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Tue. 05/24/16
2016 ODVA Memorial Day Ceremony and Statewide Events
Oregon Deptartment of Veterans' Affairs - 05/24/16 4:10 PM
SALEM -- As part of the annual Memorial Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) will host a memorial ceremony on Monday, May 30, at 2 p.m., on the department's grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.

A military flyover is scheduled to open the public ceremony at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial where the names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will be read aloud by cadets from the Oregon State University ROTC program. Special guest speaker Col. Kevin Dial will deliver the keynote address.

The ceremony will also be broadcast live on ODVA's public Facebook page (www.facebook.com/odvavet) beginning at 2:00 p.m. and available for replay thereafter.

Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was originally called, was first observed on May 30, 1868 as a day to place flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The holiday's name was later changed to Memorial Day in 1971 and became a federal holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

The most current list of statewide community Memorial Day events is available online: www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/2016-Memorial-Day-Events.aspx.


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Memorial Day Safety Tips
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/24/16 3:17 PM
With Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind citizens to be safe. This long weekend is typically packed with celebratory events like backyard barbecues, trips to the lake, picnics at the park and camping. Every festive event presents hazards that we should all be aware of; "Safety First" should always be a priority. To help you enjoy a safe holiday weekend we have gathered the following helpful safety tips.

Safety While Traveling
- Carry an emergency supply kit in your vehicle
- Let someone know your destination, route and when you expect to arrive
- Know your route and check road conditions beforehand and throughout the day
- Buckle up and observe speed limits
- Avoid driving distractions such as eating, cell phone conversations and texting
- Avoid the use of alcohol when you are going to be driving and use a designated driver

Safety While Swimming & Boating
- Check weather and water conditions beforehand and be aware of cold water temperatures
- Always swim with a friend and stay in designated swimming areas
- Provide constant supervision to children in or near the water
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket
- Protect yourself from the sun by applying a waterproof sunblock

Safety While Camping
- Pack plenty of food, water, clothing and blankets
- Keep a safe distance from wild animals
- Practice good campfire safety and never leave a fire unattended
- Check for fire restrictions in your camping area at http://firerestrictions.us/or/oregon/
- Inform others where you will be camping and when you plan to return

For your added safety, deputies are also ramping up for extra patrols scheduled for the summer, as well as saturation patrols during peak usage periods. This includes full and part-time deputies assigned to Mountain and Marine Patrol. Their role is to bolster patrols and increase safety in the recreation areas of the Quartzville Corridor and Detroit Lake campgrounds within Linn County.

Sheriff Riley would like to remind everyone that NO dispersed camping is allowed on Army Corps of Engineer lands; as well as roadside camping along Quartzville Road. Those illegally camping will be contacted and could be charged with Trespass. For more information on camping in the Quartzville Corridor, Please visit www.linnparks.com.

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!
Lebanon Fire District To Host Free Car Seat Inspections
Lebanon Fire District - 05/24/16 1:56 PM
The Lebanon Fire District will host a free child safety seat inspection and installation education clinic on Saturday May 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00pm at their main fire station, 1050 W. Oak Street in Lebanon.

Certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians will be on hand to inspect your child safety seat and to instruct parents, grandparents, and caregivers on how to properly install their child safety seat. The fire station will feature drive through access for cars to pull directly into the fire station bays for their safety inspection. An additional bay will be reserved for those who make appointments so that they can be immediately serviced with no waiting. To make an appointment, call 541-451-1901. Drop-in vehicles will be served on a first-come, first-served basis with checks normally lasting about 30 minutes.

Discounted car seats will be available for purchase for $30 each until they are gone. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the inspection so that technicians can ensure a proper car seat fit. There will be a small area for children to watch a movie while others are being fitted. For more information contact Engineer Erin Nunes at 541-451-1901.
Safety Belt Enforcement Patrols
Roseburg Police Dept. - 05/24/16 12:51 PM
The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a traffic safety enforcement blitz from May 24th until June 4th. 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/
OSP Seeks Public's Assistance with Road Rage Incident on I-205 - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/24/16 11:25 AM
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A reported road rage incident occurred May 24, 2016 at 6:10 a.m., at I-205 southbound near Sunnyside Road and Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking the public's assistance in identifying witness(s) of the incident.

The two vehicles involved were described as a navy blue, 2014 Ford F150 pickup and a tan or light gray, 1987 Toyota SR5 pickup. Any information about the vehicles, resulting traffic disruption, weapons seen or the actions of the men driving the trucks would be sought. Photos of similar vehicles are attached to this release.

Please contact Senior Trooper Jason Bledsoe at (503) 731-3020 x407 or email: jason.bledsoe@state.or.us


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Firefighters extricate man (Photo)
Depoe Bay Fire Dist. - 05/24/16 10:36 AM
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AT 0730 Depoe Bay Firefighter, Oregon State Police, and Pacific West Ambulance were notified of a man calling from his vehicle that had been involved in a crash. The caller reported he thinks he wrecked "about an hour ago". The vehicle was down an embankment where nobody from the road could have seen him. The caller described that he was able to see a sign that said "South Fogarty Creek". This information lead responders directly to his location.

The patient was was trapped in his vehicle with severe injuries. Depoe Bay Firefighters were able to free the victim after roughly an hour of extrication. The patient was transported to Boiler Bay State Park in Depoe Bay where he was flown to Emmanuel Trauma Center in Portland by Lifeguard Air Ambulance out of Tillamook. Victim was 25 Y/O/M no other information pending


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OFB's Bushue: Listen to locals in Owyhee monument debate (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 05/24/16 10:13 AM
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One thing all parties could agree on at a May 23 hearing about the Owyhee Canyonlands is that it is spectacularly beautiful.

But who's to thank for that?

"Today we've heard the words 'iconic' and 'awesome' to describe the Owyhee Canyonlands," said Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue before the House Rural Communities Committee at the state capitol. "I say to you that this is exactly because of the people I'm here representing today, the ranchers, the farmers, the local communities, and the businesses that have worked 150 years to make this land what it is."

Bushue testified against a potential designation by President Obama to make the Owyhee Canyonlands a national monument. This designation would affect a 2.5 million-acre area in the Owyhee Canyonlands along the Oregon-Idaho-Nevada border, an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It would cover about 40% of Malheur County's total land base.

Bushue beseeched the lawmakers to listen to the people who actually live and work near the canyonlands, the families whose lives would be directly impacted by a monument designation. At a ballot in March, an incredible 90% of voters in Malheur County opposed a national monument. A designation by the president without a vote by Congress would completely disregard these rural voices.

"This is about the people on the ground, the people you represent," Bushue told lawmakers. "Give these people the credit they so richly deserve."

An executive action for a monument also does not require that its economic impact be determined. A monument would decimate Malheur County's historic cattle industry, an essential economic driver and job creator for the region. It would limit grazing, open ranchers up to litigation, and likely put out of business families who have worked the land for generations.

"To reduce economic opportunity on an area in a state that is so desperately in need of jobs and dollars is blatantly irresponsible," wrote Bushue in submitted testimony. "In addition, this comes at a time when much-needed timber payments from the federal government have been uncertain in recent years. Rural Oregon can hardly afford to have any more losses."

At the hearing, a monument supporter noted that sellers of outdoor gear would benefit from increased sales if a designation were made. But at what cost to the deeply rooted agricultural community?

"Are we going to support [outdoor recreation] businesses at the expense of fifth-generation ranchers like Elias Eiguren? I'm incredulous that there are those who would prioritize the value of these businesses over the people who have made the region what it is today," Bushue told the committee.

Not only is cattle ranching an integral part of the economy and local culture, it keeps the land productive and balanced. The Owyhee Canyonlands are ecologically sound today thanks to over a century of responsible use. Without the benefits of grazing and local management, the region would be subject to invasive species, noxious weeds, and risk of wildfire.

"Oregon is more than 60% publicly owned, either by the state or federal government. Much of the federal land in Oregon isn't maintained, causing great harm to existing farmland and crops," said Bushue.

"As farmers and ranchers, we care deeply about the land. Not only do we live on the land, we enjoy and depend on the land. We raise our families here and have cared for it responsibly for generations. Our voices are united and opposed to an unnecessary monument declaration that will harm our families, our community and our way of life," said Bushue.

Oregon Farm Bureau is a proud member of the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition. Sign and share the petition here http://ourlandourvoice.com/ and learn more about how the monument would harm this rural community.

> See OFB President Barry Bushue's written testimony: http://bit.ly/1qHcKwH

> Attached photo of OFB President Barry Bushue testifying before the House Rural Communities Committee at the state capitol on May 23.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.


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Man Arrested for Criminal Mischief and Trespass after Defecating in Grocery Store
Corvallis Police - 05/24/16 9:57 AM
On May 23, 2016, at about 10:00pm, Corvallis Police responded to the Downtown Safeway, 450 SW 3rd St. for a report of a male who had defecated in one of the aisles of the store. According to employees, a male subject was walking around inside the store when he stopped in an aisle, lowered his shorts, and defecated in the aisle. He then continued walking around the store, tracking feces as he went, until employees were finally able to get him to leave. The suspect left behind a bag of belongings, and the contents identified him as 54-year-old Tim Kielty of Corvallis.

Officers later located Kielty in the 300 block of SW 7th St. after receiving a report from a resident that a naked, intoxicated man was in his home. Kielty unlawfully entered the residence through an unlocked door, and went inside where he defecated on the victim's couch. When the victims demanded he leave, he ignored them and told them to bring him a towel. The victims were not known to Kielty. He was still inside the residence when Corvallis Police officers arrived.

Kielty appeared to be under the influence of an inhalant, and told officers he liked to use "whip its" which are cylinders of nitrous oxide used in making whipped cream. Kielty was taken into custody and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation. He was later cited and released at the hospital. Kielty was charged with two counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, one count of Trespass in the First Degree, and one count of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.

No mug-shot is available from this incident.
Volunteers needed for Oregon State Parks Let's Go Camping program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/24/16 8:49 AM
Do you love to go camping? Would you like to share your love of the outdoors with others? The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking experienced campers to help volunteer at our Let's Go Camping events this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach outdoor camping skills, serve as mentors to new campers and camp for free during the events.

Events are scheduled at campgrounds throughout the state on weekends from June through August. More information and a list of events are at www.oregonstateparks.org.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Bobbie Lucas at 503-986-0751 or bobbie.lucas@oregon.gov.
Applications being accepted for Young Women's Fire Camp
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 05/24/16 8:44 AM
Eugene Springfield Fire is hosting a free fire camp for high school aged young women July 11-15, 2016. The goals of Young Women's Fire Camp are to build leadership and team skills, instill confidence and provide an opportunity to try firefighting through a hands on experience. Application deadline is June 10.

Applications may be found at:
http://www.eugene-or.gov/2983/Youth-Camps

Link to 3:58 video from last year's camp:
https://vimeo.com/139621958
Property Dispute Turns Into Robbery Near Turner (Photo) Update 2 (Dog Recovered)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/24/16 6:46 AM
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Last Saturday afternoon, acting on a tip, Deputies requested the assistance of the Portland Police Bureau in checking a residence for "Isis", the dog stolen last month during a landlord tenant dispute. When officers arrived "Isis" was seen inside the residence and later surrendered by the man holding the dog.

Deputies have reunited "Isis" with her owner and will be looking further into how the man obtained "Isis" and whether or not he had any involvement in the taking of the dog. Once deputies complete their investigation the police reports will be sent to the District Attorney's Office for any charging considerations. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the man's name or location where the dog was found as he has not been charged with any crimes.


UPDATE: Suspect in custody, Arrives is Limousine

On Friday April 29th the suspect turned herself in to deputies waiting at the Marion County Jail. Deputy Bennett was able to work with Ms Kempton's attorney who convinced her to turn herself in. Ms Kempton agreed to meet Deputy Bennett and her attorney in the parking lot of the Marion County Jail.

Deputies waiting in the parking lot for Ms Kempton saw a limousine pull into the parking lot right in front of the Marion County Court Annex. After about 10 minutes, Ms Kempton exited the limousine and contacted Deputy Bennett. The dog "Isis" is still missing and Ms Kempton would not tell Deputy Bennett where the pet is. Deputy Bennett will continue to attempt to locate the dog.

Ms Kempton was taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Robbery 3 (for causing injury during the theft of the dog) and Theft 1 (the theft of a pet). Deputy Bennett said this was a unique situation and one he did not expect. He has never had anyone arrive in a limousine to turn themselves in.

Anyone who has information about the whereabouts of "Isis" the dog should call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.





On April 26th, Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, were called to the 5400 block of Sams Place SE near Turner to investigate a landlord tenant dispute that had grown out of control. From their investigation Deputies believe that Rose Mary Skoda-Kempton, age 39 of Turner also known as Brooke Kempton was upset at her tenant Kate Taylor, age 30, for being disrespectful and kicked Ms. Taylor out of the residence two days prior to the police being called.

Ms. Taylor moved from the residence the day she was asked to leave collecting her belongings and selling her horses which were being boarded, as part of the rental agreement, at Ms. Kempton's mother's residence near Turner. On April 26th around 8 a.m., Ms. Kempton went to Ms. Taylor's father's residence located in the 4700 block of Marion Road SE. While at the residence Ms. Kempton confronted 61 year old Kevin Taylor stating that Kate Taylor stole two saddles and she was taking Ms. Taylor's dog until she got her saddles back.

Mr. Taylor attempted to stop Ms. Kempton by jumping on the running boards of her silver Ford truck. Ms. Kempton accelerated forward throwing Mr. Taylor from the truck, onto the driveway, injuring his hand and wrist, which required treatment at a local hospital.

The Sheriff's Office is searching for Ms. Kempton and "Isis", the missing K9. Ms. Kempton is 5'09" tall and 147 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, she may be driving a 2008, Ford F250, Oregon license 305DGR. "Isis" is a 4 year old Whippit, she is black in color, weighing 15 lbs, and micro chipped. Deputies have made several attempts to contact Ms. Kempton at her residence and by phone, but so far have been unable to contact her. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ms. Kempton or "Isis" to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032, you may remain anonymous.


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Mon. 05/23/16
***Update*** OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 05/23/16 4:56 PM
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to 906 Old Salem Road in Albany after receiving a call reporting a person with a gunshot wound was at the location.

Troopers arrived and discovered an adult male who had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. The injured person was medically treated at the scene and was later transported to an area hospital.

Oregon State Police Criminal Division detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. No arrests have been made however a vehicle possibly related to this incident was described as a red or orange in color Dodge Neon.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if anyone has knowledge identifying the operator of the Dodge Neon. Anyone will information is asked to call the Oregon State Police Detective Ted Moisan at (971) 718-6546.
Bethel School District given Stewardship Award by State for Celebrating Tribal Culture (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/23/16 3:27 PM
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Bethel School District given Stewardship Award by State for Celebrating Tribal Culture

Bethel School District will be recognized Friday for its role in protecting an archaeological artifact discovered during the construction of its new school.

The Oregon Stewardship Award will be presented at Fairfield Elementary School in front of students and staff, Friday, May 27th, at 1:45 p.m.

In July 2014, during construction of the new Fairfield Elementary School, Durbin Excavating and Essex Construction uncovered a Native American ground-stone artifact. The companies and Bethel Superintendent Colt Gill initiated the process of addressing state laws for the protection of such discoveries.

Gill contacted to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History to determine whether it was truly an artifact of Native people. It was proven to be the case and per state law, the tool was taken to the museum which is the official repository for archaeological materials found on public land.

This is normally where the story ends, but Gill saw an opportunity to understand the culture of the people who had lived here long before the school was established. He arranged for the construction of a display for the tool in the lobby of the new school. The display text was reviewed by Kathy Cole and David Harrelson at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to ensure the Tribal perspective on the history was incorporated. The museum also contributed to the display development.

"The series of steps taken by Superintendent Colt Gill and the district following the discovery went beyond what our office normally sees," said Dennis Griffin, State Archaeologist for the State Historic Preservation Office. "It serves as an example of what we should all strive to emulate."

State laws aim to protect archaeological artifacts for many reasons. One of these is the knowledge that can be gained from the object itself and its location. In the case of a tool like this one, we can learn much about the early lifeways of the Native people in the area and how the artifact came to be in the area.

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Based on their actions, Oregon Heritage of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is presenting the Bethel School District, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Essex Construction and Durbin Excavating Oregon Heritage Stewardship Certificates.

The Heritage Stewardship Recognition Program was initiated by Heritage Programs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to raise the profile of Oregonians and Oregon organizations that go the extra mile in protecting the state's heritage.

"We are happy to recognize people doing good deeds for historic resources in the state," said Chrissy Curran, who heads up Heritage Programs.

For more information about Oregon Heritage, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kyle Jansson at heritage.programs@oregon.gov and 503-986-0673.

To reach Bethel School District, contact Pat McGillivray at 541-689-3280.


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***Update*** Fatal Crash on Highway 26 North of Banks - Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/23/16 2:00 PM
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On May 23, 2016 at about 6:44 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 49 (north of Banks).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Chevrolet pickup was traveling westbound on Highway 26 when it crossed over the centerline for unknown reasons. The Chevrolet collided head-on with an eastbound 1993 Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle towing a trailer loaded with logs.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Bradley Cole VANDEHEY, age 20, of Hillsboro, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the truck, Raymond Michael SCOTT, age 32, of Tillamook, was injured and transported to OHSU where he was treated and released.

Contributing factors to the crash are still under investigation.

Highway 26 was closed for over six hours with an established detour. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Banks Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office.

More information will be released when it is available.

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Previous Release:

Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel are on scene of a two vehicle crash, on highway 26, north of Banks (milepost 49). There is one confirmed fatality.

This is a preliminary release, more information to follow pending family notifications.

The highway is closed at this time and please visit tripcheck.com for up-to-date road status.


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Make plans to attend a DHS Town Hall meeting in your local community in June
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/23/16 11:24 AM
Make plans to attend a DHS Town Hall Meeting in June!

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our programs, services and priorities for our 2017 budget and legislative session. We've been doing these meetings for several years, and they are a great way to hear directly from the people and communities DHS serves.

The Town Hall will cover programs and services in the following areas:
Child Welfare
Aging and People with Disabilities
Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services
Self Sufficiency Programs
Vocational Rehabilitation
DHS Director's Office and other Central Services

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we make plans to move forward, so make plans to attend a meeting in your local area!

Monday, June 20
PORTLAND: Creston Elementary School, Auditorium, 4701 SE Bush Street, right off Powell Blvd
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line PORTLAND

Tuesday, June 21
SALEM: Chemeketa Community College, Auditorium, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line SALEM

Wednesday, June 22
EUGENE: Lane Community College, Center for Meeting & Learning #104, 4000 E 30th Avenue
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line EUGENE

Thursday, June 23
MEDFORD: North Medford High School, Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive
(10:00 am -- 12:00 noon)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line MEDFORD

Monday, June 27
BEND: The Riverhouse Convention Center, Cascade AJ Room, 3075 N. Business 97
10:00 am -- 12:00 noon
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line BEND

Tuesday, June 28
PENDLETON: Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line PENDLETON

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Corps seeks comments on Douglas County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 05/23/16 11:23 AM
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on a permit application from Key Line Construction for a proposed project in Douglas County, Oregon.

Public notice NWP-2016-130 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx.
Prevent your campfire from turning into a wildfire
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/23/16 10:01 AM
Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Department of Forestry urge Oregonians to follow these basic outdoor safety tips:

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO -- Call your local forestry or fire district to learn if there are any current campfire restrictions at your recreation destination. An interactive map of Oregon's fire restrictions is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/Pages/Restrictions.aspx Tom Fields, ODF's fire prevention coordinator, said the map continues to improve and is "an excellent tool for folks to use from home or from their mobile device."
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KICK THE CAMPFIRE HABIT THIS SUMMER -- Portable camp stoves are a safer option to campfires at any time of year. Areas that prohibit campfires outside maintained campgrounds with established fire pits often will allow the use of camp stoves.
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SELECT THE RIGHT SPOT -- Where campfires are allowed, avoid building the fire near your tent, structures, vehicles, shrubs or trees, and be aware of low-hanging branches overhead. Clear the site down to mineral soil, at least five feet on all sides, and circle your campfire with rocks. Store your unused firewood a good distance from the fire.
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KEEP YOUR CAMPFIRE SMALL -- A campfire is less likely to escape control if it is kept small. A large fire may cast hot embers long distances. Add firewood in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
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ATTEND YOUR CAMPFIRE AT ALL TIMES -- A campfire left unattended for only a few minutes can grow into a costly, damaging wildfire. Staying with your campfire from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly.
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NEVER USE GASOLINE or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your campfire. Once the fire is ignited, wait until the match is cold and then discard it in the fire.
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ALWAYS HAVE WATER AND FIRE TOOLS on site -- Have a shovel and a bucket of water nearby to extinguish any escaped embers. When you are ready to leave, drown all embers with water, stir the coals with the shovel, and drown again. Repeat until the fire is DEAD out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
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Burn ONLY wood -- State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense, toxic smoke or noxious odors.
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ESCAPED CAMPFIRES can be costly -- State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. But by far the biggest potential cost of having your campfire spread out of control is liability for firefighting costs. You are responsible for the expenditures on fire suppression, which can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

During Wildfire Awareness Month visit the Keep Oregon Green website, www.keeporegongreen.org for other wildfire prevention tips.
Sun. 05/22/16
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Brookings adults, child, pets
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/22/16 8:20 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on May 22, 2016 at approximately noon in the 200 block of Del Norte Lane in Brookings, OR. The fire affected three adults, one child and four pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 99W near South Smith Loop (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/22/16 4:03 PM
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash involving a coupe and a station wagon, about six miles south of Corvallis. The crash resulted in the death of a 22 year old Philomath man and serious injuries to a 45 year old Veneta man.

At about 4:36 am, on Sunday, May 22, 2016, Spencer Bauer, age 22, from Philomath, Oregon, was driving southbound on Highway 99W, south of South Smith Loop Road, near milepost 92, in a 1984 Honda Civic Coupe. He crossed the center line for unknown reasons and collided head-on with a northbound 2011 Volkswagon Jetta Station Wagon driven by Travis Ewert, age 45, from Veneta, Oregon. Both vehicles came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 99W.

The Monroe Fire Department arrived and removed Travis Ewert from the driver's seat of the Volkswagon Jetta. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with serious injuries. Spencer Bauer was pronounced deceased at the scene and was extricated from the Honda Civic.

The Benton County Multi-Ageny Traffic Collisoin Investigation Team responded to the scene. Alcohol and speed do not seem to be factors in the crash. Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information about the crash. The Oregon Department of Transportation arrived and re-routed traffic. The highway was closed for approximately four hours.

Undersheriff Greg Ridler
Benton County Sheriff's Office


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Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office Locates Remains of Mark Johnson, Jr. - Corrected spelling
FBI - Oregon - 05/22/16 12:38 PM
Note spelling correction for victim's name. Should read "Candelaria Rhoan"

nvestigators have found the remains of Mark Kevin Johnson, Jr., in Deschutes County. FBI agents and Warm Springs Police Officers were trying to locate Johnson as part of the investigation into the violent death of his wife, Candelaria Rhoan. Warm Springs officers who were doing a welfare check on Ms. Rhoan found her body inside her Warm Springs home in the early morning hours of Thursday, May 19th.

At approximately 3 pm on Saturday, May 21, 2016, Deschutes County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a vehicle over the cliff in the Deschutes River Canyon near Lower Bridge Way (Terrebonne, OR). Deputies arrived and determined a single male occupant of the vehicle was deceased. The vehicle was located more than 100 feet down the slope below a 50-foot sheer cliff. Sheriff's Detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

Due to the nature of the terrain, Deschutes County Search and Rescue was called out to recover the body. For safety reasons, that recovery was delayed until this morning. On Sunday, May 22nd, 21 Search and Rescue volunteers and two Special Services (SAR) deputies assisted investigators with recovering the body of the deceased. The recovery involved a ropes system to raise the body to the top of the canyon.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Detectives continue to investigate the vehicle incident in cooperation with other agencies, including the FBI, Warm Springs Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Both Johnson, Jr., 33, and Ms. Rhoan, age 30, were members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.
***Corrected Name*** Coos Bay Motorcyclist Killed In Highway 126 Crash - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/22/16 10:41 AM
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On May 21, 2016 at about 4:45PM OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and passenger vehicle on Highway 126 near milepost 26 (7 miles west of Walton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it failed to negotiate a sweeping right curve. The motorcyclist crossed the centerline and into the path of a westbound 1992 Lexus sedan where a collision occurred. The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle and landed on the highway. The motorcycle traveled off the roadway where it caught fire.

The motorcyclist, Khris M SACKET, age 59, of Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. The driver of the Lexus, Toby Lee GRAY, age 45, of Florence, received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence.

Highway 126 was closed for about an hour while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Lane County Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Sat. 05/21/16
OSP Continuing Shooting Investigation - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 05/21/16 7:52 AM
On May 20, 2016 at approximately 7:10 p.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to 906 Old Salem Road in Albany after receiving a call reporting a person with a gunshot wound was at the location.

Troopers arrived and discovered an adult male who had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. The injured person was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Oregon State Police Criminal Division detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. No arrests have been made. The Oregon State Police was assisted by members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Man Killed In Single Vehicle Crash Near Wolf Creek - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 05/21/16 7:45 AM
On May 20th at about 10:30PM, OSP responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Lower Wolf Creek Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1985 Nissan pickup was traveling on Lower Wolf Creek Road when its operator, Corey Clifford Ray STEWARD, age 21 of Wolf Creek, lost control of the vehicle. The Nissan rolled four to five times before coming to rest on the south shoulder.

Wolf Creek Fire and Rescue and AMR responded to the scene and began medical treatment on STEWARD. Several people showed up at the scene and became confrontation to medical personnel prior to OSP arrival. All the subjects had left the area upon arrival of the Trooper.

While AMR was transporting STEWARD to the hospital, an unknown vehicle operating with its headlights off began to follow the ambulance. According to the ambulance crew, the vehicle began to harass the ambulance by tailgating and driving recklessly near it. As the original Trooper was on scene of the crash, OSP dispatched another Trooper to intercept the reckless driver. Prior to a Trooper being in position the suspicious vehicle turned around and the ambulance crews lost sight of it.

STEWARD was taken to Rouge Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Alcohol is being considered a contributing factor to the crash. It was also learned STEWARD had a suspended Oregon driver's license. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
OSP Continuing Investigation After Triple Fatal Crash - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/21/16 7:08 AM
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On Friday May 20th at about 7:30PM, a head-on crash occurred on O'Brien Road in Josephine County.

Preliminary information revealed a 1997 Subaru Legacy was eastbound on O'Brien Road from Highway 199 lost control on a corner and crossed the centerline (near Waldo Road). The Subaru struck an westbound Mazda Protégé head-on.

The driver of the Subaru, Tommy E DODSON, age 69, of Cave Junction was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Mazda, Michael T KENNEDY, age 62 and his passenger Tammy L BLIND, age 51 (both of O'Brien) were both pronounced deceased on scene. A dog in the Mazda was also killed.

Speed and alcohol consumption are being considered a contributing factor in the crash. Additionally it was discovered DODSON had a suspended Oregon driver's license. The roadway was closed for about 3 hours as the Troopers from the Grants Pass Office conducted their investigation. OSP was assisted by Illinois Valley Fire. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Deputies On Scene of Commercial Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/20/16 3:24 PM
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The Sheriff's Office has determined that the commercial cement truck was negotiating a curve, struck two power poles and over turned. The truck is fully loaded and will require special equipment to remove it. In addition, power crews are on scene and will be replacing the two poles, restoring power to residents affected by the crash. PGE estimates the outage is affecting some 235 residents. The estimated outage and road closure is between 4 to 6 hours. We are asking travelers to please seek alternate routes.



Deputies are currently on scene and investigating a motor vehicle crash on River Road South. A commercial cement truck left the roadway and overturned, striking a power pole. The driver is uninjured but was trapped for several minutes until PGE could arrive and shut off the live power lines.

River Road South between Riverdale and Halls Ferry will be closed for several hours while the dump truck, power poles and down lines are removed from the roadway. Marion County Public Works is assisting with traffic control and setting a detour route. Sheriff's Office will update when the road reopens.


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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to sponsor career fair (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/20/16 2:12 PM
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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville will be hosting a career fair on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CCCF is currently recruiting for a variety of career opportunities.

Professionals in security, food service, physical plant, counseling, mental and medical health, and administrative support will be available to discuss the qualifications and skills needed for these areas of interest. Attendees may also receive assistance with applications, register for testing, and take tours of the facility.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification. Attendees may not wear blue denim, camouflage, or suggestive clothing. Cell phones and cell phone connectable watches cannot be taken inside the facility.

CCCF is located at 24499 SW Grahams Ferry Road in Wilsonville. For information about the career fair call (503) 570-6412.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Attached Media Files: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Lou Savage to lead Oregon Workers' Compensation Division
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/20/16 1:42 PM
(Salem) -- Lou Savage is the new administrator for the Workers' Compensation Division, Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Patrick Allen announced today.

Savage replaces long-time administrator John Shilts, who retired in December 2015.

The division oversees the workers' compensation system, to ensure injured workers receive the benefits they need to recover while keeping costs low for employers.

Savage recently returned to Oregon after spending two and a half years providing consulting and training on law reform issues to attorneys in North Africa and the Middle East. A member of the Oregon State Bar, he has spent his career working on consumer and business issues in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors. He served as Oregon insurance commissioner from 2012 to 2013 and directed DCBS' legislative activity as senior policy advisor from 2003 to 2012. Before joining the state, Savage served as director of Multnomah County Legal Aid and state director for Oregon Congressman Ron Wyden's office. He also spent 10 years in private law practice.

"We are thrilled to have Lou back at DCBS in this important role," Allen said. "His depth of experience in worker and business issues and strong ability to bring people together and build consensus will help our workers' compensation system continue its history of success and innovation."

Oregon employers pay, on average, the eighth lowest workers' compensation premium rates in the nation. Rates have stayed low while the average benefits paid to or on behalf of workers have increased.

Savage has a law degree from Lewis & Clark College and a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.

"I am looking forward to working closely with workers, businesses, and other stakeholders to build on Oregon's workers' compensation success story and address the emerging needs of Oregon's changing workplaces," Savage said.

Savage's appointment is effective immediately. He has been serving as acting administrator since January.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit dcbs.oregon.gov.
Salem Health can provide cost estimates within three days
Salem Health - 05/20/16 12:06 PM
Salem Health can provide a cost estimate for hospital services for a scheduled procedure within three business days. Community members interested in learning the potential costs for services provided at Salem Health can call 503-581-1747. For services provided through Salem Health's West Valley locations the number to call for estimates is 503-581-7537. Once the caller has provided all the relevant information, staff in the billing and financial assistance office will work to provide them this good faith estimate.

This service helps uninsured or out-of-network patients to understand their potential costs for services provided at the hospital. Most insured patients, however, will find more useful information on costs by contacting their insurer, who can provide specific estimates based on their particular plan.

"We at Salem Health are committed to providing our community with the best service possible, from the highest quality medical care, to the best understanding of what hospital services might cost," said Cheryl Wolfe, president and chief executive officer. "We believe that by pledging to turn an estimate around in three business days, we are helping our potential patients with useful information in a timely manner."

"Kudos to Salem Health for enacting this patient-friendly policy," said Philip Schmidt, associate vice president for public affairs at the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. "Oregon's hospital community is deeply committed to a top-notch patient experience. By providing useful cost estimates in advance, Salem Health is continuing to fulfill that commitment."

Salem Health reminds patients that the best way to make informed health care decisions is still in consultation with their medical professional team. For a complete understanding of out-of-pocket expenses, those with insurance should consult with their insurer.


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.
Monitoring shows metals above air quality targets near Precision Castparts
Oregon Health Authority - 05/20/16 12:04 PM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available today between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact their agencies' communications staffers to set up an interview.

May 20, 2016

Media contacts:
Jennifer Flynt, DEQ, 503-730-5924, flynt.jennifer@deq.state.or.us
Jonathan Modie, OHA, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Monitoring shows metals above air quality targets near Precision Castparts
Agencies find nickel, hexavalent chromium, arsenic above health-based goals

The first set of data from an air monitor placed near industrial manufacturer Precision Castparts Corp. in southeast Portland show levels of heavy metals nickel, hexavalent chromium and arsenic above health-protective air quality goals.

The data is the first of 35-day monitoring results from one of three monitors the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality set up at Southeast 45th Avenue and Southeast Harney Drive, just northwest of Precision Castparts. The data show arsenic levels were more than four times above the health-based target--ambient benchmark concentration--for the metal, although still within what's found in urban environments (urban background) for the area, while nickel was almost two times above target, and hexavalent chromium was just over one time above target.

Though the levels of the metals are above health-based target concentrations, they are below Oregon 24-hour screening levels, so there is no indication of an immediate public health threat, according to a toxicologist at the Oregon Health Authority. They also do not indicate the need for any special precautions on the part of residents in the area.

Oregon 24-hour screening levels, short-term concentrations below which immediate health effects are not expected to occur, are 200 ng/m3 for nickel, 36 ng/m3 for arsenic and 36 ng/m3 for hexavalent chromium. Comparison values for metals in air are at: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/TrackingAssessment/EnvironmentalHealthAssessment/Documents/metals/comparison-values-metals-in-air.pdf.

The following table link lists the 35-day average concentrations compared with what's expected in urban environments (urban background), and the health-based target (ambient benchmark); data are listed in nanograms per cubic meter, or ng/m3:

Table: http://1.usa.gov/1U5t15R

The company has informed DEQ that as of May 16 it has installed additional pollution control devices, including four HEPA filters and one baghouse. These supplement the existing 32 baghouses and two HEPA filters. The data being reported today is for between March 30 and May 4.

The data from two additional monitors placed near Precision Castparts will be available in mid-June. Air monitoring is continuing daily, and the devices are operated 24 hours a day. Data that is complete will continue to be released as it is available.

An interagency group that includes DEQ and Oregon Health Authority is releasing today's data as part of the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health. More information about Cleaner Air Oregon can be found at http://CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.
Agencies Release Study of 'West-Wide' Energy Corridors
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/20/16 11:48 AM
WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today released a study that provides a foundation for upcoming regional reviews of energy corridors on western public lands to assess the need for revisions and provide greater public input regarding areas that may be well suited for transmission siting. The regional reviews will begin with priority corridors in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona, and provide more opportunities for collaboration with the public and Federal, Tribal, state and local governmental stakeholders.

The study examines whether the energy corridors established under Section 368(a) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are achieving their purpose to promote environmentally responsible corridor-siting decisions and to reduce the proliferation of dispersed rights-of-way crossing Federal lands. With the aim of encouraging more efficient and effective use of the corridors, the study establishes baseline data and presents opportunities and challenges for further consideration during the periodic regional reviews that BLM and USFS will conduct.

The corridors address a national concern by fostering long-term, systematic planning for energy transport development in the West; providing industry with a coordinated and consistent interagency permitting process; and establishing practicable measures to avoid or minimize environmental harm from future development within the corridors. Section 368(a) directed several federal agencies to designate corridors on federal lands in the 11 contiguous western states to provide linear pathways for siting oil, gas and hydrogen pipelines and high voltage transmission and distribution facilities. The contiguous states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

The BLM, USFS, and DOE, among others, undertook an unprecedented landscape scale effort, including a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, starting in 2006 and completed in 2009, that designated nearly 6,000 miles of corridors, issuing two Records of Decisions and associated land use plan amendments

As required by a 2012 Settlement Agreement that resolved litigation about the corridors identified, the BLM, USFS and DOE established an interagency Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explain how the agencies will review the Section 368 (a) corridors on a regional basis. The MOU, signed in June 2013, describes the interagency process for conducting the reviews, the types of information and data to be considered, and the process for incorporating resulting recommendations in BLM and USFS land use plans.

The full-text of the corridor study is available online at:
http://corridoreis.anl.gov

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


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DPSST Fire Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/20/16 10:43 AM
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
Contact: Kristina Follis Mwepu
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Fire Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting on, May 25, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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


Agenda Items:
1. Minutes
Approve August 26, 2015 meeting minutes

2. OAR 259-009-0087- Proposed Rule: Accreditation of Fire Service Agency Training Programs
Presented by Julie Olsen-Fink

3. Draft R-1 Form
Presented by Julie Olsen-Fink

4. OAR 259-009-0070- Proposed Rule Change: Updates rule language to provide clarification
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. OAR 259-009-0010, 259-009-0059, 259-009-0062- Proposed Rule Change: Personnel/Agency Form
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. Colby McCormick #F08057- Fire Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. Jamus Quintana #F28458- NFPA Fire Fighter I Certification, Eligibility Determination
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Robert Norris #F25799- NFPA Fire Fighter 1, Fire Fighter Type 2, and NFPA Apparatus
Drive/Operator Certifications, Eligibility Determination
Presented by Kristen Hibberds



9. Aaron Bentley #F22508- NFPA Driver and NFPA Fire Fighter 1
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10. Mark James Burns- Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial Wall Nomination
Presented by Eriks Gabliks

11. Next scheduled FPC meeting -- August 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/20/16 10:31 AM
Notice of The Charter Renewal Sub-Committee Meeting May 26, 2016 5:30pm
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/20/16 10:26 AM
Notice of The Budget Sub-Committee Meeting May 26, 2016 6:30pm
County advisory group to state forestry will meet May 26, testimony for Board of Forestry on agenda
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/20/16 9:04 AM
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties where state forestlands are located will meet May 26 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee agenda include an overview of the agenda for the June 8, 2016 Board of Forestry meeting and discussion on drafting testimony related to proposed policy option packages and a Gilchrist State Forest land exchange proposal.

Commissioners will meet via conference call from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and members of the public can attend in person in the Santiam Room, Building D at the Oregon Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State St., in Salem. An opportunity for public comment will be provided and recorded audio will be available following the meeting.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a role related to forestland managed by ODF. This collaborative relationship between county governments and ODF has existed since 1986.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forestland within their county boundaries. The counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

Learn more about the FTLAC and ongoing collaboration facilitated by the state:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx

Learn more about ODF's $54.9 million annual contribution in 2015 to county governments and other state forest management accomplishments:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/2015CFTLCAnnualReport.pdf

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Verdict Rendered in the 2014 Shooting of a Klamath County Deputy
Oregon State Police - 05/19/16 4:45 PM
On August 27, 2014, Klamath County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Weber was shot multiple times while conducting a traffic stop in Klamath Falls. The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated to investigate the shooting. The following day, William Jack PARKERSON, age 31, from Klamath Falls, was taken into custody for shooting Deputy Weber.

The trial began on May 10, 2016 and concluded on May 18, 2016. The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. PARKERSON was convicted of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Assault 1.

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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Grants Pass - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 05/19/16 3:23 PM
On May 18, 2016 at approximately 9:18 a.m., the Josephine County Sheriff's office responded to 1081 Palomino Drive, Grants Pass, in response to a 911 caller reporting there had been a shooting at that location.

Deputies arrived and discovered an adult male had been shot and appeared to have a non-life threatening wound. After calling for medical assistance for the injured adult male and securing the scene, the Sheriff's Office requested assistance from Oregon State Police (OSP) Major Crime detectives. The adult male was subsequently treated and released at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass.

OSP detectives arrived and investigated throughout the day. No arrests have been made and the investigation in ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Commercial Truck Driver Arrested for DUII on Interstate 5 near French Prairie Rest Area - Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/19/16 2:55 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested Stephen Augustus ROHAN, age 35, from Salem, who was operating a set of doubles (commercial motor vehicle) for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and other traffic-related offenses following an early Tuesday morning citizen's reported driving complaint.

Preliminary information indicates that on May 17th, 2016, at 5:40 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center Dispatch was notified of a driving complaint about a commercial truck pulling a set of doubles, traveling southbound on Interstate 205 near milepost 7, of failing to drive within a single lane and varying its speed. OSP troopers located the semi and stopped the vehicle on Interstate 5, near milepost 285 southbound (French Prairie Rest Area) and identified the driver as ROHAN.

Subsequent investigation led to ROHAN's arrest and citation for DUII-Controlled Substances, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver in possession of a controlled substance (PCS), CMV driver in possession of alcohol and he was lodged at the Clackamas County Correctional Facility.

Suspected controlled substances were seized and PCS charges are pending crime lab results.

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Oregon Military Museum to host annual Living History Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 05/19/16 2:27 PM
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CLACKAMAS, Oregon - The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum is hosting the 20th annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 21, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The free event is open to the public and will be located at 15300 SE Minuteman Way, just off Interstate 205 and Highway 212, near SE 102nd Avenue. Adults are required to show a valid driver's license or other photo ID to enter Camp Withycombe.

Visitors of all ages can explore military displays, living history encampments, and military vehicles that incorporate many conflict eras, from World War I to present day. The event celebrates Armed Forces Day, officially designated as the third Saturday of each May.

Members of the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon will be bringing many kinds of vehicles. The Pacific Northwest Historical Group will recreate military encampments of the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II and the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

"The museum will have our award-winning Liberty Truck, as well as our most recent restorations of a Quad .50 and a Japanese Type 96 150mm Howitzer, to name just a few of the planned displays," said Tracy Thoennes, curator of the museum.

The event invites visitors to get a hands-on look at history and to honor the service of veterans from all eras.

"If you want to see a turn-of-the-century Army blacksmith in action and weaponry used in our nation's past conflicts, this is an opportunity to see, touch, and experience it," said Thoennes.

Please visit http://www.oregonmilitarymuseum.org/news.html for more information.

Photo caption: The Oregon Military Museum's 1917 Liberty Truck, which dates back to World War I, is displayed in front of Mount Hood near Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Military Museum will host its annual Living History Day on Saturday, May 21, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon. The event features military displays, living history encampments, and military vehicles. (Photo courtesy Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Albany Fire Unit Citation
Albany Fire Dept. - 05/19/16 2:21 PM
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., fourteen Albany Fire Department members will be recognized by the Albany City Council for their participation in a water rescue of a women near Takena Landing on January 20, 2016. The following employees will be receiving a Unit Citation: Assistant Chief Shane Wooten, Battalion Chief Scott Cowan, Lieutenant Brian Vorderstrasse, Lieutenant Jamie Smith, Lieutenant John Zimmerman, Lieutenant Chris Johnson, Apparatus Operator Mike Hurley, Firefighter Clifton Booher, Firefighter Lon Lemkau, Firefighter Rick Griffin, Firefighter Alex Chang, Firefighter Gabe Anderson, and Firefighter Carly Sheers.

Albany Fire received a call of a victim in the Calapooia River and was dispatched at approximately 4:30 p.m. on January 20, 2016. Personnel were able to deploy and intercept the victim under the Lyon Street bridge. The woman was safely brought into an Albany Fire rescue boat. The high temperature on that day was 55 degrees and the river temperature, according to USGS, was 45 degrees.

Albany Fire Rescue Team trains approximately 12 times a year for all types of water rescue scenarios.
Coos Bay School District News Release
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/19/16 1:44 PM
Press Release/Announcement

The Coos Bay School District Governing Board is pleased to announce that Bryan Trendell will be the next Superintendent for the District, effective July 1, 2016.

Mr. Trendell has worked for the District as a teacher and administrator for the past 18 years. He has worked as a science teacher and as an administrator at many different levels. Mr. Trendell has been a middle school assistant principal and principal and high school athletic director and assistant principal. He is currently principal at Millicoma School.

Mr. Trendell welcomes the opportunity to step up as leader of our District: "I am extremely excited to begin working with our district and community to journey forward and build on the great things we have going here in Coos Bay. Working together, we can ensure that our kids receive a quality well-rounded education to prepare them for a positive future."

Mr. Trendell was educated in the Coos Bay Schools. He is a Marshfield High School graduate, as is his eldest daughter (MHS 2014, currently at Portland State University). His son will graduate from Marshfield this year and his daughter is currently a 7th grade student in our schools.

"We look forward to working with Mr. Trendell to continue to improve our District," said Board Chairman James Martin. "He shares our vision to make the Coos Bay School District the premiere district on the south coast."

The District brought three finalist candidates to town last Thursday. The finalists spent a day in the District and appeared in front of multiple groups. "We brought in three strong candidates," said Martin. "Ms. O'Mara will continue to work as an excellent Superintendent for the Mapleton School District, or wherever her career may take her. Mr. Bogatin is an asset for Corvallis and will be a great Superintendent for a district if he pursues that path, but we felt Mr. Trendell was the best fit for our District at this time."

Contact Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary
Coos Bay School District
541-267-1310 or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
Cascadia Rising Earthquake and Tsunami Response Exercise Scheduled for June 7-10 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 05/19/16 8:45 AM
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Recently, much media attention has focused on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, an area off the Pacific Coast that threatens to deliver the most destructive earthquake and tsunami in North American history. While the topic has recently gained interest from the public and media, state and federal partners have been working with city, county and tribal emergency management entities to plan for this real eventuality, and working for many years to hone response plans and to ensure emergency response partners are in sync to save lives and property when the "big one" hits.

Much of this planning will be put to the test over four days, June 7-10, when Cascadia Rising, a region-wide functional exercise, is conducted. It's called a functional exercise because it tests specific functions and capabilities emergency management agencies have in place to respond to such an event.

As an emergency preparedness exercise that encompasses all aspects of emergency response, the exercise brings together multiple states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), and FEMA to prepare for a mega 8.0-9.0+ earthquake. Major Oregon cities, 23 counties, nine tribal nations, 17 state agencies and departments, the American Red Cross, and two private sector partner organizations have signed on to participate.

Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers (EOC/ECCs) at all levels of government will activate to coordinate simulated field response operations within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state EOCs/ECCs, FEMA and a variety of military resources.

"Cascadia Rising will assess plans, processes, and our ability to communicate and coordinate to help to ensure that our emergency response partners across the region are working effectively and efficiently to protect lives, property and the environment during a catastrophic disaster," says Andrew Phelps, OEM director. "Specifically, it's an opportunity to provide decision makers with information to implement programs and policies that allocate and manage resources efficiently with urgency during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters."

Although Cascadia Rising is not geared toward public participation, Phelps notes that Cascadia Rising provides an opportunity to show the public that government agencies are diligently working to be prepared for emergencies. Phelps said this is fundamental to public safety and community resilience.

The public may be kept abreast of Cascadia Rising activities through social and traditional media, including a Cascadia Rising kickoff Twitter chat on June 6 using hashtags #CascadiaRising, #CascadiaEQ.

"Cascadia Rising is a perfect time for everyone to evaluate their family emergency plan and update or establish emergency kits," added Phelps. "Remind yourself and family members of established exit routes, contacts, meeting places and other components of your emergency plan that will be important after a disaster."


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Eight western states proclaim May Wildfire Awareness Month
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/19/16 8:17 AM
The governors of eight western states have signed a proclamation recognizing May 2016 as Wildfire Awareness Month. The chief executives of Oregon, Washington, Nevada, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana and South Dakota encourage all citizens to "take steps to better prepare their home and communities for wildfires and work toward becoming a fire-adapted community."

These states, in partnership with fire prevention agencies and organizations, are working together to increase awareness of wildfires. This year's wildfire season is predicted to pose a substantial threat across Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown's office, along with the Keep Oregon Green Association, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, is seeking the public's assistance to help prevent human-caused wildfires this summer.

Gov. Brown has produced two public service announcements explaining how every Oregonian can take steps to keep our state safe over the summer.

View the PSAs at these links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPrDy5MyAAs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG_i0GxNqd0

OREGON'S BACK-TO-BACK FIRE SEASONS AND CURRENT WILDFIRE RISK
In Oregon, approximately 70 percent of all wildland fires are human-caused. 2013 was an epic wildfire year in terms of state-protected acreage burned (103,809) and suppression costs ($122 million). 2014 was another endless season of fire, with 712 human-caused fires burning nearly six times the 10-year average acreage (20,052). The high cost prompted a substantial change to Oregon's wildland fire insurance policy, doubling the annual deductible to $50 million and nearly doubling the premium to $3.75 million. Adding insult to injury, Oregon faced another record-breaking fire season in 2015 with record low snowpack, the driest conditions in 25 years, more than 800 human-caused fires, and $76.5 million spent on suppression.

During May, Keep Oregon Green along with federal, state, tribal and local fire agencies, will continue to promote wildfire prevention topics via traditional and social media each week to help homeowners and recreationists learn how to ensure their outdoor activities do not spark the next wildfire. For more information, visit these websites: Keep Oregon Green, www.keeporegongreen.org; Oregon Dept. of Forestry, www.oregon.gov/odf; Office of the State Fire Marshal, www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/index.aspx

Follow Oregon wildfire news and prevention updates on social media: Twitter @keeporegongreen, @ORDeptForestry and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/keeporegongreen; https://www.facebook.com/odfprevention/?fref=ts
Wed. 05/18/16
Advisory: National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors to host Republican Gubernatorial Candidates from both Oregon and Washington at State Convention
VanNatta Public Relations - 05/18/16 3:34 PM
What: The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Oregon and Washington State Convention.

Who: Salem, Oregon oncologist and Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bud Pierce, Ph.D., M.D will join Washington Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant in a panel discussion. (Note: Washington Governor Inslee and Oregon Governor Brown declined invitations to attend).

When: Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m.

Where: Skamania Lodge, Stevenson Ballroom, 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way, Stevenson, WA 98648

Format: Candidates will share vision for their state and discuss issues of interest to the NAIFA membership.

Visuals:Two Republican candidates, Dr. Bud Pierce and Bill Bryant, will appear together on a panel. Pictures and biographies can be found at http://naifaoregon.org/Speaker-Information.

About NAIFA: Founded in 1890 as The National Association of Life Underwriters (NALU), NAIFA is one of the nation's largest associations representing the interests of insurance professionals from every Congressional district in the United States. NAIFA members assist consumers by focusing their practices on one or more of the following: life insurance and annuities, health insurance and employee benefits, multiline, and financial advising and investments. NAIFA's mission is to advocate for a positive legislative and regulatory environment, enhance business and professional skills, and promote the ethical conduct of its members.
Deputies Searching For Wanted Males in Jefferson (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/18/16 2:56 PM
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The Sheriff's Office has completed its search and believe the men may have fled to the east. One man was found hiding in a shed and detained. That male is not being charged with a crime but is being questioned by Deputies. At this time the Sheriff's Office does not believe there is any danger to residents. Residents are asked to call 503-588-5032 if they have any information regarding Dusty or Chase Hall.



The Sheriff's Office is currently searching a residence and several surrounding properties for Chase Hall age 27 and his brother Dusty Hall age 29. Both are wanted for outstanding drug warrants, have past histories of assault and are known to carry weapons. Both men are believed to have fled from a vehicle in the 700 block of Sunrise Drive in Jefferson.

If residents see Dusty or Chase please call 911.




A large police presence including the Marion County Sheriff''s Office SWAT Team is currently in the 700 block of Sunrise Drive in Jefferson. Deputies are searching for two wanted felons who fled from a vehicle at a residence. Both males have active warrants for their arrest and one is known to carry weapons.

The Sheriff's Office is asking residents in the affected area to remain indoors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious on their property. The Sheriff''s Office is not releasing the names or charges associated to the wanted males. Additional information will be provided as the situation unfolds.


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Most bond elections pass as schools seek state matches
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 05/18/16 2:14 PM
Thirteen of 22 Oregon school districts passed local bond measures Tuesday in the largest such field since 2008.

Last November, no local districts sought bonds, as they were waiting until this election to take advantage of new matching funds available under the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching (OSCIM) program.

The 2015 Legislature authorized $125 million in state matching bonds to provide incentives to local school districts seeking approval of capital projects. Seven districts that were approved for the initial matching grants passed their bonds Tuesday: Nyssa, Echo, Adrian, Milton-Freewater, Mapleton, Athena-Weston and Yamhill Carlton.

Among OSBA's legislative priorities in 2015 was finding a statewide solution to pay for school construction and renovation. The resulting legislation created OSCIM.

Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), said she was pleased to see local voters approve bond proposals.

"That is what we had hoped for in asking the state to created added incentives for communities to invest in their schools," she said.

Among two community college bond elections, one (Rogue CC) passed and the other (Mount Hood CC) did not.

A full listing of the election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Budget_and_Finance/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?d=5/17/2016

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.
OSP Requesting Witnesses in Wrong Way Driver that Caused Crash - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 05/18/16 12:42 PM
Oregon State Police (OSP) is requesting any witnesses observing a vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 near the Sutherlin Interchange (MP 136) that caused a two vehicle crash in the morning hours of May 18th.

On May 18, 2016 at about 7:40 a.m., OSP troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near the Sutherlin Interchange (MP 136). Upon arrival, OSP troopers determined that a 2016 Jeep Cherokee, operated by Herman Jones, age 85, and his passenger, Veronica Jones, age 73, both from Wenatchee Washington, was northbound when it encountered a wrong way driver that was southbound in the northbound lanes. JONES stopped suddenly to avoid a collision with the wrong way driver. A north bound 2004 Ford Pickup, operated by Michael Hall, age 75, from Roseburg, was northbound and failed to stop before impacting the rear of JONES' vehicle.

None of the involved occupants from either vehicle were injured and all were wearing safety restraints.

The wrong way driver was described as being an elderly male that was driving a dark silver Ford Fiesta. It is believed that the elderly male had driven several miles southbound in the northbound lanes prior to causing the crash. The elderly male continued after causing the crash and has not been located.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command are continuing the investigation and are requesting anyone that may have witnessed the wrong way driver or has information to the identity of the operator to please call 541-440-3334 Extension 4725. Senior Trooper Mark Moore is the lead investigator into the crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Oregon Department of Transportation.

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***Update - Fourth Occupant Dies from Injures*** Highway 97 Crash Takes Three Lives South Of Madras - Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/18/16 12:34 PM
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OSP learned today that the 10 year old male passenger succumbed to his injuries while being treated at Saint Charles in Bend.

No further information is available for release at this time.

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Previous Release:

On May 17, 2016 at about 2:09PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 100 (intersection of Bear Lane, south of Madras).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Pontiac van was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it stopped in the lane of travel in preparation to make a left turn onto Bear Lane (waiting for southbound traffic to pass).

While waiting to make a left turn, an unknown vehicle that had also been traveling northbound on Highway 97 almost rear-ended the Pontiac but passed it on the right shoulder. Another northbound vehicle, a 2015 Ford van, could not avoid the Pontiac and rear-ended it at highway speeds. This impact forced the Pontiac into the southbound lane of travel where it collided with a southbound 2008 Honda Accord.

The driver of the Pontiac, Anita J BEMROSE, age 49, of Madras was taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend where she died from her injuries. A 10 year old male passenger was also taken to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. Two other passengers, a 12 year old male and 14 year old male, were pronounced deceased on scene. All passengers were sons to the deceased driver.

The driver of the Honda, Shirley AYRES, age 69, of Madras was transported to Saint Charles Madras for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, Bryan MCDONALD, age 41, of Redmond, was taken to Saint Charles Redmond for non-life threatening injuries.

OSP is seeking the public's assistance if anyone has knowledge identifying the operator of the unknown vehicle who nearly collided with the stopped Pontiac. Anyone will information is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 503-375-3555.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Images for Media
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/18/16 11:01 AM
The Sheriff's Office has made several changes to make images more readily available for media. Our jail roster updates hourly and arrestees who were booked and released are made available for seven days online. Additionally the images are stored at the highest resolution possible and can be dragged and dropped straight to your desktop.

While we understand the world moves fast and deadlines are critical to stories, please utilize our online resource for obtaining booking images. If the image is not available because the person is no longer in custody please feel free to contact our staff and they can assist you.

If you open our web page and find a booking that only shows a badge this indicates that a process has not yet been completed and the image is forth coming. In these cases please do not contact the jail and request the image, the image will be available as soon as the issue is resolved.

Thank you.
Oregon Hospitals Offer Cost Estimates Within Three Days
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 05/18/16 10:35 AM
Today, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems announced that every Oregon hospital can provide a cost estimate for hospital services for a scheduled procedure within three business days. This voluntary policy helps uninsured or out-of-network patients to understand their potential costs for services provided at the hospital. Most insured patients, however, will find more useful information on costs by contacting their insurer, who can provide specific estimates based on their particular plan.

To facilitate access to this information, OAHHS also announced that the OregonHospitalGuide.org website now features a "Cost Estimates" section for each hospital in the state. This new section provides comprehensive information for consumers to contact hospital cost estimate and billing departments. It also links directly to each hospital's financial assistance policy, which can be helpful for people who need help paying their bill.

"Patients, whether they are insured, out of their health plan's network or lack insurance all together, should be able to get a good faith estimate directly from their hospital for the cost of a procedure ahead of time. And, when coupled with the corresponding commitment of Oregon's health plans to provide costs estimates for the vast majority of our state's residents who are now insured, every Oregonian, whether insured, uninsured or out-of network can get the financial information they need to make better healthcare decisions for themselves and their families," said Andy Davidson, OAHHS President and CEO. "We are very proud of this pro-consumer commitment by Oregon hospitals."

"We commend OAHHS and its member hospitals for their accomplishments and for their commitment to improving price transparency," said Healthcare Financial Management Association President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. "Oregon is among the first hospital associations in the nation to adopt the recommendations in the HFMA Price Transparency Task Force Report, which reflect the industry consensus on price and quality transparency."

This pro-consumer initiative is part of a larger transparency effort designed and led by OAHHS and complements the comparable hospital quality data already available on OregonHospitalGuide.org website. In addition to this new information, the website, which launched in March of 2015, also provides searchable, comparable hospital financial and utilization data for every hospital in the state, as well as quality of care data -- all of which patients can use to learn about their local community hospital.

Key data features on OregonHospitalGuide.org:
-- Contact information and direct links to hospital billing and financial assistance policies
-- Searchable quality of care data reported to the federal government
-- Key indicators in graph form for individual hospitals including operating margins, payer mix, and uncompensated care in percentage and dollars
-- Key indicators for comparing one or more hospitals including:
-- Average length of stay, average daily census, occupancy rate, surgery mix, and FTEs per adjusted occupied bed
-- Charity care as a percentage of total charges, total uncompensated care as a percentage of total charges, collected charges as a percent of total charges, operating margin, and total margin

At the time of launching the site, OAHHS reminded patients that despite all the comparisons and research that this site enables, the best way to make informed health care decisions was still in consultation with their medical professional team.

To learn more, visit OregonHospitalGuide.org.


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DOJ Settlement Highlights Importance of Understanding Facts about 9-1-1 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 05/18/16 8:28 AM
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The Oregon Department of Justice recently reached a settlement with "Alert911," a dba of ConnectAmerica.com, which sells a device that can contact 9-1-1 during an emergency. While doing business in Oregon, the company misrepresented to Oregonians that the device would call an operator, who would monitor the call and dispatch emergency personnel from the correct 9-1-1 center, based on the customer's location. In reality, the device made a direct connection to the closest 9-1-1 center, which was neither intercepted nor monitored by an Alert911 operator, and the non-initialized device did not provide a location or a call-back number if the 9-1-1 call got disconnected.

As part of the settlement, the company must refrain from making any false representations in Oregon, and must correct all website content, print advertisements and phone solicitations to remove claims that the company monitors calls, provides an operator for calls, and dispatches local emergency medical services for its Alert911 device subscribers. All customers in Oregon who purchased the device and paid the monthly fee will be reimbursed, under the settlement.

"The device provided by this company to its subscribers was a wireless non-initialized device," said Mark Tennyson, the state 9-1-1 program manager for Oregon Office of Emergency Management. "This device is capable of contacting 9-1-1 but may not reach the appropriate 9-1-1 center for assistance. The Federal Communications Commission requires any wireless device to be able to reach a 9-1-1 center, but use of a non-initialized wireless device is not the recommended way to contact 9-1-1," Tennyson said.

He added that the device does not provide a call back number, and that if the 9-1-1 call gets disconnected, the 9-1-1 center would be unable to call back the caller to gain additional information. Furthermore, the device would not be able to provide location information for the 9-1-1 caller.

Due to the critical life safety services that 9-1-1 provides, it is important to be aware of the following:

Without a call back number and accurate location information, 9-1-1 call centers cannot efficiently provide the most helpful emergency services when needed.
The best way to contact 9-1-1 emergency services is by calling 9-1-1 directly, speaking with a dispatcher, and providing your location information.
Consumers should be aware of exactly what products and services they are purchasing and the abilities and limitations of those products and services, especially as it relates to 9-1-1.

"9-1-1 plays an extremely important role keeping citizens safe, and that's why everyone should be aware of the most efficient way they can contact 9-1-1," Tennyson explained.



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Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee to meet May 20
Oregon Health Authority - 05/18/16 8:27 AM
May 18, 2016

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

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee. Public testimony will be heard at 2:30 p.m.

When: Friday, May 20, 1-3:30 p.m.

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

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

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; presentation: Healthy Families Oregon; public testimony; opioids measurement; wrap up, adjourn.

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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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet May 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 05/18/16 8:24 AM
May 18, 2016

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

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee. Public testimony will be heard at 11:40 a.m.

When: Friday, May 20, 9 a.m. to noon

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

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

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; disparity measurement discussion; stakeholder survey results and proposed new measures; public testimony; wrap up, adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at 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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Tue. 05/17/16
Consumer Alert Update: Peter's Paving LLC Scam -- Arrest Made, CCB License Suspended (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/17/16 6:49 PM
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On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) arrested Peter Joseph Jennings (DOB: 6/15/1990) for Attempted Theft I by Deception in connection to a travelling asphalt paving scam being operated in Benton County earlier in the month. Mr. Jennings was conducting business under the name and license of Peter's Paving LLC (CCB #209739). As of Monday, May 16, 2016, this license has been suspended by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) due in part to the fact that Mr. Jennings was associated with a previously revoked CCB license (PJ's Asphalt LLC -- CCB #199776).

BCSO urges customers of Peter's Paving LLC to immediately file a complaint with the CCB should they be the victim of any breach of contract, negligence or improper work. Instructions for how to file a complaint can be found at http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/complaints/Pages/file-complaint.aspx or by calling (503)934-2247.

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Consumer Alert: Travelling Asphalt Paving Scams

Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon -- April 15, 2016 -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) would like to remind consumers to be extremely cautious when selecting a contractor to pave a driveway or other surface. Recent complaints have been filed regarding an asphalt paving company recently seen operating in Benton County. Although this company currently holds a valid license through the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), its business tactics resemble that of typical traveling pavement scams, such as: selling door-to-door, claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job, pushing you to make a quick decision, not offering any contracts, requesting check payments made out to an individual instead of the name of the business, and substandard work.

BCSO urges consumers to protect themselves by checking with the CCB for a valid license or history of complaints, confirming the business address is valid (and not a shipping center mailbox), obtain bids from multiple companies, obtain a written contract, and write your payment check to the business name you contract with.

According to the CCB website, "Be cautious if you get an unsolicited door-to-door offer. Organized groups known as 'travelers' move from state to state posing as contractors. They often distribute flyers and knock on doors. They may demand cash up front or may take a check and cash it right away, never returning to do the work. If they perform work, it is usually substandard." Source: http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/homeowner/Pages/construction-scams.aspx

If you feel you have been victimized by one of these asphalt paving scams, call your local law enforcement agency to file a police report and visit http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/ to file a complaint with the Oregon CCB.

Contact:
Detective Christopher Dale
541-766-0138
Christopher.Dale@co.benton.or.us


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Committee for Family Forestlands meets May 23
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/17/16 1:47 PM
Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7248
Lena Tucker, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7529


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, May 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The committee will finalize its annual report to the Board of Forestry and 2016-17 work plan. The meeting will be at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Headquarters, Santiam Room, Building D, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The meeting will also include:
Updates on the Private Forests Division, streamside shade buffer rulemaking, the Asian Gypsy Moth eradication project, and the 2016 fire season
Discussions about the bald eagle rules, seedling supply and demand, and compensation for ecosystem services

The 13-member Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies that affect family forestland viability, natural resource protection and forestry benefits. Based on its findings, the committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester. You can find more information at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/CFF.aspx.

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

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Coffee with a Cop set for May 24
Salem Police Dept. - 05/17/16 12:51 PM
Officers from the Salem Police Department extend an invitation to Salem residents to for coffee and conversation at local café, the Ike Box, 299 Cottage ST NE, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24.

The event, known as Coffee with a Cop, is an opportunity for community members to join officers for good conversation over an enjoyable cup of coffee.

"Our Coffee with a Cop events have been very popular with the community and the officers," said Lt. Dave Okada whose section oversees and participates in the program, "The officers enjoy meeting residents and having the chance to have a relaxed conversation in a comfortable setting."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the US Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events held across the country strive to make lasting connections between local law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The May event makes the third time the Salem Police Department meets with community members over a fresh perk.

For more information about the event, please contact the Salem Police Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175.
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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet May 24, 2016
Lane ESD - 05/17/16 12:25 PM
The Lane ESD Board Agenda Packet for the May 24, 2016 Board Meeting is available online.
To view the agenda packet, please visit: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001591

The Lane ESD Board of Directors will hold an Executive Session under provisions of ORS 192.660(2)(a) to consider the employment of a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. The Executive Session will be held following the regular meeting of the Board.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon April 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 05/17/16 10:00 AM
Oregon's Payroll Employment Gains 5,700 in April

Oregon's payroll employment grew by 5,700 in April, following a revised gain of 3,800 in March. The April gain was close to the average pace seen over the past 12 months. Oregon's unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April, the same as it was in March, and down significantly from 5.7 percent in April 2015.

In April, several major industries added jobs at a brisk pace. Professional and business services hired the most, adding 2,400. Next in line was government, which added 1,500. Three other industries added close to 1,000: health care and social assistance (+1,100 jobs); construction (+1,000); and other services (+1,000).

Manufacturing dropped by 1,300 jobs in April. Most of those losses were in durable goods manufacturing; however, Oregon's semiconductor and electronic component manufacturing industry added jobs in April.

A record 64,100 nonfarm payroll jobs were added in Oregon over the past 12 months, for an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent. The next closest over-the-year gain--since at least 1990--occurred in May 1997 when 61,500 jobs were added.

Since April 2015, job growth has been rapid in construction (+7,900 jobs, or 9.6%), and in several industries that grew by more than 5 percent: professional and business services (+13,000 jobs or 5.8%); other services (+3,400 jobs or 5.7%); and health care and social assistance (+11,200 jobs or 5.1%). Furthermore, growth was widespread among other industries, with most adding more than 3 percent. No industry declined significantly since April 2015, although manufacturing did cut 100 jobs.

Oregon's labor force participation rate rose to 62.6 percent in April, from 62.3 percent in March, and up from 60.8 percent in April 2015. The labor force participation rate is the share of the population 16 years and older that is employed or unemployed. It has been trending upward since last year.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the April county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, May 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for May on Tuesday, June 14th.??NLG

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industry employment components.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2015 tax records data. In addition, data for July 2015 through September 2015 were revised upward by a total of 1,200 to 1,900 per month. 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 April 2016 News Release
Save Your Jugs and Cartons: Milk Carton Boat Race Returns on June 26 (Photo)
Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council - 05/17/16 9:19 AM
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Royal Rosarians adopting popular Rose Festival competition

A unique tradition dating back to 1973, the Milk Carton Boat Race will welcome boaters back to the historic Westmoreland Park Casting Pond in Portland on Sunday, June 26. The Rose Festival sanctioned event will be produced by the Royal Rosarians and sponsored by the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council (formerly Dairy Farmers of Oregon).

"The Royal Rosarians are proud to adopt this great community event, and registration will be opening soon," said Rick Saturn, Prime Minister, Royal Rosarian. "So drink your milk and start saving up those milk cartons and jugs!"

Aptly named, the Milk Carton Boat Race features large, hand-made, human-powered boats that float entirely by means of recycled milk cartons and jugs. Racers young and old compete with their creatively constructed watercraft in seven classes ranging from sleek and slim boats built for speed to the whimsical showboat class. There is even a corporate category for businesses. All compete for the coveted Best in Show milk can trophy.

"We are so grateful the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council and Royal Rosarians came together to carry on this fantastic family fun event," said Frank Chinn, Portland Rose Festival Foundation President. "The Milk Carton Boat Race is one of the more creative and colorful events in our encore season and a great way to cap the 2016 Rose Festival."

The race will take place at the Westmoreland Park Casting Pond in the Sellwood Neighborhood of southeast Portland on June 26 at 11 a.m. It is free to attend and participate in the races; and with great food, giveaways and entertainment, it promises to be a fun event for all ages.

"What better way to celebrate June Dairy Month than a Milk Carton Boat Race?" said Pete Kent, executive director of the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. "We appreciate the involvement and leadership of the Royal Rosarians and the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, and look forward to seeing this year's new fleet of milk carton boats on the water."

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About the Royal Rosarians:

In distinctive white suits and straw hats, the Royal Rosarians serve by Mayoral Declaration as the "Official Greeters and Ambassadors of Goodwill for the City of Portland." Formed in 1912, the Royal Rosarians promote the best interests of the City of Portland and the Portland Rose Festival.

Royal Rosarians welcome visiting dignitaries from around the world and host hundreds of out-of-town visitors each year. Representing the outstanding character of the citizens of Portland, members march in parades throughout the world, promoting the Rose as the Queen of Flowers and Portland as the Rose Capital of the World. The Royal Rosarians are a volunteer organization dedicated to community service in charitable projects through the Royal Rosarian Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

About the Portland Rose Festival Foundation:

The Portland Rose Festival has made Portland, Oregon a better place to live and visit for 109 years. As Portland's Official Festival, The Rose Festival attracts over one million people to the Pacific Northwest every year. By sharing community pride, the Rose Festival provides Portland with fun and entertainment for all ages and generates more than $70 million for the region's economy and local businesses.

The Rose Festival Foundation is a non-profit that serves the community by providing families with events and programs that promote the arts, education and volunteerism. We value environmental responsibility, cultural diversity, patriotism and our floral heritage.

About the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council:

The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council is funded and directed by the Oregon dairy industry, with governance by a ten-member Board of Commissioners and oversight by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Oregon is home to 240 dairy farm families and 22 dairy processors who provide more than $1 billion in economic impacts annually, along with delicious, award-winning cheeses, ice creams, yogurts, fluid milk and other high quality dairy products.


Attached Media Files: All participants wear life jackets , Truck themed entry , Island themed entry , Cheese themed entry , Creative handmade boats , 2015 Best in Show, Thomas Clute , Award ceremony , Milk Carton Boat Race logo
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Crash On Highway 20 Sends Three To Hospital West Of Sisters- Jefferson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/16/16 3:44 PM
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On May 16, 2016 at about 6:54AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20 near milepost 83 (east of Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it lost control while negotiating a corner on a wet roadway. The Chevrolet spun out and into the path of a westbound 2016 Kia sport utility. The Chevrolet struck the Kia nearly head-on and then rolled over after impact.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Fredi TORRES REYES, age 20, of Woodburn, was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Kia, Terje WALTHINSEN, age 71, and his passenger, Timothy J WALTHINSEN, age 38, (both of Redmond) were taken by ground ambulance to Sisters where they were transferred to air ambulance. Both currently are at Saint Charles Bend with life threatening injuries.

Speeding by TORRES REYES is being considered a contributing factor in the crash. It was also learned TORRES REYES has a suspended Oregon Driver's License.

The westbound lanes of Highway 20 were closed for about five hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department, Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire Department 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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Cottage Grove Man Killed In Crash On Highway 99 - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/16/16 3:22 PM
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On May 16, 2016 at about 8:17AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 99 near River Road (just north of Cottage Grove).

A 2004 Subaru wagon was traveling northbound on Highway 99 , when for unknown reasons, veered off the east shoulder of the highway and then crossed over into the southbound lane. A southbound 2014 Chevrolet van struck the Subaru on the rear passenger side.

The driver of the Subaru, Connor R FITCH, age 18, of Cottage Grove, was taken by ambulance to Cottage Grove Community Hospital where he later died from his injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, Bryan A ROSS, age 25 of Eugene, was not injured.

Highway 99 was closed for three hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by South Lane Fire, the Cottage Grove Police Department 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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BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings Public Participation is Next Step in Comprehensive Coal Program Review
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/16/16 3:02 PM
Washington, D.C.--As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will solicit public input at six public meetings starting with Casper, Wyo., on May 17.

Meetings in Casper, Wyo., Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Seattle, and Grand Junction, Colo., will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. The Pittsburgh meeting will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. local time. Specifics for all of the upcoming public scoping meetings can be found below:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Drive
Casper, WY 82601
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:30 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
90 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 21, 2016 Sheraton Seattle Downtown
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center Avalon Theatre
645 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Doors open for speaker registration at 8:00 a.m.; meeting 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 28, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Doors open for speaker registration at 11:00 a.m.; meeting 1 to 7 p.m.
Please note this is a new date; the meeting originally scheduled for June 16, 2016, is now scheduled for June 28, 2016.

The meetings in Casper, Wyo., Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live,and; meetings in Salt Lake City, Knoxville, Tenn., and Grand Junction, Colo., will have a toll-free, listen-only audio link available via telephone.

Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis determined by sign-in order. Attendees wishing to speak will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the time available. The maximum speaking time per speaker is three minutes.

Written comments may be submitted until July 28, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

Please note that the deadline for submitting written comments was changed to July 28, 2016, due to the rescheduling of the Pittsburgh public scoping meeting.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program can be found here. The Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic EIS can be found here.

-BLM-


Attached Media Files: BLM Gathering Public Input on Coal Program at Six Public Meetings
***Update- Family Contacted *** OSP Seeks Assistance In Contacting Deceased Man's Family - Wasco County (Photo)
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DELAVERGNE's family has been contacted and OSP is no longer seeking the public's assistance. OSP is thankful to the media outlets who put this out to the public.
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Previous Release:
On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at approximately 7:30AM, Troopers from The Dalles Area Command, responded to a campsite off I-84 near milepost 79 (just west of The Dalles) to the report of a deceased male. The circumstances surrounding this death are not suspicious and are being investigated by the Wasco County Medical Examiner as being medically related.

This individual was a long time, local homeless resident to the area and is identified as 69 year old Donald Vernon DELAVERGNE, who most recently was using the last name of WONDER. DELAVERGNE was discovered by a local good-Samaritan who had befriended and had been assisting DELAVERGNE.

The OSP has taken extensive measures in an effort to locate and identify any possible next-of-kin without success. Information developed points to DELAVERGNE having lived in the Willamette Valley over 20 years ago, specifically in the Forest Grove area. It is also believed he may have relatives on the East Coast of the United States.

OSP is asking that anyone who might recognize or be familiar with DELAVERGNE or his next-of-kin, to contact Senior Trooper Michael Holloran at 541-296-9646 x 5330. The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Wasco County Sheriff's office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Wasco County District Attorney, and the Wasco County Medical Examiner and Spencer.


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OMMP introducing inventory reporting system during public meetings
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/16 2:40 PM
May 16, 2016

New tool to allow growers, dispensaries, processors to report mandated medical marijuana production, transfer info online

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) at the Oregon Health Authority has scheduled a series of public meetings around the state to present its new online inventory reporting system for marijuana and marijuana products.

New reporting rules that took effect March 1--OAR 333-008-0630, 333-008-1248 and 333-008-1830--require growers, dispensaries and processors to report to OMMP information about the production and transfer of medical marijuana.

The first online submission is due July 10, 2016, for transfers that occurred during June 2016. Subsequent reporting is due on a monthly basis by the 10th of each month.

During May and June, OMMP staff members will offer several in-person state-wide presentations on the OMMP inventory reporting system. The presentations will provide guidance and training on how to use the system, what information must be reported, and clarification on transfer rules.

The presentations also will show growers how to register online. Each presentation will last about 45 minutes, with time afterward to assist growers with setting up online accounts. The presentations and trainings will occur on the following dates and locations:

-- May 24--Josephine County Public Library, 200 NW C St., Grants Pass, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presentations: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
-- May 25--Eugene Public Library, 100 W 10th Ave., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
-- May 27--Medford Public Library, 205 S Central Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presentations: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m.
-- June 2--Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presentations: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.
-- June 3--Seaside Public Library, 1131 Broadway St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations: 10 a.m., noon.
-- June 6--Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St. Room 1B, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presentations: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.
-- June 8--Downtown Bend Library, 601 NW Wall St., 1:30-5 p.m. Presentations: 1:30, 3, 4 p.m.
-- June 23-- Medford Public Library, 205 S Central Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

A new reporting web page will be available on the program's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/ommp starting May 20. A PowerPoint overview of the online reporting system also will be available by May 20 on the OMMP website.

Growers, dispensaries and processors that fail to comply with the new rules can have their registration card or certificate revoked or suspended. Civil penalties of up to $500 per day also can be imposed.

For more information and updates, visit the program's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/ommp

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Backyard debris burning: How to do it safely
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/16/16 2:29 PM
May is Wildfire Awareness Month and the ideal time to reduce the excess vegetation around your home that could pose a wildfire threat. As you begin spring clean-up, Keep Oregon Green, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon State Fire Marshal urge you to consider chipping or recycling your yard debris. If burning is the only option to dispose of woody material, fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices.

"If you do burn your debris, use common sense and follow safety rules," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "This can prevent most debris burn-caused wildfires, and keep lives and property safe."

Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfire issues in Oregon, particularly during the early- and late-season periods when people think it is safe and permissible to burn. In 2015, backyard debris burns that escaped control resulted in 133 wildfires burning 224 acres at a cost of nearly $381,000.

Oregon experienced severe fire seasons in 2013-15. Extreme conditions those three years set the stage for any debris burn that got away to spread rapidly.

A burn pile is less likely to escape control if these simple safety tips are followed:
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CALL BEFORE YOU BURN -- Burning regulations are not the same in all areas and can vary with weather and fuel conditions. If you're planning to burn, check with your local ODF district, fire protective association, or air protection authority to learn if there are any current burning restrictions in effect, and whether a permit is required.
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KNOW THE WEATHER FORECAST -- Never burn on dry or windy days. These conditions make it easy for open burning to spread out of control.
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CLEAR A 10-FOOT RADIUS AROUND YOUR PILE -- Also make sure there are no tree branches or power lines above.
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KEEP YOUR BURN PILE SMALL - A large burn may cast hot embers long distances. Small piles, 4x4 feet, are recommended. Add debris in small amounts as existing material is consumed.
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ALWAYS HAVE WATER AND FIRE TOOLS ON SITE -- When burning, have a charged water hose, bucket of water, and shovel and dirt nearby to extinguish the fire. Drown the pile with water, stir the coals, and drown again, repeating till the fire is DEAD out.
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STAY WITH THE FIRE UNTIL IT IS COMPLETELY OUT -- Monitoring a debris burn continually from start to finish until dead out is required by state law, to ensure that any escaped sparks or embers can be extinguished quickly. Go back and recheck old burn piles, as they can retain heat for several weeks and then rekindle when the weather warms and wind begins to blow.
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NEVER USE GASOLINE or other accelerants (flammable or combustible liquids) to start or increase your open fire. Every year, 10 to 15 percent of all burn injuries treated at the Oregon Burn Center in Portland are the result of backyard debris burning.

BURN ONLY YARD DEBRIS -- State regulations prohibit the open burning of any material that creates dense smoke or noxious odors.

ESCAPED DEBRIS BURNS ARE COSTLY -- State law requires the proper clearing, building, attending and extinguishing of open fires any time of year. A first-time citation carries a $110 fine. If your debris burn spreads out of control, you are responsible for the cost of fire suppression and very likely the damage to neighboring properties. This can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

More tips on wildfire prevention, including campfire safety, use of motorized equipment, and fire-resistant landscaping can be found on the Keep Oregon Green site, www.keeporegongreen.org
Corrections Deputies and Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/16/16 1:34 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of Basic Corrections Local #BCL022 on Friday May 20, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.

We would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Corrections #BCL022 on their successful completion of basic training.
The event will begin at 11 am with a reception to follow after the ceremony. Sheriff Mark Garton of the Polk County Sheriff's Office will be the guest speaker.

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

Members of Graduating Class BCL022

Deputy Sheriff Mark Albertson
Lake County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Stephen Berger
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Larry Black
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jamie Burch
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Chapman
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Martin Clark
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Corrections Officer Andrew Coffey
Warm Springs Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ehrich
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Benjamin Eide
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office


Corrections Officer Ramiro Flores-Ramos
Washington County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Cody Fuhrman
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ethan Gilbert
Baker County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Halahuni
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Aaron Hatfield
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Hellman
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Max Hemphill
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Bradley Hern
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Donald Hofferber
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Skip Jones
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Steven Josephson
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Trudy Kame
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Ryan Kirsch
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Thomas LaRoque
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Dylan Lemieux
Lane County Sheriff's Office


Deputy Sheriff Brittany Lindquist
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Robert Mosser
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Oliver Persons
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Brooke Peterson
Crook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jeffrey Reinke
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jordan Rhodes
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Shawn Rice
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rierson
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Ryan
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Alexandra Steene
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jenna Sukle
Linn County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Danielle Thurnbauer
Jackson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Daren Tolley
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Tessy Workman
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the BPSST and 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.
Coalition of Local Health Officials meets May 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/16/16 1:12 PM
May 16, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Coalition of Local Public Health Officials.

Agenda: Updates; Modernization Assessment Report; Reproductive Health Program element changes; Immunization Program element changes; marijuana revenue and prevention efforts. Agenda available on the coalition's website at http://oregonclho.org/about/clho-meetings/.

When: Thursday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

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

The Coalition of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

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 meeting information, contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223 or danna.k.drum@state.or.us.

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Linn Sheriff Hosts Annual Boat Inspections
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/16/16 11:20 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce his office has scheduled our 3rd annual boat safety inspections. The Sheriff's Office has partnered with Bi-Mart and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to provide complementary boat inspections for the public.

The event is scheduled for two days; May 21, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Albany Bi-Mart parking lot located at 2272 Santiam Hwy SE, and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Lebanon Bi-Mart located at 2680 S Santiam Hwy. Additionally on May 22, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. we will be at the Sweet Home Bi-Mart parking lot located at 1980 Main Street.

The inspection process will include checking for approved life jackets, working fire extinguishers, approved type IV flotation devices, approved sound producing devices and working engine blower fans. We will also assist on proper placement of Oregon registration numbers and registration stickers. If your boat passes inspection, a 2016 inspection sticker will be issued, which can be displayed on your boat for the approaching 2016 boating season.

Sheriff Riley is encouraging boat owners to bring your boat to this event and beat the summer rush.
Independence Woman Killed In Crash West Of Monmouth - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/16/16 10:18 AM
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On May 15, 2016 at about 12:50PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 194 near milepost 6 (west of Monmouth on Fishback Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Dodge Neon was traveling eastbound on Highway 194 (also known as Monmouth Highway) when it crossed the centerline striking a 2006 Dodge pickup head-on. The driver of the Neon, Tara C KADELL, age 30, of Independence, was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the pickup, Lacey C MCLAREN, age 23, of Portland, was not injured. Two other passengers, a four year old girl and a six year old girl, were also not injured. It was discovered MCLAREN had a felony warrant for Theft I issued by Linn County Sheriff's Office. She was arrested and lodged at the Polk County Jail.

A male passenger in the pickup, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving. He was later identified as Jason Lee GREER, age 33, of Oregon City. It was learned GREER had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. At the time of this release, GREER has not been located.

Witnesses reported observing the Neon driving at a high rate of speed prior to the crash. Highway 194 was closed for about five hours while the investigation was being conducted. OSP was assisted by Monmouth Fire, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Polk County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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


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Sun. 05/15/16
Evergreen Aviation Museum to celebrate the Oregon Air Guard's 75th anniversary (Date Corrected- May 21)
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 05/15/16 5:25 PM
MCMINNVILLE - On Armed Forces Day, May 21, join the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as they celebrate the Oregon Air National Guard's 75th anniversary.

The public is invited to tour the museum and meet current and former Air National Guard members that have flown or maintained Oregon's fighter jets, and who have served in support of the Air Guard's statewide mission.

Oregon's Air Guard has been protecting the skies over the Pacific Northwest and Canada for nearly 70 years. For more than seven decades Oregon military air units in Portland and Klamath Falls have flown the F-15, F-4C, F-101, F-102, F-89, F-86, F-84 and T-33. All of these jets are on display at the museum.

"This is an opportunity for people to meet living military heroes from the past and present and see the aircraft that Oregon's Air Guard has flown over the years," said Melissa Grace, the museum's marketing and events director. "We're proud to honor and salute the Air Guard and these Oregon airmen for 75 years of distinguished service to our state and country."

The history of the Oregon Air National Guard began just prior to World War II as the United States monitored the wars raging in Europe and China. Soon, U.S. military leaders began to focus more on preparations for war.

In early 1941 Army Reserve Major G. Robert Dodson requested and received approval from the National Guard Bureau to activate the Oregon National Guard's first aviation unit. With 117 volunteers, the newly-formed 123rd Observation Squadron (OS) was activated on April 18, 1941.

Within hours of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, air crews assigned to the 123rd OS flew aircraft from their training base at Gray Field, near McChord Field in Tacoma, Wash., to the Oregon and Washington coast lines and began aerial patrols. Sixty years later, on Sept. 11, 2001, similar air defense missions were flown throughout the Northwest by the Oregon Air Guard. These missions continued for many days following the attacks on America.

Statewide the Oregon Air National Guard has more than 2,200 volunteer airmen who serve. Today, as a vital asset to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and Air Combat Command, the 142nd Fighter Wing at Portland Air Base maintains 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert in the Pacific Northwest while providing air superiority mission capabilities.

Oregon's 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls is the home for the U.S. Air Force's only base where pilots are trained to fly the F-15 Eagle.

The museum is a non-profit organization and is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville, just off of highway 18. For more information go to www.evergreenmuseum.org.
Marion County Detectives Serve Search Warrant and arrest Sex Offender (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/15/16 4:17 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Detectives served a search warrant today in the 4900 Block of Trails End Ct SE Salem. A Marion County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy had received information through an initial investigation where the suspect, Edward Charles Ritter, 47 of Salem, had sexually assaulted an adult female victim. During the initial investigation, a second victim was identified, who also is an adult female, and was interviewed by detectives.

The information obtained through both interviews lead detectives to the residence at 4951 Trails End Ct SE where they served a search warrant today. Mr Ritter was ultimately arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on charges of Rape 1, Unlawful Sexual Penetration 1, Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Private Indecency. Mr Ritter is being held without bail and his arraignment is scheduled for Monday May 16th at 3 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem.

Mr Ritter is a registered sex offender with previous charges of Sex Abuse 2, Sex Abuse 3 and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Detectives believe the suspect used drugs on the victims in order to facilitate the assaults. Detectives also believe there potentially are more victims that have not come forward yet. If you have further information or would like to report an assault regarding this case, please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-540-8079.


Attached Media Files: Edward Christopher Ritter
Sat. 05/14/16
Cause Determined in Fatal Fire
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 05/14/16 6:04 PM
Eugene Springfield Fire crews responded to an early morning duplex fire. Upon arrival they found light smoke showing from the exterior. They had to force entry to get in. The body of an adult male was discovered just inside the door. A small fire was quickly extinguished. A fire investigator and medical examiner were requested to the scene.

Fire investigators have determined this to be an accidental fire caused by improperly disposed of smoking material. A discarded cigarette started a small slow smoldering fire. These types of fire produce a large amount of thick smoke. No working smoke alarms were found inside the residence.

Information regarding the identity and cause of death are pending family notification and report of the medical examiner
LFD Holds Annual Awards Banquet (Photo)
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(Final: Awards list update)

The Lebanon Fire District hosted its annual LFD Awards Banquet on Friday night at the Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon. District members and guests were treated to dinner and a guest speaker appearance by Gene Mayfield, survivor of a horrific traffic crash on Santiam Highway this past January.

The annual banquet honors district members and supporters for their hard work and dedication throughout the year and recognizes members nominated by their peers for their exemplary service. In addition to traditional awards, members are also recognized for their years of service to the district. Awards presented included Firefighter of the Year, EMS Provider of the year, and many others. The 2015 award recipients are:

Lifetime Achievement Award in Fire Prevention: Fire Marshall Mark Wilson
Career Employee of the Year: Lieutenant Mark Fitzwater
Volunteer Employee of the Year: Jason Adamson
Career Officer of the Year: Division Chief Jason Bolen
Volunteer Officer of the Year: Lieutenant Scott Wilkerson
Career Firefighter of the Year: Russell Duerr
Volunteer Firefighter of the Year: Chris Pender
EMS Provider of the Year: Erin Nunes
Intern of the Year: Jamin Hooley
Excellence in Training Awards: Jason Adamson, Stacy Porchia, and Mark Fitzwater
Community Service Award: LFD Car Seat Program, Engineer/Medics Marshall Brookfield, Erin Nunes, and Candace McHuron
Volunteer Response Award Recipents: Jason Adamson, JP Crowe, John Dunworth, Michael Fitzwater, Dan Hartman, Al Herrera, Brad McInnis, Crystal Pender, Bob Ryan, Troy Van Looven, and Scott Wilkerson.
Years of Service Recognition: Shane Barker (5), Zach Parker (5), Troy Van Loovan(5), Randy Whitfield (20), Ron Sipe (25), Annette Duerr (30), Ron Danielson (30), John Tacy (30), Jon Davis (30), and Bob Ryan (40)


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Benton County Sheriff's Office Sponsors Citizens' Academy
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/13/16 4:10 PM
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Citizens' Academy. The Academy begins September 6th and meets for ten sessions ending October 25th. This free program is designed to give citizen participants an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office.

The class will meet each Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on two Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. -- 2:30 p.m. The Saturdays are scheduled for October 1st and October 22nd .

During the program, participants will gain insight into the challenges faced by Deputies. Most of the instructors are sworn Deputies who share their experiences with the class. The Saturday sessions provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about emergency vehicle operations, traffic stops, and use of force situations.

The Citizens' Academy covers all aspects of the Sheriff's responsibilities including law enforcement, emergency management, search and rescue, parole and probation, jail operations and the support service and command responsibilities of the Office.

"We hope residents will take this opportunity to learn more about what their Sheriff's Office does," says Sheriff Scott Jackson. "The class fills up quickly so we encourage interested individuals to get their applications in early." Deadline for applications is August 23, 2016.

Applications are available online at: www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/2016-citizens-academy or in person at the Law Enforcement Center, 180 NW 5th Street, Corvallis. For further information, contact the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 541-766-6858.

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Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet May 19 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 05/13/16 3:02 PM
Media contact: Susan Stigers, 503-884-7215, susan.stigers@state.or.us
Program contact: Jacee Vangestel, 503-945-2852, jacee.m.vangestel@state.or.us

Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet May 19 in Salem

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: 1-5 p.m., Thursday, May 19

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

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

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

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

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Oregon Medicaid Advisory Committee to meet in Salem May 25
Oregon Health Authority - 05/13/16 1:33 PM
May 13, 2016

Contact: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)
Oliver Droppers, 503-507-2990 (meeting information and accommodation)

What: The monthly public meeting of the Medicaid Advisory Committee.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Oregon State Library, Room 102/103, 250 Winter St., NE, Salem. The meeting will also be available via webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5672779983090523140. The public also may join by a listen-only conference line at 888-398-2342, access code 3732275.

Details: Oregon Health Authority staff will present an update on Oregon's 1115 Waiver renewal including a brief presentation on the proposed Coordinated Health Partnership concept. The committee will hear formal public comments after the waiver presentation.

Also at the meeting Bruce Austin, MD, OHA's dental director, will discuss OHA's Oral Health Strategic Plan. The Oregon Health Authority has charged the Medicaid Advisory Committee with developing a framework for defining and measuring oral health access for Oregon Health Plan members.

For more information on the 1115 Waiver renewal, see the draft renewal application at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Documents/Oregon%27s%20Draft%20Waiver%20Application.pdf . For more on the Coordinated Health Partnership concept, see pages 23-32 in the application.

OHA is accepting public comment on the draft waiver through June 1. Comments may be submitted to Janna.Starr@state.or.us, or through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QP7W23N.

For webinar information, meeting minutes, reports and updates, please visit the Committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/MAC/Pages/index.aspx.

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Oregon holding onto forests, farms and rangeland
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/13/16 12:55 PM
Oregon has done remarkably well in preserving forests, farms and rangeland from development, according to a recent study, "Forests, Farms, and People: Land Use Change on Non-Federal Land in Oregon, 1974-2014." The researchers pored over thousands of aerial photographs to compare changes in the use of private and non-federal public lands from the mid-1970s through 2014.

Conducted by the U.S. Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station and the Oregon Department of Forestry, the study included three key findings:

1. Ninety-nine percent of all non-Federal land in Oregon that was in resource land uses in 1984 (after comprehensive land-use plans were implemented) remained in those uses in 2014.

2. Development of resource land to low-density residential or urban uses was consistent with land-use goals, plans and zoning. Most development of resource lands occurred adjacent or close to existing developed areas, thereby minimizing development scattered though Oregon's forests and farm lands.

3. Structures continued to be built on lands remaining in forest, agricultural and range uses at high rates, even after the implementation of county comprehensive land-use plans. But the impact of these additional structures on management of Oregon's resource lands was lessened, because most of the structures built are relatively close to land in low-density residential or urban uses.

According to forest economist Gary Lettman, one of the study authors, questions remain despite the recent slowdown in building on Oregon's resource lands.

"With projected economic growth and increasing populations, how will these increases in population be accommodated while protecting remaining resource lands from development?" he said. "And will it be possible to have affordable housing in Portland, Bend and other Oregon cities while still protecting remaining resource lands from development?"

Other questions in need of answers, he said, include how development is affecting wildland fire protection and suppression costs, water quality, and land-use conflicts. Research should also be conducted to look for opportunities where underproductive resource land can be released for development.

The land-use change study can be obtained by sending a request to: rod.l.nichols@oregon.gov
Federal partners unveil safer, more efficient turbine at Ice Harbor Dam (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/13/16 12:24 PM
This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
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BURBANK, Wash. -- An advanced-technology turbine, designed to improve fish passage at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers is being installed at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.

The $58 million project, funded by BPA, calls for runner replacements on two turbines, one fixed-blade, one adjustable, along with fish passageway improvements at Ice Harbor over the next few years.

The first turbine is set to be operational within 12 to 14 months. The work includes structural modifications to the turbine draft tube exits to improve hydraulic conditions for fish. The contracts also contain options to fabricate and install a third turbine runner.

The turbine design and installation is a collaboration between contractor, Voith Hydro Inc. of York, Pa., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bonneville Power Administration and NOAA Fisheries. Small-scale model testing of the new fixed-blade runner design indicates it may also increase power generation by 3 to 4 percent.

"After 50 years of operation and increasing maintenance requirements, the need to replace the existing turbine runners at Ice Harbor presented the opportunity to pursue new turbine runner designs with fish passage improvement as a priority," said Kevin Crum, project manager.

Voith Hydro Inc. used digital and physical models, and multiple design cycles to settle on two styles of high-tech runners, (turbine runners are the parts that rotate in water to generate power). The turbine runners are made of stainless steel to fight water corrosion.

BPA engineer George Brown called the work an "excellent example of collaboration among BPA, the Corps, NOAA and a capable contractor."

"The key ingredient holding us all together is the goal of creating meaningful improvements to the environmental performance of a critical Northwest power resource," Brown says. "The efficiency and reliability benefits to the hydroelectric system are an important bonus, stretching the value of the limited water resource."

Advanced-technology turbines could eventually extend beyond Ice Harbor to replace aging infrastructure at other Columbia and Snake river dams.

The latest monitoring shows that less than 10 percent of all migrating juvenile salmon and steelhead pass through turbines on the Snake river, depending on the dam and the species of fish. At Ice Harbor Dam that number is between 0.5 to 8.6 percent. Most out-migrating fish use surface passage, such as spillway weirs, on their way to the ocean. About 93 to 96 percent of all young salmon and steelhead now survive passage at each dam in the Federal Columbia River Power System.

For more information about the Ice Harbor turbine runner design and other programs to benefit Columbia River salmon and steelhead, visit: www.nww.usace.army.mil/Missions/FishPrograms.aspx and www.salmonrecovery.gov.


Attached Media Files: This new advanced turbine is expected to improve fish passage and increase power generation at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in southeast Washington state.
Residential Fire
Albany Fire Dept. - 05/13/16 11:02 AM
Albany Fire Department responded to a first-alarm house fire this morning at 1680 SE Tudor Way. Three fire engines, one fire truck, and one ambulance responded with 17 firefighters. The house was fully involved in fire when firefighters arrived. Three of the home's residents and two pets were home at the time and escaped with no injuries. Assistance was provided to the residents from the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund and the home is insured.

Assistance from neighboring fire departments was requested to cover other emergency calls in Albany during the fire. Albany Fire Department is investigating the source of the fire.
Wild Horses and Burros on Public Rangelands Now 2.5 Times Greater than 1971 when Protection Law Was Passed (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/13/16 10:56 AM
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BLM seeks to expand initiatives to address problems with new legislative authority

46,000 Horses Already Being Cared for Off-Range
Off-Range Care of Unadopted Horses Would Exceed $1 Billion
Necessary Horse Gathers Exceed Available Space and Funding

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that as of March 1, 2016, more than 67,000 wild horses and burros are roaming Western public rangelands -- a 15 percent increase over the estimated 2015 population.

The updated numbers show more than twice the number of horses on the range than is recommended under BLM land use plans. It is also two and a half times the number of horses and burros that were estimated to be in existence when the Wild and Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed in 1971. To help address the problem, BLM is seeking legislative authority for additional initiatives.

"Over the past seven years we have doubled the amount of funding used for managing our nation's wild horses and burros," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "Despite this, major shifts in the adoption market and the absence of a long-term fertility control drug have driven population levels higher. A number of program reforms are underway, but assistance is needed from our local, state, and federal partners."

While herds of wild horses consistently double in size every four years, there has also been a dramatic decrease in adoptions in recent years. In the early 2000s, nearly 8,000 horses were being placed with private adopters each year. Due to a number of economic factors, that number is now down to roughly 2,500 animals each year, compounding an already difficult management situation.

The total lifetime cost of caring for an unadopted animal that is removed from the range is substantial. Costs for lifetime care in a corral approaches $50,000 per horse. With 46,000 horses and burros already in off-range corrals and pastures, this means that without new opportunities for placing these animals with responsible owners, the BLM will spend more than a billion dollars to care for and feed these animals over the remainder of their lives. Given this vast financial commitment, the BLM is now severely limited in how many animals it can afford to remove from the range.

To address these issues the BLM is taking a number of steps, including sponsoring a significant research program focused on fertility control; transitioning horses from off-range corrals to more cost-effective pastures; working to increase adoptions with new programs and partnerships; and requesting two new pieces of legislative authority -- one to allow for the immediate transfer of horses to other agencies that have a need for work animals and one that would create a congressionally-chartered foundation that could help fund and support adoption efforts. Additional tools and resources are needed to bring this program onto a sustainable path.

The table below shows the 2016 West-wide, on-range population on a state-by-state basis as of March 1, 2016. This year's 15 percent increase over the 2015 population compares to an 18 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. The BLM plans to remove 3,500 wild horses and burros from Western public rangelands in 2016.

Wild Horse and Burro On-Range Population as of March 1, 2016
State Horses Burros Total Maximum AML
AZ 318 5,317 5,635 1,676
CA 4,925 3,391 8,316 2,200
CO 1,530 0 1,530 812
ID 468 0 468 617
MT 160 0 160 120
NV 31,979 2,552 34,531 12,811
NM 171 0 171 83
OR 3,785 56 3,841 2,715
UT 5,440 400 5,840 1,956
WY 6,535 0 6,535 3,725
TOTAL 55,311 11,716 67,027 26,715

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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Wild Horse and Burro Population , Wild Horses
Sheriff's Office Sees Uptick In Motorists Speeding While Avoiding Construction (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/13/16 9:23 AM
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The Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team regularly partakes in adding extra patrols to our roadways largely in part to grants made possible by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation. As a part of these operations our Deputies listen to our residents and review crash statistics to best determine where their patrols our needed.

Wrapping up our Cinco De Mayo DUII patrols, we are now launching into a seatbelt operation from May 16th through May 29th, additionally we will be adding DUII patrols over the Memorial Day weekend. A trend Deputies have noticed is motorists using our rural roads to avoid construction projects.


The Keubler Road project is driving motorists to use Hylo Road South, a rural county road with steep hills and multiple blind spots. In the last month our Deputies have issued 39 citations for speeding from 60 to 73 mph in the posted 45 mph zone. The Sheriff's Office understands a motorist who wants to get home after a hard day's work, but we are asking you to please slow down and observe the 45 mph limit set for this roadway. The Sheriff's Office wants to see all of our residents and visitors have a safe and happy holiday weekend.


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Find farm stands & u-picks with Oregon's Bounty (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 05/13/16 9:21 AM
Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm festivals — and get driving directions — with Oregon’s Bounty at www.oregonfb.org.
Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm festivals — and get driving directions — with Oregon’s Bounty at www.oregonfb.org.
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Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm festivals -- and get driving directions -- with Oregon's Bounty at www.oregonfb.org.

Strawberries, asparagus, squash, and salad greens -- not to mention a vast array of bedding plants, flowering baskets, and fresh-cut flowers -- are just a few favorites of the agricultural bounty of spring. But if you want to buy directly from the source on a trip out to the countryside, where do you go?

"Everyone knows where their local farmers market is. But what about farm stands, u-pick fields, and on-farm festivals out in rural areas? That's where Oregon's Bounty comes in," said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss.

Oregon's Bounty at oregonfb.org is a searchable directory of over 300 family farms and ranches that sell food and foliage directly to the public.

Easily navigable with a smartphone, Oregon's Bounty allows visitors to search for specific agriculture products -- like strawberries, cauliflower, and eggs -- and/or search for farms within a region of the state. Visitors can also do a search for "u-pick" or "events" to find farms that offer those activities.

Once a farm stand is located, visitors can get driving directions from their current location or another address.

"Oregonians love farm-fresh food. Thanks to the diversity of Oregon agriculture, we can buy an enormous variety of fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, flowers, and foliage directly from the families who raised it," said Moss.

"Each of the farms listed in Oregon's Bounty are owned and operated by Farm Bureau members, who are proud to share what they've raised with the public," said Moss. "Spring is a great time to take a trip into the beautiful countryside and experience Oregon agriculture firsthand."

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.


Attached Media Files: Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, u-pick fields, on-farm festivals — and get driving directions — with Oregon’s Bounty at www.oregonfb.org.
Public Health Advisory Board meets May 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/13/16 8:54 AM
May 13, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Review of the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant work plan; discussion about the public health modernization work plan and assessment; reports from the board's subcommittees.

When: Thursday, May 19, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. Comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting will also be live streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

For more information contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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Updated - Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for May 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/13/16 6:25 AM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for May 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

ADDED - A Special Board Meeting for the purpose of an Executive Session only has been scheduled for May 16 at 7:30 pm. The Board does not anticipate any public discussion or action at this meeting.

Classified Negotiations with OSEA in Executive Session - May 16 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center

Licensed Negotiations with CBEA - May 17, May 24, & June 2 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center

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
Thu. 05/12/16
Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event
Roseburg Police Dept. - 05/12/16 6:49 PM
The Roseburg Police Department will be taking part in a pedestrian safety enforcement blitz on Monday, May 16th. The ability to take part in this event was made possible by a grant that was obtained through Oregon Impact.

The Roseburg Police Department will have Officers on duty who will be conducting pedestrian safety events around crosswalk areas in the City of Roseburg to enforce laws regarding pedestrian safety.

The goal of this event is to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities and to remind drivers to be cautious when approaching crosswalks, and to yield to pedestrians who are utilizing those crossing areas. According to statistics provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, pedestrians accounted for an average of 14% of traffic fatalities from 2008 through 2010 in Oregon. For 2008-2010, an average of 660 pedestrians were injured and 51 killed in motor vehicle crashes. Oregon's streets and highways are busy -- roadways that must be shared by drivers and pedestrians alike. The majority of driver errors in motor vehicle / pedestrian crashes are a failure of drivers to yield to the pedestrian. And half of the pedestrians who are struck by vehicles are hit while they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists both share in the responsibility of pedestrian safety. However, under Oregon law, drivers have specific responsibilities.

When turning at a traffic signal, drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which your vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the next lane.

At any other crosswalks - whether marked with paint or unmarked - drivers must:
Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which you are traveling (or into which you are turning) and the next lane.
Stop and remain stopped for students as you are directed by a crossing guard.
Stop and remain stopped for a blind pedestrian using a white cane or a guide dog until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

Safety Tips

Remember, under Oregon law there is a crosswalk at every intersection.
Do not pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing. When stopping for a crosswalk on a multi-lane road, you should stop about 30 feet before the crosswalk so you don't block visibility to a driver in a second lane.
When stopping at an intersection, do not block the crosswalk. This forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
Watch for pedestrians, especially children, when exiting driveways or when backing out of parking spaces in parking lots.
Pedestrians move at different speeds. Be alert for children who may suddenly dart into the street. Be patient with older adults who take extra time to cross the street.
Around taverns and bars, be alert for people with slowed reaction times or impaired judgment.
Be alert for people or animals during low-light conditions, especially in areas where they are likely to cross the road, or you might not see them until it is too late to stop.
Western Forestry Leaders Gather to Discuss the Connection Between People and Forests (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/12/16 3:50 PM
The nation's western forestry leaders tour Portland's Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the nation at 5,160 acres, to learn more about urban forestry issues, partnerships, and connections.
The nation's western forestry leaders tour Portland's Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the nation at 5,160 acres, to learn more about urban forestry issues, partnerships, and connections.
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Portland, OR -- Today the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC), in partnership with the Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) concluded their 2016 Spring meeting. This event, hosted in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region and the Pacific Northwest Research Station, brought together Western forestry leaders to discuss the connection between people and forests.

The two-day event attracted nearly 100 attendees from across the United States, including state foresters from 23 western states and Pacific islands and their counterparts from the U.S. Forest Service. On behalf of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Kristen Leonard, Governor Brown's Chief of Staff, greeted attendees and welcomed them to Oregon.

"The goals of the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition and the Council of Western State Foresters exemplify a lesson I learned early on as a Forest Service kid: forests are not ours, they are everyone's," said Leonard in her welcome. "Thank you for your commitment to preserving our nation's forests and ensuring their long-term resilience for future generations to enjoy."

The welcoming session also featured a keynote by Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment and an introduction to Oregon forest issues and dynamics from Oregon State Forester Doug Decker.

"The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition consistently brings together thought leaders and practitioners to discuss issues of the day," said Under Secretary Bonnie. "This meeting was focused around collaborative work among key partners and the connection of people and forests which is especially relevant here in the Pacific Northwest."

During the 2016 Spring Meeting, attendees had an opportunity to participate in a field tour to the Tillamook State Forest with stops along the way detailing the urban and community forestry work in Portland's Forest Park. ODF representatives helped to facilitate the tour and educate attendees on the complexities of the urban to rural continuum.

"With 30 million acres of forests in Oregon, Portland is a prime location to host a gathering of the public sector forest policy leaders in the Western United States," said Doug Decker, Oregon state forester. "We showcased the ways in which Oregonians are connected with forests, the diversity of different landowner objectives across public and private forest ownerships, and the innovative public-private partnerships arising around sustainable forestry."

Key topics of the meeting included regional and national partnerships, natural resources in the West and USDA Forest Service priorities in the Western United States. The meeting also included a presentation on the Intertribal Timber Council's Anchor Forests Project. Other notable speakers included representatives from partner organizations such as the Conservation Fund, the Society of American Foresters, the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and The Nature Conservancy.

"WFLC is a unique group that brings together the most current science and management to highlight issues and solutions in sustainable forest management in the west," said Rob Mangold, Pacific Northwest Forest Research Station Director.

The meeting concluded with the US Forest Service Deputy Chief of State & Private Forestry, Jim Hubbard, speaking to the group about the upcoming fire season, the important programs and work happening on the ground and his vision of what the next five years will entail.

"Holding the WFLC Spring Meeting in Oregon highlighted the complex issues facing our Western forests and how critical our engagement is in cross-boundary work and collaboration," said Jim Pena, WFLC member and Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region headquartered in Portland.

To learn more about the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition, visit www.wflccenter.org. WFLC is staffed and supported by CWSF. To learn more about CWSF, visit http://www.westernforesters.org/.

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About the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

Formally established in 2000, the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) represents a unique partnership between the Council of Western State Foresters and federal government forestry leaders. WFLC is comprised of 34 members from across the federal and state agencies of the West which include: 23 state members (also known as the Council of Western State Foresters) which include State, Territorial, and Commonwealth Foresters of the West and American-affiliated islands of the Pacific; and 11 USDA Forest Service members, which include: seven Western Regional Foresters, three Western USFS Research Station Directors, and one USFS Forest Products Lab Director.

About the Council of Western State Foresters

The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) is a nonpartisan organization of state, territorial, and commonwealth foresters of the Western United States and Pacific Islands. State Foresters are charged with providing forest management assistance to landowners, managing state trust lands, and supplying wildfire and forest health protection services. CWSF staff and members participate in the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition with Western members of the U.S. Forest Service leadership. CWSF cultivates partnerships, raises awareness and takes action on the most important issues affecting forests in the Western United States and Pacific Islands.


Attached Media Files: The nation's western forestry leaders tour Portland's Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the nation at 5,160 acres, to learn more about urban forestry issues, partnerships, and connections.
Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet June 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/12/16 3:07 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room B, 900 Court Street NE, in Salem. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference call number for those who are unable to attend in person is: 1-877-873-8017; enter participant code 772325# when prompted.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

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

An agenda will be coming in a later communication.

All meetings of this task force will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
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OSSA Protests BLM new management plan
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 05/12/16 1:05 PM
The Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA) along with numerous other organizations have reviewed the newest management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 2.5 million acres of O&C timberland here in Oregon. OSSA takes a strong interest in this plan because federal law provides that the primary use of these O&C lands is to be used for a sustainable timber harvest that provides a revenue stream for Oregon counties. That revenue stream is supposed to help these counties provide a variety of public services, including law enforcement. Quite simply, the BLM plan ignores clear law and proposes a timber harvest plan that will continue to place these counties in a fiscal crisis.

The BLM refused to even consider revenues for counties as an objective in developing its plan, even though that is mandated by statute and case law. It has routinely ignored comments from affected counties, concerned citizens, and state and federal legislators. There are many ways the BLM could have balanced jobs and revenues for vital County services while creating habitat for endangered species, providing clean water, recreational opportunities, and improving fire resiliency. This federal agency has once again failed the communities where these public lands are located. In light of this, nearly half the counties in Oregon have announced they would challenge the plan in federal court. No county wants to use precious taxpayer dollars to sue the federal government, but the BLM's arrogance has left these counties with no other viable options.

The law governing management of the BLM lands states that all timberlands shall be managed for sustained yield production, with the revenues shared with Counties to help pay for public services. The law also mandates a minimum harvest each year of 500 million board feet. The BLM's final plan violates both requirements, with more than 75% of the lands locked up in permanent reserves, and a projected harvest little more than half the required minimum.

The O&C lands were once in private ownership. After the lands were taken back by the federal government, they were set aside by Congress to provide a permanent sustainable revenue source to the communities they border. The counties are legally entitled to 50% of the revenues generated from the sale of timber, and the revenue pays for all kinds of public services: mental and public health, sheriff patrols, jails, libraries, social and many others. Mismanagement of these forest lands since the early 1990's has decimated county budgets, reducing some as much as 80%. Several Oregon counties are on the brink of insolvency, and the inability to pay for public services has led to increasing crime rates and poverty.

This plan is the culmination of over two decades of ineffective management by the BLM, and it is a product of the failure to listen to, or cooperate with local governments, organizations, and citizens who live near or around these forests. OSSA fully supports the decision by Oregon counties to file a lawsuit to try and force the BLM to follow clear federal law.
Applications for Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship available
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/12/16 12:39 PM
The Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship provides financial assistance for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training in the United States between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Eligible travel expenses include registration fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Scholarships will be offered to those actively involved in local preservation efforts and who demonstrate how attendance at a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training will help meet the preservation needs of their local community.

Scholarships are competitive and offered twice per year. The first round deadline is June 10, 2016 and is available for those to attend trainings between July 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. The second round deadline is December 5, 2016 and is available for those to attend trainings between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

For more information and the application, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/Pages/Scholarships.aspx or contact Katie Henry at katie.henry@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0671.


Attached Media Files: News release
Old Youngs Bay Bridge to close at 9 p.m. tonight for repair work
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 05/12/16 8:15 AM
The Old Youngs Bay Bridge will be closed tonight starting at 9 p.m. to do repair work on the center span locks. The bridge should re-open at 3 a.m. on Friday morning.

Variable message signs will be posted in various locations warning travelers of the closure. During the closure, travelers using U.S. 101 Business will detour using the Lewis and Clark River and New Youngs Bay Bridges.
Media Interview Availability: Eugene Red Cross Business Leaders Forum Teaches Organizations How to Prepare for Disasters (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/12/16 7:55 AM
Eugene Business Leaders Resilience Forum
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MEDIA: the following panel speakers will be available for interviews immediately before (9:15 a.m.) and immediately after the forum (11:30 a.m.) regarding the steps businesses and organizations should take to prepare for disasters such as earthquakes, wildfires, floods, etc.

Krista Dillon -- Director, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Enterprise Risk Services, University of Oregon
Kevin G. Holman CEM, MEP - Emergency Manager, City of Eugene
Amy Shlossman - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region
Kelley Okolita, MBCP - Director of Disaster Management Services, Cambia Health Solutions

EUGENE, Ore., May 12, 2016 - The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through our Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top emergency management leaders the steps they're taking to plan for disasters as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness, and strengthen business resilience.

WHAT: American Red Cross Business Resilience Forum

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Eugene Public Library
100 West 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

WEBSITE: www.redcross.org/EugeneBusinessLeadersForum

MEDIA CONTACT: Monique Dugaw, Communications Director
(503) 877-7121, monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Event partners include: The City of Eugene, the United Way of Lane County and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


Attached Media Files: Media Advisory - Interview Availability at Eugene Red Cross Business Preparedness Forum , Eugene Business Leaders Resilience Forum
Wed. 05/11/16
Red Cross Responds to Albany Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/11/16 7:56 PM
Red Cross Disaster Volunteers assisted 2 adults and 1 pet affected by a single family fire in Albany, Oregon. The fire occurred in the 3900 block of Somerset Dr. NE.

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

The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Washington. Residents may call 503 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment
State Forest Stewardship Committee to meet May 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/11/16 5:03 PM
The State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will meet May 19 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
- Sustainable Family & Community Forestry
- Demonstration of the Biodiversity Explorer (a web-based application that provides data on species occurrences and/or modeled distributions for Oregon's important forest species and habitats)
- Update on post-fire restoration funding

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. It is open to the public.

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.

More information about the meeting can be obtained by calling the Oregon Department of Forestry, 503-945-7200.
Dry Hydrant installed in Cascadia (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 05/11/16 4:26 PM
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The Sweet Home Fire District has installed a "dry" hydrant in Cascadia. This dry hydrant will serve as the primary fire suppression water source for structure fires as well as wild fires in the area East of Sweet Home. Up until now the District has not had an adequate and reliable water supply in that area. This system is capable of supplying fire engines with 800 gallons per minute out of a 150,000 gallon pond, using our existing fire engines to draft the water out of the hydrant system. Previously the district had to resort to using a private hydrant only capable of filling one tender and then returning to the city to get water. The closest city hydrant performs 650 gallons per minute of domestic water and requires water tenders to complete a 45 minute round trip to travel there and back. The new hydrant is 9 miles closer and capable of supplying water faster. Having this "dry" hydrant in Cascadia is a huge improvement for fire protection in the area.


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June Veterans Advisory Committee Meeting in Klamath Falls
Oregon Deptartment of Veterans' Affairs - 05/11/16 3:22 PM
SALEM - The public is invited to attend and participate in the next quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. The meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn -- Klamath Falls, 2500 Almond St, Klamath Falls, OR 97601, on June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The nine-member committee is comprised of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel to the director 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 not required, but is encouraged. RSVP online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/June2016AC

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.
End of an Era
Albany Fire Dept. - 05/11/16 12:25 PM
Albany's downtown Fire Station 11 opened in 1950 at 110 6th Avenue SE and was originally named Station No. 1. It was renamed Station 11 when the county went to the emergency 9-1-1 system in the late 1980's. Now it's time to say goodbye to this station that has provided service to the City of Albany for over 65 years by hosting a public Open House on May 20, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The station will be open to the public for viewing, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. People are encouraged to bring historical memorabilia to share as well as personal stories of their experiences in the station. One of the Department's antique fire engines will also be on display for viewing and photos.

May 22, 2016, will be the last working shift at the current Station 11 site. Linn County Dispatch will announce a final tone to officially retire the station at the end of the shift at 7:00 a.m. on May 23. The new, temporary quarters for Station 11 personnel and an emergency response engine will be at 1120 Hill Street SE. Firefighters will work from that location until the new Station 11 is completed in 2017 at the expanded location on the current site. The future address for Station 11 will be 611 Lyon Street SE.

Demolition of Fire Station 11 at the Sixth Avenue location will take place in June.


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1216/94355/station11-open-house-goodbye.pdf
Peace Officer Memorial Day
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/11/16 12:00 PM
National Police Week is May 15 - 21, 2016.

Douglas County Law Enforcement Officers will participate locally in a memorial ceremony, held in honor of those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties.

Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 0900 hours
Location: Douglas County Courthouse, front steps, 1036 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon

Scheduled speakers include: Sheriff John Hanlin, Commissioner Susan Morgan and Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg.

The ceremony will last about 30 minutes. The media and public are invited to attend.
PeaceHealth selects proven health care CFO with passion for community benefit (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 05/11/16 10:26 AM
Kim Hodgkinson
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- PeaceHealth announced today that Ms. Kimberly Hodgkinson will join the health system as executive vice president and chief financial officer. An advocate of community health improvement programs and longtime proponent of community benefit programs, Hodgkinson has helped launch initiatives that have improved access to high quality care in the communities where she serves.

"We are truly excited about having Kim serve our health care ministry and our communities," said Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer. "She is a strong cultural fit for our organization, with a proven background as a Catholic health care financial executive leader."

Hodgkinson is joining PeaceHealth from St. Vincent's HealthCare in Jacksonville, Fla., an Ascension Health ministry, where she serves as chief financial officer. She brings extensive experience leading finance for both large and small health care ministries. Previously, Hodgkinson served as senior vice president and CFO for St. Mary's Health in Evansville, Ind., as vice president of finance for Agnesian Health Care in Fond du Lac, Wis., and in senior finance leadership roles at Trinity Health, Aurora Health Care, and Columbia St. Mary's Health System.

"In addition to her impressive financial background, Kim has led multiple strategic and operational initiatives at Ascension and throughout her health care career," Dunne said.

These initiatives include financial services improvements, electronic health record implementation, supply chain new products decision team, revenue cycle standardization, value-based managed care negotiations, partnership development, and most recently an innovative pilot for predictive pricing for patients.

"Kim's experience in the health improvement movement will be instrumental and beneficial to our long-term strategies of partnering with our communities to make them the healthiest in the Pacific Northwest," Dunne said.

Hodgkinson holds joint master's degrees from Western Michigan University: an MBA in finance and an MA in nuclear physics.

"I am delighted by the opportunity to join PeaceHealth," Hodgkinson said. "I admire the organization's deeply held commitment to Mission and to community benefit. I have to say that community benefit programs hold a special place in my heart, and it's exciting to see PeaceHealth's rigorous focus on engaging our communities, patients, providers and caregivers through our Mission work."

Hodgkinson and her husband, Tom Branch, will be relocating from Florida in the coming weeks. Her first day at PeaceHealth will be June 13.

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.

Photo: Kim Hodgkinson

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Attached Media Files: Kim Hodgkinson
Oregon Food Bank sets $10 daily admission for 2016 Waterfront Blues Festival (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 05/11/16 9:00 AM
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At just $10 per day, the 29th annual Waterfront Blues Festival is the best entertainment value around; 120 musical performances on 4 stages over 4 days on the waterfront in the heart of Portland... all for a good cause.

For almost 30 years, Oregon Food Bank has brought great blues music to Portland to help alleviate hunger. What started as a much smaller effort has grown into a world-class four-day music experience. Oregon Food Bank is more than the beneficiary of the Waterfront Blues Festival; it owns and operates the event. A lot has changed since the Blues Fest began in 1988, most notably the sheer cost of operating the festival including musical talent and security. "The $10 required daily admission will help to ensure that Oregon Food Bank is able to fulfill its mission -- to eliminate hunger and its root causes...because no one should be hungry -- while sustaining a safe, fantastic musical tradition," says Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan.

The 2016 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival takes place July 1-4 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Children six and under are free, and a limited number of passes will be made available each day for Oregon Trail Card holders. Single day passes go on sale June 1 at TicketTomato.com.

About Waterfront Blues Fest:
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Fest to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised close to $10 million to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway Albertsons, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Buick GMC of Beaverton, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, KINK.fm, KOIN 6, and The Oregonian.

Supporting sponsors: Schwindt & Co., Clackamas County and Health Net.

More information: waterfrontbluesfest.com | oregonfoodbank.org


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Tue. 05/10/16
PeaceHealth Board Appoints Proven Senior Health Care Leaders (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 05/10/16 4:03 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- May 9, 2016 -- PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system based in Vancouver, Wash, announced today the appointment of three new members to the system board of directors. Effective immediately Todd Alan Strumwasser, M.D.; Karl Carrier; and Kevin Murphy, Ph.D.; will be joining the PeaceHealth board of directors. Each of the new members brings talent and skill that will help the board and President & Chief Executive Officer Liz Dunne shepherd in a new era of health care transformation within the communities of the 125-year-old health system serves.

"We are so blessed to have Dr. Strumwasser, Mr. Carrier and Dr. Murphy join our ministry," said board chair Sister Andrea Nenzel, CSJP. "The addition of each of these talented and skilled mission sponsors will add to the collective gifts of all of our board as we continue our mission of promoting personal and community health."

Each of the newest members of the PeaceHealth system board has a proven track record in health care operations, strategy and financial stewardship. Additionally, Strumwasser, Carrier and Murphy share a deeply held commitment to the PeaceHealth mission, vision and values.

Todd Strumwasser, M.D., currently serves as senior vice president, operations for San Francisco Bay Service Area of Dignity Health. He was formally the chief executive of Swedish First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses, which accounted for 80 percent of the admissions and revenue for the Swedish Health Services system. He is a graduate of University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine. Strumwasser is a health care leader with personal and professional passion for advancing health and health improvement in each of the communities served by PeaceHealth.

Karl Carrier was interim senior vice president and chief executive of Providence Health & Services California, based in Torrance. He had a successful career in non-profit health care having held various senior executive leadership roles with Providence Health & Services as well as chief financial officer for Riverside Community Hospital and Summit Health. Carrier holds a master's degree in Business Administration, Finance from University of Oregon. His highly successful career as a nonprofit finance leader has helped position his current and past organizations for future strategic growth and service to their communities.

Kevin Murphy, Ph.D., is a leader throughout the health care ethics community. He currently serves as vice president of Theology and Ethics for St. Joseph Health in Irvine, Calif. He has a rich professional career in health care and academic communities serving as a senior ethics and mission integration leader. Previously he has served at the University of British Columbia, Providence Health Care, as well as the University of Alberta, Canada. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Supportive Care Coalition, previously on the Foundation Board of the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University, and the Ministry Leadership Center. Murphy holds a Ph.D. in Theology, Health Care Ethics from St. Paul University.

"We are truly fortunate that each of these remarkable gentlemen has agreed to join our ministry as a board member," said Liz Dunne, president & CEO of PeaceHealth. "We are steadfast in our commitment to health and health improvement of everyone we serve. Dr. Strumwasser, Mr. Carrier and Dr. Murphy will undoubtedly compliment the talents and professional experience all of our board members bring to our organization. I am truly grateful and inspired by each of them."

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.

Photos: Todd Strumwasser, Kevin Murphy, Karl Carrier
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Attached Media Files: Kevin Murphy , Karl Carrier , Todd Strumwasser, M.D.
Public Health Advisory Board Funding and Incentives Subcommittee meets May 17 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/10/16 3:53 PM
May 10, 2016

What: A public meeting of the Funding and Incentives Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board.

Agenda: Review the subcommittee's work plan; provide guidance to OHA on development of a funding formula.

When: Tuesday, May 17, 2-3 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:50 p.m. Comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 918, 800 NE Oregon St. The public also can listen via 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 Funding and Incentives Subcommittee develops recommendations for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, or visit the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Governor's Commission on Senior Services - Executive Committee will meet Thursday, May 26 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/10/16 2:40 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services - Executive Committee is planning to meet Thursday, May 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 165, Salem.

This meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: announcements; upcoming events; public comment; commission appointments; and the creation of an agenda for the Thursday, June 9 full commission meeting.
People also can call into the meeting: 1-888-363-4735; participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at 503-947-5019 or Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/10/16 2:31 PM
Budget Sub-Committee Meeting May 12, 2016
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/10/16 2:26 PM
Charter Renewal Committee Meeting May 12, 2016
Public Health Advisory Board's Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets May 12 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/10/16 2:10 PM
May 9, 2016

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

Agenda: Review the scope of the subcommittee; conduct organizational business; develop timeline for completion of deliverables in accordance with House Bill 3100.

When: Tuesday, May 12, 8-9 a.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 8:50 a.m. Comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: By conference call. The public can join by calling 1-877-848-7030, access code 2030826#.

The 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 for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284; cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us, or visit the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee to meet Friday, May 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/10/16 11:31 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee is planning to meet Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular committee business, executive committee elections, discussion of interpreter services, planning for leadership training, subcommittee updates, community development brainstorming, and follow-up on goals discussed at last month's retreat.

Interested people can also call in to the meeting: 1-888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Rebecca Arce, policy analyst, at: 503-947-5019; Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us, policy analyst.
Oregon Home Care Commission expands caregiver Registry, Homecare Choice Program offers new in-home care service
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/10/16 10:01 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) today unveiled a new service that connects people needing in-home care with caregivers. The Homecare Choice Program provides consumers with access to the OHCC's online Registry of homecare and personal support workers who have been background checked and trained.

This state-run registry is the first of its kind in the nation because it serves all populations, not just people who have state-funded plans. Previously, the OHCC's Registry primarily served Oregonians receiving in-home care through Medicaid and Oregon Project Independence. As the 65+ population continues to grow, more seniors and people with disabilities will require in-home care. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis estimates the number of residents age 65 and over will reach nearly 796,000 by 2020.

The Homecare Choice Program is available to people of all ages and ability levels who need support to stay at home. The Registry can be accessed 24 hours, 7 days per week and the hiring process includes doing self-assessment, choosing the services needed, and selecting and interviewing a pre-qualified caregiver. From there, consumers sign a written service plan, set their schedules and supervise the caregivers in their homes.

Services available through the program include assistance with personal care, household tasks, companionship, meal preparation, pet care, running errands and medication.

"We are thrilled about expanding our existing homecare Registry for everyone to use," says Cheryl Miller, Executive Director of the OHCC. "The Homecare Choice Program simplifies the process of finding and hiring a safe, qualified caregiver. It also helps people handle the legal requirements, such as payroll and taxes, which lifts a burden of responsibility off of them."

The Homecare Choice Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2014 (SB 1542) to meet the growing demand of those needing in-home care by allowing private pay consumers to purchase homecare services from the OHCC through its Registry. The Homecare Choice Program is managed by the OHCC, which is a semi-independent state agency responsible for ensuring the high quality of homecare services for seniors and people with disabilities that are funded by the Department of Human Services. The OHCC has managed a successful, functioning Registry of homecare and personal support workers in all 36 counties across Oregon since 2008 that serves people receiving in-home care through Medicaid-funded plans and Oregon Project Independence.

For more information about the program, visit www.HomecareChoiceOregon.com, email homecare.choice@state.or.us or call 1-844-494-4227.

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Interview availability: 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10
Cheryl Miller, Executive Director of the Oregon Home Care Commission
Jenny Cokeley, Homecare Choice Program Manager
Mike McCormick, Deputy Director of Aging and People with Disabilities
Mon. 05/09/16
Crash Involving Commercial Vehicle Hauling Chocolate Snarls I-5 Traffic - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/09/16 8:58 PM
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On May 9, 2016 at about 4:23PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck and trailer roll over on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 191.5 (just south of Eugene).

Initial investigation revealed a 2015 Volvo tractor towing a box trailer (loaded with chocolate ) was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 when it drifted off the right shoulder striking the guardrail. The truck damaged over 300 feet of guardrail before rolling over and blocking the fast lane of Interstate 5.

The driver, Robert K CASADOS, age 24, of Anderson, California was not injured in the crash. Both northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed for about 30 minutes. The slow lane was then opened for traffic to pass. The highway was completely cleared of the wreckage about four hours after the crash.

CASADOS was cited for Failure to Drive Within Lane (violation). OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Northwest Hazmat, and Eugene Springfield Fire.


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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/09/16 4:40 PM
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors May 16, 2016
Media Advisory: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Installs New Snake River Turbine
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/09/16 4:06 PM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Installs New Snake River Turbine
Safer for Fish -- More Efficient Power Generation


Burbank, Wash. -- A new high-tech turbine, that is safer for salmon and steelhead, will be installed at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam on Washington's lower Snake River.

Over the next year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will install the new turbine, with plans to replace a second turbine in 2018.

Paid for by the Bonneville Power Administration and built in collaboration with the Corps, BPA, NOAA-Fisheries and Voith Hydro Inc. of York, Pa., the turbine is designed for safer fish passage and more-efficient power operations.

To showcase the new turbine and its improvements, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Burbank, Wash. to the media on Friday, May 13. The USACE-Walla Walla District Commander and VP of Power Services at the Bonneville Power Administration will provide detailed information about the turbine at the event.

WHAT: Media availability with photo opportunity of new state-of-the-art turbine

WHO: Lt. Col. Timothy Vail, Commander, USACE-Walla Walla District
Mark Gendron, BPA Senior VP Power Services
Bob Gallo, President and CEO, Voith Hydro Inc.
Design team members from federal agencies and Voith Hydro Inc.

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, 2339 Monument Drive, Burbank, WA 99323

RSVP: Please, RSVP not later than noon on Thursday, May 12, 2016
USACE-Walla Walla District, Public Affairs
509-527-7018 or cenww-pa@usace.army.mil

Notes: Please, arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. for a safety/photo-security briefing. The event will be conducted inside secure areas of Ice Harbor's facilities -- Attendees must be U.S. citizens and have U.S.-issued photo identification available upon arrival at the dam. Non-U.S. citizens and those without identification will not be allowed to enter the secure areas without exception. Participants are required to wear closed-toe, sturdy, but comfortable, walking shoes (no high heels, sandals, etc. are allowed for safety reasons).
Coos Bay Schools Superintendent Finalists
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/09/16 3:25 PM
Attached is the press release regarding the finalists for Superintendent of Coos Bay School District.

Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to the Superintendent and School Board
peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1374/94300/CBSD_Press_Release_-_Finalists.docx
Man Killed In Highway 22 Crash East Of Salem - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/09/16 3:00 PM
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On May 9, 2016 at about 5:50AM, OSP received the report of an eastbound vehicle which could not stay within it's lane of travel on Highway 22 near milepost 19. The caller reported the vehicle was crossing over the centerline and the back into it's lane of travel. At approximately 5:54AM, OSP received another call that the vehicle of concern had been involved in a head-on crash on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just west of Lyons).

Preliminary investigation revealed the vehicle of concern, a 1997 Acura coupe, crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2000 Chevrolet Blazer head-on. The driver of the Acura, Richard J BEALS, age 21, of Lyons was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Jessica M LEMMER, age 36, of Mill City, received serious injuries and was taken to Salem Hospital and then to Oregon Health and Science University by air ambulance. LEMMER's passenger, Kaitlin MERCER, age 21, of Mill City, was taken to Stayton Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 22 was closed for 3 hours with a detour established by the Oregon Department of Transportation. OSP was assisted by Marion County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Stayton Fire and Lyons Fire and Rescue.

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


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The Legal Requirements of Boating (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/09/16 1:35 PM
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In Oregon, boaters must have a certificate of title, certificate of number, and validation stickers to operate a motorboat of any length or sailboat longer than 12 feet legally on public waterways. This includes boats that are documented with a recreational endorsement by the U.S. Coast Guard and principally used or moored in Oregon.

Documented boats that have a recreational endorsement do not have an Oregon certificate of title and do not need to display an OR number but are required to register and display a current validation sticker on both sides of the aftermost part of the hull in the upper, square foot, below the deck line. All other recreational boats moored in Oregon are required to have current validation sticker.

The certificate of number, commonly called the "registration card," is a pocket-sized card that must be on board and available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the boat is being operated.

The registration number is specific to the boat and is issued with the title and registration. The registration number (OR#) and validation sticker (decal) must be displayed on the starboard and port side bow of the boat. Once a number is issued, it can be painted, applied as a decal sticker, or otherwise affixed to the bow and placed above the water line so it can be read easily. Numbers are read from left to right on both sides of the bow and must be in 3-inch high block letters (not slanted) and separated by at least 2 inches. Letters must be in a contrasting color to the boat's hull color or striping.

The validation sticker (decal -good for two calendar years) must be affixed on each side of the boat and placed in line. The sticker on the port side is after the OR number and on the starboard side, before the OR number (see illustration). The decal expires on December 31 of the year indicated on the sticker.

The certificate of title, certificate of number and validation stickers (decals) can be obtained by completing an application and submitting the proper fee with documentation to the Oregon State Marine Board. Many boat dealers will submit the documents on your behalf for an agent fee.

Obtaining a title and certificate of number can take anywhere from a month to four months, depending on the boat dealer or other documents that may be needed to complete the transaction.

Failure to have a certificate of registration for documented vessels is a B violation and a $260 fine. Failure for a boat operator to carry a certificate of number is a D violation and a $$110 fine. Boaters can also be cited with failure to obtain a title, a D violation with $110 fine.

To learn more about this topic and other legal requirements of boating, visit http://www.boatoregon.com/.
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Attached Media Files: Lincoln County marine patrol boat , OR number spacing and placement , Location for decal placement for documented vessels
OHA continues assessments of long-term risks near Bullseye, Uroboros
Oregon Health Authority - 05/09/16 1:09 PM
May 9, 2016

Agency is forming community advisory committees to inform health assessments

PORTLAND--The Oregon Health Authority's Environmental Health Assessment Program (EHAP) has begun work on Public Health Assessments (PHAs) in response to significant community concerns about health risks from past, present and future exposures to heavy metals emitted by glass manufacturers.

The program will use the standard public health assessment process from the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry's (ATSDR). PHAs assess health risks based on available environmental data. The Bullseye Glass Co. and Uroboros Glass assessments will be based on soil and air data collected near both facilities. PHAs are not community health studies and will not determine whether existing health issues are caused by environmental exposures.

"We welcome community members as partners in our work," said Julie Early Sifuentes, EHAP program manager. "We understand that meaningful engagement in the process by those most affected by this issue allows for concerns to be adequately addressed, builds community capacity, establishes transparency and creates better outcomes."

The program is convening a series of meetings focused on the long-term health risk assessment for the communities living near the two glass manufacturing sites. OHA will be recruiting interested community members who are willing and able to participate in a community advisory committee for each site.

The purposes of community advisory committees are to:
1. Receive input and feedback from local residents into exposure assumptions and recommendations.
2. Educate participants about the PHA process and build capacity in environmental health.
3. Develop relationships with local residents, and establish transparency in the long-term public health assessment process.
4. Identify the most relevant ways of communicating to the broader community about the PHA process, and about the conclusions and recommendations.
5. Ensure that community concerns are highlighted, incorporated and addressed through the PHA process.

The PHA process will require participation in three to five advisory committee meetings for each site. Each meeting will be about two hours long. Advisors may want to spend time between meetings reading, relaying information to others, or other activities, but the commitment OHA is asking for is to attend all meetings and stay engaged in the process through its final stages.

EHAP is seeking:
Seven to 10 volunteers who live, work, learn or play within a half-mile of Bullseye or Uroboros glass facilities.
Individuals who can commit to attending every meeting.
A diversity of experience and perspectives.
Individuals who are at greatest risk from the effects of environmental contamination, including pregnant and nursing women, parents or guardians of children, minorities, the elderly, those who are low-income, and those with existing health conditions.

Community members interested in participating in either advisory group can call 971-673-0970 or email Ehap.info@state.or.us by May 17.

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Create a circle of safety around your home
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/09/16 12:40 PM
Before summer arrives, create a circle of safety around your home to protect it from wildfire. May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Oregon Department of Forestry, Keep Oregon Green Association, Oregon State Fire Marshal and fire educators statewide are spreading the word on ways to help prevent human-caused wildfires, as well as how to protect a home in case a fire encroaches.

"In a large fire event, firefighters may not have the capacity or resources to defend every house. Just as you lock the doors to keep your home and family safe, think of creating a fuel-free defensible space, a 'circle of safety,' around your home to reduce fire danger and provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it," said Kristin Babbs, president of Keep Oregon Green.

The main culprits are a wildfire's hot embers. They can waft through the air a mile or more ahead of the actual flame front and come to rest in leaves and needles accumulated on the roof, or in flammable plants in the landscaping. In a matter of minutes the embers can ignite the surrounding fuel. In some instances, house fires started by embers on the roof and in rain gutters have smoldered without smoke for days, creeping into the roof's underlayment, before bursting into open flames.

"You can't control where these embers land, but you can control what happens when they do," she said.

CLEAN UP TO REDUCE WILDFIRE THREAT
To create a circle of safety around your property, start with the house and the first 30 feet extending from the outermost part of the structure, including detached garages and sheds. The roof is the most vulnerable part of the home. Regularly clear leaves and needles from the roof and gutters, and cut back any tree limbs that overhang the roof.

LANDSCAPE PROPERTY TO HALT GROUND FIRE
Landscaping should consist of low-growing, fire-resistant plants that are spaced carefully so as not to draw a fire to the structure with surrounding fuel. Rake leaves and debris from the yard, mow grass, prune trees six to 10 feet up from the ground, and keep plants well-watered to prevent a surface fire from climbing into the tree crowns and carrying flames to the house. Properly placed deciduous trees can actually protect a home by blocking a wildfire's intense heat.

Fuel breaks, such as driveways, gravel walkways, and green lawns can halt the advance of a fire by starving it of fuel.

In the zone 100 to 200 feet from the home, trees may need to be thinned, though less intensively than those closer in, so that canopies are not touching.

It is not inevitable that a wildfire will consume everything in its path. The more defensible-space work a homeowner can accomplish before fire season, the better a home's chances of surviving a wildfire.

"It's peace of mind knowing that if you leave your home for a stretch of time this summer, it will still be standing when you return," She said.

More tips on how to create defensible space around your home and protect it from wildfire can be found at: www.firewise.org and www.keeporegongreen.org

Other Wildfire Awareness Month tips coming soon:
During May also watch for fire prevention tips on backyard debris burning and campfires.
Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/09/16 12:22 PM
(Salem) -- A two-day event in Pendleton will offer employers and workers everything from workshops and training opportunities to a forklift challenge and a keynote presentation on building a robust safety culture -- all with the goal of boosting workplace safety and health.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the June 6-7 Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Pendleton Convention Center.

On Tuesday, June 7, keynote speaker Greg Anderson, a leading expert in providing behavior-based safety and leadership training for companies across the globe, will present "Safety 24/7." His presentation will show how companies can reduce injury and illness rates by focusing on changing personal and organizational beliefs. Such changes can create significant and positive changes in behaviors.

"I hope people recognize this conference is not just for safety experts," Anderson said. "The leadership skills necessary to motivate a person to work safely are the same skills people use to achieve operational performance."

Other conference topics include:
Safety and health hazards of welding
Controlling hazardous energy
Respiratory protection
Machine guarding: rules, standards, and manufacturers

The event also will include a Forklift Round-Up on June 6, and exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services. Conference registration is $70, which includes lunch. The cost to compete in the Forklift Round-Up is $50. For more information about the two-day event or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain16, call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-947-7411 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free), or send an email to Oregon.conferences@oregon.gov.

The event is a joint effort of the Oregon SHARP Alliance (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program), Oregon OSHA, and a coalition of employers and employees from northeast Oregon.

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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.
Traffic Safety Campaign
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/09/16 12:15 PM
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as other State Law Enforcement agencies across the state, from May 16 through May 29, 2016 for the national "click it or ticket" campaign. This enforcement period comes ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Deputies will be working special overtime, federally funded, and administered by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Deputies will be focusing on enforcing various traffic violations that will include, but are not limited to: seatbelt use in motor vehicles, violating the "hands-free" cellphone law, minors in open pick up beds, and exceeding the posted speed limit.

According to the US Department of Transpiration, consistent safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. In 2014, nearly half of the 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were unrestrained, according to NHTSA. During the nighttime hours of 6 pm to 05:59 am., that number increased to 57 percent of those killed.

Oregon law requires belts be used and maintained in working order. A child weighing less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a child safety seat. A child under one year of age or weighing less than twenty pounds must be restrained in a rear-facing child seat. A child over forty pounds, but under age eight, or less that 4'9" tall must be restrained in a booster seat that elevates them so the lap/shoulder belts fit correctly. For help with child safety seats, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 1-800-772-1315

You can find out more about the Click It or Ticket campaign at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot

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Free seminar for Oregon employers on paid sick leave law on 5/23 in Halsey
Oregon Farm Bureau - 05/09/16 11:44 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2016
Contact: Hans Coon, hans.coon@gmail.com, Linn County Farm Bureau

Free seminar for Oregon employers on paid sick leave law on 5/23 in Halsey

All employers in Oregon are invited to a free seminar about the new paid sick leave law on Monday, May 23 in Halsey.

Linn County Farm Bureau will host this free, public seminar about what employers need to know to comply with the new mandatory paid sick leave law.

Presentations will be given by representatives from the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industry (BOLI) and Oregon Farm Bureau. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to attend. Each seminar will last approximately three hours with time for questions. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required.

When: Monday, May 23, 5.00 p.m.
Location: Central Linn High School cafeteria, 32433 OR-228, Halsey, OR 97348
Event contact: Hans Coon, hans.coon@gmail.com, Linn County Farm Bureau

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Domino's Delivery Driver Saves Man Life (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/09/16 10:31 AM
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On Sunday, May 8th an alert Domino's delivery driver called the Sheriff's Office after a regular customer failed to order a pizza from the Salem area company. Tracey Hamblen, an employee at Domino's on Silverton Road NE, called the Sheriff's Office after not speaking with the customer in 11 days. Mr. Hamblen had formed a relationship with the victim because of the regular orders and knew he suffered form severe health issues.

When the Sheriff's Office arrived at the residence in the 4100 block of Penticton Circle NE, they could hear a man calling for help from inside the residence. Deputies forced entry and found Kirk Alexander, age 48, of Salem down and in need of immediate medical attention.

Thanks to the quick actions of Mr. Hamblen, Mr. Alexander is in stable condition at the Salem Hospital. The Sheriff's Office would like to personally thank Mr. Hamblen for his quick actions and willingness to take time out of his day to care for others.


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Oregon.gov advisory board meets Wednesday
State of Oregon - 05/09/16 10:28 AM
Salem, Oregon-The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The meeting will take place in the Tillamook Room of the Department of Forestry, 2600 State St Bldg. C, Salem, Oregon.

The board meeting is open to the public and comment will be taken from those attending in person and via the internet. For instructions, virtual meeting links and teleconference number, please see the linked document: (http://www.oregon.gov/epab/Documents/EPAB_Internet_Public_Attendee_Instructions.pdf )

The legislature established the advisory board with enactment of ORS 182.126-132. The board advises the Department of Administrative Services on key decisions and strategic choices about how DAS manages and operates the state's web portal services.

The Oregon.gov portal is the connection point for citizens to access state agency services and information on the Internet. "Web portal services" means providing the hosting, content management, electronic commerce, public collaboration and application development needed to operate and maintain Oregon.gov and make payments on the web.

With the board's advice, DAS aims to make the Oregon.gov portal and its operation as effective as it can be for citizens' interface with state government.

The agenda and handouts were posted on the advisory boards' website, seven days prior to meeting: (http://www.oregon.gov/epab/Pages/agenda_minutes_handouts.aspx)

What: Meeting of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board.

When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00am - 11:30am.

Where: Department of Forestry
Tillamook Conference Room
2600 State St., Bldg. C
Salem, Oregon 97310

Who: Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board
Oregon again strongly supports equal access to abortion
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 05/09/16 10:21 AM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon today celebrated Oregon Life United's failure to place an extreme anti-abortion constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot.

Sponsored by Jeff Jimerson, former State Senator Marilyn Shannon and Suzanne Belatti, Initiative Petition 61 would have embedded in the Oregon Constitution a definition of abortion that includes some commonly used forms of contraception, and would have created unequal access to safe, legal abortion by prohibiting the use of so-called "public dollars" to pay in any way for abortion or certain contraceptives through the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance policies for employees of the state, school districts, cities, counties or any "public" entity.

"Oregon voters remain strongly supportive of equal access to safe, affordable reproductive health care, including abortion," said Michele Stranger-Hunter, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.

Stacy Cross, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and lead petitioner on objections filed with the Attorney General and the Oregon Supreme Court over the proposed ballot title, said: "When a woman is living paycheck to paycheck, denying coverage for an abortion can push her deeper into poverty. Studies show that a woman who seeks an abortion but is denied is more likely to fall into poverty than one who is able to get a safe abortion."

Kimberly McCullough, Policy Director of ACLU of Oregon, also filed comments with the Supreme Court. She noted, "Today, the sponsors of this dangerous effort seemed to admit that they faced a difficult, if not impossible, challenge to convince voters to take away healthcare rights from Oregonians."

Kara Carmosino of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, another plaintiff, added: "Limitations on abortion can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, particularly for those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care, such as low-income women, immigrant women, young women, women of color and LGBTQ people."

This marks the third consecutive failure by Jimerson and Shannon to bring this measure to Oregon voters. They have never been able to collect enough signatures to even warrant having the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's office undertake a verification process.

The only times measures proposing to limit funding for abortion in Oregon have been on the ballot, in 1978 and again in 1986, Oregon voters soundly defeated them.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/09/16 9:54 AM
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The Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation into this weekend's fatal crash. Deputies believe that Joshua Rich, age 32, of Silverton was riding his 2014, Harley Davidson, east on Silverton Road when he attempted to pass a Ford 150, striking the F150 and then hitting head on with a west bound, 2004 Ford Explorer, causing the Explorer to burst into flames. Mr. Rich was killed instantly in the crash.

In August of 2014, Mr. Rich was involved in a similar incident, near the same location where he was passing recklessly and crashed his motorcycle. In this case, Deputies applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding associated to a severe leg injury, helping to save Mr. Rich's life. The Sheriff's Office has concluded its investigation and determined no citations will be issued in this case.



Deputies have reopened Silverton Road and are wrapping up their investigation into last night's fatal crash. Additional details will be made available once Deputies complete their investigation and the motorcyclist's next of kin have been notified. The Sheriff's Office can confirm that this is not being investigated as a criminal incident nor do we anticipate issuing any citations to the other motorists.



Today at 1:53 a.m., Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Silverton Road NE near 81st Avenue NE, just east of Salem. Although it is very early into the investigation, Deputies believe an east bound motorcycle attempted to pass, clipped the vehicle it was attempting to pass and was then struck head on by a west bound motorist.

Neither driver was injured in the crash, but tragically the rider of the motorcycle was killed instantly. Members of our Crash Team have arrived on scene and Silverton Road will be closed for several hours. An additional release will follow as more information becomes available.


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LaPine Woman Injured In Fiery Crash On Highway 58 - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/09/16 9:27 AM
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On May 9th, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 near milepost 19 (east of Lowell).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 1995 GMC sport utility was traveling eastbound when it departed the highway and rolled over multiple times. The vehicle caught fire and the driver, Jessie L SHADER, age 24, of LaPine, was able to exit the vehicle before it became fully engulfed.

SHADER was transported to McKenzie Willamette Emergency Room for minor injuries sustained in the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by Oakridge Fire and Rescue, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Union Pacific.

More information will be released when available as the investigation is continuing.


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(April) RV Fire Near Gervias ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/09/16 9:21 AM
Detectives have identified the man killed in an RV fire this April, in the 9300 block of Mt. Angel Gervais Road in . Dental records were used to identify Nicholas Leigh Olson, age 28, of Salem as the person killed in the fire. Detectives have closed this case and determined the death to be accidental.
Sun. 05/08/16
Photos- I-5 crash involving wrong way driver and semi carrying Hydrochloric acid (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 05/08/16 8:20 AM
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Interstate 5 (Pacific Highway) MP 66.8, northbound, north of Grants Pass: The southbound lanes have reopened to traffic. A single northbound lane is open.

All lanes of I-5 were closed about 2:45 a.m. after a northbound semi carrying hydrochloric acid crashed and began leaking its contents, after trying to avoid a wrong way driver.

Hazmat crews were called from Medford to assess and stopped a small leak.
Crew are still on scene, working to get the northbound fast lane open.

Calls regarding the crash report, injuries and any citations should go to Oregon State Police.


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Sat. 05/07/16
Red Cross Responders At Three Residential Fires May 7
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/07/16 11:22 PM
Volunteers from the Cascades Region Disaster Action Team responded to single-family fires in Coos County and Gilliam County, Oregon and Clark County, Washington May 7.

In Gilliam County, volunteers responded at around 3:30 pm in the 400 block at Shane Drive in Arlington. This single-family fire affected three adults and one child. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, and recovery information.

In Coos County, volunteers responded at around 8:00 pm in the 90000 block of Caraway Avenue in Coos Bay. This single-family fire affected four adults and two children. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, and recovery information.

In Clark County, volunteers responded at around 8:00 pm in the 8000 block of 13th Avenue in Vancouver. This single-family fire affected one adult and two children. The Red Cross provided assistance for temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs, and recovery information.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? 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 communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.

Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. Take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org/cascades
Linn and Benton Brings Out Walkers of All Ages
March of Dimes - 05/07/16 1:59 PM
Nearly Hundred Turn Out to Help Babies and
Raise More Than $25,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Corvallis, Oregon, May 7, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 300 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Lane County-- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. KMART's lot was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $25,000 to help babies be born healthy.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS



March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Lane County March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of residents expected to walk in the event: 100
Participants in the 2016 Linn-Benton County March for Babies are expected to raise more than $25,000 to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 200 feet walking for babies in Lane County alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs/hamburgers served at the event: 100
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Video: Chief Kerns After Action Interview - Candidate Visit Concluded - No Arrests
Eugene Police Dept. - 05/07/16 12:15 PM
In case you would like to use it, here is raw video and audio of Chief Pete Kerns' After Action Interview today, Saturday, May 7.

https://vimeo.com/165705413/bbeaa8c850


Approximately 4,387 people attended a Rally for Donald Trump today at the Lane Events Center. The event was managed peacefully without need for arrests or any use of force.

"Eugene has a long history of respectful, civil discourse," said Police Chief Pete Kerns. "And, this is what we saw today. People with differing political beliefs expressed their views without harm to property or other people. The City of Eugene appreciates the assistance of our professional partners."

The partners included: Lane County Sheriff's Office, Federal agencies, Eugene Springfield Fire, Eugene Emergency Management as well as mutual aid support by Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Springfield Police.

With regard to the candidate's safety, it is the Secret Service Staff that determines the risk and security plan for the visit of any presidential candidate. As a candidate travels, each city he or she visits has a police agency that works with Secret Service to provide security buffers, escort, and methods to take the candidate to a safe place or evacuate them.

"Eugene's plan was designed to ensure the safety of the candidate, the public, and to safeguard the constitutional rights of all people and it accomplished exactly that." Said Chief Kerns.

The security detail does come with a significant cost because the plan and staffing are substantial. The City will have more details about costs in a few weeks, after accounting processes are completed.

Note: Police Chief Pete Kerns will be available for media interviews on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m., Eugene Police Headquarters, 300 Country Club Road, Eugene, Oregon.
Fri. 05/06/16
FBI Arrests Michael Emry on Weapons Charges
FBI - Oregon - 05/06/16 10:15 PM
FBI Agents, working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the John Day Police Department and Oregon State Police, arrested Michael Ray Emry, age 54, on Friday, May 6, 2016. The probable cause arrest was made after agents and officers served a federal search warrant on Emry's home in John Day, Oregon. The arrest was without incident.

A federal criminal complaint filed the evening of May 6th charges Emry with two counts:

+++ Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record
+++ Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number

Emry is currently being held in the Deschutes County Jail awaiting transfer to Eugene on Monday, May 9th where he will make his initial appearance before a federal magistrate.

Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Lichvarcik is prosecuting this case. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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Attached Media Files: Emry Arrest Warrant & Criminal Complaint - May 6, 2016
Media Advisory - Request to Not Place Helicopters and Drones Above Lane Events Center
Eugene Police Dept. - 05/06/16 5:33 PM
For security purposes, media are being requested to not place their helicopters or drones above the Lane Events Center venue from now until 9 p.m. tonight. Thank you.
Drought impacts conifers from Willamette Valley to Roseburg (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/06/16 4:44 PM
Drought impact on douglas fir
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Foresters and the public reported tree damage and delayed effects from last year's drought on forests throughout the Willamette Valley. Last year's high temperatures, the warmest on record, coupled with a limited snowpack increased the drought's impact. Drought affects trees by causing internal moisture stress that can damage trees and make them more susceptible to disease and insect damage.

Trees impacted by drought can show symptoms like abnormal foliage loss, dead branch tips throughout the canopy, dead branches, dead trees and tops. These symptoms are most visible during the spring following the drought, typically May-June.

"Despite increased rain and snow earlier this year alleviating the drought conditions, the intense drought over the past three years damaged some trees permanently and others are showing signs of stress," said Sarah Navarro, a forestry pathologist for the agency.

Rain will determine whether some of these trees recover or die. If drought -- a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall -- returns more trees will show signs of stress. However, people can help their trees through these preventative efforts:
Plant drought-tolerant tree species
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.
Do not alter drainage patterns (ditches, ponds, etc.) near established trees.
Do not fertilize during drought conditions. Fertilizing trees can dehydrate them more quickly.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/WvK780ztmJo

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Attached Media Files: Drought impact on douglas fir
Beehive Truck Overturns (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/06/16 3:47 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 8:02 a.m., his deputies responded to a non-injury single vehicle crash reported on Hwy 226 near Richardson Gap Road in Scio.

Deputies learned the green 2004 dual axle Ford flatbed truck driven by Cesar Gonzalez, of Albany, was traveling east on Hwy 226 near Richardson Gap Road. The truck is owned by Olsen Honey Farms and workers were transporting a truck load of beehives totaling over 100,000 bees. Deputies learned the passenger side rear wheels sheared at the lug nuts and separated from the vehicle, disabling the vehicle in the middle of the roadway.

Olsen Honey Farms responded to remove the beehives from the flatbed truck. They told deputies the beehives needed to be removed before the sun caused them to overheat. As workers were unloading the beehives with a fork lift, a load of beehives tipped over and fell onto the roadway, causing thousands of bees to vacate the hives and form a large cloud of bees over the roadway. Bee keepers were able to collect some of the bees and secure the beehives.

During the incident the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted deputies with re-routing traffic around the incident. As a result, Hwy 226 was closed for approximately two hours during this time.


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Forestry Board panel on federal forests to reconvene in Salem on May 9, discuss future work and priorities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/06/16 1:16 PM
The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will reconvene on May 9 to discuss next steps as it works to support an increase in pace, scale and quality of restoration and management of federal forests in Oregon.

The subcommittee meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clatsop Room of the Administration Building at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem headquarters, 2600 State St. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally-owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Governor Kate Brown and other public policy leaders.

>About the board
The Oregon 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 about the board is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx

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The Pacific Northwest Collects 16 Tons At The Latest DEA National Drug Take-Back Day
DEA Seattle - 05/06/16 12:52 PM
Residents of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On April 30, 2016, in a four hour period, residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska combined, turned in 31,872 pounds (16 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 168 take-back sites.

"In a time when opioid abuse has increased so dramatically nationwide, our communities of the Northwest really rose to the challenge by safely removing significant amounts of unused pharmaceutical drugs from unintended circulation," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Keith Weis.

When the results of the 11 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 300,328 pounds (150.2 tons) of medication from circulation.

The following are the results broken down by state:

Washington -- 13,800 pounds (6.9 tons) removed from circulation.
Idaho -- 3,068 pounds (1.5 tons) removed from circulation.
Oregon -- 10,842 pounds (5.4 tons) removed from circulation.
Alaska -- 4162 pounds (2.1 tons) removed from circulation.

Nationwide, DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines--about 447 tons--at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.

The majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers, and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts, and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug overdoses--78 a day--in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers.

The public can submit tips anonymously, via a DEA text tip line. Utilizing a mobile device, send a text to "TIP411" and start your message with "TIPDEA."
Forestry recreation staff find creative, short-term fixes for increasing demand and limited resources (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/06/16 12:31 PM
Student volunteers help ODF recreation staff build stone steps for a trail leading to the Wilson River.
Student volunteers help ODF recreation staff build stone steps for a trail leading to the Wilson River.
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Moscow, Idaho gets cold. With temperatures averaging near-freezing in March, it isn't the first thought for many spring breakers. So a group of University of Idaho students hit the road, looking for something different.

They didn't arrive in southern California or Florida----they detoured to a one-of-a-kind place in Oregon's soggy Coast Range.

"It's true that the Tillamook State Forest is quieter during the winter," said Clyde Zeller, a veteran ODF recreation staffer. "But come summer, everyday feels like spring break along the Wilson River corridor because of the crowds and activity. We work around the clock to keep up."

Through an ongoing partnership between ODF and the University of Idaho, 10 students spent the week camping at the Jones Creek Campground in the Tillamook State Forest. Volunteering with ODF recreation staff, they contributed 224 volunteer hours performing trail maintenance and restoration work.

The first two days completed a trail to the Wilson River after an older trail became too steep, gradually eroding into the river. Learning how to grade, excavate and level a pad, and install wooden steps, the students moved gravel to create a smooth new surface. The next day they constructed stone steps and picked up trash at busy recreation spots.

On their last day, volunteers potted 800 tree seedlings at the Northwest Outdoor Restoration Partnership nursery in Tillamook. The nursery is a Bureau of Land Management and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership cooperative, providing native plants for restoration work underway by local watershed councils and land management agencies such as ODF.

"Our partnership with the University of Idaho is a great example of collaboration and resourcefulness," said Zeller. "As northwest Oregon state forests become increasingly more popular for outdoor recreation, we do our best to find short-term solutions such as volunteer support and leveraging partnerships when possible. Unfortunately this isn't sustainable as state forest recreation becomes increasingly more popular, causing demand to outpace the resources available for adequate management."

The students toured the Oregon coast before heading home, camping at Cape Lookout State Park and exploring the Salmonberry River, the Tillamook Forest Center, and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. The ODF Tillamook District will host another group in March 2017.

The University of Idaho's Alternative Service Break program provides students opportunities to develop leadership skills through service across the globe focusing on social justice issues. Spring ASB offers week-long regional trips based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming performing trail work, habitat restoration, and working with the homeless.

Learn more about the University of Idaho Alternative Service Breaks program here:
https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/student-involvement/volunteer/asb

Learn more about Oregon Department of Forestry recreation opportunities here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Recreation/Pages/default.aspx

Learn more about greatest permanent value and its blueprint for providing a range of forest benefits for Oregonians here:
http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_600/oar_629/629_035.html

Learn more about state forests here:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx

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Attached Media Files: Student volunteers help ODF recreation staff build stone steps for a trail leading to the Wilson River. , University of Idaho students volunteer to pick up trash at busy Tillamook State Forest recreation spots. , University of Idaho students celebrate the week at the Oregon Department of Forestry Tillamook District Office.
Streamside (Riparian) Rulemaking Advisory Committee meets May 12
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/06/16 11:44 AM
Release date: May 6, 2016

Contact:
Angie Lane, Project Manager, 503-945-7387, angie.g.lane@oregon.gov


The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Keizer Community Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer. The committee will discuss:
Timeline and expectations to complete the committee's work
How to define the term "well-distributed" for trees adding to the streamside buffer
Possible relief for landowners impacted by the new policy
Recommendations from the agency for integrating new rule language into the current rules.
The committee advises the agency for drafting rules the Board of Forestry will consider when adopting rules to implement its decision to increase streamside shade buffers along some fish-bearing streams.

This is a public meeting that includes opportunities to provide comment at the beginning and end of the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Interpreter requests for the hearing impaired and other accommodations should be made by May 9. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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356th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/06/16 11:10 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 356th Basic Police Class.

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

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP356 on their successful completion of basic training. The graduation will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Chief Jason Schermerhorn, of the Cannon Beach Police Department, will be the guest speaker.

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

Graduating members of BP356:

Deputy Sheriff John Auth
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Ryan Bambrick
Lincoln City Police Department

Police Officer Lee Bartholomew
Hillsboro Police Department

Police Officer Ryan Bernards
LaGrande Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Anel Ceric
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Timothy Claffey
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Deputy Sheriff Tanner Cooney
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Christopher Desert
Eugene Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Stephanie Dick
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Kevin Duryea
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff John DuVal
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer James Euscher
Lake Oswego Police Department

Police Officer Daniel Fouch
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Trooper Melissa Gallagher
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Alaster Graham
Monmouth Police Department

Police Officer Brenon Harris
Eugene Police Department

Undersheriff Paul Havel
Lake County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Shane Henderson
Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Tribal PD

Police Officer Jimmy Ho
Beaverton Police Department

Deputy Sheriff David Huey
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Michael Jackson
Medford Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Eric King
Crook County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Katelynn Larsen
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Oscar Madrigal-Mendoza
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Beth Mayer
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Lieutenant Nicole Morrisey-O'Donnell
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jennifer Peckels
Eugene Police Department

Police Officer Cody Pesio
Vernonia Police Department

Police Officer Bradley Schuetz
Forest Grove Police Department

Police Officer Ashley Serdar
Lake Oswego Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Kyle Sheleny
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff John Skoglund
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Michael Smith
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Nathaniel Staller
Rogue River Police Department

Police Officer Jacob Stout
Woodburn Police Department

Trooper Kristofer Strubel
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Jodi Symonds
Cannon Beach Police Department

Police Officer Jill Thissell
Independence Police Department

Police Officer Matthew Torassa
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Police Officer Alexis Torland
Gresham Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Brandon Welch
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff's Office Searching for Missing Salem Man ***update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/06/16 10:28 AM
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Mr. Risteen has returned home safely to his family.



Mr. Risteen's correct age is 71 and his truck is light green. Mr. Risteen owned a farm in north Linn County in the mid-eighties and family believes he may possibly be in that area. The Sheriff's Office is still asking that if you see Mr. Risteen to please call 911 immediately.





The Marion County Sheriff's Office is seeking help finding, Gary Risteen, age 60, of Salem. Mr. Risteen was reported missing by family after he left his residence on Sanrodee Drive SE today around noon and did not return.

Mr. Risteen is 5'11" tall, weighs 200 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair, he may be driving a gold, 2004, Ford F150, Oregon license 443BAF. Mr. Risteen recently underwent a medical procedure and is without his medication. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Risteen to please call 911.

(The attached image was taken 6 months ago)


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Notice to Media from Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 05/06/16 9:23 AM
While we never know what Oregon's wildfire season will bring, we do have a vivid reminder of how tragic and damaging a wildfire can be as shown by the current situation in Canada with the Fort McMurray fire. The fire has destroyed more than 1,600 homes and other buildings and forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 people.

So, what if Oregon experienced a fire of this magnitude? What can Oregon residents do to protect and prepare themselves? State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is available for interviews to answer these questions and any others that members of the Oregon media may have.

To request an interview with State Fire Marshal Jim Walker, contact OSFM Public Affairs Officer Rich Hoover by one of the methods below.
Nice weather is coming, be prepared on your next outing.
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/06/16 9:00 AM
Benton County Emergency Manager Kevin Higgins would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents to be prepared as they enjoy the outdoors this season. With plenty of sunshine and warm weather in the forecast, there will be an increase in outdoor activities. Following a few simple guidelines can help ensure your next adventure is safe and enjoyable.

Before you hit any trail, no matter how easy, no matter how close to home, make sure your backpack is loaded with the essentials. When in the backcountry you are responsible for your own safety, and any one of these items may help to save your life. Be prepared to use any, even all, of these items on your next outing:

· NAVIGATION-- Map, Compass, GPS (Always carry a detailed, hardcopy map of the area that you are hiking in, even if you have a GPS.)
· COMMUNICATION-- Whistle, Signal Mirror, Cellular Phone (with fully charged battery), Note Pad, and Pen
· LIGHTING-- Flashlight and/or Headlamp, Spare Batteries
· EXTRA CLOTHING-- Base Layer, Middle Layer, Outer Layer, Head Covering, Gloves
· FIRST AID-- First Aid Kit, Medication, Sun Protection, Blister Protection, Insect Repellent
· FIRE-- A couple methods of to start a fire: Matches in a Waterproof Container, Firesteel, and some fire tinder.
· TOOLS-- Knife, Pocket Saw, Multi-Tool
· WATER-- Water Container, Water Purification method
· EXTRA FOOD-- High Energy Food Items (i.e., trail mix)
· SHELTER-- Poncho or Tarp, Emergency Blanket

A few other items to consider:
A wristwatch, duct tape (great for repairing anything), an orange vest (during hunting season), travel in pairs, and call 911 early if someone is missing. In addition to these items, know your limits and be sure you leave an itinerary with friends or relatives.

If you would like additional information on joining one of Benton County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue groups, please visit https://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/page/volunteer-units
Port of Siuslaw Offers Relief to Boaters this Summer (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/06/16 7:53 AM
Floating restroom for Siuslaw Bay, ready for installation.
Floating restroom for Siuslaw Bay, ready for installation.
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It's been nearly two years in-process negotiating to determine an ideal location, and now the Port of Siuslaw will have its own floating restroom to help relieve congestion at the two-lane boat ramp and at the land-based restrooms.

The Port of Siuslaw applied for, and received a grant in 2013 to purchase and install a floating restroom on the river to serve boaters. The majority of funding was provided by a federal Clean Vessel Act grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. The estimated project cost upon installation is $65,000.

In the last few months, piles have been driven in the location where the floating restroom will be placed, just upstream of Old Town. The restroom will be available seasonally for use from June through October.

The Siuslaw River is the 14th most popular waterbody in Oregon. The public launch ramp at the Port facility in Old Town is the most-used ramp on the river.
The Siuslaw River is popular for crabbing and salmon fishing and is growing in popularity as a portal to the ocean for fishing and off-shore cruising. The Port offers a flush restroom within walking distance, however; there is little room to tie up at the boarding floats and a time limit to be tied up at the dock significantly cuts into the time it takes to walk through the parking lot to the restroom. Some boaters choose not to use the facilities and use the river or an on-board bucket, where the contents end up being dumped in the river.

A floating restroom will better serve boaters during the heaviest crabbing and fishing seasons, and are available for all forms of boaters, from paddlers to cruisers. Floating restrooms statewide captured over 16,000 gallons of sewage in 2015, which helps protect the delicate balance of our waterways.

For more information about floating restrooms, and other waterbodies with floating restroom facilities, visit www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/Floating-Restrooms.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Floating restroom for Siuslaw Bay, ready for installation. , Piling in Siuslaw Bay where the seasonal floating restroom will be located.
Protecting Our Waterways from Invaders (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 05/06/16 7:48 AM
Mussels found in a boat being transported into Oregon in 2015
Mussels found in a boat being transported into Oregon in 2015
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It's been six years since the Oregon Legislature enacted the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, aimed at protecting Oregon's waterways from the economic and environmental devastation experienced in the Midwest from invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Since the program's inception, the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have issued an annual report highlighting the year's activities to include mandatory check stations, education and outreach, and program finances.

In 2015, ODFW completed 12,953 watercraft inspections of trailered boats and non-motorized boats at mandatory roadside check stations along border points of entry. Two hundred and eighty one of the 12,953 boats inspected were contaminated with invaders: 207 with aquatic vegetation, 33 with marine organisms, and 29 with freshwater organisms. The remaining 12 were contaminated with either quagga or zebra mussels originating from Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin. These boats were decontaminated with high pressure and hot water at the inspection stations.

In addition to the inspection stations, OSMB and ODFW expanded education and outreach efforts by distributing printed materials through additional partnerships with park rangers, river rangers, biologists, and researchers.
Another enhancement was increasing on water enforcement of the permit and education about the program. In 2015, officers documented 47,781 contacts with boaters. Most of these boaters were in compliance, however, 810 warnings were issued for boaters who did not have an aquatic invasive species permit, and 356 citations were issued.

Some of the permit fees were dedicated to monitoring Oregon's waterways. Portland State University's (PSU) Center for Lakes and Reservoirs supported two programs: monitoring waterways for zebra and quagga mussels, and continuing the Oregon Lake Watch Program. With the help of volunteers who "adopt" a waterway, these individuals were provided technical field training and equipment to sample the waterbody a few times during the year. PSU collected the data and tracked locations where aquatic invasive species of concern were found.

Aquatic Invasive Species revenue is also being used for targeted removal efforts. In 2010, an invasive colonial tunicate (Dideemnum vexillum) was found in two locations: The Charleston Marina and Winchester Bay's "triangle" on the southwestern Oregon coast. In 2015, an underwater suction dredge was purchased and will be used in 2016 at the Winchester Bay location to begin removing the tunicates from where they are growing. Monitoring at the Charleston Marina continues, with any found tunicates being removed by divers when found. The annual dive surveys indicated a population decrease in this location.

Revenue generated from the permit sales slightly increased over 2014, with $796,753. There were 77,766 motorboat owners who renewed their boat registrations, which include a $5 surcharge that goes directly into the AIS fund. Out-of-state boaters purchased 4,979 permits, 2,300 permits were sold to guides and rental facilities and 52,271 permits were sold to non-motorized boat owners (number includes annual and two-year permits).

All of the permit fees go directly into the AIS program that funds inspection station staff, decontamination equipment, education and outreach materials, and waterway monitoring.

For more information about the Aquatic Invasive Species Program, visit www.boatoregon.com or http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/invasive_species/quagga_zebra_mussel.asp.

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Attached Media Files: Mussels found in a boat being transported into Oregon in 2015 , Aquatic Invasive Species Fiscal Chart
Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/06/16 6:38 AM
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On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeromy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER's passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ's passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.


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Thu. 05/05/16
Red Cross Responds to Fire in Lane County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/05/16 5:32 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster at approximately 2 p.m. today, May 5, 2016, at the corner of Leo Harris Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Eugene, Oregon. The single-family fire affected 2 adults and 1 pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate basic needs (an example of assistance may include temporary housing), information about recovery services, and disaster health and/or disaster mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? 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 communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
City of Eugene Planning for Candidate Visit - Interview with Chief Pete Kerns
Eugene Police Dept. - 05/05/16 5:11 PM
Interview with Chief Pete Kerns -
Here is the downloadable file/ video link of Chief Pete Kerns interview from this afternoon...

https://vimeo.com/165501621/576ec47c6c

During Presidential Election years, the city has had as many as five or six visits by candidates. As a city, we are responsible for providing a safe environment for any visitor to Eugene. Some visitors, due to their higher profiles, require a higher degree of security. And, we can't do this alone, it is the job of everyone in our community, not just the police, to provide a safe and respectful environment.

This year there have been some incidences of clashes between different groups during primary rallies in other parts of the country. That's not something we want Eugene to experience and we hope those who attend or are in the area during rallies will do their part to ensure civility defines our actions. We are a community that is well experienced with differences of opinion and our expectation is that this visit will occur without incident. However we want people to know that we will be vigilant in protecting the safety and wellbeing of all our community members.

With regard to security detail. We are not allowed to provide specifics because that would comprise safety of not only the visiting dignitary but bystanders, our staff and other agencies' staff. EPD works with Secret Service on security, using a model that has been developed over years of partnership.

The security detail does come with a significant cost because the plans and staffing is substantial, but the City has funds that can be made available to cover this.

With any candidate, every measure is taken to ensure the candidate is secure and safe. The Secret Service Staff determines the risk and security plan for the visit of any candidate. You will see significant security presence, traffic congestion, visible police, law enforcement and security agencies.

There will be Eugene Police, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Federal agencies, Eugene Springfield Fire, Eugene Emergency Management as well as mutual aid support by Oregon State Police, Portland Police Bureau, Springfield Police, and Eugene Springfield Fire EMS. We do ask that everyone cooperate to ensure an environment that allows for safety and for free speech. These are our community's values.

We have a liaison who is reaching out to identify groups planning to organize demonstrations to help them to prepare to have peaceful demonstrations.

SECURITY AND TRAFFIC LOGISTICS
SECURITY
Those attending are advised to plan ahead for the security screening practices that accompany any presidential candidate visit.
A good rule of thumb to follow: do not bring to the event any items that would not be allowed through screening at an airport checkpoint. To enter the event this Friday, spectators will walk through magnetometer screening similar to that at an airport. Do not bring weapons of any kind (including knives of any size), umbrellas, signs, banners, or tripods. Please limit personal items and do not bring large bags. Small bags such as purses are allowed but will be subject to search for security reasons. Cameras are allowed.

Open carry of firearms on Fairgrounds property is prohibited during the event.

Due to past security experience with the difficulty in storing and returning items that are not allowed through screening, there will be no storage area. Visitors are advised to leave items that won't clear screening at home, or to secure them in their cars prior to driving and parking at the event. At the request of organizers, please don't bring signs to the venue.

TRAFFIC AND PARKING FOR MAY 6 IN THE FAIRGROUNDS AREA
Expect heavy traffic in Eugene, and specifically in the Fairgrounds area on Friday. Parking may be difficult if you are not in the main parking lot.

Arrive early to allow plenty of time to get there, due to congestion.

The Event Center parking is available in the main parking lot only. The south and eastern lots will be closed.

General public access to the Fairgrounds is limited to eastbound traffic from 13th and Chambers or Polk.


If you have questions about the event: www.donaldjtrump.com (look under 'events')
North Bend School District Public Meetings -- May 2016
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 05/05/16 4:12 PM
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for May:


May 9, 2016
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 18, 2016
Budget Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 25, 2016
Budget Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

May 26, 2016
Policy Committee Meeting at 12:15 p.m.
North Bend District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR


The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
OHA statement - FDA to extend authority to all tobacco products
Oregon Health Authority - 05/05/16 3:47 PM
EDITORS: Karen Girard, manager of OHA's Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section, is available for interviews. Contact Jonathan Modie at 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us to make arrangements.

May 5, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announcement is available on the FDA website at
http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/Labeling/RulesRegulationsGuidance/ucm388395.htm.

Lillian Shirley, director, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division:

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a critical step today and finalized a rule establishing oversight for all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, and hookah. Cigarette use in Oregon and nationally has declined as regulations have limited flavors, labeling and marketing. However, there has been little regulation of other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah and cigars, and use is on the rise among Oregon's youth. These FDA historic regulations improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, including restricting the sale of these tobacco products to minors nationwide."

Facts about tobacco use in Oregon:

Since the comprehensive Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) launched in 1997, tobacco consumption and youth smoking in Oregon has been reduced by more than 50 percent. Despite declines in tobacco use, it remains the No. 1 preventable cause of death and disease in Oregon and the United States.

Between 2103 and 2015, other tobacco product use among Oregon eighth-graders doubled, and increased 27 percent among 11th-graders.

Tobacco is cheap and available in flavors and packaging that are attractive to youth and young adults, heavily promoted, and marketed in locations that are easily accessible to them.

In 2015, Oregon took additional steps to protect Oregonians from the harms of tobacco products.

Oregon expanded the Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) to protect all Oregonians from the potential harms of e-cigarettes and other inhalants.

Oregon is in the process of regulating packaging and labeling requirements for inhalant delivery systems and will align these with the new FDA regulations.

The FDA will now be able to:
-- Prohibit free samples
-- Require warning labels
-- Prevent misleading health claims by tobacco product manufacturers
-- Evaluate the ingredients of all tobacco products and how they are made
-- Communicate the potential risks of tobacco products

These are important steps, and Oregon will continue working to protect Oregonians from the harms of tobacco.

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42 Oregon Students Qualify for National History Day(R) Competition to be Held near Washington, D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 05/05/16 3:41 PM
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Portland, OR -- Forty-two students from across Oregon have qualified to advance to the National History Day(R) competition after successfully submitting their work at Oregon History Day this past Saturday, April 23. The students who qualified to advance in the competition received first or second place in their category.

Each year, one project is awarded Best Entry at Oregon History Day, and all members of the project group receive round-trip air fare to Washington, D.C. for the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day(R) Contest, which will take place at the University of Maryland at College Park campus June 12-16, 2016. This award is made possible through generous grant funding from Joseph E. Weston Foundation, Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation

This year, Jake Sprenger from Helix High School received top honors for his documentary "The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie's Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration." Learn more about this little known piece of Oregon history on The Oregon Encyclopedia website.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. OHS Curator of Education Kristen Pilgrim works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2016 National History Day(R) theme is "Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary, and can work individually or as a group.
At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day(R), visit www.nhd.org.

A full list of winners at the 2016 Oregon History Day contest includes:

Junior Level

Lauren Meyer (Exhibit) Los Alamos: The Town that Never Was - St. Mary's School, Medford

Katrina Carrier (Exhibit) The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Claire Brimhall, Diem Han Nguyen, Ritika Saripalli, Abigail Schipper (Exhibit) The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Felix Tse, Geoffrey Gu (Exhibit) Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Anwesha Mukherjee (Documentary) Diego Velazquez: The Encounters of Art and Diplomacy in Spanish Politics - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Lily Fitzharris, Mark Fitzharris (Documentary) Taiping Rebellion - St. Mary's School, Medford

Finley Cox, Chase Sullivan (Documentary) Jane Goodall - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Thomas Chen (Website) The Opium Wars - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Jared Charbonneau (Website) Jeanette Rankin: A Pioneer for Peace and Equality - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Rachel Cheon, Sofia Lee, Nikhita Mathur, Lani Waggoner, Angela Xie (Website) Exploring Disease: Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Sreetej Kalapatapu, Sachin Pillai, Abhigya Sodani, William Xu (Website) Discovery of the Atomic Theory - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Shamamah Khan (Paper) Exploring the Western Seas: The Cultural Exchange and Foreign Encounters of the Ming Treasure Fleet - Stoller Middle School, Portland

Abe Luedtke (Paper) Electronic Music: Technology and Musical Innovation - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Senior Level

Thyreicia Simtustus (Exhibit) Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network - Madras High School

Samantha Kasitz (Exhibit) Space - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Sai Hitesh Vavilapalli, Dawin Ye (Exhibit) Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements - Westview High School, Portland

Jake Sprenger (Documentary) The Common Touch: Woody Guthrie's Encounter with The Bonneville Power Administration - Helix High School

Mecaila Espey (Documentary) Wings Clipped, Liberation Extended - Helix High School

Caiden Marks, Bethany Newtson (Documentary) The Historic Columbia River Highway: An Engineering Marvel Opens Exploration through the Columbia River Gorge - Helix High School

Ashton Marks, Macey Tullis (Documentary) Primate Pioneers: Ham & Enos Exploring the Heavens - Helix High School

Thanh (Emi) Tran (Website) The Manhattan Project: The Making of the Atomic Bomb - St. Mary's School, Medford

Len Nguyen, Jessica Yang (Website) Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the California Gold Rush - Independent Entry

Ilsa Frazer, Sabrina Juarez Honorato (Website) Eva Peron's Encounter with the Feminist Movement - Oak Hill School, Eugene

Theresa D'Silva (Paper)Catherine of Siena and Gregory XI: The Journey of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome - Independent Entry


About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" gets 1980s spin in WOU's spring theatre production (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 05/05/16 2:26 PM
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Western Oregon University's Theatre Department to produce "Cymbeline," directed by Ted deChatelet, as the spring performance. Shows will be nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium from May 25 through 28, with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on May 28. The evening show on May 27 will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Shakespeare takes some of his most famous plots and mixes them together in "Cymbeline," dealing with themes of innocence and jealousy. Alternately classified as a tragedy and a romance, deChatelet has applied a comedic tone to this more contemporary retelling set in the 1980s. The fairy tale tells the story of Princess Imogen, whose fidelity is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate and havoc ensues. The stage is thus filled with cross-dressing girls and boys, poisons and sword-fighting, and dastardly villains, offering an enchanting romp tinged with tragedy yet also offering a lesson about the invincibility of love.

The cast is as follows: Cymbeline played by David Janoviak (Milwaukee, Wis.), Imogen played by Lindsay Spear (Portland, Ore.), Posthumus played by Stephen Nielson (Salem, Ore., Guiderius played by Janelle Rae Davis (Lincoln City, Ore.), Arviragus played by Burke De Boer (Prineville, Ore.), Blearius played by Edgar Lopez (Portland, Ore.), Queen played by Angie de Morgan (Darmstadt, Germany), Cloten played by Andrew Thornton (Dallas, Ore.), Dr. Cornelius played by JennyLynn Dietritch (Seattle, Wash.), Cornelius' Assistant played by Becky Bond (Lebanon, Ore.), Pisanio played by Mindy Mawhirter (Medford, Ore.), Helen played by Stephanie Kintz (Stayton, Ore.), Caiaus played by Lucius Elise Barberis (Portland, Ore.), Philario played by Micheal Morris (Wilamina, Ore.), Iachimo played by Declan Hertel (Rocklin, Calif.), Ensemble/Lord played by Zach Stearns (Salem, Ore.), Ensemble/Lord played by Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.), Ensemble/Frenchman played by Zachary Warner (Gresham, Ore.), Ensemble/Musician played by Oliver Bergh (Lake Oswego, Ore.), Ensemble/Captain played by Natalie Doerfler (Milwaukie, Ore.), and Ensemble/Messenger played by Alex Quarrell (Kingston, Wash.).

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students. They can be purchased from the Rice Auditorium Box Office at 503-838-8462. For information about the full 2015-16 season, including the final performance of the year in July ("A Midsummer Night's Dream"), visit wou.edu/theatre-dance/events-tickets.

If attendees have a disability that may require accommodation in order to attend this show, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250 or ods@wou.edu at least 72 hours in advance.

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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Air data: Hexavalent chromium persists, but selenium levels drop
Oregon Health Authority - 05/05/16 2:20 PM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available today between 3 and 4 p.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact their agencies' communications staffers to set up an interview.

May 5, 2016

Cement, rail, trucking, chrome-plating sites are potential chromium sources

State agencies continue to investigate the source of hexavalent chromium in the air in southeast Portland that has averaged above health-based targets since 24-hour monitoring began in early March.

Authorities say they're encouraged by the latest air monitoring data that show levels of the heavy metal selenium have returned to levels expected in urban environments. Selenium levels had jumped after Bullseye Glass Co. in southeast Portland increased use of selenium in its manufacturing process beginning April 6.

Still, the persistence of increased hexavalent chromium readings over time remains a concern to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority, even as all metals collected by DEQ air monitors remain below Oregon 24-hour screening levels. Oregon 24-hour screening levels are short-term concentrations below which immediate health effects are not expected to occur.

DEQ investigators continue to seek the source of the heavy metal that has been, on average, elevated in southeast Portland since March 1. The target concentration for hexavalent chromium is 0.08 nanograms per cubic meter of air (ng/m3) when compared to an annual average, but the 57-day average ranged between 0.0827 nanograms and 0.297 nanograms across the four monitoring locations surrounding Bullseye Glass. The company did not use chromium in glass production during this period.

DEQ is looking at several potential sources, including a cement plant, rail yard, trucking facility and two chrome-plating facilities, and have visited, or are planning visits to these sites in the coming days. They also are studying wind data and are planning to move air monitors to these areas in an attempt to "triangulate" the source.

Weekly air monitoring data from southeast and north Portland are reported each week by the interagency group that includes DEQ and OHA, and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov. For information about the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/05/16 1:44 PM
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317
Contact: Kristina Follis Mwepu
(503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting
The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on May 19, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

Agenda Items:
1. Approve Minutes - February 18, 2016

2. Marvin Hoover, DPSST# 16862, Clatskanie Police Department- Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

3. Thomas B. Ammon, DPSST# 56067, Salem Police Department- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

4. Shane Beamish DPSST# 49072, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office- Basic Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Henry E. Filipponi, DPSST# 49765, Ontario Police Department- Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Brian Schmid, DPSST# 28724, Washington County Sheriff's Office- Basic and Intermediate Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. David Wagner, DPSST# 23279, Marion County Sheriff's Office- Basic and Intermediate Police Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Jason Goodding, DPSST# 43017- Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination
Presented by Eriks Gabliks

9. Staff Updates

10. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - August 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.
Linn and Benton Counties are Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 05/05/16 12:44 PM
WHO: Caring Linn and Benton families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

WHAT: Hundreds of people will be at KMART in Corvallis to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 5K walks, other festivities include coffee served by Starbucks, lunches served by Farmers and Home Depot Kids Clinic. The Linn-Benton March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: KMART, Corvallis, 400 NE Circle BLVD Oregon


WHY: For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
SAVE THE DATE! Make plans to attend a DHS Budget Town Hall Meeting in June
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/05/16 11:54 AM
You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our programs, services and priorities for our 2017 budget and legislative session. We will be holding "Budget Town Hall" meetings on the following programs: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, and DHS agency operations. Your input and participation is extremely valuable to us. Please SAVE THE DATE for a meeting in your local area.

We're finalizing the details of time and specific locations/parking right now, and more information will be coming soon:
Monday, June 20
Portland
Tuesday, June 21
Salem
Wednesday, June 22
Eugene
Thursday, June 23
Medford
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Monday, June 27
Bend
Tuesday, June 28
Pendleton
Thursday, June 30
Statewide webinar -- a web-based, interactive meeting, more details to come later

Thank you!

Questions?
Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Media Advisory - Interview opportunity with Chief Pete Kerns regarding Presidential Candidate Visit
Eugene Police Dept. - 05/05/16 11:51 AM
Chief Pete Kerns will provide a media interview at 1:30 p.m. today, May 5, at the Eugene Police Headquarters Kilcullen Room, 300 Country Club Road, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

The chief will provide information about City of Eugene preparations for the visit of Presidential Candidate Donald Trump that is expected to occur on Friday, May 6.

We will be videotaping the interview in case there are media who can't attend.
Woodburn bombing cases affirmed by Oregon Supreme Court
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/05/16 9:09 AM
Today, the Oregon Supreme Court issued its decision in State of Oregon v. Joshua Turnidge and State of Oregon v. Bruce Turnidge, unanimously affirming their convictions and death sentences for the aggravated murders of Woodburn Police Captain Thomas Tennant and Oregon State Police Trooper William Hakim. The court also upheld the Turnidges' convictions for the Attempted Aggravated Murder and assault of both Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell (Retired) and Laurie Perkett, an employee of the West Coast Bank injured in the December 12, 2008 bombing. State v. Turnidge, 359 Or 364 (S059155); State v. Turnidge, 359 Or 507 (S059156).

The convictions and death sentences were handed down by a unanimous jury verdict in December of 2010 after a three and a half month long trial in Marion County Circuit Court. The case was presided over by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Hart. Oregon law then required the Supreme Court to directly review the verdicts and sentences of death for any legal errors in the trial court.

Today's decision reinforces the justice and fairness of the trial process and of the jury's verdicts and sentences.
Benton County Graduates New Search and Rescue Volunteers
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/05/16 7:55 AM
Benton County Sheriff's Office would like to congratulate the 19 volunteers that graduated from our annual Search & Rescue Academy on Sunday, May 1st 2016.

This academy was approximately 2 months long covering subjects such as Wilderness Navigation, Incident Command, Knots, Shelter and Fire Building, Patient Care, SAR Law, CPR, First Aid, Lost Subject Behavior, Search Techniques, Crime Scene Investigations, Ethics and more.

These individuals will now join existing teams of our Search & Rescue program, these teams include: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Emergency Communications), Benton County Sheriff's Mounted Posse (Horseback Search Team ), Corvallis Mountain Rescue (Technical Rescue), Mary's Peak Search & Rescue (Wilderness Search Team), Region Three K9 SAR (Search Dog Team) or SkySAR (Air Search Team).

Sheriff Jackson welcomes the newest team members saying "Our volunteer force provides a valuable and irreplaceable service to the Benton County community. These dedicated men and women donate hundreds of hours each year to serve their community."
Wed. 05/04/16
Unclaimed $50,000 prize expires Friday
Oregon Lottery - 05/04/16 2:34 PM
May 4, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Time is running out for a $50,000 Powerball prize!

The ticket, with the winning numbers of 23-24-27-39-41 and Powerball of 30, was purchased in Grants Pass on May 6, 2015 and expires at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6 -- one year from the date of the drawing. It was the only ticket with a $50,000 prize in Oregon for that draw date. Lottery rules give winners one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.

"The odds of winning a $50,000 prize are one in 913,129, so it would be a huge shame if the person who won didn't claim their prize," said Patrick Johnson, Lottery spokesman. "Most people who win come in within a month of the drawing. This prize might not be a prize worth millions, but I don't know anybody would couldn't use an extra $50,000."

The ticket was sold in the afternoon of May 6, 2015. The Oregon Lottery doesn't reveal the exact location the ticket was sold, for ticket validation purposes.

The Grants Pass Powerball win isn't the only unclaimed ticket. Two other substantial prizes have yet to be claimed, as well.

There is another unclaimed $50,000 Powerball prize, which was sold December 2, 2015 in Sisters. The winning numbers for that ticket are 7-10-46-50-56 with a Powerball of 1. The drawing for the prize was held Dec. 9, 2015 and the player has until Dec. 9, 2016 to claim the $50,000 prize.

Oregon Lottery officials are also waiting for a $1 million Mega Millions prize to be claimed. This ticket was sold on the morning of Jan. 13 in Newport with the winning numbers of 29-41-53-54-70 for the Jan. 15, 2016 drawing. The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions is one in 18,492,204. The player has until Jan. 15, 2017 to claim the prize.

The funds from unclaimed Lottery prizes go back to the state to fund education, state parks, watershed enhancement and economic development.

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. In the event of winning a jackpot, winners 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 the prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/04/16 2:05 PM
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
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Portland, Ore. - BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer announced today the appointment of Dan James, formerly of the regional utility cooperative PNGC Power, to the position of deputy administrator for the Northwest power marketing agency.

"Dan is a terrific addition to the leadership team at Bonneville -- his character and experience get right at the heart of what we are about: focusing on safety and staying connected to the region through customers, tribes, constituents and others," said Mainzer. "Dan's positive demeanor is infectious, and he's dedicated to operational excellence and achieving tangible results."

As deputy administrator, James will be responsible for leadership, strategic planning, financial management, and regulatory affairs as well as intergovernmental and public affairs oversight. He will oversee and provide direction and guidance for program execution and administration to executive vice presidents, vice presidents and managers of Corporate Strategy, Finance, Communications, Intergovernmental Affairs, the Ombudsman, and Compliance, Audit and Risk.

"I am delighted to have Dan's long-time expertise in the energy field joining Bonneville," said U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. "His relationship with the congressional delegation spans decades, and he brings an important knowledge of the Northwest's energy needs."

James comes to BPA from PNGC Power, where he has served as vice president of public affairs and marketing since 2007.

Prior to his PNGC experience, James worked as a federal affairs representative at Pacific Northwest Waterways Association in Vancouver, Wash., and as a senior government relations specialist at Ball Janik LLP in Portland and Washington, D.C.

"Dan is a great choice for the deputy position," said Scott Corwin, executive director of the Public Power Council, which represents the interests of publicly owned utilities in the Northwest. "Having worked in various sectors involving the river system, he is one of the foremost experts on issues impacting BPA and the Columbia Basin. Dan has a sterling reputation for integrity and sincere collaboration and will be a great asset to Bonneville and to the citizens of the region in this role."

"Dan understands the unique role that BPA plays in the lives of the people it serves, and the opportunities and challenges facing the agency," said Beth Looney, president and CEO of PNGC Power. "I look forward to working with him in the years ahead."

James is also a member of the National Preference Customer Committee of the National Electric Cooperative Association and is a senior fellow of the Oregon chapter of the American Leadership Forum.

"The region is very lucky to have Dan named deputy administrator at BPA. His broad knowledge base and vast experience, both in the region and in Washington, D.C., will benefit all customers of BPA," said Mark Johnson, general manager of Flathead Electric Cooperative of Kalispell, Mont., and chairman of the executive committee for the Public Power Council. "As a Montanan, it is always nice to see another Montanan, especially one from the Flathead Valley, achieve such an important and influential position. All of us in public power will miss Dan in his current role, but we know he will represent us well, and I look forward to working with him as the deputy administrator."

James grew up in western Montana near Flathead Lake. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., in 1987 and remains a faithful follower of the university's football team to this day. He also earned a utility management certificate from Willamette University in Portland in 2015. He has served on boards for such community organizations as United Way of Columbia-Willamette, Pacific University, Oregon Wave Energy Trust and the Pacific Youth Choir. He lives in Northeast Portland with his spouse and two teenage daughters.

"I have been fortunate to live in the Northwest most of my life and work for the people of our rural areas most of my career," said James. "I am excited to join Elliot's team at a time when the agency faces unique opportunities and challenges."

James is scheduled to start in the deputy administrator position within the next several weeks.


Attached Media Files: Dan James appointed new deputy administrator for BPA.
Motor Vehicle Crash
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/04/16 1:55 PM
Just before 8:00 AM this morning (May 4, 2016), a 1990 Chevy Suburban, driven by 49 year old Robin Royer of Roseburg, crashed into the River Forks Market at 4342 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg. Royer had been seen traveling on Fisher Road, driving erratically. Royer's vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign on Fisher Road at Garden Valley Road. The vehicle crossed Garden Valley Road at a high rate of speed, finally stopping when it impacted the corner of the building (River Forks Market).

There were numerous patrons inside the store when the crash occurred, luckily no one was injured from the flying debris. The structure of the building was compromised and it has been closed due to the instability. It is unknown at this time how long the store will be closed as structural repairs will need to be made.

Robin Royer was transported to Mercy Medical Center via ambulance where she is being treated for undisclosed head injuries. It appears she was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, it is still under investigation.

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Sheriff's Office Adding Additional Patrols May 5th Cinco de Mayo (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/04/16 1:40 PM
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Thursday May 5th, the Marion County Sheriff's Office's Traffic Safety Team will add additional patrols to our roadways. The Deputies will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers in Marion County.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Over the 2014 Cinco de Mayo holiday period, almost one-fifth (18%) of drivers in fatal crashes had BACs of .15 or higher--that's almost twice the legal limit in every state. The Sheriff's Office is asking our motorists, if you are celebrating, please designate a sober driver.


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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Petition to Prohibit Motors on Chetco River
Oregon Marine Board - 05/04/16 12:44 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on a petition the agency received on April 7, to prohibit the use of motors on a portion of the Chetco River.

The petition proposes a motor prohibition from the downstream boundary of the National Forest near Miller Bar to the lower water tower located at approximately river mile 3.2 below Social Security Bar. The petitioner cites a need for a rule to reduce conflict between user groups on the river.

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 13, at the Best Western Beachfront Inn, located at 16008 Boat Basin Road in Brookings. The meeting will begin at 7 pm to accept testimony. Written comments will be accepted until 9 pm or the closing of the public meeting.

Written comments can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

Following the close of the public comment period, the Board will meet on June 28, in The Dalles, to discuss the petition. The Board may make a motion to deny, or direct staff to initiate the rulemaking process to consider the proposed petition. Public comment on this petition will not be accepted at the Board meeting.

To view the public notice, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx.
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Kaitlyn Marina Hickman Receives OSU Outstanding Student Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/04/16 12:29 PM
Kaitlyn Hickman receives the OSU Outstanding Student Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Kaitlyn Hickman receives the OSU Outstanding Student Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
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Kaitlyn Marina Hickman has received the OSU Outstanding Student Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Hickman received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The OSU Outstanding Student Award is to be presented annually to an Oregon State University forestry student who is a member of the Society of American Foresters; participates regularly in OSU SAF activities, including a leadership role of some kind; represents the OSU SAF Student Chapter at state or national SAF gatherings; and who demonstrates good academic standing, good citizenship, and excellence in extracurricular and professional work activities.

Hickman is a senior in the College of Forestry's Natural Resources program and is closing out her academic career. She works on campus during the academic year and actively volunteers as a chapter leader for the OSU chapter. Last fall Hickman was the primary lead coordinating the College of Forestry SAF Student Chapter Job Fair.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Kaitlyn Hickman receives the OSU Outstanding Student Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
LSTA Advisory Council meeting at Oregon State Library, 5/16 and 5/17/16
Oregon State Library - 05/04/16 11:26 AM
Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council will meet at the Oregon State Library on Monday and Tuesday, May 16 & 17, 2016. Serenity Ibsen will chair the meeting, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 16th and 9:00 a.m. on May 17th.

The Council will review the 2016 grant proposals and make recommendations to the Oregon State Library Board concerning the state's LSTA program. The Council will hear updates from the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory (SDLAC) and Answerland Advisory Committees. There will be a demonstration and budget proposal from Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS).

An open forum will be held Monday, May 16th at 4 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 Agenda
May 16-17, 2016
Oregon State Library, Meeting Room 103
250 Winter St., Salem, OR

AGENDA

Monday, May 16, 2016

1:00 p.m. Introductions

1:10 Approval of the Agenda
Approval of the Minutes, September 14, 2015

1:15 Housekeeping -- Ferol Weyand

1:20 Report from the State Librarian, MaryKay Dahlgreen

1:35 Budget Update FFY2015 and Proposed FFY2016, Susan Westin

1:45 OSLIS demonstration and budget proposal, Jen Maurer

2:00 E-rate budget proposal, Darci Hanning

2:10 Edge update, Darci Hanning

2:20 Continuing Education for library staff, Darci Hanning

2:30 Break

2:45 Answerland, Tamara Ottum
Introducing new coordinator
Update on RFP
Approval of Answerland Advisory Committee formation, bylaws and members

3:00 Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Request
Election of SDLAC committee members -- Arlene Weible
Budget proposal -- Diane Sotak
Centralized portal proposal -- Diane Sotak

4:00 Open forum

4:30 p.m. Recess



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

9:00 a.m. Council Meeting Reconvenes

9:05 Process Review, Ann Reed

9:25 Review of and scoring of LSTA competitive proposals (returning and new) and statewide projects proposals

10:30 Break

10:45 Continue review and scoring of grant proposals

12:00 p.m. Working Lunch

12:30 Presentation of ranked grant applications

1:00 Discussion of all grant proposals

2:30 Recommendations to the State Library Board

2:40 5 year plan evaluation process, Susan Westin

2:45 Review 2016 grant process

2:50 Review action items

3:00 p.m. Adjournment

all times are approximate except for Open Forum
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Expands Programming to Eugene, Oregon for Individuals With Visual Impairments
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 05/04/16 11:10 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Suite 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Expands Programming to Eugene, Oregon for Individuals With Visual Impairments

Vancouver, Washington-May 4th, 2016--The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that the organization is officially expanding its life-changing programs for children, youth, adults and military veterans who are blind or visually impaired to Eugene, OR and the surrounding area.

Starting in May, 2016, NWABA will host numerous programs events in Eugene, OR to allow individuals who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to participate in sports and physical activity. Events include a hike on May 21st and a tandem bike ride on June 11th. The organization has plans to add significantly more events in Eugene throughout 2016 with the eventual goal of having weekly, on-going programming in the area.

"Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is extremely excited to scale our life-changing programs across Oregon to ensure all individuals who are blind or visually impaired have the opportunity to participate. This expansion effort in the Eugene area will introduce hundreds of individuals currently not receiving any services to our mission and programs." said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate for individuals who are blind is 70-80% and we believe the primary reason for this is a lack of confidence and self-esteem. When you are blind or visually impaired, it creates obstacles that for many can seem impossible to overcome. People with visual impairments have to make adaptations and struggle every day to be successful, independent, and self-sufficient. Because this is so difficult, most people who are blind lead a sedentary lifestyle and never experience what many people take for granted.

For anyone, visually impaired or sighted, sports have a unique ability to change lives. Once introduced into physical activity and sports, individuals with visual impairments are opened up to the possibility that they can follow their dreams. After successful inclusion, blind individuals build self-esteem, confidence, team camaraderie, muscular strength, and physical fitness. They develop the tools to seek a richer, fuller life which includes improved social relationships, a positive self-image, and most of all, the confidence to pursue success in other areas of life, such as school and employment opportunities.

These programs are funded with support from Premier Program Partner, the KMR Group Foundation, and other program sponsors including The Standard; Peace Health; Pacific Source Health Plans and Waste Connections. Northwest Association for Blind Athletes would like to invite individuals with visual impairments to participate in any of the events and any community members that are interested volunteering to support the organization's mission. Please visit www.nwaba.org or call 360-448-7254 to learn more about how you can get involved.

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to more than 1,200 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Since that time, it has transformed into a national-leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-448-7254

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State to hold rulemaking hearings in Salem
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 05/04/16 8:39 AM
Public comment invited on permits for maintenance dredging, management of state-owned waterways, and recreational placer mining

Salem -- The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold formal hearings to seek public comments on three sets of administrative rules governing: 1) establishment of a new General Permit for Navigational Access Maintenance Dredging; 2) management of the state-owned waterway leasing program; and 3) and recreational placer mining.

May 17 -- Maintenance Dredging
5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

May 19 -- Waterway Program
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.

May 20 -- Recreational Placer Mining
11:00 a.m. -- Noon

The hearings will be held at the Department of State Lands, Land Board Room, 775 Summer St. NE, Salem.

The waterway rulemaking pertains to leases, licenses and registrations for structures and uses of state-owned submerged and submersible land. It also includes procedures for the recently approved Submerged Lands Enhancement Fund, enacted by House Bill 2463 in 2015.

The maintenance dredging rulemaking pertains to creating a removal-fill General Permit for routine maintenance dredging of existing marinas, boat basins, terminals and access channels for navigational access purposes.

Both sets of draft rules were developed with input from advisory committees composed of a diverse group of stakeholders.

The placer mining rulemaking will establish permanent rules to comply with a legislative moratorium (Senate Bill 838 in the 2013 session) on placer mining in Essential Salmon Habitat, effective January 2, 2016. DSL had adopted a temporary rule previously to comply with the legislation.

Members of the public who are unable to attend one of the hearings may send comments via mail or email during the public comment periods:

Maintenance Dredging: May 1 -- May 31, 2016
Waterway Leasing Program: May 1 -- June 7, 2016
Recreational Placer Mining: May 1 -- 23, 2016

Email: rules@dsl.state.or.us; U.S. mail: Sabrina Foward, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279.

Additional information is on the DSL website under Rulemaking: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx

The Department of State Lands protects Oregon's wetlands and waterways for their ecological functions and for the benefits they provide to the state's economy and the well-being of Oregonians. The agency does this through administering the Removal-Fill Law, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967. The Department also protects public ownership rights of Oregon's navigable and tidally influenced waterways by managing the use of state-owned land under rivers, lakes and the territorial sea.

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State to hold rulemaking hearings in coastal cities
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 05/04/16 8:34 AM
Public comment invited on state-owned waterways and permits for maintenance dredging


Starting May 16, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold five public hearings to seek comments on two sets of administrative rules governing: 1) the state-owned waterway management and leasing program; and 2) the establishment of a new General Permit for Navigational Access Maintenance Dredging.

The waterway rulemaking pertains to leases, licenses and registrations for structures and uses of state-owned submerged and submersible land. It also includes procedures for the recently approved Submerged Lands Enhancement Fund, enacted by House Bill 2463 in 2015.

The maintenance dredging rulemaking pertains to creating a removal-fill General Permit for routine maintenance dredging of existing marinas, boat basins, terminals and access channels for navigational access purposes.

Hearing schedule:

Astoria
May 18: Maintenance Dredging
5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.
Port of Astoria
10 Pier One, Suite 209

Tillamook
May 18: Waterway Program
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.
Tillamook County Commissioners Conference Rooms A & B
201 Laurel Ave.

Newport
May 16: Maintenance Dredging
5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.
Port of Newport Marina & RV Park
South Beach Activities Room
2120 SE Marine Science Dr.

Coos Bay/North Bend
May 24: Waterway Program
4:00 -- 6:00 p.m.
North Bend Public Library
1800 Sherman Ave.

Bandon
May 26: Maintenance Dredging
5:00 -- 6:00 p.m.
The Barn Community Center
1200 11th St. SW

Both sets of draft rules were developed with input from advisory committees composed of a diverse group of stakeholders.

Members of the public who are unable to attend one of the hearings may send comments via mail or email during the public comment periods:

Maintenance Dredging: May 1 -- May 31, 2016
Waterway Leasing Program: May 1 -- June 7

Email: rules@dsl.state.or.us; U.S. mail: Sabrina Foward, Rules Coordinator, Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 100, Salem, Oregon 97301-1279.

Additional information is on the DSL website under Rulemaking: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx

The Department of State Lands protects Oregon's wetlands and waterways for their ecological functions and for the benefits they provide to the state's economy and the well-being of Oregonians. The agency does this through administering the Removal-Fill Law, passed by the Oregon Legislature in 1967. The Department also protects public ownership rights of Oregon's navigable and tidally influenced waterways by managing the use of state-owned land under rivers, lakes and the territorial sea.

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Media advisory: Reminder: Workers hit in Oregon work zones will speak at work zone safety awareness press conference in Eugene/Springfield
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 05/04/16 5:44 AM
Media advisory: Reminder: Workers hit in Oregon work zones will speak at work zone safety awareness press conference in Eugene/Springfield

When: 10:30 a.m. TODAY, Wednesday May 4, 2016

Where: Along the transition ramp from OR 569 (Randy Papé Beltline) to I-5

Google map: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0838619,-123.0496365,18.14z. Follow Willakenzie Road eastbound until it veers right and becomes Manchester Dr.; turn left to stay on Willakenzie Rd. as it cuts behind the housing development. A power substation should be on your right after the turn. Drive down the road to the dead-end in a field on the side of the transition ramp from OR 569 to I-5. The area will be a work zone along an interstate highway for the next 18 months.

Satellite view: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0838022,-123.0494963,697m/data=!3m1!1e3

Earth view of area from the transition ramp looking back at the field (trees in the picture have been cut down in the field in preparation for construction work): https://www.google.com/maps/@44.0838022,-123.0494963,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVutLzLTo_ShMoKMfUOZZ7g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Why: To draw attention to the serious issue of distracted driving in Oregon work zones.

On average, a crash happens in an Oregon work zone every 19 hours--or 477 crashes a year. Inattention and speed are two large contributing factors.

Who: Representatives from ODOT and the highway construction industry will speak briefly. Private contractor construction workers and ODOT maintenance workers who have been hit in work zones will be available for 1-on-1 interviews afterward.

What: Following the press conference, the OSP will provide media ride-alongs with OSP Troopers looking for distracted drivers in work zones.

Editors: Contact OSP PIO Capt. Bill Fugate, OSPPIO@state.or.us, to arrange ride-alongs after the press conference.
Tue. 05/03/16
Task Force on School Nursing meets May 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/03/16 3:41 PM
May 3, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Task Force on School Nursing

Agenda: Continue state funding discussions; hear about the history of school health-related task forces in Oregon; learn about school nursing data.

When: Friday, May 6, 12:30-3:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

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

Details: 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

More information, including task force members, meeting agendas and minutes, is available on the task force's website at https://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyPeopleFamilies/Youth/HealthSchool/Pages/Task-Force-on-School-Nursing.aspx.

For more information about the task force, contact Jamie Smith at 971-673-0724 or jamie.leon.smith@state.or.us.

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Eugene Tree Farm Owners Receive 'Forester Appreciation Award' from Oregon Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 3:01 PM
Lindsay Reaves and Tom Bauman, owners of the Bauman Tree Farm of Eugene, received the Forestry Appreciation Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF) at their annual meeting on April 28. The award is given to individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the advancement of forestry in Oregon.

OSAF Awards Co-Chair Tim Keith says Reaves and Bauman actively manage the tree farm for both timber and education. Each year, their Forests Today & Forever (FTF) program brings 1,500 students there to learn about forest management. Reaves also hosts groups in her spare time, providing a place for school picnics, Volksmarches, Scout camp-outs, and other activities.

"Lindsay's enthusiasm and dynamic personality cause most audience members curious to learn more," Keith said. "Tom spends considerable time maintaining trails, roads, and other aspects of the tree farm that make the FTF forest education experience available to local audiences."

Keith said Reaves and Bauman contribute significantly to forestry education in Oregon. Since 2007, over 10,500 youth, parent chaperones, and teachers from rural, urban, and suburban school districts have visited their tree farm. In addition, other groups, including Scouts, home school students, and university classes have learned about forestry there too.

Reaves and Bauman are also involved in other organizations: Family Day at the Oregon Logging Conference, members of Lane Small Woodlands Association (LSWA) and Oregon Small Woodlands Association (OSWA), OFRI tours and workshops, and professional development offered by OSU Extension including ONREP and the Master Woodland Manager programs.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Gary Springer Receives "Tough Tree" Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:58 PM
Philomath resident Gary Springer has received the Tough Tree Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is presented whenever appropriate to members of SAF who have demonstrated sustained, excellent professional performance in an extremely adverse work climate.

Springer graduated from Eddyville High School in rural Lincoln County, Oregon and from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in General Humanities. For three decades he worked alongside his father in their contract logging business. In 2003, he began work at Starker Forests with a focus on forest policy and regulation. Over the years, Springer has served on a number of forestry-related boards and committees, including the Forest Practices Advisory Committee, the Committee for Family Forestlands, the Oregon Small Woodlands Association, and the OSU College of Forestry Research Advisory Committee.

Springer was in his second term as a director of the Oregon Forest Resources Institute when he was appointed to the Oregon Board of Forestry in 2010, where he is serving his second and final term.

Tim Keith, OSAF Awards Co-Chair, says Springer's Tough Tree Award reflects the work Springer has done with the revisions to the Forest Practices Act's stream rules before the Board of Forestry over the past several years.

"As a forest landowner and someone who grew up living and working in the forest, Gary brought a perspective other Board members did not have. He didn't always sway their views, but he did educate them," said Dick Powell, OSAF past State Chair. "Near the end of a very long and very public process, he submitted a proposal to revise the Forest Practices Act's stream rules for the Board to consider; he eventually voted against his own proposal because other Board members had added amendments that made his proposal unacceptable. In the end, he voted against the rule changes the Board adopted."

"To say this has been an exhausting ordeal for Gary is an understatement. Through it all, Gary has been a stalwart advocate for Oregon's forests and for good forestry in a very public and, sometimes, very political and contentious arena."

"Having watched this process from the audience at multiple board meetings, I can attest to the stress, the patience, and the effort Gary's Board membership required, said Steve Cafferata, OSAF Treasurer. "Simultaneously with this work on stream rule revisions, there were many other issues that had complex aspects and public testimony that he had to deal with including management of state forests."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
Body recovered in ocean near Depoe Bay
Oregon State Police - 05/03/16 2:58 PM
On May 3, 2016 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police was notified of a deceased body in the Whale Cove water area just south of Depoe Bay.

The body was recovered and at this time is confirmed to be an unidentified male. The Oregon State Police Medical Examiner will work on identification through DNA.

OSP Patrol was assisted by Depoe Bay Fire, Seal Rock Fire, US Coast Guard, OSP Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Division.
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2016 Fellows to exhibit in Governor's Office May 16-June 30 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 05/03/16 2:49 PM
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Salem, OR -- Works by the Oregon Arts Commission's 2016 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients will be exhibited in the Governor's Office, in the Capitol Building in Salem, May 16 through June 30.

The 2016 fellowships in the visual arts and design were awarded to Natalie Ball, Chiloquin; Fernanda D'Agostino, Portland; Laurie Danial, Portland; Tannaz Farsi, Eugene; Julie Green, Corvallis; Laura Heit, Portland; Michael T. Hensley, Portland; Aaron Flint Jamison, Portland; Jim Lommasson, Portland; Elizabeth Malaska, Portland; Brenna Murphy, Portland; Ronna Neuenschwander, Portland; and Blair Saxon-Hill, Portland. Selected works span painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and installation.

The Individual Artist Fellowship Program honors Oregon's professional artists and their artistic achievements and supports their efforts to advance their careers. Fellows are recommended by a review panel of arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s). The Arts Commission also awards annual Fellowships in the Media Arts and alternating year Fellowships in Literary Arts and Performance.

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. 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 Voorhies 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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OSU Professor Doug Maguire Receives Research Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:42 PM
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
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Oregon State University College of Forestry Professor Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). Dr. Maguire received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay.

The OSAF Research Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in any branch of science leading to advancement in either the science or practice of forestry in Oregon.

Dr. Maguire received his undergraduate degree in Forestry at the University of Maine in 1976 and has been a member of SAF for 40 years. He has twice received the OSAF Research Award. He has been a Professor of Forestry at Oregon State since 1996, and served in the same capacity at the University of Maine and University of Washington dating back to 1986.

Since his first academic appointment, Dr. Maguire has served as the major professor for 37 graduate students and served as a graduate committee member for an additional 88 students. Since 1988, he has been the author or co-author of 94 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2007 he has been the Director of the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS).

"Dr. Maguire has demonstrated sustained high research productivity in the areas of silviculture, growth & yield, effects of Swiss Needle Cast on Douglas-fir productivity, and silviculture influences on wood quality," said Stephen Fitzgerald, Director of the College of Forestry Research Forests at Oregon State University. "He conceived and directs the Center for Intensive Planted-forest Silviculture (CIPS), which tackles applied research problems in Douglas-fir plantation management. This body of work helps to sustain ecosystem and economic productivity for private landowners who are part of and fund CIPS.

"Dr. Maguire is an effective teacher and teaches courses on forest models and silviculture influences. He is a highly-sought speaker and is highly respected by colleagues across the Pacific Northwest, the United States, and abroad."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The Society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Doug Maguire has received the Research Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Doug Maguire, and SAF President Clark Seely.
Hillsboro's Fran Cafferata Coe Receives Young Forester Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:33 PM
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
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Hillsboro resident Fran Cafferata Coe has received the inaugural Young Forester Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). The award is given to an OSAF member that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development and promotion of an individual program or project, or for a sustained leadership role benefiting the practice of forestry and the Society of American Foresters.

She received the award at the OSAF annual meeting on April 28 in Coos Bay. Coe is the owner of a small consulting firm, Cafferata Consulting, LLC, a natural resource consulting firm specializing in helping forest landowners and managers understand how to effectively manage their forests for both healthy wildlife populations and sustainable timber production.

Coe graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in 2000, with a strong emphasis in the interactions between forests and wildlife. Today, she has over 13 years of experience completing environmental surveys for sensitive, threatened, and endangered plant and animal species.

For the last four years, she has been a contractor with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI). She leads the Wildlife in Managed Forests program, which supports OFRI's mission of elevating public understanding of how forest stewardship meets social, environmental, and economic needs of both present and future generations. She has authored or coauthored five high-profile educational booklets as part of the Wildlife in Managed Forests program. In addition, Coe has authored numerous articles for a wide variety of audiences on Wildlife in Managed Forests.

"This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a young person to the Society and the profession at large," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Tim Keith. "Fran has a passion for connecting the fields of wildlife biology and forestry. Fran is a young natural resource professional that has worked to develop and promote numerous programs, projects and collaborative efforts to benefit the practice of forestry, SAF, and The Wildlife Society."

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Fran Cafferata Coe received the Young Forester award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Shown left to right: OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, Fran Cafferata Coe, and Clark Seely, SAF president.
Oregon Society of American Foresters Honors Mark Buckbee With Lifetime Achievement Award (Photo)
Society of American Foresters - 05/03/16 2:23 PM
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
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Roseburg resident Mark Buckbee has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). He received the award at the OSAF annual meeting in Coos Bay on April 28 for his lifetime contribution to the Society of American Foresters and lifetime achievement in the forestry profession.

After earning a Bachelor's in Forest Resources Management from State University of New York in 1974 and a Master of Science in Forest Science from Utah State University in 1977, Buckbee began his professional forestry career as a field forester with the BLM in Roseburg. He has served as a lead forester, natural resource supervisor, chief of branch of engineering, district manager, and associate district manager.

During his tenure with the BLM, Buckbee was involved in numerous activities that were instrumental in Western Oregon BLM's management of public timberland, including projects such as the Northwest Forest Plan, BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revision, BLM's Secretarial Pilot Project, and numerous density management studies.

"During this time Mark fought tirelessly to allow foresters to manage the forest for the greatest good and on a sustained yield regime," said Tim Keith, OSAF Awards co-chair. "Mark's dedication and enthusiasm for both SAF and the forestry profession over the past 40 years exemplifies the OSAF Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a role model and leader to many foresters within the Umpqua Chapter, in not only his forestry experience and knowledge, but also his dedication, integrity, and citizenship within the Roseburg community."

Buckbee's service to SAF has included selected and appointed positions within the Society at the chapter, state, and national levels. He has served as Umpqua Chapter chair and chair­elect, National SAF Committee on Forest Policy, chair of the OSAF Foundation, Fellow, Oregon SAF chair and chair-elect, OSAF delegate-at-large, and OSAF communications chair.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Mark Buckbee, center, receives the Oregon SAF Lifetime Achievement Award from OSAF Chair Steve Pilkerton, left, and Clark Seely, right.
Roseburg's Trixy Moser Receives Forester of the Year Award from Oregon Society of American Foresters (Photo)
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Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
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Roseburg resident Trixy Moser has received the Forester of the Year Award from the Oregon Society of American Foresters. Moser received the award on April 28 at the OSAF Annual Meeting in Coos Bay.

The award is given annually to the OSAF member who has been recognized by his or her peers for contributing to both the profession and the public through application of professional skills to the advancement of forestry in Oregon and through public service that benefits his community or some larger segment of society.

Moser began her forestry career as a forester in the Los Padres National Forest, working for the Santa Barbara Ranger District. She soon moved to Roseburg to start her new job as a silviculture forester for the BLM's South River Field Office. While in this role, Moser collaborated with biologists to implement silvicultural treatments to meet Northwest Forest Plan objectives. In 2005 she became the Swiftwater Field Office Silviculturist. In this role, Moser evaluated 65,000 acres with intensive stand exams for the identification and prioritization of potential commercial thinning projects. She also oversaw 1,500 acres of pre-commercial thinning and tree marking per year. In 2015, Moser accepted a new job as a Contract Administrator for the South River Field Office, where she manages timber sale contracts on up to six active contracts at one time.

In addition, Moser was the Chair of the Roseburg District BLM Combined Federal Campaign for several years. Under her leadership, the Roseburg office led the state in fundraising with over $25,000 raised per year. She has also been a district coordinator and speaker for the Douglas County School Forestry Tour since 2000, volunteered at the Douglas County Fair, and is involved in the Sutherlin Parent Teachers Organization, among many other activities.

"It would be admirable to do as much in a lifetime of service to advance forestry and benefit a community as Trixy did in the past year," said OSAF Awards Co-chair Glenn Lahti. However, her service to this community did not start in 2015. For many years Trixy has been actively making our organization, community and future better, using her professional skills and boundless energy. She is a very deserving recipient of the Forester of the Year Award."

Moser is married to another BLM forester, Dave Moser, and is a mother to two boys, Connor and Jason. In 2015, she held an SAF-sponsored Arbor Day Event at a local park designed to spread the love of forests to the community. She also helped organize the Douglas County School Forestry Tour, an event that reaches 1,000 5th graders from Douglas County schools. The purpose of the School Forestry Tour is to advance forestry in Oregon by teaching kids the importance of managing forests. Moser also spearheaded the SAF Umpqua Chapter's donation to the Sutherlin High School Forestry program to assist with the purchase of a drone for forestry use. This will help the students develop new techniques for collecting aerial data.

OSAF and its 15 local chapters represent all segments the forestry profession within the state. The society includes public and private practitioners, researchers, administrators, educators, and forestry students. Its mission is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethics of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


Attached Media Files: Trixy Moser receives the Forester of the Year award from Oregon SAF Chair Steve Pilkerton (left) and SAF President Clark Seely.
Robber Gordon Davis sentenced to life with a minimum of 35 years
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 05/03/16 1:42 PM
At sentencing this morning before the honorable Judge Thomas Hart, Robert Gordon Davis, 32 years old, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Davis previously entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person on April 25, 2016.

To reach the 35-year sentence, which is greater than the 25-year minimum, the judge found that the defendant was persistently involved in similar crimes based on his previous convictions for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault IV, Attempt Assault IV, Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Attempt Assault of a Public Safety Officer, and Strangulation.

This murder charge stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr NE, Salem, that caused the death of 24-year-old Jose Garcia-Roldan. Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office determined that the defendant was standing in front of the Surfwood residence when he shot six times at the victim, who was standing in his doorway. One shot struck the victim and the other five hit the house. The victim was transported to Salem Hospital where he remained on life support for 15 days.

Investigators also determined that two of the bullets that struck the building penetrated the exterior walls and passed through the living room. There were four persons inside that living room at the time of the shooting. This included: two friends of the victim, who were then 16 and 17 years old, as well as the victim's 23-year-old wife and their 6-month-old child.

The investigation revealed that both the defendant and the victim were involved in gangs and the shooting was related to a gang dispute. The defendant was captured five days after the shooting by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Salem Police Department Gang Enforcement Unit.
First look at 2017 proposed health insurance rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 05/03/16 1:22 PM
Salem -- Oregon consumers can now get a first look at proposed rates for 2017 individual and small employer health insurance plans.

Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation on May 2. The division must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

"For the next two months, we will analyze the requested rates to ensure they adequately cover costs without being too high or too low," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Our open process allows Oregonians to see everything we do and provide comments on the filings that affect them."

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer.

In the individual market, 10 companies submitted average rate change requests ranging from 0 percent to a 32.3 percent increase. In the small group market, 12 companies submitted average rate requests ranging from a 5 percent decrease to a 17 percent increase. See the attached chart for the full list of rate requests.

Starting May 6, Oregonians will be able to search rate filings and submit comments at oregonhealthrates.org. Once scheduled, hearing information will be posted to this website.

Oregonians are encouraged to comment on rate change requests during the public comment period, which is open May 6 through June 24. The public can submit comments online and during public rate hearings.

Preliminary decisions will be announced June 16, and final decisions will be released July 1.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov and dfr.oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Proposed 2017 Average Health Insurance Rate Requests
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 101 - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/03/16 12:29 PM
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On April 29, 2016 at 4:44 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 near milepost 361 (three miles south of Brookings).

Preliminary information revealed a red 2006 F-350 pickup, operated by Rebecca CROCKETT, age 56, of Portland, had been traveling northbound on Highway 101 when it came to a stop in the left lane, waiting to make a left turn. The pickup had to yield to on-coming southbound traffic.

While waiting to turn left, the pickup was rear-ended by a northbound grey 2007 Mazda 3 passenger car operated by Susan CHILDRESS, age 47, of Brookings and passenger, Reggie DICKERSON, age 47, of Brookings. Upon emergency crews arriving on scene, both CHILDRESS and DICKERSON were transported to the Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City by ambulance. CHILDRESS was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Redding, California and on May 1, 2016 died from her injuries. CROCKETT was not injured.

According to witness statements, CHILDRESS was traveling at a fast rate of speed and attempted to avoid colliding with the pickup at the last second.

One northbound lane of Highway 101 was closed for approximately two hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Cal-Ore Ambulance.


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BLM Selects Elizabeth Burghard as Medford District Manager (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/03/16 11:45 AM
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Portland, Ore. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces Elizabeth Burghard as the Medford District Manager. Burghard replaces Dayne Barron who held the position of Medford District Manager.

"Elizabeth brings a depth and diversity of experience and knowledge to the position that will benefit both Medford and the states of Oregon and Washington," said Associate State Director Theresa Hanley.

A native of Missouri, Elizabeth moved to Wyoming to pursue a degree in anthropology. She began her Federal career in 1998 as an archaeology technician in the Worland Wyoming Field Office, and has since then worked in Buffalo, Wyoming and Cedar City, Utah. Most recently, Elizabeth was the Field Office Manager for the BLM's Cedar City, Utah Field Office.

The Medford District Manager advises the State Director on public policies and programs within the Medford District. The district oversees approximately 866,000 acres of scattered public lands between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges and from the Oregon/California border to Canyon Creek and southern Douglas County. This large land base is divided into three Resource Areas: Ashland, Butte Falls, and Grants Pass.

Numerous recreation opportunities await the outdoor enthusiast in the Medford District. Floating the Rogue Wild and Scenic River, birding, caving, fishing, hiking, hunting, sightseeing, and wildlife watching are among the most popular activities. For more information, visit:

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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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Selects Elizabeth Burghard as Medford District Manager , Elizabeth Burghard
Public Health Advisory Board to hold special webinar meeting May 10 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 05/03/16 11:18 AM
May 3, 2016

What: A special webinar meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about the public health modernization assessment

When: Tuesday, May 10, 2-4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. Conference call line: 1-877-873-8017; access code, 767068.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 918. Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9062442391783091459

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.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us or visit the board's website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/PROVIDERPARTNERRESOURCES/LOCALHEALTHDEPARTMENTRESOURCES/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee to meet May 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/03/16 10:41 AM
The Long Term Care and Quality Steering Committee is planning to meet on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Department of Human Services Cherry Avenue Training Center in the Mount Mazama Room, 3414 Cherry Ave., Salem/Keizer. This meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: data reports from subcommittees; strategic planning of priorities; and discussion of future work and timelines.
Time for public comment will begin at about 9:45 a.m.

Interested people can also call in to the meeting: 1 888-363-4735, participant code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Ann McQueen at 503-930-7293 or ann.e.mcqueen@state.or.us.
Spread Your Wings: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on the Central Oregon Coast (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/03/16 9:33 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- On Saturday, May 14, sites throughout Lincoln County will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) by offering free entry and special activities!

Guided nature walks and family-friendly activities, many of which will be offered in both Spanish and English by bilingual volunteers, will have something for everyone. Visitors can pick up an IMBD passport as they "migrate" to different locations around the Newport area. Each location will have passport stamps, fun prizes, and cool information about local and migratory birds.

Guided Bird Walks

9:00 a.m. -- Communication Hill Hike -- Meet at the BLM's Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Interpretive Center.
10:15 a.m -- Guided Estuary Trail Walk- Meet at Hatfield Marine Science Center.
11:00 a.m. -- "Birding 101" Walk, Overlook Trail, - Meet at Brian Booth State Park Visitor Center.

Family Activities 10:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. at the following sites:

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area:
Make your own Bird Mask, Coloring Extravaganza, Migration Game, & Bird Bingo.
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Coloring Extravaganza, Winged Migration Documentary.
Brian Booth State Park:
Bird Feeder Activity, Jr. Ranger Program, Migration Earth Flights Video, Raffle (2:00 p.m.)

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is a celebration of one of the most important events in the life of a migratory bird-its journey between breeding and non-breeding homes. This global event is celebrated throughout the Western Hemisphere and seeks to inspire people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about bird conservation, and take part in the initiative. Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and partnering organizers have made this possibly by providing educators, festival organizers, and birders with information and education materials. To find out more about EFTA and IMBD events, please visit www.birdday.org.


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Red Cross Forum Teaches Eugene Organizations How to Prepare for Disasters (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/03/16 9:22 AM
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A disaster -- wildfires, floods, even a 9.0 Cascadia Earthquake - can happen
at any time. The American Red Cross and our partners are holding a forum to share best practices and preparedness solutions from top local executives.

EUGENE, Ore., May 3, 2016 - The Red Cross Cascades Region and local partners are helping businesses and organizations of all sizes to be prepared for a disaster through our Business Leaders Resilience Forum.

National statistics show that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year. There are steps that businesses and nonprofits can take now to ensure their organization can get back up and running quickly if a disaster strikes.

Presentation attendees will hear directly from top emergency management leaders the steps they're taking to plan for disasters as well as the tools available to engage employees, assess readiness, and strengthen business resilience.

WHAT: American Red Cross Business Resilience Forum

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016
9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Eugene Public Library
100 West 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401

WEBSITE: www.redcross.org/EugeneBusinessLeadersForum


MEDIA CONTACT: Monique Dugaw, Communications Director
(503) 877-7121, monique.dugaw@redcross.org

Panel speakers include:

Amy Shlossman - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Cascades Region
Kelley Okolita - Director of Disaster Management Services, Cambia Health Solutions
Krista Dillon -- Director, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Enterprise Risk Services, University of Oregon
Kevin G. Holman CEM - Emergency Manager, City of Eugene

Event partners include: The City of Eugene, the United Way of Lane County and the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


Attached Media Files: Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum Eugene - PDF Invite , 2016-05/1190/94078/News_Release_-_Red_Cross_Forum_Teaches_Business_Preparedness_in_Eugene_5-3-16.pdf , Red Cross Business Leaders Resilience Forum - JPG Invite
Albany Police Department To Host Coffee With A Cop - May 5, 2016
Albany Police - 05/03/16 8:42 AM
Albany, Oregon -- On May 5, 2016, officers from the Albany Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. We hope to have more events like this in coffee shops around Albany. The event begins at 7:30 AM on May 5, 2016, at Allann Brothers, located at 1852 SE Fescue Street, Albany (behind Home Depot).

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in Albany's neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

"We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers." "These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships."

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.


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Mon. 05/02/16
Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee -- update
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 05/02/16 4:26 PM
Editor's Note: This updates the April 27 news release information about the number of open seats.


The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in at-large positions.

Two seats are open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large positions are a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidates would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1303/94065/05-02__Applicants_sought_for_Scenic_Bikeways_Committee.doc
Client and Staff Safety Task Force to meet Tuesday, May 31 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 05/02/16 4:06 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force meeting is planned for Tuesday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE Salem in Hearing Room B. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference phone number for those who can't attend in person is: 1-877-873-8017; enter participant code: 772325# when prompted.

The task force, which was created by Senate Bill 226, is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and operation of the Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

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

An agenda will be coming in a later communication.

All meetings of this Task Force are open to the public and will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for May 2016
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 05/02/16 3:42 PM
Below is a list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for May 2016. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.
Updated - Facilities Planning Committee - May 3 at 5:30 PM. at Milner Crest Education Center. The agenda will is posted at the following link: http://facilities.cbd9.net/ . A quorum of the board may be in attendance at the meeting but will not be acting on district business as a board. For more information, contact Rocky Place at rockyp@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-266-8581.
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session - May 4. Executive session begins at 5:30 PM Agenda is posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas .
Policy Committee Meeting - May 5 at 10:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Adrian DeLeon at adriand@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-4459.
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session - May 5. Executive session begins at 5:30 PM Agenda is posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas .
Regular School Board Meeting with possible Executive Session - May 9. If executive session is necessary, it will begin at 5:30 PM and the regular Board meeting will follow at 6:00 PM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas by May 6th.
Classified Negotiations with OSEA in Executive Session - May 10 & May 16 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
Budget Hearings - May 11th, May 18th and May 25th if necessary. 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center.
Day in the District - May 12th 0r 13th - Activities to be announced
Licensed Negotiations with CBEA - May 17, May 24, & June 2 at 4:00 PM at Milner Crest Education Center
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
Urban Forestry Conference slated for June 2 in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/02/16 3:37 PM
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
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Oregon Community Trees hosts their annual Urban & Community Forestry conference, geared for professionals and other interested members of the public, from 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. on Thursday June 2 at the World Forestry Center in Portland.

"Maintaining Magnificence: Preserving large trees in our community forests" is the theme of this year's conference.

Dr. Julian Dunster, internationally-recognized consulting arborist, professional forester and registered professional planner, is keynote speaker. Dunster will begin the day with an overview of the local, regional and global competing interests related to trees in urban areas. The discussion will also address management goals, timeframes, challenges and opportunities in community forests, and how to balance exuberant "tree worship" with pragmatic realities.

The conference program will also include presentations about creative strategies and tested techniques in community tree preservation. Urban forestry experts from California, Oregon, and Washington will share case studies, policies and technologies in use today to preserve the most magnificent members of community forests. The conference is presented in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the US Forest Service and funded by generous local and regional sponsors.

About Oregon Community Trees
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy. Its members include arborists, urban planners, community activists and foresters. In partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry, O.C.T. hosts an annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference each year.

>Continuing education credits, conference location
The conference takes place at the World Forestry Center's Miller Hall.

Continuing education credits are available for Oregon registered landscape architects, landscape contractors, ISA certified arborists and SAF certified foresters. Breakfast, lunch, and closing reception are included with registration.

For more information and to register: http://goo.gl/plbzt8 or http://oregoncommunitytrees.org/


Attached Media Files: Speaker at the 2011 UCF Conference, Portland
Public hearing May 26 for Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant plan
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 3:17 PM
May 2, 2016

What: The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is holding a hearing to take public comments on the agency's proposal for the use of funds from the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

When: Thursday, May 26, 2-3 p.m.

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

Details: To participate by phone, call 1-888-251-2909, and use code 8975738#.

For more information about the meeting or to review the proposal, contact Danna Drum, Public Health Division block grant coordinator, at 971-673-1223.

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

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Oregon to Honor Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Tomorrow - Governor Brown and C.O.P.S. Director Dianne Bernhard to Speak at Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 05/02/16 3:09 PM
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Deputy Gil Datan
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The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial Ceremony is a significant event that the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is proud to host each year in partnership with the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund, Oregon Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, and Oregon's various statewide law enforcement associations.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem.

The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers.

Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), will both speak at tomorrow's ceremony.

The name of Coos County Sheriff's Deputy Gil Datan will be added to the Memorial during tomorrow's ceremony.

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

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

Note: Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding (DPSST# 43017)who was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening, February 5, 2016 at around 9:20 pm is the 183rd Oregon law enforcement officer to have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. Sgt. Goodding's death will be included in comments made during the 2016 ceremony and his name will be added to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

On a national level, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has released the roll call of names of 252 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, 123 of whom died in 2015 and 129 officers who were killed in prior years. These names will be engraved next month and formally dedicated at the 28th annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 pm. Additional information on this event can be found at http://www.nleomf.org/assets/pdfs/fallen-officers-memorial-wall/added-in-2016/Roll-Call-pubyear-2016-website-3-21-16.pdf

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

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

The Memorial is under the oversight of the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Trust Fund Committee, a 501C3 non-profit. This committee administers funds raised from the Oregon Fallen Public Safety Officer License Plate and proudly sponsors both the Fallen Firefighter and Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremonies held at the Academy each year. This group also helps support a variety of survivor and peer support programs. facebook.com/fallenpublicsafetyofficerlicenseplate


Attached Media Files: Deputy Gil Datan
High School career day scheduled May 3rd.
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 05/02/16 1:18 PM
Over 100 area high school students will gather at the Emergency Services Training Complex, 1705 W. 2nd Ave, to get a firsthand look at jobs in the fire service. They will start the morning in small groups rotating through activities such as: touring a fire station, climbing the drill tower, a CPR demonstration, checking out different types of emergency vehicles, extinguishing a car fire, extricating a person from a vehicle and mini feat test. In the afternoon, students will gather inside where representatives from different agencies will be available to discuss education tracks, volunteer opportunities, wildland firefighting, other emergency services careers, etc.

VISUAL OPPORTUNITY: Members of the media are invited to the drill field at 10:30 to see the activity stations. Upon arrival, check in with Training Chief Ennis.
Joint OHA, ODA, DEQ, ODFW statement on PSU oyster study
Oregon Health Authority - 05/02/16 12:31 PM
May 2, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife appreciate the work of Portland State University researchers to document the low concentrations of environmental contaminants detected within the state's oysters and other coastal species, published at http://www.pdx.edu/news/psu-study-finds-oregon-oysters-contain-drugs-other-toxins. Oregon is fortunate to have a system, set forth by a collaboration of state agencies with clear, active roles, for protecting our coastal waters, the shellfish species that call them home, and the many Oregonians--and people around the world--who consume them.

In 2013, as part of a statewide program to monitor toxics around the state, DEQ completed a monitoring program that analyzed sediment samples and oysters, mussels and clams for selected metals such as arsenic, cadmium, selenium, and mercury, PCBs, flame retardants, dioxins and furans, and chlorinated pesticides such as DDT. In 2013 and 2014, PSU had tissues from the same type of oysters analyzed for pharmaceuticals. Taken together, the oyster tissue samples from these studies showed:
--Low levels of contaminants, which were below OHA health screening levels.
--Levels of mercury that were low compared to other fish tissue around the state and similar to levels in clam and mussel samples collected from the same areas and below the OHA health screening level.
--Low levels of pharmaceuticals. The following is the amount of oyster meat that would have to be consumed to get a single dose of the pharmaceuticals at the amounts found in the oysters:

--- Naproxen (active ingredient in Aleve): more than 160,000 pounds.
--- Azythromycin (common antibiotic): more than 170,000 pounds.
--- Sulfamethoxazole (antibiotic): more than 630,000 pounds.
--- Diphenhydramine (antihistamine): more than 50,000 pounds.

OHA reviewed all of the oyster data reported in PSU's publication except the pharmaceutical results in March 2015. The study included softshell clams, and resulted in this advisory for softshell clams: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/news/Pages/OHA%20issues%20advisory%20for%20soft-shell%20clams%20along%20Oregon%20Coast.aspx. At the time, OHA also created this FAQ about other species and other contaminants tested: http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/Recreation/FishConsumption/Documents/softshell-clam-advisory-faq.pdf.

It is important to emphasize that the low concentrations of contaminants measured in Olympia oysters' tissues were well below the OHA screening values designed to protect human health. It is equally important for people to know about the contaminants that do occur in oysters so that they can make informed decisions about which shellfish are safe to eat and how many meals are appropriate. Health officials continue to encourage everyone to eat a variety of shellfish as part of a healthy diet. More information about Oregon fish advisories is available on the OHA website at HealthOregon.org/fishadv.

About Oregon oysters

Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) are a small (1.5 to 2 inches) species native to a few bays and estuaries along the Oregon coast. Scattered populations of Olympia oysters are found only in Netarts, Yaquina and Coos bays. About the size of a silver dollar, the little Olympia oysters are rare and their densities are greatly diminished in comparison to historic levels. Consequently, ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay, and they are infrequently eaten by humans.

In contrast, the vast majority of oysters cultivated and consumed in Oregon are Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas). This large (4 to 8 inches), non-native oyster is grown in commercial mariculture operations, harvested, and sold to retail outlets in Oregon and throughout the region. Pacific oysters have become the most widely farmed and commercially important oyster in the world. Both Olympia and Pacific oysters are filter-feeders that capture microscopic phytoplankton and other materials on their internal gills. The Olympia oyster, however, is a temperamental feeder that captures relatively large diatoms, dinoflagellates, and phytoplankton cells on a sporadic basis. In contrast, Pacific oysters feed nearly constantly on small phytoplankton cells, and they grow quickly to the size marketed to consumers.

Participating agencies

-- Oregon Health Authority: OHA conducts health risk assessments and provides recommendations to the public, through health advisories, on appropriate consumption of oysters when contaminants in these species are measured above health-based screening levels, or when these species are the source of a foodborne infection.
-- Oregon Department of Agriculture: ODA regulates commercial shellfish aquaculture in the state. Shellfish sold for human consumption can be grown only in waters that have been certified by the ODA as meeting U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for water quality. These standards are based on fecal coliform bacterial levels and naturally occurring marine biotoxin concentrations. Additionally, shellfish may not be grown in areas contaminated with poisonous or deleterious substances causing the shellfish to be adulterated and unfit for human consumption. Commercial mariculture of Olympia oysters is permitted by ODA only in Netarts Bay and Yaquina Bay.
-- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: DEQ's Water Quality Toxics Monitoring Program assesses Oregon's waters for pollutants and tests a variety of fish and shellfish species for several contaminants.
-- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: ODFW's mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. ODFW prohibits recreational and commercial harvest of wild stocks of native Olympia oysters in Oregon due to the low population levels.

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BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 05/02/16 12:02 PM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to May 31, 2016 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 12.

These non-monetary awards highlight some of the finest examples of responsible mineral resource development and illustrate the principles of sustainable development without compromising the needs of future generations. The awards program also helps to promote successful ideas and practices that may be implemented at various locations throughout the nation.

"These awards honor achievements in environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security," said Michael Nedd, BLM Assistant Director for Energy, Minerals and Realty Management. "They also highlight mineral development that protects and restores the environment while meeting modern needs for these raw materials."
The awards fall under five categories: the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Directors Award, and the "Fix A Shaft Today!" Award.
The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship. This category recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes projects that show concern for community responsibilities and the economic benefits of mineral development. This award recognizes successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders. Projects that contribute to quality of life or show concern for a community's long-term health are also eligible.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes efforts in environmental stewardship of operators with fewer than 15 employees. Similar to the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, this award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed Federal, State, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.
The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award recognizes outstanding achievement in a particular area of sustainable development. The award will recognize an operator whose dedication and commitment to excellence has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions or in critical environmental settings.
The Fix A Shaft Today!"("FAST!") Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, which is a partnership initiative aimed at eradicating unsafe abandoned mine land features, especially open mine shafts.
Nominations are to be submitted to the BLM State Office (Attention: Solid Minerals) that has jurisdiction in the State where the operation is located. It is anticipated that the presentation of the awards will take place in Las Vegas in the fall of 2016 in conjunction with MINExpo.

Mining companies, regulatory authorities, geologists, and members of the public may nominate operators or organizations in the non-coal solid minerals industries for an award. Nominations need not be limited to operations on land managed by the BLM. For detailed information on the nomination and selection processes, including the required format for nominations CLICK HERE: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/wo/Communications_Directorate/public_affairs/news_release_attachments.Par.92208.File.dat/2016%20Sustain%20Final.pdf
Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision involving a Juvenile
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 11:35 AM
On April 30, 2016, at approximately 7:00 PM deputies responded to the 2300 block of Landers Lane in Roseburg for a report of a vehicle vs pedestrian collision involving a juvenile. Witness statements reported that a 6 year old male was playing in the area and chased after a ball into the street. The ball was flattened by a Chevy pickup truck driven by Dale Bishop, age 66, of Roseburg. Following him was Gregory Elliot, age 58 of Roseburg, driving a Ford F-150 who struck the boy with his bumper, knocking him to the ground.

The juvenile was transported to Mercy Medical Center and was later transported by LifeFlight to Doernbecher Hospital in Portland.

The case is currently still under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor and both drivers cooperated with police.
Bend Man Injured from Fall
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 11:02 AM
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley, reports on May 1, 2016, John Frank, 37, of Bend was rescued after he jumped off of Tamolich Falls into Blue Pool. Tamolich Falls is located on the McKenzie River near Trail Bridge Reservoir. Blue pool is located at the base of Tamolich Falls and is a popular hiking destination.

Frank hiked approximately two miles into the falls with his wife Desirae Frank and their 16- year- old daughter. After seeing another individual successfully jump into the water, Frank jumped from an outcropping of rocks approximately 55 feet above the water. Frank was injured when he hit the water and was able to swim toward shore and yell for help. Desirae was at the water's edge and was able to help John to shore when he became distressed. Desirae is a Registered Nurse and rendered first aid.

John received chest and back injuries. Frank was injured at 4:25 pm. Bystanders hiked the two mile long trail out to where they could call for help at 5:15 pm. The Sisters Camp Sherman Rural Fire Department and McKenzie Fire Department initially responded to the scene along with the Linn County and Lane County Search and Rescue Teams. Because of the steep terrain, the Eugene Mountain Rescue Team and the Corvallis Mountain Rescue Teams responded to assist with the high angle rescue. Rescuers rappelled down to and prepared him for an air evacuation. Just after midnight the Army National Guard responded and was able to hoist Frank to safety where he was transported in stable condition to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.

With summer approaching, Sheriff Riley would like to remind the public of the hazards of cliff jumping into water. This can be very dangerous and caution should be taken in and around these areas.
Drug Take Back Event Results (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 05/02/16 10:54 AM
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In a record-breaking year, the Benton County Sheriff's Office collected over 900 pounds of unwanted prescription medications at the Drug Take Back Event on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Approximately 337 vehicles came through the event to drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. The goal of the event, which was held at the Benton County Fairgrounds, was to keep unused prescription drugs from being misused and to help keep them out of the water supply.

Twenty-five boxes of medications were collected and maintained in law enforcement custody until they were incinerated.

"We couldn't offer this important community service without the support of our Sheriff's Office volunteers and partners," said Undersheriff Greg Ridler. "Our certified Reserve Deputies provided traffic control and law enforcement security for the event and were supported by volunteers from our Auxiliary Team and Search and Rescue Unit. The Benton County Fairgrounds, Philomath Police Department, and Benton County Health Department were important partners."

This is the seventh year the Benton County Sheriff's Office has offered this service which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of their National Take Back Initiative. Prior to this year, the largest number of medications collected was in 2013 when 815 pounds were incinerated.

A number of national studies indicate that the intentional abuse of prescription drugs, particularly among teens, is a continuing concern. Additionally, disposing of medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is discouraged because it may lead to contamination of our drinking water.


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Oak Hill's Eddins Reaches Quarterfinals at Tournament of Champions
Oak Hill School - 05/02/16 9:27 AM
Laurel Eddins, a senior at Oak Hill School, reached the quarterfinal round in Extemporaneous Speaking at the 45th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), hosted by the University of Kentucky April 30-May 2 in Lexington, KY.

The TOC is widely considered to be one of the two most prestigious high school speech and debate tournaments held each year, bringing together competitors who have qualified at major regional and national tournaments across the United States. This year's TOC had over 675 entries in 11 events, representing 265 schools from 33 states and the District of Columbia.

Eddins, the recently crowned Oregon state champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, will next be competing at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in mid-June.
Oregon Lottery launches new Loteria Scratch-it
Oregon Lottery - 05/02/16 8:33 AM
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Oregon Lottery has launched its second Scratch-it ticket version of the well-known Mexican Bingo-style game, Loteria.

"This was a very popular Scratch-it last year, and it resonated well with all Oregonians, so we decided to bring it back again this year, new and improved," said Oregon Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. Loteria is a Mexican Bingo-style game played by family and friends in the Hispanic community. The Loteria Scratch-it ticket offers players a $10,000 top prize.

"Oregon's population is becoming increasingly diverse," said Rodick. "Currently, 12.3 percent of Oregonians are Hispanics, 4 percent are Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and 2 percent African American. We are broadening our product offerings to make sure our games remain relevant with our consumers, and the recent success of Loteria Scratch-it and our most recent Chinese New Year ticket illustrate that we're on the right track."

New versions of the Loteria Scratch-it will be available in the coming months incorporating themes like "Dia De Los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) and "Navidena" during the holidays.


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

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Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 05/02/16 6:43 AM
Special Meeting of the Board of Directors May 4, 2016.
Sun. 05/01/16
OSP Continuing Fatal Crash on I-84, Six Miles West of Arlington - Gilliam County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/01/16 8:43 PM
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On Sunday, May 1, 2016, at approximately 4:33 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified of a single vehicle rollover crash which had occurred on Interstate 84 near milepost 132 westbound (six miles west of Arlington). Medical personnel from the Gilliam County Fire Department and Oregon State Police arrived and located two individuals who were both severely injured.

The driver was identified as Justin Matthew FLOWERS, age 24, from Portland, and the passenger, Hayden Michael SWANSON, age 23, from Portland. Life Flight transported FLOWERS to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington and SWANSON was transported by ground ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. During transport to the hospital, FLOWERS succumbed to his injuries. After arrival at the hospital in The Dalles, SWANSON was also transported by Life Flight to OHSU in Portland, where he is in critical but stable condition.

The investigation revealed the vehicle, a 1999 Chevy C15 SUV, had been westbound on the interstate in the early morning hours, when for an unknown reasons it left the roadway, crashed through the north side guardrail and rolled down a rock embankment, coming to rest approximately 150 feet from the roadway. Preliminary information indicates that both FLOWERS and SWANSON had not been using their seat belts at the time of the crash and were ejected from the vehicle. Speed and fatigue are being considered to be contributing factors for the crash.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Gilliam County Ambulance, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Life flight, Richland Police Department and Benton County Washington Coroner's Office.


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 05/01/16 10:33 AM
Tomas Vejar-Garcia
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Sunday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate Tomas Vejar-Garcia, 76, unresponsive in his cell Sunday, May 1, at approximately 7:53 a.m.

Vejar-Garcia entered DOC custody on June 1, 2012, on two counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date was June 6, 2016.

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

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Tomas Vejar-Garcia
Sat. 04/30/16
Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/30/16 8:02 PM
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160430-Z-OT568-066: Canton Kaumatule, University of Oregon defensive lineman, talks with an Oregon National Guard Airman prior to the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-072: University of Oregon football players run out of the tunnel towards the field alongside military Veterans to begin the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-137: Oregon National Guard Soldiers line up behind University of Oregon football players at the start of the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-194: Oregon National Guard Soldiers perform a flag folding ceremony in honor of missing and fallen service members during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, participated in Veterans Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-229: U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith, commanding general of the 98th Training Division (Initial Entry Training), receives a flag folded by Oregon National Guard Soldiers in a ceremony during half time at the University of Oregon Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Smith graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160430-Z-OT568-249: University of Oregon football players give their jerseys to members of the Oregon National Guard, along with Veterans from every branch of service, after the Spring Game, April 30, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The players spent time getting to know the Veterans and gave them a tour of their training facilities. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Lane County Brings Out Walkers of All Ages (Photo)
March of Dimes - 04/30/16 4:16 PM
Lane County March For Babies Taking Off!
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Hundreds Turn Out to Help Babies and
Raise More Than $65,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Eugene, Oregon, April 30, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 300 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Lane County-- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Kendall Toyota's dealership lot was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $65,000 to help babies be born healthy.

Special guests at the day's events included Nate Oeming, the 2016 March for Babies Chair joined walkers on the route as Identity Dance provided tunes to keep the energy high.

"We've seen today how important the health of moms and babies are to the people of Lane County," said 2016 March for Babies Chair Nate Oeming, President of The Oeming Group. "I'm so proud to be part of a community where people come together for such a great cause. Helping our babies should be a top priority, and we're excited about what we've accomplished here today."

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS



March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Lane County March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of residents expected to walk in the event: 300
Participants in the 2016 Lane County March for Babies are expected to raise more than $65,000to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 600 feet walking for babies in Lane County alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs/hamburgers served at the event: 325

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Attached Media Files: Lane County March For Babies Taking Off!
Douglas County Brings Out Walkers of All Ages
March of Dimes - 04/30/16 4:10 PM
Over a Hundred Turn Out to Help Babies and
Raise More Than $25,000 to Help Babies Be Born Healthy

(Roseburg, Oregon, April 30, 2016) -- It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 150 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Douglas County-- babies -- by participating in the 2016 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. Stewart park was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $25,000 to help babies be born healthy.

Money raised by the event funds research, education and local community grants for programs that prevent premature birth, the number one cause of death of infants in the United States.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects at marchforbabies.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The 2016 March for Babies was sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.

2016 MFB QUICK FUN FACTS



March for Babies National Facts

March for Babies takes place in about 600 communities across the country.
About seven million people take part in the event.
That's 14 million shoes being laced up for babies!
We've been walking since 1970 and have raised more than $2 billion to benefit moms and babies.

Douglas County March for Babies Fun Facts

Number of residents expected to walk in the event: 100
Participants in the 2016 Douglas County March for Babies are expected to raise more than $25,000 to support research, vaccines, education, and breakthroughs for babies.

That's 200 feet walking for babies in Douglas County alone this weekend!
Number of hot dogs/hamburgers served at the event: 125

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Women in Policing Career Fair Draws more than 700 Attendees (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/30/16 4:10 PM
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A Women in Law Enforcement Career Fair hosted at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem attracted more than 700 attendees today.

This was the second day of a two-day career fair hosted jointly by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police.

More than 1,300 hundred attended the first day of the event which featured more than three dozen law enforcement agencies who were looking to recruit men and women for vacancies within their agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc. He said the focus of the Saturday event was to bring women into the criminal justice profession. In addition, to the 500 vacancies currently open, agencies are also looking at the potential retirements of more than 600 seasoned officers within the next two years as baby boomers reach retirement age"

More than 80 women currently employed by law enforcement agencies were on-hand today to answer questions and share information with participants. Women from every aspect of the law enforcement profession were on hand and included patrol officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, K-9 handlers, bomb technicians, forensics investigators, 9-1-1 operators, and command staff including Donna Henderson, Assistant Chief, Portland Police Bureau.

The highlight of the Saturday event was a Women in Law Enforcement Panel that included ten women from various agencies around the state who shared their experiences and insights into the law enforcement profession with attendees and answered questions from the audience.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies participated in the two-day event.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions.


## 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.


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American Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire in North Bend.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/30/16 1:45 AM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster in the 2300 block of Ash St in North Bend.

This single family home fire affected 2 adults, 2 children and 1 dog. Red Cross provided assistance in the form of temporary lodging, assistance to meet immediate basic needs and information about recovery services.

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

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
Fri. 04/29/16
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair - Saturday, April 30, 2016 11 am to 3 pm - DPSST - Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 2:58 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, 2016 is the second day of a two-day event hosted at the Academy. More than 1300 participants from around the state attended the first day of the event. The Saturday event promises to be just as exciting with dozens of booths; displays of patrol cars, police motorcycles, river patrol boats, SWAT vehicles, explosive devices units vehicles and robots; and tours of the Academy.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency. Around the state we are looking to fill 500 vacancies in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, 9-1-1 and technical positions such as forensics, evidence technicians, crime analysts, etc."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair
11:00AM - 3:00PM
Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf

Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## 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.


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet May 3 at OHSU in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 1:54 PM
April 29, 2016

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

Includes presentation on Oregon's waiver renewal with CMS and public input opportunity

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting May 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear an update on Oregon's 1115 waiver with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Public testimony regarding the waiver is encouraged and will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 8:30-11:45 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live web stream. A link to the live-stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public also can call in to listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Director's report; behavioral health town halls update; Workforce Committee Liaison update; Oregon's 1115 Waiver discussion; public input opportunity on Oregon's waiver renewal; OHPB priorities discussion; 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.

More information and documents about Oregon's Waiver renewal process are available on the OHPB website at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/health-reform/cms-waiver.aspx.

The draft waiver renewal application for public comment will be posted Monday, May 2.

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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Shooting Investigation Ongoing in John Day - Grant County
Oregon State Police - 04/29/16 12:47 PM
On behalf of the Grant County District Attorney, Jim Carpenter:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, at approximately 10:49 p.m., 911 received a call related to individuals that were shot and wounded, at the John Day Trailer Park, in the town of John Day. Multiple agencies dispatched units to the area.

The victims were identified as Christopher WOODELL, age 32, from John Day, and Eric TOWERS, age 35, from John Day. WOODELL was transported to Saint Charles in Bend by Life Flight and is in critical condition. TOWERS was transported to John Day Hospital by ambulance where he was treated and released.

A suspect has been identified and interviewed and the investigation is ongoing.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the John Day Police Department, Oregon State Police, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Grant County District Attorney's Office.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/29/16 12:23 PM
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes - February 9, 2016
Approve the minutes of the February 9, 2016 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

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

3. 2016 Corrections Job Task Analysis
Presented by Theresa King

4. Alonzo Rowell DPSST # 36386 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

5. Whitney Durham DPSST # 53595 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6. Ryan Heuberger DPSST # 46266 - Department of Corrections
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7. Department Update

8. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - August 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
Housing Stability Council Monthly Meeting - May 6, 2016
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/29/16 10:43 AM
May 6, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Discovery Park Lodge | Community Room
2868 NW Crossing Dr. | Bend, OR 97701
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202 | Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA
9:00 Meeting Called to Order
9:05 Public Comment
9:15 Draft Meeting Minutes-April 1, 2016
9:20 Presentation by Local Partners
10:20 Housing Integrator Report
10:50 Residential Loan Program Consent Calendar
10:55 LIFT Program Design Adoption
11:40 Report of the Director
11:50 Report of the Chair
12:00 Meeting Adjourned
Hexavalent chromium averages above annual targets, air data show
Oregon Health Authority - 04/29/16 10:34 AM
EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, is available today between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact Jennifer Flynt, DEQ Communications, to set up an interview.

April 29, 2016

DEQ inspectors also identify source of jump in selenium levels in SE Portland

Analysis of 50 days of air monitoring data found hexavalent chromium concentrations in the air in southeast Portland averaged above annual health-based targets. State investigators are visiting sites of potential sources to pinpoint the cause.

Though all metals are staying below Oregon 24-hour screening levels, which means there are no immediate health concerns, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Health Authority officials say the persistently elevated 50-day average for hexavalent chromium in southeast Portland demands continued scrutiny.

The target concentration for hexavalent chromium is 0.08 nanograms per cubic meter of air (ng/m3) when compared to an annual average, but the 50-day average has ranged between 0.086 nanograms and 0.28 nanograms across the four monitoring locations surrounding Bullseye Glass. During this period, Bullseye did not use chromium in glass production.

DEQ visits sites to find chromium source
Air results released today do not indicate the need for special precautions by neighbors, but they have prompted action on the part of state agencies to identify the sources.

DEQ has reviewed information on several other potential sources in the area, including a cement supplier, the nearby rail yard, and a metal finishing business to the south. Investigators have reviewed the types of emissions that could be expected from these facilities, analyzed meteorological (wind) data to narrow potential sources and visited at least one potential source.

Bullseye has not used any form of chromium in its glass-making furnaces since February, DEQ officials say. During a recent site visit to Bullseye, a DEQ inspector reviewed the company's list of ingredients used in a batch for glass production and chromium was not on it.

"There are other possible sources of chromium in the neighborhood where DEQ is monitoring," said Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager. DEQ will continue to evaluate these other possible sources as part of its ongoing investigation.

The 50-day average for arsenic also has stayed above targeted concentrations in both southeast and north Portland. The health-based air quality goal for that metal is 0.2 ng/m3, but 50-day averages have been between 0.6 nanograms and 1 nanogram across the five monitors from which data are available. Arsenic averages are within what is seen in urban background concentrations.

Investigators find source of selenium increase
Investigators say Bullseye is the source of a jump in levels of selenium seen during a recent week in southeast Portland. Boling said DEQ staff visited the company last week after reviewing the air monitoring data and found it increased use of the metal starting April 6. Records show it used little to no selenium between Feb. 1 and April 5.

"While no samples have been above the short-term health screen levels, it was important to find out what caused the increase," Boling said. "Bullseye increased the level of selenium used and this is reflected in the air monitoring results released today."

Selenium is not believed to cause or increase risk of cancer, but at very high concentrations (200,000 nanograms per cubic meter of air), inhaled selenium can cause respiratory irritation, bronchitis, difficulty breathing and stomach pain.

David Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, said selenium levels are higher than what has been observed so far--just above 460 nanograms, compared to 271 nanograms, the previous high from October 2015. Still, he emphasized selenium levels remain below 24-hour screening levels and do not pose an urgent or immediate health threat.

A north Portland air monitoring site does not show an increase in selenium, nor the 50-day hexavalent chromium average exceeding target concentrations. The 50-day average for arsenic was above the target concentration. Uroboros Glass, located in north Portland, has not used arsenic for many years.

Weekly air monitoring data from southeast and north Portland are reported each week by the interagency group that includes DEQ and OHA, and published at SaferAir.Oregon.gov. For information about the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health, visit CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Body Found South of Salem ***Update 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/29/16 9:30 AM
Deputies have identified the man found last night near Croisan Creek as Loyd White, age 62, of Salem. Mr. White was reported missing on April 22nd to the Salem Police Department. Mr. White suffered from numerous health conditions and was known to wander from home after becoming disoriented.

Mr. White's death is tragic and our hearts go out to his family. Symptoms like Mr. White's affect many Marion County residents and their families often struggle with how to keep their loved ones safe, if you are a Marion County resident there are options.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is a member of Project Lifesaver. You can purchase a small radio transmitter that is worn like a watch or bracelet and if your loved one is lost, our Search and Rescue Teams can track and find them quickly. The Sheriff's Office provides the maintenance for the transmitter so there is little to no work for the family. If you are interested in Project Lifesaver, check it out at; http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/Operations/programs/Pages/PLI.aspx





Deputies, Detectives and the Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation into the body found near Croisan Creek. Detectives have identified the male and do not suspect foul play. We are working to notify the family but do not anticipate any further releases this evening.



Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Deputies were called to the 4200 block of Croisan Creek Road South near Salem, after the body of an adult male was found under a bridge near the creek. Deputies are on scene and waiting for the Medical Examiner to examine the scene and determine just how the man died.

We are very early in our investigation and very few details are available. This release will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.
Media Alert: Douglas County is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/29/16 1:00 AM
WHO: Caring Douglas County families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

WHAT: Hundreds of people will be at Stewart Park in Eugene to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 5K walk, other festivities include coffee from Dutch Brothers, Kids Clinic by Homes Depot. The Douglas County March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Stewart Park , 373 Goodpasture Island Rd, Roseburg


WHY: For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Media Alert: Lane County is Walking Together for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 04/29/16 1:00 AM
WHO: Caring Lane County families, companies and volunteers dedicated to giving babies a healthy start.

WHAT: Hundreds of people will be at Alton Baker Park in Eugene to take part in March for Babies this Saturday. In addition to the 10K and 3K walks, other festivities include coffee served by Starbucks, entertainment by Identity Dance, lunches served by the Eugene Emeralds and Sluggo. The Lane County March for Babies brings together families, companies and volunteers all raising money so that our babies are born happy and healthy.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. It supports research and other programs nationwide and in our community to help babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.; walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Kendall Toyota, 373 Goodpasture Island Rd, Eugene


INTERVIEWS: Nate Oeming, the Lane County March for Babies Chair and President of the Oeming Group

WHY: For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.
Thu. 04/28/16
***Second Escapee Arrested*** Law Enforcement Searching For Prison Escapee In South Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/28/16 7:01 PM
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On April 28, 2016 at about 6PM, a citizen recognized MCGINNIS by his neck tattoo in a McDonalds located near Commercial Street and Kuebler Blvd and called 911. During this time, the 911 caller kept law enforcement updated as MCGINNIS exited McDonalds and entered a nearby Applebee's restaurant.

OSP and Salem Police arrived at the Applebee's prompting MCGINNIS to flee through the kitchen area. MCGINNIS exited out the rear of the restaurant where he was captured by law enforcement without incident.

Both MCGINNIS and CARNES were lodged at the Marion County Jail. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
On April 28, 2016 at about 12:30PM, an OSP Detective spotted two prison escapees in south Salem. A foot pursuit ensued and the two escapees evaded law enforcement. A large perimeter was established and about 2:30PM, Justin CARNES was apprehended with the assistance of a K9 team from the Salem Police Department in the backyard of a residence near Kuebler and Sunnyside.

Law enforcement activity is still heavy in that area searching for William MCGINNIS, age 30, is a white male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and plaid shorts.

The public is asked to call 911 if MCGINNIS is spotted. More information will be released when it is available.

Please refer to this Department of Corrections Release from April 26, 2016:

Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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FBI Arrests Medford Man on Explosives Charge
FBI - Oregon - 04/28/16 6:11 PM
At approximately noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016, FBI Agents and Medford Police Officers served a federal search warrant at an apartment on Poplar Drive in Medford. Inside, they found what appeared to be several pipe bombs. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded, and members of that unit have rendered the devices safe.

There are two men who live at that apartment, and one was home at the time of the search. Agents and officers detained him for a short while until the scene could be secured, but he has been released and is not charged. FBI Agents located a second resident of the apartment at another Medford location shortly after entering the residence. This second man, 61-year-old John Martin Roos, was the subject of the search warrant. Agents made a probable cause arrest of Roos, charging him with Threatening the President of the United States and and Use of an Interstate Facility to transmit Threats. The United States Secret Service is assisting in this investigation.

Roos is currently housed in the Jackson County Jail. Roos will likely make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the next few days. Assistant United States Attorney Bud Fitzgerald is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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++Note to media: U.S. Department of Justice regulations prohibit the FBI from releasing booking photos.
Over 17,000 pounds of pesticides collected today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/28/16 3:45 PM
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Philomath - Today the Oregon Department of Forestry helped collect over 17,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides. Liquid and solid pesticides will be disposed of using an eco-friendly process. Foresters, farmers, and other users had a free, anonymous opportunity to dispose of the pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals, in a responsible manner to help prevent them from entering the environment.

"This event, the Harrisburg one tomorrow, and the many others held across the state each year help everyone, because each event eliminates thousands of pounds of unwanted chemicals," said District Forester Mike Totey. "It's another way we show our commitment to safe and responsible forestry."

Forestry works with other agencies throughout the year to promote safe and responsible pesticide use by educating people, eliminating unwanted chemicals, and enforcing laws. The agency heavily emphasizes education, because it's where Oregonians get the biggest return -- preventing harm.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity because I've wanted to get rid of these for a long time and today was the perfect opportunity to do it safely," said participant Stan Starr.

The Water Quality Pesticide Management Team sponsors these collection events. The team includes the Oregon Departments of Agriculture, Environmental Quality, and Forestry, the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and Oregon State University Extension.

"Today was a huge success," said DEQ's Toxics Coordinator Kevin Masterson. "Typically we see 8,000 to 12,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides hauled away from these events and safely disposed of."

The team will hold four more agricultural, industrial and forestry pesticide collection events in 2016. The events will be June 3 in Lakeview, September 9 in Roseburg, October 22 in Tillamook, and November 19 in McMinnville. A household hazardous waste collection event will be held Saturday at the Harrisburg High School.

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Oregon scores A+ for access to state government spending data
State of Oregon - 04/28/16 3:41 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Oregon state government earns top marks when it comes opening the books on government spending, according to a recent report from USPIRG and the Frontier Group. (http://uspirgedfund.org/reports/usf/following-money-2016) Oregon joins Indiana, Ohio and Michigan as the only states to earn the maximum 100 points on the report's transparency scorecard.

Commenting on the report's release earlier this month, co-author Elizabeth Ridlington noted, "States' online spending transparency efforts are paying off in better informed citizens and a more efficient government." Adding, "Our research found that top-ranked states have been making steady improvements to their transparency websites over the years, giving citizens in most states unprecedented access to information on where their tax money goes."

Online access to Oregon state government spending is available through the Oregon Transparency Website -- managed by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. (www.Oregon.gov/transparency) Additionally, visitors to the site can search state-issued contracts, meeting notices, employee salaries, information on local government spending, among other things.
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/28/16 3:30 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities started with an early morning physical fitness workout with Academy trainers. This was followed by a tour and demonstrations in the scenario village, firearms ranges, and emergency vehicle operations course. The highlight of the day was a hands-on firefighting demonstration by Academy fire training staff with a car fire training prop (ohotos attached).

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed both boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.
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## 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, OLCC regulatory specialists, 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.


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Death Investigation
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/28/16 3:28 PM
On Thursday, April 28th at approximately 1320 hours the Roseburg Police Department was sent to the report of a physical disturbance between two adult males in the 1300 block of SE Sanford Street in Roseburg. It was further reported that one of the males involved had been stabbed.

When Officers arrived on scene they encountered a 42 year old male who had been stabbed. That male was treated by medical personnel and transported to Mercy Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, which includes the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, has been activated and is further investigating the incident. At this time everyone involved in the incident is cooperating with the investigation.
Valley Credit Union Selects Seasoned Credit Union Leader as Next CEO
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 04/28/16 3:23 PM
Oregonian Pat Force brings nearly three decades of experience to Valley

SALEM, Ore. --Valley Credit Union's Board of Directors has announced, effective April 20th, 2016, the selection of Pat Force as the new President/CEO of the Salem, Oregon-based 4,570 member, $68 million asset sized financial institution.

Force is a 26 year veteran of the credit union movement, serving most recently as the Chief Financial Officer for Northwest Community Credit Union in Eugene, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. In addition, Force received the Certified Chief Executive designation from the Credit Union Executive Society (CUES).

"Our board feels fortunate to have connected with a strong, seasoned individual who brings professional and technical depth along with a value driven leadership style which clearly represents and aligns with our long standing mission of "people helping people," said Denny Nielsen, Chairman of Valley Board of Director Selection Committee.

"I'm truly excited to partner with the Board and staff of Valley Credit Union as we serve the membership together," said Force. "I look forward to being a part of a team that is focused on helping our members achieve their financial goals."

The credit union's search was facilitated by O'Rourke & Associates, a San Francisco-based executive search and consulting firm exclusively serving credit unions.


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Registered Sex Offender Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 3:04 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: William Albert Nosack
SID#: 5437397
DOB: 11/16/1957
CURRENT AGE: 058

RACE: White
SEX: Male
HEIGHT: 5' 11''
WEIGHT: 240lbs
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Brown

RESIDENCE: Marion County Sheriff's Office Transition Center, Salem, OR 97317

William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crimes of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE IN POSSESSION OF A WEAPON

This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol or bars
Other: Nosack's victims have been females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown to him.


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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in Cottage Grove
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/28/16 2:39 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster at approximately 12 p.m. today, April 28, 2016, in the 78000 block of Adams Road in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The single-family fire affected three adults, one child and one pet. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? 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 communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
OBA PAC Endorses "Legislative Champions" and Secretary of State Candidates
Oregon Business Association - 04/28/16 1:52 PM
Oregon Business Association's Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its early support of a select group of candidates running for positions in the Oregon House and Senate, as well as two candidates running for Secretary of State.

"This is our chance every two years to recognize a group of leaders in the state who make tough decisions to enhance Oregon's economic competitiveness and quality of life," said John Russell, OBA PAC chair.

Additional endorsements will be announced in the fall.

OBA's PAC makes its endorsement decisions in two phases each election cycle. The first phase is typically held in March or April, before the May primary election. In this phase, the PAC chooses its select few "OBA Champions" for the year.

Additional candidates for endorsement consideration in the fall. The PAC supports candidates from both sides of the aisle. Ultimately, OBA seeks to support independently minded individuals who are balanced in their approach to solutions and have a clear vision of how to help grow the state's economy. The OBA PAC Board of Directors endorses candidates who consistently support the OBA policy agenda, take tough, independent, bipartisan votes and embody the OBA "Balanced Voice" in their policy making.

2016 OBA Senate Champions


Sen. Brian Boquist, R, Tillamook
District 12

Sen. Ginny Burdick, D, Portland
District 18

Sen. Fred Girod, R, Stayton
District 9

Sen. Mark Hass, D, Beaverton
District 14



House Champions


Rep. Cliff Bentz, R, Ontario
District 60


Rep. Knute Buehler, R, Bend
District 54


Rep. Brian Clem, D, Salem
District 21


Rep. Mark Johnson, R, Hood River
District 52


Rep. John Lively, D, Springfield
District 12


Rep. Caddy McKeown, D, Coos Bay
District 09


Rep. Jeff Reardon, D, Happy Valley
District 48


Rep. Brad Witt, D, Clatskanie
District 31


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Secretary of State Primary

The OBA PAC endorsed two outstanding candidates for Oregon Secretary of State, which is our only statewide office endorsement in the primary election.


Sen. Richard Devlin, D, Tualatin
District 19



Rep. Val Hoyle, D, West Eugene & Junction City
District 14


Attached Media Files: 2016-04/3972/93956/Spring_2016_OBA_PAC_Endorsements.pdf
Surplus Sale of Vintage Books & Photographs next Saturday, May 7 at the Oregon Historical Society (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/28/16 1:10 PM
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Portland, OR -- It's spring cleaning in the Oregon Historical Society Research Library! Next Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 4pm, all are welcome to this epic biannual shopping experience in the OHS Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). Admission to the sale and to the museum is free all day.

The books for sale will include thousands of titles, many relating to Oregon and the American West, most priced between $1 and $5! There will also be some rare and hard to find editions available for higher prices, some dating back to the early nineteenth century!

The sale will also include duplicate photographic prints copied from the Society's vast holdings, including images of Portland and other locales in the Pacific Northwest. The OHS Museum Store will also be selling a wide selection of surplus books!

Plus, Oregon Historical Society members get special early access to the sale from 9am -- 10am. Want early access to the sale of the season? Join the Oregon Historical Society today -- special discounts are available for teachers, students, seniors, and Multnomah County residents! Details can be found online at www.ohs.org/join.

For questions about the sale, please leave a voicemail for the Research Library staff at 503.306.5240, or email libreference@OHS.org.

Please note: All of the books for sale from the OHS Research Library duplicate existing OHS holdings or are outside the OHS collecting scope. Nothing from the Society's permanent collections is being sold. For more information on the OHS Library collection, visit http://ohs.org/research-and-library/our-collections.

About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet May 12 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/28/16 11:32 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) is planning to meet Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Salem in Room 456. The meeting is open to the public.

People unable to attend the meeting in person, can participate on the telephone by calling, toll free 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The agenda includes: Approval of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Liaison Reports;
Commission Business; Discretionary Budget Update; membership; Upcoming ODC Executive Committee Elections; Department of Labor Update; Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs Update; Service Equity; and Public Forum.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

To learn more about the Oregon Disabilities Commission: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORSDISABILITIES/ADVISORY/ODC/Pages/index.aspx.
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Oregon Farm Bureau seeks calendar photos (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 04/28/16 11:12 AM
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Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit photos for its 2017 Oregon's Bounty calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the production, the landscape, the enjoyment, anything that depicts the beauty, technology, culture, enjoyment, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

"Spring is a great time to start looking at Oregon agriculture for photo opportunities," said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. "Tree orchards and flower fields are blooming, farmers markets have started, farmers are busy planting, and there are young animals on ranches."

Horizontal-format, high-resolution images -- both close-ups and panoramic views -- are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include the farmers markets, close-ups of ag products or crops in the field, planting and harvesting of crops, panoramic scenes of farmland, people enjoying agriculture or ag products, farm animals, portraits of farmers/ranchers, county fairs, on-farm festivals, and farming scenes from all seasons.

Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon's Bounty will receive a photo credit in the 2017 calendar and copies of the calendar.

The deadline for entries is September 15, 2016.

Photo specifications and contest rules are attached, and are also available at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.

Photographers do not need to be Farm Bureau members to participate and there is no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. The calendar is sent to 60,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and hundreds more are distributed throughout the year.

For more information or to see the 2016 Oregon's Bounty calendar, visit www.oregonfb.org/calendar. Project contact is Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.

First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture. OFB's 15th President, Barry Bushue, is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring.


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Linn DA Holds Press Conference
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/28/16 9:15 AM
Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny, will be holding a press conference Friday, April 29th at 10:00AM. The location of the press conference will be the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 1115 Jackson St. SE, Albany, Oregon.

This press conference will address an officer involved shooting that happened in Linn County, Oregon, on March 25th, 2016.
Wed. 04/27/16
Marine Board Approves Grants, Denies Petition for Multnomah Channel
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/16 5:19 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved five boating facility grants and one grant amendment and approved initiating the rulemaking process on four administrative rules during their quarterly Board meeting, held on April 26, in Salem. The Board also denied a petition to initiate rulemaking for Multnomah and Columbia Counties.

In a 4 to 1 decision, the Marine Board denied a petition to initiate rulemaking to consider adoption of a new rule in Chapter 250, Division 020 that would expand the slow --no wake zones on the Multnomah Channel, bank-to-bank, and 500 feet before and 500 feet after any marina, floating home moorage, park, dock, or boat ramp. The Board requested that staff provide regular reports on the amount of time the channel is patrolled and report on education and outreach efforts about wake to boaters, businesses, and homeowners in the affected area.

The Board approved initiating rulemaking on Chapter 250, Division 011, Steering and Sailing Rules to be congruent with federal regulations, to initiating rulemaking removing 250-010-0057 from rule since this language is already in statute, and to clarify language in 250-010-0058 for automatic and requested refunds when there is an overpayment in boater titling and registration fees.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Kinney Lake in Wallowa County to
prohibit the use of motors on the lake. Kinney Lake is a 22 acre irrigation reservoir that is secondarily managed as a public trout fishery. Previously, ODFW prohibited fishing from "floating devices" on Kinney Lake, but ODFW recently changed their rules to allow fishing from boats. However, ODFW, the Wallowa Valley Improvement District, and Triple Creek Ranch requested the Board restrict the use of motorized boats to continue to avoid erosion of the dam.

The Board also approved to initiate rulemaking for OAR Chapter 250, Division 016 to amend, repeal and add new rules to accommodate current practices in the Outfitter/Guide Registration program.

The Board approved the following boating facility grants and grant amendment:
Applicant Facility Name/Waterbody Scope State/Federal Funds Applicant Cash/Match Project Total
OPRD Schwitter Landing/Sandy Beach, Columbia River Fabrication and installation of a debris deflection boom $185,000 (Boating Infrastructure Grant) $160,000
$500 administration $355,500
City of Tillamook Carnahan Park, Trask River Boarding dock replacement and security camera installation $213,750 $71,250 $285,000
Lincoln County Public Works Knight Park, Salmon River Restroom replacement and parking area repair $63,350 $14,650
$8,500 labor
$5,000 administration, contracting and oversight $91,500
Port of Cascade Locks Port of Cascade Locks, Columbia River Ramp toe extension $18,750 $2,500
$3,070 pre-agreement permitting expenses
$680 administration, contracting and oversight $25,000
Douglas County Parks Amacher Park, Umpqua River Ramp toe replacement $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
OYCC Clackamas, Josephine and Lane County Boating Facilities Employ 15 youth for work on 28 boating facilities during the summer $31,515 $38,199 $69,714

For more details about grant requests or petitions, review the agency staff report at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Applicants sought for State Scenic Bikeway Committee
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/27/16 3:35 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking to establish a list of candidates to serve on the State Scenic Bikeway Committee in an at-large position.

One seat is open on the 11-member committee. Members of the committee are appointed by the OPRD director to a four-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The committee meets approximately five times per year, usually in Salem, for an all-day meeting with additional field trips throughout the state to proposed and designated bikeways. The at-large position is a volunteer appointment and authorized for travel reimbursement.

The ideal candidate would have experience with bicycle tourism, community groups, and experience with underserved groups.

The committee advises OPRD with the long view of strengthening the existing program and proponent groups associated with each designated bikeway and makes recommendations to the department on designations and other matters pertaining to the bikeways program.

Those interested in serving must submit a bikeway committee interest form by May 12. For information or to obtain an interest form, go to
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx or contact Alex Phillips, at alex.phillips@oregon.gov or 503-986-0631.


Attached Media Files: News release
Two-Day Career Fair looks to fill 500 Law Enforcement Vacancies
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/16 2:53 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in partnership with the Oregon Peace Officers Association, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, and the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, is pleased to host the Oregon Criminal Justice Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Friday, April 29, 2016 and Saturday, April 30, 2016.

Criminal Justice Career Fair
April 29th, 2016 - April 30th, 2016
11:00AM - 3:00PM

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Criminal Justice Career Fair
and
Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

Oregon Public Safety Academy
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Some Highlights

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the job through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn
positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M

This two-day event is open to everyone including interested applicants; middle school, high school and college students of all ages; parents; veterans; employment and guidance counselors; etc.

More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal, university and federal agencies are participating.

The reason for this first-ever statewide event, agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, emergency communications) and non-sworn (chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "law enforcement agencies around the state are looking for qualified men and women who reflect the communities they serve to fill vacant positions within their agency."

Gabliks said the "Saturday event will focus on bringing women into the criminal justice profession and will have a panel discussion and other activities specifically to share the opportunities available. While the Saturday event will have a focus on women all are invited and welcome to attend."

This is a great opportunity to find out about employment opportunities in criminal justice agencies around the state.


## 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.


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State to auction coins, jewelry, collectibles from abandoned safe deposit boxes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/27/16 2:40 PM
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Public invited to May events in Grants Pass

Grants Pass -- About 1100 lots, ranging from diamond rings to gold coins, will be offered for sale at two public auctions:

Location: 202 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass
Auction Preview: Thursday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
Coin Auction: Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m.
Jewelry Auction: Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m.

The location is the auction facility of the auctioneer, Liska Oregon Auction Co.

Every year the Department of State Lands, which manages the state's unclaimed property program, receives hundreds of packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when owners cannot be located for two years.

Before scheduling a sale, unclaimed property staff looks for owners by posting their names on a searchable online database and by performing specialized individual searches. Any unclaimed contents with commercial value are sold at public auction. The proceeds from the sale are posted to the owner's account and are available forever to be claimed.

Unclaimed funds are held in trust in the Common School Fund until claimed by owners or their heirs. The fund sends twice-yearly distributions to all of Oregon's K-12 public schools.

Additional information, including auction catalogs:

State Lands: 503-986-5257 (Salem)
http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/UP/Pages/index.aspx

Liska: 541-471-0916 (Grants Pass)
http://www.liskaorauction.com/

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

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NW Natural Shareholders Give More than $66,000 to Support Local Education
NW Natural - 04/27/16 2:09 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- NW Natural's (NYSE:NWN) 2016 corporate giving is off to a strong start with more than $66,000 going toward educational programs.

"Each year, NW Natural shareholders donate more than $1 million through the company's corporate philanthropy fund," said Von Summers, community affairs manager for NW Natural. "We were pleased in the first part of the year to make several significant donations to organizations focused on different levels and aspects of education."
The educational organizations and donation amounts include the following:

All Hands Raised ($5,000) Serving Portland and Multnomah County to ensure the sustained success of every child from cradle to career. All Hands Raised brings together local community stakeholders to transform children into independent, educated adults.

Community Transitional School (CTS) ($5000) CTS provides a stable, supportive environment that promotes both personal and academic growth for children whose families are homeless, in transition and experiencing chronic poverty-related crises.

Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities ($12,000) The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30 percent of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon.

Portland Community College Foundation ($10,000) The PCC Foundation enriches lives and strengthens the region through support of education at PCC. All students in the region have access to an excellent education at PCC and the support needed to succeed, regardless of their ability to pay.

Schoolhouse Supplies ($5,000) Schoolhouse Supplies, an award-winning nonprofit, is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies. The program supports quality education by giving students and teachers in Portland free classroom supplies.

The PSU Foundation ($15,750) Created in 1963, the PSU Foundation raises philanthropic gifts, invests them responsibly, and stewards them in accordance with donors' wishes. The PSU Foundation is responsible for raising and managing private resources to support the mission and priorities of the university and contributes to institutional excellence.

The University of Oregon Foundation ($13,500) The Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving and administering the thousands of private gifts donated annually to the University of Oregon, and disbursing those funds to the university according to donor intent.

NW Natural's core values are Integrity, Service Ethic, Safety, Caring and Environmental Stewardship. Learn more about the causes we care about and contribute to in our 2015 Annual Community and Sustainability Report.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 714,000 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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Deputies Support Harrisburg High School Green Day Event (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 1:55 PM
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On April 21, 2016 Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his patrol deputies participated in the Green Day event held by Harrisburg High School students. Harrisburg High School hosted the event in which their students gave back to the community of Harrisburg in a variety of ways. This year's events included collecting trash around the city, a community car wash, doing yard work for seniors and spreading bark mulch at various locations.

Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted the high school students in raking out flower beds and planting new plants in the area of the Harrisburg Justice Center, including the Sheriff's Office substation. The students helped the deputies by washing their patrol vehicles at their student-ran carwash. Sheriff Bruce Riley reports one of the most important jobs for deputies is building relationships with the communities we serve, especially our youth. This is an excellent example of the support we receive from our community on a daily basis. The fact that the high school reached out to the deputies like this says that we are doing a good job in our communities.


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Local Red Cross Disaster Responders Help with Flood Relief Efforts in Texas (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/16 12:17 PM
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Bend resident and veteran Red Cross volunteer, Theresa Grimes will be available for phone interviews with media today between 1:45 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. Grimes is on the ground in Texas assisting with recovery efforts. To schedule an interview, please contact Monique Dugaw at 503-877-7121.

Eleven local disaster responders are in Texas helping with flood relief efforts. More than 4,500 homes in the Houston area have been affected by recent floods and more severe weather is expected this week.

Disaster responders from the local American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting residents of the greater Houston area affected by recent devastating flooding. Eleven responders from Portland, Medford, Otter Rock, Salem, Bend, Tigard, Keizer, Junction City and Corvallis, Oregon are on the ground in Texas providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and health and mental health services to those affected by severe weather and floods.

"When a disaster occurs in our own backyard or in communities across the nation, our local Red Cross volunteers in Oregon and Southwest Washington are among the first to step up to offer help," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "These responders leave their families and the comforts of home to bring help and hope to those who need it most. Without our volunteers, who make up more than 90 percent of our disaster workforce, these relief efforts would not be possible."

Torrential rainfall has inundated Houston, Texas, causing severe damage and destruction throughout the major metropolitan area. Rain came down at rates as high as four inches an hour, flooding waterways at rapid rates and leaving residents trapped in their own homes and vehicles. Some areas experienced near-record, 500-year flood levels and the severe conditions caused nine fatalities. More than 1,200 high-water rescues were made in the Houston area, many of which involved people attempting to drive to safety through flooded streets. Initial reports indicate that more than 5,000 homes have been directly impacted along with thousands of destroyed vehicles.

The American Red Cross responded immediately in Texas, and disaster teams have been operating shelters, serving meals and distributing relief supplies and comfort since last weekend to help those in great need.

Since April 18 the Red Cross has:
Opened 11 shelters, helping to provide more than 1,500 overnight stays;
Distributed more than 24,700 relief items such as rakes, shovels, work gloves and comfort kits;
Served nearly 35,300 meals and snacks; and
Provided more than 1,400 health and mental health contacts for those in need.

It costs the Red Cross approximately $1,650 to send a volunteer to a relief operation for 11 days -- the average length of a disaster deployment. This includes travel, transportation, lodging, food and support systems. More than 22,000 Red Cross responders have been deployed over the last 10 months. By comparison, during Hurricane Sandy the Red Cross deployed 17,000 responders.

As floodwaters slowly recede, Red Cross caseworkers are helping people plan their next steps and connect to available resources to support their recovery. Red Cross health workers are also offering services such as replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses, and mental health workers are helping people cope with a very difficult situation.
The National Weather Service reports portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska face an enhanced risk of severe weather throughout this week, including heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and putting staff and relief supplies on standby in case they are needed.
Red Cross preparedness and response efforts are made possible through generous donations from our community. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters large and small -- providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and recovery planning. To help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes and other disasters, visit www.redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCASC.


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DEA's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday
DEA Seattle - 04/27/16 12:15 PM
April 27, 2016 - (Seattle, Washington) -- After collecting and destroying 5.5 million pounds--2,762 tons--of unused prescription drugs in the past 5 years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is continuing its efforts to take back unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. The DEA invites the public to bring their potentially dangerous, unwanted medicines to one of over 5,000 collection sites around the country that are manned by more than 3,800 of DEA's tribal and local law enforcement partners. This service is free of charge, with no questions asked.

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, there will be 43 collection sites throughout the state of Oregon open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and entering their zip code into the search window, or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, will be accepted--the public should not bring liquids, needles or other sharps to take back sites.

When the results of the ten DEA Take Back Days for the Pacific Northwest are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed over 268,456 pounds (134.2 tons) of medication from circulation. Combined results for the previous ten Take-Back events in Oregon (2010-2015) resulted in 78,293 pounds (39.1 tons) of drugs removed from circulation.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdose and death due to abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.5 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogens combined.

"Most prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family, including from the household medicine cabinet," said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Please remove unwanted prescription drugs from your homes and help prevent substance abuse fueled by our medicine cabinets."

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The removal from homes of unwanted prescription pills that can be abused, stolen or resold is an easy way to help fight the epidemic of substance abuse and addiction.
*Corrected* Subjects Arrested After Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 11:19 AM
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Correction
The correct date of this incident is April 27, 2016.
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Original Release
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at about 3:45 a.m., a deputy patrolling the Riddle area noticed a vehicle that matched the description of a stolen Jeep Wrangler that had been reported earlier in the day.

The deputy attempted to stop the Jeep but the driver, who was later identified as 30 year old David Schlenker of Roseburg, fled westbound on Fourth Avenue.

Deputies pursued the vehicle through Riddle to Pacific Highway and then onto Interstate 5 northbound. As Schlenker attempted to exit Interstate 5 at the 113 off-ramp, the vehicle stalled. Schlenker fled from the vehicle on foot but was was taken into custody a short distance from the vehicle. A 20 year old female passenger, Jasmine Baldwin of Riddle, was also taken into custody.

Both Schlenker and Baldwin were found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. Schlenker was charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Baldwin was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Both subjects were lodged in the County Jail.

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Inmate dies in custody (Photo)
Benton County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 10:40 AM
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On 4/26/16 at 00:48 in the morning, deputies working in the Benton County jail requested medical assistance on an inmate who had collapsed and was unconscious. Two deputies had been present and walking with the inmate when he collapsed. The deputies performed CPR on the inmate until medical personnel arrived and treatment continued. The inmate did not regain conscious and died.
The inmate is identified as Rory Christopher Holmes, 46 years old. He had no known address. Mr. Holmes had been arrested and booked into the BCSO jail on 4/20/2016 for multiple charges to include Criminal Trespass II, Failure to Appear on a previous DUI charge and Interference with a Peace Officer.
The investigation of Mr. Holmes death is continuing. There were no outward signs of trauma or injury to Mr. Holmes and the death is not considered suspicious. The inmate had been treated for minor medical issues and had received treatment while in custody.


Attached Media Files: Holmes Photo
Riddle Man Arrested for Rape and Sexual Abuse (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/27/16 10:20 AM
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In April of 2016, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into a report from a juvenile female that she was sexually abused by 32 year old Dannie Eugene Edwards II, of Riddle.

On April 26th, 2016, Sheriff's Office Detectives contacted Edwards II. After speaking with him, he was arrested without incident. Edwards II was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Rape I, Sex Abuse I, Sodomy I, and Unlawful Sexual Penetration I.


Attached Media Files: Dannie Edwards II
Eugene Springfield Fire Chief, Randy Groves is retiring on April 29, 2016. (Photo)
Eugene Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/27/16 9:10 AM
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Chief Groves started with the City of Eugene in 1980 and has been a part of tremendous changes throughout the fire service. He worked his way through the ranks of Firefighter, acting Engineer, Captain, District Chief, Deputy Chief and finally, Chief of Department. He also has served on the Hazardous Materials and Water Rescue Teams, and was the first team leader of the Water Rescue Team. He took the helm of Eugene Fire and EMS in 2006.

During his tenure as Chief, he has continued that path of great change, embracing new ideas and technology to better serve the community. He was instrumental in the fire service merger initiative with the City of Springfield to create Eugene Springfield Fire. This system produced a more efficient and effective service delivery system that was evident in three community impact events, the Swanson Mill Fire, Civic Stadium Fire and South Towne Lanes Fire. For almost 6 years, he has guided this merged organization in protecting the communities of Eugene and Springfield without regard to city boundaries. He also led significant changes in the EMS and ambulance transport system and developed a public/private partnership to create a more efficient and effective ambulance transport system, and developed a partnership with the Life Flight Network in partnership with past Springfield Fire Chief Dennis Murphy bringing air ambulance service to the region. Under Chief Groves' watch, the department has acquired numerous grants and developed one of the best training programs in the State which utilizes computer simulated training for both Incident Command and driving. Chief Groves is also very proud of the relationships he has developed within our communities, with our elected officials, with labor and with agencies across the State. Throughout the many challenges, Chief Groves' focus remained steady on what is best for those we serve.

As his 36 year career here comes to a close, almost 37 years overall in the fire service, the Cities of Eugene and Springfield would like to extend their appreciation for his dedicated service.

Media Visual Opportunity: There will be a small celebration for co-workers to wish him well on Thursday, April 28, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Emergency Services Building, 1705 W 2nd Ave. (This is NOT open to the public)


Attached Media Files: Chief Groves
Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/27/16 9:03 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division has reached an initial determination regarding the set of ancient remains known as Kennewick Man.

Based on review and analysis of new information, and in particular, evidence provided by recently published DNA and skeletal analyses, there is substantial evidence to determine that Kennewick Man is related to modern Native Americans from the United States. Therefore, the human remains are Native American under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA). Because the finding is that Kennewick Man is Native American, the remains are now subject to the processes and procedures outlined in NAGPRA.

Following the 2015 publication of new DNA information based on Dr. Eske Willerslev and his team's research, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began to re-examine the status of Kennewick Man to determine whether this substantial new evidence meant that the remains are Native American under NAGPRA. Additionally, the Corps contracted for an independent validation of the genetic evidence underlying the June 2015 results. The Corps received this report in April 2016, which concurred in the finding that the Kennewick Man's DNA sequence sample is genetically closer to modern Native Americans than to any other population worldwide.

"My decision regarding this determination has been an important one to make and is based on the best available evidence," said Brig. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, Commanding General of the Northwestern Division. "I am confident that our review and analysis of new skeletal, statistical, and genetic evidence have convincingly led to a Native American Determination," he added.

A Federal agency must first determine that human remains are Native American for NAGPRA to apply. Today's release of this Native American Determination meets that requirement. The Corps will next review the priority of custody for any Native American Tribe who submits a claim. The priority of custody review is an important step that includes a cultural affiliation review. Under NAGPRA, a finding of cultural affiliation is a different process than a Native American determination and must be supported by a preponderance of the evidence. The remains will continue to be curated at the Burke Museum in Seattle, Wash., during the NAGPRA process.

A copy of the Native American Determination, a set of frequently asked questions, as well as links to related documents can be found on the Northwestern Division's web site at http://www.nwd.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/CulturalResources/KennewickMan.aspx.

Background:
In July 1996, the nearly complete, male skeletal remains of Kennewick Man, sometimes referred to as "The Ancient One," were inadvertently discovered by two men on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' land at the McNary Dam Project near Kennewick, Wash. Kennewick Man is one of the oldest and most complete skeletons discovered in North America.

The recovery of the remains, and subsequent analyses, led to a controversial debate over who controls the human remains among the federal government, Native American Tribes, and scientists.
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Head Start presents Comcast Day of Caring (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 04/27/16 8:35 AM
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Please join Comcast as their families and friends volunteer for a day at the Head Start Whiteaker site. They will be volunteering to clean up, painting the outside, building a sand box, and putting in a garden. Comcast will also be donating money to Head Start to buy new playground equipment.


Attached Media Files: Head Start/Comcast Day of Caring
Head Start presents Comcast Day of Caring (Photo)
Head Start of Lane Co. - 04/27/16 8:35 AM
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Please join Comcast as their families and friends volunteer for a day at the Head Start Whiteaker site. They will be volunteering to clean up, painting the outside, building a sand box, and putting in a garden. Comcast will also be donating money to Head Start to buy new playground equipment.


Attached Media Files: Head Start/Comcast Day of Caring
Fire In Garage of Unknown Origin (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/27/16 1:01 AM
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At 8:22 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to their second possible structure fire of the day. Fire crews found a garage at 759 27th Avenue charged with heavy black smoke upon their arrival and 2 off duty firefighters directing crews to the believed origin. The fire appears to have started on top of an unused and disconnected washing machine in the rear of an attached garage. Residents of the house were made aware of the fire by seeing a small puff of smoke come through a hole used for utilities between the house and garage. Off duty firefighters in the neighborhood responded and were able to make access to the garage through a rear door and extinguish the majority of the flames with a garden hose, greatly reducing the amount of fire damage to the structure. Fire personnel ensured that the fire was extinguished, ventilated the structure and began the investigation. The origin is currently unknown but has not been ruled suspicious at this time. There was smoke damage throughout the garage and flame damage confined to the area directly around the washing machine. There were no injuries sustained.


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Fire Destroys Shed and Camp Trailer (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/27/16 12:36 AM
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At 5:55 P.M. on April 26th, 2016 Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District responded to a structure fire at 1247 47th Avenue. They arrived to find a camp trailer and storage shed on fire behind the address. While deploying attack lines the fire momentarily spread to a standing fir tree and torched approximately 80 to 100 feet into the canopy but quickly subsided. Fire crews were able to extinguish the structure fire and prevent the remaining trees from becoming involved. No injuries were sustained and the cause of the fire is believed to be from the spread of burning weeds and grass for land maintenance purposes near the structure.


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American Red Cross responds to single family house fire in North Bend
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/16 9:54 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster that occurred in 1500 block of Sherman Ave in North Bend, Oregon

This single family house fire affected 1 adult and 2 children.The Red Cross provided assistance for basic disaster related needs and information about recovery services.

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

The American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by community disasters, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call 503 528 5783 or complete an online form at wwww.redcross.org/cascades to schedule an appointment.
***Suspect In Custody*** OSP Asking For Public's Assistance In Locating Wanted Attempted Murder Suspect -Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 3:54 PM
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Linzin Rooni ESHALOM has been arrested in Phoenix, Arizona. OSP is still seeking the public's assistance if anyone has information on the April 19th incident to contact them at 541-776-6111. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous release:
On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. They are currently believed to be enroute to Glendale, Arizona in a 2016 white, Chrysler, Town and Country mini-van, bearing Oregon Plate, 647GJG.

The Oregon State Police has probable cause to arrest Linzin Rooni ESHALOM, who resides in Peoria, Arizona, on the following charges:

Attempted Murder
Robbery I
Assault II
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Burglary I

Additional investigation is being conducted in order to identify the three additional suspects.

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


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BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/26/16 3:47 PM
PR 12 16 BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/5131

BPA seeks innovative solutions for peak congestion in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon

The pilot program would test solutions that may defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project

Portland, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is releasing a request for offers on products or measures from third parties that might assist in alleviating transmission congestion in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon.

The request for offers, or RFO, would establish a pilot program to address congestion in the near term as well as inform BPA on whether cost-effective options exist that could potentially defer the need to build the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project by five or more years.

In February of 2016, BPA released a final environmental impact statement on the I-5 project, a major step in the siting of a proposed line that would resolve congestion for BPA's transmission service in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon. However, the document does not represent a decision to build the transmission line.

The final EIS explains that BPA has previously explored non-wires solutions but to date has not found any combination that address the issue in the long term and are operationally, commercially, and economically feasible. However, BPA recognizes that technologies are continuously evolving and new advancements or strategies for their use could provide a solution that pushes out the need to build, reducing upward pressure on BPA electric rates.

"We want to make sure that we make the right investment at the right time for BPA and the people of the Northwest," said Jeff Cook, the vice president of Planning and Asset Management for Transmission. "While construction of a physical line would resolve capacity limitations along this corridor for the foreseeable future, it is a costly undertaking. It also would introduce new infrastructure in this vicinity that we recognize is of intense concern to local communities.

"By testing new advances in congestion management on our system, we may be able to uncover a solution that helps us defer the need to build in the immediate future."

In order to maintain system reliability, BPA must operate its bulk electric system to continually balance the supply, or generation, of power with the demand, or use, of that power. That balancing act is subject to both the physical limitations of the lines transmitting the power as well as the geographic location of the power's generation and the path the electricity must travel to reach an end user.

With southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, the generation used to meet the demand for electricity mainly comes from remote locations to the north or east, where the abundant sources of hydroelectric and wind power lie. Much of that power must travel along a transmission corridor known as South of Allston that has not been reinforced with additional capacity since the 1970s. Since then, the population around that corridor has more than doubled. During the most acute periods of high electric demand, the amount of power traveling on those lines can approach or exceed safe operating limits.

Currently, BPA's ability to manage the generation or demand along this path is more limited in the summer. These conditions create a reliability risk. With the increasing population in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon, and the corresponding increase in demand over time, that reliability risk grows as more electricity moves on the existing lines South of Allston.

"The response to this RFO will help us to see if there are adequate resources in the region to sufficiently manage that congestion and shift the electric load elsewhere," Cook said.

About BPA

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

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Red Cross Responds to Home Fire in North Bend
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/26/16 2:33 PM
Volunteers with the American Red Cross disaster action team responded to a disaster just before noon today, April 26, 2016, in the 1500 block of Sherman Ave. in North Bend, Oregon. The single-family fire affected one adult and two children. The Red Cross provided assistance to address immediate and basic needs (an example of assistance may include food or temporary housing), and information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

Did you know that the American Red Cross responds to an average of two disasters every day in our region? 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 communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Two inmates walk away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crews (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 1:46 PM
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Two Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) inmates walked away from separate work crews this afternoon. One walked away from a work crew near Salem's Bush Park. The other inmate was assigned to a crew working on the grounds of the Oregon State Penitentiary; he walked away from that crew. Oregon State Police are investigating.

Staff discovered inmate Justin Carnes missing from a work crew near the State Penitentiary at approximately 11:55 a.m., Tuesday, April 26. Carnes is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Carnes was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Carnes entered DOC custody on March 17, 2015, on one count of assault in the first degree and one count of delivery of heroin out of Marion County. His earliest release date is February 9, 2020.

Inmate William McGinnis was discovered missing from a work crew near Bush Park at approximately 12:05 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. McGinnis is a 30-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. McGinnis was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

McGinnis entered DOC custody on November 11, 2014 on one count of burglary in the first degree out of Lincoln County. His earliest release date is April 17, 2017.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.


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Oregon Public Safety Academy hosts Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 12:05 PM
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What: Women in Criminal Justice Career Fair

When: Saturday, April 30th, 2016 / 11:00AM - 3:00PM

Where: Oregon Public Safety Academy / 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE / Salem, OR 97317

While the focus of this event is to recruit women into law enforcement careers, the event is open to all.

Learn about the outstanding opportunities in Criminal Justice!

Meet recruiters from city, state, county, tribal and federal criminal justice agencies, recruiting to fill over 500 positions statewide.

Learn more about the many jobs available through agency displays and demonstrations.

Discover job opportunities in criminal justice for both sworn officers, as well as non-sworn positions (analysts, chemists, nursing, forensics, etc.).

Meet leaders in their field and find out more about outstanding careers in criminal justice.

Tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy (OPSA) will be provided throughout the day.

Women in criminal justice panel discussion, 4/30/16 at 1P.M.

For more information http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/docs/flyer.pdf


Attached Media Files: Oregon women in law enforcement
Application period now open for forest conservation program
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 11:19 AM
Applications are now being accepted for a program that works to protect the future of Oregon's forests. The "Forest Legacy" program helps landowners with the conservation of forests threatened by risk of fragmentation or new development.

Two million four hundred seventy thousand acres -- equivalent in size to two Delawares -- are protected through the Forest Legacy Program, now in its 26th year.

Forest Legacy is a national cooperative forestry program of the U.S. Forest Service that seeks to conserve private forest lands that may become lost to non-forest uses. The voluntary program provides financial incentives -- using conservation easements, land acquisition or land donation -- for private landowners to protect environmentally important working forest areas threatened by development, fragmentation and other non-forest uses.

The Forest Legacy Program supports state efforts to keep forestlands viable, and retain actively managed forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry administers the program in Oregon, and applications for Forest Legacy funding consideration are now being accepted for federal Fiscal Year 2018. Letters of interest and property descriptions must be submitted to ODF by May 18, 2016.

Letters should be signed and submitted by a legal representative of the landowner, or include a letter signed by a legal representative of the landowner indicating permission to submit the Letter of Interest on the landowner's behalf.
Letters should describe the project's strengths with respect to the three national Forest Legacy Program scoring criteria.

The three criteria are: importance of natural resources; threat from conversion to non-forest use; and strategic importance with respect the property's relevance or contribution to existing or emerging conservation initiatives. To be eligible, the private forest lands seeking Forest Legacy Program funding must be within one of six Forest Legacy Areas designated across Oregon (see map: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf).

Timelines
Project nominations consisting of a 3-4 page letter of interest with a property description attached, must be submitted electronically or by hard copy by close of business Wednesday, May 18, 2016, to:

Amy Singh
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
(971) 718-1054 / amy.s.singh@oregon.gov

Oregon's Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee reviews submitted Letters of Interest to decide which applicants will be invited to complete a formal application. Formal applications are developed using the national Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) to ensure uniformity with project submissions from other states. Applicants need to attend a Forest Legacy Information System (FLIS) webinar training, which will be scheduled in June or July 2016.

The application Representative, landowners (and other partners) are invited to present their draft Project Briefs to the State Forest Stewardship Committee on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Salem. Committee members will provide feedback to all applicants on ways to strengthen their project briefs.

About Forest Legacy
Oregon's Forest Legacy Program addresses privately owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use by urbanization, rural residential development, parcelization and other development pressures. The goal of the program is to maintain working forests that conserve important commodity as well as non-commodity forest resources and conservation values including water flows and quality; fish and wildlife habitat (especially for threatened and endangered species); stores of carbon; and biodiversity.

Oregon welcomed its first Forest Legacy Program project in September 2007 when the City of Eugene worked with a private landowner to preserve more than 25 acres of oak habitat in Lane County's South Eugene Hills.

For more information:

Oregon's Forest Legacy Areas
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/WorkingForests/OregonForestlegacyAreas.pdf

Oregon Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee
https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SCC.aspx

Oregon Forest Legacy Program Website
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/GrantsIncentives.aspx
Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk Event (Update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/26/16 10:10 AM
On April 18th the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Pedestrian Safety Crosswalk enforcement event. During that day there were Officers working specifically to enforce laws related to pedestrian crosswalks. This campaign was made possible through a grant from Oregon Impact.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:

Crosswalk Violations - 22
Using Cell Phone While Driving - 4
Driving Uninsured - 10
Driving While Suspended / No Operator License - 7
Fail to Use Seat Belt - 4
Warrant Arrest - 1
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/26/16 10:07 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Monday morning at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff were medically treating Avis Woodrum, 60, when he passed away in TRCI's Health Services Unit. Emergency Medical Technicians pronounced Woodrum deceased at 8:53 a.m.

Woodrum entered DOC custody on August 30, 2011, on one count of kidnapping in the second degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was March 25, 2017.

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

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Attached Media Files: Avis Woodrum
Oregon communities receive funding to celebrate Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 7 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/16 9:57 AM
Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
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This year, eight Oregon communities at risk from wildfire were awarded $500 each to implement wildfire prevention projects on Wildfire Preparedness Day, May 7. Through its Firewise Communities USA Program, the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Insurance are providing cash awards of $500 each to 125 projects across the nation to be implemented during the May 7, 2016, event.

The eight Oregon communities that successfully competed for these cash awards include: Grants Pass (two awards), Berkenfield, Bend, Corvallis, Shady Cove, Central Point and Ashland.

Is your home at risk of wildland fire? A staggering 751,672 Oregonians (occupying approximately 342,000 homes) live in forested areas, making them vulnerable to wildfire. Get involved! Take part in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 7. Commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions bring your community together and help reduce your wildfire risk.

"Communities that survive wildfires have one thing in common: They are prepared," said Cindy Kolomechuk with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "Taking the time to create defensible space around homes can make all the difference in the world."

Creating defensible space around homes has been demonstrated to minimize wildfire risk while increasing the safety of residents and firefighters. The National Firewise Communities USA Program has crucial tips for creating this defensible space:
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- Maintain landscapes at least 30-100 feet around a home to reduce fire danger

- Provide safe access to firefighters so they can protect it

Kolomechuk encouraged residents of communities that in forested areas to challenge their family, friends and local organizations to participate in Wildfire Preparedness Day.

Reducing losses from wildfires is a shared responsibility among emergency managers, response agencies, and local community members.

"Working with your neighbors to reduce wildfire hazards around homes before the fire starts is the best investment you can make to protect your property and community from potentially devastating losses," she said.


Attached Media Files: Create defensible space around your home to protect it from an encroaching wildfire. Mowing grass, trimming shrubs and trees, and keeping rain gutters clear of leaves are easy steps to reduce fire risk.
Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/26/16 9:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- As the next step in the Department of the Interior's comprehensive review of the federal coal program, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced the dates and locations for a series of public meetings in May and June to solicit public input. These meetings will provide the public with opportunities to help the BLM identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program. Today's announcement follows last month's publication of a Notice of Intent to conduct a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that began a formal, comprehensive review of the federal coal program.
"As we begin this review, we are looking forward to hearing from the public about a wide range of issues about the federal coal program," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "The information we gather will help shape future decisions about this public resource."

The BLM is particularly interested in gathering public input on the issues and policies that should be outlined in the PEIS, including topics such as whether Americans are receiving a fair return for federal coal, how market conditions affect coal, how federal coal affects the environment, and how these and other factors impact coal-dependent communities. Public feedback obtained during these meetings will help inform the size and scope of the review conducted in the PEIS.

In January, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a comprehensive review that will examine a broad array of concerns about the federal coal program following critical reports issued by the Government Accountability Office and Interior's Office of the Inspector General; concerns raised by members of Congress and other interested stakeholders; and feedback received from a series of public listening sessions last year in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Washington, D.C.

Each public scoping meeting is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. local time in the following six locations:

May 17, 2016 Casper Events Center
1 Events Center Drive
Casper, WY 82601

May 19, 2016 Salt Palace Convention Center
100 West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

May 26, 2016 Tennessee Theatre
604 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902

June 16, 2016 Pittsburgh Convention Center
1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

June, 2016 Seattle
To be announced

June 23, 2016 Two Rivers Convention Center
159 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501

The meetings in Casper, Seattle and Pittsburgh will be live-streamed at www.blm.gov/live, and all six meetings will have a listen-only audio link via telephone. Those who attend the meetings in person and who wish to speak will be asked to sign-in. Speakers will be called upon on a first-come, first-served basis and will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible given the space and time available. Those interested in attending should check the BLM Coal PEIS website prior to the meeting for additional information.

Written comments may be submitted until July 23, 2016, using one of the following methods:

Email: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov

Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003

The Interior Department will release an interim report on the PEIS by the end of 2016. The interim report will contain a summary of substantive comments received during the public scoping period and conclusions from the scoping process about potential planning alternatives results. The comprehensive review is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

Additional information on the PEIS can be found here, and additional information on the federal coal program 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 manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. 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: Interior Department Takes Next Step in Comprehensive Review of Federal Coal Program BLM To Gather Public Input at Scoping Meetings Across Nation
2016 Roseburg Distracted Driving Campaign (Update)
Roseburg Police Dept. - 04/26/16 9:33 AM
During April 8th-13th the Roseburg Police Department participated in a Distracted Driving enforcement campaign. During that time there were Officers working specifically to enforce violations of distracted driving laws. This campaign was made possible through a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Officers issued the following citations during the event:
Using a Cell Phone While Driving - 72
Failing to Use Seat Belt - 2
Driving While Suspended - 3
Other Citations - 18
Warnings - 7
Warrant Arrests - 2

Although the enforcement campaign is completed, the month of April is still Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Roseburg Police Department and ODOT would like to remind people of the following:
Focus ONLY on driving, cycling, walking or crossing the road.
Have a passenger answer the cell phone, change the CD, navigate, etc.
The safest time to use your cell phone in the car is when you reach and have stopped at your destination.
Make sure you and your vehicle are ready to go before you start driving.
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Hold Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/26/16 9:26 AM
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD MEETING NOTICE

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2016

Contact: Linsay Hale, DPSST by phone (503) 378-2427


Notice of Meeting:

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

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for February 9, 2016 / Approve minutes

2. BURNS, Mark - Medford Fire-Rescue / Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting - July 28, 2016

Requires a vote by the Board

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.
Legislators, Hospitals Announce Funding for Rural Healthcare Transformation in Budget
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 04/26/16 9:13 AM
April 26, 2016 -- Salem, Oregon --Senator Alan Bates and Representative Nancy Nathanson along with Oregon's rural hospitals announced the inclusion of $10 million in the state's recent budget to fund projects designed to help ensure the sustainability of rural health care. The projects were developed during an exhaustive listening tour and process conducted in a partnership between the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH), and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS).

"These investments in our rural health will improve lives and economies," said Senator Alan Bates, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who helped shepherd the projects through the legislature. "Health systems are not one size fits all and I am glad to see rural areas getting specific tools to meet their needs."

"I applaud these organizations for their dedication to finding ways to transform rural health care in Oregon," said Representative Nancy Nathanson, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, who was a key champion of the funding. "I'm proud to support these investments which will have long-term benefits for health care access in rural Oregon."

"Oregon's rural hospitals are grateful for this opportunity and the support for rural health care from the legislature," said Rick Yecny, Chief Administrative Officer of PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence, Oregon, who chairs the OAHHS Small and Rural Hospital Committee. "Oregon's small and rural hospitals face a difficult task in ensuring they transform to meet the needs of the modern health care system while staying financially viable. The programs envisioned will accelerate that process and ensure Oregon's rural residents continue to receive top-notch health care in the communities where they live."

The programs funded through this legislation focus topics such as:
Workforce shortages, recruitment and retention of providers, increasing graduate medical training capacity;
Access to health care in rural communities, and strategies to sustain local health care services;
Professional development training for population health and volume-to-value care and the ongoing adoption of transformative practices in rural communities.
All the programs rely on:
Partnerships with organizations that have existing expertise and are utilizing national experts;
Programs that have a demonstrated track record of success in other states and provided several different opportunities for hospitals to get engaged depending on their needs.

The four programs set out in the legislation are:

Launching a Transitional Post-Acute Care program in partnership with Mayo Clinic
This program will hire a consultant to help hospitals to establish transitional post-acute care programs. It is based on a successful transitional post-acute care model developed in Midwestern hospitals. The goal is to improve readmission, increase patient satisfaction, and transition care for patients back to their rural communities to increase hospital throughput by freeing up capacity in urban settings and reducing cost to the patient with local care and decreased transportation.

Support for the Oregon Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium
The successful operationalization of the Oregon GME Consortium will help bolster the number of GME slots in Oregon. This is a short term action that will have long-term rewards through an increase in primary care providers with a special focus on rural training tracks.

Population health education and coaching for all rural health care providers and leaders
This program will address knowledge gaps that hinders the spread of the coordinated care model and build a shared platform of knowledge about population health to stimulate effective investment in improvement strategies. The result will be a certification via a multi-week educational platform including small group training and coaching focused on rural outcomes.

Implementation of virtual clinics
This new care delivery model will bolster urgent care and/or afterhours access to care without additional brick-and-mortar facilities. A virtual clinic is staffed around the clock and offers patients visits via videoconference or telephone. This is a short-term access solution that brings up to 20 providers to our rural communities immediately through a virtual office, with the effect of redirecting care to a more appropriate setting.

"We are very appreciative for the legislature for their support of these important projects," added Rick Yecny on behalf of Oregon's rural hospitals and health care providers. "We look forward to implementing these programs and sharing the positive results upon their completion. In the end, we know the outcome will be a healthier rural Oregon, with greater access to care in rural communities."

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Attached Media Files: 2016-04/1635/93868/FINAL_-_Rural_Transformation_Release.pdf
***Name Released*** Commercial Vehicle Crash On Interstate 5 Kills Driver - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/16 9:00 AM
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The deceased driver was identifed as Allen W SMITH, age 52, of Martinez, California. Information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation

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Previous Release:
On April 25, 2016 at about 330AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crash involving a commercial vehicle on Interstate 5 near milepost 100 (just north of Canyonville).

Preliminary investigation reveals a 2015 Freightliner towing a trailer was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when it drove off the roadway and into the center median. It rolled over and came to rest on it's roof. The cargo, laminated beams, spilled onto the northbound lane of travel of Interstate 5.

The driver of the truck, an adult male was pronounced deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A dog that was in the truck was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment.
The northbound and southbound fast lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up. Name of the deceased will be released after the family has been notified. More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Fire destroys mobile home (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 04/25/16 9:31 PM
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At 1656 today Sweet Home Fire District responded to a structure fire at 1530 tamarack space 18. 14 firefighters responded with three apparatus and extinguished the fire quickly. The vacant mobile home was destroyed but no injuries were sustained. The cause is suspicious and anyone with information regarding this ongoing investigation are asked to contact Sweet Home Police.


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Vandals Destroy New 911 Call Box (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/25/16 3:31 PM
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After a season of record high temperatures and the lowest lake level in years, the North Fork Community saw an explosion in day and evening use of recreation areas like Salmon Falls, North Fork Park and Three Pools. The remote and picturesque areas are filled with abundant forests, wildlife and river views that make Marion County a premier recreation destination. With the uptick in usage came an increase in injuries, littering, vandalism, trespassing and other criminal behavior that made everyday life challenging for the full time residents of the scenic canyon.

The Sheriff's Office and its partners have been working in collaboration with the residents and other community partners to address safety concerns brought by the large number of visitors. These projects have included park improvements, increased patrols and the installation of a 911 call box located at the Salmon Falls Recreation Area.

With limited, if any, cell service, the Salmon Falls call box was installed and wired over the winter, and the phone was set to be placed this spring, just prior to the recreation season. Unfortunately, vandals broke the box and post, and threw them over an embankment. Crews are now working to reinstall the post, box and finish the installation of the phone.

Commander Eric Hlad of the Enforcement Division stated, "It is disappointing that the senseless actions of a select few are delaying the installation of a vital and potentially lifesaving tool. Please, if you see someone tampering with, or damaging these phones or boxes, write down a description of the person or get a license plate, and report it to the Sheriff's Office immediately."

The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information that might lead to the arrest of the vandals. If you have any information, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. You may remain anonymous.


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Oak Hill Students on to National History Day Competition
Oak Hill School - 04/25/16 1:15 PM
Eight Oak Hill Students have qualified to attend the National History day Competition in Washington D.C.
Of the 12 projects represented by OHS Students, 6 qualified for Nationals!
National History Day

Placing First in Junior Group Documentary for their project on the Taiping Rebellion, Mark and Lily Fitzharris

Placing 2nd in Junior Individual Exhibit on Rajneeshpuram, Katrina Carrier

Placing 2nd in Junior Individual Website on Jeannette Rankin: Jared Charbonneau

Placing 2nd in Junior Historical Paper on Electronic Music Innovation, Abe Luedtke

Placing 2nd in Senior Individual Exhibit on Space Innovation, Samantha Kasitz

Placing 2nd in Senior Group Website on Eva Peron, Sabrina Juarez Honorato and Ilsa Frazer
The contests are held in the spring in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, and at international schools in Central America, China, Korea, and South Asia. Students create historical projects in one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Using primary and secondary sources, participants focus their projects around an annual theme. The 2016 theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The top two entries in each category from each affiliate are invited to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held in College Park, Maryland, June 12 through 16.
Robert Gordon Davis pleads guilty to murder.
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 04/25/16 12:27 PM
At a hearing this morning before the honorable Judge Hart, Robert Gordon Davis entered pleas of guilty to Murder with a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Sentencing is set in the same courtroom on May 3, 2016 at 10:00 am. These charges stemmed from a shooting on May 29, 2015 at 3184 Surfwood Dr, Salem, OR, that caused the death of Jose Garcia-Roldan. No further information will be released pending sentencing.
Oak Hill Debaters Capture Individual and Team State Championships
Oak Hill School - 04/25/16 11:22 AM
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Contact: James Pearson, 541-744-0954/jpearson@oakhillschool.net

Oak Hill Debaters Capture Individual and Team State Championships

Oak Hill School senior Laurel Eddins won the Oregon state championship in Extemporaneous Speaking at the OSAA Speech and Debate Tournament, held April 21-23 at Western Oregon University. Eddins also took home the second place medal in Impromptu Speaking, helping Oak Hill capture the overall class 4A/3A/2A/1A team championship title in speech and debate.

Senior Emma Rosander, who was a finalist in Prose Reading, also contributed significantly to Oak Hill's team championship, as did both Oak Hill varsity debate teams -- Rosander & junior Beau Taylor-Ladd, and Eddins & junior Conrad Sproul -- by advancing to quarterfinals in Policy Debate. Sophomore Emma Miller also participated in Student Congress at the state championship tournament, while Taylor-Ladd also competed in Impromptu Speaking and Expository Speaking.

The combined performance of the Oak Hill entries put the small class 1A school (with fewer than 50 high school students) two points ahead of class 4A Marshfield High School (with 800 students) and class 3A Oregon Episcopal School (with 300 high school students), who finished tied for 2nd place, and four points in front of class 4A North Bend High School (with 805 students).  Oak Hill School's team championship this year follows a second place finish in 2015 in the 4A/3A/2A/1A division.

Photos from the tournament and additional information are available from Oak Hill debate coach Keith Eddins (keith.eddins@oakhillschool.net or 541-543-5508).
Miller-Jones to retire Jan. 1 as OSBA executive director
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/25/16 10:42 AM
Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), publicly announced her retirement Monday, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Miller-Jones, 62, who has held the position since January 2012 (she was interim for one year before being made permanent in January 2013), said she is retiring to spend more time with family. Before being named executive director she spent seven-plus years at OSBA in board development, traveling around Oregon to train school board members on issues such as roles and responsibilities.

"OSBA is a very strong organization with excellent leadership, a superb staff and broad base of support," Miller-Jones said. "We have rallied our members and our communities around support for public education through the Promise of Oregon campaign. We have been a strong voice for our members' priorities, including reform of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and increased state investment in public education. Our services to school districts, education service districts and community colleges have strongly supported the work our local boards do to increase student achievement. As I prepare to leave the association, I do so with confidence that OSBA is in great shape to advocate for our students and members through the many challenges ahead."

Dr. Doug Nelson, OSBA president, praised Miller-Jones for her leadership.

"Through Betsy's persistence, grit and common sense, together with the help of a strong staff and the guidance of the board, she has transformed OSBA into a solid and well-respected organization in Oregon. We owe Betsy a great deal of thanks for her dedication and hard work. We will miss her presence and guidance but know she will enjoy a wonderful retirement," Nelson said.

The OSBA Board of Directors has appointed an executive director search committee. Nelson said the committee will hire a search firm to develop a timeline and process so that the OSBA Board can hire a highly qualified candidate and ensure a smooth transition in leadership by Jan. 1, 2017. The process will include input on the qualities and qualifications of the next executive director provided by the OSBA board, staff and other partners and members, he added.

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.
Forestry Professionals Meet in Coos Bay
Society of American Foresters - 04/25/16 10:15 AM
Coos Bay, OR -- Many of Oregon's forestry professionals will gather in Coos Bay on April 27 through 29 for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF). OSAF members include over 900 field foresters, administrators, researchers and educators, who manage and study the 29.5 million acres of public and private forests throughout Oregon.

The theme of the 2016 Annual Meeting is "Water -- Trees -- Transportation." The program includes expert speakers and field trips covering all aspects of water quality, forest management, and transportation challenges and opportunities on southern Oregon's coast. The program begins Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. with a keynote panel addressing Oregon's riparian rule changes; this panel is highlighted by George Ice, an emeritus research forest hydrologist. The remainder of the day attendees are treated to panels addressing watershed science and management, forest health issues and forestry marketing logistics in the coastal region.

On Thursday, Clark Seely, Society of American Foresters' national president and Ed Shepard, Oregon's national representative, will speak to "SAF Now and For the Future." After additional presentations on Coos Chapter's education projects and EROAD trucking and logistics tracking, members will retire to the field for the afternoon. There are two half-day field trips options: a forestry logistics tour looking at marine and rail transportation of wood products from the Coos Bay area, and the other looking at forest health and watershed management on Campbell Global-Menasha property. That night, an awards banquet to honor 2015 OSAF award winners will be held, followed by a dance.

On Friday, attendees will be treated to panel presentations on forestry education in Oregon and forest density management across geography and ownerships. The meeting concludes at noon, but for those that are willing to spend part of the afternoon in Coos Bay, there is a barge tour of the Bay provided by Knutson Towboat, a local towboat company. All in all, there are over 26 speakers featuring experts from all walks of the forestry and logistics/shipping profession.

All program events other than the field tours will be held at The Mill Casino Hotel and RV Park on Coos Bay. For a complete agenda, see www.forestry.org/oregon/2016AnnualMeeting/ or call the SAF Northwest Office at 503-224-8046.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world.
Portland State University to Host Oregon Historical Society Glass Lantern Slide Show May 5 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/25/16 9:49 AM
Pumpkin Fields Near Grants Pass - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection
Pumpkin Fields Near Grants Pass - Credit Oregon Historical Society Research Library, Portland Public School Slide Collection
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Portland, OR -- The Oregon Historical Society and Portland State University invite you to a pictorial history of Oregon's bounty. Featuring hand colored glass lantern slides from 1850 to 1940s, this original slide show titled "The Land of Milk and Honey" will showcase many aspects of the state's agricultural industries that make Oregon one of the best places to eat in the world!

The event begins at 6pm in Portland State's Lincoln Performance Hall. Tickets are $20 and $10 for PSU students; purchase tickets in advance through the Portland State Box Office at pdx.edu/boxoffice or by calling 503.725.3307.

Culinary historian Heather Arndt Anderson (Portland: A Food Biography) will share stories of Oregon's cornucopia, while Oregon Historical Society archivist Matthew Cowan operates an original 1930s projector. Once projected, it is hard to comprehend how these vibrant depictions of Oregon were each hand painted, sometimes using only a single brush bristle.

A proto-cinematic device, lantern slide projectors--like their "magic" predecessors from the 1850s--were an early mode of audio visual performance before the advent of motion picture film. From Portland classrooms to Carnegie Hall, these slide shows were often the sole means for the general public to visit distant lands and mountain peaks and were often noted for their vivid colors. Soon though, with the advent of 16mm to the home market in the 1920s and followed by the introduction of Kodachrome in 1935, these glass slides were soon replaced with more stable and affordable media.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in Lincoln Hall. Ticket sales support the Portland State University Film Program, which emphasizes how historical research animates the past through the study of the origins of early cinema, film archiving, and the studio system.

To discover more of the Oregon Historical Society's glass lantern slide collection, visit the OHS Research Library Tumblr at http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/.



About the Oregon Historical Society

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


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Efficiency Exchange conference highlights energy efficiency innovations and trends (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/25/16 8:30 AM
Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
Now in its fourth year, Efficiency Exchange is the biggest energy efficiency event in the Northwest.
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Northwest connects on the latest energy efficiency programs and strategies

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -- April 25, 2016 -- The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in partnership with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and utilities throughout the Northwest, are hosting the fourth annual Efficiency Exchange conference.

The region wide event focuses on promoting technical innovation and new ideas in utility energy efficiency programs. This year's event will be at the Coeur d'Alene Conference Center in Idaho on April 26-27, with tours on April 28.

"This is the biggest utility energy efficiency event in the Northwest," said Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency for BPA. "It's where utilities, implementers, contractors and policy-makers share ideas, best practices and strategies so that we can continue to drive the Northwest's energy efficiency powerhouse."

Attendees will build new relationships, gain a better understanding of emerging trends in the industry, and learn about new products, programs and practices to consider in their own organizations.

This year's conference kicks off with a general session on energy efficiency in the Seventh Power Plan, which the Council adopted in February. The plan concludes that energy efficiency is the key to meeting our region's future demand for electricity.

"The Council's analysis found that energy efficiency can meet all of the Northwest's anticipated load growth through 2035," Council Chair Henry Lorenzen said. "It also provides a significant contribution to the region's newly identified need for capacity resources which can help meet spikes in system demand. The Council is pleased to help sponsor the 2016 Energy Efficiency Exchange and to continue work with BPA, NEEA and other regional partners to promote this important resource."

In addition to this topic, experts from around the Northwest will present on a range of issues, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, lighting and new methods of driving energy efficiency through data and behavior.

Attendees will also get an insider's look at how energy-efficient technologies are tested, refined and applied to a number of local industries. The final day of the conference includes tours of the Fighting Creek Landfill Gas Project, Rohinni Lighting, and the Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, among other sites.

"The Northwest has been an established leader in collaborating on energy efficiency for the last two decades," said NEEA's executive director, Susan E. Stratton. "Efficiency Exchange brings together thought leaders and program experts to share new ideas and insights that benefit the whole region. Together, we are shaping our energy future."

Between sessions, attendees can visit the Conduit Lounge and register, post and share information on Conduit [conduitnw.org], an online community that facilitates collaboration and coordination among energy efficiency professionals in the Northwest.

View the full agenda of the conference at www.efficiencyexchangenw.com.


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