Medical Cannabis for America’s Veterans

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Draft of Statewide Wildfire Hazard Map Mandated by Legislature Released

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Oscar Arana Selected as NAYA's Permanent CEO

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Wildfires plague the West amid a scorching heat wave. Homes burn in Southern California

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — At least a half-dozen homes lay in ruins Monday after one of many dangerous wildfires in the West suddenly swept into a Southern California neighborhood during a blistering heat wave. Six homes were ravaged and seven damaged when the fire sparked by...

Biden's decision to drop out leaves Democrats across the country relieved and looking toward future

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Chiefs set deadline of 6 months to decide whether to renovate Arrowhead or build new — and where

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs have set a deadline of six months from now to decide on a plan for the future of Arrowhead Stadium, whether that means renovating their iconic home or building an entirely new stadium in Kansas or Missouri. After a joint ballot initiative with the...

Missouri governor says new public aid plan in the works for Chiefs, Royals stadiums

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he expects the state to put together an aid plan by the end of the year to try to keep the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals from being lured across state lines to new stadiums in Kansas. Missouri's renewed efforts...

OPINION

The 900-Page Guide to Snuffing Out American Democracy

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Black voters feel excitement, hope and a lot of worry as Harris takes center stage in campaign

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Conservatives use shooting at Trump rally to attack DEI efforts at Secret Service

As Congressional members on both sides of the aisle grilled U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle Monday on how a gunman was able to fire shots at former President Donald Trump in an assassination attempt, several Republican lawmakers seized on gender and the agency’s diversity, equity...

ENTERTAINMENT

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Thousands of migrant kids have reached the Canary Islands alone. Local officials want Spain's help

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Netanyahu is in Washington at a fraught time for Israel and the US. What to know about his visit

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A top Chinese university fires a professor after a student accused him of sexual harassment

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Biden’s withdrawal from the US presidential race spells new uncertainty for Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to end his campaign for reelection brings a new...

Israel orders evacuation of part of Gaza humanitarian zone as war's toll passes 39,000 Palestinians

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Helen Silvis

The Basics:

A Plan for what your family will do in a disaster is essential.
Choose a meeting place and discuss what you will do if phone service is disrupted.
Water: One gallon a day for each family member is recommended.
Food: Canned and ready to eat food for at least three days. Don't forget the can opener.
First aid kit
Flashlight with batteries. Lightsticks also can work.
Radio: solar powered, wind up, or battery powered. Don't forget fresh batteries.

 

Other Suggested Items:

Cash: In a disaster plastic bank cards often are useless
Prescriptions and medications
Diapers and baby food if you have a young child
Blankets
Protective clothing
such as gloves, sturdy shoes and warm clothes
Clock with batteries
Matches, candles
Duct tape and tools such as pliers and a wrench
Camping stove, with fuel
Contact information for out-of-area friends
Map of your local area to identify evacuation sites etc.
Important papers such as health and vaccination records, insurance policy information
Medical essentials such as extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries
Personal hygiene items, bleach

 

To find out how to make a family plan and create a 72-hour emergency kit visit the Washington County Web site or the City of Beaverton. This site includes a labeled photo of a kit kept in a garage.
Similar information in a video slideshow format is available at The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross Website. The presentation is comprehensive, but takes some time to view.
Another user-friendly site is the King CountyWeb site. The Be Prepared section covers everything. Check out the videos section for useful information on everything from natural gas and electricity safety measures to what would happen if Mt. Rainier erupted.

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