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Tue. 07/25/17
Revised - Lincoln County - Defense Support Civil Authority Coordination Demonstration
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/25/17 4:55 PM
Lincoln County is privileged to host the U.S. Naval Third Fleet, the Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department for a Defense Support Civil Authority Coordination Demonstration on July 31, 2017, 8:30am -- 10:30am at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, Newport, Oregon.

The U.S. Third Fleet, on their way to the Seattle Seafair on August 3rd, will stop over outside of Yaquina Bay (Newport, Oregon) and deploy an amphibious landing craft unit (LCU) to navigate into Yaquina Bay and conduct a landing at the South Beach Marina. The LCU will then off-load engineering equipment and reload with emergency vehicles from the City of Newport, Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department. The Washington Military Department resources and personnel will travel onboard the USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) to Washington to complete the exercise on August 1st, at the Westport Marina in Grays Harbor, WA.

The interest to sponsor the demonstration is directly linked to the after action review process of the Casadia Rising multi-state exercise conducted June of 2016; the exercise identified the need to simulate domestic response efforts across all levels of governmental agencies. The focus of the demonstration is to showcase capabilities at all levels of government to order, distribute and receive emergency resources along the Oregon Coast during a catastrophic disaster response.

A VIP Reception, invitation only, will be held just prior to the demonstration to provide a briefing of the demonstration planning process, expectations of demonstration and future planning efforts to strengthen local, regional and federal capabilities.

Coordinating Partners:
United States Department of the Navy, Pacific Third Fleet
Oregon Military Department
Washington Military Department
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
United States Coast Guard, Station Yaquina Bay
Port of Newport
City of Newport

Media Coordination During Demonstration:
Please email Lincoln County Emergency Manager, Jenny Demaris, vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us, for specifics and coordination for Media parking, best spots for visual/video picture/recordings, attendance at VIP reception and possible interviews with VIP's etc. A Military Public Affairs Officer and County Public Information Officer will be assigned to coordinate with on-site media the day of the event.


Attached Media Files: Revised Media Release - US Third Fleet - OMD Demonstration , Revised Media Release - US Third Fleet - OMD Demonstration
Plane Lands on Foster Reservoir and Overturns When Occupants Exit
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/25/17 4:41 PM
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports at 3:20 p.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a plane that went down into Foster Reservoir. The caller was able to get the occupants out of the water onto their boat and safely to the shore.

When deputies responded, they learned that the plane has pontoon type landing gear and had intentionally landed on the lake, not crashing. When the three occupants were exiting the plane after landing, it became unbalanced and overturned. None of the occupants were injured.

Deputies are on scene and are currently conducting an investigation. Our office will release more information as it becomes available.
OHA News Release: Oregon Health Policy Board to meet August 1 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 07/25/17 2:50 PM
July 25, 2017

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983, jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet August 1 in Portland at OHSU

What: The monthly public meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board

When: Tuesday, August 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting also will be available via livestream. A link to the livestream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's
meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/OHA/OHPB/Pages/OHPB-Meetings.aspx. A toll-free, listen-only conference line is also available to the public at 888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
OHA Director's report; OHPB committee updates; federal health policy update; public testimony; Action Plan for Health presentation and discussion

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations, contact Jeff Scroggin at 541-999-6983 or jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Senate Moves to Imperil Health Care for Millions
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 07/25/17 12:45 PM
Today, the Senate voted to move forward with an effort to pass Trumpcare, which would repeal Obamacare and "defund" Planned Parenthood. The move came despite millions of people across the country expressing opposition and outrage at the various pieces of legislation that have been proposed - which would all leave tens of millions uninsured, charge women more for less insurance coverage and prevent millions of people with Medicaid coverage from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers for basic, preventive care. Vice President Mike Pence, who authored the original legislation to "defund" Planned Parenthood as a Congressman, had to cast the tie-breaking vote on the worst bill for women's health in a generation.

Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

"In all of its various forms, this bill is the worst bill for women in a generation. From ending maternity coverage and the birth control benefit for millions to blocking women's access to preventive care at Planned Parenthood, every version of Trumpcare has been devastating to women. And at every step of the process, this legislation has only gotten worse as Republican leaders have chipped away at women's health and rights. The Senate must reject Trumpcare, or they will be responsible for putting millions of people's lives at risk. No amount of D.C. wheeling and dealing will change the fact that Trumpcare would leave tens of millions of people stranded without the essential health care they and their families depend on today.

"Make no mistake: This fight is far from over. This Senate bill is on life support because of its deep unpopularity and because of the incredible power of the American people speaking out. Planned Parenthood supporters across the country will keep fighting this bill at every step, at every twist and at every turn. One voice may be easy to dismiss, but together our voices are too loud to ignore. Now - more than ever - is the moment to speak out, call your Senators and demand they vote NO on the final bill. Congress must listen to the vast majority of people in this country and reject Trumpcare."

FACT: No matter what version of Trumpcare the Senate votes on, it's still the worst bill for women's health.
Every version of Trumpcare would take away health insurance from tens of millions of people and make it less affordable for those who will still have insurance. Official estimates say that various versions of Trumpcare would result in anywhere between 22 million and 32 million people losing coverage.
Every version of Trumpcare would "defund" Planned Parenthood by blocking people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers - including birth control, cancer screenings and STI testing and treatment. Unlike other provisions of the bill, this would go into effect immediately.
Every version of Trumpcare would result in people paying more for health insurance coverage, raising out-of-pocket costs significantly - for those who are still left with coverage.
Every version of Trumpcare would gut the Medicaid program, which approximately one in five women of reproductive age rely on to access no-cost, critical reproductive health care such as birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings and maternity care.
Every version of Trumpcare would dramatically reduce - or eliminate - access to financial assistance that helps 85 percent of people on the marketplace purchase insurance. This will reduce access to no-cost preventive services, including birth control, and lifesaving care, such as prescription drug coverage.
A number of versions of Trumpcare would impose a nationwide ban on private insurance coverage of abortion by prohibiting financial assistance from being used to pay for an abortion outside of rape, incest and life endangerment. Plans could be subject to a penalty for violating this provision.
A number of versions of Trumpcare would cut Essential Health Benefits protections, including maternity coverage and prescription drugs, which disproportionately affect women. About 13 million women could lose coverage to maternity care under this bill. The U.S. maternal mortality rate is rising, and considerable racial disparities persist. Maternal mortality rates among black women are four times higher than white women.

FACT: A powerful editorial in The Washington Post underscores the devastating impact of blocking access to care at Planned Parenthood: "Of all the magical thinking that has gone into Republican proposals to replace Obamacare, none has been more fanciful than the argument accompanying efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.... In truth, millions of women would lose access to critical health care."

FACT: Mitch McConnell's $200 billion Medicaid deal is little more than a partisan, political side deal that falls short of helping those who would be hurt by Trumpcare.
The $200 billion fund being proposed to win over Senators concerned about Medicaid is a bad deal. The $200 billion funding will run out in two years and in no way, shape or form will make up for the bill's $1.2 trillion in cuts to health care and the 15 million people losing Medicaid.
The $200 billion only accounts for 17 percent of the bill's $1.2 trillion in cuts to health care.

FACT: The Parliamentarian has ruled that the provision to "defund" Planned Parenthood violates the Byrd Rule and should not be included in the Senate health care repeal bill, or any bill passed through the reconciliation process. Relatedly, the Parliamentarian also determined that abortion restrictions for tax credits also violate the Byrd Rule. This is not surprising news, given that both policies are very clearly motivated by a political agenda and are not primarily budgetary in nature. Targeting Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood provides abortion is an obvious violation of the Byrd Rule because the provision's primary intent is clearly political, and the budgetary impact is "merely incidental" to that purpose. No amount of legislative sleight of hand will change the fact that the primary motivation here is to pursue a social agenda by targeting Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood provides the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion.

There's simply no way to rewrite the defund Planned Parenthood provision to get around the fact that it's rooted in advancing a politically motivated agenda attacking reproductive health. For this reason, it is important to remember that historically, abortion policy hasn't been allowed on reconciliation bills because it is political in nature. As former Senate Parliamentarian Robert Dove said in an NPR interview regarding abortion policy, "It was my view that the provision was not there in order to save money. It was there to implement social policy. Therefore I ruled that it was not in order and it was stricken."

Policy focused on advancing a social agenda (for example, targeting access to Planned Parenthood, birth control or abortion) - no matter how it is written - is always going to violate Byrd, because the intent is clearly political, and not about the budget.

FACT: Planned Parenthood grassroots organizing has been a driving force in opposing Trumpcare and efforts to "defund" Planned Parenthood. For months, an army of pink-clad Planned Parenthood patients, supporters and advocates have taken thousands of actions from coast to coast including attending protest rallies, speaking out at congressional town halls, calling their members of Congress, delivering petitions to congressional offices and hosting field hearings.

Over the past several months, Planned Parenthood supporters have:
Made more than 190,000 phone calls to members of Congress
Organized more than 2,200 events across the country, including rallies, petition drops, phone banks and marches
Delivered more than 1 million petition signatures to members of Congress in opposition to "defunding" Planned Parenthood

FACT: A bipartisan majority of Americans support Planned Parenthood and oppose "defunding."
A Quinnipiac poll shows that 80 percent of voters, including 67 percent of Republicans, oppose efforts to block people from getting care at Planned Parenthood.
The Senate healthcare repeal bill is the most unpopular bill in three decades, and the provision blocking women from Planned Parenthood is one of the most unpopular parts - with 80 percent of voters, including 67 percent of Republicans, opposing.
A NBC News/WSJ poll shows that only 12 percent of voters in "Trump" counties support the House version of Trumpcare. About 41 percent said it was a "bad idea." (NBC News/WSJ polled 439 counties where Trump either significantly outperformed Mitt Romney's vote in 2012 or flipped the vote from President Barack Obama. In these counties, Trump's job approval rating stands at 50 percent - about 10 points higher than in most national polls.)

FACT: The Planned Parenthood provision is still a no-go for key Republican senators.
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Susan Collins have been clear in their opposition to the "defunding" Planned Parenthood provision in the Senate repeal bill.
Senator Dean Heller publicly said he would "protect Planned Parenthood." Nevadans expect him to keep his word.
ODF declares high fire danger for parts of western Lane County and northern Douglas County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/17 11:21 AM
VENETA, Ore. -- Due to drier and warmer conditions, the Oregon Department of Forestry has declared a high fire danger level for rural areas of northern Douglas County and western Lane County west of Interstate 5 to the coast range. Areas of Lane County west of the coast range remain at a moderate fire danger level.

Residents are required to stop the personal use of gas powered or spark- emitting equipment between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day (1 p.m. to 8 p.m. if in the coastal zone). Further information can be found on Facebook at ODF's Western Lane District or by calling 541-935-2222.

"As conditions become drier, brush and grass grow more susceptible to fire. These fuels can quickly ignite and with the assistance of winds and slope, rapidly grow into a large fire," said ODF District Forester Link Smith. "Most fires in Lane County are human caused. Even in a year in which we do experience lightning, close to 90 percent of all fires and the resulting acreage burned is human caused."

In the past week alone, ODF's Western Lane District responded to two large grass fires, one being a 32-acre fire off of Highway 126 and K.R. Nielsen Road that threatened power lines at an electrical substation. The second fire was a 19-acre fire off Ferguson Road near the Long Tom Grange.

Smith said people are liable for the suppression costs of fires they start willfully or negligently. "One mistake could cost the person responsible hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. But this is nothing compared to the potential damage to human life, homes, livestock or crops and trees," Smith said.
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Release of Victim Name - Deschutes River Drowning on July 23rd, 2017
Bend Police Dept. - 07/25/17 11:04 AM
The City of Bend Police Department has positively identified the victim in the drowning on July 23rd, 2017 as Bend resident Andrew Joseph Munster, 59 years of age. Mr. Munster's next of kin has been notified.

The Bend Police Department would like to thank the citizens who assisted in trying to locate and help Mr. Munster. We would also like to thank the volunteers of the Deschutes County Search & Rescue Team for their quick response.

Any additional request for information pertaining to this incident should be directed to the Bend Fire Department Public Information Officer.
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Romance Frauds
FBI - Oregon - 07/25/17 10:59 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against romance frauds.

For some people, looking for love online can bring a lifetime of roses and long walks on the beach. But for others, the seemingly perfect boyfriend ends up being perfectly horrible.

Anyone can fall victim to this scammer, but most commonly he is going to target women over 40 who are widowed, divorced or disabled. It usually starts with an innocent-enough-sounding contact online. He's likely been watching your social media accounts or gleaned info out of an online dating profile. Amazingly, he likes what you like -- whether that's books, music, sports or whatever. Over time, he starts communicating with you by email or text. He starts calling, and you have long conversations about your life, your future, your love.

And then comes the kicker -- he asks you for money. It may take weeks or months to get to this point -- but just know that he needs the money desperately. He needs it to finish a job so he can come see you. He needs to buy a plane ticket. He is in the military and getting ready to retire or relocate, but he needs cash for moving expenses. Business partners are trying to steal his company, and he must hire a lawyer. There's always some urgent need -- and then another and another. He promises to pay you back soon, but he never does.

Sometimes he is traveling overseas and can't cash a check. He will send it to you to ask you to cash it and wire the money back to him. Maybe the check is bogus -- or illegal proceeds that you have now laundered for him.

It's hard to give up on the love of your life and the future he promised you, but this fraudster won't stop until you do. So what are some warning signs to watch for? Be wary if:

He presses you to leave a dating website where you met to communicate solely through email or instant messaging.

He sends you a photo that looks like a glamour shot out of a magazine.

He professes love quickly.

He claims to be working and living far away -- whether that's on the other side of the country or overseas.

Makes plans to visit you but then always has to cancel because of some emergency.

He asks for money or your help moving money.

Bottom line: never ever send money to someone you met online. The chance that you will ever get your money back is almost zero. Whether you lose just a few thousand dollars or your entire retirement account -- the results can be devastating.

Online dating can lead to life-long relationships, but go into it with your eyes open and make sure to use and dating websites with nationally-known reputations.

If you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, report your suspicious contacts to the FBI. You can file an online report at the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your FBI local office.


Attached Media Files: TT - Romance Scams - RUSSIAN Written , TT - Romance Scams - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Romance Scams - SPANISH Written , TT - Romance Scams - SPANISH Audio , TT - Romance Scams - ENGLISH Audio
Man Arrested Following Saturday Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/25/17 8:07 AM
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On Saturday, July 22, 2017, around 6:00pm, the 9-1-1 center received a report of a 2004 Gray Jeep Grand Cherokee driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 108.

A deputy eventually located the vehicle on Pruner Road driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of travel. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and led deputies on a pursuit into the area of Lower Cow Creek Road. The pursuit continued on BLM land to approximately milepost 13.5 on Union Creek Road where the vehicle stopped in a ditch and the driver fled on foot.

Deputies tracked the male throught the woods where they found articles of his clothing that he had discarded. Eventually, an Oregon State Police Trooper located the driver near milepost 4.5 on Union Creek Road completely naked.

The driver was identified as 21 year old John Gerald Baczkowski of Eugene. Baczkowski was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for Reckless Driving, Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot.


Attached Media Files: Gerald Gerald Baczkowski
Update: Linn County Deputies Investigate Deceased Male Found In Vehicle
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/25/17 7:52 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that a male found deceased in his vehicle on Hwy. 20, east of Sweet Home, has been identified as Francis Edmund Poletti, 48, of Seattle WA. Yesterday, at 11:10 a.m., Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call from a passing motorist that discovered a deceased male in a vehicle. The vehicle was located on Hwy. 20 near mile post 45.

Deputies responded and through their investigation determined that Poletti died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A suicide note was found in the vehicle.



Original release is listed below:

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 11:10 a.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male was found deceased in a vehicle located on Hwy. 20, east of Sweet Home.

Deputies are on scene and are currently conducting an investigation. Our office will release more information as it becomes available.
Mon. 07/24/17
Mobile Home Fire with Explosions (Bystander Video)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 07/24/17 10:59 PM
On 07/24/2017 at 6:52 pm the Sweet Home Fire District was dispatched to a structure fire. Upon arrival crews found a travel trailer on fire with explosions from tires and propane cylinders. One female was taken to the Lebanon Hospital by Lebanon Fire District for Smoke Inhalation. Investigators say the cause of the fire is undetermined. A total of 17 firefighters from the Sweet Home Fire District responded; of which 12 were volunteers and 5 were career personnel. We are very grateful for our dedicated volunteer firefighters. No firefighters were injured.

A bystander caught explosions on video See Link here for video. https://youtu.be/4ypQ8EdrtWc Video Credit Robert Olsen.
Red Cross Responds to Explosion Affecting 12 people in N. Portland
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/24/17 10:29 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to an explosion and subsequent fire disaster today, July 24, 2017 in the 6000 block of N. Kerby Ave. The fire affected 12 people. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected including, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day.
Serious injury crash south of Redmond injures three. (Deschutes County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/24/17 5:56 PM
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On July 24, 2017 at about 12:10 pm, Troopers from the Bend Area Command of the Oregon State Police responded to a three vehicle crash on Highway 97 just south of Redmond near milepost 128.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe being operated by David Nixon, age 80, from Redmond, turned northbound onto Highway 97, from Gift Road and pulled into the travel path of a southbound 2014 Infiniti Q50 being operated by Sondra Vaughn, age 67, also from Redmond. After the Infiniti collided into the Hyundai it crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a 1990 International dump truck being operated by Timothy Duggan, age 55, of Bend.

David Nixon and his female passenger Bonnie Nixon were transported from the crash with minor injuries via ground ambulance to the Saint Charles Hospital in Redmond. Sondra Vaughn was transported via air ambulance, with serious injuries, to the Saint Charles Hospital in Bend.

The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Redmond Fire Department and the Deschutes County Fire Department.


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Central Point Man Killed In Highway 140 Crash - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/24/17 4:43 PM
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On July 23, 2017 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 140W near milepost 58 (west of the Running Y Ranch).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling eastbound on Highway 140W when it attempted to pass another vehicle in a no passing area. The Chevrolet was unable to complete the pass and collided head-on with a westbound 1994 Ford motorhome. Both vehicles came to rest in the highway.

Upon emergency crews arriving at the scene, they discovered the driver of the Chevrolet, Wally M LARSON, age 79, of Central Point, was deceased. The driver of the motorhome, Kimball L ROUNDY, age 38, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, and his three passengers received minor injuries and were transported to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

A witness told troopers the Chevrolet had been driving recklessly prior to the crash. Highway 140 was closed for about 4 hours. OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Klamath County Fire.

This is an active investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Newport Man Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Newport - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/24/17 3:51 PM
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On July 24, 2017 at about 8AM, OSP Troopers, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, and other emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near MP 10 (at Pioneer Trail, east of Newport).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Nissan Titan pickup operated by Andrew BEAUCHAMP, age 33, of Newport, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the vehicle drove off the westbound shoulder and struck a guard rail. The Nissan went airborne and struck a tree, causing BEAUCHAMP to be ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. It is also believed BEAUCHAMP was not wearing a safety belt.

Highway 20 was completely closed for a short period of time. The westbound lane was closed for several hours during the investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Five northwest foresters, two from ODF, honored with national Society of American Foresters Fellowship
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/24/17 3:02 PM
Release date: July 24, 2017

Contact: Kate Skinner, District Forester, ODF; 503-815-7001; kate.j.skinner@oregon.gov

Five northwest foresters, two from ODF, honored with national Society of American Foresters Fellowship

The Society of American Foresters announced that five foresters from District 2 in northwest Oregon will receive 2017 Fellowship awards - the highest honor that SAF can bestow on its members.

"District 2 had the most Fellow nominees and Fellows of all the SAF Districts in 2017. I believe this is due to the hard work of the nominators and the high quality of our foresters. It is a real pleasure to be associated with foresters of this caliber," said Mike Cloughesy, SAF District 2 Board member.

The 2017 District 2 Fellows are:
Tamara Cushing, Oregon State University, Corvallis
Tim Keith, Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem
Gary Springer, Starker Forests, Inc., Corvallis
Robin Tucker, Tucker Forestry Consulting LLC, Lebanon
Dave Wells, Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook

Each year, the SAF Board reviews fellowship nominations and selects fellows based upon:
Significant number of years of sustained commitment to SAF volunteer activities, performed at two or more of the following SAF organizational levels: local (chapter), state, regional (multi-state or voting district), or national.
Exemplary action and sustained leadership over many years in advancing the forestry profession at two or more of the following organizational levels: local; regional; national; or international. Exceptions may be made for unusually notable contributions to SAF or to the forestry profession over a shorter time frame.

The fellows will be honored at the Fellows Breakfast and Awards Celebration at the SAF national convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Nov. 16 and 17.

SAF is a professional organization of foresters whose mission is to advance sustainable management of forest resources through science, education, and technology; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use our knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic to ensure the continued health, integrity, and use of forests to benefit society in perpetuity.

Learn More: Society of American Foresters

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Health advisory issued July 24 for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 07/24/17 1:36 PM
July 24, 2017

High toxin levels found in Klamath County lake

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Oregon Route 58 in the northwest corner of Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in Odell Lake. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

Drinking water directly from Odell Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Odell Lake 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.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including 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. People who bring their pets to Odell Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit Odell Lake and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Linn County Deputies Investigate Deceased Male Found
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/24/17 1:29 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 11:10 a.m., his office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male was found deceased in a vehicle located on Hwy. 20, east of Sweet Home.

Deputies are on scene and are currently conducting an investigation. Our office will release more information as it becomes available.
Former Woodburn Police Officer Charged With Crimes
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/24/17 1:29 PM
The Marion County District Attorney's Office has charged former Woodburn Police Officer, Timothy Cobos with 3 Counts of Official Misconduct in the First Degree for conduct arising over the last two years while he was employed with the department. He has since recently resigned his position.

Cobos will be arraigned on those charges in an appearance before the Honorable Tracy A. Prall tomorrow, July 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Marion County Courthouse. It is anticipated that he will further plead guilty and be sentenced on all 3 counts at that time.

Official Misconduct in the First Degree is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

As this is still an open and pending case, the Marion County District Attorney's Office cannot comment any further at this time.
Triangle Lake Round Barn Listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/24/17 1:00 PM
John P. Sumich completed construction of the round barn in 1949, three years after construction began in 1946. Sumich's use of concrete blocks and other locally sourced materials represents a creative interpretation of the round barn type that has been used in the United States beginning in the 1800's into the early 20th century, when it became popularized by agricultural schools for its efficiency. The historic building is a unique vernacular expression of a round dairy barn type that was popularized in the 1910s and 1920s for its reputation for enhancing farm practice efficiency and improving sanitary conditions. While it is unclear exactly where Sumich saw the original design that inspired him, there was no similar round barn construction in Oregon. The barn is eligible under National Register Criterion C for architecture as a local example of a vernacular round dairy barn type. During this time in Lane County, dairying and creameries continued to develop as a major industry. The Lake Creek Valley, where the barn is located, was also a thriving timber community with several sawmills, shingle mills, and the churches, schools, post offices and general stores that supported the population in this time frame. The round barn was and remains a landmark in the community.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in February 2017. The Triangle Lake Round barn is among the 135 properties in Lane County that are individually listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Triangle Lake Round Barn
Jacob Clearwater Farmhouse listed in National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/24/17 12:57 PM
The 1874 Jacob and Missouri Benner Clearwater House is locally significant under National Register Criterion C, in the area of architecture. The Clearwater family, including sons Jacob and James, participated in the western migration of the mid-to-late 1800s to Oregon, traveling the Oregon Trail, like so many before them. The family settled on 320 acres outside of Springfield, Oregon, along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River in the Willamette Valley, in 1865. They proceeded to clear the land and begin farming the land on which the Jacob Clearwater Farmhouse is still located. Jacob married Missouri Benner in 1888 and the couple and their family resided at this location, engaging in row crop cultivation, dairy and beef cattle ranching, and hop farming. Prior to his marriage, Jacob and his father constructed the house known as the Jacob and Missouri Benner Clearwater Farmhouse today. The house is an excellent, rural example of the Gothic Revival style in Lane County. It is one of only four previously identified, remaining single-family residences built before 1874 in Springfield. Although the style and type were once relatively common, the Clearwater Farmhouse is the only example of the centered gable subtype of the Gothic Revival style extant in Springfield today. The house retains good integrity, and clearly conveys its historic significance, evident in its appearance and style, including its massing, materials, and overall design.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in February 2017. The Clearwater Farmhouse is among the eight properties in Springfield that are individually listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Jacob Clearwater Farmhouse
$95 Million Available for Oregonians in Danger of Losing Their Homes
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/24/17 11:47 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2017

CONTACT:
Ariel Nelson
Government Relations and Communications Liaison
Oregon Housing and Community Services
503-986-2079, Ariel.Nelson@oregon.gov

$95 Million Available for Oregonians in Danger of Losing Their Homes

SALEM, OR -- Homeowners falling behind on property taxes or mortgage payments should visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org because they may qualify for help from a $95 million program. Help is available through the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) which is run by the state of Oregon. A range of help is available depending on a homeowner's current situation and need. We strongly urge anyone who is struggling to make their mortgage or property tax payments to visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org to find out if they qualify for assistance.

Homeowners that have recovered from a hardship but are still behind on mortgage or property tax payments may be eligible for the Loan Preservation Assistance program. This program can bring mortgages, past due property taxes, and reverse mortgage accounts current with a maximum benefit of $40,000. Homeowners can find out more and see if they qualify by visiting www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org and searching for Loan Preservation Assistance.

Oregonians struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments may qualify for the Home Rescue program. This program can provide homeowners with monthly mortgage payments for up to one year with a maximum benefit of $20,000. To qualify, applicants must be able to show that their income has been reduced by at least 10% compared to any tax year between 2009 and 2016. Oregonians who have had their income substantially reduced in recent years should visit www.OregonHomeownerHelp.org to see if they qualify for the Home Rescue Program.

Funding for the Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) is provided by the United States Treasury's Hardest Hit Fund, which allocated $220 million to Oregon in 2010 and an additional $94.5 million in 2016 for the administration of foreclosure prevention programs. To date, OHSI has provided more than $230 million in assistance to more than 12,000 homeowners.

OHSI customer service can be reached via email at Homeowner.Help@oregon.gov or by phone at 503-986-2025. OHSI partners with local housing nonprofits throughout the state to provide program delivery.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release
Linn County Deputies Investigate Shooting
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/24/17 11:11 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the shooting of a Lebanon man. The Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received a call yesterday at 9:10 p.m. of a disturbance with gunshots fired.

Deputies responded to the 600 block of B Street in Lebanon and found Jerry Lynn Chasteen, 58, of Lebanon, had been shot multiple times. Deputies determined a large caliber handgun was used in a neighborhood dispute between Chasteen and Donald Barry Avritt, 25, of Lebanon.

Chasteen was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis for serious injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Avritt and witnesses were detained and detectives are currently processing the scene for further evidence.

The Linn County Sheriff's office was assisted by Lebanon Fire Department and Lebanon and Albany Police Departments.

No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is continuing into the possibility of this being a criminal matter or self-defense. All parties are cooperating with investigators.
Roseburg K9 locates unconscious woman!!!
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/24/17 10:56 AM
On July 23rd, Winston Police arrested 26 year old Vanessa Davis for Robbery. Davis was transported to Mercy Hospital via ambulance. Davis fled from Mercy. Roseburg K9 Officer Goode and his K9 partner Axel were dispatched to the scene. K9 Axel located Davis in some nearby bushes. Davis was found to be unconscious and not breathing. A Roseburg Officer picked up Davis and ran her into the Emergency Room, where medical staff revived her.
Rescue at Marion Lake
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/24/17 10:46 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his office received a call yesterday at approximately 6:15 p.m., of an injured hiker on the Marion Lake trail. Robert Wolf, 38, from Coos Bay was with two family members hiking out from Marion Lake when he fell and injured his ankle. One of the family members hiked out and went to the Marion Forks Fish Hatchery to call for assistance.

Search and Rescue teams from Linn County along with Idanha-Detroit, Gates, and Lyons fire departments responded to assist with the rescue. Mr. Wolf was transported less than a mile to the trailhead in a wheeled stokes/litter and was released to his family.
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance In Locating Witnesses of a Serious Injury Crash - HWY 20 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/24/17 10:29 AM
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On July 23, 2017 at about 3:25 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 32.9 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Red 2003 Kia Spectra, operated by a 17 year old male and passenger, 16 year old male, both from Sweet Home, was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the Kia crossed into the eastbound lane. The Kia collided nearly head on with an eastbound 2005 Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Francisco RAMOS RIVERA, age 53, and passengers, 7 year old male and 8 year old female, all from Lebanon. Both drivers received serious injuries as a result of the crash and were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The 16 year old male was not injured and the 7 year old male and an 8 year old female received minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for about 3.5 hours with a detour in place. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Sweet Home Fire Department and Reach Air Ambulance.

OSP is requesting anyone who witnessed the crash or driving behavior contributing to the crash to contact Senior Trooper Oxenrider or Senior Trooper Youngblood at (541) 967-2026. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.


Attached Media Files: Photo
Red Cross Camp Prepare! Encourages Readiness for 'Big One' and Eclipse
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/24/17 9:57 AM
Camp out on the night of August 12 using only the contents of your disaster preparedness kit to test your readiness for a Cascadia earthquake, the eclipse or another emergency.

PORTLAND, Ore., July 20, 2017 -- Emergencies happen when we least expect it. What if you are stuck in traffic for hours and unable to get to food or water because of the influx of people in our region during the eclipse? What if you had no access to necessities after a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake or other disaster? Gather your emergency kit supplies and test your preparedness by camping out in your own backyard on the night of Saturday, August 12, for Camp Prepare!

The Red Cross Camp Prepare! event is a regional coordinated camping experience the whole family can participate in -- at a campground or in your own back yard. It's a chance to prepare your emergency kit and take it on a trial run before the eclipse or the 'Big One'.

Prepare for Camp Prepare! Common items used for camping such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. The Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water in case of a disaster. Larger disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake, may require supplies for several weeks. Need a kit list? The Red Cross has you covered. Visit redcross.org/PrepareGuide for a full supply list.

How to participate:

1.Camp out and take a photo to document your preparedness. Show your campsite, campers and supplies.

2.Share your Camp Prepare! experience. Tell us if you needed additional supplies or share if you were completely ready. Take a photo/selfie and tag us:
Facebook: RedCrossCascades
Instagram: @RedCrossCascades
Twitter: @RedCrossCasc

3.Win prizes! The best 10 photos win a prize pack valued at more than $200 each. The prize pack includes a Leatherman multi-tool, a Leatherman flashlight and a Red Cross first aid kit.

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


Attached Media Files: 2017-07/1190/106325/News_Release_-_Camp_Prepare_2017_-_Trial_Run_for_the_Big_One_and_the_Eclipse_7-24-17.pdf
Red Cross Responds To Home Fire In Florence
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/24/17 7:14 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a disaster that occurred on July 23, in the 80000 block of Hwy 101 in Florence. This single-family incident affected 2 adults and a pet

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. 

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sat. 07/22/17
Police with help from media and public Identify Subject in Death Investigation (Photo)
Eugene Police Dept. - 07/22/17 10:36 PM
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The identification of this person has been confirmed by family. Because there was no crime involved and due to personal privacy for the family we will not be releasing the name or circumstances. The person was 18 years old, and from Eugene.

We deeply appreciate the media's response to help get the word out so that family could be notified.

Previous information:
Police are seeking help from the public in a death investigation in which the subject's identity is unknown.

The Eugene Police Department is requesting information related to a possible runaway juvenile or missing person case. The subject is described as a white male, age 14-18 years, 5'6''-5'8'' tall, 120 pounds, with brown wavy/curly hair approximately 2-3 inches in length, blue eyes.

The subject was likely last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with "Young & Reckless" written on the front, black sleeveless Iron Maiden t-shirt, grey sweatpants with "Dark Side" written on the left pant leg, black Adidas casual/skate shoes, wearing a black "Everest" brand backpack.

Please contact Detective Chris Mackey with any information at 541-682-5111.


Attached Media Files: Shoes , Pants , Shirt , Sweatshirt
Police Investigating Robbery of Subway -- UPDATE #2
Corvallis Police - 07/22/17 4:54 PM
On July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:45 am, Corvallis Police Department Officers were called to the Subway restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave for a report of a robbery. An unknown male suspect wearing a mask entered the restaurant, presented a handgun to the employee, and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was uninjured, and the suspect fled prior to officers arriving.

On July 19th, 2017, at approximately 9:45 am, Corvallis Police Department Detectives, with the assistance of the Philomath Police Department, arrested 39-year-old Steven Lance Thompson of Corvallis, for Robbery I in connection with the armed robbery of Subway. Detectives from both agencies continued to investigate, leading to multiple search warrants, and learning that 18-year-old Kevin Maurice Mitchell of Corvallis, and 28-year-old Patrick Ambrose Daly of Albany, were also involved in the robbery of Subway on July 18th. All three males conspired together to plan, and then carry out the armed robbery. Daly was located and arrested on the afternoon of July 21st. Mitchell was arrested in the early morning hours of July 22nd. Both were taken into custody without incident.

All three are being held at the Benton County Jail. Thompson has been charged with Robbery I, Burglary I, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Theft II. His bail is set at $175,000.

Mitchell has been charged with Robbery I, Burglary I, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Theft II. His bail is set at $275,000.

Daly has been charged with Robbery I. His bail is set at $200,000.

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001186

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001198

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001195
***Update - FEHLHABER in Custody*** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Shooting Suspect in Cave Junction - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/17 3:06 PM
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On July 22, 2017, at about 12 noon, the suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, turned himself into the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. He was then transported to the Josephine County Correctional Facility and lodged.

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

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On July 20, 2017 at about 8:57 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to the report of a shooting at the Speedy Mart at 305 S. Redwood Hwy, Cave Junction. The victim, Floyd Argus GREENLEE, age 29, of Cave Junction, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with serious injuries.

The suspect, Ronald Jedidiah FEHLHABER, age 32, of Cave Junction, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. FEHLHABER's whereabouts are unknown at this time and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who identifies FEHLHABER is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

FEHLHABER is described as a white male, age 32, 5'8", 150 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding the location of FEHLHABER is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17255970.


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Two-Vehicle Head-on Crash Claims the Life of a Monmouth Woman on Highway 99W at Milepost 67 - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/17 1:35 PM
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On Saturday July 22, 2017 at about 3:54 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head on crash on Hwy 99W at milepost 67 (south of Monmouth).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 1990 Honda Civic, operated by Ashlee LEWIS, age 23, and passenger, Cherlyn LEWIS, age 57, both from Monmouth, was traveling southbound on Hwy 99W delivering papers. A blue 2008 Toyota Corolla, operated by Joshua BERRY, age 20, was northbound on Hwy 99W, when, for an undetermined reason, the vehicles collided on the northbound shoulder.

Cherlyn LEWIS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Ashlee LEWIS and Joshua BERRY were transported to the local area hospital for treatment of their serious injuries.

Hwy 99W was partially closed for approximately 4.5 hours. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Polk County Fire District No. 1.

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


Attached Media Files: Photo1 , Photo2
Fri. 07/21/17
Drug Seizure Leads To Arrest of a Washington Man on US 97 Near La Pine - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/17 8:08 PM
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On July 20, 2017 at about 4:22 p.m., an Oregon State Trooper stopped a northbound 2006 Porsche Cayenne, operated by Moises SANCHEZ ALCARAZ, age 58, of Mattawa Washington, on US 97 at milepost 170 for multiple traffic violations (two miles south of La Pine). During the traffic stop, numerous criminal indicators were observed and a consent search of the vehicle revealed 5.2 pounds of Cocaine.

SANCHEZ ALCARAZ was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Adult Delivery of Cocaine and Adult Possession of Cocaine.

This is a significant recent seizure of illegal drugs in transport by the Oregon State Police. The estimated street values of the drugs are over $67,000 dollars. It is believed that seizures such as this have the capability to make an immediate impact in the safety of communities in the northwest.


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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Woodburn Man on Highway 211 at Milepost 1 - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/17 7:16 PM
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On July 21, 2017, at about 12:01 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 211 near milepost 1 (at Cooley Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 International semi-truck and trailer, operated by Cody J. WORTHINGTON, age 23, of Portland, was travelling eastbound on Highway 211 near milepost 1 when a farm implement/berry harvester, operated by Sergio IXMATLAHUA, age 30, and passengers Antanasio OVCHINNIKOV, age 60, and Genaro Colohua SANCHEZ, age unknown, all three from Woodburn, entered the highway from the adjacent field in front of the path of the semi-truck. The semi-truck impacted the rear of the berry harvester.

SANCHEZ suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. IXMATLAHUA and OVCHINNIKOV were transported to the Salem hospital for treatment of their serious injuries. WORTHINGTON was not injured.

Highway 211 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash with one lane open periodically. OSP was assisted by the Woodburn Police department, Woodburn Fire & Ambulance, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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


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*** UPDATE #1 *** Marion county Sheriff's Office Search For Two Overdue Hikers
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/17 3:46 PM
We are pleased to report the two missing hikers have been located, in the jawbone flats of the recreation area. This was about 1 1/2 miles south of the whetstone mountain area where it was believed they had last texted family from. They are not requesting any medical attention and appear to be healthy.

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Deputies and volunteers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office along with Linn County Sheriff's Office are searching for two overdue hikers in the Opal Creek recreation area. The search began this morning for the couple, a 19 year old male and 21 year old female who set out for a day hike yesterday. They texted family yesterday at around 5:40 pm saying if they didn't hear from them by midnight that they may need help. The two are avid hikers and it is believed they have adequate supplies with them. Search crews are working on air operations to assist with this search.

A command post has been established at the Elkhorn Fire Station, which will also be a staging location for media. As additional information becomes available, additional press releases will be sent out.
News release: Reservoir drawdowns, dam construction impact McKenzie River recreation
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 07/21/17 1:43 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

Release No: PA 17-023

Contact:
Michelle Helms, 503-808-4517
Jude McHugh, U.S. Forest Service, 541-225-6305
Ashley Massey, Oregon State Marine Board, 503-378-2623

For Release: July 21, 2017

Reservoir drawdowns, dam construction impact McKenzie River recreation

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Increased water releases from Cougar and Blue River dams will limit access to some recreation opportunities in those areas. The McKenzie River will also have higher than normal flows as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduces reservoir levels behind the dams to support maintenance and rehabilitation of the structures' spillway gates.

The road over Cougar Dam will be closed July 27 to Nov. 30 while spillway gate repairs are underway. Visitors who are accustomed to driving across the dam to get to Echo day use and boat launch and the East Fork lower trailhead will have a long (approximately 2-3 hour) drive to get to those sites. Access is via the Horse Creek (Forest Service Road 2638), spur road 356 and then onto FSR 1993. See https://go.usa.gov/xRb3V. Using FSR 19-500 past Slide Creek campground to access the Echo day use and boat launch sites is highly discouraged as the road is not suitable for passenger cars.

Boat ramps at Cougar Reservoir may not be accessible by Labor Day weekend due to the lower water levels. Saddle Dam boat ramp at Blue River Reservoir will be accessible, but Lookout boat launch will be inaccessible after Sept. 1.

The water flow on the McKenzie River began rising July 15, and is expected to reach levels up to 3,200 cubic feet per second, creating a stronger current than normal. The Oregon State Marine Board reminds boaters to be aware of potential hazards, such as downed trees and other debris. Boaters, especially paddlers, are encouraged to plan ahead and visit www.boatoregon.com to learn about reported navigation obstructions. Boaters should always scout the river ahead of time and keep a sharp lookout. Report navigation obstructions to the Lane County Marine Patrol.

Flows will begin to recede after Sept. 1 as water releases slow from each of the dams. Water flow on the river is expected to be about 1, 500 cfs after Sept. 15.

The Corps is increasing daily water releases gradually from Cougar, with a target daily release of 500 cubic feet per second. Another gradual increase begins Aug. 1, with water releases to eventually reach 1,000 cfs. Normal water release for this time of year is about 580 cfs.

Water managers also will increase daily water releases gradually from Blue River reservoir to reach about 500 cfs by Aug. 1. Normal daily release from the dam is about 300 cfs.

For the most up-to-date information, please view the Corps' "Teacup" diagrams at http://www.nwd-wc.usace.army.mil/nwp/teacup/willamette/.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates 13 dam and reservoir projects in the Willamette River drainage system. Each dam contributes to a water resource management system that provides flood damage reduction, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat and recreation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries. Since their completion, the dams have cumulatively prevented over $20 billion in flood damages to the Willamette Valley. For more information, visit https://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/op/v/home.asp.
Corps seeks comments on Albany, Linn County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 07/21/17 1:38 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Albany to conduct work impacting five (5) wetlands and the Burkhart Creek Overflow tributary in Albany, Linn County, Oregon.
Public Notice NWP-2016-261 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices
2016 Shikar-Safari Club International Wildlife Officer of the Year: Trooper Jim Andrews (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/17 12:00 PM
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Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Trooper, Jim Andrews, was presented with the 2016 Wildlife Officer of the Year Award. This award was presented on behalf of the Shikar-Safari Club International by Lynn Loacker. The Shikar-Safari Club International recognizes one wildlife officer per year in each state. They present the prestigious award to the wildlife officer who symbolizes their mission of wildlife conservation and outdoor education. Pictured from left to right is Sergeant James Halsey, Trooper Jim Andrews, Shikar-Safari Club International member Lynn Loacker and Lieutenant Casey Thomas.

What does it take to be a Fish and Wildlife Officer of the Year? It takes a highly motivated individual with an outstanding work ethic as well as a being a leader among their peers and setting a high standard for excellence in their work as a Wildlife Officer. This individual should produce a high volume of self-generated activities while maintaining a heavy case load and provide a breadth of knowledge across all facets of work as an Oregon State Trooper. All of these attributes describe Oregon State Trooper Jim Andrews of the Mid Valley Fish and Wildlife Team.

Trooper Andrews dedication and passion for the enforcement of fish and wildlife laws within the state of Oregon shows consistently on a day to day basis. Trooper Andrews is happy to share his knowledge and assist co-workers with complex investigations. He is recognized by his peers as being well versed in case law as well as search and seizure and is an excellent report writer. In addition, he volunteers his time mentoring and training Oregon State Police Troopers as well as other law enforcement agencies as an instructor during Jet and Drift Boat schools, and as a Patrol Tactics Instructor.

Trooper Andrews has proven that wildlife officers are well rounded and capable of handling a variety of situations. He has done this by completing thorough investigations and follow-up throughout the 2016 year; ranging from wildlife cases to DUII and drug arrests. Trooper Andrews had several lengthy investigations during the 2016 year. One of the investigations started towards the end of 2015 stemming from a turkey case. Trooper Andrews, using all available resources, continued to conduct a thorough investigation into 2016, resulting in a search warrant in a Lincoln County residence where 4 trophy class blacktail shoulder mounts were seized. Two male subjects were charged criminally for multiple violations. Trooper Andrews exemplifies what the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is all about.


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OHA report details paid amounts of medical procedures among Oregon hospitals
Oregon Health Authority - 07/21/17 9:59 AM
July 21, 2017

Data show variations in amounts paid for procedures

Salem -- Reimbursement for the same procedures vary among hospitals operating in the same region and across the state, according to a new report from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The report details the median amounts paid by commercial insurers for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures that were performed in Oregon hospitals in 2015.

The new 2015 report includes amounts patients paid for each procedure. (The 2014 edition only included amounts paid by insurers. Including patient contributions is more transparent and represents a complete picture of amounts paid.)

The report, "Oregon Hospital Payment Report 2015," (http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Hospital-Reporting.aspx) is mandated by ORS 442.466. The annual report draws on data collected in the All Payer All Claims (APAC) database. The goal is to provide a source of transparency to the public on hospital reimbursement. Inpatient care accounts for as much as 30 percent of health care spending in the state.

"This report is another step forward in our state's commitment to health care transparency and a look at the important services and procedures that hospitals across Oregon provide," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "

Highlights of the report include:

--Most procedures show sizable variations in paid amounts, both within and between hospitals.
--Among common outpatient procedures, heart electrophysiology studies were reported to have the highest median paid amount at $36,900.
--Among common inpatient procedures, heart valve replacement surgeries were reported to have the highest median paid amount at $84,700.
--Among common diagnostic and imaging services, nuclear medicine evaluations of the cardiovascular system were reported to have the highest median paid amount at $2,200.
--The procedure with the largest increase in median paid amount from 2014 was coronary bypass surgeries, increasing by $8,700.
--The procedure with the largest percent increase in median paid amount from 2014 was guidance procedures for radiation therapy, increasing 80 percent.

This is the second year OHA has released this report and this year's report includes important updates and improvements.

Reimbursement for a procedure in a hospital depends on a number of factors. These factors should be taken into account when comparing charges between facilities. Here are some reasons that account for variations:

--Rate negotiation: Each hospital negotiates with each insurance provider they accept for the reimbursement rate for a procedure. This paid amount will vary depending on the hospital and the insurance company.
--Case complexity: An insurance company may reimburse a hospital within a range of amounts for a given procedure up to a predetermined maximum. This range is influenced by how sick the patient is, and how many extra services were required in order to perform the procedure.
--Geographic factors: A hospital's location influences paid amounts. Communities with higher costs of living have higher salary, lease, and utilities costs. These differences in hospital operating expenses should be considered when comparing paid amounts.
--Economies of scale: Hospital volume influences the paid amount. Hospitals that perform the procedure hundreds of times will often accept a lower paid amount for each case because they make the difference up in larger volumes.

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Lane County Chief Deputy District Attorney awarded as 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/17 7:30 AM
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On July 19, 2017, the Lane County District Attorney's Office Chief Deputy District Attorney, Erik Hasselman, was presented with the 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year award during the Oregon District Attorney's Association summer training conference held in Seaside, Oregon. Chief Deputy Hasselman received the award in front of hundreds of his peers and colleagues.

The 2016 Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award was presented on behalf of the Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Captain Jeff Samuels, Lieutenant Dave Gifford, and Sergeant Chris Ashenfelter, along with Director Curt Melcher of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Chief Deputy Hasselman was nominated for the award by the Oregon State Police South Valley Fish and Wildlife Team as he has shown a vested interest in protecting Oregon's natural resources. He is considered a member of the team and is in constant communication with and calls Troopers about fish and wildlife cases he hears about even before the reports arrive at the DA's Office. Mr. Hasselman, as a chief deputy district attorney responsible for handling serious person crimes, has much on his plate though he takes on fish and wildlife cases with enthusiasm and holds violators accountable for their unlawful actions. He actively puts out press releases to inform the community on poaching cases and through his vigorous prosecution has people talking about the penalties for poaching which creates an effective deterrent factor. Mr. Hasselman shares the passion and commitment each of the Troopers have for protecting the fish, wildlife and natural resources of the State.

The Oregon Sportsmen's Coalition, which consists of volunteer outdoor enthusiast organizations opposed to the unlawful and unethical taking of wildlife to include the Oregon Hunters Association, sponsored the award. This is the tenth annual presentation of the Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year Award. Chief Deputy Erik Hasselman is commended for his efforts.

Pictured: Chief Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman of the Lane County District Attorney's Office


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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Partners with Samaritan Health Services for Key Life Saving Resource (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/17 5:45 PM
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On Monday, July 17, 2017, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office received 35 units of Naloxone medication (commonly known as "Narcan") from Samaritan Health Services to outfit all Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles as well as the Lincoln County Jail. Each unit contains two dosages in nasal spray applicators. The medication was donated by Samaritan Health Services with the intent of increasing life-saving efforts by our patrol deputies when they encounter opioid overdose cases in the field.

"Often times our deputies are the first emergency responders to arrive at a scene of a medical call involving an overdose," stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. "Having our deputies trained and equipped with Naloxone to administer to patients demonstrating signs of an opioid overdose will increase their chance of survival."

Naloxone is a medication credited for saving lives worldwide but specifically used in public safety to combat opioid overdose cases related to both prescription and illicit drugs. Examples of opioid drugs include the illegal drug heroin and pain relievers available with a legal prescription such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and many others.

"Our deputies have encountered several different cases of overdoses ranging from accidental use of prescription pain relievers to illicit drug overdoses, such as heroin," stated Sheriff Landers. "Regardless of the circumstance, our deputies are committed to providing the best service we can to all of our citizens and we are very grateful for our continued partnership with Samaritan Health Services and their generous donation," stated Sheriff Landers.

-The attached photo is of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Patrol Commander, Lieutenant Brian Cameron, and Samaritan Health Services Safety Director Joe Hutchinson.


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Cause Of Storage Unit Fire Undetermined Following Investigation (HD Video Link)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/20/17 5:11 PM
Fire investigators were unable to determine the cause of Tuesday evening's commercial structure fire at the Copper Canyon Mini Storage facility, 1150 Airway Road in Lebanon. Four 10-foot by 20-foot units within a 6,500 square foot structure were heavily damaged by fire and a number of neighboring units received heat and smoke damage from the blaze.

Eight members of the Lebanon Fire District Fire Investigation Team methodically moved from unit to unit on Thursday, photographing and removing unit contents piece by piece in an effort to determine an area of fire origin and cause. Investigators were able to determine an area of origin, but did not have sufficient evidence available to make a cause determination due to the extensive destruction of evidence within the area of origin.

None of the storage units on the premises have interior lighting or electricity and the only electric service to the buildings is for the LED security lights mounted around the exterior of the structure. After consulting with an electrician, fire investigators eliminated those exterior lights as a possible cause because they are controlled by a photo sensor which does not supply power to the lighting circuits until triggered by darkness. Tuesday's fire was reported at 7:27 pm during daylight hours.

The Copper Canyon Mini Storage facility has been open for business for less than three months and the estimated value of the property and structures is 2.1 million dollars, not including occupant contents. Estimated content loss currently stands at $23,500. Damage to the fire building is estimated to be upwards of $25,000.

On Tuesday evening a couple and their son were at the complex loading items into their unit when they smelled smoke. Shortly after that they heard two loud explosions and saw fire coming from the roof of the building. The two adults accessed on-site fire extinguishers and attempted to douse the flames on the roof with no success. While trying to put out the flames they called 911 from a cell phone to report the fire. Lebanon Fire District units were dispatched at 7:28 pm and the first arriving engine was on scene in just three minutes. Crews quickly forced entry into multiple units which were heavily involved with fire and quickly stopped the rapidly growing fire.

One civilian was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but refused transport for medical evaluation. Eight fire apparatus and fourteen personnel responded, along with two apparatus and three personnel from the Tangent Fire District. Crews were on scene for two hours.

For HD video of this and other LFD incidents visit our YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg
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Tip of the Week July 24, 2017 - National Night Out
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/20/17 3:42 PM
TIP OF THE WEEK - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 24, 2017

Sheriff Curtis Landers
541-265-0652
clanders@co.lincoln.or.us

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

What is National Night Out? It is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. This helps make our neighborhoods a safer and more caring place to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

This will be the 34th year that millions of neighbors across thousands of communities in the United States, Canada and military bases worldwide, come together on the first Tuesday of August to celebrate taking a stand against crime by hosting community events. Neighborhoods hold block parties, cookouts, children's events, demonstrations, and much more. This year, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Siletz Valley Fire Department, is hosting a National Night Out with the Siletz community and the support of numerous generous donors around the county.

We want you to join us in Siletz on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, between the hours of 6-9pm on Bensell Street between Swan and Buford Streets. Numerous activities will be taking place in the field between the Siletz Fire Department and the Library. This will be a great night of fun, food and friendship-building. We hope you will join us in standing united against crime in support of safer neighborhoods.

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

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Kathy Manning, Administrative Assistant
kmanning@co.lincoln.or.us
Ph: 541-265-0652


Attached Media Files: 2017-07/5490/106274/National_Night_Out_Flyer_2017.pdf , 2017-07/5490/106274/072417-National_Night_Out.pdf
***Update 2- WEST Captured*** OSP Asks Public's Help to Locate Two Escaped Prisoners from Oregon Youth Authority Facility near La Grande - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/17 2:44 PM
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UPDATE 2

Around midnight on July 18, 2017, WEST was detained by the Albany Police Department for shoplifting candy bars. Officers determined he had an active warrant for his arrest and booked him into Linn County Jail. On July 19, he was transferred to the Oregon Youth Authority's (OYA) MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn to await disposition. He may face charges for his escape from OYA's Camp Riverbend Youth Transition Facility as well as other law violations allegedly committed after his escape.

MCAULIFFE is still at large. If anyone sees him, please call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 911. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

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On June 24, 2017, Oregon State Police believes either WEST and/or MCAULIFFE stole a white Ford F250 from Oregon State Parks at Emigrant Springs State Park. The truck is marked with the state park emblem on the doors. The original plates on the vehicle were E273867. On the morning of June 24th MCAULIFFE was seen at a pharmacy in Milton-Freewater.

WEST is originally from Salem and MCAULIFFE is from Central Point.

If anyone sees the vehicle or either WEST or MCAULIFFE please call 911.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to find two Oregon Youth Authority youths that escaped from 58231 HWY 244, La Grande, Camp Riverbend Youth Transitional Facility, at around 7:50 p.m., June 20, 2017.

Escapee #1: Brittain MCAULIFFE, age 18, of Central Point, is described as a white male, 5'10", 220 pounds, stocky build, tattoos on both forearms, one described as "Native Pride". His hair is short on the sides and the top is approximately six inches long with ponytail. He wears glasses and was wearing a white tank top, black shorts with a red stripe on the sides, and black and red mid top shoes.

Escapee #2: Micah WEST, age 18, of Salem, is described as a white male 5'11" 155 pounds, multiple tattoos, one is described as a derringer pistol on one arm. One is an eagle tattoo on his chest and a cross tattoo on left forearm. West is bald and was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone who identifies them is asked to not approach, use caution and immediately contact law enforcement.

Anyone with information regarding the location of MCAULIFFE and or WEST is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at 541-664-4600 or 9-1-1. Refer to OSP case number SP17211022.

OSP is being assisted by Union County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Youth Authority.


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Vehicle Erupts into Flames Following Crash on Highway 138 at Milepost 56 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/17 2:10 PM
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On July 19, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 138 near milepost 56, in Douglas County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 1999 Dodge Durango, operated by Dale Emerald HAHN JR, age 39, and juvenile passenger, both of Chemult, was traveling eastbound when for unknown reasons, exited the roadway and struck a tree. The vehicle burst into flames as a result of the crash and HAHN and the juvenile were able to exit the vehicle without injury.

A US Forest Service engine crew, from the Diamond Lake Ranger Station at Toketee, quickly responded and contained the fire. High Cascades ODOT personnel responded with a water truck and assisted with extinguishing the fire.

The eastbound lane was closed for approximately one hour for firefighting and recovery efforts and HAHN was cited for careless driving. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).


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The Oregon Home Care Commission will meet Thursday, August 3 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/20/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) is planning to meet Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 10 a.m., 676 Church Street NE in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: public testimony; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, Aging & People with Disabilities (APD), Community Advisory Councils and Coordinated Care Organizations updates; OHCC Legislative Committee -- bill reports; OHCC budget update; a quarterly APD update and a quarterly Homecare Worker Benefits Trusts update. There will be a working lunch, which will include: annual workers' compensation report, annual CPR/First Aid report, annual training report, quarterly registry report, quarterly traditional health worker training meeting notes, quarterly STEPS QBR referral and customer satisfaction survey results, bi-monthly STEPS report, monthly Oregon Health Plan Ombuds Advisory Council meeting notes, and monthly training/registry reports. This will be followed by a worker's classification -- workforce development update and the executive director's report.

There will be a short break, followed by an executive session, which is closed to members of the general public. In accordance with ORS 192.660(1)(d), OHCC will hold an executive session for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations with the governing body's representative. The full agenda is attached.

For those who are unable to attend in person, there is a call-in number: 1-888-278-0296; access code: 7999724 #. The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month. Visitors are welcome to these meetings. Persons needing an accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna DeMeyer at 503-378-4984; joanna.m.demeyer@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC):
OHCC ensures high-quality home care services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains home care workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). OHCC serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.
Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.
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Attached Media Files: Full Meeting Agenda OHCC 080317
Single-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Salem Man on Highway 221 at Milepost 11.5 - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/17 1:22 PM
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On July 17, 2017, at about 11:30 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 221 near milepost 11.5, in Polk County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2003 Ford Focus, operated by Ivan Garcia TRAPALA, age 24, of Salem, was located approximately 35 feet off the roadway and not visible from the road. TRAPALA was found deceased and partially ejected from the vehicle. The crash appeared to have occurred several days prior and cause of the crash is under investigation.

Further information indicated that the registered owner reported the vehicle stolen on July 10, 2017 to the Keizer Police Department. One lane was closed for approximately two hours during the scene investigation, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Polk County Sheriff's Office, Salem Fire Department Station 4, and the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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DCBS posts final rate decisions for 2018 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/20/17 1:00 PM
Salem -- Small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance can now see the final approved rates for 2018 health insurance plans. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation must review and approve rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These final decisions are the result of the division's rigorous review process, which included public conference calls, public hearings, and public comment. The division published preliminary decisions before the hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

The final decisions are primarily unchanged from the preliminary decisions, with the exception of Providence Health Plans individual rates, which increased by an additional 2.2 percent to a total increase of 10.8 percent. This final proposed increase is still significantly less than Providence's original request for a 20.7 percent increase. This increase was due to clarifying information provided by Providence during the hearings that justified the change.

In the individual market, the division has issued final decisions for seven companies with average rate changes ranging from a 1.6 percent decrease to a 14.8 percent increase. Under the final decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $355 to $452 a month. These premiums are for plans before financial assistance through Oregon's Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

The rate changes are company-wide averages. Individuals may see different changes in 2018 depending on their specific plan choices.

"Although health insurance premiums will be increasing in 2018, for many Oregonians those increases will be offset by corresponding increases in financial help available through Oregon's Health Insurance Marketplace," said DCBS Director Patrick Allen. "Still, we know a large number of Oregonians who do not receive help will see increased costs. We are committed to continuing to work on reforms that make insurance affordable to more people."

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance, even those who do not receive financial help in 2017, are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace in 2018. They might be surprised by what they qualify for. In 2017, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $147 a month.

In the small group market, the division has issued final decisions for nine companies with average rate increases ranging from 3.3 percent to 10.1 percent. Under the final decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $293 to $421 a month.

See the chart at dfr.oregon.gov/healthrates/Documents/2018-fnl-prpsd-rates.pdf for the full list of final decisions. While the decisions on the attached chart are final decisions, Moda Health Plan Inc. still has two pending rate requests that are undergoing review and are open for comment. These rates are for Lane and Tillamook counties. The company did not originally file rates for those counties, but reconsidered and filed rates to expand back into the counties.

Reasons for the rate changes include:
The new Oregon Reinsurance Program. This program reduced individual market rates by 6 percent, and added a 1.5 percent increase to the small group market.
Federal weakening of the individual mandate enforcement. This increased rates by 2.4 percent and 5.1 percent.
Medical costs continue to rise, driven by increased use and the cost of new specialized prescription drugs.
The cost of providing care continues to surpass premiums collected for many carriers.

In 2018, most counties will have at least two carriers both on and off the Marketplace and at least one carrier exclusively off the Marketplace. Two counties, Douglas and Lincoln, have only one carrier on and off the Marketplace and one carrier off the Marketplace.

"We remain concerned about the limited health plan choices some counties are facing, and will work with insurance companies throughout the next year to try to increase competition throughout the state in 2019," said Allen. "An important first step taken by the state is the creation of the Oregon Reinsurance Program. Without this program, we would be seeing counties with no Marketplace plans, and much larger rate increases for those who purchase insurance on their own in 2018."

Developed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and stakeholders, and recently approved by the Legislature, the Oregon Reinsurance Program is designed to stabilize the individual market, reduce rates, and encourage insurance companies to offer plans in more parts of the state. Reinsurance spreads the risk of high-cost claims so that no one carrier takes on a disproportionate share of this risk. The program is partially funded by a portion of a new 1.5 percent assessment on all commercial insurance plans.

Final rates, a summary of the state of the individual market, and the final decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org. Statewide premium comparison tables for ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.

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


Attached Media Files: 2018 Final Health Insurance Rates
Correction for time: Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet July 26, 2017 in Salem at the Oregon State Library
Oregon Health Authority - 07/20/17 11:09 AM
July 20, 2017

What: The regular monthly public meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where: Oregon State Library, 250 Winter Street NE, Room 102, Salem. The meeting will also be available via webinar. A recording of the meeting will be posted at the Medicaid Advisory Committee's website http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/HP-MAC/Pages/index.aspx

Members of the public can also call in to listen at:
Conference line: 1-888-398-2342 Access code: 3732275 Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4662689441953504004

Agenda: The MAC will hear a summary of the 2017 legislative session. Staff from the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority will update the committee on Integrated Eligibility efforts. The MAC will discuss and potentially finalize draft guiding principles for Oregon Medicaid (in response to federal Medicaid proposals). Carly Hood from the Oregon Primary Care Association will present an overview on social determinants of health.

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

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Office of State Fire Marshal encourages everyone to follow campfire safety
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/20/17 10:55 AM
As Oregon's summer travel season gets in full gear, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is cautioning all campers to heed campfire safety rules and tips.

"Camping is an excellent way to enjoy all of the outdoor beauty and recreation Oregon has to offer, said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "However, that beauty can only be maintained if people follow campfire safety."

The OSFM encourages everyone to follow these campfire safety guidelines:
Check if campfires are allowed in the area in which you will be staying.
Keep a shovel and water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers.
Select a site away from grasses, shrubs, overhanging branches, and firewood. Existing fire pits in established campgrounds are best.
Scrape away leaves and debris to bare soil, at least 10 feet on all sides of the fire pit.
Circle your campfire pit with rocks; start your fire with paper or manufactured fire starters, NEVER use gasoline; keep the fire small and add wood in small amounts.
Never leave a campfire unattended.
Before going to bed or leaving the campsite, drown the campfire with water, stir the coals, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is out and the coals are cool to the touch.

For more wildfire prevention information and restrictions, we encourage you to visit Keep Oregon Green at www.keeporegongreen.org and the Oregon Department of Forestry at www.oregon.gov.
Albany Police Locate and Identify Driver Involved in Hit and Run of 12 Year Old Boy (APD 17-10217)
Albany Police - 07/20/17 9:58 AM
On 07-17-17 at about 6:11 PM a 12 year old boy was hit in the crosswalk at Santiam and Geary Streets and the driver failed to stop. On 07-19-17, the driver and vehicle involved in that incident were located, and the vehicle involved, a white Jeep Patriot, is being examined today for evidence. The driver of the Jeep has been identified as Jeanice Rivera, 21, of Lake Oswego. Investigators from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office are assisting in this investigation. Once the investigation has been completed, the case will be forwarded to the Linn County District Attorney's Office for review and charging considerations. If anyone has additional information pertaining to this incident, please contact Albany Police Detectives at (541)917-7686.
USAF To Monitor Oregon Civil Air Patrol Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 07/20/17 8:28 AM
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Portland, OR - The USAF will be monitoring the Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol as they conduct a state wide exercise this Saturday, July 22nd, with a collection of scenarios to train for, and test, the Oregon Wing CAP's capability and preparedness to respond.

With major natural events happening across the country, we are reminded that Oregon is also no stranger to natural disasters. From floods, windstorms, ice storms to tsunamis and earthquakes. Lately, authorities have been pushing preparedness for these various disasters with even more emphasis on earthquakes and tsunamis following major disasters across the nation and the world. Recent studies suggest that the "Big One," a 9.0+ earthquake along the Pacific Coast, could occur at any time. There is also the always-real possibility of aircraft, vehicles and people going missing in the rugged Oregon forests.

Within Oregon, the main mission incident command center will be located at Aurora State Airport with two additional teams operating out of Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford and Redmond State Airport. The CAP will conduct responses to various natural disasters; air search and rescue; and related operations that could be requested by state, local and federal authorities. CAP members and specially equipped search aircraft from around the state will comprise the Oregon CAP's ground and air crew personnel to conduct various emergency flight operations. These operations could be communications support to local authorities; search operations to locate missing persons, vehicles or aircraft; provide high resolution digital photographs; emergency medical support flights; and transporting of critical supplies, equipment and personnel among other possible responses.

In addition to adult aircrew and ground staff, the CAP will utilize its teen-aged cadet members in various ground support operations such as communications, mission base operations, ground search and rescue operations and aircraft flight line activities under the guidance of an experienced adult member.

"Our cadet members are a crucial force multiplier during our missions," said Lt Col Nick Ham, CAP incident commander for the exercise. "They perform essential tasks that have a tremendous impact on the success of our multitude of operational missions."

"The training we conduct during these monitored tests and more routine training operations during the year are important to keep our skills current, apply new technology and procedures and to train our newer members who are interested in serving their communities and their country in time of emergency," he said.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in STEM/aerospace education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com for more information.
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Members of the media are encouraged to visit the CAP mission bases at the Medford Airport and Aurora State Airport (North end) during the exercise. No media flights will be conducted, but there will be opportunities to conduct interviews including with official USAF monitors. Advanced RSVP would be greatly appreciated at thomtra2@gmail.com.


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Commercial Structure and RV Fire - 2366 NE Diamond Lake Blvd. - 7-19-17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 07/20/17 8:25 AM
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At 10:01 p.m. on July 19th, the Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a grass and RV fire next to a large metal shed in the 2300 block of Diamond Lake Boulevard. A passerby reported flames showing with heavy black smoke. The property included three commercial structures, including multiple vehicles and RV's.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved RV fire which had extended to a 40x70 metal commercial structure as well as a grass fire to the west of the building. Upon arrival, firefighters were informed all occupants had evacuated the structures. Firefighters extinguished the fire and were able to protect the surrounding structures from damage.

The fire was contained to the RV and one of three structures on the property. The commercial structure involved in the fire housed numerous race cars, parts, and tools. The commercial building suffered extensive structural damage. The RV was a total loss; however, no one was injured in the fire.

Traffic was detoured on Diamond Lake Boulevard for approximately two hours. A total of 11 firefighters assisted with the firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Roseburg Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Pacific Power, and Avista Gas.

The combined value of structures at 2366 NE Diamond Lake Boulevard is $327,000. The structure and RV involved suffered approximately $100,000 in damage. Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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


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Deputies on scene of a gunshot wound (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/17 7:28 PM
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on the scene of a subject shot. At approximately 5:30 pm today, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Lancaster Dr NE to the reports of a victim who was shot. As Deputies were responding, additional information was called into 911 to report a suspect was leaving the scene of the shooting.

Deputies arrived on scene to find a 35 year old white male adult, that had a single gunshot wound. The victim was treated on scene by fire and medical personnel and later transported to Salem Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Other responding deputies searched the area of Portland Rd and Hayesville for the suspect. At this time deputies have not located the suspect, who is described as Hispanic male in his 20's wearing a grey hoodie sweatshirt with his hood over his head. The suspect was described as 5 foot 9 inches tall with a thin build riding a bicycle described as a "beach cruiser".

Deputies will be processing the scene for some time into the evening. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this case to call 503-588-5032. We do not anticipate releasing further information this evening.


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The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will meet Thursday, July 27 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/19/17 4:55 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 1 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. at 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem, OR. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, new business, a discussion on the 2017 Legislative Session, and creation of the agenda for the full joint commission meeting with the Oregon Disabilities Commission taking place on August 10, 2017.

People can also call into the meeting. Conference line: 888-363-4735 Access code: 3439085.
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Arce at rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, Policy Analyst, at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us, or 503-947-5019.
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Photo - Wildfire - I-5 MP 65 near Hugo (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/19/17 4:13 PM
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HUGO - Northbound I-5 traffic is slow and congested due to a wildfire near Hugo, seven miles north of Grants Pass. NB slow lane is closed to traffic to assist fire fighting efforts. Expect delays and watch for fire crews.


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Updated North Bend School District Public Meetings -- July, 2017
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 07/19/17 4:11 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for July:

July 10, 2017
Regular School Board Meeting
North Bend City Council Chamber at 7:00 p.m.
835 California St., North Bend, OR

July 24, 2017
Special Meeting -- Board Work Session
North Bend School District Office at 5:30 p.m.
1913 Meade St.
North Bend, OR 97459



The schedule is subject to change.
Please email cschreiber@nbend.k12.or.us or visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
pedestrian safety crosswalk event (update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/19/17 4:04 PM
On July 17th, the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk enforcement event. On this day there were Officers working specifically to enforce laws related to pedestrian crosswalks. This campaign was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:

Crosswalk violations - 58 cites

Seatbelt violations - 8 cites

Cellphone violations - 1 cites

Insurance violations - 7 cites

Driving While Suspended Violation / No valid license - 4 cites

Warnings - 34
Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) to meet July 27
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/17 3:26 PM
July 19, 2017

What: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Legislative session debrief; proposed TPEP budget overview; TPEP public comment

When: Thursday, July 27, 1-3 p.m.

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

Background: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is a committee appointed by the Governor and comprised of both private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use.

Details: The meeting is open to the public. Please note that space is limited.

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.
OHA expands Youth Marijuana Use Prevention Campaign
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/17 2:48 PM
July 19, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Oregon Health Authority today announced the expansion of a youth marijuana use prevention campaign to a statewide audience.

That expansion will begin immediately. The goal of the Stay True to You campaign is to prevent or delay the initiation of marijuana use among Oregon's 12- to 20-year-old population.

In 2016, the Oregon Legislature instructed OHA to evaluate the effectiveness of youth marijuana prevention messaging by conducting a geographically limited pilot. That campaign lasted from June 2016 to June 2017 and took place in the Portland metro area, and Jackson and Josephine counties. RMC Research, an independent evaluation firm, found that the pilot campaign successfully raised awareness of the legal consequences of underage marijuana use and contributed to a correct perception that only 1 in 5 Oregon teens use marijuana.

"Research shows that our audience was receptive to the Stay True to You campaign," said Kati Moseley, policy specialist at OHA's Public Health Division. "With this expansion, youth and young adults statewide will hear the message that marijuana use should be delayed until adulthood or avoided entirely."

OHA developed the Stay True to You campaign using extensive audience research and focus groups. Twenty-eight focus groups were conducted in Portland, Bend, Medford and Pendleton featuring 260 youth and young adults between 14 and 20 years old. Participants from the African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, white, American Indian/Alaskan native and Latino communities were included. DHM Research (Davis, Hibbitts, & Midghall Inc.), contracted by OHA to facilitate all focus groups, conducted groups in English and Spanish between October 2015 and March 2016.

"Our focus group research showed youth and young adults are eager for more information on the effects of marijuana use," Moseley said. "Though research into marijuana use isn't as extensive as that on alcohol or tobacco, there is sufficient evidence that using marijuana can have a significant effect on developing brains."

The facts cited in the campaign on brain development and marijuana's effects on learning are based on reviews of the current science by OHA's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee.

OHA's role following the legalization of marijuana is to educate the public about the health issues related to marijuana use; prevent youth marijuana use; and monitor marijuana use, attitudes and health effects. OHA will publish final research results of the pilot campaign evaluation late this summer.

The statewide campaign will advertise across a variety of media, but the bulk of advertising will take place on digital and streaming video to most effectively reach the youth audience. Other campaign elements include a social media presence (#StayTrueOregon), a website (StayTrueToYou.org) and promotions and outreach to organizations where youth gather.
OMSI To Attempt World Record For Largest Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano
OMSI - 07/19/17 2:38 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY

OMSI TO BUILD 34-FOOT VOLCANO
OMSI to attempt world record for the largest baking soda and vinegar volcano

What: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will build a 34-foot baking soda and vinegar volcano in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano. In celebration of the recent opening of POMPEII: THE EXHIBITION, OMSI is attempting the world's largest baking soda and vinegar volcano so visitors can experience the science behind a volcanic eruption on an unprecedented scale right here in Portland! This is anything but your average classroom science experiment, and it takes a lot of teamwork (and lots of vinegar and baking soda), to make the attempt. Construction for the volcano began on July 12 on the OMSI Front Plaza.

In addition to the volcano, OMSI will be hosting hands-on activities and demonstrations on the plaza starting at 11am leading up to the eruption at 3pm. Come explore the science of volcanoes from the forces brewing under the surface to the consequences of an eruption as well as how volcanoes have played an important role here in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Russ Fogle, Reign Audio, Costco and Orchard Supply Hardware for their generous support and donations.

When: Sunday, July 23, 3 p.m. (open to the public; activities begin at 11 a.m.)
Wednesday, July 26, 9 p.m. (for OMSI After Dark attendees)

Where: OMSI Front Plaza

RSVP: For media interested in attending the event, please RSVP to Libby Trobitz, ltrobitz@omsi.edu or 503.797.4617.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
Shark sightings reported off Oregon north coast prompt advisory (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/19/17 2:15 PM
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Cell: 503-931-2590

Reported shark sightings in Cannon Beach and Seaside prompt advisory

Cannon Beach OR -- A person surfing off the north Oregon coast around Haystack Rock near Cannon Beach, and a visitor in Seaside both reported shark sightings Tuesday, July 18. State park staff have posted advisory signs in both areas. No injuries were reported. The beaches will remain open, and the advisory signs will stay up for several weeks at least.

As a natural, wild place, people coming to the Oregon coast can prepare themselves to enjoy the ocean shore by visiting http://respectthebeach.org/. For people using the ocean offshore, especially surfers, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department recommends consulting fellow surfers for advice since the agency doesn't manage the ocean shore below low tide. In an emergency, beach visitors should call 911 and explain their location in as much detail as possible. Many developed beach accesses have signs with names and numbers to help visitors pinpoint their location.

The size and species of the sightings are unknown, and the reports haven't been verified. More than a dozen shark species live off the Oregon coast.


Attached Media Files: Standard shark sighting sign posted in Oregon
Police Investigating Robbery of Subway - UPDATE
Corvallis Police - 07/19/17 1:13 PM
On July 18, 2017, at approximately 3:45am, Corvallis Police Department Officers were called to the Subway restaurant at 2479 NW Monroe Ave for a report of a robbery. An unknown male suspect wearing a mask entered the restaurant, presented a handgun to the employee, and then left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The employee was uninjured, and the suspect fled prior to officers arriving.

On July 19th, 2017, at approximately 9:45am, Corvallis Police Department Detectives, with the assistance of the Philomath Police Department, arrested 39 year old Steven Lance Thompson of Corvallis, for Robbery I and Burglary II in connection with the armed robbery of Subway. He was lodged at the Benton County Jail on $125,000 bail. Detectives are continuing to investigate this case and more details will be made available at a later time. Anyone with information related to this incident can contact Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1700001186
Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/19/17 12:31 PM
Lebanon Police Department wants to make the public aware that Suicide is a real issue.

Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention
It is important to know the warning signs for suicide. The more signs a person exhibits, the greater their possible risk for suicide.
The following warning signs were developed by a group of experts in the field of suicide, working with the American Association of Suicidology. The group defines 'warning signs' as the earliest detectable signs that indicate heightened risk for suicide in the near-future, compared to risk factors which suggest longer-term risk. Warning Signs for Suicide and Corresponding Actions (SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry May 2007)
Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate help from a mental health provider when you hear or see any one of these behaviors: Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means. Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide.
Seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral should you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting any one or more of these behaviors: Hopelessness, Rage, anger, seeking revenge, Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, Feeling trapped--like there is no way out, Increasing alcohol or drug use, Withdrawing from friends, family or society, Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time, Dramatic mood changes No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
Do's and Don'ts
DON'T be afraid to talk about suicide. You cannot plant the idea of suicide in someone's head if they weren't already thinking about it.
DO take threats about suicide seriously.
DO pay attention to changes in mood and behavior.
DON'T ignore warning signs, and DON'T be afraid to talk about changes that you observe
DO make sure that access to items that might be lethal, such as guns and medicines, are locked away.
Committee looking at how to balance air quality and controlled burning will meet in Salem on July 27
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/19/17 11:57 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- On July 27 a broad-based committee will meet in Salem to discuss forestland smoke. The Smoke Management Program Review Committee will continue its task of recommending improvements for how the state can use controlled burns to improve forest health and protect nearby residents from wildfire while minimizing smoke impacts on communities to protect public health.

The public is invited to attend. The meeting will be in the Tillamook Room in Building C at ODF's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. It will last from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an opportunity for public comment near the end of the meeting. The meeting space 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 before the meeting by contacting Chrystal Bader at 503-945-7220.

The 20-person committee was appointed by the Oregon Department of Forestry working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The committee is made up of forest landowners, public health representatives, the American Lung Association, forest collaboratives and environmentalist groups, county and city elected officials, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and a tribal representative.

The committee is seeking to produce a set of recommendations for the departments of Forestry and Environmental Quality to consider. The committee's work will be presented to the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission in late 2017. Committee recommendations will also inform potential updates to the state's Smoke Management Plan. That plan is administered by ODF and approved by the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission. The Smoke Management Plan is part of the state's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act.

According to ODF records, last year controlled fires were set on 181,800 forested acres in Oregon, above the 10-year annual average of 165,999 acres. Those fires burned an estimated 1.3 million tons of woody debris. Peak burning is in the spring and fall.

The committee is expected to hold two more meetings -- one on Aug. 31 in southern Oregon and on Oct. 4 again in Salem.
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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/17 11:42 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on July 19, 2017, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 200 block of O'Neal Lane, in Roseburg, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including 1 adult and 1 child.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fee Change to Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 07/19/17 10:48 AM
Portland, Ore. -- On August 28, 2017 the price of the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 as result of the National Park Service Centennial Act P.L. 114-289.

The National Park Service Centennial Act raised the price of the senior pass (currently $10) so that it is on par with the cost of a regular annual pass (currently $80). It also authorizes a $20 annual pass for senior citizens. Increasing the onetime cost for those 62 and older to the current level of the America the Beautiful annual pass is a reasonable way to help insure our parks and federal recreation areas will remain available for future generations. As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation.

The Senior Pass, along with five passes included in the America the Beautiful -- The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass program -- provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by six Federal agencies. The Senior Pass covers all entrance fees and standard amenity (day use) fees and may provide senior discounts for things such as tours or campsites. The pass also waives the entrance fee for travelling companions.

"The lifetime Senior Pass will continue to give seniors access to parks and public lands nationwide, and even at $80, it is an incredible value," said Jamie Connell, State Director for BLM Oregon/Washington.

Senior passes purchased before August 28 are still good for life. The current $10 Senior Pass will continue to be sold until the $80 senior pass is implemented on August 28.

Additional information about the BLM's recreation program is available online at: https://www.blm.gov/visit.
Red Cross Relocates to new Eugene Facility
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/17 10:24 AM
New Red Cross facility is more centrally located; expected to enhance efficiencies in SW Oregon.

EUGENE, OR, July, 19, 2017 -- The Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross is relocating from its current Eugene facility on Bethel Drive to a new facility, located at 440 E Broadway Ave. in Eugene.

The Broadway facility is more centrally located and is near the University of Oregon Campus, with good access to several main arterials for efficient disaster response. We believe this new location will enhance Red Cross efficiencies in the Eugene and Southwest Oregon area, while making the best use of donor dollars.

"Every day Red Cross volunteers and staff are out in the Southwest Oregon community helping our neighbors prepare for emergencies and delivering aid when disasters occur," said Carisa Hettich, Executive Director of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross. "We believe our new central location will help us to be even more accessible to the community we serve."

The phased relocation will be complete by the end of July and there is no anticipated disruption to Red Cross services. Health and Safety classes, such as CPR and First Aid, will continue to operate out of the Red Cross facility at 862 Bethel Drive in Eugene through the end of July. Individuals signed up for these classes should continue to come to the Bethel facility for their scheduled classes through July 31st.

Since its inception in 1881, and its start in Oregon in 1917, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to providing compassionate care to those in need. Its network of dedicated volunteers, employees and generous donors share a mission of preventing and alleviating suffering, here at home and around the world through five key service areas: Disaster Cycle Services, Service to the Armed Forces, Blood Services, Preparedness Health and Safety Services, and International Services. For more information on local Red Cross programs and services, visit www.redcross.org/Cascades or read our blog at www.redcrossblog.org.

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


Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Relocates to New Eugene Facility
NW Association for Blind Athletes to Host Largest Camp Abilities in the U.S. for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/19/17 9:25 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Largest Camp Abilities in the United States for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington--July 19th, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the largest Camp Abilities in the United States for children and youth with visual impairments July 23rd-29th, 2017 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the ages of 8 and 15.

Camp Abilities Oregon will provide opportunities to 56 children and youth from across Washington and Oregon in its second year. Campers will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. The purpose of Camp Abilities Oregon is to empower blind or visually impaired children to break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is often associated with their disability. Campers will be encouraged to take control of their own quality of life, and will be empowered to use their many talents to actively contribute within their communities. A variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, swimming and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week.

"We are extremely honored to offer this truly transformational program again this year to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that transcend participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life," said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

Camp Abilities Oregon is funded in part by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, Washington Department of Services for the Blind, The Salem Foundation, and The Standard, but additional support is still needed. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities Oregon 2016. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of visually impaired students formed the Association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Salem Man on Highway 20 at Milepost 34.5 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/17 7:30 AM
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On July 18, 2017, at about 10:30 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 34.5 (east of Sweet Home).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2015 BMW Motorcycle, operated by John Harvey WEEKS, age 65, of Salem, was travelling eastbound on Highway 20 east of Sweet Home when for unknown reasons, the BMW veered into the oncoming lane and struck a green 2016 Kenworth log truck, operated by Kenneth Keil REYNOLDS, age 59, of Sweet Home, that was travelling westbound. The BMW collided into the side of the Kenworth.

WEEKS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. REYNOLDS was not injured. Witness stated that WEEKS was possibly looking over his shoulder behind him while negotiating the curve.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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


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Fire Damages Multiple Lebanon Storage Units (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/18/17 10:40 PM
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Heavy fire consumed multiple storage units at Copper Canyon Storage, 1150 Airway Road, in Lebanon on Tuesday night. The call was received at 7:28 pm and the caller reported flames from the roof of the structure and multiple explosions from inside the storage units. Bystanders attempted to extinguish the blaze with portable fire extinguishers located on site, but the intense heat and locked metal doors rendered their efforts ineffective.
An engine from the Lebanon Fire District was on scene within 3 minutes of the alarm, followed by two Division Chiefs, a second engine, a medic unit, and a Battalion Chief. First arriving units encountered heavy fire in multiple 10-foot by 20-foot units and heavy smoke which banked down to the ground, limiting visibility.

Fires in storage units present a multitude of issues for firefighters to deal with noted LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen. "Access to both the individual units and the complex can be difficult and can really slow suppression efforts." Bolen said. "In this case first arriving units made quick access through the security gates because the owners had just installed Knox Locks on their gates." A Knox Lock is a secured padlock or vault which only firefighters can access with a special key carried on all their apparatus. LFD engine companies were quickly through the gates and went to work forcing entry into 8-10 separate storage units to fight fire and ensure that no fire extended into other units.

The compact nature of storage units also hampers fire crews, as people tend to pack their units full of combustibles making firefighting and salvage efforts more difficult than the typical house fire.

The Lebanon Fire Investigation Team will be investigating the cause of the fire on Wednesday. There are no estimates on damages to the structure or contents at this time. The property, which opened less than three months ago, was insured however contents are insured by the individual homeowner's policy or renter's policy of each unit tenant. LFD expects to conclude its investigation on Wednesday and release the property back to the owner, who can then allow renters to access their storage units.

One person was treated for smoke inhalation on scene but they refused transport to the hospital for further evaluation. There were no firefighter injuries. A total of eight LFD units responded to the fire along with two mutual aid units from the Tangent Fire District. Units cleared the scene in just under two hours.


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