FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 youth in grades 8 through 12 representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to be selected to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Wash., in August. Teens will learn about and practice emergency preparedness. Developed under a youth engagement concept, the six-day, five-night camp, hosted and staffed by camp and emergency management professionals, will teach students how to safely assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when a professional response may be delayed or limited. Students wishing to be considered for the upcoming camp can find application information at fema.gov, under Region X. Applications will be accepted through March 15.
Normally mild Seattle is bracing for its second snowstorm this week today and tomorrow. A winter storm warning has been issued for the Seattle area. Up to half a foot of snow is possible from this weekend’s storm. The first snowstorm, earlier this week, officially dropped 2.7 inches on Seattle. The city averages only 0.7 inch of snow each February. In Portland, 1 to 4 inches of snow is expected. Snow and cold is also forecast for interior Oregon and Washington as well as for much of northern California, the National Weather Service said. Later Saturday, although snow tapers off in western Washington, it will continue in most other parts of the Northwest and northern Rockies.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is urging residents to get vaccinated as public health officials in Oregon and Washington reported a combined 56 confirmed cases. Brown says the Oregon Legislature will likely be taking a look at ways to tighten up the state’s immunization rules in the wake of the measles outbreak, although she did not mention specific bills. Washington lawmakers plan a Friday hearing on removing the so-called “philosophical” exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
Prep Basketball – Madras Varsity Girls were defeated by North Marion at home last night 56-47.
Madras High School is hosting the 4A Special District 4 Wrestling Invitational today. Baker/Powder Valley, La Grande and Mcloughlin/Weston-McEwen are the teams coming today. That starts at 4:00.
The nonprofit Confluence Project and Columbia Basin tribes are putting an indefinite hold on a dramatic outdoor artwork by the artist Maya Lin. If and when it’s built at Celilo [suh-LIE-low] Falls, it would be the sixth and final installation in a series along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.