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12/21/14
US 101 to remain closed north of Florence (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 12/21/14
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US 101 will remain closed indefinitely to pedestrians, bicyclists, and all but emergency vehicles approximately 12 miles north of Florence in Lane County (MP 177) where heavy rains, an active landslide, and a failing retaining wall have resulted in damage to the roadway.

ODOT is taking steps to manage water accumulations near the roadway which can contribute to slide activity. Those steps, along with diminishing rainfall, may allow the road to be reopened to a single lane of traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Any decision on partially reopening the roadway will not be made until Monday. An updated release will be issued when the decision is made.

Travelers will have to choose an alternate route to the Central Coast, as there is no detour available.Northbound traffic is being turned around at Sea Lion Caves (MP 179.1). Southbound traffic is being turned around at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park (MP 176.3).

Nighttime video of the location was shot last evening and is available for media use at: ftp://ftp.odot.state.or.us/outgoing/hw101_mp177/hw101_mp177.VOB


The attached photos were taken this morning, Sunday, 12/21.


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12/20/14
Attempt to Elude Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland (Update # 2) 2nd Suspect in Custody (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
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Update:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers have taken a second suspect in custody in the attempt to elude case on Highway 66.

At 11:27 am, the second passenger involved in the attempt to elude, WILLIAM NOBLE, age 24, from Klamath Falls, turned himself into a resident in the vicinity of Highway 66 near milepost 19.

OSP troopers took custody of NOBLE and are currently enroute to the Jackson County Jail. NOBLE will be lodged on charges of Possession of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Arson 1st Degree, Conspiracy and Attempted Assault 1st degree. Additional charges may be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

OSP troopers and Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies remain in the area and are continuing the search for CHRISTOPHER SELLARS. A photograph of SELLARS is attached to this release.

Motorists and residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center or the OSP Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an attempt to elude that occurred on Friday evening on Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland. Three suspects fled the vehicle after it stopped on Highway 66 near milepost 18. One of the suspects was apprehended within a short time and the other two suspects remain unaccounted for.

On December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:11 pm, OSP troopers attempted a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford SUV on Highway 66 in the Klamath Falls area. The operator of the Ford SUV attempted to elude the troopers on Highway 66 to the area of milepost 18 when the vehicle stopped and three occupants fled on foot. During the attempt to elude one of the occupants in the Ford SUV threw an explosive device at pursuing troopers. Additionally, during the attempt to elude one of the occupants called 9-1-1 to report that bombs and been placed at two local schools in the Klamath Falls area. Investigators determined the claim about the bombs at the Klamath area schools to be unfounded.

Shortly after the Ford SUV stopped one of passengers identified as LEVI CORTEZ, age 25, from Klamath Falls surrendered to troopers. Troopers identified the driver as CHRISTOPHER SELLARS, age 32, from Klamath Falls and the second passenger as WILLIAM NOBLE, age 24, from Klamath Falls. Photographs of SELLARS and NOBLE are attached to this press release.
OSP SWAT was dispatched and responded to the area to assist with the search of the area for SELLARS and NOBLE. OSP, OSP SWAT and Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputies searched the area all night and are continuing their efforts to locate SELLARS and NOBLE.

CORTEZ was taken into custody by troopers and was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of Possession of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Arson 1st Degree, Conspiracy and Attempted Assault 1st degree. Additional charges may be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Law enforcement officials conducted a reverse 9-1-1 call notifying residents in the search area of the situation.

Motorists and residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center or the OSP Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland remained closed throughout the night as law enforcement searched that area and has since been reopened.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and various local fire departments.

Photograph of CORTEZ provided by Jackson County Sheriff's Office

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Fatal Crash Highway 207 between Heppner and Lexington Update - Photo Added (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's single vehicle fatal on Highway 207 between Heppner and Lexington.

Preliminary information indicates that on December 20, 2014 at approximately 9:32 am, OSP troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle fatality crash on Highway 207 near milepost 42. According to investigators a 2002 Hyundai Elantra, driven by, RYAN BENNETT, age 21, from Heppner, was southbound on Highway 207 and failed to negotiate a curve. BENNETT'S vehicle left the roadway and crashed into an airplane hangar that is adjacent to the highway. BENNETT died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. BENNETT was the sole occupant in the vehicle.

Investigators believe that speed is a contributing factor in the crash and seatbelt use in undetermined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, and Heppner Fire Department.

Photograph by OSP

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Serious Injury Crash Highway 58 in Klamath County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's serious injury two vehicle crash on Highway 58 in Klamath County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that on December 20, 2014 at 1:05 pm, a Ford Taurus driven by, SHARRON STEPHENS, age 66, from Albany, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 68. As STEPHENS was negotiating a right hand curve she lost control and her vehicle went into the oncoming lane where she crashed nearly head-on with a westbound Hyundai Minivan, driven by TAMMY MISCHKE, age 37, from La Pine.

STEPHENS was transported by ground ambulance to Riverbend in Springfield with serious injuries. MISCHKE and her son, HUDSON MCDAVID, age 2, were transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles in Bend with serious injuries.

OSP investigators believe that speed and weather/road conditions may have been contributing factors in the crash. All involved were properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders and ODOT.

No photographs available for release.

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US 101 Closure north of Heceta Head (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 12/20/14
US 101 remains closed in both direction approximately 12 miles north of Florence, in Lane County. A retaining wall at an active slide location has been compromised by heavy rain. The highway will be closed until ODOT geotechnical experts can assess the situation. Northbound traffic will be turned around at Sea Lion Caves (MP179.1). Southbound traffic will be turned around at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial Park (MP176.3).


Attached Media Files: 2014-12/1201/80600/US_101_MP_177_2.bmp , 2014-12/1201/80600/US_101_MP_177_1.bmp
Sheriff's Office Asks For You to Watch For Flooding (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/20/14
2/14 Flood
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public to take time and be prepared for high water over the next couple of days. As the water level rises and crests roadways it creates treacherous driving conditions.

According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), it only takes 18-24 inches of moving water for a car to be swept away. Additionally, in 2013, 54% of the deaths associated to flooding were while people were driving. If you come to a road closed due to high water, the Sheriff's Office asks that you, please do not drive around the gates. Driving around the gates is not only dangerous, but can result in you being issued a $110.00 citation.

The most accurate and up to date information regarding road closures can be found at http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/EmergencyManagement/closures/ .

Finally if your property is being affected by rising water, sandbagging materials are available from December 19 - December 22; while heavy rain is in the forecast. The site is located at 300 Cordon Road NE, Salem at the Marion County Fire District #1. The site is open 24/7.


Attached Media Files: 2/14 Flood
Attempt to Elude Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an attempt to elude that occurred on Friday evening on Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland. Three suspects fled the vehicle after it stopped on Highway 66 near milepost 18. One of the suspects was apprehended within a short time and the other two suspects remain unaccounted for.

On December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:11 pm, OSP troopers attempted a traffic stop on a 1999 Ford SUV on Highway 66 in the Klamath Falls area. The operator of the Ford SUV attempted to elude the troopers on Highway 66 to the area of milepost 18 when the vehicle stopped and three occupants fled on foot. During the attempt to elude one of the occupants in the Ford SUV threw an explosive device at pursuing troopers. Additionally, during the attempt to elude one of the occupants called 9-1-1 to report that bombs and been placed at two local schools in the Klamath Falls area. Investigators determined the claim about the bombs at the Klamath area schools to be unfounded.

Shortly after the Ford SUV stopped one of passengers identified as LEVI CORTEZ, age 25, from Klamath Falls surrendered to troopers. Troopers identified the driver as CHRISTOPHER SELLARS, age 32, from Klamath Falls and the second passenger as WILLIAM NOBLE, age 24, from Klamath Falls. Photographs of SELLARS and NOBLE are attached to this press release.

OSP SWAT was dispatched and responded to the area to assist with the search of the area for SELLARS and NOBLE. OSP, OSP SWAT and Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputies searched the area all night and are continuing their efforts to locate SELLARS and NOBLE.

CORTEZ was taken into custody by troopers and was lodged at the Jackson County Jail on charges of Possession of a Destructive Device, Unlawful Manufacturing of a Destructive Device, Arson 1st Degree, Conspiracy and Attempted Assault 1st degree. Additional charges may be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

Law enforcement officials conducted a reverse 9-1-1 call notifying residents in the search area of the situation.

Motorists and residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center or the OSP Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland remained closed throughout the night as law enforcement searched that area and has since been reopened.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, ODOT and various local fire departments.

Photograph of CORTEZ provided by Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland Open (Update #1)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/20/14
Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland is now open.

A multi-agency law enforcement response was on-going in regards to a search for two suspects that fled on foot from a vehicle that attempted to elude officers. Two suspects are still unaccounted for and law enforcement remains in the area searching. Motorists and residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center.

No further information for release. Updated information will be released when it becomes available.

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12/19/14
Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland Closed for Police Operation
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) has Highway 66 between Keno and Ashland closed due to a police operation.

A multi-agency law enforcement response is on-going in regards to a search for two suspects that fled on foot from a vehicle that attempted to elude officers. Residents in the area of Highway 66 near the vicinity of Hyatt Lake should report any suspicious persons or circumstances to the appropriate 911 Dispatch center.

No further information for release. Updated information will be released when it becomes available.

Motorists are urged to use alternate routes and can check the status of the highway closure at www.tripcheck.com.
Attempt to Elude in Salem Area
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested an Astoria man after a multi-agency vehicle pursuit on Friday morning in the Salem area.

According to Sergeant Mark Davie, on December 19, 2014 at 11:03 am (OSP) Northern Command Center dispatched a driving complaint to troopers in the Salem area on Interstate 5. The vehicle associated with the driving complaint was a white Volkswagen Station Wagon and was reported stolen.

OSP troopers along with deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office set up in the area of Interstate 5 and Market Street in an attempt to locate the stolen vehicle. Within a few minutes a Marion County Sheriff's Office Motor Officer located the stolen vehicle on the Southbound Market Street off ramp. Law enforcement units attempted to stop the stolen vehicle but the operator identified as BRANDYN FRANCIS, age 31, from Astoria, attempted to elude officers. FRANCIS attempted to elude on various streets in the area of Market Street and Lancaster Drive and ended when FRANCIS abandoned the vehicle in the parking area of an apartment complex on Anita Court and fled on foot.

OSP troopers and Marion County Sheriff's deputies requested a Salem Police Department Patrol K-9 to assist with the search for FRANCIS. With the assistance of the patrol K9, officers were able to track FRANCIS and found him hiding in a crawl space within the apartment complex. FRANCIS would not come out of the crawl space and after multiple warnings the K9 was deployed into the crawl space. Shortly after FRANCIS was taken into custody and sustained multiple dog bites from the patrol K9. Medics from Salem Fire Department assessed FRANCIS and he was taken to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment.

FRANCIS faces charges of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude a Police Officer (Vehicle), Attempt to Elude a Police Officer (Foot), and Reckless Driving. The listed charges will be referred to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

OSP was assisted during the incident by Marion County Sheriff's Office, Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department.

Questions regarding the Salem Police Department Patrol K9 should be directed to the Salem Police Department.

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With flood watch in effect for much of Oregon, be alert for landslides
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - With heavy rain and flooding projected for the weekend, Oregonians are encouraged to know landslide warning signs. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for many areas of Oregon and Washington for Saturday through Monday afternoon.

Track Oregon flood watches here: http://1.usa.gov/1zJLVZW

"Be aware of flood watches, warnings and advisories for your area, and know what to look out for," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Watch for signs like trickles of falling debris or mud, listen for sounds like trees cracking that might indicate land movement. If you think there's danger, leave immediately."

Areas like bases of steep hillsides, canyon bottoms, road cuts, and places where landslides have previously occurred are particularly hazardous and should be avoided.

Historic weather events offer a look at the often-destructive landslides that come along with floods. From mid-December 1964 to early January 1965, the Pacific Northwest was ravaged by floods that devastated many Oregon communities. Those floods were accompanied by landslides that damaged homes, blocked roads and highways, and cut off water supplies.

The exact number of landslides following the 1964 Christmas Flood wasn't well documented. But geologists say they would have numbered in the thousands, given the more than 9,500 landslides that followed the similar flood devastation of 1996-1997.

"Landslides will be a reality in future major flood events," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "And because Oregon's population is growing, more people, places and property may be at risk."

Land that has slid before tends to slide again - so knowing where past landslides have occurred is critical in helping Oregon communities understand their risks. DOGAMI's inventory maps, which identify locations of previous landslides, are a critical starting place. The Statewide Landslide Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is a collection of all known landslide locations. The SLIDO interactive map at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.

Learn more about landslide hazards and preparedness at http://bit.ly/landslidehazards.
NW Natural Announces Executive Leadership Promotions (Photo)
NW Natural - 12/19/14
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The board of directors for Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has approved several executive promotions including MardiLyn Saathoff to senior vice president and general counsel; Shawn Filippi to vice president and corporate secretary; and Kim Heiting to vice president of communications and chief marketing officer. All three promotions are part of the company's long-term succession planning efforts and will take effect January 1, 2015.

Saathoff will assume the general counsel functions currently performed by Margaret Kirkpatrick who will move into the role of senior vice president of environmental policy until her planned retirement at the end of 2015. Saathoff will report to Gregg Kantor, President and CEO.

Saathoff is currently vice president of legal, risk and compliance and also serves as chief governance officer and corporate secretary. Prior to NW Natural, Saathoff worked for Danaher Corporation, Tektronix, Inc., the Oregon Governor's office, the Oregon Department of Justice, and Stoel Rives, LLP. Saathoff serves on the board of directors for Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Center Stage and the Northwest Gas Association. She holds a master's degree from Lewis & Clark and a JD from Lewis & Clark Law School.

"Margaret Kirkpatrick has made outstanding contributions in her capacity as general counsel since joining the company 10 years ago, and her leadership in this position will be greatly missed. However, her strategic oversight on environmental matters in the year ahead will help us navigate the important work to come on the Portland Harbor site, as well as other ongoing environmental policy efforts," said Kantor. "At the same time, we are excited to move Mardi into the general counsel role. With Mardi, Shawn and Kim we continue to have a talented and seasoned officer team, prepared to lead the company forward."

Shawn Filippi is being promoted to vice president and corporate secretary, reporting to Saathoff. Filippi has been with NW Natural for nearly 10 years, with her most current position as the company's senior legal counsel and assistant corporate secretary. Previously, Filippi was an attorney at Stoel Rives, LLP, where she practiced in the areas of corporate law, securities, finance and mergers and acquisitions. A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, Filippi served as a trustee and chair of the alumni board of directors for the Northwestern School of Law. She has also served as a trustee for the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kim Heiting is being promoted to vice president of communications and chief marketing officer, reporting to David Anderson, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Heiting joined the company in 1998 and has served in a variety of roles during that time, including corporate communications director and chief communications officer. Prior, Heiting held management positions at Bank of America Corporation and Alltel Corporation in Chicago, IL. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University, and currently serves on the board of LifeWorks Northwest and the Northwest Gas Association.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
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Oregon State Police Opens Online Application for Recruit Trooper Hiring Accepted December 20 - January 2, 2015 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
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If you are looking at a possible career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper, now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 and recruitment has begun. Using the State of Oregon's E-Recruit electronic application system, Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted starting 12:01 a.m., December 20, 2014, through 11:59 p.m., January 2, 2015.

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Thursday, January 8, and Friday, January 9, 2015
* Session #2 - Saturday, January 10, and Sunday, January 11, 2015

Both Entry Level Testing sessions will be held in Salem at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE.

Applicants are urged to prepare beforehand for the application process and Entry Level Testing. Those who believe this is the lateral or entry level opportunity they have been looking for can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175.


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Be alert for landslides and debris flows in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/19/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - With heavy rain and flooding projected for the weekend, Oregonians are encouraged to know landslide warning signs. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for many areas of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.

Specific flood watch areas include:

- Cascade Foothills in Lane County
- Cascades in Lane County
- Central Coast Range of Western Oregon
- Central Columbia River Gorge
- Central Oregon Coast
- Central Willamette Valley
- Coast Range of Northwest Oregon
- Greater Portland Metro Area
- Lower Columbia
- North Oregon Coast
- Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills
- Northern Oregon Cascades
- South Willamette Valley
- Upper Hood River Valley
- Western Columbia River Gorge

Track this Flood Watch here: http://1.usa.gov/13kPitw

"Be aware of flood watches, warnings and advisories for your area, and know what to look out for," says Ali Ryan, earth science information officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Watch for signs like trickles of falling debris or mud, listen for sounds like trees cracking that might indicate land movement. If you think there's danger, leave immediately."

Areas like bases of steep hillsides, canyon bottoms, road cuts, and places where landslides have previously occurred are particularly hazardous and should be avoided.

Historic weather events offer a look at the often-destructive landslides that come along with floods. From mid-December 1964 to early January 1965, the Pacific Northwest was ravaged by floods that devastated many Oregon communities. Those floods were accompanied by landslides that damaged homes, blocked roads and highways, and cut off water supplies.

The exact number of landslides following the 1964 Christmas Flood wasn't well documented. But geologists say they would have numbered in the thousands, given the more than 9,500 landslides that followed the similar flood devastation of 1996-1997.

"Landslides will be a reality in future major flood events," says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist. "And because Oregon's population is growing, more people, places and property may be at risk."

Land that has slid before tends to slide again - so knowing where past landslides have occurred is critical in helping Oregon communities understand their risks. DOGAMI's inventory maps, which identify locations of previous landslides, are a critical starting place. The Statewide Landslide Database for Oregon (SLIDO) is a collection of all known landslide locations. The SLIDO interactive map at www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido makes locating landslides as simple as entering an address.

Learn more about landslide hazards and preparedness at http://bit.ly/landslidehazards.

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Smoke Alarms and Cruising Vessels -Early Detection can Save Lives (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 12/19/14
Example of RV Smoke Alarms
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When winter weather sets in, live-aboard boaters on cruising vessels and sailboats (boats with cabins) crank up the heat and spend more time inside. But many of these types of boats are not equipped with smoke alarms, and early detection has proven to save lives in homes and RV's. So why are smoke alarms rarely found on boats that have cabin spaces? You guessed it. They're not required. However, the Oregon State Marine Board wants to appeal to owners of cruising vessels that the risk of fire on board your boat can happen, and it's worth it to invest in the most reliable and affordable life saving device out on the market -a smoke alarm.

While not required for recreational vessels, the Coast Guard Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 46 guidelines requires that smoke alarms be installed in the sleeping compartments of small inspected passenger vessels. An RV rated smoke alarm (label reads UL 217 RV) is approved for use on cruising vessels. Unlike the smoke alarms used in homes, the RV rated alarms must withstand higher temperature variations, vibrations, humidity and mild saltwater exposure. The RV rated smoke alarm is similarly recommended for use on recreational boats by the National Fire Protection Association. However, due to the extreme environments in some areas, experts recommend regular inspections and a replacement cycle roughly every five years.

Cruising vessels have a variety of potential fire dangers, more than a typical home. Pleasure boats have a high fire load in the form of combustible fuel storage that supplies multiple on-board devices, an AC and DC electrical system (which are subject to regular moisture that causes corrosion, vibration and jarring as part of the normal use). A boat's construction materials are extremely combustible as are interior furnishings. According to Boat U.S., 55% of boat fires are electrical in nature and will start in a smoldering state. Propulsion, fuel, engine and exhaust problems, as well as unattended cooking, careless smoking, heating devices and other appliances are also among the causes. In all of these cases, early detection of smoke can be the key to preventing a fire or stopping it in the early stages.

Many people have smoke alarms in their homes and RV's, so why not the boat? This simple device can save lives, protect neighboring boats, docks or structures if the boat is kept at a moorage. A smoke alarm is the cheapest insurance you can buy for your on-the-water home or pleasure craft.

For more information about the Marine Board and other required equipment, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/BoatLaws/Pages/Regulations.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Audio Release , Example of RV Smoke Alarms
Linn Deputies Receive Award
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/19/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is proud to announce that several of his deputies were recently recognized by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for outstanding accomplishments at the annual conference in Bend Oregon.

Sergeant Dave Lawler, Deputy Chris Titus, volunteer Deputy Bill Ellison and Albany Police Officer Jim Estes were presented with a Life Saving Award. This award was in recognition of their actions during a S.W.A.T. call that involved an armed standoff in Scio on Christmas night 2013.

The standoff involved an individual armed with a rifle, who later started his mother's residence on fire. Sergeant Lawler showed great restraint when confronted by the armed suspect. Sergeant Lawler's decision not to shoot the male, ultimately aided in saving this person's life. Deputies Titus, Ellison and Officer Estes were able to enter the burning residence and pull the male from harm, saving his life.

Deputies frequently face situations where deadly force is justified. Deputies are required to make split second decisions based on the totality of each circumstance.

In addition, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association presented Staff Sergeant Micah Smith with the Deputy of the Year award. Smith worked as a detective for eight years and started the sheriff's office Digital Forensics and Cyber Crimes unit. Smith is a nationally recognized trainer and expert witness in Technology-Facilitated Child Sex Crimes.

Smith was promoted to Staff Sergeant within the Support Division and supervises Dispatch, Records, Evidence and Information Technologies. Smith continues to maintain a high reputation within our agency and community.

Sheriff Riley feels it is important to recognize the outstanding job deputies do on a day-to-day basis in Linn County. Riley said "serving our citizens with dignity, honesty, and compassion, is something we continuingly strive for. " Sheriff Riley added, "I am very proud of my staff and in particular, these deputies for their sound judgment and professionalism."
Oregon State Police Acting Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/19/14
Lt. Steve Mitchell will be the acting Public Information Officer for Dec 19, Dec 20 and Dec 21. Media may contact him at the OSPPIO@STATE.OR.US email address.
12/18/14
Health Republic Insurance Extends Open Enrollment Window Until December 31 For January 1 Coverage
Health Republic Insurance - 12/18/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Dec. 18, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, recently announced that the company extended its open enrollment window until midnight December 31, 2014 for those looking to secure coverage by January 1, 2015.

To secure coverage, interested parties must call Health Republic at 503-673-3577 or go directly to the company's website at www.healthrepublicinsurance.org. The extension deadline for coverage is not available through the federal exchange (www.healthcare.gov).

The open enrollment period ends Feb. 15, 2015, but to avoid a lapse in coverage an application and payment must be submitted to Health Republic by December 31, 2014.

About Health Republic Insurance

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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/18/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 22, 2015 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Tammera Hinshaw at least 48 hours before the meeting at (503)373-1553 or tammera.hinshaw@state.or.us.

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the October 23, 2014 meeting.

B. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training

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

D. *OAR 259-061-0190 - Repeal
Code of Ethical Conduct

E. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0130, 259-060-0145 and 259-060-0450
Civil Penalties

F. *OAR 259-060-0060 and 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Changes
Tamper-proof Bags

G. *OAR 259-060-0300 and 259-061-0300
Criminal Justice Commission Crimes

H. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0060, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0130 and 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Changes
Private Security Professional Basic Classroom/Renewal Hours
Academic Proficiency Standard Exception

I. *OAR 259-008-0005 and 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule
CPR/First Aid Requirements, Leave Clarifications, and Housekeeping

J. *Jason Terkelson - Medical Waiver

K. *Telecommunications Field Training Manual - Revisions and Update

L. *Matthew Stallings - PSID#60747 - NOT to Revoke

M. *Raymond McNeely - DPSST#46177 - Coquille PD - Not Revoke

N. *David Fuller - DPSST#16332 - Columbia County SO - Revocation

O. *Matthew Tiller - DPSST#53939 - Union County SO - Not Deny Application for Training

P. *Bryan Turk - DPSST#54377 - DOC - Not Deny Application for Training

Q. *Policy Committee Appointments
Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee
. Randall Scott - Hospitality Representative - New appointment
. Michael Snyder - Unarmed Representative - New appointment
. Jimmie Edmonds - Alarm Monitor Representative - New appointment

Corrections Policy Committee
. Kristen Hanthorn - Oregon Assn Community Corrections Directors - New appointment

Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee (PLAC)
. Derry York - Reappointment

Telecommunications Policy Committee
. Randy Wood - OFCA Representative - New appointment

2. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

3. Policy Committee Update
. Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
. Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
. Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
. Private Security Policy Committee - Bill Geiger, Chair
. Telecommunications Policy Committee - Toni Sexton, Chair

5. Next meeting date: April 23, 2015


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Whale Watching Week kicks off Dec. 27 on Oregon coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/18/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) again is hosting Whale Watch Week Dec. 27-31 at 24 designated whale watching sites along the coast. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at the sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help visitors spot gray whales heading south.

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

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

OPRD reminds visitors to be aware of winter storms and high waves--respect closures, stay off the sand and watch storms from an elevated location.
Chuck Sams and Gayle Yamasaki appointed to Oregon Cultural Trust board; Carole Morse succeeds Bob Speltz as chair (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 12/18/14
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Salem, Ore. - Chuck Sams of Pendleton and Gayle Yamasaki of Klamath Falls are the newest members of the Oregon Cultural Trust board. The appointments were announced at the Dec. 11 Cultural Trust board meeting; Sams and Yamasaki were nominated by Gov. John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon Senate.

At the same meeting, board member Carole Morse, the former longtime president of the PGE Foundation, was unanimously approved to succeed Bob Speltz as chair of the Cultural Trust board.

"We are excited by these appointments," said Kendall Clawson, Gov. Kitzhaber's deputy chief of staff and arts and culture policy adviser. "Chuck is a recognized leader in Native American conservancy efforts and Gayle has tremendous experience, passion and influence in the state's education field.

"We also are extremely proud and grateful to have Carole Morse agree to serve as the Trust's next board chair. Her track record as a cultural advocate and fundraiser is unparalleled. For her to make the Trust one of her priorities is a tremendous gift. We thank Bob Speltz for his leadership and service and are fortunate to have the mantle passed between two such steady hands."

Sams, the director of communications for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, grew up on the reservation where he is enrolled Walla Walla and Cayuse, with family ties to the Yanktonia Sioux and Cocopah Tribes. After graduating from Pendleton High School he joined the U.S. Navy, graduating with honors from the United States Navy Intelligence Training Center A School. He spent several years in Naval intelligence, then returned home in 1992 to begin a dedicated conservancy career. In 2000 he received a U.S. President's Service Medal from the White House and the Points of Light Foundation for his work on salmon restoration in the Columbia River basin. He also was honored as a 2011 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award finalist for his dedication to the repatriation of conservation and cultural lands to tribes.

"Oregon's diverse culture is to be celebrated and the Cultural Trust supports visionary Oregonians and cultural organizations that keep our heritage alive," said Sams. "Being able to serve as a member of the board is an honor and privilege and I look forward to sustaining the great work happening across our state."

Yamasaki is an education and cultural leader in Klamath Falls and southern Oregon. She is currently the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program coordinator for the Klamath Falls City School District and an advocate for the arts, culture and heritage through her role as a "story catcher." Most recently, she has led two projects focused on intergenerational and cross-cultural education programs. In 2007, Gayle worked with the Oregon Institute of Technology on "Voices: A Legacy of Hopefulness" to connect students and tribal elders through a photography project. In 2013, she led "Breaking the Silence: The Power of Voice," an interpretive student visual art project using Japanese American experiences/stories from the Tule Lake Segregation Center.

"My goal is to increase access for rural and at-'promise' youth to the arts," said Yamasaki, "to have them take part in the richness of culture, art and heritage that is not only reflective of who they are but what they can be."

Morse retired as president of the Portland General Electric Foundation in May after almost 19 years of service. Her work with PGE's Foundation and as its community investments manager received national and regional attention, including a Business for Culture and the Arts Top Ten award -- recognizing the top 10 companies in the country that support the arts -- and a 2001 Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Carole serves as immediate past chair on the board of All Hands Raised and currently chairs the 50th Anniversary Gala for Portland Opera (scheduled for June of 2015). She has been honored for her arts advocacy by Oregon Children's Theatre, Young Audiences of Oregon/SW Washington, the National Association of Counties and Multnomah County. In 2013, she received the Ron Schmidt Community Involvement Award from the Public Relations Society of America and the John Hampton arts leadership award from BCA.

"Having been a Trust advocate since its inception, I am thrilled to be working with an incredible staff and board to encourage many more Oregonians to take advantage of the tax credit so that we can achieve our goals of robustly supporting arts, culture, humanities and heritage in our beautiful state," said Carole.

Sams and Yamasaki begin their four-year terms immediately. Morse assumes her role as chair of the Trust board on Jan. 1.
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Marion county Detectives on Scene of Residential Fire **Booking Photo Added*** (Photo)
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Attached is a copy of John Duran's booking photograph.

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At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a duplex. The fire consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Inside of the residence firefighters found, 81 year old, Candido Duran of Jefferson a resident of the duplex. It has been determined through the investigation that Candido Duran died of injuries sustained during the fire.

As a result of the investigation conducted by the Marion Polk Fire Investigation team, John Duran, age 36, a resident of the duplex and son of Mr. Duran, has been arrested for Manslaughter 2, Reckless Burning and Recklessly Endangering Another. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to make any further statements regarding this investigation. Any additional information requested must be obtained from the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Finally the Duran family has expressed that they have no interest in being contacted by or conducting interviews with the media. A collection has been created to benefit the displaced family located on the opposite side of the duplex. A list of items needed by the displaced family may be obtained at the Jefferson Fire District or the Jefferson City Hall.

If you witnessed or have information regarding the investigation please call our tip line at 503-540-8079. A booking photograph will be made available as soon as possible.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene and will continue working through the day on the house fire located in the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway. Detectives have confirmed that the body of a male has been located inside of the residence. Again it is very early into the investigation and detectives are still working diligently to determine a cause for the fire.

Media is asked that if they are responding to the scene to park at the Jefferson Baptist Church parking lot. Parking on the side of Jefferson Highway will not be permitted.


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At about 3:00 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 15000 block of Jefferson Highway to assist the fire department with a fire inside of a residence. The fire has consumed both sides of the duplex and the residence is a total loss.

Detectives with specialized training have been called to the scene to attempt to determine exactly what happened. Jefferson Highway is currently closed but is expected to reopen within the hour. This is obviously very early into this investigation and the Sheriff's Office will release additional details as soon as they are available.


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2nd Alarm House Fire (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 12/17/14
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On December 17, 2014 at 2:55 a.m. Jefferson Fire District was dispatched to a duplex house fire at 15102 & 15104 Jefferson Hwy 99 E in Jefferson, Oregon. Upon arrival Fire Chief Jon Zeilman could see the duplex was fully engulfed in flames and called for a second alarm at 3:03 a.m. It appears that the fire began on the owner's side of the house at 15104 and then moved towards the entire duplex. The duplex is a complete loss.

The owner and his grandson lived at 15104. The owner (whose name is not being released at this time) did not escape from the duplex and was a confirmed fatality. Johanna Velek and her two grandchildren Gracie, age 7, and Christian, age 6, Moreno-Velek was renting the other side of the duplex. Johanna who had fallen asleep on the couch, woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm. She went down the hall to the bathroom and then to Gracie's room where there is a door that cannot be opened that separates the two duplexes. She saw smoke pouring out around the door into Gracie's room. She banged on the door knowing that on the other side was the grandson's room. She didn't hear any response. She then heard several loud popping sounds and was fearful for her and the children's safety. She gathered her grandchildren and exited out the back door. The kids each had a 4 month old Siamese kitten. Johanna left the door open hoping the kittens got out safely. The kittens haven't been accounted for at this time. Johanna tried to call 911 when a neighbor saw her and told her that they had called 911 and help was on the way. Johanna saw the grandson standing outside the house and learned that his grandfather was still in the house.

The renter Johanna does not have renter's insurance. She and her two grandchildren will be staying with her son at this time. They all left the house in such a hurry none of them had shoes on.

If you are interested in helping the family you may contribute monetary donations or drop off items at either the Jefferson Fire Station at 189 N Main Street, Jefferson Baptist Church, or the Jefferson Methodist church.

The fire is under investigation. The estimated damages are undetermined at this time.

Albany Fire, Aumsville, Scio, Stayton, and Turner Fire Districts were dispatched to assist on the call. A section of Jefferson Hwy 99 E was closed from Talbot Road to Robison Road for approximately one hour and currently one lane is opened at this time. At 4:15 a.m., the fire was deemed under control. There was one fatality and no injuries to report.


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Two Vehicle Crash near Siletz results in citation to driver
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
On December 16th, 2014 at about 6:00 PM, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Newport Area Command responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision that occurred on SR-229 around milepost 25.
The investigation showed a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe being driven by Joanne Greene, 62, of Logsden, was northbound on SR 229 when it stopped due to a road struck deer in the roadway. A 2004 Subaru Impreza, being operated by Miranda Garrett, 19, of Siletz, was also northbound on SR 229 and drove into the back of the Chevrolet. After the impact, the Subaru came to rest partially blocking the northbound lane before catching fire. Garrett and her passengers escaped from the Subaru with only minor injuries. The Chevrolet continued north to Camp 12 Loop where Greene stopped and awaited EMS personnel. The occupants in all the vehicles were wearing seat-belts and the airbags deployed in the Subaru. SR-229 was completely blocked for approximately 1 hour as police and rescue personnel worked to clear the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Siletz Fire and PACWEST Ambulance. At the conclusion of the investigation, Garrett was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
Death Investigation continuing at Snake River Correctional Institution
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
The Malheur County Major Crimes Team is continuing its investigation into the death of an inmate at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Malheur County.

On Thursday, December 11th, 2014, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was found deceased at the facility. His body was transported to the State Police Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The Malheur County Major Crimes Team, consisting of the Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Department, Ontario Police Department, and the OSP Forensic Laboratory, was activated to investigate the death.

The investigation is continuing and no charges have been filed at this time. Upon completion, the investigation will be forwarded to the Malheur County District Attorney's Office for review and consideration of any criminal charges at that time.
Chase in stolen car leads to three apprehended after shooting at a pursuing officer. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/17/14
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On December 15, 2014, at about 9:20 AM, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office located a black 2005 Honda Civic traveling on US Hwy 26 near NW Gumwood, northwest of Madras. The car had been reported as stolen earlier that morning to the Warm Springs Police Department. When the Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle it accelerated, fleeing from the officer. Officers from Warm Springs Police, Madras Police Department, and the Oregon State Police responded to the area to assist in apprehending the fleeing vehicle.

During the pursuit an OSP Trooper became the lead vehicle in a rural area just outside the rural community of Gateway within Jefferson County. The pursuit continued on several county roadways at speeds exceeding 70 mph, during which time a passenger fired a rifle at the pursuing OSP Trooper. The pursuit eventually entered the community of Gateway where the fleeing car lost control on icy roads and crashed into a fence in front of a private residence. The three occupants of the stolen car fled on foot into nearby farm fields.

Jefferson County Deputies with the assistance of Warm Springs Police located the three occupants and placed them into custody a short time later without incident at a nearby property. The OSP Trooper and other involved Officers were uninjured during the incident. A Winchester .270 caliber rifle was located within the stolen car.

The subjects were identified as the driver Colleen Kalama, age 23, a passenger Stuart Smith, age 39, both of Warm Springs, and Stefan Sutterlee, age 24, of Madras.

All three were lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on several outstanding charges.
OSP worked in cooperation with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Any further inquiries should be directed to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.


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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 12/17/14
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 92nd Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

What: Basic Telecommunications #92 Graduation

Date: December 19, 2014

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy / 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

Time: 11:00 a.m. - Reception following ceremony

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

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Members of Graduating Class

Dispatcher Holly Booras
North Bend Police Department

Dispatcher Jonathan Burton
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Talia Dehart
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Cammie Denton
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Angela Drorbaugh
Portland Community College DPS

Dispatcher Amber Garrick
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Belynda Griffin
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Raymond Henschel
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Kimberly Hoffman
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Sara Jury
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Raelee Kinley
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Theresa McFadden
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Michelle Mertins
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Travis Morse
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jennifer Pedrola
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jessica Powers
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Christy Reeder
Tillamook County 911

Dispatcher Mackenzie Ryan
W.C.C.C.A.

Dispatcher Kathryn Sampson
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jordan Smith
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Deborah Storns
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Amanda Therien
Albany Police Department

Supervisor John Thompson
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Meghan Whitlock
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 230 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of more than 40,000 constituents that includes city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Free First Day horseback ride at Elijah Bristow State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Elijah Bristow State Park will offer a special "equestrian hike" for horseback riders.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar and search for "First Day Hikes" in the Event category.

Hike time: Staggered starts beginning at 10 a.m.
Starting location: Equestrian staging area
Terrain and length of trail: Gravel and dirt trail about 5 miles, with longer option
Contact information: 541-912-5827
Additional details: Bring your own horse for a ride with Ranger Sean "Mule Skinner" Stewart. Be prepared for wet and muddy conditions. Trail route includes bridges.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, call the park directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter or Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Reedsport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11 a.m.
Starting location: Lake Marie day-use parking lot
Length of trail: Easy, 1 mile
Contact information: (541) 271-4118
Additional details: Hike around Lake Marie, a pleasant adventure for all ages.
Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at South Beach State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Newport OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at South Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 9-10:30 a.m.
Starting location: Day-use parking area
Terrain and length of trail: Flat paved or dirt path--2 1/4 miles
Contact information: (541) 270-1578
Additional details: Hike through scenic coastal foredunes and forested wetlands and come back on the beach, weather permitting.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Local attractions offer reciprocal admission to members in 2015 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/17/14
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Portland, OR - As a special gift this holiday season, local attractions are collaborating to offer expanded benefits to members. Members of the Historic Deepwood Estate, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Washington County Museum, and World Forestry Center can use their membership cards to access free admission to a different attraction each month in 2015 for up to four people, regardless of their level of membership.

Organized by the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance, this promotion was created as a way to show appreciation for all of our loyal members, as well as to highlight the important work that local attractions do in our community.

Join one of these organizations for special access to nine local attractions:

January: Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
japanesegarden.com

February: World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
worldforestry.org

March: Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
ohs.org

April: Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett Street
Portland, OR 97209
lansugarden.org

May & June

Washington County Museum
120 E Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97124
washingtoncountymuseum.org

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
26385 NW Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, OR 97124
ricenorthwestmuseum.org

September: Portland Children's Museum*
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
portlandcm.org
*Note: All visits to Portland Children's Museum must include a child. Adults may not visit the Museum by themselves.

November: Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
oregonzoo.org

December: Historic Deepwood Estate
1116 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
historicdeepwoodestate.org



About the Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance
The Portland Attractions Marketing Alliance is a professional organization consisting of marketing representatives from all major attractions in Greater Portland. The group meets on a quarterly basis, and explores partnership opportunities, ideas for cross-promotion, and collaboration with Travel Portland.


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Free First Day Hike at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Florence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is below. The usual $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1 only.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: noon-2 p.m.
Starting location: West Woahink Meeting Hall
Length of trail: 2 miles, moderate difficulty. May be difficult for children under 7 years old
Contact information: (541) 997-3851
Additional details: Explore the new Woahink Lake Trail

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Florence OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 1-2 p.m.
Starting location: Campground host site
Terrain and length of trail: Mostly flat, 1-mile
Contact information: (541) 547-3416, ext. 229
Additional details: Uncover the mysteries of the China Creek Ranch on this hike led by a local historian.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Free First Day Hike at Bullards Beach State Park on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/17/14
Bandon OR - For the fourth year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike to take place at Bullards Beach State Park is below.

These same details, along with directions to the park, are available on the Oregon State Parks website--go to bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

Hike time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Starting location: Campground amphitheater
Terrain and length of trail: Mostly flat trail with some uneven surfaces on asphalt/wood chips--approximately 2 miles (1?1/2 hours) round-trip
Contact information: (541) 260-4944
Additional details: Ranger-led interpretive nature hike along the Pearl Trail to the beach and back.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. In case of inclement weather, the park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.
Life Reimagined Survey Indicates Money Can Buy Happiness
AARP Oregon - 12/17/14
Life Reimagined Survey Indicates Money Can Buy Happiness
Practicality plays a lead role in achieving life's goals and New Year's resolutions;
Life Reimagined launches tools to help

WASHINGTON, D.C.--According to a survey conducted by Life Reimagined, in association with Luntz Global, financial security tops the list of changes that would increase one's happiness. With the New Year in sight, Life Reimagined conducted an online survey to determine the priorities of Americans, ages 40-59. Though the majority of the 1,000 respondents defined their self-worth by their family and relationships, the results emphasized the importance of money and a successful career to a person's overall happiness.

* Financial security tops the list of changes that would most increase happiness (39%), and is the most commonly cited obstacle to prioritizing things that would make people happier (33%).

* When given a choice, 71% of respondents prefer extra money to extra time in the day.

* In reflecting on their choices to date, the one thing 21% of respondents wish they had done differently is make smarter financial decisions. Furthermore 12% wish they had pursued a career path with more financial security.

What is a Life Budget?
The primary goal of the Life Reimagined study was to understand people's current and ideal "Life Budgets" - how they allocate their time, energy and passion across various areas of their lives. People were able to identify one "budget" that was their reality and another that was their preference, bringing to light the differences between what we want and what we do. Unsurprisingly, one's aspirations do not always match reality, and this is primarily a result of the pursuit of financial security.

"This is often the time of year when we start to reflect on our lives and see that what we are doing and what we want to be doing are two different things," says Emilio Pardo, Executive Vice President at AARP and President of Life Reimagined. "Our goal is to give practical and useful advice to help make changes - one small step at a time. The holidays and a new year can be overwhelming, and we are here to help."

The study showed several examples of the differences between current priorities and ideal ones:
* Out of nine designated categories, the average person aged 40-59, budgets 21% of their time, energy, and passion to their job or career.
* However, the preference is only 12%, ranking below significant other (23%) and children (18%), and tying with health and wellness (12%).
* In contrast, when asked how one derives self-worth, 71% responded family and close friends, while only 29% indicated that their job defined their self-worth.

Life Reimagined Takes Action
Just in time for the New Year, Life Reimagined offers new, free tools and content, developed by Life Reimagined Institute's thought leaders, focused on making and keeping resolutions. According to Dr. Christine Whelan, professor of sociology, author and Life Reimagined expert, the reason so many people fail to keep their resolutions is because they are making the wrong ones. With the platform's two newest programs, Whelan takes a two-step approach, first with "Resolutions in Focus," which invites users to ask why they want to make a change and ensures that goals are based on one's values and priorities, not outside influences. Whelan's second program tackles the next step - now that users know the right resolutions to make, "Complete Your Goal With Self Control," shares best methods for harnessing the self-control necessary to commit to those resolutions and bring about positive change.

Knowing that financial woes are top-of-mind as the Life Reimagined community reassesses its "life budgets," leading financial expert Jean Chatzky offers advice on the best ways to successfully transition their careers after having already established themselves in a specific field. As the keynote speaker at multiple Reimagine Work events across the country, Jean shared insights into how to be fiscally responsible when changing jobs or launching a business. For those who were not able to see her presentation in-person, she shares her best tips on how to budget for your next big career move on LifeReimagined.org in a signature article, "Money is the Answer. What's the Question?"

While 69% of survey participants responded saying they were satisfied with what they had accomplished in life, the discrepancies between respondents' actual and ideal "life budgets" indicate that the Life Reimagined community overall would like to make changes to improve their happiness. The central idea of Life Reimagined is the belief that small steps are necessary to bring about change - no matter how easy or difficult, big or small they may seem. With targeted programs and content developed, based on the knowledge gleaned from this survey and years of research and experience coming from the Institute, Life Reimagined continues to uphold its commitment to delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities.

Full survey results are available on LifeReimagined.aarp.org/media-kit.
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About Life Reimagined
Life Reimagined was launched by AARP in 2013 to provide a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions and live their lives to the fullest. By offering online and offline experiences made up of tools, experts and community, Life Reimagined helps people reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to navigate transitions and new life phases. Learn more at http://lifereimagined.aarp.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity of AARP that is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Holiday Closure
Roseburg Sch. Dist. - 12/17/14
All Roseburg Public Schools will be closed December 22, 2014 until Monday, January 5, 2015.

The administrative office of Roseburg Public Schools will be closed December 22-26, 2014 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. The office will be open Monday-Wednesday, December 29-31, 2014, during normal office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) but will be closed Thursday and Friday, January 1-2, 2015 in observance of the New Year Holiday.

Normal office hours will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.
12/16/14
Oregon Fire Service Museum Needs YOUR help!
Oregon Fire Service Museum - 12/16/14
The Oregon Fire Service Museum and Learning Center is asking for your help in raising the funding to complete the Phase 1 construction of a new museum and learning center in Salem, OR. A GO FUND ME site has been established where donations can be made. Please visit:

http://www.gofundme.com/gp0gxo

For more information on the Museum and or to obtain membership, please visit the Oregon Fire Service Museum's website at oregonfireservicemuseum.org. If you want to become involved in the museum, have fire memorabilia to donate, or apparatus to donate, please email us directly at oregonfiremuseum@gmail.com

OFSM is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a statewide fire museum in order to share the story of structural and wildland fire service, past, present, and future, honor those in fire service, and provide and promote public fire safety education. By preserving, restoring, and displaying fire service artifacts, we will tell the story of evolving firefighting and fire prevention technology.
Upcoming tax symposium aims to help families with forested property
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/16/14
Does your family own forested land? Are you sometimes in need of accurate tax information and help related to forestland ownership?

There's little in the way of up-to-date, comprehensive information in one place regarding all aspects of forestland taxes affecting Oregon families, but an upcoming symposium may help.

"Understanding Oregon's Family Forest Tax Landscape," a symposium to help landowners, foresters and others learn about the myriad of taxes related to forest ownership, is being held Monday, January 26, at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The symposium is sponsored by the Committee for Family Forestlands, which advises the Oregon Board of Forestry about matters affecting family forest owners, and the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, which represents small forest owners statewide.

More than a year in the making, the symposium is intended to illuminate the breadth of taxes related to Oregon's family-owned forests and to provide a forum to discuss options about best practices. The symposium will also be a chance to mingle with attorneys and accountants familiar with forest tax issues.

Keynote speaker and planned topics
Keynote speaker Clint Bentz (Boldt, Carlisle & Smith, Certified Public Accountants) opens the symposium with his talk about the risks and rewards of family forestland ownership.
Concurrent session topics include income taxes and the reforestation tax deferral, Oregon's forest property and harvest tax programs, how to minimize estate taxes and optimize income tax basis, how conservation easements can protect forestland and general tax benefit potential, top ten ways to minimize the tax bite from activities on your forest land, and, how to find a professional tax advisor who is a good fit for your situation.

Organizations supporting this event include the Oregon Forest Resources Institute; OSU Forestry & Natural Resources Extension; the Oregon Department of Forestry; the Oregon Tree Farm System and the Society of American Foresters.

Continuing education credits are available for attorneys, accountants, and professional foresters. You can support the event by attending as a participant, sponsoring a booth or making a donation.

Cost: General online registration is $45 for landowners and Society of American Forester members; continuing online education registration is $105 for attorneys and CPA's. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch, beverages and snacks provided. Space is limited so register early.

About the Committee for Family Forestlands
The Committee for Family Forestlands provides information and counsel to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester in matters relating to family forestlands, including maintenance of a viable family forestland base, protection of resources and positive contributions to Oregon's vitality.

For more information about the Symposium and to register, please contact OSWA at 503-588-1813 or taxsymposium@gmail.com
Sheriff's Office Investigating a Student Death at Chemawa Indian School***Update 3*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/16/14
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Today at about 12:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified by the State Medical Examiner that Melissa Abell, age 18 died of natural causes. The Sheriff's Office's thoughts continue to be with the family, school mates and staff who were all impacted by the tragic death of Ms. Abell.

Additionally we would like to thank the media for their respectful coverage of this matter and their continued observance of the family's wishes to be left in peace during their time of grieving. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this matter.

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The Sheriff's Office has obtained permission from Sugar Shot Photography for the use of the copyrighted image contained within this release. Any further questions regarding the photograph or its usage can be directed to Sharolynn Hammond at sugarshotphotography@gmail.com

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The decedent in yesterdays tragic death at Chemawa Indian School has been identified as Melissa Abell, age 18 of Nampa, Idaho. The Sheriff's Office is still working closely with family and the Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death. As of the time of this release the autopsy of Ms. Abell has not yet been completed.

The family of Ms. Abell has stated that several media outlets have reached out to them via social media. The family has asked the Sheriff's Office to communicate with media that they have no intention of making a statement or conducting interviews with media. The Sheriff's Office respectfully requests that all media please refrain from contacting the family during their time of grieving.

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Today at about 7:30 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the Chemawa Indian School, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem after an eighteen year old female collapsed in her room. Chemawa is a Native American boarding school that contracts with the Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services.

When emergency personnel arrived they attempted to resuscitate the student but were unable to do so. The Sheriff's Office is working in conjunction with the child's family, the US Attorney's Office, State Medical Examiner and Chemawa Indian School to determine what may have caused this tragic death. Currently there is nothing to suggest any foul play.

Sheriff Jason Myers commented, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and students at Chemawa Indian School." As a precautionary measure the US Attorney has ordered an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the child's name, photograph or any further details regarding the investigation until Monday.


Attached Media Files: Abell
DOGAMI names new Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program leader
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/16/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Thomas Ferrero will join the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) as the Assistant Director responsible for leading the Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation Program.

Mr. Ferrero comes to DOGAMI from six years with the California Department of Conservation's Office of Mine Reclamation (OMR), where he managed the Compliance and Engineering Geology Units. Before joining OMR, he spent 25 years as a consulting engineering, mining and groundwater geologist based in Ashland, Ore. He brings deep knowledge of Oregon's mineral resources, experience in consensus-building regulation and reclamation activities, and proven leadership of science-oriented programs.

He graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in geology and is a certified engineering geologist in Oregon and California.

DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) program oversees the operating permitting and reclamation plans for mining, oil and gas, and geothermal activities in Oregon. Program offices are located in Albany, Ore.

Mr. Ferrero will begin his work with DOGAMI on Jan. 20, 2015.
Video: Employment In Oregon November 2014 News Conference
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Video of today's news conference covering the November 2014 employment situation in Oregon may be found at the following link:

http://youtu.be/d87OL1tRogw
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon November 2014 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/16/14
Oregon's Payroll Employment Reaches All-Time High in November

After seven years, Oregon's payroll employment rose above its pre-recession peak in November. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment jumped to a record level of 1,740,800, which was 3,000 above the prior peak reached in December 2007.

November marked the largest one-month gain for Oregon since comparable records began in 1990. Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,200. This followed a revised gain of 7,400 in October, with growth not as strong as the originally estimated gain of 9,900. These monthly job totals are produced each month by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Gains across the major industries in November were broad-based. Six of the major industries each added more than 1,000 jobs. It is rare for so many industries to gain that many jobs in one month. Retail trade (+2,200 jobs), professional and business services (+1,900), leisure and hospitality (+1,700), construction (+1,400), wholesale trade (+1,100), and government (+1,100) were the industries adding the most jobs.

Oregon's unemployment rate stood at 7.0 percent in November, the same as the prior two months. The state's rate has been close to 7.0 percent throughout the past 12 months. Oregon's unemployment rate has changed little in part because the state's employment gains have been matched by rapid labor force growth.

The labor force grew rapidly again in November, expanding for the seventh consecutive month. Since November 2013, the number of Oregonians employed has expanded by nearly 41,000, while the labor force has also grown by nearly 41,000. Meanwhile the number of unemployed remained unchanged at nearly 132,000.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the November county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, December 22nd and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for December on Wednesday, January 21st.??NLG

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. 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. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact 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


Attached Media Files: 2014-12/930/80459/employment_in_Oregon_--_November_2014_--_press_release.pdf
AARP Announces the top 10 Movies for Grownups(R) of 2014
AARP Oregon - 12/16/14
AARP ANNOUNCES THE TOP 10 MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS(R) OF 2014
List Narrows the Field of Contenders for the Movies for Grownups Award Winners to be Announced in January

WASHINGTON, DC--The Theory of Everything, Imitation Game and Birdman are among this year's Top 10 Movies for Grownups, according to AARP The Magazine, whose annual Movies for Grownups(R) Awards franchise honors outstanding writing, acting, and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience. The top 10 list features iconic films that pay homage to historical periods, life experiences, and contemporary topics that appeal to grownup audiences. The editors of AARP The Magazine, the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35 million readers and the definitive voice of the 50+ population, selected the films, which are also featured in an online slideshow at www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-2014/best-movies-2014-photo.html.

"As the 50+ moviegoer continues to be a critical audience for today's major motion pictures, AARP The Magazine reveals the most appealing and fascinating Movies for Grownups of 2014," said Bob Love, Editor-in-Chief of AARP The Magazine. "This year's list of films encompasses some of the strongest stories we've seen to date that directly reflect the never-ending energy of the 50+ demographic and revisits some of the most inspirational adventures that truly resonate with this audience."

AARP The Magazine's editors selected the following Top 10 Movies for Grownups in 2014, taking into account 50+ filmmakers who exemplify brilliance and originality in their work, 50+ actors and actresses who've given performances of a lifetime, and compelling issues and storylines that connect specifically with the 50+ audience.

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Cold In July
Get On Up
Imitation Game
Love Is Strange
St. Vincent
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

This year's Top 10 Movies for Grownups offers a preview of AARP's upcoming annual Movies for Grownups Awards, recognized as a bellwether for the Academy Awards, with standard categories including Best Actor, Actress and Director, in addition to a few unique offerings like "Best Grownup Love Story," "Best Intergenerational Film," and "Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up." The winners in all categories will be announced in early January, and will be featured in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine, available February 1st, and online at www.aarp.org/entertainment. The winners will also be celebrated at AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire on the evening of February 2, 2015.

Movies for Grownups(R), which now includes weekly reviews, an award-winning radio program, an annual film festival, and year-round coverage in AARP The Magazine and online, was started in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine. Additional information can be found online at www.aarp.org/movies.
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About AARP The Magazine
With more than 35.2 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. Learn more at www.aarpmagazine.org.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
Free guided First Day Hikes return to state parks on Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/16/14
Salem, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) invites the public to ring in 2015 by participating in one of 31 guided hikes to take place in state parks on New Year's Day. This is the fourth year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 940 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.

OPRD will waive the day-use parking fees on Jan. 1 for all visitors to participating state parks that normally require a permit. 29 parks are participating in First Day Hikes this year:

Portland Metro area:

* L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Hilltop Day-use Area picnic shelter
* Milo McIver State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at lower boat ramp of Riverbend Day-use Area
* Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Nature Center

Columbia River Gorge:

* Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.--meet at Mark O. Hatfield East trailhead in Mosier
* Rooster Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. --meet at far east end of parking lot

Willamette Valley/Cascades:

* Champoeg State Heritage Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.--meet at visitor center
* Elijah Bristow State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.--bring your horse and meet at equestrian staging area
* Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area, 9:30-11:30 a.m.--meet at north trailhead
* North Santiam State Recreation Area, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet at North Santiam picnic shelter
* Silver Falls State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet on porch of South Falls Lodge
* Willamette Mission State Park, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.--meet at main entrance flagpole loop

Southern Oregon:

* Tou Velle State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-noon--meet at picnic area A
* Valley of the Rogue State Park, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.--meet at program area

Coast:

* Beverly Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at day-use parking area
* Bullards Beach State Park, 10-11:30 a.m.--meet at the campground amphitheater
* Cape Lookout State Park, noon-3 p.m.--meet at Cape Trail trailhead parking lot 2.75 miles south of campground
* Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park, 1-2 p.m.--meet in front of campground host site and wood bin
* D River State Recreation Site, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.--meet in wayside parking area near beach entrance
* Ecola State Park, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.¬--meet at the Ecola Point parking lot near Indian Beach trailhead.
* Fort Stevens State Park, 9-11 a.m.--meet at Coffenbury Lake north parking lot
* Harris Beach State Park, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. --bring your bike and meet at booth parking lot.
* Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, noon -2 p.m.--meet at West Woahink Meeting Hall
* South Beach State Park, 9-10:30 a.m.--meet at day-use parking area
* Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, 10-11 a.m.--meet at Lake Marie day-use parking lot

Central/Eastern Oregon:

* OC&E Woods Line State Trail, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at the Switchbacks near summit of Bliss Road south of Sprague River
* Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.--meet at day-use visitor center
* Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area, noon-1 p.m.--meet at community building
* Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site, 10-11 a.m.--meet at parking area next to Highway 82
* Smith Rock State Park, 10 a.m.-noon--meet at welcome center yurt

Many of the First Day Hikes will be interpretive presentations focusing on local wildlife, plant species, geology, or history. Unique hikes this year include a "bring-your-own-horse" hike/ride that will be led by a ranger on a mule, a beach debris pickup hike, and a bike hike. Some parks will be offering light refreshments or warm drinks to participants at the completion of the event. To get more details about specific hikes, including directions to the park and a description of the length and terrain, visit bit.ly/OPRDcalendar online and search for "First Day Hikes" under Event Category.

This year, OPRD is asking participants to share photos of their First Day Hike via social media by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes for Twitter and Instagram or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook. Images can also be emailed to beth.wilson@oregon.gov.

OPRD reminds those planning to join a hike on the 1st to dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring along water as well as a camera and/or binoculars. In case of inclement weather, each park should be contacted directly to find out about cancellation--phone numbers are available online.

More information about Oregon state parks is available at www.oregonstateparks.org.
12/15/14
Red Cross responds to a single-family fire in Springfield, OR.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/15/14
A single-family fire occurred on 12/14 in the 5000 block of E Street.
The fire affected 1 adult.
Lodging, food, comfort kits and information about disaster mental and disaster health services were provided.
A Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team consisting of Karen Johnson and Kim Phelps met with the client on 12/15.
Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 97 near Milepost 163 - La Pine (Update) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/15/14
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This update is to provide driver identification and information on a third vehicle involved.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a two-vehicle, head-on crash that occurred at around 5:23 a.m., this morning on highway 97 (milepost 163) near La Pine.

Preliminary information indicates that a silver, 2004 Nissan Sentra, being driven by LARRY RUSSELL GARDNER, 67, of Lake Oswego, was traveling southbound on HWY 97 when it lost control and slid into the northbound lane of travel, colliding with a silver, 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Gardner was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee, CASSY M. GRANT, 26, of Bend, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with reportedly minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Following the preliminary investigation, it was learned that a third vehicle was involved in this collision after the driver contacted the Oregon State Police. Follow-up investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Fusion being operated by ALEXANDER SLAVEN,28, of La Pine, made contact with the Jeep Grand Cherokee immediately after the initial collision between the Jeep and the Nissan. SLAVEN initially thought his vehicle had not made contact and continued on to his work where he noticed some very slight damage and called OSP. Both SLAVEN and GRANT are cooperating with the investigation and no citations have been issued.

The highway surface was covered with packed snow and ice at the time of the collision and driving conditions were very slick. OSP is reminding all drivers that winter driving conditions can be very treacherous and drivers should use extreme caution when traveling on the highways.

The Oregon State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into this collision and OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District.

Photo's of the crash will be released when next of kin notification has been made.


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Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District Expanded (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/15/14
Siskiyou Smokejumper Base
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The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base Historic District in Cave Junction, Oregon was recently expanded to include the crew residence area, recognizing the 1954 barracks, bathhouse, and exercise area as part of this historically significant site.

Reflective of the early developmental stage of Forest Service smokejumping, the Siskiyou Smokejumber Base served as an example for operations and training along the Pacific Coast, influencing the development of bases in Redding, California and Redmond, Oregon. The portion of the facility previously listed on November 17, 2006 includes the core resources most closely related to firefighting activities, including the Parachute Loft. The inclusion of the historically-associated crew residence area immediately south of the listed district provides a greater historic and physical context for the district as a whole, illustrating the daily activities associated with housing, feeding, training, and entertaining fire crews stationed at the base. The Siskiyou Smokejumper Base currently operates as a museum and is open to the public.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the boundary increase at their June 2014 meeting. Over 55 properties in Josephine County are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Siskiyou Smokejumper Base
Lidar Explored calendar shows off Oregon geology (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/15/14
The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted.
The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - See Oregon in a new light with incredible images created using lidar technology.

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar features twelve stunning images of Oregon, from the Powder River floodplain of Baker County to the sea stacks, arches and coves of Boardman State Park in Curry County.

"Each image interprets an Oregon landscape in a way that's both artistic and scientific," says State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "They're visually intriguing, but also tell a precise story about the landscape."

Lidar, which provides accurate high-resolution images of the earth's surface, has revolutionized mapping. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) uses lidar to create new-generation geologic and natural hazard maps that are more accurate and comprehensive than ever before.

The calendar's striking images also highlight the practical applications of lidar data. Moonlight shadows are simulated over a detailed lidar image of downtown Portland - an example that nods to lidar's usefulness in analyzing daytime sun and shade to determine which rooftops are most suitable for solar panels.

Lidar Explored is the fifth calendar published as part of DOGAMI's Lidar Landscapes series, which also features posters and postcards. Preview the calendar here: http://bit.ly/2015lidarcalendar

The Lidar Explored 2015 Calendar by Daniel E. Coe is available for $12 from Nature of the Northwest Information Center, www.naturenw.org, 800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 965, Portland, 971-673-2331.


Attached Media Files: The Black Rock and Black Rock Butte lava flows, highlighted in this image from Lidar Explored, are part of the Davis Lake Volcanic Field in central Oregon's Cascade Lakes area. Prominent cinder cones on each flow mark the vent from which lava erupted. , Moonlight shadows are simulated over Portland's city center in this image from Lidar Explored, the 2015 calendar from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.
Oregon Historical Society Hires Helen B Louise as Museum Director (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 12/15/14
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Portland, OR - The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) announced today that Helen B Louise has been selected for the position of Museum Director. Louise is currently serving as the Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, where she has been since August of 2011. She previously spent four years as the Museum Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Louise will assume her new responsibilities at OHS on February 23, 2015.

A Pacific Northwest native, Louise earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and a MA in Museum Studies from the State University of New York-Oneonta. As Museum Director of the Wyoming State Museum, Louise has led a redesign and modernization of the entire museum, and has been credited with bringing the institution into the 21st century.

Louise will work closely with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk in determining the museum's exhibition schedule. "I am delighted that Helen has agreed to bring her tremendous enthusiasm, experience, and record of success to the Oregon Historical Society," said Tymchuk. "The museum and collections of OHS are priceless assets, and they will be in very capable hands."

"I look forward to working with an organization that is so well respected by the staff, the board, and the community," said Louise. "Being a part of the Oregon Historical Society and its talented, enthusiastic, and highly professional staff will be a real pleasure."


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content at www.ohs.org.


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Trespass
Lebanon Police Dept. - 12/15/14
Nature of Crime or Event: Trespass
Date / Time Occurred: 12/13/2014 @ 7:28 PM
Occurred Location: 40 N. 2nd Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon.

On December 13th, 2014 at about 7:28 PM, an unknown male subject began pointing a laser through the fence into the rear secured portion of the Lebanon Police Justice Center. The man began moving the beam back and forth, spanning the entire fleet of parked Lebanon Police vehicles. A Lebanon Police Officer was in a patrol vehicle in this area and noticed this occurring, observing the male subject on the outside of the secured fence.

After pointing the laser through the security fence, the man then quickly scaled the fence and entered the rear secure portion of the Lebanon Justice Center. Once inside the perimeter, the male continued to walk toward the officer.

The male suspect complied with the officers commands to stop and was taken into custody without incident. It was at this time Lebanon Police learned the male subject was Bradley Robert Storkson, DOB: 08/29/1988.





Lebanon Police Officers knew Storkson from previous contacts with him earlier in the day.
Robert Storkson had initiated contact on two separate occasions earlier in the day by calling 9-1-1 and reporting unknown subjects were following him. During these contacts and through investigations, it was learned that no one was following Storkson. During these contacts with Storkson, he acted extremely paranoid and without provocation, suddenly became angry with police, shouted expletives and left the scene shortly thereafter.

While at the Lebanon Jail, Storkson caused damage to wall by physically pushing a door into the wall for no apparent reason. Due to Bradley Storkson's erratic behavior, he was transported to the Lebanon Hospital for an evaluation. Storkson was later transported to the Linn County Jail where he was lodged for the crimes of trespassing, unlawful directing of a light from a laser pointer and criminal mischief for the damage to the police departments wall .
Oregon State Police (OSP) Acting Public Information Officer for Monday December 15- Thursday 18
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/15/14
Senior Trooper Dan Swift will be the Acting Public Information Officer from now until Thursday the 18th. You can contact him at OSPPIO@state.or.us.
Children's Art Featured in Oregon's First Plant Something(TM) Calendar
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 12/15/14
WILSONVILLE, Oregon (December 15, 2014) -- To celebrate the great things plants and gardening bring to our lives, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) worked with elementary school kids and Great Plant Picks to create its first Plant Something(TM) calendar. The colorful calendar artwork, created by children ages 6 to 11, centers around the theme "Plants Make Our Lives Better! "

"Our industry wants to encourage young people to fall in love with plants and gardening," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "As the calendar art conveys, the kids clearly see a connection between happy people, clean air, thriving wildlife and plants. The artwork is a fantastic expression of color and joy, something everyone can appreciate."

One such drawing was featured in November on the cover of the OAN's Digger magazine. More of the children's artwork can be found at OAN's website for home gardeners: www.PlantSomethingOregon.com. The artwork contest was rolled out to Portland-area elementary schools earlier in the year to encourage discussion about the role plants play in our lives. More than 70 drawings were submitted.

"We anticipate participation will grow in the coming years, and look forward to sharing the inspired art with the industry," Stone said.

The calendar highlights fun facts about the benefits of plants. It also features two to three plant recommendations each month from Great Plant Picks (www.GreatPlantPicks.org), an educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden. The plants are chosen for their ability to thrive in the maritime Pacific Northwest, from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Eugene, Oregon. All are featured in the calendar month in which they are at their seasonal peak.

Plant Something(TM) is a national program encouraging home gardeners to get their hands dirty and plant something so they can experience the health and well-being, environmental and financial benefits of gardening and beautiful landscapes. Calendars can be downloaded from www.PlantSomethingOregon.com, or the national Plant Something Facebook page.

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville, represents more than 900 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is the state's largest agricultural commodity, with annual sales of $745 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.
Free Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 12/15/14
Senior and Disability Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments, presents Living Well With Chronic Conditions - A free 6-week workshop series designed for adults with any type of chronic health condition. Developed and licensed by Stanford University, the workshop series teaches skills and information related to sleep, exercise, nutrition, medication use, and much more.

Workshops are offered throughout the year at various locations in Lane County. Registration is required.

Join us for the next workshop series January 8th - February 12th, 2:00pm to 4:30pm, Thursdays at Sheldon Park Retirement Living. Call 541-682-4103 now to register or for more information on an upcoming workshop near you.
Horse from Oregon's history is one of three choices in voting for Wells Fargo's 2015 Plush Pony (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 12/15/14
Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo is using social media to enable customers and fans to vote for which horse from its past will be immortalized as the company's next plush pony for 2015. The three choices include a horse named "Fargo", which worked at Wells Fargo in Portland, Ore., in 1917.

Members of the public can cast their ballot online at: http://bit.ly/1vSc9mR The voting ends 5 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 19.

The horse Fargo pulled a money wagon in Portland in 1917, making deliveries to banks and other financial institutions. Portland managers kept Fargo on the job even as automobiles became common, reasoning that if the wagon were held up, "Robbers could not get very far with a horse."

"The horses that have worked for Wells Fargo over the past 162 years are as much a treasured piece of our history as the iconic stagecoaches and wagons they pulled," said Tracy Curtis of Portland, Wells Fargo's Regional President for Oregon and S.W. Washington.

"The plush pony celebrates their role in helping Wells Fargo come through for our customers, in the past and today. In voting for the 2015 pony, we hope our customers find it a fun way to connect to a part of Wells Fargo's history. Join me in voting for our hometown favorite, Fargo."

Since 2003, the plush pony program has honored the thousands of horses that have worked in the Wells Fargo's express business or pulled the Wells Fargo Stagecoach. As part of the annual promotion, the popular ponies are displayed prominently each holiday season at Wells Fargo stores.

The other two choices for the 2015 plush pony are:

Blitz: In February 1865, Wells Fargo wagon horses became sled horses as drivers switched out wheels for snow runners when a blizzard descended on Virginia City, Nev. Blitz "handled the reins handsomely" despite the difficult terrain, leading the local newspaper to declare, "We should like to take a sleigh-ride every day with Blitz."

Nellie: Every day at 7 a.m., Nellie and her Wells Fargo driver, Rush Blodget, ordinarily picked up packages to deliver to customers in Bakersfield, Calif. But in 1898, they picked up a sick soldier returning from war -- who also happened to be Blodget's brother - and rushed to get him help. Sgt. Claude Blodget eventually recovered and the driver never forgot his "working pal" Nellie.

This Year: "El Toro"
This week's voting coincides with the 2014 plush pony promotion, which features El Toro, Wells Fargo's 15th plush pony. El Toro was selected a year ago through a similar social media voting process.

More than 100 years ago, Wells Fargo drivers and agents in Mexico City loved the horse El Toro, whose name means "The Bull" in Spanish. At 27, El Toro was the oldest horse in the stables and only worked a few hours a week. He pulled the Wells Fargo express wagon through the streets of Mexico City, delivering packages and picking up important express deliveries from Wells Fargo customers.

About Wells Fargo & Company
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 stores; 12,000 ATMs; and the Internet. More information about Wells Fargo's history is online at wellsfargo.com.


Attached Media Files: Fargo poses with his driver, Edward Bontty, at the depot on N.W. Fifth & Irving Streets in Portland, Ore., in 1917.
12/14/14
Red Cross helps family of four impacted by Coos Bay fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a single-family fire at 3:35 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Lawnridge Loop in Coos Bay.
The fire affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided lodging, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments and information about disaster mental health services and recovery services.
Single Vehicle Double Fatal Crash Highway 101 North of Bandon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/14/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 north of Bandon.

On December 14, 2014 at 7:48am (OSP) troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command responded to a single vehicle double fatal crash on Highway 101 near milepost 255. Preliminary information indicates that a 1991 Honda Accord, driven by CHRISTOPHER CONEY, age 20, from Coos Bay, was southbound on Highway 101 and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck several trees.

CONEY and a passenger identified as RACHEL RAGLE, age 23, from Coos Bay, both died at the scene of the crash.

OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed and alcohol use are contributing factors in the crash. Seatbelt use is still being determined by investigators.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office and Bandon Fire Department.

No photographs available for release.

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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash Highway 126E East of Springfield (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday evening's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 126E East of Springfield.

On December 13th, 2014 at 7:53pm (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a single vehicle crash on 126E near milepost 17. Preliminary information indicates that a 1993 Chevy Cavalier, driven by RICHARD CORGAIN, age 67, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126E and for unknown reasons travelled off the roadway and ultimately struck a tree.

CORGAIN was extracted from the vehicle by local emergency responders and was transported by ground ambulance to Riverbend Hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

CORGAIN was wearing safety restraints. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation and believe that speed may have been a contributing factor in the cause of the crash.

ODOT, McKenzie Fire and Rescue, the Lane County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Office assisted.

Photograph provided by OSP

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Red Cross assists three people after Eugene fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/14/14
American Red Cross disaster action team members responded to a multi-family fire at 4:00 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Willamette Street in Eugene.
Three adults and one pet were affected. Red Cross provided food, clothing, seasonal garments and information about disaster mental health services and recovery services.
12/13/14
Barricaded Subject Taken Into Custody
Lebanon Police Dept. - 12/13/14
Nature of Crime or Event: Barricaded subject
Date / Time Occurred: 12/13/14 @ 12:10 AM
Occurred Location: 675 S 16th Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon.
Lebanon Police officers responded to 675 S 16th Street, Lebanon, Oregon at 12:10 am for a report of a man driving erratic by spinning cookies in the street as well as his own front yard located at 675 S 16th Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon. The caller reported the man, later identified as 42 year old Alfred Moss III, got out of his vehicle and went inside his residence. The caller reported that after the suspect went inside his own residence, the caller heard a gunshot.

As Lebanon Police Officers and Linn County Deputies arrived, a second gunshot was heard coming from inside Moss' residence. Moss came outside where Officers gave him verbal commands to stop. Moss ignored the commands and went back into his house.

As Lebanon Police Officers and Linn County Sheriffs set up a perimeter surrounding the house, they heard what sounded like gunshots coming from inside the house several more times as well as the sound of pounding as Moss barricaded himself in his home. At about 2:55 am, there was a gunshot from inside the suspect residence that was fired from the front room area. The bullet traveled through the front window toward a residence located to the southwest. One officer reported that he could hear the gunshot overhead and then made impact somewhere behind him.

Linn County Regional SWAT team was activated and deployed at the residence.

After an approximate five hour standoff and negotiations, Alfred Moss agreed to come outside unarmed and surrendered himself without incident. No injuries were incurred during this incident.

Alfred Moss was taken into custody on charges of Unlawful use of a weapon, 6 counts of reckless endangering another person and disorderly conduct. Due to Alfred Moss' erratic behavior he was transported to the Lebanon Hospital for an evaluation. After being medically cleared he was transported to Linn County Jail.

An affidavit in support of a search warrant was written and granted for the residence to search and seize evidence of the crimes.
Serious Injury Crash Highway 20 in Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's serious injury crash on Highway 20 in the Jefferson County area.

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 9:06am OSP troopers were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 86 in Jefferson County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when the driver, DONALD TALBOT, age 75, from Prineville, lost control on the icy roadway and crossed into the eastbound lane. The pickup was struck head on by an eastbound Ford Focus driven by, KEATS CONLEY (Female), age 22, from Boise ID.

DONALD TALBOT and his right front passenger identified as JEANIE TALBOT, age 69, from Prineville were flown by Lifeflight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries.

KEATS CONLEY was transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

The crash blocked Highway 20 for 1.5 hours as first responders freed the occupants from their vehicles.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Camp Sherman Fire Dept, Black Butte Ranch Fire and Police, and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. Other motorists as well as an off duty ER nurse from St. Charles Redmond assisted with patient care on scene before medics arrived.

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12/12/14
Wells Fargo issues warning: beware of text scammers
Wells Fargo - 12/12/14
PORTLAND -- Wells Fargo is warning its customers in certain Oregon cities to beware of crooks who are trying to obtain Social Security and debit card numbers by sending out phony text messages.

Customers in Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Lebanon, Philomath and Roseburg have told Wells Fargo today they received the texts, which claim their account has been compromised. The texts instruct customers to call a phone number where they are instructed to leave their personal information on a recording.

"Wells Fargo already has this type of information and would not send a text message to a customer asking them to reveal it," said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Unger in Portland.

Anyone receiving the text message should ignore it, Wells Fargo advises. If anyone has fallen for the scam, they should contact their nearest Wells Fargo branch or call the phone number on the back of their debit card as soon as possible.

This type of scam is known as "phishing" and is quite common. Typically the crooks do not even know if the person they are contacting is actually a customer of the bank they supposedly represent.

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Sweet Home Man Arrested for Several Arrest Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/12/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on Thursday December 11, 2014, deputies arrested David Clinton Fox, 45 years old, at a residence in the Sweet Home area. Fox had numerous outstanding state and federal arrest warrants.

The outstanding state arrest warrants include four counts of Failure to Appear for Attempting to Elude Police, three counts of Failure to Appear for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle, and one count of Reckless Driving. The outstanding federal arrest warrant was for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

As a result of Fox's arrest, deputies seized a firearm that was reported stolen to the Albany Police Department, a motorcycle that was reported stolen to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, methamphetamine, and paraphernalia used to distribute methamphetamine.

Fox was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Linn County Regional SWAT Team and the United Sates Marshal's Office.


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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/12/14
A Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. Visiting at SRCI is canceled until further notice.

At approximately 8:04 p.m. (MST) on December 11, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was taken to SRCI Health Services. He was pronounced deceased at 8:48 p.m.

Goodman entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 11, 2014, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of delivery of Oxycontin, and two counts of first degree child neglect out of Marion County. His earliest release date was July 23, 2019.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Management, Infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an Administrative Segregation Unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a call center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Holidays need to include fire prevention awareness (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/12/14
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With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2009 through 2013, there were 3,888 residential fires in Oregon during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires resulted in six deaths, 175 injuries, and more than $25.6 million in property losses.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight - not a candle - for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

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


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12/11/14
Pacific Power working to restore electric service as powerful wind storm batters Northwest Pacific Power deploys extra crews to restore power, urges customers to stay safely away from trees and wires
Pacific Power - 12/11/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers as a strong wind storm continues to cause outages from Crescent City to Corvallis to Walla Walla, hitting the Willamette Valley especially hard. Soggy ground from a previous storm and winds gusts close to 100 miles per hour in some areas combined to bring down trees and power lines.

At one point today, approximately 38,000 Pacific Power customers were without power. More than 10,000 were restored in the Redmond area about 3 p.m. As of 4:45 p.m. Dec. 11, approximately 10,400 customers were without power. Exact numbers are fluctuating as more damage occurs and restorations are made. However, the currently hardest hit communities are:

* Portland 3350
* Walla Walla, 2,805
* Roseburg 1682
* Medford 923
* Albany 759
* Dallas 664

"People still need to be looking at safety as their top priority," said Doug Butler, Pacific Power's vice president of operations. "It looks as if some residents will be hit with more damaging weather so the potential for additional outages is strong. If you see any power line down, you have to treat it as a threat. Call 911 and then call us."

If your lights go out, first check your own breaker or fuse box to make sure the outage is not restricted to your residence. Customers should report a power outage toll free at 1-877-508-5088.

In a storm like this one with high winds and heavy rain, assessing damage and assigning the proper restoration methods and crews for repair are especially challenging, particularly when a new wave of bad weather hits.

Important outage safety information on topics such as downed power lines, heater and generator safety and more is available online at www.pacificpower.net/outage. The website also provides information about current power outages affecting 500 or more customers.

Pacific Power advises customers to keep these pointers in mind:

* Particularly in a storm like this, we encourage you to stay warm, dry and safely inside.
* Always assume any downed line is energized and dangerous. Stay far away.
* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source. Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area to confirm lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Generators should be outside or in a well-ventilated unoccupied space
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous backfeed hazard for line crews.

For other electrical safety information, visit www.pacificpower.net/safety or call toll free at 1-800-375-7085.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Dec. 16
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/14
The Committee for Family Forestlands will review progress by the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative. It's an effort to encourage forest management among private landowners to help prevent wildfires from spreading and increase forest health. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday, December 16 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

AGENDA
Members will also learn more about the ongoing streamside buffer rule analysis. They will review methods and considerations for determining streamside buffers and which areas potential changes should apply to. The Committee will round out the day receiving updates about the recent legislative hearings and these sub-committees:

* Forestland Tax Symposium
* Industrial Fire Rules Review
* Seedling availability

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

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

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

PUBLIC MEETINGS
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbery after Domestic Assault
Corvallis Police - 12/11/14
On December 10, 2014, Investigators from the Corvallis Police Department arrested fifty-three year old Byron Pledger of Corvallis for three felony crimes stemming from an incident on November 26, 2014. On November 26, 2014, Pledger and his girlfriend more than twenty years, were involved in argument in a vehicle on NW 9th Street in Corvallis. During the argument, the victim exited the vehicle and walked across NW 9th Street to the Subway located at 2350 NW 9th Street to separate herself from Mr. Pledger.

The victim sat down at a table inside the restaurant and Pledger came in and out of the restaurant several times demanding she leave with him. According to the victim, Pledger threatened her, and demanded she leave with him, but when she refused, Pledger grabbed onto her purse. Pledger and the victim engaged in a tug-o-war for possession of her purse. Pledger pulled with enough force to cause the left side of the victim's stomach to be forced into the edge of the table. Pledger then left the Subway store with the victim's purse.

On December 4, 2014, the victim was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center where she was admitted for treatment of injuries sustained as a result of the assault and robbery.

On December 10, 2014, Byron Pledger was located and taken into custody for one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Coercion, and one count of Assault in the Forth Degree (Domestic/Felony). He was transported and lodged at the Benton County Jail on $187,500 bail.

A mug-shot photo is available at:

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Coos Bay School District Regular Meeting - December 15, 2014
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 12/11/14
Below is the remaining Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting currently scheduled for the month of December 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.


December 15, 2014 - Note change of date
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM with an Executive Session at 5:45 PM. The agenda and packet have been posted at the following link are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas


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

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

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310



Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to Superintendent and School Board
Coos Bay School District
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-1310
541-267-1308
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY20 near Sisters Associated with Hit & Run Crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Hwy. 20 near Cloverdale Road just east of Sisters in Deschutes County.

On Thursday, Dec. 11, at approximately 8:42 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle down an embankment on Hwy. 20 at milepost 5, near Cloverdale Road. According to troopers at the scene, a Yamhill County Sheriff's captain was returning to Yamhill County from Bend and noticed the vehicle, described as a black 2000 Nissan Maxima, 100 feet or more down a steep embankment and on its side. The captain walked down to the vehicle and discovered its driver, identified as CHRIS P. DAHL, 52, of Camp Sherman, deceased beneath the vehicle. DAHL was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected.

Additional investigation into this crash indicates DAHL's vehicle may have been involved in two hit-and-run incidents the day prior. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), on Dec. 10, at approximately 6:45 p.m., DCSO deputies responded to a complaint of a rear-end hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 20 in Sisters. A red, 2003 Chrysler van driven by DANIEL SHOWEN, 26, of Bend, was hit from behind by the Nissan Maxima. SHOWEN stopped to exchange information when the Maxima pulled away at high speed. SHOWEN was able to obtain the Maxima's license plate number and called 911 to report the incident. Deputies responded to the area to search for the vehicle but were unable to locate it and are following up on an additional report of a second vehicle hit by the Maxima just east of Sisters. No further details are available at this time.

Speed is being investigated as a possible factor in this incident. However, the reasons why the vehicle left the roadway are still unclear. Troopers believe the Maxima was obscured by steep terrain and trees that made it difficult to see from the roadway at night. Additionally, foggy conditions and a lack of lighting on the vehicle added to its concealment and the delay in its discovery.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is assisting OSP in conducting follow-up interviews with the other drivers involved in this incident. Additionally, anyone who witnessed either crash in Sisters or who may have seen the vehicle thereafter is asked to contact Senior Trooper Terry Miller at the Bend Patrol Office, (541) 388-6213

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Cloverdale Fire District, Black Butte Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's offiice.


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Oregon Employment Department Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant
Oregon Employment Dept. - 12/11/14
Salem - The Oregon Employment Department has received a grant for almost $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will be used to enhance the Work Share program.

Recently the Oregon Employment Department worked with the governor and legislature to improve the current Work Share program. This collaborative process gave the department the opportunity to apply for and receive this grant.

Work Share is a program that offers an alternative to laying off employees for employers facing economic difficulty. Through Work Share, an employer can reduce the number of hours an employee works and that employee can receive a partial unemployment benefit payment to supplement for lost wages. This helps the employer retain skilled employees during a slowdown, and it allows workers keep their jobs while supplementing their income. In addition, the program eases the strain on local economies, which suffer when layoffs occur.

So far in 2014, 115 employers have participated in the Work Share program involving more than 2,000 workers. The Oregon Employment Department has paid out more than $1.3 million in unemployment benefits to these workers.

The grant will be used to enhance the current program, streamlining the process for employers. A portion of the grant will also be used to reach out to employers, making them aware of the benefits of the Work Share program.

More information about the Work Share program can be found on the department's website at www.Employment.Oregon.gov, or by calling the department toll free at (800) 237-3710 ext. 7164.
Corvallis Police Request Assistance in Identification of Public Indecency Suspect (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 12/11/14
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The Corvallis Police Department is asking for the assistance of the community in identifying the pictured individual. Between 11:00pm on December 9, and 2:00am on December 10, the pictured subject entered a number of local hotels. On two occasions, in different hotels, the subject exposed himself to female employees. He is a white male, in his twenties, with blond hair. If you recognize this individual, or have additional information, please call Officer John Stenger at 541-766-6911.


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Coastal storm prompts beach safety alert
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/11/14
A winter storm promising strong winds and high waves along the coast this afternoon has prompted the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to issue a safety alert for coast visitors.

"The mix of high winds and heavy rains will bring storm watchers and beachcombers to the coast," said OPRD Safety Specialist Robert Smith. "We want to remind them of a few tips to stay safe."

He asks beachgoers to respect closures, stay off the sand, and watch the storm from an elevated location well above the action.

"The sandy beach is the last place you want to be during these storms," Smith said. "When you visit the beach, respect the ocean and be aware of your surroundings."

Beach access closures are posted at the bottom of Oregon State Parks Advisories page: http://bit.ly/parkadvisories. Beach safety tips, videos and information on the dangers of sneaker waves, rolling logs and rip currents are at www.oregonbeachsafety.org.
Former Oregon Civil Air Patrol Member Receives Congressional Gold Medal (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/11/14
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By Major Scott Maguire, CAP

Former Oregon CAP Lt Col. Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker was presented a long-delayed thank you from the United States Congress on Dec. 10 when she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal for her service with the CAP during WWII as a cadet member in the newly created organization

Congress this summer passed a bill honoring those CAP members who assisted the United States during the war with the Congressional Gold Medal. The Oregon Wing Headquarters of the Civil Air Patrol is based in Eugene at the Mahlon Sweet Airport with individual squadrons established throughout the state.

Mrs. Walker, who was a teen-aged cadet during WWII, rejoined CAP as an adult and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Wing of CAP.

When she was 16, she joined as a cadet in the Portland squadron. Her maiden name was Fiatte and she served in 1942, 1943 and 1944. Today youth can join CAP at age 12 to 18. She was 16. When asked why she joined, she paused and thought and couldn't recall the reason or motivation.

"Honestly, I do not remember why I joined CAP."

That is no surprise since it was more than 72 years ago.

She had to buy her own uniform. The only supplier in Portland was Nudelman Brothers. She doesn't remember the cost of the uniform, but the price to tailor it to her stuck in her mind.

"We had to pay Nudelman to alter it," she recalls. "I am a person who sewed her own dresses from age 10. And I had to pay them $25 to have my uniform tailored." It still steams her today.

She bought the smallest they had, but stood 5' tall and the smallest was too big for her. "I was a peewee."

She remembers clearly the day the United States joined WWII. She remembers what she was doing on Dec. 7, 1941.

"My mother and I had gone downtown," said Lt Col Walker. "I do not remember why. We got home to find an S.P. (security police) on the front porch. We lived above American Brake Shoe in Linnton (a Portland, Ore., neighborhood on US Highway 30 north of the St. John's Bridge). We had to get federal ID to come and go from our own place because the brake yard was doing work for the government. The guard was there from then on."

Her CAP squadron had 30-40 cadets. It met at the Shattuck Grade School, which is now part of the Portland State University campus in Portland. She remembers a lot of marching. Her squadron leader was Sgt Barbara Brown. They marched on the tennis court.

"I was not good at airplane identification," Lt Col Walker confesses. They also trained in navigation skills and use of the radio. She admits that listening to Morse Code is a bit boring.

When she was a cadet, things were vastly different from today.

"Let's put it this way, there was no flying in Portland."

All non-military flights were grounded due to the war. Civil Air Patrol was the only non-military organization authorized by the federal government to fly. And they did missions to assist the war effort. On the East Coast, pilots from CAP flew coastal patrols up to 100 miles out looking for German submarines. CAP is credited with sinking or damaging several submarines. They also reported many ships in distress and were credited with saving many lives.

In northwest Oregon, any flying, which only the men could do, was done out of The Dalles at the airport on the island, she recalls. The Army Air Corps had four B-25s and eight P-38s. It was thought that famous pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was stationed there with the P-38s, although Lt Col Walker never got to meet him. Boyington was in the United States between South Pacific assignments from April to September 1942. He went on to become an Ace as a Marine pilot in the Pacific Theater earning the nickname "Pappy" because he was 10 years older than his other pilots.

As a CAP cadet, it was difficult for Lt Col Walker to get to The Dalles to participate. During the war gasoline was rationed. Not everyone had a car. And not everyone could afford gasoline. Another cadet, Rick Lowry, had a car, and a third youth, Johnny Schrick, had a job so he could afford to buy the gas. She was one of the first 12 women in Oregon trained to work at gas stations. She worked at a Shell gas station, so she was given "the overage" of the station's portion of gas stamps because she was in Civil Air Patrol. So the three cadets would meet up, pool their resources and drive from Portland to The Dalles every weekend. You had to ride a ferry across to the island airport in those days.

Cadets did guard duty at the airport. They carried .22 and .3006 caliber rifles. She was assigned to guard duty by Col Zeller, who was Region Commander. There were four female cadets assigned to the B-25s. Part of their training was to follow orders - immediately. They took their orders very seriously.

"We were doing a lot of guard duty. I was assigned to one of the B-25s. My commander told me that no one goes over the rope (which surrounded the airplane)," Lt Col Walker recalled. "One of the B-25's crew members came back from town after having some beers. He was 'oiled' up. He had brought a couple and he wanted to show them through the airplane. I told him no. He didn't like that. I told him to go find his commander. He did and his commander came back with him. I told him the same thing. Oh, he was mad. To be told 'no' by this snot-nosed girl who was no bigger than her gun."

In town, CAP cadets helped enforce the blackout orders. There was a possibility of Portland being bombed since they were at war, so there were orders to show no lights at your house after dark.

"I learned quickly that the dark wasn't scary - it was the people who were in it," she said. "We did Block Patrol, walking neighborhoods to check to see if people where honoring the Blackout. People would just forget."

Lt Col Walker left CAP in 1944 when she got married. Her life was full of seven children and work. She trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and an occupational therapy assistant. She also worked in real estate, property management and was an office manager. In 1979, her husband died. She was not sure what to do with all the kids out of the house. Her youngest, Karliene, suggested she get involved in CAP again.

She served in many ways. One great memory was chaperoning a group of 29 cadets to the Abbotsford Air Show in Canada.

"We parked 1,000 airplanes a day," she said speaking of the CAP activity of directing traffic at air shows. "There was only one accident, a pilot decided not to let young kids tell him where to park and he drove over a pothole and broke his landing gear."

She served as medical officer for encampments. She participated in many search and rescue exercises. She was often administrative support, and recalls again asserting herself when a rather senior pilot wasn't qualified to fly that day, she told him so and stuck to her guns.

She went on to create the national regulations for the Historians within Civil Air Patrol. She also wrote a history book or two on CAP. She served on the National Historical Committee for the organization.

Taking a leave of absence in 1989 to join the Peace Corps, they didn't take her because "they didn't want a grandmother in tennis shoes running around Africa telling people what to do," she said. Instead, she joined VISTA another method of volunteering and ended up in Pennsylvania. After a number of years she moved back to Hermiston, Oregon, as family members needed her.

Lt Col Walker, who now resides in Lewiston, ID, will not be traveling to Washington DC for the ceremony awarding the Gold Medal. At age 89, that's too big of a trip for Walker, who currently gets out only to church meetings and those of her Red Hat Society. Instead, her 62-year-old daughter, Karliene "Korki" Zack, who lives in Jim Thorpe, Penn., will attend with Lt Col Walker's great-grandson Brandon Zack, 20, as her escort.

It is fitting that daughter Korki receive the award on behalf of her mother, as she was also a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol starting in 1960. She also joined a squadron in Portland while she was in high school. Upon graduations, she went into the U.S. Air Force.

Today Civil Air Patrol has three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. CAP offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

Facts about CAP:
* Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
* Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
* Flies more than 100,000 hours annually.
* Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.

For more information about CAP, please see www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


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Deputies Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/14
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Last night at about 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the area of Cascade Highway and Golf Lane SE near Stayton to investigate a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. It was determined that Harold McAlister, age 59 of Sublimity was attempting to cross Cascade Highway near Golf Lane from east to west.

At the time of the crash it was dark, heavily raining with very little to no street lighting in the area. The vehicle a 2002, Toyota Sequoia, driven by Susan Wells, age 48 also of Sublimity was traveling south on Cascade Highway near Golf Lane SE.

For unknown reasons Mr. McAlister stepped out in front of Ms. Wells' vehicle. Ms. Wells attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to do so. As a result of the collision Mr. McAlister was critically injured. Ms. Wells and several passersby stopped and began rending aid to Mr. McAlister.

Mr. McAlister was transported to the Stayton Hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. The Sheriff's Office has determined that no citations will be issued in this case. Both families involved in this crash have requested to not be contacted by media so that they may be allowed to grieve the loss of Mr. McAlister. There are no images of this crash immediately available for release.


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Teaching Research Institute awarded $1 million to train elementary math educational leaders
Western Oregon University - 12/11/14
The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University (WOU) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Oregon Department of Education to recruit and educate 60 teachers to become Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders, which will help meet Oregon's 40-40-20 goal and the national need for STEM professionals. Project DEMILO (Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon) is a collaboration between WOU, the Willamette Education Service District and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to address the need for increased mathematics content knowledge for elementary school teachers.

WOU is the first university in Oregon to offer an Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) approved program leading to an Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader specialization According to Dr. Cheryl Beaver, the project director, "Underachievement in math in elementary school becomes a barrier for students who wish to pursue STEM jobs or a STEM college major."

Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders (EMIL) are teachers, teacher leaders or coaches who are responsible for supporting effective mathematics instruction and student learning in the classroom, school, district and/or state levels. Their specific roles will vary depending upon their school district, but all EMILs will act as a resource and provide leadership to their colleagues - a critical and timely role as the state fully implements the new Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

The strategies used in Project DEMILO to provide professional development for teachers in mathematics have been successfully used by the Oregon Coast STEM hub to increase elementary students' achievement in science. These strategies are an integral part of this project. "Given the time constraints of teachers and the distance challenges of living on the coast or in rural locations, using online and Web-video conferencing for professional development is necessary," said Ruth McDonald, partnerships coordinator, Oregon Coast STEM Hub.

Over the course of three years, three cohorts of 20 teachers will complete the EMIL specialization and employ their instructional leadership to help elementary students succeed and to meet Oregon's 40-40-20 goal. "For 40 percent of Oregon's students to have some post-secondary education and another 40 percent to attain a bachelor's degree, they will need to have a strong conceptual understanding of math," Beaver said. "The U.S. is predicted to need an additional 1 million STEM professionals by 2020. This project helps us contribute to closing that gap."

About TRI
The mission of TRI is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for individuals. In existence for over 50 years, TRI is guided by partnerships with consumers, families, and practitioners. TRI houses seven Centers focused conducting programs of research, developing evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increasing system capacity to effect change. TRI manages a yearly grants' expenditures budget of $7 to $7.5 million of extramural funds and houses 58 staff.

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Oregon Health Policy Board to hold meeting via conference call December 12
Oregon Health Authority - 12/11/14
December 11, 2014
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a conference call on Friday, December 12. The purpose of this meeting is to establish final board decisions on the recommendations brought forward at the December 2, 2014 meeting. The action item topics include: approval of the October meeting minutes, approval of the November meeting minutes, and decisions on recommendations related to primary care infrastructure and investment, health information technology, and the Sustainable Health Expenditure Workgroup (SHEW).


When: Friday, December 12, 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.


Where: Telephone only. Participants other than Board members will be muted.
* Call-in number: 1-877-336-1831
* Participant code: 112050#
Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.


Agenda:
* Approval of October and November meeting minutes
* Motion: Primary Care Infrastructure and Investment
* Motion: Electronic Health Information and the HITOC
* Motion: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup


For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting
Oregon OSHA awards three training grants
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is awarding three grants totaling more than $115,000 to help develop workplace safety and health education programs.

The recipients include:

NECA/IBEW - NFPA 70E: The "How To" Comply with OSHA Electrical Standards
NECA/IBEW will develop an online training to provide easily accessible information regarding electrical hazards, regulations, and protective equipment. The online training will help participants develop procedures that clearly identify their roles and responsibilities for safety in the workplace.
Grant award: $35,239.25

Oregon State University, College of Forestry - Association of Oregon Loggers: Safe Design of Mobile Anchors
OSU will develop a fact sheet on how to properly use mobile equipment anchors in logging operations. OSU will also create and record a two-hour webinar outlining safe equipment anchor design, along with the development of a mobile app for smartphones. The materials will be available on Oregon OSHA's website.
Grant award: $39,979

Northwest Forest Worker Center (NWFC): Safety and Health in Forestry Workers
NWFC will target low-literacy Latino workers in southern Oregon. Training will be developed to address preventing traumatic injuries by avoiding slips, trips, and falls. NWFC will use Promotoras (bilingual community health workers) to help with outreach and present the trainings to the workers.
Grant award: $40,000

The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training Grant Program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1990. Award recommendations are made by Oregon OSHA's Safe Employment Education and Training Advisory Committee, an advisory group with members from business, organized labor, and government.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. The final projects are to be completed by the end of November 2015. The materials will be housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and will be available online for use by the public.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 42 at MP 4 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoons fatal motor vehicle crash on highway 42 near milepost 4; 10 miles east of Coos Bay.
Preliminary investigation indicates that a black, 1996 BMW coupe, was westbound on highway 42 when for unknown reasons it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a 2004 Chevrolet Venture van. The driver of the BMW, identified as ROBERT WOLDT, 81, from Winston, died as a result of the crash; he was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Chevrolet Venture, identified as ROSE MIDDENDORFF, 45, from Coos Bay, was seriously injured and transported by ground ambulance to Bay Area Hospital and subsequently flown to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland for further treatment; she was wearing her seatbelt. Her passenger, Karen Patterson, 61, from Coos Bay, was transported to Bay Area hospital with serious injuries, seatbelt use information is not available at this time for Patterson.
OSP was assisted at the scene by Millington Fire, Green Acres Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County Sheriff's Office, North Bend Police Department, Coos Bay Police Department, Coos County District Attorney's Office and the Coos County Medical Examiners Office.

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12/10/14
State Housing Council Meeting and Retreat
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/10/14
MEETING AGENDA

Date: December 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: China Room, Broadway Commons
1300 Broadway Street Northeast #100, Salem, OR 97301
Call-In: Unavailable for this Meeting

1. Call to Order and Roll Call
2. Public Comment

3. Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar, Julie Cody, OHCS
23900 SW Lodgepole Terrace, Sherwood OR 97140
9000 SW Yearling Place, Beaverton OR 97008

Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting

--Break--

Call to Order

State Housing Council Retreat, Discussion

Working Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Adjourn State Housing Council Retreat
Oregon DOC receives two awards for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/10/14
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently presented with two awards for its commitment to sustainability practices: a Portland Business Journal Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award from Business Oregon.

On November 18, the Portland Business Journal presented DOC with a 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the "waste" category for its commitment to recycling. Part of DOC's efforts in this area is the development of a fully-operational recycling center that collects all recyclables from the department's 14 prisons. The center recycles everything from ballistic vests to metals to shoes.

On December 10, Secretary of State Kate Brown presented DOC with the Governor's Sustainability Award at the Northwest Environmental Conference, hosted by the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon. DOC was one of only two recipients honored with the Governor's Award, which promotes and advances the use of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. DOC was specifically recognized for:

--Completing energy audits at five of its facilities and creating site-specific plans for operational improvements, capital projects, and behavioral activities;

--Using integrated and natural pest management practices;

--Implementing green chemistry initiatives at its facilities;

--Leasing land to food banks at no charge to grow produce for food banks;

--Developing gardens at all 14 prisons (yielding more than 210,000 pounds of produce in 2013); and

--Starting significant wildlife and habitat conservation activities, including restoration work at a Savanna Haven and providing habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly and sage grouse.

"DOC is a large organization, spanning across the state, with over five million square feet of facilities," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "We take seriously our responsibility to mitigate the carbon footprint in Oregon. We are honored and humbled to receive these awards, which celebrate our commitment to achieving long-term sustainability goals."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.

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Attached Media Files: Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem , A female inmate crew plants viola in the Siuslaw National Forest as part of a habitat restoration project for the Oregon silverspot butterfly
Willamette Humane Society Receives $50,000 Grant from Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Campaign (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 12/10/14
Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent
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(Salem, OR) - Willamette Humane Society is thrilled to announce winning a grant of $50,000 for the story and video of Coco. Today, the Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced Willamette Humane Society as one of two second place winners of its second annual holiday grant campaign, Holiday Wishes, designed to help the most dedicated animal welfare organizations succeed in their mission to save pets' lives - at the holidays and year round.

Suzanne Kogut, Executive Director of Petco Foundation, will personally present the grant check to Willamette Humane Society on Wednesday, December 17, at 10 am, during a reunion of Coco and her puppies. Media and the public are invited to attend the presentation at 4246 Turner Rd SE in Salem, OR.

Watch the award-winning video on youtube at tinyurl.com/yestococo

Abandoned with thirteen puppies, Coco the dog was in need of a second chance. With community support, Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR was able to say yes and find a foster home to care for Coco and her large litter. Once weaned, more foster families were found to help raise, train, and socialize the puppies.

Eight weeks of foster care included hard work, sibling bonding, and more than a few shenanigans. After vaccines, puppy behavior classes, and spay and neuter surgeries, all 13 puppies found forever homes. Coco was next.

After watching her raise her babies for nine weeks and change from the scared, skinny dog that she was into the amazing dog that she had become, all were devastated to find out that Coco had cancer. "Coco was given just a few months to live," said Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent. "We were so sad to think that her newfound happiness would be short lived."

After one adopter backed out it started to look like Coco might never have a true home of her own. That is, until one special couple, Dick and Jean, said yes to Coco. "When I first saw her, I knew this was the one, you know?" said Dick. "We bonded right away. She's just a big ol' mutt that's full of love. She's a great dog."

But Dick and Coco's story doesn't end there. After a few months, Coco's lumps miraculously disappeared. Dick's family strongly believes that Coco was brought into his life for a greater purpose. "Coco came into my dad's life at a time when he was having a lot of health problems," Dick's son shared. "She gave him a new lease on life." "She's sensitive to me," Dick added. "She makes me feel better right away."

Fourteen lives saved because countless people SAID YES.

The story of Coco was just one of the many heart-warming stories of people helping animals submitted by animal welfare organizations across the country. The Petco Foundation made holiday wishes come true for a total of 33 organizations that were chosen as winners, based on the impact of the organization's overall work and their success story. The Foundation's Holiday Wishes campaign celebrates the tireless efforts of staff and volunteers across the country who are committed to saving the lives of animals year round.

"Holiday Wishes is another way in which the Petco Foundation invests in incredible organizations and communities that are committed to lifesaving," said Petco Foundation executive director Susanne Kogut. "We want every animal to spend the holiday season with a family, and through Holiday Wishes, we hope to increase this possibility each year."

Each of the winning organizations will receive checks from the Petco Foundation in the next two weeks, just in time to save more animals in need this holiday season. Grant money will be used at the discretion of the winners for needs such as facility upgrades or expansions, adoption event support and animal care.

For more information on the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign, and to read the winning stories, visit www.petco.com/holidaywishes. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the campaign hashtag, #HolidayWishes2014. For more information on the Petco Foundation, visit www.petcofoundation.org.

About Petco & the Petco Foundation

Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing the powerful relationship between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; nine Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 350,000 animals every year.

About Halo, Purely for Pets

For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets(R) has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet's life. When you choose Halo, we feed it forward, donating over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually, in partnership with Freekibble.com. Ellen DeGeneres - a long time Halo customer - became part-owner in 2008. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo now sponsors the acclaimed PBS series "Shelter Me," the Olate Dogs Rescue Tour 2014-15, LoveAnimals.org, and many more animal rescue efforts. Halo's natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Unleashed by Petco, and other fine pet specialty and natural food stores. Learn more www.halopets.com.

About Willamette Humane Society

Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year. For more information about Willamette Humane Society and the story of Coco, visit whs4pets.org.



Holiday Wishes Check Presentation: Willamette Humane Society
December 17, 2014 at 10 am
4246 Turner, Salem, Oregon 97317

Agenda
10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
* BJ Andersen, Executive Director
o Shares background on Willamette Humane Society, introduces Coco
10:10 a.m. Highlights and Testimonials
* Susanne Kogut, Petco Foundation (15 minutes)
o Introduces Petco team and provides background on the Foundation and Holiday Wishes, conducts check presentation; Halo Pet Food gift
* Dick and Jane Wadleigh, Adopters (10 minutes)
o Share stories of Coco then and now
* BJ Andersen, ED and Founder (5 minutes)
o Closing remarks

10:45 pm Photos and Networking

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP optional to events@whs4pets.org.


Attached Media Files: Krystal Kraig, Coco's foster parent , Coco , Petco Foundation Logo , Willamette Humane Society Logo , Halo, Purely for Pets Logo
Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Pacific Power - 12/10/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Dec. 10, 2014

Be safe and prepared: Winds could trigger power outages throughout Northwest
Check your Emergency Outage Kit, charge up mobile devices, avoid any downed lines, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

PORTLAND, Ore. -High winds are blowing into the Northwest, so Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"We work hard to prevent outages, but when bad weather strikes -- outages can happen, and we work just as hard to get your power back on quickly and safely," said Doug Butler, vice president, operations. "Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared for this weather and the outages that could occur. Our crews are prepared to respond, and so we encourage our customers to be prepared as well. Let's work together to keep safety our No. 1 priority."

Every home should have an Emergency Outage Kit that includes the following:

* Flashlight
* Battery-operated radio and clock
* Extra batteries
* Non-perishable foods
* Manual can opener
* Bottled water
* Blankets

If a power outage occurs, Pacific Power encourages customers to first check their fuses and circuit breakers. If the power failure is not caused inside the home or business, customers should report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

To ease the inconvenience of power outages and assist crews in restoring power, Pacific Power suggests the following tips and safety precautions:

* Stay away from all downed power lines and utility lines. Even if the lines are not sparking, they could be energized and extremely dangerous.
* Call 911 and report the outage to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.

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* Candles should never be left unattended or used for extended periods. Use a flashlight or other battery-powered lighting source.
* Use a fireplace or wood stove to keep warm. Pay careful attention to fire hazards.
* Never use kerosene or propane heaters inside without proper ventilation. They create dangerous fumes. Also, don't use charcoal in your house or garage.
* Never use a barbecue grill indoors. Cook over sterno cans.
* Don't drive over downed power lines.
* Turn on your porch light switch. After crews complete repairs, they patrol the area of the power failure to see if lights are on.
* As much as possible, do not open refrigerators and freezers--they will keep food and perishables inside cold for some time if not opened.
* Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing. Add a hat and blanket to stay warm. Blankets and towels around windows and doors help keep the heat in.
* Check on your neighbors, especially those who may need special assistance. Also, check with others who have electricity, to see if you can visit.
* Protect your pipes during freezing weather by wrapping them with insulation. Also, leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.
* Generators should be outside or in a well ventilated unoccupied space.
* Make sure generators are properly wired for your home or business, and don't connect a generator directly to your home's main fuse box or circuit panel. This can create a dangerous back feed hazard for line crews.

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for their patience during power outages. Our crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

This season, customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers are posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available or at least hourly at pacificpower.net/outage.

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Suspicious Package at the N. Mall Building
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/10/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Bomb technicians were called to the scene of a suspicious package this afternoon at the North Mall Building, 725 Summer St. NE, in Salem. Portions of the North Mall Building were evacuated as a precaution while technicians examined the package. Workers were allowed back into the building at approximately 2:15 P.M.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., OSP troopers were called to investigate a report of a suspicious package at the North Mall Building. Upon arrival, troopers requested additional aid from the OSP Explosives Unit who arrived to examine the package. Explosive technicians used an X-ray to examine the package, described as a satchel, then used a general disruption technique to render the item safe.

Examination following the disruption determined the satchel did not contain explosives and investigators do not believe it was intended as a hoax device.

Anyone with information on this incident may contact Senior Trooper Jim Ragon at 503-986-1122.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Salem Fire Department.
Forest stewardship agreement available for public review
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/10/14
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on a proposed forest stewardship agreement with Bauman Tree Farm, LLC for a 672-acre parcel in Lane County.

Landowners and the Oregon Department of Forestry collaborate to create the stewardship agreements, which are long-term agreements that consider natural resource conservation and routine forest management from a property-wide perspective, rather than by single operations.

A stewardship agreement is voluntary and allowed by law since 2006, whereby a landowner agrees to meet the natural resource protection standards of the Oregon Forest Practices Act through alternate practices. The agreement serves as the Certificate of Inclusion in the Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for Northern Spotted Owl habitat. These agreements provide landowner incentives for voluntarily meeting or exceeding the requirements to improve wildlife habitat and water quality.

The public may review and comment on the proposed stewardship agreements:
- In person at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 2600 State St., Salem, Oregon 97301.
- Electronically by contacting Jennifer Weikel (503) 945-7398 or Jennifer.Weikel@oregon.gov.

Send all comments to Jennifer Weikel at the address or email above. They must be received no later than 5 p.m. on December 31, 2014.
Significant Weather Event in Curry, Coos and Western Douglas Counties
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/10/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) are asking folks in the Curry, Coos and western Douglas Counties to use caution as high winds and heavy rains cover the area.

According to OSP Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, "All three counties are experiencing heavy rain and high winds." Drivers are advised to use caution and be prepared in case standing water and other hazards develop. Lt. Mitchell asks anyone who can avoid the area to do so but if you must travel to be prepared.

Road and Weather information can be checked up to the minute at www.tripcheck.com

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Heceta Head Lighthouse will be dark in December for repairs
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/10/14
The Heceta Head Lighthouse light will be out for several weeks to repair the lens. The lighthouse will be open for daytime tours 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., depending on staffing and weather conditions. The lighthouse will not be open for night tours during Heceta Head Lightstation's annual Victorian Christmas Open House on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21.

Oregon State Parks hired Bandon-based Reese Electric and Eugene-based Welch's Machine Works to repair the carriage wheel mechanism. Repairs are estimated to cost $5,000-$10,000, paid for by the Heceta Head Lighthouse donations account.
Pursuit in Lane County Results in Arrest, Charges (Photo) * Correction to Milepost *
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/10/14
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On December 9, 2014, at about11:53 AM, Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Springfield Area Command located a tan, 2003 Nissan Altima, southbound on Interstate Five near milepost 186 in Lane County. The car had been reported as stolen to the Salem Police Department (SPD) in Marion County. When the trooper activated his overhead emergency lights near milepost 185, the vehicle accelerated to speeds near 100 MPH. The Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) assisted in pursuit.

Near milepost 168, Cottage Grove PD (CGPD) attempted to deploy spike strips to stop the vehicle however the operator avoided them and continued driving recklessly, including passing on the shoulder.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) was able to successfully deploy spike strips near milepost 168 and the vehicle finally stopped at milepost 158. Traffic was blocked on I-5 for approximately 45 minutes while officers from several agencies attempted to get the female driver to exit the vehicle. She was non-responsive and not obeying repeated orders to exit the vehicle while a Lane County Sheriff's Deputy was attempting to negotiate with her. An Arrest Team of OSP Troopers using a ballistic shield approached the vehicle then broke the passenger side window using a baton. After a brief struggle, the driver was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody. No passengers were in the vehicle.

The driver, identified as SABRINA A. RILEY, 32, of Salem, was arrested on a warrant out of Marion County and also charged with: Attempting to Elude Police - Felony, Unlawful Use of a Vehicle and Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle. In addition to those charges she was cited and released for Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief II, Interfering with a Peace Officer and Resisting Arrest.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Sutherlin Police Department.


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Albany Police Arrest 36 Year Old in Child Pornography Investigation
Albany Police - 12/10/14
On Tuesday December 9, 2014, Albany Police Detectives, assisted by a Linn County Sheriffs Office Detective, executed a search warrant at the Albany home of 36 year old Christopher Sean Haworth. Haworth was suspected to be involved in the on-line sharing of numerous child pornography images and videos. Those suspicions were confirmed when over 80,000 files of suspected child pornography were found on Haworth's home computer.

Haworth was lodged at the Linn County Jail, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Albany Police Detectives at (541)917-7686.


Attached Media Files: Christopher Sean Haworth
Red Cross
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this morning met with clients in response to a disaster in the 200 block of Knapp lane in Eugene, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided information about Red Cross services, disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Portland athletes can earn World/Olympic Ranking Points at the Pan Am Open
FlashAlert - 12/10/14
Portland's very first Pan Am Open International Taekwondo Championships will take place at the Oregon Convention Center December 12-14, Oregon Convention Center.

Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) is one of the five regional Taekwondo governing bodies under the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), encompassing members from 42 Central and South American countries, as well as America, Canada, Mexico, and several Caribbean nations. With the collaborative efforts of U.S. World Class Taekwondo Association, we have the honor of hosting this prestigious International event, which historically attracts over 1,500 Taekwondo Athletes from all over the world to participate and showcase their passion in the sport of Taekwondo. It is an excellent opportunity for local and national Athletes of all ages to experience international caliber competitions without the expenses and stress of traveling overseas.

In addition, the WTF has approved G-1 ranking for this reputable International event, allowing all Black Belt competitors ages 12 and above to earn ranking points toward the Olympic Games. We are excited to inform the news media that this will be the first WTF G-1 ranked event ever hosted in the Pacific Northwest. Color Belts ages 5 and above will also be welcome to participate at the Pan Am Open International Championships.

PATU's President, Grand Master Ji Ho Choi, along with PATU's executive council members, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) officials, as well as WTF and/or PATU and/or USA Taekwondo (USAT, the governing body in Taekwondo for the U.S. Olympic Committee) Certified International Referees will be coming together from the Pan American region to officiate the Pan Am Open Championships. In addition, we have the honor of the presence of National Team members from over 30 countries, who will be competing alongside Oregon athletes at this true world class event.
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Senior Services Office (SSO) in Roseburg will be moving December 15, 2014
OR Department of Human Services - 12/10/14
(Roseburg, Oregon)--In an effort to continue providing excellent customer service to the people of Douglas County, on Monday, December 15, 2014 the Roseburg APD Senior Services Office (621 Madrone St) will relocate their staff to join the APD Disability Services Office at 251 NE Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470.

Services will be provided as follows:

Suite A - Upper level

* Adult Foster Home Administration
* Adult Protective Services
* Home Care Worker Administration
* Diversion/Transition Services

Suite N - Lower level

ALL CASE MANAGERS:
Includes Medical, SNAP (Food Stamps), In Home Services, Community Based Services, Nursing Facility; and

VOUCHER DROP OFF

The main phone number for the agency will be 541-440-3580. Direct lines will be available after the relocation. The new location on Garden Valley Blvd is still accessible by public transportation.

We are making every effort to make this a seamless transition, and believe this will be a more accessible location for service delivery. Benefits will NOT be affected by this move. We are deeply committed to the clients we serve in Douglas County and are asking them to note these changes and call their DHS worker if they have any questions.
Bikeweay user survey ends in two weeks
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/10/14
Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are embarking on an economic impact and user study of bicycle recreation and travel for Oregon's Scenic Bikeways. As part of their information gathering, the two organizations want cyclists to respond to an online survey by Dec. 31. Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways - offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes - and the feedback can make them even better.

Travel Oregon and OPRD want to hear how often people ride the Scenic Bikeways and get feedback on what people thought of them.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ScenicBikewaySurvey1

Anyone who has ridden a bicycle on any one of the 12 designated bikeways is requested to participate in this survey. The responses will be kept confidential and be used for statistical purposes only. The survey takes about 10 minutes and the results will help improve the Oregon cycling experience for all.


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Attached Media Files: News release
Man Arrested in Stabbing
Lebanon Police Dept. - 12/10/14
On 12/09/14 at around 6:10pm, Lebanon Police officers and detectives responded to the area of the Peacock Bar located at 76 E Sherman Street, Lebanon for a report that a man had been stabbed during a fight. Officers located the victim who had cuts to his torso and hand. He was quickly transported by Lebanon Fire Department paramedics to the Lebanon Community Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Good Samaritan in Corvallis with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers learned that the male suspect had left with a female in a vehicle. The male suspect was identified as 26 year old Travis Curry by witnesses. Thanks to witnesses on the scene, police obtained a description of the vehicle that Curry left in. A short time later a caller reported a male and female verbally arguing in the Walmart parking lot. That caller reported the male and female left in the same vehicle described by witnesses at the bar. The vehicle was located and stopped by officers a short time later with Curry and the female inside.

Based on statements made to officers and detectives, it is believed that Curry and the female were in a verbal altercation outside of the bar. The female attempted to leave in the vehicle when Curry attempted to stop her by grabbing her. The victim observed this and attempted to stop Curry when Curry pulled a knife. A struggle ensued and the victim was cut several times during the scuffle. Friends of Curry separated the two and removed the knife from Curry. Curry went back inside the bar and obtained a second knife but that was quickly taken away from him by his friends. Curry then left the scene with the female.

Curry was taken into custody and charged with Assault II. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

For further information please contact Detective Justin McCubbins at 541-451-1751 ext. 4346
12/09/14
Be alert for landslides and debris flows on Oregon's south coast
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 12/09/14
MEDFORD, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon for parts of southwest Oregon, including coastal Coos, Curry and Douglas counties.

For latest updates on this flood watch, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1wwm9cd

Landslides and debris flows are possible during this flood event. Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can easily travel a mile or more, depending on the terrain. They will transport boulders and logs in a fast-moving soil and water slurry.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling. According to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Landslide and debris flow resources: www.oregongeology.org/sub/Landslide/Landslidehome.htm
Landslide fact sheet (PDF): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/publications/landslide-factsheet.pdf
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/slido/

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SRCI "Blue Room" Named in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2014
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
The Blue Room at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has been named as one of TIME Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2014," an accomplishment of which the institution is very proud. This is due in large part to the desire of SRCI staff to see something meaningful come to life through their efforts.

The Blue Room is a groundbreaking nature imagery research project, developed through a partnership with the Utah Sustainability in Prisons Project. In 2013, SRCI began working with University of Utah Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni, who was exploring ways that nature positively impacts individuals and the effect it could have on those who are incarcerated. To incorporate Professor Nadkarni's concepts with the prison's needs, SRCI decided to place nature imagery, through video and audio, in one of the recreation areas of SRCI's Intensive Management Unit (IMU). The Blue Room, as it is known, is a fairly simple combination of modern technology, correctional practices, crisis intervention, and behavior de-escalation.

The next step is to conduct research that focuses on whether nature imagery in prisons:

* Changes behavior
* Reduces stress, agitation, and anxiety
* Reduces violence
* Reduces disciplinary segregation admits
* Reduces suicide attempts

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. The institution participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. It opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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High Wind Warning
Lebanon Police Dept. - 12/09/14
Event: High Wind Watch
Alert: ...HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY EVENING FOR THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY...LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER
VALLEY AND CASCADE FOOTHILLS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY EVENING.

* WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WIND GUSTS OF 40 TO 55 MPH APPEAR
LIKELY. WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH APPEAR POSSIBLE...BUT UNCERTAINTY
REMAINS RELATIVELY HIGH.

* TIMING: THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: VANCOUVER...BATTLE GROUND...CAMAS...
WASHOUGAL...EUGENE...CORVALLIS...ALBANY...SALEM...
MCMINNVILLE...HILLSBORO...PORTLAND...OREGON CITY...GRESHAM...
TROUTDALE...ST. HELENS...TOUTLE...ARIEL...COUGAR...SANDY...
SWEET HOME...COTTAGE GROVE...LONGVIEW...KELSO

* IMPACTS: THESE WIND SPEEDS WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING POWER
OUTAGES AND TRAVEL PROBLEMS FOR TRUCKS...TRAILERS AND OTHER HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES.

Instructions: A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH...OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Target Area:
Cascade Foothills in Lane County
Central Willamette Valley
Greater Portland Metro Area
Lower Columbia
Northern Oregon Cascade Foothills
South Willamette Valley
State Land Board provides direction on management of Elliott State Forest (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/09/14
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Alternate public or public/private ownership to be pursued

Salem - At their public meeting today, the State Land Board directed the Department of State Lands (DSL) to work towards implementing an ownership model for the Elliott State Forest involving another public entity or a public-private partnership. The goal is to "de-couple" timber harvesting from school funding, and remove the forest from the Common School Fund's land portfolio.

The Board considered two reports - the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project Final Report, prepared by DSL staff; and Elliott State Forest - Analysis of Alternatives, prepared by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest - as part of their deliberations on the forest.

In addition, about 35 people provided comments about the forest to the Land Board.

DSL Director Mary Abrams presented the Board with four scenarios outlined in the project report - 1) Request proposals for alternative management; 2) Continued management by the Oregon Department of Forestry; 3) Request proposals for alternative ownership; and 4) Federal or tribal transfer. The Board directed DSL to focus its work on Scenario 3.

This option would seek proposals that lead to ownership by a public entity or a consortium that includes public interests and that compensates the Common School Fund for the value of the property. Discussion around Scenario 3 included options such as a trust land transfer program and a "community forest" approach as possible ways to optimize benefits from the forest.

Much of the discussion throughout the meeting and during the Board's deliberations focused on finding a better resolution to the tension between habitat conservation values and the Land Board's trust responsibility to maximize revenues for the Common School Fund. As trustees of the fund, the Board must manage Common School lands with the primary goal of maintaining the value of and maximizing revenues to the fund, as defined by Oregon's Admission Act and Constitution.

In addition to opting for Scenario 3, Board Chair Gov. John Kitzhaber said he would like DSL staff to look at Scenario 1 because there are short-term management and financial issues that require immediate attention. "We'll flesh these options out and come back and engage as many citizens as possible in our solution," he said.

Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown also indicated an interest in more involvement with Oregon tribes in seeking solutions to the forest's ownership and management.

The next steps are for the Department of State Lands to develop a procurement strategy, scope of work, evaluation criteria, and a request for alternative ownership proposals. The Land Board will review the results of this work, with the goal of having a transition agreement in place by early 2016.

To prepare the four scenarios presented to the Board, DSL coordinated seven months of research, public input and technical analysis. The options put forth in the alternatives report provide advantages and risks for each scenario, next steps, resources needed, and estimated timeframes to implement.

At the meeting, DSL Director Mary Abrams thanked the public for their hard work and comments throughout the seven-month project, and also acknowledged the Oregon Department of Forestry, technical experts, and staff for their contributions to the analysis and reports.

The Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project was led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, who both have years of experience in natural resource management and state government. Analysis and technical assistance was provided by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest, and an interagency workgroup composed of state and federal agency representatives.

Two rounds of stakeholder work sessions were held in Salem, Portland, and Coos Bay, and the Land Board held a public listening session in Coos Bay on Oct. 8 where more than 60 people provided testimony. Additional comments were received by email and written correspondence.

The 92,000-acre Elliott State Forest in Coos and Douglas counties includes about 84,000 acres of Common School fund land. The fund generates funding for K-12 public education in Oregon.

Over the past five years, the Common School Fund has disbursed more than $240 million to Oregon schools. Reduced timber harvests on the Elliott due to litigation over species protections have resulted in a net deficit of about $3 million in the forest's operating costs for fiscal year 2013. The negative returns continued in 2014 and are of concern given the Land Board's trust obligations to the fund.

Information on the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Analysis Project: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/LW/Pages/Elliott-State-Forest.aspx

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

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Life Reimagined Unveils New Digital Platform Offering Personalized Guidance Throughout New Life Stages (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
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WASHINGTON, DC--Life Reimagined today launched a fully redesigned digital platform, delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities. The platform now offers a suite of engaging programs and stimulating, proprietary content developed by the Life Reimagined Institute's team of world-renowned experts and thought leaders.

People are living longer and as a result, a need to reevaluate a new life stage has arisen. Americans are facing the reality that, as life expectancy increases they must continue working and must rethink the notion of aging and retirement. For many, tackling the personal reflection necessary for making or dealing with a major life shift is a daunting task. Life Reimagined was developed as a service to help users reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to live their best life.

"We recognized a demand for a service that not only inspires people to explore their goals and passions, but gives them an actionable plan on how to navigate a new and evolving life phase," says Emilio Pardo, executive vice president at AARP and president of Life Reimagined. "The new Life Reimagined delivers on our goal to guide users through this new reality and to help navigate and explore life's most pivotal moments."

Helmed by the Life Reimagined Institute's celebrated experts in the fields of personal development, aging and transitions, the new Life Reimagined experience seeks to create a guidance system tailored to each user's needs as they embark on the journey of answering "what's next?", while providing tangible next steps that allow users to take action. Built upon the foundation of the Institute's thought-provoking articles, proven methodologies and breakthrough programs, Life Reimagined has evolved beyond being just a resource for those looking to set goals, make a life shift, or simply reevaluate their priorities - it has become a personalized action plan that helps accomplish all of these things.

"With the new Life Reimagined, we sought to develop a platform users could have a true relationship with, offering a personalized set of services to help each person reimagine what is next in his or her life," notes Jeannette McClennan, chief of digital products for Life Reimagined. "The site is designed to act as a guidance system that intuitively serves up new programs and content based on a specific person's activity. We have received such positive feedback since the initial launch, but knew we wanted the site to go beyond curating articles to actually curating a personal roadmap to achieving goals, resulting from each unique interaction with the site."

Developed in response to the feedback provided by the platform's most dedicated users and the proven practices put forth by the Life Reimagined Institute, the new Life Reimagined digital experience includes programs and features across the three key verticals of Well Being, Relationships and Work:

* Original content written for an audience seeking to explore their passions, tackle their fears and hesitations, and enact their goals.
* Signature stories sharing longer-form testimonials from Life Reimagined editors and thought leaders.
* Engaging, offline programs designed to incite reflection and provoke thoughts, while delivering daily small-step action items aimed at achieving a tangible goal.
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About Life Reimagined
Life Reimagined was launched by AARP in 2013 to provide a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions and live their lives to the fullest. By offering online and offline experiences made up of tools, experts and community, Life Reimagined helps people reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to navigate transitions and new life phases. Learn more at http://lifereimagined.aarp.org.

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


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Thousands of DOC inmates contribute to a successful 2014 fire season (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/09/14
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Each year the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires. Inmates are selected to serve on supervised 10-person crews and have to complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the fundamentals of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication, and safety.

Deployment of DOC fire crews this year began in January and continued through October. During this time, DOC deployed an astonishing 242 staff members and 2,701 inmates to battle 66 fires. These crews were on the fire line from one to 17 days at a time, depending on the severity of the fire.

Nine of DOC's 14 institutions have active fire crews. These institutions are:
-Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (responded to six fires)
-Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem (responded to 20 fires)
-Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City (responded to 15 fires)
-Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem (responded to eight fires)
-Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (responded to eight fires)
-Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario (responded to 16 fires)
-South Fork Forest Camp in Tillamook (responded to 31 fires)
-Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (responded to six fires)
-Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview (responded to eight fires)

Each of these institutions plays an important role in assisting ODF with fire season. In addition to fighting fires, inmate camp crews staff mobile kitchens at large fires, serving meals day and night to two shifts of firefighters.

As this year's fire season comes to a close, DOC would like to recognize the staff members and firefighting crews who participated throughout the year. Not only does the fire program save the state millions of dollars, it provides DOC's low-risk offenders with the tools they need for future work opportunities, which helps prepare them for re-entry into the community.

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Frommer's/AARP Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
Frommer's/AARP Places for Passion by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever, PhDs,
Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--
and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away

WASHINGTON, DC--Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has teamed up with Janet Lever, PhD, her former coauthor of Glamour's "Sex and Health" column, to release Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away.

As you might expect from Dr. Pepper, an expert star on "Married at First Sight" on A&E's FYI channel, and Dr. Janet, a past host of the national cable show "Women on Sex," they provide a guide to the world's sexiest destinations and supply a lot of advice about how to make each destination even more romantic. Along with detail-rich text on the authors' top 75 picks, the two intimacy experts make a solid case for why traveling together is essential in sustaining--and improving--the romance in our lives.

"We took great care to help our readers understand how to pick the right destinations and discuss why travel can rekindle those sometimes-forgotten sparks," says Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Today Show contributor, AARP Sex and Relationship Ambassador, and author of 21 books on relationships.

Introductory chapters include "Going Away to Get Closer" and "Planning Your Romantic Vacation Destinations." Then the 75 destinations are grouped under urban romance (think Barcelona, Marrakech, Miami, to name a few), natural romance (e.g. Aspen, Banff, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks), beach romance (e.g. Amalfi Coast, Bali, Oregon Coast), and adventure romance (e.g. Alaska, Botswana, the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal). Many places are singled out for readers' specific romantic purposes, such as "Places to Pop the Question," "Honeymoons," "Making Valentine's Day Special," "Milestone Anniversaries," "Special Birthdays," "Romance on Family Vacations," and "Places to Heal." Ways to travel on a budget are sprinkled throughout, and a detailed index helps readers find the type of vacation that will suit them best.
The destination chapters include rich information and the high standard of reporting that Frommer's consistently delivers about locations that meet the authors' criteria for romance. "Frommer's has always inspired passion for travel, so it seemed like a logical next step to encourage travel for passion," says Pauline Frommer, the company's editorial director. "We are delighted to have found such good partners in this endeavor as Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Janet Lever--and AARP."

Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World--and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away is available now for holiday purchase at bookstores and online. For more information visit: www.aarp.org/PlacesforPassion.

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ACCLAIM FROM PEERS AND CRITICS:

"If you believe, as I do, that travel is an experience that is meant to be shared, then Places for Passion is the essential, transformational must-read guide."
--Peter Greenberg
Travel Editor, CBS News

"Travel is the liquor of romance. Novelty triggers the brain's dopamine system to sustain romantic passion. This surge soon fires up testosterone to tickle your sex drive. And as you hug and kiss, you fuel the oxytocin system--ushering in feelings of deep attachment. So Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever have it right with this charming book. It's full of great ideas on how to keep love alive."
--Dr. Helen Fisher
Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University, and Author of Why Him? Why Her?

"I really love getting travel advice from people who can offer a different perspective. This book, from experts on relationships, is a romantic rundown of exceptional places that, through their beauty and intimacy, have a unique way of creating that spark. I've left my copy out for my husband--HINT HINT."
--Samantha Brown
Host of Travel Channel's "Great Weekends" and "Passport to Europe" and AARP Travel Ambassador

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities, and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities, and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need, with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

About Frommer's
Frommer Media LLC is known throughout the world for its immensely popular series of travel guides to virtually every major touristic location. Under the Frommer's trademark, its guidebooks have been sold in bookstores since 1956 and have consisted of as many as 340 different titles accounting, in many years, for as many as one out of every four travel guides sold in the United States and Canada. Tens of millions of guidebook readers--the largest loyal audience for any such series--have used Frommer's on their vacation trips. Learn more at frommers.com.
Ashland Woman Claims $12.1 Million Megabucks Prize
Oregon Lottery - 12/09/14
December 9, 2014 - Salem, Oregon - Cathy Silver of Ashland, claimed her $12.1 million Megabucks jackpot prize over a month after learning she had the winning ticket.

Silver won her jackpot prize by matching all six numbers in the Oct. 18 Megabucks drawing. Accompanied by her family, Silver claimed her prize at the Lottery office in Salem, Dec. 5. The winning numbers were 3-9-16-25-32-34.

Silver said she doesn't play Megabucks on a regular basis, but when she does, she checks her numbers after each drawing. Waking at 5 a.m. the Sunday following the drawing, Silver sat down with the Sunday newspaper and a cup of coffee. Checking the numbers, she saw she had matched the first three numbers on one of the 10 sets of numbers on her $10, quick pick Megabucks ticket that also included the Kicker option.

"I thought, 'Yippee! I won a free ticket!,' said Silver. "Then I saw I had matched all six numbers! I had to wake my husband, Bud, so he could check the numbers, too! I called my son and he asked if I'd signed the back of the ticket. I said, 'No,' and he told me to sign it right away. Which I did!"

Among the next people Silver contacted was her CPA, who came to the house to join the growing number of family members that Sunday morning. The delay in claiming her prize was due to making sure she had a financial plan in place before coming to Salem.

While sitting at the Lottery office filling out the necessary paperwork, one of Silver's children said, "Mom! You're a millionaire!" Pondering the statement for a moment, Silver said, "I guess I am!" With her win, Silver becomes the Oregon Lottery's 244th Megabucks millionaire.

Silver bought her winning ticket at Albertsons in Ashland.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.
Renovations Begin at Lancaster Mall to Make Way for Red Robin
Lancaster Mall - 12/09/14
We are pleased to announce that Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is bringing its famous gourmet burgers to Lancaster Mall, Salem OR. The gourmet burger chain has officially signed a lease at Lancaster Mall. Renovation has begun on the 7,500 square foot space located on the east side of the mall between the mall main entrance and Sears. In addition to Red Robin the overhaul of the front of the mall will include 14,000 square feet of second floor office space and a 5,500 square foot retail space that opens into the mall between Starbucks and Sears. Other interior mall updates will include new interior floors and a fresh paint color scheme.

Red Robin has been the Gourmet Burger Authority(TM) since 1969, when the first Red Robin restaurant opened in Seattle, Wash. Now, with more than 500 restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, Red Robin offers more than two dozen high-quality, fresh gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes served with its famous Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, sandwiches, entrees and soups in a family-friendly atmosphere.

"We're thrilled to continue serving the Salem community at the Lancaster Mall," said Philip Herbst, general manager of the Salem Red Robin location. "We look forward to bringing the craveable Red Robin burgers our guests know and love to a new location in 2015."

All of Red Robin's gourmet burgers are prepared with innovative, fresh ingredients like grilled pineapple, homemade guacamole, country Dijon sauce, signature BBQ sauce, hand-battered crispy onion straws, and even a fried egg. Some of the most popular burgers are the Royal Red Robin Burger(R) topped with a fresh fried egg and Red's Tavern Double(R) with its signature styles, including the Fiery Ghost Style(TM) that uses the ghost pepper, one of the world's hottest chile peppers. Red Robin introduced the Smoke & Pepper Burger(TM) nationally in early November 2013, the first of Red Robin's Finest gourmet burger line, and has since expanded with four additional offerings: The D.G.B.(TM), Black & Bleu burger, Southern Charm Burger and The Big Sky Burger(TM).

Many sauces, spreads, salad dressings and soups are made in-house daily. Every burger on the menu is prepared using fresh, USDA ground beef that is free of preservatives, antibiotics hormones and trans fats. Red Robin also serves turkey patties, BOCA Original Vegan Burgers or Gardenburgers(R) and sandwiches made with chicken or fish to satisfy every guest's palate. All of Red Robin's gourmet burgers are customizable to accommodate the taste, dietary needs and preferences of each Red Robin Guest. Customizable side items are also available. Guests can swap out the fries for bottomless side salad, coleslaw, or steamed broccoli, to name a few.

Red Robin is slated to open in the summer of 2015 and joins the strong list of local, regional and national tenants at Lancaster Mall including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas. Lancaster Mall is owned by Lancaster Development, LLC, and managed by C.E. John Company, Inc. For more information on Red Robin and the growing list of tenants at Lancaster Mall visit www.lancastermall.com.
Salem Man Shows Up to Arraignment for Drug Charges with Drugs in His Pocket (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/09/14
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"I got mixed up, I thought I left it in my car." This was the statement given to deputies by Michael Durban, age 23, of Salem after he walked into his arraignment with drug paraphernalia in his pocket.

Durban was set to be arraigned on the charges of possession of heroin at the Circuit Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway SE, in Salem. But after walking through the court houses security screening process he was found to be in possession of hypodermic needles and a cotton ball that deputies believe contained heroin.

Durban was arrested and charged with an additional count of unlawful possession of heroin. He is currently lodged in the Marion County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court today at 3:00 p.m.


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NW Natural's Spirit of Giving Campaign Raises $330,000 for Children and Families at Risk
NW Natural - 12/09/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) employees, retirees and shareholders will donate more than $330,000 to five local charities through the company's annual Spirit of Giving campaign.

The employee campaign, which was held during November with the theme "Give like a Rock Star," raised approximately $165,000 in pledges from current employees and retirees. NW Natural will match that amount through the company's shareholder-supported Corporate Philanthropy Fund.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette will receive about $169,000; OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Challenge will receive almost $58,000; EarthShare around $42,500; Work for Art approximately $36,000; and Black United Fund of Oregon will receive nearly $20,600. These umbrella charities then disperse the funds to the nonprofits that they serve.

"We saw a 10 percent increase in giving this year and couldn't be more pleased with the generosity that was shown," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "Plus, in addition to donating money, many of our employees also gave countless hours to causes in our community."

NW Natural recognized two employees as Volunteers of the Year: Rob Marcoff, a battalion chief for the Cornelius Fire Department, and Andrew Woolsey, a lieutenant for the Dallas Firefighters Association. The two, who work in Field Services, were recognized for their commitment to serve and given a $500 donation for each fire department.

The company's Dollars for Doers program gave NW Natural employees the opportunity to request up to $500 donations for their favorite nonprofits. This year, the company fulfilled the requests with donations to 45 organizations.

"Giving back to the communities we serve is a high priority at NW Natural," added Summers. "We know that the success of our company can only be as strong as the health of the communities where we live, work and play."

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
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Hearing Resource Center Launched by AARP
AARP Oregon - 12/09/14
Website Provides Tools and Tips for Living Well with Hearing Impairment

WASHINGTON, DC -- To address the needs of the 70 percent of Americans age 50+ who suffer from some level of hearing loss, AARP has launched the AARP Hearing Resource Center. The platform, online at www.aarp.org/hearing, connects AARP members and other consumers interested in hearing health with helpful tips, information, tools and links to related product solutions and programs. A Spanish language version of the site is also available.

"Hearing loss results from many causes, and up to 70 percent of those who have hearing loss do not seek treatment," said Stephanie Miles, Vice President of Member Value, Products and Platforms at AARP. "Our research shows that hearing loss can impact the income of a working individual and, in certain cases, affects other aspects of health and can even be tied to depression. The Hearing Resource Center will provide information, tools and more."

The Hearing Resource Center includes:

* Educational content about hearing-related topics, including common causes of hearing loss, information on maintaining hearing health, tips and solutions for living with hearing loss and for loved ones of the hearing-impaired;

* Assessment tools for evaluating hearing loss;

* Maintenance and care tips for hearing-related equipment, such as hearing aids.
* Links to hearing-related products and programs, including AARP Driver Safety's "Honk if You Hear Me" program, the AARP Foundation's Isolation program, and hearing aid discounts.

The site will be updated on a continuous basis with new data, resources such as informational videos and webinars featuring audiologists and other experts, and topical articles. For example, a current feature, "Hearing Well for the Holidays" discusses how to enjoy the best of holiday time with family and friends.
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About AARP:
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
12/08/14
Extraordinary Donation Takes Liberty House Expansion Project 2/3 of the Way. Campaign needs to raise $500,000 more to complete their campaign and help more abused children (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 12/08/14
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Salem, Oregon (Dec. 8, 2014). At its Holiday Soiree Dec. 4, CEO Alison Kelley announced that Liberty House (LH) Child Abuse Assessment Center had received an extraordinary gift of $1,000,000 from an anonymous source to put toward their capital campaign.

Kelley said, "This gift takes us two thirds of the way toward completing our capital campaign to expand our facility to see more children who are referred for assessment of physical and sexual abuse. We are using this great news to make an urgent plea to the community to raise the rest of the funds before Dec. 31."

The $1.5 million campaign, Nurturing Growth and Hope, will result in LH being able to help between 200 and 300 additional children who need to be seen each year for assessment of injuries suspected to have been caused by abuse. It will allow the organization to purchase a neighboring building and begin renovation on their existing clinic as well as provide follow-up mental health support for children and their families.

Board Chair Scott Sadler said, "There are many places we can make donations at the end of 2014. I feel this is the most important way we can invest in children; to care for them physically and emotionally and to help them heal and go on with their lives."

Adds Kelley, "Our community is seeing an epidemic of child abuse; the need is greater than ever. This donation is a vote of confidence and the donor wants to see the community help carry us the rest of the way. We plan to do that."

Donations may be made directly by visiting the Liberty House website at libertyhousecenter.org or by calling 503-540-0288.

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ABOUT LIBERTY HOUSE: Liberty House is Marion County's only child abuse assessment center, the only place providing special medical assessment services for children. It offers a centralized place for children to receive medical and interview services for concerns of abuse. Liberty House serves children of all ages -- from infants to age 18 and assesses children for concerns of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Services are voluntary and free of cost to the family. Liberty House strives to serve as a resource for community education and information about the issue of child abuse and the protection of children. Over one-half of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations.

Liberty House is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is a safe and special place for children. When there are concerns about children who may have been hurt by abuse or neglect, Liberty House is here to help. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th St. NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org


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Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Deb Reid, North Bend School Board member, was among five locally elected board members recognized Nov. 15 with a platinum award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Leslie Brandt, Lowell School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Jerry Williams, Lebanon Community Schools Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Chris Culver, Lane ESD Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Shelly Watson, Harrisburg School Board member, was recognized Nov. 15 with a bronze award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Local board member receives Leadership Institute award
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 12/08/14
Lyle Utt, Greater Albany School Board member, was among 17 locally elected board members recognized Nov. 15 with a silver award for completing course work through the Oregon School Boards Association's Leadership Institute.

The awards, presented at OSBA's annual convention in Portland, recognize board members for significant levels of achievement in leadership and development. There are four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director, congratulated recipients on their achievement.

"School board members already put in hundreds of hours every year on behalf of Oregon's children," she said. "This is an extra measure of their dedication."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 12/08/14
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors December 15, 2014.
Deputies Respond to Vehicle Into School (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/14
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Sunday at about 6:00 a.m., deputies and emergency responders were called to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of Howell Prairie Road NE and Silverton Road NE. A 2014, Chevrolet pickup, being driven by Robert Lovatt, age 57, of Silverton was turning south from the west bound lanes of the intersection at Silverton Road NE and Howell Prairie Road NE.

As Mr. Lovatt entered the intersection a, 2002, Ford Explorer, driven by Rogelio Constantino-Xaca, age 31, of Salem drove through the east bound lanes of the intersection, without stopping causing the two vehicles to collide. Mr. Lovatt and his vehicle came to a rest just outside of the intersection and Mr. Constantino careened off of the roadway, striking Central Howell Elementary School.

The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles, minor damage to the school and minor injuries to both drivers. Winter driving on rural roads can be tricky, with limited lighting and ever changing weather patterns, extra attention to the roadway is needed. At the time of the crash drivers were contending with darkness, wet roads and a heavy fog. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind drivers that following a few winter driving tips can help keep you safe during your holiday travels.

1. Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic; plan to leave early if necessary.
2. Don't rush! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.
3. Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system, and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
4. Drive slowly. It's harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you'll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.

Mr. Constantino was cited for operating without a license, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to carry proof of insurance.


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12/07/14
(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Governor welcomes home deployed Airmen (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/07/14
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Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson sings the National Anthem to kick off the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, address those in attendance at the Demobilization Ceremony for the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Airmen of the 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron and Security Forces Squadron render a salute during their formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber receives the Oregon flag that was flown during deployment from Lt. Col. Jason Lay, 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Squadron Commander, during the formal Demobilization Ceremony at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., Dec. 7, 2014. The Airmen recently returned from overseas deployment assignments to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


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12/05/14
Troopers Seize 17 Kilograms of Cocaine in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/05/14
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On December 5, 2014, at approximately 8:27 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Central Point Office stopped a 2002 Buick Regal for seatbelt violations on the driver and passengers on Interstate 5 near milepost 17. As the contact unfolded, troopers began to suspect the three were involved in criminal activity and requested K-9 Rainey of the Jackson County Parole and Probation Department assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE), respond to assist.

After a K-9 alert, troopers conducted a search of the vehicle and located 17 Kilograms of cocaine and $5,980.00 in currency located within the vehicle. The cocaine was found in a false compartment in the vehicle.

Troopers arrested the driver, CHRISTOPHER M. WINTERS, 26, or Mill Creek WA; passenger, TAYLOR L. THRUELSEN, 36, of Issaquah WA; and second passenger, CHRISTOPHER K. CARRIGAN, 37, also of Issaquah WA, for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Manufacturing of Cocaine. All three were lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

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50 Years Later, High-Water Signs Provide Reminder of 1964 Flood (Photo)
City of Albany - 12/05/14
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In commemoration of the 1964 flood that devastated properties throughout the Willamette River basin, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is installing high-water signs in three river cities as reminders of the risks that floods continue to present.
Corps and City of Albany staff will install three high-water-mark signs at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, two weeks before the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Christmas flood. The signs will be posted at the level flood waters reached at Ellsworth Street on December 4, 1861; December 24, 1964; and February 9, 1996. The signs also list the number of upstream dams in place at the time of the latter two floods and how much those dams reduced flood levels.
Albany is the farthest flood-affected city upstream to receive and install the high-water signs as part of a public outreach project to make people aware of flood history and flood risk in their area and to promote flood preparedness. Similar signs are being installed downstream in Turner and Oregon City, all at no cost to the cities.
The outreach project is coordinated by the Oregon Silver Jacket Team, a multiagency group focused on working together on flood issues. Agencies involved in the high-water-mark sign project include the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, Oregon Emergency Management Office, National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Corps.
* Corps representatives will attend the Albany sign installation to provide information about past floods and talk about ongoing flood risk in the region.
* Darrel Tedisch, City of Albany Emergency Management Specialist, will talk about how the City prepares for flooding and what Albany residents can do to be prepared.
* National Weather Service representatives will be available to talk about weather and river forecasting and flood warning services for the Willamette River and its tributaries.
* Oregon Emergency Management staff will also be available to discuss recent flood mitigation projects in the local area.
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Salem Police Arrest Fifteen in Prostitution Sting
Salem Police Dept. - 12/05/14
The Salem Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted a prostitution sting operation on December 4, arresting fifteen individuals on numerous charges related to prostitution activities.

The operation was held during the afternoon and evening hours and utilized undercover male and female police officers and postings on internet sites. The suspects, fourteen "Johns" and one prostitute, were all responding to internet postings by officers and made contact with the undercover officers by various means. Once the suspects made contact with the officers and agreed to participate in sexual acts for money, they were taken into custody when they went to an undisclosed location with the expectation of completing the act.

The following were arrested for Patronizing a Prostitute:
Elias N Mendoza-Garcia, 27 years old, Salem
Jason A Scoggins, 41 years old, Keizer
Rodney P Gretzon, 42 years old, Salem
Marcelo Cruz-Santiago, 33 years old, Salem
Raul Cisneroz-Froylan, 43 years old, Washougal, WA
Alejandro Lopez-Rodriguez, 33 years old, Salem
Julian Hernandez-Herrera, 43 years old, Salem
Robert DeWayne Alber, 63 years old, Salem
Jesus E Cruz-Arreguin, 30 years old, Gervais
Manual Cardenas-Murillo, 32 years old, Keizer
Marcos M De Jesus-Ramirez, 37 years old, Salem
Margarito Ramirez-De Jesus, 38 years old, Salem
Rigoberto Garcia-Rodriguez, 38 years old, Transient

Arrested on the charge of Prostitution:
Nachey Mabel Bourette, 29 years old, Beaverton

Prostitution is becoming more frequent in our communities. It exploits a vulnerable part of our society and is often linked to human trafficking and various forms of abuse and manipulation. Women, juveniles and undocumented individuals are being victimized by human traffickers for forced labor as well as for sexual exploitation. Victims of human trafficking often feel as though they have no alternative but to obey those who take advantage of them.

Anyone who has information about human trafficking is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency. Victims of human trafficking can also contact their local Women's Crisis Center for assistance with safety and shelter. The Center for Hope and Safety can be reached at their 24-hour crisis line at 503-399-7722.

Prostitution related crimes often utilize the Internet to facilitate activities. Parents should watch for unfamiliar Internet site names on their computer browser histories and further investigate those sites as a way to monitor the computer activities of their children
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet on December 9, 2014
Lane ESD - 12/05/14
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will conduct a regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

A work session will be held prior to the regular meeting, at 4:00 p.m., to discuss Strategic Planning.

The meeting will be held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon.
Oregon State Police Detective Pleads Guilty
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 12/05/14
Today, Detective Clinton David Steele of the Oregon State Police pled guilty to Forgery in the First Degree, a Class C Felony and Official Misconduct in the First Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor. The Honorable Jamese Rhoades arraigned Steele on the charges, and then accepted Steele's guilty pleas to both counts. Pursuant to an agreement between the State and the Defendant, she sentenced Steele to 18 months supervised probation, which is the presumptive sentence under Oregon Felony Sentencing Guidelines. He will be required to report to a probation officer and pay fines and fees associated with his conviction. Furthermore, he has surrendered his police officer certification through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and resigned his position with the Oregon State Police, effective immediately.

These charges stem from his handling of the federal murder investigations regarding defendants David 'Joey' Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby.

Steele was assigned by the Oregon State Police as the lead detective in the federal multi-state investigation regarding multiple homicides committed by Pedersen and Grigsby in 2011. During the federal prosecution of that case, questionable behavior by Steele was identified, specifically the handling of photographic evidence and his filing of a sworn federal declaration as a result. The Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Salem Police Department were asked to review conduct of Steele for potential criminal charges. However, following a full investigation the Marion County District Attorney's Office determined criminal conduct regarding that incident could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and no charges were filed, but it did trigger a District Attorney's internal audit into all cases in which Steele had an investigatory role.

Parallel with that audit, the Oregon State Police also continued their internal review of Steele's conduct and investigatory processes with regard to the Pedersen/Grigsby murders. Based upon that continuing review, additional concerning behavior was identified and the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Salem Police Department were once again asked to investigate whether Steele had committed yet a different criminal offense. This time, after another thorough investigation conducted by the Salem Police Department, it was determined that Steele had committed a crime.

This behavior involved anomalies in Steele's submitted reports in the Pedersen/Grigsby case. Specifically, he photocopied the cover sheet to a supervisor-signed and approved report in the Pedersen/Grigsby case and then hand-altered the date and page numbers. He then proceeded to attach it to another report in that same case, bypassing the need to have his supervisor review and approve it. His altered cover-sheet thus gave the appearance of having been created before it actually was. As these reports are public records and must be signed by a supervisor, his photocopied version amounted to a forgery of that supervisor's signature.

Steele's plea today acknowledges his criminal conduct with regard to these reports. The Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office have not been asked to review any other conduct by Steele related to the Pedersen/Grigsby murders.

In cooperation with the Oregon State Police, the Salem Police Department (where Steele was briefly employed) and the Oregon Department of Justice, the Marion County District Attorney's Office is still currently in the process of auditing all of Steele's previous criminal investigations since December of 2001, which is when he began his career. At the conclusion of that audit, steps will be taken to notify affected parties, their counsel and/or the Court of Steele's role and any effect it may have had upon appropriate disposition of any case.

All inquiries about the status of any federal investigation into Steele's conduct should be directed to the US Attorney's Office.
Families, friends, State and local officials to welcome home deployed Airmen
Oregon Military Department - 12/05/14
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, local dignitaries and family members will welcome home more than 30 Portland-based unit members who deployed to support Operation Enduring Freedom, during a ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Portland Air National Guard base in Portland, Ore.

"I just couldn't be more proud of these brave women and men, who put themselves in harm's way - leaving their jobs, their families and their security here at home, to work for our security abroad," said Colonel Richard W. Wedan, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "Recognizing the sacrifices that these Airmen have endured, a demobilization ceremony is a formal and public recognition of their efforts," he said.

Oregon's highest-ranking military official - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon - will preside over the ceremony. Miss Oregon, Rebecca Anderson, is scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the ceremony. Also planned to be in attendance or speak at the ceremony are; Governor John Kitzhaber; Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown; representatives from the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, and Senator Jeff Merkley; Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cameron Smith; and Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Gauntz, Oregon Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sergeant.

More than twenty civil engineer technicians deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and provided support and maintenance services to facilities, airfields, and base infrastructure. Three firefighters from the squadron also deployed to Bahrain to perform fire and emergency services for both personnel and flight line support. Additionally, 6 members of the Security Forces Squadron deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

"Our Airmen stood as a shining example that Citizen-Airmen of the Air National Guard can make a positive contribution to any military war effort," said 142nd Fighter Wing Civil Engineer Commander Jason Lay, who deployed with his unit members. "These efforts laid a solid foundation for the ongoing Air Force mission and the transition to the next phase of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan," he said.

While in Afghanistan, the Civil Engineer Squadron completed several high-visibility missions. They managed more than $33 million of construction projects and contracts. They completed more than 970 individual work orders, including 13 major projects, and maintained the facilities, infrastructure, ramps, taxiways and the runway at the busiest combat air logistics hub in the Department of Defense.

The Security Forces Squadron had equally impressive accomplishments in their area or responsibility. They defended their deployed unit for 7 base-wide lockdowns and 5 indirect fire attacks, providing post-attack reconnaissance sweeps and assuring 100 percent accountability.

"We need to remember the sacrifices made by the families and employers of these Airmen as well. Their enduring support is critical to the National Guard's success," said Col. Wedan.
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/14
December 5, 2014

Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet December 11

What: The fifth public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

-- Presentation on voluntary identification of stroke-ready hospitals: Utah's experience;

-- Questions and discussion.

When: Thursday, December 11, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1E, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee has 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease programs manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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Deputies Investigate Suspicious Package (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/05/14
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This morning at about 8:00 am, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation unit came into work and found a suspicious crate near the office. The office and nearby business located at 3867 Wolverine Street NE in Salem, were evacuated as a precaution and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called in to assist.

At about 9:30 a.m., the bomb squad determined that the crate was not an explosive device, in fact it contained two Presto Logs. Deputies believe the item may have been left by a transient sleeping near the building. Deputies and the bomb squad are currently clearing the scene and business is resuming in the area.


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12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Richard Shaheen named senior vice president BPA Transmission Services
Shaheen's history of safety and operational success will be of great benefit to BPA

Portland, Ore. - Richard Shaheen is the Bonneville Power Administration's new senior vice president of Transmission Services. He takes over after filling the role in an acting capacity since August of this year.

"Richard has had a very positive impact on Transmission Services since joining BPA in September 2013," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "He has a resume full of safety and operational accomplishments that will serve BPA well as we continue to strengthen our safety culture, sustain our core transmission assets and modernize our electric grid."
Shaheen, who is a licensed Professional Engineer, joined BPA in September 2013 as vice president of BPA's Engineering and Technical Services organization. In that role, he oversaw Transmission Services' $500 million capital program, the transmission maintenance program and real property services. Additionally, he served as BPA's principal engineer and key policy formulator in leading the design, material specification, coordination, project management and construction of major transmission infrastructure projects necessary to sustain and improve the reliability of the existing transmission system and incorporate new generation facilities.

During his tenure as acting senior vice president of BPA Transmission Services, BPA completed the work necessary to offer 15-minute scheduling to transmission customers, continued work on two major 500-kilovolt transmission lines and initiated upgrades to Celilo Substation and the Pacific Direct Current Intertie.

"Richard is an excellent leader, and his 25-plus years of experience at a large electric utility have proven valuable to BPA," said BPA Chief Operating Officer Claudia Andrews. "Richard will ensure we do our work safely and help us meet the challenges we will encounter in the changing energy industry landscape."

"This is an exciting time to be asked to lead such an important organization with a rich history of innovating and serving the Pacific Northwest," Shaheen said. "Operational excellence is important to me. I look forward to sustaining and modernizing BPA's transmission system, which is the backbone of the region's electric grid."

As Florida Power and Light's senior director for Engineering and Technical Services, and previously as leader of Distribution and Transmission Operations, Shaheen drove critical business initiatives in engineering and project management, process and technology improvements, system reliability, smart grid, environmental services, safety and compliance. He also received FPL's highest quality award for his reliability team, and while leading Operations, he improved safety performance levels and achieved the Distribution and Transmission business units' lowest recordable accident rate by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Based on reliability performance reported to the Florida Public Service Commission, FPL was number one among Florida's investor-owned utilities for five years running.

Shaheen holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master's in business administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On December 3, 2014, at approximately 8:00 A.M., OSP Troopers from the Springfield Area Command conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Goshen, of a 2013 Dodge Charger, driving 92 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. When the driver, identified as KATRINA A. SHARPE, 21, of Olympia WA, and her passenger, DOMINIQUE A. WOODS, 22, of Olympia WA , were contacted,the trooper noticed Oxycodone tablets wrapped in cellophane on the passengers lap.

K-9 "Hemi" was called to assist with the investigation and subsequently located 10 grams of marijuana and additional Oxycodone totaling 791 tablets, concealed in the vehicle.

WOODS was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Delivery of a Controlled Substance and being a Fugitive from Justice in Washington then lodged in the Lane County Jail.

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Previous releases reported Woods as the driver but he was the passenger holding the celophane tablets.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

Public Health Advisory Board meets December 12 in Portland

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting

Agenda: Election of board chair and vice chair; Public Health Division update; legislative update; accreditation update; presentation on the intersection of early learning and public health; Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; Ebola overview and update.

When: Friday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. Comments are limited to three minutes.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues, and participates in public health policy development.

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Proposed BPA rate increase will maintain value of power and transmission systems
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/04/14
Portland, Ore. - To keep pace with needed investments in the Federal Columbia River Power System, which provides carbon-free hydropower at cost to Northwest public utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration today proposed a 6.7 percent average wholesale power rate increase for the fiscal year 2016-2017 rate period. BPA is also proposing a 5.6 percent increase in its transmission rates to sustain and expand the federal transmission system to meet regional needs, including renewable resource integration.

"During my time at BPA, I have become acutely aware of the economic impact our rates have on Northwest public utilities and the communities they serve," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator and chief executive officer. "However, these rate increases are necessary to sustain the tremendous value of the federal power and transmission system and to meet the electricity needs of the Northwest in a reliable and environmentally sustainable way."

In January, BPA began a discussion with the region about its proposed program levels, future costs and potential rates for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. At the outset of those discussions, BPA forecast double-digit increases for both its power and transmission rates. Over the next nine months, BPA conducted extensive public review of its programs and budgets in a regional process called the Integrated Program Review.

The IPR process allows interested parties to see all relevant FCRPS spending level estimates in the same forum. The IPR occurs every two years, just before each rate case, providing participants with an opportunity to review and comment on BPA's program level estimates before spending levels are set for inclusion in the rate case. Program levels for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 were included in the Final IPR Close-out Report released in October of this year.

"Working closely with our customers and other regional stakeholders over the past nine months, we managed to significantly cut the forecasted rate increases," added Mainzer.

The rate proposals will be considered during a public rate-setting process beginning in early December and culminating in July 2015 decisions on final rates to take effect Oct. 1, 2015.

BPA is a nonprofit federal wholesale utility that receives no Congressional appropriations
and must recover its costs through its rates. The new rates will affect local retail utilities differently depending on the amount of power and type of services they purchase from BPA. Local utilities ultimately determine the retail impact of BPA rates on individual businesses and residents.

Power rates
Even though power-related program level increases were kept below the rate of inflation, factors besides inflation make the wholesale power rate increase necessary. About 5 percentage points of the proposed 6.7 percent increase is due to costs associated with past capital spending - an increase of about $94 million a year.

Also contributing to the rate increase are increases in operating and maintenance costs for the federal hydroelectric program ($34 million), an automatic cost escalation under the long-term 2012 Residential Exchange Program settlement ($18 million per year), the need to acquire transmission service to meet obligations to deliver power to customers who are not directly connected to BPA's transmission system ($12 million per year) and rising fish and wildlife costs.

To offset a portion of these increases, BPA has been able to take advantage of unique
opportunities, including: the repeal of the spent-fuel disposal fee that the U.S. Department of Energy charged Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station, saving an average of $7.4 million a year; a reduction in BPA's forecast for the joint-funded Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance budget, saving about $2.5 million a year; refinancing of Energy Northwest regional cooperation debt for 2014-17, saving about $29 million a year; a decrease in operating costs at the Columbia Generating Station, saving approximately $26 million a year; and a $20 million undistributed reduction in the power revenue requirement.

Transmission rates
Additional reviews of transmission programs presented in the IPR confirmed that BPA has reduced programs levels as much as possible while still being certain it can meet the needs of the region. Factors contributing to the rate increase include the need to sustain and expand an aging Federal Columbia River Transmission System to maintain reliability and continue the integration of renewable resources, such as wind; increased mandatory compliance and additional cyber and physical security requirements and other operational and maintenance expenses; and the purchase of property insurance for BPA transmission facilities other than transmission lines and towers.

Earlier this fall, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved BPA's Oversupply Management Protocol, a tool to manage the occasional seasonal oversupply of electricity generation, as well as an associated rate through fiscal year 2015. BPA is proposing to continue the oversupply rate for two more years using the same cost-allocation methodology and rate design.

Partial Ancillary and Control Area Services settlement
In September 2014, parties to the BP-16 rate case reached a settlement on the cost of generation inputs and transmission rates for ancillary and control area services, which include balancing for variable generators. The settlement agreement included in today's Initial Proposal is posted on the BPA website. Most of the settled rates were kept at the same level as current rates, with a slight increase for Operating Reserves. The settlement will go through the rate case process. BPA staff will propose that the BPA administrator adopt the settlement in his record of decision in July 2015.

The settlement includes use of innovative tools BPA and its customers have created to integrate new resources into BPA's system. The agreement is made possible due to advances in BPA's ability to obtain third-party balancing resources. Given this progress and work being done in market design, the settlement gives BPA time to allow these efforts to mature and become long-term, sustainable solutions for the integration of new resources into BPA's transmission system. The settlement did not address two ancillary services, Scheduling System Control and Dispatch Service and Reactive Supply and Voltage Control from Generation Sources Services.

In October, BPA also began offering its transmission customers the opportunity to schedule energy in 15-minute increments. By offering 15-minute scheduling, BPA has removed barriers to integrating variable energy resources, as provided for in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order 764. In the upcoming rate period, Variable Energy Resource Balancing Service customers (principally wind) can enjoy a saving of up to 50 percent from their current rate if they commit to schedule every 15 minutes. In addition, BPA believes that 15-minute scheduling could significantly reduce its balancing reserve capacity requirements.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.
Health advisory issued December 4 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 12/04/14
December 4, 2014

High algae levels found at Jackson County water body

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Lost Creek Lake is especially dangerous.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Lost Creek Lake are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Lost Creek Lake and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Lost Creek Lake and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255. For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To find out if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Construction industry safety conference coming to Bend
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/04/14
(Salem) - Employers and workers in Oregon's construction industry are invited to attend a specialized conference Jan. 26-27, 2015, designed to highlight safe work practices and rule updates.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center.

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, keynote speaker Kina Repp will share "Safety Beyond PPE," and her story of losing her left arm in a manufacturing accident. Repp is reminded every day there are significant, life-changing consequences when safety is not a priority.

"Safety rules and regulations are in place to guide employees on how to mitigate hazards and prevent injuries," said Repp. "However, true safety is behavior-based, so employees' focus on and commitment to safe work practices are what really drive their actions. Employees are responsible and accountable for saying 'no' to unsafe work and for taking care of each other, which has a positive ripple effect on co-workers, families, and friends."

The conference features topics specifically designed for the residential and commercial construction workforce. Continuing education credits are pre-approved for the Building Codes Division (code related credits for electricians are under review for approval), Landscape Contractors Board, water services, Oregon Farm Bureau (pesticide handlers).

Other conference topics include:

* Electrical safety/NFPA 70E
* Confined space
* Excavation safety
* Work zone safety/flagging
* Fall protection

The registration fee is $75 per person for the Tuesday conference and $40 for the pre-conference workshop on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
A convenient way to share holiday warmth with others: electricity
Pacific Power - 12/04/14
Contact: Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Dec. 4, 2014
503-813-7291 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A convenient way to share holiday warmth with others: electricity
Helping relatives or friends with their power bills can be a welcome and unexpected gift

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Friends, neighbors and relatives seldom ask for what they use every day and may need the most--electricity and some peace of mind when it comes to their electric bill.

"No one puts 'help with my power bill' on their list of holiday wishes, but for many it tops their secret list," said Blaine Andreasen, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "If you know someone who is struggling or could just use a boost this season, it is a great way to show you care. We have other assistance programs and ways for you to help your neighbors, but this is a very personal way to help someone directly."

Pacific Power has made the gift program available for years, and while it has taken on more importance during recent years of economic strain, this can also be a terrific gift for young adults or families just getting started on their own, or your favorite aunt or grandparents.

Giving a gift of electricity is simple; it can be anonymous or personal. You don't even need to be a Pacific Power customer to help out. There are three very easy ways to make a gift payment:

1. Make a gift payment by mail

Write a check to Pacific Power and indicate "Gift Payment" on the memo line. Please include a note with the following information:

* Your contact name and phone number
* The name and address of the customer receiving the gift payment
* An indication if you would like the payment to be anonymous, or if you want an acknowledgment letter sent to the customer.

Send to:
Pacific Power
Attention: Gift Payments
PO Box 5504
Portland, OR 97208-5504

2. Pay by phone (using a check)

To make a check payment over the phone, call toll free at 1-888-221-7070 and have the name and address of the receiving party as well as the following information ready to give to a customer service representative:

* The numbers across the bottom of your check.
* The dollar amount you wish to pay.

3. Pay by phone (using credit or debit cards)

To make a payment by phone using your credit or debit card, call toll free at 1-888-221-7070 and have the name and address of the receiving party as well as the following information ready to give to a customer service representative:

* Your credit or debit card number and expiration date.
* The zip code where your card statement is mailed.
* The dollar amount you wish to pay.

For payments by phone, whether check or credit/debit card, there is a $1.95 fee charged by a third-party vendor. Pacific Power does not receive any portion of this fee.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs or direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's toll free customer service number is 1-888-221-7070. For more information, go to: pacificpower.net/assistance.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 733,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Arrests Poachers Who Killed 3 Trophy Mule Deer near Silver Lake (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/04/14
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On Saturday, November 29, 2014, Senior Trooper Bean was patrolling winter range country near Silver Lake, Oregon, when he heard a high powered gun shot in the distance. Senior Trooper Bean moved toward the shot and located a subject parked along a forest road. The subject, later identified as CHARLES BECK, 70, of Ketchikan Alaska told Senior Trooper Bean he had stopped to take a bathroom break.

However, Sr. Trooper Bean noticed evidence to the contrary and asked the subject about it. After a short conversation, the subject admitted to having poached a large buck the previous day. Upon further investigation, Sr. Trooper Bean then located evidence indicating BECK was not alone. A short time later, Sr. Trooper Bean was able to convince two nearby subjects (a grandfather and his 15 year old grandson) to come out of the woods. These subjects admitted to having shot at a large buck but also stated that they had missed it. Follow-up investigation that evening in Bonanza revealed two large bucks had been killed during the previous two days. One buck had been killed near Silver Lake and the other one had been killed near Willow Valley Reservoir. The next day troopers went back to the original location near Thompson Valley Reservoir and found that another large buck deer had been shot and partially cut up. The meat, rifle, and 3 trophy deer heads were seized as evidence.

Vern Sieminski, 53 years of age of Bonanza, Oregon was arrested for:
2 Counts of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
1 Count of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season

Charles Beck, 70 years of age of Ketchikan, Alaska was arrested for:
1 Count of Taking Buck Deer Closed Season
2 Counts of Aiding in a Game Violation-Deer Closed Season

The investigation is ongoing and additional details will be forwarded to the Lake County and Klamath County District Attorney's office.

The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx


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12/03/14
Library of Congress Sponsors National Reading and Writing Contest for Young Readers
Oregon State Library - 12/03/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
503-378-5011

December 3, 2014

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SPONSORS NATIONAL READING AND WRITING CONTEST FOR YOUNG READERS

State and National Winners Will Be Selected

Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Have an author's words touched you in a personal way, altering how you view your world or yourself? If so, the Library of Congress wants to hear all about it!

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing promotion program for readers in grades 4 through 12, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author, explaining how the author's work changed their view of the world or themselves. To obtain the guidelines and required entry form, ask a teacher or librarian, or download them from the Letters About Literature website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/Pages/youthsvcs/aboutlit.aspx

Judges representing the Oregon Center for the Book will select one winner, one runner-up, and potential honorable mentions at each competition level - Level I for readers in grades 4 through 6, Level II for grades 7 and 8, and Level III for grades 9 through 12. Entries in each state will be assessed on three criteria: content, use of language skills (exposition), and style and originality of expression (voice). Level III entries must be postmarked by December 15th and Level I & II entries by January 15th.

The three Oregon winners will receive $100 in cash, and runners-up and potential honorable mentions will receive cash prizes or gift certificates. The Oregon winners will advance to the national competition. A panel of judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will then select three national winners and three national second place winners (one each per competition level). Each national winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, and runners-up will receive a $150 cash award. Oregon winners are announced in April, and a reception is held in their honor.

The Oregon Center for the Book, Oregon Reading Association, and the Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division, Oregon Young Adult Network, and Oregon Association of School Libraries cosponsor Letters About Literature at the state level. These organizations strive to provide experiences that encourage youth to develop lifelong reading habits. Through their support, more Oregon students know about and participate in Letters About Literature. Additionally, the organizations provide the winners, runners-up, honorable mentions, and semi-finalists recognition for their reading and writing achievements.

The Center for the Book was established in 1977 as a public-private partnership to use the resources of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. For information about its activities and national reading promotion networks, visit www.loc.gov/cfbook.
*** Names Released/Location Updated *** Single Vehicle Triple Fatality Crash - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/03/14
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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation of a single vehicle roll-over crash off of Siuslaw River Road at milepost 11 in Lane County. The crash occurred on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road (19-8-11) near MP 11 on Siuslaw River Road, on private timber land owned by Roseburg Forest Products.

Additional investigation indicates a white, 2005 Ford F-350 pickup-truck, was driving southbound on BLM road 19-8-11 approximately 1 mile from Siuslaw River Road, in heavy fog when the vehicle left the roadway, striking an embankment then rolling approximately 300' down a steep ravine. The driver, identified as ALEJANDRO B. CAMBRAY, 36, of Eugene, and two passengers, identified as RUBEN M. BENITO, 26, of Springfield and BRADLEY D. YONKER, 41, of Springfield, who was ejected from the vehicle, died at the scene. Early information suggests YONKER and BENITO were not wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash; the other occupants are believed to have been wearing them.

The two surviving passengers, identified as ARMANDO SALGADO-GOMEZ, 25, of Springfield, and JOSE GUTIERREZ-GOMEZ, 23, of Springfield, walked back up to the roadway and summoned help. Investigators said the occupants worked together for KELLEY BROTHERS INC., a Veneta based logging company, and were heading to work at the time of the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team, Lane Fire Authority, Western Lane Ambulance, T&M Towing, Lane County Mortuary Services and the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

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Harrison Elementary will be closed on Mon. Dec. 8th
South Lane Sch. Dist. - 12/03/14
Harrison Elementary School in Cottage Grove will be closed on Monday, December 8th so the city can repair a broken water main near the school. The water at the school will be shut off during repairs. School will resume the following day.
*** Update ***Single Vehicle Fatal Crash HWY 42 near Milepost 45 - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/03/14
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On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, at approximately 10:26 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 42 near milepost 45 in Coos County.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a white, 1999 Ford F-350 pickup, driven by TERRY A. NORRIS,75, of Coos Bay, was eastbound on Highway 42 near milepost 45, negotiating a curve when for unknown reasons it left the roadway and struck a guardrail. The pickup ultimately went over the guardrail and down an embankment coming to rest adjacent to the Coquille River. The driver of the pickup died at the scene. The cause of the crash and safety belt use are undetermined at this time. The vehicle did not reach the river.

Troopers are being assisted by the Bridge Fire Department, Camas Valley Fire Department, Myrtle Point Fire Department, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Mast Brothers Towing.

The roadway was partially blocked while crews conduct the investigation.

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OSP Statement Regarding Detective Dave Steele
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/03/14
The following is a statement from the Oregon State Police (OSP) concerning OSP Detective Dave Steele:

The Department of State Police (OSP) has learned from the Marion County District Attorney's office that Detective Dave Steele, Salem Major Crimes Section, will appear in court this Friday, December 5, 2014, in relation to charges arising from his conduct during the investigation of the Pedersen/Grigsby case.

While OSP has not responded publicly on the issue, the Department has taken this matter seriously since becoming aware of it by placing Detective Steele on administrative leave in December 2013, and requesting an outside agency begin a criminal investigation. Immediately after learning of potential allegations of misconduct, the Department implemented protocols for reviewing and investigating the matter internally, but did not comment publicly to preserve the rights of those involved and ensure a fair and equitable process.

At the onset, the Department began by conducting a comprehensive review of all cases and identifying any that may be affected by this. We reached out to local district attorneys and law enforcement partners to notify them of the matter and begin the process of seeking the appropriate resolution.

Additionally, the Department consulted with our partners at the Department of Justice for advice and assistance in identifying industry standards, customs or policies that must be addressed, strengthened or developed as a result of this review process. The Department is currently conducting training specific to this matter and is committed to learning from this situation and preventing it in the future.

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Santa comes to the Linn County Animal Shelter
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 12/03/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to announce our Christmas photo shoot with your dog. The event is scheduled on December 12, 2014 between the hours of 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Linn County Animal Shelter located at 3008 Ferry St. SW in Albany. Santa will be at the Shelter to taking pictures with your dog. The photo shoot is being donated by So Fly Sports Photography and the photos will be emailed to the dog owner.

Dr. Nichole DeBellis and her staff from Oregon Mobile Veterinary Services will also be at the event to provide low cost vaccines to the public for your dog from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Any proceeds received by donation will go towards the care of our shelter animals.

Come join us to get into the holiday spirit with your family dog and help the shelter animals at the same time. Please stop by and show your support for the Linn County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter.
CCB places contractor ARS's license on probation/Settlement results in improved business practices and more protections for consumers
Construction Contractors Board - 12/03/14
SALEM - The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) today announced the details of a settlement that places a contractor's license, American Residential Services (ARS) (also known as Jack Howk Plumbing and Drain, and Rescue Rooter), on probationary status for three years and imposes conditions that will provide better protection for consumers.

The CCB began its investigation in 2011 based on consumer complaints against ARS and issued a Notice of Intent to take disciplinary action in 2012. Upon learning of these complaints and the violations alleged by the CCB, ARS changed its policies and business practices to improve consumer services and to avoid future allegations of violations of the law or injury to consumers.

ARS reports that it has paid approximately $350,000 in restitution to the customers who raised the complaints leading to the enforcement action and agreed to reimburse CCB for its costs associated with the investigation as well as pay a civil penalty.

The CCB's decision to settle this matter was in part based on an acknowledgement of ARS's actions and the lack of new complaints from consumers. "The practices and procedures put into place by ARS address CCB's concerns and provide an additional layer of protection for consumers, and the three years of probation will allow the CCB to ensure that these practices continue," CCB Administrator James Denno said.

About the CCB
The CCB is a state agency that strives to prevent and resolve problems in the construction industry through licensing, enforcement and education. CCB currently licenses more than 34,000 contractors. Call (503) 378-4621 to verify a license or if you need help with complaints about a contractor.


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Oregon State Police Detective To Be Charged
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 12/03/14
Detective Clinton David Steele of the Oregon State Police is scheduled to appear before The Honorable Jamese Rhoades on Friday December 5, 2014 at 11 AM at the Marion County Courthouse located at 100 High Street NE Salem, Oregon to be arraigned on charges of Forgery in the First Degree, a Class C Felony and Official Misconduct in the First Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

It is anticipated that at that time Detective Steele will proceed to guilty pleas to both counts. Sentencing will follow.

These charges arise out of Detective Steele's handling of the Federal Murder Investigations regarding defendants David 'Joey' Pedersen and Holly Ann Grigsby.

As this is a pending investigation, no further information can be provided at this time.
12/02/14
State to hold hearing on crowdfunding rule
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/02/14
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services is holding a public hearing and seeking comments on a rule that would allow Oregon small businesses to raise money through small investments, known as crowdfunding, with reduced regulation.

The hearing, to be conducted by the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS), is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. in Room 260 at the Labor and Industries Building, 350 Winter St. NE in Salem. The public can submit comments about the rule until Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. to Shelley.A.Greiner@state.or.us.

If approved, the proposed rule would create an exemption that would allow Oregon-based small companies to raise up to $250,000 from Oregon investors to start new businesses or expand existing operations without registering the investment offering or security or using a licensed salesperson.

To use the exemption, the company must meet certain requirements, including:
* The company must be registered to do business in Oregon and the securities can be offered only to Oregon residents.
* The company can advertise the basic terms of the offering, but must make detailed disclosures before offering or selling the security.
* No single investor can invest more than $2,500 in any one offering.

The proposed rule can be found at this link: http://www.dfcs.oregon.gov/rules_statutes/new_legislation/441-035proposed.pdf. The DFCS website has more information about the proposed rule, as well as a recently approved rule to allow raising funds for renewable energy cooperative corporations at http://www.dfcs.oregon.gov/securities/raise_capital.html.

The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities (DFCS) helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
*** Photos *** Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Crash HWY 58 near milepost 78 - Willamette Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 12/02/14
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On December 2, 2014, at approximately 5:25 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and Oregon Department of Transportation officials responded to a commercial vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 78 on Willamette Pass. Preliminary investigation indicates icy roads may have been a factor as a semi-tractor pulling double trailers lost control and one trailer separated then tipped over, blocking the roadway. The semi was reportedly hauling cargo that may have included a hazardous material. Troopers have confirmed no Hazardous Material substance was released as a result of this crash.

Officials on-scene are unable to provide any details on when the roadway will re-open at this time. For up to date information on roadway closures go to www.tripcheck.com and know before you go.


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Shooters Pub & Grill puts $10,000 Lottery commission to good use (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 12/02/14
Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist Patrick Johnson, right, presented a $10,000 check to Cynthia Short, owner of the Shooters Pub and Grill and her husband Dennis. The check was the bonus for selling a $1-million Powerball ticket this month.
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Eugene, Ore. - Oregon Lottery officials presented the owners of Shooters Pub & Grill in Eugene with a $10,000 selling bonus check after the bar and restaurant sold a $1 million Powerball(R) ticket.

Cynthia Short, Shooter's owner, said the commission check couldn't have come at a better time.

"The Lottery came to our bar today to present us the check, the same day we had a new dishwasher installed," Short said. "Perfect timing. We are all still in shock that we sold a $1 million winner."

On November 8, Terry Stanger of Eugene purchased a $10 Powerball(R) ticket and won $1 million. Stanger became the third person in Oregon to win $1 million from Powerball(R) this year. He was also the second Powerball winner from the Eugene area, joining Randall Bell, who won $10,000.

Oregon Lottery officials were at Shooters Tuesday, November 25 handing out free Powerball tickets, T-shirts and other prizes to celebrate the win.

So far this year in Eugene alone, Oregon Lottery retailers have paid more than $3.3 million in winnings across all lottery games.

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

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

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Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist Patrick Johnson, right, presented a $10,000 check to Cynthia Short, owner of the Shooters Pub and Grill and her husband Dennis. The check was the bonus for selling a $1-million Powerball ticket this month.


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Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist Patrick Johnson, right, presented a $10,000 check to Cynthia Short, owner of the Shooters Pub and Grill and her husband Dennis. The check was the bonus for selling a $1-million Powerball ticket this month.
Oregon Lottery to Present The Yellow Flamingo with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 12/02/14
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Wednesday, December 10, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Yellow Flamingo, 177 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $10,000 bonus check to The Yellow Flamingo for selling a $1 million Halloween Rafflesm ticket.

BACKGROUND: Matthew Jackson of Roseburg became the Oregon Lottery's 15th winner of the Halloween Raffle's $1 million top prize last month. Jackson said he has purchased a raffle ticket from each of the Oregon Lottery's Raffles since the game first launched in January 2009. (Mr. Jackson has been invited to the event.)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to The Yellow Flamingo and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to attendees.

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

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Historic Cemeteries Commission releases publications on three topics
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/02/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries released today three new publications related to photography, funerary folk art and development around historic cemeteries.

The publications include two position papers:
-- "Recommendations Concerning Development Around Historic Cemeteries" is a summary of best practices summary to consider for the preservation of historic cemeteries with construction or land disturbance occurring nearby.
-- "Filming and Photography in Historic Cemeteries" outlines recommendations for cemetery managers in establishing rules and ethical practices for photographers.

The new Heritage Bulletin discusses "Funerary Folk Art and the Concrete Alternative." It details various "non-traditional" marker materials and provides instruction for creating a long-lasting concrete marker.

The Historic Cemeteries Commission has released other position papers and Heritage Bulletins for the care and preservation of Oregon's historic cemeteries. The commission also offers annual marker repair trainings and grants for cemetery project.

State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To read the papers or to get more information on historic cemeteries visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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State Land Board to consider future management of Elliott State Forest
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/02/14
Alternatives analysis will be presented at Dec. 9 public meeting

Salem - After seven months of research, public input and technical analysis, the Department of State Lands will present the State Land Board with a report on alternative ownership and management scenarios for the Elliott State Forest. The meeting will include nearly three hours for the public to provide comments to the Board.

Because of an anticipated large number of public attendees, each commenter will be limited to three minutes. People are encouraged to bring their comments in writing in case time constraints prevent everyone from speaking. All oral and written comments will be made part of the official record.

The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, Dec. 9
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Department of State Lands
775 Summer St. NE
Salem

Department staff will seek direction from the Land Board on next steps related to alternative ownership and management of the 92,000-acre forest in Coos and Douglas counties. About 84,000 acres are a land asset of the Common School Fund, established to generate K-12 public education funding in Oregon.

The Common School Fund has disbursed more than $240 million to Oregon schools over the past five years. Reduced timber harvests on the Elliott due to litigation over species protections have resulted in a net deficit of about $3 million in the forest's operating costs for fiscal year 2013. The negative returns continued in 2014 and are of concern given the Land Board's trust obligations to the fund.

The Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project was led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, who both have years of experience in natural resource management and state government. Analysis and technical assistance was provided by consultants Evergreen Economics and LandVest, and an interagency workgroup composed of state and federal agency representatives.

Two rounds of stakeholder work sessions were held in Salem, Portland and Coos Bay, and the Land Board held a public listening session in Coos Bay on Oct. 8 where more than 60 people provided testimony. Additional comments were received by email and written correspondence.

In November, Evergreen Economics produced their final report. Using this technical analysis as well as information gleaned over the span of the project, the Department produced a report that touches on the history of the forest, the Land Board's trust mandate, timber revenues over time, measuring non-monetary values, alternative management and ownership scenarios, and a synopsis of the public outreach. The Land Board will be asked to provide direction to the Department in moving forward with short- and long-term options for how the Elliott State Forest could be owned and managed.

In addition to the Elliott report, the meeting agenda includes the annual land management and Department of Forestry management reports.

The meeting is in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Information on the Elliott: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/LW/Pages/Elliott-State-Forest.aspx

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

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

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12/01/14
Traffic Crash -Road Closure Update
Salem Police Dept. - 12/01/14
***** UPDATE *****

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing with its investigation into this incident and is needing to interview anyone who may have any information as to the circumstances leading to the crash. The suspect vehicle was a 2008 commercial style F-450 truck and was driving eastbound on Madrona Ave SE then north on 25th St SE just prior to the crash.

One particular witness, a female who stopped by the Hertz Vehicle Sales office shortly after the crash, is of particular interest to our officers to interview. This witness is a white female adult in her 40s and driving a tan colored late 1990s or early 2000 vintage Subaru Outback or Forester.

Anyone knows who this witness is or has any other information about the crash is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit at 503-588-6171 and leave a message.



9:30pm Fri., 11/28/14

Traffic Crash location: 25th St SE & Madrona Ave SE
Time of crash: 5:49pm

Details: Jesus Manuel ALVAREZ, 33yrs of Peell, Wa., was driving a 2008 Ford F450 Commercial Truck w/flatbed northbound on 25th St SE, continuing north past Madrona Ave SE. Alvarez drifted to the right, losing control, leaving the roadway and onto a grassy area. Alvarez over-corrected and drove into the two southbound lanes of 25th St SE, directly into the path of two southbound vehicles. (This is a 45mph speed zone) At this point, Alvarez's vehicle is broadside to the on-coming southbound vehicles, which struck the passenger side of Alvarez's vehicle.

The southbound vehicles were a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, operated by Chase Wells-Gonzalez, 22yrs of Salem; and a 1986 Honda Civic operated by Gary Quintana, 49yrs of Keizer.

Due to the impact, both Wells-Gonzalez and Quintana had to be extricated from their vehicles by Salem Fire. Both drivers were transported to Salem Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

As responding Officers arrived, it was learned that Alvarez had fled the crash scene but was located nearby within minutes. Alvarez was not injured in the crash.

Based on the investigation, Alvarez was arrested on the following charges: Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, Felony Hit & Run and Assault III (2 counts). Alvarez was booked into the Marion Co. Jail.

Traffic Unit Officers will be finished with the scene investigation and open the intersection for normal traffic flow at 10:30pm.

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Salem Police & Fire are at the scene of a serious injury, multi-vehicle traffic crash at 25th St SE & Madrona Ave SE. Southbound 25th St. SE traffic has been detoured at McGilchrist St SE. The Traffic Unit is responding to assist in the investigation. Preliminary report indicates the road closure will be for the next 2-3 hours. No further information is available at this time.
Portal Theatre premiere's devised production about the women of science (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 12/01/14
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Portland-based Portal Theatre will hold its Oregon premiere of "No Belles," a devised production that tells the story of women who have won the Nobel Prize, nightly December 4 through 6 at Action/Adventure Theatre in Portland. Only 15 out of the 566 winners (less than 3 percent) in the sciences have been women, and this production tells the stories of those who have (and others who should have) received a Nobel Prize.

"No Belles" premiered at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, earning high reviews (see excerpts below) from reviewers such as "The Scotsman" (4 stars), "The Broadway Baby" (5 stars), "The Cult Den (10 out of 10), "Arts Award Voice" (5 stars) and "The Public Reviews" (4 stars). Portal Theatre has returned home to share its first production with Portland, a model it plans to follow in the future by creating a new production each year and performing it locally after taking it to festivals.

"No Belles" focuses on the stories of four women, three who won the Nobel Prize and one who did not, while telling a number of the other women's stories in short form. The production focuses on the stories, not about the science.

"'No Belles' is pure storytelling, staged very simply," said Michael Phillips, creator of Portal Theatre. "Three stools, three women, great stories. These stories are inspiring, especially since a lot of these women were engaged in science that has literally changed our lives. And, we think their stories are important, that we shouldn't forget them and their work."

Portal Theatre is led by Michael Phillips, artistic director and associate professor of theatre at Western Oregon University. Cast members are Jade Hobbs, Melissa Schenter and Kimberly Wilson, and the production manager is Jenessa Raabe. For more information about Portal Theatre, visit portaltheatre.com.

Tickets are $15 each and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com/event/928338). Each performance will be held at 8 p.m. Action/Adventure Theatre is at 1050 SE Clinton St. in Portland, Ore.

Reviews from Edinburgh Festival Fringe
"The Scotsman" (4 stars): http://www.wow247.co.uk/blog/2014/08/18/no-belles/
"What could have become a twee tribute or hectoring lecture in less sensitive hands instead emerges as a witty, captivating and positively feminist show, thanks to the infectious, disarming and ultimately very moving enthusiasm of the three performers for their subject matter."

"The Broadway Baby" (5 stars): http://www.broadwaybaby.com/show.php?id=699527
"No Belles is a well-pitched piece of theatre that's informative, and, perhaps more importantly, inspiring. It has important stories to tell and resonates well after you have left the theatre."/

"The Cult Den" (10 out of 10): http://www.thecultden.com/2014/08/event-review-no-belles.html
"On stage their performance was impeccable, genuine and heart-warming. I know it's early in
the month but this is my show of the Fringe this year and anything else will have to be truly great to beat it."


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CAP Gold Medal Photo Link
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/01/14
http://www.capgoldmedal.com

Please go to the above link for historical photos of CAP in action during the war years.
Oregon Civil Air Patrol Member To Receive Congressional Gold Medal (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/01/14
Helenmerie Walker, CAP
Helenmerie Walker, CAP
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Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker will receive a long-delayed thank you from the United States Congress on Dec. 10.

She served as a cadet in Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during World War II. Congress this summer passed a bill honoring those CAP members who assisted the United States during the war with a medal.

Mrs. Walker, who was a teen-aged cadet during WWII, rejoined CAP as an adult and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Oregon Wing of CAP.

When she was 16, she joined as a cadet in the Portland squadron. Her maiden name was Fiatte and she served in 1942, 1943 and 1944. Today youth can join CAP at age 12 to 18. She was 16. When asked why she joined, she paused and thought and couldn't recall the reason or motivation.

"Honestly, I do not remember why I joined CAP."

That is no surprise since it was more than 72 years ago.

She had to buy her own uniform. The only supplier in Portland was Nudelman Brothers. She doesn't remember the cost of the uniform, but the price to tailor it to her stuck in her mind.

"We had to pay Nudelman to alter it," she recalls. "I am a person who sewed her own dresses from age 10. And I had to pay them $25 to have my uniform tailored." It still steams her today.

She bought the smallest they had, but stood 5' tall and the smallest was too big for her. "I was a peewee."

She remembers clearly the day the United States joined WWII. She remembers what she was doing on Dec. 7, 1941.

"My mother and I had gone downtown," said Lt Col Walker. "I do not remember why. We got home to find an S.P. (security police) on the front porch. We lived above American Brake Shoe in Linnton (a Portland, Ore., neighborhood on US Highway 30 north of the St. John's Bridge). We had to get federal ID to come and go from our own place because the brake yard was doing work for the government. The guard was there from then on."

Her CAP squadron had 30-40 cadets. It met at the Shattuck Grade School, which is now part of the Portland State University campus in Portland. She remembers a lot of marching. Her squadron leader was Sgt Barbara Brown. They marched on the tennis court.

"I was not good at airplane identification," Lt Col Walker confesses. They also trained in navigation skills and use of the radio. She admits that listening to Morse Code is a bit boring.

When she was a cadet, things were vastly different from today.

"Let's put it this way, there was no flying in Portland."

All non-military flights were grounded due to the war. Civil Air Patrol was the only non-military organization authorized by the federal government to fly. And they did missions to assist the war effort. On the East Coast, pilots from CAP flew coastal patrols up to 100 miles out looking for German submarines. CAP is credited with sinking or damaging several submarines. They also reported many ships in distress and were credited with saving many lives.

In northwest Oregon, any flying, which only the men could do, was done out of The Dalles at the airport on the island, she recalls. The Army Air Corps had four B-25s and eight P-38s. It was thought that famous pilot Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was stationed there with the P-38s, although Lt Col Walker never got to meet him. Boyington was in the United States between South Pacific assignments from April to September 1942. He went on to become an Ace as a Marine pilot in the Pacific Theater earning the nickname "Pappy" because he was 10 years older than his other pilots.

As a CAP cadet, it was difficult for Lt Col Walker to get to The Dalles to participate. During the war gasoline was rationed. Not everyone had a car. And not everyone could afford gasoline. Another cadet, Rick Lowry, had a car, and a third youth, Johnny Schrick, had a job so he could afford to buy the gas. She was one of the first 12 women in Oregon trained to work at gas stations. She worked at a Shell gas station, so she was given "the overage" of the station's portion of gas stamps because she was in Civil Air Patrol. So the three cadets would meet up, pool their resources and drive from Portland to The Dalles every weekend. You had to ride a ferry across to the island airport in those days.

Cadets did guard duty at the airport. They carried .22 and .3006 caliber rifles. She was assigned to guard duty by Col Zeller, who was Region Commander. There were four female cadets assigned to the B-25s. Part of their training was to follow orders - immediately. They took their orders very seriously.

"We were doing a lot of guard duty. I was assigned to one of the B-25s. My commander told me that no one goes over the rope (which surrounded the airplane)," Lt Col Walker recalled. "One of the B-25's crew members came back from town after having some beers. He was 'oiled' up. He had brought a couple and he wanted to show them through the airplane. I told him no. He didn't like that. I told him to go find his commander. He did and his commander came back with him. I told him the same thing. Oh, he was mad. To be told 'no' by this snot-nosed girl who was no bigger than her gun."

In town, CAP cadets helped enforce the blackout orders. There was a possibility of Portland being bombed since they were at war, so there were orders to show no lights at your house after dark.

"I learned quickly that the dark wasn't scary - it was the people who were in it," she said. "We did Block Patrol, walking neighborhoods to check to see if people where honoring the Blackout. People would just forget."

Lt Col Walker left CAP in 1944 when she got married. Her life was full of seven children and work. She trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and an occupational therapy assistant. She also worked in real estate, property management and was an office manager. In 1979, her husband died. She was not sure what to do with all the kids out of the house. Her youngest, Karliene, suggested she get involved in CAP again.

She served in many ways. One great memory was chaperoning a group of 29 cadets to the Abbotsford Air Show in Canada.

"We parked 1,000 airplanes a day," she said speaking of the CAP activity of directing traffic at air shows. "There was only one accident, a pilot decided not to let young kids tell him where to park and he drove over a pothole and broke his landing gear."

She served as medical officer for encampments. She participated in many search and rescue exercises. She was often administrative support, and recalls again asserting herself when a rather senior pilot wasn't qualified to fly that day, she told him so and stuck to her guns.

She went on to create the national regulations for the Historians within Civil Air Patrol. She also wrote a history book or two on CAP. She served on the National Historical Committee for the organization.

Taking a leave of absence in 1989 to join the Peace Corps, they didn't take her because "they didn't want a grandmother in tennis shoes running around Africa telling people what to do," she said. Instead, she joined VISTA another method of volunteering and ended up in Pennsylvania. After a number of years she moved back to Hermiston, Oregon, as family members needed her.

Lt Col Walker will not be traveling to Washington DC for the ceremony awarding the Gold Medal. At age 89, that's too big of a trip for Walker, who currently gets out only to church meetings and those of her Red Hat Society. Instead, her 62-year-old daughter, Karliene "Korki" Vack, who lives in Jim Thorpe, Penn., will attend with Lt Col Walker's great-grandson Brandon Vack, 20, as her escort.

It is fitting that daughter Korki receive the award on behalf of her mother, as she was also a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol starting in 1960. She also joined a squadron in Portland while she was in high school. Upon graduations, she went into the U.S. Air Force.

Today Civil Air Patrol has three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. CAP offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

Facts about CAP:
* Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
* Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
* Flies more than 100,000 hours annually.
* Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.

For more information about CAP, please see www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Attached Media Files: Helenmerie Walker, CAP
Civil Air Patrol To Receive Congressional Gold Medal (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 12/01/14
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Civil Air Patrol will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10 in honor of its founding members' role in protecting the homeland against deadly German U-boat attacks during World War II and carrying out other vital wartime domestic missions.
The Congressional Gold Medal ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in Statuary Hall at the Capitol. About 40 living World War II members and dozens of their relatives as well as the families of deceased veterans will be in attendance. Later that evening a celebratory dinner sponsored by CITGO will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, where bronze replica medals will be presented to the World War II-era CAP members courtesy of the oil giant. Sunoco and Sunoco Logistic are also major sponsors of the events.
Some 200,000 men, women and teenagers from all walks of life - including stars of the silver screen and successful businessmen, future Tuskegee Airmen and aspiring pilots - participated in CAP during the war years, largely without recognition or reward. The organization was founded Dec. 1, 1941, six days before Pearl Harbor.
Other high-profile CAP members during the war years included a significant Hollywood contingent, most notably famed actors Robert Cummings and Mary Astor; Meinhardt Raabe, who portrayed the Munchkin coroner in "The Wizard of Oz;" Henry King Jr., a noted Hollywood director from 1915-1961 and one of 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and Jose Iturbi, a world-famous pianist and harpsichordist who also appeared in several Hollywood films in the 1940s.

During the war members of CAP's coastal patrols, flying their own or borrowed planes, flew 24 million miles from March 1942-August 1943 over the Atlantic and Gulf coasts in order to ward off German U-boat attacks against U.S. shipping - especially domestic oil tankers bound for Europe to help fuel the military machine. They did so at the request of the U.S. Petroleum Industry War Council, because the U.S. Navy lacked the resources to guard against the submarine attacks and provide escorts for commercial convoys.
The CAP coastal patrols, flying out of 21 bases located along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Maine to the southern tip of Texas, spotted 173 U-boats and attacked 57. They also escorted more than 5,600 convoys and reported 17 floating mines, 36 bodies, 91 ships in distress and 363 survivors in the water.
Other pioneering Civil Air Patrol members patrolled the country's borders by air, vigilant for potential saboteurs. In addition, they towed targets for military trainees, watched for forest fires, conducted search and rescue missions, provided disaster relief and emergency transport of people and parts and conducted orientation flights for future pilots.
In all, 65 CAP members lost their lives in the line of duty by the end of the war.
The Senate passed legislation authorizing the Congressional Gold Medal in May 2013, with the House following suit a year later. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law May 30.
"I salute CAP's founding members for their legacy of service and sacrifice in protecting the homeland during World War II," said Maj. Gen. Joe Vazquez, CAP's national commander. "Now, some 73 years later, CAP's rich history of service continues. Modern-day members, nearly 60,000 strong, still perform vital homeland security missions, search and rescue missions and provide emergency response for natural and manmade disasters."
The story of CAP's World War II service and its members' wartime experiences can be found on the organization's Congressional Gold Medal website.
Veteran members in attendance at the event will include:
Helenmerie Walker ,89, of the Oregon Wing CAP who served as a cadet during WWII. She will be represented by her 62-year-old daughter, Karliene "Korki" Vack, who lives in Jim Thorpe, Penn., who will attend with Lt Col Walker's great-grandson Brandon Vack, 20, as her escort.
A pair of centenarians - T. Guy Reynolds, who turns 102 on Nov. 30, and Jeri Truesdell, who celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 16. Reynolds founded the West Virginia Wing's Martinsburg Composite Squadron in 1943. Truesdell, joined CAP in 1942 and served until 1944 as a pilot in the Illinois Wing.
Along with Truesdell, early female aviators like Jayne Pace, who flew as a Louisiana Wing pilot starting in 1945, and Etta "Kitty" Bass Knight, who was a Georgia Wing pilot.
Gail Halvorsen of Amada, Arizona, the U.S. Air Force's "Uncle Wiggly Wings," who is famed for dropping chocolate to deprived children on the Soviet-controlled side of Berlin during the 1948 Berlin Airlift, and who credits CAP with teaching him how to fly after he joined in 1942.
George Boyd and Wallace C. Higgins New York, both of whom became Tuskegee Airmen after training as CAP cadets n New Jersey and New York, respectively.
Lester L. Wolff, who flew anti-submarine missions for CAP's New York Wing, more than two decades before he served as a U.S. representative for New York in the House from 1965-1980.
Five of Wolff's fellow subchasers - Robert Arn, who served at CAP's Coastal Patrol Base 14 in Panama City, Florida, from September 1942-June 1943; James Fletcher, who served at Coastal Patrol Base 4 in Parksley, Virginia; Carl Jividen of Londonderry, Ohio, who not only flew out of but also helped build Base 14 in Panama City; Emery Overcash, who served at Coastal Patrol Base 21 in Beaufort, North Carolina; and Gilbert Russell, who served at Coastal Patrol Base 16 in Manteo, North Carolina.
Otha H. Vaughan, whose experiences and training as a CAP cadet in South Carolina helped lead to an Air Force stint and, ultimately, a career with NASA that included involvement in developing Saturn series rockets for the Apollo program and in designing the Lunar Rover.
Also attending will be the families of:
Willa Brown, the first African-American woman to earn a private pilot's license and to hold a commercial pilot's license in the U.S.
Vernon Rudolph, the founder of Krispy Kreme Donuts Inc.
Richard L. Yuengling Sr., the fourth co-president and manager of D.G. Yuengling and Son, the oldest brewery in the U.S. that's still active today.


Attached Media Files: former Lt Col. Helenmerie Walker, CAP
Give the gift of Oregon State Parks with 12-month parking permit
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/01/14
What better stocking stuffer than a year of free parking at Oregon's state parks? From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy an annual day-use parking permit for only $25--a $5 discount from the regular price of $30.

Parking costs $5 a day at 26 Oregon State Parks unless you have a 12- or 24-month parking permit or a same-day camping receipt. "This permit is a gateway to ocean views, lighthouses, waterfalls, scenic trails and more. It's the perfect gift for anyone who frequently visits state parks," said OPRD Director Lisa Van Laanen.

OPRD also offers a 24-month pass for $50. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.

The Oregon Coast Passport is also discounted $5 in December. The passport is a multi-agency product, valid at Oregon State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service sites along the Oregon coast. The coastal passports are on sale for $30--regularly $35--in December.

The 12- and 24-month OPRD permits, coastal passports and OPRD gift certificates can be purchased by calling the Oregon State Parks Information Center, 1-800-551-6949. Callers may use debit or credit cards that have VISA or MasterCard logos.

Walk-in customers can buy the OPRD permits at major OPRD offices, some state park friends' group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state, listed under the Visit tab at OregonStateParks.org. The coastal passports are sold at some coastal state parks, federal agency offices and local vendors in several coastal communities.


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11/30/14
Red Cross Responds To Eugene Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/30/14
On 11/30/2014, at 3:30PM Red Cross Diaster Action Team DAT members  responded to a residential fire in the 1300 block of 17th Ave in Eugene, Oregon 

This single-family fire affected 2 adults and 3 children. Red Cross provided lodging, food, comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Civil Air Patrol squadron hosts holiday tribute to the Armed Forces (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 11/30/14
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The Civil Air Patrol salutes the men and women of the Armed Forces. For nine Decembers now, Civil Air Patrol members nationwide have shown their appreciation to our nation's veterans by adorning memorials and veterans' graves with evergreen wreaths. As a key partner in Wreaths Across America, CAP ensures the sacrifices of our nation's soldiers are not forgotten.

This year, you can be a part of this unparalleled, nationwide tribute to veterans by attending a ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 13. It starts indoors across the road from Willamette at Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home's chapel at 1:00pm with a ceremony honoring each branch of the service, plus the Merchant Marines, those who are Missing in Action and those who were Prisoners of War. Lincoln is at 11801 SE Mount Scott Boulevard, in southeast Portland atop the hill up SE 110th Drive south of Foster Road then eight more blocks on Mount Scott Boulevard.

At 2:30pm participants will gather outdoors at the Rostrum (flagpole area and ceremony bowl) in Willamette National Cemetery where they will dedicate the wreaths to be laid in Section T of the only national cemetery in the northern 2/3rds of Oregon. Willamette is at 11800 SE Mount Scott Boulevard, atop the hill on 110th Drive south of Foster Road. Winter clothing is highly recommended.

Hosted by the Columbia Composite Squadron, based at the Portland Air National Guard Base, the Oregon ceremony dates back to the first year Wreaths Across America went nationwide. The ceremony includes CAP cadets and adults who pay tribute to those buried at Willamette, those who are veterans and those who are still active in the U.S. military. People who have served in each branch of the military carry the wreaths during the indoor ceremony. History of the Armed Forces is offered to keep the commitment expressed in the Wreaths Across America motto of Remember, Honor and Teach.

All attendees can help place the wreaths on the gravesites of soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen.

The Civil Air Patrol's Wreaths Across America program began in 2006 as an offshoot of the Arlington National Cemetery wreath project, which was started in 1992 with the annual placement of wreaths donated by Worcester Wreath Co.

Other squadrons from northwest Oregon participate in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. Other groups including Boy Scout troops, church youth groups, the Oregon Dental Hygienists Association and many others attend and take part.

Today Civil Air Patrol has three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. CAP offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

Facts about CAP:
* Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
* Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
* Flies more than 100,000 hours annually.
* Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.

For more information about CAP, please see www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
For information about Oregon CAP, please see orwg.cap.gov.
For information about the Columbia squadron, please see columbiacomposite.com.


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11/29/14
Sheriff's Office Arrests Man After Lewd Texts to a Minor (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/29/14
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Last night, a twenty five year old Salem man was arrested and charged with online sexual corruption of a child II and luring a minor. Ivan Hallstead is accused of texting and attempting to lure his victim for the purpose of sexual contact. Investigators are in the process of serving several search warrants related to the case and the investigation is continuing.

Mr. Hallstead is a part time, percussion instructor at North Salem High School and teaches private music lessons at Guitar World in Keizer. It is believed the relationship with his victim was formed while performing his duties as a percussion instructor. This investigation is active and detectives are working diligently to collect evidence and interview potential witnesses.

The Sheriff's Office will not be commenting any further on this investigation until more details are readily available and that time frame in not known. Any questions concerning Mr. Hallstead's employment should be directed to the Salem Keizer School Districts PIO. Anyone with information regarding Mr. Hallstead is asked to the call our tip line at 503-540-8079.


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*** Update Names Released *** Double Fatal Crash HWY 20 MP 2 - East of Albany in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/29/14
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Oregon State Police troopers are continuing the investigation into Friday evenings double fatal motor vehicle crash on HWY 20 near milepost 2, just east of Albany.

On November 28, 2014, at approximately 6:29 P.M., OSP troopers were dispatched to a three-vehicle crash on HWY 20 near milepost 2, east of Albany in Linn County.

Preliminary investigation indicates a silver, 2013 Nissan Versa, driven by ELIZABETH M. MAYE, 45, of St, Helens OR, was eastbound on HWY 20 near milepost 2, and either stopped or began stopping to make a left-hand turn across westbound traffic. The Nissan was rear-ended by a white, 1998 Dodge pickup, driven by ISAIAH Z. KANEASTER, 18, of Scio, which was also eastbound. The Nissan then was struck head-on by a black, 2003 Honda Odyssey, which was westbound. The driver of the Nissan and her passenger, identified as AMANDA J. MAYE-STRAWN, 42, of St, Helens, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver and passenger in the Dodge truck were not injured and the driver is cooperating with investigators. Three passengers of the Honda Odyssey were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital and the driver was not injured. Troopers believe all occupants of all vehicles were wearing safety belts.

The roadway was blocked for about 3 hours during the incident. The investigation is ongoing and no citations have been issued at this time and no further details will be released until the investigation is concluded. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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11/28/14
Black Friday Theft Suspect Arrested
Corvallis Police - 11/28/14
On November 28, 2014, Corvallis Police responded to Fred Meyer, 777 NW Kings Blvd. for a theft report. Jacqueline Day Underwood, loaded a shopping cart with televisions, blue ray players, PS3 games, and clothes, and walked out of the store amidst the crowd of Black Friday shoppers. The value of the merchandise was in excess of $1500.

Underwood was contacted by police and detained. During the investigation by Corvallis Police Officers, Underwood was discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Underwood was arrested for Theft in the First Degree and Possession of Methamphetamine. She was transported and lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail of $25,000.
Civil War Game Day Safety Planning Message
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/28/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are expecting heavy traffic as football fans travel to Reser Stadium for this Saturday's 'Civil War' game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers at 5:00 P.M., in Corvallis. Troopers and transportation safety officials are prepared for the big game and are urging the drivers and fans to be also.

According to ODOT estimates, more than 15,000 additional vehicles may be expected on Interstate 5 and other roads leading to Corvallis this game day and fans and drivers should have a plan. Here are some travel tips to keep your 'Civil War' day memorable and safe:

1. Know Before You Go! 24-hour access to ODOT's up to the minute traffic alert system @ www.tripcheck.com or by calling 5-1-1. Need more help - call 800-977-ODOT (6368).
2. Plan patience into your drive - expect congestion and build in extra travel time.
3. State law prohibits the 'Use' of cell phones while driving. Avoid the hassle and put away the distractions.
4. Buckle up and if you plan to drink - plan a driver who's sober, rested and alert.
Everyone travelling on area roads is asked to report any traffic related incidents and drunk or dangerous drivers by calling 9-1-1, or OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).
Have a great Civil War game day!
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News Alert: Interview Opportunity: Chocolate on your Mind? What will it do for Brain Health? (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/28/14
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Yum. Chocolate. Did you know that chocolate can help trigger the brain's pleasure centers for a happier, healthier life?

That is just one of the many exciting revelations that will be revealed when brain health expert Roger Anunsen, addresses the crowd at AARP Oregon's upcoming "Food and Music for Thought: The Six Essentials for Brain Health" on December 4th, from 9 a.m. to Noon, at the Downtown Athletic Club & Conference Center, 999 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401.

Learn the evidence-based essentials of successful brain aging. Come and discover how to keep all your senses stimulated and enlivened.

Roger Anunsen is a brain health education and program consultant based in Oregon where he teaches "The Aging Mind", a gerontology course offered on college campuses in Portland, Oregon. Roger is a founder and co-principal in MINDRAMP Consulting that provides brain health and wellness events, programs and educational courses.

The program has reached a capacity audience, but your readers/followers can hear some of the tips when you interview Roger for your news and information programs.

AARP members have identified brain health as one of the top issues they are most interested in. AARP has more than 500,000 members in Oregon, with 150,000 in Lane County.


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11/26/14
Sweet Home Man Dies While Trimming a Tree
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a Sweet Home man that fell while trimming a tree.

Today at 10:21 a.m. deputies responded to R & L Excavating on Crescent Hill Road in Sweet Home, after being notified by Sweet Home Fire of a fatal tree-trimming accident.

Deputies learned the resident, Raymond Launder, 59 years old, was trimming trees with a friend, 59-year-old Richard Paulino. Paulino told deputies Launder was in a fir tree approximately 52 feet off the ground.

Launder was wearing a safety harness and had detached the harness to move to a different location in the tree. Paulino heard him yell, turned around and found Launder lying on the ground and unresponsive. The Sweet Home Fire Department responded and Launder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paulino described Launder as an excellent tree trimmer and deputies found no malfunction with Launder's equipment.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel removed Launder's body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
OSP F&W Troopers in Bend - Arrest Suspect in Trophy Mule Deer Kill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/26/14
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On November 24, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Central Oregon received information about a trophy class, 205" mule deer, killed the day prior under suspicious circumstances in the Metolius Wildlife Management Unit. Members of the team began an investigation and as the investigation unfolded the hunter who shot the animal was contacted and ultimately provided a full confession to the illegal harvest of the buck deer. The suspect was identified as DANNY DAVIDSON, 54. Mr. Davidson was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for the illegal take of the buck deer and hunting on the enclosed lands of another.


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Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet December 5 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/26/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Friday, December 5, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Northwest Regional Forest Practice Committee will review the 2014 Northwest Oregon Area Operator of the Year nominee:
* Robert Howell Logging from Cottage Grove for its careful cable-logging harvest while protecting water sources and addressing neighbor concerns.

The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards. The majority of the meeting they will continue discussing and may make recommendations about the Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water.

This public meeting will be held at 785 North 42nd Street, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Anyone may attend the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx

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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, December 5, 2014
Oregon State Library - 11/26/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR on December 5, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meetings.

At the meeting on December 5th the Board will hear appeals of staff decisions regarding Ready to Read grant awards for 2014-2015. They will also elect new members to Board advisory councils. An open forum is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
December 5, 2014
Room 103, State Library Building, Salem
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda


9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the October 17, 2014 Meeting Bonebrake

9:15 a.m. Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake

9:45 a.m. Reports of the State Librarian and Staff Dahlgreen
Activities Since the Last Meeting
Division Reports

11:00 a.m. Open Forum** Bonebrake

11:30 a.m. Lunch

Noon New Business:
Appeal of Staff Decisions on Ready to Read Grant Awards Westin
Post-Transaction Review of Agency Head Financial Transactions Hathaway-Marxer
Election to Board Advisory Councils Bonebrake
Quarterly Board Survey From Governor's Office Bonebrake

1:00 p.m. Continuing Business:
Answerland Transition to OSL Dahlgreen

1:30 p.m. Plans for Board Meetings in 2015*** Bonebrake
Adjournment


** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.

*** Board members are reminded to bring their 2015 calendars.


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for December 2014
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 11/26/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of Deccember 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

December 1, 2014
* Superintendent Advisory Team at 12:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
* Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 PM at the Coos Bay Public Library. The agenda and packet is posted at the following link and are subject to change. http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

December 9, 2014
* Policy Committee at 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest

December 15, 2014 - Note change of date
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by December 12th and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas


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

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

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Salem Police Investigating Three Shootings
Salem Police Dept. - 11/26/14
Salem Police Gang Enforcement officers and Detectives are currently investigating three shooting incidents that occurred on the evening of November 25.

The first shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Evergreen Ave NE at approximately 8:30 pm when a vehicle drove by a residence and multiple gunshots were fired, striking one victim in the leg and causing non-life threatening injuries. That victim was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

The next shooting occurred at approximately 10:15 pm on Sunnyview Ave NE between 17th St NE and Evergreen Ave NE. The victim in this case was walking along Sunnyview Rd when he was struck by gunshots that were possibly fired from a vehicle as it drove by. This victim was struck in the leg and he was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.

As officers were on scene of the shooting incident on Sunnyview Rd, they heard gunshots in a very close proximity to where they were conducting their investigation. Officers found that a vehicle had driven by the same residence that was involved in the first shooting on Evergreen Ave and shots were fired at the same residence. A vehicle in the driveway was struck, but there were no injuries.

With the assistance of the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police, Salem Police officers conducted a canine search of the area surrounding the Oregon State Fairgrounds for possible suspects, but none were located. The victims are not being identified at this time due to ongoing safety issues and investigation is continuing.
Sheriff Jason Myers Swears in Newest Sergeant (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/26/14
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Yesterday at 4:00 p.m., Sheriff Jason Myers swore in his newest Sergeant in the Parole and Probation Division. Sergeant Anna Whitlock has worked in our Parole and Probation Unit since 2000 when she came to our team as a college intern.

In 2004 Sergeant Whitlock was hired on as a full time Parole and Probation Deputy. Sergeant Whitlock has served in our General Supervision Unit, Mental Health Court, and the Transitional Services Unit. When she wasn't busy with her regular duties Sergeant Whitlock found time to be a part of our Trauma Team and a Negotiator on our SWAT Team.

Lieutenant Kevin Karvandi commented, "The one trait that stands out the most about Dep. Whitlock is that she is passionate about the job. She genuinely cares and wants to help people get on the right track so they make better choices and ultimately successfully complete supervision and become productive members of our society. This is why Dep. Whitlock has been so successful as a Deputy and we look forward to her leadership in her new role as a Parole and Probation Sergeant. Sgt. Whitlock will be responsible for supervision of the Intake Unit and the Transitional Services Unit."


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11/25/14
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet December 2 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting December 2 at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing in Portland. The board will review final recommendations on strategies to increase primary care infrastructure and investment in the state. The Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup will share its final proposed methodology, and there will also be a presentation on Health Information Exchange and the Health Information Technology Oversight Council (HITOC). The board also will receive updates on public health activities in the state. The board will hear public testimony at 4 p.m.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 1-4:15 p.m.

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

Agenda:

--Final recommendations: primary care infrastructure and investment

--Final recommendations: Sustainable Health Expenditures Workgroup

--Electronic health information and HITOC

--Update on public health activities (Ebola)

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

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

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Health advisory lifted November 25 for Devils Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 1 for Devils Lake, located in Lincoln City, Lincoln County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Devils Lake Water Improvement District office at 541-944-5330. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Amendment to the Reimbursement Rates for Developmental Disabilities CIIS In-Home Services In Order to Bring the Rates into Alignment Across Programs
OR Department of Human Services - 11/25/14
PROPOSAL: A CIIS Expenditure Guidelines Version 1.0 was published November 25, 2014 listing rates for services that will be effective January 1, 2015. The rates apply to services delivered through the following Developmental Disabilities programs: Medically Fragile Children's Services, Children's Intensive In-Home Services (CIIS) - Behavior Program, and Medically Involved Program. Leading up to January 1, 2015, the rates for services in those programs are found in the ODDS Children's In-Home Programs Rate Guidelines specific to the programs.

Changes in the Expenditure Guidelines are intended to align rates across programs, in accordance with 42 CFR 447.200. When provided by a licensed or certified provider agency, the affected services are: One-on-One Attendant Care, Relief Care, and Skills Training. The rate for an independent contractor delivering skills training is also affected. The rate for providers Family Training is also affected. The rates for some of these services will rise, others will be lowered.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/1/15

COMMENTS DUE: December 19, 2014

The Expenditure Guideline can be viewed at: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:

May Martin, Family Support Coordinator
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: may.martin@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: ODDS will consider all comments received.
Roseburg Fish & Wildlife Troopers Asking for Public Assistance
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
Sheriff'sicegon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers in Roseburg are asking for the public's help locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful shooting of a 3X4 Blacktail deer on Elkhead Road near milepost 11 (one mile north of the intersection of Scott's Valley Road), in northern Douglas County.

On November 23, 2014, at approximately 11:00 PM, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of shots being fired near the location. A vehicle was observed in the area and Troopers would like to speak the occupant(s) regarding the incident. The vehicle is described as a late 80's or early 90's Toyota standard cab pickup truck, dark blue or black in color with a loud muffler.

On November 24, 2014, Trooper Aaron Baimbridge received a call from a landowner in the area who located a wounded 3X4 buck deer lying in a creek near Elkhead Road. The deer had been shot and was dispatched at the scene.

A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Trooper Baimbridge at (541) 817-4473 or the Turn in Poachers hot lineotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.
*** Update *** Fatal Traffic Crash on I-5 at MP 266.5 - Correct MCDA Contact Info (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
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On November25, 2014, at approximately 2:50 a.m., the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.

While the investigation is ongoing, preliminary information indicates a white, 2003 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by AUDREY BLIVEN, 49, of Salem, was travelling northbound in the southbound lanes of travel. Near milepost 266.5 on I-5, the Jetta crashed head-on into a black BMW 320 which was southbound in the left lane of travel. The female right front passenger in the BMW, identified as DEANA DELEON, 49, of Nyssa OR, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adult male driver, identified as JUAN LEDESMA, 37, of Renton WA, and juvenile female passenger whose name will be withheld, were injured and transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile female was transferred from Salem Memorial Hospital to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

BLIVEN was transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. Upon her release from the hospital, BLIVEN was arrested by OSP for the crimes of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - alcohol, Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving.

*** As a criminal investigation, any further information will be released by the Marion County District Attorney's Office; contact Amy Queen at (503) 804-6591 at the Marion County District Attorney's Office. (Correct Number) ***

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Health advisory lifted November 25 for Tenmile Lakes
Oregon Health Authority - 11/25/14
November 25, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae toxins confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 15 for Tenmile Lakes, located eight miles south of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101 in Coos County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership at 541-759-2414.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Former Oregon Duck Football Star, Cristin McLemore, To Speak at Cottage Grove High School
South Lane Sch. Dist. - 11/25/14
Cottage Grove, OR, November 25, 2014- Former University of Oregon Football player Cristin McLemore will be speaking to Cottage Grove High School student athletes at 2:30pm on December 3rd at Cottage Grove High School. Cristin is legendary to collegiate football, but more than that to a life of defeats and triumphs that accompany high-pressure athletics. His triumphs include thrilling record-breaking performances at the University of Oregon during a time when Oregon football rose from losing seasons to regular bowl-contenders. His defeats involved the destruction of an almost certain NFL career due to injuries and a 20 year battle with drug addiction. He will be telling his story to the student athlete's and bringing with him his message about balancing the stress and pressures that are unique to athletics.

His story was featured in Register-Guard columnist Austin Meek's article "Finding life after the cheers die," last October.

This special event is part of the CGHS Athletics Pride Program, which is a character education program with the goal of helping prepare student athletes to be successful in the classroom, the field of athletics and ultimately life.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Garrett Bridgens at 541-942-3381 ext. 135 or email at garrett.bridgens@slane.k12.or.us.
Thief Strikes Residence Twice (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
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On 11/24/2014 at about 5:15 p.m., Bradley Russell, age 48, of Salem was truly disappointed when he found the locked gate to his property had been cut and he was now missing four ATV, wheels and tires. He certainly did not expect the thieves to return the next morning but that is exactly what they did.

This morning at around 4:00 a.m., Mr. Russell was getting dressed for work when he heard strange noises outside of his residence. Mr. Russell went outside to see what was going on and saw that again his locked gate had been cut and a purple, Toyota Forerunner was driving out of his driveway. Mr. Russell noticed he was missing another wheel and tire so he went back inside of his house, armed himself with a shotgun, went back outside and waited for the thief to return.

About fifteen minutes later Mr. Russell saw the same vehicle drive down past his residence on Sandringham Drive NE. Mr. Russell stepped out into the street, pointed his gun at the vehicle and attempted to get the vehicle to stop. However the vehicle did not stop and struck Mr. Russell in the leg causing minor injury. As the vehicle passed Mr. Russell fired one round from his shotgun striking the vehicle in the rear and driver side areas.

The vehicle is described as a 2000's, purple, Toyota Forerunner, unknown license plate. The vehicle had a very bright, white, LED license plate light and should have damage to the rear glass window and drivers side tail light from being shot by Mr. Russell. The driver is described as a 20 to 30 year old, Hispanic, male.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you recognize this vehicle or witnessed this event, please call 503-588-5032.

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Benton County Sheriff's conducts extra DUII Saturation during Thanksgiving/Civil War football weekend.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/25/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will be participating in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement surrounding the Thanksgiving and Civil War football weekend this year. The extra patrol will take place between November 27, through November 29, 2014. There will be extra patrol targeting individuals who choose to drive under the influence of intoxicants and therefore endanger themselves and others on our roadways. The Benton County Sheriff's Office already actively patrols for these crimes, but this is extra enforcement added to target this dangerous offense.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
Guide to 2015 health insurance coverage: Prescription drugs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/25/14
Note: During 2015 open enrollment, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose an insurance plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the cost of prescription drugs.

Prescription drugs are one of the 10 essential health benefits that all insurance plans must cover. But plans differ in what specific medications they cover and how much you have to pay when you fill your prescription. If there are certain medications you know you will be using during the year, you will need to do some research before choosing a plan.

Agents and community partners can help you find the information that is most important to you when choosing a plan. Whether you are shopping by yourself or with the help of a professional, here are some tips:

* Find out what prescriptions the plan covers. You can find a list of drugs, also called a "formulary," on the insurance company's website or through a link on healthcare.gov. You also can call the insurance company directly to find out what's covered. Have the plan names you are considering available.

* Find out how much you will pay for the drugs. You can find this information in the Summary of Benefits and Coverage, which is provided in the plan details available at company websites and at healthcare.gov. Many drugs will have a co-payment (fixed amount) or co-insurance (percent of the cost of the drug) that you will pay when you pick up your prescription. Some plans may count your co-pay or co-insurance toward the deductible, while other plans do not credit these prescription drug costs toward the deductible.

* Know what category your drug falls in. Co-payments and co-insurance amounts can vary depending on how the insurance company categorizes the drug. Insurance companies place drugs in different categories, or tiers. For example, one company will consider a drug a specialty drug, which often has the highest co-pay or co-insurance, while another company will consider that same drug at a lower tier with lower co-pay or co-insurance for the member.

* Make sure your pharmacy is in-network. Different health plans allow you to get your medications from different pharmacies (called "in-network pharmacies"). Call your insurance company or visit their website to find out whether your regular pharmacy is in-network under the plan you are considering and, if not, what pharmacies in your area are in-network. You can also learn if you can get your prescription delivered in the mail.

If you have any questions, contact the insurance company to make sure you understand the total out-of-pocket costs you might have with a plan.

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

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://openenrollment.answersandaction.com/home and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
New Stores are Arriving at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/25/14
Lancaster Mall is excited to announce a unique selection of new gift stores opening for the holiday season including Bamboo Pillows, Customized Teez, Hickory Farms, Infinity Gifts, International Accents, My Boys Toys Helicopters, Personalized Ornaments, Sheepskin Gifts, Specialty Wholesale Gifts, Troy's Sports and Wisdom 101.

The Bamboo Pillow kiosk boasts a shredded memory foam pillow offering the ultimate in rest and relaxation. Customized Teez offers a large selection of graphic T-shirts to choose from. Hickory Farms is back for another season with an extensive selection of gift boxes at a variety of prices. Infinity Gifts is stocked with puzzle light lamp shades in various shapes and sizes, blue tooth light bulbs, decorative tin signs, purses and personalized photo collages. International Accents specializes in unique clothing and gift items from Ecuador and South America. My Boys Toys Helicopters has a huge selection of remote control helicopters for all ages and price ranges. Personalized Ornaments will have customizable keepsake ornaments. Sheepskin Gifts carries high quality sheepskin shoes, slippers, boots and accessories to provide for all your sheepskin needs. Specialty Wholesale Gifts will offer imported items from China. Troy's Sports is a retailer of officially licensed college and professional sports merchandise including mugs, flags, plaques and more. Wisdom 101 is a unique gift shop selling sundresses, hats, incense and posters.

These seasonal stores joins the strong list of local, regional and national tenants at Lancaster Mall including Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft, Macy's, Pier 1 Imports, Sears, Sports Authority and Regal Cinemas. Lancaster Mall is owned by Lancaster Development, LLC, and managed by C.E. John Company, Inc. For more information on the growing list of tenants at Lancaster Mall visit www.lancastermall.com.
*** News Conference regarding I-5 Fatal Crash at 10:00AM ***
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and Marion County District Attorney's office are holding an informational conference for media concerning this mornings fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 266. Interested media should plan to arrive at the Salem Patrol Office, located at 3710 Portland Rd. NE, Salem OR 97301, by 9:45 a.m., for a 10:00 a.m., media briefing.

A follow-up news release will be posted immediately after the news conference as a follow-up to the information provided during the conference.

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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 at milepost 267 southbound in Marion County - Detour (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a crash at milepost 267 on I-5 southbound with blockage. The northbound lanes of travel are not affected.

According to the OSP Northern Command Center (OSP), the Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) began getting reports of a vehicle going the wrong way on I-5, northbound in the southbound lanes, at approximately milepost 264. As units responded to the report additional callers indicated a crash had occurred at milepost 267. MCSO responded to the scene and assisted until troopers arrived.

The front passenger in the southbound vehicle struck by the wrong-way vehicle was the single confirmed fatality at the scene. The driver and a juvenile passenger in the back were injured and transported to Salem Memorial Hospital. The juvenile is reported as having critical injuries.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also transported to the Salem Memorial Hospital to be treated. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has established a detour for southbound traffic in the area. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible and select an alternate route. Troopers indicated they believe they should have at least 1 lane open in the next 1-1.5 hours.

DETOUR: Traffic is being redirected east on HWY 214 in Woodburn, then south on HWY 99E, then west on Chemawa Road and back onto I-5.

Additional updates will be released when they are available.

OSP is being assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, Marion County District Attorney's office, Keizer Police Department and the Woodburn Fire Department.


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11/24/14
Linn County landowner Linda Butts receives Oregon's "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title today in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/24/14
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Linn County landowner Linda Butts was selected from a group of 10 finalists to receive the "Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year" title at the Oregon Tree Farm System's annual awards luncheon, held today at Portland's World Forestry Center.

For 40 years Butts has owned and managed a 145-acre tree farm on McCully Mountain south of Lyons. Linda and her late husband Linn have actively managed the property for wildlife, timber income, recreation and the improvement of threatened habitats.

Since the mid-1970s the Butts have managed their property for a mix of goals and objectives. They've hosted tours demonstrating a variety of forest management activities including good pruning practices. Over the years as their collective knowledge of what makes a healthy sustainable forest has grown, they've modified their management plans; one example is the restoration of an oak woodland savanna resulting in the conservation of an ecologically unique area.

Linda and her son Gary have both become Master Woodland Managers, donating time to help other landowners improve their forested properties. They annually assist Oregon State University Extension with its sponsorship of the Clackamas Tree School and other projects.

Other major accomplishments include:
* Conversion of 50 acres of old pastures to forests
* Planting of western red cedar, Douglas-fir and Willamette Valley Ponderosa pine in areas previously overtaken by invasive species
* Development of a camping area for family gatherings
* Development of a rocked road system for management and fire protection

"Linn and Linda have been leaders in managing their forests," says Mike Barsotti, a local forester who has known the Butts since the 1970s. "They've hosted countless educational tours to help others, showing other family forestland owners their efforts to restore and maintain an Oregon White Oak woodland savanna, as well as ways to prune and thin young trees," Barsotti added.

County chapters of the Oregon Small Woodlands Association in partnership with local foresters annually select landowners who promote sustainable forestry management on their land. Other landowners honored for their land management ethic this year include:

* Benton County: Mike and Molly Albrecht
* Clackamas County: John Poppino
* Douglas County: Bob and Naomi Ragon
* Jackson County: Jim and LaVonne Stumbo
* Lane County: Jim Christian
* Lincoln County: Peter and Alice Bregman
* Linn County: Linda Butts
* Union County: Harlan Scott
* Washington County: Chuck Price
* Yamhill County: Brian Doyle

The Oregon Tree Farm System (ATFS), an affiliate of the American Tree Farm System, is a Forest Certification organization that annually recognizes private forest landowners for their forest conservation actions.

For more information: http://www.otfs.org/


Attached Media Files: L-R State Forester Doug Decker, Tree Farmer of the Year Linda Butts, and USFS Regional Forester Jim Pena , Linda Butts, Oregon Tree Farmer of the Year
Salem Police Accepting Donations for 27th Annual Toy Drive
Salem Police Dept. - 11/24/14
The Salem Police Department is now accepting donations for the 28th annual Salem Police Toy Drive.

The Salem Police Department is working together with Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES) to make the holidays brighter for children in our area. You can help by donating NEW unwrapped toys for children, infants through 12 years old, or monetary donations. Sorry, no used toys can be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations below through December 17.

* Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Rioom 130
* Siamak's Car Company, 2908 Market St NE
* Cycle Country, 1230 Broadway St NE
* Salem Electric, 633 7th St NW
* Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr NE

The Salem Police Toy Drive got its start as a result of a tragedy in December of 1986. A school liaison officer responded to the scene of a suicide and in the belongings of the deceased he found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter. The list deeply affected many at the police department and a collection was taken by department employees to fill the wish list. This was the beginning of the annual toy drive which still touches the hearts of many residents and police employees as the spirit of giving continues to bring happiness to the children of our community.

With holiday sales starting this week, please consider adding a toy for a local child to your shopping list.


For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Graber at (503)588-6499, option 1.
Northwest public utilities, BPA top five-year energy savings target (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 11/24/14
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
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Portland, Ore. - Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and the Bonneville Power Administration have saved at least 560 average megawatts of electricity, greatly surpassing the five-year goal of 504 aMW set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's Sixth Power Plan.

"Public power and BPA continue to lead the region's energy efficiency efforts," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency. "And this fantastic accomplishment could only be achieved through the great collaboration that we have here in the Pacific Northwest."

Although energy savings are still being reported, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities are projecting that they will have saved more than 560 aMW of electricity between 2010 and 2014. The five years of savings is enough to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes and adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills for Northwest ratepayers. The final savings achieved will be more precisely known in early 2015.

BPA and publicly owned electric utilities in the Northwest have worked hard not only to achieve but to substantially exceed the aggressive energy efficiency target.

"Public power's investment in energy efficiency has produced impressive savings in the past five years," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "This would not be possible without the commitment at the local level by utilities who know the needs of their retail customers."

The region's energy-saving goals are set by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, which includes two members from each of the four Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington). BPA and Northwest publicly owned utilities administer programs that pursue cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy in support of public power's share of the region's energy efficiency target. Public power utilities are responsible for roughly 42 percent of the total regional target. This includes providing incentives for energy-saving upgrades, developing and implementing cutting-edge programs, and advancing new energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards.

Since 2010, there have been a number of standouts in the region's efforts to enhance energy efficiency. Programs like BPA's award-winning Energy Smart Industrial more than doubled the savings industrial facilities achieved compared to the previous five years (from 35 to over 75 aMW). The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, an organization that furthers the adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices, supported by BPA, worked to improve the efficiency of the television market in the Northwest and achieved over 70 aMW of regional savings.

Standouts notwithstanding, a commitment to working together has been the key to success.

"Whether it's an upgrade for a homeowner or a process improvement at an industrial plant, collaboration between utility and BPA staff and our members is essential to achieving the region's energy conservation goals," says Stan Price, executive director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council, an industry association that promotes energy efficiency.

The region has exceeded the Northwest Power and Conservation Council's annual targets every year since 2005. Early reporting shows that BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities saved 55 aMW of energy in fiscal year 2014, exceeding the target range of 48 to 56 aMW. (The fiscal year 2014 savings figure is preliminary and likely to be adjusted after all reporting from utilities is submitted and verified.)

"The region's impressive accomplishments are saving money for consumers, protecting the environment by helping to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and keeping our electricity supply the cleanest and least expensive in the nation," said Pat Smith, chair of the Council's Power Committee, which is overseeing development of the upcoming Seventh Power Plan.

Since Congress passed the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act in 1980, over half of the region's new demand for electricity has been met through energy savings. In those 34 years, the Northwest has saved 5,600 aMW of electricity, enough energy to power four cities the size of Seattle for an entire year or about $3.5 billion in reduced electric bills for the people and businesses of the Northwest.

"Energy efficiency is our cleanest, quickest, cheapest new power source, and critical to meeting our carbon-reduction responsibilities," said Sara Patton, NW Energy Coalition executive director. "We applaud Bonneville's continuing efforts to help the region's utilities meet and exceed their savings goals, and look forward to even greater accomplishments in coming years."

According to the Council, the average cost of efficiency improvements is about $17 per megawatt-hour, about five times less than the cost of power from a new gas-fired plant. So without energy efficiency, the region would need to generate enough additional electricity to power 3.6 million Northwest homes.

"Northwesterners should be proud of the fact that energy efficiency is the second-largest power resource in the region," Genece adds. "By using energy more efficiently, we can extend the value of the federal power system and its ability to continue to provide clean, affordable, reliable energy for the region."


Attached Media Files: Since 2010, Northwest publicly owned electric utilities and BPA have saved enough electricity to meet the power needs of more than 400,000 Northwest homes, which adds up to at least $360 million in lower electric bills.
Red Cross issues Thanksgiving safety tips
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/24/14
PORTLAND, Oregon, Monday, Nov. 24 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region has tips to keep cooks and drivers safe as they brave hot ovens and hazardous roads this Thanksgiving.
"The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for travelers, and we want to make sure everyone remains safe on their trip," Southwest Oregon Chapter Executive Director Meghan O'Hara said. "Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire."

Travel Safety
Rain and snow are possible in many parts of Oregon during the latter half of this week. Travelers should check the weather along their route and plan for travel around any storms. Everyone should use their seat belts, and no one should drink and drive. Drivers should be well rested, be alert and give their full attention to the road - no cell phones. Other driving safety tips include:

* Follow the rules of the road, and observe the speed limit.
* Use caution in work zones.
* Make frequent stops. Rotate drivers during long trips.
* Don't follow another vehicle too closely.
* Clean your headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
* Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or if you are using your windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
* Don't let your gas tank get too low.
* Pack a disaster supply kit with high protein snacks, water, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a small battery-operated radio, a card with names and phone numbers of emergency contacts, extra prescription medications and important documents.
* Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

Cooking safety
Cooks shouldn't wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves. Never leave the stove unattended. If the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove. Cooks should also:

* Check food regularly.
* Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
* Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
* Keep anything that can catch fire-pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging,

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towels and curtains--away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.

* Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
* Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
* Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.

If a fire does occur, get out of the building, stay out and call 911. Families should discuss a fire escape plan and practice it twice each year. Smoke detectors should also be tested each month and installed on every level of a home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

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


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Prevent your chances of becoming a victim of theft
Salem Police Dept. - 11/24/14
Monday, November 24, 2014: In the last twelve months, Salem residents have reported more than 1,700 vehicle break-ins. Purses, wallets, laptops, and other expensive items have been stolen, and in many cases the incidents have led to identity theft and other related crime.

Recently, a vehicle break-in victim shared her story with us to help emphasize the importance of never leaving your valuables in your vehicle. The video can be viewed on the department's YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/LcuA86LB3Kc.

Additionally, during this week of high retail sales, criminals looking for an increase in the chances to commit theft. With parking lots full of vehicles left unattended for extended periods, criminals may have an advantage, if we let them. Here are a couple more crime prevention shopping tips to consider:

To keep it safe, keep it with you. Aside from never leaving your purse or wallet in your vehicle, never leave them inside the shopping cart either! It only takes one moment of distraction while your back is turned for a criminal to pass by and take a purse. Also, if you plan on lots of packages, be sure to keep them with you until you leave the location. Before leaving to your next destination, store your items in the trunk. Don't try to hide them beneath the seats or some coats - crooks know all the tricks.

Don't brave the bargains alone. While searching for sales, take a squad of eagle-eye shoppers with you to look for reduced prices, as well as ways to reduce opportunities for crime. Each squad member should have an assignment, such as finding a well lit parking space, remembering where you parked, or ensuring all car doors and windows are locked.

Follow the police department's social media accounts for additional information including reminders about online purchases which are no longer limited to Cyber Monday!
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Thanksgiving Travel Plans? Look here first...
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
The Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), Woodburn Police Department (WPD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are teaming up to urge I-5 travelers to plan ahead and travel smart.

Holiday travel can bring congested roads and worrisome weather for folks who don't plan ahead.

This Thanksgiving, Woodburn Premium Outlet Stores will be hosting a "Moonlight Madness" sale, bringing more traffic to the Woodburn area. Each year, traffic on I-5 typically backs up for several miles in both directions Thanksgiving night near exit 271 as travelers and shoppers pass by.

Woodburn Police, Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP are planning extra patrols and enhanced enforcement in the area. As vehicles begin to line up to take the 271 Woodburn exit, some drivers may be tempted to stop in the adjacent lanes and "cut" into the line. OSP and ODOT want to remind drivers that it is unlawful to stop/stand on the freeway and troopers working in the area will be stopping those folks and issuing citations as necessary.

ODOT, WPD, MCSO and OSP encourage shoppers visiting the Premium Outlet Stores to consider using additional parking at the newly completed Woodburn Park & Ride/Transit facility located just east of I-5 on Highway 214.

Pre-Holiday Travel Reminders:
* Stay alert and focused while driving;
* If headed to the Outlet Stores, be sure to get in the right lane several miles before the exit;
* DO NOT STOP in the center or left lanes to merge into the right lane - if you miss the start of the line you will need to proceed to the next available exit and turn around;
* A safe following distance will reduce rear-end crashes, so - leave more room;
* Look for alternate routes to Woodburn;
* Know Before You Go with www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

Report Drunk Drivers at 800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.

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Local Musicians Showcase their Talents at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/24/14
Lancaster Mall is excited to present performances by Salem area school choirs, amateur and professional musicians. The performance area is just inside the Lancaster Drive entrance next to Starbucks. Scheduled performances are as follows:

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00am-11:00am, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Friday, November 28, 2014, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Celebration Brass Oregon

Wednesday, December 03, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, Liberty Elementary Choir

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 10:30am-11:00am, Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) Georgene Distad

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, OMTA - Jill Foster

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, OMTA - Roth Richard

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 1:00pm-2:00pm, OTMA - Deborah Buttler

Saturday, December 06, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 11:30am-12:00pm, Englewood Elementary

Tuesday, December 09, 2014, 2:00pm-2:30pm, Auburn Elementary

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:00pm-12:20pm, Hammond Elementary Choir

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 5:00pm-5:30pm, Heritage Elementary

Friday, December 12, 2014, 4:00pm-4:45pm, OMTA - Linda Greer

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:00pm-6:30pm, OMTA - Donna Hilfiker

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:30pm-7:00pm, OMTA - Crystal Zimmerman

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, OMTA - Cessaries Galusha

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11:30am-12:30pm, Amy Harris Piano

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 1:00pm-1:15pm, OMTA - Lorna Walker

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:00am-10:30am, Mary Eyre Elementary

Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:30am-11:00am, Crossler Middle School

Monday, December 15, 2014, 11:30am-12:00pm, Grant Elementary

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Sherry Lanning's Golden Flute

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 10:30am-11am, Highland Elementary

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:00pm-1:30pm, Nellie Muir Elementary

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:00am-11:30am, Forest Ridge Elementary

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 4:00pm-4:30pm, McNary High School A Capella

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Festival Singers Strolling Carolers

Every Saturday in December, 4pm-5pm (before Christmas) the Festival Singers will be dressed in traditional Victorian costumes and will be strolling the mall singing holiday carols.

Performance schedule is subject to change and we are adding performances daily so please visit www.LancasterMall.com or the performance area for the most current listings.
Silverton, Wilsonville residents appointed to state cemeteries commission
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa VanLaanen has appointed Jeanean Craig of Silverton and Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Craig, a lawyer, was appointed in the spring and is interested in the historical records and legal issues related to Oregon's historic cemeteries. Lehan, appointed this fall, has worked with several historic cemeteries. She is familiar with burial documentation, genealogy and other cemetery issues.

"The commission is pleased to welcome both Craig and Lehan, both of whom are looking forward to supporting people and organizations taking care of historic cemeteries," said program coordinator Kuri Gill. "Both will be great additions to the commission."

The commission is seeking a representative from the northeast part of the state.

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Trey Batey of Medford, Mike Leamy of Astoria and Eirik Thorsgard of Grand Ronde. For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.


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State Park Camping Discounts to Change in 2015
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/24/14
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board "discovery season" discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago, and is offered at all state park campgrounds in Oregon.

"Discovery Season has done its job," said Chris Havel, OPRD Associate Director. "It was great way to introduce yurts to Oregonians and to encourage fall and winter camping, but we now need to move away from a 'one size fits all' discount." He cited a continuing decline in Lottery revenue as part of the reason for the move. Nearly all of OPRD's funding comes from user fees, a portion of RV licensing revenue, and 7.5 percent of net Lottery proceeds.

Before discounts, Oregon state park campsites cost $17-19 a night for tents, and $22-26 for RVs. Together with parking revenue, visitors contribute $21 million of the $48 million a year it takes to operate state parks. OPRD estimates that returning to a year round rate structure with targeted discounts could translate into an additional $400,000-500,000 a year.

Havel said that campers will begin to see a new type of discount in 2015 and beyond. "We love the idea of discounts and rewards for our customers. But we have to be much more targeted," he said. "It makes better business sense to offer incentives that attract campers to sites that would normally sit empty, instead of discounting sites that would fill anyway."

Havel said that customers have long asked for ways to make last minute decisions about camping. "With service improvements in our reservation system, for example, we can better anticipate where last-minute vacancies will be, and we can then make those spots available at a special rate." He also noted that effective January 1, 2015, customers will be able to reserve campsites from nine months to just one day before their trip. Currently, that reservation "window" is two days, not one. "It's a small change, but it means you can call on a Thursday and book your entire weekend stay."

OPRD contracts with Reserve America, a centralized online reservation service that handles 49 public and private park systems across the U.S. Customers can also reserve campsites by calling OPRD's call center in Portland at 1-800-452-5687 during regular business hours.
Sheriff's Office Adding Patrols Over Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/24/14
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Beginning Friday, November 28th, and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be stepping up their patrols. Deputies will be working all hours of the day and night focusing primarily on impaired drivers. These patrols are made possible by grants provided to the Sheriff's Office from their partners' at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes." The Sheriff's Office is committed to reducing these statistics and providing safe travels for the residents and visitors of Marion County.

Traffic Safety Team Sergeant Todd Moquin wants to remind drivers that, "If you're going to drink, please don't drive, designate a sober driver or arrange for alternate transportation. Let's all have a safe and happy holiday."


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Red Cross issues safety tips for Thanksgiving
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/24/14
Thousands of Oregon families will be celebrating Thanksgiving with loved ones this week, and the American Red Cross has developed travel and cooking safety tips to help make the holiday a safe one.

"The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and Red Cross wants to help everyone be safe if travel plans include going by vehicle," said Amy Shlossman, chief executive officer for the Red Cross Cascades Region. "Also, cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we have tips on how to avoid a fire."

If plans include driving, check the weather and avoid storms on your route. Please use seat belts and don't drink and drive. If you're the driver, give your full attention to the road--no cell phone use while behind the wheel. Drivers should also observe speed limits and other rules, make frequent stops and rotate drivers if possible on long trips, and not follow other vehicles too closely. Here are more driving safety tips:
--Keep a safe distance when behind another vehicle.
--Make sure all of your lights are clean and functioning, and that windows are clean to help you see, especially at night.
--Turn on your headlights as dusk approaches or if you're using your windshield wipers due to bad weather.
--Use extra caution in work zones.

If you're the cook for that big Thanksgiving dinner, avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. And never leave the stove unattended; turn it off if you have to leave the kitchen even for a short time. Here are more cooking safety tips:
--Check food regularly and use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
--Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
--Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any other appliance that generates heat. Examples are pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, towels and curtains, and food packaging.
--Clean cooking surfaces regularly to prevent grease buildup.
--If you don't already have one, consider buying a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
--Always, not just on Thanksgiving, check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.

"People can also download the Red Cross first aid app to have information at their fingertips if an emergency occurs," Shlossman said. "They can find out more about all of the Red Cross lifesaving apps at redcross.org/apps." The apps are available for Apple and Android devices in English and Spanish. Information about food safety during a disaster or emergency also is available at www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/food-safety.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
*** Update *** Reward Increased to Help OSP Fish & Division Investigation of Multiple Deer & Elk Killings in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
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A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.

The ongoing investigations led OSP troopers on Monday, November 3, 2014, to two suspects. BRADLEY JORDAN, age 20, from Beaver, was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer, Unlawful Possession of Buck Deer (2 counts), Waste of a Game Animal, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. When arrested, JORDAN was in possession of an illegally killed black-tail deer. A second person identified as JOSHUA SINCLAIR, age 22, from Cloverdale, was cited and released to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court for Aiding in a Game Violation.

OSP believes there may be others involved in these incidents and are asking for the public's help. A $1,000 reward is offered, comprised of $500 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association and $500 from the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigations.

*** Enhanced Reward ***

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust (HSWLT) are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible. The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to conviction of suspected poachers.

Questions regarding The Humane Society of the United States rewards program should be directed to Kaitlin Sanderson at 240-672-8397 or ksanderson@humanesociety.org.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Newport Troopers Investigate Wasted Trophy Buck Deer - *** REWARD *** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/24/14
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On November 7, 2014, Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to a home off NE Port Lane in Lincoln City to investigate a report of a dead buck deer. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a deceased 4-point buck deer that appeared to have been shot with an arrow. The buck was unable to be salvaged. The deer was seen alive earlier in the afternoon and appeared to have been killed around 6:30 PM, inside city limits. This was the last day of the Western Oregon Deer season.

A $5,250 reward is offered, comprised of $250 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, $2500 from the Humane Society of the United States and $2500 from the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to please call Sr. Tpr. Ryan Kehr with the Oregon State Police, Newport Area Command at 541-270-0097


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