Serious Crash – Dominic Road At Meridian Road, Mt. Angel. Medevac Requested.

*** Life Flight has been activated to respond to the scene. The roadway is closed. ***

 

Mt. Angel FD, EMS and police are responding to a serious rollover crash with two vehicles at Dominic Road and Meridian Road between Mt. Angel and Monitor. Watch out for emergency vehicles and traffic congestion. Use an alternate route.

STATE AGENCIES ASK OREGONIANS TO VOLUNTARILY REFRAIN FROM OUTDOOR BURNING WHILE COMMUNITIES RESPOND TO COVID-19

Press Release from Oregon Emergency Management Division tonight:

(SALEM, Ore.) — In response to the “Stay Home, Save Lives” Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, a coalition of Oregon state agencies are asking Oregonians to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning. 

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office (OSFM), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recognize that many Oregonians use fire as a necessary tool to manage their lands, including industrial forest landowners, farmers, small woodland owners, and rural residents. However, it’s important to weigh possible effects on the wider community before choosing to burn. Please be a good neighbor. Smoke from fires during the current pandemic may result in the following negative consequences for the public and first responders:

  • Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19, leading to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.
  • Exposure to smoke and other forms of air pollution can increase the risk of contracting infectious respiratory disease such as COVID-19, increase the severity of existing respiratory infections, and worsen underlying chronic respiratory conditions.
  • There is a severe shortage of personal protective equipment to reduce smoke exposure at this time.
  • First responders and other emergency services are operating at a reduced capacity and have limited resources to respond to out-of-control burns.

COVID-19 affects the respiratory system. Fever, cough and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms. While some people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, most patients recover at home, where smoke from a nearby outdoor burn could worsen their condition. To avoid additional health impacts, all people in Oregon are asked to voluntarily refrain from conducting outdoor burning activities until further notice.

Burning that can be delayed includes:

  • Debris burning around one’s property
  • Burn barrels
  • Industrial burning
  • Slash and forest burning
  • Agricultural burning that would impact neighbors and can be delayed

Local officials may already have prohibited outdoor burning in your area. If you must conduct outdoor burning, please first check with your local fire agency to see if outdoor burning is still allowed. If it is, please follow best burn practices, which can be found on the website of the Office of the State Fire Marshall.

DEQ, ODF, OSFM, and ODA encourage the public to use the following alternatives to burning when available:

  • Recycle paper products when possible
  • Compost or chip yard debris on site
  • Haul to a yard debris composting or recycling site
  • Reuse old lumber

For more information, visit:

ODF – https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Fire/pages/Burn.aspx

DEQ – https://www.oregon.gov/deq/aq/Pages/Burning.aspx

ODA – https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/NaturalResources/Pages/Burning.aspx

OHA COVID-19 website – https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19

This is a rapidly evolving situation. The latest COVID-19 response and protocols information is available at the Oregon Health Authority | COVID 19 Updates webpage. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

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Utility Terrain Vehicle Accident April 2 Near St. Paul Results In Fatality.

Press Release from the Marion County Sheriff today:

On April 2nd, 2020, at approximately 8:19 pm deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 21000 block of River Road N to a roll over crash in a farm field involving a utility terrain vehicle.  When personnel from the St. Paul Fire District arrived on scene they discovered the UTV had two occupants at the time of the crash.  Given the serious nature of the crash, Woodburn Ambulance and Life Flight were called to the scene. 

The passenger in the UTV was transported to an area hospital by Life Flight.  It has been determined their injuries are not life threatening.  The driver of the UTV was pronounced as deceased at the scene as a result of injuries they sustained during the crash.

The deceased driver in the crash has been identified as Thomas Kelly, 56, of St. Paul.

Deputies investigating the crash learned the UTV had been traveling at a high rate of speed across the field prior to losing control, rolling the UTV.  No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the crash.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the St. Paul Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, and Life Flight for their assistance during this response.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program For Small Businesses And Their Employees Begins Today.

As part of the stimulus package just signed by President Trump, SBA loans are available beginning today designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

A business can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. 

The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.  Full details at the website