PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- It's a consumer alert that could affect that morning cup of coffee.
"Roya" or coffee rust is affecting crops of coffee beans growing in Latin America, from Peru to Mexico.
It's a kind of fungus that starts in the leaves and eventually kills the trees.
Findings of this rust blight are growing. Experts said more than 30 percent of the crop is already gone.
"Next year they are saying 50 percent will be gone," Rogers Family Coffee Co. President Jon Rogers told CBS Monday.
In Guatemala, the fungus is affecting 70 percent of that country's crop, according to Associated Press reports. Earlier this year Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina declared a national emergency over the spread of the rust.
Additionally, some say the disease eventually will change the taste of coffee. However, experts said those using cream and sugar in their coffee may not taste the difference.
At least one Oregon lawmaker wants every state legislator and senator to buy into the state's "Cover Oregon" plans. "Somehow Congress and politicians are kind of exempt," she said, as she readies plans for a "Cover Oregon" mandate.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office said aggressive panhandling is on the wane but is not gone. That's why an ordinance is being drafted that would ban panhandling at certain spots.
A 47-year-old man died after the car he was driving crossed from the north lanes to the south on I-205 and hit a pick-up truck.
A type of mold is destroying Christmas tree crops across the country. And some worry it could cost Oregon growers up to $304 million per year in damages.