Washington – Heart Of America Northwest http://heartofamericanorthwest.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:17:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-49.png Washington – Heart Of America Northwest http://heartofamericanorthwest.org/ 32 32 Gas is rising again in Oregon, Washington. here’s why https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/gas-is-rising-again-in-oregon-washington-heres-why/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:17:00 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/gas-is-rising-again-in-oregon-washington-heres-why/ For the first time since August, the average price of a gallon of gas in Oregon topped $5. PORTLAND, Ore. – After weeks of relief at the pump, gasoline prices are rising again. According to AAA Oregon, Oregon’s statewide average jumped 35 cents per gallon last week to land at $5.01. It’s the first Oregon […]]]>

For the first time since August, the average price of a gallon of gas in Oregon topped $5.

PORTLAND, Ore. – After weeks of relief at the pump, gasoline prices are rising again. According to AAA Oregon, Oregon’s statewide average jumped 35 cents per gallon last week to land at $5.01.

It’s the first Oregon has been above $5 since August, but a far cry from the $5.54 it saw in June, the highest average price per gallon on record in Oregon.

In Washington, the average price rose 30 cents to $4.92, but nationally the national average was up only a nickel.

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Marie Dodds of AAA Oregon said that in general, gas prices on the West Coast are always a little higher than the rest of the country due to limited supply. She said that if there is a supply or distribution problem, gasoline prices can rise.

“That’s exactly what we’re seeing this week,” Dodds said. “We have a handful of refineries in California in the Los Angeles area that are going through unscheduled maintenance that can take several days. They’re also having issues at a refinery in Washington State.”

RELATED: Oregon wants to increase the number of electric vehicles on the roads

On top of that, Dodds said the Olympic pipeline needs to be serviced within the next two weeks. She said part of the scheduled maintenance at refineries includes switching from their summer blend to winter blend gasoline.

Dodds said several factors suggest gasoline prices will eventually drop in late fall or winter, but it’s unclear by how much. She warned that gasoline prices are likely to get worse before they get better.

“Wait, buckle up, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride over the next two weeks with these supply issues and refinery issues,” Dodds said.

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Crowded campsites, high demand causes fights, ‘camp pirates’ https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/crowded-campsites-high-demand-causes-fights-camp-pirates/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 16:35:52 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/crowded-campsites-high-demand-causes-fights-camp-pirates/ SALEM, Ore. — Some Oregon park officials say high demand for overcrowded campsites is leading to arguments, fights and even so-called “campground hijackers.” Brian Carroll of Linn County Parks and Recreation said park rangers have had to mediate this summer as would-be campers compete for first-come, first-served campsites at Sunnyside County Park, the Statesman-Journal. “People […]]]>

SALEM, Ore. — Some Oregon park officials say high demand for overcrowded campsites is leading to arguments, fights and even so-called “campground hijackers.”

Brian Carroll of Linn County Parks and Recreation said park rangers have had to mediate this summer as would-be campers compete for first-come, first-served campsites at Sunnyside County Park, the Statesman-Journal.

“People were literally fighting over campsites,” Carroll said. “What we’ve experienced this year is definitely a general level of heightened frustration and anxiety among people who can’t get their campsites. There seems to be less general common courtesy.

Tensions have also escalated over reserved campsites, with some leisure enthusiasts falsely claiming sites already reserved by ripping out reservation tags and replacing them with their own, earning them the nickname “campsite pirates”. . The original parties end up angry and confused when they arrive to find their campsite occupied. The practice isn’t common, but it’s happening more than before, Carroll said.

“In the past it was extremely rare,” he said. “Have there been any disputes? Yeah, you know it’s happened before. But like I said, not on the scale we saw this year.

Sunnyside County Park isn’t the only place to experience such misfortunes. Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation said it would seek legislation to give rangers additional protections due to the rising level of assaults and harassment targeting rangers.

“Traditionally about 1% of our visitors really struggle to comply with rules and regulations,” said Dennis Benson, recreation manager for Deschutes National Forest. “Now we have more than 10% of the population who don’t follow or adhere to rules, regulations, that sort of thing, which lends itself to more problematic behaviors on public lands.”

Oregon‘s state park system has only opened three new campgrounds since 1972, although the state’s population has grown significantly.

Last year, the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation set records for its total number of visitors – an estimated 53.6 million day visits and 3.02 million overnight campers . This year’s numbers are about the same, said Chris Havel, associate director of the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

“This summer we’ve been extremely busy, with 96% to 98% capacity, which basically means you might find a night here or there, but basically it’s all taken,” Havel said. “What we’re noticing again this year is that a lot of people are new to camping and the outdoors in general. In other words, the trend we saw starting during the pandemic of people dating for the first time continues, and that means we’re going to keep busy.

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Notebook: Washington – Stanford University Athletics https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/notebook-washington-stanford-university-athletics/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 17:20:29 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/notebook-washington-stanford-university-athletics/ WHEN DAVID SHAW approached the Wake Forest coaches to inquire about the Demon Deacons’ successful ‘slow mesh’ attack, he received a cryptic response. We can’t tell you our secrets, they said, but we can give you some advice: Watch a movie. Shaw did, and in Stanford’s Pac-12 opener against USC, the Cardinal unveiled his version […]]]>
WHEN DAVID SHAW approached the Wake Forest coaches to inquire about the Demon Deacons’ successful ‘slow mesh’ attack, he received a cryptic response.

We can’t tell you our secrets, they said, but we can give you some advice: Watch a movie.

Shaw did, and in Stanford’s Pac-12 opener against USC, the Cardinal unveiled his version of the slow mesh, the pass option system that asks the quarterback to do some readings. defense post-snap during the throw-in move. stopped. Rather than making a quick decision while holding the ball against the ball carrier’s chest, the quarterback allows the game to unfold more slowly before deciding to run or pass.

Four turnovers, including two in the shadow of the goal line, prevented a more representative performance from Stanford’s offense in a 41-28 loss to the Trojans. But Stanford has rushed for 221 yards, the most in its last 35 games, since scoring 244 against Oregon State on Nov. 10, 2018.

Stanford also had 33 first downs, the most in more than two decades.

“That style of RPO really puts a lot of pressure on the defense,” Shaw, director of football Bradford M. Freeman of Stanford, said. “They have to make a decision, and we’re buying time for the quarterback to make his decision.

“We have a quarterback (Tanner McKee) who can see everyone, and he’s a great decision maker. He has a quick release so he can pull it, and without much winding up, he can still throw the ball downfield.

“I’m excited about it. More importantly, our quarterback has a good sense for it. I think we did well and we can do even better.”

Tanner McKee runs the “slow mesh”. Photo by John P. Lozano/ISIphotos.com.

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AN EARLY GOODBYE week has put Stanford (1-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-12) in a position where it must play the remaining 10 games without a break. That streak begins at No. 18 Washington (3-0) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with games to follow at Oregon, at home against Oregon State and at Notre Dame over the next four weeks.

“We’re hungry,” the fifth-year catcher said Michael Wilson. “It’s a critical game for our program, for ourselves. The guys know what’s at stake with this ‘W.’ If we can go to Washington, in a hostile environment, against a ranked opponent, and come out with a win, that’s not only going to give us confidence, it’s going to put us in the right direction and help build momentum.”

 

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THE CARDINAL WILL to be without a first rusher E.J. Smith (206 yards on 30 carries) due to injury. Casey Filkinwho rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries against USC and had three catches for 28 yards, will start at running back.

Shaw said he hopes Smith will be ready for Oregon on Oct. 1.

STANFORD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Casey Filkins during a match between University of Southern California and Stanford Football at Stanford Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Stanford, California.

Casey Filkin. Photo by Dave Bernal/ISIphotos.com.

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TWO DAYS AFTER the USC game, senior Branson–Bragg announced his retirement. Bragg, a two-year starter primarily at right offensive guard, was expected to start at right guard this season. Levi Rogers stepped in at right guard.

Bragg sent this explanatory message to Stanford fans on social media:

“I am heartbroken to announce that I have decided to retire from football,” he wrote. “It was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. With persistent and intense long-term symptoms resulting from a severe concussion I suffered in training camp, along with other factors mental health, I am convinced that walking away is the best decision for me.”

Says Shaw: “I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s earned so much respect from his teammates, the coaching staff, everyone in our program. He’s smart, he’s got a great personality, he’s is a musician, a renaissance man. Football was just part of that for him. This young man has a bright future outside of football.”

 

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FORTY YEARS AGO, Stanford beat a Washington team ranked No. 1 in the coaches’ poll and No. 2 by the Associated Press in perhaps the Cardinal’s biggest victory in a series that began in 1893.

On October 30, 1982, John Elway set up Stanford’s 43-31 upset on a rainy day at Stanford Stadium.

Elway completed 20 of 30 passes for 265 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Tight end Chris Dressel had six catches for 106 yards, with plenty of room in the middle, in part because Elway was so good at watching linebackers.

The Cardinal fought back from an early 17-7 deficit with 30 unanswered points. Vincent White cemented the victory with a 76-yard punt return that left Elway smiling and raising his arms in triumph as the Stanford squad played and played, even as Stanford Stadium had long been empty. The sounds of “White Punks on Dope” echoed off the wooden bleachers.

Stanford discovered that it was not necessary to rely on the superhuman talents of Elway to beat a team like Washington. And playing a part in Stanford’s huge triumph, rather than dominating it, was the perfect send-off for Elway’s Stanford career.

“Today,” coach Paul Wiggin said, “we were a team.”

John Elway, Paul Wiggin

John Elway and Paul Wiggin, after beating Washington in 1982. Photo by David Madison.

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HUSKY STADIUM EAST should be loud, forcing the cardinal to focus on non-verbal communication.

“I said to the whole team, it’s composure and communication,” Shaw said. “We can’t panic. I don’t foresee Tanner having much of a problem with that. He’s really the guys who are able to focus and listen with intent to any verbal communication, and make sure we don’t have a problem. not one signal, but several hands. signals for various things.”

Senior Inside Linebacker Levani Damuni is eager to take up the challenge.

“I’ve always loved road games,” Damuni said. “As Coach Shaw always talks about, when you’re on the road, it’s all about us. It’s really us focusing on ourselves and us against the world. I love that feeling. No matter the ranking of a team, it always feels like a surprise when you win on the road.”

 

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RECEIVER MICHAEL WILSON describes his state of mind during the week:

“From the end of our last game, my immediate focus is on our next game,” he said. “Every rep in practice has to be the speed of the game. Every decision I make throughout the week is all about, ‘Is this going to help me perform better in the game? What decision will I make? I take to give myself the best opportunity, and put myself in the best circumstances, to succeed.'”

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Record flood of requests hampers Oregon election officials https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/record-flood-of-requests-hampers-oregon-election-officials/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 02:03:00 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/record-flood-of-requests-hampers-oregon-election-officials/ SALEM, Oregon — County clerks in Oregon are being inundated with requests for public records stemming from the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen, even as they are already busy preparing for the November election, the secretary of state said Monday. Secretary of State Shemia Fagan traveled to Oregon’s 36 counties to speak […]]]>

SALEM, Oregon — County clerks in Oregon are being inundated with requests for public records stemming from the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen, even as they are already busy preparing for the November election, the secretary of state said Monday.

Secretary of State Shemia Fagan traveled to Oregon’s 36 counties to speak with county clerks and other election officials, and said she saw the tension imposed by the avalanche of claims, from the populated counties around Portland to Lake County in southern Oregon near the California border. , with only 5,590 registered voters.

“In recent weeks, we’ve seen an influx of public records requests still based on the big lie — the big lie is that the 2020 election was stolen,” Fagan said. “The lie is still impacting the operations of our election workers, nearly two years later.”

Fagan told a Zoom press conference that as she traveled the state, she noticed fatigue among county clerks and other county election officials.

“These are seasoned people who have been doing this for decades in Oregon in an extremely non-partisan way (but) they’re so sick of the noise, and it’s just overwhelming,” Fagan said. Several county clerks will be retiring in the next year, representing more than a century of combined electoral experience, Fagan said.

How many of those retirements are due to the added stress that election officials face was not immediately clear.

The top “myths” facing Oregon election officials are that the 2020 election was stolen, mail-in elections are unreliable, automatic tabulators are fraudulent, and ballot boxes are not secure. , said the Oregon Chief Electoral Officer. Deborah Scroggin.

A recent conference hosted by MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, a prominent 2020 election denier, prompted a flood of inquiries, Scroggin said. Lindell hosted a conference in Springfield, Missouri, in August on conspiracy theories.

“It’s sort of a copy-and-paste document request that we’re inundated with,” she said. Previously, they focused on forensic audits. These days there have also been calls for manual counting, certification of the voting system and attempts to undermine trust in deposit ballot boxes.

Harney County Clerk Derrin “Dag” Robinson in sparsely populated southeast Oregon said he received about 16 inquiries regarding the 2020 election as well as dozens of notices of dispute – most being identical.

Robinson and the county attorney are the only staff managing them and it “takes time, to say the least,” he said.

Oregon election officials are fighting misinformation with public service announcements on radio, television, and the Internet, outlining election integrity and the ease of voting in Oregon.

Oregon was the first state to institute mail-in voting, in which ballots are mailed to voters who can return them either by mail or in official, secure drop boxes. Monday marked a month before ballots begin to be mailed to Oregon voters on Oct. 19, Scroggin said. The last day to print and mail ballots to military and foreign voters is Saturday.

It’s not just in Oregon that election officials are overwhelmed with requests for documents. This is also happening in many parts of the country.

Fagan said his office will go to the Legislature to ask for a full-time public records person to help process requests received by the secretary of state and county election officials.

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AP Top 25 Takeaways: Veteran QBs Clifford and Nix deliver big https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/ap-top-25-takeaways-veteran-qbs-clifford-and-nix-deliver-big/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 08:26:54 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/ap-top-25-takeaways-veteran-qbs-clifford-and-nix-deliver-big/ Being a good, but certainly not great, quarterback can be a tough ride in college football. Good enough to start and succeed, but not enough to satisfy fans who only see a ceiling they wish were higher. That’s the life Penn State’s Sean Clifford and Oregon’s Bo Nix have led, and veteran quarterbacks proved their […]]]>

Being a good, but certainly not great, quarterback can be a tough ride in college football.

Good enough to start and succeed, but not enough to satisfy fans who only see a ceiling they wish were higher.

That’s the life Penn State’s Sean Clifford and Oregon’s Bo Nix have led, and veteran quarterbacks proved their worth on Saturday.

Clifford, in his sixth year with Penn State, deftly guided the No. 22-ranked Nittany Lions through hostile territory and to one of their most impressive non-conference wins in years. Clifford took a lick at Auburn, came back and sent Tigers fans home early from Jordan-Hare Stadium. Clifford was 14 for 19 for 178 yards, one rushing touchdown and barely a turnover.

The future at Penn State is five-star rookie Drew Allar. The future looks bright and some Nittany Lions fans are eager to make it happen. But for now, Clifford is the man for Penn State coach James Franklin, who appears to have surrounded the 24-year-old with the best set of weapons the team has had in several years.

Freshman running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen (who combined for 174 yards and four touchdowns) resurrected a Penn State running game that had been dormant for two years.

“The ability to be more balanced and take the pressure off the passing game was really important to us,” Franklin said.

Add a few talented pass catchers, and Clifford can be both game director and playmaker.

The record says Penn State is where it was last year after three games: 3-0, with a narrow road win to open the Big Ten season and a win over Auburn. An injury to Clifford midway through last year’s Iowa game sent Penn State into a spiral. This team feels different.

Meanwhile, Auburn went through two quarterbacks that combined for four giveaways that buried the Tigers. Who knew how much Nix would miss Auburn?

The five-star rookie who has started most games for the Tigers over the past three seasons has had plenty of ups and downs on the Plains, a mix of memorable and regrettable.

He jumped into the portal after last season and landed in Oregon. Good choice.

Two weeks after being embarrassed by top-ranked Georgia, the No. 25-ranked Ducks looked a lot like the Pac-12 contender they were supposed to be in a game-changing win over BYU.

Nix threw two touchdowns and ran for three against the Cougars. The last Oregon quarterback to do so: Heisman winner Marcus Mariota in 2014.

“One of my former coaches told me that pressure is a privilege, and so I really took that to heart, and there’s nothing truer in my opinion,” Nix said. “When you have a lot of pressure, it means people believe in you, people believe you can do it, otherwise you wouldn’t have any pressure at all.”

The Ducks were so outclassed by Georgia in Atlanta on Labor Day weekend that it was tempting to wonder if new coach Dan Lanning and his staff might be in over their heads. And there were plenty of Ducks fans wondering if Nix really was the best quarterback they could make with former blue-chipper Ty Thompson on the bench.

Since that 49-3 loss, the Ducks have scored 111 points. Against BYU, a team that went 5-0 against the Pac-12 last year and beat Baylor last week, Nix led the Ducks 38-7 in the third quarter.

Neither Clifford nor Nix will be the players in the draftnik debate after the season. And there will likely be times this season when their fans are still yearning for the next big thing.

But they were more than enough on Saturday.

Now that Nebraska has left Scott Frost, who is the next coach to be fired?

Auburn’s Bryan Harsin has seemed to be running out of time since last winter, when boosters decided to fish for a reason to fire him after just one season. The coup did not work, but it appeared that Harsin had little support.

If there was a path to a surprisingly successful season that saved Harsin’s job, it’s probably gone now. Auburn then dives into Southeastern Conference play: Can Harsin survive back-to-back road games against No. 1 Georgia and No. 20 Mississippi in mid-October?

Speaking of Ole Miss, the Rebels beat Georgia Tech and coach Geoff Collins 42-0.

Collins is in Year 4 of a rebuild that proved tricky after the Yellow Jackets pitched the option under Paul Johnson but failed completely to get started.

Georgia Tech probably isn’t the type of school that’s going to pull the plug so soon. At this rate, however, it’s going to be tough to play this season. Georgia Tech has UCF next week, No. 23 Pitt after that.

Finally, Herm Edwards’ tenure at Arizona State appears to be heading for an ugly conclusion after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 at home to Eastern Michigan, the first Mid-American Conference team to beat a Pac-12 team. .

Arizona State (1-2) opens conference play against No. 14 Utah, No. 7 USC and Washington.

Appalachian State is a must-watch TV. This week: The Mountaineer’s Miracle … App State’s foil last week, No. 24 Texas A&M, bounced back with a win over No. 13 Miami. A quarterback change did little to boost the Aggies’ offense, but Miami continued to perform poorly in the red zone. The next three weeks for A&M: #10 Arkansas, at Mississippi State, at #2 Alabama. … The Pac-12 got a whole lot more interesting this weekend, especially in the Pacific Northwest. After Oregon’s victory, Washington and Michael Penix Jr. eliminated Michigan’s 11th state. The transformation of the Huskies offense under first-year coach Kalen DeBoer and Indiana’s transfer Penix has been remarkable … We might have been too quick to call the Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson a contender for Hesiman after Week 1. He struggled again and the Gators were lucky to escape USF. … Nebraska’s first game after Frost couldn’t have been much worse. No. 6 Oklahoma scored more points at Lincoln than ever before in a rivalry that dates back more than a century. … After 179 minutes of football this season, No. 1 Georgia allowed its first touchdown. Brock Bowers and the Bulldogs crushed South Carolina. … No idea how good No. 4 Michigan is after the Wolverines beat Colorado State, Hawaii and UConn 166-17. Maybe Maryland can give Michigan something close to a game next week. The same can be said for undefeated Minnesota (3-0) after outscoring weak opposition 149-17… The Gophers beat Colorado on Saturday. The Buffaloes argue that they are the worst team in the Power Five. … The first FCS team to beat a Power Five opponent this season is Southern Illinois. The Salukis came 0-2 down and lost Northwestern, which has lost two straight since beating Nebraska in Ireland. … A week after the Sun Belt recorded three Power Five road victories, South Alabama and Old Dominion had two more in sight. But both UCLA and Virginia threw field goals to avoid upsets. … The Sun Belt attacked Conference USA in the offseason, but C-USA got a little revenge on Saturday by going 3-0 in non-conference games. This included Rice beating Louisiana to end FBS’ longest active winning streak at 15 games. … This week’s big surprise came from the American Athletic Conference: Tulane beat Kansas State of the Big 12 to go 3-0 for the first time since 1998… March Madness in September: Kansas, Duke, Syracuse and Indiana are all 3-0. The Blue Devils and Jayhawks play in Lawrence, Kansas next week.

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Week 3 college football preview: Scott Frost’s costly mistake in Nebraska https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/week-3-college-football-preview-scott-frosts-costly-mistake-in-nebraska/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:17:13 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/week-3-college-football-preview-scott-frosts-costly-mistake-in-nebraska/ Buyout season came early this year. Scott Frost became the latest example of why a fired football coach is one of the most enjoyable gigs around – beyond the whole “losing his job in a very public way” part – when the Nebraska ended his tenure three games into his fifth season. Frost will receive […]]]>

Buyout season came early this year.

Scott Frost became the latest example of why a fired football coach is one of the most enjoyable gigs around – beyond the whole “losing his job in a very public way” part – when the Nebraska ended his tenure three games into his fifth season.

Frost will receive a buyout of more than $15 million for not coaching the Cornhuskers after Saturday’s 45-42 loss to Georgia Southern dropped the former Nebraska star to 16-31 at his alma mater. Had Nebraska waited until October to make a change, the buyout would have been cut in half under a contract amendment Frost signed late last year.

Sporting director Trev Alberts told reporters the school owes fans and current players something else to explain the extra cost, although there are strong arguments to be made that at least for the fans, the few $8 million would be better spent next. rather than trying to extract value from a team that is 1-2, has No. 6 Oklahoma coming to town on Saturday and has a packed Big Ten schedule.

Two lovable underdogs just overthrew college football royalty. What a blast.

It’s worth remembering that nearly every AD has someone to answer to in a university hierarchy, and hiring and firing one of the most visible and highest-paid personalities on any campus will likely require the contribution of people at the top of the organizational chart. And sometimes these people offer their contribution before it is solicited.

Either way, Nebraska is in eight figures and looks set for a sixth straight losing season. In a weird way, that should make the Cornhuskers concert particularly appealing. Get the once proud program back on track, and a coach is a hero. Produce more of the same, and chances are those pesky buyout terms won’t stop Nebraska from giving another unsuccessful coach a windfall to walk away.

The only power conference team with a longer bowl drought than Nebraska is Kansas, which hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008. The Jayhawks have been a frequent punching bag (for opponents and the media) over the decade and more since, and for good cause.

So when Kansas does something right — and that goes beyond the hilarity of the Jayhawks beating Texas, like they did last year — it’s worth mentioning. Lance Leipold’s side got off to a 2-0 start after toppling West Virginia, 55-42, in overtime and won their Big 12 opener for the first time since 2009.

(How does a team win by 13 in overtime? Returning an interception for a touchdown like Cobee Bryant did on the last play of the game. Bryant could have sealed the victory simply by taking a knee, but his exuberance is completely understandable).

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Coupled with a 56-10 thrashing of Tennessee Tech in their opener, it was the first time Kansas had hung a half-cent on back-to-back opponents since 2007, when they went 12-1 and won the Orange. Bowl.

A single game guarantees nothing, but does suggest progress under Leipold, who won six Division III titles at Wisconsin-Whitewater, then guided Buffalo to three consecutive bowl berths before replacing the fired Miles at Lawrence in the spring of 2021. Saturday’s win at Houston would put Kansas halfway to bowl eligibility.

The Jayhawks have some work to do, but they legitimately seem to be on the right track. To finish.

Five teams with the most stakes

1.Texas A&M. Offseason champion Jimbo Fisher and the No. 24 Aggies are coming off a 17-14 loss at home to Appalachian State in a game that raised a lot of questions. Some won’t get satisfactory answers, like why did Texas A&M pay App State $1.5 million to come to College Station when it could have gotten a worse program for a similar amount. Others — as if there’s juice to the Aggies’ sluggish offense — will be posed again if A&M loses at home to No. 13 Miami.

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2. Auburn. The dysfunction surrounding the Tigers program is legendary in the worst possible way and was on full display when various people connected to Auburn attempted to oust coach Bryan Harsin after one season. He managed to survive, so it seems that if there is going to be any change on the Plains, it will come the old way: by losing too much. Last week’s 24-16 loss to San Jose State wasn’t too impressive, and a loss to No. 22 Penn State at home would only encourage more backstage shenanigans.

3. Miami. The Hurricanes (2-0) tore Bethune-Cookman apart, then slowly began to manage South Mississippi, meaning their trip to Texas A&M is a showpiece game. It could have had more cachet if the Aggies had started 2-0, but whatever. This is Miami’s first major test under Mario Cristobal.

4a. BYU and 4b. Oregon. A curious game in the west might just be among the best of the week. The No. 12 Cougars beat Baylor in two overtimes and will look to take out another Power Five foe on this trip to Eugene. For No. 25 Oregon, it’s a chance to redeem themselves for being torn down by Georgia in their opener. A loss effectively knocks the Ducks out of playoff pursuit before the fall equinox, which is early even by Pac-12 standards.

5. North Carolina State. The No. 16 Wolfpack survived a trip to Eastern Carolina, then beat Charleston Southern like he was supposed to, and now quarterback Devin Leary and Co. gets a visit from a group of Texas Tech feeling good after defeating Houston. Hopes were high in Raleigh heading into the season, and the trip to Clemson in two weeks looks like an exhibition game. It won’t matter as much if NC State doesn’t hold home service against the Red Raiders.

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1. QB Bryce Young, Alabama (408 yards, 6 TDs, 0 passing INTs; 138 yards, 1 rushing TD). Wasn’t super effective in a narrow win over Texas, but pushed the Crimson Tide from range to make a late field goal to escape Austin with an unblemished record. (Last week: 1)

Texas thwarted bid narrowly fails against No. 1 Alabama

2. QB CJ Stroud, Ohio State (574 yards, 6 TDs, 0 passing INTs). It was a Week 2 as expected for Stroud, who threw for 351 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas State as the Buckeyes cruised. (OL: 2)

3. QB Caleb Williams, Southern California (590 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs passing; 72 rushing yards). The second has completed 79.6% of his passes in comfortable losses to Rice and Stanford. Good enough. (OL: 3)

4. RB Chase Brown, Illinois (496 yards, 2 rushing touchdowns; 5 receptions, 25 yards, 1 touchdown reception). Brown averaged 25 carries in the Illini’s 2-1 start and leads the nation in rushing yards. Its use coupled with an early threat to flirt with 2,000 yards on the ground warrants a nod at this point. (LW: Unrated)

5. QB Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia (668 yards, 3 TDs, 0 passing INTs). Posted a 300-yard day while scoring two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing) against Samford. It’s fair to say that this game wasn’t going to make or break Bennett’s Heisman campaign. (OL: 5)

6. WR Jordan Addison, Southern California (12 catches, 226 yards, 4 touchdowns received). A Biletnikoff Award winner last year at Pitt, Addison has settled in well with the Trojans and is clearly new teammate Caleb Williams’ favorite early target. (LW:NR)

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More than 1,100 lumber workers on strike in Oregon and Washington https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/more-than-1100-lumber-workers-on-strike-in-oregon-and-washington/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 00:56:00 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/more-than-1100-lumber-workers-on-strike-in-oregon-and-washington/ LONGVIEW Washington (KPTV) — Hundreds of workers at Weyerhaeuser, one of the nation’s largest logging companies, began a massive strike in the early hours of Tuesday in Washington and Oregon. Workers say the most recent contract talks have failed to deliver a substantial pay rise, a better pension and, under the proposed deal, workers would […]]]>

LONGVIEW Washington (KPTV) — Hundreds of workers at Weyerhaeuser, one of the nation’s largest logging companies, began a massive strike in the early hours of Tuesday in Washington and Oregon.

Workers say the most recent contract talks have failed to deliver a substantial pay rise, a better pension and, under the proposed deal, workers would have to start paying a health insurance premium with no improved coverage.

Striking Weyerhaeuser locations include Aberdeen, Longview, Raymond, Coos Bay, Springfield and Cottage Grove.

The strike includes all Weyerhauser workers represented by the union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

The Longview Weyerhaeuser sawmill on the banks of the Columbia exports lumber and wood products around the world. It’s normally a busy complex, but since Tuesday thousands of logs that would normally be loaded onto ships and trucks are now piling up. Local IAM union president Kelly Zink said it was the first strike by Weyerhaeuser workers since 1986.

“The contract proposal was rejected almost unanimously, and the same with the strike vote, almost unanimously in favor,” Zink said.

The striking workers say their union contract has normally been successfully renewed with the company every four years, but they say the company is not doing enough to compensate workers in the current economy.

“We’re really struggling to employ staff, to get staff to even show up for interviews, we’ve had openings for millwrights, electricians, production workers,” the supervisor said. maintenance, Rick Davis. “We’ve had several employees literally move across the street for higher salaries.”

Davis says lumber from the Longview sawmill exports lumber as far away as Asia, and lumber from here supplies big-box hardware stores all over the West Coast. Davis says all exports will be halted until a new deal is reached.

We’ll be here until they want to come back to the table and offer a substantial pay raise and a benefits package.

No senior Weyerhaeuser executives were available for an interview, but a company spokesperson returned a statement that reads:

“While we are very disappointed with their decision to step down, we are committed to supporting our employees and to negotiating in good faith with union representatives. We are ready to continue discussions to produce a contract that is beneficial for employees and sustainable for the company through economic cycles.

It is not yet known where the negotiations are or how long the strike will last.

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Washington State rises after win over Wisconsin https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/washington-state-rises-after-win-over-wisconsin/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 16:14:00 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/washington-state-rises-after-win-over-wisconsin/ Maybe Idaho, not Washington, is where we got it wrong in Week 1. After the Cougars barely defeated the Vandals to kick off the season, they stormed back and scored a stunning victory over No. 19 Wisconsin – while Idaho scared Big Ten foe Indiana. Buy tickets for Ducks Either way, Jake Dickert’s team is […]]]>

Maybe Idaho, not Washington, is where we got it wrong in Week 1.

After the Cougars barely defeated the Vandals to kick off the season, they stormed back and scored a stunning victory over No. 19 Wisconsin – while Idaho scared Big Ten foe Indiana.

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Either way, Jake Dickert’s team is making good progress in this week’s power rankings, on what was largely a blowout game across the Pac-12.

USC slammed the door early at Stanford in the league’s only conference game, while Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Utah each scored blowout wins over opponents lower on the non-conference roster.

Oregon State and Cal struggled against opponents Mountain West but ultimately defeated them, while lowly Colorado got blasted by the Air Force, losing 41-10.

All of this has created a lot of movement in this week’s power rankings, with five or six teams that could easily be ranked in the top three.

Here’s a look at the Pac-12 power rankings after the Week 2 action:

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Colorado Buffaloes (0-2) (Last week: 12)

Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing – USA TODAY Sports

Colorado looked almost unbelievably bad on Saturday, getting knocked off the field by the Air Force in a 41-10 beating. Buffs quarterback JT Shrout completed just five passes on 21 attempts for 51 yards, as well as one interception.

It’s going to be a long, long year in Boulder if this continues.

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Arizona (1-1) (last week: 7)

Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The fun and intriguing Arizona offense we saw in Week 1 was completely absent against Mississippi State, with Laura’s transfer quarterback Jayden tossing three picks and eventually being replaced by Noah Fifita and Jamarye Joiner.

Looks like another tough year for the Wildcats.

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Cal (2-0) (Last week: 11)

Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita – USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Bears are now 2-0 on the year, so they get a spot in the standings, but being outscored 14-6 in the last three quarters against a bad UNLV team doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence in this team. forward.

A date with Notre Dame in Week 3, even a Notre Dame team that just lost to Marshall, should give us a better idea of ​​what this Cal team is made up of.

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Stanford (1-1) (Last week: 10)

Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The Cardinal made it respectful against USC by scoring 14 unanswered points in the final quarter, but ultimately it was another loss for coach Lincoln Riley and the Trojans.

Tanner McKee’s rolling issues continue as the veteran quarterback threw a pair of picks in this one. Until this is under control, Stanford and coach David Shaw are going to struggle.

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Arizona State (1-1) (last week: 8)

Syndication: The Oklahoman

The Sun Devils couldn’t find the end zone until the second half, eventually losing 34-17 to the No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Emory Jones went 12-for-23 for 223 yards and a touchdown, but the Arizona State defense struggled to stop running back Dominic Richardson who had 131 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Arizona State gets Eastern Michigan next week.

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Oregon State (2-0) (last week: 3)

Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson – USA TODAY Sports

Hard to beat Oregon State for picking up a hard-fought victory in a very tough road environment, but other strong performances around the conference still dropped the Beavers a few spots.

Harder wins like Coach Johnathan Smith’s, securing a victory despite a pedestrian performance from quarterback Chance Nolan and a poor game from the defense, should get this team back into the top five in no time.

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Washington (2-0) (last week: 6)

Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear – USA TODAY Sports

Washington and UCLA are the hardest teams to pin down at this point. Both have two blowout wins over inferior opponents, which doesn’t give us a good barometer of how they’ve looked this season.

I’m going to give UCLA the advantage for now, mainly because they have more experience on the roster and Washington gave up 20 points to Kent State in Game 1. Still, Michael Penix looks like a great find at quarterback and this Husky team could be very dangerous in the Pac-12 North.

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UCLA (2-0) (Last week: 4)

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly’s seasoned offense at UCLA has now scored 45 points in consecutive games, a great feat even though it came against Alabama State and Bowling Green.

The Bruins have southern Alabama and Colorado as their next two games, so we’ll have to wait a while to see just how good this team really is.

With Dorian Thompson-Robinson still under center, this team has plenty of upside.

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Washington State (2-0) (last week: 9)

Syndication: post-Crescent

Jake Dickert’s team earned a game-changing victory on Saturday by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison.

They held Wisconsin to just 14 points, all in the second quarter, and solid play from defense and special teams more than made up for quarterback Cameron Ward’s tough game.

Colorado State is next, followed by a big game against Oregon on September 24.

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Oregon (1-1) (Last week: 5)

Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen – USA TODAY Sports

Dan Lanning picked up a well-deserved win on his home debut at Autzen Stadium, and his team scored a big hit by scoring 70 points over the Eastern Washington Eagles. Bo Nix threw for five touchdowns and Troy Franklin was a perfect 9-for-9 on receptions on what was a great night in Eugene.

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Utah (1-1) (Last week: 2)

Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Like Oregon, Utah bounced back from an ugly Week 1 loss to post huge numbers against an inferior opponent.

The Utes used a 38-point second quarter to kick off this game in the sun early, and quarterbacks Cameron Rising and Bryson Barnes each had great performances for Utah as they look to get back into the national conversation after losing to Florida.

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USC (2-0) (Last week: 1)

Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

USC let Stanford back into the game a bit during the fourth quarter, but Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams got off to a great start for the Trojans.

Williams threw for four touchdowns in this one while former Oregon running back Travis Dye carried the ball 14 times for 105 yards and a score.

Prized receiver Jordan Addison showed everyone why he is such a top talent, tallying for 172 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on the night.

USC is going to be tough this year, although we haven’t seen them against a 25-caliber opponent yet.

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Oregon Ducks vs. Eastern Washington Eagles: Game Preview, Time, TV Channel, How to Watch Live Stream Online https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/oregon-ducks-vs-eastern-washington-eagles-game-preview-time-tv-channel-how-to-watch-live-stream-online/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 23:34:00 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/oregon-ducks-vs-eastern-washington-eagles-game-preview-time-tv-channel-how-to-watch-live-stream-online/ Oregon (0-1) vs Eastern Washington (1-0) When: 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday, September 10 Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene Coaches: Dan Lanning, freshman (0-1); Aaron Best, 6th grade (42-17) Last line: Oregon by 21.5 TV channel: Pac-12 network On air: Radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene How to watch live online: You […]]]>

Oregon (0-1) vs Eastern Washington (1-0)

When: 5:30 p.m. PT Saturday, September 10

Where: Autzen Stadium, Eugene

Coaches: Dan Lanning, freshman (0-1); Aaron Best, 6th grade (42-17)

Last line: Oregon by 21.5

TV channel: Pac-12 network

On air: Radio on 1080 “The Fan” in Portland, KUGN-AM 590 in Eugene

How to watch live online: You can watch this match live for FREE with fuboTV (free trial) or with TV Sling (promotional offers) if you are out of fuboTV trials, or just prefer this platform and its pricing plans. You can also watch this game live on Pac-12 Live with your cable or satellite provider login details.

What’s at stake: Oregon non-conference home winning streak (28), home winning streak (19), and home opener winning streak (17). Beyond the historic marker that this is Dan Lanning’s first career win, there should be little to mark the occasion of this game. The less memorable the day, the better for Oregon. If the game is competitive in the second half or if the issues that plagued the Ducks last week continue, this is not the result UO needs.

Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) watches the defense before the snap during the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 3, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Sportswire icon via Getty Images

Oregon Attack vs. Eastern Washington Defense

The Ducks have a lot to settle after last week’s performance. Bo Nix’s decision making will be a constant subject of scrutiny until he proves himself capable of avoiding critical interceptions and forced throws. He also only threw a few deep balls against Georgia and one was intercepted and the other unnecessarily drove Chase Cota inside with the outside wide open. Nix needs to hit deep throws and connect with his point guards more often. Running back rotation and carry distribution need to change from last week’s results, which are unsustainable.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 03 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game - Oregon vs. Georgia

Oregon Ducks linebacker Noah Sewell (1) during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Georgia Bulldogs on September 3, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)Sportswire icon via Getty Images

Oregon Defense vs. Eastern Washington Defense

The Ducks need to prove they have disruptive players who can rush the passer and create negative plays. Doing it against Eastern Washington won’t prove much, but not doing it will be alarming. Oregon has to leave the field on third down, which won’t prove anything against an FCS opponent either, but if the Eagles move the sticks, it will be a very bad sign. Finally, the secondary must find answers in terms of personnel and technique.

Did you know?

  • Oregon has averaged 56 points in its 17-game home win streak

Game to watch: Oregon cornerbacks vs. Eastern Washington’s Freddie Roberson, Efton Chism III

Oregon’s secondary was cut out by Georgia and needs to be much stronger. EWU is going to throw the ball by design and by force as well, if all goes according to UO’s plan. Roberson and Chism are capable of outside threats and highly regarded at their level. Ducks corners need to prove something and having two performers from every conference is at least a start in the right direction.

They said it: “There’s probably not a lot of smiles, because I’ve been there before next week. They’re going to be motivated by different things that you can’t necessarily see in the movies. —Aaron Best , EWU coach

Key stat:

EWU is 67-1 since 2010 when it won the turnover battle, 22-9 when tied and 24-30 when it lost the turnover margin. business

Prediction: Oregon 49, East Washington 14

Pre-game reading:

Oregon Ducks special teams ‘aren’t where we want to be yet,’ says Dan Lanning

Scouting the Eagles: 5 Questions, Prediction with an Eastern Washington Writer

How fast can freshman Jahlil Florence push for a bigger role in the Oregon Ducks secondary?

After a long wait, Marcus Harper of the Oregon Ducks is ready for the first career start

Third down, tackle and situational awareness remain issues in practice for Oregon Ducks defense, Dan Lanning said

Oregon Ducks wide receiver Caleb Chapman on the mend after hamstring and hip flexor injuries

Where Dan Lanning wants to see Bo Nix improve as Oregon Ducks prepare for home opener

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September’s relentless heat wave grips California and the western United States https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/septembers-relentless-heat-wave-grips-california-and-the-western-united-states/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 16:35:46 +0000 https://heartofamericanorthwest.org/septembers-relentless-heat-wave-grips-california-and-the-western-united-states/ Comment this story Comment OAKLAND, Calif. – California and the western United States are in the grip of a historically severe September heat wave that is expected to intensify early this week. Record temperatures are straining power grids, fueling fires and putting health at risk. The prolonged heat wave began on August 30 and is […]]]>

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OAKLAND, Calif. – California and the western United States are in the grip of a historically severe September heat wave that is expected to intensify early this week. Record temperatures are straining power grids, fueling fires and putting health at risk.

The prolonged heat wave began on August 30 and is expected to peak Monday and Tuesday before gradually easing over the second half of the week. Dozens of high temperature records have already been broken from California to Montana and dozens more are expected.

On Saturday, many towns in Intermountain West experienced their highest temperatures on record not just for September 3, but for the entire month. Salt Lake City (which reached 103 degrees), Pocatello, Idaho, (102 degrees) and Great Falls, Mt. (102 degrees) were among them.

California’s Death Valley sizzles weeks after record wettest day

“This is without a doubt the worst September heat wave in western US history,” tweeted Maximiliano Herrera, World Weather Historian, Saturday night.

In Death Valley, California, the temperature has topped 120 degrees for five straight days and is expected to approach September’s world record high of 126 degrees on Tuesday.

Climatologists have found that human-caused climate change increases the intensity, frequency and duration of heat waves like this one. Nearly 50 million people are subject to excessive heat warnings or heat advisories at the start of the week, from California to Idaho.

Energy conservation encouraged

With temperatures expected to soar into the 90s and 100s across much of the state on Sunday, California’s Independent System Operator (ISO), which oversees the power grid, issued the fifth “flexible alert” row calling for energy conservation between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to avoid breakdowns. Demand on Thursday peaked at 47,357 megawatts, the highest load since September 2017, but usage fell slightly on Friday and Saturday.

“California consumers and businesses have responded to our Flex Alert calls with helpful reductions in their electricity use during the grid’s most challenging hours,” California ISO Chief Executive Officer Elliot Mainzer said Saturday in an update. video update. “Cooperation like this makes a real difference, so thank you all for the help.” The agency is bracing for peak demand Tuesday of more than 50,000 megawatts.

The oppressive heat fueled numerous rapid fires. In far northern California, near the town of Weed, firefighters battle blazes at the factory and nearby mountain. The factory fire, which was 25% contained Saturday evening, destroyed 50 structures, prompted evacuations and injured several people. Both fires broke out on Friday.

The Route Fire, which erupted east of Los Angeles on Wednesday, has scorched more than 5,200 acres and at least eight firefighters suffered heat-related injuries battling the flames. By Sunday morning, the fire was 87% contained.

Numerous fires have also broken out in Oregon, including the swelling plumes of smoke could be seen from the operational geostationary environmental satellite on Saturday. Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) declared a state of emergency a week ago due to the threat of fire.

The National Interagency Fire Center’s predictive services warn of “high risk” conditions in many parts of California and the Mountain West.

Burning conditions in the Central Valley

In the coming days, some of the most excessive heat is forecast for California’s Central Valley. Sacramento has already reached the century mark four days in a row and is expected to see six more. The National Weather Service says it has a 67 percent chance to match its September record of 109 degrees on Tuesday.

People who have to work outdoors during the heat wave are particularly at risk, and the California Department of Industrial Relations issued a notice earlier in the week reminding employers of their legal obligation to protect workers by providing enough water. , shade and rest.

Cynthia Burgos, a farmhand in Bakersfield, where 111 degrees are forecast on Tuesday, has plenty of experience working in the heat, harvesting carrots.

“Around 10 or 11 a.m. it is already very hot and the humidity in the ground starts to rise,” she said through an interpreter. “It’s just a miserable experience.”

Farm workers have collapsed and even died in these conditions. Last year, on a day that topped 100 degrees, Burgos and other workers called a work stoppage because the only drinking water available was extremely hot. She’s not working during this heat wave because she’s been on furlough campaigning for a state bill that would expand union voting rights for farm workers.

“It shouldn’t be the workers’ job. It is the responsibility of employers to provide a safe working environment,” said Elizabeth Strater of the United Farm Workers union. “The hotter it gets, the more it looks like they’re giving up.”

Beat the heat in the Bay Area

In the Bay Area, coastal regions saw cooler temperatures in the 60s to low 80s, but interior cities hit the 90s, with several areas expected to reach over 100 in the next few consecutive days. . As a precaution, the East Bay Regional Park District is closing most local parks Sunday and Monday to reduce the risk of visitors starting a fire.

“What makes this heat wave different is the duration,” said meteorologist Sarah McCorkle of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the National Weather Service. In some places, she says, 100-degree heat can last for more than seven days, which is unusual. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

In the city of East Bay in Dublin, Calif., on Saturday afternoon, the temperature was in the mid-90s, and three members of the Ting family were about to enter the movie theater for two feature films. in a row.

“Yesterday we had two power outages, one in the middle of the night and one during the day,” Mike Ting said. His wife, Nola Ting, teaches at a nearby primary school which closed early Friday due to a power outage. A national promotion offering cheap movie tickets for a day is what brought the family to the theater, but they said they appreciated the air conditioning.

“Whenever it’s hot, it’s always fun to do something cool in the middle of the day,” Mike Ting said. “Hopefully things will get better soon.”

Southern California Chokes

The heat has been unrelenting in Southern California since the middle of last week. Burbank soared to 112 degrees on Wednesday and has topped 100 degrees every day since. On Saturday, even the typically mild San Diego set a record 95 degrees.

UPS driver Jared Hamil of Los Angeles said he recorded a temperature of 131 degrees in the back of his truck on Friday. “It’s like being in an oven,” he says.

Hamil reports that his truck has no air conditioning or fan and that he sometimes has to spend several minutes in the back looking for a package. In the short term, to help reduce the load on drivers on hot days, he proposes that the company send out more trucks and break routes into smaller chunks to give workers shorter days. He adds that in his experience, managers don’t always understand the accommodations people make for their health. “Stop harassing people when they take a recovery break or go to the bathroom,” he said.

Matthew O’Connor, director of media relations for UPS, submitted an emailed statement from the company saying “the health and safety of our employees is our top priority.” He listed the company’s efforts during the heat wave to prevent employees from overheating, including providing water, ice, electrolyte drinks, fruit, absorbent uniforms and cooling towels, and said UPS is installing ventilators in vehicles.

Links to climate change

Research meteorologist Alexander Gershunov of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said heat waves have become more frequent and intense around the world and in California, in particular, wetter.

“With higher humidity, temperatures don’t really drop much at night,” he said. “And in terms of health impacts, it pretty much takes away the nighttime respite we need to cope with another scorching heat day.” He said these general trends come as no surprise to researchers. Of all extreme weather events, heat waves are “the most closely linked and most directly affected by global warming”.

Samenow reported from Washington.

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