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Aggravated Theft Sale of Gold Bars (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 3:49 PM
Fake Perth Mint
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Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Case # 2017-63055

Date & Time of Incident: July 2016-February 2017
Type of Incident: Aggravated Theft by Deception/Conspiracy
Location of Incident: Multiple locations in Bend and Redmond, Oregon

Victim Information:
Levi Huffman, 47 year old male, Redmond resident
Craig Boatman, 29 year old male, Bend resident
Justin Leiva, 29 year old male, Bend resident
William Fleming, 65 year old male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
(1)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident
(2)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident



Narrative:
On March 21st two Bend juveniles were arrested for multiple counts of aggravated theft by deception and conspiracy.

This investigation stemmed from the juveniles using online websites to buy artificial gold bars that resembled authentic gold bars. The juveniles sold the artificial gold bars to unsuspecting Bend residents as authentic gold bars over the past year. The juveniles were sophisticated and used multiple ways to conceal their identity and scheme. The juveniles were able to identify local residents that were interested in purchasing gold through Craig's List and set up meetings to make the transactions.

Bend Police received first report on February 24th regarding gold bars. Multiple reports of similar activity came in through March 21st identifying two male juvenile suspects.

Several officers and detectives spent a substantial amount of investigative time on this case. Officers were able to locate, interview, and arrest the juveniles. Combined, the suspects received over $50,000 in US currency and other goods for the artificial gold. Bend Police was able to recover some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.

Both juveniles were contacted at their Bend residences and transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department where they were lodged on the charges listed below.

We are asking the community to let us know if you purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars (see attached photos) from someone other than a dealer between July 2016 and March 21, 2017. If you have information regarding purchasing or being asked to purchase these type of gold bars please contact the Bend Police at 541-693-6911.

Bend Police wants to warn citizens from buying precious metals and gems from unknown persons. If you want to purchase metals and gems we suggest contacting reputable dealers in the area. We also want citizens to be diligent regarding who they are communicating with on line before setting up a meeting.



Charges:
Suspect Juvenile 1
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 2 Counts
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 6 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 6 Counts
Money Laundering

Suspect Juvenile 2
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 1 Count
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 5 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 5 Counts


Attached Media Files: Fake Perth Mint , Fake Royal Canadian Mint
Drug investigation and search warrant leads to cocaine seizure, two arrests (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/17/17 12:17 PM
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Date & Time of Incident: 03/16/17 -- 11:25 pm

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests / Search Warrant

Location of Incident: 1300 SE 3rd St. #104, Budget Inn

Suspect Information: Lloyd Curtis Brice / 28 year old male / California Resident
Maxwell Lavel Spangner / 28 year old male / California Resident

Narrative:
During the week of March 13, 2017 Bend Police Department received information of drug activity involving a Silver Jeep Cherokee with CA license plates. Bend Police Detectives identified the vehicle and began a short term drug investigation. During this time the investigation revealed Lloyd Brice was selling cocaine at various locations around Bend. This investigation was assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes team.

On March 16th, 2017 at approximately 11:25 pm Bend Police Detectives assisted by members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT Team) and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) executed a search warrant at the Budget Inn Room #104 in Bend, Oregon. During the investigation and the execution of the search warrant over three ounces of cocaine, $3600 in US Currency, scales and packaging material were seized.

There were four occupants inside the motel room at the time of the search warrant execution. Lloyd Brice and Maxwell Spangner, both residents from California, were arrested and transported to the Deschutes County Adult Jail. The other two occupants were contacted, interviewed and released.

The CERT team is a multi-agency swat team supported by the COLES board with members from the Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, and the Bend Fire Department.

Charges:
Lloyd Brice: Unlawful Delivery of Cocaine
Unlawful Manufacture of Cocaine
Unlawful Possession of Cocaine
Maxwell Spangner: Frequenting a Place Where Controlled Substances are Used


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Motor vehicle crash on NW Wall Street- Long term street closure (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/15/17 10:31 PM
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Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Case # 2017-83288

Date & Time of Incident: March 15 at 7:43 pm

Type of Incident: Motor vehicle crash

Location of Incident: 1300 block of NW Wall Street

Victim:

Pacific Power

Wall Street Storage 1315 NW Wall Street

Driver:

Cameron Ashley Cox 27 year old Bend resident

Vehicle:

1995 grey Jeep Cherokee

Narrative:

The Bend Police Department and Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of NW Wall Street and NW Portland Avenue for the report of a transformer from a power line that exploded. During the initial investigation officers found a 1995 grey Jeep Cherokee had crashed into a power pole adjacent to Wall Street Storage, located at 1315 NW Wall Street. The crash caused the pole to sheer off and fall into the building causing damage. Early estimates are several thousand dollars in damage was caused by the power pole falling into the building. Power has been and will be disrupted throughout an unknown number of residences for several hours.

During the investigation, Cameron Cox was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Cox indicated he was driving south on NW Wall Street, reaching for a cellphone and removed both hands from the steering wheel. Cox crashed into the power pole after veering off the road way. At this time, impairment is not believed to be a factor.

Cox was issued a citation for Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief.

NW Wall Street between NW Lafayette and NW Portland will be closed for the night as crews from Pacific Power work hard to replace the power pole. The City of Bend Streets Department is responding to assist with the road closures and ensure the safety of the crews who are working to make the damaged area safe.

The Bend Police Department wants to remind drivers that focusing on the roadways, no matter what time of day or night, is extremely important to the safety of our citizens. Maintaining control of your vehicle will give you a better chance of staying safe as you travel on our community roadways.

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Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse Arrest (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 3:52 PM
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On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the Benton County Sheriff's Office, along with the assistance of the Corvallis Police Department, executed a search warrant in the 700 block of SW 7th Street in Corvallis. The search warrant was part of a multi-agency investigation into the illegal distribution of child pornography over the Internet. Numerous computers and electronic devices were seized.

Following the service of the search warrant, Pin-Han Tsai, 23, of Corvallis, was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on 10 counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. Any persons with information related to this investigation are asked to contact Detective Christopher Dale at 541-766-6858.


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Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 3:32 PM
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NEWS RELEASE -- For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017
Contact: Sergeant Toby Bottorff, Benton County Sheriff's Office
541-766-6099, toby.bottorff@co.benton.or.us

Saturation Patrol Results for Hemp and Cannabis Fair
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants patrol March 10-12, 2017, for the Hemp and Cannabis Fair, held at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

During saturation patrol dates, deputies stopped drivers for 104 traffic violations, while working regular and extra patrol.

Deputies arrested one person for DUII alcohol and none for DUII drugs. There were 11 arrest warrants served (six felony, five misdemeanor), as well as one arrest for reckless driving, and three for failing to carry and present a drivers license.

A total of 32 traffic citations were issued for violations including the following: speeding, no insurance, driving while suspended/revoked. No crashes were reported to BCSO during those dates.

BCSO's next DUII patrol is scheduled for March 16-19, 2017, to coincide with Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

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 http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/impaireddrivingprogram.aspx or https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/impaired_driving/drunk_driving_in_or.pdf


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1505/102758/Mar_17_PR.pdf , 2017-03/1505/102758/st_patricks.jpg
Myrtle Creek Man Arrested on Multiple Charges (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/17 10:49 AM
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On March 21st, 2017, at about 9:00 p.m., Sherman Lee Plale, age 42 of Myrtle Creek, was arrested on Corvallis Avenue, west of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, after a Roseburg Police K-9 unit tracked him down during a manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies from Douglas County.

Plale's crime spree began earlier in the evening when he walked into Lincare, located at 1810 Mulholland Drive, at about 6:30 p.m. Plale displayed a knife and demanded money from one of the employees. Plale fled the business in a blue Ford Explorer after taking the employee's wallet.

Plale then drove to 605 Amanda Street and broke into an unoccupied residence. Plale ransacked the house and stole a cordless drill. The Lincare employee's wallet was later found at this location. From there, Plale then forced his way into the residence at 561 Amanda Street where he pointed the cordless drill at the residents (male age 68, female age 66) and demanded the keys to the couple's 2006 Kia Sorento.

Plale fled in the stolen Sorento and drove to 493 Corvallis Avenue where he confronted a 49 year old female resident in her garage. Plale pointed a gun at the female, forced her inside the residence and demanded keys to a car that was parked out front. The victim gave Plale the car keys and then Plale left. He ended up fleeing in the original stolen Sorento which was found crashed into a tree in the 200 block of Corvallis Avenue.

Plale was lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges including; First Degree Robbery, First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary, First Degree Theft, First Degree Criminal Mischief, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Roseburg Police Department, Winston Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department and the Oregon State Police.


Attached Media Files: Sherman Lee Plale
Avoid The Potentially Deadly or Criminal Siri Prank (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/17 6:38 PM
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The Sheriff's Office Division of 9-1-1 Emergency Communications has become aware of a prank which has been spreading throughout the country in recent days.

iPhone users are well aware of Siri, the virtual assistant that can dial numbers for you, look up restaurants in the area, send text messages and perform other similar tasks. It can be a great tool, however if you see a social media post or someone tells you to ask Siri about the number "108" and wait a period of time before doing anything else, don't do it! When you do, your phone believes you need emergency services and you will be connected with the 9-1-1 emergency communications center nearest you. These prank calls tie up 9-1-1 lines and waste the time of emergency services. Oregon Law strictly prohibits misuse of the 9-1-1 system and can result in criminal charges.

The iPhone is able to recognize the emergency number 9-1-1 and take action. But it has also been programmed to recognize the equivalent of 9-1-1 from other countries, such as 108. 108 is an emergency response number in India. Other numbers to avoid are 112, 110, 999 and 000. The 9-1-1 Communications Division tested these numbers and can confirm that dialing or asking Siri about any of these numbers will result in a call being placed to the emergency communications center.

The prank, which has ¬been become popular on social media, is a very serious and potentially criminal act. Even if you believe you have terminated the call in time, your prank call may still ring into the 9-1-1 center.

We encourage everyone to share this information with your friends and family. Help us spread the word and make our community safe by ensuring those who need the life or death assistance of police, fire or EMS have access to them quickly when they call for help.


Attached Media Files: DCSO 108 Prank
Two Arrested after Pursuit in Stolen Car (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/17 11:01 AM
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On Saturday, March 18, 2017 a deputy observed a 1995 Acura Integra being operated by 34 year old Terry Thomas of Roseburg. The vehicle had previously been reported as stolen. The deputy attempted to stop Thomas, who attempted to elude in the vehicle before crashing on Gazley Road near Lou Gray Drive in Cayonville.

Thomas and his 24 year old passenger, Whitney Atterbury of Roseburg, exited the vehicle and began running from deputies. Atterbury was captured after a brief foot chase. Thomas jumped into the South Umpqua River and floated down river.

After approximately 45 minutes in the water, Thomas, who was unconscious, was rescued from the water by deputies. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he received treatment and was ultimately discharged into the custody of law enforcement.

Both Thomas and Atterbury were lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

Thomas - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver - Misdemeanor, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude on Foot, Attempt to Elude in Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Parole Violation.

Atterbury - Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Interfering with a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Escape 2nd Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Parole Violation.


Attached Media Files: Terry Thomas , Whitney Atterbury
Burglars Captured In the Act (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/17 10:57 AM
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In two separate events, deputies arrested three burglars over the last two days.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, at approximately 7:00 pm, a deputy was dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress in the 600-block of E. Third Avenue in Riddle. When the deputy arrived, he observed the suspect in a camper on the property. The suspect refused the deputy's orders to surrender and began running. The deputy captured the suspect, 25 year old William McGarvey of Myrtle Creek.

McGarvey was lodged at the Douglas County Jail for Burglary II, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Escape, Probation Violations and Warrants.

At approximately 2:50 am, a deputy conducting patrol observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the back corner of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Canyonville. The deputy checked on the vehicle and noticed property outside of the vehicle, which was unoccupied.

Deputies entered the building and found two female suspects inside. 35 year old Amy S Meyer of Canyonville and 32 year old Sara R Raatz (aka Sara Spangler) of Riddle were taken into custody without incident. Both Raatz and Meyer were found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Meyer was lodged for Burglary II, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Theft III.

Raatz was lodged on charges of Burglary II and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.


Attached Media Files: McGarvey, William , Meyer, Amy , Raatz - Feb 2017
InfoStructure Schedules Maintenance Which Could Interrupt 9-1-1 Service (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/16/17 9:26 AM
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The Sheriff's Office has been notified by InfoStructure of scheduled emergency network maintenance. This maintenance could prevent InfoStructure customers from dialing 9-1-1 during the scheduled time frame. The Sheriff's Office would like to encourage residents and businesses who are InfoStructure customers to prepare ahead of time by finding alternative communication sources which will allow you to reach emergency services if needed.

Any questions regarding this outage should be referred to InfoStructure.

Please read the information below from InfoStructure:

Emergency Network Maintenance Notification:

March 17th 11:59PM to March 18th 6:00AM PST.

InfoStructure would like to inform you in advance of network maintenance that may affect your voice services.

On Friday, March 17th network maintenance will be performed. You may experience intermittent service interruption that may last up to 6 hours.

Summary:
Date & Time of Work: 3/17/2017 11:59PM to 3/18/2017 6:00AM
Location of Work: Roseburg, Oregon
Scope of Work: Network Maintenance

Customers experiencing connectivity issues outside of the scheduled maintenance window please contact InfoStructure technical support at 800.419.4804 opt 3.


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Corvallis Lieutenant Graduates from the FBI National Academy (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 03/22/17 9:35 AM
Lt. Jason Harvey, Corvallis PD
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Lt. Jason Harvey recently completed one of the toughest challenges available for local law enforcement officers: the FBI National Academy. In mid-March, Lt. Harvey and two other Oregon law enforcement officer completed a ten-week training session at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

There is a highly competitive process that local law enforcement officers must go through before being selected for this honor. That process includes a nomination by a supervisor; interviews of the candidate and co-workers to determine leadership skills and abilities; a background check; a determination of physical fitness; and the support of former National Academy graduates within the candidate's organization.

"Only a few law enforcement officers from Oregon have the chance to attend the National Academy each year," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "The exceptional leaders selected to participate have a great opportunity to share their experiences with peers and to learn best practices from officers from across the country and the world."

Lt. Harvey has more than nineteen years of law enforcement experience, starting as a reserve police officer with the West Linn Police Department. Since joining the Corvallis Police Department in 1997, Lt. Harvey has served as a police officer, field training officer, canine handler, detective, sergeant and lieutenant. Lt. Harvey also serves as a department firearms instructor and deputy medical examiner. Lt. Harvey is currently assigned to the Community Service Division as the investigations lieutenant.

"We are very proud of Lt. Jason Harvey. Being selected to attend and graduating from the FBI National Academy is a significant accomplishment and milestone in his career," said Corvallis Police Chief Jon Sassaman. "The education, challenges and exposure he's experienced at the National Academy are unmatched opportunities. I know Lt. Harvey has benefitted from this experience, and we are excited to have him return and continue to serve the Corvallis community."

During the ten weeks of training, local executive-level law enforcement officers spend most of their time in the classroom. Lt. Harvey's classes included Behavioral Science for Law Enforcement Leadership; Leadership: Spirituality, Wellness, and Vitality; Drugs, Society, and Contemporary Drug Enforcement Strategies; and Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers. The program allows the participants the opportunity to earn college credits through the University of Virginia for some of those studies. In addition to the classroom work, participants have physical training courses and activities.

Each year, the FBI sponsors four sessions of the National Academy. Each session includes about 220 local law enforcement officers from around the United States as well as from around the world. While in the Academy, the officers and deputies will live in a dorm-like setting. The FBI does not charge U.S. students for tuition, books, equipment, meals, lodging or travel to and from their home.



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Attached Media Files: Lt. Jason Harvey, Corvallis PD
Missing Junction City man found safe (Photo)
Junction City Police - 03/15/17 8:20 PM
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A Junction City man who had been missing since March 8 has been found.

Family members located William Cooper, 51, at a Eugene park on March 11th.

The police department verified Mr. Cooper is safe, and is back home with his family.

The Junction City Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance.


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Burglary Suspect Arrested North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/17 9:54 AM
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A man believed to be involved in several burglaries and vehicle thefts in north Marion County has been arrested. Last night at around 9 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a tip that Matthew, Goldsby, age 28 was staying in a travel trailer in the 2900 block of the Crooked Finger Road NE, outside of Scott's Mills.

Several deputies and a searched the trailer and found Goldsby hiding in a compartment inside the trailer, Goldsby was arrested without incident or injury. Goldsby became the focus of several investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions after he was captured on video at several locations after they had been burglarized.

Goldsby is being held without bail at the Marion County Jail for a lengthy list of crimes that can be obtained on the Marion County Jail web site. Goldsby is expected to appear in court today at the Circuit Court Annex at 3 p.m.


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Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 11:13 AM
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The words in the title describe the foundational character traits of a Marion County Deputy Sheriff. If you have ever taken an oath or sworn to a creed you know that words are not just words, they have meaning. Not meaning as in a definition but meaning that provokes an emotional response because those words makeup who we are and what we stand for.

This was no better demonstrated than last night at around 7:30 p.m., when deputy Matt Higgins responded to check the welfare of a person in the 4000 block of Lancaster Drive NE. When Deputy Higgins parked in the driveway and knocked at the door he was greeted by an elderly resident.

The resident explained they were fine and did not require any medical attention, but they were hungry and most concerning they could not remember when they last ate. Deputy Higgins asked to come in and upon inspection found a home full of love but vacant of food. In fact the only food in the house were some expired condiments and two cans of green beans.

Deputy Higgins had choices, he certainly could have called an ambulance and had the resident taken to the hospital, where they would have been fed and provided service, but that is not what Deputy Sheriff's do. Deputy Sheriff's embody and through action demonstrate those words, those foundational character traits we live by.

Instead Deputy Higgins called Sergeant Justin Kinyon who responded to the scene. The deputies took the elderly resident to the grocery store and purchased some much needed food and returned to the house. While the Sergeant put away the food and cleaned the refrigerator Deputy Higgins put on his cooking hat and made some much needed, "tasty Italian, Hamburger Helper," for the resident to eat.

Integrity, Courage, Discipline, Loyalty, Diligence, Humility, Optimism, Conviction, not just words written on a piece of paper. Not just words echoed in hollow halls devoid of feeling. These are words spoken and lived each day by your Marion County Deputy Sheriff's.

Senior services has been contacted and requested to follow up with the resident to ensure their needs are met.


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Sheriff's Office Seeking Tips In Fire Investigation (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/17/17 10:58 AM
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Yesterday at around 5:00 a.m., a passerby called 911 reporting a fire at 4625 Silverton Road NE, a Mini Storage located in Salem. Firefighters with Marion County Fire District 1, responded and extinguished the fire but not before it caused some $16,000 in damage.

Investigators with the fire district and the Marion County Sheriff's Office believe the fire was intentionally set. Investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the fire to please call the Sheriff's Office at 503 588 5032 or you can send your anonymous tip by texting TipMCSO followed by your message, to 847411.


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Five Car Crash Claims the Life of a Scappoose Man Near the Sauvie Island Bridge - Multnomah County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:52 PM
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On March 22, 2017, at about 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a five vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 10.5, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis DEMARS, age 58, of Scappoose, was traveling eastbound on US 30 when the Ranger crossed over the centerline and into oncoming, westbound traffic. The Ranger struck a 2012 Toyota Camry, operated by Steven RICHARDS, age 46, of Vancouver, Washington, nearly head-on. The Camry began to spin and hit the side of a 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Michael WILLIAMS, age 38, of Portland, which was also traveling westbound. After colliding with the dump truck, the Camry traveled across the centerline and into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2010 Honda Fit, operated by Laurie DAVIS, age 61, of Scappoose. The Ranger continued eastbound a short distance after striking the Camry, where it crashed head-on into a 2003 GMC utility van, operated by Breckon SCOTT, age 26, of Camas, Washington, that was traveling westbound.

DEMARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. RICHARDS, DAVIS and SCOTT were transported to Emanuel Hospital with injuries. WILLIAMS was uninjured and remained on scene.

Both lanes of US 30 remained closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted on scene by Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.


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***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Crash on US Hwy 26 near Milepost 18 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:01 PM
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Update:

The deceased male is Richard Franklin POLLOCK, age 44, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and his family members have been notified of their loss.

Previously released:

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 6:58 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon, struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan, Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours


Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
***Update - Names Released*** Two Killed In Early Morning Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 12:09 PM
Update:

The drivers of the vehicles have been identified and the family members have been notified of their loss.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Brady Paul GOLLADAY, age 28, of Riddle. The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as Roman M FEDOROV, age 36, of Seattle.

Seatbelt use has not yet been determined but it is believed alcohol consumption by GOLLADAY may be a contributing factor. No further information to be released at this time.


Previously released:

On March 19, 2017 at about 3AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 124 (Roseburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Ford Focus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at what is believed to be a high rate of speed. The Ford struck a southbound 2005 Volkswagen Jetta head-on near the 124 southbound on-ramp. Both drivers, adult males, died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police, Roseburg Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Interstate 5 was reduced to one southbound of travel until 6AM.

The names of the drivers will be released once the next of kin notifications have been made. This is a preliminary release, more information will released later today.
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Cite Winston Man in Black Tail Deer Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 11:50 AM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division executed a search warrant early Sunday morning, concluding a year and half long investigation into the unlawful take of several black tail deer. Oregon State Police Troopers from the Albany and Roseburg area served a search warrant at a Winston address, where three sets of trophy black tail buck antlers and a center fire rifle were seized as evidence. David Barton, 28, of Winston, was cited and released on three counts of unlawful take/possession of buck deer. The search warrant was stemming from an investigation that showed Barton had killed several deer without any deer tags and was exceeding bag limits.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:
Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100


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Driver Arrested for DUII After Fatal Crash in Grants Pass
Oregon State Police - 03/19/17 3:14 PM
On March 18, 2017, at approximately 8:22 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a reported single vehicle crash occurred at milepost 59 on Interstate 5 southbound. As a result of the crash, one occupant died from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates a black 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kim Parsley ( age 62 from Glendale, Oregon) was traveling southbound when the Jetta was rear ended by a 2010 Subaru Legacy. The Subaru, driven by Lindsey Johnson (age 28 from Grants Pass), fled the scene.

The crash caused the Volkswagen to flip onto its top and collide with a guardrail. Parsley was trapped in the vehicle and emergency workers had to extricate him from the vehicle with critical injuries. Parsley's passenger, Ashlan Parsley (age 18 from Glendale, Oregon) was able to remove herself from the vehicle but sustained serious injuries. Both Parsleys were initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center. Kim Parsley was later transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Approximately 20 minutes after the crash, one of the Oregon State troopers left the crash scene and stopped a vehicle, about a mile from the crash scene, for a lighting violations. The trooper stopped the Subaru and realized the vehicle had been involved in the crash. The driver was identified as Johnson and was ultimately arrested for DUII.

OSP was assisted by Grant Pass Fire and ODOT. The crash is still under investigation and OSP is working with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review of additional charges. No other information or photos are available.
Fatal Crash on US 26 near Milepost 55 -- Wheeler County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 5:23 PM
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On March 18, 2017 at approximately 7:30am, OSP was dispatched to a fatal crash involving two vehicles. This incident occurred west of city limits of Mitchell and just east of the city limits of Prineville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Ram, occupied by three, was traveling eastbound of US 26 near milepost 55 at approximately 50mph, when the driver veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall. The driver, identified as Scotty M. Ledford, age 31 from Prineville was pronounced deceased at the scene. The impact caused the 2013 Dodge Ram to cross the highway into the westbound lane of travel and then into a ditch. The vehicle was struck by a westbound blue 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by Kimberly Banta (male) age 55 from Sweet Home.

The 2013 Dodge Ram was also occupied by surviving front passenger, Angelica M. Luna, age 27 and a juvenile passenger who were transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the 1995 Dodge pickup, Jared Banta, age 42 of Sweet Home and Kimberly were not injured.

OSP was assist was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Wheeler County SO, Crook County SO, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. The highway was closed for approximately two hours with detours in place.


Attached Media Files: Victim Vehicle
Lincoln City Coach Arrested and Lodged on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 2:21 PM
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This press release is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln City Police Department. If any additional information is released it will be made from the Lincoln City Police Department.





March 18, 2017
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Jerry Palmer, 541-994-3636

On the evening of March 16, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) was notified by several Lincoln City parents of possible sex abuse crimes involving juveniles in the Lincoln City area. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was called out and based on information obtained on March 17, 2017, the suspect was identified as Tyler William Lopez, age 22, from Lincoln City. Lopez was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: two counts of Display of Child/Sexual Conduct (B-Felony), one count of Sex Abuse First Degree (B-Felony), and four counts Sex Abuse Second Degree (C-Felony). It anticipated Lopez will be arraigned on these and possible additional charges in Lincoln County District Court on March 20th, 2017 at 1:15 PM.

Lopez is known throughout the Lincoln City area as a coach of youth basketball, football, and baseball. The Lincoln City Police is asking for any additional potential victims or witnesses who have not already spoken with investigators about these crimes to contact the Lincoln City Police at (541)994-3636. Please tell dispatchers you have information regarding case number 17-400.

This case remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Major Crime Team which is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Lincoln City Police Department is lead investigating agency. At this time there is no further information to be released. Once Lincoln City Police Department determines there is additional information can be released, it will be released via Flash Alert.


Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1002/102771/3-18-17_Lopez_Arrest.doc , 2017-03/1002/102771/lopez.photo.jpg
***Update Missing Person Found Deceased*** Endangered Missing Person-Jackson/Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/17/17 7:16 PM
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Update Missing Person Found Deceased

On March 16th, 2017, the Josephine County Sheriff's Office was notified of a deceased female located in the 100 Block of Lone Mountain Rd, Obrien Oregon. The Josephine County Major Response Team was activated and the Oregon State Police was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

The female has been positively identified as 20 year old Kayla Lee YARBROUGH.
YARBROUGH had previously been reported missing and an active investigation in regards to her whereabouts was being conducted by the Oregon State Police and the Medford Police Department.

The cause and manner of YARBROUGH's death is the focus of a current investigation. No other details will be released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to Kayla YARBROUGH's death is asked to call the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center 541-664-4600. The Josephine County Major Response Team is comprised of personnel from the Oregon State Police, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

End Release


Previous Release:

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is currently working a joint investigation with the Medford Police Department (MPD) on a Missing Person case. Kayla Lee YARBROUGH has not been seen since Thanksgiving 2016. Her family lives in Cave Junction and reported her missing in February of 2017.

Kayla is described as 20 years old, 5'02 and 130 pounds with red/strawberry blonde hair. See attached photo.

Investigators and family are concerned for her safety due to the fact that it is out of character for her not to stay in touch with her family or friends. Investigators believe she was last known to frequent the Cave Junction area.

If you have any information on this case, please contact OSP Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957 or the Medford Police Department at 541-774-2299.


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Hydrant Flushing (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 03/20/17 3:21 PM
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The Roseburg Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. Hydrant flushing will be conducted from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week.

The Fire Department realizes that hydrant flushing may cause some inconvenience, however, the flushing program is necessary to ensure the proper functioning and delivery of adequate water from the water mains when needed for fire control. The community's cooperation with this hydrant-flushing program is appreciated.

During the flushing process, customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. While the water is safe to drink, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before drinking or washing clothes and dishes.

For the latest information regarding the City of Roseburg Fire Department, please visit our website at www.cityofroseburg.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roseburgfire.


Attached Media Files: Hydrant Flushing
Medical
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend earns Oregon Patient Safety Commission award
PeaceHealth - 03/21/17 1:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend was selected recently as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Honorable Mention by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission seeks to advance, support and encourage patient safety in Oregon by encouraging a culture of patient safety through education, shared learning and improved transparency.

"I am humbled and proud of our caregivers' commitment to patient safety and quality care," said Rand O'Leary, chief executive for the PeaceHealth Oregon Network. "Through our involvement with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, we have been able to contribute to their effort to foster a culture of safety through early discussion/resolution techniques and the adoption of many quality improvement initiatives."

PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence was also selected as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Leading Participant.

For more information on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, visit OregonPatientSafety.org.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit, mission-based Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend is one of Oregon's busiest hospitals located in Springfield, Ore., 110 miles south of Portland. This 347-bed facility is one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco, serving as a Level II Trauma Center for an eight-county region. Key services for the not-for-profit hospital include cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, oncology, orthopedics, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery and other specialized surgical services. Visit us online at www.peacehealth.org.

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PeaceHealth Peace Harbor earns Oregon Patient Safety Commission award
PeaceHealth - 03/21/17 1:01 PM
FLORENCE, Ore. -- PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center was selected recently as a Patient Safety Reporting Program Leading Participant by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission seeks to advance, support and encourage patient safety in Oregon by encouraging a culture of patient safety through education, shared learning and improved transparency.

"This is outstanding recognition and yet another testament to our caregivers' dedication to enhancing our patient safety efforts and focus on quality," said Rick Yecny, Peace Harbor's Chief Administrative Officer. "Through our involvement with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, we have been able to contribute to their effort to foster a culture of safety through early discussion/resolution techniques and the adoption of many quality improvement initiatives."

For more information on the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, visit OregonPatientSafety.org.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit, mission-based Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Since opening its doors in 1989, Peace Harbor has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

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PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Palliative Care team presents at Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon
PeaceHealth - 03/20/17 4:49 PM
FLORENCE, Ore. -- On Thursday, April 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center Palliative Care program will present at the 2017 Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon, hosted at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn. Stephen Kerner, DO, and Donna Becker, Medical Social Worker, will be discussing the new palliative care program in Florence and the successes and challenges they have encountered in the community thus far.

Palliative care programs serve patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and desire alleviation of symptoms - whether social, physical, emotional or spiritual. Patients can receive palliative care at any time and at any stage of illness, whether terminal or chronic. Though both palliative care and hospice care programs focus on pain and symptom management, palliative care programs also include treatment options.

Also beginning in April, the Palliative Care program will host a series of classes designed to train prospective volunteers to work directly with palliative care patients in the community. The trainings will be held at Lane Community College and include an overview of palliative care, the role of the palliative care team and the volunteer, and communication and spirituality.

If you are interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact Donna Becker at dbecker@peacehealth.org or 541-902-6734. Patient support volunteer classes will be limited to 18 members, and will be held every Monday starting on April 3 through May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Based in Vancouver, Wash., PeaceHealth is a not-for-profit, mission-based Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center has been recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Since opening its doors in 1989, Peace Harbor has provided a level of patient care in advanced imaging and technology that surpasses most other rural facilities. Visit us online at PeaceHealth.org.

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Utilities
Pacific Power is using more renewable generation to save money and make grid cleaner
Pacific Power - 03/20/17 10:00 AM
Efforts to make the grid 'smarter' lead to fewer emissions and improved reliability


Portland, Ore, March 20, 2017 -- Operating Pacific Power's electricity generation system more efficiently is providing cleaner energy, and reducing costs for its 750,000 customers.

Through more innovative integration of its existing power plants with the growing amount of renewable generation on the grid, Pacific Power's 'smarter grid' reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent for 2016 versus the previous 5-year average. That comes out to 6 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 1.1 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Making the grid more flexible in using available renewable generation also reduced energy costs for Pacific Power customers, by nearly $50 million for the year.

"Our efforts to make our power system 'smarter' means making it cleaner, more efficient and more reliable," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. "By leveraging technology to improve the way that traditional generation can follow the rise and fall of renewable energy availability, we can take full advantage of the diversity of resources, both traditional and renewables, available to serve customers. That means we can make maximum use of renewable generation when it's available, while also improving our grid operators' visibility and tools to maintain the reliability and dependability that customers count on."

The amount of renewable energy capacity connected to the PacifiCorp grid increased 41 percent last year. The 2,960 megawatts of solar and wind energy generation capacity now serving customers represents 29 percent of customers' peak energy demand and represents an important milestone towards more zero-emission generation. In 2016, nearly one-third of all PacifiCorp's electric generation capacity was from zero-emitting plants.

"We know our customers want cleaner, dependable energy, and to keep rates low," added Bird. "We will continue to build on this success by looking for more innovative, responsible ways we can invest in the energy future we all want."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Transportation
Photo of crashed truck, I-5 SB at MP 39 (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 03/22/17 11:43 AM
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I-5 MP 39 SB, near Gold Hill: Both SB lanes are blocked by a crash. Detour is being set up using Blackwell Road. Motorists will be directed off at Exit 40 to Exit 35. Expect delays and congestion


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Military
Civil Air Patrol flying to monitor flooding
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 03/18/17 3:41 PM
AURORA, Ore. -- Dodging rain showers, the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing members are conducting reconnaissance flights Saturday as river levels in the state threaten to rise above their banks.

The Oregon Wing used the flooding photography mission as a practice exercise for its regularly scheduled Search and Rescue Exercise on March 18. Weather severely restricted operations throughout Oregon. Aircrews in Bend and Medford were not able to fly in the exercise due to weather. Aircraft did not take off from Aurora until after 1:00 pm, when the clouds and rain showers stopped.

A total of 44 highly trained volunteers responded to the three locations to practice search techniques and support base operations.

Simultaneously the Oregon Wing conducted a Ground Team Training near Mill City with more than 40 more adults and teen-aged member cadets. Ground Teams can support the aircrews, zeroing in on a potential location, and can track down emergency signals emitted by aircraft. Ground teams are also trained to search fields, trails and rough terrain looking for lost hikers, or clues leading to crashed aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol can assist county sheriffs in searches, and photographic missions in support of state and federal agencies. Taking photos of potential flooding can help local, county and state emergency agencies in reacting or preparing for flooding. CAP has helped the Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Aviation Division in recent years.

"We are often challenged by the weather in Oregon," said Lt Col Nick Ham, assistant incident commander for the day. "Our usual season for flying is late spring through mid-fall and can have days were we get no opportunity to fly. We are all here hoping for breaks in the weather, and working on other aspects of training in between."

Civil Air Patrol, is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 80 lives a year on average.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
State
Oregon's Public Safety Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

We ask that you please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in a career in public safety.


Attached Media Files: Career Day Flyer
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/21/17 4:20 PM
For Immediate Release

March 21, 2017

Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427
Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

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

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

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for December 2, 2016
Approve minutes

2. FINN, Melissa -- M-1 Application for Benefits
Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting -- April 27, 2017

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Armed Subcommitteee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/17/17 1:26 PM
For Immediate Release
March 23, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
503-378-2431
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Armed Subcommittee of the Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee for the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:00 pm March 23, 2017 at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem, Oregon.

Conference: 888-808-6929
Access Code: 8917117

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Agenda items:

1. Introductions

2. Washington Armed Instructor Program Comparison against Private Security Firearms Instructor Course (PSFIC)-- guest Greg Glassock

3. Roundtable

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/16/17 10:43 AM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 103rd Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT103 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Executive Director Patti Sauers of Yamhill Communications.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT103 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #103

Dispatcher Shelbi Ah Sam
Wasco County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Courtney Bartels
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Jayde Bellshaw
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Allysa Bement
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Broek Boaz
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Lindsay Burbey
Albany Police Department

Dispatcher Mariah Camargo
Frontier Regional 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tiffany DeHaan
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Alicia Delos
Clackamas County Communications

Dispatcher Shannon Devore
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Sara Dragoon
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Shawn Eads
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Suleyma Gonzales
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Toni Grove
LaGrande Police Department

Dispatcher Kaitlyn Herbst
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Stephanie Jensrud
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Teonna Johnson
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Micah Kelley
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Ryan Killion
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Louis Lavine
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Rochelle Lundberg
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Krista Mugavero
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Chelsie O'Brien
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Dakota Pierce
Lake Oswego Police Department

Dispatcher Austin Plamondon
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tristan Richmond
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Lindsay Rupel
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch

Dispatcher Cynthia Ward
Lake Oswego Police Department

## Background Information on the BPSST and DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
$210,400 awarded in 36 Arts Build Communities grants
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/20/17 3:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Thirty-six recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, totaling $210,400, engage the arts as a means of addressing and alleviating community needs.

Among the projects funded by 2017 Arts Build Communities grants are: new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon's young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.

Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.

"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."

Arts Build Communities grants frequently serve as seed money to spur additional local support. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in leveraged funding, much of it used to pay artists as well as to purchase products and services in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through partnership funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: Photos available on request.

The 2017 recipients, listed by region, are:

Central Oregon
Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support A Novel Idea, a community reading program that encourages residents to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. The project broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will support the purchase of books and the author's honorarium.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support Kids Curate, a year-long, hands-on arts program for students in schools that lack art instruction. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum and gives students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and student transportation.

The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs, $5,000
To support the annual Warm Springs Tribal Youth Art Exhibit and its associated programs. The project will encourage students to learn about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will travel over Warm Springs, and express what they've learned through art. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies, pay art instructors and print notecards and coloring books featuring the art created. The coloring books and notecards will reflect the theme of Sun and Shadow and will be sold in the museum's gift shop to support the 2018 Youth Art Exhibit (the museum's 25th Anniversary).

Coast
Bandon School District, Bandon, $5,400
To support the creation of a community mural to promote local youth awareness of pollinator science, led by a muralist in collaboration with school students and the public. Grant funds will support artist fees and mural materials.

City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, $5,440
To support a comprehensive plan to assist in the selection of public art installations that will align with the city's brand, celebrate its way of life and boost civic pride. Grant funds will support hiring a public art and planning consultant.

Miracle Theatre Group, Astoria, $6,000
To support Milagro's UNIDAD, a bilingual arts and science residency program, in Astoria with workshops and a public performance of the play "El Payaso," an ecodrama that follows the journey of a young Latino with an environmental studies degree. The residency will involve local students in discussing environmental issues facing the Latino population. Grant funds will support teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Eastern Oregon
Cornucopia Arts Council, Halfway, $3,600
To support the 2017 Clear Creek Music Festival, which provides two weeks of musical instruction and performance opportunities for the residents of rural communities in eastern Baker County. University faculty and students will teach and perform up to four public concerts during the festival. Grant funds will support concert fees, instrument rental for local students and instructors for the community chorus, Kids Camp and Brass Camp.

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale, $5,950
To support expenses for the 2017 Teen Art Builds Community public art project, during which local students will create murals and other public art enhancing the local streetscape. A collaboration between city government, schools and the Drexel Foundation, the project is designed to strengthen community pride.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support The Big Read in Wallowa County. Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" will inform and inspire discussion about war, veteran's issues and PTSD. The novel offers Fishtrap the opportunity to collaborate with veteran's organizations for the first time. Grant funds will support the purchase and distribution of books to schools and community groups, program staff salaries and program promotion.

Gorge
Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River, $4,500
To support Stories of Home and Homelessness, a multi-disciplinary exploration of homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge. Arts in Education of the Gorge teaching artists will conduct storytelling, creative writing and visual art workshops for local youth and adults who have suffered from home insecurity. The goal is to raise community awareness, ignite meaningful dialogue and change public perception and policy regarding homelessness. The project will culminate in a public performance and exhibit of participants' stories and art, followed by a facilitated community discussion focused on developing new ideas to address home insecurity in the Gorge. Grant funds will support artists' fees and workshop materials.

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hood River, $6,690
To support a Music in Healing program for patients, visitors and families served by
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The program goal is to decrease pain and anxiety through lobby concerts, unit concerts and bedside individual performances. Grant funds will support musician fees and will be matched by hospital foundation funds and in-kind donations.

Portland Metro
Alberta Main Street, Portland, $5,600
To support the Equitable Placemaking Historical Markers Project. The design of place-markers will be informed by stories from community members. The project will be collaboratively led by a storyteller and artist to document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. Grant funds will support artist fees as well as the fabrication and installation of the markers.

Boom Arts, Inc., Portland, $5,600
To support the presentation of Dahlak Brathwaite's "Spiritrials," a work of Hip Hop theatre that addresses race, identity and criminal justice through rap, song and storytelling, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Grant funds will support production expenses and technical fees, as well as staff time and the engagement of a Youth and Community Engagement Liaison.

Circus Project, Portland, $6,300
To support a community-based Social Circus, a global movement that uses the thrill, artistry and wonder of circus arts to inspire social transformation. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools and will serve more than 300 youth participants. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, the purchase and maintenance of circus-specific equipment and staff expenses for planning and evaluation.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City, $7,000
To support Youth Arts for Change, a project giving teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit for a public presentation and celebration. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and collaboration with existing and new partners.

Free Arts NW, Portland, $3,200
To support the painting of a handicapped-accessible city bus and provide arts programming for underserved youth. Free Arts NW facilitators will invite local youth to develop the design that will become a vehicle wrap. The mobile art studio will reduce barriers, offering a safe place for artistic self-expression. Grant funds will fund art supplies and production of the vehicle wrap.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland, $4,400
To support five public performances of "Rush Hour" between May and September. The production will include free public rehearsals and offer low-income communities access to professional caliber, thought-provoking art. The performances are scheduled to take place in partnership with Portland community centers, private arts organizations and developers' properties in five diverse Portland neighborhoods. Grants funds will support performers' fees.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support the annual celebration of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Grant funds will support artist fees, the purchase of arts and crafts materials, publicity, an interactive guide for visitors and audio equipment rental.

Literary Arts, Portland, $7,000
To support the 2017 Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The tour brings award winners and finalists to eight to 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at community gatherings. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will support author travel and expenses, promotion and program staff time.

Living Stages, Portland, $5,950
To support a collaborative Theatre Empowerment Initiative, consisting of a series of workshops, trainings and performances. These activities are intended to train and support low-income and houseless community members for personal growth, empowerment and community action through theatre. Grant funds will pay coordination and artist fees, and provide support for participants in the form of food, stipends and transportation assistance.

My Voice Music, Portland, $7,000
To support My Voice Music Camps, giving youth living in foster care or referred by mental health treatment partners the opportunity to write, record and release music to help them cope, heal and thrive in the midst of crisis. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees and student leaders.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $5,600
To support a theatre production at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Grant funds will support the costs associated with guest artist visits, costumes and props, program facilitation, production rights, music rental, books/scripts, and performance recordings.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland, $6,000
To support free performances in rural communities and underserved neighborhoods of the play "Tomás and the Library Lady," the story of a migrant family's son who discovers the imaginative world of reading. Grant funds will support artistic and community engagement expenses, including preparation of Spanish-language materials in support of the production.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, $5,600
To support musicNOW, a music therapy program for retirement community residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The project is in partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. Performance locations will include a Portland-metro public venue in order to reach those living with memory impairment in private residences.

Oregon Writing Project, Portland, $7,000
To support Slam Across Oregon's poetry event Slamboo. The competition brings together young slam poets from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete through the art of poetry, enabling them to develop relationships built on empathy and understanding. Grant funds will support slam events, guest coaches and a printed anthology.

Portland Opera, Portland, $4,000
To support Opera a la Cart, a mobile music venue that will be used for more than 40 free live opera performances for underserved communities. Grant funds will support performer and accompanist fees.

Vanport Mosaic, Portland, $7,000
To support the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a four-day event to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. The festival will unite Portlanders through screenings of oral histories, performances, educational and community dialogues and a reunion for former Vanport residents. The grant will support artist fees.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support the expansion of creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Nine 10-week creative writing workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' work and public readings. Grant funds will support staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in East Multnomah and Washington Counties, to train volunteer facilitators and to purchase workshop materials.

Southern Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $6,300
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz, a partnership with the Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University. Grant funds will support a gathering prior to the Oregon Indian Education Association Conference on the Southern Oregon University campus in April, with opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and learning among artists, educators and tribal representatives.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford, $4,000
To support Spring Sing, a series of choral music concerts for Rogue Valley children. Grant funds will be used to hire buses to transport children from Central Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts, and will cover printing costs for project-related materials.

Willamette Valley
The Arts Center, Corvallis, $6,000
To support Theater of the World, a professional theater experience for fifth grade students attending a low-income, dual-immersion elementary school. The project integrates Spanish speaking children with children learning Spanish to build community among families, friends and community partners. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, materials and marketing for production of three performances followed by community celebrations.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene, $6,000
To support Fiesta Cultural, a two-month, county-wide celebration of Latino art and culture. Through participatory arts, Fiesta Cultural will increase the platforms for Latino artists to showcase work and further understanding of Latino culture and culturally-relevant community events. Grant funds will support marketing the event to low-income and Latino immigrants.

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene, $7,000
To support Symphony Connect, a partnership with local human service agencies to bring specially designed interactive chamber music performances and other music opportunities to individuals who experience barriers to cultural participation. Grant funds will support musician fees, consulting specialists and a program evaluation.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene, $5,700
To support the String Academy program, a youth music education program that provides a full year of beginning string instruction to underserved children in public schools at little or no-cost. Grant funds will support three of eight classes taking place during the 2016-17 school year. It is a partnership with the Eugene 4J School District's BEST Afterschool Program, which serves the district's most disadvantaged students through afterschool homework support and enrichment activities.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $6,970
To support the Club de Arte para Mamás' (Latina Mothers' Club) Monday and Saturday workshops, allowing the club to continue an expanded schedule of 18 sessions with increased attendance. Grant funds will support artist fees, marketing, translations and art supplies.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $5,600
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic building that houses the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's galleries, classrooms and offices. The year-long celebration, From Soldiers' Hospital to Arts Center, will bring the community together through an exhibit of veterans' ceramics, photography and painting; regular tours emphasizing the buildings history and architectural features; and a victory garden that will feature heirloom plants as a reminder of the hospital's self-sufficient nature. Grant funds will support marketing the performances, exhibits and historic tours.

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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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Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team will meet Wednesday, March 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/17 12:15 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team meets Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 280, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, new member election, OPA 2 position updates, ASL interpretive services, RFP updates, Deaf Culture training discussion, review of bylaws, review of budget, and comments or concerns.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
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A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/21/17 1:33 PM
David Lewis Purcell
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. 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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Oregon DOC receives award for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/17/17 4:14 PM
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
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The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was presented with the Recycler of the Year Award at the Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 11, at Willamette Heritage Center. DOC was praised for its recycling and upcycling efforts of ballistic vests, shoes, and fabric; its refurbishing of furniture; and its donation efforts of hundreds of blankets to the Salem Sleeping Bag Project.

DOC's Central Distribution Center (CDC) recycled or upcycled 2.3 million pounds of backhauled commodities from its institutions in 2016 -- up from 1.6 million pounds in 2015. CDC staff worked with prison staff from across the state to collect the following items for recycling or reuse -- diverting over 750 tons of waste from landfills:

o 4,310 lbs. of ballistic vests
o 72,600 lbs. of tires
o 1,200 lbs. of printer cartridges
o 42,875 lbs. of e-waste
o 1,390,391 lbs. of cardboard/office pack paper and 219,270 lbs. of confidential shred

"DOC is a resourceful agency that is finding ways to be a better steward of our environment," said DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle. "I am amazed by the recycling efforts from staff and adults in custody. This Recycler of the Year award would not be possible without the dedicated staff across the department."

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to sustainable operations to protect our natural environment and improve quality of life for healthier communities. Sustainable practices help protect natural resources, save taxpayer money, and model positive lifestyles to the adults in DOC custody.


DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.
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Attached Media Files: DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle accepts the 2016 Recycler of the Year award.
Public hearing on revised forest fire prevention rules will be held April 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/17 10:15 AM
News Release

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contacts:
Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Salem, 503-945-7440, tom.fields@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to fire prevention rules for industrial (logging and other commercial) operations on forestlands. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at ODF headquarters in Salem at the following address:
Tillamook Room, Building C
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed revisions clarify existing language and include changes to water supply and delivery, firewatch services and fire tools and extinguishers. Proposed updates will increase fire prevention and preparedness requirements in some areas while reducing requirements in others to account for changes in technology and logging practices. The updates come after a two year examination of the rules by a committee comprised of forest landowners and operators, affiliated organizations and ODF staff.

The public is welcome to attend. The hearing 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 before the hearing. ODF invites public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. For more information about attending the hearing or to submit written comments, please contact Sabrina Perez at Sabrina.perez@Oregon.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 19.
They can also be mailed to:
Sabrina Perez, Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed administrative rulemaking package is available for review at the State Forester's office, 2600 State Street in Salem or on the ODF website at
www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/ProposedLawsRules.aspx.

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Forestry department invites public comment on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:35 PM
News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 4, public comments are invited for ODF's district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. Two districts have also noted Forest Land Management Classification changes within their draft AOPs that are open to public comment from March 20 to May 4, 2017.
Public comment details:

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx. After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the district forester to review and approve.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHH8TK
To comment on the Forest Land Management Classification changes for Tillamook and/or Forest Grove: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNDVZDN
Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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Western Lane Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes open for comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:21 PM
NOTE: This news release has been revised to include the actual web page addresses within the body of the text



News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on proposed revisions to its Western Lane District Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes. The public comment period is open for 30 days from March 20 to April 18.

The district's Implementation Plan describes management activities, such as timber harvesting, roads and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plan provides the objectives for the district's annual operations plans, while aligning with the goals and strategies found in the long-term Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

The Western Lane Implementation Plan revision includes Forest Land Management Classification changes, which describe the management emphasis for parcels of land. The classifications vary from general stewardship to focused stewardship, special use and high-value conservation areas.

Public comment details:

Draft of the Western Lane District Implementation Plan revision: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/2017DraftIPWesternLaneDistrict.pdf
Western Lane District Implementation Plan public comment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFNDRTY
Comments may also be sent via http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

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Sandy logging firm is named Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 9:14 AM
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
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NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 17, 2017

Contact:
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy as the Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances. Wayne Stone Logging was honored for its work to protect water quality during a difficult downhill harvest south of Brightwood and extra efforts it took to prevent fires. Video of the harvest can be seen at https://youtu.be/81WgwqJ8fSA.

Tracy Brostrom, a wildlands fire supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated Wayne Stone for the award. Brostrom, who has more than 30 years of experience in logging, says the area to be logged was steep, making it too expensive to build access roads. Because of the relatively small volume of timber, helicopter logging was also uneconomical.

"Wayne Stone met the challenge by putting up a 100-foot tall tower and hauling the logs aerially up and over a ridge along more than 3,000 feet of cable," says Brostrom. "This was an awesome feat. It made building a road unnecessary and minimized impacts to forest soil, as well as saving the landowner money."

Andrew White, director for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon Area, says, "The ingenuity and extra effort of Wayne Stone Logging provided a unique example of how to achieve objectives for both resource protection and financial returns on a very difficult operation."

Wayne Stone Logging is widely respected in the industry, having been recognized as Operator of the Year by Associated Oregon Loggers at their 2015 convention. The firm participates in the Oregon Professional Logger program, which trains its crews to fully meet or even exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

The Forest Practices Act has governed logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the northwest, southwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Douglas County logger is named Operator of the Year for southern Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/16/17 11:28 AM
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NEWS RELEASE

Release date: March 16, 2017

Contact:
Jay Morey, Stewardship Forester, Roseburg District Office, jay.c.morey@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov


(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Plikat Logging of Camas Valley, owned by Wally Plikat, as the Operator of the Year for southern Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances.

An example of the lengths to which Plikat goes to protect water quality as mandated in the Forest Practices Act is the company's success logging a 63-acre stand of trees on a steep hillside above a fish-bearing stream near Elkton in Douglas County. According to Department of Forestry Stewardship Forester Jay Morey, Plikat loggers had to set up steel cables a distance of more than 2,000 feet across the stream and its protective buffer of trees in order to ferry logs to waiting trucks.

"Due to the careful way they hauled the logs across that distance, the buffer zone was not damaged during the logging and haul out of felled timber," says Morey.

Chris Arnold of Lone Rock Timber Management nominated Plikat Logging for the Operator of the Year honor. "They can always be counted on to do an outstanding job. Wally and his son, Jeff, take pride in the work they do and put in the extra time to do it right," says Arnold.

For example, Arnold says Plikat often stops work during heavy rainfalls in order to minimize potential rutting and water quality issues.

Plikat Logging has been in business since 1981, employing over 80 people and participating in the community through donations and their support of local sports teams and events such as Fourth of July celebrations.

The Forest Practices Act governs logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the southwest, northwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Keep up your guard against tax identity theft
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 03/17/17 12:03 PM
SALEM, Ore.--Personal income tax returns are due April 18, but fraudsters could be trying to use your identity to commit tax fraud right now. Tax agencies nationwide are reminding taxpayers to protect their tax information throughout the year, but to be especially careful this time of year, when tax documents might be more accessible to criminals.

"Fraudsters are always looking for more information to use in submitting bogus refund claims," said Ken Ross, the head of the Oregon Department of Revenue's anti-fraud efforts. "Protecting taxpayers from identity theft goes hand-in-hand with protecting the state from tax fraud."

Ross said that fraudsters won't hesitate to grab data off an unsecured Wi-Fi network or steal the W-2 from your purse in your car, if the opportunity arises. Taxpayers keeping their own tax information secure is an important part of combating fraudsters.

What do I need to know as a taxpayer?

Protect your information
Help keep sensitive information out of the wrong hands by doing the following:
Beware of phishing scams, where fraudsters will try to get you to share personal information by email or over the phone by pretending they already know it. Calls that ask you to "confirm" your Social Security number are a common example.
Be cautious when using Wi-Fi. Unsecured Wi-Fi networks are a popular target for hackers, especially as more taxpayers connect their mobile devices to them.
Change passwords frequently. Experts recommend changing passwords every 60-90 days and not using the same password in multiple places.
Keep tax documents physically secure and inaccessible to criminals. If your tax documents aren't in your presence, keep them locked up.
Hang up on suspicious phone calls. No matter how urgent someone makes a situation sound, you can always hang up, call the Department of Revenue at their published phone number [(503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free)], and know that you're dealing with an actual employee.

Verify your identity
Revenue staff follow up on suspicious tax returns. When you file your return, they'll send you a letter if they're not sure it's legitimate. If you get an identity verification letter, respond as soon as you can. You can verify your identity by mail or by taking an online identity verification quiz.

Report identity theft
If you think or know your identity was stolen, notify Revenue immediately using the reporting feature at www.oregon.gov/dor. You can also call (503) 947-2000. Revenue can flag your account and watch for potentially fraudulent returns and help you get your real return processed correctly. You should also flag your account with the IRS by calling (800) 908-4490.

For more information on protecting yourself or what to do if you're a victim of identity theft, visit:
www.irs.gov
www.consumer.ftc.gov
www.identitytheft.gov

Contact the Department of Revenue
You can visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get forms, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can call (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222 (toll-free) or email questions.dor@oregon.gov for additional assistance. For TTY for hearing- or speech-impaired, call (800) 886-7204. During peak calling times, you may experience an extended wait.

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in February
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/21/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February.

In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, which was the lowest number since August 1995 when about 82,000 were unemployed. By contrast, the labor force has grown from just under 1.7 million in 1995 to over 2.0 million today.

In February, nonfarm payroll employment surged ahead by 8,200 following a revised gain of 700 in January. Government grew the most of the major sectors, as it added 4,400 jobs, rebounding from a loss of 3,400 jobs in January. Similarly, health care and social assistance shot up by 2,400 jobs in February following a loss of 1,700 the prior month. Manufacturing added 1,300 after a loss of 200 in January. Construction continued to grow rapidly by adding 900 jobs in February, following a strong gain of 2,500 in January. Only one major industry cut more than 600 jobs in February as transportation, warehousing and utilities shed 1,400.

Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a slight deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Since February 2016, Oregon's growth was very fast in construction, which added 8,900 jobs, or 10.0 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were health care and social assistance (+8,700 jobs, or 3.8%); financial activities (+3,600 jobs, or 3.8%); and information (+1,100 jobs, or 3.3%). Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs over the year: manufacturing (-400 jobs, or -0.2%); mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%); and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 18th.

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: 2017-03/930/102840/CLFIE_3-21-2017.xlsx , 2017-03/930/102840/employment_in_Oregon_--_February_2017_--_press_release.pdf
Clackamas Vietnam Veteran wins $1 Million St. Patrick's Day Raffle (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/17 5:30 PM
Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
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March 17, 2017 -- Salem, Ore. -- When Richard Leber heard the winning Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers on the radio this morning, little did he know, he was holding the $1 million winning ticket.

"When I heard the numbers, I thought 'that's nice, someone won.' Little did I know it was me!" Leber said when he claimed his prize.

Leber had purchased five $10 St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at different Oregon Lottery retailers at different times to increase his chances of winning. The winning ticket was purchased on January 25 at the Plaid Pantry on Highway 212 in Clackamas.

"I have purchased Raffle tickets ever since the first Oregon Lottery Raffle was offered," Leber said.

Leber checked his tickets at a Fred Meyer and they couldn't tell him how much he won, just that it was more than $600. He picked up his wife and they drove to the Oregon Lottery's Wilsonville Payment Center, where he found out he had won $1 million. The Wilsonville Payment Center only pays prizes under $50,000.

"Because we had to go to Salem to claim, the trip from Wilsonville to Salem we were very careful," he said. "By the time we got to Salem, I was shaking."

Leber, a Vietnam Veteran, said each year he makes a sojourn to the Riverside National Cemetery in California to visit three of his friends who were killed during the war.

"I joined the Marines with one of them," he said. "So I go and visit them each year and make the trip. We are brothers."

Now he plans to make a vacation of the trip and visit his brother in Arizona and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Laughlin River Run.

"I have been riding since 1969 so I will be buying a new Harley with the money," he said. "It is going to be so nice to be debt free with this money."

Leber's prize after taxes was approximately $670,000.

Over the years, the Oregon Lottery has held 17 Raffle games, including this year's St. Patrick's Day Raffle. In addition to the one $1 million top prize, the Raffle also offers 1,800 other prizes including 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

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

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


Attached Media Files: Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number
Oregon Lottery - 03/17/17 5:00 AM
Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 107812

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2017 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2018.

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

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Portland couple wins "free" $5.9 million jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 03/16/17 9:00 AM
March 15, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A retired Portland man won $5.9 million on a free Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket he won earlier in the week.

Bob Frost, who regularly plays Oregon's Game Megabucks with his wife, said he had never won a prize with free Oregon's Game Megabucks tickets. Megabucks players whose tickets match three out of six numbers receive a free quick pick ticket.

"We win free tickets all the time when we play, but have never won anything with the free tickets," Frost said Monday. "That's until today."

Frost and his wife have a morning ritual on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays -- the mornings after the Megabucks drawings -- where they have a cup of coffee and check their numbers. He always checks the free tickets last.

"The first line of numbers on the free ticket didn't have a single number," he said. "So I immediately thought it wasn't a winner. When I started checking the second set, when I got to three numbers I started thinking this could be it."

Each single Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket has two set of numbers.

When he handed the ticket back to his wife, her first thought was that she wrote the numbers down wrong and pulled up the numbers again on OregonLottery.org. That's when the couple started realizing they had won.

"We didn't know if you could win the jackpot on a free ticket, so we were looking on the Lottery website trying to see if there was a loophole or something," he said. "When we didn't find anything, we decided to go buy a dishwasher. We needed one and figured even if we didn't win, it was still needed."

When he claimed his prize on Monday, Frost said this year was his 25th wedding anniversary and the couple are planning a trip to Italy with the winnings. Frost opted to claim the $5.9 million prize as a lump sum payment of $2.95 million and after taxes took home $1,976,500. He is the 259th Megabucks millionaire.

Frost purchased the original Megabucks ticket, which was worth a free ticket, at the fittingly-named Lucky Spot in Portland. He then claimed the free ticket at the Lucky Spot in Portland. The retailer will receive a 1-percent selling bonus, bringing in $59,000 for the store.

The winning numbers were 1-7-31-40-44-47 for the Saturday, March 11 drawing. Frost's free ticket matched all six numbers. Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Oregon's Game Megabucks is the Oregon Lottery's local draw game which features a draw of six numbers out of a set of 48. Prizes start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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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.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
2017 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 25-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/20/17 2:29 PM
Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.
Answerland Advisory Committee meeting online, April 6, 2017
Oregon State Library - 03/21/17 5:06 PM
The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet online on Thursday, April 6 from 10am to 12pm Pacific Time. The agenda is included.

This is an online public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us.


Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting
April 6, 2017 (online)
10am to 12pm
Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping (Milner)
10:05 Review agenda, approve minutes from December 7, 2016 meeting, and review previous
action items (Milner)
10:15 Committee membership 2017-18 (Milner & Ottum)
Select nominees
Elect new chair
10:45 Answerland Update (Ottum)
Partner library agreements
24/7 Reference Cooperative staffing
11:00 Open Forum
11:15 Help with projects (Milner & Ottum)
Establishing goals, activities and outcomes for assessment
Rebooting the Quality Team
Bringing back the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit
11:55 Action item review (Ottum)
12:00 Adjourn
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 3/29/17
Oregon State Library - 03/20/17 3:55 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Jessica Rondema at 503-378-5015.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
March 29, 2017
4:00 p.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

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

4:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for April 19, 2017 Bonebrake

4:45 Other business Bonebrake

5:00 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
Private & Charter Schools
Oak Hill School Students Qualify for National Speech and Debate Championship (Photo)
Oak Hill School - 03/20/17 10:12 AM
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Three Oak Hill School (Eugene, OR) debaters have qualified for the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament, which will be held June 18-23 in Birmingham, Alabama. The three earned the honor at the March 17-18 qualifying tournament hosted by the South Oregon district of the National Speech and Debate Association/National Forensic League (NSDA/NFL).

Seniors Beau Taylor-Ladd and Conrad Sproul qualified by winning the South Oregon district championship in Policy Debate, a two-person team event. Freshman Daisy Hagen qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking, an individual event.

While Sproul and Taylor-Ladd also qualified in Extemporaneous Speaking, debaters can only participate in one main event at Nationals and they chose Policy Debate. Sproul had also earned a third qualification -- in Congressional Debate -- at a separate South Oregon district competition in Grants Pass, OR, on March 4.

This will be the third consecutive national tournament for both Sproul and Taylor-Ladd. Hagen will make her first trip to the national championships.

Despite being the smallest school represented at the South Oregon district tournament, Oak Hill earned the 2nd place overall sweepstakes (team) award. Oak Hill had two other Policy Debate teams and a Lincoln-Douglas debater reach elimination rounds, as well as advancing six competitors to at least semifinals in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The NSDA/NFL national championship tournament has been held since 1931. More than 3,300 high school students compete in multiple events to earn the most prestigious title in high school speech and debate: NSDA/NFL National Champion. Additional information on the national championship tournament can be found at: http://www.speechanddebate.org/nationals.


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PR Agencies
Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/20/17 8:39 AM
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Oregon winery supports planned experimental fermentation program in the Pacific Northwest
 
Eola Hills, is possibly the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future as an initial supporter of the proposed experimental vineyard at Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.
 
Pinot Noir and Chocolate is of one of the winery's most popular events. Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins is giving a portion of the proceeds from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22, event hosted in the Barrel Room of Eola Hills Winery to the college. The $84 ticket features appetizers, six pairings of Eola Hills pinot noir with the noted confections of local chocolatier Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Wash. A colorful presentation on the Boshma Farms project will be presented at 6 p.m. Renderings and Platt maps will also be in the Eola Hills Barrel Room.  The event is expected to raise significant awareness dollars for the future of fermentation education.
 
Huggins' dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States. He also believes this event will spark on-going support of fermentation education that will be funded from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy as well as other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington.
 
Mike Sherlock with Eola's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be volunteering and pouring at the event and will be on-hand to answer questions about wine, food pairing and the contribution vintners make to the local economy. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com
 
Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized.
 
This support of Boschma Farms of Clark College will contribute building a future working and educational vineyard.

SPECIAL NOTE: Eola Hills Wine Cellars still has room reservations and events at the for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE August 21, 2017, and is presenting an Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: www.eolahillswinery.com
 


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Businesses
PacificSource Health Plans Donates 50 Free Youth Entries to Central Oregon's "Little Fry Run"
PacificSource Health Plans - 03/17/17 10:37 AM
(Bend, Ore.) Mar. 17, 2017-- PacificSource Health Plans will donate a combined 300 free race entries -- 50 entries per event -- to six different Kids Rock the Races events held throughout 2017. The second set of 50 free entries are available now for the Little Fry Run on April 9, part of Bend's 29th annual Salmon Run.

To receive a free entry to the Little Fry Run, parents need to enter the promotional code "PSLittleFry" when registering their child at RunSalmonRun.com/registration/little-fry-run. The first 50 registrants to use the code will have their race fee waived. The Little Fry Run encourages kids to "swim up the athlete stream" in a fun, non-competitive environment.

"Community races are a great way to combine fun and fitness, and we believe all children should have the opportunity to participate," said Kate Wells, director of wellness and community health strategy for PacificSource. "PacificSource is all about improving the health of our communities, so we're happy to support local events that get youngsters moving."

Additional Kids Rock the Races events coming up include:
Happy Little Kids Run (Happy Girls Half Marathon), May 26 -- promo code: PSHAPPYKIDS
Little Hopper Root Beer Run (Bite of Bend), June 24 -- promo code: PSROOTBEERRUN
Balloon Blast Kids Race (Balloons Over Bend), July 29 -- promo code: PSBALLOONBLAST
Little Monster Miler (Monster Dash), Oct. 28 -- promo code: PSMONSTERDASH

Please note: all dates are subject to change.

About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Springfield with local offices throughout Oregon, and in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 280,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.

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Central Oregon Health Council and PacificSource Community Solutions Invest $2 Million in Central Oregon Health Information Exchange
PacificSource Health Plans - 03/16/17 11:02 AM
St. Charles Health System Now Contributing Data to the Exchange

(Springfield, Ore.) Mar. 16, 2017- PacificSource Community Solutions and the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC) announced the approval of a $2 million proposal from the Central Oregon Health Information Exchange (COHIE), bringing health information exchange (HIE) services to providers in the region in cooperation with Reliance eHealth Collaborative. Reliance's HIE platform will enable community stakeholders of all types to interact and securely share information with each other electronically and to better coordinate care.

Through Reliance, providers can now securely share and access critical patient information that helps them better care for the patients they have in common, eliminating the need for patients to have to recall their health history at each new visit.

"In an effort to continue a culture of wellness, we must equip our citizens with the resources available to them in a much more concerted way and Reliance will effectively serve that purpose," said Donna Mills, COHC's executive director. "The ability of the care team to share care summaries with the individuals providing services will prove to be invaluable."

With Reliance's Community Health Record capabilities--and health information provided by primary care doctors, hospitals, specialists, county services and social services--Central Oregon's health care providers are able to take a more complete approach to caring for patients. The platform's integrated community health record and eReferrals tool will also give providers a more comprehensive picture of their patient's health, while getting patients into care faster and streamlining their experience.

"We are pleased to be part of a significant, collaborative effort to enable pathways to improved health in the Central Oregon region through the implementation of this groundbreaking information exchange," said Dan Stevens, PacificSource's executive vice president. "Improving population health and enhancing the patient's ability to have a seamless care experience are critical parts of our mission. The real-time exchange of health information across providers and care settings greatly enhances success toward achievement of those goals."

Reliance's clinical notifications inform providers and care managers when a patient may be at risk for illness or hospitalization due to a health emergency. In an emergency, Reliance can "speak" for patients who cannot speak for themselves. Reliance Insight, an analytics tool, also helps providers monitor and improve the value they provide to patients through safer, more complete care resulting in a healthier community.

PacificSource Community Solutions and the COHC lead the PacificSource Central Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (CCO), which partners with major health care providers in Central Oregon to serve more than 55,000 members enrolled through Oregon's Medicaid program, also known as the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). The CCO is held to Quality Incentive Metrics (QIMs) that OHP ties incentive dollars to during the course of the contract year. Those funds must be utilized for community projects such as the HIE and serve to enhance and improve the health and well-being of the Medicaid population within the three counties they serve: Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson.

About Central Oregon Health Information Exchange (COHIE):
The Central Oregon Health Information Exchange is a 501(c) (3) formed in 2010 with a goal of improving the health of our community through the secure exchange of health information. The COHIE board consists of provider and technologist representatives from St. Charles, Bend Memorial Clinic, Mosaic Medical, Crook County Health & Human Services, Advantage Dental, Central Oregon Independent Practice Association, High Lakes Health Care, Central Oregon Health Council, OCHIN and PacificSource.

About the Central Oregon Health Council (COHC):
The Central Oregon Health Council consists of health care, county, and other community members from Central Oregon who work together with PacificSource Community Solutions to lead the CCO. The Central Oregon Health Council works in partnership with PacificSource to develop strategies and policies to serve the needs of CCO members in the region.

About PacificSource Community Solutions:
PacificSource Community Solutions, Inc. serves Medicaid members through its coordinated care organizations in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. It is part of the PacificSource family of companies, which has a 77-year history and reputation for taking great care of people. PacificSource employs more than 900 people and serves more than 300,000 members with individual, employer, Medicare, and Medicaid plans throughout the Northwest.

About Reliance eHealth Collaborative:
Reliance eHealth Collaborative (formally known as Jefferson Health Information Exchange (JHIE)) is a community-based and provider-led non-profit organization that facilitates patient-centered care by providing secure and trusted information sharing among hospitals, physicians, clinics, behavioral health providers, dentists and Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). Reliance was formed in 2012 to help health care providers electronically communicate with one another to better care for their patients. The HIE began in Southern Oregon and has grown rapidly into the Columbia Gorge and Central Oregon regions and is enrolling providers in the Portland tri-county region. Now serving over 1,000 providers in 21 counties in Oregon and Northern California, Reliance has connected over 230 practices and clinics with multiple different EHRs for robust interoperability. www.RelianceHIE.org
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"Extraordinary," "Historical," "Memorable," and "Must-be-seen" events coming to the Evergreen Museum Campus --Come Visit!
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 03/22/17 11:47 AM
McMinnville, Ore. (March 22,2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is excited to announce new events and historical happenings for 2017. Not only will the Museum open its campus for a Solar Eclipse event on Aug. 21, we will celebrate our new partnership with The Falls Event Center, and commemorate the one and only Spruce Goose and its 70th Flight Anniversary, just to name a few of our exciting events.

The Falls Event Center -- Grand Opening Event
Come celebrate and tour the newest of The Falls Event Centers, located on the Evergreen Museum Campus. Take a tour of the newly developed Lodge, formerly the Chapel, and the Main Hall located in the Space Museum. Enjoy complimentary food, beverages, and entertainment.
Date: March 29 2 pm -- 8 pm

Spring Break Camp:
Evergreen Museum's 1-day camp provides students with a fun-filled model rocket experience. They will build and fly 2 model rockets, one they get to keep at the end of the day and another team rocket they must design and build from scratch.
Date: March 31 8 am - 3 pm
Pre-Registration requested

History Continued
Join us in the Space Museum at our Galaxy theater as the museums' docents explore topics including Nuclear Powered Submarines, Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck operations, F-100, Living in Space, A-10 Warthog, and much more.
Date: Tuesdays 2 pm -- 3 pm and one Saturday a month.
Please check the Museum website for time and topic.
Included with admission.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Join the museum educational staff along with speakers from NASA JPL for this historic event. Watch the Solar Eclipse in the heart of the Yamhill Valley.
Date: August 21 - the campus will open at 6 am
Presentations: starting at 8 am (more details to come)
Cost: $5 per person, includes glasses for viewing the eclipse.

70th Anniversary of the Flight of the Spruce Goose - November 2, 2017
Join us and hear about this one of a kind artifact from Spruce Goose experts. Learn the story of how it came to be at the Evergreen Museum, the reason behind constructing a wooden airplane, and much more. Help us to celebrate this amazing artifact.
Date: November 2, 2017
Presentations and Speaker information to come.
Cost: Included with Admission


About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Discover more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/17/17 3:25 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
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Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

An Official "Toast to Milk - Oregon's Official Beverage" will take place at 2:15 pm in the Galleria led by the House and Senate Leadership. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Ice Cream will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

Oregon is home to 228 Dairy Farms. Our farms range in size from small to large, organic to conventional. You can be assured that every dairy farm is a family operation and they take the health of their cows and their land very seriously. Every dairy farmer is heavily regulated by State and Federal officials.

The leadership of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association looks forward to welcoming you to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.


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Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to bills
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]

In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.

He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.

"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."

But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.

"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."

Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.

This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.

Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.

HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.

Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.

For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.

"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."

The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.

While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.

The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.

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

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Opening This Week: High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
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Media Preview: Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Email rachel.randles@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

Portland, OR -- One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy's 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. The second-born son of a rich and influential father, Kennedy's rise to power may be seen as inevitable, but his ascension was hard fought as he persevered through severe health problems and religious discrimination.

On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy's achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy will be on view March 25 - November 12, 2017.

This exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on. This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 150 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. A bold, unique design draws visitors through the life of this enigmatic figure and mixes state of the art interactive elements with iconic moving image footage.

Exhibition highlights include the following:

President Kennedy's Rocking Chair
Suffering from a debilitating back injury after his service in World War II, John F. Kennedy found relief from sitting in a high-backed rocking chair. He ordered several of this style, the North Carolina Rocker, from P and P Chairs for the White House, Air Force One, and his homes in Palm Beach and Hyannis Port and gave additional versions to friends. The chair was upholstered by Lawrence Arata, who Jackie Kennedy recruited to help with restoration of the White House. Kennedy gave this particular chair to Averell Harriman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Letters from John F. Kennedy to Rose Kennedy
The exhibition features a selection of letters JFK wrote to his mother Rose. One featured letter was written while Kennedy was a fifteen-year-old student at Choate Hall, a private college preparatory boarding school he attended from 1931 to 1935. Another is a letter he wrote to her as a young officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II after receiving a "round-robin" letter being circulated among her nine children. Gently teasing her, JFK commented, "I enjoy your round-robin letters. I'm saving them to publish, that style of yours will net us millions." JFK was close with his mother throughout his life and corresponded with her frequently as a young man. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Dress Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy
This brown and tan checked wool suit was designed by Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-born designer who created many ensembles for Jackie. Jackie's personal secretary, Mary Gallagher, was given many of Jackie's items of clothing, including this suit. During her life, Jackie Kennedy became known for her impeccable sense of style and is now seen as a modern style icon. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

CBS News Camera, KRLD-TV, Dallas
This news camera filmed the transfer of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

White House "Hotline" Phone
This phone served as a hotline to the White House from 1961-63 when JFK was traveling, particularly while staying at his family's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

John F. Kennedy's Mahogany Oval Office Coffee Table
John and Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the White House during their residency with period paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The president's oval office included two sofas, a rocker, and this low, American Empire style coffee table. It has bold carving in high relief, scroll feet, a heavy pedestal base, and handsome, matching veneers for its top. World leaders, military officers, and politicians gathered around this table for conversations with the president. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Watercolor Painting by John F. Kennedy
In order to keep himself occupied after back surgery, John F. Kennedy took up painting as a hobby and painted this watercolor of the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. He had given the painting to the Tubridy family, some Irish friends, and was reminded of the gift years later when Aine Tubridy sent him a photo of the painting. Courtesy of the Shapell Manuscript Collection


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.

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.


Attached Media Files: President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120 , President Kennedy's Rocking Chair, Courtesy Mark Family Collection , 2017-03/2861/102378/bb008209.jpg , President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133121