Weekday Wrap: Boating deaths in Oregon decline; Amazon layoffs won’t impact Pendleton drone operations

Recreational Boating Fatalities Decline in Oregon in 2022

According to Oregon Maritime Commission data, Oregon recorded 16 recreational boating deaths in 2022. This is down from the last two years and is the lowest since 2017. In 2020, Oregon recorded 27 deaths for her. This was the highest in over 30 years as a wave of new users bought boats and put them on the water during the coronavirus pandemic. That number has dropped to 19 for her in 2021. Fatalities may have fallen slightly thanks to a cold spring that kept many boaters out of the water during one of the most dangerous times for boating accidents. (Zack Arness/Salem Statesman Journal)

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Local leaders say Amazon layoffs won’t affect Pendleton’s drone business

Amazon’s drone test site in Pendleton was hit particularly hard by the company’s announcement to lay off 18,000 people across the company. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy made the announcement in November and he in January. “We cannot comment on the details of Amazon’s internal staff,” said range manager Darryl Abling. (John Tillman/Eastern Oregonian)

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Oregon ranchers seek $800,000 to mitigate wolf predation

Oregon ranchers are asking legislators to invest $800,000 in the state’s Wolf Compensation Fund to reduce the harm done to livestock by predators. However, environmental advocates say the program is problematic and oppose the additional funding proposed in Senate Bill 471. Association. (Mateusz Perkovsky/Capital Press)

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Talent officers seeking more feedback on updated urban regeneration proposals

City of Talent officials submitted a draft urban renewal plan to the Jackson County Commission on Tuesday aimed at helping the city recover from the 2020 Almeda fires that destroyed half of its homes and businesses. Officials first met with the board last July to discuss plans, but have since scaled back significantly to focus solely on fire restoration efforts. Jackson County administrator Danny Jordan asked the city if it would be better to wait a year, but Talent City manager Jordan Rooklin said the city needed to move now. rice field. “The projects we work on aren’t projects that take 10 to 15 years for him,” he says Rooklyn. (Jane Vaughan/JPR)

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The Salvation Army is now accepting cryptocurrency donations

The Salvation Army Western Territory currently accepts donations via cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, according to the nonprofit’s website. Cryptographic transactions between two parties are verified through a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency and the most widespread, but there are many cryptocurrencies available today. “I know nothing about it,” said Major Dewayne Halstad, commander of the Pendleton Salvation Army. (John Tillman/Eastern Oregonian)

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