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Thu. 07/28/16
Four Fire Departments Converge On Two Alarm Fire In Lebanon (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/28/16 5:17 PM
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The Lebanon Fire District received mutual aid from three surrounding departments as they battled a two alarm grass fire in a cut wheat field near Ridge Drive on Thursday afternoon. The fire, which consumed 28 acres, was believed to have been started during harvesting operations. With temperatures hovering around 93 degrees and humidity below 30%, fire conditions were not favorable for firefighters. The first alarm came in at 2:56 pm and a second alarm was called at 2:59 pm while units were still en route to the fire as a large black header was visible near the west side of Peterson's Butte. Firefighters from Albany, Halsey, and Tangent Fire responded to assist the Lebanon crews and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes. Crews were on scene for approximately two and a half hours mopping up hot spots. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries.

For HD video visit the LFD YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos visit the LFD Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/


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OSP Investigating Fatal Crash Near Cave Junction - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 07/28/16 2:31 PM
On July 27, 2016 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 199 near milepost 30 (near Cave Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Ford Ranger drifted out of its lane of travel and off the roadway where it struck a tree. The driver, William A ROBERTS, age 39, of Cave Junction was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released as it becomes available.
Update- Health advisory issued for all of Agency and Upper Klamath Lakes has been updated to cover only Howard Bay in Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/16 2:15 PM
High toxin levels found in Klamath County lake

The health advisory issued July 8 for all of Agency and Upper Klamath lakes has been updated to cover only Howard Bay. Howard Bay is located in the southwest corner of Upper Klamath Lake, northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.
Additional samples collected at several locations have confirmed that toxins are confined to the Howard Bay area of Upper Klamath Lake and that all other samples taken on Agency and Upper Klamath lakes were below Oregon Health Authority guideline values. The presence of high levels of blue-green algae toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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

Drinking water directly from the Howard Bay area is especially dangerous at this time. 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 may draw in-home water directly from the Howard bay area of Upper Klamath 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. If people have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds they should contact campground management.

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. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from the Howard Bay area 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. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the Howard Bay area of Upper Klamath Lake.

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

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

For health information or to report an illness, to include your pet, contact the Oregon Health Authority 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 Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/28/16 1:56 PM
For Immediate Release
July 15, 2016
Contact: Kristina Follis Mwepu
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on August 3, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658
Participant code: 4711910
If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1.Minutes of February 3, 2016 Meeting
Approve Minutes of February 3, 2016 Meeting

2.Emergency Medical Dispatch Field Training Manual
Presented by Tamara Atkinson

3.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0025
Presented by Jennifer Howald

4.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0060
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0020
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075, and 259-008-0080
Presented by Jennifer Howald

7.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0025, 259-008-0064, 259-008-0065, and 259-008-0066
Presented by Jennifer Howald

8.Proposed Rule Change for OAR 250-008-0045 and 259-008-0060
Presented by Jennifer Howald

9.Correspondence from Christina Gilman, #55776
Presented by Linsay Hale

10. Recommended National Minimum Training Guidelines 9-1-1 Call-Takers
Presented by Eriks Gabliks

11. Department Update

12. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting November 2, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Medford Fire-EMS Battalion Chief Mark James Burns approved for Addition to State Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/28/16 1:24 PM
This morning at its quarterly meeting, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) unanimously approved the recommendation of its Fire Policy Committee to add the name of Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark James Burns to state Memorial Wall during the 2016 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony on September 15, 2016.

Background: At approximately 1649 hours on August 24, 2010, resources from Medford Fire-Rescue were requested to assist Ashland at a fire at 825 Oak Knoll Drive. Medford Fire-Rescue responded under a mutual aid agreement to a wildfire that began on the west side of Interstate 5 and was driven by strong winds and warm temperatures to the east side of the freeway. Upon their arrival, Medford Fire-Rescue units encountered multiple residential structures on fire in the Oak Knoll subdivision. Ultimately 11 homes were destroyed and two others were damaged but the firefighters efforts kept the fire from spreading to more homes across the street. After this incident, Battalion Chief Burns reported he was injured from heavy smoke and intense radiant heat while conducting reconnaissance of the area and evacuating residents. This injury led to Battalion Chief Burns' medical retirement from Medford Fire-Rescue and sadly his death on March 6, 2016.

The Board's Fire Policy Committee determined that Battalion Chief Burns' death met the criteria for the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and was unanimously approved at its meeting on May 25, 2016. The Board's vote this morning was the final step necessary for the name to be added.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state. The State memorial, which was established eleven years ago on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, honors 168 structural and wildland fire fighters, both career and volunteer. The memorial serves as a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women who have served as fire fighters in our state and have died while protecting our communities, natural resources and airports. It also is a way to share with the families of the fallen that we will never forget."


More information on the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and the names of the men and women it honors can be found online at: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/FallenFireFighterMemorial.shtml
Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets August 10 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/28/16 12:59 PM
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 166, in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public comment, approval of June 8, 2016 meeting minutes, Advocacy and Development program updates, council budget process information and other council business.
Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call:

Conference call number: 1-888-808-6929
Participant code: 4517555#
The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact Max Brown, policy analyst, at 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us.
Seaside Police Sgt. Jason Goodding Approved for Addition to State Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/28/16 12:59 PM
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At its quarterly meeting this morning, the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training unanimously approved the recommendation of its Police Policy Committee to add the name of Sgt. Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

Sgt. Goodding's name will be formally added during next year's ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017)who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s.

183 law enforcement officers across Oregon including city, county, state, tribal and federal officers who work in law enforcement, corrections and parole and probation agencies have died in the line of duty.

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx

For more information on the Concerns of Police Survivors please visit
http://www.nationalcops.org/

The Memorial is under the oversight of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund Committee, a 501C3 non-profit. This Committee administers funds raised from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License Plate and proudly sponsors both the Fallen Firefighter and Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies held at the Academy each year.

The Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate was developed during the 2009 legislative session to honor Oregon fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty. Money earned from the Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate is placed in a fund managed by the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund which is a special committee comprised of law enforcement, fire department, and citizen members. Proceeds from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate support the law enforcement and fire memorials located at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, financial support for families and honor guard members traveling to Emmitsburg, MD for the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial or Washington, D.C. for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in the year the fallen officer is honored, Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, NW Peer Support Team, and the placement of Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial Highway signs.

For license plate updates https://www.facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate?ref=hl

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer license plate http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/platenonprof.aspx#fallen


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Health advisory issued for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/16 12:40 PM
High toxin levels found in Lane County lake

A health advisory was issued today for Odell Lake, located 75 miles southeast of Eugene off Highway 58 in Lane County.

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

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

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

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

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

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to Odell Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in Odell Lake.

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

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

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 learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
Monthly Housing Stability Council Meeting | August 5, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/28/16 12:33 PM
August 5, 2016 |9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services | Conference Room 124 A&B
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301

AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:30 Draft Meeting Minutes | July 8, 2016
9:35 Consent Calendar |
- Community Services Block Grant Plan/Application
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program State Plan
10:00 Multifamily Bond Approvals
Plaza Townhomes
10:15 Federal Rent Subsidy Preservation NOFA Timing
10:45 State of the Oregon Economy Briefing
Mark McMullen, State Economist
11:30 2017-19 Budget Environment Briefing
Linnea Wittekind, Budget Analyst, Department of Administrative Services
12:15 Report of the Interim Director
12:35 Report of the Chair
1:00 Meeting Adjourned
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet August 1
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 07/28/16 11:26 AM
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet via teleconference at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 1.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org. Interested parties may listen to the teleconference at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets at least quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, Board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Zane Grey Cabin Officially Designated Under the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 07/28/16 9:25 AM
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Grants Pass, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Grants Pass Field Office, is pleased to announce that the historic Zane Grey Cabin at Winkle Bar has been officially designated for preservation under the National Register of Historic Places. This honor is intended to provide recognition of the site's significance and to encourage its continued preservation.

The historic cabin is located at Winkle Bar, one of the most unique sites along the world-famous Rogue Wild and Scenic River. This spot--and the entire Rogue River--was popularized by the western novelist and angler Zane Grey, who fell in love with and wrote about the pristine wilderness and abundant fishing opportunities on the river.

In 1925, Grey launched an expedition down the Rogue River from Grants Pass to Gold Beach with nine other adventurers in seven wooden boats. Of the places Grey encountered on the trip, Winkle Bar proved to be the most influential. In 1926 he purchased the mining claim there and had this now-famous cabin built. In Tales of Freshwater Fishing, Grey described his new acquisition:

"The rushing river at this point makes a deep bend round a long oval bar, with rocky banks and high level terraces above, and both wooded and open land. Here it flows through a lonely valley set down amid the lofty green mountain slopes. A government forest trail winds out some twenty miles to the nearest settlement. Far indeed it is across the dark Oregon peaks to railroad or automobile road!"

It was here, and along other portions of the Rogue River, that Grey was inspired to write such books as Rogue River Feud, Shooting the Rogue, and Tales of Freshwater Fishing. Grey's prose drew visitors by the thousands, and helped make the Rogue River a premiere destination for world class steelhead fishing, recreation, and wildlife viewing.

In 2008, the BLM purchased the property to help preserve its unique historic values. In 2012, the BLM began the process of documenting the site's historic significance for designation for preservation under the National Register of Historic Places. With funding and volunteer support from the Farley Tyas Foundation, considerable work was done to the property and to the cabin itself so that visitors can experience the scenery and history of Grey's era.

Today, visitors to the site at Winkle Bar will notice that the shake roof, windows, and log walls of the cabin have been repaired. This was done with careful attention to the historical details and construction techniques of the period of significance--1926. Visitors can also see the remains of a well-weathered wooden boat, thought to be one of the original vessels from Grey's first journey down the river in 1925.

Visitors today will also find a recently-installed interpretive display at Winkle Bar. Entitled "The Country Gentleman," the display commemorates Zane Grey's time on the Rogue River and describes how his writing helped bring attention to the river's wild and scenic values.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources. With this official listing, the Zane Grey cabin will be better protected for the public to visit and appreciate for generations.

Photos of the Zane Grey Cabin can be found on the BLM Flickr site at https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5PdfC3.

Additional information about the BLM's Medford District is available online at: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/medford/index.php.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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Performance Plan to address the needs of adults with serious and persistent mental illness finalized by the Oregon Health Authority
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/16 8:56 AM
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EDITORS: A media briefing with Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton and Project Director for the Oregon Performance Plan Cissy Bollinger will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific. Call 888-808-6929, 915042#.

July 28, 2016

Contact: Tami Rust, 503-756-8808

Performance Plan to address the needs of adults with serious and persistent mental illness finalized by the Oregon Health Authority

On July 28, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) finalized the Oregon Performance Plan, which calls for expanding services and improving outcomes for adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

"Under this three-year plan, Oregon will meet robust performance metrics that hold the state, its providers, counties and coordinated care organizations accountable for improving our behavioral health system," said Lynne Saxton, OHA Director. "This plan builds on and accelerates Oregon's continuing efforts to expand community-based mental health services, better integrate behavioral and physical health across the state and reduce commitments to the state hospital."

The Plan is the result of a unique collaborative process with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), which began in 2012.

To carry out Oregon's goals under the Performance Plan, the state will be required to make significant changes in how it delivers and invests in behavioral health services. These steps include:
-- Improving the way adults with severe and persistent mental illness transition to integrated community-based treatment from higher levels of care.
-- Increasing access to crisis services and community-based supports to avoid incarceration or unnecessary hospitalization for adults with severe and
persistent mental illness.
-- Expanding services and supports that enable adults with severe and persistent mental illness to successfully live in the community, including strengthening housing and peer support services.

Beyond improving services for adults with serious and persistent mental illness, the Plan adds greater urgency and accountability to statewide efforts to reform behavioral health in Oregon.

Independent consultant Pam Hyde has been contracted by OHA to assess its performance under the plan and provide reports to OHA and the USDOJ. From 2009 to 2015, Hyde led the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

OHA has convened a Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC) to develop recommendations to better align Oregon's behavioral health system, focus new investments and deliver better results for consumers and families. The collaborative is made up of consumers, clinicians, hospital representatives, county officials, community mental health providers, judges, public safety officials and others with expertise and experience in addressing mental health issues in Oregon.

The BHC's work will be informed by the Oregon Performance Plan, OHA's Behavioral Health Mapping Tool, OHA's Behavioral Health Town Hall Report, and the Oregon State University Boarding Study. The BHC will develop prioritized recommendations for consideration by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

"I appreciate USDOJ's partnership in developing this Performance Plan," said Saxton. "It reflects the commitment so many consumers, family members, state leaders, advocates, clinicians and others have made to improve our state's behavioral health system. Oregon's success in fulfilling the terms of this agreement depends on their continued focus. I look forward to continuing to report on our progress."

The Oregon Performance Plan, a one-page overview and the letter of transmittal are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/bhp/Pages/Oregon-Performance-Plan.aspx

A media briefing with Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton and Project Director for the Oregon Performance Plan Cissy Bollinger will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific. Call 888-808-6929, 915042#.

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Performance Plan to address the needs of adults with serious and persistent mental illness finalized by the Oregon Health Authority
Oregon Health Authority - 07/28/16 8:32 AM
EDITORS: A media briefing with Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton and Project Director for the Oregon Performance Plan Cissy Bollinger will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific. Call 888-808-6929, 915042#.

July 28, 2016

Contact: Tami Rust, 503-756-8808, Tami.Rust@state.or.us

Performance Plan to address the needs of adults with serious and persistent mental illness finalized by the Oregon Health Authority

On July 28, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) finalized the Oregon Performance Plan, which calls for expanding services and improving outcomes for adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

"Under this three-year plan, Oregon will meet robust performance metrics that hold the state, its providers, counties and coordinated care organizations accountable for improving our behavioral health system," said Lynne Saxton, OHA Director. "This plan builds on and accelerates Oregon's continuing efforts to expand community-based mental health services, better integrate behavioral and physical health across the state and reduce commitments to the state hospital."


The Plan is the result of a unique collaborative process with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ), which began in 2012.

To carry out Oregon's goals under the Performance Plan, the state will be required to make significant changes in how it delivers and invests in behavioral health services. These steps include:
-- Improving the way adults with severe and persistent mental illness transition to integrated community-based treatment from higher levels of
care.
-- Increasing access to crisis services and community-based supports to avoid incarceration or unnecessary hospitalization for adults with severe and
persistent mental illness.
-- Expanding services and supports that enable adults with severe and persistent mental illness to successfully live in the community, including strengthening housing and peer support services.

Beyond improving services for adults with serious and persistent mental illness, the Plan adds greater urgency and accountability to statewide efforts to reform behavioral health in Oregon.

Independent consultant Pam Hyde has been contracted by OHA to assess its performance under the plan and provide reports to OHA and the USDOJ. From

2009 to 2015, Hyde led the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration.

OHA has convened a Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC) to develop recommendations to better align Oregon's behavioral health system, focus new investments and deliver better results for consumers and families. The collaborative is made up of consumers, clinicians, hospital representatives, county officials, community mental health providers, judges, public safety officials and others with expertise and experience in addressing mental health issues in Oregon.

The BHC's work will be informed by the Oregon Performance Plan, OHA's Behavioral Health Mapping Tool, OHA's Behavioral Health Town Hall Report, and the Oregon State University Boarding Study. The BHC will develop prioritized recommendations for consideration by the 2017 Oregon Legislature.

"I appreciate USDOJ's partnership in developing this Performance Plan," said Saxton. "It reflects the commitment so many consumers, family members, state leaders, advocates, clinicians and others have made to improve our state's behavioral health system. Oregon's success in fulfilling the terms of this agreement depends on their continued focus. I look forward to continuing to report on our progress."

The Oregon Performance Plan, a one-page overview and the letter of transmittal are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/bhp/Pages/Oregon-Performance- Plan.aspx

A media briefing with Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton and Project Director for the Oregon Performance Plan Cissy Bollinger will be held at 10:30 a.m., Pacific. Call 888-808-6929, 915042#.
Wed. 07/27/16
Linn Deputies Investigate Logging Death (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/27/16 7:16 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal logging accident reported today at 11:52 a.m. The accident occurred near milepost 14 of U.S. Plywood Mainline off of Trask Road, outside of Lyons. This property is owned by Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands and is currently being logged by Ridgeway Logging, Inc.

The victim, Jerry Dean Sramek, 55, of Salem, was a contracted independent truck driver and had just loaded logs from the logging site and was in route to a mill. Sramek was found by Brent Richmond, another truck driver traveling the same route at about 11:26 a.m.

The investigation revealed Sramek stopped to re-secure his load on the trailer approximately four miles away from the landing site where he was loaded. When he undid the forward chain, a log approximately 20 feet long and ten inches in diameter, fell from the top of his trailer onto Sramek causing fatal head and neck injuries.

Sramek was found to be wearing the proper protective equipment.

OSHA and the Linn County Medical Examiner were both notified due to this being a job-related death.

Deputies were assisted by the Lyons Fire Department.

Weddle's funeral home of Stayton responded and removed the body from the scene.


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State launches first Veterans Rental Assistance Program
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 07/27/16 2:20 PM
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), has launched the Veterans Rental Assistance Program, designed to provide transitional housing for military veterans who have serious mental illness and are homeless or at risk for homelessness.

The new program will provide funding for transitional housing to accommodate up to 147 veterans who do not have permanent homes in Clackamas, Marion, Columbia, Yamhill and Jackson counties. Transitional housing is a stable, but temporary, arrangement meant to help bridge the gap from homelessness to permanent housing.

"OHA is pleased to partner with the Oregon Department of Veterans' affairs on this innovative and critical program," said Karen Wheeler, integrated health programs director for OHA's Health Systems Division.

OHA started the Rental Assistance Program in 2013 for individuals with serious mental illness, but this is the first time it has specifically targeted veterans. This year, OHA made $2.5 million available for veterans' rental assistance and a similar program, which serves young adults who meet the eligibility criteria for serious mental illness and homelessness.

The programs will be administered with the help of several nonprofit agencies, which were granted funding by OHA and will provide a certain number of housing "slots" in the areas and populations they serve.

The partnering providers serving veterans are Clackamas County Housing, Clackamas County, 30 slots; Salem Housing Authority, Marion County, 42 slots; Medicine Wheel Recovery Services Inc., Columbia County, 40 slots; Transition Projects Inc., Yamhill County, 20 slots; and ColumbiaCare Services-Jackson, Jackson County, 15 slots (and an additional 15 slots for young adults).

"We know from our efforts supporting crisis services, including mobile crisis interventions, that veterans in Oregon are experiencing behavioral health challenges that are unique to their circumstances and we have been looking for ways to help," Wheeler said.

Besides receiving rental subsidies, eligible individuals may receive assistance with moving costs. Residential housing specialists and peer support specialists are available to help individuals in becoming rent-ready and in locating, securing and maintaining a rental unit.

"This is something we've been working on for six months," said Mitch Sparks, director of statewide veterans services for ODVA. "One of the things I love about this program is that it has a definitive support network built in to help guarantee success in finding permanent housing. It's really a preventative measure for homelessness, designed to reduce the number of Oregon veterans who are out on the streets."

The program will begin in October 2016.

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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash North Marion County *** UPDATE 2 ***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/27/16 1:32 PM
Correction the first name of the deceased is Samantha Stover, Not Stephanie.

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The passenger who died in Sunday's fatal crash has been identified as 25 year old Stephanie Stover. She was is in the Navy and stationed in Everett, Washington on the USS Gridley.

The investigation is ongoing and we don't anticipate another release of information for at least a couple weeks.


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Deputies are on scene and investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles that collided at the intersection of Ehlen Road NE and Butteville Road NE. Early indicators show a passenger car was north on Butteville when it failed to stop at the intersection causing a collision with a truck pulling a horse trailer westbound on Ehlen Road NE.

The driver of the passenger car was seriously injured and life flighted to a Portland hospital, the drivers passenger died on scene. The truck's occupants were both taken to area hospitals but are expected to live. The trailer contained two horses that are being attended to by a veterinarian on scene.

Members of the Marion County Crash Team and Oregon State Troopers are on scene investigating and expect the intersection will be closed in all directions for the next several hours.
State announces fair market value of school lands within the Elliott State Forest: $220.8 million
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 07/27/16 11:55 AM
Salem -- Interested buyers heard today that the Common School Fund lands within the Elliott State Forest -- approximately 82,500 acres -- are valued at $220.8 million.

About 50 people gathered at the Department of State Lands to hear the results of a review process that involved analyzing appraisals provided by three independent firms. Mason, Bruce & Girard, an Oregon natural resource consulting firm, prepared the final report and valuation.

The announcement is a key piece of information for the public, private, and nonprofit entities that have expressed an interest in acquiring the Elliott property in Coos and Douglas counties. Interested buyers have until November 15, 2016, to submit plans to acquire the acreage. For plans to be deemed "responsive" they must:

- Demonstrate how the purchaser will pay the fair market value of the forest
- Be for the entire school land acreage
- Show how certain public values will be preserved, including:
1) Ensuring public recreational access on at least half of the forest
2) Protecting older forest stands on at least 25 percent of the forest
3) Conserving high quality watersheds through the protection of riparian areas along streams containing salmon, steelhead and bull trout
4) Providing at least 40 direct or indirect full-time jobs annually for at least 10 years

"Today's announcement comes after years of dedicated work on how to solve the dilemma of the Elliott State Forest -- a dilemma created by the forest consistently losing money for its owners, the schoolchildren of Oregon," said Department of State Lands Director Jim Paul.

"We've conducted a very rigorous process over the past two years that included outreach with a wide variety of interest groups and detailed technical analyses. Our goal has always been to strike the right approach towards ensuring the Common School Fund is fully compensated, while also protecting a range of natural resources important to the public," he said.

The Elliott State Forest is made up primarily of lands owned by Oregon's Common School Fund, an endowment that generates distributions from the fund's earnings to Oregon's 197 public school districts twice a year. These 82,500 acres are a portion of the school lands given to the state by the federal government at statehood with the express legal condition they be used primarily to produce revenue for K-12 schools. Oregon's constitution confirms the State Land Board's fiduciary responsibility to act as trustees of the fund and to meet the requirement of providing revenue for schools.

Before 2013, the Elliott generated millions of dollars from harvesting about one percent of the forest each year. Since 2013, because of harvest limitations prompted by a lawsuit over federal protected species and the ongoing costs of maintaining the land in compliance with state and federal laws, owning the Elliott has meant a net loss to the Common School Fund of more than $4 million.

Current estimates predict that the forest will continue to require more money to manage than it produces in revenue for the fund. In order to protect the financial health of the fund, while still acting within their limited capacity to consider other public benefits, the Land Board is providing an opportunity for public, private and nonprofit entities to come up with acquisition plans to purchase the property in a way that will benefit the fund and provide enhanced public benefits.

Under the process set up by the Land Board, the proceeds of the sale will be invested in the Common School Fund, generating a more secure stream of funding for schools.

The next steps in the Elliott ownership transfer are to continue to provide information and answer questions for interested parties (August through October); review plans submitted by Nov. 15 (November and early December); and to work with the State Land Board to select and make an offer to the preferred buyer (December).

"Protecting and enhancing the Common School Fund is perhaps the most important thing we do as an agency, and a successful transfer of ownership of the Elliott State Forest as a result of this work will be a huge achievement towards this end," says Jim Paul.

Additional information on the appraisal process:

Three appraisal firms were selected through a Request for Proposal process conducted by the Department of State Lands in the fall of 2015. They included Ted Foster & Associates, The Healy Company, LP and James W. Sewall Company. Their completed appraisals ranged from $192 million to $262 million.

The Appraisal Review Report was prepared by Mason, Bruce & Girard, a Portland-based consulting firm established in 1921. Roger G. Lord, a state-certified General Real Property Appraiser, conducted the review and established the fair market value of $220.8 million after analyzing and reconciling the three appraisals.

The report was prepared to meet standards specified in the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition (UASFLA) and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. UASFLA standards require that the property be appraised for its highest and best economic use.

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


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Low Water Means High Vigilance for Boaters (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/27/16 10:26 AM
Marine Deputy Ernie Fields scouting out an area for safe passage on the lower Rogue River
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It's easy to see the exposed gravel bars and shoals that formed on area waterways as the water levels drop and the temperature steadily creeps up. Many reservoirs too, are showing previously submerged stumps. Low water levels can create specific challenges that boaters need to be aware of.

The dynamic landscape, especially in rivers, changes from week to week. It's important for boaters to be aware that what wasn't visible or dangerous a week ago, could be now, and to know how to alter their boat operation for a safe and enjoyable time on the water. The Oregon State Marine Board offers the following tips on how to have fun and stay safe:

Boat with a buddy. Especially in paddlecraft. Have at least two boats and a plan if the party is separated. Always let a friend or family member know where you're going, when you expect to return, what clothing you're wearing, and who's with you.
Stand Up Paddleboards are considered boats in Oregon, and require having a properly fitting life jacket and a sound-producing device like a whistle, on board. Better yet --wear the jacket and attach the whistle. If you use a leash, ensure it's the appropriate leash for the waterway you're paddling.
Keep a proper lookout and look what's ahead, not what's just in front of you.
Scouting ahead is worth your time. Determine the safest course around boulders, gravel bars, or fallen trees/root wads.
Read the water. Where is there whitewater? Where does the water eddy? How is the water riffling? These water characteristics indicate what's below the surface, a sense of depth and gives key information on how to safely navigate.
Go with your "gut feeling." If something doesn't feel right, listen to your gut. When in doubt, portage (drag or carry) the boat over and around an obstruction. Skill level and confidence can mean the difference between an easy run and a potentially dangerous one.
Stay well clear of log jams and strainers (root wads, trees, branches, logs). They allow water through them, but can catch and entrap paddlers underwater or entangle lines on boats.
Know your limits. --Not when you're at your best, but at that specific moment. Stick to rivers with Class I or II rapids unless you have the skill and conditioning for advanced water levels.
Use the right gear for the type of boating. When running Class III or higher rapids, a helmet, properly fitting life jacket, a throw bag and secured gear are incredibly important.
On reservoirs and lakes, sharp drop-off's are a given. Tree stumps, boulders and fallen trees may not be visible. Take special care when operating near the banks, where many of these obstructions lie just below the surface. Always wear a life jacket when on the banks. Banks are often unstable.
On coastal bays, pay attention to the weather and the tide. A receding tide could leave a boater "stuck" at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Check the Marine Board's website for reported navigation obstructions and report serious or unexpected ones. The Marine Board will coordinate an evaluation of the obstruction with local law enforcement. By reporting obstructions, you can help ensure safe navigation on popular waterways for everyone.

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Attached Media Files: Marine Deputy Ernie Fields scouting out an area for safe passage on the lower Rogue River , Paddling Oregon Safely Infographic
New report shows financial health of Oregon hospitals has improved as more people have gained health insurance coverage
Oregon Health Authority - 07/27/16 9:51 AM
EDITORS: Report researchers Stacey Schubert and Steve Ranzoni will be available to answer questions about the report between 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Call Tony Andersen at 971-239-6483 to arrange an interview time.

Salem, Oregon----A new report issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) finds that as more people in Oregon have become insured, the financial standing of most hospitals has improved. Across Oregon's hospitals, operating margins have increased, while uncompensated care decreased.

The Highlights report----issued for the first time this year----also finds that hospital revenue has increased under the Affordable Care Act.

Each year OHA is required to collect financial data from acute care hospitals under ORS 442.400-442.463, providing an annual snapshot of the healthcare needs of Oregon communities and assessing the fiscal health of hospitals under the ACA.

The report, "Oregon Acute Care Hospitals: Annual Financials Reporting Highlights," aims to provide a transparent source of healthcare information and inform policy conversations.

"This data shows us that the new healthcare environment is providing more people access to affordable care while improving the financial stability of hospitals in Oregon," said Lynne Saxton, director of the OHA. "Hospitals are a critical part of our healthcare delivery system, and their financial viability ensures that essential community services are delivered effectively and efficiently. This report provides patients and policymakers an accessible and transparent vantage point for exploring future opportunities."

Major changes to Oregon's healthcare system in 2014 impacted charity care services provided by Oregon hospitals. As the ACA increased access to health care coverage through expanded Medicaid eligibility and the health insurance exchange, the proportion of uninsured individuals in Oregon fell sharply from 14.5 percent to 5.3 percent (Oregon Health Insurance Survey, 2013 and 2015). This significantly reduced the need for financial assistance and charity care as more people became insured and the cost of services provided to them were recouped by hospitals.

According to the data provided in the report between 2014 and 2015:
Uncompensated care----a combination of charity care and bad debt----dropped by $342 million, or 38.4 percent.
Net hospital income in Oregon increased $367 million, or 53.8 percent.
Oregon hospitals' operating margins increased nearly 35%. Operating margins indicate whether a hospital is operating at a profit or loss.
Overall, rural hospitals experienced more fluctuation in income and operated with tighter margins from 2010-2015, however, all hospital types had greater net income in 2015.

The report is available as a PDF file and as a data file on the OHA Health Analytics website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/index.aspx, linked to as "Hospital Financial Report."

Media availability
Report researchers Stacey Schubert and Steve Ranzoni will be available to answer questions about the report between 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Call Tony Andersen at 971-239-6483 to arrange an interview time.

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Shot Fired During Domestic Disturbance
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/27/16 8:16 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to a domestic disturbance between Lynnette McConnel, 60, and her husband Steve McConnel, 63, today at their residence 41055 Shimanek Bridge Drive in Scio.

Lynnette was armed with a shotgun and confronted the deputies as they approached the scene. Deputies used exceptional restraint and were able to get Lynnette ultimately to put the shotgun away.

During the investigation, deputies learned that a verbal altercation between Lynette and Stephen, had escalated in the driveway of the residence. Lynnette armed herself with a shotgun and fired a shot into the vehicle Stephen was driving.

Lynnette McConnel was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail for Assault IV, Menacing, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Attempted Assault II.
Tue. 07/26/16
Crack seal work begins in Veneta
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 07/26/16 6:43 PM
Crews will begin crack seal work on OR 200 Territorial Highway at OR 126 Florence Eugene Highway on Wednesday, July 27. Working between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., the work will move south through Veneta.

Travelers should expect single lane closures in the immediate work area and watch for workers.
Linn County Sheriff's Office Serves Warrant for Online Child Pornography
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/26/16 4:41 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his detectives served a search warrant this morning at a residence in Albany after a month long investigation into the online distribution of child pornography.

Britain James Sylvester Spikes, 25, of Albany admitted to using a computer in his residence located on Tracy Court, to download and distribute child pornography over the Internet.

Numerous electronic devices were seized and occupants of the residence were interviewed. One computer in the residence was determined to be actively distributing child pornography files when detectives arrived.

Electronic devices seized from the residence will be forensically examined by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Digital Forensics Laboratory, and additional charges may be forthcoming after the digital forensics analysis.

Spikes was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail on three counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The investigation gathered information related to the online distribution of child pornography with the assistance of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which the Sheriff's Office is a member.

Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted in this investigation by the Benton County Sheriff's Office, the Corvallis Police Department, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Identifying Additional Victims Of Sex Abuse (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/26/16 1:49 PM
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The Oregon State Police is continuing it's investigation into sex abuse allegations against a Grants Pass man, Michael "Bo" FRAMPTON. OSP Detectives arrested FRAMPTON, age 39, on July 1, 2016 in the Grants Pass area for the following charges:

Sex Abuse I (5 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)
Attempted Rape I

The victim, a nine year old female, was known to FRAMPTON.

Since the original release last week of his arrest, 9 other victims of abuse have been identified. It is believed FRAMPTON has abused multiple victims over the past 20 years. He has lived in Grants Pass, Gold Beach, Port Orchard, Washington and an unknown location in Arizona. FRAMPTON has worked as a used car salesman and odd jobs.

OSP is seeking to identify any additional victims of abuse by FRAMPTON as it is possible there are others that have not yet come forward. The victims known to OSP at this time were females between the ages of 9 and 15.

Any persons with information are asked to call Detective Brendan Quirke at 541-618-7952. No further information will be released at this time.


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Prevent heat illness for workers in hot weather
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/26/16 1:17 PM
(Salem) -- As temperatures rise this summer, Oregon OSHA encourages employers and workers in construction, agriculture and other labor-intensive activities to learn the signs of heat illness and focus on prevention.

Exposure to heat can lead to headaches, cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, and even seizures or death. From 2011 through 2015, 28 people received benefits through Oregon's workers' compensation system for heat-related illnesses (at least three days away from work).

"Workers in Oregon tend to be more likely to suffer from heat-related illnesses, because they're used to working in mild weather and often not acclimated to this type of heat," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. "That's why it's especially important for employers to provide drinking water, offer shaded places for workers to take breaks, and to watch for signs of trouble."

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas -- allow your body to cool down.
Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness. Heat stroke is a more severe condition than heat exhaustion and can result in death. Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke.

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are available at https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA also has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with tips for working in the heat: http://osha.oregon.gov/OSHAPubs/4926.pdf. (English version).

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Excavator Fire In Lebanon Threatens Loaded Rail Car (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/26/16 12:57 PM
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Lebanon firefighters were dispatched to a report of an excavator on fire at a loading facility on Gore Drive near Langmack Road at 9:44 am Tuesday morning. On arrival fire crews found a Hitachi excavator fully involved in fire with a grain filled rail car in close proximity. A quick knock down by the crew of Engine 34 prevented the fire from spreading to the rail car and causing further damage. One engine company, a pumper tender, a Battalion Chief, and two Division Chiefs were on scene for approximately 45 minutes. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

For HD video of this fire and other LFD incidents, visit our YouTube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg


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Making the Grade on Health Care Price Transparency: Oregon Up to "B" from "F"
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 07/26/16 9:16 AM
July 26, 2016 -- Lake Oswego, Oregon -- Due in large part to the legislation the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems sponsored in 2015, Oregon has received a health care transparency rating of "B" in The 2016 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws (attached), developed by the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) and Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). In every previous edition of the scorecard, Oregon had received an "F" along with most other states in the nation. Now Oregon is one of seven states that receive above a failing grade, and is one of only one of four which get an "A" or a "B."

The Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws rates states on a series of metrics, all of which focus on whether the public is being provided with high-quality, accessible health care pricing information. The new report cites OregonHospitalGuide.org, where Oregon's data is displayed in an easy-to-use, accessible and comparable manner as a key reason Oregon moved up the ranks this year. The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems created and maintains the website, and took state-produced price data and displayed it on that site, in an effort to increase transparency.

"Oregon hospitals are proud to have led the way towards this improved grade by both passing legislation to make price data public and also putting that data on OregonHospitalGuide.org for patients and the public to access," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "Our ultimate goal was not to improve our grade, however, but to improve the quality and amount of information available to the public and our patients. When you combine this online pricing data with our commitment to giving patients a good-faith estimate within three business days, we feel that we are putting great tools in the hands of our community in a substantive way for the first time."

"Oregon is a model for how strong vision and leadership can help under-performing states move rapidly up the ratings," said Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform. "We are pleased to see Oregon getting the recognition it deserves for providing crucial information to consumers who want spend their health care dollars wisely."

"Oregon's transparency law combines two elements that every state should emulate: collecting data in an all-payer claims database, and publishing it online," said François de Brantes, executive director of HCI3. "Those were the keys to the state's leap toward the top of the grade scale."

"I'm gratified that the hard work we did in the 2015 Legislative Session on health care price transparency has paid off," said Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson, who was a lead sponsor of the bill which set the new round of transparency work in motion. "Patients around Oregon deserve access to quality pricing data. I'm proud that we've taken this huge step forward in this area and are being recognized on a national level. In the end, more health care information leads to better choices."

"We tackled the tricky issue of health care pricing transparency head on in 2015 and I'm proud to know that our hard work did not go unnoticed," said Representative John Lively, who also shepherded the bill through the legislature. "In a data-driven world, it was unacceptable to think that our state's health care system could not provide good pricing data for patients to access. I applaud all those involved in this effort and look forward to sharing the new resources with my constituents."

The report says that Oregon merits the "B" grade because it "collects data in an [All Payer All Claims] database, including paid amounts, and publishes the data on good website for consumers. Oregon can earn an even higher score if the state collects practitioner prices in addition to facility prices and does so for a greater number of services and procedures.

"Oregon hospitals are grateful to have had great partners in this effort--especially in the Legislature, where key members were both active and engaged on this," added Andy Davidson. "We thank Senators Laurie Monnes-Anderson, Jeff Kruse, Alan Bates, Betsy Johnson, and Tim Knopp as well as Representatives Nancy Nathanson, John Lively, Cedric Hayden, John Davis, Bill Kennemer and Brian Clem. These legislators' focus on health care transparency and their advocacy for the bill underlying this work is truly commendable and we look forward to working with them to move our state further along towards a truly transparent, safe and sustainable health care system. We also thank the Catalyst for Payment Reform and HCI3 for their guidance via their scorecard on how to achieve true health care transparency and thank them for their advocacy on this subject."

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About OAHHS: Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit association that works closely with local, state and national health care leaders, businesses, citizen coalitions, and other organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's health care community.


Attached Media Files: National Scorecard , OAHHS press release
Take a Trial Run for the 'Big One' with the American Red Cross and Camp Prepare!
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/26/16 8:44 AM
Community members are encouraged to camp out on the night of August 6 using only the contents of their disaster preparedness kits to test readiness for a disaster.

PORTLAND, Ore., July 26, 2016 - Are you prepared to live on only the contents of your disaster preparedness kit following a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake or other disaster? Test your readiness by camping out in your own backyard (or at a campsite) on the night of Saturday, August 6, for Camp Prepare!

Camp Prepare! is a region-wide, coordinated camping event the whole family can participate in -- at a campground or in your own back yard. It's a chance to take your emergency kit on a trial run before the 'Big One'.

"Camp Prepare! is an opportunity for people across the Pacific Northwest to combine their love of camping with preparedness," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "Now is the time to make sure your disaster kit has everything you need should a disaster strike."

Prepare for Camp Prepare! Common items used for camping such as water, canned food, flashlights, extra batteries and first aid supplies are just a few of the items that should be in a disaster preparedness kit. While the Red Cross recommends at least a three-day supply of food and water, larger disasters, like a Cascadia earthquake may require supplies for several weeks.

Date: August 6
Time: Overnight
Location: Your own backyard (or a campsite)

How to participate:
1. Register as an official Camp Prepare! participant by visiting: www.redcross.org/CampPrepare2016.

2. Share your Camp Prepare! experience. Take a photo/selfie, use the hashtag #CampPrepare and tag us on social media:
Facebook: RedCrossCascades
Twitter: @RedCrossCasc
Instagram: @RedCrossCasc

3. Need a kit list? The Red Cross has you covered. Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for a full kit supply list.

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.


Attached Media Files: Camp Prepare Poster , Camp Prepare News Release
#OregoniansGive Returns for 2016: Ambitious goals highlight plans for statewide movement's second year
OregoniansGive on GivingTuesday - 07/26/16 8:22 AM
The team behind #OregoniansGive announced plans for the 2016 campaign this week, opening registration for every nonprofit across the state of Oregon and setting ambitious goals for the annual day of giving which will take place on November 29.

Launched in 2015, #OregoniansGive builds on the national #GivingTuesday message by uniting nonprofits throughout the state of Oregon to celebrate the positive work underway by these organizations. The campaign encourages all citizens to play a role in developing a brighter future for our community.

"In our first year, we helped raise more than $1.8 million for nonprofits in almost every corner of the state," said Agnes Zach, #OregoniansGive Chair and Executive Director, Willamette Valley Development Officers. "In 2016, we want to reach every single Oregonian. If every person in the state gives just one dollar to a nonprofit they believe in on #GivingTuesday, we can double our results and provide all of these worthy organizations with an incredible boost to start 2017."

It's About Community, Not Competition

A rising tide lifts all boats. As a collective of existing organizations, #OregoniansGive is not a new nonprofit seeking funds for its own cause. Instead, it is a platform to promote and celebrate the positive work underway by nonprofits around the state and the generosity of every Oregonian. Its goal is to create an environment that promotes even more giving, volunteering and community engagement.

"Nonprofits often feel like they have to compete with one another for resources," said Zach. "#OregoniansGive wants to eliminate that approach. If we work together, we can raise awareness on an exponential level. We can help shine a brighter light on more organizations and encourage more donors to contribute more time and money to help create a brighter future for our communities."

More than 700 nonprofits took part in the inaugural campaign in 2015 and organizers aim to push that figure over 1,000 for 2016. There is no cost to any organization to take part in the #OregoniansGive campaign. Individuals donate to the organization of their choosing and 100% of all contributions made go directly to the organization.

How to Sign Up Your Nonprofit

Nonprofits interested in joining #OregoniansGive are encouraged to sign up at www.OregoniansGive.org where they will receive more information on the campaign, as well as valuable resources to help incorporate #OregoniansGive and #GivingTuesday into their end-of-year giving plans.

Organizations that are signed on for the 2016 campaign will have access to ongoing support throughout the coming months, including training opportunities, promotion across a variety of channels and community support from fellow nonprofits.

About #GivingTuesday

Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that lends balance to the focus on shopping and buying fueled by the deals offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The social media-driven event encourages charities, families, businesses, students and individuals to celebrate generosity and give to the organizations that make an impact in their community. Since its launch, #GivingTuesday has raised millions of dollars for tens-of-thousands of organizations.


About #OregoniansGive

#OregoniansGive celebrates all contributions from every resident -- from born and bred natives to recent transplants -- that make the state of Oregon what it is today and open the door for a brighter future. Following a rousing success in 2014, organizers of #PDXGives expanded their efforts to connect all nonprofits across the state of Oregon for the annual #GivingTuesday day of generosity. In 2015, the #OregoniansGive movement raised more than $1.8 million for organizations in every corner of the state. For more information, please visit www.oregoniansgive.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/26/16 2:08 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on July 26, 2016, at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the 4800 block of Camellia Street, Springfield, Oregon.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Mon. 07/25/16
100th class of 9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/25/16 5:04 PM
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #100 on their successful completion of basic training.

When: 11:00 A.M., Friday, July 29, 2016

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

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.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunication Class #100

Dispatcher Joseph Armato
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Katelyn Bailey
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Jill Bellarts
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Katie Bierman
Douglas County Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Jessica Buchholz
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Christina Carleton
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Jamie Coley
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Susan Fowler
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Ashley Garcia
W.C.C.C.A.

Deputy Sheriff Bonnita Hennessey
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Hannah Jefferson
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Brandi Johnson
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Timothy Johnson
Corvallis Police Department

Dispatcher Matthew Knight
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Chastity Kolmorgan
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Danielle Maben
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Susan Manly-Becker
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries

Dispatcher Kelsea Matter
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Sweetie Moala
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Amy Myers
Lincoln City Police Department

Dispatcher Jeff Perkins
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Brittany Ross
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Selina Weitzel
Lincoln City Police Department


# 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 Sheriff Jason Myers of Marion County. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
The Magna Carta, U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, & More: On View at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/25/16 4:36 PM
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MEDIA PREVIEW:
Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, July 28 at 11am. Email rachel.randles@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

PRESS PHOTOS:
Downloadable document photos and captions available via http://bit.ly/2arJaFN


Portland, OR -- July 25, 2016 -- The Magna Carta. The Declaration of Independence. The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights. The Monroe Doctrine. These bedrock documents laid the foundational "blueprints" of American democracy--and, some of the earliest printings and engravings of these iconic pieces will be on view at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Ave., Portland) from July 29, 2016 through February 1, 2017 in the original exhibition Democracy's Blueprints: The Documents that Built America.

"In this election year there is no better time to see and study the documents that built and continue to guide our democracy," said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "With the exception of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., I don't think there is any museum in the country where you can see so many priceless historic printings and engravings at one place at one time."

One extraordinary standout of this exhibition, on loan from the Mark Family Collection, is the 1733 engraving of the Magna Carta. Written in 1215, the Magna Carta was the first document to limit the power of a monarch, and it is regarded as the cornerstone of Western democracy. When the only surviving original copy affixed with the Great Seal of King John was damaged by a fire in 1731, a new copy was commissioned. This illuminated hand-engraved copy includes the original Latin text surrounded by the Coats of Arms of the council of Twenty-Five Barons. Other notable artifacts on view include handwritten letters from George Washington and original engravings of the inaugural addresses of Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams.

While the words of these iconic documents have remained unchanged for centuries, citizens and politicians have continuously debated their meaning and application--challenging each other on issues such as the balance of power in the branches and the purviews of state and federal governments. Please join us as we discuss the relevance of these bedrock documents from our past and consider how they continue to guide and impact present-day politics.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the recent renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.


About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Civil War soldier's cremains to be transported home to Maine for final interment
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 07/25/16 3:35 PM
After nearly a hundred years in the custody of Oregon State Hospital, Jewett Williams, a private who served with the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War, is going home.

Originally from Hodgdon, a small farming community in northern Maine, Williams joined the 20th Maine in October 1864. During his enlistment, his unit participated in several decisive actions that helped secure the Union's victory in the later stages of the war and was part of the force that accepted General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Much later, Williams settled in Portland and was admitted as a patient at Oregon State Hospital for the last few months of his life. He died on July 17, 1922, at age 78. Unfortunately, no one ever came forward to claim Williams' remains -- until now.

Earlier this year, the Adjutant General of the Maine National Guard, with the support of Togus National Cemetery and Maine Sen. Angus King, expressed the desire to see Pvt. Williams' cremains returned to his native state, with all the honors due to a veteran who served his nation in a time of war.

His cremains will be transported across the country via the Patriot Guard Riders, a nationwide volunteer organization that performs patriotic services for military funerals.

A ceremony honoring Williams and transferring custody of his cremains to the Patriot Guard Riders will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Oregon State Hospital Memorial, which is located on the grounds of the hospital's Salem campus at 2600 Center Street NE. Interested media are welcome to attend.

The ceremony will include a period-specific color guard presentation, performed by Oregon-based Civil War reenactors assigned to the 20th Maine. The event is being jointly organized by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, and will be live-streamed on the ODVA's Facebook Page at facebook.com/odvavet.

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Lottery investigation finds no evidence of civil rights allegations
Oregon Lottery - 07/25/16 2:21 PM
July 25, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- One of Barry Pack's first actions as acting Lottery director was to oversee an investigation of management issues at the Lottery, including concerns expressed in a draft civil rights complaint written, but not filed, by former director Jack Roberts. The investigation found no evidence to support Roberts' allegations.

Roberts' draft complaint alleged that actions by a Lottery commissioner, and the opposition of two commissioners to Roberts' appointment of a senior executive to the agency's chief sales and retailer services post, were discriminatory. Roberts expressed concern that the commissioners' actions were based on the employee's national origin and led to a hostile work environment for that executive.

Commissioners Liz Carle and Mary Wheat, named in the complaint drafted by Roberts, have vigorously denied discriminating against any Lottery employees.

Over the past 10 weeks, an outside personnel investigator, supervised by the Department of Justice, conducted a thorough investigation of the allegations. The investigation included multiple interviews with staff members and commissioners, as well as a review of documents and emails.

"This investigation affirms the integrity of Commissioners Carle and Wheat, and the absence of any discriminatory intent and actions against the Lottery executive on whose behalf Roberts expressed concern," said Acting Lottery Director Pack. "I consider this matter to be fully resolved."

A review of other management issues at the Lottery is ongoing.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Summary of the investigation conducted by outside counsel
Corps seeks comments on Benton County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 07/25/16 1:56 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Circle Drive Partners, LLC to conduct work in Benton County, Oregon.

Public Notice NWP-2016-240 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
ODOT management review kicks off Thursday
State of Oregon - 07/25/16 12:08 PM
An independent, third-party review of Oregon Department of Transportation management practices, governance and decision-making structure, and program performance begins this week -- performed by John L. Craig Consulting.

A kick-off meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 28 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Somerville Meeting Room, 775 Court Street. At the public meeting, an oversight committee will review the contractor's work plan. Interested parties are welcome to attend in person or by phone at 888-557-8511, access code: 7340526.

More information about the review, including the draft work plan, is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/das/Pages/ODOTreview.aspx

The outcome of this review and examination of ODOT will be presented in a final report, delivered to Governor Brown, the Oregon Transportation Commission, and Oregon's Legislature no later than March 2017.
Updated Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for July & August, 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 07/25/16 12:03 PM
Below is an updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the remainder of July through August, 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Updated - Policy Committee Meeting -- July 29 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center

Regular School Board Meeting - July 29 at 5:30 PM (change in date and time). Agenda and packet are posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas.

Special School Board Meeting - Summer Workshop - August 13 at 9:00 AM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by August 9.

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

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
***Update - Subject Arrested*** Interstate 205 NB Near Johnson Creek Closed For Criminal Investigation - Clackamas Co. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/25/16 12:02 PM
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On July 24, 2016 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a driving complaint on Interstate 205 northbound near Johnson Creek Blvd. Additional 911 callers reported a male fell out of a silver Dodge Neon. These callers stated this male had his hands bound behind his back and a bag over his head.

Preliminary investigation has revealed after the male fell out of the vehicle (at an unknown speed) it came to a stop. Two males exited the vehicle and approached the bound male, but as witnesses stopped at the scene they returned to their vehicle. It was reported one witness attempted to flatten a tire on the Dodge prior to the males fleeing the area.

The male who had fallen out of the vehicle was identified as John R MCPHAIL, age 57, of Camas, Washington. He received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Oregon Health and Sciences University where he was treated and released. MCPHAIL initially told investigators he had been kidnapped which had originated in Camas, Washington. Multiple police agencies began investigating the incident in fear there may be other victims.

Further conversations with MCPHAIL caused investigators to become suspicious due to gross inconsistencies. MCPHAIL was arrested for Initiating a False Report and Conspiracy to Commit Theft I. He was lodged at the Clackamas County Jail.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance in locating the other two males, Justin M GIBSON, age, 36 and Joseph L GIBSON, age 33 (both of Camas, Washington) as they are considered witnesses to this incident. They were last seen driving a 2000 Silver Plymouth Neon with a Washington plate of AYW4837. Anyone with information is asked to call 503-375-3555.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

End Update

Previous Release:
On July 24, 2016 at about 10AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a driving complaint on Interstate 205 northbound near Johnson Creek Blvd. It was reported a vehicle was chasing another on Interstate 205 when a person fell out of one of the vehicles. That person was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.

I-205 northbound is currently closed at Johnson Creek with a detour in place to allow the investigation to be conducted.

The vehicle the person fell from was identified by witnesses as a Silver Dodge Neon with a possible Oregon license plate similar to "W2YA". Witnesses stated it may have a flat tire. Both occupants of the vehicle were white males and wearing dark clothing.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if they witnessed the incident or can identify the vehicle/persons involved. Any persons with information are asked to call OSP at 503-375-3555.
More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Lebanon Firefighters Ready to "Fill The Boot" for MDA (Photo)
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Firefighters in Lebanon will be hitting the street on Friday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and they encourage the community to help them "Fill The Boot". Lebanon firefighters will be at the intersection of Highway 20 and Airport Road on Friday July 29 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm collecting donations from motorist and pedestrians. America's firefighters are the greatest contributor to the MDA and the International Association of Firefighters Union is the largest sponsor of the annual MDA telethon, donating over $585 million dollars since 1954. Last year alone, over 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill The Boot activities and raised $25.5 million dollars for muscular dystrophy research.

This year's drive in Lebanon is being organized by IAFF Local 2163 Vice President Michael Maynard, who is looking forward to a successful event even though temperatures are expected to climb close to 100 degrees during their fundraiser. "This is a great event for a great cause, and we hope to knock it out of the park this year!" Maynard said. "The community of Lebanon has always been so supportive of us, and we're thankful to have the opportunity to give something back to the MDA and patients who are fighting this disease."

A new City of Lebanon ordinance passed this year requires a special permit to allow the firefighters to safely collect funds in the roadway while vehicles are stopped at red lights. The local firefighters union has secured all of the proper permits from both the city and the Oregon Department of Transportation for the event. "The safety of the public and our personnel participating in this event is our highest priority." said Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen. "All firefighters participating in this event have extensive traffic safety training and will be wearing DOT approved traffic safety equipment for their safety and the safety of the drivers." Bolen notes that drivers may notice a slight delay during the event, but points out that those delays are expected anyway due to increased traffic heading to the Oregon Jamboree in Sweet Home. "We hope that drivers understand that we're doing a great thing for our community by participating in this event and that they give us a smile and a wave as they pass through." Bolen said. The Lebanon Fire District advises drivers not to stop or delay the flow of traffic in order to make a donation. If they are unable to donate while traffic is stopped for a red light LFD urges drivers to pull into the Mega Foods parking lot where the firefighters will be stationed and hand off their donation in the safety of the parking lot.


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Public Health Advisory Board -- Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets July 28 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/25/16 11:34 AM
Public Health Advisory Board -- Accountability Metrics Subcommittee Meets July 28 in Portland

What: The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board is holding a public meeting.

Agenda: Discuss applicability of CCO incentive, hospital quality and child and family well-being measures to state and local health departments as well as next steps.
When: Thursday, July 28, 2:00-3:00 pm. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 pm; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office building, 800 NE Oregon St, Room 1D; Portland, OR 97232 or by conference call line provided: 1-888-251-2909; access code 8975738#.

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

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284; cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Oregon timber harvest decreases in 2015
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/25/16 8:42 AM
News Release


Oregon timber harvest decreases in 2015

Date: July 25, 2016
Contacts:
Brandon Kaetzel, PhD, ODF Principal Economist, 503-945-7413, brandon.kaetzel@oregon.gov
Jeri Chase, ODF Public Information Officer, 503-945-7201, jeri.chase@oregon.gov


After two years at slightly above four billion board feet, Oregon's timber harvest dropped below that in 2015 to a number on par with the 2012 harvest, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry's annual timber harvest report, issued this week. From 2014 to 2015 there was an approximate decrease in harvest of eight percent for a 2015 total of 3.79 billion board feet harvested. Decreases occurred across all ownerships except for state-owned forestlands.

Approximately 49 percent, or 30.2 million acres, of Oregon is forested. Federal forestlands account for 60 percent of these forestlands, industrial forestlands for 19 percent, family forestland owners own 15 percent, state-owned forests comprise three percent, and all other forestland owners (counties, Tribal, etc.), three percent.
The Bureau of Land Management recorded a decline of eight percent from 2014 to 2015. Likewise, the US Forest Service experienced an overall statewide decrease of five percent, from 386 million board feet to 367. However, the USFS saw an increase of approximately 14 percent on Oregon's east side, notably in Grant and Harney counties where stewardship contracting work is underway on the Malheur National Forest - the second consecutive year of increases in locations where these collaborative agreements are in place. These east-side harvest levels were offset, however, by the decrease in harvest on national forests in western Oregon.
State forestlands increased from 230 million board feet in 2014 to 290 million board feet in 2015, for an overall 26 percent increase in timber harvest.
Private Industry harvest decreased statewide by ten percent from 2014 to 2015 to 2.36 billion board feet. These decreases were present on both sides of the Cascades, but were most prominent on the west side, as a percentage, where private industry harvest declined by approximately nine percent. Non-industrial private landowners had an approximate 19 percent decrease in harvest, statewide, for a 2015 total of 453 million board feet.
Harvests on Native American forestlands decreased approximately nine percent from 57 million board feet in 2015 to 52 million board feet in 2015.
The decrease in timber harvest was largely driven by the slowdown in exports to Asia. Along with the decrease in log exports, the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement in the fourth quarter led to an increase in imports of lumber from Canada, affecting demand for Oregon logs. Finally, an active fire season, along with a wet and warmer than usual winter, created issues for logging and hauling.
The 2015 Oregon Timber Harvest Report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/Reports.aspx. (Go to the subsection for "Datasets" and select "Oregon Timber Harvest Data".)

NOTE: One board foot of lumber is one foot wide, one foot long, and one inch thick, or the equivalent in volume. Construction of an approximately 1,800 square foot house requires about 10,000 board feet.

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Sun. 07/24/16
Linn Deputies Investigate Rape In Scio
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/24/16 4:00 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 4:54 a.m. the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a 21-year-old female reporting she had been raped.

Deputies learned the female was at the Silver Dollar Tavern in Scio last night when she was approached by two adult males. Deputies were told by the female that she consumed alcohol with the two males and at about 1:00 a.m. this morning, she agreed to go with them to the Reggae Festival, which was being held in Scio.

The female told deputies that while at the Reggae Festival, she was raped by these two men along with three other men who were with them. The female reported she does not know the males but believes they are from Washington. She described the suspects as black males, all in their late 20's, early 30's.

The suspects are believed to be driving a rental motorhome with unknown Washington license plates. The motorhome is described as having a vinyl wrap with a picture of a large dog and an unknown 800 number on the side of it.

The female was treated and released from the Santiam Hospital in Stayton.

Linn County Patrol Deputies and Linn County Detectives are continuing the investigation. The Sheriff's Office is asking that if anyone has any information about this case, including additional suspect or vehicle information, to please call Detective Scott Christiansen or Detective Mike Rossiter at 541.967.3950.
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Sat. 07/23/16
Red Cross Responds To Residential Fire In Blue River Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/23/16 9:06 PM
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, at approximately 4:00 pm Red Cross  disaster response volunteers  responded to a residential fire in the 51,000 block of McKenzie Highway in Blue River, Oregon. This single-family fire affected 1 adult. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, disaster mental health services, disaster health services, comfort kit and information about recovery services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.    

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Early morning fire damages Lebanon kitchen (Photo)
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An unattended pan of oil left on the stove top led to a kitchen fire in Lebanon early Saturday morning. According to the resident he placed a pan of oil on the stove to heat for frying some potatoes. He left the kitchen and may have fallen asleep in a nearby room. When he awoke, the hot oil had boiled over onto the stove top and was beginning to consume the vent hood and cabinets above the range. Lebanon firefighters received the first alarm for a house fire at 540 Morton Street at 2:54 a.m. Two engines, a medic unit, a Battalion Chief and a Division Chief responded. Lebanon police officers in the area heard the call and also responded to the scene, arriving just before the fire district personnel. Police found the home evacuated and entered the structure with a fire extinguisher to attempt to put out the fire. The homeowner had removed the boiled over pan from the stove to the front lawn but the range top continued to burn. Officers used the fire extinguisher to knock down the fire.

Lebanon firefighters secured the power supply to the home and checked for extension of fire into cabinet and wall spaces using a thermal imaging camera. At the time of the fire the house was occupied by one adult male and one juvenile male. There were smoke detectors in the house but they were not operable and had their batteries disconnected. Firefighters installed and tested new smoke detectors in the home prior to leaving the scene.

Division Chief Jason Bolen emphasized the importance of working smoke detectors in your home. "This family is very fortunate that tonight's situation didn't end with a death or serious injury." he said. "It's crucial for people to test their smoke detector batteries and function at least every 6 months and replace the detector after its 10-year life span." He also stressed the importance of never leaving the stove unattended when in use. State of Oregon law requires landlords to provide working smoke detectors in their properties. For more information on smoke detectors or home fire safety contact the Fire and Life Safety Division of the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.


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Fri. 07/22/16
Red Cross Responds To Corvallis Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/22/16 9:00 PM
On Friday, July 22, 2016, at approximately 7:00 pm disaster volunteer team members   responded to a residential fire  that occurred in the 1700 block of NE Four Acre in Corvallis. This single-family fire affect 1 adult and 1 pet. Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to address immediate basic needs, and information about recovery services.
Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department. 

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Narcotics Arrest
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/22/16 6:22 PM
On July 22, 2016 at approximately 10:16 am, the Lebanon Police Department received a report of a male dealing drugs outside of the McDonalds restaurant. The caller reported that the man had a gun tucked in the back of his pants. The caller stayed on the line and told dispatch that the man was getting into a turquoise car as a passenger.
Officers arrived on scene a short time later and located the vehicle as it was backing out of the parking space. After the officers stopped the vehicle in the parking lot, three persons were identified inside. They were identified as 37 year old Alexander Burrell (driver), 27 year old Ronald Linn, and 36 year old Laura Lee.
It was determined that Ronald Linn was carrying a black flashlight in his waistband and this was mistaken for a gun.
Linn County Sheriff's Office Deputy Lyman and his narcotics detecting K9 also responded to assist.
All three subjects ultimately consented to a search of their person and eventually the vehicle. Small amounts of Methamphetamine were located on each person. All three subjects were charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Ronald Linn was also taken into custody on an Oregon State Parole warrant.
Due to the location of the traffic stop in the McDonalds parking lot, patrons of the business had to move slowly around the scene. The Lebanon Police Department appreciates their patience and that of McDonalds restaurant.
This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective McCubbins at the Lebanon Police Department.
Update - Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution - Update
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/22/16 3:42 PM
UPDATEEOCI IS NOW ON MODIFIED OPERATIONS. VISITING WILL RESUME SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016.


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: July 21st, 2016 4:33 PM

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21, several inmates engaged in a series of fights on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A total of 47 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. There were no injuries reported.

The institution remains on full lockdown, and visiting is canceled until further notice. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

EOCI is a medium-security prison in Pendleton that houses over 1,600 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues(C), whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.


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Oregon National Guard Soldiers head to Romania for multinational training exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/22/16 3:36 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- More than 250 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, are scheduled to mobilize to Romania this week with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) to participate in Saber Guardian 2016, a multinational military training exercise.

Exercise Saber Guardian 2016 will be held from July 27 to August 7 at the Romanian Land Forces Combat Training Center in Cincu and will involve approximately 2,800 military personnel from 10 nations. An advanced team of Oregon Soldiers are already in Romania assisting with preparations for the battalion's arrival; receiving supplies and equipment, including M1A2 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles that were shipped overseas.

Led by U.S. Army Europe, the annual training exercise is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and is designed to promote regional stability and security while strengthening partnerships with NATO allies, fostering trust and improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. Personnel from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine will also participate.

Activities during Saber Guardian 16 will include a Field Training, Command Post and Combined Live Fire exercises. The 116th CBCT will primarily play opposing forces to enable other units from the U.S. and other countries to conduct training. On a unit level, the exercise is also training to rehearse mobilizing and deploying troops, and moving track and wheeled vehicles by land, rail and sea to an unfamiliar area. The unit will also conduct a river crossing with tanks and set up a bridge during the event.

The 116th CBCT is comprised of personnel from the Idaho, Montana and Oregon Army National Guard and will be augmented by the 125th Multi-role Bridge Company of the South Carolina Army National Guard. More than 1,000 Soldiers from the 116th CBCT will join approximately 1,500 Soldiers from other U.S.-based units to participate in the exercise.

The majority of Oregon Soldiers deploying for the exercise are traditional Guardsmen who drill one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. Many of them have families, are attending college, and work for civilian employers. The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion consists of Oregon Army National Guard units from Baker City, Hermiston, Hood River, La Grande, Ontario, Pendleton, The Dalles, and Woodburn, Oregon.

"The Oregon National Guard continues to demonstrate our ability to simultaneously support both state and nation on multiple fronts," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Whether responding to emergencies here at home, deploying overseas, or partnering in multinational exercises like Saber Guardian, when we are needed, we are there."

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, text with friends and family, July 21, at the armory in Woodburn, Oregon, as they wait to mobilize to Romania in support of Exercise Saber Guardian 2016 as part of the European Reassurance Initiative's (ERI). The 3-116th Cavalry Battalion task force is made up of infantry from Company A (The Dalles) and Company B (Woodburn); mechanics from Detachment 2, Company F (Hood River); and logistics/administrative support from Headquarters and Headquarters Company (La Grande).(Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Staff Sgt. Armondo Borboa, 3-116th Cavalry Battalion)

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CONSTANTA, Romania - An M1A2 Abrams tank is lifted by a mobile harbor crane onto a flatcar at the Port of Constanta, June 25, 2016. The tanks, belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), will be transported to Cincu, Romania, via rail to be used in the upcoming Exercise Saber Guardian, scheduled to begin July 27. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devone Collins, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)

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CINCU, Romania - A column of M1A2 tanks travel through the streets of Cincusora, Romania, June 28, after being offloaded from the Voila, Romania, railhead earlier that day. The tanks, belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT), are in Romania to be used in Exercise Saber Guardian 2016, which begins July 27 at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of partnership for peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. (Photo courtesy 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team)

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CINCU, Romania - Vehicles belonging to the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team (CBCT) are positioned at the Romanian Land Force Combat Training Center (RLF-CTC) in Cincu, July 7, 2016 prior to the start of Exercise Saber Guardian 2016. The vehicles began arriving in Romania, June 19, at the Port of Constanta and were shipped via railhead to Cincu. Saber Guardian is a U.S. Army Europe-led exercise, in the spirit of Partnership for Peace. It is designed to promote regional stability and security, while strengthening partnership capacity, and fostering trust while improving interoperability between Romania, the U.S., NATO and Partnership for Peace member nations. The 116th CBCT is one of the U.S. units participating in the exercise, which will also include forces from other countries. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)


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Life Jacket Loaner Station (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 07/22/16 10:30 AM
Michelle Nunes owner of Jefferson Statino Cafe and Chief Zeilman
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Jefferson Fire District along with Jefferson Station Café, Jefferson Rental and Thriftway have worked towards the development a life jacket loaner station. This station, which will host life jackets in various sizes for loan along with loan agreement forms, will be located at the Jefferson Thriftway on the corner of Mill and Ferry Street across from the Jefferson boat ramp. This idea to develop the station started last Spring when Jefferson Station Café hosted a fundraiser dinner with proceeds to go towards the purchase of life jackets. Jefferson Fire District applied for a grant with the Oregon State Marine Board and was awarded $550 towards the supplies used for the construction of the station that was constructed by Oregon Correction Enterprises.

On July 16, 2016 Jefferson Fire District installed the Station with the use of equipment donated by Jefferson Rental. The life vests are available currently. Thank you to all who helped with this loaner station. Jefferson Fire District highly encourages the use of life vests when participating in any and all river activities ie; floating, boating, and swimming.


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Wildfire Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/22/16 10:02 AM
Summer is finally heating up. And while this is great news for outdoor enthusiasts, fire officials want to remind everyone that the summer heat could lead to careless wildfires.

"Preventing wildfires and wildfire safety is everyone's responsibility," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "I encourage citizens to join their neighbors in reducing the wildfire risk to their communities."

The Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group (PNWCG), made up of federal and state fire protection and prevention agencies in Oregon and Washington, is spreading the word that fire danger is on the rise. In many areas around the two states, activities like outdoor debris burning and campfires are either prohibited or limited in their use. Other fire prevention requirements now in place in some forests and other wildlands in the Northwest include carrying a fire extinguisher with vehicles traveling off highways and other primary roads, and not using tracer ammunition or exploding targets when using firearms.

"While fire season has been slow to start this summer, we have seen a significant jump in the percentage of human-caused fires," said Kevin Martin, U.S. Forest Service director of Fire and Aviation for the Pacific Northwest. "This year we've had 19 large fires, of which 15--roughly 80 percent--were human-caused. We all need to do our part to prevent unwanted human-caused fires."

Anyone responsible for starting a fire, accidental or not, is potentially responsible for fire suppression costs, plus the civil liability for damages to neighboring property owners. Combined, these costs could run into the millions.

"As temperatures climb around the state, be aware of your surroundings and use extreme caution," says Keep Oregon Green Association President Kristin Babbs. "Mowing dry grass, smoking, idling your car over dry vegetation on the side of the road, fireworks and target shooting are just a few examples of activities that can lead to destructive and costly wildfires."

Be sure and check fire season regulations for where you live or where you may be going. Several resources are on the internet to gain more information and to learn more about fire prevention practices. Keep Oregon Green, Oregon Department of Forestry, Washington Department of Natural Resources and the offices of the state fire marshal for both Oregon and Washington are great places to start.

For more information about preventing wildfires, these online resources are recommended:

Keep Oregon Green Association: www.keeporegongreen.org
Firewise: www.firewise.org
Pacific Northwest Fire-Adapted Communities: www.pnwfac.org
Thu. 07/21/16
Death Investigation - Highway 101 Near North Bend in Coos County
Oregon State Police - 07/21/16 7:37 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Coos County Medical Examiner and the Coos County Sheriff's Office, is completing an investigation into the death of a Nevada man. He was found deceased Wednesday near his vehicle, at the ODOT wayside along Highway 101, at milepost 230. The initial investigation indicates that the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On July 20, 2016, at approximately 6:24 p.m., an OSP Trooper stopped to check a 2015 Jeep Patriot parked at the a wayside between Lakeside and North Bend along Highway 101, at milepost 230. The Trooper reported discovering a deceased adult male sitting in a folding chair adjacent to his vehicle.

The deceased was identified as Mason Larue GEBE, age 75, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

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

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

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Sheriff's Office Announces 2016 Citizens Academy (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/16 3:56 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizens Academy. Coined, "Crossing the Yellow Line," the Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy is an opportunity for residents of Marion County to get behind the scenes of the Sheriff's Office and experience the life of a Deputy Sheriff first hand.

Starting September 23rd and ending October 8th, the academy is one Friday and three Saturdays for about eight hours per day. Participants will meet and take part in hands on experiences in things like use of force, SWAT, investigations, jail procedures and parole and probation. The only requirement is that you are 18 years of age, a Marion County resident and willing to have a great time meeting your law enforcement professionals, size is limited.

To sign up for our academy you can call or email Janet Paul at 503-588-7981 or Jpaul@co.marion.or.us


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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Identifying Driver of Crash - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/16 2:52 PM
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the driver of a single vehicle roll over crash that occurred on Monday, July 18, 2016 at approximately 7:44 PM.

OSP's Northern Command Center was advised of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 212 and Highway 26. Investigation discovered that a white, Ford Escape SUV with Oregon license plate 638 DYB crashed and rolled over after exiting Highway 26, westbound to Highway 212. The vehicle crashed on the off ramp and came to rest on its side. This same vehicle was called in as reckless driving complaint on Highway 26 near milepost 41 at approximately 7:21 PM earlier in the evening of July 18th.

OSP is asking for anyone who witnessed this crash, stopped immediately after the crash or witnessed and/or assisted the occupants in getting out of the vehicle to please contact OSP. Anyone with information can contact Sgt. Scott McLeod at 503-731-3020 (ext. 240) or Sgt. Chris Allori at 503-708-6461.

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Health advisory for water contact at D River Beach lifted July 21
Oregon Health Authority - 07/21/16 2:12 PM
July 21, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory July 19 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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BPA names Mizumori Cathcart VP of Transmission System Operations (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 07/21/16 11:08 AM
The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations.
The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations.
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Mizumori Cathcart to be its vice president of Transmission System Operations. She will begin her new position Aug. 8.

"Michelle is a results-driven leader with impressive electric power industry experience and academic credentials," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "She's a great addition to the BPA transmission team, as well as an outstanding talent to oversee the operations of Bonneville's transmission system and tackle all of the complexities of delivering electric power today."

As leader of BPA's Transmission System Operations organization, Mizumori Cathcart will oversee the safe, reliable and open access operation and dispatch of BPA's high-voltage transmission system and interconnected generation. The group also operates and manages BPA's two regional control centers and represents the agency on operations and other coordination issues with the Northwest Power Pool, California Independent System Operator, PacifiCorp and other balancing authorities and system operators. She succeeds Randi Thomas, who has led the organization since 2006 and is retiring this summer.

"I am thrilled to join BPA and lead a team of professionals dedicated to Bonneville's mission of delivering reliable power and services to the customers and communities we serve," Mizumori Cathcart said.

Most recently, Mizumori Cathcart served as the director of strategy and organizational performance at Peak Reliability, a reliability coordinator that provides situational awareness and real-time monitoring of the bulk electric systems of 14 western states, British Columbia, and the northern portion of Baja California, Mexico. Before assuming that role, she oversaw Peak's real-time operations and training as the director of operations.

Prior to arriving at Peak, Mizumori Cathcart served as the managing director of operations and market interface at the Western Electricity Coordinating Council, a regional entity responsible for compliance monitoring of bulk electric system reliability in the Western Interconnection. She spent the early part of her career at Madison Gas and Electric Company where she led the Wisconsin utility's participation in the Midwest Independent System Operator and the Midwest Contingency Reserve Sharing Group, and was responsible for purchased power agreements and operator training.

Mizumori Cathcart has a doctorate of Philosophy in Geography and Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a master's of Business Administration from Washington State University and a bachelor's of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.


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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet July 28
Oregon Health Authority - 07/21/16 8:42 AM
July 21, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC). Agenda items include tobacco evaluation updates, communication coordination, and tobacco prevention policy efforts.

When: Thursday, July 28, 1-3 p.m.

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

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee, which is appointed by the Governor, advises the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) on program and budget matters. Its members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of tobacco use on Oregonians.

Details: Please note that space is limited.

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

For more information, see the committee's website at https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/TobaccoPrevention/Pages/trac.aspx

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The Kuebler I-5 interchange ramp closures planned this weekend
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 07/21/16 7:37 AM
SALEM-- During this weekend, ramp closures are planned at the I-5 Kuebler Interchange in Salem for paving work. The contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will initially close the southbound I-5 off ramp at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 22 to complete the top lift paving. The southbound off ramp will then open and the northbound off ramp will be closed to facilitate paving on Kuebler Boulevard at the Interchange. All work should be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 25.

Travelers should plan on using alternative routes to get around the closures. Options to detour around the closures are to use the I-5 interchanges to the north and south of Kuebler; Mission Street (OR 22/OR 99E Business/Exit 253) to the north, and Delaney Road to the south.

The new southbound off ramp will meet current standards and is a major milestone on the $9.6 million project that will relieve congestion and improve safety at the busy interchange, while also supporting economic development opportunities in the South Salem area.
The project will also add a westbound to southbound I-5 loop on ramp and modify the eastbound to southbound I-5 on ramp. The project is on schedule to be completed by this fall.
Possession/Distribution Controlled Substance
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/21/16 6:25 AM
Nature of Crime or Event: Possession/Distribution Controlled Substances
Date I Time Occurred: 07/19/2016 I 4:44pm

Occurred Location: Cox St. / S. 2nd, Lebanon, Linn County OR


On 07/19/2016 at about 4:44pm, Lebanon Police Dispatch received a phone call from a Citizen reporting possible narcotics activity in the area of Cox St. near S. 2nd St. The caller reported seeing short-term foot traffic approaching a gray Toyota Corolla, cash being exchanged and then the foot traffic leaving.


Officer Chad Christenson arrived on scene and contacted a female occupant in the gray Toyota, identified as Arlena Arellano. Officer Christenson explained the nature of his response and asked if she was in fact dealing drugs. Arellano denied this, stating she was in the area to visit a friend. Officer Christenson asked for consent to search the vehicle and was ultimately allowed to do so.


During search of the vehicle, the following items were located:

1) $1483 in cash.

2) Several plastic baggies along with cut up grocery baggies for Heroin "balloons".

3) Several syringes, two (2) containing an unknown clear liquid.

4) Two (2) notebooks containing possible drug records.

5) Several pre-packaged baggies containing a brown substance, later tested presumptive positive as Heroin totaling 3.3grams.
6) Several pre-packaged baggies with a white crystalline substance, later tested presumptive positive as Methamphetamine totaling 2.7grams.
7) Multiple cell phones.



Officer Christenson re-contacted Arellano and confronted her with what he'd found, again asked her if she was dealing drugs, to which she admitted she was.


Arlena Arellano was taken into custody and charged with DCS -Meth within 1000ft of a school, DCS Heroin within 1000ft of a school, PCS-Meth, PCS-Heroin. She was subsequently transported and lodged in Linn County Jail


This case is still under investigation by the Lebanon Police Department. If you have any further information regarding this case or others like it, please contact the Lebanon Police Department Detectives Division.
Wed. 07/20/16
Road Rage
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/20/16 1:15 PM
Tuesday evening July 19, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department received a call regarding a road rage incident occurring on Hwy 20, just north of the Lebanon city limits. According to the caller, a male subject driving a red Ford pickup, began following him and driving recklessly. The caller reported the driver eventually passed him and while doing so the male suspect pointed a semi-automatic handgun in his direction, as well as his female passenger.
Ultimately, Lebanon Police located the suspect vehicle a short time later and conducted a high risk traffic stop at the intersection of S. 5th Street and W. Maple Street. The driver, 41 year-old Lebanon resident Kerby Neman, who has no prior contacts with Lebanon Police, was detained and the investigation continued. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun, which was concealed inside of Newman's vehicle. The firearm was seized and Kerby Newman DOB: 02/14/1975 was arrested and charged with Unlawful Use of a weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm at Another, and Reckless Endangering. According to the investigation, the suspect and victims do not know each other.
The incident is still under investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident please contact the Lebanon Police Department.
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets August 5 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/20/16 12:26 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol at 900 Court Street NE in Salem, in Room 350. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call:

Conference Call Number: 1-877-873-8017
Participant Code: 772325#

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will provide a report to the Oregon State Legislature by Sept. 15, 2016.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

All meetings of this task force conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Requests for accommodation for a people with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours before the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/20/16 12:18 PM
MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release

July 20, 2016

Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on July 28, 2016 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. PSMF Overview for New Members

2. Election of PSMF Board Chair

3. Minutes for April 28, 2016
Approve minutes

4. Adoption of PSMF Board Bylaws
Adopt bylaws

5. Next meeting - October 27, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board
Volunteers needed to help identify marine life at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/20/16 9:43 AM
The public is invited to help track marine biodiversity at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve during two BioBlitz events Aug. 3 and 4 hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and US Forest Service.

Both events are from 7:30 a.m. to noon. The Aug. 3 event is at Yachats Ocean Road State Natural Site, just south of the bridge in Yachats. The Aug. 4 event is at Stonefield Beach State Recreation Site, seven miles south of Yachats. Participants should meet in the parking lot and bring waterproof shoes, raincoat, binoculars, water and snacks.

Participants will take a walk at low tide to help identify the plants, animals and other organisms in the rocky intertidal habitat along sections of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, a protected research area that covers 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat between Yachats and Florence. Data collected will be used to document the rich biodiversity of the area.

For information on the events, contact state Natural Resources Specialist Celeste Lebo by phone at 541-563-8505 or 541-272-9008 or by email at celeste.lebo@oregon.gov. Information on the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve is at www.oregonmarinereserves.org/cape-perpetua.
Coquille man wins $1 million Powerball prize
Oregon Lottery - 07/20/16 9:00 AM
July 20, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Steven Dery of Coquille is well aware that everyone in town already knows he won $1 million playing Powerball.

Dery, who is a regular Powerball player, purchased his ticket at the Coquille Tackle & Smokes Shop. Dery matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number. He said he was two digits away from hitting the grand prize. But noted he was perfectly happy winning $1 million!

When Kathryn Sutphin (SUT-FIN), who owns Coquille Tackle & Smokes Shop, heard Dery had won, she was very pleased that "someone who deserved it" hit a big Powerball prize.

"Steven is a local guy who was born and raised here," Sutphin said. "He is the person everyone wants to win. He is a hard working guy who is close to retirement and this will be a very nice nest egg for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he hasn't worked every day of his life. How perfect can it be that a person like that wins?"

Sutphin, who purchased her shop four years ago, will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the big ticket. She said with the $10,000 bonus she plans on putting a new roof on the business and giving her five employees "a small bonus."

"Now we are going to sell the big one," Sutphin said. "We are having some fun with this."

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next Powerball drawing is today at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot is estimated to be $361 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. For the 2013-15 biennium, Coos County received more than $28.7 million in Oregon Lottery dollars.

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

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

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Mission Street on ramp from 12th to close for emergency repairs on Wednesday
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 07/19/16 4:50 PM
The Mission Street on-ramp from 12th Street in Salem will be closed between 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday so an Oregon Department of Transportation bridge crew can repair a small section of a broken joint.

The work should be completed within the two hours. During the closure, travelers will have to detour using 12th Street to OR 99E.

Travelers should expect short delays.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem, Oregon
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 07/19/16 2:12 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments Next Week in Salem, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington--July 19th, 2016--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the first Camp Abilities on the West Coast for children and youth with visual impairments next week, July 24th-30th, 2016 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the ages of 8 and 15.

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

"We are honored to offer this once-in-a-lifetime transformational program to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that reach far beyond participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to be successful throughout all areas of life," said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

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

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Last year, the organization served 1,300 individuals of all ages and abilities. NWABA was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were provided opportunities to participate in sports and physical activity.

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

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Deputies Investigating Man Shot In Salem Neighborhood (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/16 1:56 PM
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Today at 7:00 a.m., Detectives, aided by the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant in the 4800 block of Chinook Court SE in Salem. Detectives arrested Shannon Sanders, age 46 the man identified as the suspect in a shooting that took place on Pennsylvania Avenue SE on June 13th of this year.

Mr. Sanders has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Assault I, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Firearm and three counts of Menacing. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the victims name out of concern for his safety. The Sheriff's Office does believe the shooting took place over a marijuana drug deal gone bad.



Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies and detectives are currently on scene and investigating a shooting in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Salem. Deputies were called after a man began banging on doors asking for help and claiming he had been shot.

The man has been taken to Salem Hospital where he is being treated for a gunshot wound. It is obviously very early in this investigation and the Sheriff's Office is not able to provide details such as the victim's name, age, condition or any details surrounding the shooting. Deputies do want to assure residents that there is no immediate danger to the public.

As more information becomes available this release will be updated, that time frame is not yet known.

Detectives have been working through the night investigating the events that lead to a man being shot at a southeast Salem residence. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE where investigators believe the shooting occurred.

The man shot, a resident of Salem, is currently at OHSU undergoing surgery, he is expected to survive. During the execution of the search warrant, Detectives arrested one man with an outstanding warrant but he is not associated to the shooting. The Sheriff's Office would like to ensure the public there is no immediate danger to residents, Detectives do believe the shooting is drug related.

The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the man who was shot, we will update this release as the investigation progresses, we do not anticipate any further releases today.


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State advising travelers on Zika ahead of Olympics, Paralympics
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/16 1:43 PM
July 19, 2016

Most travelers should take precautions, but pregnant women should not go

The Oregon Health Authority is recommending those traveling to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro take steps during and after travel to prevent Zika infection.

Zika is a virus usually spread through bites from two types of Aedes mosquitoes, but it can spread from infected men to their partners through sexual contact. New evidence suggests that women may be able to transmit Zika to their sexual partners as well. Pregnant women are advised to not travel to the games or any Zika-affected area.

"Pregnant women should not go to any Zika-affected area because of the potential for serious effects on their babies," said Suzanne Zane, maternal and child health epidemiologist in the OHA Public Health Division. Zika can cause birth defects including microcephaly, in which the brain and head of an infant are smaller than usual.

"Even women who are not trying to get pregnant should protect themselves from Zika during travel because half of pregnancies are unplanned," Zane said.

Zika is spreading in Brazil and throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and parts of the South Pacific. Mosquitos known to carry Zika live in the U.S., but not yet in Oregon. It is unknown if the types of mosquito found in Oregon could spread Zika.

People who have a Zika infection often do not show symptoms. Those with Zika symptoms may have rash, fever, joint pain and redness of the eyes. Symptoms are usually mild. See your doctor if you travel to the games or other Zika-affected areas and develop symptoms.

Travelers can prevent Zika and accidental infection of a baby during pregnancy. Those heading to the games should protect themselves from mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after they return. Women should delay pregnancy for eight weeks after travel, or eight weeks after symptoms start. Men should avoid sex or use a condom for eight weeks after travel, or six months after symptoms start.

All people attending the games who have a pregnant partner should avoid sex or use a condom during any sexual activity for the entire pregnancy. Anyone needing low- to no-cost family planning and birth control services can find information by dialing 211.

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Helpful links:
-- OHA Zika virus updates: http://www.healthoregon.org/zika
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Zika virus page: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
-- CDC information for specific groups: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/specific-groups.html
-- CDC Zika travel information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information
Two Vehicle Head on Critical Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20, near Milepost 35 (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 07/19/16 1:16 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two vehicle critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred about 11 miles west of Philomath. The crash resulted in critical injuries to an adult male and serious injuries to three adult females.
At about 4:40 pm, on Monday, July 18, 2016, Nicolas Derbaum, 25, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving eastbound on Highway 20, near milepost 35, in a 2003 Chevrolet Impala. His vehicle traveled into the westbound lane and collided head-on with a 2007 Lexus RX SUV driven by Amy Breeze, 54, from Gig Harbor, Washington. The Chevrolet Impala came to rest on the south side of the highway. The Lexus RX rolled once and came to rest on the north side of the highway. There were no passengers in the Chevrolet Impala and two passengers in the Lexus RX: Alma Morgan, 75, from Gig Harbor, Washington and Katherine Harris, 58, from Gig Harbor, Washington.
The Blodgett and Philomath Fire Departments extracted all four people from the vehicles. Nicolas Derbaum was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by a REACH air ambulance with critical injuries. The three women were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by ground ambulances from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the collision scene.
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The Oregon Department of Transpiration assisted with traffic control and the roadway was closed for about four hours.


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Deputies Investigate Crash Silverton Road (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/16 11:28 AM
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Today around 7:30 a.m., deputies were called to investigate a two vehicle crash on Silverton Road NE just west of the Silverton city limits. After a lengthy investigation that closed Silverton Road for nearly three hours, deputies have determined the following.

Jonan Kovac, age 28 of Salem and his passenger Torin Eliap, age 31, also of Salem were driving in their Chrysler 300 east toward Silverton on Silverton Road. According to witnesses Mr. Kovac crossed the road into the west bound lanes and as he corrected struck a west bound car head on.

The second car a Chevrolet Malibu, being driven by Janelle Gasper, age 44, of Silverton, sustained heavy damage from the collision, requiring Ms. Gasper to be extricated from her vehicle by fire personnel. Ms. Gasper and Ms. Torin were both taken to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

Mr. Kovac was not injured and was eventually arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail for the crime of DUII, and two counts of Assault III. At the jail Mr. Kovac's blood alcohol level was determined to be nearly twice the legal limit.

"Driving intoxicated is a problem we face daily in Marion County," stated Sgt. Todd Moquin of the Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team. "That is why we participate in grants that allow deputies to work shifts specifically dedicated to detecting and arresting intoxicated drivers." "This weekend we are adding these patrols to our streets to increase the safety of our visitors and residents." These grants are made possible through a partnership with the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Mr. Kovac's mug shot will be available via our web page once he has been processed.


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Coos Bay Schools New Release and Public Meeting Schedule through August
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 07/19/16 10:57 AM
The Coos Bay School District Board of Directors would like to remind the community that the deadline for applicants to apply to fill the vacancy on the Board is this Friday, July 22, 2016. The Board will meet on Friday, July 29, at 5:30 PM, to appoint a new member to fill the vacancy.

Interested community members are encouraged to fill out and submit the School Board Candidate Information Sheet linked here, postmarked by July 22, 2016. You must be a registered voter and have lived within the district boundary for at least one year.
Please address the letter to Coos Bay Public Schools, Attn: Board of Directors, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Although not a requirement, the Board hopes that the successful applicant would also be able to attend the Board's August work-session on Saturday, August 13.
If you wish to know more about the Coos Bay School District's Board of Directors and its work, please call the Superintendent's Office at 267-1310.

Public Meetings
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the remainder of July through August, 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

Regular School Board Meeting - July 29 at 5:30 PM (change in date and time). Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by July 25.

Special School Board Meeting - Summer Workshop - August 13 at 9:00 AM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by August 9.

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

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

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
1255 Hemlock Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 94720
541-267-1310
541-267-1308 Fax
Man Arrested for Breaking into Car and Masturbating in Public
Corvallis Police - 07/19/16 10:14 AM
On July 18, 2016, at 9:49 pm Corvallis Police Department officers responded to the Carmike Cinemas at 750 NE Circle Blvd when a couple returned to their vehicle after watching a movie and found a naked male sitting in the front passenger seat. They called 911 and did not confront the male. Officers arrived on scene and found 32-year-old Morgan Morris of Corvallis sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle with his shorts pulled down around his ankles and his feet on the dashboard. Morris was observed by officers masturbating while in the vehicle and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a bottle of vodka and methamphetamine paraphernalia belonging to Morris. Morris was taken into custody and lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility for Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Public Indecency, Criminal Mischief III, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine on $53,500 bail.

Below is a link to Morris's booking photo:
https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/inmate_detail?inmate=1600001194
Employment in Oregon June 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/19/16 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Rises in June, Job Growth Continues

Oregon's unemployment rate was 4.8 percent in June, an increase from May's rate of 4.5 percent. One significant factor in the rise of the unemployment rate was a large increase in Oregon's labor force, which reached an all-time high of 2,053,000. Despite the increase in June, Oregon's unemployment rate remained significantly lower than the June 2015 rate of 5.8 percent.

Oregon's 4.8 percent unemployment rate in June remained close to the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. Like Oregon, the U.S. rate also increased in June, rising from 4.7 percent in May.

Oregon's payroll employment added 3,000 jobs in June after a revised gain of 2,500 in May. Private educational services added 1,700 jobs, while professional and business services added 1,400. Meanwhile, several industries each added between 500 and 900: government (+900 jobs), retail trade (+700), construction (+600) and wholesale trade (+500). Leisure and hospitality cut 1,000 jobs in June, while three other industries each cut at least 600 jobs: health care and social assistance (-900 jobs), financial activities (-700) and manufacturing (-600).

Taking a longer-term view, payroll employment grew by 59,500 jobs since June 2015. The resulting over-the-year job growth rate was 3.3 percent in Oregon, much faster than the national job growth rate of 1.7 percent. Oregon's over-the-year job growth has consistently outpaced the nation since 2013.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, July 26th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 16th.??NLG

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2015 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

For help finding jobs and training resources, visit one of the state's WorkSource Oregon Centers or go to: www.WorkSourceOregon.org.

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon June 2016 News Release
Health advisory issued July 19 for water contact at D River Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/19/16 9:37 AM
July 19, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area until the advisory is lifted, especially by children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at D River Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 (toll-free).

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. State organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Early morning apartment fire sends one to hospital.
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 07/19/16 9:24 AM
Fire crews responded to reports of smoke in the area. Crews located the source of the smoke and called for a 2nd alarm for a fire at the Riverview Apartments in Springfield. Responding apparatus included 3 Chief Officers, 9 Engines, 3 Medics and 2 Fire Investigators. Fire was found and extinguished in a 2nd floor apartment. One person was located outside requiring medical assistance and was transported to a local hospital.

Fire investigators traced the fires origin to the inside of an exterior wall where several electrical components were severely damaged.
Mon. 07/18/16
Creating a person-centered behavioral health system that delivers better outcomes is cornerstone of OHA Behavioral Health Collaborative
Oregon Health Authority - 07/18/16 4:39 PM
July 18, 2016

On July 14, Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton convened the first in a series of meetings to be held over the next six months to develop an action plan for improving and strengthening Oregon's behavioral health system in Oregon. A prioritized list of recommendations will go to the Legislature in November.

The collaborative includes 40 leaders in behavioral health from across the state and 10 leaders from state agencies who provide support for Oregonians struggling with mental illness and substance use disorders. Members represent a diverse group of stakeholders, including human services, education, housing, coordinated care organizations, commercial insurers, tribal health representatives, law enforcement and advocacy organizations.

"There is no greater privilege to me than working with this team to create a 21st century integrated behavioral health system for Oregonians," said Saxton. "Our work will be informed by data and best practices, emphasizing cross-agency collaboration and culminate in prioritized recommendations to build an economically sustainable results-driven system for Oregonians."

The collaborative will chart a course for excellence and sustainability in person-centered behavioral health services across systems. Over the past year, the Oregon Health Authority has collected data and engaged the community to build the foundation of information to define the current state of behavioral health services provided to Oregonians.

The next collaborative meeting is scheduled for July 28 in Portland. Because this is a working group, time will not be allocated for public testimony.

More information about the Behavioral Health Collaborative can be found on the OHA website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/Pages/strategic.aspx. Public comment may be submitted by completing the form "Discussion Questions for Public Comment" and emailing it to BH.Collaborative@state.or.us. For more information, contact Sarah Lochner, legislative coordinator for behavioral health programs, at sarah.j.lochner@state.or.us.

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Deputies Capture Man After Daytime Burglary (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/16 4:23 PM
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the 4000 block of Adobe Avenue SE after a home owner came home to find a male exiting his residence. Leon Davis, age 35, ran from the residence with a rifle he stole from the homeowner's house.

Mr. Davis fled through several back yards until he made it to his mother's house in the 300 block of 49th Avenue SE, where he hid the rifle and then fled once more. From his house, Mr. Davis ran to a nearby residence where he entered an unlocked back door but when he attempted to exit the front door he could not get the door to open. Mr. Davis attempted to flee back out the backdoor but was captured by waiting deputies.

When deputies searched Mr. Davis's home they recovered the rifle and a motorcycle that was stolen earlier in the week from Salem. Mr. Davis had outstanding warrants for his arrest and is a client for burglary. Mr. Davis is being taken to the Marion County jail for several felony crimes which include two counts of Burglary I.

Additionally Mr. Davis's girlfriend, Katlin Wiggins, age 27, was also arrested for outstanding warrants and she is also a client for burglary. Please watch our jail roster for Mr. Davis and Ms. Wiggins official charges and booking photos.


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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/18/16 4:01 PM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Monday in a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

James Howland, 27, was transported off-site for medical care Friday, July 15, 2016. He was pronounced deceased on Monday, July 18, at 3:27 p.m. He had been housed at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

Howland entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 12, 2014 on four counts of unlawful use of a vehicle in the first degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was January 23, 2023.

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

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

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Lebanon Fire District Badge Pinning Ceremony (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/18/16 3:53 PM
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Lebanon Fire District Badge Pinning Ceremony

The Lebanon Fire District (LFD) will have a badge pinning ceremony to honor two new employees and four promoted employees. The ceremony will be at the LFD Board of Directors Meeting on July 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM at the Main Fire Station - 1050 W. Oak St., Lebanon, OR 97355.

On June 20, 2016 LFD hired two new employees to work on Medic 71 -- a joint ambulance venture with Albany Fire Department.

Trevor Daley -- Trevor was born and raised in Salem, Oregon and attended South Salem High School graduating in 2004. He has been attending Chemeketa Community College pursuing degrees in fire suppression and emergency medical services and is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Prior to coming to LFD, he volunteered with Marion County Fire District #1 and continues to work part-time for Chemeketa Community College and Lyons Rural Fire District. In his off time Trevor enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Emily, hiking, backpacking, and taking short trips on his motorcycle. Trevor says, "I am very excited to be working for LFD and to be among the first single role EMTs. I look forward to a rewarding and fulfilling future with Lebanon Fire District."

Jacob Mellander -- Jacob was born in Arizona, but raised in Albany, Oregon since the age of two. He attended Albany public schools and graduated from West Albany High School. Jacob graduated with an AAS degree in Emergency Medical Services from Chemeketa Community College in 2012 and is a licensed Paramedic. Jacob and his wife Jennifer live in Lebanon with their 2 dogs. Prior to coming to LFD, Jacob was a Paramedic/Field Supervisor for Pacific West Ambulance in Lincoln County, Oregon. When he is not at work, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, and loves to go fishing and crabbing on the coast, and spending time outdoors. Jacob says, "I am proud to be a part of the Lebanon Fire family and organization, and look forward to a long career here, and feel honored to have been hired."

On July 1, 2016 LFD promoted four employees to Lieutenant.

Nick Tyler -- Nick was born in Modesto, CA and moved to Sweet Home, OR with his family when he was 13 years old. He graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1997 and then spent four years in the US Navy. Nick has attended Linn-Benton Community College and Chemeketa Community College and has AAS degrees in General Studies, Fire Science, and Emergency Medical Services and is a licensed Paramedic. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University. Nick and his wife Rachel have been married for nearly 17 years and have two children -- Aiden (13) and Chloe (11) - and Gunner a three-year-old chocolate lab. Nick was hired by LFD in July 2007 as a Firefighter/EMT and appointed the position of Recruitment and Retention Coordinator in November 2015. When not at work Nick enjoys time with his family hunting, fishing, camping, and boating. He also coaches baseball, basketball and football.

Erin Nunes -- Erin was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon and graduated from Roseburg High School. She attended Umpqua Community College and Allan Hancock College (Santa Maria, CA) and has AAS degrees in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services and is a licensed Paramedic. Erin and her husband John have two children; Sierra (6) and Davin (4). Erin was hired as a Firefighter/EMT for LFD in July 2007 and became an Engineer/Medic in July 2008. Erin says, "I am extremely excited and eager to be starting my new role as Lieutenant. This is a very thrilling time to be on the department, and I am looking forward to all the changes in the near future."

Brett Kibble -- Brett was born in Gresham, Oregon and moved to Lebanon with his family when he was six years old. He a grew up in the Lacomb area and attended Jefferson Christian school through his sophomore year of high school when he transferred to Lebanon Union High School where he graduated in 1992. Brett attended Linn-Benton Community College and Chemeketa Community College earning an AAS degree in Emergency Medical Services. He is a licensed Paramedic. Brett and his wife Leah have been married 12 years and have three children -- Abigail (10), Anabella (8), and Owen (6). He began his career with LFD as a volunteer firefighter at the Lacomb station 1993 as volunteer firefighter and was promoted to volunteer Captain by 2001. He was hired as a full time Firefighter/EMT for LFD in 2003 and became an Engineer/Medic in 2001. When not at work Brett enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, camping, cycling, golf and beer brewing.

Brent Gaskey - Brent was born at Lebanon Hospital and spent his early life in Sweet Home, with his family later moving to Tualatin, Oregon. His family returned to Sweet Home when he was in Junior High School, and he graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1991. He attended Linn Benton Community College for his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications, and later attended Chemeketa Community College for his AAS degree in Emergency Medicine, and to become a nationally registered paramedic. Brent has been married to his wife Shawna for twenty years, and they have two children - Kelton (16) and Kaitlyn (13). Brent started with LFD as a resident volunteer in 1991, and became a full time firefighter/EMT with the district in 1996, later becoming an Engineer/Medic on A shift. When not at work Brent enjoys blacksmithing, spending time in Central Oregon, and coaching high school football. He is also involved with a number of committees for the City of Sweet Home, and involved with Valley Life Church in Lebanon.


Attached Media Files: Lieutenant Brent Gaskey , Lieutenant Brett Kibble , Lieutenant Erin Nunes , Lieutenant Nick Tyler , Paramedic Jacob Mellander , EMT Trevor Daley
Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 224 - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/16 2:49 PM
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On July 16, 2016 at approximately 8:30 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 224 near milepost 34 (just east of Estacada).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on Highway 224, when it veered off the roadway, over-corrected and crossed into the eastbound lane. The Chrysler struck an eastbound 2008 Dodge Charger head-on.

The driver and sole occupant of the Chrysler, Joshua R. RICHARDS, age 34, of Portland, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Dodge, Keith C. PIERCE, age 35, of Mulino, was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for serious injuries. Two adult passengers, Alex J. DAUL, age 34, of Portland, and Mandy L. ALTON, age 34, of Oregon City, were transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and were being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A fourth occupant, an eleven year-old male passenger in the Dodge, was found unresponsive and an OSP Trooper arrived and began CPR. He was transported to Oregon Health Sciences University and was being treated for serious injuries.

The fifth occupant of the Dodge, an eight year-old male passenger, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

The highway was closed for about four hours while investigators completed a reconstruction of the crash scene. ODOT established detours in the area during the closure.

Alcohol consumption is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by Estacada Fire and Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Multi-Agency Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team.

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Assault and Robbery Case - Sauvie Island
Oregon State Police - 07/18/16 1:21 PM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating an assault and robbery that reportedly occurred on July 13th, 2016, sometime between 7:00 PM and midnight at Walton Beach on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area. The victim was reportedly held down by two individuals and pepper sprayed while they stole items from a backpack. The suspected assailants are described as follows:

Suspect #1:
White
Male
Adult
In his 20's
Thin
Shaved head
A single cross tattoo under each eye
A large face tattoo, red in color starting at the left brow and running along the left side of his face.
Possible additional tattoos on arms.

Suspect #2:
White
Male
Adult
In his 20's
Approximately 5'11" tall
Husky
Dark hair

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Trooper Joe Dezso at 503-410-1503 or the OSP Northern Command Center at 800-452-7888. This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

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Oregon's Health CO-OP individual members can apply their out-of-pocket costs to new plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/18/16 12:08 PM
Policyholders must choose new plan by July 31

(Salem) -- Starting today, Oregon's Health CO-OP members in the individual market can purchase a plan from a new carrier and get credit for any money they have paid toward their deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation placed the financially struggling CO-OP in receivership last week. All CO-OP plans will end Sunday, July 31, and the state will wind down CO-OP operations and liquidate the company. Oregon's Health CO-OP is a nonprofit consumer operated and oriented health insurer (CO-OP) formed under the Affordable Care Act.

"It is unusual for plans to be canceled in the middle of the year, so we have been working hard and thinking creatively about how to better this situation for consumers," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "Although CO-OP members will have to switch plans, they will not lose the money they already have paid into their plan for deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses."

Individual members can go to HealthCare.gov, call the HealthCare.gov call center, or work with their insurance agent to enroll in a new plan that will be effective Aug. 1. DCBS strongly encourages all CO-OP individual members reach out to their local agent or health insurance marketplace call center. Oregon insurers offering plans in the individual market have agreed to honor money already spent toward deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, so consumers do not have to start over on their new plans.

"We appreciate the willingness of Oregon's insurance companies to help us protect these policyholders, who have to switch plans through no fault of their own," Allen said.

Members can also buy plans directly from an insurer, but they will not be able to receive tax credits and other financial help unless they purchase a plan through HealthCare.gov. Consumers must pay the premium to their new insurer for the plans to take effect.

For employer groups, they should work with their agent to find a new plan. Group enrollees may have to start over on their deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, depending on the new carrier. New group plans will be effective through Aug. 1, 2017.

"We realize this is a tight timeline for CO-OP members to choose a new plan, so we are prepared to do everything we can to help and ensure there are no gaps in coverage," said Berri Leslie, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace will be calling, emailing, and mailing information to CO-OP members over the next two weeks. Marketplace staff can also connect consumers with insurance agents who can help them choose a new plan. The call center will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends until July 31. Customers can call the Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) or email info.marketplace@oregon.gov.

More information and questions and answers are available at http://dfr.oregon.gov/public-resources/Pages/co-op.aspx.

Oregon's Health CO-OP has about 22,000 health insurance policyholders in Oregon: 12,000 in the individual market and 10,000 in the small and large group markets.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
Candlelight Vigil
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/18/16 12:00 PM
Lebanon Police Department will hold a candlelight vigil on Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 8pm at the closing of Lebanon National Night Out at Ralston Park. This time will be to honor those in law enforcement and public safety that have given their lives for the betterment of their communities.
Teen hiker rescued after falling from trail
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/16 11:15 AM
On 07/16/16 at approximately 3:30 PM, Douglas County Emergency Communications received a call of a youth who had fallen from the trail by Lemolo Falls. The 17 year old male from Medford, Oregon, had been hiking along the North Umpqua Trail near Lemolo Lake when, as he was trying to get a better view of the falls, he lost his footing and fell over 50 feet down the mountain toward the river. The teen's mother ran to a location where she was able to get cell reception to make a call to the 911 center.

The Douglas County Search and Rescue unit responded and was assisted by Douglas County Fire District #2. The teen was located approximately 1 ?1/2 miles from the trail head down an embankment. He was taken by rescue personnel to a waiting ambulance and then transported by AirLink to Rogue Valley Medical Center. No information was given as to the extent of the teens injuries at this time.
Sun. 07/17/16
Red Cross Assists Family in Chesire, Oregon Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/17/16 11:24 AM
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 2 adults and 1 pet at a single family fire that occurred in the 26000 block of Highway 36 in Chesire. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Sat. 07/16/16
Linn Deputies Investigate Death
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/16/16 8:30 PM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call at 6:35 a.m. this morning from Kevin Hansen, 57, reporting that his friend was unresponsive. Hansen told deputies he is transient and recently has been staying in the Scio area.

Hansen said that he and his friend, 55-year-old James Arthur Byrns, who is also transient, were driving in the Roger's Mountain area of Scio. Hansen told deputies that he noticed Byrns had passed out and immediately called 9-1-1 when he discovered Byrns wasn't breathing.

Medics from the Scio and Lebanon Fire Departments responded, as did deputies from the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Byrns was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital where he later died.

There were no obvious signs of foul play but the investigation into Byrns' death continues.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by members of the Linn County Medical Examiner's Office.
Fatal Crash Highway 211 -- Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 07/16/16 10:14 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 211 in Clackamas County.

On July 14, 2016, at about 4:15 p.m., OSP troopers and EMS responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 211 near MP 22. Preliminary investigation indicates, that a 1961 Ford pickup, operated by Jacob DONDERO, age 33, from Caldwell ID, was northbound when it left the highway at a high rate of speed. The pickup rolled, coming to an uncontrolled rest in the brush approximately 20 feet off the roadway. The passenger in the vehicle, Anthony SCALLON, age 39, from Garland, TX, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Dondero was transported to OHSU for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Speed and alcohol use are being investigated as contributing factors in the crash. Troopers determined that neither occupant was wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

The highway was closed for nearly five (5) hours while troopers and members of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT team investigated the crash scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office CRAFT team, ODOT and local EMS.

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Deputies Searching for Missing 82 Year Old Salem Man (Located) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/16 6:00 AM
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Mr. Sandvig has been found by a resident near Albus Road SE, he is uninjured and will be reunited with family shortly.



Our Search and Rescue Teams have been activated to assist deputies who are searching for 82 year old, Richard Sandvig of Salem who has been missing since around 2:00 a.m., Saturday morning. Mr. Sandvig is currently staying with his daughter in the 10000 block of James Way SE near Aumsville while he is recovering from a recent surgery. Mr. Sandvig may be attempting to head home to his residence in the 4000 block of State Street SE in Salem.

Mr. Sandvig is a white male adult, 5' 10" tall, 160 pounds, wearing a gray jacket, unknown color plaid pajama shirt, green camouflage pajama pants, green and neon yellow Under Armour shoes, black backpack and a black Seattle Sea Hawks baseball hat. Mr. Sandvig suffers from several medical conditions some of which cause him to become confused, if you see Mr. Sandvig please call 911.


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Fri. 07/15/16
Health advisory lifted for Metolius and Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 07/15/16 2:42 PM
July 15, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 1 and extended July 8 for the Metolius and Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook, located 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of blue-green algae toxins are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters, because only a fraction of the many lakes in Oregon are monitored for blue-green algae by state and federal agencies. People and their pets should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water you are encouraged to avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Grants Pass Man Arrested in Connection with Sex Abuse Investigation-Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/15/16 2:37 PM
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On June 30th, 2016, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Central Point Criminal Division began an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of a 9 year old female child. On July 15th, 2016, the suspect, Michael Frampton, age 39 from Grants Pass, was arrested and lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the following charges.

Sex Abuse I (5 counts)
Sodomy I (4 counts)
Attempted Rape I

The female victim was known to Mr. Frampton.

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Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 7/26/16
Oregon State Library - 07/15/16 1:49 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Tuesday, July 26. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-2464, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

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
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
July 26, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

4:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

4:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for August 26, 2016 Bonebrake

4:45 Other business Bonebrake

5:00 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Three Portland Men Arrested For Charges Related to Shooting in Columbia River Gorge- Hood River County * Update* (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/15/16 12:38 PM
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Three Portland men were arrested on Wednesday July 13, 2016 on charges in relation to a shooting that happened on the night of Tuesday July 12, 2016 on Herman Creek Road near I-84 in Hood River County.

The three men, AUSTIN GREGORY STEED age 20, CHANCE COREY PINKARD age 19 and DESHONE JAHEEL BROOKS age 21, all residents from Portland, Oregon were all lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault 1st degree and Robbery 1st Degree.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the three men drove to Herman Creek Road, which is near I-84 approximately 4 miles east of Cascade Locks on the night of Tuesday July 12, 2016. While at that location, the three met with CHARLES KANE JR., age 23 and CODY DALE RAU age 21, both from Portland, Oregon. KANE JR. and RAU had drove to the Herman Creek meeting site in separate vehicles. While at the Herman Creek location, KANE JR. was shot in the left arm.
KANE JR. and RAU left the scene in their vehicles and stopped along I-84 near the Wyeth interchange. From there, KANE JR. was transported to the Gresham area by RAU. KANE JR. and RAU were contacted by police in the Gresham area. KANE JR. was transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

STEED, PICKARD and BROOKS were located in the area of the shooting by troopers from the Oregon State Police The Dalles Area Command and deputies from the Hood River Sheriff's Office.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing at this time. The Oregon State Police was assisted by deputies and detectives from the Hood River Sheriff's Office and the Wasco County Sheriff's Office as well as the Hood River District Attorney. No further information will be released pending authorization from the Hood River District Attorney.

Photographs provided by Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility.

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Shooting Investigation - Hood River County - 07/13/16

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a shooting that occurred along I-84 on Herman Creek Road, in Hood River County.

On July 12, 2016 at approximately 11:30pm, The Skamania County Washington 911 center received a report that a subject had been shot along I-84 west of Hood River. The emergency call was passed onto Hood River 911 center. Officers were able to locate the injured subject and arrange for transport to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers from OSP, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River Sheriff's Office are in the process of conducting an investigation into the shooting. While the investigation is continuing, information gathered indicates that there is no threat to the general public in relation to this incident.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

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ODVA Lowers 20-year Home Loan Rate to 2.50 percent
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 07/15/16 10:06 AM
SALEM -- The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) has lowered its competitive home loan rates and is now offering a 20-year fixed rate loan starting at 2.50 percent with a 1.375 percent origination fee (2.685 APR).

Additionally, the program's 30-year loan rate is now starting at 2.75 percent with a 1.375 percent origination fee (2.781 APR) or 3.00 percent (3.031 APR) with no origination fee.

The ORVET Home Loan Program is a state of Oregon veteran benefit and is separate from the federal VA home loan guaranty program. Even if a veteran has purchased a home using the federal VA program, they may still be eligible for an ORVET home loan.

"The ORVET Home Loan Program continues to provide veterans one of the lowest home loan interest rates available to qualified home buyers," said Cameron Smith, Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. "Our new rates remain competitive with today's market and continue to provide our veterans a great opportunity to buy a home."

The ORVET Home Loan is a lifetime benefit for eligible veterans with a maximum loan amount of $417,000 for a single family, owner occupied residence.

For more information about eligibility and rate details, contact ODVA's Home Loan Department at 888-673-8387, or visit www.oregon.gov/ODVA/HOMELOANS.

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Wells Fargo reports $5.6 billion in quarterly net income
Wells Fargo - 07/15/16 7:58 AM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.6 billion, or $1.01 per diluted common share, for second quarter 2016, compared with $5.7 billion, or $1.03 per share, for second quarter 2015, and $5.5 billion, or $0.99 per share, for first quarter 2016.

Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said, "Wells Fargo's second quarter results demonstrated our ability to generate consistent performance during periods of economic, capital markets and interest rate uncertainty. Compared with a year ago, we had solid growth in loans, deposits and customers, which are our fundamental drivers of long-term value. We also improved our efficiency ratio while continuing to reinvest in the franchise. We returned more capital to our shareholders in the quarter and were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2016 Capital Plan from the Federal Reserve. We remain well positioned to continue to meet the financial needs of our customers."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry added, "Second quarter results benefited from our diversified business model, as demonstrated by higher linked-quarter net interest income, growth in many of our fee-based businesses and positive operating leverage. Earning assets increased in the second quarter, driven by growth in both loans and investment securities. Investment securities were up $18.5 billion in the second quarter, reflecting gross purchases of approximately $38 billion compared with $5 billion in first quarter. Second quarter purchases were made at interest rate levels above those available late in the quarter, after the 'Brexit' vote. We continue to have capacity for additional deployment of liquidity, but will remain disciplined in our investment approach. Capital remained strong with a net payout ratio of 62 percent in the quarter, as we returned $3.2 billion to shareholders through common stock dividends and net share repurchases."

To read the full earnings news release, go to wellsfargo.com.

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Thu. 07/14/16
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet Thursday, July 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/14/16 4:47 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 1 -- 2:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, a period for public comment announcements, commission appointments, a report out on the Pendleton Meet and Greet, and the creation of an agenda for August 11 joint meeting with the Oregon Disabilities Commission.

People can also call into the meeting or attend via webinar: Conference line: 888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
Agencies extend deadline for Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee application process to July 21
Oregon Health Authority - 07/14/16 4:40 PM
July 14, 2016

Portland -- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority are extending the deadline to July 21 for accepting applications for community stakeholder positions on the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee. The agencies have learned that an additional week is important to allow full participation.

The application process is the result of the two agencies' efforts align air toxics regulations with public health, based on community input from a 14-day comment period that closed May 27. That community input helped identify key additional positions on the advisory committee to better ensure representation of diverse community interests. Every public comment was factored into the process.

To fill the 10 open advisory committee positions, DEQ and OHA are seeking applications from qualified parties representing neighborhood groups, small businesses, unions and people with technical or academic expertise in pollution control or toxics.

These additional committee openings, along with 14 committee seats identified by DEQ and OHA, will help advise the agencies on the regulatory reform process. The goal of the advisory committee is to represent a diversity of state perspectives on air quality, including tribal entities health organizations, local government, environmental justice, industry, statewide environmental organizations and other affected groups.

In April Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of Cleaner Air Oregon, a new initiative to reform industrial air toxics regulations and align them with public health. DEQ and OHA have begun the formal rulemaking process to assemble the Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee as part of the effort to engage the public in creating human health risk-based rules for industrial facilities, for consideration by the Environmental Quality Commission.

Those interested in applying for one of the open stakeholder positions on the advisory committee should complete and submit the application, which is available on the DEQ website at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/RulesandRegulations/Pages/Advisory/Acleanerair2017.aspx. The application period closes July 21 at 4 p.m.

To learn more about this rulemaking and the advisory committee you can visit the rulemaking web page at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/RulesandRegulations/Pages/2017/Rcleanerair2017.aspx

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Two-alarm grass fire scorches 10 acres in Lebanon
Lebanon Fire District - 07/14/16 4:06 PM
A small grass fire caused by a trailer which broke loose from a pickup on Highway 34 quickly spread from the ditch to a cut ryegrass field today in Lebanon and eventually consumed 10 acres. Firefighters received the initial call at 1:22 pm and upgraded to a second alarm 6 minutes after arriving on scene to bring more resources to the fire. The first arriving unit reported a slow moving ?1/2 acre grass fire, but gusty erratic winds quickly fueled the blaze and pushed it south across the field towards a home. Firefighters were able to cut the fire off just before it reached the home and spent two hours mopping up hot spots. Firefighters from the Tangent Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and Scio Fire District responded to Lebanon to assist with the fire. In all, 16 apparatus and 5 chief officers were on scene including 2 brush units, 4 engines, and 2 water tenders from Lebanon; 1 brush unit and 3 water tenders from Tangent; 1 engine and 1 water tender from Albany; and 1 engine and 1 water tender from Scio. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

For HD photos of the fire please visit the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/

For HD video of the fire please visit the Lebanon Fire District's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg
National health care and physician expert joins Salem Health Board of Trustees (Photo)
Salem Health - 07/14/16 2:30 PM
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The Salem Health Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that John Combes, MD, has accepted an appointment to the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Dr. Combes is the chief medical officer and senior vice president of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the president of the Center for Healthcare Governance, an AHA affiliate organization. The Center is AHA's resource for health care board members, executives and thought leaders focused on advancing excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance through education, tool development and research.

Dr. Combes also leads the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum providing education, tools and information to encourage physician leadership development. Additionally, he serves as Senior Fellow at the Hospital Research and Education Trust, and focuses on quality and leadership issues in patient safety, end-of-life care and clinical performance improvement. Combes is also a current member of the Board of Governors for the National Patient Safety Foundation.

"We invited Dr. Combes to join the Salem Health Board of Trustees in large part for his national preeminence in the areas of health care governance and physician leadership," said Bob Wells, Board chair. "Even though Dr. Combes lives and works in Chicago, he will be an active, fully engaged member of the Board. We are very excited about the contributions he will make to the excellence of Salem Health."

Combes looks forward to serving on the board, stating, "I have a passion for improving quality, safety, the patient experience, and creating an environment where the clinical professions can thrive, delivering the best possible care for our patients and community. I am excited about this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with this excellent community hospital system."

Dr. Combes received his medical degree from Cornell University in New York and his post-graduate training from Boston City Hospital. He is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has Management Certification from the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Combes has held several senior management positions at a variety of health care organizations. He continues to serve on several national advisory groups on medical ethics, palliative care and reduction of medical errors.

Combes recently completed a 9-year term on the Board of the Hospital Sisters Health System, a 14-hospital health system in Illinois and Wisconsin where he also served as chair of the system-wide quality committee. He is currently a member of the West Virginia Medical Institute, a multi-state quality improvement organization. Combes also writes and lectures frequently on governance, physician issues and quality.

All members of the Salem Health Board of Trustees are volunteers and serve three-year teams. The board provides overall policy setting for the health system, and is ultimately responsible for the quality of care and the financial well-being of the organization. The Salem Health Board of Trustees appoints members from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a broad representation of experience and skills.


Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/14/16 1:41 PM
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training July 28, 2016 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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

1. Welcome and Introductions

2. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes - Approve minutes from the April 28, 2016 meeting.

B. Examination for Private and Provisional Investigator Applicants -- Approve. Adopt new bank of exam test questions and permission to alter questions. Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on May 17, 2016.

C. OAR 259-009-0087 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Accreditation of Fire Service agency training programs. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

D. OAR 259-009-0070 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Denial/revocation review process for Fire Service Professionals. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

E. OARs 259-009-0010 et al -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Fire Service affiliation and Personnel Agency Form submission requirements. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

F. OARs 259-060-0025, 259-0060-0600, 259-061-0020 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Updates fingerprint submission process. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on May 17, 2016.

G. OARs 259-060-0015 et al -- Proposed Rule Change and Adoption -- Approve. Responsibilities and compliance regarding use of prohibited business name. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on May 17, 2016.

H. 2016 Corrections Job Task Analysis -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on May 10, 2016.

I. Aaron Bentley DPSST#F22508 (Bay City Fire Dept.) -- Revocation; Not allow re-certification in two years. Unanimous vote to recommend revocation and 6 - 1 vote to not allow application for re-certification in two years to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

J. Jamus Quintana DPSST#F28458 (Jackson Co Fire Dist. #1) -- Restore eligibility to apply for re-certification. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

K. Colby McCormick DPSST#F08057 -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 25, 2016.

L. Ryan Heuberger DPSST#46266 (Mill Creek Correctional Inst.) -- Not Revoke; Not deny application for Intermediate Corrections Certification. Unanimous vote, with one recusal, to recommend to the Board by the CPC on May 10, 2016.

M. Whitney Durham DPSST#53595 (Coffee Creek Correctional Inst.) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on May 10, 2016.

N. Alonzo Rowell DPSST#36386 (Oregon State Penitentiary) - Not Revoke, Unanimous vote, with one recusal to recommend to the Board by the CPC on May 10, 2016.

O. Marvin Hoover DPSST#16862 (Clatskanie Police Dept.) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote, with two recusals, to recommend to the Board by the PPC on May 19, 2016.

P. Thomas Ammon DPSST#56067 (Salem Police Dept.) -- Not deny application for training and certification. Unanimous vote, with one recusal, to recommend to the Board by the PPC on May 19, 2016.

Q. Shane Beamish DPSST#49072 (Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on May 19, 2016.

R. Henry Filipponi DPSST#49765 (Ontario Police Department) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on May 19, 2016.

S. Brian Schmid DPSST#28724 (Washington County Sheriff's Office) -- Revocation, Unanimous vote, with three recusals, to recommend to the Board by the PPC on May 19, 2016.

T. Executive Committee Minutes - Approve Minutes from June 9, 2016.

U. Committee Appointments - Corrections Policy Committee - Carol Dishion -- Appointment to replace Tami Jackson on the CPC; 1st term effective 7/23/16.

3. Add Jason Goodding's name to Memorial Wall at 2017 Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC May 19, 2016.

4. Add Mark James Burns name to Memorial Wall at 2016 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony -- Approve, Unanimous vote to recommended to the Board by the FPC May 25, 2016.

5. 2017-2019 Agency Request Budget

6. 2017-2019 5% and 10% Budget Reduction

7. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

8. Policy Committee Update

9. Next Meeting Date: October 27, 2016


Requires a vote by the Board.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Executive Committee will meet Wednesday, July 27 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/14/16 11:21 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 165, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, election of the co-chair position, and an overview on expenditures from the last fiscal year.

People can also call into the meeting: 1-888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, policy analyst at Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us
Oregon Lottery recognized nationally for responsible gambling program
Oregon Lottery - 07/14/16 10:33 AM
The Oregon Lottery recently took home top honors from the National Council on Problem Gambling and La Fleur's for its on-going efforts to promote responsible gambling and connect problem gamblers to treatment.

Last week the National Council on Problem Gambling recognized the Oregon Lottery with its highest award for corporate citizenship. The council will present its annual Corporate Responsibility Award to the Oregon Lottery at the 30th National Conference on Problem Gambling in Tarrytown, NY Friday, July 15. Acting Director Barry Pack will accept the award for the Lottery. The council's Corporate Responsibility Award recognizes an organization that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to social responsibility as it relates to responsible and problem gambling programs in the past year.

"The Oregon State Lottery is to be commended on being selected as the recipient of the National Council on Problem Gambling Corporate Social Responsibility Award," said Dr. Tom Moore, executive director of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling. "The Lottery's efforts to successfully integrate responsible gambling strategies at all levels of the organization and to engage in extensive public education regarding responsible gambling along with the availability of treatment for gamblers and their family members is exemplary."

La Fleur's, a trade publication for lotteries worldwide, honored the Oregon Lottery at its June 2016 Global Lottery Forum in Vancouver, B.C. with the La Fleur's Sustainability Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for the agency's responsible gambling efforts.

"Over the past several years, the Oregon Lottery has increased the level of collaboration with the responsible gambling and problem gambling community," said Acting Director Barry Pack. "Working with the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, the Oregon Health Authority and other key stakeholder groups, together we can help mitigate adverse effects of gambling and create a common agenda of activities to promote responsible gambling."

Helping guide and direct the Lottery's responsible and problem gambling efforts is the agency's Responsible Gambling Code of Practice, which was adopted in 2014. "The code spells out how the Lottery will approach mitigating the potential harm from gambling," said Lottery Responsible Gambling Consultant Stacy Shaw. "Examples include providing information and tools to help players make informed choices and play responsibly and ensuring that players and their families know about free treatment."

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $81 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet July 21 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 07/14/16 9:41 AM
July 14, 2016

Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, July 21, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE. The public also can attend via toll-free conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 297588.

Agenda: Background check policy for visiting family and friends; peer services; status of superintendent recruitment; Senate Bill 469 on mandatory overtime; board membership and attendance; retreat plans; superintendent's update; public comments

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, agency director and legislators on issues related to the safety, security and care of patients. Members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/osh/Pages/advisory-board.aspx.

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Wells Fargo to Announce Second Quarter 2016 Earnings July 15
Wells Fargo - 07/14/16 8:57 AM
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is scheduled to announce its second quarter 2016 earnings on Friday, July 15, at 5 a.m. The news release will be available at www.wellsfargo.com.

The company will host a live conference call on Friday, July 15, at 7 a.m. You may participate by dialing (866) 872-5161. The call will also be available at https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/investor-relations/quarterly-earnings/ and at https://engage.vevent.com/rt/wells_fargo_ao~071516

A replay of the conference call will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on July 15 through Friday, July 29. Dial (855) 859-2056 and enter Conference ID #96514871. The replay will also be available at https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/investor-relations/quarterly-earnings/ and at https://engage.vevent.com/rt/wells_fargo_ao~071516.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

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High Visibility DUII Saturation Event - Oregon Country Fair - Veneta July 8 - 10, 2016 *Update-Results
Oregon State Police - 07/14/16 8:49 AM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) along with Lane County Sheriff's Office, Springfield Police Department, and Eugene Police Department, were out in force this past weekend in Veneta. With the assistance of Lane County District Attorneys, Law Enforcement Officers were cracking down on impaired drivers and today reported the results of its highly effective DUII saturation during the Oregon Country Fair.

A total of fourteen (14) drivers were arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) during the Country Fair's weekend. Seven of those arrested for DUII were under the influence of Marijuana. The remaining seven arrests were for alcohol. The participating officers focused on extra patrol in Veneta and surrounding towns only. This included Veneta, Elmira, Noti, and Loraine.

Arrests were also made for:

Possession of Methamphetamine (2 counts)
Possession of Cocaine
Arrest warrants (2 counts)

During the Event's saturation times (Friday, July 8th through Sunday, July 10th from 6 pm to 12 am each night), there were two reported crashes on 126W. One collision occurred within the saturation area. The second crash was approximately 10 miles west of the Oregon Country Fair's location. Both crashes were fair related and the drivers were determined not impaired.

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Cooperation between Forest Service, ODF on Board of Forestry's July 20 meeting agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/16 8:44 AM
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update from Regional Forester Jim Pena on topics involving cooperation between the Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service when it meets July 20 in Salem. The top official of the Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Region will discuss Good Neighbor Authority, a provision in the 2014 Farm Bill that allows the Forest Service to authorize state foresters to conduct management activities on federal forestlands. He will also cover preparation for the 2016 fire season.

Other highlight items on the agenda include:

MARBLED MURRELET RULEMAKING PETITION -- The board will review and discuss the Petition to Initiate Rulemaking under specified resource sites for the marbled murrelet, received June 21. Private Forests' staff will outline board options and a timeline for response.

SPECIFIED RESOURCE SITES' RULEMAKING FOR BALD EAGLES -- The board will consider whether continued protection is warranted under the Oregon Forest Practices Act for bald eagle foraging perch, winter roosting, and nesting sites. The eagle is no longer listed as "threatened," so changes to the FPA rules are needed.

RIPARIAN RULE ANALYSIS/SALMON-STEELHEAD-BULL TROUT RULEMAKING -- Private Forests' staff will provide an update on the riparian rulemaking advisory committee's work to date.

UPDATE ON STATE FORESTS' PRIORITIES -- State Forests' staff will provide an update on budget reductions, revisions to implementations plans, and other key work underway in the State Forests Division.

FOREST TRUST LAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE TESTIMONY -- The FTLAC, a group of county commissioners representing the 15 Oregon counties that transferred their lands to the state to become State Forests, will give testimony to the board on matters related to the State Forests, which are managed by ODF.

FEDERAL FORESTS SUBCOMMITTEE DISCUSSION -- The board will receive an update on the work of its subcommittee, which focused on supporting the increased pace, scale and quality of restoration and management of federal forests in Oregon.

2016 FIRE SEASON UPDATE -- ODF Fire Protection staff will provide a status report on the Oregon wildfire season, including fire activity, weather and resource readiness.

2017-19 BIENNIAL BUDGET APPROVAL -- The board will consider for approval ODF's Agency Request Budget for the 2017-19 biennium. If approved, the proposed budget would then be submitted to the Department of Administrative Services.

EXECUTIVE SESSION -- As the last item on the agenda, the board will meet in executive session to consult with legal counsel on topics related to pending litigation. The session will be closed to the public, in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h).

The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the Department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

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

More information on the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx
Investigators determine cause of three recent fires.
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 07/14/16 7:42 AM
The brush fire on Emerald St yesterday was accidentally caused by a person using a weed burner. Some unintended vegetation cough fire and spread quickly.

Investigators were called to E. 17th Ave early this morning for smoke from an apartment. This fire was intentionally set and further investigation has been turned over to Eugene Police.

A second early morning fire on 35th St in Springfield was ruled accidental and caused by smoking materials falling and igniting a piece of furniture.
Wed. 07/13/16
More Photos - I-5 truck fire south of Ashland (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/13/16 6:29 PM
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Interstate 5, MP 10- south of Ashland, NB: Traffic is open again at Exit 1. Slow lane closure in effect from MP 8-10 after a truck fire. Expect delays. Watch for crews working in slow lane and shoulder.
As of 6:30 p.m. July 13, 2016


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Photo of burned semi-truck carrying load of bananas (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/13/16 5:28 PM
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ODOT: SW Oregon: Interstate 5, MP 10, NB, south of Ashland. Northbound fast lane open to traffic after a semi-hauling bananas caught fire due to overheated brakes. Expect delays as the back up clears. Watch for crews working in the slow lane and shoulder. UPDATE


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Regular meeting for Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation (OAHAC)
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/13/16 3:35 PM
Board of Directors of Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation
Date: July 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. PDT,
Location: Conference Room 322
Oregon Housing and Community Services Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301-1266.
Purpose: To discuss general business matters, program updates, and to take any action related thereto or take such other action that the Board of Directors of the Corporation deem appropriate.
Agenda:
Call to Order
Program Updates
Public Comment
Omnibus Resolution
Adjourn
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet July 15 at OHSU in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/13/16 2:13 PM
July 13, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Includes discussions of HB 3396 (health care provider incentives) and SB 440 (statewide data planning and use)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting July 15 at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing in Portland. The board will hear regular updates, and discuss provider incentives and statewide data planning.

When: Friday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will 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 http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public also can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; director's report; HB 3396, provider incentives; SB 440, data planning and use

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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AGC/SAIF program returns $2.5 million to participating businesses
SAIF Corporation - 07/13/16 12:30 PM
SUMMARY: The retro program return amounts to 8.3 percent for 665 Oregon companies in construction and related industries.



Salem, OR -- Oregon businesses that participate in the Associated General Contractors (AGC)/SAIF Workers' Compensation Program will receive a $2.5 million retrospective return on their 2014-15 plan year premium.

Six hundred and sixty-five AGC employers in construction and related industries participate in the joint program with SAIF. The program emphasizes safety awareness and injury prevention to help to make Oregon construction workplaces safer.

At 8.3 percent, this year's retro return is smaller than in previous years due to several serious injuries. The need to stay ever-vigilant about safety is of the utmost concern for AGC, its members, and SAIF. In the program's 24 years of evaluation, returns have totaled more than $169 million.

In total, more than $3.4 million will be returned to members participating in the AGC/SAIF Program. This includes the retro return, medical reimbursements, and credits resulting from adjustments to Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services premium assessments.

"This year's results may not be as strong as in the past, but because of the outstanding collaboration between workers, employers, agents, AGC, and SAIF, we're still able to return $2.5 million to these Oregon companies," said SAIF Marketing and Groups Director Christy Witzke. "We'll continue to look for ways to protect workers and get to our goal of zero injuries."

The return will be distributed in August 2016.

ABOUT SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. A lot of life happens at the workplace, and at SAIF we're proud to be a part of it. Learn more at saif.com/about.
Shooting Investigation - Hood River County
Oregon State Police - 07/13/16 11:40 AM
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a shooting that occurred along I-84 on Herman Creek Road, in Hood River County.

On July 12, 2016 at approximately 11:30pm, The Skamania County Washington 911 center received a report that a subject had been shot along I-84 west of Hood River. The emergency call was passed onto Hood River 911 center. Officers were able to locate the injured subject and arrange for transport to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Officers from OSP, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and the Hood River Sheriff's Office are in the process of conducting an investigation into the shooting. While the investigation is continuing, information gathered indicates that there is no threat to the general public in relation to this incident.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

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Homebuyers Say They'd Pay $50,000 More for a Home With All Gas Appliances, New Study Finds
NW Natural - 07/13/16 9:37 AM
90 Percent of New and Future Homeowners Prefer Natural Gas

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Homebuyers overwhelmingly prefer natural gas versus electricity to heat their homes and cook their food, and are willing to pay more for a home equipped with all natural gas appliances, according to a new study conducted by Market Strategies International.

"When buying a home, our research finds that the vast majority of homebuyers will not compromise when it comes to having natural gas service," said Ron Newheiser, senior director of research and consulting for Market Strategies.

During February and March 2016, Market Strategies surveyed a representative sample of consumers who recently bought or planned to buy single-family detached homes in NW Natural's service territory in Portland, Salem and Vancouver to gauge the value they place on natural gas service and amenities. For more details regarding the survey, visit nwnatural.com.

The study found strong preference for natural gas versus electric service and equipment at all home values, but particularly as the price of the home increases.

"What this research tells us is that homebuyers clearly prefer natural gas over electricity and are willing to pay a premium for a home with all natural gas appliances," said Tamy Linver, Senior Director, Strategic Planning and Market Intelligence. "And the more that people invest in a home, the more they want premium natural gas amenities."

Key findings of the research include the following:

-Natural gas is important. Nearly 9 of 10 (87 percent) people who recently bought or plan to buy a house ranked having a home with natural gas service as "important" to them.

-Natural gas is affordable. The top reasons homebuyers prefer natural gas are affordability and better for cooking, followed by heats better and is a more efficient source of energy.

-9 of 10 pick the gas home. Given the choice between two otherwise identical single-family homes offered at the same selling price, 9 of 10 said they would pick the home with all natural gas appliances versus the home with all electric equipment.

-9 of 10 would pay $50,000 more. 88 percent of homebuyers would choose the all-natural gas home -- even if they had to pay $50,000 more for it than for a comparably outfitted, all-electric home at an average price of $381,000.

The higher the home price, the higher the preference for gas. At home values of $600,000 or more, nearly all (96 percent) homebuyers said they would spend an extra $50,000 on a home with premium natural gas amenities.

Shown the results of the study, builders said the findings matched their experience. "All of the clients I have worked with prefer natural gas versus electric heat for the comfort of their home, and hands down prefer to cook with gas," said Nancy Haskin, custom homes regional director for Pahlisch Homes.

For more details regarding the survey commissioned by NW Natural, visit nwnatural.com.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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.

About Market Strategies International
Market Strategies International is a market research consultancy and leader in the field of energy market research, working with 20 of the top 30 regulated electric utilities (by number of customers). Founded in 1989, Market Strategies is one of the largest market research firms in the world, with offices in the US, Canada and China, and additional industry expertise in consumer & retail, financial services, healthcare, technology and telecommunications. Read Market Strategies' blog at FreshMR, and follow Market Strategies on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 15 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 07/13/16 9:12 AM
July 13, 2016

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216 (meeting information or accommodations)

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

When: Friday, July 15, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 10:15 a.m.

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

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; 2015 Metrics Final Report presentation; public testimony; 2017 measure selection; review 2015 metrics by race and ethnicity.

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

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

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Pacific City Dory Days designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/13/16 8:43 AM
Dory Days, a festival celebrating local fishing culture, now in its 57th year is the newest Oregon Heritage Tradition designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Dory Days is the 13th event designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition. The others include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Klamath Basin Potato Festival and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.

The festival takes place this Friday --Sunday (July 15-17) in Pacific City. A banner will presented Friday evening of the event.

"The Heritage Commission wants to recognize those traditions that have helped define the state," said Eric Martin, the commission's chair. "These events truly celebrate what is local heritage in Oregon."

"Volunteers invite everyone to celebrate and understand the dory boat and the fishing tradition that is so deeply part of Oregon culture," said Dave Larkins, with the Pacific City Dorymen's Association. "Dory boat launches, a parade, artisan fair and a new exhibit about dory boat history are featured events. Its proceeds support local scholarships, youth programs and fish hatchery projects."

Pacific City is "The Home of the Dory Fleet" as noted on the town's banners. The naturally protected harbor is ideal for the dory boats that launch and land from the beach. This annual event honors a 90 year fishing tradition.

An Oregon Heritage Tradition must have been in continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events, and add to the livability and identity of the state. A list of Tradition designations is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/pages/oht.aspx .

The Oregon Heritage Commission coordinates efforts to solve statewide heritage issues through grants, education, and advocacy, and also promotes heritage tourism efforts. ###
Tue. 07/12/16
OSP Seeking Public's Assistance in the Shooting of Livestock - Klamath County
Oregon State Police - 07/12/16 3:33 PM
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for shooting of livestock in Klamath County.

On Friday, July 8, 2016, a cow was shot on the 106 road near Camp Four in Klamath County. The incident was witnessed by Oregon Department of Forestry personnel. The suspect was described as a white male adult, heavier build, wearing shorts and no shoes. He was operating an older Ford Taurus or Chevy Cavalier, light grey or white in color and with several stickers at the top of the rear window. Evidence was collected at the scene and the investigation is on-going.

On Monday, July 11, 2016, OSP troopers investigated two more deceased cows near the 100 line road at Spencer Creek. Those may have been shot as well and the investigation is on-going.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Sergeant Dennis Yaws at (541) 883-5713 extension 321. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Streamside (Riparian) Rulemaking Advisory Sub-Committee meets July 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/12/16 2:22 PM
The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee voted June 21 to assign a subcommittee the task of finalizing rule language for the streamside buffers associated with salmon, steelhead and bull trout streams. The advisory panel to the Board of Forestry will meet 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, the Santiam Room -- Building D, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The subcommittee plans to discuss elements of administrative rules that need further work, refine the rule language package as it is presented to the subcommittee, and clarify any disagreements. The subcommittee will provide input to ODF for drafting rules that the Board of Forestry will consider as it implements its decision to increase streamside shade buffers along some fish-bearing streams in western Oregon.

This is a public meeting that includes opportunities to provide comment at the beginning and end of the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Interpreter requests for the hearing impaired and other accommodations should be made by July 21, 2016. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique, ODF, 503-945-7502.
***Update 3*** Police Continuing Officer Involved Shooting Investigation - Polk County
Oregon State Police - 07/12/16 1:53 PM
Update #3:

The investigation into the July 5th officer involved shooting in Polk County is continuing.

The involved Polk County Deputy has been identified as Deputy Casey Gibson, age 28. Deputy Gibson has approximately three years of law enforcement service and was uninjured in the incident.

The suspect who was fatally shot in the encounter, has been identified as Joshua Bolster, age 29, of Salem.

No further information to be released at this time.

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Previously Released:

An Oregon State Trooper arrived on scene in response to requests for assistance by Polk County Deputies after shots had been fired. The arriving Trooper took part in the attempts to take the injured suspect into custody, who was still not complying with officers commands, and employed less lethal means to do so.

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On the evening of July 5th 2016, the Monmouth Police Department responded to a call for service to an apartment complex regarding a male suspect who was trespassing and harassing an ex-girlfriend at that location. When Monmouth Police Department officers arrived at the scene, they learned that the male suspect had left the scene and had been involved in a confrontation with a male tenant of the apartments in which the suspect pulled out a knife.

The Monmouth Police Department sent an attempt to locate to the local agencies in the area with the suspect's information and a description of his vehicle. The Monmouth Police Department told the local agencies they had probable cause to arrest the suspect for Trespassing and Menacing and the suspect was believed to be armed with a knife.

Polk County Sheriff's Office Deputies set up on Highway 22W near Doaks Ferry Rd. looking for the suspect and his vehicle. Polk County Sheriff's Deputies subsequently stopped the vehicle and began giving commands to the suspect in an attempt effect an arrest. An Oregon State Trooper also responded to the scene to assist. During the confrontation the Trooper deployed less lethal force options. A Deputy fired shots and the suspect was injured. Medical aid was rendered to the suspect and he was transported to the Salem Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The suspect later succumbs to his injuries at the Salem Hospital.

Following the Polk County Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, the Polk County Inter-agency Major Crimes Team was contacted and it was decided the Oregon State Police would be the lead agency for this investigation.

Agencies who assisted on scene were Salem Fire, Falck Ambulance, Polk County District Attorney's Office, Independence Police and Monmouth Police.

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

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On July 5, 2016 at about 9:45 p.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office was on a citizen contact on Highway 22 near milepost 23 (Holman Frontage Road) when they requested backup. Shortly after the deputy advised there had been shots fired and the subject was down.

The adult male was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries. Highway 22 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted.

The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Wanted Suspect (Photo)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/12/16 1:51 PM
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The Roseburg Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in locating the following individual. James David Michael III, 29 years of age, is wanted in connection with a commercial burglaries in Roseburg. If you know Michael's whereabouts please contact the Roseburg Police Department. Anonymous tips can be called in to the Roseburg Police department 24 hour tip line at 541-492-6794 or e-mailed to rpdpio@cityofroseburg.org.


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Department of Corrections 65-year partnership with Department of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/12/16 1:42 PM
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) recently completed their annual fire school for adults in custody assigned to outside fire crews. This year, the two agencies continue a successful partnership into their 65th year; DOC's South Fork Forest Camp (SFFC) in Tillamook has been jointly operating with ODF since 1951. Together the two agencies provide training, skills, and mentorship to adults in custody.

ODF fire personnel joined with DOC staff to conduct week-long training courses for inmates selected through a careful screening process. Inmate crews are provided classroom and field exercises to obtain their nationally-recognized Firefighter II certification -- a certification identical to that of agency and private firefighters. In addition to those working the fire lines, other inmates are specially trained in food service operations to serve meals to thousands of firefighters stationed at fire camps, and to provide equipment repair.

The 2015 wildfire season proved challenging for DOC staff and inmates, who participated in 40 fires around the state, working side-by-side with other agencies and contract firefighters. As this year's fire season gets under way, DOC and ODF are trained and ready to serve. 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.

"Forestry considers South Fork Forest Camp an investment and relies on the value of production to be greater than the costs to run the program," said Nathan Seable, ODF Camp Manager. "In a given year, we can produce 28,000 man days of labor in support of reforestation, recreation maintenance, and wildfire suppression on state forest lands."

"We are extremely proud of our long-standing, mutually beneficial partnership with Forestry," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "The adults in DOC's custody who participate in fire season gain essential skills and experience, which are vital to successful reintegration from prison to home. ODF gains talented, qualified workers who enhance their workforce while reducing overall costs to taxpayers. Together we accomplish great things and are proud to serve the citizens of Oregon."

SFFC is minimum-security work camp that houses approximately 200 male inmates who are within four years of release. Part of SFFC's mission is to supply a ready work force to combat forest or wild fires throughout the state. Crews provide critical support for statewide fire operations, recreation, and reforestation, as well as provide support for special projects such as sign making, metal fabrication, and tool or equipment repair. SFFC was established in 1951 and is a satellite facility to CRCI and managed jointly with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It is located approximately 28 miles east of Tillamook, just off of Highway 6 along the Wilson River in the Tillamook Forest.



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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash on Highway 18 - Lincoln County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/12/16 1:06 PM
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On July 12th, 2016 at about 2:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 3.5 (north of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation reveals a white in color 15-passenger GMC van, was traveling westbound when it departed the highway and for unknown reasons, striking several large trees and catching fire. The driver was transported to North Lincoln Hospital and immediately flown to Legacy Emmanuel in Portland for treatment of serious injuries. The right front passenger was found deceased in the burnt van. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Highway 18 was closed completely for approximately 8 hours. Traffic was re-routed onto North Bank Road during that time. The highway was opened briefly a few times to let commercial motor vehicles clear.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue and Pacific West Ambulance.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing and names will be released pending notification to next of kin.

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Marine Patrols Jet Off to the Rogue for On-Water Training (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/12/16 10:54 AM
Marine Patrol Deputies learning how to run jet boats on the Rogue River.
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The Oregon State Marine Board will conduct its weeklong law enforcement jet boat course on the Rogue River during the week of July 17 -- July 21. This intensive course focuses on boat operation, marine law, swift water rescue, and boat trailering.

The training focuses on honing boat operating skills. "This is critical training for law enforcement and this is the best place to do it," says Dale Flowers, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the Marine Board. "We've selected this week to hopefully minimize disruption to recreational boaters, but we still request the public's patience. The students will need room to work because they will be very focused on reading the river, avoiding other boaters, and navigating whitewater, wind and chop." Students who attend the Marine Board's Whitewater Jet Boat Training bring a range of skills from the novice operator to advanced operator. "One of the goals of the training is to pair up an experienced marine deputy with a new jet boat operator. It's a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for everyone who participates, and the only course in the nation with this level of attention," Flowers adds.

Signs will be posted at local access sites about the training operations and notices have also been sent to all the registered fishing guides in the area. In addition to boat handling exercises in whitewater conditions, marine deputies will also learn how to dis-assemble service and reassemble jet pumps, learn anchoring and chocking techniques, and how to navigate all stages of whitewater rapids. "Fast action and skill are required by marine officers, and this kind of training can mean the difference between a saved life or not," Flowers says.

The Marine Board contracts with 32 Sheriff's Offices and the Oregon State Police for marine law enforcement services, including search and rescue operations, and boating safety education. Contracts with the County Sheriff's Offices are paid for through motorboat registrations and titling fees.

For more information about the Marine Board and law enforcement services, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Marine Patrol Deputies learning how to run jet boats on the Rogue River.
Inmates learn firefighting skills
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/12/16 9:52 AM
(St. Paul, OR) The Oregon Departments of Forestry and Corrections are conducting a fire school for female inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Upon completion of the school, inmates will be qualified as wildland firefighters to be used as a firefighting resource by the Department of Forestry's North Cascade District.

LIVE FIRE EXERCISE SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, JULY 15
This intensive training -- critical to the safety and effectiveness of the crew as they battle blazes during fire season -- includes a live fire exercise scheduled 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the J.E. Schroeder Seed Orchard in St. Paul. This exercise is an excellent opportunity for members of the media to observe and shoot video or stills of firefighting, initial attack, fire safety protocol and various tasks involved in fire suppression.

Incident Commander ("IC") Levi Hopkins, Grant Coordinator, Oregon Department of Forestry, Molalla, sees this as an opportunity for the inmates to gain skills and give back to the community. The inmates will be trained in fire safety and tactical skills that will help them when battling fires this summer.

Once trained, the crew will be made available to homeowners throughout Clackamas County whose homes are located in the wildland-urban interface to complete fuels reduction projects. Crews have the ability to create 200 feet of defensible space around a home to increase its survivability in the event of a wildfire. There is no cost to the landowner. Landowners can learn if they qualify for this program by contacting the Oregon Department of Forestry's Molalla Unit office.

"This is a new project with fuels reduction, but using inmates to fight fire is not a new concept," said Hopkins. "They have been used since 1957 and are a valuable resource."

A total of 24 inmates from the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility will participate.
Trainees will spend the first four days of the week in a classroom setting. Class topics covered in the fire school include basic fire behavior, fire suppression tactics, use of hand tools, weather and safety on the fire line. The fire school takes place July 11 through Friday, July 15, at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. The five-day course culminates in a live fire exercise. The July 15 exercise provides trainees with the final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills to suppress and mop-up a real fire.

NORTH CASCADE DISTRICT OFFICIALLY IN FIRE SEASON
These individuals will become qualified firefighters less than two weeks after the ODF State Forester's Office declared fire season in the North Cascade Forest Protection District (June 30, 2016). The district is currently enforcing a regulated use closure that limits activity in the forest and currently stands at an Industrial Fire Precaution Level 1.

For more information, please contact media representatives Dawn Sleight, 503-829-2216, 503-780-8646, Bonnie Gisler, 503-829-2216, or Levi Hopkins, 503-829-2216.


NOTE TO NEWS MEDIA:
This opportunity offers supervised access to inmate trainee firefighters as they prepare for the 2016 fire season, as well as access to experienced firefighters overseeing the training. However, we require 24-hour notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment.

Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long-sleeve Nomex shirt, leather gloves, hard hat, and all-leather boots with Vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow. Please contact Dawn Sleight to make arrangements.
Initial testing of water shows safe levels at Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University - 07/12/16 8:31 AM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Initial testing of drinking water at Western Oregon University shows that the water is safe with results well below or below levels considered dangerous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During coming weeks, additional locations will be tested to ensure that all drinking water sources are safe and meet EPA requirements.

The water samples were collected by trained Physical Plant personnel under the direction of a certified DEQ third party lab. They were sent to outside labs for analysis, in compliance with the requirements set by Oregon's state education and public health agencies, which provided recommendations of certified laboratories. The sites tested thus far all tested within or well below the limits set by the EPA.

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 2015 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being a leader in graduating Pell Grant recipients and in 2010 as the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Mon. 07/11/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Lane County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/11/16 10:58 PM
On Monday July 11th at 21:00, disaster responders Karen Johnson and Kim Phelps responded to a disaster, which occurred on July 11, in the 2000 block of Cubit Street in Eugene, OR. This single family fire affected 1 adult and 1 child.

Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on July 11, 2016, at approximately 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Cubit Street in Eugene, Ore. The fire affected one family, including one adult and one child. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.RedCross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon Civil Air Patrol to Conduct Search and Rescue Exercise July 15, 16, and 17 (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 07/11/16 7:36 PM
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Civil Air Patrol takes to the air in a training exercise that will be evaluated by the U.S. Air Force.
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The Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will be conducting its annual statewide training exercise, evaluated by the U.S. Air Force, on July 15, 16, and 17. The training will have an incident command post at Aurora airport, with aircrews and aircraft flying out of Aurora, Bend, and Medford airports.

The statewide search and rescue exercise (SAREX) is designed to train for, and test, the preparedness of the Oregon CAP to respond to various emergency incidents. These emergency incidents include: air and ground searches for missing people and/or aircraft, digital photo reconnaissance, emergency medical support flights, transportation of critical supplies, and other tasks that local, state, or federal authorities may request. At this SAREX, U.S. Air Force evaluators will be providing simulated scenarios and problems for the CAP members to respond to and resolve.

While adult members of the Oregon CAP will participate in all aspects of the SAREX, in both air and ground operations, the SAREX also utilizes the CAP's cadet members. The cadets, who range in age from 12 to 21,will participate in much of the support operations during the SAREX. Cadets participate in communications, mission base operations, ground search operations, and flight line crew. All cadets work under the supervision of a qualified adult member.

Civil Air Patrol is the official volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and the newest member of the U.S. Air Force's Total Force. In its search-and-rescue capacity, CAP performs approximately 85% of in-land search missions, as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. Approximately 75-100 people are saved each year by CAP members.

In addition to performing search-and-rescue missions, the Civil Air Patrol also performs homeland security, disaster relief, and counter drug missions, when requested to do so by local, state, and federal agencies. CAP also provides aerospace education and leadership mentoring to its cadet members.

For more information on CAP, please visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/


Attached Media Files: Civil Air Patrol takes to the air in a training exercise that will be evaluated by the U.S. Air Force.
Leader training for health education program in Florence and Eugene
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 07/11/16 4:29 PM
When: July 22,23,29 and 30th, 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM

Where: Eugene, Oregon call for specific location

What: We are seeking Eugene and Florence-area residents to train as volunteer workshop leaders for the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program. Volunteers will travel to Eugene for four days to receive training; Florence- area residents will be reimbursed for travel expenses. Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a 6-week workshop program developed by Stanford School of Medicine to assist adults with chronic health conditions to achieve better health outcomes by learning important skills and information related to sleep, exercise, relaxation, nutrition, better communication with medical professionals, and more. After they are trained, volunteers will co-teach at least one 6- week workshop session per year in Florence or Eugene. Ongoing training and technical support will be available from the program coordinator, who is based out of Eugene. Volunteers earn a small stipend after completing each 6-week workshop.

Ideal candidates for this volunteer opportunity are individuals with personal experience with chronic illness (either themselves or as a caregiver for someone), an interest in working with diverse individuals in a warm, non-judgmental way, is comfortable speaking in a group, and who is comfortable following a detailed, scripted curriculum.

Contact: Leslie Gilbert, Living Well Program Coordinator at 541 682 3349 or lgilbert@lcog.org
Cause of Albany Burger King Fire
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/11/16 4:10 PM
Albany Fire Department responded to a structure fire of Burger King at 1435 SE Geary Street on July 9, 2016 at approximately 0843 hours. After employee interviews and investigations on scene, the fire has been determined to be an accident. Albany Fire has determined the cause of the fire was gasoline from an overturned gas can in the bulk storage area of the restaurant. Eyewitnesses described the spilled gasoline igniting which more than likely occurred from a pilot light. According to the Linn County Assessor's Office, the fair market value of the building is estimated at 1.1 million dollars.

All employees and customers escaped the fire. One employee was treated on site by Albany Fire Medics.
Video: Celebrity Athletes, Credit Unions Golf Tournament Raises up to $1 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/11/16 3:18 PM
B roll and interviews are provided for media's unrestricted use.
Video link: (and in attached word doc)
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An all star line up of Hall of Famers, football, basketball and baseball legends partnered with area credit unions to raise an expected $ 1 million for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

First Tech Federal Credit Union today presented the "Dave & Dan Classic" -- a golf tournament named for NFL Hall of Famers Dave Wilcox and Dan Fouts. The event benefits "Credit Unions for Kids," a national charity formed here in the Northwest 30 years ago.

First Tech President and CEO Greg Mitchell said he expects the final fundraising total today will exceed the $1 million goal and set a tournament record.

Since its inception, Credit Unions for Kids has raised over $150 million for CMN hospitals nationwide. The money supports groundbreaking research, patient and family services, facilities and medical equipment.

The money raised at the Dave and Dan today will benefit six CMN hospitals in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado, states where First Tech operations are located.
Location:
Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club
North Plains, OR

Sound with:
Greg Mitchell
President & CEO, First Tech Federal Credit Union

Dave Wilcox
San Francisco 49ers Linebacker, 1964-1974

Dan Fouts
San Diego Chargers Quarterback, 1973-1987


Celebrity list attached.

Tournament website:
http://www.daveanddangolf.org/


Attached Media Files: 2016-07/4992/96034/Dave_and_Dan_Program_2016_0616_Bios.pdf , 2016-07/4992/96034/Dave__and__Dan_for_media.docx
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/11/16 12:45 PM
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS JULY 18, 2016 @ 6:00 P.M.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/11/16 12:44 PM
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS JULY 8, 2016 @ 6:00 P.M.
Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet July 11 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 07/11/16 10:47 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force is meeting Monday, July 11, 2016, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room 50, 900 Court Street NE, in Salem. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference call number for those who are unable to attend in person is: or by conference call 1-888-636-3807, Participant Code 229664#.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.
The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

An agenda is attached.

All meetings of this task force will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
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Attached Media Files: Agenda for July 11, 2016
Wells Fargo donates $15,000 to Eugene Mission for kitchen repairs (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 07/11/16 10:45 AM
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A HELPING HAND: Wells Fargo executives Randy Snyder (left), Cindy Johnson (center) and Thomas Thai (second from right) present a $15,000 grant to the Eugene Mission to help the nonprofit repair its kitchen that burned down June 16. Accepting the gift are the mission's board president, Debby Walker, and executive director, Jack Tripp. The Eugene Mission serves more than 750 meals a day and sleeps more than 400 people each night. Its kitchen/dining room are currently completely inoperable. It is raising money to pay for kitchen restoration expenses not covered by insurance, emergency operational expenses and to buy ready-to-eat food. Wells Fargo has supported the mission in others ways in the past. Wells Fargo employees have been regularly providing financial literacy education to the mission's life skills class. Earlier this year Wells Fargo also donated $3,000 to the mission.


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Annual Young Women's Fire Camp Kicks Off Today
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 07/11/16 8:30 AM
WHO: High school age young women participating as campers and former campers
returning to participate as Team Leaders and Support Staff
WHAT: Free Confidence & Leadership Fire Camp
WHEN: July 11, 2012 -- July 15, 2012
WHERE: Fire & EMS Headquarters, 1705 West 2nd Avenue, Eugene

Today kicks off the Annual Young Women's Fire Camp, hosted by Eugene Springfield Fire. The goals of camp are to build leadership and team skills, instill confidence in young women, and provide a safe environment to try firefighting through hands-on drills such as live fire training, rope rappelling, and emergency medical response scenarios. With the variety of classroom and drill field activities, we have identified two photo opportunities for the media:

Thursday July 14, 2016 from 9:30 PM -- 12 PM -- Live fire training (on the drill field,
call Capt. Woodrich upon arrival).

Friday July 15, 2016 from 3:15 PM -- 5:00 PM -- Graduation ceremony (Classrooms 1 & 2).
Candlelight Vigil in Lebanon to honor 5 fallen Officers from Dallas
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/11/16 6:38 AM
There will be a Candlelight VIGIL in honor of the 5 Dallas, Texas Officer's who were killed. This will be held at Ralston Park on Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm. immediately following the Concerts in the Park. It will be centered under the Gazebo. Mayor Aziz will be present as well as other dignitaries. Please bring a candle if you have one. Thank you and if you have questions please contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339.
Sun. 07/10/16
Oregon National Guard participates in patriotic military tribute at KISS concert (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/10/16 4:55 PM
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160709-Z-ZJ128-014: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard prepare to go on stage with the band KISS during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers displayed the American flag while KISS performed the National Anthem and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. From left: Sgt. Jeffrey Cox, of Salem, with Detachment 1, Company A, 1-112th Aviation; Staff Sgt. Valerie Dean, of Salem, with Joint Force Headquarters; Sgt. Jerald Bone, of Newport, with Detachment 1, 224th Engineer Company; and Sgt. Jamie Kisch, of Salem, with Company A, 141st Brigade Support Battalion. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-018: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage behind Paul Stanley, with the band KISS, as he leads the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers also displayed the American flag while KISS performed the National Anthem during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-020: Paul Stanley, with the band KISS, applauds the Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers displaying the American flag on stage during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard while KISS performed the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-021: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage while the band KISS performs the National Anthem during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard for the band's patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)

160709-Z-ZJ128-024: Members of the Oregon Army National Guard display the American flag on stage while the band KISS performs the National Anthem during the "Freedom to Rock" concert at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon, July 9, 2016. The Oregon National Guard Soldiers provided a color guard for the band's patriotic tribute to U.S. military and veterans at the concert. (Photo by Maj. W. Chris Clyne, Oregon Army National Guard)


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Linn County Investigates Stabbing near Sweet Home (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/10/16 9:39 AM
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Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that at about 9:00 p.m. on 07/09/2016, Linn County Deputies responded to a reported stabbing in the 27000 block of Riggs Hill Road in Foster. Deputies learned that Scott Hall, 57 years-old of Foster, had been stabbed by Christina Marr, 31-years-old of Foster.

The investigation revealed Marr and Hall have only resided together for a short time. During an altercation over a purse, Marr stabbed Hall multiple times with a knife. Hall was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with non-life threatening injuries.

Marr was arrested for assault in the first degree and lodged at the Linn County Jail. The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sweet Home Fire Department and Sweet Home Police Department.


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Sat. 07/09/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Eight People in Albany, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/09/16 5:59 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on July 9, 2016 in the 6000 block of Wilford Court SW in Albany, Linn County, Ore.

The multi-family fire affected eight people, including four adults, four children and one pet.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Albany Burger King Fire (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/09/16 1:10 PM
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At 0843 Albany Fire Department was dispatched to a 911 call of a structure fire at 1435 SE Geary Street. Upon arrival Albany Fire found a fully involved fire of Burger King restaurant. All employees and customers were safely evacuated. One employee had injuries and was treated on site by Albany Fire Medics. The fire was determined to be a second alarm fire and mutual aid was requested. Tangent Fire personnel and Lebanon Fire personal responded to assist with fire suppression. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Approximately 35 fire personnel responded and are assisting on site.

Geary Street at 14th Avenue was closed to through traffic and will mostly likely remained closed through the afternoon. Area businesses remain open. The smoke from the fire was significant. Albany Fire personnel are continually communicating with the surrounding businesses to ensure a safe indoor environment for homes and businesses.


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OSP Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter Recognized as Fish and Wildlife Division's Trooper of the Year for 2015 Accomplishments (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/16 5:28 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter, from the Marine Fisheries Team - Newport, when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that she was the recipient of the Division's "Trooper of the Year" award for 2015. Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter was presented the award at a special gathering held on July 7, 2016 at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters in Salem. The presentation of the award celebrates and recognizes the outstanding work by an OSP Fish and Wildlife trooper in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.

Prior to being assigned to the Marine Fisheries Team, Senior Trooper Van Meter was a member of the NW Region South Coast Team -- Newport assigned as an Oregon Plan Trooper concentrating on watershed and environmental issues.

Senior Trooper Van Meter has completed several noteworthy investigations this past year to include the following:

Starting in 2012 through 2014, Senior Trooper Van Meter began receiving information and looking into a Depoe Bay fishing charter business for possible angling license violations where the business was charging a license fee to customers but not actually issuing them an ODFW angling license. Through hard work and perseverance, Senior Trooper Van Meter was able to develop enough information in 2015 to apply for search warrants on the business and 11 associated charter vessels. After the search warrants, Senior Trooper Van Meter and the Division detectives worked to compile the evidence, which resulted in Grand Jury indictments for Felony Racketeering. The principle suspects recently pled guilty. The business pled guilty to Racketeering, the principles pled guilty to a Wildlife Misdemeanor, with orders to pay over $115,000 in restitution and to sell the business and not to engage in any Oregon charter fishing business for life.

In 2012, Senior Trooper Van Meter discovered an old bear bait station in east Lincoln County. As part of her tenacity, she checked on this bait site every year since and in the spring of 2015, as she was checking the area on foot she observed an unidentified subject leaving the bait station who had just put out fresh bear bait. The following day, Senior Trooper Van Meter, with the assistance of other team members, re-entered the area to put up video surveillance. As the Troopers were in the area, the suspect arrived at the bait sight and was contacted entering the area with fresh bait, a rifle, bow, tree stand, and a valid tag for another unit. The suspect later pled guilty and received license suspensions, and over $1,000 in fines.

Each of the above cases illustrates Senior Trooper Van Meter's tenacious attitude to keep going where others may have given up or moved on to other tasks. Additionally, Senior Trooper Van Meter was instrumental in two derelict vessels being removed from Yaquina Bay and discovered dozens of commercial fish violations along the coast by pouring over a magnitude of commercial fish landing information from ODFW. She is also is assigned as one of two vessel operators of the Division's 50 foot patrol vessel named the "Guardian".

Senior Trooper Van Meter is well respected by the District Attorney's Office and the local judges which is evident in her ability to build and maintain strong relationships with our partner agencies. She is always willing to tackle any assignment and is involved in the community through the local 4H chapter and Hunter Education.

Senior Trooper Heather Van Meter is to be commended for her dedication and commitment to protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources. She performs at a high standard, has a great work ethic, strong interpersonal skills and is involved in the community outside of work.

To learn more about the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division you can follow us on twitter @OSP_Fish or find us on the web at https://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/pages/index.aspx.


Attached Media Files: TrooperoftheYear
OSP Mid-Valley Team Recognized as Fish and Wildlife Division's Team of the Year for 2015 Accomplishments (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/16 5:06 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division recently recognized the outstanding work of troopers from the Mid-Valley (Salem/Albany) Team when Captain Jeff Samuels announced that the team was the recipient of the Division's "Team of the Year" award for 2015 efforts. The team was presented the award at a special gathering of family, friends and peers, held on July 7, 2016 at the Oregon State Police General Headquarters in Salem. The presentation of the award celebrates and recognizes the outstanding teamwork by OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers in protecting Oregon's citizens and natural resources.

The Mid-Valley Team, supervised by Sergeant James Halsey, works out of the Salem and Albany Area Command Offices. Team members during 2015 were as follows:

Sergeant James Halsey
Senior Trooper Casey Hunter
Senior Trooper Kirk Burkholder -- Former OSP member
Senior Trooper Ron Clement
Trooper Brian Glaser
Trooper Steve Kenyon
Trooper Jim Andrews

The Mid-Valley Team is responsible for protecting natural resources spanning Marion, Polk, Linn and Benton counties, and during the past year consisted of a team of five Troopers and a Sergeant. Because of the large area they are responsible for, the team works individually, in pairs, or as an entire group to effectively work their patrol area. Whatever the season or priority, the Mid-Valley Team addresses the task at hand with great enthusiasm and determination to catch violators and educate the public.

The Mid-Valley Team has taken on a number of issues during 2015 and have proven that they are both forward thinking and relentless in their pursuit to not just catch violators, but to offer rule change suggestions, take on additional assignments and use Division resources such as wildlife enforcement decoys (WED) and the Aircraft Program to tackle poaching issues. Two specific examples of this include defining the Team's focus on natural resource protection. In the first; the South Santiam River at Waterloo has historically been the hub of nearly all salmon snagging complaints and social issues for the Albany Troopers. Sergeant Halsey and his Troopers worked with the local ODFW biologist and hatchery manager to recommend a rule change that put anti-snagging regulations into effect. Secondly, and most notably; Sergeant Halsey and the entire Mid-Valley Team redefined the way the aircraft program has been used over the past several years in the NW Region and made some outstanding big game cases. They included the Aircraft Sergeant in team meetings, maintained outstanding lines of communication with him throughout the fall, put a team member in the plane to act as an observer for spot lighters, and adjusted their shifts to have as many team members as possible on the ground to make the aircraft patrol effective. The team went above and beyond to ensure they maximized the aircraft to its fullest potential with great success.

The team also thought outside the box, wanting to obtain more effective equipment to assist in their enforcement of the wildlife laws. The team field tested forward looking infrared (FLIR) units during the fall big game season, and utilized their great relationship with the Oregon Hunter's Association to have a set of FLIR purchased for, and donated to, the Mid-Valley Team.

In regards to excellence and dedication to protecting Oregon's natural resources and citizens, the Mid-Valley Team has been instrumental in protecting fish and wildlife resources in their area of responsibility and made many outstanding cases during 2015. This team is commended for a job well done.

To learn more about the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division you can follow us on twitter @OSP_Fish or find us on the web at https://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/pages/index.aspx.

Team Photograph (left to right: Tpr. Brian Glaser, Tpr. Steve Kenyon, Sr. Tpr. Casey Hunter, Sgt. James Halsey, Sr. Tpr. Ron Clement, Tpr. Jim Andrews, and former member Sr. Tpr. Kirk Burkholder)


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Statement In Response To The Tragic Killing Of Police In Dallas (Photo)
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 07/08/16 4:34 PM
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Contacts:
John Bishop, Executive Director
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
bishop@oregonsheriffs.org

Chief Geoff Spalding, President
Oregon Association Chiefs of Police
gspalding@beavertonoregon.gov

STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE TRAGIC KILLING OF POLICE IN DALLAS

We are saddened by the horrific events that transpired in Dallas yesterday evening resulting in the deaths of Officer Brent Thompson, Officer Patrick Zamrippa, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Michael Smith, and one more officer who has not yet been publicly identified. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these slain police officers from the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.

We also extend our strong concern and unqualified support for the fellow officers and policing leaders from both agencies who now grieve this tragic loss. We understand the risks and challenges faced by law enforcement officers on a daily basis and we laud the bravery and integrity of officers in Dallas who responded to yesterday's attack. In the face of an ambush and unknown assailants, police officers in Dallas continued to protect citizens at great risk to their own lives. These officers were simply doing their jobs by protecting a peaceful demonstration when they were viciously attacked. These events sadly illustrate the challenges that law enforcement face each and every day. Yesterday, these officers left home to make their communities safer and sadly will never return to their loved ones.

These tragic events have deeply affected the law enforcement profession. All Oregon law enforcement officers took an oath to safeguard the citizens of the communities they serve. They are true professionals who will remain vigilant in keeping our communities and their fellow officers safe! We want to thank Oregonians for taking time to express their support for our brave police officers here and around the nation.

We are very aware of the current tensions that exist between police and some members of our communities and we remain resolute in our commitment to continue to build trust and ensure that public confidence in Oregon policing remains strong. As incidents of violence ripple across our nation, we will not be divided or defeated. Our hearts are steeled with a resolve to police justly and thoroughly, remembering both the officers who've gone before us and the good people who depend upon us to step into the gap. We want to thank the citizens of Oregon for working with us in partnership and unity to keep our communities safe. We are all stronger as we work together for a safer Oregon.

We are asking all sworn officers in Oregon to wear their mourning bands on their badges from now until the day of the funeral(s) of the fallen officers, in honor of the lives lost in Dallas.


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Keizer Officer Cleared in Shooting; Suspect Indicted
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 07/08/16 4:28 PM
Today a Marion County Grand Jury unanimously found that a Keizer Police Officer was justified in the shooting of 50 year old Andy Lamar Gibson on the evening of June 26, 2016.

Officer Esteban Perez was cleared in the shooting that occurred after he responded to a 7-Eleven located at 5550 River Rd. North in Keizer, Oregon following a 9-1-1 call reporting a robbery with a knife. Officer Perez responded moments after the call and located the suspect, Andy Lamar Gibson, still on the premises. A confrontation occurred outside the convenience store. Officer Perez discharged his weapon, striking Andy Lamar Gipson once.

Officer Perez was uninjured. The suspect, Andy Lamar Gibson, was transported to Salem Hospital for treatment. He was discharged yesterday and transported to the Marion County Jail where he was lodged without bail.

The same Grand Jury that found the officer's actions to be justified, indicted Andy Lamar Gibson for: Robbery in the First Degree, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Attempted Aggravated Murder.

Andy Lamar Gibson is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on July 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. at 4000 Aumsville Highway. He has been appointed attorney Manuel Perez.

Officer Esteban Perez has been employed with the Keizer Police Department since May 18, 2015. Before that he was employed with the Gervais Police Department since 2010. He is 26 years old.

The Oregon State Police led the investigation at the direction of the Marion County District Attorney's Office. The grand jury took testimony from thirteen witnesses, including Detectives from the Oregon State Police, civilian witnesses, and family members of Andy Lamar Gibson. They further reviewed relevant photographs and video, scene diagrams, and weapon evidence.

Pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute 161.239, in order to be justified in his use of deadly force, Officer Perez had to reasonably believe that:

1. Andy Lamar Gibson was committing or attempting to commit a felony involving the use or threatened imminent use of physical force against himself or another person;
2. regardless of the particular offense which is the subject of the arrest or attempted escape, the use of deadly physical force was necessary to defend the police officer or another person from the use or threatened imminent use of deadly physical force;
3. the crime committed by the person was a felony or an attempt to commit a felony, and under the totality of the circumstances existing at the time and place, the use of such force was necessary; or
4. the officer's life or personal safety was endangered in the particular circumstance involved.

The Grand Jury's decision requires a review of all the facts and evidence available to it and application of that evidence to the legal principles outlined above. The Grand Jury was afforded an opportunity to request additional evidence, but declined. The decision of the Marion County Grand Jury is that the actions of Keizer Police Officer Esteban Perez were justified.

Due to the ongoing nature of Andy Lamar Gibson's criminal case, the DA's Office will not release any further detail of the shooting or the crimes at this time.

Contact Info: Paige Clarkson, Deputy DA
503-588-5222
pclarkson@co.marion.or.us
DCBS to place Oregon's Health CO-OP in receivership
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/08/16 3:04 PM
Consumers must choose new plan by July 31

(Salem) -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on Monday will file a petition with Marion County Circuit Court to place Oregon's Health CO-OP in receivership in order to protect policyholders.

Oregon's Health CO-OP's board of directors voted today to consent to the receivership order.

As the receiver, the state intends to liquidate the troubled company's assets and help connect policyholders with new health plans.

"We understand changing plans in the middle of the year will be difficult for Oregonians, but this action was necessary given the sudden deterioration of the company's financial position," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "We will be working hard over the next few weeks to reach Oregon's Health CO-OP policyholders to ensure they are aware of this change and to help them pick a new plan that best meets their needs."

Oregon's Health CO-OP is a nonprofit consumer operated and oriented health insurer (CO-OP) formed under the Affordable Care Act. The CO-OP lost $18.4 million in 2015, mostly driven by medical claims for individual policies. Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the CO-OP owes about $900,000 to the federal risk adjustment program. The CO-OP was expecting to receive about $5 million from the program.

"Unfortunately, as a startup, Oregon's Health CO-OP is not in a position to sustain these losses while meeting its obligations to policyholders," Allen said. "We are working closely with the company on an orderly wind-down of its business."

As of March 31, 2016, Oregon's Health CO-OP has 20,600 health insurance policyholders in Oregon: 11,800 in the individual market and 8,800 in the small and large group markets.

For all of Oregon's Health CO-OP policyholders, plans will end July 31.

Starting Monday, July 11, individual policyholders can enroll through a special enrollment period and choose a new plan that will take effect Monday, Aug. 1. Consumers should enroll by Sunday, July 31 to ensure their new insurance coverage is active on Aug. 1. They can enroll through HealthCare.gov to access financial help or enroll directly through an insurance company or broker.

Consumers must pay the premium to their new insurer for the plans to take effect.

Businesses that provide Oregon's Health CO-OP plans to their employees will need to work with their insurance broker and take immediate action to find a new plan with an Aug. 1 effective date.

Individuals and businesses can choose a new plan from an insurer that offers 2016 plans in their county. However, several insurers are discontinuing coverage in certain counties for 2017, so consumers who choose an insurer that is exiting their county in 2017 will not be able to stay with that insurer next year. To find coverage options for your county in 2016 and 2017, visit dfr.oregon.gov.

"Today's news heightens our concern about limited options for consumers, particularly in rural areas of the state," Allen said. "In the coming months, we will be working with stakeholders to develop both short-term and long-term solutions to make it more feasible for insurers to offer individual plans throughout the state."

For help with this change, consumers can call the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) or email info.marketplace@oregon.gov. More information and questions and answers are available on dfr.oregon.gov.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
Oregon Heritage to provide free collection care and preservation workshops this summer
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/08/16 2:11 PM
Oregon Heritage will conduct 25 workshops across the state of Oregon this summer related to collection care and preservation.

Workshop topics include Textile Care Basics, Emergency Response and Recovery, Digitization and Digital Preservation, Care and Handling of Photographs, Paper Care and Preservation. All five workshop topics will be presented in five regions of the state.

Oregonians will benefit from these free trainings thanks to a Connecting to Collections grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The workshops will include lectures, hands-on activities, discussions, and small-group work. They are designed for archives, libraries and museums and will be relevant to people with little collections experience as well those with more significant experience.

For the schedule of workshops and to register, visit the website at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/Pages/2016OC2CWorkshops.aspx or contact Katie Henry at katie.henry@oreogn.gov or (503) 986-0671.


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Update: Health advisory issued for Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook extended to include Crooked River arm
Oregon Health Authority - 07/08/16 11:57 AM
High toxin levels found in Jefferson County reservoir

The health advisory issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook is being extended to include the Crooked River arm. An additional sample collected at Cove Palisades Marina confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals. Lake Billy chinook is located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.

The advisory is confined to the Metolius and Crooked River arms. The Deschutes River arm is not affected by this advisory because sampling performed there confirmed that toxins were well below established guideline values.

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

Drinking water directly from the Metolius or Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook is especially dangerous at this time. 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 may draw in-home water directly from the Metolius or Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook 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. If people have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds they should contact campground management.

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. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Metolius or Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook 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. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the Metolius or Crooked River arms of Lake Billy Chinook.

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

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

For health information or to report an illness, to include your pet, contact the Oregon Health Authority 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 Blooms website (http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/HarmfulAlgaeBlooms/Pages/index.aspx) and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.
DUII Enforcement Patrols
Roseburg Police Dept. - 07/08/16 11:36 AM
Roseburg Police Officers participated in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during June and will continue during the summer months of July and August. During this time there will be additional Officers working shifts to specifically target DUII drivers. The Roseburg Police Department along with the Oregon Department of Transportation encourages all drivers to plan ahead, and follow these tips:

?--? Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for driving drunk--or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving.
?--? If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.
?--? If you have been drinking, do not drive. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
?--? Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel.
?--? If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone's life, and inaction could cost a life.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Sheriff Jason Myers and District Attorney Walt Beglau Issue Statement (Update Sheriff and DA Contact Info Added)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/16 11:06 AM
Jason Myers, Marion County Sheriff
jmyers@co.marion.or.us
503-589-3233

Walt Beglau, Marion County, District Attorney
wbeglau@co.marion.or.us
503-288-5596



Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Dallas, Texas, and all hurting communities across this nation. We grieve together. Today, we also honor each and every law enforcement officer and the vital and important role they play in our society. Our communities are grateful for their service to this indispensable profession.

As Sheriff and District Attorney, we stand committed to the safety and well-being of the citizens and visitors of Marion County and Oregon. We will continue our pledge to ensure that justice is served and that each person is treated with dignity and respect. It is our duty to ensure that only individuals of the highest moral character are chosen to serve the community through this profession, and they are trained to be culturally competent and to first seek every opportunity to de-escalate the difficult and complex situations they face every day. We are very confident in these men and women who protect and serve our community.

Please remember that our law enforcement officers are members of our community too. They coach, they volunteer, they attend our churches, their children attend our schools, and they live and play in our community. They, like you and I, want the very best for our community. They are committed, invested and loyal to this cause and our community.

These are difficult times across this nation. Like you, we are saddened and angered by these events. These feelings reflect our grief and desire to help, but we must seize this point in time to come together, unite and become better. All of us. Our resolve is driven by the incredible strength of our community, and the individual commitment of each one of you.

We ask that if you have a concern or a question, please reach out to us. Open and honest dialogue is the best venue to air concerns and to find resolutions. We stand committed to community engagement on any public safety issue or concerns that impacts our community.

In closing, if you see a law enforcement professional out in our community, please take the time to thank them. They have an incredibly difficult job.

Jason Myers, Marion County Sheriff
jmyers@co.marion.or.us
503-589-3233

Walt Beglau, Marion County, District Attorney
wbeglau@co.marion.or.us
503-288-5596
West Albany High School Teacher Arrested - Attempted Sex Abuse (Photo)
Albany Police - 07/08/16 10:38 AM
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On Friday, July 8, 2016, at about 9:30 a.m., Albany Police Detectives arrested 28-year-old James Walter Myrick at his residence located in the 700 block of Turning Leaf Street NW in Albany. James Myrick, a teacher at West Albany High School, was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

Luring a Minor
Tampering with a Witness
Coercion
Official Misconduct in the First Degree
Attempted Sex Abuse in the Third Degree

The 6 week investigation revealed that James Myrick used his position as a teacher in an attempt to coerce a 17-year-old West Albany High School female student to have sexual contact with him. The investigation began after fellow students reported concerns that James Myrick was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Investigators have reason to believe that there are other victims who have not come forward to report similar conduct by James Myrick. Anyone with information involving this case or James Myrick is asked to contact the Albany Police Detective Unit at (541) 917-7686.

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Operation Dry Water Yields BUII Arrests (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/08/16 10:21 AM
Multnomah County Marine Officers arresting a boater for BUII on the Willamette River in 2007.
Multnomah County Marine Officers arresting a boater for BUII on the Willamette River in 2007.
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On June 24-26, twenty six county marine patrol units and the Oregon State Police from across the state participated in a nationwide program called "Operation Dry Water" to target enforcement efforts and get impaired boaters off the water.

On June 25, marine officers reported 793 hours on the water and contacted 1084 boats (397 motorized and 687 non-motorized). They issued 81 warnings to motorized boaters and 40 to non-motorized boaters and 63 boating citations (53 motorized, 10 non-motorized). They also conducted 20 standardized field sobriety tests on motorized boat operators, leading to two BUII arrests. Columbia County marine officers arrested one individual for alcohol and marijuana impairment, and a Klamath County marine officer arrested one individual for alcohol impairment.

No significant boating accidents were reported during the operation. Oregon law requires boaters to report boating accidents with property damage exceeding $2000, and any involving an injury, fatality or total loss of a vessel.

"The public is our ally in safe boating, said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board. "If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others' safety, call 911 and report it. The vast majority of marine officer contacts are educational in nature, but if someone is impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, they will be arrested and will face the consequences. That's how we can all save lives."

Boaters can also report violators directly to the Marine Board using a fillable form that formats for mobile devices at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/forms-library/Pages/Report-a-Boater.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Multnomah County Marine Officers arresting a boater for BUII on the Willamette River in 2007.
High Visibility DUII Saturation Event - Oregon Country Fair - Veneta July 8 - 10, 2016
Oregon State Police - 07/08/16 10:02 AM
To combat the deadly problem of impaired driving, the Oregon State Police -- Springfield Area Command, along with the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Eugene Police Department, and Springfield Police Department will be out in force during the Oregon Country Fair weekend (July 8th through 10th), cracking down on impaired drivers.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there is an average of 325 fatal collisions in Oregon each year. Reports from the Oregon State Police Central Records Division indicated that there were 54 fatal collisions in 2012 and 52 fatal collisions in 2013 on state highways that involved intoxicating liquor and/or controlled substances.

In the United States, anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired (0.04 for commercial drivers). It is important to note that a person is arrested based upon impairment, so even if someone is below the legal limit if they are impaired, they can be arrested. For example, some prescription medicines, illegal drugs, legal recreational drugs, and/or combinations of alcohol and drugs can impair a person's ability to operate a vehicle safely.

June 2016, the legalization of marijuana oils and extracts went into effect. It is critical for the motoring public to understand that marijuana can impair a person to operate a vehicle safely, and if such driver exhibits impairment from the use of recreational marijuana they will be arrested.

All law enforcement officers participating in the event will be encouraged to exercise all resources available to gather as much evidence for the crime of DUII as needed. This event will help ensure that prosecutors obtain the scientific evidence needed to effectively pursue cases involving impaired drivers.
$540 million Mega Millions jackpot is third largest ever
Oregon Lottery - 07/08/16 8:47 AM
The $540 million Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is the third largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time. If there is no Mega Millions jackpot winner tonight, the jackpot for next Tuesday's drawing will grow to an estimated $630 million.

"This is the largest Mega Millions jackpot since Dec. 2013," said Lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann. "The largest Mega Millions jackpot, $656 million, was won in 2012.

"Oregon Lottery players have won nearly $50 million in Mega Millions prizes since the game debuted in Oregon in March 2010. Oregon is anxiously awaiting our first Mega Millions jackpot winner. This jackpot would be a great one start with."

The winner of the jackpot has two options to receive the jackpot prize. They can select the 30-year annuity option that will pay them $12.1 million a year, after taxes. The second, the lump sum option, gives the winner a one-time payment of $254.6 million, after taxes.

Mega Millions is currently played in 46 lottery jurisdictions -- 44 states, including Oregon, and the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mega Millions drawings are every Tuesday and Friday night at 7:59 p.m. On days of drawings, players can buy tickets up until 7 p.m.

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

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

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park Honors All of Oregon's Fallen
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/07/16 6:20 PM
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) recently dedicated a section of the Walk of Honor(R) at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, to honor career and volunteer firefighters who died before the Memorial was established in 1981.

Thanks to the assistance of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, 90 Oregon firefighters who died before the 1981 now have an individual brick that includes their name, agency, and year of death. As a result, all of Oregon's firefighters are now honored at both the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial which is located on the campus of the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

The 90 bricks from Oregon are honored together and located side by side in a unique section of bricks. This section is headed by three logo bricks, one for the State Fallen Firefighter Memorial, one for the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, and the third for the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund. The funds for this purchase were made possible thanks to the generosity of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, with proceeds of the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer license plate, which honors our state's fallen public safety officers (police, corrections, fire, parole and probation) and helps to ensure that their sacrifices and the families and co-workers they left behind are never forgotten.

The NFFF Walk of Honor(R) is comprised of bricks that have been purchased in honor of fallen firefighters, and in appreciation for firefighters who are active in the fire service and in recognition of individuals or organizations who support the fire service. The Walk of Honor(R) connects the majestic stone monument, which is encircled by plaques that list the names of the fallen since 1981, with the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel and other areas of the Memorial Park. For more information on the NFFF Walk of Honor please go to http://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighters/memorial-park/walk-honor/brick-search/

The Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate was developed during the 2009 legislative session to honor Oregon fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty. Money earned from the Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate is placed in a fund managed by the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund which is a special committee comprised of law enforcement, fire department, and citizen members. Proceeds from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License plate support the law enforcement and fire memorials located at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, financial support for families and honor guard members traveling to Emmitsburg, MD for the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial or Washington, D.C. for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in the year the fallen officer is honored, Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard, NW Peer Support Team, and the placement of Oregon Fallen Officer Memorial Highway signs.

For license plate updates https://www.facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate?ref=hl

For more information on the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer license plate http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/pages/vehicle/platenonprof.aspx#fallen

For more information in the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/FC/Pages/FallenFireFighterMemorial.aspx

For more information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation http://www.firehero.org/

We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund for making the addition of 90 of our state's fallen firefighters a reality.
North Bend School District Public Meetings -- July/August 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 07/07/16 4:09 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for July and August:

July 11, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

August 1, 2016
Board Meeting Special Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
NB Hall of Champions
2323 Pacific Ave., North Bend, OR

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

August 23, 2016
Board Meeting Special Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Please email cschreiber@nbend.k12.or.us or visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
Marion County Sheriff's Office, Papé Machinery and The Oregon Farm Bureau Launch Safety Campaign (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/16 2:57 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office, Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau Launch Safety Campaign

Salem, Ore.--- The Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Agriculture and Turf division of Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau have joined forces to remind motorists to safely share the road with tractors and other farm equipment traveling on state and county roads during the planting and harvesting seasons.

"Farm safety is important to all of us whether we are in the agricultural business, following a tractor on our way to work, or going to a family event," said Jake Barge, General Manager for Papé Machinery, Ag & Turf. "With school now out and summer heating up, we want to remind all drivers to use caution and share the road with farm equipment so we all keep moving down the road safely."

The Marion County Sheriff's Office will have a mobile billboard positioned along heavily traveled country roads throughout the summer to remind drivers to safely share the road with farm equipment. The mobile display will also be stationed at the Marion County Fair, Oregon State Fair and other major events.

"Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to partner with Papé Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau to deliver this potentially lifesaving message," said Sergeant Jason Hickam, Supervisor of the Community Resource Unit for Marion County. "The billboard is a reminder for our residents and visitors to drive safely on our rural roadways, additionally the mobility of the banner gives us the opportunity to reach motorists where otherwise there are no means to advertise our safety message.

In addition to the mobile marketing campaign, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to stop at any Papé Machinery location in the area to pick up signs to put along fence lines to remind motorists to slowdown and drive cautiously when sharing the road with tractors, combines and other farm equipment.

"It is important for people to slowdown and be patient when attempting to pass a tractor or combine on a country road," Hickam said. "Being patient can be the difference between making it to your final destination or not."

For more detailed information, Oregon Farm Bureau's Health & Safety Committee offers a Rural Road Safety brochure with important tips for staying safe when encountering large farm equipment on the highway.

"The goal of the brochure is to save lives. There are tips for both motorists and farmers," said Anne Rigor of the OFB Health & Safety Committee. "If you're driving 55 miles per hour on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 miles per hour, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor."

Download a copy of the brochure at oregonfb.org.


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Workplace safety, health training grants available
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/07/16 2:06 PM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA is accepting grant applications for the development of innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Applications are due Friday, Oct. 7.

The agency, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages unique projects such as mobile apps, videos, or online educational games to engage workers.

The training grants will focus on programs that target a high-hazard Oregon industry, such as construction or agriculture, or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any employer, labor group, school affiliated with a labor group, or nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may request up to $40,000 per grant project.

Employers are not allowed to use grants to pay for training for their employees. Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available to the public for checkout from the library.

Some examples of past grant projects include:
Development of safe-lifting guidelines
Spanish-language flip charts designed to help prevent heat-related illness among forest workers
An educational program for nurses to prevent ergonomic-related injuries

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

Grant application information is available at
http://osha.oregon.gov/edu/grants/Pages/default.aspx. For more information, contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or teri.a.watson@oregon.gov.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
358th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/07/16 12:19 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 358th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP358 on their successful completion of basic training. The graduation will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Chief Tom Turner, of the Florence Police Department, will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.
Reception immediately following.

Graduating members of BP358:

Police Officer Robert Adams
Umatilla Police Department

Police Officer Jonathan Adkins
Warm Springs Police Department

Police Officer Brandon Bailey
Florence Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Basaraba
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Nathan Burgess
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Chapman
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Anthony Christensen
Junction City Police Department

Police Officer Roxane Ellis
Hines Police Department

Trooper David Gizzi
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Grant Hedrick
Independence Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kile Henrich
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Wesley Heuston
Forest Grove Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Jenkins
Harney County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Johnson
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jamil Kassab
Gladstone Police Department

Police Officer John Kazmierski
Beaverton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Kennedy
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Dakotah Keys
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Dillon LaGrone
Albany Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Trevor Limburg
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Tara Littleton
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Dominik Luna
Springfield Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Christina McCarty
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Calvin Meade
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Allen Miller
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Samuel Northcote
Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Casey Okami-Watanabe
Lake Oswego Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Anibal Resendiz
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Devin Rigo
Hillsboro Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Bradley Rohde
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Erica Rush
Union County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Tyler Sanford
Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Nicholas Taresh
Oregon City Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Michelle Vandenburg
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Louis Waller
Albany Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Martin Watson
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Timothy Wilburn
Beaverton Police Department

Trooper Kyle Winship
Oregon State Police
Meeting on Lane Co. forestland classification for fire protection to be held July 12 in Florence
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/07/16 11:19 AM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold a meeting and work session in Florence Tuesday, July 12, to continue review of lands within the county to determine which should be classified as forestland for the purpose of fire protection. The Oregon Department of Forestry provides wildfire protection services to forestlands in the county, and a Forest Patrol Assessment on protected lands helps fund firefighting.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in Florence, 2660 Kingwood St. It is open to the public.

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, Western Lane District, 541-935-2283.
Public Health Advisory Board meets July 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 07/07/16 8:00 AM
July 7, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Public health modernization updates; Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee report; public health modernization economic and health outcome report; and review and discuss Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

When: Thursday, July 21, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 pm; comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting will also be live-streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284; cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

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Detectives Arrest Local Pastor for Multiple Sex Crimes (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 5:49 PM
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After a week long investigation, detectives have arrested Mauricio Aguilera-Garcia, age 55, of Salem for the crimes of Rape 2 x 10, Sodomy 2 x 10 and Unlawful Sexual Penetration 2 x 10. The victim who was a juvenile at the time the crimes were committed met Aguilera-Garcia through his work at a local church.

Aguilera-Garcia, is a Pastor at "Our Father's House," a church that rents space from the Solid Rock Community Church, located at 3535 Ward Drive NE in Salem. Garcia-Augilera was previously arrested and convicted for Sex Abuse 1 in 1985 but he is not listed as a registered sex offender. Detectives believe there may be additional victims, so the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Augilera-Garcia to please call Detective Hagan at 503-316-6605.


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ODF NW and SW Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet July 13 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/06/16 4:24 PM
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet July 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry Springfield office, located at 3150 Main St. in Springfield.

Regional Forest Practices 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 Practices Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Members are qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members must be private forest landowners, timber owners or authorized representatives who regularly engage in forest operations.
The committee's agenda includes:
Review the new riparian rule draft language
A summary of agency budget policy option packages
Planning Northwest Oregon Operator of the Year nominations and tour dates
A summary of topics that will be presented at the July 20 Board of Forestry meeting, including recommendations on bald eagle protections

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 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.

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about ODF's Regional Forest Practices Committees here.
Hiker Rescued from Marion Lake
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 3:21 PM
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on July 5, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. members of Linn County Search and Rescue and Crook County Search and Rescue were conducting a follow up search in the Marion Lake area for Sanford Rice. They had just established a camp for the night on the northeast side of the lake when they were contacted by three hikers needing assistance. One of the hikers, Corianne Anita Rice-Heinke 47-year-old from Eugene, had a serious knee injury and needed assistance to get back to the trailhead. Rice-Heinke is the daughter of Sanford Rice.

Rice-Heinke was hiking on the northeast side of Marion Lake with two others when they encountered a large number of trees that had blown down over the trail they were hiking on. While making their way over the trees, Rice-Heinke injured her knee and was unable to continue hiking.

Additional Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue members along with the Linn County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse responded to the area to assist with coordinating a rescue. Rice-Heinke was returned to the trailhead at 11:50 p.m.
Lebanon Resident Arrested for Rape and Sex Abuse (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 3:13 PM
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that on July 5, 2016, Detectives arrested Timothy Allen Tate, 22-year-old from Lebanon, for Rape I and Sex Abuse I. Two juvenile females reported that Mr. Tate sexually abused them. Both victims had known Mr. Tate prior to the incidents and had gone to his residence in Lebanon. The two females reported the assaults occurred at different times.

Mr. Tate was charged with Rape 1, Sodomy 1, Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana, Sex Abuse 1 and Attempted Rape 1. He is being held at the Linn County Jail with a bail of $180.000.

If anyone has information on this investigation, they should contact Detective Mike Rossiter 541-917-6682.


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Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 11:36 AM
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On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, Sheriff's Detectives arrested Anthony Douglas Pierce, age 34 of Roseburg, on charges of First Degree Sexual Abuse. The arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation that began in January of this year, and involved a 6 year old male who is known to Pierce.

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Bringing public health protections to every Oregon community: first step in modernizing Oregon's public health system
Oregon Health Authority - 07/06/16 11:36 AM
July 6, 2016

Now that 95 percent of Oregonians have health insurance, the next step in health system transformation is to ensure all Oregon communities have basic public health protections. From Cascadia earthquake preparedness to Zika outbreak containment, public health plays a key role in protecting people in Oregon.

An assessment of public health programs in Oregon found that one-third of communities----or more than one million Oregonians----have limited or minimal access to essential public health programs. The 2016 assessment was required under House Bill 3100, sponsored by Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), chairman of the House Health Care Committee.

Today legislators, community partners, local public health officials and the Oregon Health Authority met to discuss this gap in Oregon's public health programs and how best to address it.

"We know that 80 percent of what shapes our health happens outside of the doctor's office," Representative Greenlick said at today's briefing. "Because of this, a modern public health system should protect and help every person in Oregon thrive whether they live in downtown Portland, Enterprise or Coos Bay."

"Across Oregon, counties and community leaders are working hard to protect and promote public health," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Yet today's patchwork of grants and other investments has left gaps in our public health infrastructure. We want to make sure every Oregon community can depend on receiving the same essential public health protections."

Zeke Smith, chairman of the Oregon Health Policy Board, described the importance of investing in a modern public health system.

"Oregon consistently ranks in the bottom half of states in its per capita investment in public health, well below neighbor states like Idaho and Washington," Smith said. For context, Idaho invests $94.70 per capita in public health. Oregon spends $26.60.

"It is time to move beyond health care and into a place where we are really investing in healthy systems and healthy people," Smith said. "Our work toward public health modernization is critical for that shift."

Priorities for a modern health system: charting a blueprint for equity and efficiency

Based on the findings from the public health modernization assessment, the Public Health Advisory Board has recommended the following priorities for the 2017-2019 biennium:

-- Communicable diseases. Detect and respond to traditional and emerging infectious disease.

-- Environmental health. Limit environmental risks to human health.

-- Emergency preparedness. Prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

-- Health equity. Ensure that every state and local public health authority has the capacity to engage communities that experience an excess burden of disease.

-- Population health data. Ensure that every state and local public health authority has access to timely, accurate and meaningful data needed to understand the health of the community.

-- Public health modernization planning. Support state and local public health authorities to build an equitable and efficient public health system while developing a workforce equipped to fulfill future needs.

The Public Health Advisory Board recommends an initial investment of $30 million for the 2017-2019 biennium.

For more information, visit the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/modernization.

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OHA launches Youth Marijuana Use Prevention Pilot Campaign
Oregon Health Authority - 07/06/16 11:30 AM
July 6, 2016

Evidence-based campaign rolls out first in Portland area, Jackson and Josephine counties before evaluation and possible statewide expansion

PORTLAND -- The Oregon Health Authority today at Oaks Park announced the launch of a youth marijuana use prevention campaign. The campaign's goal is to prevent or delay the initiation of marijuana use among Oregon's 12- to 20-year-old population.

After the legalization and ongoing rollout of recreational marijuana, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, which provide OHA with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign in a rural and an urban area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and Southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties) as the locations for this pilot campaign.

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

"Young people in our focus groups related to the idea that being a teenager is hard," said Kati Moseley, OHA policy specialist. "Young people recognize that marijuana has the potential to affect their present and their future. We used this insight to develop an approach that speaks to youth on many levels."

As a result of this research, the campaign includes:

-- Thought-provoking testimonials from adults who had experience with marijuana as youth and young adults. (In focus groups, one request was heard more than any other: participants wanted to hear from people who had used marijuana and could talk about their experiences. This campaign includes testimonials from people telling their real stories about using marijuana in the past.)

-- Messaging that informs the audience that younger kids and teens who see their older sisters, brothers and role models using marijuana may be more at risk of using it, too.

-- Facts on brain development and marijuana's effects on learning that are based on reviews of the current science by OHA's Retail Marijuana Scientific Advisory Committee.

-- A Q&A component for youth who have questions.

A sample of the campaign materials can be found at https://www.staytruetoyou.org/materials. The password is 12345.

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

According to OHA's 2016 report, Marijuana use, attitudes and health effects in Oregon, which can be found at https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/marijuana/Documents/oha-8509-marijuana-report.pdf, about half (51 percent) of Oregon adults had seen marijuana products or store advertising in their community in the past month, but fewer than one-third (29 percent) had seen information about the health effects of using marijuana.

OHA's role in marijuana legalization is to educate the public about the health issues related to marijuana use; prevent youth marijuana use; and monitor marijuana use, attitudes and health effects.

The campaign will advertise across a variety of media, but the bulk of advertising will take place on digital and streaming video to most effectively reach the youth audience. Other campaign elements include mall and movie theater ads, a social media presence (#StayTrueOregon), a website (StayTrueToYou.org), radio advertising, and promotions and outreach to organizations around Portland and Southern Oregon where youth gather.

Secondary audiences include parents, teachers and school administrators. OHA will reach this secondary audience with a fall campaign in English and Spanish.

RMC Research will evaluate the effectiveness of this campaign twice, with a mid-point evaluation in November 2016 and a final evaluation in May 2017. OHA will provide two reports to the Legislature: one in January 2017, and the final report by June 30, 2017.

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Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbing Coffee Shop
Corvallis Police - 07/06/16 10:51 AM
On July 5, 2016, at 6:12 am Corvallis Police Department officers responded to Coffee Culture at 363 SW Jefferson Ave for a report of a robbery. An employee from the coffee shop called to report a man came into the shop, then asked the employee if there was money in the cash register. The male made movements toward his pockets and waistband making the employee feel that he was armed. The employee, feeling as if they would be harmed, handed the money from the register to the suspect who then left on foot.

Officers quickly arrived in the area and found the male suspect, identified as Homer K. Horner of Corvallis, walking down the sidewalk nearby. He was taken into custody, at which point a hatchet was found in his waistband. Horner was positively identified by the employee and was in possession of $117 in cash. He also was found in possession of methamphetamine upon arrest.

Horner was charged with Robbery II, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Interfering with a Peace Officer. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on $137,500 bail.

Below is a link to Horner's booking photo:
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DOC seeking to hire 13 Registered Nurses (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/06/16 10:11 AM
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring Registered Nurses at four locations throughout the state:
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville (two openings)
Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (one opening)
Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem (six openings)
Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (four openings)

Correctional nurses play a crucial role in promoting wellness, managing treatment plans, and advocating for patients. They are part of a team of 4,500 staff members who are integral in promoting accountability and public safety. In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotion, and continuing professional development. Department nurses receive a 4.75 percent pay differential if they possess a bachelor's degree in nursing or a 9.5 percent differential if they hold a master's degree. These positions may be eligible for Police & Fire benefits through PERS, as defined by statute.

To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess a current Registered Nurse license issued by the Oregon Board of Nursing or have the ability to obtain a license by the date of appointment. Positions are full-time, part-time, temporary, limited-duration, and float-pool (irregular part-time to fill scheduled or unscheduled vacancies).

The DOC Health Services Unit is responsible for providing health care to over 14,600 adults in custody in 14 prisons across the state. It employs a full suite of certified medical practitioners including doctors, nurses, dentists, and mental health professionals. The department is dedicated to delivering professional, quality health care -- consistent with community standards -- to inmates during their incarceration. DOC focuses on providing necessary services for improving the health and well-being of those in its custody.

Applicants can view the full job description and apply online at: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1328798/institution-registered-nurse

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Sheriff's Office Booth to Host Galvatron From the Movie Transformers (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 9:48 AM
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Thursday marks the opening of the Marion County Fair, as always the Sheriff's Office will be hosting a booth in the Real Heroes section located next to the green gate behind Columbia Hall. From 10 am until 6 pm, stop by our booth, sit in a car, visit with deputies and of course grab some stickers.

Special events to watch for at the Sheriff's Office booth:

July 7th, 8th, and 9th at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. swing by and meet our MCSO K9's and watch them in action!

Sunday July 10th 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., (Family Fun Day) Come by the MCSO booth to see Galvatron from the movie Transformers, this is the actual semi truck used in the making of Transformers Age Of Extinction!

We hope to see you there!


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Marine Board Approves Boating Facility Grants
Oregon Marine Board - 07/06/16 8:30 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved four, boating facility grants during their quarterly Board meeting held on June 28, in The Dalles.

The City of St. Helens applied for a grant to replace the 20 year old gangway at the North Sand Island Marine Park. The old gangway connecting the outer docks to the inner docks was damaged, with cracked and splitting hinges, warped barrels, and broken brackets. The Board approved $20,407 in state boater funds, combined with $20,284 in federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) funds to match $13,400 of applicant cash and $3,800 administration, labor and equipment for a project total of $57,891. The new aluminum gangway will have a lifespan of 20-25 years.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) applied for a grant to expand Buena Vista Park. ODFW, Polk County, and OSMB staff have been in discussions for several years on improving the boat ramp and docks at Buena Vista Park. The Board approved $72,500 in state boater funds to match $217,500 in federal Sport Fish Restoration funds from ODFW for a total of $290,000. This grant opens the door to pursue permitting for the future boat ramp and dock replacement.

Linn County Parks and Recreation applied for a grant to conduct a hydrological analysis for future replacement of the Buell Miller boat ramp and Stayton Bridge boat ramp after they were severely damaged during the December, 2015 storms. The final hydrologic report will provide valuable technical guidance to complete the boat ramp design with the best long term solution on the alignment and placement. The Board approved $37,500 in state boater funds to match $12,500 cash and $1,050 for administration to complete the hydrologic analysis of the Stayton Bridge and Buell Miller Landing for a total project cost of $51,050.

The City of Oregon City applied for a grant to complete short-term repairs to the Clackamette Park boat ramp. This facility was severely damaged in a high water event in 2013 that caused the boat ramp's concrete planks to heave and separate and sustain severe undermining. The facility was closed for boaters' safety. Completing the temporary short term repairs will allow the boat ramp to re-open while the City pursues building a permanent boat ramp in a new location approximately 350 feet downstream. The Board approved $135,453.80 in state boater funds to match $41,944.60 cash and $876 in pre-agreement permitting fees to complete the short-term ramp repairs for a project total of $178,274.40. The repairs to the boat ramp are anticipated to begin in mid-July and completed by the end of August.

To review the agency staff report with more information about each grant application, go to: http://bit.ly/29yo1Ki.

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Oregon Youth Marijuana Use Prevention pilot campaign media event today
Oregon Health Authority - 07/06/16 8:23 AM
EDITORS: Video, radio, digital, social media messages will launch July 11 and a broad selection will be available for a media preview at an event today, July 6.

July 6, 2016

What: Media are invited to Oaks Amusement Park for a preview of the Oregon Health Authority's youth marijuana use prevention pilot campaign.

When: 11:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday, July 6

Where: Historic Dance Pavilion, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland

Who:
-- Lynne Saxton, director, Oregon Health Authority
-- Kati Moseley, policy specialist, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, OHA Public Health Division
-- Katrina Hedberg, state health officer and epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division

Visuals:
-- Previews of the campaign, including downloadable videos for distribution
-- Examples of posters, digital ads and other printed materials
-- Experts from OHA will be available for interviews

Background: Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, providing the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign. The Legislature directed OHA to conduct the pilot in an urban and a rural area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties) as the locations for this media campaign.

This campaign is an attempt to increase awareness among those younger than 21 about how recreational marijuana use might affect their health and their life, now and in the future.

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Linn County Sheriff's Office Dog Fest 2016
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/06/16 8:20 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce the third annual Linn County Sheriff's Office Dog Fest. The event will be held July 30, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Linn County Animal Shelter, located at 3008 Ferry St SW, Albany.

We will be offering license amnesty on all non-enforced late fees, half price adoptions, $15.00 microchip clinic and a dog wash. The Oregon Mobile Veterinary Services will be offering a low cost vaccine clinic, as well as other veterinary services. There will be a dog contest and a treasure hunt for kids 12 and under (prizes awarded).

We will provide a barbeque with drinks and music. Numerous other vendors will have booths set up as well. Raffle prizes will be awarded along with a one year supply of dog food (12 bags), and free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 raffle entries. The shelter is also sponsoring a pet food give-away. K-9 demonstrations will be given by Albany Police Department and Linn County Sheriff's Office.

We would like to thank all our sponsors and donors for their support.

Fun for the entire family!!
Tue. 07/05/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Douglas Co.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/05/16 11:09 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at approximately 9:00 p.m. in the 400 block of North Comstock in Sutherlin, Douglas County, Ore.

The multi-family fire affected one adult and one child. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services.

Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two People in Douglas County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/05/16 5:14 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster today, July 5, at approximately 2:30 p.m., in the 300 block of West Amanda Street in Roseburg, OR. The fire affected two adults and four pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Oregon CAP Assists In Search For Missing Aircraft. (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 07/05/16 3:28 PM
Two specially equipped Cessna C-182 search aircraft from the Oregon Civil Air Patrol participate in the search for an aircraft with three persons on board that was reported missing on a flight from Brookings, Oregon to Grants Pass early Tuesday morning.
Two specially equipped Cessna C-182 search aircraft from the Oregon Civil Air Patrol participate in the search for an aircraft with three persons on board that was reported missing on a flight from Brookings, Oregon to Grants Pass early Tuesday morning.
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The Oregon Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, at the request of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and Oregon Emergency Management, has been participating in a search for a light single engine aircraft reported overdue on a flight from Brookings to Grants Pass since early this morning July 5th. The CAP provided two specially equipped Cessna C-182 search aircraft with three person crews plus base operations staff.
Active air search operations by the CAP was concluded at 3:00 PM this afternoon.

The aircraft, with three persons on board, was reported missing by concerned family members when it failed to arrive at Grants Pass airport as expected.

Updates will be provided as available by local
County Sheriff search and rescue which is the lead agency for the search.


Attached Media Files: Two specially equipped Cessna C-182 search aircraft from the Oregon Civil Air Patrol participate in the search for an aircraft with three persons on board that was reported missing on a flight from Brookings, Oregon to Grants Pass early Tuesday morning.
Corvallis Police Arrest Man for Robbery II and Menacing
Corvallis Police - 07/05/16 2:53 PM
On May 15th, 2016, Corvallis Police Department officers responded to the 500 block of NW 21st St for a reported robbery. A male victim reported that an unknown white male approached him at that location and brandished a "Marucci" brand baseball bat, demanding the victim's wallet. The victim showed the suspect that he had no money and the suspect fled. The victim was able to provide a good physical description to officers but at that time they were unable to locate the suspect.

On June 18th, 2016, a male identified as Grant R. Studdard, reported a burglary at 529 NW 21st St. No suspects were developed from that report, then on June 20th, 2016, Studdard reported another burglary of his residence. During that investigation, Studdard stated he hit the suspect in the leg with a baseball bat. Officers seized four baseball bats, three of which were "Marucci" brand bats.

Corvallis Police Detectives continued to investigate and determined that Studdard matched the description of the robbery suspect from May 15th, 2016, and lived in the immediate area of that reported crime. The robbery victim was able to positively identify Studdard as the suspect and a search warrant was conducted on his residence, yielding further evidence. On July 1st, 2016, Studdard was taken into custody and charged with Robbery II and Menacing. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on $112,500 bail.

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Single Vehicle DUII crash with Mom and 2 Children on Fourth of July (Photo)
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a single vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred less than a mile north of Philomath. The crash resulted in injuries to three people, including two children.
At about 5:36 pm, on Monday, July 4, 2016, Dakena Clinton, age 39, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving eastbound on West Hills Road, just west of the intersection of Rosecrest Drive, in a 1998 Ford Expedition. The passenger side tires went off the roadway and into the ditch. She overcorrected and steered the vehicle in the opposite lane, causing the vehicle to flip at least once in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was heavily damaged and came to rest on its side, in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. A nine year old male child was ejected from the vehicle. An eleven year old female child and Dakena Clinton self-extricated from the vehicle.
The children were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with moderate injuries. Dakena Clinton had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene.
Dakena Clinton's blood alcohol content was 0.12% . She was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault III (x2), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering (x2).
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The roadway was closed for about four hours.


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Eugene Springfield fire crews stay busy throughout the day and night on a blustery 4th of July
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 07/05/16 12:38 PM
Eugene Springfield fire personnel responded to a variety of calls for service throughout the day and night this 4th of July.

While close to 100 calls were medical responses, there were also several minor and some major fire responses. The minor fires included several bark dust fires, trash bin fires, grass and brush fires. The more significant fires included a two-alarm brush fire that spread north and south across the 2500 block of Franklin Blvd shortly after 1:00am. This wind driven fire was rapidly moving up a steep hill towards residential areas before firefighters were able to contain the fire spread.

As firefighters were mopping up this fire a call for a structure fire at 735 53rd Place in Springfield was received at 2:14am. Arriving firefighters found a residential garage fully engulfed and spreading to the living area and also to the house immediately south of the location. Fortunately, all occupants were able to self-extricate prior to firefighters arrival. Both homes suffered significant damage and the occupants will be displaced.

When not responding to calls for service, fire and police units were patrolling the streets in the evening hours in an effort to curb illegal firework activity. Over 125 reports of illegal firework displays were received by the Central Lane 911 center. Fire Marshals and police investigators were also kept busy following up many of the fire responses and reports of illegal fireworks. The investigations are continuing and it is unknown at this time how many fires were firework related.

During the day fire crews also responded to both the McKenzie and Willamette river for calls for service. Although there were no reported serious injuries, several recreational boaters needed assistance when they became stranded at various points along the river.

A final challenge for one fire crew came when they returned to their fire station in south Eugene after a fire response and discovered an adult male had forced entry into the station. Firefighters were able to contain the intruder until Eugene Police arrived. Several rooms were ransacked. Police are continuing their investigation regarding this break-in.
***Update*** Several Injured In Crash On Highway 101 Near Lincoln City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/05/16 11:59 AM
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Initial information was Logan KITZHABER suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the crash. New information is that those injuries were serious but he has been since released from Oregon Health Science University. No further information to be released at this time.
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Previous Release:
On July 4, 2016 at about 1:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving two vehicles on Highway 101 near Devils Lake Road (just north of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Toyota Prius was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it crossed the centerline, sideswiping a northbound 1988 motorhome. After the impact, the motorhome rolled onto its side and the Toyota came to rest on the shoulder.

The driver of the Toyota, Logan G KITZHABER, age 18, of Portland, was extricated from the vehicle and taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health Sciences University for life threatening injuries. The drive of the motorhome, Stanley V LYCKMAN, age 67, of Port Angeles, Washington was taken to North Lincoln Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, Martha LYCKMAN, age 63, of Port Angeles was also taken to North Lincoln Hospital for minor injuries.

Highway 101 was closed completely for one hour then opened one lane with intermittent closures for over an hour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

OSP is seeking any persons who may have witnessed the Toyota Prius and it's driving behavior prior to the crash to call OSP at 503-375-3555. This is an ongoing investigation. No further information to be released at this time.


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Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/05/16 9:21 AM
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive will increase from $567 to $590, while the minimum amount will increase from $133 to $138.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed on or after July 3, 2016. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they have been receiving.

Under Oregon law, each year the Oregon Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts of unemployment insurance benefits people can receive each week. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum benefit amount is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law.

Higher wage growth in 2015 resulted in a 3.8% increase to the minimum weekly benefit and a 4.1% increase in the maximum weekly benefit compared to a year ago.


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New study reports prices of medical procedures among Oregon hospitals
Oregon Health Authority - 07/05/16 8:00 AM
For immediate release

July 5, 2016

New study reports prices of medical procedures among Oregon hospitals

Data show variations in costs of procedures

Salem -- A new report issued by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) details the median amounts paid by commercial insurers for the most common inpatient and outpatient procedures that were performed in Oregon hospitals in 2014. Drawing on data collected in the All Payer All Claims (APAC) database, the report shows variation in prices for the same procedures among hospitals operating in the same region and across the state.

The report, "Oregon Hospital Payment Report 2014," (https://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/HospitalReporting/Oregon-Hospital-Payment-Report-2014.pdf) was mandated by Senate Bill 900, which was passed by the Legislature in the 2015 session. The goal is to provide a source of transparency to the public on hospital prices. Inpatient care accounts for as much as 30 percent of health care spending in the state.

"Hospitals perform vital procedures that save lives and improve quality of life for Oregonians," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "This report gives patients and policymakers an unprecedented look at the payments hospitals and commercial health plans have negotiated for the procedures Oregonians depend on hospitals to perform."

According to the data provided in the report:

-- Gallbladder surgery was the most expensive outpatient procedure paid for by commercial insurers. The median cost was more than $9,000.
-- Heart valve replacement surgery was the most expensive inpatient procedure insurers paid for in 2014. The median cost was more than $74,000.
-- Mammograms were the most common procedure paid for by commercial insurers. More than 86,000 mammograms were performed in 2014.

The paid amounts reported in the study reflect the charges commercial insurers paid for different procedures at different hospitals. However, these prices do not include all costs. For example, costs to patients in co-pays, deductibles or coinsurance are not contained in the data. Charges for outpatient procedures do not include additional professional fees.

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

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

"Oregon's community hospitals are proud to lead our state toward a more transparent health care system, starting with a clearer picture of prices paid for procedures in their facilities," said Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, which worked in 2015 to pass the legislation authorizing the report released today. "We commend the OHA for their thoughtful year one report. We believe this report, and the display of the data on our OregonHospitalGuide.org website, will lead the way toward a better grade on the national scorecard on price transparency issued annually by the Catalyst for Payment Reform organization."

"Oregon Hospital Payment Report 2014" is the first of an annual series of reports on health care prices drawing from the APAC database. OHA will continue to report hospital prices and may provide data on other procedures, including procedures performed in non-hospital settings.

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The report is available as a PDF file and as a data file on the OHA Health Analytics website at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/index.aspx.
Mon. 07/04/16
Oregon National Guard participates in Independence Day celebrations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/04/16 10:31 PM
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160704-Z-OT568-001: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, fly over the parade in Creswell, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The 173rd Fighter Wing conducted flyovers for Independence Day events throughout Oregon and Northern California. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-002: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers, Pfc.Shelby Dunivin (left), Sgt. Kevin Kildal and Staff Sgt. Clinton Stayton (right), participate in an Independence Day parade in Creswell, Oregon, July 4, 2016. Members of Company G, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, and Company A, 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, drove trucks and Humvees as part of the parade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-003: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band wait on the field of Ron Tonkin Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon, in preparation to play the National Anthem to begin the Hillsboro Hops baseball game, July 4, 2016. Oregon National Guard service members participated in Independence Day activities throughout the state. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160704-Z-OT568-004: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 234th Army Band play the National Anthem to begin the Hillsboro Hops baseball game, July 4, 2016, at Ron Tonkin Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon. Oregon National Guard service members participated in Independence Day activities throughout the state. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

DSC7275: Nine new recruits enlist into the Oregon National Guard during an enlistment ceremony at the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Patriotic Celebration in Keizer, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The Patriotic Celebration honored members of the Oregon National Guard and other Veterans for their service to the state and nation. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

DSC7420: Members of the Oregon National Guard Honor Guard post the colors to begin the 2016 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Patriotic Celebration and baseball game in Keizer, Oregon, July 4, 2016. The Patriotic Celebration honored members of the Oregon National Guard and other Veterans for their service to the state and nation. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Lebanon firefighters respond to fireworks related blaze (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 07/04/16 4:21 PM
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At 3:33 PM today Lebanon firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire on Cascade Drive near Highway 20. Upon arrival firefighters found an approximately 30' x 10' area of burning grass with fire rapidly moving towards the highway. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and keep it from causing any further damage to nearby structures. Two fountain style fireworks were found in the immediate the city and are believed to be the cause of the blaze. The Lebanon Fire District urges all citizens to use extreme caution with legal fireworks as fuel moisture content is low and fire danger is increasing.


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Sun. 07/03/16
The Red Cross Responds to a Multi-Family Home Fire Affecting Seven Adults and Five Children in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/03/16 10:24 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a multi-family and multi-structure home fire disaster on July 3, 2016, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in the 2000 block of D Street and the 500 block of 20th Street in Springfield, Ore. The fire affected seven adults and five children.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/03/16 7:30 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on July 3, 2016, at approximately 3:00 p.m. in the 1600 block of Terry Street in Eugene, Ore. The fire affected two adults.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fatal Vehicle Crash In Benton County Pictures now added (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 07/03/16 3:49 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a fatal motor vehicle crash approximately four miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 71 year old man and a 68 year old woman, both from Eugene.

At about 8:50 pm, on Saturday, July 2, 2016, Edward Giebisch, age 71, from Eugene, Oregon, was driving northbound on Highway 99W, south of Greenberry Road, near mile post 91, in a 1996 Chevy Blazer SUV. For unknown reasons, the SUV left the right side of the road, crashed in a ditch, and caught fire.
Both Giebisch and his passenger, Patricia Giebisch, age 68, were pulled from the vehicle as it was burning. The Gerbisch's are married. Off duty officers from local law enforcement agencies were among the first to arrive on scene. Both occupants were deceased at the scene. The vehicle was extinguished by area farmers, Corvallis Fire Department and Monroe Fire Department.

The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed do not seem to be factors in the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Deputy Brian Lundy at 541-766-6858 if they have any information about the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation arrived and re-routed traffic. The highway was closed for approximately four hours.


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Man Killed In Motorcycle Crash Near Cottage Grove - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/03/16 11:49 AM
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On Saturday July 2nd, 2016 at approximately 4:00 pm, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a report of a motorcycle versus vehicle crash on London Road near the Cottage Grove Reservoir.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda 900 motorcycle was traveling southbound on London Road at a high rate of speed just as a 2008 Chrysler Sebring was pulling out of a private drive northbound. The motorcycle impacted the driver's side of the Sebring. The rider, identified as Cory Nathan TOCHER, age 33, of Cottage Grove, was thrown from the motorcycle and pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Sebring, Jeremy Paul OWENS, age 41, of Eugene was not injured in the crash.

The roadway was closed for approximately 1 ?1/2 hours for a collision reconstruction to be completed. TOCHER was wearing a motorcycle helmet and speed is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane County Medical Examiner and South Lane Fire and Rescue.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/03/16 9:25 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday in a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Inmate Rigoberto Corono-Avila, 29, was transported off-site for medical care Saturday, July 2, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. He was pronounced deceased on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 6:32 a.m. He had been housed at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.

Corono-Avila entered DOC custody on December 9, 2010, on one count of sex abuse in the first degree, one count of felony assault in the fourth degree, and one count of sex abuse in the second degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was January 3, 2017.

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

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Shot fired during disturbance at the Harrisburg Dari Mart
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/02/16 9:23 AM
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports that on July 1st, 2016 at approximately 10:06 PM, the Linn County Sheriff's Office 911 Center received multiple calls about an armed disturbance occurring in front of the Dari Mart located on 3rd street in Harrisburg, Oregon. One of the 911 callers described hearing a gun discharge and two men fighting in front of the store.

As deputies were en-route to the call, several Junction City Police Officers also responded and arrived moments before the Deputies. Multiple people were in the parking lot and in front of the store. One man was bleeding from head injuries and yelling.

Malbert Leslie Lawson, 32-years old of Harrisburg, went to the store with his grandmother. As Lawson walked to the doors of the store, he heard a thud behind him and turned to see David Eugene Patterson, 40-years old, of Harrisburg, walking by his car. Lawson asked Patterson if he just kicked his car and an argument ensued in front of the store. Lawson walked back to his car, took out his 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-auto handgun and confronted Patterson with the gun. According to witnesses' statements, Lawson shot the gun into the concrete between him and Patterson, pointed the gun at Patterson before taking it back to his car and unloading it. Debris from the gunshot struck two individuals. They were not injured.

Lawson's grandmother confronted Patterson as the gun was being unloaded at the car. Patterson hit her and knocked her down causing injuries to her. Lawson came out of his car with the unloaded handgun and hit him in the head multiple times with the empty handgun causing serious lacerations to Patterson's head and face area.

Patterson was arrested and charged with Assault IV and Disorderly Conduct for his role in this altercation.

Lawson was arrested and charged with Assault II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Disorderly Conduct and 2 counts of Reckless Endangering. Lawson was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

Junction City Police Department and the Harrisburg Fire/EMS Department assisted with the investigation. The investigation is continuing.
Fri. 07/01/16
Lebanon Man Arrested on Sex Crimes (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/01/16 10:13 PM
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports on July 30, 2016, his detectives arrested 73- year-old Aubrey Douglas Richardson of Lebanon for sexual abuse crimes. Detectives contacted Richardson at his residence where he agreed to talk with them about the allegations that he sexually abused a minor child known to him. During the interview with detectives, Richardson admits to knowing the child and being alone with the child on numerous occasions.

Aubrey Douglas Richardson is lodged in the Linn County Jail on charges of Sexual Abuse in The First Degree (two counts).

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


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Red Cross Responds to Multi Family Fire In Sutherlin
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/01/16 9:31 PM
On Friday, July 1st, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. red Cross  disaster responders responded to a residential fire disaster that occurred  in the 400 block of Myrtle Street in Sutherlin, OR. This multi-family fire affected seven adults and 6 pets.

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

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Health advisory issued for Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/16 4:56 PM
July 1, 2016

High toxin levels found in Jefferson County reservoir

A health advisory is being issued today for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook from Perry South Campground to and including the area around Three Rivers Marina, located about 12 miles west of Madras in Jefferson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals. The advisory is confined to the Metolius arm of the Lake from Perry South Campground up to and including the area around Three Rivers Marina. The area around Cove Palisades State Park is not affected by the bloom and the advisory does not apply to that area.

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

Drinking water directly from the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook 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 may draw in-home water directly from Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook 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. If people have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds they should contact campground management.

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. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook 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. People who bring their pets fishing with them should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook.

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

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

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority 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 Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Expect Short Delays for Paving on U.S. 20 Santiam Pass
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 07/01/16 4:29 PM
Travelers should expect delays up to 10 minutes on U.S. 20 Santiam Pass, July 5 through July 7, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., as crews are paving. Flaggers will control traffic.
Local Red Cross Responds to 52 Disasters in Past Month
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/01/16 3:19 PM
The American Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two disasters every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected by home fires, floods, wildfires and other disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime.

Between June 1 and June 30, the local Red Cross responded to 52 disasters (specific response locations listed in the attached document) and helped to address the needs of people affected by these disasters in communities spanning from Vancouver, WA to Medford, OR (north to south) and Newport, WA to Elgin, OR (west to east). The Red Cross provided disaster assistance, such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services for each of the incidents.

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.

For local response updates and information, follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCasc.


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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Welcomes New Members
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/01/16 1:46 PM
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training (BPSST) 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 and confirmed by the Senate. The Board includes administrators and non-management representatives from statewide organizations.

The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests.

The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and provides on-going guidance and oversight.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of city, county, tribal and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

Term limits and retirements have created a number of changes on the Board which take effect on July 1, 2016. The list of changes is as follows.

Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department retired last week and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police submitted Chief John Teague of the City of Keizer Police Department to serve as one of their organization's two representatives on the Board. Chief Teague's nomination was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate Confirmation Committee effective July 1, 2016.

Captain Joe Seibert of the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department served on the Board for six years a representative of the Oregon State Firefighters Council. Captain Seibert's second term on the Board expired on June 30, 2016. Term limits within Oregon Revised Statute limit BPSST members from serving more than two full terms. Captain Trish Connolly of the City of Bend Fire Department was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate Confirmation Committee as the new representative of the Oregon State Firefighters Council as of July 1, 2016.

Chief Scott Stanton of Umatilla County Fire District #1 also completed his second term on the Board as a representative of the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association on June 30, 2016. Division Chief James Oeder of the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District was nominated to take his place and was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate Confirmation Committee.

Special Agent Mike Wells of the Oregon Department of Justice completed his second full term on the Board on June 30, 2016 representing non-management law enforcement officers. Officer Mike Araiza of the City of Woodburn Police Department was approved by Governor Brown and the Senate for the Board effective July 1, 2016. Both Wells and Araiza are Past Presidents of the Oregon Peace Officers Association.

Assistant City Manager Kacey Duncan of the City of Salem was selected to represent the League of Oregon Cities on the Board taking the place of former Newberg City Manager Jacque Betz.

Sheriff Jason Myers of Marion County was approved by the Governor and Senate for a second three-year term on the Board. He was also selected to serve as Board Chair effective July 1, 2016. Patricia Patrick-Joling of Newport, a citizen member on the Board, was selected to serve as the Board's new Vice Chair effective July 1, 2016 taking the place of Fire Chief Scott Stanton who previously had served in this role.

Three vacancies on the Board created by recent retirements are in the process of being filled. Portland's new Fire Chief Mike Myers will take the place of Chief Erin Janssens, Portland's new Police Chief Mike Marshman will take the place of Chief Larry O'Dea, and acting Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton will take the place of Superintendent Rich Evans once confirmed by the Senate.

BPSST Board Roster http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/BD/docs/boardroster.pdf
Protect yourself from mosquitoes over holiday weekend (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/16 1:39 PM
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July 1, 2016

As the Fourth of July approaches and Oregonians head outdoors, public health officials are advising people to take general precautions against mosquitoes to avoid a possible risk of West Nile virus infection.

Historically, warm weather leads to elevated mosquito activity and the threat of West Nile virus. So far in 2016, West Nile virus has been detected in southern Washington state adjacent to the Columbia River. No human cases have been reported in Oregon.

West Nile is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most infected people will show little or no signs of disease. About one in five infected people may show signs of West Nile fever. People at risk include individuals 50 and older, people with immune compromising conditions, and those with diabetes and high blood pressure.

West Nile symptoms may include fever above 100 degrees and severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis or rash. It is important that you contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms. Rarely, infected individuals may develop neuro-invasive disease (infection of the brain or spinal column) that can be severe or may cause death. This is especially of concern to those who have a compromised immune system and the elderly.

The fever syndrome may last from a few days to several weeks.

"It's very easy for people to prevent bites from mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus," said Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinarian at the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, who recommends that people and animals be protected against mosquito bites. "Although the risk of contracting West Nile virus is low, people can take simple precautions to keep these insects at bay if they're headed outdoors."

DeBess offers these tips:

-- Eliminate sources of standing water that are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including watering troughs, bird baths, ornamental ponds, buckets, wading and swimming pools not in use, and old tires.
-- When engaged in outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, protect yourself by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin, and follow the directions on the container.
-- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.
-- Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

Additional information about West Nile virus is available at:

Oregon Health Authority website: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/WestNileVirus/Pages/survey.aspx

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with information available in Spanish and English:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/ index.htm

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Summer Travel Safety Tips for your Credit, Debit Cards Video, Infographic Provided
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 07/01/16 1:07 PM
Tigard, OR -- Fifty-nine percent of Americans will travel this summer, according to American Express. Whether you're staying close to home and floating the Deschutes River, or taking a European river cruise, you can use your credit and debit cards with confidence. Simply follow these security safety tips provided by Northwest credit unions:
First, take advantage of your credit union's account monitoring systems that allow you to track your spending. Check daily, and report any suspicious activity immediately.
EMV chip cards provide an extra layer of security when you use them on site (not online). Not all merchants have caught up with this technology trend. If the merchant's chip system isn't operating yet, you can still use your card, but continue to monitor your transactions daily.
If you enter a pin number, use your other hand to shield the number from anyone who may be watching.
Be sure your card is returned following each purchase and that it is indeed your card.
Wait for the receipt. Never leave it at the checkout counter; and keep receipts with you, not in your shopping bags.
Keep a list of your card account numbers and telephone numbers to call if your cards are lost or stolen. Keep that list in a secure place--not in your wallet.
Know that your PIN can be stolen in other ways. There is a heat signature left on non-metal keypads for several minutes after you use it. Infrared cameras installed on Smartphones can be used to measure this heat signature and obtain your PIN. Stop this fraud by resting your fingers on other keys while typing in your PIN.
Unfortunately, thieves can place "skimming" devices on ATMs to steal your card and PIN numbers, so they can make fake cards and steal your money. Look for anything unusual near the speakers and beside the screen. Pull or twist on the device where you insert your card to make sure it's secure. If you find a skimming device has been attached don't use the ATM, and call police immediately.
Finally, let your credit union know that you will be traveling, and the destination. Credit union employees are looking out for you, and they pay attention to your spending patterns so they freeze your card and alert you if there is unusual spending. Letting the credit union know that you are traveling will allow you to continue to use your cards conveniently.
For use on your online channels, we are offering some additional resources your news audiences may find helpful:
An infographic regarding consumers' limited liability if their cards are stolen:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tp77f1bb5ri4obq/ID-Theft-Liability-Infographic.pdf?dl=0

An animated video helping consumers take the right steps if their credit or debit cards are compromised:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pjmny6r12st82xk/IDTheftv2.mov?dl=0


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Fourth Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Less Than A Week On Oregon's Highways - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/01/16 11:05 AM
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On June 30, 2016 at approximately 3:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup Hwy 36 near milepost 12 (near Deadwood).

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1992 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling westbound on Highway 36 when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossing the centerline and sideswiping an eastbound 2007 Dodge pickup.

The motorcycle and its rider came to rest in the north ditch after the collision. The rider, Richard F ARAUJO, age 68, of Deadwood, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, Elaine R BEERS, age 63, of Swisshome was not injured.

The roadway was restricted to one lane for approximately 3 ?1/2 hours. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Western Lane Ambulance. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.

This marks the fourth fatal motorcycle crash on Oregon's highways in less than a week. For information on motorcycle safety, visit the Oregon Department of Transportation's motorcycle safety page at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/motorcyclesafety.aspx


OSP Release from June 26, 2016:

JUNE 24 -- LANE COUNTY

On June 24, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus a pickup on Highway 36 near milepost 7 (near Mapleton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossed the centerline, and struck a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on.

The motorcyclist, Michael R LUCIER, age 56, of Swisshome, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Rodney D PRUETT, age 23, of Florence was not injured.

There were intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Florence Police.


JUNE 25 -- JOSEPHINE COUNTY

On June 25, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 46 at milepost 7 (Caves Highway near Cave Junction).

The 911 caller, who was a passing motorist, reporting seeing a motorcycle partially down the embankment. The caller also reported the rider was not breathing. Emergency crews arrived on scene and pronounced the motorcyclist deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Triumph motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 46 at milepost 7 when it left the roadway on a corner. The motorcycle struck a tree and the rider, Patrick Michael DALEY, age 57, of Cave Junction, was thrown down the embankment.

Roadway evidence indicates excessive speed was a factor. Highway 46 was closed for approximately 1 hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire Department.


JUNE 26 -- LINN COUNTY

On June 26, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a truck versus motorcycle collision on Interstate 5 at the 235 interchange (just north of Albany). Information received is the truck driver failed to remain at the scene and left the area.

Preliminary information indicates a 1995 Kenworth truck tractor towing a chip trailer had been traveling southbound on Old Salem Road. The truck began to make a left turn onto the Interstate 5 southbound onramp, but turned in front of a northbound 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist crashed as a result of the truck turning into its path. The rider, Kevin R ARGO, age 39, of Lebanon was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The operator of the truck, Ruben L DEFOOR, age 79, of Albany, was later located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The onramp was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Albany Fire, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.


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Man Runs Over Deputies Foot (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/16 9:23 AM
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At about 5:00 a.m. this morning a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle being driven by Levi Read, age 25, of Salem on Connecticut Avenue SE near Macleay Road SE in Salem. When the dispatcher advised the deputy that Read, had a warrant for his arrest the deputy attempted to approach Read and arrest him.

Read sped off in his vehicle, running over the deputies' foot in the process, luckily the deputy was not seriously injured. Read escaped, but his vehicle was found awhile later abandoned in an apartment complex.

Read has several outstanding warrants for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle in addition the Sheriff's Office has probable cause to arrest Read for the crimes of Eluding the Police and Assault on a Public Safety Officer. The Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding Read's location to please call 503-588-5032, you can remain anonymous.


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Deputies Investigating Fatal Crash South of Salem (Update 2 Final) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/16 8:51 AM
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The Sheriff's Office has identified the drivers in yesterday's fatal crash, Jeremy Fillible age 34, was driving his Chevrolet truck when it collided with a motorcycle being driven by Daniel Harmon, age 52, Mr. Harmon died at the scene. Mr. Harmon's passenger McKennen Brockamp, age 25, remains at Salem Hospital in critical condition. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases of information.



Deputies have concluded today's fatal traffic crash investigation and Liberty Road South has reopened to regular traffic. Deputies have determined that a south bound Chevrolet truck missed its turn and pulled into a driveway to turn around. The truck reentered the roadway when it was struck by a north bound Honda motorcycle.

The area where the collision occurred has a very limited view for motorists due to a hill and a corner, deputies believe this is the primary cause of today's crash. The driver of the truck was not injured in the collision. The motorcycle riders an adult male was killed instantly and the female has been taken to Salem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

No citations will be issued as a result of the investigation and deputies do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. The name of all involved will be released once next of kin notification can be made.



The Marion County Sheriff's Office is arriving on scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash on Liberty Road South near Jory Hill Road South. Initial indications are that a pickup truck and motorcycle were traveling on Liberty Road South when the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the truck was not injured, a passenger on the motorcycle has been transported to Salem Hospital and the other passenger of the motorcycle died at the scene. Deputies from the Traffic Safety Team are on scene and attempting to determine the events that led up to the crash.

Motorists should expect Liberty Road South to be closed for the next several hours, please seek alternate routes. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.


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Oregon Youth Marijuana Use Prevention pilot campaign to launch
Oregon Health Authority - 07/01/16 8:08 AM
EDITORS: The soft launch of this campaign goes live today. Full materials including video, radio, digital and social media messages will launch on July 11, and a broad selection will be available for a media preview at an event on July 6.

July 1, 2016

What: Media are invited to Oaks Amusement Park for a preview of the Oregon Health Authority's youth marijuana use prevention pilot campaign.

When: Wednesday, July 6, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Historic Dance Pavilion, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland

Who:
-- Lynne Saxton, Director, Oregon Health Authority
-- Katrina Hedberg, state health officer and epidemiologist, OHA Public Health Division
-- Kati Moseley, policy specialist, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, OHA Public Health Division

Visuals:
-- Previews of the campaign, including downloadable videos for distribution.
-- Examples of posters, digital ads and other printed materials.
-- Experts from OHA will be available for interviews.

Background: Earlier this year, the Oregon Legislature passed HB 4014 and SB 1597, providing the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division with $3.97 million to develop, pilot and evaluate a youth marijuana use prevention campaign. The Legislature directed OHA to conduct the pilot in an urban and a rural area of the state. Legislative intent guided OHA in choosing the Portland metro area (Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties) and southern Oregon (Josephine and Jackson counties) as the locations for this media campaign.

This campaign is an attempt to increase awareness among those younger than 21 about how recreational marijuana use might affect their health and their life, now and in the future.

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Oregon Air National Guard flyovers scheduled for the Fourth of July holiday (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/01/16 8:00 AM
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The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct Independence Day flyovers at various locations throughout Oregon.

F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct flyovers at the following community locations and times on Monday, July 4, 2016.

10:00 a.m., Central Point Freedom Festival, Central Point, Oregon
10:10 a.m., 4th of July Celebration, Ashland, Oregon
10:15 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Klamath Falls, Oregon
10:40 a.m., 4th of July Celebration, Dorris, California
10:55 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Eagle Point, Oregon
11:15 a.m., Creswell 4th of July Parade & Celebration, Creswell, Oregon
11:25 a.m., Neskowin Patriotic Celebration, Neskowin, Oregon
11:35 a.m., 4th of July Parade, Rockaway Beach, Oregon
11:55 a.m., Lake of the Woods 4th of July Celebration, Klamath Falls, Oregon

All passes will be approximately 1,000 feet above ground level at about 400 mph airspeed. Flights could be canceled or times changed due to inclement weather or operational contingencies.

The Oregon Air National Guard has been an integral part of the nation's air defense since 1941 and has proudly honored local communities for 75 years. The 173rd Fighter Wing is home to the sole F-15C pilot training school for the U.S. Air Force.

PHOTO CAPTION: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the 173rd Fighter Wing, based in Klamath Falls, Oregon, are scheduled to conduct July 4th flyovers for ceremonies at locations throughout Oregon and Northern California. (Courtesy photo by Scott Wolff of FighterSweep.com)


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Fire Season begins July 5 in West Oregon District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/16 4:45 PM
Due to increasing fire danger, the Oregon Department of Forestry has officially declared that fire season will go into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the West Oregon District. This area includes private, state, county and Bureau of Land Management forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Benton, Polk, Lincoln and southern Yamhill counties.

Fire season requirements will be in effect for industrial operations occurring in the West Oregon District. Operations are required to have fire prevention and firefighting equipment at the operation site and provide a fire watch on each operation after equipment is shut down. This includes: fire tools and fire tool box for the operation as well as fire tools and extinguishers for vehicles. Operations must meet the requirements for: water supply, pumps, power saws, spark arresters, and cable operations.

In addition, open burning has been banned in Benton and Polk counties. These bans are implemented in cooperation with local fire defense boards and ODF, and will remain in effect until significant rains begin in the fall.

Fire season is declared each year based on weather conditions and fire danger. As forest vegetation dries due to warmer temperatures and less rain, fire danger increases. As the fire season progresses, further restrictions will be put in effect on both public and forest operations to reduce the chance of wildfires. Extra precautions need to be taken by forest users and forest workers to prevent fires from starting.

For more information on fire season requirements, contact the
West Oregon District at these locations:
541-929-3266 Philomath Office
503-934-8146 Dallas Office
541-366-2273 Toledo Office

Or visit the Oregon Dept. of Forestry website at www.oregon.gov/ODF
Fire Program Review Committee completes work
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/16 4:08 PM
The Oregon Department of Forestry has received final recommendations of the 2015-16 Fire Program Review Committee, focused on improving Oregon's "complete and coordinated wildfire protection system."

The recommendations conclude a seven-month process and represent the most comprehensive review of the Department's fire program in over a decade. Made up of forest landowners and operators, legislators, governor's staff and agency partners, the committee proposed changes in three categories: sustainable large fire funding, sustainable wildfire organization, and wildfire policy.

Sustainable large fire funding recommendations included:

Exploring the creation of a trust fund to pay the public share of large wildfire suppression costs on fires within ODF's jurisdiction and for reducing wildland fire risk;
Continuing the purchase of an annual catastrophic wildfire insurance policy to cover firefighting budget overruns in severe seasons, and also examine other insurance products;
Conducting a study of the cost equity of the state's protection of west side Bureau of Land Management lands from wildfire.

Sustainable wildfire organization recommendations included exploring several options to improve the state's "complete and coordinated wildfire protection system" as well as an option to increase "fire severity" funding by $1.5 million. This would add dollars to the Special Purpose Appropriation, spending authority provided by the Legislature to fund additional firefighting resources during severe wildfire seasons.

Wildfire policy improvements concentrated on the agency partnering to conduct new risk analysis studies. Recommended studies include one to determine the potential of wildfire to move across ownership boundaries, used to allow forest managers to prioritize landscape-level fuels treatments; a study to compare the cost of fighting wildfires in the wildland-urban interface vs. pure forestland and a study to improve prescribed forest burning opportunities and efficiencies. Prescribed burning is a proven tool to reduce wildfire hazards by removing excess forest vegetation.

The committee also recommended that the agency continue to foster coordination between Rangeland Fire Protection Associations and the BLM and other partners with the aim to strengthen fire suppression capability on Oregon's rangelands. Privately owned rangelands east of the Cascades do not receive wildfire protection from the state.

The full "2015/2016 Fire Program Review Committee Report to the State Forester" is available on the ODF website, Oregon.gov/odf.
Enroll in paperless billing with NW Natural and help kids attend Outdoor School
NW Natural - 06/30/16 4:00 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) customers have the opportunity to help students experience Outdoor School by enrolling in paperless billing. Current statistics show that only half of sixth grade students participate in the hands-on learning opportunity due to cost barriers.

To thank current paperless billing customers, NW Natural is donating $5,000 to cover a week of Outdoor School for a whole classroom of 6th graders. Plus, the company will donate an additional $5 for every customer who enrolls in paperless billing by August 31.

"We're thrilled to partner with Friends of Outdoor School to offer such a memorable learning experience," said Von Summers, NW Natural community affairs manager. "Our goal is to cover several classrooms' worth of travel, supplies and meals."

Here are three easy steps for participating in NW Natural paperless billing:
1. Sign in to or quickly register for your NW Natural online profile at nwnatural.com.
2. Choose "Go Paperless," then enroll.
3. Start receiving your gas bill online each month, rather than by mail.

By enrolling in paperless billing, NW Natural customers save time and resources, and get the convenience of bill information and energy-use history at their fingertips.

Going paperless for Outdoor School strengthens education. According to Friends of Outdoor School, research shows that Outdoor School builds self-confidence, self-reliance, and strengthens leadership, collaboration and critical-thinking skills.

Track NW Natural's paperless enrollment progress throughout summer at nwnatural.com/Paperless.
About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 718,000 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.

About Friends of Outdoor School
Since 2003, Friends of Outdoor School has been dedicated to preserving the Outdoor School experience for all Oregon students regardless of a student's ability, experience, income or family background. They do this by raising funds, gathering volunteers, and building community partnerships on behalf of Outdoor School. Find out more at friendsofoutdoorschool.org.

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Oregon announces final health insurance rate decisions
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/30/16 3:21 PM
Salem -- Today, the state announced its final decisions for 2017 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. The Department of Consumer and Business Services must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These final decisions are the result of a rigorous and public review process by the DCBS Division of Financial Regulation. This process included public conference calls, public hearings, and public comment. The division published preliminary decisions before the public hearings. These hearings provided an opportunity for the public, health insurance companies, and the division to further review and analyze the preliminary decisions.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends.

The department reviews rates to ensure they are reasonable and actuarially sound -- meaning they are sufficient to cover costs so that health insurance companies can pay claims, but not excessive. This year, the department found that most rates were reasonable based on projected expenses for 2017. However, there were a few exceptions, including:
The department reduced Providence's rate increase for individual plans from 29.6 percent to 24.1 percent. The department made the change because it disagreed with the company's projection for health care utilization and it concluded the profit margin generated in the original request was too high.
The department reduced Moda Health Plan's rate increase for individual plans from 32.3 percent to 29.3 percent because of several errors, one of which was discovered by OSPIRG in its review of the filings on behalf of consumers.
HealthNet's rate for individual plans changed from staying flat to increasing 9.8 percent because the original request was based on data that was not credible, the department found.

In addition, based on data available after the initial submission, ATRIO requested and was able to justify an additional 5 percent increase to its rates.

In the individual market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 9.8 percent to an average rate increase of 32 percent, depending on the insurance company. Under the final decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $312 to $442 a month.

In the small group market, the division's final rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 8.9 percent to an average rate increase of 17 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $266 to $362 a month.

Click the following link for a table with company-specific information: http://dfr.oregon.gov/public-resources/healthrates/Documents/2017-final-summary.pdf

"Health insurance rates should generally follow trends in the cost of medical care," said Laura Cali, insurance commissioner and administrator of the Division of Financial Regulation. "However, there are several additional factors -- such as the end of federal programs and the recent losses experienced by insurers -- that make higher increases necessary for insurers to meet their obligations to policyholders in 2017."

The final rate decisions also include plans in 13 additional counties for Moda Health Plan. Moda was one of four statewide carriers that had decided to limit the number of counties in which it sells plans in 2017. One of those carriers, LifeWise Health Plan, opted to leave the Oregon market altogether.

"We were very concerned about limited options for consumers, particularly in rural counties, and worked hard to try to get insurers to reconsider their decisions," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "With Moda re-entering 13 counties, Oregonians throughout the state have multiple choices, and we are in a better position in a fast-changing market."

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

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov.
Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet July14 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/30/16 3:05 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission plans to meet Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: announcements; liaison reports; commission business; service equity; Department of Labor discussion; and a public forum.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
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County advisory group to state forestry will meet July 8
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/16 1:20 PM
The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.

The committee will meet July 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Santiam Room, Building D, 2600 State St., Salem. Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee agenda include a briefing on the State Forest Division's budget reductions, an update on the division's priority work, and discussion on drafting FTLAC testimony that will be presented to the Board of Forestry at the board's July 20 meeting.

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7248.

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about the FTLAC here.
More background on state forest management and county relationships is outlined in the Council of Forest Trust Lands Counties annual report.
BPA selects Javier Fernandez as next chief financial officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/30/16 12:24 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- Javier Fernandez has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Bonneville Power Administration. Fernandez, currently BPA's deputy chief financial officer, will assume his new role in the next few weeks, taking over for Nancy Mitman, who announced earlier this year that she would retire in July.

As BPA's chief financial officer, Fernandez will oversee capital and debt management, accounting, cash management and budgeting for BPA's $4.3 billion total budget.

"Javier unquestionably brings to this vital position the kind of financial knowledge and real-world experience that will help us meet the many challenges sweeping today's energy industry," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "I look forward to working closely with him as we map out our path for lasting success, with an eye toward remaining the Northwest's wholesale energy provider of choice."

Fernandez joined BPA in 2012. In addition to leading the capital portfolio management program, he has served as BPA's treasurer, directing financial planning and investment of funds for BPA and exercising authority for receipt, disbursement, banking, custody of funds and financial instruments.

Before coming to BPA, he served for three years as senior vice president with D.A. Davidson & Co., a financial services firm, and seven years with Seattle-Northwest Securities, performing public finance banking and financial advisory services to municipal jurisdictions primarily in Oregon.

"The energy industry is in a transformative era, and I am very excited to be among those utility professionals who will have a chance to address the challenges and opportunities ahead while continuing our legacy of delivering on our mission to the region," Fernandez said. "At the same time, I look forward to -- and recognize the importance of -- working with our customers and other stakeholders to continue BPA's prudent approach to fiscal management."

Fernandez has a Bachelor of Science in economics from ITAM in Mexico City and a master's in Business Administration from Yale University. He and his wife, Belinda, live in Portland, where earlier this year they welcomed new daughter Emily into their family, joining their 5-year-old daughter, Lucia, and 2-year-old son, Alex.

BPA is a federal agency that markets wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydroelectric projects in the Northwest and one nonfederal nuclear plant providing about 28 percent of the electric power used in the Northwest. BPA also operates and maintains about three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in its service territory, which includes Idaho, Oregon, Washington, western Montana and small parts of eastern Montana, California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Northwest.


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Coos Bay School District News Release
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 06/30/16 11:46 AM
Press Release/Announcement

The Coos Bay School Board has extended the deadline for applicants interested in filling the vacancy on the Board to July 22, 2016. The Board will meet on Friday, July 30, at 5:30 PM, to appoint a new member to fill the vacancy. Due to Board member schedules, the full Board is unable to meet earlier in July.

Interested community members are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, an applicant must be a registered voter who has resided in the Coos Bay School District for at least one year. The application form is available on the District's website: www.cbd9.net Although not a requirement, the Board hopes that the successful applicant would also be able to attend the Board's August work-session on Saturday, August 13.

If you wish to know more about the Coos Bay School District's Board of Directors and its work, please call the Superintendent's Office at 267-1310.
Salem Cancer Institute offers free skin cancer screenings
Salem Health - 06/30/16 11:31 AM
Be aware. Protect yourself. Get checked. Are you unable to afford important health screenings? You may qualify for a free skin cancer screening by a local dermatologist.

Prevention and early detection are the best ways to keep skin healthy. Learn ways to protect you and your family and how to perform regular skin checks at home.

Screenings are offered at three locations in Salem throughout the summer:

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 8 A.M. TO NOON
Silver Falls Dermatology & Allergy, 1793 13th St. SE

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 1 TO 5 P.M.
Salem Free Clinics, 1300 Broadway St. NE, #104

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
Dermatology Clinic, P.C., 2441 Grear St. NE

Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Please call Salem Cancer Institute at 503-814-1449 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. For the second consecutive year, the hospital in Salem received the prestigious 2016 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, placing it among the nation's highest performing hospitals. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.
Oregon Department of Forestry Fire Update | Thursday, June 30, 2016
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/16 11:26 AM
FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER:
Public Use Restrictions are being implemented / increasing on various ODF districts throughout the state, often including restrictions on fireworks on ODF-protected lands. Be sure to know what restrictions are in place where you are working or recreating. Enjoy celebrating our nation's 240th birthday during the upcoming holiday week-end, but please be safe out there.


NEW FIRES (10 acres or larger reported on ODF-protected lands over the past 24 hours):

Ferguson Creek Fire (Western Lane District): The Ferguson Creek Fire was reported on Wednesday, June 29, burning approximately six miles southwest of Monroe. By that late afternoon / early evening, the fire was controlled at 25 acres. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Unless the situation changes, this will be the only report on this fire.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.

FIRE STATISTICS:
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2016, through Today, June 30, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 33 fires burned, 2,125 acres
Human-caused fires: 196 fires burned, 322 acres
Total: 229 fires burned 2,447 acres

10-year average (January 1st through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 39 fires burned, 155 acres
Human-caused fires: 179 fires burned, 1,344 acres
Total: 218 fires burned, 1,499 acres

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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility presents children's event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/30/16 10:02 AM
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Every summer, an event to foster relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children -- called Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) -- is held at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. This year the event will be July 9-10.

TACE allows incarcerated mothers to interact with their children outside the confines of the visiting room in a more normalized environment with interactive games and activities, and an outdoor barbecue. The event is a joint project between Wilsonville Rotary International and CCCF, and has been held every year since 2003.

Events of this nature are part of an overall effort to increase visiting and family engagement at all 14 Oregon Department of Corrections prisons. Research shows that those who stay connected, receive visits, and interact with their families while incarcerated are more likely to be successful when they release.

Members of the media wishing to attend TACE must be pre-approved. They may contact Vicki Reynolds at 503-570-6405 to sign up.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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ODF implements Regulated-Use Closure on lands protected by Central Oregon District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/30/16 9:08 AM
Prineville, Ore--Lands protected by ODF's Central Oregon District (COD) will be placed under a Regulated Use Closure beginning Friday July 1, 2016 at 12:01 am. The Regulated Use Closure applies to private, county, and state owned lands protected by COD in Deschutes, Grant, Hood River, Wasco, Wheeler, Crook, Jefferson, Morrow, Harney, Umatilla, Lake, and Gilliam counties. The intent of the Closure is to limit human caused wildfires. Recent high temperatures have dried wildland fuels and increased the danger of large fire growth. Human caused fires in COD are above the ten year average for the District, which concerns fire managers as we enter the heart of fire season with dry fuels, warm temperatures and an increasing possibility of lightning caused fires.

The full Regulated Use Closure Proclamation can be found on the Central Oregon District website: www.ODFcentraloregon.com. The official Closure includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.
Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. A map of designated areas is available on COD's website under Fire Information. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.
Chainsaw use is prohibited, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, if the following firefighting equipment is present with each operating saw: one axe, one shovel, and one operational 8 ounce or larger fire extinguisher. In addition, a fire watch is required at least one hour following the use of each saw.
Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner upon their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.
Possession of the following firefighting equipment is required while traveling in a motorized vehicle, except on federal and state highways, county roads and driveways: one shovel and one gallon of water or one operational 2?1/2 pound or larger fire extinguisher, except all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles which must be equipped with an approved spark arrestor in good working condition.
Mowing of dried grass with power driven equipment is prohibited, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.
Use of fireworks and blasting is prohibited.

Open fires are allowed by permit only, please contact your local ODF office for information. Exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns are prohibited during fire season.

For information on restrictions on public lands contact your local US Forest Service ranger district office or Bureau of Land Management district office.
Marine Board Approves Rules and Initiates Rulemaking
Oregon Marine Board - 06/30/16 7:30 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board met for their quarterly Board meeting on June 28, in The Dalles. The Board approved several grants and rule changes and approved initiating rulemaking on three new items.

The Board amended, adopted or repealed the following rules:

Chapter 250, Division 011, Steering and Sailing Rules. The rule was amended to be consistent with federal navigation regulations for the responsibilities between vessels, right of way, and procedures for safe passage on specified rivers. A temporary rule was in effect; May 2, 2016.
Issuance and Duplication Fees, OAR 250-010-0057 and Refunds, OAR 250-010-0058. The Marine Board repealed OAR 250-010-0057 as registration and titling fees are identified in Oregon Revised Statute. OAR 250-010-0058 was amended to identify the price point where customers will automatically receive a refund if there's overpayment of $10 or more. Any overpayment under $10 will be issued if the customer requests a refund. A temporary rule suspended OAR 250-010-0057; April 13, 2016.
Boat Operations in Jefferson County, OAR 250-020-0161. A new rule was adopted to allow a boat to anchor for 30 consecutive days in one location and then it must be moved to a new location at least half a mile away and must not return to the previously used location for 30 days. For purposes of this rule, "location" is defined as an area within a 300 foot radius. A boat must also not be left unattended for more than seven consecutive days. This rule does not impact private landowners or boats in a marina.
Boat Operations in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0340. Motorboats are prohibited on Kinney Lake.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for the following items:

Rulemaking for Ocean Charter Vessels, Chapter 250, Division 015. Draft language would expand purchasing options for Ocean Charters to a biennial ($100) or annual ($50) license and to change rule language to improve readability.
Agency Representation by Officer or Employee, OAR 250-001-0035. Allow agency staff to represent the Attorney General at contested case hearings related to the Outfitter/Guide program when the agency proposes to revoke, suspend or deny an outfitter/guide license. The rule will define the limitations of "agency representation" and will not enable staff to present "legal arguments." A temporary rule is in effect; May 12, 2016.
Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County, OAR 250-020-0032. In April 2016, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) adopted a rule that authorized members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to harvest hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead at the Willamette Falls for ceremonial purposes from the shore or from a single platform erected by the Tribe. Although fishing from a boat is not authorized under ODFW rule, the Tribe will have to use a boat to construct and access its fishing platform. The Board approved initiating rulemaking to allow boat access for the platform construction and its subsequent use for ceremonial harvest by the Tribe in the area of the Willamette Falls that is currently closed to boating. A temporary rule is in effect; June 7, 2016.

The Board also approved several Round Two boating facility grant requests totaling $282,025 in state boater funds and postponed several agenda items, including a Chetco River petition to restrict motorboats, which will be considered during the October meeting.

To review the staff report and agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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FBI On-Call PIO
FBI - Oregon - 06/30/16 6:00 AM
PIO Beth Anne Steele will be out of the office until Monday, July 11th. During this time, media should use the on-call pager for immediate needs.
Wed. 06/29/16
Oregon Civil Air Patrol Concludes Linn County Missing Hiker Search
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/29/16 6:28 PM
At the direction of the U.S. Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center and the Linn County Sheriff, the Oregon Civil Air Patrol has concluded its mission to assist Linn County Sheriff's Office in searching for a 75 year old missing male hiker in the Marion Lake area..

The search for the missing hiker was requested by Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley who asked for the CAP to join the search in the wilderness area of northeast Linn County. There are no roads directly to Marion Lake. The search included numerous agencies from throughout Oregon who spent five days searching for the hiker who was first reported missing by concerned family on Friday, June 24th when he failed to return from a day hike.

Oregon CAP, which was performing a training day last Saturday when the request was received by the AFRCC, diverted three aircraft from training tasks to join the search. Two aircraft flew search patterns while the third aircraft performed a "high bird" function, flying at a higher elevation and relaying radio communications between the search aircraft and the CAP base at Aurora State Airport.
A notable addition to the search effort participants was CAP's 6 state Pacific Region Commander, Colonel Brian Bishop. A resident of Portland, Col. Bishop, a pilot in the CAP, flew a search mission on Monday with a mission scanner and mission observer crew. " I have a backpacking in the search area" commented Bishop. " and have experienced the rugged nature of that terrain on the ground. That experience gave me an understanding and insight of the difficulties of an air search which I used while flying that mission" he said.
"It just goes to show how seriously we take SAR in Oregon" mentioned Undersheriff Jim Yon, search mission coordinator with the Linn County Sheriff on Col. Bishops participation in the search mission. " We do what we need to do to complete the mission" he said.

Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

CAP, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Press Conference
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/29/16 5:10 PM
Sent on behalf of Douglas County District Attorney Richard L. Wesenberg.

The Douglas County District Attorney's Office will be holding a press conference to discuss the officer involved shooting investigation, conducted by the Oregon State Police, from the June 14th incident on Happy Valley Road in Roseburg.

The press conference will be held tomorrow, June 30th, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., in the Douglas County Sheriff's Office conference room, located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg.

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BPA celebrates 25th anniversary of Spokane Tribal Hatchery (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/29/16 4:44 PM
Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes.
Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes.
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New agreement promises ratepayer support of Spokane Tribal Hatchery for another 20 years

Ford, Wash. - Today, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Bonneville Power Administration signed a new agreement that promises BPA ratepayer support of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery for another 20 years. The agreement also includes funding for hatchery modernization and improvements.

BPA began funding the Spokane Tribe of Indians hatchery in 1990, in part, for the environmental impacts of Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River. Completed in 1939, Grand Coulee flooded the Spokane Tribe's ancestral homelands and blocked salmon from migrating to the tribe's traditional fishing sites. The operation of Grand Coulee has also negatively affected resident fish populations, such as trout.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has taken a leadership role in bringing fish back to the river, developing a restoration and enhancement program for Lake Roosevelt that includes a fish hatchery for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.

"Historically, the Spokane Tribe was known as a river and fishing people, culturally defined, in part, by the bounty of salmon that returned annually to tribal fishery grounds," says Tim Peone, Spokane Tribal member and hatchery manager. "The hatchery program is meant to be more than just a fish production facility; it provides a remembrance and pathway for tribal members to reconnect with the river and its fisheries."

Today, the Spokane Tribe manages the hatchery in coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sherman Creek Hatchery and the Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Net Pen Rearing Project.

"We realize the hatchery doesn't bring back what was lost 80 years ago, but BPA is committed to protecting and improving conditions for the area's resident fish populations," says Lorri Bodi, BPA's vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife. "We want to help preserve and fortify tribal culture and the indigenous knowledge that enriches our entire region."

Annually, the hatchery produces approximately 100,000 kokanee salmon and 750,000 rainbow trout for release into Lake Roosevelt. Additionally, the hatchery also produces 6,000 rainbow trout yearlings for annual release into inland lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The tribal hatchery, which consists of 44 indoor/outdoor raceways, employs five full-time and four seasonal employees.

Artifacts, photos and reading panes chronicling historical fisheries, tribal subsistence and the cultural significance of the river are on display at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery -- open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.


Attached Media Files: Milton Ray, a 16-month-old tribal member, watches fish at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout and kokanee salmon for release into Lake Roosevelt, Banks Lake and reservation inland lakes. , Carol Evans, chair of the Spokane Tribal Council, and BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer commemorate the signing of a new 20-year funding agreement for the Spokane Tribal Hatchery in Ford, Wash.
Monthly Housing Stability Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 06/29/16 3:42 PM
July 8, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services
725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301 | Room 124 A&B
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes
9:20 Multifamily Bond Approvals
10:00 Agency Request Budget
11:00 Health and Housing Study
11:30 OHA Overview
12:00 LIFT Progress Update
12:15 Report of the Interim Director
12:30 Report of the Chair
12:45 Meeting Adjourned
Legislative briefing on public health modernization set July 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/29/16 3:29 PM
June 29, 2016

What: The Oregon Health Authority will hold a legislative briefing hosted by Representative Mitch Greenlick and Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson to present information about Oregon's public health modernization initiative.

Agenda: Provide an introduction to public health modernization; review findings from the statewide public health modernization assessment; and provide an overview of the public health modernization implementation plan.

When: Wednesday, July 6, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting also will be live-streamed through the public health modernization website at http://www.healthoregon.org/modernization.


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Task Force on School Nursing meets July 8 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/29/16 3:25 PM
June 29, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Continue analyzing ideas to fund school nursing in Oregon and begin brainstorming recommendations to include in task force report.

When: Friday, July 8, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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

The Task Force on School Nursing is a governor-appointed task force legislatively mandated by SB 698 (2015). The task force is charged with:
-- Examining health care funding sources to support school health services.
-- Recommending sustainable funding sources for school health services.
-- Recommending standards of school nursing practices.
-- Recommending ways to create a coordinated school health services model that directs an appropriate level of funding to school nursing and school-based health centers.



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Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/29/16 1:00 PM
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Joint News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department + US Forest Service // June 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., Alex Phillips, 503-986-0631 (desk), 503-480-9092 (cell)
Deschutes National Forest, Jean Nelson-Dean, 541-383-5561


Metolius Loops Bikeway Designation Removed Due to Existing Plan Conflict

Lebanon OR -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted to remove the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway designation at their June 29 public meeting in Lebanon. The change resolves a conflict with the pre-existing federal Wild and Scenic River Management Plan that preserves the natural qualities of Camp Sherman area by limiting promotions, among other things.

The State Scenic Bikeway designation is a promotional designation. Even without the label "Scenic Bikeway," all public roads in the area are available and open for bicycling.

The Metolius Loops State Scenic Bikeway was designated in 2011, and like all bikeways, was promoted nationally and internationally online and in print by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, its program partner Travel Oregon, and local bicycle and tourism proponents. This promotional mission unintentionally conflicted with the Metolius Wild and Scenic River Management Plan which was signed in 1997 by the Forest Service, following environmental analysis and public comment. The Metolius plan calls for protecting the area's primitive, historic character and preserving Outstandingly Remarkable Values by not permitting entities to promote the area, reducing congestion, managing signage to perpetuate historic character, and other standards. A goal is to limit conflict and crowding in the Metolius Basin to maintain a quality visitor recreation experience.

After discovering the problem two years ago, Camp Sherman residents, bikeway proponents, and staff with the U.S. Forest Service and OPRD tried unsuccessfully to resolve the inherent conflict between the two designations.

Because bikeways have to complement existing plans, the Metolius Loops route probably wouldn't earn designation if proposed today.

Since the Metolius bikeway was never signed, nothing will change on the ground at Camp Sherman with the removal of the Scenic Bikeway designation. Cycling will still be legal on those public roads, though the route will no longer be promoted in print and online by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Travel Oregon.

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Update: Linn County SAR looking for a missing Hiker near Marion Lake
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 06/29/16 11:54 AM
Update:

Undersheriff Jim Yon reports search and rescue efforts are continuing today in the search for missing hiker Sanford Rice. The Linn County Sheriff's Office and its numerous partners have been searching the area since Friday and have not located any signs him.

Today is going to be the last full day of searching before scaling back our efforts. We have four teams still in the area targeting specific locations and will continue to check areas when new information comes to light.

We have had unbelievable assistance from Eugene Mountain Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, Mountain Wave Communications, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office , Oregon Civil Air Patrol, and Oregon Air National Guard. Without these groups assistance, we would not have been able to search the area as well as it has. From air assets to K9's, everyone involved has made a concerted effort to locate Rice.

Please give the Rice family their needed space and privacy during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family.

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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports the Linn County County Sheriff's Office received a call yesterday at 1:40 pm about a missing hiker, Sanford David Rice, 75 years of age from Blachly Oregon, in the Marion Lakes area off Hwy 22. The caller reported Rice went for a day hike in the area and did not return home.

The Sheriff's Office sent deputies to the Marion Lake Trail head to look for him. They were able to locate his vehicle and entry receipts indicating he was doing a day hike. Deputies spoke with several hikers in the area and learned Rice had been last seen nearMarion Lake.

The Sheriff's Office also sent a Hasty Team to the area to start searching. They searched the area all night. In the morning, six members from the Linn County Mounted Posse responded to the area and began to search the area. Linn County SAR has 12 members searching the area on foot. Oregon Civil Air Patrol joined the search this morning and was conducting an air search.

The Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance from other SAR groups from around the region to continue the search.


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/2993/95618/MISSING_PERSON_Samford_Rice_copy.docx
Public Version of Real-Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon Goes Live (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/29/16 9:30 AM
Detailed area of active wildfires can be seen using RAPTOR.
Detailed area of active wildfires can be seen using RAPTOR.
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Salem, Ore. -- June 29, 2016 -- The Real Time Assessment and Planning Tool for Oregon (RAPTOR) is now available for the public to view incident data about wildfires, areas impacted by flooding, live weather radar, contact information for county emergency managers and more.
"This application enables users to view and interact with critical maps, aerial imagery, hazards, weather and event related data via the internet anywhere anytime," says Daniel Stoelb, Geographic Information Systems program coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "These maps offer information about what is happening geographically within our area."

RAPTOR is a web mapping application that allows users to spatially display interrelated and aggregated information from various systems in a geospatial platform. Specific elements of information include weather watches and warnings, local storm reports, live weather radar, road closures/delays, and active incidents. The public can access the application at http://arcg.is/1XVxzQ2.

RAPTOR supports Oregon's emergency operations plan by sharing information before, during, and after an incident such as a flood or wildfire. It allows OEM to develop, implement and share information with local and state partners, and enhances Oregon's overall disaster readiness.

For more information about RAPTOR, contact Daniel Stoelb, GIS program coordinator at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, at daniel.stoelb@state.or.us.


Attached Media Files: Detailed area of active wildfires can be seen using RAPTOR. , Weather patterns are visibile across Oregon on RAPTOR. , 2016-06/3986/95702/OEM_logo.jpg
Tue. 06/28/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two Adults, One Child in Bandon, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/28/16 8:29 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on June 28, 2016 at approximately 4:50 p.m., in the 54600 block of Beach Loop Road in Bandon, OR. This single family home fire affected two adults, one child and one pet.

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


The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.