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School exclusion day looms, immunization clinic on Saturday
School Exclusion Day in Oregon is Feb. 19. Children who are missing immunizations - or
the necessary paperwork to exempt them from the requirement - will not be allowed to
attend school or certified child care facilities until the immunizations are brought
up-to-date. Saturday the Umatilla County Public Health Department will be open from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. for a School Exclusion Immunization Clinic.
4. ODF&W offering incentives to people who turn in '13
Anglers who turn in 2013 combined angling tags and hatchery harvest tags before May 16
will have a chance at over 100 prizes. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is
trying to entice tags to be returned with outdoor gear and Bi-Mart gift cards. The agency
estimates about 20 percent of anglers return their combined tags.
3. Rep. Smith tabbed to head GOP House Budget Committee
Oregon State Representative Greg Smith (R - Heppner) will lead the House Republican
Caucus Budget Committee. The group tracks issues related to the state budget and pending
budget bills for the Republican party. Smith will advise House Republican Leader Mike
McLane (R - Powell Butte).
"I am honored by the opportunity to use my experience in regards to the state
budget to help my fellow caucus members," Smith said in a press release. "These
issues can be very complex and I believe the knowledge I bring to them will be
This is Smith's seventh term representing District 57 in Salem. He is the senior member
of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and Chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and
Means Subcommittee on General Government.
2. Sen. Jeff Merkley swings through Eastern Oregon, stops at RHS and PHS
U.S. Democrat Senator Jeff Merkley will barnstorm the eastern side of the state next
week. Sen. Merkley starts with a public forum at Riverside High School in Boardman Monday
at 9 a.m. He will speak at Pendleton High School at 12 p.m. and then appear in Imbler at
4:30 p.m. all on Feb. 17. This is an election year for the Senator in the final year of
his first six-year term.
1. One lane of Interstate 84 open in each direction near Hood River
Work over the weekend has allowed crews to clean up both westbound lanes of
Interstate-84 just West of Hood River where a landslide last Wednesday poured 2000 cubic
feet of debris onto the freeway. The Oregon Department of Transportation has repositioned
center divide barriers to allow for one lane of traffic in each direction near the
landslide location. Later today ODOT expects to have an estimate for when they can reopen
all four lanes.