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Sat. 02/06/16
Westview High School wins third-straight berth in the National Science Bowl (Photo)
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PR 06-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

Students flex brainpower at 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Westview High School wins berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Three-time champion Westview High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., proved unstoppable Saturday afternoon in the Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl at the University of Portland. In the 25th anniversary event, Westview overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Lincoln High School of Portland.

Catlin Gabel School Team 1 of Portland finished third, and Sunset High School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., was fourth among 59 teams of math and science whizzes from schools across western Oregon and western Washington.

The nation's largest regional science bowl highlighted the intellectual and competitive energy of more than 250 high school students vying for an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

"The final round was definitely nerve-racking, but that's what makes Science Bowl great," said Bryan Lee of Westview's Team 1.

"A lot of it depends on speed," said his teammate, Anthony Zheng. "That makes it more exciting than just sitting at a desk."

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest offered members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

Amid the fast-paced scoring, wins and losses, the day also had its entertaining moments.

"It's really fun," said Beaverton High team captain Cole Cavanaugh. "My favorite part might have been sharing looks of despair -- or maybe just acceptance -- when the really random, weird or obscure questions came up. At one point, someone from another team guessed, 'The Beatles?'"

Ming Liu, the captain of Team 1 from Mountain View High School of Vancouver, said, "This is my last year at science bowl. It's been a great journey, and I am honored that I got to compete against so many talented teams this year. It has also been great getting to know the smart people on other teams competing here."

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities took place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allowed teams that had not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge was to construct a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

"Bonneville has sponsored the Science Bowl each year for a quarter century to support these incredible students in their love of math and science," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "As I watched them compete today, I was amazed and inspired by these kids. They are the energy innovators of the future, and we hope today's experience provides another step toward that important goal."

The hundreds of students in the competition, including last weekend's middle school event, come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

"We're just doing this for fun, just to have a great time," said Alison Bowden of Beaverton High School. "We've had a lot of really close rounds, and it's really fun to cheer on our teammates. It's a good bonding experience for us."

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL ALL STARS
BPA recognized the following students who answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds:
Ashwin Sah, Jesuit High School Team 1
Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School Team 1
Ming Liu, Mountain View High School Team 1
Kevin Shen, Sunset High School Team 1
Chandler Watson, Oregon Episcopal High School Team
Anders Olsen, Lincoln High School Team
Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego High School Team
Akshay Pulavarty, Westview High School Team 1

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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OSP Continuing Death Investigation at Baker Beach near Heceta Head - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 5:08 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and Lane County Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation into a deceased male found at Baker Beach, seven miles north of Florence.

According to Sergeant Michael Berland, on February 6, 2016 at 1:56 p.m., a body was reported washed ashore at the Baker Beach. Lane County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police responded to scene.

The Lane County Medical Examiner's office was notified and assisted the Oregon State Police in the recovery of the body along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing into an attempt to identify the deceased male found on the beach and also to determine cause and manner of death.

Please contact the Oregon State Police Springfield Office at (541) 726-2536 with any information on this investigation. No further information will be released at this time.
Officer involved shooting in Seaside *** Update 4*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/06/16 3:45 PM
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Update 4
The Oregon State Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team has located the fourth person present during the officer involved shooting.

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On February 5, 2016 at 9:22 PM Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. FERRY was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place FERRY under arrest for the felony assault warrant. FERRY resisted arrest and the other officer deployed less lethal force (taser). FERRY fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot FERRY.

Both Sergeant Goodding and FERRY were transported to local hospitals. Sergeant Goodding and FERRY died at the hospitals due to their injuries.

Sergeant Goodding was 39 years of age and lived in the Seaside Community. He is survived by his wife and school aged children. Sergeant Goodding graduated from Sherwood High-School and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Portland State University. Sergeant Goodding was hired with Seaside Police Department in April of 2003. During his tenure he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and a patrol sergeant. Sergeant Gooding also dedicated time to his community by coaching several different sports teams within the Seaside area.

Senate Bill (SB) 111 establishes protocols when an agency is involved in an officer involved shooting investigation. SB 111 mandates a separate agency lead the investigation. The Oregon State Police has been asked to conduct the investigation with the assistance of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team. The Major Crime Team is comprised of officers from Seaside Police Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach, Warrenton Police Department, and the Oregon State Police.

There will be no additional information regarding the officer involved shooting until the investigation is completed.

The Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation will assist with the funeral of Sgt. Goodding the date and time will be posted to flashalert as soon as possible.

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Update 2
Press conference scheduled for 10:00 AM on February 6, 2016 at the Seaside City Hall at 989 Broadway, Seaside.
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Update
The officer involved shooting was a result of a contact with the suspect and officers on Broadway. OSP is requesting any witnesses to call 1(800)452-7888. At this time Broadway is closed due to the investigation.
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On February 5, 2016 at approximately 9:20 pm a Seaside police officer was shot and transported to a local Clatsop County hospital. A Suspect was also shot and transported to a local hospital.

The Oregon State Police, Clatsop County District Attorney's office and the Clatsop County Major Crime Team are conducting the investigation of the officer involved shooting. We will not confirm the condition of the police officer or the suspect at this time.

We are aware of social media and news reports regarding the event. We ask for respect and consideration for the families and for Seaside Police Department.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office anticipates holding a press conference, in Seaside, on the morning of February 6th. The press conference time and location will sent out through Flash Alert.

Law enforcement does not believe there is any threat to citizens in the Seaside area.

All media inquiries should be directed to osppio@state.or.us

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Update: (Photos Added) Multi-agency investigation results in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County (Photo)
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The following is being released on behalf of the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement Team:

A multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of a federal fugitive and the execution of a search warrant in rural Josephine County late Thursday. Seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, US currency, marijuana, heroin, firearms, a significant explosive device and other items of evidentiary value. ROYAL KRUESI, age 41, from Murphy, was arrested on a federal warrant for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and state warrants for ID Theft and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.

On February 4, 2016, KRUESI was arrested on Highway 238 in Josephine County after a short elude on a motorcycle and foot pursuit by the Oregon State Police. KRUESI had a large amount of US currency on his person along with a methamphetamine pipe. A search of his Harley Davidson motorcycle revealed approximately 1 ?1/2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, $30,000 dollars in US currency, three handguns (two which were loaded), scales, packaging material and other evidence.

Law enforcement officers subsequently returned to KRUESI'S residence in the 12000 block of Water Gap Road near Murphy with a search warrant, which Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) SWAT executed. Seized from the search warrant and a consent search of an adjacent residence were two ounces of crystal methamphetamine, one ounce of tar heroin, three firearms (including an semi-auto AK 47 rifle), 10 pounds of marijuana, packaging material, scales, a money counter, approximately ten thousand rounds of ammunition, a ballistic vest and other items of evidence.

Various items were discovered on the property stemming from a 2013 Jackson County Burglary report. The items recovered included a Honda Quad, plasma cutter, motorcycle riding gear and sand paddle tires.

Investigators also located a sophisticated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) during the search of KRUESI'S residence.

According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Drug Enforcement Section Sergeant Jim Johnson, the Rogue Area Drug Enforcement (RADE) team partnered with many law enforcement agencies to assist with this investigation after receiving repeated information regarding KRUESI illegally distributing narcotics. Participating agencies included members from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety SWAT, Oregon State Police (OSP), United States Marshal Service (USMS) and Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from Boise, Portland and Eugene. "Collaboration between a multitude of state and federal law enforcement agencies, the tireless pursuit of those who assisted in this operation, and excellent investigative work to apprehend this sought after fugitive was paramount in the case's success," said Johnson. RADE initiated the investigation last year after determining KRUESI was rumored to be linked to violent encounters and may have used intimidation to propel his methamphetamine distribution organization in Josephine County.

Additional crimes against KRUESI will be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office and to the United States Attorney's Office for review. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Special thanks to Josephine County Sheriff Daniels for his support, the Josephine County District Attorney's office and the Assistant United States Assistant Attorney's office in Medford for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding suspicious drug activity is encouraged to call the RADE tip line at (541) 955-6970.

The interagency narcotics RADE team is comprised of personnel from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, Oregon State Police, Josephine County District Attorney's Office, and the Josephine County Community Corrections.

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Fri. 02/05/16
Red Cross Assisting Family of Five After Linn County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/05/16 8:49 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for two adults and three children displaced by a single-family fire Feb. 5 in the 1300 block of Clark Mill Road, Sweet Home, Linn County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, health services and information about recovery services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Dragon Dance & Parade from Chinatown to SW Portland this Sunday, February 7 at 11am
Oregon Historical Society - 02/05/16 5:18 PM
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society (OHS), in partnership with local dragon and lion dance teams, will host a mile long parade this Sunday, February 7. The parade begins at 11am on the corner of NW 4th Avenue and Davis in Chinatown, will continue along 3rd Avenue and up SW Jefferson, finishing at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave.). The celebration continues at the OHS, where admission is free all day to the museum (11am -- 5pm).

The dragon, owned by the Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, has not been used in a public parade for at least ten years, though some members of the community say it has not been in a public performance for nearly twenty years. It takes twenty-one people to carry the 60-foot dragon, and the parade team will be comprised of members of Lee Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team (led by Terry Lee), N.W. Dragon & Lion Dance Association (led by Wally Chow), International Lion Dance (led by Michael Choi), as well as volunteers recruited by the Oregon Historical Society who are new to this important tradition in the Chinese American community. There will also be lions dancing throughout the parade, and additional performances will take place at the Oregon Historical Society when the parade arrives at approximately noon. Sweet treats and tea will be provided.

Press Photos: http://bit.ly/207m9bS

The parade marks the start of Chinese New Year, which is Monday, February 8, 2016, as well as the opening of two exhibitions at the Oregon Historical Society. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

About Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion

America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.




About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.
**UPDATE** Fatal Shooting Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/16 4:22 PM
UPDATED INFORMATION
This information is being sent in cooperation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

On Thursday, February 4, 2016, the investigation into the shooting that occurred in the 3000 Block of Rice Valley Road was presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury heard testimony from numerous witnesses which included Ryan Scevers' wife and Mr. Frank Hendrickson. They also heard from witnesses who reported the initial theft of the four wheeler and from the officers and Detectives who investigated the incident.

At the conclusion of the testimony, the Grand Jury voted unanimously that Mr. Frank Hendrickson was justified in his use of force and that no criminal charges would be returned against Mr. Hendrickson.

Contact Information: Deputy District Attorney Shannon Sullivan -- (541)-440-4388
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PREVIOUS RELEASE
On 01-30-16, at about 0845 hours Douglas County Communications received a report of a theft of a four wheeler from a barn located in the 800 Block of Thurman Road, in the Rice Valley area.

The stolen four wheeler was observed by responding Deputies, as well as by Oregon State Police Troopers. The operator of the four wheeler had a dog on the four wheeler with him at the time. Responding law enforcement officers were unable to pursue the vehicle due to the terrain where the four wheeler was seen. 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who lives on Thurman Road was identified as a possible suspect.

On 01-30-16, at about 1010 hours Douglas County Communications received a report from a resident in the 3000 Block of Rice Hill Road that they had just shot a subject after a confrontation with the subject at their residence. Responding Deputies and Troopers contacted 65 year old Frank Hendrickson and his wife, 62 year old Delilah Knight, at the residence. They also located the same subject they had seen earlier in the day riding on the stolen four wheeler, the stolen four wheeler, and the dog that had been with the subject. The subject was determined to be 24 year old Ryan Scevers, who was declared deceased at the scene.

Deputies learned Hendrickson and Knight had been at home when they heard a commotion outside. Hendrickson found a dog had come onto his property and was chasing his animals. Hendrickson shot the dog, which died at the scene. A short time later, Ryan Scevers rode into Hendrickson's driveway on the stolen four wheeler. Ryan Scevers entered into Hendrickson's pick-up truck, took a rifle from inside of it, and began to shoot at Hendrickson and Knight. One of the rounds fired by Ryan Scevers struck a window of the Hendrickson's residence, which knocked Knight to the ground. Knight was not struck by the bullet. Another round fired by Ryan Scevers struck Hendrickson's dog, which died at the scene. Hendrickson then returned fire and struck Scevers. Knight was transported to River bend Medical Center, where she was treated for a suspected broken hip. Hendrickson was not injured during the shoot-out.

Along with the Oregon State Police, the Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin Police Department, the Roseburg Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The investigation is continuing. No arrests have been made, and the case will likely be presented to a Douglas County Grand Jury. Scevers next of kin has been notified.

No further information will be available until Monday morning.
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for February
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/05/16 3:17 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Regular School Board Meeting -- February 8 at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet have been posted at the following link: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.
Updated - Facilities Planning Committee Board Meeting -- February 9 at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-9040.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 1 & 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information contact Adrian DeLeon at 541-404-4459.
Special School Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 19: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.
For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
FBI Phone Scam Warning
FBI - Oregon - 02/05/16 1:43 PM
The FBI is warning Oregonians to be on alert for a phone scam that spoofs the FBI's telephone number on the victim's caller ID. In at least a couple of recent incidents, a caller has claimed that the targeted person has an unpaid ticket or otherwise owes money. The caller claims the person will be arrested if a fine is not paid.

The originating telephone number used by the scammer is "spoofed" -- meaning that it appears as if the call is being made from one of the FBI's Oregon offices.

The FBI reminds the public that the FBI does not call private citizens requesting money. There are a number of ways people with criminal intentions can obtain your name, phone number, or e-mail address. The FBI reminds you to limit the information you freely provide online, including on social media sites. Phone scammers typically use fear, intimidation, and threats to get a victim to send money.

To protect against fraud:
?-–? Never give out personal information to someone you did not initiate contact with.
?-–? Before signing up for a contest or e-mail distribution list, make sure the business has a policy not to share your information or sell it to a third party.
?-–? Be leery of anyone you did not initiate contact with who asks for payment using a third party such as MoneyGram or GreenDot prepaid cards.
?-–? Scammers count on your lack of knowledge, so take the time to educate yourself about any offer you receive.

Individuals receiving such calls or needing to report any Internet related crime can file a complaint through the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
Corps to lower Cougar Reservoir for temperature control tower repairs
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/05/16 12:07 PM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No: PA 16-007
Contact: Scott Clemans, (503) 808-4513
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2016

Look for this news release at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/media/newsreleases.aspx


CORPS TO LOWER COUGAR RESERVOIR FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL TOWER REPAIRS

EUGENE, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lower Cougar Reservoir to about 80 feet below its usual winter elevation by the end of March to allow for urgent debris removal and repairs in Cougar Dam's temperature control tower.

Cougar Dam and Reservoir are on the South Fork McKenzie River about 40 miles east of Eugene, Oregon. The Corps normally begins filling the reservoir on Feb. 1 each year, with the goal of reaching its maximum summer elevation by early May.

Recent inspections found three trash rack panels -- 2 feet by 5 feet sections of heavy-duty grating that prevent debris from entering the dam's water intake -- were dislodged and lying on the floor of the temperature control tower.

Inspections also found a large amount of debris in the penstock that feeds water to the dam's two hydropower turbine units, and in the units themselves.

Removal of the debris and repairs to the temperature control tower's trash rack must be accomplished as soon as possible. The debris affects the dam's ability to accomplish several of its authorized missions.

The Corps has shut down both generating units, and cannot accomplish the dam's hydropower generation mission. Generation flows are also essential to attracting endangered spring Chinook to the adult fish collection facility immediately downstream of the powerhouse, which is a key part of the dam's fish and wildlife mission.

"To minimize impacts to the project's missions -- particularly our fish and wildlife mission -- we really want to have this work complete by April 1, before the spring Chinook migration gets underway in the McKenzie Basin," said Greg Taylor, supervisory fish biologist for the Corps' Willamette Valley Project.

The debris could affect operation of the dam's regulating outlets -- the alternate route for passing water through the dam -- which are important to the dam's flood control mission.

"This is an operational emergency, in that our ability to accomplish some of our missions has been impacted," said Willamette Valley Project operations manager Erik Petersen. "However, this is not a dam safety emergency; there is no risk to the structure or to lives or property downstream."

The repair work will delay refill of Cougar Reservoir and may result in lower than usual summer elevations.

"If we are able to start refilling the reservoir in early April and have a fairly average water year, we will be able to refill the reservoir to about 1,640 feet -- 50 feet below the maximum summer elevation," said Tina Teed, Willamette Valley Projects reservoir regulator.

That would seriously curtail availability of the reservoir's two boat ramps, but the Corps should be able to meet its downstream flow and water temperature targets for the summer and fall, Teed added.

In comparison, the reservoir did not fill above 1,605 feet during the 2015 drought.

Cougar is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette River drainage system. Each project contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood damage reduction, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and navigation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries. For more information, visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/WillametteValley.aspx.

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Oak Hill Debate Team Wins Big at Logan Will Tournament
Oak Hill School - 02/05/16 9:09 AM
Oak Hill Debate Team Wins Big at Logan Will Tournament

(Eugene, OR)-
For the second consecutive year, the Oak Hill School Debate team found dramatic and decisive success at Grants Pass High School's annual Logan Will Ultimate Challenge Speech and Debate tournament. Oak Hill senior Laurel Eddins captured the Ultimate Challenge award by winning Parliamentary Debate (with Conrad Sproul as her partner) and Expository Speaking, and finishing second in Oral Interpretation, Radio Commentary, and Impromptu Speaking. Laurel also made the finals in Dramatic Interpretation and reached the semifinal round in Poetry Reading. Her combined performance in these seven events earned Laurel the individual Logan Will championship, which honors the memory of a national-caliber Willamette University debater (and Grants Pass alumnus) who died in a traffic accident in 2006.

Oak Hill junior Conrad Sproul (winner of last year's Logan Will Ultimate Challenge) captured 2nd place overall this year by winning Parliamentary Debate (with Laurel), Duo Interpretation (with OHS senior Emma Rosander), and Radio Commentary, and also finishing second in Original Oratory. Conrad also reached the finals in Impromptu Speaking.

This tournament is designed to test high school debaters' skills not only in those events in which they've been competing all season, but also in additional events well outside their comfort zones. Some debaters find themselves competing in events in which they have never before competed. At most high school tournaments, debaters participate in one to three events. At the Ultimate Challenge, competitors participated in five to seven events, a true test of stamina and endurance that marks their versatility and commitment to high school forensics.

Held over the course of two days (January 29 and 30), the Ultimate Challenge required 27 [I ADDED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND TOOK OUT THAT THEY WERE FROM 17 HIGH SCHOOLS BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THERE WERE 17 HS REPRESENTED AT LOGAN WILL, NOT ALL THE 27 PARTICIPANTS IN THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE WERE FROM ALL THOSE 17 HS, SO THAT WOULD BE INACCURATE TO SAY] participants to compete in one form of Debate (Parliamentary, Public Forum, or Lincoln-Douglas), one Memorized Dramatic Interpretation, one memorized 8-10 minute Platform Speech, and an additional two to four individual events (e.g., Impromptu, Expository, Radio Commentary).

Oak Hill's performance represents a powerful and loud statement as the Eugene independent school has a high school population of 52 students and the OHS Debate Team has existed only since 2013. In addition to their successes at Logan Will, this year's Oak Hill debaters have won multiple tournaments in the disciplines of Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking.

In this, just the 3rd year of the team, Oak Hill students have earned multiple pre-qualifications to the 2016 state championships. Emma Rosander and junior Beau Taylor-Ladd are pre-qualified in Policy Debate. Laurel Eddins has pre-qualified in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking. In addition, at the University of Puget Sound's January 8-9, 2016, tournament in Tacoma, WA, Laurel earned an invitation to the 2016 Tournament of Champions (TOC) in Extemporaneous Speaking. A national high school tournament held each spring at the University of Kentucky, the TOC is among the most prestigious tournaments in the country.

Since its debut, the OHS debate team hit the ground in a sprint. It has already caught up to many of the more established state teams. There is a feeling, though, among the teammates, that things are only getting started. Last year, Oak Hill finished second in the state of Oregon among 4A/3A/2A/1A schools. And the previous two years saw OHS send four entrants to the National Speech and Debate Association's National Championships. These are quite prestigious accomplishments for such a small and young school.

Oak Hill School is a K-12 independent school in Eugene that provides a rigorous college-preparatory program for motivated students, challenging each student to develop his or her intellectual and creative abilities. For more information, please contact Joshua Melton, Oak Hill's Upper School Head, at jmelton@oakhillschool.net or 541-744-0954. Ext 226.
Oak Hill School Announces 5 Year Contract Extension for Head Bob Sarkisian
Oak Hill School - 02/05/16 8:57 AM
Eugene's only K-12 college preparatory independent school, Oak Hill, is pleased to announce that the OHS Board of Trustees has voted to extend veteran head of school Bob Sarkisian's contract until June, 2020.

In a letter to the Oak Hill School community, board chair Terry Niegel stated the following:

Five years ago, Oak Hill School was facing a different climate than the one we enjoy now. Our budgets weren't balanced, we'd been through a litany of short-term headmasters (seven to be exact), and we were concerned about the future of our high school, amongst other issues. When we began the head search to replace our former head, we had a lot of needs to meet. We needed a head with extensive experience in independent school leadership to help grow our school, our vision and our mission. We found all of that in Bob Sarkisian.

During Bob's tenure, we have welcomed radical, wide-reaching improvements including:
Stabilization of our finances and a balanced budget.
Expansion of our campus to include a new lower school building, a new high school building, a new art studio and barn renovation, a beautiful new garden wall, walkways, and upgrades to almost all of our classroom and community spaces.
Significant growth in contributions of both volunteer hours and donations by our families to strengthen OHS.
Major strategic changes in faculty/staff positions, resulting in the appointment of upper and lower school directors, a new development director, a new facilities director, a new "green" director, and new community service director. The positions give emphasis to major parts of our operations and allow for more focused attention to becoming "the best."
New community partnerships forged with the Eugene Springfield NAACP, Downtown Rotary Club, Fox TV Eugene, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Eugene Emeralds, Confucius Institute, UO Center for Youth Enrichment/Gifted and Talented Programs, and many more.
Strengthening of admissions standards, growing our outstanding student body 67%, from 123 to 205 students, with a 2016-2017 student body population projection of over 210.

With all of this in mind and in the spirit of continued growth and striving for excellence, it is my great pleasure to announce that the board of trustees has voted to extend Bob's contract for five more years, through June 2020. We are delighted that he has accepted.

Thank you for all that you do to support our wonderful school. I wish you all a wonderful start to the New Year.

Best,
Terry Niegel
Chair, Oak Hill School Board of Trustees
Thu. 02/04/16
BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA) (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 02/04/16 4:49 PM
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BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA)

BJ Andersen has achieved the highest level professional designation for animal welfare professionals, having earned the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA(TM)) credential. This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice as an animal welfare or animal control executive.

The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise.

CAWA candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience and successfully pass a rigorous exam, developed to meet the highest competency standards.

The exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development, and animal management.

Jim Tedford, SAWA President & CEO, commented, "the CAWA certification program is a demonstration of the highest standards of leadership and management among nonprofit organizations, and we congratulate BJ Andersen, CAWA, for achieving this distinction."





About The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators



The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations.

SAWA provides the practical knowledge, resources, and solutions members need to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations, and, collectively, advance the animal welfare profession.



About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people (16% of the local population). WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet overpopulation through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 55 member staff, and 1,100+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org

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North Bend School District Public Meetings -- February 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 02/04/16 3:37 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for February:

February 8, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

The Board will meet in executive session to review and evaluate the employment-related performance of the chief executive officer of any public body, a public officer, employee or staff member who does not request an open hearing, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(i).

February 22, 2016
Special Meeting -- Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
More than 147,000 sign up for health insurance in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 1:39 PM
Salem -- More than 147,000 Oregonians signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31.

Enrollment for 2016 is about 31 percent higher than last year, when about 112,000 people signed up. Oregon had the largest rate of increase in enrollment of any state that uses HealthCare.gov. Seven out of 10 of those who enrolled this year are receiving tax credits averaging $256 per month to help pay for premiums.

"We are encouraged that so many Oregonians were able to sign up and take advantage of financial help. Signing up is an important first step toward getting the care you need," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). "As a next step, consumers should familiarize themselves with their plans. If you have questions about what doctors, services, and drugs are covered, you can always call your insurer."

It's also important to report any life changes to HealthCare.gov as soon as possible. Changes in income, number of family members covered, or getting other coverage can affect the coverage or financial help you're eligible for.

Those who missed open enrollment may still be able to get covered. If they experience a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage, they can apply for a special enrollment period through HealthCare.gov.

Many low-income Oregonians are also eligible for free or low-cost coverage through the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program. You can apply for the Oregon Health Plan at any time.

If you're not sure if you qualify for a special enrollment period or the Oregon Health Plan, you can find out by answering a few questions online at https://www.healthcare.gov/screener/.

Those without coverage could have to pay a penalty when they file their federal income tax return. The penalty for going without coverage in 2016 is the higher of 2.5 percent of yearly household income or $695 for every adult in your family plus $347.50 for every child under 18.

In early 2016, most Oregonians will receive one or more tax forms -- IRS Form 1095 -- about the health care coverage they had in 2015. These tax forms verify that consumers had the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.

"If you received tax credits to help you pay for your insurance during 2015, you will need to file a federal income tax return," Allen said. "You need to reconcile the amount of tax credits you qualified for with what you received. Otherwise you could have to pay back those tax credits back to the federal government."

Some Oregonians may qualify for a health coverage exemption to avoid paying the fee for not having coverage. Exemptions are based on a number of things, such as certain hardships, life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. For more information, visit irs.gov.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.
Linn Benton ALERT Emergency Notification System Public Test
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:46 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to announce a test of the LB ALERT system on March 12, 2016. The test will cover all of Linn County and the Albany city limits in North Albany. The test message will go out at 2 p.m. All traditional land phone lines in our 911 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices, with the system, will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device.

The LB ALERT Emergency Notification System is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications to Linn and Benton County residents of emergencies, evacuations, and other urgent events. There will be no reason to call our office once you receive the message.

If you would like to register your cellular phone or other devices with LB ALERT, please go to our website, www.linnsheriff.org, and sign up.
Deputies Asking For Assistance in Identifying Suspected Car Thief (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/04/16 11:40 AM
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On January 20th, at about 10:00 p.m., an unknown male jumped over a locked gate belonging to the Monitor Phone Company, located at 15265 Woodburn Monitor Road NE. While inside the gate the male entered an unlocked service truck belonging to a contractor associated to the phone company.

The male was able to start the truck and drive away using the keys that were left inside of the ignition. Leaving the facility the suspect drove through the locked gate damaging the fence, it is believed the suspect was being followed by the black car in the associated pictures. On January 29th, the van was recovered at the Pilot Truck Stop by the Oregon State Police.

Investigators are asking for the public's help to identify the male and the vehicle believed to be involved in the theft. Note: The silver van pictured is believed to be unrelated to any events that took place on January 20th. The Sheriff's Office is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Don Parise at 503-932-8483


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State warns against using company engaged in mortgage fraud
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/16 11:08 AM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is warning consumers not to seek loan modification services from Liberty One Mortgage, a California-based unlicensed and unregistered company that has engaged in mortgage fraud.

The department, through its Division of Financial Regulation, has issued two orders requiring Liberty One Mortgage to stop all unlawful activity in Oregon and assessed $30,000 in civil penalties against the company. Liberty One Mortgage induced consumers to send money to the company for loan modification services without providing the services.

"We urge people to not use Liberty One Mortgage for a loan modification because the company will take your money and do nothing for you," said Laura Cali, division administrator. "Loan modification companies must be licensed to offer those services in Oregon. Check with the Division of Financial Regulation first before choosing a company from which to get loan modification help."

On Aug. 20, 2014, the division issued a final order by default against the California-based company for unlicensed activity with a civil penalty of 5,000. Oregon homeowners worked with Justin Williams of Liberty for loan modification services. After the homeowners sent the company $1,500, they had a difficult time reaching the company. Eventually, Liberty stopped all communication with the homeowners, who never received the loan modification.

During the ensuing investigation, the division reached out to its California counterpart, the California Bureau of Real Estate. The California bureau discovered the Studio City, Calif., address the company provided on documentation to the Oregon homeowners was the location of an Indian restaurant. Restaurant employees said they had no knowledge of Liberty. Liberty One Mortgage did not respond to repeated inquiries from the Division of Financial Regulation.

On April 17, 2015, the division received a second complaint involving Liberty. The Oregon homeowners received a solicitation phone call from Liberty in December 2014 and worked with Williams to get a loan modification. After the couple sent more than $8,000 to Liberty, the company stopped all communications. The homeowners contacted the holders of their first and second mortgages, who said Liberty or Williams never contacted them.

Liberty One maintains an active website at www.LibertyOneMortgage.com. The website asks for consumer information, yet provides no contact information for the company.

To check if a company or individual is licensed to do business in Oregon, call the Division of Financial Regulation at 866-814-9710 (toll-free) or 503-378-4140. You can also look up a license at www.dfcs.oregon.gov.

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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 www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfcs.oregon.gov.
Fish tests delay Foster Reservoir spring refill
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/04/16 9:48 AM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No: PA 16-004
Contact: Scott Clemans, (503) 808-4513
For Immediate Release: February 4, 2016

Look for this news release at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/media/newsreleases.aspx

FISH TESTS DELAY FOSTER RESERVOIR SPRING REFILL

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alerts boaters and other users of Foster Reservoir near Sweet Home, Oregon, that the reservoir will refill on a different schedule again this year to accommodate fish passage research.

The Corps usually refills the reservoir from Feb. 1 to May 10, but this spring will instead maintain an elevation of 613 feet above sea level through April 15, and then refill to 635 feet -- about two feet below the usual summer elevation -- by the beginning of May. The Corps plans to hold the reservoir at 635 feet until at least June 10, then complete refill to 637 feet.

The Corps has modified Foster Reservoir's spring refill for three consecutive years to conduct fish passage research. The adjusted water levels help attract migrating juvenile fish to a fish weir located in one of Foster Dam's spillway bays.

The fish weir operations are part of ongoing research to determine how to best operate Foster Dam to improve the survival of spring Chinook salmon, winter steelhead and other fish species in the South Santiam River Basin.

The research has revealed new details about run timing, distribution of fish in the reservoir, and preferred passage routes through the dam. The Corps is continuing research this year to get more specific information to help with decisions on long term operations for fish passage.

Results of the previous year's research will be presented at the Corps' Willamette Fisheries Science Review at Oregon State University in Corvallis on Feb. 8-9. The event is open to the public; please RSVP at http://ezregister.com/events/15329/.

For more information about the Corps' efforts to increase survival of endangered Willamette Basin fish species, please visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environment/Fish/WVPBiOP.aspx.

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Indictment Returned in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Occupation
FBI - Oregon - 02/04/16 9:17 AM
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging 16 individuals in relation to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Attached please find the unsealed indictment. Neither the U.S. Attorney's Office nor the FBI can comment further give the on-going legal process.

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Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 02/04/16 9:10 AM
Sheriffs in all 36 Oregon counties have taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Oregon, and the laws thereof. Our oath is our pledge to you, to be conservators of the peace for our citizens, while being respectful of the rights afforded to all of us under the Constitution.

What a great state and nation we live in that allows everyone to express their opinion, hold a sign in protest, lobby for change and live free without fear of retaliation from the government. Our founding fathers created a system of government consisting of three branches: legislative, judicial and executive.

Sheriffs and Sheriff's Offices are part of the executive branch, charged with enforcement of laws as directed by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. Under our system of government, the judicial branch is given the authority to interpret the Constitutionality of our laws. We are a nation of laws, and the executive branch cannot override the laws passed by the legislative branch, nor can we ignore the clear guidance of the judicial branch. There is a process for changing the laws of our great nation and for amending our Constitution, and that process does not involve the armed takeover of government facilities and disruption of an entire community. We fully support the expression of political opinions, and advocating for change within the legal system -- that is what sets our country apart from developing countries where the government is changed by an armed takeover.

Recently, men and women have broken the law and encouraged others to take up arms against our local and federal governments. These individuals have used firearms and their interpretation of the Constitution to justify their criminal behavior. These militia men and women have broken into publicly owned buildings, disrespected Native American heritage and intimidated and harassed local residents and officials.

These men and women are asking for change, and we support their right to challenge our government to make change. However, we do not agree with or support any citizen or elected official who would advocate for change in a manner that includes illegal action, threats of violence, or violence against any citizen of the United States.


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Corps seeks comments on Curry County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 02/04/16 9:05 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Roguejets, Inc., for a proposed project in Curry County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2006-808-3 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Wed. 02/03/16
Fatal Crash Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls reveals medical emergency as possible cause
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 8:21 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this afternoons single vehicle fatal crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls.

On February 3, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash involving a commercial motor vehicle on Highway 97 near milepost 247. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 1987 Peterbilt Tractor and semi-trailer, operated by KENNETH WAGNON, age 65, from Oakridge, was northbound on Highway 97 when he drove off of the roadway onto the northbound shoulder causing the truck to roll onto its side. WAGNON was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. An OSP trooper that also serves as a Deputy State Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is looking into the possibility that WAGNON suffered a medical emergency that caused the crash.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. Seat belt usage is undetermined. Highway 97 was closed for approximately one (1) hour. The commercial motor vehicle is owned by Ron Bowers, Inc., from Eugene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chiloquin-Agency Lake Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/03/16 4:32 PM
At approximately 4:02 p.m. on February 2, Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate Ronald Ruffin, 54, died unexpectedly in the infirmary. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, Oregon State Police and the Marion County Medical Examiner responded to investigate.

Ruffin entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 21, 1988, on one count of murder out of Multnomah County; he was sentenced to life in prison.

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

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

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Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.**UPDATE (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 2:44 PM
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Two drivers were killed in a crash on US Hwy 20 near milepost (MP) 166 just east of Burns.
On February 1, 2016 at 12:31 PM OSP troopers were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on US Hwy 20 near Burns. Both drivers died as a result of their injuries.

Witness information reported a red 2015 Chevrolet pick-up, driven by Mr. Robert L. Heath, age 65, from Christmas Valley, Oregon, was traveling eastbound on US Hwy 20. Mr. Heath attempted to pass a commercial motor vehicle when it struck a westbound 2000 white Cadillac driven by Mr. Milton J. Kowalski Jr., age 71, from Redmond. The vehicles collided head-on and came to rest blocking highway 20.

Mr. Kowalski Jr. was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The passenger of the Cadillac, Ms. Darlene McGown, age 69, from Redmond and Mr. Heath were air-lifted to St. Alphonsus in Boise with critical injures. Mr. Heath died at the hospital a few hours after the crash.

The highway was completely closed for two hours and partially for another two hours. OSP was assisted by Hines Fire Department, Harney County EMS, and ODOT.


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Consumers alerted to potential scams
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/03/16 2:30 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) urges consumers to protect themselves from potential scams in light of the uncertainty caused by the financial troubles of Moda Health Plan Inc.

DCBS is aware of multiple incidents in which consumers worried about the status of their insurance with Moda receive calls from people who claim to be able to help them. The incidents involve callers who ask for personal information, including Social Security numbers, and who threaten to cut off consumers' coverage if they do not act immediately.

Consumers who receive any such calls about Moda should not provide any of their personal information. It likely is a scam. Decisions have not been made about whether Moda customers will need to find new plans. Communications about such decisions will come from either Moda or the State of Oregon.

To protect consumers and ensure claims are paid, DCBS has assumed control of Moda's financial decisions. The department is working with Moda on a plan to improve its financial condition. Once the plan is finalized, more information will be released.

In the meantime, Moda customers can continue to access services and get their claims paid.

Oregonians who believe they have been a victim of a scam about Moda should contact the Oregon Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Hotline at 503-378-4320 or http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/hotline.aspx, or visit OregonConsumer.gov. Frequently asked questions about Moda health plans are available on the DCBS, Division of Financial Regulation's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx. Consumers are encouraged to regularly check for updates. Consumers may also contact the department's consumer advocates by phone at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email at cp.ins@oregon.gov.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Josephine County Woman Arrested for Multiple Crimes in Connection with a Stabbing (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/03/16 2:09 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday mornings stabbing in Josephine County.

On February 3rd, 2016 at approximately 7:10 a.m. OSP troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 380 Murphy Creek Rd, Grants Pass, Josephine County. Upon their arrival they located one female victim who sustained a knife wound to her left torso and blunt force injuries to her hand and foot. The female victim was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with non-life threatening injuries. The victim will not be identified at this time as this is an on-going investigation.

The OSP Criminal Investigation Division assumed the investigation and subsequently arrested, TRACY BENET, age 51, listed as a transient. BENET was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for the following crimes:

-Attempted Murder
-Burglary I,
-Unlawful Use of Weapon (x2)
-Assault II.

No further information for release.

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BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/03/16 1:21 PM
PR 06 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA reaches major milestone with release of final EIS on I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

More work remains before a decision is made on how to address transmission congestion in southwestern Washington, northwestern Oregon

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing its final environmental impact statement on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project after more than six years of analysis and robust public involvement.

The final EIS is a significant milestone in BPA's National Environmental Policy Act review for the siting of a potential 500-kilovolt transmission line from the Castle Rock, Wash., area to Troutdale, Ore.

The final EIS documents the completed analysis of potential impacts to a wide spectrum of human and natural environments from various potential routes that total more than 300 miles in length. BPA addressed nearly 10,000 comments during the EIS process and worked with landowners and others to obtain input for the analysis.

While the final EIS includes a thorough environmental analysis and identifies a preferred route, the final EIS is not a decision document. It does not include a decision on whether to construct the line.

"Before we make a decision, Bonneville will continue to evaluate the circumstances around the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to ensure we're making the right investments at the right time," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer, who will ultimately make the decision to build or not.

Mainzer added he does not anticipate reaching a decision before late 2016.

BPA proposed the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to address a growing transmission congestion problem in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. While there is enough power generation in the region to meet energy demands, the existing transmission lines that deliver the power from other parts of the Northwest are becoming increasingly constrained in their ability to move that power during periods of high electricity use.

As a result of this congestion, the possibility of brownouts or power outages in this area from transmission constraints is increasing. BPA's studies currently show that if electric demand, or load, continues to grow without any additional physical or operational changes, that scenario might occur as early as 2021.

In addition to considering whether to build the proposed line, for the past several years BPA has been actively exploring possible "non-wire" solutions -- measures that do not involve building a new transmission line -- that may address the congestion issue as part of its mission to deliver power reliably and at low cost to the Northwest.

Some solutions have been found that have allowed the need for the project to be deferred until 2021. However, to date, BPA has been unable to identify any combination of non-wire measures that would address congestion and maintain transmission reliability in this corridor for a longer term and that would be operationally, commercially and economically feasible.

Even so, non-wire technologies are regularly evolving, and BPA is continuing to explore these measures and their ability to meet reliability needs, whether in the short or long term -- or indefinitely, if possible.

BPA has assembled a team of highly skilled engineers and other subject matter experts to continue exploring non-wire solutions. BPA is evaluating whether some combination of these measures would be sufficient to maintain reliable electric service by offsetting projected increases in power flow across southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. Some of those options might include:

Generation redispatch: Refers to changing which large generation sources serve the load. This may alleviate congestion by reducing the amount of generation and power being transmitted along a path to more closely match the load or anticipated need.

Demand response: Refers to managing the power consumption at the end user. This may alleviate congestion by reducing power consumption and pairing it with generation reduction in a location to reduce flows along the transmission path.

Distributed standby generation: Refers to using small diesel generators or solar power generators near the source of the load.

Other distributed energy resources: This includes battery storage and solar generation. Large-scale batteries near the load can be used during times of high power demand. Similarly, during times of high generation, the batteries can be used to store surplus generation that can later be returned to the power system during periods of high demand. Solar generation converts sunlight to electricity and can be scalable from residential rooftops to industrial acreage scale.

Energy efficiency: Refers to increasing efficiency of existing buildings or appliances to reduce electricity use.

Jeff Cook, BPA's vice president of Transmission Planning and Asset Management, emphasized that it is unlikely a single solution exists among the non-wire solutions.

"It's important to also remember that any solution we arrive at will have a cost associated with it, and not all solutions are equal in terms of the benefit that they provide to our customers and constituents," Cook said. "Part of the ongoing analysis is whether one of these options, or a combination of them, might help address the congestion problem and what potential trade-offs BPA and the region would face as a result."

In the meantime, Mainzer will continue to review the merits of the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project along with any emerging information on non-wire solutions.

"This line would provide a long-term transmission solution, and so far, we haven't found any other feasible and cost-effective options," said Mainzer. "We recognize the impact and uncertainty that this potential line has on the affected communities in the I-5 corridor. But I want to be sure every potentially feasible option has been explored before I make a decision of this size and scope."

For more information on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, visit www.bpa.gov/goto/I5.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Oregon Cultural Trust's Statewide 'Conversations with Funders' set for Feb.9-March 3 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 11:43 AM
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
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Salem, Ore. -- Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Trust's Cultural Partners -- Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office -- February 9 through March 3 for "Conversations with Funders," a 12-stop state tour encouraging cultural nonprofits to apply for close to $5 million in collective grant funds.

Representatives from the Oregon Community Foundation and Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council also will attend some events.

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

"There are more than 1,450 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support them."

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2017 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted on the Trust website (http://www.culturaltrust.org/grants/development-grants)
for an application deadline of April 22 (see details below).

"Conversations with Funders" begin Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Astoria and are scheduled in regional flights. Registration is not required.

The schedule is:

Oregon Coast -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Astoria: Tuesday, Feb. 9, Columbia Hall, Clatsop Community College
(1651 Lexington Ave.)
Lincoln City: Wednesday, Feb. 10, Lincoln City Cultural Center
(540 NE Highway 101)
Florence: Thursday, Feb. 11, Florence Event Center (715 Quince St.)



Southern, mid-Valley & Central Oregon -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Medford: Tuesday, Feb. 16, Medford Library (205 South Central Ave.)
Eugene: Wednesday, Feb. 17, Maude Kerns Art Center (1910 E 15th Ave.)
Bend: Thursday, Feb. 18, Brooks Room, Downtown Bend Public Library
(601 NW Wall St.)

Willamette Valley and Portland -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Salem: Tuesday, Feb, 23, Green Room, Center for Community Innovation
(1255 Broadway St. NE, #110)
Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 24, Madison Room, Oregon Historical Society
(1200 SW Park Ave.)
Hillsboro: Thursday, Feb. 25, The Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 East Main St.)

Eastern Oregon and the Gorge -- all events 4-6 p.m.
Baker City: Tuesday, March 1, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (2020 Auburn Ave.)
Pendleton: Wednesday, March 2, Heritage Station Museum (108 SW Frazer Ave.)
Hood River: Thursday, March 3, Hood River Library (502 State St.)

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants

The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity.

2015 was a successful fundraising year for the Cultural Trust. A record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $2.6 million. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners -- to support their projects and respective grant programs -- and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2017 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2016 and July 30, 2017.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 22.

For more information contact Schreiner at aili.schreiner@oregon.gov or by calling 503-986-0089.
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Attached Media Files: Coquille Indian Tribe salmon pit demonstration at 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference; Heritage grants are among those to be discussed at the Conversations.
Libby Unthank Tower elected Arts Commission Chair; Christopher Acebo named Vice Chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/03/16 10:57 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- Libby Unthank Tower, a Eugene graphic design and marketing professional in her second term on the Oregon Arts Commission, succeeded Julie Vigeland as Commission Chair on
Jan. 1. Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, is now Vice Chair and Vigeland serves as Immediate Past Chair. Elections took place at the Dec. 4, 2015, Commission meeting in Portland.

Tower's career spans public, private and non-profit sectors. Currently with Eugene's Asbury Design, she previously managed marketing and public relations for the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, overseeing institutional marketing and public relations for the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Community Events and the Public Art programs Tower earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 1977. She studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, and attended the Yoshida Hanga Academy studying under Japanese Master Artist Toshi Yoshida.

"I am full of gratitude and pride," said Tower. "We have a newly completed strategic plan to provide guidance and move us forward with work and initiatives designed to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians. Our future is bright." Tower's term expires on Dec. 8, 2017.

Acebo's work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival includes collaborating on season planning, creative team selection, casting, strategic planning and producing the festival productions. He is a set and costume designer who designed the world premiere production of "All the Way" by Robert Shenkkhan, as well as its Broadway production that won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2014. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego and his bachelor's in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His first term on the Commission expires on March 19, 2018.

Vigeland, who led the Commission for three years, called being chair the capstone of her volunteer career in the arts. "Nothing can compare to the view from a statewide perspective," she says. "What an amazing array of arts organizations we have in every corner of our expansive state. I only wish that each and every Oregonian had the opportunity to learn about the richness of art throughout the state. It is breathtaking!

"We are so fortunate to have Libby Tower as our new chair," Vigeland added. "She is experienced and ready to lead us to the next level. The Arts Commission is in great hands!" Vigeland's second term expires July 26, 2017.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Attached Media Files: Julie Vigeland , Christopher Acebo , Libby Unthank Tower
Get immunizations up-to-date before School Exclusion Day February 17
Oregon Health Authority - 02/03/16 8:00 AM
February 3, 2016

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children's vaccine records

February 17 is School Exclusion Day, and the Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting that day if their records on file show missing immunizations.

Under state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

"Immunization is the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "It keeps schools and the entire community safe and healthy."

Information for parents about updated vaccine requirements:

-- The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through seventh grade.

-- Parents of children with old exemptions on file signed before March 2014 will need to submit updated documentation. If the child has received the vaccines, the parent needs to turn in the immunization dates to the school. If the parent wants a nonmedical exemption, the parent needs to turn in a Vaccine Education Certificate showing that they've received education about vaccines, either from a health care practitioner or from the online vaccine education module. The parent also needs to sign a new Certificate of Immunization Status. More information about exemptions can be found at the division's vaccine exemption website at www.healthoregon.org/vaccineexemption.

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2015, local health departments sent 29,234 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 4,666 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before Feb. 3.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info--just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Pharmacists can immunize children 7 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook.

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Red Cross Teams Doing Disaster Relief in Multnomah, Douglas and Pacific Counties
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/02/16 6:52 PM
Disaster Action Teams from the American Red Cross Cascades Region are providing immediate emergency assistance for disaster clients on local disaster responses in Multnomah and Douglas County, Oregon and in Pacific County, Washington.

A single-family residential fire Feb. 2 in Winston, Douglas County displaced two adults and their pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A disaster client in the 200 block of Skees Road in Raymond, Pacific County is receiving Red Cross assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

A single-family fire Feb. 2 in the 800 block of SE Alder Street in Portland, Multnomah County displaced one adult. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, information about recovery services and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and southwest Washington. Residents may call 503-528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion Exhibition on Display at Oregon Historical Society through June 1, 2016 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/02/16 4:59 PM
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Portland, OR -- America's desire for trade with China is older than Independence, yet in 1882 the nation's borders shut for the first time to exclude Chinese workers. A long and bitter contest over immigration and citizenship ensued, influenced by tensions within the United States and the changing tenor of relations between the two countries.

This struggle over freedom and the right to belong shaped the Chinese American experience and the very formation of American society. It is a story of extraordinary individuals, fearful and courageous acts, and unexpected twists and turns that have surprising relevance to our world today.

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is proud to host Chinese American: Exclusion / Inclusion, on display now through June 1, 2016. On loan from the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition will make its only appearance on the West Coast at OHS before being sent to China for display.

"After seeing this exhibit in person at the New-York Historical Society, I knew that it would be well received in Portland," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "It is a world-class display, and tells an important history that is so relevant amidst the current conversations over immigration in our country."

OHS will kick off the exhibition and Chinese New Year with a fabulous mile-long parade and dragon dance through Portland this Sunday, February 7. The Dragon Dance will begin at 11am on the corner of NW Davis & 4th Ave., continuing through Chinatown, down 3rd Ave., and up SW Jefferson (click here for detailed map). The celebration continues at OHS (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) when the parade arrives around noon, where admission will be free, sweet treats and tea will be served, and all are welcome to enjoy special performances by local Lion Dance teams!

In conjunction, the Oregon Historical Society's museum will also open a second exhibition on February 29 entitled Beyond the Gate: A Tale of Portland's Historic Chinatowns. This original exhibit tells the hundred year history of Portland's Old Chinatown (1850-1905) and New Chinatown (1905-1950). Unbeknownst to many Oregonians, Portland in fact was home to the second largest Chinatown in the nation in 1900.

A series of public programs on the topics of immigration, migration, exclusion, and inclusion of Americans throughout history have also been scheduled at the Oregon Historical Society and at venues across the state. For a full calendar of programs, visit www.ohs.org/events.

For additional reading on Chinese Americans in Oregon, visit The Oregon Encyclopedia website at http://bit.ly/1W05bvt.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. OHS members and Multnomah County residents receive free admission every day.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


Attached Media Files: Joyce Chen left Shanghai in 1949, settling in Cambridge, MA. Capitalizing on her culinary skills, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation and subsequent cookbook landed her a nationally televised cooking show—the first TV se , Activist Wong Chin Foo published this newspaper, entitled Chinese American, in New York in 1883—possibly the first public use of the term “Chinese American.” New-York Historical Society , Empress of China Fan, ca. 1784, Courtesy of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection , During WWII, Chinese Americans and their supporters petitioned Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act. Their campaign was successful—the 60-year statute was overturned in 1943. However, Chinese immigration remained subject to severe quotas. Septembe , The majestic “Moo Lung” appeared in parades and celebrations nationwide, including the July 4th, 1911 “Parade of Nations” in New York City, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B2-2302-15 , Anna May Wong Certificate of Identity, National Archives of San Francisco, 54099
Update-Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 4:30 PM
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A video of the United State Coast Guard (USCG) rescuing the first responders from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue is being provided by the Oregon State Police. The video is available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/uVw-Y8ItFRs. Please note that the date and time stamp on the video are not correct.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Josephine County Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 2:29 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Josephine County Man for multiple crimes in connection with an on-going Sex Abuse investigation.

On January 26th, 2016, the OSP Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a minor female. The female was interviewed on January 29th, 2016 and disclosed multiple incidents of sexual abuse perpetrated by her then step-father, WILLIAM CARLOS SELLERS, age 37, from Grants Pass. On February 1st, 2016, SELLERS was interviewed in regards to the allegation. SELLERS was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges:

Sex Abuse I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration

The investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release. OSP detectives are requesting anyone that may have information pertaining to SELLERS to contact Sergeant Annie Harris at the Central Point Area Command at 541-618-7967.

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Harney County Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Update
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 1:24 PM
The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was asked by the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the officer involved shooting on January 26, 2016 in Harney County.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office reached out to agencies on the Tri-County Major Incident Team. Resources from The Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police provided resources for the Major Incident Team investigation (all are agencies from within Deschutes County).

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has received a number of requests for information and or release of evidence. At this time, we will not release any further information on the investigation.

"Our office continues to lead the Major Incident Team on the Harney county officer-involved shooting investigation. This is an on-going investigation and in order to maintain its integrity, no further information will be released until a thorough investigation and review is completed by Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris," stated Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris stated, "All pertinent reports will be released to the public when the investigation is complete." These investigations take a considerable amount of time. It is expected to be at least 4 to 6 weeks before this information is likely to be released. Any updates or release of information will be released through www.flashalertbend.net.

The Tri-County Major Incident Team is comprised of members of law enforcement from the Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices and District Attorneys; the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Black Butte Ranch, Sunriver and Warm Spring Police Departments and the Oregon State Police. The purpose of the Tri-County Major Incident Team is to allow agencies access to additional investigative resources during major incidents.
Missing Person Investigation- Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 02/02/16 1:18 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoons report of a missing teenage female that fell into the Pacific Ocean at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff's deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews arrived early this morning. Notification of those involved and their families has been completed by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office Chaplains. Search of the area will continue and will be conducted by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office.

OSP was assisted in the search by the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Fire, Netarts/Oceanside Fire and Rescue, United States Coast Guard, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Tillamook Ambulance.

Family is requesting that those with inquires respect their privacy and direct questions to the Oregon State Police. Questions regarding the two personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue should be directed to their agency. No further information to release.

Photo: Courtesy of the Owens Family.

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Missing Elderly Person Found by Search and Rescue Volunteers
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 11:18 AM
On February 1, 2016, Douglas County Communications received a call at 6:58 PM from a family member of VIRGINIA NASH (age 76) to report that she was missing. The caller stated that his mother had left the residence at 1028 Tanglewood Lane, Roseburg to go for a walk at about 2 PM, but she had not returned by the time it was getting dark. Family members searched for her and were not able to locate her.

Douglas County Search and Rescue responded with 20 volunteers to the scene and located NASH about 750 feet from the residence at 9:28 PM. She was transported by Douglas County Fire District #2 ambulance to Mercy Medical Center.
Marine Board to Convene Abandoned/Derelict Vessel Task Force
Oregon Marine Board - 02/02/16 10:55 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a kick off meeting in Newport on February 9, from 9 am to 12 pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive. This meeting is open to the public, however; public comments will not be accepted.

This is an information-gathering meeting to identify potential members for an Abandoned and Derelict Fishing Vessel Prevention Task Force, to discuss ideas to prevent abandoned and derelict fishing vessels along the coast and to develop a process for measurable outcomes through coordinated efforts.

Future meetings will be held in areas that are impacted by abandoned and derelict vessels, and in locations close to participating members.

To view the meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Living in the Shadow of High Bank Fees? Join a Not-for-Profit Credit Union
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 02/02/16 10:41 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- Punxsutawney Phil's forecast notwithstanding, consumers can step out of the shadow of high bank fees and interest rates by joining a local, not-for-profit cooperative credit union.

Because of their cooperative structure, credit unions don't pay Wall Street stockholders. Instead, they generate value for their members by charging lower fees and offering better loan rates.

A comparison of bank and credit union fees and rates shows Oregonians who belonged to credit unions last year, saved a collective $115 million--a minimum of $141 per household. The more financial services a member gets from the credit union, the greater the savings. Credit unions offer you lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards, 15-year mortgages and home equity loans; and pay you higher rates on savings products such as money market accounts, certificates of deposit and retirement accounts. Federally insured credit unions offer a safe place for you to save money, with deposits insured up to at least $250,000 per individual depositor. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) is the independent agency that administers the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF).

Not a member? Visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org to find a local, not-for-profit credit union near you. Membership makes sense, and saves big $.
Source: Informa Research Service, NCUA, and CUNA, for 12 months ending Sept, 2015.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing over 157 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions. Northwest credit unions returned $352 million in direct financial benefits to their 5.2 million members last year. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to credit unions. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.


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Oregonians reminded to claim their kickers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/02/16 9:01 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax return filing season is open and the Oregon Department of Revenue wants to remind you to claim your tax surplus credit, or "kicker," on your 2015 personal income tax returns.

The credit is how the state is returning a more than $402 million tax surplus to eligible Oregon taxpayers. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there have been in the past.
We've launched What's My Kicker, a new online tool that calculates your credit amount based on information from the 2014 Oregon tax return you filed. All you need to enter is your Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), last name, and filing statuses for 2014 and 2015. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor and click on the "What's My Kicker" link. You can only use this tool if your 2014 and 2015 filing statuses are the same.

If your filing statuses are different, you can calculate the amount of your credit by multiplying your 2014 tax liability before any credits, except credits for taxes paid to other states, by 5.6 percent.

You're eligible to claim the credit if you filed a 2014 Oregon tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2015, you still have to file a 2015 Oregon tax return to claim your credit. The state may use all or part of your kicker to pay any state debt, such as taxes due for other years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

For more information on claiming your credit or how to donate it to the Oregon State School Fund, see the instructions for Oregon Form 40 (full-year Oregon residents), Form 40P (part-year residents), and Form 40N (nonresidents). All forms are available on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms. Those using tax preparation software will be presented with options to determine their eligibility and credit amount.

Remember to file as early as possible to limit the potential for people to file fraudulent returns using your information. Filing early can also expedite processing by getting your return into the system sooner. We also recommend that you:
File electronically, using one of the many free options listed on our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/e-filing.
Have your bank routing numbers ready when you file so you can use direct deposit for your refund. You can get your refund in 7--10 days by e-filing and using direct deposit, versus up to 10 weeks if you file a paper return and request a paper check.
Complete your federal return first. You'll need information from it for your state return, and you must submit a copy of your federal return with your state return.
Ensure you have your W-2 included with your return. Filing a return without a copy of your W-2 can delay the processing of your return and refund.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY for hearing or speech impaired, call 1-800-886-7204.
Traffic Safety Team to Add Extra Patrols Through Super Bowl Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/02/16 8:50 AM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols over the Super Bowl weekend extending through February 21st. Over the weekend Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers. Beyond the weekend Traffic Safety Team members will switch their focus to ensure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration;

In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child's own driver who was drunk.
Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren't buckled up at the time of the crash.

Let's make this Super Bowl weekend one to remember and not one you wish you could forget. If you are going to drink or smoke, please don't drive.


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Land Board to consider easements, receive forestry report and announce agency director
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/02/16 8:19 AM
Salem -- At their meeting on Feb. 9, the State Land Board will be asked to approve four permanent easements: a bridge easement in Tillamook County; road easements in Wallowa and Klamath counties; and a sewer line crossing in Malheur County.

The board also will receive the Oregon Department of Forestry's annual report on the management of Common School Forest Lands, and appoint a new director of the Department of State Lands.

The meeting will be held:

Feb. 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

This meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 871-4323 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202016/slb_agenda_feb2016.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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Mon. 02/01/16
Sheriff's Office & Public Works Collaborate to Improve Your Marion County Park Experience (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/01/16 2:41 PM
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Mid January the Marion County Sheriff's Office Code Enforcement Division collaborated with our partners at Public Works to begin a large scale project to remove trash and clear brush from over grown trails and recreating areas in some of our Marion County Parks. The crew consisted of a Code Enforcement Officer who managed a crew of inmate workers from our Transition Center.

The crew worked in all weather conditions as they fought through mounds of berry vines and poison oak. Code Enforcement Officer Art Stinson stated, "It was fun working in the parks, especially Minto where we uncovered three picnic sites that were overgrown with vegetation and unusable." The crew paid special attention to removing invasive species while not affecting the natural landscapes of these wilderness areas. In all the crew visited 5 parks, Minto, Niagara, North Fork, Pack Saddle and Spongs Landing where they completed over 120 hours of work.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our partners at Public Works for providing the tools used to get our job done. In addition special thanks must be made to those inmates who made a positive contribution to their community and its visitors.


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Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting (CORRECTED)
City of Albany - 02/01/16 1:12 PM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Florence Police request assistance in locating missing 85 year old male (Photo) UPDATE
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 11:01 AM
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UDPATE: Mr. Schug has been located

This release is being sent on behalf of Florence Police Department.

On February 1, 2016 at 125 AM Florence PD was called to investigate a missing person from the 1900 block of 21st Street. The center reported one of their patients, Mr. Donald E. Schug , age 85, from Florence had broken a screen and left the facility.

The area has been searched and Mr. Schug has not been located. Mr. Schug was last seen wearing blue short-sleeved flannel pajamas and brown shoes. It is reported Mr. Schug has mild dementia. Mr. Schug is described as being 5'6", 155bs,brown eyes and balding grey hair. His photo is attached to this release.

Florence PD is requesting anyone who sees anyone matching Mr. Schug's description or has any information regarding Mr. Schug's location please call them at (541) 997-3515.


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Corvallis Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Robbery after Crime Spree
Corvallis Police - 02/01/16 10:44 AM
On January 31, 2016, 20 year old Trenton Huber of Corvallis was arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after a series of crimes at several locations.

The series of incidents began with a 911 call in the 3100 block of NW Foxtail Plc. The caller, who was in his vehicle with his family in front of their residence, reported Huber approached their car and told them "I'm not going to hurt your family." Huber then tried to open the doors of the vehicle but was unable to get inside because they were locked.

Huber walked away from the initial caller's vehicle and encountered a father and 11 year old son on the bike path near the south end of NW Shooting Start Dr. Huber approached the father and son and told them he wanted to know where their car keys and house were. Huber then grabbed the 11 year old boy; put him in a headlock, almost choking him out while walking him down the bike path. The boy's father responded by striking Huber in the back until he released the boy. Huber then threatened to kill the father and son, before they fled to their residence. Huber did not follow them.

As the father and son victims were calling 911, Huber encountered his next victim at NW Shooting Star Dr. and NW Morning Glory Dr. Huber approached woman in her 20's who was in her vehicle at the intersection. Huber knocked on the driver's window and told the victim he needed help. When the victim rolled her window down to see what kind of help Huber needed, he pointed a handgun at her face and got into the back seat of her vehicle. Huber then kidnapped the woman and forced her to drive him from the area. She drove him away from the area while he held the gun to her head.

During the kidnapping, Huber told the female victim she was going to party with him and his friends. Huber took the victim's cell phone and struck her multiple times when he thought she drove too fast, or too slow, keeping the gun pointed at her at the same time. Huber also fondled the victim while she was driving. At one point during the drive, Huber became enraged with the victim and kicked out a rear window of her vehicle. During the drive, the victim tried to convince Huber to release her. When she stopped at the intersection of NW 27th St. and NW Van Buren Ave., the victim convinced Huber to let her out of the car. The female victim got out of the car and fled to a business on NW Monroe Ave. Huber stole the victim's car and drove away.

Huber took the victim's car and drove to the 900 block of NW 25th St. He parked the car in the driveway of a residence and got out of the car, leaving the handgun behind in the vehicle. Huber walked away from the stolen car, and after about a half block, he encountered another victim. Huber approached a male walking in the area, pulled out a knife, and confronted the man, telling him he was coming with Huber. Huber slapped the male victim, and handed him the keys to the stolen car. The male victim did not go with Huber, but fled to another location and called 911.

Huber fled from the confrontation with the male victim to a nearby residence in the 2500 block of NW Lincoln Ave. He kicked open the back gate to the residence and entered the back yard. As responding Corvallis Police officers began to arrive, Huber jumped the fence into an adjacent yard in the 2500 block of NW Coolidge and entered the residence through an unlocked door.

Inside the NW Coolidge Way location, Huber was confronted by a male resident. Huber grabbed hold of the resident, but did not further harm him. Huber was taken into custody by Corvallis Police Officers as he exited the NW Coolidge Way residence. As he was being taken into custody, Huber told officers he had not hurt anyone, and asked to get a citation for MIP so he could leave.

Huber's entire crime spree lasted 29 minutes.

Huber was charged with the following crimes:

Robbery in the 1st Degree Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Kidnapping in the 1st Degree Attempted Kidnapping in the 2nd Degree
Unlawful Use of a Weapon (2 counts) Coercion (3 counts)
Unlawful Use of a Vehicle Menacing (3 counts)
Harassment (2 counts) Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree
Criminal Trespass in the 1st Degree Sex Abuse in the 3rd Degree
Assault in the 4th Degree Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Attempted Unlawful Entry t Motor Vehicle Criminal Trespass in the 2nd Degree
Pointing a Firearm at Another

Huber is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail. His bail is set at $868,500. Huber's initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for February 1, 2016, at 1:20pm

A mug-shot is available at the following link:

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1600000176
Oregon State Police Arrests a semi truck driver for DUII Hwy 97
Oregon State Police - 02/01/16 10:18 AM
On January 31st, 2016 at 7:43 PM the Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a hit and run crash on US Hwy 97 near milepost (MP) 172. The crash occurred at the scene of another crash where tow trucks were removing vehicles. A semi-tractor/trailer stuck one of the tow trucks and caused substantial damage. The driver of the tow truck sustained a leg injury.

The semi driver, Mr. Stewart A. Maze, age 40, from Boise, Idaho fled the scene. OSP troopers located the vehicle and Mr. Stewart approximately 8 miles from the crash. Based on the investigation Mr. Stewart was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for DUII, reckless Driving, Reckless endangering, Criminal Mischief, Assault IV, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

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Learn about Citizen Emergency Response Teams at Feb. 10 meeting
City of Albany - 02/01/16 9:00 AM
The Mid-Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee, which assists public safety officials with emergency preparedness in Linn and Benton counties, will host its annual meeting from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, 2016, at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Boulevard SW, Albany. The meeting will be in Fireside Room CC211 in the Calapooia Center Building.
The agenda includes an overview of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, which recently launched in the area. CERT groups are citizen volunteers who receive training and can be called upon to assist public safety officials during an emergency. People interested in joining CERT can learn more at the meeting about training that will be offered in 2016.
Sun. 01/31/16
Man dies while attempting to chain-up near North Powder (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/31/16 1:27 PM
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On January 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM a fatal crash occurred on I-84 Westbound near milepost (MP) 281 near North Powder.

The preliminary investigation indicated Mr. Igor S. Nikolaychuk, age 50, and from Vancouver, Washington was outside his semi-tractor/trailer in the process of chaining up near the left rear axle of the trailer. Ms. Mckenna Hamilton, age 21, from Star, Idaho was operating a 2007 Cadillac westbound when the vehicle began to slide sideways on the highway. The driver's side front bumper struck Mr. Nikolaychuk, pushed him underneath the trailer, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At the time of the crash, the roads were icy and it was foggy. The visibility had been reduced to ?1/4 of a mile due to the fog. Ms. Hamilton was wearing her safety belt and the driver's side air bag deployed. The highway was reduced to one lane but remained open for travel.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Union County Sheriff's Office, Baker County Sheriff's Office, and North Powder Rural Fire.


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Ashland man dies while swimming in Pacific Ocean- Whaleshead Beach State Park in Curry County
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 8:26 PM
An Ashland man died while swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Whaleshead Beach State Park located on Oregon's south coast.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. ALEXANDER HOWELL, age 23, from Ashland, was swimming in the Pacific Ocean about 75 yards from shore with a friend, ALEX SMITH, age 22, from Medford. According to witnesses, HOWELL indicated that he needed to go back to shore. Heavy surf and a strong rip current prevented the swimmers from making an easy return to shore. HOWELL and SMITH got separated in the rough waters. SMITH managed to get back to shore where two (2) other friends were waiting but HOWELL was not able to get to shore and his friends were unable to initially find him. The group called 911 and commenced a search of the shoreline and found HOWELL unresponsive on the beach. The friends performed CPR until they were relieved by emergency responders.

An OSP Patrol Sergeant from the Gold Beach Worksite responded to the scene along with local fire/EMS, Curry County Search & Rescue, US Coast Guard and Curry County Sheriff Department. HOWELL was transported to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach for advanced life support. He was declared deceased at the hospital.

OSP learned that HOWELL attended Southern Oregon University in Ashland and is originally from Vista, California. HOWELL and SMITH were part of a group that traveled over from the Ashland area to visit the south coast.

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Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/30/16 6:05 PM
PR 05-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or 503-230-5131

Evergreen Junior High of Redmond, Wash., wins middle school level of BPA Regional Science Bowl

56 teams from across western Washington and Oregon competed for a chance to advance to the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- Evergreen Junior High Team 1 of Redmond, Wash., proved unstoppable in the 25th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl this Saturday at the University of Portland. Evergreen overcame a strong challenge from second-place finisher Shahala Middle School Team 1 of Vancouver, Wash.

Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., came in third with Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, also of Beaverton, taking fourth.

Some 56 teams of middle school students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland. They were part of more than 700 students participating this weekend and next in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Evergreen Junior High Team 1 earned that honor and will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Earlier in the day, eight students were recognized as All Stars -- those students who had answered the most questions correctly in the morning rounds.

BPA Regional Science Bowl All Stars
Rupert Li, Cedar Park Middle School Team 1
Fahmid Raman, Shahala Middle School Team 1
Alvin Meng, Rosemont Ridge Middle School Team 1
Arpit Ranasaria, Evergreen Junior High Team 1
Justin Yang, Stoller Middle School
Nathaniel Eddleman-Hunley, Access Academy Team 2
Aditi Subramanyam, Inglewood Middle School

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's high school competition is set for next Saturday, Feb. 6. Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, the high school teams are competing for more than $300,000 in scholarship opportunities at 17 regional universities and colleges.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills.

The students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.
More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Fatal Crash Highway 95- Malheur County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59 in Malheur County.

On January 30, 2016 at approximately 7:43 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 95 near milepost 59. Once on scene, troopers determined that a Chevrolet Tahoe, operated by JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 36, from San Diego, California, was southbound and lost control due to icy conditions. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and continued off the roadway where in came to an uncontrolled rest on its top. During the crash the rear passenger, FRANCISCA HERRERA, age 69, from San Rafel, California, was ejected from the vehicle. FRANCISCA HERRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger was identified as JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA, age 28, from Merced, California.

JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Hospital in Boise by Air Ambulance. JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell. Investigators determined that JORGE GUTIERREZ-HERRERA and JULIAN GUTIERREZ-HERRERA were wearing safety belts. It was determined the FRANCISCA HERRERA was not wearing a safety belt.

OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Washington County Sheriff's Office, local ems and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Red Cross Helps Family in Drain Affected by Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/30/16 3:36 PM
On January 30, 2016 the American Red Cross volunteers met with a family of 2 adults and 3 children who had been affected by a multifamily fire on January 28, 2016 in the 3900 block of Hardscrabble Rd in Drain, Ore. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic disaster related needs, information about how to recover from a disaster and disaster health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free "Prepare! Resource Guide" published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fatal Crash near Warm Springs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/30/16 2:17 PM
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On January 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM a two vehicle crash occurred on US HWY 26 near milepost (MP) 93. The crash resulted in a single fatality at the scene.

The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle #1 a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Juan Guerrero Gomez (age 42) from Gresham was westbound on US HWY 26. Vehicle #1 crossed the center-line and struck an eastbound 2016 Nissan Pathfinder. The driver of the Pathfinder,Mr. Matthew Hiller (age 42) from Vancouver, Washington was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were no passengers in the Ford F-250 and three in the Nissan Pathfinder. The passengers of the Pathfinder were listed as: Mrs. Wendy Hiller (age 44) and two juveniles (age 12 and 1). Mr. Gomez, Mrs. Hiller and the one year old were transported to Madras hospital with minor injuries. The 12 year old was air transported to St. Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

Witnesses reported heavy snow fall at the time of the crash. Seatbelts and child safety
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Giant Tree down onto Delight Valley Head Start (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 01/30/16 11:00 AM
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High wind and rain storm caused a giant fir tree to come down onto the Delight Valley Head Start School. There will be no classes for students on Monday, 2/1 during clean-up. Staff report to work.


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BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Hold Quartely Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:24 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 10, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 10, 2015 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit and Compliance Program
Presented by Theresa King

3. 2015 Parole & Probation Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Jason Holton DPSST # 48099 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Department Update

6. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 10, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:22 AM
Cancellation Notice of Regular Meeting

The Fire Policy Committee of the Board of Public Safety Standards and Training canceled their regular meeting that was scheduled on February 24, 2016 because of lack of agenda items.

The next meeting is scheduled May 25, 2016.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Police Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:20 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.


Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 19, 2015
Approve the minutes of the November 19, 2015 Police Policy Committee meeting.

2. Changes to Basic Police Curriculum
Presented by Ryan Keck

3. David Toll, DPSST #51790 - Nyssa Police Department
Presented by Kristin Hibberds

4. Samuel Wolfe, DPSST #33680 - Basic Police Certification
Presented by Leon Colas

5. Homero Reynaga, DPSST # 29551 - Portland Police Bureau
Presented by Leon Colas

6. David Fuller, DPSST # 16332 - Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Presented by Leon Colas

7. Department Update


8. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - May 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/30/16 10:18 AM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - November 17, 2015 - Approve the minutes of the November 17, 2015 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

2. OAR 259-060-0010, Organized Event and Premises Definitions, Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

3. OAR 259-060-0130-Private Security Executive Manager and Supervisory Manager Licensure and Responsibilities - Proposed Rule Change
Presented by Sharon Huck

4. OAR 259-00-0015, OAR 259-060-0025, OAR 259-060-0030; Proposed Rule Changes - Private Security Provider Responsibilities, Application for Certification and Licensure, and Temporary Assignments
Presented by Sharon Huck

5. Johnathan Skinner PSID #22911, Civil Penalty
Presented by Karen Evans

6. Subcommittee Updates
Alarm Monitor - Jimmie Edmonds, Chair
Armed - Donovan Beard, Chair
Event Security/Hospitality, Randall Scott, Chair
Unarmed - Mark Rauch, Chair
Private Investigator, Ron Miller, Chair

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - May 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Fri. 01/29/16
Depoe Bay Firefighters rescue people and dog with Jaws of Life
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 01/29/16 7:47 PM
for video and photos use link below.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B3G9GHIz8cOOd3ltbU9KcElLNms&usp=sharing


At 3:45 PM on Friday January 29th Depoe Bay Firefighters were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on HWY 101 at Cape Foulweather. The initial report was of two vehicles multiple injuries, with one vehicle down a 30 foot embankment. Once on scene it was confirmed the initial report was accurate. Additional resources from Newport Fire Department and Pacific West ambulance were requested to the scene.

Firefighters use ladders and ropes to gain access to the victims trapped in the vehicle down the embankment. The jaws of life was used to extricate the patient out of thew car while addition firefighters, police and medical personnel were used to hoist the victims back up to the highway. A total of three patients were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries.

When all human patients were safely under medical care and transported, Depoe Bay Firefighters turned to the final victim traded in the second car up on the highway. According to Depoe Bay Fire Chief Joshua Williams "a large breed dog was wedged under the passenger seat of a vehicle, the dogs head was in the front foot area, and the rear paws were in the back" "The entire length to the dog was trapped under the seat and unable to be freed.

This is when Depoe Bay Firefighters used the same too that had just freed the people involved in the accident, the "jaws of Life" The seat was taken apart as much as possible, and hydraulic spreaders and cutters were used. Within about 10 minutes the dog was freed. The dog was taken to a local veterinary clinic and is in the care of the Lincoln County Animal shelter.

" We do not know the extent o the injuries of the dog, but it looked like he/she was doing OK" stated Chief Williams. This serves as a good lesson that even our four legged friends should have restraints when traveling down the road.

Depoe Bay Fire was assisted by Newport Fire Department, Oregon State Police, Lincoln County Sheriff and ODOT
Livestock killing in Umatilla County results in arrest of two men
Oregon State Police - 01/29/16 6:10 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and detectives from the Hermiston Worksite arrested two men for multiple crimes in relation to livestock being illegally killed in Umatilla County.

On January 15, 2016 at approximately 8:30 a.m. OSP troopers from the Hermiston Worksite responded to a report of livestock being illegally killed and butchered on Feedville Road, near South Edwards Road in Stanfield. The report indicated a cow belonging to a local landowner had been shot and butchered sometime the previous night. At the scene, troopers located the remains of an animal that had been partially butchered and left to waste.

After receiving tips from community members OSP troopers arrested ANTHONY HAIGH, age 21, from Stanfield, for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass while in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse, Interfering with Agricultural Operations and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. HAIGH was already in custody at the Umatilla County Jail on unrelated charges. TJ KESTLER, age 20, from Hermiston, was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1, Criminal Trespass While in Possession of a Firearm, Aggravated Animal Abuse and Interfering with Agricultural Operations. Another adult male, from Stanfield, was not taken into custody but charges of Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 1 and Criminal Trespassing II will be referred to the district attorney's office.

No photographs for release.

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Press Release: University of Oregon and Oak Hill School to Partner to Deliver SEP 2016 for Grades 6-12
Oak Hill School - 01/29/16 6:06 PM
Letter released today by the UO

Dear SEP Community,

We are pleased to let you know that the residential Summer Enrichment Program

(SEP) for grades 6-12 will be held at the UO this year in collaboration with Oak Hill

School. Our partners at Oak Hill have also agreed to run the program independently

thereafter.

Complete details will be worked out in the coming weeks, but the University of

Oregon College of Education and Oak Hill School will work together to ensure that

the quality of this program is maintained following the transition.

The dialogue surrounding this decision has been thought-provoking, respectful, and

focused on the future. Our conversations with parents inspired us to look for a way

to keep this year's program on track.

Starting today, we have two goals: Deliver on the promise of another life-changing

experience with SEP 2016 (July 17-30), and partner with Oak Hill School on a

smooth transition as they assume leadership of the program. We are very grateful

for Oak Hill's partnership and willingness to help create a long term future for SEP.

We share your desire to see SEP continue and flourish and I look forward to further

discussions about this program. I am confident it will continue to be an exceptional

summer opportunity. Details about the transition will be posted to

uoyetag.uoregon.edu as they become available.

If you have questions, concerns or additional input, please contact Brian Flannery at

supers@uoregon.edu.

Respectfully,

Randy Kamphaus

Dean, UO College of Education
Forestland classification process underway in Yamhill County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/29/16 4:37 PM
A formal classification project is underway to review and determine which lands within the Northwest Oregon and West Oregon Forest Protective associations' district boundaries are considered forestland and thus are provided wildland fire protection through the Oregon Department of Forestry. ODF protects public and private forestland from fire across the state and provides this service in Yamhill County within the Forest Protection districts.

To facilitate this process, the Yamhill County Commissioners authorized and appointed a Forestland Classification Committee comprised of members of the public, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon State Extension Office.

The committee will examine all lands within Yamhill County, classifying lands as "forestland" or "not forestland" according to fire risk potential, vegetation type (fire fuel), community structure, and proximity to other forestland. The committee's efforts will help resolve issues pertaining to ODF's fire suppression role on forestlands and adjacent lands, and will become the basis for assessing the lands for the costs of wildland fire protection.

Yamhill County landowners and the public will have opportunities at upcoming public meetings to learn more about the history, process and current status of the project. Upon completion of its work, the committee will present the results of the forestland classification project, identifying forestland in the county to be assessed for fire protection by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

For more information about the project, interested persons may go online to: www.fgdfire.com. The Yamhill county assessor's website may also be a source of information in the near future. Information about the upcoming meetings can be obtained by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-357-2191.
Package Theft Suspect Arrested - Albany Police Department (Photo)
Albany Police - 01/29/16 4:36 PM
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-01/1192/91524/thumb_Halvorsen_Arrest_Photo.JPG
On Friday, January 29, 2016, at about 1:00 p.m., surveillance video from a residence in the 2000 block of Kodiak Avenue SW captured a suspect taking a package that had been left on the front porch. The surveillance video showed a white male adult pull up in front of the residence in a white Volvo sedan. The box was later found discarded and empty in the area of Pacific Boulevard SW and Morse Lane.

A short time later a caller reported an open package in the roadway on 53rd Avenue SW. It was discovered that this package, now empty, had earlier been delivered to a residence in the 1500 block of Black Bear Court SW.

At about 3:00 p.m., an Albany Patrol Sergeant spotted a white Volvo and stopped it in the 1200 block of Geary Street SE. The vehicle and driver matched those seen in the residential surveillance video. The driver, 31 year old Albany resident Dustin Halvorsen, was taken into custody without incident. Property from both packages was located inside the vehicle Halvorsen was driving.

Dustin Halvorsen was lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Theft, Criminal Trespass and Offensive Littering.

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Attached Media Files: Dustin Halvorsen Arrest Photo
Time is running out for marijuana dispensaries
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/29/16 3:52 PM
SALEM, OR--The clock is ticking for medical marijuana dispensaries selling recreational products. By rule, recreational marijuana tax payments are due monthly, starting in February.

"Before making their first payment, dispensaries must register with us so we can create a tax account for them," said Marijuana Tax Program Manager John Galvin. "It's the law."

Right now, 120 of the 309 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana, according to the Oregon Health Authority's public list, still haven't registered with Revenue. Also, only five of those 309 dispensaries have scheduled an appointment to remit the taxes they collected from customers in January.

Here's what dispensaries need to know to stay compliant:
They must register with Revenue before they can make a payment.
Payments are due monthly. For cash payments, they must call (503) 945-8050 for an appointment at least 48 hours in advance.
Returns are due quarterly.
They must issue a receipt to every customer, showing the retail price and tax paid.

Dispensaries can set the price for their products, but the price must be determined prior to calculating the 25-percent tax. The temporary 25-percent tax is applied to the retail price of all recreational marijuana products sold by dispensaries through December 31, 2016.

For forms, registration, and frequently asked questions about the marijuana tax program, visit www.oregon.gov/dor /marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Corps seeks comments on Lincoln County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 01/29/16 1:54 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from the Port of Alsea for a proposed project in Lincoln County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2015-453 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Oregon Employment Department Releases Report on Minimum Wage
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/29/16 11:33 AM
The Oregon Employment Department has released a new report on the minimum wage.

"Oregon's Minimum Wage: Facts, Figures, and Context" can be found online at www.qualityinfo.org.

An audio interview regarding the study can also be found at http://oregonemploymentdepartment.podbean.com/
Thu. 01/28/16
Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 7:42 PM
Clarification: We've received a few questions about the date/time stamp in the left corner of the video. Pilots use Zulu Time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)) when they fly. Zulu time is 8 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST)... thus the date/time stamp would show just after midnight for January 27, 2016.


Good evening. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

We have quite a bit of information to share with you tonight concerning the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

First, I would like to confirm that as of this morning one more person left the refuge through a checkpoint. We believe there are four others who currently remain on the refuge. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of nine people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released six and arrested three.

Secondly, I would like to confirm that the FBI and Oregon State Police have narrowed the containment zones. This was done to make it more convenient for those who live and work in the immediate area of the refuge to go about their business. To this end, Highway 205 is now open in both directions.

There has been some media reporting that the situation at the refuge is resolved. That is NOT true. Again, we still believe there are occupiers on the refuge. The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully.

Thirdly, we know there is quite a bit of interest related to the events as they occurred on Highway 395 on Tuesday afternoon. We know there are various versions of what occurred during this event: most inaccurate, some inflammatory. To that end, we want to do what we can to lay out an honest and unfiltered view of what happened and how it happened.

FBI agents and Oregon State Police troopers were involved in this operation. During this operation, OSP troopers utilized deadly force due to their proximity to LaVoy Finicum as the situation unfolded. Because of this, the Deschutes County Major Incident Team is conducting the outside review of the shooting per Oregon State law and established protocols. Because of that on-going investigation, I will not be able to answer every question you have... but hopefully we will give the public some clarity as to what occurred.

At approximately 4:25 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, FBI and OSP began a law enforcement action to bring into custody the people riding in two separate vehicles as they traveled between Burns and John Day. The FBI did have a plane in the air, and what I am about to show you is a video from that plane. A couple of notes about the video before we watch it.

The plane is following the vehicles, and the camera sometimes pans from one vehicle to the other... a white truck in front and a jeep in back. At other times when the vehicles are in a fixed location, the plane is flying in a pattern over that location. Because of that flight pattern, there are portions where trees obscure what is happening. The details that I am about to provide to you are based both on an analysis of this video and some ground-level observations of agents and troopers on the scene.

Because the operation lasted more than 25 minutes, we are showing you two of the most pertinent clips today. The entire unedited video from the start of the traffic stop through the surrender of all individuals will be available to the media and the general public on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Because I am using some very specific language to describe what is happening, the entire transcript of my comments will be posted to www.flashalertbend.net.

I want to caution you that the video does show the shooting death of LaVoy Finicum. We realize that viewing that piece of the video will be upsetting to some people, but we feel that it is necessary to show the whole thing unedited in the interest of transparency.

The video picks up a few seconds before the FBI and OSP vehicles pull in behind the jeep -- the second vehicle in line. The jeep quickly pulls to a stop while the white truck -- driven by LaVoy Finicum -- continues some distance up the road. Some law enforcement vehicles stay with the jeep while others continue following the white truck. Over a period of several minutes out of camera view, the following people exit the jeep without incident:

The driver -- who was not charged and will not be named
Ammon Bundy
Brian Cavalier

Looking at the white truck... about four minutes into the video ... Ryan Payne exits through a back door. It's difficult to see behind the trees, but in the lower right hand corner you can see him with his hands up being approached by the law enforcement officers and being taken into custody.

There is a period of approximately 3 minutes and 47 seconds where the truck sits on the road. We have edited it for time here, but it is available in the raw, unedited version on the FBI's YouTube channel. Throughout this time, agents and troopers are providing verbal commands to the occupants to surrender. We can't comment on what may have been going on in the truck at this time, but those details may come out later as part of the overall shooting investigation.
When we come back to the video, the white truck leaves the scene at a high rate of speed. It travels some distance... quickly approaching a vehicle roadblock in the roadway.

As the white truck approaches the roadblock, there is a spike strip across the road but it appears Finicum missed it as he attempted to drive around the roadblock. He nearly hits an FBI agent as he maneuvers to the left. The truck gets stuck in the snowbank.

Finicum leaves the truck and steps through the snow. Agents and troopers on scene had information that Finicum and others would be armed. On at least two occasions, Finicum reaches his right hand toward a pocket on the left inside portion of his jacket. He did have a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun in that pocket.

At this time, OSP troopers shot Finicum.

Approximately 30 seconds after the shooting -- law enforcement officers at the scene deployed flash bangs to disorient any other armed occupants. Shortly after that, they deployed less-lethal sponge projectiles with OC capsules. Those OC capsules would be similar to pepper spray.

Over a period of several minutes agents and troopers worked to safely remove the remaining truck occupants, and to take them into custody. Those people included:

Ryan Bundy
Shawna Cox
And another woman, who was not arrested and will not be named

As soon as the agents and troopers were confident that they had addressed any further threats, they provided medical assistance to Finicum. That happened about 10 minutes after the shooting.
Agents and troopers did find 3 other loaded weapons inside the truck. They included two loaded .223 caliber semi-automatic rifles. There was also one loaded .38 special revolver.

Again, you can see the rest of this unedited video on the FBI's YouTube channel.

Finally -- again -- I want to acknowledge the stress and disruption that the occupation of the refuge has caused has to the people of Harney County. We know this is difficult. We know that you want this concluded as soon as possible. We are doing everything we can to bring this to a resolution safely and quickly.

I have time for a few questions.
Media Parking on the Roads- Update
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/28/16 6:21 PM
Update
The road closure sign will be moved to the intersection of Sodhouse Road and Hwy 205. While Hwy 205 remains opens, Sodhouse Road is closed.

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There have been several reports of vehicles parked on the highways near the Malheur Refuge. Vehicles must be moved immediately and cannot block the roads. If vehicles are not removed they are subject to being towed. Please park only on the shoulders of the roadway and do not impede traffic.

The situation has not been resolved,refuge remains closed and the containment was simply moved for the convenience of local residents.

MEDIA: Do not go past the road closed signs.
Oregon State Police policy on the use of deadly physical force
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 6:12 PM
The following is an excerpt from the Oregon State Police policy, rules, and procedure manual regarding the use of deadly physical force:

"...Notwithstanding ORS 161.239, A sworn employee may use deadly physical force only when the officer reasonably believes the use of such force is necessary to:

Defend the officer or another person from what the officer reasonably believes to be the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury..."
Fatal Crash Hwy 241 in Coos County
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 4:44 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal crash on Hwy 241 in Coos County that was discovered this morning.

On January 28, 2016 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP troopers along with Coos County Sheriff's deputies and Coos Bay Fire Department responded to a report of a vehicle in the Coos River off Highway 241 near milepost 4. Responders found that an outgoing tide had uncovered a 1996 Honda Civic upside down in the river approximately 20 feet from shore. The North Bend Fire Department Water Rescue team responded with a boat and searched the vehicle. No persons were in the vehicle.

A search of the river and shoreline was conducted by OSP and the Coos County Sheriff's Office. In addition to the North Bend Fire boat, additional patrol boats were deployed by the United States Coast Guard, the Coos County Sheriff's Office and the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. A Coast Guard helicopter also conducted an air search of the river and bay. The Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team responded to the scene of the crash and conducted an extensive underwater search of the immediate area.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. members of the Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team located the operator of the Honda Civic, EMILY SIGLOH, age 20, from Coos Bay, deceased in the Coos River near the vicinity of where the vehicle was discovered.

Evidence at the scene indicates SIGLOH'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 241 and for unknown reasons crossed into the eastbound lane and off the roadway where it came to rest on its top submerged in the river. Seatbelt usage is still being determined.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing the investigation. SIGLOH was reported to law enforcement on January 27th as an overdue motorist and various agencies were attempting to locate her. The highway was closed for a short time while the vehicle was recovered from the river.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos Bay Fire Department, North Bend Fire Department, Lakeside Fire and Rescue Dive Team, United States Coast Guard, Coos County Medical Examiner and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

No photographs for release.

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FBI Press Conference 1/28/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/28/16 4:12 PM
The FBI will hold a press conference at 5:30 pm on Thursday, January 28th to address the current on-going situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Media may start setting up at 5:00 pm.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - February 5, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/28/16 4:09 PM
AGENDA
February 5, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services, Room 124 | 725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330
1. Meeting Called to Order
2. Public Comment
3. Draft Meeting Minutes - January 8, 2016
4. Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
5. LIFT Program Design Draft Recommendations
6. Current and Future Multifamily Gap Resources
7. 2016 Legislative Short Session Update
8. Report of the Director
9. Report of the Chair
10. Meeting Adjourned
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in Harney County
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 3:49 PM
On January 26, 2016 the Oregon State Police and Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan requested the Deschutes County Major Incident Team investigate the circumstances of the officer involved use of deadly force on Hwy 395 in Harney County. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency on this investigation assisted by detectives from the Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, and Oregon State Police.

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy on January 28, 2016 and confirmed the identity of the deceased person as Robert LaVoy Finicum, age 54, of Freedonia, AZ. The results of the autopsy are not available at this time.

The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Senate Bill 111, which outlines the procedures for officer involved use of deadly force in the State of Oregon. Due to the importance and complexity of such investigations, we anticipate the investigation will continue for several days to weeks.

Harney County District Attorney Tim Colahan has transferred review of the investigation to Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris.

"In the interest of transparency and to prevent any perceived conflict of interest, it is appropriate to have a district attorney with no prior involvement review the investigation. I have requested Malheur County District Attorney, Dan Norris review the investigation and make a decision regarding the appropriate use of deadly physical force." Harney County District Attorney, Tim Colahan

The Malheur County District Attorney's Office will not be releasing any additional information at this time. Any further releases will come through the Harney County Joint Information Center at pio@co.harney.or.us
Two Arrested on Oregon State University Campus for Drug Crimes
Oregon State Police - 01/28/16 3:46 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) recently completed a drug investigation on the Oregon State University (OSU) campus resulting in the arrest of two adult males.

On January 21, 2016, acting on information they received about illegal drug activity, OSP troopers assigned to the Oregon State University Area Command served a search warrant on Room 334 Poling Hall at 360 SW Weatherford Place, Corvallis, Oregon on the OSU Campus.

As a result of their search warrant, GOBIND SINGH OLLEK, age 18, and MCINTYRE MARCELO SANTA CRUZ, age 18, both of Corvallis were arrested for: Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana by a Person Under 21 years of age, Manufacture of Marijuana and Conspiracy. OLLEK and SANTA CRUZ were lodged in the Benton County Jail on these charges. During the search warrant at least one half (1/2) of a pound of marijuana was seized. The street value of the marijuana is approximately $400.00.

OSP patrol troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

Questions regarding OLLEK'S and SANTA CRUZ'S status at OSU should be directed to the University Relations and Marketing at 541-737-3808.

No photographs for release.

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State places Oregon health insurer under supervision
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/28/16 2:17 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation announced today that it has issued an order of supervision to Moda Health Plan, Inc., because of concerns over its financial condition. At the same time, the department will begin working with Moda to transfer its individual market plans to another carrier.

An order of supervision allows the department to have a representative on site and in control of all financial decisions to ensure that consumers are protected. The order prohibits Moda from issuing new policies or renewing current policies in the individual market, and from adding new groups. The order also requires the company to obtain sufficient capital and present a business plan to DCBS that clearly demonstrates that it can operate in sound financial condition going forward. The supervision order is available at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/ins/admin_actions/actions_2016/insurer_2016/financial_2016/other_2016/16-13-001.pdf.

The department took this action because of Moda's excessive operating losses and inadequate capital and surplus. Capital and surplus is the amount a company's assets exceed its liabilities. The required minimum increases as the company assumes more insurance risk.

"Our primary goal is to ensure consumers are protected," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We will continue to work closely with the company to find a sustainable path going forward while minimizing risk to consumers."

The order became effective late yesterday; however, Moda's insurance policies may still appear on HealthCare.gov through the end of open enrollment, Sunday, Jan. 31. DCBS advises consumers still shopping for plans to choose a carrier other than Moda. In the event that Oregonians already enrolled with Moda need to switch plans, there will be a special enrollment period. In the meantime, Moda policyholders can continue to access medical services and get their claims paid.

DCBS, which also runs the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, will keep Moda customers apprised of new developments and actions they may need to take.

As of Sept. 30, 2015, Moda enrolled a total of about 244,000 Oregonians in the commercial market, including 95,000 in the individual market, 16,000 in the small group market, and 129,000 in the large group market. Moda also has members in the associations and trusts market.

Eastern Oregon CCO, which serves Oregon Medicaid members and is owned by Moda, serves 48,000 Medicaid members. No one on Medicaid is losing coverage.

The Oregon Health Authority is also working with the Public Employees' Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board partners to minimize any potential impacts to their members. There are 1,100 PEBB members and 42,000 OEBB members enrolled in Moda health plans.

Consumers with questions should call the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation's consumer advocates at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free). Staff will be available to answer calls until 8 p.m. More information can be found on the division's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/insurers/regulation/Pages/moda-faqs.aspx.

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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 www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Portland man is an 'Instant Millionaire'
Oregon Lottery - 01/28/16 12:23 PM
January 28, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- After 30 years of playing Oregon Lottery games, Louis Salerno of Portland instantly found himself with a $1 million win.

Salerno won $1 million playing the Oregon Lottery Scratch-it Instant Millionaire.

Salerno, who is retired and a native Oregonian, said before he did anything with his prize, approximately $670,000 after taxes, he was going to come up with a wise financial plan.

The Instant Millionaire Scratch-it is a $20 ticket. There are nearly $8 million in total prizes in those games. The $20 ticket features two $1 million top prizes, including Salerno's prize, and offers players a one in 3.62 chance of winning a prize. Odds of winning the $1 million top prize are one in 300,000.

Salerno purchased the ticket at the Fred Meyer in Milwaukie, and has been a lottery player for the last 30 years.

"I am a 'founding member' of the Oregon Lottery," Salerno joked. "I have been playing for 30 years."

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Coos County Deputy Gil Datan to be Honored on State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/28/16 11:29 AM
As this morning's quarterly meeting, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) unanimously approved the addition of Deputy Gil Datan's name to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the State's ceremony on May 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. This request came to the Board with a unanimous recommendation from its Police Policy Committee.

Deputy Datan's name will be the 182nd on the memorial that honors fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. The memorial honors the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers across Oregon and the families and co-workers they left behind. It includes city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation.

Additional information Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial
http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


Incident Overview

Deputy Gil Datan, age 43, of the Coos County Sheriff's Office died while he was on forest patrol on April 20, 2015. Deputy Datan was attempting to go up a steep embankment on his ATV, when it rolled over. Datan was thrown off, and the ATV landed on its side on top of him. Datan was unable to free himself or call for help. Datan was found by a search team at 9:45 PM in rugged terrain between three and five miles from where he parked his sheriff's office pick-up truck. Part of Datan's assignment as a timber deputy was to patrol timber lands between the Green Acres and Sumner Road area, which is very rough in places. The sheriff's office has several contracts with agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and private timber property owners to patrol their properties.

Datan started his law enforcement career in Coos County with the Myrtle Point Police Department in 1996. A year later, he served with the North Bend Police Department. He also worked for the Confederated Tribal Police Department and Reedsport Police Department, before he was hired as a deputy sheriff in Coos County in 2009. Datan is credited with being an integral part in the arrest of at least two homicide suspects. Datan was previously on a two-year rotation as a detective with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, before he was assigned to be a timber deputy within the last few months.


National Information on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths

Law enforcement fatalities nationwide rose slightly during 2015, with 124 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers killed in the line of duty, according to preliminary data compiled and released today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) in its 2015 Law Enforcement Fatalities Report.

The 124 officer fatalities in 2015 represented a 4% increase from the 119 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014. Of the 124 officers who died this year, 52 died in traffic-related incidents, 42 were killed by gunfire and 30 died as a result of other causes.

The number of officers killed by firearms in 2015 (42) was 14 percent lower than the 49 who died as a result of gunfire in 2014. Traffic stops resulted in seven of those shooting deaths, more than any other category of felonious fatalities in 2015. Two of those officers, Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate of the Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department, were gunned down in a traffic stop they conducted on May 9.

Ambush attacks against officers were the second leading cause of shooting deaths in 2015, accounting for six fatalities. Among them was Harris County (TX) Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot 15 times in an unprovoked attack after filling his marked cruiser up at a local gas station on August 28.

Fifty-two officers were killed in traffic-related incidents this past year, which was six percent higher than the 49 who died on roadways in 2014. Traffic-related incidents have been the leading cause of officer deaths in 15 of the last 20 years.

Thirty officers died due to other causes in 2015, including 24 who suffered from job-related illnesses--mostly heart attacks--while performing their duties. Also included among those 24 are four officers who died of illnesses they contracted as a result of their rescue and recovery work following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

There are more than 20,000 names of officers killed in the line of duty inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Over the past decade (2005-2014) the average annual number of officer fatalities has been 145. The deadliest year on record for law enforcement was 1930 when 300 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. The last time officer fatalities dipped below 100 for a single year was 1944.

The statistics released are based on preliminary data compiled by the NLEOMF and do not represent a final or complete list of individual officers who will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 2016. For a complete copy of the preliminary report go to: www.LawMemorial.org/FatalitiesReport.

Key Data as of December 28, 2015:

Traffic-related incidents were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2015, with 52. This was a six percent increase over the 49 traffic-related deaths in 2014. Of these 49 officers, 35 were killed in automobile crashes, 11 officers were struck and killed outside of their vehicle and six officers were killed in motorcycle crashes.

Firearms-related incidents were the second-leading cause of officer deaths in 2015, with 42. This was a 14 percent decrease from the 49 officers shot and killed in 2014.

Traffic stops resulted in seven deaths, the leading felonious cause of deaths among officers in 2015.

The other leading categories of felonious deaths in 2015 were ambushes (6), investigating suspicious persons or activities (5), disturbance calls (5), attempting arrests (4), inadvertent shootings (3), robbery (3), unknown (3), transporting suspects (2), burglary (2), investigative activity (1), and tactical (1).

Of the 30 officers who died due to other causes this year 24 were caused by job-related illnesses; two officers died when they fell to their death; one officer drowned; one officer was electrocuted; one officer was beaten to death; and one officer died in an aircraft crash.

During the past year, more officers were killed in Texas (12) than any other state; followed by Georgia (11); Louisiana (9); and New York and, California, with six each. Eight agencies experienced more than one officer fatality this year, including the Puerto Rico Police Department (5); Texas Department of Criminal Justice (3); Colorado State Patrol (2); Harris County (TX) Sheriff's Office (2); Hattiesburg (MS) Police Department (2); Kentucky State Police (2); New Jersey State Police (2); and New York City (NY) Police Department (2).

Four correctional officers were killed in the line of duty in 2015.Six of the fallen officers served with territorial agencies; three served with federal agencies; and two served with tribal agencies. Nine of the 124 fatalities were female officers, which was more than twice as many as 2014. On average, the officers who died in the line of duty in 2015 were 41 years old and had served for 12 years.
Linn Deputies Arrest Lebanon Man for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/28/16 11:28 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his deputies arrested, 78, Richard Wade Conklin of Lacomb (Lebanon) for several sexual abuse crimes.

Conklin came to the Linn County Sheriff's Office on his own will to talk with detectives about allegations he sexually abused a 28-year old developmentally delayed female.

During his interview with detectives, Conklin admitted to engaging in sexual acts with this female whom he has known since she was an infant. Conklin, the victim, and her family attend the same church and are family friends.

Conklin admitted to knowing the victim was developmentally delayed and said she does not present herself as a 28-year old. Conklin further admitted to engaging in sexual acts starting several years ago with this female and he admitted it was wrong of him to do so.

Conklin is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges, three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Sodomy in the First Degree, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and anyone with information on this investigation are encouraged to contact Detective Beth Miller at 541-967-3820.


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New 'Promise' video debuts on David Douglas early learning program
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 01/28/16 8:38 AM
A new video highlighting the early learning wing at Earl Boyles Elementary in Portland debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Boyles is in the David Douglas School District, which is pioneering the use of pre-kindergarten programs to teach children during formative learning years. The district reaches more than 100 3- and 4-year-olds at Boyles, and also this school year opened a pre-K classroom at Cherry Park Elementary.

The Richard C. Alexander Learning Wing at Boyles operates in partnership with Head Start and Multnomah County. The school also has a neighborhood center that allows parents and families to gather for events.

The video can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkVfkZtAZ8U

The David Douglas video is one of four planned videos showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), career and technical education (CTE), the arts and more. The other videos, which will debut later in 2016, and this one all encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold planning session in Salem February 2
Oregon Health Authority - 01/28/16 8:20 AM
January 28, 2016

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a 2016-2017 planning session from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The meeting will be held at the OIS East Building, Room 315-A, 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem. This planning session will offer the board an opportunity to set goals for the future, discuss current issues and examine potential topics to address in 2016-2017. No official action will be taken during the planning session.

When: Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: OIS East - Room 315-A 3990 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem.
Members of the public can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#. Following the meeting, a link to the recording will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Welcome and overview;
-- [TENTATIVE] Messages from Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature;
-- OHPB 2015 accomplishments;
-- OHPB discussion.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-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, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Additional Arrests in the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:48 PM
In the early morning hours of January 27, 2016, the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) established a series of checkpoints at major roads in and out of the refuge. In the hours prior to the checkpoints, several vehicles are known to have left the area. Since the establishment of checkpoints, a total of eight people have left the refuge. Of those, the FBI released five and arrested three.

At approximately 3:30 pm, the FBI made probable cause arrests of Duane Leo Ehmer, age 45, of Irrigon, Oregon, and Dylan Wade Anderson, age 34, of Provo, Utah. At approximately, 7:40 pm, agents made a probable cause arrest of Jason S. Patrick, age 43, of Bonaire, Georgia. All were in contact with the FBI, and each chose to turn himself into agents at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The arrests were without incident.

Each man faces one federal felony count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The FBI and our partners continue to work around the clock to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.
Calendar Announcement: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Laughs at Dating (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/27/16 5:28 PM
Clockwise from top left: Beth Pinkerton, Serena Markstrom Nugent, Seth Milstein, Michael Sevigny, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Tanya Kornilovich, Adrienne Bennett and Gabby Jesus
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, which helps keep Oregon the leading state for reproductive freedom, offers a unique twist on Valentine's Day at "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating," on Friday, February 12th in Eugene.

Leigh Anne Jasheway, award-winning standup comic and author of "Date Me, Date My Dog: Finding Mr. Right for You and Your Pack," will host a festive evening in which some of Eugene's sharpest storytellers have agreed to share hilarious memories about their worst dates ever. Storytellers include:

Beth Pinkerton, Eugene's Best Standup Comedian 2015 (Eugene Weekly)
Seth Milstein, comedian and writer
Adrienne Bennett, storyteller and comedian
Gabby Jesus, standup comic
Michael Sevigny, winner of Quackin' Me Up Comedy Competition 2015
Serena Markstrom Nugent, writer and stay-at-home mom
Tanya Kornilovich, standup comic

The 5th annual "It's Not Me, It's You: Stories from the Dark Side of Dating" will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Whirled Pies @ Cozmic, 199 W Eighth St. Tickets are $15 at the door or $13 in advance from CozmicProductions.com and at the Cozmic box office.


Attached Media Files: Clockwise from top left: Beth Pinkerton, Serena Markstrom Nugent, Seth Milstein, Michael Sevigny, Leigh Anne Jasheway, Tanya Kornilovich, Adrienne Bennett and Gabby Jesus
Linn County Detectives Conclude Investigation Of Local Metal Recycling Businesses
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/27/16 5:16 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on January 27, 2016, his detectives concluded a compliance check of all six metal recycling businesses located within Linn County. Metal theft is an ongoing problem for our local farmers, construction companies and various other professions. The compliance check began in September of 2015, after the Linn County Sheriff's Office received complaints about several metal recycling businesses not abiding by state metal recycling laws.

Many of these laws were put into effect during the 2009/2010 Oregon Legislative session to help combat the increase in crimes related to the theft of metal. Due to the laws, metal recycling businesses are required to hold payment of non-ferrous metals for three days. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, titanium, zinc, and alloys such as brass. Metal recycling businesses are also required to notify law enforcement within 24 hours if they purchase non-ferrous metal from persons convicted of certain crimes. Every year, recycling businesses are provided with a list of names of the known offenders and are required to report them to law enforcement.

Detectives completed a compliance check by having a subject working undercover, sell non-ferrous metal to the recycling companies. They also inspected records of all companies for the last 12 months and found three businesses, Recycling Depot from Lebanon, MJ Recycling of Albany and Millersburg Metal Recycling out of compliance with the state metal recycling laws.
As a result of the investigation, numerous crimes and violations were found, resulting in a total of 22 crimes and 126 violations being charged against Recycling Depot, MJ Recycling, and Millersburg Metal Recycling.

William Lloyd Banks, 70, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for six misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 47 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each have a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Diana Lynn Banks, 71, from Lebanon and co-owner of Recycling Depot, was arrested for five misdemeanor crimes and was issued citations for 46 violations. The crimes include failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender and conducting a dismantler business without a license. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records and each has a presumptive fine of $1,000.

Gordon Arnold Moore, 79, from Crabtree and owner of Millsersburg Metals and Recycling, was cited for 10 violations that each has a presumptive fine of $1,000. The violations are related to the improper documentation of metal records.

Myung Jei Kim, 57, from Beaverton and owner of MJ Recycling, was arrested for 11 misdemeanor crimes of failing to report to law enforcement purchases made from a known offender. He was also issued 23 citations for violations related to the improper documentation of metal records. Each of these violations has a presumptive fine of $5,000 due to Mr. Kim being convicted of five scrap metal business violations in 2012.

The remaining three businesses found in compliance were: Burcham Metals, Farmland Tractor and Magnet for Metals.
Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/27/16 3:55 PM
For Immediate Release
January 27, 2016

Loan Refinancing Program for Underwater Borrowers Continues Expansion

Contact:
Alison McIntosh, OHCS, Government Relations & Communications Liaison
503-986-2079 or 503-510-1678

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Homeowner Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) are pleased to announce the Loan Refinancing Assistance Pilot Project (LRAPP) is opening slots today, January 27, 2016 in the Willamette Valley.

LRAPP is designed for homeowners who have suffered financial hardship and have substantial negative equity in their homes, but could afford a payment at the current value of their home. LRAPP has been operating in Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Jefferson, and Josephine counties since 2011. These counties experienced the highest rates of negative equity and were extremely hard hit by the foreclosure crisis.

"For homeowners who continue to be underwater, meaning they owe more than their home is worth, this program can help them get back on their feet," said Margaret Van Vliet, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. "In some communities, more than 1 in 10 homeowners are still underwater on their mortgage. LRAPP is an innovative, one-of-a-kind refinance program to help people avoid foreclosure."

On January 27, 2016, slots will open to residents in the Willamette Valley counties and parts of the Coast, including Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Polk, Marion, Tillamook and Yamhill. Previously, the program opened in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Sherman, Wasco, Wheeler, Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. The full opening schedule can be found at: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/assets/files/lrapp/LRAPP_Availability.pdf.

OHSI anticipates opening 50 application slots every two weeks for eligible homeowners in those counties. Homeowners can take an eligibility quiz on the OHSI website here: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

Homeowners who may qualify for LRAPP include:
- Homeowners with significant negative equity in their homes;
- Homeowners who may be behind on their mortgage payments;
- Homeowners who could afford their mortgage at the amount their home is currently worth; and
- Homeowners whose incomes are at or below 150 percent of the state's median income (details are included in the eligibility quiz.)

All prequalified applications are subject to available funding at the time of closing or December 31, 2016 (the program close date). Participants are not guaranteed funding upon submitting an application.

Homeowners with questions about LRAPP can read more on the OHSI website or take an eligibility quiz: http://www.oregonhomeownerhelp.org/en/homeowner-education-program/lrapp-program.

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Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable
Pacific Power - 01/27/16 3:31 PM
Contact: Jan. 27, 2016
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
800-570-5838
Ry.schwark@pacificorp.com

Pacific Power analysis of Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan shows HB 4036 is affordable and workable

Analysis shows Oregon-associated carbon emissions drop 35 million tons through 2040 with significant new renewable resources

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Pacific Power's analysis of legislation that would advance Oregon's clean energy goals finds that House Bill 4036 would result in cost savings of up to $600 million through 2030 versus the cost of the proposed ballot measures. Relative to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 results in an average annual cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.

HB 4036 ends Oregon customers paying for coal by 2030, and doubles renewable energy used to serve Oregon's customers by 2040. The legislation is a negotiated compromise in lieu of ballot measures that would otherwise be on the November 2016 ballot.

"Oregonians from all walks of life and across the state agree that it is time to move to a cleaner energy future," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "We do too. But, Pacific Power has an obligation to achieve that shared objective in an affordable way. HB 4036 does that. It meaningfully moves Oregon towards a cleaner energy future in a way that is both doable and affordable, and does so in a far better way for customers than ballot measure alternatives."

"Even in an era of historically low natural gas prices, our analysis shows that renewable generation is the less expensive option and that additional renewable resources can be added while maintaining grid reliability," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power and lead analyst on HB 4036.

Key factors influencing analysis:

Natural gas is at historically low prices. Future increases in natural gas prices would make renewable generation even less expensive in comparison. Because renewables use no fuel, renewable generation protects customers from volatile fuel prices that are hard to project many years in the future.
Recently Congress extended, with a phase-out period, production tax credits (PTC) and investment tax credits (ITC). The benefits of these credits are passed along to customers and dramatically reduce the cost of new renewables before those tax policies fully sunset.
Costs to build renewable generation have declined substantially in recent years with advancements in mass production and technology improvements.

Key findings:

Removing coal-fueled generation from Oregon rates by 2030, under the bill provisions, will have no impact on customer rates through 2030 when compared to current Oregon policy. Incremental renewable resources may have a modest impact on costs, with an annual average cost increase of less than 1 percent between now and 2030.
When compared to HB 4036, the ballot measure initiatives would cost Oregon customers up to an incremental $600 million through 2030.
Compared to current Oregon policy, HB 4036 reduces Oregon associated carbon emissions through 2040 by 35 million tons.
Analysis shows that today new renewable resources (both wind and solar) are about 20 percent lower cost than new natural gas alternatives, making renewable resources the economically preferred choice. The difference would be even greater if natural gas prices rise off historical lows. These differences are also driven by the extended, but sun-setting PTCs and ITCs.
HB 4036 allows more flexibility in moving from coal-fueled to renewable sources than the ballot measures. This flexibility positions Pacific Power to take advantage of low-cost, near-term renewable resource opportunities. Flexibility provisions also maintain the company's ability to use existing transmission capacity opened up by retiring coal plants. Pacific Power's long-term plan currently anticipates closing or converting 2,800 megawatts of coal-fueled generation by 2034.
HB 4036, by encouraging early action, combined with the sun-setting federal tax credits, may result in approximately 600 megawatts of renewables being constructed in the near term.

Pacific Power joined with The Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon, Climate Solutions, NW Energy Coalition, Oregon Environmental Council, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Portland General Electric, Renewable Northwest and Sierra Club to find common ground with HB 4036.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
PGE wind farm wins safety recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/27/16 3:24 PM
Oregon OSHA has announced that Portland General Electric Co.'s Biglow Canyon wind farm has received an award for completing its first year of involvement in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program aims to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 32 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 142 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

PGE employs nine people at the wind farm near Wasco in Sherman County. Encompassing 217 turbines spread across 25,000 acres of wheat fields, the wind farm produces an average of 150 megawatts -- enough to power an estimated 125,000 homes. The wind farm's peak generating capacity is 450 megawatts.

"The SHARP program is important to us because it is driven and owned by the employees," said Ken Brock, safety coordinator for PGE's generating plants in eastern Oregon and Washington. "It continues to push people to look for something better or think outside the box instead of settling for the 'we are good enough' mindset. You look around in different industries and see so many top-down driven programs, but they just aren't as effective. When a program is owned by the employees it changes the culture, and that's what drives us to a safe and healthy workplace."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Wells Fargo contributes $250,000 to OHSU Guest House (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 01/27/16 1:50 PM
Wells Fargo executives present a $250,000 grant check to OHSU staff members.
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PORTLAND, Ore. --- Wells Fargo today donated $250,000 to support the construction of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Guest House for families of patients who must travel far from to home to receive specialized care.

OHSU will break ground in spring 2016 on a five-story guest house on its South Waterfront campus, across the street from the existing OHSU Center for Health & Healing and a planned second patient care tower, OHSU Center for Health & Healing South.

The 76-room OHSU Guest House, scheduled to open in 2018, will enable families of patients who've traveled long distances to receive extended care at OHSU and OHSU Doernbecher Children's hospitals to be close to their loved ones, as well as other patient families undergoing similar experiences. Amenities will include adult and pediatric dining, outdoor terrace with children's play area, resource center and fitness room.

"When we think of all of the critical services and world-class care that the OHSU teams provide to our community and beyond, it was important for us at Wells Fargo to support the hospital's efforts to expand their care," said Tracy Curtis, Wells Fargo's Oregon region president.

"This new guest house will allow the families of out-of-town patients to stay close to their loved ones while they are going through extended or complex treatments. The family guest house will have a huge impact on the recovery of these patients and we are honored to play a small role in that effort," Curtis said.

"We are extremely grateful to the team at Wells Fargo for their generous contribution to the guest house project that will support thousands of our patient families in the years to come," said Dana Braner, M.D., professor and interim chair of pediatrics, OHSU School of Medicine; and physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "Nearly half of patients at OHSU Doernbecher and OHSU Hospital travel to us from outside the Portland metro area. Providing convenient and affordable housing is a necessity. We want families to focus on their sick kids and loved ones and their most important task -- healing."

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune's 2015 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is a nationally prominent research university and Oregon's only public academic health center. It serves patients throughout the region with a Level 1 trauma center and nationally recognized Doernbecher Children's Hospital. OHSU operates dental, medical, nursing and pharmacy schools that rank high both in research funding and in meeting the university's social mission. OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute helped pioneer personalized medicine through a discovery that identified how to shut down cells that enable cancer to grow without harming healthy ones. OHSU Brain Institute scientists are nationally recognized for discoveries that have led to a better understanding of Alzheimer's disease and new treatments for Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke. OHSU's Casey Eye Institute is a global leader in ophthalmic imaging, and in clinical trials related to eye disease.

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Burns man cited for Wildlife Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 11:31 AM
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On January 21, 2016, at approximately 12:15 p.m. an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper received an anonymous game complaint originating in the Burns area regarding a person to be in possession of multiple trophy mule deer. OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers contacted, JADEN SIMPSON, age 19, from Burns, and learned that he was in possession of four (4) trophy buck skulls.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers seized the four trophy buck skulls. SIMPSON was criminally cited for four (4) counts of Illegal Possession of Game Parts-Mule Deer Skulls and other wildlife charges will be forwarded to the Harney County District Attorney's Office for consideration.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by OSP Patrol Division troopers with the investigation.

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Statement by Greg Bretzing, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Portland, 1/27/2016
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 11:03 AM
Good morning. My name is Greg Bretzing, and I am the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI in Oregon.

For the past month, the FBI -- along with our partners at the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the many other federal and local agencies -- have had a very deliberate and measured response. We worked diligently to bring the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to a peaceful end. Some of those actions were seen, some unseen. But, because this is an on-going investigation with some armed individuals illegally remaining in the refuge, we cannot get into details as to every action tried or taken.

I will say that the armed occupiers were given ample opportunities to leave peacefully. They were given the opportunity to negotiate. As outsiders to Oregon, they were given the opportunity to return to their homes and have their grievances heard through legal and appropriate means. They chose, instead, to threaten the very America they profess to love with violence, intimidation and criminal acts.

Yesterday, the FBI and our partners took the necessary actions to start bringing this situation to an end. We worked to ensure that we could do so in the safest way possible -- removing the threat of danger from innocent citizens. We continue to work to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible.

Eight people were arrested, and one man died yesterday as we attempted to take him into custody. Because there is an on-going investigation by the Deschutes County Major Crimes Team on behalf of OSP related to this piece of the investigation, I will not be able to comment on the specifics.

I would, however, ask for your patience as the shooting investigation works its way through that outside process. At the appropriate time, the Medical Examiner's office will release the decedent's identity, and OSP will address the details of the event.

Let me be clear: It is fully and unequivocally the behavior and the choices made by the armed occupiers that have led us to where we are today. And, as the FBI and our partners have demonstrated, actions are not without consequences.
Containment road blocks are now in place around the Refuge. The disruption that the good people of Harney County have had to endure over the last few months will continue -- for now.

If the people at the refuge want to leave, they can do so through the checkpoints where they will be identified. If they have questions or concerns, they can call the negotiators at the number that has been provided to them.

As I conclude I want to share my promise to the people who live and work here -- who are raising their families here - that we will continue to look for safe, peaceful and productive ways to end this armed occupation. We recognize that the sooner we do that, the sooner the citizens of Harney County can start healing this community they cherish so much.

Thank you.
Two Arrested in Jefferson County after Methamphetamine Seizure
Oregon State Police - 01/27/16 10:31 AM
On January 19, 2016 at approximately 12:30 p.m. an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife trooper contacted the occupants of a suspicious vehicle in a remote area near Culver just south of Madras. During the course of the contact the trooper learned that the female passenger, SUZANNE LAYCOCK, age 45, from Redmond, had a warrant for her arrest. During a search of her person incident to arrest LAYCOCK advised troopers that she was concealing a package in her clothing that the male operator, ERMINIO PENA, age 35, from Redmond, asked her to hide upon their contact with law enforcement. LAYCOCK retrieved the package and gave it to the troopers. Troopers located approximately 1.1 lbs. of suspected methamphetamine in the package.

Troopers arrested PENA and lodged him in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacturing, Delivery and Possession of Methamphetamine. Troopers cite and released LAYCOCK for the warrant and for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers were assisted by members of the OSP Patrol Division and OSP Drug Enforcement Section. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $7,000.00.

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UPDATED - NEW TIME: 11 AM - Press Conference Advisory: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 9:38 AM
The law enforcement partners involved in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will hold a press conference at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 27th. Media may start setting up at 9:30 am.

Location:
Harney County Chamber of Commerce
484 N. Broadway Avenue
Burns, OR 97720

Expected Participants:
FBI, Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing
United States Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney Bill Williams
Harney County, Sheriff Dave Ward

There are currently no plans by any agencies to do interviews outside of the press conference.
Call Before You Clear: NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection Program (Photo)
NW Natural - 01/27/16 9:24 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is notifying its customers of an important safety matter: on rare occasions, a sewer backup could mean a natural gas line has accidentally crossed the sewer line.

If a sewer backup occurs, it's important that plumbers first scope the line with a video camera. Attempting to clear a sewer line without first using a scope could result in the release of natural gas into the sewer system of a home or business, a potential hazard we want to prevent.

If a crossed line is suspected, call NW Natural at 800-882-3377. We will respond quickly, and if the gas line crosses through the sewer line, we will reroute the gas line at no cost to the customer.

"It's important to scope prior to clearing a sewer line and also to call us," said Ryan Van Gordon, NW Natural project manager. "These simple steps could prevent a potentially unsafe situation."

How do lines get crossed?
A gas line can accidentally cross a sewer line if the sewer line wasn't able to be located on a map or didn't have tracing technology in it at the time the gas line was installed. Today, this problem is preventable because maps and tracing technology are improving. Plus, NW Natural now sends a video camera down the sewer line after installing a gas line with trenchless construction.

Proactively searching for crossed lines
In addition to asking customers and plumbers to take action, NW Natural is actively inspecting for crossed lines across its territory and will continue to do so over the coming years. Prior to inspection, occupants will be notified by mail and a door hanger. Property access will be arranged as necessary.

To learn more about the NW Natural's Sewer Safety Inspection program, visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety/SewerSafetyInspections.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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Establishment of Checkpoints - Update on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/27/16 4:14 AM
The FBI and Oregon State Police have initiated a containment of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in order to better ensure the safety of community members and law enforcement. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution. We ask you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the tip line at (541) 573-3162.

The containment procedure involves a series of checkpoints established along key routes into and out of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Attempts to Travel Into the Refuge
There will be signage ahead of each checkpoint. Anyone who moves beyond that signage will be stopped, identified and asked leave. Non-compliant people will be subject to arrest.

Leaving the Refuge
Anyone coming out of the refuge will have his or her identification confirmed and any associated vehicles searched.

Resident Ranchers Only
The only people allowed to pass into the checkpoints will be Harney County ranchers who own property in those specific areas. They will be required to show photo ID as they go in and out.
Tue. 01/26/16
Additional Arrest Made in Arizona Related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:51 PM
At 8:30 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Phoenix Division made a probable cause arrest of Jon Eric Ritzheimer, age 32, on a federal charge related to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon. Ritzheimer turned himself into the Peoria, Arizona, police department. The arrest was without incident.

Ritzheimer faces one federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

The FBI made the Arizona arrest in conjunction with a series of other arrests made by FBI and Oregon State Police in Harney County, Oregon, earlier in the evening. The following individuals also face the same charge:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana
Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, of Cottonwood, Arizona
Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
UPDATE - Additional Information about the arrests related to the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP
FBI - Oregon - 01/26/16 8:40 PM
UPDATE AS OF 8:40 P.M.

From the initial law enforcement action site along Highway 395: There were additional people who were detained and have since been released.

UPDATE AS OF 8:10 P.M.

The defendant who suffered an injury in the original enforcement action has been treated and released from a local hospital. He is now in FBI custody.

UPDATE AS OF 7:45 P.M.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. (PST), the FBI arrested Peter Santilli, age 50, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Burns, Oregon. He faces the same federal felony charge as the individuals listed below. The arrest was without incident.


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At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 395.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Underway In Harney County
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 8:14 PM
On January 26, 2016 at approximately 4:30PM, Oregon State Police Troopers were involved in an officer involved shooting during the arrest of several individuals near Burns.

The Deschutes County Major Incident Team will be assisting the Oregon State Police and the Harney County District Attorney's Office with the investigation. The investigation will be conducted in compliance with Senate Bill 111 which outlines protocols to be followed when deadly physical force is used.

As released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, one adult male suspect is deceased and one other adult male suspect received non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement personnel were injured.

The incident occurred on Highway 395, about 20 miles north of Burns. Highway 395 is expected to be closed for an extended amount of time for the investigation to be conducted.

There will be no further information released until tomorrow. Please refer to an official release by the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Arrests Made in the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge: Joint Statement by the FBI and OSP - 01/26/16
At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

One individual who was a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased. We will not be releasing any information about that person pending identification by the medical examiner's office.

One individual suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is currently in custody.

The arrested individuals include:

Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho
Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada
Shawna Cox, age 59, Kanab, Utah
Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana

These probable cause arrests occurred along Highway 235.

In a separate event in Burns, Oregon, at approximately 5:50 pm, Oregon State Police arrested the following individual:

Joseph Donald O'Shaughnessy, age 45, Cottonwood, Arizona

All of the named defendants face a federal felony charge of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States from discharging their official duties through the use of force, intimidation, or threats, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 372.

We continue to work with Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward and his deputies; Oregon State Police; and the United States Attorney's Office to address any further outstanding issues. As the investigation is ongoing, we cannot comment further at this time.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Fatal Crash Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road- Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/26/16 3:18 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 126E and Deerhorn Road in Lane County.

On January 26th, 2016 at approximately 9:45 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a two (2) vehicle crash on Highway 126E near milepost 11. The investigation indicates that a 2006 Suzuki XL7 suv, operated by PATRICIA BOOTH, age 77, from Springfield, attempted to turn westbound onto Highway 126E from Deerhorn Road. As BOOTH turned westbound she was struck on the driver's side by a 2004 Ford F250, operated by TIMOTHY ANTHONY, age 26, from Springfield.

BOOTH sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. Neither ANTHONY nor his passenger, ANGELA HANSEN, age 40, from Eugene, were injured.

During the crash two (2) kittens less than a year old which belonged to BOOTH escaped from their carrier and ran off into the nearby woods and the neighborhood area of Cedar Flats. One is described as orange and cream colored and the other one is black with spots. Both were wearing possibly blue or green collars. If the kittens are located you are asked to contact the OSP Springfield Office at 541-726-2536 to report their location and hopefully reunite them with BOOTH's family.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation into the crash. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. One lane of Highway 126E was closed for approximately two (2) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, McKenzie River Fire Department, and Eugene/Springfield Fire Department.

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Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Mary's Peak Road near Highway 34 (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 01/26/16 2:17 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 9 miles southwest of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to a female passenger and serious injuries to the male driver.
At about 12:31 pm, on Monday, January 25, 2016 Jeremy Dryden, age 31, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Mary's Peak Road, about a third of a mile north of the intersection with Highway 34, in a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. He lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and traveled into a steep ditch on the west side of the roadway and collided with a large tree, head-on. Michal Dvir, age 27, from Philomath, Oregon, was in the front passenger seat. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. Speed and the use of controlled substances may have been factors in the crash.
Medics from the Philomath Fire Department extracted both people. Jeremy Dryden was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department. Michal Dvir was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by REACH air ambulance. She was later transported to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland by REACH air ambulance. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team with the assistance of the Oregon State Police processed the collision scene. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Sergeant Ben Drongesen or Sgt. David Peterson at 541-766-6858 if they have any information. The Philomath Police Department and the Oregon State Police assisted and the roadway was partially closed for about four hours. Highway 34 was closed for less than an hour as the REACH helicopter landed and took off.
Attachments:
Photographs of the Collision Scene

Contact:
Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Gregory.Ridler@co.benton.or.us
541-766-6870


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Coos Bay School District Meeting Schedule for February 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 01/26/16 2:07 PM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for February 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Policy Committee Meeting -- February 1 & 16 at 9:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information contact Adrian DeLeon at 541-404-4459.

Facilities Planning Committee Meeting -- February 3 at 5:30 PM. The agenda is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-297-9040.

Regular School Board Meeting -- February 8 at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 5: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.

Special School Board Meeting -- February 22 at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 19: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas. They are subject to change.

For a list of all public meetings scheduled, go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
Changes to your property tax return filing (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/26/16 12:17 PM
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SALEM, OR-- If you own a business, even a home-based business, Oregon law requires you file a yearly personal property tax return with your county assessor.

The deadline to file your return has changed. You must complete and return it to the assessor, file it online, or postmark it on or before March 15, 2016. Extensions are no longer available (House Bill 2484 amended ORS 308.290). Personal property taxes are due November 15, 2016. Check your property tax statements to find out how much you owe.

Completed returns must include a detailed list of all business-related personal property, along with equipment purchases or lease dates, and original costs.

Personal property includes:
Office furniture, personal computers, and easily moved machinery.
Off-road vehicles.
Display cases if they are used in the business.
Leased equipment including copiers and power washers.

The county assessor calculates the tax due each year based on the personal property return. The assessor will not impose a tax if the property value is under the cancellation threshold.

Business owners must file a return each year, even if:
You didn't receive a tax return from the county in which your property is located.
The assessor previously canceled your tax.
You sold or closed your business during the year.
You sold or disposed of your personal property.

If a business owner doesn't file, penalties vary from 5 percent to 50 percent of the taxes due, depending on when the return is filed.

Assessors will calculate tax, penalty, and interest for up to the previous five years if a business hasn't reported personal property in the prior years. For forms and a complete list of taxable personal property, visit www.oregon.gov/dor or call 1 (800)356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800)886-7204.


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Oregon Department of Forestry grants provide solutions for rural Oregon, boost collaboration for restoring national forests (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/26/16 10:51 AM
Providing economic and ecological benefits for rural Oregon, a truck is loaded on its way to the mill. (photo credit: Tony Andersen, ODF)
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Rural communities connected to Oregon's timber heritage are seeing results from local efforts to restore Oregon national forests. Of Oregon's 30 million acres of forestland, nearly 60 percent is federally managed.

Grants from a partnership between the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board were awarded to regional forestry planning groups----or forest collaboratives----to restore federally-managed forests statewide. Providing staff and means to further restoration work, grant funds deliver resources for bringing diverse interests together to plan restoration projects, in turn spurring job creation, decreasing wildfire risk and improving habitat.

"These state resources build on the collaborative approach to forest management in Oregon," said Doug Decker, Oregon State Forester. "These grants provide local collaborative groups the resources to continue great work already underway with our Forest Service partners and, in turn, foster job creation for rural Oregon economies. In a short time, we're already seeing economic and ecological success in communities and forestland."

ODF and OWEB started the New Year by naming five grant recipients, listed here with respective grant awards:

CENTRAL OREGON
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project ($49,335)

HOOD RIVER COUNTY
Hood River Collaborative Stewards ($49,759)

OREGON COAST
Siuslaw Collaborative Groups ($40,455)

WASCO COUNTY
Wasco County Forest Collaborative Group ($44,956)

WESTERN CASCADES
Middle Fork Stewardship Collaborative, Willamette National Forest ($25,850)

The Oregon legislature invested an additional $5 million in lottery funds for this work during the 2015 legislative session to continue boosting collaboration, provide timber sale layout assistance on USFS and BLM projects, and increase resources for continued on-the-ground results.

"This work continues to highlight the importance of community-based approaches to solving a variety of issues," said Chad Davis, ODF's Federal Forest Health Program manager. "Oregonians continue to come together to mold new models for getting things done. They're showing how collaboration and solutions-oriented thinking improve forest resiliency and contribute to the vitality of rural Oregon. We're seeing real results in forests and communities because of the dedicated efforts of folks hashing things out together."

In April and June, ODF will announce second and third rounds of awards totaling $500,000.

+WATCH: Forest Collaboratives -- Restoring Oregon's Dry Side: https://vimeo.com/143402503

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Website Address Correction: FORMER UO TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM "SUPER SUMMER" FINDS NEW HOME AT OAK HILL SCHOOL
Oak Hill School - 01/26/16 10:18 AM
(Eugene, OR --) Oak Hill School is the new home of Super Summer, a three-week academic enrichment program for advanced learners and Talent and Gifted (TAG) students. With the move to Oak Hill School, Super Summer will expand to include 6th and 7th grade students. Super Summer will be open to students completing grades K-7. The popular program has been housed at the University of Oregon for the past 35 years.
"Super Summer is a wonderful addition to the academically rigorous programming we offer for outstanding students throughout the year," said Bob Sarkisian, Headmaster of Oak Hill School. "It is a natural fit for us and we are delighted to welcome Super Summer participants to our beautiful campus. Participants will enjoy learning in our brand new art and ceramic studio, modern science laboratory, and they will have access to 72-acres of wooded trails."
Super Summer will begin its permanent residency on the Oak Hill campus June 27- July 15, 2016. The application process will open on February 8, 2016. Registration for Super Summer classes will open on March 7, 2016. Program information, scheduling options and tuition information are available at http://oakhillschool.com/summer-camps/.

Oak Hill will continue to run its Summer on the Hill summer program.
Summer on the Hill is a 10 week summer enrichment program located at Oak Hill School. Each week we provide a diverse range of classes tailored to incoming kinders up to Seniors. Summer on the Hill offers an enriching, personal and fun environment for students to learn a new subject or develop a deeper understand on a topic.
Most Summer on the Hill classes are morning 9:00-12:00 and afternoon 1:00-4:00.
Some class times vary. Exact class times and tuition are listed in the registration.
Typical registrations are for one week. A few classes are two week camps.
Extended care is offered.
Summer on the Hill will run from June 20th through August 26, 2016.
Registration for Summer on the Hill is open at http://oakhillschool.com/summer-camps/.
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Oregonian Minoru Yasui's Presidential Medal of Freedom to be displayed in Salem & Portland (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 01/26/16 10:05 AM
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Portland, OR -- The Presidential Medal of Freedom, posthumously awarded to Oregonian Minoru Yasui (1916-1986) by President Obama at a White House ceremony on November 24, 2015, will be on display in both Salem and Portland this February. The Oregon Historical Society is sponsoring the exhibit, in partnership with the Minoru Yasui Tribute Committee and the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. The Medal will be on display at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 9am to 5pm for the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session. The Medal will then be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from February 2 through 19, 2016.

"Minoru Yasui was truly one of Oregon's most courageous and historic figures," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "The Presidential Medal of Freedom is a fitting tribute to his remarkable life and legacy, and we are honored that the Yasui family is allowing us to share it with the public."

Created through an Executive Order signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the Presidential Medal of Freedom is bestowed by the President of the United States and is our country's highest civilian award. The Hood River native is the first Oregonian to receive this honor.

In announcing Yasui's selection, the White House Press Office stated, "Minoru Yasui was a civil and human rights leader known for his continuous defense of the ideals of democracy embodied in our Constitution. Yasui challenged the constitutionality of a military curfew ordered during World War II on the grounds of racial discrimination, and spent nine months in solitary confinement during the subsequent legal battle. In 1943, the Supreme Court upheld the military curfew order."

During the awards presentation, President Obama said "Today Min's legacy has never been more important. It is a call to our national conscience, a reminder of our enduring obligation to be the land of the free, and the home of the brave, an America worthy of his sacrifices."

A biography of Yasui is available on The Oregon Encyclopedia (http://bit.ly/1SWdN4Q), and an abridged biography is included below. The Oregon Encyclopedia (www.oregonencyclopedia.org) is an online resource for information on the state's significant people, places, events, and institutions. Additionally, the Oregon Historical Society contains extensive manuscripts and artifacts from the Yasui family. Items from the collection will accompany the display of the medal at the Oregon Historical Society.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) is open daily, 10am -- 5pm (12pm -- 5pm Sundays), and the research library is open on Tuesdays from 1pm -- 5pm, and Wednesday through Saturday from 10am -- 5pm. Admission is free every day to members and Multnomah County residents; general admission is $11 and includes access to both the museum and library.

About Minoru Yasui

Minoru Yasui, the first Japanese American to graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law and the first to become a member of the Oregon Bar, was born in Hood River, Oregon, in 1916. He made national history by challenging the constitutionality of the military curfew imposed on Japanese American citizens in World War II.

Following the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, the military imposed a curfew that ordered all German nationals, Italian nationals, and persons of Japanese ancestry to remain in their homes between the hours of 8pm and 6am. Yasui believed that the military orders were unconstitutional as applied to U.S. citizens and that the constitutional rights of Japanese Americans would be upheld by the courts. On March 28, 1942, he walked the streets of Portland to intentionally violate the military curfew, which eventually led to his arrest and trial. He was sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of $5,000. Yasui appealed his case. He spent nine months in solitary confinement at the Multnomah County jail as his case wound its way from the lower courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 1943 ruled that while Yasui did not lose his U.S. citizenship, his rights could be overridden--based on race--in time of war. Yasui was sent to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho, where he remained incarcerated until mid-1944.

In 1981, Yasui was named chair of the Japanese American Citizens League committee on the wrongful imprisonment of Japanese Americans in World War II. He successfully filed appeals to the district court to vacate his conviction, but he also requested that the court recognize that the incarceration of 120,000 persons because of their Japanese ancestry was unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the appeal was moot, affirmed the motion to dismiss, and dashed the hopes of many. The Yasui case was over.

Yasui died on November 12, 1986, before the Supreme Court heard his case. His final return to Oregon occurred forty years after he had left, when his ashes were buried beneath a pair of giant cedars in Hood River. "It was my belief," Yasui once said, "that no military authority has the right to subject any United States citizen to any requirement that does not equally apply to all other U.S. citizens. If we believe in America, if we believe in equality and democracy, if we believe in law and justice, then each of us, when we see or believe errors are being made, has an obligation to make every effort to correct them.

Written by Peggy Nagae



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/2861/91400/Presidential_Medal_of_Freedom.jpg , Minoru Yasui, 1945 - credit Yasui Family Collection
Anniversary of Cascadia Earthquake Serves as Reminder to Prepare
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/26/16 9:27 AM
316 years ago today, more than 100 years before the United States would begin colonizing the area that eventually became Oregon and Washington, a powerful earthquake occurred along the Cascadia subduction zone, a plate that stretches from Vancouver Island, B.C., all the way to California.

The earthquake, which has been estimated to have had a moment magnitude of 8.7-9.2, is classified as a "megathrust earthquake" -- our planet's most powerful caliber of quake.

Local geologist Scott Burns, Ph.D., is a Red Cross Cascades Region board member who is often called on to discuss the effects of earth-shifting events. "Oregonians are more prepared today than they have been in the past," says Dr. Burns. "But we are far from ready for the effects of shaking, landslides, liquefaction and tsunamis that are sure to occur in the event the Cascadia subduction zone shifts."

Over the past 10,000 years, at least 19 earthquakes have been found on the whole margin from northern California to British Columbia which means a recurrence interval of approximately 500 years. The southern margin of Cascadia south of Newport is more active with a recurrence interval of about 250 years, but quakes are of a lower magnitude in the 7.8-8.4 range, according to Dr. Burns. "While we can't predict the precise time and date of the region's next large earthquake, we can take some important precautionary steps to prepare for an emergency -- it could be another 600 years, or an earthquake could strike tomorrow."

The Red Cross recommends people take the following steps to prepare for an earthquake:

Practice "drop, cover and hold on" in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person's bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances, bookcases, china cabinets and tall furniture to wall studs.
Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
Keep and maintain an emergency supply kit in an easy-to-access location.

In addition to following these steps, downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App provides a host of information about what to do before, during and after a disaster. The app also provides alerts and notifications regarding natural disasters, information on how to prepare your family and home, and how to find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out. You can download the app directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

For more information on disaster preparedness, visit http://rdcrss.org/1Pi6rZI.

In addition, the Cascades Region offers free emergency preparedness presentations that can be scheduled for any type of organization including schools, faith-based organizations, businesses, government entities, neighborhood associations and nonprofits. Trained preparedness professionals lead these free classes and walk participants through the risks of various disasters. The presentation also provides attendees a first-hand look on how to put together a disaster kit and make a plan. To request a presentation, visit www.redcross.org/local/or/preparedness.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossCascade.
BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/26/16 9:13 AM
PR 04-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA and 700 students to celebrate 25th anniversary of largest regional science bowl in nation

Students from Northwest compete for more than $300,000 in scholarships from 17 regional colleges as well as a berth in the National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. -- The brainpower and competitive energy of more than 700 students will light up the 25th anniversary of the nation's largest regional science bowl over the next two weekends at the University of Portland. This year's silver anniversary event will draw 130 teams from across western Washington and Oregon.

"The Bonneville Power Administration is extremely proud to sponsor such a vibrant regional science bowl, and we've been committed to its success every year for a quarter of a century," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "This exciting event not only celebrates academic skill and endeavor, but it also helps seed the development of the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists for the Northwest and the nation."

This year's middle school competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, with the high school students taking to the buzzer on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the University of Portland. The top team in each division will take an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 28 to May 2.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest are offering members of the top teams a chance at more than $300,000 in scholarships.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills. This year's challenge will be constructing a transmission tower with the structural integrity to defy the forces of an earthquake.

The more than 700 students in the competition come from public and private schools in Washington and Oregon -- from as far north as the Seattle metro area and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to build the future labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry. The BPA Regional Science Bowl is sponsored by the University of Portland, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and Vernier Software & Technology.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- Middle School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

BPA REGIONAL SCIENCE BOWL 2016 -- High School
Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 6, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl
Complete list of teams for middle school and high school events:
www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowlTeams

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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Talented and Gifted Program "Super Summer" Finds Permanent Home at Oak Hill School
Oak Hill School - 01/26/16 9:09 AM
(Eugene, OR --) Oak Hill School is the new home of Super Summer, a three-week academic enrichment program for advanced learners and Talent and Gifted (TAG) students. With the move to Oak Hill School, Super Summer will expand to include 6th and 7th grade students. Super Summer will be open to students completing grades K-7. The popular program has been housed at the University of Oregon for the past 35 years.
"Super Summer is a wonderful addition to the academically rigorous programming we offer for outstanding students throughout the year," said Bob Sarkisian, Headmaster of Oak Hill School. "It is a natural fit for us and we are delighted to welcome Super Summer participants to our beautiful campus. Participants will enjoy learning in our brand new art and ceramic studio, modern science laboratory, and they will have access to 72-acres of wooded trails."
Super Summer will begin its permanent residency on the Oak Hill campus June 27- July 15, 2016. The application process will open on February 8, 2016. Registration for Super Summer classes will open on March 7, 2016. Program information, scheduling options and tuition information are available at www.oakhillschool.com/summercamps
Oak Hill will continue to run its Summer on the Hill summer program.
Summer on the Hill is a 10 week summer enrichment program located at Oak Hill School. Each week we provide a diverse range of classes tailored to incoming kinders up to Seniors. Summer on the Hill offers an enriching, personal and fun environment for students to learn a new subject or develop a deeper understand on a topic.
Most Summer on the Hill classes are morning 9:00-12:00 and afternoon 1:00-4:00.
Some class times vary. Exact class times and tuition are listed in the registration.
Typical registrations are for one week. A few classes are two week camps.
Extended care is offered.
Summer on the Hill will run from June 20th through August 26, 2016.
Registration for Summer on the Hill is open at www.oakhillschool.com/summercamps.
Oak Hill School's mission is to provide the best Kindergarten through 12th Grade education, creating caring and responsible critical thinkers.
Mon. 01/25/16
Red Cross Assists Two Adults in a Multi-Family Fire in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/25/16 9:43 PM
On January 25, 2016 the American Red Cross disaster responders met with clients concerning a disaster that occurred on January 24 in the 2000 block of 2nd Street in Springfield. This multi-family fire affected 2 adults and 2 pets. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address disaster related immediate basic needs, information about recovery services, comfort kits and a stuffed animal.


The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. You may call 503 528 5783 to schedule an appointment for installation.

The Red Cross also encourages people to know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan in case of fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free "Prepare! Resource Guide" published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fatal Crash near on I-5 near Albany reveals medical emergency as cause (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/25/16 5:53 PM
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On January 25th, 2016, at 06:22 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers were dispatched to a vehicle in a field at Interstate-5 southbound near milepost 221. The sole occupant, 46 year-old Brian DOBSON, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Upon arrival, Troopers discovered a Kia Soul SUV approximately 100 feet off the highway. Preliminary investigation indicates DOBSON was driving southbound on I-5 when he suffered a medical emergency and lost control. The Kia drifted off the road, through a fence and traveled approximately 750 feet through the field before bogging down in the muddy field. The cause of the medical emergency is still under investigation.

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

As a result of the traffic congestions, three additional collisions occurred as a result of traffic congestion in the area:

At 7:13 AM, during the initial death investigation, a grey Hyundai sedan was southbound on I-5 in the left lane when it slowed at the scene. A black Toyota pickup then rear-ended the Hyundai. A green Chevrolet pickup then rear-ended the Toyota and rolled over, blocking both southbound lanes. All occupants in their respective vehicles suffered minor injuries. One lane of I-5 was block for approximately 90 minutes in order to clear that crash scene.

At 8:16 AM, an empty red International truck towing a car-haul trailer was southbound in the left lane on I-5 near milepost 223 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The commercial truck braked and jack-knifed, colliding with a RV towing a Jeep SUV in the right lane and then colliding with the cable barrier in the freeway median. No injuries were reported in this crash. One lane of I-5 southbound was blocked for approximately two and a half hours in order to clear the scene.

At 10:00 AM, a yellow Nissan X-terra was southbound on I-5 near milepost 224 when it failed to slow appropriately for traffic congestion. The Nissan SUV rear-ended a silver Volvo wagon, causing both vehicles to collide with the cable barrier in the freeway median. Minor injuries were reported in both vehicles.

ODOT, Albany Fire Department and Halsey Fire Department assisted with these collisions.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/1002/91382/albany.2.jpg , 2016-01/1002/91382/albany.1.jpg
Death at Oak Grove Rest Area- I5 Near Harrisburg
Oregon State Police - 01/25/16 5:23 PM
On January 23 2016, at approximately 11:35 AM the Oregon State Police were dispatched to a deceased adult male located in a bathroom stall at the Southbound Oak Grove Safety Rest Area.

Upon arrival, Troopers found a 71 year old adult male deceased. Preliminary investigations indicated nothing suspicious regarding the death. The male was identified as being from the Seattle Washington area. Next of Kin has not been made at this time.

The Linn County Medical Examiner's Office was contacted and came out to the scene. The cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner's findings. There are no photos available.

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Eugene Area Credit Unions to Contribute $28K to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 01/25/16 1:07 PM
Tigard, OR -- Continuing a rich tradition of fundraising for hospitalized children, Eugene area credit unions will make a special contribution to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center January 27.

Working in partnership, the credit unions will present a check for $27,978.90, commemorating their years-long commitment to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and its young patients. The money was raised last fall during the Northwest Credit Union Association's Roaring 20's gala and auction to benefit Credit Unions for Kids. In addition to the check, the credit unions will present four baby swings filled with toys bound to comfort toddlers and their families during their hospital stay.

"Every single dollar raised by any credit union or group of credit unions directly benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their region," said Jamie Dedmon, Managing Director of the Northwest Credit Union Foundation. "That allows the hospitals to let credit unions know exactly what kinds of contributions will most benefit the children. Donations might support toy purchases, patient care, research or medications, and in the end all of this puts smiles on faces of the kids and their families."

The Credit Unions for Kids charity was born in 1986 when a group of Northwest credit unions began raising money for regional Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Their model was adopted nationally a decade later and now is the "charity of choice" for the entire credit union movement. While more than $150 million has been raised for 170 CMN hospitals across the nation, Eugene area credit unions alone have contributed over $1 million in the past decade.

Media Coverage Invitation
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 3333 RiverBend Dr. Springfield, OR 97477


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/4992/91375/Eugene_-Sacred_Heart_CU_4_kids.docx
MEDIA ADVISORY: Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake anniversary and #CascadiaEQ social campaign
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 01/25/16 12:48 PM
The last big Cascadia quake was 316 years ago: Are you prepared for the next one?

The Pacific Northwest was hit hard by the January 26, 1700 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, which had impacts as far away as Japan. Geological evidence indicates that similar great earthquakes have occurred at least seven times in the past 3,500 years, reoccurring on average every 300 to 600 years.

The next major Cascadia earthquake could strike the Pacific Northwest at any time. We encourage Pacific Northwest residents to learn about seismic hazards and increase their earthquake readiness before the next "Big One."

WHAT: Federal and state emergency managers will join regional universities and government science agencies to host a weeklong social media campaign for the 316th anniversary of the 1700 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. The campaign will include an anniversary Twitter chat on Tuesday, January 26 starting at 10 a.m. PST, and other events throughout the week using #CascadiaEQ.

WHO: Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)
Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC)
Federal Emergency Management Agency Region X (FEMA)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN)
Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Washington Military Department's Emergency Management Division (WaEMD)

WHEN: Monday, January 25 to Friday, January 29, 2016

WHERE: Facebook and Twitter

WHY: During the anniversary week, we will use Facebook and Twitter social platforms to share information on Cascadia Region earthquakes and how to prepare for the next big one. The messages are intended to point audiences towards local, state, and federal resources that will help them understand and prepare for future earthquakes.
BPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/25/16 12:23 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on February 3, 2016.

The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes of November 4, 2015 Meeting / Approve Minutes of November 4, 2015 Meeting

2. 2015 Job Task Analysis / Presented by Theresa King

3. Nicole Aragon, DPSST # 55677 - (Frontier Regional 9-1-1) - Application for Training
Presented by Leon Colas

4. Department Update

5. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting May 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.



# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
"Warn 23" claim $50,000 Powerball win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/25/16 11:54 AM
Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
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January 25, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Oregon's final $50,000 prize from the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball draw on January 13 is in, and 23 people shared it.

Employees at Warn Industries, a company specializing in off-road equipment and accessories, entered an office pool and all shared on their $50,000 prize. The group was one number away from sharing the recent $1.6 billion Powerball prize, with one of their tickets having four numbers and the power ball. The group claimed their prize last Tuesday.

Ravin Chandra, who works at Warn was in charge of the pool, and went around the building asking his fellow employees if they would like to buy Powerball tickets with the group.

"We are from different departments and areas, but work in the same building in Milwaukie," Chandra said. "It was something I just thought we should do. I have won three times playing video lottery and so I was the 'lucky one' sent to purchase the tickets."

One of the tickets Chandra purchased, matched four numbers and the Powerball -- meaning the group had won $50,000. Nearly the entire group traveled to Salem together to claim their prize Tuesday -- approximately $1,700 for each after taxes. Chandra purchased the tickets at the Tik Tok Deli, on Division in Portland.

"It's not huge money, but it's a cool prize," said David Derr, a 30 year employee of Warn. "I told my family, I couldn't contain it."

The group shared in the opinion that they couldn't believe they were one number off from winning the jackpot. Chandra bought the group quick pick tickets and said when he looked at his cell phone to check the numbers, he couldn't believe it.

As you might imagine from employees of a company specializing in off-road equipment and accessories, the winners said tires, transmissions and other truck parts were on the wish list for a couple of the winners.

"My truck won't go into reverse, so I'm getting that fixed," Matt Moody, one of the winners, said.

"I'm getting new tires," Derr added.

Several of the winners said they normally don't play lottery, but it sounded fun doing something with co-workers and enjoyed dreaming together about the big $1.6 billion prize.

"That was the really cool thing, the company didn't have to give us time off for all of us to come down and claim our prizes together, but they did," Moody said. "It's a great company to work for, they take care of their people and this is just another example of that."

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from the Wednesday, January 13th drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million during that week.

The three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days. The current Powerball jackpot is $75 million and numbers will be drawn on Wednesday, January 27.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Many of the 23 winners from Warn Industries claimed their $50,000 Powerball prize last week
Four arrested in Falls City on Methamphetamine and related charges
Polk Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/25/16 1:38 AM
On Friday, January 22, 2016 at about 11:40 p.m., the Dallas Police Department responded to an address in their city where a 17-year old male was having seizures after using methamphetamine. It was reported that the juvenile obtained the methamphetamine from a Mr. Robert Peters who lived at 200 Church Street #7 in Falls City, Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office investigated this incident and obtained a search warrant to search Mr. Peters' residence, a motorhome, parked at the Greenhaven RV Park in Falls City, 200 Church Street.

The search warrant was executed on Sunday, January 24th at about 6:00 p.m. During the execution of that search warrant, Mr. Peters as well as three other adults were arrested. All four subjects were lodged at the Polk County Jail.

Mr. Peters was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine X2, Delivery of Methamphetamine, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and the Unlawful Possession of Hydrocodone.

Mr. Jerry Carmickle was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Ms. Pamela Elliott was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Child Neglect in the 2nd Degree for leaving her 6-year old daughter alone at her trailer space, as she was visiting at Mr. Peters' space. The Department of Human Services -- Child Welfare Investigators, responded to the scene of the search warrant, and arranged for safe placement for the 6-year old girl.

Mr. Shawn Russell was charged with the Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Child Neglect in the 2nd Degree, as he was Ms. Elliott's boyfriend and lived with her and her 6-year old daughter.
Sun. 01/24/16
Sweet Home adults assisted by Red Cross after fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/24/16 10:32 PM
Responders helped two adults this evening with assistance to meet immediate basic needs after a multi-family fire in Sweet Home. The fire occurred in the 2000 block of Long Street. Adults and pets were affected by the fire. Red Cross also provided information about recovery services and disaster mental health services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Statement by Harney County Judge Steve Grasty Concerning Cancellation of Community Meeting
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/24/16 3:22 PM
The attached statement is being sent on behalf of Harney County Judge Steve Grasty. Please refer any questions to Harney County.


Attached Media Files: News Release - Meeting Cancellation
Sat. 01/23/16
News Release from Harney County regarding Community Meeting for January 25
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/23/16 9:20 AM
We are sending this on behalf of Harney County Judge Steve Grasty. Attached is the Harney County community meeting change in venue and format for January 25.


Attached Media Files: NewsRelease
Fri. 01/22/16
Springfield adults helped after single family fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/22/16 7:45 PM
Three adults are receiving assistance from the Red Cross after a single family fire in the 3500 block of Oregon Avenue in Springfield. Three adults received assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, medication and recovery information.


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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Lane ESD - 01/22/16 4:46 PM
The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. A work session is scheduled to begin at 5:00, where the Board will finishing reviewing Lane ESD's Strategic Plan Report and discuss the Local Service Plan - Year Three 2016-17. The Regular Meeting of the Board will begin at 6:00 p.m. All Lane Education Service District Board of Directors meetings are held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, OR 97402.
Oregon National Guard welcomes home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo)
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) were welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

In attendance at the ceremony were Oregon Governor Kate Brown; U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader; Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, and many other special guests and supporters.

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More than 90 Citizen-Airmen with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, were honored during a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, after returning from their deployment in the Middle East. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown returns a commemorative plaque to Lt. Col. James Mitchell, commander of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, during a demobilization ceremony, Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The plaque hung in the governor's office during the unit's recent deployment. Airmen of the 116th ACS operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to the nearly 90 Citizen-Airmen of the 116 Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, thanking them for their service and dedication throughout their deployment during a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Governor Kate Brown greets Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (center) and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz (left), State Command Chief, greet Citizen-Airmen of the 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon National Guard, after a demobilization ceremony Jan. 22, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon The 116th Air Control Squadron, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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$190,000 awarded in 30 Arts Build Communities grants to address community need through the arts (Photo)
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Salem, Ore. -- Art as a means to address community need is reflected in 30 Oregon projects awarded $190,000 in 2016 Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Vacant downtown storefronts become celebrations of community in Corvallis; Fishtrap inspires 1,700 in Wallowa County to read Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" before engaging in discussions, events and activities about rural isolation and community; and in Portland, Sisters of the Road will produce "On the Ground," a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland.

Now in its 20th year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2016 awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.

"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Alyssa Macy, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."

In many cases these awards are seed money to spur additional local funding. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in spending, much of it representing salaries paid to artists and others as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2016 recipients are:

Arts Action Alliance Foundation, Oregon City, $7,000
To support "Youth Arts for Change." This project provides opportunitites for marginalized, vulnerable teens who have been remanded to facilities. It is intended to improve protective factors for rural middle school youth by engaging with artists, counselors and peers. Participants gain theatre, comic (graphic novel) drawing, photography and interviewing skills. Grant funds will be used to develop post-program theatre internships, cultivate new partnerships, pay artist fees and buy supplies.

Arts Central, Bend, $7,000
To support the "Pride of LaPine" mural. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees and supplies. LaPine is an underserved rural community with little access to the arts. This project will stimulate community pride through the creation of a mural on a highly visible exterior wall in the center of town. Students and community members will execute the project under the guidance of a professional artist, culminating in a community celebration.

Beaverton Arts Foundation Inc, Beaverton, $6,500
To support "Beautify Beaverton," a project that will place 10 vinyl-art-wrap installations on existing infrastructure, such as electical power boxes, throughout the city to strengthen its artistic visual identity. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees.

Circus Project, Portland, $7,000
To support a community-based "Social Circus" that will serve more than 300 youth participants. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools. Grant funds will be used to pay teaching artist fees, purchase and maintain circus-specific equipment and underwrite staff coordinating expenses for the collaborative planning and evaluation process with partners.

Corvallis Arts Center, Inc, Corvallis, $7,000
To support "Art in Rural Storefronts," a placemaking project dedicated to strengthening connections between people and their rural towns through engagement with the arts. Focusing on one underserved town, three qualified artists will create contemporary art installations based on local culture or natural history with community input. The installations celebrate community life through the arts. Grant funds will support artist fees, travel and coordination.

Crossroads Creative & Performing Arts Center, Baker City, $5,000
To support the "8 Show," an exhibit of 800 eight-inch square original artworks throughout Baker City's historic downtown. The project will create a highly visible art experience showcasing the talents of the region's artists while stimluating cultural tourism and enhancing the local economy. Grant funds will be used for supplies and marketing expenses.

Crow's Shadow Institute, Pendleton, $7,000
To support printmaking education for art students at the Nixya'awii Community School, a charter high school located on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Grant funds will be used to underwrite studio space, technical assistance, art and exhibition materials, advertising and public receptions. As many as 14 students will produce limited-edition linocut prints and exhibit their work in the Crow's Shadow gallery.

Dallas Downtown Association, Dallas, $5,100
To support the creation of a 15-by-60 foot mural in the historic area of Dallas. Based on an 1800s photo, the mural will depict a logging train pulling into the Dallas Station. The project will integrate art and history to celebrate 175 years of Dallas history in a highly accessible format while helping to preserve its historic core and increasing awareness of its role in the formation and growth of Polk County. Grant funds will support artist fees and supplies.

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support "A Novel Idea," the Dechutes County Library's community reads program. Residents are encouraged to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. "A Novel Idea" broadens cultural, social, educational and economic engagement in community life by ensuring wide access and participation through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will be used to purchase books and support the author's honorarium.

Disability Art & Culture Project, Portland, $6,000
To support the Disability Pride Art and Culture Film Festival. The festival will include a DIY short film workshop, a panel on disability representation in film and TV, and eight hours of film that feature disabled filmmakers, actors or stories about disability. Grant funds will be used for our Reelabilities festival package; stipends for local filmmakers, theater space, closed captioning, audio description and ASL interpretation.

Film Action Oregon, Portland, $7,000
To support the Hollywood Theatre's Annex at the Portland International Airport (PDX), a project to transform an outdated business center at PDX into a multimedia arts space, facilitating experimentation, innovation and critical pedagogy via inspired collaborations between regional, national and international artists. Grant funds will be used to support artist residency activities through the first year of the Annex's programs.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support "The Big Read" in Wallowa County. More than 1,700 people of all ages from across the county will read Thorton Wilder's play "Our Town" and novella "The Bridge of San Louis Rey" and engage in activities that fight rural isolation, deepen the reading experience and create community. Grant funds will be used to purchase books, pay program staff salaries and promote the program across Wallowa County.

Friends of the Florence Events Center, Florence, $5,000
To support a public art project that was designed to promote economic vitality, improve access to art for underserved audiences and celebrate the Florence Events Center's 20th anniversary. Grant funds will pay artists' fees for "Dancing with Sea Lions," a project utilizing 20 artists to transform fiberglass Steller sea lion forms into dazzling, on-the-street public art. The finished pieces will be displayed on the Oregon coast from Newport to Reedsport, reaching an audience of more than 23,000 people.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support "Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression" which will connect the public to the arts by exploring the interdisciplinary programs of the era. The project is comprised of an exhibit tracing the federal government's support of the arts through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), contemporary art bridging the 1930s and today, and programs to bring this time period to life. Grant funds will be used to deliver community programs.

Jefferson Live!, Ashland, $7,000
To support restoration of the 1930 Holly Theatre in Medford, adapting it for use as a performance hall while preserving its historic elements. The Holly will expand cultural activities, serve a diverse population and revitalize an economically blighted neighborhood. Grant funds will the support planning and design work for the restoration as well as forensic paint analysis to restore decorative elements inside the theater.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $7,000
To support visual arts outreach to hospital patients, adults with dementia and their caregivers, victims of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and promoting general wellness for college students and community members. Grant funds will be used for artist fees, art supplies, programming and transportation reimbursements/free parking passes for participants traveling to the JSMA from memory care and assisted living facilities.

Klamath Art Association, Klamath Falls, $5,000
To support the creation of sculpture honoring Klamath Basin's biological and historical diversity in a city pocket park. The park will feature sculpture representing native wildlife, a timeline of historical events in the Klamath Basin and an engraved map showing the diversity of destinations within Klamath County. Grant funds will be used to pay artist fees for sculpture.

Lincoln City Cultural Center, Lincoln City, $3,350
To support a collaborative production of "Sound of Nature, Sound of Art" in December of 2016. SONSOA will celebrate the beauty of Cascade Head and connect students with older adults through a shared cultural experience. A chamber music ensemble will play nature-inspired compositions while artists simultaneously create and audience members experience both. Grant funds will go toward musician fees and art supplies for two concert events.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland, $7,000
To support the Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The Tour brings award winners and finalists to 9 or 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at a community gathering. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will be used for author travel and expenses, promotion, and program staff time.

Living Stages Theater Inc, Portland, $7,000
To support the "Streets to Stages" program while strengthening partnerships with JOIN, Root Shock and the Bud Clark Commons' Theatre for Real Life to offer workshops at three sites. The program will train six community facilitators in interactive theatre techniques to present a weekend festival of new plays created by community members impacted by homelessness and displacement. Grant funds will support program coordination, artist stipends and participant support.

Media-Rites, Portland, $7,000
To support "Crossing East: Relations," a series of workshops and events addressing Asian American Pacific Islander stereotypes through a multimedia program in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon. Participants will create artwork and help design a multimedia archive of Asian American/Pacific Islander oral histories as part of a 10th anniversary celebration of the Peabody-winning radio series Crossing East. Events held in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Corvallis will feature arts activities and community dialogue.

City of Milton-Freewater, Milton Freewater, $7,000
To support TALK PLAY DREAM: HABLAR JUGAR SO?'AR, a series of community events designed to bring disparate populations together to create and experience art and dream together about the town's future. Art events include creative workshops, pop up galleries and new performances by locals and visiting artists. Grant funds will be used to pay artists and cover overhead for these events (materials, space rental, equipment).

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland, $5,000
To support Milagro's Healthy Relationships Residency, a bilingual arts and health education residency in Umatilla County to include workshops and a play performance. Local partners will share resources related to sexual health and wellness. Grant funds will support contact hours of the teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Northwest Film Center, Portland, $6,600
To support the Heroes Magnifico Video Project, a collaboration with Milagro Theatre through which 40 low-income Latino youth in East Multnomah County will create short films about the values of self-sacrifice, family and hard work in their community. The project builds capacity through key partnerships and powerful media messaging. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, Spanish translation services and more than 20 free public screenings.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $6,000
To support the Coffee Creek Theater Arts (CCTA) program presented by Open Hearts Open Minds at the all-female correctional facility in Wilsonville. The program consists of a weekly dialogue group, creative exercises and theatre workshops for 18 residents. Grant funding will be used for two program facilitators, guest artists, costumes, props, transportation, DVDs for performance copies and office expense.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $7,000
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in partnership with the Latino Network/UNIDOS to provide workshops, discussions, free tickets, a community reception and presentation by playwright Luis Alfaro. Grant funds will support theatrical storytelling training for UNIDOS members during their visit to OSF.

Port Orford Revitalization Association, Port Orford, $4,450
To support additional murals for the town's business district and murals at the Port to integrate the area with Main Street and provide artistic signage to promote the newly designated ARTS district. This project follows on the success of a 2014 mural project to use the arts as an economic driver and to create a more vibrant, livable and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Grant funds will support supplies, artist fees and mural installations.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support Lan Su's celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2016. Grant funds will be used for artist stipends, publicity an interactive family guide for visitors, production equipment rental, and arts and crafts materials.

Sisters of the Road, Portland, $5,000
To support "On the Ground," a short film exploring the history and root causes of homelessness in Portland from the perspective of people with this lived experience. The project will increase public understanding of homelessness by hosting several public screenings with facilitated discussion and developing a companion curriculum for teachers to use in high schools. Grant funds will be used to pay for artist fees, technical fees and staff time.

Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics, Springfield, $3,000
To support "A3 Composition Project," a collaboration with Delgani String Quartet and Wildish Theater. Members of Delgani will work with students at the Academy on new compositions for public performance at Wildish Theater. Grant funds will be used to help cover artist fees and administrative costs. The intended audience to be served includes student at the Academy and members of the greater Eugene-Springfield community.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Grant funds will be used for staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in Washington County, to train volunteer facilitators, to support workshop participants and the facilitators, and to purchase materials for the workshops such as snacks, journals and bus tickets (to keep the workshops free and accessible for participants).

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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***Update*** Two Killed In Crash With Parked Semi Truck - Grants Pass 01/08/2016 --Suspect in Custody
Oregon State Police - 01/22/16 12:21 PM
On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, MEGAN BECKLUND, age 32, from Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, JEREMY PEARSON, age 36, from Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

On January 22nd, 2016, at 10:18a.m., Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrested GABRIEL LOVELL, age 43, from Grants Pass, on the following charges:

2 Counts of Manslaughter in the first degree
Failure to perform duties of a driver to injured persons -- Felony

LOVELL was lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

No further information for release.

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Previous New Release 1/12/16:

OSP Seeks Public Assistance with the fatal crash investigation that occurred on Friday night.
The driver of a 1998 Ford F150 (gold extra cab) fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person that may have seen the Ford F150 prior to the crash, saw it at the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement, or picked up a hitch hiker in the area is asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center 541-440-3333.
This is an ongoing investigation more information will be released when it is available.

Previous Release 01/08/16:

On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L BECKLUND, age 32, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, Jeremy C PEARSON, age 36, of Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

The driver has been identified but in efforts not to compromise the investigation, his name is being withheld at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Board of Forestry to hold Executive Session January 25
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/22/16 9:52 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold an executive session on Jan. 25 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Salem at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, Tillamook Room, 2600 State St. The executive session is being held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h) to consult with attorneys regarding legal rights and duties in regard to current, or likely to be filed litigation.

>ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregon.gov/odf.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets February 5 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/22/16 7:39 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 5 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Thu. 01/21/16
Deputies Search for missing female who has Dementia *** PHOTO ATTACHED *** (Photo) ***UPDATE 1 ***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/21/16 9:53 PM
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All is well as Joyce Stephenson has been located safe and sound. She was found inside of a local grocery store which she apparently received a ride to from a citizen.
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75 year old Joyce Stephenson has walked away from her adult care home in the 4700 block of Oak Park Dr NE, Salem. She was last seen about 5:45 pm and is described as a white female 5 feet 3 inches, 185 pounds, gray hair, and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a red knit sweater, blue scrub pants, and white sleepers and is carrying a large black backpack.

Deputies are actively searching the area and are asking for the public to keep an eye out. If you see Joyce or anyone you think resembles her description, please don't hesitate to call 911. We ask that you maintain a visual, at least, of her to direct deputies to her location.

Our team of search and rescue personnel are currently enroot to help coordinate this active search.

If and when there is any additional information, we will release it.


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Critical Injury Crash Highway 20 Linn County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings critical injury crash on Highway 20 west of Sweet Home.

On January 21, 2016 at approximately 6:55 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 21. Once on scene, troopers determined a 1998 International Utility Truck, operated by ROBERT MAYFIELD, age 54, from Sweet Home, was westbound on Highway 20 when it crossed from its lane of travel and crossed the center turn lane. MAYFIELD'S truck continued into the eastbound lane where it collided head-on into a 2011 Kenworth log truck, operated by NEIL NIGHTENGALE, age 39, from Sweet Home. A 2003 Subaru Legacy, operated by DAVID BRIGGS, age 59, from Lebanon, was eastbound and collided into NIGHTENGALE'S truck after the initial crash occurred.

Both MAYFIELD and NIGHTENGALE sustained critical injuries in the crash. MAYFIELD was transported by Life Flight Emergency Air Ambulance to Salem Hospital and was later transferred to OHSU in Portland. NIGHTENGALE was transported by REACH Air Ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. BRIGGS did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is unknown why MAYFIELD'S truck crossed into the on-coming lane. Seat belt usage is still being determined. Highway 20 was closed at the location for approximately four (4) hours during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sweet Home Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Northwest Firefighters.

Photographs courtesy of OSP.

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Cannabis Research Task Force to meet January 26
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 4:40 PM
January 21, 2016

What: The third and final meeting of the Oregon Task Force on Researching the Medical and Public Health Properties of Cannabis -- the Cannabis Research Task Force. It is open to the public.

Agenda: Discuss recommendations for structuring and funding research on medical properties of cannabis; assess potential of locating cannabis grow site for research; review draft of baseline report due to Legislature by Feb. 1.

When: Tuesday, January 26, 4-7 p.m. A public comment period will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Where: Oregon State University, Hallie Ford Center, Room 115, 2631 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

Details: For more information, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Office of the State Public Health Director at 971-673-1222 or health.webmaster@state.or.us, or visit the Cannabis Research Task Force website at healthoregon.org/mmjtaskforce.

Background: Senate Bill 844, passed in 2015, created the Cannabis Research Task Force to study and publish a report on the development of a medical cannabis industry that provides patients with medical products meeting individual patient needs. The task force consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor.

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OHA Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee meets January 28
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 4:24 PM
January 21, 2016

What: The monthly meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda: Review purpose and agenda; review and approve November 19, 2015, draft meeting minutes; update on marijuana rulemaking process, Senate Bill 844 and universal symbol; review baseline report "Monitoring Marijuana Use, Attitudes, Health Effects"; wrap-up and future topics; public comment.

When: Thursday, January 28, 3-5 p.m. The public comment period begins at 4:45 p.m. All comments are limited to two minutes, or can be submitted to marijuana.science@state.or.us.

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

Why: The Oregon Health Authority's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee, based at the Public Health Division, provides scientific input to inform public health recommendations related to retail marijuana in Oregon. The committee is examining adverse health effects of retail marijuana use, and impacts of time, place, and manner of retail sale of potentially addictive substances.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. People who need alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical access, or other reasonable accommodations should call 971-673-0984 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For more information about the committee, visit the committee's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/Retail-Marijuana-Scientific-Advisory-Committee.aspx.

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OSP Employee Pleads Guilty to Assault IV Charge-Washington County
Oregon State Police - 01/21/16 3:26 PM
The Oregon State Police has been monitoring the ongoing criminal investigation and is aware that Senior Trooper James Duncan pleaded guilty today in Washington County Circuit Court to Assault in the fourth degree. The Department was advised of the conduct on October 20, 2015 and immediately placed Senior Trooper Duncan on administrative leave, pending the adjudication of the criminal investigation that was completed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Senior Trooper Duncan's plea arises from off-duty conduct that was not related to his official police duties. Senior Trooper Duncan will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of a personnel review related to this matter. Senior Trooper Duncan has been employed by the Department since March 1, 1998 and is currently stationed at the North Plains worksite.

Any further questions regarding this matter should be directed to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.

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FBI Statement on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Situation
FBI - Oregon - 01/21/16 2:28 PM
The FBI recognizes that many in the community have questions about why we are here and our role in helping to end the occupation of the wildlife refuge. We are here to work closely with Sheriff Ward and our local, state and federal partners to protect the safety and welfare of this community. This occupation has caused tremendous disruption and hardship for the people of Harney County, and our response has been deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution.
Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet January 22
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 1:31 PM
Updated to correct listen-only conference line number and participant code.

January 21, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information and accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee. The primary focus of the meeting will be to make recommendations on Year 3 of the program, including program structure, benchmarks, and discussion of a potential Opioid measure. Public testimony will be heard at 1:05 p.m.

When: Friday, January 22, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 Southwest Town Center Loop East, Wilsonville. The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684#.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Corrected: Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 22 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 1:13 PM
Updated to show correct participant code for listen-only conference line.

January 20, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee. Public testimony will be heard at 10:45 a.m.

When: Friday, January 22, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 604-851.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; presentation on 2015 Mid-Year Health System Transformation Report; public testimony; initial discussion on framework and mechanics for CCO incentive program under new waiver.

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Jennifer Uhlman at 503-739-5267 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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97th Class of 9-1-1 Telecommunicators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/21/16 1:10 PM
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you the graduation for Basic Telecommunications #97 class.

When: 11:00 A.M., Friday, January 29, 2016

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy - 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE - Salem, Oregon

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

The class consists of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.


Members of Basic Telecommunication Class 97

Dispatcher Caitlynn Brown
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Kaila Cameli
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Lindsey Corley
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Taylor Davidson
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Marcus Dennard
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Rachel Girard
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Jelani Greenidge
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Courtney Gunderson
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Christina Hill
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Christian Holden
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jessica Jones
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Christina Kent
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Kari Lawson
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Jessi Leppla
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Dispatcher Keri Nielsen
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Aretha Pearson
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Patrick Schacht
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Michael Shambaugh
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Sabrina Spittles
Tillamook County 911

Dispatcher Christina Swan
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Andrea Walsh
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Andrea Williams
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Brittany Wright
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/21/16 12:11 PM
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PR 03-16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140
or 503-230-5131

BPA puts modernized Celilo Converter Station into service

The Dalles, Ore. -- The Northwest transmission grid took a big step into the future today with the $370 million modernization of a one-of-a-kind piece of infrastructure, the Celilo Converter Station.

BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer called Celilo's return to commercial operation "an important moment for infrastructure development in the region." Construction began in the fall of 2014, and the station had been out of service since October for final installation and comprehensive testing of its customized new equipment.

The unique converter station, owned by the Bonneville Power Administration, tames and transforms high volumes of electricity flowing through the northern end of the Pacific Direct Current Intertie. The 846-mile electron super-highway, the longest commercial transmission line of its kind in the nation, connects the Northwest with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at Sylmar, Calif. The intertie provides affordable energy, reliability and cost benefits to customers at either end, and the electricity that flows from north to south is virtually carbon-free.

BPA, which funded the improvements, is also in the process of upgrading the 265-mile portion of intertie that it owns from the Columbia River to the Nevada-Oregon border.

"I am very proud of the talent and teamwork demonstrated by BPA and our partners that enabled us to hit this milestone so safely and successfully," Mainzer said. "Thanks to their ingenuity and dedication, a unique but aging collection of 20th-century technology has been transformed into a state-of-the-art asset to serve the Northwest and beyond for many years to come."

The modernization of the converter station -- including six massive new transformers, each weighing more than a Boeing 747 airliner -- anchors a $498 million package of BPA-funded grid upgrades to the northern leg of the PDCI. When the final phase of the overall project is completed this fall, the BPA transmission-line upgrades will raise the capacity of the intertie from 3,100 to 3,220 megawatts.

"BPA and its partners completed the work on this complex and challenging project on time and on budget, while achieving an outstanding safety record," said Richard Shaheen, BPA senior vice president of Transmission Services. "These significant steps to improve the backbone of the regional grid will both strengthen reliability and increase our capacity to deliver energy, contributing to the vitality of the Northwest. It's a great example of our strategic focus to ensure the long-term health and operational efficiency of our physical assets."

Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said, "The Department of Energy commends the effective partnership among Bonneville Power Administration, its contractors and its Southwest utility partners in enhancing a major transmission link in the West. This accomplishment is an example of the types of infrastructure advancement that will help the region and our nation maintain economic vitality in a changing energy market."

The Pacific Direct Current Intertie, a high-voltage direct current system (HVDC), was a marvel and a model when it was energized in 1970. Direct-current systems can move large amounts of electricity over long distances more efficiently than alternating current lines of a similar length because less power is lost to the air as heat along the way.

That electrical feat, and the intricate technology that supports it, attracts utility representatives, government officials and business people from as far away as Africa and Asia to visit Celilo. But after more than four decades of vigorous, dependable service, the vintage equipment at the converter station had far surpassed its operational life span and was due for a transformation of its own.

"The new equipment not only supports the western transmission grid with greater security, reliability, capacity and flexibility, but will be able to work harder," Shaheen added. Keeping the previous equipment in safe operating condition required shutting down the intertie for several weeks of maintenance each year. The next-generation equipment, much of it digital, needs far less routine upkeep, reducing outages and costs while improving performance for customers.

"The Pacific Direct Current Intertie has a great value for the entire West," said Mukhles Bhuiyan, manager of grid planning and development at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. "We appreciate BPA's leadership and investment in modernizing the northern anchor of our mutual resource."

To see a time-lapse video of the massive new transformers being shipped from the manufacturer in Sweden to the United States and up the Columbia River by barge to The Dalles, Ore., visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ_f0BF0pvY.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 259 substations to 490 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Public comment accepted on proposed Scenic Bikeway rule revisions
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/21/16 12:03 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is accepting public comment through March 25, 2016, on proposed rule changes to the Oregon Scenic Bikeway program. The proposed revisions reflect current program procedures and change Scenic Bikeway Committee membership to include more diverse representation. The proposed changes also clarify the role of the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council in designating a scenic bikeway.

Visit http://bit.ly/oprdrulemaking to review the entire draft of proposed rule changes and to comment.

The Scenic Bikeways program was established in 2009 and the Scenic Bikeway Committee oversees the program for rating and managing bikeways. Thirteen scenic bikeways are designated statewide.
Oakridge Parent Teacher Organization is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for field trips, school supplies and outdoor school.
Clothes for the Cause - 01/21/16 9:30 AM
Oakridge, Oregon -- Oakridge Parent Teacher Organization partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for field trips, school supplies and outdoor school.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Oakridge Elementary School, located at 48119 E 1st Street, Oakridge. They will be collecting donations between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on January 28, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Heather White at 541-520-1493, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Lebanon Fire Responds to serious traffic collision on Hwy 20 (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 01/21/16 9:29 AM
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On Thursday morning a vehicle crash between an unloaded log truck and heavy service truck occurred on Highway 20 between Lebanon and Sweet Home near Bauman's Mill. Upon arrival fire and medical crews determined that there were two critical patients both trapped in their vehicles. Mutual aid from Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance was requested for help with extrication. Reach Air Medical and Lifeflight helicopters were called to the scene for transport of the patients. One patient was taken to Corvallis and one patient to Salem. Lebanon Fire District crews were on scene for an hour and a half. OSP is on scene investigating the crash.


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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 28
Oregon Health Authority - 01/21/16 9:18 AM
January 21, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC), which advises the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) on program and budget matters. Agenda items include updates on the Revised Indoor Clean Air Act and health communications; and tobacco prevention policy options.

When: Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-3 p.m.

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

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor and made up of private organizations and state agencies dedicated to reducing the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use. This is a public meeting.

Details: Please note that space is limited. The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. People who need alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical access, or other reasonable accommodations should call 971-673-0984 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Wed. 01/20/16
Fatal Crash Highway 66 in Jackson County-Missing Person Located
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 3:48 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal crash on Highway 66 in Jackson County.

On January 20, 2016 at about 10:00 a.m. OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 66 near milepost 10. Once on scene, OSP troopers found a 2004 Honda CRV that was off the roadway a considerable distance upside down in a creek. The sole occupant in the Honda CRV, JANIS BRONSON, age 64, from Ashland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. BRONSON was listed as a missing person by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators determined that BRONSON'S vehicle was westbound on Highway 66 near milepost 10 and failed to negotiate a curve. BRONSON'S vehicle left the roadway and went down an embankment and traveled through a field. The vehicle continued and collided with a tree and came to an uncontrolled rest upside down in a small creek. BRONSON was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Ashland Fire Department.

Questions in regards to the Missing Person investigation should be directed to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

No Photographs for release.

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Smoke Management Committee to meet Jan. 28, Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/20/16 1:48 PM
A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Thursday, Jan. 28, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Pace and scale of forest restoration burning
- Field (fuels) coordinator position status
- Updated smoke management brochures
- "Polyethylene on piles" study project review and update
- New smoke management data system development update

The meeting agenda can be viewed online at:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Santiam Room - Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10:10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.
Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County- Update Suspects in Custody
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 12:23 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup, operated by JESSUP BITTNER, age 41, from the Eugene area, on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. BITTNER attempted to elude the trooper in the Ford pickup and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area BITTNER and a female identified as MELISSA KITTELL, age 44, from the Eugene area, exited the Ford pickup and fled on foot. BITTNER unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and fled west on foot with KITTELL. The victim of the attempted carjacking did not sustain any injuries.

OSP troopers along with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department set up a perimeter in the area. The Salem Police Department deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female.

An OSP airplane was dispatched to the location and was able to observe BITTNER and KITTELL from the air. The OSP airplane was able to direct officers and a Linn County Sheriff's Office Patrol Boat to the area that BITTNER and KITTELL were in. Officers were deployed from the patrol boat and were able to get into the area where BITTNER and KITTELL were last seen. A short time later, the Salem PD Patrol K9 located BITTNER and KITTELL. BITTNER sustained multiple dog bites from the patrol K9.

At 11:18 a.m. BITTNER and KITTELL were taken into custody. BITTNER and KITTELL are being treated at a local hospital. BITTNER for dog bite wounds and hypothermia, KITTELL for hypothermia.

BITTNER will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle and on Foot and Reckless Driving. KITTELL will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for Unauthorized use of a Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Attempt to Elude on Foot. Any other pending crimes will be referred to the Marion County DA for consideration.

Questions related to Salem Police Departments Patrol K-9 program need to be directed to the SPD Public Information Officer.

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Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 11
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/20/16 12:00 PM
It's a day to pause and reflect on why workplace safety and health matter. It's a day to turn that reflection into sustained action to prevent on-the-job injury, illness, and death.

Employers across Oregon are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon, the Wednesday, May 11, event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health in shielding workers from harm. Now in its 13th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"Safety Break is an opportunity for employers to remind their workers, and themselves, about the importance they attach to safety in the workplace," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "A safety stand-down such as this provides an opportunity to celebrate past successes, to reflect about the remaining challenges, and to share a renewed commitment for the future."

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 pizza luncheons when they sign up online (http://www.orosha.org/admin/safetybreak/safetybreak-signup.html) by Wednesday, May 4. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://www.orosha.org/subjects/safetybreak.html.


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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit http://www.orosha.org/ or find us at https://www.facebook.com/oregonosha.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
North Bend School District / North Bend Police Department - Joint Press Release 1/20/16
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 01/20/16 11:21 AM
North Bend, OR -- At 9:34 a.m. on 01/20/16, North Bend Police Department received information that a child may have been in possession of a stolen firearm. That child is a student at North Bend Middle School.

While no information existed to say that the firearm was taken to school, erring on the side of safety, North Bend Middle School went into lockdown. The child was removed from class and questioned by authorities. Searches were conducted. No indication exists that a weapon is or was ever at the school.

Lockdown was lifted and school resumed. Further investigation is continuing into the information provided about the child. The child has been removed from the school pending that investigation.

Authority:

Robert Kappelman Bill Yester
Chief of Police School District Superintendent
North Bend Police Department North Bend School District
(541)756-3161 (541)756-2521
Attempt to Elude of Stolen Vehicle Marion County
Oregon State Police - 01/20/16 10:45 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings Attempt to Elude of a stolen vehicle on Interstate 5 south of Salem.

On January 20, 2016 at approximately 9:38 a.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a Red Ford pickup on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 249 for a traffic violation. The operator of the Ford pickup attempted to elude the trooper and ultimately exited at the southbound Santiam Rest Area near milepost 239. During the attempt to elude it was determined that the Ford pickup was stolen.

Once in the rest area a male and a female exited Ford pickup and fled on foot. The male unsuccessfully attempted to carjack a bystander within the rest area and then fled west on foot. The male was described at about 6'0" with a medium build with short black hair and a mustache. The male was wearing a red jacket and jeans. The only description of the female is that she was wearing a dark colored jacket.

OSP troopers are being assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Salem Police Department. The Salem Police Department Deployed a Patrol K-9 in an effort to search for the male and female. The search is on-going at this time.

If anyone witnesses a male or female matching the description please call 9-1-1.

No further information for release at this time and this release will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Roseburg High School Opens Newly Remodeled Gym
Roseburg Sch. Dist. - 01/20/16 10:19 AM
For Immediate Release

Contact: Jill Weber, Roseburg High School Principal
Phone: 541-440-4142
Address: 400 W. Harvard Avenue, Roseburg Oregon 97471

Roseburg High School Opens Newly Remodeled Gym

Roseburg High School will be opening its doors to the newly remodeled gym on Wednesday, January 20th, for the first time this school year. The first event will be a wrestling dual meet against South Medford High School that will begin at 5:30 pm. On Friday, January 22nd, the RHS girls' basketball team will play against Willamette High School. The school district plans to honor those who have helped in making this project a success at half-time during that game. The girls' basketball game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm for those who would like to attend the ceremony. We encourage everyone to come out and see the newly remodeled facility.

Roseburg Public Schools received a $1.5 million grant from the Oregon Business Development Department Infrastructure Finance Authority's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program to help fund this project. The district has enjoyed the opportunity to take advantage of this grant and believes that in addition to the building enhancements making our facilities safer, they have also provided an improved venue for our athletes to participate in and our students to receive physical education and wellness instruction.

The school district is using the ceremony at half time to thank those directly involved in the project, and to thank the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program for their assistance in making this project a reality.
Oregon's Mid-year Health System Transformation report shows CCOs' continued progress
Oregon Health Authority - 01/20/16 10:05 AM
January 20, 2016

Oregon's mid-year Health System Transformation report lays out the progress of Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) on key quality and financial measures. For the first time, the report includes two new measures: effective contraceptive use and dental sealants. This also is the first report to show results on a subset of measures for Oregonians enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan with disabilities, or with severe and persistent mental illness.

"Oregon's continuing progress in transforming health delivery for Oregonians is clear, and we appreciate the efforts of CCOs, health care professionals and providers reflected in our mid year report," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Based on this performance, incentive payments are made to CCOs and their partners and the Oregon Health Authority will continue to provide targeted technical assistance throughout the state. By providing CCOs with this support, we bring better health and better care at lower cost to Oregon Health Plan members." Oregon is staying within the budget that meets its commitment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce the growth in spending by 2 percentage points per member, per year.

The report, which covers July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, continues to show improvements for Oregon Health Plan members in areas such as enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes, decreased emergency department visits, and hospital admissions from chronic diseases:

-- Statewide, all-cause readmissions met the benchmark for the first time in mid-2015. Some patients who leave the hospital end up being admitted again shortly thereafter. Often, these costly and burdensome readmissions are avoidable. Reducing the preventable problems that send patients back to the hospital is the best way to keep patients at home and healthy. Oregon's CCOs started at a baseline of 12.9 percent in 2011. Today, readmissions are at 9.9 percent, surpassing the benchmark of 10.5 percent.
--Decreased emergency department visits. Emergency department visits by people served by CCOs has decreased 23 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes. The rate of adult patients (ages 18 and older) with diabetes who had a hospital stay because of a short-term problem from their disease dropped by 32 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Decreased rate of hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The rate of adult patients (ages 40 and older) who had a hospital stay because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma decreased by 68 percent since 2011 baseline data.

-- Patient-centered primary care home (PCPCH) enrollment continues to increase. Coordinated care organizations continue to increase the proportion of members enrolled in a patient-centered primary care homes. PCPCH enrollment has increased 61 percent since 2012.

This report also includes two new metrics:

-- Statewide, the percentage of children ages 6-9 who received dental sealants increased by 25 percent between 2014 and mid-2015.

-- Effective contraceptive use among women at risk of unintended pregnancy, of all ages, remained fairly steady between 2014 and mid-2015, with rates hovering around 33 percent.

Find the full metrics report online at Health.Oregon.gov.

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Employment in Oregon December 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/20/16 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4 Percent in December

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 5.4 percent in December 2015, from 5.7 percent in November 2015. This decrease moves Oregon's rate closer to the national level, as the U.S. unemployment rate held steady at 5.0 percent in November and December. A year ago, in December 2014, Oregon's unemployment rate was significantly higher, at 6.7 percent.

Oregon's payroll employment rose by 2,300 in December, following an upwardly revised gain of 10,900 jobs in November. In December, manufacturing added 1,100 jobs, while government added 800. All of the other major industries performed close to their normal seasonal hiring pattern.

"Oregon's economy finished the year strong, adding 17,100 jobs in the last three months of 2015," said Nick Beleiciks, Oregon's state employment economist. "Job growth continues to be widespread, with most major sectors adding more jobs than they usually do this time of year."

Looking back over the most recent 12 months, Oregon's economy grew rapidly, adding 54,600 jobs in 2015. Oregon's 3.1 percent growth rate in nonfarm payroll employment was faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.9 percent.

Oregon's health care and social assistance grew the most during 2015, adding 10,100 jobs, or 4.6 percent. Two other major industries also expanded very rapidly with both growing at close to 4 percent: information (+1,300 jobs, or 4.0%) and professional and business services (+8,800 jobs, or 3.9%). Next in line were five major industries that each grew by between 3.0 percent and 3.5 percent. These included other services, construction, retail trade, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality. Five other major industries grew at least 2 percent. Mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%) was the only industry to lose jobs.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 26th, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, March 1st.


Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry employment components.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2015 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

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

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

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


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Oregon National Guard to welcome home 116th Air Control Squadron (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/20/16 8:00 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon -- More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to be welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22, at 1:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

The Airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility including, Operations Inherent Resolve (OIR), Resolute Support (ORS), Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf (CDAG), and Freedom's Sentinel (OFS).

The Airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center. Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control overseas, having previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1

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2nd Lt. Jamie Neal embraces her family as she returns from deployment with the 116th Air Control Squadron, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Tech. Sgt. Jared Warner is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)

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Airman 1st Class Matthew Williams is greeted by his family as the 116th Air Control Squadron returns home from their deployment, Nov. 25, 2015, at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Members of the unit deployed to Southwest Asia for six months to provide surveillance, communications and air space management in support of coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. (Photo by Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs)


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Tue. 01/19/16
Message from Sheriff Ward (Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.)
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/19/16 5:29 PM
We continue to work with our law-enforcement partners to protect the Harney County community during the armed and unlawful occupation occurring at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Some events have occurred in the community involving criminals heading to or from the refuge. These are listed below:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 14 -- Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped a vehicle for a lighting violation. The driver -- Dwane Kirkland, of Hamilton, Montana -- was arrested on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He was in possession of a handgun and a rifle. The vehicle he was driving had switched plates and was uninsured.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 -- OSP arrested Kenneth Medenbach, of LaPine, at the Safeway in Burns. He was arrested on probable cause for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. OSP recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during this encounter.

Occupants of the second vehicle fled the scene before police arrival. The Sheriff's Office is working to identify and arrest these suspects. If you have any information, please contact the sheriff's office with tips at 541-573-1362.

Every time a trespasser from the refuge operates a vehicle that belongs to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they are committing a crime. We will not tolerate it when they come into our community driving stolen vehicles.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 -- OSP discovered a traffic crash on Greenhouse Lane near Highway 20. An investigation revealed the driver -- Darrow Burke, of Ukiah, California -- lost control on an icy corner and rolled. He was not injured, but was cited for no operator's license. Mr. Burke told OSP troopers he had been at the refuge for the past week.

Law enforcement has also had multiple contacts with non-Harney County citizens who claim they are in the community to act as intermediaries between the FBI and the trespassers. Many of these people are armed with handguns and assault rifles. These persons -- as well as the trespassers -- are wearing police/military-style body armor when contacting law enforcement. They continue to conduct surveillance on law enforcement and have harassed members of the media.

We will continue to work with our partners to keep Harney County safe while the FBI works toward a peaceful resolution at the refuge. Additional law enforcement resources have been moved towards locations to be poised to react to any situation that may occur. This includes notifying the hospital of more people in town and ensuring they have the capability to handle any medical emergency.

Today's events include:

- Today at noon, a "Rally for Malheur" was held in cities throughout Oregon, hosted by the Audubon society.

- Tonight at 7 p.m., Harney County is hosting its second Community Meeting in the Burns High School gym. We encourage the community to show up to hear the latest updates and make your voices heard.

The Bundy group continues to break its repeated promises to leave the refuge if the community asked them to do so. On Monday, January 4, the community did just that -- and the Bundy group failed to leave.

I then personally met with Ammon Bundy, who has proclaimed to be the leader of the occupation, on Thursday, January 7, 2016 to discuss a peaceful resolution. I asked Ammon and his group to leave, which he stated he would not do. From that point forward, the occupiers at the refuge have been considered by law enforcement (local, state and federal) to be criminals -- and they need to vacate the refuge.

It's clear at this point that the Bundy group does not have the interests of Harney County in mind -- they're in it for their own agenda. We will continue to work to keep you safe while they continue to not keep their word.

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Armed Robbery Investigation (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/16 4:30 PM
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On January 18, 2016, at about 11:56 p.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a reported robbery that had just occurred at the Motel 6, located at 621 John Long Road, Yoncalla.

The motel manager, a 42 year old male, was at the front desk when he was confronted by a male suspect who was armed with a large knife. The suspect demanded money from the manager, and as the suspect was leaving with an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect shoved the manager to the floor. The suspect fled on foot.

Law enforcement searched the area but did not locate the suspect. A K-9 unit with the Roseburg Police Department also responded and assisted with the search.

The suspect is described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, tan shoes, black gloves and a red bandanna across his face. The suspect was approximately 5' 08" tall. He was armed with a large survival type knife that had holes cut in the center of the blade and a lime green handle.

The surveillance video can be seen at this link: http://www.dcso.com/videos/motel_6.mp4

If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.


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Juvenile In Custody After Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/19/16 4:04 PM
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A 17 year old is in custody for Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Attempting to Elude the Police after a crash around 3:30 p.m. today. The male was seen driving his Subaru on Lancaster Drive NE near Ward drive by a Deputy assigned to our Traffic Safety Team. As the teenager was passing the motor officer he was accelerating rapidly and was already exceeding the 35 mile per hour speed limit by 10 miles per hour.

When the motor officer activated his lights the driver took off northbound and continued to accelerate. The motor officer radioed to another Deputy just up the road and gave out the cars description. The Deputy observed the car, activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver continued to drive recklessly and turned onto Portland Road NE.

A short time later the vehicle was found after it crashed into a fence and a speed limit sign on Kale Street near Cordon Road NE. The driver was arrested without incident and has been taken to Marion County Juvenile Detention. His two juvenile passengers were released to their parents, luckily no one was injured in the crash. The driver told Deputies he ran because he did not have a license or insurance for his vehicle.


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Coalition of Local Health Officials meets January 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/19/16 3:53 PM
January 19, 2016

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223; danna.k.drum@state.or.us

What: The monthly meeting of the Coalition of Local Health Officials. Members of the public may attend.

Agenda: Updates; CLHO committee appointments; OHA-Public Health Indirect Cost Rate Agreement; Public Health Modernization Assessment update; Public Health Advisory Board appointments update; Early Learning Council update; Local Government Advisory Committee update.

When: Thursday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, call Danna Drum at 971-673-1223 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The Coalition of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

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Marion County Establishes Through Truck Prohibition (Photo)
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In an effort to address the number of commercial trucks using Boones Ferry Road to bypass the state weigh scales on Interstate 5 and OR-99E, Marion County recently partnered with the City of Woodburn to establish a through truck prohibition on the portion of the road between Ehlen Road and OR-214. The prohibition is supported by the Woodburn City Council and Marion County Board of Commissioners, which enacted orders permitting Public Works crews to post signs allowing the prohibition to be enforced.

The prohibition is intended for commercial motor vehicles that travel the entire length of Boones Ferry Road between Ehlen Road and OR-214 and do not have a destination on the route. The prohibition will not apply to school buses or commercial vehicles that that have a legitimate personal or business related purpose located along the route. Through trucks should utilize Interstate 5 or OR-99E, which are designated freight routes, to travel through the area.

Marion County sign crews have posted signs notifying drivers of the restriction. Yellow NO THRU TRUCKS warning signs are posted on Ehlen Road, Settlemier Road, and OR-214 to provide advance notification of the prohibition. White regulatory signs are posted on either end of the portion of Boones Ferry Road that is subject to the prohibition. The prohibition will be enforced by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Weighmaster teams.

For questions concerning the through truck prohibition, contact Julia Uravich, Traffic Engineer at 503-588-5036.


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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/19/16 8:24 AM
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training
Update Agenda for January 28, 2016 Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. For further information, please contact Theresa Janda at (503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Board Member -- Jeff Hering, Detective, Tigard Police Department.

2. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes
Approve minutes from the October 22, 2015 meeting.

B. OAR 259-008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Pulled from Consent agenda for clarification -- see Item #3 Below
Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

C. OAR 259-008-0005 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Senate Bill 239 Review, For Reserve Officer Minimum Standards Changes

D. OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change
Physical Standards Review, Public Comment

E. OAR 259-060-0060 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Armed Annual Refresher Course Review, For Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors Changes

F. OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change
Inactive Status Review, For Private Investigator Statutory Requirements Changes

G. OAR 259-061-0018 et al -- Proprosed Rule Change
House Bill 3487 Review, For Private Investigator Contracts and Conduct Requirements Changes

H. Nicholas Alexander DPSST# 55178 (Department of Corrections) - Not Deny Application for Training
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

I. David Schwarm DPSST#13726 -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

J. Tina Latendresse DPSST#53701 (Hillsboro Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

K. Bryan T. Levigne DPSST#38491 -- Not Deny Eligibility to Re-apply for Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

L. Brandon L. Hanes DPSST1#47532 (Salem Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

M. Paul Rubenstein DPSST#10756 (Cornelius Police Department) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

N. Shaylee Robanske-Hess DPSST#36099 (Bureau of Emergency Comm.) -- Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on November 10, 2015.

O. Thomas Kipp DPSST#20794 -- Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

P. Joseph G. Hernandez PSID#51239 -- Approve Civil Penalty
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

Q. 2015 Alarm Monitor Training and Testing Measures Changes -- Approve
Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

R. Police Carer Officer Development (PCOD) Curriculum Changes -- Approve
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

S. Basic Parole & Probation Changes -- Approve
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

3. OAR 259 -008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change -- (pulled from consent agenda)
Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

4. Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination -- Deputy Gil Datan -- Coos Co SO
Unanimous vote to recommend approval to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

5. Medical Waiver - Nicole Rickart DPSST#55727 (Possible Executive Session)

6. DPSST Fingerprint Authority -- Proposed Legislative Concept for 2017 session
Determine whether to approve filing the proposed legislative concept for 2017 legislative session

7. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update
Corrections Policy Committee -- Brian Burger, Chair
Fire Policy Committee -- Joe Seibert, Chair
Police Policy Committee -- Kent Barker, Chair
Private Security Policy Committee -- Bill Geiger, Chair
Telecommunications Policy Committee -- Kelly Dutra, Chair

9. Next Meeting Date: April 28, 2016




Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 28, 2016 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Board Member - Jeff Hering, Detective, Tigard Police Department.

2. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote) A. Minutes Approve minutes from the October 22, 2015 meeting.

B. OAR 259-008-0025 et al - Proposed Rule Change Minimum Standards Review, For Training and Mandated Courses Changes

C. OAR 259-008-0005 et al - Proposed Rule Change Senate Bill 239 Review, For Reserve Officer Minimum Standards Changes

D. OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change Physical Standards Review, Public Comment

E. OAR 259-060-0060 et al - Proposed Rule Change Armed Annual Refresher Course Review, For Armed Private Security Professionals and Private Security Firearms Instructors Changes

F. OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change Inactive Status Review, For Private Investigator Statutory Requirements Changes

G. OAR 259-061-0018 et al - Proposed Rule Change House Bill 3487 Review, For Private Investigator Contracts and Conduct Requirements Changes

H. Nicholas Alexander DPSST# 55178 (Department of Corrections) - Not Deny Application for Training Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

I. David Schwarm DPSST#13726 - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

J. Tina Latendresse DPSST#53701 (Hillsboro Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

K. Bryan T. Levigne DPSST#38491 - Not Deny Eligibility to Re-apply for Certification Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

L. Brandon L. Hanes DPSST1#47532 (Salem Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

M. Paul Rubenstein DPSST#10756 (Cornelius Police Department) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

N. Shaylee Robanske-Hess DPSST#36099 (Bureau of Emergency Comm.) - Revocation Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on November 10, 2015.

O. Thomas Kipp DPSST#20794 - Not Revoke Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

P. Joseph G. Hernandez PSID#51239 - Approve Civil Penalty Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

Q. 2015 Alarm Monitor Training and Testing Measures Changes - Approve Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on November 17, 2015.

R. Police Career Officer Development (PCOD) Curriculum Changes - Approve Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

S. Basic Parole & Probation Changes - Approve Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on November 10, 2015.

3. Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination - Deputy Gil Datan - Coos Co SO Unanimous vote to recommend approval to the Board by PPC on November 19, 2015.

4. DPSST Fingerprint Authority - Proposed Legislative Concept for 2017 session Determine whether to approve filing the proposed legislative concept for 2017 legislative session

5. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

6. Policy Committee Update

7. Next Meeting Date: April 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Fire Program Review Committee meets Jan. 21 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/19/16 8:10 AM
The Oregon Department of Forestry's Fire Program Review Committee, whose primary purpose is to seek ideas to address challenges posed by increasing wildfire severity, will meet from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 in Salem. The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room at the ODF offices, located at 2600 State St., in Building C.

Agenda items include:
Discussions about a sustainable fire organization and large fire funding, including the 2016 catastrophic insurance process
Updates from working groups on policy options and possible recommendations

The Fire Program Review Committee is comprised of forest landowners, wildland fire professionals, elected officials, and other stakeholders and advises ODF in its effort to develop and implement an agency initiative that builds toward a more sustainable fire organization, and large fire funding framework. The committee will focus its efforts on providing recommendations for the 2016 fire season as well as long-term goals for wildfire management and budget development.

Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. Additional information about the committee can be found online at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FireProgramReview.aspx.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 01/19/16 7:25 AM
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors January 25, 2016
Mon. 01/18/16
Corvallis Police Arrest Two in Connection to Homicide
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 6:28 PM
On January 18, 2016, at about 1:45pm, 43 year old Michael A. Deyette II was arrested on a Benton County Circuit Court warrant for Murder, Assault in the First Degree, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The arrest was in relation to the homicide of 29 year old Jason Scott Williams outside Shari's restaurant on January 15.

Deyette was arrested outside a residence in Forest Grove with the assistance of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Forest Grove Police Department. Deyette was arrested without incident. Search warrants were served at two locations in Forest Grove. Deyette was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged on $1,000,000 bail.

Also arrested in this case was 35 year old Brooklyn F. Sheppard of Forest Grove. At about 6:25pm, Shepard was arrested for one count of Murder under an aid and abet theory. She was lodged at the Benton County Jail. Shepard was present on the night of the shooting at Shari's and was injured at the scene. Shepard and Deyette are neighbors, and are romantically involved.

Deyette was linked to the crime by a piece of forensically analyzed evidence discovered at the scene.

Deyette and Shepard's initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court will be January 19, 2016, at 1:20pm.

Mug-shot photos will be available at the following link:

https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_custody_list

The Corvallis Police Department would like to thank the community and all of the law enforcement agencies who assisted in the investigation.
Corvallis Homicide Update @ 5:45
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 5:50 PM
For investigative purposes the updated release scheduled for 5:30pm must be delayed. The release is anticipated to be made around 6:30pm.
Corvallis Homicide Update
Corvallis Police - 01/18/16 4:06 PM
Corvallis Police will be releasing an update regarding the Homicide outside Shari's Restaurant on January 15, 2016. The update is anticipated by 5:30pm.
Sun. 01/17/16
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in Umpqua, Ore.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/17/16 6:19 PM
Today at approximately 4:45 p.m., disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 23300 block of Tyee Road in Umpqua, Ore. This residential fire affected one adult and four pets. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.RedCross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
***Photos Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 20 Near Sisters - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/17/16 3:26 PM
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Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased on scene and was identified as Rodney A STAMBAUGH, age 54, of Sisters. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Preliminary information indicates STAMBAUGH was traveling eastbound on Highway 20, when for unknown reasons left the roadway and struck a tree. The road conditions at the time of the crash was black ice.

OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.


End Release

Previous Release:
On January 17, 2016 at about 3:330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 2.5 (just east of Sisters).

Upon emergency crews arriving, they discovered a 1997 Subaru wagon had exited the roadway and struck a tree. The driver, an adult male, was deceased when crews arrived. The family of the deceased has not yet been notified.

The current road conditions were black ice. OSP was assisted by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police, Black Butte Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Cloverdale Fire and Rescue. This is a preliminary release, more information will be released once next of kin has been made.


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Gold Beach Man Dies Following Crash On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/17/16 3:24 PM
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On January 17, 2016 at about 11:45AM, the Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 336 (five miles south of Gold Beach).

Preliminary information indicates a 2007 Gulfstream motorhome was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and crashed into the ditch. An OSP Patrol Sergeant and an off duty nurse were first on scene and provided CPR to the driver until medical personnel arrived.

The driver, Michael K GILLETTE, age 64, of Brookings, was transported to Curry General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. It is speculated by medical personnel that GILLETTE had a medical emergency prior to the crash. The 3 year old passenger, GILLETTE's grandson was not injured.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Gold Beach Fire. More information will be released when it is available.


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Sat. 01/16/16
Corvallis Shooting Update 1/16/16 @3:45pm
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 3:44 PM
Corvallis Police investigators, with assistance of multiple local law enforcement agencies, continue to investigate the homicide of Jason Scott Williams. There is no new information for release at this time. The tip line for this case remains in operation; however, the number has changed to 541-766-6913. If you have any information please call the tip line 24 hours a day.
OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Asking for the Public's Assistance with Poaching Case in Baker County
Oregon State Police - 01/16/16 2:08 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful taking of five (5) mule deer outside of Baker City, within the Lookout Mountain Wildlife Management Unit, located in Baker County.

On December 1, 2015 OSP was notified of three dead mule deer, two of the deer were mule deer bucks with their heads removed, the third was a mule deer doe. The deer were unlawfully killed off of the main Lookout Mountain road.

During the investigation it was determined that there were a minimum of five mule deer and one wild turkey that were killed at this location. Four of the five deer were bucks with their heads removed. All five deer were left to waste. The deer are believed to have been killed during the week of Thanksgiving.

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

Anyone with information regarding this particular offense is encouraged to contact Senior Trooper Brad Duncan with the Oregon State Police in Baker City at 541-519-7867.

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Corvallis Police Release Name of Victim in Shooting
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 10:03 AM
On January 15, 2016, at about 7:45pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of NW 9th St., near Shari's restaurant. When officers arrived they located two victims who had sustained injuries from gunfire while in the parking lot of the restaurant. One victim sustained a non-life threatening injury, the other victim died at the scene.

The deceased victim has been identified as 29 year old Jason Scott Williams of Corvallis. Williams died at the scene from injuries he sustained during the shooting. An autopsy will be performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland.

A second 35 year old female victim from Forrest Grove, also sustained a minor injury during the shooting. She was transported from the scene to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center via ambulance. She was treated for her injuries and later released. Her name is being withheld at this time.

The second female victim and Williams are acquaintances, and had been at the restaurant together prior to the shooting.

At this time the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Corvallis Police, Benton County Sheriff's Deputies, Benton County Search and Rescue and the Linn Benton Major Crime Team continue to investigate and search for evidence at the scene.

Corvallis Police continue to ask for anyone with information, or who may have seen something suspicious around the time of the shooting, to call 541-766-6913.

Corvallis Police will continue to update the community as new information is available for release.
Shooting Update as of 1:20am
Corvallis Police - 01/16/16 1:22 AM
Corvallis Police will continue to investigate the shooting incident on NW 9th St. through the night. There are no additional details available for release tonight.

Investigators continue to request anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area of the shooting please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be after 8:00am.
Fri. 01/15/16
Shooting Update as of 11:30pm
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 11:41 PM
There is no new information to release at this time. Investigators continue to actively investigate and process the crime scene. If anyone has information, or observed something suspicious in the area of the shooting, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be at 12:30am.
Shooting Update as of 10:30pm
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 10:34 PM
Investigators are still actively processing the scene of the shooting on NW 9th St. At this time the identities of the involved parties is not available for release, and the next of kin has yet to be contacted. There is no suspect in custody.

The next update will be at 11:30pm.
Corvallis Police Investigating Shooting Incident
Corvallis Police - 01/15/16 9:27 PM
On January 15, 2016, at about 7:45pm, Corvallis Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of NW 9th St. This was not a law enforcement involved shooting. An investigation at the scene is underway. At this time there is one person who is deceased, and one other individual receiving treatment for unknown injuries.

Officers are currently on scene investigating the circumstances that led up to this incident. The investigation is considered a homicide at this time. Please stay out of the area and allow investigators to continue working the crime scene.

If you have information regarding this incident, or witnessed something in the area, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6919.

The next update will be at 10:30pm.
Attempted Arson Investigation Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/15/16 7:09 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Arson Detectives are seeking the public's assistance regarding an Attempted Arson Investigation in the Cave Junction area.

Sometime between 6:00 p.m. on January 14, 2016 and 8:00 a.m. on January 15, 2016, an unknown suspect(s) attempted to set fire to the Community Bible Church in Cave Junction. The suspect(s) attempted to set the south entrance wood doors on fire using an unknown accelerant. The fire self-extinguished leaving fire damage to the wood doors and minor damage to the carpeting just inside the doors. Detectives are processing evidence left behind that was not damaged by the fire and are reviewing video footage in hopes of identifying the suspect(s).

If anyone has information on the fire or the suspect(s) you are encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police at (541) 664-4600 and leave your information for Detective Keller.

There is a possible reward through the Oregon State chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) for the identification and conviction of the person(s) responsible for setting the fire.

Photographs provided by OSP

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Release from Harney County regarding Fairgrounds
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 6:37 PM
Attached is a news release from Harney County regarding the Fairgrounds.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91181/Harney_Co_Press_Release_-_Fairgrounds_1-15-2016.pdf
Streets back open in Lebanon after brief closure in Lebanon
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/15/16 4:28 PM
Oregon state police has arrived and the suspicious device has been removed.
Traffic is now back to normal in the area of Main Street from Airport Road through Second Street. Thank you for your patience.
Long Term Care Quality Steering Committee to meet February 1 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/15/16 4:11 PM
The Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee is planning on meeting on Monday, February 1, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Department of Human Services offices, second floor, VCON Room, 4074 Winema Place, Salem.

Agenda items include: agenda review; announcements and member items, public comment; subcommittee report about what data would be helpful, data locations and what education efforts should be considered; future work and priority discussion; and QCK grant timeline.

Public comment is expected to begin at about 9:45 a.m.

Interested people can also call in to the meeting: 1 888-363-4735, participant code: 3439085; host code for staff only: 1601.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Governor's Commission on Senior Services -- Executive Committee to meet January 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/15/16 4:07 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services -- Executive Committee meeting is planned for
Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 165,
Summer St. NE, Salem.
Agenda items include: Executive Committee business; legislative business; and the agenda for
The February 18, 2016 full commission meeting
The public is invited to attend. Or, interested people you may call into the meeting at the following number: 1-888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Release from the Burns Paiute Tribe
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 3:57 PM
The attached is a news release, resolution, and protection of cultural resources on behalf of the Burns Paiute Tribe.


Attached Media Files: 2016-01/5384/91173/Malheur_NWR_press_release_-_cultural_res_(2016-01-15).pdf
$50,000 Powerball means a buzz cut (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/15/16 3:38 PM
Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
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January 15, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Even though Lee Palmer of Coos Bay won $50,000 playing Powerball Wednesday night, it was his wife, Dominique, who really won.

"When I realized I won, I knew we were going to take pictures, so I shaved off my Mohawk," Lee said, proudly showing pictures of the haircut he gave himself. "It was a mess, but I liked it."

Dominique didn't share Lee's opinion of the Mohawk. However, both were excited when they found out that they had matched four numbers and the power ball Wednesday night.

"We were out and didn't check the tickets until 10," Lee said. "We immediately starting thinking about what we could do with the money. It's a blessing."

The Palmers said they were going to pay off bills and be very conservative with their winnings. The couple took home a little more than $33,000 after taxes.

Lee purchased the quick pick Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven in Coos Bay along Highway 101 on his way to work.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

One of the $50,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Portland has yet to be claimed.

The numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

"With the number of sales we had, there were a lot of tickets sold," said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. "The remaining winning ticket could be hanging on a refrigerator somewhere and it hasn't been checked, we don't know."

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

The three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Dominique and Lee Palmer won $50,000 playing Powerball.
Harney County - Individual arrested in connection with stolen refuge vehicles
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/15/16 2:02 PM
An individual is in custody in connection with stolen Malheur National Wildlife Refuge vehicles.

Shortly after noon on Friday, January 15, 2016, Oregon State Police arrested Kenneth Medenbach, 62, of Crescent, Oregon, at the Safeway in Burns, Oregon. He was arrested on probable cause for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Law enforcement officers recovered two vehicles stolen from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) had previously reported the vehicles stolen to the Harney County Sheriff's Office.

OSP troopers and deputies from several county Sheriff's offices responded to the scene.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is grateful for the quick actions from law enforcement," said USFWS spokesperson Megan Nagel. "We will continue to work with law enforcement to recover vehicles bought and paid for by the American people to care for their national wildlife refuge."

Contact Info:
Harney County JIC
Phone: 541-573-1362
Email: PIO@co.harney.or.us
Twitter: @HarneyCoSheriff
Facebook: HarneyCoSheriff
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Albany
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/16 1:40 PM
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 1900 block of Jackson St. in Albany, Ore. This single-family home fire affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs, information about recovery services and health/emotional health resources.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
The Timber Ridge Drama Club is hosting a clothing drive to raise money for Annual School Play
Clothes for the Cause - 01/15/16 9:04 AM
Albany, Oregon-- Timber Ridge Drama Club of Timber Ridge School partners with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money for the club's annual performance.

Timber Ridge Drama Club holds an annual performance every March. This year's performance is Do Wop Wed Widing Hood. This play will bring the audience back to the 50s for an original spin on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood. The drama coordinators/teachers Shay Brunson and Katie Hobson along with parents donate their time to provide the students the opportunity to express their artistic side.

Each performance requires sets, props, and costumes. This year's performance will also require the purchase of new stage lights. We are excited to collaborate with our community and Clothes for the Cause to reach our goal of $750 which will help ensure 2016s performance of Do Wop Wed Widing Hood is a success.

Clothes for the Cause makes it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by not asking for money or for someone to buy something. Instead they partner with fundraising groups to collect items that our friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses such as clothes, shoes, purses, belts and household linens.

You can drop off your donations to this clothing drive at: Timber Ridge School located at 373 Timber Ridge St NE, Albany, OR 97322. They will be collecting donations between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on January 22, 2016.

For more information, contact your local Event Planner, Sarah Ciampa at 541-344-4332, Facebook at Clothes for the Cause, Twitter @Clothes4_Cause, Instagram Clothes4_Cause or online at www.clothesforthecausefundraising.com.

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Oregon Powerball winners start claiming prizes (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/15/16 8:20 AM
Dave Braun of Veneta
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January 15, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Even though no one from Oregon won the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the Oregon Lottery offices were busy Thursday awarding $50,000 prizes to Oregonians. It's a reminder that you might have a Powerball ticket that's worth some cash.

Here are the winners who claimed $50,000 Powerball wins yesterday:

David Braun, Veneta, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Shyla Lemaster, Grants Pass, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Robert Padua, Salem, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Barbara Healey, Portland, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Thomas Winterberry, Canyonville, $50,000 Powerball win from the Saturday, Jan. 9 drawing.

Keisha Lopez, Gresham, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 drawing.


Healey opted to split the prize with her neighbors, Erica Johnson from Portland and Johnson's mother-in-law Shawna Johnson from Utah. After the split, and taxes, each took home approximately $11,000.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Oregon Lottery retailers sold seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

The winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night's drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.

The numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

"There are nine ways to win Powerball, it isn't just hitting all the numbers and the Powerball," said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. "So check your ticket! While $1.6 billion is life-changing, getting a $50,000, or even $100 check is a welcome windfall."

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Dave Braun of Veneta
Thu. 01/14/16
Federal Court Verdict in Oregon State Police Pursuit
Oregon State Police - 01/14/16 8:19 PM
The Oregon State Police have been informed of the jury verdict involving Justin Wilkens related to claims of excessive force stemming from his arrest in Lane County, Oregon on August 3, 2012.

The Oregon State Police is disappointed with the outcome and feels the actions of our Troopers clearly did not violate established procedures or tactics. In situations like these officers have milliseconds to make what may be life or death decisions and those officers should be shielded from the liability of civil damages.

The Oregon State Police is reviewing the verdict with the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice as it relates to the possible next steps of this process.
353rd Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/14/16 6:20 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 353rd Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 353rd will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a reception immediately following the graduation.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP353 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.


Basic Police BP353 Roster

Police Officer Cheyene Alexander
Gold Beach Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Anderson
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Andersson
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Daniel Badal
Pilot Rock Police Department

Police Officer Richard Bailey
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Tanner Bazer
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jackson Brooks
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Mark Chaffin
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Michael Colburn
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Travis Crosman
Junction City Police Department

Police Officer Larissa Dahl
Ashland Police Department

Police Officer Eric Dezellem
Gresham Police Department

Captain Alex Gardner
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Ralph Graffunder
LaGrande Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Gravel
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Catherine Hager
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Erik Holland
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Jefre Johnson
Canby Police Department

Deputy Sheriff James Langston
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Mark Laymon
Lake Oswego Police Department

Police Officer Brian Love
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Michael Mangin
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Mansfield
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Robyn Miller
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer William Parmenter
Springfield Police Department

Police Officer Ryan Potter
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Sean Potter
Sweet Home Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Pyle
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jonathan Rausch
Reedsport Police Department

Trooper Dylan Roberts
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Brock Rosenthal
Lake Oswego Police Department

Police Officer Sufyan Sher
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Brent Snyder
Reedsport Police Department

Police Officer Michael Svoboda
Lake Oswego Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Michael Trotter
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jess Vaughan
Seaside Police Department

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Cabin fever soothed by Powerball win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/14/16 4:26 PM
Dave Braun from Veneta claims his $50,000 Powerball prize
Dave Braun from Veneta claims his $50,000 Powerball prize
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January 14, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Dave Braun of Veneta was one of those people who at 7:59 p.m. on Wednesday was checking his phone to see the Powerball numbers.

Braun purchased his ticket after deciding that he needed to get out of the house. He drove to Dari-Mart in Veneta and bought a $10 Powerball quick pick ticket. Little did he know that his ticket would have match four of the five numbers and the Powerball.

"I won't lie. When I checked the ticket I started shaking," Braun said. "One number off!"

He went back to Dari-Mart to check the ticket and was advised that he needed to go to Salem to pick up his winnings.

"That's when I knew I had really won," he said.

Braun said it was the "third or fourth" time he had ever played Powerball, he did say he enjoys playing Keno. With his win he plans on getting a better, extended cab truck for his family and paying some medical bills.

This week the Powerball jackpot grew to a record-breaking $1.6 billion, creating a buzz that was felt around the world.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

The winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night's drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.

The numbers for Wednesday night's drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

"There are nine ways to win Powerball, it isn't just hitting all the numbers and the Powerball," said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. "So check your ticket! While $1.6 billion is life-changing, getting a $50,000, or even $100 check is a welcome windfall."

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.
The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Dave Braun from Veneta claims his $50,000 Powerball prize
State Stewardship Coordinating Committee to meet January 21 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/14/16 3:30 PM
Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, meets next Thursday, Jan. 21, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations, is meeting in the Santiam meeting room in Building D at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda
The committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs.

The agenda on the 21st includes a Forest Service and Private Forestry update from Karl Dalla Rosa, as well as an update about the Community Forest Program. The Community Forest Program protects community forests and the many benefits they provide.

Also on the agenda:
Asian Gypsy Moth eradication project -- Oregon Department of Agriculture
Emergency Forest Restoration Program Update -- Kelly Worley, Conservation Program Specialist, USDA Farm Services Agency

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

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Cynthia Orlando at the contact numbers listed.

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

More information
More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee is available online, at:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

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Wolf Creek Man Arrested in Connection With Sex Abuse Investigation- Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/16 3:25 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Wolf Creek man on multiple charges Thursday in connection with a Sex Abuse investigation in Josephine County.

On January 13, 2016, OSP Detectives arrested, MATTHEW ALLEN WEBER, age 24, from Wolf Creek on Sex Abuse charges related to his alleged relationship with a sixteen year old female. Detectives received a report earlier this week that WEBER was sexually involved with a juvenile female. Subsequent investigation by detectives led to evidence that WEBER had been sexually involved with the victim for several months.

The investigation also determined that last year WEBER was a volunteer at a local high school where the victim attends, but no evidence thus far indicates that any of the alleged offenses occurred at the school.

WEBER was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Sexual Abuse in the second degree and three counts of Using a Child in the Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct. Weber's bail was set at $50,000.

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NW Natural Employees Give like Stars Through Annual Spirit of Giving Campaign
NW Natural - 01/14/16 2:18 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) employee-driven 2015 Spirit of Giving campaign, themed Give like a Star, raised more than $294,000 for local charities.

Current employees and retirees pledged approximately $145,500, while NW Natural's Corporate Philanthropy Fund donated $148,700, driving the total donations over a quarter million dollars.

Through their pledges, employees directed donations to United Way ($86,200), OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Challenge ($13,500), EarthShare ($20,000), Work for Art ($17,000) and Black United Fund of Oregon ($8,000). These charities will route the donations to the nonprofits they serve. Another $800 went to the Melody Teppola Fund for NW Natural employees.

"Year after year, NW Natural employees make a difference in the communities we serve by supporting local nonprofits," said Von Summers, NW Natural's community affairs manager. "Besides being generous with their donations, they are equally generous with their time as volunteers."

Through the Dollars for Doers program, NW Natural donated a total of $19,275 to nonprofits on behalf of employees who are regular volunteers for those organizations.

"Caring is a core value at NW Natural," added Summers. "The annual Spirit of Giving campaign allows NW Natural employees to offer a helping hand to children and families experiencing difficult times."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 707,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

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2016 Individual Artist Fellowships Announced (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 01/14/16 11:31 AM
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Natalie Ball, a Chiloquin-based artist working across media, is the 2016 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary Joan Shipley Award. Ball leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 160 applicants from 27 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission's 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships.

The 2016 fellowships, awarded to artists from Portland, Eugene, Corvallis and Chiloquin, support artists working in visual arts and design and include small financial stipends.

The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Many in the arts community also counted her as a mentor and friend.

The Arts Commission's fellowship program is available to more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of arts professionals from Oregon and beyond who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). This year visual and design arts were reviewed. The 2016 review panel included gallerist Amy Adams, artists MJ Anderson and Modou Dieng, curator Yaelle S. Amir and museum director Scott Malbaurn and was chaired by Arts Commissioner Christopher Acebo. Their recommendations were approved by the full Arts Commission.

The following visual artists were awarded 2016 fellowships:

Natalie Ball, Chiloquin (Joan Shipley Fellow)
Fernanda D'Agostino, Portland
Laurie Danial, Portland
Tannaz Farsi, Eugene
Julie Green, Corvallis
Laura Heit, Portland
Michael Hensley, Portland
Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland
Jim Lommasson, Portland
Elizabeth Malaska, Portland
Brenna Murphy, Portland
Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland
Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland

Brief biographies:
Natalie Ball, Chiloquin (Joan Shipley Award)
Natalie Ball holds a bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon and a Master in M?ori Visual Arts from Massey University, New Zealand. Ball chose to study in New Zealand because of the shared history of colonization between the M?ori and her Modoc ancestors, and through her work investigates "internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity." Ball recently participated in Fallen Fruit at the Portland Art Museum and Portland's One Flaming Arrow intertribal festival and has been included in exhibitions throughout the country. Her work is in the collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Fernanda D'Agostino, Portland
Fernanda D'Agostino is a one of the more energetic and collaborative artists in the state. Her work, which often employs interactive media, requires partnerships and investigations in the worlds of performance, cinematography and sound. Her aim: for "viewers to experience themselves as participants in a shared culture." D'Agostino has recently realized two significant exhibitions: Pool, exhibited in Festival de la Imagen at The Museum of Caldas, Colombia, South America with Robert Cahen and Gary Hill and Method of the Loci at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, New York Public Library and Reed College.

Laurie Danial, Portland
Laurie Danial has maintained a dedicated painting practice, showing throughout the region for more than two decades. As she describes her practice: "Ultimately, I am interested and seemingly predisposed to the challenges of constructing an image in an unscripted manner." Her work has been written about in Willamette Week, The Oregonian, Art Ltd and Luxe, and is in the collection of the City of Portland. She is represented by Froelick Gallery.

Tannaz Farsi, Eugene
"Questions regarding visibility, who is seen and heard, and how to best transcribe this experience through visual hermeneutics has been a driving point in my practice..." says Tannaz Farsi. Farsi's recent solo exhibitions include Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland; Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, Californiz and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Farsi was included in PICA's TBA: 15. She is the recipient of a 2014 Hallie Ford Fellowship and is Associate Professor, Sculpture, at the University of Oregon.

Julie Green, Portland
Julie Green's recent exhibition, My New Blue Friends, worked (sumi ink and egg tempera) pattern, gesture and tradition into a question or, in the case of her grandmother's over-painted china scribed with embarrassing moments, a revelation. The series is more abstract and autobiographical than her ongoing project The Last Supper, which illustrates the last meals of death row inmates (the project has received nearly 50 solo exhibitions at venues such as The Block Museum, The University of Liverpool Art Museum and Taiko-do Gallery in Japan). Green, a Professor of Art at Oregon State University, is represented by Upfor, Portland.

Laura Heit, Portland
A list of venues that have exhibited Laura Heit's work demonstrates the discipline-crossing her practice takes: The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Pacific Film Archive, Adams and Ollman, REDCAT, PICA's TBA Festival, Animation Sketchbooks (Chronicle Books). The work begins with drawing and then may take shape as an installation, animation, publication or handmade articulated puppet. Heit holds a Masters of Art, Royal College of Art, London, and Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been written about in Art Forum and The Oregonian, among other publications.

Michael T. Hensley, Portland
Michael T. Hensley's recent work uses a newly broadened combination of materials and tools, from house paint to crayons. Hensley has been at work for more than two decades, during which time he has been included in the collections of OHSU, the City of Portland, Microsoft and Twitter, among others. Hensley is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle and the Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta.

Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland
Aaron Flint Jamison's recent solo exhibitions span from France to Marfa, Texas, and include the 2014 Liverpool Biennial and Works Sited, Los Angeles Public Library. Jamison is the co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Yale Union in Portland, and the founding editor of Veneer Magazine. He is represented by Air de Paris, Paris, and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, and is Assistant Professor of Photography and Media in the School of Art at the University of Washington.

Jim Lommasson, Portland
Jim Lommasson's current project, "What We Carried," documents personal items taken on the long journey of a refugee to resettlement. He then asks the participants to write on the photographic prints. The project is currently on view at Blue Sky Gallery through Jan. 31 (where Lommasson participated in the first exhibition in 1975). This work is in keeping with Lommasson's urgency to document- from the fighting clubs of America to the returning soldiers of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Elizabeth Malaska, Portland
Says Elizabeth Malaska: "I am concerned with the ubiquitous and normalized use of the often-naked female body throughout art history. ... I borrow figures, settings and techniques from this history and recontextualize them." Malaska received her Masters in Visual Studies from PNCA in 2011. Her work has been seen at Disjecta, Chehalem Cultural Center, Worksound, Portland Center Stage and at Nationale, where she is represented. She is a mentor in the MFA Program, PNCA.

Brenna Murphy, Portland
Brenna Murphy makes self-described "poetic models of reality." Her work, which may take the form of object, installation, video or performance, has been widely shown, with recent exhibitions in Portland, Dusseldorf, Helsinki and New York. She was included in The New Museum, New York's First Look online exhibition. Murphy is half of the collaborative MSHR, with Birch Cooper, and was a founding member of Oregon Painting Society, a five-member group active from 2007 to 2012. She is represented by Upfor, Portland.

Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland
Ronna Neuenschwander has had an active art practice since the early '80s. Her mosaic works are often made of broken pieces sent to her by friends around the world. Her recent work honors the history of the figurine. Says the artist: "From the Venus figurines that were kept on a person's body, hung from a neck, secreted in a pocket...to modern day mantle ware that evokes a fabricated pristine era of propriety or a provocative, sensual 'animal-ness' of others. Why were they made? Were they created to empower, to make fertile, to provide solace, to give status? Who did they represent? And more importantly, why are they made today? Who do they represent today?" Neuenschwander is included in many public and private collections throughout the region, and is represented by Froelick Gallery, Portland.

Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland
As the artist describes, her work oscillates between two and three dimensions, seeking to "elevate the 'thingness' of presence" through collage, book, sculpture and installation, including a recent public commission for Exhibit: Growth, Director Park, Portland. In 2014, Saxon-Hill was included in Portland2014: A Biennial of Contemporary Art, at Disjecta and travelling to Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland. In 2016, Saxon-Hill will receive a solo exhibition with JOAN project space in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at Disjecta, The Lumber Room, Hallie Ford Museum of Art and LA Art Book Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, among others, and written about in ArtForum, VisualArtSource.com, The Oregonian and Frieze. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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No Powerball jackpot winner, but Oregon still wins
Oregon Lottery - 01/14/16 10:40 AM
Even though no one from Oregon won the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, keep in mind those Powerball tickets could still give you some cash.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

The winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night's drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.

"Make sure to check your ticket, you could be sitting on $50,000 and not even know it!" said Chuck Baumann, lottery spokesman. "You might not be able to afford a private island, but $50,000 -- or even $100 -- is a good win." Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night's drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from Florida, Tennessee and California which will split the $1.6 billion jackpot, the drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA) continues to stand with Harney County Sheriff David Ward (Photo)
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 01/14/16 9:45 AM
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Many OSSA member agencies -- along with many city police departments and the Oregon State Police -- have sent personnel to help Sheriff Ward patrol the community and maintain public safety during this critical time.

We continue to be asked when the standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge will end, and which agency will make that decision. We'd like to clarify the jurisdictional situation.

The FBI is in charge of making and implementing plans to end the siege. The FBI has jurisdiction over the armed takeover of the federal buildings in the refuge, as well as any crimes committed therein. Questions about the standoff should addressed by the FBI, which continues to work diligently towards a peaceful solution.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ward and other local law enforcement agencies are directly addressing militia activities outside the wildlife refuge -- including the well-chronicled harassment and intimidation of residents, federal employees and law enforcement by militia members and associates.

OSSA stands proud in saying that Sheriff Ward has done a commendable job fulfilling his oath as Sheriff and defending his community. Sheriff Ward has made every effort to peacefully defuse the situation and return normalcy to the residents he serves. He has worked tirelessly with his fellow law enforcement partners to develop strategies to protect and serve Harney County while the FBI continues its investigation.

OSSA and its law enforcement partners will continue to offer support to Sheriff Ward and his team until this situation is resolved. We couldn't be prouder of the work he has done to serve Harney County and Oregon.


Sheriff Brian Wolfe
Malheur County Sheriff, OSSA President


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Department of Revenue Newport office closed permanently
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/14/16 9:45 AM
The Oregon Department of Revenue's Newport satellite office has closed permanently due to the unexpected retirement of the office's only staff member.

"We don't take this closure lightly, however, given the timing of this retirement and the challenges of staffing satellite offices, we feel this is the best decision to make," said Joann Martin, administrator of the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.

Taxpayers who used the satellite office's services are encouraged to contact the department's main office in Salem at (503) 378-4988, toll-free at (800) 356-4222, or by email at questions.dor@oregon.gov for assistance.

There are also a number of self-service options available through the department's new web application, Revenue Online. With an account, taxpayers can view their account details, make payments, view letters from the department, and correspond securely with staff. Visit www.oregon.gov/dor for more information or to sign up for a Revenue Online account.
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet January 21 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 01/14/16 9:00 AM
January 14, 2016

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: 1-5 p.m., Thursday, January 21

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

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. 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.

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

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Wed. 01/13/16
Notice re: this weekend's Harney County Coyote Classic
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/13/16 5:19 PM
The 3rd Annual Harney County Coyote Classic will take place near Burns and Crane this weekend. This competition hunt will include at least 150-160 people in one-, two- and three-person teams who will be hunting on mostly private land in areas around Burns and Crane.

They will hunt for 48 hours, from 7 p.m. Friday (Jan. 15) through 6 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 17).

Throughout the weekend, as the competition is taking place, folks may hear gunshots or see spotlights at night. We want to reassure you that are part of the lawful coyote hunt.

The competition organizers have asked participants to stay off Sodhouse Lane.

If you have safety concerns or questions, please call 541-573-3162. This line is not monitored 24 hours a day. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 911.

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Stranded Motorists Prompts Safety Message From Search and Rescue Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/13/16 5:09 PM
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A scenic outing in the woods, to play in the snow can quickly turn into an emergency if you are not prepared. Take for example a motorist and his girlfriend who became stuck last week after attempting to reach the Breitenbush Bush Hot Spring. The pair followed directions from Mapquest and were stranded in the snow several miles off of the road to the hot spring.

Luckily Deputies reached the couple and towed them to safety; this however is only one example of a semi regular call received by our rescuers. That is why Tom Crofts a Deputy assigned to our Search and Rescue Team is offering these safety tips;

1. Know the area you are traveling into, do not rely on in-car, internet based or off the shelf GPS units only.
2. Carry a detailed map and check US Forest Service and BLM web sites for winter road closures.
3. Carry chains, a shovel and enough supplies to keep you warm, hydrated and fed for at least 3 days.
4. Tell someone where you are going and the route you are taking.
5. Have a friend ready to call for help if you don't return at a predetermined time.
6. If you are stranded stay with your vehicle.

Marion County has a vast wilderness area ready for our residents and visitors to enjoy, when you visit these areas please be safe and plan ahead.


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Fatal Crash -- State Route 201S south of Nyssa (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/13/16 2:38 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this mornings fatal traffic crash on Highway 201S south of Nyssa that took the life of an Idaho man.

On January 13, 2016 at approximately 8:00 AM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on State Route 201S near milepost 11. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, operated by LAWRENCE DEMARSE Jr, age 52, from Caldwell, Idaho, was northbound and failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway. The pickup went air born before traveling onto an embankment. DEMARSE'S pickup rolled and came to an uncontrolled rest on its left side.

DEMARSE was ejected from the pickup and died as a result of his injuries. Troopers determined that DEMARSE was not wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers from the Ontario Area Command are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. It is unknown whether impairment was a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation, Adrian QRU and the Malheur County Sheriff's office.

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Lost Film, Pages of Death (1962) Discovered in Collection at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 01/13/16 12:25 PM
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Portland, OR -- A 16mm print of the film Pages of Death was recently discovered in the collection of the Portland, Oregon based Oregon Historical Society (OHS). Before this discovery, the film had been included on a list of lost films, defined as films in which no copy is known to survive.

An anti-pornography and pro-censorship film running 27 minutes in length, Pages of Death was produced by the Citizens for Decent Literature and narrated by Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon. Created in 1962, the film was ranked #14 in Gambit Magazine's list of 15 Films Lost to Time.

To quote Jim Linderman in Vintage Sleaze, Pages of Death tells the story of a fellow named Paul Halliday, who "hung out reading pornography at Baker's Variety Store until he couldn't stand it any longer and murdered a girl in a whipped up frenzy of smut inspired rage."

Told in a "Dragnet" type storyline--bookended by Harmon's scare narration-- Pages of Death was a direct response to the growing accessibility of questionable material in local Five & Dime shops in the early 1960s. In the film, the proprietor of the drug store is held in contempt by the detectives as a peddler of filth for wayward youths. A stylized and over the top storyline, Pages of Death stands in stark contrast to the ease by which similar materials is available on the internet today.

A low resolution reference copy of the film is viewable on the OHS YouTube page.

Oregon Historical Society archivists look forward to learning more about this film--including whether it is in fact the only surviving print--and planning appropriately for its preservation. If organizations are interested in scheduling a screening of the film, assisting more broadly with its preservation, or have information regarding the existence of any elements of this film in other collections, please contact Archivist Matthew Cowan by email at matthew.cowan@ohs.org.



About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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The Oregon Department of Corrections agrees to reduce isolation and improve the care of seriously mentally ill adults in custody in the Behavioral Health Unit
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/13/16 11:59 AM
This press release is being jointly issued by Disability Rights Oregon and Oregon Department of Corrections

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations, effective January 8, 2016. The Memorandum solidifies DOC's commitment to improving its management of adults in custody with serious mental illness.

The Memorandum follows a DRO investigation into the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) at the Oregon State Penitentiary, in which DOC cooperated fully. The BHU is an intensive behavioral management and skills training unit for incarcerated adults with serious mental illness who have committed violent acts or disruptive behavior. In May 2015, DRO released the results of its investigation in a report. DRO's report concluded that adults in custody in the BHU were routinely isolated in their cells for 23 hours a day without timely access to mental health care and that mental-health related behaviors were often dealt with through unnecessary force for lack of more proactive responses.

While DOC did not agree with all of the findings and conclusions in DRO's report, particularly with respect to the frequency and appropriateness of the department's use of force, the department welcomed the opportunity to focus on improvements to the treatment of adults in custody assigned to the BHU. Unlike a number of other states that have elected to engage in costly, protracted litigation before agreeing to similar reform of their treatment of prisoners with mental illness, DOC instead conducted a comprehensive review of BHU that included consultation with a nationally-recognized expert.

Following that review, DOC and DRO engaged in discussions about improvements to BHU. The results of those discussions are incorporated into the Memorandum. Among the improvements, DOC has committed to changes that will allow individuals who are assigned to the BHU significantly more out-of-cell time. DOC will also provide enhanced access to mental health services and give greater consideration to individual mental health treatment needs. These improvements will require DOC to make architectural, operational, and staffing changes. The Memorandum, therefore, reflects DOC's and DRO's understanding that the changes will require a formal request for funding by DOC in the 2016 legislative session.

"I am proud of the long-standing relationship and collaboration between DOC and DRO to develop this Memorandum of Understanding," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "This is an important step in improving treatment options for those in DOC custody with serious mental illness and improving their chances for success upon their release. We are already taking steps to implement the Memorandum, and are committed to making continued improvements. We look forward to our continued work with DRO, and to more dialogue and interaction to ensure the wellbeing of all adults in custody in Oregon."

Bob Joondeph, Executive Director at Disability Rights Oregon, welcomed the agreement. "When prisoners get an opportunity to spend time outside their cells engaged in constructive activities, they are more likely to be healthy, more likely to learn how to cope with their illness, and more likely to succeed when released. Correctional systems that have adopted similar reforms have seen dramatic improvements in the lives of incarcerated individuals with mental illness and the staff who work with them every day. Treating prisoners with mental illnesses humanely is not just the right thing to do -- it will also reduce correctional costs and re-incarceration in the long run. We commend Director Peters' choice to focus her department's resources on improving conditions in the BHU instead of litigation."

Disability Rights Oregon is Oregon's federally designated Protection and Advocacy System. In that capacity, DRO works to uphold the legal rights of people with disabilities.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Salem Police Searching for Attempted Murder Suspect (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 01/13/16 11:13 AM
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The Salem Police Department is actively searching for a suspect in an attempted murder incident which occurred on January 7, 2016.

Richard Jay Wheeler, 52-years-old, is currently being sought by Salem Police detectives on two charges of Attempted Murder and two charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Wheeler was involved in a disturbance over domestic issues and fired a firearm at the victims in the case. Both victims are known to Wheeler, and neither was injured in the incident. He fled the scene and was later located by a Salem Police officer, but he crashed his vehicle in an attempt to elude the officer, and was able to escape on foot.

Richard Wheeler is a white male adult, 6' 01" tall, approximately 180 lbs with brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee style beard. He may be driving a blue Nissan or Toyota pickup truck with a matching canopy. He should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Wheeler is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123. If he is spotted, please call 911. Wheeler has also been added to the Salem Police Top Ten Most Wanted list which can be accessed at www.cityofsalem.net/TopTen.


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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 01/13/16 9:46 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
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bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments

Vancouver, Washington--January 13th, 2016--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the first Camp Abilities on the West Coast for children and youth with visual impairments July 24th-30th, 2016 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 age of 8 and 15.

Camp Abilities Oregon will primarily target Oregon residents; however, some out-of-state opportunities will be available on a limited basis. 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, kayaking and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week.

"We are honored to offer this once-in-a-lifetime transformational program to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that reach far beyond participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to be successful throughout 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, but additional support is critically 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:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Last year, the organization served 1,200 individuals of all ages and abilities. NWABA was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were provided opportunities to participate in sports and physical activity.

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

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Tue. 01/12/16
Death Investigation -- Missing Sandy Man Located Deceased at Brothers Oasis Rest Area
Oregon State Police - 01/12/16 10:08 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the unattended death of an adult male at the Brothers Oasis Rest Area on Highway 20 located near Brothers, Oregon. The adult male was listed as a missing person from Sandy Police Department.

On January 12, 2016 at about 2:45 PM, the Sandy Police Department took a missing person report of an overdue truck driver. Sandy Police Department listed the missing person as BRET ANDERSON, age 56, from Sandy. Sandy Police Department sent out an attempt to locate to various law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for ANDERSON.

A short time after the attempt to locate was put out, a concerned citizen in the Brothers area called OSP dispatch to report a semi-truck and trailer that had been parked at the Brothers Oasis Rest Area since last Friday and had not moved.

At about 4:45 PM, an OSP trooper arrived at the rest area and located the semi-truck and trailer listed in the attempt to locate. The trooper made entry to the cab of the semi-truck and found ANDERSON deceased in the sleeper berth. Local first responders pronounced ANDERSON deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers with the assistance of the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office believe based on evidence at the scene that ANDERSON died of natural causes and there is no foul play suspected.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command are leading the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local fire/EMS and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office. OSP was also assisted by members of the Sandy Police Department with next of kin notification.

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Aumsville Man Arrested After Month Long Animal Abuse Investigation (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/16 3:06 PM
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On December 19th, Deputies were alerted to a group of neglected animals located at 9376 Lewis Road SE near Aumsville. Arne Seim, age 74 was contacted during the investigation and identified as the owner of the farm animals. Deputies worked side by side with a Veterinarian from the United Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) and Mr. Seim to help his ailing stock.

Mr. Seim was provided with detailed instructions and information on who to contact if he needed assistance. When the Deputies and Veterinarian left they gave Mr. Seim 30 days to get weight on the animals. Deputies returned to the property twice a week attempting to help Mr. Seim and bring the ailing animals back to a healthy state.

On January 2nd, Deputies and the Veterinarian returned to the property and inspected the animals, during this inspection Mr. Seim voluntarily relinquished 2 goats and 1 cow. Deputies continued to work with Mr. Seim, but unfortunately he was unable to attend to his animals and refused to cooperate with investigators and release anymore of his stock.

So on January 9th, Deputies executed a search warrant and seized 15 sheep, 28 goats, 15 cows, 1 dog, 1 chicken, and 1 cat. The animals were taken from the property and spread between the USPCA, Harmony New Beginnings, Sunrise Acres Farm Sanctuary, Green Acres Farm Sanctuary, and Wildwood Farm Sanctuary.

Mr. Seim was issued a citation to appear in court for the crime of Animal Neglect II, a felony. Mr. Seim is set to appear in court on February 8th at, 9 a.m., at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.

Note Seim's booking photo is from an unrelated arrest.


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Temporary marijuana tax: What dispensaries need to know
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/12/16 1:10 PM
SALEM, Oregon-- A temporary 25-percent tax is now in effect for all recreational marijuana products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries through December 31, 2016. The tax is applied to the retail price of the recreational products. Dispensaries must list the retail price and total tax separately on customer receipts.

"Dispensaries can set whatever price they choose for their products, but the price must be set up front and the law requires consumers be issued a receipt showing the price and tax they're paying," said John Galvin, manager of the Marijuana Tax Program.

Right now, medical dispensaries are the only facilities authorized to sell recreational marijuana products. Their sales are currently limited to flowers, leaves, immature marijuana plants, and seeds. Medical marijuana remains untaxed.

Dispensaries must register with the Department of Revenue before remitting payments or filing returns. This allows the department to create a tax account for them. About half of the dispensaries (140 out of 284) publicly listed as recreational marijuana retailers with the Oregon Health Authority, have not registered.

Payments are due monthly starting in February. Returns are due quarterly. Returns for the first quarter are due by May 2,2016. Subsequent returns will be due at the end of the month following the end of the quarter.

On December 31, 2016, dispensaries must stop selling limited recreational marijuana products. After that date, only retailers licensed through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) may sell recreational marijuana products. OLCC started accepting license applications last week. Its goal is to start issuing retail licenses by late 2016.

The permanent, 17-percent tax on the sales price of all recreational marijuana products will take effect once a facility is licensed. Cities and counties can decide whether or not to adopt an additional local tax of up to 3 percent on retail sales. Revenue is not involved in the collection of local marijuana taxes.

Visit oregon.gov/dor/marijuana for more information on the marijuana tax program.
Free Citizens Academy
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/12/16 1:00 PM
Police Department Offers a FREE Citizen's Academy


Contact: Dala Johnson (541) 258-4339

Eight-Week Course held Tuesdays
Beginning Tuesday April 5, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lebanon Justice Center
40 North 2nd St.
Lebanon, Oregon


The Lebanon Police Department will give interested citizens of Lebanon an inside look at the workings of their law enforcement agency. A Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin Tuesday April 6, 2016, will be an opportunity to meet staff, hear what they do and participate in some hands-on-activities.

The course outline includes an overview of criminal and traffic law, domestic violence, use of force and safety. Also included are demonstrations by officers and an optional day at the Firearms Range.

Students having completed this course will have an excellent understanding of the police department and it efforts to strive toward achieving its mission of providing safety and security for the citizens of Lebanon.

The Citizens Academy is part of a continuing effort to educate the public in the challenges facing municipal law enforcement agencies today. Its objective is to familiarize students with Lebanon Police Department's role in the community, mandated training requirements and crime prevention.

"This course is valuable in that it allows citizens and police department staff to meet in a casual setting and get to know one another, which is a vital ingredient in our community policing strategy," says Police Chief Frank Stevenson.

Applicants must pass a criminal history background check. For more information, or to receive an application packet, contact Dala Johnson (541) 258-4339. Applications can also be picked up at the Justice Center Monday through Friday 8am to 5 pm. Application deadline is March 28, 2016.
Oregon Community Trees currently seeking award nominations
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/12/16 11:27 AM
Release date: Jan. 12, 2016

Oregon Community Trees, a nonprofit organization of arborists, urban planners, foresters and others that promotes healthy urban and community forests, is seeking nominees for the annual Urban and Community Forestry Awards. The OCT awards recognize inspirational individuals, organizations and one "Tree City USA" that promote tree planting and quality tree care, engage citizens, raise awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and forests, or protect Oregon's urban and community forests to improve the quality of life in towns and cities around the state.

Award categories
Individual: Nominations for the individual award recognize citizens, volunteers, or non-profit, government or business employees.

Organization: Nominations for the organization award recognize citizen groups, non-profits, public agencies, and businesses.

Tree City USA of the Year:
Nominations for the Tree City USA of the Year will recognize the Oregon city that can best demonstrate its community engagement and exemplary care of its urban forest. To become a Tree City USA, a city must maintain a tree board or department, have a community tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrate Arbor Day.

Nominations for this award are restricted to cities that have achieved Tree City USA status.

"OCT relies on the commitment of its members, the cooperation of their employers, and the generosity of our donors to accomplish our mission," said OCT President, Ruth Williams.
"We greatly depend upon the eyes and ears of Oregonians to assist us in identifying and recognizing worthy community tree projects put forward by groups and individuals across the state each year."

Submitting nominations
Award nominations must include:
Name of the nominated individual or organization and contact information
A brief (250 words or less) description of accomplishments and reason for the nomination

Nominations must be received via an online form no later than Feb. 15.The nomination form can be found on OCT's website at www.oregoncommunitytrees.org.

For questions or additional information, contact OCT's Ruth Williams at 503-880-3818.

About Oregon Community Trees
OCT is the Urban and Community Forestry Council for the Oregon Department of Forestry. Its volunteer Board of Directors includes leaders from Oregon business, public agencies, educational institutions and community organizations. As a partner with the Alliance for Community Trees, OCT advocates for healthy community forests. Each year, OCT awards individuals and organizations for innovation in urban forestry, and provides grants to support Oregon Arbor Week Celebrations. OCT also supports and promotes Tree City USA activities and Growth Awards in communities across the state. Its board members develop leadership and build connections among professionals and volunteers in urban and community forestry.

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Record Powerball jackpot equals Southern Oregon winners (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 01/12/16 10:15 AM
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January 12, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Steven Lambert had never purchased a Powerball ticket, but when he saw the jackpot climb to more than $800 million, he opted to try his luck.

"The big jackpot got me," Lambert said. "I had never purchased a ticket before, I even had to have the clerk at the store help me fill out the play slip. I'm really glad I figured it all out!"

Lambert was one of three people in Southern Oregon who won large prizes, even though they didn't win the top prize. Lambert, from Ashland, claimed his $50,000 Monday morning, and said that his son was accepted to University of Oregon, so the money was going to help pay his college expenses.

"I work in the parks and I see what the Oregon Lottery does to help fund state parks," Lambert said.

Meanwhile, Brandon Bennett of Central Point added a $1 PowerPlay option to his Powerball ticket, so when the 3x multiplier was drawn, instead of $50,000, he took home $150,000.

Last week, Fred Estabrook of Central Point won $50,000 and shared his big prize with his co-workers. Lottery officials are still waiting for a player to claim a $50,000 prize for a ticket that was purchased in Canyonville. Additionally, there are unclaimed $50,000 prizes across Oregon. These tickets were purchased in Gresham, Grants Pass, and Eugene.

Across the country, while there was no Powerball grand prize winner on the record-setting Saturday, Jan. 9 drawing, it created 28 new millionaires. Three tickets won $2 million and 25 tickets won $1 million. A total of 18,315,365 prizes were won with a value of $159,080,965. Oregon is seeing its share of winners, as well. For example, last Saturday's drawing had more than 176,000 winning tickets ranging from $4 to $150,000.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

As always, winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Steven Lambert of Ashland won $50,000 playing Powerball
Public Health Advisory Board meets January 29 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/16 9:26 AM
January 12, 2016

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting

Agenda: Announcements; election of a chair; development of bylaws; an orientation to the public health system and public health modernization; public comment period.

When: Friday, Jan. 29, 1-3:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is at 3:15 p.m.; all comments are limited to three minutes. This will be the first meeting of the current board. This organizational meeting will include an election of a chair, development of bylaws, and an orientation to the public health system and public health modernization.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodation, contact Brittany Sande at 971-673-1291 or brittany.a.sande@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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***Update*** Two Killed In Crash With Parked Semi Truck - Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/12/16 9:19 AM
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OSP Seeks Public Assistance with the fatal crash investigation that occurred on Friday night.

The driver of a 1998 Ford F150 (gold extra cab) fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The two passengers in the vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Oregon State Police is requesting any person that may have seen the Ford F150 prior to the crash, saw it at the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement, or picked up a hitch hiker in the area is asked to call the Oregon State Police dispatch center 541-440-3333.

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

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Previous Release:
On January 8, 2016 at 9:41 PM, OSP received the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near the intersection of Donaldson Road in Grants Pass.

Investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F150 was traveling south on Highland Avenue when it sideswiped a semi-trailer parked on the right shoulder near the intersection of Merlin Road. The Ford continued south on Highland Ave for approximately 400 feet before coming to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway near the intersection of Donaldson Road.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene. The front passenger, Megan L BECKLUND, age 32, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The rear passenger, Jeremy C PEARSON, age 36, of Ashland, was also pronounced deceased.

The driver has been identified but in efforts not to compromise the investigation, his name is being withheld at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee to meet January 25
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/16 9:16 AM
January 12, 2016

What: The regular meeting of the Oregon Health Authority's Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee. The meeting is open to the public. Topic: marijuana labeling and testing.

When: Monday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The meeting will include a public comment period.

Where: Portland State Office Building (PSOB), 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A, first floor.

Details: For more information, contact the Oregon Health Authority's Office of the State Public Health Director at 971-673-1222 or health.webmaster@state.or.us, or visit the Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee website at www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Pages/RAC.aspx

Background: The Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee was established after the passage of HB 3400 and SB 460 during the 2015 legislative session. The committee is reviewing rules for limited marijuana retail sales and residency; growers and processors; dispensaries; OMMP cards and registry; grow site registration; and labeling, concentration and testing.

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Last chance to enroll in health insurance and avoid penalty in 2016
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/12/16 9:05 AM
(Salem) -- The month of January is the last opportunity for Oregonians to enroll in health insurance plans for 2016.

Open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31, 2016. It is the time of year to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan. If you don't get covered before the deadline, you could go a year without insurance. You could also pay a significant penalty when you file your 2016 taxes. The penalty for not having insurance in 2016 is the higher of these two numbers: 2.5 percent of your yearly household income or $695 for every adult in your family plus $347.50 for every child under 18.

The penalty could potentially be as much as $2,085 for a family of four, with two parents and two children younger than 18, earning $50,000 a year.

Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov. Even if you were already re-enrolled in your current plan, you can change plans through Jan. 31.

"If the price of your current plan has increased for 2016, it may be worth checking HealthCare.gov to see if you can find a less expensive plan or if you qualify for financial help," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), which runs the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, consumers who shop and switch plans could save an estimated average of $569 on their 2016 plan.

As of Jan. 2, 2016, 133,776 Oregonians had selected a plan through HealthCare.gov. That number is about 19 percent higher than the approximately 112,000 Oregonians who selected a plan in 2015.

Financial help is available for many people if they enroll through HealthCare.gov. Depending on their income, they may qualify for tax credits to help pay their monthly premium and help with out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and co-pays. Three out of four Oregonians who used HealthCare.gov last year received tax credits averaging $199 per month.

Oregon has a network of insurance agents and community organizations ready to help people enroll. You can find an agent or community partner in your area by going to http://www.oregonhealthcare.gov/get-help.html or calling the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free).

DCBS also provided grants to 24 agents to create drop-in enrollment centers during open enrollment. These centers will be open during the entire open enrollment period during normal business hours, with some extended hours. You can find the list of enrollment centers at http://www.oregonhealthcare.gov/get-help.html.

To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.


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January is Radon Action Month -- and a good time to get homes tested
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/16 8:56 AM
January 12, 2016

As Oregonians pack up their holiday decorations, put on an extra sweater and crank up the heat, many are thinking about their New Year's resolutions.

"One great resolution is to get your home tested for radon," says Curtis Cude, manager of the Oregon Health Authority's Environmental Public Health Surveillance Program.

January is Radon Action Month. It's a good time to find out the levels of the cancer-causing gas in your home because when temperatures fall, radon levels rise. Radon is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. In addition, smokers are much more likely to experience lung cancer if they are also exposed to radon.

Radon is naturally occurring. It is found almost everywhere, but at different levels. It has no color. You can't see it. You can't smell it. Radon usually moves up through the ground and into the air. It can come into your house through holes or cracks in the foundation.

"The only way to know if you have high levels of radon is to test," Cude says. "Most importantly, if you do have high levels, it can be fixed."

There are different types of tests. You can learn more about short-term and long-term tests and where areas of low to high risk for high radon levels are around the state by going to Oregon Radon Awareness Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/radon.

A winter radon test is likely to show the highest seasonal levels. Testing for radon in the winter is recommended because:
-- A closed house keeps radon from getting into outside air. In the winter, we tend to keep our windows and doors closed. There is less ventilation because our house is closed up tight. Radon is not able to dilute as fast and can build up in the home. This results in higher radon concentrations.
-- The stack or chimney effect is increased during the heating season. When indoor air is warmer than outside air, it rises up and exits the house. The warm air that is no longer in the house has to be replaced. Soil gases from under the house tend to replace that air. Your house essentially becomes a small vacuum working to equalize the air through cracks and holes. The warmer the house and the colder it is outside, the greater the "stack" effect is at drawing radon into the home.
-- More radon can come into the house. Radon comes from the soil underneath the house. In winter months, the ground around our home can freeze. This creates another layer for radon to try and get through. Because less radon is being released around the home, the radon build-up and the house's air pressure act as a vacuum. This may result in higher radon concentrations. Rainy periods also can create a cap on the soil.

For more information on radon and testing, visit the Oregon Radon Awareness Program's website at www.healthoregon.org/radon.

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Depoe Bay Resident dies in vehicle crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/11/16 8:59 PM
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On January 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM the Oregon State Police was notified of a single vehicle fatal crash on US HWY 101 near milepost 126 (Depoe Bay).

Once emergency workers and OSP-Newport Troopers arrived a 1991 Honda station wagon was found on the east side of the highway. The female driver, identified as Ms. Simone Dobos (age age 64), from Depoe Bay was deceased at the scene.

The investigation indicated Ms. Dobos was driving southbound on US HWY 101, on January 04, 2016 after 10:40 PM, when the vehicle veered off the road, clipped a roadway sign, slid sideways across the highway, went off the roadway, and struck two trees. Ms. Dobos was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from passenger side of the vehicle. The crash was heard from neighboring residents but was not reported until January 05, 2016.

OSP was assisted by Depoe Bay fire and rescue, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, Lincoln County Medical Examiner, ODOT, and Pac-West Ambulance. The highway was not blocked during the investigation.


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Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Hilario Lopez back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/11/16 5:58 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections inmate who walked away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) in Salem on October 22, 2015, is now in custody at Marion County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Lopez at approximately 4:15 p.m. this afternoon in Salem.

Lopez entered DOC custody on February 1, 2011, on two counts of robbery in the second degree and one count of felon in possession of a weapon out of Marion County. His earliest release date is March 7, 2018.

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Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward Issues Statement For Community
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/11/16 5:57 PM
Please refer to attached statement from Sheriff Dave Ward.


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Preliminary Damage Assessments Underway for December Storm: State and Federal officials will determine if Federal Disaster Declaration is warranted (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 01/11/16 4:29 PM
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are working on Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) following severe weather events produced by the December Winter Storm.

The damage assessments are for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance in those areas hardest hit by high wind, landslides, mudslides, flooding, and erosion in December.

Teams comprised of staff from OEM, FEMA, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and local governmental representatives will conduct the PDAs and assess the impact and magnitude of damage while determining unmet needs of individuals, businesses and the community as a whole.

"Disaster recovery requires community-wide coordination and collaboration, and extends beyond a single jurisdiction or level of government," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "Joint damage assessments are an important initial step towards a full recovery, and the information gathered during these assessments will inform how to proceed with our potential requests for federal recovery assistance."

The reports are also used by federal officials to determine whether aid is warranted. Public Assistance damage assessments are scheduled for Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties. These assessments are schedule to run this week, Jan. 11-15.

If granted, the Public Assistance program provides federal funds to help eligible local, state and tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations to pay for eligible debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged facilities.

"A number of factors are involved in considering a request for Public Assistance, said Clint Fella, the designated State Coordinating Officer for the PDAs. "These include the estimated cost of repairs to damaged government and private eligible infrastructure, emergency protective measures, and debris removal."

The Individual Assistance PDAs will are also scheduled to be completed this week from Jan. 11-15 for Lane, Lincoln, Clackamas, Columbia, Tillamook and Multnomah counties. These state and FEMA assessments may be expanded to include other counties if deemed appropriate.

If granted under a major disaster declaration, the Individual Assistance program provides federal grants to eligible individuals and families to help pay for temporary housing, emergency home repairs not covered by insurance, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster, along with other serious disaster-related expenses. As a part of the declaration, the SBA makes low interest loans available to those eligible.

Information about FEMA's disaster assistance programs can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster-process-disaster-aid-programs; or public.info@state.or.us.

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Officer cleared in shooting. Suspect indicted.
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 01/11/16 4:11 PM
Today a Marion County Grand Jury found that Salem Police Sergeant, Tony Moore was justified in using deadly force against Ronald Chilcote, dob 4/28/64 on the morning of January 1, 2016.

Sgt. Moore was cleared in the shooting that occurred after he responded to 3625 Chemawa Rd NE to assist other officers who had located a stolen tow truck. The officers' attempt to contact Ronald Chilcote, the driver of the tow truck, resulted in Sgt Moore firing two shots at Chilcote as he drove towards him and then a police chase through county roads and even fields.

Chilcote, who was shot once in the shoulder, was eventually taken into custody in a field behind a residence on Lakeside Rd NE. He was then transported to the Salem Hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries. He was released to the custody of the Oregon State Police later that afternoon and was lodged in the Marion County Jail.

The same Grand Jury that found Sergeant Moore's actions to be justified, also indicted Ronald Chilcote for: Felon in Possession of a Firearm; Unlawful Use of a Vehicle; Felony Elude; Misdemeanor Elude and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Chilcote is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on January 13, 2016 at 8:30 am at 4000 Aumsville Hwy. He remains lodged in the Marion County jail.

Due to the ongoing nature of Ronald Chilcote's criminal cases, the DA's Office will not release any further details of the shooting or the crimes at this time.
Network Charter School Celebrates the Purchase of Our Building
Network Charter School - 01/11/16 4:01 PM
You are cordially invited to join the Network Charter School Board, staff, students, parents and community members to celebrate the purchase of our building. Please join us January 19th at 2 p.m. at 2550 Portland Street for light refreshments and student entertainment.
Call 541.344.1229 regarding any questions you may have.
BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/11/16 3:47 PM
BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement.
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Portland, Ore. -- Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announced today she will retire from the Bonneville Power Administration in July 2016.

Mitman, who was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in September of 2014, began her career at BPA in 1988 as an accountant and steadily rose through the ranks of financial management and leadership. As CFO, Mitman oversees capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting for BPA's $4.3 billion total budget.

"The Northwest has benefited greatly from Nancy's incredible wealth of knowledge of federal budgeting and BPA's financial infrastructure," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "Throughout her tenure, Nancy has kept a steadfast focus on keeping our costs low, maintaining thorough and transparent financial records, and building business practices that are both modern and efficient. In addition, she has brought a longer-term perspective to the comprehensive financial health of our organization that will bring even more benefits to the region for decades to come."

Before serving as CFO, Mitman acted as BPA's executive vice president and chief financial officer for more than a year. During that period, BPA conducted the first Capital Investment Review, a public process that involves a new, cross-agency capital prioritization and allows interested parties the opportunity to comment on BPA's draft asset strategies and 10-year capital forecasts. In addition to multiple stints as acting chief financial officer, she also served as BPA's treasurer and deputy chief financial officer.

"It's been a privilege to work with the people at BPA, sharing their passion for public service," Mitman said. "BPA's important public responsibilities and the evolution of our industry have offered a multitude of opportunities to contribute to achieving regional benefits and giving back to the community I call home."

Mitman wanted to make this announcement ahead of her retirement date in order to provide an orderly transition to a new CFO. This should allow more than enough time to conduct the federal selection process and provide a brief overlap period before her departure. BPA will soon post a vacancy announcement for the next chief financial officer, a Senior Executive Service position.


Attached Media Files: BPA Chief Financial Officer Nancy Mitman announces retirement.
Red Cross Responds to Eugene Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/11/16 3:37 PM
Red Cross volunteers this afternoon provided assistance at a single-family fire that occurred in the 1500 block of McKinley Street in Eugene, Ore. The fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided assistance to address basic immediate needs and information about recovery services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Highway 26 Crash Kills Bend Man - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 01/11/16 1:06 PM
On January 10, 2016 at about 8:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 94 (west of Warm Springs).

Preliminary information indicates a 2007 Audi Sport Utility was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when it crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2005 Scion head on. The driver of the Scion, Gregory L WESTLEY, age 44, of Bend, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Audi, Kion A PRYCE, age 27, of Bend was transported to Saint Charles Madras for non-life threatening injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Warm Springs Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was reduced to one lane of travel for approximately 3 hours.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it is available.
Phone problems 1/11/16
Bandon Sch. Dist. - 01/11/16 10:33 AM
Please email each school department directly if contact is necessary.
Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/16 9:24 AM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections projects, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps.

"This program is a nice opportunity for small and large museums to complete important projects," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Kyle Jansson.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support for completing them.

"Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," says Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Grants available for historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/16 9:22 AM
Grants available for historic cemetery projects

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

A previous grant applicant, Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School, said cemeteries program staff were supportive when she was submitting her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants; staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be March. 8 in Salem. A one-hour webinar will be available on March 9.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/16 9:20 AM
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. There will be grant workshops on project planning and grant writing. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 8. A one-hour webinar will be available on March 9. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Marine Board Approves Rulemaking, Other Items
Oregon Marine Board - 01/11/16 8:26 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board met on January 7, in Portland, and approved a grant extension for the dock replacement at Bullards Beach State Park, opened rulemaking to consider long-term moorage rules for lakes in Jefferson County, and approved revisions to the Scenic Waterway rules.

In June of 2015, the Board approved a facility grant for Bullards Beach State Park which was conditional, based on permit approvals. Oregon State Parks requested an extension in order to obtain all necessary permits. The Board authorized a 60-day extension.

In response to a petition from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Board also approved initiating the rulemaking process to consider new boat operation rules on lakes in Jefferson County. Proposed rules would prohibit mooring in the same location for more than 16 days and would require a boat to move at least five river miles from its original location on the waterbody. The rulemaking petition also requested a prohibition on leaving boats unattended overnight except in approved marinas and docks. The agency will convene a rules advisory committee comprised of members representing boaters, local businesses, concessionaires, Portland General Electric, as well as tribal, county and federal agencies, to help develop draft rule language that would accomplish the intent of the petition but would not unintentionally impact the local businesses or homeowners.

Additionally, the Board adopted rules in Division 030, Scenic Waterways. The rules are concurrent with Federal Wild and Scenic Waterway rules. By this action, the Board repealed OAR 250-030-0010, -0020, and sections of -0030, which were adopted in the mid-1970's and are no longer applicable. Boating restrictions in OAR 250-030-0030 and 250-030-0041 were repealed, and then re-adopted, by waterbody within Division 030. The rules will be filed and become effective on February 1, 2016.

To review the staff report and learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Red Cross Assisting Eugene Family After Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/10/16 10:42 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for a Lane County family affected by a Jan. 10 residential fire in the 87000 block of Dukhobar Road in Eugene.

This single-family fire affected two adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs, and information about recovery services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Pedestrian Killed After Struck By Vehicle On Highway 99W - Yamhill County
Oregon State Police - 01/10/16 9:39 PM
On January 10, 2016 at about 4:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (two miles north of McMinnville).

Preliminary information indicates as 2006 Infiniti sedan was traveling southbound on Highway 99W in the slow lane when it struck an adult male standing in the middle of the road. The driver of Infiniti, Lee E ZILL, age 78, of Dayton, attempted to avoid the pedestrian but was unable to do so.

The pedestrian was declared deceased on scene. The location of the collision was in an unlit area and the pedestrian was wearing dark clothing.

The southbound lanes of Highway 99W were closed for over three hours while the investigation was conducted. The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted on scene.

The next of kin for the deceased has not yet been notified. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Sat. 01/09/16
Tangent Man Arrested For Trespass
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/09/16 2:36 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 10:40 a.m. his deputies responded to a reported kidnapping of a child at Dover Wood Products at 33370 Tangent Loop, Tangent.

Ignacio Cervantez-Castaneda was contacted in the field across the road from Dover Wood Products. Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda was detained without incident by members of the Albany Police and Oregon State Police.

The investigation revealed that 44-year-old Ignacio Cervantez-Castaneda of Tangent was looking for his 6-year-old daughter which he believed had been kidnapped and taken to Dover Wood Products. Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda was in possession of a rifle. Deputies learned all of Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda's children were safe at home and that no kidnapping had taken place. Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda had left his residence sometime the night before after having an argument with members of his family.

Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda was detained and transported to Albany Samaritan Hospital for a medical and mental evaluation. Mr. Cervantez-Castaneda was cited and released while at the hospital for charges of Criminal Trespass with a Firearm. The rifle was seized by deputies pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Linn County Sheriff's deputies were assisted with this incident by members of the Oregon State Police, Albany Police Department, and the Lebanon Police Department.

There are indicators that drug use is a factor in this incident.

The investigation is continuing.
***Update*** Fatal Crash on I-5 South Of Eugene
Oregon State Police - 01/09/16 12:38 PM
On January 8, 2015 at about 8:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 189.

Preliminary information indicates a 2000 Toyota Camry was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 in the fast lane when it struck a pedestrian. The driver of the Toyota, Danny L BAILOR, age 63, of Sunnyvale, California, received minor injuries. He was taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of those injuries.

The pedestrian has not yet been identified.

Southbound I-5 was closed for about an hour and a half until the slow lane could be reopened.

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police is responding to a fatal crash on I-5 near milepost 189 (near S. Eugene). More information will released as it becomes available.

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Linn Deputies Investigate Fatal Crash Near Scio (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/09/16 9:18 AM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on Friday, January 8, 2016, at 9:36 p.m. deputies investigated a fatal single-vehicle crash. The crash occurred on Stayton Scio Road near the intersection of Sandner Road, north of Scio.

The driver, and single occupant, of the 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee was identified as 57-year-old Michael James Robinson of Scio. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation reveals Robinson had been traveling south on Stayton Scio Road and failed to negotiate a sweeping corner to the west at the intersection of Sandner Road. Robinson left the roadway and dropped down a steep ditch. The front of the vehicle caught in the soft ground causing it to flip end-over-end, where it struck a pine tree shearing it off six feet above the ground.

The investigation indicates it was at this point that Robinson was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle continued to tumble, ultimately coming to rest against the north east corner of the residence located in the 39000 block of Sandner Road. The vehicle was on its top and caused minor damage to the exterior of the residence. No one inside the residence was hurt.

Robinson's body was located by first responders approximately 80 feet south of the vehicle. It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Robinson had not been wearing a seat belt.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lyons Fire Department, Stayton Fire Department and the Linn County Multi Agency Investigation Team.

Aasum Dufour Funeral Home responded and removed the body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.


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Red Cross Assisting Junction City Family After Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/09/16 3:50 AM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is providing immediate emergency assistance for two adults and two children displaced by a Jan. 9 residential fire in the 1500 block of West 10th Avenue in Junction City, Lane County.

The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, and information about recovery services.

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

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fri. 01/08/16
Forestry professionals do more to protect natural resources: agency recognizes and encourages efforts
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/08/16 3:38 PM
Release date: Jan. 8, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248


On March 9, the Oregon Department of Forestry will recognize the 2015 Operators of the Year for responsible, innovative, proactive work that protects natural resources. The winners are WyEast Timber Services LLC of Hood River, Giustina Land & Timber Co. of Eugene, Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. of Monroe, and R&R King Logging Inc. of Florence.

To encourage this work, the Board of Forestry annually recognizes people and entities that consistently meet or exceed the Forest Practices Act requirements to: replant forests; harvest responsibly; reduce landslide risks to improve public safety; protect stream buffers; build and maintain roads to protect streams; preserve and protect water quality; and protect and enhance wildlife and fish habitat.

Regional Forest Practices Committees select the Operators of the Year and Merit Award recipients. Acting Private Forests Division Chief Lena Tucker said, "These are the best of the many operators who regularly perform above what the law requires to protect natural resources. We're pleased to honor this exemplary work."

WyEast Timber Services earned the Eastern Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for improving two parks, Rock Creek and Punch Bowl Falls. WyEast and Mosier city officials created a strategic plan to help prevent bark beetles from damaging more trees. In Rock Creek Park, WyEast removed specific trees and navigated complex urban issues like powerlines, traffic and hiking trails to meet city goals and create a healthier forest. On the Punch Bowl Falls project, Western Rivers Conservancy hired WyEast to promote forest health by removing damaged and diseased trees and create space for growing larger trees while protecting Hood River's west and middle forks, which contain protected salmon species. Western Rivers Conservancy then gave the land to the county. Video: https://youtu.be/DIKmF_MQcWU

Giustina Land & Timber and Hull-Oakes Lumber Companies earned the Northwest Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for two stream improvement projects. The Long Tom Watershed Council determined that replacing multiple culverts throughout the South Fork Ferguson basin could open it for fish passage. The companies learned of the opportunity and voluntarily joined efforts to install two larger culverts for improving stream quality and fish passage. Giustina and Hull-Oakes helped open five miles of stream for coastal cutthroat trout to spawn and access cold water habitat. The companies contributed the labor, expertise and equipment to enhance the stream for fish. Video: https://youtu.be/EgTHwqcXNZE.

R&R King Logging earned the Southern Oregon Area Operator of the Year award for protecting the streamside buffer along Little Paradise Creek, a large fish-bearing stream with salmon, steelhead and trout. The creek runs south, bisecting the harvest unit. R&R King needed to move the logs from the creek's east side to the west for processing. The team used a suspended cable system to move the logs along 1,500- to 4,000-foot spans over the creek to protect its buffer trees. R&R King went above and beyond the Forest Practices Act minimum requirements to better protect natural resources at the expense of lost production. Video: https://youtu.be/Kvi7PuuLn_A

All nominees exceeded the Forest Practices requirements to help improve Oregon's forests. The committees issued Merit Awards for excellent work to Melcher Logging of Sweet Home and J.M. Browning Logging of Astoria.

The Board of Forestry will present the Operator of the Year Awards at its March 9 meeting. The Associated Oregon Loggers, the Oregon Logging Conference and the Oregon Small Woodland Association will also provide special recognition. In 1971, Oregon enacted the Forest Practices Act, the nation's model forest management laws which focuses on forest operations and protecting natural resources. Many states followed Oregon's lead. The Act remains current through updates based on science, facts and values to create a balanced approach to natural resource management.

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Portland man wins $1 million Powerball prize
Oregon Lottery - 01/08/16 2:46 PM
January 8, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- The afternoon the Powerball jackpot was upgraded to $800 million, a Portland man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize.

Joe Watson purchased his ticket at the Lombard Market in Portland and said he couldn't believe he walked around for three days before checking the ticket.

"When I checked it, I couldn't believe the number that came up. I have never seen a number that large," Watson said. "I kept having people check the ticket. We did it five times. I had to bend over to catch my breath."

Watson hit five of five numbers, but missed the Powerball. After taxes, Watson took home $670,000. The odds of him winning that prize were one in 11,688,053.52.

"If my friend had been with me I would have gotten a PowerPlay option and this would have been $2 million, but then I might not have won at all, so who knows," Watson said. "All I know is that this is great!"

Watson, who lives in Portland, became the second Powerball millionaire in the past month. Monte Berry of Gresham won a $2 million Powerball jackpot December 12. Unlike Watson, Berry did add the PowerPlay multiplier option to double his prize.

Watson is living out the fantasy of millions of people who are purchasing Powerball tickets this week, as the jackpot hit a record-breaking $800 million. Players don't have to necessarily win top prize to win. There were more than 57,000 winning tickets in Oregon who took home prizes worth over $1.2 million for the Wednesday, January 6 Powerball drawing.

Earlier this week, Fred Estabrook of Central Point claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize. Lottery officials are still waiting for players to claim three $50,000 prizes who have tickets that were purchased in Gresham, Grants Pass and Eugene.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

The winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Statement From Sheriff Dave Ward
Harney Co. Sheriff - 01/08/16 1:49 PM
During this morning's press conference, the people on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge made it clear that they have no intention of honoring the sheriff's request to leave. Because of that, there are no planned meetings or calls at this time. However, the sheriff is keeping all options open.
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet January 14
Oregon Health Authority - 01/08/16 1:46 PM
January 8, 2016

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee (SCC). Agenda items include review of committee membership; review status of hospital and EMS surveys; and discussion of stroke rehabilitation services and stroke prevention.

When: Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, East Wing, Conference Room 1003, 2801 N Gantenbein Avenue, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established under ORS 431.673 for the purpose of achieving continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon.

The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease programs manager for the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division at 971-673-1053.

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

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Committee for Family Forestlands meets January 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/08/16 11:56 AM
Release date: Jan. 8, 2016

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Josh Barnard, Interim Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7359

Committee for Family Forestlands meets January 19

The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19. The themed meeting, Seed and Seedling Availability for Family Forestland Owners, will include listening to various organizations' representatives and individuals about seed and seedling issues and resources. The committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the J.E. Schroeder Seed Orchard, 3700 Mahoney Rd. NE, St. Paul.

Agenda items include:
Presentations about the J.E. Schroeder Seed Orchard, the Oregon Seed Bank and seedling resources
Updates on the Coho Recovery Plan, Bald Eagle Rulemaking and the Ritter Land Management Team

The 13-member Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies that affect family forestland viability, natural resource protection and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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Update: Windsor Way & Royalty Dr -- Hazardous Material Incident Update
Salem Fire Dept. - 01/08/16 10:54 AM
1/8/2016 at 10:44 hrs

The Salem Fire Department has concluded all mitigation of the Liquid Oxygen release that occurred at the intersection of Windsor Way & Royalty Dr NE in Salem.

Due to the release and explosion potential, overnight evacuations were taken for the safety of the residents. The release of Liquid Oxygen on to an asphalt surface can be very volatile due to the chemical reactions to one another. The spill has now been mitigated and the imminent threat to people and homes in the area has been resolved.

All roadways are open and all evacuated people are allowed to return to their homes. The Salem Fire Department would like to thank the residents for their cooperation during this event and the Red Cross and the Salem Keizer School District for their assistance in providing temporary shelter for those displaced during this event. We understand the inconvenience that incidents like this can have of people's lives and we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.
Two More Serious Crashes In Benton County (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 01/08/16 10:17 AM
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Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating 2 additional serious Injury Crashes that occurred yesterday in addition to the 2 fatal crashes that have occurred in the county in the last 2 weeks.

At about 6:08 pm, on Thursday, January 7, 2015, a 17 year old male, from Monroe, Oregon, was driving southbound on Bellfountain Road, just south of Airport Road, in a 2006 Toyota Solara Coupe. The driver lost control of his vehicle for unknown reasons and traveled into a steep ditch on the east side of the roadway. The driver's side of the vehicle collided with a large tree. The vehicle came to rest facing north in the ditch on the east side of the roadway. There was a 15 year old passenger, from Monroe, Oregon in the front passenger seat.
Medics from the Philomath Fire Department extracted both males. They were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department. The 17 year old male had serious injuries and the 15 year old had critical injuries. Alcohol and drugs do not seem to be a factor. Speed may have been a factor. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. Benton County Works and the Philomath Police Department assisted and the roadway was closed for about three hours.

Benton County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the boys names at this time due to their ages.

At 5:07 Pm on January 7th, 2016, Deputies responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 34 milepost 45 in Alsea, Oregon. The driver and single occupant, David Patrick Clark, 39 year old Alsea resident, had driven off Highway 34 into a small creek. Mr. Clark suffered serious but not life threatening injuries and was transported To Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis.
Mr. Clark was cited for Driving Under the influence of Alcohol.

These recent deadly and serious crashes in Benton County emphasize the importance of the people driving sober, slower, attentive and aware.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler


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North Bend School District Public Meetings -- January 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 01/08/16 9:35 AM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for January:


January 11, 2016
Special Meeting - Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

January 11, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

January 22, 2016
Policy Committee Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

January 25, 2016
Special Meeting -- Board Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR



The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.