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Side Notes 3/16-3/23 

Bend Fire responds to flames at Tetherow Golf Course

Bend—A 911 caller reported flames shooting from the chimney of the Tetherow Golf Course, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Fire crews used the ladder truck to extinguish the fire in the chimney. Crews spent time inspecting the attic and the top of the chimney to ensure the fire was contained to the flue itself. "Tetherow's employees reacted properly to the incident and ensured the safety of all the occupants," according to the emergency incident report released by Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Derlacki.

The Tetherow flue was professionally cleaned six months ago, and will be further inspected before being used again. Bend Fire urges everyone to get flues cleaned and inspected at least once a year to prevent the buildup of creosote, the leading cause of flue fires. "Burning hot fires with well-seasoned wood helps prevent the building of creosote as well," says the Bend Fire Marshal.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Eliminating Coal, Adding Renewable Energy

Salem—Gov. Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 1547, increasing renewable energy and eliminating coal from Oregon's energy sources. This bill requires electric companies to increase renewable energy in the electricity supply to 50 percent by 2040.

"Now, Oregon will be less reliant on fossil fuels and shift our focus to clean energy. I'm proud to sign a bill that moves Oregon forward, together with the shared values of current and future generations," said Gov. Brown, in a statement.

U.S. Dept. of Health to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Region 10

Seattle—Regional Director Susan Johnson announced Friday major new investments to treat the opioid epidemic in Region 10, which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Opioid abuse and addiction includes such drugs as heroin and prescription pain medication, which has become a national crisis. Funding and efforts will aim to reduce barriers to treatment to help all who want treatment to get help.

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