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Intel not mandating Covid-19 vaccines, majority of OR workers still remote
Author: Malia Spencer
Even as other tech giants are starting to mandate vaccines, Intel Corp., Oregon's largest private employer is not. It is strongly encouraging employees get vaccinated.
Oregon adopts emergency rules to protect farmworkers from wildfire smoke
Author: Pete Danko
The move comes with late-summer and early-fall harvests of wine grapes and other crops still ahead.

Columbian Newspaper

Clark County Public Health issues warning for Lacamas, Round lakes due to toxin levels
Author: Jessica Prokop

Clark County Public Health issued warning advisories Wednesday for Lacamas and Round lakes in Camas due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins from blue-green algae.

Public Health collected water samples from both lakes Monday, and the results came back with cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health.

Warning signs will be placed at public access points at both lakes, according to a county news release.

Public Health said it is monitoring the lakes and will take weekly water samples while blue-green algae blooms are present to test toxin levels.

Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.

If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.

Officials recommend no swimming or water skiing, no water contact for animals and no drinking lake water. People should avoid areas of scum and should clean fish well.

Public Health is also monitoring blue-green algae blooms at Vancouver Lake, but samples collected from there showed toxin levels below threshold levels set by the state. People and pets should avoid areas of scum in Vancouver Lake.

Lawyers who filed election lawsuit must pay rivals’ fees
Author: NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A federal magistrate on Wednesday levied penalties against two Colorado attorneys for filing a class-action lawsuit that alleged the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump.

The now-dismissed suit relied on baseless conspiracy theories spread by the former president and his supporters. It named elected officials in four swing states, Facebook, the company’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, whose election machines were at the center of some of the most fevered speculation.

Magistrate Judge N. Reid Nureiter ruled that the two attorneys who filed the lawsuit must pay the legal fees of the defendants.

“The lawsuit put into or repeated into the public record highly inflammatory and damaging allegations that could have put individuals’ safety in danger,” Nureiter wrote, noting the Jan. 6 insurrection was spurred by the lies it repeated, as were threats against election and Dominion officials. “Doing so without a valid legal basis or serious independent personal investigation into the facts was the height of recklessness.”

There are few recourses against false lawsuits other than penalizing lawyers for filing them. Repeated audits and recounts found no significant fraud in the presidential election. Even Trump’s own administration said the election was clean.

That did not stop Trump and his allies from filing dozens of suits and continuing to insist the contest was stolen from him, a lie that inspired the crowds that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In the end, Trump and his allies lost more than 50 of the election lawsuits.

The lawyers in the Colorado case, Gary D. Fielder and Ernest J. Walker, were not connected with other Trump lawyers — including Sidney Powell, who is one of multiple Trump-backing attorneys who face possible sanctions for an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the election results in Michigan.

Fielder and Walker said during a court hearing last month that they were trying to protect democracy.

E. J. Dionne

The lesson from Ohio: Democrats want to fight Trump, not Biden
Author: E.J. Dionne
Progressives deliver far more as critics who are also allies of the president.

NYT Politics

With Eviction Moratorium Back, Officials Race to Distribute Aid
Author: Glenn Thrush
The new evictions ban signed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to expire on Oct. 3.
$5,800 Whiskey Bottle, a Gift From Japan to Pompeo, Is Missing, U.S. Says
Author: Michael S. Schmidt
The State Department is investigating what happened to it.

Portland Tribune

Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec seeks parks by affordable housing
Author: Kelcie Grega
How Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District officials are incentivizing more affordable housing projects.

Children adorned in brightly colored costumes and princess gowns hesitate, just for a moment or two, before running across a recently debuted splash pad at the Cedar Grove Apartments plaza on ...

Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec seeks parks by affordable housing
Author: Kelcie Grega
How Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District officials are incentivizing more affordable housing projects.

Children adorned in brightly colored costumes and princess gowns hesitate, just for a moment or two, before running across a recently debuted splash pad at the Cedar Grove Apartments plaza on ...

Tualatin Park & Rec seeks more parks near affordable housing
Author: Kelcie Grega
How Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District officials are incentivizing more affordable housing projects.

Children adorned in brightly colored costumes and princess gowns hesitate, just for a moment or two, before running across a recently debuted splash pad at the Cedar Grove Apartments plaza on ...

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