News Stories Thu., Jul. 12, 2018

The Oregon Health Authority Wednesday updated a recreational use health advisory for Lake Billy Chinook and expanded it to include all three arms of Lake Billy Chinook.  Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce in the Metolius, Deschutes and Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook. The cyanotoxin concentrations found can be harmful to humans and animals. People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities such as water skiing or power boating in areas of the lake where cyanotoxins are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the affected area. Drinking water directly from this area of the lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA public health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

The Humane Society of Central Oregon would like to offer tips on keeping your pet safe in the heat. With the hot temperatures this week, the best spot for your pet is inside a safe, cool house. Dogs and cats cannot cool their body temperatures as efficiently as humans.  Dogs need to pant to cool themselves, as they do not sweat. This isn’t always enough, however, as cool water and shade can help. Senior, obese, short muzzled dogs like (Pugs, Bulldogs, and Boxers, etc.) and long-haired breeds are susceptible to extreme heat. Another concern in high temperatures is hot asphalt, which can cause damage to paw pads.

Here are the Pi-Ume-Sha Softball Tournament results from a few weeks back – COED CHAMPIONS were the Savages, Captain: Darryl Smith and 1st Runner-Up team: Mayhem. ALL-Tourney selections were: Ardis Smith, Chad Thurby, Denise Sommers, Jason Thomas, Missy Scott, Bobbyjo Ashue, Leah Suppah and Donnie Winishut. The Home Run Derby Champion was Anthony Rivera from Mayhem

Jefferson County, along with Deschutes and Crook Counties and much of Oregon, will be under a fire weather watch on Friday due to gusty winds and low humidity. This means any fires that develop would likely spread rapidly. Any outdoor burning is not recommended.