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Thursday in Portland: Willamette River under health advisory near Cathedral Park due to toxins

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Aug. 18 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Willamette River under health advisory near Cathedral Park due to cyanotoxin levels

A Recreational Health Advisory has been issued for the Willamette River near Cathedral Park, after harmful cyanotoxins were detected in the water. The Oregon State Marine Board said the cyanotoxin levels in the river are above safe recreational levels for humans.

Officials are asking people to avoid swimming, water skiing and other activities in the area where the blooms are. Boating is safe as long as it doesn’t create excessive spray, according to OHA.

The advisory is currently limited to the Cathedral Park area, but officials said the toxin may spread downstream. Children and pets have an increased risk of exposure due to their size and levels of activity.

2. Shooting in NE Portland leaves 12-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy injured

Police say a shooting in northeast Portland early Thursday left a 12-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy injured. Officers responded to Northeast Rocky Butte Lane near I-205 and I-84 just before 3 a.m. According to police, the boy was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and the girl was treated at the scene.

Several homes and two cars were damaged in the shooting, according to officers. No arrests have been made and no suspect information has been released.

3. Nonprofit hosting block party to inspire Portland community

A block party happening this weekend in southeast Portland aims to inspire the community through music, art and mentorship. The nonprofit Ascending Flow is hosting the event from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday at Mill Park Center.

Ascending Flow works to empower “youth and young adults by providing opportunities to work with mentors with lived experience.” Mentors focus on positive youth development and trauma-informed care.

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