News briefs: week of March 23

Volunteer drivers needed for rural medical escort rides  The Senior Connections Rural Medical Escort Program, a program offered by Senior & Disability Services, a division of the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG), needs volunteers to provide rides for local homebound seniors to their medical appointments. This program helps promote independent[Read More…]

Lake appointed to Willamalane Board

SPRINGFIELD — Willamalane Park and Recreation District announces the appointment of Dr. Johnny Lake to the board of directors. Director Lake was sworn in as a board member on March 14, at a special board meeting to finalize the appointment.  He was selected through an application and interview process to[Read More…]

Statewide psilocybin regulations released

After months of discussion and public input, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced it has adopted the final subset of rules to “regulate the production of psilocybin products and the provision of psilocybin services,” solidifying the first comprehensive and regulatory framework for psilocybin — more commonly known as “magic mushrooms”[Read More…]

Police Beating Victim Arrested on Probation Violation

On Wednesday Dec. 2, Alexander Harrelson, 28, was arrested for violating his probation on “disorderly conduct with menacing,” from his previous arrest on Sept. 1.  Harrelson made headlines in early September for being the subject of a downtown business’ surveillance video, in which he held his hands above his head[Read More…]

Viruses on the rise

With an uptick in holiday gatherings, a wave of illness anticipated by health officials is rolling in with full force. Monkeypox has made its first reappearance in Lane County since September, while RSV and influenza cases are skyrocketing,  according to area health officials.  “The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is spreading[Read More…]