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03/29/15
Man in Custody After Shots Fired During Domestic Dispute (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/15
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A Linn County man is in custody after kicking in his ex-girlfriends front door and firing shots in her general direction, at her residence in Jefferson this morning. Deputies and detectives are on scene and processing evidence and crime scenes that spread from Jefferson to Millersburg.

Evan Anderson, age 35 is in custody, there are no reported injuries and there is no danger to the public. The Sheriff's Office is still in the early stages of their investigation and pieces of this complex puzzle are being put together. Once additional details become available we will make them available, that time frame is not yet known.


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03/28/15
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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Red Cross assists victim of home fire in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/28/15
Disaster volunteers from the Red Cross Cascades Region assisted one adult after a residential fire in Roseburg. The fire occurred at 5:20 p.m. in the 100 block of North Park Lane. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, a comfort kit and information about disaster health and mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness, and urges everyone to take a few moments to review what to do before, during and after a flood, fire or other disaster. We also ask residents to check their smoke alarms regularly and make an escape plan in case of fire.
03/27/15
Sheriff's Office Arrest 6 after two Search Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/27/15
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports the Linn County Sheriff's Office served two search warrants this week. These warrants resulted in the arrest of 6 people, and the seizure of over 1 pound of methamphetamine, over 5 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, 5 firearms, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, nearly 300 illegally possessed prescription pills, suspected LSD, and $8,210 in U.S. Currency. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of over $80,000.

The first search warrant was served on Wednesday, March 25. At approximately 7:00 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served the warrant at a residence in the 600 block of West Vine Street in Lebanon. William Steven Alexy, 45 years of age; George Steve Alexy, 78 years of age; and Heather Lorraine Graves, 30 years of age; all from Lebanon, were all present at the residence at the time the search warrant was served.


Among the items seized from the residence were over a half pound of methamphetamine, approximately ?3/4 of a pound of processed marijuana, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, suspected LSD, illegally possessed prescription medication, two firearms, and $5,081 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records and surveillance equipment.

Heather Lorraine Graves was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. William Alexy was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital by the Lebanon Fire Department due to a medical problem.

Detectives continued the investigation, and as a result they arrested Quintin Munoz, 23 years of age from Albany; Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez, 25 years of age from Albany; and Armando Ramirez-Escobar, 23 years of age from Albany; who were in possession of over a half pound of methamphetamine.

Quintin Munoz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Armando Ramirez-Escobar was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

On Thursday, March 26, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served another warrant at a residence in the 90 block of South Main Street in Lebanon. Jamie David Krantz, 40 years of age who resides at the residence with Rebecca Anne Krantz, 39 years of age, were present when the search warrant was served.

Among the items seized from the residence were over 4 ?1/4 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, two vials containing BHO (Butane Honey Oil), user amounts of methamphetamine, illegally possessed prescription medication, three firearms, and $3,129 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records, and BHO manufacturing paraphernalia.

Jamie David Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacture of a Schedule II Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Rebecca Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted in these investigations by the Lebanon Police Department, Albany Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). These investigations are continuing and additional arrests and charges are pending.


Attached Media Files: Munoz , Krantz , Graves , Juarez , Escobar , Seizure Picture
*** UPDATE*** Body found in Klamath River Identified******** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/27/15
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On February 11th, 2015, Ms. Alicia Scott was reported as a missing person to the Klamath Falls Police Department. At that time, an investigation began in an attempt to locate Ms. Scott.
On March 26th, 2015, the Klamath County 911 Dispatch Center received a call stating a body had been located in the Klamath River, in the area of Lake Ewauna. Klamath County Search and Rescue and members of the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to the area and located a deceased female subject floating in the water. The subject was later identified as Ms. Alicia Scott.

At this time, the circumstances of Ms. Scott's death are unknown and the matter is under investigation.

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336

Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334


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Oregon's Tree Cities recognized as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/27/15
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
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Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon State legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, some 56 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Congratulations to these cities
A new city has been added to Oregon's Tree City list this year, that of Stanfield, located in central Oregon. In addition, a grand total of fifty-five Oregon "Tree Cities" earned recertification this year.

They are:

Albany Creswell Klamath Falls Redmond Ashland Dallas La Grande Rogue River
Independence Baker City Eagle Point Lake Oswego Salem Bandon Eugene Lebanon Sandy
Banks Forest Grove Lincoln City Seaside Beaverton Echo Madras Sherwood
Gervais McMinnville Sisters Toledo Brownsville Grants Pass Medford Sunriver Troutdale Coburg Gresham Sweet Home Tualatin Coos Bay Happy Valley Monmouth Talent Veneta Corvallis Philomath Tigard West Linn Central Point Newport Oregon City Cottage Grove Irrigon Portland Tillamook Wilsonville

Tree City USA: requirements and milestones
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are roughly 3,400 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Each city must have a tree board or department, as well as a
Tree ordinance
Spend $2 per capita on their tree program
Host a proclamation and celebration for Arbor Day

Some milestones this year: Oregon's Ashland and Baker City are each celebrating 30 years as Tree Cities, and Sunriver, Oregon celebrates 35 years.

Tree campus USA
Your college campus can receive annual Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five standards, and two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities meeting these standards will receive recognition materials to showcase their dedication to the campus environment.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were certified as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Ashland's Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Oregon State University in Corvallis recertified as well.

"Congratulations to all of three of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," says Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.
These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online, at www.treesaregood.com
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
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Attached Media Files: Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/15
AGENDA

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

4. Individual Development Account (IDA) Awards

5. Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Program Update

6. Legislative Update

7. Housing Stability Council Subcommittee- Charter and Membership

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair




Next meeting:
May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b
(725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301).
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

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

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


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Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for April, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of April, 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

April 1, 2015
* Facilities Planning Committee, 5:30 PM at Milner Crest. The agenda is posted at the following link and is subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

April 6, 2015
* Superintendent's Advisory Team, 12:00 noon at Milner Crest

April 13, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regular School Board Meeting, 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link the Friday prior to the meeting and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

April 27, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regional Smarter Balance Parent Night, 6:00 PM at Milner Crest.

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Photo - I-5 mile post 7 Truck Crash (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/27/15
I-5 near milepost 7 northbound
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Interstate 5 (Pacific Highway) milepost 7: A single lane of traffic is open northbound, but may be closed on-and-off to remove the crashed semi which carried vegetables - mixed greens and radishes.
Continue to expect lengthy delays.


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03/26/15
OSP Detectives Arrest Suspect Related to March 24th Shooting in Grants Pass **Update*** (Photo)
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************UPDATE Murphy************
OSP DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECT RELATED TO MARCH 24TH SHOOTING INCIDENT

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 5:45 PM, Stephen Bryce MURPHY was taken into custody and subsequently lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

There will be no further release of information related to this case at this time. All further media requests should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.





*****UPDATE PHOTO of MURPHY ADDED*****

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of Stephen Bryce Murphy (age 21 from Grants Pass), to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-474-3174. Murphy should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see Stephen Bryce MURPHY, immediately contact the Oregon State Police or dial 911.

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at approximately 7:13 PM, Oregon State Police Grants Pass patrol troopers and Oregon State Police Major Crimes detectives from Central Point responded to the report of a shooting incident which occurred in the area of milepost 21 on Riverbanks Road just outside of Grants Pass.

Initial information obtained by investigators indicates that Peter A. Harrod, age 23, from Eagle Point, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on Riverbanks Road, also known as State Route 260, when he was shot by a subject later identified as Stephen Bryce MURPHY, age 21 from Grants Pass.

HARROD was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he underwent surgery for injuries sustained from the incident. HARROD is currently listed in serious but stable condition. MURPHY fled the scene after the incident and is still outstanding as of this release.

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 6:20 AM, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT team, served a search warrant at the residence of 3923 Riverbanks Road as part of a continuing investigation into this incident. Riverbanks Road was temporarily closed during the initial execution of the warrant as a precaution to the public and reopened to intermittent traffic until OSP personnel completed their investigation.

Anyone with information please contact:

Detective Travis Lee
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967


OR

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952


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Western Oregon University announces four finalists for presidency (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 03/26/15
Dr. Margaret E. Madden
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University (WOU) and the Oregon University System (OUS) have announced four finalists in the running to assume the WOU presidency after the retirement of current president Mark Weiss. Weiss will retire on June 30, 2015.

After months of application review and deliberation, the WOU Presidential Search Committee forwarded the four candidates to the OUS chancellor, Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), and the incoming WOU Board of Trustees for consideration. The candidates will visit campus for a series of interviews, including meetings with both the WOU Board of Trustees and OSBHE, over the course of the next few days. Information about the search, including schedules and the application materials and resumes from the candidates may be viewed at:
http://www.wou.edu/president/presidentialsearch/

Jim Francesconi, OSBHE member and chair of the WOU Presidential Search Committee, shared: "The WOU search committee, comprised of stakeholders across the campus, including several members of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees, provided such a service to WOU by forwarding these four finalists. It has been my pleasure to work with such committed and passionate people to build on WOU's course for a bright future. Any of these candidates would bring a sincere commitment and demonstrated experience to increasing success for all students. Any of these candidates would elevate Western's profile in Oregon and beyond as a public university that offers higher education that is as good as any private university but at an affordable cost."

Jim Baumgartner, chair of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees and vice-chair of the WOU President Search Committee, stated: "This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. The new institution board has been hard at work to ensure an effective transition from the State Board of Higher Education and there is no more important decision a Board can make than the selection of a new leader. I am confident that the search committee has forwarded four superb candidates for the campus and the board to consider. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Mark Weiss for his exemplary service as WOU's president. He leaves the university in great shape."

The finalists are:

Dr. Fernando Delgado has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls since 2009. Prior to his current post, Delgado served as a dean at MSU-Mankato and then Hamline University. He began his career as a faculty member in communication studies before commencing his administrative career as associate vice provost from academic programs and graduate studies at Arizona State University (West Campus). Delgado is trained in intercultural communication, having received his Ph.D. in the field from The University of Iowa, and has regularly published on issues related to culture, identity, and communication. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a commissioner on the American Council on Education's Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and as an editorial board member of both the "Howard Journal of Communications" and "Critical Studies in Media Communication".

Delgado has a passion for international education and has lectured, established inter-institutional partnerships, or is responsible for campus education centers on five continents. Delgado stays connected to faculty and students by remaining engaged as a teacher and scholar in his field.

Dr. Christopher Ames is vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd University, the public liberal arts university of West Virginia, located in Shepherdstown, just outside of the metropolitan D.C. area. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at Stanford University. He taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and published two books: "The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction" and "Movies About the Movies: Hollywood Reflected". Prior to coming to Shepherd University, Ames served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and as provost and dean of the College at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland.

At Shepherd University, Ames supervises seven academic deans and the Division II athletic program. He heads the Martinsburg Center initiative, a satellite campus serving working adults in graduate and undergraduate programs. He has worked with the faculty on the creation of new program, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and new undergraduate degrees in Early Education and Health Promotion and Exercise Science. At Washington College, Ames contributed to significant growth in enrollment and fundraising and oversaw centers of excellence in Early American history, the Environment and Society, and creative writing.

Dr. Rex Fuller, an economist and professor of public administration, has served as provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs at Eastern Washington University (EWU) since 2010. As the university's chief academic officer, he has responsibility for EWU's academic programming in Cheney and Spokane, Wash., as well as at additional locations throughout the state.

As provost, Fuller has developed a new EWU college of health science and public health and a new master's program in public health. He has been instrumental in developing bargaining strategies for faculty contracts; creating innovative student success programs and a university center for community engagement; and facilitating dual-admission programs with area community colleges.

Prior to his service as provost, Fuller served as dean of EWU's College of Business and Public Administration and executive dean of EWU-Spokane, a shared campus with Washington State University. Before joining EWU, Fuller served as dean of business units at Colorado State University Pueblo and University of Wisconsi-La Crosse. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and completed the Institute for Education Management program at Harvard.

Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Postdam since 2002. A social psychologist specializing in gender issues, she previously was dean at Long Island University (NY), associate dean of faculty at Lawrence University (WI), and professor of psychology and assistant to the academic vice president at Franklin Pierce College (NH). She has been a faculty member and administrator at private and public colleges and universities, at both liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities.

Madden's focus at Postdam has been to strengthen academic programs and promote student success. SUNY Postdam's recent Middle States visit resulted in great praise for the academic program and 26 commendations for the institutions, many of which addressed area under Madden's leadership. The first new academic building at the College in 35 years, a Performing Arts Center, was completed in 2014.

Madden holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also completed the Harvard's Institute for Educational Management in 2012. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and presentation on higher education administration, gender and leadership in education, and integrating diversity into the psychology curriculum.


Attached Media Files: Dr. Margaret E. Madden , Dr. Rex Fuller , Dr. Christopher Ames , Dr. Fernando Delgado
Grants Pass Man Arrested for Thefts of Firearms from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Evidence Locker
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
A Grants Pass man was arrested at his residence on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, on charges related to the theft of multiple firearms from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety evidence locker.

On February 12th, 2015, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point, at the request of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, initiated a criminal investigation into the disappearance of multiple firearms from their evidence storage facility. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety administrators learned of the missing firearms after an audit was conducted at the facility.

As part of the investigation, the Oregon State Police conducted interviews of people who have had access to the facility over a period of time when the weapons were last known to be present. During the investigation, information was obtained leading to the implication and subsequent arrest of Lee DARROW, age 73, from Grants Pass, on 27 counts of Theft in the First Degree.

DARROW, a retired Grants Pass City Fire employee, had been volunteering his time at the facility specifically assisting with the handling of firearms. Oregon State Police investigators subsequently recovered multiple firearms from various locations within the Southern Oregon area.

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has had dealings or knows of anyone who has had dealings with DARROW related to the sale or transfer of firearms, to contact Lead Detective Deanna Harris at the Oregon State Police Central Point Area Command.

Detective Deanna Harris
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967

OR

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952
Fatal Crash US Hwy 97 MP 155 (12 miles south of Bend)***UPDATE*****
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
****UPDATE NAME RELEASE******

On March 26, 2015 at 12:00am OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US HYW 97 near MP155 (12 miles south of Bend). According to Sgt. John Russo, the investigation revealed a Ford F350, driven by Mr. Zeke Hacker, 76 from Clayton, Washington, was traveling southbound when it struck the southbound vehicle directly in front of the Ford F350. The second vehicle was a Ford expedition driven by Mr. James Harris, 52, from Bend. After the impact, both vehicles lost control and left the west shoulder rolling several times and impacted trees. Mr. Hacker was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin notification has occurred.

Mr. Harris had one passenger in the vehicle Mr. Scott Bilbrook, 45, who was transported to Saint Charles Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Air bags deployed in both vehicles and all occupants were using seatbelts. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor for the crash. The highway had one lane opened during the investigation

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sunriver fire and ambulance, Bend PD, Deschutes County Medical Examiner and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

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Urban Forestry Awards Announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/15
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Recipients of the 2015 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards were announced today by Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.).

"This year's award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and urban and community forests," said Oregon Community Trees President Ruth Williams. "We're proud to honor them."

Now in their 22nd year, the O.C.T. awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant accomplishments and leadership advancing urban and community forestry projects and activities in the state of Oregon.

Individual Award: Todd Prager

Todd Prager's professional career has blended planning and urban forestry. As a planner and arborist for the City of Tigard, Prager helped develop the city's first Urban Forest section of its Comprehensive Plan, its Urban Forestry Master Plan, and a major overhaul of its urban forestry codes which included innovative "canopy based" requirements. Prager also served as project manager for Tigard's Tree Canopy Replacement program and was responsible for large scale tree plantings at sites including schools, freeways and parks.

As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Prager is now a consultant with Teragan and Associates where he advises cities and developers on urban forest planning issues.

Individual Award: Erik Burke

Erik Burke facilitated the transition from Eugene Tree Foundation to the new Friends of Trees Eugene, and in the past has worked with the City of Eugene in planting and caring for thousands of trees. Except for Friends of Trees Portland, under Burke's leadership the Eugene Friends of Trees has planted and taken care of more urban trees than any other place in the state.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

Partnership Award: Mark Azevedo, Ed Hodney, Gary Rogowski

Recipients of this year's Partnership Award have initiated and coordinated several interconnected projects.

The "Sawing for Schools" project is coordinated by Mark Azevedo (Albany Tree Commission) and the staff of the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, headed by director Ed Hodney. For the past six years, donated fallen urban trees have been brought to Albany area high schools during Arbor Week; high school students then learn how to turn these logs into lumber. The wood is provided to high school shop classes free of charge.

Azevedo and Hodney also coordinated the Lumber to Legacy project, in which high school woodshop students milled the wood from 8 historic Oregon white oak trees that were removed from a new development site in 2013 in Albany. The resulting high-quality wood was given to wood artisans who created unique wood products for auction, benefitting the Oregon White Oak Restoration Program and local high school woodshop programs. Gary Rogowski with Northwest Woodworking Studio participated in the Lumber to Legacy program as an artisan, also mentoring high school students in the process.

As a result of the Lumber to Legacy partnership, Rogowski created the Northwest Woodworking Studio / Woodworking Intensive program - a fine woodworking internship program. In addition to hands-on learning about all aspects of woodworking, Rogowski notes that this program provides "a place where students of all abilities can learn to think critically while using their heads, their hearts, and their hands to build beautiful and lasting things."

Tree City USA Award: City of Beaverton

The City of Beaverton turned an empty and unused lot on SW Allen Blvd and Alice Lane into an arboretum complete with informative signs. This beautiful, educational native tree and plant retreat will be enjoyed for generations to come. With the help of the Mayor, Friends of Trees and about 100 volunteers, the City has planted more than 100 native trees and plants, each species accompanied with a plaque identifying features and facts.

Additional City of Beaverton accomplishments include:

* The transformation of an unused lot on SW Barrows and 157th into an attractive and welcoming entrance into SW Beaverton

* Each planting season, the City teams up with Friends of Trees for at least 3 neighborhood tree plantings that positively impacted hundreds of Beaverton residents.

* The City's approved Street Tree List received a drastic makeover to emphasize natives of the Pacific Northwest. With the new and improved Approved Street Tree List, residents can learn all about why natives are a more sustainable choice, as well as which natives work best for each home based on size.

* Starting in 2013, the City's Landscape and Urban Forestry department made a tremendous breakthrough in connecting Beaverton residents with plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest by creating Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month. A different native tree or shrub is highlighted on the City's website each month and has become so popular that the monthly article has been picked up and is also featured by the Beaverton Resource Guide as well as the Beaverton Facebook and Twitter pages.

"We look forward to next year's contestants and once again, congratulations to this year's recipients," said Mike Williams, chair of the urban forestry awards committee.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Aging and Disabilities Waiver (0185)
OR Department of Human Services - 03/26/15
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver (0185).

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input
process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals
served. The following is a summary of changes to being proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities waiver.

* Increase estimates of number of individuals served in 2015-2016
* Addition of Home and Community-Based Settings transition plan in accordance with 42 CFR 441.301 (6)(ii)(A)

You can review the proposed waiver application at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/Home%20and%20Community%20Based%20Services%20Waiver%20draft.pdf

Comments can be sent to Trevor.j.waskin@state.or.us and should be received no later than April 30, 2015.
Change of Plea in State v. Brett Pearson
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/26/15
This morning, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale. W. Penn accepted a change of plea in State v. Brett Angus Pearson. Mr. Pearson, DOB 10/7/1996, pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder. These charges were based on the March 5, 2014, shooting death of Michelle Pearson and the shooting of her surviving spouse, Wilfred Pearson.

Sentencing was set for August 28, 2015, at 9:00am. This date was chosen so that both parties can prepare additional information and argument for the court.

There will be no additional information released at this time due to the un-joined, parallel case of State v. Robert Daniel Miller, Marion County Circuit Court Case number 14C40909. That case is currently set for trial in November 2015.

Please contact Marion County DDAs David Wilson or Brendan Murphy with any additional questions, at (503) 588-5222.
$89,375 awarded for three new 'World of Work' projects (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/15
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Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling - telling a single story via multiple media - at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new "Connecting Students to the World of Work" projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The three new awards bring the total number of "World of Work" projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program's funding cycle.

Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the two-year "World of Work" program was funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).

The new grants were awarded to:
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $29,375 + $2,393 (extension)
To support 20 students in WyEast Middle School's AVID program in working with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.

Caldera, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support year-round instruction in transmedia arts (storytelling across different mediums) for 15 youth at Warm Springs Academy.

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support implementation of a three part Live Sound Engineering for Teens (LiveSET) program in partnership with Portland Public Schools, providing hands on experience at professional concerts.

Extensions ranging from $1,792 to $4,073 also were awarded to 2014 "World of Work" grant recipients for: a Lane Arts Council (Eugene) mentorship program for low-income middle school students; the Center for Advanced Learning's (Gresham) development of an ad campaign and promotional website for the Historic Columbia Highway anniversary; a Pacific Northwest College of Art project to design and create functional public objects that support sustainability; a PDX Pop Now project to train Native American students in audio production; a multicultural project targeting students with disabilities at the The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene); the Techstart Education Foundation's proposal to train Portland at-risk students in video game design round; Oregon Shakespeare Festival's project training students to be sound technicians for the Green Show; and My Voice Music's expansion of its Artists Mentorship program.

"This program has been a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon's most underserved youth populations," says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "Participating students are telling us it is changing how they feel about the relevance of their education to things beyond just grades. They have called the projects 'a true work experience' and 'a first job,' showing positive growth towards career readiness."

The new "World of Work" projects begin now and run through the end of 2016.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Office of Emergency Management set to hold 2nd annual "Oregon Prepared" workshop (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/26/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting the 2nd annual Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Sunriver, Ore., March 31 to Apr. 2. The event will include more than 250 city, county, tribal, state, private and non-profit, and federal emergency management leaders.

"This event provides a forum for private and public entities at all levels to forge vital partnerships for resiliency," said Sidra Metzger-Hines, a grants coordinator with OEM.
"It is the first time we've been able to gather such a huge cross section of emergency management experts and professionals together in Oregon for trainings and best practices with conversations focusing emergency preparation, response, mitigation and recovery."

The workshop is designed to provide a venue to address threats and hazards that affect Oregon, and move the state forward as a whole community in emergency management.

Recently, OEM has been leading or supporting a variety of emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation projects including the development of the "Cascadia Playbook."

The Cascadia Playbook will be a cross-cutting emergency management tool for the State of Oregon that supports various, existing plans and efforts for the first 14-days of a catastrophic incident.

Media is invited to attend and learn more about emergency management in Oregon. A media tour and interviews will available from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, at the Great Hall Complex in Sunriver.


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Linn-Benton Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/26/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens May 2nd

On Saturday, May 2nd, at KMART in Corvallis, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

The Deets family is walking in Corvallis at the Linn-Benton March for Babies. Their son Jackson was still born, but his twin brother Bronson was born weighing just 2lbs 3.4 oz and spent 60 days in the NICU. Today, Bronson is a strong and vibrant 7 year-old. The Deets Family is raising money and walking in March for Babies in the hopes that one day all babies will be born healthy.

Joining the Deets family, and so many others who know the distress of premature birth or birth defects, are local business, including KMART, US Bank, Bi-Mart, Pacific Power and Famous Footwear.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including the Kids' Clinic Workshop hosted by Home Depot. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Pacific Power and IBEW. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/26/15
SALEM, Oregon--New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

For their taxes to be paid in November, taxpayers need to meet the April 15 deadline, explained Bronson Rueda, deferral program manager at the Department of Revenue. This applies to participants who received recertification forms by mail in February and new applicants for deferral.

"If we don't get their forms by the deadline, they'll be responsible for paying their property taxes this year," Rueda said.

The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral programs have approximately 6,300 active participants.

Program participants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be either at least 62 years old or a disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
* Own or be in the process of buying the property, have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust, and have lived on the property for at least five years.
* May not have a life estate interest, which enables a person to reside on the property, but automatically transfers ownership upon death.
* Carry homeowners insurance.
* Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
* Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
* Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.

Recertification forms need to be returned to the department. New applications should be sent to the assessor's office for the county in which the property is located. Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

Questions about deferrals can be emailed to deferral.unit@oregon.gov. Taxpayers can also call 503-945-8348 for more information.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
03/25/15
Two vehicle serious injury crash SR Hwy 18 MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/25/15
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According to Senior Trooper Peterson, a serious injury crash occurred on SR Hwy 18 near MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) at 1:26pm. The investigation revealed an eastbound Nissan Altima, driven by Mrs. Monica Calzadillas, 31 from Vancouver, Washington crossed over the center line and struck a westbound Toyota Tundra pulling a RV trailer. The Toyota was driven by Mr. Colin Hales, 35 from Sherwood.

When the collision occurred, the Nissan made at least two complete rotations before coming to rest in the center of the highway. The Toyota was struck and came to rest in the north side of the shoulder of the highway. Both lanes were blocked for approximately an hour and a half.
The Nissan was also occupied by Mr. Carlos Calzadillas, 26 from Vancouver, Washington and a juvenile female. All three occupants of the Nissan were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Mrs. Calzadillas had a serious injury and was transported, by ground, to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Mr. Calzadillas was evaluated and released; however he was taken into custody due to a warrant from Oregon Parole Board and contempt of court from Clark County. The juvenile female was transported with her mother to Emmanuel without any injuries.

The Toyota was also occupied by Mrs. Hanna Hales, 34 from Sherwood, and three additional juveniles. Mrs. Hales was admitted for observation and one of the juvenile females was released with minor injuries.

Occupants of all vehicles were properly secured with seatbelts or child seats. Air bags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by OSP-Newport Fish and Wildlife, ODOT, PacWest, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and Lincoln City PD.


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Subject has been identified
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/25/15
The subject in this photograph has been identified. The Lebanon Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the members of our community for their assistance in this investigation.


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Sentencing Of Drake Carson Related To Pursuit Fatality
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/25/15
Today, Drake Alan Douglas Carson, 17, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. After accepting the plea, the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini sentenced Carson to a total of 84 months in the Department of Corrections, followed by 27 months of Post-Prison Supervision.

Given Carson's age at the time the offense was committed and the length of the sentence, the Department of Corrections will determine whether the sentence is served in an adult correctional facility or with the Oregon Youth Authority in a juvenile correctional facility.

This case stemmed from a police pursuit on January 26th, 2015, on Howell Prairie Road in Mount Angel. At approximately 6:00 p.m., a Mount Angel police officer attempted to stop Carson, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Carson did not stop for the officer, who began to pursue the vehicle with lights and a siren.

Approximately 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Carson lost control of the pickup, went off the road, and crashed into a tree about one mile north of Saratoga Drive. He immediately ran from the vehicle without checking on the passengers in the pickup he was driving.

The collision resulted in the death of Rhiannon Steele, 35, and serious physical injuries to a teenaged male passenger. Carson was arrested by police the following morning when nearby residents reported a suspicious person asking for a ride.
Social Media Site Threatens Cascade School. ***Update Arrest Made***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
A 14 year old, female, is in custody for threats made against Cascade High School last week. The female, a Stayton High School Student and former Cascade High School student, admitted to posting a bomb threat on a social media site called Burnbook.com.

The female suspect has been taken to the Marion County Juvenile Department where she is being booked for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Cascade School District and the operators of Burnbook.com, for working with the Sheriff's Office to quickly resolve this threat.


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An unknown person makes a threat to Cascade High School after spring break.

There were no other details from the post and it did not mention any specific names of any involved.

We have been in contact with Mr. Darin Drill, Cascade School Superintendent, and informed him of this information. Mr. Drill and Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing to work together to insure children and families are well informed.

Deputy Andrew McCowan, Marion County Sheriff's Office, is investigating this incident. We are asking for anyone with any information regarding this threat to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
Douglas County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Stewart Park in Roseburg, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Joining local families who know the distress of premature birth or birth defects, are local business, including KMART, Fred Meyer, Umpqua Bank, Liberty Tax, Macy's and First Call Resolutions.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including the Kids' Clinic Workshop hosted by Home Depot and music by the John Doe Band. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Fred Meyer and KPIC. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Lane County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Kendall Toyota, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Jessica and Erik Jorgensen were so excited to become parents again and were looking forward to growing their family. At 28 weeks Jessica was placed on bed rest due to preeclampsia. She delivered Luke at 33 weeks, 7 weeks early. He weighed 2 lbs 9.9 oz and was 15 inches long. Luke spent 3-1/2 weeks in the NICU at RiverBend before going home. Today, Luke is a vibrant 10-month old baby and the family is dedicated to making sure other parents have the same happy ending.

The Jorgensen family is joined by Jenny Miles, the Lane County March for Babies Chair. Jenny, who is Vice President at Umpqua Bank, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a mother, she took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 7-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including coffee served by Dutch Brothers, entertainment by Identity Dance, lunches served by the Eugene Emeralds and Sluggo. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kendall Auto, PacificSource Health Plans, PeaceHealth, KVAL, Kool FM 99.1 and Big 5. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Benton County Sheriff's Office results from extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17, 2015). Those who worked the extra patrol arrested 3 people for DUII, and wrote 3 citations for traffic violations. The Benton County Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 4 people for DUII, and wrote a total of 7 traffic citations for violations committed on Saint Patrick's Day.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
Many More Job Vacancies Around the State in 2014
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/25/15
During 2014, Oregon's private employers were looking to fill about 45,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face.

The number of job vacancies in 2014 increased by 40 percent compared with 2013.

The average starting wage offered by employers also improved over the year, increasing by 4 percent to $15.67. The largest increase in vacancies was among jobs offering starting wages between $10 and $15 per hour. There were 15,200 vacancies in this range, up 72 percent from 2013. Vacancies offering more $15 per hour increased 29 percent to 11,900. There were slightly fewer vacancies offering less than $10 per hour in 2014. That's partly because the increase in Oregon's minimum wage from $8.95 in 2013 to $9.10 in 2014 narrowed that wage range.

One key to finding a job that pays higher than average wages is to have at least some post secondary training or other work related qualification. The average wage offered for vacancies requiring education beyond high school was more than $17 per hour. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college degrees. The average hourly wage was $20 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $31 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $38 for a graduate degree. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered hourly wages of $12 per hour.

Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $12 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $18 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $32 per hour.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for almost one-fifth of vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Four additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); retail trade; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

Characteristics of job vacancies can vary significantly by industry. For example, nine out of 10 health care vacancies were for permanent positions, and 39 percent required education beyond high school. In natural resources and mining, however, just 18 percent of vacancies in 2014 were for permanent jobs, and only 3 percent required education beyond high school. The specific occupations being recruited make a big difference in how industry-level details play out - almost two-thirds of the natural resources and mining vacancies were for farmworkers, of which only 11 percent were permanent positions and most were seasonal. Health care recruitment was focused on registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants, which were almost always permanent positions.


Every region of the state had more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. Eastern Oregon saw the greatest percentage growth in vacancies over the year, up 73 percent from 2013, and the Portland area followed, with 44 percent more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 23,000 vacancies in 2014, 51 percent of the statewide total.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2014 estimates are based on responses from 10,400 Oregon employers. Vacancy survey results for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for release in April 2015. A special report on Oregon's difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Job Vacancy Survey."


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Family Searching For Loved One, Asking for Your Help ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
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Last Sunday, at around 3:45 p.m., Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem was found on State Street near Hawthorne Avenue, after a passerby recognized him and called 911. According to Mrs. Bowman the Salem Police Department contacted Mr. Bowman and gave him a ride home after being missing for two weeks.

Mrs. Bowman stated that Mr. Bowman left after becoming overwhelmed with his new surroundings. Mrs. Bowman was thankful for all of the people who assisted her in looking for Mr. Bowman and she is very happy for his safe return.


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Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem has been missing since Sunday the 8th after he went for a walk in the 4100 block of State Street, in Salem. Up until Monday Mr. Bowman had been living with his Step-Mother Darlene Bowman, at the Royal Mobile Estates off of State Street.

Ms. Bowman is very concerned because Mr. Bowman is a diagnosed schizophrenic who requires medication on an ongoing basis. Mr. Bowman is from the Salem area but only recently returned after being missing for 25 years. The family is hoping that anyone who may have seen or has any information regarding Mr. Bowman will call the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Bowman is a white male, adult, 6'04" tall, 225 pounds, brown eyes and dark, graying hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, suede shoes, a blue long sleeve tee-shirt and a blue and black jacket with "Bandon" written on it. If you see Mr. Bowman please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-588-5032. Mr. Bowman is registered as a missing person.


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03/24/15
Cave Junction Man Arrested related to March 16th Stabbing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
On March 24th, 2015, at 10:20 AM, Oregon State Police detectives from the Central Point Area Command arrested Lloyd William BLACKBURN at his residence in Cave Junction after an investigation into a stabbing which occurred in Cave Junction on March 16th, 2015. BLACKBURN was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the charge of Assault in the First Degree.

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Two Cave Junction men were treated for stabbing injuries after an altercation which occurred outside of a residence in the Cave Junction area. One man was treated and released and the other was taken into surgery for treatment related to the incident.

On March 16th, 2015, at approximately 1:46 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, along with troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass Worksite, responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 486 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction. After an initial assessment, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office requested the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives respond as part of the Josephine County Major Crime Team to investigate the incident.

The initial investigation revealed that a physical assault occurred at the location between two men, Lloyd William BLACKBURN, age 20 and David Jeffrey Bennett BRYANT, age 20, both of Cave Junction. During the altercation, both subjects received stabbing injuries from a weapon belonging to one of the men.

BRYANT was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass where he was taken into surgery for injuries sustained during the altercation. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. BLACKBURN was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he was treated and released for his injuries. A third person received an injury to her hand when attempting to intervene in the altercation. She was not transported from the scene.

The Oregon State Police with assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office are continuing the investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg (Update Names Released) (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by KRISTI KELLEY, age 27, from Roseburg, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. KELLEY took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. KELLEY was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, TABITHA CANNON, age 20, from Roseburg, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that KELLEY was not wearing a seat belt and that CANNON was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

Photograph provided by OSP

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by a female adult, name withheld pending next of kin notification, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. The female operator took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. The female operator was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, name withheld pending notification to family, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that the female operator was not wearing a seat belt and that the passenger was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

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Oregon Insurance Division announces investigation into LifeWise data breach
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/15
Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division will participate in a multistate investigation of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross. The investigation follows LifeWise's disclosure last week that a cyber attack exposed the personal identifying information of 250,000 Oregonians to unauthorized access. The information exposed includes:
* Name
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Mailing address
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Member identification number
* Bank account information
* Claims information, including clinical information

"Oregon takes the protection of personal identifying information very seriously and this investigation will closely scrutinize the data security practices of LifeWise," said Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Oregon will be looking at how LifeWise learned about the breach, what process they used to identify affected consumers, and the adequacy of the consumer protections offered to those affected."

Washington will supervise the investigation, with Oregon and Alaska taking lead roles. The exact scope of the investigation is still under discussion, but will likely include:
* All cybersecurity aspects of the breach, including understanding the process LifeWise used to discern which members were affected and what information was compromised
* LifeWise's response to the breach and any corrective actions it has taken
* The financial impact of the breach on consumers, providers, and LifeWise

The participating states will likely contract with a cybersecurity firm to help investigate:
* When and how the data was breached
* Whether the breach stopped and if so, when
* What data was compromised
* How the attack was able to succeed
* Whether the company has taken effective steps to prevent a future attack.

Consumers who believe they may be affected by the LifeWise security breach can find information about protecting their identities at www.lifewiseupdate.com.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Pay for Home Efficiency Upgrades through Your Natural Gas Bill
NW Natural - 03/24/15
New Program Can Eliminate Upfront Costs for NW Natural Customers in Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. - NW Natural is partnering with Energy Trust of Oregon and local nonprofit lender Craft3 on a groundbreaking new program that removes a major barrier to homeowners making energy-efficiency improvements: upfront costs.

Instead of paying out of pocket for these home energy upgrade projects, qualifying NW Natural customers in Washington will now be able to make monthly payments on their already low natural gas bills.

"Sometimes homeowners who could benefit the most from lower energy bills aren't able to afford the money saving upgrades," said Bill Edmonds, NW Natural director of environmental management and sustainability. "We hope to change that by partnering with Energy Trust and Craft3 on this program to make energy efficiency more affordable and accessible."

Individual loans are available for up to $15,000 to install high-efficiency gas equipment, such as, fireplaces, furnaces and tank water heaters; insulation; windows and air sealing - that qualify for Energy Trust cash incentives.

On-bill Repayment is being piloted in Washington state. Customers interested in this program can apply at www.energytrust.org/repayment.


About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 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.


About Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.


About Craft3
Craft3 is a nonprofit CDFI lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. We do this by providing loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others, including those who don't normally have access to financing. We then complement these financial resources with our expertise, personal connections and other advocacy for our clients. Learn more at www.craft3.org.
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting ***UPDATE 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Bachle, age 24, of Salem. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have spoken with numerous witnesses to the incident as well as all of the parties involved and are working to provide a summary of their case to the Districts Attorney's Office within the coming weeks.

On Monday March 23rd, an autopsy was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and it determined that Mr. Bachle died from a gunshot wound that he received from a gun fired by, Michael Lee Newborn, age 22, of Salem. Mr. Newborn, Mr. Bachle and Mr. Bachle's fiancé, Shelby Pilgrim, age 24, of Salem, were all living at the Juneva address at the time of the shooting. Mr. Bachle was not armed at the time of the shooting and it is believed that alcohol did play a role in the events that took place Saturday night.

As of today, there have been no arrests in this case. Once the investigation is completed it will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for their review and any recommendation they may have regarding criminal charges. The time frame for the completion of the investigation and the referral to the DA's Office is not yet known.

The Sheriff's Office anticipates that all further releases regarding this case will be conducted by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
March 25th is Scotts Mills Quake anniversary (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/24/15
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On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem. It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.

Oregon is susceptible to earthquakes being seismically active with both crustal faults and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"The Scotts Mills earthquake was really a wake-up call about our state's vulnerability to earthquakes," says Interim State Geologist Ian Madin. "Earthquakes can and do happen everywhere in Oregon, and we need to be prepared throughout the state."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recommend preparing in advance for earthquakes and other hazards.

"Oregonians should plan to be self-sufficient for at least two-weeks after a major earthquake," said Dr. Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Some of the recommended preparation activities include developing and practicing an emergency plan, getting a kit, and practicing earthquake drills.

OEM will be conducting a social media campaign until March 26 for people to share where they were, at 5:34 a.m., on March 25, 1993. Join the conversation on twitter @OregonOEM #ScottsMillsEQ, or on facebook at http://goo.gl/M6Qeak to participate. The top three stories will win an emergency preparedness kit.


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Wells Fargo expands its mobile banking phone app to include Spanish
Wells Fargo - 03/24/15
Wells Fargo has created a new update to its mobile banking phone app that provides customers with the option of selecting Spanish as their preferred language.

With nearly three in four Latinos owning smartphones according to Nielsen (close to 10 percent higher than the national average), this new feature on the Wells Fargo app provides Spanish-speaking customers with an easier, more convenient way to view account balances, transfer funds between accounts, deposit checks and access other key banking functions.

The upgraded app is available for Apple iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

"Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs," said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. "We're proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language."

Supporting Latino Scholarships
During all of April, for every customer who sets up or changes their language preference to Spanish and maintains that Spanish language preference in their mobile app, Wells Fargo will donate $1 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (up to $50,000).

"Wells Fargo's new Spanish-language option on its mobile banking app is a much needed feature that will be enormously helpful to Spanish-speaking customers. We're also grateful to Wells Fargo for turning the campaign for this app into a way of adding to its already generous support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, by contributing $1 for every customer who takes advantage of the feature," said Fidel A. Vargas, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "The app will help many Hispanic families better manage their finances, and that puts them in a better position to realize their dreams, including paying for a higher education."

Wells Fargo customers can select Spanish by downloading the app from their app store or updating to the new version if they have a previously downloaded version.

Convenient and Secure
The Wells Fargo mobile app is convenient and secure. It helps customers keep their personal information safe since accounts are referred to only by nicknames, and account information is not stored on the phone.

Access to account information while "on the go" helps when it comes to fraud prevention and detection. It allows customers to review their accounts for unusual activity and take quick action if necessary. For additional information on how customers can continue to protect themselves, visit Wells Fargo's Online Security Guarantee and Fraud Information Center.

"Giving all of our customers a great experience - whether they come into a store, call us on the phone or log in from their phone or computer - is something we strive for every day," said Pitts. "For our Spanish-speaking customers, this may also mean a desire to conduct some banking in Spanish. We want to provide a great and safe experience regardless of how they interact with us."

Customers can also benefit from other in-language resources at Wells Fargo such as bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, and Spanish-speaking bankers in branches across the nation.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
Marion County Detectives have received confirmation from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, that DNA obtained from the body discovered in the fire, near Silverton, on September 4th, 2014, has been identified as Terrance Allen Sill, age 47.

Detectives and the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office have determined the cause of Mr. Sill's death to be accidental. The Sheriff's Office thoughts go out to the family for their loss and we hope that this information will provide them with much needed closure.

***Original Release***

On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.
Cattlemen Care: Natural Resource Conservation Fee (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/24/15
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SALEM,Ore., (03/23/2015) - Since Oregon's start in 1859, its land has needed to be worked and its livestock have needed to be cared for. Ranchers stepped up and took on the task; quiet leaders striving to keep nature thriving. Years later, some Oregonians question rancher's support for the environment. Ranchers are bringing forward a public declaration of their support for conservation in the form of what the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is calling a "Natural Resource Conservation Fee."

The fee works by taking $1 per head assessment at the time of an already required brand inspection. It will then be up to local soil and water conservation districts to award that money to ranchers working on conservation projects to help the environment. The fee is not limited to one species or environmental concern, but goes toward any wildlife or environmental challenge individual counties are facing. Ranchers have to give toward the assessment in order to be eligible to receive money back for their conservation projects. There will be a 5 year sunset on the bill.

Ray Sessler, president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "(the fee) is a public declaration of what ranchers have been working hard to accomplish all along. That is, take care of Oregon's environment." He said the cattlemen are self-assessing themselves in order to help not only the environment and wildlife, but Oregon's communities as well.

The fee will work to assist ranchers with a variety of conservation projects. John O'Keeffe, president elect of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said he is optimistic the fee will add additional support to stabilizing ranching communities. He also wants the public to see how hard ranchers work to keep Oregon's wildlife healthy. "I hope the public will appreciate the livestock industry stepping up to bring forward resources to conserve these species," O'Keeffe said.

Brett Brownscombe, acting deputy director for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, believes the bill has great potential to help prevent a Sage-Grouse listing. Brownscombe also noted that this is not the first action ranchers have taken to help support conservation. "This fee adds to their efforts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," he said.

Support for the fee comes from others as well. Tom Sharp, a Harney County rancher, said, "I believe it is important to support the bill because the fee increases will go back to the conservation projects through SWCD offices." Sharp appreciates the flexibility the fee provides for supporting different conservation projects according to different county's needs.

The efforts of Oregon ranchers are not going un-noticed. Paul Henson, state supervisor for USFW, said, "In general, I have been very impressed by OCA's and local ranchers' honest and constructive participation in these efforts to find collaborative ways to avoid the need to list the Sage-Grouse." Henson added, "They have been making some significant sacrifices of their time and resources."

As a hard-working Oregon rancher, Sharp hopes the public will realize one large concept from this bill; "Ranchers are conservationists too." While the Cattlemen's Association prepares to move the bill forward, O'Keeffe notes that this isn't some last resort effort, but rather an outward declaration of years of behind the scenes work. "Ranchers are in this for the long haul."

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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03/23/15
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Turn Lebanon Blue April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/23/15
Lebanon Police Department

Nature of Event: April is National Child Abuse Month
Did you know that in 2014, 643 children were referred to the ABC House for child abuse assessments?

The Lebanon Police Department, in partnership with Lebanon Blue Angels and the Linn County Child Abuse Network, will be raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect. Walk A Mile For A Child will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The one mile walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Justice Center. Early registration for the walk (prior to April 1st) is $20 per adult and $15 for those 12 years of age and under, and includes a dry-fit tee shirt. Early paid registration will also be eligible for gifts donated by the community to include (2) three day passes to the Oregon Jamboree. After April 1st, the cost will be $25 per individual and $20 for those 12 years of age and under. All proceeds will go to the Linn County Child Abuse Network (which includes ABC House, CASA and Family Tree Relief Nursery). The walk will be led by Miss Oregon and Miss Teen Oregon. Registration forms can be picked up now at the Lebanon Justice Center, on City of Lebanon's Facebook website, or by contacting Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339. Registration will also be available the day of the walk.

A child abuse prevention ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Lebanon Justice Center, following the walk. Chief of Police Frank Stevenson, Mayor Paul Aziz and other dignitaries will speak on behalf of child abuse prevention at this public event.

The Justice Center will be decorated with blue lights and a pinwheel garden to remind passersby that we all have a responsibility to help the abused. The blue pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health and happiness. We encourage the community to light up a window or a tree. Gateway Imprints (located at 580 Park Street) is offering free awareness kits; shirts are available for sale as well.

Do your part to stop the hurt in our community. Attend this event and help tie blue ribbons to the Justice Center trees in honor of those who have been abused. Help us paint the town blue and raise awareness for child abuse prevention! Come and learn how working together can make a difference!

See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonPD or contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for more information.
VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Portland to host regional safety leaders - 'Black Hawk Down' survivor featured speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/23/15
(Salem) - Improving safety culture and performance is the focus of the Northwest Safety and Health Summit Conference, scheduled for May 12-14, 2015, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is hosting the regional conference and is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and worksites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Department of Energy.

Conference keynote speaker Keni Thomas and his fellow U.S. Army rangers distinguished themselves in 1993 in an 18-hour firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Black Hawk Down. Thomas will share the story of how he, and other extraordinary individuals, fought to bring each other home. He will stress the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.

"All of us want to make a difference," Thomas said. "We all want to know at the end of the day that we counted for something. My presentation will focus on how well you prepare yourself
in advance to rise above and do what others can not do for you. The story I get to tell is a story of extraordinary people, just like you, who did just that."

Other topics featured at the conference include:

* VPP basics - fundamentals, application process
* Management leadership, safety culture
* Influencing behavior and dynamic learning

Registration for the event is $300, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit
www.regonline.com/regionx_vpppa15.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.
2015 'Conversations with Funders' scheduled; $4.7 million in grants offered (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/23/15
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Ore.-Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for "Conversations with Funders," a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities."

"Conversations with Funders" begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield
2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday April 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday April 7
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Register at
http://bit.ly/1CRvOxi.
Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:
The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2015 and July 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Guidelines are posted here: http://bit.ly/1G8KAwx.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
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Attached Media Files: A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
03/22/15
North Bend family of four, plus pet, receive Red Cross services
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
Red Cross this afternoon assisted a family in North Bend, Oregon after a single family fire. Two adults, two children and a chihuahua in the 2000 block of Virginia Court received assistance, including lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, local resource information and referral to disaster health and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/15
Last night at about 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Jeneva Pl SE. Upon their arrival a subject was found deceased.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and are investigating the incident. There is no outstanding threat to the community as this was an isolated incident.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office will be handling all further releases of information.
03/21/15
Minor Injury Semi-tractor/tailer crash US HWY 97 MP 104 (1/2 Mile North of Culver Hwy) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/21/15
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According to Senior Trooper Justin Lane, on March 21st, 2015 at approximately 2:25 PM, a 2015 Freightliner tractor pulling a 53 foot trailer, belonging to Covenant Transport, hauling a small load of juice, driven by Mark Buckingham, 59, from Harrah, OK; was traveling northbound on US 97 near milepost 104 (approx. 1/2 mile north of Culver Highway) when it traveled onto the northbound shoulder and subsequently rolled onto the passenger side after traveling back onto the roadway. Citizens helped extricate Buckingham who was wearing a seat belt. The truck/trailer combo blocked both travel lanes for approximately one hour. Buckingham was transported to St. Charles Madras by ambulance with minor injuries.

The investigation revealed Buckingham was traveling at 61 mph, when a bee flew in his partially open window. The bee landed on his neck, and he attempted to swat it off, and in the process knocked his glasses off his face. Buckingham began to look for his glasses and suddenly realized he was off the roadway. Buckingham tried to get back onto the highway, but the trailer caused the combo to roll. Buckingham was cited for failure to drive within lane.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, Jefferson County Fire and Ira's Towing.


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Subject arrested for early morning shooting incident at Emerald Queen Casino
FBI - Oregon - 03/21/15
The following is being sent on behalf of FBI Seattle. The contact is Ayn Dietrich, ayn.dietrich@ic.fbi.gov

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At approximately 2:30 pm today, authorities apprehended Jeremy Jay Schlenker, 27, who is suspected of fatally shooting an individual shortly before 1:00 am this morning, Saturday, March 21, in the parking lot of the Emerald Queen Casino on Puyallup tribal lands in Tacoma, Washington.

Schlenker was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, when Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped his vehicle and arrested him by mile marker 252 near Salem Oregon. Schlenker may reside or have resided in Yakima, Washington. OSP also arrested a female individual in the car, Amber Lynn Woodcock, 25. Authorities recovered a weapon.

The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Puyallup Police Department. Information developed from evidence processing and witness interviews enabled authorities to locate Schlenker. In addition to OSP, the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office in Washington, and Marion County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department in Oregon provided valuable assistance.

Investigation has not revealed any connection between the subject and the victim. The victim's identity will not be released at this time.
03/20/15
VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Sheriff's Office Detectives On scene of suspicious death ***** UPDATE *****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/15
The female found deceased at Hunsaker Road SE and Duckflat Road SE, near turner has been identified as 30 year old Melissa Slack. An autopsy was completed this afternoon and the cause of Melissa's death has been ruled a suicide.
Governor Kate Brown attends Oregon Army National Guard UAS launch (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 03/20/15
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Pendleton, Oregon - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. General Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, visited Pendleton Airport to view a demonstration of the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), March 20. Governor Brown is hopeful that with the Oregon Army National Guard's UAS unit operating out of the Pendleton area, it will pave the way for more unmanned aerial vehicle companies to set up operations in Pendleton, Oregon.

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150320Z-YP317-001: PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown; Sean Robbins (second from left), director of the Oregon Business Department; Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk (center); and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, give remarks during an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) demonstration of the Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Marcus Kellogg, crew chief with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, how to launch the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - The Oregon Army National Guard's RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is launched during a demonstration at Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Terry Murray, with Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 41st Special Troops Battalion, shows Oregon Governor Kate Brown how to fly the RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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PENDELTON, OREGON - Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, await the launch of an Oregon Army National Guard RQ-7B Shadow Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the Pendleton Airport, March 20. The event served to demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS and to help pave the way for the UAV industry to set up operations in the Pendleton area. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Red Cross Assists in Douglas County Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/20/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster on the 300 block of Baldwin Road in Camas Valley, Oregon. This single-family fire affected four adults. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, comforts kits, and information on disaster health services and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Berri Leslie named administrator of health insurance marketplace
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
(Salem) - Berri Leslie will be administrator of Oregon's health insurance marketplace, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced today.

The marketplace will be housed at DCBS beginning June 30, 2015, and will help Oregonians access affordable, high-quality health insurance. Leslie's position is effective April 1, so she can hire staff and lead the transition of the marketplace functions from Cover Oregon to DCBS as set out in Senate Bill 1.

Leslie has been deputy administrator of the DCBS Insurance Division since July 2011, leading day-to-day operations of the division and working with stakeholders on implementing the Affordable Care Act. Other leadership roles include managing the regulation of mortgage lending in Oregon during the 2008 financial crisis and, more recently, leading a restructuring of the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

"Berri has the experience, skills, and commitment we need to not only seamlessly transfer the marketplace duties to DCBS but to reach even more Oregonians with the tools and resources they need to get health coverage," Allen said. "She is a proven leader with a track record of successfully tackling challenging issues."

Leslie graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Portland State University with a master's degree in public administration.

"I am excited to take on this new challenge to help Oregonians get the health coverage they need and, ultimately, improve their lives," Leslie said.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information on the marketplace, visit http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/health-marketplace/Pages/default.aspx.
Oregon Seeks Help Shaping Health Plans for 2017
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/20/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is seeking applicants to the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. This advisory committee will play an important role in the selection of Oregon's essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by DCBS that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

Oregon standard health plans are designed by DCBS for the bronze, silver, and gold metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

"We are seeking thoughtful people with relevant experience and a variety of perspectives to serve on the committee," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Whether they are consumers of health care, medical providers, health insurance agents, small business owners, or insurance industry professionals, all with a desire to make a difference in Oregon are urged to apply."

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held every other week beginning in the second week of April and ending in the third week of June. Meetings will be held in person at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem and will be open to the public as well as streamed online.

The deadline for applications to the committee is 5 p.m. on March 30. Information on how to apply can be found online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Committee appointments will be announced by April 3.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
State agencies to meet March 30 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/20/15
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County will meet by teleconference on March 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. PST, followed by a teleconference meeting of the Water Resources Subcommittee from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST.

Meeting details and agenda are available here: http://bit.ly/calicomeetings.

The public and media may listen to the meeting in person at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965, or listen by phone. For call-in instructions, contact the DOGAMI offices in Albany at 541-967-2040.

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the team in an ex-officio role. The Water Resources Subcommittee focuses on water quality and water quantity issues related to the proposed project.
Oregon's FEMA-approved natural hazards mitigation plan regains "Enhanced Status" (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/20/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management recently became eligible for increased mitigation funds that will help better prepare Oregon for future disasters. As of March 2, 2015, 12 states have FEMA approved Enhanced State Mitigation Plans.

States with Enhanced Mitigation Plans have demonstrated a comprehensive mitigation program, and are eligible for an increased amount of mitigation funding following a disaster declaration.

"An enhanced State Mitigation Plan signifies that a state has been proactive and comprehensive in hazard mitigation program implementation," Hazard Mitigation Officer Dennis Sigrist explained. "We are proud of this recognition because not only is it a goal we wanted to achieve, but we also know increased mitigation funds will ultimately reduce the amount of damage from disasters, making Oregon safer and more resilient."

Sigrist said a recent study by FEMA's Multi-hazard Mitigation Council shows that each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars.

For more information about Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Status go to: https://www.fema.gov/multi-hazard-mitigation-plan-status.


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Grants Pass Man Sentenced to Prison for Serious Assault of a Child
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
A Grants Pass man was sentenced on Wednesday in Josephine County Circuit Court on charges stemming from a 2013 investigation by Oregon State Police detectives.

PAUL ANDREW REYES, age 30, from Grants Pass was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday by Honorable Judge Pat Wolke for the 2013 assault on his girlfriend's 2-year-old child whom he was supervising at the time. The child, who was subsequently transported to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries, survived the incident but was left with significant permanent injuries as a result of the assault.

REYES pled guilty on January 14th, 2015, to charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Mistreatment after changing his plea two days into his trial.

Wednesday's sentencing was the culmination of an extensive investigation conducted by OSP Central Point detectives with the assistance of OSP detectives from the Portland Area Command and an OSP detective from the Roseburg Area Command.

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*** Update - Names/Photos Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-84 MP 277 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/20/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle, fatal, roll-over traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 277 - Ladd Canyon.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 7:00 p.m., a Blue, 2000 Ford Excursion pulling a toy-hauler type travel trailer, being operated by TODD M. SCHROEDER, 54, of Milton-Freewater, was traveling eastbound on I-84 and descending Ladd Canyon when the vehicle lost control and rolled over into the center median. The vehicle was occupied by two adult and three juvenile passengers. The front seat adult passenger, JERRY W. SCHROEDER, 73, of Milton-Freewater, was transported via air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries. The center seat passenger, FISHER SCHROEDER, age 14, of Milton-Freewater, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver and two other juvenile passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated at Grande Ronde Hospital in La Grande. Information about safety belt use is still being investigated.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Union County Sheriff's Office, Island City Rural Fire Department and the La Grande and North Powder ambulance. The cause of the crash is under investigation and any further questions can be referred to Trooper Robert Routt at the Oregon State Police office in La Grande.

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Narcotics Search Warrant - Albany Police Case 15-5542 (Photo)
Albany Police - 03/20/15
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On Thursday, March 19, 2015, at about 9:00 p.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives served a search warrant at the residence of 47-year-old Stacey Banta. The residence is located in the 2900 block of SE 21st Avenue in Albany. Stacey Banta was arrested without incident and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

* Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine
* Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana
* Frequenting
* Tampering with Physical Evidence

Nearly ?1/2 pound of methamphetamine, over an ounce of marijuana, several thousand dollars in U.S. currency, and 3 firearms were seized. The investigation began when detectives, assisted by a Linn County Parole and Probation Officer, were attempting to located a wanted person at Stacey Banta's residence.

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03/19/15
Sheriff's Office Detectives on Scene of Suspicious Death (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing their investigation into the death of a female, found in a vehicle, near Turner. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the autopsy the Sheriff's Office will up date our release with the females name and the presumed cause of death.

We do not anticipate any further release of information until after the autopsy has been completed.

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Last night at about 0325 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office found a vehicle running on the side of Hunsaker Road SE at the intersection of Duckflat Road SE, near Turner. When deputies approached the vehicle they found a deceased, adult, female, in the driver's seat of the car. Detectives have been called to the scene and are investigating the incident which, they are calling suspicious.

Detectives on scene are asking for anyone who may have been in the area and saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road to call Detective Myers at 503-540-8096. Hunsaker Road is closed at Duckflat and we are asking that drivers seek alternate routes. Additional releases of information will follow once more details are available.


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Strange Behavior Leads Deputies to Arrest 17 year Old Male (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/15
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On Monday, at about 3 p.m., Blanca Guiterrez was working at her family owned business, JB Color and Brush Painting, located at 11792 Carl Road NE, near Woodburn. The business, which is set off of the roadway and generally closed to the public by gates, was now open because one of the gates protecting the property had been blown down in a recent wind storm.

The open gate somehow drew the attention of a 17 year old, juvenile from Woodburn. The male was acting strange when he contacted Ms. Guiterrez and asked about buying a vehicle from them. Ms. Guiterrez and her husband Javier Gutierrez told the male to leave and he did.

At around, 11:00 p.m., the male returned and jumped the gate that was now fixed and in place to protect the residence/business. The Guiterrez's could see the male skulking around their property and at one point entering a garage on their property. The Guiterrez's called 911 but deputies were unable to arrive before the male disappeared. The following morning the Guiterrez's found that several of their vehicles had been entered and their stereos were missing.

On Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., the male returned again, jumped the fence and knocked at their door. When Mr. Guiterrez answered the door, the male was standing on their front porch and they could see a gun in his waist band. The male was inquiring about purchasing a vehicle and stated that he had a gun "because his house had just been broken into." During the conversation the male pulled the gun out and began waving it at Mr. Guiterrez. Ms. Guiterrez called the Sheriff's Office and units from MCSO and Woodburn PD responded to the scene.

Just as officers with Woodburn PD arrived, the suspect got into the passenger seat of a white, Chevrolet Tahoe and drove away from the scene. Officers followed the vehicle as it pulled into a neighboring manufactured home park and stopped. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and the passenger ran away on foot.

After detaining the driver the vehicle was searched and the gun was found. After closely inspecting the gun, deputies determined it was a bb gun, which had been painted black. Deputies described the gun as a replica of a Glock 27.

Once additional officers and deputies arrived on scene a perimeter was set in place and a K9 was used to track the suspect. Deputy Jason Bernards and his K9 partner, Rolo tracked the suspect to a neighboring residence. The male was found by Rolo hiding under a trailer and he was taken into custody without injury.

The juvenile was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility where he will face charges of, Trespassing, Trespassing with a Firearm, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and a warrant for Probation Violation. Deputies do suspect drug use was a factor in the mental state of the male suspect.


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Suspicious Device
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/19/15
On March 19, 2015 at 1007 hours, Lebanon Officers responded to a report of a suspicious device located on the rooftop of 300 Market St., in Lebanon Oregon. Upon closer inspection of the device officers found it to resemble a possible pipe bomb. The building's occupants were evacuated as a safety precaution for a short period of time. The Oregon State Police-Bomb Squad responded to the scene and assisted in rendering the device safe. The device appeared to have been in that location for some time, as it was severely weathered.
Anyone with additional information please contact Officer Ryan Padua at (541) 451-1751
Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to Meet Review Portland Police Bureau Nomination
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/19/15
Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor

When: March 24, 2015

Time: 0900

Conference Call: Dial in: 877 873-8017 / Access code - 8191185

Meeting Agenda

1)Meeting Called to Order - Public Meeting
2)Selection of Chair
3)Review OAR 259-008-0100(8) - Below
4)Review Medal of Honor Nomination - Officer John Romero - Portland Police Bureau
PPB Case #14-20245
5)Any other issues
6)Adjourn


Background Information

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was created by the Oregon Legislative Assembly through the passage of HB 2877 and is found within Oregon Revised Statutes 176.260 through 176.267.

This award is the highest award given in the name of the State of Oregon to recognize and honor those who have performed their duties with exceptionally meritorious conduct: Going above and beyond-an act of bravery and self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above their comrades.

The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor goes beyond recognizing the everyday heroic actions of the men and women in law enforcement; it is intended to serve as the highest possible standard for exceptional conduct for members of the profession.

The creation of the Oregon Law Enforcement Medal of Honor is a tribute to the courageous and selfless acts of generations of law enforcement officers. It is fitting that the Governor, on behalf of the citizens, recognizes officers who have distinguished themselves by performing their duties with exceptional and honorable meritorious conduct.

Since the Oregon Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was established in 2005, only one has been presented. The first recipient was Benton County Sheriff's Sgt. David Peterson who received the recognition on October 25th, 2013. Sgt. Peterson was shot three times on August 11, 2012 while attempting to arrest Demecio Cardenas.


Oregon Administrative Rule - 259-008-0100(8)

(8) It is the responsibility of the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor to establish qualification criteria for nomination for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(a) Eligibility. For the purposes of nomination, law enforcement officer includes, but is not limited to, a police officer, reserve officer, corrections officer, or parole and probation officer. Also included are any state, county, municipal, federal or tribal individual who is:

(A) Commissioned; and

(B) Responsible for enforcing criminal laws in the state of Oregon.

(b) Officers nominated for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor must have distinguished themselves by exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct while in the performance of duty.

(A) "Exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct" means an officer has distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and fortitude at the risk of their life "above and beyond" the call of duty while performing or fulfilling their responsibilities as a law enforcement officer. It involves risk of life and is an act of bravery, self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above their comrades.

(B) "While in the performance of duty" requires acting in an official capacity and performing a law enforcement function.

(C) The exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct must have occurred on or after January 1, 2006.

(c) Officers nominated for the Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice must have died while performing duties as a law enforcement officer or have been killed because of employment as a law enforcement officer. The death must have occurred on or after January 1, 2011.

(d) Process for Nominations.

(A) All nominations must be submitted on an official nomination form to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

(B) All nominations must be postmarked no later than one year after the date an officer has performed exceptionally honorable and meritorious conduct or the death of an officer.

(C) All nominations must be approved by the Department head or designee of the nominee.

(D) Commission members are prohibited from voting on any nomination submitted from their employing agency.

(E) Notwithstanding subsection (D), Commission members must unanimously approve nominations for the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

(F) Any supporting documentation including, but not limited to, police reports, media reports, pictures, testimonials or affidavits, must accompany the nomination form. If necessary, the Commission may request additional information. The request will be in writing and addressed to the individual identified as the contributor on an official nomination form.

(e) Award of the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor and Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice.

(A) All awards will be presented by the Governor or the Governor's designee at an appropriate time determined by the Commission and approved by the Governor.

(B) An individual or family member receiving the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor or Law Enforcement Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice will retain the option for a public or private ceremony.

(C) The Commission will determine the protocol for all award ceremonies.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 176.260 & 181.640
Stats. Implemented: ORS 176.260 & 181.640
Hist.: PS 12, f. & ef. 12-19-77; PS 1-1985, f. & ef. 4-24-85; Renumbered from 259-010-0080, PS 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 2-7-90; PS 2-1995, f. & cert. ef. 9-27-95; PS 10-1997(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-5-97; BPSST 1-1998, f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98; BPSST 2-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 5-6-98 thru 6-30-98; BPSST 3-1998, f. & cert. ef. 6-30-98; BPSST 16-2001(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-26-01 thru 4-5-02; Administrative correction 5-7-02; BPSST 17-2002, f. & cert. ef. 7-5-02; DPSST 12-2007, f. & cert. ef. 10-15-07; DPSST 10-2012, f.& cert. ef. 4-9-12; DPSST 13-2013, f. & cert. ef. 6-24-13; DPSST 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-2-14
ATV advisory committee meeting scheduled April 1, 2015
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/19/15
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is holding a meeting of the All-Terrain Vehicle Grant Subcommittee on April 1-2. The meeting will be held at the Salmon Harbor Marina Activity Center, 263 Marina Way, Winchester Bay. The facility is ADA accessible. The ATV Grant Subcommittee will meet from 8 a.m. to noon both days to hear grant requests. Time is provided for public comment.

The committee will tour the Douglas County Half Moon Bay Campground, ATV staging area, the Douglas County Sheriff's facility and the Winchester Bay riding area in the afternoon of April 1. The Committee will tour facilities and the riding area in the Horsfall Beach area in the afternoon of April 2.

ATV program staff may be reached at 503-986-0785 or 503-986-0706.
United Way ranks Wells Fargo's workplace giving first in the U.S. for sixth consecutive year (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 03/19/15
Wells Fargo team members volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Beaverton in 2014.
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United Way Worldwide has recognized Wells Fargo as the conducting the largest workplace giving campaign in the United States in 2014, marking the sixth consecutive year Wells Fargo has earned the honor.

During the company's month-long Community Support and United Way Campaign last year, Wells Fargo team members pledged $70.5 million, a nine percent increase from 2013. It was also the 12th consecutive year-over-year increase.

"Wells Fargo is leading by example when it comes to engaging their employees in creating meaningful change," said Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. "Whether they're donating money, giving their time as volunteers or raising their voices in support of others, Wells Fargo team members are making a real difference, especially in the area of financial stability and workforce development. This is an inspiring example of how corporate partners are working with United Way to change lives."

Including the $70.5 million pledged during the Community Support and United Way campaign, Wells Fargo team members contributed a total of $97.7 million to 30,000 nonprofits and schools in 2014. Team members also volunteered 1.74 million hours during the year.

"These results reflect the care and passion that team members have for their communities," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's regional president for Oregon and S.W. Washington. "Whether it is contributing to a nonprofit, helping in a local food bank or tutoring in a school, our team members make a difference. I'm proud their efforts and generosity are once again recognized by the United Way."

For many years, Wells Fargo and United Way Worldwide have partnered to build stronger communities, including volunteer activities such as serving meals to the homeless and working in food banks; cleaning waterways and restoring parks and public land; and delivering financial education to individuals and families using Wells Fargo's Hands on Banking program.

Wells Fargo is a member of the United Way's Global Corporate Leadership program, which aims to improve lives and create lasting changes in communities across the country through corporate resources, consumer research and employee engagement. The company has previously been honored with the United Way's highest award for volunteer engagement.

For more on how to support the United Way, visit www.unitedway.org. For more information on Wells Fargo's philanthropic initiatives, visit www.wellsfargo.com.

About United Way
With more than 2.8 million volunteers and 9.7 million donors worldwide, and more than $5 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. It is working in nearly 1,800 communities across 41 countries and territories to create community solutions that improve life for everyone. Across the world, United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, civic and faith organizations, as well as educators, labor, health organizations, government and more. Read more at UnitedWay.org

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo team members volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity build in Beaverton in 2014.
ODOT and OSP make Spring Break Traffic Safety Partnership
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to keep Spring Break travelers safe on Oregon's roads this year; together, we want to help you make this a safe and memorable travel time. Travel safety involves taking responsibility for your own behaviors as well as watching out for one another. It also means:

* Observing the rules of the road.
* Seeing and being seen.
* Focusing on the task at hand so you can make smart choices while being aware of what others on the road are doing.

First: Obey the Rules of the Road.
So how do we keep our roads safe? For starters, we focus our efforts on the things that contribute most to serious injury or fatal crashes. Last year during Spring Break (March 23-29), OSP troopers made over 2700 stops for violations of our Fatal-5 traffic enforcement priorities.

The Fatal-5 includes Speed, Occupant Safety, Lane Safety, Impaired Driving and Distracted Driving, or S.O.L.I.D. OSP Superintendent Rich Evans puts it this way, "This kind of driving behavior creates the biggest risk to people's safety on our roadways. Focusing on them makes the biggest impact on traffic safety."

So, you might think, "I get it - those are serious." But then you might also think, "How about cell phones? Are you serious about them now?" And the answer is "Yes." If you get stopped for talking/texting while driving, you will get a ticket. Phone In One Hand. Ticket in the Other.

Second - "See and Be Seen."
Whether you are driving, riding, walking, motorcycling, skateboarding - whatever your mode - be on the lookout for others, and make it easier for everyone else to see you, too. Yes, you may be following the rules, but in most interactions between a car and a pedestrian, the pedestrian loses. Same with a bicyclist. Be alert, be considerate - see and be seen.

Then - Being Travel Smart:
The state of Oregon is a fantastic place to spend spring break, with our natural beauty, fun cities and towns, and everything in between. Here are some smart tips to keep those experiences enjoyable:

* www.tripcheck.com - Always start with a quick check of road conditions/hazards/delays.
* Equipment - double check tire pressure, oil levels and fluids before you venture out so you don't end up a hazard yourself.
* Make time for pit stops - a safety rest area can educate/refresh and inspire a great vacation.
* Don't forget the common sense - OSP Sergeant Dave Aydelotte of the Gold Beach Office reminds us car clouting thieves will always take advantage of an easy opportunity - conceal the valuables.

Over past five years, Oregon has averaged seven fatalities and 25 major injuries during the week of spring break (includes two weekends), and the most common kinds of crashes where "fixed/other object" (where a vehicle goes off the road and hits something) and "head on." Four of the 36 total fatalities that occurred over the past five spring breaks were pedestrians.

Be Safe and Travel Smart.
From the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Police.

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Competitive grants making a difference to cities as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/19/15
This year, Arbor Week is April 5-11
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The cities of Eugene, Baker City, Oregon City and Sunriver have been awarded competitive grants by the non-profit organization Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.). O.C.T.'s mission is promoting healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness and advocacy.

Competitive grant dollars - $500 awarded to each city - will be used by these communities to enhance celebrations for Tree City USA Arbor Week next month. O.C.T. strongly supports the efforts of Oregon's Tree City USA's, and these grants help communities boost Arbor Day events, building goodwill towards trees in each community.

"These events help area residents celebrate and build local support and partnerships for urban forests," says certified arborist and O.C.T. Board President Ruth Williams.

This year's grant recipients:

Oregon City
With help from Friends of Trees - a non-profit organization whose mission is bringing people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces - Oregon City's Arbor Day event will include planting 20 trees at Eastham School, a pre-kindergarten and continuing education facility of the Oregon city school district.

Sunriver
In partnership with the Sunriver Nature Center, the community of Sunriver will plant some 1,000 native ponderosa pine seedlings; grant dollars fund the purchase of both trees and planting materials.

Baker City
Baker City is celebrating its 30th year as a Tree City USA and will be replacing four dying trees within the core of the community's historic downtown area. This successful project is undertaken through the combined efforts of City of Baker City staff, city tree board members, community volunteers and downtown merchants.

Funds will also be used to purchase pruning tools, watering bags and t-shirts for volunteers.

Eugene
In the city of Eugene, volunteers with "Eugene Park Stewards" program will be planting 43 trees at Westmoreland Park along with a number of 8th grade citizen-scientist students from Eugene's Arts & Technology Academy.

"I am looking forward to visiting the coordinators and congratulating participants of all these projects," adds Williams.

Oregon Community Trees and Arbor Week
For the past three years, Oregon Community Trees has been supporting the tree-related efforts of Oregon's Tree Cities USA, offering $500 competitive grants to support and enhance Arbor Week celebrations.

This year, Arbor Week in Oregon (the first full week in April) runs from April 5 - 11. National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April - this year, it is April 24.

About Oregon Community Trees
Oregon Community Trees is a nonprofit organization with members from around the state representing business, government, education and citizen groups. Partners include the Oregon Department of Forestry, the US Forest Service and Oregon State University.

For more information: http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/

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Attached Media Files: This year, Arbor Week is April 5-11
Remembering the Oso landslide
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/19/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - March 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic Oso, Wash. landslide.

Awareness of the Pacific Northwest's landslide hazard has greatly increased over the past year. The Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is now the most viewed of all Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) interactive web maps, with SLIDO page views increasing more than sevenfold.

"Landslides are a common and incredibly destructive natural hazard," says Ian Madin, interim State Geologist. "More Oregonians are seeking information about landslide hazards near their homes, and steps they can take to assess and prevent potential landslides."

Scientists, policy makers, emergency managers, planners and many others are also coming together to address landslide hazards. A recent Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists three-day forum focused on how to better protect people and places from landslide hazards. Landslide-related legislation is currently being considered at state and national levels. Scientists are also continuing to study the Oso landslide to learn more about how the unusually fast-moving, large and complex landslide occurred.

Landslides occur in all 50 states and U.S. territories, and cause more than 25 fatalities and damages of $1-2 billion on average each year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. DOGAMI's landslide hazard program maps where landslides have occurred in the past to better understand where they may occur in the future, and to analyze landslide risks.

Recent DOGAMI landslide projects include a study of coastal Curry County's landslide hazards, a landslide hazard and risk study for Clackamas County, and a landslide hazard and risk study for the city of Astoria.

"We can't predict when and where the next landslide events will occur, but communities can become more resilient to the hazard by understanding and considering landslide hazards," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist.

LEARN MORE
Statewide Landslide Information Database for Oregon: http://bit.ly/oregonslido
Debris flow and landslide warning information: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Corrections Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/19/15
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 18th Corrections Class on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Any questions regarding the graduation should be directed to Amber Preble at DPSST by phone at (503) 373-0818 or e-mail at amber.preble@state.or.us.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

The class consists of county and city corrections officers from around the state. The six-week course includes topics such as roles and responsibilities, best practices, mental health crisis intervention, state jail standards, report writing, interview techniques, ethics, conflict resolution, professional boundaries, defensive tactics, use of force, firearms and many others delivered in a problem-based learning format. The class was developed in partnership with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association - Jail Command Council, Oregon Department of Corrections, city jail managers of the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training.

Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months under the guidance of a field training officer.

Basic Corrections #BCL018

Deputy Sheriff Amanda Campbell - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Alexander Choate - Harney County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Nathan Christensen - Northern Oregon Correctional Facility
Deputy Sheriff Andrew Christianson - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff John Cody - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kayla Cooke - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Katelyn Cox - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Jeff Crowe - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Andrew Dodds - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Trent Elms - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Cassandra Greene - Warm Springs Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Hagert - Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Millisa Halseth - Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Brian Hansen - Beaverton Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Justin Hoy - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Andrew Jackson - Warm Springs Police Department
Deputy Sheriff Terry Kindrick - Northern Oregon Correctional Facility
Deputy Sheriff Eric Lederer - Linn County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Ivan LopezMendoza - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Christine Mitchell - Washington County Community Corrections
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Morris - Lake County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Jennifer Nakayama - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brandon Nash - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Corrections Officer Donna Patlan - Clackamas County Community Corrections
Deputy Sheriff Aaron Porter - Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Erica Rich - Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Lacey Sandquist - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Shane Simon - Josephine County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff David Smith - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Noelan Smith - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Maksim Solnyshkin - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Stinnett - Grant County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kassandra Stoffel - Lake County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brian Sullivan - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Matthew Twite - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Tiffany Wager - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Webb - Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Brett Winders - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Wooley - Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Corvallis Police Arrest Man on Multiple Burglaries and Sex Assault
Corvallis Police - 03/19/15
In the early morning hours of March 18, 2015, Corvallis Police investigated a report of a sexual assault in the 600 block of NW 23rd St. A female victim reported that a male entered her residence while she was in the shower. The victim told police the suspect disrobed, and got into the shower with her. During this time, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim before dressing and leaving the scene.

During the investigation of the initial report, Corvallis Police Officers discovered a male matching the description of the sex assault suspect had entered three other residences in the same area. A cell phone was discovered at the scene of the sex assault which was likely dropped by the suspect while he undressed. The phone belonged to 22 year old Ronald Wesley Vaughan of Corvallis.

On March 18, Investigators located Vaughan, and at the conclusion of the investigation were able to determine he was the suspect from the sex assault and burglaries. After collecting the clothing he had worn during the incidents, and communicating with Oregon State Police on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis Police and OSP were able to link Vaughan to several burglary incidents at Cauthorn Hall during the same night.

Vaughan was arrested by Corvallis Police of the following charges:

Attempted Rape in the First Degree
Sex Abuse in the First Degree
Burglary in the First Degree (3 counts)
Attempted Burglary in the First Degree

Vaughan was also charged by Oregon State Police with 3 counts of Burglary in the First Degree and 1 count of Burglary in the Second degree from incidents on the Oregon State University Campus. Vaughan was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His current bail amount is set at $225,000. Vaughan will appear in Benton County Circuit Court on March 19, 2015.

A mug-shot photo is available by going to the following Link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000547

If anyone has any additional information regarding this incident, or was the victim of a burglary overnight on March 17/18, 2015, please contact Detective Greg Kantola at 541-766-6781 for incidents in the City of Corvallis or Senior Trooper Chris Graves 541-737-3010 for crimes on the OSU Campus.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I 5 at French Prairie Rest Area on Ramp
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal semi-truck versus pedestrian crash on I-5 SB near milepost 281.

Preliminary information from troopers at the scene indicates that shortly before 6:00 a.m., a man who was living with his mother and sister and had been staying regularly at the southbound French Prairie Rest Area, south of Wilsonville, walked into the lane of travel on I-5 and was struck by a southbound semi-truck hauling wood chips. The man, identified as TERSEE S. GAR, 24, of Tualatin, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Early investigation indicates GAR had been talking about committing suicide.

Suicide is preventable when people in crisis are connected with qualified mental health professionals who can help. If you are considering suicide or you know someone who is - start by calling the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for help. Don't get fooled into thinking there is no help or hope.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation. No photographs are available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Oregon State Police troopers are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on I 5 at MP 281 southbound. The crash involves a semi truck and pedestrian near French Prairie rest area. 2 of 3 lanes are affected as well as the on-ramp to I 5 from the rest area. Watch for emergency crews and go to www.tripcheck.com for road updates.

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What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Pacific Power - 03/19/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 19, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

What you don't see can hurt you. A lot.
Look up to make sure ladders, tools are a safe distance from electric wires

PORTLAND, Ore. --Spring is just around the corner and warm weather is already drawing Northwesterners outdoors for fun as well as home and yard maintenance projects. Before you reach for that ladder, extended pruner or fielder's glove, be conscious of overhead power line locations.

"It is easy to forget that the power lines supplying your house are potentially dangerous," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Simply moving a metal ladder without being aware of what is overhead could be deadly. Even a momentary electrical contact can have devastating results."

Pacific Power urges its customers to take simple precautions when working or playing outside to help ensure their safety:

"Look up and live "

* Note the location of overhead electrical wires while working and when moving equipment, as well as when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing rain gutters.
* Check for nearby electrical wires when pruning trees. If lines run through or near your tree, don't attempt to cut branches or limbs. Instead, you should call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.
* When painting a house, note where power lines connect to the house and keep ladders, scaffolding and other equipment away from lines.
* If moving, adjusting or installing an antenna or satellite dish, keep well away from electrical wires.
* Be cautious on the roof. Working on a roof may put you closer to an overhead power line than you realize and your focus may be more on keeping your footing than on wire locations. Avoid accidentally touching a line with your head or shoulder or any tool you may be using.
* Playing catch is a time-honored rite of Spring, but keep clear of lines so that you always make it home safe.
* Flying kites is another fun part of the season, but do it away from overhead power lines and make sure kids have adult supervision. If a kite becomes tangled in electrical wires, immediately let go of the string and make no attempt to remove the kite. Call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070.

As always, stay away to stay safe

* If you spot an electrical wire down, keep everyone out of the area (including pets) and immediately call 9-1-1 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.
* Never try to move a downed wire or even go near one. Always assume a downed wire is energized and dangerous, even if it isn't sparking. Touching a live line or anything near it-- like a fence or puddle of water--can cause electricity to flow through your body, resulting in serious injury or death.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit www.pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.
Finalists named in high school safety video contest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/19/15
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(Salem) - High school students across the state created videos that are full of drama, humor, and interesting characters to increase awareness about workplace safety with the message, "Speak up. Work safe." The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) sponsors the annual video contest to engage teen workers, who are twice as likely to be injured on the job, according to federal studies.

The top 11 finalists are now posted on YouTube for viewing (click on 2015 video submissions):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM75uPd4sBhw4U8dnwg5OKrKsxo0rvrLa

The finalists are:
*"Gone Mobile" - South Salem High School
*"Horrible Bosses" - St. Helens High School
*"Lorenzo's Blog" - South Salem High School
*"Shop Safety of Horror" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"The Cutting Edge" - Sunset High School
*"Think Safely - It Couldn't Hurt" - Benson Polytechnic High School
*"This is My Scar" - South Salem High School
*"This is You"- Benson Polytechnic High School
*"Training Day" - St. Helens High School
*"Work Safety for Teens" - La Pine High School
*"Workplace Safety" - South Wasco County High School

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500 and will earn a matching amount for their school. O[yes] hosts the contest, which is sponsored by Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SHARP Alliance, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance.

The contest, open to all high school students in Oregon, also features the tagline "Work shouldn't cost you your future." Students were tasked with creating a 90-second video based on the concept of speaking up about hazards at work. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, youth appeal, production quality, and message.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event at Northern Lights Theatre in Salem on May 2.

For contest information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest. On social media, follow the contest conversation with the tag #Oyesvideo.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DCBSOregon. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case
Oregon Health Authority - 03/19/15
EDITORS: Public health officials will answer questions about the UO meningococcal outbreak during a media availability TODAY from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 425 (fourth floor) of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St.

March 19, 2015

State confirms sixth University of Oregon meningococcal disease case

It's critical that students get vaccinated over spring break, health officials say

Oregon Health Authority officials say a sixth confirmed meningococcal disease case in a University of Oregon student underscores the critical importance of getting vaccinated against the illness before or during spring break.

The target audience for this vaccination plea: Parents of UO students returning home or planning a trip abroad during the break that starts March 23.

"We need parents to help us get the word out to students about this dangerous, potentially deadly disease, and why it's crucial for students to get the meningitis B shot right now," said Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director of infectious disease and immunization programs at the OHA Public Health Division. "No one should be complacent about this disease. University of Oregon undergraduates who have not been vaccinated are at risk of infection, serious illness and death."

The latest case is a 20-year-old male UO sophomore who lives off campus. The five previous cases all have fallen ill since mid-January. The fourth case, an 18-year-old female freshman at UO, died from the disease February 17.

Oregon Public Health is working closely with UO and Lane County Public Health to investigate the latest case, including tracking and contacting individuals who may have had close contact with the student. They also are encouraging people who meet the following criteria to get vaccinated as soon as possible: All UO undergraduate students at the Eugene campus or undergraduate students who attend classes at least weekly at the Eugene campus; UO graduate students who live in campus residence halls (dormitories) or fraternity and sorority houses; and UO students with high-risk medical conditions, including absent spleen or abnormal spleen function, such as that caused by sickle cell disease, or complement deficiency.

UO students can get vaccinated against meningococcal disease at the University Health Center as well as any Safeway, Albertsons or Walgreens pharmacy in Oregon. Their insurance will be billed directly, and the vaccine will be provided at no cost to them.

So far, more than 9,000 UO students have received the meningitis B vaccine. The goal is to vaccinate 22,000 undergraduate students.

Cieslak says he is pleading with UO parents to encourage students to get vaccinated when they return home for spring vacation, or in Eugene if they choose to stay in town during the break. They also should make sure students who are planning trips abroad get vaccinated before they leave.

"This meningococcal outbreak is not over. We won't be at all surprised if we see more cases," Cieslak said. "That's why undergrads and those with high-risk medical conditions should get vaccinated right away. It's the best way to reduce your risk of being infected."

Students can further reduce the spread of the disease by completing the series of doses for the meningitis vaccine, which is offered in two- and three-dose courses. They also can help prevent its spread by covering their cough and washing their hands frequently, and avoiding sharing items such as cups, eating utensils and smoking devices.

Additional information:

-- Public Health Division meningococcal facts: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/facts.aspx

-- UO meningitis B vaccine information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/getthevax.aspx

-- University Health Center information: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/meningitis.aspx?q=meningitis

-- CDC meningococcal disease information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/index.html

-- CDC meningitis B vaccine information: http://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/outbreaks/vaccine-serogroupb.html

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*** Update Name Added*** Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on HWY 58 near MP 15.5 just east of Lowell - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/19/15
*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterdays fatal traffic crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15.5 east of Lowell in Lane County.

Early information indicates that a white, 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup, was eastbound on highway 58 near milepost 15.5, just east of Lowell. For still undetermined reasons the Tacoma left the roadway, striking a guardrail and some trees. The operator, identified as BRADLEY J. RHEA, 58, of Oakridge, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Dexter Rural Fire Protection District.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on the scene of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 58 near milepost 15.5, just east of Lowell in Lane County.

Highway 58 traffic is not being impacted at this time. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
03/18/15
Upcoming annual workshop for landlords-Don't miss out on the early bird registration
Salem Police Dept. - 03/18/15
Attention, rental property owners, property managers, on-site resident managers! Save April 15 & 16, 2015 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 conducted in partnership with John Campbell of Campbell DeLong Resources. 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 on day two.

Register on or before April 3 and pay the reduced price of $65 per person or $85 per couple; postmarks are considered. After April 4, the fee increases to $75 and $95, respectively. Registration includes reference materials and refreshments.

For more information about the course, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175. To submit your registration visit the police department page at www.cityofsalem.net/police to download the form.
OSP Troopers in Springfield Investigating Fatal Pedestrian Crash on I-5 - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal pedestrian crash on I-5 near milepost 174.5 (southbound) in Lane County near Cottage Grove.

On March 17, at approximately 9:00 p.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a pedestrian walking on the shoulder and also in the right lane of travel on I-5 southbound near milepost 174.5, nearly being struck by passing vehicles. As troopers responded to the scene additional callers reported what appeared to be a person lying on the shoulder.

Upon arrival troopers discovered ERIC A. BOLDT, 42, of Eugene and with ties to Idaho, deceased on the highway shoulder. BOLDT was wearing a multicolored pullover and carrying a large digital camouflage backpack. One caller reported he may have had a mid-sized dog walking with him as well which has not been confirmed.

Troopers believe BOLDT may have been struck by a large or commercial type vehicle which may not have been aware of the crash. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information pertaining to this crash is asked to contact Oregon State Police Collision Reconstructionist Sr. Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at 541-726-2536 or by calling the Northern Command Center (NCC) at 800-243-7865.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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*** Charges Added *** Armed/Barricaded Subject near Blue River in Custody - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/18/15
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Oregon State Police have taken the person involved in today's armed stand-off in Lane County near Blue River into custody.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 10:00 p.m., members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team took the man, identified as 60-year-old DAVID L. SHOPTAW, of Blue River, into custody on several criminal charges including Unlawful use of a weapon, Menacing, Reckless Endangering, and Pointing a Firearm at another. SHOPTAW barricaded himself shortly before 2:00 p.m. today and although he was subdued by a taser he was not seriously injured during his arrest. He is being transported for further evaluation to a Eugene Area Hospital.

Earlier today, neighbors in the area reported a man, later identified as SHOPTAW, had fired multiple rounds out the window of his cabin at or near people who were walking in the area. When troopers arrived on scene, SHOPTAW indicated he had weapons and may have been experiencing a mental health crisis.

This investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and McKenzie Fire and Rescue. No photograph is immediately available.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on-scene and continue to arrive on the scene of a reported disturbance involving and shooting in the Blue River Area. The incident shortly before 2:00 p.m. today near milepost 43 on Highway 126E near Blue River Drive.

Preliminary information indicates that a man living in residence nearby began firing randomly at people in the area and creating a disturbance. The man has now barricaded himself inside a residence and troopers are speaking to him at this time.

The public is not in danger and the incident is not impacting traffic in the area. No photographs are available at this time and additional updates to this release will follow.

Media inquiries may be directed to Lieutenant Josh Brooks, Public Information Officer via email at OSPPIO@state.or.us.
AARP Seeks Volunteers from all Corners of the State
AARP Oregon - 03/18/15
March 16, 2015 -- If you are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity where you can make a difference in your community, AARP Oregon is seeking volunteers to advocate, educate and engage Oregonians of all backgrounds. We have a variety of community and committee roles including our Executive Committee and Diversity Advisory Council.

AARP Oregon works on issues that matter to 50+ Oregonians and their families, including financial security, family caregiving, livable and age friendly communities, hunger, fraud, and more.

You can make an impact on local, state and federal levels with our outreach on protecting Social Security and Medicare, helping people find jobs, start a new business or prepare for retirement, along with advocating for family caregivers.

We are seeking representation from every corner of the state. AARP Oregon supports inclusiveness in all of its activities and seeks leadership applicants who represent the state's diversity in age, geography, beliefs, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation.

"We encourage Oregonians of all backgrounds to apply for these positions," said AARP state director Jerry Cohen.

Questions? Email us at oraarp@aarp.org To apply, go to http://svy.mk/1MLpVBd.
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Fatal Crash in Lebanon
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/18/15
Nature of Crime or Event: Fatal Crash
Date / Time Occurred: March 17th, 2015 at 7:45 pm
Occurred Location: E Oak Street and S Williams Street, Lebanon, OR

The Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Fire Department responded to a report of a single vehicle accident at the intersection of E Oak Street and S Williams Street at 7:45pm Wednesday, March 17th, 2015. The 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling north on S Williams Street. Near the intersection of E Oak Street, the vehicle veered to the west side of the S Williams Street where it struck a telephone pole and a tree. Paramedics arrived on scene and began treating the single occupant of the vehicle identified as 75 year old Florence Townsend of Lebanon. She was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital where she died a short time after arrival.

The Linn County MAIT team responded to assist in the reconstruction of the crash. The investigation by Lebanon officers revealed that Ms. Townsend was having medical problems and was driving herself to the hospital. It is believed that the crash was a result of the medical condition. Ms. Townsend was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

At this time, there is no indication that speed or alcohol had any involvement in the crash. The investigation into this crash is continuing.
03/17/15
Oregon Author's Travel Memoir: Peanut Butter and Naan, Named Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/17/15
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Salem, Oregon (March 17, 2015) The travel memoir, Peanut Butt and Naan, written by Oregon author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson, has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd. In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.
"After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners," said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. "In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year's entries."

Marcelle Soviero, Editor in Chief of Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, said, "In this thoughtful, often hilarious book, Magnuson crosses parenting cultures with her husband and five children, gaining insight into herself, and ultimately finding her tribe. A powerful debut, Magnuson has the gift of conversational prose laced with a quick wit."

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco Friday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction and Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About the publisher She Writes Press: www.Shewritespress.com

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc. is a media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription. You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Find a complete list of nominees here: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

About Jennifer-Hillman Magnuson: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson is a northwest writer who currently lives in Salem, Oregon. After having been born in the Seattle area and then moving to Bend and then Salem, Oregon, Magnuson met her husband while attending Portland State University. In June 2010, Jennifer, husband Bob and five children ages 1- 14 moved to Chennai in southeast India.

About Peanut Butter and Naan: Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom, Jennifer Magnuson, knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call--she just couldn't find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn't realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well. A combination of Eat, Pray, Love and Modern Family, with a dash of Chelsea Handler thrown in for good measure, Peanut Butter and Naan is Magnuson's hilarious look at the chaos of parenting against a backdrop of malaria, extreme poverty, and no conveniences of any kind--and her story of rediscovering herself and revitalizing her connection with those she loves the most. Hers is a story about motherhood that will not only make you laugh and nod with recognition--it will inspire you to fall in love with your own family all over again.


Attached Media Files: JenniferHillmanMagnuson , PeanutButter&NaanBookCover
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/17/15
Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
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The circa 1857-1866 house north of downtown Corvallis is important as one of only a handful of pioneer-era houses remaining in the community of Corvallis. Mother and daughter Hannah and Eliza Gorman, both slaves, immigrated from Missouri to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in 1844. Once freed from bondage, the Gormans, both unmarried, purchased the property and built their house during a period in which Oregon's exclusion laws prohibited African Americans from owning property. Built in two phases, the simple house served as their home and place of business, where they became well-respected citizens in the community, working as a laundress and seamstress. Eliza Gorman died in 1869. After her death Hannah moved to Portland and in 1875 she sold the house and property in Corvallis.
The Hannah and Eliza Gorman House is one of a very small percentage of settlement-era dwellings remaining in the Willamette Valley, and one of even fewer buildings remaining in Oregon that are associated with African American pioneers.
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their October 2014 meeting. It is one of forty-two individual historic properties in Corvallis that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: Press release , National Register nomination , Hannah and Eliza Gorman House
Corrected: As spring arrives, avoid buying chicks, ducklings
Oregon Health Authority - 03/17/15
Resending to fix quote to say " ...these birds often are picked up by children ..."

March 17, 2015

Baby poultry may carry dangerous salmonella bacteria

Spring is the season when people purchase "baby chicks" for their backyard poultry flocks or to give as Easter gifts, but one public health expert advises caution around these cute, fuzzy birds.

The problem: Baby poultry carry salmonella bacteria that can cause serious illness.

"Salmonella bacteria often contaminate adult chickens, ducks and other live poultry, so it goes without saying that their offspring often carry it, too," says Emilio DeBess, D.V.M., Oregon Public Health veterinarian.

"What's worse is that because of their size and cuteness, these birds often are picked up by children, who will put them close to their faces and kiss them," DeBess says. "In most cases, children may not wash their hands after handling them."

Since 2010, nine outbreaks of illnesses caused by salmonella bacteria from chicks have occurred, affecting at least 37 confirmed salmonellosis cases and many more suspected cases. A third or more of the cases were children, DeBess said. The last major salmonellosis outbreak, in 2013, occurred after people handled, kissed and kept poultry inside the home.

Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever symptoms lasting three to seven days, DeBess said. Anyone with compromised immune systems, the very young and elderly people could become very ill and die of the infection.

"We don't think they are appropriate Easter gifts," DeBess says, "especially for young children - those younger than 5 - who are particularly vulnerable to serious illness from salmonella contamination because of their underdeveloped immunity."

Many people purchasing baby poultry also don't realize the responsibility involved with raising chicks and ducklings as the animals grow up. "These birds require space to roam and food to eat, and these factors can be expensive," DeBess says. "As a result, they often are abandoned after they become adult chickens and ducks."

Tips for preventing salmonella infection from baby poultry:

-- Don't give live baby birds to children. Instead, give stuffed animals.

-- Always wash hands with soap and water, and thoroughly clean surfaces after handling any animal or coming in contact with animal waste.

-- Keep chicks in an appropriate outdoor area.

-- If chicks are handled, never nuzzle or kiss them.

-- Never allow poultry inside the home.

For more information about baby birds and salmonella, visit the Oregon Public Health baby birds and salmonella website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/Pages/FS-Baby-birds-and-Salmonella.aspx.

Additional information:

-- Biosecurity for birds (USDA): http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov/

-- Keeping backyard poultry (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonellapoultry/

-- Risk of human salmonella infections from live baby poultry (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/Features/SalmonellaBabyBirds/

-- Gastrointestinal (enteric) diseases from animals (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zoonotic/gi/

-- CDC publications and materials: http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/publications/index.html

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Unique Oregon Program Helping Seniors with Financial Security
OR Department of Human Services - 03/17/15
Financial security is more than just having money to live on, it's also being able to pay bills, do taxes and other financial tasks on time, and for many Oregon seniors, that's a problem. A unique program that helps with those tasks is expanding in Coos and Curry Counties.

The Oregon Money Management Program (OMMP) is funded by the Oregon Department of Human Services and offered statewide through regional sponsors. Coordinated by Easter Seals Oregon, the OMMP is offered free of charge to low-income seniors. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with each senior.

Currently, there is a need for volunteers to help low-income older adults manage their personal finances in your own community. In just 2-4 hours each month, you can help protect vulnerable adults for financial abuse, eviction, utility cut off, and loss of independence. If you are open-minded, compassionate, patient, organized and good at managing your own personal finances we would love to hear from you and to share more about this project and how you can get involved.

To learn more about volunteering or getting assistance for someone in need contact Coos Elderly Services, Inc. (541) 756-1202, chelsea@cooselderly.org.
Update
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/17/15
Nature of Crime or Event: Threat at Lebanon High School
Date / Time Occurred: March 17th, 2015 11:13 am
Occurred Location: Lebanon High School, Lebanon, OR

Additional Information regarding the threat on social media BurnBook app from this morning, March 17, 2015:
Based on the threat directed at the Lebanon School District, Lebanon Police have several uniformed and undercover officers in and around the schools today as a precautionary measure. There has been no violence reported. The Lebanon Police Department will continue to investigate this incident. This was a threat that we took very seriously and the precautionary measures were put in place.



If you have any information you are asked to contact Detective McCubbins at 541-451-1751
Ext. 4346
Two Men Stabbed During Altercation in Cave Junction - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/17/15
Two Cave Junction men were treated for stabbing injuries after an altercation which occurred outside of a residence in the Cave Junction area. One man was treated and released and the other was taken into surgery for treatment related to the incident.

On March 16th, 2015, at approximately 1:46 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, along with troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass work site responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 486 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction. After an initial assessment, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office requested Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives respond as part of the Josephine County Major Crime Team to investigate the incident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a physical assault occurred at the location between two men, LLOYD W. BLACKBURN, age 20 and DAVID J. BENNETT BRYANT, age 20, both of Cave Junction. During the altercation, both subjects received stabbing injuries from a weapon belonging to one of the men.

BRYANT was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass where he was taken into surgery for injuries sustained during the altercation. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. BLACKBURN was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he was treated and released for his injuries. A third person received an injury to her hand when attempting to intervene in the altercation. She was not transported from the scene.

The Oregon State Police with assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office is continuing the investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time and no photographs are available for release.

CONTACT INFO:
Detective Jessica Hall Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division or Criminal Investigation Services Division
Central Point Area Command Central Point Area Command
541-618-7967 541-618-7952

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Threat at Lebanon High School
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/17/15
Nature of Crime or Event: Threat at Lebanon High School
Date / Time Occurred: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Occurred Location: Lebanon High School

The Lebanon Police Department received a report of an anonymous post on the social media app Burnbook. This post made reference to potential violence at the Lebanon High School. The Lebanon Police Department takes all of these threats very seriously.

There will be a strong presence of Lebanon Police and Linn County Sheriff's Office at the High School and the other Lebanon schools. The Lebanon School District administration is also taking precautions and instituted procedures to secure the protection of the students and staff.

The Lebanon Police Department is continuing to investigate this threatening posting.

If you have information on this case, you are asked to contact Detective McCubbins at 541-451-1751 ext 4346.
Employment in Oregon February 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/17/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.8 Percent in February

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in February from 6.3 percent in January. This was the second consecutive large drop in the rate, putting February's rate at the lowest since May 2008. Oregon's unemployment rate is now within three tenths of the U.S. rate, the smallest gap since October 2013.

Several other labor market indicators are reflecting strength:

-The number of long-term unemployed continued to drop. Roughly 35,000 Oregonians have been unemployed for six months or more, compared with more than 100,000 in that situation at the worst of the recession.

-The number of involuntary part-time workers dropped to 105,000 in February, 20,000 fewer than one year ago.

-The number of Oregonians unemployed because they lost their job dropped below 40,000 for the first time since 2007. In February, more Oregonians were unemployed because they chose to leave their prior job or joined the labor market than because they'd lost their job.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 2,400 in February--the smallest monthly increase in six months. Restaurants, health care, and construction were among the big gainers. Leisure and hospitality--an industry comprised largely of restaurants--added 2,100 jobs in February. Nationally, consumer spending at restaurants rose rapidly since last year, perhaps partially due to people having more money to spend since gasoline prices plunged. Health care and social assistance added 1,100 jobs in February, bolstered by rapid hiring among firms providing services for the elderly. Construction activity, benefiting from Oregon's warm and dry winter, added 900 jobs.

Despite these improvements, wage gains remain modest with average private-sector payroll earnings in Oregon rising only 18 cents per hour, or 0.8 percent, during the past 12 months.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 24th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 14th.

Note: 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.

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 2015 News Release
Hospital Association Announces New Community Benefit, Charity Care Policies
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/17/15
Applaud Success of Medicaid Expansion and Increased Health Care Access

Lake Oswego, Ore. -- The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) announced a new community benefit policy package today. The two-part voluntary policy package demonstrates hospitals' commitment to the communities they serve at a time when the Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape in Oregon.

The first initiative will provide free care for families who are not Medicaid eligible and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. This program will help ensure that even as Medicaid expands, those who do not qualify and are unable to attain insurance will receive the hospital care they need. It is estimated that 87,000 Oregonians fall into this category, and providing them with free hospital care builds on the success of Medicaid expansion, which covers people below 139% of the federal poverty level.

The second initiative involves hospitals keeping overall community benefit spending at or above levels from prior years. During a time when charity care - free care for patients who do not have the ability to pay--is dropping statewide as a result of record numbers of Oregonians obtaining insurance coverage through Affordable Care Act, hospitals have committed to maintain their 2015 community benefit spending based on an average of prior years, as reported to the Oregon Health Authority. This commitment will allow hospitals to reinvest those dollars in other community benefit activities which support local health needs, in addition to fulfilling their charitable obligations to their communities as tax-exempt organizations.

"Oregon's hospitals are leading the way by enacting a set of initiatives voluntarily that seek to close the coverage gap for the shrinking percentage of uninsured and underinsured, while maintaining their significant investments in their communities and in the people they serve 24/7/365," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of OAHHS. "Hospital and health system leaders in Oregon are proud to play such a vital role at this pivotal time our state's health care transformation."

In Oregon, "community benefit" is defined in statute as health care-related services that nonprofit hospitals provide without the expectation of compensation. These services include (but are not limited to):

--Health services to vulnerable or underserved people
--Financial or in-kind support for public health programs
--Health education, health screenings, and prevention services
--Medical research and health professions education
--Community-building activities such as neighborhood revitalization projects, or workforce development programs

In 2013, as tallied by the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon hospitals provided more than $1.9 billion in community benefit contributions to their communities, while providing care for 336,153 inpatients, more than 9.9 million outpatients, and more than 1.2 million emergency room visits. More information about Oregon's community benefit reporting program can be found online at www.MyOregonHospital.org.

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About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.
Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/15
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 193951

The complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2016.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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03/16/15
St. Patricks Day Safety Message - 2015
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
St. Patrick's Day Release - Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is partnering with local police and sheriff's departments throughout Oregon by targeting drunk and impaired drivers during tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on St. Patrick's Day from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

OSP wants to remind drivers that being buzzed behind the wheel constitutes being drunk behind the wheel and may have dangerous or deadly consequences. "Buzzed means you are feeling the effects of the alcohol. But to a Trooper - it means you have already lost your ability to mitigate risk," said OSP Drug Recognition Expert Sergeant Evan Sether. "When a person feels drunk, he or she knows they are vulnerable and in no shape to make critical driving decisions. Buzzed however, means you have already lost your ability to identify and mitigate the risk and hazards behind the wheel but you may not be aware it's even happened."

This St. Patrick's Day - Avoid the hassle and use a designated driver.

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Gypsy Prince of Springfield named Oregon's Poetry Out Loud champion (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/16/15
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville
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Gypsy Prince, a three-time school champion from Springfield's Academy of Arts and Academics, is the 2015 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Prince, a 17-year-old senior, was one of nine regional finalists who competed in Saturday's state Poetry Out Loud contest at Willamette University. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

"Gypsy's performances were not only moving and nuanced but thoroughly crowd-pleasing as well," said Mike Chaser, an event host and associate professor of English at Willamette University. "I'm thrilled that she will be representing Oregon in the national finals this year."

Marty Hughley, a freelance arts journalist who served as a judge for the state competitions, said Prince's performance made it clear that she understood the poems at a depth that was exciting. "She presented with such nuance, ease and comfort," he said. "She really owned the poems."

Prince's winning performance was a recitation of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian.

Riley Knowles, a sophomore from West Linn High School was named Oregon's runner up; if for any reason Prince is unable to participate in the national competition, Knowles will represent Oregon.

The other seven students who placed in regional competitions and competed at the state contest Saturday are: Sarah Dombrowsky, Cascade Christian High School, Medford; Mitchell Lenneville, a resident of Tualatin who attends Baker Early College Web Academy in Baker City; Serena Morgan, Paisley Charter High School, Paisley; Anna Smiley, Lincoln High School, Portland; Allegra Thatcher, a resident of Keizer who attends Veritas School in Newberg; and Atya-Sha Van Ness, Logos Public Charter School, Paisley.

"All nine state contestants gave outstanding performances," says Deb Vaughn, Arts Commission arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator. "The scoring was extremely close, but Gypsy and Riley were clearly the top two finishers. They each demonstrated great poise and confidence."

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

In 2014 more than 365,000 students, 2,300 schools and 8,800 teachers participated in Poetry Out Loud nationwide.

Editor's note: View a clip of Gypsy's winning performance of "Mrs. Caldera's House of Things" by Gregory Djanikian: http://youtu.be/beOjYBFYpdQ. Photo credit Greg Wahl-Stephens
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Gypsy Prince learns she won with fellow contestant Mitchell Lenneville , Gypsy Prince and runner up Riley Knowles , Gypsy Prince in performance
*** Final Update *** OSP assisting Wasco County SO with an Armed/Barricaded Subject - The Dalles
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/16/15
*** FINAL UPDATE ***
The Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police Arson Unit are investigating a fire which has been confirmed to involve a single fatality stemming from this mornings barricaded subject call in The Dalles.

According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, shortly after 1:00 p.m., as members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team approached the smoldering residence a large fire started spontaneously and members were forced to back away from the approach. Fire crews from Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue battled the fire and were able to extinguish it. As fire crews worked throughout the structure a single fatality was discovered. The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending identification and next of kin notification.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency on this incident and is being assisted by Arson Detectives from the Oregon State Police Arson Unit. Media questions may be directed to Chief Deputy Lane Magill at the Wasco County Sheriff's Office at 541-506-2580.

No photographs are available for release on this incident at this time.

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*** UPDATE ***
According to OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt, at approximately 8:25 a.m., Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at 1100 Mt. Hood St., in The Dalles, to serve civil papers on the resident living there. As deputies knocked on the door gunshots were heard from within and deputies fell back and requested additional police to respond. Officers arriving at the scene created a perimeter and attempted negotiations with the occupant. Shortly thereafter, smoke began to come from inside the residence.

Lieutenant Shortt said deputies/officers do not have any information/evidence to indicate that more than a single person is present in the residence however, officers have not been able to speak with the occupant at any point during this incident.

The Oregon State Police Arson/Explosives Section has arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. The Fire Department is standing by to assist with Fire Suppression when it is safe to do so.

Media updates will be provided as soon as practicable.

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The Oregon State Police (OSP), Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department are asking residents in The Dalles to avoid streets in/around the 1100 Block of Mt. Hood Street for police activity there.

OSP troopers responded to assist the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department with a barricaded subject. Officers on-scene have reported gunshots from inside the residence and a fire is reported inside as well. Command personnel are advising streets in the area of 1100 Mt. Hood Street have been blocked, including W. 10th Street, and are asking the public to avoid the area and use alternate routes when traveling nearby.

The Wasco County Sheriff's Department is the lead investigative agency in this incident. No photographs are available for this release.

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Corvallis Police Arrest Man in Friday Night Robbery (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 03/16/15
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On March 13, 2015, at about 11:50pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Adult Shop, 2315 NW 9th St. According to the victim, a male subject entered the store and spent about an hour inside until other customers left. Once the suspect was alone with the victim clerk, he threatened the victim with a knife and stole money and merchandise. No one was injured in the incident.

Investigators viewed the in-store surveillance footage for the time of the robbery. Images of the suspect were captured on the tape, and the suspect has been identified as 32 year old Donald Martel Logan of Corvallis. Logan was located at his mother's residence during the execution of a search warrant by Corvallis Police this morning. He was taken into custody without incident.

Logan was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged on the following charges:

Robbery in the First Degree
Theft in the Second Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Menacing
State Wide Felony Parole Warrant

Logan is currently being held in the Benton County Jail on $225,000 bail. A mug-shot photo will be available by going to the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i


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Winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers numbers to be released March 17
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/15
All 1,801 winning numbers for the Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Raffle, including the $1 million top prize, will be released at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

A complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers will be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org at approximately 5 a.m. on March 17. Players will also be able to check their St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Spring whale watching week set for March 21-28
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/16/15
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host its spring Whale Watch Week March 21-28 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading north.

Visitors will also learn about whale migration and feeding habits. A map of the watch sites is available online at whalespoken.org.

Camping, including yurts and cabins, is available at state parks along the coast. Go to oregonstateparks.org to check availability and make a reservation.

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of storms and high waves: respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Business Oregon names assistant director for innovation and entrepreneur in residence
Business Oregon - 03/16/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, has hired an assistant director for its new Innovation & Entrepreneurship division and appointed an entrepreneur in residence.

Heather Stafford, executive director for Southern Oregon's leading economic development nonprofit, will lead Oregon's innovation strategy.

Kanth Gopalpur, a Portland entrepreneur and angel investor, will be Business Oregon's entrepreneur in residence. It's a volunteer position created to serve as a policy advisor and the agency's startup ambassador.

"This is more than the announcement of two great hires," said Gov. Kate Brown. "Under Heather's guidance, we are empowering the burgeoning economic assets right in our backyard -- small business owners. As Oregon's first entrepreneur in residence, Kanth will use his groundbreaking position to tap into the booming crop of entrepreneurs that call the Northwest home."

Why innovation matters: Innovation in industries like bioscience and advanced manufacturing help drive economic prosperity. Each high-tech job produces five additional jobs outside of high-tech. This year, Business Oregon's 2015 agenda includes expanded funding for the Oregon Innovation Council, the Oregon Growth Board and the Oregon Metals Initiative.

"To keep Oregon competitive, we're placing a high priority on innovation as a core value in Oregon's statewide economic policies," said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director. "Heather and Kanth will drive our strategy to accelerate Oregon's position as a global player in innovation across all industries."

Heather Stafford is the executive director of Sustainable Valley Technology Group, an independent nonprofit economic development group headquartered in Medford. Founded in July 2010, Sustainable Valley is the only business accelerator in the six counties of Southern Oregon to support the growth of innovative, startup companies. She previously worked with Oregon's Small Business Development Centers' statewide Grow Oregon initiative, providing market research for mid-sized traded companies.

Ashland Rep. Peter Buckley, who worked with Stafford on Southern Oregon economic development issues, said: "Heather Stafford is an outstanding choice to help develop and lead our innovation strategy. She has the experience and the creativity Oregon needs and is relentless in her work to develop or expand new businesses that can thrive in our state."

Kanth Gopalpur helped found Powell's original online bookstore in 1995, then launched a career in e-commerce. As founder and CEO of software company Monsoon Works, Gopalpur led the company through rapid, profitable growth. The company's more than 1,000 customers used its software to process more than $1 billion in online sales. Monsoon Works appeared on the Inc. 500 list for three straight years and was a winner of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's Working Capital Company of the Year before it was sold to a private equity group in 2010. Gopalpur is now principal of Kestrel Advisors and serves as an advisor and angel investor to tech startups. He has served on the boards of the Oregon Growth Account, TiE Oregon and several private companies.

"This is a fantastic move by Business Oregon," said Chris Harder, economic development director at the Portland Development Commission. "Not only is Kanth a successful entrepreneur, but his leadership and involvement with TiE Oregon make him one of the state's most respected mentors and organizers. Any time a government agency actively seeks new channels to support innovation it should be encouraged."

About entrepreneurs in residence: Entrepreneurs in residence are common among venture capitalists in Silicon Valley but less common in the public sector. "As far as we know, Kanth will be the first entrepreneur in residence at a state economic development agency anywhere in the country," Robbins said. But there is a local precedent that provided a model for our position. The Portland Development Commission has an entrepreneur in residence position held by Jive Software co-founder Bill Lynch.
03/15/15
*** Update *** Missing Lake County Man Found Deceased in Lake County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/15/15
*** Second Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a report of a man found deceased south of Highway 140 near Lofton Reservoir in rural Lake County this afternoon.

According to OSP Sergeant Robert Fenner, at approximately 12:30 p.m., deputies and troopers were dispatched to an area approximately 2.4 miles south of the location where missing Lake County Man SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, is believed to have left his motorhome after he was last seen on Friday, February 13. Investigators contacted a couple driving in the area who spotted GIESEA's dog, Angel, as they passed by. When the couple returned a few hours later the dog was still in the area and as they stopped to investigate they discovered GIESEA deceased.

While the investigation is still on-going, investigators do not believe the death to be suspicious at this time, however, further review by the medical examiner's office is pending.

No photographs are available for release at this time.

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*** First Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are continuing the search for a missing Klamath County man who was last seen on Friday, February 13, near Quartz Mountain Snow Park.

SPENCER KLING GIESEA, 44, was traveling with his two Yellow Labrador dogs in the area where his burned RV was located on Forest Service Road 3660 about 30 miles west of Lakeview. Yesterday, one of the dogs (Bella) was located about 1.5 miles north of where the RV was located, near the Gearhart Wilderness area.

OSP and the Lake County Sheriff's Office are asking anyone who may be in the area or was in the area and may have seen GIESEA or his dogs are asked to contact the Lake County Dispatch Center at 541-947-2504.

Photo of GIESEA and his two dogs (Bella and Angel) attached.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Original Release:
Oregon State Police and Lake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating SPENCER KLING GIESEA, age 44, of Klamath County.

GIESEA was last seen Friday, February 13, 2015, in western Lake County north of the Quartz Mountain Snow Park. This area is approximately 30 miles west of the city of Lakeview. GIESEA's motor home became stuck on Forest Service Road 3660, north of Highway 140.

GIESEA's motor home was found in the same location on Saturday, February 14, 2015; however, the motor home was completely burned. GIESEA and his two dogs (yellow labs) were not around the motor home.

Lake County Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search for GIESEA. Since that time, additional resources have been brought in to assist in the search for GIESEA from Klamath County Search and Rescue, Jackson County Search and Rescue, Josephine County Search and Rescue, Siskiyou County Search and Rescue, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police, Civil Air Patrol and the Army Guard.

One of GIESEA's yellow labs has been located in the area; however, GIESEA and his other yellow lab are still missing.

GIESEA is 5'9" tall and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a jean jacket and snow pants. He was also wearing prescription glasses.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of GIESEA is encouraged to call Lake County dispatch at 541-947-2504.
03/14/15
Corvallis Police Investigate Robbery
Corvallis Police - 03/14/15
On March 13, 2015, at about 11:50pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a robbery at the Adult Shop, 2315 NW 9th St. According to the victim, a male subject entered the store and spent about an hour inside until other customers left. Once the suspect was alone with the victim clerk, he threatend the victim with a knife and stole money and merchandise. No one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is describbed as possibly Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches with a thin/medium build. He had short dark hair wearing a hood over his head. He was last seen wearing black pants, red and gray plaid flannel with hood, and black and white shoes.

If anyone has information regarding this case please call Officer Evan Hull at 541-766-6911.
03/13/15
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet On March 17, 2015
Lane ESD - 03/13/15
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will meet on March 17, 2015. A work session is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., and this session will focus on Board goals as they align with the Lane ESD Strategic Plan 2015-17. The regular Board Meeting session will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Lane Education Service District Board of Directors meetings are held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 N, Eugene, OR.
Fish & Wildlife Troopers in Newport Seek Public's Help with Bull Elk Poaching/Waste Case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/13/15
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Newport is asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of two bull elk in Lincoln County.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Newport OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers received a complaint of two dead bull elk floating in the Siletz River about three quarters of a mile upriver from Strome Park. The following morning, both of the bull elk were located. One bull was identified as a 5x6 and the other was as a 5x5. Both were shot and left to waste with no meat removed from the carcasses. The elk were not salvageable, and it appeared the elk had only been dead for a few days.

A total reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation. A $1,000 reward is being offered by The Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program. An additional $5,000 reward is being offered by The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sr. Trooper Ryan Kehr or Sergeant Todd Thompson through the Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

Contact Officer:
Senior Trooper Ryan Kehr
Oregon State Police Newport
541-270-0097

Secondary Contact:
Sgt. Todd Thompson
Oregon State Police Newport
541-265-5354 ext. 224

Media with additional questions should contact Sgt. Thompson at the above listed number or email OSPPIO@state.or.us

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet March 19 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 03/13/15
March 13, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, March 19, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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

For more information, see the board's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/osh/pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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03/12/15
Don't Be An Easy Victim-Close and Lock Your Garage and Shed
Salem Police Dept. - 03/12/15
The Salem Police Department has investigated 35 incidents of sheds and/or garages being burglarized thus far in 2015. In the nine cases where sheds were targeted, eight of those sheds were not secured and the thief was able to steal property without having to force entry. Of the twenty-six burglaries from garages, at least nineteen of them involved unsecured garages and/or vehicles that allowed access into the garages.

Typically these types of incidents increase in frequency with the arrival of nicer weather when people are outside and working in their yards and fail to secure their garages and sheds afterwards. Some of these incidents even occur when the resident is at home and leave the garage door open in the front of the residence as they work in the backyard. We also see cases where vehicles are left unsecured and have remote garage door openers visible in the vehicle. The thief needs only to grab that remote control and then has access to the garage and even the residence!

The Salem Police Department urges everyone to not be an easy victim. As we all take advantage of good weather and get an early start on our yardwork, make that effort to secure your garages, sheds and residences.
* Close your garage door whenever you will not be actually present. Even if you're just in the back of the residence, an open garage door is a tempting sight for a thief.
* Don't leave garage doors partially open for fresh air or for pets. It is surprising how small of a space a thief will need to slide under a partially open garage door and gain access to the garage and residence.
* Avoid leaving windows open. If you do choose to leave them open, leave it open just a little bit for air to get in, but not wide enough for a person to enter and use a secondary locking device that will prevent it from being opened any wider.
* Always close and lock your vehicles, don't leave anything in plain view in the vehicle and don't leave remote garage door openers in the vehicle. Consider a keypad entry system for the garage.
* Close and secure sheds. Even if the shed is in your backyard, always keep it closed and locked. Many people store expensive items such as power equipment in their sheds, and these make easy targets for thieves.
* Close and secure gates leading to your backyard.
* Don't leave items unattended in your front yard.
* Make a final sweep when you go in for the day and look around at your neighbors' houses as well. Be a good neighbor and remind them to close their doors and windows as well.
* Write down serial numbers of your valuables, take photos of them and mark them with an owner applied number such as your driver's license number.
* Contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit for a free residential security survey and inspection.
* Form a Neighborhood Watch if you don't have one already. Watch out for each other in your neighborhood. Contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175 for further information.
Hiring an unlicensed tax preparer can be risky
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/12/15
SALEM--April 15 is quickly approaching and many may be looking for someone to prepare their taxes. Making sure that person is licensed in Oregon is one way to help ensure the accuracy of your return and avoid errors that could end up costing you money.
JoAnn Martin, administrator of Oregon's Personal Tax and Compliance Division, recommends checking the credentials of the person you hire to do your taxes. In Oregon, anyone you pay to prepare your tax returns must be licensed.
"If you hire an unlicensed preparer, there's a real risk that they'll make potentially costly mistakes on your return," Martin said.
No matter who does your taxes--a licensed tax professional, an unlicensed tax preparer, you, a relative, or a friend--Martin also recommends checking your return thoroughly before it's submitted.
"Ultimately, you're responsible for the accuracy of your return. It's up to you to check what's on it before it's sent."
Visit these websites to find out if the person you want to hire is licensed in Oregon:
* Tax preparers: www.oregon.gov/OTPB
* Certified public accountants: www.oregon.gov/BOA
Report unlicensed tax preparers to the Board of Tax Practitioners.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
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Tree Topping harms trees, shortens their benefits (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/12/15
Tree topping: a common but unwise practice that harms trees
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Trees are a vital component of healthy urban communities, giving area residents a multitude of benefits including clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and psychological well-being. Trees screen harsh scenery and block noise from the urban environment, and even help reduce our heating and cooling bills. They also improve property values.

Considering their many benefits, one might assume trees in our cities and communities receive the best of care. Unfortunately, when it comes to tree pruning, this isn't always the case.

First, a general reminder: most minor, routine pruning (removing weak, diseased, or dead limbs) can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree; however, growth and wound closure are maximized if pruning takes place before spring growth flush. Perhaps most importantly: remember not to "top" your tree.

Tree topping is the indiscriminate cutting back of tree branches to stubs. It's a common but detrimental practice that damages a tree's health and its value. It weakens trees and shortens their lifespans by making them vulnerable to insects and disease.

Topping is expensive, and risky
Each time a branch is cut, numerous long skinny shoots called water sprouts grow rapidly back to replace it. These water sprouts are actually weakly attached to the tree; as they grow in size and weight, they add to the tree's risk of failure.

Proper pruning improves the health and beauty of a tree, saving you money in the long run.

Topping is ugly
Unfortunately, a tree's 90-year achievement of natural beauty can be destroyed in a couple hours. Topped trees appear disfigured and mutilated. The worst is yet to come, as the straight suckers and sprouts emerge from the branches. Sadly, once topped, a tree will never return to its natural shape and taper.

Topping reduces the appraised value of your tree
As with any well-maintained landscape amenity, trees add to the value of your property. Using the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers guidelines, professional landscape appraisers may subtract hundreds of dollars from the value of a tree when it's been topped. And, not only do topped trees reduce your property values, they may affect those of your neighbors' as well.

Today in many cities, tree topping is banned because of the public safety factor and the potential for lawsuits.

Healthy trees = healthy communities
Kristin Ramstad, urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry, hopes people can learn to appreciate the advantages of proper pruning and give up the practice of tree topping. "Topping creates high-risk trees, but proper tree pruning creates healthy trees," says Ramstad.

Trees make important social, environmental and economic contributions to the sustainability of our cities and our quality of life. Properly managed, healthy urban trees signify time and money well-spent, are a good indicator of a healthy community and will repay you with benefits many times over.

For more information about trees and tree care:
* International Society of Arboriculture www.treesaregood.com


Attached Media Files: Tree topping: a common but unwise practice that harms trees
Tangent Fire District recognizes members
Tangent Rural Fire Dist. - 03/12/15
Saturday evening, March 7th, Tangent Fire District held its annual Awards Banquet at Central Electrical School in Tangent beginning with piano music by volunteer firefighter Ryan Dunn. A dinner catered by Forks and Corks was followed by inspirational guest speaker and professional kayaker, Jesse Coombs. TFD Fire Chief Scott Casebolt, along with Assistant Chief Cary Vonasek gave out awards to current volunteers for length of service, combining to total over 145 years. Volunteer firefighter and current Tangent Mayor Loel Trulove received the "Most Calls" award for at-home volunteers with 154 responses. The Student Resident Volunteer with the most responses was Jeff Myers with 234. TFD photographer and volunteer firefighter Dennis Weis was recognized for attending 100% of the 52 scheduled drills for the year. The Chief's Company award went to Steve Sonne, Loel Trulove, Jeff Myers, Justin Gionan, and Joe Hammer. Carol Korn Shioshi was recognized for her efforts in coordinating the 2013 and 2014 pancake breakfasts. Assistant Chief Vonasek gave the Training Award for the outstanding instructor of the year to Jacob Mowery. Chief's Awards went to Battalion Chief Jim Burke, Justin Guinan, and Jacob Mowery. The final two awards were particularly meaningful as they were voted on by the members. Selected by their peers were EMS Responder of the Year Brice Walters and Firefighter of the Year Justin Guinan. Chief Casebolt closed the program with a recap of the many accomplishments by the members, and expressed his pride at being part of such a talented and dedicated group.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet March 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 03/12/15
March 12, 2015

What: The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, March 20. The primary focus of the meeting will to review the 2014 Health System Transformation Mid-Year Report; revisit a potential tobacco prevalence measure; and review the committee work plan for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

When: Friday, March 20, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211

29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Introduction to OHA Director Lynne Saxton;

Public testimony;

Updates;

2014 Mid-Year Report: presentation and discussion;

Tobacco prevalence panel and discussion;

Review work plan for 2015.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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Program Leads to Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Off Locations (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/12/15
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Since the drug take back program began four years ago the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected nationwide, over 4.8 million pounds (2,411 tons) of unwanted medication and properly disposed of it. Seeing the huge success of the program agencies all over Marion County and the United States began installing permanent prescription drug drop off boxes.

The permanent boxes are working so well that the DEA announced that in 2015 we would no longer be offering the drug take back days. The drug take back days are the scheduled events where Sheriff's Deputies, volunteers and law enforcement from all over Marion County, wait at a location for you to bring your unwanted prescription medication to them for disposal.

Since the collection dates are no longer being offered, once a year we intend to notify the public of the permanent locations where these drop points are installed.
Aumsville Police Dept. Gervais City Hall
597 Main Street, Aumsville 592 4th St., Gervais

Hubbard Police Dept. Keizer Police Dept.
3720 2nd St., Hubbard 930 Chemawa Rd, Keizer

Mt. Angel Police Dept. Salem Police Dept.
5 N Garfield St., Mt. Angel 555 Liberty Rd. SE, Salem

Stayton Police Dept. Turner Police Dept.
386 North Third Ave., Stayton 7250 Third St., Turner

Woodburn Police Dept. Marion County Sheriff's Office
1060 Mt. Hood Ave., Woodburn 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please help prevent prescription drug abuse, lock up your meds, most Rx drugs abused by our children, come from family or friends. Keep prescription drugs out of reach of children and teens. Dispose of old drugs, many people are surprised to discover the amount of unused prescription drugs that have accumulated in their own home over time. Through a "Drug Take Back Program", you can properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications, unknown tablets or capsules, unwanted over-the-counter medications and veterinary medications.

Please contact the disposal site nearest you for hours of operation.


Attached Media Files: Cadets , Boxes of Meds
BPA seeks research partners to advance technology solutions; up to $5 million offered for new R&D (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/12/15
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is looking for partners to explore and advance technologies that could increase efficiencies, avoid costs and improve the operation of the Northwest electric power system. BPA's office of Technology Innovation is accepting proposals for its 2016 research and development portfolio through March 27. BPA expects to fund about $5 million of new research next fiscal year.

BPA collaborates with electric utilities, nonprofits, corporations, national labs, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research that addresses capability gaps identified in its technology roadmaps. For fiscal year 2016, BPA is seeking proposals that advance transmission technologies, data intelligence, generation asset management, and next-generation energy efficiency and demand response technologies. A copy of each roadmap is available on BPA's Technology Innovation homepage.

BPA develops its direction with industry partners, researchers and others as a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments.

"Our roadmaps keep us focused on research with the potential to deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders," said Terry Oliver, BPA's chief technology officer.

BPA's current portfolio includes 60 research projects in six main topic areas: hydropower, transmission assets, transmission operations, transmission planning, demand response and energy efficiency. Partners include the City of Port Angeles, Wash.; Snohomish County Public Utility District, Deltares, Hitachi, Primus Power, V&R Energy Systems Research, the Lighting Research Center, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Iowa State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Washington, Washington State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.

BPA uses a two-phase process to select potential research and development opportunities. For consideration, applicants and their partners must be able to provide 50 percent cost share. Concept papers are due by March 27. Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Those who qualify will be invited to develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1. Awardees will be notified in July.

If you have questions about the submission process, see the Q&A section on the website or contact Matt DeLong at mldelong@bpa.gov or 503-230-7549. To learn more about the research topic areas, contact Sheila Adel at SAAdel@Bpa.gov or 503-230-3152.

Since 2005, BPA's office of Technology Innovation has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build-out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.


Attached Media Files: BPA is soliciting proposals for its 2016 R&D portfolio until March 27.
Sheriff's Traffic Safety Team Adding Patrols on St. Patrick's Day (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/12/15
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If you're hoping the luck of the Irish will get you home safely after a night of drinking, this St. Patty's Day, well think again. That is because deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols to our roadways.

Did you know that from 2008 to 2012 that almost half of the men killed in traffic crashes on St. Patrick's Day were killed in drunk driving crashes. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2015) Don't be a statistic, if you're going to drink, don't drive, please designate a sober driver.

These patrols are made possible through grants from our partners at the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association.


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Wells Fargo community donations top $1 billion in four years (Photo)
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At a Community Support Celebration in Portland last November, Wells Fargo presented grants totaling $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups to benefit thousands of people in need in Oregon communities.
At a Community Support Celebration in Portland last November, Wells Fargo presented grants totaling $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups to benefit thousands of people in need in Oregon communities.
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Wells Fargo has donated $1.1 billion to nonprofit groups across the nation during the past four years to support and revitalize communities, help charitable organizations and grow local economies.

Wells Fargo set a goal in 2011 to donate $1 billion to nonprofit groups by 2017. The financial services company achieved that goal three years early.

"Caring for our communities and helping individuals and families is one of the most important things we do at Wells Fargo and is a strong part of our culture," said Jon Campbell, Wells Fargo's national head of Government and Community Relations.

"We're so proud to have 265,000 team members who unselfishly give their time and donations year after year," Campbell added. "As a company, we realize the opportunity that we have to make a significant impact, and we work to make that as meaningful as possible."

Wells Fargo donated $281.2 million to 17,100 nonprofit groups in 2014, marking the sixth consecutive year of more than $200 million in donations.

Wells Fargo, No. 29 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list, ranked as the top corporate philanthropist in cash donations in 2012 and placed second in 2013, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy (rankings for 2014 will be released later this year).

"We're not the nation's largest company or even the largest bank, but we are honored to be one of the top companies in supporting our communities," Campbell said.

Wells Fargo's corporate citizenship efforts are focused in three areas: social, economic and environmental. This commitment includes valuing and supporting diversity and inclusion, strengthening financial knowledge and opportunities, education, affordable housing, and environmental sustainability.

For more details about Wells Fargo's philanthropic initiatives, visit www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.


About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a community-based financial services company. Wells Fargo was the most generous bank in Oregon in 2013, according to the Portland Business Journal. Last November the Oregon region chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented its Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award for 2014 to Wells Fargo.


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03/11/15
Private Security/Private Investigator Policy Committee Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/11/15
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

DPSST PRIVATE SECURITY/INVESTIGATORS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
March 9, 2015

Contact: Mona Riesterer at(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes - November 18, 2014
Approve the minutes of the November 18, 2014 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

2. *OAR 259-061-0010, 259-061-0160, OAR 259-061-0170, OAR 259-061-0250 - Proposed Rule Change Inactive Status - Presented by Sharon Houck

3. *OAR 259-061-0120 - Proposed Rule Change
Interim Investigators License - Presented by Sharon Houck

4. *OAR 259-060-0020 - Proposed Rule Change
Education Requirements - Presented by Sharon Houck

5. * Examinations for Private Security and Alarm Managers and Private Security and Alarm Instructors Presented by Linsay Hale

6. *Unarmed Private Security Professional Biennial Renewal Course and Training Requirements Presented by Linsay Hale

7. Sub-committee Updates
Alarm Monitoring - Jimmie Edmonds, Chair
Armed - Donovan Beard, Chair
Event Security/Hospitality - Randall Scott, Chair
Private Investigator - Ron Miller, Chair
Unarmed - Raymond Byrd, Chair

8. Department Update

9. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 19, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
After SB 324A (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/11/15
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SALEM,Ore., (03/11/2015) - Despite much debate, SB 324 A narrowly passed through the House at a 31-29 vote. This bill is more commonly referred to as the low carbon fuel standard bill and is expected to have a harsh impact on Oregon's agricultural communities. It now waits on the desk of Oregon Governor Kate Brown to be signed into law. While the passing of the bill may seem like defeat to many agricultural communities who wrote to their House Members asking them to oppose the bill, there is more to be said about this bill's outcome.

"It was a really close vote," Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said. He believes without the comments of those who wrote in to the Legislature, the outcome wouldn't have been as close as it was. "It was a good fight."

Jenny Dresler, government affairs associate for the Oregon Farm Bureau, said the responses legislators received regarding SB 324 A certainly had an impact. "I heard from several legislators in both the House and Senate about how much their constituents' opinions mattered to them as they considered SB 324 A," Dresler said.

Rosa said with all the passion he saw displayed regarding the bill, he's not certain the debate is over. Dresler encourages farmers and ranchers to keep speaking up about how policies like SB 324 A impact agricultural communities. "Your voice can only be heard if you engage," Dresler said.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Protect Yourself Against Scams and Fraud at "Scam Jam Eugene," April 27th at the Hult Center (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 03/11/15
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CLACKAMAS- March 11, 2015 - Consumers reported losing $1.7 billion to scams and frauds in 2014, according to an annual review released by the Federal Trade Commission. That figure is likely a fraction of actual losses, since many people never report their victimization.
For the 15th consecutive year, identity theft was the top complaint in the FTC's Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, accounting for 13 percent of the total 2.5 million filed complaints. That's the same percentage as in 2013, but with more people reporting last year, the federal watchdog logged more than 42,500 additional ID theft reports.

Learn to protect yourself at SCAM JAM EUGENE, on Monday, April 27th, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Scam Jam is an educational and entertaining program designed to allow the audience to learn about today's scams and schemes, such as Medicare fraud, insurance and investment fraud, online and door-to-door scams, identity theft and other scams that target consumers.

Confirmed speakers at the event include: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Consumer Correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America and AARP The Magazine (and Lane County resident) Ron Burley, and leading local consumer fraud experts. In addition to the speakers, there will be representatives from Federal Trade Commission, FBI, USPS, Consumer's Union, SHIBA, Long Term Care Ombudsman program, Better Business Bureau, Lane County Legal Aid, Senior Medicare Patrol, Eugene Police, Lane County Sheriff's office, Retired Senior Providers of Lane County, Office of Adult Abuse Prevention & Investigation,
and the Oregon Construction Contractors Board offering even more information about how to protect themselves.

Registration for Scam Jam is now open at www.ScamJamOregon.com or call 1-877-926-8300. This is a free event, however, space is limited so register today to secure your seat at this event. Please join us on April 27th, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hult Center in Eugene.

Scam Jam is sponsored by AARP-Oregon, the Oregon Attorney General, and the Oregon Division of Consumer and Business Services.
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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.


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Corvallis Police Arrest After Crash in Stolen Vehicle (Photo)
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On March 10, 2015, at about 3:45pm, Corvallis Police and Corvallis Fire personnel responded to a single vehicle roll-over crash in the 3400 block of NW Crest Dr. A silver Chrysler 300 had driven into a boulder barrier at the end of the street and then flipped upside down in the entrance to a park.

The driver of the vehicle was assisted from the vehicle by residents. Once outside the vehicle, the driver, later identified as 27 year old Joshua Teckenburg of Portland, fled the scene through a neighboring house, then through several yards. He was located by Corvallis Police Officers several blocks away.

An investigation revealed the vehicle Teckenburg was driving was reported stolen out of Hillsboro. Investigators determined that Teckenburg had driven the vehicle into the barrier at a high rate of speed, but have not determined why he did so or why he was in Corvallis. Teckenburg is suspected of being under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

Teckenburg was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and admitted. He was charged with the following crimes:

Unlawful Use of a Vehicle
Theft in the First Degree by Receiving
Interfering With Peace Officer
Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver
Six Counts of Trespass in the Second Degree
Trespass in the First Degree
Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants (drugs)
Driving while Suspended Misdemeanor

Teckenburg was issued citations for the above listed crimes and left at Good Samaritan Region Medical Center to receive treatment. No mugshot is available at this time.

Initial reports received by Corvallis Police indicated the stolen/crashed vehicle had more than one occupant. However, no other individuals are believed to have been in the vehicle at the time of the crash.


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03/10/15
DOGAMI announces new agency leadership
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/10/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today announced new agency leadership.

The DOGAMI Governing Board has named Ian Madin as the interim State Geologist. Madin joined DOGAMI in 1987 as the Agency's seismic hazard geologist, and in 1998 he became the geologic mapping team leader. He has since 2004 been the Agency's chief scientist. Madin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geology from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in Geology from Oregon State University. He is a Registered Professional Geologist and a member of the Seismological Society of America, the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, Association of American State Geologists and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Richard Riggs has been named the Assistant Director responsible for leading DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) Program. Riggs comes to DOGAMI from Oregon State University, where he oversaw the operations of OSU's colleges of Science and Liberal Arts. Previously he was an attorney and administrative law judge practicing in Salem, served five years as an elected board member for Chemeketa Community College, and served 20 years in the U.S. Navy's nuclear power field as a technician and engineering officer. Riggs earned a degree in law from Willamette University and a degree in mathematics from OSU.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries provides earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous. Learn more at www.OregonGeology.org
Crash Data Generates Response From Traffic Safety Team (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/10/15
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To be a member of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team, you better be able to do more than just run a radar gun. Education, engineering and enforcement are the three core functions team members utilize to keep our community and its visitors safe.

As a member of the Traffic Safety Team, Sergeant Todd Moquin utilizes a program coined, "DDACTS" or Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety. This program tracks activity within Marion County and alerts Sergeant Moquin to areas of concern. These areas can be related to an increase in traffic crashes, DUII, etcetera.

In 2014 deputies responded to 104 traffic crashes, in the northwest section of Marion County, west of I5 from Brooklake Road NE, to the north Marion County line, 4 of which were fatal. This area of Marion County is very rural and mostly dominated by farm land and large scale nursery operations. These roads are long straight stretches of roadway and mostly posted with a 55 miles per hour speed limit.

In response to this alarming data, Sergeant Moquin analyzed what he found and determined that most crashes in this area were related to either speed or an intersection. Sergeant Moquin stated, "We are concerned, our loved ones drive these roads, so we need to get the word out to folks, to slow down and drive safely. We are going to do several things in response to this data; we are going spread the word by utilizing things like billboards and radar trailers. In addition we will be working with our partners at public works to evaluate the traffic on the roadways and we will have deputies in the area to enforce the traffic laws."

In the past six months deputies with the Traffic Safety Team have been actively working the area. They have stopped 465 motorists and issued 446 citations. This work has reduced the amount of crashes from 17 to 10 as compared in the first three months of 2014 and 2015.

Here are some things you can do to avoid a citation and arrive at your destination safely:
* Rural roads are not limited-access freeways, so watch out for cross traffic and oncoming traffic.
* Be alert for roadside hazards, soft shoulders, ditches, etc.
* Watch out for farm machinery and other slow-moving vehicles.
* Country roads are infamous for unmarked field and farm driveways and entrances. Always keep a lookout for potential hazards like hidden driveways or farm field entrances, as they can become "instant intersections."
* Just because it seems like there is no one on the road but you, speeding on rural roadways is extremely dangerous. Sharp turns, rolling hills, and poor visibility at night makes it imperative that you keep to the speed limit.
* Woodland creatures are always nice to see on the side of the road peacefully grazing or hopping around, but keep your eye out for road signs indicating that they might jump out into the road. Keep focused and drive the speed limit and everyone will get home safe.
* This should go without saying but BUCKLE UP!

Commander Eric Hlad stated, "This isn't just a Sheriff's Office problem, this is a community problem and we have to work to together to make our roads safer for everyone."


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Woman Missing from Klamath Falls Area since January (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/10/15
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The following news release is being forwarded at the request of the Klamath Falls Police Department: (Media inquires should be directed to KFPD Detective Brandon Dougherty)

MISSING:
Alicia Christine Scott
AKA: Alicia Jensen or Alicia Maris

Alicia went missing from the Klamath Falls, Oregon area on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015. Alicia is 35 years old, 5'03" 140 pounds. Alicia has medium length blonde hair. Alicia has family in the Bend, Oregon, area but has not contacted her family since January 22nd. Alicia does not have a lot of ties to the Klamath Falls area but is believed to have been in town for a few weeks before she went missing. Alicia is currently listed as a missing person. If you have any information about Alicia's whereabouts or had recent contact with her:

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336
Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334

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March 11th marks 4-year anniversary of Japan earthquake and tsunami (Photo)
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March 11 marks 4-year anniversary of Japan earthquake and tsunami

March 11th is the 4-year anniversary of the devastating 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 causing massive destruction. The disaster claimed nearly 16,000 lives, injured 6,000, and destroyed or damaged countless buildings. Effects of the tsunami were felt along the coast of Oregon and other Western States where waves did damage, and some of the estimated 1.5 million tons of floating debris washed ashore.
The anniversary is not only a time to remember the tragic loss of life and property in Japan, but that Oregon must be prepared for a similar geologic hazard threat here, said Cory Grogan, public information officer with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone is a dangerous fault posing a significant earthquake hazard on West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. Many of the region's most highly populated cities including Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, B.C., would be impacted.

"A Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will affect all parts of Oregon, whether from direct earthquake or tsunami damage or subsequent response and recovery efforts," said Interim State Geologist Ian Madin, who leads the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. "We can look to Tohoku as not only an example of what Oregon faces in the future, but also for an example of the type of resilience Oregon needs to aspire to."

Since 2004, Oregon has put emphasis on preparing for its biggest natural threat. The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission has produced an Oregon Resilience Plan which was furthered by the Oregon Resilience Taskforce. Current legislative session is considering several measures that address seismic issues.

The Office of State Fire Marshal will emphasizing tsunami emergency response at its upcoming annual training for the State Incident Management Teams, said Public Information Officer Rich Hoover.

"These teams provide incident management expertise in a range of areas and enhance effective coordination among emergency response agencies during any Governor declared conflagration or other emergency."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management urges individuals to take action to prepare by knowing about the hazard and having a plan that includes an emergency kit with at least two-weeks of supplies, said Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator.

"We know that a major earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that struck of the coast of Japan could hit Oregon at any time," Rizzo said.

To learn more about the threat and what you can do check out "Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon," published by Oregon Office Emergency Management. You can also go to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Preparedness information page at http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/preparedness_information.aspx or the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries website at http://www.oregongeology.org.

"Prepare now and be your own survival story," said Rizzo.




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(Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)


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Oregon announces 2014 workplace deaths
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/10/15
(Salem) - Thirty-one people covered by the Oregon workers' compensation system died on the job during 2014, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. It's up slightly from 2013's figure of 30 deaths but continues to be consistent with fatality counts in recent years.

The year 2010 marked the state's all-time low of 17 deaths. That figure was likely tied, in part, to the economic downturn. In 2012, there were 30 deaths and, in 2011, 28 people died on the job.

State and local government saw the largest concentration of deaths in 2014, with five workers killed in that industry. The agriculture sector, which includes logging operations, had four deaths - the same as transportation and warehousing.

"Although Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades, there are still far too many preventable tragedies each year," said Patrick Allen, director of DCBS. "We must continue our commitment to eliminating hazards in the workplace so that all Oregon workers can come home safely at the end of the day."

Workplace fatalities are down significantly compared to previous decades. In the 1990s, there was an average of 55 workplace deaths per year. In the 1980s, the average was 81 deaths. The statewide rate of reported workplace injuries and illnesses has also decreased more than 50 percent since the late 1980s. Oregon started tracking workplace deaths in 1943.

"When we discuss the fatalities each year, it is a sobering reminder our past success can become, in some measure, a challenge to our future achievements," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "We have pushed the numbers down over the past decades. But we will not push them still lower unless we can persuade each other - and ourselves - that they can and must continue to go lower."

Oregon OSHA offers educational workshops, consultation services, training videos, and website information to help Oregon employers create or improve their safety and health programs.

DCBS compiles fatality statistics from records of death claim benefits paid by Oregon workers' compensation insurers during the calendar year. The data excludes workplace deaths involving self-employed individuals, city of Portland police and fire employees, federal employees, and incidents occurring in Oregon to individuals with out-of-state employers. These workers are either not subject to Oregon workers' compensation coverage requirements or are covered by other compensation systems.

Deaths that occur during a prior calendar year may appear in the compensable fatality count for a later year because of the time required to process a claim. The fatality count for 2013 changed from 29 to 30 due to a change in status discovered after the reference year had closed.

Complete data on all deaths caused by injuries in Oregon workplaces, regardless of whether they are covered by workers' compensation insurance, are computed separately and reported in the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) administered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 2014 CFOI count is not expected for release until fall 2015.

The link to the full DCBS fatality report can be found here:
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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
North Bend School District Public Meetings - March
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 03/10/15
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for March:

March 2, 2015
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

March 9, 2015
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

March 11, 2015
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

March 30, 2015
Special Board Meeting - Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

March 31, 2015
Community Forum at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend Middle School
1500 16th St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
Lane County Historical Museum given Stewardship Award for helping neighboring organization in need
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/10/15
Lane County Historical Museum will be recognized Tuesday at the Lane County Board of Commissioners meeting for its support of the Springfield Museum. The meeting will be at 10:00 am at Harris Hall in the Lane County Public Service Building.

Leaders of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum read in a local newspaper last summer that the Springfield Museum had temporarily closed because of losing its staff.

"As the sole museum in Lane County with countywide responsibility, I wondered how our institution might offer to help in a time of obvious need," said Bob Hart, the historical society's executive director. His board president and vice president had similar thoughts.

Within a week, the two organizations, along with historical society exhibits curator Megan Lallier-Barron, had hatched a plan to loan Lallier-Barron as a part-time curator to the Springfield Museum. For the next two months, Lallier-Barron worked on the Springfield's exhibit program and pending grant projects.

"With the willingness of the Lane County Historical Society and Museum, including Megan, to help us in our time of need, we have been able to be a viable organization," said Springfield Museum board president Christine Stole. "Their professional expertise has been invaluable, but perhaps more importantly has been their friendly neighborly assistance."

Based on its actions, Heritage Programs of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has presented the Lane County Historical Society and Museum an Oregon Heritage Stewardship Certificate.

"The loan of a staff member helped the Springfield Museum, but it has also created ties between the two museums that did not exist, as well as suggesting mutual interests and resources that can sometimes be shared," said Hart.

The Heritage Stewardship Recognition Program was initiated by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to raise the profile of Oregonians and Oregon organizations that go the extra mile in protecting the state's heritage.

"We are happy to recognize people doing good deeds for historic resources in the state," said Chrissy Curran, who heads up Heritage Programs.

For more information about Oregon Heritage, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.programs@oregon.gov and (503) 986-0673.

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Media Advisory: Skilled drivers to compete in Columbia Forklift Challenge (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/10/15
Drivers competed in a bowling exercise as part of the 2013 Columbia Forklift Challenge
Drivers competed in a bowling exercise as part of the 2013 Columbia Forklift Challenge
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WHO: Skilled forklift drivers, both in teams and individually, will compete in the Columbia Forklift Challenge at the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference. Teams participating in this year's event include Boeing, Georgia Pacific, Hoffman Construction, and more.

WHAT: Judges will assess drivers' ability to safely operate a forklift during a variety of timed challenges. The obstacles include tight slalom runs, precise loading/unloading using pallets, racking, and other props. Cash prizes range from $200 to $500.

The largest conference of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, GOSH features 160 workshops and training sessions. It is designed to educate managers and workers about safety and health issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 11
9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97232
(Media should check in with Melanie Mesaros.)

More information about conference speakers, classes, and registration is on the GOSH website, www.oregongosh.com.

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


Attached Media Files: Drivers competed in a bowling exercise as part of the 2013 Columbia Forklift Challenge
03/09/15
69th Parole and Probation Officer Course to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/09/15
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 69th Parole and Probation Class on Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Any questions regarding the graduation should be directed to Amber Preble at DPSST by phone at (503) 373-0818 or e-mail at amber.preble@state.or.us.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

The class consists of parole and probation officers from around the state. The five-week course includes topics such as roles and responsibilities, best practices, mental health crisis intervention, report writing, interview techniques, ethics, conflict resolution, professional boundaries, defensive tactics, use of force, and many others delivered in a problem-based learning format. The class was developed in partnership with the Oregon Association of Community Correction Directors (OACCD) and approved by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. Parole and probation officers who will carry firearms at their employing agency will return to the Academy for an additional week of training.

Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months under the guidance of a field training officer.

Members of Graduating Class:

Angelo, Anthony M - Multnomah County Community Justice
Ascencio Bautista, Marcelina - Marion County Sheriff's Office
Denney, David L - Curry County Sheriff's Office
Ford, Marcus D - Washington County Community Corrections
Gardner, Lindsay A - Washington County Community Corrections
Geiger, Benjamin H - Multnomah County Community Justice
Harden, Drew D - Douglas County Community Corrections
Hepner, Jamie L - Hood River County Community Justice
Johnson, Kelly L - Multnomah County Community Justice
Johnson, Shawna L - Benton County Sheriff's Office
Jones, Jason O - Washington County Community Corrections
Kelly, Colleen M - Multnomah County Community Justice
Myers, Gregory M - Clackamas County Community Corrections
Plaza, Erik E - Multnomah County Community Justice
Plinski, Theresa F - Marion County Sheriff's Office
Read, Nicole M - Columbia County Community Corrections
Sandberg, James R - Multnomah County Community Justice
Smykowski, Joelle L - Multnomah County Community Justice
Thompson, Kayla E - Marion County Sheriff's Office
Wilson, Tyree E - Clackamas County Community Corrections
Wray, David G - Clatsop County Sheriff's Office
Zolnai, James D - Multnomah County Community Justice

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
OEM shares knowledge with Kazakhstan visitors (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/09/15
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Kazakhstan emergency response professionals from the Emergency Situations Committee (ESC) visited the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Emergency Coordination Center and the Oregon Military Department's Joint Operations Center, March 3, as part of the World Affairs Council of Oregon, International Visitor Program.

"The mission of the World Affairs Council is to connect Oregonians to the world, and the meeting at OEM was a great example of that," said World Affairs Council, Oregon President Maria Wulff. "Every year we bring over 500 emerging leaders from nearly 100 countries to our community to interact with professionals and area families. It's a win-win for visitors and locals--and a great form of grassroots diplomacy!"

Wulff added that the council hosts many other programs and that the International Speaker Series has become the largest foreign policy series in the nation.
The Kazakhstan ESC delegation included leaders from the nation's Disaster Medicine Center, Civil Defense Division, Disaster Mitigation Department, Firefighting Service Management Division, and the Aeromobile Operational Rescue Detachment.

"It is always very interesting to study the experience of other countries in the area of emergency management and prevention," said Lt. Col. Assylkhan KhudaIbergenov, Deputy Chief Firefighting Service Management Division Emergency Situations Committee Ministry of Internal Affairs for Kazakhstan.

He said that visiting OEM taught him that the decision to activate and involve partner organizations can be made by the member of the executive duty officer on call.
"It considerably cuts down decision-making time and decreases the number of casualties and people affected in an emergency," said Khudalbergenov.

OEM Director Andrew Phelps said the opportunity to share ideas with peers from Kazakhstan was appreciated.

"Emergency management is the same whether you are in Kazakhstan or Klamath Falls: develop and implement strategies to prevent, protect and mitigate against, respond to, and recover from any emergency or disaster, regardless of cause in order to reduce or eliminate the impact on lives, property, and the environment," explained Phelps. "We can all benefit from looking at the challenges we face through a different lens."

The project that brought the Kazakhs to OEM is unique because it highlights U.S. methods of preparing for, managing, and responding to natural and man-made disasters, and focuses on the challenging steps to recovery for communities and affected populations, said Sydney Snead, Program Officer for the International Visitor Program in Oregon.

"The natural disasters we face in Oregon are very similar to those in Kazakhstan," said Snead.
The purpose of the Office of Emergency Management is to execute the Governor's responsibilities to maintain an emergency services system as prescribed in ORS 401 by planning, preparing and providing for the prevention, mitigation and management of emergencies or disasters that present a threat to the lives and property of citizens of and visitors to the State of Oregon.

"We are serious about preparing for and responding to emergencies and appreciated the opportunity to share some of our successes and lessons learned," said OEM Deputy Director Laurie Holien.


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Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Deputy Director Laurie Holien (second from left), OEM Director Andrew Phelps (left center), and Director of Military Support for the Oregon Military Department's Joint Operation Center, Lt. Col. John Prigmore (second from right), pause for a photo, March 3, with emergency management leaders from the Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Committee in the OEM Emergency Coordination Center in Salem, Ore. The Kazakhstan ESC delegation included leaders from the nation's Disaster Medicine Center, Civil Defense Division, Disaster Mitigation Department, Firefighting Service Management Division, and the Aeromobile Operational Rescue Detachment.
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Oregon Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Laurie Holien speaks to Kazakhstan emergency response professionals from the national Emergency Situations Committee, who visited the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Emergency Coordination Center, March 3, as part of World Affairs Council of Oregon, International Visitor Program. The project highlighted U.S. methods of preparing for, managing, and responding to natural and man-made disasters. It will also focus on the challenging steps to recovery for communities and affected populations.
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Director of Military Support for the Oregon Military Department's Joint Operation Center, Lt. Col John Prigmore, speaks to members of the Kazakhstan emergency response professionals from the national Emergency Situations Committee, who visited the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Emergency Coordination Center, March 3, World Affairs Council of Oregon, International Visitor Program. The project highlighted U.S. methods of preparing for, managing, and responding to natural and man-made disasters.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Cory Grogan, Public Information Office)


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Oregon Hospitals Launch New Price Transparency Initiative
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 03/09/15
Initiative includes SB 900, legislation for patient-friendly website

Lake Oswego OR - March 9, 2015 - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS), which represents all of Oregon's community hospitals, today announced that it has developed a new price transparency initiative.

This initiative has three key elements, all of which focus on giving consumers pricing details in advance of a visit to a hospital for a procedure. These include legislation (SB 900) calling for a new state-run website displaying median prices paid for procedures at hospitals; tools for hospitals to provide good-faith estimates to self-pay and out-of-network patients; and a pledge to work with insurers to help insured patients understand their out-of-pocket expenses for care.

"Our transparency initiative aims to assist Oregonians in understanding hospital prices in advance of procedures," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "We want to make sure that hospitals' pricing data is accessible and easy to find. We know that our patients want more health care pricing information and with this initiative, Oregonians will be able to find the data on hospital prices that will help their decision making."

The first element of the initiative entails legislation (SB 900), calling for a website, run by the Oregon Health Authority, that would use state-collected data from the state's existing All Payer All Claims database to display median prices paid for common hospital inpatient and outpatient procedures. This website would give patients the ability to understand what the typical cost of a particular procedure would be, as paid by insurers. It would allow them the ability to compare the prices paid for the most common procedures across hospitals. It would not, however, show a consumer what his or her specific insurer would cover or not cover; or what their out of pocket costs would be based on the design of their health plan. For that information, they would have to check with their insurer.

The second element entails working hand-in-hand with insurers via the Oregon Health Leadership Council (OHLC) to help patients who have insurance to understand what their out-of-pocket expenses will be. This information would be based on their insurer's contract with a particular hospital or provider, along with information from the patient's insurer as it pertains to their particular insurance coverage. It is clear that patients want to know what portion of charges they will be responsible for in advance, and Oregon hospitals and the OHLC will work to ensure that is achievable.

"The Oregon Health Leadership Council is committed to helping patients understand health care pricing, and is eager to work with our members to achieve that goal," said Greg Van Pelt, president of the OHLC. "We know that people want health care providers and insurers to work together to ensure a patient-friendly experience. This is precisely what we intend to do."

The last element of the OAHHS initiative is a commitment by Oregon's hospitals to assist Oregonians who are paying for their own care (or for out-of-network services not covered by their health plan) in getting a good-faith estimate from any hospital for the cost of a scheduled procedure upon request.

"Oregon hospitals put the health care needs of their patients first every day. Oregonians know they can count on their community hospital for quality care, 24/7/365, and now they can count on us to be even better partners in informed decision making," added Davidson.

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About the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.

About the Oregon Health Leadership Council

Founded in 2008, the Oregon Health Leadership Council works to develop practical solutions to reduce the rate of increase in health care costs and premiums so health care and insurance is more affordable for people and employers. The council brings together health plans, hospitals and physicians to identify and act on cost-saving solutions that maximize efficiencies while delivering high quality patient care. By working collaboratively on payment and reimbursement reform, evidence-based best practices, value-based benefits and administrative simplification, the Council aims to deliver both short- and long-term cost relief.


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Nine students named Oregon Poetry Out Loud finalists (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/09/15
Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky.
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Regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held in Beaverton, Medford and Salem Saturday identified the nine Oregon high school students who will compete for the state title at Willamette University on Saturday, March 14. Three finalists were selected from each regional competition; a record 38 schools throughout the state participated.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

The three top finishers from the Northern Regional Contest, held at Powells Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, were: Mitchell Lenneville, Baker Early College Web Academy (Baker City); Jessica Nguyen, Gresham's Center for Advanced Learning; and Riley Knowles, West Linn High School.

Finalists selected at the Central Regional Contest at Salem's Book Bin-East are: Gypsy Prince, Springfield's Academy of Arts and Academics - a state finalist for the second year in a row; Anna Smiley, Portland's Lincoln High School; and Allegra Thatcher of Keizer, who attends Veritas School in Newberg. Erika Lauren Aguillar, an exchange student from the Philippines attending Oregon School for the Deaf, also finished as a finalist. While she is not eligible to advance in the contest due to her citizenship status, Aguillar will perform at the state contest as a special guest.

The winners of the Southern Regional Contest, hosted at the Medford Public Library, are: Serena Morgan, Paisley Charter School; Atya-Sha Van Ness, Logos Public Charter School (Medford); and Sarah Dombrowsky, Cascade Christian High School (Medford).

"Once again the caliber of performances was impressive and made selecting only three finalists from each competition a challenge," said Deb Vaughn, the Arts Commission's arts education/Poetry Out Loud coordinator.

The State Contest is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Willamette University Library. The winner will advance to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

Editor's note: Individual photos and bio information are available upon request.
Photo captions: Northern winners (left to right) Lenneville, Nguyen, Knowles.

Central winners (left to right) Prince, Smiley, Thatcher. (photo courtesy of Salem Statesman Journal).

Southern winners (left to right) Morgan, Van Ness, Dombrowsky.


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April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/09/15
Lebanon Police Department

Nature of Event: April is National Child Abuse Month

Did you know that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18? Did you know that 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18? In 2010, 80 percent of the children who died due to abuse and neglect in the United States were under 4 years of age. Did you know that in 2014, according to the ABC House, they had 643 child abuse assessment cases?

The Lebanon Police Department, in partnership with Lebanon Blue Angels and the Linn County Child Abuse Network, will be raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect. Walk A Mile For A Child will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The mile walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Justice Center. Early registration for the walk (prior to April 1st) is $20 per adult and $15 for those 12 years of age and under, and includes a dry-fit tee shirt. After April 1st, the cost will be $25 per individual and $20 for those 12 years of age and under. All proceeds will go to the Linn County Child Abuse Network (which includes ABC House, CASA and Family Tree Relief Nursery). The walk will be led by Miss Oregon and Miss Teen. Registration forms can be picked up now at the Lebanon Justice Center, on City of Lebanon's Facebook website, or by contacting Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339.

A ceremony is planned for 10:00 a.m. at the Lebanon Justice Center, following the walk. Chief of Police Frank Stevenson, Mayor Paul Aziz and other dignitaries will speak on behalf of child abuse prevention at this public event.

The blue pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health and happiness. The Justice Center will be decorated with blue lights and a pinwheel garden to remind passersby that we all have a responsibility to help the abused.

We encourage the community to light up a window or a tree. Gateway Imprints (located at 580 Park Street) is offering free awareness kits; shirts are available for sale as well.

Do your part to stop the hurt in our community. Attend this event and help tie blue ribbons to the Justice Center trees in honor of those who have been abused. Help us paint the town blue and raise awareness for child abuse prevention! Come and learn how working together can make a difference!

See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonPD or contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for more information.
Safety leaders to be honored at Oregon GOSH Conference (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/09/15
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(Salem) - Fifteen leaders in safety and health will be honored with awards at the 2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, at a Wednesday, March 11, ceremony at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which honor extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. The categories include outstanding employers, individuals, and associations.

The winners this year are as follows:

Association Awards
Central Oregon Safety & Health Association
SafeBuild Alliance

Employer Awards
City of Hillsboro
Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Purdy Brush
R&H Construction

Safety Committee Awards
Fortis Construction, Inc.
Qorvo, formerly TriQuint

Safety and Health Advocate (Team)
TriMet Bus Operators Continuous Improvement Team
Huntair Target Zero Team

Safety and Health Advocate (Individual)
Cathy Erickson, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Dan Johnson, Skanska
Judy West, Clean Water Services

Safety and Health Professional Awards
Corinna Kupelwieser, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Peter Kimbrel, Orenco Systems, Inc.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

More information about the conference is on the GOSH website, www.oregongosh.com.

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

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


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Curry County Major Crimes Team Investigating Pursuit / Officer Involved Shooting - Brookings
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/09/15
Brookings, Ore. The Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating a pursuit which included an officer involved shooting last night on House Rock Viewpoint Road, north of Brookings in Curry County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that shortly after 11:00 p.m., on Sunday, March 8, a Brookings Police Department officer attempted to stop a silver, 1982 Honda Civic, for a traffic violation in the city of Brookings. The vehicle fled north on Highway 101 from Brookings until about milepost 351 when it turned west on House Rock View Point Road, which dead ends. As two officers from the Brookings Police Department pulled in behind the vehicle near the roads end, the suspect, identified as MARSHALL B. RANDALL, age 29 of Crescent City, CA, turned around and sped toward them.

Both officers fired as the vehicle approached and one was injured when the Honda struck him. RANDALL continued after the impact and fled the area. The second officer was not injured during the incident.

RANDALL was taken into custody at approximately 5:01 a.m., this morning after a homeowner in the area of Eggers Road, north of Brookings, called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious person attempting to break into a car. As troopers, deputies and officers responded to the area they located RANDALL and took him into custody without further incident. He was not injured during the Rock View Point Road shooting or subsequent arrest.

RANDALL is in custody on the following charges:
* Attempted Aggravated Murder (x2)
* Assault II
* Attempted Assault II
* Attempt to Elude Police with a vehicle - Felony
* Reckless Driving
* Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle
* Burglary I
* Criminal Mischief I (x2)

Additional charges may be added following a review by the Curry County District Attorney's Office.

The Curry County Major Crimes Team is investigating this incident and OSP is the lead investigative agency. OSP is being assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, Brookings Police Department, and the Curry County District Attorney's Office.

Further media inquiries should be directed to the Oregon State Police and will be coordinated with the Curry County District Attorney. No photographs are available for release at this time.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
03/08/15
Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash on HWY 101 near MP 122 near Salishan (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/08/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterday evenings serious injury motorcycle crash on highway 101 near milepost 122 - in the Salishan area.

Early information indicates that at approximately 7:20 p.m., a 2005 Honda CRV, operated by ALEXANDRIA TIPTON, 33, of Salem, was turning north onto highway 101 from Gleneden Beach Loop near Salishan. A 2004, Yamaha Motorcycle, being driven by JASON TAYLOR, 42, of Salem, was southbound on highway 101 when the CRV turned in front of it. TAYLOR, and his female passenger were transported to the Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The operator of the CRV was cited for making a dangerous left turn.

Both north and southbound lanes were closed for approximately one hour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 26 near milepost 52 - Government Camp (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/08/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred on highway 26 near milepost 52 near government camp.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 1:20 a.m, a black, 1982 Kawasaki motorcycle, was traveling westbound on highway 26 near milepost 52 when the rider lost control while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle slid across both eastbound lanes and crashed into a guard rail. The operator, identified as ANGELA R. DECORTE, 34, of Gresham, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Hoodland Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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03/06/15
Pursuit in Vehicle and Foot
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/06/15
Lebanon Police Department
Nature of Crime or Event: Pursuit in Vehicle and on Foot
Date / Time Occurred: March 6, 2015
Occurred Location: 900 block of West D Street to the 200 block of West F Street, Lebanon
Arrested: Rodriguez, Rudy Velasco DOB 03/06/1983
On March 6th, 2015 at 1:18 pm, officers were in the 900 block of West D Street when they observed a light blue Volvo being driven by Rudy Rodriguez. Officers on scene recognized Rodriguez from prior contacts and learned his license was suspended at a criminal level. Dispatch also relayed to the officers that Rodriguez had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. An officer attempted to stop Rodriguez who was already driving away at a high rate of speed. The officer observed Rodriguez throw objects out of the vehicle at two separate times.
The vehicle pursuit began in the 900 block of West D Street, Lebanon, Oregon and ended when Rodriguez drove down the dead end of West F Street near the canal. Rodriguez pulled into a driveway and hit a concrete retaining wall. Rodriguez then fled from the officer on foot. The officer chased Rodriguez in that neighborhood until finally stopping on E Street near the canal where he was taken into custody without incident.
No one was injured during the incident.
Officers located the two items Rodriguez was seen throwing from his vehicle as he attempted to elude. These items were a loaded handgun stolen out of a vehicle in Salem, Oregon in January and a digital scale.
Rodriguez was transported to the Linn County Jail for the charges of Driving While Suspended - Misdemeanor, Attempt to Elude - Vehicle, Attempt to Elude - Foot, Theft I by Receiving, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence, Criminal Trespass, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony warrants.
If you have information on this case, you are asked to contact Detective McCubbins at 541-451-1751 ext 4346.
Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, March 20, 2015
Oregon State Library - 03/06/15
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Salem at the Salem Public Library on March 20, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on March 20th, the Board will hear a report on "Libraries of Oregon" and will discuss proposed changes to OAR 543. An open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum. A public hearing on proposed changes to OAR 543 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. More information about the proposed changes to OAR 543 is at: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/Pages/Proposed-Rulemaking-Hearing-Information.aspx

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
March 20, 2015
Salem Public Library
Anderson Room
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda


9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the February 13, 2015 Meeting Bonebrake

9:15 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

10:00 Report of the State Librarian & Staff
Activities Since the Last Meeting Dahlgreen
Strategic Plan Progress Report Dahlgreen
Division Reports Maurer, Button, Curry, Navarrete

11:30 Open Forum** Bonebrake

Noon Lunch Bonebrake

12:30 Salem Public Library Tour Toewe

1:00 Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to OAR 543 Bonebrake

1:30 New Business
Proposed Changes to OAR 543 Dahlgreen
Libraries of Oregon Report Dahlgreen/Westin
State Librarian Evaluation Process Bonebrake
Board Role in Strategic Plan Bonebrake

2:45 Plans for next meeting
Adjournment Bonebrake

** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Search Warrant Service at a Mt. Vernon Residence Leads to Arrest/Seizure
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/06/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into suspected drug trafficking in Grant County near Mt. Vernon.

Investigators from the Oregon State Police and Grant County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a residence on N. Mountain Blvd. in Mt. Vernon. Investigators arrested and lodged in jail 56-year-old BUFORD W. BRELAND, of Mt. Vernon, on multiple charges of delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and 5 counts of delivery of methamphetamine to a minor.

Also arrested and lodged in jail was LISA MOSS, 22, of Mt. Vernon, on the charges of possession of methamphetamine and frequenting a drug house. TAHNEE HELMS, 19, and ALICIA M. JUAREZ, 20, of Mt. Vernon, were cited and released for frequenting a drug house.

Approximately 1 ounce of methamphetamine, several hundred hydrocodone tablets and cash was seized as evidence during the course of the search. The investigation is continuing and anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police John Day work site at (541) 575-1363.

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Corvallis Police Arrest DUII Driver Who Crashes into a House
Corvallis Police - 03/06/15
On March 5, 2015, at about 11:50pm Corvallis Police responded to a vehicle that had crashed into a residence at 1123 SE Goodnight Ave. The residence is a duplex. When Officers arrived they found a black Acura RSX had traveled through a stop sign at the intersection of SE Midvale Ave. and SE Goodnight Ave., through the front yard of the duplex, and struck the front wall of duplex 40 feet off of the road. The impact caused the front wall of the duplex to move inward approximately one foot and rendered the front door inoperable. The damage came within two feet of a couch where a person was sleeping at the time of the crash. No one was injured in the crash.

Officers arrested twenty three year old James Ellingsen of Corvallis for DUII Alcohol, Criminal Mischief II, Reckless Endangering and Reckless Driving. He was transported to the Corvallis Police Department where he provided a breath sample that measured his BAC at 0.20%. Ellingsen was later booked at the Benton County Jail but was later released without bail.

A mugshot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000465
Real Estate Investors Invited to Resource Fair (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 03/06/15
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Portland, Ore - The Northwest Real Estate Investor's Association invites investors of real estate properties to attend a vendor fair April 2, 2015, at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah St, in Portland. Doors open at 4:00 pm and it runs until 7:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

Whether you are an experienced investor, or just getting started, the Real Estate Investors Vendor Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet people in the real estate investment community and to network with experienced real estate investors.

Organizers are planning for more than 50 businesses to be represented from a wide variety of categories including mortgage brokers, home stagers, real estate inspectors, construction companies, remodelers, flooring contractors and many others. Vendors are limited to two in any particular industry to promote a wide variety of services. Attendees will have opportunity to win door prizes offered by the vendors.

"We are excited to bring the Real Estate Investors Vendors Fair to the public. This event is an excellent opportunity to get started in this exciting business or to make new connections with people and businesses that help you succeed as a real estate investor," says Steve Nagel, from the NW Real Estate Investors Association.

For a limited time, booth spaces are available to companies who offer services in real estate. The price of a booth is $150. If you have any questions, call Jessica Nelson at Spire Management: 503-371-7457, or email vendorfair@NorthwestREIA.com.


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A Family's Commitment to Oregon's Military History (Photo)
Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) - 03/06/15
Tom and Kathy Withycombe visit the construction site of the new Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe. Photo: RGMortensen/2014
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Oregon Military Museum's Tom Withycombe Library named for Grandson of Oregon's 15th Governor

Clackamas, Ore - On Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 AM, Thomas E. Withycombe and his wife Kathy will present a check to the Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF), the organization charged with the fundraising for the new Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe. The museum, now under construction, sits on the property named for Tom's grandfather, James Withycombe, Oregon's 15th Governor.

In addition to a $300,000 gift to the Oregon Military Museum, the Withycombe family will donate hundreds of books that were part of Tom's personal Collection.

"Tom has always been a voracious reader," said Kathy of her husband. "When we moved into our new home last year, it was clear that the book collection had outgrown its space. We knew the museum would be just the right place to permanently house it."

Selected books will be available in the Tom Withycombe Library when the museum opens.

The Withycombe family is already discussing plans to attend a ceremony scheduled for August 15 on the museum grounds.

"Our children brought up the subject of my upcoming birthday, and together we decided that the ceremony at the Oregon Military Museum would be a fitting place to celebrate 80 years of life."

When asked about the decision to make this donation to the museum, Kathy attributed it to the role Tom's grandfather played in Oregon's history, and his legacy of patriotism.

"It is really out of a respect for Governor Withycombe and the dedication he showed to those who served in the war," she said. "Tom shares his family's deep commitment to honoring our veterans."

James Withycombe served as Oregon's Governor from 1914 - 1919. He died in office from a heart illness, ten years before Tom was born. While Tom never met his grandfather, he was inspired by stories of his great patriotism and commitment to those who served during WWI.

Tom Withycombe's own military journey began after graduating from Columbia University in New York on a NROTC scholarship. He served in the Marines during the Korean War. In 1953, Just a year after he returned from Korea, he entered Harvard Law School, graduating in 1956.

After law school, Withycombe and his wife Kathy, a registered nurse, lived in several states across the country, raising a family along the way. For 30 years, Tom served as in-house counsel for Georgia Pacific, retiring in Oregon in 1995.

Recently he and his wife built a house on the family property in Hillsboro, land that was home to James Withycombe. At the entrance to their property sits a large Sequoia tree.

"That tree was planted by Tom's grandfather on his wedding day in 1875," Kathy tells, as she recollects the family's journey that spanned two generations and well over 100 years of Oregon history.


About the Historical Outreach Foundation

The Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) honors the men and women who have served this state and nation in our armed forces, and provides a comprehensive educational resource for preserving and sharing Oregon's rich military history.

The HOF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, drives the funding for the new Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum. Through several education-based initiatives including school presentations, the Oregon Military Museum and the Veterans' Legacies Project, and in partnership with Oregon World War II Memorial, the Historical Outreach Foundation is charged with showcasing Oregon's rich military history and making it accessible to everyone.

To find out how to support the Historical Outreach Foundation and the Oregon Military Museum, visit www.historicaloutreach.com, or call Alisha Hamel, executive director at (503) 705-5965.


Attached Media Files: Tom and Kathy Withycombe visit the construction site of the new Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe. Photo: RGMortensen/2014
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for March, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 03/06/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of March 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.


March 9, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regular School Board Meeting, 6:00 PM with an Executive Session beginning at 5:30 PM based on ORS 192.660(2)(i) to review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing. The agenda and packet are posted at the following link and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
* Media Photo * Fatal Pedestrian Involved Crash on HWY 42 near MP 67 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/06/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into last nights fatal vehicle versus pedestrian crash on highway 42 near milepost 67 in Douglas County - at the intersection of Strickland Canyon Road and highway 42.

Preliminary information suggests that at approximately 11:21 p.m., SETH GUNN, 18, of Roseburg, was standing in the westbound lane of highway 42 in an attempt to get assistance for his broken down vehicle. GUNN was struck by a 1990 Ford Ranger pickup being driven by 59-year-old DARRELD S. HANNA, of Winston. GUNN was pronounced deceased at the scene. HANNA is cooperating with investigators as they conduct a reconstruction of the crash site.

Highway 42 was blocked for about an hour before investigators were able to open 1 lane for traffic to get through. It was reopened at approximately 8:00 a.m., this morning.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Winston/Dillard Fire Department.

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St. Patrick's Day Raffle Tickets Sold Out
Oregon Lottery - 03/06/15
All 250,000 St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets have been sold.

As a result of the sellout, the ongoing Friday-only promotion from 5-7 p.m. that offered players a free Megabucks ticket with the purchase of a St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket has ended.

The St. Patrick's Day Raffle offers 1,801 cash prizes including:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick's Day - Tues., Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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HB 2960 Oregon Retirement Savings Plan -- AARP Testimony
AARP Oregon - 03/06/15
Salem, March 6, 2015 -- This morning, AARP volunteer executive committee member, Edward Brewington will give the following testimony at this morning's hearing.

Testimony before the House Business & Labor Committee
By
Edward Brewington, AARP Oregon Executive Council Member


Thank you for allowing me to testify before you today on the need to improve retirement savings opportunities for employees of private sector businesses. AARP Oregon is strongly in support of HB 2960 and in fact it is one of our top two legislative priorities this year.

My name is Edward Brewington, and I'm an executive council member and volunteer for AARP Oregon with approximately 500,000 members in Oregon ages 50-plus. Before I joined AARP as a volunteer, I was a senior executive at IBM and senior vice president of KinderCare. I now also work part-time as an adjunct business professor at Marylhurst University in the MBA program.

I think we can all agree that there is a very real and growing retirement security problem in the United States. The result from HB2960 would be that the 642,000 Oregon workers without access to retirement savings on the job would have an easy way to save their own money for retirement. This helps our state avoid the high costs of doing nothing. A future in which many more seniors retire into poverty would lead to higher costs at the state and local level for senior services. And there is one other issue we should resolve early on: talking about increased education is not enough. This is a problem that will require action to improve.

The problem facing us

Social Security is the foundation of retirement security both here and nationwide. In Oregon alone, its benefits keep hundreds of thousands out of poverty, but for most people, Social Security's average benefit level of about $1,200 a month does not provide enough for a comfortable retirement. That is about $14,400 a year. Economic security requires both Social Security benefits and sufficient additional savings to supplement them. Oregon and our nation face a serious problem if a large proportion of our workforce remains unable to save for retirement through an employer-related payroll deduction plan.

The lack of savings - and the opportunity to save at work through payroll deduction - is where the problem lies. National data from the non-partisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that in 2013, 51 percent of workers aged 45-54 had less than $25,000 in total savings and investments. These are people between 10 and 20 years from retirement. Among workers aged 55 and above, those within 10 years of retirement, 43 percent had less than $25,000 in total savings and investments. These numbers exclude home equity and defined benefit pensions (if any). Savings of that amount will not take an individual through one year of retirement, much less the 20 plus years that most healthy 65 year olds are likely to experience.

Just to place these numbers in perspective, Retirement savings of $100,000, a sum that only 30 percent of the workers age 45-54 and only 42 percent of those age 55+ in the EBRI survey will equal or exceed buys additional monthly income of $589 ($7100 annually) for men at age 65 and $552 a month ($6,600 annually) for women at that age. That would give men with $100,000 in retirement savings and average Social Security benefits a monthly retirement income of about $1800 ($21,500 annually) and women with the same savings and Social Security benefits a monthly income of $1750 ($21,000). Neither figure likely to produce a comfortable retirement, and the EBRI data suggests that even that is out of reach for well over half of all Americans.

Admittedly, these are rough numbers, and many people will receive higher than average Social Security benefits. However, many other people will end up receiving much less than average. We know from other research that five groups are most likely to under save: small business employees, lower income individuals, women, younger workers, and members of minority groups. However, the problems are not limited to just these five groups.

Access to workplace savings is essential

It is not that people don't want to save or cannot save. They do. The problem is often the lack of access to a convenient savings plan, and the inability to understand the many savings options that exist.

The existence of a workplace retirement savings plan is important. A recent Boston College Center for Retirement Research paper found that access to a workplace retirement savings plan or pension is second only to having a job as the most important factor in assisting moderate-to-low income individuals to build retirement security.

A wide variety of research shows that only about half of the US workforce has the ability to save for retirement or a pension at work. While there are a variety of data sources, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, another Boston College study found that the coverage statistics are comparable between data sources when the same standards are applied.

Regardless of the exact percentage point used to estimate coverage, the sad fact is that millions of Americans currently lack the ability to save for retirement at work through payroll deduction. This is especially true for small business employees. A recent US General Accountability Office (GAO) study found that only about 14 percent (one-in seven) of businesses with 100 employees or less offer their employees such a plan and that between 51 percent and 71 percent of the roughly 42 million people who work for a small business lack the ability to save for retirement.

AARP Public Policy Institute research shows that about 642,000 Oregonians between the ages of 18 and 64 - that is about 47.6 percent - are employed by a company that does not offer a pension or retirement savings plan. The Oregon number is slightly better that the 51.1 percent national figure. That translates to 57 million Americans who cannot save for retirement at work. These are not just younger employees who are new to the workforce. They include mid-career individuals who move from a large company that offered a retirement plan to a smaller company that does not. Often, these mid-career workers end up with a gap in their savings history that damages their ability to build economic security.

Those without an employer-based plan

In theory, everyone without an employer-based plan could save in an IRA, but EBRI research estimates that only about 1 out of 20 actually does so regularly. In addition, payroll deduction is viewed as very important to encouraging retirement savings by people at every income level. It is much easier for people to save regularly if their savings are deducted from their paycheck before they receive it. Otherwise, the press of immediate bills tends to crowd out savings for longer term goals.

Some people have mentioned the MyRA plan announced by the president. While MyRA is one limited option that could help some Americans get started on the road to more savings, AARP is fighting in Oregon for a broader, more comprehensive proposal that would put a secure retirement within reach for more Oregonians. Nationally, the Department of Labor has announced that only 44 employers have offered the MyRA. We don't feel this is a reasonable option.

Another factor in the extremely low savings rate among those who can only use an IRA is availability and trust. Especially in low income neighborhoods, there are often no financial institutions nearby other than a check cashing outlet. Low income individuals are often reluctant to go to financial outlets in other areas as they may feel that they are not welcome or that they will be treated poorly. Another drawback that applies to individuals of all income levels is the fear that they will be taken advantage of. Since the financial professionals will know much more about the subject than their potential customers and may use unfamiliar terms, people have a very real fear that they will be talked into something that benefits the financier rather than the saver.

In addition, behavioral research shows that when people are faced with an important decision where they are uncertain what to do, they do nothing. This inertia factor is especially present in financial decisions like retirement savings.

On the other hand, when employees are presented with a plan at work that is structured in a way that provides guidance, they take the opportunity to save. This is true at all income levels. The Boston College study on why lower income people are less likely to save showed comparable take up rates between income levels. 86 percent of those with incomes under 300 percent of the poverty line participated in a retirement savings system or pension if they were offered one and eligible compared to 95 percent of those with higher incomes.

The Oregon Retirement Savings Plan created by this legislation would resolve many of these issues. The plan would be:
* Voluntary - Employees would be automatically enrolled with the right to opt out.
* Easy to manage - Contributing will be easy for employees and business owners. Defined contributions would be made through payroll deductions and no required contribution from employers
* Portable - Accounts will travel with employees from job to job
* Pooled and Professionally Managed - Funds should maximize returns for participants and minimize management fees.


Why do we favor Automatic Enrollment?

Under automatic enrollment, an employee continues to have total control over their retirement savings decisions, but unless the employees decides otherwise, he or she is enrolled and saves a set percentage of income in a specific investment choice. Automatic enrollment uses behavioral economics to make inertia work for the employee.

These features work. The five groups mentioned earlier that are most likely to under save (women, younger employees, small business employees, lower income employees, and minority groups) all see their participation rates climb from very low levels to close to 90%.

And employees like automatic enrollment. In a 2007 survey of automatically enrolled workers 95% said that it made saving easy. 85% started to save earlier than they would have without it. Almost all the employees who were automatically enrolled and remained in the plan said that they were satisfied with the process (97%) and were glad their company offered automatic enrollment (98%).

Conclusion

Again, thank you for allowing me to testify today. I would like to close by summarizing our key reasons for supporting this important legislation:
* These easy, portable retirement savings accounts would give 642,000 hard-working Oregonians a more secure, independent retirement.
* These accounts will make it easy for Oregon's workers to save through a simple payroll deduction into a privately-managed individual retirement account.
* Research shows individuals are 15 times more likely to save for retirement if they can do so through their job.
* Giving workers a simple way to save for retirement will mean fewer Oregonians will rely on government safety net services, which in turn saves taxpayer dollars.
* The ability to offer a plug-and-play retirement account is a significant benefit that will help small businesses attract and retain talent, giving them a competitive boost.

Improving the ability to save for retirement through the increased availability of payroll deduction savings would address a real need both here in Oregon and nationwide. Currently there are about 30 states across the country working on this issue. Illinois has already passed legislation to create a plan. Let's make sure Oregon once again shows leadership in doing what is right. Now is the time for action. We strongly recommend a yes vote for HB2960.

"Fast Facts and Figures about Social Security 2013," U.S. Social Security Administration Office of
Retirement and Disability Policy. This is the number for new retirement awards. The average amount is
slightly lower. http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/chartbooks/fast_facts/2013/fast_facts13.html#page5


"2013 Retirement Confidence Survey Fact Sheet #4," Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).
http://www.ebri.org/pdf/surveys/rcs/2013/Final-FS.RCS-13.FS_4.Age.FINAL.pdf

"2014 RCS FACT SHEET #6," EBRI.
http://ebri.org/pdf/surveys/rcs/2014/RCS14.FS-6.Prep-Ret.Final.pdf
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*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 99W near MP 30 - Yamhill County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal crash on highway 99W near milepost 30, just south of McDougal Junction in Yamhill County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that shortly after 10:00 A.M. today, a Tan Ford SUV was traveling northbound on highway 99W when for undetermined reasons the vehicle crossed the centerline into the southbound lane. The Ford collided with a southbound dump truck which was pulling a pup trailer, then crossed back across the northbound lane and rolled over into a ditch. The driver of the Ford, identified as MATTHEW B. CHILDRESS, 32, of McMinnville, who was not wearing safety restraints, was partially ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene. His front passenger, identified as CHRISTINE A. SCHNEIBLE, 32, of McMinnville, was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The dump truck, owned by Wilkins Trucking and loaded with scrap metal, was driven by RAUL GUTIERREZ-TORRES, 43, of Wood Village, who was not injured and is cooperating with investigators.

OSP is being assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Dayton Fire Department and Lafayette Fire Department.

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Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet March 12th in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/05/15
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Weyerhaeuser Office at 785 North 42nd Street, Springfield, OR 97477.

The Committees will jointly receive updates on prescribed burning near Class I wilderness areas and updating the Department's Private Forest strategy for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the Forest Practices Act Rules and voluntary measures.

The majority of the meeting will focus on the Board of Forestry's request to the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Anyone may attend the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx.
Electricity outage in Cottage Grove scheduled early morning of March 8
Pacific Power - 03/05/15
March 5, 2015
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Electricity outage in Cottage Grove scheduled early morning of March 8

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Approximately 300 Pacific Power customers in Cottage Grove will have their electricity interrupted early Sunday morning, March 8 while Pacific Power crews safely replace a pole.

The outage is scheduled to begin just after midnight on Sunday, March 8 and will be restored by 10 a.m. although power will be restored at the first opportunity. The area affected is from 6th Avenue to the river and from Adams Street to Harrison Street.

Street lights will be out in the area and Pacific Power will have flaggers on the scene to help assure traffic safety.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"A routine inspection of poles in the area determined that this one pole needed to be replaced as soon as possible," said Doris Johnston, regional community manager. "We scheduled the work promptly and picked a time that would cause the least convenience for customers. Safe, reliable delivery of your electric service is our top priority and this scheduled outage will help assure that."

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.


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It's that time - state fire marshal urges you to test your smoke alarms when setting your clock
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/05/15
Sunday, March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery."

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire," adds Walker. "Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older."

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm
10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer's instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.


Attached Media Files: Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet
Roseburg's Fir Grove Park Goes Solar
Pacific Power - 03/05/15
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Lance Colley, City of Roseburg
541-492-6866


Roseburg's Fir Grove Park Goes Solar
Pacific Power joins community celebration for Blue Sky customer-funded solar array

ROSEBURG, Ore.--Are you ready for snow cones powered by the sun? That's what's in store for anyone seeking refreshment at Roseburg's Fir Grove Park concession stand after yesterday's dedication of a solar array that will partially power the building adjacent to the city's largest soccer field.

Mayor Larry Rich and Pacific Power CEO Pat Reiten joined other community leaders March 4 to celebrate a new 2.2-kilowatt, 8-panel solar array honoring the community's environmental commitment to renewable energy through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program.

The project is one benefit of Roseburg residents and businesses exceeding their 2014 Blue Sky Community Challenge goal to increase the community's number of Blue Sky enrollees by 500. The effort gained more than 600 new supporters.

"I am very appreciative of the citizens of Roseburg who were a key partner in bringing solar to Fir Grove Park," said Mayor Larry Rich. "This project is a symbol of Roseburg's commitment to sustainability and what we can accomplish when we come together in support of our community values. We hope to continue our partnership with Pacific Power, and look forward to a bright and sunny future."

Joining Reiten and Mayor Rich in cutting the ribbon today were Lance Colley, city manager, and Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power regional community manager.

"We're here today because Roseburg likes renewable energy and likes a challenge. But we wouldn't be here today without the support and hard work of all the partners involved in the challenge," said Mendenhall. "The city, Umpqua Community College, Umpqua Community Action Network and Jefferson Public Radio all played important roles. Pacific Power is proud to be part of it, but the credit goes to the customers who made it happen through their own personal commitment."

The Blue Sky program provides Pacific Power customers with an easy way to support renewable energy in the region. When customers choose Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchase more renewable energy certificates from regional renewable energy facilities. This guarantees that renewable energy is delivered to the regional power pool, reducing the need for non-renewable energy and creating measurable environmental benefits.

Blue Sky customers, numbering over 1,200 in Roseburg and more than 55,000 statewide, also have helped fund the construction of 80 community-based renewable energy projects in the Northwest since 2006.

For more information about the Blue Sky program, or to sign up, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky. For more event pictures, visit the Blue Sky Facebook page: facebook.com/pacificpower.bluesky


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About Blue Sky
For eleven years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. More than 100,000 customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across PacifiCorp's six state service areas. For more information, visitwww.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.


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03/04/15
DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/04/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced two changes to the Operations Division management team, effective March 15.

Named were Rob Persson as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, and Guy Hall as Superintendent of Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem.

Persson started with DOC in 1995 as a Correctional Officer and worked his way up through the ranks. In 2003, he accepted a position with the Offender Information and Sentence Computation (OISC) Unit as the Prison Term Analyst Manager. In 2006, he became the Administrator of that unit. In 2010, Persson became Assistant Superintendent of Security at CCCF. He has served as OSCI Superintendent since 2011. Persson holds a bachelor's degree in corrections from Western Oregon University and a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University.

Hall has 39 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1976 as a Correctional Counselor in Hawaii and serving in various roles there. He came to DOC in 1998 as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem and promoted to Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla in 2003. In 2008, he returned to Salem as the Administrator for the Office of Population Management, and then Administrator of Education, Programs, and Treatment in the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division in 2012. Hall has been SCI's Superintendent since May 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Willamette University and a master's degree in social work from University of Hawaii.

DOC employs 4,500 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 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 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.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets March 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/04/15
March 4, 2015

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Announcements; appoint executive committee members; Public Health Division update; legislative update; Future of Public Health Task Force update; PHAB 2015 and board business; accreditation update; communicable disease update.

When: Friday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. All comments are limited to three minutes.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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Forestry educators honored by Board of Forestry March 4
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
The Oregon Board of Forestry today recognized four individuals for excellence in forestry education - three received the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, and one the State Forester's Education Award.

The 2014 Mary Rellergert Award winners are:

Clair Thomas - Tillamook School District
Lindsay Reaves - Forests Today & Forever, and Bauman Tree Farm
Amy Busch - Wallowa Resources

Amy Busch - As the youth education coordinator for Enterprise-based Wallowa Resources, Amy Busch has developed the program into a respected environmental education organization. It is developing concepts and curriculum for kindergarten-12th grade students, coursework for the college level, and community education.

Lindsay Reaves - A passionate educator and tree farm owner committed to forestry education, Lindsay Reaves is skilled in creating and presenting programs that engage and delight audiences.

Clair Thomas - Clair Thomas's contribution to the community is inspiring as he works to link students with partners in education, outreach, monitoring and on-the-ground projects as part of the Tillamook School District's innovative forestry program.

"I am in awe of the quality and range of work that is being done across the state to engage students in learning about Oregon forests," said Norie Dimeo-Ediger, K-12 program manager with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award is a collaborative project of the Oregon State University's Oregon Natural Resource Education Program, Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, outstanding forest educators are recognized for their contributions to forestry education in Oregon. Rellergert served as the Oregon Department of Forestry's Education Coordinator in the Tillamook State Forest. She died in 2004.

State Forester's Award
As part of the awards ceremony, State Forester Doug Decker also presented the annual State Forester's Award to environmental educator Susan Sahnow for her exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education. Sahnow works in the Oregon Forestry Education Program at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, promoting environmental education curricula for teachers across the state to help incorporate information about Oregon's forests, wildlife and water into the classes they teach.

"The individuals and organizations recognized here today have contributed in a big way to the cause of forestry education in our state," Decker said of the four award winners.
State forestry advisory group seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations and projects is seeking applications to fill four vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides oversight for implementing forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry stakeholders and serves as a forum for discussing agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals.

The committee specifically covers issues related to Oregon Department of Forestry district annual operation plans, best operations for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, among other technical topics.

Four new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2015. To best represent a cross-section of the forestry community, there is one vacancy apiece for members from the environmental community and recreation communities, and two for non-affiliated members.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to proactively join the forestry conversation, and provide input on how we implement forest management plans," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director at ODF. "We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months."

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To apply, complete a questionnaire http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/SFAC_Application_Questionnaire_2015.pdf by March 25th and submit by e-mail or mail to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry at april.r.davis@oregon.gov or call 503-359-7426. The mailing address is listed on the application.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7426 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/SFAC_Background.aspx
Health Republic Insurance Extends Open Enrollment Deadline to Match Federal Extension
Health Republic Insurance - 03/04/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Mar. 4, 2015) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance carrier, announced it has further extended its enrollment window to match the new federal tax penalty extension deadline and will offer enrollment to individuals and families now through 5 p.m. on April 30, 2015.

To purchase a Health Republic plan, individuals can call 503-673-3577 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org and mail or fax in a paper application. A Qualifying Life Event (QLE) or attestation is not required to purchase a plan during this extended enrollment period.

Health Republic applications received by March 31 will have an April 1 effective start date. Applications received by 5 p.m. on April 30 will have a May 1 effective start date.

Plans purchased off-exchange through Health Republic are not eligible for federal subsidies, however federal subsidies may be applied to plans purchased on the federal exchange. Individuals should visit www.healthcare.gov to determine if they qualify for a subsidy.

The federal exchange tax penalty special enrollment runs March 15 through April 30.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Tillamook Forest Center reopens today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
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The Tillamook Forest Center reopens its doors today after an annual winter closure.

Located an hour west from downtown Portland, near milepost 22 on Wilson River Highway 6, the center provides visitors a unique opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the Tillamook State Forest and Oregon forestry through artifacts, personal stories, photos, film, exhibits, games, computer simulations, and interpreter-led events.

The facility also showcases salmon watching viewpoints, a suspension bridge spanning the Wilson River, a fire lookout tower, and a network of interpretive trails that encourage exploration through the eyes of early Oregonians.

"If you're heading to the coast, or just driving along the Wilson River, take a moment to stop in. It's always free," said Fran McReynolds, director of the center. "I always love seeing the expressions of those visiting our facility for the first time. Oregon forests have many stories, and we're telling them daily."

Please join Tillamook Forest Center staff for opening weekend activities including the "Forest Springs to Life Hike" on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. Follow the center's website (www.tillamookforestcenter.org) for more information on forest hikes and program offerings during the spring.

Admission to the Tillamook Forest Center is free. During spring (March-Labor Day), center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday & Tuesday. During the summer months (June through September) the center opens all week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. For more information visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org.

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Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF , The Tillamook Forest Center from the fire lookout tower in the Tillamook State Forest. Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
Oregon OSHA cites Portland bakery for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/04/15
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Portland Specialty Baking LLC $28,125 for a grouped willful violation after a worker's hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine. Although treated as a single violation for penalty purposes, a grouped violation indicates that the employer conduct being cited violates more than one code. The citation was the result of an inspection on Oct. 7, 2014, at the Portland commercial bakery.

The worker was operating a machine that cuts dough into smaller pieces when the accident occurred. When dough became jammed in the machine, the worker placed a piece of dough over the sensor, lifted the machine guard, and reached into the running machine.

The Oregon OSHA investigation found the bakery had a history of similar injuries. On July 3, 2014, a worker received a serious laceration to his middle finger (and lost a fingernail) when he reached into the bagel dough divider to remove dough trimmings. On July 16, 2014, another employee suffered lacerations and a fractured hand after reaching into the same machine to remove trimmings. In 2008, an employee also suffered a crushed hand when reaching into the dough chunker machine.

"Despite the pattern of injuries, this employer continued to ignore the rules that could prevent them, with what certainly was a careless disregard for worker safety," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "It might even be described as reckless."

Oregon OSHA cited the bakery for not providing adequate training to workers, many of whom were not native English speakers. Employee interviews revealed workers did not understand how to safely operate the machinery and were bypassing machine guarding. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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03/03/15
Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/03/15
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The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, March 9.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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Salem Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges with Juvenile Female (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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On November 30, 2014, Salem Police Detectives arrested 39-year old Arthur Nigel Chavez of Salem on five counts of Rape in the Second Degree and one count of Sodomy in the First Degree. The charges stem from inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female who was known to him.

As the investigation progressed it was discovered that Chavez had been having contact with other juvenile females and was also an assistant girls basketball coach in the Salem Keizer Educational Foundation (SKEF) basketball league during the 1012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. SKEF is aware of the investigation and has been cooperating with detectives.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Chavez, the Salem Police Department as asking anyone who is aware of any inappropriate contact between Chavez and juvenile females to contact Salem Police Detective Dustin Wann at 503-540-2462.


Attached Media Files: Arthur Chavez
Senate Bill 324 A Will Hurt Oregon Agriculture (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/03/15
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SALEM,Ore., (03/03/2015) - As the house gets ready to take a look at Senate Bill 324 A, more commonly referred to as the low carbon fuel standard bill, agricultural organizations express their concerns over SB 324 A to Oregonians.

Jenny Dresler, government affairs associate for the Oregon Farm Bureau, said that while they can't be certain of what environmental benefits SB 324 A would bring, they likely won't be substantial. In addition to uncertainty of the bills effectiveness, "the funds raised by the program will not fund critical infrastructure or road improvements." Dresler said.

The bill would hit Oregon's agriculture industry hard. Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "On estimate, this could raise fuel costs 4 cents to $1 per gallon." Rosa explains that this causes a huge impact on ranchers in rural Oregon because of the distance they are forced to drive for basic needs. "Many legislatures on the West part of the state may not understand that," Rosa said.

Dresler adds that any increase in transportation costs would harm all agricultural businesses. "It, (SB 324 A), would increase the cost of doing business in Oregon and make Oregon agriculture less competitive," she said.

Jim Welsh, political advocate for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association brings up another concern lawmakers should take into account. "We don't have the technology for manufacturing and blending ethanol at the volumes we will need," Welsh said. "The land acreage needed to grow the crops necessary for ethanol production will be transferred from food crops for humans and food animals." He believes this could eventually result in a food shortage in Oregon.

Welsh said there are other ways to lower the carbon emissions, but that SB 324 A is not the best option. "Reducing forest fires and replanting trees and plants on burned over forest and range lands as fast as possible is a good way to reduce carbon emissions," he said. Wildfires have been a significant problem in Oregon the last couple years.

At this point in time, Dresler encourages concerned Oregonians to immediately write to their house member and let them know their opposition to SB 324 A. "SB 324 A would raise fuel prices, impacting Oregon's families and small businesses," Dresler said. "Oregonians need policies that encourage job growth." The bill is scheduled for a vote on the House floor tomorrow.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Salem Police Searching For Missing Elderly Male-UPDATE Subject located (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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March 3, 2015/2:15 pm


Edward Bakke has been located. At approximately 7:40 am this morning, a passerby located Mr Bakke on the ground near the intersection of Center St NE and Cottage St NE, apparently suffering from some type of medical problem. He was transported to Salem Hospital where he was identified and his family notified. No further information is available on his medical condition at this time.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for Mr Bakke.



A photo of Mr Bakke is attached


The Salem Police Department activated "A Child Is Missing" at approximately 9:30 pm on March 2 to assist in the search for 80-year old Edward L Bakke.

Mr Bakke left his residence near the intersection of March Ave NE and Hawthorne Ave NE at approximately 5:30 pm today to walk approximately 1/2 mile to the Target store on Center St NE near Lancaster Dr NE and he has not been seen since. Mr Bakke is described as a white male adult, approximately 6'00" tall and 155 lbs. He has white colored hair down to his neck, is unshaven and was last seen wearing khaki pants with a dark blue puffy jacket and a black colored beany cap with an eagle on the front. He walks in an upright posture. Mr Bakke has short-term memory issues and takes medication for seizures and has become confused and lost before.

Anyone with information as to Mr Bakke's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

The Salem Police Department is working to obtain a photo of Mr Bakke. It will be released as soon as possible.


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Deputies and Detectives on Scene of Shooting Outside Local Tavern ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/03/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office has been able to interview the victim in last Friday Nights shooting. The victim in this case was an innocent bystander in a shooting that took place between two males who exchanged gunfire with each other, just outside of the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking anyone with information or video from last Friday night, in the area of Glendale Ave NE, Lancaster Drive NE and Devonshire Ave NE. If you have surveillance video or information please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
This is a very active criminal investigation and the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding the incident or victim at this point.


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Details in this investigation are coming very slowly due to the fact the victim in last nights shooting was rushed into surgery and is recovering from that operation. Detectives intend to interview him today and we anticipate a release with further details sometime later this evening.

An additional photograph has been added to this release.

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Tonight at about 10:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, located at 3082 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. When they arrived they found a male victim who had been shot, just outside the tavern.

The male has been transported to the Salem Hospital in what deputies describe as serious condition. Very little details are available regarding the shooting and because of the condition of the victim, a suspect description has not been obtained.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding tonight's incident to call our non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident tonight. A release containing additional details will be made available sometime tomorrow afternoon.


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Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/03/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3 Percent--Lowest Since July 2008

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent in December. January's rate was the lowest since July 2008. This continues the trend of decline we've seen since May 2009, when Oregon's rate peaked at 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year ago.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 7,600--the fourth time in five months we've added more than 6,000 jobs. In addition to Oregon's continued economic growth, January weather was unusually mild, which allowed many outdoor industries, particularly construction, to keep more workers on the job than they might usually at this time of year.

Employment set another record level in January and rose 55,600 above a year ago, a 3.3 percent increase. Oregon's private sector grew by 49,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. Meanwhile, government expanded by 6,500 jobs or 2.2 percent.

The fastest growing of the major private-sector industries each grew by at least 4 percent over the year: retail trade (+8,000 jobs or 4.1%); manufacturing (+7,000 jobs or 4.0%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2,600 jobs or 4.6%); and professional and business services (+13,100 jobs or 6.1%). Several component industries within professional and business services expanded at very rapid rates of near 6 percent or more, including computer systems design, management of companies, administrative services, and employment services.

Putting Oregon's employment growth into perspective, the rate of growth has steadily accelerated over the past few years: jobs grew 1.4 percent in 2012, 2.4 percent in 2013, and 3.3 percent in the past 12 months. This most recent over the-year growth of 3.3 percent is the fastest pace since June 2006. Other than brief periods during 2004 through 2006, the last time Oregon jobs grew faster was the four-year period ending in July 1997 when Oregon averaged 4.0 percent growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the January county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 10th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for February on Tuesday, March 17th.

Note: 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. This press release incorporates, for the first time, the annual revisions to the data for 2014 and prior years.

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.


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Sublimity Middle School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 03/03/15
Kaitlin Sandall, a seventh-grader at Sublimity Middle School (North Santiam School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Kaitlin is the second of three students statewide whose stories will be featured in videos on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org

In the video, Kaitlin describes how for the past year she has faced a new diagnosis that she is diabetic. Kaitlin hopes to use her education to move into a career allowing her to help other diabetics or search for a cure for the disease. She also shares how she expresses herself through writing and dance.

"Education means a lot to me because it just helps me think, 'I can do this. I'm not going to fail. I've got this,'" she said.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Three defendants sentenced for gang related shooting spree
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/03/15
On February 26, 2015, Anthony Pena, Pablo Serrano, and juvenile David Hernandez-Fragua were sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for their involvement in a gang related shooting spree that occurred in Salem on November 25, 2014. Two individuals were shot and injured during the spree. Anthony Pena and David Hernandez-Fragua were also sentenced for two other incidents that occurred on November 28, 2014 and December 6, 2014, respectively.

On November 25, 2014, Pena drove Serrano and Hernandez-Fragua to the residence of a rival gang member in Northeast Salem. Witnesses reported that Serrano fired at the rival gang member, hitting him twice. Later that same night, as Pena drove the trio, they spotted a second rival gang member who was walking on Sunnyview Road. Serrano then shot at the rival gang member, striking and wounding him. The trio then returned to the scene of the first shooting and fired a single shot in the direction of three people standing outside, hitting a parked car.

None of the suspects were immediately apprehended, but the Salem Police Gang Enforcement Team continued to investigate the case. Three days later, on November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," Pena and Serrano approached two individuals at Lancaster Mall and Pena pointed a loaded firearm at them, telling them, "I just want to cap somebody today." Police were notified and captured Pena and Serrano outside the mall after a brief chase. During the chase, Pena discarded a firearm and ammunition but it was recovered. It was not the same caliber firearm involved in the November 25, 2014 shootings.

Anthony Pena, 20, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. For these crimes, Pena was sentenced to 24 and ?1/2 years in prison. Pena will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Pablo Serrano, 19, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder with a Firearm and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. Serrano was sentenced to 15 and ?1/2 years in prison. Serrano will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

David Hernandez, 16, the only juvenile offender, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder in adult court and was sentenced to 90 months in prison. His sentence will be served at the direction of the Oregon Youth Authority and he will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Hernandez also pled guilty in adult court to Assault in the First Degree for stabbing and injuring a man on December 6, 2014. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison, to run concurrently with the sentence for Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

All three defendants are known gang members.
03/02/15
City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
New hydroelectric turbine cuts power costs; made possible by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and Energy Trust of Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. -- March 2, 2015 -- Today the City of Astoria unveiled a new hydroelectric turbine in its municipal water system. Located at the city's Bear Creek Reservoir water storage facility, the hydropower system will save the city an estimated $9,000 in annual energy costs. With expected annual generation of approximately 150,000 kilowatt hours, the equivalent to powering 16 homes, the turbine will offset the power usage of the city's water treatment plant, with excess generation sold to Pacific Power. The turbine began operating in March.

"I am thrilled that so many agencies and groups were able to come together to help get the city's first alternative energy project off the ground," said Arline LaMear, mayor, City of Astoria. "This project not only helps power the city with renewable energy, its construction supported the local economy by providing at least 25 jobs for 12 weeks. Hopefully there will be other projects in Astoria and in other communities."

The 30-kilowatt hydroelectric turbine project was made possible by a $169,000 funding award from customers of Pacific Power's Blue SkySM renewable energy program, $143,000 cash incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon, $88,000 from the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority and $50,000 from the City of Astoria. The project's total cost is estimated to be $450,000.

"Astoria residents may never see this turbine at work, but it will be generating power and saving them money every day," said Sheila Holden, regional community manager, Pacific Power. "Our Blue Sky customers helped fund the feasibility study in 2007 and made the investment along with Energy Trust, the city and other partners. This is the kind of innovative project Blue Sky customers love to help make possible." The project is one of over 75 renewable energy projects made possible with funding support from Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers in the Northwest.

"This is a great example of the opportunity municipalities have to generate electricity within their drinking water systems," said Peter West, director of energy programs, Energy Trust. The nonprofit has supported this project for over seven years. In addition to the cash incentive, Energy Trust provided $15,000 in project development assistance. Energy Trust is dedicated to supporting pressure reduction hydropower projects that conserve energy and provide revenue streams for small municipalities.

Legislation sponsored by Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson in 2013, SB 837, made it possible for small hydropower projects like Astoria's to comply with fish and wildlife permitting processes by paying into a fund supporting fish passage restoration efforts in Oregon.

"I am very pleased that Astoria's commitment brought this project to fruition," said Sen. Betsy Johnson. "I'm proud that collaboration with the legislature and Governor's office changed the law to accommodate in-conduit hydroelectric turbines throughout the state. I'm sure it will reap great benefits."

"The Bear Creek Dam project is a real reason to celebrate, because it demonstrates what can be accomplished with public/private partnerships," said Oregon State Rep. Deborah Boone. "As a longtime member of the Oregon House Energy Committee, I have a keen appreciation for the value of distributed generation, and this project is harnessing an untapped energy source that will provide dividends for years to come."

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PACIFIC POWER: Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

ENERGY TRUST: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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MEDIA NOTE: Photos and potential video clips showing the hydropower system and March 2 dedication event are available for media use. Access the files here https://www.flickr.com/photos/53788443@N08/sets/72157650636998149/ or contact Sue Fletcher at 503-546-3618 or sue.fletcher@energytrust.org.
Visitor restrictions lifted at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital due to drop in flu cases
Salem Health - 03/02/15
Salem Health is no longer limiting patient visitors at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital. The number of patients testing positive for flu is declining.

"We've seen a noticeable drop in the number of patients both admitted with influenza and testing positive as an outpatient," said Julie Koch, infection prevention manager at Salem Health.

Since Jan. 2, Salem Health had signs posted near hospital entrances asking patients' families and friends to limit visitation to help prevent the spread of flu. Infection prevention leaders encourage the public and health care team to use common sense with respiratory etiquette, such as coughing into their elbow or sleeve.

"We will continue to closely watch flu activity in our community, though normally flu season is over by the end of March," said Koch. "We will reassess the situation if a resurgence of flu cases reappear."

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Linn County Traffic Enforcement Results
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office has completed their participation in the Oregon Department of Transportation enhanced seatbelt enforcement for Linn County from February 9-22, 2015.

These extra patrols were responsible for 25 hours of additional enforcement, totaling 36 citations and 14 warnings. Citations issued include; one safety belt violation, one cell phone related citation, two driving without an Oregon driver's license and 32 other traffic violations.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for safe driving practices and following the rules of the road.
Take It. Share It. Step Out. Americans are urged to take the Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day and to share it with everyone they care about to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
American Diabetes Association - 03/02/15
PORTLAND, OR - Tuesday, March 24, 2015, is the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During its 75th Anniversary, the Association is even more committed this year to making sure the public is aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes. The campaign will run through April 21. On Alert Day, Americans will be urged to take the risk test at diabetes.org/portlandalert and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults including over 343,000 living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A quarter of those affected by diabetes are not aware that they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes(R).

An additional 86 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, including 676,204 in Oregon and Southwest Washington, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is fighting to Stop Diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs. In 2014, over 118,000 Diabetes Risk Tests were taken online and almost 45,000 of those tests resulted in High Risk status.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease.

"Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating," said Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of The American Diabetes Association of Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southern Idaho. "The American Diabetes Association hopes that this Alert Day will encourage people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with their loved ones. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes."

The Association will host its annual Tour de Cure cycling and fundraising event on July 25 at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is a great event to help take the first step to a healthy and active life, while raising the critical dollars needed to Stop Diabetes. Tour de Cure offers five different routes, from a 10 mile family ride to a 100 mile century ride. All routes are fully supported and offer rest stops every 10-12 miles to rest and fuel all riders. Participants can expect breakfast and lunch, entertainment, massage, vendor booths and a kids zone. To help prepare for the ride, the Association hosts group training rides each month. To learn about group training rides and to register for Tour de Cure, visit diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure.

You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting diabetes.org/portlandalert or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes(R) and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
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The Oregon State Marine Board has opened rulemaking to require boats operating in coastal waters to carry U.S. Coast Guard -approved visual distress signals, including those waters directly connected to the ocean, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide (mouth of the Columbia River).

Adoption of this rule, OAR 250-010-0164, would establish the state requirement for visual distress signals in coast waters consistent with Federal equipment requirements, and is required through the U. S. Coast Guard grant agreement with Oregon.

Written comments may be submitted by March 31, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Results from extra DUII and seatbelt saturation patrol, and upcoming DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra seatbelt patrol February 9-22. The sheriff's office also participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement between February 19-22, 2015 to coincide with the Seafood and Wine Festival. Those who worked the extra seatbelt patrol issued a total of 34 citations that involved seatbelt, speeding, and other violations. Those who worked extra DUII patrol arrested 1 person for DUII, made two other arrests for different crimes, and issued 25 citations for violations. The Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 3 people for DUII, arrested suspects on 6 outstanding warrants, issued 110 traffic citations and investigated 4 traffic crashes during the Seafood and Wine Festival dates.

UPCOMING EVENT:
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will have extra DUII saturation patrol and seatbelt patrol throughout the upcoming year. The next event is DUII extra patrol on Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2015. For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to NHTSA, on Saint Patrick's Day between 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com. For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 503-643-5620 in Portland or 877-793-2608.
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 03/02/15
MS KILLS CONNECTION > < CONNECTION KILLS MS
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015

Every Connection Counts towards the National MS Society's vision for a World Free of MS at MSconnection.org

Portland, OR -- This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual awareness campaign kicks off March 2-8 and will provide opportunities for people across the country to unite, raise awareness, and find new ways to help people with MS live their best lives. MS Awareness Week is a special week to recognize progress made and to inspire others to join the Society's vision of a world free of MS.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Since its inception, the Society has invested $870 million in MS research and has recruited more than 800 new researchers to the field. Each year, through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society also helps more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

This MS Awareness Week and beyond, find the power of connection and visit www.MSconnection.org. Just some of the opportunities you will find are:

* Share Why You Connect. Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support-every connection you create moves us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement.

* MS Connection. Join the Society's online community for making meaningful connections-when, where and how you want. Visitors and members will learn about topics that are important to them, connect with others in the MS movement, find expert MS information and opinions at their fingertips, and join or start groups and discussions of their own. Visit www.MSconnection.org.

* Other Opportunities to Connect. You can build connections, view and share images, videos, and stories about your connections on the Society's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety. You can also spread the word using the hash tag #MSconnection.

* Live Webcast: Finding Answers for Progressive MS. On Wednesday, March 4, you can join a panel of experts for a live webcast on "Finding Answers for Progressive MS." Topics will include updates on research, treatments, symptom management and rehabilitation. The webcast will culminate a research summit organized by the International Progressive MS Alliance which has invited some 100 scientists from around the world to move forward a global initiative to end progressive MS. The Alliance is cumulatively investing nearly $30 million over the next six years, initiating last year 22 research projects across 9 countries with additional projects to be announced later in 2015. To register for the webcast visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/News/Live-Webcast-Finding-Answers-for-Progressive-MS

Supporting this MS Awareness building effort is a year-round MS Awareness Public Service education campaign:

* Public Awareness Campaign--A multi-channel Public Service Awareness Campaign: MS Kills Connection > < Connection Kills MS features real people living with the effects of MS. Included in the campaign are Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen as well as Noah "40" Shebib, the charismatic music producer and song writer who is a major contributing force to the rapper Drake's meteoric rise to fame. The unique and powerful campaign was developed pro-bono in partnership with the renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. It was shot by the award-winning portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. The Connections Public Service Announcements will be spotlighted on mega-electronic billboards in New York City's Times Square that have been donated by Clear Channel and Times Square 2 for millions of people to see during the month of March.

"People impacted by MS are connecting across the nation starting this week to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis," said Lisa Roth, Oregon Chapter President.

Media support for building awareness and understanding about MS throughout the month of March is generating coverage by the Meredith Vieira Show, Working Mother magazine, Parents magazine, EveryDay Health, Healthline, Healthguru, and Lifescript among other platforms.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter's support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.

* We offer many programs -- including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

* Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,000 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Twitter: @defeatMSoregon
https://www.facebook.com/defeatmsoregon
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oregon State Hospital's newly completed campus in Junction City

When: Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City

Details: Oregon State Hospital is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the soon-to-open campus in Junction City on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. The hospital has invited state legislators, local elected officials and other community leaders. Speakers include Representative Val Hoyle, Oregon Health Authority Acting Director Lynne Saxton and hospital superintendent Greg Roberts. Those attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the new facility.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, FOOD for Lane County volunteers will be planting 200 Liberty apple trees along the hospital's main driveway entrance Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This partnership between the state hospital and the nonprofit will provide landscaping for the new campus as well as a healthy and sustainable food source for Lane County's efforts to eliminate hunger and create access to food.

The first patients are scheduled to move into three living units March 11. When fully operational, the campus will be able to serve up to 174 people with six 25-bed living units and three eight-bed cottages.

The Junction City campus will primarily serve people from the southern Oregon counties - Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, and Lane. It will treat people who have been civilly committed or who have successfully pled guilty except for insanity. When people are well enough, they will return to life in the community.

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Marine Board to Hold Non-Motorized External Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
The Oregon State Marine Board's external non-motorized boating advisory committee will be meeting on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The advisory committee is comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders, from organized clubs to private citizens from around the state. The non-motorized boating external advisory committee will be discussing recommendations to the Marine Board on how to best engage and incorporate non-motorized boaters into the future mission of the agency and meet the ever-evolving needs of all boating user groups.

The public is invited to attend, however, comments will not be accepted at this meeting. The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability should contact Ashley Massey at
503-378-2623 by Friday, March 6, 2015.

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Unique Collaboration Helps Oregon Lottery Bring Responsible Gambling Messages to Latino Players
Oregon Lottery - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015 - Salem, OR - A collaborative effort among the Oregon Health Authority, the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, and the Oregon Lottery is helping reach Latino lottery-game players.

Over the past year, the Lottery worked closely with the Oregon Health Authority and the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to develop responsible and problem gambling messages specifically for the growing Latino population in Oregon. One goal was to promote the statewide problem gambling helpline that is staffed with Spanish speakers and make the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website accessible the Latino community.

Currently the Oregon's problem gambling help line phone number is 1-877-MYLIMIT, an easy-to-remember number relevant to the caller...if the caller is an English speaker. Realizing this, the Lottery teamed up with the Latino Advisory Committee to recreate the helpline number as 1-844- TU VALES (1-844-888-2537) to make it both relevant and easy to remember. This translates to 1-844-You're worth it.

In addition, the Lottery, the Latino Advisory Committee and problem gambling treatment provider community just completed a Spanish version of the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website - OPRG.com.

The Oregon Lottery recently adopted a Responsible Gambling Code of Practice to provide a structure for the Lottery and Lottery retailers to help encourage responsible gambling. "An essential part of the Lottery's statutorily-defined mission is the Lottery's commitment to encouraging responsible gambling and helping identify and provide treatment for problem gambling," said Oregon Lottery Commission Chair Elisa Dozono.

"The Oregon Lottery has started to include Latino radio and multicultural print publications as part of its advertising media mix," said Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "By adding Spanish language materials to our media mix, we are better able to communicate our product launches, our campaigns that talk about where Lottery dollars go, and most importantly the responsible and problem gambling outreach programs that are available to the Latino community."

"Currently, Latinos make up about 6.6 percent of people who receive problem gambling treatment in Oregon," said Nicole Corbin, Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health. "The good news is that problem gambling in the Latino community is disproportionately low compared to the total Latino population in Oregon. That said, we hope that these new marketing materials will help us reach more Latinos to educate them about the risks associated with gambling and the services available for problem gamblers and their families."

It was important to not simply translate the English messages word for word into Spanish, but to recreate them in order to be certain that the message is culturally appropriate for a Latino audience.

"Much meaning is indeed lost in the translation," said Janese Olalde, of the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. "The process of working with the Lottery and the Latino Advisory Committee was successful because the Lottery understood the importance of creating relationships and rapport with people in the Latino community."

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

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Renewing community with green projects
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 2, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Renewing community with green projects
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For more than a decade, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. This includes helping put nearly 80 new community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California-- projects that add more than 6.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Blaine Andreasen vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, low impact hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- promote innovation and increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $7 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. PST
May 29, 2015.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.

Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.



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Media availability today: Public health physicians discuss UO meningococcal disease, mass vaccination effort
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

What: Physicians from the Oregon Public Health Division and Lane County Public Health will answer questions about meningococcal disease, this week's mass vaccination of University of Oregon students, and efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, March 2

Where: Lane County Public Health, 151 W. 7th Ave., Room 258, Eugene

Who:

-- Pat Luedtke, M.D., M.P.H., health officer, Lane County Public Health

-- Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director, infectious disease and immunization programs, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

Details: Information about meningococcal disease is available on the Oregon Public Health website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/Meningococcal-Update.aspx

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Armed Turner Man Surrenders to Mobile Crisis Response Team (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/15
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Tonight at about 5:30 p.m., the Turner Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the reports of shots fired inside of a residence, near the 5400 block of Val View Road SE in Turner.

When officers and deputies arrived family members informed them that Jared Holm, age 22, of Turner was inside of his bedroom, intoxicated, suicidal and armed with two handguns and one shotgun. Prior to police and deputies arriving Mr. Holm had fired at least one round inside of his bedroom, prompting his family to call 911. Hearing the call, members of our Mobile Crisis Response Team responded to the scene.

The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a deputy and mental health professional who are trained to respond to incidents when people are in crisis. After arriving on scene deputies, officers and MCRT were able to successfully negotiate Mr. Holm's surrender without using force.

Mr. Holm has been transported to the Salem Hospital where his mental health can be evaluated and treated. Mr. Holm could face criminal charges for his discharging of a weapon inside of the city limits of Turner. All criminal charges are being handled by the Turner Police Department.


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02/27/15
*** Media Photo *** Serious Injury Head-On Crash HWY 26 in Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/27/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoons serious injury head-on crash on HWY 26 at milepost 40.

Preliminary information from troopers involved in the investigation indicates that shortly before 5:00 P.M., on Friday, February 27, a grey 2005 Honda CR-V, operated by LYNNE FIELD, 66, of Portland, was westbound on highway 26 near milepost 40 when it went onto the highway shoulder. The driver over-corrected from the shoulder and crossed the highway into the oncoming eastbound lane of travel; striking a blue, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic passenger car, head-on.

The driver of the CR-V, FIELD, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) with injuries described as critical. The driver of the Sonic, identified as RICHARD G. PAUL, 54, of Pearland Texas, and his passenger, MARY E. PAUL, 52, also of Pearland, were transported via ground ambulance to OHSU with reportedly serious injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Original Release:
The road is blocked as the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes or expect delays. Check www.tripcheck.com for road status updates. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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