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10/31/14
America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes People of Oregon and Southwest Washington Encouraged to Start Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle This November During American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association - 10/31/14
Portland, OR (October 31) - Nearly 30 million Americans live with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes. That translates to 350,000 in our area with diabetes and an additional 675,000 with prediabetes. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and the American Diabetes Association is leading the way to turn this trend around. Join with us during American Diabetes Month to Stop Diabetes(R).

Tomorrow kicks off American Diabetes Month(R), a month-long effort to raise awareness of diabetes and provides simple steps people can take to manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to Stop Diabetes(R) by challenging local residents to begin living a healthier lifestyle through the America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial.

This initiative is designed to engage and empower the public to cook nutritious and delicious food and encourage them to be more active. Through social media and an interactive landing page on DiabetesForecast.org, the Association will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more, as well as ideas on how to raise funds to help Stop Diabetes in communities across the country.

"Nearly one-third of Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, more than 1 million right here in Oregon and Southwest Washington" stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington & Southern Idaho. "Cooking healthfully and staying active can be a challenge, but these are key components to managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Our goal for American Diabetes Month and beyond is to show Americans that it's not too late to start living a healthy active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it."

In support of American Diabetes Month, the Association will host two events:

* Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, November 22 from 9-10 am at the Oregon Convention Center. Open to anyone, this event promotes walking for health while raising critical funds to support the mission the Association. To register and learn more visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

* American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU, Saturday, November 22 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Oregon Convention. The largest diabetes gathering in our region, this FREE event provides important diabetes management and prevention education, resources, cooking and exercise demonstrations, free health screenings and more. Special guests will include two-time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kendall Simmons and Food Network Personality, Chef Curtis Aikens. For free registration and details visit www.diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

The America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial will provide diabetes management and prevention information, healthy living tips, recipes and motivational stories all month long at www.diabetesforecast.org/adm, Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month Facts and Figures

Diabetes Prevalence
* Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
* Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health
* Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
* The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
* About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes
* The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
* Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
* Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
* One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
* One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

About American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

About the Stop Diabetes(R) Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes 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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Rest Area along Highway 18 closed through Dec. 4 for upgrades
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/31/14
Lincoln City, OR - Rest Areas on Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor near the junction with Highway 101 will be closed through Dec. 4 - a month longer than initially planned due to wet weather. Both North and South Rest Areas will close in order to complete a paving restoration project. The parking areas and restrooms will not be available during this closure.

Road and Driveway Company of Newport will repair and resurface degraded asphalt, replace concrete curbing, improve drainage systems, enhance ADA access and re-stripe the lots.

Funded by Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the estimated $171,000 project is set to be completed by Dec. 4, 2014.
Corvallis Police Investigate Numerous Business Burglaries
Corvallis Police - 10/31/14
Shortly after 1:15am, Corvallis Police Officers responded to a business alarm at Dock 22, 151 NW Monroe Ave. When officers arrived they discovered an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry to the front door of the business. Once inside the suspect(s) stole the cash register and other items from the business.

Subsequent searches of the downtown area and reports by business owners turned up four more completed burglaries, and two attempted burglaries. The suspect(s) in each incident forced entry to each business and appear to have been targeting cash.

All incidents are suspected to have happened between midnight and 2:00am. The number of suspects or suspect descriptions are unknown at this time.

If someone from the community was in the downtown area, and saw something that could be related to these crimes, they are encouraged to call Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.
Media Alert - Today: Senator Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation
OR Department of Human Services - 10/31/14
US Senator Ron Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation TODAY (Friday, October 31)

Senator Ron Wyden will speak at 11:15 AM on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the 5th ANNUAL SUMMIT ON ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

His speech will be: SENIORS NEED STRONGER PROTECTION FROM TODAY'S FINANCIAL PREDATORS, SCAM AND CON ARTISTS.

Elder financial exploitation and investment fraud are a growing national crisis. Older adults lose billions a year to financial abuse, hurting not only themselves and their families but also financial institutions and taxpayers. Older people represent a tempting target for greedy family members, caregivers and scam artists, because many have assets, they are often very trusting, and some suffer from diminished capacity.

The National Financial Exploitation Advisory Board of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is hosting this 5th National, Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation.

The one-day event on October 31, 2014, from 9 AM to 5 PM, will focus on emerging brain research as to why older adults may be more susceptible to financial abuse, and will feature both state and national programs designed to prevent financial exploitation and to protect its victims.

Additional key speakers include Dr. Jason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, who will address diminished capacity and decision-making in older adults, and Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Older Americans. Expert panels will address other topics, including how banks and investment advisors are working to prevent financial exploitation, current scams targeting older adults, and using new technology to protect family members.

The full-day's agenda and a list of the Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board members are available at http://www.napsa-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Summit-Program-FINAL.pdf.

NAPSA is a national, not-for-profit membership association representing state and local Adult Protective Services (APS) throughout the country. The Summit immediately follows the 25th Annual NAPSA Conference at the same location on October 29 - 30, 2014. For more information: www.napsa-now.org.

CONTACT: Kathleen Quinn, NAPSA Director Tel: (202) 558-4850 (540) 623-8286 (cell) or kathleen.quinn@napsa-now.org

CONTACT: Betty Malks, NAPSA Advisory Board Chair Tel: (408) 489-1952 bettyf.malks@gmail.com
10/30/14
Lebanon Fire responds to 1st Alarm House Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 10/30/14
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At 1016 hours this morning LFD was dispatched to a 1st Alarm House Fire in the 1400 block of Hiatt St.

Upon arrival flames were visible from the front of the house with smoke coming from the eaves. Division Chief John Tacy was first to respond and assumed incident command.

Firefighters arrived a short time later and began an offensive attack, making entry from the front door and side door to extinguish the flames.

Crews were on scene approximately 4 1/2 hours. Nobody was home upon LFD arrival. After investigation the cause is deemed to be undetermined, although the cause does not appear to be suspicious in nature. No injuries were reported and the home sustained very heavy damage. Home value was estimated at $85,000 with a $45,000 damage estimate.

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Oregon Project Independence
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 10/30/14
Senior & Disabled Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments, is excited to share they are participating in a State of Oregon, Department of Human Services pilot program that expands the Oregon Project Independence Program to individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities, age 19 - 59 in Lane County. The program historically has only been available to individuals age 60 or older.

Oregon Project Independence provides some limited in-home services to help people stay living in their own homes. Local services for eligible consumers include:

* Personal care assistance, up to 10 hours per month (help with bathing, grooming, dressing)
* Housekeeping & meal preparation, up to 15 hours per month
* Home delivered meals
* Assistive technology
* Durable medical goods and some home modifications

The goal of the program is to promote independent living and reduce the risk for out-of-home placement or hospitalization.

Services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on income and is open to consumers not receiving Medicaid. An in-home needs assessment is completed to determine program eligibility.

For more information or to apply for services, contact the local Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 541-682-4038, toll free at 800-441-4038 or by email at sds@lane.org.
Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee will meet Tuesday, November 4, in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the subcommittee's work to date and identify the next priorities; to discuss the infant mental health/social emotional development endorsement and the child and family well-being screening tool; reflect on 2014; and set the agenda for 2015. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 1- 4 p.m.

Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

Agenda:

-- "Review and refresh" subcommittee work

-- Infant mental health: building a 0-3 policy agenda

-- Child and Family well-being screening tool

-- Reflections and 2015 agenda setting

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Health Republic Insurance Members Elect Two New Seats to Company's Board of Directors
Health Republic Insurance - 10/30/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Oct. 30, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, announced today that its plan members elected two new seats to the company's board of directors. The new board seats will be filled by Arin Carmack and Kim Lamb. Carmack and Lamb were elected at Health Republic's inaugural member meeting held on October 27, 2014 in Portland, Ore.

"Making our election process public, and inviting a member and non-member to help govern our company, speaks to our firm commitment to transparency and putting the interests of our members first," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "We are pleased to welcome Arin and Kim as new voices on our board of directors."

Carmack currently serves as a risk manager for Cardinal Services, an Oregon-based staffing and leasing company. In that position he has direct responsibility for one of the state's largest workers' compensation policies with the State Accident Insurance Fund, which tailors insurance for hundreds of small business clients. He recently worked to help his clients navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Lamb brings with her more than 18 years of start-up and non-profit leadership experience, a knowledge of and integration in complementary healthcare reform initiatives and deep marketing/entrepreneurial business experience. Lamb most recently served as vice president of marketing for the Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), and previously as executive director for the Oregon Health Network.

Health Republic is a chartered 501(c)(29) non-profit, known as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), and by law must have members choose its board of directors. By 2016, a majority of its board must be comprised of the company's health plan members.

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
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting November 4 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing on Portland's South Waterfront. The board will discuss strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment. It also will receive updates from the Office of Health Information Technology and the Sustainable Health Expenditures work group. The board will hear public testimony beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- IT Transition Project update

-- Strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment

-- Update: electronic health information

-- Update: Sustainable Health Expenditures work group

-- Public testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Correction: New 2015 Oregon heritage tree award seeks nominees
Oregon Travel Experience - 10/30/14
Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Program have established a new statewide heritage award in Maynard "The Tree Man" Drawson's name. The agency is actively searching for the first recipient of the 2015 award.

Maynard Charles Drawson (1925 - 2012) is considered the founder of Oregon's official statewide heritage tree program. Founded in 1995 the program is administered by OTE, and was adopted by the agency's governing Council.

The annual award will honor individuals (or groups) who have championed Oregon's trees with the same fervor and success as Drawson.

The deadline for award nominations is January 30, 2015. The Oregon Heritage Tree Program Committee will review nominees in February and notify the recipient in March. When the Statewide Heritage Tree Dedication takes place in April 2015, the winner will be honored in a special ceremony at the event. A plaque will be inscribed with the individual's name, recognizing their contributions to Oregon history and heritage.

A native Oregonian and Portlander, Drawson chose to follow his father's professional footsteps as a barber. The young Drawson settled in Salem and followed his social and exploratory nature by embracing the great Oregon outdoors. His personal roster of friendships included professional business people, legislators and other naturalists and historians. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman as well as history-buff and writer, he authored a five volume series entitled "Treasures of the Oregon Country."

Drawson's natural tendencies towards exploration led him deeper into Oregon's wild where he connected with other "big tree" aficionados. His hiking trips into Oregon's deep forests culminated in several big tree nominations to (and their acceptance into) the National Big Tree Registry.

As Drawson's relationship with trees and tree preservation matured, he collaborated with state and federal officials to conserve a special group of Douglas and western hemlock trees. The Polk County preserve was named "Valley of the Giants"--and stands as a magnificent lasting reminder of the old growth timber that once adorned the Oregon Coast Range.

Drawson's affection for Oregon's trees led to further inspiration--he imagined a statewide heritage program that would weave historic events, places, and people together--connecting Oregonians to their much loved and significant trees.

After pitching his idea to several state agencies, Drawson's enthusiasm and perseverance were rewarded when the Oregon Travel Information Council agreed to implement a public statewide program. The Council delegated program management to its semi-independent state agency (OTE) and modeled the criteria on OTE's Oregon Historical Marker Program.

The nomination application and instructions may be downloaded on the Oregon Travel Experience website at www.ortravelexperience.com


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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 - 10/30/14
Sunday, November 2nd marks the end 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#Information_for_the_Public

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.
Oregon Veterans Day Events listed, no names of the fallen to be added to ODVA Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/30/14
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SALEM - Communities throughout Oregon will once again host ceremonies, parades, and special gatherings to honor America's military veterans and commemorate Veterans Day.

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of that war. A Congressional resolution in 1926 made Nov. 11th an annual observance and in 1938 it became a national holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day so as to honor veterans who served in all American wars.

A ceremony will again be held in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial on the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs grounds, 700 Summer St. NE. The names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and those with Oregon military ties, will be read aloud.

This year's event will mark the first time since its dedication, on Nov. 11, 2006, that names of Oregon's fallen will not be inscribed on the memorial.

The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Joanne Krumberger, Director, VA Portland Health Care System. Military honors will be presented by North Salem High School's JROTC.

ODVA has compiled a list of other Veterans Day events occurring statewide that can be viewed online at: www.oregondva.com/blog/2014/10/22/2014-oregon-veterans-day-events.


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10/29/14
Superintendent Evans Announces Appointment of Lang Hinkle as Next OSP Springfield Area Commander (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. announced the appointment of a new area commander at the OSP Springfield Area Command office. Effective November 1, 2014, Lang Hinkle is promoted to Lieutenant following the promotion of Robert Edwards to Captain in charge of overseeing OSP Southwest Region operations.

Lieutenant Hinkle, age 54, joined OSP in 1988 and has spent the duration of his career in the Lane County area assigned to the Patrol Services Division. Hinkle was initially assigned at the Oakridge work site office until November 1995 when he was promoted to sergeant at the Springfield office. In July 2001, he was assigned to supervise OSP operations back at the Oakridge office where he worked the next 13 years. In 2011 he was promoted to Master Sergeant, the only individual on OSP currently holding that sergeant rank, until this promotion as the Area Commander at the Springfield office.

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.

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Oregon Releases Comprehensive Report on Abuse in Community, Licensed Facilities for 2013 at National Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/29/14
Portland---The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, released today the 2013 comprehensive report on abuse related to seniors, adults with all types of disabilities and children in licensed treatment settings.

The report was released in Portland at the National Adult Protective Services Association Conference, attended by over 600 protective services professionals from 42 states, five tribal nations, England, Singapore and Canada.

Last year, DHS received over 35,000 reports of suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians. Financial exploitation was the most commonly substantiated abuse type, representing nearly 33% of all substantiated abuse. Neglect was a close second with 28%. Together, financial abuse and neglect accounted for over 60% of all substantiated abuse in Oregon for vulnerable adults in 2013.

"We produce this annual report to help us all better understand Oregon's abuse trends more clearly so we can target our prevention efforts to have the greatest impact," said Marie Cervantes OAAPI Director. "Clearly financial exploitation and neglect are areas where more education and outreach should be focused.

Cervantes added that recently the state partnered with the Oregon Bankers Association to produce a banker's toolkit with information on how to spot financial abuse. This kit was given to over 20,000 bank employees in the state.

"We hope our outreach efforts, such as with the banker's toolkit, will increase public awareness and understanding so people will report abuse to authorities if they suspect someone may be in danger or has been injured or exploited," she said.

Here are some key facts about abuse in Oregon for 2013:

* DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians;

* 3,273 people were determined to have been abused, some with multiple abuses or multiple incidents;

* 14,250 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for those over the age of 65 or who have a physical disability. Of those allegations, a total of 2,025 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 3,625 allegations for older adults and people with physical disabilities
residing in licensed facility settings were investigated. A total of 544 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 1,480 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 510 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 557 allegations of possible abuse for adults with mental illness were investigated. 150 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 212 allegations of possible abuse for children in licensed children's settings were investigated; 45 children were determined to have been abused.
* 2,609 assessments for possible self -neglect were investigated. Of those, 546 adults were determined to be self?neglecting.

Family members, intimate partners and/or trusted caregivers were the most common perpetrators across all settings in 2013.

The 2013 annual report is available online. To read the full report, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/data.aspx and select "2013 Annual Report"
Online Sexual Corruption of a Child
Lebanon Police Dept. - 10/29/14
Nature of Crime or Event: 1 count - Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, 1 count - Luring a Minor, 10 counts - Sex Abuse I, 3 counts - Rape II, 5 counts - Sodomy II, 3 counts - Unlawful Sexual Penetration, 1 - count Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, 1 - count Sexual Misconduct (Additional Charges Expected)
Date / Time Occurred: 7:05 pm - 10/28/14
Occurred Location: Lebanon

On October 28th, 2014, Lebanon patrol officers responded to a report that a thirteen year old female was missing. The parents in this case stated she was to go to her grandparents about four hours ago but did not make it there. The parents were concerned because this was not like their child. The juvenile arrived home shortly after the report to the police and told her parents she had met with a man that came to visit her from Wisconsin.

Shortly after the daughter had returned home and told her parents about the man, the victims father called the police to say he located the male suspect at the Shanico Inn here in Lebanon and was bringing him to the Lebanon Police Department to talk to the police. Police met the father and the suspect at the Lebanon Justice Center. Police learned that the juvenile's father went to where the male suspect was staying and asked the male suspect to come to the police station with the father. Police learned the male suspect agreed to go with the father.


Through the investigation it was discovered that the juvenile had met Jonathon Mickelson, 27 years old, of Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, on an internet gaming chat room. Mickelson had met the juvenile on line about two years ago when the juvenile was eleven and had regular internet contact with her since that time.
On Sunday October 19th, Mickelson flew from Wisconsin to Eugene to meet with the now thirteen year old juvenile living in Lebanon. Mickelson rented a vehicle in Eugene then drove to Lebanon where he rented a local hotel room in Lebanon and met with the juvenile several times.

As a result of interviews with Mickelson and the victim in this case as well as corroborating physical evidence, Jon Mickelson was taken into custody without incident for; 1 count - Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, 1 count - Luring a Minor, 10 counts - Sex Abuse I, 3 counts - Rape II, 5 counts - Sodomy II, 3 counts - Unlawful Sexual Penetration, 1 - count Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, 1 - count Sexual Misconduct (Additional Charges Expected). Mickelson was lodged in the Linn County Jail pending arraignment. This case has now been turned over to the Lebanon detective unit and the investigation is continuing.




For additional information, please refer to the article located at www.ci.lebanon.or.us
Deputies Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/29/14
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The Benton County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's investigation of a two vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 99W near Dawson Road, about three miles north of the city of Monroe. The crash resulted in serious injuries to both drivers and the arrest of one driver for multiple charges.

At about 9:25 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W near Dawson Road. Deputies and medics from the Monroe Fire Department arrived. Sierra Campbell, 21, from Coos Bay, Oregon, was driving south on Highway 99W in a 2009 Pontiac G5 when she crossed the center dividing line. Her vehicle collided with a northbound 2004 Toyota Prius, driven by Donald Prickel, 69, from Corvallis, Oregon.

The Pontiac traveled off of the highway, struck a power pole, and came to rest on its side, about 30 feet off the highway. The airbags on the Pontiac were deployed. Sierra Campbell was ejected from the vehicle off the highway and was not wearing her seat belt. The Toyota came to rest just off the west side of the highway. The crash investigation resulted in the road being closed for approximately 2 hours.

Sierra Campbell was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the REACH Medical Helicopter with serious injuries. Donald Prickle was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the Corvallis Fire Department with injuries.

Deputies investigation into the crash resulted in Sierra Campbell being arrested for Assault III, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

Deputies from are continuing their investigation into the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy Aaron Gevatosky at 541-766-6858.


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One Year Later: OSP Continues to Ask For Public's Help to Find Driver & Vehicle Involved in Double Fatal Hit & Run Deaths near Cave Junction
Oregon State Police - 10/29/14
One year later, Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to ask for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two men on October 30, 2013, who were reportedly struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on October 30, 2013 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a report was received that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30 south of Cave Junction. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed two males were deceased and the involved vehicle and driver was not at the scene. The victims were identified as JARRED QUINN HOUSTON, age 21, from Cave Junction, and ROBERT ROB CALVIN, age 41, from Cave Junction.

The men were reportedly involved in a dispute that turned physical in the southbound lane of travel where they were struck by the suspect vehicle that left the scene southbound without stopping.

The suspect vehicle was described as light colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980's style single cab Toyota pickup with matching color canopy and front end damage.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Services Division have invested hundreds of hours into the ongoing investigation. OSP detectives from the Central Point Area Command office are leading the investigation.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through the Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon program for information that leads to an arrest and the filing of charges http://bit.ly/1yGJKns. In addition, the families were offering a reward of up to $5,000 to help solve this case.

Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

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Update: Missing Woman Found Safe in Lincoln Beach in Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 10/29/14
UPDATE: Missing woman found safe in Lincoln Beach and is no longer missing. Thank you for your interest.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.

ELIZABETH (Betsy) ANNE GARNER, age 33, was reportedly last seen October 28, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach where she was dropped off by a co-worker. She is presently living in the Gleneden Beach area.

GARNER is described as a white female, 5'11" tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket over a blue shirt, black pants, and may or may not have shoes on.

OSP was notified on October 29 at approximately 12:13 a.m. A search was started involving OSP troopers and detectives, Gleneden Beach Fire District, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies and Search & Rescue personnel, and Lincoln City Police Department. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to join the area search at daylight.

Anyone with information regarding the location of GARNER is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.

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10/28/14
Carve Your Pumpkin? Pick Your Costume? Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive? Keep Halloween Fun, Not Tragic (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/28/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night. Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.

According to NHTSA, almost half of all crash fatalities in 2012 on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In Oregon, ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting Section (FARS) reports a more frightening statistic with 90 percent of all fatalities (10) on Halloween night between 1998 and 2008 occurring in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. During the last two years on Halloween night, ODOT FARS reports 3 Halloween night traffic fatalities.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as any other day of the year. With Halloween falling on a Friday night there is extra concern. ODOT, OSP and local law agencies urge everyone to 'See and Be Seen' and remember these friendly safety reminders:

Motorists

* Use caution while behind the wheel.
- Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Expect bicyclists. Expect pedestrians.

* Drive sober or get pulled over.
- Before the Halloween parties begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
- Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to "have a few". Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
- Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* Watch out for your family, friends, and neighbors.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrian & Bicyclists

* Don't assume a driver can see you. See and be seen.
* Walking or bicycling impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
* Designate a sober friend to walk or accompany you home.

* Keep kids safe.
- Children out at night should have adult supervision.
- Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

* Important reminders for pedestrians.
- Walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic, when sidewalks are not available.
- When walking, pay attention to traffic, not your cell phone.
- Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

Halloween image - NHTSA

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Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for November 2014
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 10/28/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of November, 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

November 5, 2014
* Policy Committee Planning at 10:00 AM.

November 17, 2014
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by November 14th and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

November 24, 2014
* Policy Committee Meeting at 9:30 AM
* Special School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by November 21st 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
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 68 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Two Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/28/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Saturday morning near Medford led to the arrest of two Washington men after the trooper discovered approximately 68 pounds of marijuana in their rented vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 12:53 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata displaying California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 29. The trooper identified the two occupants as driver MICHAEL EDWARD GREEN, age 46, and passenger SHAUN BOOTH, age 41, both from Buckley, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. In addition, approximately 10 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms was also found. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

Both men was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana Photo - Oregon State Police
Green & Booth Photos - Jackson County Jail

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Brownsville Man Hit By Train
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/28/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a 19-year old man that was struck and killed by a train near the address of 2180 Old Salem Road, Albany.

On October 27, 2014, at about 10:56 p.m. the Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a Georgia Pacific Chemical Division employee reporting a person was walking south on the railroad tracks. The caller told dispatch the person was struck by a southbound Amtrak train. The train was fifteen cars in length which included the engine.

The victim was identified as Luke James Warner, from Brownsville.

Emergency Personnel from the Albany Fire Department and Linn County Deputies searched the area and located Warner near the railroad tracks at about 11:03 p.m.

The investigation reveals Warner and Bailey Anne Weinberg 18 years old of Canby, had run out of gas while traveling on I-5. They began walking on the railroad tracks towards Albany for gas.

While walking near Georgia Pacific they were confronted by an employee who told them it was not safe as trains travel through that area at a high rate of speed. Moments later Warner was hit by the train.

Weinberg was not injured.

Fisher Funeral Home removed Warner from the scene and the investigation is continuing.
Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 at Hayes Hill in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/28/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two-vehicle injury crash that occurred on Highway 199 at Hayes Hill near Wonder in Josephine County. Two people were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 4:49 p.m., a 1980 Ford pickup driven by RODGER C. KELM, age 58, from White City, was southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 15 when his pickup became disabled causing KELM to pull to the shoulder. The Ford pickup was parked with emergency flashers activated and the left side wheels about two feet into the right southbound lane.

According to witnesses, approaching southbound traffic was able to move to the left lane to get past the stopped Ford pickup. An approaching 1999 Dodge pickup driven by FRANK B. ROSSI JR, age 43, from Selma, failed to move to the left and crashed into the left rear of the stopped Ford pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the right southbound lane and shoulder.

FRANK ROSSI was not using safety restraints and was extricated by fire personnel from Rural/Metro Fire and Illinois Valley Fire District. Female passenger, RAEVIN ROSSI, age 17, was using safety restraints. Both were transported by AMR ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

KELM refused medical transport from the scene.

Initial investigation led OSP to cite KELM for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured. A decision on other enforcement action for the Dodge pickup's driver is pending further investigation. Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

In addition to fire and medical personnel, OSP was assisted at the scene by Josephine County Sheriff's Office and ODOT. Traffic was diverted past the scene using available traffic lanes for about 2 hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Roseburg blows past renewable energy goal
Pacific Power - 10/28/14
Contact: Pacific Power, Oct. 28, 2013
Tom Gauntt, 503-813-7291 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Roseburg blows past renewable energy goal
Long tradition of natural resource stewardship expands as city adds 644 renewable energy supporters through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

ROSEBURG, Ore. --Roseburg, long a leader in natural resource stewardship, has added a renewable energy facet to its tradition. The city and its citizens blew past the ambitious challenge goal set in April of increasing local commitment to renewable energy by 500 participants. As of Oct. 24, the number of new participants choosing Blue Sky Renewable power stood at 644

The announcement that the goal had been exceeded came at the Oct. 27 Roseburg City Council meeting.

"This is a tremendous step for Roseburg," said Mayor Larry Rich. "The numbers tell a story, but the community spirit demonstrated is even more compelling. We had a goal and working with our dedicated partners we surpassed that goal and more. I am proud to be part of it."

The challenge, which began with a city proclamation April 28, will continue through the end of the year and participation is expected to continue to grow. Joining the city in leading the challenge has been Pacific Power, the United Community Action Network, Jefferson Public Radio and Umpqua Community College.

"Beyond surpassing the goal, this means that Roseburg has stepped up to be part of a larger regional and even national effort," said Monte Mendenhall, regional community manager for Pacific Power. "Blue Sky renewable energy is about local community renewable projects where our kids learn about how it all works. And it is about making investments for the future in renewable, emission-free power. Roseburg has always been at the center of natural resource stewardship and now, in a very emphatic way, the community by it actions is expanding that definition to include renewable energy."

For surpassing its goal, the city will receive a solar array from Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program. The location of the array is expected to be chosen by the end of the year with installation in early 2015.

"The array will help reduce the city's energy use and serve as a showplace for the community, marking the success of the Blue Sky Challenge," said Rich.

Prominent Douglas County Oregon organizations such as the Swanson Group Manufacturing, Roseburg Forest Products, HPS Electric and Umpqua Dairy have been part of Blue Sky for years. Blue Sky also has helped fund solar installations at the Roseburg Public Safety Building and two United Community Action Network buildings - Joyce Morgan Food Book and the Martha Young Family Service Center.

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 purchases more renewable energy certificates from regional renewable energy facilities. This guarantees that electricity from these renewable resources is delivered to the regional power pool, reducing the need for non-renewable energy and creating measurable environmental benefits. In addition, since 2006, Blue Sky customer-funded grants have put $6 million to work at more than 70 community-scale renewable energy development projects in the Northwest.

The Blue Sky power is in addition to the more than 1,400 megawatts of renewable energy Pacific Power already has in its resource portfolio to serve customers. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, which is the second largest utility owner of wind power production in the United States.

For more information, visit pacificpower.net/roseburg/challenge.

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About Blue Sky
For 10 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. About 94,000 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.

Local businesses and individuals already participating in the Blue Sky business partner program include, alphabetically:

Alexanders Greek Cuisine
Aller & Morrison
Arneson & Wales
City of Roseburg
Ford Family Foundation
HPS Electrical Apparatus Sales & Services
Mystic Earth
Parents Action Council
Roseburg Forest Products
Staples
Swanson Group Mfg. LLC
UCAN
Umpqua Counseling
Umpqua Dairy
Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church
Umpqua Village LLC
TOMORROW: State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/28/14
When: Tomorrow, October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).
Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.
Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.
Format: The presentation will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: NAPSA program
10/27/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Felon, Seizure of 3/4 Ounce of Methamphetamine - Highway 97 north of Terrebonne
Oregon State Police - 10/27/14
A Bend man was also arrested Monday morning during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper found he was wanted on a felony warrant and also seized approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 6:21 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta displaying Oregon license plates on Highway 97 near SW Norris Lane north of Terrebonne for failure to driver with a lane. During the traffic stop the trooper identified the driver as THOMAS VAN HOOSE, age 39, from Bend, and learned he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant for Absconding Parole.

VAN HOOSE was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Suspended and on the warrant. A drug detection canine from Warm Springs Police Department responded to the scene. A subsequent search found approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine on VAN HOOSE and concealed inside the vehicle.

VAN HOOSE was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for the felony warrant, misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, and Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

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Media Advisory - Six Fire Departments Launch PulsePoint App
Salem Fire Dept. - 10/27/14
Six regional fire departments will launch the PulsePoint smartphone application this week to help improve community response to sudden cardiac arrest. The PulsePoint application is designed to alert nearby CPR trained bystanders of a victim's location and closest public access AED. The media is invited to a press conference to learn more information.

WHEN:
October 29, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Salem Fire Station #10
3611 State St. SE, Salem, OR 97301

WHO:
City of Salem Fire Department, Fire Chief Mike Niblock
Marion County Fire District #1, Assistant Fire Chief Terry Riley
Keizer Fire District, Fire Chief Jeff Cowan
Polk County Fire District #1, Fire Chief John Stein
City of Dallas Fire Department, Fire Chief Fred Hertel
Depoe Bay Fire District, Fire Chief Joshua Williams

WHAT:
Press conference to unveil PulsePoint.
Six fire departments in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln Counties are launching PulsePoint, a free mobile application that alerts registered users whenever a cardiac arrest occurs in a public place in their immediate vicinity. Informed at the same time as emergency
responders, bystanders are given detailed instructions, including the location of the nearest automatic external defibrillator (AED), and can begin hands-only CPR until responders arrive. Fire Chiefs from Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Fire District, Polk County Fire District #1, Dallas Fire Department, and Depoe Bay Fire District will join Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock to discuss how this mobile technology will aid cardiac arrest victims quickly and will improve survivability in our communities.

WHY:
Six fire agencies plan to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone application to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln Counties. The PulsePoint application helps improve community response to SCA victims by enabling bystanders to provide lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access a nearby public access automatic external defibrillator (AED).

SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or approximately 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. However, only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDs is critical to survival.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Fire chiefs from participating agencies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: PulsePoint video PSA: http://vimeo.com/109133826
PulsePoint website: http://pulsepoint.org/

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Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1061/79156/Pulse_Point_media_advisory.pdf
Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 10/27/14
Notice of Public Comment Period

Subject: Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan

The State of Oregon, through its agencies: Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Business Oregon, is seeking public comments on the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution.

The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA). The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/hrs_consolidated_plan_5yearplan.aspx.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution and can be viewed at: http://www.orinfrastructure.org/assets/docs/IFA/2015-proposed-MOD.pdf

All Oregon residents are invited to submit written or verbal comments beginning Monday, October 27, 2014.

Public Comment Period:

The 30-day public comment period for the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution concludes 5:00 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Public Comments:
HOPWA comments should be directed to Annick Benson-Scott, HIV Community Services Manager, OHA, 800 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon 97232 or by e-mail at Annick.Benson@state.or.us.

HOME and ESG comments should be directed to Theresa Wingard, Operations and Policy Analyst, OHCS, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem, Oregon 97301 or by e-mail at Theresa.Wingard@oregon.gov

CDBG comments should be directed to Loren Shultz, Regional Coordinator, Business Oregon, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon, 97301 or by e-mail at Loren.J.Shultz@oregon.gov.

Persons needing copies in other languages should contact the respective person listed above at their earliest convenience. Questions, concerns, complaints, or requests for information in alternative formats from individuals with disabilities must be submitted at least ten days before the end of the comment period. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may use a TTY by calling 503-986-2100.

The State of Oregon's programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunities, Affirmative Action, and Fair Housing requirements.
Oregon Hospitals, Nurses, Physicians, and Governor Kitzhaber Lay Out Updated Ebola Strategy
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/27/14
Portland, Ore. (October 27, 2014) - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems, and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Oregon as of today.

Six Oregon health systems have agreed to serve as referral centers for patients positively diagnosed with Ebola, indicating they will have the capacity and the training to offer appropriate and safe treatment: OHSU, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Samaritan Health Services, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

These six organizations are prepared to accept patients who have a confirmed case of the Ebola virus from other Oregon hospitals, clinics or EMS providers, if no federal facility is available. These systems will work with the CDC and other federal and state agencies to handle any circumstances that could arise during the course of treatment.

In the meantime, all hospitals and frontline health care workers in the state of Oregon are fine tuning their response plans, which focus on identifying and isolating a suspected Ebola case and making appropriate arrangements for transfer to one of these referral sites.

Governor John Kitzhaber said: "We've engaged partners across the state, from local health departments and hospitals to health care providers and first responders, so that providers and public health professionals have the support, tools and training they need to respond to Ebola should it come to Oregon. While the risk of Ebola in Oregon is low, we take preparedness and coordination seriously. My thanks to our hospital system and public health partners for their quick and thorough engagement on this matter."

Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said while readiness preparations and training are continuing in earnest, Oregon's hospitals are ready to meet any health emergency, including potential Ebola patients. "These six systems have shown their commitment to protecting Oregon's communities and families by stepping forward to care for those infected with Ebola. Hospitals are preparing, in partnership with their physician and nursing partners, and they will be ready on the very remote chance that Oregon discovers a patient with Ebola symptoms."

Dave Underriner, Chair of the OAHHS Board and CEO of Providence Health Services, said "On behalf of the board of OAHHS, I can say that our Association members stand ready to do their part in a robust emergency preparedness strategy, whatever the public health threat is. Most recently, of course, we are proud of the work we've done collectively to prepare statewide for any potential Ebola case."

Susan King, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association, said "Nurses have a long history of caring for our patients with illnesses such as polio, HIV, H1N1, and now Ebola. The best way to protect our citizens and health care providers is by improving our knowledge and practice of the techniques we know will prevent the transmission of this disease. We are working with Oregon's officials and our partner organizations to identify opportunities to improve our preparedness. We encourage Oregonians to become vaccinated against other communicable diseases more likely to affect us, such as the flu and measles."

"Patients with Ebola type symptoms could present anywhere including the outpatient, private physician practice, so it's important for all physician offices and clinics in Oregon to plan ahead and understand the proper protocols for managing these patients, isolating them if necessary and working with local public health authorities to arrange for transport," said Sharon Meieran, MD, Board of Trustees Member, Oregon Medical Association. "It's also more critical than ever for the public to get vaccinated early for Influenza," added Meieran.

A consolidated approach to Ebola treatment offers several advantages:

* Nurses and doctors at consolidated locations, with the aid of intensive training, will develop greater proficiency in treating the unique needs of Ebola patients and in the intricate safety measures necessary to prevent exposure.

* Relying on fewer Ebola treatment sites ensures that the communication and operationalization of the latest information from state, federal, and international health agencies is streamlined.

* Caring for an Ebola patient requires many specially trained medical staff, complex waste management procedures, a significant quantity of personal protective equipment, and other resources; by consolidating care, Oregon's health care providers are better able to deploy personnel and resources.

Oregon hospitals and health officials have been focused on preparing to keep Oregon families safe from the Ebola virus. Many hospitals have worked with local public health officials to conduct tabletop exercises and drills in recent weeks to ensure coordinated responses. At the same time, Oregon hospitals have examined training and preparedness levels and adjusted to the new sets of CDC guidance on Ebola.

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. - See more at: http://www.oahhs.org/

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) was founded in 1904 as the professional association for nurses in Oregon. It is a nonprofit association and a labor union representing registered nurses. ONA's mission is to advocate for nursing and quality health care. Learn more at http://www.oregonrn.org/

The Oregon Medical Association provides legislative and practice advocacy, regulatory review and educational opportunities to aid nearly 8,000 physicians, physicians assistants and student members in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org
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Two Fatal Fires in Sweet Home this Morning 10/27/14
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/27/14
This morning at 1:46am Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was called to a house fire at 1900 Willow ST. The first arriving personnel saw heavy smoke to the right of the house. The house had a large amount of contents so there was extensive smoke and fire. The owner of the house is Maxine Isabella and it is unknown if she had insurance. Estimated loss is 50,000. One person was found dead at this fire.

Dan Woodson the Fire Chief of Lebanon Fire District noticed the second fire as he was coming into Sweet Home and notified dispatch at approximately 8:00am. He saw smoke coming from under the eaves of the house. This fire was at Holiday Park, 444 Maple LN #1. Estimated loss is 50,000. There was also a death at this fire.

Sweet Home Fire District and Lebanon Fire District were the two responding agencies to both of these fires. The Office of State Fire Marshal is leading these investigations. No personnel were injured. The names of the deceased are not yet available.
WOU theatre season opens with comedic murder mystery "Death by Design"
Western Oregon University - 10/27/14
Western Oregon University's Department of Theatre and Dance opens it's 2014-15 season with "Death by Design," a comic murder mystery directed by Ted de Chatelet. The performance runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium from Nov. 13 to 15 and Nov. 19 to 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 16.

Written by Rob Urbinati, "Death by Design" is a collection of unusual characters who are brought together by chance and all fall under suspicion when someone is murdered. It's set during a weekend at an English country manor in 1932. A playwright and his actress wife flee London to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. They meet a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a near-sighted ingénue, and a zany modern dancer at the manor. When one of the guests is murdered, it's left to the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime.

"Death by Design is a new play that unites the wit and intrigue of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie - done with a light-hearted poke at their particular styles. The result is a hilarious who-done-it, with eccentric characters, one-liners and plenty of mystery," said de Chatelet. "It's a play that can appeal to audiences of virtually any age."

The performance features student actors Kolleen Chapa (Heppner, Ore.), Sarah Cotter (Woodburn, Ore.), JennyLynn Dietrich (Seattle, Wash.), Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.), Trevor Jackson (Salem, Ore.), Natalie Piper (Salem, Ore.), Belladina Starr (Keizer, Ore.), Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.), and Patrick Willett (Wilsonville, Ore.). Alyssa Frangipani (Portland, Ore.) is stage managing the play with assistance from Madison Harner (Sacramento, Calif.), and McKinley Goble (Tacoma, Wash.).

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office (503-838-8462) between 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or beginning at 6 p.m. on performance nights. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $7 for students or $10 for WOU faculty, staff and for seniors. If attendees have a disability that may require accommodation, contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or ods@wou.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Friday, October 31
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/27/14
A discussion on the Clean Water Act amendment, an update about possible streamside buffer rule changes to protect cold water, and seedling availability to support sustainable forestry gives the Committee for Family Forestlands a full agenda next week. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday, October 31 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Members will learn about possibly re-defining the term "Waters of the United States." The committee will also review and discuss:
* Riparian Rule Analysis update about the Joint Northwest/Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee meeting and staff update.
* Seedling availability and production.
* The USFS Blue Mountain Plan.
* Updates from the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative, Forestland Tax Symposium, and Nomination Committees
The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

Committee
The Committee researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The thirteen member committee includes - seven voting and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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News Release -Marine Board to hold Listening Session for Non-Motorized Boaters in Corvallis (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/27/14
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Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs that better support your activities out on the water. The listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services. The meeting is being held at the Benton County Sheriff's Office, 180 NW 5th St, on the 1st floor from the southwest entrance, on November 3, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input being collected will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
Oregon leaders in health and health care to provide briefing on Ebola preparedness
Oregon Health Authority - 10/27/14
October 27, 2014

Today the Oregon Health Authority will be joined by state and local leaders in public health and health care to discuss Ebola preparedness. While there have been no cases of Ebola in Oregon, preparedness work continues.

What: News briefing on Ebola preparedness. It will include an opportunity to view the incident command center before the news briefing, for those who call in advance. Please call 971-246-9139.

When: News briefing begins at 11:40 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 Oregon Street, Portland

For those who cannot attend in person, you may dial: 866-261-3182. Questions can be submitted to PHD.Communications@state.or.us.

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Corvallis Police Request Assistance Locating Owners of Suspected Stolen Property
Corvallis Police - 10/27/14
On 10/27/14, at about 3:30am, Corvallis Police Officers arrested a male on SE Atwood Ave. after he was observed looking into a vehicle in the 500 block of SE Vera Ave. After a brief foot chase through a field and several yards, the male subject was located and detained by officers. An investigation revealed Daniel Newbill was committed a number thefts from vehicles and a burglary at a nearby business. He was arrested and charged with five counts of UEMV, six counts of Criminal Trespass 2, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft 1, and Burglary 2.

Officers also recovered a a quantity of property that is believed to be reported stolen. If you were the victim of a car prowl or burglary overnight on 10/26/14 or the early morning hours on 10/27/14, please contact the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924 to report the incident.

Newbill was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His bail is currently set at $162,000.

A mugshot photo can be obtained by following the below link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004380
Oregon Annual Report on Adult Abuse: National Adult Protective Services Conference in Portland, October 29 & 30
AARP Oregon - 10/27/14
Media Advisory - Plan to attend. Schedule interviews now.

State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland

When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.

Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.

Who: Highlighted speakers:

* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.

* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.

* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be

The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.

Format: The presentation will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.

NOTE: There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating.


Attached Media Files: Speaker & Program lineup
10/26/14
Oregon Peace Officers Association 45th Annual Awards Banquet
Oregon Peace Officers Assn. - 10/26/14
On Friday November 7, 2014 the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) will be holding the 45th Annual Awards Banquet "Honoring Oregon's Finest" at Spirit Mt Casino and Resort in Grand Ronde. This year we will he Honoring Reserve Officer Robert Libke that was killed in the Line of Duty with a Purple Heart Award- Awarded Posthumously. In Addition OPOA will be honoring over 90 criminal justice professionals from all over the state of Oregon for outstanding service to their communities. Awards will be given for Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Life Saving, Public Service, Distinguished Service and Unit Awards. The banquet is open to the public and tickets may be purchased through the OPOA website at www.opoa.info or through our business office at 503-393-9237.


Attached Media Files: Awards List
Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 47 south of Vernonia (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's teen-driver involved injury crash that occurred along Highway 47 about six miles south of Vernonia. The pickup contained 7 teenagers, of which three received injuries including the 16-year old driver.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1997 Ford F250 extended cab pickup driven by KASSIDY FETCH, age 16, from Vernonia, was southbound on Highway 47 near milepost 68 negotiating a curve when FETCH lost control. She over-corrected and drove into a ditch where the passenger side crashed into a large tree.

FETCH and the right rear seat passenger were transported by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A third passenger was lying across the laps of three rear seated passengers and was taken by a family member to an area hospital with minor injuries. The other four passengers were not injured and were picked up at the scene by family members. Six of the 7 occupants were age 16 and the other was 17 years of age. All are from the Vernonia area.

FETCH and three passengers were using safety restraints. Three other passengers were not using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local fire and law enforcement responders. Trooper Patrick Peltier is the lead investigator. An enforcement decision is pending.

This crash occurred at the conclusion of national Teen Driver Safety Week. During the "5 to Drive" national campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, law enforcement and traffic safety partners encouraged parents of teen drivers to always set rules before their teens hit the road. Surveys show that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes. They can't listen if you don't talk. Remember the five most dangerous and deadliest behaviors for teen drivers:

1. No Drinking and Driving - Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix.

2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back - Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it's important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far.

3. Put it Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All - Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. Texting and driving has become a national epidemic, and teens are some of the worst offenders. In 2012, among drivers 15 - 19 years old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by their phones.

4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You - Drive the speed limit and require your teens to do the same. Speeding is a common contributing factor in fatal crashes. In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48%) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year old drivers.

5. Extra Passengers Can Be A Distraction - The level of distraction can be disastrous and the risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior while traveling with multiple passengers increases to three times. More information about Oregon's provisional license restrictions at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/TEEN/pages/license.aspx#restrict

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Scio Man Arrested for Arson (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/26/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on October 25, 2014, at 12:02 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 emergency phone call from a resident of 37231 Jefferson-Scio Drive in Scio reporting a hay barn on fire at that location.

Both the Scio and Jefferson Fire Departments responded to the fire as well as Linn county deputies. First responders deemed the fire as suspicious. Arson investigators with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police were called to assist in the investigation as well as the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

A post fire investigation will be conducted after the fire is out. The fire departments contained the fire to only the hay barn but it will take about two days before the fire is completely out. The value of the hay destroyed in the fire is $15,000 but the value of the barn is yet to be determined.

This is the fifth suspicious fire in the immediate area of 37231 Jefferson-Scio Drive in the past two months. The first fire was reported on September 15, 2014, at 11:01 p.m. This fire started in the ditch on the south side of Jefferson-Scio Drive, directly across the street from the residence.

The second fire was reported October 14,, 2014, at 12:20 a.m. This fire was started in shrubbery in the ditch directly in front of the residence. There were two points of origin for this fire.

The third fire was reported October 17, 2014, at 12:49 a.m. This fire involved a vehicle parked behind a storage barn located on the property. The investigation revealed the vehicle was inoperable and the cause of the fire was arson. The vehicle and its contents was a total loss and valued at $4,000.

The fourth fire was reported October 23, 2014, at 4:41 a.m. This fire was determined to be arson and caused severe damage to the storage barn and the contents inside of it. Some of the contents of the storage barn included a 1972 Chevrolet pickup, hand tools, and power tools. The pickup is a total loss. The value of damage caused by the fire has not been determined yet.

On October 25, 2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., detectives arrested Zachary Lee Burghart, 28 years of age, in connection with four of the fires.

Detectives learned Burghart had been staying at that location with one of the family members. Detectives were able to determine Burghart acted alone when he intentionally set the fires dating from October 14, 2014, through October 25, 2014. Through his interview, Burghart indicated he suffered from PTSD.

Burghart was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail. He has been charged with three counts of Arson in the Second Degree and Reckless Burning.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information related to these incidents are asked to contact Detective Scott Christensen at 541.967.3950.


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10/25/14
Woman Injured After High Winds Blow Tree into Her Moving Vehicle - Highway 230 in SE Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/25/14
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A Grants Pass woman was injured Saturday when her car collided with a tree blown onto the road by high winds on Highway 230 in southeast Douglas County. Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT urge drivers to use caution when traveling on highways in forested areas during windy conditions and be alert for wind-caused fallen trees and debris.

According to Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on October 25, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a passenger car driven by KRISTEN DANIELS, age 42, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 230 near milepost 12 when high winds blew a pine tree, estimated 40 feet tall and 10 inches in diameter, down onto the hood of her car just missing smashing the windshield.

The impact broke the tree and caused DANIELS to lose control as her car spun across the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into another pine tree off the highway.

DANIELS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to Providence Medical Center in Medford. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

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ODOT UPDATE: McCullough Bridge in North Bend to remain closed until Sunday
ODOT: SW Oregon - 10/25/14
The McCullough Bridge (U.S. 101, milepost 234), which has been closed since Wednesday night due to damage to its work enclosure, will remain closed until Sunday.

U.S. 101 motorists can detour along East Bay Drive, but are advised to use caution on this narrow road. Trucks are advised to use alternate routes, such as Interstate 5.

Contractors for ODOT have brought in extra workers and equipment to facilitate work at the bridge, which enabled them to stabilize half of the work enclosure on Friday. However, efforts to stabilize the reaming half were halted Friday night due to high winds.

The stabilization work is expected to resume later today when the weather improves, with the goal of opening the bridge to traffic Sunday afternoon or evening.

For more information:

Dan Latham
ODOT Public Affairs
541-817-5200
10/24/14
Salem Hospital holds Ebola drill using updated CDC guidelines
Salem Health - 10/24/14
NOTE TO EDITORS: YouTube video link in news release, includes b-roll; WAV audio file attached of Dr. Cort Garrison's interview, plus video transcript.

Salem Hospital staff and employees took part in an Ebola drill in the emergency department on Thursday, Oct. 23. The participants practiced putting on personal protective equipment using the latest recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control as of Oct. 20. The new CDC recommendations involve caregivers covering all exposed skin. The regimen now includes wearing longer gloves and leg coverings, plus a hood with a different air source.

"The overall risk of having a true Ebola case in Salem is very low," said Cort Garrison, MD, interim chief medical officer and chief information office for Salem Health. "We're doing everything in our power to not only take care of a patient if they present to Salem Health, but also protect our staff and employees to exposure to a potentially deadly virus."

"We have a dedicated training team," said Garrison. "We have everybody cooperating in a spirit where we want to do this right and to the best of our capabilities. If next week we have different recommendations, then we will retrain to those recommendations."

The training team worked with a total of 84 people in two days. The hospital is conducting the training sessions in phases for key staffers. Phase one prioritized the emergency room and ancillary services--including 49 staff nurses, 12 emergency physicians, 9 environmental services staffers, 5 imaging employees, 5 patient transporters, 3 respiratory therapists--and one member of the hospital's rapid response team, which covers the emergency room and the rest of the campus, as a backup.

"We're making sure that a sufficient number of people are trained, that no one individual has to be put in harm's way that's not trained," said Garrison.

Salem Health produced a video about the Ebola drill. It is available for viewing on YouTube at this link: http://youtu.be/rYFqnst_0E4.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with 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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


Attached Media Files: Video transcript , WAV audio file of Dr. Cort Garrison interview
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 8 lbs of Marijuana, Pending Charges for California Man - Highway 395 near Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
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A California man is facing felony marijuana-related charges following an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday in Lake County in which a trooper found approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in a vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 2:27 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2011 Chevrolet four-door passenger car displaying California license plates northbound on Highway 395E near Lakeview for a speed violation. The trooper identified the driver as LAWARENCE ANTHONY COSTA III, age 29, from Albion, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in the trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

COSTA was later cited and released to appear in Lake County Circuit Court for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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Eugene Resident Among Nurse of the Year Winners (Photo)
March of Dimes - 10/24/14
Kiyah Williams
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Eugene resident Kiyah Williams was among 18 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized Friday, October, 24th, at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. With 430 nurses nominated, the state-wide committee selected the 18 winners in a blinded process.

While the immense value and profound effect that all nurses have on our lives was noted and celebrated, these 18 nurses were acknowledged for their constant care, compassion and dedication to improve the quality of others' lives through service.

Nurse of the Year 2014 Winners
* Adult Acute Care: Yirong "Ron" Wang of Kaiser Westside Medical Center from Portland

* Advance Practice: Carla Brim of PeaceHealth System Office (Vancouver) from Vancouver, WA

* Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care: Mardee Stirling of Adventist Health from Battle Ground, WA

* Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review: Carolyn Williams of City of Portland from Portland

* Community Health: Sara Mosher of St. Charles Medical Center from Bend

* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal): Megan Tinling of Oregon Health & Science University from King City

* Emergency: Rhonda Fischer of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital from Parkdale

* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care: Sandra Dykes of Portland Adventist Medical Center from Battleground, WA

* Nurse Educator: Amy Corcoran of Oregon Health & Science University from Sherwood

* Nurse Leader: Lora Horn of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland

* Nurse Specialty: Sarah McQuade of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Parkdale

* Pediatric Acute Care: Theresa Wikander of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland

* Rising Star: Kiyah Williams of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend from Eugene

* Small Hospital: Lisa Halvorsen of Providence Milwaukie Hospital from Wilsonville

* Student Nurse: Samantha Owens of Kaiser Permanante Northwest from Vancouver, WA

* Surgical Services: Mai-Tuyet Tran of Oregon Health & Science University from Portland

* Women's Health: Maribeth Roberts of Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center from Portland

* Distinguished Nurse of the Year: Deborah Eldredge of Oregon Health & Science University from Portland

Chaired by William E. Johnson, MD, MBA, President of Moda Health, this annual event also serves as a benefit for March of Dimes. With the support and involvement of 21 health organizations and medical centers, the Nurse of the Year Awards raised over $105,000 to help fund the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Committee members include: Rod Hart, RN, COHN, FAAOHN, of Moda Health; Lisa M. Alvarado, RN, MSN, of Kaiser Permanente; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, of OHSU; Kris Cuthair, RN, BSN, MSN, of Kaiser Westside Medical Center; Shari Davis, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; Trece Gurrad, RN, MSN, of Columbia Memorial Hospital; Tim Herrmann, RN, BSN, MBA, of PeaceHealth Oregon West Network; Sandy Montminy, RN, MSN, of
Adventist Medical Center; Lynae Moor, RN, MPH, of Adventist Medical Center; Regina Rose, RN, MSN, of Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Marcia Soderling, RN, MPA, BSN, of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; and Jeanie Vieira, RN, of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


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Marine Board Holds Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Marine Board - 10/24/14
The Oregon State Marine Board held its quarterly meeting on October 22 in Astoria, and approved boating facility grants and denied a petition for personal watercraft (PWC) restrictions on the Salmon River, in Lincoln County.

The Board approved the disbursement of $63,080 in state boater funds and $204,241 in federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds to replace seven pumpout and dump stations. The new equipment will help capture thousands of gallons of boater-generated sewage from portable toilets and holding tanks. Together with in-kind contributions, total project expenditures equaled $300,841. The Port of Garibaldi, Boardman Park & Recreation District, Metro (Chinook Landing), City of Depoe Bay, Port of Astoria (West Basin), Port of Gold Beach and State Parks (Cove Palisades) were awarded grants.

In other business, the Marine Board voted 4:1, to not initiate rulemaking to amend OAR 250-021-0040, in response to a petition the agency received to prohibit the operation of personal watercraft (PWC's) in Lincoln County.

The Board also voted unanimously to adopt a new Marine Board logo. The logo was developed by an external advisory committee comprised of staff, community members and state boaters and aided by the design firm of bell + funk, from Eugene. Agency signage, publications, forms, and other documentation will incorporate the new logo as existing supplies are exhausted.

For more information about the Marine Board and the agency's programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors To Meet Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Lane ESD - 10/24/14
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will conduct a regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon.
Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee Accepting Applications for New Routes
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/24/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Program will accept applications in the spring of 2015 for new bikeway designations.

Designated Scenic Bikeways are selected from locally proposed routes and represent the "best of the best" road bicycle riding in Oregon. Currently, there are 12 designated bikeways totaling nearly 800 miles. Oregon is the only state with an official Scenic Bikeway program.

Completed applications consist of a proposed scenic route, a local proponent group, and letters of support from all governing bodies of road jurisdictions. The applications must be submitted from March 17-31, 2015 to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Bikeway proponent groups consist of local volunteers, cyclists and tourism professionals. If the purposed route submitted via that application is officially recommended for designation by the Oregon Bikeway Committee, the proponent group must then complete a comprehensive Bikeway Plan including a series of goals, sign locations, promotions and future engagement.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee evaluates proposed routes using criteria which examine human made, natural scenic and sensory values and road conditions on the route.

In the past, only half of the applications scored high enough on the criteria to be recommended for designation.

Applications, a list of important features for a bikeway and the criteria are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx

For more information on the application process or the Bikeway Program contact Alex Phillips at 503-986-0631 or alex.phillips@oregon.gov .


Attached Media Files: News release
McCullough Bridge in North Bend to remain closed until weekend (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 10/24/14
McCullough Bricge (photo 2)
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October 24, 2014
R3-83-14

McCullough Bridge to remain closed until weekend

NORTH BEND - U.S. Highway 101 is expected to remain closed at McCullough Bridge in North Bend at least until Saturday.

ODOT and contractor crews are currently working to stabilize the project enclosure that is attached to the bridge. The enclosure slid approximately 60 feet out of place on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the closure of the bridge.

This stabilization work will likely continue into the weekend. ODOT will notify the public and media as soon as an estimated time for re-opening the bridge is available.

Local traffic may detour along East Bay Drive, and motorists are advised to use caution on this narrow road. Trucks are advised to use alternate routes, such as Interstate 5.

# # ODOT # #

DAN LATHAM, PIO
Voice: (541) 957-3601
Cell: (541) 817-5200
Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us


[MEDIA NOTE - Please see attachments for photos of the west side of McCullough Bridge and the work enclosure, which were taken on Thursday. Prior to Wednesday afternoon, the steel enclosure was bolted to the bridge, with the right side flush against the concrete pier seen in the pictures. For reasons that are currently unclear, the enclosure slid approximately 30-60 feet to the north (toward the left in the photos), bending the steel scaffolding on the sides of the enclosure.]


Attached Media Files: McCullough Bricge (photo 2) , McCullough Bridge (photo 1)
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Oregon Growth Board
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/24/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting on October 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
at:

White Stag Building
Room 152
70 NW Couch St
Portland, 97209

Meeting agenda can be downloaded here: http://www.oregongrowthboard.com/Meetings/2014/1014/1014OGBagenda.pdf

For more information on the Oregon Growth Board, visit www.oregongrowthboard.com.

The Oregon Growth Board was created in an effort to spur more economic growth in Oregon, with a focus on increasing the state's ability to grow companies from early stage to large, locally headquartered firms. An important focus is placed on leveraging state resources to improve the availability of capital for high-growth companies.
Grant application period open for federal Community Forest Program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/24/14
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
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A federal program that provides financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments and nonprofit entities for establishing community forests is now available. The program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use.

Lands eligible for grants under the program must be private forest at least 5 acres in size, at least 75 percent forested, and suitable to sustain natural forest cover. The lands must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe. Passed under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to pay up to 50 percent of the project costs to a maximum of $400,000.

The purpose of the program is to protect forestland from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits. Lands must be threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, allow public access, and be offered for sale by a willing seller.

Community benefits as described under the Community Forest Program include:
* Sustainable forestry
* Recreation
* Educational and experiential learning opportunities
* Wildlife habitat
* Clean air, water, and other environmental benefits

More about the Community Forest Program
Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribes, and qualified nonprofit entities.
All projects must complete a Community Forest Plan within 120 days after land acquisition; a draft of the plan is due at the time of application. Technical assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry for development of the Community Forest Plan may be available in addition to the land acquisition costs of the project. Projects consisting of conservation easements are not eligible.

The program pays up to 50 percent of acquisition costs -- and requires at least a 50 percent non-federal match. Qualified non-profits and local governments apply through the Oregon Department of Forestry; Indian Tribes apply directly to the U.S. Forest Service.

Oregon framework - suggestions for applicants
Applications should include a letter from the private landowner that indicates the landowner is a voluntary, willing seller supporting the project. In addition, projects that result in one or more of the following are encouraged:
* A written and approved Oregon forest management plan - or the commitment to develop one before closing on the acquisition.
* Third party certification through the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
* Property demonstrates effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to being in a degraded condition.
* Property is located within an urban-rural interface area threatened with conversion to non-forestry use.
* Land management supports implementation of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's
"Conservation Strategy" (see link, below).
* A strong landowner/public forestry/outdoor education component.
Applications from family forestry related non-profit organizations - with local forestland owner and community involvement, and demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to manage the property - are strongly encouraged.

A preference will be given for properties already demonstrating effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to properties in a degraded condition.

Application deadline
All applicants must send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted to the Oregon Department of Forestry for funding consideration.

Hard copy or electronic versions of applications need to be submitted to:
Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
jcaston@odf.state.or.us
(503) 945-7382
and received no later than close of business, January 16, 2015. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jarrett Caston with any questions.
For the national Request for Applications, go to:
http://www.fs.fed.us/cooperativeforestry/library/2014_app_fed_rfa.pdf

For more information about the Community Forest Program:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/incentivescfp.aspx
For information about the Oregon Conservation Strategy: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/


Attached Media Files: The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
Driver Arrested After Alcohol-Involved Hit & Run Injury Crash - Highway 20E just east of Bend
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), arrested a 51-year old man following an alcohol-involved injury hit & run crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 20E east of Bend.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., OSP was notified of a possible injury hit & run crash on Highway 20E near milepost 5. While enroute, witnesses followed the suspect vehicle, a GMC van, from the scene until DCSO deputies located and stopped it at Alfalfa Market Road and Todd Road.

The GMC van driven by BRIAN L. WHITE, age 51, from Bend, attempted to make a U-turn from the westbound shoulder as a westbound Chevrolet pickup driven by JAMES FLOYD, age 63, from Bend, was approaching and struck the pickup's passenger side.

WHITE stopped momentarily at the scene and then drove away until stopped by DCSO deputies.

FLOYD was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with a non-life threatening injury.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to arrest WHITE for Assault in the Third Degree, Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. WHITE was also cited for Refusing a Breath Test and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

No photographs available for this release.

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Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 east of Redmond
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Highway 126 about four miles east of Redmond that critically injured a Prineville man.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:52 p.m., a 1993 GMC pickup driven by JASON GORDON, age 23, from Prineville, was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 4 when it departed the roadway. The pickup rolled several times and struck a tree before coming to rest.

GORDON was partially ejected out of the driver's door and critically injured. An off duty Crook County deputy and OSP sergeant witnessed the crash, initiating emergency medical care until relieved by EMS responders. GORDON was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Richard Gay is the lead investigator. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Redmond Fire and Rescue. Highway 126 was blocked at the scene for 30 minutes.

No photographs for release.

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Open enrollment is your chance to shop around
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/24/14
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the importance of shopping during open enrollment.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov.

Whether you have insurance coverage for the first time or have had an individual plan for years, there are many reasons to explore all your options during open enrollment.

* You can no longer be turned down for coverage. In the past, those with health conditions may have had limited plan choices. However, people with health conditions can no longer be turned down for coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That means all Oregonians are free to shop for health insurance without fear of rejection.

* You may qualify for financial help. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/qualifying-for-lower-costs-chart/ to see if you might be able to get premium tax credits or lower out-of-pocket costs. You can access these savings only if you buy your plan through healthcare.gov.

* Your plan may have changed. If you currently have insurance, you will receive a letter from your insurance company about whether your current plan is changing or will be available in 2015. Consider any changes and make sure the plan still meets your needs. You have the option to choose a new plan during open enrollment.

* You may have an older plan that does not include certain benefits. If you chose to keep the plan you had before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered or transitional plans, you may not have access to health care services that are free under all new plans. For example, many preventive services are now covered 100 percent. During open enrollment, you could choose a newer plan that does provide this coverage.

Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting through healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).
Update #3: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim's name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also being charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DUII.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:07 p.m., a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN FITCH, age 21, from Beaverton, was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road about milepost 84. As the pickup negotiated a right curve at a high rate of speed, it crossed the double solid centerline and collided nearly head-on with a southbound 2001 Ford Taurus four-door. The pickup came to rest on its right side near the center of the highway. The car came to rest off the southbound shoulder of the highway.

The Ford Taurus driver, GERALD DEE WILL, age 70, from Cloverdale, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FITCH, who was driving on a suspended license, received minor injury and was later arrested by OSP. As part of the investigation, OSP learned FITCH was on probation for DUII out of Clackamas County and during the evening confirmed alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor. In consultation with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, FITCH was lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, DUII and and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office and Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the District Attorney. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT. The highway was closed in both directions for 4 hours.

Photograph Sources:
Crash Scene Photos - Oregon State Police
Fitch Photo - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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10/23/14
Salem boy, 16, in critical condition after being struck by vehicle
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
Last night at about 6:48 pm, Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Swegle Rd NE and Cordon Rd NE regarding a jogger struck by a car. The 16 year old jogger was heading west on Swegle Rd, when the vehicle struck him from behind.

At the time of the accident, it was raining heavily and dark out. The jogger was dressed in all black with no reflective gear, which made him very difficult for the driver to see due to the weather conditions and the lights of oncoming traffic.

The 16 year old jogger was transported via ambulance and the driver remained on the scene cooperating with deputies and their investigation.

Driving in the rain, especially at night, can pose some serious challenges. Rain reduces the effectiveness of your headlights and causes poor visibility. Be sure to increase your visibility by replacing your wipers every six months, and use water repellant on your windshield, side windows and mirrors. Make sure your headlights are in good working order and if you replace one, replace them both.

We would like to encourage citizens when jogging at dark to always run against traffic and choose well lit routes. Be visible, wear white, yellow or orange clothing, and also make sure you have reflective gear on and even a headlamp is a great item.
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Albany (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's cross-over fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 5 in the north Albany area. The names are released in this update.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 1995 Honda Civic driven by AMBER NICHOLE FOREST, age 28, from, Aumsville, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 237 when it traveled into the center median. The car continued across the median into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2005 Volvo commercial truck pulling semi-trailer in the right southbound lane.

After impact, the commercial truck and trailer crossed the center median onto the northbound lanes where it collided into a concrete barrier. The truck and trailer came to rest jackknifed across the northbound lanes. The Honda came to rest in the center median.

FOREST was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, ARTHUR F. PEREZ, age 65, from College Place, Washington, was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash with the assistance of a crash investigation inter-agency team comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Lebanon Police Department.

Additional assistance provided at the scene by Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT.

All lanes in both directions were opened by 3:00 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Anthony James Martinis Sought on Bank Robbery Warrant (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/23/14
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FBI Agents and local partners in Oregon and Washington have possibly identified the man who they believe is responsible for three bank robberies in Oregon and three in Washington in the past month. The man, Anthony Martinis, faces local charges out of Cowlitz County, WA. No federal charges have been filed at this time.

The bank robberies were in Lacey, WA; Yakima, WA; Longview, WA; Salem, OR; Eugene, OR; and Cottage Grove, OR. Tips in Oregon should be directed to the closest FBI office or local police agency. The FBI's 24 hour number in Oregon is (503) 224-4181.

Attached please find the press release put out by the Seattle FBI tonight.


Attached Media Files: Seattle FBI Press Release , Martinis , Longview Bank Robbery , Lacey Bank Robbery , Yakima Bank Robbery , Wells Fargo in Salem - 10-16-14 , Umpqua Bank in Eugene - 10-16-14 , Wells Fargo Bank in Cottage Grove - 10-17-14
Fire season ends in northeast Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
As of 12:01 p.m. on October 23, 2014, fire season was officially terminated for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow. Scattered rain showers throughout the district over the past few weeks, combined with cooler fall temperatures has reduced the fire danger.

However, John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester, reminds the public to implement safe practices when using fire in the fall months.

"Fall is a good time to burn forest slash or yard debris, but please recognize that just one sunny and windy day can change conditions very quickly," he said. "Each fall we respond to escaped fires, so please continue to use fire in a responsible manner."

Technical advice for burning and smoke management can be obtained from your local ODF office.

With the termination of fire season, requirements such as providing firefighting equipment at logging sites or obtaining a burning permit for burn barrels are no longer in effect. However, termination of fire season does not relieve landowners or forest operators of lawful responsibilities concerning the safe burning of debris or slash. Windy conditions combined with warm weather could cause unpredictable fire behavior.

Specific Smoke Management/Burning Advisory Information:

- Unless you are in a rural or city fire department protection area, burn permits for burn barrels and small amounts of yard debris are not required. If you are under the protection of a rural or city fire department, please call and ask what their burning restrictions are. Burning within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation requires a permit from the CTUIR. Follow all requirements within the permit.

- Burning of slash from forestry and logging activities requires a Notification of Operation/PDM from the Oregon Department of Forestry. In addition to this permit, the local Oregon Department of Forestry office must be contacted prior to ignition.

Before burning in northeast Oregon, it is important to check weather conditions related to smoke management. For smoke management forecasts call (541)963-9781 or visit the following website: www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/Daily/neo.htm.

- Slash Burns must be registered with the local Oregon Department of Forestry office at least seven days prior to burning and burning accomplishments reported within seven days after burning.

The Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank forest landowners, forest operators and the public for their efforts in fire prevention, detection and suppression activities this season. After back-to-back record fire seasons for the State of Oregon, the Northeast Oregon District was again able to keep acres burned below the 10-year average of 2,207 acres.

Firefighters in the district suppressed 105 fires, which burned just 1,038 acres. Additional resources such as helicopters, bulldozers and single-engine air tankers partially paid for with General Fund monies from the State of Oregon helped significantly to check fire spread quickly in a year in which there were numerous large fires burning throughout the state.

These additional resources were part of the coordinated effort employed by ODF, which also included rural fire departments, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, local contractors, landowners and a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

For further information, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at these local offices:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Forestry board to focus on urban forestry benefits in Nov. 5-6 Portland meeting and tour (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
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The state Board of Forestry will hold a meeting and tour Nov. 5-6 in Portland, focusing on the benefits of trees and other natural resources in cities, and joining local leaders in discussions about the board's and the Oregon Department of Forestry's current and future urban forestry work.

The board will also meet with the state Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and host a community social, at which it will continue its tradition of honoring a community leader's contribution to natural resource conservation.

In addition, the board will receive an update from a subcommittee that has been exploring revisions to the current plan for managing state-owned forests in northwestern Oregon. Based on the subcommittee's recommendation, the board is expected to provide direction to department staff on further development of plan revisions.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee, a statutorily established advisory committee to the Board, will provide testimony on the board's deliberations. There will also be an opportunity for public comment.

All events are open to the public.

Business meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5
Setting the tone for the following day's tour, the board will join the EQC and representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality for an overview of the two panels' positive working relationship, an update on the Department of Forestry's urban forestry program, and an exploration of the role of trees and other natural resources in managing urban storm runoff.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Crystal Room of the Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St.

A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx

The community social, also at the Tiffany Center, will follow the meeting.

November 6 tour includes parks, Portland's Water Pollution Control Laboratory
The tour will begin with a panel discussion on a regional urban forestry planning effort, involving two states and 30 cities, that seeks to improve collaboration among government and community organizations, increase forest canopy cover and promote best natural resource management practices.

The tour will include stops at Holman and Columbia Parks and other locations, with presentations by representatives of the Portland Environmental Services Bureau, DEQ, the Oregon Environmental Council and others.

Throughout, the tour will provide insights on importance of green infrastructure--trees, open space, waterways and other natural assets--in providing environmental, economic and social benefits.

A lunch stop will feature a discussion with key urban area leaders on needs and opportunities-- today and in the future--in urban forestry and green infrastructure, and on the current and potential roles of the Board and Department of Forestry.

The day's activities begin at 8 a.m. in the Tiffany Center's Crystal Room. Members of the public are welcome, and encouraged to bring a lunch, arrange transportation if van seating is unavailable, and dress for inclement weather.

Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF's public affairs office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx


Attached Media Files: Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies Take Part in National Domestic Violence Campaign
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
On Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 agencies from in and around Marion County participated in the 12th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Multiple officers and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Enforcement deputies and Parole and Probation, Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, as well as agencies across the country set out into their respective communities to arrest offenders with outstanding family-violence warrants.

By 11:00 p.m., this collaborative effort in Marion County resulted in the arrest of 7 men and women with family violence related warrants, out of the 32 warrants collected. The teams made 43 attempts on the 32 cases. Each person arrested was booked at the Marion County Jail.

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, on average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds the women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.

On a local level, according to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of more than 85,000 Oregon women showed that 1 in 10 women experienced intimate-partner violence in the five years preceding the survey. Also, the estimated cost of intimate partner violence in Oregon exceeds $50 million each year.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division has 5 Deputy Sheriff's assigned to manage a domestic violence case load as well as Deputy Sheriff's assigned to the patrol division who have been provided an advanced level of training in regard to investigating domestic violence and other related crimes. The Marion County District Attorney's Office plays a vital role in this effort as well and their collaborative effort is much appreciated.

For information on the national effort, please contact the National Coordinator Carrie Jo Paine, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at DVWarrantSweep@co.clackamas.or.us.
City of Keizer Receives National Boating Access Recognition for Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp, Amenities (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/23/14
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
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The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the City of Keizer a Mid-Size Access Award for the new Keizer Rapids Boating Facility on the Willamette River during their annual conference held in Arkansas during the week of October 13. Only one such award is given each year. The national award was formally presented to the City of Keizer's Mayor, Lore Christopher, during their monthly City Council meeting by Janine Belleque, the Oregon State Marine Board's interim Boating Facilities Manager.

Planning for this mid-sized boating access site began in 2003 and within that timeframe, many partnerships were established to work through the different challenges associated with the project. More than 50 individuals from city, state and federal levels, collaborated to complete property acquisitions, obtain environmental construction permits, complete design and engineering, bidding, construction and obtain funding for the Keizer Rapids boating facility. The City of Keizer's Community Development Director, Nate Brown, was instrumental in keeping everyone moving forward and responding to the challenges of completing the City's first improved boating facility.

The total cost for the project was $1,322,379, with $728,296 provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife utilizing federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $221,356 in state boater funds, and $372,727 from the City of Keizer. Federal funds are derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels taxes.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility amenities include:
-Property acquisition;
-1,900- feet of paved access road;
-paved and curbed parking lot for 16 single car spaces and 23 vehicle/boat trailer spaces, landscaped islands, sidewalks and signage;
-261-feet for a single-lane concrete boat ramp;
-200-foot long boarding floats supported by five steel piles;
-Single stall vault toilet;
-Two vegetated stormwater treatment bio-swales;
-Bank stabilization, boat ramp protection and large woody debris habitat enhancement;
Vegetated earthen berm to create a noise buffer and visual barrier for adjacent neighbors.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility provides public access to a 12.5 mile area of the Willamette River and is a designated stop on the Willamette River Water trail.

SOBA recognizes outstanding achievements in recreational boating access at the annual National Boating Access Conference. The City of Keizer deserved this national recognition for their vision, collaboration and master planning of Keizer Rapids Park that will benefit recreational boaters for decades to come.

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Attached Media Files: Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager , Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp in 2013 shortly after construction.
Update: Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a 52-year old Florence man whose body was found in Coos Bay following an apparent accident while he worked on a lower maintenance bridge underneath Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge. The man's name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed that a pickup was underwater below the bridge.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel in a boat found a body in the water about four miles from the bridge. Fire personnel from North Bend Fire Department, North Bay Rural Fire Protection 2, and Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene with watercraft resources. A dive team from Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District checked the pickup about 15 feet underwater and confirmed there were no other occupants inside. The pickup was later recovered by Mast Bros. Towing.

The deceased man was identified as MARK FORTUNE, age 52, from Florence. FORTUNE reportedly was working as a mechanic for the bridge contractor. The circumstances surrounding his death and how his vehicle went into the water are not known at this time. The incident was not witnessed and construction crew members spotted the 2001 Ford F250 pickup in the water but couldn't account for FORTUNE.

According to ODOT, Highway 101 remains closed at the McCullough Bridge following the incident that damaged a construction project enclosure attached to the bridge. ODOT estimates the bridge will remain closed to all traffic until late Friday. A detour along East Bay Drive is being used for local traffic. Motor carriers are advised to use Highway 42 instead of Highway 38.

Questions regarding the bridge project and traffic restrictions should be directed to ODOT. Updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs for release.

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Oregon Aero honored by Department of Defense for support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves
Oregon Military Department - 10/23/14
Scappoose, Ore. (October 15, 2014) - The Oregon Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announced today that it is honoring Oregon Aero with an Above and Beyond Award. The company Oregon Aero was previously recognized with the "Patriot Award" during the 2014 Northwest Military Employer Summit, in Clackamas, Oregon.

The award is to recognize Oregon Aero for their extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Oregon National Guard and Reserve. Oregon Aero joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Many employers provide 'above and beyond' support with pay differential to offset any wage loss, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized for duty.

According to retired Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Norman Hoffman, Oregon ESGR State Chair, the ESGR Above and Beyond was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve.

"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units," Hoffman said.

Oregon Aero designs, tests, and manufactures products for both military and civil applications at its facility in Scappoose, Oregon.

"Our Citizen-Soldiers provide an unparalleled workforce that brings dedication, motivation and outstanding leadership abilities to the roles they fill," said Tony Erickson, chief operating officer for Oregon Aero. "They have skill sets would be beneficial any employer. We're lucky to have them."

ESGR, a Department of Defense (DoD) office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers' principal advocate within DoD. ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
Benton County Sheriff's Office Children hosts Special Needs Horseback Ride Event
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse is hosting their 5th horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings. It will be held at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The participants are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between 3 and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves. The arena is not heated and long pants/closed-toed shoes are required.

There will also be a coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature horses. Photographs will be taken and available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event and also on our website, if you would like to fill it out ahead of time.

Please RSVP by November 14th so we can plan appropriately. You can either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name and the name and age of your child(s) who will be riding.

http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
email: sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
Phone: 541-766-6045
10/22/14
Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge
Oregon State Police - 10/22/14
Highway 101 at the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge in Coos Bay is closed at this time by ODOT as Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of local emergency responders, investigate the death of an person found near a vehicle in the water below.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. US Coast Guard and local fire personnel responded with watercraft resources and the body of a deceased adult male was recovered. Divers located a vehicle under water believed to be associated with the victim.

ODOT has closed the bridge in both directions for an unknown period. A detour is being established around the area and updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No other information to be released at this time.

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U of O employee springs into action
Eugene/Springfield Fire Dept. - 10/22/14
When a kitchen fire broke out at the Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid, Eugene, Or. University of Oregon employee Sarah Anderson, who was on a break from working next door at the Duck Store, reacted swiftly and effectively by entering the structure, locating a fire extinguisher, ducking below the smoke, entering the kitchen and putting the fire out. All occupants, including Ms. Anderson, were out of the structure upon the Fire Department's arrival at 1:40pm, 10/22/2014. Firefighters checked for fire extension and then begun overhaul and smoke removal. The cause of the fire was determined to be food that was left cooking and unattended. The fire had spread to the cabinets and was growing rapidly when it was extinguished. While fire officials always appreciate citizen involvement they are quick to emphasize that the best course of action is to rapidly exit any structure that is on fire.

Ms. Anderson had left the scene prior to the firefighters arrival and it was only after interviewing bystanders did they piece together Ms. Anderson's heroic actions. By the time firefighters had arrived on scene she had reported back to the Duck Store where she works as an Administrative Assistant. Concerned fellow employees convinced her to be examined for smoke inhalation at the University District hospital where she was treated and released. Fire officials contacted her later to follow up on her well being and to thank her for her assistance.

Fire and heat damage was contained to the kitchen area. There was smoke damage throughout the structure. Initial damage estimate is $25,000.
State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland Next Week
OR Department of Human Services - 10/22/14
When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland; Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).

Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.

Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.

Format: The press briefing will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: attached is the program for the conference
Sheriff's Office Honors Actions of Staff in Service to their Community (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/22/14
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Yesterday, Marion County Sheriff's Office employees and family members filled the seats and lined the walls of the Senator Hearing Room in the Courthouse Square building to honor some significant events and actions by staff. Lifesaving awards, a Purple Heart, and Medals of Valor were presented.

Sheriff Jason Myers welcomed the group and briefly spoke about the work of the Office. In his welcoming speech, he said, "It's about what the men and women of this office do collectively, daily, diligently, and relentlessly. You all make this office what it is. I get to be here to shine a light on that great work." During yesterday's ceremony, the following awards were presented:

Lifesaving Awards:

Deputy Jason Hickam, Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and K9 Yo - In near freezing weather, they searched for and located a suicidal woman who had fled into rural Marion County. After finding her, Deputy Hickam carried the woman across a field to staged medics.

Deputy Ryan Dunbar, Deputy Derrell Maddy and Nurse Renee Hansen - Deputies discovered an inmate had attempted suicide and they immediately began CPR. Jail Nurse, Renee Hansen, responded to the cell to assist and they performed CPR until additional medical teams could respond.

Deputy Jacob Thompson - Responding to a call of an unconscious woman, Deputy Thompson arrived on scene and immediately began CPR. Deputy Thompson twice cleared her airway and performed CPR until medics arrived on scene.

Purple Heart:

A Purple Heart medal was bestowed upon Deputy James Buchholz who, while tracking down a suspect, was shot. He protected himself and bandaged his bullet wound while other deputies and medics responded to the area. Deputy Buchholz received a standing ovation from the entire room while he received his award.

Medal of Valor:

Deputy Steve Duncan and Deputy Dale Huitt - A wanted fugitive engaged the deputies in gun fire when they responded to a call of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle. The deputies were able to resolve the threat, and then they provided medical aid until additional units arrived. The man had committed crimes across several states and hours prior had pointed handgun at a Tigard Police Officer.

Deputy Ryan Postlewait, Deputy Cody Lane, Deputy Jeff Nicoloff, Deputy Shawn Bush and Sergeant Nick Hunter - The Deputies and Sergeant responded to the scene of a shooting at an RV Park. The suspect had been shooting at people and had already injured one person. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and worked together to end the terrifying episode.


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Wells Fargo survey finds one-third of middle class is not saving for retirement (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 10/22/14
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Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans, according to Wells Fargo's fifth annual Middle-Class Retirement Survey.

The national results showed that 34% of those surveyed are not currently contributing anything to a 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings vehicle.

Nearly a third (31%) of all respondents said they will not have enough money to "survive" on in retirement, and this increases to 48% of middle-class Americans in their 50s. Nineteen percent of all respondents have no retirement savings.

"Saving for retirement isn't easy. It requires sacrifice, and it's not something people can push off and hope to achieve later in life," said Joe Ready, Wells Fargo's director of Institutional Retirement and Trust.

"If people in their 20s, 30s or 40s aren't saving today, they are losing the benefit of time compounding the value of their money," Ready added. "That growth can't be made up later, so people have to commit early in life to make savings a regular discipline year after year. It is the only way most people will achieve their financial goals to carry them through retirement."

On behalf of Wells Fargo, Harris Poll conducted 1,001 telephone interviews from July 20 to August 25 of middle-class Americans across the country ages 25-75 with a median household income of $63,000.

About Wells Fargo (Twitter @WellsFargo)
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). The firm has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.


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Pedestrian hit by train in north Marion County ***** UPDATE *****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/22/14
The 13 year old boy involved in last night's train accident has been identified as Juan Carlos Robles-Melara. He resided in Woodburn and attended French Prairie Middle School.

Based on the investigation, it appears Juan is a high functioning child with autism who left school on his own after soccer practice when he was supposed to wait for his mother to pick him up. Once his mother arrived and did not find Juan, family began looking for him and eventually called the Woodburn Police Department to make a report. While Woodburn Police was taking the report from the family, Woodburn Police heard of the train versus pedestrian accident. Shortly after the accident, it was confirmed to be Juan based on a clothing description and school identification he had in his backpack.

The family is not available for contact by the media and it is unknown if they will be at a later time.

Any inquires regarding French Prairie Middle School should be referred to Superintendent Chuck Ransom at 503-981-2727.
Wanted Man Arrested by OSP & Salem PD After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Area Search off Interstate 5 near Market Street
Oregon State Police - 10/22/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Salem Police Department (SPD) arrested a wanted 21-year old man after he fled an OSP traffic stop Wednesday morning on the off-ramp from Interstate 5 at Market Street in Salem. The off-ramp and some area streets were closed while law enforcement officers searched three hours for the subject who was believed armed.

On October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:26 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint regarding a passenger car southbound on Interstate 5 near Donald/Aurora. An OSP trooper stopped the car about 2:50 a.m. on the off-ramp to Market Street and contacted two occupants.

The passenger was not wearing a safety belt, provided a false name to the trooper and fled on foot. The trooper quickly confirmed his identity as KRISTOPHER ALLEN RICE, age 21, from Salem, learned he was wanted on felony Marion County warrants and that he may be armed.

Additional law enforcement officers from OSP, SPD and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded and established a perimeter. Some SPD SWAT personal also came to the scene to assist with the search as the off-ramp, some area streets and a park-and-ride lot were closed off.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., SPD SWAT took RICE into custody as he hid in a transient tent surrounded by brush. RICE was turned over to OSP and also found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. No firearm was reportedly found.

RICE was transported to Marion County Jail where he was lodged on the felony warrants for Dangerous Drugs and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and local charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

The driver was not arrested.

No photograph available for release at this time.

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Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families -- Social Security Key 2014 Election Issue
AARP Oregon - 10/22/14
Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families
Social Security Key 2014 Election Issue

WASHINGTON, DC - AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins offered the following statement in reaction to today's announcement by the Social Security Administration of a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015:

The modest Social Security COLA for 2015 remains crucial to the financial security of the nearly 59 million Americans receiving benefits. The COLA helps beneficiaries of all ages maintain their standard of living, keeping many from falling into poverty by providing partial protection against inflation. Millions of families, including 41 million retired workers and their dependents, 6 million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million workers with disabilities and their dependents, will depend on next year's modest COLA increase as they face rising costs of basic needs like food, utilities and health care.

Although in the long term we need to strengthen Social Security with reasonable changes, volatility in the stock market has never impacted the promise of Social Security benefits. With $2.8 trillion in assets these popular benefits can exist far in to the future, continuing on their nearly 80 year streak of never missing a payment. That's why candidates and outside groups have scrambled in these final few weeks before Election Day to define who wants to protect and strengthen Social Security benefits the most. Because most retirees depend upon their earned benefit for at least half of their retirement income, we hope Americans of all political stripes will ask candidates where they stand on Social Security and Medicare and look at our voter guide to see what candidates have already said about these vital issues.

For more information about what political candidates have to say about Social Security, Medicare, and financial security, check out the AARP Voter Guide at aarp.org/YourVote. For tips on when to claim Social Security and how to best plan for retirement go to aarp.org/ReadyforRetirement. Additional resources may be seen here.
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About AARP

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. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. 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.
10/21/14
Pedestrian hit by a train in north Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/21/14
At about 7:50 pm, The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a train versus pedestrian accident south of Gervais. Deputies have determined a 13 year old boy died as a result of this accident, while walking on the tracks.

The investigation is still on going and the name of the involved is being held until the appropriate notifications have been made to the family.
Lebanon Woman Dies in Tractor Accident
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/21/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal tractor accident that occurred today at about 1:28 p.m. The accident occurred on private property in the 41000 block of Upper Berlin Road near Lebanon.

The operator of the red 1950's Ford 8N tractor was identified as 47-year-old
Doris Eilleen Jennings of Lebanon. Ms. Jennings was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation reveals Ms. Jennings and James Ronald Royer, 49 years old from Scio, were working together to remove a tree. Ms. Jennings had a chain attached to the back of the tractor and was using it to pull out an oak tree. Royer told deputies he was standing nearby and witnessed the rear tractor tires start to spin.

Royer said Ms. Jennings applied more throttle to the engine which caused the front of the tractor to lift up and flip over on top of her. Upon arrival, deputies found Ms. Jennings pinned under the tractor. Ms. Jennings suffered severe head injuries from the accident.

There is no indication that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department. AAsum-Dufor Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
Red Cross Assists in Veneta Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/21/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon met with a client who had a fire in the 86000 block of Territorial Highway in Veneta, OR.
This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided food, seasonal garments, bedding and linens,and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Two Unrelated Traffic Stops Lead to Discovery of 13 lbs. of Marijuana, Pending Charges for 2 People - Interstate 5 near Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 10/21/14
Two unrelated traffic stops by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Monday in Douglas County is leading to charges against two people following the seizure of a total of more than 13 pounds of marijuana.

On October 20, 2014 at approximately 6:23 p.m., an OSP sergeant stopped a 1998 Ford Escort displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 119 for a speed violation. The vehicle was occupied by a 21-year old female driver and the passenger identified as JORDAN J. PERRY, age 48, from Hollywood, California.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of over 4 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $10,000.

PERRY was taken into custody and later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. The driver was not arrested or cited.

The second traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:44 p.m. on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 120 when an OSP trooper stopped a Ford Ranger pickup displaying Minnesota license plates. The pickup's driver was identified as TERESA ANN LEMONS, age 45, from Rogers. Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 9.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

LEMONS was later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 52 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Washington Man - Interstate 5 near Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/21/14
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A Seattle, Washington man was arrested Tuesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) senior trooper discovered approximately 52 pounds of marijuana inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Tualatin. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 21, 2014 at approximately 2:27 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rental 2014 Toyota Camry four-door displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290. The vehicle's driver was identified as SANTICHITH LA HOCHINGNAVONG, age 38, from Seattle, Washington. The passenger was identified as a 25-year old Washington man.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 52 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $130,000.

HOCHINGNAVONG was arrested without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The passenger was not arrested.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Tualatin Police Department.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Hochingnavong photo - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Wells Fargo offers reward of up to $5,000 for robbery information
Wells Fargo - 10/21/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for original information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed Wells Fargo bank branches in Salem on Oct. 16 and in Cottage Grove on Oct. 17.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery should call their local police department or FBI office. All calls are confidential and the reward will be paid anonymously.

Wells Fargo will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount, based primarily upon law enforcement's evaluation of the value of the information provided. Wells Fargo may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Wells Fargo.

"We have found that rewards are an effective way to help law enforcement identify bank robbers," said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Unger. "The message we are sending to criminals is that if you rob a Wells Fargo bank, we will work with law enforcement agencies to relentlessly pursue and prosecute you."

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo is the second largest bank in the state with 128 branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

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Salem Hospital only Oregon hospital named to "125 hospitals with great orthopedic programs" by national publication
Salem Health - 10/21/14
Becker's Hospital Review, a leading publication offering business and legal trends and guidance for hospital executives, named Salem Hospital to its list of "125 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs for 2014"--including Mayo Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic.

The hospitals on this list exhibit excellence in orthopedics, quality of service, outstanding local and national reputations and high volume of orthopedic cases. Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence was the only Oregon orthopedic program to make the list.

"It's a mark of distinction for our Joint Replacement Center of Excellence to be among the nation's top hospitals for orthopedic care," said Deni Hoover, director of orthopedics, rehabilitation, and neuroscience services at Salem Health. "Salem Hospital and our orthopedic surgeon partners have put in a great deal of collaborative effort over the past years to provide our patients with an exceptional experience."

"It is an honor for our program to be recognized nationally for the patient-centered care that we deliver to our orthopedic joint replacement patients," said Mark Dolan, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, and medical director of Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. "It is a tribute to the entire team that provides care to these patients and their expertise and experience that allow them to deliver such wonderful care."

Jerry McNabb, 72, of Salem, recently received his second hip replacement in ten months at Salem Hospital. "The level of care from the surgeon on down--everybody is on top of their game completely," said McNabb. "I feel like I'm being taken care of in the best way possible. It's a seamless process that works exceptionally well."

In February 2012, Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence became the first in Oregon to earn the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for certification in total hip and knee replacements. In March of this year, the Joint Commission announced its recertification of Salem Hospital's joint replacement program. The continuing certification demonstrates a proven commitment to excellence in providing quality care and health care staffing, in order to provide the best joint replacement experience for patients.

For more information about Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, visit salemhealth.org/joint.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with 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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
"Speak up. Work safe." video contest opens to Oregon students
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/21/14
(Salem) - Teens have used rap music, humor, and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health messages in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest. The contest is now open to high school students across Oregon. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through quirky characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to use creative moviemaking techniques, while sharing the message "Work shouldn't cost you your future." In addition, the video should emphasize ways for young workers to protect themselves at work. Submissions will be judged on the following:

* An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
* Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
* "Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2015.

The contest is organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the Labor Education and Research Center, the SHARP Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance sponsor the contest.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2015, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube. Students are encouraged to use social media to spread the word about their contest entries with the tag #Oyesvideo.

For detailed contest information, including contest tips, rules, and entry forms, go to www.youngemployeesafety.org/contest. To see the 2014 winning videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/OregonSafetyHealth.

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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.


Attached Media Files: Contest poster
Latest CCB Sweeps for Unlicensed Contractors
Construction Contractors Board - 10/21/14
Salem - Construction Contractors Board (CCB) investigators found nearly 60 potential violations of contractor law after recent enforcement sweeps of approximately 400 job sites in the Portland area and the Oregon coast.
Investigators checked job sites at random in September and early October as part of an ongoing campaign targeting unlicensed contractors.
"We are going to make it difficult for those skirting Oregon's contracting laws to do business," CCB Administrator James Denno said. "Our recent enforcement sweeps have been very effective at rooting out unlicensed contractors. This is something we will continue to pursue."
Common violations included:
* People who were building, remodeling and repairing properties without a contractor's license
* Contractors who failed to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees
* Contractors who were working on homes built before 1978 but who were not licensed to handle lead-based paint
In recent months, the agency has conducted similar sweeps of construction sites in other parts of the states.
A typical first-offense penalty for working without a license is $1,000 with subsequent violations resulting in fines of up to $5,000. Working without a license is also a misdemeanor crime.
The CCB posts monthly reports of contractors it penalizes on its website: http://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/enforcement.aspx
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity or verify licenses on the CCB's website or by calling 503-378-4621.
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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


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10/20/14
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Boardman in Morrow County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. Names of involved persons are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.

A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by MITCHELL E. DAVIS, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After DAVIS got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, MELVIN J. MITCHELL, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to MITCHELL.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

DAVIS received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as RONALD COOK, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Ford Explorer's driver, JOE W. BROGDON, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office, Boardman Rural Fire Protection District, Morrow County Ambulance, and ODOT.

While this investigation was being conducted, a secondary collision occurred in the westbound lanes near milepost 166. That collision was investigated by Boardman Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

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BPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/20/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

DPSST TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 5, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in 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 of August 18, 2014 Meeting
Approve Minutes of August 18, 2014 Meeting

2. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Telecommunications Policy Committee Presented by Linsay Hale

3. *OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0060 and 259-008-0078 - Proposed Rule Changes Limited Duration, Administrative Positions

4. *OAR 259-008-0005 and 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule Changes CPR/First Aid Requirements, Leave Clarification and Housekeeping

5. Telecommunications Field Training Manual Revision & Update Presented by Eriks Gabliks

6. Staff Update

7. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting February 4, 2015 Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.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 35,000 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 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.
BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/20/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317


DPSST CORRECTIONS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 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 - August 12, 2014
Approve the minutes of the August 12, 2014 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. *Jason Terkelson (Possible Executive Session Medical Waiver

3. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit Unit Presented by Teresa M. King

4. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Corrections Policy Committee Presented by Linsay Hale

5. *OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0060 and 259-008-0078 - Proposed Rule Changes Limited Duration, Administrative Positions

6. *Bryan Turk - DPSST# 54377
Presented by Leon Colas

7. *Matthew Tiller - DPSST# 53939
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Staff Update

9. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - February 10, 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 35,000 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 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.
Increased Interagency Traffic Enforcement Effort in Oregon State University Campus Vicinity
Oregon State Police - 10/20/14
Oregon State Police, working in partnership with OSU Department of Public Safety and Corvallis Police Department, will focus enforcement efforts toward traffic-related violations in the campus vicinity on October 22 and 24.

Following complaints and past problems related to bicycle and vehicle operation endangering pedestrians, the enforcement effort will focus both dates on roadways and intersections in the vicinity of Memorial Union, Valley Library and Kerr Administration from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to remember their duty to exercise due care and obey traffic control devices (i.e., stop signs, traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signals) at all times. Drive safely to save lives.

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10/19/14
Update: Names Released - Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information are provided in this release.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., a 2010 Dodge Caliber was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban towing a 32 foot travel trailer.

The operator of the Dodge Caliber, TIFFANY FEFELOV, age 27, her husband FRED FEFELOV, age 34, and their daughter MILA FEFELOV, age 7 months, from Sherwood, all suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Suburban, FRANCIS HART, age 78, and his wife, SALLY HART, age 77, from Salem, were uninjured in the crash.

Seatbelt usage by all occupants from both vehicles is still being determined by investigators.

OSP troopers from Albany Area Command are leading the investigation and were assisted by OSP troopers from Bend Area Command. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department and ODOT.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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10/18/14
Injury crash Highway 140West west of Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
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A Klamath Falls woman was injured on Saturday afternoon when her westbound vehicle left Highway 140West and went into the Klamath Lake.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV, operated by ASHLEY WILLBURN, age 23, from Klamath Falls, was westbound on Highway 140West near milepost 58. For unknown reasons WILLBURN'S SUV drifted onto the westbound shoulder. WILLBURN overcorrected and her SUV came back onto the road and eventually left the roadway and went into the Klamath Lake. The SUV came to rest partially submerged in the lake.

WILLBURN was transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. WILLBURN was cited for Careless Driving. Seatbelt usage is still unconfirmed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1 and ODOT.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Preliminary Information: Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information will be released tomorrow after confirmation of next of kin notification.

Preliminary information indicates on October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a critical injury two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 78. Upon arrival the crash was confirmed as a triple fatality in which a passenger car that was eastbound lost control and traveled broadside into the path of a westbound utility vehicle pulling a travel trailer. All three occupants in the passenger car were confirmed deceased. The occupants in the utility vehicle were uninjured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Albany area commands are investigating the crash. OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and local Fire and EMS. No further information for release at this time.

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Public's Help Needed Identifying Suspected Three Time Bank Robber; Salem, Eugene and Cottage Grove Banks Hit in Two Day Spree (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/18/14
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10/18/14 - 10:30 am update

adding the contact information for the Cottage Grove Police tip line. It is: (541) 942-9145.

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10/17/14 - 10 pm update

A man suspected in two bank robberies on Thursday, October 16, 2014, is now suspected in a third robbery - this time in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

The Friday, October 17, 2014, robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside the Safeway store located at 1500 E. Main in Cottage Grove at about 2:45 pm.

The first robbery on Thursday took place at 10:10 am - also at a Wells Fargo Bank branch located in a Safeway store, but this one was in Salem. That store is located at 3380 Lancaster Drive NE.

The second robbery on Thursday took place at the Umpqua Bank branch located at 1175 Valley River Drive in Eugene.

Investigators believe the same man is responsible for all three robberies. In all cases, he approached the teller desk, demanded cash, received an undisclosed amount of money and left.

Witnesses describe the suspect as:

White man

Age: Late 30's to mid-40's

Height: 6'0" - 6'2"

Weight: 200 pounds

Build: Medium

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Short stubble, possibly graying


In the first robbery on Thursday, the suspect was wearing a black, zip-up long sleeved shirt or jacket with two white stripes and a Michael Jordan logo over the left chest.

In the second robbery he was wearing a black sweatshirt with red print. In both of these robberies, he was wearing blue tennis shoes and black basketball shorts with a red triangle and white stripes. He was also wearing gold wire-rimmed glasses.

In the third robbery on Friday, the suspect was wearing a dark colored shirt or jacket, light colored pants, and blue tennis shoes.

Anyone with information as to this person's identity or location is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (twenty four hours a day); the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601; the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222; or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 540-8079; or the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111.



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(Original Release - 10/16/14)


The FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Eugene Police Department are requesting the public's help in identifying and locating the man believed responsible for two robberies today. The first happened inside a Wells Fargo Bank this morning. The man walked into the bank branch inside a Safeway located at 3380 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, at approximately 10:10 am.

The second robbery happened at 1:48 pm when the same man is believed to have walked into the Umpqua Bank branch located at 1175 Valley River Drive in Eugene. In both cases, he approached the teller desk, demanded cash, received an undisclosed amount of money and left.

Witnesses describe the suspect as:

White man
Age: Late 30's to mid-40's
Height: 6'0" - 6'2"
Weight: 200 pounds
Build: Medium
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Short stubble, possibly graying


In the first robbery, the suspect was wearing a black, zip-up long sleeved shirt or jacket with two white stripes and a Michael Jordan logo over the left chest. In the second robbery he was wearing a black sweatshirt with red print. In both robberies, he was wearing blue tennis shoes and black basketball shorts with a red triangle and white stripes. The suspect wears gold wire-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information as to this person's identity or location is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (twenty four hours a day); the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601; the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222; or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 540-8079; or the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111.


Attached Media Files: Umpqua in Eugene - 10-16-14b , Umpqua in Eugene - 10-16-14a , Wells Fargo in Salem - 10-16-14 , Wells Fargo - Cottage Grove - 10-17-14b , Wells Fargo in Cottage Grove - 10-17-14a
Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim's name and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 76.

Initial investigation indicates a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle driven by ADELINA TERESA BARRERA, age 80, from Tigard, was southbound on Interstate 5 when, for an unconfirmed reason, it traveled at a high rate of speed onto the shoulder though a grassy field and into a wooded area. The vehicle went through a wire fence, struck several trees and fence posts, and narrowly missed a house before hitting a tree head-on.

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by a deputy medical examiner from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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10/17/14
Free Car Seat Inspections October 22nd
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/17/14
A free car seat inspection will be held on October 22nd from 4-8pm at Albany Fire Station 12 located at 120 34th Ave SE. A group of volunteers will be available to help you ensure that your car seat is installed correctly.
Boat Ramp Congestion Requires Etiquette, Courtesy (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/17/14
Boaters at the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, lining up to exit the water.
Boaters at the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, lining up to exit the water.
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Summer boating may be over but the Fall salmon runs are bringing boaters from all over the state to fish Oregon's bays and rivers, creating a great deal of congestion and some angst at many of the coastal ramps. Boat ramp traffic jams can be eased if everyone practices courtesy and knows the proper etiquette at the boat ramp. And once your boat is underway, it's important to remember the proximity rules for speed and wake to avoid agitating other boaters.

The Oregon State Marine Board wants to remind boaters to practice the following protocols for a smoother and more enjoyable experience:

Courtesy:

* Use the staging area to transfer all equipment and supplies into the boat before maneuvering down the launch ramp.
* It's best to launch and retrieve with another person, so one can stay with the boat and the other can park the vehicle and trailer.
* Never block a ramp with an unattended boat or vehicle. Move the boat away from the launch area immediately after launching. Return briefly to the boarding float to pick up the vehicle driver once they have parked the vehicle.

Launching:

* Remove all tie-down straps before backing down the ramp but leave the trailer winch line securely attached to the boat.
* Back the trailer and boat far enough into the water so the lower engine unit can be lowered and submerged while the boat is still on the trailer. Set the parking brake on the towing vehicle as a safety precaution. Have someone lower the engine or outdrive, run the blower, and start the engine. If you have engine trouble, you can easily retrieve the boat and trailer out of the water.
* Once the engine is warmed up, back the trailer further into the water until the boat floats. Undo the winch line, put the boat's engine into reverse, and slowly back off the trailer. Use the bow line to maneuver the boat down the boarding float so another boat can launch.

Retrieving:

* Back the trailer into the water so that two-thirds of the rollers or bunks are submerged in the water. Set the parking brake of the towing vehicle or put it in park.
* Move the boat onto the trailer far enough to attach the winch line to the bow eye of the boat and crank the winch. It is NOT recommended to load the boat using engine power because this damages the toe of the boat ramp by creating a hole that car tires and trailers can get stuck in, and it's expensive to repair.
* Shut off the engine, raise the engine or outdrive, and off you go.

"It's a common occurrence to finally be underway after experiencing stress at the boat ramp, only to find more congestion where you want to be crabbing or fishing," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "It's important to remember the basic proximity rule, which is to operate at a slow -no wake speed within 200 feet of a boat ramp, marina or moorage, a floating home moorage, or people working at water level. This rule also applies to courtesy with other boats or structures. In a congested area, slow down to avoid making a wake. Once the water opens up, then it's alright to increase speed to get to your destination," Massey adds.

This information is covered in the Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating, which is a state approved classroom course offered by volunteer Instructors with the Marine Board. Currently there are over 300,000 Oregon boaters who have their mandatory boater education card, which must be carried when operating a boat over 10 horsepower. The card is proof that the operator has taken an approved boating safety course.

With so many great reasons to hit the water this fall, it's important for boaters to practice what they've learned with launching, retrieving and obeying the proximity rules, so everyone can enjoy Oregon's waterways.

For more details about launching and retrieving with an instructional video, visit www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/RampRules.aspx.

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Driver's Card supporters respond to misleading attacks
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 10/17/14
The Oregon Association of Nurseries responded today to misleading attack mailers, circulated against certain legislative candidates, that distort the true intent and impact of Measure 88, the Oregon Driver's Card bill.

"The attack ads late in the Measure 88 campaign are shameful and harm the political process," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Yes, there are strong feelings around the driver card measure. This is an important public safety issue with tremendous economic impacts.

"The GOP members who put out this reprehensible rubbish to the public cannot claim to be pro-business. You simply cannot say you support Oregon's economy and local businesses while simultaneously disemboweling the very traded sectors our state depends on. Oregonians will certainly see through this shameful attack ad."

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is among the state's largest agricultural commodities, with annual sales of $740 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503- 682-5089.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1413/78888/M88_Mailer.pdf
Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Demaray Road at Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
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Update: The name previously mentioned as the driver of the other vehicle (Matthew Hill) was not correct. The name of the Nissan's driver was confirmed by Sergeant Lee as GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass. Oregon State Police apologizes for the error.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 16, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Demaray Drive turning left onto Hubbard Lane. According to witnesses, a 2008 Honda motorcycle operated by GRANT EVAN VERITY, age 35, from Grants Pass, was passing vehicles northbound at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the left rear of the turning Nissan.

VERITY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GRIFFIN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Josh Quick is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue Division, and AMR Ambulance.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Bowser's Boo Bash: Record Attendance Expected for Willamette Humane Society's Famous Costume Party, Dinner, and Auction to benefit the Animals (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 10/17/14
Count Dogula with Bowser's Boo Bash Attendees
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* What: Bowser's Boo Bash, a costume party, dinner, and auction for Willamette Humane Society
* When: Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
* Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem.
* Cost: $60 before October 18, and $70 thereafter. Reporters and Photographers Welcome!
* How: Purchase your tickets at whs4pets.org, or contact Willamette Humane Society.
o 503-585-5900 ext 324
o events@whs4pets.org
o 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

Bowser's Boo Bash is Willamette Humane Society's annual costume party, dinner and auction benefiting the animals, presented by Capitol Subaru for the 8th year. Guests don their favorite costumes and enjoy...

* A gourmet meal
* Hosted wine from 7th year sponsor, Van Duzer Vineyards
* Hosted beer from Oakshire and Hop Valley
* Live music by the Orville Ivie Duo
* A professional sitting with Terri Jacobson Photography at the venue
* The opportunity to bid on hundreds of pet themed items, vacation getaways, and one-of-a-kind experiences during both a silent and live auction.

In costume at Bowser's Boo Bash, you'll find community movers and shakers, dog-walkers, volunteer foster parents, recent adopters, business sponsors, new donors, and even early supporters of Willamette Humane Society. Bowser's Boo Bash brings our community together to party for the pets.

With a record-breaking 500 guests anticipated on October 25th, the event continues to grow in revelry, stature, and most importantly in proceeds raised for the animals at the shelter. Meredith Kuhl, the event organizer at WHS, expects Bowser's to raise nearly $130k to support animal care programs. Kuhl said, "We're excited to welcome our supporters to the 2014 Boo Bash. We're honored by the support our community is showing. Attendees can expect an incredible party with an unprecedented lineup of auction items!"

Auction items include vacations to British Columbia, Mexico, and San Francisco. There is an ale trail ski trip in Sunriver, and a beach trip to Pacific City with a professional photography package. Unique items include Lasik eye surgery, a Portland Pin-ups photography package, and many more pet themed gifts, local products, and services!


Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


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Linn County Deputies Investigate Critical Injury Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/17/14
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. on October 16, 2014. The crash occurred on Lacomb Drive at the intersection of Bond Road in Lebanon.

The operator of a green 2006 Honda motorcycle, identified as Carl Ray Goodwin, 51-years old of Albany, was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained critical injuries to his head and body. The second involved vehicle, a silver 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup, was driven by Farrell Theodore Pendley, 70-years old of Scio. His wife, Inge Theresia Pendley, 72-years old of Scio, was the only passenger.

The investigation revealed Mr. Pendley was traveling north on Bond Road and had stopped at the stop sign intersecting Lacomb Drive. Mr. Pendley did not see any oncoming traffic and proceeded through the intersection, north on Bond Road. Mr. Pendley's vehicle was struck on the driver's side front wheel by Mr. Goodwin's motorcycle. Mr. Goodwin was thrown approximately 25 feet onto the roadway. Mr. Goodwin was wearing his helmet. A Reach air ambulance was activated and Mr. Goodwin was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Mr. Goodwin was later transported to a Portland area hospital in critical condition. Mr. Pendley and Mrs. Pendley were not injured and both were found to be wearing seatbelts.

Witnesses on scene indicated Mr. Goodwin's speed could be a contributing factor to the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

The investigation is continuing.


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Acting Public Information Officer for Saturday, October 18, & Sunday, October 19
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted via email at steve.j.mitchell@state.or.us.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duty for OSP on Monday, October 20.

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Death Investigation - Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 24-year old Newberg man found deceased Wednesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near Cape Foulweather's Look-Out Observatory and Gift Shop in Lincoln County.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m., OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) were asked by Newberg/Dundee Police Department to be on the lookout for a suicidal man who may have traveled to the Cape Foulweather area. At 7:45 a.m., a LCSO deputy found the man's vehicle at a parking lot and then found MICHAEL A. LYMAN, age 24, from Newberg, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

OSP responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner. Other assistance at the scene provided by Depoe Bay Fire District and Oregon State Parks & Recreation personnel.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

Lincoln County Mental Health & Human Services has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling 1-888-232-7192. More information about mental health services in Lincoln County is available on their website at http://www.lincolncountyhealth.com/MH/MHWEBpage1.htm

Yamhill County Adult Mental Health has a crisis help line available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (503) 434-7523. After hours, mental health crisis help is available by calling 800-560-5535. More information about mental services in Yamhill County is available on their website at http://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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AARP Ready for Retirement Events: Today in Salem, Saturday in Albany
AARP Oregon - 10/17/14
Are you ready for retirement? Can you use a few tips to help you save? Today in Salem, nearly 100 people are eager to learn the steps to a healthy and happy retirement and next stage of life. Whether you are 30 or 60, it is never too early to start socking away money for your golden years.

Some people make more plans for vacation than they do for a successful retirement! Now you can take charge of your financial future with AARP's free workshop. Learn more about:
* Social Security and Medicare
* Retirement Finances
* Retirement challenges and solutions being worked on here in Oregon

You'll come away with tips, tools and information to help you make the best choices for yourself and your family. Every participant will receive the "AARP Retirement Survival Guide" book.

Friday, October 17, Salem
1:00-4:30 p.m. Workshop
Where: Chemeketa Event Services (Merlot)
215 Doaks Ferry Rd. NW Salem, Oregon 97304

Saturday, October 18, Albany
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop
Where: Beanery
Corporate offices meeting room
1852 Fescue St SE
Albany, OR 97322
Annual AARP Volunteer Award Goes to North Bend Resident: Award Ceremony 10/24 (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/17/14
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AARP Oregon is pleased to announce that - Jane Baumgarten of North Bend - has been selected to receive the 2014 AARP Oregon's Andrus Award for Community Service.

The Andrus Award will be formally presented to Jane by Betty Coe-DeBrokert, a member of the AARP Oregon Executive Committee, at a local ceremony at noon on October 24th in the Coos Bay Firehouse, 450 Elrod Avenue, Coos Bay. We invite you to join AARP and community partners as we celebrate Jane's contributions to Oregon's older adult population.

The Andrus Award is AARP's most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award honors an outstanding Oregon volunteer age 50 or older who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

Jane has worked many decades with a variety of organization to enhance quality of life for all. She is a role model for leading a life of purpose and community service. During her decades-long volunteer career with AARP, Jane has held many different roles. From serving on the AARP national Board of Directors, chairing AARP's national Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee, leading the Oregon State Legislative Committee, and educating the community about the policies that impact them, Jane has put her interest and passion for health and long-term care policy into action in real and impactful ways.

In addition to her work with AARP, Jane has been an active volunteer serving at the state and local levels with many organizations, including the Governor's Commission for Senior Services, Coos County Area Agency on Aging, the Pacific Child Center board of directors, and an active member of League of Women Voters. As a former educator, Jane has also been active with the Oregon Education Association serving on the State Legislative Committee and president of the North Bend Education Association.

I hope you can join us as we honor Jane on October 24th at 12:00 p.m.


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Salem Police Announces Newest Deputy Chief (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 10/16/14
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On Wednesday, October 15, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore announced the promotion of Lt. Skip Miller to the position of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Miller is a 17-year veteran of the department, having started his law enforcement career in 1997. Previous to that Miller had a career in the United States Army as a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division.

During his tenure with the department, Miller has been a member of the SWAT and Mobile Response Teams. He was awarded Officer of the Year in 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the Salem Police Department Honor Guard. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University, the FBI National Academy and a recipient of the US Army Bronze Star for combat in Operation Desert Storm. His interest in the police field was piqued during his time at WOU. Through the university, Miller received an internship with the Salem Police Department which solidified his career path. "after being here as an intern, I knew this is where I wanted to work," shared the new Deputy Chief.

Said Chief Moore of the promotion, "Deputy Chief Miller has prepared himself well for the promotion to his new position. He has been involved in a wide variety of assignments within the department, has developed relationships with a variety of community and intergovernmental partners and clearly understands the importance of his new assignment and role." He added, "I am confident he will be a strong member of our command staff."

The announcement came with Chief Moore re-swearing Miller into his new position. Effective November 3, Deputy Chief Miller will command the Investigations Division of the department. Photos from the ceremony were posted on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, www.facebook.com/SalemPoliceDept and @salem_police, respectively.


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Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/16/14
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board
Agenda
October 23, 2014


The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

For further information, please contact Linsay Hale at (503)378-2427 or via email at linsay.hale@state.or.us.


1. *Minutes for July 24, 2014
Approve minutes


2. *OAR 259-070-0010 - Proposed Rule
Same Sex Marriage Recognition


3. Next meeting - January 22, 2015


*** Public Safety Memorial Fund Overview ***

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Condemns Dennis Richardson's False Advertising
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 10/16/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today condemned a new campaign ad from gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson in which a supporter falsely claims: "He'll uphold Oregon's laws to protect my right to choose." The ad can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/XioMqqN9upQ

One of Richardson's top cash campaign contributors is Oregon Right To Life, an extremist organization that is working to ban safe, legal abortion - even in cases of rape and incest - as well as the most popular forms of birth control.

"His ad is beyond misleading. It is disingenuous, and it is false," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Dennis Richardson is out of touch and too extreme for Oregon, so now he's desperately trying to rewrite history on the eve of Election Day."

Richardson is endorsed by and has accepted $80,000 in cash contributions from Oregon Right To Life to push its radical agenda, which includes:

* Banning all abortion - even in cases of rape and incest - and the most popular forms of birth control.

* Allowing bosses to interfere with their employees' birth control decisions.

* Restricting medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education.

* Promoting fake medical clinics that don't protect vulnerable young women's privacy and that endanger public health by providing misleading information.

* Perpetuating junk science, including the false claim that abortion "is the root cause of a significant number of breast cancer cases" and that "the trauma of sexual assault is likely to inhibit ovulation."

As a State Representative, Richardson has a long voting record of interfering with a woman's personal medical decisions:

* In 1990, Richardson wrote a letter to The Oregonian claiming that "a woman relinquishes her unfettered right to control her own body when her actions cause the conception of a baby."

* In 2005, Richardson introduced a fetal "personhood" bill.

* In 2006, Richardson was chief sponsor of Ballot Measure 43, which would have endangered young women's health by requiring parental notification prior to an abortion.

* In 2007, Richardson was one of only nine House members to vote against a bill requiring insurance companies to cover birth control and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women after a sexual assault.

* In 2009, Richardson was one of only 19 votes against medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education.

"Dennis Richardson has accepted large checks from Oregon Right To Life because he has agreed to push their radical agenda to roll back the clock on Oregon women," Terrill Patten said. "He has not made any attempts to condemn their extreme positions, and he has not made any attempt to explain his outrageous comment from 1990. Oregon women are watching, and they will not be fooled."
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to evaluate Forest Legacy applications October 30 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/16/14
South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
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A committee will meet Oct. 30 to review proposals to conserve forest parcels at risk of being sub-divided or developed. Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 3 pm. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The committee, tasked primarily with advising the State Forester on policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

On the agenda: Forest Legacy applications
The primary agenda item for the meeting is evaluation of project applications to the Forest Legacy Program. The Forest Legacy Program - which the U.S. Forest Service implements through a partnership with participating states - addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use. Forest Legacy funds the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through either conservation easement or acquisition into public ownership.

The Committee will evaluate applications for federal fiscal year 2016 funding in Wallowa, Union, Crook, Curry and Klamath counties. At the Oct. 30 meeting, applicants will present their projects to the committee; on November 13, the committee will further evaluate the applications and decide which to forward to a national review panel.

The agenda also includes a public comment period.

> Summary of Forest Legacy proposals

East Moraine, Wallowa Lake, Wallowa County
The property is at risk of development and the Wallowa Land Trust seeks funding to acquire the property, which includes the iconic Wallowa Lake. The area, inhabited by the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce tribe before Oregon became a state, has been managed for sustainable timber production, and has also been used for recreation since at least 1880. Acquisition of 1,533 acres of property is sought by Wallowa Land Trust, Wallowa Resources and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to place the land in public ownership by Wallowa County, and permanently manage it as a community forest through a public-private partnership.

Ponderosa Ranch, Union County
The 4,888-acre Ponderosa Ranch in Union County adjoins the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest on the west and north boundaries. Property management has focused on restoration including fuels reduction, reduced cattle grazing, and thinning projects. Funding for a conservation easement is sought because the property is at risk of fragmentation and development.

Demaris Ranch, Crook County
The 2,150-acre Demaris Ranch on McCay Creek is managed for timber production as well as cattle grazing, reforestation and fisheries, including habitat for redband trout, a state and federal sensitive species, and steelhead. The land is at risk of being divided into smaller parcels. The Deschutes Land Trust seeks a conservation easement to allow land management goals of sustainable timber harvest, fuels reduction, livestock grazing and protection of fish habitat.

Ranch of Cape Blanco, Curry County
This 800-acre property is bounded on the south side by the Sixes River and Cape Blanco State Park, and on the north side by Flora Lake State Park, and is managed for timber, grazing, and cranberry operations. The ranch's location as the only property between two state parks and its proximity to Bandon's golf courses puts the property at risk of fragmentation into luxury home sites. Phase 1 of the project proposes 125 acres to be acquired by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department so as to connect Cape Blanco and Flora Lake State Parks and conserve important estuarine and upland coastal bluff forest habitats. The partners for this proposal are Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, South Coast Watersheds, and Wild Rivers Land Trust.

West Klamath Lake Forest, Klamath County
These 1,487 acres of forested land are managed for timber stand improvement and conservation of the adjoining watershed, and for local and migratory bird populations and wildlife. Part of the objective is to keep the land as a working forest. A restoration plan calls for restoring Denny Creek and reestablishing connectivity to the Upper Klamath Lake to reconnect historically important spawning and rearing habitat for federally endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers.The property faces potential fragmentation through resort development. Proponents seek to maintain this working forest in perpetuity through the acquisition of a conservation easement.

About the committee
In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and provide comment. Prior to the meeting, questions about project proposals can be directed to Cynthia Orlando (503) 945-7421.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee:

www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx


Attached Media Files: South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
Art in the Park event comes to Honeyman State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/14
Florence, OR - Artwork celebrating the beauty of the central Oregon coast will be displayed at the annual Art in the Park festival at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park Oct. 24-25.

All styles of artwork and photography from local artists and student artists will be represented. Local artists will also lead workshops and demonstrations.

The weekend event will feature live music, including by flutist Bruce Jarvis who carves wooden flutes. Free food and door prizes are also on tap. Festivities are scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 24 and noon-8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Historic Cleawox Lodge.
Correction: Driver Cited After Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
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Correction: The transport van belongs to Northwest Youth Corps, not Youth Authority.

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Two people were injured Thursday morning in a collision between a transport van and passenger car on Highway 101 north of Florence at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park intersection. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the transport van's driver.

On October 16, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 2000 Honda Civic four-door driven by RONALD G. TAVES, age not available, from Yachats, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 176. A Northwest Youth Corps transport van driven by JOSHUA ABEL, age 21, from Mesa, Arizona, pulled out from Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park into the northbound lane where the car struck it on the left side.

RONALD TAVES and his passenger, JOAN TAVES, age 66, received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. They were treated and released from the hospital. Both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

ABEL and his nine passengers were not injured.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to cite ABEL for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Lead investigator is Trooper Rodney Brock.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The northbound lane was closed about two hours.

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ShakeOut events help buisness leaders and many others in Oregon prepare (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/16/14
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More than 390,000 Oregonians took part in a drop, cover, and hold on exercise, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon participated.

One of those events, the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The event highlighted partnerships in preparedness for major disasters including a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami as a call to action for businesses in Oregon to get prepared for disasters by strengthening the bond between peers, suppliers, and agency officials.

"In the event of major emergency it is about everyone stepping up to the plate, said ViaWest President Jim Linkous. "Today's event was a great opportunity to build relationships so that we can support each other during a disaster."

Oregon is located along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state within the next 50 years.

"This is a start to a great partnership we want to have with business partners in the event of a Cascadia earthquake so we can recover from the disaster together," said Director Dave Stuckey of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

The ShakeOut provided an opportunity for individuals to practice what they would do in an earthquake.

K-12 schools and districts as well as local governments, state governments, federal government including military, healthcare, colleges and universities, and many more in Oregon participated in the Great ShakeOut.

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Cascade Region Red Cross CEO Amy Shlossman and CDO Steve Eberlein participate in the "ShakeOut Selfie contest" sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Particpants snapped a shot while taking part in the drill and posted on Twitter using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, for the chance to win an free emergency kit. (Photo Courtesy of Cascade Region Red Cross)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the Cascadia Playbook to an audience at the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. The event included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). (Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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An Oregon business leader studies the Cascadia Playbook Overview at the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. The event included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). (Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)


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News availability: Ebola response at Salem Hospital
Salem Health - 10/16/14
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a patient referred to Salem Hospital Emergency Department does not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and will not be tested.

Hospital administrators and members of the emergency department staff will be available to meet with the news media to answer questions.

WHEN: 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16

WHERE: Salem Hospital campus, 890 Oak St. SE, Bldg. D., first floor, Creekside overflow room

PARKING: Available on east side of hospital parking garage, Park on west side of Capitol St. in drop-off lane, just north of Mission St. SE.

Salem Health staff will be on hand to direct the media to the news conference.
Death Investigation - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is completing an investigation into the death of a Springfield man found deceased Wednesday in his vehicle at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near Belknap Springs. Initial investigation indicates the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 8:35 a.m., an ODOT employee stopped to check a 1991 Honda Civic parked at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near milepost 15. The ODOT employee reported discovering a deceased adult male inside the car.

OSP responded to the scene to investigate. The deceased was identified as DAVID PETER CADA, age 45, from Springfield.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Lane County Public Health and the Lane County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-links.htm

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting, Oct. 30, 2014
Oregon State Library - 10/16/14
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.



Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library - Basement Conference Room (or by phone)
October 30, 2014
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping

10:05 Review agenda and approve minutes from February 20, 2014 meeting

10:15 Update projects since last meeting

10:30 Budget update

11:00 Outreach to OR Department of Education update
* What can SDLAC do to support efforts?

12:00 Working Lunch

12:30 Testing and Skills Building RFP
* Review draft
* Recruit 3 volunteers for proposal evaluation

2:00 SDLP future direction and outcomes discussion

2:45 Action Item Review

3:00 Adjourn
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 4 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Men Including Texas Fugitive - Interstate 5 in Eugene/Springfield (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday in the Eugene/Springfield area led to the arrest of two people following the discovery of approximately 4 pounds of marijuana. One of the men was wanted out of Texas for felony marijuana-related charges. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 1:07 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Nissan sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates for multiple traffic violations off Interstate 5 at the Glenwood Boulevard exit near milepost 192. During the contact the trooper identified the two occupants as driver THOMAS M. GARZA, age 48, from Talent, and passenger ANTHONY J. BALASCIO, age 43, from Allen, Texas.

During the traffic stop the trooper learned BALASCIO was wanted on a felony warrant out of Texas for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. BALASCIO was arrested without incident as a Fugitive from Justice.

Subsequent investigation also led the trooper to discover approximately 4 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana was $10,000.

GARZA was arrested without incident for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. GARZA and BALASCIO were lodged in the Lane County Jail.

Photographs:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Balascio and Garza photos - Lane County Sheriff's Office

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History is rewritten in Reedsport (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 10/16/14
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A brand new interpretive historical marker has been installed at a Reedsport wayside along US Hwy 101 (at Milepost 211 about ?1/2 mile north of Reedsport). A replacement, the new and improved Jedediah Smith Historical Marker, documents Smith's contributions to mapping the Oregon Territory for subsequent generations. The new marker also corrects historical and cultural inaccuracies with help from the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Oregon Trails Advisory Council.

Jedediah Smith's explorations in the American West began when he was 21 and lasted until his death at age 32. He crisscrossed the state in search of beaver pelts and new trade and travel routes. His exploration journals helped craft the first accurate maps of what is now the western United States.

The Jedediah Smith interpretive marker is one of 110 markers within the state's official Historical Marker Program. The program and its governing committee are managed by Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Historical Marker Committee, which is staffed by volunteers from across the state.

The Oregon Community Foundation's Oregon Historic Trails Fund provided partial financial support for the new marker project.

More information about the Oregon Historical Marker Program can be accessed through the Oregon Travel Experience website at http://ortravelexperience.com/oregon-historical-markers/about-historical-markers/. Interactive maps denoting marker sites and audio tours are available on program web pages.

OTE also publishes an Oregon Historical Marker and Oregon Heritage Tree combined map brochure that is available to the public at no charge. The brochure contains regional maps with a synopsis of each tree or marker site and links to audio tours. The booklet stores easily in your glove box and referenced along your own explorations across the state.

Please contact OTE's Heritage Program Administrator Annie Von Domitz for more information about the heritage map brochure or individual heritage programs. Email should be sent to anniev@oregonte.com.


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Earthquake Drill a Good Reminder to Check Natural Gas Preparedness at Home
NW Natural - 10/16/14
NW Natural Offers Tips to Help Prepare Your Natural Gas Home for an Earthquake

PORTLAND, Ore. - As millions of people world-wide get ready to take part in today's Great ShakeOut earthquake drills, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) asks customers to also run-through their natural gas preparedness at home.

"No one can predict when an earthquake will hit, but we're committed to making sure our customers have the information they need to be properly prepared for when it does," said Dawn Johnson, public information officer, NW Natural.

Below are helpful hints natural gas customers can follow to help secure their home, and steps to take in the event an earthquake occurs.

Before an earthquake:

* Secure natural gas equipment, such as water heaters, to minimize movement during a quake.

* Keep combustibles like paint cans and rags away from your furnace and water heater.

* Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible ones.

* If you choose to install an earthquake shut-off valve, you need to contact a qualified, licensed contractor.

* Learn the location of your gas meter and its manual shut-off valve.

After an earthquake:

Remember, if you smell natural gas, it's always safest to leave the area on foot immediately and then call our emergency line, 800.882.3377.

In the aftermath of a significant natural disaster, when it could be several days before we're able to reach your home, DO NOT turn off your natural gas service unless you smell gas, hear gas blowing or see other signs of a leak. ONLY turn off your gas if it is safe to do so. To learn how to do this, visit nwnatural.com and look for the earthquake preparedness section under the safety drop down menu.

If you turn off your gas, LEAVE IT OFF, and contact NW Natural. Appliances and gas lines will need to be checked for possible damage before service can be safely restored.

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 nwnatural.com.
10/15/14
No Ebola case at Salem Hospital
Salem Health - 10/15/14
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a patient referred to Salem Hospital Emergency Department does not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and will not be tested.

Salem Hospital has confirmed an alternate condition that supports the symptoms. Salem Hospital will continue to treat the patient and return to normal infection prevention protocols.

"We are very pleased with this outcome, as is the patient. All necessary precautions were taken to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors, volunteers and staff," said Dr. Cort Garrison, Chief Medical Officer. "We have emergency preparedness plans in place, and began closely monitoring the Ebola situation in August using CDC guidelines and resources."

The Oregon Department of Health initially made the recommendation that the patient did not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and subsequently confirmed that with the CDC. In the meantime, Salem Hospital activated its emergency operations plan, set up an incident command team and isolated the patient according to Salem Health Ebola response protocols.

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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Oregon's Hospitals and Nurses Work Together to Prepare for Ebola
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/15/14
JOINT STATEMENT from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems:

Ebola preparedness is something Oregon's hospitals and their nursing partners are taking very seriously. Nurses often are the first to encounter a patient who may be showing signs of an infectious disease -- it is critical that they, and all frontline healthcare providers, have the proper training, equipment and protocols to remain safe and care for the patient.

In the wake of the situation in Dallas, Texas, we understand the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reviewing all the protocols and procedures involved, and will be continuously putting out updated guidance as new information is received and best practices are developed. As new CDC guidance is issued regarding Ebola preparedness procedures, we are working with our collective memberships to incorporate all of these updates into plans and protocols.

It is important to remember that this situation is very fluid and rapidly changing. Any amount of preparation will require adjustment as more is learned about how best to care for any patient who is infected with Ebola, while protecting our healthcare providers. We need to continue to be flexible as we receive new guidance. In the end, hospitals and nurses have the same goals in the face of any Ebola case: to ensure patients are appropriately cared for at the right time and the right place and that all hospital and clinical staff are safe in providing that care.

We are directing people - both from our membership ranks and the public - who have questions about the most recent Ebola guidance, information, and protocols to consult the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Lines of communication remain open between hospitals, nurses and our state public health authorities. We will all work together to keep information flowing through these important channels.

For more information please contact Philip Schmidt, OAHHS Director of Public Affairs at 503.636.2204 or pschmidt@oahhs.org OR Cathy Van Zyl, ONA Press & Publications Specialist at 503.293.0011 or vanzyl@oregonrn.org.


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Lane County's Signature Chefs Raises over $90,000 for Stronger, Healthier Babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 10/15/14
March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
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The fifth annual Signature Chefs Auction in Eugene last night raised over $90,000 for March of Dimes' mission to improve the health of babies. On October 14th at Valley River Inn, five of Lane County's finest chefs offered their signature dishes and the winner of the Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef cook off was revealed.

The cook off, held the week prior at Kendall Lexus, had four chefs competing for the title. Chefs were told in advance they had to use four ingredients in the competition: pork chops, apples, swiss cheese and cherry tomatoes, with a surprise ingredient (not revealed until the cook off) of Mountain Dew. The panel of judges kept the winner a secret until Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters was awarded the title of Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef last night.

Other treats included a special visit from The Duck and the talented Bill and Robb of KPNW who served as emcees. The most popular packages of the auction were a seven-night stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, a tailgater with and RV for the U of O vs Stanford game, and seven night get away in Honduras.

The evening's notable chefs were: Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Tom Ascariz of Prime Rib & Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro, Amber Pasquali of RiverWalk Bakery, and Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters at Valley River Inn.

Wine for Signature Chefs Auction was provided by Southern Wine and Spirits and craft beer was compliments of Hop Valley Brewing.

The 5th annual Signature Chefs Auction was hosted by Valley River Inn. Other sponsors include First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kendall Auto Group, Les Schwab, New Image Carwash, Southern Wine and Spirits, Hop Valley Brewing, KVAL and KPNW.

Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction support lifesaving research and educational programs right here in Oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: State, county public health officials discuss Ebola
Oregon Health Authority - 10/15/14
October 15, 2014

What: State and county public health physicians will answer questions about the ongoing Ebola situation.

When: TODAY, October 15, 2:30 p.m.

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

Who:
* Paul Cieslak, MD
Medical Director, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention
Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority

* Paul Lewis, MD
Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department

Details: Information about Ebola, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages about the disease, are available at https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=128.

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K9 Deputy Hondo Retires (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/15/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that after a long, nearly nine year career with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, K9 Deputy Hondo will be hanging up his leash to live a leisurely life of retirement.

During Hondo's entire career, he was partnered with Deputy John Trenary. As you can imagine, the bond between Deputy Trenary and Hondo was very strong making the two inseparable. Hondo was deployed over 500 times in his career and is credited with finding over 185 pounds of illegal drugs (marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine) with a total "street value" of approximately $750,000.

Alerts from Hondo also lead to the location and seizure of nearly 700 pieces of drug paraphernalia, over 100 items of MDMA and prescription controlled substances comingled with illegal drugs, and over $126,000 in currency from drug sales proceeds.

The children who swarmed around Hondo at school presentations and public appearances loved him. His friendly, happy demeanor made Hondo an incredibly effective ambassador to the Linn County community; humanizing our Office to the citizens we serve.

Unfortunately, Hondo's arthritis is preventing him from continuing his career. Medically, he is no longer suited for law enforcement. Though his back might be failing, his spirit is just as energetic and fun loving as ever. Hondo has certainly earned an extravagant retirement of table scraps, belly rubs, and lounging with his family.


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Presidential search committee membership announced for Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University - 10/15/14
The State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) and Western Oregon University (WOU) have announced membership of the search committee to assist in the search for WOU's next president. The next president, who will replace retiring WOU president Mark Weiss, is slated to start July 1, 2015 at the same time the inaugural WOU Board of Trustees will assume authority over the university.

Witt/Kieffer has been selected as the search firm to support WOU and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) throughout this process. Information about the search process can be found at wou.edu/presidentialsearch.

"My appreciation goes out to the members of this committee, who represent the varied perspectives and strengths found within the WOU community as well as Oregon," said Jim Francesconi, chair of the search committee and representative from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. "WOU brings great value to our state and the committee recognizes that the next president must be a strong, visionary leader who will lead the university in its continued growth and continue the excellent work achieved during Weiss' tenure."

The search committee includes members from the current OSBHE and WOU's inaugural board of trustees to ensure involvement of current and future governance groups on the committee. Committee members also represent constituencies across campus, the community and WOU alumni.

Presidential search committee membership:
* Jim Francesconi (committee chair), OSBHE member and vice president of MODAHealth
* Dr. Ed Ray, Oregon State University president
* Dr. Emily Plec, head, Communications Studies Department
* Eric Bruce, instructor, Division of Health and Physical Education
* Robert Monge, instruction and outreach librarian
* Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of linguistics*
* Tina Fuchs, dean of students
* Kimber Townsend, research analyst, College of Education
* Corbin Garner, Associated Students of Western Oregon University president
* Dr. Susanne Monahan, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
* Darin Silbernagel, director, business affairs
* Paul Kyllo, president, WOU Alumni Association
* Dr. John Minahan, former president of WOU*
* Jim Baumgartner, president, WOU Foundation Board*
* Jaime Arredando, secretary-treasurer, Oregon's Farmworker Union (Pineros Campesinos Unidoes del Noroeste)*
* Dr. Salam Noor, director of academic planning and policy for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, effective November 2014
* Cec Koontz, business manager, Central School District*

*members of WOU's board of trustees

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Marine Board to Meet in Astoria October 22
Oregon Marine Board - 10/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting beginning at
9 a.m. at the Barbey Maritime Center, 2042 Marine Drive in Astoria, on October 22.

The Board will consider a citizen petition requesting the initiation of rulemaking to prohibit the use of personal watercraft within the estuary of the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Board may choose to open the rulemaking process, reject the petition, or other take other action.

Other agenda items include the following:
* Smoke detectors on vessels
* Staff program reports
* Clean Vessel Act Program Grants
* Consider a new agency logo concept

The meeting is being held in a facility that 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, October 20. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff reports can be downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Salem Police Seek Public Assistance In Locating Missing Juvenile (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 10/15/14
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"Chloe Nelson has been located safe in California and is currently being reunited with her family. It appears as though her disappearance was staged, and the investigation is continuing."



Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a 14-year old female who is missing from her residence in South Salem.

Chloe Olivia Nelson, at 14-year old white female juvenile, was discovered missing from her residence at approximately 6:00 am on October 14. It is believed that she left of her own accord, but her disappearance is highly unusual. Chloe is described as being approximately 5'04 tall, with a medium build, long brown hair and possibly in possession of a green backpack.

A missing person report has been taken by the Salem Police Department and Chloe's information has been entered into appropriate law enforcement databases. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

A photo is attached.


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Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement
Oregon Military Department - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.

"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."

The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.

To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.

After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.

Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.

Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.

The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
10/14/14
Remote Locator assists deputies with stolen vehicle arrest
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/14/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on October 14, 2014, at 10:12 a.m. deputies recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested Sweet Home resident, Zachary Mitchell Johnson 21-years old and Stefani Michelle Brock 24-years old of Lebanon.

Deputies were advised by Sweet Home Police dispatch of a stolen vehicle which was just reported to the Sweet Home Police Department. Deputies were advised the stolen vehicle was a maroon 1992 Honda Accord which contained a personally owned remote locater device. Deputies were given a possible location of the stolen vehicle near Allbee Lane and Knox Butte road in Albany. Deputies located the vehicle turning west on Knox Butte road from Allbee Lane. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Knox Butte road, east of Harber road. The two occupants were arrested without incident.

Mr. Johnson was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II, Theft II and Attempted Theft II. Ms. Brock, the operator, was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of less than 1oz. Marijuana and Driving while suspended. Both Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Brock were transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail.
County advisory group for state forestry to meet October 20 in Tillamook County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/14/14
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Monday, October 20 in the Tillamook State Forest at the South Fork Forest Camp.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include an alternative forest management plan update and state forest-related bills for the 2015-2017 Oregon legislative session. The Department of State Lands' Elliott State Forest Alternative Project will also be discussed.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Fork Forest Camp, 48300 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook County.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 10 a.m.

To comply with facility public access and security standards, attendees are asked to e-mail Mary Schmelz at mschmelz@odf.state.or.us to RSVP. A form of valid photo identification is required to enter the meeting.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet October 17 in Wilsonville - NEW PUBLIC TESTIMONY TIME
Oregon Health Authority - 10/14/14
October 13, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, October 17. The primary focus of the meeting will be to select the benchmarks for 2015 coordinated care organization (CCO) incentive measures. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

When: Friday, October 17, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions are available online at www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville.

Interested persons can also join through a listen-only conference line at

1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Select benchmarks for 2015

Committee meeting schedule

Public testimony

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

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Harris Beach campground closed to improve drainage and access
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/14/14
Brookings, OR - The campground at Harris Beach State Park will be closed through Nov. 20 for projects to improve drainage and access. The day-use area will remain open, except for a 1-2 day closure for road repairs that has not yet been scheduled.

This preliminary phase of the project includes some paving work and replacement of several failing culverts in order to improve drainage in the parks. Improvements are scheduled to continue next fall and winter with projects to level parking pads and upgrade campsites utilities.

Tidewater Contractors, Inc. of Brookings was hired to do this portion of the project, which costs $200,700 and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks.
Great ShakeOut activities planned statewide Oct. 16
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/14/14
More than 370,000 Oregonians will drop, cover, and hold on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon are scheduled to participate.

In conjunction with the Great ShakeOut, 150 of the state's top business leaders will take part in the 7x24 Preparedness Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Ore. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management will brief executives on how to prepare for a Cascadia event and discus its direct impact on the business community.

"We will focus on our State's preparedness for a major earthquake and how we can work with businesses and community leaders to prepare organizations for a disaster," said Dave Stuckey, director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state within the next 50 years.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for individuals to practice what they would do in an earthquake. During the drill participants will drop, cover, and hold on under a desk or table for one minute just as they would do in a real earthquake. Interested media can view the drill at various locations on Oct. 16.

Portland Public Schools will participate in the Great ShakeOut. Media is welcome at Creston School, 4701 SE Bush St., Portland. The drill at Creston School will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The American Red Cross will hold the ShakeOut drill at 10:16 a.m. at their Portland headquarters at 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Portland. The American Red Cross is also sponsoring the "ShakeOut Selfie contest". Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will have a chance to win a free emergency kit.

While most will take part in the ShakeOut on Oct. 16, you can register now and pick a later date to fit your schedule, all registrations prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.

Register now for the Great ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/oregon.

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
MEDIA ALERT: Lane County Chefs Cooking for a Cause TONIGHT
March of Dimes - 10/14/14
*PHOTO OP*
Lane County chefs cooking up culinary delights before your eyes.

*MEDIA*
Members of the media are invited to attend. Chef interviews and photo ops available from 6:00pm -7:00 pm. Live remotes welcome. Arrangements can be made by calling Aimee Corey at 541.915.1103 or Julie Grove at 971.340.9271.


--WHAT--
Lane County's finest chefs will offer their signature dishes to nearly 300 guests, accompanied by an array of unique auction items, including: a cooking demonstration and dinner by the Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef winner, catering at your own Duck Tailgater and a one week stay in Roatan, Honduras. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes to help all babies be born healthy.

--WHEN--
Tuesday, October 14
6:00 PM

--WHERE--
Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR

--WHO--
The chefs cooking for a cause are: Alfredo Van Nortwick of Sweet Waters, Tom Ascariz from Prime Rib and Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro and Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaruant.

--WHY--
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year, including 1 in
11 babies in Oregon. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. March of Dimes is there for all babies.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/14/14
Oregon's Unemployment Rate was Unchanged at 7.1 Percent in September, as Jobs Declined 300

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, the same as the revised August rate of 7.1 percent. The August preliminary rate was originally reported as 7.2 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has been near 7.0 percent throughout the year, with the rate staying between 6.8 percent and 7.1 percent during each of the past 10 months.

In September, Oregon's unemployment rate was above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.9 percent.

Oregon's labor force expanded rapidly in recent months. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, which includes the employed plus the unemployed, rose by 5,600 in September, following similarly rapid gains in the prior two months. This helped Oregon's labor force participation rate rise to 61.5 percent in September, from 61.1 percent in June.

The number of people unemployed because they lost their job is falling. In September, approximately 51,000 unemployed Oregonians were unemployed due to involuntary job loss. Unemployment caused by job loss has declined rapidly since reaching a peak of more than 140,000 in mid-2009. This decline is a sign of continuing strengthening in the demand for workers. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed new and returning entrants in the labor force totaled about 59,000, a level that has been maintained throughout the past four years.

Following rapid job gains during November 2013 through May 2014, the pace of job gains slowed over the past four months. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment in September declined 300, after growing by 4,200 in August, as revised.

Payroll employment grew moderately since September 2013, with seasonally adjusted jobs up 37,300, or 2.2 percent. Most of the major industries expanded during that time, with the exceptions being financial activities (-2,200 jobs, -2.4%) and information (-200 jobs, -0.6%).

Over the past 12 months, these industries led the expansion: professional and business services (+7,800 jobs, +3.7%), health care and social assistance (+5,800 jobs, +2.8%), leisure and hospitality (+5,600 jobs, +3.2%), and manufacturing (+5,000 jobs, +2.9%). In addition, government (+6,000 jobs, +2.1%) recently contributed to overall employment gains following continuous job losses from 2009 through mid-2013.

The average workweek for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees was 34.0 hours in September and 34.1 hours in August. In September 2013, the average was 34.7 hours.

In September, the average wage was $22.82 per hour for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees, up 22 cents from $22.60 in August. Wages have increased 17 cents, or 0.8 percent, from September 2013 when the average was $22.65. Over-the-year wage gains indicate that hourly earnings are not increasing as fast as inflation.


Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, October 20th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 18th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

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


Attached Media Files: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Injury Rollover Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that occurred along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Boardman. The crash injured a 77-year old Tualatin man.

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant driven by SILVERIO FRIAS MOLINERO, age 77, from Tualatin, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 150. According to witnesses, the car was attempting to pass a commercial truck using the left shoulder when the driver lost control. The car went into the center median where it rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels over 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

Boardman Fire/EMS, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and OSP responded to the scene. FRIAS MOLINERO was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to Boardman where he was transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was later released after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Wes Linhart is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 214 near north end of Silver Falls State Park in Marion County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
(Note: Also change in milepost location)

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of an adult male Monday afternoon. The crash occurred along Highway 214 near the north boundary of Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PATRICK C. HOPE, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling on Highway 214 near milepost 22 behind another motorcyclist when it went off the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle struck a tree and its operator was ejected. The first motorcyclist didn't witness the crash, turned around when he didn't see HOPE and while backtracking he discovered the crash scene.

Emergency responders from Drake Crossing Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance initially responded along with LifeFlight. Before HOPE could be transported by air ambulance, he was pronounced deceased and then taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Nominations sought for state trail designations
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/14/14
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail users to nominate additions to Oregon's network of non-motorized, state designated trails. Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2014.

The process defines two trail designation categories: Scenic and Regional. Scenic Trails can be single routes as short as a mile, or trails that combine with others to give access to "outstanding scenery and lasting memories for trail users." They must be open to the public and be mostly complete.

Regional Trails must be longer than five miles and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. They also are defined as connectors linking communities, schools and recreation sites with significant scenic trails. Like Scenic Trails, they must lie on public land or public rights-of-way or easements.

"ORTAC's intent is to have a statewide system of trails that showcases Oregon's exceptional trail experiences in both rural and urban areas," said Nancy Ream Enabnit, the chair of ORTAC. "We're seeking nominations from all corners of the state to get the job done."

In 2010 ORTAC and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department streamlined the application process. Since that time the state has received seven new nominations, doubling the designated trail inventory since the program began in 1971. ORTAC's goal is to make the process simpler and more accessible to trail advocates and land managers.

The council was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state.

ORTAC's website has links to a nomination form and to the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program handbook, which includes criteria and timelines. Go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trails-Designation-Programs.aspx

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Wells Fargo reports $5.7 billion in net income for third quarter
Wells Fargo - 10/14/14
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.7 billion, or
$1.02 per diluted common share, for third quarter 2014, up from $5.6 billion, or $0.99 per share, for third quarter 2013. For the first nine months of 2014, net income was $17.3 billion, or $3.08 per share, up from $16.3 billion, or $2.89 per share, for the same period in 2013.

"The company's third quarter results demonstrated strength in the fundamental drivers of our long-term growth," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "Loan and deposit growth was strong and diversified across both commercial and consumer businesses. Capital levels increased even as we returned more capital to shareholders through higher dividends and share repurchases from a year ago. We continue to see signs of a steadily improving economy, and I remain optimistic about the opportunities ahead for Wells Fargo. Our team remains committed to meeting the financial needs of our customers, and this focus will continue to drive our performance over the long term."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry said, "This was a strong quarter for Wells Fargo and again demonstrated the benefits of our diversified business model. Despite the low interest rate environment, revenue and pre-tax pre-provision profit increased linked quarter, and we continued to operate within our target ranges for ROA, ROE, efficiency ratio, and capital return to shareholders. We also remain well positioned to benefit from higher rates in the future, and our balance sheet has never been stronger, with higher levels of capital and liquidity, and improved asset quality."

The full earnings announcement is at www.wellsfargo.com.

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10/13/14
Deputies Respond To Fatal Crash in North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/13/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on French Prairie Rd NE, north of St. Louis Rd NE at 5:20 pm, today.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find two vehicles involved. Deputy Casey Burhnam's, MCSO Traffic Safety Team, investigation revealed a vehicle rearended a tractor pulling a trailer. Both vehicles were traveling south on French Prairie Rd NE. The driver of the tractor, 53 year old Scott Miller, died at the scene due to his injuries from the crash. Another person was transported to the hospital, by ambulance, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney also responded to the scene.
Photos from the scene are attached.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department, and members of the Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance. French Prairie Rd NE was closed for several hours, however is open to all traffic at this time.


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Update: Names Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Tangent in Linn County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two-vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on Highway 99E near McFarland Road in Linn County. The names of the involved adult female drivers are released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon driven by ELLEN L. MARY, age 67, from Albany, was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it crossed the center turn lane and left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup in the right northbound lane.

ELLEN MARY was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Chevrolet pickup's driver, KARENETTA J. ADAMS, age 60, from Sweet Home, was transported initially by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and then taken by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing to gather information to determine the cause of the crash. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time. Senior Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT.

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OED Seeks Assistance with Outreach to Customers
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/13/14
The Oregon Employment Department will be mailing information offering identity theft protection to customers whose information may have been compromised by a security vulnerability to the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job. Letters will be mailed within the week. Concerned WorkSource customers may also contact OED's toll-free hotline at 1-877-643-4322.

Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers will be able to call the hotline to determine whether they have been identified as a customer whose information may have been compromised. Staff will be answering hotline calls Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As an extra security precaution, OED is asking customers to reselect and answer security questions and reset their password when logging into their WOMIS account. As security breaches are unfortunately becoming more common both in the public and private sectors, experts advise that it is also good practice to regularly change security questions for other accounts outside of the WOMIS system.

After reviewing 1.9 million records for customers who have used the Oregon Employment Department's WOMIS, 851,322 individuals have been identified whose information may have been compromised. This was in response to a security vulnerability that OED identified and stopped on Monday, October 6.

OED has no evidence at this time that this information has been used, however OED wants to be proactive in contacting these customers. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement was contacted and OED has engaged with them to determine whether criminal activity has occurred.

OED will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 10/13/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors October 20, 2014.
Red Cross Encourages Everyone to Register for the Great ShakeOut
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/13/14
PORTLAND, Oct. 13, 2014 - Millions of people worldwide will practice how to "drop, cover, and hold on" at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16 during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. This is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.

WHAT:
The Great ShakeOut takes place on a specific day and time each year to increase earthquake preparedness. Participants DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.

WHO:
The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Oregon Emergency Management, and various schools and agencies across the state will participate. Local businesses that have registered include Fred Meyer, Intel, Salem Hospital, Citizens Bank, Evergreen School District and the City of Vancouver.

WHEN:
10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2014

WHERE:
American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland

CONTEST:
The Cascades Region is hosting its second annual "Great #ShakeOutSelfie" contest. People participating in the ShakeOut exercise are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves (aka "selfie" during the drill and to tweet the image to @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items provided by Oregon Emergency Management. Full contest rules are posted at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014.

In addition to practicing actions to stay safe during an earthquake, the Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity to update emergency plans and supplies, and to download the Red Cross Earthquake App. To learn more about the Great ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Arts Commission, Trust embark on statewide town meetings
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/13/14
For Immediate Release
Oct. 13, 2014
Contact: Carrie Kikel, (503) 986-0081, carrie.kikel@oregon.gov

Commission, Trust embark on statewide tour
to gather information on arts and culture issues;
Findings to guide strategic planning process

Salem, Ore. - Led by Executive Director Brian Rogers, the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.

"Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process," said Rogers. "The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans."

Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the meetings appears below; click the links for more information or to register.

10/20/2014: The Dalles, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingthedalles)

10/21/2014: La Grande/Cove, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetinglagrande-cove)

10/22/2014: Pendleton, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingpendleton

10/28/2014: Bend, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingbend

10/29/2014: Burns, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingburns

10/31/2015: Salem, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingsalem

11/3/2014: Medford, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingmedford

11/4/2104: Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingklamathfalls

11/17/2014: Portland Eastside, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland1

11/20/2014: Newport, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingnewport

11/21/2014: Coos Bay, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingcoosbay

12/2/2104: Astoria, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingastoria

12/4/2014: Portland Westside, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland2

12/12/2014: Eugene, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingeugene

Written testimony also is welcome, especially from those unable to attend a town meeting. Testimony should be emailed to brian.rogers@oregon.gov or mailed to OAC / OCT Planning Process, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, in Salem OR 97301.

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The Oregon Arts Commission plays an important role in fostering arts engagement to preserve Oregon's famously high quality of life. In collaboration with many partners, the Arts Commission provides leadership, advocacy, resources and capacity-building programs; and awards millions of dollars in grants every year to Oregon artists and arts organizations.

The Oregon Cultural Trust supports an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of vibrant Oregon communities. The Cultural Trust is a provider for Oregon culture, working with its five statewide cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon State Historic Preservation Office; Oregon Humanities; Oregon Heritage Commission; and the Oregon Historical Society.

The Arts Commission and Cultural Trust are departments within Business Oregon, a state agency that ensures a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership. Business Oregon recognizes the expanding role the arts and culture play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
Regulated-use rules end Oct. 14 in NE Oregon, fire season still on
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/13/14
As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission.

Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions "Campfires should not be left unattended as they could spread to wildland fuels."

Build campfires in a safe location by scraping away leaves and litter to bare soil on all sides of the fire. All fires should be DEAD OUT! DROWN all embers, sticks, and coals, STIR the coals with a shovel, DROWN the area again.

Fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties. Open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels on ODF protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:

Lightning caused: 66 fires Acres burned: 636
Human caused: 31 fires Acres burned: 261

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-316
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.
Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Springfield
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Thursday October 23rd from 11:15am - 1:00pm at Springfield City Hall, Library Conference Room, 225 5th St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Newport
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

*Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 11:15am - 12:45pm at the Newport Senor Center, 20 SE 2nd St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Lebanon
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Monday October 20th from 10:30am - 12:00pm at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
Oregon League of Minority Voters to host forum for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates: Kitzhaber, Richardson, Merkley and Wehby
Wells Fargo - 10/13/14
Group to honor Nichole Maher and Charles Wilhoite

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The nonpartisan Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) will host its fifth annual "State of Civil Rights Forum" 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.

The nonprofit OLMV has invited all four gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates to attend, giving them the opportunity to state their positions on the issues that uniquely impact minorities in Oregon, among those pressing issues are civil rights and immigrations.

The free event will include dinner and is open to the public. Attendees must order tickets in advance by calling (503) 946-8526 or sending an email to OLMV@oregonlmv.org.

An estimated 200 participants are expected to attend the dinner forum, including public officials, business leaders, clergy and community leaders.

"Our goal is to provide a forum for these candidates, to share their views about what they propose to do to improve this state for all its residents, including its minorities and communities of color," said OLMV Director Promise King. "Those we elect to serve and represent us must demonstrate they can champion our issues, and be ready to lead us toward unity and justice, and away from inequity , racial division and the anxiety of dealing with systemic injustices."

The event will include the presentation of OLMV's coveted Civil Rights Champion Award to Nichole Maher, president and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation; and Charles Wilhoite, CPA, managing director of Willamette Management Associates.

The event sponsors include Benson Hotel, City of Beaverton, Fred Meyer, Multnomah County Sheriff, Neil Kelly, Portland Development Commission, Providence, Safeway, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

About The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV)
Founded in 2007, a concerned group of volunteers and leaders established the OLMV to advocate for public policies that uniquely impact all people of color throughout Oregon. It serves as a liaison between communities of color, policy leaders and the public institutions that serve them. The league is a non-partisan and non-profit organization founded to promote a broader understanding of the issues that uniquely impact people of color and minorities with a mission to re-engage majority involvement in civil-rights causes. For more information about OLMV, go to website: www.oregonlmv.org.
Downed Tree Struck by 4 Vehicles - Highway 22 near Detroit in Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/13/14
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Highway 22 was partially blocked Monday morning for a couple hours after several vehicles struck a downed tree on Highway 22 between Gates and Detroit in Marion County. No vehicle occupants required transport to a hospital and two of the damaged vehicles were towed from the scene.

According to Senior Trooper Frank Hagen, on October 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., strong winds led to a tree falling onto the highway near milepost 36. The driver of an eastbound pickup safely pulled onto the shoulder after running over the tree. Immediately afterward, a westbound pickup struck the tree and then crashed into an embankment. An eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser and westbound log truck both also struck the tree. The Chrysler then collided nearly head-on with the loaded log truck.

Fire and medical responders from Lyons Rural Fire Protection District and Gates Rural Fire Protection District assisted with traffic control for an hour while ODOT personnel cleared the tree from the road.

Occupant names are not available for this release.

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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/13/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Grants Pass - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 21, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
101 NW A St.
Grants Pass

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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

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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/13/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Charleston - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 21, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Port of Coos Bay
Charleston Marina Complex
63402 Kingfisher Rd.
Charleston

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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

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Who Should Represent Oregon In National Statuary Hall? (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 10/13/14
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Oregonians are invited to cast their vote!

Portland, OR - Beginning Monday, October 13, Oregonians will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on whether statues of Dr. John McLoughlin and Jason Lee should continue to represent Oregon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building, or whether those statues should be returned to Oregon, and replaced by statues of other historic Oregonians.

In 1864, the United States Congress passed legislation converting the former House of Representatives Chamber into a venue for displaying statues of citizens from each state "illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services." The National Statuary Hall collection now includes 100 statues contributed by the fifty states. Legislation enacted by Congress in 2000 provided procedures for states to reclaim a statue in the collection and replace it with a new statue. Seven states have since replaced statues.

Oregon pioneers McLoughlin and Lee were selected by the 1921 Oregon State Legislature to represent Oregon in the collection. On August 20, 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order establishing a nine-member Statuary Hall Study Commission, and assigned them the task of reporting to the upcoming Oregon Legislative Assembly whether the statues of McLoughlin or Lee should be returned home, and, if so, who should be sent as a replacement statue.

The Commission, chaired by former Willamette University President Dr. Jerry Hudson, has held two public meetings, and, as required by the Executive Order, is encouraging input from a wide range of Oregonians, including school children throughout Oregon.

At the request of the Commission, the Oregon Historical Society has added a special section to its website (http://ohs.org/get-involved/statuary-hall.cfm) which will allow Oregonians to access biographies of McLoughlin and Lee, as well as biographies of historic Oregonians who historians and various historic organizations have recommended as worthy of consideration as possible replacements. Those accessing the website will also be able to express their opinion on the question of the retention or replacement of the current statues, and the question of possible replacements.

"I invite all Oregonians to join in this fascinating conversation on our state's history, heritage, and shared values," said Dr. Hudson. "I especially encourage school teachers across Oregon to ensure that Oregon's future--our youth--become involved in this conversation."

Oregonians can also share their opinions by snail mail, by writing to the "Statuary Hall Study Commission; c/o Oregon Historical Society; 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

NOTE: Photo credit Architect of the Capitol - additional images available on their website at http://www.aoc.gov/

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


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10/12/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office seeking Cadet Applicants (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Here's a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

If you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Cadets are expected to have Internet access to aid in communicating with our Cadet Program Advisors.

You'll learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 30th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at www.GoMcso.com and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! You can also leave a voicemail at 503-932-4850. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


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Two Injured in Rollover Crash After Hitting Dead Bear Lying on Road - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/14
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Two people were injured and their dog died Saturday night in a rollover crash along Interstate 84 near Meacham when the driver lost control after running over a dead bear lying in a traffic lane.

On October 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a passenger car driven by BRET CARTWRIGHT, age 25, from Boise, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 235 when he changed from the right lane to left lane due to plastic vehicle parts on the road causing a hazard. Upon changing lanes, the car struck a dead black bear lying in the left lane.

CARTWRIGHT lost control of the vehicle as it rolled into the center median where it came to rest on its top.

CARTWRIGHT was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injury. His 22-year old wife received minor injury and their 1-year old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured. Both were driven to the hospital by an OSP trooper.

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

The vehicle that had previously struck the bear was not at the scene. OSP and ODOT urge drivers involved in a collision with wildlife or other animals to stop and make an effort to check the extent of injury and any damage to your vehicle. If possible and safe to do so, try to get the animal and/or road debris out of the way of approaching traffic. Contact 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch to report the collision and request assistance, if needed.

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10/11/14
Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Highway 58 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's collision that seriously injured a West Richland, Washington man along Highway 97 four miles north of the Highway 58 junction in Klamath County.

On October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling an unloaded flatbed semi-trailer driven by ROGER MACOMBER, age 69, from Redmond, Oregon, was northbound when MACOMBER tried to make a u-turn on Highway 97 near milepost 191. The trailer became high-centered and was stopped when a 2003 Saturn driven by BRENT CAMPBELL, age 49, from West Richland, Washington, crashed into the trailer and caught fire. Two other vehicles also collided with the truck.

Several citizens removed CAMPBELL from the vehicle. He was seriously injured and transported by Air Link to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Crescent Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT. The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was open.

Enforcement action is pending review of the completed investigation with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.

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Update #3: Second Person Dies - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified that a second person has died following an October 7, 2014 two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126W about three miles west of Walton in Lane County.

Passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene, reported died Friday, October 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W near milepost 30. Local emergency responders extricated two critically injured people from a Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the offending vehicle, RICHARD ANDREW JACKSON, age 40, from Bloomington, Indiana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicates a 1995 Ford pickup driven by JACKSON was westbound on Highway 126W when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup with two occupants.

The two seriously injured persons from the Chevrolet pickup were identified as driver DEBORAH HOPE, age 56, from Eugene, and passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene. HOPE was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. HENNIGAN was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collision reconstructionist.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W near Veneta in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 126W near Veneta that turned fatal after the driver was transported to a hospital. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 10, 2014 approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by JERRY BYRON (J.B.) HOWELL, age 80, from Walton, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 48 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road, crashing into a tree. Local emergency responders including Lane Fire Authority were dispatched and HOWELL was extricated from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and reportedly died about two hours later.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the crash.

No photographs for release.

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OED Addresses Security Vulnerability
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/10/14
The Oregon Employment Department (OED) has identified and stopped an intrusion into the agency's website. On Monday, October 7 OED responded to an anonymous tip alleging a security vulnerability in the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), an application where customers may register for job search help and other services. The system does not affect the filing of unemployment insurance claims. This impacts people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job.

The first priority is to secure all personal information, regardless of whether it had been compromised. Work began immediately Monday morning--in coordination with the state's Chief Information Office--to validate the information in the anonymous tip. Once validated, WOMIS was shut down while steps were taken to correct the security vulnerability to eliminate the possibility of retrieving social security information. The personal information was then secured to prevent any further threats. The system was brought back online with added security Monday afternoon. The site is now up and running with a repaired and reinforced WOMIS system.

The second priority is to determine exactly whose information has been compromised and to initiate a criminal investigation. We do not know if criminal activity has taken place. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement has been contacted. OED will directly notify all customers who are WOMIS participants.

OED has engaged with law enforcement to determine whether criminal activity has occurred. We will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.

OED has established a dedicated hotline for inquiries, ¬¬¬1-877-643-4322. Staff has been redeployed and will be available special Saturday hours on October 11 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wildlife-Involved Collisions Serve as Another Reminder to be Extra Alert for Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
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Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals on the road.

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette, Idaho, was southbound on Highway 201N near milepost 22 north of Ontario in Malheur County when a deer entered the roadway. MEYERHOFER wasn't able to avoid the deer, striking it with the front of the pickup. The deer broke through the pickup's windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat.

Fortunately there were no passengers in the pickup. MEYERHOFER received glass-related cuts but declined medical transport. A photograph from the incident is provided with this release.

In another incident, two elderly people were transported with injuries after crashing while avoiding a deer on the road in Baker County. On October 9 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Subaru Legacy driven by BEVERLY THOMPSON, age 76, from Richland, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 35 when the driver served to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed the westbound lanes and off the highway where it went up an embankment, striking a tree and rolling down the embankment where it came to rest on its top.

Passenger WILLIAM THOMPSON, age 82, from Richland, was able to get out of the vehicle. His wife was extricated by responding EMS personnel. Both were transported by air ambulance to an unidentified hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx.

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Transitions: summer to fall, wildfire to prescribed fire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
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As fall weather finally begins to take hold after the long wildfire season, many forest landowners are shifting to another form of fire. Prescribed burning removes downed woody material from the forest, reducing wildfire risk when next summer rolls around. And when conducted following timber harvest, these controlled fires help prepare the soil for replanting of young trees.

In addition to clearing excess vegetation that would otherwise compete with young trees soon to be planted, prescribed burning releases nutrients into the soil to jumpstart their growth.

Oregon's Forest Practices Act, the first in the nation, requires replanting after logging.

To minimize smoke intrusions into populated areas, Oregon Department of Forestry meteorologists daily monitor weather conditions, and issue forecasts and burning instructions throughout the fall prescribed burning season.

To prevent excessive smoke caused by too many burns at one time, the weather forecasters coordinate hundreds of burning requests from private and public forest landowners.

In contrast to prescribed burns, which take place in fall and also spring, large wildfires typically occur in summer when weather conditions often trap smoke in populated valleys for an extended period.

Since 1972, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has regulated forestland burning in the state under the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. Though smoke intrusions into populated areas occasionally occur due to unexpected changes in weather and wind conditions, ODF's oversight of prescribed burning minimizes such occurrences.

More information on prescribed forest burning can be found online, www.oregon.gov/odf


Attached Media Files: Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations
Oregon Military Department - 10/10/14
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations October 14-16.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field.

"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander.

Most of the training will occur in military operating airspace where the pilots can fly without any lights. However, the community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.

"On their first night rides, students learn basic formation, air refueling, and basic intercepts," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Edwards, 114th Fighter Squadron Commander. "After they master these basic skills, students progress to fly as the wingman in a realistic tactical intercept scenario."

Student pilots are also trained to use Night Vision Goggles.

"This training, increases their situational awareness and combat capability," added Edwards.
Community Bank Week highlights role of Oregon's local banks
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/14
Local banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), play an integral role in their communities.

To celebrate the impact of community banks on their communities and the state's economy, Gov. John Kitzhaber proclaimed Oct. 13-17, 2014, Community Bank Week.

"Community banks are woven into the fabric of Oregon communities," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They are typically locally owned and operated, contribute money and staff time to community needs, and are a significant source of funding for growing local businesses."

Oregon's 28 community banks held $31.1 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014, compared with $12.2 billion in total assets a decade ago. They employ about 6,750 individuals. Oregon community banks had loans totaling $21.4 billion, as of June 30, 2014, representing 97 percent of their total core deposits. Across the nation, community banks made more than 50 percent of all loans to farms and small businesses, despite the fact that community banks' share of total banking assets is less than 20 percent.

"Although there has been some consolidation in recent years, Oregon's community banks are financially strong and seeing growth in deposits and loan activity," Allen said.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/CommunityBankWeek.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities regulates state-chartered banks and credit unions, as well as securities and other financial-related industries. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Halloween Safety Tips from OSP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

*Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint - Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags)
* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Link to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips (pdf):
(English) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf
(Spanish) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC153.pdf

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Business Oregon Director Embarks on Business Development Mission to Asia
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/10/14
- Mission to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan explores export growth, business expansion and builds relationships to grow business back in Oregon -


SALEM - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins departs for Asia today to pursue business and export growth opportunities, continuing to leverage long-standing ties between Oregon and its trade partners within the Pacific Rim. Approximately 490,000 Oregon jobs are tied to international trade with wages 18% above the Oregon average.

During the 12-day trip, Robbins will visit China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan where he will pursue opportunities to increase Oregon exports and meet with companies already invested here in Oregon, as well as those considering the state for future expansion. Robbins will also join officials from the Port of Portland who will be in Asia as well, working to increase cargo services between Oregon and Asia.

"Oregon has a great story to tell abroad. Our mission is to champion that story and the innovation of Oregon businesses. By doing that, we increase revenues for local companies, attract new international operations into Oregon and create jobs for Oregonians," Robbins said. "The state's exports to these countries tops $6 billion, up 13% last year, and we are uniquely positioned to capture more of that growth if we get after it and relentlessly tell Oregon's story."

In Tokyo, for example, Robbins will meet with executives from five companies including the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, a leading business publication in Japan, with which Business Oregon has been working to promote American expansion opportunities for growing Japanese manufacturers. Earlier this year executives from the publication led a group of representatives from Japanese companies on a scouting trip to Oregon, which has already created several opportunities for potential investment here.

This mission continues a proud tradition of the state and its partners of connecting Oregon's economy to growing markets across the Pacific. More recently, Business Oregon's export assistance grants totaling $594,000 have helped 170 Oregon small businesses achieve immediate sales of $21 million overseas. Just this past April, a delegation of Oregon officials and business leaders traveled to Japan for a series of trade and business development meetings, and to deliver a "Doing Business in Oregon" seminar to local business executives.

An itinerary for the mission can be found here: www.oregon4biz.com/p/2014_Asia_Itinerary.pdf
Health advisory issued October 10 for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 10/10/14
October 10, 2014

High levels of blue-green algae found at Morrow County reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Willow Creek Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Willow Creek Reservoir are advised to use an alternate water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Willow Creek Reservoir and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Forestry Board to hold planning workshop Oct. 16 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
The Oregon Board of Forestry will engage with Department of Forestry leadership to review planning systems and work plans, 2015 budget and legislative agendas, and the board's overarching strategy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, during an informal workshop on Oct. 16.

The session, a regular part of the board's planning cycle, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public. No policy or business decisions will be made.

The board has also scheduled an executive session following the workshop to conduct the state forester's annual performance evaluation. The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 192.660(2)(i).

SPECIAL NEEDS
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov

Materials for the Oct. 16 workshop will be posted on the website, under the 2014 link, in advance of the meeting.
10/09/14
Red Cross Volunteers Install Smoke Alarms in Salem Neighborhood Homes as Part of a National Home Fire Safety Campaign In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/09/14
(The Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following news release in support of American Red Cross efforts.)

In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes
in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free smoke alarms

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 9, 2014) -- On Sept. 28, Red Cross volunteers canvassed nearly 800 homes in the Salem ZIP code 97301 to inform residents about fire safety and distribute emergency preparedness materials. This Saturday, Oct. 11, volunteers will return to the area to install smoke alarms in homes where residents requested them.

Red Cross volunteers will be in the neighborhood bounded by State Street to the north, 21st Street to the west, 25th Street to the east and Mission Street to the south. Residents who did not meet with volunteers on Sept. 28 will not be eligible to have an alarm installed on Oct. 11.

There is no cost to community residents for the smoke alarms, which have been provided by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The canvassing and smoke alarm installation is all part of a national Home Fire Safety Campaign launched by the American Red Cross last month. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within the next five years.

Red Cross is known for providing critical support for large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires says Cara Sloman, regional disaster preparedness officer for the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington. But the bulk of local Red Cross response is to home fires which affected more than 800 individuals and families last year.

"We are very pleased to be able to participate with the American Red Cross in this campaign," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We appreciate having trained Red Cross volunteers help with this life-saving effort."

Information from the National Fire Protection Association shows that nearly two-thirds of all fire-related deaths occur in homes that have no functioning smoke alarms.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
AARP: Three Things You Need to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment (Photo)
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Don't miss the once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your Medicare plan

WASHINGTON, DC -- AARP encourages everyone with Medicare to take advantage of this year's Medicare Open Enrollment period October 15th-December 7th to review their health and prescription drug plans for 2015. AARP wants people to know the Medicare plan changes that can be made, the four things to consider, and how to make changes.

"Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, don't miss this seven-week window to make changes to your insurance coverage," said Nicole Duritz, AARP Vice President, Health Education and Outreach. "If your health and prescription drug needs have changed, or your current plan has made changes, now is the time to make adjustments."

During Medicare Open Enrollment, AARP recommends that people evaluate their current health and prescription drug coverage. This is the time to make adjustments based on changes in health status, income, lifestyle, or personal preference. For instance, people can add or switch their Medicare prescription drug coverage based on the specific medications they need. Others may want to change plans so that they can continue seeing their doctor or continue going to the same health care center.

Three Things To Know About Medicare Open Enrollment

1. Main Changes You Can Make
Here are three changes you can make during open enrollment:
* Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan
* Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
* Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

2. Consider the "Four C's"
AARP recommends that people consider the "Four C's" when reviewing Medicare plan options:
* Cost - Compare monthly premiums, annual deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.
* Coverage - Review the doctors and pharmacies included in the plan, as well as prescription drugs and other services you need.
* Convenience - Look at the accessibility of doctors, pharmacies, and services in the plans.
* Customer Service - Assess the quality of service a plan provides. Quality ratings are available for most Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan.

3. How to Make Medicare Plan Changes
People can make changes to their Medicare insurance plans during open enrollment by visiting the Medicare Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan or by calling Medicare at 1-800- 633-4227. Medicare enrollees who want help understanding their options can contact The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (1-800-677-1116) for no-cost personalized health insurance counseling.

Other Helpful Resources
* Medicare Open Enrollment and You - Gives helpful information from AARP to make the most of your Medicare coverage.
* AARP Medicare Q & A Tool - Provides easy-to-understand answers about Medicare. (Available in Spanish at http://bit.ly/1vlSFsD.)
* Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Provides comprehensive information about Medicare and Medicaid.
* State Health Insurance Assistance Program - Offers free personalized health insurance counseling.

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About AARP
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 bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. 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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Oregon State Fair and Expo Center Hires New CEO (Photo)
Amber Lindsey PR - 10/09/14
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SALEM, OR - Oct. 9, 2014 - Michael Paluszak, a Californian with extensive experience in managing fairs has been hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center. The hiring was announced today by Gene Derfler, Chairman of the Oregon State Fair Council, which operates as the board of directors for the Fair and Expo Center.

Paluszak has served for the past six years as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Solano County Fair Association in Vallejo, California. He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ventura County (California) Fair, the Chief Executive Officer of the Calaveras County (California) Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, and as the President of a consulting company specializing in event planning and management. Paluszak is a past president of the Western Fairs Association, and was inducted this year into the Association's Hall of Fame.

"Mike is the right leader at the right time for the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center," said Derfler. "He is widely respected and admired throughout the fair industry, and he is committed to building on the Oregon State Fair's reputation as one of the best in the country, and to bringing financial stability to the Expo Center.

Paluszak said, "Passage of Senate Bill 7 by the 2013 Oregon State Legislature provides an unprecedented and exciting opportunity to create a vision and business model that will make the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center thrive."

Senate Bill 7 removed the Fair and Expo Center from control of the Oregon State Parks Department, creating a public corporation similar to Oregon Health Sciences University and the State Accident Insurance Fund. The eleven-member Oregon State Fair Council was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber and serves as a Board of Directors for the Fair and Expo Center.

The Council was assisted in their search by Norb Bartosik of Ralph Andersen and Associates. Paluszak will assume the Chief Executive Officer's position on December 1, 2014

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Summer Job Vacancies Reach New High
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/09/14
Oregon businesses reported 49,600 vacancies this summer. That's 6,700 more vacancies than last summer and the most found by any Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, which began in the spring of 2008. The growing number of vacancies reflects the busy summer hiring season and long-term improvement in the job market.

There were three unemployed Oregonians for each vacancy during the summer. That's the same unemployed-to- vacancy ratio as in the spring, but below Oregon's 4-to-1 ratio in the summer of 2013. Nationwide, there were two unemployed persons per vacancy this summer.

Three large industries reported more than 5,000 vacancies apiece: health care and social assistance (10,800); management, administration, and waste services (10,400); and leisure and hospitality (5,400). Together these three industries accounted for more than half (54%) of all vacancies reported this summer. Management, administrative, and waste services includes temporary help services, janitorial services, call centers, and other related firms.

Although just a few large industries accounted for so many vacancies, employers were looking to fill openings across a wide range of occupations this summer. The broad occupational groups with the largest number of vacancies were food preparation, office and administrative support, health care, and construction.

Compared with last year, the number of vacancies have increased the most for health care (+8,400) and construction-related (+3,900) occupations.

The number of vacancies for jobs requiring post secondary education - such as a certification or associate's degree - increased substantially.

Employers reported a slightly more difficult time filling job vacancies this summer. Since the spring of 2013, difficult to fill vacancies have made up roughly half of the total. In the summer of 2014, that share was 58 percent.

Central and Eastern Oregon each reported that three out of four job vacancies were difficult to fill. The most-frequently cited reasons for difficulty filling positions in these areas included a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates. Additional contributing factors may have included the relatively low share of full-time vacancies in Central Oregon, and smaller share of permanent positions in Eastern Oregon.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for fall 2014 will be released in January.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


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North Bend School District Public Meeting - October 13, 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 10/09/14
A Regular meeting of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, October 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the North Bend City Council Chamber, 835 California Street, North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at www.nbend.k12.or.us
10/08/14
Update #2: Suspect Sought in Grant County Arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/08/14
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Update: At approximately 6:35 p.m., Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed SHANE SANDERS was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by his department. SANDERS will be lodged in the Grant County Jail on several charges including Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

SANDERS was the subject of an extensive search by Grant County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and the OSP SWAT team, after fleeing the Seneca area Wednesday morning as law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired incident during a domestic disturbance at a cabin in Seneca. After law enforcement officers arrived in the area, they heard additional shots. An armed suspect identified as SANDERS, age 41, was seen fleeing in the darkness and is the subject of an ongoing area search. There were no known persons injured.

After re-opening area roads this afternoon following a several hour search, law enforcement personnel remained in the area. Officials believed there was no public safety threat at that time.

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

Questions regarding the case and arrest should be directed to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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Sheriff's Office Focus Patrols leads to Multiple Arrests in Sweet Home (Photo)
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, his deputies received a tip from a citizen on the whereabouts of a fugitive, Jerald Allen Erickson, 54 year old of Sweet Home. In early September 2014, Erickson fled the Linn County Courthouse after a trial concluded in which he was found guilty of theft. Before Erickson could be sentenced on this case, he fled the courthouse and has been reportedly hiding out in east Linn County.

While conducting focus patrols, a tip led deputies to the 25000 block of Brush Creek Road, Sweet Home. Deputies located Erickson hiding in the residence along with several others including a fugitive from Tillamook County, Oregon. These persons were identified as Mark Lawrence Idzal, 33-years old of Sweet Home and Jacqueline Diane Banta, 25-years old of Tillamook. Idzal had warrant for charges of parole violations involving Marijuana, Heroin and other schedule 1 drugs, as well as frequenting known drug locations and theft. Banta was arrested on a Linn County Supervisory warrant.

A fourth person at the residence, Jill Renae Larsen, 24-years old of Sweet Home, was arrested for Hindering Prosecution as she tried to conceal the locations and identities of the three wanted subjects. A fifth person, the homeowner, Nancy Jeanette Larsen, 55-years old was located a short distance from the residence and was cited and released on a Lebanon Justice Court warrant for Contempt of Court.

Jerald Erickson, Mark Idzal, Jacqueline Banta and Jill Larsen were transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office implemented our Focus Patrol program in June of this year. Focus Patrol is an internal office wide effort to focus on problem areas and/or people in Linn County. We prioritize our patrols starting with recognizing the high crime areas within the county. We also look at traffic problem areas and proactive ways of improving the quality of life for our citizens.


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FBI Renews Efforts to Locate Missing Girls from Saipan
FBI - Oregon - 10/08/14
The information below is being provided to Oregon media on behalf of the FBI's Honolulu Division. The reason: Oregon has a sizeable population from the North Mariana Islands.

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Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public's help in providing information regarding missing children Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who disappeared from the U.S. territory of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands on May 25, 2011. The girls were ages 10 and 9 at the time of their disappearance.

This week, the FBI announced the release of new age-enhanced photos of the Luhk sisters created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The age-enhanced photos are available at: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1172939.

In addition to Saipan, the FBI is focusing this publicity campaign on Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State, states with sizable populations originating from the Northern Mariana Islands.

On May 25, 2011, the Luhk sisters disappeared in Saipan while waiting for a school bus to arrive. The disappearance sparked a massive community and law enforcement effort to locate the girls. The FBI is hoping that this latest publicity push and the age-enhanced photos will generate new leads to resolve this case.

Anyone with information to provide is asked to call their local FBI office.


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MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** 2nd UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/08/14
The state medical examiner has concluded their investigation into the death of Mr. Corey Fred, who was found deceased while hunting. It was determined Mr. Fred died from natural causes.

Members of the Fred family are planning funeral services for this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at Cascade High School, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner, OR 97392.

Anyone who may be interested in making donations to the Fred family can go to www.youcaring.com and search for "in memory of Corey Fred."
Oregon.gov, finalist for best state website
State of Oregon - 10/08/14
Salem, Ore. Oct. 8: The Oregon.gov website is one of the top 10 most intuitive and functional state websites, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Best of the Web awards, announced this week. http://bit.ly/1qhvSd1

"Across the board, this year's Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Award winners and finalists have demonstrated how effective their portals and applications are," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Elements such as upgraded eCommerce capability, mobile-first design, intuitive search, improved transparency and integration of social media provide citizens and businesses easier and better access to their government."

In April, state government worked with technology vendor NIC to launch a new streamlined version of Oregon.gov, emphasizing usability and quick access to the most popular services. Oregonians drove the design - sharing how they would organize site content. More than 200 usability tests and 25 iterations of the design and functionality led to a site that is user-focused and task-oriented.

State Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan noted, "This week's announcement affirms the work of dedicated staff who engaged Oregonians to think differently about our virtual front door. We started with our end users in mind, then figured out how to organize our content in a way that made sense to them."

About the Oregon E-Government Program
The Oregon E-Government Program was established through Governor's Office Executive Order in 2001 and is administered by the Department of Administrative Services. The Oregon Legislature further supported the program by enacting legislation in 2011 that established an Electronic Portal Advisory Board to advance the effectiveness and delivery of new online services to the public. The program works with Oregon government organizations, helping them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information. http://www.oregon.gov/das/ets/egov

About NIC
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
DUII Driver Facing Charges Following Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 near Cave Junction
Oregon State Police - 10/08/14
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a two vehicle DUII-involved traffic crash on Highway 199 near Cave Junction. The offending driver was cited by OSP in connection with the injury crash.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by JEFFREY S. LONDINO, age 51, from Cave Junction, was northbound on Highway 199 near milepost 29 when it crossed the centerline as LONDINO lost control. The Toyota slid sideways and its passenger front side collided into the left front side of a southbound 2008 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle driven by SHELLY BURNS, age 38, from Cave Junction.

LONDINO was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later cited by OSP for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

SHELLY BURNS and one of her five passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The name of the injured passenger is not available.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Eric Tholberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District. The highway was closed about 35 minutes.

No photographs available for this release.

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Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
OR Department of Human Services - 10/08/14
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"We all have a role to play in -- and benefit to gain from -- increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a social media campaign.

"The Council is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Executive Director, Jaime Daignault. "We want to spread the important message to Oregonians that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages -- during October and throughout the year -- by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.


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Eight Lane County Residents Among 188 Finalists for 2014 Nurse of the Year
March of Dimes - 10/08/14
With 430 nurses nominated, 188 finalists remain for the fourth annual 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards. This event will honor outstanding Oregon and SW Washington nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients. Eighteen nurses will be awarded Nurse of the Year; one in each of 17 categories plus one Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The eight Lane County finalists are:
* Molly Bryant (Eugene) for Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal) at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Janice Bustrin (Springfield) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at PeaceHealth Medical Group

* Patty Everett (Eugene) for Nurse Educator at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Janis Finley (Florence) for Emergency at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

* Dorinda Nance (Eugene) for Advance Practice at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* James Sims (Veneta) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at PeaceHealth-Senior Health and Wellness Center

* Kiyah Williams (Eugene) for Rising Star at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Aaron Wilson (Springfield) for Surgical Services at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

Twenty-two finalists live in SW Washington, 120 are from the greater Portland area, twelve from the Gorge area, five from the Salem area, thirteen from North Coast, five from the Bend area, and three from Southern Oregon.

Award winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Kevin Carroll, author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," will be the keynote speaker; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing will share the connection between March of Dimes and the nursing profession. Local media personality Tara Dublin will emcee.

Awards will be given in the following 17 categories:
* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Five Salem Area Residents Among 188 Finalists for 2014 Nurse of the Year
March of Dimes - 10/08/14
With 430 nurses nominated, 188 finalists remain for the fourth annual 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards. This event will honor outstanding Oregon and SW Washington nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients. Eighteen nurses will be awarded Nurse of the Year; one in each of 17 categories plus one Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The five Salem area finalists are:
* Arianne Booth (Albany) for Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal) at Doernbecher Children's Hospital

* Marci Jordan (Stayton) for Adult Acute Care at Salem Health

* Debra Keating (Salem) for Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review at Kaiser Permanante Northwest

* Debra McAninch (Salem) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at Kaiser Permanante Northwest
* Shannon White (Keizer) for Nurse Specialty at Dialysis Systems Management

Twenty-two finalists live in SW Washington, 120 are from the greater Portland area, twelve from the Gorge area, eight from Lane County, thirteen from North Coast, five from the Bend area, and three from Southern Oregon.

Award winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Kevin Carroll, author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," will be the keynote speaker; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing will share the connection between March of Dimes and the nursing profession. Local media personality Tara Dublin will emcee.

Awards will be given in the following 17 categories:
* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
New AARP Poll Says More than Half Think They Won't Have Enough Money for Health Care
AARP Oregon - 10/08/14
4 in 10 Haven't Saved at All, Most Plan to Work Past Age 65

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55%) don't think they'll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in ten (38%) say they haven't saved anything at all for such expenses even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that among 50+ workers, most (57%) say they plan to work past the age of 65.

Although AARP found that 68% believe they should begin saving at age 35 or younger, just 28% began saving at that age. AARP's recently launched free online Health Care Costs Calculator, a major addition to its Ready for Retirement suite of planning tools, could help families and individuals of all ages plan for health savings. The calculator is available to all for free at www.aarp.org/hccc.

"Our survey shows that Americans haven't planned enough for health expenses in retirement," said AARP Vice President for Financial Security Debbie Banda. "Even though these costs can have a significant impact on retirement savings, families and individuals often struggle to save what they need because they are paying other necessary expenses or helping to support other family members or loved ones. We hope that we can help people of all ages get a better handle on these expenses with AARP's free Health Care Costs Calculator."

The Health Care Costs Calculator estimates health costs in retirement by utilizing a database that includes $136 billion in costs from actual health care claims. Users can select from 82 medical conditions to estimate how much they may need to spend on out-of-pocket health care costs. The calculator also assumes that individuals will be eligible for and select Medicare Parts A, B and D.

After estimating costs with the calculator, users can create a customizable action plan to help save for health care in retirement and make lifestyle changes that could help reduce their out of pocket costs. For example, if a person chooses "get to a healthier weight" as a goal, the tool will show how that action can lower their predicted costs, as well as offer possible next steps for pursuing that goal.

"When faced with future health costs, many people are either overwhelmed or overconfident," added Banda. "Thinking that your health care will be paid for by Medicare alone or avoiding health care planning altogether are not the right solutions. The more you know and plan for you and your family's health care, the better off you will be in the long run."

The Health Care Costs Calculator requires no registration and collects no personal data on any user. To learn more about the tool visit www.aarp.org/hccc. For the 2014 survey Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement: A 2014 survey of 50+ Workers, telephone interviews were conducted by Woelfel Research, an independent research company, June 4 - June 22, 2014. The margin of error for the national sample of 1,002 non-retirees is +/- 3%. The margin of error for the national sample of 502 retirees is +/- 4%.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 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. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. 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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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, October 17, 2014
Oregon State Library - 10/08/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR on October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

The Board will consider recommendations from the LSTA Advisory Council and review the State Librarian's recommendation for the continuing operation of the statewide virtual reference service, Answerland. An open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
October 17, 2014
Oregon State Library, Room 103
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the August 15, 2014 and
September 26, 2014 Meeting Bonebrake

9:15 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

10:00 Reports of the State Librarian and Staff Dahlgreen
Strategic Plan Progress
Division Reports

11:30 Open Forum**

Noon Working Lunch
Bonebrake
12:30 New Business:
Recommendations of the LSTA Advisory Council Lindauer
Recommendation for Answerland Dahlgreen

1:45 Plans for 2015 meetings (bring calendars) Bonebrake

2:00 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.
DCBS releases national study on workers' compensation costs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
Rates for Oregon businesses among the lowest in nation

Oregon's workers' compensation rates continue to be among the lowest in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

The biennial study ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on rates that were in effect Jan. 1, 2014. Oregon had the ninth least expensive rates in 2014, an improvement from its ranking as the 13th least expensive state the last time the study was done, in 2012. DCBS recently announced that Oregon workers' compensation rates would decline further - an average 5.3 percent - in 2015.

"Consistently low workers' compensation rates have been an important factor in creating a positive business climate in Oregon," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "A strong commitment by all in the workers' compensation community has helped keep costs down while improving outcomes for workers."

The study shows California had the most expensive rates, followed by Connecticut. North Dakota had the least expensive rates. In the Northwest, Idaho's rates were the 14th most expensive, followed by Washington.

Oregon researchers also compared each state's rates to the national median (midpoint) rate of $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Oregon's rate of $1.37 is 27 percent below the median.

Because states have various mixes of industries, the study calculates rates for each state using a standard mix of the 50 industries with the highest workers' compensation claims costs in Oregon. Details about how the study was conducted can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/about_the_study.html. A summary of the study was posted today; the full report will be published later this year.

Oregon has conducted these studies in even-numbered years since 1986, when Oregon's rates were among the highest in the nation. The department reports the results to the Oregon Legislature as a performance measure. Oregon's relatively low rate today reflects the state's workers' compensation system reforms and its improvements in workplace safety and health.

Here are some key links for the study/workers' compensation costs:

* To read a summary of the study, go to http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/report_summary.pdf.

* Prior years' summaries and full reports with details of study methods can be found at http://bit.ly/9mG3hs.

* Information on workers' compensation costs in Oregon, including a map with these state rate rankings, is at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/map.html.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
WOU's 2014-15 theatre and dance season announced (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 10/08/14
Western Oregon University 2014-15 theatre season poster
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This year Western Oregon University's Department of Theatre and Dance faculty have planned a season of stage entertainment featuring comedy, romance, dance, and even an original play. All productions will be in Rice Auditorium and tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students (season ticket options available until November 13). Tickets for each event go on sale at the Box Office two weeks prior to opening night and can be purchased by calling 503-838-8462.

"Death by Design," directed by Ted de Chatelet, is the first performance of the season. This is a comedy with songs and murder. Written by Rob Urbinati, the play is a mystery "mash up" of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie complete with a collection of unusual characters brought together by chance and all falling under suspicion when one is murdered. "Death by Design" performs November 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held November 16.

Jane Austen's beloved romance "Pride and Prejudice" will be directed by David Janoviak. Austen's book has been adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan and tells the story of the five eligible Bennet sisters wooing (and being wooed), and how the socially awkward Mr. Darcy proves to be a more interesting match for Elizabeth Bennet than first presumed. "Pride and Prejudice" will be presented February 26 through 28 and March 4 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on March 1.

The much anticipated annual Spring Dance Concert features choreography by students in WOU's dance program as well as by faculty members Deborah Jones, Sharon Oberst and Darryl Thomas. Each year the concert also features piece by a guest choreographer. The Dance Concert will be given nightly at 7:30 p.m. May 7 through 9.

The 2014-15 season will close with a new Devised Theatre production created under the direction of Michael Phillips, who led the creation of the devised production "Half a Block from Home" in spring 2013. The production, created and performed by students, will be presented May 27 through 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 30.

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
State SHIBA program offers free, unbiased help

Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to help.

SHIBA is a statewide Medicare information and assistance program that is federally funded through an annual grant from the Administration for Community Living. SHIBA staff and more than 250 certified counselors serve many of Oregon's more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Call 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) for free, unbiased one-on-one assistance.

Annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2015.

"It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans every year," SHIBA spokeswoman Lisa Emerson said. "Plans change year to year, as do your individual health care needs. You could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan."

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

Here are tips from SHIBA for comparing plans:

- Find your insurance cards: You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

- Update your list of prescription drugs: Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate any unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan for you?

- Use the Medicare.gov plan finder: The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it's important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

- Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes: Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.

- Apply for help with drug costs: If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available soon.

More information:

SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit www.oregonshiba.org to find a copy of the 2015 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans or to find a free Medicare 101 class in your area.

Medicare: As an alternative you may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you understand your coverage options and enroll in a plan.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance is part of the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. 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.
Arrest of Mercedes Alvarado
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 10/08/14
On October 7, 2014, an Indictment was filed in Marion County Circuit Court charging Mercedes Alvarado with Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Mercedes Alvarado, 25, is charged with recklessly causing the death of her daughter Aniya Zamora, who was three years old at the time of her death on April 19, 2013. Mercedes Alvarado was subsequently arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued for that charge.

Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony and a Measure 11 offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison. The crime requires proof that the defendant recklessly caused the death of another human being.

Mercedes Alvarado is currently being held at the Marion County Jail with no bail and will appear for arraignment on October 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Highway, Salem.

The circumstances surrounding Aniya Zamora's death continue to be investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Grand Jury. Therefore, no additional comments will be issued by the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Any person with information concerning Aniya Zamora's death should contact Detective Matt Wilkinson at 503-566-6925.
10/07/14
Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine exhibit to travel across state (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 10/07/14
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Portland, OR - Due to the overwhelming response to Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society has developed a traveling version of the exhibition to debut November 1, 2014 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. Adapted from the Portland-based museum exhibition, which was on display from June 6-September 20, the traveling version includes 12 colorful banners with photographs and text illustrating the history of the flourishing Oregon wine industry.

Two iPads with stands provide digital interactive experiences to complement the graphics. Visitors may scroll through and view wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century through a digitized artifact catalog. A virtual AVA map with touch screen capability gives wine enthusiasts the chance to explore the major winegrowing areas of Oregon and learn about typical wine varietals grown in each part of the state.

The exhibition will be available for rental in 2015 and is booking quickly. Please contact Lori Erickson, OHS Curator, at 503-306-5233 for rental inquiries, or visit http://ohs.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/clink/.


About Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition tells the stories of some of the individuals and institutions that propelled Oregon wine onto the national and international stage.

Clink! traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.


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Minor Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's minor injury commercial truck crash that occurred off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass. The truck and load of lumber came to rest several hundred feet off the freeway down an embankment. Recovery of the vehicles and load is expected to take a couple days.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2010 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with lumber driven by MACEO BOSTON III, age 45, from Grants Pass, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 70 going uphill when the driver lost control. The truck and trailer struck the metal guardrail, damaging several posts and sections of guardrail as it continued off the freeway and down an embankment. The truck and trailer continued several hundred feet before hitting a tree and stopping in a location not visible to passing traffic.

Another commercial truck driver made his way down to the crash scene and extinguished a small fire in the vehicle.

Personnel from Rural/Metro Fire Department and AMR Ambulance responded and helped BOSTON back to the freeway area. He was transported by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with minor injuries.

Approximately 180 gallons of diesel spilled near the wreckage toward Rat Creek. A hazardous materials response team was being dispatched to handle the spill at the request of the trucking company, A&M Transport from Glendale, Oregon.

ODOT is handling incident scene management. OSP Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

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Update: Victim Name & Suspect Photo Released - Arrest Following Shooting near Merlin in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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One person is in custody and the victim is being treated at a hospital following Monday night's shooting near Merlin in Josephine County. Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation. The victim's name and suspect's photograph are released in this update.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 9:23 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported shooting at 535 Pleasant Valley Road north of Merlin. OSP troopers arrived and secured the scene so fire and medical personnel could approach to treat an adult male found outside the residence suffering a gunshot wound.

The 27-year old male victim identified as JOSHUA MORRISON was taken by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The victim reportedly lives at the residence where the shooting occurred. According to the hospital, he is in stable condition.

Subsequent to the initial investigation, OSP arrested DAVID EDWARD MILLER, age 51, from Merlin. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The victim's girlfriend, HALEY JORDAN KIRBY, age 24, was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice based on an outstanding felony warrant out of Floyd County, Georgia, for Larceny.

No other information is being released at this time.

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Kirby photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Head outdoors and enjoy fall color in Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/07/14
Fall color in Springfield, OR
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Whether you're a nature lover, photographer, or just love outdoor life, right now - as the days shorten and nights grow cooler - is a great time to take in the beauty of Oregon's fall colors. Hiking in a park, along a trail, taking a walk through your neighborhood or enjoying your favorite college campus are all good opportunities to appreciate the color of the leaves of red alder, dogwood, vine maple and other trees as they catch our eye with their brilliant hues.

Good places to experience fall color
Fortunately, during these times of resource conservation and high gas prices, you don't need to travel far to find places to enjoy fall color. Great fall color can often be found close to home, both in city parks or arboretums. If you're in the neighborhood, plan a visit to one of these destinations.

Silverton
In Silverton, the Oregon Garden is a grand showcase for thousands of plants in more than twenty specialty gardens. The Oregon Garden also boasts water features, wetlands, a conifer garden, and the 400 year-old Signature Oak.

Corvallis
Oregon State University's campus in Corvallis features fall beauty around every corner this month. There are some 5,000 trees on campus, and some 20 to 50 new trees are planted each year. The OSU Campus Tree Tour application for your phone or tablet is also available to download at the Apple App Store.

Portland
In the Portland area, try Hoyt Arboretum to check out its diverse collection of more than 8,000 trees and plants from around the world. This park-like setting includes some 187 acres with 21 trails covering 12 miles. Located just two miles from downtown Portland, it's a great place to take kids. The breathtaking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, northeast of Portland, is also an excellent place to take in the beauty of the season's colors.

Eugene / Springfield
If you live in the Eugene-Springfield area, take a walk through the University of Oregon campus where both native and non-native trees are showing off fall color. Or, take a hike at Lane County's 209-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum bordering the coast fork of the Willamette River; it's located east of I-5 and just south of Eugene. If you've never been there before, their annual "Mushroom Festival" on Sunday, October 26th, might be just the time to get acquainted.

Ashland
You say you live near Ashland? Ashland's 93-acre Lithia Park located near the downtown area is the perfect place to experience fall color splendor. The one-mile Woodland Trail, part of a 100-acre National Historic Site, offers much to photograph in a beautiful wooded setting.

What causes leaves to change color?
This time of year often prompts both kids and adults to ask: "why do leaves change color, anyway?"

"The leaves of deciduous trees change color each fall due to a combination of environmental factors," explains Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "During summer months, a leaf is green because the tree is making chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis." Ries says that as day length wanes in the fall and temperatures cool, photosynthesis begins to shut down, revealing "the natural color pigments of the leaves" - what we know as fall colors.

A series of dry days combined with cool nighttime temperatures is ideal to creating beautiful fall color, so each season is a bit unique from the next. And, although abundant fall rain and wind can shorten the fall color period, Oregon is lucky as it usually has a long fall color viewing period.

Thinking about planting a tree this fall?
The autumn months - after leaf drop - is a great time to plant a new tree. Keeping in mind that red maple is over-planted in most cities, you might consider Paperbark maple for its brilliant, shiny scarlet leaves. For small to medium areas, take a look at Persian Parrotia which features purple, yellow, orange, and sometimes even red leaves on the same tree at the same time. If you have a large yard or garden, Tulip tree or Scarlet oak make a great addition to the landscape.

Fall is an excellent time to look at fall color in retail tree nurseries, so if you're looking for a colorful tree to plant, try visiting your local nursery.

When planting a new tree, make sure roots are covered but don't plant your tree too deeply; instead, set it slightly above the level of the surrounding soil to allow for settling and increased soil drainage. Do add a few inches of mulch around the base of your new tree, keeping a couple of inches of space between the mulch and the bark of the tree. Water deeply.

Help a neighbor in need
While everybody loves fall color, many people do not enjoy the fall leaf drop. If there are seniors or others in your neighborhood needing a hand, get in touch and see if they can use some help raking leaves.

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Update #3: Vehicle Photo Added - Citizen's Tip Leads OSP to Arrest Driver Involved in October 4 Critical Injury Hit & Run Crash - Highway 62 in White City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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A tip provided to the Oregon State Police (OSP) helped lead to the arrest of the driver involved in an early Saturday morning pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The involved vehicle was also located and seized pending the ongoing investigation.

On October 6, 2014, OSP received a citizen's tip that led troopers to a White City-area business parking lot where a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup with fresh body damage was parked. The pickup had damage to the right front marker light, right front bumper and passenger side mirror. Troopers identified the vehicle's owner as GEORGE V. PRAUSS, age 34, from White City, and contacted him at his place of employment.

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, OSP arrested PRAUSS and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail for Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

His arrest is related to an incident on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., when an adult male identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41, was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. THOMPSON was found critically injured, lying in the right turn lane in front of the store's entrance. He was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

OSP issued news releases to local media requesting the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver. OSP thanks the media and public's help related to this investigation.

No other information to be released at this time. Additional charge(s) may be pending.

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Tangent Firefighter's Breakfast
Tangent Rural Fire Dist. - 10/07/14
Tangent Fire District's annual Firefighters Breakfast will be held this Saturday October 11th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The proceeds from this year's event will go toward funding a Community CPR Training Program. Citizen CPR is one of several factors that can greatly improve the survivability of somebody who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest. These classes which will begin in 2015, will be offered twice a year and will be free of charge to residents living within the Tangent Fire District, and will be available to those living outside the District for a nominal fee. Cost of the breakfast will be $6.00 for adults (13 and over), $4.00 for kids (ages 5-12), and free for children 4 and under, with a maximum of $20.00 per immediate family.
Land Board to consider land sales at Oct. 14 meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/07/14
Agenda also includes wetlands and waterways report

Salem - At their Oct. 14 public meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to approve the sale of three parcels of forest land within the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area to The Wilderness Land Trust. The proposed sale will result in approximately 146 acres going back into federal ownership for conservation purposes.

The meeting's informational agenda includes a report on the Department of State Lands' removal-fill regulatory program, including number and types of permits issued, compliance monitoring, enforcement, wetland delineation, and wetland land use notice data. The report covers fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

The consent agenda includes requests for approval of several land actions in Central Oregon: initiating rulemaking for restricting recreational use of state-owned land in Deschutes and Crook counties; seeking proposals for the sale method for the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond; and initiating review for the potential sale of three parcels in Crook and Deschutes counties.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Oct. 14 at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Salem, in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

Note: Comments from the public will be taken only on agenda items for this meeting.

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

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10/06/14
MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
This evening, searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office have located Mr. Fred. Regretfully Mr. Fred was deceased at the time he was found. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing at this time.

The Fred family has been notified of the passing of their family member and they are asking for privacy to allow the family time to grieve. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any additional press releases until a cause of death is determined and that time frame is unknown.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 10/06/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors October 13, 2014.
MCSO Searches for Missing Hunter in East Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
Today at about 0944 hours, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a missing hunter in the 18000 block of Old Mehama RD SE. The missing hunter is identified as 37 year old Corey Fred who is an experienced hunter and is familiar with the area he was hunting.

The last contact anyone had with Mr. Fred was at 0600 hrs on Saturday morning, October 4th, 2014 when he sent a text saying he was going hunting on his property, which abuts up against forest land.

Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team as well as mounted posse have been called out and are searching for Mr. Fred. They are being assisted by an Oregon Air National Guard Helicopter. We would request that media aircraft remain clear of the area to lessen the dangers to the search aircraft and personnel.
Hit and Run suspect in custody thanks to observant citizen (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
Travis Haselip booking photograph
Travis Haselip booking photograph
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle and driver of the hit and run vehicle. Thanks to an observant citizen who saw the initial press release and called Willamette Valley Communications Center to report the vehicle.

The citizen said the vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 1000 Block Sage St in Silverton. Deputies responded to the location and based on the damage and evidence found at the scene of the accident, deputies were able to confirm the vehicle was involved in the accident. The vehicle is a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

Deputies made contact with the registered owner at the residence who is identified as 34 year old Travis Haselip. Mr Haselip told deputies that he hit something on Silverton Rd but did not know what it was. Mr Haselip was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on a felony charge of Fail to perform the duties of a driver, which requires a driver to stop and provide basic information exchange if involved in a motor vehicle accident on a public roadway. Mr Haselip was charged with a felony due to the injuries the victim received.

The sheriff's office would like to remind drivers to slow down and focus on their driving, especially during hours of darkness. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has responded to at least 4 vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in the past 4 days as well as several more that Salem Police responded to and investigated.

Attached is a booking photograph of the suspect.

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Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 6200 Block of Silverton Rd on October 3rd, 2014 at approximately 11:56 P.M. Deputies initially received a call from a citizen driving on Silverton Road who reported a male subject walking in the roadway. While deputies were responding they received information there was a vehicle that crashed into a field in the same area.

Deputies arrived and found 33 year old Matthew Brennan of Silverton with non-life threatening injuries from being struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel responded and transported Mr Brennan to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information will be released on Mr Brennan's medical status in compliant with HIPPA regulations.

Deputies did not find the vehicle that struck Mr Brennan at the scene or in the area. Based on the initial information obtained at the scene as well as statements from Mr Brennan, deputies believe the involved vehicle is possibly a green colored, mid to late 90's Toyota SUV or pick-up with passenger side damage.

This investigation is on-going and deputies are asking anyone that may have seen the accident or knows anything about the accident to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.


Attached Media Files: Travis Haselip booking photograph
BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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Rural Veterans to gain better access to Health Care
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/06/14
SALEM -- Oregon military veterans who reside in highly rural areas will have improved access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and services thanks to a $400,000 grant that has been designated to expand transportation services for veterans in eight counties.

The VA and the White House Rural Council have announced a national award of grants which will improve health care access for veterans across the nation. The Congressionally authorized funding program will assist more than 11,000 veterans in seven states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide health care.

The Oregon counties that will be receiving $45,000 each from this grant include Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Wallowa and Wheeler.

For thousands of veterans living in rural Oregon, the challenges of accessing the VA's health care system stem from a lack of transportation to one of the three major medicals centers across the state.

Eric Belt, the Administrator of Veterans Services for the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), said each of the state's counties that are receiving grant funding have unique transportation needs. The grant addresses these needs by enhancing existing community linkages and new routes established by grant funding through increasing staff, outreach and marketing.

"Many times the distance between a veteran and a VA Hospital or Community Based Clinic can be hundreds of miles apart. It's even more difficult for those who can't drive themselves," Belt said. "The grant will specifically address and improve transportation concerns so Oregon veterans may better receive VA health care and services."

As an accredited service office, the ODVA applied for the grant on behalf of eligible rural Oregon counties.

A highly rural area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than seven persons per square mile. At least half of the states, including Oregon, have at least one highly rural area. About one quarter of the nation's 22 million veterans live in rural areas and a majority are enrolled in the VA health care system.
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America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes(R)- People of Portland Encouraged to Start Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle During American Diabetes Month(R)
American Diabetes Association - 10/06/14
Portland, OR (November 1)- During American Diabetes Month(R) this November, the American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to Stop Diabetes(R) by challenging local Portland residents to begin living a healthier lifestyle through the America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial.

This initiative is designed to engage and empower the public to cook nutritious and delicious food and encourage them to be more active. Through social media and an interactive landing page on DiabetesForecast.org, the Association will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more, as well as ideas on how to raise funds to help Stop Diabetes in communities across the country.

"Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes and 1 million of those Americans are here in Oregon and Southwest Washington" stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington & Southern Idaho. "Cooking healthfully and staying active can be a challenge, but these are key components to managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Our goal for American Diabetes Month and beyond is to show Americans that it's not too late to start living a healthy active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it."

In support of American Diabetes Month(R), the Association will host two events at the Oregon Convention Center on November 22; Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes followed by the American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University.

Step Out is a fundraising event encouraging people to get active and raise the critical funds needed to Stop Diabetes(R). Walkers will step out on an indoor track in the Oregon Convention Center and take part in interactive stations, win prizes and join with "celebrity walkers." Register today at diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

Following Step Out, the Association invites walkers and the public to attend it's FREE Diabetes EXPO. EXPO serves over 5,000 community members interested in the latest information on diabetes and pre-diabetes and provides access to free health screenings, diabetes resources and healthy eating and active living demonstrations. EXPO is proud to feature Kendall Simmons, two-time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chef Curtis Aikens, TV personality from The Food Network, focusing their discussions and demonstrations on the American Diabetes Month themes of eating healthy and getting active to Stop Diabetes. EXPO is the finale event of this year's Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week. Register for EXPO at diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

The focus of American Diabetes Month(R) will be driven through online efforts at diabetesforecast.org/adm with weekly online engagement activities including Get Moving Mondays, Tasty Tip Tuesdays, What's Cooking Wednesdays, Get Together Thursdays and Fast Check Fridays. Follow the Association on Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or call 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month(R) Facts and Figures

Prevalence
* Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
* Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health
* Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
* The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
* About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes
* The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
* One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
* One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

About American Diabetes Month(R)
November is American Diabetes Month(R), a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

About the Stop Diabetes(R) Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes 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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - North Bend/Coos Bay
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
* Thursday October 16, 2014 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at the North Bend Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Roseburg
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Tuesday October 14, 2014 from 10:00am - 11:30am at the Public Safety Building, 700 SE Douglas
* Tuesday October 14, 2014 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the Douglas County Museum, 123 Museum Drive

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
OSP Asking for Public's Help in Serious Injury Pedestrian-Involved Hit & Run Crash on Beach north of Gearhart
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the pickup and driver involved in Sunday morning's serious injury hit & run pedestrian-involved crash on the beach near Gearhart in Clatsop County.

On October 5, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., JALIXAN FATAMAG, age 22, from Astoria, said he was walking on the beach near the Del Ray Beach access road when he was hit by a pickup's driver side rear bumper that was operated recklessly and 'cutting cookies'.

FATAMAG was knocked to the ground and had brief verbal contact with the pickup's male driver before it drove away. FATAMAG was seriously injured and helped by his friends who were at the beach access parking lot and heard him yelling for help.

FATAMAG was transported by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital and then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His injuries were serious but not life threatening.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model 'lifted' white Toyota Tundra pickup with black fenders and tinted windows. The pickup displayed unknown salmon-style Oregon license plates and has a yellow "OREGON" sticker (approximately 3 inch high lettering) in the rear window. There is no further description of the driver.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888. Lead investigator is Trooper Dave Rzewnicki.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal and Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal
Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal

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 Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes to being proposed for the three Children's Model Waivers-
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Specialized Medical Supplies, Individual Directed Goods and Services and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Translation; and Counseling as a component of Family Training
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Public Notice and Request for Comment on Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment and Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment
Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public notice and input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes being proposed for the Support Services and Comprehensive Services Waivers-
* Supported Employment Services definitions, provider qualifications and rate methodology revisions.
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Financial Management Services, Specialized Medical Supplies and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Counseling as an option for Family Training, Physical/Occupational and Speech, Hearing and Language Therapies
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

Proposed changes to Comprehensive Services Waiver only-
* Addition of Participant Direction Opportunities

Proposed changes to Support Services Waiver only-
* Decrease maximum number of unduplicated participants for each of the five waiver years in Support Services Waiver
* Revision of selection of entrants to the waiver
* Removal of Specialized Supports service
* Remove designation of Organized Healthcare Delivery System (OHCDS) from Support Services Brokerages

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Get "Caught" Wearing Your Life Jacket (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/06/14
Marine Deputy Nate Thompson showing a young boater the importance of wearing her lifejacket.
Marine Deputy Nate Thompson showing a young boater the importance of wearing her lifejacket.
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It's a symbol of safety and most boaters know that wearing a life jacket can save your life. But did you know that most recreational boating fatalities involve adults who have years of boating experience but succumb to drowning from falling overboard or capsizing?

The Oregon State Marine Board, Lincoln County and Tillamook County Sheriff's Offices and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are teaming up to evaluate life jacket wear and to reward adults who are "caught" wearing their life jackets as part of a nationwide "Wear It" campaign to educate boaters about the importance of wearing a properly fitting life jacket to reduce recreational boating fatalities in Oregon.

During a targeted weekend in October, marine deputies will be rewarding boaters who are "caught" wearing their life jackets with a free, cell phone Dry Pak(C). Coast Guard Auxiliarists will also be observing boaters and documenting the type of boats, weather conditions, and if boaters were wearing life jackets.

"This project is a great way to raise awareness, and hopefully impact behavior so boaters look at life jacket wear the same way car drivers look at seat belts," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. "This is a positive way to encourage use. Let's reward people who are being safe."

October is traditionally a peak month for Dungeness crabbing, among other fisheries along the Oregon coast. With the change to fall, there comes a change in weather, which can happen suddenly in coastal environments. "The coast is a perfect place to test out this "Caught" campaign, and hopefully, we'll be able to document higher wear rates and fewer accidents this fall and winter," Henry adds.

The Marine Board received a grant from the National Safe Boating Council for the Dry Pak(C) giveaways to promote life jacket wear. For more information about the nationwide "Wear It" campaign, visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/.

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Attached Media Files: "Caught" Wear It Campaign Audio , Marine Deputy Nate Thompson showing a young boater the importance of wearing her lifejacket.
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Over 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 near Rogue River
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
A Saturday night Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop led to the arrest of a San Jose, California man after a trooper found over 4 pounds of methamphetamine inside the man's car on Interstate 5 near Rogue River. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:59 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1998 Volkswagen displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 45 for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as FRANCISCO ALBERTO BEIZA, age 27, from San Jose, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value is approximately $60,000.

BEIZA was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/06/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Salem - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 16, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Department of State Lands
Mill Creek Room
775 Summer St. NE

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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

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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 in Pleasant Hill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 58 at Parkway Road in the Pleasant Hill area of Lane County.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 at Parkway Road. Shortly after arrival, the male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that happened at an unknown time during the night.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Grand Cherokee driven by JOHNNY GENE DYE, age 52, from Dexter, was southbound on Parkway Road approaching the Highway 58 intersection when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection, across Highway 58 and onto Frontage Road where it rolled off the roadway and down a short embankment.

DYE, who was the lone occupant, was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Pleasant Hill Fire District, Goshen Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. No traffic lanes were closed during the investigation.

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Health Republic Insurance Invites Public to Inaugural Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election
Health Republic Insurance - 10/06/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Oct. 6, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, announced today that it will hold its inaugural annual meeting and board of directors election on Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m. in Director Park, located in downtown Portland, Ore. The meeting is open to the public and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including photo ops with therapy llamas, a live DJ, giveaways, and free samples of Dr. Brew Kombucha.

"Most companies hold their board of directors elections behind closed doors in a conference room somewhere hidden from the public," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "We feel it's important to let the public and our members know we have nothing to hide and so we've chosen to make our whole board election process open to the public."

During the meeting, Health Republic plan members will be electing two seats to the company's board of directors. One seat is reserved for a person currently insured by Health Republic and one seat is reserved for someone not insured with the company.

"It's important to note that anyone was allowed to nominate or be nominated for a seat on our board. The perspectives a member and non-member offer will ensure that member interests drive our company," said Bonder.

Health Republic is a chartered 501(c)(29) non-profit, known as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), and by law must have members choose its board of directors. By 2016, a majority of its board must be comprised of the company's health plan members.

Director Park is located on SW Park Ave between SW Yamhill St. and SW Taylor St. near the Fox Tower in downtown Portland, Ore. The board of directors election proceedings will begin at 5 p.m. Public are welcome to observe, but only Health Republic plan members may vote.

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
Oregon Lions Inducted into Hall of Fame for Service in their Communities (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 10/06/14
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NEWS RELEASE


(Portland), OR (October 6, 2014) - The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) hosted its annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Tualatin Country Club on October 4th, 2014 to honor the Lions history and outstanding work in communities all around the state. The OLSHF Hall of Fame was established to honor, memorialize, and encourage outstanding leadership and service on behalf of the Foundation's mission to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need.

At the event, three Lions were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Lake Grove Lion William Page Douglas (posthumously), Redmond Lion Tom Bessonette and Beaverton Lion Wally Anderson - joining thirteen other Lions who have left a significant legacy of serving others. The very first member of the Hall of Fame was Dr. Richard Chenoweth, who was recognized with an OLSHF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala in 2009.

Due to the contributions of these inductees and their Lions Clubs, OLSHF assists thousands of Oregonians with sight and hearing issues who have nowhere else to turn for help. Page Douglas left a generous bequest to OLSHF ensuring our ability to serve more people in need. Tom Bessonette, a Lion for 63 years, actively served in many different capacities - Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor, District Governor and OLSHF's Executive Committee Chair. Wally Anderson has worked with the Mobile Health Screening Program for 11 years traveling more than 15,000 miles throughout the state to screen the sight and hearing of 300,000 people - school children as well as adults, discovering thousands of potential health issues.

For nearly 90 years Lions Club members have fulfilled a promise to Helen Keller to serve as Knights of the Blind by addressing preventable sight and hearing loss to those in need. In Oregon, children, families or adults lacking resources are helped with cataract surgeries, eye exams, new eyeglasses, hearing exams and new hearing aids as well as health screenings.

About OLSHF:
Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need. Last year, 79,420 people were screened statewide through our Mobile Health Screening Program, 96% of which were children at an average cost of less than $4.00 per person. In addition, we have distributed over 2,300 gift vouchers for free eye exams and eyeglasses in partnership with Vision Service Plan and Prevent Blindness America. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through mission work. In the last 12 months, we have also given over $1 million in brand new hearing aids to those in need, through a partnership with All-American Hearing Centers. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is a service organization with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs around the globe. Started in 1917, Lions Clubs aim to provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals, as well as provide other services and humanitarian projects for local communities. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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Portland Air National Guard Base to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 10/06/14
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OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions Oct. 6 and 7.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based in Portland and Vancouver to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. These missions are conducted monthly as they provide essential training in the use of night vision goggles and aircraft maneuvering in nighttime flying scenarios.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster communication with the community and the Port of Portland, training flights will conclude each evening before 10:00 p.m.


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MEDIA ALERT: Lane County Chefs in a Live Cook Off for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 10/06/14
**PHOTO OP**
Lane County chefs cooking up culinary delights before your eyes and competing in a cook off to be the "Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef".

**MEDIA**
Members of the media are invited to attend. Chef interviews and photo ops available from 6:00pm -7:00 pm. Live remotes welcome. Arrangements can be made by calling Aimee Corey at 541.915.1103.


--WHAT--
Lane County's finest chefs will compete in a live cook off where they're only able to use five ingredients, one of which will be a surprise. The chefs were informed of the other four ingredients (pork chops, apples, Swiss cheese and cherry tomatoes) late last week. A panel of judges will crown the "Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef".

--WHEN--
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM

--WHERE--
Kendall Lexus
344 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR

--WHO--
The chefs cooking for a cause are: Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Tom Ascariz of Prime Rib & Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro and Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters at Valley River Inn.

--WHY--
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year, including 1 in
11 babies in Oregon. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. March of Dimes is there for all babies.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.
Register now for the Great Oregon ShakeOut
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/06/14
Register now for the Great Oregon Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in history and join thousands of Oregonians in making earthquake safety a priority. The ShakeOut is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m, when residents around the state will "drop, cover, and hold on" for one minute.

"Participating in the ShakeOut is an easy way to practice what you would do in an earthquake," said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

There are many ways to participate this year including a "ShakeOut Selfie contest" sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Have your camera ready when you "drop, cover and hold on" during the ShakeOut drill. Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will be eligible to win a free emergency kit.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone a fault line stretching from off shore British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state at any time.

"It's only a matter of time before a large earthquake hits Oregon, by preparing now you can increase your chances of survival later," said Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

As you get ready to ShakeOut, don't forget to share the preparedness steps you take on social media, via email, or in person with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. What you provide as an example could help teach another person what to do, which could save their life!

Register for the Shakeout here: www.shakeout.org/oregon

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
Trail Blazers and Wells Fargo "Take it to the Court for Education" program to provide $75,000 to local schools this season
Wells Fargo - 10/06/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The big winners at last night's Wells Fargo Fan Fest at the Moda Center weren't the Portland Trail Blazers players or coaches. It was local schools and teachers.

At the free scrimmage, the Trail Blazers and Wells Fargo announced they have launched a new education initiative called "Take it to the Court for Education" sponsored by Wells Fargo. The program will provide a total of $75,000 in grants to teachers and schools across Oregon and S.W. Washington to support their academic, art and athletic, or community programs.

"This new program will offer critical funding to school programs that might otherwise be cut," said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. "It will also spotlight important school programs that support youth where they learn and play across the region."

Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers have worked together in the past on other education efforts, including a college scholarship program.

"Take it to the Court for Education is a natural extension of our collaboration and a desire by both our organizations to do everything we can for our local students," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis.

Teachers, staff, administration, parents and community members can submit applications by mail or online for up to $10,000 for an elementary, middle or high school's program in Oregon and SW Washington. Applications are available now at www.trailblazers.com/takeittothecourt and at participating Wells Fargo bank branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2015. Winners will be notified in late January.

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10/05/14
Red Cross Assisting Drain Family After Residential Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/05/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting a Drain family following a residential fire Sunday, Oct. 5 in the 300 block of State Highway 38 in the Douglass County community.

One adult and five children are receiving Red Cross immediate emergency assistance for food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
Update: Name Released - OSP Seeking Tips to Locate Vehicle & Driver Involved in Critical Injury Hit & Run Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Highway 62 in White City
Oregon State Police - 10/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) continues to ask for the public's help to locate a vehicle and driver involved in Saturday morning's pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The injured pedestrian is identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41. THOMPSON has resided in the Portland area and may be currently living in the Central Point area.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., an adult male later identified as THOMPSON was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. Preliminary investigation indicates THOMPSON was walking in the northbound bike lane located between the right turn lane into the store and the right northbound lane.

THOMPSON was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. His family has been notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are investigating the crash and seeking information to locate the vehicle and driver. Evidence at the scene indicates the involved vehicle sustained damage to a headlight/turn signal assembly, side mirror and possibly windshield or side glass. It is unknown at this time if the damage is to the right or left area of the involved vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111. Trooper Josh Wetzel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

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Red Cross Assisting 17 People After Weekend Multi-Family Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/05/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting 17 people after two weekend multi-family fires.

Five adults and five childeren are receiving immediate emergency assistance after an Oct. 5 fire in the 32000 block of Latham Road in Cottage Grove, Lane County.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, disaster health services, and information about disaster mental health services.

Seven adults are receiving immediate emergency assistance following an Oct. 4 fire in the 2700 block of NE 27th Street in Gresham, Multnomah County.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, disaster mental health services, and information about disaster health services.
10/04/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 20 lbs of Liquid Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday afternoon along Highway 97 north of Madras led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed in the rental car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:57 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rented 2013 Hyundai Elantra displaying California license plates for a speed violation in a construction zone on Highway 97 near NE Elm Lane in Jefferson County. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as SILVESTRE RIVERA FERNANDEZ, age 25, from South Gate, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover 3 vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle with a substance that was determined to liquid methamphetamine. Total weight of the liquid methamphetamine was approximately 20 pounds, which can later be converted to a solid form of methamphetamine. Estimated value is pending confirmation.

RIVERA FERNANDEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

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Update #2: Second Person Dies Following 9/24/14 Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Oregon State Police confirmed this morning through Salem Hospital that passenger CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from Portland, died at the hospital where she has been treated since the September 24, 2014 traffic crash. The investigation continues and no enforcement decision has been made yet.

Previously released information information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and was in critical condition until her death.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Oregon Red Cross Assisting After Creswell Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/04/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting one adult displaced by a residential fire Saturday, Oct. 4 in the 200 block of South Mill Street in Creswell, Lane County.

The Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 near Harrisburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at the northbound Oak Grove Rest Area on Interstate 5 near Harrisburg.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 7:33 p.m., a motorcycle operated by EDDIE R. BATES, age 42, from Coburg, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 206 when it entered the Oak Grove Rest area at approximately 50 mph. The motorcycle struck a curb, ejecting BATES about 75 feet onto the ground.

BATES was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Harrisburg Fire Department, Eugene/Springfield Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Trooper Cale Day is the lead investigator.

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Two Uninjured After Wildlife-Involved Collision - Interstate 5 south of Creswell (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or near our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

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10/03/14
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting October 7 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting October 7 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the results from the study on the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon and from the Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment study. It will also hear about public health in Oregon, including an update on the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services. Other presentations will include the Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and a follow-up on High Cost Medications. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

When: Tuesday, October 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: New location! OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third floor, Room #4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx

Agenda:
* Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon
* Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Survey
* Public Health in Oregon
* Behavioral Health Strategic Plan
* Follow-up on High Cost Medications

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons 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.
Health advisory lifted October 3 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Clatsop County Parks at 503-325-6452.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.
County to Consider Additional Amendments to Noise Ordinance
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/03/14
The Marion County Board of Commissioners has scheduled another reading and will consider additional amendments to the county noise ordinance at their regular Board Session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem.

In July, the board amended the noise ordinance to remove the exemption for commercial uses inside the Salem urban growth boundary to address noise and loud music played at night made in conjunction with permitted commercial uses. The proposed amendments will expand the exemption outside the urban growth boundary. If approved, the ordinance will become effective in 90 days.

The public is invited to provide verbal comments at this meeting and written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m., October 14, 2014, and may be submitted to:

Marion County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309-5036
Or via email at commissioners@co.marion.or.us

Written comments must include the commenter's full name and address. For more information, please contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail commissioners@co.marion.or.us.
Local agencies participate in prescription drug take back ***** Update ***** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/03/14
The drug take back on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 was a success thanks to everyone involved. The Marion County Sheriff's Office location took in 271 pounds, while Salem Police took in 237.5 pounds for a total of 508.5 pounds of prescription drugs between the two different drop sites.

So what happens to all these drugs once they are dropped off? The Marion County Sheriff's Office along with the Marion County Health Department and Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste (EFW) Facility are proud to have a partnership where together we all help ensure the safekeeping, disposal and ultimate destruction of medications.

Covanta's Rx4Safety program provides people across the country with a way to safely dispose of unwanted drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements, at no cost to the tax payer, through collaborations with local municipalities to organize free drop-off events. Once collected, the drugs are properly destroyed free of charge via Covanta's Energy-from-Waste process and turned into clean, safe energy at a Covanta Energy-from-Waste facility, ensuring unwanted prescription drugs are kept off the streets and out of drinking water. These facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art combustion controls and air pollution control equipment to ensure environmentally sound destruction.

Participants were invited to take a pledge to lock up drugs at home and enter a drawing to win a personal sized digital safe. Safes are just one way to secure commonly misused medications at home to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft of drugs. The winners of the two safes were Vera Horne from Jefferson and Patricia Wheeler from Salem, Congratulations to them both.


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Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

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Attempt to Elude
Lebanon Police Dept. - 10/03/14
Nature of Crime or Event: Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Date / Time Occurred: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014/ 11:44PM
Occurred Location: Intersection of Tangent and N. 12th St., Lebanon, OR to the intersection of Linn West Dr. and Powell Hills Loup., Shedd, Linn County, OR.

While attempting to stop a vehicle for a defective lighting violation, a Lebanon Police Officer initiated a pursuit of the driver of the suspect vehicle, a silver Mercedes-Benz ML320, after it failed to yield to emergency lights and siren. The driver of the suspect vehicle, (later identified as Lebanon resident Jacob M. Elliott, 38 years of age), traveled at speeds of 90MPH as he drove in a Southwesterly direction from Lebanon to the Shedd area. Pursuing Lebanon Police Officers paced the suspect vehicle until Linn County Deputies and an Oregon State Trooper joined the pursuit.

After traveling approximately 13 miles on various back roads, the suspect vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of Linn West Dr. and Powell Hills Loop near Shedd, OR. Apparently, the vehicle ran out of fuel. Jacob Elliott and a single passenger, Katherine A. Aitken, 26 years of age, were both taken into custody without incident. Both individuals had outstanding warrants out for their arrest. The arrest warrants for Jacob Elliott included charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine/Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine/Heroin, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Probation Violation. Katherine Aitken had a felony warrant for Failure to appear on an Identity Theft Charge. In addition to the felony warrants, Jacob Elliott was charged with Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, DUII and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin. The vehicle was seized for the eventual service of a search warrant. Both Jacob Elliott and Katherine Aitken were transported to the Linn County Jail for lodging.
Portland Man Arrested Following Injury Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 138 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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A Portland man was arrested Thursday night following a minor injury traffic crash on Highway 97 at the Highway 138 intersection in Klamath County.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 2014 Hyundai Elantra driven by NICHOLAS J. RAPTIS, age 39, from SW Portland, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 213 when it passed a northbound commercial truck in a posted no passing zone. While finishing the passing maneuver, the Hyundai swerved in front of the truck causing the truck's left front corner to collide with the car's right passenger side.

The truck's driver, TAD YOUNG, age 32, from Silverton, lost control and the truck and semi-trailer overturned onto their side coming to rest blocking the northbound lane. YOUNG and passenger CHRISTOPHER RICH, age 33, from Dallas, were transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. The truck & semi-trailer, loaded with a cargo of assorted paper and plastic goods, were extensively damaged.

The Hyundai also received major damage. RAPTIS was not injured and subsequent to the investigation he was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Reckless Driving and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

OSP troopers from the LaPine office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chemult Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. Senior Trooper Joe Smith is the lead investigator.

The northbound lane was closed about five hours.

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Raptis photo - Klamath County Sheriff's Office

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6 Creative Housing Options (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/03/14
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AARP Oregon has opened registration for five Staying at Home workshops on December 2, 4, 6 in Gresham, Portland and Tualatin http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Metro and Salem and Albany, December 3 and 6 http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_MidValley.

Now for 6 Creative Housing Options By Amy Levner, AARP

The choices for how and where to live as an older adult are growing.

In her book With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older, author and journalist Beth Baker observes that, as roughly 10 thousand baby boomers a day are turning 65, "a significant cultural shift is underway."

The current and coming generation of older adults is realizing, says Baker, "that they can make other choices about where and how to live. With intention and planning, people around the nation are creating ways to live in community, alternatives that give them more control, more companionship, more dignity and choice than generations past."
Here, adapted from Baker's book is a brief guide to what some of these creative options are called and how they work.

1. Cohousing
In a cohousing situation each person or family purchases a residence -- be it an apartment, townhouse or even a single-family house -- which contains everything a typical home would have (i.e., a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room). However, the residences are linked to a shared space, such as a yard and gardens, and a large common room, dining area and kitchen that can accommodate group meals or gatherings.

The point of cohousing is community and being able to live independently without living entirely alone. Cohousing setups are typically intergenerational and don't involve staff-provided services, but they can be age-specific. A few "senior cohousing communities" have been built, and some allow residents to hire household and care services as needed.

2. House Sharing
In these arrangements a person who has a home may invite a friend or family member, or even a tenant, to move in and help with expenses and chores. The setup might involve people of the same age or generation and the arrangement is one of peers residing together for companionship and cost efficiency. Sometimes two or more friends actually purchase or rent a residence together and become housemates.

Another house sharing scenario can revolve around the needs of an elderly property owner who doesn't want to relocate but can no longer care for herself or a large home entirely on her own. A younger person (and younger can even mean someone who's 60 or older) may be willing to provide some caregiving and transportation assistance in exchange for affordable or flexible housing. If so, the two can make for well-matched housemates.

3. Housing Cooperatives
These types of member-owned, resident-governed nonprofit communities are common in certain cities (New York for one) and are generally not age-specific.

A co-op can be made up of housing that ranges from apartments to single-family houses to mobile homes. The co-op board, typically consisting of elected residents, decides what shared services the co-op will provide (such as social activities and maintaining the grounds) and often has approval rights over potential home buyers. Mobile home cooperatives are spreading in rural areas, and senior housing cooperatives have taken root, particularly in the Midwest.

4. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (also referred to by the acronym NORC)
Neighborhoods or locations that just happen to have a significant number of older people (hence, the community's commonality is naturally occurring or organic) create a network of shared support services, such as helping one another -- or sharing hired help -- for grocery store runs, transportation to medical appointments, or lawn-mowing. By working together, each person is enabled to safely and comfortably "age in place."

5. Niche Retirement Communities (also called Affinity Retirement Communities)
A traditional retirement community is an age-restricted, usually 55-plus community that enables older adults to live independently but with access to social activities and community amenities, such as yard maintenance services or fitness and recreation facilities. (Retirement destinations such as Florida and Arizona have many such places.) A "niche" or "affinity" retirement community is one where residents share a common interest, religion or identity. The link may revolve around, for example, shared ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation or hobby.

6. Villages
Founded in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2002, the Village model of "neighbors-helping-neighbors" provides a way for older adults to stay in their homes and community. There are upwards of 125 Village communities throughout the nation today, with 100 more getting started, most operating via a mix of paid staff and volunteers who assist older residents with everything from transportation and technology training to home repairs and grocery shopping. Villages frequently provide social activities and classes as well. Members pay annual dues and are encouraged to volunteer themselves.

You can read a longer version of this article at aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/creative-age-friendly-housing-options. For more about Beth Baker's book, "With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), visit bethbaker.net. To learn more about livable communities, visit aarp.org/livable or email AARP at livable@aarp.org.
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Amy Levner is the manager of the Livable Communities team at AARP, where she leads educational and outreach efforts to create age-friendly communities for people of all ages. She can be reached at alevner@aarp.org.


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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday afternoon off Highway 38 about twelve miles east of Reedsport. The victim's name and additional information is released in this update.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 2:57 p.m., OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders were notified of the discovery of a male lying next to a motorcycle off an embankment along the north side of Highway 38 near milepost 12. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed the male was deceased.

Subsequent investigation indicated the motorcyclist, JOHN JOSEPH AMBROSINI, age 59, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to safely negotiate a right curve and went off the highway, down an embankment about 30 feet and struck a tree. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

The crash scene was discovered by the victim's friends who were checking travel routes after AMBROSINI was reported missing September 26, 2014 to Douglas County Sheriff's Office when he failed to return home from a motorcycle ride.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Bay Cities Ambulance, local fire personnel and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Guide to 2015 Health Insurance Coverage for Oregonians: Women's Health
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/03/14
Note: This is the first in a series of consumer guides from the Oregon Insurance Division

As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Insurance Division is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This is the first in a series of consumer guides to help Oregonians through the open enrollment process. This guide focuses on women's health coverage.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help during open enrollment by visiting healthcare.gov.

The Affordable Care Act provides many protections to women to help them better access the care they need. Below are some considerations that women and their families should keep in mind as they shop for health coverage for 2015:

* Preventive care. Health plans must cover women's preventive care without charging you a co-pay or co-insurance, even if you haven't met your deductible. For a list of required covered services, click here: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/women. You should also check the insurers' Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document, which is posted on their websites, for more detailed information about coverages and out-of-pocket costs.

* Pregnancy care and childbirth. These services are an essential health benefit, which means all health plans must cover them. You get this coverage even if you were pregnant before your coverage starts. Pre-natal costs are provided with no cost sharing, but plans vary in how they cover childbirth and what portion of the cost you pay for. Look to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document for these details.

* Birth control. Both the Affordable Care Act and Oregon law require insurers to cover all methods of prescribed contraceptive services approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with no cost sharing. When reviewing insurance product filings, the Insurance Division ensures plans include this coverage.

* Abortion services. The Insurance Division requires insurance companies to disclose whether or not they cover any or all abortion services in their Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document.

Some of these coverage requirements may not apply to plans that were sold before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered plans or transitional plans. If you aren't sure what kind of plan you have, call your insurance company or agent to ask.

During open enrollment, consumers who may qualify for financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) , and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.

According to statistics from ODOT's Crash Analysis & Reporting Section, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise in Oregon. In 2013, ODOT received reports of 1,274 such crashes, similar to the 1,283 crashes reported in 2012 and up from 1,199 reported in 2011. Overall, reports are approximately 24 percent higher than in 2008 (974 reported crashes). Officials believe the numbers are actually higher because most collisions involving wildlife result in property damage only to the involved vehicle and do not get reported to police or DMV.

Between September 27 and October 1, OSP troopers responded to four vehicle-wildlife crashes:

* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:43 a.m., a sport utility driven by a 22-year old woman was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 3 in Grant County when an elk crossed the highway. The driver swerved to miss the elk, lost control and went off the highway where her vehicle collided head-on into a tree. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:48 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 134 in Grant County struck an elk crossing the highway. The injured elk was found in a field off the highway and dispatched due to its injury. The driver wasn't injured.
* On September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m., a passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 191 in Klamath County struck a deer crossing the highway. The vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle's airbags deployed and the driver was uninjured.
* On October 1, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., two women received minor injuries while traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 236 in the Meacham area when their passenger car struck an elk in the traffic lane.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers. Fall weather often encourages motorcycle trips, so these operators should be especially vigilant: just as you continually watch for vehicles entering the roadway, be alert for wildlife, who when startled may even go back across a road they just crossed.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane - and many crashes go unreported.

During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

ODOT produced a 2:30 video on the U.S. 97 undercrossing south of Bend showing elk and deer (and other animals) using the underpass and helping improve safety in a high-incident area. The video is available for viewing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJGRs5KRP8&feature=youtu.be.

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Oregon site of earliest human occupation added to nation's list of important places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/03/14
University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w
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The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States' listing of the nation's most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south-central Oregon, archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The occupation of Paisley Five Mile Point Caves predates the appearance of "Clovis" sites by more than 1,000 years. Clovis sites characterized by a distinctive projectile point have been documented throughout many regions of the U.S. and for many years been widely accepted as evidence for the first human settlement of the Americas.

Led by Dr. Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon (UO), a team of researchers conducted archaeological excavations and extensive laboratory analyses to amass information challenging the "Clovis First" hypothesis. Intriguingly, along with stemmed projectile points, grinding stones (for grinding plant materials), modified animal bone and woven plant fiber cordage, Jenkins' team recovered coprolites (feces) containing human DNA involving testing by multiple independent laboratories. Over 200 coprolites were radiocarbon dated to pre-Clovis times. The discovery by UO researchers of 14,300-year-old human feces demonstrates the presence of an ancient human population in America's FarWest at the end of the last Ice Age.

"Archaeologists have worked at the site since 1938," said Jenkins who is a research associate at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and director of the UO Archaeology Field School in the northern Great Basin. "As we have used increasingly sophisticated scientific techniques in recent years, our understanding of the cultural and megafaunal remains at the site has grown dramatically. Analyses by our research team provides significant new information regarding the timing and spread of the first settlers in the Americas."

The site is located on land managed by the U.S. Department of Interior-- Bureau of Land Management.

"BLM is indeed pleased to see the Paisley Five Mile Points officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places," said Stan McDonald, state archaeologist for Oregon and Washington for the BLM." The site's listing underscores the importance of Oregon's archaeological heritage to understanding the full breadth of the human experience. We extend our thanks to our partner the University of Oregon and associated research team for their dedication and commitment to outstanding research."

Now a sagebrush steppe vegetation community, the Paisley site once was grassy plains surrounding a lake, marsh and river. Camel, bison, horse and waterfowl bones have been found in the area. The people living there 14,300 years ago were gathering and consuming aromatic roots, for which they would have needed special knowledge that would have developed over time.

The National Register 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 listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).

Other information:

Research at the Paisley Caves
http://pages.uoregon.edu/ftrock/paisley_caves_description.php

Oregon Archaeology Celebration of October 2014 poster showing the coprolite
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/ArchyPoster2014.pdf


Attached Media Files: News release , University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w , Dennis Jenkins, a researcher at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, holds a piece of coprolite. DNA testing of coprolite enabled coprolite found at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to be evidence of human occupation in Oreg
Weekend striping scheduled for OR 58 in Lane County
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 10/03/14
A nighttime highway striping operation will reduce lanes and create short delays for motorists and bicyclists on OR 58 between Pleasant Hill and Dexter, in Lane County this weekend.

Slow moving striping equipment will be working between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.

Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed, avoid crossing over freshly placed striping and follow the directions of flaggers on OR 58, between mileposts 6.5 and 11.

The highway segment was the recent focus of a road reconstruction and paving project. A delay in striping occurred for a few reasons including, the small number of striping subcontractors who are in high demand for numerous paving projects at the end of a busy construction season. In addition, the subcontractor on the OR 58 project lost one of its striping trucks in a fire.

"Ordinarily, we don't like to allow construction on a busy highway during the weekend," said ODOT Area 5 Project Manager Chuck Lemos. "But in the interest of making this stretch of highway safer and completing this project, we're allowing it this time."

Motorists traveling through the area during the nighttime hours should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes.
Red Cross Responds to Eugene House Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/03/14
Cascade Region volunteers early this morning responded to a disaster in the 1500 block of Linda Ave in Eugene, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided clothes, blankets, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
10/02/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training October 23, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/02/14
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Tammera Hinshaw at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503)373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.


1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the July 24, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-020-0010 & OAR 259-020-0015 - Proposed Rule Change
Criminal Justice Commission Crimes Effective Date
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PLAC on September 10, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 & OAR 259-060-0130 - Proposed Rule Changes
Public Comment on Temporary Work Permit Definition
Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on August 19, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-061-0005, 2559-061-0240, 259-0691-0260 - Proposed Rule
Continuing Education Requirements
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on August 19, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-008-0015 and 259-009-0015 - Proposed Rule
Background Investigations
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.
Unanimous vote with one abstention to recommend to the Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

F. *OAR 259-009-0005 and 259-009-0062 - Revision
Wildland Interface Firefighter - New Name: Wildland Fire Operations
Vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

G. *OAR 259-009-0059 and 259-009-0070 - Proposed Rule
Fingerprint and Denial/Revocation Update
Vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

H. *OAR 259-008-0010 and 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule
Academic Proficiency Standard Exception
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.

I. *OAR 259-008-0069 - Proposed Rule
Tribal Law Enforcement F-8 Requirements
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

J. *Carney, Chris - DPSST#22541 - Bend PD - Revocation
Resolved via Stipulated Order/Voluntary Relinquishment

K. *Heldt, Joshua - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

L. *Andrews, Michael - DPSST#F19356 - Polk County Fire District - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 27, 2014.

M. *Hayes, Peter - DPSST#30789 - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

N. *Wallace, Desirae - DPSST#48878 - Warm Springs PD - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

O. *Stinnett, Samuel - DPSST#53824 - Grant County SO - Not Deny Application for raining
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

P. *Hughitt, Cindie - DPSST#41260 - Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.

Q. *O'Brien, Timothy - DPSST#42723 - Denial of Eligibility
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

R. *Ulch, William - DPSST#46132 - Oregon State Police - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

S. *Rousseau, Steven - PSID#63999 - Deny Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PS/IPC on August 19, 2014.

T. *Policy Committee Appointments
Telcommunications Policy Committee
. Sherry Bensema - OFCA EMS Section - New appointment
Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee
. Donovan Beard - Armed Representative - New appointment
Fire Policy Committee
. Jeff Hamilton - Non-Management OSFFC - New appointment

2. *Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination - Marshal Joseph Krechter
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

3. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

4. Policy Committee Update
. Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
. Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
. Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
. Private Security Policy Committee - Bill Geiger, Chair
. Telecommunications Policy Committee - Toni Sexton, Chair

5 Update - Center for Policing Excellence

6. Next meeting date: January 22, 2015
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory for the Willamette River. The advisory, issued September 16 and updated September 18, covered the stretch of river from Ross Island to Sauvie Island.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Since not all water bodies or sections of a river are monitored for blue-green algae, Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon waters for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Update: Hood River Man Dies After Sept. 12th Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed the motorcycle operator involved in a September 12, 2014, crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday. The OSP investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.

OSP was informed that MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River, died October 1, reportedly from injuries related to the crash. PETERS returned back to Hood River for post-hospital care in late September.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by PETERS. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

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Wells Fargo offering free credit scores to customers until Nov. 15
Wells Fargo - 10/02/14
In an effort to help customers succeed financially, Wells Fargo is offering its customers in Oregon and S.W. Washington their free consumer credit score and complimentary credit report now through Nov. 15.

Wells Fargo customers can access their free score and report by visiting a participating Wells Fargo bank branch and obtaining a unique personal access code from a banker.

"A recent Wells Fargo survey showed that 27 percent of Americans are more worried about their financial health than their physical health," said Gary Korotzer, an executive vice president in Wells Fargo's Consumer Credit Solutions Group. "In much the same way an annual check-up helps us stay physically healthy, consumers can take control of their financial health by regularly checking their credit and taking steps to improve it."

About the Free Consumer Credit Score Program
Since its inception in 2012, more than 800,000 customers and team members have taken advantage of the promotion and obtained their free consumer credit score and complimentary credit report.

In its third year, the Wells Fargo's Free Credit Score promotion coincides with the American Bankers Association's Get Smart About Credit Day, a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit responsibly.

As part of the Get Smart About Credit program, Wells Fargo set a goal of reaching at least 60,000 people through volunteering in classrooms and community centers across the country to teach credit lessons.

For more information about this limited time offer, go to www.wellsfargo.com/freecreditscore.

Tips for Credit Health and Wellness
A strong credit profile can help consumers qualify for lower interest rates. Yet, many people wait until they need a loan to think about their credit situation. Wells Fargo offers these five tips to responsibly manage their credit:

1) Check your credit report annually. Make sure your credit report contains current and accurate information. Errors could negatively impact your credit score and even be a sign of possible identity theft. Request a free copy of your credit report at least once a year from www.AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling toll-free (877) 322-8228.

2) Pay your bills on time. Your payment history is one of the biggest factors in your credit score - including things that may surprise you like on-time payment of your rent and cell phone bill. Using free online tools, often available through your financial institution's online banking, can help you develop a budget and create an automatic bill payment schedule.

3) Keep debt at no more than 35 percent of your gross monthly income. Lenders look at the amount of debt a consumer has compared to their monthly income when making credit decisions.

4) Understand how strong credit impacts your bottom line. Your credit score influences the interest rate you qualify for. The lower the interest rate, the less you'll pay in interest over time. Many sites, including Wells Fargo, offer calculators that help consumers understand how interest rates impact their payment and the total cost of the loan.

5) Establish and maintain healthy credit - even if you don't need a loan. Lenders aren't the only people who use credit scores to make decisions - many insurance companies, cell phone providers and landlords do, too.

Free Tools
Wells Fargo offers a variety of free tools to customers of all ages to help them take charge of their finances, including managing their credit responsibly. Helpful educational resources include:

1) My Financial Guide -- This online site features articles and videos about money management.

2) Hands on Banking -- This interactive financial education online program is intended for all age groups (available in Spanish at www.elfuturoentusmanos.com).

3) Budgeting Toolkit -- A goal-oriented online site to help people manage their finances (available in Spanish at www.wellsfargo.com/paquetedepresupuesto).

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Leads to Wildlife Crime-Related Charges for Bandon Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/02/14
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A year-long investigation by a Coos Bay Fish & Wildlife Division trooper, in conjunction with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT), led to a Bandon-area resident being cited for wildlife crimes and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On September 24, 2014, at approximately 9:15 a.m., search warrants were served at three Bandon-area properties. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Coos Bay, Gold Beach and Roseburg offices were assisted by officers from the Bandon Police Department and SCINT detectives.

The investigation revealed that on or about August 29th, 2013, DALE J. GILBERT STONE BARKER, age 32, killed a spike elk while archery hunting in the Floras Creek area of Curry County. About two weeks later, BARKER killed a 7x7 elk while archery hunting in the same area of Floras Creek in Curry County. Both elk were retained by BARKER.

During the search of the properties, items seized related to the investigation included the following:

* One set of spike elk antlers
* Taxidermy mounted 7x7 elk shoulder mount
* Elk meat from 2013 and 2014
* Compound bow
* Two shotguns

Based on the investigation, BARKER was cited by OSP to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for Exceeding the Bag Limit for Big Game - Elk, and in Coos County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of Big Game - Elk and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Over 25 pounds of marijuana and edible marijuana products were also seized. SCINT detectives are referring charges of Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Delivery of Marijuana to the Coos County District Attorney.

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The 4 C's of Choosing a Medicare Plan That's Right For You: News You Can Use from AARP Oregon (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/02/14
Medicare serves 49 Million
Medicare serves 49 Million
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Medicare can help protect you or your loved one's health, financial security and future. This year's Medicare open enrollment season runs from October 15 - December 7. If you're 65 or over, you can review your Medicare options and change plans if you'd like. In fact, each year you have a chance to review your coverage and see what new benefits Medicare has to offer.

If you're satisfied that your current plan will meet your needs for the next year, you don't need to make any changes. But it's worth it to look at your options. Your health may change over time, and you may want to find a plan that works better for you. And if you are caring for someone who needs or has Medicare, you can also help that person navigate Medicare during open enrollment.

I encourage you to take some time to get to know how your Medicare works. Visit the AARP Medicare Question and Answer tool at www.aarp.gov/MedicareQA to find answers to common questions. When you are confident Medicare has you covered, you can focus on turning your life goals into real possibilities.

What to Consider When Selecting a Medicare Plan

You can compare Medicare coverage options on the Medicare Plan Finder at www.Medicare.gov. Click on "Find Health & Drug Plans." When looking at your options, consider the four C's: coverage, cost, convenience and customer service.

1. Coverage
Make sure that the doctors you see and the medications you take will still be part of your plan in the coming year. If upcoming plan changes affect your coverage, then it's important to review other Medicare coverage options.

2. Cost
Like most other insurance, Medicare does not pay for all your health care costs. You are responsible for paying for expenses such as deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments. If two or more plans seem to offer about the same coverage, consider choosing the plan with the lowest overall cost.

Remember, don't just look at the premium (monthly payment). Also consider the deductible (how much you pay out-of-pocket before insurance kicks in), and coinsurance and copayments (how much you pay out-of-pocket for each service like visiting a doctor or filling a prescription). Make sure to compare all of these features so you can find a plan that works for you and your wallet.

3. Convenience
Compare plans to see which doctors and hospitals are included in the coverage, as well as what local pharmacies participate. If you prefer mail-order pharmacies, check out which plans offer this option.

4. Customer Service
The Medicare plan finder tool on www.Medicare.gov provides a quality rating for each plan. The rating covers several aspects of each plan, including customer service, member complaints, drug pricing, managing chronic conditions and more.

All plans now cover certain preventive services at no cost to you, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. These include screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies and annual wellness visits with your doctor.

For one-on-one help with your Medicare decisions, contact Oregon State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIBA) by phone at 1-800-722-4134 or online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/SHIBA.


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Sweet Home Unit remains in fire season, Regulated-Use
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/02/14
It may be October, but wildfire danger persists in the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Sweet Home Unit, according to Unit Forester Craig Pettinger.

"We're almost to the end of fire season, but we're still in it," he said.

Fire season is still in effect, as well as the more restrictive Regulated-Use rules, in the Sweet Home Unit, which encompasses the southern portion of Linn County.

A forecast of dry weather with temperatures warming up into the 80s, and low offshore wind flow prompted ODF's decision to extend fire safety restrictions.

The unit forester noted that both Linn and Lane counties recently extended their debris-burning bans till further notice.

More information on the fire safety rules can be obtained from the South Cascade District's Sweet Home Unit office, 541-367-6108, and on the web, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/field/sh/aboutus.aspx.
Insurance Division offers consumer tips for open enrollment
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/02/14
This fall's open enrollment period starts Nov. 15, 2014, and Oregonians who buy their own insurance will receive letters this fall from their insurance company about their health plan options. The Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services also has information available to help consumers make the best choice for them.

"Oregon has one of the most competitive health insurance markets in the country, which means that Oregonians have lots of options," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "During open enrollment, consumers will be able to shop and pick the best plan that meets their health and financial needs."

All individual plans now have the same open enrollment period - the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help, such as tax credits, during open enrollment.

The open enrollment period for 2015 health plans runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers who may qualify for tax credits and financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare local plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with their local carrier.

If people currently have coverage and want to make sure there is no break in coverage, they should be aware of some important dates. People who want to purchase a plan through the online marketplace healthcare.gov and qualify for financial assistance for Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 15. This includes people whose 2014 coverage was purchased through Oregon's state-based exchange, Cover Oregon. Oregonians who bought a plan directly from an insurance carrier should work with that carrier to see what date they need to enroll by or whether they can be automatically be re-enrolled, in order to have coverage Jan. 1.

Additionally, all insurance companies must notify consumers if there are changes to their plan, if their plan is ending, or if their plan is available to renew. Those notices are being mailed soon.

It is common for plans to change year to year. For many Oregonians, there may not be much difference between their current 2014 plan and the most similar 2015 plan. However, if insurers make any changes to benefits or cost structure - even a minor change that provides better coverage - they must notify customers that their current health plan is changing or ending.

"If your current plan is ending, it's likely that a very similar plan is available for 2015," Cali said. "You may also want to consider other options, either with the same company or another company."

All consumers who currently have health insurance will get a letter from their insurance company with information about the status of their current plan and directing them to healthcare.gov or their carrier to renew or change their plan for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2015. For people who enrolled through Cover Oregon, the letters will also include the amount of tax credit received for 2014, if any.

Small employers, which can enroll year-round, will receive letters from insurers before their plan is due for renewal.

The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

Here are some frequently asked questions about these notifications and options for 2015 health coverage:

Q: Why is my plan changing or ending?
Insurers must notify their customers if they make any structural changes to their plans to give customers the opportunity to stay in the updated plan or shop for a new plan. The notification will state that the plan is changing or ending. If the plan is ending, the carrier will likely identify a similar plan that will be available in 2015.

Q: What changes are insurance companies making to plans?
Most companies are making changes to all or some of their plans in 2015. Some examples of changes to plans include:
* Moving covered services from being covered after the deductible is met to before the deductible is met
* Changing deductibles or maximum out-of-pocket costs
* Adding new benefits
* Making network changes

Q: If my plan is ending, how do I enroll in a similar plan?
If your current plan is ending, your insurance company will identify a similar plan in which you can enroll. The steps you have to take depend on whether you bought your plan through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll in the similar plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. You also can enroll outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace through your insurance company or agent, but if you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically enroll you in a similar plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: My letter says my plan is continuing. Do I have to do anything to stay on my current plan?
It depends on whether you bought your plan for 2014 through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll, either through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov or through your insurance company or agent. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. If you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically re-enroll you in the same plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: If I re-enroll in the same or similar plan, can I still get the tax credit?
If you qualify for the tax credit, you must enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to get those savings. Your insurance company will provide you with the plan name and ID so that you can find the plan on healthcare.gov and enroll.

Q: Can I change plans?
Yes. Oregon has a competitive health insurance market, so there are a variety of plans and insurance companies from which to choose, and you can no longer be turned down for coverage because of a health condition. You can choose a new plan during the open enrollment period from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015. Here is how you can shop for coverage:
* Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to compare plans, find out if you qualify for tax credits or other savings, and enroll. You can work with an agent or community partner to get coverage through healthcare.gov. If you qualify for a tax credit or other savings, you can get those savings only if you enroll through healthcare.gov. To make sure your new plan gets you covered Jan. 1, 2015, you need to select your plan by Dec. 15, 2014.
* Choose a plan outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace - directly from an insurance company or with the help of an agent. (You cannot receive tax credits or other cost savings if you choose this option.) Check with the insurance company about when you need to enroll to ensure coverage by Jan. 1.

Q: Is this my only opportunity to change plans?
Open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015) is your only opportunity to change plans without experiencing a "qualifying event." Examples of qualifying events include loss of comprehensive coverage, getting married, and having (or adopting) a child. You may be able to enroll at other times during the year, but only if you experience a qualifying event.

Q: Where can I learn more?
* If you have questions about your current benefits and plan, contact your insurance company or agent.
* If you have questions about the upcoming open enrollment process or your eligibility for tax credits or other savings, visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free).
* If you have general questions about health insurance, call the Insurance Division's Consumer Advocacy Unit at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), email cp.ins@state.or.us, or visit www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Walterville Pond
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 5 for Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield.

Walterville Pond is next to the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half-mile northeast of the town of Walterville in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact EWEB at 541-685-7471.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Carrie Kikel named Communication Manager for Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/02/14
Carrie Kikel, a nonprofit communication specialist most recently working as a consultant, has accepted the newly expanded role of Communication Manager with the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The position previously supported only the Trust.

"Carrie's deep experience and her passion for arts and culture across the state will be tremendous assets to our work," said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Commission and the Trust. "We are very pleased she has agreed to work with us."

Kikel spent 15 years with the Oregon Symphony, from 1991 to 2006, where she held the position of vice president of communication. Her Symphony accomplishments include initiating annual telecasts and National Public Radio broadcasts, as well as organizing national release parties for a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute recording that reached number four on the Billboard classical charts. She also led communication for the music director transition that paid tribute to James DePreist and welcomed Carlos Kalmar.

Kikel joined Providence Health & Services in 2006 and served as a regional public affairs manager until 2012 when she established her consulting business. Her cultural clients have included fEARnoMUSIC and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, as well as the Commission and the Trust. She also helped found Portland Radio Project, an online music station honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards in its first six months on the air.

"During the past several months my consulting work has given me a front row seat to the amazing work the Commission and the Trust do to enrich our state," said Kikel. "I am really proud to join their team and feel, in many ways, like I am coming home."

Kikel has a bachelor's in communication from Marylhurst University. Her employment began Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing 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 (Business Oregon) 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.
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Albany Fire Department and Police Department Hold Annual Treasure Hunt October 4th (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/02/14
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Come visit us this Saturday, October 4th from 10-1. See attached flyer for all the details of activities happening!


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