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04/18/15
Vehicle - Pedestrian Crash on I-84 Eastbound near MP 38 in Multnomah County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/18/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are on scene of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian on Interstate 84 near milepost 38 in Multnomah County. The person was seriously injured and transported to a Portland Area Hospital. One lane is closed as troopers conduct the investigation. Watch for emergency crews working in the area. Check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.

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Oregon National Guard partners with community to 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/18/15
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SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at the Oregon State Capitol, April 18, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

The event featured several speakers including, State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Cynthia Stinson, Willamette University's Director of Educational Equity Assurance and Title IX Coordinator; Sara Brennan, Victim Services Advocate with the Center for Hope and Safety; and Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walked a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, to raise public awareness.

Also participating in the walk were, State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); Fritz Graham from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office; State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake, Oregon National Guard; Miss Marion-Polk County Bailey Pilant; and Miss Marion-Polk Outstanding Teen Abigail Hoppe.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is fully committed to sexual assault prevention and response. Through this event, the Oregon National Guard, alongside our community partners, aimed to bring the local community together to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to sexual assault awareness and prevention.

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150418-Z-OT568-130: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., displays his "Men can make a difference" T-shirt during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, at the Oregon State Capitol Mall, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-140: Members of the Oregon National Guard, the Center for Hope and Safety, and Willamette University representatives walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-178: Mason Seto, of Puyallup, Wash., walks a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, in high-heel shoes during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-182: Law-makers and community members join forces with the Oregon National Guard to walk a mile-long route throughout downtown Salem, Oregon, during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. From left: State Rep. Paul Evans (D-Monmouth); State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham); State Rep. Carla Piluso (D-Gresham); Carey Bruton, of Men for Hope and Safety; and Mason Seto, who traveled from Puyallup, Wash., to participate in the event. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

150418-Z-OT568-187: Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and his wife, Kelly, participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18, in Salem, Oregon. The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, in collaboration with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, hosted the event to raise public awareness in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Crash on I-84 near MP 138 Westbound - Diesel Spill - Arlington (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating a traffic crash on Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 138 - Arlington. Westbound traffic is being diverted through Arlington at this time.

Early information from OSP Lieutenant Pat Shortt indicates that a westbound semi-truck and trailer, driven by CASEY A. LEPPERT, 23, of Caldwell Idaho, left its lane of travel and crashed, damaging the center barrier and spilling approximately 150 gallons of diesel fuel then catching fire. Hazardous materials crews are on-scene and have contained the fuel and none was believed to have reached the Columbia River. LEPPERT was not injured during the crash or subsequent fire.

OSP is being assisted by the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, Hermiston Fire Department Haz-Mat Team, Arlington Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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04/17/15
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 214 at MP 32 - Marion County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/17/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into this afternoon's fatal traffic crash on Highway 214 at milepost 32.

Preliminary information from troopers investigating the crash indicates that on April 17, shortly after 3:00 p.m., a silver 2011 Ford Focus, driven by BARBARA E. MULLER, 68, of Silverton, was eastbound on Highway 214 near milepost 32, when for undetermined reasons the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was pronounced deceased later on by medical personnel. The investigation is ongoing.

OSP was assisted at the scene the Oregon Department of Transportation, Drakes Crossing Fire District and the Woodburn Ambulance.

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Willamette Humane Society Announces 2015 Humaneitarian Award Recipients (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 04/17/15
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(Salem, OR)-- Lost & Found Pets of Salem organizer Idi Vargas accepted the 2015 Humaneitarian Award at a special public reception on Wednesday, April 15, at the Pringle Hall Community Center. In its ninth year, the Humaneitarian Award is presented by Capitol Subaru, sponsored by Salem Electric and Roth's Fresh Foods, and recognizes a person or group who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society's mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people.

Reuniting lost pets with their humans is Idi Vargas' mission. As the manager of the incredibly effective Facebook page, "Lost and Found Pets of Salem, OR," Idi is right on track. Spending as many as 30 hours a week on animal rescue, Idi scours Craigslist ads for pets who need a home, provides guidance to those with lost animals, and hits the pavement to trap scared dogs on the loose. Her encouragement means the world to people with lost pets- people like Jennifer Tucker, who nominated her. "Freda is still missing but now I know that- because of Idi- she will be found someday. When I feel like I am losing hope, Idi senses it and messages me with stories of fur babies missing for months and even years that have been reunited with their pet parents, and it renews my hope."

In addition to the Humaneitarian Award, Willamette Humane Society presented the Golden Paw Award, the Young Paw Award, and the WHS Volunteer of the Year Award at the ceremony.

The Golden Paw Award went to Dr. Jacque Harter. A dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Harter has provided extraordinary care to tens of thousands dogs and cats at Willamette Humane Society, Heartland Humane Society, Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and Marion County Dog Control.

The Young Paw Award went to WHS volunteer, Nina Kraft. As a founding member of the Humane-a-Teens group, Nina helped shape the vision of the group. She welcomes new members and shows them how to safely interact with shelter dogs. Nina is also central as a volunteer assisting youth day camps in the summer at Willamette Humane Society.

Finally, the 2015 WHS Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Lee Nichols. Nichols has volunteered as a foster parent, animal transporter, playgroup facilitator, dog behavior class teacher, tour guide, and animal care assistant.
Most recently, Nichols developed a model for the behavior and training department to aid in a restructure. This included personally teaching classes during the restructure so the public wasn't without a resource for their dogs.

Thank you to the Humaneitarian Award Recipients and Nominees for their exemplary work for the animals of our community. Photos of the Humaneitarian Award Ceremony are available to view and download at https://whs4pets.org/humaneitarian-awards-2015.

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers 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 37 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


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North Bend School District Public Meetings - April
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 04/17/15
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for April:

April 13, 2015
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

April 21, 2015
Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

April 23, 2015
Policy Committee Meeting
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR
Five Oregon companies earn $300,000 in small business innovation grants (Photo)
Business Oregon - 04/17/15
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Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, today announced an investment of more than $300,000 to help Oregon small businesses create the technologies and products that help cities build safer energy grids, doctors improve malaria treatment and farmers use fertilizer more efficiently.

The state program is providing grants to five Oregon small businesses to help get their business ideas closer to market.

The fund is designed to support companies that already earned federal research funding through what's known as America's largest seed fund.

The federal fund is known as SBIR/STTR, or Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer. The grants, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, are designed to encourage small companies and universities to pursue risky but rewarding research that helps bring new ideas to market and maintains the United States' position as the global leader in innovation.

Since 2008, Oregon companies have earned $254 million in SBIR and STTR grants.

In her prepared remarks for today's State of the State address, Governor Kate Brown said, "Business Oregon's 'Grow Our Own' approach calls on us to invest in Oregon-based industries and businesses, to work to retain them and help them grow and expand. We also need to be innovative in fostering start-ups and attracting new companies to Oregon. Building a thriving economy requires this holistic approach that expands opportunities for Oregonians."

Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director, said, "For us to build real momentum in the Oregon economy, we need to nurture entrepreneurs and startups that will be the Columbia Sportswears, Intels and Nikes of the next generation."

The five Oregon small businesses that received $301,146 in state grants, along with their product or technology, are:

DesignMedix: Drug to improve malaria treatment, $75,000
Energy Storage Systems: Safe, environmentally friendly grid storage battery system, $75,000
SupraSensor: Wireless nitrate testing device so farmers can use fertilizer more efficiently, $61,875
NemaMetrix: Improved drug screen for cheaper, faster testing, $49,100
HM3 Energy: Convert forest waste into biofuel briquettes to replace coal, $40,171

In developing their products, these companies have also received mentoring or investments from Oregon's signature research centers: Oregon Nanoscience & Microtechnologies Institute, Oregon BEST and the Oregon Translational & Drug Discovery Institute.

About Business Oregon: Our mission is to grow Oregon jobs, companies and communities. That work starts with helping entrepreneurs and existing Oregon businesses grow here at home. The SBIR/STTR fund is part of Business Oregon's strategy to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

About SBIR: Federal agencies that produce more than $100 million in external research annually must allocate 2.8% of their spending to SBIR. Currently, 11 federal agencies participate.

About STTR: Federal agencies that produce more than $1 billion in external research annually must allocate .3% to STTR. Five agencies participate.


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Engraving Day Held at State's Fallen Law Enforcement Memorial (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/17/15
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In preparation for the State's Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony, the name of a fallen officer from more than a century ago, was added today under the solemn watch of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation. Marshal Joseph Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon who was gunned down while breaking up a barroom brawl on September 11, 1906 will be honored during the state ceremony next month.

The Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The memorial honors more than 180 fallen Oregon law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. This includes officers from city, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies who have served as law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and parole and probation officers. This event is open to the public and Governor Kate Brown is expected to be in attendance.

Marshal Joseph Krechter of St. Paul, Oregon who was gunned down while breaking up a barroom brawl on September 11, 1906 will be the 181st officer to be honored on the state's memorial. Marshal Krechter's murder had not been recognized on either the Oregon or national memorials. His story was discovered by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department historians who contacted Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office, which today, provides law enforcement services to the City of St. Paul. Sheriff 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 on Public Safety Standards and Training and its Police Policy Committee.

Director Eriks Gabliks said "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 Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Memorial please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/AT/pages/olememorial.aspx


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Katie Anderson Receives OLA's 2015 Lampman Award (Photo)
Oregon State Library - 04/17/15
Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
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Katie Anderson receives the 2015 Lampman Award from the Oregon Library Association.

The Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association (OLA) has selected Katie Anderson to receive the 2015 Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award. Anderson is the Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library.

The award, given out annually by the Children's Services Division of OLA, is named for Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children's books. The award was established in 1982 to honor an Oregon author, librarian, or educator who has made a significant contribution to Oregon in the fields of children's literature and library services.

Katie Anderson began her work as the Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library in June of 2006. Her enthusiasm, energy, and imagination, along with nine years of experience, have contributed to her status as a librarian who has made a significant contribution to library services for children in Oregon.

Her accomplishments include her work with the Commission on Children and Families, with funding from the Oregon Community Foundation and the Paul G. Allen Foundation, to bring "Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library" training to all corners of the Oregon. She was instrumental in securing the funding and worked tirelessly with the project manager to assure an excellent learning experience for all involved.

Anderson has also become an integral member of the youth-serving divisions of the Oregon Library Association. Her participation in the Collaborative Summer Library Program goes above and beyond representing Oregon. She has persisted in speaking up at meetings to encourage changes that affect every child who participates in summer reading.

"Her tenacity in attending meetings and gatherings that might yield a valuable partnership is legendary," says State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen, who nominated Anderson for this award. "Katie is deeply committed to excellent library service for children and their caregivers and is an excellent spokesperson for that in all corners of our state."


Attached Media Files: Katie Anderson (third from left) accepts the 2015 Lampman Award on April 17, 2015, with previous Lampman Award winners BJ Toewe, Carol Reich, and MaryKay Dahlgreen.
Know what's below before you hoe
Pacific Power - 04/17/15
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Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power April 17, 2015
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Know what's below before you hoe
Be safe and call 8-1-1 first to find any underground utilities that could endanger you

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Every eight minutes in America someone risks their life by striking an underground utility line. Pacific Power urges customers to protect themselves and their families and change this alarming statistic with one simple act: dialing 8-1-1 two days before doing any digging.

"Installing a mail box or post for a deck or planting a tree are among the many commonplace projects that should trigger a call to 8-1-1," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment, referring to the national toll-free Call Before You Dig phone number. "Those may seem like simple, harmless maintenance projects, but the hazards are very real. If you hit a buried electric line, you could die. It's that simple."

PacifiCorp has approximately 20,000 miles of underground cable in the West. There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States. These buried facilities, including gas, water, sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet, landline telephone, provide the services Americans depend on for their basic everyday needs. But if you don't know where they are buried before you dig, you are in danger. Even if you are lucky enough to not be harmed, you could be responsible for causing a service outage in your neighborhood--and potentially be responsible for the substantial repair costs.

If you are planning a job that requires digging, even if hiring a professional, a call to 8-1-1 is required before work begins. The 8-1-1 service is free and couldn't be easier. It's a Federal Communications Commission-designated national one-call number that connects a caller from anywhere in the country to the appropriate local one-call center. The one-call center then alerts local underground facility owners so they can mark the approximate location of their lines with paint or flags.

Although the Call Before You Dig system has been active for many years, according to a recent national survey, 45 percent - nearly half of people who plan to dig this year will not call 8-1-1 first.

To learn more about electrical safety or to order free electrical safety materials, call Pacific Power's public safety department at 800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

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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.
04/16/15
Public has opportunity for input on hospital review
Salem Health - 04/16/15
Salem Hospital is applying for re-designation of its Magnet(R) status, a prestigious designation that recognizes clinical excellence. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), sponsor of the Magnet Recognition Program(R), will be at Salem Hospital June 1 through 3 for a hospital review.

Salem Hospital was originally designated as a Magnet organization in 2010 by the ANCC and is one of only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.


Public comments welcome


Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via email, fax or direct mail. All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.

Your comments are confidential and never shared with Salem Hospital. If you choose, your comments may be anonymous, but must be in writing. All comments must be received by May 23.


Address:

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Magnet Recognition Program Office
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3492
Fax: 301-628-5217
E-mail: magnet@ana.org
Phone: 866-588-3301 (toll-free)


Salem Hospital has submitted information for the appraisers to review. During the on-site visit June 1 through 3, Magnet appraisers will talk with staff throughout the hospital and with patients.

"Magnet designation is about what we do every day," said Sarah Horn, Salem Health chief nursing officer. "It is about providing excellent patient care in an environment that focuses on continuous improvement and positive outcomes."

"Achieving and maintaining Magnet status is not easy because the standards increase every year," said Margo Halm, Salem Health director of nursing research, professional practice and Magnet. "We have 40 to 50 specialty practice teams focused on continually improving patient care. Efforts of teams throughout the hospital contribute to improving outcomes for our patients and that is what Magnet is really all about."

Salem Hospital is a part of Salem Health, along with 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. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
NW Natural Employees Cut Waste, One Paper Coffee Cup at a Time
NW Natural - 04/16/15
A Dozen Organizations Adopt NW Natural's Innovative Sustainability Program for Earth Month


PORTLAND, Ore. - A NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) workplace sustainability initiative to limit the number of disposable coffee cups employees use is spilling over to other workplaces in downtown Portland during Earth Month in April.

Through NW Natural's one-of-a-kind 'Reduce. Reuse. Recaffeinate.' program, employees receive cards that participating coffee shops punch each time the employee uses a reusable cup. Employees then turn in full cards for prizes from NW Natural.

The company's Green Team came up with the incentive-based program after a waste audit tracked the amount of paper cups being thrown away each day. The cups can't be composted or recycled due to a polyethylene plastic lining.

"At NW Natural, environmental stewardship is one of our core values," said Holly Meyer, NW Natural's energy policy and sustainability manager. "We advocate energy efficiency and carbon-offset programs for our customers, but we want to ensure our employees are working through a stewardship lens as well. Our Green Team leads the way for sustainability-related behavioral change - from building a bike commuting culture and implementing two-way teleconferencing in place of driving to meetings, to our new coffee cup program."

Since the 'Reduce. Reuse. Recaffeinate' program started six months ago, NW Natural estimates the company's 600 central office employees have kept 2,500 paper coffee cups out of the landfill.

Now, 13 additional organizations are taking part in the coffee cup challenge as part of PDX Green Teams Unite. The group, that NW Natural helped co-found, brings together businesses, nonprofits and government entities to work jointly on sustainability efforts. They include:


* Bonneville Environmental Foundation
* CLEAResult
* Craft Brew Alliance
* EarthShare Oregon
* Ecova
* Energy Trust of Oregon
* Full Creative
* Howard S. Wright Construction
* Interface Engineering
* Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
* NW Natural
* Pacific Continental Bank
* The Standard
* Wild Salmon Center


If employees at each of the participating organizations - 3,000 collectively - chose a reusable rather than a disposable cup five times during April, it could save more than 2,500 metric tons of carbon waste or nearly 6,000 trees.

In addition to participating in the coffee cup challenge, PDX Green Teams Unite will take part in other earth- friendly events each day this month. Activities include lunch n' learns on sustainable food systems and reducing water use, kayaking to Ross Island to remove ivy, and pulling ivy in Forest Park. Visit www.facebook.com/pdxgreenteams for a full list of activities and to learn more about PDX Green Teams Unite.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 705,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.
Dr. Rex Fuller appointed president of Western Oregon University (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 04/16/15
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), upon the recommendation of the Western Oregon University (WOU) Board of Trustees and the Oregon University System Chancellor, appointed Dr. Rex Fuller as the new WOU president. Fuller will assume his duties on July 1, 2015, when the WOU Board of Trustees also assumes all governance responsibility over the university. Mark Weiss, the current WOU president, retires on June 30, 2015.

Upon his appointment, Fuller said: "I am deeply honored to join Western Oregon University as president. During my interview, my wife and I were impressed with the high quality of life in Monmouth. We also found passionate alumni and community supporters of the university. Western has a well-established record of excellence and a long tradition of access, affordability and student success. I look forward to working with WOU's new Board to engage the campus and surrounding communities as we determine our path forward in the changing conditions that impact higher education in Oregon and the nation."

David Yaden, chair of the outgoing OSBHE stated: "We are lucky to have the State Board, the WOU Board, and the Western community come together behind Dr. Fuller's appointment. His appointment as WOU president is a promising sign for Western Oregon University's future. We all look forward to great things to come."

Jim Baumgartner, chair of the WOU Board of Trustees, said: "This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. Amid all of the changes in higher education governance, we are pleased to have such an experienced and inspiring leader as Dr. Fuller join us at WOU. Given his demonstrated commitment to public universities, the WOU Board has every confidence that Dr. Fuller's transition to Western will be seamless and that he will continue to advance Western and its commitment to serving students in their effort to succeed."

Fuller comes to Western Oregon University from Eastern Washington University (EWU) in Cheney, Wash. Since 2011, Fuller has served as EWU provost and vice president for academic affairs. Prior to his appointment as EWU provost, Fuller was the EWU executive dean, coordinating EWU programs in Spokane, from 2008-12, EWU dean of business and public administration from 2006-10, dean of the Hasan School of Business at Colorado State University from 2000-06, and the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1990-2000. Fuller received his B.A. in Public Administration from California State University-Chico and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.


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April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/16/15
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The Oregon National Guard's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office is partnering with Willamette University, the Center for Hope and Safety, and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force for a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol Mall, 900 Court St. NE.

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). The month offers an opportunity to continue the process of eliminating sexual assault and to ensure all service members are treated with dignity and respect. The purpose is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

With more than 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen serving, the Oregon National Guard is a vital institution within the state. Citizen Soldiers and Airmen possess a crucial tie between military and civilian society. As a fundamental institution the military as a whole and the Oregon National Guard in particular, are fully committed to a cultural shift in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

"Preventing Sexual Assault in our military requires a personal commitment from all service members, at every level, to be a steadfast participant in creating an appropriate culture and upholding standards of behavior and military core values," said Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense.

This year's theme is Eliminate Sexual Assault: Know Your Part. Do Your Part."

Eliminate Sexual Assault: Every service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Know your Part: Means that each military member has a unique role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. We must recognize our part in stopping this crime starting with knowing when and where to intervene.

Do Your Part: We have to act. If we see a crime or inappropriate behavior unfolding, we need to step in to prevent it, adding our voice to the call to end sexual assault.

Education and awareness are the key in reaching our objective. Through this event we not only hope to bring the local community together, but to demonstrate our resolve and dedication to the transformation of sexual assault prevention and response.


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Albany Police Continue to Investigate Home Invasion Robbery: 15-6836 (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/16/15
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Albany Police are continuing to investigate a home invasion robbery that occurred on 04-06-15.

Attached is a forensics sketch of one of the suspects, who is further described below:

Light skinned Hispanic male, 18-23 years, tall & stocky.

Shaved short dark hair, "Baby face" with "peach fuzz" mustache.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Albany Police Department at (541)917-7680.


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Oregon Perinatal Collaborative Commits to Safely Reduce First-Time C-Sections
March of Dimes - 04/16/15
The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), a group of health care leaders in Oregon, is making an effort to safely reduce the rate of C-sections, particularly for women who haven't had one before. In order to affect this change, the collaborative leaders are implementing strategies for successful birth in labor and delivery departments throughout Oregon. OPC recommends all Oregon providers delivering babies review and adopt these best practice strategies that will support safe deliveries in all labor units throughout Oregon. OPC endorsed strategies for successful birth can be found here http://www.oahhs.org/quality/quality-resources.

"Cesarean section is an essential part of our armamentarium in Obstetrics; however, it is associated with rare but serious complications particularly in future pregnancies. The best way to minimize these complications is to prevent the first Cesarean section whenever this can be safely accomplished," said Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetric Services, Providence Health and Services.

In the US one in three women in 2013 gave birth by Cesarean section delivery. Oregon rates increased from 19.8% in 2000 to 28 % in 2013. Although Cesarean birth can be lifesaving, it also carries risk for both the mother and fetus.

Several factors have influenced increasing rates over the past twenty years, including women delaying childbearing, increasing rates of diabetes and consumer request. Of particular concern is the rise in "primary" or "first" Cesarean sections which lead to subsequent Cesarean births greater that 90% of the time. Variation of labor management can also drive Cesarean section births. "It is important to standardize best practices to provide consistent outcomes that ultimately result in better health, better healthcare and better patient satisfaction," said Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

The Oregon Perinatal Collaborative (OPC), convened by March of Dimes in 2011 to eliminate early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks, is a group of health care leaders in Oregon focused on improving perinatal outcomes through collaboration and evidence-based practices. "This collaborative brings a power to understand and improve processes of perinatal care that is unprecedented in our state and will be instrumental in optimizing our outcomes and the safety of Oregon mothers and babies," said Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's and Surgical Services, Legacy Health.

In an effort to support safe deliveries, the collaborative has broadened their focus to review and endorse strategies related to labor management that support safe, successful birth--all births, not exclusive to early elective deliveries. This focus in in alignment with the work of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) as well as nationally sponsored initiatives by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) aiming to safely decrease primary Cesarean sections. "I believe that through this collaborative work, we can make Oregon the best place to have a baby in the U.S.," said Aaron B. Caughey, MD, PhD. Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University.


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--MEDIA MEMBERS ONLY--

For interview opportunities contact:

Mark Tomlinson, MD, Regional Director of Obstetrics, Providence Health and Services
mtomlinson@whallc.com and mark.tomlinson@providence.org
503 416-7565

Diane Waldo, MBA, BSN, RN,CPHQ, CPHRM, LNCC, Associate Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
diane.waldo@oahhs.org
503-479-6016

Duncan Neilson, MD, Clinical Vice President of Women's Services and Surgical Services at Legacy Health
dneilson@lhs.org
503-413-3622

Aaron B. Caughey, MD, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Dean for Women's Health Research and Policy, Oregon Health & Sciences University
caughey@ohsu.edu
503-494-2999
04/15/15
Deployed Oregon National Guard Soldiers return home to Central Oregon (Photo)
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home approximately 175 Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they arrived in Redmond, Oregon, April 15, following their overseas deployment.

The Soldiers of 1-82 Cavalry Squadron spent nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The squadron is headquartered in Bend, Oregon, with companies also located in Klamath Falls, Lebanon and Redmond. The Soldiers will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the formal demobilization ceremony scheduled to be held in their honor, May 16, at the Vince Genna Stadium in Bend.

More deployed Oregon Army National Guard units are expected to arrive this spring and summer.

The 234th Engineer Company, based in Warrenton, Oregon, is scheduled to welcome home approximately 160 Soldiers from Kuwait in late April. The Soldiers conducted carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction on military facilities throughout Kuwait and the surrounding region during their deployment. A formal demobilization ceremony is scheduled for May 30 at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

The 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team will welcome home two more battalion-sized elements that also provided security and support missions in Afghanistan.

The 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, headquartered in Springfield (with companies also based in Corvallis, Gresham and Hillsboro) will welcome home approximately 320 Soldiers in May. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for June 13 at the Linn County Fairgrounds.

The 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, headquartered in Ashland (with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg and St. Helens), will welcome approximately 290 Soldiers from Afghanistan. One company of Soldiers is scheduled to be home in late April or early May. The rest of the battalion is scheduled to return in late June. A formal demobilization ceremony for the battalion is tentatively scheduled for August 8; location and details will be published when finalized.

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Redmond, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Daniel D. Miner, Jr., commander of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, stands in front of the squadron formation upon returning to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - An Oregon Army National Guard Soldier from 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, embraces his wife as he returns home to Central Oregon, April 15, after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Redmond, Oregon - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, and State Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Lake (left of center), greet Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, as they take their first steps onto Oregon soil after spending nearly a year performing security operations in Afghanistan. The Soldiers from 1-82 Cavalry Squadron will spend a month reuniting with their loved ones before the official demobilization ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Bend, Oregon. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Salem Firefighter Arrested After Domestic Dispute (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/15/15
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Last night at about 1:30 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a West Salem residence after being requested by the Salem Police Department to investigate an alleged incidence of domestic violence.

After deputies arrived they found probable cause to arrest Matthew Brozovich, age 32 at his West Salem home and lodge him in the Polk County Jail. Mr. Brozovich was taken to the jail for five counts of harassment, and one count of menacing, all misdemeanor charges. Mr. Brozovich, a Captain with the Salem Fire Department and an employee since 2005, posted $3,250 bail and has been released from jail.

Mr. Brozovich's next court appearance has been set for, May 7th at 9:00 a.m., in Dallas. The Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further information regarding this incident, the victim or employment related matters pertaining to the Salem Fire Department.


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Linn-Benton is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/15/15
Approximately 200 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Corvallis on May 2nd giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for the Linn-Benton March for Babies

When: Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: KMART in Corvallis

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Pacific Power and IBEW. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/15/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., Monday, April 13, inmate John McKinley's cellmate alerted staff that McKinley, 53, needed medical attention. McKinley was found unresponsive, at which time staff began CPR. He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. McKinley entered DOC custody on November 19, 2008, on one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was March 3, 2038.

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

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


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Forestry Board to tour Oregon's newest state forest, discuss stream protections, April 22-23 in Central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/15/15
The state Board of Forestry travels to Central Oregon on April 22 and 23 for its regular meeting and a tour showcasing the conservation and restoration of state and national forests. Accompanied by state and local leaders, the Board will celebrate partnerships leading to acquiring the Gilchrist State Forest and improving national forest health, and will discuss visions for supporting rural communities and healthy forests.

The Board meeting on April 22 includes discussion of stream protection rules, a new plan for managing the state-owned forests of northwest Oregon, and national forest restoration. For those who can't attend, a telephone listening and comment site will be available in Salem (details below).

At a community gathering that evening, the Board will continue its tradition of honoring a longtime local champion of sound forest management and healthy communities.

All events are open to the public.

APRIL 22 MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Streamside regulations. Department of Forestry staff will present methods for evaluating the effectiveness of measures to keep streams shaded and cool after timber harvest, and how regulations might function at specific locations.

National forest restoration. Jim Pe?^a, Regional Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, will share his vision for federal forests in the Pacific Northwest and opportunities for partnership and collaboration. University of Oregon professors will provide context for how state investment has already produced early forest restoration results in Oregon.

Eastern Oregon state forest management. Staff will share how state forest management in eastern Oregon provides social, environmental and economic contributions to adjacent communities and statewide.

Updates. The board will receive updates on key projects and initiatives, including the work of a board subcommittee to create a new plan for managing state-owned forests in northwest Oregon.

EVENT DETAILS

* The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22 in the Great Hall, at 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver.
* A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the Board takes them up. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.
* The Salem listening site, scheduled to operate for the duration of the meeting, will be in the Santiam Room, in Building D at the Department of Forestry campus, 2600 State Street. The site will provide opportunities to follow the proceedings and participate during public comment periods. For questions about coordination and logistics, please contact Sabrina Perez at 503-945-7210. RSVPs are appreciated.
* The community social will begin at 6 p.m. in Sunriver's Great Hall.
* The field tour will start at the same location on April 23. Join for a meet-and-greet at 7:30 a.m., and tour kick-off at approximately 8 a.m. Plans may be modified in the event of inclement weather.
* Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours in advance, at (503) 945-7200.

ABOUT THE BOARD
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

Join the forestry conversation on ODF social media: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx

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Oregon announces participation in multi-state action against New Day Financial LLC
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/15/15
Salem - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities announced today its participation in a multi-state settlement agreement and consent order between 43 state mortgage regulators and New Day Financial LLC.

The settlement is a result of investigations conducted by Delaware and Maryland into institutionalized cheating on testing and continuing education requirements for licensed mortgage professionals. Practices at the company included sharing test information and taking continuing education courses on behalf of others.

In order to protect Oregonians, the division holds mortgage loan originators to high standards of ethics and education.

"Oregonians have a right to trust that the licensed mortgage loan originator they are working with is a trustworthy, financially responsible, and competent professional," said David Tatman, division administrator. "Any efforts by companies or individuals to cheat on testing or continuing education requirements will be held accountable."

The order includes the following main points:
* A $5.28 million administrative penalty to be divided equally among the 43 participating states
* The removal and replacement of New Day's chief operating officer
* The hiring of an independent auditor to evaluate New Day's policies and procedures and review New Day's training and education program to determine if additional remedial action is necessary to supplement the changes already implemented
* A report from New Day within 270 days identifying the manner in which the company proposes improving its corporate management and governance structures

Along with Oregon, Delaware, and Maryland, mortgage regulators from the following states participated in the agreement: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

A copy of the Settlement Agreement and Consent Order is available at cbs.state.or.us/external/dfcs/enf_orders/M-15-0059.pdf.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
04/14/15
"Military Mistress" on Nation Wide Fraud Spree ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/14/15
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Today at 9:44 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was notified that Bobbi Ann House and her husband Zackerie House were stopped by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office in Alabama. The couple were said to be living out of their vehicle, along with a dog, when they were stopped on Grand Bay Wilmer Road near I-10.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office seized the stolen vehicle and released the House's as they were not able to determine any local charges. The Sheriff's Office is still seeking help from State and Federal Agencies due to the jurisdictional issues surrounding the case. If the House's return to Oregon the Marion County Sheriff's Office has probable cause to arrest them for the felony crimes of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft by deception.

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Bobbi Ann Finley, aka Bobbi Ann House, age 39 of Dallas, Oregon, has been implicated in a spree of check frauds totaling some, $13,500 and spanning across the nation. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office discovered the fraud after being called to Universal Auto Sales at 399 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem.

Ms. House, coined the "Military Mistress," after she married 14 US service members, along with her newest husband, Zackerie House, age 27, of Dallas, Oregon are accused of opening a Wells Fargo bank account and writing bad checks on the account. The House's started their spree in Western Oregon, moving through Oregon coastal towns, into Colorado and Oklahoma.

From the dates of 03/11 through 03/30 the House's have written nearly $13,500 in insufficiently funded checks at locations like Cabellas, Safeway and Bi-Mart. The items the House's are purchasing appear to be items used for camping or surviving in rural or remote areas. The couple are driving a 2005, Cadillac, Escalade, Oregon license 535BWP. They last made a purchase on 03/30 at "Atwoods" in Checotah, Oklahoma.

On 03/14, the House's purchased a vehicle from Universal Auto Sales in Salem, with a down payment of $1500. The down payment was made using the same checking account the Houses are using to defraud other business out of items and services; the House's vehicle is listed as a stolen vehicle.

Deputies with the Sheriff's Office do not know the current whereabouts of the House's or where they will strike next. Deputies in Marion County do have probable cause to arrest the House's for their use of the fraudulent checks in Marion County. This case has been handed over to detectives with our Criminal Investigations Unit who will be seeking the assistance of the Oregon Department of Justice due to the jurisdictional issues surrounding this case.

If you have seen or been a victim of the House's please call your local police department, state police or sheriff's office immediately.


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92 Oregon Students to Compete Saturday, April 18 in State Level National History Day Competition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/14/15
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Portland, OR - After months of intensive research, students from schools throughout Oregon will present their projects at the annual "Oregon History Day" competition on Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland). The event is open to media; please contact Rachel Randles (rachel.randles@ohs.org, 503.306.5221) if you are planning to cover the event.

Ninety-two students from Medford to Portland will compete in Oregon History Day in order to qualify for the national competition. Thirty volunteer judges will be spread throughout the Oregon Historical Society to evaluate their entries and help award prizes. Thanks to generous grant funding from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Trust, the student(s) with the best entry at Oregon History Day will receive free roundtrip airfare to the National History Day competition, which takes place June 14-18 at the University of Maryland College Park campus in Washington, D.C. Three additional scholarship prizes will also be awarded to notable entries thanks to support from the Joseph E. Weston Foundation, the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, and the Howard and Dorise Irwin Foundation.

Four years ago, the Oregon Historical Society reintroduced the National History Day program to Oregon state, and has seen the competition double in size each year. OHS Education Manager Denise Brock chaperones qualifying students to National History Day, where past Oregon contestants have won awards for outstanding entries.

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside over half a million students across the country. Brock works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. The 2015 National History Day theme is "Leadership & Legacy in History," and students can present their final project in the form of a paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. At the national competition, scholarships will be awarded to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging. For more information on National History Day, visit www.nhd.org.



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


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An American Red Cross Thank You to Volunteers (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/14/15
Red Crossers do community outreach to install lifesaving smoke alarms and help create home fire escape plans with families.
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During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, the Red Cross extends heartfelt thanks and offers recognition to the incredible people who help drive our mission forward

PORTLAND, Ore., April 14, 2015 - Few businesses run on the power of volunteers. People with professional skills, big hearts and warm smiles. People who give up their personal time with friends and families to do work that sometimes no one else wants to do. In the American Red Cross, volunteers constitute 90 percent of the total workforce.

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 and the American Red Cross honors all of its dedicated volunteers who give their time to help people in need. The American Red Cross Cascades Region, which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington, is currently supported by about 1,700 amazing volunteers.

Across the United States, hundreds of thousands of volunteers are part of the Red Cross. They help people get back on their feet after a home fire, teach lifesaving first aid and CPR skills, visit veterans hospitals, staff blood drives, install smoke alarms, reunite family members after a disaster and fill a variety of other crucial roles. There are even volunteers in the volunteer office, helping to find new volunteers and orient them to the organization.

"Our volunteers take time away from their families and friends to help people they don't even know," said Laurie Conroy, director of volunteer services for the American Red Cross Cascades Region, "We are taking time during Volunteer Week to thank our volunteers for their dedication and service. We are truly grateful for these people, who come from all age groups, and all walks of life and who bring a wide range of skills to the Red Cross."

The Red Cross invites members of the community to sign up today and become a Red Cross volunteer. There is a position for everyone, there is no minimum number of hours required to be a volunteer, and the only requirement is a heart for helping others. To read Red Cross volunteer profiles in Oregon and Southwest Washington, go to http://redcrosscascade.blogspot.com/. To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org.


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


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Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/14/15
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific.
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 14, 2015

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept, Cell 503-931-2590

Final update on disposal of suspected tsunami debris boat recovered off Oregon coast

Newport OR -- A portion of a derelict boat towed into Newport, Oregon on April 9, 2015 was disposed of on Monday, April 13. Please refer to previous releases (http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat1 and http://tinyurl.com/derelictboat2) for details on the original sighting and recovery.

+ After being towed to the South Beach Marina in Newport on April 9, the boat was re-towed to Riverbend Marine Services on the Yaquina River upstream from the harbor April 10.

+ While still moored at the South Beach Marina, a group of yellowtail jacks and banded knifejaw fishes were removed from the boat's holding tanks and are in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Preliminary examination indicates they are a variety of yellowtail jack from the western Pacific. A final determination about the origin of the yellowtail jacks will come through genetic testing. The knifejaw is also a species found in the waters around Japan, but not in the eastern Pacific near Oregon. After the quarantine period is over, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will move the fish to the Open Sea exhibit in Passages of the Deep for public display.

+ The debris was examined by Radiation Protection Services, part of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Department of Health. The survey did not find any signs of radiation above the normal, background level.

+ After emptying the holding tanks of water, the wreck was hoisted out of the river and most of the attached plants and animals were scraped off. Researchers with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center collected additional samples of wood, plants, and animals for study.

+ This is the bow (front) section of a larger boat.

+ The entire object was taken in one piece to a landfill on Monday, April 13, and weighed 8,550 pounds.


Contact information for the Oregon Coast Aquarium:
Erin Paxton
Public Relations Coordinator
Oregon Coast Aquarium
a Non-Profit Organization
2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd / Newport, OR 97365
541.867.3474 x 5224 / 541.867.6846 (fax)
www.aquarium.org | oceanscape.aquarium.org

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Attached Media Files: 20 Yellowtail jack and one knifejaw, in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, recovered from the hold of the derelict ship before disposal. , The knifejaw in quarantine at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon. , Yellowtail jack, believed to be the variety from the western Pacific. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Water and most organisms removed, the debris sits at Riverbend Marine Services before being taken to a landfill April 13. , Andrea Burton with the Hatfield Marine Science Center sorting samples of organisms taken from the debris. , Jim Burke, Oregon Coast Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry (left) helps Professor John Chapman of Oregon State University collect samples from the debris after it was towed to port. , Sea-level view of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County , Aerial of debris at sea, off the Oregon coast in Lincoln County
Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 04/14/15
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate walked away this morning from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath. Oregon State Police are investigating.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jason M. Touch missing at approximately 9:30 a.m., April 14. Touch is a 36-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Touch was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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Attached Media Files: Jason M. Touch
***Update***Gates death investigation
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/14/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are continuing the investigation of the death reported yesterday on Green Mountain Road in Gates.

The female lying outside of her vehicle was identified as 90-year-old Ellen Marie Mazzeo of Gates. The investigation reveals Mazzeo had driven up Green Mountain Road for an unknown reason. It appears she tried to turn around in the roadway at a closed logging gate and her vehicle became stuck in the mud. Mazzeo at some point exited her vehicle and fell to the ground. Further investigation revealed Mazzeo used a cane and had a history of falling. Deputies believe Mazzeo had not been able to get back up on her own and likely succumbed to the elements.

Mazzeo was transported to Stayton by Weddle's Funeral Home.
13th Annual Chefs for Liberty House Brings Chefs' Best to Guests (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/14/15
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Salem, Ore. (April 14, 2015) To benefit the important work done by the Liberty House Child Abuse Assessment Center, local chefs will donate their time to present Chefs for Liberty House Sunday, May 31,2015 at the Salem Convention Center, 5:00 - 8 p.m. Chefs for Liberty House will be a sit-down, four-course gourmet dinner with each course paired with a perfect, local wine. Guests will enjoy live and silent auctions focusing on food, travel and art from our area's premier businesses. The Bill Hughes Trio will offer live music prior to the dinner and a local jazz band will provide music for dancing after the dinner.

This year's lineup of culinary artists include: Chef Tory Knaus of the Salem Convention Center, Chef Massimo Brofferio of The Drunken Cook, Chef Daryl Gossack of Loustic Catering, Chef Jessica Ritter of Wild Pear, Chef Chad Grodio from Bentley's restaurant and Chef Cecilia Ritter-James of Wild Pear and ACME Café.

The Salem Convention Center is located at 200 Commercial Street SE. Tickets: $90 per person or $720 for a table of eight if purchased before May 15, 2015; $100 per person or $800 per table of 8 if purchased after May 15, 2015. For reservations, please call 503-540-0288 or email achristian@libertyhousecenter.org.

Proceeds support critical Liberty House services to help children referred for concerns of abuse or neglect. Liberty House serves both Marion and Polk Counties and sees over 400 children per year. Liberty House is in the process of working with local partners to add mental health services for children who have suffered trauma. Guests who come to Chefs this year will be able to support vital services for very vulnerable children in our local community.
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Liberty House is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization and relies on the generous support of donors: 52 percent of Liberty House's annual funding comes from charitable contributions by individuals, businesses and foundations. Liberty House is located at 2685 4th Street NE in Salem, 503-540-0288, www.libertyhousecenter.org.

TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE: Call the DHS hotline for Marion and Polk Counties at 503-378-6704.


Attached Media Files: ChefsLogo , ChefEventPhoto2014
Corvallis Police Arrest Male for Stabbing Incident
Corvallis Police - 04/14/15
On April 13, 2015, at about 9:50pm, Corvallis Police officers responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing had just occurred at 980 NW Cleveland Avenue. When officers arrived they discovered 41year old Steven Ward Froehlich of Corvallis had been stabbed twice in the torso with a hunting knife after an argument with a resident of the Cleveland address. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation and treatment of non life threatening injuries.

The suspect in the stabbing incident was identified as 55 year old John Avery Maguire Oliver of Corvallis. Froehlich and Oliver had verbally argued multiple times over the course of the evening. The verbal arguments escalated to Oliver stabbing Froehlich twice as Froehlich was taking a shower.

Oliver was arrested and charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Unlawful use of a Weapon. He was transported to the Benton County Jail and lodged. His bail is currently set at $175,000.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000711

Froehlich was also charged with Aggravated Harassment in this incident when he spat upon an officer at the hospital who was attempting to interview him. He was cited and released to receive treatment for his injuries.
Marine Board Meeting in Salem April 21, 22
Oregon Marine Board - 04/14/15
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly work session on April 21 beginning at 1 pm. The Board will also re-convene the same evening, following the close of a rule hearing on slow -no wake and waterway markers beginning at 6 pm. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules. The regular Board meeting will be held on April 22, beginning at 9 am. The meetings will be held at Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The work session on April 21, will include a demonstration of the new, online registration system, a discussion on boating facilities grants, and an overview about dredging.

On April 22, the general Board meeting agenda includes:

* Consider approval of a grant request for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps
* Consider adoption of a concurrent rule for visual distress signals with the US Coast Guard requirements (OAR 250-010-0164)
* Consider initiating rulemaking on concurrent rules for navigation lights with the US Coast Guard (OAR 250-012-0020)
* Agency staff reports

The meetings are 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, April 20. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on April 22.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/14/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

In March, Oregon's unemployment rate fell below the U.S. rate for the first time since 1996, dropping to 5.4 percent, from 5.8 percent in February. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in March. While the difference between the Oregon and the U.S. March unemployment rates was not statistically significant, the fact that Oregon's rate is below the nation's shows how much the state's economy has improved over the last year.

Reflecting an improving economy, Oregon's unemployment rate dropped substantially over the past 12 months; in March 2014, Oregon's rate was 7.1 percent.

This winter, two factors benefitted Oregon's economy relative to many states. First, Oregon's weather was unusually mild during much of the first three months of the year, while many economies in the northeastern U.S. were hit hard by severe winter weather. In the short term, the weather boosted Oregon's employment in weather-dependent industries above normal levels. And second, the plunge in oil prices since mid-2014 led to lower gasoline and other fuel prices which benefited Oregon consumers and likely led to greater demand for certain goods and services.

A primary reason for Oregon's declining unemployment rate is rapid job growth. Employment growth accelerated over the past two years, reflecting a strengthening economy and contributing to a tightening labor market. Total nonfarm payrolls grew by 56,100 jobs, or 3.3 percent, in the 12 months ending in March. Since March 2014, two major industries each added over 10,000 jobs: professional and business services (+11,500 jobs or +5.3%) and health care and social assistance (+10,300 jobs or +4.9%). Job gains were also above 3 percent in the following major industries: manufacturing; transportation, warehousing and utilities; and leisure and hospitality.

In March, payrolls grew by 4,300 jobs, about the average growth rate of the prior 12 months. Most major industries performed close to seasonal expectations, but health care and social assistance (+1,700 jobs) vigorously expanded.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the March county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, April 21st, and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for April on Tuesday, May 19th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

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

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon March 2015 News Release
FBI Launches National Request to Find Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/14/15
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public's assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 29, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

Initial images of the unidentified adult male, John Doe 29, shown with a child were first recorded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in January of 2008. Investigators for the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have successfully enhanced images depicting John Doe 29 and believe they contain several clues, which may assist with the identification of the subject. For example, additional images relevant to the investigation include those depicting the individual wearing a silver ring on his left ring finger, the victim wearing blue and white Velcro Nike brand tennis shoes, and the background where the images were taken. Additionally, the individual is seen wearing a white, black, and red shirt with what appears to be a design and/or writing on the sleeves.

There are no specific details linking the man to a particular state or region of the United States, and both his identity and whereabouts are currently unknown.

John Doe 29 is described as a male with a tan complexion, likely between the ages of 30 and 45, with dark hair. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ , or call the FBI's toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI's Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.


Attached Media Files: Endangered Child Alert Program fact sheet , John Doe 29 poster , John Doe 29 picture d , John Doe 29 picture c , John Doe 29 picture b , John Doe 29 picture a
Wells Fargo reports $5.8 billion in net income
Wells Fargo - 04/14/15
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.8 billion, or $1.04 per diluted common share, for first quarter 2015, compared with $5.9 billion, or $1.05 per share, for first quarter 2014, and up from $5.7 billion, or $1.02 per share, for fourth quarter 2014.

"Our solid first quarter results again reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and the continued focus of our 266,000 team members on serving the needs of consumer and business customers," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "We continued to strengthen our customer relationships in the quarter, as reflected in strong growth in deposits and primary checking customers. In addition, our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates. Capital levels remained strong, and we were pleased to receive a non-objection to our 2015 Capital Plan, which included a proposed increase in our dividend rate to $0.375 per common share in second quarter 2015, subject to Board approval."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry added, "Wells Fargo earned $5.8 billion in first quarter 2015, an increase of $95 million from the prior quarter, including the benefit from lower income tax expense in the first quarter. Credit quality remained strong, as net charge-offs continued to decline. Expenses also decreased from the prior quarter and our efficiency ratio improved. We remained within our targeted ranges for ROA, ROE, efficiency ratio and net payout ratio, while maintaining record liquidity and capital levels."

The full earnings news release is posted at wellsfargo.com.
04/13/15
Burglary
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/13/15
Nature of Crime or Event: Burglary
Date/Time Occurred: April 13th, 2015 / 5:55 AM
Occurred Location: 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon
On Monday, April 13th, 2015, the Lebanon Police Department responded to 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon for a reported burglary-in-progress. Lebanon Police learned that an employee of a construction company had arrived at the listed address for work. The employee reported that he had observed several subjects in the process of stealing equipment from inside a building at the construction site. The employee told Lebanon Officers that he had chased the subjects as they fled away from the scene, leaving the stolen items behind. The employee was able to give a detailed description of one of the suspects, as well as a possible suspect vehicle seen in the area.
During the investigation it was learned that entry into the building was made by suspects and several thousand dollars' worth of tools had been taken and loaded into shopping carts. The suspects were in the process of pushing them down the street when confronted. When the suspects were confronted, they left all the stolen items behind and took off running in different directions.
Lebanon police officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle a few minutes after being given the description by the employee, traveling north on Highway 20. Lebanon Police Department conducted a traffic stop with the suspect vehicle where they contacted the driver and its only occupant (Justin William Richardson, DOB: 08-16-76).
Justin William Richardson had been seen by an eyewitness pushing stolen items that belonged to the building under construction. Justin William Richardson was taken into custody without incident and was initially transported to Lebanon Municipal Jail. Prior to entering the jail, a Lebanon officer located a clear plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine in his right sock.
Justin William Richardson was later transported to Linn County Jail and lodged for Burglary II, Theft I and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine.
This investigation is ongoing; anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact Detective Jackson at 541-258-4357.
Woman dies after having vehicle problems
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating the death of an elderly woman on Green Mountain Road, approximately 2.5 miles up the gravel road near Gates.

Today at 6:40 a.m., Linn County 911 received a call from a truck driver who was picking up gravel from a nearby gravel pit. The truck driver reported seeing a vehicle stuck in the mud and found a deceased white elderly female lying outside of the vehicle. Fire personnel arrived on scene and the female was pronounced dead. The death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

The name of the deceased person is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of family. Sheriff's deputies were assisted by Gates Fire personnel.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 04/13/15
Regular meeting of the Board of Directors April 20, 2015.
OSP Sexual Abuse Investigation in Klamath Falls Results in Conviction, Sentencing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
On April 13, 2015, Kevin Earl Bristow, age 35, of Klamath Falls, was sentenced to 198 months in prison by Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch. Mr. Bristow was sentenced to two 75 month prison terms, to be served consecutively, for his convictions on two counts of Sexual Abuse 1. He had been convicted on Friday, April 10, 2015, of two counts of Sexual Abuse 1 after a three day trial prosecuted by the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. In addition to the 150 months for the Sexual Abuse convictions, Mr. Bristow was sentenced to 48 months for a probation violation. The 48 months is to be served consecutive to the 150 months.

The investigation began in early February of 2015 when the allegations were brought to the attention of the Oregon State Police by the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division. The investigation revealed Mr. Bristow sexually abused two female victims under the age of 12. Both victims were known to Mr. Bristow.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Man Hit With Baseball Bat After Girl Decides She Doesn't Want a Relationship (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
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Haley Fox, age 24, of Turner has been arrested and charged with Assault I after she struck an Alabama man with a baseball bat in the head. Samuel Campbell, age 26, of Adger Alabama, began a relationship with Ms. Fox via the internet, sometime in 2013. According to detectives, in April of 2015 Mr. Campbell agreed to move to Oregon and live with Ms. Fox.

On April 8th, Mr. Campbell went to Ms. Fox's residence in the 7000 block of Lipscomb Road SE, to meet her for the first time in person. When he arrived Ms. Fox led him to a table outside of the residence where he sat down to drink wine. It is when Ms. Fox asked Mr. Campbell to close his eyes that things took what could have been a deadly turn. Detectives determined that while Mr. Campbell had his eyes closed, Ms. Fox walked behind him and struck him in the head, with a baseball bat.

As a result of the attack Mr. Campbell suffered cuts to the head that required staples and a fractured skull. Ms. Fox told investigators that she decided to hurt Mr. Campbell because she did not want to be his girlfriend. During the assault investigators learned that an additional party was present and may have witnessed the assault. Jennifer Beaumont, age 26 has been interviewed and her exact involvement is still being determined.

On April 9th, Ms. Fox was arrested and later charged with Assault I, since her arraignment she has posted bail and was released from custody. Mr. Campbell has been treated and released from Salem Hospital. Any and all future releases regarding this incident will be referred to the Marion county District Attorney's Office.


Attached Media Files: Fox
Governor Kate Brown Proclaims April 12-18 Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 04/13/15
Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, has proclaimed April 12-18 to be public safety telecommunicators week in Oregon, and is encouraging Oregonians to join in observance.
The proclamation states that telecommunications professionals serve Oregon's citizens and visitors by answering their requests for assistance to dispatch the appropriate law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services when needed.

"Professional public safety telecommunicators are true first responders who show dedication every day with professionalism and commitment to the public safety community and the citizens they serve," said Mark Tennyson, Oregon Office of Emergency Management 911 Section Manager.

The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), an organization of nearly 10,000 people from the United States and Canada, has set aside the second week in April to recognize telecommunicators and their crucial role in the protection of life and property.


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/3986/83473/Public_Safety_Telecommunicators_Week_image.pdf
Media Advisory - Roseburg Fatal Crash Photo (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/13/15
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Media Advisory -

Sorry for the formatting errors - Something in the original file I received from the trooper is corrupting them when I try to upload. Attached is a SNIPPED file formatted to JPG. Please contact me at OSPPIO@state.or.us if you are unable to use these either.

Thank You,
Lieutenant Josh Brooks
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police

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Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoons double fatal crash on Highway 138 east of Roseburg near Steamboat Creek.

According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, at approximately 1:00 p.m. today (4/12/15), a 36-year-old male from Bend, who was rafting the North Umpqua River near Steamboat Creek discovered a white Honda Accord that had driven off the roadway and crashed into a group of trees near the river. The rafter pulled to shore and checked the vehicle and it's passengers.

The driver, identified as CHRISTOPHER L. BRADY, 25, of Roseburg and his front passenger, CANDICE M. NIXON, 34, of Roseburg were deceased inside the vehicle. The adult rear passenger, name withheld to allow for family contact, survived the crash but was seriously injured and pinned inside the vehicle. The fourth passenger, a three-year-old male child of BRADY, was also in the vehicle. After assisting the surviving passengers and removing the three-year-old, the rafter went up to the highway and summoned help.

The adult passenger was transported by air ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital at River Bend in Springfield with serious injuries. The juvenile was transported by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg and is expected to be discharged tonight with minor injury.

While the exact time of the crash is yet to be determined, troopers believe it may have occurred some time last evening or night (4/11/15) when the group was returning from a fishing trip. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and safety restraint use is still being determined.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Douglas County Fire District #2, Glide Rural Fire Department and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Law Enforcement.

No photographs are available for release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

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* Original Release *
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are arriving on scene of a single vehicle, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 138 near milepost 41, just east of Steamboat Creek turn-off.

Early information indicates two people have died and two others may have been injured in the vehicle that left the highway and went down the bank near the North Umpqua River.It did not enter the water. The Oregon Department of Transportation is also on-scene assisting. The crash is not blocking the highway but troopers and emergency crews are working on the roadway.

Additional updates/information will be added when information is available.

### www.Oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1002/83459/Roseburg_Fatal_1_-_SNIP.JPG , 2015-04/1002/83459/Roseburg_Fatal_2_-_SNIP.JPG
OHCS seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 04/13/15
April 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alison McIntosh, Government Relations and Communications Liaison
503-510-1678, alison.mcintosh@oregon.gov

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) seeks the community input on how to address housing needs in Oregon

Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is developing our federally required Consolidated Plan, a five year look at how to address housing needs in Oregon. The Consolidated Plan is the strategic look at how to address the housing needs and invest in services that support persons experiencing homelessness. The agency needs community input and advice to determine how we can do better in serving Oregonians with the lowest incomes.

"OHCS is committed to the idea that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty," said Margaret Van Vliet, OHCS Director, "We are eager to hear from people across Oregon to learn more about the local housing conditions, and gathering input about our priorities for the next five years."

People throughout the state are struggling to pay rent, and home ownership is out of reach for many. In most communities in Oregon, a minimum wage earner must work over 70 hours a week to pay for a two bedroom apartment and still have money left over for food and other basic necessities.

To hear about the challenges facing the residents of Oregon, OHCS is hosting several public events in communities across the state.

Screenings of American Winter followed by a community discussion will be at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 21st
Tillamook - 6:00 PM
Tillamook Bay Community College Room, 214 4301 3rd St.

Monday, April 27th
The Dalles - 6:00 PM
Mid Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W 9th St.

Wednesday, April 29th
Klamath Falls - 6:00 PM
Location to be announced


Panel discussions with community leaders will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, April 14th
Medford - 5:00 PM
Access Olsrud Nutrition Center, 2020 Cardinal Ave
Scott Foster, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Jackson County;
Linda Reid, City of Ashland;
Rita Sullivan, Executive Director, On Track

Thursday, April 16th
North Bend/ Coos Bay - 5:30 PM
North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
Panel discussion on affordable housing,
moderated by Michael Lehman, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Community Action

Wednesday, April, 22nd
McMinnville - 6:00 PM
McMinnville Civic Hall 200 NE 2nd St.
Marilyn Miller, OHCS;
Lee Means, Yamhill Community Action Partnership;
Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner;
Elise Hui, Housing Authority of Yamhill County;
Rick Middleton, Yamhill County Gospel Mission;
Moderated by McMinnville City Manager, Martha Meeker


Another way to provide input in the planning effort is to participate in the on line community surveys in
English at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFSR7G9, and in Spanish at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2XFYPFS.

For more information about these events and the consolidated plan please visit: http://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/pages/consolidated-plan-five-year-plan.aspx.

American Winter is an award winning documentary following the lives of 8 Oregonian families who called into the 211 social services hotline in search of help during the winter of 2012. The film presents an intimate snapshot of the state of the nation's economy as it is playing out in the lives of many American families, and reveals the human consequences of rising economic insecurity, budget cuts to the social safety net, and the fracturing of the American Dream.
Man dies from fall near Tamolitch falls
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/13/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating the death of a Bend area man near Tamolitch Falls, off of Highway 126 near Trail Bridge.

Yesterday at 5:24 p.m., Linn County 911 dispatch center received a call from Central Lane 911 dispatch, requesting a deputy respond to assist medical personnel. It was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m. a subject had fallen and was seriously injured. Joel Jesse Martin, 52, of Bend reportedly was taking pictures and fell from the trail approximately 45 feet into shallow water, striking his head. The fall was witnessed by another hiker, a paramedic, not with Mr. Martin, who attempted to render aid. An emergency room nurse came upon the incident and assisted with resuscitation efforts.

Mr. Martin eventually died on scene due to the injuries from the fall.

The location of the incident is about three miles by trail from the Eugene Water and Electric Board power station. Because of the remote location of the incident, communication and access limitations greatly hampered notification and rescue efforts.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, Oregon State Police, Linn County Search and Rescue, Corvallis Mountain Rescue, and medical personnel from Sisters responded to the incident. Eugene Mountain Rescue conducted the recovery of Mr. Martin.

There is no indication of foul play involved in the incident. Mr. Martin's body was taken to Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. The investigation is continuing.
Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/13/15
(Salem) - Employers and workers are invited to attend the annual Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Pendleton. The event is scheduled for June 2, 2015, at the Pendleton Convention Center and will highlight a variety of safety and health topics.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employees and employers to attend this event to help improve safety and health performance. Strengthening the workplace safety culture contributes to reduced injuries and accidents, and decreased workers' compensation costs.

Keynote speaker Keith Bardney, senior director of safety at ConAgra Foods, has spent most of his career in various businesses sharing coaching techniques with front-line supervisors and other strategies that bring about real change. His leadership skills have produced world-class cultures with safety as a value, not a priority.

"As a manufacturing leader himself, Keith knows how to change the game of 'safety first' to safely producing a quality product efficiently and injury free," said Tony Campbell, director of safety for ConAgra Foods. "Help your front line leaders begin to guide all employees toward working safely for themselves instead of for you."

Other conference topics include:
* Safety committee effectiveness
* Electrical hazards
* Safety leadership
* Accident investigation

The event will also include exhibits showcasing the latest in safety and health products and services.

Conference registration is $65, which includes lunch and session handouts. For more information about the conference or to register, go to www.regonline.com/blue_mountain15 or call Oregon OSHA's Conference Section at 503-378-3272 or 888-292-5247 (toll-free).

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

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.orosha.org. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency.
Oregon leaders begin record-setting recruitment trip in Japan
Business Oregon - 04/13/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, and a delegation of 27 Oregonians begin a five-day business recruitment trip in Japan today.

The trip's goal is to recruit Japanese companies to open U.S. operations in Oregon, growing the state's economy and creating jobs. The trip includes a seminar where state leaders pitch Oregon to Japanese executives and key recruitment meetings with large Japanese corporations.

Japan, the world's third largest economy, is one of Oregon's most critical international trading partners. Oregon is home to 133 Japanese companies, more than any other foreign nation. Oregon companies export $1.6 billion in goods to Japan, ranking the country No. 4 among the state's trading partners. With Japan's declining population and rising business costs, Oregon leaders see a prime opportunity to attract foreign direct investment from Japanese companies looking to grow and diversify in North America.

This is the largest trip since Business Oregon started the annual visits in 2010. The seminar has 156 Japanese executives registered and 27 Oregon delegates will be on the trip. Both numbers are record highs. This year's trip include representatives from the Portland region, Eastern Oregon, the Southern Oregon Coast and one Native American tribe. For more on the trip this week, follow Oregon's delegates on Twitter at #ORJapan.

The full list of agencies and companies represented on the trip:

Business Oregon
Metro
Greater Portland Inc.
City of Beaverton
City of Hillsboro
Port of Portland
Douglas.Smith@PortOfPortland.com
Lane Powell
Portland General Electric
Mackenzie
Oregon Department of Agriculture
PDX Coordinator, LLC
Portland development Commission
Business Growth Services
South Coast Development Council
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Port of Morrow
Summit Properties
Clackamas County
Wells Fargo unveils redesigned 'Get College Ready' website to help students plan for college
Wells Fargo - 04/13/15
Wells Fargo & Co. today announced the new "Get College Ready" interactive website, which has been redesigned to better educate and engage students, parents, families and high school counselors on best practices for planning and preparing for college. The site is at www.wellsfargo.com/getcollegeready.

By offering a holistic approach to financial literacy, the Get College Ready website offers valuable information to help visitors build a tailored financial plan that allows them to start college on the right financial foot.

The site helps students understand how to pay for college, manage money and build credit while in college. It takes into account a person's full financial picture, including student loans, college credit cards, student checking and savings accounts and student insurance.

"Next to saving for retirement or buying a home, paying for an education is one of the most significant life events for families," said John Rasmussen, Wells Fargo's head of Education Financial Services. "Many high school graduates remain unaware of the critical importance of budgeting properly, understanding the complete financial picture and how not taking these steps will often create serious long-term financial problems.

"This is why we designed Get College Ready to go beyond simply helping college-bound students understand how to prepare financially for college. Rather, Get College Ready online provides an easy-to-navigate interface that brings overall financial and budgeting considerations, along with college financing details, together in a holistic view for students and their parents."

In an effort to amplify Get College Ready, Wells Fargo company will leverage a variety of its own social media channels and collaborate with nonprofit organizations using the hashtag #GetCollegeReady. The national campaign runs through Sept. 30.

Having reached an estimated 14 million impressions through social media during its 2014 debut, Get College Ready website visitors last year spent an average of four minutes on each web page.

About Wells Fargo Education Financial Services
Wells Fargo Education Financial Services has been in the student lending business since 1968 and currently serves more than 1.3 million student, parent and family private student loan customers in all 50 states. Wells Fargo provides private student loans to consumers, through the Internet and at about 6,200 Wells Fargo bank branches to help customers finance their education.

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04/12/15
Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - I-84 at MP 274 - Union County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on I-84 near milepost 274 - 12 miles west of North Powder in Ladd Canyon.

* Update *
According to OSP Sergeant Jason Stone, at approximately 3:00 a.m., the white, 2002 Chevrolet Express van, drove over some ice on I-84 near milepost 274 when the operator lost control, rolling over multiple times and ejecting two passengers.

One of the ejected passengers, identified as RUBEN V. GARCIA, 24, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other ejected passenger, identified as JULIO CESAR GONZALES, 18, of Salem, was taken via air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise where he is listed as having critical but stable injuries. GARCIA and GONZALES are believed to not have been wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash.

While this crash is still under investigation, troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor. No photographs are available for release.

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Preliminary information indicates that shortly after 3:00 a.m., a white, 2002 Chevrolet Express Van, with seven occupants rolled over at milepost 274. One passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, one was transported by air ambulance and the five remaining were taken by ground ambulance. Troopers report icy conditions in the area which may have been a factor in the crash.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting with this incident and the roadway continues to be closed. Additional information will be added in subsequent releases. For updated road information go to www.tripcheck.com for details.

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Correction: Photo Release: Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC day (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/12/15
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CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team held a Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) Day Commemoration ceremony to recognize the historic friendships formed between the 41st Infantry Division and Australian and New Zealand forces during World War II.

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in service to their country and recognizes the sacrifices of all veterans who serve.
The relationship between the Oregon Army National Guard and ANZAC dates back to 1942 when members of the 41st Infantry Division arrived in Australia and completed jungle warfare training prior to combat operations in New Guinea and the Philippines.

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Members of the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team color guard, Oregon Army National Guard, place the Australian, United States and New Zealand flags at the beginning of an ANZAC ceremony to commemorate the relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, known as Anzacs, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Meagan Jones, a member of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, Col. William Prendergast, Commander, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard and Command Sgt. Major Seven Richmond, 41 Infantry Brigade Command Sgt. Major, Oregon Army National Guard, honor the fallen soldiers of Australia, New Zealand and the United States during an ANZAC day ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought side by side in WW II. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Joint Force Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Soldiers with the 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army National Guard, raise their arms in salute during the posting of the colors in honor of ANZAC Day , at the 41 Division Armed Forces Reserve Center on Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team commemorates ANZAC Day to honor the bond between the American 41st Infantry Division and the Australian Imperial Forces during World War II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.

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Members of the Kiwis and Aussies of Portland, and Sgt. Thompson from 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team place wreaths at the base of three flags representing Australia, the United States and New Zealand, in honor of ANZAC Day, at the 41st Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., April 12. The relationship between the 41st Infantry Division and the New Zealand and Australian forces dates back to 1942 when both forces trained together and fought die by side in WW II. Soldiers in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps were called Anzacs during WW II. Photo by Sgt. Erin Quirke, 41 Infantry Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, Oregon Army National Guard.


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Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 38 near MP 49 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/12/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into yesterday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 38 near milepost 49 in Douglas County.

Preliminary information from investigators indicates that around 2 p.m., on April 11, friends of ELIZABETH A. CLOSS, 18, of Drain, with whom she had been staying, reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that she was missing/overdue. Deputies located her cell phone signal, and friends assisting in the search drove to the area to which her phone was tracked. Shortly thereafter they discovered tire tracks leading off the roadway down a steep embankment where they located the vehicle at about 2:50 a.m. on Sunday April 12.

According to OSP Sergeant Matt Bowersox, the involved vehicle was a maroon, 1992 Toyota Corolla, which had gone over the steep bank about 40 feet and crashed into a tree. Preliminary information indicates CLOSS was not wearing safety restraints during the crash.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Oregon Department of Transportation responded to assist with the vehicle's removal and roadway closure. No photographs are available for this release but may be added later.

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04/11/15
Deputies Negotiating With Man After Shots Fired (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/11/15
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A man is in custody after a standoff with deputies earlier today. Robert Owens, 34, of Salem is in custody after firing rounds near his residence and eluding deputies. After SWAT members arrived on scene Mr. Owens again fled in his vehicle being pursued by SWAT members.

After crashing in a ditch nearby, Mr. Owens was pinned in by two armored vehicles. Mr. Owens was removed from the vehicle by SWAT Team members and less lethal devices were used in his arrest. Mr. Owens did sustain some minor injuries and has been taken to Salem Hospital for evaluation.

Mr. Owens will be treated for his injuries and any mental health issues at Salem Hospital. Mr. Owens may face criminal charges later. The OSP Bomb Squad has cleared the vehicle of any explosive devices and Matheny Road NE has been reopened.


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Earlier this morning, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a suicidal man in the 5800 block of Silverton Road NE. At the time of call it was determined that the male was not a danger to the public so deputies elected to avoid contact with him as to not force any tactical situations.

Sometime later the male left his residence and began firing shots near his home. Deputies used the man's cellular phone to locate him at a park near the Wheatland Ferry. After finding the man a short pursuit ensued sending deputies and police officer's to the dead end of Matheny Road NE. Two of the man's tires were deflated by spike strips during the pursuit.

Officers with the Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department and the Oregon State Police are on scene and assisting with the standoff. Marion County SWAT and its negotiators are on scene and are working with the man for a peaceful resolution.

Additional details will be made available as the scene progresses.

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Photo Release: Oregon honors Air National Guard members in mobilization ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/11/15
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008-Members of the 116th Air Control Squadron, 142 Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard, are honored during a mobilization ceremony held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


023-The 116th Air Control Squadron Commander presents the Unit Plaque to Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


061-The Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, bids farewell to members of the 116th Air Control Squadron during a mobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore. April 11, 2015. The 116th ACS, is tasked with a tactical control mission and reporting center, and is part of the 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily Thompson, 142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon Air National Guard.


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Willamette's Kappa Sigma Fraternity Hosts Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 04/11/15
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Salem, Ore (April 11, 2015) - The men of Willamette University's (WU) Kappa Sigma Fraternity invite the community to join them Saturday, May 2 at Riverfront Park in Salem at the Tracy Hoffman Memorial Run. Funds raised at the event will benefit the Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Hoffman was a member of Willamette's Kappa Sigma Fraternity when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He was cured of that disease in 1982, but three years later he was diagnosed with leukemia; the disease that quickly took his life. Hoffman was an honors student, active in intramural sports, an officer of Kappa Sigma and worked with troubled youth as a volunteer for Marion County.

The event will be held at Salem Riverfront Park at 101 Front St NE, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 1.6k, kid-friendly walk/run starts at 11 a.m. and the 5k walk/run starts at 12:00 p.m. Children under 12 are eligible for the children's awards. Awards for men and women's categories will be given for first, second and third place winners in the 5k.

Matthew Swart, fraternity member and run coordinator said, "The sheer amount of people affected by blood cancers made it an easy choice for our brothers, in 1986, to support the Oregon Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Every day, an average of 152 people dies from this type of disease. Imagine a commercial jet crashing every day, all year, and you'll understand the gravity of blood cancer in the U.S. Last year we were able to donate over $5000 to the Society and we hope to double or triple that this time around."

Registration begins at 10 a.m. and is free, yet organizers hope to raise a minimum of $20 per participant through donations and T-shirt sales. Runners or walkers can register, buy a shirt, sponsor, and see a full schedule of events at www.tracyhoffmanrun.com or contact Swart at mswart@willamette.edu or 503-704-3575.


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04/10/15
Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/10/15
SALEM--The Department of Revenue is reminding Oregonians that the personal income tax return-filing deadline is less than one week away--April 15.

"Another 500,000 returns in the next few days would not be at all surprising," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Manager for Revenue. "That could be one quarter of all the returns we'll see this year."

Revenue says more than 1.2 million personal income tax returns have been processed already this year. So far this year, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically. The agency says that's a good thing for taxpayers.

"E-filing gets returns processed faster," Denison added. "Filing electronically and requesting direct deposit is always the fastest way to get your refund."

Besides filing electronically and requesting direct deposit of any refund, Revenue encourages anyone who hasn't filed yet to:

* Double check your math and make sure all required forms are sent with your return. Tax preparation software can help prevent small errors that slow processing of your return.

* Remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay. Oregon honors a filing extension issued by the IRS, but interest on your tax-to-pay starts accumulating from April 15, the day the return was originally due.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free (English or Spanish) or 503-378-4988; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204. Due to the number of calls Revenue receives during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.
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Public Invited to Humaneitarian Awards Ceremony on April 15 (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 04/10/15
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Willamette Humane Society invites the public to attend the 2015 Humaneitarian Awards Ceremony, presented by Capitol Subaru, and sponsored by Salem Electric! All are welcome to attend and support the local heroes of our community who provide compassionate services to pets and people. Each nominee will be recognized for their work, followed by the presentation of awards and a social reception. Dessert, tea and coffee will be served, compliments of Roth's Fresh Markets. RSVP not required.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Pringle Hall, 606 Church St SE, Salem

2015 Nominees:
* Al Bessol, WHS volunteer and feral cat trapper.
* Kathi Buchta, Meow Village volunteer and foster mom.
* Harmony Crosby, WHS volunteer and dog walker.
* Tom Halsey, WHS volunteer, dog walker, former board member, animal transporter, Project Fence leader and fundraiser.
* Dr. Jacque Harter, shelter contract veterinarian for Willamette Humane Society, Marion County Dog Control, and Heartland Humane Society.
* Corinne Hashenberger, WHS volunteer, foster parent, and pet recovery specialist.
* Karen Hilfiker, Marion County Dog Control Officer and Veterinary Technician
* Nina Kraft, WHS volunteer and Humane-a-Teen
* Alina Miller, WHS volunteer and dog walker
* Lee Nichols, WHS volunteer and Behavior & Training Instructor
* Idi Vargas, Founder and Administrator of Lost & Found Pets of Salem
* Diane Young, Founder of Salem Dogs Rescue


Awards:
* The Humaneitarian Award recognizes a person who exemplifies Willamette Humane Society's mission of providing compassionate services to pets and people in a volunteer capacity. The recipient will receive a hand-cast bronze sculpture by artist Calvin Stinger.
* The Golden Paw Award recognizes significant work or deeds for animals, performed as a paid professional.
* The Young Paw Award recognizes a young adult's actions to help animals, considered for nominees under 18.
* The Volunteer of the Year Award honors a current WHS volunteer for their exemplary service.

Past award recipients include Denise Smith, Animal Advocate; Dr. Sheri Morris, Dr. Mark Stoenner & Juan Lopez of Willamette Valley Animal Hospital; Michelle Blake of Fences for Fido; Martha Russell, Adopt-An-Oregon-Dog Blogger; Marsha Chambers of Hope's Haven; Dr. Arlene Brooks of the Last Chance Club; Betty Emerson of Willamette Humane Society and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon; and WHS volunteers Monte & Barb Turner.

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Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2013-2014, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,804 pets and 61,740 people. WHS offers 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 37 FTE member staff, and 980+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.


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Drug Related Search Warrant
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/10/15
Nature of Crime or Event: Drug related Search Warrant
Date / Time Occurred: April 9th, 2015
Occurred Location: 1151 W Sherman Street, Lebanon, OR
Arrested: Montgomery, Hartley Brian DOB: 08/06/1981
On April 9th, 2015, Hartley B. Montgomery was taken into custody on several drug related charges after the Lebanon Police Department executed a narcotic related search warrant at his residence located at 1151 W. Sherman Street, Lebanon, Linn County, Oregon.
Several items of evidence relating to the use and distribution of controlled substances were located inside the residence as well as several reported stolen items. Items located and seized as evidence relating to this search warrant included; Methamphetamine, Heroin, Marijuana, a reported stolen pistol out of Lebanon, a stolen flatbed trailer reported out of Lane County, several stolen tools, possible stolen electronic devices and approximately $5000 dollars in US currency.
Hartley B. Montgomery was taken into custody without incident and transported to Linn County Jail on the following charges;
Delivery of a Controlled substance (Methamphetamine) within 1000 feet of a school (Green Acres Elementary School),
Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine
Delivery of a Controlled substance (Heroin) within 1000 feet of a School.
Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin
Delivery of Marijuana Within A 1000' Of A School
Felon In Possession Of A Firearm, Theft I and Theft I By Receiving .
Lebanon Police Department was assisted by members of the State Parole and Probation Office, members of the Albany Police Department and the DEA. The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information are asked to contact Lebanon Police Detective Division.
***Update*** Lebanon Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the fatal motor vehicle crash from last night. Kathryn Schilz, 17 yrs old from Albany, was the operator and only occupant of the second vehicle, a 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door. She is still in stable condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis.
State grants awarded to jumpstart new biomass-based businesses
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
Four eastern Oregon businesses - and local forests - stand to benefit from grants totaling $110,000 for biomass use, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today. The U.S. Forest Service-provided grant funding has been awarded by ODF to these businesses:

- Ochoco Lumber of John Day - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. of Enterprise - $30,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- Heritage Sustainable Resources of North Powder - $25,000 Cohesive Wildfire Strategy grant
- North Slope Resources Co. of North Powder - $30,000 East Face Restoration Project grant

"The grant funding provided by our federal partners is aimed at forging solutions to forest health and community vitality," said Marcus Kauffman, ODF's biomass resource specialist. "The grants are designed to provide business the resources to jump-start new ventures that will utilize the low-value material resulting from forest health treatments."

Overgrown conditions in many eastside forests pose a severe wildfire threat to adjacent communities and privately owned forests. Thinning can restore health and fire resiliency to the forests, but treatment costs are high--there's little value in the small trees and brush removed from forest restoration. Ongoing investments into business that convert forest biomass into high-value products helps offset the expense of fuels reduction and enables treatment of larger areas. "By creating demand for the by-products of restoration, we can accelerate the pace and scale of restoration while putting more people to work," says Kauffman.

The grant recipients have earmarked the dollars for a diverse array of projects:

- Ochoco Lumber intends to use its grant to explore the commercial viability of a torrefied wood facility in Grant County. Torrefaction is a thermal process used to produce high-grade solid biofuels from woody biomass. If proven to be viable, Ochoco would sell torrefied wood to coal-fired power plants to reduce their carbon emissions.

- Wallowa Resource Community Solutions Inc. plans to use the funds to design and engineer the conversion of three public buildings in downtown Enterprise from expensive heating oil to regionally produced woody biomass.

- Heritage Sustainable Resources, a new start up, will use their award to design and engineer a kiln-dried commercial firewood operation in North Powder.
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- North Slope Resources Co., a local agricultural operation, aims to spend its grant award on a project to use local low-value biomass to add value to and diversify its agricultural operation in North Powder.

The Cohesive Wildfire Strategy is a national initiative to make meaningful progress toward the goals of creating resilient landscapes, promoting fire-adapted communities, and developing a safe and effective wildfire response.

The East Face Restoration Project aims to restore forest health to the East Face of the Elkhorn Mountains, an area that encompasses federal, state and private forestlands in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington.

Kauffman said six project proposals were received and four chosen to receive grants.

"The selected projects show that the spirit of entrepreneurism and innovation is alive and kicking in northeast Oregon," he said.
Corvallis Police Dept. earns 7th CALEA Reaccreditation
Corvallis Police - 04/10/15
Corvallis Police Department has earned an Advanced Meritorious Accreditation by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), considered the gold standard in public safety. The department earned a seventh reaccreditation after a formal hearing on March 25 in Reno, NV. Corvallis Police Department earned an initial accreditation in 1995, and is one of only three agencies in the State of Oregon who are currently CALEA accredited.

CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process that requires accredited agencies to submit annual reports showing compliance with the program's standards. Agencies are inspected every three years, a process which includes an in-depth on-site assessment, community input and a formal hearing before the Board of Commissioners.

The reaccreditation requires compliance with nearly 500 professional standards measured in exacting detail by a commission of independent assessors.

In December 2014, an assessment team from CALEA spent four days at CPD and in the Corvallis community. Assessors conducted interviews with elected officials, the City Manager, department staff, and community members, reviewed written materials and examined policies, procedures and operations protocols across the full spectrum of departmental activities. They also did multiple ride-a-longs with officers in the field to verify that policies and procedures were actually in practice. When the assessment was finished, the CALEA assessors' official report identified zero areas of noncompliance among the hundreds of standards examined. The Assessment Team Leader, who has been conducting on-site inspections for more than 20 years, stated CPD is amongst the most professional police organizations she's ever seen throughout the Country.

CALEA assessment standards are exceptionally high. Only one percent of all agencies in the United States achieve accreditation, and many fail to maintain their accreditation following their initial achievement. Corvallis Police Department was first accredited in 1995. "It is a team effort from all our staff, it reflects the culture of our Department" said AIC Captain Jim Zessin. Zessin is the Department CALEA Accreditation Manager. "Being re-accredited confirms that out staff are achieving and maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and excellence in the field" said Chief Jon Sassaman, "the department has continuously maintained the highest standards in the nation for 20 years."

About CALEA
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA(R)) was created in 1979 as an international credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
* International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
* National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
* National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the
* Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence in law enforcement.
Oregon Air National Guard scheduled to mobilize the 116th Air Control Squadron
Oregon Military Department - 04/10/15
PORTLAND, Oregon -- Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

The unit is scheduled to deploy to Southwest Asia for approximately six months. It will provide surveillance and air space management for air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area of responsibility. The common mission sets that the 116th will be supporting are air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements, aerial surveillance and reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, air-to-air refueling, humanitarian support, and Patriot missile defense.

The 116th ACS has been very active in providing aerospace control; deploying to Afghanistan in 2006 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq in 2008 in support of the Global War on Terror; and to Qatar in 2011 for Air Defense of the Arabian Gulf.

116th Air Control Squadron Factsheet: http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/resources/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=20774&page=1
Committee for Family Forestlands meets Monday, April 20th
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/10/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, April 20, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry office in the Santiam Room, Building D at 2600 State Street, Salem, OR 97310.

Agenda
Members will receive updates on:
* The current status of the Oregon legislative session
* The Riparian Rule Analysis process
* The ODF Industrial Fire Protection Rules
* The results of the 2013 Compliance Audit Report
* The ODF Monitoring Strategy

The Committee will also review and discuss the Committee for Family Forestlands annual report.

The Committee provides opportunity for and welcomes public comment on these and 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 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. For additional information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502 at ODF headquarters located at 2600 State Street, Salem. 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 the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7502.

Additional information about the Committee for Family Forestlands is available on ODF's web site at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.

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Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards to be given to eight
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
Individuals, organizations and projects that have made outstanding contributions to preserving Oregon heritage will receive Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards April 23 in North Bend. The public is invited to attend the presentation with pre-ticketing required.

"The award recipients represent the diversity of efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Kyle Jansson, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others for how to make the most out of available resources."

The recipients will be:

-- Whilamut Passage Bridge Project, Eugene and Springfield, for the Oregon Department of Transportation's community heritage approach to design and naming.

-- Balch Gulch Bridge Project, in recognition of the dedication and work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation to restore this historic 1905 bridge.

-- Morrow County, for the creative and important restoration of its historic courthouse tower and clock in Heppner.

-- Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, Doug Doty and others for their vision, dedication and success in rehabilitating the Roth-McGilchrist Building in Salem.

-- Pop Up Museum Poster Project, for the creative and cooperative approach to making history publicly available by the Lane County Historical Society and the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House in Eugene.

-- Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives, for its outstanding work to digitize and place online its audiovisual collections.

-- Shirley and Milt Nelson, in recognition of their 20 years of developing heritage resources on the South Coast.

-- Rosemary Johnson, for more than 25 years of outstanding work in preserving and developing heritage resources in Astoria and Clatsop County.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards are a project of Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. This year's awards are being presented in conjunction with the Oregon Heritage Conference.

Tickets for the awards presentation are available by completing the registration form at www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx. For more information, contact Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: News release
Lebanon woman dies in fatal crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/10/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports, deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash reported yesterday at 7:05 pm. The crash occurred on Airport Road near Denny School Road, west of Lebanon.

The driver, and single occupant of the 1999 Subaru Outback, was identified as 40-year-old Tonya Thompson of Lebanon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, and single occupant of the 2005 Mitsubishi 4-door, was a 17-year-old female juvenile from Albany.

The investigation reveals the juvenile's vehicle had been traveling west on Airport Road when her vehicle crossed into the opposing lane of travel. The juvenile's vehicle then collided head on with Ms. Thompson's vehicle.

Ms. Thompson's vehicle was found off the roadway in the south ditch of Airport Road lying on its side. Ms. Thompson was found deceased by Lebanon Fire/Medics in her vehicle.

The juvenile's vehicle was located in the west bound lane of travel facing south. Lebanon Fire Department personnel extricated her from her vehicle and she was then flown by REACH air ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. She sustained serious injuries from the crash, but do not appear to be life threatening.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Both drivers were using seatbelt restraints.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department, Linn County Road Department and the Linn County Multi Agency Investigation Team (MAIT). MAIT members include the Oregon State Police, Lebanon Police Department, and Albany Police Department. Airport Road was closed for over three hours and re-opened around 11:00 p.m.

Huston Jost Funeral Home removed Ms. Thompson from the scene. The investigation is continuing.
Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/10/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 10, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Update on derelict tsunami debris boat found off Oregon's coast

Newport OR - A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The fragment is moored at a marina in Newport Bay. Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the debris while it was still at sea and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined it posed a low threat of carrying invasive species.

Several live yellowtail jack fish, native to the west Pacific, will be removed later today and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The debris will be dewatered, inspected further by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill.

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Note to assignment editors: The debris will be available for a video opportunity from 9-Noon today, April 10, at the South Beach Marina, near J Dock, next to the public launch. A map of the facility is online at http://www.portofnewport.com/rv-parks/map.pdf.pdf . Your contacts at the site are J.R. Collier, Operations Support Manager for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (cell 541-270-8235), and Caren Braby, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (cell 541-961-5352), and Erin Paxton, Public Relations Coordinator Oregon Coast Aquarium (desk 541-867-3474, ext. 5224, cell 541-283-3111, media@aquarium.org).
04/09/15
Motor Vehicle Crash
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/09/15
Please avoid the area of Airport Rd. and Denny School Rd and Oak St and Denny School Rd for a motor vehicle crash. Use alternative route. Thank you.
Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/09/15
Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // APRIL 9, 2015

Media Contact: Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Cell: 503-931-2590

Suspected derelict tsunami debris boat located offshore near Seal Rock

Waldport OR - A chunk of a fiberglass boat 25-30' long was spotted off the Oregon shore west of Ona Beach in Lincoln County around 9:30 a.m. April 9, 2015. The debris appears to be half to two-thirds of a larger vessel, possibly damaged and set adrift during the earthquake and tsunami that struck the east coast of Japan in 2011. As of 5 p.m. April 9, the debris was a few miles offshore. A team of Oregon state agencies are coordinating to retrieve the object in the next 24 hours before it reaches land.

Biologists with the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center inspected the low-floating object and, after consulting with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, determined the organisms still attached posed a low threat to the Oregon coast ecosystem. They did find several live specimens of a variety of yellowtail jack fish found in the coastal waters of Japan.

Using funds set aside for responding to tsunami debris, Riverbend Marine Services of Newport will attempt to retrieve the debris today and tow it to the Port of Newport, where port officials immediately offered their cooperation to temporarily store it. The debris will eventually be removed from water, studied by OSU researchers, then dismantled and disposed of in a local landfill. The surviving fish will be removed and delivered into the care of the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided mapping to predict the location of the object based on sightings. The U.S. Coast Guard broadcast a notice to boaters, and marked it with a life ring, and placed a data-transmitting buoy to help track the debris.

Agencies coordinating on this response include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon State University, Oregon State Police, Office of the Governor, U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA.

Beach visitors and marine boaters are reminded to be on the lookout for any debris floating at sea. In an emergency, call 911. For less urgent reports, call 211 from any coastal county.

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Attached Media Files: Several live fish (yellowtail jack) are present , The derelict boat is about 25-30' long
Lane County is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/09/15
Approximately 500 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Eugene on April 25th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: Kendall Toyota in Eugene

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kendall Auto, PacificSource Health Plans, PeaceHealth, KVAL, Kool FM 99.1 and Big 5. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Douglas County is lacing up--here's why
March of Dimes - 04/09/15
Approximately 300 people young and old will lace up their walking shoes in Roseburg on April 25th giving hope that every baby will have a healthy start. They're walking and raising money to support March of Dimes funded research and programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.

Here's why:
* In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born and 82 (9.3%) of them are preterm

* Prematurity and birth defects together account for the majority of infant deaths, both in the first month and the first year of life.

* Prematurity can result in lifelong complications such as vision and hearing problems and neurological disabilities.

* More than four million babies were born last year and the March of Dimes helped each and every one through 75 years of research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. We help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.

Mark Your Calendar for March for Babies

When: Saturday, April 25 at 9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:00 AM

Where: Stewart Park in Roseburg

How: Sign up to walk and fundraise at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Fred Meyer and KPIC. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Sheriff's Office Adding DUII Patrols (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/09/15
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Starting tomorrow and carrying through the weekend, the Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra DUII patrols. Deputies will be focusing on impaired and distracted drivers in and around northeast Marion County.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration;

1. Alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes cost more than an estimated $37 billion annually.
2. In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes

What should you do if you see an impaired driver?

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

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


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Public meetings set to design 2017 health plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/09/15
Salem - Oregonians who want to participate in the process of setting the essential health benefits and standard plan design for 2017 health insurance plans can attend the first meeting of the Essential Health Benefits Rulemaking Advisory Committee. The first meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, at the Labor and Industries Building in Salem.

Essential health benefits are a set of health care services that all health insurance plans in the individual and small group markets that are subject to the Affordable Care Act's market reforms must cover with no annual or lifetime dollar limits. Essential health benefits are defined by a benchmark plan selected by the Department of Consumer and Business Services that reflects a "typical employer plan" available in Oregon. Oregon must notify the federal government of its benchmark plan selection in June 2015.

All of the committee's meetings are open to the public and also available via online streaming. Time will be set aside at each meeting for public comment, and comments can also be submitted in writing to essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

The committee is made up of members of the public, including consumer representatives, health insurance company representatives, health care provider representatives, and insurance agent representatives. Staff from the department and the Oregon Health Authority will also participate on the committee.

The committee will be tasked with a number of duties, including the following:
* Reviewing the benchmark plan options
* Recommending a benchmark plan
* Determining whether supplemental benefits are necessary to meet federal requirements
* Recommending any required supplemental benefits
* Recommending plan designs for Oregon's standard plans

"The recommendations of this committee will have a lasting impact on the design of health plans purchased by Oregonians in the individual and small business markets in 2017 and beyond," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "I encourage anyone with an interest to participate in the process and let us know what is important to them when it comes to essential health benefits and standard plan designs."

Oregon standard health plans are designed by the department for the bronze and silver metal tiers in the individual and small group markets and have identical cost sharing across insurance companies. This means that all standard plans will have the same benefits, deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximums.

Meetings will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 260 of the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem on the following days:
* Friday, April 10
* Tuesday, April 21
* Wednesday, May 6
* Monday, May 18
* Tuesday, June 2
* Thursday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (tentatively scheduled)

Meeting materials, updates, and video recordings of the meetings will be posted online at www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/legal/committees-workgroups/Pages/essential-health-benefits/essential-health-benefits.aspx. Sign up for meeting updates and notices, or submit public comment by emailing essential.healthbenefits@oregon.gov.

Committee appointments will be announced soon on the committee webpage listed above.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
Wells Fargo selects Portland clean tech startup for award in national contest (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 04/09/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland-based Energy Storage Systems is among the four clean technology startups Wells Fargo has selected to fund through its Innovation Incubator (IN2) program.

Co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the program will provide up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind technical consultation and services to Energy Storage Systems to support the further development of its technology. The other three winners are based in California, Illinois and Minnesota.

The Portland firm is developing an advanced flow battery that utilizes earth-abundant iron as its energy storage medium. This translates to unmatched affordability when the All-Iron Flow Battery (IFB) is used to address commercial energy storage needs.

"Our target markets are industrial and commercial businesses, such as grocery stores, warehouses and processing/manufacturing, agriculture, and ultimately grow into utility scale," said Julia Song, the company's chief technology officer.

There is a desire in the clean tech industry to add more solar and wind energy onto the grid to replace fossil fuels, Song explained.

"But sun and wind are intermittent and unpredictable so there is a need to store the energy they generate and use it when needed. Our battery stores the energy reliably and cost effectively," she said.

Song co-founded the company in 2011 with Craig Evans. They have created a 10kW, 80kWh prototype and signed up multiple customers in California, Hawaii and other locations, including the US Army Corps of Engineers, to test it in real world conditions this year. The company plans to go into full production next year and currently looking for a new manufacturing facility near Portland to move into later this summer.

"We were referred to the Wells Fargo IN2 program by Angela Jackson, the director of Portland State Business Accelerator. We are excited to have the access to NREL through Wells Fargo. First of all, NREL has decades of experience in building integrations that will help us integrate our battery with customers. Secondly, NREL has a world-class battery test lab that will allow us to aggressively test our product and prove the battery's bankability. We thank Wells Fargo for this great opportunity," said Evans, the company's chief executive officer.

Wells Fargo announced the selection of the first four winners today as part of its five-year, $10 million program to foster innovative environmental technologies. It is the first philanthropy program of its kind within the financial services industry.

The four selected companies will receive research and testing support at NREL's world-class research facility in Golden, Colo., as well as coaching and mentorship from Wells Fargo's vast network of financial and technical experts.

"To address growing climate concerns, it is absolutely crucial to accelerate investments in innovative companies that provide clean technology solutions," said Mary Wenzel, Wells Fargo head of Environmental Affairs. "We are proud to work with NREL and the community of clean technology innovators to help support startups that are providing long-term sustainable solutions."

In this first of three selection rounds, the four promising technologies were chosen from more than 80 clean technology companies referred by more than 20 leading accelerators, universities and research institutes in the United State.

The other three companies selected are:

1. LiquidCool Solutions (Rochester, Minn.) is developing two forms of total immersion electronics cooling technology for large-scale data centers: Liquid Submerged Servers (LSS) and Liquid Submerged Computers (LSC). Initial testing of the LSS system has yielded 40 percent in energy savings for computer use when compared to a traditional air-cooled system.

2. SmarterShade (Chicago) delivers on the promise of smart glass - significant energy savings, glare reduction and enhanced privacy impact - all in a seamless user-controlled shading interface that lasts 4-5 times longer than blinds and shades. SmarterShade's technology costs a fraction of the price of traditional smart glass and requires no electrical power.

3. WattStick Systems (San Francisco) is developing peel-and-stick electricity metering technology that can be safely and easily installed by nontechnical staff. By eliminating the need for sophisticated electrical installation, WattStick Systems' technology will drastically reduce total submetering costs for commercial buildings and open the door for significant long-term energy use reduction.

"The IN2 program serves as a model for private and public sector collaboration working together for one common goal," said Richard Adams, director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at NREL. "We are thrilled to see how these companies will make clean energy technologies more accessible for Americans and we hope they will also serve as an inspiration to their peers in the field."

The IN2 program launched in October 2014 and is part of Wells Fargo's 2020 Environmental Commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally-focused nonprofits and universities. The goal is to create an ecosystem that fosters and accelerates the commercialization of promising commercial buildings technologies that can provide scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of buildings. According to the Department of Energy, nearly 40 percent of energy consumption in the U.S. today comes from buildings at an estimated cost of $413 billion.

As a leading financial institution with a broad geographical footprint, Wells Fargo is well positioned to lead change by embracing innovation and supporting advancements in clean technologies to improve local communities and the environment. This program was developed to advance the commercialization of new sustainable technologies by validating them in the lab and then piloting them in select Wells Fargo locations.

About Wells Fargo
Since 2012, Wells Fargo has provided more than $37 billion in environmental financing to environmentally beneficial businesses. That includes $3.8 billion in financing for affordable housing and commercial properties in low- to moderate-income communities. Wells Fargo has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent from 2008 levels and increased energy efficiency by 24 percent, water efficiency by 38 percent, and waste diversion by 65 percent since 2012.

Wells Fargo also has made strategic environmental grants totaling $40 million through two environmental grant programs focusing on community-based environmental projects as well as clean technology innovation and advancement. Wells Fargo environmental perspectives are available at the Wells Fargo Environmental Forum.


Attached Media Files: Mary Wenzel of Wells Fargo , ESS logo , ESS battery , Julia Song, company co-founder , Craig Evans, company co-founder
04/08/15
Traffic Stop in Eugene Leads to Arrest of (2) Men Wanted for Homicide in California
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield arrested two California men wanted in connection with a Contra-Costa County California Homicide earlier this evening.

According to OSP Lieutenant Lang Hinkle, OSP Troopers in Springfield were notified that two suspects in a Contra-Costa County California Homicide were traveling through Oregon at about 3:15 p.m. today.

At about 5:00 p.m., OSP troopers located the vehicle, a black 2014 Kia Soul, and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on I-5 near milepost 201 southbound. Due to the risk involved in the stop both directions of I-5 were shut down for approximately 20 minutes as troopers and officers from the Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff's Office took the men into custody. The two men were identified as ZAKARI A. WILSON, 20, and ARTIE I. ADANANDUS, 24, both of California. Both men complied with police and were taken into custody without incident.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County Sheriff's Office. No photo's are available for this release.

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*** Update - Officer Name Added *** Linn County Major Crimes Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting - Lebanon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
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The Linn County Major Crimes Team led by investigators from the Oregon State Police, is continuing the investigation into last night's non-injury, officer involved shooting in Lebanon.

According to Oregon State Police Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, the man who confronted deputies with the firearm has been identified as JAMES LINDSEY, 68, of Lebanon. LINDSEY was arrested and lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Assault 4, Menacing and Pointing a Firearm at Another Person.

Deputies had been summoned to the scene to provide assistance to an ambulance that was staged and awaiting law enforcement to check the residence for safety. Upon the first deputies arrival he was confronted by LINDSEY who was armed with a rifle. At some point during the incident DEPUTY CHRIS FENERTY fired at LINDSEY who was not struck.

Investigators learned LINDSEY had been involved in a domestic violence incident which occurred earlier and resulted in the Assault 4 charge. The name of the victim in that case is being withheld as an active investigation.

Deputy Fenerty, a 12-year-veteran of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting as is standard procedure following these kinds of events. Deputy Fenerty was interviewed by investigators today.

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* Original Release *
The Linn County Major Crimes Team is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Lebanon earlier this evening. The Oregon State Police is leading the investigation and working in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that sometime around 6:00 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the Linn County Sheriff's Office and later the Lebanon Police Department, responded to a residence at 3000 Stoltz Hill Road, in Lebanon, to conduct a welfare check on a person who was reportedly suffering from a medical issue. Shortly after arrival, one of the officers was confronted by an adult male carrying a firearm. The officer fired his weapon at the subject but did not hit him.

No one was injured during the shooting and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.

No photographs are available for release at this time. As an ongoing investigation the names of the involved officers and the man who was taken into custody are being withheld at this time.

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Oregon Historical Society & First Congregational United Church of Christ to Join National Commemoration of Appomattox April 9 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/08/15
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Portland, OR - April 8, 2015 - The First Congregational United Church of Christ will join organizations nationwide in "Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox" by ringing its bells at 12:15 p.m. PST on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The Oregon Historical Society, located next door to the church, will assist in this commemoration by displaying a rare signed autograph letter written by Abraham Lincoln on August 4 in the midst of the 1860 presidential campaign. His correspondent was Simeon Francis, a long-time Lincoln friend and political ally who had served as the editor of the Sangamo Journal in Springfield, Illinois, and who moved to Oregon in 1859, where he edited the Oregonian and the Oregon Farmer.

Many years earlier, in 1849, Lincoln had declined the governorship of the Oregon Territory. In his place he recommended Simeon Francis for the post, although Francis was not chosen. In the letter Lincoln discusses the Oregon delegation to the upcoming Republican convention in Chicago, and outlines the prospects for his election in November. "I hesitate to say it," he writes, "but it really appears now, as if the success of the Republican ticket is inevitable..."

For the past four years, the National Parks Service and many other community organizations and individuals have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the continuing efforts for human rights today. On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.

The bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at Noon PST to coincide with the moment the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox Court House ended. While Lee's surrender did not end the Civil War, the act is seen by most Americans as the symbolic end of four years of bloodshed.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells will reverberate across the country.





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


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American Red Cross Assists at Multi-Family Fire in Springfield
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/08/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon responded to a multi-family home fire in the 4300 block of Forsythia St. in Springfield, OR. This disaster affected three adults and three children. Red Cross provided food, clothing, seasonal garments, lodging, and information about recovery and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Notice of Regular Meeting on April 23, 2015
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/08/15
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes for 1/22/15
B. *OAR 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule Change - NENA Hearing Standards Update
C. *OAR 259-008-0000 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Certification of Oregon Liquor Enforcement Inspectors
D. *OAR 259-020-0030 - Proposed Rule Change - Denial and Revocation Complaint Procedure
E. *OAR 259-009-0005 and 259-009-0062 - Proposed Rules - NFPA Technical Rescuer
F. *OAR 259-009-0062 - Proposed Rules - NFPA Fire Officer Standards
G. *OAR 259-061-0010 et al - Proposed Rule Change - Inactive Status
H. *OAR 259-060-0020 - Proposed Rule Change - Education Requirements
I. *Examinations for Private Security and Alarm Managers and Private Security and Alarm Instructors
I. *POLCOR Curriculum Revision
K. *Tiller, Matthew #53939 - Medical Waiver
L. *Revoir, Alison #48398 - Umatilla County SO - Revocation
M. *Romayor, Reyes #35861 - DOC Snake River - Administrative Closure
N. *Headrick, John #18996 - Clackamas County SO - Revocation
O. *Lay, Nathan #40666 - Baker County SO - Revocation
P. *Espinoza, Marco #49339 - Springfield PD - Not Revoke
Q. *Hubbard, Waymon #43391 - Salem PD - Revocation
R. *Schmaltz, Lawrence #15389 - Salem PD - Revocation
S. *Anderson, David #FO5176 - Clackamas County FD#1 - Amended Proposed Order
T. *Hall, Brian #F26430 - Olney Walluski F&R - Revocation
U. *Jensen, Daniel #F23946 - Yamhill FP District - Not Deny
V. *Policy Committee Appointments - Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee . Mark Rauch - Reappointment . Ron Miller - Reappointment

2. Update on Fire Service Fingerprinting and Background Checks

3. OAR 259-009-0059 - Proposed Rule Fingerprint Submission Requirement for Fire Service Professionals

4. OAR 259-009-0015 - Proposed Rule Background Investigations Correction

5. OAR 259-009-0059 and 259-009-0070 - Proposed Rules Denial/Revocation

6. Five Year Review of Decertification Cases - Information Only

7. Update on President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing - Information Only

8. 2014 Director's Evaluation

9. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

10. Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony - May 5th, 2015 at 1 pm

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

12. Next Meeting Date: July 23, 2015

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Oregon's Unemployment Trust Fund Sixth Most Solvent in the Country
Oregon Employment Dept. - 04/08/15
A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Labor ranks Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund among the top tier of states when it comes to solvency. Oregon employers pay into the trust fund which is used to pay unemployment benefits to qualifying individuals. Having a solid trust fund ensures benefits are available when needed while keeping employer taxes in check.

According to the report, State Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Solvency 2015, Oregon is one of only 17 states whose trust fund meets or exceeds Department of Labor standards. Oregon's fund ranks sixth, one of the healthiest in the nation.

The report also noted that Oregon's reserve ratio, the ratio of money in the trust fund to payroll for Oregon employers, is the strongest in the country. This provides a more robust safety net for workers and communities in the event of an economic downturn.

Currently, Oregon's trust fund sits at $2.3 billion. Last year, Oregon's trust fund earned $49 million in interest, reducing the amount employer's need to pay.

Due to the solvency of the trust fund, the Oregon Employment Department was able to reduce taxes for most employers at the beginning of the year. On January 1, 2015 Employers that pay into the system moved from Schedule 6 to Schedule 5, saving the average Oregon employer about $63 per employee annually. This was the second year in a row Oregon was able to move to lower unemployment insurance tax schedules because of the health of the trust fund.

The report showed that during the 2007-09 recession, 36 states depleted their unemployment insurance funds completely. Those states were forced to apply for Federal advances, or borrow money from other sources, in order to pay unemployment insurance benefits. As of January of this year, 18 of those states still owe a combined $13 billion to the Federal Government and another estimated $9 billion in private loans.

In states that still owe money, employers are facing increased taxes, and, in some states, workers' unemployment benefits are being reduced.

In the 1970s Oregon established sliding scale tax schedules. These schedules are updated as needed with law changes. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates is one of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's unemployment insurance trust fund law. Each autumn 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.


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Western Snowy Plovers Nesting on Nehalem Spit (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/08/15
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A surprise sighting of a pair of western snowy plovers nesting on the spit south of Nehalem Bay State Park has Oregon State Parks staff on "bird alert." It also means some changes for beachgoers on the two-mile stretch of beach south of the park's day-use area.

"This is early in the year for snowy plovers to be nesting," said Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) Wildlife Biologist Vanessa Blackstone, who discovered the nest April 3. "It's exciting news. This is the first time in 30 years that we have a confirmed nest here, and supports all the hard work Oregonians have done to help this species survive." Other adult male and female plovers have been seen along the spit in recent days as well.

The western snowy plover is a species protected by both federal and state statute. They nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if disturbed too frequently.

Sightings of nests prompt special precautions in designated snowy plover management areas such as the southern portion of the Nehalem spit. Visitors will see signs on the dry sand in these shorebird conservation areas. This also means that all activities on the dry sand will be curtailed until the end of the nesting season September 15. People and horseback riders are welcome to walk along the wet sand on the entire spit, but dogs, even on leash, must use the three miles of beach north of the park's day-use area. Driving is already prohibited on the spit. As with dogs, bicycles--a kind of non-motorized vehicle under Oregon law-- are only allowed north of the area during the nesting season.

OPRD spokesperson Chris Havel said, "We're asking the public to respect any directions they may get from rangers, or from signs and designated areas." He emphasized that public recreation restrictions happen only in those areas targeted as special plover habitat, and only in nesting season. "If a plover pair nests outside the targeted beaches, we protect the nest, but public use of the beach doesn't change." On the north coast, approximately 5?1/2 miles of riverside or ocean beach divided among three areas are part of a snowy plover management area. The Nehalem Spit management area is approximately 2 miles long. The other two areas are portions of the Necanicum and Clatsop spits. More details can be found at bit.ly/wsplover. Videos, photos, and other updates of the new nest will be posted online. The park will present interpretive programs about plovers through the summer.

OPRD is legally responsible for managing recreation on Oregon's ocean shore. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) oversees the Endangered Species Act, and thus the status of the western snowy plover. OPRD's legal agreement with the USFWS, the Habitat Conservation Plan, spells out how to help the plover population recover.

In 2014, 338 adult plovers called Oregon home, an increase of approximately 10 percent over 2013's estimate of 304 adults. 2014 was also a promising year for fledglings, with 272 chicks surviving to learn to fly.


Attached Media Files: Well-camouflaged eggs in plover nest on the Nehalem Spit , Adult western snowy plover on the Nehalem Spit
Nancy Hirsch new Oregon Deputy State Forester
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/08/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) announced today that Nancy Hirsch has been promoted to Deputy State Forester, taking over for Paul Bell who is retiring April 30. Hirsch is currently chief of the Fire Protection division. She has been with ODF for 26 years, serving in a variety of field and staff positions.

The Deputy State Forester is in charge of all department field operations, which entails supervision of the chiefs of the State Forests, Private Forests and Fire Protection divisions; the three field area directors; and the chief of the Partnership Development program.

Hirsch was appointed Chief of the State Forests division in 2008, where she headed up management of Oregon's 821,000 acres of state-owned forestlands. Under her leadership, ODF initiated a major effort to revise the long-range management plans for the state forests.

She became Chief of the Fire Protection Division in 2011 and guided ODF's firefighting efforts during the 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, the most severe seasons in more than 60 years.

Her earlier work for ODF included field positions in northwestern and eastern Oregon. She served as assistant to the Area Director for the Northwest Oregon Area, prior to selection as District Forester for the North Cascade District.

Throughout her career, she has been active on the agency's incident management teams that manage suppression operations on major wildfires, most recently serving as Incident Commander on Team 3. She and Bell are making a transition in the Deputy State Forester position this month.

Bell will retire after 37 years of public service. He began his career with the department in 1977 as a firefighter in eastern Oregon. He holds a degree in forest management from Oregon State University. Bell has served as the Deputy State Forester, Associate State Forester, Chief of the Fire Protection Division, and Director of the Private Forests program. In ODF's field organization, he was District Forester for the Cascade District, which later became the current North and South Cascade districts.
Media Advisory/Photo Op: OMSI to Break Ground on Coastal Discovery Center in Newport, OR
OMSI - 04/08/15
MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

OMSI TO BREAK GROUND ON COASTAL DISCOVERY CENTER IN NEWPORT
Museum to host special private ceremony at the site on April 12

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony for OMSI's Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be breaking-ground on its new residential camp facility, the Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray (CDC) in Newport, Oregon. The CDC will serve over 5,000 people annually and create a permanent home for OMSI's marine science program through outdoor science school, science classes, summer residential camps, and family camps. The camp is scheduled to open in April 2016.

The event will feature a self-guided tour for guests to explore the 20-acre site, include special remarks from OMSI President Nancy Stueber, notable elected officials and community partners, and close with a VIP reception at Rogue Brewery. OMSI President Nancy Stueber, Oregon State Senator Arnie Roblan, Newport Mayor Sandy Roumagoux, Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, and other honorable dignitaries will participate in a brief groundbreaking shovel ceremony. There will be opportunities for photographs during the tour and ceremony.

WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015
10 - 11 AM: Self-guided site tour (meet at Rogue Brewery)
10:30 AM: Official groundbreaking shovel ceremony and remarks
11 AM - 12 PM: Reception at Rogue Brewery

WHERE: Rogue Brewery
748 SW Bay Blvd
South Beach, OR 97366

OMSI Coastal Discovery Center
3400 SW Abalone Street
South Beach, OR 97365

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
Salem Fire Department Promotes Three (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 04/08/15
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Three members with the Salem Fire Department recently earned promotions following comprehensive promotional examinations conducted by the department earlier this year.

Kyle Amsberry was promoted to the rank of battalion chief effective March 25, 2015 and is assigned to B-Shift, commanding the north battalion. Battalion Chief Amsberry was hired by the Salem Fire Department in March of 1998 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic, apparatus operator/engineer, and captain. He also held positions on the department's water rescue team and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) medic for more than 5 years. Additionally, he has served as a medic evaluator, paramedic preceptor, probationary trainer, and a member of numerous departmental committees.

Ty Gunesch was promoted to the rank of battalion chief effective March 26, 2015 and commands the north battalion on C-Shift. Battalion Chief Gunesch was hired by the Salem Fire Department in July of 1997 and has served in positions as firefighter/paramedic, apparatus operator/engineer, captain, and acting-in-capacity battalion chief. He also held positions on the department's water rescue team, technical rescue team, and was a SWAT medic for 5 years. BC Gunesch also served as a medic evaluator and a member of the department's protective clothing committee.

Brandon Hoff was promoted to the rank of apparatus operator/engineer on February 11, 2015 and is assigned to B-shift. Engineer Hoff was hired by the department in April of 2009 and has served as a firefighter/paramedic and a member of the department's peer team.

A promotional ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.

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OSBA thanks Saxton for service at Oregon Department of Education
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/08/15
Rob Saxton, Oregon's deputy superintendent of public instruction, announced Wednesday that he would leave the post effective June 30 to become superintendent of the Northwest Regional Education Service District.

In heading the Oregon Department of Education, Saxton has often collaborated with Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones on leading education issues. She said he would be greatly missed.

"Rob Saxton has continued his lifelong advocacy for students over the past three years as deputy superintendent of public instruction," Miller-Jones said. "He has tirelessly traveled the state and spoken to thousands of parents and educators about the importance of Oregon's schools.

"In particular, Rob has been a plain-spoken champion about the need for higher standards to ensure that our young people can compete in college and the workplace. He will be missed, and we at OSBA wish him the very best and look forward to working with him in his new role with the Northwest Regional Education Service District."
OSP Troopers in Newport Arrest Driver Related to Fatal Crash on HWY 20 - Eddyville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/08/15
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*** Update 2 ***
4/8/2015: Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers continuing the investigation into April 6, fatal traffic crash on Highway 20 near Eddyville have arrested an involved driver.

According to OSP Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, On April 7, 2015, at approximately 1:30 PM, IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ was taken into custody after being released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. SANDRIA CRUZ was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

OSP troopers from the Newport Patrol office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office for consideration of additional charges. Any further media requests should be directed to the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


*** Update 1 ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20 east of Eddyville in Lincoln County. The crash resulted in the death of a Springfield-area man.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on April 6, 2015, at approximately 12:07 a.m., a 2000 Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle, driven by IVAN SANDRIA CRUZ, age 24 from Newport, was westbound on Highway 20 near milepost 28. A 1995 Honda Accord station wagon being driven by ANDREW RAYMOND KOLOSKI, age 35, from Springfield, was eastbound at the same location. The cause of the crash is still under investigation however, it is known that the vehicles collided nearly head-on. KOLOSKI was pronounced deceased at the scene.

SANDRIA CRUZ and a juvenile 7-year-old male passenger were transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where CRUZ is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injures. The juvenile passenger was treated and released from the hospital.

OSP was assisted at the scene by members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Fire Department, ODOT, Pac West Ambulance, Lincoln County District Attorney's Office, and Lincoln County Medical Examiner.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice

***Original Release ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate a fatal traffic crash that occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m., on April 6, 2015, on Highway 20 at MP 27.5 near Eddyville. Highway 20 has been blocked for most of the morning as investigators process the crash scene.

OSP is being assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Lincoln County District Attorney's office. Additional information will be released when it is appropriate and available.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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OTE partners with community of Lafayette for new historical marker (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 04/08/15
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Oregon Travel Experience (OTE), The Oregon Historical Marker Program, and the community of Lafayette are pleased to announce the installation of a new interpretive historical marker commemorating the contributions of Lafayette's first town clerk. The Joel Perkins Park Historical Marker will be dedicated on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. at Joel Perkins Park in Lafayette.

The public is invited to attend the free ceremony. Lafayette Mayor Chris Pagella will act as Master of Ceremonies and speakers include OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza and Joel Perkins descendent Virginia Johnson. Members of the Oregon Historical Marker Committee will be on hand to meet and greet the public and answer questions about the statewide marker program.

Joel Perkins was a significant public figure in Yamhill County in the mid-1800s. Oregon's provisional government recognized Lafayette as Yamhill County's first county seat. Perkins established the town of Lafayette in 1846 and donated a full-block to be used as a public square. By 1850 Lafayette's population swelled to 800 citizens and the "Square of Lafayette" (as the park was known at the time) was the starting point of a historic July 4th parade.

Today, Joel Perkins Park remains the foremost public gathering place for Lafayette holiday celebrations and community and heritage events.

For more information about this event and the Oregon Historical Marker Program, telephone 503-373-0864 or visit the OTE website at www.ortravelexperience.com.

[Sub-header] About OTE

Oregon Travel Experience is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation. The agency and its governing Council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience. OTE oversees highway safety rest area management, helps motorists find essential services through blue highway logo signs, and helps connect the first-time Oregon visitor to tourism partners through its travel information centers. OTE also administers two Oregon heritage programs: historical markers and heritage trees.


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Oregon issues cease-and-desist order to unlicensed investment advisor
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/08/15
(Salem) - The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services issued a final cease-and-desist order and a $10,000 fine against a Dallas, Ore., man for offering his services on Craigslist as an investment advisor without a license.

In January, Thomas F. Haran III placed an advertisement on Craigslist stating that he was a financial advisor who could help people buy stocks and set up a personal financial portfolio. Haran claimed his portfolio performed better than most funds and he appeared to specifically target public employees.

In Oregon, a financial or investment advisor must obtain a securities license from the department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities to offer investment advice. This license ensures that advisors are held to high standards of education and ethics by the State of Oregon. Investors can look up licensing information to find out what types of products advisers are qualified to sell and what advice they are able to provide.

"This is another example of why it is so important to ensure that the advisor you are working with is licensed," said David Tatman, division administrator. "This is especially true when searching on the Internet or when an offer appears to be too good to be true."

Information about licensing, registration, and enforcement history for individuals and companies can be found on the division website at dfcs.oregon.gov/consumer_info/before_you_invest.html or by calling (866) 814-9710.

Haran's fine is suspended as long as he complies with all terms of the order and does not violate any securities laws.

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The Division of Finance and Corporate Securities helps ensure that a wide range of financial products and services are available to Oregonians and protects consumers from financial fraud and abuse. It does that by licensing financial institutions and service providers, regulating the sale of securities in Oregon, investigating complaints and alleged violations of financial-service laws, and providing education and other resources to consumers.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 04/08/15
April 8, 2015 - Salem, Oregon - For the seventh consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

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.

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04/07/15
Red Cross Assists in Springfield Multi-Family Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/07/15
Volunteers with The American Red Cross this morning responded to a disaster that occurred on in the 900 block of Cloverleaf Loop in Springfield OR. This multi-family fire affected seven adults and five children. Red Cross provided help with lodging, shoes, clothing, seasonal clothing, food, blankets, comfort kits, water and information about health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Eugene Springfield Fire training incident
Eugene/Springfield Fire Dept. - 04/07/15
In the afternoon of April 06, 2015, Eugene Springfield Firefighters were conducting a training exercise on the McKenzie River. Members of our Water Rescue team were training on one of our rescue boats when they hit a submerged log and the boat took on water. The crew was able to self-extricate and called for additional resources. Another water rescue crew was dispatched in an attempt to dislodge the first boat. The second boat was able to free the first boat. While the crews were maneuvering the boats to a launch ramp both boats took on water. All crews were able to reach shore safely. One boat was recovered with minor damage. One boat was secured in the water for the night and was recovered this morning (April 07)with minor damage. A full training review will be conducted with lessons learned communicated to the fire department and to the community.
Jordan Valley High School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/07/15
Nick Eiguren, a senior at Jordan Valley High School (Jordan Valley School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbLC3Lj5LHo) that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Nick is the third student statewide whose story is being featured in videos on the campaign website, www.promiseoregon.org

In the video, Nick talks about the advantages of growing up in a small, rural town. An outstanding student and competitive rodeo roper, he hopes one day to run the family ranch. But first comes college, where he intends to study sports medicine.

"I think that it's going to be scary and hard at first to move from eastern Oregon," he says. "But school has really pointed me in the right direction."

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

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

Website: www.promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Land Board to consider land transactions, new administrative rules, Common School Fund investments at April 14 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 04/07/15
Note: this meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Commission Room, 4034 Fairview Industrial Way SE, Salem. The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m.

Salem - At their public meeting on April 14, the State Land Board will be asked to finalize a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches LP in southeast Oregon, and to approve the sale of the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond.

In the Tree Top land exchange, the Board will receive "in-holdings" (land not owned by the state) within the state-owned Stockade Block parcel in Harney and Malheur counties. The proposed land exchange is consistent with the Stockade Block Area Management Plan and will result in improved management of the block.

DSL is recommending the Land Board accept an offer to buy the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond as a result of a Request for Proposals distributed in fall 2014, which sought bids on the Forked Horn property.

The Land Board will consider adopting permanent rules to impose certain restrictions on public recreational use of three state-owned parcels in Deschutes and Crook counties because of excessive littering, damage to natural resources, and illegal activities. DSL conducted a public rulemaking process in early 2015 that provided an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the proposed closures and restrictions.

The Board also will discuss the investment performance of the Common School Fund (CSF), and the Board's CSF distribution policy, which currently is 4 percent of the average fund balance of the preceding three years.

In addition, the meeting includes nine Consent Agenda items, a report on DSL's Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse, and a legislative update.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx

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

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AARP Survey Shows Strong Support for Family Caregiver Training and Support: HB 3378 Addresses Needs in The CARE Act
AARP Oregon - 04/07/15
PORTLAND, OREGON, April 7, 2015 - A recent AARP survey of Oregon registered voters age 45 and older, found that 85 percent of Oregonians want to live independently, at home as long as possible, as long as they have the help of a family caregiver. Ninety-one percent support requiring hospitals to explain and demonstrate medical tasks; and four in five support keeping family caregivers informed of medical decisions regarding the patient (86%) and requiring hospitals to record the family caregiver's information in the patient's medical record (82%).

"Family caregivers are the backbone of providing long-term supports and services in Oregon," said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Oregon Director for Advocacy. "More than 460,000 family caregivers in the state help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home - as opposed to costly institutions. These family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $5.5 BILLION annually."

Family caregivers are increasingly required to undertake tasks that were once in the domain of only doctors and nurses: complex medication management, wound care, injections. Yet, many receive little or no training for these duties.

To address this issue, AARP Oregon is fighting for a commonsense solution called the Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, HB 3378. The care provided by family caregivers continues to increase in complexity. The impact of shorter hospital stays and advances in home-based medical technologies plays out in the health tasks that family caregivers often carry out, including medication management, bandaging and wound care, tube feedings, managing catheters, giving injections or operating medical equipment.

"As someone who has seen my fair share of caregiving for family, this legislation is a welcome proposal. It goes without saying that treating family caregivers as part of the care team is something all hospitals should be doing. Thanks to the CARE Act, it will be," said Janet Martinez, a Portland resident who is caring for her 93 year old Mother, in testimony yesterday on Oregon House Bill 3378.

When the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness, the family caregiver wants (and needs) more resources and training (76%) in order to properly care for their loved one, according to the survey.

Oregon House Bill 3378, known as The CARE Act, helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The bill features three important provisions that require hospitals to adopt policies to ensure that:

* The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted into a hospital;

* The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home; and,

* The hospital provides an explanation and live instruction of the medical tasks - such as medication management, injections, wound care, and transfers - that the family caregiver will perform at home.

The demands on the family caregiver are taking an increasing toll on them. The report found that those who take on this unpaid role to help loved ones remain in their own homes and communities risk stress, depression, physical health problems, social isolation, competing demands and financial hardship and thus, are vulnerable themselves. Another AARP study, Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard, rated Oregon 41st out of 50 states that rate poorly on Oregon Caregiver stress.

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This AARP telephone survey on caregiving was conducted among Oregon voters age 45 and older. The survey was fielded from July 14th to 17th, 2014. A total of 800 interviews were completed and the sample was weighted to reflect the age and gender of the registered voter population age 45 and older in Oregon. The margin of sampling error for this random sample is +/- 3.5 percent. A complete copy of the survey, The Growing Dimensions of Caregiving in America: 2014 AARP Oregon Caregiving Survey, can be found at http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-2014/oregon-caregiving-independent-living.html.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
04/06/15
Oregon State Police Troopers in Jackson County Make (2) Large Drug Seizures (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/06/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper on I-5 near milepost 35 stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, netting approximately 28 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

According to OSP Sergeant Jim Johnson, an OSP trooper working traffic on I-5 in the Jackson County area stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. After further investigation, a consent search was made and a narcotic canine responded to the scene to assist. The canine alerted on the vehicle and the methamphetamine was located in a cardboard box in the trunk.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as RAYMUNDO COTA SAUCEDA,, age 40, of Washington, was arrested after the narcotics were located. SAUCEDA was traveling to Seattle, Washington, from the southern California area. SAUCEDA was subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on the charges of possession, delivery and manufacturing of a controlled substance - methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing. See attached photograph.

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On Friday, April 3, 2015, an OSP Trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on I-5, northbound near MP 13 which resulted in a consent search and the seizure of approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine located under the front seat of the vehicle.

The vehicles lone occupant, identified as MARTINEZ MIGUEL NAVARRO, age 44 , of Tacoma Washington, was arrested after the methamphetamine was located. Navarro was transporting the methamphetamine from southern California to Tacoma, Washington. Martinez was lodged at the Jackson County jail under charges of possession, distribution and manufacturing of a controlled substance - Methamphetamine.

The investigation was conducted by members from the Oregon State Police Highway Interdiction team, Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section, and Homeland Security. The investigation is ongoing.
No photograph available for release.

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www.oregon.gov/OSP
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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BPA offering grants in science and energy education
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/06/15
PR 08 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140 or
503-230-5131

BPA offering grants in science and energy education

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is offering grants in science and energy education to nonprofit organizations, schools and others in support of work to educate students in grades K through 12 about the energy systems of the Pacific Northwest.

The goal of the program is to advance students' understanding, awareness and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the region.

Funded projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, studies of energy and environment, programs on engineering and technology skills relating to energy, and others. The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric-utility issues.

BPA anticipates making four to 10 grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Science and Energy Education grants program, now in its fourth year, is one facet of a much larger education outreach program by BPA. It was designed to extend the reach of BPA's education efforts by supporting the teachers and nonprofits working to advance energy education.

Recipients of the 2014-2015 BPA Science and Energy Education Grants included:

Dufur School, Dufur, Ore. - $2,000 to fund the "Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge." Funds enabled students at this small rural school to conduct a four-month study of different sources of renewable energy, as well as construct, test and modify models of hydroelectric, wind turbine and solar fuel cells.

Ukiah School District, Ukiah, Ore. - $1,891 for "Energy and Engineering STEM Program." Funds assisted in the purchase of equipment and supplies for use in a new Energy and Engineering STEM class at this K-12 school of 50 students.

Montana Outdoor Science School, Bozeman, Mont. - $5,000 to fund "Sustainable Energy." Funds were used for a six-week unit for middle school students in western Montana. Students developed their research and science skills as they tested and optimized solar cells, designed and tested hydroelectric turbines and generators, and compared and contrasted current energy sources and usage.

Olympia School District, Olympia, Wash. - $3,500 to support "Pathways to a Clean Energy Future through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math." Funds were used with this program that targets sixth graders in the accelerated math and science program, teaching them about the technological, social and environmental realities of energy demand and generation in the Pacific Northwest.

Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla, Wash. - $4,362 to support "Energy Explorers Make a Splash!" The funds were used on a project that transformed fifth graders in the Walla Walla Public Schools Highly Capable Learners program into energy instructors. The students received a series of eight weekly lessons outside of regular classroom time on hydroelectricity, wind, solar, gas and nuclear energy, the future of energy generation, and challenges with energy production in our region.

White Salmon Valley (Wash.) Education Foundation - $3,300 to fund "Climate Change and Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest." The funds were leveraged with this program to help students master science education standards by exploring the relationship between climate change and hydropower in the Northwest. The curriculum, designed for high school students, included 10 in-class lessons, three field trips and training for those students to teach core concepts of the curriculum to students in fourth and seventh grade.

Funding can be awarded to school districts, government agencies and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The recipients must be from, and funding used in, BPA service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Montana, Nevada and Wyoming.

Applications for project funding are due May 8, and funding will be awarded in June for projects taking place over the 2015-2016 school year. For complete terms and instructions on completing a science and energy education grant proposal, please visit: www.bpa.gov/goto/EducationGrants.

BPA's education program provides free presentations and information to K-12 schools in our region to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For information on BPA education programs, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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Garten Services & Lancaster Mall to Host Free Community Shred Day (Photo)
Lancaster Mall - 04/06/15
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Salem, Ore. -- Garten Services, Inc. and Lancaster Mall are co-hosting a Free Community Shred & Electronics Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location for the event will be in the SW corner of the Lancaster Mall parking lot off Center Street, between Best Buy and Macy's.

The public is invited to bring up to two bankers size boxes of personal papers for confidential shredding by Garten Services at no cost, and to drop off small household electronics for recycling as well: TVs, telephones, computers, printers, scanners, AV/sound equipment, cables and peripherals. (Note: No appliances, please.) North Salem High School will provide volunteers to assist with collection of the public's shred and recyclable items.

Garten Services is a non profit organization founded in 1970 that provides employment and retirement services to more than 500 people with disabilities each year. Lancaster Mall has been a key retail hub for the Willamette Valley since 1971. Both Garten Services and Lancaster Mall are local EarthWISE businesses, certified sustainable through Marion County Public Works Environmental Services.


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Third annual bridal show at Historic Gentle House
Western Oregon University - 04/06/15
MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Historic Gentle House at Western Oregon University is hosting its third annual bridal show on Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 5 p.m. The show features many local vendors to help you plan your whole wedding in one place. There are also options couples on a budget.

The Historic Gentle House, a farmhouse more than 100 years old that can be rented for weddings and special events, will give $100 off their venue rental to the first 10 brides at the show. The five historic gardens will be staged for wedding ceremonies and receptions to demonstrate what can be done with this classic venue. There will be door prizes at the show and some taste testing will be available.

Vendors include:

Party Rentals
Crossroads Fine Linen & Party Rentals
Danner & Soli
AA Tent Rental

DJs
NW Mobil DJ Services
Only the Best Sound

Cakes
Sweet Petites
Ovenbird Bakery

Formal Wear
The Shabby Chic Bride

Florists
Petals and Vines
Calonge Designs

Catering
Chef De Cuisine
First Due Smokey BBQ

Event Planner
Events Planned Perfectly

Photography
Photos By Orion
Serendipity Photography

Health & Wellness
Arbonne

Exterior Toilets
Formal Flush

Jewelry
Paparazzi
Meghan Donahue Handmade Jewelry

Hair Salon
Andrea's Salon De Fleur

Live Music
Deepwood Strings

The event is sponsored by Crossroads Fine Linen & Party Rentals. For more information visit http://www.wou.edu/gentlehouse/public-events/wedding-expo/ or call 503-838-8673.

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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Forestry department invites comments on annual operation plans
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/06/15
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on plans that guide management activities in state-owned forests.

Starting today through May 20, 2015 at 5 p.m., the public can weigh in on ODF district activities for 2016, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs). AOPs describe specific activities during a fiscal year, such as timber sales and reforestation, road building, and stream enhancement and recreation projects in state forests for nine ODF districts. The draft annual operations plans are available for review at district offices and posted online at: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx.

Each year, the ODF State Forests Division also takes inventory of AOP-related accomplishments through an annual report. Learn more here: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/management/annual_reports/2014_CFTLC_Annual_Report.pdf

After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the District Forester to review and approve.

>Public Comment Details

Comments on AOP activities are most helpful when focusing on enhancing consistency among plans, improving efficiency, and providing new information. All state-owned public forests are actively managed as working forests under long-term forest management plans adopted by the Board of Forestry to provide economic, environmental - including conservation areas - and social benefits to Oregonians.

Comments can be mailed or e-mailed to: Public Affairs Office - Attn: Tony Andersen, Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310. Phone: 503-975-7427, or email: AOP.STATE.FORESTS@oregon.gov.

>For additional questions, or to contact your local district office, please visit the ODF contact page: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/contact_us.aspx

>To access and review FY 2016 AOPs online, please visit: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/state_forests/2016-AOP-Draft.aspx

>For past AOPs online, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/annual_operations_plans.aspx

>To access the High Value Conservation Area webpage, please visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/High-Value-Conservation-Areas-%28HVCA%29.aspx

>For more information on state forest management plans:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/forest_management_plans.aspx

To join the ongoing conversation and stay current on state forests-related news, join the State Forests Online Community here: http://bit.ly/1cwZnnD

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Two state heritage boards to meet April 23 in Coos Bay
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/06/15
Two state heritage boards will meet April 23 in Coos Bay during the Oregon Heritage Conference.

The Oregon Heritage Commission and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 2 p.m. in separate rooms of the new Coos History Museum and Maritime Center, 1210 N. Bayshore Drive. Their meetings are open to the public and their agendas include opportunities for public comment. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

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The Oregon Heritage Commission agenda include consideration of an Oregon Heritage Tradition nomination, a Heritage All-Star Community designation, updates on projects related to the goals in its 2014-2019 Oregon Heritage Plan, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries agenda includes a legislative update, planning of future events, and other topics related to historic cemeteries.

State law established the seven-member Commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail at kuri.gill@oregon.gov

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org


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04/05/15
Red Cross Assisting on Easter Sunday Fires in Portland and Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/05/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting two families affected by residential fires in Multnomah and Douglas County April 5.

Six adults were affected by a single-family fire in the 6900 block of SE Tenino Street in Portland. The Red Cross provided comfort kits and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

One adult and two cats were displaced after a mobile home fire in the first block of Manor Loop in Roseburg. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, and information about disaster recovery and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located *** Public's Help Sought in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash -- Albany
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/05/15
*** Update - Involved Vehicle Located ***
Investigators into yesterday's fatal pedestrian involved crash on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany have located the vehicle they believe may have been involved in the incident.

The pedestrian who was struck and died as a result of the incident has been identified as 29-year-old JERRELL RIDLEY STEVENS TRUE, of Albany. TRUE'S family has been notified.

According to OSP Detective Sergeant Gregg Withers, yesterday around 4:00 p.m., an adult female arrived at the Albany Police Department and told investigators she was involved in an incident in that area and is cooperating with investigators.

As an active investigation no additional information about this incident is available at this time. Any additional updates will be provided in cooperation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

OSP is continuing the investigation into this incident and appreciates the public's assistance with this matter. No photographs are available for release.

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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and members of the Linn County Major Crash Team are requesting the public's assistance in locating a vehicle involved in last night's fatal hit and run crash that killed a pedestrian on Century Drive near Kizer Avenue in Albany.

According to OSP Lieutenant Vonn Schleicher, investigators believe that sometime between 11:00 p.m., last night and 7:15 a.m. this morning, a Silver, compact or mid-sized sedan was traveling northbound on Century Drive when it struck and killed a male pedestrian near Kizer Avenue. The vehicle of interest is believed to have damage to its passenger side headlight, passenger side bumper and will be missing its passenger side mirror. The make and model of the car has not been determined at this time but will be submitted to the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory for further analysis.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center (NCC) at 541-967-2021 or by calling 800-452-7888.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, members of the Linn County Major Crash Team and OSP detectives are responding to a fatal, hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Century Drive at Kizer Avenue in Albany. Century Drive is blocked in both directions as investigators process the crime scene.

Additional updates will be provided later and in consultation with the Linn County District Attorney's Office.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice
04/04/15
Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement
Salem Police Dept. - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement
Salem Police Dept. - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
04/03/15
*** Update Names/Photo *** Double Fatality Traffic Crash on HWY 34 near Columbus St. - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation into this afternoons double-fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near milepost 9.5 at Columbus Street in Linn County.

Preliminary information suggests that shortly before 3:00 p.m., a white, 2007 Scion T/C (passenger car) driven by JOSEPH ATTERBURY, 24, of Roseburg, was eastbound on Highway 34 when for yet undetermined reasons it lost control and crossed into the westbound lane of travel; colliding head-on with a white, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by MARY A. WELCH, 70, of Lebanon. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-month-old infant riding in the back seat of the Scion was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis then to OHSU for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is still underinvestigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Tangent Fire Department.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


Original Release:
State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two-vehicle, head-on, double fatality traffic crash on Highway 34 near Columbus Street in Linn County. The Oregon Department of Transportation is on-scene assisting and has established a detour for traffic from Highway 34 onto Columbus Street for westbound traffic. Traffic on I-5 southbound waiting to take the Highway 34 exit is reportedly backing up as well.

More information about the crash will be provided in a later update. For now, go to www.tripcheck.com for updates on traffic around the scene.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Salem Police Looking For Missing, Possibly Endangered Woman
Salem Police Dept. - 04/03/15
Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public as we search for 66-year old Virgie Mae Henry.

Virgie does not have a permanent address, but she was most recently staying with an acquaintance in southeast Salem. She was frequently seen in the neighborhood where she had been staying, but she has not been seen since January 8 as she was leaving her residence. It is unusual for her to go for this long without any contact with friends or relatives.

Virgie is a Black female with grey hair. She is approximately 5'07" tall and weighs about 100 lbs. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

Anyone with any information about Virgie or her whereabouts is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jake Burke at 503-540-2463


Attached Media Files: 2015-04/1095/83235/Virgie_Henry_photo.doc
Actor Tony Goldwyn Visits Oregon Historical Society in "Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode Sunday, April 5 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/03/15
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Portland, OR - April 3, 2015 - Many people use the Oregon Historical Society Research Library to learn about their historic homes, track down their ancestors, and access primary source materials... even Hollywood greats like Tony Goldwyn!

Mr. Goldwyn (aka President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC's "Scandal") visited OHS as part of his genealogical quest on the TLC series "Who Do You Think You Are?" Watch as he uncovers unknown parts of his family history that lead him to Oregon when the episode airs this Sunday, April 5 at 10 p.m. View the episode trailer online at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are/tony-goldwyn/.

As part of his ancestral mapping, Mr. Goldwyn and the Who Do crew asked to view Mary White Coe's diary in the OHS collection. Mary White married Nathaniel Coe in New York, who then moved to Oregon in 1851 after being appointed Special Postal Agent to President Fillmore. Ms. Coe's diary details a miserable trip across the Isthmus of Panama in late 1852 and early 1853, where she traveled with her two sons to meet her husband in Oregon. In those days, this was the fastest route from the east coast to Oregon, but the trip across Panama involved traveling overland by mule (which, in late years, would be replaced by railroad).

An excerpt from the diary, shown in the accompanying photo, reads:

"New Years Day [1853] - This morning at 12 [midnight] some one full of frolic or fun - or it may be unable to sleep himself, came into the saloon - rang the bell, desiring the passengers for San Francisco to come forward to the baggage room, and select their baggage - some sprung up from sleep, forgetting - they were a week from their destination - all were startled. At first I thought it was the first of April - so I said to my neighbor - tis' an April fool, well well - surely no one would imagine it to be January - or even a New York April - so warm..."

The Nathanial Coe collection also includes correspondence, notebooks, financial records, and more relating to this Oregon pioneer family who settled in Hood River in 1855. A complete finding aid for this collection is available online in the Northwest Digital Archive database at http://nwda.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv00355.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library is open to the public on Tuesday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $11 and is free every day to OHS members and Multnomah County residents. Access our collection online through our online catalog (http://librarycatalog.ohs.org/eosweb/opac/), or subscribe to our Research Library Tumblr (http://ohsresearchlibrary.tumblr.com/).


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


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NW Natural reminds you to call 811 Before you Dig (Photo)
NW Natural - 04/03/15
Locating gas line
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PORTLAND, Ore. -April is National Safe Digging month, a time when NW Natural, (NYSE:NWN), reminds all contractors and homeowners to call 811 to have underground utilities located before digging.

"It's a message we try to share far and wide," said Scott Gallegos, NW Natural damage prevention supervisor. "Yet, not everyone heeds this safety warning."

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) recently released results of a national survey that found nearly half (45 percent) of American homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck do not plan to call to have underground utilities located first. This, despite the fact that 79 percent of those who plan to dig believe that something negative - such as a service interruption, injury or financial ramifications - could occur if they were to dig without knowing the location of gas, electric, communications, water or sewer lines.

"This survey shows that people understand the safety concerns of striking an underground utility line, yet are not planning to take action to avoid it," added Gallegos. "We want to remind people that making the free call to 811 greatly reduces the likelihood of causing an incident, and we hope this will be top-of-mind as they begin their spring gardening and home improvement projects."

Nationwide, an underground utility line is damaged once every six minutes according to data collected by CGA. Locally, NW Natural tracks the number of times someone accidentally strikes a gas line and reports the damage. Those numbers fell in 2014 by about 3 percent from 2013.

NW Natural encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:

* Call 811 at least two business days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property - it's the law.
* Confirm with 811 that all lines have been marked.
* Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
* If a contractor has been hired, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don't allow work to begin if the lines aren't marked.
* Visit nwnatural.com/Residential/Safety to learn what the marked colors of paint and flags represent.

If a gas line has been accidentally damaged, remember these simple tips: Smell. Go. Let us know. If you smell an odor like rotten eggs from a natural gas line and/or hear a hissing sound, immediately leave the area on foot and call 911 then our 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-800-882-3377 once you're away.

About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 705,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.

About the study
SSRS conducted a national omnibus phone study between Feb. 25 and March 1, 2015, on behalf of Common Ground Alliance (CGA). A total of 646 American homeowners ages 18+ were asked for their opinions on home and property improvement project topics. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.86%. More information is available at commongroundalliance.com.

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Oregon Heritage Conference takes place April 22-24 on South Coast
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/03/15
For the first time in nine years, the Oregon Heritage Conference will take place on the South Coast with programs and activities that highlight the region's cultural heritage resources.

"Chart Your Course" is the conference theme to shows that participants will find the information and ideas to make their organizations ship-shape and ready to sail for new cultural heritage horizons. Conference dates are April 22-24 in North Bend and Coos Bay. Registration is underway.

The Oregon Heritage Conference brings together people who love and work with Oregon's heritage. Designed to be interdisciplinary, the conference focuses on all sectors of cultural heritage, such as historic preservation, museums, archives, libraries, historic cemeteries, and local and state government.

The Heritage Conference offers workshops, tours, breakout sessions and an exhibit hall that are equal parts innovation and practical advice. Some of the topics include the National Register of Historic Places, disaster preparedness, underwater heritage, archive digitization, spawning community approaches to heritage, storytelling and more.

While most conference sessions will take place at the conference hotel, The Mill Casino and Hotel, there will also be events and activities at the new Coos Historical Museum and Maritime Center, the Egyptian Theatre, the Marshfield Cemetery, and other places. The conference includes the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Dinner where eight projects, organizations and individuals will be honored for exemplary work.

The conference is organized by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The Coquille Indian Tribe is co-sponsor.

Additional conference and registration information is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/conference.aspx


Attached Media Files: News release
Linn County Jail Re-Opens Closed Wing
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/03/15
Sheriff Bruce Riley is pleased to announce that a block of the Linn County Jail has been re-opened. "L"-block, which contains 48 jail beds, was closed in 2012 due to budget cuts. Linn County Voters passed a law enforcement levy in May 2014 which provided the funding for the re-opening of the block.

The Linn County jail has a capacity of 230 inmates and was originally opened in 1989.

Sheriff Riley said "First, I would like to thank the Citizens of Linn County for their continued support of law enforcement. It is a privilege to serve as Sheriff of a county that places a high priority on law enforcement services."

He added "I would also like to compliment my staff for a job well done. It has not been an easy task to get deputies tested, interviewed and hired. It's an arduous task and my staff has done an amazing job. I believe we have hired a great group of deputies who are committed to providing quality law enforcement services."

Sheriff Riley does not expect the wing to fill up overnight. His office will be working with the District Attorney's Office, judges, and local police departments in managing jail bed space. Sheriff Riley added, "Adequate jail space is a key component to an effective, county wide criminal justice system and serves as a deterrent to crime."
Press Advisory: Nearly 100 Women's Health Advocates on the Capitol Steps on Monday (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 04/03/15
Planned Parenthood supporters march on the Capitol in 2013. Photo by Jenny Smith.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the statewide political voice for Planned Parenthood, will mobilize citizen lobbyists from across Oregon for "Planned Parenthood Day of Action" on Monday, April 6th in Salem. Between 12:30 and 1pm, more than 100 Oregonians will march to the Capitol to advocate for reproductive health care before meeting with their elected representatives.

The lobby visits are essential to educate politicians about legislation that will affect women's health care. In these tough economic times, more women than ever need access to essential health care services.

"Improved access to a full range of birth control services has resulted in a 40-year low in teen pregnancy and abortion rates. Advances in women's health have paved the way for women to be a driving force in our economy, and access to reproductive health care is directly related to women's ability to finish school and succeed professionally," said Laura Terrill Patten, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Now is not the time to go backward."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon strongly supports these measures to strengthen reproductive freedom:

* Comprehensive Women's Health Bill (Senate Bill 894): Senate Bill 894 would require health insurance - whether paid for by individuals, employers or government funds - to cover contraception, abortion, prenatal care, childbirth and postpartum care. Expanding access to reproductive health care will have the greatest impact on low-income women, women of color, immigrant women, young women, survivors of domestic violence and transgender people.

* Patient Privacy (House Bill 2758): Without protections for confidentiality, individuals are effectively uninsured and may not seek care they need for fear of someone else receiving their medical information. House Bill 2758 would allow people to have their insurance communications sent directly to the member receiving services, not the primary policyholder.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon strongly opposes these measures to restrict reproductive freedom:

* Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (House Bill 3228): Designed as a backdoor ban on abortion, Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) refers to politically motivated laws that single out abortion providers for medically unnecessary, costly regulations. House Bill 3228 would effectively shut down all but one abortion provider in Oregon, forcing rural women to travel great distances to obtain safe, legal abortion.

* 20-Week Abortion Ban (House Bill 2388): House Bill 2388 is a one-size-fits-all abortion ban that fails to adequately protect the health or safety of the woman, even in a life-threatening situation, as required by Roe v. Wade.

* Biased Selection Bans (House Bill 3458, House Bill 2986 and Senate Bill 108): These bills require a physician or other healthcare provider to refuse to provide an abortion if they think their patient is making a decision based on sex. This is a dangerous intrusion on the doctor-patient relationship that would require doctors to become investigators and patients their suspects.


Attached Media Files: Planned Parenthood supporters march on the Capitol in 2013. Photo by Jenny Smith.
Oregon State Police Now Hiring Recruit Troopers - Oregon
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/03/15
The Oregon State Police is now hiring Recruit Troopers!

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications are now being accepted. The process will be until May 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

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

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

Entry Level Testing dates and locations will be provided to each applicant via email.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police values the perspective of all of Oregon's citizens and is an equal opportunity employer. OSP strongly encourages women and candidates of color to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.

Contact Info:
Lieutenant Craig Flierl
Training Section Commander
Oregon State Police
Contact info: 503-378-4175
Oregon Food Bank Announces Headliners for 28th annual Waterfront Blues Festival (Photo)
Oregon Food Bank - 04/03/15
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Portland, Ore. (April 3, 2015) -- Oregon Food Bank announces the lineup today for its 28th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, on July 2 - 5, 2015 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Passes go on sale mid-April.

Headliners include:
BUDDY GUY * GREGG ALLMAN * GALACTIC with MACY GRAY * ALLEN TOUSSAINT * CHARMAINE NEVILLE * PHIL & DAVE ALVIN * THE PALADINS * DEVON ALLMAN * CHUBBY CARRIER

Additional acts include:
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band * Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas * Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds * Turkuaz * Jelly Bread * Stone Foxes * Con Brio * Jarekus Singleton * Christone "Kingfish" Ingram * Terry "Harmonica" Bean * Jimmy "Duck" Holmes * Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band * Dog Hill Stompers * Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

"From top to bottom, in terms of the range and diversity of our blues 'mix,' this year's lineup is our strongest ever," said Artistic Director Peter Dammann. "We've got legacy blues and blues rockers passing the torch to a stunning new generation of blues performers, along with Zydeco tunes for the blues/swing dance floor and funky neo-soul that's embraced by the young jam band scene. We'll continue to add performances to round out our four-day festival, ensuring another wonderful event experience for music fans of all ages."

These performances will be a part of the 100 blues acts on four stages over the July 4th weekend to benefit Oregon Food Bank's mission of fighting hunger and its root causes.

"The Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is Oregon Food Bank's single largest fundraising event. We work year-round to secure these amazing acts in order to raise funds for hunger relief in Oregon and Clark County, Washington," said Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, marketing and communications at Oregon Food Bank. "This year's Blues Fest is as important as ever. Demand for food assistance remains exceptionally high because not everyone has benefitted from an 'improved' economy."

Waterfront Blues Festival headliners are scheduled as follows, with full four-day schedule listed at waterfrontbluesfest.com.

Thursday, July 2:
GREG ALLMAN BAND
DEVON ALLMAN BAND

Friday, July 3:
GALACTIC W/ MACY GRAY
ALLEN TOUSSAINT
CHARMAINE NEVILLE
CHUBBY CARRIER

Saturday, July 4:
PHIL & DAVE ALVIN
THE PALADINS
**FIREWORKS**

Sunday, July 5:
BUDDY GUY

Festival passes go on sale to the public in mid-April. Additional acts, including our fabulous regional blues/soul/roots performers, will be announced in the coming months. For complete artist bios, videos and music samples, visit waterfrontbluesfest.com.

ABOUT WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL:
Since 1988, Oregon Food Bank has produced the Waterfront Blues Festival to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. As Oregon Food Bank's largest annual fundraising event, this Portland flagship festival has become a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike; it is the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi and the second-largest blues festival in the nation. Since its inception, the festival has raised $10 million and 815 tons of food to fight hunger in the region.

Major sponsors: Safeway, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Coors, Delta Music Experience, Deschutes Brewery, FedEx, iQ Credit Union, KINK.fm, KOIN-TV, The Oregonian
Supporting sponsors: Capital One, Caring Ambassadors, Health Net and Schwindt & Co.

More information: waterfrontbluesfest.com | oregonfoodbank.org


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Corvallis Police Arrest Male on Bike for Sexually Abusing Women
Corvallis Police - 04/03/15
On April 3, 2015, just after midnight, a Corvallis Police Officer on a traffic stop near NW 25th St. and NW Van Buren Ave. was approached by a woman who reported seeing a man on a bike grabbing the buttocks of other women in the area before riding off. According to the witness, the suspect on the bike rode up behind females wearing dresses or skirts and placed his hand under their clothes and grabbed their buttocks before riding off.

After searching the area for a few moments, the officer located a male matching the description of the suspect. The officer contacted him, and within a few minutes, he was positively identified by the witness, and four female victims, as the suspect grabbing women under their skirts/dresses.

Nineteen year old Sultan Aldossary of Corvallis was arrested and charged with four counts of Sex Abuse in the Third Degree. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. His bail is currently set at $50,000.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=1500000643
04/02/15
OSP Detective Locates Possible DUII, Vehicle Flees then Crashes into Store - Portland
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/02/15
On April 2, 2015, at approximately 4:44 PM, an Oregon State Police (OSP) detective in an unmarked patrol vehicle and wearing plainclothes, located a possible DUII driver westbound on Foster Rd. The detective requested assistance from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) to get the vehicle stopped. As the detective continued to follow the vehicles driving became more erratic, forcing the detective to initiate a traffic stop prior to PPB arrival.

Upon activating his emergency lights, the vehicle did a U-turn and began to travel east on Foster Rd., hitting another vehicle. The detective turned to follow and attempted to keep it in sight as the vehicle sped away from him.

The detective caught up to the vehicle after it crashed into a storefront at Foster and 58th Avenue in Portland. The suspect fled on foot and the detective followed about 30 seconds later. The detective took to suspect to the ground and was shortly thereafter assisted by PPB in taking him into custody. The suspect was transported to OHSU with minor injuries. The subjects identity is still unknown but officers are working to identify him at this time.

OSP was assisted by the Portland Police Bureau. Alcohol is being investigated as a factor in this incident and additional charges for possession of marijuana, attempt to elude police, and DUII are pending.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Red Cross Assists in Multi-Family Fire in Lebanon, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/02/15
When a multi-family fire erupted this afternoon in Linn County, American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers were on the scene, helping residents affected by this disaster. Eight adults and ten children, all residents of an apartment building on the 2000 block of Cypress Court in Lebanon, Oregon, received Red Cross services. This includes food, clothing, shoes, lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.

On May 9, Red Cross and community volunteers will be canvassing homes in the ZIP code 97355 in Lebanon, to review home-fire preparedness plans with area residents and to install smoke alarms (free of charge) in homes that need them. For more information about this outreach event, visit www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and take a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Information about what to do before, during and after a home fire is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Reserve Applications being accepted at Lebanon Police Department
Lebanon Police Dept. - 04/02/15
Reserve Officer Program

Reserve Officer Program is currently recruiting for volunteer reserve police officers. This is a non-paid, volunteer position. If you are interested in serving your community, please click on the following link to learn more
http://www.ci.lebanon.or.us/index.aspx?page=140
Questions contact Sgt. John Trahan at (541) 258-4321
Coos Bay Home Fire Nets Red Cross Assistance
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/02/15
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon provided assistance after a disaster on the 9100 block of Grinnell Lane in Coos Bay, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult, a child and two dogs. The Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kits, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Red Cross Provides Assistance at Home Fire in Florence
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/02/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers this afternoon assisted a family who was affected by a single-family home fire inthe 2100 block of 18th Street in Florence, Oregon.
The Red Cross provided clothing, shoes, food, disaster health services support, and information about disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees meet April 9th in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practice Committees will meet Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Eastern Lane office at 3150 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97478.

The Committees will jointly receive an update on the process for revising the Oregon Department of Forestry, Private Forestry Program monitoring strategy.

The majority of the meeting will focus on the Board of Forestry's request to the Committees to offer solutions to meet the Environmental Quality Commission's protecting cold water standards. The Committees will continue these discussions and may make recommendations about the Board of Forestry's streamside rulemaking process for protecting cold water.

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.
Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss agreement areas for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
The Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on April 8 to discuss stakeholder input and areas where agreement can drive next steps in creating a new forest management plan.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or emphasis area - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November 2014, working to ensure that the State Forests Division at ODF has a sustainable flow of revenue to continue providing services that benefit communities and the environment, while improving conservation activities over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work. During the meeting, subcommittee members will review public input, and identify areas where stakeholder groups agree on different forest management strategies. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: April 8; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Santiam Room, Building D, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.
More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

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

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Wells Fargo donating $5,000 for Albany school repairs
Wells Fargo - 04/02/15
ALBANY, Ore. - Wells Fargo is donating $5,000 to the Albany Public Schools Foundation for the South Albany High School Fire Relief Fund, following the fire there on April 1.

"We hope this gift will help the school, its staff and students recover as quickly as possible," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis.

Wells Fargo will also match donations its employees make to the school from $25 up to $5,000 per individual this year.

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a community-based, diversified financial services company. Last year Wells Fargo was named the most generous bank in Oregon and the second most generous company in the nation.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department debuts 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/02/15
Salem, OR - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Oregon State Parks Guide, a free, full-color, magazine-style brochure featuring detailed information about more than 200 of Oregon's most popular state campgrounds, day-use areas, trails, bikeways and heritage sites.

"This is a beautiful overview, but it's just a place to start," said Chris Havel, spokesperson for the Department. "Most parks, and many campgrounds, are open all year. The real adventure begins when you get up, go out and explore."

The guide has been thoroughly updated for 2015, with revised or expanded listings for each property, an enlarged statewide map and up-to-date reservation information. Special icons denote parks with pet-friendly yurts or cabins, day-use parking fees, scenic views and other features, as well as facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities. Feature stories highlight lighthouses, tidepools, hiker/biker camps and winter recreation opportunities.

The guide is available in print from OPRD's offices in Salem and Portland, at state parks, by mail order at 800-551-6949 and online at www.oregonstateparks.org.

Detailed information about any park is available by calling the State Parks info line at 800-551-6949. Camping reservations can be made up to nine months in advance by calling 800-452-5687 or by visiting the website. The Oregon State Park system is funded by visitors, recreational vehicle registrations, and a share of the Oregon Lottery dedicated to parks by voters in 1998 and 2010.
County advisory group for state forestry to meet April 7 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/02/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, April 7 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, including discussion on recent stakeholder outreach; state forest-related topics for the 2015 Oregon legislative session; and conversation on eastern Oregon forest management.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Government Center, 1201 Court Street, Room 113 in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 1:45 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

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

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Deputies Say Seatbelts Save Lives of Seven in Early Morning Crash (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/15
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This morning, at 6:45 a.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to a roll over crash, on River Road NE and Mahony Road NE, near St. Paul. When deputies arrived on scene they found the mangled, Ford Econoline van and its seven occupants being worked on by fire personnel.

Ambulances and fire trucks from St. Paul, Marion County, Woodburn, Keizer and Newberg were used to transport all of the passengers and the driver to the Salem Hospital. According to the driver she and her passengers were traveling to work when they came upon a slow moving vehicle. They attempted to pass the slow moving vehicle, when they were met by an oncoming car in the opposing lane.

The driver stated she could not see the oncoming car because it was cloudy, low light and the vehicle did not have its lights on. The van quickly moved back over into its lane of travel, over corrected, left the roadway and lost control into a field. As the vehicle traveled into the field, it flipped over on its top and then back onto all four wheels.

All seven occupants were transported to the Salem Hospital ER, where they are being treated for minor injuries. Deputies stated that all of the occupants of the van were seat belted at the time of the crash. The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind motorists that lights must be on when a vehicle is driving on a highway and limited visibility conditions exist.


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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, April 15, 2015
Oregon State Library - 04/02/15
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Eugene at the Hilton Eugene & Conference Center on April 15, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

At the meeting on April 15th, the Board will hear from the Oregon Library Association President. They will also appoint Government Information and Library Services Advisory Committee members. A discussion of LSTA funding will be included. An open forum is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the Open Forum.

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

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
April 15, 2015
Hilton Eugene & Conference Center
Eugene, OR
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda


1:00 p.m. Approval of the Minutes of the March 20, 2015 Meeting Bonebrake

1:10 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

1:45 Report from OLA President Watkins

2:00 Report of the State Librarian & Staff
Activities Since the Last Meeting Dahlgreen
Progress Report Dahlgreen

2:30 Open Forum** Bonebrake

2:45 New Business
Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Dahlgreen
LSTA Funding Discussion Dahlgreen

3:00 Plans for next meeting
Adjournment Bonebrake

** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Special considerations for military personnel filing in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 04/02/15
As the personal income tax return filing deadline approaches, there are a few things military personnel stationed in Oregon or those stationed outside of Oregon who claim Oregon as their home of record should keep in mind.
"Oregon residents stationed outside the state and nonresidents stationed here in Oregon may not need to file an Oregon tax return," said Megan Denison, policy and systems manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division.
Nonresident military personnel only need to file in Oregon if they received non-military Oregon-source income, or if Oregon taxes were withheld from their military pay, Denison explained. Oregon-source income includes wages from other employment in Oregon, or earnings from a rental property or sale of real estate in Oregon. If Oregon taxes were withheld from military pay, nonresident military personnel can claim a refund of those withholdings.
Wages earned by military spouses or registered domestic partners (RDP) who only moved to Oregon because of a military assignment are exempt from taxation when both spouses are Oregon nonresidents, Denison said. This doesn't apply to spouses who are also in the military. As with military personnel, spouses or RDPs can file an Oregon return to claim a refund if Oregon taxes were withheld from their exempt wages, she added.
Additionally, out-of-state wages and income earned by military members and spouses or RDPs who are Oregon residents, but live outside the state because of a military assignment, might be exempt from Oregon tax.
Oregon residents stationed outside of Oregon are considered nonresidents. Their military pay isn't taxed by Oregon if they've maintained Oregon as their home of record and they meet all of the following criteria:
* Did not have a permanent residence in Oregon for themselves or their family during any part of the tax year.
* Maintained a permanent residence outside of Oregon.
* Spent less than 31 days in Oregon during the tax year.
Military personnel may also qualify for military pay subtractions on their Oregon personal income tax return. Subtractions are available for:
* Pay earned while stationed outside of Oregon.
* Guard members and reservists stationed away from home for 21 days or more.
* Other taxable military pay after removing other subtractions, up to $6,000.
For more filing considerations for military personnel, see the Personal income tax overview section at www.oregon.gov/dor/personal.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
South Albany High School Arson Arrest - Albany Police Case 15-6400 (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/02/15
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On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at about 8:00 p.m., 28-year-old Albany resident Zachary Lee Burghart was arrested in connection with the early morning fire set at South Albany High School as well as a travel trailer. Zachary Burghart was lodged in the Linn County Jail on the following charges:

* Arson in the First Degree (3 counts)
* Criminal Mischief in the First Degree (2 counts)
* Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (2 counts)

The investigation showed Zachary Burghart set the fires on April 1, 2015, which destroyed the South Albany High School Cafeteria as well as a travel trailer in the neighborhood. The travel trailer, parked in a driveway in the 1500 block of SE Del Rio Avenue, was destroyed after the propane tanks exploded.

Zachary Burghart was also charged for damage he caused with his vehicle to South Albany High School parking lot gates as well as a camper parked on the street in the area.

The investigation into Zachary Burghart is on-going. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Albany Police Detectives at 541-917-7686.

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Public Health Advisory Board to hold special meeting April 6
Oregon Health Authority - 04/02/15
April 2, 2015

What: The Public Health Advisory Board is holding a special meeting via webinar to provide an overview of HB 3100, Modernization of Public Health, discuss the board's role, and answer any questions board members may have. The meeting is open to the public.

HB 3100 can be viewed online at: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB3100/Introduced

When: Monday, April 6, 9 a.m.

How: Members of the public are invited to listen in on the webinar. Please contact Brittany Sande at brittany.a.sande@state.or.us or 971-673-1291 to receive the webinar log-in information. The number of logins is limited.

ORS 431.195 establishes Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board to serve as an advisory body to the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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Sheriff's Office Offering Another Round of Free Boat Inspections (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/02/15
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On Saturday April, 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Team will be offering free boat inspections. Deputies will be at the Keizer Volcanoes Stadium, located at 6700 Field of Dreams Way in Keizer.

Deputies and volunteers will be checking for:

-Boat Registration (Certificate of number)
- Registration numbers on forward half of boat
- Validation stickers
- Boater education cards
- PFD's (life jackets)
- Sound producing device
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights
- Ventilation
- Clean Flame arrestor
- Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for non-motorized over 10'

Come on out, we hope to see you there!


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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Statewide Rules for Slow-No Wake, Waterway Markers (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/02/15
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The Oregon State Marine Board is accepting written public comment beginning April 1, through April 21, on proposed rulemaking for Slow-No Wake and Waterway Markers. Staff will host a public hearing on April 21, 2015, at 6:00 pm, at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial Street NE, in Salem. Following the close of the hearing, the Marine Board will convene a Board meeting to discuss the proposed rules. The Board may make a motion to adopt, amend, not adopt, or take some other action with regard to the proposed rules.

The proposed rulemaking to OAR Chapter 250 will add a definition of "slow-no wake," amend the basic rule to comply with the definition, and amend the local and special area rules to standardize the rule language and remove the reference to "maximum" and "5 mph" in relation to slow-no wake speed.

The proposed rulemaking for waterway markers will describe the characteristics and standards for regulatory and informational markers (buoys and signs) used on the waters of this state that convey official messages to boat operators. Additionally, the rules will establish procedures for public bodies and individuals to apply for a permit to place approved waterway markers of their own (those markers not placed by the U.S. Coast Guard or the Oregon State Marine Board). These existing rules and definitions have been carefully considered and vetted by two external advisory committees and law enforcement marine patrol over the last two years.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments on the proposed rule language. The comment period closes April 21, 2015 at the Close of Hearing. Written comments are submitted by email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments will not be accepted by telephone.

To review the hearing notice and proposed rule language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.

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Lebanon Apartment Fire Displaces 4 Families ***UPDATE***
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 04/02/15
Shortly before 5:00 pm on April 1st Lebanon Fire District was dispatched to an apartment fire at 2012 Cypress Ct. Upon arrival, crews found 1 unit of a 4-plex apartment building well involved with fire. The incident commander immediately called for a 2nd alarm, bringing mutual aid from Albany Fire, Sweet Home Fire, Brownsville Fire, and Scio Fire.

There were no injuries to any of the occupants or firefighters. The occupants of all four dwelling units have been displaced. Losses are estimated at approximately $200,000.

A fire cause determination is currently underway.

The apartments were not equipped with residential sprinklers, which were not required when this structure was built. Had sprinklers been present in this building, it is quite likely that damage would have been much less and many of the occupants would not have been displaced.

***UPDATE***
The investigation into the cause of this fire is complete. The investigation revealed that combustible materials were placed too close to an in wall electric heater. When the heater switched on the combustibles were ignited.

In wall electric heaters are essentially a space heater built into a wall. To avoid fires such as this one, please remember that "Space Heaters Need Space." By keeping combustible materials away from a heat source such as this, you can avoid becoming the victim of a fire.
04/01/15
Two Silverton houses added to National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/01/15
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The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House, built about 1907, is a locally notable example of a modest Colonial Revival-style residence in the foursquare form. Foursquare homes are generally two stories tall with four relatively equally-sized rooms on each floor arranged around an entry and stair. Foursquare residences were a flexible house type and could exhibit a number of styles, including Colonial Revival, which drew inspiration from classical architecture.

The DeGuire-Ludowitzki House exhibits the style though the symmetrical placement of windows and doors with decorative trim, round wood Doric columns supporting the wrap-around porch, corner boards, and wide fascia at the roofline.

Charles Francis DeGuire, who was the son of one of Silverton's established families, constructed the home. He later sold the residence to German immigrant and local builder John Ludowitzki and his wife Mary. The house remained in the Ludowitzki family after their death until 1938.

The Louise Adams House, built in 1924, is recognized as a local example of a modest Craftsman-style home, typical of many residences constructed during the period, yet notable for its striking octagonal porch. An American style developed in California, Craftsman-style homes are characterized by low-pitch roofs with broad roof overhangs supported by decorative bracing with exposed rafter ends; multi-light windows; decorative porches; and open interior floor plans.

Prominent lawyer, businessman, and politician Louis J. Adams had the building and another on an adjacent lot built as rental homes, which he gifted to his daughter after construction. Louise was educated in schools in Silverton, Spokane, Wash., and New York before returning to work in Silverton at the Coolidge & McClaine Bank as a bookkeeper. Louise left the community again after marrying newspaper lithographer Timothy Brownhill in 1933, but returned after her divorce in 1954 to live in the house until her death in 1988.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the buildings' nominations at its October 2014 meeting. The houses are among 15 historic properties in Silverton that are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


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*** Photo Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 101 at MP 100.5 - Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/01/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this mornings single vehicle traffic crash which resulted in a fatality on Highway 101 near milepost 100.5 in Tillamook County.

Preliminary information from investigators at the scene indicates that this morning, shortly after 6:00 a.m, a silver Pontiac Sunfire was northbound on Highway 101 near Cascade Head when for unknown reasons the vehicle struck the guardrail and rolled over onto the roadway. The driver, 57-year-old DAVID KYTE, of Lincoln City, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Early information suggests KYTE was not wearing safety restraints. Heavy rain and speed are being investigated as additional contributing factors in this crash.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Nestucca Fire Department, Tillamook Police Department and the Tillamook County Medical Examiners Office.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet April 7 in Astoria
Oregon Health Authority - 04/01/15
April 1, 2015

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting April 7 in Astoria at the Astoria City Hall. The board will receive a brief legislative update. The board will have an opportunity to hear from the local community through a series of focused panels on health system transformation, public health, and behavioral health. Public testimony will be heard beginning at 11:50 a.m.

When: Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Astoria City Hall, 1095 Duane Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person or may attend via the listen-only telephone line at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 604851#.

A link to a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:
-- Legislative update;
-- Health system transformation panel;
-- Public health panel;
-- Behavioral health panel;
-- OHPB debrief;
-- Public testimony.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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OSP Troopers in Springfield ask for Public Help Locating Hit and Run Vehicle - Lane County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 04/01/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in Springfield are asking for the public's help locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run crash last night on Highway 99 at Beltline Road.

On March 31, at approximately 11:30 p.m., OSP troopers responded to a reported hit and run crash on Highway 99 at Beltline Road (on HWY 99). Upon arrival, troopers learned a gray Lexus sedan was northbound at the light when a dark colored, possibly blue, 1980's era, full-size Ford Pickup (F-250) rear ended it causing extensive damage and minor injuries to the occupant. The Ford then fled the scene northbound on HWY 99 toward Junction City. Troopers believe the Ford will likely have damage to its front end left side.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Senior Trooper Elijah Chambers of the Springfield Area Command at 541-726-2536 ext. 445.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/01/15
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 31, 2015

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

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet April 14-15 in Keizer

Keizer OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 14-15 in Keizer, Oregon.

On April 14, Commissioners will gather at 8 a.m. to tour parks and sites along the Willamette River Greenway before attending workshops starting at 1:30 p.m. in the Keizer City Hall, McNary Room, 930 Chemawa Road NE, Keizer, Oregon.

On April 15, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8 a.m. at the Keizer City Hall in the Chemawa and McNary Rooms 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 items that request approval of contracts, grants, and other items.

The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/april2015agenda, and the meeting packet with information on each agenda item will be posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx by 3 p.m. Friday, April 3. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 12 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should 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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03/31/15
Deputies Need Your Help Locating Witness to Assault **Updated Again*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/15
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I apologize for any inconvenience, the suspects name in this case is Edward Francis West.

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Edward Francis West, 59, of Salem is in custody after alledgley slapping a juvenile and then later pointing a firearm at him last Sunday at about 4:00 p.m. The disturbance began after two, 17 year old juveniles, crossed the street in front of Mr. Francis's truck on Center Street near Lancaster Drive NE in Salem.

For unknown reasons Mr. West yelled at the boys to get out of the street and when they yelled back he drove into the parking lot at Roth's Market and confronted the two boys. A verbal altercation between the boys and Mr. West took place but after Mr. Francis began pushing and eventually slapping one of the males they attempted to leave the area.

That is when it is alleged that Mr. West went back to his truck and grabbed a small black handgun and pointed it at the boys stating, "Get ready to die." According to reports, a Good Samaritan saw the altercation and stopped to help the boys. The Samaritan was riding a motorcycle and used his helmet to knock the gun away from Mr. West allowing the boys to run away from the area.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating the Good Samaritan or any other witnesses to this incident. The Samaritan is reported to be a male riding a green motorcycle. Unfortunately, the boys were unable to get any further description of the rider. Mr. West is lodged at the Marion County Jail where he is set to be arraigned for the crimes of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, Assault IV and Harassment.

Anyone with information can call Deputy Banks at 503-576-7243.


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Oregon State Hospital patients settle into Junction City and Salem campuses; Portland campus closes
Oregon Health Authority - 03/31/15
March 31, 2015

Today was a historic day for Oregon State Hospital, with the last 57 patients of its Portland campus transferring to the facility in Salem. The patients are moving into units recently vacated when the new Oregon State Hospital campus in Junction City opened March 11.

Oregon State Hospital provides intensive psychiatric treatment for adults with severe mental illness. Patients from throughout the state receive 24-hour on-site services that help them stabilize and successfully transition back to their lives in the community.

Today's move was the last in a series that began in January 2011 when the first patients moved to the new building in Salem. In 2007, the Oregon Legislature authorized construction of two new psychiatric facilities, one in Salem and one in Junction City. The successful completion of both locations culminates 10 years of planning and development.

The new facilities were designed to provide a therapeutic environment and support the active treatment necessary for people to recover from mental illness. The new building in Salem has the capacity to serve up to 620 people, and the new building in Junction City can serve up to 174.

The closure of the Oregon State Hospital site in Portland will not affect the ability of people in the Portland metro area to receive hospital-level psychiatric care. The state hospital will continue to admit patients from throughout Oregon.

The Oregon State Hospital campus in Salem will take possession of the archived medical records of patients who received services at the Portland campus. Former patients who wish to obtain copies of their medical records should mail or fax their request to:

Oregon State Hospital
Health Information Department
Room B01-252
2600 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Fax: 503-945-9855

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Media Alert: April 1 Mayoral Forum with Eugene & Springfield Mayors & AARP
AARP Oregon - 03/31/15
WHAT: Mayoral Forum "Women and Financial Security"

A hosted thought-leader luncheon and community conversation on how cities can shine a lens on the special economic conditions of women in our communities and how we can work together to strengthen financial security for all of our citizens.

WHO: Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene
Christine Lundberg, Mayor of Springfield
Elaine Ryan, AARP VP (National spokesperson)
Professor John Chalmers, University of Oregon
Betty-Coe deBroekert, AARP Oregon volunteer and
resident of Springfield
Joyce DeMonnin, AARP Oregon Director of Public Outreach

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way, Eugene

KEY ISSUES:
* Three out of five working women earn less than $30,000 per year.
* At age 65, women have an average life expectancy of 20 years, compared to 17 for men.
* Nearly half of women over 45 are unmarried.
* From age 65 on, women are more than twice as likely as men to be widowed, divorced, separated or never married.
* At age 65 and older, 40% of women live alone, compared to 19% of men.
* In 2006, women's salaries averaged 77 cents on the dollar, compared to men's salaries.
* Social Security represents 53% of total income for unmarried women over 65

ADDITIONAL NEWS:
Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg will be accepting a plaque recognizing Springfield as the newest member of the AARP Age-Friendly Cities initiative.


Attached Media Files: Flyer for Mayoral Forum
After 27 Years Lieutenant Decides to Hang Up His Belt (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/31/15
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Today, with best wishes, we said goodbye to Lieutenant Tim Steele, who is retiring after a 27 year career with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Steele started his law enforcement career shortly after graduating high school, when he joined the Army. Lt Steele served in the Army as a military police officer, where he worked in a variety of assignments.

In 1986, and while attending college, Lt. Steele became a reserve deputy sheriff with the Benton County Sheriff's Office. In 1988 Lt. Steele left Benton County and came to work for the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a full-time deputy sheriff.

At MCSO, Lt. Steele worked as a patrol deputy, on our Traffic Safety Team, a detective on our Youth Services Team and as a public information officer within the Community Action Team. In 1997, Lt. Steele was promoted to sergeant, as a Sergeant he supervised patrol deputies the Traffic Safety Team, forest patrol deputies, Search and Rescue and Street Crimes Detectives.
Tim was promoted to lieutenant in 2010 and was assigned to the Institutions Division, overseeing contracts and administrative functions. In 2013, he moved downtown to the Operations Division, rounding out his career writing policies, managing the Professional Standards Unit, accreditation, civil, records, concealed handgun licensing and training.
Sheriff Jason Myers was quoted as saying, "We can't thank Tim enough for his years of dedicated service, and we wish him well in his retirement." Tim has told us that he plans to take the next year off before he decides what to do next. Good luck Lieutenant Steele, enjoy your retirement!


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New online reporting service from Salem Police to launch tomorrow (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/31/15
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On April 1, 2015, the Salem Police Department will unveil a new online reporting service to enable Salem residents to easily file reports for certain crimes that do not require a police officer to respond.

The department's Telephone Reporting Office (TRO) is responsible for taking all reports for incidents that do not require the presence of an officer. "The most common reports we handle are thefts from vehicles or criminal mischief," said TRO supervisor Jessica Savey. These types of cases frequently do not have a suspect, and thus, no leads for an officer to investigate. Staff call each victim to take the details of the incident, and create a report. The victim is then provided with a case number which is most commonly provided to insurance companies.

The new service, known as the Community Online Police Reporting (COPR) system, will help TRO staff more efficiently handle the processing of these types of calls by allowing the victim to log on and initiate a report. "Due to the high call volume, citizens sometimes wait 24 to 48 hours before staff contact them to take the report," said Savey. By filing the report online, they can provide the necessary case information. The system will then generate a temporary reference number for them.

"The City of Salem's Information Technology Department created COPR from scratch," said Patrol Division Deputy Chief Jim Ferraris. "The IT engineers combined convenience and efficiency to design and develop a greatly needed service for the public," he added. COPR allows victims to file their report in the privacy of their own home, and at a time of their convenience. The online access will benefit those who have, for example, tight schedules or work circumstances which may not allow them to receive a call from a telephone reporting officer to take an entire report.

The online platform will accept reports for incidents that have occurred within the Salem city limits, and in general, will only handle crimes that do not have a known or named suspect, or the incident is not domestic-related.

Find the Community Online Reporting hotlink at www.cityofsalem.net/police beginning April 1, 2015 at 8 a.m.

#S#P#D


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Of trees, fire and shade: Oregon's Class of 2015 Heritage Trees to be honored (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 03/31/15
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Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and its volunteer Oregon Heritage Tree Committee invite the public to participate in the 2015 Statewide Heritage Tree Dedication and the Maynard Drawson Memorial Award ceremony. The free event will be held on April 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Salem headquarters at 2600 State St., Building C.

This year, the Class of 2015 Heritage Trees holds a tree-lover's surprise---bonus trees. Groves (or groups of trees) are eligible to achieve heritage status as are individual trees. The latest inductees---the Coquille Myrtle Grove and the T. J. Howell Brewer Spruce---are fine examples of how trees are connected to Oregon history, culture, events and people.

Speakers at the event will include OTE Executive Director Nancy DeSouza, Oregon State University's College of Forestry/Urban Forestry Paul Ries, Chair of the Oregon Heritage Tree Committee Roger Brandt, and Oregon Garden Club's Marcia Whitelock. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend.

[Sub-header] Highly prized--the honorees

The Coquille Myrtle Grove possesses strong ties to Oregon's Coos County and its early pioneer families. The grove sits on a preserved section of an 1859 Donation Land Claim that belonged to Dr. Henry Hermann. The homestead was sold in 1925 to the Leroy Strong family, whose son Reese studied horticulture at Oregon State University and stayed on to manage the land. Early in the 1940s the Oregon chapter of the National Council of State Garden Clubs undertook a much publicized endeavor to "Save the Myrtlewoods." The club's goal was to collect enough donations to preserve a large section of the homestead's myrtlewood trees for public enjoyment. The chapter ultimately raised enough money to purchase seven acres, and the tract was donated to the State of Oregon for a new state park. Without the intervention of the women of the Oregon Garden Club, it is unlikely that this enchanting wayside park and its shady grove of myrtle trees would exist today. Coquille Myrtle Grove State Park and its 2015 honored trees are located on Hwy 242, near Powers.

The T.J. Howell Brewer Spruce Tree represents a small population of Brewer spruce that survived the 2002 Biscuit Fire in the Siskiyou National Forest. The species was discovered by one of our state's earliest pioneer botanists, Thomas Jefferson Howell, and was the last tree species to be discovered in America. Howell first recorded finding and collecting Brewer spruce specimens in 1884 while navigating Happy Camp Trail. Howell was famous for self-publishing a seven-volume journal on Pacific Northwest botany---a remarkable feat considering that he was semi-illiterate, and had only a three month primary school education. Howell's 1880s era books remained the definitive authority on PNW botany until 1955. Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area was created in 1966 to protect one of the last remaining stands of Brewer spruce and other rare plants in southern Oregon. The botanical area (and access to the 2015 honoree) is near historic Hwy 199 and Cave Junction.

[Sub-header] Significant achievement award to be presented at the Statewide Dedication

A special award designed for people who champion Oregon's significant trees will be presented for the first time at the OTE event. The Maynard Drawson Award was created following the passage of Maynard "The Tree Man" Drawson, the founder of OTE's Oregon Heritage Tree Program.

Arborist Brian French will receive the 2015 honor at the Statewide Heritage Tree Dedication and is scheduled to speak about his organization "Ascending the Giants." When the Oregon Department of Forestry suffered budget cuts to its Big Tree Registry, French and his partner Will Koomjian established the non-profit association to maintain the original registry database. Many of the trees listed in the registry were discovered by Drawson on his famous treks through Oregon's forests.

French is a certified arborist and is the regional education coordinator for the International Society of Aboriculture. He has worked tirelessly as one of Oregon's most inspiring tree advocates and is a board member of Oregon Community Trees, as well as the chair of Portland's Urban Forestry Commission's Heritage Tree Program. French and business partner Koomjian created the visually stunning documentary "Treeverse" to introduce the concept of "expedition-style climbing" to a broader audience and to educate the public about tree preservation.

[Sub-header] About OTE

Oregon Travel Experience is a semi-independent state agency located in Salem with a focus on transportation. The agency and its governing Council's mission is to ensure a safe and convenient motoring experience. OTE oversees highway safety rest area management, helps motorists find essential services through blue highway logo signs, and helps connect the first-time Oregon visitor to tourism partners through its travel information centers. OTE also administers two Oregon heritage programs: historical markers and heritage trees.


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I-5 cable barrier work planned between Creswell and Goshen
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 03/31/15
During the next three nights, a contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation we be doing I-5 median cable barrier work between Goshen and Creswell (milepost 185 to 186). Motorists should be alert to activity in the median area of I-5, expect single lane restrictions and a 50 miles per hour work zone speed reduction from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Motorists should proceed with caution through the work zone.

The work in the short section between Creswell and Goshen is part of a much larger I-5 median cable barrier project between Salem and Eugene. When completed, this work will help prevent median cross-over accidents through these sections of I-5.
03/30/15
Red Cross Assisting 18 Monroe Residents After Apartment Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/30/15
The American Red Cross Cascades Region is assisting nine adults and nine children displaced by a multiple-unit residential fire in the 600 block of Kelly Street in Monroe, Benton County.

The Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, infant supplies, and information about Disaster Health and Mental Health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at http://www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Fish & Wildlife Trooper in Baker City Detects Blaze, Rescues Elderly Woman - Sumpter OR. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/30/15
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On March 29, 2015, shortly after noon, Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish & Wildlife Division in Baker City, was patrolling in the town of Sumpter, southwest of Baker City, when he saw what appeared to be a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby. One person was attempting to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but was not having any success. Senior Trooper Duncan told the people to get away from the now fully engulfed vehicle for their own safety. As he did so he noticed a large propane tank between the residence and the vehicle which he feared may explode.

Senior Trooper Duncan learned the residence was owned by an 81-year-old woman who was believed to still be inside the home. As the fire spread to the residence, Sr. Trooper Duncan and Firefighter David Stellman of the Sumpter Valley Fire Department went to the door to inquire and Senior Trooper Duncan went inside to look for the woman.

Shortly after entering the home, Senior Trooper Duncan located the woman and her son still inside the residence. The woman was seated in a chair and her son told Senior Trooper Duncan she was unable to stand or walk on her own. As smoke poured into the residence through the door and the house began to burn, Senior Trooper Duncan carried the woman out of the house and to his patrol vehicle. Later on, Sumpter Valley Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.

During the investigation it was determined the fire was started while an occupant of the residence was working on the fuel system of a vehicle. Red Cross arrived to assist the occupants.

OSP was assisted by the Sumpter Valley Fire Department and the Red Cross. Firefighter Stellman was contacted and approved the use of his name for this release.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/15
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local organizations including the Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, Salem-Keizer School District 24-J, the Department of Human Services, Marion County Community Services Department, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the City of Salem Police Department and the Hands and Words are not for Hurting Project will spearhead activities during the month of April as part of a national "Child Abuse Prevention Month" effort.

On Wednesday, April 1st, officials will gather at 8:00 am, as PGE personnel begin to hang blue ribbons from a tree located on the northwest corner of the State Capitol. The ribbons will symbolize the 10,630 confirmed victims of child abuse in the State of Oregon in 2013.

Below are a few tips that can help prevent child abuse.

1. Help yourself. If the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed or out of control - take time out. Don't take it out on your child. Seek help and care for yourself so that you will be able to be more effective for your child.

2. Monitor your child's activities. Keep the computer in a family area where you can keep an eye on its use. Supervise all internet and cell phone activities closely. Be choosy about television and video viewing: watching violent films, TV programs, and video games can harm young children.

3. Help a friend, neighbor, or relative. Being a parent isn't easy. Offer a helping hand to take care of children so the parent(s) can rest or spend time together.

More information on combating child abuse can be found at www.parentforthefuture.com. The public and media are invited to attend the event on Wednesday, project organizers will be on hand to distribute information. Come join us and help us prevent child abuse!


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DOGAMI Governing Board to meet April 3
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 03/30/15
PORTLAND, Ore.-The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet via teleconference on Friday, April 3 at 8:30 a.m.

A full meeting agenda is available here: bit.ly/1IghEUj

The public may listen to the meeting in person at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 965.

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Join Our Team As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff! (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/30/15
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Are you interested in a career in law enforcement? Did you know that most deputy sheriffs began their careers as a volunteer? Well here is your chance, the Marion County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Reserve Deputy Sheriff.

As a reserve you will have the opportunity to serve your community, ride-a-long with deputy sheriffs, attend police training and gain valuable life experience. Detective Matt Hagan stated, "Being a reserve deputy helped prepare me for my career as a detective. I would recommend being a reserve to anyone who is interested in a career in law enforcement,"
A list of qualifications and how to apply can be found at www.GoMCSO.com just select the tab on the left marked, "Reserve Deputies." Or you can contact Detective Matt Hagan at 503-316-6605 or mhagan@co.marion.or.us with any specific questions. Hurry, because the position closes May 1st, so get your application in now!


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BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel (Photo) (updated with corrected quote)
Bonneville Power Administration - 03/30/15
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PR 07 15

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 30, 2015

CONTACT: Doug Johnson, 503-230-5840/503-230-5131

BPA veteran attorney Mary Jensen named general counsel

Portland, Ore. - Mary Jensen, who has worked in the Bonneville Power Administration General Counsel's office since 2002, has been named its general counsel. She takes over after managing the office for a year as acting general counsel.

"Mary stepped in and helped BPA work through a number of complex legal matters while acting as general counsel for the past year," said BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer. "She is the first BPA general counsel who reports directly to the administrator. I look forward to continuing to work with her to further enhance BPA's legal risk management and compliance."

While serving as acting general counsel, Jensen guided BPA's Office of General Counsel through a major reorganization, instituted a new office policy on legal advice, and collaborated with the Department of Energy general counsel in creating national guidelines for power marketing administrations in states where marijuana sales are lawful under state statutes. She also instituted new processes that enable faster response times to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

"The Bonneville Power Administration serves an incredibly important purpose in the Northwest," Jensen said. "I am honored to serve as its general counsel and lead the legal staff that supports our efforts to keep our assets delivering value to the region."

Jensen has specialized in legal issues involving the provision of transmission service at Bonneville and was promoted to manage that legal section in 2008. Before joining BPA in 2002, she worked at the U.S. Office of the Solicitor in Phoenix, Ariz., advising the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding operations of its federally-owned electric utilities that provide service in Arizona.

Preceding her federal service, she worked as a prosecutor in Tucson, Ariz., handling felony cases including vehicular offenses, elder abuse and homicide. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. Her son is a third-generation journeyman lineman, who lives in Missouri with his wife and their five children.

The Office of General Counsel provides legal expertise that supports BPA programs through legal advice and representation, including but not limited to the general areas of transmission, natural resources, power, lands, federal resources and treaties, generation and finance, personnel, and ratemaking.

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

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Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting Press Release, April 9, 2015
Oregon State Library - 03/30/15
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.




Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library - Basement Conference Room (or by phone)
April 9, 2014
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping

10:05 Review agenda and approve minutes from October 30, 2014 meeting

10:15 Update on projects since last meeting

10:30 Elect Chair for 2015-2016

11:00 OR Department of Education update

12:00 Working Lunch

12:30 Testing and Skills Building RFP
* Results of RFP
* Review of Budget
* Recommendation to LSTA Council

2:00 Portal for central access to databases

2:45 Action Item Review

3:00 Adjourn
The Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) Helps to Improve Independence and Choice for Those Served
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 03/30/15
In their fourth annual consumer satisfaction survey, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) of Oregon has once again ranked favorably among its consumers. Though the survey was meant to measure consumer satisfaction, it has also shown that ADRC consumers experience an improved quality of life and increase of independence and choice because of the options counseling they received through the ADRC.

* 82% of consumers report living in the place they most desire as a result of ADRC information;
* 80% of consumers report they are safer in their homes;
* 62% of consumers report making the most of their personal money as a result of ADRC services;
* 73% of consumers report greater independence as a result of ADRC services; and
* 72% of consumers who report having enough support to meet their needs and preferences because of the ADRC.

The ADRC is a state wide resource for everyone, regardless of income level. They assist individuals who are looking for information about services to address aging or disability needs and can help individuals to learn about local public and privately paid service options that can help them maintain, or increase their level of independence.

The survey was conducted by Portland State University's Institute on Aging. The survey measures the ADRC's capacity in regards to consumer-based standards. The results from the survey will be used to improve the ADRC's outreach and service delivery.

In 2014, the ADRC of Oregon received a total of 76,213 phone calls to their local ADRC's including 1-855-ORE-ADRC and 735,022 web hits. Of consumers who were surveyed, 89% stated that they would recommend the ADRC, and 87% stated that it would be easy to contact the ADRC again.

The ADRC of Oregon is also being nationally-recognized by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) as a promising practice for their Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) efforts. ACL's upcoming article states that "Oregon embarked on the development of a robust and comprehensive CQI effort to better understand the impact of its NWD/ADRCs-not only on system outcomes, but consumer level outcomes as well."

To access the ADRC of Oregon, please visit http://www.ADRCofOregon.org or 1-855-ORE-ADRC (673-2373. For more questions regarding the ADRC of Oregon consumer satisfaction survey, please contact Elizabeth O'Neill at Elizabeth.a.oneill@state.or.us or 971-673-1373.
03/29/15
Man in Custody After Shots Fired During Domestic Dispute ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/29/15
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An investigation that is still continuing this evening, has led detectives to believe that Evan Anderson, age 35, of Millersburg, kicked in the door of his ex-girlfriends residence to confront her and her new boyfriend. Once Inside the residence evidence shows that, Anderson fired two shots, one into the ceiling and another into the floor.

After Anderson left, the victim's mother, who lives close by, came to the house to see what had happened. Upset that her daughter had been shot at, she went to Anderson's Millersburg residence, to confront him. At the residence Anderson was in the process of switching vehicles and as he left he rammed the victim's Mother's vehicle with his truck.

Finally, after ramming the victim's mother, 911 was called, nearly 30 minutes after the initial disturbance. Once the 911 call was placed Troopers, with the Oregon State Police located Anderson on Enchanted Way SE near I5. Anderson was stopped and taken into custody without incident. At the time of custody Anderson had his 14 month old son, in the car with him, detectives do believe that the son was with Anderson the entire time. The child was taken by DHS personnel and placed with family members.

Because of the nature and severity of the crimes committed by Anderson the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release the names of the victim's, witnesses, minor child or exact locations of today's events. Anderson is being held at the Marion County Jail and will be arraigned tomorrow for the crimes of, Burglary I, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Menacing. Additional charges may be added later.

The Sheriff's Office wants to take the time to remind people that confronting armed assailants is extremely dangerous and your first action once you are safe should be to call 911.


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A Linn County man is in custody after kicking in his ex-girlfriends front door and firing shots in her general direction, at her residence in Jefferson this morning. Deputies and detectives are on scene and processing evidence and crime scenes that spread from Jefferson to Millersburg.

Evan Anderson, age 35 is in custody, there are no reported injuries and there is no danger to the public. The Sheriff's Office is still in the early stages of their investigation and pieces of this complex puzzle are being put together. Once additional details become available we will make them available, that time frame is not yet known.


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*** Update/Photo *** Fatal Motorcycle Crash on HWY 140 at MP 27 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/29/15
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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing to investigate this afternoon's fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 at milepost 27 east of Medford.

Preliminary information from troopers at the scene indicates that on March 29, at approximately 12:51 p.m., a 2005 Yamaha motorcycle, grey and red in color, was traveling eastbound on highway 140 when the driver, identified as TAMARA A. ALTER, 57, of Medford, failed to negotiate a left hand curve and struck the guardrail. ALTER was ejected from the motorcycle and thrown down a steep,rocky embankment. The motorcycle continued on for about another 100 yards before coming to rest on the westbound (opposite) side of the highway. ALTER was pronounced deceased at the scene. She was wearing a helmet and neither excessive speed nor impairment are believed to have been a factor in the crash.

OSP was assisted by the Eagle Point Fire District 3, the White City Technical Rescue Team, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lake Creek Rural Fire Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 140 near milepost 27 east of Medford. The road is not blocked at this time as the bike is well off the roadway however, watch for emergency crews and responders and check www.tripcheck.com for updates and closures that may occur as the investigation continues.

An update to this release will be made when additional information becomes available.

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03/28/15
Fatal Crash on SR Hwy 58 MP 45 near Oakridge Results in Criminal Charges (Photo)*** Update Name
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/28/15
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***Update*** Name Correction: Billroy Durham****

According to Sgt. Berland, on March 28th, 2015 at 10:26 am, Troopers from the Springfield Area Command responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on SR Highway 58 near milepost (MP) 45 east of Oakridge. The investigation revealed a gold 1999 Honda Accord was traveling westbound and for unknown reasons crossed over into the eastbound lane of travel, colliding with a white 2014 Honda Accord. After impact, the gold honda went down an embankment and came to rest on the passenger side against trees.

The white 2014 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 73 year old Charles Kuykendall and accompanied by his spouse, 74 year old passenger, Patricia Kuykendall both from Gig Harbor, Washington. Mrs. Kuykendall was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. Mr. Kuykendall was transported to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield with minor injuries.

The gold 1999 Honda Accord was occupied and driven by 36 year old Billroy Durham and accompanied by his spouse, 38 year old Tuesday Durham from Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Durham was transported by Lifeflight and Mr. Durham was transported via ambulance to the Peacehealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend also for serious injuries.

Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall were restrained with seatbelts and Mr. and Mrs. Durham were both not wearing seatbelts. Airbags deployed in both vehicles. One lane of Hwy 58 was closed for approximately 2 hours.

OSP-Springfield and Oakridge Troopers were assisted by ODOT, Oakridge Fire & Rescue, Life-Flight, Lane County District Attorney's Office, and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office. Trooper Duren is the lead investigator.

Mr. Durham is being treated for his injuries; however as a result of the investigation, Mr. Durham is expected to be charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Reckless Driving, and DUII- Controlled Substances.


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Red Cross assists victim of home fire in Roseburg
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/28/15
Disaster volunteers from the Red Cross Cascades Region assisted one adult after a residential fire in Roseburg. The fire occurred at 5:20 p.m. in the 100 block of North Park Lane. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, a comfort kit and information about disaster health and mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness, and urges everyone to take a few moments to review what to do before, during and after a flood, fire or other disaster. We also ask residents to check their smoke alarms regularly and make an escape plan in case of fire.
03/27/15
Sheriff's Office Arrest 6 after two Search Warrants (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/27/15
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports the Linn County Sheriff's Office served two search warrants this week. These warrants resulted in the arrest of 6 people, and the seizure of over 1 pound of methamphetamine, over 5 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, 5 firearms, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, nearly 300 illegally possessed prescription pills, suspected LSD, and $8,210 in U.S. Currency. The drugs seized have an estimated street value of over $80,000.

The first search warrant was served on Wednesday, March 25. At approximately 7:00 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served the warrant at a residence in the 600 block of West Vine Street in Lebanon. William Steven Alexy, 45 years of age; George Steve Alexy, 78 years of age; and Heather Lorraine Graves, 30 years of age; all from Lebanon, were all present at the residence at the time the search warrant was served.


Among the items seized from the residence were over a half pound of methamphetamine, approximately ?3/4 of a pound of processed marijuana, approximately 1 ?3/4 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms, suspected LSD, illegally possessed prescription medication, two firearms, and $5,081 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records and surveillance equipment.

Heather Lorraine Graves was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine. William Alexy was transported to the Lebanon Community Hospital by the Lebanon Fire Department due to a medical problem.

Detectives continued the investigation, and as a result they arrested Quintin Munoz, 23 years of age from Albany; Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez, 25 years of age from Albany; and Armando Ramirez-Escobar, 23 years of age from Albany; who were in possession of over a half pound of methamphetamine.

Quintin Munoz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Carmen Alvaro Flores-Juarez was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Armando Ramirez-Escobar was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

On Thursday, March 26, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Linn County Sheriff's Office served another warrant at a residence in the 90 block of South Main Street in Lebanon. Jamie David Krantz, 40 years of age who resides at the residence with Rebecca Anne Krantz, 39 years of age, were present when the search warrant was served.

Among the items seized from the residence were over 4 ?1/4 pounds of processed marijuana, over 11 ounces of hashish, two vials containing BHO (Butane Honey Oil), user amounts of methamphetamine, illegally possessed prescription medication, three firearms, and $3,129 in U.S. Currency. Investigators also seized drug paraphernalia, digital scales, packaging material, drug records, and BHO manufacturing paraphernalia.

Jamie David Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Unlawful Manufacture of a Schedule II Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a school, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Rebecca Krantz was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office was assisted in these investigations by the Lebanon Police Department, Albany Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). These investigations are continuing and additional arrests and charges are pending.


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*** UPDATE*** Body found in Klamath River Identified******** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/27/15
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On February 11th, 2015, Ms. Alicia Scott was reported as a missing person to the Klamath Falls Police Department. At that time, an investigation began in an attempt to locate Ms. Scott.
On March 26th, 2015, the Klamath County 911 Dispatch Center received a call stating a body had been located in the Klamath River, in the area of Lake Ewauna. Klamath County Search and Rescue and members of the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to the area and located a deceased female subject floating in the water. The subject was later identified as Ms. Alicia Scott.

At this time, the circumstances of Ms. Scott's death are unknown and the matter is under investigation.

Please contact Detective Brandon Dougherty at the
Klamath Falls Police Department
541-883-5336

Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip-line at 541-883-5334


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Oregon's Tree Cities recognized as Arbor Week approaches (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/27/15
Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation
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Oregon's Arbor Week - as designated by the Oregon State legislature - is the first full week of April.

This year, some 56 Oregon cities are being recognized as Tree City USA communities.

Tree City USA is a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation sponsored by the Oregon Department of Forestry. It recognizes cities that develop programs to plant and care for trees.

"Trees are important to the quality of life here in Oregon, where we have some of the most productive forestland in the world and some of the most livable cities around," says Paul Ries, who manages the Oregon Department of Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program. Trees and forests enhance quality of life by providing fish and wildlife habitat, shade, wood products, clean, healthy streams, and by raising property values, adds Ries.

> Congratulations to these cities
A new city has been added to Oregon's Tree City list this year, that of Stanfield, located in central Oregon. In addition, a grand total of fifty-five Oregon "Tree Cities" earned recertification this year.

They are:

Albany Creswell Klamath Falls Redmond Ashland Dallas La Grande Rogue River
Independence Baker City Eagle Point Lake Oswego Salem Bandon Eugene Lebanon Sandy
Banks Forest Grove Lincoln City Seaside Beaverton Echo Madras Sherwood
Gervais McMinnville Sisters Toledo Brownsville Grants Pass Medford Sunriver Troutdale Coburg Gresham Sweet Home Tualatin Coos Bay Happy Valley Monmouth Talent Veneta Corvallis Philomath Tigard West Linn Central Point Newport Oregon City Cottage Grove Irrigon Portland Tillamook Wilsonville

Tree City USA: requirements and milestones
Tree City USA is a national program of the Arbor Day foundation, and there are roughly 3,400 communities in the U.S. currently certified.

The 4 standards of becoming a Tree City USA are:
Each city must have a tree board or department, as well as a
Tree ordinance
Spend $2 per capita on their tree program
Host a proclamation and celebration for Arbor Day

Some milestones this year: Oregon's Ashland and Baker City are each celebrating 30 years as Tree Cities, and Sunriver, Oregon celebrates 35 years.

Tree campus USA
Your college campus can receive annual Tree Campus USA recognition by meeting five standards, and two- and four-year accredited colleges and universities meeting these standards will receive recognition materials to showcase their dedication to the campus environment.

This year, two Oregon college campuses were certified as Tree Campus USA for the first time: they are Ashland's Southern Oregon University and Portland State University. Oregon State University in Corvallis recertified as well.

"Congratulations to all of three of these colleges demonstrating outstanding dedication and care to the trees on their campuses," says Ries.

To be recognized as a Tree Campus U.S.A., college campuses must meet five standards.
These include:
1) Creating a Campus Tree Advisory Committee
2) Having a Campus Tree Care Plan
3) A Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures
4) Hosting an annual Arbor Day Observance
5) Have a Service Learning Project

General tree care reminders
Mulch your trees, as it helps prevent soil temperature and moisture fluctuations during summer months, softens rain penetration during winter, and discourages weeds. Add a depth of 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, leaving 3-4 inches around the base of your tree mulch-free.

Fertilizing at the time of planting is not necessary, but the tree should be deeply watered after planting. Also, newly-planted trees should always receive regular watering for 3 years following planting.

More information:
More information about trees can be found online, at www.treesaregood.com
To learn more about Arbor Week, visit http://www.arborday.org//oregon/
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State Housing Council Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 03/27/15
AGENDA

Date: April 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: OHCS 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330



1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
February 6, 2015
March 6, 2015

4. Individual Development Account (IDA) Awards

5. Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Program Update

6. Legislative Update

7. Housing Stability Council Subcommittee- Charter and Membership

8. Report of the Director

9. Report of the Chair




Next meeting:
May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in OHCS, Conference Room 124a/b
(725 Summer Street NE, Salem, OR 97301).
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

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

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meeting Schedule for April, 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 03/27/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of April, 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

April 1, 2015
* Facilities Planning Committee, 5:30 PM at Milner Crest. The agenda is posted at the following link and is subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

April 6, 2015
* Superintendent's Advisory Team, 12:00 noon at Milner Crest

April 13, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regular School Board Meeting, 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link the Friday prior to the meeting and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

April 27, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regional Smarter Balance Parent Night, 6:00 PM at Milner Crest.

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
Photo - I-5 mile post 7 Truck Crash (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/27/15
I-5 near milepost 7 northbound
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Interstate 5 (Pacific Highway) milepost 7: A single lane of traffic is open northbound, but may be closed on-and-off to remove the crashed semi which carried vegetables - mixed greens and radishes.
Continue to expect lengthy delays.


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03/26/15
OSP Detectives Arrest Suspect Related to March 24th Shooting in Grants Pass **Update*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
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************UPDATE Murphy************
OSP DETECTIVES ARREST SUSPECT RELATED TO MARCH 24TH SHOOTING INCIDENT

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 5:45 PM, Stephen Bryce MURPHY was taken into custody and subsequently lodged in the Josephine County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, four counts of Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

There will be no further release of information related to this case at this time. All further media requests should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.





*****UPDATE PHOTO of MURPHY ADDED*****

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has information concerning the whereabouts of Stephen Bryce Murphy (age 21 from Grants Pass), to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-474-3174. Murphy should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see Stephen Bryce MURPHY, immediately contact the Oregon State Police or dial 911.

On Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at approximately 7:13 PM, Oregon State Police Grants Pass patrol troopers and Oregon State Police Major Crimes detectives from Central Point responded to the report of a shooting incident which occurred in the area of milepost 21 on Riverbanks Road just outside of Grants Pass.

Initial information obtained by investigators indicates that Peter A. Harrod, age 23, from Eagle Point, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on Riverbanks Road, also known as State Route 260, when he was shot by a subject later identified as Stephen Bryce MURPHY, age 21 from Grants Pass.

HARROD was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center where he underwent surgery for injuries sustained from the incident. HARROD is currently listed in serious but stable condition. MURPHY fled the scene after the incident and is still outstanding as of this release.

On March 26th, 2015, at approximately 6:20 AM, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section, with the assistance of the Oregon State Police SWAT team, served a search warrant at the residence of 3923 Riverbanks Road as part of a continuing investigation into this incident. Riverbanks Road was temporarily closed during the initial execution of the warrant as a precaution to the public and reopened to intermittent traffic until OSP personnel completed their investigation.

Anyone with information please contact:

Detective Travis Lee
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967


OR

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952


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Western Oregon University announces four finalists for presidency (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 03/26/15
Dr. Margaret E. Madden
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - Western Oregon University (WOU) and the Oregon University System (OUS) have announced four finalists in the running to assume the WOU presidency after the retirement of current president Mark Weiss. Weiss will retire on June 30, 2015.

After months of application review and deliberation, the WOU Presidential Search Committee forwarded the four candidates to the OUS chancellor, Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE), and the incoming WOU Board of Trustees for consideration. The candidates will visit campus for a series of interviews, including meetings with both the WOU Board of Trustees and OSBHE, over the course of the next few days. Information about the search, including schedules and the application materials and resumes from the candidates may be viewed at:
http://www.wou.edu/president/presidentialsearch/

Jim Francesconi, OSBHE member and chair of the WOU Presidential Search Committee, shared: "The WOU search committee, comprised of stakeholders across the campus, including several members of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees, provided such a service to WOU by forwarding these four finalists. It has been my pleasure to work with such committed and passionate people to build on WOU's course for a bright future. Any of these candidates would bring a sincere commitment and demonstrated experience to increasing success for all students. Any of these candidates would elevate Western's profile in Oregon and beyond as a public university that offers higher education that is as good as any private university but at an affordable cost."

Jim Baumgartner, chair of the incoming WOU Board of Trustees and vice-chair of the WOU President Search Committee, stated: "This is an exciting time for Western Oregon University. The new institution board has been hard at work to ensure an effective transition from the State Board of Higher Education and there is no more important decision a Board can make than the selection of a new leader. I am confident that the search committee has forwarded four superb candidates for the campus and the board to consider. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Mark Weiss for his exemplary service as WOU's president. He leaves the university in great shape."

The finalists are:

Dr. Fernando Delgado has served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls since 2009. Prior to his current post, Delgado served as a dean at MSU-Mankato and then Hamline University. He began his career as a faculty member in communication studies before commencing his administrative career as associate vice provost from academic programs and graduate studies at Arizona State University (West Campus). Delgado is trained in intercultural communication, having received his Ph.D. in the field from The University of Iowa, and has regularly published on issues related to culture, identity, and communication. He currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a commissioner on the American Council on Education's Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement, and as an editorial board member of both the "Howard Journal of Communications" and "Critical Studies in Media Communication".

Delgado has a passion for international education and has lectured, established inter-institutional partnerships, or is responsible for campus education centers on five continents. Delgado stays connected to faculty and students by remaining engaged as a teacher and scholar in his field.

Dr. Christopher Ames is vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd University, the public liberal arts university of West Virginia, located in Shepherdstown, just outside of the metropolitan D.C. area. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ames earned a Ph.D. in English Literature at Stanford University. He taught 20th century literature and film for 15 years at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and published two books: "The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction" and "Movies About the Movies: Hollywood Reflected". Prior to coming to Shepherd University, Ames served as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and as provost and dean of the College at Washington College on the eastern shore of Maryland.

At Shepherd University, Ames supervises seven academic deans and the Division II athletic program. He heads the Martinsburg Center initiative, a satellite campus serving working adults in graduate and undergraduate programs. He has worked with the faculty on the creation of new program, including a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and new undergraduate degrees in Early Education and Health Promotion and Exercise Science. At Washington College, Ames contributed to significant growth in enrollment and fundraising and oversaw centers of excellence in Early American history, the Environment and Society, and creative writing.

Dr. Rex Fuller, an economist and professor of public administration, has served as provost and vice president for the Division of Academic Affairs at Eastern Washington University (EWU) since 2010. As the university's chief academic officer, he has responsibility for EWU's academic programming in Cheney and Spokane, Wash., as well as at additional locations throughout the state.

As provost, Fuller has developed a new EWU college of health science and public health and a new master's program in public health. He has been instrumental in developing bargaining strategies for faculty contracts; creating innovative student success programs and a university center for community engagement; and facilitating dual-admission programs with area community colleges.

Prior to his service as provost, Fuller served as dean of EWU's College of Business and Public Administration and executive dean of EWU-Spokane, a shared campus with Washington State University. Before joining EWU, Fuller served as dean of business units at Colorado State University Pueblo and University of Wisconsi-La Crosse. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Utah and completed the Institute for Education Management program at Harvard.

Dr. Margaret E. Madden has been the provost and vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Postdam since 2002. A social psychologist specializing in gender issues, she previously was dean at Long Island University (NY), associate dean of faculty at Lawrence University (WI), and professor of psychology and assistant to the academic vice president at Franklin Pierce College (NH). She has been a faculty member and administrator at private and public colleges and universities, at both liberal arts colleges and comprehensive universities.

Madden's focus at Postdam has been to strengthen academic programs and promote student success. SUNY Postdam's recent Middle States visit resulted in great praise for the academic program and 26 commendations for the institutions, many of which addressed area under Madden's leadership. The first new academic building at the College in 35 years, a Performing Arts Center, was completed in 2014.

Madden holds the Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also completed the Harvard's Institute for Educational Management in 2012. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and presentation on higher education administration, gender and leadership in education, and integrating diversity into the psychology curriculum.


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Grants Pass Man Arrested for Thefts of Firearms from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Evidence Locker
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
A Grants Pass man was arrested at his residence on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, on charges related to the theft of multiple firearms from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety evidence locker.

On February 12th, 2015, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point, at the request of the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, initiated a criminal investigation into the disappearance of multiple firearms from their evidence storage facility. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety administrators learned of the missing firearms after an audit was conducted at the facility.

As part of the investigation, the Oregon State Police conducted interviews of people who have had access to the facility over a period of time when the weapons were last known to be present. During the investigation, information was obtained leading to the implication and subsequent arrest of Lee DARROW, age 73, from Grants Pass, on 27 counts of Theft in the First Degree.

DARROW, a retired Grants Pass City Fire employee, had been volunteering his time at the facility specifically assisting with the handling of firearms. Oregon State Police investigators subsequently recovered multiple firearms from various locations within the Southern Oregon area.

The Oregon State Police is asking anyone who has had dealings or knows of anyone who has had dealings with DARROW related to the sale or transfer of firearms, to contact Lead Detective Deanna Harris at the Oregon State Police Central Point Area Command.

Detective Deanna Harris
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7967

OR

Sergeant Jeff Fitzgerald
Criminal Investigation Services Division
Southwest Regional Headquarters
541-618-7952
Fatal Crash US Hwy 97 MP 155 (12 miles south of Bend)***UPDATE*****
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/26/15
****UPDATE NAME RELEASE******

On March 26, 2015 at 12:00am OSP Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on US HYW 97 near MP155 (12 miles south of Bend). According to Sgt. John Russo, the investigation revealed a Ford F350, driven by Mr. Zeke Hacker, 76 from Clayton, Washington, was traveling southbound when it struck the southbound vehicle directly in front of the Ford F350. The second vehicle was a Ford expedition driven by Mr. James Harris, 52, from Bend. After the impact, both vehicles lost control and left the west shoulder rolling several times and impacted trees. Mr. Hacker was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin notification has occurred.

Mr. Harris had one passenger in the vehicle Mr. Scott Bilbrook, 45, who was transported to Saint Charles Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Air bags deployed in both vehicles and all occupants were using seatbelts. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor for the crash. The highway had one lane opened during the investigation

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Sunriver fire and ambulance, Bend PD, Deschutes County Medical Examiner and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.

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Urban Forestry Awards Announced (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/26/15
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Recipients of the 2015 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Awards were announced today by Oregon Community Trees (O.C.T.).

"This year's award recipients are great examples of inspirational individuals and organizations promoting tree planting and quality tree care, while raising awareness and knowledge about Oregon's trees and urban and community forests," said Oregon Community Trees President Ruth Williams. "We're proud to honor them."

Now in their 22nd year, the O.C.T. awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their significant accomplishments and leadership advancing urban and community forestry projects and activities in the state of Oregon.

Individual Award: Todd Prager

Todd Prager's professional career has blended planning and urban forestry. As a planner and arborist for the City of Tigard, Prager helped develop the city's first Urban Forest section of its Comprehensive Plan, its Urban Forestry Master Plan, and a major overhaul of its urban forestry codes which included innovative "canopy based" requirements. Prager also served as project manager for Tigard's Tree Canopy Replacement program and was responsible for large scale tree plantings at sites including schools, freeways and parks.

As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Prager is now a consultant with Teragan and Associates where he advises cities and developers on urban forest planning issues.

Individual Award: Erik Burke

Erik Burke facilitated the transition from Eugene Tree Foundation to the new Friends of Trees Eugene, and in the past has worked with the City of Eugene in planting and caring for thousands of trees. Except for Friends of Trees Portland, under Burke's leadership the Eugene Friends of Trees has planted and taken care of more urban trees than any other place in the state.

Friends of Trees brings people in the Portland-Vancouver and Eugene-Springfield areas together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces.

Partnership Award: Mark Azevedo, Ed Hodney, Gary Rogowski

Recipients of this year's Partnership Award have initiated and coordinated several interconnected projects.

The "Sawing for Schools" project is coordinated by Mark Azevedo (Albany Tree Commission) and the staff of the Albany Parks and Recreation Department, headed by director Ed Hodney. For the past six years, donated fallen urban trees have been brought to Albany area high schools during Arbor Week; high school students then learn how to turn these logs into lumber. The wood is provided to high school shop classes free of charge.

Azevedo and Hodney also coordinated the Lumber to Legacy project, in which high school woodshop students milled the wood from 8 historic Oregon white oak trees that were removed from a new development site in 2013 in Albany. The resulting high-quality wood was given to wood artisans who created unique wood products for auction, benefitting the Oregon White Oak Restoration Program and local high school woodshop programs. Gary Rogowski with Northwest Woodworking Studio participated in the Lumber to Legacy program as an artisan, also mentoring high school students in the process.

As a result of the Lumber to Legacy partnership, Rogowski created the Northwest Woodworking Studio / Woodworking Intensive program - a fine woodworking internship program. In addition to hands-on learning about all aspects of woodworking, Rogowski notes that this program provides "a place where students of all abilities can learn to think critically while using their heads, their hearts, and their hands to build beautiful and lasting things."

Tree City USA Award: City of Beaverton

The City of Beaverton turned an empty and unused lot on SW Allen Blvd and Alice Lane into an arboretum complete with informative signs. This beautiful, educational native tree and plant retreat will be enjoyed for generations to come. With the help of the Mayor, Friends of Trees and about 100 volunteers, the City has planted more than 100 native trees and plants, each species accompanied with a plaque identifying features and facts.

Additional City of Beaverton accomplishments include:

* The transformation of an unused lot on SW Barrows and 157th into an attractive and welcoming entrance into SW Beaverton

* Each planting season, the City teams up with Friends of Trees for at least 3 neighborhood tree plantings that positively impacted hundreds of Beaverton residents.

* The City's approved Street Tree List received a drastic makeover to emphasize natives of the Pacific Northwest. With the new and improved Approved Street Tree List, residents can learn all about why natives are a more sustainable choice, as well as which natives work best for each home based on size.

* Starting in 2013, the City's Landscape and Urban Forestry department made a tremendous breakthrough in connecting Beaverton residents with plants and trees native to the Pacific Northwest by creating Beaverton's Native Plant of the Month. A different native tree or shrub is highlighted on the City's website each month and has become so popular that the monthly article has been picked up and is also featured by the Beaverton Resource Guide as well as the Beaverton Facebook and Twitter pages.

"We look forward to next year's contestants and once again, congratulations to this year's recipients," said Mike Williams, chair of the urban forestry awards committee.

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Photo caption: The City of Beaverton received the Tree City USA Award this year.


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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Aging and Disabilities Waiver (0185)
Oregon Dept. of Human Services - 03/26/15
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the submission of an amendment to the Aging and People with Disabilities Waiver (0185).

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 changes to being proposed for the Aging and People with Disabilities waiver.

* Increase estimates of number of individuals served in 2015-2016
* Addition of Home and Community-Based Settings transition plan in accordance with 42 CFR 441.301 (6)(ii)(A)

You can review the proposed waiver application at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/Home%20and%20Community%20Based%20Services%20Waiver%20draft.pdf

Comments can be sent to Trevor.j.waskin@state.or.us and should be received no later than April 30, 2015.
Change of Plea in State v. Brett Pearson
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/26/15
This morning, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Dale. W. Penn accepted a change of plea in State v. Brett Angus Pearson. Mr. Pearson, DOB 10/7/1996, pled guilty to one count of Aggravated Murder, one count of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder. These charges were based on the March 5, 2014, shooting death of Michelle Pearson and the shooting of her surviving spouse, Wilfred Pearson.

Sentencing was set for August 28, 2015, at 9:00am. This date was chosen so that both parties can prepare additional information and argument for the court.

There will be no additional information released at this time due to the un-joined, parallel case of State v. Robert Daniel Miller, Marion County Circuit Court Case number 14C40909. That case is currently set for trial in November 2015.

Please contact Marion County DDAs David Wilson or Brendan Murphy with any additional questions, at (503) 588-5222.
$89,375 awarded for three new 'World of Work' projects (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/26/15
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Training as sound technicians at professional concerts; Designing, creating and installing public art; Learning the art of transmedia storytelling - telling a single story via multiple media - at Warm Springs Academy. Dozens of middle- and high-school aged underserved Oregon youth will experience creative industry careers alongside working professionals in three new "Connecting Students to the World of Work" projects announced today by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The three new awards bring the total number of "World of Work" projects funded in the two-year program to 11; all 11 projects will share $30,220 in extension funds to close the program's funding cycle.

Designed to expose underserved students in grades six through 12 to arts-related industries, the two-year "World of Work" program was funded by the Oregon Legislature (HB3232).

The new grants were awarded to:
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River: $29,375 + $2,393 (extension)
To support 20 students in WyEast Middle School's AVID program in working with professional artists to design, create and install three public art pieces.

Caldera, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support year-round instruction in transmedia arts (storytelling across different mediums) for 15 youth at Warm Springs Academy.

Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington, Portland: $30,000 + $2,444 (extension)
To support implementation of a three part Live Sound Engineering for Teens (LiveSET) program in partnership with Portland Public Schools, providing hands on experience at professional concerts.

Extensions ranging from $1,792 to $4,073 also were awarded to 2014 "World of Work" grant recipients for: a Lane Arts Council (Eugene) mentorship program for low-income middle school students; the Center for Advanced Learning's (Gresham) development of an ad campaign and promotional website for the Historic Columbia Highway anniversary; a Pacific Northwest College of Art project to design and create functional public objects that support sustainability; a PDX Pop Now project to train Native American students in audio production; a multicultural project targeting students with disabilities at the The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene); the Techstart Education Foundation's proposal to train Portland at-risk students in video game design round; Oregon Shakespeare Festival's project training students to be sound technicians for the Green Show; and My Voice Music's expansion of its Artists Mentorship program.

"This program has been a powerful opportunity to make strategic investments in some of Oregon's most underserved youth populations," says Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "Participating students are telling us it is changing how they feel about the relevance of their education to things beyond just grades. They have called the projects 'a true work experience' and 'a first job,' showing positive growth towards career readiness."

The new "World of Work" projects begin now and run through the end of 2016.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Office of Emergency Management set to hold 2nd annual "Oregon Prepared" workshop (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/26/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting the 2nd annual Oregon Prepared Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Sunriver, Ore., March 31 to Apr. 2. The event will include more than 250 city, county, tribal, state, private and non-profit, and federal emergency management leaders.

"This event provides a forum for private and public entities at all levels to forge vital partnerships for resiliency," said Sidra Metzger-Hines, a grants coordinator with OEM.
"It is the first time we've been able to gather such a huge cross section of emergency management experts and professionals together in Oregon for trainings and best practices with conversations focusing emergency preparation, response, mitigation and recovery."

The workshop is designed to provide a venue to address threats and hazards that affect Oregon, and move the state forward as a whole community in emergency management.

Recently, OEM has been leading or supporting a variety of emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation projects including the development of the "Cascadia Playbook."

The Cascadia Playbook will be a cross-cutting emergency management tool for the State of Oregon that supports various, existing plans and efforts for the first 14-days of a catastrophic incident.

Media is invited to attend and learn more about emergency management in Oregon. A media tour and interviews will available from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, at the Great Hall Complex in Sunriver.


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Linn-Benton Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/26/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens May 2nd

On Saturday, May 2nd, at KMART in Corvallis, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

The Deets family is walking in Corvallis at the Linn-Benton March for Babies. Their son Jackson was still born, but his twin brother Bronson was born weighing just 2lbs 3.4 oz and spent 60 days in the NICU. Today, Bronson is a strong and vibrant 7 year-old. The Deets Family is raising money and walking in March for Babies in the hopes that one day all babies will be born healthy.

Joining the Deets family, and so many others who know the distress of premature birth or birth defects, are local business, including KMART, US Bank, Bi-Mart, Pacific Power and Famous Footwear.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including the Kids' Clinic Workshop hosted by Home Depot. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Pacific Power and IBEW. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Deadline approaching for property tax deferrals
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/26/15
SALEM, Oregon--New applicants and those who need to recertify their eligibility for the disabled or senior citizen property tax deferral programs have three weeks left to file their paperwork.

For their taxes to be paid in November, taxpayers need to meet the April 15 deadline, explained Bronson Rueda, deferral program manager at the Department of Revenue. This applies to participants who received recertification forms by mail in February and new applicants for deferral.

"If we don't get their forms by the deadline, they'll be responsible for paying their property taxes this year," Rueda said.

The deferral program allows eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities to have the state pay property taxes on their behalf until they move, sell their home, or die. A lien is placed on their home, and all taxes, interest, and fees must be repaid before the lien is removed. Oregon's deferral programs have approximately 6,300 active participants.

Program participants must meet all of the following criteria:
* Be either at least 62 years old or a disabled citizen receiving or eligible to receive federal Social Security disability benefits.
* Own or be in the process of buying the property, have a recorded deed or sales contract in their name, or have a revocable trust, and have lived on the property for at least five years.
* May not have a life estate interest, which enables a person to reside on the property, but automatically transfers ownership upon death.
* Carry homeowners insurance.
* Have a household income of less than $43,000. This includes all taxable and non-taxable income for the applicant(s) and spouse(s).
* Have a net worth of $500,000 or less, not including the value of the home in the program or personal property.
* Either have no reverse mortgage, or, if they have a reverse mortgage, they need to have been in the deferral program prior to 2011.

Recertification forms need to be returned to the department. New applications should be sent to the assessor's office for the county in which the property is located. Applications are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/deferral.

Questions about deferrals can be emailed to deferral.unit@oregon.gov. Taxpayers can also call 503-945-8348 for more information.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov or call 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 (toll-free). The department receives a lot of phone calls during tax season so you may experience long wait times.
03/25/15
Two vehicle serious injury crash SR Hwy 18 MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) (Photo)
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According to Senior Trooper Peterson, a serious injury crash occurred on SR Hwy 18 near MP 6 (Slick Rock Road) at 1:26pm. The investigation revealed an eastbound Nissan Altima, driven by Mrs. Monica Calzadillas, 31 from Vancouver, Washington crossed over the center line and struck a westbound Toyota Tundra pulling a RV trailer. The Toyota was driven by Mr. Colin Hales, 35 from Sherwood.

When the collision occurred, the Nissan made at least two complete rotations before coming to rest in the center of the highway. The Toyota was struck and came to rest in the north side of the shoulder of the highway. Both lanes were blocked for approximately an hour and a half.
The Nissan was also occupied by Mr. Carlos Calzadillas, 26 from Vancouver, Washington and a juvenile female. All three occupants of the Nissan were transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. Mrs. Calzadillas had a serious injury and was transported, by ground, to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Mr. Calzadillas was evaluated and released; however he was taken into custody due to a warrant from Oregon Parole Board and contempt of court from Clark County. The juvenile female was transported with her mother to Emmanuel without any injuries.

The Toyota was also occupied by Mrs. Hanna Hales, 34 from Sherwood, and three additional juveniles. Mrs. Hales was admitted for observation and one of the juvenile females was released with minor injuries.

Occupants of all vehicles were properly secured with seatbelts or child seats. Air bags deployed in both vehicles. OSP was assisted by OSP-Newport Fish and Wildlife, ODOT, PacWest, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, and Lincoln City PD.


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Subject has been identified
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/25/15
The subject in this photograph has been identified. The Lebanon Police Department would like to extend its appreciation to the members of our community for their assistance in this investigation.


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Sentencing Of Drake Carson Related To Pursuit Fatality
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/25/15
Today, Drake Alan Douglas Carson, 17, pled guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. After accepting the plea, the Honorable Cheryl Pellegrini sentenced Carson to a total of 84 months in the Department of Corrections, followed by 27 months of Post-Prison Supervision.

Given Carson's age at the time the offense was committed and the length of the sentence, the Department of Corrections will determine whether the sentence is served in an adult correctional facility or with the Oregon Youth Authority in a juvenile correctional facility.

This case stemmed from a police pursuit on January 26th, 2015, on Howell Prairie Road in Mount Angel. At approximately 6:00 p.m., a Mount Angel police officer attempted to stop Carson, who was driving a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Carson did not stop for the officer, who began to pursue the vehicle with lights and a siren.

Approximately 20 minutes after the pursuit began, Carson lost control of the pickup, went off the road, and crashed into a tree about one mile north of Saratoga Drive. He immediately ran from the vehicle without checking on the passengers in the pickup he was driving.

The collision resulted in the death of Rhiannon Steele, 35, and serious physical injuries to a teenaged male passenger. Carson was arrested by police the following morning when nearby residents reported a suspicious person asking for a ride.
Social Media Site Threatens Cascade School. ***Update Arrest Made***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
A 14 year old, female, is in custody for threats made against Cascade High School last week. The female, a Stayton High School Student and former Cascade High School student, admitted to posting a bomb threat on a social media site called Burnbook.com.

The female suspect has been taken to the Marion County Juvenile Department where she is being booked for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Cascade School District and the operators of Burnbook.com, for working with the Sheriff's Office to quickly resolve this threat.


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An unknown person makes a threat to Cascade High School after spring break.

There were no other details from the post and it did not mention any specific names of any involved.

We have been in contact with Mr. Darin Drill, Cascade School Superintendent, and informed him of this information. Mr. Drill and Marion County Sheriff's Office are continuing to work together to insure children and families are well informed.

Deputy Andrew McCowan, Marion County Sheriff's Office, is investigating this incident. We are asking for anyone with any information regarding this threat to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.
Douglas County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Stewart Park in Roseburg, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Joining local families who know the distress of premature birth or birth defects, are local business, including KMART, Fred Meyer, Umpqua Bank, Liberty Tax, Macy's and First Call Resolutions.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding experience for the whole family including the Kids' Clinic Workshop hosted by Home Depot and music by the John Doe Band. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Big 5, Fred Meyer and KPIC. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Lane County Families and Businesses Ready to March for Babies!
March of Dimes - 03/25/15
March of Dimes Biggest Fundraiser to Help Babies Be Born Healthy Happens April 25th

On Saturday, April 25th, at Kendall Toyota, hundreds of families and business leaders will join together in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies--the nation's oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.

Jessica and Erik Jorgensen were so excited to become parents again and were looking forward to growing their family. At 28 weeks Jessica was placed on bed rest due to preeclampsia. She delivered Luke at 33 weeks, 7 weeks early. He weighed 2 lbs 9.9 oz and was 15 inches long. Luke spent 3-1/2 weeks in the NICU at RiverBend before going home. Today, Luke is a vibrant 10-month old baby and the family is dedicated to making sure other parents have the same happy ending.

The Jorgensen family is joined by Jenny Miles, the Lane County March for Babies Chair. Jenny, who is Vice President at Umpqua Bank, knows how important the March of Dimes mission is. As a mother, she took on the role to raise awareness and important funding to provide for babies who are born premature or with birth defects.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the 7-mile walk kicking off at 9:00 a.m. Participation in March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family including coffee served by Dutch Brothers, entertainment by Identity Dance, lunches served by the Eugene Emeralds and Sluggo. Join the walk and begin fundraising today at www.marchforbabies.org.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Oregon and SW Washington help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, information for families experiencing a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) hospitalization and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies. Premature birth is the most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 4,264 in Oregon.

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. Locally March for Babies is sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kendall Auto, PacificSource Health Plans, PeaceHealth, KVAL, Kool FM 99.1 and Big 5. The 2015 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, United Airlines and Mission Pharmacal.
Benton County Sheriff's Office results from extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day (March 17, 2015). Those who worked the extra patrol arrested 3 people for DUII, and wrote 3 citations for traffic violations. The Benton County Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 4 people for DUII, and wrote a total of 7 traffic citations for violations committed on Saint Patrick's Day.

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.
Many More Job Vacancies Around the State in 2014
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/25/15
During 2014, Oregon's private employers were looking to fill about 45,000 job vacancies at any given time, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department's Job Vacancy Survey. The Job Vacancy Survey provides a snapshot of the labor market job seekers face.

The number of job vacancies in 2014 increased by 40 percent compared with 2013.

The average starting wage offered by employers also improved over the year, increasing by 4 percent to $15.67. The largest increase in vacancies was among jobs offering starting wages between $10 and $15 per hour. There were 15,200 vacancies in this range, up 72 percent from 2013. Vacancies offering more $15 per hour increased 29 percent to 11,900. There were slightly fewer vacancies offering less than $10 per hour in 2014. That's partly because the increase in Oregon's minimum wage from $8.95 in 2013 to $9.10 in 2014 narrowed that wage range.

One key to finding a job that pays higher than average wages is to have at least some post secondary training or other work related qualification. The average wage offered for vacancies requiring education beyond high school was more than $17 per hour. Average wages increased for jobs requiring college degrees. The average hourly wage was $20 per hour for vacancies that required an associate degree, $31 per hour for a bachelor's degree, and $38 for a graduate degree. Vacancies that did not require education beyond high school offered hourly wages of $12 per hour.

Employers also offered higher wages when their vacancies required more than a year of previous experience. Vacancies with no experience requirement paid an average of $11 per hour. Those requiring less than one year of experience paid $12 per hour. For vacancies that required one to five years of previous work experience, the average wage offered was $18 per hour, while those that required five or more years of experience averaged $32 per hour.

The health care and social assistance industry accounted for almost one-fifth of vacancies, more than any other industry sector. Four additional industries each accounted for more than 10 percent of Oregon job vacancies: management, administrative, and waste services (which includes company headquarters and temporary staffing agencies, among other businesses); retail trade; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

Characteristics of job vacancies can vary significantly by industry. For example, nine out of 10 health care vacancies were for permanent positions, and 39 percent required education beyond high school. In natural resources and mining, however, just 18 percent of vacancies in 2014 were for permanent jobs, and only 3 percent required education beyond high school. The specific occupations being recruited make a big difference in how industry-level details play out - almost two-thirds of the natural resources and mining vacancies were for farmworkers, of which only 11 percent were permanent positions and most were seasonal. Health care recruitment was focused on registered nurses, nursing assistants, and medical assistants, which were almost always permanent positions.


Every region of the state had more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. Eastern Oregon saw the greatest percentage growth in vacancies over the year, up 73 percent from 2013, and the Portland area followed, with 44 percent more vacancies in 2014 than in 2013. The Portland Tri-County area had just over 23,000 vacancies in 2014, 51 percent of the statewide total.

The Oregon Job Vacancy Survey has been conducted since 2008. The 2014 estimates are based on responses from 10,400 Oregon employers. Vacancy survey results for the first quarter of 2015 are scheduled for release in April 2015. A special report on Oregon's difficult-to-fill vacancies will be available later this spring.

For more details on statewide and regional vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Job Vacancy Survey."


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Family Searching For Loved One, Asking for Your Help ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/25/15
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Last Sunday, at around 3:45 p.m., Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem was found on State Street near Hawthorne Avenue, after a passerby recognized him and called 911. According to Mrs. Bowman the Salem Police Department contacted Mr. Bowman and gave him a ride home after being missing for two weeks.

Mrs. Bowman stated that Mr. Bowman left after becoming overwhelmed with his new surroundings. Mrs. Bowman was thankful for all of the people who assisted her in looking for Mr. Bowman and she is very happy for his safe return.


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Wendell Jeffrey Bowman, age 56 of Salem has been missing since Sunday the 8th after he went for a walk in the 4100 block of State Street, in Salem. Up until Monday Mr. Bowman had been living with his Step-Mother Darlene Bowman, at the Royal Mobile Estates off of State Street.

Ms. Bowman is very concerned because Mr. Bowman is a diagnosed schizophrenic who requires medication on an ongoing basis. Mr. Bowman is from the Salem area but only recently returned after being missing for 25 years. The family is hoping that anyone who may have seen or has any information regarding Mr. Bowman will call the Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Bowman is a white male, adult, 6'04" tall, 225 pounds, brown eyes and dark, graying hair. He was last seen wearing gray sweat pants, suede shoes, a blue long sleeve tee-shirt and a blue and black jacket with "Bandon" written on it. If you see Mr. Bowman please call the Sheriff's Office immediately at 503-588-5032. Mr. Bowman is registered as a missing person.


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03/24/15
Cave Junction Man Arrested related to March 16th Stabbing
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
On March 24th, 2015, at 10:20 AM, Oregon State Police detectives from the Central Point Area Command arrested Lloyd William BLACKBURN at his residence in Cave Junction after an investigation into a stabbing which occurred in Cave Junction on March 16th, 2015. BLACKBURN was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was lodged on the charge of Assault in the First Degree.

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Two Cave Junction men were treated for stabbing injuries after an altercation which occurred outside of a residence in the Cave Junction area. One man was treated and released and the other was taken into surgery for treatment related to the incident.

On March 16th, 2015, at approximately 1:46 PM, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, along with troopers from the Oregon State Police Grants Pass Worksite, responded to a report of a stabbing which occurred at 486 South Redwood Highway in Cave Junction. After an initial assessment, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office requested the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Detectives respond as part of the Josephine County Major Crime Team to investigate the incident.

The initial investigation revealed that a physical assault occurred at the location between two men, Lloyd William BLACKBURN, age 20 and David Jeffrey Bennett BRYANT, age 20, both of Cave Junction. During the altercation, both subjects received stabbing injuries from a weapon belonging to one of the men.

BRYANT was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass where he was taken into surgery for injuries sustained during the altercation. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. BLACKBURN was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford where he was treated and released for his injuries. A third person received an injury to her hand when attempting to intervene in the altercation. She was not transported from the scene.

The Oregon State Police with assistance from the Josephine County District Attorney's Office are continuing the investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg (Update Names Released) (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by KRISTI KELLEY, age 27, from Roseburg, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. KELLEY took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. KELLEY was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, TABITHA CANNON, age 20, from Roseburg, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that KELLEY was not wearing a seat belt and that CANNON was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

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Fatal Crash Interstate 5 near Roseburg
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/24/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's noon time crash on Interstate 5 north of Roseburg.

According to Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, on March 24, 2015, at about 1205 PM, a 2010 Chevy Traverse, operated by a female adult, name withheld pending next of kin notification, was southbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed. The female operator took the southbound 129 exit and failed to stop at the intersection with the 129 exit and Del Rio Rd. The Chevy Traverse crossed Del Rio Rd, impacted the guardrail and left the roadway via the south side of the Del Rio Rd. After becoming airborne, the Chevy Traverse came to rest in the Douglas County Forest Products property, approximately 100 yards south of the roadway. The female operator was pronounced deceased at Mercy Medical Center. The passenger, name withheld pending notification to family, was transported to Mercy Medical Center with serious injuries and later transported to Eugene.

Investigators believe that alcohol and inhalants may have contributed to the crash. Investigators also determined that the female operator was not wearing a seat belt and that the passenger was properly restrained.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT and Douglas County Fire District II.

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Oregon Insurance Division announces investigation into LifeWise data breach
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/24/15
Salem - The Oregon Insurance Division will participate in a multistate investigation of LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross. The investigation follows LifeWise's disclosure last week that a cyber attack exposed the personal identifying information of 250,000 Oregonians to unauthorized access. The information exposed includes:
* Name
* Date of birth
* Social Security number
* Mailing address
* Email address
* Telephone number
* Member identification number
* Bank account information
* Claims information, including clinical information

"Oregon takes the protection of personal identifying information very seriously and this investigation will closely scrutinize the data security practices of LifeWise," said Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "Oregon will be looking at how LifeWise learned about the breach, what process they used to identify affected consumers, and the adequacy of the consumer protections offered to those affected."

Washington will supervise the investigation, with Oregon and Alaska taking lead roles. The exact scope of the investigation is still under discussion, but will likely include:
* All cybersecurity aspects of the breach, including understanding the process LifeWise used to discern which members were affected and what information was compromised
* LifeWise's response to the breach and any corrective actions it has taken
* The financial impact of the breach on consumers, providers, and LifeWise

The participating states will likely contract with a cybersecurity firm to help investigate:
* When and how the data was breached
* Whether the breach stopped and if so, when
* What data was compromised
* How the attack was able to succeed
* Whether the company has taken effective steps to prevent a future attack.

Consumers who believe they may be affected by the LifeWise security breach can find information about protecting their identities at www.lifewiseupdate.com.

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.
Pay for Home Efficiency Upgrades through Your Natural Gas Bill
NW Natural - 03/24/15
New Program Can Eliminate Upfront Costs for NW Natural Customers in Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. - NW Natural is partnering with Energy Trust of Oregon and local nonprofit lender Craft3 on a groundbreaking new program that removes a major barrier to homeowners making energy-efficiency improvements: upfront costs.

Instead of paying out of pocket for these home energy upgrade projects, qualifying NW Natural customers in Washington will now be able to make monthly payments on their already low natural gas bills.

"Sometimes homeowners who could benefit the most from lower energy bills aren't able to afford the money saving upgrades," said Bill Edmonds, NW Natural director of environmental management and sustainability. "We hope to change that by partnering with Energy Trust and Craft3 on this program to make energy efficiency more affordable and accessible."

Individual loans are available for up to $15,000 to install high-efficiency gas equipment, such as, fireplaces, furnaces and tank water heaters; insulation; windows and air sealing - that qualify for Energy Trust cash incentives.

On-bill Repayment is being piloted in Washington state. Customers interested in this program can apply at www.energytrust.org/repayment.


About NW Natural
NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.


About Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.


About Craft3
Craft3 is a nonprofit CDFI lender with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. We do this by providing loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others, including those who don't normally have access to financing. We then complement these financial resources with our expertise, personal connections and other advocacy for our clients. Learn more at www.craft3.org.
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting ***UPDATE 2***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
The Marion County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Bachle, age 24, of Salem. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office have spoken with numerous witnesses to the incident as well as all of the parties involved and are working to provide a summary of their case to the Districts Attorney's Office within the coming weeks.

On Monday March 23rd, an autopsy was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and it determined that Mr. Bachle died from a gunshot wound that he received from a gun fired by, Michael Lee Newborn, age 22, of Salem. Mr. Newborn, Mr. Bachle and Mr. Bachle's fiancé, Shelby Pilgrim, age 24, of Salem, were all living at the Juneva address at the time of the shooting. Mr. Bachle was not armed at the time of the shooting and it is believed that alcohol did play a role in the events that took place Saturday night.

As of today, there have been no arrests in this case. Once the investigation is completed it will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for their review and any recommendation they may have regarding criminal charges. The time frame for the completion of the investigation and the referral to the DA's Office is not yet known.

The Sheriff's Office anticipates that all further releases regarding this case will be conducted by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
March 25th is Scotts Mills Quake anniversary (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/24/15
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On March 25th, 1993, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Scotts Mills, Ore., causing approximately $30 million in damage that included Molalla High School, a Mount Angel church, and the Capitol rotunda in Salem. It remains the most destructive quake in terms of property loss in Oregon's history.

Oregon is susceptible to earthquakes being seismically active with both crustal faults and the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

"The Scotts Mills earthquake was really a wake-up call about our state's vulnerability to earthquakes," says Interim State Geologist Ian Madin. "Earthquakes can and do happen everywhere in Oregon, and we need to be prepared throughout the state."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and the Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) recommend preparing in advance for earthquakes and other hazards.

"Oregonians should plan to be self-sufficient for at least two-weeks after a major earthquake," said Dr. Althea Rizzo, geologic hazards coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Some of the recommended preparation activities include developing and practicing an emergency plan, getting a kit, and practicing earthquake drills.

OEM will be conducting a social media campaign until March 26 for people to share where they were, at 5:34 a.m., on March 25, 1993. Join the conversation on twitter @OregonOEM #ScottsMillsEQ, or on facebook at http://goo.gl/M6Qeak to participate. The top three stories will win an emergency preparedness kit.


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Wells Fargo expands its mobile banking phone app to include Spanish
Wells Fargo - 03/24/15
Wells Fargo has created a new update to its mobile banking phone app that provides customers with the option of selecting Spanish as their preferred language.

With nearly three in four Latinos owning smartphones according to Nielsen (close to 10 percent higher than the national average), this new feature on the Wells Fargo app provides Spanish-speaking customers with an easier, more convenient way to view account balances, transfer funds between accounts, deposit checks and access other key banking functions.

The upgraded app is available for Apple iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

"Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs," said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. "We're proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language."

Supporting Latino Scholarships
During all of April, for every customer who sets up or changes their language preference to Spanish and maintains that Spanish language preference in their mobile app, Wells Fargo will donate $1 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (up to $50,000).

"Wells Fargo's new Spanish-language option on its mobile banking app is a much needed feature that will be enormously helpful to Spanish-speaking customers. We're also grateful to Wells Fargo for turning the campaign for this app into a way of adding to its already generous support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, by contributing $1 for every customer who takes advantage of the feature," said Fidel A. Vargas, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "The app will help many Hispanic families better manage their finances, and that puts them in a better position to realize their dreams, including paying for a higher education."

Wells Fargo customers can select Spanish by downloading the app from their app store or updating to the new version if they have a previously downloaded version.

Convenient and Secure
The Wells Fargo mobile app is convenient and secure. It helps customers keep their personal information safe since accounts are referred to only by nicknames, and account information is not stored on the phone.

Access to account information while "on the go" helps when it comes to fraud prevention and detection. It allows customers to review their accounts for unusual activity and take quick action if necessary. For additional information on how customers can continue to protect themselves, visit Wells Fargo's Online Security Guarantee and Fraud Information Center.

"Giving all of our customers a great experience - whether they come into a store, call us on the phone or log in from their phone or computer - is something we strive for every day," said Pitts. "For our Spanish-speaking customers, this may also mean a desire to conduct some banking in Spanish. We want to provide a great and safe experience regardless of how they interact with us."

Customers can also benefit from other in-language resources at Wells Fargo such as bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, and Spanish-speaking bankers in branches across the nation.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
Sheriff's Office Investigating Fire Near Silverton ***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/24/15
Marion County Detectives have received confirmation from the University of North Texas Health Science Center, that DNA obtained from the body discovered in the fire, near Silverton, on September 4th, 2014, has been identified as Terrance Allen Sill, age 47.

Detectives and the Oregon Medical Examiner's Office have determined the cause of Mr. Sill's death to be accidental. The Sheriff's Office thoughts go out to the family for their loss and we hope that this information will provide them with much needed closure.

***Original Release***

On September 4th at approximately 1:00 a.m., detectives with the Marion County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit were called to a barn fire on Lori Lane NE near Silverton. The Silverton Fire Department requested MCSO CIU detectives to respond after finding human remains inside of the barn.

As of this date the State Medical Examiner's Office is working on identifying the remains. Any information on that process should be directed to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal's Office are working to determine the cause of the fire. If the public has any information about this incident they are requested to contact the primary case investigator, Detective Bangs at (503) 540-8007. There are currently no further details available about this investigation at this time, pending next of kin notification. Once more details are made available an additional release will be made. That time frame is currently unknown.
Cattlemen Care: Natural Resource Conservation Fee (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/24/15
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SALEM,Ore., (03/23/2015) - Since Oregon's start in 1859, its land has needed to be worked and its livestock have needed to be cared for. Ranchers stepped up and took on the task; quiet leaders striving to keep nature thriving. Years later, some Oregonians question rancher's support for the environment. Ranchers are bringing forward a public declaration of their support for conservation in the form of what the Oregon Cattlemen's Association is calling a "Natural Resource Conservation Fee."

The fee works by taking $1 per head assessment at the time of an already required brand inspection. It will then be up to local soil and water conservation districts to award that money to ranchers working on conservation projects to help the environment. The fee is not limited to one species or environmental concern, but goes toward any wildlife or environmental challenge individual counties are facing. Ranchers have to give toward the assessment in order to be eligible to receive money back for their conservation projects. There will be a 5 year sunset on the bill.

Ray Sessler, president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "(the fee) is a public declaration of what ranchers have been working hard to accomplish all along. That is, take care of Oregon's environment." He said the cattlemen are self-assessing themselves in order to help not only the environment and wildlife, but Oregon's communities as well.

The fee will work to assist ranchers with a variety of conservation projects. John O'Keeffe, president elect of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said he is optimistic the fee will add additional support to stabilizing ranching communities. He also wants the public to see how hard ranchers work to keep Oregon's wildlife healthy. "I hope the public will appreciate the livestock industry stepping up to bring forward resources to conserve these species," O'Keeffe said.

Brett Brownscombe, acting deputy director for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, believes the bill has great potential to help prevent a Sage-Grouse listing. Brownscombe also noted that this is not the first action ranchers have taken to help support conservation. "This fee adds to their efforts. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," he said.

Support for the fee comes from others as well. Tom Sharp, a Harney County rancher, said, "I believe it is important to support the bill because the fee increases will go back to the conservation projects through SWCD offices." Sharp appreciates the flexibility the fee provides for supporting different conservation projects according to different county's needs.

The efforts of Oregon ranchers are not going un-noticed. Paul Henson, state supervisor for USFW, said, "In general, I have been very impressed by OCA's and local ranchers' honest and constructive participation in these efforts to find collaborative ways to avoid the need to list the Sage-Grouse." Henson added, "They have been making some significant sacrifices of their time and resources."

As a hard-working Oregon rancher, Sharp hopes the public will realize one large concept from this bill; "Ranchers are conservationists too." While the Cattlemen's Association prepares to move the bill forward, O'Keeffe notes that this isn't some last resort effort, but rather an outward declaration of years of behind the scenes work. "Ranchers are in this for the long haul."

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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03/23/15
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

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

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Turn Lebanon Blue April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Lebanon Police Dept. - 03/23/15
Lebanon Police Department

Nature of Event: April is National Child Abuse Month
Did you know that in 2014, 643 children were referred to the ABC House for child abuse assessments?

The Lebanon Police Department, in partnership with Lebanon Blue Angels and the Linn County Child Abuse Network, will be raising awareness to prevent child abuse and neglect. Walk A Mile For A Child will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The one mile walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Justice Center. Early registration for the walk (prior to April 1st) is $20 per adult and $15 for those 12 years of age and under, and includes a dry-fit tee shirt. Early paid registration will also be eligible for gifts donated by the community to include (2) three day passes to the Oregon Jamboree. After April 1st, the cost will be $25 per individual and $20 for those 12 years of age and under. All proceeds will go to the Linn County Child Abuse Network (which includes ABC House, CASA and Family Tree Relief Nursery). The walk will be led by Miss Oregon and Miss Teen Oregon. Registration forms can be picked up now at the Lebanon Justice Center, on City of Lebanon's Facebook website, or by contacting Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339. Registration will also be available the day of the walk.

A child abuse prevention ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Lebanon Justice Center, following the walk. Chief of Police Frank Stevenson, Mayor Paul Aziz and other dignitaries will speak on behalf of child abuse prevention at this public event.

The Justice Center will be decorated with blue lights and a pinwheel garden to remind passersby that we all have a responsibility to help the abused. The blue pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse prevention and reflects childhood hope, health and happiness. We encourage the community to light up a window or a tree. Gateway Imprints (located at 580 Park Street) is offering free awareness kits; shirts are available for sale as well.

Do your part to stop the hurt in our community. Attend this event and help tie blue ribbons to the Justice Center trees in honor of those who have been abused. Help us paint the town blue and raise awareness for child abuse prevention! Come and learn how working together can make a difference!

See our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonPD or contact Community Policing Officer Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339 for more information.
VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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Portland to host regional safety leaders - 'Black Hawk Down' survivor featured speaker
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/23/15
(Salem) - Improving safety culture and performance is the focus of the Northwest Safety and Health Summit Conference, scheduled for May 12-14, 2015, at the Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association (VPPPA) is hosting the regional conference and is dedicated to cooperative occupational safety, health, and environmental management systems through partnerships with employees, management, and government. The VPPPA is a member-based association, providing a network of more than 1,900 companies and worksites that are involved in or are in the process of applying to the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Department of Energy.

Conference keynote speaker Keni Thomas and his fellow U.S. Army rangers distinguished themselves in 1993 in an 18-hour firefight in Mogadishu, Somalia, that would later be recounted in the highly successful book and movie Black Hawk Down. Thomas will share the story of how he, and other extraordinary individuals, fought to bring each other home. He will stress the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself.

"All of us want to make a difference," Thomas said. "We all want to know at the end of the day that we counted for something. My presentation will focus on how well you prepare yourself
in advance to rise above and do what others can not do for you. The story I get to tell is a story of extraordinary people, just like you, who did just that."

Other topics featured at the conference include:

* VPP basics - fundamentals, application process
* Management leadership, safety culture
* Influencing behavior and dynamic learning

Registration for the event is $300, with price breaks for VPP membership and one-day attendance. For more information about the conference or to register, visit
www.regonline.com/regionx_vpppa15.

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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. The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.orosha.org or follow us on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.
2015 'Conversations with Funders' scheduled; $4.7 million in grants offered (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/23/15
A work by Oregon-born artist Ashley Stoddard currently on display at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Ore. The piece is part of the center’s annual Women’s Art Exhibit, supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Salem, Ore.-Trust Manager Aili Schreiner will join with colleagues from the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage, Oregon Humanities and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office April 1-7 for "Conversations with Funders," a five-stop state tour to discuss how cultural nonprofits may apply for more than $4.7 million in collective grant funds this year.

Among the grant opportunities discussed will be the Cultural Trust's 2016 Cultural Development Grants; grant guidelines are now posted for an application deadline of May 15 (see details below).

Organizations encouraged to attend include libraries, arts organizations, museums, cultural centers, historical societies, arts alliances, literary groups and heritage organizations.

"There are more than 1,400 cultural nonprofits serving Oregonians," said Schreiner. "We want to make sure they know about the grant funds that are here to support their activities."

"Conversations with Funders" begin Wednesday, April 1, in Springfield and conclude April 7 in The Dalles. Conversations also are scheduled in Coos Bay, Bend and Oregon City. The schedule, with participants, locations and registration links, are:

Wednesday, April 1
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Richard E. Wildish Theatre, Springfield
2-4 p.m.: Cedar Room, Coos Public Library, Coos Bay
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office.

Thursday April 2
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Art Station, Bend
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Humanities.

Tuesday April 7
10 a.m.- 12 p.m.: Ainsworth House & Gardens, Oregon City
3 pm- 5 p.m.: The Dalles Art Center, The Dalles
Presenters: Oregon Cultural Trust with Oregon Humanities, State Historic Preservation Office, and Oregon Arts Commission

Registration is encouraged but not required. Register at
http://bit.ly/1CRvOxi.
Information on all grant programs will be available at all events.

Oregon Cultural Trust Cultural Development Grants:
The Oregon Cultural Trust's Cultural Development Grants recognize and support significant cultural programs and projects through four grant categories: access; preservation; creativity; and capacity. New guidelines posted for 2016 also encourage applicants to consider how their projects might help broaden awareness of the value of culture.

As 2014 was a record fundraising year for the Trust, a record amount will be available for grants, which last year totaled more than $600,000. Cultural Development Grants represent one third of the annual funding the Trust provides to Oregon's cultural nonprofits. Other funding includes grants to the Trust's five statewide partners - to support their projects and respective grant programs - and to 45 county and tribal cultural coalitions that fund local initiatives and grants.

2016 Cultural Development Grants are for projects and activities that will occur between Aug.1, 2015 and July 30, 2016.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Guidelines are posted here: http://bit.ly/1G8KAwx.

Note: Schreiner will lead a webinar for prospective Cultural Development Grant applicants from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.
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03/22/15
North Bend family of four, plus pet, receive Red Cross services
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/22/15
Red Cross this afternoon assisted a family in North Bend, Oregon after a single family fire. Two adults, two children and a chihuahua in the 2000 block of Virginia Court received assistance, including lodging, comfort kits, stuffed animals, local resource information and referral to disaster health and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6
Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a Fatal Shooting
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/15
Last night at about 11:40 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of Jeneva Pl SE. Upon their arrival a subject was found deceased.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and are investigating the incident. There is no outstanding threat to the community as this was an isolated incident.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office will be handling all further releases of information.
03/21/15
Minor Injury Semi-tractor/tailer crash US HWY 97 MP 104 (1/2 Mile North of Culver Hwy) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/21/15
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According to Senior Trooper Justin Lane, on March 21st, 2015 at approximately 2:25 PM, a 2015 Freightliner tractor pulling a 53 foot trailer, belonging to Covenant Transport, hauling a small load of juice, driven by Mark Buckingham, 59, from Harrah, OK; was traveling northbound on US 97 near milepost 104 (approx. 1/2 mile north of Culver Highway) when it traveled onto the northbound shoulder and subsequently rolled onto the passenger side after traveling back onto the roadway. Citizens helped extricate Buckingham who was wearing a seat belt. The truck/trailer combo blocked both travel lanes for approximately one hour. Buckingham was transported to St. Charles Madras by ambulance with minor injuries.

The investigation revealed Buckingham was traveling at 61 mph, when a bee flew in his partially open window. The bee landed on his neck, and he attempted to swat it off, and in the process knocked his glasses off his face. Buckingham began to look for his glasses and suddenly realized he was off the roadway. Buckingham tried to get back onto the highway, but the trailer caused the combo to roll. Buckingham was cited for failure to drive within lane.

OSP was assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, Jefferson County Fire and Ira's Towing.


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Subject arrested for early morning shooting incident at Emerald Queen Casino
FBI - Oregon - 03/21/15
The following is being sent on behalf of FBI Seattle. The contact is Ayn Dietrich, ayn.dietrich@ic.fbi.gov

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At approximately 2:30 pm today, authorities apprehended Jeremy Jay Schlenker, 27, who is suspected of fatally shooting an individual shortly before 1:00 am this morning, Saturday, March 21, in the parking lot of the Emerald Queen Casino on Puyallup tribal lands in Tacoma, Washington.

Schlenker was traveling southbound on Interstate 5, when Oregon State Police (OSP) stopped his vehicle and arrested him by mile marker 252 near Salem Oregon. Schlenker may reside or have resided in Yakima, Washington. OSP also arrested a female individual in the car, Amber Lynn Woodcock, 25. Authorities recovered a weapon.

The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Puyallup Police Department. Information developed from evidence processing and witness interviews enabled authorities to locate Schlenker. In addition to OSP, the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office in Washington, and Marion County Sheriff's Office and Salem Police Department in Oregon provided valuable assistance.

Investigation has not revealed any connection between the subject and the victim. The victim's identity will not be released at this time.