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Sat. 11/18/17
Missing Woman Located - Deceased
Lincoln City Police - 11/18/17 12:35 PM
On November 17, 2017, at approximately 12:57PM, Jeanene Beck was reported missing from the Rodeway Inn located at 1070 SE 1st Street in Lincoln City. A resident of Gresham, Oregon, her and her twenty-three year old autistic son was visiting Lincoln City.

It was reported by her son that Ms. Beck had been out for dinner, returning to the motel room Wednesday evening on November 16th. At about 9:00PM on November 16th, Ms. Beck left the motel room to have a cigarette. Ms. Beck's son indicated that his mother had not returned to the motel room.

Family members and friends came to Lincoln City to assist in searching for Ms. Beck.
Later in the evening of November 17th at approximately 9:40PM, a female body was located in the canal that runs behind the Rodeway Inn. Members of the Lincoln County Major Crimes Team were called to assist in the investigation.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the female body was that of Jeanene Beck who was reported missing earlier in the day. Upon initial examination, there were no visible signs of injury. Ms. Beck's body was recovered.

Although a cause of death has yet to be determined, there is no danger to the public. An autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for some time Sunday by the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office.

The Lincoln County Major Crimes Team consists of detectives from Newport Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police Department, and members of the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office in addition to the Lincoln City Police Department.

No further information will be available until Monday, November 20th.

Prepared by: Chief Keith Kilian


Single Vehicle Crash Kills Two (Woodburn) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/17 11:43 AM
This morning around 9:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 2500 block of East Lincoln Street near Woodburn, after a resident found a badly damaged vehicle in their farm field. When deputies arrived they began to investigate and discovered two adult men deceased inside the cab of the truck.

Deputies believe the men were traveling east on East Lincoln when they failed to negotiate a curve launching them over an estimated 80 foot embankment, causing the vehicle to roll onto its top and killing both occupants instantly. Deputies believe the crash occurred sometime over night and speed is being investigated as a factor. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any names associated with the crash until next of kin notification can be made.

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Death Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriffs Office - 11/18/17 9:26 AM
On Friday, November 17, 2017, at 10:07 am, a 9-1-1 call was received reporting a shooting at a residence in the 300-block of Temple Brown Road in Roseburg.

Deputies and EMS responded to find a 23 year-old male with a critical gunshot wound. The male was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Office are continuing their investigation, however primary indications are this is an accidental self-inflicted incident.

Additional details will not be released until Monday at 10:00 am.

Residential Structure Fire - 519 W. Harrison Street - 11-18-17 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Department - 11/18/17 8:24 AM
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At 4:51 a.m. on November 18, 2017, Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 519 W. Harrison Street. The structure fire was reported by the occupants of the home.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find a single family home with light smoke showing. Firefighters ensured all occupants of the home were safely outside and quickly extinguished the fire which was contained to a bathroom. The fire damage was contained to the room and contents. One patient was evaluated for smoke inhalation and refused treatment.

The structure which is valued at $132,000 sustained approximately $32,000 in damage. The cause of the fire was investigated and determined to be caused by clothing being stored next to an operating electric wall heater in the bathroom. A smoke detector was found in the residence but failed to operate due to a battery not being in place.

A total of 9 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Bay Cities Ambulance and Pacific Power.

The Roseburg Fire department would like to remind citizens that a working smoke alarm saves lives. It is vital that you have a working smoke alarm in your home to ensure your family's safety from a fire. Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Remember the following safety tips:

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area (hallway).

Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.

Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms such as cooking smoke or shower steam.

Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

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

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Fri. 11/17/17
Update #2 ** OSP Seeks Public Assistance in Ten Vehicle Crash on I-5 Southbound Two Miles North of Woodburn (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 4:39 PM
Update #2
Attached is a photo of what the mobile sawmill would have looked like before the crash. A witness also reported the pick-up possibly having a black or black two tone paint on the bed of the truck. Please call OSP at (800) 452-7888 if you have any information on the crash or can help identify the driver of the pick-up.


On November 14, 2017 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Northern Command Center (NCC) was notified of a large metal object that had fallen off of a pick-up truck. The pick-up was pulling a flat bed trailer and the object fell off of the trailer. A minute later NCC started to receive calls of vehicles hitting the object. The driver of the pick-up initially stopped and started to run to the object. Once vehicles started to hit it he turned around, got back into the pick-up, and fled the scene. The driver was only described as a male adult.

In total ten vehicles hit the object. Most of the vehicles received minor damage except for one which flipped several times and the occupant from that vehicle was transported to the hospital with injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

The object was found to be a large band saw and was described as being approximately five feet long by two feet tall and was red and black in color. The pick-up was described as a larger style personal vehicle such as a Ford F250 type vehicle.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has information, who has not already spoken to police, please call the Oregon State Police at 1(800) 452-7888.


The Oregon State Police and Emergency workers are on scene of a ten vehicle crash on I-5 North of Woodburn. The preliminary information is a large metal object fell off of a pick-up truck onto the interstate. Shortly after OSP was notified vehicles began to hit the object. One patient has been transported for injuries and the scene is still under investigation.

Please check www.tripcheck.com for traveling information.

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OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 3:21 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Health advisory lifted November 17 for all of Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/17 2:52 PM
November 17, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae, toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Howard Bay and updated September 1 to include all of Upper Klamath Lake, located northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials recommend people continue to be cautious about allowing pets in the lake because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Federal, state and local agencies are able to monitor only a fraction of Oregon's lakes and waterways for blue-green algae, so people should be their own best advocates when it comes to keeping themselves, their families and their pets safe.

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water, avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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FBI Arrests Portland Man on Child Pornography Production Charge: Juan "Carlos" Ramon Has Reportedly Held Significant Positions of Trust with Children
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 2:46 PM
FBI Agents arrested Juan "Carlos" Ramon for production of child pornography at his Portland home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Ramon allegedly approached two young Louisiana girls via an app called "Musical.ly" The complaint further alleges that Ramon convinced the children, ages 6 and 8, to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. A musical.ly user has the ability to generate a video, generally lasting between 15 seconds and 1 minute, which the user can then share with others using the site.

The complaint further alleges that Ramon contacted many other minors for explicit material.

Investigators believe Ramon may have had the opportunity for direct contact with children over a period of years as a result of various jobs he has held. Investigators believe that Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. They also believe he previously worked for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN School program in Gresham.

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

Parents who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Ramon should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents should tell their child that if Mr. Ramon did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

This investigation began in late June 2017 when a family contacted the Ouachita Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office about what was believed to be victimization of children. A deputy sheriff with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office who also serves as a Task Force Officer with the FBI's New Orleans Office and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force there, investigated this case.

Ramon made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak today and was ordered detained.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 2:18 PM
The Bureau of Land Management continues to seek public nominations for positions on four Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM is considering nominations for 30 days, until Dec. 1, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"Restoring trust in the federal government and being a good land manager are two of my top priorities at Interior, and state and local input, particularly in communities surrounding public lands, is imperative to building trust," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Nobody knows the land better than the people who live and work it. Council members provide a valuable service to the Department and offer a variety of perspectives that assist in solving land and resource use issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Southwest Oregon RAC, Southeast Oregon RAC, and John Day/Snake RAC have different positions open in the following categories:

Category One -- Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

In addition, the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has eleven positions open for public nomination:

a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area;
two persons who are grazing permittees on Federal lands in the CMPA;
two persons who are recognized environmental representatives, one to represent the State as a whole and one from the local area;
a person who has no financial interest in the CMPA to represent statewide interests;
a person who participates in mechanized or consumptive recreation in the CMPA, such as hunting, fishing, or off-road driving;
a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;
a person to serve as the State government liaison to the Council;
a private landowner within the CMPA; and
a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Questions, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:

John Day-Snake RAC: Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

Southeast Oregon RAC: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

Southwest Oregon RAC: Christina Breslin, BLM Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504, 541-618-2371.

Steens Mountain Advisory Council: Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, 541-573-4519.


The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016--more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 12:20 PM

Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.


The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Wanted Poster: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal

*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:10 PM
UPDATE on TIP Reward Money Available
The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

OHA TIP-$500.00
Local Rogue Valley OHA chapter-$500.00
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon-$1,000

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.


The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Central Point is asking for the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of three black tail deer that were discovered just outside of Butte Falls.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Oregon State Police investigated three black tail deer that were dumped just outside of Butte Falls. Only the heads and some meat were taken. The deer appeared to be dead only a couple of days. Currently, there is an archery deer season in this unit.

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

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

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Fatal Crash in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 11:22 AM
On Thursday November 16, 2017 at approximately 6:43pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on US-20 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2001 Acura car, operated by 39-year-old male was traveling east on US-20 when the Acura veered off the road and struck a tree. The male suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Lebanon Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.


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Oregon State Police is asking Public Assistance in a Reckless Driving Case Involving a Firearm Near Cottage Grove
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 10:55 AM
On November 17th, 2017, at approximately 9:20 AM, a gold Mazda pickup was seen driving recklessly before a collision with a commercial motor vehicle. The driver of the pickup exited the pickup armed with a firearm and was taken into custody by law enforcement a short time later. There are no outstanding suspects at this time. The Oregon State Police is primary on the investigation.

Northbound traffic was stopped for a short time, and possible witnesses may have left the scene when traffic began moving again. Witnesses to the incident, collision, or driving behavior of a gold pickup, are asked to contacted the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888

Additional information will be released at a later time.


DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 9:41 AM
Boardman to Hemingway Project will create jobs and provide infrastructure to develop America's energy resources

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a move that will improve the nation's energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

"The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America's energy independence," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Today's decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region."

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid.

"This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to market," said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. "It is a great example of the Administration's America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production."

"It's great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done," said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "I'm pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I'm confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership."

"BLM's approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region."

"The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward," said Senator James Risch. "I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project."

"The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work."

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions' ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President's all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America's energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

The final documents and maps showing the Agency Preferred Alternative are available at: http://bit.ly/2hRuQfS.

The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/17/17 8:50 AM
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2012 through 2016, there were more than 3,600 cooking-related fires reported in Oregon causing seven deaths, 200 injuries, and more than $33 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn them off and keep the doors closed.
When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, if you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

More turkey fryer safety tips:
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx


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Red Cross Responds ToMulti Family Fire Affecting Six In Coos Bay
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/17/17 7:18 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster
Friday morning November 17 2017, at approximately  12:05 a.m.  in the 63000 block of East Port Road in Coos Bay, OR. This multi family fire affected six adults and pets.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average
of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates
emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community.
Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at
www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Branch in Christmas Valley (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/17/17 7:13 AM
The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley on November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm

Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4992/109737/Christmas_Valley_Grand_Opening.docx , Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch in Christmas Valley, Oregon, becoming the only financial services provider locally serving residents.

Thu. 11/16/17
Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:47 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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 mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Online/Social Media Awareness
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:35 PM
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in calls involving persons sending Facebook friend requests then using messenger to converse leading to the citizen sending nude photos. Immediately after the new Facebook friend sends the citizen a video of the act or photos and demands payment to keep it off the internet. The persons are using various Facebook accounts and names. This is a reminder, if you do not know the person, be cautious when accepting them as a friend or engaging in conversations with them, you do not know their intentions.

Respectfully submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Phone Scam in Lincoln County
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 4:31 PM
On 11/5/17, The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a concerned citizen who received a phone call from "Dish Network". The gentleman representing "Dish" called stating they were checking signals and knew the citizens name and that she was a Dish customer. The scammers called from two different numbers. The keen citizen contacted the true Dish fraud department who told her they possibly had a data breach on their website, ultimately they created her a new account and changed her passwords. REMEMBER do not give out personal or financial information over the phone. Scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal information. Be alert and protect yourself.

Respectfully Submitted by:

Dalynn Shinholster, Patrol Deputy
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Patrol Division
225 W Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:10 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, 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 mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.


Lebanon Man Hospitalized Following House Fire; Dog Perishes In Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 11/16/17 4:03 PM
Heavily damaged kitchen.
Heavily damaged kitchen.
Fire investigators have determined that the refrigerator inside of a home at 1206 Cascade Drive in Lebanon was the cause of a fire which destroyed most of the home, killed the family dog, and sent one male occupant to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation on Monday afternoon. Ronald Fields, 55, was asleep in his bedroom with the door closed at the time of the fire. He awoke to a strange smell and when he opened his bedroom door the entire hallway was charged with thick black smoke. Fields attempted to exit the home but was forced back into the bedroom by the intense smoke and heat. A second attempt proved successful and he was able to escape the flames building within the fully involved kitchen, however the family's pet dog succumbed to the smoke and was discovered by firefighters during the suppression effort.

Fields' daughter Stacy Heyne, 31 of Lebanon, was also in the home with her infant son at the time of the fire and called 911 to report a fire in the kitchen. The Lebanon Fire District was notified at 1:58 p.m. and the first unit arrived just 3 minutes later. Heavy fire was reported from the rear of the structure and firefighters deployed hose lines to the rear of the house to attack the blaze. Mr. Fields was cared for by LFD firefighter/paramedics until a medic unit arrived and transported him to Lebanon Community Hospital. 21 firefighters were on scene for 2 hours and 24 minutes.

On Tuesday six members of the Lebanon Fire Investigation Team spent roughly 4 hours investigating the fire and were assisted by a Deputy State Fire Marshal from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and two members of the Oregon State Police. Evidence showed that the fire started in the back of the refrigerator near the motor and compressor and spread up the wall to the kitchen cabinetry and a nearby table used as a printer stand. Once it became well established, the fire quickly consumed more room contents and caused the nearby sliding glass door to fail, introducing more oxygen to the fire and intensifying the blaze.

The Lebanon Fire District credits the closed door of the bedroom with saving Mr. Fields' life and reminds citizens to always sleep with their doors closed to prevent deadly smoke and toxic gasses from entering their sleeping areas. House fire fatalities rarely occur from burns but are almost always a result of asphyxiation and smoke inhalation. Just one breath of super-heated smoke and gasses can lead to unconsciousness and ultimately death. It is also recommended to periodically clean the dust and grease build up from kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and ranges. For more information on how to protect yourself from fire in the home or for a free home fire and life safety evaluation contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD

Attached Media Files: Heavily damaged kitchen. , Refrigerator compressor and motor.

Donations now being accepted for annual police toy drive (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/16/17 3:50 PM
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster
The 31st Annual Salem Police Toy Drive starts today with the same commitment and enthusiasm police officers had back in 1986.

"We've already received toy donations," said Support Division Lieutenant Ben Bales who supervises the department's Volunteer Services Section. "The volunteer office is starting to look like Santa Central."

With donations from the public, the toy drive is able to gift toys to approximately 250 families each year. "It's fantastic that after three decades the community joins us in helping to make the holidays brighter for Salem children in need," shared Bales.

Toys should be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 14 years. Donations of wrapping paper and tape are also needed. Toys will be accepted through December 13.

Each year, the Salem Police Department enlists the assistance of community collaborators, such as Family Building Blocks, Oak Park Community Church, Salem-Keizer School District's Community Outreach Coordinators, and the Community & Partners of East Salem. These organizations generously give of their time to help identify families, sort the toys by age, and wrap all the presents.

Residents can stop by the Salem Police Department at their convenience to make their donation as the lobby is open to public around the clock. However, to make dropping off donations more convenient, the department also connects with local businesses who kindly open their locations as donation collection sites and include:
Cycle Country, 4764 Portland RD NE
Dow Pediatric Dentistry, 140 Ramsgate Square S, #110
Salem Electric, 633 7th ST NW
White Oak Construction, 2455 River RD S

For more information about donations, please call the Salem Police Volunteer Services Section at 503-588-6499, option 1.

Attached Media Files: 2017 Salem Police Toy Drive poster

Tip of the Week November 20, 2017 - - HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIPS
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 3:14 PM
Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 265-4277
Fax: (541) 265-4926


Date: November 20, 2017

Contact: Sheriff Curtis L. Landers
(541) 265-0652


Your Lincoln County Sheriff's Office offers the following shopping safety tips as the holiday season is fast approaching. We have also included some tips for sales personnel who are likely to see more counterfeit money during this time of year.

Be alert and aware. Be attentive to your surroundings at all times.
Don't carry more cash or valuables than is necessary. Be discreet so that you don't attract attention.
Take extra precautions with your wallet or purse. Carry your purse with the opening flap next to your body and with the strap hung over your shoulder.
Allow for darkness. It gets dark early this time of year, so be sure to factor this into shopping plans.
Instruct children on holiday safety measures. Know where your children are at all times. Before going shopping, decide where to meet if you and your children should become separated.
Always lock your car doors and remember where you park.
Be sure to place valuables out of sight (i.e. packages, purses, mobile phones, CDs, etc.). Place them in the trunk or take them with you. This includes portable GPS units.
Never hide spare keys in or on your car. These hiding places are easily discovered. If you need spare keys, keep them in your wallet or purse.
Be alert to suspicious persons or circumstances. Avoid parking where you see someone sitting in their vehicle for no apparent reason.
Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in a situation, report it to security immediately.
When walking in any parking lot, grocery store, airport, shopping center, etc., walk confidently with your head up, make eye contact, and have your keys ready.
Do not drive across parking stalls. Use appropriate marked driving lanes and obey all traffic signs.
Drive defensively and courteously.
Report all suspicious activity.
And remember, parking lots will be more crowded and checkout lanes will be busier, so please be patient and have a safe shopping experience.

And now, here are some tips for sales personnel concerning counterfeit money.
Do not return suspected money to the passer.
Stall the suspect as long as possible.
Get a good description of the suspect, anyone with the suspect, and of the suspect vehicle as well as the license number.
Call 911 as soon as possible.
Try not to handle the bill; put it in a protective covering such as an envelope.
Release the suspected bill only to police or to the United States Secret Service.
Inform the police if there is video footage available of the suspect.

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

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

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

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109728/112017-Holiday_Shopping_Tips.pdf

***Name Released*** Two Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Santiam Pass - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:49 PM
Update on 2nd deceased driver name
The driver of the Ford was identified as Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon).


On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van towing a trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck a westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Linda A DAVIS, age 70, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon), was also pronounced deceased. His identity is still being withheld at this time as his family has not yet been located.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
End Release

Previous Release:
On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck an westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available and next of kin for the deceased have been notified.

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon Marks Transgender Awareness Week, Highlights Need for Inclusive, Compassionate Care
Planned Parenthood of SW Oregon - 11/16/17 2:28 PM
Eugene -- November 14-20 is Transgender Awareness Week, dedicated to educating people about the transgender community and raising awareness of the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people. Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the need for people of all gender identities to have access to inclusive, nonjudgmental, high-quality health care.
"Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is proud to provide quality, compassionate, and non-judgmental health care to transgender men and women in our communities, said Lisa Gardner, President and CEO. "Our services and programs are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Our goal, every day, is to make each person who comes through our doors feel welcome, comfortable, and cared for while providing the best possible care."
Transgender people face many barriers and challenges when accessing health care. A 2015 national survey of transgender and gender nonconforming people found that:
33 percent of respondents reported having at least one negative experience with a health care provider in the past year related to being transgender, including verbal harassment, being refused treatment, or having to teach the health care provider about transgender people to receive appropriate care.
23 percent of respondents did not see a doctor when they needed to in the past year because of fear of being mistreated as a transgender person. American Indian (37 percent) and Middle Eastern (34 percent) respondents were more likely to not have gone to a provider due to fear of being mistreated.
14 percent of respondents reporting having no health insurance.
78 percent of respondents wanted to receive hormone therapy at some point in their life, but only 49 percent have ever received it.
"Transgender people, like everyone else, have a fundamental need for quality health care, and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The unfortunate reality is that, in addition to the economic and geographic barriers many people face when seeking health care, transgender people face additional, unique challenges when it comes to getting the care they need. This, in part, in why we supported the passage of HB 3391 in Oregon," stated Gardner. "Effective this past August, commercial health plans regulated by the State of Oregon are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender identity, as a means to overcoming some of the barriers to accessing health care for transgender and gender-non conforming people in Oregon."

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for over 50 years.  PPSO provides more than 30,000 patient visits each year at six health centers.  PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families.  Education and training programs make over 8,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in southwestern Oregon.  PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STD prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, HPV vaccinations, and vasectomies. For more information, visit www.ppsworegon.org.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Fatal in Josephine County (Photo)** Update on Juvenile Name**
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:11 PM
The juvenile's name is listed below.

Update on Juvenile age and make of vehicle

On November 14, 2017, at approximately 7:00 P.M., OSP Troopers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian fatal crash at the intersection of Elk Lane and Majestic Drive.

The preliminary investigation revealed Joseph "Joey" Jones (age 14 from Grants Pass) was on a long board skateboard, traveling downhill on Majestic Drive when he entered onto Elk Lane. When he entered Elk Lane he was struck by a southbound Mercury SUV. The juvenile suffered fatal injuries and was declared deceased on scene by medical personnel.

The Mercedes was occupied by the driver Mallory Perez (age 32 from Grants Pass) and her nine year old daughter. Perez is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected of any wrong doing.

Elk Lane was closed for approximately two hours while OSP Troopers conducted the investigation. OSP was assisted on scene by AMR and Rural Metro Fire Department.

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/1002/109664/20171114_201636.jpg

Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/17 1:25 PM
Emily and Justice Prosise
Emily and Justice Prosise
Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

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 more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: Emily and Justice Prosise

Man Arrested After Making Threats on Local College Campus
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:20 AM
Today at 10:00 a.m., an employee at the Brooks Campus of Chemeketa Community College was approached by a male who made verbal threats to harm her. At the time of the incident approximately 40 deputy Sheriff's with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were on campus training and she reported the activity directly to them.

The campus and surrounding area was asked to lockdown while deputies searched the area. At 10:49 a.m., Jose Lara-Anaya, age 39, of Woodburn was located near the campus and arrested for the crimes of disorderly conduct and menacing. Mr. Lara-Anaya is a transient who was intoxicated and suffering from what appeared to be mental health issues.

Currently Mr. Lara-Anaya is being taken to the Marion County Jail where he will be lodged and given a mental health evaluation. Deputies would like to thank Chemeketa Community College, Salem Police Mobile Crisis Response Team and local businesses who provided information that aided in locating Mr. Lara-Anaya.

Mr. Lara-Anaya booking image will be available once he has been processed at the Marion County Jail. Please watch our web page for updates.

Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Millersburg Theft
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 11:17 AM
Sheriff Bruce Riley reports this morning at 1:59 a.m., deputies responded to a reported theft in progress of a Kubota Backhoe. The incident occurred at NE Clearwater Dr., near the intersection of Nestucca Avenue in Millersburg. This is the location of several new construction homes.

The caller told Linn County 9-1-1 Dispatch that someone was at one of the vacant homes and attempting to hook up a pickup to a trailer with a backhoe that was left on site. Multiple patrol deputies converged on the area and were able to conduct a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.

The operator and sole occupant was identified as Everado Torres, 25, of Salem. The investigation revealed Torres was in possession of and operating a red 1998 GMC pickup stolen out of Silverton Oregon. The vehicle had stolen license plates from a vehicle in Junction City. Torres had moved the backhoe to gain access to a flatbed trailer, which he was towing away from the area when contacted by deputies. Torres also had in his possession numerous tools and car keys, some of which were identified as stolen by the owner of the pickup.

A large tool box was also in the rear of the stolen vehicle. Deputies were able to locate the owner of the tool box in Corvallis, who was unaware it had been stolen. Torres had outstanding warrants from the Albany Police Department and was driving while suspended.

After confirming the property was stolen, Torres was taken into custody and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of; Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Theft I, Giving False Information to Police, Failure to Carry or Present a License and Driving While Suspended.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office received assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Sherwood Police Department as they contacted related business and property owners to determine ownership of the various property and vehicles.

Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets November 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:59 AM
November 16, 2017

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

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; hear concept for how benchmarks will be set.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Case Resolution in August Market Robbery Spree (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 10:55 AM
The Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Lane County District Attorney's Office are pleased to announce the resolution of three armed robbery cases. On November 9, 2017, Adam Bradley Smith was sentenced to a total of 330 months in connection with a spree of three robberies that occurred between August 13, 2017 and August 17, 2017.

The first robbery occurred on August 13, 2017 at the Fern Ridge Market and the second robbery occurred just two days later at the Alvadore Market. On August 15th, the Lane County Sheriff's Office put out a news release requesting the public's assistance in identifying the suspect from still shots of video surveillance. A tip from a community member in response to that request identified Smith as a suspect.

On August 17, 2017, a third robbery occurred at the Chevron on Hwy 99 and Irving. Through analysis of the surveillance video from all three incidents, it was determined that the same individual was responsible for all of the armed robberies. Further investigation by Lane County Sheriff's Office detectives confirmed that Smith was the person in the surveillance videos.

On August 17, 2017 shortly after 5:00 pm, Adam Bradley Smith was taken into custody and lodged at the Lane County Jail where he remained until he was sentenced on November 9th to 330 months for all three robberies. Robbery in the first degree is a Measure 11 crime subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 90 months per count.

Lane County Sheriff's Office detectives have recovered two firearms involved in the robberies, which were instrumental in the resolution of the cases, along with the community's assistance in identifying Smith.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Lane County District Attorney's Office for their diligent work in the prosecution of this case, the Eugene Police Department who contacted Smith on August 17, 2017 and assisted the Sheriff's Office in taking him into custody, and to the community member who provided the invaluable tip on Smith's identity.

Attached Media Files: Smith

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:34 AM
November 16, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who represent coordinated care organizations. This position serves a four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2018. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:
1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor's Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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SAIF farm safety seminar Nov. 30 in Eugene
SAIF - 11/16/17 10:09 AM
What: SAIF will be presenting a free half-day seminar on agriculture safety and health.

Who should attend: The seminar is designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but is open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

When: Thursday, November 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Where: Lane Events Center, located at 796 W 13th Avenue

More information: www.saif.com/agseminars. Photos from last year's seminars are available by request.
SAIF's free farm safety seminars kick off Oct. 31
Annual seminars visiting 16 cities between now and March.

While agriculture has its fair share of injuries and illnesses, it's not easy for workers and employers to get away from the fields to learn how to reduce risks. That's why SAIF is using the off-season--October through March--to conduct its annual ag safety seminars.

SAIF has presented the free, half-day seminars for more than 20 years. SAIF will be presenting in 16 cities across the state, with a separate Spanish seminar in nine cities.

The full schedule and registration details can be found at saif.com/agseminars.

The seminars are designed primarily for people working in agriculture, but are open to anyone interested in ag safety and health--they don't have to be insured by SAIF.

This year, seminars will be held in Bandon, Central Point, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, La Grande, Madras, Ontario, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Spanish-language seminars will be held in Central Point, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Salem, The Dalles, Wilsonville, and Woodburn.

Each seminar is held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes lunch. The first one will be October 31 in Ontario.

This year's topics include mechanical hazards, ergonomics, safety leadership and communication skills, and the difference between safety and compliance.

Employers with small ag businesses who attend the seminar will meet OSHA's instructional requirement, one of four requirements that exempt small agricultural operations from random OSHA inspections.

The Oregon State Landscaping Contractors Board has approved the seminar for four hours of continuing education credits and the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved the seminar for four hours of producer continuing education credits.

View the complete schedule or register at saif.com/agseminars. You can also register by calling 800.285.8525.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Narcan (Naloxone) Administered to Inmate Suffering Overdose in Lincoln County Jail
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/16/17 8:49 AM
On Monday, November 13, 2017 Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Corrections Deputies responded to a medical emergency in the E Pod housing unit of the Lincoln County Jail.

At approximately 6:00pm a deputy assigned to the E Pod housing unit was alerted to one of the cells by an inmate who pressed their emergency call box button. When the deputy responded, the inmate appeared to be in distress and told the deputy he had ingested Heroin. The deputy recognized signs of possible overdose and requested the response of jail medical staff and an ambulance to assist.

While waiting the arrival of Pacific West Ambulance, deputies and medical staff administered Narcan to the inmate. Narcan (Naloxone) is an opiate antidote. Opiates include Heroin and many prescription pain medications such as Morphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, and Methadone.

The inmate was monitored by jail staff until Pacific West Ambulance arrived on scene and transported him to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for further treatment.

"We are very appreciative of the quick actions of our corrections staff to render the appropriate aid to one of our inmates suffering a medical emergency," stated Sheriff Curtis Landers. "They relied on their training and available resources, in this case Naloxone, which we obtained for this very situation," Landers said.

The Sheriff's Office obtained 35 units of Naloxone in July of this year through a donation from Samaritan Health Services. The Sheriff's Office maintains Naloxone in all of the housing units of the jail as well as all of their patrol cars for administration in the field.

Following the incident, the jail was locked down for a full search of the facility. Newport Police Department's Canine Team, trained in drug detection, assisted with the search. No additional controlled substances were detected during the full scale search of the facility.


Attached Media Files: 2017-11/5490/109707/Media_Release_-_Naloxone_Admin_11.16.2017.pdf

Wed. 11/15/17
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet November 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 3:08 PM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954 and call the conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee debrief; health aspects of kindergarten readiness; 2019 work plan; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Antibiotics still frequently--and inappropriately--used for viruses
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 1:38 PM
November 15, 2017

But OHA physician says their unnecessary use has been on decline since '08

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses, which can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, is on the decline. Work still needs to be done in Oregon to discourage inappropriate prescribing of these drugs for non-bacterial illnesses, state officials say.

Overall, antibiotic prescriptions for oral medications used in outpatient settings have been steadily dropping in Oregon since 2008, when OHA first recruited Oregon health insurers to voluntarily provide data on their annual numbers of prescriptions. Between 2008 and 2016, annual rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics fell 32 percent, and a 5 percent drop was seen between 2015 and 2016, said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

But Oregon clinicians are still over-prescribing for some conditions such as bronchitis, which is due to a virus in a majority of cases and rarely requires antibiotics, said Thomas, medical director of OHA's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE). In 55 percent of bronchitis cases in Oregon in 2014, patients filled a prescription that likely was unnecessary. Worse still, 90 percent of the patients who filled an antibiotic prescription for bronchitis got a broad-spectrum drug, meaning that it attacks a wide range of different bacteria, increasing the risk of developing resistance among several types of bacteria.

"Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place, so it's always perplexing to see them prescribed for conditions like bronchitis and the common cold," Thomas said.

Nov. 13-19 is "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," an annual national observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. During the observance, AWARE reminds consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people annually acquire serious infections--and 23,000 of them die--from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic-resistant expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses leading to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Oregon AWARE is providing educational materials and technical assistance to HealthInsight, Oregon's Medicare quality improvement organization, as part of its Get Smart initiative to reduce inappropriate prescribing in clinics and other outpatient facilities in four states (the others are Utah, New Mexico and Nevada). In Oregon, about 200 facilities are participating and will use multiple quality improvement strategies to reduce prescribing.

"This is a critical time for providers and stakeholders to join together to preserve the power of antibiotics," says Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, HealthInsight's clinical director.

An information sheet with provider resources is available from HealthInsight at http://healthinsight.org/files/Outpatient%20Antibiotic%20Stewardship/Abx-Awareness-Week-2017-info-508.pdf.

When antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and they can be deadly if someone experiences an allergic reaction.

Consumers should avoiding asking their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE, visit the AWARE website at http://healthoregon.org/aware. For information about the CDC's "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html. The 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Matthew Bell Joins PacificSource Health Plans as Vice President, Idaho Regional Director (Photo)
PacificSource Health Plans - 11/15/17 11:11 AM
(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Nov. 15, 2017--PacificSource Health Plans has recently hired Matthew Bell as the insurer's new Vice President, Idaho Regional Director. In his role, Bell will serve as a member of the organization's executive management group with responsibilities for all health plan activities in the state of Idaho, as well as an executive leader for issues related to media, legislative, regulatory, business, key provider interactions, and community activities. Bell will formally begin his duties with the organization in late December 2017.

Bell most recently served as Regional Account Executive focused on outreach and network development for University of Utah Health Care. In that role he was based in Boise, Idaho, and served a multi-state region. Prior to holding that position, he was a Senior Partner with White Cloud Analytics in Boise. He also has 12 years of experience with St. Luke's Health System in Boise, serving in progressively responsible roles, culminating as System Vice President for Strategic Planning.

"As we conclude our first decade serving our members in Idaho, we are excited to bring Matt's deep healthcare and management experience to the PacficSource leadership team," said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans. "He brings to this position a keen understanding of the Idaho market that will greatly help us serve our members in the years ahead."

Bell earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in political science at the University of Utah. Outside of work, when he isn't coaching or attending his son's games, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing golf.

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

Attached Media Files: 2017-11/2392/109677/Bell_Matt_#10.jpg

Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet November 16 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 11:03 AM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, eighth floor (Mary Conference Room), 421 SW Oak St., Portland

The public also can attend remotely through a webinar and conference call. Join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 and call in to listen at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; electronic health record-sourced measures; review 2017 smoking cessation survey; TAG input on coordinated care organization metric guidance documents; 2018 TAG work plan; wrap up and adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

SAIF releases relaxation videos for the most stressful time of year
SAIF - 11/15/17 10:32 AM
Summary: Short, calming videos help workers combat stress.

While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to financial concerns, it seems everyone has something causing stress. But regardless of whether your stress is due to your personal or professional life, it can be a workplace safety hazard.

According to a Colorado study, employees who reported high stress were 22 percent more likely to suffer a work-related injury.

"If your mind is on your stressor, you may miss a safety precaution or a danger signal," said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. "This could lead to an injury to yourself or a co-worker."

In addition, long-term stress contributes to poor health, which is why SAIF is urging everyone to take a relaxation break.

"Just taking a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on something calming can help reduce stress," said Freewynn. "We hope these videos help workers take a moment to breathe so they can then be a bit more mindful on the job."

Videos featuring scenes from around Oregon--including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Silver Falls, and Bruce Starker Arts Park--are now available at www.saif.com/relax and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JI5mrI9efXP35kEJv2D47c. SAIF will continue to add videos over time.

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Freewynn offers additional suggestions on how to manage stress:

Take a walk or get other physical activity
Eat good nutrition
Improve your sleep habits
Talk to a friend or professional
Practice deep breathing techniques
Make a gratitude list
Drink a cup of tea

"When you take time to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing, it helps you manage your stress and improves your safety," Freewynn added.

Check out saif.com/relax for more information on managing stress, including tips for employers who want to support their employees.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Roseburg Resident arrested for numerous sex Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/17 10:03 AM
On November 2, 2017, Oregon State Police detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with serving a search warrant at a residence in Roseburg, Oregon on the basis that child pornographic images were uploaded (electronically sent) from that address.

During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence by Kelly Shane Rice (29) of Roseburg, Oregon with his stepdaughter (1 year of age) as the victim displayed in the image.

On November 9, 2017, Kelly Rice was arrested without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for 163.670 - Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 163.427 - Sex Abuse I, 163.411 - Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, 163.684 - Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.

Attached Media Files: Rice

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 8:41 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2017

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's a law of physics. The colder it gets outside, the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

Another step is to switch to Equal Pay. Under Equal Pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer."

Here are low-cost tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


Let the Bells Begin! - The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff -- Lane County
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 11/15/17 1:00 AM
Let the Bells Begin! - The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff -- Lane County

WHO: The Salvation Army -- Lane County, Oregon

WHAT: The Salvation Army -- Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff 2017


18 November 2017:

Fred Meyer - 3333 W 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402


The Salvation Army starts their annual Red Kettle Kickoff to raise funds for those in need in Lane County, Oregon.


For information:

Major John Tumey -- john.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org

Major Sabrina Tumey -- Sabrina.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org

Contact Number: (541) 343-3328


Major John & Sabrina Tumey can be available for interview.

For all media inquiries, please contact Major John or Sabrina Tumey at (541) 343-3328 john.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org - sabrina.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org


Full Release:

(Eugene, OR) 18 November 2017 -- Let the bells ring out in Lane County; The Salvation Army is at it again! That's right, The Salvation Army in Lane County, Oregon is officially kicking off the 2017 Red Kettle Campaign, where they will be collecting monetary donations, for those in need. Join The Salvation Army this Saturday, 18 November 2017, at the Fred Meyer's located at 3333 W 11th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402 starting at 12:00p to celebrate.

With special guests The Oregon Tuba Ensemble will be performing Christmas carols to warm your hearts and hot chocolate to warm your bodies. It is a wonderful and festive way to begin this holiday season.

"The Salvation Army in Eugene has been ringing their bells for over 130 years to raise funds for people in need in Lane County. Last year we raised $160,000 and this year, as the need has grown, we are aiming for $188,000. We want to extend every opportunity to those who want to give back to their community, by giving of their time ringing for The Salvation Army."

-- Major John Tumey, Lane County Coordinator for The Salvation Army

If you cannot make it to the event, you can still make a difference. Contact The Salvation Army to see how you can contribute this year; either by giving of your time or monetary donation. Visit eugene.salvationarmy.org or springfield.salvationarmy.org for more information.

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For Media Only: The Salvation Army would love to extend the opportunity to a local media celebrity to ring in the season by being the first to ring for The Salvation Army! Please contact Major John or Sabrina Tumey at (541) 343-3328 john.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org - sabrina.tumey@usw.salvationarmy.org to accept this auspicious offering.

About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at www.salvationarmyportland.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 503.238.GIVE (4483), or by mail, The Salvation Army, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086-7844.

Attached Media Files: Full Document

Tue. 11/14/17
linn county deputies arrest man in possession of stolen gun
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/14/17 5:11 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that early this morning his deputies arrested 28-year old Ryan Kenneth Garman from Lebanon, Oregon.

Deputies had responded to a report of a car break-in the day before on Santiam Hwy in Lebanon. Items including a Glock 9mm handgun, were stolen from victim's vehicle. The theft was reported to have occurred sometime the night before.

At 2:16 a.m. this morning, a Patrol Lieutenant stopped a man riding a bicycle on Gore Dr. for not having a bicycle light. The Lieutenant also knew of several property crimes that had recently occurred in the area.

When the Lieutenant contacted the man, the man initially gave him a fake name and was acting very nervous. After further investigation, the Lieutenant learned the man's real name was Ryan Garman and he had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

As the Lieutenant was detaining Mr. Garman, he began to reach in his waistband. The Lieutenant was able to get control of the man and get him into handcuffs. He discovered Mr. Garman was concealing the stolen 9mm handgun in his waistband where he was reaching.
After he was detained, Mr. Garman cooperated and took deputies back to his residence where more stolen property was found.

Further investigation revealed Mr. Garman was also responsible for a burglary on Gore Dr. reported on November 9th where a competition bow was stolen. The bow was recovered today in Noti, Oregon.

Ryan Garman was arrested and charged with Burglary I, Theft I, Theft I of a Firearm, Unlawful Carrying a Concealed Weapon and his outstanding warrants for Contempt of Court, Theft II and Fail to Comply. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail. Deputies are continuing to investigate and more charges are pending.

Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/17 4:11 PM
Honor people who have demonstrated heroic actions or made outstanding contributions in our local community. Nominate them for a Red Cross Hero Award.

PORTLAND, Ore., November 14, 2017 -- The American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on our community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. Each year, for more than two decades, the Red Cross in the Cascades Region has recognized individuals who have lived the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.

Nominating a Hero is easy. Complete the simple online form at redcross.org/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227.

All forms must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017. The heroic actions of nominees should have taken place between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017 in the state of Oregon or SW Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties).

Award winners will be recognized at our Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 9, 2018. View the stories of past Hero Award winners here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.

Nominate heroes in the following categories:
1. COMMUNITY HERO is presented to an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.

2. GOOD SAMARITAN HERO is presented to an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering unusual, significant or unexpected circumstances.

3. FIRST RESPONDER HERO is presented to an individual or group of the public service community (i.e. EMS, firefighter, or law enforcement) who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.

4. GIVE LIFE HERO is presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local communities and throughout the country.

5. MILITARY HERO is presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community.

6. YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO (under 21) is presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

7. VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO is presented to an individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant and positive impact in his or her community.

About the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is the region's premiere fundraising event and a celebration of ordinary people who have taken extraordinary and lifesaving action. Last year's Heroes Breakfast had nearly 600 attendees and honored eight award winners, including the Portland Fire & Rescue team that evacuated people from and responded to a building explosion; a Vancouver youth who resuscitated his grandfather after he suffered cardiac arrest while driving; and a Camas man who pulled a stranger from a car completely submerged in floodwaters.

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

Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open

OMSI to Host Media Preview of Latest Featured Exhibition - ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems
OMSI - 11/14/17 2:03 PM
On Friday, November 17, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting a media preview for the opening of its latest featured exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems.

After viewing the exhibition, media guests will have the opportunity to speak with Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI, and Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin and one of the original curators of the exhibition.

Friday's Timeline:
8:50 -- 9:00: Media arrival
9:00 -- 9:45: Exhibition preview
9:45 -- 10:00: Opening remarks with Nancy Stueber and Ian Brunswick
10:00 -- 10:30: Follow-up interview opportunities:
- Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI
- Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin
- Anthony Murphy, artist and creator of Counter
- Karina Smigla-Bobinski, artist and creator of Simulacra
- Rox Vasquez, artist and creator of Synesthesia

RSVP to John Farmer via email jfarmer@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4517.

About Science Gallery
Pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery is a new kind of space where art and science collide--a porous membrane between the university and the city. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing program of exhibitions, events and experiences on broad themes linking science, technology and the arts.

Since opening in 2008, Science Gallery Dublin has attracted over 3 million visitors and become one of Ireland's top 5 free cultural attractions. To date, exhibitions have ranged from light to love and from contagion to the future of the human species, and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

The diverse and provocative exhibitions encourage people to discover, express and pursue their interests in a friendly, sociable environment. Having received significant international recognition for its approach, Science Gallery is currently developing a Global Science Gallery Network. The Global Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the support of Google and the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first planned to open at King's College London in 2018. For more information visit www.sciencegallery.com

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Wells Fargo sells Portland tower and operations building to Starwood Capital Group (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 2:00 PM
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
Wells Fargo Center and ops building
Wells Fargo signs lease for call center in Hillsboro

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo has sold its 40-story Wells Fargo Center building at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave. in downtown Portland to a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The sale includes a five-story operations building across the street from the center at 350 S.W. Jefferson St.

Wells Fargo plans to lease back space and continue to be the anchor tenant in the Wells Fargo Center building, which will retain its name.

The sale will not result in any Wells Fargo employee reductions. Wells Fargo will continue to keep its bank branch and history museum in the building.

Wells Fargo first announced on June 14 that it was putting the property up for sale. The decision to sell is part of a long-term strategic real estate realignment in the Portland market that will enable the company to better serve its team members and manage future growth as customer and business needs change.

Establishing A Call Center in Hillsboro
Wells Fargo has also signed an agreement to lease a building at 23175 N.W. Bennett St. in Hillsboro, starting Jan. 1, 2018, that the company plans to use as a retail banking customer call center.

The building can accommodate up to 900 employees. Wells Fargo plans to relocate some existing team members there as well as new hires.

Wells Fargo will make extensive renovations to the new site and start moving in its first team members next summer. The company plans to start hiring the additional workers late next year.

Job Fair At Beaverton Call Center
In the meantime, Wells Fargo also plans to hire 45 fulltime phone bankers at its Barnhart call center, 18700 N.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. The company will host a job fair there 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers.

If a prospective team member's application is accepted, they will be invited to schedule an on-site interview prior to the career fair. The position pays $14.15-$14.40 an hour with benefits and the opportunity for a quarterly bonus.

Walk-ins are welcome but will only be able to participate in an informational interview at the event.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo Center and ops building , Wells Fargo Center

Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/17 1:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

FBI Arrests North Bend Man for Distribution of Child Pornography
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 1:09 PM
FBI agents, with the assistance of the North Bend Police Department, arrested Kirk Douglas McAmis, age 53, based on a criminal complaint charging him with distribution of child pornography. The arrest, made on November 9, 2017, was without incident.

North Bend Police Investigators are making contact with persons and organizations in the community where McAmis is known to have had contact. Anyone with concerns about interactions between McAmis and other persons known to them should contact the North Bend Police Department at (541) 756-3161.

McAmis is currently lodged in the Lane County Jail. A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy Potter is prosecuting this case.


Foster-Simmons House listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/17 11:27 AM
Foster-Simmons House
Foster-Simmons House
The Foster-Simmons House in Eugene, Lane County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Foster-Simmons House, located at 417 E 13th Avenue, in the West University neighborhood of Eugene, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent, nearly intact example of the Craftsman style of residential architecture. It was built for $3000 in 1913 by attorney Orla H. Foster and his wife, Maidee, who lived in the house until 1921, when it was sold to Earl C. Simmons, owner of the E.C. Simmons Ford Dealership. After passing through a series of short-term owners, the house was offered for rent to University students beginning during the 1930s. From the 1940s until 1975, the home was owned and occupied by Mabel and Elroy Reagan. Since 1975, the house has been the home of the Eugene chapter of Young Life, a Christian youth support and development organization. The three-bedroom house displays many characteristic features of the Craftsman style, including varied exterior siding and window types, open eaves, a projecting front porch with heavy concrete piers and exposed structural elements, and a modest porte cochere. Interior elements include an open floor plan, built-in features, and an abundance of simple but elegant woodwork. The house retains a high degree of interior and exterior integrity, and clearly conveys its style and period of construction through its original form, features, and materials. As one of only six single-family Craftsman dwellings in the fragile West University area that have been evaluated as being National Register-eligible, the Foster-Simmons House is a stand-out example of its type in the neighborhood and in Eugene.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the Foster-Simmons House for nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the house was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Foster-Simmons House is now one of 61 buildings in Eugene that are individually honored by listing in the National Register. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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

Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Foster-Simmons House

Bend company earns safety, health recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/17 10:54 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA has announced that Suterra LLC in Bend has graduated from 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 encourages employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 157 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

With 70 employees at the Bend facility, Suterra LLC is a leading provider of bio-rational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. Through international product sales, the company works to help growers reduce their use of traditional insecticides.

The SHARP program helped the company take a fresh look at its policies and processes, and reinforced the company's ongoing efforts to improve safety, according to Aman Khapoya, vice president of global operations for Suterra.

The recognition that comes with being a SHARP company also serves as a valuable tool to recruit new employees, Khapoya said.

"As our business grows and we compete for new talent, we hope candidates see our achievements under the SHARP program and realize that we are truly committed to the health and safety of our team," he said. "The candidates for whom that safety commitment is important are precisely the ones we want -- and the ones we will need to make Suterra even better."

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.

For information about SHARP, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services, which help employers develop worker safety and health programs, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


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.osha.oregon.gov.

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.

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Business Email Compromise
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against new version of the Business Email Compromise Scam.

We've talked about this kind of scheme before. The traditional scam starts with Company A, Company B and the fraudster who jumps in between the two. The scammer uses an email address almost identical to the one used by a business executive at Company A as he communicates with a vendor or customer at Company B. The scammer is trying to convince that vendor at Company B to route a payment into the scammer's personal bank account instead of the Company A account. Usually the businesses have a long-standing relationship, and a request to have a big dollar invoice paid by wire transfer doesn't raise any flags.

The newer version of the scam that we are talking about today goes one step further. The scammer isn't just pretending to be the CEO or CFO of Company A -- he actually takes over that persona. He has hacked that executive's email account, and he can get in to read, receive or send emails at will. As an added twist, he can set rules within the email account to automatically forward to himself any email that includes a particular keyword or is from a particular sender. The emails pass through the legitimate executive's account in a virtual sense -- but that executive may never even see them as they get deleted from his inbox immediately.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Avoid free web-based email accounts. Establish a company domain name and use it to create formal email addresses for your employees.

Check the "rules" setting on your account periodically to ensure that no one has set up auto-forwarding for your emails.

Be careful what you post to social media and your company website,
especially information about who has which specific job duties. Also be cautious about using out-of-office replies that give too much detail about when your executives are out of the mix.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.
When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

Require your employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate email accounts. They would need two pieces of information to log-in... something they know (such as a password) and something they have (such as a dynamic PIN that changes constantly).

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as a change in a vendor's payment location.

Train your employees to avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown senders. Doing so could download malware onto your company's computers, making you vulnerable to a hack.

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

Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Written , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Audio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which added 3,800. Both of these industries rebounded from job losses within the prior two months. Three other industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in October: other services (+1,400 jobs); manufacturing (+1,000); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,000). Retail trade cut 900 jobs, posting the biggest monthly job decline.

The big job gain in October, coupled with the upward revision to September, considerably boosted Oregon's over-the-year growth rate. Since October 2016, Oregon has added 45,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, which equals an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. Construction continues to lead the way with 9,400 jobs added, equaling 10.3 percent growth. The second fastest growing industry was transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,400 jobs, or 5.6%). Over the past 12 months, five service-providing industries each expanded faster than the overall economy: information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%), professional and business services (+6,800 jobs, or 2.8%), health care and social assistance (+6,200 jobs, or 2.7%), financial activities (+2,500 jobs, or 2.6%), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000 jobs, or 2.5%). Meanwhile, only two industries posted declines during that time: other services ( 900 jobs, or -1.4%) and mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3 percent in October from 4.2 percent in September, remaining near the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 19th.??NLG

All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The 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 2017 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.

Attached Media Files: Employment in oregpno October 2017

Wells Fargo's Overdraft Rewind to help customers stretch paychecks, avoid fees
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 9:11 AM
San Francisco -- Wells Fargo & Company has introduced a new feature that will automatically "rewind" overdrafts that are assessed on customers' accounts at a vulnerable time -- specifically the day before their payday direct deposit is received, when their account balances might be low.

With the new "Overdraft Rewind" feature, the bank will not charge overdraft or insufficient funds fees if a covering direct deposit is received the morning after their account is overdrawn. Customers do not need to take any action to receive the new benefit, automatically providing a better banking experience for millions of customers nationwide.

"We're always looking for new and better ways to help our customers manage their accounts, and many customers have told us that they are frustrated by unexpected overdrafts the day before their next paycheck is direct deposited into their account," said Ed Kadletz, head of Wells Fargo's Deposit Products Group.

"By looking back at a customer's prior-day transactions when a direct deposit is received by 9 a.m. local time, we're now able to effectively 'rewind' any overdrafts from the previous business day that are covered by that deposit, helping our customers to avoid overdraft fees and bridge the occasional gap between paychecks," said Kadletz.

Wells Fargo also announced today it will no longer charge overdraft fees for any transaction of $5 or less, further helping customers avoid unexpected fees when their account balances are low.

This new per-transaction threshold complements the bank's existing policy of not charging an overdraft fee if a customer's available balance and ending account balance is overdrawn by $5 or less and no items are returned for non-sufficient funds at the end of nightly processing. It is intended to help customers avoid additional overdraft fees for small transactions conducted after an account is initially overdrawn.

In June, Wells Fargo also introduced an alert that will automatically notify its Online Banking customers by email if their account balances drop to zero or less. The automatic alert, which customers can choose not to receive, expands on the wide variety of optional text and email alerts Wells Fargo has offered for a number of years.

On average, Wells Fargo sends out more than 1 million zero and low-balance alerts during the day, giving its 21 million Online Banking customers a chance to avoid an overdraft fee by making a deposit or transferring funds from another account.

The recently introduced overdraft improvements support Wells Fargo's commitment to help customers improve their financial health -- a challenge for many Americans today. Research shows that 57 percent of Americans are struggling financially, and 44 percent say they would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money.

To help more Americans feel more stable and prepared for life's opportunities and challenges, Wells Fargo is providing a growing set of services that make it easier for customers to know where they stand, and make the right financial decisions based on their specific needs and goals.

How Wells Fargo Supports Financial Health
Wells Fargo seeks to provide its customers the personalized, proactive guidance and convenient financial resources they need to support their financial health. These include providing 68 million customers free access to their FICO Credit Score, and a Financial Health Conversations program that has provided personalized plans for more than 23,000 customers since the start of 2015. For Wells Fargo's easy-to-follow financial health guidelines and online tools, see One Little Thing, a financial health resource.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.

Marine Board Hosts Meeting Looking for Smooth Chetco River Season
Oregon Marine Board - 11/14/17 8:05 AM

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold an open house at the Southwestern Oregon Community College, 96082 Lone Ranch Pkwy, in Brookings on November 17, beginning at 3 pm in rooms 138 A & B.

This public gathering follows a February 2017 meeting looking for solutions to crowding, user conflict, and competition for productive angling areas. "The Chetco is popular because it is a great fishery with good access," said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. "There's competition between boat and bank anglers, motorized and non-motorized boating anglers, and guides and non-guides. Typically, the most problems occur when good water conditions coincide with the big three-day weekends or holidays in January and February."

The Board rejected a petition in 2016 to restrict boat operation because, said Henry, "boats were just one part of the problem and shouldn't bear the entire solution." He said, "I think we can do a better job putting law enforcement on the river during those busy times in addition to improving signage as well. The Marine Board wants to engage the community to find ways to get along without regulating one group or another off the river."

Ideas discussed in February included a mix of restrictions on boating and fishing, changes to fisheries management, and increased law enforcement with a focus on apprehending illegal guides. "You may not know they're there, but the Marine Board will have more law enforcement on the river in 2018," said Henry. "They'll be looking for unlicensed guides, people interfering with angling, or who are menacing or threatening assault. Etiquette is a two-way street. Showing courtesy and patience are essential on crowded waterways. It doesn't take much to cross the line." The Marine Board will have an online fillable form set up for public reporting and will respond to complaints.

The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters. No general fund tax dollars are used to support the agency or its programs. Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of law enforcement services (on-the-water enforcement, training and equipment), education/outreach materials and boating access facility grants. The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials. For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.