How Central Oregon can Prepare for the ‘Big Shake’

Scientists aren’t sure when “the big one” will hit, but they are certain that a massive earthquake will occur along the Cascadia Subduction Zone which will shake the coast from Northern California to British Columbia, Canada.

Current projections estimate that everything west of Interstate 5 will suffer widespread damage, and massive tsunami will wipe out areas along the coast.

According to FEMA the quake and subsequent tsunami will likely kill up to 13,000 people, and displace up to a million throughout the Pacific Northwest. Many of those survivors will be seeking shelter and safety to the east, which means here in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan stopped by “Oregon Prepared,” where local emergency management teams are discussing how Central Oregon can prepare to handle and help when this catastrophe hits.

 

Local Leaders Appointed to State Wildfire Council

In the face of growing wildfire dangers Oregon Governor Kate Brown created a wildfire council to help Oregon’s wildfire management make decisions on how to best fight fires and mitigate fire danger in the future. Two Central Oregon leaders have been asked to participate; Bend Mayor Sally Russell and Captain Tricia Connolly of Bend Fire were both appointed to the 37 member council.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan sat down with Russell to see what she hopes she can accomplish with this new appointment.

Survival Story: Sunriver Man Hopes Others Will Learn from his Mistakes

Sunriver resident Jeremy Taylor survived five days in the woods west of Sunriver with only three packets of hot sauce to eat, and his tale of survival capture the world’s attention.


Now, Jeremy is talking publicly for the first time about his ordeal in the hopes that someone else can learn from his mistakes.

The Late Oregon Secretary of State Honored With State Funeral

Dennis Richardson died last week of brain cancer, but his life and legacy were honored on Wednesday at a funeral held in the state capitol. Richardson’s body was lying in state in the rotunda in Salem before an afternoon ceremony.


Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more from Wednesday’s service.

Oregon Senate Passes Rent Control Bill

Oregon is facing a housing crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to try and find solutions. One bill that could help was approved by the Oregon State Senate on Tuesday. The bill enhances protections for tenants and prohibits landlords from implementing high rent increases. SB 608 is now heading to the Oregon State House where it is also expected to pass. If passed it would be the country’s first state-wide rent control measure.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the bill could affect tenants and landlords across the state.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.