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Thu. 09/29/16
2016 Oregon Conference on Aging Wednesday set for October 12 in Corvallis -- registration deadline extended to Oct. 5
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/29/16 2:22 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services will host the Oregon Conference on Aging Wednesday October 12, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center at Oregon State University, 725 SW 26th St., Corvallis. The conference is open to the public and free to attend.

Registration has been extended to Oct. 5, 2016.

The agenda includes: a keynote address from State Representative Joe Gallegos; four panel sessions discussing the issues of Elder Justice; Long-Term Services and Supports; Healthy Aging; and Retirement Security. Please join this important conversation on issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities that will be discussed in the 2017 Oregon Legislative session.

People can also view the meeting via webstream. Please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/ADVISORY/GCSS/Pages/index.aspx to learn more and to register.

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.
Governor proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in Oregon
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 09/29/16 1:43 PM
In support of the theme of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon's theme mirrors the national theme: "Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 years."

"Smoke alarms are your first line of defense against deadly fire, but they can't protect you if they don't work," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Smoke alarms don't last forever, if your alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it."

In the five-year period from 2011 through 2015 in Oregon, home fires killed 143 people, and injured another 980.

Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, and increasing your chances of surviving. Additional fire safety tips:
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area (hallways).
Look at the date on the back of your smoke alarm, if it's 10 years old or older replace it.
Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of battery to use in your smoke alarm.
- Smoke alarms with a non-replaceable (long-life) battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, immediately replace the entire smoke alarm.
- Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
Smoke alarms are available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Ensure you have a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
Keep exits clear and know two ways out of every room.
For a free smoke alarm check and installation, contact the American Red Cross at preparedness@redcross.org or 503-528-5783.

The OSFM encourages Oregonians to use the hashtag #icheckedthedate on their social media posts to encourage others to participate in fire safety for Fire Prevention Month..

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency or visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.
Bridge construction on OR 22 changed to Oct. 8-10
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/29/16 12:44 PM
Bridge construction that will close
OR 22 for three days near OR 130 junction changed to Oct. 8-10

HEBO -- The bridge construction that would close a section of OR 22 (Three Rivers Highway) at milepost 10.86 has been moved from this weekend to Oct. 8-10 because of predicted wet weather. Beginning on Saturday, October 8, at 7 a.m. OR 22 will be closed to traffic in both directions in order for crews to replace a wood bridge deck at Louie Creek. The road will reopen at around noon on Monday, October 10.

The Louie Creek Bridge is located just south of the junction where OR 22 and OR 130 (Little Nestucca Highway) meet. The work is weather dependent.

During the time of the closure, a detour will be available by using OR 18. Message boards will be placed in advance to warn travelers and trucks for freight mobility.

The closure is necessary for an Oregon Department of Transportation crew to do maintenance work on the bridge. This work includes grinding a 2-1/2 inch layer of existing pavement off of the bridge in order to access and remove the current wood deck. After the wood has been removed, new wood will be placed and repaved with a layer of asphalt. Guard rails and bridge rails will also be replaced as an extension of this project.
Historic Assessment Review Committee to meet Oct. 11 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/29/16 11:43 AM
The Historic Assessment Review Committee will meet at 9:30 am on October 11 at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, Room 124, Salem. Agenda items will include overview and history of the Special Assessment Property Tax program, passing of bylaws, election of chair, presentation of current Special Assessment projects and downtown walking tour. The committee will invite public comments.

State law established the five-member Historic Assessment Review Committee to be the review body for appeals from property owners participating in the Special Assessment Property Tax Program for Historic Properties.

Reservations by the public to join the downtown walking tour must be requested no later than 5 pm, October 10th. Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Joy Sears at 503-986-0688 or by e-mail: Joy.Sears@oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: 10.11.16 HARC Meeting
361st Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/29/16 11:43 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 361st Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 361 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Sheriff Lane Magill of the Wasco County Sheriff's Office will be the guest speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP361 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Graduating members of BP361:

Police Officer Joshua Allen
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Barth
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff David Blalack
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Bowler
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Devin Bozarth
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tyler Camus
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Sean Connolly
Central Point Police Department

Police Officer Calvin Davis
Newport Police Department

Police Officer Alex DeWerd
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Dodds
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Brett Emmons
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Christopher Fosnight
OHSU University Police

Police Officer Evan Fourie
Tigard Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Preston Friend
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer James Hall
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Brendon Hayes
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Hayes
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jake Holman
Salem Police Department

Police Officer Jody Ingham
McMinnville Police Department

Police Officer Waael Jared
Forest Grove Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Michael Lauderback
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Lipscomb
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Rian Madden
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Daniel Maurer
Beaverton Police Department

Police Officer Casey McGalliard
OHSU University Police

Police Officer Nathan McGuire
Beaverton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Samuel Mears
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Blake Miller
Albany Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Michael Mitchell
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer William Morris
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Police Officer Nicole Murray
Central Point Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Mitchell Pereira
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jonathan Reznick
OHSU University Police

Deputy Sheriff Alex Speldrich
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Tuia
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Anthony Whitmore
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Samuel Williamson
Umatilla Tribal Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Corri Yoshimura
Washington County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
BLM Announces Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Award Winners for 2016
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/29/16 11:16 AM
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- The Bureau of Land Management today recognized three hardrock mineral companies for advancing the use of sustainable development practices in their work. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Las Vegas by BLM Assistant Director Michael D. (Mike) Nedd, who oversees the agency's energy, minerals, and realty management programs.

The BLM's 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards went to companies in three different categories of achievement:

Baker Hughes Argenta Mine, Battle Mountain, Nevada, winner of the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, which recognizes an operator's accomplishments in meeting or exceeding Federal, state, or local reclamation requirements;

Kinross Kettle River-Buckhorn Mine and Mill's Social Closure Plan, Republic, Washington, winner of the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, which highlights concern for community responsibilities and includes such actions as preparing communities for the social and economic impacts after mine closure; and

Jubilee Mine, Prospect Creek, Alaska, winner of the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, which acknowledges environmental stewardship successes of operators with less than 15 employees.

"Each of today's award recipients has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and environmental responsibility in the hardrock mining industry," Assistant Director Nedd said. "I congratulate these companies for showing how to meet the mineral needs of today's society without compromising the needs of future generations."

Sustainable development is a concept adopted by the United States and 192 other countries to balance environmental, economic, and social concerns in planning for mining operations.

Nominations for BLM hardrock mineral awards were first screened by BLM state office officials, who forwarded applications to the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C., for final judging by a panel of mining experts, Federal or state employees, academics, and members of the public.

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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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/5514/98067/Final_NR_HardrockSustDevMinAwards_2016tg.pdf
Burn Permits
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 09/29/16 11:08 AM
The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on October 1, 2016 and ending on October 31, 2016.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $69.00. Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing. Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another. Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action. Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill. More information on these options can be found at http://www.recyclepower.org/wood.asp.

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This information, as well as the burn permit request form is also available on the city website at www.cityofroseburg.com.
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet October 4 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 09/29/16 10:48 AM
Includes updates regarding Oregon Health Information Technology, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and the Board's Healthcare Workforce Committee

September 29, 2016

Contact: Courtney Crowell 971-712-6503 (media inquiries)
Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet October 4 in Portland at OHSU
Includes updates regarding Oregon Health Information Technology, Comprehensive Primary Care Plus and the Board's Healthcare Workforce Committee

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting October 4, 2016 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 8:30 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.
Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 SW Bond Ave., third floor, room 4. The meeting will also be available via live web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda:
Welcome
Director's Report
Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Update
Oregon Behavioral Health Collaborative Update
OHPB CCO Listening Session Update
Healthcare Workforce Committee Next Steps Discussion
Oregon Health Information Technology Update
Public Testimony

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

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

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Scoping Comments Available For Coal PEIS
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/29/16 10:41 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is making available today the approximately 240,000 comments it received as it prepares to perform an in-depth study of the social, economic and environmental impacts of the Federal coal leasing program through a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Coal PEIS).

The online posting will include individual submissions and the transcripts of the six public scoping meetings held across the country in May and June. Approximately 2,000 people attended the meetings, which were held in Casper, Wyo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Knoxville, Tenn.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Seattle, Wash; and Pittsburgh, Pa. The BLM is also posting video of the three meetings that were recorded.

The BLM is using the input from the meetings and the comments from the American public to help identify and evaluate potential reforms to the Federal coal leasing program to ensure it provides a fair return to taxpayers and accounts for environmental impacts, while continuing to help meet the nation's energy needs.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced this review in January 2016 to examine concerns about the Federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General, members of Congress, interested stakeholders and the public. Her announcement builds upon President Obama's call to improve the way the nation manages its fossil fuel resources as the country moves toward a clean energy economy.

The BLM expects to release a scoping report for the Coal PEIS by the end of the calendar year. The scoping report will describe the scoping process and summarize the issues raised by commenters, as well as discuss alternatives that may be evaluated in the Coal PEIS. More information about the Coal PEIS can be found at: http://www.blm.gov/coalpeis

--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.


Attached Media Files: Scoping Comments Available For Coal PEIS
Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power - 09/29/16 9:23 AM
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News media hotline: 800-570-5838 Sept. 29, 2016

Stay safe while working in the yard
Pacific Power offers safety tips for homeowners preparing for fall

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As the leaves turn, fall weather arrives in the Pacific Northwest. For some homeowners, this means pruning trees and taming overgrown gardens, for others it means cleaning the gutters or painting the house. Many outdoor projects like these can be hazardous if you don't put safety first.

"Now a great time to prune any trees that could cause trouble once the storms start coming in," said Roger Blank, Pacific Power safety director. "Check around your property if any trees or branches could harm power lines if they fell. Some preventive work now could save more headaches later."

Use caution when pruning trees. If power lines run through or near the tree, do not attempt to trim it. Instead, call Pacific Power toll free at 888-221-7070.

Treat all electric lines with caution.
Use only wooden and fiberglass ladders. Metal ladders conduct electricity.
Never use electrical equipment or tools near a pool or other wet areas. Additionally, make sure outlets are equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter, designed to automatically disconnect if the tool comes into contact with water.
Be aware and steer clear of overhead electrical wires when installing, removing, cleaning or repairing gutters.
Have help when installing or adjusting a satellite dish or antenna. Make sure you're working at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Plant trees and shrubs away from meters, switching cabinets and boxed transformers. Vegetation blocking electrical equipment makes meter reading, repairs and maintenance challenging and sometimes dangerous for utility workers.
Underground power lines are just as dangerous as overhead ones. If your project involves digging, make sure the locations of underground power lines are marked. Call 811 to have underground utilities located and marked for free.

For more safety tips or to order free Pacific Power safety materials, call toll free at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.8 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Bridgeway Recovery Services and Oregon Lottery issue joint statement for Problem Gambling Awareness Day
Oregon Lottery - 09/29/16 8:14 AM
In honor of Problem Gambling Awareness Day, Tim Murphy, chief executive officer of Bridgeway Recovery Services and Barry Pack, acting director of the Oregon Lottery issue this joint statement.

Governor Brown has proclaimed Thursday, Sept. 29 as Problem Gambling Awareness Day in Oregon. We urge all Oregonians to pause a moment to reflect on the importance of connecting those suffering with problem gambling issues to the free treatment available to them from health providers throughout the state.

We are united in supporting problem gambling treatment. While it may seem surprising to some that a gambling recovery services executive and a lottery director are collaborating in this effort, we share common ground in our commitment to help those struggling with gambling problems. Treatment for gambling addiction is not only free, supported by Lottery revenues, but also effective. People can check out the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website at www.opgr.org for information, an opportunity to chat with a counselor, or a referral to treatment.

Last month we toured the Bridgeway Recovery Services Treatment Center together and had the opportunity to meet with patients in treatment; a good beginning for a long and effective collaboration. The Oregon Lottery is committed to supporting and promoting treatment programs and training employees and retailer staff to provide information on problem gambling treatment services. Together our collaboration does good things for Oregon by strengthening our individual efforts to connect problem gamblers with treatment and positive outcomes.

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, over $92 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

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Newberg Man Killed In Highway 99W Crash Near Newberg - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/29/16 4:36 AM
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On September 28, 2016 at about 6:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99W near milepost 20 (just north of Newberg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Acura MDX was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it encountered stopped traffic (which was a result of another crash). The Acura driver braked rapidly and came to a stop. A 2002 Harley Davidson was following the Acura and rear ended it which ejected the the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist, Gary L ROUTON, age 63, of Newberg, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Acura, Shanna F PERALTA, age 40, of Newberg, was not injured.

Traffic was reduced to one lane in each direction for several hours which caused heavy traffic backup in each direction. OSP was assisted by the Newberg Fire Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Wed. 09/28/16
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/28/16 4:58 PM
The Red Cross and our local area partners are helping our community get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake by offering Prepare Out Loud, a visual and interactive earthquake preparedness presentation, in Eugene on October 11.

EUGENE, Ore., September 28, 2016 -- The American Red Cross, in partnership with Chambers Construction, is promoting preparedness and helping our community to be ready for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by presenting Prepare Out Loud in Eugene on October 11, at 3:00 p.m., at the University of Oregon Library, 1501 Kincaid St.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective on the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"Oregonians can be prepared for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, preparedness presenter with the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's time for us to unlock the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."

WHAT:American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation

WHEN:Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 3:00 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:
University of Oregon Library
1501 Kincaid St
Eugene, OR 97403

WEBSITE:www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud

The Red Cross will be holding free Prepare Out Loud presentations across our region this fall. Other presentation locations include:
Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7:
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend

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


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Flyer Eugene , News Release: Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Prep Presentation in Eugene
Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, October 5 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/28/16 4:16 PM
Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, October 5 in Salem
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, October 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. This meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: call to order; public comment; approval of August 10, 2016, minutes; Conference on Aging on Oct. 12; council business; agency request budget discussion; next meeting planning; other items; adjourn.

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 people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown at 503-945-6993 or at max.brown@state.or.us.
Jeremiah joins DOGAMI Governing Board (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/28/16 3:17 PM
Katie Jeremiah
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SALEM, Ore. - Katie Jeremiah of Eugene has been appointed by Governor Kate Brown and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Jeremiah is the co-owner of Aggregate Resource Industries Inc., a Springfield rock drilling and blasting operation owned and operated by the Jeremiah family since the 1970s. She is also an attorney at Jordan Ramis PC, where she specializes in construction and mining law, and serves as vice chairman of the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers Association Board of Directors.
Jeremiah graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. degree in construction engineering management and from Lewis & Clark Law School with dual certificates in environmental law and business law.

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 quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission to provide earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.


Attached Media Files: Katie Jeremiah
Lebanon Fire District Launches Company Inspection Program (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/28/16 2:57 PM
Fire extinguishers must be the proper size and serviced annually to comply with the Oregon Fire Code
Fire extinguishers must be the proper size and serviced annually to comply with the Oregon Fire Code
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If you are a business owner or frequent shopper in Lebanon, you may have already noticed an increased presence of firefighters in and around Lebanon's stores. The firefighters are not there because of an emergency, rather they're working with business owners to increase fire safety and prevent future emergencies from occurring as part of LFD's Company Inspection Program.

The program is all part of the plan of LFD's Fire and Life Safety Division, and it's already showing great benefit to building owners, occupants, and customers. "A commercial fire in a city like Lebanon is just devastating." said LFD Fire and Life Safety Division Chief Jason Bolen. "Not only does a fire effect the business where it occurred, but the neighboring businesses and the local economy feel the effects of that fire for months, and sometimes years later."

That's why the Lebanon Fire District is getting proactive and reaching out to local commercial occupancies to help them create a fire-safe working environment for their employees and their customers. The Company Inspection Program utilizes on-duty firefighters and paramedics to evaluate the fire risks inside each commercial occupancy and give the occupants information on how to eliminate those risks. Firefighters spend time visiting businesses to perform inspections, or call to schedule appointments for inspections. There are over 900 commercial occupancies within the Lebanon Fire District and the goal is to inspect each one on an appropriate time schedule based on the nature of the business within each occupancy. The program began slowly in April and has been ramping up to full speed over the past 5 months and the results have already been positive.

"We've received mostly positive feedback from business owners," Bolen said. "When our crews first walk in the door people may think, "Uh-oh, we must be in trouble!", but once our crews introduce themselves and explain what they're there for we get a lot of thank yous."

Chief Bolen stresses that the intent of the program is not to seek out fire code violations or issue citations, but to find the small, correctable code violations that can be easily fixed by firefighters or businesses and can solve a fire or life safety issue on the spot. For the most part, these issue can be traced back to a list that Bolen refers to as the "Eight Great Violations". Things such as providing approved address identification, obstructions blocking exit paths and stairways, exits not clearly marked, fire doors which are wedged open or do not self-close, the improper use of extension cords and power strips, missing cover plates on electrical outlets and switches, clearance around electrical panels, and properly inspected and charged fire extinguishers. If a violation is found, firefighters will work with the occupant to fix it on the spot or provide them with a 30-day period to make the needed corrections. "We're here to work with business owners, not against them.", he said.

"We know that our store owners care about their customer's safety, and we care about their safety as well." stated Bolen. "We don't ever want to see a business owner lose their livelihood or a customer lose their life because of a fire safety hazard that could have taken 30 seconds to correct. This program lets us educate store owners on how to prevent these kinds of catastrophes in Lebanon."

For more information on the Company Inspection Program or to schedule an inspection, contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.


Attached Media Files: Fire extinguishers must be the proper size and serviced annually to comply with the Oregon Fire Code , Fire & Life Safety Division Intern Jason Read inspects the electric panel at Anytime Fitness in Lebanon with owner Nancy Anderson. , Improperly used extension cords and power strips are a leading cause of commercial fires. , Fire & Life Safety Division Intern Jason Read inspects a damaged electrical cover plate.
Eugene Springfield Fire Responds to Brush Fire Near Autzen Stadium, Cause Under Investigation
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 09/28/16 2:34 PM
Eugene Springfield Fire responded to a brush fire located near Autzen Stadium, about 500 feet to the south and to the east off of the Emerald Valley BMX track near Leo Harris Parkway. The initial call came in at 11:21 a.m. today, September 28. Fire responders had the blaze, which burned ?1/4 to ?1/2 of an acre, contained within the first five minutes of arrival and the fire was out after 15 minutes.

Responding were an Engine and Tender, Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, and representatives from the City of Eugene Parks and Open Spaces. Two brush trucks used for wildland fires were also brought to the scene.

The Fire Marshal and Eugene Police Arson have subsequently responded to the location to investigate the cause.

Access to the bike path remains open to the public.
This fire is a good reminder that despite the recent rains, vegetation is still very dry. Please be cautious.

Report Number 16-0928-0044
Event ID 16-235810
***Update - Names and Photo Released*** Eugene Man Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured In Early Morning Crash On Highway 126E - Lane County (Photo)
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The driver who lost his life in this crash was identified as Brandon Shae STANSELL, age 19, of Eugene. The injured passenger was Arianna Mia SHIELDS-NGUYEN, age 20, of Veneta. No further information at this time.

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Previous Release:
On September 28, 2016 at about 3:20AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash into a power pole on Highway 126E near milepost 19 (west of Leaburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1992 Toyota pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 126E when it drifted off the roadway and rolled in the westbound ditch.

The driver of the Toyota, a 19 year old male from Eugene, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced deceased on scene. A 20 year old female passenger was taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for serious injuries.

Highway 126E had a single lane closure for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT Incident Response, McKenzie Fire and Rescue and The Lane County Medical Examiner.

Fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor. The names of those involved will be released later today as their families were just notified. No further information at this time.


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MEDIA ADVISORY- OREGON STATE POLICE FALLEN TROOPER MEMORIAL Dedication (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/28/16 11:09 AM
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The Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial that commemorates and honors fallen Troopers will be officially dedicated in Salem this Saturday, Oct. 1. The Oregon State Police recognizes 33 Troopers who died in the line of duty while serving and protecting the residents of Oregon. The Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial is located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall, and was designed and built by White Oak Construction and Portland based Jones Sculpture Studio to pay tribute to fallen Troopers and recognize the significant impact of their service and sacrifice to the State of Oregon.


WHAT: The Dedication of the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial

WHO: Oregon Governor Kate Brown
Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton
Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson
Bill and Barbara Lyons, parents of fallen Trooper Scott Lyons

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial (Located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall)
255 Capitol Street NE
Salem

Contact: Lieutenant Cari Boyd
Oregon State Police
Office: (541) 265-5354 ext. 226
Cell: (541) 519-2108

Gregg Hastings
Retired Oregon State Police
Email: Gregory.P.Hastings@state.or.us


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Oregon GOSH Conference welcomes safety award nominations
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/28/16 9:54 AM
(Salem) -- Much of the work to ensure safe and healthy workplaces happens behind the scenes, with a variety of people and organizations working together to pinpoint and eliminate hazards.

Now is the time to bring that exemplary work to the forefront.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Oregon GOSH Awards, which will honor organizations and individuals who make exceptional contributions to workplace safety and health. The awards will be presented March 8, 2017, as part of the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, slated for March 6-9. The conference -- the largest of its kind in the Northwest and one of the largest in the United States -- will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

Nominees will compete with like-sized organizations in the following categories:
Workplace safety program
Association
Safety committee
Safety and health advocate (individual or team)
Labor representative
Safety and health professional (industry specific)

Applications are available at www.oregongosh.com/awards and are due Oct. 23, 2016.

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is partnering with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the conference.

For information about the awards, contact the Oregon OSHA conference section at 503-947-7411 or email Oregon.GOSH@oregon.gov. For information about the conference, go to http://oregongosh.com/



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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.
Annual changes in food assistance calculations take effect October 1, 2016
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/28/16 8:44 AM
On October 1, 2016, the federal government will make changes to the calculations used to determine how much an eligible person may receive in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The annual changes are cost-of living adjustments to the income requirements and allowable deductions for program eligibility, known as the SNAP standards.

The amount of benefits a SNAP participant receives is based on many factors including income and deductions for things like shelter and utilities. With the changes on October 1, some may see a very small increase in their monthly benefits. Currently, 702,930 Oregonians receive food benefits through SNAP.

SNAP participants do not need to take any action. The state will automatically recalculate cases and increase benefits for those who qualify. Any additional amount in food benefits will show in the October issuance of benefits to SNAP participants.

The change in the 2016 standards will not cause an increase in the number of people receiving SNAP. It also does not change program eligibility requirements. To be eligible for SNAP, families must earn less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level, along with other factors. For a family of four, the income limit is less than $3,747 per month.

The SNAP standards are directed by the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services. SNAP clients with questions about the changes can contact their local Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) office for assistance.

To find the closest DHS office, go to www.oregon.gov/dhs or contact 211Info for help. You can contact 211Info by dialing 2-1-1, visiting 211info.org online, texting your zip code to 898211, or e-mailing to help@211info.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/973/98026/News_Release_SNAP_Annual_Changes_092716.pdf
OMSI to Celebrate "World Space Week" With Astronaut Visit, New Artifact Displays
OMSI - 09/28/16 8:40 AM
Museum Will Host Local NASA Astronaut Dr. Mike Barratt and Space-Themed Programming

Portland, Ore. (September 28, 2016) -- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today its line-up of space-themed public events as part of "World Space Week" which runs October 4-10. Programming includes a "Space Beer" dinner featuring Ninkasi Brewing Company, new astronaut food displays in the museum's restaurant, an installation from the NASA-funded project titled "Lenses on the Sky," and several interactive visits with local NASA astronaut Dr. Mike Barratt.

The celebration of this globally-recognized holiday begins with a special dinner for the 21-and-over crowd featuring Ninkasi Brewing Company's "Ground Control," a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout that was fermented with yeast that has traveled in space. The evening will start with a lecture on space, followed by a three-course dinner expertly paired with Ninkasi beers. The grand finale will be dessert served alongside the famous, "Ground Control" stout.

Throughout the week, guests are invited to learn more about human space exploration with a visit to the museum's current featured exhibit, "Journey to Space," as well as through new installations in OMSI's Space Science hallway which explore how cultures have used tools to study and understand the sky. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to stop by the onsite restaurant, Theory, to learn about the state's very local (and longstanding!) relationship to space food through Oregon Freeze Dry (OFD). OFD has been supplying food for NASA since the Apollo missions, and OMSI will feature a real spacesuit and space food samples in a display that highlights the important role Oregon agriculture has in feeding astronauts.

And while "World Space Week" technically concludes on October 10, OMSI will continue the celebrations with two special days featuring local NASA astronaut Dr. Mike Barratt on October 14 and 15. OMSI will host a dedicated Twitter Q&A (@OMSI) with Dr. Barratt on the 14th at 9:30am, and the public are invited to ask questions directly using #AskAnAstro. The day continues with a free presentation on living and working in space by Dr. Barratt at 11am, followed by a meet-and-greet just for teachers at 4pm, and an "OMSI Members Only" presentation at 7pm. On the 15th, the public is once again invited to a presentation from Dr. Barratt, followed by an audience Q&A.

"World Space Week" was officially sanctioned by the United Nations in 1999, and is the largest public space event on Earth. To learn more about "World Space Week" visit worldspaceweek.org. For information about upcoming OMSI events, exhibits, and programming, or to purchase tickets, visit omsi.edu.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics and Oregon Freeze Dry.

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

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Stayton Resident Rescued After Fall At Salmon Falls (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/28/16 8:28 AM
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Yesterday, around 12:30 p.m., rescue personnel from the Stayton Fire District, Gates Fire District, Lyons Ambulance, and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the Salmon Falls Park, 34500 North Fork Rd SE, for a male that had fallen off the rocks.

Jeremy Ellis, age 35, of Stayton, reported his friend, Aden Pader, age 17, of Stayton, had fallen about 20' from the top of the falls onto the rocks below. The pair had been kicking a piece of wood over the edge when Pader fell.

Mr. Eliis flagged down a Marion County Public Works crew that was working nearby and they radioed for help. The public works crew provided first aid until additional help could arrive.

15 emergency responders and Public Works personnel moved Pader from the rocks via raft and carried him up several hundred feet to a waiting ambulance. Pader was transported to Santiam Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Sheriff's Office would like to remind park visitors that a emergency call box is clearly marked and available at the Salmon Falls Park, the box contains a phone that is a direct link to 911 dispatchers.


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Woman Loses Life In Highway 140 Crash Near Bonanza - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/28/16 7:35 AM
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On September 27, 2016 at about 1:30PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 140E at milepost 33 (near Bonanza).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder was traveling eastbound when it left the roadway on a corner and onto the gravel shoulder. The vehicle lost control and rolled multiple times coming to rest off of the highway.

The driver, Jessica S SPIERSCH, age 26, of Bly, Oregon, was ejected from the vehicle. Despite live saving efforts, she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her passengers (and children), a 5 year old female and a 3 year old male were properly restrained in child safety seats and were not injured.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District #3 and the Bonanza Rural Fire. No further information at this time.


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Photos of Grants Pass liquid oxygen truck crash recovery (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 09/27/16 8:18 PM
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U.S. 199 @ Agness Ave. Grants Pass: Tows are on scene recovering the truck carrying liquid oxygen that crashed this afternoon. The Exit 55 and the Grants Pass Parkway remain closed at Agness Ave. I-5/Grants Pass traffic should use exit 58. Expect this closure to last until late tonight.


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Brush Fire (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 09/27/16 2:34 PM
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Albany Fire Department responded to a 2nd Alarm Fire at 412 SE Scravel Hill Road, Linn County, Oregon at approximately 11:24 a.m. Truck 13, Ladder 11, Engine 12 and Brush Truck 14 worked the scene. Mutual Aid was requested due to the size of the fire. Lebanon Fire Department, Tangent Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department, and Scio Fire Department responded with an engine and three tender trucks.

Upon arrival, Albany Fire Department found an active fire. Brush to the east of the home was burning south to Burkhart Creek and east to a neighboring plowed field. A large shop on the property was also on fire. Crews were able extinguish the fire, saving the shop and its contents. All crews cleared safely from the scene.

Property damage costs are unknown at this time and attempts to reach the property owner were unsuccessful at the time of this press release.


Attached Media Files: Scravel Hill Fire
UCC Remembrance
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/27/16 1:28 PM
Douglas County officials will be remembering the victims of the October 1st, 2015, UCC shooting with a brief ceremony on Friday, September 30th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., on the front steps of the Douglas County Courthouse.

Local Pastor Randy Scroggins will deliver a short invocation following an observed moment of silence.

Douglas County's elected officials will stand in solidarity to respectfully remember the precious individuals who were killed and all of the other victims of this tragedy.

In attendance will be:

Commissioner Tim Freeman
Commissioner Chris Boice
Commissioner Susan Morgan
Sheriff John Hanlin
District Attorney Rick Wesenberg
Douglas County elected officials
Fire District 2 Officials

The ceremony will be open to the public however there will not be any media interviews following the ceremony.

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Woman Killed In Highway 58 Crash - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/16 10:22 AM
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On September 26, 2016, at 8:05PM, OSP received reports of a single vehicle off of the roadway on Highway 58 near milepost 27 (just east of Black Canyon Campground). Initial reports indicated that the vehicle was upside down with a single operator trapped inside. Cell phones did not work in this area and motorist who drove upon the crash had to drive several miles to obtain cell phone reception to contact 911.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1988 Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Highway 58, and for unknown reasons, traveled off of the roadway as it entered a curve. The Honda struck a tree and then rolled onto its top. The driver, Shellie I WILLIAMS, age 58, of Fall Creek, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Highway 58 was intermittently closed for several hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by Oakridge Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.


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Salem Man Loses Life In Interstate 5 Crash - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 09/27/16 9:37 AM
On September 26, 2016 at about 6:30AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a motorcyclist and a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 281 (just south of the French Prairie Rest Area).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Honda motorcycle was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it encountered slowing traffic ahead of it. The motorcyclist changed lanes, lost control, and was ejected from his motorcycle.

The rider, Timothy C BAGLEY, age 50, of Salem, was struck by a northbound 2016 Mack truck tractor towing double trailers. BAGLEY was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the truck, Lowell S TROYER, age 43, of Halsey, was not injured.

The slow lane of Interstate 5 was closed for several hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Aurora Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
Deputies Investigating Robbery at Jefferson Convenience Store ***Update***(Photo) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/27/16 9:27 AM
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Last night acting on several anonymous tips deputies contacted, interviewed and later arrested Jeremiah Greiser, age 20, of Keizer. Mr. Grieser has been identified as the primary suspect in Saturday's robbery of a convenience store in Jefferson.

Mr. Greiser is in custody in the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Robbery I and Menacing. Mr. Greiser is scheduled to be arraigned today at 3:00 p.m., at the Circuit Court Annex. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank our residents for collaborating with the Sheriff's Office to improve safety within our community. Thanks to brave citizens the Sheriff's Office has arrested a murder and robbery suspect within 24 hours and none of this could have been accomplished without credible tips from our community.




On Saturday 09/24 around 2:00 a.m., a black, male adult, wearing Nike batting gloves and a gas mask entered the Center Market located at 237 N 2nd Street in Jefferson. The male brandished a handgun, took the clerk behind the counter and demanded money. The clerk complied with the man's orders who then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The male is described as 5'10" tall, thin, with light colored pants and black socks. Deputies are asking anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect pictured to please call Deputy Higgins at 503-932-0939, you can remain anonymous.


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Beaverton Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/16 9:25 AM
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On September 25th 2016 at about 5:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 31 (just south of Grass Valley).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1969 Pontiac GTO was traveling southbound on Highway 97, when for unknown reasons, lost control and became sideways on the highway. A 2015 Ford pickup towing a horse trailer, also traveling southbound and following the Pontiac, pulling a horse trailer struck the Pontiac in the driver's door.

The driver of the Pontiac, James W ROBINSON, age 57, of Beaverton, was critically injured and taken by air ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. ROBINSON later died as a result of those injuries from the crash. The driver of the Ford, Richard L DAMON, age 37, and his three passengers were not injured (all of White City).

There were two horses in the horse trailer which were not injured. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS, and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 97 was partially closed for several hours while the crash was investigated.


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Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police support a new approach to Drug Possession Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 09/26/16 5:47 PM
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Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recognize that every community and most of our citizens are touched in one way or another by the damaging impacts of drug addiction. We understand that it ruins lives, breaks hearts, burdens families and robs our communities of individuals with potential. Too often, individuals with addiction issues find their way to the doorstep of the criminal justice system when they are arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The penalty is often a felony drug conviction where the person may receive a jail sentence, are placed on probation and receive limited treatment services. Unfortunately, felony convictions in these cases also include unintended and collateral consequences including barriers to housing and employment and a disparate impact on minority communities.

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police are committed to work with the Governor, Attorney General, District Attorneys, members of the Oregon State Legislature and stakeholders to craft a more thoughtful approach to drug possession when it is the only crime committed. Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recommend that user-amount drug possession convictions be treated as misdemeanors and recommend that offenders be carefully assessed and given individualized, mandated treatment as a condition of their conviction. If successful, drug abusers will return to health and productivity and will not commit future crimes where they become further entangled in the criminal justice system.

This approach continues to demand accountability while applying limited resources to treatment and services to address the underlying addiction and prevent future crime. We believe our limited criminal justice resources should be focused on addressing violent crime and property crime problems that destroy community livability.

We do not support any reduction in Community Corrections funding through "savings" for this historic felony level population, as this would undermine current recidivism reduction work and harm community-based efforts that are a result of the state's Justice Reinvestment Initiative. We believe this newly created misdemeanor population should continue to be funded by the state, and Community Corrections agencies should remain responsible for providing the assessments and subsequent evidence-based treatment service or referrals. We also believe that our prosecutors must continue to have access to specialty courts like drug court and other accountability tools as we treat these drug possession crimes as Class A Misdemeanors. In many counties, first time drug possession offenders can avoid a felony if they seek and complete treatment.

We must be clear. It is imperative that mandated assessments and treatment services accompany this change in drug crime policy so that individual risks and needs can been identified and addressed.

Sheriff Brian Wolfe, President Chief Geoff Spalding, President
Oregon State Sheriffs Association Oregon Association Chiefs of Police
Malheur County Sheriff Beaverton Police Department, Ret.

About the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police
The mission of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police is to promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon. The OACP is a statewide association of municipal law enforcement leaders.

About the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
The Mission of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association is to promote, protect, preserve, enhance and support the office of Sheriff as conservator of the peace in providing public safety services to the citizens of Oregon. The OSSA is a statewide association of County Sheriffs.

For questions please contact:
Sheriff Jason Myers - jmyers@co.marion.or.us
Keizer Police Chief John Teague - teague@keizer.org


Attached Media Files: OSSA , OACP
Frank (Catch Me If You Can) Abagnale Comes to Portland Thursday (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/26/16 5:30 PM
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Clackamas, Oregon-The world's leading authority on outsmarting con artists will visit the Portland area to share insights on spotting and avoiding scams and help families protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. The event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Credit Union Association

Frank W. Abagnale has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Oregon to present a free public program on identity theft beginning at 7p.m. Thursday, September 29.

For over four decades, Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. His exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Today, Abagnale is an expert on the subject of identity theft, has written three books on the subject and served as a consultant to some of the largest companies in the world on the subject of cybercrime.

"Portland area residents will have a rare opportunity to hear from one of the world's foremost experts on fraud," said AARP Oregon State Director Jerry Cohen. "His advice on how to protect yourself from identity theft and cybercrime is invaluable."

The free event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To register call 1-877-926-8300. For people who don't get tickets or live near Portland, there will also be a free telephone town hall with Abagnale Thursday from 3-4 p.m. People have an opportunity to hear Abagnale live and ask questions. To sign up for the free teletown hall, click here: https://vekeo.com/event/aarporegon-27306/


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Deputies Investigating Shooting NE Salem***Update 4 Suspect In Custody*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/16 5:03 PM
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Today, detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office detained and later arrested, Isaiah Robert Garcia, age 18, of Salem. Mr. Garcia is the suspect in the shooting death of Leonardo Martinez-Hernandez, age 25, of Salem. The shooting took place yesterday in a parking lot off of 47th Avenue NE in Salem yesterday.

Mr. Garcia has been taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Murder and 2 counts of Attempted Murder. Mr. Garcia is suspected of shooting at Mr. Hernandez and two other juveniles after a gang related confrontation. Mr. Garcia is set to appear in court tomorrow at the Circuit Court annex at 3:00 p.m. Mr. Garcia's booking image will be available once he has been processed into our facility.




Detectives are seeking the vehicle pictured in connection to today's shooting. The truck appears to be a late model, two wheel drive Nissan, with faded blue paint, plastic bed liner and chrome wheels. If you know where to locate this vehicle please call the sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.



Detectives are continuing their investigation into today's shooting. The man shot earlier was taken to Salem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died. Deputies are looking for any information regarding a dark or light blue, 1980's Toyota truck occupied by a hispanic male. If you have any information regarding this incident please call Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. Detectives are investigating the incident as a potential gang related shooting. The victim's name will not be released until an autopsy can be performed late tomorrow afternoon.




Deputies and Detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a shooting that took place in a parking lot in the 3600 block of 47th Avenue NE around 12:45 p.m., today. One man has been shot and taken to Salem Hospital with what deputies are describing as life threatening injuries.

Very little information is known about what led up to the shooting and deputies are seeking anyone who may have been in the area who can provide a description or information regarding anyone involved. The Sheriff's Office is not releasing any further details pertaining to the victim or the incident at this time.


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Enrollment deadline approaching for CO-OP members
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/26/16 1:56 PM
(Salem) -- Members of Oregon's Health CO-OP have only a few days left to enroll in a new insurance plan. The special enrollment period for members of the now-closed insurance carrier ends on Thursday, Sept. 29.

"While most CO-OP members have enrolled in new plans, some members have yet to take action," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "It is important to act before Sept. 29 to ensure you have insurance coverage for the remainder of 2016."

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation placed Oregon's Health CO-OP in receivership in July. All CO-OP plans ended July 31. Since then, the department has been working hard to reach CO-OP members and connect them with new coverage. This work included direct mail, email, and phone calls and one-on-one assistance to members enrolling in plans through HealthCare.gov. As a result, 77 percent of the nearly 11,500 individual CO-OP members have enrolled in new plans, according to data submitted to DCBS by carriers.

DCBS worked in partnership with insurance agents to ensure employer groups enrolled with the CO-OP found new plans. More than 9,000 people were enrolled in CO-OP group plans.

If CO-OP members do not enroll by Thursday, they will not have coverage for the rest of the year. The next opportunity to shop for a new plan is Nov. 1, when open enrollment begins. Plans purchased during open enrollment take effect in 2017.

"We strongly encourage any CO-OP member who has not yet found a new plan to call us, and we will walk them through the process," said Berri Leslie, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, housed at DCBS.

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.
Smoke Alarms and Cruising Vessels -Early Detection Saves Lives (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/26/16 11:00 AM
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When cooler weather sets in, it's time to crank up the heat for many live-aboard boaters on cruising vessels and sailboats. However, many cabin boats are not equipped with smoke alarms. The Oregon State Marine Board wants to appeal to owners of cruising vessels that the risk of fire on board your boat can happen, and it's worth the small investment to have the peace of mind of a smoke alarm.

An RV rated smoke alarm (label reads UL 217 RV) is approved for use on cruising vessels by the National Fire Protection Association. Unlike the smoke alarms used in homes, the RV rated alarms must withstand higher temperature variations, vibrations, humidity and mild saltwater exposure. However, due to the extreme environments in some areas, experts recommend regular inspections and a replacement cycle roughly every five years.

Cruising vessels have a variety of potential fire dangers, more than a typical home. Pleasure boats have a high fire load in the form of combustible fuel storage that supplies multiple on-board devices, an AC and DC electrical system (which are subject to regular moisture that causes corrosion, vibration and jarring as part of the normal use).

A boat's construction materials are extremely combustible as are interior furnishings. According to Boat U.S., 55% of boat fires are electrical in nature and will start in a smoldering state. Propulsion, fuel, engine and exhaust problems, as well as unattended cooking, careless smoking, heating devices and other appliances are also among the causes. In all of these cases, early detection of smoke can be the key to preventing a fire or stopping it in the early stages.

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

For more information about the Marine Board and other required equipment, visit http://bit.ly/2d0TMAI.

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Attached Media Files: Damage from an onboard fire to a cabin cruiser.
Green named as OSBA's new executive director
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/26/16 9:26 AM
Jim Green, a longtime and highly respected legislative advocate for Oregon's public schools, has been selected as the next executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA).

Green will succeed Betsy Miller-Jones, who is retiring Jan. 1. He has been the association's deputy executive director since March 2012.

Dr. Doug Nelson, president of the OSBA Board of Directors, said that Green emerged as the top candidate after a national search, based on his passion for public education, knowledge of the issues and statewide reputation.

"Jim is uniquely qualified for this position," Nelson said. "He thoroughly understands the important volunteer work that school board members perform, and through his legislative expertise he has helped position OSBA as a leading voice for public education in Oregon.

"The OSBA Board believes he will build on the momentum we have created in the last four years toward closing the achievement gap, lifting graduation rates, ensuring local control, and ensuring that our public schools are properly funded."

In addition to his work at OSBA, Green has been an elected member of the Salem-Keizer School Board since 2011.

Green said he is excited to continue the work of Miller-Jones in implementing the Board's vision of service to local school boards and lifting student achievement.

"Ultimately, everything we do is about investing in our young people and creating a better future for them, and for our state," he said. "I'm a product of Oregon's public schools, and so I know firsthand how public education changes lives."

Green, a graduate of Oregon State University and Willamette University's College of Law, served as a legislative specialist at OSBA from 1992 to 2007. He worked as a lobbyist and practiced law in private practice for five years before returning to OSBA in 2012.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Fri. 09/23/16
Pleasant Hill High School Grand Opening Ceremony
Pleasant Hill Sch. Dist. - 09/23/16 3:31 PM
The Pleasant Hill School Board invites you to the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Pleasant Hill High School. This event will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, October 7, 2016. Following the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be an open house in all the new facilities. Pleasant Hill School District thanks our wonderful community for passing the $17.9 million bond that built these facilities and we would also like to formally thank our contractor--Chambers Construction, our architect--Robertson Sherwood Architects and our owner's representative--Cornerstone Management Group.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/139/97944/Grand_Opening_invitation--PHHS_2016.pdf
Oregon Health Policy Board seeks feedback on coordinated care organizations in Eugene Monday
Oregon Health Authority - 09/23/16 3:02 PM
September 23, 2016

Health officials schedule listening sessions to discuss the future of Oregon's CCOs

The Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB), a nine-member group appointed by the Governor to oversee health policy at the Oregon Health Authority, will hold a series of community meetings across the state in September and October to gather public input about Oregon's coordinated care organizations (CCOs) and how they deliver services to Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

Oregon's coordinated care model was created in 2011 as part of Oregon's ongoing health system transformation. The 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs) deliver physical, oral and behavioral health services to nearly 90 percent of Oregon's 1.1 million Medicaid recipients.

As part of the OHPB's mission to improve and monitor community-centered health initiatives, it will analyze the current model for opportunities to further advance health system transformation and to inform the 2017 Oregon Legislature. OHPB will gather input from consumers, advocates, primary care providers, and other stakeholders, and then develop recommendations to the Legislature for continued system improvements toward the goal of providing Oregonians with better health and better care at a lower cost.

"We're excited to hear directly from Oregonians who are served by or work with coordinated care organizations," said Zeke Smith, chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board. "We want to hear ideas about how to better provide access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Oregonians.

Local public meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Tillamook: Friday, September 9, 4-6:30 p.m., Port of Tillamook Bay Officers' Mess Hall, 6825 Officers Row
Medford: Wednesday, September 21, 5:30-8 p.m., Inn at Commons, 200 N Riverside Ave.
EUGENE: Monday, September 26, noon to 2:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 W 13th Ave.
Hermiston: Friday, October 7, noon to 2:30 p.m., Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center, 1705 E Airport Rd.
Portland: Tuesday, October 18, 4:30-7 p.m., Ambridge Center Ballroom, 1333 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Please RSVP to HealthPolicyBoard.Info@state.or.us.

More information will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/cc-future.aspx.

For questions about accessibility at the meetings or to request an accommodation, please call 541-999-6983 or write to HealthPolicyBoard.Info@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event. Documents can be provided upon request in an alternate format for individuals with disabilities or in a language other than English for people with limited English skills.

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North Bend School District Public Meetings -- September 2016 - Updated
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 09/23/16 2:54 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for September:


September 12, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

The board will meet in executive session to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e)


September 26, 2016
Board Meeting Special Work Session with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The board will meet in executive session to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations, pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e)



The schedule is subject to change.
Please email cschreiber@nbend.k12.or.us or visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
Fatal Crash on Highway 20 at Milepost 259 between Ontario and Nyssa - Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/23/16 12:05 PM
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On September 22, 2016 at about 7:50 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 259 (between Ontario and Nyssa).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1992 Toyota pickup, operated by Billy Jo CARR Jr., age 50, of Nyssa, was travelling southbound when an unknown white SUV or hatchback passenger car was traveling northbound and attempting to pass in the lane of travel of the Toyota. The Toyota swerved to the right shoulder to avoid a head-on collision, resulting in the Toyota losing control and overturning onto its top.

CARR suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The white SUV did not stop and fled the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Fire Department, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. Anyone who knows the identity of the driver of the white SUV or hatchback passenger car or who has additional information of the crash, is asked to contact Sergeant Kurt Marvin at 541-889-6469 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 (reference OSP case # SP16322989).

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

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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 11:13 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team meets Wednesday, September 28 from 3:30 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.

Agenda items include: review and approval of minutes, public comment, updates on: DeafFest III, Text-to-911, deaf culture training, Rules Advisory Committee, and the ASL interpreter request for proposals.

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 people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or Kelsey.Gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us.
Duii/Reckless Driving Arrest
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/23/16 10:52 AM
Friday morning at 2:59 AM, Lebanon Police Officers and the Lebanon Fire Department responded to the intersection of Berlin Road and East Grant Street in Lebanon for a reported vehicle rollover crash. A caller reported a female, Lebanon resident Terri Salisbury, purposely drove her vehicle off of a cliff in an attempt to harm herself. The caller also reported Salisbury walked to the Grant Street Bridge and was now threatening to jump off. Lebanon Officers arrived in the area a short time later and located Salisbury on the Grant Street Bridge. Salisbury told officers that she, in fact, drove her vehicle off of the cliff in an attempt to harm herself. Officers and members of the Lebanon Fire Department located Salisbury's unoccupied pickup down the embankment close to the river. The investigation revealed Salisbury was driving under the influence of intoxicants. Terri Lynn Salisbury (DOB: 12-30-1976) was arrested and charged with DUII and Reckless Driving. Salisbury was transported to a local area hospital and was released into the care of a doctor for a mental evaluation.
Injury Crash
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/23/16 10:32 AM
On September 22nd, 2016, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies investigated a single vehicle injury crash that occurred in the 13000 block of Nonpareil Road east of Sutherlin.

A 1999 Ford Explorer operated by Melissa Routenberg, age 31 of Sutherlin, was westbound on Nonpareil road and failed to negotiate a corner. The vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a tree and rolled several times. One of Routenberg's children, a 5 year old male, was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland after being treated at Mercy Medical Center. Routenberg and another child, a 9 year old female, were both taken to Mercy Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries.

Case still under investigation.

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Lane ESD Board of Directors to Meet on September 27, 2016
Lane ESD - 09/23/16 10:15 AM
The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Agenda materials are available on the Lane Education Service District website at www.lesd.k12.or.us.
Albany Police Make Arrest In Robbery Of 16 Year Old Girl (Photo)
Albany Police - 09/23/16 10:11 AM
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On Thursday, September 22, 2016, at about 1:30 p.m., Albany Police Detectives, acting on an anonymous tip, made an arrest in connection with the robbery of a 16-year-old girl on September 15. 32-year old Albany resident Orrin Michael Monfort was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 1800 block of SE 21st Avenue in Albany.

Michael Monfort was lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

Robbery in the Third Degree
Coercion
Linn County Circuit Court warrant

On September 15, 2016, a 16-year old girl reported that a male suspect threatened her and, after a brief struggle, was able to pull her bike away from her. This was reported to have taken place outside of the Mega Foods store located at 2000 SE Queen Avenue in Albany. The victim reported that she threatened to call the police as the suspect was ready to ride away on her bike. The victim reported that the suspect, Orrin Monfort, threw the bike at her, threatened her, and then walked off.

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Attached Media Files: Surveillance photo , Surveillance photo , Surveillance photo , Orrin Monfort Booking Photo
Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet September 26 in Salem -- agenda now available
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/23/16 8:08 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Sept. 26, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

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.

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.


Attached Media Files: SACU Task Force Agenda 9-26-16
Thu. 09/22/16
BLM Announces Annual Adjustment to Its Mineral Fee Cost-Recovery Schedule
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/22/16 3:17 PM
Effective October 1, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement an updated fee schedule to recover costs incurred in the processing of certain actions related to oil, gas, coal, and solid minerals activities on public lands. The updates to the existing fee schedule are based on inflation and follow the BLM cost recovery adjustment procedures established in 2005. The updated fee schedule appears in today's Federal Register and will be posted to the BLM website: http://www.blm.gov.

The updated fees cover costs for processing actions such as lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. The BLM updates the fee schedule each year based on changes in the Implicit Price Deflator for Gross Domestic Product (IPD-GDP), as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Since the IPD-GDP reflected only a small increase this year, 30 of the 48 fees subject to annual adjustment remain unchanged. Of the remaining 18 fees, 15 will increase by only $5, one will increase by $0.01 per acre, and two will increase by $20 and $35, respectively. Specifically, the fee for adjudicating 10 or fewer mineral patent claims will increase $20, from $1,535 to $1,555. The fee for adjudicating more than 10 claims will increase $35, from $3,075 to $3,110.

The BLM is authorized to charge cost recovery fees under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) and the 2005 Cost Recovery Rule. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has also directed Federal agencies to recover costs for their services. The BLM first implemented a cost recovery fee schedule for certain oil and gas activities in November 2005. The 2005 Cost Recovery Rule expressly contemplated that the BLM would annually adjust the fee schedule to account for inflation.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/5514/97915/Mineral_Cost_RecoveryPressReleaseFINAL9222016.pdf
Fatal Crash on Highway 99W Claims Life of Newberg Man - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 2:52 PM
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On Wednesday September 21, 2016, at about 1:58 p.m., emergency responders were notified of a serious injury crash on Highway 99W near Stoller Rd. (Two miles north of Lafayette)

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford pickup, pulling a dual axle utility trailer loaded with gravel, was southbound on Highway 99W, when for unknown reasons, veered right onto the southbound shoulder and then veered left into the oncoming northbound lane of travel. A 2005 Toyota Prius was northbound and unable to maneuver around the Ford, resulting in the Prius striking the passenger side of the Ford while in the northbound lane of travel.

The operator of the Ford, Antonio SANCHEZ-GUILLEN, age 31, from McMinnville, was transported to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with minor injuries. The operator of the Prius, Velda MITCHELL, age 84, from Newberg, was transported by ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center with serious injuries and then transferred to a Portland Area Hospital. The front passenger of the Prius, Richard MITCHELL, age 85, from Newberg, was transported by Lifeflight to a Portland Area Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately three hours while the crash was investigated. Oregon State Police was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department and McMinnville Fire Department.

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Jefferson Man Crashes Pickup into Home off of Highway 20 - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 1:23 PM
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On September 22, 2016, at about 8:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle into a house off of Highway 20, near milepost 16 eastbound.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Chevy pickup, operated by Les Giles ENGSTROM, age 56, of Jefferson, was traveling eastbound, when for unknown reasons, drifted off the highway. The pickup traveled through a sign, telephone pole and into a house located at 4360 South Santiam Highway, Lebanon.

The house was unoccupied when the crash occurred and ENGSTROM only received minor injuries but refused to be transported by medics for further treatment.

OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Linn County Sheriff's Office and Lebanon Fire Department.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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BPA selects Janet Herrin as next chief operating officer (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/22/16 1:00 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Janet Herrin as its next chief operating officer. Herrin will bring over 30 years of energy industry experience and leadership to BPA. She will replace Claudia Andrews, who is retiring from BPA this month after 26 years of federal service.

"I am very pleased to welcome Janet Herrin to BPA's senior leadership team," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA's administrator. "I have worked closely with Janet over the past few years and have been very impressed with her character, industry knowledge and passion for operational excellence. With her deep understanding of public power, hydroelectricity and the competing demands of managing a public service organization, Janet is exceptionally well positioned to serve as BPA's next chief operating officer. I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our culture and execute on our most important strategic objectives."

Herrin, born in Seattle, will start after the beginning of the calendar year. As COO, Herrin will be responsible for Power Services; Transmission Services; Environment, Fish and Wildlife; Customer Support Services and Information Technology. She will also oversee the new Business Transformation Office and play a critical role in BPA's heightened focus on disciplined program management and cost containment.

Herrin currently serves as a senior advisor to the secretary for the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. In this role, Herrin provides strategic counsel on rapidly changing industry issues and has worked closely with BPA, including on its development of a best-in-class human resources organization.

"I am a public power person -- it's where I like to be and what excites me," said Herrin. "That passion for public power originally enticed me to join TVA, and then I ended up staying for a 35-year career because the work was so interesting. I am thrilled to be coming home to the Pacific Northwest and to work in public power once again."

Herrin served as the chief administrative officer at the Tennessee Valley Authority. She led efforts to strengthen the safety culture; improve employee engagement; recruit and maintain a talented and diverse workforce; and implement successful cost-management efforts. Herrin also comes to BPA with valuable knowledge of hydropower from over 32 years of work on the 650-mile Tennessee River system that serves 9 million people, culminating in an 11-year tenure as TVA's senior vice president of river operations and dam safety.

Herrin has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Master of Science in civil engineering from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics from Willamette University. She was a registered professional engineer in Tennessee and plans to re-establish her engineering certification when she comes to BPA.


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Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Corvallis on October 4
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/22/16 12:11 PM
The Red Cross is helping our community get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake
by offering Prepare Out Loud, an interactive and engaging earthquake preparedness presentation in Corvallis on October 4.

CORVALLIS, Ore., September 22, 2016 --The American Red Cross, in partnership with Samaritan Health Services, is promoting community preparedness by kicking off a series of Prepare Out Loud presentations to help our region be prepared for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude.

Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective to the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"Oregonians can be ready for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, preparedness presenter with the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's time for us to unlock the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."

WHAT: Prepare Out Loud - Corvallis - in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 3 p.m. -- 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. Main Auditorium, Corvallis, OR 97333

WEBSITE: Register and learn more at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis


The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including:
A disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud


Other upcoming Prepare Out Loud presentations:
Medford on October 6: in partnership with Asante
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend


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


Attached Media Files: News Release: Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Corvallis
Employees at Truck N Travel receive $500 bonus from Lottery win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/22/16 10:13 AM
Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
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Sept. 21, 2016 - Coburg, Ore. -- When Eric Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks, little did he know that the nearly 100 employees at the Truck N Travel in Coburg would also share in his win.

Wednesday afternoon, John Anderson, president of the Truck N Travel TA truck stop off Interstate 5, announced that each employee would receive a $500 bonus, thanks to the big win. For any prize more than $10,000, Oregon Lottery retailers, receive a 1-percent selling bonus, and in the case of Truck N Travel, the bonus was $94,000.

"Our employees work so hard, when we found out we were going to receive $94,000 it just made sense to share it with them," Anderson said, trying not to get emotional. "We appreciate our employees."

The truck stop, which is family owned, sold the winning ticket on Aug. 31 and Anderson said half of the selling bonus went to the employees, while the other half was going to be used for maintenance on the buildings.

"I just know that we are going to need new air conditioners soon," said Jim Anderson, John's brother, who also is involved with the truck stop.

The Oregon Lottery was on hand Wednesday to present the family with the $94,000 selling bonus check and also handed out approximately 150 free Lottery tickets to celebrate the win.

"I didn't find out I sold the ticket until the winners came back and gave me a tip," said Audree Taylor, one of the checkers at the store in the truck stop. "We all were so excited and celebrated. I am just so full of excitement that everyone got a bonus because I did my job."

Tackett, a truck driver from Sutherlin, became the 256th Oregon Megabucks Millionaire when he hit the jackpot on Aug. 31. He claimed his prize Sept. 6 after delivering a load of steel in Albany. He plans to continue driving his truck.

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had (my wife) Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $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: Patrick Johnson of the Oregon Lottery presents Tricia Howell and Jim Anderson of Truck N Travel their selling bonus check.
2016 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; social media campaign offers Central Oregon prizes (Photo)
Oregon Cultural Trust - 09/22/16 10:09 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- "Active is an understatement. Oregonians are erupting with imagination..." The brand anthem for the Oregon Cultural Trust proclaims the unique connection Oregonians have with culture; a connection that is celebrated each October during Days of Culture.

Days of Culture 2016 will showcase the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting individuals to share snapshots and videos of their cultural experiences. All who post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture will be entered to win prizes that showcase Central Oregon culture.

The prizes include: three nights in a River Ridge one-bedroom suite (sleeps four) at Mount Bachelor Village Resort; Mount Bachelor lift tickets; a Wanderlust half-day excursion; passes to the High Desert Museum; a $100 gift certificate to Bend's Tower Theatre; passes to the Museum at Warm Springs including a Huckleberry gift basket; and 2017 "The Men Behind the Quilts" calendars from the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon's 1,400+ cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2002. The decision to expand the celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

"Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history," said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. "Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life."

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo or video of a cultural moment or event (anything from a visit to a lighthouse, a poetry reading, a sporting event or a concert to a quinceanera or a book club) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ORCulture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. All posts will be entered to win the Central Oregon prizes.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust's fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2016 donation to one of Oregon's designated 1,400+ cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2016 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.
To learn more about the cultural and recreational paradise of Bend, Oregon check out www.visitbend.com.

Editor's note: Winners will be selected via random drawings. Oregon Cultural Trust staff and board members and their immediate families not eligible to win.
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Seek Public's Help - Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area Vandalism Investigation
Oregon State Police - 09/22/16 9:47 AM
Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation regarding the Cape Kiwanda vandalism. OSP is working on identifying person(s) in the video(s) displaying the destruction of the natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

OSP extend their thanks to people who have already come forward with information. At this time, OSP has exhausted all investigative leads on what the public had previously provided. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspects, that they have not already reported to law enforcement, please call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at (503) 375-3555 or email tips to osppio@state.or.us. All calls are kept confidential.

The investigation is ongoing and information will be released when available.

The link below was provided by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in their original release. It also contains links to the photos and video of the vandalism.

http://bit.ly/capekiwandavandalism

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Previous News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department:
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Wed. 09/21/16
Linn Deputies Seize Approximately a Pound of Meth (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/21/16 3:08 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on September 20, 2016, at about 9:25 a.m., his deputies served a narcotics search warrant in the 400 block of South Eleventh Street in Lebanon.

Located at the residence were Michael Robert Smith, 68, Kyle Robert Smith, 21, both from Lebanon and Heather LeAnn Johnson, 27, of Corvallis. Also present was a four- year-old child related to Michael and Kyle Smith.

Rochelle Marie Brown, 51, of Corvallis, arrived at the scene as the search warrant was being conducted and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Among the items seized was approximately one pound of methamphetamine (15 oz. with the street value of $8,000), digital scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, drug records, surveillance equipment, $1,970 in cash, and eight firearms (one of which was reported stolen in December of 2007, to the Albany Police Department).

The Department of Human Services was called for the four -year -old child in the home and released to his mother.

As a result of the investigation, Michael Smith was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect I.

Kyle Smith was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a School, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Child Neglect I.

Heather Johnson was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Rochelle Brown was cited and released on the charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lebanon Police Department.


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Secretary Jewell, Governor Hickenlooper Celebrate Unprecedented Collaborative Conservation Effort for Greater Sage-Grouse
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/21/16 3:03 PM
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper today marked the one year anniversary of the historic decision not to list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act by celebrating the ongoing unprecedented collaborative conservation effort to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem with stakeholders at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

The Administration, in partnership with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), today also released a report highlighting recent actions to conserve the sagebrush ecosystem, including efforts to minimize further habitat disturbance, restore the health of fire-impacted landscapes, reduce invasive grasses and provide opportunities for landowners and ranchers to invest in conservation actions that benefit the greater sage-grouse and the success of their own operations.

The roundtable provided representatives from the federal family, ranchers, industry, conservation community and the states an opportunity to discuss continued success of on-going efforts, challenges and next steps as they work together to implement the landscape-scale, science-based, collaborative habitat conservation plans.

"One year later, there's a lot to celebrate," said Secretary Jewell. "We knew that the work didn't stop with the listing determination, and I'm pleased that we collectively continue to make great progress on addressing threats to the bird, conserving the sagebrush habitat and providing a path forward for sustainable economic development."

"The diversity of people here today is evidence that there continues to be a broad commitment to conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse from more than just federal and state regulators," said Gov. Hickenlooper. "We'll need to maintain that broad level of support from landowners and others to ensure Bureau of Land Management's RMPs can be implemented as intended, which is to conserve the species as well as support economic sustainability."

"The Sage Grouse Initiative is an example of how when agriculture and conservation partner together, we can reach our common goals for the greater good," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "More than 1,300 ranchers have conserved over 5 million acres of land as a part of this effort and USDA has invested more than $400 million to reach $760 million with our partners through 2018. Through the commitment of America's ranchers to improving habitats for other wildlife, we have achieved a historic outcome for the sage grouse, and shown that conservation can also benefit ranching operations and our rural economies."

The meeting marks the one-year anniversary of the Interior Department's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announcement that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection of the Endangered Species Act because of historic conservation and partnership efforts. The long-term decline of the greater sage-grouse and its sagebrush habitat sparked an unprecedented collaborative conservation effort across 11 western states that continues today.

The FWS reached the no-listing determination after evaluating the bird's population status, along with collective efforts by Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Forest Service (USFS), state agencies, private landowners and ranchers and other partners to conserve its habitat.

Earlier this month, the BLM issued internal guidance that clarifies how aspects of the agency's land use plans will be implemented as it relates to oil and gas leasing and development, grazing and the collection and use of land management data. Those land use plans, developed in cooperation among local, state and federal agencies as well as private landowners, were cited by the FWS as a key reason it found that the greater sage-grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The greater sage-grouse is an umbrella species, emblematic of the health of sagebrush habitat it shares with more than 350 other kinds of wildlife, including world-class populations of mule deer, elk, pronghorn and golden eagles. Roughly half of the sage-grouse's habitat is on federal lands, most of it managed by the BLM and USFS. These tend to be drier uplands where the birds mate, nest and spend fall and winter. While the federal plans that were developed to save the greater sage-grouse may differ in specifics to reflect local landscapes, threats and conservation approaches, their overall goal is to prevent further degradation of the best remaining sage-grouse habitat, minimize disturbance where possible and mitigate unavoidable impacts by protecting and improving similar habitat.

For more information about the greater sage-grouse, please visit www.doi.gov/sagegrouse.


Attached Media Files: DOI Sage Grouse Release 9-16
ROSEBURG: Traffic signal under repair at intersection of Harvard and Bellows/I-5
ODOT: SW Oregon - 09/21/16 2:47 PM
ROSEBURG -- The Harvard Avenue traffic signal at Bellows Street (which serves the southbound Interstate 5 ramps at Exit 124) is not functioning. Repairs are expected to take several hours. The intersection will function as a four-way stop until the traffic signal returns to operation. Expect congestion and delays.

For more information, contact Dan Latham, ODOT PIO, at 541-817-5200.
Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 9/28/16
Oregon State Library - 09/21/16 2:31 PM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on September 28, 2016 from 1:30 -- 3:30 p.m. in Room 103 at the State Library.

The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council is established in the bylaws of the Oregon State Library Board to advise the staff of the Government Information and Library Services Program of the Oregon State Library. The Council will provide insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Information and Library Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

1) Welcome and introductions (5 mins) Jerry Curry
2) Round Robin (15 mins) All Attendees
a) Agency issues heading into the Legislative Season
3) Update on GS Program Manager Recruitment (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen
4) Update on GS Reference Position opening (5 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen/Jerry Curry
5) Recruitment of new Advisory Board members (5 mins) Jerry Curry
6) Subscriptions Database Status, 2015 HB 3523 (15 mins) Kate McGann
7) Summary of GS 2015-2016 Customer Satisfaction Survey conducted June 2016 (15 mins) Jerry Curry
8) Discussion about eClips Product (10 mins) Sean Nickerson
9) Discussion/Selection of GS Advisory Council Vice-Chair (5 mins) Sean Nickerson
10) Adjournment
Workers' compensation costs to drop for fourth-straight year
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/21/16 9:10 AM
Salem -- Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers' compensation costs drop by an average 6.6 percent in 2017, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today. This marks the fourth year in a row -- and eighth year in the past decade -- that businesses will experience an average decrease in the "pure premium."

The average decrease in pure premium -- the portion of the premium employers pay insurers to cover claims costs for job-related injuries and deaths -- is part of a mixture of rate changes designed to invest in workplace safety and health programs while preserving historically low costs.

The other rate changes include:

An increase in the premium assessment, which funds state costs of running workers' compensation and workplace safety and health programs, from 6.2 percent to 6.8 percent. The increase is needed to invest in worker protection and related programs to keep pace with an expanding economy.
A decrease in the payroll assessment, which supports the Workers' Benefit Fund, from 3.3 cents per hour worked to 2.8 cents per hour. The fund pays for highly successful return-to-work and other special injured-worker programs. It is financially stable to the point that a reduction in the assessment is warranted.

The combination of the changes in pure premium rates and assessment rates is a net reduction in costs for the average employer. The average employer would pay $1.02 per $100 of payroll for claims costs and assessments, down from $1.10 in 2016.

"These rate changes preserve the integrity of our workers' compensation system," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They do so by helping maintain a positive business climate for Oregon employers while also bolstering worker protections and benefits."

The decrease in pure premium is based on a recommendation from the Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI), which analyzes industry trends and prepares rate recommendations for the majority of states. Pure premium reflects only a portion of workers' compensation costs, but is the key factor behind annual cost changes. The decrease is an average, so an individual employer may see a larger decrease, no change, or even an increase depending on the employer's own industry, claims experience, and payroll. Also, pure premium does not take into account the varying expenses and profit of insurance companies.

The decrease in the pure premium is effective Jan. 1, 2017, but employers will see the changes when they renew their policies in 2017. The changes to the premium and payroll assessments are effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Workers' compensation pays injured workers for lost wages and medical care for job-related injuries. A steady decline in average medical care costs and stable wage replacement costs are the key factors continuing to drive down the pure premium.

Oregon's workers' compensation premium rates have ranked low nationally for many years. Only seven states and the District of Columbia had average rates lower than Oregon in 2014, according to a biennial study conducted by DCBS. In contrast to changes made in some other states, Oregon has seen no meaningful reduction in worker benefits since at least the early 1990s.

The following chart summarizes all the changes: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/wc_cost_summary.pdf

Annual Oregon average pure premium rate changes and average changes by industry: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/pure_premium.pdf

More information about Oregon workers' compensation costs can be found at: http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/index.html

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov/.
NW Natural Chooses Five Local Nonprofits for Major Contributions
NW Natural - 09/21/16 8:06 AM
Company makes three year commitment to children at risk, safety and the environment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) has selected five nonprofit partners for its Programs of Focus: American Red Cross Cascades Chapter, Bridge Meadows, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, Janus Youth Programs and SOLVE.

Each program will receive $35,000 in annual support for the next three years (2017??'2019), as well as volunteer service and in-kind donations from NW Natural and its employees. The programs were selected from more than 20 nonprofit applicants.

"We're pleased to offer long-term support to five nonprofits that provide critical services to our communities," said Von Summers, NW Natural senior manager of Community Relations. "This year we've focused in particular on organizations that address the pressing needs of at-risk children in Oregon and Southwest Washington."

Since 2003, NW Natural has donated more than $2 million to nonprofits through Programs of Focus. Funds come from the company's Corporate Philanthropy Program, which is supported by shareholder funds.

PROGRAMS OF FOCUS: 2017-2019
American Red Cross--Cascades Region (http://www.redcross.org/local/oregon/)
The American Red Cross Cascades Region includes Oregon and Southwest Washington. Approximately 2,500 volunteers provide response, relief and recovery services; save lives through health and safety training; provide assistance to active military members, their families and local veterans; and ensure we maintain a safe and stable blood supply for patients in need. The Red Cross was a Program of Focus for the 2014??'2016 funding period.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children of Multnomah, Washington & Columbia Counties (http://www.casahelpskids.org)
When an abused or neglected child is going through the trauma of the foster care system, a volunteer CASA advocate is works to guide them through safely, quickly and effectively. CASA for Children recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers to provide quality advocacy for as many children as possible. CASA was a Program of Focus for the 2014??'2016 funding period.

Bridge Meadows (http://www.bridgemeadows.org)
Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intentional, intergenerational neighborhoods for former foster youth, adoptive families and low-income elders, building place, permanence and purpose one community at a time. Bridge Meadows' North Portland development opened to its first residents in 2011; a second development in Beaverton is scheduled to open in 2017.

Janus Youth Programs (http://www.janusyouth.org)
Janus Youth Programs serve more than 6,000 at-risk children, youth and families each year, providing a second chance to kids who have few resources and no place to turn for help. Since 1972, Janus has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest, operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington.

SOLVE (http://solveoregon.org)
SOLVE is a statewide nonprofit organization that takes action every day to keep Oregon clean and green. It mobilizes over 35,000 volunteers and organizes over 1,000 cleanup and restoration projects throughout the state each year. SOLVE's mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.

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.
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Media alert: Opening ceremony for new Western Oregon University College of Education building
Western Oregon University - 09/21/16 7:45 AM
WHAT: Dedication and ribbon cutting for the Richard Woodcock Education Center, new home of Western Oregon University's College of Education

WHO: Guest speakers include: Jim Baumgartner (chair of WOU's Board of Trustees and Portland resident), Alma Pacheco (WOU student body president), Dr. Mark Girod (dean, College of Education), Dr. Richard Woodcock (building benefactor), and Dr. Rex Fuller (WOU president).

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m.

WHERE: WOU campus. 345 Monmouth Ave. N., Monmouth, OR 97361. Map: http://www.wou.edu/resources/campus-map/ (note, this aerial view shows the lot pre-construction; the building is in what shows as a vacant lot immediately north of Hamersly Library).

ADDITIONAL INFO:
This 58,000-square foot building is the first multi-story building in Oregon constructed with cross-laminated timber (part of the wood products initiative by former Gov. John Kitzhaber).

This is the first time the three divisions of the College of Education will be under one roof, including nearly 100 offices and 23 classrooms. Classrooms are equipped with two-way broadcasting equipment (a collaboration with the Salem-Keizer School District) so students at WOU can check and see what's happening in a K-12 class.

A story about the building (via Western Edge magazine): http://www.wou.edu/westernedge/2014/04/01/richard-woodcock-education-center-made-possible-by-generosity-of-renowned-educator/

A press release with details about the building and its benefactor: http://www.wou.edu/wounews/2014/03/17/wou-receives-1-4-million-gift-to-create-the-richard-woodcock-education-center-to-train-oregons-next-generation-of-teachers/
Tue. 09/20/16
***Update on HWY 22 MP 14 Crash*** Five People Killed In Four Separate Crashes - Western Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 9:12 PM
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Update on Highway 22, MP 14 - Polk County fatal crash - Driver's name released:

The deceased driver of the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was identified as Elisa ALVAREZ-MARTINEZ, age 49, of Keizer. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previously Released:

In the time span of about twelve hours, the Oregon State Police investigated four separate crashes on Western Oregon highways that took the lives of five people. Below is a summary of each.

HIGHWAY 22, MP 75 - LINN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 75 (five miles west of the Santiam Junction).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. The Volkswagen lost control, slid off the south side of the highway and struck a tree. The Volkswagen continuing down the embankment, rolling over several times.

The driver, Alexander SHUMILOV, age 31, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway conditions at this time were wet. OSP was assisted by the Black Butte Police Department Black Butte Fire and Rescue, Idanha Rural Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to release at this time. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 18, MP 1.5 -- LINCOLN COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 6:40PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 18 near milepost 1.5 (just east of Lincoln City).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when it failed to negotiate a corner on the wet roadway. The Honda slid into the oncoming lane where it collided with a westbound 2010 Kia Soul.

The driver of the Honda, Maricela R TRUJILLO, age 42, of Woodburn received life threatening injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Her two passengers, Sarah S TRUJILLO and Rebeca M AMADOR (both 20 years old and from Woodburn) were pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Kia, Douglas J BENDER, age 23, of Milwaukie, Oregon was not injured. Two passengers in the Kia were taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 18 was closed for approximately 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Lincoln City Police, North Lincoln Fire & Rescue District # 1 and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available. (Photo attached.)


HIGHWAY 22, MP 14 -- POLK COUNTY
On September 17, 2016 at about 10PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 22 near milepost 14 (just west of Highway 99W interchange.)

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling westbound on Highway 22 near milepost 14 when it drifted into the center median, rolled over and came to rest on it's passenger side on the south side of the highway.

The driver, a 49 year old woman from Keizer was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her name will be released pending her family being notified.

OSP was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Dallas Police Department, Polk County Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. (No photos of this crash are available.)


HIGHWAY 42/INTERSTATE 5 -- DOUGLAS COUNTY
On September 18, 2016 at about 4:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a collision involving a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle at the Highway 42 interchange with Interstate 5.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it took the 119 exit (Highway 42). As the Ford negotiated the sweeping right corner of the off-ramp, it drifted off the ramp and rolled over in the area between the ramp and Highway 42. The Ford then rolled onto both lanes of Highway 42 where it struck an eastbound 2010 Peterbilt while airborne.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony Q WEBBER, age 31, of Roseburg, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Peterbilt, Richard E ARCEO, age 33, of Pasco, Washington was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg for minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District 2, Winston-Dillard Fire, Bay Cities Ambulance and Oregon Department of Transportation. Highway 42 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was being conducted. No further information at this time. (Photo attached.)

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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/20/16 4:00 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a bull elk in Douglas County.

On the morning of September 17, 2016, OSP was notified of a dead bull elk in the area of 4000 block of Rueben Road, Glendale, Oregon. OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found a dead elk in an open field between two houses, determining it had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk was most likely shot on or around Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:30 a.m.

A reward of up to $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Senior Trooper Aaron Baimbridge through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-817-4473. (Email - aaron.baimbridge@state.or.us). Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

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

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

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Remains of dead humpback whale return to shore at Oswald West State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/20/16 2:42 PM
Dead humpback whale at Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park, Tillamook County
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Sept. 20, 2016

Media Contacts:
Ben Cox, Park Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-368-5943, ext. 222

Teri Wing, North Coast District Manager, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., 503-861-3170, ext. 23


Arch Cape OR -- The remains of a 38' dead humpback whale that came ashore near Arch Cape over the weekend washed back out with the high tide, only to return today two miles south at Short Sand Beach inside Oswald West State Park (http://bit.ly/oswaldwest). State park staff will be on the beach at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, to present interpretive talks.

The twice-daily high tides predicted over the next few weeks are not expected to be high enough to take it back out to sea, though it is still possible for it to wash out. The interpretive presentations will happen on the beach whether the whale washes out or not. Researchers will continue to have access if they need to collect more tissue.

The bodies of marine mammals and other animals are a natural part of the ocean shore. On busy beaches in the heat of summer, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff normally bury large mammals if they are on busy beaches and reachable with excavation equipment. In this case, where temperatures are cool and visitors are fewer, it will be left to decay naturally. Scavengers and microorganisms will consume and recycle the tissue over the course of several weeks.

Researchers have the required federal permits to collect tissue from dead whales. All other visitors are encouraged to come see the humpback, but are not allowed to take any pieces and are discouraged from touching it. When visiting, keep pets away from the corpse, and keep an eye on the ocean for safety's sake.

The interpretive presentation and parking at Oswald West are both free. Park at the North Short Sand Trailhead on US Highway 101, and follow the trail signs from the parking area to Short Sand Beach, then walk north.

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Oregon Lottery to Present Truck 'N Travel with $94,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 09/20/16 12:13 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Winning $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket sold at Coburg truck stop

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21

WHERE: Truck 'N Travel TA, 32910 E. Pearl St., Eugene

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $94,000 bonus check to officials at Truck 'N Travel TA for selling a $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket on Aug. 31.

BACKGROUND: Eric Tackett of Sutherlin, a truck driver, won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks on Aug. 31. On the way to claim his prize Sept. 6, he dropped off a load with his truck and brought his big rig to the Oregon Lottery offices. He plans to continue driving, despite winning the jackpot. Eric and his wife Beth have been invited to the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Truck 'N Travel TA employees and will also distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to patrons of the store.

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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EOCI and TRCI to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/20/16 11:37 AM
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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) and Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) have joined resources to hold a one-day recruiting event on Saturday, October 8, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Those who come on board at EOCI or TRCI will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport). Attendees may not wear clothing that is blue (including denim), camouflage, or suggestive. Cell phones and smartwatches cannot be taken inside the facility. Tours of EOCI will be available.

The event will be held at the Blue Mountain Community College Science Building located at 2411 NW Carden Avenue, in Pendleton. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (503) 930-2462. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located 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.

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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Credit Unions: Local, Member Owned and Trustworthy
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 09/20/16 8:59 AM
TIGARD, OR. -- Looking for some positive headlines about financial institutions that can be trusted to do the right thing for people? Oregon credit unions have plenty of good news! As not-for-profit cooperatives, they are owned by their members, and exist only to serve them. There are no Wall St. stockholders to pay, so earnings are invested back into members and communities. For example:
Beaverton-based Rivermark Community Credit Union has created an innovative path to help small businesses gain access to capital and other resources they need to succeed. The credit union seeded a $100,000 endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation, and is inviting staff and members to contribute to the fund online. The fund will provide grants to non-profits that support small businesses. Contact David Noble (503) 526-3635 dnoble@rivermarkcu.org.
In Portland, USAgencies Credit Union offers a Platinum VISA card that gives members rewards to use toward travel, merchandise and more--and 5% of the net profits are given back to charities such as food banks, pet adoption and educational programs. Contact Kasey Rockwell (503) 275-0346 krockwell@usacu.org.
Credit unions in the Bend area work together to sponsor the Great Drake Park Duck Race, supporting children and families in need. Mid Oregon Credit Union, OnPoint Credit Union, SELCO Community Credit Union, First Community Credit Union and Oregonians Credit Union branches in Bend galvanized the community to contribute $117,000 to the cause earlier this month. Contact Kyle Frick at Mid Oregon. (541) 585-1802 kyle@midoregon.com.
Credit unions care about teachers. Eugene-based SELCO Community Credit Union is accepting applications for mini-grants for educators. The credit union awarded $26,500 last year. Visit selco.org/MiniGrants to apply now. Contact Colleen Thompson (541) 686-5395 cthompson@selco.org.
Teachers in the mid-Willamette Valley school districts are also eligible for credit union grants, offered by Maps Credit Union's Community Foundation and PEMCO Insurance. Contact Lisa Daniels (503) 588-0181 ex 3230 ldaniels@mapscu.com.

Members of not-for-profit cooperative credit unions can count on lower interest rates on their loans and credit cards and higher rates on their savings accounts. For example, Oregon members collectively received $104 million in direct benefits last year-through the money they saved on new and used car loans, credit cards, mortgages, home equity loans and higher interest savings accounts. Find out why nearly 50% of the people who call Oregon their home, call credit unions their best financial partner! Visit www.asmarterchoice.org.
Source: Data analysis of bank and credit union interest rates, Informa Research Services, NCUA and CUNA, 12 months ending March 31, 2016.


Attached Media Files: 2016-09/4992/97842/Trust_Oregon_Credit_Union_to_Help_Consumers_Communities.docx
Mon. 09/19/16
Snake River Correctional Institution to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/19/16 4:07 PM
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Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario will be holding a one-day recruiting event on Saturday, October 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Those who come on board at SRCI will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport). Attendees may not wear clothing that is blue (including denim), camouflage, or suggestive. Cell phones and smartwatches cannot be taken inside the facility.

SRCI is located at 777 Stanton Boulevard, Ontario. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (541) 881-4573 or (503) 930-2462. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

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

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Public meetings on Lane Co. forestland classification for fire protection to be held in Florence, Lowell and Eugene
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/19/16 12:32 PM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold public meetings in Florence, Lowell and Eugene to provide information on the classification process for wildland fire protection within the county. The committee recently reviewed and classified lands within Lane County, and part of the Western Lane and South Cascade Protection districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry to determine which need protection from wildland fire. The classification has nothing to do with other land-use regulations.

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 public meetings will be held:
- Sept. 26 - Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St, Florence, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Sept. 29 - Lowell High School Gymnasium, 65 S. Pioneer St., Lowell, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3 -- Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave.,
Eugene, 6:30-8 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public, and landowners will have an opportunity to share their comments or concerns. Maps showing the preliminary classifications will be available for review a half-hour prior to each meeting. Also, the maps, along with other information including written testimony forms, can be found on the Lane County Forestland Classification website, www.lanecounty.org/Departments/AssessmentandTaxation/Pages/ForestlandClassification2016.aspx

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, ODF Western Lane District, 541-935-2283 x237, or visiting in person at the district office, 87950 Territorial Road, in Veneta.
Albany Police Department Concludes 2 Narcotics Investigations -- Arrests and Seizures (Photo) - Corrected
Albany Police - 09/19/16 11:09 AM
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During the week of September 12, 2016, the Albany Police Department concluded 2 narcotics investigations that resulted in 8 arrests and the seizure of over 2 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine, $113,000.00 in U.S. currency and 6 firearms.

On Monday, September 12, 2016, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives conducted a traffic stop in 1200 block of SE Lafayette Street in Albany and arrested the 3 occupants of the vehicle. The arrests were part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. During a search of the vehicle, detectives seized 1/4 pound of methamphetamine, over $1,000 in U.S. currency, scales, and a loaded handgun.

The 3 occupants were lodged at the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Sasha Davidson, 35 years old of Albany, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful possession of a Firearm
Charles Yancey, 39 years old of North Bend, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Stefanie Foltyn, 32 years old of Sacramento, California - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

As a result of this traffic stop a search warrant was executed on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at approximately 12:50 a.m., at a residence in the 6000 block of Silverton Road in Salem. Three individuals were located at the residence and arrested as a result of the search warrant. During a search of the residence, detectives seized methamphetamine, cocaine, packaging material, scales, and over $8,000.00 in U.S. currency.

The 3 individuals from the residence were lodged at the Marion County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Frank DeFelice, 58 years old of Salem, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Trevvor McFee, 27 years old of Keizer, Oregon - Felony warrant for Parole Violation issued by the Oregon State Parole Board
Holly Kelsey, 28 years old of Salem, Oregon - Felony warrant for Parole Violation issued by Oregon State Parole Board and a Misdemeanor warrant issued by Salem Municipal Court

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Albany Street Crimes Detectives, following up on leads from the Silverton Road search warrant, searched a residence in the 3700 block of Haggers Grove Road in Salem, Oregon. During the search detectives seized one pound of methamphetamine, over $100,000.00 in U.S. currency and four handguns. Charges are still pending in regards to this seizure.

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Albany Police Street Crimes Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 38000 block of Golden Valley Drive in Lebanon. Two individuals were located at the residence and arrested as a result of the search warrant. During a search of the residence, detectives seized 1 1/3 pounds methamphetamine, packaging material, scales, a firearm and over $3,500.00 in U.S. currency.

The 2 individuals from the residence were lodged at the Linn County Jail without incident on the following charges:
Elaine Falwell, 53 years old of Lebanon, Oregon - Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
Robert Edelhuber, 54 years old of Lebanon, Oregon - Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

The Albany Police Department was assisted by the Linn County Regional SWAT Team, the Marion County SWAT Team, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Benton County Sheriff's Office, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department and the Springfield Police Department.

Booking photos of Stefanie Foltyn, Frank DeFelice, Trevvor McFee, and Holley Kelsey were not available at the time of this press release.

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Record number of Oregonians covered by health insurance, survey finds
Oregon Health Authority - 09/19/16 7:00 AM
September 19, 2016

SALEM--Oregon's uninsured rate dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, placing Oregon among the top tier of states with the highest percentage of residents with health care coverage, according to new national data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2010, Oregon has improved its position from 37th in the nation to 19th in the ranking of states with the highest percentages of residents who have health insurance.

According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), the uninsurance rate for Oregon is 7.0 percent, down from 9.7 percent in 2014. The national uninsured average rate is 9.4 percent. Today, 3.71 million Oregonians have health insurance, a record number according to the ACS report.

The new federal survey is consistent with state data, which has also shown increasing rates of coverage. Under the Oregon Health Insurance Survey (OHIS), the percentage of Oregonians who are able to access care through health insurance jumped to 95 percent in 2015, an increase of nearly 10 percentage points from when the survey was last completed in 2013. (The ACS and OHIS report slightly different insurance coverage rates due to differences in methodology.)

"When people have health insurance they receive better and more comprehensive care, which helps hold down costs for everyone," said Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority. "Oregon has made important gains in coverage that are improving the health and well-being of Oregonians and their families. When people have health insurance it increases their ability to have productive working lives and to complete their education."

Medicaid expansion and insurance market produce gains in health care coverage

Oregon's improvements follow the state's decision to expand coverage under the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) to individuals and families who earn 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), as permitted by the federal Affordable Care Act. Oregon is one of 32 states nationwide to expand Medicaid coverage.

The expansion of health care occurred in conjunction with the state's health transformation initiative. Over the past three years, more than 400,000 people were added to the Oregon Health Plan, which now covers one in four Oregonians. According to data collected by independent researchers, there is at least one full-time working person among most families with OHP coverage.

A recent report to the Oregon Legislature found the state's health reform efforts have increased health coverage, improved outcomes and contained health care costs in the state's Medicaid program. The new report was presented two weeks ago at a meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board. Research has shown that expansion of coverage reduces premiums in commercial coverage and lowers the cost of charity care for hospitals.

While expanded Medicaid coverage drove much of Oregon's gains, the added benefits of tax credits and subsidies through the insurance exchange market made coverage more affordable, helping more state residents obtain coverage. As of the first quarter of 2016, nearly 132,000 Oregonians were enrolled in individual coverage on the marketplace, with about 95,000 of those consumers receiving financial help.

"With financial help and other reforms, more and more Oregonians are able to access health insurance coverage for themselves and their families," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "We are encouraged by this success, but we know work must continue to improve affordability and ensure a sustainable market."

Changes in insurance coverage

The Oregon Health Insurance Survey found some significant changes in patterns of coverage in Oregon. In 2015:

-- The uninsured rate for adults 18-34 was cut in half to less than 20 percent, from above 40 percent in 2011.
-- The uninsured rate for adults 35-64 dropped nearly 15 percentage points to just over 10 percent, from a high of 25 percent in 2011.
-- Approximately 3.64 million Oregonians had insurance, while 204,000 Oregonians continued to lack coverage.

Oregon uses the OHIS because it includes more detailed information on demographics, access, utilization, cost of care and health status, and better represents minority groups in the state. Oregon uses the ACS date to compare with other states and the national average.

"While Oregon has made important strides in expanding coverage we have more work to do to ensure we maintain our gains and continue to improve both quality and access to care in Oregon's health system," OHA Director Saxton said. "We need to create a path to financial sustainability for Medicaid."

Bill Wright, director of the Center for Research and Education, said, "Through the Oregon Health Study, we now have strong evidence that when uninsured persons gain Medicaid, they see significant improvements in their ability to access care. They are also far more likely to get important preventive screenings and services and experience dramatically less financial strain and debt due to medical issues. We've also seen evidence that acquiring insurance significantly reduces depression and improves subjective health and well-being."

Media availability

Reporters interested in learning more can join a conference call from 11:30 a.m. to noon today with Berri Leslie, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, and Jon Collins, director of Health Analytics at Oregon Health Authority. To participate, dial 1-877-873-8017, access code 8257371

Mobile friendly: Participant: 877-873-8017,8257371#

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Person in Roseburg, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/19/16 4:51 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at approximately 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Loredo Drive in Roseburg, Douglas County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected one adult.

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.
Fri. 09/16/16
Air monitor near daycare in SE Portland shows elevated selenium
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 5:02 PM
September 16, 2016

State is directing nearby Bullseye Glass to reduce emissions of the metal

PORTLAND, Ore.--A jump in selenium concentrations in the air near Bullseye Glass Co. has prompted state agencies to immediately conduct an inspection and secure the company's agreement to restrict use of the metal in its manufacturing process.

Data from a monitoring device near the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC) daycare, one of multiple such devices the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has had deployed around Bullseye since March 1, 2016, shows that the concentration of selenium on Sept. 6 was 887 nanograms per cubic meter (ng/m3) of air. Oregon's 24-hour screening level for selenium is 710 ng/m3.

The 24-hour screening level is the level above which immediate negative health effects could occur.

When 24-hour screening levels are exceeded, that triggers further scrutiny by DEQ and OHA. Today the agencies sent a joint letter to Bullseye confirming the company's commitment to limit use of selenium in its art glass manufacturing process to no more than five pounds per day and only use selenium in furnaces controlled by a baghouse. Scientists at the agencies believe that doing so will prevent spikes above the current 24-hour screening level.

The agencies also are requiring Bullseye to look into why a newly installed baghouse, which was expected to control emissions from 11 or more furnaces, apparently wasn't effective in preventing the Sept. 6 selenium spike.

"Bullseye's use of less than five pounds of selenium per day should be very effective in preventing the kinds of jumps in readings that we saw on Sept. 6, even if the metal is used in a furnace without a baghouse," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. "We also need to make sure Bullseye's new filtration system is working properly, which will further reduce the chances of spikes."

Breathing air with high levels of selenium over a short period of time can cause respiratory irritation with symptoms such as coughing, bronchitis and difficulty breathing. Workers who breathed air with selenium levels much higher than measured near Bullseye also experienced stomach pain. Scientific evidence indicates that short-term exposure at the detected level does not cause cancer and does not cause developmental problems in children or developing babies.

OHA tracks real-time emergency department data from hospitals through Oregon ESSENCE, or Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics. The agency found there was no increase in ED visits related to respiratory illness on Sept. 6 or 7 from people who live near Bullseye Glass.

Selenium also has health benefits. Selenium is an essential nutrient, and selenium deficiency can cause other health problems, but high levels of the metal, as with many substances, can be toxic.

Oregon based its 24-hour standard for selenium on the level set by New Hampshire, the most restrictive standard for the metal in the nation. Other states have set higher levels. Oregon's 24-hour thresholds are being reviewed by external health experts and will be open for public comment next month.

The current comparison values for metals in air can be viewed on the OHA website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/metals/comparison-values-metals-in-air.pdf. The proposed 24-hour screening levels will be posted, and public comment can be made, starting Oct. 6 at CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-09/3687/97798/bullseye-letter-9-16-2016.pdf
Daniel Robinson's "Close to Home" exhibited in Governor's Office through Nov. 11 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/16/16 3:00 PM
Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
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Salem, OR --Painter Daniel Robinson of Fossil, Oregon, will exhibit "Close to Home" in the Governor's Office at the Salem Capitol Building from Sept. 16 to Nov. 11.

"Close to Home" presents large-scale oil paintings of rural Oregon landscapes--both natural and those affected by human presence. While depicting contemporary views of rural Oregon, Robinson's paintings harken to the social realism of the 1920s and 1930s when artists depicted the everyday life of the American working class. With a richness of color, strongly defined lighting and a subdued sense of presence, Robinson's paintings evoke a profound beauty and compel contemplation.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Robinson spent his childhood in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Idaho before settling in Oregon for his high school years. He attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art and received a Bachelor's of Fine Art degree from Portland State University. A monograph of Robinson's work, "In Oregon," was published in 2004 by Nazraeli Press. Robinson is represented by Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org

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Attached Media Files: Daniel Robinson. Early Light, 2016. Oil on canvas 30x54 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet September 26 in Corvallis
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/16/16 1:24 PM
CORVALLIS, Ore.- The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

The meeting agenda is available at www.OregonGeology.org

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 to provide earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Health advisory lifted September 16 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 12:33 PM
September 16, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah 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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Prescribed burning begins near Dorena Reservoir (Photo)
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/16/16 11:55 AM
(File photo) Ecological burn fire crews conduct a controlled burn to manage and restore natural areas in various parts of the Willamette Valley. Burns benefit plant and animal communities, particularly endangered plants and butterflies. Photo courtesy of
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Release No: 16-033
For Immediate Release:
Sept. 16, 2016


PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its partners are planning controlled ecological burns near Dorena Reservoir this fall. The burns will take place on 28 acres of land north of Bake Stewart Park, east of the Row River and west of Row River Road.

Partners for the project include the A1 Kennedy Alternative High School and the Bureau of Land Management. Those organizations have been protecting and restoring important habitat at Bake Stewart Park and the adjacent East Wildlife Area for several years. Part of that management includes controlled burns to manage and restore natural areas. It also benefits plant and animal communities, particularly endangered plants and butterflies.

Experienced and highly-trained fire crews will manage these controlled ecological burns using detailed burn plans, which provide maximum protection for the community. The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency reviews and approves the plans and specifies the conditions the burns can proceed.

All partners carefully consider weather conditions and burn only on days when the wind is forecasted to blow smoke away from residential areas and roadways. Because of this, the Corps and its partners cannot specify what days burning will occur, more than 24 hours in advance of burns. More information and updates about the burns are on the Willamette Valley Prescribed Fire Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WillametteValleyPrescribedFire/?fref=ts.


Cutline: (File photo) Ecological burn fire crews conduct a controlled burn to manage and restore natural areas in various parts of the Willamette Valley. Burns benefit plant and animal communities, particularly endangered plants and butterflies. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Map: Ecological burns near Dorena Reservoir will take place on 28 acres of land north of Bake Stewart Park, east of the Row River and west of Row River Road. See map for specific areas.


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Client and Staff Safety Task Force meets October 17 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/16/16 11:48 AM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Room 350, 900 Court Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Those who are unable to attend in person can participate by conference call: 1-877-336-1831; participant code: 230706#.

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.
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.
Health advisory lifted September 16 for Howard Bay in Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 09/16/16 9:34 AM
September 16, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued June 24 for Howard Bay located in the southwest corner of Upper Klamath Lake, northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath 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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Bypass-related paving to start on Sunday evening near Dundee
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/16/16 8:16 AM
Paving of the OR 99W intersection with the Newberg-Dundee Bypass just west of Dundee is scheduled to begin this Sunday evening (September 18). Crews will be working between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. grinding and paving OR 99W, and striping OR 99W the following week, near Neiderberger Road and Parks Drive, where the Bypass crosses over and then connects to OR 99W.

Crews will work several nights (generally Sunday to Thursday) during the weeks of September 18 and September 25. Travelers can expect night time delays.

Also, travelers should watch for signage and shifts in travel lanes on OR 99W near Dundee. A new signal has been installed and will be turned on in several weeks. Since there is no access onto the unfinished Bypass until late 2017, the light will be green nearly all of the time, and drivers will continue to use OR 99W as usual.

A variety of construction activities on the Bypass are picking up with the start of rainy season just a few weeks away. To learn more about these activities and the progress of Bypass construction, the public is encouraged to visit the project web site at www.newbergdundee.org.
City of Roseburg Urban Renewal Agency Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best Streetscape Project (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 7:31 AM
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The City of Roseburg Urban Renewal Agency received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the "Best Streetscape Project" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. The award was given for the Oak/Kane/Washington street improvements. This award is given to the municipality or Main Street organization that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements to improve the built environment in the downtown. Brian Davis, Community Development Director, City of Roseburg, was on hand to accept the award.

This $3 million project included streetscape improvements in the heart of downtown Roseburg. The design improved accessibility and function of the district, but took it a step farther than most projects of this scope. The intersection designs were public art in themselves representing the culture, history, and assets that are personal to Roseburg.

"What was the result? Amazing," said Roxana Grant, Executive Director, Downtown Roseburg Association. "The impact on downtown is 100% visually pleasing intersections and social spaces that improves the ease of access and gives locals a place to sit and relax for a few moments."

"We are pleased to recognize the City of Roseburg for this outstanding public amenity," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "The streetscape includes elements that truly engages people in the downtown."


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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The Clothes Tree in Downtown Corvallis Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards for Best Façade Improvement (Photo)
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The Clothes Tree in downtown Corvallis received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards for "Best Façade Improvement" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. The award recognizes the best single exterior facade renovation project that enhances the commercial district in appearance or function and encourages further design improvements. This can include storefront renovation, upper floor renovation, or both. Lori Stephens with Broadleaf Architecture, was on hand to accept the award.

The Clothes Tree building in Corvallis, Oregon, underwent a major facade renovation in 2015-2016. The building was originally built in 1880 with a major renovation in the 1920s and another major renovation in 1963. The recent facade renovation included removal of the 1963 screening, odd adornment, and 1960's era sign. Underneath the screening was detailed plaster work and remnants of the words "First National Bank". Damaged plaster was repaired, but the details and wording were given a fresh coat of paint. Metal cornices and pilaster caps were added to the building to take the facade back to an earlier time period. 1960's adornment on the canopy was removed and the canopy was wrapped in a black metal. The owners added medallions to each pilaster that was meaningful to them. The 1960's windows and bottom brickwork were retained, but painted a black color. A corner clock from the 1920s was replicated and installed.

"Every building owner, throughout the life of a building, will leave their own impression on that building," said Lori Stephens, architect on the project. "The new owners of The Clothes Tree building have exposed those past impressions and have now added their own. In this way, historic buildings tell the story of change in a community."

Nicole Nystrom, owner of The Clothes Tree, says she was inspired by seeing historic photos of the building, and wanted to return the building to something she felt would be timeless and more appropriate with its historic downtown context.

"The restoration of an anchor store such as The Clothes Tree certainly has a major visual impact on a downtown district," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Above and beyond the thoughtful restoration process in this case is the economic impact on the district. The owner has seen increased traffic and is attracting new clientele. That's exactly what we hope to achieve in our main street communities."


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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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Running Princess Apparel in Downtown Corvallis Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best New Business (Photo)
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Running Princess Apparel in downtown Corvallis received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best New Business" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. The Best New Business Award recognizes an outstanding new downtown business that opened between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Lu An Carone-Rhodes, Owner, Running Princess Apparel, was on hand to accept the award.

"I am honored and thrilled to receive this award," said Lu An Carone-Rhodes, Owner, Running Princess Apparel. "While I feel very humble, I am also extremely delighted with my business and a long-time supporter of both downtown Corvallis and Albany."

Running Princess Apparel is a new athleisure wear store in downtown Corvallis. Lu An bought the small, online company in 2015. She expanded the ecommerce side of the business, but dreamed of having her own storefront. Knowing location was very important, she waited six months for the perfect spot to open up. In the new location, she was able to add new lines of athleisure wear and now employs two full-time and four part-time employees.

But the impact on downtown goes beyond the storefront. They started three walking groups that all begin and end at the store and wind through downtown. They are in the process of partnering with others to provide health and fitness workshops and classes in their store. They also offer package pick-up for races they sponsor which can bring anywhere from 100-500 people into the downtown core.

"Running Princess Apparel is a wonderful addition to downtown Corvallis," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Not only have they created a warm and inviting environment, but they have created new jobs and are bringing new customers to the district."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.


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State Recognizes Nineteen Individuals & Projects for Excellence in Downtown Revitalization
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/16/16 6:33 AM
SALEM -- Oregon Main Street announced its 2016 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners last night at the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria, Oregon.

The nineteen projects, businesses, & individuals honored are:

Outstanding Historic Renovation
- JS Cooper Block, Independence

Best Façade Improvement
- The Clothes Tree, Corvallis

Best Streetscape Project
- City of Roseburg Urban Renewal Agency

Outstanding New Building
- Francis Court, Dayton

Best Beautification Project
- Let It Glow, St. Helens Economic Development Council

Best Placemaking Project
- Hillsboro Rain Art, City of Hillsboro

Outstanding Special Project
- The Carlton Pool House, Carlton

Outstanding Partnership
- The Dalles Main Street and City of The Dalles

Main Street Manager of the Year
- Jonathan Stone, Downtown Oregon City Association

Main Street Volunteer of the Year
- Doug Hood, Newberg Downtown Coalition

Outstanding Fundraiser
- The Oregon Trail(R) Game 5 K, Downtown Oregon City Association

Best Image Activity
- Dayton Artscape, Dayton Community Development Association

Best Special Event
- Estacada Uncorked

Best New Business
- Running Princess Apparel, Corvallis

Business of the Year - tie
- Sweet Wife Baking, Baker City
- Fort George Brewery + Public House, Astoria

Best Economic Vitality Activity
- ShoreStyle Wedding Faire, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Volunteer Development
- Astoria Volunteer Appreciation Night, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association

Best Community Education
- The Dalles Main Street Promotional Booklet

"We are very pleased to recognize the outstanding individuals, businesses, and projects in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network," said Sheri Stuart, state coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "They represent some of the hard work, creativity, and investment happening across the state to strengthen and revitalize our historic downtowns."

The wide range of awards is reflective of the comprehensive Four-Point Approach(R) to downtown revitalization developed by the National Main Street Center. This model is used by the communities participating in the three-tier Main Street Track of Oregon Main Street Network. From 2010 to 2015, communities participating in the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels of the Network have seen $62,943,871 in private building improvement projects, $75,088,333 in public projects, 863 private rehab projects, 468 net new businesses, and 2,244 net new jobs.

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For additional information, visit www.oregonheritage.org.
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In Custody Death Investigation at Marion County Jail
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 8:54 PM
Today at about 7:30 am, 36 year old Dezeray Molieri of Salem was found unresponsive in her cell. Deputies immediately began CPR until medical personnel arrived with advance life support, but efforts to revive Ms. Molieri failed and she was pronounced dead.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has notified Ms. Molieri's family of her death.

The Sheriff's Office, as part of its standard protocol, has requested that the Linn County Sheriff's Office conduct an investigation into Ms. Molieri's death. The medical examiner's office will work to determine the exact cause of death; however, foul play is not suspected. We don't anticipate any further news releases until after the medical examiner's report has been received.
Single vehicle injury crash in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 4:42 PM
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On September 15, 2016 at about 10:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle injury crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 1.5, which is about 13 miles south of the town of Ashland in Jackson County.

According to Sergeant First Class Jeff Proulx, preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Ford F150 pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway on the left side and drove on the shoulder for several hundred yards, then drove back onto the interstate. Once on the interstate the vehicle rolled, ejecting the two male passengers. The vehicle then rolled several more times as it struck the guard rail and came to rest about 100 yards down an embankment.

The driver of the vehicle, Matt Tudor, age 40, of Yreka, CA, was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right front passenger, Chris Stevens, age 30 of Yreka, CA was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The right rear passenger, Tim Hendricks, age 24 of Yreka, CA was transported by Life Flight to Rogue Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which are not serious at this time. The left rear passenger, Mahaliah Gulbranson, age 21 of Yreka, was transported to Providence Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. It appears only the driver was wearing his seat belt.

There were two dogs in the truck and they ran away after the crash. Jackson County Animal Control responded to locate the dogs but was unable to do so. We have no information on the description of the dogs.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation, but the driver may have fallen asleep. OSP was assisted by Fire District 5, Ashland Fire and Rescue, Mercy Flights and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Sheriff's Office Seeks Publics Help in Locating Missing 18 Year Old Student
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 4:16 PM
Trevor Mitchell, an 18 year old high school student from Sublimity, Oregon, was reported missing to the Marion County Sheriff's Office on the evening of September 11, 2016. He was last seen by his family around noon that day wearing a navy polo shirt, blue jeans, and black Vans shoes. Trevor is described as being 5'11" tall and weighing approximately 135 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes.

On September 13, 2016, Mitchell's vehicle was located at the Separation Lake trailhead near the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Lane County Search and Rescue responded and searched the area that evening, then returned with additional resources the morning of September 14, 2016. Lane County Search and Rescue K9 teams, ground search teams, and riders from Lane County Sheriff's Mounted Posse have all participated in the search for Trevor. Search efforts continue today in the area of Separation Lake and the surrounding wilderness. At this time, no new information has been located to indicate Trevor's whereabouts.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Lane County Sheriff's Office are asking for your assistance locating Trevor Mitchell. We are asking anyone who has seen Trevor since
September 11, 2016 to call the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 541-682-4141 and or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.


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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets September 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 09/15/16 1:47 PM
September 15, 2016

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

Agenda: Subcommittee staffing update; work plan review; review communicable disease control measures

When: Thursday, September 22, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. Comments may be limited to three minutes.

Where: By webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8160646047412113665; or by conference call at 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 the board's consideration.

For more information, see the advisory board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Rebecca Pawlak, 971-673-1034, rebecca.l.pawlak@state.or.us

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The Cost of Natural Gas Drops Again
NW Natural - 09/15/16 1:28 PM
NW Natural files for rate reduction in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has filed for a rate reduction with the Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC). If approved the new lower rates will take effect for residential and commercial customers on Nov. 1.

NW Natural has requested a 2.6% rate reduction for residential customers and 1.6% drop for commercial. The typical residential customer using an average of 50 therms a month would pay about $1.40 less each month. The typical commercial customer using 233 therms per month would pay $3.60 less monthly.

The Sept. 15 filing reflects relatively stable natural gas commodity prices for the coming year, as well as other year-to-year adjustments and costs approved by regulators.

"Our customers are paying less for their natural gas today than they did 15 years ago," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "It's gratifying to be able to provide the efficiency and performance benefits of our product at such a great value."

More Savings for Customers
This rate reduction is in addition to a bill credit customers received earlier this year. NW Natural returned $16.8 million to Oregon customers in June because gas prices were lower than expected since rates took effect back in Nov. 1, 2015. The average residential customer received a bill credit of about $16, and the average small commercial customer's credit was $75.

Additionally, NW Natural passed back about $9.4 million to customers in June resulting from efficient use of natural gas storage and pipeline facilities. This was the 14th consecutive year customers received a June bill credit for this purpose.

More about rates
Each year, local gas distribution companies file for rate adjustments with the PUC based on expected gas commodity costs for the next 12 months; a true-up of any differences between the previous year's gas costs and the amount collected from customers; and other adjustments based on previous agreements with the PUC.

Regulators will issue a final decision on this year's filing by the end of October, with new rates effective Nov. 1.

Find more information in the Rates & Regulations section of nwnatural.com or call 503-226-4211 and ask for the Rates & Regulatory Department.

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 www.nwnatural.com.
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OSP Concludes Firearms Investigation Involving Portland Man - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 09/15/16 11:23 AM
On August 4, 2016 the Oregon State Police Patrol Division received a complaint of an alleged crime of Firearm Transfer by an Unlicensed Person (ORS 166.435). The complaint was based on media reports that, Jeremy P LUCAS, age 45, of Portland, had unlawfully transferred a firearm to a private party.

The investigation was challenging due to the lack of any evidence supporting the allegations. Further the fact that OSP did not secure a voluntary statement from LUCAS and no persons came forward with the name of who the firearm was transferred to made it difficult to prove or disprove this crime had occurred.

On September 9, 2016, the case was considered closed pending the development of new leads or information. The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that they would not pursue criminal charges (see their decline letter which is attached).

No further information at this time.


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2016 Oregon Arts Summit to showcase "Arts in Action" (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/15/16 10:59 AM
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Salem, OR--"Arts in Action," art as a medium for addressing problems and strengthening communities, is the theme for the 2016 Oregon Arts Summit, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis.

Hosted by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Arts Summit is a forum of learning and shared resources for arts organizations, arts associations, elected officials, individual artists and arts professionals from around the state.

Through "Arts in Action," artists, arts organizations and artistic communities help solve some of Oregon's most difficult and pressing problems and create social calls-to-action for the state. The day's programming will explore how the arts are strengthening the regions' social, physical and economic fabric.

Agenda highlights:
The Arts Summit's keynote speaker will be Tim Carpenter of EngAGE, an organization transforming aging and the way people think about aging by turning affordable senior apartment communities into vibrant centers of learning, wellness and creativity. Carpenter will speak about how artistic pursuits are making people's later lives more powerful and fulfilling.
Educator and artist Walidah Imarisha will lead a discussion about how arts are changing conversations about inclusion. She will lead participants through a timeline of Black history in Oregon documenting the story of race, identity and power in the state and how art and culture have played a role in both activism and oppression.
Insight Talks will feature six Oregon arts leaders sharing their organizational solutions: Julie Manning of Samaritan Health Services; Bruce Burris of OUTPOST1000/
ArtWorks; Liora Sponko from Lane Arts Council; Cheryl Snow of the Clackamas County Arts Alliance; Chrystal Figueroa and Stephen Marc Beaudoin from PHAME; and Seth Truby of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.

The Arts Summit also will feature dance, poetry and musical performances. Oct. 6 pre-conference activities include a tour of art and healing solutions at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center; a self-guided Corvallis Arts Walk featuring 13 different galleries and studios; and themed dinners with Oregon Arts Commissioners and staff.

Registration for the Oregon Arts Summit is $95. Scholarships are available; the deadline to apply for Arts Summit scholarships is Friday, Sept. 23. To apply, register or learn more visit www.regonline.com/oregonartssummit2016.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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State Forest Stewardship Committee to meet Sept. 22
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/15/16 10:33 AM
The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet Sept. 22 in Salem to discuss the Forest Legacy Program and the Oregon Forest Management Planning System. Other items on the agenda include updates on the Community Forest Program and an overview of the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee advises the State Forester on policies and procedures for U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry Programs such as Forest Legacy and Forest Stewardship. The committee consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

Public Meetings
The public is invited to attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

Find the meeting agenda and learn more about the committee here
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentation in Salem on September 22
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/15/16 10:04 AM
The Red Cross and our community partners are helping our community get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake by holding Prepare Out Loud, a visual and interactive earthquake preparedness presentation, in Salem next week.

SALEM, Ore., September 15, 2016 -- The American Red Cross is promoting preparedness and helping our community to be ready for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake by holding Prepare Out Loud in Salem on September 22, at 5:30 p.m., at NW Natural, 3123 Broadway NE.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Prepare Out Loud presenter, Steve Eberlein, was witness to the destruction of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka. The tsunami was caused by an underwater subduction zone earthquake and resulted in the deaths of nearly 300,000 people in 14 countries. His first-hand account of the incident lends perspective on the importance of preparedness. Following the Prepare Out Loud presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare for an earthquake and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"Oregonians can be prepared for disasters by taking simple steps to prepare now and sharing their preparedness actions," said Steve Eberlein, preparedness presenter with the Red Cross Cascades Region. "It's time for us to unlock the power of peer influence and bring sustainable cultural change to Oregon."


WHAT: American Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation - Presented by NW Natural in partnership with PGE

WHEN: Thursday, September 22, 2016, 5:30 p.m. -- 7 p.m.

WHERE: NW Natural - 3123 Broadway NE, Salem, OR

WEBSITE: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including a:
Disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud

The Red Cross will be holding free Prepare Out Loud presentations across our region this fall. Other presentation locations include:
Tillamook and Manzanita on September 30
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

Corvallis on October 4: in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis

Medford on October 6
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11: in partnership with Chambers Construction
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Salem Flyer , Prepare Out Loud Comes to Salem News Release
Lebanon Fire District Unveils Emergency Services Master Plan
Lebanon Fire District - 09/15/16 9:50 AM
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 the Lebanon Fire District presented an Emergency Services Master Plan to its Board of Directors.

Emergency Services Consulting International was engaged by the Lebanon Fire District to provide a Master Plan for the future delivery of emergency services within the city of Lebanon and the fire district. This report is a comprehensive document designed for the purpose of answering three questions: Where are we today, Where will we be in the next 10 to 15 years, and how will we get there? It evaluates current conditions found to exist in the agency, projects future community growth and service demand, and provides recommendations to sustain or enhance current services over the next 10 to 15 years.

The staff of Lebanon Fire District has already begun evaluating the recommendations in the Master Plan and will prioritizing them and assigning timelines for completion. With the recommendations from this document, Lebanon Fire District will move toward developing a Strategic Plan that will outline the step by step processes for obtaining our future goals.

The Master Plan can be read on the Lebanon Fire District website at http://www.lebanonfire.org/sites/default/files/fileattachments/lebanon_fire_district/page/882/lebanon_or_master_plan_final_report_8-30-2016.pdf
Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event hosted by Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/15/16 8:20 AM
Children with Special Needs Horseback Ride Event
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 am, registration opens at 9:30am

The Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse is hosting their 7th annual horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings. It will be held at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The children are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between 3 and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves. The arena is not heated and long pants/closed-toed shoes are required.

There will also be a coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature ponies. Photographs will be taken in front of a green screen and printed on site to give to the child. They will also be available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event registration table.

Please RSVP by September 28th, so we can plan appropriately. You may either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name, contact information and the number of children who will be riding.


Phone: 541-766-6045
Email: sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
Facebook -- Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse
Oregon Civil Air Patrol Conducts Change Of Command Ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 09/15/16 8:17 AM
Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
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Colonel William Ray, CAP, assumed command September 10th of the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing in a ceremony held at the Boulder Rock Inn in Lebanon, Oregon during the CAP's conference observing the CAP's 75th anniversary since it's founding just prior to WWII in December of 1941. Colonel Ray first joined the CAP as a 14 year old teenaged cadet in 1970 and served on active duty in the USAF from 1975-1977. He became a senior member in 1982 and most recently served as the Oregon Wing Chief of Staff. Colonel Ray replaces Colonel John Longely, CAP who has served as the Oregon Wing commander for the past four years since he was appointed wing commander in 2012.
Since it's founding and service during WW II, CAP has continued to save lives and provide relief through its emergency services program. CAP participants possess Federal Emergency Management Agency certifications and are qualified nationwide, making them the go-to organization for law enforcement entities such as State Police, the Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Operating over 600 single engine aircraft and 63 sailplanes, the Civil Air Patrol performs more than 90 percent of all U.S. Air Force-directed search and rescue missions utilizing aircraft and ground teams and an extensive radio communications network. The Oregon wing of the CAP has seen extensive service this past year with USAF recognition for 4 lives saved. Most recently, the Oregon CAP participated in a search for a missing hiker around Mt. Jefferson and the search for a missing aircraft on the Oregon coast

Members of CAP also play important roles in disaster relief and humanitarian services and train regularly for those roles such as the recent state wide, multi-agency Cascade Rising Exercise earlier this year. In addition to providing air and ground transportation and a vast communication network, CAP has formal agreements with many government and humanitarian relief agencies, facilitating effective operations.

In addition to performing missions in direct support of the Air Force by conducting light transport, communication support and low-altitude route surveys, CAP joined the war on drugs in 1986, offering their resources to halt the trafficking of drugs into, and within the United States.

The CAP also offers a Cadet Program for teenagers between the ages of 12-18 which includes multiple orientation flights as well as a community oriented aerospace education program.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 57,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 90 lives in fiscal year 2008. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counterdrug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 22,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.


Attached Media Files: Colonel William Ray, New Oregon Wing Civil Air Patrol Commander
Wed. 09/14/16
Corps' fall operations: encouraging water safety and shoreline habitat stewardship
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/14/16 5:26 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Northwestern Division

For Immediate Release:
Sep. 14, 2016

LOWER COLUMBIA-SNAKE RIVERS, Wash. and Ore. -- The shift in reservoir operations during the fall means changes for shoreline visitors and water-sports enthusiasts.

The Corps advises boaters and other people using regulated waterways to always be alert to changes in water elevation. Current reservoir conditions can be viewed online at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/Water/Columbia, where you can find information on a regional basis, or view Walla Walla and Portland District water management pages.

"Typically the low flow part of the water year is between September and October, when boats can get grounded due to natural low flows and reservoir fluctuations," said Karlis Kanbergs, Northwestern Division Reservoir Regulation team lead. "Being aware of changing water conditions is vital to ensuring you have a safe boating experience."

Corps park rangers encourage visitors to safely enjoy the rivers by taking the following precautions:

When boating on managed reservoirs, please use caution because water levels can change quickly within the pool's operating range. Anchor your boat in water deep enough to avoid beaching, yet leave enough slack in your anchorline to avoid sinking your vessel, should reservoir levels fluctuate up or down.
Ensure properly fitting, accessible and serviceable life vests are available for each occupant on your boat. Better yet, wear them.
Keep life jackets on children while on or around the water. Don't let small children out of your sight.
Autumn often brings changing weather conditions which can create unsafe situations on open water. Know the weather forecast and have a float plan.

Changing water levels also changes how much land is exposed along the shoreline. Many beach-like areas frequently become submerged with just a one-foot increase in operating level. Nearby habitat areas can become vulnerable to damage by increased visitor traffic. Park rangers encourage visitors to avoid damaging the vegetation, and help keep shoreline habitat areas clean by using provided trash receptacles or, where no developed services are available, by taking their trash with them when they leave.

For more information about Corps-operated riverside parks, campgrounds and habitat management areas in the Walla Walla District, visit our website at www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation, or in the Portland District at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Columbia/.

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Sheriff's Office Focuses on Safe Roads During Community Event (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/14/16 4:36 PM
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Anticipating increased traffic on county roads during the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around Marion County.

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?
1. Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
2. Do not try to pass the vehicle or signal the driver to pull over.
3. Take notice of the license plate number along with details of the vehicle including make, model and color. Please do not compromise your own safety trying to obtain this information.
4. Pull over or use your hands free device to call 911. Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling. Give a complete description of the vehicle and the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

Once you call and give us the information, we will take it from there. Share our roads responsibly, please don't drink and drive.


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State to Honor and Remember Fallen Fire Fighters on Thurs., Sept. 15
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/14/16 2:51 PM
The name of Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark James Burns will be added to the state Memorial Wall during the 2016 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony on September 15, 2016. The ceremony begins at 1 pm at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The public is invited to attend.

Many may not be aware of the death of Battalion Chief Burns or the events leading up to this loss. At approximately 1649 hours on August 24, 2010, resources from Medford Fire-Rescue were requested to assist the City of 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. Battalion Chief Burns was one of the responders to this event and played a direct role in commanding firefighting efforts. 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 on Public Safety Standards and Training Fire Policy Committee determined that Battalion Chief Burns' death met the criteria for the Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial and was unanimously approved.

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

More information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation can be found at
http://www.firehero.org
Safety pays dividends
SAIF - 09/14/16 2:43 PM
SUMMARY: SAIF's Board of Directors today announced that employers who insure with SAIF may be eligible for two dividends this year: one based on premium, and another tied to safety performance. The dividends total $140 million.



When it comes to workers' compensation, safety pays the best dividends. The reason is simple--costs remain low because accidents and injuries are avoided in the first place.

To underscore this point, the SAIF Board of Directors today declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million primary dividend to be paid to all eligible policyholders based on their premium, and a new, $20 million safety performance dividend to be paid based on each policyholder's safety results.

"The safety performance dividend creates an important incentive for policyholders to maintain and improve safety," said President and CEO Kerry Barnett. "It advances our mission to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work."

This is the seventh year in a row SAIF has returned a substantial dividend to its customers, but it's the first time since 2000 SAIF has rewarded safety performance through a dividend. The safety component will be distributed on a graduated scale based on the policyholder's losses and premiums, with the greatest amount paid to those with the best safety results as measured by paid losses to standard premium.

Together, the dividends represent a return of approximately 22 to 26 percent of premium that eligible customers paid in 2015. They are possible because of SAIF's overall financial results, including investment returns and favorable trends in claim costs.

"We're able to pay dividends because of strong financial results, and the best driver of those results are the injuries that don't happen as Oregon workplaces become safer and healthier," Barnett said. "More importantly, safety and health programs have helped thousands of workers avoid the pain and anguish of a workplace injury. That's the best dividend of all."

More than 46,000 customers are eligible for SAIF's primary dividend. Of those, about 95 percent are also eligible to receive all or part of the additional safety performance dividend.

Checks will be mailed in October to those who are eligible for the dividends.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit www.saif.com/about.
Lakeview Man dies in a fatal commerical motor vehicle crash (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:59 PM
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On September 14, 2016 at about 5:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle fatal crash on Highway 140 E at milepost 2.5 (2 miles east of Lakeview).

According to Sergeant First Class Proulx, Preliminary investigation revealed a 1956 Peterbilt log truck was traveling westbound on Highway 140 E behind a 1979 Kenworth log truck. The Peterbilt truck caught on fire when coming down the hill and ran into the back of the Kenworth causing both vehicles to drive off the roadway, losing their load of logs onto the roadway.

The driver of the Peterbilt, Douglas McClain, age 60, of Lakeview, was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Kenworth, Brenton Cannon, age 66, of Lakeview, was not injured and remained on scene to assist.

The highway was closed for about 2 hours and is currently open to one lane with a pilot car until the logs can be removed. The driver of the Kenworth was wearing his seatbelt and it is unknown if the driver of the Peterbilt was at this time.

The contributing factors into the crash are still under investigation. OSP was assisted by Lakeview Fire Department, Lakeview Sheriff's Office, Thomas Creek Fire Department, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Lakeview Disaster Unit and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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National Preparedness Month Activities Help Families Plan for Disaster (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/14/16 1:51 PM
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SALEM, Ore. - National Preparedness Month is well underway and Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) reminds the public to be active in three important ways: Be informed about disaster threats in our state; make a family emergency communication plan; and build a kit with food, water and supplies to be self-sufficient for up to two weeks.

"We encourage all Oregonians to take steps to be ready for any emergency," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "Individual and family preparedness, as well as preparedness in the workplace, will help to save lives and property on our worst day,"

Several public preparedness activities are planned in September:
NW Natural and the American Red Cross team up to host a series of Get Ready events.
o September 17 | Get Ready Gresham
o September 17 | Get Ready Lincoln County
o September 24 | Get Ready The Dalles
Prepare Out Loud, presented by the American Red Cross Cascades Region, covers the science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, human behavior during disasters, how to prepare to quickly locate loved ones after a disaster and the central role our actions and voices play in building community resilience.
o September 22 - Salem: Presented by NW Natural, in partnership with PGE
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem
o September 30 - Tillamook and Manzanita
Register at redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management has an array of preparedness materials to help people plan for disasters, which are available through local county emergency management offices. The OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport" (http://bit.ly/2c9koc7)is a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, insurance carriers and room to include critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown when the "Go Kit Passport" has been completed. Send an email to public.info@state.or.us.

National Preparedness Month ends on September 30 but the public is invited to continue personal preparedness efforts by participating in the Great ShakeOut on October 20, an annual earthquake exercise that takes place around the world. At 10:20 a.m., people are encouraged to "drop, cover and hold on." In Oregon last year, an estimated 600,000 people participated. For more information or to register for the Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org/Oregon.

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Fatal Crash near Hubbard (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 1:08 PM
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On September 13, 2016 at approximately 7:59 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 99E near milepost 26 (north of Hubbard).

According to Trooper Freitag, the investigation revealed a white 2008 Ford Ranger operated by Andrew Pine, age 20, of Hubbard, was travelling southbound when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Ranger collided with a northbound Freightliner pulling double trailers loaded with lumber, operated by Patrick Bryant, age 58, of Battle Ground, Washington.

PINE was flown by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland where he later died from his injuries. BRYANT was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Highway 99E was closed for approximately an hour and a half following the collision. One lane was opened for approximately 1 hour until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Woodburn Ambulance, Aurora Fire Department, Hubbard Fire Department, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).



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Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet September 21
Oregon Health Authority - 09/14/16 11:22 AM
September 14, 2016

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216, pamela.naylor@state.or.us (meeting information and accommodations)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee

When: Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:30 a.m.

Where: Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center Training Room, Lincoln Building, 421 SW Oak Street, Suite 775, Portland

Attendees can also join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: The agenda will focus on a discussion of Year 4, including the new opioid metric, benchmarks, and challenge pool criteria.

For more information, an agenda and hospital metrics meeting packet, visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Performance-Metrics.aspx.

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

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Honoring Our Fallen Firefighters in Salem (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 09/14/16 10:17 AM
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The Oregon Fallen Firefighters Memorial will be held tomorrow, September 15, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy (4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem).

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by fire service professional, career and volunteer, across our state. A time to honor and remember these brave men and women and to support their families.
Please join us as we pause to remember the five members from Eugene Springfield Fire that died protecting our community.

FF Rex Reed died as the result of a collision between the fire engine he was driving and a train while en route to a fire
on November 28, 1928. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

Capt. Donovan Hodgson died on October 28, 1957 of a heart attack while reporting in at the fire station for a general
alarm blaze. (Springfield Fire & Life Safety)

FF Leland Christensen died on October 11, 1966 of a heart attack while fighting a general alarm blaze at the Kendall
Ford dealership. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

FF Harold "Bucky" Stinson died October 11, 1966 when a concrete wall collapsed and crushed while fighting the
blaze at the Kendall Ford dealership. (Eugene Fire & EMS)

Capt. Horst Rech died September 21, 1978 when the ceiling collapsed on him during his second entry into the fire at
DJ's Market. (Springfield Fire & Life Safety)

The name of Battalion Chief Mark Burns of Medford Fire & Rescue will be added to the memorial wall this year.

Eugene Springfield Fire is proud to have two members and Casey, Official Fire Safety Dalmatian serving as part of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard. A team made of fire service members from around the state that come together as a unified group to honor our fallen and provide assistance to their families.


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NW Natural Posts Highest Score in West, Second in Nation for Customer Satisfaction
NW Natural - 09/14/16 9:50 AM
Finishing a decade of top performance in J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company's, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), customers have given the company the highest overall score among large utilities in the West and the second highest score in the nation in the 2016 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

The study, now in its 15th year, measures residential customer satisfaction with natural gas utilities across six factors: safety and reliability; billing and payment; price; corporate citizenship; communications; and customer service. NW Natural received 745 points in the large utility segment, which is utilities serving 400,000 or more residential customers. The company scored the highest in the nation in the safety and reliability category.

This is the seventh time in 10 years that NW Natural customers have ranked the company first in the West. And it's the ninth time in 10 years that the company posted among the top two highest scoring gas utilities in the nation.

"We are very grateful to our customers who have given us such high marks for the past decade, and we don't take it for granted," said David H. Anderson, NW Natural President and CEO. "From our unyielding focus on safety to environmental stewardship and community involvement, we will continue to work hard to exceed our customers' expectations."

The 2016 results are based on 62,000 responses from residential customers of the 82 largest gas utilities in the United States. The survey was conducted between September 2015 and July 2016.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, 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 J.D. Power
jdpower.com/about/index.htm
About McGraw Hill Financial
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Man Arrested For Multiple Sex Crimes Involving A Juvenile - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/14/16 7:05 AM
On September 13th, OSP Detectives, along with agents from the US Marshal's Service, arrested Seth Ray Milton, age 28, at his residence in Wilderville, Oregon.

Milton was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant resulting from an August 2016, secret indictment in Josephine County for; three counts of Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Sodomy in the First Degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

The arrest culminated a ten month long investigation by OSP Detectives who initially received information from the alleged victim who is no longer living in the area. The investigation determined Milton began abusing a female relative when she was about six years old until she was fourteen years old.

Milton was lodged in the Josephine County Jail.

Additionally, investigators recently received information that Milton has been observed associating with underage females who are similar in age to the alleged victim at the time she was last abused. No additional victims have yet been identified. Anyone with information regarding Milton is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.
Tue. 09/13/16
Road Rage on I- 205 Southbound near Oregon City- UPDATE Suspect Arrested
Oregon State Police - 09/13/16 9:36 PM
UPDATE

On September 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM Mr. Bradlee J. France, age 38, from Oregon city was taken into custody for menacing, disorderly conduct, and pointing a firearm at another. Mr. France was lodged at the Clackamas Count Jail for the above charges as a result of the investigation of road rage on September 9, 2016.

Thanks to the tips from the public, Mr. France's vehicle was identified and an off duty Clackamas County Firefighter observed the vehicle near Stafford Road. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office located Mr. France driving the vehicle near the location. A traffic stop was conducted on Willamette Drive in West Linn. Mr. France was taken into custody without further incident.

Oregon State Troopers responded to the scene and took custody of Mr. France. Troopers retrieved the Glock 19, owed by Mr. France, used in the September 9th incident at his residence.

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On September 9th, 2016 at 7:30 AM a road rage incident occurred on I-205, southbound, near milepost 10 and 9 (vicinity of Oregon City). Several parties have reported the situation and provided a video showing a firearm being used in the incident. The vehicles involved are being described as Black Mercedez SUV and a Grey Dodge 3500 pick-up with a lift kit. The incident in question occurred on the southbound shoulder of I-205.

The Oregon State Police is investigating the case and are requesting any witnesses to please call our Northern Command Center at (800) 452-7888 with any information. Please refer to case number SP16-305875. We are not releasing the names of the parties involved at ths time.

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Report on mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties now available
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/13/16 4:41 PM
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today published a report on the mineral resource potential of southern and eastern Oregon counties.

In House Bill 3089, the 2015 Oregon Legislature directed DOGAMI to prepare a report that included:
- A review of the mineral resource potential of eastern and southern Oregon counties
- An evaluation of which metallic and industrial mineral commodities are most likely to be economically developable
- Recommendations for future mineral resource potential assessment activities
- A list of all relevant mineral inventories and studies previously completed by DOGAMI, and a cost estimate for making that information available online

Open File Report O-16-06, Metallic and Industrial Mineral Resource Potential of Southern and Eastern Oregon: Report to the Oregon Legislature by Ian P. Madin, Robert A. Houston, Clark A. Niewendorp, Jason D. McClaughry, Thomas J. Wiley, and Carlie J.M. Duda is available for download at: http://www.oregongeology.org/pubs/ofr/p-O-16-06.htm
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, September 23, 2016 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 4:37 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, Sept. 23 from 10 to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 252, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public announcements; updates on the Western Oregon University contract, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter requests for proposal process, the Department of Administrative Services ASL video project, and deaf cultural training; new executive leadership; and subcommittee reports.

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 people 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 meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, 971-301-1618, theresa.a.powell@state.or.us.
Evergreen Museum launching new innovation alliances and educational programs in Fall 2016
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 09/13/16 4:34 PM
McMinnville, Ore. (Sept. 13, 2016) -- With the mission to "inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and to honor the patriotic service of our Veterans", the Evergreen Museum campus is pleased to announce two new regional strategic alliances with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon, and new educational offerings and speaker series on campus.

Starting September 2016, as part of a new strategic alliance between two museums - the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (EASM) and the Fort Vancouver Pearson Air Museum - the Evergreen educational staff, based in McMinnville, OR, will be providing educational programming at Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington. This partnership will increase the availability of aerospace focused Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs to Portland and Vancouver schools at Pearson Air Museum. Visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for details on class offerings.

Through the partnership with Innovate Oregon, the Museum is launching programs that help youth and adults re-imagine the possible. Like Innovate Oregon, EASM is aligning with leaders, entrepreneurs and youth in the community by providing a forum in which to learn, explore and ignite real career-development possibilities for the next generation in aviation-related innovations. This year's innovation program focus on drone-technology and how it may be used to address identified community issues. Students from regional schools convene every 6-8 weeks on the EASM campus to learn design-thinking skills, develop drone prototypes and share application innovations addressing community challenges. In between these focused "sprints" student groups return to their schools to develop their individual community team "solution". The year climaxes in the spring when each community team led by students presents and pitches their drone-solutions to interested investors in a "shark tank setting" at the EASM campus.

"We are excited about both of these collaborative regional partnerships - with the Pearson Air Museum and Innovate Oregon. We look forward to growing and sharing our exceptional programming and leadership in aviation and space innovations as we expand the museum's impact throughout the region. When it comes to STEM programming our educators are second to none. We are eager to share their knowledge and passion with the students all around Oregon," said Ann Witsil, Interim Executive Director for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Campus.

In addition to these new partnerships the Museum has created two new speaker series -- "Evergreen Ideas" which focuses on the community and current topics in a TED Talk format, and "History Continued" with a focus on air and spacecraft specimens and history in general. These two speaker series will increase community engagement and provide learning opportunities for all ages while increasing our offerings for Home school days, outreach programming and new museum educational programs. EASM staff, volunteers and new community partners will continue to make EASM a center for collecting and sharing stories and innovations across generations of learners and leaders in aviation, space and military developments. Evergreen Museum completes 2016 and launches into 2017 with a focus on igniting imagination, providing bold new speaking engagements and educational opportunities as a true regional inter-generational innovation center.

The educators and docents of Evergreen Museum believe that everyone can benefit from the lessons learned by those who innovated and explored before us. Innovation flows from refining the work of others and providing the right tools and encouragement to enable students to exceed expectations when tackling real-world challenges. Join EASM on our journey to become the Inter-generational Innovation Center of Oregon. Come! Be Inspired!

Next Inter-Generational Innovation Event:

Designing the Approach for 2016-17 Academic Year "Drone Innovation Challenge"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:am-11:00 am, All Welcome
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Complex 3rd floor

"Evergreen Ideas" -- Education: "One Size Does not Fit All"
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 4 pm -- 5 pm TED Talk
Where: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Theater Auditorium
For more information, visit www.evergreenmuseum.org
Partnership with Peace Valley School

About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Museum Campus:
Located in the heart of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ("EASM") is the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Located on over 200 acres and encompassing four massive and magnificent buildings, the EASM exhibits more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, accessible to visitors of all ages and enhanced with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational mission "to inspire and educate" and it's partnerships with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Grant Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program, and scores of regional educational institutions.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of the charming town of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.

Innovate Oregon is a bold initiative to ignite and amplify a culture of creative problem solving and empower the next generation of innovators to meet some of the biggest challenges facing our state.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Lane County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/13/16 4:22 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red responded to a home fire disaster today, September 13, 2016, at approximately 3 p.m., in the 2000 block of 17th Street in Florence, Oregon. The fire affected three people, including two adults and one child, plus 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.
Man convicted of promoting prostitution in Salem
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 09/13/16 4:21 PM
On September 13, 2016, David Wendell Fair, Jr (DOB: 8/25/76) was convicted of Promoting Prostitution, following a jury trial. Mr. Fair was sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for his involvement in transporting a woman from Portland to Salem in order for the woman to engage in prostitution. Mr. Fair was observed dropping the woman off at a hotel and was contacted shortly thereafter by detectives from Salem's Street Crimes Unit.

Defendant was sentenced in front of the Honorable Tracy Prall. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Mr. Fair previously resided in Portland and Las Vegas.

Promoting Prostitution is a Class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
LWVLC and Think Out Loud to Host Gubernatorial Candidate Debate on October 6 (Photo)
League of Women Voters of Lane County - 09/13/16 4:00 PM
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The League of Women Voters of Lane County (LWVLC) and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)'s daily radio program Think Out Loud will co-host a debate among candidates for Oregon governor on Thursday, October 6, at Churchill High School in Eugene. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Think Out Loud host David Miller will moderate the debate among the three candidates:

Kate Brown, Democratic Party
Bud Pierce, Republican Party
Cliff Thomason, Independent Party

The debate will introduce gubernatorial candidates to area residents, increase understanding of major public policy issues and encourage informed voting. The audience will be able to submit written questions for the candidates during the event, and Think Out Loud listeners can submit questions in advance via Facebook, email or by calling 503.293.1983.

In addition to airing live on OPB Radio, the debate can also be streamed online and through the OPB News app and will re-air at noon on KLCC in Eugene and at noon and 8 p.m. on OPB Radio on October 7. For more information about the gubernatorial debate, please visit opb.org/thinkoutloud.

To learn more about the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/oregonpublicbroadcasting/events

About the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

About Think Out Loud
Think Out Loud is OPB's engaging original daily radio show about politics and global issues, music and sports, books and the environment, and more. It explores issues, ideas and culture making news in our region and encourages people with different perspectives to discuss various topics with one another. Think Out Loud airs at 12 p.m. weekdays with a rebroadcast at 8 p.m. All programs can be streamed from the Think Out Loud Web site after broadcast at opb.org/thinkoutloud.


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Western Oregon University ranked highest among Oregon public universities in 2017 U.S. News & World Report
Western Oregon University - 09/13/16 3:32 PM
MONMOUTH, Ore. -- U.S. News & World Report ranked Western Oregon University highest of Oregon's regional public universities in the 2017 annual higher education rankings released today. WOU was named 19th among "top public schools" in the regional universities (west) category and 67th overall in regional universities (west) category (10 spots up from last year's 77th ranking).

These rankings reflect WOU's deep commitment to academic quality and student success. U.S. News collected data on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

"Western's steady improvement in the rankings demonstrates the university's long-standing commitment to student success," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "Western continues to be a university where access, affordability and opportunity lead to degree attainment for all students. These rankings are a positive reflection of our leading role meeting Oregon's higher education goals."

For more information about WOU's rankings visit, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/western-oregon-university-3209.

Full list of "top public schools" in regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west/top-public

Full list of schools ranked in the regional universities (west) category: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west

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.

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Oregon Disabilities Commission -- Executive Committee to meet September 26 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/13/16 2:56 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Monday, September 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.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, public comment, subcommittee discussion, review of the Liaison Report List, service equity discussion, upcoming commissioner vacancies and outreach.

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 people 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 meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon August 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 09/13/16 10:00 AM
August Marks 50 Consecutive Months of Job Growth in Oregon


Oregon's payroll employment grew for the 50th consecutive month as employers added 4,600 jobs in August, after a revised gain of 5,000 in July. Since June 2012, Oregon's economy expanded rapidly, adding 208,200 jobs--an average gain of 4,200 jobs per month. Oregon hasn't seen such a long string of monthly job gains since comparable records began in 1990. Nationally, August was the 71st straight month of job growth.

Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in August, an increase from July's rate of 5.2 percent. The rate has risen from a record low of 4.5 percent in the three months of March, April and May. Oregon's labor force, which reached a record high of 2,065,000 in August, has grown rapidly in recent months as the number of people employed increased along with growth in the number of unemployed. Oregon's unemployment rate remained close to the U.S. unemployment rate, which was unchanged at 4.9 percent in August.

In August, several service-providing industries expanded rapidly, while the two major goods-producing industries expanded moderately. August gains were largest in health care and social assistance (+2,000 jobs); leisure and hospitality (+1,300); financial activities (+1,000); manufacturing (+700); and construction (+600). August job losses were largest in transportation, warehousing and utilities (-700 jobs) and government (-600).

Over the past 12 months, Oregon added 59,500 jobs, for a growth rate of 3.3 percent--nearly double the national growth rate of 1.7 percent. During that time, none of Oregon's major industries declined. Construction expanded at the fastest rate, growing by 9.1 percent, or 7,500 jobs. Two other industries grew very rapidly during that time: professional and business services (+14,800 jobs, or 6.5%) and other services (+3,500 jobs, or 5.7%). Industries with less than 1 percent growth were mining and logging (no change, or 0.0%); manufacturing (+500 jobs, or 0.3%); and information (+300 jobs, or 0.9%).

Next Press Releases
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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 January, February and March 2016 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 August 2016 News Release
Recreational target shooting cleanup on Tillamook State Forest raises awareness about fire safety
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/13/16 9:57 AM
Of the 807 human caused fires in 2015 on ODF protected lands, it is estimated that discharging firearms caused 25 of them, usually because a hot bullet fragment comes into contact with flammable materials, such as dry vegetation. A group of recreational target shooters is working to reduce those numbers. On August 27 members of Northwest Firearms teamed up with the Oregon Department of Forestry to cleanup target shooting areas on the Tillamook State Forest in an effort to promote responsible target shooting and fire safety.

Unlike target ranges designed for shooting, most areas on public lands are not developed specifically for shooting. "Target shooting on state lands has been steadily growing in terms of use levels -- resources and management strategies have not kept pace with the activity," said Wayne Auble, Forest Grove Assistant District Forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry. "It is taking place across the forest in ways that create unsafe situations for people, increased fire risk, damage to trees and other resources, and litter. The partnership developed with Northwest Firearms will be valuable as management strategies are developed for this popular recreational activity on the forest."

Northwest Firearms members are working with ODF's Forest Grove District to reduce the risks associated with target shooting, including modifying a few sites to make them more fire resistant, safer to use and to better direct activity away from trees and other natural resources that can be damaged by shooting. "The sites are safer and more fire resistant" said Bryan Olson, a Northwest Firearms member who participated in the cleanup. "Signage around the area demonstrates how to use the area responsibly."

Debris burning has been and continues to be the leader among all human caused wildfires. In 2015, 183 fires resulting from debris burning charred 335 acres on ODF protected lands.

Find more information here or contact the Department of Forestry's Forest Grove District at 503-357-2191.
New 'Promise' video debuts on Glencoe HS robotics team
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 09/13/16 9:41 AM
A new video highlighting Glencoe High School's (Hillsboro School District) robotics team debuted today on "The Promise of Oregon" website at www.promiseoregon.org.

Team Shockwave from Glencoe High has ranked among the top teams in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. The video, which shows how students' interest in robotics is leading them on career paths, can also be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZf9F-3QKMw

The Glencoe video is the last of four videos for 2016 showcasing cutting-edge programs -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), CTE, the arts and more. The videos encourage schools and the public to "dream bigger" about what is possible in Oregon's schools.

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

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

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Mon. 09/12/16
Bridge Deck Sealing Delayed in Corvallis
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/12/16 9:56 PM
The first night of work to seal bridge decks on bypass bridges in Corvallis has been rescheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 14. The work schedule is listed as follows:

The ramp from eastbound U.S. 20 to northbound OR 99W will be closed at night beginning at 7 p.m. on September 14 (previously scheduled for September 13) and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 15. Detour routes will be continuing on eastbound U.S. 20 and back to OR 99 W using Harrison Street Bridge.

The ramp from northbound OR 99W to eastbound U.S. 20 will be closed at night beginning at 7 p.m. on September 15 and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 17. Detour routes will be to continue on northbound OR 99 W to Van Buren and back to U.S. 20.

The main bridge over 3rd and 4th Street and the Willamette River will have one lane closed with flaggers beginning on September 19 at 7 p.m. and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 24. The lane will reopen each day. Closures will occur once more from September 26 at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. on September 27.

Work will involve some noise and traffic restrictions: there will be two lane closures, detours and flagging involved with the project. All work will be done at night.


Know Before You Go
For the latest road conditions, visit www.TripCheck.com


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Linn Deputies Investigate Suspicious Fire (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 8:53 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports tonight at 5:59 p.m. the Linn County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Center received reports of a structure fire on Cold Springs Road in Crabtree.

Deputies responded to the location along with the Albany Fire Department, Lebanon Fire Department and Scio Fire Department. Emergency personnel found a RV and a shed on fire at the location. The fire later spread to a vacant house on the property. Fire personnel are still at the location extinguishing the structure fire. Deputies are investigating the fire as a possible arson. No injuries were reported.

The investigation is continuing.


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Large Fires And Vehicle Accidents Stretch Lebanon Fire District Resources During Two Hour Window (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/12/16 6:26 PM
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The Lebanon Fire District was busy handling a second alarm grass and brush fire on Payne Drive, when things just continued to get busier over the next two hours. At 1:14pm the first call came in for a report of a small, rapidly growing fire in a back yard in the 38200 block of Payne Drive. Upon arrival crews found a fire approximately 50' x 50' rapidly spreading towards trees, heavy brush, and a house. Fire crews were able to quickly protect the structure but the fire continued to run towards the railroad tracks where it was able to jump across the tracks and begin to spread as a separate fire. A second alarm was called by the incident commander and crews from Albany and Scio responded with mutual aid. Firefighters deployed progressive hose lays to rapidly advance to the front of the fires and cut off their progress. The fire was estimated to have consumed three acres of grass and brush. There were no civilian or fire service injuries.

While crews were working the Payne Drive second-alarm fire another first-alarm fire was reported at 31022 Santiam Highway near Pineway Road at 2:33pm. At the time, Lebanon's district was being covered by off-duty Lebanon personnel and mutual aid crews from Sweet Home, Albany, and Brownsville, and those resources were dispatched to the fire along with a Lebanon Division Chief. Upon arrival, the incident commander reported a small fire approximately 20 feet in diameter in some grass and brush with a live, arcing power line on the ground in the middle of the fire. Fire crews kept clear of the main body of fire due to the electrical hazard and proceeded to wet the surrounding area between the fire and unburned fuels, including a single family home. Consumers Power was contacted to secure the power lines and once power was cut to the lines fire crews moved in to put out the fire. The Oregon Department of Forestry also responded to assist crews on scene with two engines, a tender, and a dozer. Again, there were no civilian or firefighter injuries.

While crews were working on scene on Highway 20, a motor vehicle accident occurred just yards away from fire apparatus as drivers were slowing to look at the scene. Firefighters broke away from the grass fire to tend to the accident patients while an ambulance crew from Albany responded. There were no injuries to the four occupants in two vehicles, but Highway 20 was completely shut down for approximately 45 minutes.

As crews were breaking away from the Highway 20 fire scene a caller reported a 2-vehicle accident on Old Santiam Highway approximately a half-mile from the fire scene at 3:35pm. Firefighters and paramedics quickly responded and arrived to two vehicles with heavy damage, airbags deployed, and one male lying semi-conscious on the ground. From initial reports the driver of a Ford Ranger pickup lost control heading westbound around a bend in the road. The Ford slid sideways directly into the path of an eastbound Subaru SUV traveling at approximately 40 MPH. Two patients were transported from the scene and their medical conditions are unknown.

The Lebanon Fire District expressed their gratitude to their neighboring departments for their assistance with today's emergency events.


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Public meetings on Lane Co. forestland classification for fire protection to be held in Florence, Lowell and Eugene
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/12/16 5:02 PM
The Forestland Classification Committee for Lane County will hold public meetings in Florence, Lowell and Eugene to provide information on the classification process for wildland fire protection within the county. The committee recently reviewed and classified lands within Lane County, and part of the Western Lane and South Cascade Protection districts of the Oregon Department of Forestry to determine which need protection from wildland fire. The classification has nothing to do with other land-use regulations.

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 public meetings will be held:
- Sept. 26 - Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St, Florence, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Sept. 29 - Lowell High School Gymnasium, 65 S. Pioneer St., Lowell, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Oct. 3 -- Lane Community College Center for Meeting and Learning, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene, 6:30-8 p.m.

The meetings are open to the public, and landowners will have an opportunity to share their comments or concerns. Maps showing the preliminary classifications will be available for review a half-hour prior to each meeting. Also, the maps, along with other information including written testimony forms, can be found on the Lane County Forestland Classification website, www.lanecounty.org/Departments/AssessmentandTaxation/Pages/ForestlandClassification2016.aspx

More information on the Lane County forestland classification review can be obtained by contacting Tom Soward, ODF Western Lane District, 541-935-2283 x237, or visiting in person at the district office, 87950 Territorial Road, in Veneta.
Lebanon Fire Investigators Help Sheriff Apprehend Arsonist (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 09/12/16 4:20 PM
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Linn County Sheriff's Office Detectives arrested Kristian Ray Lee, 19, of Lebanon, on Monday in connection with seven arson fires in the area of Rock Hill Drive near Central Avenue. The fires were set between the dates of July 30, 2016 and August 28, 2016 along an approximately quarter-mile stretch of Rock Hill Drive between Central Avenue and Ty Valley Road.

The fires were all suspicious in nature as there was never a clearly identifiable cause, and members of the Lebanon Fire District Fire & Life Safety Division launched an official investigation after concurrent fires between August 12 and August 16, 2016. LFD placed surveillance cameras belonging to the Oregon Department of Forestry in the area, and on August 28, 2016 two new fires were reported on Rock Hill Drive within three minutes of each other. After extinguishing the fires, LFD investigators accessed the cameras and found images of a male on a bicycle who appeared to be setting the fires.

At that point the incident became a criminal investigation and fire authorities contacted the Linn County Sheriff's Office to hand the investigation over to them. LCSO Detectives were able to identify a suspect from the images provided by LFD and on Monday September 12, 2016 an arrest was made. Lee admitted to starting five of the seven fires and has been charged with four counts of Arson I, Reckless Burning, and five counts of Criminal Mischief II.

Lebanon Fire District Division Chief Jason Bolen praised the work of his staff and other agencies for the arrest. "This arrest is a direct result of the excellent investigation work of Lebanon Fire District fire investigators as well as the tremendous cooperation between the District, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Our members did an outstanding job of quickly getting cameras up and sifting through tens of thousands of photos to find images of the suspect. All of their hard work paid off thanks to the great police work of the Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives. We want to thank the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Linn County Sheriff's Office for helping us get this arsonist off the streets."


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Bridge deck sealing in Corvallis
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/12/16 4:07 PM
Work to seal bridge decks on bypass bridges in Corvallis will begin Tuesday, September 13. The work schedule is listed as follows:

The ramp from US 20 to OR 99W northbound will be closed at night beginning at 7 p.m. on September 13 and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 15. Detour routes will be continuing on US 20 and back to 1W using Harrison Street Bridge.

The ramp from OR 99W northbound to US 20 eastbound will be closed at night beginning at 7 p.m. on September 15 and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 17. Detour routes will be to continue on OR 99 W northbound to VanBuren and back to US 20.

The main bridge over 3rd and 4th Street and the Willamette River will have one lane closed with flaggers beginning on September 19 at 7 p.m. and lasting through 6 a.m. on September 24. Closures will occur once more from September 26 at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. on September 27.

Work will involve some noise and traffic restrictions: there will be two lane closures, detours and flagging involved with the project. All work will be done at night.


Know Before You Go
For the latest road conditions, visit www.TripCheck.com


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 09/12/16 3:15 PM
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS September 19, 2016 @ 6pm.
1-888-824-5783 Ext.90095991# and via Blackboard Collaborate at
http://tinyurl.com/BoardORVA
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 9/26/16
Oregon State Library - 09/12/16 3:05 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Monday, September, 26, 2016. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.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 (503-378-5015, 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 503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
September 26, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

10:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for October 28, 2016 Bonebrake

10:45 Other business Bonebrake

11:00 a.m. Adjournment Bonebrake

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
The nip in the air has not extinguished wildfire season quite yet. (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 09/12/16 2:43 PM
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Even with the cooler overnight temperatures, wildfire season is still in effect. A red flag warning was issued for today expiring at 9:00 p.m.

The recent fire in the Mountain Gate area, commonly referred to as Potato Hill, provides a reminder that wildfires don't just happen in the forest. Eugene Springfield Fire and our quick responding partners at the Oregon Department of Forestry were able to protect the homes in the vicinity and get the fire under control. (see attached picture)

Many residents in the area watched the fire fight closely pondering the "what ifs". There are things you can do around your property to help protect it from wildfire.
- Create a defensible space around your home by clearing away brush and using fire-resistant landscaping.
o Clear needles and debris from the roof
o Cover vent opening with metal mesh
o Remove combustibles from under decks and porches
o Prune low hanging branches 6 to 10 10 feet from the ground
o Remove flammable items within 30 feet of all structures including firewood piles, portable propane tanks and dry/dead vegetation
- Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place.
- Plan escape routes.
Learn more at firewise.org


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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Pendleton September 27
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/12/16 2:35 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Vert Auditorium, Vert Club Room, S.W. Dorion Avenue.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
Lebanon Man Arrested for Field Fires (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 1:47 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today his detectives arrested Kristian Ray Lee, 19, of Lebanon, in connection with seven fires. The fires started in the ditch line in the 37000 block of Rock Hill Drive, Lebanon, between July 30, 2016, and August 28, 2016. The Lebanon Fire Department responded to all of the fires and were able to control them in a short time. The largest area burnt was approximately three quarters of an acre in size. The Lebanon Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry deemed all seven fires were suspicious in nature.

The Lebanon Fire Department set up cameras in the area after the fifth fire which occurred on August 16, 2016. On August 28, 2016, two additional fires were started in the same area. The Lebanon Fire Department checked the cameras and caught images of the person starting the fires and contacted the Linn County Sheriff's Office for assistance with the investigation.

Detectives were eventually able to identify the person caught on camera as Kristian Lee. Detectives learned Lee lives approximately half a mile from where the fires were set.
Detectives also learned that Lee turned himself into the Linn County Jail on August 29, 2016, for unrelated charges.

Detectives interviewed Lee and he confessed to starting five of the fires.

As a result of the investigation, Lee was arrested and charged with four counts of Arson I, Reckless Burning, and five counts of Criminal Mischief II.

The charge of Arson is a result of forest land being threatened by the fires.


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Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Pacific Power - 09/12/16 1:12 PM
Contact:
Ry Schwark, Pacific Power
503-813-7281

Pacific Power expands renewable energy portfolio
Signs agreements with 7 projects, 4 to be built in Oregon by end of 2016

Portland, Ore. -- Sept. 12, 2016-- Pacific Power has contracted with the owners of seven renewable energy projects to acquire the renewable attributes of those projects to help meet the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) of Oregon, Washington and California. Four of these projects are new solar projects scheduled to begin operation in Oregon in the fourth quarter of 2016 to deliver power to the PacifiCorp energy grid. Two other new solar projects in Utah achieved commercial operation in the past year. The single wind project in the group is located in Colorado.

"These agreements extend our investment in renewable energy on our customers' behalf," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power. "As the result of our recent request for proposals for renewable resources, we have found these acquisitions to be cost-effective steps we can take to provide customers the cleaner energy they want. In the case of Oregon and the recently passed Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which increases the Oregon RPS to 50 percent by 2040, these contracts combined with our existing renewable resource portfolio will keep the company in compliance through 2028."

The seven projects will provide an aggregate capacity of 168.5 megawatts, enough energy to power over 25,000 average homes. Pacific Power will be acquiring the renewable attributes of these projects called "Renewable Energy Certificates" or RECs. Each REC represents a megawatt hour of renewable energy. RECs are "retired" with an independent agency to show compliance with the RPS. The agreements involve the purchase of future-generated RECs from all six solar projects and previously generated RECs from the wind project.

With the solar projects, both the existing ones in Utah and the planned ones in Oregon, PacifiCorp had already agreed to buy the power output of the plants. Now buying the RECs allows the company to apply the contracts toward the RPS goals set by the states Pacific Power serves.

The projects are:

Bend, Oregon
Bear Creek Solar Center -- 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Bly, Oregon
Bly Solar Center 8.5 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Madras, Oregon
Adams Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016
Elbe Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Logan, Colorado
Logan Wind Energy 201 MW, not connected to PacifiCorp system

Milford County, Utah
Pavant Solar 50 MW

Iron County, Utah
Enterprise Solar 80 MW

The company expects the one-time rate impact of these agreements to be around 1/20th of one percent, or about a nickel on a hundred dollar electric bill for Oregon customers.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Fatal Crash on Highway 20 near Tumalo - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/12/16 11:43 AM
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On September 11, 2016 at about 9:30 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 12.5 (west of Tumalo).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Toyota Tacoma, operated by David FINCHER, age 45, of Sherwood, was travelling eastbound when he lost control negotiating a corner and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Tacoma collided with two separate westbound vehicles, a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sarah PETERSON, age 37, of Bend, and passengers, female child, age 2, and male child, age 7; and a gray 2016 Dodge Charger, operated by Alexander PERKINS, age 28, of Bend and passenger Ashley PERKINS, age 27, of Bend.

The two year old female child passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

FINCHER was arrested and lodged into Deschutes County Jail for Manslaughter 2nd Degree. Additional charges are pending. FINCHER is scheduled to be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. (Today)

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Rural Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed a bicyclist just west of the crash location, was nearly struck by FINCHER in the moments leading up to the crash. Anyone who knows the identity of the bicyclist or who has additional information of the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Jason Hanson at 541-388-6213 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 (reference OSP case # SP16308856).

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

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(Video Link - Interview Det. Jed McGuire) Update on Missing Person - Cheryl Hart (Photo)
Eugene Police Dept. - 09/12/16 11:28 AM
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The following Vimeo link is from the media interview with Detective Jed McGuire regarding the location of deceased person, Cheryl Hart.

NOTE: Please feel free to download and use the video without attribution to EPD.

https://vimeo.com/182431060/da5ab02751

Today, Eugene Police Violent Crimes Detective Jed McGuire provided a news briefing and update on the Cheryl Hart case. Hart's body was found in Klamath County. Her boyfriend, Jeremy Milutin, who is currently in Jail will be charged in the case.

Detectives learned Hart, age 35, was last seen in Eugene on the evening of Thursday, August 4, 2016, with her longtime boyfriend, 36-year-old Jeremy Kent MILUTIN. At that time, the couple were at a west Eugene residence. Detectives learned Milutin was alone in a Eugene store at approximately 7 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2016. He arrived and departed in a vehicle that was stolen in Columbia County on July 26, 2016.

The car was a blue, 4-door, 1994 Buick Century, with Oregon license plate 635-ADX. Detectives have not been able to verify an earlier report that Hart and Milutin were seen in Walton, Oregon, on the morning of Friday, August 5, 2016. At approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, Milutin was again seen alone in a store in Klamath Falls, Oregon. At 10 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, Milutin remained alone and he was back in Eugene. Eugene Police patrol officers saw the vehicle he was driving and determined it was stolen. Milutin attempted to flee but he was quickly arrested. Milutin has remained in custody at the Lane County Jail since the arrest.

The case has been referred to the Lane County District Attorney for prosecution. The Lane County Medical Examiner is continuing the investigation and currently has jurisdiction in the case. Police are continuing to ask the public for help, and anyone who might have seen Jeremy Milutin, or the involved stolen car, to contact Detective Jed McGuire at (541) 682-6308, or Detective Chris Vreim at 541-682-5192.


Attached Media Files: Cheryl Hart
Mark Oct. 7 on your calendar for public tour of PacifiCorp's Soda Springs Dam Fish Passage Facilities
Pacific Power - 09/12/16 10:33 AM
Mark Oct. 7 on your calendar for public tour of PacifiCorp's Soda Springs Dam Fish Passage Facilities

Toketee, Ore--Every year Pacific Power, along with federal and state natural resource agencies, leads a public tour of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, about 60 miles east of Roseburg.
This year the tour is Friday, Oct. 7, during the peak of Chinook salmon spawning.
The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a presentation at the North Umpqua Implementation Center near Toketee and is expected to conclude by 2 p.m. From Roseburg, take Hwy 138 east and turn left at Milepost 57 (at the green "Toketee Control Center" sign) onto Toketee School Road, then proceed along the main paved road a quarter-mile to the gray and blue PacifiCorp buildings.
Space is limited and must be reserved by contacting Rich Grost (PacifiCorp) at 541-498-2617 or Rich.Grost@PacifiCorp.com by Oct. 5 and providing names for everyone in your party. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a sack lunch. Other safety gear will be supplied as necessary.
The tour is sponsored by the Resource Coordination Committee for the North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project. Members include PacifiCorp, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Marine Fisheries Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Water Resources. Representatives of several of these agencies will be participating in the tour.
DUII Injury Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 near Conifer Blvd near Corvallis (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/12/16 9:50 AM
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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 east of Corvallis last Saturday night. The crash resulted in serious injuries to one person and minor injuries to another person. Alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
At about 9:17 pm, on Saturday, September 10, 2016, Carmine Silva, 34, from Albany, Oregon, was driving eastbound on Highway 20, just east of the intersection of Conifer Blvd., in a 2012 Honda Civic. The vehicle struck the sidewalk near Pilkington Avenue, traveled across the intersection of Pilkington Avenue, struck a telephone pole, shearing it in half, struck a culvert, a large tree, and two more culverts before landing on its roof in the eastbound lane of Highway 20. The vehicle traveled over 600 feet in the ditch. Christina Pecora, 35, address unknown, was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the eastbound lane of Highway 20.
They were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene. Carmine Silva was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief II.
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 Transportation assisted at the scene and the roadway was closed for about four hours.
Attachments:
Photographs of the Collision Scene
Benton County Jail Booking Photograph of Carmine Silva


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Lebanon Fire District Responds to 1st Alarm Field Fire (Photo)
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At 2:18 PM this afternoon the Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a report of a grass fire in the 32000 block of Hidden Valley Rd. Reports stated the fire was in a cut grass field with cattle present and was moving into some brush and trees. Fire crews arrived on scene and made an aggressive attack on the fire, already initiated by local residents with garden hoses, to stop the spread of flames to neighboring homes and shops. Field fencing made access very difficult for the fire engines, causing the need for fire crews to climb the electrified fences with their fire hoses to attack the flames.

No injuries were reported and no damage was sustained to buildings or equipment. In all LFD responded with two chiefs, two brush rigs, two fire engines, two water tenders, and 15 total LFD personnel. LFD was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Forestry and local residents. Fire crews spent an hour and 10 minutes mopping up hot spots and ensuring all smoldering areas were extinguished. The blaze was thought to be caused by a lawnmower which had been used earlier in the afternoon.

Although we've had limited rain in our area and cooler temperatures in the past week, LFD reminds you that conditions are still very dry. Backyard burning season will not return to our area until mid-October at the earliest. While mowing grass remember that striking a rock with a lawnmower blade can cause sparks to smolder in cut dry grass for an extended period of time before a full blown fire is seen. Be very vigilant until the wet season returns.


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(Audio/Video download link - Chief Kerns) Officer-involved Shooting at 3600 Block of Village Avenue
Eugene Police Dept. - 09/10/16 12:24 PM
The following Vimeo link is from the media interview with Chief Pete Kerns this morning regarding the officer involved shooting on Village Avenue.
NOTE: Please feel free to download and use the video without attribution to EPD.

Chief Pete Kerns - https://vimeo.com/182231217/aeabbae288

Deadly Physical Force Plan - http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/Sheriff/Documents/SB111WebReady.pdf


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EUGENE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
September 10, 2016
Contact: Afterhours Media Line: 541.682.5155

At 12:51 a.m. today, September 10, officers were called to a physical dispute between a man and a woman at a single story apartment in the 3600 block of Village Avenue. Initial details provided to responding officers were that the male was intoxicated and was hitting his girlfriend and that there were guns in the house. There were two men and two women at the location. One of the men had called police.

Two officers arrived at the location and they encountered a man, who was holding a gun outside the house. Shots were fired and the man was hit. Officers provided the man with emergency treatment on scene before the arrival of paramedics. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The man shot appears to be the initial caller who had gone outside with a gun.

The two officers were not injured. They will be on administrative leave, which is standard policy after use of deadly force.

Area residences were canvassed to ensure the safety of all others in the area.

The names of the officers and other involved individuals are not being released at this time

The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team is on site and will be in charge of the investigation, in conformance with Senate Bill 111 provisions for officer-involved shootings in Oregon.

IDFIT is asking anyone with information relevant to this case to call Oregon State Police at 503.375.3555, Sgt. Andy Kenyon.

For more about IDFIT: https://vimeo.com/29282684
***Update- Victim Dies*** OSP Conducting Shooting Investigation Near Grants Pass - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/10/16 10:24 AM
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On Septemeber 10th around 7am, Michael S HOCKERSMITH died at the hospital while being treated for his injuries. This investigation is ongoing, any requests or inquiries should be directed towards the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
On September 8, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to 4444 Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) where they located a male subject suffering from a gunshot wound. The male victim, identified as Michael S HOCKERSMITH, age 24, of Grants Pass, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation revealed HOCKERSMITH went to the mentioned address and a got into a disturbance with the residents, Richard C WEISS (age 64) and Ronnette D GIDEON (age 46). During the encounter, GIDEON shot HOCKERSMITH with a firearm. WEISS called 911 to report the incident.

GIDEON and WEISS cooperated with the investigation conducted by the OSP Criminal Division. Detectives later served a search warrant at the residence and conducted their investigation into the afternoon. OSP Detectives subsequently arrested GIDEON on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault in the 1st Degree. She was booked into the Josephine County Jail.

At approximately 2PM, as OSP Detectives were preparing to leave the residence, they heard the breaking of glass near the back of the residence. Upon checking the area, detectives observed large flames coming from a broken window. OSP Detectives along with responding patrol troopers, set up a search perimeter around the area. A Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 unit responded to assist with searching the area without success.

Fire units from Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire, Illinois Valley Fire, as well as the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the scene to assist with fire suppression. The house was extensively damaged from the fire.

OSP is now conducting an arson investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 541-776-6111. All media inquiries shall be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. No further information to be released at this time.


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Health advisory for water contact at Nye Beach lifted September 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 4:07 PM
September 9, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Nye Beach, located in Lincoln County. OHA issued the advisory August 31 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 OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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DUII Enforcement Patrols
Roseburg Police Dept. - 09/09/16 3:54 PM
Roseburg Police Officers will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the remainder of the month of September. 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.
Four horses and two mules died when struck by a commerical motor vehicle in Sherman County
Oregon State Police - 09/09/16 3:00 PM
On Friday, September 09, 2016, at approximately 4:35 AM, Oregon State Troopers responded to a Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash (CMV) on US-97 near milepost 25. (four miles north of Grass Valley in Sherman County). The CMV tractor/trailer combination collided with four horses and two mules which were killed as a result of the crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Peterbelt was loaded with potatoes and traveling southbound when it collided with six animals which were in the middle of the highway. The driver of the CMV, Mr. Kory Kock, age 33, from Grass Valley, Oregon, was not injured. The tractor sustained extensive front end damage. The trailer was not damaged.

The owners were notified. The highway was temporarily blocked while the horses were recovered. At 7:24 AM, ODOT reported all animals were removed and all lanes were opened. The animals were pastured east of the highway. They had to walk several miles to get to the highway. It is unknown how they got out of the pasture. This portion of the highway is not considered open range. There was no enforcement action taken on the CMV driver or the owners of the animals.

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BLM Announces Recipients of 2016 Rangeland Stewardship Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/09/16 2:24 PM
Boise, Idaho -- The Bureau of Land Management today announced its Rangeland Stewardship Awards for 2016, given in recognition of the recipients' dedication to the health and productivity of public rangelands under BLM management.
"These awards honor excellence in management practices that benefit America's public rangelands," said BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis in a statement issued from Washington, D.C. "Today the BLM proudly commends these public land stewards for their commitment to protecting rangeland resources for current and future generations."
The presentation of the four awards took place at the annual fall meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council. The awards were presented by Joe Tague, Chief of the BLM's Division for Forest, Rangeland, Riparian, and Plant Conservation.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Mori Ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada, a family-owned operation with a BLM grazing permit that has demonstrated excellence in promoting native plant communities on the Mori allotment. The ranch's management, using a deferred rotation grazing system, has maintained perennial grass and shrub vegetation communities, minimizing cheatgrass invasion and production throughout the allotment, even in areas that have experienced recent fires.

The Rangeland Stewardship-Collaborative Planning Team Award went to the Shoesole Resource Management Group in Elko, Nevada, consisting of Federal and state agencies, organizations, and individuals, that has advised three Elko County family ranching operations on successful resource management practices for the past 20 years. The family operations are the Smith family's Cottonwood Ranch, the Boies family's ranch on the nearby Hubbard Vineyard allotment, and the Uhart family, which owns a ranching operation between the Cottonwood and Hubbard Vineyard allotments.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Collaborative Group Award went to the West Box Elder County (Utah) Coordinated Resource Management Group, which the BLM commended as an ideal example of a community-based land stewardship organization that is committed, engaged, and active across land ownership boundaries.

The Sage-Grouse Habitat Stewardship-Permittee Award went to the Drewsey Ranch in Burns, Oregon, which the BLM honored for the operation's commitment to reducing invasive, wildfire-feeding annual grasses and improving sage-grouse habitat.

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.


Attached Media Files: Rangeland Stewardship Awards Release
Plant a tree, camp for free
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/09/16 1:12 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

News Release

Release No. 16-031

Contact:

Michelle Helms
503-808-4517
Michelle.r.helms@usace.army.mil

For Release: Sept. 9, 2016

Plant a tree, camp for free

PORTLAND, ORE. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers to roll up their sleeves and devote Sept. 24 to planting trees and shrubs and improving parks at Cottage Grove Reservoir.

The event supports National Public Lands Day--the nation's largest annual, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America's public lands. Groups such as scouts, youth groups and civic clubs are encouraged to participate in the Cottage Grove Reservoir event, but individuals and families are also welcome.

For their efforts, volunteers are invited to stay in the Pine Meadows Campground at no charge, either the night before or the night of the event.

"We thought it would be nice to give volunteers a chance to stay the night and enjoy the campground they will be working to improve," said Corps Park Ranger Christie Johnson. "The campground will be officially closed for the season, so the volunteers will have the whole place to themselves."

Volunteers will also receive a pass good for free entry any day during the next year at public land sites managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Pine Meadows Campground; work will be completed about 12:30 p.m., then volunteers will be treated to a pizza lunch. All volunteers should wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants. Gloves, tools, drinking water and snacks will be available throughout the morning.

Volunteers should pre-register no later than Sept. 16, by contacting a Corps of Engineers park ranger at (541) 942-5631. For more information about National Public Lands Day go to http://www.publiclandsday.org/.

Cottage Grove Dam and Reservoir is one of 13 dam and reservoir projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Willamette River drainage system. Each dam contributes to a water resource plan designed to provide flood risk management, power generation, irrigation, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation and navigation on the Willamette River and many of its tributaries.

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet September 16 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 09/09/16 1:10 PM
September 9, 2016

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-739-5267, jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

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

When: Friday, September 16, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

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

The public also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; updates; select 2017 Challenge Pool; public testimony; introduction to kindergarten readiness; introduction to medication therapy management measures; effective contraceptive use.

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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20 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/09/16 12:42 PM
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A total of 20 Oregon arts organizations have received $192,938 in FY 2017 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects across the state. The grants range from $4,357 to $14,918.

"We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year's applications, and are confident that the education of thousands of students around the state will be enriched as a result," said Arts Commission Chair Libby Unthank Tower, who chaired the review panel. "The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn."

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts by filling a critical gap or expanding opportunities for learners; encourage teachers and administrators to build knowledge about the arts through relationships with teaching artists and arts organizations; and include a plan for measuring new achievements, skills or attitudes of participants.

Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.

Editor's note: Although grant recipients are listed with their organizations' base location, the population they reach is often outside of their immediate community -- often in rural and underserved parts of the state.

Organizations receiving 2017 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:

Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland: $7,870
Architects in Schools: To support a curriculum-based, six-week architecture design residency program for 3rd through 5th grade Oregon classrooms.

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $7,001
Story Baskets: To support an integrated arts residency using basket weaving and storytelling to improve student skills in art, math and literacy.

Caldera, Portland: $14,918
The Geography of We - How Fire Sparks, Ignites and Transforms: To support a year-long arts mentoring project serving 430 underserved youth.

Fishtrap, Inc, Enterprise: $4,880
Various Writing Programs: To support Fishtrap's continuum of writing instruction for youth in Wallowa County.

Know Your City, Portland: $6,146
Youth Print PDX: To support the expansion of the 13-week arts and civics curriculum into two schools to serve 240 diverse youth in Multnomah County.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene: $11,360
Arts Apprenticeships: To support intensive, hands-on apprenticeships for low-income middle and high school students in Springfield.

Literary Arts, Portland: $14,282
Writers in the Schools: To support up to 45 semester-long creative writing workshops at 11 Multnomah County high schools.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland: $4,357
Healthy Relationships Workshops: To support three days of workshops for students at Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy with a performance of "Broken Promises."

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland: $13,478
Oregon Ballet Theatre L.A.B.: To support expanded dance residencies at three outlying, Title 1 schools in the Centennial, Reynolds and Beaverton school districts.

Oregon BRAVO Youth Orchestras, Portland: $14,773
BRAVO Youth Programs: To support intensive daily orchestral music education in rigorous after-school programs for more than 100 students at three schools with high poverty rates in Portland.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland: $6,639
Loud & Clear and Read, Write, Act: To support K-8th grade in-school residencies that use the power of theater to advance arts education and support classroom learning.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: $12,009
School Visit Partnerships: To support Oregon Shakespeare Festival's School Visit Partnerships with Oregon schools, an expansion and enhancement of the company's School Visit Program.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland: $12,427
Link Up National Concerts: To support two interactive, educational Link Up National Concerts in 2017, serving 5,400 3rd-5th graders from nearly 20 Oregon elementary schools.

Portland Art Museum, Portland: $9,688
Student Programs Expansion: To support the expansion of K-12 student programs, focused outreach and school tours for 16,000 students in the greater Portland region.

Portland Opera Association, Inc., Portland: $6,369
Portland Opera to Go: To support an educational tour bringing live opera performances to up to 15,000 students in K-12 schools around the state.

Portland Playhouse, Portland: $9,688
Fall Festival of Shakespeare: To expand the 10-week after-school theater education program to serve 10 Portland-area schools in the fall of 2016.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland: $14,396
Right Brain Initiative: To support arts integrated educational experiences for nearly 27,500 K-8 students and 1,300 educators in the Portland-metro tri-county area.

Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls: $8,146
Youth StARTS: To support more than 3,000 hours of performing arts in-classroom instruction in Klamath County elementary schools.

Stories Alive, Ashland: $10,116
The Story Machine Program: To support 200 hours of literacy instruction and professional performances of original student work in nine Southern Oregon elementary schools.

The Arts Center, Corvallis: $4,395
Microbiomes - To See the Unseen: To support 220 students from five elementary schools in the creation and exhibition of collaborative artwork examining microbes and microbiomes.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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PHS Gas Leak Resolved
Philomath Sch. Dist. - 09/09/16 10:32 AM
September 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, a staff member detected the smell of gas at Philomath High School. The fire department was immediately called and the gas line to the school was shut off for safety. Students who traveled to school by bus were kept on the busses while staff determined next steps. It became clear that resolving the issue safely would require students and staff to not be in the building today. We notified parents via FlashAlert that our reunification site for students who needed to be picked up would be at Philomath Middle School. Our bussed students were returned home on the bus. All high school athletics and activities are canceled for today.

The Philomath Youth Activities Club Carnival will still be held as planned.

The source of the gas leak was identified and has been completely resolved. Classes at Philomath High School will resume on Monday, September 12th. Special thanks to Philomath Fire Department, Mid-Columbia Bus Company, Philomath Police Department, and all middle and high school staff for working together to safely return students home this morning.

For questions, please call Superintendent Melissa Goff at 541-929-3169.
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for September 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 09/09/16 9:50 AM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for September 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 -- September 12. at 6:00 PM. Agenda and packet are posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas .

Policy Committee Meeting -- September 21 at 8:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Mary Fields at maryf@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-6750.

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
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370 students receive backpacks filled with school supplies donated by Salem Health Medical Clinics (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/09/16 9:31 AM
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For the third consecutive year, Salem Health Medical Clinics (formerly Willamette Health Partners) reached out to several elementary schools in Marion and Polk Counties and ask for their school supply lists for each grade. The annual effort focuses on kids and families who are struggling financially. These donations help them concentrate on learning.

"We set a goal to collect 200 backpacks this year," said Ralph Yates, DO, chief medical officer with Salem Health. "Our staff blew away that goal by donating 370 backpacks loaded with school supplies! We are honored to work with such caring and generous people."

The wave of backpacks nearly filled up the administrative office's waiting area. Soon afterward, staffers delivered the backpacks to the various area schools. Counselors and community liaisons gave them to students in need as they registered for school and at back-to-school nights.

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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Driver crashes through barricades at Newport High School (Photo)
Newport Police Dept. - 09/09/16 9:01 AM
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On 09/08/2016 at about 12:45 p.m., Newport Police Department School Resource Officer Watson was standing in the area of NE Eads St and NE 4th St. He observed a blue 2000 Daewoo, 4-door sedan, traveling southbound on NE Eads St. The vehicle was observed to be traveling at a high rate of speed through the school zone, and was not braking for the approaching intersection. Officer Watson pulled a school district employee away from the roadway as the vehicle approached. The vehicle crashed through the barricades on NE Eads St, between the Newport High School main and west campuses. The vehicle continued southbound as multiple pedestrians were nearly struck. Officer Watson ran to his patrol vehicle, and attempted to pursue the subject. Due to the high rate of speed and debris, Officer Watson was unable to overtake the subject prior to the vehicle completely fleeing the area.

Newport High School entered a "Code Yellow" as Newport Police Officers established a perimeter and began to conduct an investigation. The suspect was identified as Alexis "David" Yanez Gomez, age 18 of Newport. He is currently enrolled as a Senior at Newport High School.

At approximately 2:35 p.m., Yanez Gomez turned himself in at the Newport Police Department. Yanez Gomez was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail and charged with Reckless Endangering; Reckless Driving; Hit and Run Vehicle-Property, and Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree. His bail was set at $60,000. Impairment is not considered to be a contributing factor to the crash.


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Corps seeks comments on Bandon, Coos County, Oregon permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 09/09/16 8:58 AM
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Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Ms. Gina Dearth to conduct work in Coos County, Oregon. Public Notice NWP-2016-112 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Thu. 09/08/16
Serious Injury Crash Involving Several Motorcycles on Highway 20 Milepost 136 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/08/16 4:01 PM
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On September 7, 2016 at about 9:15 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 136 (four miles east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed that seven motorcycles were travelling westbound when they encountered lumber debris in the roadway, just over the crest of a hill. A 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Larry LAHR, age 59, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by William HUNT, age 58, and passenger Rose HUNT, age 56, of Earlville, Iowa, swerved to avoid the debris and collided. This caused both motorcycles to go down on the roadway resulting in minor injuries to the riders.

A 2016 Can Am Spyder motorcycle swerved to the left to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the south shoulder of the roadway. A 2011 Harley Davidson was able to avoid the debris and collision and came to a controlled stop beyond the north shoulder of the roadway. A 2001 Harley Davidson, operated by David MARR, age 64, of Floyd, Iowa, braked to avoid the collision and debris, causing the motorcycle to overturn. Two additional Harley Davidson motorcycles were able to avoid the debris and collisions and came to a controlled stop.

David MARR sustained critical injuries and was flown from Harney District Hospital by Airlink to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Larry LAHR, William HUNT and Rose HUNT sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.

OSP was assisted by Harney County EMS, Burns Fire Department, Harney County Sheriff's Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday, September 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/08/16 3:49 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee meets Thursday Sept. 22, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 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; a period for public comment; the transition of new executive committee; discussion of the next full commission meeting on Dec. 8, 2016; an update on the Oregon Conference on Aging; an update on the joint legislative subcommittee with the Oregon Disabilities Commission; and new business.

People can also call into the meeting using the 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: Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.
BPA wins awards for recycling, reducing and repurposing (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 09/08/16 2:28 PM
BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon.
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Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration continues to be recognized for its sustainability efforts. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded BPA a 2016 Federal Green Challenge Award for recycling and reducing its paper use. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers recently named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles.

"Finding more sustainable and cost-effective ways to operate is just another way we're being a responsible agency and a good neighbor in the Northwest communities we serve," said John Hairston, BPA's chief administrative officer.

EPA's Federal Green Challenge is a national effort that encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing their environmental impact in the areas of waste, energy, water, electronics, transportation and purchasing. In fiscal year 2015, BPA increased its recycling efforts by 71 percent through the recycling of 2,397 tons of metal, 312 tons of glass and ceramics, 167 tons of wood and 97 tons of e-waste. BPA also cut its paper purchases by 61 percent through a reduction of the number networked printers and the continued adoption of electronic documents and presentations. And it reduced the need for new purchases by returning $4.3 million worth of usable materials back into its inventory.

Notably, BPA diverted 80 tons of obsolete ceramic and glass insulators from the landfill to certified recycling centers in Portland, Oregon. Through its supply chain, it shipped the insulators from areas that didn't offer glass and ceramic recycling to its Investment Recovery Center facility in Vancouver, Washington, which oversees the auction, transfer or recycling of surplus or obsolete equipment. BPA was also able to recycle copper wire from the insulators, which more than covered the glass and ceramic recycling fees.

"It was a win-win," said Kevin Kertzman, property disposal officer. "Not only did we reduce our waste, but we were also able to reimburse BPA's general fund, in turn crediting our electric ratepayers."

In June, the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and Kertzman its Recycler of the Year for finding a home for hundreds of 30-year-old office cubicles. After a remodel of BPA's headquarters in Portland, Kertzman faced the task of disposing of the surplus workstations. Early on, due to the age and condition of the furniture there weren't any takers. But after about a year of looking, and with storage costs piling up at about a thousand dollars a month, Kertzman learned that Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit health and medical care organization, had offices throughout Washington and Oregon that needed that exact type of desks, panels and filing cabinets.

"It was a great outcome," Kertzman said. "We were able to support an important local not-for-profit agency, while eliminating waste and protecting the environment."

BPA has also partnered with the Oregon Department of Corrections to refurbish old, unwanted office furniture on more of a long-term basis. To date, BPA's partnership with ODOC's Reuse Center has saved thousands of pounds of materials from the landfill and scraps yards, and provided inmates meaningful work.

"This collaboration is a win all around," said Chad Naugle, ODOC's sustainability program manager. "It benefits the environment, uses intergovernmental resources, and provides vocational skills for adults in custody in recycling, repurposing and upcycling."

Through its regional partnerships for placing and refurbishing outdated office furniture, BPA estimates it has diverted 40 to 50 tons of material from the landfill and scrap yard, and saved an estimated $35,000 in storage fees.

In the past five years, BPA has reduced its total energy use by 6.6 percent; saved nearly 30 million gallons of water; cut its fossil fuel use by 285,127 gallons; and diverted 12,498 tons of waste from landfills.

Last year, BPA received a Federal Green Challenge Regional Award for waste reduction. In 2014, BPA was recognized by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency for outstanding efforts to improve air quality. In 2013, BPA was the first federal agency to be certified by the City of Portland's Sustainability at Work program. And in 2012, BPA received the top award in the EPA's Federal Electronics Challenge. For more about BPA's accomplishments in protecting the environment, read its fifth annual sustainability report (www.bpa.gov/news/pubs/GeneralPublications/gi-Sustainability-at-BPA-2015.pdf).


Attached Media Files: BPA recently donated surplus office desks, panels and filing cabinets to Providence Health & Services for its offices in Washington and Oregon. , BPA won the EPA's Federal Green Challenge Award for purchasing and waste. And the Association of Oregon Recyclers named BPA and property disposal officer Kevin Kertzman its recycler of the year for repurposing 30-year-old office cubicles.
Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will signal end of game
Oregon Lottery - 09/08/16 2:19 PM
Sept. 8, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- The Oregon Lottery wants players to know that beginning Nov. 15, 2016, the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it game will no longer be available. This is due to the game's second chance drawing that will take place Nov. 16, 2016.

"The Lottery normally waits until all top prizes for a Scratch-it game have been claimed before ending a game," said Interim Traditional Product Manager Tina Erickson. "With the ticket clearly touting the second chance prize on the face of the ticket, we determined it would be best to end the game just prior to the second chance drawing on Nov. 15."

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it is the latest entry into the Lottery's "family of games" Scratch-it offerings. In addition to the three second-chance prize packages, the game features four different tickets at different prices, with different top prizes. The $1 Wheel of Fortune game has a $5,000 top prize, the $2 game has a $10,000, the $5 ticket carries a $50,000 top prize, and the $10 ticket has a top prize of $100,000.

By entering non-winning Wheel of Fortune Scratch-its at www.oregonlottery.org, three players will be drawn to win a prize package that includes:
- Round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles
- Five days and four nights deluxe accommodations
- $1,000 in spending money
- Two tickets to a non-broadcast, lottery players-only taping of the Wheel of Fortune with Pat and Vanna and a chance to win $1 million
- And more

Each prize level of the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it offers players a varying number of entries based on the ticket's price. The $1 ticket offers one entry, the $2 ticket gets two entries, the $5 ticket gets five entries, and the $10 ticket gets 10 entries into the second chance drawing.

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it second chance drawing will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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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NW Natural contributes $15,000 to help Oregon kids attend Outdoor School
NW Natural - 09/08/16 1:48 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural has donated $15,000 to Friends of Outdoor School as a thank-you to the company's current and newly enrolled paperless billing customers.

The contribution will help Oregon sixth-graders experience the hands-on learning opportunities that Northwest Outdoor Science School provides.

"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. "Only half of eligible students participate in the program due to cost barriers. We hope this contribution helps close that gap."

NW Natural's donation is a result of a summer promotional campaign, "Go Paperless for Outdoor School," during which the company encouraged customers to switch to paperless billing.

By enrolling in paperless billing, NW Natural customers save time and resources, and get the convenience of bill information and energy-use history online anytime.

Outdoor School is a multi-day, overnight experience for elementary and middle school students operated by the Northwest Regional Education Service District and Multnomah Education Service District. Participants live in, and learn about, the natural world at one of four sites in northwest Oregon. According to Friends of Outdoor School, research shows that Outdoor School builds self-confidence, self-reliance, and strengthens leadership, collaboration and critical-thinking skills.

See the results of our campaign online: 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 Northwest Outdoor Science 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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PIO Duties 09/10 through
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/08/16 12:47 PM
Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO, Lt. Chris Baldridge will be on vacation beginning 09/09/16 until 09/22/16. For all media related issues please utilize the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO.
Health advisory for water contact at Neskowin Beach lifted September 8
Oregon Health Authority - 09/08/16 11:48 AM
September 8, 2016

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a public health advisory for contact with marine water at Neskowin Beach, located in Tillamook County. OHA issued the advisory September 2 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 OHA toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Western Oregon University waives application fees for members of the Armed Forces (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 09/08/16 9:37 AM
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MONMOUTH, Ore. -- Western Oregon University has continued its expansion of services for members of the military and their families. Effective August 1, 2016, WOU will waive the $60 undergraduate and graduate application fees for current members of the armed services and former members who were honorably discharged.

"Western Oregon University appreciates the service and sacrifices that members of the armed services have made for our country and the world. We are pleased to be able to waive the application fee for them," WOU President Rex Fuller said. "The university offers many services including a Veterans Success Center for veterans and their families and we look forward to supporting their college success."

WOU's focus on providing students with a personalized and highly supportive learning experience has resulted in the university receiving numerous national awards for student success. The university is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and has been repeatedly recognized by GI Jobs Magazine as a GI Friendly campus.

"As a veteran, and the coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center, I am pleased that the university has continued to expand its services and support for America's veterans and current members of the armed services," said Andrew Holbert, coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center. "This is a great school that provides all students, including veterans, a high quality education with tremendous personalized support services."

More information on the Veterans Success Center can be found at wou.edu/veterans.

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.


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Oregon's drought taking heavy toll on conifer trees
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/08/16 8:50 AM
Oregon experienced record drought in 2013 through 2015, followed by another year of dry conditions in 2016, and those severe conditions are taking a toll on conifer trees. It's important to remember "a few drops of rain doesn't end the stress of drought on trees," said Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief of the Private Forests Division for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Symptoms of drought include foliage loss, dead branches, dead trees and tops. Drought-stressed trees are more susceptible to further damage by insects and other pathogens, and damage typically is most severe on the fringe of forested areas and on shallow or rocky soil types. Trees growing near roads, ditches, pastures, disturbed soil, or where there is competing vegetation are frequently affected.

Symptoms are most visible during the spring following a drought event, although recent droughts have been severe enough for symptoms to appear in late summer or fall.

People can take preventative care to help trees survive drought by doing the following:
-Plant native and local drought-tolerant species
-Don't thin stands during droughts
-Control vegetation (especially grasses) that compete for soil moisture
-Remove and destroy dead and dying trees, blowdown and slash to reduce insect infestations
-Avoid damage from machines and soil compaction
-Irrigate landscape trees during dry weather, applying water slowly or use drip irrigation lines
-Apply mulch to landscape trees to retain moisture
-Don't alter drainage patterns (ditches, ponds, etc.) near established trees
-Don't fertilize during drought conditions. Fertilization stimulates dehydrates trees

To learn more about drought and tree care, visit the Oregon Department of Forestry's webpage here
Wed. 09/07/16
Man Enters Salem Residence and Bites Home Owner (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/07/16 9:09 PM
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Today, around 6:00 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a residence in the 3700 block of State Street SE in Salem. A resident reported an unknown male entered his house and he was now fighting with the male trying to get him out of the house.

When the first deputy arrived they found the owner of the home and his teenage son holding down Mario Vega-Navarro, age 25, of Salem. The deputy approached Vega-Navarro in attempt to detain him, he resisted by pulling away from the deputy. Two additional deputies arrived and they placed Mr. Vega-Navarro into a prone position.

With three deputies attempting to arrest Vega-Navarro he continued to raise his body into a push up position, pull his hands away and bite at deputies. After several minutes deputies were able to place Vega-Navarro into handcuffs and paramedics were called to the scene because of Vega-Navarro's erratic behavior.

Vega-Navarro was medically sedated by paramedics and transported to the Salem Hospital. After removing Vega-Navarro deputies found that both victims sustained bites and bruises from Vega-Navarro's attack. After Vega-Navarro is medically cleared he will be taken to the Marion County Jail for the charges of Burglary I, Assault IV and Resisting Arrest, deputies do believe Vega-Navarro is currently under the influence of an unknown narcotic. Vega-Navarro's booking image will not be available until he is booked into the Marion County Jail. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victims in this case.


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Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Crash North East Salem ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/07/16 5:18 PM
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Deputies have identified the deceased involved in Tuesday's fatal crash. Baxter Harrell, age 51 of Aumsville was walking down the center line of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by an on coming vehicle being driven by Josefina Cabrera, age 51, of Salem.

According to family Mr. Baxter left his residence earlier in the evening for a walk, it is unknown how he ended up so far from his residence or why he was walking in the middle of the road. Ms. Cabrera is cooperating with investigators and no citations have been issued.



Cordon Road has reopened to regular traffic, the Sheriff's Office has concluded that an adult male, was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when he was struck by a north bound driver who as headed to work.

The Sheriff's Office has not been able to identify the deceased male as he had no identification and may have been homeless. The Sheriff's Office is withholding all of the names of the involved parties until proper identifications and notifications can be made, that time frame is not yet known.




Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are on scene and investigating a traffic crash that has left one person dead on Cordon Road NE near Carolina Avenue NE in Salem. From their initial investigation deputies believe a person was walking in the middle of Cordon Road NE when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle.

The person walking in the roadway was killed instantly, the driver of the only vehicle involved was not injured. Cordon Road is currently closed from Sunnyview Road North East to Carolina Avenue North East and drivers should use alternate routes during their morning commute.


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Health advisory issued September 7 for Blue Lake in Multnomah County
Oregon Health Authority - 09/07/16 5:08 PM
September 7, 2016

A health advisory is being issued today for Blue Lake. Blue Lake is located just outside Wood Village north of Interstate 84 in Multnomah County.

The advisory is being issued due to visual confirmation of a blue-green algae bloom in the lake. Water monitoring has been completed to confirm the type of blue-green algae present and the level of any potential toxins that may be produced.

However, shipping and analysis of the sample will take time. It is expected that data from the analysis of the bloom sample will be available by the middle of next week. At that time, depending upon the level of toxins found in the sample, Oregon Public Health officials will determine if the advisory can be lifted, or if it will continue in place until the bloom is gone.

Oregon Public Health officials advise people that swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of swimming or high-speed water activities, such as water skiing and power boating, should be avoided in areas where blooms are identified. Oregon Metro, the agency that manages Blue Lake, has closed the lake to swimming, wading, and fishing for as long as the advisory is in place (http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/blue-lake-regional-park).

Drinking water directly from a lake where a bloom is identified is especially dangerous since any toxins produced cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters. People who may draw water directly out of this area for drinking or cooking are advised to use an alternative water source. No public drinking or potable water systems are affected.

Exposure to toxins in some cases can produce symptoms very similar to food poisoning such as weakness, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fainting. If these symptoms persist or worsen you should seek medical attention. Other toxins can produce numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention for you or your pet. There is no antidote for these toxins but supportive care can treat symptoms and other concerns.

Contact with cells from a bloom can cause skin irritation and a red, puffy rash in individuals with skin sensitivities or those who develop rashes easily.

Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to areas where blooms are identified should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the water.

People may still visit Blue Lake Park and enjoy activities allowed in the area such as bird watching and boating at low speeds; however, any activities that might cause ingestion of water from the lake should be avoided.

For more information, or to report a human or pet 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. For specific questions about Blue Lake Park and the lake closure, please call 503-665-4995, extension 0.

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Grand opening set for Let's All Play Place at Salem Health Rehabilitation Center (Photo)
Salem Health - 09/07/16 1:54 PM
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Come play with us and bring your friends to the grand opening of the Let's All Play Place on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The therapy and community play area is located at the corner of Mission Street SE and Church Street SE on the Salem Health campus.

Regardless of ability, anyone can play in a safe environment here, with wheelchair-friendly areas that enhance physical, sensory, emotional and social skills. Enjoy the therapy loop, swings, group spinner, boulder scramble and much more! Join us for a brief program to thank our generous donors and the Salem Health Foundation. The event will have a carnival theme and include snacks and giveaways.

Parking for those with accessibility needs is available in the Salem Health Rehabilitation Center parking lot off Mission Street SE. Additional parking is available in Salem Health's parking garage.

RSVP at 503-561-5576 or on www.facebook.com/salemhospitalfoundation. Special note: Photography and video recording by Salem Health may occur at the event. Those who prefer to not be recorded should please notify the hospital's photographers.

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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Following National Search, New Child Welfare Director will Join Oregon DHS
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/07/16 1:00 PM
After a national search, Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Lena Alhusseini has accepted the Child Welfare Director position, effective November 7, 2016.

She joins DHS from Brooklyn, New York, where she served as the Executive Director of the Arab-American Family Support Center. Alhusseini brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in areas of international development, child protection services, social services and behavioral health, human rights, and community development.

She previously served with global organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Alhusseini also established the first child protection center in the Middle East to address the issue of child abuse.

In 2011, President Obama honored Alhusseini as a White House Champion of Change for her work with child protection, domestic violence and sex trafficking. She has a Master's in Public Administration (NYU) and an MSc degree in Information Technology Engineering.

"Lena's experience in strategic planning, policy and advocacy with a focus on building support and consensus to achieve successful outcomes made her a clear standout," said DHS Director Clyde Saiki. "Her passion for protecting and serving vulnerable populations gives us the confidence that she is the right fit for this position."

As part of the interview process, Alhusseini visited several rural and urban child welfare branch offices in Oregon, meeting with staff, community partners, legislators and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She will be in Salem during September legislative days to begin meetings on issues of child safety, foster care placement capacity and comprehensive program improvement planning.

Lena's full bio, photo: http://www.aafscny.org/staffpages/lena-alhusseini
Board of Forestry announces new Oregon State Forester (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/07/16 12:08 PM
New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
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SALEM -- The Oregon Board of Forestry today unanimously selected Peter Daugherty as the next State Forester, concluding a process that began in early May when current State Forester Doug Decker announced plans to retire in October at the end of the current fire season. The Board announced the selection following an executive session to discuss the final two candidates, which also included ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata.

"The Board is excited to announce Peter Daugherty as the Oregon's new State Forester," said Board Chair Tom Imeson. "Peter brings a wealth of experience, energy and credibility to this critical position."

Daugherty currently serves as ODF's Chief of the Private Forests Division. He takes over as the 13th State Forester since the agency's creation in 1911.

"I'm looking forward to the privilege of working with the outstanding personnel of this agency, as well as with the dedicated stakeholders and all Oregonians who care about our forest resources," said Daugherty. "There are many opportunities, as well as challenges facing us as we hold ourselves to a high standard of forest stewardship, and I am committed to our continuous improvement."

The selection process included interviews with the Board, a public stakeholders group and an internal employee group, as well as meetings with the Governor. The Board sought public input on the recruitment plan and desired attributes in late June.

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 .


Attached Media Files: New Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty (center) flanked by Board of Forestry chair Tom Imeson (l) and retiring State Forester Doug Decker (r).
Landslide mapping methods defined in new paper
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/07/16 11:45 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new paper shows how Oregon geologists map the state's susceptibility to deep landslides.

The paper, published today by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), provides a consistent method for mapping susceptibility to deep landslides -- typically very large landslides that extend deep into bedrock.

The methods have already been put into practice in landslide mapping projects across the state, says Bill Burns, DOGAMI engineering geologist and the paper's lead author. Recent landslide maps, such as those for northwest Clackamas County, Clatskanie, Astoria and Silverton, were created using the method, which helps compare hazards in areas across the state, and defines common terms for discussing landslide risks.

"Our focus in developing this method was using the best science to create the most useful maps, so that Oregon cities and counties have the information they most need to reduce landslide risks," Burns says.

Little information had been published on mapping deep landslide susceptibility. Deep landslides tend to cover larger areas and move more slowly than shallow landslides -- but can do great damage. Knowing how susceptible an area is to multiple types of landslides is critical for planning, because strategies for reducing risks are different.

The paper is part of a series that captures landslide mapping methods, and builds on previous papers -- a protocol for landslide inventories, which show where landslides have occurred in the past, and a protocol for shallow landslide susceptibility. The papers describe methods for producing detailed, accurate and consistent maps, and detail what the maps show, and what their limitations are.

DOGAMI Special Paper 48, Protocol for Deep Landslide Susceptibility Mapping, by William J. Burns and Katherine A. Mickelson is available for free download at: www.oregongeology.org/pubs/sp/p-SP-48.htm

Other papers in the series include Special Paper 42, Protocol for inventory mapping of landslide deposits from light detection and ranging (lidar) imagery, 2009; and Special Paper 45, Protocol for shallow-landslide susceptibility mapping, 2012. The papers are available for free download in the DOGAMI Publications Center at www.oregongeology.org/pubs
Workplace safety, health event coming to southern Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 09/07/16 11:18 AM
(Salem) -- A three-day event in southern Oregon will offer employers and workers a variety of in-depth workshops and presentations on how to deepen their commitment to maintaining safe and healthy workplaces. Attendees will learn everything from building safety into every project and controlling welding hazards to achieving successful hearing conservation and fall protection programs.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to mark their calendars for the Oct. 11-13 Southern Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites in Ashland.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, David Rabiner, a partner in Portland-based Rabiner Resources -- a public speaking, training, facilitating, and coaching firm -- will deliver the keynote presentation. Titled "Influence Without Authority: The Key to Safety Leadership," his presentation will explore important strategies for building a culture of safety.

"Safety shouldn't be about just following the rules," said Rabiner, who has spoken to national and international audiences for more than 22 years. "I'll be helping the group with the tools they need to go beyond compliance and achieve commitment."

Rabiner said the conference "is important because sometimes being a safety professional can be a lonely job." He added, "It gives safety professionals an opportunity to network with others who share the highs and lows. It's about learning with others who have something very important in common."

Other conference topics include:
Safety committee operations
Workplace violence: Who is vulnerable and what can we do about it?
Hazard identification
Truck fleet safety: What all employers with trucks should know
Hand tool safety
Recreational marijuana and employer drug screening: What can we do?

The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Oregon OSHA are co-sponsoring the conference. Registration for the conference on Wednesday and Thursday is $160, with optional pre-conference workshops ranging from $75 to $120. For more information or to register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/southern16.

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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.
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake Preparedness Presentations Across Oregon this Fall
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/07/16 10:20 AM
The Red Cross is helping the region get ready for a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake and other disasters by holding Prepare Out Loud presentations in Salem, Tillamook, Manzanita, Corvallis, Medford, Eugene, Portland and Bend, Oregon starting in September.

PORTLAND, Ore., September 7, 2016 -- September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging preparedness by kicking off a series of Prepare Out Loud presentations to help communities be prepared for disasters like a 9.0 Cascadia earthquake. The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. Following the presentation, attendees will understand the steps they can take now to prepare and the central role their actions and voices play in building our community's resilience.

"We can rise to the challenge of a Cascadia earthquake," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "First, we must understand the risks we face, the steps we can take now to prepare and why it's so important to share our preparedness actions with others. Prepare Out Loud gives attendees the tools they need to get ready for disasters big and small."

The presentations, which start on September 22 in Salem will be held in the following cities on the following dates:

Upcoming Prepare Out Loud Events:
Salem on September 22: Presented by NW Natural in partnership with PGE
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudSalem

Tillamook and Manzanita on September 30
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudTillamook

Corvallis on October 4: in partnership with Samaritan Health Services
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCorvallis

Medford on October 6: in partnership with Asante
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudMedford

Eugene on October 11
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudEugene

Portland on October 20 in conjunction with the Great Shakeout: Presented by Bill Naito Company in partnership with Leatherman and Parr Lumber
Register at www.RedCross.org/PrepareOutLoudPortland

Bend on November 7
Register at www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudBend

The Prepare Out Loud presentation covers:
The science and history of the Cascadia Subduction Zone
Human behavior during disasters
What to expect during and after a Cascadia earthquake
How to prepare to quickly locate your loved ones following a disaster
How much food, water, and supplies you will need to take care of yourself and others

What others are saying about Prepare Out Loud
99% of attendees have rated the presentation as "excellent" or "very good"; 93% have found the presentation material to be "very accessible"; and the majority of Prepare Out Loud attendees described themselves as "motivated, inspired and hopeful" after the presentation.

Visit www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoud for more earthquake preparedness resources, including a:
Disaster preparedness kit-building checklist
Instructions on how to make a family emergency plan
Preparedness tips for seniors
Preparedness tips for pets
Information about water sources and storage
Information on how to prepare out loud


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Sutherlin truck driver hauls in $9.4 million Oregon's Game Megabucks win (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 09/07/16 8:08 AM
Eric and Beth Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks and claimed their prize Tuesday.
Eric and Beth Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks and claimed their prize Tuesday.
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Sept. 7, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Winning $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks didn't stop truck driver Eric Tackett of Sutherlin from delivering a load of drywall on his way to claim his winnings.

"It was on the way," Tackett said as he claimed his winning ticket.

Tackett, who works for Smalley Trucking Company in Sutherlin, drove his truck to the Lottery offices in Salem to claim the prize. He has been driving trucks for 17 years and said he is going to continue to drive after his big Oregon's Game Megabucks win. In fact, after claiming his win, he was going to pick up the trailer he left at his delivery.

Tackett and his wife Beth have been together three years and she regularly rides with him while he hauls loads of steel up and down the Interstate 5 corridor and across the Western states. "I normally play Megabucks because you get two sets of numbers for $1," he said. "We bought the ticket at the Coburg TA Truck Stop where we normally stop. We know the lady who sold us the ticket. When she finds out she is going to freak out."

By winning the $9.4 million jackpot, Tackett became Oregon's 256th Megabucks millionaire. Tackett opted to take the one-time lump sum cash payment option, and took home approximately $3 million after taxes.

The winning numbers were 4-6-15-21-38-40 for the Wednesday, Aug. 31, drawing. One set of numbers on Tackett's $5 ticket matched all six numbers, while another set of numbers on the ticket matched three of the numbers, good for a free Megabucks ticket

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The TA Truck Stop in Coburg will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $94,000 to the store located off Interstate 5.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $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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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Three People in Douglas County, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/06/16 9:56 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on Tuesday, Sep. 6, 2016 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in the 200 block of Sunnyside Court in Sutherlin, Douglas County, Ore.

The single-family fire affected three adults 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.
Theft of a Large Amount of Silver Coins in Josephine County - Persons of Interest Sought
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 5:19 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing an ongoing investigation into the theft of a large amount of silver coins. On or about August 13, 2016, a large amount of silver coins were stolen from a residence in Grants Pass. These coins are 2015 Royal Canadian Mint, 1/2 oz. Silver Eagles similar to the attached pdf. Also stolen were silver mercury dimes and silver Kennedy half dollars.

According to OSP Detective Annie Harris, OSP detectives identified two persons of interest:

Person of Interest #1:
James David Lee Hergett
Approx. 26 years old
Height: 5-10, Weight: 210
Hair: Auburn, Eyes: Green

Person of Interest #2:
Todd Murray Beveridge
Approx. 56 years old
Height: 5-07, Weight 145
Hair: Brown, Eyes: Blue

If you come in contact with coins matching this description or the two individuals in the attached pdf, please contact OSP Detective Travis Lee at 541-618-7950 or Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-664-4600. Reference OSP Case #SP16-290159.

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Cape Kiwanda vandalism update 1: Oregon State Police taking lead on investigation (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/06/16 5:18 PM
The duckbill sanstone feature before being pushed over. Image courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
The duckbill sanstone feature before being pushed over. Image courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 6, 2016

Contact: Chris Havel, OPRD, 503-931-2590 (cell)

Cape Kiwanda vandalism update 1: Oregon State Police taking lead on investigation

Pacific City OR -- The Oregon State Police will lead an investigation into vandalism of a natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda Stats Natural Area (http://bit.ly/capekiwandavandalism). The investigation will determine how to pursue possible violations of state park rules and Oregon laws in response to video showing visitors to the park pushing the landmark sandstone feature, known as the duckbill, to the ground in late August.

The investigation will be based out of the Oregon State Police Tillamook Worksite. The State Police will be working in close concert with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Tillamook District Attorney's office.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon State Police extend their thanks and gratitude to people who have already come forward with information. People with information about the incident can email tips to osppio@state.or.us, or call the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 1-800-452-7888. All calls are kept confidential.

There is no new information about the people pictured in the video at this time.


Attached Media Files: The duckbill sanstone feature before being pushed over. Image courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. , The duckbill sandstone feature after being pushed over. Photo courtesy Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
City of Roseburg Fire Department Trains on New Holmatro Extrication Tools (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 09/06/16 4:58 PM
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The City of Roseburg Fire Department took delivery of new Holmatro extrication tools recently purchased in conjunction with the new 2016 Pierce Impel Fire Engine. Firefighters will be training with the new tools over the next three days at Walt's Towing on Diamond Lake Boulevard. The training provides firefighters an opportunity to train on today's high-tech vehicle safety systems and construction materials. Training will include vehicle extrication procedures and techniques to extricate passengers during an entrapment caused from a motor vehicle accident. The City of Roseburg Fire Department would like to thank Walt's Towing for providing the vehicles and training grounds.


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Amity Man Loses Life In Single Vehicle Crash On Amity Road - Yamhill County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 12:56 PM
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On September 5, 2016 at about 7PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle rollover on Highway 153 near milepost 8 (east of Amity).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Lexus sport utility was traveling eastbound on Highway 153 (Amity Road) when it drifted across the westbound lane and onto the north shoulder. The Lexus then crossed all lanes of travel, exited the south side of the highway, entered a field and rolled multiple times.

The driver, Todd A HAYES, age 51, of Amity, was pronounced deceased on scene. Speed and alcohol are being investigated as contributing factions. The highway was partially blocked for four hours while the crash was investigated. OSP was assisted by Amity Fire, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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**UPDATE** Fatal ATV Crash, Hit and Run (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/06/16 12:06 PM
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UPDATE
Deputies have made an arrest in connection with the fatal hit and run accident that killed Benjamin Wohl and seriously injured Breauna Ellison. On September 5th, at about 9:10 p.m., deputies arrested Walker Thomas Kellog, age 25 of Winchester Bay. Kellogg was arrested at the Shilo Inn in Newport with the assistance of the Newport Police Department.

Danielle Elizabeth Gockel-Figge, age 24, was also present at the Shilo Inn was cited for Hindering Prosecution. Gockel-Figge was a passenger in the Polaris at the time of the crash.

Kellogg was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on Second Degree Manslaughter, Second Degree Assault and Felony Hit and Run charges.

Case still under investigation, more information will be provided when available.
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PREVIOUS RELEASE
On Friday, September 2nd, 2016, at about 11:00 p.m., deputies responded to an ATV crash on the dunes north of Banshee Hill in Winchester Bay. Witnesses report that 27 year old Benjamin Wohl (driver) of Poulsbo, Washington, and 30 year old Breauna Ellison (passenger) of Clackamas, Oregon, were riding double on a Honda ATV when they were struck by a red and black Polaris side by side ATV.

The suspect vehicle was occupied by 3 subjects, 2 males and 1 female, who stopped briefly after the incident. The suspects left the scene and ultimately abandoned the suspect vehicle and fled into the trees on foot, near the county ATV shed on Salmon Harbor Drive. Deputies with the assistance of a K9 unit were not able to locate the suspects.

Wohl was declared deceased at the scene and Ellison was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital with serious injuries.

If anyone has information on this incident they are asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

Case still under investigation, no further information available at this time.

Next of kin has been notified.

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Attached Media Files: Walker Thomas Kellogg
Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets September 13 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 09/06/16 11:33 AM
September 6, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Incentives and Funding Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discuss how the funding formula can be used to create incentive for change; discuss updated funding formula models; subcommittee business.

When: Tuesday, September 13, 1-2 p.m. A five-minute public comment period is scheduled at 1:55 p.m.; comments will be limited to two minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The public can also listen on a conference call line at 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

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

For more information, see the board's meeting page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432, sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Cannon Beach Man Killed In Crash on Highway 26. OSP Seeking Witnesses - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/06/16 9:43 AM
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On September 5, 2016, at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 19 (23 miles east of Seaside).

While emergency personnel were responding, the driver left the scene by private vehicle. That vehicle was later located by Cannon Beach Police where the driver (now a passenger) of the original crash was found to be in critical condition. That driver, Charles M KAKUSKA, age 22, of Cannon Beach, was taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed KAKUSKA had been driving a 1990 Honda Accord westbound on Highway 26 when it drifted off the highway and crashed into a ditch. Witnesses had reported seeing KAKUSKA traveling with another vehicle on Highway 26 at a high rate of speed prior to the crash.

After the crash and when KAKUSKA learned law enforcement was enroute, he was given a ride from the scene by the driver of the vehicle that also been reported traveling at a high rate of speed. This vehicle was later stopped by Cannon Beach Police.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Vine Maple Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed motorists may have witnessed KAKUSKA's driving behavior or stopped at the scene of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Greg Schuerger at 503-861-0781. This is an on-going investigation and no further details are available at this time.


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Deputies Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Near Turner ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/06/16 9:25 AM
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Deputies have identified the drivers in Fridays Fatal crash, Eva Petersen, age 89, of Turner turned in front of Benito Rodriguez, age 35, of Jefferson as he traveled east on Delaney Road SE. Ms. Petersen was killed instantly and Mr. Rodriguez suffered only minor injuries. The Sheriff's Office sends it condolences to Ms. Petersen's families and reminds drivers to always be cautious when navigating our rural county roads.



Deputies are on scene and investigating a two car crash that has left one driver dead. The initial investigation has shown that a vehicle was traveling on Parish Gap Road SE near Turner, when it arrived at the intersection of Delaney Road SE the driver stopped and then turned out in front of an east bound vehicle on Delaney Road SE.

Tragically the driver of the turning vehicle was killed in the collision, the other driver suffered minor injuries. Delaney Road is closed at the intersection of Parish Gap and will remain closed for the next several hours, drivers should seek alternate routes. This release will be updated as more information becomes available


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**UPDATE** Murder Investigation and Arrest (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/06/16 9:13 AM
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Next of kin has been notified. The deceased male is identified as Larry Hugh Porter, age 55 of Azalea and the female is Deborah Sue Perry, age 51 of Azalea.

The case remains under investigation.
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PREVIOUS RELEASE
On September 3rd, 2016, at about 8:36 p.m., a female who lives on Quines Creek Road in Azalea called 911 to report a disturbance and shooting. Deputies responded to the location and located Travis Leroy Bean, age 42 of Azalea, leaving the area in a vehicle. Bean was detained by responding deputies.

Inside the residence, deputies found an adult male and female who were both deceased. Both appear to have been shot.

The Douglas County Major Crimes team was activated and have been investigating through the night and today. Travis Bean was arrested and lodged in the county jail on two counts of Murder.

The investigation is ongoing. The names of the victims is being withheld until next of kin can be notified.

No further information is available at this time.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Portland on September 19
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/06/16 9:01 AM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Monday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Multnomah Educational Service District, Auditorium, 11611 Northeast Ainsworth Circle.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.
This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
OHA releases first quarterly legislative report on health system transformation in Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 09/06/16 8:32 AM
September 6, 2016

SALEM -- While Oregon's health system has undergone major changes, a broad array of measures show the state's health reform strategy has increased health coverage, improved health outcomes and contained health care costs in the state's Medicaid program, according to a new report. The Oregon Health Authority's "Oregon's Health System Transformation Quarterly Legislative Report" also shows that coordinated care organizations (CCOs) -- health plans that serve most Oregon Health Plan members and key parts of Oregon's health reform strategy -- are financially stable, with operating margins remaining healthy even as the state has adjusted rates.

OHA will present the report today at a meeting of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

"Across the nation, Oregon's innovative approach to health reform is being watched closely as a model for providing better care, achieving better outcomes and holding down costs," Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton said. "We encourage Oregon to review its effort and investment to date as we consider how to proceed on health system transformation into the future."

Oregon Health Plan grows to more than 1 million members

In 2012, Oregon launched major changes to its health care system. It established 16 CCOs across the state to deliver more-coordinated and flexible care to improve the quality of care, achieve better outcomes and hold down costs for Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members. In addition, Oregon expanded OHP coverage through its implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014.

The report found that OHP's enrollment has changed dramatically in the past three years:

-- Enrollment: Oregon Health Plan supports more than 1 million Oregonians -- more than one in four people.
-- Increase in adult enrollment: OHP now covers more adults (60 percent) than children (40 percent). Prior to the ACA, OHP covered more children.
-- Most OHP members are served through CCOs: Nearly nine out of 10 OHP members are enrolled in a CCO.

Oregon health reform controls costs while maintaining CCO financial health

Through Oregon's dramatic changes in health reform, the state has held Medicaid costs to a promised 3.4 percent per-capita annual growth rate -- saving $1.3 billion in state and federal dollars from 2013 to 2016. Oregon's growth is below the 4.4 to 5.4 percent Medicaid increase other states are experiencing.

Over the past three years, on average CCOs remained financially healthy. In 2013, the aggregate operating margin for Oregon's 16 CCOs was 3 percent with a system-wide consolidated margin of $44.6 million. Total margin increased in 2014 to $234.8 million with a consolidated operating margin of over 7 percent, as CCOs experienced a surge in enrollment due to the ACA expansion population. The state based 2014 rates on projected utilization. However, the population turned out to be younger and healthier than expected. In 2015, OHA adjusted the rates paid to CCOs, based on actual OHP member experience data -- total consolidated margin for 2015 was $215.3 million with a consolidated operating margin of 5 percent across the 16 CCOs.

Coordinated care organizations (CCOs) currently have contracts that expire at the end of 2018. The Oregon Health Policy Board is in the process of holding listening sessions across the state to discuss the future of Oregon's CCOs and to gather public input about how they deliver services to Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

OHA's "Oregon's Health System Transformation Quarterly Legislative Report" also covers: Oregon Health Plan demographics, CCO performance on quality metrics, member satisfaction, health disparities, finance, patient-centered primary care homes, evaluations, local governance, and eligibility and enrollment. You can read the quarterly report on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Documents/LegislativeReport_Q1_2016.pdf.

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Mon. 09/05/16
Passerby alerts occupants which saved home from burning (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 09/05/16 8:19 PM
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Today the Sweet Home Fire District responded to a house fire at 38230 Highway 228. On our arrival the home was no longer burning due to the homeowner extinguishing the fire with a garden hose. The 2 occupants where alerted when a passerby noticed the porch on fire and got everyone out of the home. The occupants were able to contain the fire to the porch before the fire spread into the house. Later in the day we were dispatched to a passerby calling in a house fire on Highway 20 near milepost 24. The 911 caller(s) did not stop and crews found a homeowner using their barbecue. If the Highway 228 passerby did not stop the outcome for the home and residents could have been very different. We ask that if you see a fire please call 911 and try to alert the occupants. If this isn't possible please remain in your vehicle or at a safe distance and wait for emergency crews. Thanks to crews from Brownsville Fire, Lebanon Fire District and Oregon Department of Forestry that responded to these incidents.


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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department statement on possible vandalism at Cape Kiwanda (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/05/16 10:07 AM
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News Release
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 5, 2016

Pacific City OR -- A natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area was found in pieces last week. The park is on the Oregon coast in southern Tillamook County. The sandstone pedestal, known locally as the duckbill and roughly 7-10' across, was located in an area of the park fenced off for safety.

At the time it was discovered, there was no sign the formation had been vandalized. Since then, media in Oregon have obtained a video apparently showing a group of visitors pushing the formation to the ground.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond. The department takes vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 13-14 in Bend
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/05/16 9:12 AM
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // September 5, 2016

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet September 13-14 in Bend

Bend OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its fourth meeting of the year Sept. 13-14 in Bend, Oregon.

On Sept. 13, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. tour of state parks in the area, followed by a work session and training at 1:30 p.m. with the director of Washington State Parks.

On Sept. 14, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverbed Community Room, 799 Southwest Columbia Street, to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

Approve a master plan for Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, a not-yet-open 357-acre park in southern Tillamook County. The plan helps guide future recreation use and resource management on this ecologically diverse property that encompasses beaches, dunes, woodlands and both fresh- and saltwater marshes. Commission approval will allow the department to move forward on opening the park in 2017. OPRD purchased the property in September 2014 with Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks. More information is online https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/PLANS/Pages/Beltz-Property.aspx

Adopt minor changes to make the reservation process more efficient for customers and the agency.

Award more than $850,000 in parks grants to local governments through the Local Government Grants Program, funded by Oregon Lottery dollars.

Following the business meeting, commissioners will attend a 4:30 p.m. reception at Hollinshead Park, 1235 NE Jones Road.

The draft agenda and meeting are online at http://bit.ly/september2016agenda. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.
Sun. 09/04/16
Man Killed In Early Morning Crash Near North Powder - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/04/16 3:58 PM
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On September 4, 2016 at about 6AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of single vehicle crash on Highway 237 near milepost 29 (near North Powder).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on Highway 237 when it drifted across the southbound lane and off the road. The Ford struck several fog markers and then a tree.

The driver of the Ford, Anthony A GEORGE, age 27, of Union, was pronounced deceased on scene.

OSP was assisted by North Powder Fire and La Grande Fire. This is an ongoing investigation and contributing factors are unknown. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Sat. 09/03/16
***Update - Name Released*** Man Killed In Early Morning Crash On Interstate 5 - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 09/03/16 5:50 PM
The deceased driver was identified as Brandon S PAGE, age 25, of Medford. The three passengers were his children. There are no photos available at this time. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On September 3, 2016 at about 1:40AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 5 southbound at milepost 30 (Medford).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it exited at the Crater Lake Highway off-ramp. The Chevrolet drifted off the roadway and rolled coming to rest upside down in a grassy area.

The driver, a 25 year old male, was pronounced deceased on scene. Three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, were taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

This is a preliminary release; more information will be released when it becomes available.
Roads are open for Labor Day weekend
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 09/03/16 9:18 AM
There will be no construction delays for travelers heading to the coast, or coming into the valley over OR 126, Florence-Eugene Highway. The paving project between Veneta and Noti is taking the holiday weekend off, as are other construction work projects around the area to help weekend travelers get where they are going. Work will resume on Tuesday.

The only scheduled road closure over the weekend is the U.S. 20 Sheep Creek Bridge project, 26 miles east of Sweet Home. The bridge span is being replaced and a detour is required to travel between I-5 and Bend. Travelers should take OR 126 east through Springfield, or travel north to OR 226 from Lebanon. The road is scheduled to reopen the end of September.
Fri. 09/02/16
Safety Belt Enforcement Patrols
Roseburg Police Dept. - 09/02/16 3:28 PM
The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a traffic safety enforcement blitz from September 2nd until September 5th. This enhanced enforcement is paid from dedicated funding through USDOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During designated periods throughout the year, the Roseburg Police Department will have additional Officers on duty who will specifically be enforcing traffic laws, with the focus being on Seat Belts / Child Restraints, Texting and Speed.

Officers will be working to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from February 8th through February 21st. Officers will also be on the alert for persons exceeding the posted speed limit or violating the "hands-free" cellphone law.
Statewide observation surveys in 2015 found 97% of Oregon travelers use safety belts or child car seats. Not surprisingly, belt use was lower among persons killed in crashes --- 75% among all crash fatalities and only 50% among persons killed in night time crashes, according to ODOT reports.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one through twelve years old. Child car seats increase crash survival by 71% for infants under 1 year old and by up to 59% for toddlers age 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce chance of nonfatal injury among 4 to 8 year olds by 45% compared to safety belt use alone.
Safety belts reduce the chance of fatal injury to adults by 45-65%.
Properly using safety belts and child restraints holds a person safely in place and inside the vehicle to prevent injury from occurring during sudden stops, swerves or crash. Without a belt or child car seat, occupants can be thrown against each other, the interior of the car or completely out of the vehicle, greatly increasing chances of serious injury.
Oregon law requires children less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child seat. Children under 1 year or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds must be restrained in either a child seat or a booster seat appropriate for their size until they reach age eight or 4'9" tall AND the adult belt system fits them correctly.
For help with child car seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual, or visit your local child seat fitting station. A list of fitting stations can be found at: http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm or at http://oregon impact.org/car-seat-resources/
Lane ESD Board of Directors to Meet on September 8, 2016
Lane ESD - 09/02/16 2:41 PM
A Special meeting of the Lane Education Service District Board of Directors has been scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 5:30 p.m. The Board will meet in Executive Session "to conduct deliberations with persons designated to carry on labor negotiations (ORS 192.660(2)(b))."

A short public session may follow to allow for any potential action items.
Crash Sends Vehicle Into Irrigation Canal, Troopers Rescue Driver - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/02/16 1:08 PM
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On September 1, 2016 at about 3:00PM, an OSP Sergeant was on a traffic stop on Highway 97 near milepost 265 (north of Klamath Falls) when he requested a tow to impound the vehicle as the driver was suspended.

A tow truck arrived on scene, activated its amber warning lights and was getting into position when a northbound 2012 Toyota RAV4 struck the rear of the tow truck. The Toyota lost control, drove off the roadway and into an irrigation canal (about five feet deep).

The sergeant radioed for help and began efforts to save the driver, George M BEAUBIEN, age 79, of Chiloquin from the canal. Several troopers and OSP Detectives arrived on scene and rescued BEAUBIEN and his dog from the submerged vehicle. BEAUBIEN was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center for minor injuries.

The driver of the tow truck, Jeremy D TUTTLE, age 41, of Klamath Falls, was not injured. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.


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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Medford on September 15
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/02/16 12:45 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Thursday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Inn at the Common, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
BLM Announces Public Input Opportunities for the first of "Section 368" Energy Corridor Regional Reviews
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management today announced public input opportunities for six regional reviews that will analyze the existing energy corridors designated for oil, gas, and hydrogen pipelines and electricity transmission and distribution facilities on Western Federal lands under BLM or U.S. Forest Service management.

The BLM, Forest Service, and Department of Energy recently released a study of the effectiveness of these corridors (accessible at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/) that identified questions to be considered during subsequent regional reviews.

These reviews will analyze whether any additions, deletions, or changes are needed to the 6,000 miles of corridor that were designated by the BLM and Forest Service under Section 368 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The corridors were designated after the agencies completed a broad-scale Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement in 2008 (accessible at the Website listed above), titled "Designation of Energy Corridors on Federal land in the 11 contiguous Western states" (see Website above). The first of the regional reviews contemplated by the corridor study start this September. It will focus on corridors in southern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona.

To facilitate participation, the three agencies have jointly developed abstracts for each energy corridor and will be seeking input from the public and stakeholders -- including Federal, Tribal, state, and local governments -- to ensure as complete and current a record of facts related to the corridors as possible, before the development of recommendations.

Webinar-based orientations to the Region 1 corridor abstracts will be offered on Sept. 7 and Sept. 29, 2016, at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at http://corridoreis.anl.gov/. Completion of the last review for the corridors is set for late 2019, depending on available funding.

Public meetings for Region 1 abstracts will be held on the following dates at the following sites:

September 20, 2016, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the BLM National Training Center (9828 N 31st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arizona local time.

September 22, 2016, in Palm Springs, California, at the University of California Riverside - Palm Desert Center, Room B200 (75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT

September 27, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Hampton Inn Tropicana (4975 S. Dean Martin Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89118) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT.

The public and stakeholders will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the Region 1 corridor recommendations before they are finalized and those Webinar and meeting dates will be publicized at least two weeks prior to the meetings.

The table below shows the full regional review sequence. Information on opportunities for engagement in Regions 2 through 6 will be provided as those reviews are initiated:

REGIONAL REVIEW SEQUENCE

ENERGY CORRIDOR REGION START PUBLIC INPUT ISSUE THE RECOMMENDATIONS
Region 1(CA, NV, AZ) September 2016 February 2017
Region 2(AZ, NM, CO) March 2017 September 2017
Region 3(CO, UT, NV) October 2017 March 2018
Region 4 (WY, MT) April 2018 October 2018
Region 5 (CA, NV) November 2018 April 2019
Region 6(MT, ID, OR, WA) May 2019 November 2019

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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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet September 6 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 11:27 AM
September 2, 2016

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

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting September 6 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear regular updates as well as potentially take action regarding HB 3396 and SB 440.

When: Tuesday, September 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3303 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 can also call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; director's report; HB 3396 final report and recommendations; CCO Quarterly Report discussion; SB 440 data report; public testimony.

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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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet September 8 in Junction City
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 11:10 AM
September 2, 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, Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City. The public also can attend via toll-free conference line at 1-877-848-7030, participant code 297588.

Agenda: Public comments, OSH Advisory Board member onboarding, OSH patients' report, superintendent's report, data report, membership, retreat plans, next steps and board comments

Details: The Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board advises the superintendent, Oregon Health Authority 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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Health advisory issued September 2 for water contact at Neskowin Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 09/02/16 10:46 AM
September 2, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Neskowin Beach in Tillamook 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. Until the advisory is lifted, direct contact with the water should be avoided in this area, 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 Neskowin 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.

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.

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).

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 organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Bicyclist Killed In Highway 199 Crash In Selma - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 09/02/16 9:19 AM
On September 1, 2016 at about 12:45PM, OSP Troopers and emergency vehicles responded to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian on Highway 199 near milepost 20 (in Selma).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Ford pickup towing a 25 foot RV was traveling southbound on Highway 199 when a bicyclist attempted to cross all lanes of traffic, colliding with the side of the Ford. The bicyclist was thrown from his bike and struck the RV. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, later being identified as Robert L GREEN, age 45, address unknown. The driver of the Ford, Michael S MANN, age 58, of Redmond, was not injured.

Highway 199 was reduced to one lane of alternating travel for two hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Illinois Valley Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor as witnesses believed GREEN was impaired.

No further information to be released at this time.
Lebanon Fire District responds to RV blaze. (Photo)
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Lebanon Firefighters responded this evening to a report of a RV fire located in the parking lot of a local Lebanon church. Linn County dispatch initially reported fire coming from engine compartment and spreading throughout motor home. Upon arrival of first due engines, crews found heavy fire extending throughout entire RV. The blaze was quickly knocked down by firefighters and a search of the vehicle was completed with no reports of casualty or injury. The uninjured driver of the RV says that the RV began to overheat and smell hot, and that he then pulled into parking lot to investigate when fire was discovered in the engine compartment. The driver states, "The fire then began to spread quickly, but was impressed at how fast firefighters arrived." Lebanon Fire District initially responded 2 engines with 9 firefighters, and one ALS medic unit with 1 Firefighter/EMT and 1 Firefighter/Paramedic. Lebanon Fire District was assisted by Lebanon Police.


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Thu. 09/01/16
Sulfuric Acid Accident in Halsey (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 09/01/16 4:18 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies responded to a single vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on American Drive west of Powerline Road in Halsey. The truck loaded with sulfuric acid went off the roadway for unknown reasons, and ended up in a field. The tanker experienced some minor leakage, but there is no concern of risk to the public. A Haz-Mat team is standing by while they wait for another truck to respond to off-load the tanker of sulfuric acid. The roads are open and there is no road blockage at this time. The driver of the truck, Dawn Loftis, 69, from Woodland Washington, received minor injuries.


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State Memorial Ceremony to Honor and Remember 169 Fallen Firefighters
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/01/16 3:39 PM
Please join the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as they host the eleventh annual Oregon Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 1 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem. We are honored to have Oregon Fire Chiefs Association President Les Hallman as this year's guest speaker.

The Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial is a tribute to fire service professionals, both career and volunteer, and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting lives and property across the state.

The name of Battalion Chief Mark James Burns, age 62, of Medford Fire & Rescue who died on March 6, 2016 from injuries sustained during am emergency incident in Ashland on August 24, 2010, will be added to the state memorial during this year's ceremony.

Following the featured speaker, honor guard members will call out the names of Oregon's fallen, toll the fire bell in their honor and place two wreaths next to the memorial wall recognizing deceased career, volunteer and wildland fire fighters. The U.S. flag will be ceremonially folded and placed at the memorial wall as well. The event will end with a bagpipe tribute of "Amazing Grace," and a bugler playing the solemn notes of "Taps."

If you have any questions regarding the Memorial, please contact Julie Olsen-Fink, DPSST Fire Certification Supervisor, at 503-378-2297 or by email at julie.olsen-fink@state.or.us

For additional information on the memorial, and for additional information on the men and women it honors, http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/FC/pages/fallenfirefightermemorial.aspx
Mother and Daughter Lose Their Lives In Highway 30 Crash - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/01/16 3:32 PM
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On September 1, 2016 at about 8:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94 (just east of Astoria).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2009 Suzuki sedan was traveling eastbound when it lost control negotiating a corner. The Suzuki crossed the centerline and was struck on the passenger side by a westbound 1999 Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Suzuki, Sabrina J RAINEY, age 38, of Astoria was pronounced deceased on scene. Her passenger, her 14 year old daughter, was also pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Dodge, Jordan L WALIEZER, age 31, of Kelso, Washington, received minor injuries and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for treatment.

Highway 30 was completely closed for 30 minutes before one alternating lane was opened. The highway was opened around 1PM. OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department, Napa Fire, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Firefighters to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/01/16 3:24 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is pleased to announce the graduation of its first residential Firefighter Academy. This class began its six-week training program at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on August 1st, 2016 and will complete its training on September 9, 2016. The academy covered all required elements of the National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualification Standard 1001 for Firefighter I and Firefighter II. More that three dozen topics were covered including search and rescue, flammable liquids, physical fitness, hazardous materials, ropes and knots, fire behavior, forcible entry, vehicle rescue, and many others.

This is the first firefighter training program ever offered in Oregon, and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, where the students completed their training while staying in residence.

The graduation is scheduled for 2:00 on September 9, 2016 in the Hall of Heroes at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway in Salem. Harry Ward, Oregon's Representative of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Courage to Be Safe Program, will be the keynote speaker.

Members of Graduating Class

Philip Amaya
Marion County Fire District No.1

Rachelle Beiler
Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District

Anthony Culver
City of Bend Fire Department

Richard Daniel
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Isiah Dolan
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Noah Elsner
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Kevin Ferns
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Michael Garey
Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District

Allison Green
Sutherlin Fire Department

Jett Hamik
Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District

Joseph Hammer
Tangent Rural Fire Protection District

Jamin Hooley
Lebanon Fire District

Riley Jones
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Kyler Karpstein
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Trinton Koch
Crescent Rural Fire Protection District

Travis Martin
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Westin Martin
Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Ethan Ouellette
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

Wyatt Perdomo
Sutherlin Fire Department

Christopher Petetit
Jackson County Rural Fire Protection District No.5

Nick Sheridan
Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District

Patrick Summerfield
Sunriver Service District Fire Department

Ryan Thomas
Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire Protection District

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Narcotics Related Search Warrant
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/01/16 3:14 PM
On September 1st, 2016, at approximately 8:50 a.m., the Lebanon Police Department, with the assistance of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, served a narcotics search warrant at the residence of 64-year old Kenneth Harold Kelsey. Kenneth Kelsey was home at the time of the execution of the search warrant; also in the small, one-bedroom apartment was 25-year old Maura Michelle Viles, 24-year old Dennis James Jones Jr., 51-year old Jeffrey Gene Major, 26-year old Dustin Kyle Coughran, 24-year old Samantha Christine Mansell, 21-year old Amber Marie Walters, and 24-year old Alexandria Lee Mulrooney. Two infant children were also in the residence. DHS responded to the scene, and the infants were released to family members.
During the search, detectives located approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, four digital scales, multiple small, empty bindles used for packaging methamphetamine, numerous syringes, and other drug paraphernalia.
Kenneth Kelsey was arrested and lodged in jail for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine, and Frequenting a Location where Drugs are Used or Sold. Maura Viles was arrested and lodged in jail for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine. Jeffrey Major and Samantha Mansell were cited and released for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Dustin Coughran was cited and released for Unlawful Possession of Heroin. Dennis Jones, Jr. was arrested and lodged on warrants unrelated to the search warrant. Alexandria Mulrooney was cited and released on a warrant unrelated to the search warrant.
If you have any information related to this search warrant, please contact Detective Justin Bach at 541-451-1751, Ext. 4328.
Labor Day Weekend -Sun, Fun, and Safe Boating (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 09/01/16 2:41 PM
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Labor Day Weekend is one of the top three boating weekends of the year on many Oregon lakes and rivers, attracting thousands to the alluring banks and warmest water of the season. To keep things fun and safe, the Oregon State Marine Board suggests taking the time to plan your water getaway and take home the following pointers:

Don't drink and boat. Boating is a great social activity, but the Marine Board encourages boaters and persons floating on the waterways, to leave the alcohol on shore. It's safer for everyone. If arrested for Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII), violators can be fined up to $6,250; can lose boating privileges for up to three years and even serve jail time. Consumption of intoxicants on many Oregon waterways is up, and so are accidents involving alcohol. So far this year, 10 people have lost their lives in recreational boating incidents, and many of which involve drugs and alcohol.

Know your waterway. "Be familiar with your surroundings and always watch where you are going," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "Stumps, deadheads and sand and gravel bars can appear out of nowhere with water depth changes. Start out slow and get your bearings. Water levels around the state are very low which means sand and gravel bars may feel like they appear out of nowhere."

Know what rules apply. "There are all types of watercraft on the market; some are considered boats and others are pool toys. Boats are designed differently, and by state law, have specific equipment requirements such as having enough properly fitted life jackets and a sound producing device, like a whistle. Attach the whistle to your life jacket and you're set." Massey adds. "If you plan to float the river, keep in mind that pool toys are designed for use in a swimming pool -- have no directional control, and puncture easily in rivers.
If you are planning a relaxing float, do so in a watercraft designed for the river; one which won't easily puncture and comes properly equipped with a paddle so you can maneuver away from obstructions."

Wear your life jacket. Each boat (including kayaks, inflatable boats and canoes) must have a properly fitting life jacket for each person on board and at least one sound producing device, like a whistle. Life jackets need to be in good shape and readily accessible -- not under a hatch or in its packaging. All youth younger than 13 must wear a life jacket when in a boat that's underway. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that over half of all boating fatalities occur with small boats on calm waterways, in shallow water and sunny conditions. Ninety percent of boating fatality victims this year were not wearing a life jacket, on par with Oregon's average of 85-90% over the last 30 years.

Sit on the seat. The growth of wake surfing is luring many people to ride on the swim platform, stern, sides and the bow of unenclosed boats. The stern can be a dangerous place for exposure to carbon monoxide and a prop-strike safety hazard. It is illegal to ride on the bow, decks, gunwales or transoms of a motor boat when the boat is underway. Sitting on designated seat cushions is the safest place to be --especially when the boat is towing someone.

Slow down and keep a sharp lookout. Know the boating regulations for your area of operation. Always obey the "slow no-wake" buoys or signs. Boaters are responsible for their wake. Remember to slow down within 200 feet of a dock, launch ramp, marina, moorage, floating home or boathouse, pier or swim float. Be courteous with paddlers who are also sharing the waterway. Wakes can easily swamp low-freeboard paddle craft. Don't allow your wakes to generate negative attention from other boaters, property owners, and possibly, result in a citation.

Carry your boater education card. All boaters operating boats over 10 hp need to have a boater education card. Youth 12-15 who operate a powerboat 0-10 hp alone must carry a boater education card. When operating a powerboat greater than 10 hp, youth must be supervised by a card-holding adult age 16 or older. When operating a personal watercraft, the supervising adult must be 18 or older. Educated boaters are much less likely to be involved in boating accidents because they know the "rules of the road."

Carry your aquatic invasive species prevention permit. For registered motorized craft, your boat registration and current decals act as proof of payment into the program. For non-motorized watercraft 10 feet long and longer, such as canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboards and inflatable rafts, the operator needs to physically carry a permit when out on the water.
The cost is $7 for non-motorized craft and can be purchased through any ODFW field office or licensing agent. Permits are valid until December 31 of the year issued. Tyvek tags (waterproof permits) are sold through the Marine Board's online storefront and various Marine Board permit dealers. Tyvek tags are $5 for the annual permit and $10 for a two-year permit. This program is self-funded and permit fees support aquatic invasive species detection, decontamination, signage, and education materials for boaters.

Marine officers will be on the water to assist boaters and help keep the waterways safe. The top violations so far this summer involve collisions, not having life jackets, failure to carry a boater education card and aquatic invasive species permit. Other violations involve reckless operation and drugs and alcohol impairment. "Boating is the best escape, and a long weekend before heading back to school and other responsibilities makes it even better," Massey adds. "Just remember to prepare, and plan so you can have the best time out on the water, playing."

For more information about equipment requirements, regulations and ideas on where to boat, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 09/01/16 2:36 PM
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced four changes to the Operations Division management team, effective September 15.

Named were Brad Cain as Superintendent of Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, Brandon Kelly as Superintendent of Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) and Mill Creek Correctional Institution (MCCF) in Salem, Brigitte Amsberry as Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI), and Kimberly Hendricks as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem.

Cain has been the Superintendent at Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) in Baker City since 2013. He began his DOC career in 1990 as a Correctional Officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). He promoted through the security series, eventually serving more than five years as the Institution Security Manager at SRCI before becoming its Minimum Facility Manager. Cain served as Operations Manager at PRCF before being named Superintendent. He received an associate's degree in criminal justice in 1990 from Treasure Valley Community College.

Kelly has served as SCI Superintendent since 2015 and has 18 years of experience in corrections. He started his career in 1998 as a Correctional Officer at OSP after serving six years with the United States Marine Corps. Kelly promoted through the ranks: Sergeant in 2002, Lieutenant in 2003, Captain in 2004, Institution Security Manager at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in 2009, Assistant Superintendent at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in 2011, and Assistant Superintendent of Security at OSP in 2013 prior to being named Superintendent of SCI.

Amsberry, EOCI Assistant Superintendent of Security, has accepted a one-year job rotation as TRCI Superintendent. She started as a Registered Nurse in 2000 at EOCI, promoting to Nurse Manager in 2005, Correctional Rehabilitation Manager in 2006, and Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation in 2007. Amsberry served as interim Superintendent at EOCI in 2013, returning to Assistant Superintendent in 2014, and stepping into her current role of Assistant Superintendent of Security at EOCI in July of this year.

Hendricks has been Superintendent of Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend since 2014. She joined the department in 2001 as part of the start-up team at CCCF in the role of Safety Manager. In 2005, she transferred to Central Office to assist in the implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) draft standards. In 2009, she became the Hearings Administrator for the Office of the Inspector General, and was named SCCI Superintendent in 2014. Hendricks received her Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from Willamette University in 2008.

Director Peters stated, "These individuals' pride, strength, respect, and commitment to protect and serve - as well as their combined 75 years of experience - will help carry our agency into the future."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Monthly Meeting: Oregon Housing Stability Council
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 09/01/16 2:23 PM
September 9, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Oregon Housing & Community Services, Room 124 A&B | 725 Summer St NE, Salem OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
Meeting Called to Order
Public Comment
Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
Consent Calendar
For Approval: Residential Loans
Multifamily Bond Approval:
Big Valley
Manufacture Home Park Preservation NOFA Updates for Approval
Statewide Housing Plan Update
Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Update
Housing and Urban Development Briefing with Margaret Salazar
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Briefing with Allan Lazo
Report of the Interim Director
Report of the Chair
Meeting Adjourned
Oregon Food Bank unveils new logo, branding in time for Hunger Action Month (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 09/01/16 12:54 PM
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Portland, Ore. -- September 1, 2016 -- Every September food banks around the country use the month to raise awareness of hunger and motivate people to take action. This year Oregon Food Bank is also launching a revitalized brand, including a refresh of our more than 20-year-old logo.

"The way we appear in the community -- our visuals, our language -- needs to better reflect and communicate our commitment to end hunger," says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. "We are going to make Oregon the first state to eliminate hunger."

Creating a logo that represents all facets of Oregon Food Bank was a deliberate and thoughtful process. The simple, modern design communicates our mission and work. The new visual look is fresh, bold and warm, honoring our rich partnerships with Oregon's agriculture community and reflecting our root cause work, including shaping public policy, building community and amplifying the voices of people facing hunger.

New imagery and colors are reflected on a new website as well as our fleet of trucks and digital and print materials, with a deliberate visual focus on fresh produce. "Oregon Food Bank received almost 13 million pounds of produce for distribution last year," Morgan added. "Food banking has evolved far beyond the emergency food box approach. Our brand needs to help us tell that full story."

Pro-bono expertise and creative talent from award-winning design firm Industry and Nike shaped the rebrand, designed to engage younger donors, volunteers and advocates and deepen connections with our current supporters.

Hunger Action Month is a combined effort by Feeding America member food banks. This year's campaign asks people to consider how it must feel to live with an empty stomach, which puts a healthy life and promising future at risk.

Please note: New video for Oregon Food Bank https://youtu.be/UjRGVuFyFQU

About Oregon Food Bank
With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems. Visit https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/ for more information.


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Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forum in Salem on September 13
Oregon Department of Human Services - 09/01/16 12:02 PM
The Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program is hosting a series of Policy Forums around the state in September. There will be a forum Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and also from 3 to 6 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College, Winema Building, Room 210, 4000 Lancaster Dr., NE.

People with disabilities, students with disabilities, their families, service providers, employers, teachers, advocacy organizations, Workforce partners and other organizations serving people with disabilities are all encouraged to attend.

Policy Forum participants will:
Learn about Vocational Rehabilitation policy and procedures
Participate in discussions about Vocational Rehabilitation
Contribute to Vocational Rehabilitation future directions

The forum is free but people are encouraged to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vrforum2016.

For a map of Chemeketa Community College: http://www.chemeketa.edu/locations/salem/documents/chemeketa_campus_map.pdf. The Wimena Building is number 48 on the map.
This is one of the five Policy Forums being held throughout Oregon. For a schedule of all the forums: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/EMPLOYMENT/VR/Documents/VR%20Statewide%20Policy%20Forums%20Schedule.pdf.
BLM Issues Guidance for Implementing Greater Sage-Grouse Plans
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 09/01/16 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today moved forward on its collaborative effort to conserve Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat by issuing Instruction Memorandums (IMs) that clarify how aspects of the BLM's land use plans will be implemented. These seven IMs relate to oil and gas leasing and development, grazing, and the collection and use of land management data.

"Consistent with our unprecedented cooperation in developing the Greater Sage-Grouse plans, the implementation policies we are releasing today were developed in coordination with our partners in the states and interested stakeholders," BLM Director Neil Kornze said. "These Instruction Memorandums respond to state and stakeholder desires to see clear and consistent application of our management activities across the western Greater Sage-Grouse states while providing the flexibility needed to respond to local situations and concerns. Although each policy guides the specifics of a single issue in great detail, they all share the same goal of effectively conserving the West's sagebrush sea for the benefit of the people and animals who depend on it."

The seven IMs cover:

Oil and gas leasing and development: This IM provides guidance on how the BLM will prioritize oil and gas leasing and development in relation to habitat management areas, consistent with its sage-grouse conservation strategy and Greater Sage-Grouse land use plans.

Grazing permit review priorities: The BLM's land use plans commit the BLM to prioritize the review of grazing permits that are located within areas that were identified by a team of state and federal wildlife biologists as the highest quality habitat for breeding populations of sage-grouse. This policy provides further guidance on the considerations and process that should inform that prioritization.

Grazing management thresholds and responses: Under the Greater Sage-Grouse land use plans, the NEPA analysis for renewals or modification of grazing permits in priority habitat management areas must consider and may incorporate specific indicators of land health, as well as grazing management responses. This policy provides further guidance as to how and when thresholds and responses should be considered and implemented.

Adaptive management triggers: Most plans contain triggers developed with state wildlife agency experts that require the agency to take pre-defined management actions in response to changes in habitat or populations. This policy details how the BLM will proceed with notification and implementation of identified management actions if triggers have been exceeded.

Disturbance tracking: The land use plans commit the BLM to tracking disturbance and reclamation of sagebrush habitat. This policy guides the use of tracking tools to help ensure the consistent reporting of habitat disturbances and reclamation success across the Greater Sage-Grouse range.

Effectiveness monitoring: This policy explains how data gathered using the BLM's Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) strategy will be pooled to assess how well the BLM is achieving its goals in the land use plans. These reports will use the data gathered under the AIM strategy and disturbance tracking policies and associated monitoring efforts.

Habitat assessment framework: Under this policy, the BLM will use Habitat Assessment Reports to gather information about the Greater Sage-Grouse and the health of its habitat into a single report that allows managers to make accurate assessments of habitat conditions at local, regional and range-wide scales.

The full text of each IM is available at www.blm.gov/sagegrouse in the Documents and Resources section. Detailed questions and answers on the IMs are available here.

On September 22, 2015, the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture finalized the Greater Sage-Grouse plans, which included amendments and revisions to 98 BLM and U.S. Forest Service land use plans across the West. The plans, which were developed in cooperation among local, state and federal agencies as well as private landowners, were cited by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a key reason it found that the Greater Sage-Grouse did not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Information on the plans can be found here.


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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Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council meets September 17 in Baker City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 09/01/16 11:01 AM
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its fall meeting at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center five miles east of Baker City at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, September 17.

This meeting is free and open to the public. OHTAC will be discussing old business including the Barlow Trail Multimedia grant project, wind farm activity, council membership and terms, and more.

In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails. For information visit the OTHAC webpage or contact Loren Irving, 541-480-4167.
National Preparedness Month Encourages Oregonians with Slogan "Don't Wait. Communicate." (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/01/16 10:55 AM
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September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to think about things you can do to make sure you and your family are prepared for emergencies. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state proclamation in support of National Preparedness Month, highlighting the efforts of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to work with communities across the state to train, educate, prepare and equip Oregonians for emergencies.

"Oregonians are known for our grit and resilience," Governor Kate Brown said. "National Preparedness Month is a great reminder that we each must do our part to be personally prepared and develop family plans so we are ready for and able to quickly recover from major disasters, emergencies, and ultimately, the 'Big One.'"

This year OEM is participating in FEMA's Ready.Gov campaign to inform and empower people to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The campaign theme "Don't Wait. Communicate." provides a call to action for families, neighborhoods and individuals to make an emergency plan and communicate the plan before, during and after emergencies. OEM is encouraging Oregonians to set a goal of being prepared for at least two-weeks.

"What we do today to prepare will saves lives and property tomorrow, or whenever a disaster strikes," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "As we build a culture of preparedness in Oregon we are empowering Oregonians to be disaster survivors not victims. We want Oregonians to be prepared not scared."

Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves and
earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media -- newspapers,
websites, radio, TV, mobile and land phones, and amateur radio are all good
sources of information about disasters. Check out www.ready.gov for the latest
preparedness information.

Build an Emergency Kit. A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Once
it happens it may take days for responders to reach you and you may have to go
without food, water, or electricity. Build an emergency kit with two weeks supply
of food, water and other necessary supplies. The American Red Cross has a
recommended list of emergency kit items:
http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-html/kit-contents.asp

Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do
and if you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each
other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations. Read how to
develop a family disaster plan at http://www.redcross.org/flash/brr/English-
html/make-a-plan.asp.

OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help plan for disasters available through local county emergency management offices. One of those publications is the OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport," a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, a home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, as well as insurance carriers and critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources.

Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown for completing a "Go Kit Passport" for their emergency kit. Contact public.info@state.or.us for more information.


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Governor Kate Brown and First Gentleman Dan Little begin the process of putting an emergency kit together with Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps at Mahonia Hall in Salem, April 12, to show how to build a kit with at least two-weeks emergency supplies. Phelps said purchasing a few items each pay check - and using other items you already have - is a good way to build a kit affordably over time. (OEM Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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The State of Oregon Proclamation from the Office of the Governor designates National Preparedness Month as an annual opportunity for Oregonians to learn about how to prepare for emergencies. (OEM Photo by Cory E. Grogan)


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Health advisory lifted September 1 for Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 09/01/16 10:54 AM
September 1, 2016

Reduced blue-green algae cell counts and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued Aug. 19 for the Willamette River's Ross Island Lagoon. Ross Island Lagoon is located about one mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the number of blue-green algae cells as well as levels of associated toxins are below guideline values for human exposure.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of algae blooms in Oregon waters. 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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Deadlines approach for four Oregon Arts Commission grant programs
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/01/16 10:48 AM
Salem, Oregon. -- Four Oregon Arts Commission grant programs have deadlines in September and October: Small Operating Grants; Arts Build Communities; Art Acquisition Funding; and Individual Artist Fellowships. Here is grant information, listed in deadline order:

Small Operating Grants provide operating support for 501(c) (3) arts organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $150,000. The organizations must have arts at the core of its mission and provide public access to ongoing arts programs (at least four annually) for their local community. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2b21cAp. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Arts Build Communities grants provide $3,000 to $7,000 matching support funds to arts and other community-based organizations for projects that address a local community problem, issue or need through an arts-based solution. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1FJt69k. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, for projects taking place in 2017.

The Ford Family Foundation's Art Acquisition Funding Program, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bFtDFI.Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

Individual Artist Fellowships honor Oregon's professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their career. FY2017 awards are open to artists in the performing arts. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/1OmCokh. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission is part of Business Oregon in recognition of the role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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OSP Urging Motorists To Prepare And Travel Safely This Labor Day Weekend
Oregon State Police - 09/01/16 10:40 AM
During the holiday weekend, September 2-5, 2016, the Oregon State Police will be increasing patrols on state highways to ensure travelers in Oregon have safer travels. Despite those efforts, the public is asked to prepare for their travels and to help enforcement efforts if they spot dangerous driving (any hazardous driving that puts others at risk: excessive speeding, impaired driving, etc). According to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton, "Too many lives are lost on our highways and we want to ensure all Oregonians and visitors safely reach their destinations this weekend."

According to AAA Oregon there will be a large percentage of travelers on the roadways, "Labor Day is seen as the final chance for a long weekend getaway before the summer comes to an end and generally sees the lowest travel volume of the three major summer holiday weekends. Over the last decade, travel over the Labor Day holiday weekend has remained relatively stable, with approximately 35 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home each year."

To add further traffic on the highways, the Oregon Ducks are playing in Eugene on Saturday which will lead to additional traffic congestion.

In 2015 and 2016, Oregon has seen a rise in fatal traffic crashes. OSP will continue its pledge in transportation safety by focusing on five major categories of driving behaviors that contribute to fatal or serious injury crashes. These categories are speed, occupant safety, lane usage, impaired driving and distracted driving.


OSP is also urging motorists to plan their travels:

Expect heavy traffic volumes. Take extra time to reach your destination

Visit ODOT's traveler page www.tripcheck.com

Be prepared in the event you become stuck during your travels- Carry water, food, and blankets in the event you are stuck in your vehicle during your trip

Get a designated driver (plan ahead) if you plan on consuming intoxicating substances.

Put the distractions away. Pull over to use that handheld electronic device, ask as passenger to help or wait to arrive at your destination to use them.

Watch your speed; often speeding will not get you to your destination any faster. You will fatigue faster, burn more fuel, and create a more hazardous environment on the highway.

Be extra vigilant in highway work zones. Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.

Get rested before you travel. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

Wear your safety belt. Ensure your passengers and children are properly restrained too. We see too many crashes were people would have walked away with minor in any injuries.
Veteran Benefit Expo will connect vets with valuable resources and services (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 09/01/16 8:00 AM
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One of the largest veteran-oriented events in the state will be held in Portland next week, as the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs' (ODVA) second annual Veteran Benefit Expo kicks off at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

As ODVA's signature event, the Expo brings together almost 100 federal, state and local providers of programs and services that benefit veterans and their families, and is completely free to the public (including parking). One of its goal is to improve on the estimated seven out of every 10 Oregon veterans who have never accessed a single federal VA benefit.

The Expo will give attendees the chance to connect with a wide variety of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals, trained and experienced in the unique needs of veterans, active service members and military families. The event roster features over 90 community organizations, nonprofits and state and federal agencies, including a strong contingent from the VA Portland Health Care System.

"We at the VA are thankful to our partners at ODVA for hosting this annual event," said Daniel Herrigstad, the chief of public and congressional affairs at VA Portland Health Care System. "It is a great opportunity allowing us to share information on services and resources with our veterans. This year, we have more than a half-dozen different VA departments scheduled to attend."

The VA's team will include Suicide Prevention Coordinator Aimee Johnson, who also participated in last year's Expo at the Salem Convention Center.

"Like many community events our team members attend throughout the year, we will be there to educate veterans, family members, friends and anyone who will listen about resources for veterans in crisis," Johnson said. "Suicide prevention is everyone's business."

Other participants include financial and veterans claims experts, Oregon colleges and universities, more than 15 employers and employment resources actively seeking to help veterans find rewarding jobs, and business gurus like Ruth Miles, small business advocate for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office of Small Business Assistance.

"Veterans are uniquely qualified to succeed in business, but there's no need to go it alone," she said. "The Office of Small Business Assistance can help vets get connected to resources that can make their business dreams a reality."

The Veteran Benefit Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Free parking for this event will be available in the Rose Quarter's Garden Garage, directly north of the Moda Center. For maps and more information, visit www.expo.oregondva.com, or call 971-239-6640.

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Library Services and Technology Act Advisory Council Meeting at the State Library, 9/12/16
Oregon State Library - 08/31/16 4:53 PM
Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council will meet at the Oregon State Library on Monday, September 12, 2016. Serenity Ibsen will chair the meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Council will review the 2015 final grant activity reports and make recommendations to the Oregon State Library Board concerning the state's LSTA program's application materials. The Council will hear updates from the Library Support & Development Services Manager.

An open forum will be held on Monday, September 12th at 12:30 p.m. Any member of the public may address the Council on any topic during the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Ferol Weyand at 503-378-2525.


LSTA Advisory Council Meeting
Oregon State Library - Conference room 103
September 12, 2016
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:30 Welcome and housekeeping
9:35 Review agenda and approve minutes from May 16-17, 2016 meeting
9:45 Review action items from May 16-17, 2016 meeting
10:00 Report of Susan Westin, Program Manager
2015 budget wrap-up
Answerland
Edge
SDLAC
11:00 Review the 2013-2017 Five-Year Plan
12:00 pm Working Lunch
12:30 Open forum
12:45 Review 2015 final activity reports
2:30 Review 2017 grant guidelines
3:00 Elect new Chair, Vice-Chair, SDLAC, and Answerland representative
3:15 Presentation to departing members
3:30 Suggestions for new LSTA Council Members
2016 open seats will be: academic libraries, information technology, library users, underrepresented/ underserved persons, public libraries representatives
3:40 Recommendations to State Library Board (meeting will be held
on Oct 28, 2016)
3:45 Meeting review
3:55 Adjourn
Task Force on School Nursing meets September 9 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/31/16 4:37 PM
August 31, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Review and approve task force report

When: Friday, September 9, 12:30-3:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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

Program contact: Jamie Smith, 971-673-0724, jamie.leon.smith@state.or.us, for any questions related to the Task Force on School Nursing.

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Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Advisory Committee to meet next week
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 08/31/16 4:00 PM
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at the Oregon Veterans' Home in The Dalles. The public is invited to attend and participate.

The committee is comprised of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel on veteran issues and represent veteran concerns across Oregon. Its nine members serve in a vital advisory role to the director and staff of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. Registration is encouraged, but not required. If you plan on attending, please RSVP online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DQ2XGYN.

More information can be found online at www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx or to contact the Advisory Committee, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us.
PeaceHealth expands commitment to community health, names healthcare industry leader Michael Dwyer as executive vice president of strategy and community health (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 08/31/16 3:42 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Michael Dwyer has been named executive vice president of strategy and community health at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Dwyer joins PeaceHealth after 17 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a managing director in the firm's healthcare practice in Los Angeles. As the first person to hold this newly created position, Dwyer joins a robust team of senior leaders and a newly designed senior leadership team under PeaceHealth President and CEO Liz Dunne. The senior leadership team is charged with building new structures that will help the 125-year health system deliver care and health improvement models in a new, forward-thinking way in the communities it serves in different access points.

In this role, Dwyer will oversee the system's strategy, business development, philanthropy, community benefit and health, and strategic joint alliances and health ventures departments. He will report directly to Dunne, who has called for a shift toward a more community-based model of care since joining the system last year.

"We created this position at PeaceHealth to address a very specific need and we're thrilled to have found someone whose experience and outlook fills that role so perfectly," Dunne said. "Michael brings 30 years of experience in healthcare strategy and operations. Having worked with various provider entities across the country, he also brings with him a fresh perspective and new insight that will allow PeaceHealth to pursue stronger, deeper and more meaningful relationships with the communities we are privileged to serve."

Dwyer has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. In his role at PricewaterhouseCoopers, he worked with major healthcare clients across the country, helping them grow and transform to meet the demands of a rapidly changing industry. Previously, Dwyer has held senior and executive level positions in academic and community-based healthcare provider systems.

"The challenges of caring for patients seamlessly across the continuum of care, be that care preventative, emergent, acute, chronic, rehabilitative or palliative, and in a continuum of settings and locations, will need to be met with creative, effective and quality value-added driven solutions and implementations," Dwyer said. "It's going to require innovation and forward thinking in order to keep up, and I am excited to be joining an organization that is so committed to embracing change for the sake of the communities it serves. I feel very blessed and humbled to be part of the future of PeaceHealth."

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with about 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for health care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals. They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for health care in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its mission. This is The Spirit of Health.


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Firefighters Training at Old K-Mart
Albany Fire Dept. - 08/31/16 2:52 PM
Albany Fire Department will be using the former K-Mart building at 3100 Pacific Boulevard SE for training September 2 - 6. The building is scheduled for demolition to make way for the new WinCo Foods store and provides a great opportunity for firefighters and EMTs to conduct emergency training exercises. The area will be fenced off and signage will be posted to inform the public of the training activity. The public is asked to stay clear of the immediate area for their safety.

Large, vacant commercial buildings where firefighters break down walls and windows and perform other firefighting skills in a controlled environment don't come along very often. This structure will allow emergency responders a place to train with technical equipment, perform commercial roof operations, forcible entry, breaching, and various fire, rescue, and search drills.

The training opportunities provided by this structure will be invaluable to emergency responders and the community. The Fire Department's use of the building was made possible by the WinCo Contractor overseeing demolition of the building.
360th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/31/16 2:46 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 360th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Basic Police Class 360 will graduate at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Police Chief Pete Kerns, of the Eugene Police Department, will be the guest speaker.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP360 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Graduating members of BP360:

Police Officer Zachary Akin
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff John Alekseyenko
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Benjamin Bielenberg
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Maria Campos-Lares
Canby Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Cardenas
Eagle Point Police Department

Police Officer Nigel DeLuna
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Roland Farrens
Keizer Police Department

Police Officer Adam Fischer
Eugene Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Friese
Crook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexander Greene
Gilliam County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Travis Gregston
Tigard Police Department

Police Officer Dana Gunnarson
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Haugen
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Eugene Henderson
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Dennis Hohstadt
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Jake Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Kirksey
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Lee
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Michael Maierhofer
McMinnville Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Beckie McBride
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Tyler Milton
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Mock
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Troy Nicholson
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Matthew Nunnally
Cannon Beach Police Department

Police Officer Shane Orsborn
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Marinna Orta
Gladstone Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Andrew Parsons
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Bryce Sanman
Sutherlin Police Department

Police Officer Peter Seaberg
West Linn Police Department

Police Officer Jonathan Slack
Gresham Police Department

Police Officer Naivasha Smith
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Spencer
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Jonathan Stanley
Baker City Police Department

Police Officer Juliana Steinbach
Tillamook Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Surmi
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Hayden Tolzman
Lincoln City Police Department

Police Officer Samuel Tykol
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Tristan Walker
Stanfield Police Department

Police Officer August Watkins
Molalla Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Yanes
Warm Springs Police Department


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 40,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
MCSO Seeking Cadet Applicants for 2016 (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/31/16 12:32 PM
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Being a Cadet is a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

So, if you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Our Cadet's learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 14th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at www.GoMcso.com and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! If you have questions you can email jhickam@co.marion.or.us


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Health advisory issued August 31 for water contact at Nye Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 08/31/16 11:19 AM
August 31, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Nye 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 Nye 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.

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.

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).

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 organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Health Authority, Department of Environmental Quality and Parks and Recreation Department.

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Milton-Freewater Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 08/31/16 10:05 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today shortly after midnight, his deputies arrested Travis Brent Ebersol, 23, of Milton-Freewater for several sex abuse crimes.

Ebersol was interviewed at his uncle's residence near the city of Halsey, on sex abuse allegations involving a 15-year-old female. During the interview, Ebersol admitted to sexually abusing the female.

Ebersol is lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges; Rape I, Sodomy I, Sex Abuse III, Rape III, and Sexual Misconduct.

The Sheriff's Office investigation is continuing and may lead to additional charges. If anyone has information on this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Deputy Chris Waggoner at 541-967-3950.
Albany company featured for safety and health program
SAIF - 08/31/16 9:04 AM
At Albany-based Wood Castle, employees are building more than heirloom-quality furniture. They're building healthy habits that hopefully will last a lifetime.

Wood Castle's unique employee safety and health program is featured on the homepage and in the magazine of SAIF, the state's largest workers' comp company.

www.saif.com

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