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Sat. 03/24/18
Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting Two People in Elmira
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/24/18 3:03 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 1:00 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 in the 89000 block of Knight Road in Elmira, Lane County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult and one child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Fri. 03/23/18
Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 224 near milepost 34 - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/23/18 11:30 PM
Photo 2
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On March 23rd at approximately 3:10pm, the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 224 near milepost 34, near the city limits of Estacada.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue 2000 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Logan Richard OBRIEN, age 27, of Gresham, was traveling westbound on Highway 224 near milepost 34. As OBRIEN was traveling westbound, he began experiencing a medical emergency. The Jeep continued westbound at a high rate of speed before leaving the highway. The Jeep flipped several times and came to a rest on its top approximately 100 feet from the highway. OBRIEN was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

The Cherokee was also occupied by surviving front passenger, Blaise Adam Mark OBRIEN, age 23, of Portland, and right rear passenger, Rick Nathan BEAN, age 38, of Portland. OBRIEN and BEAN were able to self-extricate and were later transported by ground ambulance to Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by OSP, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Estacada Fire.

Attached Media Files: Photo 2 , Photo 1

Keizer Police Officer Justified in 3-14-2018 Shooting.
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/23/18 5:22 PM
Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that Keizer Police Department Officer Tyler Wampler was justified in his use of deadly force on Ryan Chapman, 26, on March 14, 2018.

The Grand Jury convened today to hear testimony from 13 witnesses, including officers from the Keizer Police Department, Salem Police Department, and the Oregon State Police, who led the investigation. The Grand Jury also heard from multiple civilian witnesses and reviewed multiple video and audio records from both civilian and police sources, as well as photographs, scene diagrams, dispatch recordings, firearms, and autopsy conclusions.

The following is a factual summary of evidence found by the Grand Jury:

Since early 2018, numerous serial armed robberies occurred at different business establishments throughout the local Salem and Keizer area. The Salem Police Department had investigated over twelve of these incidents, and provided local law enforcement with potential suspect identifiers in an effort to locate a suspect. Some of these identifiers included a description of the suspect (white male, tall, heavier suspect, who walked with a distinct gait); his clothing (dark pants and shoes, a black and grey jacket, and that he would cover his face); and that a firearm was used. Furthermore, local law enforcement was told that the suspect was becoming increasingly brazen with his firearm, which was described as a small, silver handgun.

Local police departments, including the Keizer Police Department (who had also investigated a prior robbery from the same suspect) regularly provided as much of this information as possible during their pre-patrol briefings.

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, shortly before 6pm, Ryan Chapman entered Pizza Hut located at 4492 River Road N, Keizer, Marion County, Oregon. He pulled out a small, silver handgun and demanded the cash from the registers. He was wearing a black and grey coat, had his face covered, and pushed the gun into the ribs of one of the employees demanding that he empty the cash register. Chapman placed the cash into a black backpack and left the store on foot.

Law enforcement received the 911 call, which was broadcast over dispatch at 5:58pm. A witness followed Chapman as he fled the Pizza Hut and saw Chapman leave in a maroon-colored Hyundai, all of which was reported to 911. The witness then followed Chapman until he saw law enforcement follow Chapman's vehicle. Chapman's vehicle did not have license plates.

Several Keizer police units quickly located and started their pursuit in standard, marked patrol vehicles with lights and sirens. Officer Carrie Anderson, a 23-year veteran of the Keizer Police Department; Sergeant Greg Barber, a 24-year veteran of the Keizer Police Department; Officer Daniel Carroll, a 12-year veteran of the Keizer Police Department; and Tyler Wampler, a 26-year veteran of the Keizer Police Department all pursued Chapman's vehicle.

Officers described smoke coming off the wheels Chapman's tires during the pursuit.

Ryan Chapman continued to attempt to elude law enforcement, winding through residential Keizer for several miles before crashing in to a civilian vehicle at the intersection of Springtime Court NE and Chemawa road NE. Ryan Chapman immediately fled on foot up Springtime Court away from the crash. Officer Wampler grabbed his AR15 department-issued rifle and pursued on foot. The civilian did not require immediate medical attention.

Officers Wampler and Anderson followed Ryan Chapman as he ran towards the cul-de-sac end of Springtime Court. Officer Anderson recognized that Chapman's clothing and personal characteristics matched the suspect from the numerous area robberies. Officer Wampler told Chapman "Stop, or you will be shot!" and "Get on the ground," knowing that Chapman had used a gun during the robbery. Chapman looked back twice, but ignored the officer's commands.

Both officers testified that the Springtime Court neighborhood contained numerous homes with multiple civilians nearby. More concerning, they saw residents watching the unfolding activity.

Ryan Chapman positioned himself between two vehicles in the driveway of 1741 Springtime Court NE, and turned to face the pursuing officers. Both officers gave multiple commands to "show me your hands!" Ryan Chapman raised one hand but would not show the other. Instead, Chapman yelled back "I have a gun," at which point Officer Wampler saw that Defendant was holding a silver handgun. Officer Wampler yelled multiple times, "drop the gun!" Chapman did not do so. After being ordered to drop the gun, Officer Wampler took one shot, hitting Ryan Chapman. Ryan Chapman immediately fell to the ground between the vehicles.

Despite being on the ground, the gun remained in Chapman's hand. Officers continued to give numerous commands to drop the firearm. This situation caused the officers great concern for their safety, as well as the local public's, because they were unable to determine whether Ryan Chapman was deceased or "playing dead" in an attempt to lure law enforcement closer. Therefore, Keizer Police Sergeant Greg Barber ordered the use of a "less-than-lethal" round to determine if Ryan Chapman was deceased. This rubber-like baton round is specifically designed to cause pain, but not be deadly.

By this time, multiple other officers had responded to the scene. Salem Police Officer Eric Hernandez, a 10-year veteran with the Salem Police Department, was ordered to shoot Ryan Chapman with the less-than-lethal round. He hit Chapman's arm, and the gun fell from Chapman's hand. Chapman gave no pain response, which suggested to law enforcement that it was safer to approach. Officers did so, rendered the scene safe, and requested immediate medical aid for Chapman.

Ryan Chapman was pronounced dead at the scene, having sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.

At the time of his death, Ryan Chapman was wearing black pants and shoes, a black and grey jacket, and had a silver handgun. The .22 handgun had a bullet in the chamber, and was later determined operable. At the scene, law enforcement also recovered Ryan Chapman's backpack and searched it pursuant to a search warrant signed by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Claudia Burton. Five hundred and forty one dollars in cash as located, which was the same amount taken from the Pizza Hut.

As is common practice in these types of cases, the investigation was conducted by the Oregon State Police.

An autopsy was conducted on Ryan Chapman by Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Clifford Nelson on March 16, 2018. Chapman had a single gunshot wound to the head. The cause of death was a gunshot wound. Ryan Chapman was 6-feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 284 pounds, which matched the general characteristics of the suspect in the prior robberies. Toxicology results revealed that Chapman had methamphetamine, opiates, and THC in his system.

The Grand Jury applied the facts of this case to the legal principles dictating circumstances when deadly physical force can be used. Specifically, the Grand Jury found that the officers reasonably believed the following:
Ryan Chapman had committed and attempted to commit felonies involving the use or threatened use of physical force against a person;
Deadly physical force was necessary to defend a peace officer or another person from the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force;
Ryan Chapman had committed felonies or attempted to commit felonies and under the totality of the circumstances existing at the time and place, the use of such force was justified, and
The officers' life or personal safety was endangered in the particular circumstances involved.

The Grand Jury's decision required reviewing all the facts and evidence available and applying them to the legal principles above. The Grand Jury concluded that the actions of Tyler Wampler were justified and lawful.

District Attorney Walt Beglau stated, "We thank the Grand Jury for their careful review of these very difficult circumstances. We further commend the investigative team. They continue to fulfill the important requirements of the Marion County Use of Force protocol, with skill, integrity, and transparency. To all our Law Enforcement in Marion County, and in particular, those officers who risked their lives on that day: We are grateful that you continue to protect and serve."

Marine Board Meeting in Salem March 28
Oregon Marine Board - 03/23/18 3:41 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding their quarterly Board meeting on March 28, beginning at 9 am. The meeting will be held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The Board will consider adopting rules for Mufflers (OAR 250-010-0121), Flotation Encapsulation Rules; Definitions (OAR 250-010-0700), Boat Operations in Jefferson County (OAR 250-020-0161) for the Fly Creek Inlet. The Board will also consider opening rulemaking on a petition received on January 11, 2018 for Fords Pond in Douglas County that would prohibit the use of motorboats, except those propelled by electric motors. The proposed rule for Boat Operations in Douglas County (OAR 250-020-0102) would also establish a 5 mph speed limit on the pond. The proposed rule is being sought as a safety measure due to the size and depth of the pond and to protect the pond's earthen dam. The public comment period for these items is closed.

Additionally, staff will update the Board on the discussions from the statewide wake sport rules advisory committee and will ask the Board to consider legislative concepts for the 2019 session.

For more information and to view the staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.


Oregon DOC Manager receives the 2018 Sustainability Award for outstanding sustainability efforts from the Straub Environmental Center (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/18 2:52 PM
Chad Naugle with Director Colette S. Peters
Chad Naugle with Director Colette S. Peters
Chad Naugle, the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Sustainability Manger was presented with the 2018 Sustainability Award at the Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 10, at the Willamette Heritage Center. Chad was praised for his efforts and comprehensive understanding of sustainability practices.

"To say his professional responsibilities are comprehensive would be an understatement, yet the common ground of sustainability is one Chad wholeheartedly embraces -- not only in his day job, but also in his role as President of the Straub Environmental Center's (SEC) Board of Directors and as the Chair of SEC's Sustainability Team," said the presenter of the award, Tim Rocak.

Chad was praised for his role in developing a partnership between DOC and the SEC in order to create an outdoor learning environment on DOC property. The land is an Oak Savanna, an endangered landscape in the Willamette Valley, which plays an important and critical role in the Willamette Valley ecosystem, creating habitat for many threatened or endangered species of plants and animals. Through Chad's leadership, this ecologically important landscape will be restored while simultaneously doubling as an environmental classroom.

"Partnering with the Straub Environmental Center on this restoration project is a win-win for both organizations. We are committed to sustainable operations to protect and improve the natural environment, save taxpayer resources, and model positive lifestyles to the men and women in DOC custody. The agency is continually looking for new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability," stated DOC Director Colette S. Peters.

DOC employs 4,700 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,700 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 33,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

Attached Media Files: Chad Naugle with Director Colette S. Peters

PacificSource Health Plans Receives Top Campaign Award from United Way of Lane County
PacificSource Health Plans - 03/23/18 2:32 PM
(Springfield, Ore.) March 23, 2018-- United Way of Lane County has recognized PacificSource Health Plans with the Live United Award, the organization's highest campaign honor. The award is presented to a company that supports a United Way partnership above and beyond a workplace campaign and engages their employees in a greater understanding of United Way's role in the community.

"PacificSource harnessed the energy of their United Way partnership to inspire engagement among their employees. From the United Way Board of Directors to Day of Caring volunteerism, they shared their commitment to making our community a better place for all people," said Alma Fumiko Hesus, United Way resource development manager. "They experimented with new ideas, supported two part-time Loaned Executives, and provided regular updates to staff to keep them engaged in the campaign resulting in just under $97,000 raised in Lane County alone."

"We are honored to receive this recognition from our good friends and partners at the United Way," said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource. "I also want to recognize our staff who worked tirelessly to help support this partnership and all the great work United Way does in the community."

PacificSource's employee giving to United Way resulted in an increase of 15% over the previous year's campaign.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1000 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

BLM announces outcome-based grazing projects for 2018
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/23/18 2:06 PM
Initiative provides grazing permit holders flexibility in the management of livestock

WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced 11 demonstration projects in six states for its outcome-based grazing authorizations initiative, which is designed to provide BLM managers and grazing permit holders greater flexibility in the management of permitted livestock. This initiative emphasizes the Trump Administration's goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as livestock grazing.

The flexibility allowed under the outcome-based grazing authorizations, which were first announced in September 2017, will demonstrate management practices that BLM managers and livestock operators can use to respond to changing, on-the-ground conditions such as wildfires, high moisture years, or drought. This will better ensure healthy rangelands, high-quality wildlife habitat, and economically sustainable ranching operations.

"The demonstration projects will play an important part in establishing outcome-based grazing authorizations as a standard practice," said Brian Steed, Deputy Director of Programs and Policy. "We will consider the success of the demonstration projects as we develop guidance for future authorizations."

Outcome-based grazing emphasizes conservation performance, ecological, economic and social outcomes and cooperative management of public lands. This initiative will help demonstrate that permitted livestock grazing on public lands can operate under a less rigid framework than is commonly used in order to better reach agreed upon habitat and vegetation goals.

The demonstration projects will provide BLM, working in partnership with ranchers and other partners, with an opportunity to enhance its guidance and best management practices to use when issuing grazing permits. The projects will also be used as models for developing cooperative monitoring plans and land health evaluations that will be implemented in future authorizations under this program.

The permit holders chosen to serve as demonstration projects are:
- Little Snake Land Company in Craig, Colorado (Little Snake Field Office)
- Deep Creek Ranch LLC in Burley, Idaho (Burley Field Office)
- Joe King and Sons, Inc. and Gran Prairie Limited Partnership in Lewistown, Montana (Lewistown Field Office)
- Winecup-Gamble Ranch in Elko, Nevada (Wells Field Office)
- Elko Land and Livestock Company in Elko, Nevada (Tuscarora Field Office)
- Willow Ranch in Battle Mountain, Nevada (Mt. Lewis Field Office)
- Smith Creek Ranch, Carson City, Nevada (Stillwater Field Office)
- John Uhalde and Company in Ely, Nevada (Bristlecone Field Office)
- Roaring Springs Ranch in Burns, Oregon (Andrews/Steens Field Office)
- Fitzgerald Ranches in Lakeview, Oregon (Lakeview Field Office)
- PH Livestock in Rawlins, Wyoming (Rawlins Field Office)

The BLM looks forward to working with ranchers and other partners on the selected projects to develop innovative, flexible, and forward looking best management practices that can be applied more widely on the public lands.

For more information on outcome-based grazing authorizations, please visit http://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/rangelands-and-grazing/livestock-grazing.


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. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board, Region 2, meets April 19
Oregon Health Authority - 03/23/18 2:01 PM
March 23, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Area Trauma Advisory Board (ATAB), Region 2. Agenda items include ATAB Trauma Plan and Stop the Bleed initiative.

When: April 19, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis. The public also may attend the meeting by conference call. For more information, contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322 or stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Who: The ATAB is established under ORS 431 for achieving continuous improvement in the quality of trauma care in Oregon. The committee is made of 17 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use 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 material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Department of Revenue detected security incident before information exposed
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/23/18 1:28 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue has detected a security incident that involved approximately 36,000 individuals with records at the department.

The facts of the incident are summarized below, along with protective measures the department has taken since discovering the incident. The potentially impacted information from the files included data such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.

Because the Department of Revenue takes privacy and the confidentiality of taxpayer information seriously, it has strong information technology security processes in place, which enabled the department to quickly detect and contain the incident. The department has no indication that any personal information has been accessed or viewed by an unauthorized person, or used inappropriately. However, it is notifying the public as a precautionary measure.

What happened?

On February 21, 2018, a Department of Revenue employee uploaded work files to a personal cloud storage account. Department of Revenue's information security staff identified the upload through routine log reviews. When the incident was detected, the employee's computer was seized and all network accesses and credentials were immediately disabled. The employee was duty stationed at home and placed on paid administrative leave pending conclusion of a conduct investigation.

Department staff immediately launched a security investigation to determine the scope of the incident and the specifics of the information involved. Over the next several days, all files were deleted from the personal account. No evidence exists indicating the information was viewed or accessed by anyone other than department staff.

While all data was successfully retrieved, it took time to thoroughly review the information involved and determine the number of potentially impacted individuals, as there were many duplicate records.

What is the Department of Revenue doing?

The security and confidentiality of personal information is critical to the Department of Revenue. While there is no indication that any personal information has been accessed by an unauthorized person or used inappropriately, as an added precaution the department is providing identity theft recovery services for potentially impacted individuals. A vendor, ID Experts, will send individual notices to the potentially impacted individuals with instructions on how to register for the service.

The department is also adding the potentially impacted information into their identity theft risk file. Once added to this file, additional identity validation may be required when filing an Oregon personal income tax return. The department shares this file securely with numerous states' tax departments to help prevent the information from being used to fraudulently file returns in other states.
Need more information?

For more information about protecting your identity, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Set to Facilitate Adventure, Dynamic Learning, Engagement and Fun for Thousands of Girls at GirlFest 2018 (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 03/23/18 11:56 AM
GirlFest 2018
GirlFest 2018
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Set to Facilitate Adventure, Dynamic Learning, Engagement and Fun for Thousands of Girls at GirlFest 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. -- March 23, 2018 -- Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) invites all girls, their friends and family to participate in GirlFest 2018, a day of hundreds of hands-on activities, stage performances and free workshops, at the Portland Expo Center tomorrow, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHO: Approximately two thousand girls of all ages, their family and friends

WHAT: This expo-style event features 50+ hands-on booths in topics like STEM, financial literacy, sports, the arts, outdoor adventure and more. There is a live entertainment stage featuring Ballet Folklorico, Mad Science, Northwest Children's Theater, Wildlife Safari and more. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (girls grades 6-12) can learn and lead at the Teen Conference, focusing on sustainable development through hands-on projects and an interactive expert panel.

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

COST: All attendees ages 5 and up must purchase a ticket. The pre-order period has ended. Tickets are available at the door for $16. Children ages 4 and under are free.
Where: Portland Expo Center, Hall D, 2060 N. Marine Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217, https://www.expocenter.org/maps-and-directions

PARKING: Parking is available in the main lot at the cost of $8 per space, per entry, without in and out privileges. Carpools of three or more people are only $7. Carpooling is encouraged.

ON-SITE INTERVIEWS: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe, and Program Manager, Lisa Gilham-Luginbill, as well as Girl Scouts, will be available on-site for media interviews.

INTERESTED MEDIA: Interested media should R.S.V.P. to sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

"One thing that makes GirlFest a special experience for Girl Scouts is that they get opportunities to interact with and learn from professional women in a wide variety of fields," says Lisa Gilham-Luginbill, Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. "They can build something with a carpenter, interact with first responders, learn how to measure the wood in a tree with a forester, talk with women in technology and practice a new dance with a professional dancer. Beyond having fun, they're connecting one-on-one and getting inspired about all of the possibilities in their future."

NEW This Year!

Camp Zone--all things camping and outdoors! Brand new this year, Camp Zone will feature:

Carpentry, with the Pacific NW Regional Council of Carpenters
Identifying Birds, Forest Plants and Wildlife
Leave No Trace Camping, with the U.S. Forest Service
Rowing--Canoeing and kayaking

American Medical Response--participants will get an up close look at the workings of a real ambulance and have an opportunity to interact with first responders.

Oregon Mermaids--talking about their conservation program. Participants can try on a mermaid tail, hear about upcoming workshops and meet an Oregon Mermaid.

For more information about GirlFest 2018, please visit girlscoutsosw.org/girlfest

QUESTIONS? Please see the GirlFest 2018 FAQs at: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/content/dam/oregon-sw-washington-/forms/GirlFest-2018_FAQs.pdf

More questions? Email activities@girlscoutsosw.org

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 37 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Every opportunity in Girl Scouting, including the Girl Scout Cookie Program, develops these essential skills in an all-girl, inclusive, safe environment. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.


Media Contact:

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications
(503) 977-6861 | 503-930-5275, Cell | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

INTERESTED MEDIA: Interested media should R.S.V.P. to sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

Attached Media Files: GirlFest 2018 Press Release , GirlFest 2018 , GirlFest 2018 , GirlFest 2018 , GirlFest 2018 , GirlFest 2018 , GirlFest 2018

UPDATE: Deputies Investigate Shooting in White City (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/18 11:30 AM
18-5518 Scene
18-5518 Scene
UPDATE -- 3/23/18 at 11:30 a.m.
Detectives have arrested two men in connection with the Tuesday home invasion robbery in White City. They were both lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Thursday, March 22, on charges of first and second degree robbery and first degree burglary.

On Thursday afternoon, detectives arrested the two men at their respective residences. They were identified as Daniel Richard Slocum, 20, of the 600-block of Benson Street, Medford, and Jarod Phillip Haines, 19, of the 400-block of East Dutton Road, Eagle Point.

Detectives say the two were accomplices of James Steven Bennett, 30, who was shot in the abdomen by the resident during the robbery attempt. Bennett remains hospitalized at the time of this report. He will be lodged in jail upon his release.

Detectives say on Tuesday evening after 8 p.m., the three men arrived together in a vehicle and parked near the victim's home. They went to the victim's home with the intent to commit a robbery. One of the men struck the resident in the face with a crowbar. The resident shot Bennett once in the abdomen with a handgun.

Haines and Slocum ran from the apartment and fled in the vehicle, leaving Bennett behind. A short time later, Bennett borrowed a phone from a neighbor to call 911 for medical attention.

Detectives continue their investigation. They say anyone who wishes to share information about the incident can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

CORRECTION -- 3/21/19 at 1:45 p.m.
Bennett is not currently in JCSO custody. He will be lodged in jail upon his release from the hospital (corrected below).

UPDATE -- 3/21/18 at 1:20 p.m.

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives say the Tuesday night shooting in White City occurred during a home invasion robbery. Detectives have identified the shooter, a resident of an apartment in the 7600-block of Division Road. He is cooperating with the investigation. His name will not be released at this time.

Detectives say on March 20, 2018, James Steven Bennett, 30, and at least one other accomplice went to the apartment with the intent to commit a crime. At about 8:19 p.m., Bennett called 911 to request medical attention. Deputies found him in the area of Division Road and Carr Street. Bennett was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He remains in the hospital at the time of this report.

Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances leading up to the shooting. They would like to hear from anyone who has information about the incident and those involved. Calls can be made to dispatch at (541) 776-7206 or to the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

The investigation is ongoing and additional updates will be released at a later time.

Original post -- 3/20/18 at 10:14 p.m.

WHITE CITY, Ore. - Deputies are investigating a shooting in White City, in the area of Division Road and Carr Street. On March 20, 2018, at 8:19 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting the incident. A man was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with a single gunshot wound. His condition is not currently available.

At this time, the investigation is underway. Further information will be released at a later time. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-5518

Attached Media Files: 18-5518 Scene , James Bennett (photo date - 3/8/18) , 15-5518 Haines mug 3/22/18 , 18-5518 Slocum mug 3/22/18

Spring Garden Fair 34th Annual (Photo)
Clackamas Co. Fair & Event Center - 03/23/18 9:25 AM
Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018.

It's time again for the annual Spring Garden Fair, presented by the Clackamas County Master Gardeners. Now in our 34th year, we are hosting over 100 vendors with everything for the gardener.

Our vendors offer plants from annuals and perennials to trees and shrubs with everything in between. We have specialty vendors with tools, garden art and compost. And vendors that specialize in all sorts of vegetables and herbs. This two day event also offers plenty of free attractions - making it worth the drive to Canby!

Our award winning 10-Minute University returns with short classes on gardening - Ask a Master Gardener booths in two locations to answer your garden questions - Free pH soil testing in 4-H Hall both days along with displays from local organizations and Free Children's Activities. The Greater Portland Iris Society is holding their annual Early Show on Sunday, May 6 - they will be on the back porch of the Main Pavilion.

The Potting Station has great deals on containers (they will even pot up your purchases before you leave). Each year we invite local student volunteers to work the Plant Taxi's, towing for tips. The Free Plant Check will hold your purchases -- you can even drive by to pick them up in your car on the way out of town!

Every year we have our Garden Fair Raffle with dozens of prizes each hour, Silent Auction featuring New Plant Introductions and favorites from local growers, and there is even a Food Court and Coffee Thyme for taking a break - with covered or indoor seating available.

Come see us the weekend before Mother's Day at the Clackamas County Event Center: 694 NE 4th Ave, Canby, Oregon 97013. Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is just $5.00 with under 16 free, always FREE parking and ATM's on site. Please remember the fairgrounds is a non-smoking facility, and no pets - service dogs only please.

Clackamas County Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Oregon State University in the science of gardening. Proceeds fund horticulture scholarships for students at Clackamas Community College as well as community grants and free educational programs. Find out more about our event at www.SpringGardenFair.org or https://www.facebook.com/SpringGardenFair.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made by April 14, 2018 to Janet Hohman, 503655-8631. Janet.hohman@oregonstate.edu. Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Attached Media Files: 2018-03/3085/113057/SpringGarden2018.jpg

Anne LeVant Prahl of Portland appointed to Oregon Heritage Commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/23/18 7:52 AM
Anne LeVant Prahl of Portland has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown to a four-year term on the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Anne LeVant Prahl is the Curator of the Collections for the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, where she has developed the holdings of the OJMCHE into the state's most comprehensive repository for the Jewish community of Oregon. Working with archivists, artists, and scholars, LeVant Prahl continues to define the growing collection to reflect an accurate history of the Jewish experience in Oregon. She oversees the oral history program that collects the first-person narrative histories of Jewish Oregonians around the state and speaks publicly on the subject of oral history collection.

LeVant Prahl holds a master's degree in Folklore and Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied data management and collections care in the advent of the computerization of museum records management. She is also active in several regional and national professional organizations including the Northwest Archivists, American Alliance of Museums, the Council for American Jewish Museums, and the Oregon Museum Association.

"I am very much looking forward to working with my commissioner colleagues to promote the cultural heritage of our state. It is an honor to be selected for the important task of promoting the diverse history of Oregon and to be charged with helping to shape our future," noted LeVant Prahl about her appointment. "We are excited to have someone with a strong background in archival records management and Oregon Jewish history," said Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator. "Her breadth of experience and connections in the state are invaluable."

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity. There are also nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations.

The mission of the Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, commission coordinator Beth Dehn at 503-986-0696 or Beth.Dehn@Oregon.gov or visit the Commission's website at www.oregonheritage.org.

Thu. 03/22/18
Tip of the Week March 26, 2018 - Spring Safety Tips
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/18 4:30 PM
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926


Date: March 26, 2018

Contact: Sheriff Curtis Landers


With spring comes a feeling of renewal. Families everywhere begin cleaning out their basements and garages. Windows are opened, flowers bloom and the days grow longer, thanks in part to Daylight Savings Time, which began on March 11, 2018. When you set your clocks forward, the National Safety Council reminds you to also review a safety checklist for your home.

Smoke Alarms
1. Smoke alarms save lives -- if they are powered by a fresh battery. You should test them every month to make sure they work and replace the battery at least once a year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If the alarm makes a "chirping" sound, replace it immediately.
2. Smoke alarms should be located in every bedroom and in the common areas on each floor of a home. Mount them at least 10 feet from the stove to reduce false alarms, less than 12 inches from the ceiling and away from windows, doors and ducts.
3. Did you know smoke alarms can be interconnected wirelessly? That means, when one sounds, they all sound. A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) survey found this is the best way to notify everyone in a home if there is a fire. Be sure to purchase smoke alarms with the label of a reputable testing agency, like Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, according to NFPA.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors
1. Carbon monoxide(CO) is an invisible, odorless gas, and it can kill you. Anything in the home that burns fuel can potentially become a source of carbon monoxide. CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each bedroom and on every level of the home. The safety tips for CO detectors mirror those of smoke alarms: change the batteries, test them and interconnect them, if possible.
2. Also, make sure vents for your gas appliances (fireplace, dryer, stove and furnace) are free and clear of snow or debris.

Family Emergency Plan
We recommend every family have an emergency plan in place in the event of a natural disaster or other catastrophic event. Spring is a great time to review that plan with family members to make sure they know what to do. The emergency plan should include:

1. A communications plan to outline how your family members will contact one another if they are not in the same place and where you should meet if it's safe to go outside.
2. A shelter-in-place plan if outside air is contaminated which includes sealing windows, doors and air vents with plastic sheeting.
3. A getaway plan with various routes and destinations in different directions.
4. Have a home and car emergency kit. Your emergency kit should include one gallon per day of water for each person, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, filter mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, and medicines. Visit Ready.gov for a complete list.

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff's Office -- Oregon.

Submitted by:
Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
Ph: 541-265-0652

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/5490/113042/032618-Spring_Safety_Tips.pdf

Spring Break DUII Patrols (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/18 4:00 PM
Rural patrols
Rural patrols
JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. -- While many families are planning road trips for Spring Break 2018, Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputies are making plans to keep those roads safe. From Friday, March 23, to Sunday, April 1, deputies will be out and about looking for impaired drivers.

Patrols will focus on rural areas and roads near recreation destinations such as lakes, campgrounds, and the Rogue River. Grant funding allows JCSO to put extra deputies on the road to look for impaired drivers without taking away from normal calls for service.

Here are a few tips to help ensure you have a safe spring break:

DRINK OR DRIVE: Once you know where you'll spend your time, decide whether you're drinking or driving - choose only one.
GETTING AROUND: Before you take your first sip, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're impaired and need to go somewhere, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
HAVE A BACKUP PLAN: Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you are always ready. In some areas, you can use ride share services such as Uber or Lyft.
PASSENGERS, TOO: Drivers aren't the only ones at risk. Only accept a ride from a sober driver.
HELP A FRIEND: If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, help them to make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
SAY SOMETHING: If you suspect an impaired driver on the roadway, call police immediately. It is okay to call 911 to report an impaired driver.

Deputies also encourage drivers to buckle up and put their cell phones away. Have a safe spring break!


Attached Media Files: Rural patrols

FBI Asks for Public's Help Finding Fugitive - Shawn Weatherhead (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/22/18 3:33 PM
Shawn Weatherhead photo
Shawn Weatherhead photo
The FBI is asking for the public's assistance in locating Shawn Frederick Weatherhead, a transient with ties to the Springfield/Eugene area in Oregon; to Eureka, California; and to Reno, Nevada,

Weatherhead has allegedly contacted the FBI's Public Access Line (PAL) in Clarksburg, West Virginia or other FBI offices around the country, approximately 1,000 times since December 2015 from locations in California, Oregon and Nevada.

On at least three occasions, between April 1-2, 2017, Weatherhead allegedly threatened to kill people during his calls. A federal judge from the Northern District of California issued an arrest warrant on October 24, 2017, after prosecutors charged him with interstate communication of a threat to injure the person of another.

Weatherhead is a white man with hazel eyes and brown hair. He stands 5'6" in height and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Additionally, he has multiple tattoos on his body, including on his forehead, chin, arm, wrist, hand, right leg, and back.

Among his many tattoos is the word "dork" tattooed along his throat.

Anyone with information about Weatherhead's location should contact their local FBI office or submit a tip via https://tips.fbi.gov. In Oregon, call the FBI at (503) 224-4181. In California, call the FBI in San Francisco at (415) 553-7400. In Nevada, call the FBI in Reno at (775) 328-4000.


Attached Media Files: Shawn Weatherhead wanted poster , Shawn Weatherhead photo

State Fire Marshal honors outstanding achievements in fire prevention (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/22/18 3:18 PM
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far right) congratulates members of the Pendleton Lions Club on their Silver Sparky award as a member of the Pendleton Fire Department looks on
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far right) congratulates members of the Pendleton Lions Club on their Silver Sparky award as a member of the Pendleton Fire Department looks on
State Fire Marshal Jim Walker bestowed the Office of State Fire Marshal's highest awards for outstanding achievement in fire prevention and safety education during the Oregon Fire Marshals Association's annual conference today.

The Golden Sparky is awarded to a fire service agency or individual for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety and the Silver Sparky is awarded to a civilian, company, or non-profit organization for outstanding achievements in fire prevention and safety.

The Golden Sparky award was presented to Umatilla County Fire District #1 Public Educator Gretchen Erickson and the Silver Sparky was presented to the Pendleton Lions Club.

"For the past 14 years, Gretchen Erickson has visited elementary schools throughout the Hermiston School District teaching students how to keep themselves and others fire safe," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Over the years, Gretchen's lessons have had an enormous positive effect on hundreds of school children. She is certainly deserving of the Golden Sparky."

Proof of Gretchen's lifesaving effect on her students came in 2009 when Jazmin Silva, then a student at Desert View Elementary School, kept a cool head as things heated up during a fire at her home in January of that year. Shortly after black smoke starting filling the air in her home, Jazmin remembered Gretchen's lessons and grabbed her 5-month old cousin, took her 2-year old cousin by the hand, and told her 7-year old cousin to hold onto her shirt as Jazmin led them outdoors to safety.

"The Pendleton Lions Club is also very deserving of the Sliver Sparky award due to how the club has embraced fire safety as one of its highest priorities," said Walker. "Club members have dedicated countless hours and resources to the elimination of fire related injuries and deaths in the community."

The Pendleton Lions Club is dedicated to the vision of having working smoke alarms in every residence in Pendleton. They have raised more than $1,000 to purchase smoke alarms, and in partnership with the Pendleton Fire Department they have distributed and installed hundreds of them in area homes. In addition, the club has collaborated with the OSFM and PFD on a focused effort in a low-income area of the city to ensure each residence has a working smoke alarm. Last October, club members, local volunteers, and members of the fire department installed 50 smoke alarms in this area of town in one weekend.

"Oregon is extremely fortunate to have people and organizations such as these working to keep Oregonians safe from deadly home fires," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. People and organizations such as Gretchen Erickson and the Pendleton Lions Club deserve to be recognized for their work and I am honored to present them with the Sparky awards."

Attached Media Files: State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far right) congratulates members of the Pendleton Lions Club on their Silver Sparky award as a member of the Pendleton Fire Department looks on , State Fire Marshal Jim Walker (far left) awards the Golden Sparky to Gretchen Erickson, with representatives from Umatilla County Fire District #1 at her side.

Oregon Stroke Care Committee meets April 12
Oregon Health Authority - 03/22/18 2:57 PM
March 22, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee (SCC). The agenda includes a discussion of stroke care in Oregon.

When: April 12, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., East Wing, Conference Room 1003, Portland. The meeting also is accessible via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3970498505232583426.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established under ORS 431.673 for the purpose of achieving continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Contact: Stella Rausch-Scott, 971-673-1322, stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use 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 material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Stella Rausch-Scott at 971-673-1322, 711 TTY or stella.m.rausch-scott@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Smoke Alarms Work
Albany Fire Dept. - 03/22/18 2:06 PM
On March 22, 2018, at 10:58 a.m., Albany Fire Department responded to a First Alarm Structure Fire at 6211 Wilford Court SW. The residence was a single story duplex. Truck 11 made forcible entry, found smoke, and the source of the fire in the kitchen. Crews were able to put out the fire and determine the cause to be accidental.

After further investigation, AFD learned the resident living in the neighboring duplex called 911 after hearing an activated smoke alarm. The renter in the effected duplex was not home at the time of the fire and the damage to the duplex was smoke related only. Pets were in the home at the time but were safe.

Smoke alarms save lives and property. Albany Fire Department encourages our community to test their smoke alarms. If your alarm is not working properly, or the manufacture date is over ten years old, replace your smoke alarm with a new alarm. Hardwired smoke alarms should be replaced with hard wired units. Place smoke alarms on each level of your home, in sleeping areas and outside of sleeping areas. If you have questions about your smoke alarms you can call Albany Fire Department at 541-917-7700.

Day Trip Results in SAR Mission (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/18 11:17 AM
Grotto Falls Rescue #1
Grotto Falls Rescue #1
GLIDE, Ore. - On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 7:56 am, the Douglas County 9-1-1 Center received a call of four subjects who were stuck in the snow in the area of Grotto Falls off of Little River Road. The caller reported the subjects had been stuck at their location for two days without food or water.

The Sheriff's Office activated its 4x4 Search and Rescue Unit to the area. When SAR arrived, they located a Cadillac DeVille which was stuck in approximately 5 inches of slushy snow. SAR members were able to free the subjects who were identified as:

Mark Adams (age 21, Roseburg, OR)
Kaalyn Acreman (age 19, Roseburg, OR)
Lindy Huff (age 21, Roseburg, OR)
Braxton Withers (age 23 Roseburg, OR)

Deputies learned the subjects had driven to Grotto Falls on Tuesday, March 20th, with the intention of a day trip. They were unprepared and had no provisions. The vehicle became stuck in the snow and they were unable to free it, which resulted in an unplanned night in their vehicle.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to plan ahead when venturing to the outdoors. Here are some general tips:

1. Tell someone where you are going, when you plan to be back. Once your plan is made, stick to it.

2. Prepare for emergencies. Take plenty of food, water and weather appropriate clothing. Blankets and other items may be necessary.

3. Make sure your vehicle and any equipment needed is in good working condition and appropriate for the conditions.

4. If you take medications or need specific medical equipment, take it with you.

5. Know the weather conditions and don't be afraid to turn back. The outdoors will be there another day.

Attached Media Files: Grotto Falls Rescue #1 , Grotto Falls Rescue #2

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee meets March 28 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/22/18 10:05 AM
March 22, 2018

What: The quarterly public meeting of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee (HAIAC)

Agenda: 2017 outbreaks update; influenza update; Hospital Prevalence Study; 2016 data and exemptions; discussion of topics for future meetings and reports; public comment.

When: Wednesday, March 28, 1-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is at 2:55 p.m.; comments are limited to five minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available at 877-873-8018, access code 7872333.

OHA provides oversight and support for the mandatory reporting of health care-associated infections in Oregon via the HAI Program. The program convenes its advisory board on a quarterly basis; the purpose of the board is to make recommendations to OHA regarding infection measures reportable by health care facilities. For more information, see the program's web page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/HAI/Pages/index.aspx.

Program contact: Roza Tammer, 971-673-1074, roza.p.tammer@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use 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 material in other languages
· Braille
· Large print
· Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Tara Buehring at 971-673-1120, 711 TTY or tara.l.buehring@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Two Lane County schools among 24 that receive grants totaling $110,000 from Wells Fargo and Trail Blazers Foundation "Take It To The Court For Education" program (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 03/22/18 10:02 AM
Teachers Kayla Lewis and Catherine Brothers accept a $4,300 check from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis (center) on behalf of Two Rivers-Dos Río Elementary on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.
Teachers Kayla Lewis and Catherine Brothers accept a $4,300 check from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis (center) on behalf of Two Rivers-Dos Río Elementary on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- There are new reasons to smile as the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo awarded $110,000 in grants benefiting hundreds of high risk and low- and moderate-income students at 24 schools across Oregon and Southwest Washington, including two in Lane County.

The donations support a wide variety of academic, arts, diversity, technology and physical fitness programs and equipment in 19 rural and urban cities. The grants ranged from $500 to $9,500, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program seeking funds.

Latham Elementary in Cottage Grove received $2,100 to purchase a classroom package of lessons with a read-aloud library to support students' social-emotional learning.

Two Rivers-Dos Río Elementary in Springfield received $4,300 to purchase curriculum that addresses social-emotional learning, bullying prevention and child protection.

Through their fourth annual "Take It To the Court for Education" program, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo distributed the grant checks during a special reception last Saturday, March 17, at Moda Center.

Teachers, school staff, administrators, parents and community members had submitted more than 300 applications in pursuit of grants for their local schools. A committee of community leaders managed the review process to determine this year's winners.

"This is the culmination of an important partnership that has allowed the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo to channel much-needed dollars directly into schools and classrooms," said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. "As we've seen every year of the program, 'Take It To The Court for Education' continues to provide funding for important initiatives at schools throughout our region."

"I volunteer as the board chair of the Trail Blazers Foundation. I can tell you that both of our organizations view quality education as a crucial building block of a healthy community," said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland.

"We truly believe that if we don't support our local schools and education, our future is at risk," added Wells Fargo Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville. "This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities and youth succeed."

In the past four years, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo have presented $385,000 in grants to 73 deserving schools in this region through the "Take It To the Court For Education" program.

The 22 other grant recipients this year were:

Astoria Middle School (Astoria): Update and repair hoops and backboards for the gyms.

Juniper Elementary School (Bend): Purchase materials to teach students computer science skills, coding and movie-making techniques.

Crater Academy of Health and Public Services (Central Point): Purchase audible e-readers, compatible audio books and accessories for special education students.

Condon Grade School (Condon): Purchase laptops and printers for Fifth through Eighth Grade classrooms.

Elgin High School (Elgin): Replace the gym bleachers, which will be used for school and community events.

Gervais Middle School (Gervais): Purchase portable bleachers for the gym to use during school assemblies and athletic events.

Hollydale Elementary School (Gresham): Purchase books written in Spanish, Russian and other first languages spoken by students. The books will be used in a reading program involving parents and other adult volunteers to promote dual literacy.

Armand Larive Middle School (Hermiston): Purchase technology and equipment for the Visual Arts/Journalism program.

Rosland Elementary (La Pine): Purchase books and other materials to enable the kindergarten classes to study how chickens hatch.

Medford Opportunity School (Medford): Purchase materials to teach students computer programming, robotics and creative learning.

Monument School (Monument): Pay for a week-long residency of theatre educators, which will result in a student production attended by members of the community.

Mosier Community School (Mosier): Replace the unsafe lighting and curtains at the school's theatre so it can be used again for student performances, school assemblies, paid performers and community events.

North Bend Middle School (North Bend): Purchase a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum for Seventh Grade students.

Four Rivers Community School (Ontario): Pay to provide athletic opportunities for students, including skill-building camps, sports equipment, coaching stipends for organized team sports, and transportation.

Cedar Park Middle School (Portland): Purchase culturally-relevant books for the after-school Unity Club program. The club is a safe space for all students -- especially LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and their allies -- to create an inclusive and supportive environment.

Harrison Park School (Portland): Provide financial support for school functions, including a multi-cultural fair, field trips and behavior incentives for students.

Lincoln Park Elementary (Portland): Pay for a week-long artist residency. The artist will work with the youths to create a colorful mural that reflects the diversity of the student population.

Madison High School (Portland): Provide transportation for future first-generation college students to visit campuses outside the Portland area.

Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center/Rosemary Anderson High School (Portland): Support a nutritional lunch and breakfast program. Create training programs and student-operated social enterprise/apprenticeship projects for food manufacturing and STEM careers.

Crestline Elementary School (Vancouver): Sponsor a Girls Inc. Girls Group for Fifth Grade students. The after-school program will teach self-sufficiency and include athletics, academics and field trips.

Lord High School, MacLaren (Woodburn): Provide vocation, education and training programs for youths in custody of the Oregon Youth Authority.

Nellie Muir Elementary (Woodburn): Purchase PE equipment, including volleyballs, basketball hoops, jump ropes, yoga mats and heart rate monitors.

Serving the financial needs of Pacific Northwest residents since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $2 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through more than 8,300 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (www.wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy its customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2017 Wells Fargo donated $286.5 million to 14,500 nonprofits groups across the country. It has repeatedly been ranked as one of the most generous companies in Oregon and the nation.

The Trail Blazers Foundation is dedicated to positively impacting the lives of kids and families who have been historically underserved where they live, learn and play across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Trail Blazers Foundation gives grants to nonprofits, schools and youth and is funded through meaningful corporate partnerships with Wells Fargo, Nike, Moda Health and CarMax, revenue from Trail Blazers license plate sales, as well as other fundraising efforts. More information is available at www.trailblazers.com/foundation.

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Attached Media Files: Teachers Kayla Lewis and Catherine Brothers accept a $4,300 check from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis (center) on behalf of Two Rivers-Dos Río Elementary on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland. , Two Lane County schools were among the 24 that received grants totaling $110,000 from Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation in an event March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland. , Principal Anne Fisk accepts a $2,100 check from Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis on behalf of Latham Elementary School on March 17 at the Moda Center arena in Portland.

CAPECO selected to provide services for older adults in five Mid-Columbia counties
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/18 10:01 AM
(Salem, Ore.) ?"? The Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) has been designated as the Area Agency on Aging to serve Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties.
CAPECO currently administers the AAA in Umatilla and Morrow counties and provides many other services to Gilliam and Wheeler counties as the Community Action Program serving that area.
AAAs in Oregon are designated by the Department of Human Services' Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program under the Older Americans Act to offer services that help older adults remain in their homes.
"CAPECO has created and maintained many partnerships to serve older adults and we look forward to our expanded role as head of the AAA in a seven-county region," said CAPECO Chief Executive Officer Paula Hall. "We will work with the local communities in the counties we serve to build programs that maintain local control, but also ensure older adults receive the support they need."
APD sought a new entity to assume the role of the AAA in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties when the former administrator, the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments, announced it would cease providing services under all its programs this past fall.

"We are pleased that CAPECO stepped forward to fill this important role as it has the community knowledge and resources to effectively serve the region," said Jane-ellen Weidanz, APD administrator for long-term services and support.
APD assumed administration of the AAA on February 1, 2018, and will continue until the program is transitioned to CAPECO on or about September 1, 2018. APD will be holding public meetings and seeking public comment on the change in service area boundaries inclusive of the seven counties.


Public Notification - Deputy In-Service Training
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/18 10:00 AM
ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be holding an annual in-service training for deputies from both the patrol and corrections divisions during Roseburg School District's Spring Break which runs Monday, March 26th -Friday, March 30th.

The training is to be held at Winchester Elementary School. Deputies will receive instruction in First Aid/CPR, Defensive Tactics and will participate in scenario based training. These continuing education hours keep deputies current with their certification requirements mandated by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

In the interest of public notification, community members should be aware that the scenario based training will look like an active shooter/active threat response. Simulated gunfire, yelling and a general police presence may be observed by citizens in the area. Signage will be present indicating a training exercise is in session.

"We believe it is vitally important to train our deputies in the response of active threats. The use of scenario based training provides the deputies with the most realistic training possible and helps to develop them professionally in order to better serve our community," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell.

For the safety of the community and deputies, the school campus will be closed to the public during the training sessions each day, which start at 7:00 am and end at 5:00 pm.

Any public questions should be directed to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4450 or dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us.

Upcoming workshop for landlords
Salem Police Dept. - 03/22/18 9:35 AM
Attention, rental property owners, property managers, on-site resident managers! Save April 18 & 19, 2018 for the next Salem Police Department Landlord Training. The workshop has a two-day format (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day) designed to teach participants about how to reduce crime in and around rental properties, as well as how to establish and maintain a stable rental environment.

Day one focuses on crime prevention strategies for properties, recognition of drug, and other types of criminal activity that can detract from the stability of any neighborhood. Participants will also learn about state laws and local ordinances that affect rental properties. Officers with expertise in each of these areas will instruct the classes, and be able to answer common and uncommon questions that can help you protect your investment.

The course is in partnership with John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources. On day two, Mr. Campbell will cover an expanded section on Oregon landlord/tenant law, as well as topics, such as applicant screening, rental agreements, and the eviction process.

Register on or before April 11 and pay the reduced price of $65 per person or $85 per couple; postmarks are considered. After April 11, the fee increases to $75 and $95, respectively. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments. To download the registration form, go to www.cityofsalem.net/police.

For more information about the course, call 503-588-6175 or send an email to salempolicepr@cityofsalem.net.

OSP Responds to Stabbing at the Oak Grove Rest Area off I-5 in Linn County, Arrest Made (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/18 8:16 AM
Linn County Jail
Linn County Jail
Update - Both Men are from Veneta

On Thursday, March 22, 2018 at approximately 12:00AM, Oregon State Police from the Springfield Area Command responded to a stabbing at the Oak Grove Rest Area at milepost 206 southbound on I-5 in Linn County. While responding information was received that the victim had been transported away from the scene in a private vehicle towards Coburg. Oregon State Police coordinated meeting victim at the Coburg exit with medical personnel to render aid while other Trooper's responded to the rest area where they located and detained the suspect.

Detectives with the OSP-Major Crimes Section responded for the criminal investigation. The investigation revealed the suspect and victim were brothers. The victim, Matthew James ARNOLD -- 33YOA, was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, Nicholas Matthew ARNOLD -- 35yoa, was transported to the Linn County Jail where he was booked on one count of Assault 1st Degree.

Attached Media Files: Linn County Jail

Single Vehicle Crash Results in Fatality in Morrow County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/18 7:52 AM
On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at about 5:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 74 near MP 31, just north of Lexington.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup was traveling northbound on SR 74 when it left the driver lost control of the vehicle and rolled several times. The driver was identified as 42 year old Anthony ENRIQUEZ from Ukiah and his passenger, 35 year old Joshua Kenneth HERRIG from Heppner. During the crash HERRIG was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. ENRIQUEZ was transported by ambulance to Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner for non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol, speed and safety restraints are being considered as factors in this crash.

SR 74 was closed for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours while this investigation was completed. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, the Heppner and Ione Fire Departments and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/113010/100_0332.JPG

Wed. 03/21/18
Spring Break Saturation Patrol on Highway 97 March 22-23, 2018 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/18 3:30 PM
Trooper Dorn
Trooper Dorn
OSP is just as excited about Spring Break as you are, but our priority is that everyone arrives at their destinations safely. "We plan on adding extra patrols to the Highway 97 corridor, from the California border to the Washington border," advises Sergeant First Class Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Patrol Office.

This enforcement effort is aimed at increasing highway safety by providing a high visibility law enforcement presence. Spring Break is the typical beginning of vacation travel in Oregon and across the United States. In addition to increased travel by passenger vehicles, US Highway 97 is also heavily used by commercial motor vehicle traffic.

All travelers, anxious to get to their destinations, often exceed the speed limit, make bad passes, and may become fatigued by excessively long drives. In addition, late season inclement weather can exacerbate any travel related issues.

OSP Troopers will be particularly vigilant for those infractions dubbed the "Fatal Five." Fatal Five violations are those related to speed, occupant safety, lane violations, impaired driving, and distracted driving.

Attached Media Files: Trooper Dorn

Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee and Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meet March 29 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 03/21/18 2:09 PM
March 21, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee and the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Develop mechanisms for incorporating state matching funds and incentive funds into the public health modernization funding formula; determine whether a portion of 2019-21 funding should be allocated to the state matching funds and incentive funds components of the funding formula.

When: Thursday, March 29, 1-3 pm. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2283396867798432257. By conference call at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Background: Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee and Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develop recommendations for the board's consideration.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-645-5766, sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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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
--Large print
--Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, sara.beaudrault@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Class of 2018 Oregon Heritage Trees Officially Honored (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 03/21/18 1:48 PM
Hoya and Edith Yang
Hoya and Edith Yang
News Release from from Oregon Travel Experience

The 2018 class includes a diverse group of trees, spanning the state. Two are in urban settings: the Yang Madrone in Corvallis and the McCall Magnolia in Ashland. The third, GeerCrest Orchard, is nestled in rich Willamette Valley farmland.

The 2018 class of Oregon Heritage Trees will be officially inducted at ceremony on Friday, April 6, during Oregon Arbor Week. The event will be held at McCall House Bed and Breakfast in Ashland, the site of the McCall Magnolia, at 1:00pm. Local dedications for the Yang Madrone and the GeerCrest Orchard are planned for Summer and Fall in 2018.

###SUB-HEADER### McCall Magnolia

The McCall Magnolia was planted 127 years ago in front of the renowned home of John M. and Mary Elizabeth McCall in memory of John's daughter Elsie, who died in 1890. While a southern magnolia's life span can be greater than 100 years, it is rare that this species can thrive in this climate for so many years. Recent photos show it towering over the grand home built by the McCalls in 1883. The McCall House still contains some of the original family furnishings and is a popular Ashland bed and breakfast inn.

John was a founder of multiple business enterprises and served in many public service capacities including as Councilman and Mayor of Ashland, member of the Oregon State Legislature (1876), a Captain in the First Oregon Cavalry (1861), and Brigadier General of the Oregon State Militia (1865). He formed the first local bank, woolen mill and the newspaper, Ashland Daily Tidings.

Nancy Appling, Oregon Heritage Tree Committee member and Ashland resident says, "As the first Oregon State Heritage Tree within the city of Ashland, the McCall Magnolia couldn't have been a better choice. It's an attractive, healthy tree, and is in such a prominent place for downtown visitors and locals to admire. As with all of the program's heritage trees, this one has an important story to tell about the Mc Call family's numerous contributions to early Oregon history."

###SUB-HEADER### Yang Madrone

The Yang Madrone was planted in 1950 to complement the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home designed by Corvallis artist and architect, Edith Yang. Edith was the first Chinese-American woman to be a licensed architect in Oregon. She and her husband, OSU professor emeritus Hoya Yang, built the house in 1950. Hoya was a prominent food scientist who participated in the first Oregon Wine Board and the development of the Maraschino cherry. Edith resided in the house until her death in 2012. In addition to being part of the Oregon Heritage Tree Program, the tree was designated a Benton County Heritage Tree in May 2016. It is said by the city forester to be the largest madrone in Corvallis, and the second largest madrone in Benton County; the largest being in an inaccessible rural area. Madrone trees have a hard time growing in urban areas, which makes this large tree even more impressive.

"We love our tree." says John Wolcott, the current owner of the property. "Five years ago we bought the beautiful mid-century Frank Lloyd Wright style house. Almost every day a passerby would stop and say: " You have such a wonderful madrone tree!" The fascinating couple who designed and built the unique house and planted this beautiful tree and others, and made many other contributions to our community, Hoya and Edith Yang, have well earned a place in the memorials of Oregon."

###SUB-HEADER### GeerCrest Orchard

The third honoree in the Class of 2018 Heritage Trees is a historic orchard. The Geer Crest Orchard is located in in the farmlands between Salem and Silverton.

The GeerCrest Farm was established before Oregon became a US Territory though a donation land claim in December 1847. It is currently in the ownership of the fifth generation. The farmhouse is considered the oldest residence in the state to have remained in the same family. The fruit cellar is believed to be the last of its kind in Oregon.

There are 24 pear trees, four plum trees, one apple, one hawthorn tree, one butternut tree, and one hickory tree that are believed to date back to the original plantings in 1848. Ralph Geer started his orchard with apple and pear root stock from seeds that were brought over the Oregon Trail in 1847. He grew root stock from those seeds, which he traded to the pioneer Meek-Luelling Nursery for grafting wood. Their successful cooperation helped to establish the non-native fruit growing industry on the west coast.

About the Oregon Heritage Tree Program: The Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) Heritage Programs include the Oregon Heritage Tree Program and the Oregon Historical Marker Program. OTE is a semi-independent state agency charged with promoting public safety, preserving the recreational value of public travel on state highways and promoting economic prosperity by directing motorists into nearby communities. This includes preserving the natural beauty and aesthetic features of rest areas, and providing information regarding and maintaining points of scenic, historic, cultural and educational interest.

Attached Media Files: GeerCrest Farm 1870 , Hoya and Edith Yang , McCall Magnolia

Residential Structure Fire - 1206 SE Jackson Street - 3-20-18 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 03/21/18 9:26 AM
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At 10:41 p.m. on March 20, 2018, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1206 SE Jackson Street. A neighbor, who also reported individuals were attempting to extinguish the fire, reported the structure fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find an exterior wall fire that was beginning to extend into the attic. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and completed overhaul. The home sustained structural and water damage. Firefighters were able to protect the surrounding homes from damage. One resident and a pet were displaced; however, no one was injured in the fire.

The structure, which is valued at $107,000, suffered approximately $27,500 in damage. Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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

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.

Attached Media Files: Image 2 , Image 1

Rogue River Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/18 9:15 AM
On March 14, 2018, 18 year old Daniel Michael COOLEY was arrested by Oregon State Police Detectives and lodged in the Josephine County jail on multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of a juvenile female. COOLEY'S victim was 12 years of age or younger at the time of the alleged abuse. The investigation has determined that the abuse occurred over a period of several years, in multiple jurisdictions within Oregon.

On March 20, 2018, a Josephine County Grand Jury indicted COOLEY on two counts of Sexual Abuse in the first degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the second degree. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming. COOLEY'S bail is currently set at $100,000. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112981/Cooley.png

Motorcyclist dies after being struck by a commercial motor vehicle on SR 395 in Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/21/18 8:10 AM
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 2:15PM, Oregon State Police responded to the report of a commercial motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on SR 395 near milepost 12, which is the overpass for I-84 in Umatilla County.

The investigation revealed a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by 40 year old Jason Wesley BLANKENSHIP, from Stanfield was southbound on SR 395 crossing the overpass for I-84 when a 2006 Freightliner semi towing an agricultural use trailer operated by 41 year old Roberto RODRIGUEZ-DIAZ from Umatilla pulled into BLANKENSHIP's path of travel. BLANKENSHIP struck the semi and trailer and was declared deceased at the scene. The SR 395 and the exit were closed for approximately 3 ?1/2 hours while the investigation was completed. Inattentive driving and failure to obey a traffic control device on the part of RODRIGUEZ-DIAZ are being considered as factors in this crash. The investigation is continuing and will be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney for consideration.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by Stanfield Police Department, Umatilla County Fire District #1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112974/20180320_144702.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112974/20180320_144720.jpg

Man Arrested following Vehicle Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/18 8:03 AM
ROSEBURG, Ore. - On Monday, March 19, 2018, at 3:49 pm, a patrol deputy observed a 2000 Cadillac Escalade, operated by 29 year-old Raul Martinez Garza of Roseburg near Kelly's Korner Chevron in Green. The deputy was aware that Garza was wanted and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Garza refused to stop and attempted to elude the deputy.

The pursuit extended from Kelly's Korner to David Drive, off of Dole Road, where he stopped and ran from the vehicle on foot.

A Roseburg Police K9 Unit responded to assist the Sheriff's Office. K9 Axel tracked Garza where deputies took him into custody.

Garza was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Attempt to Elude Police in Vehicle
Attempt to Elude Police on Foot
Reckless Endangering
Parole Violation

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oregon State Police and the Winston, Myrtle Creek and Roseburg Police Departments.

Attached Media Files: Garza

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting One Person in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/21/18 12:52 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 in the 1200 block of SE Jackson Street in Roseburg, Douglas County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Tue. 03/20/18
UPDATE: Missing Teen Located Safe
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/18 9:39 PM
Update 3/20/18 at 9:40 p.m.: Nouara Yahiaoui has been located safe in Depoe Bay. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies found her in a residence and took her into protective custody.

Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives, with assistance from investigators from several local law enforcement agencies, traced Yahiauoi's whereabouts to Northern California, Medford, Klamath Falls, and Depoe Bay after she was last seen by family in Shady Cove on March 9. Detectives thank those who kept an eye out and provided information.

Original release 3/19/18:
SHADY COVE, Ore. -- Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's help in locating a 15-year-old girl. Nouara "Lili" Rose Yahiaoui was reported as a runaway on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She was last seen on Friday, March 9, at her grandmother's house in Shady Cove.

Yahiaoui's family last had contact with her on Sunday, March 11, by text message. Detectives believe Yahiaoui may have traveled to Josephine County or the Redding, California, area with an adult male that weekend. Her current whereabouts are not known.

Yahiaoui is described as a white female, standing five feet, five inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. She has long brown hair bleached blond on the ends, and brown eyes. She wears 2-centimeter gauge earrings. Yahiaoui was last seen wearing a white short-sleeve t-shirt with pink roses, green khaki pants, and a tan backpack with white stripes. Yahiaoui was also carrying a green duffle bag. In the past, she has been known by the names Lili Rose Cheever, Lili Rose Yahiaoui, and Nouara Rose Cheever.

Anyone with information about Yahiaoui's whereabouts is asked to call dispatch right away at (541) 776-7206.

Case #18-5067

UPDATE 3/20/18 with name pronouncer for media: new-ARE-uh yeah-he-owie. Also, her nickname is spelled "Lili" (corrected above).

Small plane crashes on Wallace Island in the Columbia River near Clatskanie, Pilot Uninjured (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 3:58 PM
On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was upside down in the water on a sandbar. The US Coast Guard along with an OSP boat, which was nearby responded to the scene. The USCG arrived prior to OSP's arrival and had recovered the pilot and transported him to Pearson Airfield in Vancouver. The pilot was uninjured and identified as 67 year old Douglas Paul PFLUGRADT, from Mattawa, Washington. There were no passengers in the aircraft. The location of the crash was determined to be on Wallace Island.

PFLUGRADT indicated he was attempting to land on a sandbar of Wallace Island because he was experiencing mechanical issues. The aircraft PFLUGRADT was operating is identified as a Kit Fox Super Sport. During PFLUGRADT's attempt to land, the aircraft flipped onto its top. Recovery efforts are underway to remove the aircraft prior to the rising tide. The investigation is continuing.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, Oregon Emergency Management, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112963/201803209.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112963/201803209_(3).jpg

2018 Department of Human Services Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum happening in Portland
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/20/18 1:07 PM
There has been an update to the Portland Community Forum location.

You are invited to provide input to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on Oregon's foster care system. DHS would like to hear directly from the people and communities it serves. Make plans to attend the DHS Child Welfare Action Plan Community Forum in Portland on March 29th.

The community forum will include:
Pre-forum session for current or former foster youth
Caregiver networking
Updates from DHS leadership
In-depth roundtable discussions to provide solutions to child safety barriers
Opportunity to network and talk directly with DHS leadership and staff

These listening tours have proven to be valuable and have already happened in these locations:
Bend - Wednesday, January 3
Oregon City - Tuesday, January 16
Beaverton - Thursday, January 18
Roseburg - Wednesday, January 24
Klamath Falls - Thursday, January 25
La Grande - Thursday, February 1
North Bend -- Tuesday, February 27
The Dalles -- Monday, March 12
Salem - Monday, March 19

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we move forward.

Thursday, March 29
IRCO Community Center, 10301 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Current and former foster youth session / Current and former foster parent networking
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Community Forum
Please let us know if you plan to attend: child.safety@state.or.us - Use subject line PORTLAND

For more information, contact:
Pamela Heisler, Public Engagement Project Manager, 503-910-7422 | PAMELA.L.HEISLER@state.or.us.
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Raffle winner extends Southern Oregon string of Lottery millionaires
Oregon Lottery - 03/20/18 12:43 PM
March 20, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- Southern Oregon is known for its agriculture, lumber, manufacturing, tourism and, this year, Lottery winners. This week, the Oregon Lottery Raffle top prize winner is the third million-dollar-plus winner from Southern Oregon in 2018.
Damian Shepherd from Phoenix claimed his $1 million Raffle win on Monday at the Oregon Lottery Headquarters in Salem.
"We had six Raffle tickets in a row, and I got the winning number and I was counting up with my tickets 189836, 189837, 189838 -- it was intense and I was wondering if I bought enough in a row to be the winner," Shepherd said. "Then we got to 189839, and it was the fifth out of our six tickets. We got lucky."
The winning number was 189839. Shepherd purchased the ticket at the Albertson's store on Phoenix Road in Medford.
"Our Medford Albertsons employees were so excited to hear that someone local won the $1 million jackpot," said Jill McGinnis, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson's. "Our partnership with the Oregon Lottery creates a lot of fun and excitement in our stores -- for both customers and employees."
In January, two large Powerball jackpots were won by people from Southern Oregon. On Jan. 4, Ron Ceci of Grants Pass won a $2 million Powerball jackpot. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville won $1,000,004 playing Powerball. All three wins happened within a 40-mile radius.
Southern Oregon was also where the largest Powerball win in Oregon was sold. In 2005, a $340 million Powerball prize was purchased at Ray's Food Place in Jacksonville. At the time, that jackpot was the largest ever won in the U.S.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Jackson County, where Shepherd lives more than $30 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Theft of Diesel leads to Pursuit
Corvallis Police - 03/20/18 12:15 PM
On March 20, 2018, at 6:17 am Corvallis Police Department Officers were dispatched to a report of three male suspects who had broken into the fenced lot of Wilson Ford at 1105 NW 5th ST in order to steal diesel fuel. The suspects had fled the area on foot just prior to officers arriving. While searching the area, officers located and detained two of the suspects, identified as Luke Phlaum and Kenneth Tachell, both of Grants Pass. As the investigation continued, it was learned that the two suspect in custody were connected to a white Ford F-350 that was somewhere in the area. A third suspect was found a while later in the white Ford F-350 on NW Cornell Ave. As officers tried to contact the male in the truck, he sped off and led officers on a pursuit north on NW 9th ST then west on NW Walnut Blvd. Officers terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns for the public.

With the help of the Philomath Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police, the truck was located abandoned on NW Windsor Pl and the suspect had fled on foot in the area. The truck was determined to be a stolen vehicle from Grants Pass and was seized. Officers continued to search the area for the suspect but did not located him.

Kenneth Tachell was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal trespass II, Criminal Mischief II, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Offensive Littering, Theft III, False Information to Police, and a warrant out of Grants Pass for Dangerous Drugs.

Luke Phlaum was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Offensive Littering, Theft III, and Criminal Trespass II.


DPSST Hosts 2018 Oregon Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Summit (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/20/18 11:28 AM
More than 100 members of crisis intervention teams (CIT) from around Oregon are attending the 2018 Oregon Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Summit being hosted at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

This two-day event, sponsored by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc., is offering a number of training classes and networking opportunities for attendees who include Oregon CIT Coordinators, CIT instructors, mental health advocates involved with CIT in Oregon, criminal justice and mental health professionals involved with CIT in Oregon. The conference is funded thanks to a grant from the Oregon Health Authority.

Feature presentations, by a field of distinguished subject matter experts, include, Suicide by Cop, Officer Self Care, CIT Data Collection, agency response models, Mental Health Legal Processes, Use of Force and liability issues as they relate to crisis response, and others.

Maria Pos, MHFA Project Coordinator, with the Association of Community Mental Health Programs
said "Individuals experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders often have more contact with the criminal justice system than the general population. Approximately 10% of police calls involve a person with mental illness, making police often the nation's first responders to mental health crises. Therefore, the better prepared officers and staff are to respond effectively and appropriately, the more likely the interaction will be positive. It is also important to note that taken on a broader category, individuals with mental illness are more likely to be a victim of a crime than perpetrators of crimes, and with appropriate training situations involving mental illness can be deescalated. In addition to creating more ways to keep the public safe, more focus also needs to be on addressing the needs of police and corrections officers. The number 1 killer of police officers is suicide. Officer suicide rates are 1.5 times that of the general population in the United States. Approximately every 48?72 hours a police officer takes his/her own life (an average of 125?150 per year). Given these significant links between public safety and mental health, there is a critical need for more law enforcement officers, correction offices, and all public safety staff to have mental health training."

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks shared "responding to people in crisis is an important issue that public safety personnel around the state are addressing in partnership with public and non-profit resources around the state. Equally important is making sure we are also taking care of the mental health of our state's first responders. Three years ago a handful of CIT teams existed in Oregon and now there are more than two dozen with more being formed every day. DPSST has bolstered the training newly hired officers receive at the Academy and also have trained thousands of seasoned officers around the state through regional training classes."

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1187/112952/Oregon_CIT_Summit_2018.jpg , Oregon CIT Summit

Explosion on NE Weddell (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/20/18 11:07 AM
Picture of house
Picture of house
Re-sending as original did not go to media emails

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Case # 2018-78572

Date and Time of Incident: March 18, 2018 at 5:31pm

Type of Incident: Marijuana Manufacture Explosion/BHO

Location of Incident: 3058 NE Weddell Road #2

Mentioned Persons:

David Carl Paulsen 32 years of age Bend Resident

Jennifer Rose Paulsen 32 years of age Bend Resident

Female Child 3 years of age Bend Resident


On March 18th at 5:31pm, Bend Police Officers were dispatched to multiple citizen reports of a "loud boom" in the area of NE Weddell Road and NE Hidden Valley Drive. When officers arrived, they determined an explosion had occurred at 3058 NE Weddell Road #2.

Officers found that David Carl Paulsen, Jennifer Rose Paulsen and a three-year-old child were inside of the residence at the time of the explosion. Both David and Jennifer sustained serious burn injuries and were transported to St. Charles Medical Center by Bend Fire and Rescue. The three-year-old child did not sustain any obvious injury, but was later evaluated at St Charles Bend as a precaution.

There was significant damage to the duplex structure due to the explosion inside. The neighboring duplex resident was evacuated until the structure could be safe.

The initial investigation suggested the explosion was due to the unlawful manufacture of butane honey/hash oil. Investigators obtained a search warrant, which was executed at the NE Weddell residence at about midnight. During the execution of the search warrant, investigators were able to locate evidence that showed the cause of the explosion was likely due to butane being used to extract THC for the manufacture of Butane Honey/Hash Oil (BHO). This investigation is still ongoing.

"Hash oil," also known as "honey oil," is derived from marijuana. The "hash" or "honey" is concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. "Hash oil" is manufactured by utilizing highly flammable materials, such as Butane, to refine and concentrate the THC, making a product which can range upwards to 90% THC content. Today's marijuana sold in recreational and medical dispensaries typically have THC content ranging from 15% to 20%, and some as high as 30%. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of marijuana BHO lab explosions in Oregon in recent years.

Bend Fire and Rescue, the Oregon State Police Arson and Explosives unit, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE), the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, and the Red Cross are assisting with this investigation.
At the time of this release, there have been no arrests made.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Bend Police Department at 541-693-6911.

### End of Release###

Attached Media Files: Picture of house , Picture of house

Museum Executive Director to Step Down
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 03/20/18 10:46 AM
McMinnville, Oregon, March 20, 2018 - Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is sad to announce that our Executive Director, Brandon Roben, has accepted a new position and will be resigning from the Museum, effective March 30, 2018. "The Museum has been a huge part of my life, and I wish to continue my support of this organization for many years to come," Roben stated.

Brandon Roben's tenure at the Museum began as the Operations Director for the then-new Wings & Waves Waterpark. Under Brandon's leadership, the Waterpark won a number of national and international awards.

Next, Roben stepped up as the Museum's Executive Director, where his experience as an Army Reservist gave him unique insight into Museum docents, staff members, and guests, infusing the Museum with a fresh outlook for staying true to its Mission: "To Inspire and Educate, To Promote and Preserve Aviation and Space History, To Honor the Patriotic Service of our Veterans."

In addition to his excellent influence among the Board of Directors, Roben was instrumental in restructuring the Museum's management team with strong leaders and implementing a new business plan, with best practices and fundraising policies, to ensure the Museum's future success, while continuing the Museum's outreach programs to the McMinnville community and our educational partners. Most recently, Roben oversaw the acquisition of a new MaxFlight full motion interactive simulator that will be up and running in April 2018.

Although Roben will be missed, the Museum wishes the best for him in his new position and thanks him for his years of dedication to our organization and to the community.

The Museum Board of Directors Executive Committee has appointed former Board of Directors Chair John Rasmussen as interim Executive Director until the position is filled.

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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. Discover more than 200 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 or Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates.

OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Waste of several Snow Geese in Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 10:09 AM
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Ontario is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the wasting of several Snow Geese that were discovered on private property south of Nyssa.

A Fish and Wildlife Trooper responded to the call on Monday, March 12, 2018 and believes this happened within a few days prior. The Trooper located several snow geese that had been harvested and discarded into a drainage ditch. Some of the snow geese had been processed but several had been left to waste.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-In-Poachers (T.I.P.) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The T.I.P. program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Trooper Brian Wickert at the Oregon State Police Office in Ontario at 541-889-6469 Ext. 4771.

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

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

T.I.P. Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

T.I.P. E-mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112946/20180312_112950_(2).jpg , 2018-03/1002/112946/20180312_112802_001_(2).jpg

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Online Vehicle Sale Frauds (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/20/18 10:00 AM
TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018
TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against frauds involving the online sale of vehicles and equipment.

This fraud can involve the sale of anything from cars and trucks to RV's, boats and outdoor gear. Since 2014, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center has recorded about 27,000 reports of this kind of scam costing victims more than $54 million in losses.

Here's how it works. You are online -- perhaps searching for a new car. You come across an ad for something you really like, and the price listed is really good. You email or text back and forth with the supposed seller -- getting photos and information about the purchase. You question why the price is so much below market value, and the scam artist has an easy answer. Perhaps he received it in a divorce settlement or inherited it from a deceased relative. In some cases, he may say that he is moving soon or is in the military and is getting deployed quickly.

The fraudster may also appear legitimate by claiming a relationship with a reputable company, such as eBay, or a third party which provides a "buyer protection program." He will send you an email -- purportedly from this third party who is managing the transaction. This is all designed to make you feel good about this deal, when in reality this cyber thief is setting you up. The email tells you to call a toll free number, and the call taker will walk you through how you will transfer the money. In many cases, the call taker tells you to purchase prepaid gift cards, provide those card codes to the middle man and then simply wait for delivery of your item.

Of course, the car, RV or boat never shows up -- and the alleged seller is long gone, not answering phone calls, emails or texts.

Here's what you can do to protect yourself:

If the price is well below market value -- take that as a warning.

Research the item and the seller thoroughly -- including the seller's name, email address and phone numbers.

Research any third party businesses that the seller recommends and confirm that that business is legit. Remember that the fraudster will attempt to make himself and these third parties look real by spoofing names, websites and email addresses.

Always verify eBay and PayPal purchases directly through the Web sites, as many scammers send fake email invoices to falsify payment or shipment of items.

Avoid sellers who refuse to meet in person or who will not allow you to physically inspect the car or item ahead of time.

Ask for the vehicle's VIN and license plate number as well as the name of the person who is the current registered owner. Research that information through your state licensing agency or online databases if possible.

Bottom line: Always remember that if the deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.

If you have been victimized by this online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to also report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.

Attached Media Files: TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - Audio file , TT - Vehicle Sale Fraud - March 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon February 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/20/18 10:00 AM
Oregon's Economy Remains Strong--Adds 2,700 Jobs in February

Oregon's unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in January and February. For 14 consecutive months, Oregon's unemployment rate has been close to 4.1 percent, its lowest level since comparable records began in 1976. The U.S. unemployment rate was also 4.1 percent in both January and February.

In February, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment grew by 2,700 jobs, following a revised gain of 4,900 jobs in January. Three major industries each added 1,000 jobs or more: retail trade (+1,800 jobs), construction (+1,000), and health care and social assistance (+1,000). These gains were partially offset by losses of 1,100 jobs in private educational services, 900 in professional and business services, and 700 in manufacturing.

Payroll employment grew by 43,700 jobs, or 2.3 percent, in the most recent 12 months. In that time, gains were fastest in construction (+7,400 jobs, or 7.8%), other services (+3,200 jobs, or 5.1%), and leisure and hospitality (+9,700 jobs, or 4.8%). Meanwhile, growth in professional and business services slowed dramatically, as it added only 2,000 jobs in the past 12 months. The gain of only 0.8 percent was much slower than its average annual growth rate of 4.0 percent from mid-2010 through mid-2016.

Over-the-year job growth numbers for all states were released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 12th. Most Oregon industries ranked high in growth when compared with other states. Oregon's total nonfarm employment grew 2.7 percent from January 2017 to January 2018. That was the fifth fastest job growth among the states, following Utah (3.1%), and Idaho, Nevada, and Washington (each at 2.8%). Oregon's private sector tied with Idaho for the second-fastest job growth (behind Utah). Oregon industries placing in the top three include other services (1st), private education and health services (2nd behind Nevada), leisure and hospitality (2nd behind Utah), and financial activities, which tied for third with New Mexico (behind Idaho and Arizona).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 27th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 17th.


All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon's approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.

Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon February 2018 News Release

*Correction* Arrest in Home Invasion Robbery/Assault
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/18 8:55 AM

Joshua Roberts has not yet been arrested on the crimes stemming from this incident. He has been arrested on the warrant out of California and is currently in custody. Our press release on 03/19/2018 incorrectly stated Roberts had been arrested for new crimes. At this time, he has only been arrested on the warrant; however, the charges are imminent.

"We are working with the District Attorney's Office on procedural matters related to the incident", said Lt. Chris Merrifield of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.



WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. -- On Friday, March 16, 2018, at 5:08 am, the Douglas County 9-1-1 center received a male who had activated a medical alert alarm at Fisherman's Mobile Home Park (105 Beach Blvd.) for an unknown problem.

When the ambulance arrived, they learned the male had been assaulted. Deputies were then dispatched and began an investigation.

It was learned the male had been assaulted while he was sleeping by unknown suspect(s). The suspects stole several firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash.

An alert deputy observed a male suspect exiting a nearby wooded area on foot. The deputy engaged a suspect in a foot pursuit, eventually taking the male suspect into custody.

25 year-old Joshua Lee Roberts of Eureka, California was taken into custody and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Burglary I
Robbery II
Assault III
Theft I x5,
Criminal Trespass II
Fugitive from Another State

The victim, 62 year-old Scott Patrick Meiers of Winchester Bay, was transported to an undisclosed hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the robbery.

The victim's property was recovered by law enforcement.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Reedsport Police Department, Coos Bay Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

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Learn Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes During American Diabetes Association(R) Alert Day(R)
American Diabetes Association - 03/20/18 8:18 AM
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 marks the American Diabetes Association's (ADA's) annual Alert Day, an opportunity to sound the alarm about the prevalence and risks of type 2 diabetes by asking Americans to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. The free, anonymous risk test is available online at diabetes.org/alertday or via a printable questionnaire in English and in Spanish, and only takes a minute to complete. By answering questions such as "Do you have a family history of diabetes?" and "Are you physically active?" participants can learn if they're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in just 60 seconds.

The risk test reports results as a numerical score indicating low or high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those at a higher risk are encouraged to speak with their health care providers to learn more about how to reduce their risk or delay the onset of the disease.

"You can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes with healthy food choices, weight loss, exercise and medication, but knowing your risk is the first step," said Alison Bruun, Executive Director - American Diabetes Association. "Today we're asking Americans to take the one-minute test to find out if they're at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and we hope participants will share the test with friends and family."

An estimated 7.2 million Americans with diabetes are currently undiagnosed, with 98,000 undiagnosed in Oregon specifically. In addition, 84 million American adults have prediabetes--a condition in which blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Nine out of 10 people with the condition don't know they have it, and prediabetes almost always precedes a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications, including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. However, you can prevent or delay your risk for developing type 2 diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes.

Anyone can participate in Alert Day by taking the free Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test (in English or Spanish) at diabetes.org/alertday.

Alert Day is sponsored nationally by Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness and CVS Pharmacy.

About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation's leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)

Lewis & Clark Bridge (SR433) along Columbia River closed for suspicious item hanging off the bridge, Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:37 AM
Update - Additional charges added to OWEN

On March 19, 2018, at approximately 10:20 am, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a suspicious item hanging from a rope on the Oregon side of the bridge near a bridge support above Dike Road. The items appeared to be two backpacks suspended by a rope that was tied off to the bridge railing. In the interest of public safety, the bridge was closed and remained closed for approximately four hours while the items were examined by the OSP Bomb Unit.

Additionally, the US Coast Guard restricted the Columbia River traffic during this time.
The OSP Bomb Unit deployed a remote robot, which was used to initially x-ray the bags. The contents of that examination were inconclusive. The Bomb Unit next utilized a high pressure water cannon mounted on the robot to safely reveal the contents of the bags. The bags were determined to contain non-hazardous items like clothing and miscellaneous personal property.

A suspect has been identified as 61 year old Samuel Abram OWEN, from Rainier. OWEN has been arrested for 1st Degree Disorderly Conduct, possession of a user quantity of methamphetamine, 2nd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief and Felon in possession of a restricted weapon and was lodged at the Columbia County Jail. This incident was the result of a dispute between OWEN and another individual and there is no risk to the public's safety.

OSP was assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Rainer Police Department, Columbia County Fire & Rescue, Washington State Patrol and the US Coast Guard.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112925/Contents.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/Bridge.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112925/OWEN.jpeg

Two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 in Washington County results in fatality (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/18 7:32 AM
On Monday, March 19, 2018 at approximately 2:15PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 26 west of Banks in Washington County. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1998 VW Passat was traveling westbound on Hwy 26. The VW was slowing and coming to a stop in a painted median, preparing to turn left into a local business. The VW was operated by 55 year old Mitchel BRANING, from Banks. A silver 2002 BMW 3 series was also traveling westbound on Hwy 26 when it left its lane, crossing into the painted median where it rear-ended the VW. The BMW was operated by 86 year old George Henry FLEERLAGE, from Portland. BRANING and FLEERLAGE were the only occupants in their respective vehicles.

BRANING was transported by ground ambulance to Tuality Hillsboro Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. FLEERLAGE was pronounced deceased at the scene. A medical emergency and lack of safety restraint use is being considered as factors in this fatality.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by Banks Fire, Washington County SO and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Hwy 26 was restricted to one lane of travel for approximately four hours as this investigation was completed.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164819.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112939/20180319_164906.jpg

Red Cross Responds to Home Disaster Affecting One Person in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/18 4:00 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded at approximately 2:00 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 in the 2300 block of Douglas Drive in Eugene, Lane County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Mon. 03/19/18
Free App Quickly Connects to NW Natural Safety Phone Numbers
NW Natural - 03/19/18 11:22 AM
Now it's easier to report a natural gas odor and request utility locates

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE: NWN) today announced the launch of its new safety app, which can be used to report potential natural gas odors 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. It can also be used to directly call 811 to schedule a locate before digging.

"As your partner in safety, NW Natural wants to make calling in a natural gas odor or calling 811 before digging as convenient as possible," said Cory Beck, senior manager of communications and digital strategy for NW Natural. "Our new app is another step in our effort to lower damages to our natural gas pipelines. We want to reduce the number of times someone accidentally digs into our system."

The NW Natural safety app includes three features:

1. Smell. Go. Let us know. Click-to-call directly to our 24-hour emergency line if you smell natural gas or suspect a gas leak. We'll come over and make sure everything checks out.

2. Call before you dig--Click-to-call 811 to request to have your underground utilities located before your next digging or excavation project. Or click to submit a locate request online in Oregon and Washington. Even the smallest garden or excavation project requires a utility locate.

3. Stay up to date on current NW Natural safety news, updates and information.

Visit the Apple or Android app store and search for the words "NW Natural safety" to download the free app.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 740,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com

Largest Meth Seizure in DINT History (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 03/19/18 10:12 AM
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, DINT Detectives seized a historical amount of methamphetamine. During an operation taking place over the weekend, DINT contacted two subjects in a traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 151.

During the stop, a canine, Trapper, was applied to the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. Detectives searched the vehicle and located what appeared to be a very large amount of methamphetamine.

Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested. The meth was seized and transported to DINT where it could be processed and tested. The total amount of meth seized was approximately 74 pounds, net weight, which is the largest single seizure of meth in DINT history.

DINT also seized an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect's vehicle.

30 year old ISRAEL SALVADOR MERCADO-MENDOZA, of Creswell, Oregon, and 33 year old RIGOBERTO MORFIN-PEDROZA, of Los Angeles, CAlifornia were both arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

If sold by the pound, in local street value this meth would be worth approximately $370,000. It would be worth much more if broken down and sold in smaller quantities.

DINT was assisted by the Oregon State Police in this case.

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/6255/112912/IMG_4084.JPG , 2018-03/6255/112912/IMG_2372.jpg , 2018-03/6255/112912/morfin-Pedroza , 2018-03/6255/112912/Mercado-Mendoza

2018 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 24-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/19/18 10:10 AM
Gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon coast and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites visitors to share the excitement during Spring Whale Watch Week March 24-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. each day at 24 sites along the coast, ready to help people spot the migrating marine mammals.

The Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily. Visitors to the center can enjoy interactive whale exhibits and take in the panoramic ocean views. Binoculars are provided. OPRD rangers will also be on hand to answer questions about the whales. A live stream of whale activity off of Depoe Bay returns this spring too; watch it on the Oregon State Parks YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/user/OregonParks/)

A map of the 24 volunteer whale watch sites can be found on whalespoken.org. Visit oregonstateparks.org for information about coast parks and campgrounds.

Oak Hill School Debaters Qualify for National Championships (Photo)
Oak Hill School - 03/19/18 9:31 AM
Oak Hill's Nationals Qualifying Team
Oak Hill's Nationals Qualifying Team
Two Policy Debate teams from Oak Hill School in Eugene have qualified for the 2018 National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be held June 17-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Sophomores Katrina Carrier and Daisy Hagen won the South Oregon National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) district championship in Policy Debate, earning their invitation to Nationals, while junior Julian Bellavita and sophomore McKenzie Carrier claimed the district's second qualifying spot. In addition, senior Kirill Myagkov was invited by district coaches to join South Oregon's combined World Schools Debate team at Nationals.

At the South Oregon district tournament, held March 16-17 on the University of Oregon campus, Oak Hill sophomore Aubra Scott-Hinkle earned second alternate honors in Extemporaneous Speaking (International Topics), while Bellavita reached the finals in that event. Scott-Hinkle also reached the equivalent of quarterfinals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. In Extemporaneous Speaking (U.S. Topics), both Hagan and McKenzie Carrier reached the finals, with Hagen being named first alternate, while sophomore Kat Antunes and Katrina Carrier reached the semifinals.

The National Debate and Speech Tournament has been held across the country since 1931, and today is the largest academic competition in the world. Each year, more than 3,500 high school students participate in a week-long competition to determine the most prestigious title in high school academics: National Champion. This is the fifth consecutive year that Oak Hill School will send competitors to Nationals, and it marks the second time Oak Hill has earned both South Oregon qualifying spots in Policy Debate.

Oak Hill debaters will next compete at the OSAA State Speech and Debate Championships, April 19-21, at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.


Attached Media Files: Oak Hill's Nationals Qualifying Team

Seven Oregon cities receives grants from Oregon Community Trees to support Arbor Week events
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/18 9:26 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Seven cities across Oregon have received grants from the non-profit group Oregon Community Trees to help support their Arbor Week celebrations. The recipients are Oregon City, Hood River, Lincoln City, Seaside, Falls City, Sweet Home and Talent.

Although Arbor Week is the first week in April, the tree-related events the cities are holding are scheduled from late March through the month of April. They include tree plantings, tree and watering bag give-aways, and a month-long art contest among others.

Oregon Community Trees promotes healthy urban and community forests. The organization assists community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry. One criteria for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status all seven recipient cities hold.

Oregon Community Trees Chair Eric DeBord said, "Oregon Community Trees is committed to supporting Tree Cities in a variety of ways, including these grants. Any Oregon community that has been a Tree City USA for at least one year is eligible to apply."
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Sweet Home receives funding from Oregon Community Trees to promote tree awareness among youth
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/18 7:48 AM
SWEET HOME, Ore. -- Sweet Home has received a grant from the non-profit Oregon Community Trees to help it promote interest in trees among local youth. Throughout April, first through sixth-grade Sweet Home students can participate in Sweet Home's annual Arbor Day Poster Contest. Entries will be on display at the local library. Members of the public will get to vote for their favorites.

One first place winner and one grand prize winner in each of two grade divisions will receive an award certificate and a tree to be planted by their entire class on the grounds of the winning student's school.

In addition, junior high and high school students may compete in the Photo and Art Contest Category for their chance to win an award certificate and gift cards to local businesses. The winners' artwork will be posted on the City's website.

The Oregon Community Trees grant funding will be used to purchase trees for the elementary school winners and to provide each winner an individual tree?themed prize from the Arbor Day Foundation to remind them of their urban forest.

Oregon Community Trees promotes healthy urban and community forests. The organization assists community groups, local governments and schools throughout the state with expertise and grants that support leadership, education, awareness and advocacy for urban and community forestry. One criteria for receiving an Arbor Week grant is being a Tree City USA, a status Sweet Home has held for 31 years.
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Public input sought on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/18 7:00 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Annual Operations Plans (AOPs) -- work plans outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting March 19, through 5 p.m. on May 4, ODF invites public comment on proposed district activities for the 2019 fiscal year, which starts on July 1 and ends on June 30, 2019. Additionally, ODF invites public comment on major changes to Implementation Plans and Forest Land Management Classification, as described below.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, resource protection measures, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan (IP) objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. As part of this public comment process, ODF reviews biological assessments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assure federal Endangered Species Act compliance for any sales near Northern spotted owl or marbled murrelet sites.

Concurrent with the AOP public comment period, the Astoria and North Cascade districts are proposing major modifications to their IP landscape designs. The North Cascade District also proposes a major modification to Forest Land Management Classification. The Southwest Oregon District proposes a major modification to its IP harvest type acreage ranges. These modifications are included as appendices in the respective districts' AOP.

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page. Visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx and click on Annual Operations Plans.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MYFF57N

To comment on proposed Implementation Plan or Forest Land Management Classification changes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S6JFJGT

Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx

Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

Sun. 03/18/18
**Update #3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangeed ** Public Assistance Needed in Locating Missing/Endangered (possibly suicidal) Oregon State University (OSU) Student and Her Boyfriend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 8:53 PM
Update # 3 Couple No Longer Considered Endangered

On March 18, 2018 the Oregon State Police were notified by family that a Salt Lake City, Utah Greyhound employee made contact with both Wick and Eveler. They appeared to not be endangered and were on a bus to Boston.

Both families would like Wick and Eveler to know they are loved and want them to return home. They also want to thank the media for sharing the story and caring for the well-being of Wick and Eveler.

At this time, neither Wick or Eveler are considered endangered.


Update # 2

Oregon State Police continue to investigate the disappearance of Oregon State University student Kiara N. Wick, age 23, and her boyfriend, Jacob A. Eveler, 20.
OSP seeks public assistance with regard to information as to the couple's whereabouts.

On March 17, 2018, a complete review of video footage from Tebeau Hall was finished and it was determined Wick and Eveler were seen, on camera, leaving the residence hall at 9:42 a.m. on March 16, 2018.

It appeared Wick had dyed her hair black and Eveler had shaved his face (and possibly cut his hair). Both Wick and Eveler are seen with backpacks and Wick is carrying a large shopping bag and possibly a yellow folded (rectangular) tent. New photos have been attached to this update.

If anyone has any information please call (541)737-3010. Refer case# SP18-096835


Update on Tip Line
The tip line is (541)737-3010

On March 16, 2018, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Oregon State Police-University Area Command and Oregon State University's Department of Public Safety were notified of a female OSU student and her boyfriend who had been reported missing/endangered by their families. Family members reported the two individuals may be suicidal and the Oregon State Police is seeking public assistance with regard to any information as to the couple's location or their well being.

Kiara N. Wick (age 23 from Milwaukie, Oregon) and Jacob A. Eveler (age 20 from Philomath) were last seen around 2 a.m. on March 16, 2018, on OSU's Corvallis campus in Tebeau Hall (Wick's Residence). Around 3:00 p.m., a vehicle Eveler ,was believed to drive, was found at Eveler's parent's residence in Philomath.

Law enforcement officials have information the couple may be suicidal and are not suspecting foul-play in the pair's disappearance.

Wick is 5'8", 160 pounds with shoulder length (straight) brown hair and has gray/blue eyes. Wick's clothing is unknown at this time.

Eveler is 6'0", 170 pounds with shoulder length (curly) brown hair and has blue eyes. Eveler was last seen wearing a black "Rockstar" sweatshirt, grey Carhartt beanie, and unknown color of pants.

The couple has been known to a drive a second vehicle described as 4-door dark colored sedan in poor condition, but no other information is available about the vehicle. Their direction of travel is unknown but Wick has been known to like the beach and Eveler liked the Burnt Woods area.

If anyone has information regarding Wick or Eveler, please contact:
Department of Public Safety/Oregon State Police -University Area Command by calling:
Refer case# SP18-096835

Photos courtesy of facebook

Attached Media Files: 2018-03/1002/112878/wick.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012197.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/2000000000012193.jpeg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Tebeau_Stair_Main_2018-03-16_09_42_43_049.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Missing_persons_exiting.jpg , 2018-03/1002/112878/Kiara_Update_(3).jpg

Fatal Crash on Highway 101 South of Yachats (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 7:26 PM
On Sunday March 18th, 2018 at about 1107 hours, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash on Hwy 101 at milepost 174.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup was northbound on Hwy 101 at MP 174, operated by Jeremy Hackney, age 45, from Coos Bay OR. The Ranger, for an unknown reason, went into the southbound lane while navigating a right hand curve. The Ranger impacted the driver's side of a southbound white 2013 Dodge pickup with a camper. The Ranger then impacted the driver's side of a southbound 1998 white Ford Mini Van that was behind the Dodge pickup. The Ranger continued to the west side of Hwy and rolled onto driver's side. The driver of Ranger, Jeremy Hackney suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at scene. The passenger in the Ranger, Stephanie Hackney age 43 and wife of the deceased was transported to Florence Peace Health Hospital for serious/non-life threatening injuries. No other persons suffered injuries from the crash.

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane for approximately 5 hours following the scene for investigation. OSP was assisted by Siuslaw Fire and ODOT.

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

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Washington Man Killed in Car Crash near Bly, Oregon. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/18 2:30 PM
On March 17, 2018 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency workers responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on State Highway 140E, mile post 53, near Bly, Oregon.

Based preliminary information, a 2005 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Timothy J. Morris (age 35 from Kennewick, Washington) was traveling eastbound on Highway 140E. Morris' vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. The Elantra came to rest approximately 40 feet north of the westbound lane. Morris was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There was a 15 year-old female passenger who sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Alcohol and seatbelt usage is being investigated as a possible contributing factor of the crash. The Oregon State Police was assisted by Bly Fire Department. The highway was closed for approximately two hours while the crash was investigated.


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Snowboarder Rescued on Mt. Ashland (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/18 10:12 AM
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ASHLAND, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, with assistance from Mt. Ashland ski patrol, rescued a lost snowboarder Saturday night. On March 17, 2018, at approximately 6:00 p.m., SAR managers were notified of a missing snowboarder on the south side of the mountain, beyond the ski resort boundary.

Eric Hostetler, 40, of Bend, did not return as expected after snowboarding from the Mt. Ashland ski area parking lot. His wife contacted ski patrol members at the lodge, who contacted SAR.

SAR deployed teams to the ski resort and to the area below. Ski patrol members followed Hostetler's tracks in the snow more than two miles south through the Cottonwood Creek drainage. They located him at about 9:00 p.m. A SAR Sno-Cat team intercepted the search party and Hostetler on Forest Service road 40S06 and returned them all to safety.

Hostelter is an experienced snowboarder who was dressed for the conditions. Nobody was injured in the incident.

SAR officials urge skiers and snowboarders to refrain from going outside the boundaries of the ski area. Out-of-bounds activity is additionally dangerous at the end of the day when darkness and cold can affect both survival and search efforts.

SAR managers wish to thank the ski patrol members who stayed after hours and immediately set out to find Hostetler. Their coordination with SAR teams helped the operation end quickly and safely.

Case #18-5325


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Sat. 03/17/18
Aircraft and ground teams respond to simulated earthquake
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 03/17/18 8:44 PM
The Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol is responding to a SIMULATED 6.5 earthquake, and resulting tsunami, that would have impacted the Southern Oregon Coast as part of a state-wide training exercise this weekend.

The quake, in this hypothetical exercise, was centered along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, would have caused significant damage to the Southern coastal area south of Eugene. Potential damage could include bridge structure failures, disrupted roads and highways, broken equipment at electric power substations and building collapses.

Weather could impact the number of flights made, as visibility is limited with rain and low clouds. Numerous CAP personnel are expected to participate in this training exercise at CAP's incident command center located at the Aurora State Airport and at staging areas at the Medford and Redmond airports.

As part of the exercise, both CAP youth and adult members are training in mission base, flight and field response operations. Cadets, aged 12-18, are providing mission base support, aircraft support operations as well as participating in ground response activities. "Our cadet members are an important resource during these training exercises and could be great helpers in real-world search and rescue or disaster relief operations" said public information officer Lt Col Scott Maguire.

Seven specially equipped Oregon CAP Cessna C-182 aircraft will be flying numerous flights. CAP flights can include visual inspection of roads, bridges, dams and electric transmission facilities. Air crews can do high-resolution photography of those sorts of public infrastructure and send them directly to the state Emergency Operations Center in Salem. CAP can also transport state officials, federal disaster damage evaluators, emergency responders from other agencies such as the American Red Cross as well as transporting medical equipment and supplies.
CAP training also prepares cadets and adults to locate aircraft using direction finding equipment and respond using a fleet of vans and SUVs to support air searches.

"In the event of a real world disaster, be it natural or man-made, the CAP is trained, equipped and ready to respond in support of state relief operations as part of a team with other private, public and military disaster response participants," said Maguire. CAP volunteers train and qualify to FEMA standards and can blend into the Emergency Services structure with other agencies.

As the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, the CAP is tasked by the USAF with 95% of all air search and rescue missions in the continental United States. The CAP is credited with saving an average of 91 lives each year on such missions. CAP has also played an important role during response to disastrous hurricanes along the Gulf and East Coasts in the past few years.

CAP was founded in 1941 one week prior to the United States joining World War II. CAP aircraft patrolled U.S. coasts and performed other functions to assist the war efforts. Today is has three missions: Emergency Services - assisting local, state and federal agencies; Cadet Programs -- developing tomorrow's leaders; and Aerospace Education -- encouraging flying and general aviation.

For more information on the Civil Air Patrol, please visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com