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Sun. 10/20/19
Fatal Crash Highway 3 -- Wallowa County -- Names Released
Oregon State Police - 10/20/19 10:55 AM

Those involved in the fatal crash on Saturday October 19, 2019 on Highway 3 are as follows:

Dodge Pickup Driver – Dylan J DENTON, age 24, from Joseph, Deceased.

Dodge Pickup Passenger – Triston M DENNING, age 19, from Joseph, Undisclosed Injuries.

ODOT Snowplow Driver – Monte L RADFORD, age 69, from Enterprise, Serious Injuries. 

This is an on-going investigation and no further information is available for release. 

No photographs available for release. 

Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning’s two vehicle fatal crash involving an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Snowplow on Highway 3 in Wallowa County. 

On October 19, 2019 at about 8:08 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 3 near milepost 15. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that an ODOT Snowplow was southbound on Highway 3.  A Dodge pickup, with two occupants, was northbound negotiating a curve when it lost control and went into the on-coming lane and into the path of the ODOT Snowplow. 

The driver of the Dodge pickup died from his injuries at the scene.  The passenger of the Dodge pickup was transported to an unknown hospital via air ambulance.  The driver of the snowplow was transported via ground ambulance to Wallowa Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Highway 3 was closed for nearly six (6) hours during the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Wallow County Sheriff’s Office and Wallowa County Fire.

Names are being withheld to provide time for extended family next of kin notifications.

This is an on-going investigation and no further information is available for release. 

No photographs available for release.  

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Fatal Crash Highway 22E and Fern Ridge Road SE near Stayton -- Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/19 10:43 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening’s fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 22E and Fern Ridge Road SE near Stayton. 

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 at about 5:35 pm, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 22E at Fern Ridge Rd SE. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Mercury Marquis, operated by Mark HIGLEY, age 88, from Stayton, was traveling westbound on Highway 22E attempting to turn westbound onto Fern Ridge Rd SE.  A Chevrolet Suburban, operated by Windy DETHMAN, age 49, from Culver, was traveling eastbound on Highway 22E.  HIGLEY turned directly into the path of the oncoming Suburban and was struck nearly head-on. 

A passenger in HIGLEY’S vehicle, Ella HIGLEY, age 86, from Stayton, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Mark HIGLEY was not injured. 

Two adult passengers in DETHMAN’S vehicle are identified as Robert DETHMAN, age 52 and Neoma MILLER, age 33, both form Culver.  Robert DETHMAN received serious injuries.  Windy DETHMAN and Neoma MILLER were uninjured.  In addition, there were four (4) children in DETHMAN’S vehicle that were not injured. 

Highway 22E was closed for four hours (4) following the crash. 

OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and Stayton Fire and Medics.   

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Fri. 10/18/19
Deputies Searching for Missing Person in Willamette National Forest ***Update - Hiker Located***(Photo) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/18/19 5:20 PM
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At approximately 2:30 pm this afternoon, Search and Rescue teams successfully located a missing hiker after he called 911 the day prior reporting he was lost.  The hiker was located along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Willamette National Forest after fresh footprints were discovered in the snow by searchers.

The hiker, Robert Campbell, 50, told deputies he has been following the Pacific Crest Trail since May.  Campbell started his journey near the Mexico border and has traveled just over 2000 miles to where he was located. 

Campbell told deputies he lost the trail after encountering blizzard like conditions yesterday.  At the time he was located by searchers, Campbell had no food and had lost some of his hiking equipment due to the treacherous weather conditions. 

Campbell was evaluated by medics in the field and has declined any further medical treatment.  Deputies have taken Campbell to Detroit where a local motel provided a complimentary room for him to recover in for the night.

On October 17th, 2019 at approximately 1:30 pm, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a male reporting to be lost in the woods near Detroit, in the Willamette National Forest.   

Search and Rescue teams were activated a very short time after the call was received and remained on scene until after midnight when search efforts were suspended for the night.  This morning teams have returned to the area and search efforts have resumed. 

The identity and description of the missing person has not been confirmed at this time, though deputies believe they may be named Robert Campbell.  Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office have been called in to assist with determining the identity of the caller.

At this time the area of focus is very expansive and there is limited information available.




Attached Media Files: Command Post , Robert Campbell

Officer involved Shooting Investigation -- Oakridge (Lane County) -- Name Released of Deceased
Oregon State Police - 10/18/19 4:41 PM

The deceased male suspect involved in the officer involved shooting is identified as follows:

Marcus Phillip HARTSFIELD, age 27, from Oakridge.

The location of the incident was in the 76000 block of Rainbow Road, Oakridge. 

This is still an on-going investigation.  Further information and releases will be put out by the Lane County District Attorney's Office. 

No further information available for release. 

Previous Release-

On Thursday October 17, 2019 at about 7:39pm, Oregon State Police and the Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to an emergency request for assistance from an officer with the Oakridge Police Department who responded to a domestic disturbance.  The Oakridge officer reported shots were fired and was requesting emergency assistance.  Troopers and Deputies arrived on scene and preliminary investigation revealed the suspect in the domestic disturbance was deceased after being shot by the officer.  The officer was not injured. 

The Lane County Inter-Agency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) was activated and detectives with the Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, and the Florence Police Department responded to conduct the investigation. 

Additional assistance was provided at the scene by Oakridge Fire, Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office. 

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

No further information available for release. 

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OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 10/18/19 4:06 PM

October 18, 2019

Media contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who meet the following criteria:

  • A public health expert in academia.
  • A local public health administrator who supervises public health programs and activities in Benton, Clackamas, Deschutes, Jackson, Lane, Marion, Multnomah or Washington counties.

This position serves a four-year term that begins on Jan. 1, 2020. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:

  1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor’s office website.
  2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
  3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board’s webpage at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or a.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us">cara.m.biddlecom@dhsoha.state.or.us.


Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets October 22
Oregon Health Authority - 10/18/19 3:53 PM

October 17, 2019

Media contact: Saerom England, 971-239-6483, om.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us">saerom.y.england@dhsoha.state.or.us

Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup meets October 22

What: A public meeting of the Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative Medical Community Collaboration Workgroup.

Agenda: Brainstorm and discuss content for a resource document to assist medical settings and recovery peer agencies that are adding or contemplating adding recovery peers to enhance medical responses to individuals with substance use disorders.

When: October 22, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland.

The Tri-County Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative brings together multiple sectors across the Portland metro area to collectively address and prevent behavioral health challenges, with a focus on peer-delivered services and substance use disorder activities that can make an impact in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, visit the RBHC websit.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Summer Boslaugh at 503-753-9688, 711 TTY or email .h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us">summer.h.boslaugh@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Press release: Estimate your 2020 health insurance subsidy now at OregonHealthCare.gov/windowshop
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/18/19 2:00 PM

(Portland) – The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, today launched a window shopping website for people who need insurance or to re-enroll in insurance. The site shows what plans are available in your area and estimates how much you are likely to pay for that plan, including whether you qualify for a subsidy. The site is available at www.OregonHealthCare.gov/windowshop.


When you use Oregon’s window shop before enrolling, you will be ready to log in and enroll or re-enroll at HealthCare.gov when open enrollment starts. Open enrollment runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and is the only time of year most people can buy health insurance. In 2019, Oregonians who got subsidies paid an average of $140 per month for their coverage.

Visiting www.OregonHealthCare.gov/windowshop can help you answer these questions:

• How can I save money on health insurance?
• What would my health plan cover?
• Once I know what I can afford, what’s next?


“People who do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan and do not get health insurance at work may qualify for a subsidy through the Marketplace,” said Chiqui Flowers, Marketplace administrator. “This tool helps get specific about costs and benefits for those Oregonians.”

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.


Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force meets October 25
Oregon Health Authority - 10/18/19 1:59 PM

October 18, 2019

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Program contact: Lisa Bui, 971-673-3397, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation

Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force meets October 25

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Opioid Taper Guidelines Task Force.

When: October 25, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 177, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Agenda: Welcome, taskforce purpose and outcomes, agenda review, introductions, background on formation of the task force, principles for guidelines, key components for inclusion in the guidelines, next steps and summary. There will be time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting at approximately 9:05 a.m.

For more information, please visit the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force webpage.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Lisa Bui at 971-673-3397, 711 TTY, ootg.info@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Roadways Open Following Serious Crash on Silverton Road, Deputies Investigating (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/18/19 12:22 PM
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At approximately 9:40 am this morning, October 18th, deputies were dispatched to a two vehicle; roll over crash in the 8100 block of Silverton Road NE.  When emergency crews arrived on scene they determined one passenger was still trapped in one of the involved vehicles, a Toyota Prius.  Fire personnel worked to extricate the passenger from the Prius, the passenger was transported with serious injuries.  The driver of the Prius was not injured during the crash. 

The other involved vehicle, a Volkswagon Jetta, had two occupants in it at the time of the crash.  Both the driver and passenger were transported to an area hospital for evaluation. 

The initial investigation at the scene indicates both involved vehicles were westbound on Silverton Road prior to the collision.  The driver of the Volkswagen Jetta is reported to have slowed down to make a left turn onto 81st Ave NE and was struck by the Toyota Prius.  Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash.

Silverton Road was fully reopened to traffic shortly before 11:30 am.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this incident by Silverton Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County Fire District #1, and LifeFlight.




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Justice Department Awards Over $273.4 Million to Improve Public Safety, Serve Crime Victims in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 10/18/19 11:54 AM

More than $3.3 million awarded to six Oregon tribes and one tribal commission

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded over $273.4 million in grants to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, combat violence against women and support youth programs in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Six tribes and one tribal commission in the District of Oregon were awarded over $3.3 million in funding. Award recipients include the Burns Paiute Tribe; Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians; Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon; Coquille Indian Tribe; Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians; and the Klamath Tribes.

“Violent crime and domestic abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities remain at unacceptably high levels, and they demand a response that is both clear and comprehensive,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “We will continue to work closely with our tribal partners to guarantee they have the resources they need to curb violence and bring healing to the victims most profoundly affected by it.”

“These awards underscore the Justice Department’s sincere commitment to improving public safety in tribal communities throughout the U.S. Pursuing justice on behalf of tribal crime victims in Oregon remains a key focus of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. We will not stop until all tribes have the resources they need to keep their communities safe and effectively enforce the administration of justice on tribal land,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Nationwide, 236 grants were awarded to 149 American Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages and other tribal designees through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation, a streamlined application for tribal-specific grant programs. Of the $118 million awarded via CTAS, just over $62.6 million comes from the Office of Justice Programs, about $33.1 million from the Office on Violence Against Women and more than $23.2 million from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. A portion of the funding will support tribal youth mentoring and intervention services, help native communities implement requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, and provide training and technical assistance to tribal communities. Another $5.5 million was funded by OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide training and technical assistance to CTAS awardees.

The Department also announced awards and other programming totaling $167.2 million in a set-aside program to serve victims of crime. The awards are intended to help tribes develop, expand and improve services to victims by supporting programming and technical assistance. About $25.6 million of these awards were awarded under CTAS and are included in the $118 million detailed above.

CTAS funding helps tribes develop and strengthen their justice systems’ response to crime, while expanding services to meet their communities’ public safety needs. The awards cover 10 purpose areas: public safety and community policing; justice systems planning; alcohol and substance abuse; corrections and correctional alternatives; children’s justice act partnerships; services for victims of crime; violence against women; juvenile justice; violent crime reduction; and tribal youth programs.

The Department also provided $6.1 million to help tribes to comply with federal law on sex offender registration and notification, $1.7 million in separate funding to assist tribal youth and nearly $500,000 to support tribal research on missing and murdered indigenous women and children and other public safety-related topics.

Today’s announcement is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

A listing of today’s announced CTAS awards is available at: https://www.justice.gov/tribal/awards. A listing of all other announced tribal awards are available at: https://go.usa.gov/xVJuE.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Portland Man Pleads Guilty for Cyber Intrusion of Former Employer
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 10/18/19 11:38 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Kristopher Ives, 33, of Portland, pleaded guilty today to fraud in connection with computers for illegally accessing the computer network and data of his former employer, Gearbox Studios, after being terminated.

According to court documents, in 2008, Ives began working as a computer programmer for Gearbox Studios, a Portland-based digital marketing agency. Ives eventually became Gearbox Studio’s lead programmer for server architecture and support, a position of trust with access to the computer networks and data of both the company and the company’s clients.

Between February and May 2015, after being terminated from his position, Ives illegally accessed Gearbox’s computers to steal and tamper with data. He used this data to attack Gearbox’s servers and various websites belonging to Gearbox customers. Ives deleted nearly 20,000 products from customer websites and changed prices for various items. Ives also stole names and credit card numbers from these Gearbox customer websites and threatened to release the information unless Gearbox made payment to a bitcoin address.

Ives faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on January 22, 2020 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon.

As part of the plea agreement, Ives has agreed to pay restitution to his victims as ordered by the court.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Oregon Cybercrime Task Force and is being prosecuted by Quinn P. Harrington, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Any public or private entity suspecting a cyber intrusion or attack should contact the FBI through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or by calling your nearest FBI office.

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Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Tomorrow (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/18/19 11:37 AM
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TRI-CITY, Ore. - Douglas Public Health Network and Douglas County Emergency Management have teamed up once again to provide a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Tri-City Fire Department (140 S. Old Pacific Highway, Myrtle Creek). 

The clinic is an exercise for Public Health Officials and County Emergency Management to simulate mass inoculation in the event of a public health emergency such as an epidemic. If a widespread disease or other emergency were to occur, it may be necessary for the local health department to activate point of dispensing (PODs) to dispense large amounts of vaccine, antibiotics, or other medicines to the community. This POD exercise allows county officials to practice emergency plans and is a great opportunity for community members to get vaccinated against the flu and be involved in emergency preparedness in Douglas County.

“Influenza comes around every year and can be very dangerous for some seniors, those with weak immune systems and the occasional otherwise healthy child or young adult who gets a severe case of the flu." said Public Health Officer, Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer. "The very best thing you can do to protect yourself and others in the community is to get a flu shot."

The flu vaccines are completely free of charge and the process takes very little time. Those who intend to take advantage of the event are encouraged to download the dispense assist app to pre-fill out the check-in form. Insurance is not required for this event. 

For additional information, please contact the Douglas Public Health Network at 541-440-3571.

Participating agencies include: Douglas County Emergency Management, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Oregon Health Authority, Aviva Health, Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Home Health, Umpqua Community College, SERV-OR, Red Cross and Amedisys Home Health.




Attached Media Files: Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Flyer

Missing and Possibly Endangered Person (Photo)
Josephine Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/18/19 10:23 AM
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MISSING PERSON:  Mark Henry Hudson

CASE: 19002027

AGE: 26                   

HEIGHT: 5’11” WEIGHT: 210

HAIR: Dark Brown

EYE COLOR: Brown

TATTOO:   Various tattoos including back of neck and “Lord of the Rings” style writing on right bicep

VEH: 1993 White Dodge Dakota Pickup with canopy.  The truck has a dented right front fender and OR PLATE 223JKX

The vehicle in the attached picture is not the exact vehicle but the one he is driving may be similar.

DETAILS:  Last contact with Mark was on September 14, 2019 at 6 a.m. when he left his residence in his vehicle for National Guard training in Ashland, Oregon.  Mark was last seen wearing his National Guard uniform.  No one has had any contact with Mark since. If you have any information, please contact the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office and refer to Case 19002027.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CALL THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 541-474-5123 OR CALL 911 IF YOU CONTACT THE SUBJECT




Attached Media Files: Similar Vehicle , Mark Hudson Photo , Mark Hudson Photo

CANCELED: Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 meetings
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/18/19 10:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. - Due to scheduling challenges related to upcoming litigation, Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee Chair David Yamamoto is cancelling scheduled FTLAC meetings on October 25 and November 22.

 


Three Indicted for International Money Laundering Scheme Pairing Mexican Drug Traffickers and Chinese Nationals
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 10/18/19 8:57 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, announced today the indictment of three people for their roles in a complex scheme to launder proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics by facilitating the transfer of bulk cash from Mexican drug trafficking organizations to Chinese nationals residing in the U.S.

Shefeng Su, Xinhua Li Yan, and Xiancong Su, are each charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Shefeng Su and Li Yan were residents of Portland during the timeframe alleged in the indictment.

According to the indictment, the defendants’ money laundering scheme was designed to remedy two separate problems: drug trafficking organizations’ inability to repatriate drug proceeds into the Mexican banking system and wealthy Chinese nationals restricted by China’s capital flight laws from transferring large sums of money held in Chinese bank accounts for use abroad.

The first group, drug traffickers, are challenged by their inability to transport U.S. currency acquired from the sale of illegal narcotics in the U.S. to Mexico while avoiding detection by law enforcement and Mexican banking regulators. Mexico’s anti-money laundering regulations limit the amount of cash deposits of U.S. dollars that Mexican financial institutions can receive. As a result, drug trafficking organizations work with professional money launderers to bundle and sell bulk U.S. dollars in order to convert them to pesos, a more readily depositable currency in Mexico.

The second group, Chinese nationals living outside China, are challenged by China’s limit on the amount of personal funds that can be transferred out of Chinese bank accounts for use in a foreign country. Currently, China limits these transfers to $50,000 per year. As a result, some Chinese nationals have a need to acquire large quantities of U.S. dollars via other means.

The defendants’ scheme facilitated the transfer of cash between these two groups. Their money laundering organization would facilitate the transfer of funds from the buyer’s Chinese bank account to another Chinese bank account held by the money laundering organization. Once the Chinese renminbi (RMB) were transferred between these bank accounts, the funds were repatriated back to Mexico and converted to pesos to complete the money laundering cycle. This scheme has been described by some as the “Chinese Underground Banking System.”

All three defendants are at-large and believed to be outside the U.S.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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BLM economic contributions increase in Fiscal Year 2018
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 10/18/19 8:42 AM

New report highlights significant economic gains for America from public lands

WASHINGTON The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today an increase in the number of jobs supported through BLM activities in fiscal year 2018 as well as the total output for the American economy. Socioeconomic figures in a newly-released report highlight a 9% increase over Fiscal Year 2017.

The report, entitled “The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019,” was released today and can be found here. It indicates that in 2018, BLM activities on public lands supported approximately 471,000 full- and part-time jobs, up from 468,000 jobs in 2017.  Additionally, these activities resulted in $105 billion in total economic output, a sharp increase from $95.6 billion in 2017.

“The BLM remains committed to the sustainable development of America’s energy and natural resources,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. “These numbers indicate that we are achieving those objectives, while increasing revenues to the United States Treasury and benefitting families across the nation.”

“America’s public lands are a key driver of the nation’s economy, particularly in states across the West. The jobs and communities these lands support are vital to millions of Americans, and the Bureau of Land Management is proud to make sure economic activities continue in a sustainable, environmentally-sound manner,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley.

A primary contributor to the economic uptick was the production of energy and natural resources on BLM-managed lands, many of which saw dramatic increases in 2018. In fiscal year 2018, the BLM offered nearly 13 million acres for leasing. Federal onshore oil production increased to 214.1 million barrels of oil during fiscal year 2018, compared to 174 million barrels in fiscal year 2017, due to the BLM’s implementation of energy priorities. New renewable energy projects were also initiated. Other areas, such as grazing and timber production experienced significant increases as well.

Outdoor recreation is also a significant source of jobs and revenue for local communities from public lands, generating more than $6.8 billion in total economic output in fiscal year 2018. Public lands managed by the BLM offer more recreational opportunities than lands managed by any other Federal agency, with over 99% available for recreation with no fee. In fiscal year 2018, BLM lands received nearly 68 million recreation-related visits.
 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals. 


OHA issues corrective action plan to Health Share of Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 10/18/19 8:00 AM

October 17, 2019

OHA issues corrective action plan to Health Share of Oregon

Plan addresses OHP members' transportation problems

Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued a corrective action plan that requires Health Share of Oregon to improve non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) services that it provides to Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members.

Health Share of Oregon (HSO) is a coordinated care organization that serves approximately 309,000 OHP members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. NEMT is a core benefit of the Oregon Health Plan. Members can access these transportation services for rides to their medical, dental and behavioral health appointments.

Health Share of Oregon has been working with OHA to improve this critical service for its members. Health Share has been meeting with OHA to provide monitoring data and discuss improvements it has made in the program.

In issuing the corrective action plan, OHA found that Health Share did not provide reliable non-emergent transportation services to covered appointments and that access to care for members has been, and continues to be, disrupted.

OHP members in Health Share’s service area have notified OHA of problems they have experienced arranging transportation to non-emergency health care appointments including: transportation providers failing to pick members up for appointments or after appointments to return home, late arrivals, cancellation of rides with short notice, long call center wait times, and lack of appropriate equipment in vehicles to support members' needs. Transportation providers have complained that Health Share’s vendor, GridWorks, has not paid them for rides.

Health Share is required to provide OHA a turn-around plan within 14 days to correct the current non-compliance with NEMT contract requirements and rules. OHA recommends Health Share hire a consultant experienced in NEMT to help improve services for OHP members.

OHA is requiring Health Share to provide weekly reports that include the following performance data, which HSO began reporting Sept. 13:

  • On time, late or “no shows” performance.
  • Total ridership by mode.
  • Total call volume.
  • Average speed to answer calls.
  • Call center service level.
  • Average call handle time.

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Thu. 10/17/19
Facebook Post Solves Abandoned Boat Case (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/17/19 5:35 PM
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DRAIN, Ore. - Within hours of posting about an abandoned boat found dumped on public lands managed by the BLM, deputies received a tip which lead to solving the case. 

Deputies initially learned about the boat, a 1979 24' Reinell cabin cruiser named Red Rover II, on October 5th and began an investigation. The boat had not been registered with the Oregon State Marine Board since 2008. 

On Tuesday, October 15th, a photograph of the boat and a request for assistance from the public was posted the Sheriff's Office Facebook and Instagram pages. The Sheriff's Office later received information which led them to contact 38 year-old Ryan W. Powers of Reedsport and 46 year-old Michael L. Saben of Winston. Powers and Saben admitted to finding the boat abandoned on Paradise Creek and moving the boat to the location where it was found. Additionally, they admitted to taking the trailer the boat had been on. 

Powers and Saben were ultimately booked and released at the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Depositing Trash Within 1000' of a Waterway (Class B Misdemeanor). 

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving this case. Deputies are still interested in determining who was last in possession of the boat and left it abandoned on Paradise Creek. Anyone who recognizes the vessel or has information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 referencing case #19-4776.




Attached Media Files: Powers, Ryan , Saben, Michael , Abandoned Boat

DSL hosting Stevens Road public meeting in Bend Oct. 29
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/17/19 3:41 PM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, mstrong@state.or.us">ken.armstrong@state.or.us

Oct. 17, 2019

DSL Stevens Road property will be subject of evening public meeting in Bend on Oct. 29

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of State Lands will host a public meeting on the status of over 640 acres of state-owned property in Bend on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Bend. The meeting will be informational but coincides with a 30-day public comment period from Oct. 17 to Nov. 15.

On Dec. 18 the State Land Board will consider moving forward with the sale of the parcel. This meeting will help inform that decision.

Stevens Road is a 643.7-acre parcel of land located southeast of the intersection of 27th Avenue and Stevens Road. The purpose of the meeting is to share with the public the current status of the parcel and possible options for the future. Part of the parcel was included in the Urban Growth Boundary expansion in 2016, a key step in bringing development to the land. Department staff will be available at the meeting to provide information and help answer questions.

Meeting date/location:

Tuesday, Oct. 29

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Nativity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall

60850 Brosterhous Rd.

Bend, OR 97702

Oral testimony will not be taken at this meeting, but public comment forms will be available and comments may be submitted via email to ealproperty@dsl.state.or.us">realproperty@dsl.state.or.us, or may be submitted through DSL's web site, which also has information on the property.

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Bev Clarno and State Treasurer Tobias Read. 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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CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee meets October 18
Oregon Health Authority - 10/17/19 2:45 PM

October 17, 2019

Contact: Pete Edlund, 503-931-8873, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority’s CCO Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: October 18, 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: Five Oak Building, Suite 775 Transformation Training Room, 421 SW Oak St., Portland. The public also may join remotely through a webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3895887851300669185 and listen-only conference line at 888-204-5984, access code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome, review minutes, and general updates; public testimony; Quality Incentive Program and CCO 2.0; obesity measure update; new travel reimbursement policy; continuous enrollment for 2020; documenting reasons for 2020 measure retirement; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Pete Edlund at 503-931-8873, 711 TTY, .m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us">peter.m.edlund@dhsoha.state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Willamette Community Bank to Hold Free Community Shred Event in Albany
Oregon Bankers Assn. - 10/17/19 1:09 PM

SALEM, Ore. – Oct. 17, 2019 – In celebration of Oregon Community Bank Week taking place this October and sponsored by the Community Banks of Oregon, Willamette Community Bank in Albany is holding a free document shredding event to help community members fight identify theft.

According to a 2018 Shred-it Fraud Awareness Week Survey, nearly 30% of consumers do not shred paper or physical documents containing sensitive information before throwing them away. With identify fraud on the rise and now effecting 16.7 million U.S. consumers, securely destroying documents that contain personal information is one of the best ways consumers can protect themselves from would-be identity thieves.

Willamette Community Bank invites community members to have their paper documents securely destroyed and recycled by a mobile shredding truck on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 200 Ferry Street S.W. For more information, contact Trina Henderson at son@willamettecommunitybank.com">THenderson@willamettecommunitybank.com.

About the Community Banks of Oregon

Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) serves banks headquartered in Oregon. The principle mission of CBO is to support and promote community banking in Oregon. CBO advocates for community banks, provides a forum to address issues unique to community banks, and promotes community banks through initiatives like Oregon Community Bank Week. For more information, please visit www.oregonbankers.com/local.  


Douglas Public Health Network, Blue Zones Project, and CHI Mercy Health, in collaboration with Truth Initiative, are bringing a quit vaping program to Douglas County youth and young adults
Douglas Public Health Network - 10/17/19 11:49 AM

Roseburg, Ore.— With a multitude of flavors available and discrete devices that can easily be concealed, e-cigarette use among youth, also known as vaping, has become a national epidemic.  According to the 2017 Oregon Healthy Teens Survey, 9% of eighth graders and 12% of eleventh graders in Douglas County currently use e-cigarettes. For eleventh graders, this was higher than the percentage using traditional tobacco cigarettes.

To help youth and young adults quit e-cigarettes, DPHN, Blue Zones Project, and CHI Mercy Health are partnering with Truth Initiative to bring Douglas County “This is Quitting,” a free mobile program designed to help young people quit vaping, officially launched October 1st. The first-of-its-kind text messaging program incorporates messages from other young people like them who have attempted to, or successfully quit, e-cigarettes. The messages show the real side of quitting, both the good and the bad, to help young people feel motivated, inspired and supported throughout their quitting process. The program also sends young people evidence-based tips and strategies to quit and stay quit. Since the program was released in January 2019, more than 54,000 young people have enrolled nationwide. 

This resource is particularly important for teens and young adults, for whom nicotine is especially dangerous. Research shows that exposure to nicotine among youth is particularly dangerous since it has been shown to have an effect on key brain receptors, making young people more susceptible to nicotine addiction. Unfortunately, nicotine is highly addictive and found in high concentrations in some e-cigarettes, making quitting vaping incredibly difficult. This is Quitting helps participants feel less alone and supported without judgment as they go through the quitting process. Thousands of young people have submitted their own messages of advice, encouragement and support to add to the program.

Those interested in enrolling in the program can simply text “VAPEFREEDC” to 88709. Users may set a quit date by texting in the desired date. They receive one support text per day for a week prior to and at least 30 days after their set quit date. If someone is looking to end their relationship with JUUL but is not yet ready to set a quit date, the program will still send at least two weeks of messages to help the user become more confident and prepared to take the next steps to quit. Users can receive on-demand support for cravings, stress, and slips in addition to their scheduled interactive messages.

Flyers and palm cards with the text code and number will be distributed to schools and other community partners across Douglas County who engage with youth and young adults.  For more information about the program or to request materials contact Bailey Burkhalter at Bailey@DouglasPublicHealthNetwork or 541-677-5825.

The Blue Zones Project Tobacco Policy Committee is a community-led coalition with representatives from CHI Mercy Health, Douglas Public Health Network, Adapt, Aviva Health, Umpqua Health Alliance, Roseburg Public Schools, and community members interested in supporting a healthier community.

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Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (photo) (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 10/17/19 11:32 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Stephen Gregory Johnston, died the morning of October 17, 2019. Johnston was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away at a local hospital while on hospice. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Johnston entered DOC custody on February 20, 2018, from Jackson County with an earliest release date of October 4, 2021. Johnston was 59 years old. Next of kin has been notified.  

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, individuals with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Detectives Arrest Glendale Man for Possession of Sexually Explicit Images of a Child (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/17/19 10:40 AM
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GLENDALE, Ore. - On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Detectives contacted 39 year-old Glendale resident, Paul Allan Wertz regarding a sex crime investigation. 

Detectives had been investigating a report that Wertz was in possession of pornographic images of a minor child on his cell phone. During the course of their investigation, Detectives confirmed that Wertz had taken nude photos of a five year-old female who was known to him. 

Wertz was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on a charge of Possession of Materials Depicting Sexually Explicit Conduct of a Child in the First Degree.    




Attached Media Files: Wertz, Paul

Tip of the Week for October 21 - Pet Safety on the Road (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/17/19 8:44 AM
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Pet Safety on the Road

You buckle up when you get in your vehicle. Make sure your pet is just as safe. Many dog owners let their dog run loose in an open truck bed, not thinking about the dangers. No matter how well-trained or coordinated you think your dog is, he or she can still fall or jump out of the back of a truck.

Oregon law requires a dog to be protected by a carrier or other restraint if transported on "the external part of a vehicle" on a highway.

A carrier or cage is most ideal, but if you use a leash or lead, make sure it is of a length that doesn’t allow the dog to go over the side. A two-point restraint works best to ensure the animal can’t jump or be thrown in the event of a sudden stop or collision.

If your pet travels inside the vehicle with you, remember that driving with any live animal on your lap presents a distraction and puts the pet, the driver, other passengers and other drivers at significant risk for a collision. A collision that would otherwise be preventable.

There are numerous pet-specific vehicle restraints that work with your existing seatbelts and can be purchased either online or in pet stores.

Our pets love to be on the go with us. Show them how much you care by always considering their safety whenever you take them on the road with you.

For more information and tips visit our website at: www.lincolncountysheriff.net

and like us on Facebook: Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office - Oregon




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Wed. 10/16/19
UPDATED: Game On! Oregon Lottery launches mobile sports betting. (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 10/16/19 5:26 PM
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Salem, OR, Oct. 16, 2019: Oregon Lottery Scoreboard, the state’s first and only, legal online sportsbook launched today – offering players myriad opportunities to wager on their favorite professional sports. A Scoreboard mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices, and a desktop version is accessible from the Lottery website. While the iOS app is available in Apple’s App Store, Android users will download their app directly from Lottery’s website.

This is the Oregon Lottery’s first entry into online sales and gameplay with plans to add in-venue sports betting at select Oregon Lottery retail locations in 2020.

Upon online registration and verification, players may fund their accounts and set wagers on a variety of professional sports including NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL, MLB and even NASCAR. Betting options cover a wide variety as well, including single-game wagers, parlay, live, in-game betting and more. Geolocation services ensure Oregon Lottery Scoreboard play occurs within state boundaries, and not on Tribal lands.

“This is an exciting day for Lottery, as we launch a new game and a new sales channel, “noted Director Barry Pack. “This game allows Lottery to attract new players – increasing revenue for important state programs without relying on current players to play or wager more.”

In order to ensure the highest level of security, Lottery has set the automatic identification validation to the most stringent setting. Players who input incorrect or incomplete data may be required to validate identification through a manual process to establish an account.




Attached Media Files: Scoreboard home screen , Scoreboard logo

Critical Injury Crash I-5 near Gervais -- Marion County (Drivers Identified) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/19 4:34 PM
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The drivers have been idetified as follows:

Chevy Tahoe - J Ivan AGUILAR-DIMAS, age 33, from California

Pertbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer - Carl BIBOW, age 57, from Riddle

Photograph provided by OSP.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Facebook: @ospsocial

Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this morning’s critical injury two vehicle crash on I-5 near Gervais. 

On October 16, 2019 at 4:15 AM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on I-5 northbound near milepost 267. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevy Tahoe, occupied by an adult male, was parked on the shoulder of I-5.  A Peterbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer was northbound and for unknown reasons left the roadway and went onto the shoulder where it crashed into the parked Chevy Tahoe. 

The occupant of the Chevrolet Tahoe was transported to Salem Hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries.  The operator of the Peterbuilt Truck and Semi-Trailer received minor injuries.   

Names of those involved are being withheld pending notifications to family members. 

This is an active investigation and more information will be released when available.

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Missing Oregon State Hospital patient located
Oregon Health Authority - 10/16/19 2:50 PM

October 16, 2019

The patient reported missing Monday by Oregon State Hospital has been located. Please reference Eugene Police Department Case Number EPD 19-16811.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, an employee of the hospital recognized the patient at Washington Jefferson Park in Eugene. The staff member called police, who took him into custody at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The patient is at the Lane County Jail, awaiting transport back to the hospital.

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Recreational use advisory issued October 16 for North Tenmile Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 10/16/19 2:19 PM

October 16, 2019

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@dhsoha.state.or.us

Recreational use advisory issued October 16 for North Tenmile Lake

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational use health advisory today for North Tenmile Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Coos County.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas of the lake where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash.

People are encouraged to visit North Tenmile Lake and enjoy activities such as fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

Drinking water

Drinking water directly from areas of the lake affected by a bloom is especially dangerous. Toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. Contact campground management or the local health department with questions about water available at nearby campgrounds or day use areas.

People who are not on a well or a public water system and draw in-home water directly from an affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because not all private treatment systems are proven effective in removing cyanotoxins.

Children and pets

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to a lake with areas affected by a bloom for recreation activities, regardless of whether a recreational use health advisory is in place, should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in these areas. Dogs can also be exposed to cyanotoxins when present by licking their fur, licking cyanobacteria off rocks or eating cells from a bloom.

Fishing

Fish caught from areas where cyanobacterial blooms are present should have fat, skin and organs removed before cooking or freezing, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water.

Symptoms

Exposure to cyanotoxins can be serious and result in a range of symptoms, from those similar to food poisoning such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, to more serious symptoms like numbness, tingling, dizziness and shortness of breath that may require medical attention.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0482.

Learn more here.


Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Shares Interactive Directory of Statewide Veterans Day Events (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 10/16/19 12:58 PM
Scene from the 2018 Statewide Veterans Day Celebration at the World War II Memorial
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Want to know what Veterans Day events are being held in your area, or do you want greater visibility for the event you are organizing?

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is putting together its annual list of statewide Veterans Day ceremonies, parades and other special events, which is shared on ODVA's blog, social media and with news organizations across the state.

The directory includes an interactive map as well as detailed information about each event. You can check it out on the ODVA blog at https://oregondva.com/2019/10/11/2019-veterans-day-statewide-events/.

To submit an event, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/EventSubmissions. Events will appear online with details as provided, so please ensure accuracy.

ODVA will again be hosting its annual Statewide Veterans Day Celebration at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at the World War II Memorial on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

The event will include a color guard presentation by North Salem High School JROTC, the playing of “Taps,” the pledge of allegiance and other patriotic observances. State Rep. Marty Wilde, of District 11 representing central Lane and Linn counties, will deliver the keynote address.




Attached Media Files: Scene from the 2018 Statewide Veterans Day Celebration at the World War II Memorial

DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/16/19 11:12 AM

For Immediate Release                                        

October 15, 2019

Contact:     Mona Riesterer  
                  (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on November 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. For further information, please contact Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

 

1.  Introductions

2.  Approve Minutes of May 1, 2019

3.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011 and 259-008-0067: Establishing the Expiration of DPSST Public Safety Professional Certifications

Presented by Jennifer Howald

4.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0015: Background Investigations

Presented by Jennifer Howald

5.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-008-0060 and 259-008-0064: First Aid & CPR 

Requirements for DPSST Telecommunicator and EMD Certifications

Presented by Jennifer Howald

6.  Proposed Rule Changes for OAR 259-0070: Criminal Justice Moral Fitness Workgroup Recommendations and Review of Comments

Presented by Jennifer Howald

7.  Administrative Closures – Emergency Medical Dispatcher

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8.  Department Update

9.  Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting TBD

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.


Media invited to observe the Great Oregon ShakeOut in Eugene (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/16/19 9:16 AM
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Media is invited to observe students "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" during the Great Shakeout earthquake drill on October 17 at 10:17 a.m. at River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School in Eugene.

More than 710,000 Oregonians are already registered for the ShakeOut! If you would like to register or learn more go to: https://www.shakeout.org/oregon/

Where: River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School 120 West Hilliard Lane, Eugene, OR 97404
When: 9:45 a.m., drill starts at 10:17 a.m.

Media interested in attending please contact Hillary Johnson, Communications Specialist, Eugene School District 4J at (541) 790-7734: johnson_hi.lane.edu.

 

 

 




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Residential Structure Fire - 1748 NW Otie Street - 10-16-19 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 10/16/19 9:14 AM
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At 12:27 a.m. on October 16, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1748 NW Otie Street.  Residents reported the fire after being awakened by a working smoke alarm.  Residents had exited the residential structure and notified nearby neighbors of possible exposure.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy fire venting from a south window and causing exposure to the south, neighboring residential home.  Pressurized black smoke was also seen emitting from the attic vents. Firefighters made an interior attack to extinguish the fire, conducted a primary and secondary search, and completed overhaul.  The primary home sustained structural and water damage.  The neighboring home suffered damage to the exterior siding.  One adult, two teenage children, and a dog were displaced due to the fire; however, no one was injured in the fire.  Unfortunately, two pet hamsters did not survive the fire.

A total of 13 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations.  Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power, and the American Red Cross.

The structure suffered approximately $60,000 in damage.  Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of working smoke alarms and ensuring you have the appropriate number of smoke alarms installed in the home.  Remember to make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and in every bedroom.  Roseburg Fire Department recommends that homeowners consider a home fire sprinkler system for increased protection.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.




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Tue. 10/15/19
Serious Injury Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash I-5 near Woodburn-- Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/15/19 8:43 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon’s crash involving two Commercial Motor Vehicles on I-5 near Woodburn. 

On Tuesday October 15, 2019 at about 3:57 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a serious injury crash involving two Commercial Motor Vehicles on I-5 southbound at about milepost 273.   

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Volvo Truck and Semi-trailer, operated by Gagandeep SINGH, age 24, from California, was southbound on I-5 and pulled to the shoulder due to smoke coming from under the truck.  Gagandeep SINGH and his passenger, Baljit SINGH, age 38, from California, exited the truck and discovered that it was on fire. 

A Freightliner Truck and Semi-trailer, operated by Rex HOLLOPETER, age 51, from Salem, was southbound in the far right lane when it sideswiped the Volvo Truck and Semi-Trailer.  The Freightliner Truck and Semi-trailer caught fire and came to rest blocking all southbound lanes of the freeway.  Both Commercial Motor Vehicles ultimately burned after the crash. 

HOLLOPETER was transported by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for serious injuries.  Both Gagandeep SINGH and Baljit SINGH were outside of their truck and were uninjured. 

Southbound lanes of I-5 are expected to be closed indefinitely until ODOT personnel can assess the damage to the roadway.  

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Fire and Medics, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department, Woodburn Police Department and ODOT. 

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial




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SAR Locates Missing Woman Alive - Final Release (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/19 3:10 PM
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BUTTE FALLS, Ore. – Search officials are thankful and relieved after finding a missing 80-year-old woman with dementia.   Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks survived three nights in the elements without apparent injury. 

“It is always a good feeling to be able to give family members good news in a case like this,” said Jackson County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Shawn Richards.  “She was cold and a little dehydrated, but she appears to be in amazingly good shape.”

At 11:45 a.m. on October 15, 2019, JCSO search and rescue (SAR) personnel spotted Hendricks.  The ATV search team was driving on a forest road approximately two miles from Hendricks’ home when they found her walking on the road.  

Mercy Flights medics took Hendricks by ambulance to a waiting helicopter.  She was then transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

Sgt. Richards said Hendricks was talkative and in good spirits, but due to her dementia, she did not realize she had been missing for so long.

“She was surprised to find out we’d been out here looking for her for nearly three full days,” said Sgt. Richards.

JCSO deputies and search teams first got the call on the evening of Saturday, October 12.  Hendricks’ caregiver called 911 at 6:44 p.m. and reported that Hendricks was missing and may have walked away.  Hendricks was reportedly wearing pink flannel pajamas when she was last seen at 6:15 p.m. in her home in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road.

Sgt. Richards said it turned out that Hendricks put on more clothing before walking away from her home.  When Hendricks was found, she was wearing a turtleneck sweater, pink pajama pants, a pink camouflage coat, and walking shoes. 

"Those extra layers may have made all the difference in keeping her alive in the elements,” said Sgt. Richards.  

The initial search effort on Saturday night included a SAR K9 team, which searched Hendricks’ property.  The dog tracked Hendricks’ scent to the end of her driveway, but it ended at Obenchain Road.  The abbreviated K9 track left search teams to wonder whether she continued walking or got a ride from someone.  

The search effort included using social media posts, a press conference, and a Citizen Alert notification in hopes of finding someone who may have seen Hendricks.

The search continued day and night until Hendricks was found.  SAR teams used ground teams, K9’s, ATV’s, hasty rigs, and drones.  Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft also searched the area. 

Sgt. Richards said he is grateful for the outpouring of support shown by the local community. 

“The neighbors were very willing to help,” he said.  “They opened up their properties to searchers and some even brought food and water to us.” 

He also wished to thank the staff and volunteers who assisted in the search, some of whom traveled from other counties. 

The following agencies assisted JCSO SAR with the search effort:  Josephine County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Civil Air Patrol, Brim Aviation, Timberland Aviation, Mercy Flights, and the Emergency Communications Center of Southern Oregon (ECSO).  

Case #19-21669

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Attached Media Files: SAR K9 team , SAR command post

Kicker details confirmed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 10/15/19 2:01 PM

A more than $1.5 billion tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or “kicker,” for the 2018 tax year.

Instead of kicker checks, the surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2019 state personal income tax returns filed in 2020.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2018 tax liability before any credits—line 22 on the 2018 Form OR-40—by 16 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state will need to subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2018 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2019, you still must file a 2019 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2019 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind that the state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt you owe, such as tax due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What’s My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue’s website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you’ll enter your name, Social Security Number, and filing status for 2018 and 2019.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; 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.

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Columbia River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 10/15/19 1:00 PM
Robert J. Hunt
Robert J. Hunt
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Robert James Hunt, died October 11, 2019. Hunt was incarcerated at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in Portland and passed away in a local hospital. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Hunt entered DOC custody on June 22, 2010, from Douglas County with an earliest release date of September 17, 2026. Hunt was 79 years old. Next of kin has been notified.  

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

CRCI is a minimum-security prison that houses approximately 595 adults in custody who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, alcohol and drug programming, work programs, and preparing for return to the community. CRCI has two alcohol and drug/cognitive restructuring alternative incarceration programs (AIP). Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day-in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and officially in opened in September 1990.

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Attached Media Files: Robert J. Hunt

Update: SAR Locates Missing Woman Alive (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/19 12:51 PM
Sunday morning SAR briefing
Sunday morning SAR briefing
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UPDATE, 10/15/19 at 12:48 pm: SAR officials say Gerry was located on a forest road approximately 2 miles from her home. She was walking on the road when when SAR found her. She is cold and dehydrated but is in surprisingly good condition. She is being transported to the hospital by Mercy Flights helicopter for evaluation.

UPDATE, 10/15/19 at noon:  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue (SAR) personnel have located Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks alive.  She will be transported by ambulance to received medical treatment.  Additional details will be released at later time.  

UPDATE, 10/15/19 at 10:00 a.m.: SAR officials continue searching for Gerry this morning. The ground and air search, as well as the collateral investigation, are still underway. SAR would still like to hear from anyone who may have seen Gerry on Saturday, or since - 541-776-7206.

UPDATE, 10/14/19 at 5:50 p.m.: JCSO SAR staff and volunteers continue to search for Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks Monday evening. SAR teams are using ground and air resources in the search.  In a press conference earlier Monday, Sgt. Shawn Richards described the extensive search effort that has been underway since Hendricks was reported missing on Saturday.  He said many resources are being utilized to search for Hendricks. He expressed optimism that the search will have a positive outcome. Detectives are assisting with interviewing witnesses and will follow any leads that come in. Sheriff Nathan Sickler thanked the local community as well as the numerous agencies and personnel who have supported the search.

UPDATE, 10/14/19 at 9:30 a.m.: SAR officials report no new developments in the search for Geraldine Hendricks, who remains missing this morning. Sergeant Shawn Richards will discuss the search at a press conference at 11 a.m. Tune in to local media for updates. We will provide an additional update later today.

UPDATE, 10/13/19 at 6:55 p.m.:  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) search and rescue (SAR) officials say search personnel covered a lot of ground Sunday, but have not located Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks.  The search will be scaled back after nightfall for safety reasons, but SAR personnel will remain there overnight. 

Sunday’s search included SAR personnel from Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Siskiyou, and Modoc counties, and personnel from the Oregon State Police and Oregon Fish and Wildlife.  SAR teams searched with ground teams, K9’s, ATV’s, hasty rigs, and drones.  A private fixed wing aircraft and Civil Air Patrol also checked the area from above. 

Hendricks reportedly walked away from her home in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road after 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 12.  SAR officials would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Hendricks on Saturday.  Those with information can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206

Refer to the information released previously for additional details and a description of Hendricks. 

Release, 10/13/19 at 9:24 a.m.

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. — Reinforcements have arrived from regional search and rescue (SAR) organizations to assist in the search for a missing woman with dementia. Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks, 80, was reported missing from her home on Saturday evening. 

On October 12, 2019, at 6:44 p.m., dispatch received a call from Hendricks’ family in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and search and rescue personnel responded to initiate the search.

SAR personnel, including canine teams, searched through the night, but were hampered by darkness and terrain.  Additional resources were deployed at daylight Sunday, ramping up the search effort.

Hendricks is described as 5’2”, 100 lbs., with short dark gray hair. She was last seen wearing a pink flannel long sleeve pajama set. 

SAR officials believe Hendricks left her home on foot sometime after 6:15 p.m. Saturday.  They would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her walking or given her a ride. Anyone with information can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206

SAR officials thank everyone who has offered to respond to the area and help search; however, they ask people to stay clear of the area at this time so search teams can be managed effectively.  If a need for additional searchers does arise, SAR officials will make a public request. 

Assisting agencies include those that make up the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (CORSAR) group, as well as the Oregon State Police.  Air resources have also been dispatched to assist. 

No further information is available for release at this time.  

Case # 19-21669

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Attached Media Files: Sunday morning SAR briefing , Geraldine Hendricks, undated DMV photo , Geraldine Hendricks

Deputies Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash ***Update 1***(Photo) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/19 12:28 PM
Crash Scene 55th Ave NE
Crash Scene 55th Ave NE
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On October 13th, 2019 deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash in the 6900 block of 55th Ave NE.  This crash involved a single vehicle which was occupied only by the driver, who was pronounced as deceased at the scene.  Deputies have identified the driver as Alejandro Teran, a 23 year-old man from Salem.

On October 13th, 2019, shortly after 1:00 pm deputies were dispatched to the report of a roll over crash involving a single vehicle in the 6900 block of 55th Ave NE.  When deputies arrived, they located a Toyota Camry off of the roadway in a field.  The driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced as deceased at the scene.

Based upon the initial investigation and witness statements, deputies believe the driver was traveling northbound on 55th Ave NE and was unable to safely negotiate a curve, leaving the roadway and rolling the vehicle.  55th Ave NE was closed for approximately 2.5 hours while the crash was being investigated.  Deputies have not determined if speed or alcohol contributed to the crash.

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this response by Marion County Fire District #1, Marion County Public Works and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.




Attached Media Files: Crash Scene 55th Ave NE

Special Needs Horseback Ride for Children
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/19 11:28 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting their eighth annual horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings, sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The ride is on Saturday, October 26th, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53 St., Corvallis, OR. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m.

Children, as well as posse members, look forward to the ride each year. The posse explains, "It's a way to support our community and give children with special needs the chance to experience the western way of life through horsemanship."

Kids are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between three and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves.

Photographs will be taken in front of a green screen and printed onsite to give to the child. The photos will also be available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event registration table.

Please respond by October 23rd, so we can plan appropriately. You may either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name and the number of children who will be riding.

Phone: 541-766-6045
Email: iffsposse@co.benton.or.us">sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
Facebook - Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse


Arrest made in Connection with Two Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 99 from September 27, 2019 -- Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 10/15/19 11:27 AM

On October 13, 2019 at 9:43 PM, Freddie TILLETT, age 46, from Grants Pass, was arrested for Manslaughter I and Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants.  TILLETT was arrested in the Springfield area and lodged at the Lane County Jail.  This arrest is in connection with the September 27, 2019 Fatal Crash on Highway 99 in Josephine County. 

Previous Release:

On Friday, September 27, 2019 at about 7:16 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on crash on Hwy 99 near mile post 3.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gray 2003 Audi, operated by Freddie Tillett (46) of Grants Pass, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99. Tillett was reported to be driving recklessly, crossed into oncoming traffic, and collided head on with a northbound 2013 Nissan sedan operated by Brenda Reinert (39) of Grants Pass.

Reinert was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Tillett was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

OSP was assisted by Rural Metro and American Medical Response (AMR).

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Facebook: @ospsocial

 


Tuesday Morning Sutherlin Incident Not as Reported
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/15/19 10:58 AM

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 7:45 am, Douglas County 9-1-1 Dispatchers received a report of a vehicle that was in the ditch in the 200-block of Fort McKay Road in Sutherlin. Dispatchers were told by the reporting party that the female associated with the car was shooting out of the window of the car.

Law enforcement from the Sheriff’s Office, Sutherlin Police Department and Oregon State Police were dispatched to the scene.

When Officers from Sutherlin Police Department arrived, the female driver was briefly detained. It was quickly determined the female had not fired any shots and the sound the caller was hearing were vineyard cannons intended to keep birds away from the vineyard. No actual shots had been fired.

The female driver had turned too soon and accidentally missed the driveway and was not injured. No citations or arrests were made.


Douglas County Fire District No. 2 - Public Notice
Douglas Co. Fire Dist. No.2 - 10/15/19 10:36 AM

The Civil Service Commission of Douglas County District #2 will hold a meeting on Monday October 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM.  The meeting will be held in the chief’s office at the Douglas County Fire District No. 2’s Fire Station 651 at 1400 Buckhorn Rd., Roseburg

              The purpose of the meeting:

  1. Update on recent Firefighter/Lateral Firefighter testing process
  2. Certify Lateral Firefighter list
  3. Certify Firefighter list
  4. Request to interview all eligible candidate from the Firefighter and Lateral Firefighter list to fill 3 upcoming vacancies
  5. Request to begin a Lieutenant Testing Process

 


SAIF hosts free community class with emergency preparedness expert
SAIF - 10/15/19 10:14 AM

Summary: Medford event will be Thursday, November 7 at 9 a.m.

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Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? This Thursday, October 17, is the Great Oregon Shakeout, an earthquake drill that happens every year at 10:17 a.m. It’s a good time to practice responding to an earthquake.

It’s also a good time to consider how to better prepare if an emergency happens at work or at home. Do you have a plan? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in three locations this November—Salem, Eugene, and Medford—to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The Medford event will be on Thursday, November 7, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Inn at the Commons, located at 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at saif.com/quake. For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at saif.com/prepare.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page.


SAIF hosts free community class with emergency preparedness expert
SAIF - 10/15/19 10:09 AM

Summary: Eugene event will be Wednesday, November 6 at 9 a.m.

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Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? This Thursday, October 17, is the Great Oregon Shakeout, an earthquake drill that happens every year at 10:17 a.m. It’s a good time to practice responding to an earthquake.

It’s also a good time to consider how to better prepare if an emergency happens at work or at home. Do you have a plan? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in three locations this November—Salem, Eugene, and Medford—to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The Eugene event will be on Wednesday, November 6, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Lane Community College's Center for Meeting and Learning, located at 4000 East 30th Avenue, Eugene.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at saif.com/quake. For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at saif.com/prepare.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page.


SAIF hosts free community class with emergency preparedness expert
SAIF - 10/15/19 10:09 AM

Summary: Salem event will be Tuesday, November 5 at 9 a.m.

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Do you know what to do when an earthquake hits? This Thursday, October 17, is the Great Oregon Shakeout, an earthquake drill that happens every year at 10:17 a.m. It’s a good time to practice responding to an earthquake.

It’s also a good time to consider how to better prepare if an emergency happens at work or at home. Do you have a plan? A kit with emergency supplies? We talk about earthquake and emergency preparedness, but what will make us take action?

Steve Eberlein was a witness to the Sri Lanka Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 and is a global aid worker and workplace and community resilience advocate. SAIF will be hosting him in three locations this November—Salem, Eugene, and Medford—to provide a free overview of Oregon's Cascadia subduction zone risk and a discussion on the cultural barriers that prevent us from talking about emergency prep.

Steve will give tips and tools to prepare your workplace, home, and family for the worst-case scenario.

The Salem event will be on Tuesday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Willamette Heritage Center’s Spinning Room, located at 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem.

Reservations are required, as space is limited. Register for the free events at saif.com/quake. For questions or to register by phone, call 541.857.4204.

Still overwhelmed? Start with these five emergency essentials to be better prepared—at work, at home, in your car, and at school. More resources are available at saif.com/prepare.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon September 2019 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 10/15/19 10:00 AM

Oregon’s Job Growth Cools in September  

In September, Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment added 200 jobs, following a loss of 900 jobs in August. Job gains have cooled recently, averaging only 100 per month over the past five months. This flat economic trend is in contrast to gains that averaged 3,000 jobs per month in all of calendar year 2018, and 4,100 jobs per month during the rapid and consistent growth Oregon experienced during the prior five-year period.

During September, some industries expanded while others contracted. Monthly gains were strongest in health care and social assistance (+2,300 jobs); wholesale trade (+1,000); and manufacturing (+400). These gains were offset by cutbacks in government ( 2,100 jobs); financial activities (-500); professional and business services (-500); and retail trade (-400).

Health care and social assistance has grown consistently for many years. Over the past 12 months the industry grew by 9,000 jobs, or 3.5 percent, with each of its components adding jobs rapidly as demand for health care services increased along with Oregon’s expanding and aging population. Since September 2018, ambulatory health care services added 2,900 jobs, social assistance added 2,400 jobs, nursing and residential care facilities added 1,800 jobs, and hospitals added 1,100 jobs.

Manufacturing continued to grow faster than Oregon’s overall economy over the past 12 months, with gains of 6,100 jobs, or 3.1 percent. Nondurable goods (+4,000 jobs, or 6.5%) and transportation equipment manufacturing (+900 jobs, or 7.4%) led manufacturing’s growth. However, construction jobs have stabilized, with little overall change in employment over the past six months.

Retail trade is down by 3,900 jobs over the past 12 months, while transportation, warehousing and utilities counterbalanced that loss with a gain of 4,100 jobs as more shopping takes place online. 

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September, essentially unchanged from 4.0 percent in August. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent in September, from 3.7 percent in August. Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 35 consecutive months dating back to November 2016.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, October 22nd, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Wednesday, November 13th.

 
Notes: 
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry jobs numbers within manufacturing and health care and social assistance.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 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 Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February and March 2019 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

 

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 people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

 




Attached Media Files: 2019-10/930/128480/employment_in_Oregon_--_September_2019_--_press_release.pdf

DSL to host Elliott public meeting in Coos Bay Oct. 23
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/15/19 9:26 AM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, mstrong@state.or.us">ken.armstrong@state.or.us                         

Oct. 15, 2019

Informational meeting on Elliott State Research Forest is scheduled for Oct. 23 in Coos Bay

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of State Lands will host a public meeting the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 23 in Coos Bay to share information and answer questions about a possible proposal by Oregon State University to establish a research forest on the Elliott. Oregon State University will attend the meeting to help answer questions about the project.

The meeting is informational only and is not a hearing for public testimony.

In December 2018, the State Land Board directed the Department to work collaboratively with Oregon State University as it develops a plan for transforming the Elliott State Forest into a world-class research forest. The Land Board anticipates hearing the OSU proposal at its regular meeting on Dec. 18, which will be in Salem.

Meeting date/location:

Wednesday, Oct. 23

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery

1210 N. Front St., Coos Bay, OR 97420

Click here for the DSL Elliott State Forest web page

Click here for the OSU Elliott State Research Forest web page

Join the Elliott State Research Forest email list! DSL will provide regular updates throughout the planning process to those who sign up for our ESRF mailing list. IMPORTANT! You must sign up for the ESRF email list separately from other DSL email lists (such as our Jordan Cove list, for example).

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Bev Clarno and State Treasurer Tobias Read. 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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State Land Board meeting in Salem Oct. 22
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/15/19 9:20 AM

NEWS RELEASE – for immediate release

Media Contact:

Ken Armstrong, Communications Manager, 503-881-2623, mstrong@state.or.us">ken.armstrong@state.or.us                     

Oct. 15, 2019

State Land Board meeting Oct. 22 in Salem

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon State Land Board will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for its regularly scheduled meeting in Salem. The agenda includes a request to approve due-diligence documents and approval to sell industrial property in Redmond. Also on the agenda is a request for approval to initiate permanent rulemaking for recreational use restrictions on portions of state-owned lands on the Columbia River in the Portland area.

The sale of portions of DSL’s South Redmond Tract in Deschutes County, which consists of about 780 acres, was identified in the Department’s Land Use and Management Plan for the property as being well-suited for large lot industrial development. The site also is approved through the Large Lot Industrial Program to be the only site for a 200+ acre large lot industrial development in Central Oregon.

The request to initiate rulemaking on the Columbia River (including Oregon Slough and portions of Hayden Island) makes permanent the emergency restrictions enacted recently by the Department. The proposed rules will prohibit camping and campfires at these locations at all times and prohibit all activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

This rulemaking effort is separate from the rulemaking process the Land Board initiated in April on the Willamette River in Eugene, and in June in response to a request from the Port of Portland to restrict overnight use on the Willamette River near Swan Island. A request for permanent rules on these properties will be before the Land Board in December.

Another agenda item is the appointment of four voting members to the Oregon Ocean Science Trust.

The meeting will be held:
Tuesday, Oct. 22

10 a.m.

State Lands Building

Land Board Room

775 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301

Meeting agenda and materials: https://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Board/Pages/SLBmeetings.aspx

To live stream the meeting, go to the State Lands YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQA7FHTWwl-gjJkQeYPJ1IA

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 Arin Smith at (503) 986-5224 or in.n.smith@state.or.us">arin.n.smith@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Visitors are not permitted to bring backpacks, bags, or large purses into the Department of State Lands building prior to, during, or following Land Board meetings. Purses, medical bags, and diaper bags are permitted, but may be subject to inspection by the Oregon State Police.

 

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Bev Clarno and State Treasurer Tobias Read. 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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Preparing your yard for winter
Pacific Power - 10/15/19 9:20 AM

Contact:                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News media hotline: 800-570-5838                                                                  Oct. 15, 2019

 

Preparing your yard for winter

Pacific Power offers seasonal safety tips for homeowners


PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, winter weather preparation begins. For some homeowners, this means trimming trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don’t put safety first.

 

            “People often assume they know enough about electricity to keep themselves safe. However, accidents happen all of the time,” said Steve Harkin, Pacific Power safety director. “Being alert and aware can keep you, your family and your home out of danger.”

 

            Coming into contact with electricity, whether it is through a power line, power equipment or even an extension cord, can result in serious injury or death. Put safety on your fall clean-up list by following these tips to keep you and your family out of harm’s way:

 

  • Treat all electric lines with caution. Even low-voltage lines and extension cords can be dangerous.
  • Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
  • Inspect electric cords for fraying or broken plugs. Do not use cords or tools that are damaged.
  • Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
  • Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
  • Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you’re working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
  • Use caution when trimming trees. If power lines run through or near the tree, do not attempt to trim it. Instead, call Pacific Power toll free at 888-221-7070.
  • Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

 

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

 

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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 1.9 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

 


Burt Rutan to present at Museum's fifth annual fundraising gala "fly me to the moon"
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 10/15/19 9:00 AM

McMinnville, Oregon – The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum holds their signature fundraising event of the year, "Fly me to the Moon" Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. This annual fundraiser benefits the Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Featured guest Burt Rutan, designer of iconic vehicles SpaceShipOneVoyager, and the Museum’s own Beechcraft Starship, will attend and present. "We are thrilled to have Burt Rutan attend and speak at our fifth annual Gala. This accomplished aerospace professional continues to inspire and contribute to the fields of aviation and space technology, which dovetails nicely with our mission," says Interim Executive Director John Rasmussen.

The Museum’s mission is “To inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans.” While the Museum campus offers stunning examples of aviation/space achievement, we also strive to create an environment that teaches our younger generation the importance of human skills, like mathematics, science, teamwork, determination, and perseverance. Museum staff and volunteers work at bridging the gap between aerospace history and future innovation.

The 2019 Fly Me to the Moon Gala will bring together aviation and space enthusiasts to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and to look towards the future of the Museum. This annual fundraising gala supports Museum programs that relate directly to the Museum’s mission, including educational programs, restoration and acquisitions, and collections management. The Museum provides enriching education programs such as summer camps, home school programs, and cultural appreciation days. Fun family events like the Easter Bunny and Santa helicopter fly-ins, and the indoor Halloween event are annual favorites. 

A guided tour for fundraiser attendees led by Museum Interim Executive Director John Rasmussen takes place from 4-5pm, starting in the Space Museum building. Main event begins at 5pm. Tickets are $100 per person, and business sponsorships are available. Tickets are available for purchase on the Museum’s website, www.evergreenmuseum.org. Formal attire is suggested. 

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ABOUT EVERGREEN AVIATION & SPACE MUSEUM: 
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information. 

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room, and a MaxFlight full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates. 

ABOUT BURT RUTAN:
Named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Inc. Magazine and described by Newsweek as “the man responsible for more innovations in modern aviation than any living engineer,” Burt Rutan is a bold entrepreneur and designer with the vision and passion for the advancement of technology. In 2004 Rutan made international headlines as the designer of SpaceShipOne, the world’s first privately-built manned spacecraft to reach space. Financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, SpaceShipOne won the $10 million Ansari X-Prize, the competition created to spur the development of affordable space tourism. Winner of the Presidential Citizen’s Medal, the Charles A. Lindbergh Award, two Collier Trophies and included on Time Magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world,” Rutan is the founder of SCALED Composites, the most aggressive aerospace research company in the world. Based in Mojave, CA, his company has developed and tested a variety of groundbreaking projects, from military aircraft to executive jets, showcasing some of the most innovative and energy-efficient designs ever flown. Visit Burt's website www.burtrutan.com.


Oregon FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Ransomware (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/15/19 9:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against ransomware.  

In honor of October being cyber security month, we are taking a look at some basic scams used by fraudsters who want to target you. Last week we talked about how to avoid the bait in phishing and spear phishing scams. This week we are going to learn how criminals use those phishing emails to launch ransomware attacks.  

Ransomware is a form of malicious software that targets your data. These attacks can affect individuals, businesses, cities and counties, government agencies, hospitals, schools, and more. 

Scammers will often send ransomware through email phishing campaigns. Once anyone on your network clicks on an infected file or link, the fraudster can have access to all of your devices and data. He encrypts the system, effectively locking you out. The attacker promises to decrypt your information if you pay up, usually by virtual currency. Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that the cybercriminal will unlock your data it if you pay. 

Beyond the cost of the ransom, you risk loss of productivity, legal fees, and the need to purchase credit-monitoring services for employees and customers. Even if you manage to get your system back up online, it is likely that the attacker left other malware hidden on your system – requiring a remediation team to completely wipe the computers and restore everything from clean, off-line backups. 

So what can be done to avoid becoming the next victim of a ransomware attack? 

  • One of the most important things you can do is educate yourself, and, for companies, your employees. Learn how to spot and avoid phishing lures. 

  • Make sure you are backing up your data often and that you are backing it up to an off-line source. Ransomware attacks can move quickly – infecting any connected device or on-line storage account. Your back-ups must be segregated and off-line from normal operations. 

  • Make sure that all devices on your network are using the most current and patched versions of operating systems and applications (including email software, web browsers and software packages). 

  • Keep your anti-malware software up-to-date. 

  • If you get a pop-up or other message that says you are infected, disconnect the device from the internet and your network immediately to try to prevent the spread. 

  • Finally, call the FBI right away. If we are called in early enough, we can sometimes assist with remediation. 

In the end, the FBI recommends that victims NOT pay a hacker’s ransom demand. The payment only further encourages more criminal activity, and, even if you do pay, there is no guarantee that the hacker will unlock your data. 

And remember, if you have been the victim of a ransomware attack, or any other online fraud, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.  

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Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/15/19 8:47 AM

(Salem) – The annual open enrollment for Medicare starts today and the Oregon Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) Program in the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is ready to help. Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Medicare is health insurance for people 65 years or older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 years or older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care such as mammograms, colonoscopies, diabetes treatment, and blood pressure screenings.

Medicare annual enrollment for 2020 benefits runs through Dec. 7, 2019. Enroll in a Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) for the first time or make changes between these dates so coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2020. There is also an extended MA open enrollment period from Jan. 1, 2020, to March 31, 2020. You must be enrolled in an MA plan to use this extended open enrollment period to make any changes.

“Medicare Advantage and Part D plans are sold by private insurance companies that contract with Medicare,” said Lisa Emerson, Medicare (SHIBA) program analyst. “They can change their cost and coverage each year, so it’s important to do annual check-ups to make sure you have the coverage you need in 2020.”

There is a new Medicare plan finder tool this year, the first upgrade in a decade. The new plan finder is at https://www.medicare.gov/plan-compare/#/.

The finder allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. The updated finder also provides people with Medicare coverage and their caregivers with a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help them learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. 

SHIBA provides free health insurance counseling to explain how the Medicare program works, more insurance options that work with Medicare, and help with reducing out-of-pocket costs. SHIBA staff members, along with more than 200 certified counselors, serve many of Oregon’s more than 860,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Free information and help is available by calling 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) or visiting shiba.oregon.gov.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which is available online and will be available in print in mid-November.

SHIBA is also advising people to protect their identity by guarding their Medicare card like they would their credit card or Social Security number. Identity theft from stolen Medicare numbers is becoming more common. To protect against identity theft, don’t share your Medicare number or other personal information with anyone who contacts you by telephone or email, or approaches you in person, unless you have given that person permission in advance. Medicare will never contact you (unless you ask them to) for your Medicare number or other personal information. Also, don’t let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.

More information

SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit https://healthcare.oregon.gov/shiba to find local help in your county, obtain a copy of the 2018 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans, and find Medicare education and enrollment events in your area.

Follow SHIBA on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OregonSHIBA.

SHIBA is part of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on topics such as insurance, mortgages, investments, and workplace safety.


State Announces Participants for the 2019-2020 Oregon Supportive Housing Institute
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 10/15/19 8:33 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 15, 2019

 

CONTACT:

Nicole Stoenner

Legislative and Communications Coordinator

Oregon Housing and Community Services

(971) 707-0091, .stoenner@oregon.gov">nicole.r.stoenner@oregon.gov

 

State Announces Participants for the 2019-2020 Oregon Supportive Housing Institute

The Institute is the first step in implementing the $50 million Permanent Supportive Housing investment made in the 2019 Legislative Session.

 

SALEM, OR – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), in consultation with the Corporation for Supportive Housing, created the Oregon Supportive Housing Institute to provide technical assistance and training to a cohort of ten groups focused specifically on Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development. Ten teams were selected out of the 29 applications received, demonstrating the high demand for PSH.

 

One of six priorities identified in Oregon’s Statewide Housing Plan, PSH provides service-enriched affordable housing to help the most vulnerable individuals and families lead more stable lives. This is a national model and best practice for serving individuals living with a serious persistent mental illness and persons experiencing chronic homelessness. PSH leads to cost savings in public systems by providing upfront intervention that creates savings downstream in the healthcare and justice systems.

 

“Too many of our community members are struggling to find and maintain housing,” said OHCS Director Margaret Salazar. “PSH is a proven model that changes lives to break the cycle of homelessness.  This is a first step for us to implement this model in Oregon.”

 

The Oregon Supportive Housing Institute will run from November to March with monthly two-day classes. Participates will receive individualized support in project planning, including a specialized supportive services plan, operating procedures, and PSH team development.  The cohort teams represent a diverse mix of urban and rural areas. The Institute provides a pathway for OHCS and partners to achieve the ambitious goal of 1000 units of PSH over the next five years to implement the Statewide Housing Plan. Participants in the Institute will receive preference when applying for PSH development funds. OHCS received $50 million in the 2019 Legislative Session for the creation of PSH homes. The Oregon Health Authority received $5.4 million for operations and supportive services.

 

The Ten Participants:

  1. Home Forward is creating a PSH development in Portland’s Kenton neighborhood to serve chronically homeless populations.
  2. Native American Youth and Family Center, working with Native American Rehabilitation Center of the Northwest, Housing Development Center, and Income Property Management Company, will create PSH homes within an existing affordable housing community in Portland’s St Johns neighborhood to serve chronically homeless populations.
  3. Homes for Good Housing Agency is partnering with Lane County Health & Human Services, ShelterCare, and Quantum Residential to create PSH homes in Eugene to serve chronically homeless populations.
  4. Northwest Housing Alternatives, working with Northwest Pilot Project and Income Property Management, is creating PSH homes in existing Proud Ground affordable housing in North Portland to serve seniors and chronically homeless populations.
  5. NeighborWorks Umpqua, Housing Authority of Douglas County, Adapt, and United Community Action Network are working together to create a PSH development in Roseburg to serve chronically homeless populations.
  6. ColumbiaCare Services, Inc., with the support of the City of Ashland, Jackson County, Housing Authority of Jackson County, and the Oregon Health Authority, is building a PSH development in Ashland to serve chronically homeless populations, particularly those living with serious mental illness.
  7. Community Development Partners is working with JOIN and Guardian Management to develop new PSH homes and create PSH homes in existing affordable housing in Portland to serve chronically homeless populations.
  8. Housing Authority of Clackamas County (HACC), with the support of Metro and Clackamas County, is creating PSH homes in an existing housing development in Gladstone to serve chronically homeless populations. HACC recently acquired the development.
  9. Warm Springs Housing Authority and Behavioral Health Center are working together to create PSH homes in Warm Springs to serve chronically homeless populations.
  10. Lake Health District is working with Klamath Housing Authority to create PSH homes in Lakeview to serve chronically homeless populations. Other community partners include Lake County Community Justice, Lake County Veterans Service Officer, and the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient (Photo)
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October 14, 2019

Media Contacts: Rebeka Gipson-King, OHA, 503-756-0366, ebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us">rebeka.gipson-king@dhsoha.state.or.us
Oregon State Police PIO, osppio@state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital seeks missing patient

A 33-year-old Oregon State Hospital psychiatric patient, Peace Wickham, was reported missing Monday, Oct. 14. Anyone seeing Wickham should call 911, the Oregon State Police at 800-452-7888 or OSP on their mobile device.

Wickham is not considered to be an imminent danger to himself or others. He is accused of unauthorized departure. OSP is conducting an investigation to help locate him. Wickham should not be approached.

Wickham was admitted from Lane County to the Junction City campus of Oregon State Hospital Sept. 7, 2016. Wickham was found guilty except for insanity on the charges of assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon.

He was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m., on the grounds of Luther House, 1824 University St., Eugene, Oregon, where he was attending a group activity. Wickham walked away from the group and left the immediate area.

Hospital officials, who reported the missing patient to state and local law enforcement agencies, described Wickham as a male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 255 pounds, with a shaved head and brown eyes. He has two tattoos, the state of California on his right forearm and Hawaii on his left forearm. When last seen, he was wearing a gray fleece sweat shirt, tan pants, and tan hiking shoes with rubber laces.

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More than 700,000 registered for the Great Oregon ShakeOut! (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/14/19 1:09 PM
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If you believe in the adage that there is safety in numbers, it’s time to register to participate in this annual earthquake drill.

Media is invited to Benson High School, Oct. 17, to observe the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, a Youth Disaster Academy, and to talk to a ShakeAlert early earthquake warning subject matter expert. Representatives from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, FEMA Region X and the University of Oregon will be in attendance. 

The morning of October 17, prior to the drill at 10:17 a.m., students at Benson High School will begin a Youth Disaster Academy organized by Portland Public Schools, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and Portland Fire & Rescue to learn emergency preparedness skills. The training includes hands-only CPR, an introduction to search and rescue/medical triage, small fire suppression, radio communications and an overview of local hazards. 

Also on ShakeOut day, more than 277 Neighborhood Emergency Team members in the Portland area will participate in the fifth semi-annual, city-wide emergency response exercise from 6 to 9 p.m. on the evening of the ShakeOut.

This year’s ShakeOut is happening as valuable new, early earthquake warning technology, ShakeAlert, is being developed and implemented. An early-warning system, ShakeAlert detects significant earthquakes quickly so that alerts can reach many people before shaking starts.  A ShakeAlert subject matter expert from the University of Oregon will be available to talk about ShakeAlert and its implementation in Oregon. 

WHAT:             Great Oregon ShakeOut and Youth Disaster Academy

WHEN:             October 17, 9:15-11 a.m. (ShakeOut drill takes place at 10:17 a.m., lasting approximately two minutes)

WHERE:           Benson High School (546 NE 12th Ave); please check in with front office upon arrival.

SITE CONTACT: Dan Douthit, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, (503) 793-1650

All Oregonians are encouraged to join the ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 and to practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On." For more information, and to register for the ShakeOut, go to: www.shakeout.org/oregon.

“Earthquakes are one of the natural hazards we face in Oregon and “The Great ShakeOut is a safe and fun way to practice what to do when seismic activity occurs,” says Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards awareness program coordinator at Oregon’s Office of Emergency Management.




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Great Oregon ShakeOut 2019
Roseburg Fire Department - 10/14/19 11:48 AM

On October 17th, 2019 at 10:17 AM, the City of Roseburg and many local agencies, families and businesses will participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut, a state-wide earthquake drill which prepares Oregonians to survive the fury and devastation of an earthquake.  During the drill, participants will practice “drop, cover and hold on” for one to two minutes.  City of Roseburg employees will then practice an evacuation drill from their places of work.  At the conclusion of the drill, employees will be able to assess their work spaces for items which might fall and injure them during an actual earthquake, making any necessary changes.

In 2018, over 670,000 Oregonians participated in the ShakeOut.  So far, the total for Oregon is 698,576, with over 3,463 Douglas County residents signed up to “drop, cover and hold on”.  Here are just a few of your friends and neighbors who will be participating in this year’s event: City of Roseburg employees, Douglas County employees, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Douglas County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES), UCAN / Head Start, Evergreen Family Medicine, Department of Human Services, ADAPT, Douglas Electric Cooperative, and many more local businesses, churches, volunteer groups and families.

If you have not already signed up, this is your opportunity to be counted in the largest earthquake drill ever and set an example that motivates others to get involved.  To participate, go to www.ShakeOut.org/oregon/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s involvement in the drill.  Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and how to spread the message of earthquake preparedness to others.  All organizers ask is that participants register (so they can be counted and receive communications), and at the minimum practice "drop, cover, and hold on" at 10:17 AM on October 17th. It is only a five-minute commitment for something that can save your life.  It all begins with registering, which is free and open to everyone.

For more information, visit www.ShakeOut.org/oregon, or contact the Roseburg Fire Department.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.


Event in Portland to highlight Oregon's workers' compensation system
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/14/19 10:49 AM

(Salem) – A two-day event in Portland this week will offer employers, workers, insurers, medical providers, and others a variety of opportunities to improve their understanding of the workers’ compensation system in Oregon.

The 17th annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference – to be held Oct. 17-18 at the Red Lion on the River, Jantzen Beach – offers speakers and sessions on everything from Oregon’s return-to-work programs and employee leave laws to independent contractors and worker safety and health.

The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division is presenting the conference, in coordination with the International Workers’ Compensation Foundation.

“This is a major opportunity to learn about current and emerging issues affecting the workers’ compensation system,” said Lou Savage, administrator of the Workers’ Compensation Division. “This conference will offer tools and resources to help improve processes and services that affect injured workers, employers, and others.”

On Oct. 18, Mark McMullen, Oregon’s state economist and the director of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis, will deliver the conference’s keynote presentation. Other speakers include Dr. David Harris, of Providence Medical Center, who will address non-opioid strategies in pain management.

The event’s breakout sessions include:

  • Workers’ compensation 101
  • Employment law update
  • Independent contractors
  • National perspective on legalized marijuana
  • Safety programs
  • Worksite modification
  • Crossing language barriers

Registration for the conference is $350 per person. For more information or to register, go to https://wcd.oregon.gov/training/conference/Pages/index.aspx

Those who are interested in attending may also contact Conference Coordinator Addy Null, 503-947-7601, or .null@oregon.gov">adeline.r.null@oregon.gov.

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The Workers’ Compensation Division, part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, administers and regulates laws and rules that affect participants in the Oregon workers’ compensation system, including workers, employers, insurers, claims examiners, attorneys, and medical providers. For more information, visit https://wcd.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx

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.

 


OSP Fish & Wildlife is looking for information on an Unlawful Taking of a Buck Deer- Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/14/19 10:13 AM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help for information regarding the unlawful take of a buck deer north of Sisters.  A 4x4 buck deer was found shot with a rifle and left to waste near the intersection of Camp Polk Rd and Wilt Rd.  Investigators believe the deer was shot sometime around September 5th during the buck deer archery season.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Trooper Aaron Roth or through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or OSP (mobile).

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

5 Points-Moose

5 Points-Wolf

4 Points-Elk

4 Points-Deer

4 Points-Antelope

4 Points-Bear

4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

CASH REWARDS:
$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
$300 Habitat Destruction

$200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

$200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s) 
$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
$100 Furbearers 

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice 
Facebook: @ospsocial

 




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DUII Suspected in Rollover Crash (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/14/19 10:09 AM
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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A local mother was arrested Sunday after a crash that sent her two children to the hospital.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies suspect alcohol impairment contributed to the crash. 

On October 13, 2019, at 1:55 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting a rollover crash in the 2200-block of Kirtland Road, near the intersection with High Banks Road.  The caller reported one person had been ejected from the white 2008 Toyota Tercel during the crash. 

Deputies responded to the scene, along with personnel from Oregon State Police, Fire District 3, and Mercy Flights.  Deputies say the driver, Amanda Leigh Knutson, 31, of Gold Hill, and her two sons, ages 6 and 10, were the occupants of the vehicle.  The six-year-old was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. 

All occupants were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with injuries.  At the time of this release, the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 

Knutson was issued criminal citations for the following charges:  driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII); assault in the third degree; recklessly endangering another person; and reckless driving.  She was released to the care of the hospital to receive medical treatment.  The case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.  Anyone with information can call Deputy Ponder at (541) 774-6800. 

Case #19-21731

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Fatal Crash Highway 18 near Sheridan -- Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/14/19 9:45 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening’s two vehicle fatal crash in Highway 18 near Sheridan. 

On Sunday October 13, 2019 at about 10:15 PM, OSP troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 18 near milepost 35. 

Preliminary investigation indicates that a Chevrolet pickup, operated by Mark DALY, age 60, from Portland, was eastbound on Highway 18 when for unknown reasons it crossed the center line.  After crossing the center line, the Chevrolet pickup hit a westbound Ford F150 pickup, operated by Shawn SMITH, age 42, from Sheridan. 

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Highway 18 was closed for about four (4) hours following the crash.

OSP was assisted by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, ODOT and Sheridan Fire Department.

Photograph provided by OSP. 

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Free farm safety seminars kick off this month
SAIF - 10/14/19 7:31 AM

Summary: SAIF’s annual ag seminars will be held in 17 cities across the state and online in English and Spanish.

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Farm work is a whole lot safer than it used to be. But as far as SAIF is concerned, even one injury or illness is too many.

That’s why SAIF is offering 29 free ag safety seminars in 17 cities across Oregon. The first will be in La Grande on October 28, and they’ll continue through March. Nine of the seminars will be presented entirely in Spanish. Last year, more than 2,180 workers and employers attended SAIF’s seminars.

“We purposely hold these in the off-season to encourage attendance,” said Courtney Merriott, senior safety management consultant at SAIF and presenter at this year’s seminars. “Our goal is to provide the latest safety content for the industry, so that every ag worker goes home safe and healthy each night.”

This year’s seminars will focus on four topics: respiratory personal protective equipment, working at elevation, safety leadership for anyone, and incident analysis—a structured process for identifying what happened and reducing recurrence of injuries moving forward.

In March, SAIF will also offer webinars online in English and, new this year, Spanish.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health—they don’t have to be insured by SAIF.

In-person seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Milton-Freewater, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish seminars will be held in Central Point, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

All will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar, or watch the webinars, will meet OSHA’s instructional requirement—one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

Three hours of technical and one hour of business continuing education credits will be offered if approved by the Landscape Contractors Board. Producer continuing education credit hours for licensed insurance agents have been requested and are pending approval by the Department of Consumer and Business Services.

More information—including registration details—can be found at www.saif.com/agseminars.

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.