Changes ahead for Roseburg VA — Changes will be made to the Veterans Affairs health care system in Roseburg after an investigation into allegations of mismanagement, misconduct and degraded patient care in the system, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said. DeFazio announced Thursday that some senior managers will be removed after a meeting with high-ranking VA officials. “They will be bringing in a team from the (VA) regional office to try to train a new culture,” DeFazio said. He did not say which managers would be reassigned or removed. Other changes include eliminating or changing the criteria Roseburg administrators use to determine hospital admissions, the Democratic representative said.
Salvage logging — Salvage logging is planned on more than 20 square miles of land that burned during last summer’s Chetco Bar wildfire in southwestern Oregon. Documents show the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest eyes logging within lands already tapped for timber production and where the fire burned more than half the canopy cover. The lightning-sparked wildfire charred more than 300 square miles last summer. Most of the forestland will either be left alone or tapped for removal of hazard trees near roads, trails and recreation areas. Forest spokesman Roland Giller says the salvage-logging area could be reduced during an ongoing environmental analysis.
Drilling to be reconsidered — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke agreed to consider exempting Oregon from the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan after speaking with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, her office said Friday. Brown previously criticized Zinke for the plan to resume drilling off the coast of the United States, saying it would endanger Oregon’s coast. Several other states have objected, but Florida was the only one to receive an exemption after its Republican governor complained. The department said in a statement earlier Friday that Zinke had set up calls with the governors of Rhode Island, Oregon, California, Washington, Delaware and North Carolina to get their input.
Fraud charges — FBI agents from Oregon escorted a fraud suspect back to the United States from Indonesia. A federal grand jury in Eugene indicted 68-year-old Richard Macadangdang Sales last month on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. He’s accused of cheating investors out of more than $900,000. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Sales made an initial court appearance in San Francisco on Friday and will be transferred to Oregon for court proceedings. According to the indictment, investors thought Sales was using their money to recover U.S. Treasury notes in East Asia and the Pacific that were worth hundreds of millions of dollars.