Mental health crises rising among Coos County children, teens

Mental health crises rising among Coos County children, teens, The World (April 30, 2016)

COOS COUNTY — Suicide attempts and other psychological crises among Coos County children as young as 4 are on the rise, and Bay Area Hospital isn’t equipped to deal with them.

In 2011, Bay Area Hospital logged 27 child psychology consultations and six admissions. By 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, those numbers had grown to 101 consultations and 62 admissions. (Read more…)

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Northwest faces nursing shortage, report says demand will grow

Northwest faces nursing shortage, report says demand will grow, KATU (April 25, 2016)

Oregon and Washington will be short a combined 13,000 registered nurses by 2025, a federal report finds.

The report, released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), predicts Oregon will need about 6,000 more nurses than it will have trained by 2025. (Read more…)

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Timber execs, county officials slam BLM plan

Timber execs, county officials slam BLM plan, News-Review (April 22, 2016)

Adopting the latest plan from the Bureau of Land Management could lead to the financial ruin of Douglas County, timber executives and a county official said Thursday.

Timber industry executives, advocates and Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman spoke to The News-Review, emphasizing that the bureau’s recently announced plan for managing forestland in Western Oregon continues to squeeze timber harvests so downsizing, for private companies and the county itself, is inevitable. (Read more…)

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BLM’s Western Oregon forest plan disappoints everyone

BLM’s Western Oregon forest plan disappoints everyone, Capital Press (April 13, 2016)

Timber industry groups believe the federal Bureau of Land Management’s proposed new forest management plan for Western Oregon is a disaster that locks up 75 percent of the land, will cost jobs and leave forests more vulnerable to fire.

One group called it a “lose, lose, lose” plan for the environment, wildlife, and rural communities. (Read more…)

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OED releases results from 2015 Job Vacancy Survey

OED releases results from 2015 Job Vacancy Survey, News-Review (March 1, 2016)

There are just under 1,900 job vacancies in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties, according to the Oregon Employment Department’s 2015 Job Vacancy Survey.

The OED surveyed 1,100 employers in this Southwestern Oregon region and found the most job openings were in leisure and hospitality as well as healthcare and social assistance. (Read more…)

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