News Stories for Wed., Sep. 13, 2017


Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused gas across the country and in Oregon to rise to the highest levels in two years, according to AAA. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.66 and in Oregon it is $2.92. But wholesale prices are starting to level off, meaning prices at the pump are expected to stabilize and even decrease later this month, according AAA. AAA says there is no gas shortage in the country, since gas stocks are above the five-year average. Overall, the national average is currently 48 cents per gallon more and the Oregon average is 42 cents more than a year ago.

A fall time fitness challenge focusing on cardiovascular exercise is going to kick-off October 2nd. Carolyn Harvey, Community Health Educator for Jefferson County Public Health is coordinating the 50 Days of Fitness Community Cardio Challenge. Registration events are planned for October 2nd at the Warm Springs Health & Wellness Center and at the Jefferson County Public Health Department in Madras. The entry fee will include free use of all activities at the Madras Aquatic Center and all activities, with the exception of group fitness classes, at the Madras Athletic Club. Details will be available at the registration events.

The Milli Fire, burning west of Sisters, is about 60 percent contained with minimal fire activity, the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center reports. The fire has burned about 24,000 acres

The Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge has now burned 35,588 acres. Crews monitoring the fire reported Tuesday that it was 11 percent contained.

The Chetco Bar Fire continues to burn in Southwest part of the state. At 184,000 acres it is 8 percent contained.