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Judge Says No To Aerial Spray Ban Measure; Paint Supply May Close Its Doors; Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Judge Says No To Aerial Spray Ban Measure

A circuit court judge in Lane County says that a ballot measure slated for May cannot continue as written.  The register guard reports  that Judge Karsten Rasmussen said the measure that would unilaterally ban the use of aerial pesticides is “too broadly written” and that opposes current state law requiring such a measure to cover one specific issue as it relates to changing a county charter.  Rasmussen say the changes that would be enacted by such a measure would cover over a dozen changes to the charter and that violates Oregon law.  The separate vote requirement in the law requires each concern to be addressed with an individual ballot measure according to the judge.  Lincoln county passes a similar ban last year that has been equally controversial.  Loggers, farmers and other large scale businesses say that count on the ability to spray from the air to eradicate pests that endanger trees and crops.  Activist groups Community Rights Lane County and the Lane County Freedom From Aerial Herbicides Alliance say the practice can overrun areas and contaminate ground water.  The groups plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Paint Supply May Close Its Doors

A Facebook post and a go fund me page that addresses the pending closing of a long time local business is apparently no hoax.  The post states that unknown hackers had infiltrated the files of Ron’s Paint and Supply back in 2016 and had gotten into personal banking information.  According to the gofundme page no client information was affected.  The page is asking for $80,000 in donations in order to keep the doors open.  Coast radio was able to confirm that the post was a legitimate request, However we were unable to speak to owner Ron Wilson to get any more details on the hack.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and health professionals are stressing that people should get screened. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Doctors suggest people 50 and older get screened, but nearly a third of Americans who should get screened aren’t up to date. There are two options. One is a colonoscopy every 10 years. The other is known as a FIT test, taken at home once a year. Specialists analyze tests for blood in the stool, a possible sign of the cancer. Jen Coury with CareOregon says a lot of people prefer the FIT test.

201:  “The great thing about colorectal cancer screening is that it actually saves lives. So, survival is 93 percent if you catch colon cancer in Stage I and it’s 8 percent if you catch it in Stage IV.”

 People with a family history of colorectal cancer should talk to their doctors because they are at higher risk of the disease. African-Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives also are at higher risk and should begin screenings at age 45.