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Task Force on School Nursing meets May 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/03/16 3:41 PM
May 3, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Continue state funding discussions; hear about the history of school health-related task forces in Oregon; learn about school nursing data.

When: Friday, May 6, 12:30-3:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St.

Details: The Task Force on School Nursing is a governor-appointed task force legislatively mandated by SB 698 (2015). The task force is charged with:
-- Examining health care funding sources to support school health services
-- Recommending sustainable funding sources for school health services
-- Recommending standards of school nursing practices
-- Recommending ways to create a coordinated school health services model that directs an appropriate level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers

More information, including task force members, meeting agendas and minutes, is available on the task force's website at https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Youth/HealthSchool/Pages/Task-Force-on-School-Nursing.aspx.

For more information about the task force, contact Jamie Smith at 971-673-0724 or jamie.leon.smith@state.or.us.

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Eugene Tree Farm Owners Receive 'Forester Appreciation Award' from Oregon Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 3:01 PM
Lindsay Reaves and Tom Bauman, owners of the Bauman Tree Farm of Eugene, received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF) at their annual meeting on April 28. The award is given to individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon.

OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith says Reaves and Bauman actively manage the tree farm for both timber and education. Each year, their Forests Today & Forever (FTF) program brings 1,500 students there to learn about forest management. Reaves also hosts groups in her spare time, providing a place for school picnics, Volksmarches, Scout camp-outs, and other activities.

"Lindsay's enthusiasm and dynamic personality cause most audience members curious to learn more," Keith said. "Tom spends considerable time maintaining trails, roads, and other aspects of the tree farm that make the FTF forest education experience available to local audiences."

Keith said Reaves and Bauman contribute significantly to forestry education in Oregon. Since 2007, over 10,500 youth, parent chaperones, and teachers from rural, urban, and suburban school districts have visited their tree farm. In addition, other groups, including Scouts, home school students, and university classes have learned about forestry there too.

Reaves and Bauman are also involved in other organizations: Family Day at the Oregon Logging Conference, members of Lane Small Woodlands Association (LSWA) and Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), OFRI tours and workshops, and professional development offered by OSU Extension including ONREP and the Master Woodland Manager programs.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Gary Springer Receives "Tough Tree" Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:58 PM
Philomath resident Gary Springer has received the Tough Tree Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is presented whenever appropriate to members of SAF who have demonstrated sustained, excellent professional performance in an extremely adverse work climate.

Springer graduated from Eddyville High School in rural Lincoln County, Oregon and from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in General Humanities. For three decades he worked alongside his father in their contract logging business. In 2003, he began work at Starker Forests with a focus on forest policy and regulation. Over the years, Springer has served on a number of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee, the Committee for Family Forestlands, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and the OSU College of Forestry Research Advisory Committee.

Springer was in his second term as a director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute when he was appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry in 2010, where he is serving his second and final term.

Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Co-Chair, says Springer's Tough Tree Award reflects the work Springer has done with the revisions to the Forest Practices Act's stream rules before the Board of Forestry over the past several years.

"As a forest landowner and someone who grew up living and working in the forest, Gary brought a perspective other Board members did not have. He didn't always sway their views, but he did educate them," said Dick Powell, OSAF past State Chair. "Near the end of a very long and very public process, he submitted a proposal to revise the Forest Practices Act's stream rules for the Board to consider; he eventually voted against his own proposal because other Board members had added amendments that made his proposal unacceptable. In the end, he voted against the rule changes the Board adopted."

"To say this has been an exhausting ordeal for Gary is an understatement. Through it all, Gary has been a stalwart advocate for Oregon's forests and for good forestry in a very public and, sometimes, very political and contentious arena."

"Having watched this process from the audience at multiple board meetings, I can attest to the stress, the patience, and the effort Gary's Board membership required, said Steve Cafferata, OSAF Treasurer. "Simultaneously with this work on stream rule revisions, there were many other issues that had complex aspects and public testimony that he had to deal with including management of state forests."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Body recovered in ocean near Depoe Bay
Oregon State Police - 05/03/16 2:58 PM
On May 3, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police was notified of a deceased body in the Whale Cove water area just south of Depoe Bay.

The body was recovered and at this time is confirmed to be an unidentified male. The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner will work on identification through DNA.

OSP Patrol was assisted by Depoe Bay Fire, Seal Rock Fire, US Coast Guard, OSP Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Division.
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2016 Fellows to exhibit in Governor's Office May 16-June 30 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/03/16 2:49 PM
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Salem, OR -- Works by the Oregon Arts Commission's 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients will be exhibited in the Governor's Office, in the Capitol Building in Salem, May 16 through June 30.

The 2016 fellowships in the visual arts and design were awarded to Natalie Ball, Chiloquin; Fernanda D'Agostino, Portland; Laurie Danial, Portland; Tannaz Farsi, Eugene; Julie Green, Corvallis; Laura Heit, Portland; Michael T. Hensley, Portland; Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland; Jim Lommasson, Portland; Elizabeth Malaska, Portland; Brenna Murphy, Portland; Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland; and Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland. Selected works span painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation.

The Individual Artist Fellowship Program honors Oregon's professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their careers. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission also awards annual Fellowships in the Media Arts and alternating year Fellowships in Literary Arts and Performance.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Voorhies Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org

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OSU Professor Doug Maguire Receives Research Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:42 PM
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
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Oregon State University College of Forestry Professor Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Dr. Maguire received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay.

The OSAF Research Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in any branch of science leading to advancement in either the science or practice of forestry in Oregon.

Dr. Maguire received his undergraduate degree in Forestry at the University of Maine in 1976 and has been a member of SAF for 40 years. He has twice received the OSAF Research Award. He has been a Professor of Forestry at Oregon State since 1996, and served in the same capacity at the University of Maine and University of Washington dating back to 1986.

Since his first academic appointment, Dr. Maguire has served as the major professor for 37 graduate students and served as a graduate committee member for an additional 88 students. Since 1988, he has been the author or co-author of 94 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2007 he has been the Director of the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS).

"Dr. Maguire has demonstrated sustained high research productivity in the areas of silviculture, growth & yield, effects of Swiss Needle Cast on Douglas-fir productivity, and silviculture influences on wood quality," said Stephen Fitzgerald, Director of the College of Forestry Research Forests at Oregon State University. "He conceived and directs the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS), which tackles applied research problems in Douglas-fir plantation management. This body of work helps to sustain ecosystem and economic productivity for private landowners who are part of and fund CIPS.

"Dr. Maguire is an effective teacher and teaches courses on forest models and silviculture influences. He is a highly-sought speaker and is highly respected by colleagues across the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and abroad."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The Society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Hillsboro's Fran Cafferata Coe Receives Young Forester Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:33 PM
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
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Hillsboro resident Fran Cafferata Coe has received the inaugural Young Forester Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is given to an OSAF member that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters.

She received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay. Coe is the owner of a small consulting firm, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm specializing in helping forest landowners and managers understand how to effectively manage their forests for both healthy wildlife populations and sustainable timber production.

Coe graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Today, she has over 13 years of experience completing environmental surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species.

For the last four years, she has been a contractor with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). She leads the Wildlife in Managed Forests program, which supports OFRI's mission of elevating public understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental, and economic needs of both present and future generations. She has authored or coauthored five high-profile educational booklets as part of the Wildlife in Managed Forests program. In addition, Coe has authored numerous articles for a wide variety of audiences on Wildlife in Managed Forests.

"This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a young person to the Society and the profession at large," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Tim Keith. "Fran has a passion for connecting the fields of wildlife biology and forestry. Fran is a young natural resource professional that has worked to develop and promote numerous programs, projects and collaborative efforts to benefit the practice of forestry, SAF, and The Wildlife Society."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Mark Buckbee With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:23 PM
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
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Roseburg resident Mark Buckbee has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). He received the award at the OSAF annual meeting in Coos Bay on April 28 for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.

After earning a Bachelor's in Forest Resources Management from State University of New York in 1974 and a Master of Science in Forest Science from Utah State University in 1977, Buckbee began his professional forestry career as a field forester with the BLM in Roseburg. He has served as a lead forester, natural resource supervisor, chief of branch of engineering, district manager, and associate district manager.

During his tenure with the BLM, Buckbee was involved in numerous activities that were instrumental in Western Oregon BLM's management of public timberland, including projects such as the Northwest Forest Plan, BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revision, BLM's Secretarial Pilot Project, and numerous density management studies.

"During this time Mark fought tirelessly to allow foresters to manage the forest for the greatest good and on a sustained yield regime," said Tim Keith, OSAF Awards co-chair. "Mark's dedication and enthusiasm for both SAF and the forestry profession over the past 40 years exemplifies the OSAF Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a role model and leader to many foresters within the Umpqua Chapter, in not only his forestry experience and knowledge, but also his dedication, integrity, and citizenship within the Roseburg community."

Buckbee's service to SAF has included selected and appointed positions within the Society at the chapter, state, and national levels. He has served as Umpqua Chapter chair and chair­elect, National SAF Committee on Forest Policy, chair of the OSAF Foundation, Fellow, Oregon SAF chair and chair-elect, OSAF delegate-at-large, and OSAF communications chair.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Roseburg's Trixy Moser Receives Forester of the Year Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:10 PM
Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
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Roseburg resident Trixy Moser has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Moser received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The award is given annually to the OSAF member who has been recognized by his or her peers for contributing to both the profession and the public through application of professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community or some larger segment of society.

Moser began her forestry career as a forester in the Los Padres National Forest, working for the Santa Barbara Ranger District. She soon moved to Roseburg to start her new job as a silviculture forester for the BLM's South River Field Office. While in this role, Moser collaborated with biologists to implement silvicultural treatments to meet Northwest Forest Plan objectives. In 2005 she became the Swiftwater Field Office Silviculturist. In this role, Moser evaluated 65,000 acres with intensive stand exams for the identification and prioritization of potential commercial thinning projects. She also oversaw 1,500 acres of pre-commercial thinning and tree marking per year. In 2015, Moser accepted a new job as a Contract Administrator for the South River Field Office, where she manages timber sale contracts on up to six active contracts at one time.

In addition, Moser was the Chair of the Roseburg District BLM Combined Federal Campaign for several years. Under her leadership, the Roseburg office led the state in fundraising with over $25,000 raised per year. She has also been a district coordinator and speaker for the Douglas County School Forestry Tour since 2000, volunteered at the Douglas County Fair, and is involved in the Sutherlin Parent Teachers Organization, among many other activities.

"It would be admirable to do as much in a lifetime of service to advance forestry and benefit a community as Trixy did in the past year," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Glenn Lahti. However, her service to this community did not start in 2015. For many years Trixy has been actively making our organization, community and future better, using her professional skills and boundless energy. She is a very deserving recipient of the Forester of the Year Award."

Moser is married to another BLM forester, Dave Moser, and is a mother to two boys, Connor and Jason. In 2015, she held an SAF-sponsored Arbor Day Event at a local park designed to spread the love of forests to the community. She also helped organize the Douglas County School Forestry Tour, an event that reaches 1,000 5th graders from Douglas County schools. The purpose of the School Forestry Tour is to advance forestry in Oregon by teaching kids the importance of managing forests. Moser also spearheaded the SAF Umpqua Chapter's donation to the Sutherlin High School Forestry program to assist with the purchase of a drone for forestry use. This will help the students develop new techniques for collecting aerial data.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Robber Gordon Davis sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/03/16 1:42 PM
At sentencing this morning before the honorable Judge Thomas Hart, Robert Gordon Davis, 32 years old, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Davis previously entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person on April 25, 2016.

To reach the 35-year sentence, which is greater than the 25-year minimum, the judge found that the defendant was persistently involved in similar crimes based on his previous convictions for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault IV, Attempt Assault IV, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer, and Strangulation.

This murder charge stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr NE, Salem, that caused the death of 24-year-old Jose Garcia-Roldan. Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office determined that the defendant was standing in front of the Surfwood residence when he shot six times at the victim, who was standing in his doorway. One shot struck the victim and the other five hit the house. The victim was transported to Salem Hospital where he remained on life support for 15 days.

Investigators also determined that two of the bullets that struck the building penetrated the exterior walls and passed through the living room. There were four persons inside that living room at the time of the shooting. This included: two friends of the victim, who were then 16 and 17 years old, as well as the victim's 23-year-old wife and their 6-month-old child.

The investigation revealed that both the defendant and the victim were involved in gangs and the shooting was related to a gang dispute. The defendant was captured five days after the shooting by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Salem Police Department Gang Enforcement Unit.
First look at 2017 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/03/16 1:22 PM
Salem -- Oregon consumers can now get a first look at proposed rates for 2017 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on May 2. The division must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

"For the next two months, we will analyze the requested rates to ensure they adequately cover costs without being too high or too low," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Our open process allows Oregonians to see everything we do and provide comments on the filings that affect them."

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer.

In the individual market, 10 companies submitted average rate change requests ranging from 0 percent to a 32.3 percent increase. In the small group market, 12 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 5 percent decrease to a 17 percent increase. See the attached chart for the full list of rate requests.

Starting May 6, Oregonians will be able to search rate filings and submit comments at oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will be posted to this website.

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open May 6 through June 24. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

Preliminary decisions will be announced June 16, and final decisions will be released July 1.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov and dfr.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Proposed 2017 Average Health Insurance Rate Requests
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/03/16 12:29 PM
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On April 29, 2016 at 4:44 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 361 (three miles south of Brookings).

Preliminary information revealed a red 2006 F-350 pickup, operated by Rebecca CROCKETT, age 56, of Portland, had been traveling northbound on Highway 101 when it came to a stop in the left lane, waiting to make a left turn. The pickup had to yield to on-coming southbound traffic.

While waiting to turn left, the pickup was rear-ended by a northbound grey 2007 Mazda 3 passenger car operated by Susan CHILDRESS, age 47, of Brookings and passenger, Reggie DICKERSON, age 47, of Brookings. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, both CHILDRESS and DICKERSON were transported to the Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City by ambulance. CHILDRESS was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Redding, California and on May 1, 2016 died from her injuries. CROCKETT was not injured.

According to witness statements, CHILDRESS was traveling at a fast rate of speed and attempted to avoid colliding with the pickup at the last second.

One northbound lane of Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Cal-Ore Ambulance.


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BLM Selects Elizabeth Burghard as Medford District Manager
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/03/16 11:45 AM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces Elizabeth Burghard as the Medford District Manager. Burghard replaces Dayne Barron who held the position of Medford District Manager.

"Elizabeth brings a depth and diversity of experience and knowledge to the position that will benefit both Medford and the states of Oregon and Washington," said Associate State Director Theresa Hanley.

A native of Missouri, Elizabeth moved to Wyoming to pursue a degree in anthropology. She began her Federal career in 1998 as an archaeology technician in the Worland Wyoming Field Office, and has since then worked in Buffalo, Wyoming and Cedar City, Utah. Most recently, Elizabeth was the Field Office Manager for the BLM's Cedar City, Utah Field Office.

The Medford District Manager advises the State Director on public policies and programs within the Medford District. The district oversees approximately 866,000 acres of scattered public lands between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges and from the Oregon/California border to Canyon Creek and southern Douglas County. This large land base is divided into three Resource Areas: Ashland, Butte Falls, and Grants Pass.

Numerous recreation opportunities await the outdoor enthusiast in the Medford District. Floating the Rogue Wild and Scenic River, birding, caving, fishing, hiking, hunting, sightseeing, and wildlife watching are among the most popular activities. For more information, visit:

www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This Land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Selects Elizabeth Burghard as Medford District Manager
Public Health Advisory Board to hold special webinar meeting May 10 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/03/16 11:18 AM
May 3, 2016

What: A special webinar meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about the public health modernization assessment

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Conference call line: 1-877-873-8017; access code, 767068.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 918. Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9062442391783091459

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us or visit the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee to meet May 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/03/16 10:41 AM
The Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee is planning to meet on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Department of Human Services Cherry Avenue Training Center in the Mount Mazama Room, 3414 Cherry Ave., Salem/Keizer. This meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: data reports from subcommittees; strategic planning of priorities; and discussion of future work and timelines.
Time for public comment will begin at about 9:45 a.m.

Interested people can also call in to the meeting: 1 888-363-4735, participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Spread Your Wings: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on the Central Oregon Coast (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/03/16 9:33 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- On Saturday, May 14, sites throughout Lincoln County will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) by offering free entry and special activities!

Guided nature walks and family-friendly activities, many of which will be offered in both Spanish and English by bilingual volunteers, will have something for everyone. Visitors can pick up an IMBD passport as they "migrate" to different locations around the Newport area. Each location will have passport stamps, fun prizes, and cool information about local and migratory birds.

Guided Bird Walks

9:00 a.m. -- Communication Hill Hike -- Meet at the BLM's Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Interpretive Center.
10:15 a.m -- Guided Estuary Trail Walk- Meet at Hatfield Marine Science Center.
11:00 a.m. -- "Birding 101" Walk, Overlook Trail, - Meet at Brian Booth State Park Visitor Center.

Family Activities 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. at the following sites:

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area:
Make your own Bird Mask, Coloring Extravaganza, Migration Game, & Bird Bingo.
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Coloring Extravaganza, Winged Migration Documentary.
Brian Booth State Park:
Bird Feeder Activity, Jr. Ranger Program, Migration Earth Flights Video, Raffle (2:00 p.m.)

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is a celebration of one of the most important events in the life of a migratory bird-its journey between breeding and non-breeding homes. This global event is celebrated throughout the Western Hemisphere and seeks to inspire people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about bird conservation, and take part in the initiative. Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and partnering organizers have made this possibly by providing educators, festival organizers, and birders with information and education materials. To find out more about EFTA and IMBD events, please visit www.birdday.org.


Attached Media Files: Spread Your Wings: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on the Central Oregon Coast , cormorants yaquina head
Red Cross Forum Teaches Eugene Organizations How to Prepare for Disasters (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/03/16 9:22 AM
Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum - JPG Invite
Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum - JPG Invite
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A disaster -- wildfires, floods, even a 9.0 Cascadia Earthquake - can happen
at any time. The American Red Cross and our partners are holding a forum to share best practices and preparedness solutions from top local executives.

EUGENE, Ore., May 3, 2016 - The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through our Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top emergency management leaders the steps they're taking to plan for disasters as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness, and strengthen business resilience.

WHAT: American Red Cross Business Resilience Forum

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016
9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Eugene Public Library
100 West 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

WEBSITE: www.redcross.org/EugeneBusinessLeadersForum


MEDIA CONTACT: Monique Dugaw, Communications Director
(503) 877-7121, monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Panel speakers include:

Amy Shlossman - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region
Kelley Okolita - Director of Disaster Management Services, Cambia Health Solutions
Krista Dillon -- Director, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Enterprise Risk Services, University of Oregon
Kevin G. Holman CEM - Emergency Manager, City of Eugene

Event partners include: The City of Eugene, the United Way of Lane County and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


Attached Media Files: Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum Eugene - PDF Invite , 2016-05/1190/94078/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_Forum_Teaches_Business_Preparedness_in_Eugene_5-3-16.pdf , Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum - JPG Invite
Albany Police Department To Host Coffee With A Cop - May 5, 2016
Albany Police - 05/03/16 8:42 AM
Albany, Oregon -- On May 5, 2016, officers from the Albany Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. We hope to have more events like this in coffee shops around Albany. The event begins at 7:30 AM on May 5, 2016, at Allann Brothers, located at 1852 SE Fescue Street, Albany (behind Home Depot).

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Albany's neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers." "These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


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Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee -- update
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/02/16 4:26 PM
Editor's Note: This updates the April 27 news release information about the number of open seats.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in at-large positions.

Two seats are open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large positions are a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidates would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1303/94065/05-02__Applicants_sought_for_Scenic_Bikeways_Committee.doc
Client and Staff Safety Task Force to meet Tuesday, May 31 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/02/16 4:06 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE Salem in Hearing Room B. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference phone number for those who can't attend in person is: 1-877-873-8017; enter participant code: 772325# when prompted.

The task force, which was created by Senate Bill 226, is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and operation of the Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the training and support for staff;
Staffing levels;
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents;
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime;
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods;
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

An agenda will be coming in a later communication.

All meetings of this Task Force are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for May 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/02/16 3:42 PM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for May 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.
Updated - Facilities Planning Committee - May 3 at 5:30 PM. at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda will is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ . A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board. For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-266-8581.
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session - May 4. Executive session begins at 5:30 PM Agenda is posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas .
Policy Committee Meeting - May 5 at 10:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-4459.
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session - May 5. Executive session begins at 5:30 PM Agenda is posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas .
Regular School Board Meeting with possible Executive Session - May 9. If executive session is necessary, it will begin at 5:30 PM and the regular Board meeting will follow at 6:00 PM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by May 6th.
Classified Negotiations with OSEA in Executive Session - May 10 & May 16 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
Budget Hearings - May 11th, May 18th and May 25th if necessary. 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center.
Day in the District - May 12th 0r 13th - Activities to be announced
Licensed Negotiations with CBEA - May 17, May 24, & June 2 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
Urban Forestry Conference slated for June 2 in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/02/16 3:37 PM
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
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Oregon Community Trees hosts their annual Urban & Community Forestry conference, geared for professionals and other interested members of the public, from 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. on Thursday June 2 at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

"Maintaining Magnificence: Preserving large trees in our community forests" is the theme of this year's conference.

Dr. Julian Dunster, internationally-recognized consulting arborist, professional forester and registered professional planner, is keynote speaker. Dunster will begin the day with an overview of the local, regional and global competing interests related to trees in urban areas. The discussion will also address management goals, timeframes, challenges and opportunities in community forests, and how to balance exuberant "tree worship" with pragmatic realities.

The conference program will also include presentations about creative strategies and tested techniques in community tree preservation. Urban forestry experts from California, Oregon, and Washington will share case studies, policies and technologies in use today to preserve the most magnificent members of community forests. The conference is presented in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the US Forest Service and funded by generous local and regional sponsors.

About Oregon Community Trees
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. Its members include arborists, urban planners, community activists and foresters. In partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry, O.C.T. hosts an annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference each year.

>Continuing education credits, conference location
The conference takes place at the World Forestry Center's Miller Hall.

Continuing education credits are available for Oregon registered landscape architects, landscape contractors, ISA certified arborists and SAF certified foresters. Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception are included with registration.

For more information and to register: http://goo.gl/plbzt8 or http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/


Attached Media Files: Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Public hearing May 26 for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 3:17 PM
May 2, 2016

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is holding a hearing to take public comments on the agency's proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

When: Thursday, May 26, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1-C

Details: To participate by phone, call 1-888-251-2909, and use code 8975738#.

For more information about the meeting or to review the proposal, contact Danna Drum, Public Health Division block grant coordinator, at 971-673-1223.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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Oregon to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Tomorrow - Governor Brown and C.O.P.S. Director Dianne Bernhard to Speak at Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/02/16 3:09 PM
Deputy Gil Datan
Deputy Gil Datan
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The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, and Oregon's various statewide law enforcement associations.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem.

The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), will both speak at tomorrow's ceremony.

The name of Coos County Sheriff's Deputy Gil Datan will be added to the Memorial during tomorrow's ceremony.

Datan, age 43, died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015. Deputy Datan was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

Datan started his law enforcement career in Coos County with the Myrtle Point Police Department in 1996. A year later, he served with the North Bend Police Department. He also worked for the Confederated Tribal Police Department and Reedsport Police Department, before he was hired as a deputy sheriff in Coos County in 2009. Datan is credited with being an integral part in the arrest of at least two homicide suspects. Datan was previously on a two-year rotation as a detective with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, before he was assigned to be a timber deputy within the last few months

Note: Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017)who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. Sgt. Goodding's death will be included in comments made during the 2016 ceremony and his name will be added to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved next month and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

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For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

For more information on the Concerns of Police Survivors please visit
http://www.nationalcops.org/

The Memorial is under the oversight of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund Committee, a 501C3 non-profit. This committee administers funds raised from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License Plate and proudly sponsors both the Fallen Firefighter and Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies held at the Academy each year. This group also helps support a variety of survivor and peer support programs. facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate


Attached Media Files: Deputy Gil Datan
High School career day scheduled May 3rd.
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 05/02/16 1:18 PM
Over 100 area high school students will gather at the Emergency Services Training Complex, 1705 W. 2nd Ave, to get a firsthand look at jobs in the fire service. They will start the morning in small groups rotating through activities such as: touring a fire station, climbing the drill tower, a CPR demonstration, checking out different types of emergency vehicles, extinguishing a car fire, extricating a person from a vehicle and mini feat test. In the afternoon, students will gather inside where representatives from different agencies will be available to discuss education tracks, volunteer opportunities, wildland firefighting, other emergency services careers, etc.

VISUAL OPPORTUNITY: Members of the media are invited to the drill field at 10:30 to see the activity stations. Upon arrival, check in with Training Chief Ennis.
Joint OHA, ODA, DEQ, ODFW statement on PSU oyster study
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 12:31 PM
May 2, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife appreciate the work of Portland State University researchers to document the low concentrations of environmental contaminants detected within the state's oysters and other coastal species, published at http://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-study-finds-oregon-oysters-contain-drugs-other-toxins. Oregon is fortunate to have a system, set forth by a collaboration of state agencies with clear, active roles, for protecting our coastal waters, the shellfish species that call them home, and the many Oregonians--and people around the world--who consume them.

In 2013, as part of a statewide program to monitor toxics around the state, DEQ completed a monitoring program that analyzed sediment samples and oysters, mussels and clams for selected metals such as arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and mercury, PCBs, flame retardants, dioxins and furans, and chlorinated pesticides such as DDT. In 2013 and 2014, PSU had tissues from the same type of oysters analyzed for pharmaceuticals. Taken together, the oyster tissue samples from these studies showed:
--Low levels of contaminants, which were below OHA health screening levels.
--Levels of mercury that were low compared to other fish tissue around the state and similar to levels in clam and mussel samples collected from the same areas and below the OHA health screening level.
--Low levels of pharmaceuticals. The following is the amount of oyster meat that would have to be consumed to get a single dose of the pharmaceuticals at the amounts found in the oysters:

--- Naproxen (active ingredient in Aleve): more than 160,000 pounds.
--- Azythromycin (common antibiotic): more than 170,000 pounds.
--- Sulfamethoxazole (antibiotic): more than 630,000 pounds.
--- Diphenhydramine (antihistamine): more than 50,000 pounds.

OHA reviewed all of the oyster data reported in PSU's publication except the pharmaceutical results in March 2015. The study included softshell clams, and resulted in this advisory for softshell clams: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/news/Pages/OHA%20issues%20advisory%20for%20soft-shell%20clams%20along%20Oregon%20Coast.aspx. At the time, OHA also created this FAQ about other species and other contaminants tested: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/FishConsumption/Documents/softshell-clam-advisory-faq.pdf.

It is important to emphasize that the low concentrations of contaminants measured in Olympia oysters' tissues were well below the OHA screening values designed to protect human health. It is equally important for people to know about the contaminants that do occur in oysters so that they can make informed decisions about which shellfish are safe to eat and how many meals are appropriate. Health officials continue to encourage everyone to eat a variety of shellfish as part of a healthy diet. More information about Oregon fish advisories is available on the OHA website at HealthOregon.org/fishadv.

About Oregon oysters

Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) are a small (1.5 to 2 inches) species native to a few bays and estuaries along the Oregon coast. Scattered populations of Olympia oysters are found only in Netarts, Yaquina and Coos bays. About the size of a silver dollar, the little Olympia oysters are rare and their densities are greatly diminished in comparison to historic levels. Consequently, ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay, and they are infrequently eaten by humans.

In contrast, the vast majority of oysters cultivated and consumed in Oregon are Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas). This large (4 to 8 inches), non-native oyster is grown in commercial mariculture operations, harvested, and sold to retail outlets in Oregon and throughout the region. Pacific oysters have become the most widely farmed and commercially important oyster in the world. Both Olympia and Pacific oysters are filter-feeders that capture microscopic phytoplankton and other materials on their internal gills. The Olympia oyster, however, is a temperamental feeder that captures relatively large diatoms, dinoflagellates, and phytoplankton cells on a sporadic basis. In contrast, Pacific oysters feed nearly constantly on small phytoplankton cells, and they grow quickly to the size marketed to consumers.

Participating agencies

-- Oregon Health Authority: OHA conducts health risk assessments and provides recommendations to the public, through health advisories, on appropriate consumption of oysters when contaminants in these species are measured above health-based screening levels, or when these species are the source of a foodborne infection.
-- Oregon Department of Agriculture: ODA regulates commercial shellfish aquaculture in the state. Shellfish sold for human consumption can be grown only in waters that have been certified by the ODA as meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for water quality. These standards are based on fecal coliform bacterial levels and naturally occurring marine biotoxin concentrations. Additionally, shellfish may not be grown in areas contaminated with poisonous or deleterious substances causing the shellfish to be adulterated and unfit for human consumption. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay.
-- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: DEQ's Water Quality Toxics Monitoring Program assesses Oregon's waters for pollutants and tests a variety of fish and shellfish species for several contaminants.
-- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: ODFW's mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels.

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BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to May 31, 2016 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 12.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

"These awards honor achievements in environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security," said Michael Nedd, BLM Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management. "They also highlight mineral development that protects and restores the environment while meeting modern needs for these raw materials."
The awards fall under five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Directors Award, and the "Fix A Shaft Today!" Award.
The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community's long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
The Fix A Shaft Today!"("FAST!") Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. It is anticipated that the presentation of the awards will take place in Las Vegas in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with MINExpo.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations CLICK HERE: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.92208.File.dat/2016%20Sustain%20Final.pdf
Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision involving a Juvenile
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 11:35 AM
On April 30, 2016, at approximately 7:00 PM deputies responded to the 2300 block of Landers Lane in Roseburg for a report of a vehicle vs pedestrian collision involving a juvenile. Witness statements reported that a 6 year old male was playing in the area and chased after a ball into the street. The ball was flattened by a Chevy pickup truck driven by Dale Bishop, age 66, of Roseburg. Following him was Gregory Elliot, age 58 of Roseburg, driving a Ford F-150 who struck the boy with his bumper, knocking him to the ground.

The juvenile was transported to Mercy Medical Center and was later transported by LifeFlight to Doernbecher Hospital in Portland.

The case is currently still under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor and both drivers cooperated with police.
Bend Man Injured from Fall
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 11:02 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley, reports on May 1, 2016, John Frank, 37, of Bend was rescued after he jumped off of Tamolich Falls into Blue Pool. Tamolich Falls is located on the McKenzie River near Trail Bridge Reservoir. Blue pool is located at the base of Tamolich Falls and is a popular hiking destination.

Frank hiked approximately two miles into the falls with his wife Desirae Frank and their 16- year- old daughter. After seeing another individual successfully jump into the water, Frank jumped from an outcropping of rocks approximately 55 feet above the water. Frank was injured when he hit the water and was able to swim toward shore and yell for help. Desirae was at the water's edge and was able to help John to shore when he became distressed. Desirae is a Registered Nurse and rendered first aid.

John received chest and back injuries. Frank was injured at 4:25 pm. Bystanders hiked the two mile long trail out to where they could call for help at 5:15 pm. The Sisters Camp Sherman Rural Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department initially responded to the scene along with the Linn County and Lane County Search and Rescue Teams. Because of the steep terrain, the Eugene Mountain Rescue Team and the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Teams responded to assist with the high angle rescue. Rescuers rappelled down to and prepared him for an air evacuation. Just after midnight the Army National Guard responded and was able to hoist Frank to safety where he was transported in stable condition to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

With summer approaching, Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public of the hazards of cliff jumping into water. This can be very dangerous and caution should be taken in and around these areas.
Drug Take Back Event Results (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 10:54 AM
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In a record-breaking year, the Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 900 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Approximately 337 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Twenty-five boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Unit. The Benton County Fairgrounds, Philomath Police Department, and Benton County Health Department were important partners."

This is the seventh year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2013 when 815 pounds were incinerated.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged because it may lead to contamination of our drinking water.


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Oak Hill's Eddins Reaches Quarterfinals at Tournament of Champions
Oak Hill School - 05/02/16 9:27 AM
Laurel Eddins, a senior at Oak Hill School, reached the quarterfinal round in Extemporaneous Speaking at the 45th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), hosted by the University of Kentucky April 30-May 2 in Lexington, KY.

The TOC is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious high school speech and debate tournaments held each year, bringing together competitors who have qualified at major regional and national tournaments across the United States. This year's TOC had over 675 entries in 11 events, representing 265 schools from 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Eddins, the recently crowned Oregon state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, will next be competing at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in mid-June.
Oregon Lottery launches new Loteria Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 05/02/16 8:33 AM
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery has launched its second Scratch-it ticket version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

"This was a very popular Scratch-it last year, and it resonated well with all Oregonians, so we decided to bring it back again this year, new and improved," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. Loteria is a Mexican Bingo-style game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community. The Loteria Scratch-it ticket offers players a $10,000 top prize.

"Oregon's population is becoming increasingly diverse," said Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American. We are broadening our product offerings to make sure our games remain relevant with our consumers, and the recent success of Loteria Scratch-it and our most recent Chinese New Year ticket illustrate that we're on the right track."

New versions of the Loteria Scratch-it will be available in the coming months incorporating themes like "Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) and "Navidena" during the holidays.


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/02/16 6:43 AM
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors May 4, 2016.
Sun. 05/01/16
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington - Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/01/16 8:43 PM
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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner's Office.


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Property Dispute Turns Into Robbery Near Turner (Photo) Update 1
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/01/16 5:10 PM
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UPDATE: Suspect in custody, Arrives is Limousine

On Friday April 29th the suspect turned herself in to deputies waiting at the Marion County Jail. Deputy Bennett was able to work with Ms Kempton's attorney who convinced her to turn herself in. Ms Kempton agreed to meet Deputy Bennett and her attorney in the parking lot of the Marion County Jail.

Deputies waiting in the parking lot for Ms Kempton saw a limousine pull into the parking lot right in front of the Marion County Court Annex. After about 10 minutes, Ms Kempton exited the limousine and contacted Deputy Bennett. The dog "Isis" is still missing and Ms Kempton would not tell Deputy Bennett where the pet is. Deputy Bennett will continue to attempt to locate the dog.

Ms Kempton was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Robbery 3 (for causing injury during the theft of the dog) and Theft 1 (the theft of a pet). Deputy Bennett said this was a unique situation and one he did not expect. He has never had anyone arrive in a limousine to turn themselves in.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of "Isis" the dog should call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.





On April 26th, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the 5400 block of Sams Place SE near Turner to investigate a landlord tenant dispute that had grown out of control. From their investigation Deputies believe that Rose Mary Skoda-Kempton, age 39 of Turner also known as Brooke Kempton was upset at her tenant Kate Taylor, age 30, for being disrespectful and kicked Ms. Taylor out of the residence two days prior to the police being called.

Ms. Taylor moved from the residence the day she was asked to leave collecting her belongings and selling her horses which were being boarded, as part of the rental agreement, at Ms. Kempton's mother's residence near Turner. On April 26th around 8 a.m., Ms. Kempton went to Ms. Taylor's father's residence located in the 4700 block of Marion Road SE. While at the residence Ms. Kempton confronted 61 year old Kevin Taylor stating that Kate Taylor stole two saddles and she was taking Ms. Taylor's dog until she got her saddles back.

Mr. Taylor attempted to stop Ms. Kempton by jumping on the running boards of her silver Ford truck. Ms. Kempton accelerated forward throwing Mr. Taylor from the truck, onto the driveway, injuring his hand and wrist, which required treatment at a local hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is searching for Ms. Kempton and "Isis", the missing K9. Ms. Kempton is 5'09" tall and 147 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, she may be driving a 2008, Ford F250, Oregon license 305DGR. "Isis" is a 4 year old Whippit, she is black in color, weighing 15 lbs, and micro chipped. Deputies have made several attempts to contact Ms. Kempton at her residence and by phone, but so far have been unable to contact her. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Kempton or "Isis" to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you may remain anonymous.


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/01/16 10:33 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate Tomas Vejar-Garcia, 76, unresponsive in his cell Sunday, May 1, at approximately 7:53 a.m.

Vejar-Garcia entered DOC custody on June 1, 2012, on two counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date was June 6, 2016.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Tomas Vejar-Garcia
Sat. 04/30/16
Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/30/16 8:02 PM
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160430-Z-OT568-066: Canton Kaumatule, University of Oregon defensive lineman, talks with an Oregon National Guard Airman prior to the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-072: University of Oregon football players run out of the tunnel towards the field alongside military Veterans to begin the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-137: Oregon National Guard Soldiers line up behind University of Oregon football players at the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-194: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-229: U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commanding general of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), receives a flag folded by Oregon National Guard Soldiers in a ceremony during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Smith graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-249: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Lane County Brings Out Walkers of All Ages (Photo)
March of Dimes - 04/30/16 4:16 PM
Lane County March For Babies Taking Off!
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Hundreds Turn Out to Help Babies and
Raise More Than $65,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Eugene, Oregon, April 30, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 300 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Lane County-- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Kendall Toyota's dealership lot was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $65,000 to help babies be born healthy.

Special guests at the day's events included Nate Oeming, the 2016 March for Babies Chair joined walkers on the route as Identity Dance provided tunes to keep the energy high.

"We've seen today how important the health of moms and babies are to the people of Lane County," said 2016 March for Babies Chair Nate Oeming, President of The Oeming Group. "I'm so proud to be part of a community where people come together for such a great cause. Helping our babies should be a top priority, and we're excited about what we've accomplished here today."

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS



March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Lane County March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of residents expected to walk in the event: 300
Participants in the 2016 Lane County March for Babies are expected to raise more than $65,000to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 600 feet walking for babies in Lane County alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs/hamburgers served at the event: 325

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Attached Media Files: Lane County March For Babies Taking Off!
Douglas County Brings Out Walkers of All Ages
March of Dimes - 04/30/16 4:10 PM
Over a Hundred Turn Out to Help Babies and
Raise More Than $25,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Roseburg, Oregon, April 30, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 150 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Douglas County-- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Stewart park was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $25,000 to help babies be born healthy.

Money raised by the event funds research, education and local community grants for programs that prevent premature birth, the number one cause of death of infants in the United States.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS



March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Douglas County March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of residents expected to walk in the event: 100
Participants in the 2016 Douglas County March for Babies are expected to raise more than $25,000 to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 200 feet walking for babies in Douglas County alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs/hamburgers served at the event: 125

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Women in Policing Career Fair Draws more than 700 Attendees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/30/16 4:10 PM
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A Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair hosted at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem attracted more than 700 attendees today.

This was the second day of a two-day career fair hosted jointly by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police.

More than 1,300 hundred attended the first day of the event which featured more than three dozen law enforcement agencies who were looking to recruit men and women for vacancies within their agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc. He said the focus of the Saturday event was to bring women into the criminal justice profession. In addition, to the 500 vacancies currently open, agencies are also looking at the potential retirements of more than 600 seasoned officers within the next two years as baby boomers reach retirement age"

More than 80 women currently employed by law enforcement agencies were on-hand today to answer questions and share information with participants. Women from every aspect of the law enforcement profession were on hand and included patrol officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, K-9 handlers, bomb technicians, forensics investigators, 9-1-1 operators, and command staff including Donna Henderson, Assistant Chief, Portland Police Bureau.

The highlight of the Saturday event was a Women in Law Enforcement Panel that included ten women from various agencies around the state who shared their experiences and insights into the law enforcement profession with attendees and answered questions from the audience.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies participated in the two-day event.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


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American Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in North Bend.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/30/16 1:45 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster in the 2300 block of Ash St in North Bend.

This single family home fire affected 2 adults, 2 children and 1 dog. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Fri. 04/29/16
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair - Saturday, April 30, 2016 11 am to 3 pm - DPSST - Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 2:58 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, 2016 is the second day of a two-day event hosted at the Academy. More than 1300 participants from around the state attended the first day of the event. The Saturday event promises to be just as exciting with dozens of booths; displays of patrol cars, police motorcycles, river patrol boats, SWAT vehicles, explosive devices units vehicles and robots; and tours of the Academy.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf

Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 3 at OHSU in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 1:54 PM
April 29, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Includes presentation on Oregon's waiver renewal with CMS and public input opportunity

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear an update on Oregon's 1115 waiver with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Public testimony regarding the waiver is encouraged and will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live web stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public also can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Director's report; behavioral health town halls update; Workforce Committee Liaison update; Oregon's 1115 Waiver discussion; public input opportunity on Oregon's waiver renewal; OHPB priorities discussion; public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

More information and documents about Oregon's Waiver renewal process are available on the OHPB website at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/health-reform/cms-waiver.aspx.

The draft waiver renewal application for public comment will be posted Monday, May 2.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in John Day - Grant County
Oregon State Police - 04/29/16 12:47 PM
On behalf of the Grant County District Attorney, Jim Carpenter:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 10:49 p.m., 911 received a call related to individuals that were shot and wounded, at the John Day Trailer Park, in the town of John Day. Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.

The victims were identified as Christopher WOODELL, age 32, from John Day, and Eric TOWERS, age 35, from John Day. WOODELL was transported to Saint Charles in Bend by Life Flight and is in critical condition. TOWERS was transported to John Day Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

A suspect has been identified and interviewed and the investigation is ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the John Day Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Grant County District Attorney's Office.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 12:23 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - February 9, 2016
Approve the minutes of the February 9, 2016 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit and Compliance Program
Presented by Theresa King

3. 2016 Corrections Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Alonzo Rowell DPSST # 36386 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Whitney Durham DPSST # 53595 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Ryan Heuberger DPSST # 46266 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - August 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - May 6, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/29/16 10:43 AM
May 6, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Discovery Park Lodge | Community Room
2868 NW Crossing Dr. | Bend, OR 97701
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes-April 1, 2016
9:20 Presentation by Local Partners
10:20 Housing Integrator Report
10:50 Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
10:55 LIFT Program Design Adoption
11:40 Report of the Director
11:50 Report of the Chair
12:00 Meeting Adjourned
Hexavalent chromium averages above annual targets, air data show
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 10:34 AM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, is available today between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact Jennifer Flynt, DEQ Communications, to set up an interview.

April 29, 2016

DEQ inspectors also identify source of jump in selenium levels in SE Portland

Analysis of 50 days of air monitoring data found hexavalent chromium concentrations in the air in southeast Portland averaged above annual health-based targets. State investigators are visiting sites of potential sources to pinpoint the cause.

Though all metals are staying below Oregon 24-hour screening levels, which means there are no immediate health concerns, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority officials say the persistently elevated 50-day average for hexavalent chromium in southeast Portland demands continued scrutiny.

The target concentration for hexavalent chromium is 0.08 nanograms per cubic meter of air (ng/m3) when compared to an annual average, but the 50-day average has ranged between 0.086 nanograms and 0.28 nanograms across the four monitoring locations surrounding Bullseye Glass. During this period, Bullseye did not use chromium in glass production.

DEQ visits sites to find chromium source
Air results released today do not indicate the need for special precautions by neighbors, but they have prompted action on the part of state agencies to identify the sources.

DEQ has reviewed information on several other potential sources in the area, including a cement supplier, the nearby rail yard, and a metal finishing business to the south. Investigators have reviewed the types of emissions that could be expected from these facilities, analyzed meteorological (wind) data to narrow potential sources and visited at least one potential source.

Bullseye has not used any form of chromium in its glass-making furnaces since February, DEQ officials say. During a recent site visit to Bullseye, a DEQ inspector reviewed the company's list of ingredients used in a batch for glass production and chromium was not on it.

"There are other possible sources of chromium in the neighborhood where DEQ is monitoring," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. DEQ will continue to evaluate these other possible sources as part of its ongoing investigation.

The 50-day average for arsenic also has stayed above targeted concentrations in both southeast and north Portland. The health-based air quality goal for that metal is 0.2 ng/m3, but 50-day averages have been between 0.6 nanograms and 1 nanogram across the five monitors from which data are available. Arsenic averages are within what is seen in urban background concentrations.

Investigators find source of selenium increase
Investigators say Bullseye is the source of a jump in levels of selenium seen during a recent week in southeast Portland. Boling said DEQ staff visited the company last week after reviewing the air monitoring data and found it increased use of the metal starting April 6. Records show it used little to no selenium between Feb. 1 and April 5.

"While no samples have been above the short-term health screen levels, it was important to find out what caused the increase," Boling said. "Bullseye increased the level of selenium used and this is reflected in the air monitoring results released today."

Selenium is not believed to cause or increase risk of cancer, but at very high concentrations (200,000 nanograms per cubic meter of air), inhaled selenium can cause respiratory irritation, bronchitis, difficulty breathing and stomach pain.

David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said selenium levels are higher than what has been observed so far--just above 460 nanograms, compared to 271 nanograms, the previous high from October 2015. Still, he emphasized selenium levels remain below 24-hour screening levels and do not pose an urgent or immediate health threat.

A north Portland air monitoring site does not show an increase in selenium, nor the 50-day hexavalent chromium average exceeding target concentrations. The 50-day average for arsenic was above the target concentration. Uroboros Glass, located in north Portland, has not used arsenic for many years.

Weekly air monitoring data from southeast and north Portland are reported each week by the interagency group that includes DEQ and OHA, and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov. For information about the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Body Found South of Salem ***Update 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 9:30 AM
Deputies have identified the man found last night near Croisan Creek as Loyd White, age 62, of Salem. Mr. White was reported missing on April 22nd to the Salem Police Department. Mr. White suffered from numerous health conditions and was known to wander from home after becoming disoriented.

Mr. White's death is tragic and our hearts go out to his family. Symptoms like Mr. White's affect many Marion County residents and their families often struggle with how to keep their loved ones safe, if you are a Marion County resident there are options.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is a member of Project Lifesaver. You can purchase a small radio transmitter that is worn like a watch or bracelet and if your loved one is lost, our Search and Rescue Teams can track and find them quickly. The Sheriff's Office provides the maintenance for the transmitter so there is little to no work for the family. If you are interested in Project Lifesaver, check it out at; http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Operations/programs/Pages/PLI.aspx





Deputies, Detectives and the Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation into the body found near Croisan Creek. Detectives have identified the male and do not suspect foul play. We are working to notify the family but do not anticipate any further releases this evening.



Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4200 block of Croisan Creek Road South near Salem, after the body of an adult male was found under a bridge near the creek. Deputies are on scene and waiting for the Medical Examiner to examine the scene and determine just how the man died.

We are very early in our investigation and very few details are available. This release will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Media Alert: Douglas County is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/29/16 1:00 AM
WHO: Caring Douglas County families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

WHAT: Hundreds of people will be at Stewart Park in Eugene to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 5K walk, other festivities include coffee from Dutch Brothers, Kids Clinic by Homes Depot. The Douglas County March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Stewart Park , 373 Goodpasture Island Rd, Roseburg


WHY: For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Media Alert: Lane County is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/29/16 1:00 AM
WHO: Caring Lane County families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

WHAT: Hundreds of people will be at Alton Baker Park in Eugene to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 10K and 3K walks, other festivities include coffee served by Starbucks, entertainment by Identity Dance, lunches served by the Eugene Emeralds and Sluggo. The Lane County March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kendall Toyota, 373 Goodpasture Island Rd, Eugene


INTERVIEWS: Nate Oeming, the Lane County March for Babies Chair and President of the Oeming Group

WHY: For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Thu. 04/28/16
***Second Escapee Arrested*** Law Enforcement Searching For Prison Escapee In South Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/16 7:01 PM
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On April 28, 2016 at about 6PM, a citizen recognized MCGINNIS by his neck tattoo in a McDonalds located near Commercial Street and Kuebler Blvd and called 911. During this time, the 911 caller kept law enforcement updated as MCGINNIS exited McDonalds and entered a nearby Applebee's restaurant.

OSP and Salem Police arrived at the Applebee's prompting MCGINNIS to flee through the kitchen area. MCGINNIS exited out the rear of the restaurant where he was captured by law enforcement without incident.

Both MCGINNIS and CARNES were lodged at the Marion County Jail. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On April 28, 2016 at about 12:30PM, an OSP Detective spotted two prison escapees in south Salem. A foot pursuit ensued and the two escapees evaded law enforcement. A large perimeter was established and about 2:30PM, Justin CARNES was apprehended with the assistance of a K9 team from the Salem Police Department in the backyard of a residence near Kuebler and Sunnyside.

Law enforcement activity is still heavy in that area searching for William MCGINNIS, age 30, is a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and plaid shorts.

The public is asked to call 911 if MCGINNIS is spotted. More information will be released when it is available.

Please refer to this Department of Corrections Release from April 26, 2016:

Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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FBI Arrests Medford Man on Explosives Charge
FBI - Oregon - 04/28/16 6:11 PM
At approximately noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016, FBI Agents and Medford Police Officers served a federal search warrant at an apartment on Poplar Drive in Medford. Inside, they found what appeared to be several pipe bombs. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded, and members of that unit have rendered the devices safe.

There are two men who live at that apartment, and one was home at the time of the search. Agents and officers detained him for a short while until the scene could be secured, but he has been released and is not charged. FBI Agents located a second resident of the apartment at another Medford location shortly after entering the residence. This second man, 61-year-old John Martin Roos, was the subject of the search warrant. Agents made a probable cause arrest of Roos, charging him with Threatening the President of the United States and and Use of an Interstate Facility to transmit Threats. The United States Secret Service is assisting in this investigation.

Roos is currently housed in the Jackson County Jail. Roos will likely make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the next few days. Assistant United States Attorney Bud Fitzgerald is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Over 17,000 pounds of pesticides collected today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/28/16 3:45 PM
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Philomath - Today the Oregon Department of Forestry helped collect over 17,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Liquid and solid pesticides will be disposed of using an eco-friendly process. Foresters, farmers, and other users had a free, anonymous opportunity to dispose of the pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, in a responsible manner to help prevent them from entering the environment.

"This event, the Harrisburg one tomorrow, and the many others held across the state each year help everyone, because each event eliminates thousands of pounds of unwanted chemicals," said District Forester Mike Totey. "It's another way we show our commitment to safe and responsible forestry."

Forestry works with other agencies throughout the year to promote safe and responsible pesticide use by educating people, eliminating unwanted chemicals, and enforcing laws. The agency heavily emphasizes education, because it's where Oregonians get the biggest return -- preventing harm.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity because I've wanted to get rid of these for a long time and today was the perfect opportunity to do it safely," said participant Stan Starr.

The Water Quality Pesticide Management Team sponsors these collection events. The team includes the Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Quality, and Forestry, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon State University Extension.

"Today was a huge success," said DEQ's Toxics Coordinator Kevin Masterson. "Typically we see 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides hauled away from these events and safely disposed of."

The team will hold four more agricultural, industrial and forestry pesticide collection events in 2016. The events will be June 3 in Lakeview, September 9 in Roseburg, October 22 in Tillamook, and November 19 in McMinnville. A household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday at the Harrisburg High School.

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Oregon scores A+ for access to state government spending data
State of Oregon - 04/28/16 3:41 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon state government earns top marks when it comes opening the books on government spending, according to a recent report from USPIRG and the Frontier Group. (http://uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/following-money-2016) Oregon joins Indiana, Ohio and Michigan as the only states to earn the maximum 100 points on the report's transparency scorecard.

Commenting on the report's release earlier this month, co-author Elizabeth Ridlington noted, "States' online spending transparency efforts are paying off in better informed citizens and a more efficient government." Adding, "Our research found that top-ranked states have been making steady improvements to their transparency websites over the years, giving citizens in most states unprecedented access to information on where their tax money goes."

Online access to Oregon state government spending is available through the Oregon Transparency Website -- managed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. (www.Oregon.gov/transparency) Additionally, visitors to the site can search state-issued contracts, meeting notices, employee salaries, information on local government spending, among other things.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/28/16 3:30 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities started with an early morning physical fitness workout with Academy trainers. This was followed by a tour and demonstrations in the scenario village, firearms ranges, and emergency vehicle operations course. The highlight of the day was a hands-on firefighting demonstration by Academy fire training staff with a car fire training prop (ohotos attached).

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed both boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.
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## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


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Death Investigation
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/28/16 3:28 PM
On Thursday, April 28th at approximately 1320 hours the Roseburg Police Department was sent to the report of a physical disturbance between two adult males in the 1300 block of SE Sanford Street in Roseburg. It was further reported that one of the males involved had been stabbed.

When Officers arrived on scene they encountered a 42 year old male who had been stabbed. That male was treated by medical personnel and transported to Mercy Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, which includes the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, has been activated and is further investigating the incident. At this time everyone involved in the incident is cooperating with the investigation.
Valley Credit Union Selects Seasoned Credit Union Leader as Next CEO
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/28/16 3:23 PM
Oregonian Pat Force brings nearly three decades of experience to Valley

SALEM, Ore. --Valley Credit Union's Board of Directors has announced, effective April 20th, 2016, the selection of Pat Force as the new President/CEO of the Salem, Oregon-based 4,570 member, $68 million asset sized financial institution.

Force is a 26 year veteran of the credit union movement, serving most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for Northwest Community Credit Union in Eugene, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Force received the Certified Chief Executive designation from the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES).

"Our board feels fortunate to have connected with a strong, seasoned individual who brings professional and technical depth along with a value driven leadership style which clearly represents and aligns with our long standing mission of "people helping people," said Denny Nielsen, Chairman of Valley Board of Director Selection Committee.

"I'm truly excited to partner with the Board and staff of Valley Credit Union as we serve the membership together," said Force. "I look forward to being a part of a team that is focused on helping our members achieve their financial goals."

The credit union's search was facilitated by O'Rourke & Associates, a San Francisco-based executive search and consulting firm exclusively serving credit unions.


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Registered Sex Offender Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 3:04 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: William Albert Nosack
SID#: 5437397
DOB: 11/16/1957
CURRENT AGE: 058

RACE: White
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 5' 11''
WEIGHT: 240lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown

RESIDENCE: Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center, Salem, OR 97317

William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON

This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol or bars
Other: Nosack's victims have been females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown to him.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Cottage Grove
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/28/16 2:39 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at approximately 12 p.m. today, April 28, 2016, in the 78000 block of Adams Road in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The single-family fire affected three adults, one child and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
OBA PAC Endorses "Legislative Champions" and Secretary of State Candidates
Oregon Business Association - 04/28/16 1:52 PM
Oregon Business Association's Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its early support of a select group of candidates running for positions in the Oregon House and Senate, as well as two candidates running for Secretary of State.

"This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon's economic competitiveness and quality of life," said John Russell, OBA PAC chair.

Additional endorsements will be announced in the fall.

OBA's PAC makes its endorsement decisions in two phases each election cycle. The first phase is typically held in March or April, before the May primary election. In this phase, the PAC chooses its select few "OBA Champions" for the year.

Additional candidates for endorsement consideration in the fall. The PAC supports candidates from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, OBA seeks to support independently minded individuals who are balanced in their approach to solutions and have a clear vision of how to help grow the state's economy. The OBA PAC Board of Directors endorses candidates who consistently support the OBA policy agenda, take tough, independent, bipartisan votes and embody the OBA "Balanced Voice" in their policy making.

2016 OBA Senate Champions


Sen. Brian Boquist, R, Tillamook
District 12

Sen. Ginny Burdick, D, Portland
District 18

Sen. Fred Girod, R, Stayton
District 9

Sen. Mark Hass, D, Beaverton
District 14



House Champions


Rep. Cliff Bentz, R, Ontario
District 60


Rep. Knute Buehler, R, Bend
District 54


Rep. Brian Clem, D, Salem
District 21


Rep. Mark Johnson, R, Hood River
District 52


Rep. John Lively, D, Springfield
District 12


Rep. Caddy McKeown, D, Coos Bay
District 09


Rep. Jeff Reardon, D, Happy Valley
District 48


Rep. Brad Witt, D, Clatskanie
District 31


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Secretary of State Primary

The OBA PAC endorsed two outstanding candidates for Oregon Secretary of State, which is our only statewide office endorsement in the primary election.


Sen. Richard Devlin, D, Tualatin
District 19



Rep. Val Hoyle, D, West Eugene & Junction City
District 14


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Surplus Sale of Vintage Books & Photographs next Saturday, May 7 at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/28/16 1:10 PM
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Portland, OR -- It's spring cleaning in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library! Next Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 4pm, all are welcome to this epic biannual shopping experience in the OHS Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission to the sale and to the museum is free all day.

The books for sale will include thousands of titles, many relating to Oregon and the American West, most priced between $1 and $5! There will also be some rare and hard to find editions available for higher prices, some dating back to the early nineteenth century!

The sale will also include duplicate photographic prints copied from the Society's vast holdings, including images of Portland and other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The OHS Museum Store will also be selling a wide selection of surplus books!

Plus, Oregon Historical Society members get special early access to the sale from 9am -- 10am. Want early access to the sale of the season? Join the Oregon Historical Society today -- special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, and Multnomah County residents! Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

For questions about the sale, please leave a voicemail for the Research Library staff at 503.306.5240, or email libreference@OHS.org.

Please note: All of the books for sale from the OHS Research Library duplicate existing OHS holdings or are outside the OHS collecting scope. Nothing from the Society's permanent collections is being sold. For more information on the OHS Library collection, visit http://ohs.org/research-and-library/our-collections.

About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet May 12 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/28/16 11:32 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) is planning to meet Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Salem in Room 456. The meeting is open to the public.

People unable to attend the meeting in person, can participate on the telephone by calling, toll free 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The agenda includes: Approval of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Liaison Reports;
Commission Business; Discretionary Budget Update; membership; Upcoming ODC Executive Committee Elections; Department of Labor Update; Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs Update; Service Equity; and Public Forum.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

To learn more about the Oregon Disabilities Commission: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORSDISABILITIES/ADVISORY/ODC/Pages/index.aspx.
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Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 04/28/16 11:12 AM
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Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2017 Oregon's Bounty calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

"Spring is a great time to start looking at Oregon agriculture for photo opportunities," said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. "Tree orchards and flower fields are blooming, farmers markets have started, farmers are busy planting, and there are young animals on ranches."

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images -- both close-ups and panoramic views -- are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include the farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting of crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying agriculture or ag products, farm animals, portraits of farmers/ranchers, county fairs, on-farm festivals, and farming scenes from all seasons.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon's Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2017 calendar and copies of the calendar.

The deadline for entries is September 15, 2016.

Photo specifications and contest rules are attached, and are also available at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is sent to 60,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and hundreds more are distributed throughout the year.

For more information or to see the 2016 Oregon's Bounty calendar, visit www.oregonfb.org/calendar. Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.

First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture. OFB's 15th President, Barry Bushue, is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring.


Attached Media Files: Calendar photo specifications and contest rules , The cover of the 2016 Oregon's Bounty Calendar
Linn DA Holds Press Conference
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 9:15 AM
Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny, will be holding a press conference Friday, April 29th at 10:00AM. The location of the press conference will be the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 1115 Jackson St. SE, Albany, Oregon.

This press conference will address an officer involved shooting that happened in Linn County, Oregon, on March 25th, 2016.
Wed. 04/27/16
Marine Board Approves Grants, Denies Petition for Multnomah Channel
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/16 5:19 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved five boating facility grants and one grant amendment and approved initiating the rulemaking process on four administrative rules during their quarterly Board meeting, held on April 26, in Salem. The Board also denied a petition to initiate rulemaking for Multnomah and Columbia Counties.

In a 4 to 1 decision, the Marine Board denied a petition to initiate rulemaking to consider adoption of a new rule in Chapter 250, Division 020 that would expand the slow --no wake zones on the Multnomah Channel, bank-to-bank, and 500 feet before and 500 feet after any marina, floating home moorage, park, dock, or boat ramp. The Board requested that staff provide regular reports on the amount of time the channel is patrolled and report on education and outreach efforts about wake to boaters, businesses, and homeowners in the affected area.

The Board approved initiating rulemaking on Chapter 250, Division 011, Steering and Sailing Rules to be congruent with federal regulations, to initiating rulemaking removing 250-010-0057 from rule since this language is already in statute, and to clarify language in 250-010-0058 for automatic and requested refunds when there is an overpayment in boater titling and registration fees.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Kinney Lake in Wallowa County to
prohibit the use of motors on the lake. Kinney Lake is a 22 acre irrigation reservoir that is secondarily managed as a public trout fishery. Previously, ODFW prohibited fishing from "floating devices" on Kinney Lake, but ODFW recently changed their rules to allow fishing from boats. However, ODFW, the Wallowa Valley Improvement District, and Triple Creek Ranch requested the Board restrict the use of motorized boats to continue to avoid erosion of the dam.

The Board also approved to initiate rulemaking for OAR Chapter 250, Division 016 to amend, repeal and add new rules to accommodate current practices in the Outfitter/Guide Registration program.

The Board approved the following boating facility grants and grant amendment:
Applicant Facility Name/Waterbody Scope State/Federal Funds Applicant Cash/Match Project Total
OPRD Schwitter Landing/Sandy Beach, Columbia River Fabrication and installation of a debris deflection boom $185,000 (Boating Infrastructure Grant) $160,000
$500 administration $355,500
City of Tillamook Carnahan Park, Trask River Boarding dock replacement and security camera installation $213,750 $71,250 $285,000
Lincoln County Public Works Knight Park, Salmon River Restroom replacement and parking area repair $63,350 $14,650
$8,500 labor
$5,000 administration, contracting and oversight $91,500
Port of Cascade Locks Port of Cascade Locks, Columbia River Ramp toe extension $18,750 $2,500
$3,070 pre-agreement permitting expenses
$680 administration, contracting and oversight $25,000
Douglas County Parks Amacher Park, Umpqua River Ramp toe replacement $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
OYCC Clackamas, Josephine and Lane County Boating Facilities Employ 15 youth for work on 28 boating facilities during the summer $31,515 $38,199 $69,714

For more details about grant requests or petitions, review the agency staff report at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/27/16 3:35 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidate would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: News release
Two-Day Career Fair looks to fill 500 Law Enforcement Vacancies
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/16 2:53 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Friday, April 29, 2016 and Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Criminal Justice Career Fair
April 29th, 2016 - April 30th, 2016
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Criminal Justice Career Fair
and
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This two-day event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


Attached Media Files: career fair flyer
State to auction coins, jewelry, collectibles from abandoned safe deposit boxes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/27/16 2:40 PM
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Public invited to May events in Grants Pass

Grants Pass -- About 1100 lots, ranging from diamond rings to gold coins, will be offered for sale at two public auctions:

Location: 202 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass
Auction Preview: Thursday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
Coin Auction: Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m.
Jewelry Auction: Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.

The location is the auction facility of the auctioneer, Liska Oregon Auction Co.

Every year the Department of State Lands, which manages the state's unclaimed property program, receives hundreds of packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when owners cannot be located for two years.

Before scheduling a sale, unclaimed property staff looks for owners by posting their names on a searchable online database and by performing specialized individual searches. Any unclaimed contents with commercial value are sold at public auction. The proceeds from the sale are posted to the owner's account and are available forever to be claimed.

Unclaimed funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund until claimed by owners or their heirs. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Additional information, including auction catalogs:

State Lands: 503-986-5257 (Salem)
http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/UP/Pages/index.aspx

Liska: 541-471-0916 (Grants Pass)
http://www.liskaorauction.com/

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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NW Natural Shareholders Give More than $66,000 to Support Local Education
NW Natural - 04/27/16 2:09 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) 2016 corporate giving is off to a strong start with more than $66,000 going toward educational programs.

"Each year, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million through the company's corporate philanthropy fund," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "We were pleased in the first part of the year to make several significant donations to organizations focused on different levels and aspects of education."
The educational organizations and donation amounts include the following:

All Hands Raised ($5,000) Serving Portland and Multnomah County to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. All Hands Raised brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.

Community Transitional School (CTS) ($5000) CTS provides a stable, supportive environment that promotes both personal and academic growth for children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities ($12,000) The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon.

Portland Community College Foundation ($10,000) The PCC Foundation enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. All students in the region have access to an excellent education at PCC and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.

Schoolhouse Supplies ($5,000) Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit, is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies. The program supports quality education by giving students and teachers in Portland free classroom supplies.

The PSU Foundation ($15,750) Created in 1963, the PSU Foundation raises philanthropic gifts, invests them responsibly, and stewards them in accordance with donors' wishes. The PSU Foundation is responsible for raising and managing private resources to support the mission and priorities of the university and contributes to institutional excellence.

The University of Oregon Foundation ($13,500) The Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving and administering the thousands of private gifts donated annually to the University of Oregon, and disbursing those funds to the university according to donor intent.

NW Natural's core values are Integrity, Service Ethic, Safety, Caring and Environmental Stewardship. Learn more about the causes we care about and contribute to in our 2015 Annual Community and Sustainability Report.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 714,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Deputies Support Harrisburg High School Green Day Event (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 1:55 PM
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On April 21, 2016 Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his patrol deputies participated in the Green Day event held by Harrisburg High School students. Harrisburg High School hosted the event in which their students gave back to the community of Harrisburg in a variety of ways. This year's events included collecting trash around the city, a community car wash, doing yard work for seniors and spreading bark mulch at various locations.

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted the high school students in raking out flower beds and planting new plants in the area of the Harrisburg Justice Center, including the Sheriff's Office substation. The students helped the deputies by washing their patrol vehicles at their student-ran carwash. Sheriff Bruce Riley reports one of the most important jobs for deputies is building relationships with the communities we serve, especially our youth. This is an excellent example of the support we receive from our community on a daily basis. The fact that the high school reached out to the deputies like this says that we are doing a good job in our communities.


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Local Red Cross Disaster Responders Help with Flood Relief Efforts in Texas (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/16 12:17 PM
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Bend resident and veteran Red Cross volunteer, Theresa Grimes will be available for phone interviews with media today between 1:45 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Grimes is on the ground in Texas assisting with recovery efforts. To schedule an interview, please contact Monique Dugaw at 503-877-7121.

Eleven local disaster responders are in Texas helping with flood relief efforts. More than 4,500 homes in the Houston area have been affected by recent floods and more severe weather is expected this week.

Disaster responders from the local American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting residents of the greater Houston area affected by recent devastating flooding. Eleven responders from Portland, Medford, Otter Rock, Salem, Bend, Tigard, Keizer, Junction City and Corvallis, Oregon are on the ground in Texas providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services to those affected by severe weather and floods.

"When a disaster occurs in our own backyard or in communities across the nation, our local Red Cross volunteers in Oregon and Southwest Washington are among the first to step up to offer help," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "These responders leave their families and the comforts of home to bring help and hope to those who need it most. Without our volunteers, who make up more than 90 percent of our disaster workforce, these relief efforts would not be possible."

Torrential rainfall has inundated Houston, Texas, causing severe damage and destruction throughout the major metropolitan area. Rain came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes and vehicles. Some areas experienced near-record, 500-year flood levels and the severe conditions caused nine fatalities. More than 1,200 high-water rescues were made in the Houston area, many of which involved people attempting to drive to safety through flooded streets. Initial reports indicate that more than 5,000 homes have been directly impacted along with thousands of destroyed vehicles.

The American Red Cross responded immediately in Texas, and disaster teams have been operating shelters, serving meals and distributing relief supplies and comfort since last weekend to help those in great need.

Since April 18 the Red Cross has:
Opened 11 shelters, helping to provide more than 1,500 overnight stays;
Distributed more than 24,700 relief items such as rakes, shovels, work gloves and comfort kits;
Served nearly 35,300 meals and snacks; and
Provided more than 1,400 health and mental health contacts for those in need.

It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,650 to send a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment. This includes travel, transportation, lodging, food and support systems. More than 22,000 Red Cross responders have been deployed over the last 10 months. By comparison, during Hurricane Sandy the Red Cross deployed 17,000 responders.

As floodwaters slowly recede, Red Cross caseworkers are helping people plan their next steps and connect to available resources to support their recovery. Red Cross health workers are also offering services such as replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses, and mental health workers are helping people cope with a very difficult situation.
The National Weather Service reports portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska face an enhanced risk of severe weather throughout this week, including heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and putting staff and relief supplies on standby in case they are needed.
Red Cross preparedness and response efforts are made possible through generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters large and small -- providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and recovery planning. To help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes and other disasters, visit www.redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/Cascades, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCASC.


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DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16 12:15 PM
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 43 collection sites throughout the state of Oregon open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Oregon (2010-2015) resulted in 78,293 pounds (39.1 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
*Corrected* Subjects Arrested After Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 11:19 AM
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Correction
The correct date of this incident is April 27, 2016.
End Correction

Original Release
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at about 3:45 a.m., a deputy patrolling the Riddle area noticed a vehicle that matched the description of a stolen Jeep Wrangler that had been reported earlier in the day.

The deputy attempted to stop the Jeep but the driver, who was later identified as 30 year old David Schlenker of Roseburg, fled westbound on Fourth Avenue.

Deputies pursued the vehicle through Riddle to Pacific Highway and then onto Interstate 5 northbound. As Schlenker attempted to exit Interstate 5 at the 113 off-ramp, the vehicle stalled. Schlenker fled from the vehicle on foot but was was taken into custody a short distance from the vehicle. A 20 year old female passenger, Jasmine Baldwin of Riddle, was also taken into custody.

Both Schlenker and Baldwin were found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Schlenker was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Baldwin was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Both subjects were lodged in the County Jail.

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Attached Media Files: David Schlenker , Jasmine Baldwin
Inmate dies in custody (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 10:40 AM
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On 4/26/16 at 00:48 in the morning, deputies working in the Benton County jail requested medical assistance on an inmate who had collapsed and was unconscious. Two deputies had been present and walking with the inmate when he collapsed. The deputies performed CPR on the inmate until medical personnel arrived and treatment continued. The inmate did not regain conscious and died.
The inmate is identified as Rory Christopher Holmes, 46 years old. He had no known address. Mr. Holmes had been arrested and booked into the BCSO jail on 4/20/2016 for multiple charges to include Criminal Trespass II, Failure to Appear on a previous DUI charge and Interference with a Peace Officer.
The investigation of Mr. Holmes death is continuing. There were no outward signs of trauma or injury to Mr. Holmes and the death is not considered suspicious. The inmate had been treated for minor medical issues and had received treatment while in custody.


Attached Media Files: Holmes Photo
Riddle Man Arrested for Rape and Sexual Abuse (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 10:20 AM
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In April of 2016, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into a report from a juvenile female that she was sexually abused by 32 year old Dannie Eugene Edwards II, of Riddle.

On April 26th, 2016, Sheriff's Office Detectives contacted Edwards II. After speaking with him, he was arrested without incident. Edwards II was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Rape I, Sex Abuse I, Sodomy I, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration I.


Attached Media Files: Dannie Edwards II
Eugene Springfield Fire Chief, Randy Groves is retiring on April 29, 2016. (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/27/16 9:10 AM
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Chief Groves started with the City of Eugene in 1980 and has been a part of tremendous changes throughout the fire service. He worked his way through the ranks of Firefighter, acting Engineer, Captain, District Chief, Deputy Chief and finally, Chief of Department. He also has served on the Hazardous Materials and Water Rescue Teams, and was the first team leader of the Water Rescue Team. He took the helm of Eugene Fire and EMS in 2006.

During his tenure as Chief, he has continued that path of great change, embracing new ideas and technology to better serve the community. He was instrumental in the fire service merger initiative with the City of Springfield to create Eugene Springfield Fire. This system produced a more efficient and effective service delivery system that was evident in three community impact events, the Swanson Mill Fire, Civic Stadium Fire and South Towne Lanes Fire. For almost 6 years, he has guided this merged organization in protecting the communities of Eugene and Springfield without regard to city boundaries. He also led significant changes in the EMS and ambulance transport system and developed a public/private partnership to create a more efficient and effective ambulance transport system, and developed a partnership with the Life Flight Network in partnership with past Springfield Fire Chief Dennis Murphy bringing air ambulance service to the region. Under Chief Groves' watch, the department has acquired numerous grants and developed one of the best training programs in the State which utilizes computer simulated training for both Incident Command and driving. Chief Groves is also very proud of the relationships he has developed within our communities, with our elected officials, with labor and with agencies across the State. Throughout the many challenges, Chief Groves' focus remained steady on what is best for those we serve.

As his 36 year career here comes to a close, almost 37 years overall in the fire service, the Cities of Eugene and Springfield would like to extend their appreciation for his dedicated service.

Media Visual Opportunity: There will be a small celebration for co-workers to wish him well on Thursday, April 28, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Emergency Services Building, 1705 W 2nd Ave. (This is NOT open to the public)


Attached Media Files: Chief Groves
Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/27/16 9:03 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division has reached an initial determination regarding the set of ancient remains known as Kennewick Man.

Based on review and analysis of new information, and in particular, evidence provided by recently published DNA and skeletal analyses, there is substantial evidence to determine that Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans from the United States. Therefore, the human remains are Native American under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Because the finding is that Kennewick Man is Native American, the remains are now subject to the processes and procedures outlined in NAGPRA.

Following the 2015 publication of new DNA information based on Dr. Eske Willerslev and his team's research, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to re-examine the status of Kennewick Man to determine whether this substantial new evidence meant that the remains are Native American under NAGPRA. Additionally, the Corps contracted for an independent validation of the genetic evidence underlying the June 2015 results. The Corps received this report in April 2016, which concurred in the finding that the Kennewick Man's DNA sequence sample is genetically closer to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide.

"My decision regarding this determination has been an important one to make and is based on the best available evidence," said Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, Commanding General of the Northwestern Division. "I am confident that our review and analysis of new skeletal, statistical, and genetic evidence have convincingly led to a Native American Determination," he added.

A Federal agency must first determine that human remains are Native American for NAGPRA to apply. Today's release of this Native American Determination meets that requirement. The Corps will next review the priority of custody for any Native American Tribe who submits a claim. The priority of custody review is an important step that includes a cultural affiliation review. Under NAGPRA, a finding of cultural affiliation is a different process than a Native American determination and must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence. The remains will continue to be curated at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Wash., during the NAGPRA process.

A copy of the Native American Determination, a set of frequently asked questions, as well as links to related documents can be found on the Northwestern Division's web site at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/CulturalResources/KennewickMan.aspx.

Background:
In July 1996, the nearly complete, male skeletal remains of Kennewick Man, sometimes referred to as "The Ancient One," were inadvertently discovered by two men on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' land at the McNary Dam Project near Kennewick, Wash. Kennewick Man is one of the oldest and most complete skeletons discovered in North America.

The recovery of the remains, and subsequent analyses, led to a controversial debate over who controls the human remains among the federal government, Native American Tribes, and scientists.
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Head Start presents Comcast Day of Caring (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 04/27/16 8:35 AM
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Please join Comcast as their families and friends volunteer for a day at the Head Start Whiteaker site. They will be volunteering to clean up, painting the outside, building a sand box, and putting in a garden. Comcast will also be donating money to Head Start to buy new playground equipment.


Attached Media Files: Head Start/Comcast Day of Caring
Head Start presents Comcast Day of Caring (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 04/27/16 8:35 AM
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Please join Comcast as their families and friends volunteer for a day at the Head Start Whiteaker site. They will be volunteering to clean up, painting the outside, building a sand box, and putting in a garden. Comcast will also be donating money to Head Start to buy new playground equipment.


Attached Media Files: Head Start/Comcast Day of Caring
Fire In Garage of Unknown Origin (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/27/16 1:01 AM
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At 8:22 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to their second possible structure fire of the day. Fire crews found a garage at 759 27th Avenue charged with heavy black smoke upon their arrival and 2 off duty firefighters directing crews to the believed origin. The fire appears to have started on top of an unused and disconnected washing machine in the rear of an attached garage. Residents of the house were made aware of the fire by seeing a small puff of smoke come through a hole used for utilities between the house and garage. Off duty firefighters in the neighborhood responded and were able to make access to the garage through a rear door and extinguish the majority of the flames with a garden hose, greatly reducing the amount of fire damage to the structure. Fire personnel ensured that the fire was extinguished, ventilated the structure and began the investigation. The origin is currently unknown but has not been ruled suspicious at this time. There was smoke damage throughout the garage and flame damage confined to the area directly around the washing machine. There were no injuries sustained.


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Fire Destroys Shed and Camp Trailer (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/27/16 12:36 AM
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At 5:55 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a structure fire at 1247 47th Avenue. They arrived to find a camp trailer and storage shed on fire behind the address. While deploying attack lines the fire momentarily spread to a standing fir tree and torched approximately 80 to 100 feet into the canopy but quickly subsided. Fire crews were able to extinguish the structure fire and prevent the remaining trees from becoming involved. No injuries were sustained and the cause of the fire is believed to be from the spread of burning weeds and grass for land maintenance purposes near the structure.


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American Red Cross responds to single family house fire in North Bend
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/16 9:54 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster that occurred in 1500 block of Sherman Ave in North Bend, Oregon

This single family house fire affected 1 adult and 2 children.The Red Cross provided assistance for basic disaster related needs and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at wwww.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
***Suspect In Custody*** OSP Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect -Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 3:54 PM
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Linzin Rooni ESHALOM has been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona. OSP is still seeking the public's assistance if anyone has information on the April 19th incident to contact them at 541-776-6111. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous release:
On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. They are currently believed to be enroute to Glendale, Arizona in a 2016 white, Chrysler, Town and Country mini-van, bearing Oregon Plate, 647GJG.

The Oregon State Police has probable cause to arrest Linzin Rooni ESHALOM, who resides in Peoria, Arizona, on the following charges:

Attempted Murder
Robbery I
Assault II
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Burglary I

Additional investigation is being conducted in order to identify the three additional suspects.

More information will be released when it is available as this is ongoing investigation.


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BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/26/16 3:47 PM
PR 12 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/5131

BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon

The pilot program would test solutions that may defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing a request for offers on products or measures from third parties that might assist in alleviating transmission congestion in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon.

The request for offers, or RFO, would establish a pilot program to address congestion in the near term as well as inform BPA on whether cost-effective options exist that could potentially defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project by five or more years.

In February of 2016, BPA released a final environmental impact statement on the I-5 project, a major step in the siting of a proposed line that would resolve congestion for BPA's transmission service in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. However, the document does not represent a decision to build the transmission line.

The final EIS explains that BPA has previously explored non-wires solutions but to date has not found any combination that address the issue in the long term and are operationally, commercially, and economically feasible. However, BPA recognizes that technologies are continuously evolving and new advancements or strategies for their use could provide a solution that pushes out the need to build, reducing upward pressure on BPA electric rates.

"We want to make sure that we make the right investment at the right time for BPA and the people of the Northwest," said Jeff Cook, the vice president of Planning and Asset Management for Transmission. "While construction of a physical line would resolve capacity limitations along this corridor for the foreseeable future, it is a costly undertaking. It also would introduce new infrastructure in this vicinity that we recognize is of intense concern to local communities.

"By testing new advances in congestion management on our system, we may be able to uncover a solution that helps us defer the need to build in the immediate future."

In order to maintain system reliability, BPA must operate its bulk electric system to continually balance the supply, or generation, of power with the demand, or use, of that power. That balancing act is subject to both the physical limitations of the lines transmitting the power as well as the geographic location of the power's generation and the path the electricity must travel to reach an end user.

With southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the generation used to meet the demand for electricity mainly comes from remote locations to the north or east, where the abundant sources of hydroelectric and wind power lie. Much of that power must travel along a transmission corridor known as South of Allston that has not been reinforced with additional capacity since the 1970s. Since then, the population around that corridor has more than doubled. During the most acute periods of high electric demand, the amount of power traveling on those lines can approach or exceed safe operating limits.

Currently, BPA's ability to manage the generation or demand along this path is more limited in the summer. These conditions create a reliability risk. With the increasing population in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and the corresponding increase in demand over time, that reliability risk grows as more electricity moves on the existing lines South of Allston.

"The response to this RFO will help us to see if there are adequate resources in the region to sufficiently manage that congestion and shift the electric load elsewhere," Cook said.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in North Bend
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/16 2:33 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster just before noon today, April 26, 2016, in the 1500 block of Sherman Ave. in North Bend, Oregon. The single-family fire affected one adult and two children. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Two inmates walk away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crews (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 1:46 PM
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Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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Oregon Public Safety Academy hosts Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 12:05 PM
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What: Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 / 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy / 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE / Salem, OR 97317

While the focus of this event is to recruit women into law enforcement careers, the event is open to all.

Learn about the outstanding opportunities in Criminal Justice!

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the many jobs available through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M.

For more information http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Attached Media Files: Oregon women in law enforcement
Application period now open for forest conservation program
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 11:19 AM
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres -- equivalent in size to two Delawares -- are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, now in its 26th year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may become lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program supports state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest Legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2018. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 18, 2016.

Letters should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.
Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria.

The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Wednesday, May 18, 2016, to:

Amy Singh
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
(971) 718-1054 / amy.s.singh@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July 2016.

The application Representative, landowners (and other partners) are invited to present their draft Project Briefs to the State Forest Stewardship Committee on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Salem. Committee members will provide feedback to all applicants on ways to strengthen their project briefs.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/GrantsIncentives.aspx
Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event (Update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/26/16 10:10 AM
On April 18th the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk enforcement event. During that day there were Officers working specifically to enforce laws related to pedestrian crosswalks. This campaign was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:

Crosswalk Violations - 22
Using Cell Phone While Driving - 4
Driving Uninsured - 10
Driving While Suspended / No Operator License - 7
Fail to Use Seat Belt - 4
Warrant Arrest - 1
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 10:07 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Monday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff were medically treating Avis Woodrum, 60, when he passed away in TRCI's Health Services Unit. Emergency Medical Technicians pronounced Woodrum deceased at 8:53 a.m.

Woodrum entered DOC custody on August 30, 2011, on one count of kidnapping in the second degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was March 25, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Oregon communities receive funding to celebrate Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 7 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 9:57 AM
Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
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This year, eight Oregon communities at risk from wildfire were awarded $500 each to implement wildfire prevention projects on Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 7. Through its Firewise Communities USA Program, the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Insurance are providing cash awards of $500 each to 125 projects across the nation to be implemented during the May 7, 2016, event.

The eight Oregon communities that successfully competed for these cash awards include: Grants Pass (two awards), Berkenfield, Bend, Corvallis, Shady Cove, Central Point and Ashland.

Is your home at risk of wildland fire? A staggering 751,672 Oregonians (occupying approximately 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire. Get involved! Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 7. Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions bring your community together and help reduce your wildfire risk.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common: They are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space around homes has been demonstrated to minimize wildfire risk while increasing the safety of residents and firefighters. The National Firewise Communities USA Program has crucial tips for creating this defensible space:
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- Maintain landscapes at least 30-100 feet around a home to reduce fire danger

- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that in forested areas to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

Reducing losses from wildfires is a shared responsibility among emergency managers, response agencies, and local community members.

"Working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards around homes before the fire starts is the best investment you can make to protect your property and community from potentially devastating losses," she said.


Attached Media Files: Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/26/16 9:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the dates and locations for a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. Today's announcement follows last month's publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program.
"As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."

The BLM is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the PEIS, including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities. Public feedback obtained during these meetings will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the PEIS.

In January, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will examine a broad array of concerns about the federal coal program following critical reports issued by the Government Accountability Office and Interior's Office of the Inspector General; concerns raised by members of Congress and other interested stakeholders; and feedback received from a series of public listening sessions last year in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. local time in the following six locations:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Center Drive
Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016 Seattle
To be announced

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all six meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.

Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Attached Media Files: Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program BLM To Gather Public Input at Scoping Meetings Across Nation
2016 Roseburg Distracted Driving Campaign (Update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/26/16 9:33 AM
During April 8th-13th the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Distracted Driving enforcement campaign. During that time there were Officers working specifically to enforce violations of distracted driving laws. This campaign was made possible through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:
Using a Cell Phone While Driving - 72
Failing to Use Seat Belt - 2
Driving While Suspended - 3
Other Citations - 18
Warnings - 7
Warrant Arrests - 2

Although the enforcement campaign is completed, the month of April is still Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Roseburg Police Department and ODOT would like to remind people of the following:
Focus ONLY on driving, cycling, walking or crossing the road.
Have a passenger answer the cell phone, change the CD, navigate, etc.
The safest time to use your cell phone in the car is when you reach and have stopped at your destination.
Make sure you and your vehicle are ready to go before you start driving.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Hold Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 9:26 AM
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2016

Contact: Linsay Hale, DPSST by phone (503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting:

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on April 28, 2016 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for February 9, 2016 / Approve minutes

2. BURNS, Mark - Medford Fire-Rescue / Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - July 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.
Legislators, Hospitals Announce Funding for Rural Healthcare Transformation in Budget
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 04/26/16 9:13 AM
April 26, 2016 -- Salem, Oregon --Senator Alan Bates and Representative Nancy Nathanson along with Oregon's rural hospitals announced the inclusion of $10 million in the state's recent budget to fund projects designed to help ensure the sustainability of rural health care. The projects were developed during an exhaustive listening tour and process conducted in a partnership between the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH), and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

"These investments in our rural health will improve lives and economies," said Senator Alan Bates, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who helped shepherd the projects through the legislature. "Health systems are not one size fits all and I am glad to see rural areas getting specific tools to meet their needs."

"I applaud these organizations for their dedication to finding ways to transform rural health care in Oregon," said Representative Nancy Nathanson, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who was a key champion of the funding. "I'm proud to support these investments which will have long-term benefits for health care access in rural Oregon."

"Oregon's rural hospitals are grateful for this opportunity and the support for rural health care from the legislature," said Rick Yecny, Chief Administrative Officer of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Oregon, who chairs the OAHHS Small and Rural Hospital Committee. "Oregon's small and rural hospitals face a difficult task in ensuring they transform to meet the needs of the modern health care system while staying financially viable. The programs envisioned will accelerate that process and ensure Oregon's rural residents continue to receive top-notch health care in the communities where they live."

The programs funded through this legislation focus topics such as:
Workforce shortages, recruitment and retention of providers, increasing graduate medical training capacity;
Access to health care in rural communities, and strategies to sustain local health care services;
Professional development training for population health and volume-to-value care and the ongoing adoption of transformative practices in rural communities.
All the programs rely on:
Partnerships with organizations that have existing expertise and are utilizing national experts;
Programs that have a demonstrated track record of success in other states and provided several different opportunities for hospitals to get engaged depending on their needs.

The four programs set out in the legislation are:

Launching a Transitional Post-Acute Care program in partnership with Mayo Clinic
This program will hire a consultant to help hospitals to establish transitional post-acute care programs. It is based on a successful transitional post-acute care model developed in Midwestern hospitals. The goal is to improve readmission, increase patient satisfaction, and transition care for patients back to their rural communities to increase hospital throughput by freeing up capacity in urban settings and reducing cost to the patient with local care and decreased transportation.

Support for the Oregon Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium
The successful operationalization of the Oregon GME Consortium will help bolster the number of GME slots in Oregon. This is a short term action that will have long-term rewards through an increase in primary care providers with a special focus on rural training tracks.

Population health education and coaching for all rural health care providers and leaders
This program will address knowledge gaps that hinders the spread of the coordinated care model and build a shared platform of knowledge about population health to stimulate effective investment in improvement strategies. The result will be a certification via a multi-week educational platform including small group training and coaching focused on rural outcomes.

Implementation of virtual clinics
This new care delivery model will bolster urgent care and/or afterhours access to care without additional brick-and-mortar facilities. A virtual clinic is staffed around the clock and offers patients visits via videoconference or telephone. This is a short-term access solution that brings up to 20 providers to our rural communities immediately through a virtual office, with the effect of redirecting care to a more appropriate setting.

"We are very appreciative for the legislature for their support of these important projects," added Rick Yecny on behalf of Oregon's rural hospitals and health care providers. "We look forward to implementing these programs and sharing the positive results upon their completion. In the end, we know the outcome will be a healthier rural Oregon, with greater access to care in rural communities."

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***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 9:00 AM
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The deceased driver was identifed as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

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Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it's roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Fire destroys mobile home (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/25/16 9:31 PM
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At 1656 today Sweet Home Fire District responded to a structure fire at 1530 tamarack space 18. 14 firefighters responded with three apparatus and extinguished the fire quickly. The vacant mobile home was destroyed but no injuries were sustained. The cause is suspicious and anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation are asked to contact Sweet Home Police.


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Vandals Destroy New 911 Call Box (Photo)
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After a season of record high temperatures and the lowest lake level in years, the North Fork Community saw an explosion in day and evening use of recreation areas like Salmon Falls, North Fork Park and Three Pools. The remote and picturesque areas are filled with abundant forests, wildlife and river views that make Marion County a premier recreation destination. With the uptick in usage came an increase in injuries, littering, vandalism, trespassing and other criminal behavior that made everyday life challenging for the full time residents of the scenic canyon.

The Sheriff's Office and its partners have been working in collaboration with the residents and other community partners to address safety concerns brought by the large number of visitors. These projects have included park improvements, increased patrols and the installation of a 911 call box located at the Salmon Falls Recreation Area.

With limited, if any, cell service, the Salmon Falls call box was installed and wired over the winter, and the phone was set to be placed this spring, just prior to the recreation season. Unfortunately, vandals broke the box and post, and threw them over an embankment. Crews are now working to reinstall the post, box and finish the installation of the phone.

Commander Eric Hlad of the Enforcement Division stated, "It is disappointing that the senseless actions of a select few are delaying the installation of a vital and potentially lifesaving tool. Please, if you see someone tampering with, or damaging these phones or boxes, write down a description of the person or get a license plate, and report it to the Sheriff's Office immediately."

The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information that might lead to the arrest of the vandals. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.


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Oak Hill Students on to National History Day Competition
Oak Hill School - 04/25/16 1:15 PM
Eight Oak Hill Students have qualified to attend the National History day Competition in Washington D.C.
Of the 12 projects represented by OHS Students, 6 qualified for Nationals!
National History Day

Placing First in Junior Group Documentary for their project on the Taiping Rebellion, Mark and Lily Fitzharris

Placing 2nd in Junior Individual Exhibit on Rajneeshpuram, Katrina Carrier

Placing 2nd in Junior Individual Website on Jeannette Rankin: Jared Charbonneau

Placing 2nd in Junior Historical Paper on Electronic Music Innovation, Abe Luedtke

Placing 2nd in Senior Individual Exhibit on Space Innovation, Samantha Kasitz

Placing 2nd in Senior Group Website on Eva Peron, Sabrina Juarez Honorato and Ilsa Frazer
The contests are held in the spring in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and at international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia. Students create historical projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Using primary and secondary sources, participants focus their projects around an annual theme. The 2016 theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The top two entries in each category from each affiliate are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held in College Park, Maryland, June 12 through 16.
Robert Gordon Davis pleads guilty to murder.
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/25/16 12:27 PM
At a hearing this morning before the honorable Judge Hart, Robert Gordon Davis entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Sentencing is set in the same courtroom on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 am. These charges stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr, Salem, OR, that caused the death of Jose Garcia-Roldan. No further information will be released pending sentencing.
Oak Hill Debaters Capture Individual and Team State Championships
Oak Hill School - 04/25/16 11:22 AM
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Contact: James Pearson, 541-744-0954/jpearson@oakhillschool.net

Oak Hill Debaters Capture Individual and Team State Championships

Oak Hill School senior Laurel Eddins won the Oregon state championship in Extemporaneous Speaking at the OSAA Speech and Debate Tournament, held April 21-23 at Western Oregon University. Eddins also took home the second place medal in Impromptu Speaking, helping Oak Hill capture the overall class 4A/3A/2A/1A team championship title in speech and debate.

Senior Emma Rosander, who was a finalist in Prose Reading, also contributed significantly to Oak Hill's team championship, as did both Oak Hill varsity debate teams -- Rosander & junior Beau Taylor-Ladd, and Eddins & junior Conrad Sproul -- by advancing to quarterfinals in Policy Debate. Sophomore Emma Miller also participated in Student Congress at the state championship tournament, while Taylor-Ladd also competed in Impromptu Speaking and Expository Speaking.

The combined performance of the Oak Hill entries put the small class 1A school (with fewer than 50 high school students) two points ahead of class 4A Marshfield High School (with 800 students) and class 3A Oregon Episcopal School (with 300 high school students), who finished tied for 2nd place, and four points in front of class 4A North Bend High School (with 805 students).  Oak Hill School's team championship this year follows a second place finish in 2015 in the 4A/3A/2A/1A division.

Photos from the tournament and additional information are available from Oak Hill debate coach Keith Eddins (keith.eddins@oakhillschool.net or 541-543-5508).
Miller-Jones to retire Jan. 1 as OSBA executive director
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/25/16 10:42 AM
Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), publicly announced her retirement Monday, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Miller-Jones, 62, who has held the position since January 2012 (she was interim for one year before being made permanent in January 2013), said she is retiring to spend more time with family. Before being named executive director she spent seven-plus years at OSBA in board development, traveling around Oregon to train school board members on issues such as roles and responsibilities.

"OSBA is a very strong organization with excellent leadership, a superb staff and broad base of support," Miller-Jones said. "We have rallied our members and our communities around support for public education through the Promise of Oregon campaign. We have been a strong voice for our members' priorities, including reform of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and increased state investment in public education. Our services to school districts, education service districts and community colleges have strongly supported the work our local boards do to increase student achievement. As I prepare to leave the association, I do so with confidence that OSBA is in great shape to advocate for our students and members through the many challenges ahead."

Dr. Doug Nelson, OSBA president, praised Miller-Jones for her leadership.

"Through Betsy's persistence, grit and common sense, together with the help of a strong staff and the guidance of the board, she has transformed OSBA into a solid and well-respected organization in Oregon. We owe Betsy a great deal of thanks for her dedication and hard work. We will miss her presence and guidance but know she will enjoy a wonderful retirement," Nelson said.

The OSBA Board of Directors has appointed an executive director search committee. Nelson said the committee will hire a search firm to develop a timeline and process so that the OSBA Board can hire a highly qualified candidate and ensure a smooth transition in leadership by Jan. 1, 2017. The process will include input on the qualities and qualifications of the next executive director provided by the OSBA board, staff and other partners and members, he added.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Forestry Professionals Meet in Coos Bay
Society of American Foresters - 04/25/16 10:15 AM
Coos Bay, OR -- Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Coos Bay on April 27 through 29 for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 900 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators, who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting is "Water -- Trees -- Transportation." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of water quality, forest management, and transportation challenges and opportunities on southern Oregon's coast. The program begins Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote panel addressing Oregon's riparian rule changes; this panel is highlighted by George Ice, an emeritus research forest hydrologist. The remainder of the day attendees are treated to panels addressing watershed science and management, forest health issues and forestry marketing logistics in the coastal region.

On Thursday, Clark Seely, Society of American Foresters' national president and Ed Shepard, Oregon's national representative, will speak to "SAF Now and For the Future." After additional presentations on Coos Chapter's education projects and EROAD trucking and logistics tracking, members will retire to the field for the afternoon. There are two half-day field trips options: a forestry logistics tour looking at marine and rail transportation of wood products from the Coos Bay area, and the other looking at forest health and watershed management on Campbell Global-Menasha property. That night, an awards banquet to honor 2015 OSAF award winners will be held, followed by a dance.

On Friday, attendees will be treated to panel presentations on forestry education in Oregon and forest density management across geography and ownerships. The meeting concludes at noon, but for those that are willing to spend part of the afternoon in Coos Bay, there is a barge tour of the Bay provided by Knutson Towboat, a local towboat company. All in all, there are over 26 speakers featuring experts from all walks of the forestry and logistics/shipping profession.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park on Coos Bay. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2016AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.
Portland State University to Host Oregon Historical Society Glass Lantern Slide Show May 5 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/25/16 9:49 AM
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Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University invite you to a pictorial history of Oregon's bounty. Featuring hand colored glass lantern slides from 1850 to 1940s, this original slide show titled "The Land of Milk and Honey" will showcase many aspects of the state's agricultural industries that make Oregon one of the best places to eat in the world!

The event begins at 6pm in Portland State's Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets are $20 and $10 for PSU students; purchase tickets in advance through the Portland State Box Office at pdx.edu/boxoffice or by calling 503.725.3307.

Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (Portland: A Food Biography) will share stories of Oregon's cornucopia, while Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan operates an original 1930s projector. Once projected, it is hard to comprehend how these vibrant depictions of Oregon were each hand painted, sometimes using only a single brush bristle.

A proto-cinematic device, lantern slide projectors--like their "magic" predecessors from the 1850s--were an early mode of audio visual performance before the advent of motion picture film. From Portland classrooms to Carnegie Hall, these slide shows were often the sole means for the general public to visit distant lands and mountain peaks and were often noted for their vivid colors. Soon though, with the advent of 16mm to the home market in the 1920s and followed by the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935, these glass slides were soon replaced with more stable and affordable media.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. Ticket sales support the Portland State University Film Program, which emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system.

To discover more of the Oregon Historical Society's glass lantern slide collection, visit the OHS Research Library Tumblr at http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Efficiency Exchange conference highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/25/16 8:30 AM
Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
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Northwest connects on the latest energy efficiency programs and strategies

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -- April 25, 2016 -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the fourth annual Efficiency Exchange conference.

The region wide event focuses on promoting technical innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. This year's event will be at the Coeur d'Alene Conference Center in Idaho on April 26-27, with tours on April 28.

"This is the biggest utility energy efficiency event in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA. "It's where utilities, implementers, contractors and policy-makers share ideas, best practices and strategies so that we can continue to drive the Northwest's energy efficiency powerhouse."

Attendees will build new relationships, gain a better understanding of emerging trends in the industry, and learn about new products, programs and practices to consider in their own organizations.

This year's conference kicks off with a general session on energy efficiency in the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council adopted in February. The plan concludes that energy efficiency is the key to meeting our region's future demand for electricity.

"The Council's analysis found that energy efficiency can meet all of the Northwest's anticipated load growth through 2035," Council Chair Henry Lorenzen said. "It also provides a significant contribution to the region's newly identified need for capacity resources which can help meet spikes in system demand. The Council is pleased to help sponsor the 2016 Energy Efficiency Exchange and to continue work with BPA, NEEA and other regional partners to promote this important resource."

In addition to this topic, experts from around the Northwest will present on a range of issues, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, lighting and new methods of driving energy efficiency through data and behavior.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy-efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes tours of the Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project, Rohinni Lighting, and the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, among other sites.

"The Northwest has been an established leader in collaborating on energy efficiency for the last two decades," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region. Together, we are shaping our energy future."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit [conduitnw.org], an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com.


Attached Media Files: Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
Sun. 04/24/16
Manzanita Couple Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/24/16 7:02 AM
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On April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 3:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 near milepost 28 (just north of Cannon Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2011 Hyundai sport utility was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe head-on. After the impact both vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Hyundai, Gregory W HERON, and his passenger, Martha H HERON (both age 64 and from Manzanita) were pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Diana R FEKE, age 57, and Jethro J FEKE, age 59 (both of West Linn) received non-life threatening injuries. Both were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Highway 101 was closed for about three and a half hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner, Cannon Beach Fire Department, Cannon Beach Police Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Cause of the crash is still under investigation. More information will released when it becomes available.


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Sat. 04/23/16
McMinnville Man Loses Life In Highway 18 Crash - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/23/16 9:20 AM
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On April 22, 2016 at about 4:35AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 49 (one mile east of McMinnville).

A 2003 Dodge Durango was westbound on Highway 18 when it crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Astro van head-on. The Dodge then struck a 2005 Honda Civic which had been following the Chevrolet. When this impact occurred, the Dodge rode up and over the hood of the Honda. The roof of the Honda was tore off killing the driver inside. The Durango then rolled over and came to rest in a ditch.

The driver of the Dodge, Daniel L CAIN, age 25, of Lafayette, received minor injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Stanley N CASS, age 62, of McMinnville, received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The deceased driver of the Honda was identified as Robby A ROBBINS, age 56, of McMinnville.

Fatigued driving is being investigated as a contributing factor. Seatbelts were worn by all drivers. A detour was established for approximately four hours as the scene was investigated. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Dayton Fire Department, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Fri. 04/22/16
Former OSP Sergeant John Burright Honored At Ceremony In Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/22/16 5:14 PM
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A ceremony was held on April 21, 2016 to dedicate the naming of a Salem City Street in the name of former Oregon State Police Sergeant John Burright who was critically injured in 2001. John later medically retired due to being disabled.

The ceremony took place at the site of the future Oregon State Police headquarters building in southeast Salem. The ceremony was attended by John's family, friends and coworkers. Superintendent Rich Evans presented the family with replicas of the street sign "Burright Ln SE", which was later unveiled by John's son Jeremy.

On September 4, 2001, Sergeant Burright, OSP Senior Trooper Maria Mignano and Albany Police Officer Jason Hoerauf were alongside Interstate 5 near milepost 243 (south of Salem) assisting a disabled motorist when they were struck by a driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Senior Trooper Mignano and Officer Hoerauf were killed and Sergeant Burright was critically injured.

Mignano and Hoerauf have been honored for their sacrifice at the Oregon Peace Officer Memorial at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. "This is a way to honor John for his contributions serving the citizens of Oregon", said Superintendent Evans. "The sign will remind troopers when they are on their way to work how important the work they do is".

People close to John stated he set the standard of a family man, fellow trooper and friend. They believe that naming the street after John will bring his presence back to the office and something he would have wanted.

The new OSP headquarters, which is at 3565 Trelstad Ave SE, is set to be open by mid-summer. The building will consolidate several OSP facilities that are currently scattered around Salem. Those include, Office of State Fire Marshal, property and procurement, Criminal Justice Information Services, the Salem Area Command and OSP headquarters.


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Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force meets April 29 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/22/16 1:59 PM
April 22, 2016

What: The first meeting of the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force.

Agenda: Introduce the Oregon Opioids Prescribing Guidelines Task Force, discuss the CDC guideline and recommendations, and identify topics for discussion. See the complete agenda on the OHA opioids website at healthoregon.org/opioids.

When: Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A

Details: The Oregon Health Authority is convening a task force to develop statewide opioid prescribing guidelines. These guidelines will support Oregon's initiative to address the epidemic of opioid use, misuse, and overdose by optimizing care, improving patient safety, and providing a consistent framework for endorsement and implementation at the local level.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Oregon OSHA offers help during national safety event
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/22/16 1:39 PM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA Consultation Services is offering to bring expertise to work sites across the state during the May 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down event.

In its third year, the voluntary national stand-down, organized by federal OSHA and other federal agencies, will focus on the dangers of falls in the construction industry. Such falls, which are preventable, remain a leading cause of death for construction workers.

"The National Safety Stand-Down offers employers the opportunity to focus on fall hazards and build a working relationship with Oregon OSHA," said Roy Kroker, consultation and public education manager for Oregon OSHA.

Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services are always available to help employers identify and correct safety and health hazards. However, the agency believes the week of the national stand-down affords a special opportunity to establish a relationship with employers and workers to reinforce the importance of safety in the workplace.

Anyone who wants to prevent falls in the workplace can participate in the national stand-down. Previously, participants have included commercial construction companies of all sizes, residential construction contractors, general industry employers, unions, and safety equipment manufacturers.

Companies can conduct a safety stand-down in a variety of ways, including taking a break to have an informal safety meeting, conducting safety equipment inspections, developing rescue plans, and discussing specific hazards on the job.

Last year's national stand-down reached more than 2.5 million workers. This year, federal OSHA's goal is to reach 5 million workers, and Oregon OSHA aims to help make the national event a success in Oregon. Its consultants will participate in activities chosen by employers to help protect workers.

Employers are encouraged to request a visit from a consultant during the National Safety Stand-Down by calling Oregon OSHA's central office in Salem, 503-378-3272, or a field office in their area:

Bend: 541-388-6068
Eugene: 541-686-7913
Medford: 541-776-6016
Pendleton: 541-276-2353
Portland: 503-229-6193
Salem: 503-373-7819

The dangers of falls in the construction industry cannot be overstated. Deaths caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 337 of the 874 construction deaths recorded in 2014, according to federal data.

The construction industry also has the greatest number of both fatal and nonfatal traumatic brain injuries among U.S. workplaces, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. From 2003 to 2010, 2,210 construction workers died because of a traumatic brain injury.

To learn more about the National Safety Stand-Down: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/

For more information about Oregon OSHA's Consultation Services: http://www.orosha.org/consultation.html

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet April 28
Oregon Health Authority - 04/22/16 11:31 AM
April 22, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee, which provides the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program with recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. Agenda items include legislative session debriefing; tobacco retail policy efforts; and tobacco prevention policy options.

When: Thursday, April 28, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1C Portland

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor. Members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to reducing the harmful impact of tobacco use on Oregonians.

Details: Please note that space is limited. For more information, visit the committee's website at https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/TobaccoPrevention/Pages/trac.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Six to receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/22/16 11:19 AM
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards May 5 in Salem. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, a cooperative, ground-breaking effort led by the University of Oregon Libraries to digitize more than 740,000 pages of historic newspapers and create related educational resources.

-- Oregon Archaeological Society, for its decades of work educating the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- J.S. Cooper Block Restoration, for an outstanding effort to restore an Independence landmark that has helped to rejuvenate the downtown area.

-- B.A. Beierle, for her enduring and collaborative efforts to sustain the historic resources of Corvallis and Benton County.

-- Gary Dielman, for his decades-long work preserving and writing about the history of Baker County, including the 10,000 historic images collected by the Baker County Library District.

-- Sally Donovan of Hood River, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources, including her leadership in working with historic cemeteries.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by using the online registration system that is available through www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


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BLM Oregon Unveils Vintage-Style Commemorative Poster of Steens Mountain (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/22/16 11:09 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management's Oregon/Washington State Office released a new vintage-style poster and postcards of Steens Mountain for Earth Day 2016. The posters and postcards will be available to the public at no cost from all BLM offices and public rooms throughout Oregon and Washington.

"An area as special as southeast Oregon's Steens Mountain deserves an equally special commemoration like this beautiful vintage poster. The Steens Mountain and its high desert surroundings is one of the crown jewels of Oregon wildlands. Conservation efforts here are an example of successful cooperative conservation efforts." said acting Oregon/Washington BLM State Director Jamie Connell.

The Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area (CMPA) contains 428,156 acres of public land offering diverse scenic and recreational experiences. The CMPA encompasses an extraordinary landscape with deep glacier carved gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness, wild rivers, a rich diversity of plant and animal species, and a way of life for all who live there. The 52-mile Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway provides access to four campgrounds and the views from Kiger Gorge, East Rim, Big Indian Gorge, Wildhorse and Little Blitzen Gorge overlooks are spectacular!

The United States Congress designated the Steens Mountain Wilderness in 2000 and it now has over 170,200 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. "The high Steens landscape reveals the dramatic effects of contrasting geologic forces -- tectonic uplift and glaciation. The vintage Steens poster depicts the massive backdrop that compels us to play an active part in something much bigger than ourselves," said Jerry Magee, Oregon/Washington BLM State Wilderness Lead.

The Act also designated three new Wild and Scenic Rivers --- Wildhorse Creek, Little Wildhorse Creek and Kiger Creek --- and adds two new segments --- Ankle Creek and Mud Creek --- to the existing Donner und Blitzen Wild and Scenic River. Also, the first ever Redband Trout Reserve has been created to improve stream health and fish habitat.

The BLM's National Conservation Lands encompass some of the most scenic, culturally rich and scientifically important public land in America. These lands include approximately 875 areas (more than 32 million acres) of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and other federally-designated special places.

The vintage poster and postcard series is being produced to raise awareness and encourage greater stewardship of our National Conservation Lands. Since 2014, the BLM has published 13 vintage posters. All the posters can be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/mypubliclands/sets/72157644226090865

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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Pulitzer Prize winning article on Cascadia raises awareness in advance of regional exercise (Photo)
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The possibility of a devastating mega-earthquake in Pacific Northwest has been a topic of conversation lately, thanks in part to the riveting and informative article by Kathryn Shultz in The New Yorker called "The Really Big One." The article was published in July of last year, and brought widespread attention to the importance of planning for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Shultz recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.

"It's great to see this topic spurred such a prestigious award," said Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "Though the article pointed out some scary elements, the awareness it has generated has helped to move communities to enhance their preparedness planning."

On June 7-10, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will participate in Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by FEMA Region X that includes local, state, tribal and federal partners. Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to simulate the first 4-days of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

The exercise aims to test the Cascadia Playbook, a document that outlines the first 14-days of a coordinated response for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

The playbook, says Phelps, is an innovative, whole community approach Oregon is taking to synchronize response efforts for a Cascadia event. Using the playbook as a guide, Cascadia Rising will help ensure emergency response partners are working together to provide decision makers with information to implement programs and policies that will save lives and property.

"It's an opportunity to test our ability to allocate and manage resources with urgency during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters," Phelps said.

Thanks to the article by Schulz, recent major earthquakes, the tireless efforts of the emergency management community, and other outreach and events - lives and property will be saved when the inevitable Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami occurs.

"Now is a perfect time for everyone to evaluate a family emergency plan and update or establish emergency kits," said Althea Rizzo, Ph.D., the state geologic hazards program coordinator, and a noted authority on earthquake preparedness.

Rizzo advocates for having discussions with family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and school officials about what to do in the event of a major earthquake or other disaster.

"Everyone should have established exit routes, contacts, meeting places, and available preparedness kits after a disaster."

You can view a brief informational video about the Cascadia Subduction Zone here: https://www.facebook.com/OMDOEM/videos/770831753061523/

For more information about Cascadia Rising 2016, visit https://www.fema.gov/cascadia-rising-2016.


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Client and Staff Safety Task Force to meet Wednesday, April 27 in Salem - Agenda
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/22/16 10:55 AM
The first meeting of the Client and Staff Safety Task Force is planned for Wednesday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE Salem in Hearing Room B. This meeting is open to the public.

The task force, which was created by Senate Bill 226, is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and operation of the Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

The agenda for the meeting is posted here.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit;
Improving the training and support for staff;
Staffing levels;
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents;
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime;
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods; and
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.
For those not able to attend in person, there is a conference call option:
Call 1-877-873-8017, and enter participant code: 772325# when prompted.
Accessibility: All meetings of this Task Force are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for accommodation for any person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee: 503 689-5034. Requests for accommodation should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.


Attached Media Files: Agenda for Meeting
11th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/16 9:00 AM
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On April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds--more than 2,750 tons--of pills.

A list of drop sites can be found below:


Salem Police Department
555 Liberty Street in Salem
(Salem Police Department)

Marion County Sheriff's Office
Roth's IGA
702 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem
(Corner of Center Street NE and Lancaster Drive NE)


Can't make it? Here is a list or permanent sites where you can always drop off your unwanted prescription drugs.

http://www.co.marion.or.us/CS/CFC/drugabuseprevention/Pages/Drugdisposalsites.aspx

(We cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


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PACE Awards recognize two programs, three people for safety efforts
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/22/16 8:48 AM
Two programs and three individuals were recognized Thursday during PACE Awards presentations. Phil Wentz, chairman of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the "PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools" event at the Hilton Eugene.

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2015 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) program. PACE (pace.osba.org) is an insurance pool made up of nearly 300 Oregon member school districts, charter schools, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges.

The outstanding programs recognized were the Tillamook Bay Community College's Safety Committee and the Baker School District.

The Tillamook Bay committee was noted for evaluating and improving all college safety efforts after the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College. Baker was lauded for a districtwide security upgrade that includes an advanced lockdown system and rapid law enforcement response in the event of an emergency.

The outstanding individual recipients of a PACE Award were Claudia Meeks, transportation dispatcher and safety officer with the Port Orford/Langlois School District, and Superintendent Dave Novotney of the Willamette Education Service District (ESD).

Meeks was commended for constantly monitoring weather conditions to ensure student safety, and for spearheading a district Safe Haven Project, which is dedicated to evacuating students to high ground in the event of a tsunami.

Novotney serves on the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, which is working to develop a statewide school threat assessment system. He has also led regional efforts on promoting school safety and stressed security improvements at the ESD's sites.

Also honored with the PACE Special Service Award was Leland Bliss, director of operations for the Sisters School District. In September, when students from Eugene were involved in a tragic vehicle accident near Sisters, Bliss arranged for Sisters SD staff to provide assistance to athletes on a damaged Eugene SD bus, and a Sisters school bus transported them back home to Eugene.
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Burn pile spreads to neighbors property causing damage (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/21/16 5:01 PM
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The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a grass fire today on Marks Ridge Rd. in Sweet Home. The fire burned approximately 1/8th of an acre including one large oak tree. The fire began on a neighboring property where a burn pile got out of control. The person responsible for the fire did not call 911 to report it or notify authorities or the property owner that the fire was smoldering in the tree for several days. The two agencies extinguished the fire and the person responsible for the fire was cited.


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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet April 26, 2016
Lane ESD - 04/21/16 3:38 PM
The Lane ESD Board Agenda Packet for the April 26, 2016 Board Meeting is available online.

To view the agenda, please visit: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001591
Most metals in air near glass factories stay at urban concentrations
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/16 2:00 PM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. today to discuss air monitoring results and the health risk analysis. Contact their agencies' communications staff member below for interviews.

April 21, 2016

SE Portland monitors continue to see higher-than-expected hexavalent chromium

New air monitoring data show levels of most heavy metals near two Portland glass factories are staying at or below concentrations expected in urban environments, and well below levels of immediate health concern.

The new data, culled from 24-hour air monitors deployed in southeast Portland near Bullseye Glass Co. and north Portland near Uroboros Glass, cover sampling between April 1 and April 4. They show concentrations of most metals, including cadmium and arsenic, have remained below levels that would be expected in urban environments.

None of the sampling results were higher than the Oregon 24-hour screening levels. That means there is no immediate or urgent health risk related to these new results. Oregon 24-hour screening levels are short-term concentrations below which immediate health effects are not expected to occur.

State investigators are looking into elevated hexavalent chromium levels that have occurred at the southeast Portland monitoring sites. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality officials are analyzing wind speed and direction to help identify potential sources and will continue to monitor in the area.

The levels of metals measured in the air near Bullseye through April 4 were many times lower than those metals measured there in October 2015, according to air monitoring results. They can be found on the SaferAirOregon website at http://saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/What-We-Know.aspx.

An interagency group that includes DEQ, Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department is working to better understand potential long-term effects of the metals from emissions at the glass companies and other sources in the coming months. The group, led by OHA, is conducting a comprehensive analysis of air, soil, cancer and urine cadmium test data, and will seek community input that will inform two public health assessments (PHAs)--one for the area around Bullseye and one for the area around Uroboros. The PHAs are expected to be ready for public comment this fall.

Weekly air monitoring data will continue to be reported each Thursday by the interagency group and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

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Ceremony will honor fallen Oregon workers April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/21/16 12:49 PM
(Salem) -- To remember those who have died on the job and to reinvigorate the call to protect workers, Oregon OSHA invites all Oregonians to the Workers Memorial Day ceremony at noon Thursday, April 28, in Salem.

The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building on the Capitol Mall. The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature remarks from Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins and from Elana Pirtle-Guiney, workforce and labor policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

"In honoring those who sacrificed everything, we are reminded of the work still undone to protect Oregonians from workplace danger," said Atkins. "May the memory of those lost live on through their families and in our collective efforts to prevent future losses."

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2015. Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the event speakers.

"On April 28, we mourn fallen workers and members of the armed services who died in the line of work and duty," said Chamberlain. "Through that mourning, we will reinvigorate our commitment to fight as hard as we can for the living by making sure Oregon's workers are getting the right gear, the right training, and the right precautions to do their jobs as safely as possible."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by about 75 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

"For each one of us, Workers Memorial Day provides an important reminder that at heart workplace safety is not about statistics or rates, but about individual stories, about lives saved and, when we fail, about lives lost," said Wood.

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and rebuilding the middle class. For more information, visit www.oraflcio.org.
Salem Cancer Institute offers "Creative Art for Wellness" classes (Photo)
Salem Health - 04/21/16 12:33 PM
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Cancer patients and caregivers are invited to take part in "Creative Art for Wellness" -- an upcoming series of art classes specifically designed for them by the Salem Cancer Institute. Participants will create works of art to display at the cancer institute's National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration on June 8. Artists may then take their creations home to enjoy.

HEALING BIRDS
Birds are a symbol of hope and healing. Participants will mold, paint and decorate their own bird. People are encouraged to attend one of each session. (Instructor: Marnie Jeffers)
Molding sessions: Tuesday, May 3, 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
Decorating sessions: Tuesday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m. and Thursday, May 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

FLAGS OF HOPE
Traditional Tibetan prayer flags are stamped with prayers, mantras, and symbols -- and then suspended from ropes to flutter in the breeze, spreading wishes for happiness, hope, and prosperity. Participants will create their own flag(s). (Instructor: Dayna Collins)
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday, May 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

EASY PRINTMAKING
Participants will make their own prints using various shapes and object, foam forms, ink, and rolling pins. Designed so people can spend a few minutes or a few hours. Offered as part of our National Cancer Survivor's Day Celebration. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OPEN ART SESSIONS
People are invited to stop by the cancer institute's lobby to take part in an art activity. Participants will develop their own creation or be guided on a specific project. (Instructor: Sonia Allen)
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In collaboration with the Salem Art Association, and supported by a generous grant from the Salem Health Foundation, all classes will be held at the Salem Cancer Institute -- located on the first floor of Building C on the Salem Health campus, 875 Oak St. SE. To register, call 503-814-CHEC (2432) or visit www.salemhealth.org/chec.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Cleaner Air Oregon launches public engagement phase
Oregon Health Authority - 04/21/16 11:59 AM
April 21, 2016

Community input will inform industrial air toxics rules that integrate health

PORTLAND--Cleaner Air Oregon, a program created by Governor Kate Brown and jointly led by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), today launched a public engagement process to support the program's efforts to improve the health of all Oregonians by overhauling the state's industrial air toxics regulatory standards.

"Public health and environmental science indicate there is more we can do to address industrial toxics in our air," Governor Brown said. "We must do more."

Cleaner Air Oregon seeks to put human health front and center as the state looks at overhauling industrial air toxics regulations to incorporate health-based standards. A foundation of the regulatory reform is the involvement of a broad array of perspectives from people across the state.

"We invite the people of Oregon to share with us the things that matter most to them--whether that's human health, environmental quality, economic vitality of our communities or other concerns--and together help shape the rules to protect our shared priorities and create a safer, healthier Oregon for generations to come," said Peter Shepherd, DEQ's interim director.

State seeks input on health-based regulatory overhaul

DEQ and OHA are seeking broad-based public input into the Cleaner Air Oregon regulatory reforms.

--Oregonians can begin sharing comments and following the process at a new website, CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.
--Statewide public forums will be held starting this fall.
--An advisory group made up of strong representation from three critical priorities for Oregon: human health, environmental health and economic health. Members of the group will be Oregonians who reflect the communities facing the greatest challenges from air pollution, as well as people from the broader community and those from business and industry. The group's work will be informed by input from the public engagement process, as well as by environmental and health technical staff members from state agencies, and other science and health experts.

Oregon's current air toxics regulations for industries limit environmental emissions, but do not cap the total amount of contaminants a facility may release. The regulations are not designed to take into account the local impacts of industrial pollution on human health.

"We're poised to take a new approach to regulation, and for DEQ and Oregon Health Authority to collaborate in a new way that benefits Oregonians and contributes to a healthier state," said OHA Director Lynne Saxton. "The new regulations will incorporate human health science, together with environmental science, to drive decision-making."

New air toxics regulations will close gaps in current rules

The guidelines will set limits on toxic air emissions for industrial sources based on risks to human health; define exposure and emission levels that protect human health; and cover a comprehensive range of industries across the state. The rules will apply to facilities that emit a wide variety of potentially harmful toxics.

In addition to this regulatory overhaul, DEQ and OHA are taking additional steps for air quality:

--Addressing toxics in glass manufacturing: DEQ today proposed temporary rules to the DEQ's policy and rulemaking board, the Environmental Quality Commission, which the commission adopted. The temporary rules regulate small art glass manufacturers to reduce metals emissions. In the Portland area, DEQ will set up air monitors around potential "hot spots" to measure air pollutants using data from moss studies.
--Identifying concentrations of pollutants statewide: DEQ also is developing plans to use moss testing and other innovative techniques to screen for areas of elevated air toxics in other parts of the state.
--Comprehensive responses to air quality and health safety: OHA is developing a new program called Healthy Places Oregon. Under this initiative, OHA will conduct health assessments in five to 10 communities. Through these assessments, health experts will work with local communities to identify the highest priority health issues and environmental pollutants affecting health safety. OHA staff will work with state and local policy makers to develop solutions.

More information can be found at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Congresswoman Bonamici Named 2016 "Pro-Choice Champion" (Photo)
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon will honor Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici as its "2016 Pro-Choice Champion." The award will be presented at the 2016 Courageous Voice Breakfast with keynote speaker Kathleen Turner on Wednesday, May 4th in Portland.

Every year, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon presents the Marilyn Epstein Pro-Choice Champion Award to recognize a leader who goes above and beyond in advocating for women's and reproductive healthcare issues. Bonamici is the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives to receive the award, which has previously honored State Representative Mary Nolan (2011), Secretary of State (now Governor) Kate Brown (2012), Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (2013), U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (2014) and Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy (2015).

"Suzanne Bonamici has long advocated for a woman's right to decide which family planning methods work best for her," said Kamala Shugar, Board Chair for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "In just her first four years in Washington, she has demonstrated leadership and steadfast support for women's health initiatives and for safe and affordable reproductive services for all Americans."

Throughout her tenure in the Oregon Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Bonamici has courageously stood up for women's health time and time again:

She introduced the 21st Century Women's Health Act to expand comprehensive preventive health services, including full access to contraceptive coverage for all women served by Medicaid; establish a women's health nurse practitioner training program to expand primary care access; improve maternal safety and quality of care; create a Women's Health Ombudsperson; and provide assistance for rape survivors.

She led her colleagues in calling on the U.S. Health Department to follow Oregon's lead by requiring insurance companies cover a full year's supply of birth control at once.

She repeatedly speaks out on the House floor on behalf of the majority of Americans who oppose the shameful votes to defund Planned Parenthood. She also joined more than 150 colleagues in calling on Republican leaders to disband the House Select Committee investigating Planned Parenthood.

She joined her colleagues in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Texas law that limits that access to abortion.

She supports increased access to contraception for women serving in the military, more transparency of Crisis Pregnancy Centers and a full repeal of the Hyde Amendment - which profoundly hurts those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care, such as low-income women, immigrant women, young women and women of color.

She also has taken a leading role in fighting for paid leave policies, comprehensive sex education and improved access to treatment and other services for survivors of campus sexual assault.

The 2016 Courageous Voice Breakfast will take place from 7:30-9am Wednesday, May 4th at Sentinel Hotel's Governor Ballroom, 614 SW 11th Ave. This year's keynote speaker is Kathleen Turner, the Oscar- and Tony-nominated actress and respected activist who serves as chairwoman of Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Board of Advocates. Tickets are available at PPAOregon.org.


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Wildfire knows no season
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/16 9:06 AM
May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year including spring. During May, federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies will be spreading the word about wildfire prevention and the steps Oregonians can take to stop most fires before they start.

AT STAKE: LIVES, PROPERTY, FORESTS
When it comes to preventing wildfires, there's a lot at stake -- lives, personal property, and the many values provided by Oregon's forests and rangelands. During the 2015 wildfire season, about 1.6 million acres were consumed by wildfire across the Pacific Northwest, including 630,000 acres in Oregon. Some 675 structures were lost - many of them permanent residences. And tragically, three firefighters were killed. Key wildlife habitats, including those of the beleaguered greater sage grouse, went up in smoke.

In Oregon alone, some 850 human-caused fires ravaged the landscape. And on just the forest and rangelands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry, these "people" fires burned nearly 87,000 acres. But wildfire prevention educators are not pointing fingers. In the extreme weather conditions of last summer nearly any fire start, whether human or lightning caused, had potential to spread into a raging wildfire.

WILDFIRES CAN START AT HOME
Wildfires that occur in the wildland-urban interface often are started by human activity and then spread to the forest. Once underway a fire follows the fuel, whether it is trees or houses. Fortunately, this grave threat to lives and property can be dramatically reduced.

"Simple prevention strategies will make the strongest impact on your home, family and community safety," said Kristin Babbs, president of the Keep Oregon Green Association.

Spring is the perfect time, she said, to remove dead, flammable vegetation and limb up trees around the yard.

"When clearing brush and vegetation from around the home, property owners should also keep in mind the access needed by larger fire trucks," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Long driveways should be at least 12 feet wide, have 10 feet of vegetation clearance from the centerline to the edge of the driveway, and about 14 feet of overhead clearance. Having an adequate turnaround area is critical for firefighter."

To get an early start on Wildfire Awareness Month, join your neighbors in reducing your community's wildfire risk by taking part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on Saturday, May 7. The National Fire Protection Association has teamed up with State Farm Insurance to encourage residents to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, to help raise wildfire awareness and work together on projects that can help protect homes and entire communities from the threat of fire.

COMING SOON: MORE WILDFIRE AWARENESS MONTH TIPS
During May, Keep Oregon Green will promote wildfire prevention topic via traditional and social media each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to ensure their outdoor activities do not spark the next wildfire. For more information, visit these websites: Keep Oregon Green, www.keeporegongreen.org; Oregon Dept. of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/odf; Office of the State Fire Marshal, www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/index.aspx

Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen; https://www.facebook.com/odfprevention/?fref=ts
Working Smoke Alarms Alert Family of 4 of Fire
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/21/16 8:34 AM
Fire crews responded to a fire on Spyglass Dr in the early morning hours. Investigators concluded this was an accidental fire started as the result of a failed electrical appliance in a living area. Working smoke alarms alerted the occupants and they evacuated safely to their meeting place. Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
***Photo Update*** OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Locating Missing Person - Marion County (Photo)
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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police is seeking the public's assistance in locating an missing and endangered adult male who was last seen at a Goodwill Retail Store at 1125 Crowley Ave SE, Salem.

Jerome W HALL, age 37 was last seen on April 20, 2016 around 1:30PM at or near the Goodwill Retail Store. OSP is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of HALL to notify law enforcement immediately. HALL has medical conditions that if left untreated could be of serious risk.

HALL is a white male, 5'9" tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has a diabetic symbol tattoo on his upper left arm, a dragon tattoo on his upper right arm. He was last seen wearing a bright green Under Armour hooded sweatshirt and black Carhartt pants. It is believed he may be heading to the Portland or McMinnville area.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Lebanon Firefighters Cut Two Victims From Wreckage (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 04/20/16 6:45 PM
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Two adult females were transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center by ambulance on Wednesday evening following a two vehicle head on collision on Denny School Road in Lebanon. Firefighters and paramedics from the Lebanon Fire District arrived to find one vehicle in the roadway and another in a ditch at the intersection of Denny School Road and Sand Ridge Road, west of Lebanon. An adult male and female in the second vehicle refused transportation.

Firefighters used hydraulic extrication tools to spread open and remove the passenger door from the vehicle on the roadway, and removed its roof in order to extricate the two victims who were pinned inside. Both victims were using their seat belts and the vehicle's airbags deployed. One engine, two medic units, a Battalion Chief and two chief officers from the Lebanon Fire District were on scene for 46 minutes and were assisted by crews from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District and the Linn County Sheriff's Office. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


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Spring Has Sprung and Summer is Coming, is Your Boat Ready? (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/16 5:19 PM
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The Pietty Island channel markers have been placed at Detroit Lake. These navigational aids assist boaters in making-way through the channel using the deepest and hazard free area. Boat operators should remember the three R's "Red Right Returning" when navigating through the channel, which means to keep the red markers on the right side of your vessel when returning from the open seas or heading up river and the opposite when heading down river.

In addition, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is hosting the last two free boat inspection events of the year. These events allow boaters to interact with marine patrol Deputies and receive their yearly Oregon State Marine Board boat safety check sticker prior to hitting the waterways. To pass the inspection, most boats are required to be registered with proper identification numbers, validation stickers, certificate of number, boater education card, wearable life jackets, a type IV throwable PFD, Fire extinguisher, sound producing device, working ventilation, navigational lights and a clean flame arrester.

Event dates and locations:

Saturday April 23rd 9:00am until Noon
Woodburn Fire District
1776 Newberg Hwy
Woodburn, OR 97071

Saturday April 30th 9:00am until Noon
Hillyer's Santiam Motorsports
11361 Mill Creek Rd SE
Aumsville, OR 97325


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Demand response demonstration project concludes with high success rate, national award (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 4:43 PM
During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
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Richland, Wash. - Energy Northwest, its public utility partners, City of Richland, Cowlitz County Public Utility District, Pend Oreille County PUD together with the Bonneville Power Administration, successfully concluded an aggregated demand response demonstration project.

"The success of this pilot demonstrates the reliability and potential value of demand response to the region and our public power members," said EN CEO Mark Reddemann. "This technology furthers our mission to provide regional ratepayers responsible energy solutions."

Conceptually, demand response builds on the idea that while individual electrical loads are relatively small compared to the scale of a regional transmission grid, the coordinated decrease or increase of many loads at once may serve as a cost-effective alternative to building or purchasing the output of additional electric generating stations or transmission infrastructure, resulting in overall cost savings for Northwest ratepayers. During the trial project, participants successfully reduced energy usage in nearly 80 separate events.

For BPA, growing demands on the federal hydropower system, along with the increase of wind and other intermittent renewable generation in the region, has increased demand on BPA's finite ability to provide balancing reserves to meet industry reliability standards.

"This was a groundbreaking project for demand response as a flexible, reliable resource that can support the federal power system," said Mark Gendron, BPA's senior vice president for Power Services. "Energy Northwest has been a tremendous partner and its infrastructure as a DR aggregator has proven out."

This month, the Peak Load Management Alliance, a national community of experts and practitioners who advance demand response, recognized the demonstration project as one of the nation's best demand response programs, initiatives and achievements from 2015.

BPA and EN placed a pilot-scale 18-megawatt demand response resource in service last February. Pend Oreille County PUD and its customer Ponderay Newsprint Company joined in April, bringing the resource to its fully-subscribed 35-megawatt capacity.

During each test event, BPA, using AutoGrid's Demand Response Optimization and Management System platform, sent a signal to EN's Demand Response Aggregated Control System, which forwarded the signal to participants, such as Cowlitz County PUD, which serves North Pacific Paper Corporation, a large pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash.

After receiving the signal, each participant reduced electric power usage. To be considered a successful event, the load change had to be completed within 10 minutes and sustained for a given period of time. EN's aggregated control system collected detailed metering information from each asset and reported total capacity response, or electricity use reduction, to BPA. At the end of an event, DRACS sent a terminating signal for the asset to resume normal operations. DRACS is hosted within Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded incubator facility built and operated for such roles.

Energy Northwest and its public utility partners continue to look for diverse electric loads from customers willing and able to reduce their electric demand on short notice. The participating public utilities that provide the customer loads for ongoing demand response resources are expected to include utility participants in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Energy Northwest and BPA will continue to evaluate the results from this project and, potentially, identify opportunities for further use of the pilot resources.


Attached Media Files: During the demonstration project, participants, including the North Pacific Paper Corporation's pulp and paper manufacturing facility in Longview, Wash., reduced their electricity use within 10 minutes.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Launch of Cleaner Air Oregon engagement process to create health-based air quality regulations
Oregon Health Authority - 04/20/16 4:40 PM
April 20, 2016

What: On April 6, Governor Kate Brown announced Cleaner Air Oregon, a regulatory overhaul process to create health-based air quality rules. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are launching the public engagement process for developing these rules at the next Oregon Environmental Quality Commission meeting.

When: Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Schedule:

-- 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Presentation by DEQ Interim Director Pete Shepherd, OHA Director Lynne Saxton, and DEQ Manager of Compliance and Enforcement Leah Feldon

-- 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Public comment period

-- 12:15-1:15 pm: Media availability.

The full agenda is available on the DEQ website at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/EQC/Pages/EQCAgendas2016/20160420agenda.aspx.

Where: Oregon Convention Center (Room E141-142), 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

Details: Cleaner Air Oregon is a new effort to create stronger air quality regulations that protect the things that matter to Oregonians: human health, environmental health and the economic vitality of our communities. OHA and DEQ invite all Oregonians to define the next generation of air quality standards that protect these priorities and create a safer, healthier Oregon.

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BPA expecting normal water year operations (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/16 1:43 PM
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PR 11 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
CONTACT: Sarah Burczak, 503-230-3264 or 503-230-5131

BPA expecting normal water year operations

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is looking at a normal water year after implementing dry-year operations in 2015. Record-setting precipitation in December and a wet March have helped boost this year's water supply forecast.

The April 19 water supply forecast for January through July is 105.7 million acre-feet, or 104 percent of normal. The report is produced by the Northwest River Forecast Center, based on water volume measured at The Dalles Dam.

"One major difference we see this year is a more normal and evenly distributed snowpack in the Columbia Basin compared to last year," said Erik Pytlak, manager of the Weather and Streamflow Forecasting group in BPA Power Services. "Snowpack is what feeds the system's spring and summer runoff, so it's important to BPA to have good snowpack by this time of year."

With the approaching runoff, there's a chance BPA might need to use its oversupply management protocol this year should oversupply conditions arise. This protocol was last used in 2012. Oversupply occurs when a rare combination of factors comes together: low energy demand; an abundance of water; high hydroelectric generation; and operational limitations on the amount of water that can be spilled, or passed through the dams, to protect fish.

The oversupply protocol can be triggered any time of year, but is most likely during spring runoff, even in an average water year. BPA recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to use the OMP indefinitely, although BPA must still file the rate with FERC every two years. The protocol places the associated costs largely on the participating customers.

The El Niño weather pattern that the region has been experiencing since March 2015 is finally weakening, but because it was so strong, the region can expect the effects to linger for a few more months.

"El Niño events typically tilt toward warmer and drier conditions in the Pacific Northwest," said Pytlak. "However, strong events like we had this past winter can bring significant precipitation to the region and result in a healthy snowpack. That has indeed played out so far this year."

It has also been a rather warm winter, not only in the Pacific Northwest but across the United States. The warmer weather has been linked to lower demand for natural gas and this year's decline in natural gas prices. These lower prices have driven down the price of BPA's surplus power in the electricity market. That has reduced BPA's surplus power sales outlook this year. Surplus power sales are used to keep BPA rates lower than they would have been otherwise.

On the bright side, the amount of water in Columbia River Treaty storage dams, including those in Canada, is recovering from the additional water releases made last spring and summer to offset low streamflow conditions.

"Using current forecasts, there is a good chance of refilling the composite Canadian Treaty content to near normal levels by the end of the operating year, which was much lower than normal last year due to the dry conditions in the U.S.," said Trevor Downen, Canadian Treaty operations lead in Power Services' Operations Planning group.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Commercial Structure Fire - India Palace Restaurant (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 04/20/16 1:26 PM
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At 10:14 am the Salem Fire Department responded to a 2nd alarm commercial structure fire at the India Palace Restaurant located at 377 Court St NE in historic down town Salem.

While in route heavy smoke was visible and a second alarm was requested. Upon arrival there was fire visible on the roof of the structure. Fire crews made an initial attack on the fire and discovered the fire burning in the kitchen cooking area also. The fire was extinguished and contained to the cooking ventilation system and the roof where the ventilation system exited the building. Upon completion of the origin and cause investigation it was determined the fire resulted due to an accidental grease fire. The fire was contained to the structure of origin an no fire or smoke damage was present in the connecting businesses.

There were no injuries associated with the fire.

On scene 7 fire engines, 2 ladder trucks, 1 air support vehicle and 2 Battalion Chiefs totaling 30 firefighters on scene.

The streets in proximity of the fire were closed for approximately 2 hours and streets are now open.


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Abandoned/Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force Meeting April 26 in Newport
Oregon Marine Board - 04/20/16 11:44 AM
Abandoned/Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force Meeting April 26 in Newport

Agency staff at the Marine Board are convening a second meeting of the Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel Task Force for the Oregon coast. This meeting will be held in Newport on April 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting is open to the public, however; public comments will not be accepted.

This is an information-sharing meeting with staff from other state Abandoned and Derelict Vessel removal programs to learn about various prevention, funding, and removal techniques implemented in other regions.

Future meetings will be held in areas that are impacted by abandoned and derelict vessels, and in locations close to participating members.

To view the meeting agenda, visit http://www.orgon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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122 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 23 in State National History Day(R) Competition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/20/16 11:36 AM
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Portland, OR -- After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual Oregon History Day competition on Saturday, April 23 at Concordia University (2811 NE Holman St, Portland). Judging will take place between 9am and 1pm, with a formal awards ceremony at 3pm. The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to attend.

122 students statewide from Medford to Helix to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty-three volunteer judges have signed up to evaluate the students' entries.

Thanks to generous grant funding from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day(R) competition, which takes place June 12-16 at the University of Maryland College Park campus near Washington, D.C.

Five years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day(R) program to Oregon. In 2015, twenty-four Oregon students qualified to compete at the national level, presenting projects on topics ranging from Walter W. Waters and the Bonus Army to Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial Concert of 1939!

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. OHS Curator of Education Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2016 National History Day(R) theme is "Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day(R), visit www.nhd.org.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Oregon's 41,000 Job Vacancies Reflect Strong Economy
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/20/16 10:02 AM
Oregon businesses reported 41,300 vacancies in winter 2016. That marks the first time job vacancies have exceeded 40,000 in winter, and reflects the rapid pace of job growth in the state.

Health care and social assistance topped all industries with 9,400 vacancies in the winter. Leisure and hospitality (6,600) and retail trade (4,800) also reported large totals. Together these three industries accounted for half of all vacancies.

Although a few large industries accounted for many vacancies, businesses across the economy were hiring for diverse jobs. Seven different industries reported at least 2,000 vacancies this winter. Occupations with the most vacancies ranged from retail salespersons and cashiers to personal care aides and nursing assistants, cooks, carpenters, maintenance and repair workers, and truck drivers.

As job growth has accelerated and the number of job openings remains high, employers face increasing difficulty finding the workers they need. Oregon businesses reported 60 percent of job vacancies as difficult to fill this winter, compared with 49 percent one year before.

Employers most commonly report a lack of applicants as the primary challenge filling vacancies. This winter several health care employers cited a lack of applicants due to high demand and industry competition for workers.

A lack of applicants has become a more prominent challenge for businesses in recent years. The Employment Department's newly released report, "Increasing Difficulty Filling Vacancies in Oregon's Labor Market" details the characteristics of difficult-to-fill vacancies, and possible options to reduce business challenges filling these job openings.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the "Job Vacancy Survey" section.

About the Survey

The Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey serves as a current indicator of hiring demand and focuses specifically on characteristics of vacancies for anyone seeking a job in Oregon. In addition to developing the estimate of total vacancies in the state, the survey also provides insights on the industries hiring, wages offered, and education required. In recent years, the survey has also asked businesses whether their vacancies are difficult to fill.

Survey results are based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for spring 2016 will be released in July.


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Reported Missing Person Found
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/16 9:58 AM
On April 19, 2016, at approximately 9 AM Douglas County Emergency Communications received a call that Harold Olmstead, age 47, was reported to be missing from a care facility in Glendale. Deputies responded and began searching the area, but they were unable to locate him. At approximately 12:45 an AlertSense reverse notification message was sent to residents and businesses in the area. Search and Rescue volunteers arrived at 3:30 PM to help with the search of Mr. Olmstead. They searched for several hours but were unable to locate him.

This morning the Sheriff's Office received a call from the care facility that Harold Olmstead was residing and they informed us he had been located. It appears that Olmstead had traveled to Grants Pass and was at the Veteran's Administration facility. He is reported to be in good condition.
Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialists to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/20/16 9:27 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its First Oregon Liquor Control Commission Regulatory Specialist Class on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow after the ceremony. OLCC Director Will Higlin will be the guest speaker. All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and elected officials are welcome to attend.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following

Roster of Basic Oregon Liquor Control Commission Class #OLCC01:

Regulatory Specialist Thomas Dean
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Merideth Hingston
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Summer Hoover
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Karlee Johnson-Vetter
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Tara Mathews
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Frank Matsko
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Joseph McGlinchy
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Christopher Olson
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist David Standiford
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Regulatory Specialist Marc Warren
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, OLCC regulatory specialists, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Department of Revenue releases marijuana tax collection numbers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/20/16 8:34 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.
Since January, 57 percent of payments were made by appointment and 43 percent were made by mail. There were 320 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in February, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.
The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns must be postmarked by May 2, 2016. Dispensaries should also remember:
Taxes collected for March's sales are due to the department by May 2.
They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.
Cash payments are only accepted at the department's main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.
Payment vouchers, quarterly return forms, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Tue. 04/19/16
***Name Released*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Fatal Crash Involving Pedestrian - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 04/19/16 7:59 PM
The deceased pedestrian has been identified as Jacob D WALTERS, age 28, of Eugene. No further information is available for release at this time.

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On April 18th, 2016 at about 10:34PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian struck on Highway 99W near Clearlake Road just north of Eugene.

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2003 Dodge Ram was traveling southbound on Highway 99W when it struck a pedestrian in the lane of travel. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The driver of the Dodge, Ray E LUNT, age 69, of Lincoln City, was not injured in the crash. The identity of the deceased has not been confirmed. That information will be released once the deceased has been identified and a next of kin notification has been conducted.

Highway 99W was partially closed for approximately 4 hours for the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by Lane Fire Authority, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Lane County District Attorney's Office and the Lane County Medical Examiner.

It is believed that one or more persons may have witnessed the incident but not spoke with troopers. OSP is requesting ant persons with information on the incident to call the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.
Forestry Board to meet in Tillamook April 27, then tour Tillamook State Forest on the 28
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/19/16 4:38 PM
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update on the Salmonberry Trail project and a progress report on the Private Forests' monitoring strategy, and also learn the status of the ongoing Fire Program Review when it meets April 27 in Tillamook. On April 28, the board will tour the Tillamook State Forest in the context of managing all state forestlands for "Greatest Permanent Value" for the citizens of Oregon.

Other items on the agenda include:

SPECIFIED RESOURCE SITES' RULEMAKING FOR BALD EAGLES -- With the removal of the bald eagle from federal and state "threatened and endangered species" protection, the board will explore what types of continued protection of bald eagle resource sites may be warranted under the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

RIPARIAN RULES/SMALL AND MEDIUM FISH-BEARING STREAMS' RULEMAKING UPDATE -- The board will receive an update on the rulemaking process associated with its recent stream protection rule decision.

2017-2019 BIENNIAL BUDGET POLICY PACKAGES -- Oregon Department of Forestry staff will introduce a first draft of the agency's proposed policy packages for the 2017-2019 biennium.

FOREST TRUST LAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE TESTIMONY -- The advisory group of elected county commissioners mandated by statute that advises the Board of Forestry will address the board.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is on the agenda. The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 214/15 at Tillamook Bay Community College, 4301 Third St., in Tillamook. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

BOARD OF FORESTRY TOUR
The tour will begin in the Tillamook Forest Center lobby 8:30 a.m., April 28, with recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the center, located at 45500 Wilson River Hwy. The tour will then depart for various stops on the Tillamook State Forest, returning to the center around 3:30 p.m. Members of the public may join the board members on the tour but are asked to bring a lunch and be prepared to provide their own transportation in the event van seating is unavailable.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx .
Corvallis Man Arrested for Vehicle Theft
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/19/16 4:10 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on April 18, 2016, at 5:57 a.m., Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a resident in the 29000 block of Harvest Drive west of Tangent, reporting someone was attempting to steal a delivery truck from the residence. While deputies were responding, the caller told the dispatcher they saw someone running from the scene.

While deputies searched the area, Michael James Stanley, 46, of Corvallis was seen attempting to get into another car east of the caller's residence. Stanley was taken into custody without incident.

It was discovered that Stanley had driven his personal vehicle through the Oakville Cemetery damaging one headstone and continued into a farm field where his vehicle became stuck in the mud. He walked to a nursery business where he attempted to steal a different box van delivery truck, which also became stuck in the mud. Stanley continued on foot through fields where he entered two more vehicles; no property was taken from either vehicle.

Stanley was arrested and transported to the Linn County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, 4 counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II and Criminal Trespass II.

The investigation is continuing.
Conference of Local Health Officials meets April 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/16 2:30 PM
April 19, 2016

What: The monthly meeting of the Conference of Local Public Health Officials.

Agenda: Updates; Modernization Assessment Report timeline; Fiscal Year 2017 emergency preparedness funding; coordinated care organization (CCO) and public health local agreements

When: Thursday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1E.

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

Information: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Secretary Jewell Offers Vision for Next 100 Years of Conservation in America
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/19/16 2:25 PM
In remarks at the National Geographic Society and released early on Medium, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today laid out a vision for actions the nation can take to build upon America's rich conservation legacy and pass on healthy public lands and waters to the next generation.

The Secretary delivered the remarks during National Park Week to help mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. During the speech, Jewell called for a "course correction" for conservation that includes inspiring all Americans from all backgrounds to connect with public lands; implementing smart, landscape-level planning to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable development; and greater investments in national parks and public lands to prepare for the next century of conservation.

During her remarks, Jewell also announced that the federal government will undertake a first-of-its-kind study to analyze the impact outdoor recreation has on the nation's economy. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis feasibility study will present detailed and defensible data on the importance of outdoor recreation as a distinct component of the economy that can help inform decision making and management of public lands and waters.

"By producing credible data on the tangible economic benefits of public lands, we can help the public and Members of Congress better understand the benefits of investing in them," Jewell said. "Industry estimates show that consumer spending for outdoor recreation is greater than household utilities and pharmaceuticals combined -- and yet the federal government has never fully recognized or quantified these benefits. This project is the start of a multi-year effort to count these contributions in a comprehensive and impartial way."

For more on the outdoor recreation economic report, click here.

To view the speech online, visit doi.gov/parksforall.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93674/Jewell_Conservation_in_America_4-16.pdf
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 26
Oregon Marine Board - 04/19/16 2:09 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting on April 26 beginning at 9 am, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The Board will be considering whether to initiate rulemaking on two petitions and several administrative rules, and will consider Round Two boating facility grant requests in addition to program reports. The agenda includes the following items:

Consideration of rulemaking for Chapter 250, Division 011 --Steering and Sailing Rules
Consideration of rulemaking for Insurance and Duplication Fees, OAR 250-010-0057 and Refunds, 250-010-0058
Consideration of Kinney Lake Petition for Rulemaking in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0340
Consideration of Multnomah Channel Petition for Rulemaking on boat operations in Multnomah and Columbia Counties, OAR 250-010-0282
Consideration of Rulemaking for Chapter 250, Division 016, Outfitter/Guide Registration

Consideration of Round Two grant requests:
o Sandy Beach --Schwitter Landing Debris Boom Amendment (OPRD)
o Carnahan Park Boarding Dock Replacement --City of Tillamook
o Port Ramp Toe Repair --Port of Cascades Locks
o Amacher Park Boat Ramp Toe Repair --Douglas County
o Youth Conservation Corps Summer Boating Projects -OYCC

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, April 25. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Old Youngs Bay Bridge closure for April 20 has been canceled
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/19/16 12:37 PM
The closure of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101B) for the evening of April 20, has been canceled. The next evening closure to repair the pile caps will be later in May.
Oregon DHS Invites All Stakeholders & Partners to Meeting/Conference Call, April 29
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/19/16 12:23 PM
You are invited to participate in a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting re: 2017-19 budget and other Human Services topics. Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion about where the agency is today -- and where we are going in the next year.

Friday, April 29th -- two meeting times
Salem, Oregon: Human Services Building
(500 Summer Street NE, Rooms 137 A-B-C)
8:30 am -- 10:00 am
or
1:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

>> Conference Call Information for those not able to attend in person:
Dial in number: 1-888-636-3807; Participant access code: 229664

RSVP to DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us and let us know which meeting you plan to attend (for space planning purposes!)

Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested.
Thank you!
OHA issues statewide advisory recommending limited bass consumption
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/16 11:49 AM
April 19, 2016

Elevated mercury levels found in fish tissue from many state water bodies

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is issuing a statewide advisory for bass due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state.

The fish consumption advisory affects bass in all water bodies statewide, including river systems.

"Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout," said Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division. "The elevated mercury levels we're talking about in bass are of concern to us, but there are some simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to mercury when consuming bass."

Bass is the focus of the advisory because it is a resident species--it lives in one place its entire life--and is considered a top predator, eating other mercury-contaminated fish within an ecosystem. The longer bass live, the more mercury they accumulate. In addition, bass are found across the state in many popular fishing waters, and the amount of data the state has for this species is adequate to warrant a statewide advisory.

OHA recommends the following monthly meal allowances for bass from all water bodies across the state, including river systems:
General population--Limit consumption to no more than six meals per month.
At-risk populations--Limit consumption to no more than two meals per month.

Mercury was found at levels above established screening values. This means it is high enough to be of concern to human health if fish contaminated with mercury are not eaten in moderation. For reference, the screening values used by OHA when determining if the concentration of mercury found in fish tissue is a health risk are 0.2 mg/kg for at-risk populations (infants, children, and pregnant or breastfeeding women), and 0.6 mg/kg for the general public. Average total concentrations found in fish tissue from across the state ranged from 0.08 mg/kg to 0.86 mg/kg of mercury.

Tissue samples were taken from 62 bass from 11 water bodies across the state, including eight rivers, two reservoirs and one lake covering each region of the state, from 2008 through 2014.

The statewide advisory and recommended meal allowances cover those water bodies that do not currently have an individual advisory in place for resident fish, including bass. For a list of water bodies with an existing advisory, see the advisory table at HealthOregon.org/fishadv. People should follow the recommended meal allowances for fish from these individual water bodies, rather than the statewide meal allowance of six and two.

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand; for children, a meal is about the size and thickness of a child's hand.

People who eat too much fish contaminated with mercury can suffer negative health effects over time, such as damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system. Fetuses, babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury and, if exposed to high levels, can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. For this reason, OHA recommends that pregnant and nursing women, and women of childbearing age (18 to 45), follow the consumption recommendations closely. Anglers also should not give bass to others unless the recipients are aware of the mercury contamination issue and they understand the recommendations in the fish advisory.

Fish consumption advisories are issued when fish tissue data collected and analyzed verifies that a particular contaminant is over Oregon's established screening value for that contaminant. OHA has several advisories currently in place for mercury in resident fish including bass, although fish tissue in many water bodies has not been sampled and analyzed.

Because data for mercury in fish tissue is available for some, but not all, lakes across the state, and because environmental conditions are such that mercury is present in recreational waters and can accumulate in the fish that live there, OHA believes it is necessary to issue a statewide advisory to protect public health.

Issuing a statewide advisory helps prevent confusion and reduces the public's exposure to mercury when consuming bass from non-monitored water bodies.

The advisory is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future because mercury can come from both natural and human-made sources, and is transported globally through air pollution. The monthly meal allowances represent the most consistent health protective recommendations possible based on available fish tissue data. Should more mercury data become available, OHA will evaluate those data and update this and other advisories as practical and necessary.

By issuing the advisory, health officials hope to increase the public's awareness of fish species they should avoid or limit consumption of, and those they can keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. Health officials continue to encourage people, including pregnant women, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants.

Visit HealthOregon.org/fishadv to learn more about why fish is good for you, and for other fish-related topics.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/19/16 10:59 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster just after 8 a.m. today, April 19, 2016, in the 600 block of Madison Street in Eugene, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including six adults and six pets. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), comfort kits and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/19/16 10:59 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster just after 8 a.m. today, April 19, 2016, in the 600 block of Madison Street in Eugene, Oregon. The fire affected multiple families, including six adults and six pets. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), comfort kits and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Join us for Walk MS Eugene on Saturday, May 7 at Alton Baker Park
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/19/16 10:56 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Eugene is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. Eat tasty food, drink refreshing beverages and move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race). This year's lovely route begins in Alton Baker Park then goes along the river on the South side. We will cross at Maurie Jacobs Park and back to the starting line.

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,200 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, May 7
Alton Baker Park
100 Day Island Road
Eugene, Oregon
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

CONTACT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/defeatms/sets/72157664429111279/with/18203349979/

About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Join us for Walk MS Corvallis on Saturday, May 7 at Helen M. Berg Plaza
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 04/19/16 10:52 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Walk MS connects people living with multiple sclerosis and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other--a day to join together, to celebrate the progress we've made, and to show the power of our connections.

From start to finish, Walk MS Corvallis is a fun, heartfelt, family-friendly event. The beautiful route begins at Helen M. Berg Plaza, goes along the river to Avery Park, through Pioneer Park and to the finish line. This route has an option for turning around half way through, and you are encouraged to move at the pace that's most convenient for you and your friends (this is no race).

When you raise funds through Walk MS, you give hope to the more than 8,200 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Register now and start fundraising today at: WalkMS.org

Saturday, May 7
Helen M. Berg Plaza
101 NW Jackson Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon
Site Opens: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am

REGISTER NOW
Go to WalkMS.org

CONTACT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
https://www.flickr.com/photos/defeatms/albums/72157664429111279

About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Old Youngs Bay Bridge night time closure scheduled for April 20
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/19/16 7:38 AM
REMINDER:

Travelers are reminded that the first of 25 night time closures of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101B) in Astoria is planned for Wednesday, April 20. The closure will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The 25 night time closures will be scheduled between April 20 and July 1 for extensive rehabilitation work. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge.

The closures will be intermittent and ODOT will receive a 48-hour notice from the contractor when a night is selected for the closure. All closures will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Closures will not be allowed on Friday or Saturday nights.

Variable message signs will be posted in various locations warning travelers of the closures. During the night time closures, travelers using U.S. 101B will detour around the closures using the Lewis and Clark River and New Youngs Bay Bridges. Travelers are urged to check TripCheck.com for the latest on scheduled closures.

The larger bridge rehabilitation work included the Lewis and Clark River Bridge. The bridge was closed during 2015 for almost 10 months so a contractor could replace most of the wood substructure that included deteriorated piles, sill caps and cross bracing. The west approach of the bridge was also replaced and the structural steel was repaired and coated.

The first segment of work on the Old Youngs Bay Bridge was mostly day time work replacing the old electrical system. During construction, both bridges were never closed at the same time and access to all businesses around the bridges has been maintained.

The $16.7 million bridge rehabilitation project began in December 2014. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in November 2017.
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Firefighters stop motorhome fire in storage lot from spreading (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/18/16 10:01 PM
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On Monday April 18th at 5:43 pm the Sweet Home Fire District was dispatched to a report of a house fire. The fire was behind a local business called Slip N Snip, in the area of a mobile home park. Firefighters arrived to find a fully involved RV which was parked in a fenced area where unoccupied mobile homes are stored. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze preventing any damage to the nearby exposures which included several double wide mobile homes which were stored just feet away. The Sweet Home Police Department was also on scene. The agencies are conducting a joint investigation and will release further information at the conclusion of that investigation. There were no injuries or casualties reported.


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/18/16 5:35 PM
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors April 25. 2016.
Committee for Family Forestlandls meets April 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/16 4:26 PM
News Release
Release date: April 18, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7529


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The committee will review its annual report to the Board of Forestry. The meeting will be at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Santiam Room, Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The meeting will also include:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, an agreement related to fishers in Oregon, and the streamside shade buffer rulemaking
Discussions about the bald eagle rules, seedling supply and demand, and the committee's role with the Ritter Land Management Team

The 13-member Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies that affect family forestland viability, natural resource protection and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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Coos Bay School District Updated Public Meeting Schedule for April
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 04/18/16 4:09 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for April 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.
Updated -- Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting -- April 20 at 5:30 PM. at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ . A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board. For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-266-8581.
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session -- April 21 at 6:00 PM. Agenda will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by April 19.
Licensed Negotiations with CBEA -- April 22 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
Classified Negotiations with OSEA -- April 28 at 4:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
County advisory group to state forestry will meet April 22, annual state forest program priorities on agenda (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/16 1:08 PM
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This release has been posted to the ODF Newsroom here: http://oregonforestry.wpengine.com/archives/1213

A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties where state forestland is located will meet April 22 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee agenda include a presentation on 2016 priorities for the State Forests Division----the department supervising the management of state-owned forestlands, Endangered Species Act compliance tools, and an overview of the meeting agenda for the April 27, 2016 Board of Forestry meeting.

The meeting is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Building C at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State St., in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a role related to forestland managed by ODF. This collaborative relationship between county governments and ODF has existed since 1986. The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forestland within their county boundaries. The counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

Learn more about the FTLAC and ongoing state-county collaboration here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx

Learn more about ODF's annual contribution of $54.9 million in 2015 to county governments, and other state forest management accomplishments here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/2015CFTLCAnnualReport.pdf

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Parkrose High School students win safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/18/16 12:39 PM
Second-place winners (left to right): Janos Wilson, Sophia Swim, Thomas Poupore, Rae Millard, Mitchel Hummel
Second-place winners (left to right): Janos Wilson, Sophia Swim, Thomas Poupore, Rae Millard, Mitchel Hummel
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(Salem) -- Students at Parkrose High School in Portland won $500 first- and $400 second-place prizes for videos they entered into a contest designed to increase awareness about workplace safety for young workers. The school also won matching amounts of prize money.

The video that garnered first place, "Voices in My Head," depicts a young worker who, under threat of firing, is ordered to do a job he's never done before. The worker struggles with pro-and-con voices in his head, eventually making the right -- and safe -- decision: His job shouldn't cost him his future.

Leah Coyle, a senior who directed the video, said she has friends who have been told to do unsafe work. She hopes the video helps young workers overcome such situations. "I want my peers to be safe," she said.

The video that won second place, "#47," centers on a worker who presses the wrong button on a human-cloning machine, coming close to unleashing destruction. After disaster is avoided, the worker is reminded by his supervisor about the importance of speaking up when you don't know how to do a job safely.

Rae Millard, a senior who directed the video, said she's honored to be part of a project that puts the spotlight on young worker safety. And she learned a lot along the way. "I didn't know that it was much of an issue until this project was introduced to me," she said.

The creators of the top videos were presented their awards on Friday during a special event at Parkrose High School. Sponsored by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]), the annual video contest focuses on teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

To inspire teens to stay safe on the job, this year's contest carried the theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Students were asked to develop a video with a teen job safety and health message, and were judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and the overall safety and health message.

Students worked in teams to create videos. The Parkrose High School students who won first- and second-place prizes are:

First place ($500)
"Voices in My Head"
Producer/director: Leah Coyle
Actors: Keely Byerley (senior), Coyle, Salena Garver (senior), Matt Tremblay (senior)
Editors: Coyle, Garver

Second place ($400)
"#47"
Producer/director: Rae Millard
Script: Mitchel Hummel (junior)
Actors: Millard, Sophia Swim (junior), Janos Wilson (sophomore)
Camera: Thomas Poupore (junior)
Editor: Millard

The winning videos are available for viewing on YouTube: "Voices in My Head," https://youtu.be/QgxNiXTzg-w "#47," https://youtu.be/Wh4X3wzWdGI

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.


Attached Media Files: Second-place winners (left to right): Janos Wilson, Sophia Swim, Thomas Poupore, Rae Millard, Mitchel Hummel , First-place winners (left to right): Leah Coyle, Matt Tremblay, Salena Garver, Keely Byerley
Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists Holds Mammography Conference in Salem - April 30 (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/18/16 11:39 AM
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On Saturday, April 30, the Oregon Society of Radiologic Technologists (ORST) will hold the 2016 Oregon Mammography Conference for professionals at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The conference is designed for radiologist attendees to earn eight Category "A" mammography education credits through a day of education, training and networking. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served.

Seminar topics and guest speakers include:
Breast Health Navigation: A New Way to Deliver Care, Cindy Davis RT(R)(M)(CT)(MR)
Don't Cut It -- Freeze It! Cryoablation for Early Stage Breast Cancer, Israel Madera
Cancer Genetics, Kathryn Murray
Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment, Fran Andrews
Fukushima Daiichi: Radioactivity Releases and Human Health Impacts, David Hamby
Emergency Response, Glenda Villamar
Mammography Inspections, Glenda Villamar

Come and join OSRT in their mission of promoting and facilitating quality patient care in the field of medical imaging. The registration fees are $110 for OSRT members, $125 for nonmembers, $35 for students, and $175 after April 22 or at the door. For the full schedule and registration form please visit http://oregonsrt.org or call 503-315-0930.


Attached Media Files: StockMammoPix , OSRTLogo
Troutdale Woman Presented with FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for Oregon
FBI - Oregon - 04/18/16 10:17 AM
On Friday, April 15, 2016, FBI Director James B. Comey presented June Vining with the 2015 Community Leadership Award for her work in Oregon. Ms. Vining is the founder and Executive Director of the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) in Portland and Vancouver.

Ms. Vining started as a volunteer with the local TIP chapter more than 20 years ago, believing it would give her insight into the work that her husband does as a local police detective. As she became more involved, she realized that survivors of trauma are often left without support once the first responders leave. TIP fills that gap - dispatching trained volunteers to work with victims and families immediately following a traumatic event. Fire and police officers request TIP resources to all kinds of scenes -- those involving natural or unexpected deaths, home fires, car accidents, and more -- to provide emotional first aid and practical support. That support can take the form of notifying family members, helping to make funeral arrangements, and, sometimes, calling crews to help with crime-scene clean-up.

In recent years, Ms. Vining started a first-in-the-nation effort through TIP to bring teenagers into the program. These younger volunteers work with mentors to help support friends and families affected by teen suicides, fatal accidents and school shootings.

There are currently more than 200 trained volunteers supporting TIP in the Portland Vancouver area. The local affiliate has grown to the busiest and largest in the U.S.

"June says that her volunteers are there to help people on what can be the worst day of their lives. When her own family suffered a tragedy, she turned that experience into more than two decades of dedicated service to thousands of others. It is a testament to both her personal strength and goodness of spirit," said Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "She exemplifies the true spirit of leadership."

In addition to her work in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Ms. Vining is a nationally-recognized trauma intervention expert who regularly teaches and presents all over the country.

You can find more information about TIP through its website at http://www.tipnw.org.

++About the Award++

Every year, each of the FBI's 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director's Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

Note to media: You may download a high resolution image of Ms. Vining receiving the award from FBI Director James Comey at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/partnerships_and_outreach/community_outreach/dcla/2015/portland
April 15, 2016, Keizer Death of Jeffery Holly
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/18/16 10:16 AM
On Friday April 15, 2016, Keizer Police investigated the stabbing death of 45-year-old Jeffery Holly, which occurred on Brooks Avenue, in Keizer, Oregon. At that time, and in consultation with the Marion County District Attorney's Office, 16-year-old suspect Elliott Ford was arrested based on probable cause and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Since Friday evening, the Keizer Police Department's investigation has been on-going. Upon review of all the evidence as of Monday, April 18, 2016, the Marion County District Attorney's Office elected to not file charges against Mr. Ford at this time. Therefore, Mr. Ford will be released from the juvenile detention facility without conditions.

This investigation is on-going, and therefore no further information will be released. All press inquires can be directed to Brendan Murphy or David Wilson at the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

DRWilson@co.marion.or.us (503) 588-5222
BPMurphy@co.marion.or.us (503) 588-5389
Oregon Talent Council Announces $2 million for Talent Development
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/18/16 10:00 AM
The Oregon Talent Council has announced the award of $2 million in grants towards its first strategic investments in talent development. "The growth of our economy is dependent on how well-equipped graduates and program completers are prepared to enter the workforce," said David Childers, Chair of the Talent Council. "These grants will support many of the talent gaps identified in the Oregon Talent Plan and we expect these efforts to provide 'role models' to influence future training methods as a result."

"I am excited to see the collaboration between education and industry," said Kay Erickson, Acting Director of the Oregon Employment Department. "The Talent Council is providing leadership and energy around innovation and partnership building, and the investments they've chosen will better prepare Oregon workers to be the first and best choice of Oregon employers."

The Council has awarded competitive grants to the following public institutions of higher education for projects that meet the urgent talent needs identified by the Council:

Mount Hood Community College ($453,129)
Advanced Manufacturing Certification Center (AMC Center). MHCC will design and implement the AMC Center to incorporate a career pathway model for industry certifications as well as develop an Associate of Applied Science degree program in Mechatronics. The AMC Center has been planned and developed with industry leaders and will have the capacity to train 500 new and existing manufacturing workers by 2021. The project will support economic development by increasing the quantity and quality of the talent available to the over 600 manufacturers in the region by providing the best-educated and most skilled workforce possible for the community.

Oregon Health & Science University ($672,403)
Industry Relevant Training and Research Experiences for Biomedical Engineering and Data Science Students. This proposal by OHSU in partnership with Oregon State University will provide the skilled professionals needed to sustain Oregon's growth in biomedical engineering and will integrate industry-centric training and experiential learning activities within new transdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs at OHSU and OSU. Together with the Oregon Bioscience Association, this proposal will establish a program enabling trainees to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and transition from academia into commercial enterprise through the use of industry-oriented BioPro short courses, including e-campus courses and internships.

Oregon Institute of Technology/Oregon Tech ($340,783)
Cybersecurity Workforce Development. Oregon Tech will offer an undergraduate dual major and a graduate level certificate in cybersecurity starting in the Fall of 2016 at both the Klamath Falls and Wilsonville campuses, as well as online. Undergraduate students will earn a degree with a second major in cybersecurity in four years by completing additional specialized coursework during the summers. Cybersecurity courses will be aligned with industry standard certifications, and where possible, use actual certification exams in place of final exams, giving students additional credentials and immediate industry qualifications while they are completing their degree.

Oregon State University ($533,686)
Pacific NW Electrical System Resiliency/Disaster Preparedness Training. This proposal addresses the urgent talent gap for energy systems engineers. OSU will partner with Portland State University and industry partners Central Lincoln Public Utility District, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power to develop graduate level, professional development, and industrial short-courses for incumbent and emerging talent in the electrical power systems area. Electrical power systems engineers will be trained for disaster preparedness and electrical system resiliency, with particular attention to a Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

The Talent Council was established by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, which also established an Oregon Talent Council Fund of $6.1 million, to seed investments in talent development programs. The Talent Council works with industry, workforce and the Oregon higher education community to help fill high wage, high demand occupations in the State. More information on the Council and the Oregon Talent Plan can be found at the Council's website: www.oregontalentcouncil.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/930/93613/Oregon_Talent_Council_Grants.pdf
Sheriff Issues Consumer Alert: Travelling Asphalt Paving Scams
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/18/16 9:51 AM
Benton County, Oregon -- April 18, 2016 -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) would like to remind consumers to be extremely cautious when selecting a contractor to pave a driveway or other surface. Recent complaints have been filed regarding an asphalt paving company recently seen operating in Benton County.

Although this company currently holds a valid license through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), its business tactics resemble that of typical traveling pavement scams, such as: selling door-to-door, claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job, pushing you to make a quick decision, not offering any contracts, requesting check payments made out to an individual instead of the name of the business, and substandard work.

We urge consumers to protect themselves by checking with the CCB for a valid license or history of complaints, confirming the business address is valid (and not a shipping center mailbox), obtain bids from multiple companies, obtain a written contract, and write your payment check to the business name you contract with.

According to the CCB website, "Be cautious if you get an unsolicited door-to-door offer. Organized groups known as 'travelers' move from state to state posing as contractors. They often distribute flyers and knock on doors. They may demand cash up front or may take a check and cash it right away, never returning to do the work. If they perform work, it is usually substandard." Source: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/homeowner/Pages/construction-scams.aspx

If you feel you have been victimized by one of these asphalt paving scams, call your local law enforcement agency to file a police report and visit http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/ to file a complaint with the Oregon CCB.
Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Salem ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/16 8:24 AM
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Deputies have identified the driver in Saturday's fatal motor vehicle crash as Tattan Ashenfelter, age 28, of Silverton. The Sheriff's Office would like to take the time to remind drivers to please obey the designated speed limits, we want all of our travelers to make it home safely to their loved ones. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this incident.



Deputies have reopened Silverton road after this morning's fatal motor vehicle crash. Investigators believe that the driver in this morning's crash was east bound on Silverton Road when the vehicle left the roadway. It appears the driver attempted to correct the vehicle after it left the roadway but was unable to do so, causing the Jeep he was driving to rollover.

In all the crash scene was over 650' long and the driver was ejected from the car, killing him instantly. The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, has been identified but is not being named until next of kin can be notified. Investigators do believe speed was a factor in the crash.




Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are currently on scene and investigating a fatal, single occupant, single vehicle crash, on Silverton Road NE and 76th Avenue NE, near Salem. Silverton Road will be closed for the next few hours and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes.

Additional information will be made available later this morning.


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Correcting: Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet April 22
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/16 8:08 AM
Resending to correct meeting location

April 15, 2016

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216 (meeting information and accommodations)

What: A meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee. The meeting will focus on developing opioid and EDIE measures for Year 4, and a presentation from the Oregon Perinatal Collaborative on potential maternal and child health measures.

When: Friday, April 22, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room #211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Sat. 04/16/16
Red Cross Responds to Myrtle Creek Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/16/16 6:37 PM
Disaster Volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to assist one adult displaced by a fire in the 100 block of Whitson Lane in Myrtle Creek. The Red Cross provided assistance with temporary lodging, assistance with immediate basic needs and assistance with information on recovery services.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
OSP Continuing Death Investigation - near Hagelstein Park, north of Klamath Falls - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 04/16/16 2:08 PM
On April 11, 2016, at about 12:08 p.m., a pair of mushroom pickers found a body in the woods off Hagelstein Rim Road, northeast of Hagelstein Park. They notified OSP who responded and conducted a death investigation.

The male was identified as Jamie Urban WILSON, age 29, from Klamath Falls.

The investigation revealed that in December 2015, snowmobilers reported an abandoned gold 1995 Toyota 4-Runner that was stuck in the snow. The abandoned vehicle was later towed approximately two weeks before the body was located. WILSON was about 100 feet from where the Toyota was, in a wooded area.

OSP Troopers, with the assistance of the Klamath County Medical Examiner's Office, believe based on evidence at the scene, that WILSON died of exposure but are still waiting on toxicology results.

OSP Troopers from the Klamath Area Command are leading the investigation and OSP was assisted by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department and Klamath County Medical Examiner's Office.

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OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Asking for the Public's Assistance with Poaching Case in Baker County
Oregon State Police - 04/16/16 10:15 AM
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of two bull elk near Sparta, within the Keating Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County. A TIP reward of $500.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk.

On February 26, 2016, OSP was notified of multiple dead elk located off of Sparta Road between Sparta and Richland. On February 27, 2016 OSP F & W Troopers responded and located the remains of two dead bull elk. The investigation determined the two bull elk had been unlawfully shot and killed.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in this or any other wildlife offense. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867 or 541-523-5866.
Fri. 04/15/16
Klamath County Major Crime Team Press Release - Veteran's Memorial Park Homicide (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/16 7:34 PM
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On behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office and the Klamath County Major Crime Team:

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is seeking the help from the public related to the Veteran's Memorial Park Homicide. The Major Crime Team would like to know any recent activity or contacts the public has had with the victim, Arnulfo Panuco-Anzaldo. The homicide occurred on Friday, April 15, 2016 at approximately 12:15 a.m. The victim Panuco-Anzaldo is described as a 48 year old hispanic male, approximately six feet tall and weighing 165 pounds (Victim's Photo Below):

The Major Crime Team is requesting that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5334.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Man Swept out to Sea off Rocky Creek Scenic View Point - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/15/16 5:47 PM
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On Friday, April 15, 2016, at 10:54 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Depot Bay Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a man washed off shore of the point at the Rocky Creek Scenic View Point, just south of Depoe Bay on US 101. (http://bit.ly/22AFweH)

Preliminary information reveals that Kelly Bennett SMITH, age 26, from Athens, GA was visiting the coast for the first time with five other friends after finishing up a job in Corvallis before flying back home. He and another friend climbed out on the rocks beyond the viewpoint to get as close to the water to take some photos, when a rogue wave approached and struck them from behind. SMITH was pulled by the current out into the rough seas.

An emergency call was immediately made and attempts to rescue SMITH were made by friends. He was seen alive in the surf for approximately seven minutes before sinking below the water. He was also seen several times floating by responders. But as of this time, he is no longer in sight and the United States Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay's search to locate SMITH's body is ongoing.

According to Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website, "They're called sneaker waves because they appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force, and are impossible to predict. Sneaker waves also carry a large amount of sand that can saturate your clothes, weighing you down and making escape difficult if not impossible."

The website also states, "How to play it safe: Never turn your back on the ocean."

Additional beach safety tips are available on the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PARKS/pages/beach_tips.aspx

Update to follow.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet April 22 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 04/15/16 5:00 PM
April 15, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee. Public testimony will be heard at 9:25 a.m.

When: Friday, April 22, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 604-851.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; public testimony; presentation on measures by race, ethnicity, and language; Health Equity Index; presentation by Health Share of Oregon on health disparities.

For more information, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Death Investigation in Klamath River Canyon - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 04/15/16 4:26 PM
On Friday, April 15, 2016, Search and Rescue teams from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and Josephine County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Travis ROTE, age 25, of Klamath Falls, from the Klamath River.

On Monday, April 11, 2016, ROTE was reported missing when he failed to report in at the end of his shift. ROTE worked for a private security company that patrols the area near the John C. Boyle Dam, in the Klamath River Canyon.

ROTE's co-workers discovered his gray 2004 Ford pickup approximately 300 feet below the road, deep in the Klamath River Canyon. The Ford had come to rest near the river's edge. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office led an effort to locate ROTE.

Search and Rescue crews continued their effort until ROTE's body was located around noon on Friday.

Oregon State Police assisted the Klamath County Sheriff's Office by conducting the death investigation and mapping the crash scene. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the search and rescue effort by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office.

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Search continues for man who fell into ocean near Depoe Bay (Photo)
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 04/15/16 3:52 PM
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Depoe Bay, Oregon On Friday April 15th, 2016 at approximately 10:45 a.m, Depoe Bay Fire District was called for a male in his 20's who had fallen into the ocean in the area of Rocky Creek State Park. The male was reportedly on the rocks with his friends at the park when a large wave came up and knocked him into the water.

The surf was very heavy in the area where he fell and prevented him from climbing to safety. Arriving emergency personnel briefly spotted the victim in the water but soon lost sight of him. United States Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay responded with two motor life boats as well as a Coast Guard helicopter out of Newport to assist in the search. At this point the victim has not been found and is presumed to have drowned in the water. The U.S.C.G. is continuing their search at this time.

Depoe Bay Fire District was also assisted by Pacific West Ambulance, Oregon State Patrol and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Depoe Bay Rural Fire Protection District covers fourteen miles of the central Oregon coast from the Siletz Keys south to Otter Rock. Career staff and volunteers provide fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services from three stations. For more information about the District and how to become a volunteer, visit the website (w ww.depoebayfire.com) or contact the office at the address or phone number below.


Attached Media Files: DBFD and USCG searching
North Bend School District Public Meetings *Updated -- April 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 04/15/16 3:06 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for April:


April 11, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

April 18, 2016
Special Board Meeting Work Session with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The Board will meet in executive session to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e).

April 28, 2016
Policy Committee Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
North Bend District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR


The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 26-27 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/15/16 3:00 PM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 15, 2016

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 26-27 in Salem.

On April 26, commissioners will gather from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to participate in work sessions and trainings at the Oregon State Capitol Hearing Room 350, 900 Court St. NE. Commissioners will also tour Salem's Riverfront Park and the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge construction project that will connect two city parks. The bridge project received a $750,000 lottery-funded grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in 2013.

On April 27, commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at State Capitol Hearing Room 50 to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities. A public business meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

+ Open official rulemaking for two new scenic waterways. Effective March 2016, Gov. Kate Brown designated portions of the Chetco and Molalla rivers as State Scenic Waterways, the first designations since 1988. Proposed rules, based on draft plans that were developed by community members prior to designation, will be distributed for public comment this summer.

+ Review a proposal to add Mill Creek Ridge, 115 acres in Wasco County, to the registry of

State Natural Areas (http://inr.oregonstate.edu/orbic/natural-areas-program).
The draft agenda will be online at http://bit.ly/april2016agenda by 5 p.m. Friday, April 15. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

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Beware of phone scam targeting customers
Pacific Power - 04/15/16 10:07 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline, April 15, 2016
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Beware of phone scam targeting customers
Pacific Power urges customers to verify any suspicious phone calls about their account by calling 1-888-221-7070
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting customers where criminals pose as company customer service agents trying to extort money for new electric meters.
Customers will not be charged for the new meters. Pacific Power announced last week that it would install new smart meters beginning in 2018. Any customer ever receiving a call asking for money should hang up and instead call Pacific Power's customer service line at 1-888-221-7070.
Pacific Power call center agents can be reached any time day or night, toll free at 1-888-221-7070. That is the only number to call for any customer service you need or if you suspect a call may not actually be from Pacific Power.
"So far, these calls have gone out to a relatively small number of customers and we do not know of any customers who have actually sent the scammers money. But we want to make sure no one falls prey to this scam," said Barb Coughlin, vice president of customer service.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Oregon Air National Guard to celebrate 75th anniversary at Portland ANG Base (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/15/16 9:00 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Oregon, will host a 75th Anniversary Celebration event in which founding members of the Oregon Air National Guard will be honored during a ceremony at the base, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 18.

"On April 18, 1941 -- 75 years ago -- the Oregon Army Air Corps was born," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "This event is to honor the diamond anniversary of the Oregon Air National Guard and celebrate 75 years of Oregon Airmen serving in the name of honor, community and excellence."

The presiding officer for the ceremony will be Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Air Component Commander. The official party will also consist of Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander; Col. Paul Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander; and Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander.

Distinguished visitors for the ceremony will include Fred Hill and Fred Parish -- two Oregon Veterans in their 90s, who answered their nation's call and enlisted in 1941. Newly-painted aircraft to commemorate the anniversary celebration will also be unveiled at the ceremony.

Since Oregon's first military deployment in 1848, the state has had a proud heritage of active military service. In 1941, Oregon's military service expanded to include what was then known as the Army Air Corps. For the first time in history, war strategy took a technological leap and incorporated the systematic use of airpower. Airmen, aviation and all the ingenuity required of this new dimension were born.

"The National Guard is always ready, always there," said Col. Fitzgerald. "Our military history in Oregon is a testament to this commitment," he said.

About the 142nd Fighter Wing:
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequalled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.

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Oregon Air National Guard units painted two F-15 Eagle jets to commemorate
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Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, honored their past with retro
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Shooting Investigation Ongoing - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 04/15/16 8:51 AM
On behalf of Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge:

On Friday, April 15, 2016, at approximately 12:19 a.m., 911 received a call related to an individual being shot at Veteran's Park in the City of Klamath Falls.   Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.  

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated.  The investigation is ongoing.  

Currently, Main Street in front of Veteran's Park is blocked so that the investigation can continue.   Main Street traffic is being routed down Payne Alley and then back onto Main Street.

The Major Crime Team is requesting that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. 

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
Red Cross Responds to Coos Bay Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/15/16 7:35 AM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 4 adults and 1 child and a pet after a single family fire in Coos By, OR. The fire took place in the 63000 block of Flanagan Rd. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Thu. 04/14/16
UPDATE: Inmate escape from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution back in custody(Photo) (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/14/16 10:00 PM
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UPDATE: INMATE JUSTIN ALLEY WAS APPREHENDED IN THE VICINITY OF SCCI AT APPROXIMATLEY 9:45 P.M. AND IS BACK IN CUSTODY.




An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate escaped this evening from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend. Oregon State Police is responding.

SCCI staff discovered inmate Justin Alley missing at approximately 7:20 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Alley is a 34-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with blond hair, and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange (or red shorts), a blue t-shirt, blue denim button-up shirt, and denim jacket all with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Alley entered DOC custody on January 5, 2016, on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lane County. His earliest release date is May 21, 2018.

Anyone with information regarding Alley's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

SCCI is a minimum-security prison in North Bend that houses approximately 286 male inmates who are within four years of release. SCCI serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. Inmates work on the institution site in the physical plant, kitchen and dining hall, warehouse, receiving and discharge, laundry, and prison grounds. Inmates also work on outside crews, primarily with the Department of Forestry, providing services throughout the year as trained wildland firefighters. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990.

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OSP Investigating Fatal Crash On Highway 58 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 04/14/16 9:53 PM
On April 14, 2016 at about 4:08PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15 (just east of Lowell).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 1991 Chevrolet pickup towing a 1999 Jeep Cherokee was traveling westbound on Highway 58 when it crossed the centerline. There it struck an eastbound 1999 Ford F350 pick-up head-on. All vehicles came to rest on the highway.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Emmett L BEMROSE, age 68, of Portland, was seriously injured in the crash. The driver of the Ford, Jerry R CARGIL, age 53, of Oakridge, received minor injuries. The passenger in the Chevrolet, Ratree T BEMROSE, age 68, of Portland, was pronounced deceased on scene.

Highway 58 was closed for 1.5 hours until one lane was opened for alternating traffic flow. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lowell Fire Department and the Eugene/Springfield Fire Department. More information will be released when it is appropriate as this is an ongoing investigation.
Red Cross Responds to Lowell, Oregon Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/16 7:37 PM
Disaster Volunteers from theRed Croos assisted one adult after a single family fire. The fire took place in 200 block of Marina Vista Drive in Lowell.
The Red Cross provided assistance with immediate basic needs and information about disaster recovery services.
Oregon Air National Guardsmen welcomed home from Middle East deployment (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/14/16 5:29 PM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members welcomed home 39 Portland-based members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (142 SFS), who deployed to the Middle East for six months, during a ceremony, April 14, at Portland Air National Guard Base.

"Oregon Guardsmen put themselves in harm's way to work for our security abroad," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "A demobilization ceremony is public recognition of the sacrifice and efforts our Airmen made on behalf of our country."

Tapping into the robust and flexible nature of the National Guard, the 142 SFS members supported ongoing and emerging global security requirements in the U.S. Air Force's Central Command region. Members of the 39-person team provided base security operations, operational logistics, anti-terrorism and training support.

"The enduring support and sacrifices made by the families and employers of all of these Airmen is critical to the National Guard's success," said Fitzgerald.

The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, was in attendance at the ceremony on behalf of the governor. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander, also presided over the ceremony.

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Members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron render a salute during the singing of the National Anthem, as part of a demobilization ceremony held in their honor at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Jeffery Silver (center), Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, passes the State of Oregon flag to Senior Master Sgt. Jason Schroeder to be returned to the governor's office, accepted by the Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, as part of a demobilization ceremony held for the 142nd Security Forces Squadron at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Col. Paul Fitzgerald (right), 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, welcomes home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, welcomes home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Jeffery Silver (center), Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, and The Honorable Ellen Rosenblum, Attorney General for Oregon, welcome home members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron during a demobilization ceremony held at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon, April 14, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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Oregon Police Canine Association Conference
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/16 3:58 PM
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department are co-hosting the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA) 2016 Spring Conference at Seven Feather's Hotel and Casino in Canyonville, Oregon, on April 18th & 19th.

There will be over one hundred and thirty (130) K-9 teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The conference will consist of classroom lecture and scenario's based training covering case law, training techniques, documentation, deployment drills, and K-9 liability.

If the media has any questions please contact Captain Dwes Hutson at (541) 440-4464.
Nominations now open for the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Awards
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/14/16 2:54 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2016

CONTACT: Kathleen Joy, (503) 816-5749

Nominations now open for the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Awards

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Awards. These awards distinguish individuals, programs, and organizations that create positive change through volunteerism across the state. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, June 10, 2016.

"The Governor's Volunteer Awards embody what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the Beloved Community," Governor Kate Brown said. "Through the principles of justice, equity, and love for one another, Dr. King believed people could strengthen their communities. We have dedicated Oregonians across the state who work tirelessly, and without fanfare, to help their neighbors thrive. I encourage you to nominate the people, businesses, and programs who collaborate and find solutions for pressing needs in all corners of the state."

The 2016 Governor's Volunteer Awards are conducted by the Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service every year. The awards recognize the important work done throughout Oregon by volunteers, and the positive change they make in our communities.
Governor's Volunteer Awards information and the nomination form are online at www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva. There is no cost to submit a nomination. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016.

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels in the following categories:

· Adult Volunteer or Duo (age 19-64)
· Elder Volunteer or Duo (age 65 or better)
· Youth Volunteer or Duo (age 18 and younger)
· Lifetime Achievement (individual or duo - at least 10 years of service in Oregon)
· Youth Volunteer Program
· Small Business Volunteer Program (15 or fewer employees)
· Large Business Volunteer Program (16+ employees)
· Community Based Volunteer Program
· Statewide Business Volunteer Program (any size -- active in 3 or more regions)
· Statewide Community Based Volunteer Program (active in 3 or more regions)
· AmeriCorps Alumni (recognizes the volunteer efforts of members AFTER they have completed a year of AmeriCorps service)

Through an intense review process, award recipients will be chosen and then honored at a luncheon October 11, 2016, at the Salem Conference Center.

Oregon Volunteers is the State Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Its mission is to strengthen our communities by inspiring Oregonians to actively engage, volunteer and serve. Oregon Volunteers promotes and supports AmeriCorps, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteerism and civic engagement to strengthen Oregon communities. For more information about Oregon Volunteers, please visit http://www.oregonvolunteers.org.

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Air monitoring shows health concerns from heavy metals still low
Oregon Health Authority - 04/14/16 1:01 PM
EDITORS: Brian Boling of DEQ is available between 1 and 2 p.m. today to discuss air monitoring results and the health risk analysis. Contact Marcia Danab at DEQ below for interviews.

April 14, 2016

Interagency group will continue to review, release information weekly

All heavy metals, including hexavalent chromium, in the air near two Portland glass factories remained below levels of immediate or short-term health concern during the last week of March, according to new monitoring data.

Data gathered from air monitors running 24 hours a day in southeast Portland near Bullseye Glass Co. and north Portland near Uroboros Glass found hexavalent chromium, cadmium, arsenic and other heavy metals in the air between March 25 and March 30, according to an interagency group that includes the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Health Authority and the Multnomah County Health Department. However, near the glass companies the metals are at levels that are at a low risk of causing short-term health problems, according to an OHA toxicologist.

Long-term effects of these metals are not known. The agencies are conducting a comprehensive analysis of any potential long-term health effects from past and current conditions. The analysis includes a plan for two public health assessments (PHAs)--one for the area surrounding Bullseye and one for the area around Uroboros--that incorporate air and soil data available now and any additional data collected over the next several months. The PHAs are expected to be ready for release for public comment this fall.

The levels of all metals measured in the air near Bullseye during March were many times lower than what was measured there in October 2015, according to air monitoring results. They can be found on the SaferAirOregon website at saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/What-We-Know.aspx.

None of the sampling results were higher than the Oregon 24-hour screening levels. That means there is no immediate or urgent health risk related to these new results. Oregon 24-hour screening levels are short-term concentrations below which immediate health effects are not expected to occur.

Air monitors near Bullseye had shown a slight increase of hexavalent chromium during the week ending March 24, but values for the metal were still well below levels of health concern. State regulators continue to investigate all potential sources, and are analyzing wind speed and direction.

The newly released data covers monitoring through March 29 in north Portland and through March 30 in southeast Portland. Weekly air monitoring data will continue to be reported each Thursday by the interagency group and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

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Salem Health Convenient Care extends weeknight hours (Photo)
Salem Health - 04/14/16 12:14 PM
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People with urgent needs, acute injuries, and routine medical exams will find extended hours weeknights at the Salem Health Convenient Care Center, 1002 Bellevue St. SE. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekend hours run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Salem Health Convenient Care is not the same as the emergency room. People should call 911 to get immediate care for any of these issues: Trouble breathing, major trauma, lost consciousness, altered mental state, head injury, serious abdominal pain, suicidal thoughts or actions, chest pain, stroke, or persistent bleeding.

Salem Health Convenient Care offers the following services:

Urgent needs -- Cold or flu symptoms, sore throat, sinus pain, headaches, bronchitis, asthma, rashes or skin infections, ear pain or infections, bladder infection, or arthritis.

Acute injuries -- Neck and back pain, strains or sprains, tennis elbow, injuries from falls, cuts that require stitches, broken bones, injuries from motor vehicle accidents, or workers' compensation injuries.

Physical exams -- School physicals, sports physicals, pre-employment physicals, Commercial Driver's License (CDL), or blood pressure checks.

Patients who choose Salem Health Convenient Care should call ahead to schedule a convenient, same-day appointment. That way, people can relax at home instead of waiting in the reception area until it's their turn. Call 503-561-5554 starting at 9 a.m. to make an appointment. Patients should bring their insurance information and ID with them.

Salem Health Convenient Care accepts Medicare, the Oregon Health Plan and most private insurances. People should contact their insurance provider if they have questions about their benefits. Patients who don't have insurance are welcome; however, they will be asked to pay a deposit for the cost of services before their appointment and will be responsible for the total cost of their care.

Find more information online at www.salemhealth.org/ConvenientCare.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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LFD to host multi-agency swiftwater rescue drill
Lebanon Fire District - 04/14/16 8:28 AM
Lebanon Fire District will be hosting a county swiftwater rescue drill at Waterloo Park on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 8 am-4 pm. Albany Fire, Sweet Home Fire, Linn County Sheriff, Scio Fire departments will be participating. This is a wonderful opportunity for crews to practice their skills and interact with surrounding agencies.



Questions can be directed to Lt Marshall Brookfield at 541-451-1901 or On duty BC at 541-451-6128
Wed. 04/13/16
Engraving Day Held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/13/16 3:38 PM
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the name of a fallen officer was added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Deputy Gil Datan, of the Coos County Sheriff's Office died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015, will be honored during the State's ceremony next month in Salem.

Deputy Datan, age 43, was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

The State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem. The memorial honors 181 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers. This event is open to the public and Governor Kate Brown is expected to be in attendance.

Datan is the 182nd Oregon officer to have died in the line of duty whose name is engraved on the granite memorial. Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty and while his name will not be added until the 2017 memorial ceremony his death will be included in comments made during this year's ceremony.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "The addition of Deputy Datan helps tell the story of Oregon's rich law enforcement history and the sacrifices made by men and women who took an oath to serve and protect and the families and co-workers they left behind."

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


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BLM Extends Comment Period on Proposed Land-Use Planning Rule
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/13/16 3:24 PM
WASHINGTON --In response to requests from the public, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will extend the comment period on a proposed land-use planning rule by 30 days. The proposed rule aims to improve the planning process by making it more collaborative, transparent, and effective.


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Two winning tickets in two months for Eastside Market
Oregon Lottery - 04/13/16 3:19 PM
April 13, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- As any small business owner knows, your heart sinks when your staff calls you at home and they are in hysterics.

Unless you own the Eastside Market in Hermiston, then it's a good omen. In the last month the neighborhood market has sold two jackpot prizes, equaling $125,000. But the latest win is the one that got everyone excited.

"We have sold two big winning lottery tickets in a month," said Joe Thompson, owner of the family market that has been in Hermiston since the 1950s. "It was about 11 a.m. on Saturday, I get a call from my staff hysterical because we sold a $100,000 winning Scratch-it."

Turns out, Cindy Storie, also of Hermiston, stopped at the Eastside Market to get a Diet Coke and decided to purchase the $10 Scratch-it that was in bin number two -- two is her favorite number.

"So I get home and I am scratching it and realized I won, but I hadn't scratched off the prizes yet," Storie said. "When I started scratching I couldn't believe it. I thought I won $100 and it was $100,000!"

Storie won one of two $100,000 prizes offered by the $10 Grand Fortune Scratch-it and both her, and Missy, the clerk that sold it to her couldn't believe it and immediately called Thompson.

"Cindy is a regular customer to the market, so it was crazy to hear both of them hysterical," Thompson said. "It's a very good thing."

This was the second Scratch-it jackpot the Eastside Market has sold so far this year. In early March they sold a $25,000 Jackpot on the Jackpot Scratch-its. Retailers receive a 1-percent commission on winning tickets, and Thompson said for big wins he gives a portion of the commission back to staff and puts the rest back into his business.

The market is one of the Oregon Lottery's first retailers, and they carry the full range of traditional products including Scratch-its, Keno and draw games such as Oregon's Game Megabucks, Powerball and Mega Millions. Thompson took over the market from his parents in 1985 after attending Oregon State University. The market has been in his family since the 1970s he said.

"We are a neighborhood market where the same people every day have a cup of coffee and share stories," Thompson said. "It's a mix between Mayberry and Cheers."


Meanwhile, Cindy Storie is still trying to decide what to do with her winnings.

"My sister is going on a cruise this summer and she wants me to go with her, I guess I could do that now," Storie said. "I am big believer in karma and doing good things, this really came back around! When I saw the banner for the $25,000 winner, I thought I could hit the big one. Even $10,000 would be nice. By golly, there you go, I guess there is going to be another banner going up."

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Civic leaders, families to welcome home deployed Airmen
Oregon Military Department - 04/13/16 12:26 PM
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Oregon -- The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members will welcome home 39 Portland-based members of the 142nd Security Forces Squadron (142 SFS), who deployed to the Middle East for six months during a ceremony to be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 14 at the base.

"Oregon Guardsmen put themselves in harm's way to work for our security abroad," said Colonel Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "A demobilization ceremony is public recognition of the sacrifice and efforts our Airmen made on behalf of our country," he said.

Tapping into the robust and flexible nature of the National Guard, the 142 SFS members supported ongoing and emerging global security requirements in the U.S. Air Force's Central Command region. Members of the 39-person team provided base security operations, operational logistics, anti-terrorism and training support.

Brigadier General Jeffrey M. Silver, Oregon Air National Guard Commander, will preside over the ceremony. Several state and federal dignitaries are scheduled to be in attendance at the event as well.

Traditional guardsmen -- those who customarily serve one weekend per month and two weeks per year -- stepped up to fill the shortfalls in manning at the Portland Air National Guard Base during the deployment. These Airmen back-filled for the full-time service members who deployed.

"The enduring support and sacrifices made by the families and employers of all of these Airmen is critical to the National Guard's success," said Col. Fitzgerald.
Veneta forester Dave Cramsey tapped to fill industrial slot on ODF Smoke Management Committee
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/13/16 9:41 AM
Veteran forester Dave Cramsey of Veneta has been appointed to the Oregon Smoke Management Advisory Committee, effective April 1. He will represent industrial forest landowners on the five-member panel, which is tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry on the state's Smoke Management Plan.

Honored in 2015 as Forester of the Year by the Oregon Society of American Foresters, Cramsey has been employed by Roseburg Forest Products since 1997. He fills an industrial forest landowner position on the committee vacated by Mike Dykzeul, who recently retired from the Oregon Forest Industries Council. By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.

Formed by the State Forester, the committee meets in Salem twice a year to provide advice to the Smoke Management program regarding current prescribed burning and smoke intrusion trends, program fund balance, implementation plan items, and other program issues and projects. Each member serves a renewable two-year term.

Cramsey holds a baccalaureate in forest management from Oregon State University. Prior to his current job with Roseburg Forest Products, he worked for the Campbell Group, a natural resource investment management firm. He is president of the West Lane Forest Protective Association board of directors, a member of the Siuslaw Watershed Council, and past president of the board of directors of Forests Today and Forever.
With TPP, Time Really is Money (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 04/13/16 9:05 AM
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SALEM,Ore., (04/13/2016) -- Everyday Congress waits to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership; the Oregon cattle industry is hurt by export tariffs that could be addressed with the passing of TPP.

Jerome Rosa, executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, is currently in Washington D.C. with 6 other OCA members. They are hoping to encourage Legislators to pass TPP. "We have already been meeting with legislators and will continue to do so over the next couple days to discuss the importance of TPP."

Rosa said the fact that our current President is supportive of a measure that benefits agriculture should encourage ag enthusiasts in the Capitol to get the legislation through. "It is rare for the current administration to support measures that are good for agriculture. We need to encourage this opportunity to be accessed as it will benefit the cattle industry and many other ag commodities."

He also noted that the delay of TPP's passage costs the U.S. large amounts of money. "Pacific rim countries, particularly Japan, are important trade partners with Oregon's cattle industry and are being affected by high tariffs."

The Oregon Beef Council's Chief Executive Officer Will Wise also noted the urgency of moving this legislation forward in a swift manner.

"The importance of the TPP agreement is in getting lower tariffs in export markets," Wise said. "If we don't get TPP enacted, we have a distinct disadvantage for Oregon beef producers compared to our competitors in other countries." As an example, he noted that Australia has a much lower tariff for their beef entering Japan. Passing TPP would level the playing field for U.S. exporters.

Some Oregonians have expressed concern over Oregon beef not being as readily available if TPP passes. Wise said those concerns can be laid to rest. "Local Oregon beef supplies will be solid regardless of what happens with trade agreements," Wise said. "We care greatly about our Oregon grocery retail and foodservice buyers."

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Interstate 5 Crash Takes Life Of California Man - Jackson County (Photo)
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On April 12, 2016 at about 2:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 southbound milepost 19 (near Ashland).

Preliminary investigation revealed that the operator and sole occupant of the vehicle drove off the roadway, down an embankment and rolled over. The driver, Robert D BUTLER, age 85, of Montague, California, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

OSP is still investigating contributing factor(s) but can confirm BUTLER was not using his safety belt. A number of citizens sopped at the scene prior to emergency personnel arriving. Among them were a commercial truck driver and a male driving a motorhome who left prior to speaking to troopers.

OSP is asking for witnesses of the crash to call 541 664-8365. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Agencies issue statement on Bullseye Glass's restart of cadmium use
Oregon Health Authority - 04/12/16 5:12 PM
April 12, 2016

Bullseye Glass Co. in southeast Portland notified the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that it has installed a baghouse filtration device to limit emissions of heavy metals and other particulate emissions in its glass-making operations.

Bullseye also informed DEQ that, as a result of the installation of this new air pollution control equipment, it is resuming the use of raw materials containing cadmium.

The company had agreed to suspend use of cadmium, along with arsenic and chromium, on Feb. 11.

DEQ, Oregon Health Authority and Multnomah County Health Department expect Bullseye to ensure its control devices are working within acceptable parameters and are properly controlling emissions from the furnace.

Today DEQ performed an onsite inspection and confirmed Bullseye has installed the baghouse and that the device is functioning. Bullseye has proposed a plan to conduct stack testing between April 26 and April 28. DEQ has approved that proposal and will oversee stack testing activities, review results, and share those results with the public, OHA and Multnomah County. DEQ is keeping four air monitors deployed around the company's site in southeast Portland, and the agencies are watching readings closely. They will continue to publish weekly reports on that data at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

DEQ, along with its partner agencies OHA and Multnomah County Health Department, recognizes Bullseye's installation of this emission control device is consistent with the direction of DEQ's temporary rules, and the agreement DEQ has been pursuing with Bullseye to control emissions of heavy metals from its furnaces. This agreement has not yet been signed.

The agencies have authority to take additional action to protect the health of the public in the event that data for heavy metals emissions indicate an imminent public health threat. Results from tests on soil and air, as well as data on cancer incidence and urine cadmium tests from community members, so far have shown low short-term health risk associated with exposure to the heavy metals from the glass companies.

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Senior & Disability Services Community Needs Assessment
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 04/12/16 4:42 PM
Senior & Disability Services (S&DS), a division of Lane Council of Governments, is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Community Needs Assessment.

Every four years, S&DS conducts a Community Needs Assessment process to help pinpoint the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities and also identify gaps in the service delivery system in Lane County. This is achieved through the use of consumer surveys, focus groups and research from a broad range of sources. S&DS uses information found through this process as a first step to create a strategic multi-year plan on how it will best target services and resources to meet consumer needs.

You may view the 2016 S&DS Community Needs Assessment on the S&DS website at the following link:

http://www.sdslane.org/299/SDS-Area-Plan-and-Supporting-Documents
Prescribed burning now reduces wildfire risk later
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/12/16 4:32 PM
Occasional smoke in the air now from prescribed forest burns can translate to less smoke from large wildfires this summer. Many Oregon forest landowners are currently doing their own form of spring cleaning. They pile and burn woody debris left after logging. Tidying up now makes the forest safer from wildfires when hot, dry weather sets in.

In addition to being uncontrolled, summer fires occur at the worst possible time for smoke intrusion into communities. Often, temperature inversions trap wildfire smoke in the valleys for weeks on end, creating a health problem for some residents and hampering visibility for driving.

Under the Oregon Smoke Management Plan, strict rules govern when forest landowners may burn logging slash. The Oregon Department of Forestry's meteorologists monitor weather and wind conditions to determine the optimum days and times to issue burning permits. The aim is to schedule burning when the weather is likely to lift smoke up and away from populated areas.

Warm weather came early this year. As a result, prescribed forest burning is ahead of schedule across much of the state.
Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/12/16 4:03 PM
The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a pedestrian safety enforcement blitz on Monday, April 18th. The ability to take part in this event was made possible by a grant that was obtained through Oregon Impact.

The Roseburg Police Department will have Officers on duty who will be conducting pedestrian safety events around crosswalk areas in the City of Roseburg to enforce laws regarding pedestrian safety.

The goal of this event is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and to remind drivers to be cautious when approaching crosswalks, and to yield to pedestrians who are utilizing those crossing areas. According to statistics provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, pedestrians accounted for an average of 14% of traffic fatalities from 2008 through 2010 in Oregon. For 2008-2010, an average of 660 pedestrians were injured and 51 killed in motor vehicle crashes. Oregon's streets and highways are busy -- roadways that must be shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle / pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to the pedestrian. And half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety. However, under Oregon law, drivers have specific responsibilities.

When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the next lane.

At any other crosswalks - whether marked with paint or unmarked - drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.
Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

Safety Tips

Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.
Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.
Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.
Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.
Swami method nets Medford man $3.8 million Megabucks win
Oregon Lottery - 04/12/16 4:00 PM
April 12, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- A ticket purchased on the way to go fishing, turned into $3.8 million for a Medford man Tuesday.

William Batzer of Medford purchased a $2 Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket from the Purple Parrot on Biddle Road in Medford, then promptly went fishing. Batzer put the ticket in his truck and forgot all about it until last Thursday. Batzer picked the winning number by using birthdays and the Swami method -- selecting numbers that "came" to him.

By winning the $3.8 million jackpot, Batzer became Oregon's 255th Megabucks millionaire. Batzer took the cash option, and after taxes received approximately $1.273 million.

Terry Hopkins, a company spokesman, said he was happy that the company would see a $38,000 retail check commission for selling the winning ticket. Retailers that sell winning lottery tickets receive a 1-percent commission.

"We are a locally-owned business with several locations around Southern Oregon," Hopkins said. "We are very proud to be a part of the local community and employing local folks. We appreciate having the Oregon Lottery to support our business and for the support it gives to our communities as well."

There are 19 Purple Parrots around the Medford and Grants Pass area, Hopkins said.

The winning numbers were 8-18-27-35-39-42 for the Wednesday, April 6, drawing. Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Batzer was the second Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot winner this year, Pamela Allen of Astoria won $7.8 million in March.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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***Update*** Teenager Loses Life In Collision On Highway 47 - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/12/16 3:05 PM
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OSP is continuing the investigation into last week's fatal crash on Highway 47. The third driver involved with the incident has been identified as Andrea AUSMUS, age 33, of Yamhill, OR. The investigation has revealed AUSMUS was driving a 2011 Dodge Caravan northbound on Highway 47 when she drifted over the centerline.

Stephanie CADD was traveling southbound in a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser and attempted to maneuver to avoid colliding with AUSMUS' vehicle. CADD's vehicle was struck by a 2001 Toyota Camry leading to the death of a 14 year old passenger in the Chrysler.

AUSMUS did not stop at the scene of the crash but later contacted law enforcement and has been cooperating with the investigation. This is an going investigation and once completed it will be referred to the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office for review. No further information to be released at this time.

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Previous Release:
On April 6, 2016 at about 4:05 PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a serious injury collision involving two vehicles on Highway 47 near milepost 29 (south of Gaston).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling southbound on Highway 47 when it swerved to avoid a collision with a northbound vehicle that had entered its lane. The Chrysler began to slide sideways and traveled into the northbound lane where it was struck on the passenger side by a northbound 2001 Toyota Camry.

The driver of the Toyota, Jill D YODER, age 57, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Chyrsler, Stephanie D CADD, age 18, of Hillsboro, was transported to the hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries. CADD's passenger, a 14 year old female, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the vehicle that crossed into the oncoming lane in front of CADD called law enforcement and reported they may have been involved with the crash. The subject was contacted by law enforcement and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
HWY 47 was closed for approximately 4 and half hours.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Yamhill Police Department, ODOT, Yamhill Fire Department, Gaston Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department, Metro West Ambulance, and Oregon Life Guard (air ambulance).


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NW Natural Releases 2015 Smart Energy Progress Report (Photo)
NW Natural - 04/12/16 1:23 PM
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Record number of customers participate in carbon offset program

PORTLAND, Ore. --NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) reports record participation of nearly 30,000 Oregon and Southwest Washington homeowners and businesses in its Smart Energy program in 2015.

Smart Energy offsets the emissions from natural gas use by capturing methane from cow manure or organic waste. The captured methane, known as biogas, is a renewable energy source that can replace other fuels with higher emissions.

Since Smart Energy began eight years ago, NW Natural participating customers have offset emissions by more than 421,000 total tons--equaling nearly 80,500 cars not driving for a year.

"We want to thank all NW Natural customers who make a difference every day by participating in Smart Energy," said Brian Harney, Smart Energy program manager. "An average home enrollment will prevent more than 20 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each day."

Environmental stewardship is one of NW Natural's core values. The company was the first local gas distribution company in the nation to launch a carbon offset program.

Through Smart Energy, customers can choose to offset greenhouse gas emissions from their natural gas use while supporting biogas projects at farms in the Pacific Northwest. NW Natural has partnered with The Climate Trust to ensure that only verified high-quality offsets are purchased and retired for the Smart Energy program.

To read the full Smart Energy progress report, meet featured partners, view a map of current projects or enroll in the Smart Energy program, visit nwnatural.com/Smart or call 800-422-4012.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 714,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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No. Cascade Fire Protection Dist. budget hearing is April 26, Lyons
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/12/16 1:16 PM
The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for the North Cascade Fire Protection District at 2 p.m. on April 26 at the ODF district office, 22965 North Fork Rd. SE, in Lyons. Interested persons are invited to attend to review the proposed budget, ask questions and provide comment. A copy of the proposed budget will be available for inspection at the office during normal business hours.

The budget is for wildland fire protection provided to forestlands in the district by ODF.

To ensure the broadest range of services to individuals with disabilities, persons with disabilities requiring special arrangements should contact Chad Montoya, 503-859-4335, at least two working days in advance of the scheduled hearing.
Mortgate Consultant Arrested for Defrauding Clients Throughout The Region (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/12/16 1:11 PM
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Salem Police detectives, working with the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation, have completed an intensive joint investigation and arrested a mortgage consultant for multiple crimes.

The investigation began as some victims made reports to banks, some to law enforcement and some directly to the Oregon Division of Financial Regulations, concerning the actions of 48-year old Oscar Tejada-Sandoval of Salem. As investigators from the two agencies teamed up on the investigation, several additional victims were identified from McMinnville, Beaverton, Woodburn, Eugene and Salem.

The investigation showed that Tejada-Sandoval, under the auspices of his position as a mortgage consultant, would modify the mortgages of his victims and receive their monthly mortgage statements. However, instead of paying the mortgages as promised, he kept those funds for himself. He has also been accused of using the financial account information from his victims to pay off personal debts and forging a check from a client to himself for additional money.

On March 30, investigators served a search warrant on Tejada-Sandoval's residence in West Salem and he was arrested for Theft in the First Degree, Aggravated theft in the First Degree, Aggravated Identity Theft and Forgery in the First Degree. Thus far, eight individual victims and two financial institutions have been identified with the loss in excess of $63,000. Two of the victims have lost their homes to foreclosure since being victimized. All of the individual victims identified thus far are of Hispanic descent.

Investigators in this case are concerned that Tejada-Sandoval may have victimized others in our community who have not yet reported it to authorities. Detectives are asking for anyone who has had any type of questionable dealings with Tejada-Sandoval to contact the Oregon State Division of Financial Regulations at 503-947-7854 to make a report.

Further media releases on this issue will be through the Polk County District Attorney's Office.


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BLM Releases Proposed Plan to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/12/16 1:00 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed a path forward for local communities in Western Oregon with a plan that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation, and timber harvest, while offering strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

Once the proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) is fully implemented, the BLM estimates that it will be able to provide 278 million board feet (mmbf) per year in total timber harvest. Out of 2.5 million acres in the planning area, 75 percent will be protected in reserves for fish, water, wildlife, and other resource values.

Throughout the course of the planning process, the BLM held 41 public meetings, workshops, and forums in Western Oregon. The agency received more than 7,000 comments, 4,500 of which were sent in during the formal comment period in 2015. The BLM also worked closely with agencies, including the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop strategies to protect fish, water, and threatened and endangered species.

The BLM will create harvest timber opportunities using the principles of ecological forestry, which incorporates principles of natural forest development, including the role of natural disturbances, in the initiation, development, and maintenance of stands and landscape mosaics. In the reserves, the BLM would only allow timber harvest to help meet management objectives such as increasing fire resiliency, developing habitat for northern spotted owl, or protecting listed fish species and water resources.

In the reserves, the BLM would protect stands of older, structurally complex forests. These stands include nearly 100 percent of all older forests, which protect high quality habitat for spotted owl.

"We've achieved an extraordinary balance between protecting threatened and endangered species, and creating timber harvest opportunities to support local communities," Acting State Director Jamie Connell said. "We're so thankful to all the members of the public and our partners who have been collaborating with us for the last few years. This is a big step forward for BLM-managed lands in Western Oregon--one that would create predictability and sustainability in land management and conservation."

Under the proposed RMP, the estimated annual harvest value would increase from $23 million in 2012 to $51 million. The estimated value of recreation would increase from $223 million to $271 million in 2023. The estimated contributions to jobs would increase from 7,900 in 2012 to 8,500.

The public will have 30 days beginning April 8, 2016, to review the proposed RMP. Protests must meet the requirements described in the regulations and mailed to one of the following addresses:

Regular Mail:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Protest Coordinator
P.O. Box 71383
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383

Overnight Delivery:
BLM Director (210)
Attention: Protest Coordinator
20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

Copies of this document are available at the BLM's Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, and Salem Districts and the Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Field Office. The document is also available online at:

www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/feis

Following the close of the Protest Period, a BLM strike team will provide a review of the protests. Protest decisions will be made by the director of BLM.

After all protests have been resolved, the BLM anticipates issuing two Records of Decision (ROD) for the Resource Management Plans in Western Oregon. The RODs will each contain a Rationale for the Decision, provide an Allowable Sale Quantity Declaration, describe how the BLM will transition to the new plan, and outline direction for mitigation, plan monitoring, and evaluation. The BLM expects to issue the RODs during the summer of 2016.

The RODs and RMPs (ROD/RMP) for the six Western Oregon BLM districts were last approved in 1995. In 2011, the BLM conducted plan evaluations of the 1995 RMPs, and concluded that a plan revision was needed to address necessary changes to timber and wildlife programs, and minor changes to most other programs as a result of new scientific information.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

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"Oregon Rising": OSBA, COSA, OEA invite Oregonians to "dream" schools' future
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/12/16 12:59 PM
The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA) and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) -- representing Oregon's school board members, educators and administrators -- have joined together to accomplish a task that has never been undertaken at such scale: to engage Oregonians across the state in a conversation about education and what is best for students -- without the burden of budget talk or funding solutions.

Oregon Rising, a public outreach campaign that launches across Oregon this week, asks Oregonians to engage at a local level to answer a fundamental state-wide question: What do we want Oregon schools to be for our children and grandchildren?

Superintendents, educators, principals and school board members across the state will be holding Oregon Rising gatherings in their communities. Between now and early June, Oregon Rising intends to hold at least one public session in each of the majority of school districts in the state.

OSBA, COSA and OEA have plenty in common, as student success is their primary focus, yet this is the first effort of its kind they have undertaken together. "These groups and their members are the ones who are in the classrooms, in the buildings, who are running the districts. They know the ins and outs of education but they aren't the public. They want to hear from their communities -- parents and people without kids, too," describes COSA Executive Director Craig Hawkins.

Too often, aspirations for Oregon students are tempered by the current restrictions of budgets and other realities. "We've become so accustomed to living within the borders of budgets -- which in all fairness is the only way to be fiscally respectful and responsible -- that it's become too easy to disregard opportunities our students might be given on the premise that we can't afford it," says OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones. "Oregon Rising deliberately leaves the money talk at the door and asks what do we want? Let's dream."

"At home, if your family comes up with a dream together -- whether it's about a home improvement project or for a summer trip -- you're much more likely to achieve it," adds Miller-Jones. "There's so much more energy and interest that the logistics become easier to chart out."

Community gatherings are a dynamic experience for those who take part, but work and family obligations can make attendance difficult for some. To allow for full participation, the effort has a parallel online component as well, with the videos and survey posted at oregon-rising.org. All materials are also available in Spanish.

"We want to make this process accessible to all. Our goal is to hear the voices of everyone who cares about public education and is willing to share their hopes and dreams for how we build the schools our students deserve," says elementary physical education teacher and OEA President Hanna Vaandering.

This first round of gatherings and surveys will wrap up in June; a second outreach effort will take place in early 2017. When the first round of gatherings is completed, the group estimates that hundreds of meetings will have been held across the state, with representation from all counties. The stated goal of 10,000 voices seemed lofty at first, organizers say, but even before the launch, more than 1,000 people were following Oregon Rising on Facebook and several hundred had taken the survey in pilot gatherings and online.

Visit oregon-rising.org for more information.
Search For Missing Philomath Man Moves Into New Phase
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/12/16 11:40 AM
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, in support of and in coordination with the Philomath Police Department, is suspending active ground search activity for missing Philomath man, Curt Braun. The search for Braun is transitioning to an information gathering investigation.

Volunteers and employees with Benton County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue have spent over 700 hours searching 4,000 miles of roads as well as 1,000 miles by air using volunteer fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Active searches were also conducted in Lane County, Linn County, and Lincoln County.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office and Philomath Police Department continue to ask for the public's help in reporting any information or potential sightings. Once we receive a confirmed lead that points to a potential location, ground teams may again be deployed to investigate the area.

Braun is 60-years-old and was last seen driving a 2000 red Ford Explorer, Oregon license plate number 251CXK. A missing poster is attached. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office 541-766-6858 or the Philomath Police Department at 541.929-6911.

Many agencies and volunteer groups have been actively searching for Braun and his vehicle. Just a few of those agencies include: Oregon State Police, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Parks, US Forrest Service, Marys Peak Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BCARES), and SkySAR.

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Free seminars for Oregon employers on paid sick leave law
Oregon Farm Bureau - 04/12/16 11:02 AM
Linn County Farm Bureau will host two free, public seminars about what employers need to know to comply with the new mandatory paid sick leave law.

Presentations will be given by representatives from the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industry (BOLI) and Oregon Farm Bureau.

Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to attend. Each seminar will last approximately three hours with time for questions. Both events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.

Seminar One: Saturday, April 30, 9.00 a.m.
Location: Central Linn High School cafeteria, 32433 OR-228, Halsey, OR 97348
Contact Person: Hans Coon, hans.coon@gmail.com, Linn County Farm Bureau

Seminar Two: Monday, May 23, 5.00 p.m.
Location: Central Linn High School cafeteria, 32433 OR-228, Halsey, OR 97348
Contact Person: Hans Coon, hans.coon@gmail.com, Linn County Farm Bureau

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Be Heard: Midyear 2016
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 04/12/16 10:37 AM
SALEM,Ore., (04/12/2016) -- Boots, bovine, and business are accompanied by the lush, beautiful backdrop that is Central Oregon, and is the location of Midyear 2016. Midyear is Oregon Cattlemen's Association's annual event that provides Oregon cattlemen and ranchers the opportunity to learn about the latest news and information regarding the Oregon ranching industry and to hear from experienced industry leaders. The event kicks off May 22 and goes through May 24. It will be held at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon.

Knute Buehler, Oregon Representative for District 54 (Bend) will be one of the featured guest speakers Sunday evening on the 22nd. Buehler will be discussing bridging the urban-rural divide. The event will also host Executive Director of the Public Lands Council, Ethan Lane. Lane will be talking about upcoming opportunities and risks for ranchers in the West in regard to public lands.

Kayli Hanley, OCA's communications director, has been a vital player in planning Midyear. "The cattle industry has many pertinent issues occurring right now that will be addressed at this meeting," said Hanley. "Midyear is the perfect opportunity for producers to regroup and learn about various, ongoing efforts being made on behalf of the ranching industry." Hanley is excited for this year's program and the location of the event. "It's a chance to unite and to be heard."

Attendees will have the chance to take advantage of Sunriver Resort's recreational amenities. The resort offers opportunities for hiking, playing tennis, and testing your golf swing on one of their four golf courses. A tradeshow will also be available for attendees to explore various booths and organizations representing cattle businesses, cattle education, and more.

Print and online registration forms can be found online at orcattle.com.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon March 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/12/16 10:12 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to a Record Low of 4.5 Percent in March

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 4.5 percent in March--the lowest point since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's February unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. A year ago, in March 2015, Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 5.0 percent in March, and Oregon's unemployment rate at 4.5 percent, this puts Oregon's rate half a percentage point below the U.S. rate. The last time Oregon's rate was half a percentage point below the U.S. rate was in November 1995.

The total number of Oregonians employed in March reached 1.94 million, which was up substantially from 1.84 million in March 2015. The rapid rise in the number of employed is the main driver of an increase in Oregon's labor force participation rate, which shot up to 62.3 percent in March from a recent low of 60.8 percent in March 2015.

"Rapid job growth and a historically low unemployment rate mean that Oregon's labor market is stronger than it's been in decades," said state employment economist Nick Beleiciks. "Businesses are raising wages to attract the help they need, and it's working because people are flocking to Oregon's labor force."

Oregon's payroll employment grew by 3,900 in March, following a revised gain of 7,400. The March gain was close to the average monthly pace seen over the past three years. In March, three major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs: health care and social assistance (+1,400 jobs), wholesale trade (+1,300) and professional and business services (+1,200). Meanwhile, three major industries cut close to 1,000 jobs apiece: private educational services ( 1,200 jobs), construction (-900) and manufacturing (-700).

The tightening of Oregon's labor market is leading to rapidly rising wages, with the average hourly wage up by 4.6 percent over the year. In March, the average wage was $24.45 per hour for Oregon's private sector payroll employees, which was 10 cents more than the $24.35 in February. This measure of wages has increased $1.07 per hour, or 4.6 percent, since March 2015 when the average was $23.38 per hour.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 19th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 17th.??NLG

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted, except for the wage data, which is not seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/930/93466/employment_in_Oregon_--_March_2016_--_press_release.pdf
OSP Continuing Investigation After Explosion At Home - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/12/16 7:56 AM
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On April 9, 2016 at approximately 8:13 PM, OSP Troopers and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to 225 Flounce Rock Road in Prospect for the report of a structure fire/explosion.

Upon arrival of emergency crews they discovered the residence fully engulfed in fire.
It was determined that the residents, Michael MCNALL and Karyl MCNALL, were not at home and were not injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Oregon State Police is being assisted by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

This is a preliminary release, more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 - West of La Grande - Union County
Oregon State Police - 04/11/16 11:22 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday evening's fatal crash on Interstate 84, near La Grande (milepost 256 eastbound).

Preliminary information indicates on April 11, 2016, at 5:46 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Solara, operated by Melissa BOOK, age 19, from La Grande, with passengers Alexis BROWNING, age 18, from La Grande, and Hanna DOIG-CASHELL, age 18, from La Grande, was traveling eastbound and attempting to pass a vehicle, when for unknown reasons, lost control, left the roadway and overturned.

DOIG-CASHELL suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. BOOK received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. BROWNING received serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande.

Both eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Union County Sheriff's Office, La Grande Police Department, La Grande Rural Fire District, La Grande Fire Department, Life Flight, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Red Cross Responds to Florence, Oregon Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/11/16 7:51 PM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist 1 adult and 2 children displaced by a single family fire. The fire occurred in the 2000 block of 19th Street in Florence .

The Red Cross provided assistance with temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.
Media Advisory: Press Conference on BLM Proposed Plan to Increase Timber Harvest and Environmental Protections in Western Oregon Forests
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/11/16 4:32 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, April 12, at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., to discuss the release of the Proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) for western Oregon. The BLM is proposing a path forward for local communities in western Oregon with a plan that will increase job growth, tourism and recreation, and timber harvest, while offering strong protections for the northern spotted owl, listed fish species, and water resources.

Call in information:
Phone number: (888) 843-6168
Passcode: 8715228

The BLM will be releasing the Proposed RMP, an interactive map, and additional information online at 1:00 p.m.:
www.blm.gov/or/plans/rmpswesternoregon/index

Copies of this document will also be available at the BLM's Coos Bay, Eugene, Medford, Roseburg, and Salem Districts and the Lakeview District's Klamath Falls Field Office.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5514/93453/MediaAdvisory.4.11.2016.pdf
NEWS RELEASE: Effectively compete for upcoming Corps projects
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/11/16 4:11 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No. 16-015

Contact:

Michelle Helms
503-808-4517
Michelle.r.helms@usace.army.mil

For Release: April 11, 2016

Effectively compete for upcoming Corps projects

PORTLAND, ORE. - Businesses interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work have two opportunities to learn about future projects and how to compete for them.

The Corps will host two separate Industry Day events: April 26 and 27. Both events will be at the 911 Federal Building at 911 NE 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Seating is limited and registration is required. See details below.

The April 26 event is designed to introduce businesses to the government acquisition process, which has its nuances. The event will include information about the tools needed to do business with the Corps, the Best Value process, and how to improve project proposals.

The Corps is searching for businesses that provide everything from supplies and materials to construction services. The Portland District's Small Business Office looks for companies that have the services and products the District needs to accomplish its missions.

"We understand businesses are exploring new technologies and innovative engineering methods," said Col. Jose Aguilar, Portland District Commander. "It's important for our project teams to meet with these businesses' representatives and exchange information. That needs to happen in an environment that balances both parties' needs while respecting fair contracting opportunities."

The April 27 event is targeted at businesses that may be interested in the Corps' jetty rehabilitation projects at the Mouth of the Columbia River, a huge undertaking that will rely on sub contractors, including small business owners, to provide some of the materials, such as thousands of tons of jetty stone that must meet specific quality thresholds.

"There's much at stake for the Corps' mission and for these businesses," said Jerry Otto, MCR jetty rehabilitation project manager. "Our advertisement periods for the jetty projects typically range from 30 to 45 days, which require interested businesses to quickly gather the information they'll need and prepare a well-developed proposal to compete."

Providing information at the industry day workshops and forums such as FedBizOpps ahead of the contract bidding process, gives potential bidders time to conduct the required testing and obtain the permits they'll need before the Corps can effectively evaluate the quality of the stone and reliability of the source.

"Industry days offer a sanctioned environment where Corps employees can share their project challenges and needs with the business owners who may have solutions," said Carol McIntyre, deputy for Small Business for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.

The Corps is dedicated to developing small businesses and maximizing their opportunities to take part in the federal procurement process. Business owners who want to compete for government contracts have an ally in the Corps, whose specialists will help them learn to navigate the labyrinth of rules and requirements that are the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Events like the April 26 and 27 industry days provide for a broad base of suppliers to support the mission and strengthen the nation's economic development.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Industry Days
911 Federal Building, 911 NE 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon

April 26, 2016
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 a.m.
Register at http://go.usa.gov/ct8WQ

April 27, 2016
9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Doors open at 7 a.m.
Register at http://go.usa.gov/ct8Zj

Building 911 is an easy walk from the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue MAX stop which serves the Green, Red and Blue lines. Limited parking is available near the facility.

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9-1-1 Operators To Graduate From Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/11/16 4:02 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 98th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT98 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Scott Haberkorn, Manager of the Corvallis Regional Communications Center.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT98 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #98

Dispatcher Robyn Briscoe
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Kinsey Brock
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Samantha Charleston
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Jeff Golden
W.C.C.C.A


Dispatcher Crystal Hager
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tamie Harmon
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Jessica Hodges
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kelly Lovell
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Carolyn Lowery
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Jennifer Loza
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Audrey Macken
Corvallis Police Department

Dispatcher Adam McCreery
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Sandra McDuffy
Reedsport Police Department

Dispatcher Cary McGagin
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tawnya Meyer
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Ryan Mishler
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Jordan Nelson
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Samuel Sean Norris
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Maureen O'leary
Oregon State Police


Dispatcher Jasmin Powell
Oregon State University DPS

Dispatcher Amy Rodda
Toledo Police Department

Dispatcher Krystyn Scott
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Rebecca Smith
Seaside Police Department

Dispatcher Holly Sov
Central Lane Communications Center
Salem Woman Arrested After Shots Fired Into a Vehicle (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/11/16 3:14 PM
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Last night at about 11:30 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4000 block of Sorrel Court SE to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Anahi Sanchez-Torres, age 24 called reporting that her ex-boyfriend was driving by her residence and harassing her.

While Deputies were responding to investigate Ms. Sanchez-Torres got into her vehicle and began chasing the suspicious vehicle down Lancaster Drive at high rates of speed. At some point during the chase multiple shots were fired striking the "suspicious vehicle". Thankfully the Salem Police Department stopped both vehicles before anyone was seriously hurt.

After being stopped the victim in the "suspicious vehicle" confirmed he was being shot at while being chased and was not associated with Ms. Sanchez-Torres's ex-boyfriend. A search of Ms. Sanchez-Torres's car led to the discovery of loaded 9mm gun that had the serial number removed. Deputies were even more surprised when they learned that Ms. Sanchez-Torres had her roommate Juan Morales Leon, age 27, of Salem and her four year old daughter in the car during the incident.

Ms. Sanchez-Torres was arrested and charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Obliteration of a Serial Number, the four year old was taken into protective custody and turned over to the Department of Human Services. Deputies are still attempting to determine who exactly fired the rounds from Ms. Sanchez-Torres's vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.

Ms. Sanchez-Torres has been released from custody and is set to appear in Circuit Court on May 9th at 9:30 a.m.


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Public Health Advisory Board's Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets April 18 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/11/16 3:01 PM
April 11, 2016

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Review the subcommittee's scope; conduct organizational business; develop timeline for completion of deliverables in accordance with House Bill 3100.

When: Monday, April 18, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 918, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is also provided: 1-877-873-8017; access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for the board's consideration.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets April 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/11/16 2:58 PM
April 11, 2016

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Presentation about Oregon's grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Public Health National Center for Innovations; discussion about the public health modernization assessment; review of Oregon's Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; discussion about Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 p.m.; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting also will be live streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at www.healthoregon.org/phab.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

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Drug Take Back Day (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/11/16 1:37 PM
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The public is invited to bring expired and unused prescription medications to a safe disposal event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

This free, one-day event will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Benton County Fairgrounds, It is sponsored by the Benton County Sheriff's Office and allows you to safely dispose of expired prescription medications, medicine from deceased family members, pet medications and unknown tablets and capsules.

"This is a public safety issue," said Sheriff Scott Jackson. "We want to keep unused prescription drugs away from children or from others who may misuse them. We also want to help keep theses drugs out of our water supply."

Some items are not allowed at the event. For safety reasons, these include thermometers, intra-venous solutions, needles, EpiPens(R), or medical waste of any kind. Illegal drugs are also not accepted. Medications can only be accepted from individual households, not from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor's offices or veterinary clinics.

"Our Reserve Deputies and Auxiliary Team are spearheading this effort in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back Day," said Jackson. "Without their volunteer effort we would not be able to offer this service to the community."

Also partnering with the Sheriff's Office to offer this event is the Philomath Police Department, the Benton County Fairgrounds, Covanta Energy, and the Benton County Health Department.

For more information, visit the Benton County Sheriff's Office website at www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff and click on the "Other Services" menu.


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Weyerhaeuser Fire Update
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/11/16 12:20 PM
Eugene Springfield fire investigators have concluded their investigation into Saturday night's fire at the Weyerhaeuser plant on N. Bertelson Rd. The fire has been ruled accidental, starting in a piece of normally operating equipment. The fire was contained by the sprinkler system and then extinguished by fire crews.
Pro Quarterback Promoting Youth Wellness in Ontario (ADVISORY)
Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council - 04/11/16 12:16 PM
He's a quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and a homegrown success story that goes back to setting records at Burns High School and playing for the University of Oregon. You're invited to welcome Kellen Clemens back to his eastern Oregon roots for a special assembly at Ontario High School on Wednesday, April 13, to talk about the importance of nutrition, exercise and teamwork.

What: Ontario High School Assembly to kick off Fuel Up to Play 60 efforts
When: Wednesday, April 13, 1:45 p.m.
Where: Ontario High School, 1115 W. Idaho Ave., Ontario, OR, in the gymnasium
Who: NFL quarterback Kellen Clemens, Superintendent Nicole Albisu, Principal Andy Kovach, students, members of the faculty and school board, representatives from the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and other invited guests
Why: Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program created by the National Dairy Council and the NFL, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Inspired and led by youth, it empowers students to eat healthy, be active and make positive changes in their schools and communities.

Clemens will speak to the entire student body at a special assembly about youth wellness and stay for a question and answer session following the presentation. After providing an overview of his background, he will address the importance of healthy eating and being physically active. He'll also talk about the value of teamwork, giving thanks and service to others.

While at the school, Clemens will also meet with high school administrators, talk with community and student leaders, visit a P.E. class, sign autographs and offer photo opportunities. Media is invited and encouraged to photograph/record the event.

Questions or requests for special accommodations can be directed to Crista Hawkins, Manager of School Programs, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, 971-409-0001 or chawkins@odncouncil.org.


Attached Media Files: Kellen Clemens
Surplus items to be sold on auction site - URL CORRECTION - www.govdeals.com/salemor
Salem Police Dept. - 04/11/16 12:09 PM
For years the Salem Police Department has been storing found and abandoned items, as well as property from cases without the means of doing away with the wide array of goods, gear, and wares.

"We have accumulated tens of thousands of items over the years," said Lt. Mike Bennett who oversees the Property Control Unit. "The storage room is grossly undersized, and to store all these items each year costs approximately $25,000."

To help address the problem, the unit embarked on a year-long effort to determine which items were available for release, destruction or sale. The result was an accumulation of assorted things ready for sale.

"Now that we have determined which items we can sell, we are ready to post them on GovDeals for the public to look at and find good bargains," said Bennett.

GovDeals is a site for government agencies to sell surplus items via a bid process.

A variety of items are currently posted, and Bennett expects five to seven sales going every seven to 10 days. Generally, items posted will include televisions, tools, bicycles, clothing, athletic equipment, and even furniture.

Proceeds from the sales will go directly into a general police fund to be used on a variety of public education and outreach programs, and the purchase of other necessary tools for investigations.

Find the Salem Police surplus auctions at http://www.govdeals.com/salemor.
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Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/11/16 11:53 AM
SALEM, Ore.--The Department of Revenue is reminding Oregonians that the deadline to file their 2015 personal income tax return is one week from today--April 18.
"We've already processed more than 1.1 million returns this year," said Megan Denison, the policy and systems manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division. "Based on where we were at this time last year, we're expecting another 600,000 to 700,000 returns to arrive between now and April 18."
For those who still haven't filed their returns, e-filing is the easiest way to get your returns to the department by the deadline. E-filed returns are generally processed faster than paper returns because they require less manual work to process. Also, those who have their refunds directly deposited into their bank accounts will see their refunds sooner than those who request paper checks. To check out your e-filing options, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.
Remember, an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating on April 19, the day after the return was originally due. If you can't pay your taxes, please contact us. Based on your financial situation, we may be able to set you up on a monthly payment plan.
For more information on filing your personal income tax return, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/personal.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or (503) 378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.
2016 Outstanding Women Veterans Award honors three recipients
Oregon Deptartment of Veterans' Affairs - 04/11/16 10:51 AM
Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) honored three 2016 Outstanding Oregon Women Veterans Award recipients at the 2016 Oregon Women Veterans Conference at Camp Withycome in Clackamas on March 18-19. This prestigious award recognizes women veterans who exemplify service as a veteran and as an outstanding member of the Oregon community, highlighting achievements in support of veterans, her commitment to women veterans' issues, and as a citizen in service of her hometown, the State of Oregon, and the United States of America.

Lacey Beaty
Lacey Beaty is an Army combat veteran and a Beaverton City Councilor. She is one of only three known veteran elected officials in Washington County. During her time on the council, Lacey has led the way in getting Service-Disabled Veteran business language added to the City's Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Businesses Policy and supported making Beaverton the state's 8th "Purple Heart" city. She is currently the 2nd Vice Commander for the American Legion, Post 124, and their youngest officer. She works full-time as the director for Virginia Garcia's School-Based Health Clinics, overseeing six locations in Washington and Yamhill Counties. In this role, she championed a policy change for a school district allowing young women to access birth control and associated provider counseling, which was previously restricted. Lacy volunteers for local organizations at-risk and homeless youth and volunteers as a development director and lacrosse coach for children and underserved youth in Washington County. As a lacrosse coach at George Fox University, Lacey works daily in empowering youth and young women to achieve higher goals for themselves, including working to help young female athletes obtain college athletic scholarships. She also provides support and advocacy to women veterans who are survivors of military sexual assault and is looking to progress her civic engagement activities by helping women, and particularly women veterans, advance with better employment opportunities, health care, and other veteran benefits.

Elizabeth Luras
Elizabeth Luras is an Army military intelligence veteran and is considered one of the nation's leading military advocates, extending her advocacy on behalf of veterans to testifying before Congress on military sexual trauma and working with the White House administration to improve veteran services and currently serves as an economic Liaison for the VA working to help veterans and their families transition into the civilian world. She fiercely advocates on behalf of both male and female service members and veterans, focusing on addressing issues of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), homelessness, suicide intervention, and assisting veterans in receiving their rightful benefits. Elizabeth volunteers as a National Veteran's Suicide Advocate, Oregon Vet Centers, and Central City Concern and hosts a radio program called Soldier Talk Radio for veterans and their families. She was given a Stevie award in NY in 2013 for her exceptional work on behalf of homeless women veterans. She has lobbied and advised Congress and the Senate with regards to multiple bills and pieces of legislation to help improve the military and to improve the lives of veterans.

Dodie Blessing
Dodie Blessing was in the U.S. Navy Reserve Corps from 1960--62 as an Ensign in the Nurse Corps. She began working at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg in 1980 and later went to work in nursing at the VA Roseburg Healthcare System. There she began working with women veterans, primarily those who were in-patient, to ensure quality care, which led to her being appointed as the Women Veterans Coordinator for the VA Roseburg Health System. Her work advocating for expanded funding and coordinating specialty care, eligibility, and transportation led to greatly expanded services for women veterans at a time when they were highly invisible and underserved within the VA system. She also brought to light other women veterans who worked for the VA system, acknowledging their ongoing service.

In 1985, Dodie founded the American Women Veterans Association, and was instrumental in making it part of the fabric of veterans organizations in Douglas County. Dodie's work continued after retirement in 2000. Her vision extended beyond the walls of the hospital and into the community through her service on the Veterans Advisory Board for the Roseburg VA Hospital, and involvement to expand awareness of women veterans.

Oregon Women Veteran Efforts in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is dedicated to helping all women veterans, past, present and future. It has a dedicated women veteran's coordinator whose mission is to ensure that Oregon women veterans have equitable access to federal and state veteran's services and to ensure women veterans are aware of their VA benefits. Contact ODVA's Women Veterans Coordinator at 503-373-2188.


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Benton County Sheriff's Office in Partnership with the Philomath Police Department continue the search for a local Philomath man.
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/08/16 7:29 PM
Volunteers from Benton County Search and Rescue as of Thursday evening have covered just over 1000 miles of roads, an additional 700 miles covered from the air using volunteer fixed wing and helicopter resources.

Today (Friday) we added search teams from Lane and Lincoln Counties running a similar road and air search in their respective counties.

The search will continue tomorrow, Saturday, in Benton and surrounding counties.

We are asking for the public's help by keeping their eyes open for Curt Braun and the vehicle he was last seen in.

The missing man is Curt Braun, DOB 3/21/1956 and the vehicle is a 2000 Red Ford Explorer, Oregon plate 251CXK. A missing Person poster is attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Benton County Sheriff's Office or Philomath Police Department at 541.766.6858.



We would also like to thank the many agencies that that have been actively searching for this man and vehicle, just a few of those agencies include, Oregon State Police, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Parks, US Forrest Service, Mary's Peak Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Benton County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BCARES), SkySAR.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1505/93407/missing-person-info.pdf
State Ceremony to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers set for May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at DPSST in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/08/16 7:25 PM
The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Trust Fund, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Oregon's various statewide law enforcement associations.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. We ask that you please place this important date on your calendars and attend this event which honors our fallen. The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) approved the addition of one officer during the 2016 ceremony. It is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon's fallen officers and the families they left behind. Below is information on the officer being added.

Deputy Gil Datan, age 43, of the Coos County Sheriff's Office died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015. Deputy Datan was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

Datan started his law enforcement career in Coos County with the Myrtle Point Police Department in 1996. A year later, he served with the North Bend Police Department. He also worked for the Confederated Tribal Police Department and Reedsport Police Department, before he was hired as a deputy sheriff in Coos County in 2009. Datan is credited with being an integral part in the arrest of at least two homicide suspects. Datan was previously on a two-year rotation as a detective with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, before he was assigned to be a timber deputy within the last few months

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

Note: Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017)who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. Sgt. Goodding's death will be included in comments made during the 2016 ceremony and his name will be added to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved next month and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

We hope that your schedule will allow you to join us on this special day. If you have any questions, or need additional assistance, please let us know.
Oregon City Man Sentenced for Fishing Offenses (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/08/16 7:01 PM
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) concluded an investigation into an Oregon City fishing guide found to be committing fishing violations while acting as a guide. In October of 2015 the OSP learned of a fishing trip where the clients had not only kept a foul-hooked salmon, but continued to angle once retaining their individual limit, and failed to validate their catch. A subsequent investigation revealed the guide, Wayne Priddy, 59, had aided his customers into violating wildlife laws while he was employed to guide them on Tillamook Bay. PRIDDY was later taken into custody and lodged at the Tillamook County Jail. He was charged with:

Four (4) Misdemeanor Counts of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense
Two (2) Misdemeanor Counts of Failure to Record/Validate Salmon

On April 4, 2016, PRIDDY pled guilty in Tillamook County Circuit Court to one (1) count of Aiding in a Wildlife Offense. He was sentenced to;

36 month probation
$250.00 in fines
Forfeit all property to OSP
Ten (10) days in jail minus time served
Cannot angle or assist anyone in angling until January 10, 2017
Cannot possess any angling equipment outside his residence until January 10, 2017.

The Oregon State Police works closely with the Oregon State Marine Board to ensure guides and outfitters follow all laws related to the commercialization of wildlife. All wildlife violations, including those of the outfitter and guide laws, can be reported to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.


Attached Media Files: Priddy
Board On Public Safety Standards And Training - Meeting Announcement
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/08/16 3:25 PM
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training April 28, 2016 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes Approve minutes from the January 28, 2016 meeting

B. OAR 259-060-0015 et al - Proposed Rule Changes, For Private Security Provider Responsibilities, Application for Certification and Licensure, and Temporary Assignments -- language changes.

C. OAR 259-060-0010 - Proposed Rule Change, For Organized Event and Premises Definitions

D. OAR 259-060-0130 - Proposed Rule Change, For Private Security Executive Manager and Supervisory Manager Licensure and Responsibilities

E. Basic Police Course Proposed Curriculum Updates -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

F. Pilot OLCC Regulatory Specialist Field Training Manual -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

G. 2015 Parole and Probation Job Task Analysis -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2016.

H. 2015 Telecommunications Job Task Analysis -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on February 3, 2016.

I. David Fuller DPSST#16332 (Columbia County Sheriff's Office) -- Amend Proposed Order, Vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

J. Samuel Wolfe DPSST#33680 -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

K. Homero Reynaga DPSST#29551 (Portland Police Bureau) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote, with one member recusing himself, to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

L. David Toll DPSST#51790 (Nyssa Police Department) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on February 18, 2016.

M. Jason Holton DPSST#48099 (DOC Coffee Creek Correctional) - Not Revoke, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on February 9, 2016.

N. Nicole M. Aragon DPSST#55677 (Frontier Regional 9-1-1) -- Not Deny Application for Training, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on February 3, 2016.

O. Jonathan M. Skinner PSID#22911 -- Revocation and Civil Penalty, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on February 16, 2016.

P. Committee Appointments
Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee
Katie Suver -- Reappointment
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board
Nadine Purington -- Appointment -- to replace Lisa Settell on the PSMFB; 1st term effective 1/28/16
Fire Policy Committee
John Rinier -- Appointment -- to replace Michael Silva on the FPC; 1st term effective 7/26/16
Telecommunications Policy Committee
Sharyl Dresser -- Reappointment to the TPC; 1st term effective 5/1/16
Gary Bettencourt -- Reappointment to the TPC; 2nd term effective 7/23/16
Corrections Policy Committee
Matthew D. Frohnert -- Appointment to replace Barb Shipley on the CPC; 1st term effective 5/1/16
Police Policy Committee
Kristine Allison -- Reappointment to the PPC; 2nd term effective 7/26/16
Scott Dillon -- Reappointment to the PPC; 2nd term effective 7/24/16
Travis Hampton -- Appointment to replace Joel Lujan on the PPC; 1st term effective 7/23/16

2. Amended Legislative Concept -- DPSST Fingerprint Authority -- Linsay Hale

3. Annual Director Evaluation - Chair Barker

4. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

5. Policy Committee Update

6. Elect Chair and Vice Chair for the BPSST -- As of July 1, 2016

7. Next Meeting Date: July 28, 2016


Requires a vote by the Board.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Douglas County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/08/16 1:29 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at approximately 10:00 a.m., today, April 8, 2016, in the 700 block of Cass Ave. in Roseburg, OR. The fire affected one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (for example food and shelter) and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
7.1 Acre Soda Fork Fire (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/08/16 12:41 PM
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On 4-7-16 at 1524 Sweet Home Fire and ODF were dispatched to the report of a structure fire near mile marker 53 on Santiam Highway at the intersection of Soda Fork Road. The structure was minimally damaged but the fire quickly spread to the nearby hillside and replanted timber area. The fire claimed a total of 7.1 acres as it climbed uphill toward a standing timber unit, but was stopped before it could destroy the large timber area. The investigation team has gathered all available evidence and the early determination of the cause is believed to be from an electrical arc from wiring to a well house. Personnel from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District, ODF, U.S. Forrest Service and Cascade Timber Consultants responded to the incident with over 10 apparatus and 25 firefighters to battle the blaze. Fire crews are currently continuing with mop up operations in the fire area and expect to be finishing sometime this evening.


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/5505/93392/IMG_20160407_172800556.jpg
Linn Deputies Serve Search Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/08/16 9:42 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that in the last week, his detectives served two search warrants related to illegal narcotics and stolen property. The first search warrant was served on April 05, 2016, at approximately 10:30 a.m., in the 900 block of Central Avenue, Lebanon.

Detectives served the search warrant on Jerry Wallace Davis, 62, a resident of the property, while he was waiting in line to get on a bus at the Lebanon Walmart. Detectives then went back to the residence where they served a search warrant on his travel trailer.

Among the items seized from Davis and his travel trailer were user amounts of heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, 122 illegally possessed prescription pills, and stolen property related to identity theft.

As a result of the investigation, Davis was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Parole Violation.

The second search warrant was served on April 7, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., in the 24300 block of West Brush Creek Road, Sweet Home. Among the items seized from the property were dealer amounts of methamphetamine, unlawfully possessed prescription medication, approximately three pounds of marijuana, digital scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, three marijuana plants, and 12 firearms (including pistols, shotguns, and rifles). At least three of the firearms seized had been reported stolen to the Lane County Sheriff's Office on March 20, 2016.

As a result of the investigation, Merry Loraine Brown, 46, a resident of the address where the search warrant was served, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, and three counts of Theft I by Receiving.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted on both search warrants by the Lebanon and Sweet Home Police Departments.

Both investigations are continuing.


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Pacific Power to advance power grid by installing 590,000 smart meters for Oregon customers in 2018-19
Pacific Power - 04/08/16 9:05 AM
Pacific Power media hotline: Apr. 8, 2016
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pacific Power to advance power grid by installing 590,000 smart meters for Oregon customers in 2018-19
New meters will give customers daily usage data, reduce costs, improve reliability, and maintain high safety and privacy standards while helping customers save energy and money

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Pacific Power plans to replace 590,000 electric meters at Oregon homes and businesses in 2018 and 2019 with new smart meters. These new meters will provide customers with the information they need to make informed decisions about their electrical energy usage and enable smarter, more efficient management of the power grid.

"Installing smart meters is a key step towards the power grid of the future here in Oregon," said Stefan Bird, Pacific Power CEO. "What's great about this investment is the savings generated exceed the costs over the life of the meters, while providing immediate benefits to our customers. Over 64 million smart meters have been installed nationwide and we believe now is the right time to take advantage of improvements in cost and technology."
Access to daily energy usage information will be available to customers via a secure website. This near real-time energy usage information will let customers better understand what is driving their electric bills and help them make improved decisions which will ultimately save energy and money.

The new meters will help hold down operating costs and improve customer service and reliability while maintaining the highest standards of security and customer privacy. Smart meters will:

Provide customers with detailed usage information to help them save energy and money.
Improve reliability by identifying network issues, accelerating outage detection and restoration.
Accelerate service connection and disconnection.
Reduce manual meter reading costs and minimize the need to access customer property.
Reduce vehicle costs and emissions.
Improve safety.

The company will complete software system upgrades necessary to handle the new meters ahead of actual meter installations. Meter installations are scheduled to begin in early 2018 and continue through the fall of 2019.

"This strategic investment furthers Pacific Power's efforts to deliver significant benefits to our customers while keeping prices low," said Bird. "Similar to our investment in the western energy imbalance market that, in its first year, saved more than it cost to implement and positions our customers to realize even more savings as other utilities join and renewable energy expands, these smart meters pay for themselves and position our customers to take greater control of their energy future."


For more information about the program as it develops, customers can call 1-888-221-7070 or visit www.pacificpower.net/smartmeter.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Thu. 04/07/16
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Eugene on April 15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/07/16 4:19 PM
Eugene OR -- The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15 at the Lambs Cottage in Skinner Butte Park, 101 Cheshire Ave., Eugene. The public is invited to comment. The council will hear presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will also review the proposed Outback Scenic Bikeway in Lake County.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact Rocky Houston, State Trails Coordinator, at 503-986-0750 or rocky.houston@oregon.gov.
Search for Missing Person Continues
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/07/16 4:06 PM
Benton County Sheriff's Office in Partnership with the Philomath Police Department are continuing to search for a missing Philomath man and is seeking the public's assistance.

Benton County Search and Rescue has been using ground and air resources to search remote areas of Benton County all day today, Thursday April 7th,2016. The search will continue tomorrow with surrounding counties in partnership with Benton County.

The missing man is Curt Braun
DOB 3/21/1956
The vehicle he last seen in is a 2000 Red Ford Explorer, Oregon plate 251CXK. A missing poster is attached.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Benton County Sheriff's Office or Philomath Police Department at 541.766.6858.


Attached Media Files: Braun Poster
Governor Kate Brown Recognizes Public Safety Telecommunicators with Statewide Proclamation (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/07/16 12:16 PM
Photo courtesy of Emergency Communication of Southern Oregon
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Each year in Oregon, hundreds of dedicated telecommunications professionals answer nearly two million emergency calls, answering requests for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services to dispatch the appropriate assistance. They serve the citizens and visitors in Oregon 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

In recognition of this committed workforce, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed April 10-16, 2016, to be public safety telecommunicators week in Oregon. The proclamation recognizes the vital link between citizens and public safety providers. In many respects, they are the true first responders who may help to save lives and property.

Oregon Office of Emergency Management 9-1-1 Section Manager Mark Tennyson says that
9-1-1 call takers are communicators that are professionally-trained in order to meet the demands of such highly critical work. Each year the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and other public safety organizations consisting of nearly 10,000 people from the United States and Canada set aside the second week in April to acknowledge and appreciate telecommunicators and their crucial role in the protection of life and property.

The 9-1-1 Program in Oregon was established by the 1981 Oregon Legislature. The program is responsible for the continual coordination and management of the network necessary for the delivery of 9-1-1 calls and associated information, the equipment used by the telecommunicators to process those calls, as well as assisting local governments with the challenges faced in the participation in the statewide 9-1-1 emergency communications system.


Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy of Emergency Communication of Southern Oregon
Weekly air monitoring shows slight increase in hexavalent chromium
Oregon Health Authority - 04/07/16 11:13 AM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. today to discuss air monitoring results and the health risk analysis. Contact their agencies' communications staff members below for interviews.

April 7, 2016

Values in Portland remain well below health limits; agencies investigating source

A slight increase of hexavalent chromium was measured by air monitors near Bullseye Glass Co. in southeast Portland between March 16 and March 24, an interagency group investigating metals emissions is reporting.

The monitoring results, collected from five monitors--four near Bullseye and one near Uroboros Glass in north Portland--operating 24 hours a day since March 1, show that values for the hexavalent chromium remain well below levels of immediate health concern.

"The values are slightly over what we've seen in previous weeks and only for hexavalent chromium, and above the typical urban levels," said Brian Boling, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's laboratory program manager.

David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said the hexavalent chromium values picked up near Bullseye are still far below short-term health limits.

"Air monitoring readings are still below levels that would indicate short-term health threats," he said. "We don't have enough information to know about long-term health effects."

DEQ inspects Bullseye

DEQ conducted an unannounced inspection of Bullseye April 5 to determine if the facility was using chromium and hexavalent chromium. The inspection confirmed it was not, and that it hasn't since it voluntarily agreed to suspend use of those metals, along with arsenic and cadmium, in February.

"At this time, we do not know the source of the fluctuation in hexavalent chromium levels," Boling said. "We are investigating other possible sources of the hexavalent chromium, and we will be analyzing wind speed and direction to help us identify potential sources."

He said the agency doesn't know whether the bump in hexavalent chromium levels is the start of a trend--that they will remain elevated--or an anomaly, until new air monitoring results are reported April 14.

No such fluctuations for hexavalent chromium were picked up by the air monitor deployed near Uroboros.

There has been no change in arsenic and cadmium levels in the air in southeast or north Portland since monitoring data for the week ending March 15 were reported March 31. Levels of these metals stayed many times lower than what was found near Bullseye in October 2015, officials say. Monitoring results can be found on the SaferAirOregon website.

Close monitoring continues

DEQ and OHA will continue to closely watch the levels of heavy metals. They will immediately alert the community if there are any changes in levels of heavy metals that could affect people's health, and DEQ will change its sampling plan if readings continue to fluctuate for hexavalent chromium or other contaminants. It also is investigating other potential sources of hexavalent chromium in southeast Portland.

The newly released data covers monitoring from March 16 to March 24. The monitoring locations are the same five sites as those used in February to collect air samples that were first reported in mid-March.

Weekly air monitoring data will continue to be reported each Thursday by the interagency group that includes DEQ, OHA and Multnomah County Health Department and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov.

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Grant deadline coming for historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/07/16 11:03 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. The grant deadline is April 29, 2016. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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DATES CHANGED FOR OLD YOUNGS BAY BRIDGE (U.S. 101B) CLOSURE (now April 20 and 21)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/07/16 8:42 AM
The first two nights in a series of full night closures for the Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101B) have been changed to Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday, April 21 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure effects all travelers, including pedestrians and bicycles.

At least 25 night time closures are planned for the bridge as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation project. The night time closures will be scheduled between April 13 and July 1. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge.

Variable message signs have been posted in various locations warning travelers of the closures. During the night time closures, travelers using U.S. 101B will detour around the closures using the Lewis and Clark River and New Youngs Bay Bridges. Travelers are urged to check TripCheck.com for the latest on scheduled closures.
Wed. 04/06/16
Oregon State Library Board Meeting, Bend, 4/20/16
Oregon State Library - 04/06/16 4:34 PM
The Oregon State Library Board will meet at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend, OR on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on April 20th, the board will review and vote on bylaws. They will discuss the 2017-2019 budget request process and hear a report from the State Librarian on 2016-2017 operational planning. An open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD MEETING
April 20, 2016
Riverhouse Convention Center
Bend, OR
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda


9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the January 8, 2016 Meeting Bonebrake

9:05 Introductions All

9:30 Reports of Board Chair and Members Bonebrake

10:00 Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

11:30 Open Forum Bonebrake

Noon Lunch

1:00 New Business:
Adoption of Board Bylaws Malkin
2017-2019 Budget Request Dahlgreen
Review of Board Statutory Responsibilities Bonebrake
Talking Book and Braille Advisory Council Recommendations Dahlgreen

3:00 Adjournment Chair


Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Oregon Prepared! Workshop Brings Together Emergency Management Community (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/06/16 3:40 PM
Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby discusses Oregon military support during disasters.
Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby discusses Oregon military support during disasters.
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WARM SPRINGS, Ore. - This week emergency managers from across the state are convening at Central Oregon's Kah Nee Ta Resort for Oregon Prepared!  A four-day workshop covering all things emergency management.

Wednesday's agenda covered a wide spectrum of topics from a review of the federal emergency alert system to Oregon military support during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake to resources available through 211 Info and stress first aid.

"It's so important to come together with other state, county and local first responders to exchange information and ideas, and build a network of resources," said Nathan Garibay, emergency manager for Deschutes County.

Thursday's schedule looks at state public/private partnerships for resilience, cyber security, and a health and medical hazards outlook.

The third annual workshop is presented by the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. It brings together city, county, Tribal, state and federal partners from the emergency management community.


Attached Media Files: Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby discusses Oregon military support during disasters. , Robots from the Salem Bomb Squad were displayed on Tuesday. , Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps addresses workshop attendees. PHOTO CREDIT : James Bryant
Multi-stakeholder group recommends a shared set of measures to improve the health of Oregonians
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 04/06/16 3:18 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Oregonians' health will be improved if there is a public-private effort to overhaul the number and types of health care quality measures currently being collected, according to a white paper issued today by the Collaborative for Health Information Technology in Oregon (CHITO).

"Aligning Health Measurement in Oregon" is a result of months of collaborative research to study and develop recommendations around a proliferation of hundreds of overlapping -- and sometimes competing -- state, federal, and commercial health care quality reporting initiatives and mandates.

"We heard time and again that health care providers and their staff are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of reporting they are required to do," said Mylia Christensen, executive director of the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp.). "Oregon has been a leader in health care transformation, and it is time to take that leadership to the next logical level: creating a common set of quality, cost and outcomes measures among all stakeholders, so that we can meaningfully gauge whether transformation is working."

Highlights of "Aligning Health Measurement in Oregon" include the following findings:

--There are more than 420 reporting measures from various state, federal and commercial health care programs and initiatives.
--Many quality incentive programs have mixed results as they are not tied to best practices, are siloed among dozens of sponsors, and the results are not always available to the public.
--Previous efforts to align measures were well-intentioned but had little success, in part because those involved did not have the authority and resources to implement changes.

"Providers, policy makers and the public all share the same goals of better care, lower cost, and better patient experience: what we know as the Triple Aim," said Andy Davidson, president & CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "But we must be smart and strategic about achieving those goals through a more focused and aligned use of data and measurement. We think an aligned measures approach will be more likely to result in better health outcomes."

"Aligning Health Measurement in Oregon" also argues that the best statewide results will be produced when measures are directed at improving care for all Oregonians, regardless of health care delivery setting, insurer, geography, health status, ability to pay, race, ethnicity, etc. Collaboration must occur with diverse groups representing all those who are impacted by health care.

"This will help expand measurement beyond the clinical environment to consider population health, social determinants of health, and communities where people live, work and play," said Christensen. "Once we begin to align and streamline data measures and focus our efforts, we'll be able to drive meaningful change in our health care system."

About CHITO: CHITO is a strategic multi-stakeholder alliance created to align and improve the planning, execution, utility, and efficiency of Health Information Technology (HIT) with an emphasis on aligning data and analytics in Oregon. CHITO comprises representatives from several health care entities, including the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC), Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), OCHIN, Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp), and other partners.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1635/93337/CHITO-Aligning-Health-Measurement-Release.pdf , 2016-04/1635/93337/Aligning-Health-Measurement-in-Oregon-CHITO.pdf
Coos Bay man no April Fool after winning $89,000 (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 04/06/16 2:59 PM
Brett Glover Coos Bay
Brett Glover Coos Bay
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April 5, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Brett Glover of Coos Bay is no April Fool and he has more than $89,000 to prove it.

For 30 years, Glover has worked as a meat cutter at Price N Pride in Bandon, and every now and then he likes to purchase a Keno 8-spot ticket at the start of his shift. But on April 1, he decided to purchase a $5 ticket at the end of his shift.

The next morning, Glover had the ticket with him when he showed up for work at the Price N Pride, "When they scanned it and said I won, I thought they were playing an April Fool's Day joke on me," Glover said. "You know, a day late."

He had them scan the ticket several times, each time not believing he had won. Finally they printed the numbers off for him to check the ticket himself.

"Not only was it the day after April Fool's Day, it was also my 30th anniversary, so I was positive they were messing with me," he said. "So I called the Lottery. That's when I realized I wasn't an April Fool."

Glover said he still wasn't sure it all wasn't some elaborate scheme to play a joke.

"I will believe it when it's in my checking account," he said after being handed his prize check at the Lottery office in Salem.

Glover said he was going to put the money toward some property and then save the rest.

Keno is a draw game where numbers are drawn between 1 and 80. Players select how many numbers they want to match to win prizes, they can select just one number, or try to guess 10 numbers, depending on the odds they want to face. The more numbers, the higher the odds of winning the jackpot. In addition, the Keno 8-spot game features a rolling jackpot, so when no one hits all eight numbers drawn, the jackpot continues growing until someone wins.

Glover won $15,000 when he matched eight numbers, and then also won the $74,634.70 that had built up in the rolling jackpot, for a total of $89,634.70.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, you should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for your winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Brett Glover Coos Bay
Old Youngs Bay Bridge (U.S. 101) to close at night on April 13 and 14 for repair work
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 04/06/16 12:00 PM
The first two nights in a series of full night closures are scheduled for the Old Youngs Bay Bridge on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The closure effects all travelers, including pedestrians and bicycles.

At least 25 night time closures are planned for the bridge as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation project. The night time closures will be scheduled between April 13 and July 1. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge.

Variable message signs have been posted in various locations warning travelers of the closures. During the night time closures, travelers using U.S. 101 will detour around the closures using the Lewis and Clark River and New Youngs Bay Bridges. Travelers are urged to check TripCheck.com for the latest on scheduled closures.
Women's Symposium Isn't For Women Only!
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 04/06/16 10:42 AM
Eugene, OR (April 6, 2016) -- Saturday, April 30th, 2016, will be the first ever Lions Club sponsored Women's Symposium entitled Opportunities for a Better Life.

Supported by the Lions District 36R, Lions Clubs International and the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, this one-day event will feature an exciting array of speakers on topics of relevance to today's women. While these issues are of interest to women, it does not preclude men from attending.

The featured keynote speaker will be Bob Welch - a speaker, author, award-winning columnist and teacher who has served as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Oregon. A storyteller by nature, Welch has written 20 books and almost 2,000 columns for The Register-Guard since 1999. He has dozens of journalism awards including the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' highest award for writing.

The luncheon will feature Linda Burden-Williams exploring the idea of Building Mind Muscle. Linda has been teaching camera acting in Oregon and California for over 15 years and owns In Focus Camera, Acting & Production. She is a firm believer in "you can create whatever you want in your life".

Other speakers to round out the event will also include: Lindy Smith of Courts Sports, Debra Weinman with the Alzheimer's Association, Danielle Oar from the Music Therapy Refuge, Dr. Frances Munkenbeck of the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute as well representatives from the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.

The Symposium will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be held at the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Among the many vendors who will be providing information for Symposium attendees will be: Rodan & Fields Skin Care, Art with Grace, Days for Girls, Audiology Professionals, Center for Community Counseling, Secure Solutions Insurance Group and the Eugene Downtown Lions Club.

The cost of this event is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Registration (cash or check made to: District 36R Women's Symposium) should be mailed to: District 36R Women's Symposium, PO Box 4211, Salem, OR 97302. For more information please contact Judy Kauffman at (541)547-4632 or Carol Casicato at (503)361-7285.

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Two new Klamath Basin Agreements carve out path for dam removal and provide key benefits to irrigators
Pacific Power - 04/06/16 10:19 AM
Contact: Apr. 6, 2016
Bob Gravely, PacifiCorp FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
503.813.7282

Two new Klamath Basin Agreements carve out path for dam removal and provide key benefits to irrigators

KLAMATH, Calif. -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Commerce, PacifiCorp, and the states of Oregon and California today signed an agreement that, following a process administered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is expected to remove four dams on the Klamath River by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

State and federal officials also signed a new, separate agreement with irrigation interests and other parties known as the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement (KPFA). This agreement will help Klamath Basin irrigators avoid potentially adverse financial and regulatory impacts associated with the return of fish runs to the Upper Klamath Basin, which are anticipated after dams are removed.

This new agreement acknowledges that additional work is necessary to fully restore the Klamath Basin, advance the recovery of its fisheries, uphold trust responsibilities to the tribes and sustain the region's farming and ranching economy. Many of these efforts will require Congressional action, and the agreement commits the signatories to actively cooperate with all Klamath Basin stakeholders -- Members of Congress, tribes, farmers and others -- to develop additional agreements over the next year to offer comprehensive solutions to these issues.
The signing ceremony took place today at the mouth of the Klamath River on the Yurok Indian Reservation in Klamath. California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, and President and CEO of Pacific Power Stefan Bird participated in the event, along with Congressman Jared Huffman, tribes, water users and nongovernmental organizations from the Klamath Basin community.
The newly amended dam removal agreement, which uses existing nonfederal funding and follows the same timeline as the original agreement, will be filed with FERC on or about July 1 for consideration under their established processes. Under the agreement, dam owner PacifiCorp will transfer its license to operate the Klamath River dams to a private company known as the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. This company will oversee the dam removal in 2020. PacifiCorp will continue to operate the dams until they are decommissioned.
"Today is a historic day where the parties who have worked for decades to restore the Klamath Basin are reaffirming their commitment to each other for the shared vision of fisheries restoration and irrigated agriculture co-existing as we move into the future," said
Secretary Jewell. "This agreement is an important initial step as we work toward a comprehensive set of actions to advance long term restoration and sustainability for tribes, fisheries, and agriculture and water users across the Klamath Basin."
"These agreements will enable the largest dam removal project in the nation," said Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA administrator. "While more work lies ahead, these agreements support efforts to recover fisheries, sustain the region's farming and ranching interests, and benefit the environment and the communities who rely upon the Klamath River."
"This historic agreement will enable Oregon and California and the interested parties to get these four dams finally removed and the Klamath River restored to its pristine beauty," Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said.
"These agreements are more than ink and paper, they are a roadmap to the future of the Klamath Basin and of the people who live there," said Governor Kate Brown. "I'm proud to be a part of a plan that invokes the spirit of collaboration to ensure the recovery of the Klamath's historic fishing grounds while sustaining the region's farming and ranching heritage."
"PacifiCorp continues to support the Klamath settlement as a fair way forward for our electricity customers in Oregon, California and beyond," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorp. "The company is committed to continuing to work with our settlement partners to fully enact this important agreement."
In 2010, Klamath Basin stakeholders signed the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) and the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). In 2014, the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA) was signed. Members of the California and Oregon delegations introduced legislation in the past two Congresses to advance the hard-fought KHSA and two related Klamath agreements. However, the U.S. Congress adjourned last year without authorizing them. The expiration of the KBRA last December caused uncertainty in moving forward with the KHSA and UKBCA.

In early 2016, the parties, who have spent years negotiating the pacts, resolved to find a new path forward. The amended KHSA and the 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement are the result of those collaborative discussions.

The four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River are operated for hydroelectric power generation. Modern environmental laws require that the dams need to be retrofitted to provide fish passage for salmon, steelhead and other fish. The Oregon and California public utility commissions found that the original KHSA was a prudent alternative for PacifiCorp's customers.

The amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement is available here.
The 2016 Klamath Power and Facilities Agreement is available here.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Oregon's Criminal Justice Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies - Police, Corrections, Parole and Probation, 9-1-1
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/06/16 10:10 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Friday, April 29, 2016 and Saturday, April 30, 2016. This event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than three dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

The Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available.

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.

More information to follow in a few weeks.

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Tue. 04/05/16
Scheduled 911 Outage in Coastal Area for Charter Communications Customers
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/05/16 4:35 PM
The Douglas County 911 center has been notified of a telephone service outage affecting 911 service in the Reedsport, Winchester Bay and Gardiner areas.

Charter Communications customers will experience the outage starting on April 6, 2016, from midnight through 6 am. During this time workers will be repairing lines that were damaged from a storm.

People in the affected areas may not able to dial 911 from their land line telephone. They will be able to reach 911 on a cellular phone if necessary.
Lane Co begins forestland classification review for wildfire protection
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/05/16 3:52 PM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold its first meeting April 11 in Veneta to kick off a review of lands within the county to determine which should be classified as forestlands. The Oregon Department of Forestry's Western Lane District provides wildfire protection services to forestlands in the county, and a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands helps fund firefighting.

To facilitate this process, the Lane County Commission recently authorized and appointed a classification committee made up of members of the public, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon State Extension Office. Forestland classification for the purpose of wildland fire protection occurs at the county level. Classification changes do not increase ODF's fire budget. Rather, the classification review will help ensure that protection costs are fairly distributed. Typically, a review will result in removal of some lands from forest classification and addition of others, in response to land-use changes.

The committee will examine all lands within the county, classifying lands as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to fire risk potential, vegetation type (fire fuel), community structure, and proximity to other forestland. The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent lands, and will become the basis for assessing the lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

County landowners and the public will have opportunities at upcoming public meetings to learn more about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completion of its work, the committee will present the results of the forestland classification project, identifying forestland in the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The meeting will be held 9 a.m. Monday, April 11, at the ODF Western Lane District office, 87950 Territorial Highway, in Veneta.

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, Western Lane District, 541-935-2283.
Join us to clean up Oregon's forests (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/05/16 3:12 PM
Volunteers at last year's SOLVE event
Volunteers at last year's SOLVE event
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Looking for a way to help leave a lasting legacy as Earth Day approaches?

The Tillamook State Forest is hosting a clean-up effort as part of the annual "SOLVE" Earth Day event. It's an opportunity for Oregonians to pitch in and help clean up after recreationists who may not leave things as pristine as they were found.

Originally called "S.O.L.V" ---- short for Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism ---- the program originated in 1969, created by Governor Tom McCall. Now known as "SOLVE," the non-profit organization annually creates an average of 40,000 volunteer opportunities to keep Oregon green and free from litter, illegal dumpsites and vandalism.

Last year, volunteers who participated in the Tillamook State Forest event recorded impressive results for the forest environment and surrounding communities.

A partial list includes:

Filled 1 dumpster with trash collected from sites along Highway 6
Removed invasive Scotch broom and blackberry from Reehers Camp in northwest Oregon
Collected 1 washing machine from a location used for target shooting
Used 2 winches to collect 7 industrial air conditioners and 100 feet of copper tubing that had been thrown 200 feet down a draw in the Wheeler Basin
Cleaned-up target shooting debris from the Beaver Dam rock pit
Filled 1 dumpster (30 cubic yards) with 209 tires collected from State Forest Land over the course of one year
Partially filled 1 dumpster with 10 cubic yards of trash in the Wolf Creek area
Completed the spring spruce up work in the horse camp portion of Reehers Camp


"SOLVE Day is a great partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and recreation enthusiasts ranging from equestrians to off-road motorcyclists," said Stephanie A. Beall, recreation coordinator for the Forest Grove District. "At the end of the day when those dumpsters are full, everyone feels great about what they've accomplished."

A group effort
A partial list of organizations and groups who assisted last year include: Oregon Equestrian Trails, NW Chapter; Jolly Jeepers; Flat Broke and Four Wheelin'; Portland United Mountain Pedalers; Willamette Valley Jeep Club and Oregon Hunter's Association.

> How to help / for more information
This year's volunteer work projects take place Saturday, April 23.
Please meet at the ODOT sandshed, milepost 33 on Highway 6. Registration begins at 8:30.

Those wishing to take part in clean-up activities this year or who would like more information should contact Stephanie Beall by email at: Stephanie.A.Beall@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: Volunteers at last year's SOLVE event
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Calendar for April 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 04/05/16 2:17 PM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for April 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting -- April 6 at 5:30 PM. at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ . A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board. For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-266-8581.

Policy Committee Meeting -- April 7 at 10:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-4459.

Regular School Board Meeting with Executive Session -- April 11. Executive session begins at 5:30 PM and Regular Board Meeting will follow. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by April 8th.

Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session -- April 13 at 6:00 PM. Agenda will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by April 11.

Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session -- April 14 -- 16, 9:00 AM -- 6:00 PM. Agenda will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by April 11.

Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session -- April 21 at 6:00 PM. Agenda will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by April 18.

Licensed Negotiations with CBEA -- April 22 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center

Classified Negotiations with OSEA -- April 28 at 4:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
Oregon Forestry program provides new beginnings, structured job training for inmate work crews (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/05/16 1:14 PM
The South Fork Forest Inmate Camp was founded in 1951 and is jointly operated by ODF and the Oregon Department of Corrections.
The South Fork Forest Inmate Camp was founded in 1951 and is jointly operated by ODF and the Oregon Department of Corrections.
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Follow the ODF newsroom here: http://oregonforestry.wpengine.com/
Watch South Fork Camp manager Nathan Seable provide a short overview of the camp here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGUAYqsvgSs

Nathan Seable scans the valley as he stands on a hill above the South Fork Forest Inmate Camp in a remote area of the Tillamook State Forest. Below us, people in uniform and prison garb stay busy with their daily routines.

Seable has a commanding presence. He walks with purpose, sporting a dark goatee and cowboy boots. He's affable and reassuring, but stern and assertive. As we walk through the compound, his peripheral vision keeps track of camp residents as they respond attentively when he or other staff are nearby.

Seable and his staff provide specialty training and manage the work and daily activities of more than 170 inmates as they provide cost-effective labor for reforestation, campground and trail maintenance, and wildland firefighting, among other jobs across the state. And Seable is proud of what they've accomplished from their remote corner of the woods.

"We're changing lives while improving forest health. South Fork is focused on rehabilitation of forests and people." he said. "Here we have a dedicated place where individuals with a troubled past or a series of poor decisions can re-invent and apply themselves, learn new skills and expertise, and prepare for life after incarceration."

Established in 1951, South Fork is the only Oregon Department of Corrections institution sited on state-owned forestland, and the only prison facility owned and jointly operated by two state agencies, representing a sixty year partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and DOC.

The screening process for selecting inmates to become camp residents is rigorous, evaluating a variety of variables, and DOC staff are constantly working to sustain a healthy population of eligible camp workers.

"We're a production-based operation averaging 28,000 man days of skilled inmate labor annually, saving the state a considerable amount in labor costs," said Seable.

The camp property includes metal fabrication, wood-working and tool maintenance shops, storage warehouses, a 300,000 seedling capacity tree cooler, inmate housing units, a chapel, classrooms, kitchen, and an administration building. Inmate-managed gardens provide fresh produce for meals, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish hatchery rears salmon and steelhead for northwest rivers, and a softball field allows for healthy recreation on the weekends.

But only after the real work is done.

Pulling up the gravel driveway for the first time, it's clear that everyone has a job to do. Whether working on camp facilities or coming back from a supervised day of planting trees, maintaining campgrounds, or suppressing wildfires in the summertime.

But it's also a facility not in the spotlight often. Seable said that sometimes South Fork's positive impact on individuals and communities may go unnoticed due to a low profile and remote location. And in general, he finds that people are not often informed about the low-risk nature of the inmates working on public lands, or their enthusiasm for giving back to the community.

"Sometimes the work we do in the woods goes unrecognized. It's easy to quantify the number of trees we plant and miles of trail maintained every year, which speaks for itself in terms of good work accomplished," Seable added. "Telling the story and quantifying the impact on the lives of thousands of inmates through forestry-related work is something you almost have to see for yourself. It continues to have a profound impact on my staff and I, and it's one of the most rewarding aspects of the job."

Inmate Rafael Rios agrees. Rios, 29, was a salesman before falling victim to drug addiction.

"South Fork has helped me open up again. Once I had the opportunity to work for ODF, I felt more human and was able to turn off my criminal mentality," said Rios. "I've been clean for three-and-a-half years and my positive social skills are back. I've had the great opportunity to learn a variety of forestry professions and work on fires. It's my shot to finally give back."

As Rios walked back to his bunk, he mentioned that he hoped to prove himself enough to earn a letter of recommendation upon his release.

The success of a unique place like the South Fork Forest Camp hasn't come without challenges, Seable points out. Funding and a variety of different approaches to state forest management continue to pose questions for ODF and DOC staff. Despite a productive track record, funding sources have not always been historically consistent.

"Since the beginning, ODF has had to evaluate its investment in South Fork. Traditionally, the camp has consistently produced more benefits than costs."

Currently, declining timber sale revenue----which funds camp operations----poses challenges to long-term viability.

"We're evaluating cost savings and ensuring that the crews are engaged in the highest and most valuable project work. Ultimately, an ideal situation would involve diversifying camp funding sources for a durable, long-term solution," Seable said.

In 2015, South Fork crews responded to 27 fires in northwest Oregon and three large fires in southwest Oregon. Crews planted 320,000 trees, managed more than 50 miles of recreational trails, and maintained dozens of campgrounds and day-use areas. The crews also support special projects such as tree seed harvesting, delivering the State Capitol holiday tree, and painting buildings at the ODF headquarters in Salem.

The Tillamook State Forest----where the South Fork Forest Camp is located----is Oregon's largest state forest, located in northwest Oregon. The ODF State Forests Division manages 706,348 forested acres for greatest permanent value by law, requiring that these lands produce a range of economic, environmental and social benefits. Each year, public comment opportunities provide a forum for feedback on forest management activities, and formal advisory committees comprising of county representatives and forestry professionals meet regularly to guide this work with the Oregon Board of Forestry.

Watch South Fork Camp manager Nathan Seable talk about the history of the camp here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGUAYqsvgSs

Learn more about the Tillamook State Forest and Oregon's state forests here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx

Learn more about the South Fork Forest Inmate Camp here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/ForestBenefits/Pages/Rehabilitation.aspx

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Attached Media Files: The South Fork Forest Inmate Camp was founded in 1951 and is jointly operated by ODF and the Oregon Department of Corrections. , The South Fork Forest Inmate Camp located in the Tillamook State Forest provides inmates rehabilitation opportunities through forestry.
2016 Roseburg Distracted Driving Campaign (Photo)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/05/16 10:34 AM
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Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on Distracted Driving during April 8th through April 13th, which is the National Distracted Driving Awareness week. Over those days there will be Officers working shifts to specifically enforce laws regarding distracted drivers.

In Oregon, from 2010-2014 there were 16,987 crashes, 58 fatal crashes, 58 fatalities and 14,186 injuries that were caused by crashes involving a distracted driver. Of those, there were 1,419 crashes, 15 fatal crashes, 15 fatalities and 1,175 injuries that were caused by drivers reported to have been using a cell phone at the time of the crash.

In Douglas County, from 2010-2014 there were 372 crashes, 347 injuries, and 2 people killed due to distracted driving. During that same time period, and of those crashes, 30 crashes and 26 injuries involved cell phone use.

The Roseburg Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to plan ahead, and follow these tips:

Focus ONLY on driving, cycling, walking or crossing the road.
Have a passenger answer the cell phone, change the CD, navigate, etc.
The safest time to use your cell phone in the car is when you reach and have stopped at your destination.
Make sure you and your vehicle are ready to go before you start driving.


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Gov. Kate Brown proclaims April 16-24 as National Park Week
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/05/16 10:00 AM
Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed April 16-24, 2016 to be National Park Week in recognition of the National Park Service centennial.

"This year the National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs," Brown said. "National Park Week is a time to recognize the National Park Service for safeguarding Oregon's natural and cultural heritage."

Oregon is home to several significant places that are part of the National Park System--Crater Lake National Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve, Nez Perce National Historic Park, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park. Three national historic trails also cross through Oregon. These special places draw more than one million visitors annually, contributing $71.6 million to the state's economy. They also protect 12 threatened and endangered species, 10 National Natural Landmarks, 17 National Historic Landmarks, and 150 archaeological sites.

The National Park Service has awarded Oregon $25.7 million in historic preservation grants since 1969 and facilitated $671.8 million of historic rehabilitation projects through tax incentives since 1995.

Since 1965, the National Park Service has partnered with communities in Oregon and provided $60.8 million in Land and Water Conservation Fund grants.

"The National Park Service has benefited Oregon by creating and maintaining a legacy of high quality public outdoor recreation opportunities," Brown said. "In honor of the centennial, I encourage Oregonians to explore our state's national wonders and iconic sites this year. Let's help connect with and nurture the next generation of park visitors."

Learn about Oregon's national parks at http://nps.gov/or and visit "findyourpark.com" to plan a trip.
Lebanon Police Walk a Mile for a Child event
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/05/16 9:33 AM
Event: Walk A Mile For A Child
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Location: Lebanon Justice Center

The Lebanon Police Department, in partnership with the Lebanon Blue Angels, will be raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect. Walk A Mile For A Child will be held this Saturday, April 9, 2016. The mile walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Lebanon Justice Center. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and is $25 per adult and $15 for children 6-12 years old - all children 5 and under walk for free. All proceeds will go to the ABC House in Albany.

The walk will be led by Chief Stevenson and Gus, the Lebanon Police Department dog. We have over 140 people that have pre-registered, so we are expecting a sea of blue in our fight against child abuse! Also involved will be the Lebanon Fire Department, KGAL/KSHO and much more.

The walk will end back at the Justice Center, where a ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. Chief Frank Stevenson, Mayor Paul Aziz and other dignitaries will speak on behalf of child abuse prevention.

The blue pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health and happiness. The Justice Center will be decorated with blue ribbons, blue lights and a pinwheel garden to remind passersby that we all have a responsibility to help the abused.
Do your part to stop the hurt in our community. Attend this event and help plant a pinwheel garden for those who have been abused. Help us paint the town blue for child abuse prevention. Come and learn how working together can make a difference!

Questions? Contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339.
Oregon's Tree City communities honored for Arbor Week (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/05/16 9:23 AM
Pedestrians in Eugene, Oregon, one of 57 cities earning "Tree City USA" status this year
Pedestrians in Eugene, Oregon, one of 57 cities earning "Tree City USA" status this year
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It's Arbor Week! Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon Legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, 57 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities. The newest city to be added is the city of Rivergrove, located in northwest Oregon.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Tree City U.S.A. - Congratulations to these cities
The following cities have met the qualifications to be certified as "Tree Cities" this year:

Albany, Ashland, Baker City, Bandon, Banks, Beaverton, Brownsville, Central Point, Coburg, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Creswell, Dallas, Eagle Point, Echo, Eugene, Forest Grove, Gervais, Grants Pass, Gresham, Happy Valley, Independence, Klamath Falls, LaGrande, Lake Oswego, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Madras, McMinnville, Medford, Monmouth, Newport, Oregon City, Philomath, Portland, Redmonth, Rogue River, Salem, Sandy, Seaside, Sherwood, Sisters, Stanfield, Sunriver, Sweet Home, Talent, Tigard, Tillamook, Toledo, Troutdale, Tualatin, Veneta, West Linn, Wilsonville

Several cities are celebrating "benchmark" years, including Banks and Brownsville (10 years), Corvallis and Tigard (15 years) Medford (20 years) and the City of Salem (40 years).

About Tree City USA
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are more than 3,000 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Tree Board or Department
Tree Ordinance
$2/capita expenditure
Celebration of Arbor Day and Proclamation

Tree campus USA
"The newest recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation is the Tree Campus USA program," says Kristin Ramstad, community assistance forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "What a wonderful way for college students to leave a true legacy on their campuses through planting new trees and engaging in projects, such as tree inventories that will contribute to the ongoing health of the campus forest," she adds.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were added as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Portland Community College and Western Oregon University. They join the list which also includes Ashland's Southern Oregon University, Oregon State University in Corvallis and Portland State University.

"Congratulations to all five of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," adds Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.

These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online at : http://www.treesaregood.com/

To learn more about Arbor Week, visit: http://www.arborday.org/celebrate/


Attached Media Files: Pedestrians in Eugene, Oregon, one of 57 cities earning "Tree City USA" status this year
Deadlines approaching for property tax deferral program
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/05/16 8:57 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Applications for the state's Property Tax Deferral for Senior and Disabled Citizens program are due by April 15 to the county assessor's office for the county in which the property is located.
The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral program has approximately 6,200 active participants.
To qualify for deferral, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Be either:
At least 62 years old, or
A disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
Own or be in the process of buying the property.
Have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust.
Have lived on the property for at least five years.
Carry homeowners insurance.
Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.
Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.
For those already participating in the program, eligibility recertification is every two years. Forms were sent in February to those who need to recertify this year, and those forms need to be returned to the department by April 11. If participants miss the deadline, their account will be placed in inactive status and they'll have to reapply before future property taxes can be deferred.
For more information, call (503) 945-8348 or send an email to deferral.unit@oregon.gov.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call (800) 886-7204.
New 'Promise' video debuts on Baker Technical Institute
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/05/16 8:52 AM
A new video highlighting the Baker Technical Institute debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

The Baker School District opened the institute in August 2014. It includes career pathways in construction, industrial and engineering systems, health services and agriculture. In addition to its offerings in career and technical education (CTE), the institute emphasizes science and math skills.

The institute was founded on the dual premise of preparing students for the workforce and creating economic development in a small community.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rEGQbtIxHA

The Baker video is the third of four planned videos for 2016 showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), CTE, the arts and more. The videos encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Land Board to consider administrative rules, land transactions and Common School Fund at April 12 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/05/16 8:15 AM
Annual awards and information reports also will be presented

Salem -- At the beginning of the meeting, the Land Board will present two Wetland Project Awards for:

Batwater Station Floodplain Restoration Project, Clatskanie
North Unit Restoration Project, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

The State Land Board Awards were established in 2004 to recognize worthy projects that promote responsible, sustainable stewardship of state natural resources. Awards have been presented for nearly 30 exemplary projects across all regions of Oregon.

The meeting's action agenda includes approval of new administrative rules related to historically filled land transactions (OAR 141-068), and amending rules that reference other types of land transactions (OAR 14-067).

In addition, the board will be asked to approve selling 17.3 acres of submersible and filled lands in Coos County, and 120 acres of land in Linn County to satisfy a long-standing debt to the Baldwin-Herndon Trust.

The annual report on Common School Fund investments and possible action related to the fund's distribution policy is on the meeting agenda, along with informational reports on the Department of State Lands' real property program and cultural resource review policy.

The meeting will be held:

April 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 871-4323 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

The meeting agenda will be posted by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2016_slb_meeting.aspx


The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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***Update - Names Released*** Fatal Crash on Interstate 84 on ramp at Baker City - Baker County
Oregon State Police - 04/04/16 8:00 PM
The two deceased occupants of the Chevy Cobalt were identified as an un-named female child, age 3, from Portland, and Wayne A OWENS, age 35, from Portland. The seriously injured driver of the Chevy Cobalt was identified as Samantha P HARPER, age 22, from Portland.

The investigation is still ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

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Previously released:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers are continuing the investigation into this Monday morning's fatal crash on Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp, near Baker City (milepost 306).

Preliminary information indicates on April 4, 2016, at 5:34 a.m., a 2006 Chevy Cobalt was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled several times, ejecting a child passenger.

The child passenger and an adult passenger suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver received serious injuries and was flown by life flight to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho.

One westbound lane of Interstate 84 was closed for approximately four hours following the crash.

OSP is being assisted by the Baker City Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Baker County Fire Department.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available. Names and photos will be released once next of kin notifications are confirmed.

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Previously released:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of single vehicle, rollover crash, on Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp, near Baker City (milepost 306). There are two confirmed fatalities.

This is a preliminary release, more information to follow pending family notifications.

One lane is closed at this time. Please visit tripcheck.com for up-to-date road status.
Streamside (Riparian) Rulemaking Advisory Committee meets April 15
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/16 4:37 PM
News Release


Release date: April 4, 2016

Contact:
Angie Lane, Project Manager, 503-945-7387, angie.g.lane@oregon.gov
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7248, nick.hennemann@oregon.gov


The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet on April 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State St. The committee plans to discuss how to implement south-sided buffers, concepts for defining the term "well-distributed" trees, the stream extent or length beyond where fish are present, and how to assess fiscal impact. The committee provides input to the agency for drafting rules the Board of Forestry will consider as it implement its decision to increase streamside shade buffers along some fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.

This is a public meeting that includes opportunities to provide comment at the beginning and end of the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Interpreter requests for the hearing impaired and other accommodations should be made by April 12. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/04/16 2:45 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Monday in a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Inmate Shawn McMillian, 44, was transported off-site for medical care Sunday, April 3, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m. He was pronounced deceased on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:12 a.m. He had most recently been housed at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton.

McMillian entered DOC custody on August 25, 2015, on five counts of child sex abuse in the first degree out of Lane County. His earliest release date was May 30, 2020.

Next of kin have been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Shawn McMillian
***Age Correction*** Two Men Charged With Poaching Two Bighorn Sheep - Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/04/16 1:31 PM
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Cody J PLAGMANN, is 37 years old and from Albany
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Previous Release:
On April 3, 2016 at about 9:45AM, OSP Troopers received a report of suspicious activity alongside Interstate 84 near milepost 119 (east of Biggs Junction). The reporting party stated it appeared a subject was gutting a big game animal and was concerned it was a bighorn sheep.

OSP Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and located a vehicle in the area occupied by a male later identified as Justin M SAMORA, age 32, of Layton, Utah.

While troopers were speaking with SAMORA, passing motorists stopped and advised there was a male hiding in the brush just west of their location. While troopers were searching for the male, they discovered two severed bighorn sheep heads.

More OSP troopers responded to assist with the search. The other male, identified as Cody J PLAGMANN, age 28, of Troutdale, was found hiding along railroad tracks two miles to the east of the scene around 4PM.

Investigation revealed PLAGMANN and SAMORA had worked together to shoot and remove the heads of the bighorn sheep. Both bighorn sheep were recovered but were not able to be salvaged. PLAGMANN was arrested and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles for:

Taking/Possession of Bighorn Sheep
Wasting of a Game Animal
Hunting on Another's Cultivated or Enclosed Land

SAMORA was arrested for Aiding in A Game Violation and lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

"It's an outrage that someone would poach a bighorn sheep, when hunters can wait their whole life and still never get the opportunity to hunt this iconic species," said Jeremy Thompson, district wildlife biologist in The Dalles. " This herd is also a popular viewing attraction for people driving along I-84, and has been there since 1993."

Any persons who may have witnessed the incident or has information is asked to call The Dalles Area Command at 541-296-9646. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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BPA celebrates Administrator's Excellence Awards honorees (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/04/16 1:27 PM
Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career.
Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career.
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The Bonneville Power Administration recently recognized 25 individuals and four teams that through their initiative, innovation, superior service or courageous acts, have made exceptional contributions to BPA's mission, the electric power industry, the Pacific Northwest and their local communities.

"It's an honor to recognize the outstanding efforts and the many people who make Bonneville great," Administrator Elliot Mainzer said at the awards ceremony, March 17 at BPA's headquarters in Portland, Ore. "These recipients have made a difference through their tremendous contributions to BPA's public service mission."

Since the annual awards program began in 2001, BPA has recognized 435 employees, retirees, members of the public and teams. Recipients were nominated by their peers and evaluated on numerous criteria such as excellence in their chosen field, technical achievement, community outreach and service. Nominations for the 14 categories are accepted year-round.

For more about the 2016 Administrator's Excellence Awards winners, go to: https://www.bpa.gov/news/newsroom/Documents/AEA-2016-Print-Program.pdf. For photos, visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsku93CTa.

BPA Meritorious Service Award: Raymond Bliven (retired), Jack Callahan and Judy Rush (retired)

BPA Exceptional Service Award: Stuart Hugill, Eric King, Stacy Mason,Brian Scott and Nancy Wittpenn

BPA Unsung Hero Award: Jose (Tony) Koch, Rodney Ross, Randy Russell, Mary Wooldridge (retired) and Barry Wooley

BPA Award for Exemplary or Courageous Act: I-5 Accident Team (Troy Anderson, Gregory Ekwall, Donald Griswold and Joshua McEllrath)

BPA Award for Safety Excellence: Ross Warehouse Safety Meetings Team and Grounding Policy Awareness Team

BPA Award for Employee Development: Rita Coppernoll and Jacilyn Margeson (retired)

BPA Award for Community Outreach: Cristi Sawtell

BPA Award for Special Service: Kathleen DeLance, Janis Phelan, Candy Steele and John Stroud

BPA Award for Exceptional Public Service: Brent Ridge

Extraordinary Team Accomplishment: American Indian/Alaskan Native Council "Let's Talk Culture" Initiative and Tacoma-Covington No. 2 Spacer Damper Replacement Project


Attached Media Files: Judy Rush receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award for positively influencing policy, workplace initiatives, training, diversity and organizational culture during her career. , Jack Callahan accepts BPA's Meritorious Service Award for exploring and supporting the development of energy-saving technologies for over 30 years. , Ray Bliven receives BPA's Meritorious Service Award after performing key leadership and technical roles in rate cases for more than three decades. , BPA honors 25 individuals and four teams for their service, safety advancements, courageous acts and exceptional contributions to Bonneville, the Northwest and the electric power industry. , Administrator Elliot Mainzer opens the 2016 Administrator's Excellence Awards ceremony, March 17 at BPA's headquarters in Portland, Ore.
Forestry department invites comment on forest management activities (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/04/16 1:24 PM
A thinning project in the Tillamook State Forest.
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Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans, which outline state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year.

Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 20, 2016, you are invited to weigh in on ODF district activities for the 2017 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2017. These AOPs describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects on state forestland for nine ODF districts. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at district offices and posted online at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/Reports.aspx

After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the District Forester to review and approve.

>Public Comment Details
An online survey, with links to relevant information, is provided for conveniently submitting comments, and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8YPP7V7

Comments on AOP activities are most helpful when focused on enhancing consistency among plans, improving efficiency, and providing new information. All state-owned public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term forest management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental and social benefits. Comments can be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, Attn: Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. For online submissions, please access the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8YPP7V7

>For additional questions, or to contact your local district office, please visit the ODF contact page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/MapOffices.aspx

>To access and review FY 2017 AOPs (and past AOPs) online, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/Reports.aspx

>For more information on state forest management plans:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx

>To learn more about ODF state forest accomplishments in 2015, please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/2015CFTLCAnnualReport.pdf


Attached Media Files: A thinning project in the Tillamook State Forest.
Man In Custody After Early Morning Burglary (Photo) ***Name Corrected***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/16 11:46 AM
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Suspects name should be Joseph William Fennimore.



This morning at about 5:30 a.m., Deputies were dispatched to a burglary alarm sounding in the 200 block of Howell Prairie Road NE. Prior to Deputies arriving on scene a family member of the residents, who were not home at the time of the burglary, found the burglar inside attempting to cut open a safe. The family member confronted the burglar with a shovel and he fled out the backdoor. When Deputies arrived they saw the man running from the scene and into a small red truck.

Deputies gave chase to the 9700 block of Jordan Street SE where the suspect crashed into a fence. William Fennimore, age 24, of Salem was taken into custody without further incident. Once investigators are done interviewing Mr. Fennimore he will be taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempt to Elude, Burglary 1, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Theft II and Possession of Burglar Tools.


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Detectives On Scene and Investigating Suspicious Fire Near Gervais ***Update 4*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/16 10:34 AM
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After Friday's autopsy, Deputies have identified the person killed in Thursday's fire as an adult male. The investigation is continuing but Detectives surmise that the male was looking for a place to sleep when he hit the rural barn and became stuck in the mud. When the male exited his vehicle to see what he could do to become unstuck the RV caught fire.

Detectives believe the male reentered the RV to fight the fire and was overcome. Detectives do believe they know the identity of the male but that information is not being released until dental records can be evaluated. That time frame is unknown.



Investigators have now cleared the scene of today's fire. The investigation is continuing in an attempt to determine just how the RV ended up at the rural property near Gervais and how it caught fire. There is still no identification of the adult located inside of the vehicle. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow and investigators are hopeful this will provide additional answers. No additional releases are anticipated today.



The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into today's deadly fire. We can now confirm that the deceased person inside the RV is an adult and according to the home owners the RV appeared sometime overnight. The resident at the house does not know who the RV belongs to or who may be inside. The Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Video of the investigators working the scene can be found at : https://youtu.be/JuC5RkVgDK0




This morning at about 6:30 a.m., the Woodburn Fire District was called to a fully engulfed RV fire that had spread to a nearby farm in the 9300 block of Mt. Angel Gervais Road. After extinguishing the fire a body was located inside of the vehicle and the Sheriff's Office was called to investigate.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office are currently on scene and being assisted by special investigators with the Oregon State Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office. Investigators will be on scene throughout the day and possibly into this evening. It is still very early in the investigation and very few questions have been answered. As details become available more information will be released and that time frame is currently unknown.

RESPONDING MEDIA Please be aware that the location of the fire is not visible from the cordoned off area. The driveway is a long gravel road that is shared by a nursery operation. Please do not interfere or block the driveway. PIO will remain on scene for the next hour. Thank you


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Springfield man wins largest Keno 8-spot prize ever
Oregon Lottery - 04/04/16 10:31 AM
April 4, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- More than three months after hitting the winning numbers, a Springfield man has claimed a record-breaking Keno win of more than $300,000.

Bruce Buckley of Springfield purchased a single $2 Keno ticket on December 11, 2015 after turning in some bottles. That $2 ticket was worth $300,246.50 and was the highest Keno 8-spot win in Oregon Lottery history.

"I saw that the Keno 8-Spot jackpot was more than $50,000 and figured I would just buy one ticket," Buckley, a piano player and singer said when he claimed his ticket last week. "I had some bottles to return and had the cash, so I figured why not."

Keno is a draw game where numbers are drawn between 1 and 80. Players select how many numbers they want to match to win prizes, they can select just one number, or try to guess 10 numbers, depending on the odds they want to face. The more numbers, the higher the odds of winning the jackpot.

In addition, the Keno 8-spot game features a rolling jackpot, so when no one hits all eight numbers drawn, the jackpot continues growing until someone wins. In Buckley's case, the rolling jackpot had grown to more than $50,000. In addition, Buckley selected Special Keno, which gives players the option to play for larger top prizes. Buckley also added the multiplier option for $1 extra, which gives players chance to multiply their prize 1- to 10-times.The multiplier does not apply to the rolling jackpot.

Buckley won $25,000 for matching all eight numbers, plus with the multiplier for his game was 10, increasing his prize to $250,000. Add to that the $50,246.50 Keno 8-spot rolling jackpot and he won $300,246.50 -- the top 8-spot prize in Keno history. Buckley's odds of matching all eight numbers on his ticket and also having a 10 multiplier were one in 23,011,460.

Buckley said he didn't check his ticket for three days after he purchased it at the Jackson's Food Store off West 7th, in Eugene. When he did scan the ticket he was told to visit the Lottery offices, but not how much he won. He figured he had three prizes he could have won, $750, $17,500 or more than $250,000.

"I know the odds increase the higher the prize, so I figured it was $750," he said. "If I was lucky it was $17,500. So I put it in a nice envelop at my cousin's house because it would be secure. I didn't tell him that it was a winning lottery ticket."

Players have one year from the draw date to claim their prize, so Buckley said he wasn't in a big hurry to claim it.

"I spent too much time wondering what I had won, so I told my cousin and we went to Salem to claim the ticket," Buckley said. "I still didn't want to know what I had won though."

Even when Buckley was at the Lottery office, he didn't want to know what he had won until the last possible moment.

"I realized I won right there in the Lottery office, it was like a new lease on life," Buckley said. "I am so extremely lucky to not only hit the rolling 8-spot, but the 10X(R) multiplier. It's unbelievable."

The first thing Buckley and his cousin did was talk with a financial advisor about how best to use the winnings. He said he was going to invest the money and use the earnings to supplement his Social Security.

"I am going to buy a newer van, because I have always had junker cars, but I am going to pay cash and try and get a good deal," he said. "Besides that, I am being very careful. This just panned out, it was amazing to just see it say congratulations."

While Buckley's prize was the game's largest 8-spot prize, the Keno 10-spot game offers a top prize of $1 million, the largest Keno prize players can win. Four players have won the $1 million prize since it was added to the game in 1999.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Western Oregon University announces "WOU Affordability Grant" to increase access to college
Western Oregon University - 04/04/16 9:11 AM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University President Rex Fuller announced today that the university was taking another bold step in keeping its high quality education affordable for Oregon students. With the support of the Board of Trustees, WOU limited its tuition increase for undergraduate residents to less than three percent for next year. This will further protect many Oregon students and families by offering a tuition grant that will fully offset the increase.

President Fuller said, "For 2016-17 we will fully offset the planned small tuition increase with an affordability grant for resident undergraduate students whose expected family contribution (EFC) is zero. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine EFC and it is affected by a number of factors including family income and family size." These grants to Oregon residents are intended to reduce financial barriers to educational attainment.

The WOU Affordability Grant is the latest action by the university to help keep the cost of its undergraduate education as low as possible. In 2007 the university created the innovative Western Tuition Promise, which allows students to select the tuition plan that best meets their needs, and in 2011 the university started a textbook rental program that saves students a half-million dollars a year in course material costs. "The WOU Affordability Grant is further evidence of WOU's strong commitment to support Oregon students by keeping WOU affordable and accessible so that more students can earn bachelor's degrees," said Jim Baumgartner, chair of the WOU Board of Trustees.

The WOU Affordability Grant will be included in the financial aid package that new and continuing students will start to receive from the university this month. Eligible Oregon students will be identified from information provided in their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so it is important that all current and future WOU students complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA and other financial aid information may be found on the U.S. Department of Education's website at fafsa.ed.gov. For other information on Oregon's Opportunity Grant, visit oregonstudentaid.gov/oregon-opportunity-grant.aspx.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Collaborative Efforts Improve Safety and Livability of Southeast Salem Neighborhood (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/04/16 8:33 AM
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Earlier this year community members near State Street SE in Salem approached the Sheriff's Office with concerns of criminal activity regularly taking place in and around a narrow pathway that connected the Cougar Court SE neighborhood and the Butte Court SE neighborhood. The pathway, which was created with the development of the neighborhood in 1974, was originally designed to connect residents to local parks and services within the community. As time has passed, the well-intended pathway became overtaken as an area for criminal activity that has vastly affected the livability within the neighborhood and effectively diminished the pathway's original intent.

After listening to the community's concerns and reviewing the pertinent information, the Sheriff's Office met with the Marion County Board of Commissioners and together, worked through the formal request process to close the pathway and redesign it to blend back into the natural landscape of the existing neighborhood. After several meetings and with public input the decision was made to close the pathway at no cost to the homeowners.

In the true spirit of collaboration, the Board of Commissioners, Public Works, Suburban Garbage Service, and the Sheriff's Office, a plan was developed and the pathway's look was redesigned. Thanks to funds made available through the county's lottery grant program and a dumpster provided by Suburban Garbage, work began on March 21st. For three days, Marion County Jail work crew inmates hauled off more than forty yards of concrete, ten yards of dirt, constructed new fences and landscaped areas left vacant by the pathway. Thanks to materials donated by the Marion County Public Works Department the total materials costs for the project was under $1,000.

What was once a place that brought concern for residents and regular calls for deputies has now been transformed into yards for children and pets. Sheriff Jason Myers is very pleased with the quick timeline, and overall team approach to this issue. He commented, "When a community brings up a problem, and the data supports the issue, we need to act quickly and find effective solutions. We appreciate the concerns that were raised, and this was an opportunity to prevent criminal activity through environmental redesign and at the same time, improve livability for the neighbors. That's a win-win!"


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