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11/22/14
*** Update *** Minor Injury School Bus Crash on Century Drive West of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/22/14
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At approximately 9:50 A.M., Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a report of a school bus that had lost control, slid off the road and rolled-over at milepost 15.5 on Century Drive west of Bend.

Troopers, assisted by the United States Forest Service and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, learned the bus slid through the eastbound lane and off the embankment before rolling over twice and coming to rest against some trees about 50 feet away from the road. The bus was occupied by six students plus the driver, identified as RUSSELL JOHNSON, 55, of Prineville. One of the students received a minor injury and was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

The school bus was traveling from Prineville to the Mount Bachelor area transporting the cross country ski team. Information on seat belt use is not immediately available.

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11/21/14
Fatal Traffic Crash on Highway 99W near Junction City - Lane County. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a four vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W at milepost 112 near Junction City in Lane County.

On November 21, at approximately 6:59 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to a four vehicle crash on highway 99W at milepost 112 with a single confirmed fatality. The crash occurred when a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, travelling northbound and driven by CLINTON STEFANEK, 31, from Eugene, crossed the center median and struck a southbound 2014 Nissan Juke, driven by KIMBERLY ANNE BARCLAY, 39, from Corvallis. BARCLAY died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Subsequent to the initial crash, both vehicles were struck by additional cars heading southbound.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and pending the results of the collision reconstruction.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Junction City Fire Department, Junction City PD, Lane Rural Fire District, the Lane County District Attorney and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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OSU Student Arrested For Child Pornography (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on November 21, 2014 his detectives served a search warrant at an Oregon State University dormitory following an investigation of child pornography.

Philipp Jean Bardenheier, a 19-year old Environmental Engineering student from California, is a resident at Buxton Hall Dormitory. He was arrested and charged with two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I by disseminating child pornography from his computer. The investigation revealed Bardenheier shared child pornography to a computer in Linn County.

During an interview with detectives, Bardenheier admitted to possessing child pornography and to using the Internet to download and share child pornography.

Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, and the Benton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the search warrant.

Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized and are being forensically examined by the Linn County Sheriff's Office Digital Forensics Laboratory.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming.


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An Invitation from Coos Bay Schools
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 11/21/14
On behalf of Coos Bay Schools Board of Directors and the Facilities Outreach Committee, you are invited to attend the December 1st Special Board meeting at 5:30 PM held at the Coos Bay Library in the meeting room. During this meeting, the Board will be deciding between two grade configuration options to which the district may be transitioning.

Option A is Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade and 7th through 12th grade

Option B is Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade and 9th through 12th grade

These options are the result of input collected by the Facilities Outreach Committee through surveys and community meetings over the last two years. There will be an opportunity for public input.

We look forward to seeing you on December 1st at 5:30 PM at the Coos Bay Library, 525 Anderson in Coos Bay.

For more information, contact Ariann Lyons at jasonandariann@hotmail.com.

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

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
Marine Board's Guide Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem
Oregon Marine Board - 11/21/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a meeting of the Guide Advisory Committee (GAC) on Wednesday, November 26, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem. The meeting will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

The committee will review old business and will also discuss new business relating to the Outfitter & Guide Program administered within the Oregon State Marine Board.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, November 24. The committee will accept public comment during the designated period at the end of the meeting.

The agenda can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/admin/docs/GAC_Meeting_Agenda112614.pdf.

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Deputies Investigating Serious Injury Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
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Last night at about 9:45 p.m., three vehicles collided on McKay Road NE near Arbor Grove Road NE. Investigators believe that a 1994, Ford Explorer being driven by Thomas Michael Wood, age 60, left its lane of travel side swiping a 2005, Chevrolet Avalanche, then running head-on into another vehicle.

The driver of the side swiped vehicle was not injured and the vehicle sustained minor damage. The second vehicle a 2013, Nissan Rogue driven by Regina Farah, age 43, sustained heavy damage. Both Mr. Wood and Ms. Farah were taken to OHSU with life threatening injuries.

Tragically Ms. Farah succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The investigation as to why Mr. Wood left his lane of travel is still on-going. As developments in the investigation arise that information will be released. That time frame however is currently unknown.


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Marion County Sheriff's deputies are on scene of a three vehicle crash with serious injuries in north Marion County. Deputies expect McKay Road NE to be closed for at least five hours between Arbor Grove and Case Road NE, while the CRASH Team investigates.

Deputies are describing the area as being blanketed in thick fog making visibility nearly zero. We are asking that motorists avoid the area while the crash is investigated and the roadway cleared. No further details about the crash will be released until the investigation is completed sometime tomorrow.


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Public Notice and Request for Comment on DHS Proposed Amendment to the Reimbursement Rates for Developmental Disabilities In-Home Services
OR Department of Human Services - 11/21/14
An In-Home Expenditure Guidelines Version 2 was published November 3, 2014 listing rates for services that will be effective January 1, 2015. The rates apply to services delivered through the following Developmental Disabilities programs: Support Services for Adults, Comprehensive In-Home Supports for Adults and In-Home Support for Children. Leading up to January 1, 2015, the rates for services in those programs are found in separate Rate Range Guidelines specific to the program.

The three current Rate Range Guidelines do not have the same rates across programs for the same services. In order to come into compliance with 42 CFR 447.200 the Department will align all rates for the same service across programs. When provided by a licensed or certified provider agency, the affected services are: One on One Attendant Care, Relief Care, and Skills Training. The rate for providers Family Training is also affected. The rates for some of these services will rise, others will be lowered.

The rates being amended can be viewed under Rate Guidelines at: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/spd/tools/dd/cm/

The new rates can be viewed in the Home Expenditure Guidelines at:
http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/DD/adults/ss_exp_guide.pdf

COMMENTS DUE: December 15, 2014

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/1/15

HOW TO COMMENT: Send written comments by fax, mail or email to:

Mike Parr, Policy Analyst
Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Fax: 503-947-1119
Email: mike.r.parr@state.or.us

NEXT STEPS: ODDS will consider all comments received.
Sheriff's Deputies Investigate Suspected Heroin Overdose
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/21/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports today at 2:36 A.M. deputies responded to a suspected Heroin overdose in the 400 block of 9th Street in Harrisburg.

Bryan Spencer Bellingham, 29 years old, was found deceased on the kitchen floor in the residence. Bryan's parents, Brad and Rebecca Bellingham, were home at the time. They told deputies the last time they saw Bryan, he was playing video games in the living room at 10:00 P.M. Bryan's parents told deputies they went to bed and awoke to find him not breathing on the kitchen floor. The Harrisburg Fire Department responded to the residence but were not successful reviving him.

The investigation revealed Bryan has a history of drug addiction beginning with Marijuana, then progressing to pain killers and ending with Heroin. During the investigation, Deputies located a spoon with drug paraphernalia, a used syringe and Bryan's belt near the TV. Deputies learned Bryan was recently released from the Linn County Jail for a parole violation and he was scheduled to enroll at the Oxford House on Monday to help battle his drug addiction.

Bryan's body was transported to Fisher Funeral Home in Albany. This death remains under investigation pending further information from the Medical Examiner's Office.

This is the second suspected heroin overdose the Sheriff's Office has investigated this month. On November 8, 2014, a 27 year old Albany resident, Eric Matthew Powers, overdosed at his residence on Riverside drive. The investigation revealed a history of drug abuse. This investigation is also continuing.
Santa Claus's Special Events at Lancaster Mall
Lancaster Mall - 11/21/14
Santa Claus is coming to Lancaster Mall and staying for the season. He will be hosting several family oriented holiday events including children's story times, a craft and cookie corner, a buy one get one free photo weekend plus daily visits at his cottage near Sports Authority.

Santa Claus will be available for a special sneak peek and early bird photo special at Lancaster Mall November 21-23, 12pm-6pm, visits are free and all photo packages will be buy one get one free for these 3 days. He can be found daily in his cottage near Sports Authority, Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 24th. All children who visit Santa will receive a small holiday gift, while supplies last. Story times will be held December 5, 12 and 19, 10:30am-11:00am.

Children 12 and under with a parent, are invited to join us near Sports Authority for Santa's Craft & Cookie Corner Saturday, December 6, 10am-11am, for a special holiday craft project and cookies with Santa.

Visit Lancastermall.com for a complete list of upcoming events and Santa's visiting hours.
MEDIA ALERT: Learn How to Be Healthy, Active and Live Well with Diabetes at Annual Diabetes Expo on Saturday! (Photo)
American Diabetes Association - 11/21/14
Kendall Simmons, Two-Time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburg Steelers will speak at Expo about living active with diabetes.
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WHAT: The American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU is the largest FREE diabetes event in Oregon & Southwest Washington. Visit the EXPO and share in the experience with the anticipated 5,000+ attendees! Get free health screenings, participate in cooking demonstrations, learn about new products, and get the information you need to better manage and prevent diabetes and its complications. Come to the EXPO and be part of the Stop Diabetes(R) movement.

EXPO Highlights:

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, an annual walk fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association at the Oregon Convention Center prior to the opening of EXPO from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. Walk to Stop Diabetes!

Chef Curtis Aikens, best known for the Food Network show "Pick of the Day" will lead a cooking demo at 11:00 am on the Healthy Eating Stage.

Live Active with Diabetes keynote by two-time Super Bowl Champion Kendall Simmons at 2:00 pm on the Main Stage.

The Por Tu Familia area will feature free health screenings, bilingual diabetes experts, and presentations in Spanish on diabetes management and prevention. Magdalena Valdivieso of Cha Cha Cha! leads a bilingual cooking demonstration at 3:00 pm

WHO: American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

WHERE: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR

WHEN: Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

WHY: Nearly 29 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes including over 350,000 people in Oregon & Southwest Washington. An additional 86 million in the U.S. are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes (675,000 locally). If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

HOW: Admission is free. Register on site, no tickets required.


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11/20/14
Wells Fargo presents $450,000 to eight Oregon nonprofits; St. Vincent de Paul in Eugene receives $25,000 (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/20/14
Wells Fargo officers Cobi Jackson (left), Tracy Curtis (second from right) and Bernie Kronberger (right) present a $25,000 check to two execs from St. Vincent de Paul.
Wells Fargo officers Cobi Jackson (left), Tracy Curtis (second from right) and Bernie Kronberger (right) present a $25,000 check to two execs from St. Vincent de Paul.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The company known for its iconic stagecoach and a history of coming through for its customers has come through again for Oregon communities.

At a Community Support Celebration it hosted yesterday in downtown Portland, Wells Fargo presented grants totaling $450,000 to eight nonprofit groups. The funds will ultimately benefit thousands of people in need in Eugene, Medford, Portland, Salem and many Central Oregon communities.

The grant recipients were:

1) Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East received $100,000 for its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, a five-year commitment to northeast Portland's Cully neighborhood. Habitat will use these funds to help make critical repairs to 30 homes in partnership with low-income Cully home-owners. Habitat will also build 21 new homes in partnership with local families who will then purchase the homes. Habitat will also purchase and rehabilitate three foreclosed homes that will be sold to families who qualify for Habitat's Homeownership Program.

2) Human Solutions in Portland received $100,000 for the Rockwood and East Multnomah County area. The group will use the grant to help build 19 affordable apartments and fully rehabilitate 26 existing, dilapidated units. The new building will include a dental clinic to serve homeless and other low-income people.

3) Central City Concern (CCC) in Portland received $50,000. It will use half the grant to help hire a new employment specialist. This person will help between 30 and 100 job seekers find employment each year. CCC will use the other half of the funds to support its marketing and promotion of bed bug-resistant frames and mattresses. It uses them in its own buildings and also sells them nationally to other affordable housing organizations.

4) Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber in Portland received $50,000. It will use the funds to support its outreach efforts in the Latino community to identify those interested in starting or expanding a business. The Chamber will conduct a business needs assessment and provide comprehensive technical assistance, one-on-one, to implement a plan based on each firm's needs. It will also assist in accessing financing, including loans and lines of credit.

5) ACCESS in Medford received $50,000. It will work with two other nonprofits (Thrive and Rogue Farm Corps) to address the need for an increased customer base and additional avenues of sale for locally produced foods. They will also help train the next generation of farmers to produce the community's food and expand the local food economy.

6) Easter Seals of Oregon in Portland received $50,000 to support its program in Salem that helps homeless veterans in Marion and Polk Counties find and keep lasting employment. The program includes job skills training and job placement. It addresses the full range of physical, mental, social, employment and life skills that veterans need to succeed.

7) Neighborlmpact in Central Oregon received $25,000. It will use the grant to provide micro loans low-income entrepreneurs, particularly those involved in childcare, who are challenged in finding capital through traditional business lending sources. The local business owner must reside and do business in the rural towns of Prineville, Redmond, Sisters, Madras, Culver, Metolius, Warm Springs and La Pine. These are some of the most rural of areas served by Neighborlmpact and where capital is not available for many entrepreneurs.

8) St. Vincent de Paul in Eugene received $25,000 to support its six projects that serve military veterans and their families. These projects provide housing, medical, legal, job readiness, employment and financial literacy services. Some of the veterans they serve are homeless; some suffer from substance abuse and mental illness.

"Our stagecoaches often provided the only secure and fast link between early frontier towns. Today, it represents speed, teamwork, reliability and the same entrepreneurial spirit that has been at the core of this company since Henry Wells and William Fargo founded it in 1852," said Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland.

"The stagecoach then - and the stagecoach today - is a symbol of our heritage of Wells Fargo coming through for our customers and communities in Oregon and across the country," Curtis said. "One way we have come through for our customers for 162 years is our corporate philanthropy. Today's celebration continues that legacy of providing a helping hand to our neighbors."

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo was ranked the most generous bank in Oregon and the second most philanthropic company in America last year. It gave $275.5 million and 1.69 million volunteer hours to 18,500 nonprofits around the country in 2013. The community-based company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores; 12,000 ATMs; and the Internet. More information about Wells Fargo's community support efforts are posted at wellsfargo.com.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo officers Cobi Jackson (left), Tracy Curtis (second from right) and Bernie Kronberger (right) present a $25,000 check to two execs from St. Vincent de Paul. , Wells Fargo officers present $450,000 in grants to eight Oregon nonprofits.
North Bend School District Public Meetings
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 11/20/14
Below are North Bend School District Public Meetings currently scheduled:

November 24, 2014
Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend

December 8, 2014
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend

December 15, 2014
Policy Committee Meeting at 5:15 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information
Commercial Truck and Double Trailer Roll-Over Crash on I-84 at Milepost 145 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/20/14
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Troopers are continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's commercial motor vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 145 (EB) involving a semi truck pulling a set of double trailers.

Senior Trooper Mike Holloran of The Dalles said the truck's driver, identified as ODELL THOMAS,55, of Vancouver WA, was travelling too fast for conditions on an icy freeway as he approached traffic slowing ahead; losing control, going off the road into the median and rolling over. Sr. Trooper Holloran said the driver was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Community Hospital in Hermiston for treatment of minor injuries.

Due to the icy conditions and location of the overturned truck troopers believe it will take several hours if not days to off-load the trailers by hand and then remove the truck. Drivers are asked to be mindful of crews working in the area to clear the crash and to reduce distractions and increase your following distances.

With icy weather motorists are urged to Know Before You Go and consult www.TripCheck.com for travel details. Drive Safe!


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The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/20/14
With Thanksgiving a week away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, it shouldn't be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following simple fire safety steps you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2009 through 2013, there were more than 3,750 cooking-related fires in Oregon causing five deaths, 222 civilian injuries, and more than $32 million in property loss.

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

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

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

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

However, we also recognize some families choose this method to prepare their turkey. If you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

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

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions in using your hot oil fryer. Place the fryer on a flat, stable, nonflammable surface and don't overfill it with cooking oil. Once the oil is up to temperature, turn off the burner and only insert turkeys that are completely thawed; otherwise hot oil will splatter and may boil over the sides of the fryer. Never use water to cool hot oil or extinguish a cooking oil fire. Keep children away from the fryer, and use thermometers to gauge oil and food temperatures. After cooking, make sure the oil is completely cool before removing it from the fryer.

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

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

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

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Albany Firefighters "Fill the Boot" on Black Friday
Albany Fire Dept. - 11/20/14
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) are celebrating 60 years of a partnership committed to saving lives. IAFF is the largest national sponsor of MDA. . The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world's leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. Fill the Boot is one of the ways fire fighters show their support; hitting the streets, asking pedestrians, motorists and passers-by to contribute - money in the boot - for MDA.
Albany Firefighters Local 845 will be having our annual Fill the Boot fundraiser on November 28, 2014 starting at 8am. We will be located at the intersections of Santiam and Waverly, Santiam and Clay, Pacific and Burkhart. The firefighters will be taking donations in hopes of reaching the goal of $25,000 .
The Albany Firefighters thank you for all of your support and donations
*** I-84 Closures *** Know Before You Go! with TripCheck.com (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are advising of hazardous conditions on Interstate 84 at multiple locations in the Pendleton Area.

Freezing Rain is the culprit in this photo when an OSP patrol car was hit while unoccupied. Motorists should avoid the area and monitor www.tripcheck.com for details on when the roadways will be open. Know Before You Go.


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11/19/14
Willamette Humane Society Selected as Capitol Subaru's Hometown Charity for National Subaru Share the Love Event (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 11/19/14
Subaru Share the Love Event Banner
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(Salem, OR) - Choose Willamette Humane Society when buying or leasing from Capitol Subaru to support pets at Willamette Humane Society with a $250 donation from Subaru!

Subaru of America, Inc. has announced it will donate $15 million to charitable partners during its seventh annual "Share the Love" event. In 2013, Subaru donated $10 million to "Share the Love" charities, and over the course of the six year program, Subaru has donated a total of $35 million.

From November 20, 2014 to January 2, 2015, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of available charities.

Capitol Subaru in Salem has chosen Willamette Humane Society as their local hometown charity for customers to support in addition to national charity options: ASPCA(R), Make-A-Wish, Meals On Wheels Association of America(R), and National Park Foundation.

"We are thrilled to continue the Share the Love program. It is part of our culture as an organization to support causes important to our customers. By the end of this year, Subaru will have donated $50 million to worthy causes." said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing at Subaru of America, Inc.

"Capitol Subaru has supported Willamette Humane Society for over twenty years! We want to thank them for this new, phenomenal opportunity." said BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society. "This thoughtful gesture allows our community to open the floodgates of Subaru of America's generosity to care for animals at the shelter."

As an extra incentive, everyone who test-drives at Capitol Subaru will be entered in a drawing for a Wisdom Panel DNA test for dogs. Weekly winners will be notified each Saturday through December 20th!

Willamette Humane Society encourages community members participating in Subaru's Share the Love Event to share their experience online using the hashtags #sharethelovewithWHS, #sharethelove, #subaru, and #whs4pets.




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


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Meet over 85 local authors at the Oregon Historical Society's annual Holiday Cheer book sale & literary celebration (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/19/14
M.J. Cody - Standing on the Beach
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Portland, OR - Skip the Black Friday crowds and join the Oregon Historical Society on Sunday, December 7 for a festive book sale & literary celebration! Chat with 85 local authors and make a dent in your holiday shopping by picking up the perfect personalized gift. Holiday Cheer begins at Noon at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Downtown Portland) and authors will be signing until 4 PM. Admission is free.

In its 47th year, Holiday Cheer is a chance to celebrate the rich literary talents in Oregon, and marks the start to the holiday season at the Oregon Historical Society. Authors are spread throughout the museum, selling everything from cookbooks to children's books, and of course, history books. All featured authors have published a book in 2014, though many will also have past titles available.

Notable local authors in attendance include mystery writer Phillip Margolin, comical children's author Bart King, historical fiction writer Jane Kirkpatrick, Portland food author Liz Crain, debut fiction writer David Shafer, and the one and only Gerry Frank. A full list of featured authors can be found at on our website at http://ohs.org/shop/holiday-cheer.cfm.

To add to the holiday cheer, local favorite "The Dickens Carolers" will be strolling through the museum performing lively holiday songs from 1 - 2 PM. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and pick up a cookie as you chat with some of Oregon's best and brightest writers!

Admission to Holiday Cheer is free, and all museum exhibits will be open from Noon - 5 PM. Currently on display is Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape, an original exhibition featuring the stirring photographs of ten local artists, complimented by artifacts from the Oregon Historical Society collections. Visit WWW.OHS.ORG for a full list of current exhibits.

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


Attached Media Files: M.J. Cody - Standing on the Beach , Susan Blackaby - The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon , Erik Spellmeyer - Brew It Yourself , David Shafer - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , Crain - Food Lover's Guide to Portland 2nd Ed.
Sheriff's Office Recommends Adding Extra Time to Your Drive to Account for Road Closure (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/19/14
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Brooklake Road NE will be closed on November 24, 25, and 26 for railroad crossing repairs at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing located west of State Hwy 99E in Brooks. No traffic will be allowed across the tracks during the closure. Detours via State Highway 99E, Chemawa Road NE, and I-5 will be in place during the construction. A routing diagram is attached.

All questions or comments should be directed to the Marion County Department of Public Works at 503-588-5036.


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NW Natural Reaches Milestone of 700,000 Customers
NW Natural - 11/19/14
Local natural gas distribution company also celebrates 155th anniversary

PORTLAND, Ore. - Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), announced today that it's now serving 700,000 customers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

NW Natural first brought gas to this region 155 years ago to light gas lamps on Portland city streets and in homes and businesses. Today, natural gas is an abundant and efficient energy source for residential and commercial space heating, water heating and cooking. And it plays an important role in manufacturing and transportation.

"We thank our customers for giving us the opportunity to serve their energy needs with safe, reliable and affordable natural gas," said Gregg Kantor, NW Natural President and CEO. "We grew up here, and we look forward to continuing to grow with the region."

Here's a look back at customer milestones leading up to 700,000:


* In 1961, just five years after natural gas arrived in the Pacific Northwest, we reached 100,000 customers.

* In 1973, we reached 200,000 customers as we headed toward completing our new headquarters in 1979.

* In 1989, a Vancouver, Wash., family became our 300,000th customer.

* In 2000, NW Natural helped Portland Public Schools convert its first school to natural gas and celebrated 500,000 customers with a party in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

* In 2005, we brought natural gas to Coos Bay with our 600,000th customer.


Visit https://www.nwnatural.com/uploadedFiles/We_Grew_Up_Here.pdf for a more complete look at NW Natural's company history.

Over the next seven days, NW Natural will celebrate reaching 700,000 customers by tweeting a daily customer milestone using the hashtag #Celebrating700KCustomers. Twitter users who retweet the milestones will be entered into a daily drawing for a gift card.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
11/18/14
Health advisory lifted November 18 for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 11/18/14
November 18, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued October 10 for Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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

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FREE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION EXPO & WALK, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes. (Photo)
American Diabetes Association - 11/18/14
Cooking Demo at EXPO
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PORTLAND, OR (November 18, 2014) - On Saturday, November 22, the American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU will take place at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from 10:00am - 4:00pm. This FREE event is for people of all ages and includes healthy and fun activities for the whole family. The EXPO also provides the community with a unique opportunity to get free health screenings and flu shots, participate in healthy cooking and exercising demonstrations, talk to exhibitors and listen to leading experts about diabetes prevention and management.

"If you or a loved one has diabetes - or is at high risk of developing the disease - EXPO provides a fun, relaxed environment to learn a great deal about the important aspects of prevention and management of diabetes and its serious complications," said Andrew Ahmann, MD, President, American Diabetes Association's Community Leadership Board. "The EXPO is for all people affected by diabetes, as well as anyone interested in living healthy and helping to change the future of diabetes."

Nearly 30 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes- including over 350,000 in Oregon and Southwest Washington - and an additional 86 million, 675,000 locally, have pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, one-third of people living with diabetes do not know they have it. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050. People with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the risk of its deadly complications. Early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes is critical.

Prior to the start of EXPO, the American Diabetes Association will hold its annual Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center. The public is invited to join and walk to Stop Diabetes inside the warm exhibit hall from 9:00 - 10:00am and then attend EXPO. To learn more and register to walk, visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

The American Diabetes Association's EXPO is proud to feature Kendall Simmons, former pro-football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chef Chris Aikens, TV personality from The Food Network. Simmons will share his journey of living actively with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years. Chef Aikens will host a healthy cooking demonstration.

November is American Diabetes Month and Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and EXPO will be a time to come together as a community to focus on issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association.

For more information about diabetes or the American Diabetes Association EXPO call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383), or visit diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.


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Sheriff's Office SAR Activated for Second Straight Day and Another Snowy Rescue (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/18/14
Elk Lake
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Today at about 130 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams were activated to search for and rescue four people lost and stuck in the snow.

The driver, Robert Record, 44, of Washougal and his three passengers, Eddie Nix, 53, of Vancouver, Shane Lambert, 23, of Washougal and Paul Barry, 26, of Vancouver were driving their rented, 2015, Chevrolet Tahoe trying to reach Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record was following a GPS unit which took him 45 miles in the wrong direction and up an unmaintained roadway that did not lead to Bagby Hot Springs. Mr. Record continued driving on the roadway until he became stuck in over a foot of snow near Elk Lake.

After spending the night in their vehicle the four men activated the OnStar button. With the assistance of OnStar, deputies were able to locate the vehicle and its occupants. All four men were safe and uninjured when deputies reached their vehicle. The vehicle was pulled from the snow by SAR vehicles and the four men were led back down to the city of Detroit.

Search and Rescue Deputies recommend double checking your route when using a GPS unit to ensure proper driving directions have been received. Always check for winter road closures as these are not usually posted on GPS systems. Finally when traveling into the higher elevations, drivers should carry enough supplies to spend a few nights if you become stuck or lost.


Attached Media Files: Elk Lake
Former long-time smoker says lung cancer screening saved her life
Salem Health - 11/18/14
ATTENTION EDITORS: Video link youtu.be/9wGLgEh-iyk; NAT SOT mov file, AUDIO wav file, transcripts in broadcast and AP style attached to news release.

A routine mammogram revealed Kathrine Reed of Salem had stage one breast cancer. "I was lucky we caught it so early," she said. After successful surgery at Salem Hospital, Reed made a follow-up appointment with her surgeon to check for other possible cancers. The surgeon referred her to the low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer through Salem Cancer Institute, but explained the test would not be covered by insurance.

Reed decided to go ahead with it anyway. Turns out, this may have saved her life.

"I smoked for 50 years and I quit about four years ago," said Reed. "I knew the risks and sure enough, it happened." The scan revealed Reed had stage one lung cancer. "Thank God for my surgeon--and the one good thing I got out of breast cancer saved my life. Best 99 dollars I have ever spent."

Salem Health produced a video about Reed's story. It can be viewed at: youtu.be/9wGLgEh-iyk.

The science behind the story:

* Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. (160,000 last year alone).
* 75 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at stage three or four, when the chance of survival is less than 15 percent.
* At stage one or two, there is a better chance the patient can be cured.
* When high-risk patients are screened annually with LDCT scans, the number of cases caught at stage one increased from 20 percent to 40 percent.

With these incredible results in mind, Salem Cancer Institute launched the LDCT scanning program. The $99 includes a LDCT scan, education and follow-up. Scholarships are available to those who qualify thanks to the Salem Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit salemhealth.org/ldct or call Salem Cancer Institute at 503-561-7226 (SCAN).

Salem Health is a proud supporter of the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20 and tobacco quitters everywhere. Visit the American Cancer Society's web page: cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout.

Salem Hospital and Salem Cancer Institute are a part of Salem Health, which is also comprised of West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Invasion of Personal Privacy Arrest - Albany Police Case 14-23275 (Photo)
Albany Police - 11/18/14
James Bartholomeusz
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On Monday, November 17, 2014, at about 9:30 a.m., 39-year-old Albany resident James Bartholomeusz was arrested without incident and lodged in the Benton County Jail on the following charges:

* Burglary in the First Degree
* Invasion of Personal Privacy

The arrest was made after evidence was located on his phone that showed James Bartholomeusz entered a Corvallis residence in 2013 and secretly videoed a female resident of the home in the shower. James Bartholomeusz is the owner of Ace Rooter Services, LLC and re-entered the Corvallis residence after completing work at the location.

The investigation into James Bartholomeusz began following an allegation he had sexual contact with a minor child.

The investigation showed James Bartholomeusz also secretly videoed two other women in various states of undress. Albany Police Detectives are asking the public for any similar complaints by clients of James Bartholomeusz who operates his business in the Albany, Corvallis and Salem/Keizer area. Anyone with information is asked to contact Albany Police Detectives at 541-917-7686.
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Attached Media Files: James Bartholomeusz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon October 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/18/14
Oregon adds 9,900 jobs in October

Payroll employment shot up by 9,900 in October. Most major industries added jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, with three showing solid strength: professional and business services (+2,700 jobs); manufacturing (+2,200); and health care and social assistance (+2,000).

The gain of 9,900 was the largest monthly increase in nearly 20 years. The last time Oregon's economy added at least this many jobs was in August 1995 when 10,400 were added.

Payroll employment rose by 800 in September. This was a revision from the originally reported decline of 300 jobs.

Professional and business services accelerated its hiring trend in recent months. Its 2,700-job gain in October was the largest of the major industries. Over the past 12 months it added 12,600 jobs, which is more than one-quarter of all of Oregon's over-the-year payroll employment gains.

The companies in this broad industry include services firms such as legal, engineering, computer systems design, corporate offices, employment services, business support, and building services.

Two industries within professional and business services grew at especially fast rates over the past year. Employment services, which includes employee leasing and temporary help supply, added 3,700 jobs or 9.9 percent. Services to buildings and dwellings added 1,300 jobs or 6.4 percent.

Manufacturing also performed better than expected in October. Normally, manufacturing would shed 3,600 jobs at this time of year as food manufacturing firms scale back their workforce following the heavy summer harvest season. But in October, manufacturing only shed 1,400 jobs. This translated into a seasonally adjusted gain of 2,200.

Food manufacturing employed 27,700 in October, a drop of 1,200 from September, but a gain of 200 from October 2013. Many other manufacturing industries were relatively flat, when each would typically see a modest October job decline.

Over the longer term, a few manufacturing industries have grown at a faster rate than the overall economy. In the past 12 months transportation equipment manufacturing added 700 jobs, or 6.5 percent, while wood
product manufacturing also added 700 jobs, or 3.3 percent.

Private-sector health care and social assistance added 2,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Its social assistance component has been growing the fastest over the course of the year, adding 1,800 jobs or 5.3 percent since October 2013.

Oregon's unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.0 percent in October. Despite October's strong job growth, the unemployment rate didn't fall because more and more Oregonians are entering the labor force and looking for work.

The September unemployment rate was also 7.0 percent, revised from the originally reported 7.1 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has remained in a tight range between 6.8 percent and 7.1 percent since December 2013.

Another sign of an improving labor market is declining long-term unemployment. The number of Oregonians unemployed for more than 27 weeks declined steadily over the past four years. In October, approximately 33,000 Oregonians had been unemployed for 27 weeks or more. This is down from more than 100,000 during much of 2010.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, November 24th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 16th.

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

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

For the complete pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit www.QualityInfo.org/press-release, then within the Press Release Documents list, select Oregon Monthly Employment Situation. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. If you want the press release as a Word document, please phone the contact person shown at the top of this press release.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: 2014-11/930/79702/Oregon_unemployment_rate_press_release_11-18-2014.pdf
Marine Board Employee Recognized with Prestigious Regional Award (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/18/14
Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
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The NW Marine Trade Association recently recognized the efforts of the Marine Board's Janine Belleque, with the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award during their annual meeting in Seattle on November 12, 2014. This regional award is given to a person or group from Oregon in the boating industry who has made a significant contribution during the past year.

For nearly two decades, Belleque has worked tirelessly for Oregon boaters, helping provide grant funding to waterway managers for boating access, parking, land-side and floating restrooms, and other amenities that serve recreational boating. Belleque has become fluent in speaking engineering and contracting language and is well-versed in the issues relating to shrinking access in many other parts of the country. Belleque is currently serving in her second term as the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) President and filling the role of Interim Boating Facilities Section Manager until a replacement has been found, in addition to her primary role as the Marine Board's Grants/Contracts Coordinator. Belleque also serves on a multitude of Marine Board advisory committees to help with future agency initiatives that integrate all boating user groups.

Background: Robert F. Rittenhouse was appointed Marine Director to the Oregon State Marine Board when the board was first formed in 1959. Rittenhouse served for 27 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, which gave him a knowledge of boating matters that appealed to the state as it began interviewing candidates. The Oregon State Marine Board was founded and is to this day supported by Oregon State recreational boaters for the purpose of overseeing boating safety programs and developing boating access. Rittenhouse served as Director from August, 1959 until he died on September 2, 1973.

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Attached Media Files: Janine Belleque being presented the Robert F. Rittenhouse Award by Director of Government Affairs, Peter Schrappen.
Media Advisory : Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/18/14
The Oregon statewide unemployment rate will be released today at 10:00 a.m.

There will be a pre-recorded video presentation by state employment economist Nick Beleiciks available at that time on the Employment Department's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ORGovEmployment, and on the official website of the department's Research Section, www.qualityinfo.org.

In addition, downloadable audio clips will be available on the department's website: http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/audio_production.aspx.
11/17/14
Public Meeting Announcement - Oregon Business Development Commission
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 11/17/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting Friday, November 21, 2014.

Details:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Department of State Lands, Land Board Room
775 Summer Street NE, First Floor
Salem, OR 97301

Agenda can be located here:
http://www.oregon4biz.com/Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php

Unanticipated agenda items may or may not be included. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to: Suzy Miller at (503) 986-0106.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet by phone November 20
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/14
Contact: Alissa Robbins, 503-490-6590 (media inquiries)
Milena Malone, 971-673-3392 (meeting information or accommodations)

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet by phone November 20

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet by phone this Thursday, November 20. The primary focus of the meeting will be to select a benchmark for the 2015 incentive measure "Effective contraceptive use among women at risk of unintended pregnancy" and to select 2015 challenge pool measures. Public testimony will be heard at 11:40 a.m.

When: Thursday, November 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: This meeting will be held by conference call only. Interested persons can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-877-810-9415, participant code 1773452. Lines will be unmuted no earlier than 11:40 for public testimony.

Agenda:
* Select benchmark for effective contraceptive use
* Select 2015 challenge pool measures
* Committee meeting schedule
* Public testimony

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodation may request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations by calling the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Thursday, November 20 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/17/14
Forested property in West Lane County, Oregon
Forested property in West Lane County, Oregon
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The Committee for Family Forestlands is meeting from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm this Thursday, November 20 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Clatsop Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

The committee will invest its morning previewing legislative concepts, including those stemming from the 2014 fire season.

Agenda
Members will also learn more about the Department's communication internally and externally, including with other state agencies. The Committee will round out the day receiving updates from these sub-committees:

* Eastside Private Forest Collaborative
* Forestland Tax Symposium
* Nominations

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

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

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

Public invited
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Attached Media Files: Forested property in West Lane County, Oregon
Oregon's rate of unneeded antibiotics use remains nation's lowest
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/14
November 17, 2014

Oregon's rate of unneeded antibiotics use remains nation's lowest

Dangerous resistance still a problem due to continued misuse

Oregon public health officials are seeing less resistance in bacteria most responsible for serious respiratory infections such as pneumococcus, thanks to the state's low antibiotic prescribing rates, they say.

But people continue to misuse antibiotics, and that can lead to dangerous and potentially deadly drug resistance, says Ann Thomas, M.D., a public health physician in the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, and medical director of its Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE) program.

"While Oregon is doing well compared with other states, we're still seeing antibiotics being used to treat bronchitis and the cold, which is not appropriate," Thomas says. "Such misuse promotes the development of antibiotic resistance to common respiratory infections, which can turn them into difficult-to-treat infections."

In a 2013 report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that each year in the U.S., resistant pneumococcus causes 1.2 million infections, about 19,000 hospitalizations and 7,000 deaths.

Oregon health care providers are doing their part to reduce excessive antibiotic prescriptions and keep levels of resistance low in Oregon. In 2012, only 1 percent of serious pneumococcal infections in the Portland area were resistant to penicillin, Thomas says. Clinicians can continue to help keep Oregon's rates low by taking time to educate patients about antibiotic resistance and the possibility of serious side effects, including allergic reactions that result in a rash and anaphylaxis, that send thousands of patients to the emergency room every year.

However, Thomas is concerned about continued misuse of antibiotics for certain common infections. Oregon's medical and pharmacy claims database shows that broad-spectrum antibiotics - drugs that can be used to treat a wide variety of different bacterial infections - were used on 55 percent of upper respiratory infections in 2011. They also were used in a majority of cases of bronchitis and the common cold - 90 percent and 66 percent, respectively - although those conditions rarely require treatment.

And the older you get, the more likely you are to be inappropriately prescribed these types of antibiotics. Only 34 percent of children 5 and younger in Oregon received broad-spectrum antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections, compared to 40 percent of kids ages 5 to 17, and 72 percent of people aged 18 to 64.

As part of its ongoing effort to urge consumers to help reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics, AWARE, with CDC funding, is taking part in "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" this week - November 17-21. AWARE is partnering with the Oregon State University College of Pharmacy to offer educational information and activities promoting appropriate antibiotic use and hand hygiene during a free public event called "AWARE on the Square," set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Avenue in downtown Portland. They also are providing free flu vaccinations for uninsured adults from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Antibiotics are ineffective for treating viruses such as colds and the flu. Taking them when they're not needed or not as prescribed increases a person's risk for later antibiotic-resistant infections, which are more difficult to treat. These infections also require stronger antibiotics that may cause serious side effects.

Consumers also should avoid pressuring their providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu. Those who are appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others; someone who takes antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE and Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, call 971-673-1111 or visit the AWARE website at www.healthoregon.org/antibiotics. The CDC website at www.cdc.gov/getsmart has more information about the national "Get Smart" campaign.

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Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Saves Two Stranded Hikers (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
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Yesterday at about 5:00 p.m., two hikers were rescued by the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue ground crews after becoming lost on a day trip. Alex Solomon, age 20 and Tyde Kaneshiro, age 21, both of Eugene were hiking near Mount Jefferson when they became lost. The men reported they were wearing inadequate clothing for the conditions and carrying no supplies.

Luckily, Solomon and Kaneshiro were able to call 911 using their cell phone allowing searchers to obtain their GPS coordinates. At about 1:00 a.m., both men were found uninjured and next to a warming fire on the Triangulation Peak trail head. Both Kaneshiro and Solomon used the trail head sign as firewood to stay warm.

Because of the hiker's lack of supplies and the overnight temperature of 20 degrees, rescuers were forced into action. To rescue the hikers, SAR members had to hike 13 miles round trip, in the dark, over uneven and icy terrain. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind hikers to dress for the conditions and always be prepared for at least one over night stay when hiking in the wilderness. Numerous hiking tips for beginners can be found at http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-beginners.html


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Linn County Jail Inmate Dies
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that detectives are investigating the death of an inmate at the Linn County Jail.

Samantha Jeanne Robinson, 42-years old from Lebanon died from what appears to be a medical condition in the early morning hours on November 17.

Robinson was arrested by the Lebanon Police Department on November 9 and was lodged in the Linn County Jail on a warrant for Failure to Appear on Possession of a Controlled Substance Heroin. She was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Robinson was sharing a double occupancy cell with another female inmate in the female wing of the jail.

Jail staff treated Robinson for flu like symptoms on November 14. On November 17, while conducting routine hourly checks, staff observed Robinson resting comfortably at 2:15 a.m. Upon the next hourly check at 3:14 a.m., staff found Robinson unresponsive and immediately called medics from the Albany Fire Department. CPR was administered by staff and medics but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.

At Sheriff Riley's request, The Marion County Sheriff's Office is conducting this investigation.

An autopsy will be conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and is scheduled for later today.

Fisher Funeral Home was called for removal of the body.

This investigation is continuing pending autopsy and toxicology results.
Deputies Searching for Suspicious Male in NE Salem (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/17/14
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This morning at about 8:30 a.m., two 4th grade students walking to school at nearby Auburn Elementary, were approached by a male in a vehicle. This occurred at the intersection of Greencrest St NE and Auburn Road NE, in Salem.

As the girls prepared to cross the street at a cross walk, the male pulled up next to the girls and rolled down his window. The suspect asked the girls, "Can you girls help me with something?" According to the victims the male had his hands on his unexposed genitals when talking to the girls. The girls told the male, "No," and ran straight to school where they reported the incident to school officials.

The male is described as white, in his thirties, wearing dark glasses, a green bandanna over his face, a plain green shirt and dark pants. His truck is described as a loud, green, full size, extra cab truck with large wheels and tires. The vehicle was last seen speeding away on Greencrest Street NE. Anyone with information regarding this suspect or the vehicle can call the Sheriff's Office dispatch at 503-588-5032.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind parents and students to:
Never talk to a stranger.
Never let a stranger get too close, whether he or she is in a car
or walking.
Never accept candy, a present, a ride, or anything else from a
stranger.
Never tell a stranger your name or address.
Always try to walk with a friend or a grown-up.
Always stick to the same safe route in traveling to and from
school or a friend's house.
Always tell an adult if a stranger has tried to contact you


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*** Update *** Officer involved shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/17/14
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Below is a news release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.
TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN FRONTIER MARKET ROBBERY

                                                                                              

On Sunday, November 17, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.  

 

Officers pursued suspect Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77) and gunfire was exchanged. Miles was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center on Sunday, November 17, 2014 at 9:41 p.m.  No officers were injured from the gunfire.

 

Two additional suspects have been arrested and lodged in the Klamath County Jail in relation to the Frontier Market Robbery.  Garrett Michael Petersen (4/11/1987) and Samantha Darlene Robertson (10/20/1988) on charges of Robbery I and Criminal Conspiracy II.  The suspects will appear in Klamath County Circuit Court at 1:30pm on Monday, November 17, 2014.

 

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

 

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

 

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Screening of New Mark Hatfield Documentary at Oregon Historical Society this Thursday, November 20 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/17/14
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Portland, OR - A 90-minute documentary film highlighting the life and legacy of the late Governor and United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield will be shown Thursday, November 20 at 7 PM at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue). The film, "The Gentleman of the Senate: Oregon's Mark Hatfield" features extensive interviews with former staff and Senate colleagues of Hatfield's to tell the story of his remarkable public service career. Kevin Curry, one of the documentary's executive producers, will be present and will participate in a question and answer session following the screening.

The film was produced by The Hatfield Project, a 501(c)(3) organization created to chronicle Senator Hatfield's career and legacy. The film premiered on September 7 at Portland State University, and has also been shown at Willamette University in Salem, Hatfield's alma mater.

Tickets to the screening are $10 and can be purchased through the Oregon Historical Society in advance online (https://orhs.ejoinme.org/hatfield) or at the door.

"The Oregon Historical Society was honored to provide photographs and video from our collection to this documentary," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "Senator Hatfield was truly one of the most influential and iconic Oregonians of the 20th century, and the positive impact he had on our state will continue for many generations to come."

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


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Oregon Lottery to Present Shooters Pub & Grill in Eugene with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check
Oregon Lottery - 11/17/14
WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 5 p.m.

WHERE: Shooters Pub & Grill, 2650 River Road, Eugene

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a selling bonus check in the amount of $10,000 to Shooters Pub & Grill for selling a $1 million Powerball ticket.

BACKGROUND: Terry Stanger, 65, of Eugene purchased a winning $1 million Powerball ticket from Shooters Pub & Grill. He became the third Oregonian to win a $1 million Powerball prize this year. (Mr. Stanger has been invited to the event)

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to Shooters Pub & Grill and will also distribute Lottery gifts to attendees.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Officer Involved Shooting - Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/16/14
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The following is a Press Release from the Klamath County District Attorney:
Klamath County District Attorney's Office
Rob Patridge
District Attorney

November 16, 2014 - For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Patridge, 541-840-1600
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ROBBERY LEADS TO OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, Officers from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, and the Oregon State Police, pursued a Robbery suspect who fled with cash stolen from Frontier Market, located at the corner of Shasta Way and Summers Lane in Klamath Falls.

Officers pursued the Robbery suspect and gunfire was exchanged. The suspect, Lenny Miles (DOB 1-8-77), was pronounced deceased at Sky Lakes Medical Center at 9:41 p.m. No officers were injured from the gunfire.

Miles had warrants out for his arrest that involved four separate cases in Klamath County including: Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Escape in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Strangulation, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Because officers from all three Klamath County Major Crime Team law enforcement agencies were involved in the shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office has agreed to lead the investigation.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team is comprised of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, and Klamath County District Attorney's Office.


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MEDIA ALERT: March of Dimes hands out cookies on World Prematurity Day
March of Dimes - 11/16/14
--WHAT--
March of Dimes staff and volunteers will be handing out cookies decorated with purple messages raising awareness for World Prematurity Day. The messages include Oregon's preterm birth rate (9.3%) and grade on the Prematurity Report Card (one of only 5 states to get an "A") and "hugs heal" to emphasize the value of skin-to-skin contact for a struggling infant.

--WHEN--
Monday, November 17 - World Prematurity Day
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

--WHERE--
5th Street Public Market, 2nd floor courtyard
296 E. 5th Ave.
Eugene, OR

--WHY--
Worldwide, premature birth touches 15 million babies and their families every year.
It's the leading cause of death for newborns, and the number two killer for children under five, after pneumonia. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Red Cross helps two adults affected by Corvallis fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/16/14
American Red Cross disaster assistance team members responded to a single-family fire at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the 7800 block of Northwest Arboretum Road in Corvallis.

The fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, comfort kits, and information about health and mental health services.
11/15/14
Red Cross provides assistance following multi-family fire in Veneta
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/15/14
Red Cross disaster action team members assisted two adults and several pets affected by a multifamily fire at 2 p.m. Saturday on the 2600 block of Vista Drive in Veneta.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, comfort kits and information about mental health services.
11/14/14
*** Update *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash I-5 southbound at MP 96 - Names Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/14/14
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November 14, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a motor vehicle crash on I-5 southbound at milepost 96 involving a car and semi-truck, which resulted in the death of a woman driving the wrong way on the freeway.

** Additional information to the original release ** On Nov. 14, prior to 10 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center (SCC) began to receive multiple calls about a 2011 white Mazda 3, driving erratically in the Grants Pass area. Troopers in Grants Pass attempted to overtake the vehicle from behind but were unable to. Additional callers advised the vehicle was now northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5 at milepost 88, near Canyonville. Several vehicles avoided the wrong-way Mazda, including one that was forced off the roadway, as troopers scrambled to locate it. At milepost 96, the Mazda hit a semi-truck head-on. The collision occurred near the centerline of the freeway as the operator of the semi-truck was unable to avoid the car. The semi-truck caught fire and burned at the scene, blocking the freeway for several hours.

The Mazda's driver, identified as KATHLEEN F. PETERSEN, 64, of Brookings, died as a result of the crash. The driver of the semi-truck, JOSE GARCIA, 41, of Compton Calif., was transported to Mercy Medical Center and treated for a broken arm and unknown other injuries. The reason for PETERSEN's erratic driving is still under investigation as troopers follow-up with multiple callers on this incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Canyonville South Umpqua Fire Department, Riddle Fire Protection District, Azalea Rural Fire District, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Myrtle Creek Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, which was first to arrive on-scene.

The Brookings Police Department has been assisting OSP in attempting to locate next of kin for the deceased.


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PIO Forum is November 20
Salem Police Dept. - 11/14/14
The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Insurance Division: Insurers must pay for treatment of autism, mental health conditions
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/14
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division today issued two bulletins that require insurers to cover treatment of autism and other mental health conditions, just as insurers cover treatment for physical health conditions.

The bulletins take effect retroactively to Aug. 8, 2014, the same day the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon ruled that Providence must pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism. Many Oregon families seeking autism treatment have had challenges getting coverage for ABA in recent years.

"Recent court decisions have made it clear that ABA should be a covered service when it's appropriate for the patient," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "We expect insurers to stop applying blanket exclusions in their policies and claims practices that effectively deny access to medically necessary treatment for mental health conditions."

For any health condition, insurers can make coverage decisions based on whether the treatment is deemed medically necessary for an individual patient. The bulletins clarify that insurers' policies cannot include categorical exclusions that result in broad denials of mental health treatments. And, specifically, they cannot deny treatment for ABA therapy on the basis that it is experimental or investigational.

Consumers can appeal medical necessity denials to the company - and ultimately through the Insurance Division - via an independent review organization.

The Insurance Division has the authority to issue bulletins to clarify requirements of insurance companies under the Oregon Insurance Code and other state and federal laws. The division developed the bulletins through a public process and received feedback from consumers, advocates, insurers, and other interested parties.

Consumers with outstanding claims should contact their insurance company. They also can call the Insurance Division Consumer Advocacy Unit at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free) or email cp.ins@state.or.us.

You can find the bulletins and more information on the Insurance Division's website at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/bulletins/Pages/proposed-bulletin-review.aspx.

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.
Unemployment Tax Rates for Oregon Employers to Decrease in 2015
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/14
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will decline January 1, 2015. Employers that pay into the system will move from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually.

Tax Schedule 5 includes an average rate of 2.53% for the first $35,700 paid to each employee. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

During the recession, 36 states depleted their trust funds to the point of needing to borrow money to cover unemployment insurance benefit payments. Businesses in many of those states face tax surcharges or reductions in federal tax credits. Due to Oregon's self-balancing formula, the state's trust fund has maintained an adequate level despite record unemployment insurance payments.

Oregon law requires the Employment Department to use a statutory formula to determine employer payroll tax rates for the upcoming year. These taxes go into the unemployment insurance trust fund used to pay unemployment benefits. At its lowest point, the trust fund had a balance of $700 million, but as of November 1, 2014, the balance stood at just over $2.2 billion.

Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each September a formula contained in statute determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous unemployment insurance experience. Employers with more unemployment insurance claims have a higher tax rate than those with fewer claims.
Guide to 2015 health insurance coverage for Oregonians: Understanding what you will pay for care
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/14
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on your cost of health care.

When comparing health plans during open enrollment, it is important to find the plan that best meets your financial and health needs. That means taking a close look at what services you expect you will need during 2015 and how much they will cost.

Although you pay the insurance company a monthly premium for coverage, you will also pay a portion of the costs for many of the health care services you receive. Generally, if you pay a lower monthly premium, your share of the costs for services may be higher. If you choose a plan with a higher monthly premium, you may pay less when you visit a doctor, fill a prescription, or use other medical services. Here are the key terms to look for when comparing plans:

Deductible: The annual amount you pay for care before your plan begins to pay. For example, if your deductible is $1,000, your plan will not pay anything until you have paid $1,000 worth of care. Keep in mind that not all payments apply toward your deductible. For example, your costs for out-of-network services or a flat dollar co-payment may not count toward your deductible.

Out-of-pocket maximum: The most you pay during a policy period (usually one year) before your plan begins to pay 100 percent for covered benefits. This maximum never includes your premium, and some plans do not count all of your co-payments, deductibles, co-insurance payments, out-of-network payments, or other expenses toward this limit.

Co-insurance: Your share of the costs for care that is covered. It is a percent (for example, 20 percent) of the "allowed amount," which is the amount the insurance company has negotiated to pay for a service. For example, if the health insurance or plan's allowed amount for an office visit is $100 and you have met your deductible, your co-insurance payment of 20 percent would be $20. The health insurance or plan pays the rest of the allowed amount, or $80.

Co-payment: A fixed amount (for example, $15) you pay for covered care, usually when you receive the service. The amount can vary. For example, it might be $15 for a regular doctor visit and $30 for a specialist visit. Your prescription drug co-payment could vary depending on the type of prescription drugs.

If you qualify, you may be able to get tax credits to help pay for your premium as well as cost-sharing reductions. This financial help is available only through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent. Agents and community partners can help you sort through the many cost-sharing and premium options to decide which plans might be the best fit for you. To find an agent or community partner to help you enroll in a Marketplace plan, visit CoverOregon.com.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board to meet November 20 in Salem
Oregon Health Authority - 11/14/14
November 14, 2014

What: Public meeting of the Oregon State Hospital Advisory Board

When: Thursday, November 20, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Callan Conference Room, Kirkbride Building, third floor, Oregon State Hospital, 2600 Center Street NE, Salem

Details: Board members include consumers, providers, advocates, legislators, community members, consumer families and OSH union members.

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

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

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11/13/14
Vehicle stolen at gun point **** UPDATE(2) ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/13/14
Last night after 8 pm, Elieser Villa contacted the Marion County Sheriff's Office to turn himself in. The female, who was unknown at the time of this report, also accompanied Elieser. She was identified as 23 year old Yvette Espinoza.

Both Elieser and Yvette were interviewed by Senior Deputy Hickam regarding this alleged incident. At the conclusion of the interview, they both were released at this time as the investigation continues.
Marine Board Honors Curry County Marine Patrol Deputies with Lifesaving Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/13/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (Left), Deputy Ted Heath, Lt. John Ward, and Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson.
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (Left), Deputy Ted Heath, Lt. John Ward, and Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson.
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The Oregon State Marine Board honored Curry County marine law enforcement deputies Walter Scherbarth, Terry Brown, Ted Heath and Lt. John Ward for their life-saving efforts during the 2014 boating season. With their skills, expertise, timing, and teamwork, at least seven lives were saved.

Training and experience always pays off as was demonstrated on the Chetco River on February 22. Around the noon hour, Deputy Walter Scherbarth, assisted by then-Lieutenant John Ward, were responding to a drowning that occurred earlier that day when a small boat was entrapped in a tree that had fallen into the water. As they searched for the drowning victim, Deputy Scherbarth saw a drift boat entering the dangerous section of Tamba Riffle, heading toward the numerous downed trees. The strong current fed the boat into the debris, and Deputy Scherbarth shouted to Lt. Ward "Get your throw bag, they're going to capsize." The boat hung up and was submerged, throwing all of the occupants into the river, none of whom had his life jacket on.
One person made it to shore, but two others were heading right into the debris and probable entrapment. Deputy Scherbarth and Lt. Ward skillfully deployed their throw bags with seconds to spare and rescued the two individuals. Later that afternoon, a third drift boat hung up in the same strainer and partially submerged. Deputy Terry Brown crawled out onto the limb over the swift water to use ropes in order to rescue three more individuals. It is quite likely that without the skill and timely presence of deputies Scherbarth, Brown, and Lt. Ward, the tragedy of the day would have been multiplied several times.

In another incident after the peak of summer on the morning of September 4, the Curry County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a woman stating that she and her husband were drifting in their boat towards the south jetty at the mouth of the Rogue River with a dead motor. It was an outgoing tide and the surf was running high. Deputy Ted Heath responded and knew that in short order the boat would be pushed into the jetty and lives would likely be lost. With no time to spare, Deputy Heath requested assistance from Lt. Ward to meet him at the boat ramp and to have observers on the jetty to guide him toward the distressed vessel. In the next nine minutes, Deputy Heath hooked his boat trailer to the truck, met. Lt Ward at the ramp, launched the patrol boat and navigated to the tip of the south jetty just as the distressed vessel was entering the breakers. Lt. Ward managed to get a line to a cleat on the boat and save it from certain demise. Neither occupant was wearing a life jacket. Deputy Heath and Lt. Ward skill and experience most likely saved two lives that morning.

Marine Board staff and Board Member Jen Tonneson were honored to present Life Saving Awards to Deputies Walter Scherbarth, Terry Brown, Ted Heath and Lt. John Ward for their skill, expertise, and timely response that prevented imminent tragedy, seven-fold.
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OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-1261

osppio@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper in Newport Receives Award from State Marine Board

Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Heather Van Meter, 41, was honored recently during the Annual Post Season Law Enforcement Conference in Bend by the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB). Van Meter, a 7-year-veteran of the Oregon State Police, has served in the agencies Fish and Wildlife Division since the date of her hire.

Van Meter was honored for her contributions to the revision of Oregon's Outfitter and Guide laws. Her attention to detail help OSMB staff resolve rule inconsistencies for fishing guides and charter boats operating in Oregon. Several of the rules that went into effect in January are as a result of her efforts.

Sergeant Todd Thompson supervises the Newport Fish and Wildlife Team where Van Meter works. "Heather is a big contributor to the team; she's tenacious and always follows through," Thompson said. When asked why Van Meter was selected to receive the award Thompson added, "She recognized shortcomings in the existing rules and reached out to area guides and charter vessels, then followed up with the Marine Board to help resolve the matter."

More details on the ceremony can be found by visiting the OSMB page at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/news/2014/2014LESigContributionAwdsRel.pdf


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Marine Board Honors Benton County Marine Patrol with Lifesaving Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/13/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen, Deputy Eric Konzelman, Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson, and Deputy Jessica Jones.
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The Oregon State Marine Board honored Benton County marine law enforcement deputies Eric Konzelman, Jessica Jones and Noah Lochner for their life-saving efforts during the 2014 boating season. With their skills, expertise, timing, and teamwork, nine lives were saved.

The North Santiam River in Benton County was deadly this year, thanks to new found popularity among rafters and tubers, an abundance of hot summer days, and numerous fallen trees and root wads in precarious locations. The convergence of people, hot days and obstructions became apparent on June 7 when Deputy Eric Konzelman, Deputy Jessica Jones and Deputy Noah Lochner of the Benton County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to assist a stranded kayaker upstream from the Jefferson boat ramp. A pregnant woman had been swept into debris and hit hear head and face when her craft capsized. The deputies were able to rescue her and get her to a medical transport, when they were contacted again to help another stranded kayaker. Upon arrival, they found a mother and her two children on a raft, snagged in the same debris pile. The raft dislodged, was pulled into another log and began capsizing just as the deputies arrived in their patrol boat. The children were rescued first, after Deputy Konzelman's skillfully maneuvered around the obstruction in the swift current, to maintain a safe position. Their mother was being pulled under the log, and deputies were able to free her in time and get her aboard moments later.

The deputies returned the family to shore, but the story doesn't end there. After returning to the scene to retrieve the submerged kayak, the deputies encountered another raft with a family of four, heading into the same debris pile. Despite trying to warn them, they witnessed the raft going straight into the debris. Deputy Konzelman and Deputy Lochner climbed out of their patrol boat onto a log to assist. Deputy Konzelman lifted a 6-year old girl from the raft just before it capsized. The child's father grabbed and clung to a log and the mother and a 4-year old son were pulled under the debris. Deputy Lochner jumped into the water and grabbed the child as he floated downstream. The father and mother were helped out of the water to safety. The deputies returned the following day to remove debris and improve safety in the area. Later in the summer, the deputies teamed up with Linn County Marine Patrol and the Marine Board to remove the larger log jam that was continuing to claim more watercraft as water levels dropped. A similar logjam upriver claimed the life of a canoeist in July, underscoring the need for all waterway users to know their waterway, scout ahead and walk around debris when they see it.

Marine Board staff and Board Member Jen Tonneson were honored to present Life Saving Awards to Deputy Konzelman, Deputy Jones and Deputy Lochner for their quick response and vigilance to keeping this stretch of the North Santiam River safe for others this summer.
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Attached Media Files: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen, Deputy Eric Konzelman, Marine Board Member Jen Tonneson, and Deputy Jessica Jones.
OSP Traffic Stop Uncovers 3.3 Pounds of Heroin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/13/14
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November 13, 2014

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer



www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice



A Utah man and woman were arrested earlier this week during an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's traffic stop along Interstate 5 near Portland after approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin was found concealed inside their vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On Monday, November 10, an OSP trooper stopped a 1999 Mercury Marquis, displaying Utah license plates, northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290 for a traffic violation. The car's occupants were identified as driver, ADRIANA GISELA ARVIZU, age 30, from West Valley, Utah, and passenger, FRANCISCO TREJO GUERREO, age 21, also from West Valley, Utah.

Subsequent investigation during the stop aided by a drug detection canine led to the discovery of approximately 3.3 pounds of heroin, valued at nearly $10,200, concealed in the trunk area.

Both were taken into custody and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Heroin.


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Salem Police officers and staff recognized at the 45th Annual Oregon Peace Officers Association Banquet (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/13/14
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On Friday, November 7, 14 members of the Salem Police Department received myriad honors at the Oregon Peace Officers Association's 45th annual awards banquet.

The OPOA honored more than 90 criminal justice professionals from all over the state for their outstanding service to their communities.

The following award categories were bestowed to these Salem Police Department employees:
* Amanda Branlund, Calltaker - Public Service Award
* Barrett Byers, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Omar DeMarco, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Scott Emmons, Detective - Lifesaving Award, Medal of Honor
* Andrew McFerron, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Joe Miller, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Robert Owings, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* David Smith, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Steve Smith, Sergeant - Distinguished Service Award
* John Stackhouse, Officer - Lifesaving Award
* Oscar Zambrano, Officer - Lifesaving Award

Staff were recognized in various categories from demonstrating exceptional accomplishments in their field to officers who successfully save the life of another human being.

Below is a summary of each award and the staff involved.

Branlund, DeMarco, D. Smith, and Owings award summary: In November of 2013, Calltaker Branlund answered a suicidal male's 911 call in which she took immediate action to gain the necessary information to assist responding officers to the location of the caller by using mobile phone tracking technology. Given the location coordinates, Officers DeMarco, Owings, and Smith located the jumper at the Capitol Center Building where the distraught male was making his way over the roof parapet. Immediately, Officer Smith grabbed the male's leg and ankle as Officer DeMarco leaned over the parapet to grab the falling male's torso. The officers worked as a team to successfully pull the male back onto the safety of the roof avoiding the possible tragic loss of life.

Byers award summary: Officer Byers was nominated for his quick action in providing life-saving first aid to a multiple gunshot wound victim when he responded to assist the Keizer Police Department on a residential intruder call in March 2014.

Emmons award summary: In December 2013, Detective Emmons encountered an aggressive and reckless driver which led to a traffic stop during which the male driver exited the vehicle with a raised pistol and charged toward the detective. Emmons responded by firing his pistol and striking the suspect. Seeing the suspect had sustained an injury, Emmons provided life-saving first aid with the assistance of an Oregon State trooper that had responded to the scene to provide cover.

McFerron, Miller, and Stackhouse award summary: In response to a report of an out of control naked male subject in March of this year, Officers McFerron, Miler and Stackhouse successfully provided lifesaving CPR to him as he experienced a state of excited delirium due to his consumption of illegal drugs.

S. Smith award summary: Sergeant Smith received recognition for distinguished service for his 16-year career as a police service dog handler during which he had two canine partners, Benny and Jett. Together with his partners, Smith recorded nearly 2,000 deployments resulting in 808 captures. Smith and Benny also served on the department SWAT team assisting with 55 missions. Also during his tenure, Smith contributed to the K9 unit program's continued service by collaborating with community partners to assist with funding and veterinary assistance for the canines, as well as keeping the unit on the forefront of technology and equipment needs.

Zambrano award summary: Officer Zambrano was nominated for providing lifesaving CPR as the first responder to medical call of a 64-year old male in cardiac arrest. Even before medics could arrive Zambrano successfully had the victim revived and breathing on his own.

"We are proud of each of Salem Police employees recognized here tonight," said Deputy Chief Jim Ferraris of the Patrol Division, "Each acted with honor, integrity, and compassion in the course of their service to their community."

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The historic McKenzie Pass Highway closes for the season
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 11/13/14
McKENZIE BRIDGE - With 6 inches of snow already accumulated on McKenzie Pass Highway and another 8-10 inches expected through Friday, the Oregon Department of Transportation will close Oregon 242 for the season as of 9 a.m. today.

Built in the mid-1930s, the highway became a seasonal scenic highway in the 1960s with the completion of the Clear Lake-Belknap Springs section of OR 126.

Even during its tenure as the main route between the southern Willamette Valley and central Oregon, the narrow, twisting roadway and high elevation made the highway too difficult and expensive to maintain and keep clear during the winter months.

ODOT's records indicate that the earliest closure of the Old McKenzie Pass Highway occurred on October 18, 1996. The latest closure happened on January 10, 1939.

The highway is currently scheduled to reopen the third Monday in June (June 15, 2015), weather permitting. During the summer, about 300 cars a day travel the highway.
11/12/14
Salem Police Detectives Conducting Homicide Investigation
Salem Police Dept. - 11/12/14
***** UPDATE *****

The victim in this morning's incident has now been identified as 66-year old Michael Hampshire from Salem. His next of kin has been notified. An autopsy was completed this afternoon at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Portland, and the manner of death has been ruled as Homicidal Violence.

Salem Police Detectives have interviewed and arrested 22-year old Beau W Smith on the charge of Murder. Smith is currently a Willamette University student with a home address in California.

The investigation is ongoing as a cooperative effort between the Salem Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

All further media releases on this case will come from the Marion County District Attorney's Office, attention Deputy District Attorney Doug Hanson, 503-588-5222.

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***** UPDATE *****

D St NE and Summer St NE are now open for traffic. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released s it becomes available.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a death investigation centered in northeast Salem.

At approximately 3:42 am on November 12, a citizen reported what appeared to be a body laying near the intersection of D St NE and Winter St NE. Responding officers confirmed a deceased male located on property near the intersection, the scene was secured and an investigation is continuing. A person of interest was located a short distance away and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

As a result of the investigation, D St NE will remain closed between Capitol St NE and Cottage St NE, and Summer St NE will be closed between E St NE and Union St NE. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we urge the public to avoid the area if at all possible.

The Salem-Keizer School District has been notified due to the close proximity to schools, and the Oregon State Police have been notified to assist with issues affecting State offices in the area. State employees displaced and/or unable to get to their work stations due to the investigation are being asked to respond to the State Lands Building located at the intersection of Summer St NE and D St NE.
Winter Weather Alert Means Drivers Must Prepare
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/12/14
Oregon State Police troopers in northern Oregon are asking motorists to remember to slow down and think ahead when driving in winter conditions.

Sergeant Brad Hessel of the McMinnville Area Command wants to remind drivers that a winter storm watch is in effect and winter driving conditions in northern Oregon demand drivers slow down, reduce distractions and arrive safely. "Typically what we see are folks who haven't left early enough to allow extra time," Sgt. Hessel said; "consequently, they are driving too fast for conditions and off the road they go." Sgt. Hessel reminds all drivers to allow extra travel time during winter conditions and to remember that slippery conditions cause stopping distances to increase.

Everyday tips for Safe Driving from Oregon State Police and ODOT include:
* Adjust your driving for the conditions if there is ice of snow on the road.
* Be ready to handle potentially dangerous situations by thinking ahead.
* Look for signs indicating when chains or traction tires are required, and chain up early when you are required to do so.
*If you lose traction, slow down gradually - don't slam on your brakes.
*Use extra caution when driving on bridges or concrete highways; ice forms first on these surfaces.
* Don't use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather.

Always - know before you go. Check current road conditions on ODOT's web site www.TripCheck.com or call 5-1-1.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

Contributing: Sgt. Brad Hessel
McMinnville Area Command
Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet November 18 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/12/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
November 12, 2018

Contact: Tony Andersen
503-945-7427
tony.andersen@oregon.gov


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet November 18 in Salem to work on implementing actions in the subcommittee's federal forests work plan. The Federal Forests Subcommittee Work Plan was recently approved by the full Board on July 25, 2014.

The meeting will be held from 1:30- 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

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 Gov. John Kitzhaber 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: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Involved Children's Waiver (0565)
OR Department of Human Services - 11/12/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of the Medically Involved Children's Waiver (0565).

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The following is a summary of substantive changes to being proposed for the three Children's Model Waivers-
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Specialized Medical Supplies, Individual Directed Goods and Services and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Translation, Counseling as a component of Family Training
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

The proposed waiver application can be reviewed here:
http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than December 15, 2014.
Basic Corrections Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/12/14
Basic Corrections Local #BCL016 Graduation

Date: November 14, 2014

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Reception following ceremony

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

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

Members of Graduating Class

Deputy Roland Anaya
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Yvonne Arroyo
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Blair Barkhurst
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zachary Bartel
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ashley Beebe
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Cody Billman
Union County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Bond
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Nicole Buscher
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Timothy Conger
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Officer Jon Dragoon
Warm Springs Police Department

Deputy Kelly Dwight
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Colby Finnerty
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Gray
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Haylee Harding
Malheur County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Brandon Hardt
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Michael Hart
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Jason Helbig
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Kathleen Herboth
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zachary Keirsey
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Zackery Kelsey
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Ashton Kent
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Matthew Leininger
Northern Oregon Correctional Facility

Deputy Marshall Looney
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Deputy William McClure
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Stephen Naber
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Casey Nelson
Washington County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sumeet Patil
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Larissa Pierce
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Brian Popp
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Marissa Rankin
Benton County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Benjamin Sanchez
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Matthew Savage
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Barrinder Singh
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy John Slyter
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Katherine Spalinger
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Justin Stark
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Daniel Thompson
Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Nicholas Tyree
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Taylor Vian
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. DPSST, recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 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.
Columbia County Marine Deputy and OSP Trooper Honored with Awards (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 11/12/14
Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Trooper Heather VanMeter, Deputy Dustin King, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
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Columbia County Deputy Dustin King and Oregon State Police Trooper Heather VanMeter were both recognized for their significant contributions during the Marine Board's post season law enforcement conference during the week of October 27, in Bend.

Deputy Dustin King from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, was honored for his efforts to coordinate this year's "Operation Make Way" on the Columbia River. Deputy King's efforts resulted in hundreds of boater contacts and numerous citations and warnings, educating boaters about not anchoring in the navigation channel when large commercial vessels are transiting through. His actions likely saved lives and will reduce the risk of a maritime disaster in the Columbia River.

Trooper Heather VanMeter from the Oregon State Police, stationed in Newport (Lincoln County), was honored for her efforts in helping refine elements of the Marine Board's Outfitter & Guide program. Her tenacious attention to detail helped staff resolve rule inconsistencies for fishing guides and charter boats operating in Oregon. Many of the new clarifying rule changes that went into effect in January 2014 are due to her outstanding work.

The Oregon State Marine Board's Law Enforcement Advisory Group, comprised of marine law enforcement, agency staff and Board members recommended the, "Most Significant Contribution Award," to a law enforcement individual for their contributions to a major project or issue of importance to Marine Board staff. The group itself was gridlocked on two individuals, so they called a tie.

The Oregon State Marine Board contracts with 32 counties and the Oregon State Police for on-the-water marine patrol services and provides equipment, training, and patrol boats to contracted agencies to enforce the boating laws and help provide safety for Oregon's boaters.

For more information about the Marine Board's Law Enforcement Program, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Attached Media Files: Marine Board Director Scott Brewen (left), Trooper Heather VanMeter, Deputy Dustin King, and Board Member Jen Tonneson (right).
*** Update *** Serious Injury Crash Highway 99W at MP 59 - Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/12/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Monday morning's head-on crash on Highway 99W in Polk County near Orrs Corner Road.
On Monday, November 10, 2014, at approximately 7:40 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle, head-on crash near milepost 59 on Highway 99W in Polk County, near Orrs Corner Road.

Preliminary investigation indicates AGUILAR D. DOMINGUEZ, 18, of Cornelius, was operating a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon southbound on HWY 99 in heavy fog when he attempted to pass in the oncoming lane. He collided head-on with a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by EMILY R. BEATLEY, 36, of Monmouth, that was northbound. DOMINGUEZ had minimal injuries and was transported from the scene via private vehicle. BEATLEY, who was 24 weeks pregnant at the time of the crash, was transported via ground ambulance to Salem Memorial Hospital; the unborn fetus did not survive the crash.

The crash blocked one lane of traffic for about one hour during the investigation. No citations have been issued to date and the crash is still under investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Fire District #1, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Polk County District Attorney's Office.


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Calea Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Corvallis Police - 11/12/14
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive December 1, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Corvallis Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Jon Sassaman announced today.

Verification by the team that the Corvallis Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Sassaman said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, December 2, 2014 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The session will be conducted in the main meeting room of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they are encouraged to do so by calling (541) 766-6109 on December 2, 2014 between the hours of 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Corvallis Police Department. Local contact is Lieutenant Jim Zessin at (541) 766-6735.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Corvallis Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Corvallis Police Department has to comply with 483 standards in order to retain accredited status, Chief Sassaman said. By maintaining our accredited status, the Corvallis Police Department continues its commitment to providing the citizens of Corvallis with highly professional law enforcement personnel dedicated to maintaining service excellence.

The Accreditation Manager for the Corvallis Police Department is Lieutenant Jim Zessin. He said the assessment team is comprised of law enforcement professionals from CALEA accredited agencies. The assessors are Deputy Chief Cynthia Aaron, Burleson Police Department, Burleson, Texas, and Deputy Chief Jacqueline Daumont, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency maintains accreditation status, Lieutenant Zessin stated.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The Corvallis Police Department first became nationally accredited in 1995, and then re-accredited in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011. It is currently one of only three law enforcement agencies in Oregon currently accredited by CALEA.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.
"The Promise of Oregon" schools campaign debuts Friday
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/12/14
A public education support campaign celebrating the achievements and aspirations of Oregon students will debut Friday, Nov. 14, with a new website, videos, photographs, social media channels and more.

The campaign, called "The Promise of Oregon," is based on two defining principles: Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. Accordingly, we as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

The new website can be found at www.promiseoregon.org. An abbreviated version of the website, with a short video, is live now, with the full website going live on Nov. 14.

Already, 20 local boards have passed resolutions supporting the campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which is being run by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), aims to create a groundswell of public support for K-14 education, in hopes of meeting Oregon's 40-40-20 goals and lifting student achievement and graduation rates. As the campaign moves into the 2015 legislative session, it will advocate for funding levels necessary for all of Oregon's students to compete in the 21st century world economy.

"This is the beginning of a movement that will restore the energy and investment needed to ensure that this generation will reach its maximum potential," said Betsy Miller-Jones, OSBA's executive director.

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.
11/11/14
Red Cross volunteers assist with single-family house fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/11/14
Disaster action team volunteers of the American Red Cross responded to a disaster at 17:30 on Tuesday in the 5000 block of Latour Lane in Eugene, Ore. The single-family house fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
PHOTOS: Oregon National Guard celebrates Veterans Day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 11/11/14
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141111-Z-PL993-045: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard, speaks to an audience of more than 100 fellow Veterans from all eras, family members and guests at an event hosted by the Beaverton American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton, Ore., Nov. 11. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, perform a Howitzer Salute during the annual Veterans Day Memorial Service at Timber Linn Memorial Park, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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A member of the Oregon National Guard's 102nd Civil Support Team, wearing a chemical protective suit, greets children along the parade route during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Members of the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron, and their sleeping passenger, cruise along the parade route in a tactical vehicle during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The Oregon National Guard participated in more than 20 separate Veterans Day events throughout the state this year. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, shakes hands to thank World War II Veterans during the annual Albany Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 11, in Albany, Ore. The WWII Veterans were grand marshals of the parade this year to honor their service as the "Greatest Generation." (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
The vehicle in question has been recovered. A K9 track was attempted, but the suspect was not found.
Red Cross Info Session and Volunteer Recruitment
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/11/14
Community members are invited to an open house and information session to learn about American Red Cross services and volunteer opportunities.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2014
Where: Red Lion Inn lobby, 1313 North Bayshore Drive in Coos Bay

Available volunteer opportunities include:
* Disaster action team member
* Preparedness presenter/outreach worker
* Disaster mental health volunteer
* Sheltering team member
* Disaster health services volunteer

Local Red Cross volunteers will be onsite to answer questions and help anyone interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross to sign up and how to go online to take initial classes.

For more information, contact Michelle Domenico at michelle.domenico@redcross.org or (503) 528-5657.
Be prepared: Winds may trigger power outages
Pacific Power - 11/11/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 11, 2014

Be prepared: Winds may trigger power outages
Avoid downed lines, charge mobile devices, call 1-877-508-5088 to report outages

PORTLAND, Ore. - With cold windy weather blowing into parts of the Northwest, Pacific Power reminds its customers and the public to take precautions to stay safe and comfortable.

"We work hard to avoid outages, but when bad weather strikes -- outages happen, and we work just as hard to get your power back on quickly and safely," said Doug Butler, vice president, operations. "Based on experience, we've anticipated and prepared, and we're ready to assist customers should major outages occur. Just as our crews are prepared to respond, we ask our customers to be prepared as well so we can work together to keep safety the No. 1 priority."

Every home should have an emergency kit that includes the following:

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Power also thanks customers in advance for being patient during power outages, confident that crews make every effort to keep outage durations to a minimum and to restore power safely and quickly.

This season, customers and media representatives can also track larger scale outages online. Outages affecting more than 500 customers will be posted on the Pacific Power website as soon as information is available. Updates will be made as new information becomes available. Go to: pacificpower.net/outage
and then select the state where the outage is located.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/11/14
The man killed in last nights crash, at Silverton Rd NE & 48th Ave NE, has been identified as 57 year old Earl Barnes of Salem.

Barnes was crossing Silverton Road from the north to the south, after leaving the plaid pantry when he was hit by a vehicle driving east on Silverton Road in the number two lane. The vehicle struck Barnes with the passenger side of their vehicle. Speed does not appear to be a factor in this case. As mentioned last night, the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and fully cooperated with the investigation.

We encourage all motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant of each other. As a reminder, please be aware of the following pedestrian safety tips:

Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks.

Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.

Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections when a vehicle wants to turn.

Make sure you are seen:

1. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
2. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night.
3. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
4. Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.
5. Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what's going on around you and don't allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats, or items that you are carrying.
6. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the "WALK/DON'T WALK" lights (they're set up to help you cross safely). Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections.
7. Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.
8. Avoid alcohol and drugs as they can impair your ability to walk safely.
9. When crossing, use all of your senses and don't use your cell phone for calls and texting.
10. Use particular caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Driver's may not expect you to be there or see you.
First Freeze a Good Reminder to Think About Efficiency at Home
NW Natural - 11/11/14
NW Natural offers five steps to help keep your energy costs down this season


PORTLAND, Ore. - As temperatures dip below freezing for the first time this season, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) reminds customers of ways they can save even more on their home heating bills.

"Our customers already save more than 60 percent on their energy bills by choosing to heat their homes with natural gas instead of using an oil or electric furnace," said Dawn Johnson, NW Natural public information officer. "They can shrink energy costs even further with energy-efficiency improvements."

Here are five steps customers can take towards big savings:

1. Have natural gas appliances and vents inspected by a qualified, licensed contractor annually

2. Clean furnace filters at least four times during the heating season

3. Turn down the thermostat when away from home to trim heating costs 3 percent for every degree drop

4. Seal air leaks and add insulation to save up to 20 percent on heating costs

5. Consider upgrading to high-efficiency windows to reduce heating costs up to 15 percent


For help customizing and managing home energy-saving efforts, customers can log into NW Natural's online Energy Analyzer at https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/SaveEnergyAndMoney/EnergyAnalyzerTool. The tool makes it possible to plan efficiency projects based on how much time and money they want to invest and to track actual savings online. NW Natural also connects customers with programs to offset the cost of energy-saving improvements. For details, visit https://www.nwnatural.com/Residential/SaveEnergyAndMoney.

Smell. Go. Let us know.

Remember, if you smell rotten eggs, it may be a gas leak. Leave the area on foot then call the NW Natural emergency number at 800.882.3377.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
11/10/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office investigate pedestrian killed in crash
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/10/14
A male was hit and killed by a vehicle as he walked into the lane of traffic. This happened tonight at about 9:05 p.m. in the 4800 block of Silverton Rd NE.

Investigators with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, CRASH Team, are on scene investigating. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators.
Vehicle Stolen at Gunpoint (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/10/14
Elieser Villa
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A 46 year old man was robbed for money and had his vehicle stolen at gunpoint. The suspect has been identified as 24 year old Elieser Villa (photo attached)from Salem. Mr Villa pointed a small caliber handgun at the victim and demanded his money.

Once the victim gave Mr Villa his money he was told to get out of the vehicle. Mr Villa and an unknown female adult drove off in the victim's truck. The stolen vehicle is a 2014 blue GMC Sierra pick-up with aluminum rims. The stolen vehicle has Oregon license 516GTS.

If you see this vehicle or Mr Villa, do not approach but call 911. He is considered to be armed and potentially dangerous. We are not sure what the females involvement is at this point.

At approximately 11:00 A.M. this morning Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call in the 7800 Block of State St, which is east of Salem. The initial information we received was there was a male reporting somebody had a gun and stole his vehicle.

Deputies responded immediately to check the area for the stolen vehicle as well as contact the victim. Detectives from our Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to conduct an investigation and have identified the suspect. This is an on-going investigation and the victim will not be identified at this time as we are concerned about retribution.

The victim was not injured during the robbery. Further details will follow as the investigation continues.

At this time the victim does not want to give a statement.


Attached Media Files: Elieser Villa , Similar to Stolen vehicle
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 11/10/14
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors October 17, 2014,
FBI Releases 2013 Crime Statistics for Oregon and Washington
FBI - Oregon - 11/10/14
Today, the FBI released its annual Crime in the United States report for American cities.

Nationally, the estimated number of violent crimes decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent, marking the 11th straight year the collective estimates for property crime offenses declined.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects data on specific violent crimes (murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and specific property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.) Nationally in 2013, every crime category saw decreases. More than 18,400 city, county, state, federal, college/university, and tribal law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute data to this annual report.

*Northwest Highlights*
Some highlights from cities with populations of more than 100,000 people in the Pacific Northwest include:

?---? In Portland, the number of violent and property crimes declined in almost every category, except for the number of rapes, which was virtually unchanged.
?---? In Eugene, there were decreases in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, and larceny-thefts. There were increases in the numbers of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. There were no murders/non-negligent manslaughters in either 2012 or 2013. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.
?---? In Gresham, the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters increased from four (in 2012) to five (in 2013). Other categories -- including rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, and burglaries -- saw increases as well. There were decreases in the numbers of larceny-thefts and motor vehicle thefts.
?---? In Salem, the number of murders/non-negligent manslaughters (seven) and robberies (138) were unchanged from 2012 to 2013. There were decreases in the number of aggravated assaults, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. The only category with an increase was larceny-theft. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.
?---? In Vancouver, there were decreases in the numbers of murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases (from five in 2012 to two in 2013), robberies, burglaries, larceny-thefts and motor vehicle thefts. There was an increase in the number of aggravated assaults. The number of rapes is not comparable from 2012 to 2013 due to a change in definition and reporting.

The breakdown for these cities of populations of 100,000 and more is:

Portland
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 20 14
Forcible Rape 231 234
Robbery 950 917
Aggravated assault 1,892 1,776
Burglary 4,471 4,128
Larceny-theft 22,398 22,216
Motor vehicle theft 3,585 3,289
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Eugene
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 0 0
Rape 72 68 (not comparable)*
Robbery 196 195
Aggravated assault 162 139
Burglary 1,515 1,539
Larceny-theft 6,054 5,773
Motor vehicle theft 435 608
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Gresham
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 4 5
Forcible rape 33 52
Robbery 207 275
Aggravated assault 243 279
Burglary 886 920
Larceny-theft 3,230 3,123
Motor vehicle theft 742 510
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Salem
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 7 7
Rape 40 47 (not comparable)*
Robbery 138 138
Aggravated assault 379 328
Burglary 1,043 983
Larceny-theft 4,958 5,143
Motor vehicle theft 730 656

?Vancouver
Crime 2012 2013
Murder and non-negligent manslaughter 5 2
Rape 72 74 (not comparable)*
Robbery 172 146
Aggravated assault 343 371
Burglary 1,044 1,007
Larceny-theft 4,343 3,950
Motor vehicle theft 1,091 976

*Analysis*
The FBI simply compiles the information as it is provided from local jurisdictions. Media should contact those local jurisdictions for any analysis of the numbers listed above. Also note that the report features a prominent message cautioning against using the statistics to rank cities or counties. Such rankings can lead to simplistic or incomplete analyses, overlooking the many variables impacting crime and how the cities report it.

The FBI has been producing the Uniform Crime Report since 1930.

View the entire report: Crime in the United States, 2013 (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2013/crime-in-the-u.s.-2013)

*NOTE: In many cases, the reader should not compare the number of rapes in 2012 to those in 2013. The FBI changed the definition of rape and, thus, the reporting from one year to the next is not comparable for cities that used the legacy definition for 2012 and the new definition for 2013.


Attached Media Files: Stats for WA Cities 2013 , Crime Stats for OR Cities 2013 , Crime Stats by State in 2013
New Study Shows Added Stress Caregivers Face During the Holiday Season, With Nearly Half Citing Financial Concerns
AARP Oregon - 11/10/14
New AARP and Ad Council PSAs highlight the changing roles of caregivers, offer tools and resources for support

WASHINGTON, DC, November 10, 2014 / PR Newswire / -- In an effort to support the 42 million caregivers in the U.S. who are caring for parents and older loved ones and to illustrate the complexity of this relationship, AARP and the Ad Council are unveiling a new suite of public service advertisements (PSAs), including ads specifically designed to reach the Hispanic community, as an extension of their national Caregiver Assistance campaign. The PSAs, which launch today alongside new data highlighting the added stressors many caregivers face during the holiday, will be distributed to media outlets this week to coincide with National Family Caregivers Month (November).

Here is a live link to the English: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7366551-aarp-ad-council-caregiver-psa-s-tools-resources/
and the Spanish: http://www.multivu.com/players/Spanish/7366552-aarp-ad-council-cuidador-anuncios-de-servicio-publico-espanol-herramientas-recursos/

More than one in three Hispanic households includes a caregiver according to research conducted by Evercare and the National Alliance for Caregiving, and Hispanic caregivers report more intensive caregiving situations compared to the general population (63 percent compared to 51 percent). Qualitative research by AARP also shows that most Latinos don't identify themselves as caregivers. Instead, as Evercare data notes, caring for an older parent or relative is seen as an expected cultural responsibility. This may lead them to be less likely to seek out resources or extra support to help with the role.

According to AARP's research, the 42.1 million caregivers in the US provide an estimated $450 billion worth of unpaid care to aging relatives and friends. Many think that family caregivers are paid health professionals, providing full-time care to someone in need of daily help, when in reality, most caregivers are also working and managing their own families at the same time. This juggling of responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, anxiety, immunosuppression, cardiovascular disease, and premature aging among other physiological consequences, as well as causing financial problems.

"I have been the primary caregiver for both my parents for many years," said Amy Goyer, AARP's Family and Caregiving expert. "I could not have done it without the support from my adoptive family at AARP. The resources and information they have provided me have not only allowed me to help my own family, but empowered me to reach out to the thousands of caregivers who are working alone. These new PSAs are a poignant reminder of the way that roles change, and how AARP is here to help."

Created pro bono by advertising agency ALMA, the integrated PSAs feature identifiable scenes that highlight the changing roles that children play as they grow up to be caregivers for their own parents. Through the PSAs, caregivers are urged to visit aarp.org/caregiving and aarp.org/cuidar for tools and resources and to connect with experts and other caregivers in a supportive community.

"As Latinos, caring for our elders isn't a choice - it's an inherent cultural responsibility. It's a big task to take on and it's wonderful to have the opportunity to work with the Ad Council and AARP, who provide support to so many generous caregivers. It's important to remind them that they are not alone in their efforts," said Luis Miguel Messianu, President and Chief Creative Officer of Alma.

"The new creative is moving and motivating and the PSAs include such a powerful message--while our relationships with our family members may change with time, the love and support remain and grow," said Lisa Sherman, Ad Council CEO. "I'm looking forward to reaching caregivers throughout the country with this iteration of the campaign so we can get them the tools, resources and supportive community that they so deserve."

AARP and the Ad Council commissioned the new nationwide online survey, conducted by Lightspeed Research, earlier this month among approximately 1,200 women ages 40 to 60. The survey also found:

* The largest percentage of both General Market (53%) and Hispanic caregivers (45%) said that not having enough money was the biggest source of stress for them during the holiday season.

* Other top holiday season concerns among general market and Hispanic audiences included trying to make the holidays meaningful (33%/27%), needing extra time to shop for gifts (30%/24%), and juggling work schedules with caregiving needs (27%/23%).

* Both General Market (44%) and Hispanic (51%) caregivers thought that having their family together was one of the top three things they looked forward to most during the holidays.

To observe National Family Caregivers Month, AARP also will launch two new support tools on the Caregiver Resource Center, www.aarp.org/caregiving. One will give caregivers the option to tell their caregiving story. The second will let caregivers search a nationwide directory of senior-care providers including consumer reviews and cost information. To help answer questions and provide support and extra resources to caregivers in advance of the holiday season, AARP is hosting a Twitter chat on November 13th from 1-2pm EST. Follow #carechat to join.

Since the initial launch in the fall of 2012, the Caregiver Assistance campaign has received over $72.4 million in donated media and AARP.org/caregiving has received more than 15 million visits. Per the Ad Council model, the new PSAs will air and run in advertising time and space donated by the media.

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

The Ad Council
The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has affected, and continues to affect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit Adcouncil.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or view our PSAs on YouTube.

ALMA
Founded in 1994, Alma is today the 7th largest Hispanic Agency (based on Ad Age's Hispanic Fact Pack.) Advertising Age named Alma the 2014 Multicultural Agency of the Year and included the agency on its "A-List" in 2012 and 2010. In 2013, Luis Miguel Messianu was named Diversity Trendsetter at the AAF Diversity Achievement Awards. The agency has won top industry awards including: Cannes Lions, Effies, Clios, D&AD, FIAP, Art Director's Club and El Sol. Long-standing clients include McDonald's, State Farm, Clorox, Tobacco Free Florida and Goodyear, among others. For more information, visit www.almaddb.com.
State agencies to meet Nov. 19 on proposed gold mine in Malheur County
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/10/14
ALBANY, Ore. - The Technical Review Team for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County is scheduled to meet in Salem on Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST.

Meeting details and agenda are available here: http://bit.ly/caliconovember

The public and media may listen to the meeting by phone. For call-in instructions, contact the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) offices in Albany at 541-967-2040.

The Technical Review Team is an interdisciplinary team of state agencies that reviews the application and develops consolidated permit conditions that conform to Oregon regulations. The federal Bureau of Land Management serves on the Team in an ex-officio role.

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Meeting on proposed gold mine in Malheur County set for Nov. 13
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/10/14
ALBANY, Ore. - The Project Coordinating Committee for the Calico Resources proposed gold mine in Malheur County is scheduled to meet at the Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario, Oregon on Nov. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. MST.

The public and media may listen to the meeting via teleconference at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries(DOGAMI) Portland offices at 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965, from noon to 3 p.m. PST. Teleconference access to the meeting may be cancelled after the first 30 minutes if no one from the public is monitoring the meeting.

The meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/caliconovember

The purpose of the Project Coordinating Committee is to share information and coordinate county, state, federal and Tribal nations permitting requirements, in order to avoid contradictory requirements, facilitate the exchange of ideas, promote interdisciplinary decision making, optimize communication and avoid duplicative effort.

The Project Coordinating Committee includes affected and interested federal agencies, local governments, and Tribal nations, along with State permitting and cooperating agencies.

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Health advisory lifted November 10 for Wickiup Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 11/10/14
November 10, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 19 for Wickiup Reservoir, located off South Century Drive in Deschutes County, about 40 miles southwest of the city of Bend.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of harmful algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, or if the water has a thick mat of algae with an unpleasant odor.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Forest Service Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District at 541-383-4000. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

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

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11/09/14
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Lower River Road - Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon's single vehicle crash, which resulted in a fatality on Lower River Road, near Grants Pass.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., OSP Troopers were dispatched to investigate a domestic disturbance complaint at the White Horse Park, 7501 Lower River Rd., Space #26, in Grants Pass. Moments later, troopers were notified that an involved person, later identified as 59-year-old DONALD RICHARD PHILLIPS JR., had left the scene and was reportedly driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Shortly thereafter, troopers were notified of a crash at 7393 Lower River Rd., in Grants Pass, where a single vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The car's driver, DONALD RICHARD PHILLIPS JR., was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Preliminary evidence indicates he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and no passengers were in the vehicle with him. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

The highway remained open during the investigation. Next of kin have been notified.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire Department of Grants Pass, American Medical Response (AMR) and Chapel of the Valley Funeral Home.

As the investigation is ongoing, no further details are available at this time. Anyone with information concerning this crash is asked to contact the Sr. Trooper Scott Holsworth at the OSP Grants Pass Worksite at (541) 955-6370.


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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Media only email: osppio@state.or.us


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*** Update *** 10 Year-Old Boy Missing in Newport Found Safe
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/09/14
The Newport Police Department (NPD) has reported 10 year-old ANTHONY McCORKLE who went missing from his residence at 265 NE 36th, #4, in Newport at about 4:00 P.M. yesterday, has been found safe.

For further inquiries contact the Newport Police Department.

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11/07/14
Aircraft Landing on Highway 20E at Milepost 11 (East of Bend) Blocking One Lane of Travel
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/07/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) are on the scene of an aircraft landing on US Highway 20E near Milepost 11 - East of Bend. Details are limited but one lane of travel is currently blocked. The involved aircraft is a Piper Cherokee which landed safety on the highway for unknown reasons. No occupants were injured during the landing. Updates will be provided when more information becomes available.

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Twitter @ORStatePolice
Autopsy Conducted On 6 Year Old Woodburn Boy
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 11/07/14
An autopsy was conducted this afternoon at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office on a 6 year old boy who was reported to be unconscious and not breathing at a home in the 1200 block of Independence Avenue in Woodburn, Oregon.

The autopsy was conducted by Dr. Clifford Nelson. The cause of death is undetermined at this time.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the boy's death is on-going and is led by the Woodburn Police Department in coordination with the Marion County District Attorney's Office. No further information is available at this time pending the outcome of the investigation.
Serious Injury crash in north marion county (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/07/14
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This morning deputies responded to a second vehicle crash in two days on French Prairie Road.

A vehicle ran a stop sign, causing a dump truck to hit it. The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital by ambulance.

The crash occurred around 8 am at the intersection of French Prairie Rd NE and McKay Rd NE. A person driving a 2002 ford Taurus failed to stop at the intersection and drove in front of the dump truck. The dump truck, which had the right of way, didn't have time to stop and therefore crashed into the passenger side of the Taurus. Luckily there were no other passengers in the vehicle. No one in the dump truck was hurt.

The driver of the Taurus was issued a citation for failing to obey a traffic control device.

The crash was investigated by Deputy Dale Huitt of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. He was assisted by members of the Sheriff's Office traffic safety team, and Oregon State Police. St. Paul and Woodburn Fire districts were on scene assisting as well.


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Call for volunteers for 2014-2015 Whale Watching program
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/07/14
Newport, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help the public spot whales as part of its Whale Watching Spoken Here program.

The program places trained volunteers at 24 whale-watching sites along the Oregon coast each year during winter and spring watch weeks, when Gray whales migrate to and from Alaska. This year, the dates for the whale watching weeks will be Dec. 27-31, 2014 and March 21-28, 2015. The full-day trainings are scheduled as follows:

Dec. 6: OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport. This training is nearly full.
Jan. 10: Harris Beach State Park, Brookings.
Feb. 7: Cape Lookout State Park, Tillamook.

The Dec. 6 training will be delivered by Dr. Bruce Mate, an expert on whales and director of the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute. Marine biologist Carrie Newell will deliver the Jan. 10 and Feb. 7 trainings.

Volunteers who complete the one-day training select two shifts at whale-watching sites where they will assist visitors in spotting Gray whales and maintain a whale count.

Oregon State Parks offer free camping to volunteers the night before training and during their shifts.

For information, call 541-765-3304 or go to www.whalespoken.org and click on the "Training dates, agendas & registration form" link. The form can be submitted electronically, faxed to 541-765-3402, or mailed to WWSH, Beverly Beach State Park, 198 NE 123rd St., Newport OR 97365.
Benton County Deputies Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 (Photo)
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Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 20, near milepost 1. 5, East of Corvallis. The crash resulted in a single vehicle submerged in the Willamette River.

At about 5:00 am on Friday, November 7th , 2014, Joseph Lee Richeson, DOB 1/1/1984 reported to Corvallis Police Department that he was asleep in his vehicle when he woke up and found the vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 20. Richeson said he believed a man was driving his vehicle but was unable to tell for sure. Richeson said he started strangling the unknown male driver from the back seat and said the unknown driver drove the vehicle off the Highway, down the river bank and into the Willamette River.

Richeson said he was able to escape the submerged vehicle but said he did not help the unknown driver out of the vehicle and did not believe the driver was able to escape the vehicle. Richeson said he unsuccessfully tried to locate help.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Oregon State Police, Corvallis Fire Department, and Albany Fire Department Dive Team all responded, located the crash site and subsequently the submerged vehicle. While Rescue personnel worked to recover and search the submerged vehicle and confirmed no one was in the vehicle once it was removed from the river.

Benton County Detectives interviewed Richeson regarding the facts surrounding the crash. Once confronted with witness information, Richeson admitted lying to law enforcement about the unknown driver. Richeson admitted he was driving the vehicle and admitted to lying. Richeson consented to a voluntary breath alcohol test and with a result of 0.07 approximately 8 hours after the crash occurred.

Richeson was arrested and charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and Initiating a False Report.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Detective Chris Duffitt at 541-766-6858.


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Utility work this weekend to cause delays on OR 6 (Wilson River Highway)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 11/07/14
The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)will be doing utility work this weekend on OR 6 (Wilson River Highway) from milepost 14 to 16 in Tillamook County. Work will consist of stringing power cables across thle highway at four locations within the two mile work zone. Pilot cars will be used to escort drivers through the work zone. The work will be 7:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Motorists can expect up to 20-minute delays.
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet November 12 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/07/14
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Southwest Regional Forest Practice Committee will select the 2014 Operator of the Year for the Southern Area and may name Merit Award recipients from these nominees:
* Bewley Investments (Central Point) for a harvest where skillful work around three streams protected them and the streamside management areas on steep hills and difficult soil.
* Huffman and Wright Logging (Canyonville) for its attention to safety and overcoming tight time constraints, weather challenges, and including neighbors to develop solutions.
* WyEast Forestry Management (Hood River) for creating a more safe and scenic corridor along Highway 101 near the coast. It also faced time constraints and challenging weather, along with unique erosion control, scenic, and safety requirements.

The Board of Forestry recently asked the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards. The majority of the meeting they will continue discussing and may make recommendations about:
* The Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water; and
* The 2013 Forest Practices Act Compliance Audit.

The Committee will round out the day with an update on the Bald Eagle rule analysis.

This public meeting will be held at Willamette National Forest Supervisor's Office 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Room 215, Springfield.

Regional Forest Practice Committees are panels of citizens - mandated under Oregon law - that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practice Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practice Committees members must be private forest landowners and logging or forest operations companies.

Anyone may attend the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For questions about accessibility or special accommodations please call 503-945-7427.

Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.

Additional information about ODF's Regional Forest Practice Committees is available on the Oregon Department of Forestry's web site: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/rfpc/rfpc.aspx
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2 Dead after head on vehicle crash **** UPDATE (2) **** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/06/14
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The two drivers that perished in this morning's fatal crash on French Prairie have been identified as 45 year old Leora Casey of Sherwood and 19 year old Kyle Sanders of Gresham.

The crash occurred as Casey was driving south on French Prairie and attempted to pass a vehicle, in a passing zone, traveling south in front of her. During this time, Casey wasn't able to get back into her lane in time and her vehicle collided with Sander's vehicle as he was traveling in his northbound, oncoming, lane. The crash caused Casey's vehicle to catch fire and slide off the roadway. Both Sanders and Casey died as a result of the crash. Neither one of them had any passengers in their vehicle. Casey was driving a red ford fusion and Sanders was driving a white 1991 Honda Accord.

Neither family is available for comment at this time. This Saturday, November 8, 2014 was going to be Kyle's 20th birthday.

We would like to offer a reminder that safe passing requires rapid decision making and good judgment. Passing other vehicles on the road is often a dangerous maneuver. Visibility and vehicle responsiveness, among other things, are essential. Passing is legal when there is a broken line on your side of the road or when there is a single white broken line in the middle of a two-lane road. Pass only when the maneuver is perceived as safe and prudent and can be completed without use of excessive speed. The pass must be completed within a reasonable amount of time, and you cannot exceed the speed limit.

Please remember these passing tips:

Avoid passing on two-lane roads, as you will be driving into oncoming traffic.
Check traffic conditions ahead, as you will need a 10 to 12 second gap in oncoming traffic to pass safely.
Always signal when beginning and ending the pass.
Pass only if you have enough room to return to your lane.
Before you reenter your lane after passing, make sure you can see both headlights of the car behind you to ensure you have enough room.
Do not pass more than vehicle at a time.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Traffic Safety Team, and Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department. Woodburn Fire District also responded to assist.


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*** Update *** Single Vehicle Double Fatal Crash - Highway 126W MP 15 - Mapleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday morning's single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of two people and injuries to three others on Highway 126W east of Florence. The names of the deceased are released in this update and other juvenile occupant names will be withheld.

November 6, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m., local emergency responders and OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Highway 126W at milepost 15 near Mapleton in Lane County. Upon arrival, troopers located the vehicle on its top down a steep embankment with 5 juvenile occupants. 17 year-old ABIGAIL BOYDSTON, of Noti, and 16 year-old WESTON BOWMAN, of Mapleton, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The three remaining juvenile passengers were treated for injuries sustained during the crash.

The cause the crash and safety belt use for all occupants is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing. Trooper Ricky Hamilton of the Springfield Area Command is the lead investigator and may be reached at (541)726-2536.

All occupants were students at Mapleton High School (MHS). The Lane County Sheriff's Office notified MHS of the crash and they are working with students and staff to provide grief counseling for those impacted by this event.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane County District Attorney's office, Lane County Medical Examiner, Lane County Sheriff's Office, Mapleton Fire Department and ODOT.


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Corvallis Residents Receiving Numerous Scam Phone Calls
Corvallis Police - 11/06/14
SCAM ALERT: On November 6, 2014, the Corvallis Police Department received numerous complaints about attempted financial fraud/theft occurring via the telephone. A person(s) is reportedly calling Corvallis residents purporting to be a lieutenant (or other member) with the Corvallis Police Department, and is telling the person called they have either missed a court date, have an arrest warrant, missed serving on grand jury, or some other falsehood. The caller is demanding credit card information and threatening they will be arrested if they do not. The caller ID for many of these calls is showing 541-205-8817. These calls are completely fraudulent. Do not give any caller your credit card or personal information. The Corvallis Police Department does not conduct such activity. Again, do not send money or give out any personal information allowing your identity to be stolen.
Hikers urged to take precautions when foraging for mushrooms
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/06/14
Oregon is known for its bounty of fall mushrooms, but foraging for them can become dangerous if you're not prepared. Every fall, hikers get lost hunting for mushrooms.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department advises fall hikers to take the following precautions:

*Use a map to plan your trip and familiarize yourself with the area in advance.
*Inform someone of where you're going and when you plan to return.
*Hike with a companion.
*Carry and drink plenty of water.
*Wind and rain storms are common in the fall and winter. Dress in layers, avoid cotton and carry quality rain gear. Don't go hiking if a storm is forecasted, and turn back in bad weather.
*Carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.
*Also carry with you these essential items: flashlight, matches, first aid kit, whistle, plastic garbage bag and pocket knife.
*Consider joining a guided mushroom hike. Fort Stevens State Park is hosting two this month: Nov. 10 and 30 at 1 p.m., led by Park Ranger Dane Osis. Information: 503-861-3170 or email dane.osis@oregon.gov.
CORRECTION: Volunteer tax preparers needed for free tax assistance program (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/06/14
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Clackamas, Oregon - AARP Foundation will be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. But first, the program is in need of volunteers to help prepare tax forms.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due to the remarkable efforts of its volunteer base. With nearly 50 million low- to moderate-income taxpayers helped and growing, there are always opportunities for new volunteers. Lack of experience shouldn't stop anyone from volunteering. Tax volunteers must complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership on-site greeters, and those who can provide language assistance in Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese.

Last year, 1,197 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in Oregon helped more than 80,795 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 134 sites in Oregon including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations.

For volunteer information and an online application, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. Nationwide, in 2014, 35,000 compassionate volunteers at over 5,000 sites provided 2.6 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $257 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation's largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service or to volunteer.

About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org.


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2 Dead After Head on Vehicle Accident **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/06/14
French Prairie Rd NE is now open to all traffic.

An additional press release will follow with victim names as soon as notifications have been made to their family. Also we will include photo's of the scene at that time.

If there is anyone who may have witnessed this accident or have information, please contact the Deputy Mike Beach, Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team at 503-304-9807.
Saturday's AARP Money Management workshop in Eugene will bring peace of mind to hundreds (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 11/06/14
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WHAT: AARP, Finances & You - a money management workshop to help you make and save money, protect your assets and prepare for retirement.

WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center, Eugene

WHY: Money management isn't taught in the schools anymore and people over 50 need to assess and plan for their future. More than 250 registered for this workshop.

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/financesandyou

Our celebrity speakers include:

Jeff Yeager spent 24 years as a CEO and senior executive managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. First dubbed the "Ultimate Cheapskate" by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show where Jeff occasionally appears as a guest correspondent, Yeager specializes in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by spending and consuming less. Jeff is AARP's official Savings Expert, writing for AARP's publications and hosting a weekly web show on YouTube - The Cheap Life - which is produced by AARP. He has appeared on over 500 radio and TV shows on most major networks, and was an original cast member on TLC's hit reality show Extreme Cheapskates.

Ron Burley, who has championed consumer rights since his days as a local TV and CNN correspondent, writes the On Your Side column for AARP The Magazine. A pilot in his spare time, Ron is the author of Unscrewed: The Consumer's Guide to Getting What You Paid For. Consumer advocate Ron Burley has battled for the "little guy" against some of the largest corporation in the world. As a columnist for the nation's largest circulation magazine (AARP Magazine, 41 million subscribers) and a consumer correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America, Ron has helped return more than $5 million dollars to exploited and defrauded consumers.

Jackie Babicky-Peterson has spent many years as a CPA, business adviser and entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon. Over the last 30 years she has coached, taught and counseled literally hundreds of creative and DIY entrepreneurs to financial success. Jackie still consults and also teaches now at the Small Business Development Center of Portland Community College. Jackie has an internet radio program that is named after her book, Better, Smarter, Richer.


Ted Wheeler -- As state treasurer, Ted is our Chief Money Officer! A fifth-generation Oregonian, Treasurer was born in Portland and graduated from Lincoln High there. He received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University in 1985. He also earned an MBA from Columbia University and a master's in public policy from Harvard University. Wheeler worked for several financial services companies, including the Bank of America and Copper Mountain Trust.


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Pulp, paper, and forest products industry safety conference coming to Portland
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/06/14
(Salem) - Employees, managers, and contractors in the Northwest pulp and paper industry are invited to attend a conference Dec. 2-5, 2014, that is designed to highlight the latest workplace safety and health best practices.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel in Portland.

Keynote speaker Joe Estey, who has worked with more than 110 different companies in industries including government and manufacturing, will present "Myths and Realities of an Ever-Changing Workforce" on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

"I will explore the specific principles and practices from organizations who have abandoned the traditional 'tried-and-tired' ways of improving safety by creating their own destiny, rather than allowing others to create it for them," said Estey. "Many of these principles and tools start with our view of the six generations working together in today's organizations and understanding the way they generationally manage risk and perform work."

Twenty-eight workshops and several roundtable discussions are scheduled during the four-day conference. Training on workplace issues that affect pulp, paper, and forest product workers are part of the program. Workshops include:

* Hazard assessment and solutions
* Lockout/tagout and machine guarding
* Safety leadership
* Logging and sawmill safety

The registration fee is $260 to attend all conference sessions. The fee for a single day is $85. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences.

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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, go to www.orosha.org or follow us at www.facebook.com/oregonosha.

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.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet November 18-19 in Astoria
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/06/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // Nov. 6, 2014

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590

Astoria OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its final meeting of the year November 18-19 in Astoria, OR and address a proposed beach smoking rule and other topics.

On November 18, Commissioners will tour area state parks and the Columbia River Maritime Museum starting at 8 a.m., then attend workshops starting at 2 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin Street Suite F, Astoria, OR 97103.

On November 19, Commissioners will convene an 8 a.m. executive session at the Loft at the Red Building to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes requests for action on state park contracts, grants to Oregon communities for recreation trails, a proposed beach smoking restriction, and state scenic waterway candidates.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff will ask the Commission to sideline a proposed rule restricting smoking on Oregon's 362 mile public ocean shore. Instead, staff will ask the Commission to direct the department to spend two years focusing on education and a broader campaign to reduce beach litter. The public comment period for the proposed rule closed in August, and a summary is online at http://tinyurl.com/oregonbeachsmoke.

The Commission will also receive three studies on rivers that are candidates for designation under the state scenic waterway program. Department staff studied short sections of the Grande Ronde in Union County, Molalla in Clackamas County, and Chetco in Curry County. After visiting the rivers and holding public meetings, staff will recommend dropping the Grande Ronde segment from consideration. For the portions of the Chetco and Molalla Rivers included in the study, staff will ask the Commission to accept the reports, but wait to make a recommendation for up to a year. The time will be used to allow local proponents to organize and develop management plans that address waterway and adjacent landowner needs. Commission scenic waterway recommendations are made to the governor jointly with the Oregon Water Resources Department, who will also be asked to concur with the reports. More information about the ongoing review of scenic waterways is online at http://tinyurl.com/scenicwaterwaysreview.

The full November meeting agenda is available online at www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online by 3 p.m. Friday, November 7. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Sarah Emery at sarah.emery@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.
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Salem Police Ask For Public Assistance In Hit and Run Investigation (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 11/06/14
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The Salem Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating a vehicle and identifying a driver that was possibly involved in or witnessed a hit and run injury accident on the afternoon of November 4 near downtown Salem.

33-year old Salem resident David Diedrich reported that at approximately 4:15 pm he was riding his bicycle westbound on the south sidewalk of Court St NE and just beginning to cross Church St NE when he was struck by a vehicle that was traveling northbound on Church St. When David was struck by the vehicle, both he and his bicycle were thrown up on the hood of the vehicle, then they both fell back to the ground. The involved vehicle did not stop and turned west onto Court St and was last seen turning southbound onto Commercial St. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Salem Police Officers were able to obtain a surveillance photo of a vehicle that was possibly either involved in the incident or may have witnessed it. That vehicle is described as a red mid 1990s vintage vehicle similar to a Honda Accord or Civic with a black colored right front quarter panel and possibly deep tinted rear passenger and rear windows. The vehicle may have damage to the hood as well. The surveillance photo of that vehicle is attached to this release.

Salem Police Officers are asking anyone with information about the incident and/or the involved vehicle to contact the Salem Police non-emergency number at 503-588-6123.


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Boat Oregon Advisory Teams Meeting in Salem
Oregon Marine Board - 11/06/14
The Oregon State Marine Board is holding kickoff meetings for their new, Boat Oregon Advisory Teams (BOATs) during the week of November 10 at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem. The meetings are scheduled from 10 am to 2 pm with a working lunch.

Each team will meet on a different day during the week of November 10:
* Monday, November 10 -Watersports
* Thursday, November 13 -Outdoor Sportsmen
* Friday, November 14 -Cruising

During the agency's 2011-2016 strategic plan outreach public meetings, participants suggested the agency should develop committees to look at specific boating issues. Following this suggestion, the agency recruited recreational boaters to form three Boat Oregon Advisory Teams (Watersports, Outdoor Sportsmen, and Cruising).

Each meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer, at 503-378-2623 by Friday, November 7. The agency will accept public comment during the designated period at the end of the meeting.

For more information about the Boat Oregon Advisory Teams, membership, and the Marine Board's Strategic Plan, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#NEW!_Boat_Oregon_Advisory_Teams_(BOATs)_.
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Reward Offer to Help OSP Fish & Division Investigation of Multiple Deer & Elk Killings in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/06/14
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A reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.

The ongoing investigations led OSP troopers on Monday, November 3, 2014, to two suspects. BRADLEY JORDAN, age 20, from Beaver, was arrested by OSP troopers and lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Unlawful Taking Buck Deer, Unlawful Possession of Buck Deer (2 counts), Waste of a Game Animal, and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree. When arrested, JORDAN was in possession of an illegally killed black-tail deer. A second person identified as JOSHUA SINCLAIR, age 22, from Cloverdale, was cited and released to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court for Aiding in a Game Violation.

OSP believes there may be others involved in these incidents and are asking for the public's help. A $1,000 reward is offered, comprised of $500 by the State Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association and $500 from the Tillamook Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association, that leads to an arrest and conviction related to the investigations.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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2 Dead After Head on Vehicle Accident
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/06/14
Two people died after a head on vehicle accident just before 7:00 this morning. The vehicles hit head on near Lebrun Road on French Prairie Road and at least one vehicle caught fire.

Citizens attempted to extinguish the fire but the fire spread until fire crews arrived on scene and were able to put the fire out.

The cause of the accident is not known at the point but the Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH team is on scene conducting their investigation.

French Prairie Road is closed between Hwy 219 to the north and Lebrun Rd on the south. Commuters are encouraged to use alternate routes. We recommend using River Rd and Hwy 99E. The road will remain closed for several hours while the investigation continues.

The names of the deceased people are not being released at this time and wont be until family notifications have been made. No further details regarding the involved people are available and it is unknown at this time if speed or alcohol/drugs were involved in the crash.

An updated release will be sent out once the road is open and again once we are prepared to release the names of the involved.
11/05/14
Oregon One of Only Five States to Earn an 'A' on Premature Birth Report Card
March of Dimes - 11/05/14
Oregon is one of only five states to receive an "A" on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth Report Card, released today. Oregon's preterm birth rate was 9.3 percent in 2013, below the March of Dimes goal of 9.6 percent. Other states meeting or beating the March of Dimes goal and getting an "A" are California, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 - the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Healthy People 2020 goal seven years early. Despite this progress, the nation still received a "C" on the annual report card and still has one of the highest rates of preterm birth of any high resource country. March of Dimes is investing in a network of prematurity research centers, to find solutions to this still too-common, costly, and serious problem.

"In Oregon and SW Washington, to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, March of Dimes is supporting group prenatal programs like Centering Pregnancy and others that have shown promising results in reducing preterm births;" said Joanne Rogovoy, State Director of Program Services and Government Affairs for March of Dimes Greater Oregon Chapter, "as well as continuing with hospital efforts to end early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation."

Did you know:
* Since 2006 (when the preterm birth rate in the US was at its highest), March of Dimes estimates 231,000 fewer babies have been born too soon because of sustained interventions put in place by states, saving about $11.9 billion in healthcare and other costs.

* March of Dimes is recommending a new goal for the nation - lowering the preterm birth rate to 5.5 percent by 2030, which could bring us from the bottom 10 percent to the top 10 percent compared to other high resource countries.

* There are steps every woman can take to help give her baby a healthy start in life. Women can:
* Get a preconception check-up before getting pregnant.
* Go to all prenatal care appointments, even when they're feeling fine.
* Remember a full-term healthy pregnancy of at least 39 weeks is best for the baby, so if a pregnancy is healthy don't schedule an early delivery.
* Talk to their doctor about preterm labor warning signs and their family risk of premature birth.
* Take care of themselves by eating healthy, not smoking, and staying active.

In Oregon, the rate of women smoking is 18.2 percent and the rate of uninsured women is 20.1 percent. These factors contribute to infant health. Oregon earned a star on the report card for:
* Reducing the percent of uninsured women of child-bearing age;
* Reducing the percentage of women of childbearing age who smoke.

These improvements mean not just healthier babies, but also a potential savings in health care and economic costs to society.

March of Dimes attributed the improved rates to an expansion of successful programs and interventions, including actions by obstetrics providers, hospitals and state health officials here and every other state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

"We're working together to improve access to health care, help women quit smoking and, through our Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait consumer education campaign, encourage women and health care providers to avoid scheduling a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless medically necessary," added Rogovoy.

Grades are based on comparing each state's and the nation's 2013 preliminary preterm birth rates with the March of Dimes 2020 goal of 9.6 percent of all live births. The U.S. preterm birth rate is 11.4 percent, a decline of 11 percent from the peak of 12.8 percent in 2006.

The Report Card information for the U.S. and states will be available online at: marchofdimes.org/reportcard.

Premature birth, birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are important to a baby's health because many important organs, including the brain and lungs, are not completely developed until then.

On November 17th, March of Dimes and organizations from around the world will mark the fourth World Prematurity Day. The World Prematurity Network, (WPN), a global coalition of consumer and parent groups working together to raise awareness and prevent premature birth in their countries, is calling for action to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born too soon. An estimated 15 million babies are born premature and of those more than a million die as a result of their early birth.

Learn more about Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day by visiting http://www.facebook.com/worldprematurityday and share stories and videos about babies born too soon. The page features an interactive world map showing the home place for each story told.

Prematurity Awareness events are happening throughout November. Here in Oregon and SW Washington, March of Dimes is partnering with local hospitals in Portland, Vancouver, Salem and Bend to raise awareness on November 17th by giving out cookies and information in Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Salmon Creek, Salem Hospital and St. Charles Medical Center.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. 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. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. For free access to national, state, county and city-level maternal and infant health data, visit PeriStats, at marchofdimes.org/PeriStats.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Report Card , US Report Card , 2006 vs 2013 map
Earthquake swarm near Lakeview increasingly active, scientists say
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 11/05/14
Portland, Ore. - Scientists in Oregon, Washington and Nevada have released an update on an intense earthquake swarm occurring in northwestern Nevada.

The swarm, located 40 miles southeast of Lakeview, Ore., has been ongoing since mid-July and has become much more active in the past few days. A magnitude 4.6 earthquake occurred at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday night, with magnitude 3-plus events throughout Wednesday. Three magnitude 4-plus earthquakes have occurred since October 30. In the past three months, there have been 42 earthquakes greater than magnitude 3.

Such a sequence of earthquakes does slightly increase the probability that a larger earthquake will occur. The current swarm resembles a 1968 swarm in Adel, Ore. which lasted several months and included three earthquakes of approximately magnitude 5.

Exactly when earthquakes will occur can't be predicted - so being prepared is critical.

"Earthquakes can happen anytime," says Oregon State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "Planning and preparing now helps you be ready."

The swarm is being monitored closely by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada Reno, the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Real-time information on this swarm is available at http://www.seismo.unr.edu and http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/.

Earthquake preparedness information from Oregon Emergency Management is available at http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/preparedness_information.aspx


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Wells Fargo to offer free financial education webinars to military members Nov. 11-13
Wells Fargo - 11/05/14
Wells Fargo will mark Veterans Day this year by providing free financial education online workshops to service members, veterans and their families.

The free webinars are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 13. The instructor-led sessions will provide information on homebuying, managing credit, and budgeting and saving. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

This is the third time Wells Fargo has offered free military financial education webinars, allowing service members and veterans to access the information from their homes or at local libraries.

Advance registration at www.wellsfargo.com/rsvp is required. Webinars are capped at 200 participants, so those interested are encouraged to register early. The webinar schedule and access codes are:

* First-Time Homebuyer: Nov. 11 at noon. Access code: Mil1stHome
Buying a home may be one of the largest financial decisions for Americans. During this session, participants will learn about the homebuying process, identifying the costs associated with buying a home and types of financing available, including the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

* Budgeting and Saving: Nov. 12 at noon. Access code: MilBudget
Participants will learn how to make the most of their money by saving more, creating a spending plan and being a smart shopper.

* Get Smart About Credit: Nov. 13 at noon. Access code: MilCredit
How to manage credit responsibly is an important skill to learn. In this session, participants will learn how to manage credit cards, the factors that go into an individual's credit score, and how to manage credit cards responsibly.

"We want to help all our customers succeed financially and Wells Fargo is proud to offer educational opportunities as part of our commitment to support veterans, service members and their families," said David Gibbons, Wells Fargo Military Mortgage Express program manager. "These sessions are especially designed to help military families on the road to financial wellness."

With questions about these webinars, contact militarymortgageexpress@wellsfargo.com. More information on Wells Fargo's Military Mortgage Express program is available at www.wellsfargo.com/militarymortgage.

To learn about more ways Wells Fargo is supporting military members, veterans and their families, visit www.wellsfargo.com/veterans. For immediate assistance with home financing needs, customers can contact Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at (877) 337-9405.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com).
OMSI Presents Animation Film Festival (Photo)
OMSI - 11/05/14
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OMSI PRESENTS ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
Features Oregon debut of 2014 Sundance Animated Shorts on the Empirical Theater's Giant Screen

Portland, Ore. (November 3, 2014) - Join OMSI on November 6-9 for a celebration of world animation with over 30 animated shorts and feature films, including the Oregon debut of the 2014 Sundance Festival Animated Short Film Tour.

The festival kicks-off with a panel discussion about future trends in animation with noted local animators including Paul Harrod, Joanna Priestley, David Daniels and Bryan Provencher. The discussion will be followed by the Oregon premiere screening of the 2014 Sundance Festival Animated Short Tour and a screening of the modern cyberpunk classic Akira.

"We're excited to show long-admired animated classics in a way people rarely experience--on a giant four-story tall screen--while also introducing guests to a host of new and diverse animated films from around the world," said OMSI Associate Vice President of Marketing and Retail Russ Repp. "By bringing together local partners such as SuperGenius, Bent Image Lab, Flying Rhinoceros and Washington State University, we're able to present an entertaining and educational experience for every interest area and age group."

What to expect:
* Anime feature films A Letter to Momo and Welcome to the Space Show
* An exploration of the "golden age" of animation with local archivist Dennis Nyback
* Subversive shorts for mature audiences
* New York International Children's Film Festival's Kids Flix Mix, designed for younger children and Family Party Mix for older youth ages 8 to 18
* Oscar(R) nominated features Ernest & Celestine and A Cat in Paris
* Live demonstrations featuring artists from Portland's Flying Rhinoceros

Rounding out the Festival lineup are the 2012 hit ParaNorman, the award-winning Sita Sings the Blues, international feature Nocturna, and animated shorts from Washington State University students.

OMSI is offering an Animation Festival Pass that grants the passholder access to all festival films and events. The festival pass is priced at only $18 for adults and $15 for youth/seniors. Tickets for individual films/events are available at the low price of $7 for adults and $6 for youth/seniors. OMSI Members receive discounts on both the festival pass and individual tickets. Group discounts are also available.

For more information, including a complete schedule of films and events, visit www.omsi.edu/film-festival or call 503-797-4000.

About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI):
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu

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Beware of phone scam targeting utility customers
Pacific Power - 11/05/14
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline, Nov. 5, 2014
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Beware of phone scam targeting utility customers
Pacific Power urges customers to verify any phone calls about their account by calling
1-888-221-7070
PORTLAND, Ore. - Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.
The fraud is occurring nationwide, but recent days have seen an upsurge in the Northwest. The thieves are using sophisticated deceptive tactics that make it appear to Caller ID systems that the scam call is coming from the utility when it is not. If customers receive such a call, hang up and instead call 1-888-221-7070 to verify the call's origins.
Pacific Power call center agents can be reached any time day or night, toll free at 1-888-221-7070. That is the only number to call for any customer service you need or if you suspect a call may not actually be from Pacific Power.
"So far, this has affected a relatively small number of customers, but any customer being taken advantage of in this way is one too many," said Blaine Andreasen, vice president of customer service.
"We have taken a number of additional significant steps to address this latest scam and protect customers from fraud attempts," Andreasen added. "We are working with law enforcement at all levels and have also increased security on our automated phone service system as a precaution to further assure that customer information is not at risk. For their own protection, customers calling about their account will need to provide their account number to gain access to account details."
In order to help customers recognize the fraudulent calls, in general, the scam goes like this:
Scammers call residential or business customers demanding payment for overdue bills. Sometimes, the caller tells the intended victim that they owe a specific amount of money. The thief advises the customer to make a payment in one of two ways: either immediately on the phone via credit card, or by going to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and calling back a special toll-free number, made to resemble Pacific Power's phone response system, and provide the pre-paid card's code to the phony "agent."
Pacific Power wants customers to be aware that this is a scam and not a legitimate request. Pacific Power does not use these methods. If such a call is received, hang up and call 1-888-221-7070 to inquire about the call with Pacific Power.
When Pacific Power contacts a customer, the representative will always already have the customer's account number. Even then, if you are contacted by phone and have any concerns about the validity of the call, it is always appropriate to let the caller know you prefer to call them back at the utility's published customer service number--1-888-221-7070.
Pacific Power cautions that customers should never provide unsolicited callers or visitors with credit card numbers or any other information that may compromise their financial security.
Anyone receiving such calls or other contact regarding their utility account or bill is encouraged to pay close attention to any information - such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on caller ID, an address where they're told to send money- and then call 1-888-221-7070 to report the incident to local police and Pacific Power.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Media Advisory: Contact Information for Next Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/05/14
Effective Thursday, November 6, 2014, Lieutenant Josh Brooks will take over full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Brooks is assigned at General Headquarters in Salem and may be reached at:

Office: (503) 934-1261
Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Brooks' cellphone)

Brooks, age 36, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. Previous OSP assignments included working at offices in John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

Following a 36-year OSP career, Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer, is retiring effective December 1, 2014. Hastings served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

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E-Government Portal Advisory Board Will Meet
State of Oregon - 11/05/14
Salem, Oregon-The Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12. The meeting will take place in the Tillamook Room of the Department of Forestry, 2600 State St Bldg. C, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public. The board meeting may also be attended by the public over the Internet. For instructions, virtual meeting links and teleconference number, please see the document linked below:
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 will advise 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, online services and make payments over the Web. The board provides oversight to specific websites, services and online payments where agencies choose to utilize the DAS E-Government Program as their service provider.

With the board's advice, DAS wants to make the Oregon Web portal services and their operation as effective as they can be for citizens' to interact with state government.

The agenda and handouts will be posted on the advisory board's 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, Nov. 12, 2014, between 9 am - 11 am
Where: Department of Forestry
Tillamook Conference Room
2600 State St., Bldg. C
Salem, Oregon 97310
Who: Members of the Electronic Government Portal Advisory Board

Contact:
Public Affairs Specialist, DAS
503-378-3118
UPDATE - Captured - Anthony James Martinis Sought on Bank Robbery Warrant
FBI - Oregon - 11/05/14
*Update on 11/5/14*

On Monday, November 3, the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force captured Anthony James Martinis, 41, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Information developed by investigators led to his location in an area motel. The FBI's Oklahoma City Division helped conduct the arrest as a member of the task force. Martinis currently remains in custody in Oklahoma City; the U.S. Marshals will coordinate the next steps related to the warrant for his arrest out of Cowlitz County, Washington.

*Previous Release on 10/23/14*

FBI Agents and local partners in Oregon and Washington have possibly identified the man who they believe is responsible for three bank robberies in Oregon and three in Washington in the past month. The man, Anthony Martinis, faces local charges out of Cowlitz County, WA. No federal charges have been filed at this time.

The bank robberies were in Lacey, WA; Yakima, WA; Longview, WA; Salem, OR; Eugene, OR; and Cottage Grove, OR. Tips in Oregon should be directed to the closest FBI office or local police agency. The FBI's 24 hour number in Oregon is (503) 224-4181.

Attached please find the press release put out by the Seattle FBI tonight.


Attached Media Files: Seattle FBI Press Release
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to meet Nov. 13, in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/05/14
Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, is meeting Thursday, November 13, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - meets 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

ON THE AGENDA
The committee will be discussing and evaluating Forest Legacy project applications received for fiscal year 2016 funding. Applications will be ranked so that recommendations on which applications to forward to the Forest Legacy National Review panel can be made to the State Forester. The committee's decision space is to recommend to the State Forester up to 3 proposals, not to exceed more than $10 million in Forest Legacy program funding. The National Review Panel will evaluate and rank all proposals in January, 2015.

In the afternoon, the committee will turn their attention to quality control of Oregon's Forest Management Planning System and also hear from Joe Holmberg, Chair of the Oregon Tree Farm System. Holmberg will share information with the committee about the American Tree Farm System standards review and proposed American Forest Foundation 2015-2020 Sustainability Standards.

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE
The Stewardship Coordinating committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

PUBLIC INVITED
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Cynthia Orlando at the contact numbers listed.

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. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee:
www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx
Federal surplus bolsters So. Sherman Fire & Rescue's wildfire capability (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 11/05/14
An 85-foot ladder fire truck is a valuable tool for fighting fires in tall structures, including the many grain elevators that dot the landscape in Sherman County.
An 85-foot ladder fire truck is a valuable tool for fighting fires in tall structures, including the many grain elevators that dot the landscape in Sherman County.
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Deep canyons and rolling hills, scenic rivers and lots of sunshine make Sherman County a draw for anyone seeking the Oregon outdoor lifestyle. Some of those natural attributes, though, make the area susceptible to frequent and challenging wildfires.

Despite its small size (24 volunteer firefighters), South Sherman Fire & Rescue has a track record of responding aggressively to both wildland and structural fires. But recent expansions of the department's jurisdiction to a sprawling 910 square miles challenged Fire Chief Glenn Fluhr. The number and types of rigs in his fleet were insufficient to attack fires across such a large and diverse landscape. And with a total department annual budget of just $47,000, it seemed there was no way to add enough equipment to cover the expanded service area. So, he turned to the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) for help.

Mike McKeen coordinates the distribution of surplus federal equipment to rural fire departments for ODF. He met with Fluhr and then went to work matching surplus gear on the Fire Fighter Property (FFP) and Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP) nationwide inventories to South Sherman's want list.

"Since Glenn submitted his application, we have been able to provide South Sherman with several rigs and equipment, ranging from a fire engine, to a ladder truck, to a bulldozer that they have integrated into their fleet," McKeen said. Some of the surplus equipment acquired by the fire department includes:

- A Freightliner tractor-trailer - converted by Fire & Rescue to a 3,000-gallon tender that will supply water onsite to fire engines and hand crews.
- A five-ton cargo truck - being outfitted as a Type 3 fire engine.
- Four Humvees - modified to serve as Type 6 brush engines.
- D7 bulldozer - entered service as-is to construct fire containment lines.
- Firefighting ladder truck - entered service as-is to fight structural fires.

Fire & Rescue has realized additional savings by performing its own modifications to the vehicles.

"We formed a little assembly line - a paint shop, radio installation, plumbing, lights," he said. "It was kind of the joke around here that we were the South Sherman Auto Body Shop."

The fire department has invested just $650 each to convert the Humvees to fire engines. The fire chief said he went to a fire equipment show earlier this year and saw a commercially modified Hummer priced at $15,000.

He described the Humvee as the ultimate off-road vehicle, able to go places no other vehicle can reach - a desirable feature in an area with considerable steep, rocky terrain.

The usefulness of an 85-foot ladder truck to a rural fire department might seem questionable, since high-rise buildings are noticeably absent from the Sherman County skyline. But tall structures do exist there in the form of grain elevators. Across the U.S., a number of severe fires have occurred in these towering structures.

Last winter, not long after acquiring the ladder truck, Fire & Rescue put it to work on a motel fire, where it played a key role in suppressing the blaze while keeping firefighters out of harm's way.

McKeen's focus with the Department of Forestry is on procuring surplus vehicles and other equipment designed for, or adaptable to, wildland firefighting. But the ladder truck became available during the period when South Sherman submitted its application, and it filled a special need.

All of the FFP and FEPP rigs came along at an opportune time, with summer 2014 turning out to be one of the worst wildfire seasons in South Sherman's history.

"We had three fires this summer that burned 40,000 acres and three structures," Fluhr said. "Without this surplus property, we would have lost much more."

While the used equipment transfers to the small rural department have been larger than typical, McKeen cited two contributing factors.

"South Sherman Fire & Rescue demonstrated in its application that the expanded service area had created a strong need," he said. "Also, they followed the process very well."

Small and with a limited budget, South Sherman is exactly the type of department the FFP and FEPP programs are designed to help, he said.

Fluhr said he used to shy away from the federal surplus programs, since the equipment offered was often in poor condition and cost a lot to bring up to specifications for firefighting use. But that has changed with ODF's careful screening.

The 6x6 [ATV] we got had only 9,000 miles on it, and the Hummers ranged from just 8,000 miles up to 28,000 miles," he said. "Everything we've gotten has run well, and they even came with good tires."

Under the FFP program, most of the equipment is on loan to South Sherman for a year, and then the department can take permanent ownership if it chooses. The FFP Humvees are an exception, since they fall under a military equipment classification. They will remain vested in the U.S. government and Department of Defense, even though Fire & Rescue can keep them through the end of their service life.

In contrast, all equipment provided through the FEPP program remains the property of the U.S. Forest Service in perpetuity. But as long as Fire & Rescue complies with the terms of the agreement, it can retain the FEPP equipment indefinitely.

McKeen encourages other Oregon rural fire departments in need of good, serviceable equipment to contact him at the Oregon Department of Forestry's headquarters office in Salem: 503-945-7325, mckeen@odf.state.or.us.


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Schools and community colleges largely successful with bond elections
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 11/05/14
News release
Oregon School Boards Association
Nov. 5, 2014
For immediate release

School bond and local option levies were mostly successful statewide Tuesday, reversing trends from a year ago.

Six of nine K-12 school districts passed bonds, including Colton, Dallas, Klamath Falls City Schools, La Grande, Springfield and West Linn-Wilsonville. Bonds failed passage in Corbett, Silver Falls and Sisters. All three community college bonds passed: Clackamas CC, Clatsop CC and Linn-Benton CC.

All six local option levies on the ballot passed easily, in Crow-Applegate, Eugene, Falls City, Portland, Tigard-Tualatin and West Linn-Wilsonville.

In November 2013, only three of 13 districts statewide were able to pass school bonds; one of two local option levies passed.

Betsy Miller-Jones, executive director of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA), thanked local voters for investing in their schools, and said OSBA plans to focus legislative efforts in 2015 on finding statewide solutions for replacing and upgrading outdated school buildings.

A full listing of school election results can be found at http://www.osba.org/Resources/Article/Budget_and_Finance/Election-Recent_Bond-Local_Option_Election_Results.aspx?d=11/4/2014

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.
State Seeks Participants for Oregon Project Independence (OPI) Program Pilot to Expand Services
OR Department of Human Services - 11/05/14
The Oregon Project Independence (OPI) Program was created in 1975 to assist individuals over the age of 60, regardless of income, with in-home services to help them stay in their own homes and delay or prevent the need for more costly services. OPI services are modest and typically provide 20-30 hours of service per month. To qualify, a person must need in-home assistance based on an assessment and not be receiving benefits through Medicaid, such as the Oregon Health Plan.

In 2014, the Legislature provided funding to expand Oregon Project Independence to serve adults with disabilities, ages 19-59, in certain areas of the state. This is a one-year pilot ending on June 30, 2015 which will study the need and cost of providing the OPI program to younger adults on a permanent basis.

The State of Oregon is seeking additional individuals to participate in the OPI pilot. Participants must be ages 19-59, need in-home services based on an assessment, not be receiving full medical coverage through Medicaid such as the Oregon Health Plan and reside in the following counties: Benton, Clatsop, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Umatilla and Washington.

The OPI pilot is currently serving nearly 70 individual and has resources to serve several hundred more people. If you are in need, or know someone who is in need, and live in one of these counties, please contact Oregon's Aging and Disability Resource Connection -- Call toll-free at 1-855-673-2372 to be connected to the Area Agency on Aging serving your community by entering your zip code when prompted.

You can also visit the ADRC website at www.adrcoforegon.org and click on the "Connect" button to locate the contact information for the agency serving your county.
Lebanon Trailer Fire on Tennessee School Dr. (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 11/05/14
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Shortly after 4pm yesterday, Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to a structure fire at 37497 Tennessee School Dr. First arriving units found a well involved 1970 Tamarack single wide mobile home. The occupants were not home when the fire started. Fire fighters were hampered by a lack of water due to the rural location of the residence. Mutual aid from Albany Fire Department and Scio Fire Department provided additional water tenders. The structure and contents were a total loss. No one was injured. Several cats that were in the residence were unaccounted for. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Photo Credits: Lt. Al Herrera - Lebanon Fire District

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11/04/14
Kitzhaber, Merkley Re-Election Signals Victory for Oregon Women's Access to Health Care
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 11/04/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon released the following statement on the re-election of women's health champions Governor John Kitzhaber and Senator Jeff Merkley. Women's health and rights played a critical role in this election, and this sends a clear message to candidates like Dennis Richardson and Monica Wehby that you can't win the support of Oregon women if you believe that bosses and politicians should be allowed to interfere in a woman's personal medical decisions. These are health and economic issues that are important to Oregon women and families.

Statement from Executive Director Laura Terrill Patten:

"This is a resounding victory for women in Oregon. Women's health was a defining issue in these races, and women decided this election. This election was a strong rejection of politicians like Dennis Richardson and Monica Wehby who want to insert the government into women's health.

"Women turned out to support Governor Kitzhaber, Senator Merkley and Oregon House and Senate candidates because they made it abundantly clear that politicians have no place interfering in a woman's personal health care decisions. In partnership with state leaders, they have been steadfast champions for Oregon women and families, and we look forward to continuing our work together to ensure all women have access to basic health care - no matter where they live, how much money they have or who their boss is.

"The vast majority of voters in this country want women to make their own personal medical decisions without interference from politicians. People in Oregon support women's access to birth control, preventive health care and abortion, and they do not want legislators to restrict women's health."

These races presented a stark contrast between candidates with very different views on issues that affect women's lives. These are real health and economic issues facing Oregon women and their families. Women are half the population - and a key part of the economy.

In the months leading up to the election, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon ran a robust voter engagement effort to mobilize supporters to get out the vote in support of Governor Kitzhaber, Senator Merkley and other women's health champions on Election Day. Planned Parenthood advocacy and political groups made clear for voters that women's health was on the ballot. The women we reached know that affordable and accessible health care like birth control is an economic issue, and think that politicians like Dennis Richardson and Monica Wehby are out of touch when it comes to limiting access to women's health care.

As part of the "Women Are Watching" campaign in Oregon, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon:

* Worked in coalition to send direct mail to more than 420,000 pro-women's health voters

* Completed 24,655 one-on-one telephone conversations

* Endorsed 55 candidates

* Filled 572 volunteer shifts and recruited 9 interns

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Fallen St. Paul (Oregon) Marshal to be Honored on State Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial after more than 100 years
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/04/14
Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination
Marshal Joseph H. Krechter - St. Paul, Oregon
Date of Death: September 11, 1906

Background

Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Lt. John J. Stanley of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) earlier this year. One the LASD's historians, during the course of research on fallen peace officers from the past, came upon the story of St. Paul, Oregon Marshal Joseph H. Krechter who was gunned down while breaking up a barroom brawl in September 1906. They found several articles on Marshal Krechter's murder like the one attached in the University of Oregon Libraries website: Historic Oregon Newspapers. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/search/pages

Marshal Krechter's murder had not been recognized on either the Oregon or national memorials. Over the past five years, the LASD has located and honored almost a dozen peace officers from the past whose sacrifice in the line of duty was not known.

Today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to the City of St. Paul. Sheriff Jason Myers requested that Marshal Joseph H. Krechter be honored on the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial through the historic recognition process. The request was unanimously approved by the Board's Police Policy Committee and the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training at its recent meeting.

The name of of Marshal Joseph H. Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon will be added to the state memorial during next year's annual ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. His name will be the 181st on the memorial that honors fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the first was recorded in the 1880s. The memorial 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.

The most recent addition to the memorial was on May 6, 2014, when the name of Officer Robert Libke of the Oregon City Police Department who died on November 4, 2013 from injuries sustained in the line of duty was added to the memorial which is located on the grounds of the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

Director Eriks Gabliks said "it is the goal of the Board to honor and remember the sacrifices of all of Oregon's fallen officers and they families they left behind. The addition of Marshal Krechter helps tell the story of Oregon's law enforcement history and the sacrifices made by men and women who took an oath to serve and protect."

For more information on the Oregon memorial please go to: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx
Oregon State Library Executive Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda 11/19
Oregon State Library - 11/04/14
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Wednesday November 19, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
November 19, 2014
8:30 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

8:30 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

9:00 Discussion of the Board Meeting for December 5, 2014 Bonebrake

9:15 Other business Bonebrake

9:30 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Open enrollment guide: What are provider networks?
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/04/14
Note: As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on provider networks.

Different plans, different networks

Most health insurance plans have networks of hospitals, doctors, specialists, pharmacies, and other health care providers. Networks include health care providers that the plan contracts with to take care of the plan's members. Depending on the type of policy you buy, care may be covered only when you get it from a network provider. In other types of plans, you may get some coverage for out-of-network care, but it will cost more. The basic types of plans include:

* Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): Usually limits coverage to care from doctors who work for or contract with the HMO. It generally will not cover out-of-network care except in an emergency.

* Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO): A managed care plan where services are covered only if you go to doctors, specialists, or hospitals in the plan's network (except in an emergency).

* Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): A type of health plan that contracts with medical providers, such as hospitals and doctors, to create a network of participating providers. You pay less if you use providers that belong to the plan's network. You can use doctors, hospitals, and providers outside of the network for an additional cost.

* Point of Service (POS): A type of plan in which you pay less if you use doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that belong to the plan's network. POS plans also require you to get a referral from your primary care doctor in order to see a specialist.

How to keep your doctor or find a new one

If staying with your current doctors is important to you or if there is a new doctor you would like to see, there are several steps you should take before you choose a plan:

* Call the insurance company and the doctor's office to see if the provider is in the network. Make sure you have the name of the plan you are considering. You also can check the insurer's provider directory online, but since networks change frequently, you may also want to make a phone call.

* Find out whether the plan has a tiered provider network. In these plans, the networks have tiers or levels that determine the cost you pay the provider. Know the tier of the provider you are considering so you can better estimate your costs.

* If you want to see a new provider, call first to see if the provider is accepting new patients.

* In addition to your primary care doctor, take the above steps if you expect to seek care from a specialist.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information: The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
North Bend School District Public Meeting - November 10, 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 11/04/14
A Regular meeting of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, November 10, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Hall of Champions at North Bend High School, 2323 Pacific Avenue, North Bend, OR.
Camp Withycombe Honors Veterans with 5K, Open House (Photo)
Historical Outreach Foundation (HOF) - 11/04/14
Veteran's Day 5K
Veteran's Day 5K
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Clackamas, ORE -On Saturday, November 8, Camp Withycombe in Clackamas will host the first annual Veteran's 5K, followed by the third annual Veterans Open House. The events will honor veterans in all branches of service and showcase Oregon's military history.

The day at Camp Withycombe will begin with a run/walk, taking participants on a tour of Camp Withycombe showing the training facility, supply depot, and equipment repair facility for the Oregon National Guard. Gates open at 7:00 AM for parking and packet-pick up, and there is a kids' race at 8:30 AM (ages 8 and under), followed by the main event at 9:00 AM. For every paid entry to the 5K, $10 will go to support the construction of the new Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum. Exciting plans are underway at Camp Withycombe for the museum honoring the service, commitment, and history made by Oregon's service men and women.

Alisha Hamel, executive director of the Historical Outreach Foundation, sees this 5K event as a great family activity, and an educational opportunity for students and adults, alike.

"This flat, fast course provides walkers and runners with a chance to get an up-close and personal view of National Guard equipment, tanks, and uniformed personnel of the Oregon National Guard," she said.

The Veteran's Day Open House is free to the public, and will begin at 10:00 AM, directly after the awards ceremony for the 5K event. The Open House will engage visitors with various interactive presentation and hands-on displays of Oregon's rich military past. The artifacts and displays will trace more than 170 years of the state's history ranging from Lewis & Clark to today's Oregon National Guard.

To register for the run go to http://htcraceseries.com/event/1st-annual-veterans-day-5k-runwalk/

Open House Brings History to Life

On this journey through Oregon's military history, reenactment and living history groups will bring the stories of the Civil War, WWI, WWII (From US, Canadian, and UK perspectives), Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm to life in ways a textbook cannot match. Highlighting the event is a Vietnam remembrance, which will be featured in a central display and thoughtfully interpreted and explained by living history specialists. One of the presentations will include a student group, the Rainier Jr/Sr School History Club, interpreting what life was like during the 1850's at Ft. Vancouver.

This event is perfect for children, as many of these exhibits will be hands on, and the event is free for all to attend. Come for the displays, and stay for the BBQ lunch offered free of charge courtesy of Fred Meyer, the US Meat and Restaurant Supply and Senator Chuck Thomsen on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Oregon Military Museum will tell the story of Oregon's military history from the times of the tribes which are our first real military to today's military and into the future showcasing Oregon's defense industry which works to make our military stronger, safer and better. The Oregon Military Museum is currently under construction and is expecting to open its Interpretive Park in August 2015 to celebrate VJ Day and the end of WWII. The rest of the museum should be open to the public within a couple of years after the initial opening. To support the museum please go to www.historicaloutreach.com, email at alisha@historicaloutreach.com or call 503-683-6161. Please mail donations to Historical Outreach Foundation, P.O. Box 1822, Clackamas, OR 97015.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rachael Mortensen, (503) 550-9463, Rachael@historicaloutreach.com

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Attached Media Files: Veteran's Day 5K , Veterans' 5K course at Camp Withycombe , Brigadier General James B Thayer Oregon Military Museum in Clackamas
BPSST Executive Committee to hold Monthly Telephonic Meeting
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/04/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, Oregon 97317

DPSST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED

Contact: Tammera Hinshaw (503) 373-1553

Notice of Teleconference Meeting

The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday November 13, 2014.

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda

1. *Minutes of September 11, 2014 meeting

2. *OAR 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule Change DUII Implied Consent

3. *VanCleave, Kyle - DPSST#54716 - Revocation

4. Re-affirm BPSST Consent Agenda from October 23, 2014 meeting.

5. Next Meeting - December 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

*Requires a vote by the Committee


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Executive Committee of the Board is made-up of the Board Chair and the Chairs of the Board's displine-specific Policy Committees. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Private Security/Private Investigator Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/04/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

DPSST PRIVATE SECURITY/INVESTIGATORS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED

Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. 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.

Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes - August 18, 2014
Approve the minutes of the August 18, 2014 Private Security/Private Investigations Policy Committee meeting.

2. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Private Security and Investigator Policy Committee Presented by Bill Geiger, Chair

3. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0060, 259-060-0120, 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Change Private Security Professional Unarmed Basic Classroom / Renewal Hours

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

5. *OAR 259-060-0060 and 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Change Tamper-Proof Bags

6. *OAR 259-060-0300 and 259-061-0300 - Proposed Rule Change Criminal Justice Commission Crimes

7. *OAR 259-061-0160, 259-061-0170 and 259-061-0250 - Proposed Rule Change Inactive Status

8. *OAR 259-060-0010, 259-060-0130, 259-060-0145 and 259-060-0450 - Proposed Rule Change Civil Penalties

9. *Matthew Stallings - PSID #60747
Denial / Revocation of Private Security Certification

10. Department Update

Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - February 17, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide techni cal expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Police Policy Committee to Hold Quarterly Meeting
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/04/14
BPSST POLICE POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED

For Immediate Release
Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

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 November 20, 2014. 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.


Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes - August 21, 2014
Approve minutes from the August 21, 2014 meeting

2. *Bylaws of the BPSST Police Policy Committee Presented by Linsay Hale

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

4. *Raymond McNeely, Coquille Police Department - DPSST#46177 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of McNeely's Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

5. *David Fuller, Columbia County Sheriff's Office - DPSST#16332 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of Fuller's Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

6. Charles Caruso, Eugene Police Department DPSST #51161 Administrative Closure - Staff Update (Information Only)

7. Staff Updates

Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - February 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. DPSST is nationally recognized for its innovations in public safety training. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
11 Oregon artists receive $41,645 in 2015 Career Opportunity Grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 11/04/14
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In the first of three rounds of 2015 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $41,645 to 11 artists for career development projects. The awards include $15,750 from the Oregon Arts Commission and $25,895 in supplemental funding for eight artists through a partnership with The Ford Family Foundation. Individual grants range from $800 to $8,990.

Career Opportunity Grants fund opportunities for artists to further their careers in areas that include artistic, business or professional development. The Ford Family Foundation Opportunity grants are available only to Oregon mid-career visual artists who are over 30 years of age and actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.

Most of the grants support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities that advance their careers.

"These grants are designed to accelerate an artist's development," said Avantika Bawa, the arts commissioner who chaired the review panel. "At a critical time in their careers, we want to provide the catalyst for them to move to the next level by supporting traditional and unique opportunities." A total of 26 applications were received for Commission funds; of those, 15 applications requested additional funds from The Ford Family Foundation.

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."


FY15 Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Ryan Burns (Ashland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,450
To support Ryan Burns' solo exhibition, "Biodiscourse: Climate Proxies," at The Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York in the spring of 2015. "Biodiscourse" includes several recent rubbings, some older larger-scale ones and a small sculptural installation. The show will be the ballroom's first solo exhibit.

Damien Gilley (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $2,790
To support Damien Gilley's creation and production of an artist book that documents approximately 35 artist studios in Oregon through a unique photographic approach. The photographs capture linear laser lights emitted in private studios that have been light-sealed. The book will limited to 200 copies and will be released at False Front Studio in spring 2015 with an accompanying immersive installation.

Grant Hottle (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support painter Grant Hottle's exhibition of "Aftermath" with sculptor Paula Rebsom at the Galleries of Contemporary Art at UC Colorado Springs in March of 2015. "Aftermath" addresses the artists' shared interest in the aesthetics of natural disasters and their aftermath. The show will be an opportunity for Hottle to display his project-based work outside of the West Coast region.

Diane Jacobs (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,615
To support a solo exhibition at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem in January of 2015. The exhibition, Jacobs' first in Salem, showcases 20 years of her socially engaged political artwork as a call to action to end violence against women and girls. It will include the work "$PEAK OUT," which includes 608 bills of real currency laser cut with statements/drawings reacting to the global crisis.

Patrick Kelly (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $800
To support the transport of Patrick Kelly's work for an exhibition at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande during October and November of 2014. Kelly was commissioned by the Oregon Arts Commission to create a unique piece for the university's library earlier this year; the exhibition is an opportunity for the university and community to become more acquainted with his work through the exhibition and an accompanying artist talk.

Anya Kivarkis (Eugene), OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $5,000
To support the production of work for Anya Kivarkis' winter 2015 exhibition at Sienna Patti Contemporary in Albany, New York. The exhibition continues work Kivarkis began on a recent sabbatical and will enable her practice to evolve and expand from jewelry objects to photography and the moving image.

D.E. May (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $7,490
To support the creation of a printed catalog documenting D.E. May's solo exhibition at LAXART in Los Angeles in the fall of 2014. Founded in 2005, LAXART is recognized as a leading independent, nonprofit contemporary art space. The production of a catalog provides May with a tool to extend the reach and impact of the exhibition beyond the immediate viewing audience.

Donald Morgan (Eugene), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $4,000
To support Donald Morgan's participation in a three-week artist residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, one of the most prestigious and historic art colonies in the world. The residency will provide a highly concentrated, relatively uninterrupted time for Morgan to complete a series of works for his upcoming solo show Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Travis Neel (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500
To support Travis Neel's participation in the British Council Cultural Exchange International Fellowship in Great Britain. Designed for emerging socially engaged artists, the fellowship will allow Neel to conduct research, participate in cultural exchange and network with organizations and artists who are developing unique and innovative programs. He will utilize the fellowship to develop professional networks for future exhibitions, projects and professional development opportunities.

Heidi Preuss Grew (Salem), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500
To support Heidi Preuss Grew's professional activities during a residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology from October 2014 to mid-January 2015. The residency will allow her to create new work and facilitate four scheduled regional exhibitions, including shows at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center and the Hallie Ford Museum.

Laura Vandenburgh (Springfield), OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $1,500
To support Laura Vandenburgh's creation of a site-specific work for an exhibition at Disjecta in January of 2015. A practicing artist for 20 years, Vandenburgh has also been a full-time professor for much of that time; she is now beginning a year-long sabbatical with goals to cultivate a new studio, new exhibitions and critical reception for her work.

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Nominees Sought for Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/04/14
Applications are now available to nominate individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon's heritage for an Oregon Heritage Excellence Award. Nominations are encouraged for exceptional and commendable work with special consideration given to the development of new ideas, approaches and innovations in heritage-related activities. The awards are intended to draw public attention to important heritage efforts in Oregon and to raise the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

The deadline for nominations is January 16. Award information and the nomination application is available online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Mike Gushard at (503) 986-0671 or mike.gushard@oregon.gov

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards will be presented in the spring at the 2015 Oregon Heritage Conference in Coos Bay. For more information about the awards, and to view a list of past award recipients, visit www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/award_info.shtml.
Benton County Sheriff's results from extra DUII saturation for Halloween weekend.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/04/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement surrounding the Halloween weekend this year. The extra patrol took place October 30, through November 1, 2014. Deputies who worked regular patrol and the DUII saturation shifts arrested a total of three people for DUII, wrote three citations for Minor in Possession (alcohol), two for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and numerous citations for various violations. Deputies also responded to calls for service during the mentioned dates, and four of those included traffic crashes with two involving injuries.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
345th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 11/04/14
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 345th Basic Police Class. The guest speaker will be Chief Marc Mills of the Sunriver Police Department

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, elder abuse, drug recognition, and many other subjects.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Reception following ceremony

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

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

Graduation Roster Basic Police BP345

Officer Michael Adams - Salem Police Department
Deputy Nathan Ariel - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Officer Peter Bilden - Central Point Police Department
Officer Charlie Carnahan - Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety
Officer Keely Cashman - Sunriver Police Department
Deputy Eric Churchill - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Officer Jason Cross - Cottage Grove Police Department
Officer Jared Cutler - Ontario Police Department
Officer Jennifer Foster - Burns Paiute Tribal Police Department
Deputy Chase Fredrickson - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Justin Gabler - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Officer Casey Gibson - Monmouth Police Department
Officer G. Lee Gilliam - Gladstone Police Department
Officer Steven Heigh - Eugene Police Department
Deputy Shannon Howard - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Solomon Jacobsen - Sherman County Sheriff's Office
Officer Jayne Johnson - Lincoln City Police Department
Deputy Kyle Kalmbach - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Officer Joshua Kell - Phoenix Police Department
Officer Chas Koenig - Umatilla Tribal Police Department
Officer Eric LeRoy - University of Oregon Police Department
Officer Kyle Libra - Albany Police Department
Deputy Raymond May - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Officer Ryan McBride - Stanfield Police Department
Officer Kathryn Meier - Milwaukie Police Department
Deputy Eugene Mitchell - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Officer Evan Nafie - Fairview Police Department
Deputy Colt Parker - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Officer Daniel Poffenberger - Stanfield Police Department
Deputy Melinda Purvis - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Deputy Katie Robbins - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Officer Nicklus Rumsey - Independence Police Department
Officer Kao Saephan - Albany Police Department
Officer Bradley Schafer - Canby Police Department
Officer William Snell - Milwaukie Police Department
Officer Riley Studebaker - Hermiston Police Department
Officer Gary Thompson - Umatilla Tribal Police Department
Officer Daniel Unverferth - Independence Police Department
Deputy Michael Vargas - Washington County Sheriff's Office
Officer Joshua West - Eugene Police Department
Officer Derrick Williams - Umatilla Police Department

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. DPSST, recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 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.
Ten Contemporary Photographers Explore Oregon's Landscape in New Historical Society Exhibition "Place" (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 11/04/14
Jody Ake, Burn
Jody Ake, Burn
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Portland, OR - Oregonians will be the first to say that there is something special about the Beaver state. From the lush and exotic Columbia Gorge to a picturesque sunset on the Oregon coast, the dramatic beauty of this region's landscapes has inspired generations of artists.

Beginning November 8, the Oregon Historical Society will explore the many aspects of this beauty in the original exhibition Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape. Featuring stirring works by ten contemporary landscape photographers, Place attempts to capture the innately human aspiration to depict the relationship between our own existence and nature's elegance.

Displayed alongside the artists' photographs will be artifacts from the Oregon Historical Society's museum and library collections. From antique cameras to vintage paperbacks, each artifact tells a story both about the artist and the region of Oregon their works capture. According to curator Laura Valenti, "The exhibit strives to highlight the many ways regional artists have shaped our understanding and appreciation of the Oregon landscape."

Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to share their images of the Oregon landscape with exhibition curator Laura Valenti on Instagram by tagging them with #ohsplace. Many photos have already been posted, and selected images will be chosen by Valenti for inclusion in the exhibition.

Laura Valenti is the Outreach Director at Photolucida, a Portland-based nonprofit that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. The artists featured in the exhibition are Bobby Abrahamson, Jody Ake, Steven Beckly, Susan Bein, Chris Bennett, Joseph Glasgow, Thomas Homolya, Christina Laptuta, Stu Levy, and Raymond Meeks.

Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society from November 8, 2014 through May 17, 2015. Museum hours are 10 AM - 5 PM Monday through Saturday and Noon - 5 PM on Sunday. Regular admission is $11, and is free every day to OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Plan your visit today at ohs.org.

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


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11/03/14
Oregon's Capitol Auto Group Gleans Three of Top Ten "Best Dealers to Work For" in the USA and Canada by Automotive News (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 11/03/14
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Salem, Oregon (Nov. 3, 2014) - At a time when only 41 percent of most U.S. employees are engaged, one Salem, Oregon company is changing those odds. Capitol Auto Group (CAG) of Salem, Oregon, is the first auto dealership in the USA and Canada to win 3 of the top 10 Automotive News' 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in 2014, joining a list of employers with 98 percent employee engagement. CAG as a whole was also in the top 10 for 2012 and 2013.

Establishing a "Best Company" status is no small feat and CAG tripled that this year with awards going to Capitol Chevrolet/Cadillac #7, Capitol Subaru #8 and Capitol Toyota #9. Each year, Automotive News joins with Best Companies Group, a research group based in Pennsylvania, to analyze data for these awards. Employees received a confidential questionnaire designed to evaluate how they felt about their workplace and if they experienced enjoyment and saw an opportunity for growth. This year over 55,000 employees were surveyed.

Eric Trueblood, a 31-year-old Assistant Service Manager at Capitol Chevrolet/Cadillac was one of the respondents to the survey that asked questions about corporate culture and relationships with supervisors and co-workers. "I've worked other places so I can compare workplaces," he said. "It is a tough industry, but at Capitol we are treated like we are party of the family, we support each other."

Capitol Auto Group President Scott Casebeer said, "It is wonderful to receive this honor for a third time. I am even more proud because all three of our dealerships, Subaru, Chevrolet/Cadillac and Toyota were honored separately as 'best' to work for in the United States. The business model at Capitol is different from what you see at other auto dealerships and it is wholly embraced by every one of our employees. We truly believe in creating a work environment where our employees are respected and where they can flourish in their careers. Capitol is a not just a business - it is a family."

Charley Engelfried, Customer Relations Manager and Monika Duke, Executive Assistant, represented the dealership at the Oct. 15 awards ceremony held in Chicago, Illinois. Peter B. Burke, president of Best Companies Group, reports that most engagement research firms have found that only about 41 percent of U.S. employees can say "yes" to such questions about an enjoyable workplace environment and opportunity for growth. The 2014 organizations on the "Best Dealership to Work For" list blew that number out of the water: 98 percent of their employees are engaged. Those employees believe in the organizational mission, they believe that their work matters and they believe they are being treated fairly and with respect. Burke said this is the strongest group of honorees that they had ever had, from any of more than 50 programs they manage around the world.

For complete information about the Best Dealerships To Work For from Automotive News visit www.autonews.com/bestdealerships. Capitol Auto Group's main campus is located off the Salem Parkway. www.capitolauto.com. 1-800-888-1391.

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About Capitol Auto Group: Capitol Auto Group has served the greater Salem area for more than 80 years. Dealer Scott Casebeer opened the Toyota/Scion facility, 783 Auto Group AV NE, in Salem, Oregon off the Parkway, in the fall of 2011 and the Subaru facility in June 2012 at 3235 Cherry AV NE. Chevrolet/Cadillac opened in late July 2012 at 2855 Maple AV NE. In 2013 Capitol West Valley, pre-owned sales and service opened in Dallas, Oregon. The company has been: recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 7 times as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon; Recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 7 times as one of the 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon; 2012 Salem Chamber Business of the Year; Nine-time winner, Toyota President's Award, Recognized for Toyota Sales and Service Excellence, Recognized for Toyota Parts and Customer Relations; General Motors World Class Technician on staff and GM Mark of Excellence. 2013 Stellar Care Award from Subaru of America. The company was EarthWISE Certified by Marion County in 2013 and nominated for EarthWiSE Certified Business of the Year and Sustainable Large Business of the Year. www.CapitolAuto.com


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Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to HEAT Oregon 2-for-1
Pacific Power - 11/03/14
Media Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Nov. 3, 2014
503-813-7291

Joan Tower, HEAT Oregon
Executive Director
503- 612-6300

Triple your impact: Pacific Power will match your contribution to HEAT Oregon 2-for-1
Contribution envelopes coming with November mailing or help neighbors by arranging monthly donations online

PORTLAND, Ore - Helping your neighbors and their families stay warm just got easier. Pacific Power will match every dollar you donate to HEAT Oregon with two dollars more.

"This generous pledge by Pacific Power will greatly boost our efforts to help Oregonians facing hardships with urgent energy assistance," said Joan Towers, executive director of HEAT Oregon. "Pacific Power understands the impact of leveraging customer donations to help low-income households that are struggling. Nothing is more basic than heat and power. We thank Pacific Power and their customers who give what they can to keep their neighbors warm and safe."

Last year, Pacific Power's donations helped nearly 3,250 households in need throughout Oregon including 4,004 children, 1,127 seniors and 994 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power's 2-for-1 match will continue up to $144,000.

"We understand that the slowly recovering economy is still straining many individuals and families in many communities we serve. We are helping, thanks to our partners at HEAT Oregon," said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "The 2-for-1 match will help our neighbors in a simple and direct way. We're privileged to work together with HEAT Oregon, as we have since 1993, to help people as much as we can."

Pacific Power customers who receive their bills by mail will find it includes an HEAT Oregon contribution envelope. Those interested in donating can use the envelope to send their tax-deductible contribution. Customers who pay their bills electronically can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program online. This program allows customers to donate any dollar amount, starting at $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1 by Pacific Power. To enroll in the fixed donation program, whether you pay online or by mail, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

All donations are tax-deductible and are forwarded to HEAT Oregon, which verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated are used to assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides.

Customers who need bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can help with payment plans that work for their individual needs or direct them to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.7 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

About HEAT Oregon
HEAT Oregon is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to help low-income Oregonians become more energy self-reliant. In partnership with 32 community agencies throughout the state, HEAT Oregon's primary objective is to prevent disconnection of utility service by providing bill payment assistance to low-income households in emergency situations. To donate to, or learn more about HEAT Oregon visit www.heatoregon.org, call 503-612-6300; or write to HEAT Oregon, P.O. Box 127, Tualatin, Ore. 97062.
Oregon OSHA announces changes to confined space rule
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/03/14
(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has adopted changes to the confined space rule to include the construction industry. The new rule replaces a 2012 version that was never enforced because of concerns raised by stakeholders after its adoption. With the new rule in place, construction employers will need to comply beginning March 1, 2015.

"It's important that workers in construction have the same protections from confined spaces that exist in general industry," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "Confined spaces are unforgiving. People aren't just injured in them; they are killed."

Confined spaces, such as tanks, wells, or tunnels, have limited means to exit, may contain potentially harmful material, and are not intended for human habitation. Workplace safety rules require employers to take proper precautions when their employees must work in such spaces. In Oregon, Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces those rules. The relatively minor changes to the general industry requirements take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

There are several exemptions in the rule, including the majority of excavation work. However, excavation work is not exempt when workers must enter a sewer space. The rule is similar to what was originally proposed in July 2014, with the only significant change being that employers must identify only their permit-required confined spaces, rather than all confined spaces.

For more information on the adopted confined space rule, go to http://www.orosha.org/pdf/notices/adopted2014/ao52014-div2J-ltr.pdf.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
11/01/14
Teen Taken Into Custody For Multiple Tire Slashings in South Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 11/01/14
A 15-year old Salem male was taken into custody by Salem Police officers for slashing multiple vehicle tires in south Salem during the later evening hours of October 31 and early morning hours of November 1.

There have been at least twenty victims identified thus far in the tire slashings that appear to have occurred in the area roughly bordered by Sunnyside Rd, Neahkahnie St, Cinammon Hill and Fairway Dr SE. Because the teen appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, he was transported to Salem Hospital by ambulance.

Investigators believe there may have been other suspects involved in these incidents and are asking for anyone with information to contact the Salem Police Department. Any further victims are asked to make a report to the department on the non-emergency line at 503-588-6123. The investigation is continuing.
La Pine Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude Traffic Crash in La Pine Area
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/01/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a La Pine man Friday evening on multiple charges after he fled a traffic crash in his car with 3 of his younger siblings inside in the La Pine area.

On October 31, 2014 at approximately 6:50 p.m., an OSP senior trooper was outside of his patrol car assisting pedestrian traffic with crossing the road on Highway 97 at 1st Street in La Pine. An SUV had come to a stop when it was struck from behind by a 1998 Chrysler Sebring traveling approximately 25 mph.

After seeing the collision, the trooper reported hearing a girl inside the Chrysler yell through an open window to stop because she wanted out. The car's driver, later identified as TYLOR BRENTON BATES, age 22, from La Pine, put the car in reverse, spinning the tires as it drove away from the crash scene at a high rate of speed.

The trooper got into his patrol car and attempted to overtake and stop the Chrysler. As the fleeing vehicle turned west onto 1st Street, a small boy was seen rolling across the roadway and several citizens ran to help him. The Chrysler then turned north on Huntington Road, running a red light recklessly at a high rate of speed.

The Chrysler turned east on Burgess Road, passing vehicles on both sides of the road a high speeds. As the Chrysler turned north onto Skidgel Road, BATES lost control and the car went off the road into a ditch, through a couple fences and then hit a tree where it came to rest.

BATES was taken into custody without further incident.

The trooper found the driver's 11 year old sister holding a dog about 25 feet away from the vehicle among trees where she said she ran to get away from her older brother. Subsequent investigation also determined that the driver had punched her in the face while driving before the hit-and-run crash earlier.

The boy who was seen rolling across the road as the vehicle fled the first crash scene was identified as the driver's 14-year old brother who had jumped out of the moving vehicle. Another brother, age 9, was also found uninjured after the trooper learned he also got out of the moving car as the driver fled the first crash.

TYLOR BATES was lodged in the Deschutes County jail on the following charges:

* DUII
* Reckless Driving
* Felony Hit & Run
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)
* Assault in the Fourth Degree
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree

A photograph of Bates is not available for release at this time on the Deschutes County Jail website.

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10/31/14
Oregon State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 10/31/14
MEETING AGENDA

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Location: Somerville Conference Room | 775 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330

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

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
October 3, 2014

4. Residential Loan Program, Consent Calendar, Kim Freeman, OHCS
700 Silver Street Drive, Central Point, 97502

5. 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), Margaret Van Vliet, OHCS Director

1. Overview and Staff Presentation, Julie Cody, OHCS

a. HOME Projects
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b. Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Projects by Region
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2. Public Comment

6. Report of the Director

7. Report of the Chair


Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon State Correctional Institution Inmates raise money for Camp Agape
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 10/31/14
Men in custody at the Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) recently raised $4,200 for Camp Agape Oregon when they hosted their annual walkathon fundraiser. The event was held on the institution yard to raise money for children of incarcerated parents to attend Camp Agape - a four-day experience for children in Lane County who have a parent in prison. The camp's main purpose is to break the cycles of incarceration.

Inmate clubs at OSCI have sponsored Camp Agape, as well as Gales Creek (a camp aimed at developing confidence in children and teens with diabetes) since their first walkathon in 2007. Since then, they have raised more than $29,800 and sent numerous children to camp.

OSCI is a medium-security men's prison in Salem that houses approximately 870 male inmates. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, inmate work crews, and transition planning. OSCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a print shop and a contact center. OSCI was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational on June 1, 1959.

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: Person under monitoring for Ebola hospitalized
Oregon Health Authority - 10/31/14
October 31, 2014

MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: Person under monitoring for Ebola hospitalized

What: Public health physicians will answer questions about an individual who has been under monitoring for Ebola virus. The individual has been isolated, and is no danger to the public.

When: TODAY, October 31, 3 p.m.

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

Who:

Paul Lewis, M.D.
Tri-County Health Officer

Katrina Hedberg, M.D.
State Health Officer

Details: Information about Ebola, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages about the disease, are available at healthoregon.gov/ebola.

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America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes People of Oregon and Southwest Washington Encouraged to Start Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle This November During American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association - 10/31/14
Portland, OR (October 31) - Nearly 30 million Americans live with diabetes and another 86 million are at risk of developing diabetes. That translates to 350,000 in our area with diabetes and an additional 675,000 with prediabetes. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and the American Diabetes Association is leading the way to turn this trend around. Join with us during American Diabetes Month to Stop Diabetes(R).

Tomorrow kicks off American Diabetes Month(R), a month-long effort to raise awareness of diabetes and provides simple steps people can take to manage diabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to Stop Diabetes(R) by challenging local residents to begin living a healthier lifestyle through the America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial.

This initiative is designed to engage and empower the public to cook nutritious and delicious food and encourage them to be more active. Through social media and an interactive landing page on DiabetesForecast.org, the Association will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more, as well as ideas on how to raise funds to help Stop Diabetes in communities across the country.

"Nearly one-third of Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes, more than 1 million right here in Oregon and Southwest Washington" stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington & Southern Idaho. "Cooking healthfully and staying active can be a challenge, but these are key components to managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Our goal for American Diabetes Month and beyond is to show Americans that it's not too late to start living a healthy active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it."

In support of American Diabetes Month, the Association will host two events:

* Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, November 22 from 9-10 am at the Oregon Convention Center. Open to anyone, this event promotes walking for health while raising critical funds to support the mission the Association. To register and learn more visit www.diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

* American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU, Saturday, November 22 from 10 am - 4 pm at the Oregon Convention. The largest diabetes gathering in our region, this FREE event provides important diabetes management and prevention education, resources, cooking and exercise demonstrations, free health screenings and more. Special guests will include two-time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kendall Simmons and Food Network Personality, Chef Curtis Aikens. For free registration and details visit www.diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

The America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial will provide diabetes management and prevention information, healthy living tips, recipes and motivational stories all month long at www.diabetesforecast.org/adm, Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month Facts and Figures

Diabetes Prevalence
* Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
* Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health
* Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
* The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
* About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes
* The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
* Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
* Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
* One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
* One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

About American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

About the Stop Diabetes(R) Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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Rest Area along Highway 18 closed through Dec. 4 for upgrades
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/31/14
Lincoln City, OR - Rest Areas on Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor near the junction with Highway 101 will be closed through Dec. 4 - a month longer than initially planned due to wet weather. Both North and South Rest Areas will close in order to complete a paving restoration project. The parking areas and restrooms will not be available during this closure.

Road and Driveway Company of Newport will repair and resurface degraded asphalt, replace concrete curbing, improve drainage systems, enhance ADA access and re-stripe the lots.

Funded by Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the estimated $171,000 project is set to be completed by Dec. 4, 2014.
Corvallis Police Investigate Numerous Business Burglaries
Corvallis Police - 10/31/14
Shortly after 1:15am, Corvallis Police Officers responded to a business alarm at Dock 22, 151 NW Monroe Ave. When officers arrived they discovered an unknown suspect(s) had forced entry to the front door of the business. Once inside the suspect(s) stole the cash register and other items from the business.

Subsequent searches of the downtown area and reports by business owners turned up four more completed burglaries, and two attempted burglaries. The suspect(s) in each incident forced entry to each business and appear to have been targeting cash.

All incidents are suspected to have happened between midnight and 2:00am. The number of suspects or suspect descriptions are unknown at this time.

If someone from the community was in the downtown area, and saw something that could be related to these crimes, they are encouraged to call Detective Christy Molina at 541-766-6782.
Media Alert - Today: Senator Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation
OR Department of Human Services - 10/31/14
US Senator Ron Wyden Will Address National Summit on the Growing Crisis of Elder Financial Exploitation TODAY (Friday, October 31)

Senator Ron Wyden will speak at 11:15 AM on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the 5th ANNUAL SUMMIT ON ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

His speech will be: SENIORS NEED STRONGER PROTECTION FROM TODAY'S FINANCIAL PREDATORS, SCAM AND CON ARTISTS.

Elder financial exploitation and investment fraud are a growing national crisis. Older adults lose billions a year to financial abuse, hurting not only themselves and their families but also financial institutions and taxpayers. Older people represent a tempting target for greedy family members, caregivers and scam artists, because many have assets, they are often very trusting, and some suffer from diminished capacity.

The National Financial Exploitation Advisory Board of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) is hosting this 5th National, Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation.

The one-day event on October 31, 2014, from 9 AM to 5 PM, will focus on emerging brain research as to why older adults may be more susceptible to financial abuse, and will feature both state and national programs designed to prevent financial exploitation and to protect its victims.

Additional key speakers include Dr. Jason Karlawish, University of Pennsylvania, who will address diminished capacity and decision-making in older adults, and Nora Dowd Eisenhower, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Older Americans. Expert panels will address other topics, including how banks and investment advisors are working to prevent financial exploitation, current scams targeting older adults, and using new technology to protect family members.

The full-day's agenda and a list of the Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board members are available at http://www.napsa-now.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Summit-Program-FINAL.pdf.

NAPSA is a national, not-for-profit membership association representing state and local Adult Protective Services (APS) throughout the country. The Summit immediately follows the 25th Annual NAPSA Conference at the same location on October 29 - 30, 2014. For more information: www.napsa-now.org.

CONTACT: Kathleen Quinn, NAPSA Director Tel: (202) 558-4850 (540) 623-8286 (cell) or kathleen.quinn@napsa-now.org

CONTACT: Betty Malks, NAPSA Advisory Board Chair Tel: (408) 489-1952 bettyf.malks@gmail.com
10/30/14
Lebanon Fire responds to 1st Alarm House Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 10/30/14
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At 1016 hours this morning LFD was dispatched to a 1st Alarm House Fire in the 1400 block of Hiatt St.

Upon arrival flames were visible from the front of the house with smoke coming from the eaves. Division Chief John Tacy was first to respond and assumed incident command.

Firefighters arrived a short time later and began an offensive attack, making entry from the front door and side door to extinguish the flames.

Crews were on scene approximately 4 1/2 hours. Nobody was home upon LFD arrival. After investigation the cause is deemed to be undetermined, although the cause does not appear to be suspicious in nature. No injuries were reported and the home sustained very heavy damage. Home value was estimated at $85,000 with a $45,000 damage estimate.

Photo credit Paramedic student Josh Starha

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Oregon Project Independence
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 10/30/14
Senior & Disabled Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments, is excited to share they are participating in a State of Oregon, Department of Human Services pilot program that expands the Oregon Project Independence Program to individuals with permanent or temporary disabilities, age 19 - 59 in Lane County. The program historically has only been available to individuals age 60 or older.

Oregon Project Independence provides some limited in-home services to help people stay living in their own homes. Local services for eligible consumers include:

* Personal care assistance, up to 10 hours per month (help with bathing, grooming, dressing)
* Housekeeping & meal preparation, up to 15 hours per month
* Home delivered meals
* Assistive technology
* Durable medical goods and some home modifications

The goal of the program is to promote independent living and reduce the risk for out-of-home placement or hospitalization.

Services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on income and is open to consumers not receiving Medicaid. An in-home needs assessment is completed to determine program eligibility.

For more information or to apply for services, contact the local Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 541-682-4038, toll free at 800-441-4038 or by email at sds@lane.org.
Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee to meet November 4 in Portland

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board/Early Learning Council joint subcommittee will meet Tuesday, November 4, in Portland. The primary focus of this meeting will be to review the subcommittee's work to date and identify the next priorities; to discuss the infant mental health/social emotional development endorsement and the child and family well-being screening tool; reflect on 2014; and set the agenda for 2015. Public testimony will not be heard during the meeting.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 1- 4 p.m.

Where: 800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1E, Portland

Agenda:

-- "Review and refresh" subcommittee work

-- Infant mental health: building a 0-3 policy agenda

-- Child and Family well-being screening tool

-- Reflections and 2015 agenda setting

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

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Health Republic Insurance Members Elect Two New Seats to Company's Board of Directors
Health Republic Insurance - 10/30/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Oct. 30, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, announced today that its plan members elected two new seats to the company's board of directors. The new board seats will be filled by Arin Carmack and Kim Lamb. Carmack and Lamb were elected at Health Republic's inaugural member meeting held on October 27, 2014 in Portland, Ore.

"Making our election process public, and inviting a member and non-member to help govern our company, speaks to our firm commitment to transparency and putting the interests of our members first," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "We are pleased to welcome Arin and Kim as new voices on our board of directors."

Carmack currently serves as a risk manager for Cardinal Services, an Oregon-based staffing and leasing company. In that position he has direct responsibility for one of the state's largest workers' compensation policies with the State Accident Insurance Fund, which tailors insurance for hundreds of small business clients. He recently worked to help his clients navigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Lamb brings with her more than 18 years of start-up and non-profit leadership experience, a knowledge of and integration in complementary healthcare reform initiatives and deep marketing/entrepreneurial business experience. Lamb most recently served as vice president of marketing for the Oregon Community Health Information Network (OCHIN), and previously as executive director for the Oregon Health Network.

Health Republic is a chartered 501(c)(29) non-profit, known as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), and by law must have members choose its board of directors. By 2016, a majority of its board must be comprised of the company's health plan members.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/30/14
October 30, 2014

Oregon Health Policy Board to meet November 4 in Portland

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting November 4 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing on Portland's South Waterfront. The board will discuss strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment. It also will receive updates from the Office of Health Information Technology and the Sustainable Health Expenditures work group. The board will hear public testimony beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., 3rd floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

-- IT Transition Project update

-- Strengthening and monitoring primary care system infrastructure and investment

-- Update: electronic health information

-- Update: Sustainable Health Expenditures work group

-- Public testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Correction: New 2015 Oregon heritage tree award seeks nominees
Oregon Travel Experience - 10/30/14
Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Heritage Tree Program have established a new statewide heritage award in Maynard "The Tree Man" Drawson's name. The agency is actively searching for the first recipient of the 2015 award.

Maynard Charles Drawson (1925 - 2012) is considered the founder of Oregon's official statewide heritage tree program. Founded in 1995 the program is administered by OTE, and was adopted by the agency's governing Council.

The annual award will honor individuals (or groups) who have championed Oregon's trees with the same fervor and success as Drawson.

The deadline for award nominations is January 30, 2015. The Oregon Heritage Tree Program Committee will review nominees in February and notify the recipient in March. When the Statewide Heritage Tree Dedication takes place in April 2015, the winner will be honored in a special ceremony at the event. A plaque will be inscribed with the individual's name, recognizing their contributions to Oregon history and heritage.

A native Oregonian and Portlander, Drawson chose to follow his father's professional footsteps as a barber. The young Drawson settled in Salem and followed his social and exploratory nature by embracing the great Oregon outdoors. His personal roster of friendships included professional business people, legislators and other naturalists and historians. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman as well as history-buff and writer, he authored a five volume series entitled "Treasures of the Oregon Country."

Drawson's natural tendencies towards exploration led him deeper into Oregon's wild where he connected with other "big tree" aficionados. His hiking trips into Oregon's deep forests culminated in several big tree nominations to (and their acceptance into) the National Big Tree Registry.

As Drawson's relationship with trees and tree preservation matured, he collaborated with state and federal officials to conserve a special group of Douglas and western hemlock trees. The Polk County preserve was named "Valley of the Giants"--and stands as a magnificent lasting reminder of the old growth timber that once adorned the Oregon Coast Range.

Drawson's affection for Oregon's trees led to further inspiration--he imagined a statewide heritage program that would weave historic events, places, and people together--connecting Oregonians to their much loved and significant trees.

After pitching his idea to several state agencies, Drawson's enthusiasm and perseverance were rewarded when the Oregon Travel Information Council agreed to implement a public statewide program. The Council delegated program management to its semi-independent state agency (OTE) and modeled the criteria on OTE's Oregon Historical Marker Program.

The nomination application and instructions may be downloaded on the Oregon Travel Experience website at www.ortravelexperience.com


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It's that time - state fire marshal urges you to test your smoke alarms when setting your clock
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/30/14
Sunday, November 2nd marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery."

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire," adds Walker. "Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older."

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm 10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer's instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx#Information_for_the_Public

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Oregon Veterans Day Events listed, no names of the fallen to be added to ODVA Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/30/14
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SALEM - Communities throughout Oregon will once again host ceremonies, parades, and special gatherings to honor America's military veterans and commemorate Veterans Day.

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of that war. A Congressional resolution in 1926 made Nov. 11th an annual observance and in 1938 it became a national holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day so as to honor veterans who served in all American wars.

A ceremony will again be held in Salem at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial on the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs grounds, 700 Summer St. NE. The names of 142 Oregonians killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and those with Oregon military ties, will be read aloud.

This year's event will mark the first time since its dedication, on Nov. 11, 2006, that names of Oregon's fallen will not be inscribed on the memorial.

The guest speaker at the ceremony will be Joanne Krumberger, Director, VA Portland Health Care System. Military honors will be presented by North Salem High School's JROTC.

ODVA has compiled a list of other Veterans Day events occurring statewide that can be viewed online at: www.oregondva.com/blog/2014/10/22/2014-oregon-veterans-day-events.


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Superintendent Evans Announces Appointment of Lang Hinkle as Next OSP Springfield Area Commander (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/29/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans Jr. announced the appointment of a new area commander at the OSP Springfield Area Command office. Effective November 1, 2014, Lang Hinkle is promoted to Lieutenant following the promotion of Robert Edwards to Captain in charge of overseeing OSP Southwest Region operations.

Lieutenant Hinkle, age 54, joined OSP in 1988 and has spent the duration of his career in the Lane County area assigned to the Patrol Services Division. Hinkle was initially assigned at the Oakridge work site office until November 1995 when he was promoted to sergeant at the Springfield office. In July 2001, he was assigned to supervise OSP operations back at the Oakridge office where he worked the next 13 years. In 2011 he was promoted to Master Sergeant, the only individual on OSP currently holding that sergeant rank, until this promotion as the Area Commander at the Springfield office.

The mission of the Oregon State Police is to develop, promote, and maintain protection of people, property, and natural resources of the State, and to enhance the safety and livability by serving and protecting its citizens and visitors through leadership, action, and coordination of Oregon's public safety resources.

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Oregon Releases Comprehensive Report on Abuse in Community, Licensed Facilities for 2013 at National Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/29/14
Portland---The Oregon Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI), a shared service between the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, released today the 2013 comprehensive report on abuse related to seniors, adults with all types of disabilities and children in licensed treatment settings.

The report was released in Portland at the National Adult Protective Services Association Conference, attended by over 600 protective services professionals from 42 states, five tribal nations, England, Singapore and Canada.

Last year, DHS received over 35,000 reports of suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians. Financial exploitation was the most commonly substantiated abuse type, representing nearly 33% of all substantiated abuse. Neglect was a close second with 28%. Together, financial abuse and neglect accounted for over 60% of all substantiated abuse in Oregon for vulnerable adults in 2013.

"We produce this annual report to help us all better understand Oregon's abuse trends more clearly so we can target our prevention efforts to have the greatest impact," said Marie Cervantes OAAPI Director. "Clearly financial exploitation and neglect are areas where more education and outreach should be focused.

Cervantes added that recently the state partnered with the Oregon Bankers Association to produce a banker's toolkit with information on how to spot financial abuse. This kit was given to over 20,000 bank employees in the state.

"We hope our outreach efforts, such as with the banker's toolkit, will increase public awareness and understanding so people will report abuse to authorities if they suspect someone may be in danger or has been injured or exploited," she said.

Here are some key facts about abuse in Oregon for 2013:

* DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse or neglect of vulnerable Oregonians;

* 3,273 people were determined to have been abused, some with multiple abuses or multiple incidents;

* 14,250 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for those over the age of 65 or who have a physical disability. Of those allegations, a total of 2,025 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 3,625 allegations for older adults and people with physical disabilities
residing in licensed facility settings were investigated. A total of 544 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 1,480 allegations of possible abuse were investigated for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A total of 510 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 557 allegations of possible abuse for adults with mental illness were investigated. 150 adults were determined to have been abused.

* 212 allegations of possible abuse for children in licensed children's settings were investigated; 45 children were determined to have been abused.
* 2,609 assessments for possible self -neglect were investigated. Of those, 546 adults were determined to be self?neglecting.

Family members, intimate partners and/or trusted caregivers were the most common perpetrators across all settings in 2013.

The 2013 annual report is available online. To read the full report, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/data.aspx and select "2013 Annual Report"
Online Sexual Corruption of a Child
Lebanon Police Dept. - 10/29/14
Nature of Crime or Event: 1 count - Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, 1 count - Luring a Minor, 10 counts - Sex Abuse I, 3 counts - Rape II, 5 counts - Sodomy II, 3 counts - Unlawful Sexual Penetration, 1 - count Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, 1 - count Sexual Misconduct (Additional Charges Expected)
Date / Time Occurred: 7:05 pm - 10/28/14
Occurred Location: Lebanon

On October 28th, 2014, Lebanon patrol officers responded to a report that a thirteen year old female was missing. The parents in this case stated she was to go to her grandparents about four hours ago but did not make it there. The parents were concerned because this was not like their child. The juvenile arrived home shortly after the report to the police and told her parents she had met with a man that came to visit her from Wisconsin.

Shortly after the daughter had returned home and told her parents about the man, the victims father called the police to say he located the male suspect at the Shanico Inn here in Lebanon and was bringing him to the Lebanon Police Department to talk to the police. Police met the father and the suspect at the Lebanon Justice Center. Police learned that the juvenile's father went to where the male suspect was staying and asked the male suspect to come to the police station with the father. Police learned the male suspect agreed to go with the father.


Through the investigation it was discovered that the juvenile had met Jonathon Mickelson, 27 years old, of Chippewa Falls Wisconsin, on an internet gaming chat room. Mickelson had met the juvenile on line about two years ago when the juvenile was eleven and had regular internet contact with her since that time.
On Sunday October 19th, Mickelson flew from Wisconsin to Eugene to meet with the now thirteen year old juvenile living in Lebanon. Mickelson rented a vehicle in Eugene then drove to Lebanon where he rented a local hotel room in Lebanon and met with the juvenile several times.

As a result of interviews with Mickelson and the victim in this case as well as corroborating physical evidence, Jon Mickelson was taken into custody without incident for; 1 count - Online Sexual Corruption of a Child, 1 count - Luring a Minor, 10 counts - Sex Abuse I, 3 counts - Rape II, 5 counts - Sodomy II, 3 counts - Unlawful Sexual Penetration, 1 - count Contributing to Sexual Delinquency of a Minor, 1 - count Sexual Misconduct (Additional Charges Expected). Mickelson was lodged in the Linn County Jail pending arraignment. This case has now been turned over to the Lebanon detective unit and the investigation is continuing.




For additional information, please refer to the article located at www.ci.lebanon.or.us
Deputies Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/29/14
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The Benton County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's investigation of a two vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 99W near Dawson Road, about three miles north of the city of Monroe. The crash resulted in serious injuries to both drivers and the arrest of one driver for multiple charges.

At about 9:25 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W near Dawson Road. Deputies and medics from the Monroe Fire Department arrived. Sierra Campbell, 21, from Coos Bay, Oregon, was driving south on Highway 99W in a 2009 Pontiac G5 when she crossed the center dividing line. Her vehicle collided with a northbound 2004 Toyota Prius, driven by Donald Prickel, 69, from Corvallis, Oregon.

The Pontiac traveled off of the highway, struck a power pole, and came to rest on its side, about 30 feet off the highway. The airbags on the Pontiac were deployed. Sierra Campbell was ejected from the vehicle off the highway and was not wearing her seat belt. The Toyota came to rest just off the west side of the highway. The crash investigation resulted in the road being closed for approximately 2 hours.

Sierra Campbell was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the REACH Medical Helicopter with serious injuries. Donald Prickle was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the Corvallis Fire Department with injuries.

Deputies investigation into the crash resulted in Sierra Campbell being arrested for Assault III, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

Deputies from are continuing their investigation into the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy Aaron Gevatosky at 541-766-6858.


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One Year Later: OSP Continues to Ask For Public's Help to Find Driver & Vehicle Involved in Double Fatal Hit & Run Deaths near Cave Junction
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/29/14
One year later, Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing to ask for the public's help to locate the vehicle and driver involved in the death of two men on October 30, 2013, who were reportedly struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 about two miles south of Cave Junction in Josephine County.

According to Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald, on October 30, 2013 at approximately 12:15 a.m., a report was received that two people were struck by a vehicle in the 27000 block of Highway 199 near milepost 30 south of Cave Junction. When emergency responders arrived, they confirmed two males were deceased and the involved vehicle and driver was not at the scene. The victims were identified as JARRED QUINN HOUSTON, age 21, from Cave Junction, and ROBERT ROB CALVIN, age 41, from Cave Junction.

The men were reportedly involved in a dispute that turned physical in the southbound lane of travel where they were struck by the suspect vehicle that left the scene southbound without stopping.

The suspect vehicle was described as light colored, possibly beige or tan, 1980's style single cab Toyota pickup with matching color canopy and front end damage.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Services Division have invested hundreds of hours into the ongoing investigation. OSP detectives from the Central Point Area Command office are leading the investigation.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered through the Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon program for information that leads to an arrest and the filing of charges http://bit.ly/1yGJKns. In addition, the families were offering a reward of up to $5,000 to help solve this case.

Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.

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Update: Missing Woman Found Safe in Lincoln Beach in Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/29/14
UPDATE: Missing woman found safe in Lincoln Beach and is no longer missing. Thank you for your interest.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.

ELIZABETH (Betsy) ANNE GARNER, age 33, was reportedly last seen October 28, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m. at Fishing Rock State Park in Lincoln Beach where she was dropped off by a co-worker. She is presently living in the Gleneden Beach area.

GARNER is described as a white female, 5'11" tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a gray jacket over a blue shirt, black pants, and may or may not have shoes on.

OSP was notified on October 29 at approximately 12:13 a.m. A search was started involving OSP troopers and detectives, Gleneden Beach Fire District, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies and Search & Rescue personnel, and Lincoln City Police Department. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was scheduled to join the area search at daylight.

Anyone with information regarding the location of GARNER is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or 9-1-1.

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10/28/14
Carve Your Pumpkin? Pick Your Costume? Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive? Keep Halloween Fun, Not Tragic (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/28/14
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The Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) join the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in reminding motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night. Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.

According to NHTSA, almost half of all crash fatalities in 2012 on Halloween night involved a drunk driver. In Oregon, ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting Section (FARS) reports a more frightening statistic with 90 percent of all fatalities (10) on Halloween night between 1998 and 2008 occurring in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. During the last two years on Halloween night, ODOT FARS reports 3 Halloween night traffic fatalities.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween as any other day of the year. With Halloween falling on a Friday night there is extra concern. ODOT, OSP and local law agencies urge everyone to 'See and Be Seen' and remember these friendly safety reminders:

Motorists

* Use caution while behind the wheel.
- Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
- Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Expect bicyclists. Expect pedestrians.

* Drive sober or get pulled over.
- Before the Halloween parties begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.
- Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to "have a few". Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
- Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

* Watch out for your family, friends, and neighbors.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
- If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrian & Bicyclists

* Don't assume a driver can see you. See and be seen.
* Walking or bicycling impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
* Designate a sober friend to walk or accompany you home.

* Keep kids safe.
- Children out at night should have adult supervision.
- Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
- Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
- Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

* Important reminders for pedestrians.
- Walk on the shoulder of the road facing traffic, when sidewalks are not available.
- When walking, pay attention to traffic, not your cell phone.
- Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Everyone is urged to play an important part in keeping our highways and city streets safe by immediately reporting aggressive, dangerous, and intoxicated drivers to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1.

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Coos Bay School District Public Meeting Schedule for November 2014
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 10/28/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of November, 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

November 5, 2014
* Policy Committee Planning at 10:00 AM.

November 17, 2014
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by November 14th and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

November 24, 2014
* Policy Committee Meeting at 9:30 AM
* Special School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by November 21st and are subject to change. http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

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

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

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 68 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Two Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/28/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Saturday morning near Medford led to the arrest of two Washington men after the trooper discovered approximately 68 pounds of marijuana in their rented vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 12:53 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata displaying California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 29. The trooper identified the two occupants as driver MICHAEL EDWARD GREEN, age 46, and passenger SHAUN BOOTH, age 41, both from Buckley, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. In addition, approximately 10 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms was also found. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

Both men was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

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Brownsville Man Hit By Train
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/28/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating the death of a 19-year old man that was struck and killed by a train near the address of 2180 Old Salem Road, Albany.

On October 27, 2014, at about 10:56 p.m. the Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from a Georgia Pacific Chemical Division employee reporting a person was walking south on the railroad tracks. The caller told dispatch the person was struck by a southbound Amtrak train. The train was fifteen cars in length which included the engine.

The victim was identified as Luke James Warner, from Brownsville.

Emergency Personnel from the Albany Fire Department and Linn County Deputies searched the area and located Warner near the railroad tracks at about 11:03 p.m.

The investigation reveals Warner and Bailey Anne Weinberg 18 years old of Canby, had run out of gas while traveling on I-5. They began walking on the railroad tracks towards Albany for gas.

While walking near Georgia Pacific they were confronted by an employee who told them it was not safe as trains travel through that area at a high rate of speed. Moments later Warner was hit by the train.

Weinberg was not injured.

Fisher Funeral Home removed Warner from the scene and the investigation is continuing.
Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 at Hayes Hill in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/28/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday afternoon's two-vehicle injury crash that occurred on Highway 199 at Hayes Hill near Wonder in Josephine County. Two people were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 4:49 p.m., a 1980 Ford pickup driven by RODGER C. KELM, age 58, from White City, was southbound on Highway 199 near milepost 15 when his pickup became disabled causing KELM to pull to the shoulder. The Ford pickup was parked with emergency flashers activated and the left side wheels about two feet into the right southbound lane.

According to witnesses, approaching southbound traffic was able to move to the left lane to get past the stopped Ford pickup. An approaching 1999 Dodge pickup driven by FRANK B. ROSSI JR, age 43, from Selma, failed to move to the left and crashed into the left rear of the stopped Ford pickup. Both vehicles came to rest in the right southbound lane and shoulder.

FRANK ROSSI was not using safety restraints and was extricated by fire personnel from Rural/Metro Fire and Illinois Valley Fire District. Female passenger, RAEVIN ROSSI, age 17, was using safety restraints. Both were transported by AMR ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

KELM refused medical transport from the scene.

Initial investigation led OSP to cite KELM for No Operators License and Driving Uninsured. A decision on other enforcement action for the Dodge pickup's driver is pending further investigation. Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

In addition to fire and medical personnel, OSP was assisted at the scene by Josephine County Sheriff's Office and ODOT. Traffic was diverted past the scene using available traffic lanes for about 2 hours.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

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Roseburg blows past renewable energy goal
Pacific Power - 10/28/14
Contact: Pacific Power, Oct. 28, 2013
Tom Gauntt, 503-813-7291 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Roseburg blows past renewable energy goal
Long tradition of natural resource stewardship expands as city adds 644 renewable energy supporters through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

ROSEBURG, Ore. --Roseburg, long a leader in natural resource stewardship, has added a renewable energy facet to its tradition. The city and its citizens blew past the ambitious challenge goal set in April of increasing local commitment to renewable energy by 500 participants. As of Oct. 24, the number of new participants choosing Blue Sky Renewable power stood at 644

The announcement that the goal had been exceeded came at the Oct. 27 Roseburg City Council meeting.

"This is a tremendous step for Roseburg," said Mayor Larry Rich. "The numbers tell a story, but the community spirit demonstrated is even more compelling. We had a goal and working with our dedicated partners we surpassed that goal and more. I am proud to be part of it."

The challenge, which began with a city proclamation April 28, will continue through the end of the year and participation is expected to continue to grow. Joining the city in leading the challenge has been Pacific Power, the United Community Action Network, Jefferson Public Radio and Umpqua Community College.

"Beyond surpassing the goal, this means that Roseburg has stepped up to be part of a larger regional and even national effort," said Monte Mendenhall, regional community manager for Pacific Power. "Blue Sky renewable energy is about local community renewable projects where our kids learn about how it all works. And it is about making investments for the future in renewable, emission-free power. Roseburg has always been at the center of natural resource stewardship and now, in a very emphatic way, the community by it actions is expanding that definition to include renewable energy."

For surpassing its goal, the city will receive a solar array from Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program. The location of the array is expected to be chosen by the end of the year with installation in early 2015.

"The array will help reduce the city's energy use and serve as a showplace for the community, marking the success of the Blue Sky Challenge," said Rich.

Prominent Douglas County Oregon organizations such as the Swanson Group Manufacturing, Roseburg Forest Products, HPS Electric and Umpqua Dairy have been part of Blue Sky for years. Blue Sky also has helped fund solar installations at the Roseburg Public Safety Building and two United Community Action Network buildings - Joyce Morgan Food Book and the Martha Young Family Service Center.

The Blue Sky program provides Pacific Power customers with an easy way to support renewable energy in the region. When customers choose Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchases more renewable energy certificates from regional renewable energy facilities. This guarantees that electricity from these renewable resources is delivered to the regional power pool, reducing the need for non-renewable energy and creating measurable environmental benefits. In addition, since 2006, Blue Sky customer-funded grants have put $6 million to work at more than 70 community-scale renewable energy development projects in the Northwest.

The Blue Sky power is in addition to the more than 1,400 megawatts of renewable energy Pacific Power already has in its resource portfolio to serve customers. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, which is the second largest utility owner of wind power production in the United States.

For more information, visit pacificpower.net/roseburg/challenge.

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About Blue Sky
For 10 years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. About 94,000 customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across PacifiCorp's six state service areas. For more information, visitwww.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

Local businesses and individuals already participating in the Blue Sky business partner program include, alphabetically:

Alexanders Greek Cuisine
Aller & Morrison
Arneson & Wales
City of Roseburg
Ford Family Foundation
HPS Electrical Apparatus Sales & Services
Mystic Earth
Parents Action Council
Roseburg Forest Products
Staples
Swanson Group Mfg. LLC
UCAN
Umpqua Counseling
Umpqua Dairy
Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church
Umpqua Village LLC
TOMORROW: State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland
OR Department of Human Services - 10/28/14
When: Tomorrow, October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.
Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).
Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.
Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.
Format: The presentation will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: NAPSA program
10/27/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Wanted Felon, Seizure of 3/4 Ounce of Methamphetamine - Highway 97 north of Terrebonne
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/27/14
A Bend man was also arrested Monday morning during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne when an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper found he was wanted on a felony warrant and also seized approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

On October 27, 2014 at approximately 6:21 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Volkswagen Jetta displaying Oregon license plates on Highway 97 near SW Norris Lane north of Terrebonne for failure to driver with a lane. During the traffic stop the trooper identified the driver as THOMAS VAN HOOSE, age 39, from Bend, and learned he was driving with a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant for Absconding Parole.

VAN HOOSE was arrested for misdemeanor Driving While Suspended and on the warrant. A drug detection canine from Warm Springs Police Department responded to the scene. A subsequent search found approximately 3/4 of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine on VAN HOOSE and concealed inside the vehicle.

VAN HOOSE was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for the felony warrant, misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, and Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Media Advisory - Six Fire Departments Launch PulsePoint App
Salem Fire Dept. - 10/27/14
Six regional fire departments will launch the PulsePoint smartphone application this week to help improve community response to sudden cardiac arrest. The PulsePoint application is designed to alert nearby CPR trained bystanders of a victim's location and closest public access AED. The media is invited to a press conference to learn more information.

WHEN:
October 29, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Salem Fire Station #10
3611 State St. SE, Salem, OR 97301

WHO:
City of Salem Fire Department, Fire Chief Mike Niblock
Marion County Fire District #1, Assistant Fire Chief Terry Riley
Keizer Fire District, Fire Chief Jeff Cowan
Polk County Fire District #1, Fire Chief John Stein
City of Dallas Fire Department, Fire Chief Fred Hertel
Depoe Bay Fire District, Fire Chief Joshua Williams

WHAT:
Press conference to unveil PulsePoint.
Six fire departments in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln Counties are launching PulsePoint, a free mobile application that alerts registered users whenever a cardiac arrest occurs in a public place in their immediate vicinity. Informed at the same time as emergency
responders, bystanders are given detailed instructions, including the location of the nearest automatic external defibrillator (AED), and can begin hands-only CPR until responders arrive. Fire Chiefs from Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Fire District, Polk County Fire District #1, Dallas Fire Department, and Depoe Bay Fire District will join Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock to discuss how this mobile technology will aid cardiac arrest victims quickly and will improve survivability in our communities.

WHY:
Six fire agencies plan to launch the PulsePoint CPR/AED smartphone application to help improve sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) survival rates in Marion, Polk, and Lincoln Counties. The PulsePoint application helps improve community response to SCA victims by enabling bystanders to provide lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and access a nearby public access automatic external defibrillator (AED).

SCA is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 325,000 deaths each year or approximately 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. However, only about one quarter of SCA victims receive bystander CPR and even fewer receive a potentially lifesaving therapeutic shock from a public access AED. Improving bystander CPR rates and access to AEDs is critical to survival.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Fire chiefs from participating agencies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: PulsePoint video PSA: http://vimeo.com/109133826
PulsePoint website: http://pulsepoint.org/

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Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1061/79156/Pulse_Point_media_advisory.pdf
Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 10/27/14
Notice of Public Comment Period

Subject: Notice of Public Comment Period: Proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan

The State of Oregon, through its agencies: Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Business Oregon, is seeking public comments on the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution.

The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA). The 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan can be viewed at http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/hrs_consolidated_plan_5yearplan.aspx.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution covers U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution and can be viewed at: http://www.orinfrastructure.org/assets/docs/IFA/2015-proposed-MOD.pdf

All Oregon residents are invited to submit written or verbal comments beginning Monday, October 27, 2014.

Public Comment Period:

The 30-day public comment period for the 2015 Proposed Annual Action Plan and Proposed 2015 Method of Distribution concludes 5:00 pm on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Public Comments:
HOPWA comments should be directed to Annick Benson-Scott, HIV Community Services Manager, OHA, 800 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon 97232 or by e-mail at Annick.Benson@state.or.us.

HOME and ESG comments should be directed to Theresa Wingard, Operations and Policy Analyst, OHCS, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite B, Salem, Oregon 97301 or by e-mail at Theresa.Wingard@oregon.gov

CDBG comments should be directed to Loren Shultz, Regional Coordinator, Business Oregon, 775 Summer St NE, Suite 200, Salem, Oregon, 97301 or by e-mail at Loren.J.Shultz@oregon.gov.

Persons needing copies in other languages should contact the respective person listed above at their earliest convenience. Questions, concerns, complaints, or requests for information in alternative formats from individuals with disabilities must be submitted at least ten days before the end of the comment period. Deaf and hearing-impaired individuals may use a TTY by calling 503-986-2100.

The State of Oregon's programs are administered in a nondiscriminatory manner, consistent with Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunities, Affirmative Action, and Fair Housing requirements.
Oregon Hospitals, Nurses, Physicians, and Governor Kitzhaber Lay Out Updated Ebola Strategy
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/27/14
Portland, Ore. (October 27, 2014) - The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, together with the leaders of several Oregon health care systems, the Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Medical Association, joined Governor John Kitzhaber today to announce that Oregon public health officials, hospital systems, and the major medical associations have agreed upon an updated and coordinated strategy for caring for potential Ebola patients. No cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in Oregon as of today.

Six Oregon health systems have agreed to serve as referral centers for patients positively diagnosed with Ebola, indicating they will have the capacity and the training to offer appropriate and safe treatment: OHSU, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth, Providence Health & Services, Samaritan Health Services, and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

These six organizations are prepared to accept patients who have a confirmed case of the Ebola virus from other Oregon hospitals, clinics or EMS providers, if no federal facility is available. These systems will work with the CDC and other federal and state agencies to handle any circumstances that could arise during the course of treatment.

In the meantime, all hospitals and frontline health care workers in the state of Oregon are fine tuning their response plans, which focus on identifying and isolating a suspected Ebola case and making appropriate arrangements for transfer to one of these referral sites.

Governor John Kitzhaber said: "We've engaged partners across the state, from local health departments and hospitals to health care providers and first responders, so that providers and public health professionals have the support, tools and training they need to respond to Ebola should it come to Oregon. While the risk of Ebola in Oregon is low, we take preparedness and coordination seriously. My thanks to our hospital system and public health partners for their quick and thorough engagement on this matter."

Andy Davidson, president and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said while readiness preparations and training are continuing in earnest, Oregon's hospitals are ready to meet any health emergency, including potential Ebola patients. "These six systems have shown their commitment to protecting Oregon's communities and families by stepping forward to care for those infected with Ebola. Hospitals are preparing, in partnership with their physician and nursing partners, and they will be ready on the very remote chance that Oregon discovers a patient with Ebola symptoms."

Dave Underriner, Chair of the OAHHS Board and CEO of Providence Health Services, said "On behalf of the board of OAHHS, I can say that our Association members stand ready to do their part in a robust emergency preparedness strategy, whatever the public health threat is. Most recently, of course, we are proud of the work we've done collectively to prepare statewide for any potential Ebola case."

Susan King, RN, FAAN, Executive Director of the Oregon Nurses Association, said "Nurses have a long history of caring for our patients with illnesses such as polio, HIV, H1N1, and now Ebola. The best way to protect our citizens and health care providers is by improving our knowledge and practice of the techniques we know will prevent the transmission of this disease. We are working with Oregon's officials and our partner organizations to identify opportunities to improve our preparedness. We encourage Oregonians to become vaccinated against other communicable diseases more likely to affect us, such as the flu and measles."

"Patients with Ebola type symptoms could present anywhere including the outpatient, private physician practice, so it's important for all physician offices and clinics in Oregon to plan ahead and understand the proper protocols for managing these patients, isolating them if necessary and working with local public health authorities to arrange for transport," said Sharon Meieran, MD, Board of Trustees Member, Oregon Medical Association. "It's also more critical than ever for the public to get vaccinated early for Influenza," added Meieran.

A consolidated approach to Ebola treatment offers several advantages:

* Nurses and doctors at consolidated locations, with the aid of intensive training, will develop greater proficiency in treating the unique needs of Ebola patients and in the intricate safety measures necessary to prevent exposure.

* Relying on fewer Ebola treatment sites ensures that the communication and operationalization of the latest information from state, federal, and international health agencies is streamlined.

* Caring for an Ebola patient requires many specially trained medical staff, complex waste management procedures, a significant quantity of personal protective equipment, and other resources; by consolidating care, Oregon's health care providers are better able to deploy personnel and resources.

Oregon hospitals and health officials have been focused on preparing to keep Oregon families safe from the Ebola virus. Many hospitals have worked with local public health officials to conduct tabletop exercises and drills in recent weeks to ensure coordinated responses. At the same time, Oregon hospitals have examined training and preparedness levels and adjusted to the new sets of CDC guidance on Ebola.

The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community. - See more at: http://www.oahhs.org/

The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) was founded in 1904 as the professional association for nurses in Oregon. It is a nonprofit association and a labor union representing registered nurses. ONA's mission is to advocate for nursing and quality health care. Learn more at http://www.oregonrn.org/

The Oregon Medical Association provides legislative and practice advocacy, regulatory review and educational opportunities to aid nearly 8,000 physicians, physicians assistants and student members in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org
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Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1635/79150/ebola_strategy.docx
Two Fatal Fires in Sweet Home this Morning 10/27/14
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/27/14
This morning at 1:46am Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District was called to a house fire at 1900 Willow ST. The first arriving personnel saw heavy smoke to the right of the house. The house had a large amount of contents so there was extensive smoke and fire. The owner of the house is Maxine Isabella and it is unknown if she had insurance. Estimated loss is 50,000. One person was found dead at this fire.

Dan Woodson the Fire Chief of Lebanon Fire District noticed the second fire as he was coming into Sweet Home and notified dispatch at approximately 8:00am. He saw smoke coming from under the eaves of the house. This fire was at Holiday Park, 444 Maple LN #1. Estimated loss is 50,000. There was also a death at this fire.

Sweet Home Fire District and Lebanon Fire District were the two responding agencies to both of these fires. The Office of State Fire Marshal is leading these investigations. No personnel were injured. The names of the deceased are not yet available.
WOU theatre season opens with comedic murder mystery "Death by Design"
Western Oregon University - 10/27/14
Western Oregon University's Department of Theatre and Dance opens it's 2014-15 season with "Death by Design," a comic murder mystery directed by Ted de Chatelet. The performance runs nightly at 7:30 p.m. in Rice Auditorium from Nov. 13 to 15 and Nov. 19 to 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 16.

Written by Rob Urbinati, "Death by Design" is a collection of unusual characters who are brought together by chance and all fall under suspicion when someone is murdered. It's set during a weekend at an English country manor in 1932. A playwright and his actress wife flee London to Cookham after a disastrous opening night. They meet a conservative politician, a fiery socialist, a near-sighted ingénue, and a zany modern dancer at the manor. When one of the guests is murdered, it's left to the feisty Irish maid with a macabre interest in homicide, to solve the crime.

"Death by Design is a new play that unites the wit and intrigue of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie - done with a light-hearted poke at their particular styles. The result is a hilarious who-done-it, with eccentric characters, one-liners and plenty of mystery," said de Chatelet. "It's a play that can appeal to audiences of virtually any age."

The performance features student actors Kolleen Chapa (Heppner, Ore.), Sarah Cotter (Woodburn, Ore.), JennyLynn Dietrich (Seattle, Wash.), Nathaniel Dunaway (Prineville, Ore.), Trevor Jackson (Salem, Ore.), Natalie Piper (Salem, Ore.), Belladina Starr (Keizer, Ore.), Zach Warner (Gresham, Ore.), and Patrick Willett (Wilsonville, Ore.). Alyssa Frangipani (Portland, Ore.) is stage managing the play with assistance from Madison Harner (Sacramento, Calif.), and McKinley Goble (Tacoma, Wash.).

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office (503-838-8462) between 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or beginning at 6 p.m. on performance nights. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $7 for students or $10 for WOU faculty, staff and for seniors. If attendees have a disability that may require accommodation, 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 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Committee for Family Forestlands meets Friday, October 31
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/27/14
A discussion on the Clean Water Act amendment, an update about possible streamside buffer rule changes to protect cold water, and seedling availability to support sustainable forestry gives the Committee for Family Forestlands a full agenda next week. The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday, October 31 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Tillamook Room Building C, 2600 State Street, Salem.

Agenda
Members will learn about possibly re-defining the term "Waters of the United States." The committee will also review and discuss:
* Riparian Rule Analysis update about the Joint Northwest/Southwest Regional Forest Practices Committee meeting and staff update.
* Seedling availability and production.
* The USFS Blue Mountain Plan.
* Updates from the Eastside Private Forest Collaborative, Forestland Tax Symposium, and Nomination Committees
The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

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

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

Public Meetings
Members of the public may attend the meeting. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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News Release -Marine Board to hold Listening Session for Non-Motorized Boaters in Corvallis (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/27/14
Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
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Non-motorized boaters are invited to join the Oregon State Marine Board agency staff and Non-Motorized Advisory Committee members for an evening of dialog about boating needs that better support your activities out on the water. The listening session will focus on boating access, on-the-water safety, education, information outreach, and funding options to support these services. The meeting is being held at the Benton County Sheriff's Office, 180 NW 5th St, on the 1st floor from the southwest entrance, on November 3, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

"We heard a lot of great ideas at our first round of meetings in June," says Director Scott Brewen. "But some boaters may not have been able to attend those meetings, so we want to offer more opportunities to make sure we truly understand the needs that are out there." Brewen continued, "This process was initiated by boaters through their input to our Strategic Plan in 2011, and the common issue from motorized and non-motorized boaters alike was how to integrate non-motorized boaters' needs and participation into agency operations."

Comments from the prior listening sessions and the Non-Motorized Advisory Committee's recommendations can be viewed at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx#Non-Motorized_Boating_Team_and_External_Advisory_Committee.

The input being collected will serve as a baseline for the potential development of a non-motorized boater program that will be compiled into a comprehensive report with recommendations and funding source options to present to the Marine Board in July of 2015.

The process and all documentation will be posted on the Marine Board website's strategic planning page, as well as the activities being implemented by other external advisory committees. To learn more, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Photographer, Kathy Daniel with Linda Morrell (left) and Dan Black (right) paddling on the Tualatin River.
Oregon leaders in health and health care to provide briefing on Ebola preparedness
Oregon Health Authority - 10/27/14
October 27, 2014

Today the Oregon Health Authority will be joined by state and local leaders in public health and health care to discuss Ebola preparedness. While there have been no cases of Ebola in Oregon, preparedness work continues.

What: News briefing on Ebola preparedness. It will include an opportunity to view the incident command center before the news briefing, for those who call in advance. Please call 971-246-9139.

When: News briefing begins at 11:40 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 Oregon Street, Portland

For those who cannot attend in person, you may dial: 866-261-3182. Questions can be submitted to PHD.Communications@state.or.us.

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Corvallis Police Request Assistance Locating Owners of Suspected Stolen Property
Corvallis Police - 10/27/14
On 10/27/14, at about 3:30am, Corvallis Police Officers arrested a male on SE Atwood Ave. after he was observed looking into a vehicle in the 500 block of SE Vera Ave. After a brief foot chase through a field and several yards, the male subject was located and detained by officers. An investigation revealed Daniel Newbill was committed a number thefts from vehicles and a burglary at a nearby business. He was arrested and charged with five counts of UEMV, six counts of Criminal Trespass 2, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Theft 1, and Burglary 2.

Officers also recovered a a quantity of property that is believed to be reported stolen. If you were the victim of a car prowl or burglary overnight on 10/26/14 or the early morning hours on 10/27/14, please contact the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6924 to report the incident.

Newbill was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His bail is currently set at $162,000.

A mugshot photo can be obtained by following the below link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004380
Oregon Annual Report on Adult Abuse: National Adult Protective Services Conference in Portland, October 29 & 30
AARP Oregon - 10/27/14
Media Advisory - Plan to attend. Schedule interviews now.

State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland

When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland
Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.

Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.

Who: Highlighted speakers:

* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.

* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.

* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be

The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.

Format: The presentation will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.

NOTE: There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating.


Attached Media Files: Speaker & Program lineup
10/26/14
Oregon Peace Officers Association 45th Annual Awards Banquet
Oregon Peace Officers Assn. - 10/26/14
On Friday November 7, 2014 the Oregon Peace Officers Association (OPOA) will be holding the 45th Annual Awards Banquet "Honoring Oregon's Finest" at Spirit Mt Casino and Resort in Grand Ronde. This year we will he Honoring Reserve Officer Robert Libke that was killed in the Line of Duty with a Purple Heart Award- Awarded Posthumously. In Addition OPOA will be honoring over 90 criminal justice professionals from all over the state of Oregon for outstanding service to their communities. Awards will be given for Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, Medal of Valor, Life Saving, Public Service, Distinguished Service and Unit Awards. The banquet is open to the public and tickets may be purchased through the OPOA website at www.opoa.info or through our business office at 503-393-9237.


Attached Media Files: Awards List
Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 47 south of Vernonia (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/26/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's teen-driver involved injury crash that occurred along Highway 47 about six miles south of Vernonia. The pickup contained 7 teenagers, of which three received injuries including the 16-year old driver.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 1997 Ford F250 extended cab pickup driven by KASSIDY FETCH, age 16, from Vernonia, was southbound on Highway 47 near milepost 68 negotiating a curve when FETCH lost control. She over-corrected and drove into a ditch where the passenger side crashed into a large tree.

FETCH and the right rear seat passenger were transported by ambulance to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A third passenger was lying across the laps of three rear seated passengers and was taken by a family member to an area hospital with minor injuries. The other four passengers were not injured and were picked up at the scene by family members. Six of the 7 occupants were age 16 and the other was 17 years of age. All are from the Vernonia area.

FETCH and three passengers were using safety restraints. Three other passengers were not using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local fire and law enforcement responders. Trooper Patrick Peltier is the lead investigator. An enforcement decision is pending.

This crash occurred at the conclusion of national Teen Driver Safety Week. During the "5 to Drive" national campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, law enforcement and traffic safety partners encouraged parents of teen drivers to always set rules before their teens hit the road. Surveys show that teens whose parents impose driving restrictions typically engage in less risky driving and are involved in fewer crashes. They can't listen if you don't talk. Remember the five most dangerous and deadliest behaviors for teen drivers:

1. No Drinking and Driving - Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix.

2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back - Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it's important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far.

3. Put it Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All - Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. Texting and driving has become a national epidemic, and teens are some of the worst offenders. In 2012, among drivers 15 - 19 years old who were distracted in fatal crashes, nearly 1 in 5 were distracted by their phones.

4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You - Drive the speed limit and require your teens to do the same. Speeding is a common contributing factor in fatal crashes. In 2012, speeding was a factor in almost half (48%) of the crashes that killed 15- to 20-year old drivers.

5. Extra Passengers Can Be A Distraction - The level of distraction can be disastrous and the risk of a fatal crash goes up with each additional passenger. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior while traveling with multiple passengers increases to three times. More information about Oregon's provisional license restrictions at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/TEEN/pages/license.aspx#restrict

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Scio Man Arrested for Arson (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/26/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on October 25, 2014, at 12:02 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 emergency phone call from a resident of 37231 Jefferson-Scio Drive in Scio reporting a hay barn on fire at that location.

Both the Scio and Jefferson Fire Departments responded to the fire as well as Linn county deputies. First responders deemed the fire as suspicious. Arson investigators with the Linn County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police were called to assist in the investigation as well as the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

A post fire investigation will be conducted after the fire is out. The fire departments contained the fire to only the hay barn but it will take about two days before the fire is completely out. The value of the hay destroyed in the fire is $15,000 but the value of the barn is yet to be determined.

This is the fifth suspicious fire in the immediate area of 37231 Jefferson-Scio Drive in the past two months. The first fire was reported on September 15, 2014, at 11:01 p.m. This fire started in the ditch on the south side of Jefferson-Scio Drive, directly across the street from the residence.

The second fire was reported October 14,, 2014, at 12:20 a.m. This fire was started in shrubbery in the ditch directly in front of the residence. There were two points of origin for this fire.

The third fire was reported October 17, 2014, at 12:49 a.m. This fire involved a vehicle parked behind a storage barn located on the property. The investigation revealed the vehicle was inoperable and the cause of the fire was arson. The vehicle and its contents was a total loss and valued at $4,000.

The fourth fire was reported October 23, 2014, at 4:41 a.m. This fire was determined to be arson and caused severe damage to the storage barn and the contents inside of it. Some of the contents of the storage barn included a 1972 Chevrolet pickup, hand tools, and power tools. The pickup is a total loss. The value of damage caused by the fire has not been determined yet.

On October 25, 2014, at approximately 6:30 p.m., detectives arrested Zachary Lee Burghart, 28 years of age, in connection with four of the fires.

Detectives learned Burghart had been staying at that location with one of the family members. Detectives were able to determine Burghart acted alone when he intentionally set the fires dating from October 14, 2014, through October 25, 2014. Through his interview, Burghart indicated he suffered from PTSD.

Burghart was arrested and lodged in the Linn County Jail. He has been charged with three counts of Arson in the Second Degree and Reckless Burning.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information related to these incidents are asked to contact Detective Scott Christensen at 541.967.3950.


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10/25/14
Woman Injured After High Winds Blow Tree into Her Moving Vehicle - Highway 230 in SE Douglas County (Photo)
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A Grants Pass woman was injured Saturday when her car collided with a tree blown onto the road by high winds on Highway 230 in southeast Douglas County. Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT urge drivers to use caution when traveling on highways in forested areas during windy conditions and be alert for wind-caused fallen trees and debris.

According to Senior Trooper Joe Smith, on October 25, 2014 at approximately 10:50 a.m., a passenger car driven by KRISTEN DANIELS, age 42, from Grants Pass, was westbound on Highway 230 near milepost 12 when high winds blew a pine tree, estimated 40 feet tall and 10 inches in diameter, down onto the hood of her car just missing smashing the windshield.

The impact broke the tree and caused DANIELS to lose control as her car spun across the eastbound lane and crashed head-on into another pine tree off the highway.

DANIELS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to Providence Medical Center in Medford. She was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

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ODOT UPDATE: McCullough Bridge in North Bend to remain closed until Sunday
ODOT: SW Oregon - 10/25/14
The McCullough Bridge (U.S. 101, milepost 234), which has been closed since Wednesday night due to damage to its work enclosure, will remain closed until Sunday.

U.S. 101 motorists can detour along East Bay Drive, but are advised to use caution on this narrow road. Trucks are advised to use alternate routes, such as Interstate 5.

Contractors for ODOT have brought in extra workers and equipment to facilitate work at the bridge, which enabled them to stabilize half of the work enclosure on Friday. However, efforts to stabilize the reaming half were halted Friday night due to high winds.

The stabilization work is expected to resume later today when the weather improves, with the goal of opening the bridge to traffic Sunday afternoon or evening.

For more information:

Dan Latham
ODOT Public Affairs
541-817-5200