A man was arrested for starting a fire outside the Justice Center late Tuesday morning, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.
Ronald James Connolly, 19, was arrested after Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to a security detail at the Justice Center in downtown Portland said they heard people banging on the plywood protecting the west entrance of the building.
When the deputies stepped outside, they smelled smoke and later found Connolly next to a fire on the steps of the Justice Center.
Deputies said the fire was starting to grow, so they used a fire extinguisher to stop it from causing significant damage.
Connolly was arrested without incident. He is facing a charge of arson in the first degree.
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Sisters residents turned out on Saturday morning, June 27, to show appreciation for firefighters and police.
Cort Horner, Sisters resident and organizer of a rally held on the corner of Highway 20 and Pine Street, said that this was a positive, all-inclusive gathering with the sole purpose of letting all first responders know they are appreciated.
First responders are always at the forefront of every incident or disaster, and they assure the safety and well-being of the population.
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, and police officers are all considered first responders.
Horner told The Nugget, “This ‘appreciation gathering’ was a spontaneous idea. Like all of us, I think we’ve been overwhelmed with negative messaging toward police forces across the country and regionally, and it just seemed to me like the negativity was very out of balance with all the positives they provide every day. I floated it on one of our local community pages and there was immediate support, so I thought there was no better time than the present to organize something.”
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Burglars stole communications equipment from two apparatus bays after breaking into the West Valley Fire District main station in Willamina.
The two entered the building on Main Street about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, June 25, according to district spokesperson Mariah Prescott.
She said two Motorola radios, a Microsoft Surface Go tablet, an iPhone SE and keys to a brush truck were stolen. A complete inventory of the building is being taken.
“We have struggled with keeping up with communication technology, and were lucky enough to receive a Firehouse Subs Grant in 2018 to purchase all new communication radios,” Prescott said. “The radios that are missing are some that were bought with the grant money.”
Prescott did not provide information regarding how the burglars entered the building or if the incident was captured on surveillance video.
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A local firefighter and a registered nurse have teamed up with Yachats Brewing to make a special batch of barley pop to benefit our local First Responders. When they’re not on the job or raising their two children, Jeff and Alysha Gillies have a unique way to spend time together: malting barley.
Driven by a desire to find locally sourced ingredients for his home brewing hobby, Jeff realized there was a shortage of locally grown and malted barley. So, they worked with local farmers and learned the craft of transforming specialty raw grain into a building block of tasty beer. They formed Tiller Malt Company and now supply local brewers and bakers with craft malt.
Remnants of Yachats’s logging roots backdrop the vibrant color, texture and flavor of locally grown produce, pasture-raised meats, handcrafted brews and house-fermented vegetables.
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As temperatures rise and winds dry the forestlands of Southwest Oregon, officials recently assessed the onset of a fire season with the dual challenge of continuing drought and COVID-19.
In a conference call organized by Curry County Commissioner Court Boice, a half dozen public agency officials shared insight into the special challenges of the 2020 fire season, including the need to plan for response that includes social distancing and the potential of engaging with fire crews and community members who suffer from active cases of the virus.
Budget reductions and training time lost because of shutdowns since mid-March further complicate the situation.
Still, officials with public agencies responsible for managing public lands and responding to wildfire seemed optimistic.
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Fire season starts July 1 at 12:01 a.m. in Lane County and southern Linn County, Oregon Department of Forestry officials say.
The declaration puts fire prevention restrictions in place for landowners and the public on lands protected by ODF.
There are regulations for industrial logging and forest management activities, as well.
The goal? Reducing the number of human-caused fires during a time when wildfires are most likely to occur.
“With the potential safety concerns related to COVID-19, this year it’s even more critical to relieve any unnecessary burdens that wildfire in our communities creates,” said South Cascade District Forester Chris Cline.
The South Cascade and Western Lane districts will join six other ODF districts in southern and central Oregon that are already in a declared fire season.
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