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Albany Narcotic Arrest (Photo)
Albany Police - 04/26/17 8:20 AM
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The Albany Police Department and the Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (LINE) Taskforce executed a narcotic search warrant in the 3200 block of SE 16TH Avenue in Albany. This was after a short investigation that led to this location. Over 3 ounces of Heroin, 1/2 ounce of Cocaine, 1 1/2 ounces of Meth, 100's of different prescription medications and several vials of steroids were seized. Over $4000.00 in cash was seized on the case. 3 children in the home were temporarily removed.

Terrell Lee Edwards, 45 years of age of Albany, was arrested for Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Delivery and Possession of Cocaine, Unlawful Delivery and Possession Methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail.

LINE, Linn Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce is made up of investigators from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration and Sweet Home Police Department.


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Assault III (Road Rage)
Bend Police Dept. - 04/23/17 1:26 PM
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017 Case # 2017-00121969

Date & Time of Incident: 04-22-17 @ 1826 hrs
Type of Incident: Assault III (Road Rage)
Location of Incident: 61535 S. Hwy 97 Bend, Or

Victim Information:
Farrell, Kelly 20 yoa male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
Butcher, Blaise W. 31 yoa male, Bend resident


Narrative:
On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 1826 hours, Bend Police Officers responded to an assault that had just occurred in the Fred Meyer parking lot. It was reported two males were assaulting another male.

The suspects fled the area prior to officers arriving but a witness provided officers with a license plate for the suspect vehicle. From the victim and witness statements, it was determined a white lifted Ford pick-up blocked Farrell into a parking stall in the Fred Meyer parking lot over a perceived road rage incident (tailgating and brake checking). Investigation revealed Blaise Butcher repeatedly assaulted Farrell by striking him multiple times in the face, causing Farrell's glasses to break. Farrell received minor, non-life threatening injury as a result of the assault.

During the assault, Farrell obtained a knife to defend himself and Butcher reportedly told him he had been stabbed before and continued to physically assault Farrell. The knife was not used during this event other than a warning to attempt to get Butcher and his accomplice to stop their assault.

Officers responded to the registered owner's address. Butcher initially refused commands to stop and fled into the home. Officers were able to surround the house and after approximately an hour, Butcher exited the home and was taken into custody without incident.

Butcher was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on the below listed charges. Officers are actively attempting to identify the second male, known only at this time as "Justin".

Charges:
Assault III
Disorderly Conduct II
Criminal Mischief II
Vehicle/ Pedestrian Hit and Run crash
Bend Police Dept. - 04/22/17 4:00 PM
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 Case # 2017-00121374

Date & Time of Incident: 04-22-17 @ 0050
Type of Incident: Vehicle/ Pedestrian Hit and Run crash
Location of Incident: NB Parkway/ SE Wilson

Victim Information:
Morales Gonzales, Horacio

Suspect Information:
Unknown


Narrative:
On April 22nd, 2017 at 0050 hours, Bend Police Officers responded to a report of a male lying in the middle of northbound Highway 97 near Reed Market Rd. On arrival of officers, the location was determined to be in the northbound lanes nearest the Wilson St overpass.

Morales was located with serious injuries and from the debris located at the scene, it was apparent he had been struck by an unknown type motor vehicle.
Morales was transported to St. Charles Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The Bend Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and process the recovered evidence but is asking for the public's help with any information known about this incident. If you have information, please call the Bend Police Department through the non-emergency dispatch number of 541-693-6911.
Murder Victim Identified (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/17 3:57 PM
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Benton County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the victim in the murder investigation that resulted in the arrest of William Chase Hargrove.
The victim has been identified as Anna Alekseyevna Repkina, born on September 24, 1989 in Russia.
Ms. Repkina had no known relatives living in the United States.
On March 1, 2017, Ms. Repkina was admitted through the Los Angeles International Airport with a valid passport issued by the government of Russia.
Her most recent residence was Corvallis, Oregon.
Her family has been notified with assistance of Russian Authorities.
Benton County Sheriff's Office asks that if anyone has information about Ms. Repkina and her activities while in Corvallis and Benton County, please contact them at 541.766.6858.


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Washington Man Arrested Following Pursuit (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 9:43 AM
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On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at approximately 2:42 am, a deputy observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 5 near mile marker 132 northbound. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, however the operator failed to stop and attempted to flee reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.

The deputy pursued the vehicle northbound on Interstate 5 where the driver eventually stopped near mile marker 175 after spike strips successfully deflated the tires.

The driver then attempted to flee on foot before being apprehended by the deputy and assisting officers.

The driver was identified as 57 year old Kevin Raymond Alexander of Spokane Valley, Washington.

Alexander was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the following charges:

-Attempt to Elude Police-Vehicle
-Attempt to Elude Police-Foot
-Unlawful Possession Methamphetamine
-Reckless Driving
-DUII-Controlled Substance

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Sutherlin and Cottage Grove Police Departments.


Attached Media Files: Alexander, Kevin Raymond
Missing Juvenile from Junction City returns home (Photo)
Junction City Police - 04/21/17 9:00 PM
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The missing juvenile from Junction City has safely returned home. Shaylee Moritz had been reported missing on 4/18/17 after leaving the Junction City High School during the morning hours.

Thank you to all that assisted with this case.


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National Drug Take Back Event
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 8:08 AM
The Lane County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting the 8th Annual National Drug Take Back Event on April 29th, 2017, aimed at providing a resource for Lane County residents to safely, securely and anonymously turn in their unwanted, outdated or expired household medicines. The Sheriff's Office has participated in this program for several years and has been successful in removing hundreds of pounds of medications for safe disposal. In April 2016, 185 pounds of medications were turned in by community members in Lane County.

Bring your unwanted, outdated, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the following location for safe disposal:

Where: Santa Clara Fire District Station #1 at 2600 River Road, Eugene

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Acceptable items: Prescription medications, over the counter medications, vitamins, drug samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, and liquid medicines in glass or leak proof containers.

We are unable to accept: Needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medicines from businesses, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers, and diabetic meters.

Thousands of pounds of medications have been turned in at sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines--flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash--both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you are unable to attend the Drug Take Back Event and you have medications you would like to dispose of, the Lane County Sheriff's Office has a Drug Drop Box located in our Central Reception lobby in the Lane County Courthouse that is available to accept medications Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding legal holidays.
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Attached Media Files: 2017-04/6111/103855/Drug_Take_Back_Event_April_2017.pdf
Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps And Your Property
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/27/17 4:05 PM
The Lincoln County Planning Department and the Sheriff's Office encourage those who own property in or near flood plain areas to attend the Flood Risk Open House:

When:
Thursday, May 18th, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 PM
Presentation at 5:15 PM

Where:
Oregon Coast Community College
Community Room
400 SE College Way
Newport, OR 97366

FEMA, in partnership with the State of Oregon has issued preliminary flood maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. The revised flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Alsea, Siletz, Salmon, Yachats and Yaquina Rivers. These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and, when adopted, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about the flood mapping process and what the changes mean for them. Property owners will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how these maps will impact their property, community and insurance status.

Representatives from FEMA, Lincoln County Planning, the Cities of Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will be in attendance and available to answer questions and provide more information.

If you are unable to attend, you can contact the Lincoln County Planning Department at 541-265-4192 for more information regarding the preliminary maps.

More information on flooding mitigation, protection and safety is available at http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/emergencymanagement/page/river-levels-and-flood-information . To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov .

Flooding is the nation's most common and most expensive natural disaster. According to national statistics, homes inside high-risk flood areas have a 26 percent chance of being damaged by flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared with a 9 percent chance of sustaining fire damage.

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Respectfully submitted,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office

Joshua Shaklee, CFM
Senior Planner
Lincoln County Dept. of Planning and Development
210 SW 2nd Street
Newport, Oregon 97365
jshaklee@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4192 Office


Attached Media Files: Lincoln Co Flood Risk Map Announcement , Media Release - Flood Risk Map Open House
Public Comment - Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office - 04/26/17 7:06 AM
Join members of the public, county officials, and local stakeholders for a public meeting on May 6, 2017 to discuss and provide feedback on the 2017 update of the Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

When:
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10:30 to 11:30 AM

Where:
Lincoln County Commons (Fairgrounds)
Main Exhibit Hall
633 NE 3rd St
Newport, OR 97365


At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about:
Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP)
Property and structure wildfire protection strategies
Lincoln County mass notification system, Lincoln Alerts
Emergency evacuation procedures, READY, SET, GO!

Matt Thomas, Oregon Department of Forestry -- Toledo Unit indicated "Public input is being sought to better understand the vulnerability of County residents, businesses, and the environment to wildfire. The purpose of this plan is to promote awareness of the countywide wildland fire hazard and propose workable solutions to reduce the wildfire risk."

BACKGROUND:
The Lincoln County Community Wildfire Protection Plan was originally completed in 2009-10 by the Lincoln County Fire Defense Board, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and the Lincoln County Department of Planning and Development with project facilitation and support provided by Northwest Management, Inc. of Moscow, Idaho. This Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be reviewed annually and updated at least every five years starting from the year of adoption.

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan expands on the wildfire chapter of the Lincoln County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan, which was approved by FEMA in 2015. Although published as a separate document, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be considered a supplement to the wildfire chapter of the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.

The Public Comment session is open to the public, will include a presentation by wildfire specialists on the goals of the plan, needed public input and a brief review of wildfire response for public safety responders and residents in threatened areas.

Sheriff Curtis Landers noted "The August 20, 2016, 2500 Road Fire just East of Depoe Bay was a subtle reminder to elected officials, public safety responders, state and federal partners and our local residents and business owners that wildfire is a very real threat for Lincoln County and preventive actions and education is a necessity for prevention and response to wildfire events."

Those unable to attend the CWPP Public Comment session can review the draft revised CWPP at the Lincoln County Planning Department website and participate in our feedback survey. Public comment on the draft CWPP will be accepted until May 15, 2017.

Lincoln County Planning Director, Onno Husing, commented "The Planning Department is committed to updating the Community Wildfire Protection Plan with our local, state and federal partners to ensure a strong foundation continues in the preplanning and mitigation of a wildfire threat for the protection of our communities, businesses and environment."

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The current and draft CWPP and wildfire protection and response resource at the Lincoln County Planning Department at: http://www.co.lincoln.or.us/planning/page/community-wildfire-protection-plan
Ready, Set, Go!! Lincoln County Wildfire Evacuation
Oregon Department of Forestry - Fire Protection
United States Forest Service - Fire Prevention and Education
Firewise Communities
Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner

CWPP feedback survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lincolncwpp

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Respectfully submitted,
Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
225 W. Olive St.
Newport, Oregon 97365
vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us
(541) 265-4199 Office


Attached Media Files: CWPP Public Comment Announcement , Media Release - CWPP Public Comment
Deputy and patron work together to resuscitate woman
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/22/17 9:50 AM
Yesterday around 12:50 p.m., Senior Deputy Mike Beach was preparing to eat his lunch at a local restaurant at the Keizer Station when a man approached him. The man explained to Senior Deputy Beach that at the business next door he had found an employee on the ground and she appeared to need help.

Senior Deputy Beach quickly went next door to the store, Game Stop and saw a 30 year old female, on the ground and unconscious. Senior Deputy Beach radioed for medical help and began assessing the female. After discovering she was not breathing and did not have a pulse Senior Deputy Beach handed the keys to his nearby patrol car to the man and asked him to retrieve his medical kit.

Senior Deputy Beach began chest compressions as another patron entered the store. The patron, Dee Ann White of Falls City asked Deputy Beach if she could help. Deputy Beach and Ms. White worked together, alternating chest compressions until the male returned with the medical bag.
Deputy Beach retrieved his CPR mask from the bag, took over chest compressions and Ms. White began providing rescue breaths. Medical personnel arrived a short time later and transported the female to the Salem Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to commend Senior Deputy Beach, Ms. White and the unknown man who worked together to help another person in need.


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Traffic Crash Takes the Life of a Washington Man on Interstate 84 at MP 277 - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 12:05 PM
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On April 26, 2017, at about 2:59 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277, fourteen miles east of La Grande in Union County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, operated by Richard Arnold COCHRANE, age 77, and passenger, Joanne Kay COCHRANE, age 73, both from Spokane Valley, Washington, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 277 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crashed through a guardrail into the median and overturned. Richard COCHRANE suffered fatal injuries while Joanne COCHRANE suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital for treatment.

One lane of the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by La Grande Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Traffic Stop leads to seizure of drugs and money and gun - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 10:52 AM
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On April 26, 2017, at approximately 5:20pm an Oregon State Police Trooper, out of the Central Point Area Command office, stopped a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe on Interstate 5 near mile post 27, which is near the Medford area in Jackson County for a traffic violation. The vehicle was northbound.

The trooper observed indications of criminal activity and obtained consent to search the Chevrolet. The consent search of the vehicle revealed approximately 22 pounds of marijuana, 6.8 pounds of cocaine and over $6700.00 in cash. The narcotics were found in the luggage area of the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle, 38 year old Carlos Zavala FLORES of Juneau, Alaska and the passenger, 27 year old Jorge Armando LOPEZ-VILLAREAL of California were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail on the following charges:

Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine and Import/Export of Marijuana.


Attached Media Files: Narcotics , Lopez , Flores
*** Update-Name Released *** Single vehicle fatal crash -- Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/26/17 4:03 PM
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The operator of the 2007 Honda was 23 year old Lenore Consuela RIBERA from Warren, OR. No further information is available at this time.

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Previous Release:

On April 26, 2017, shortly after 7am, Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 30 near mile post 59, which is about 1 mile east of Clatskanie in Columbia County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a small sedan was west bound on Hwy 30 when for an unknown reason left the roadway, striking several trees before coming to rest. The driver and only occupant was pronounced deceased after medical personnel arrived on scene.

OSP was assisted by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District, Clatskanie County Sheriff's office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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*** Update *** Photo Added Lebanon Man Sentenced after taking already dead Trophy Bull Elk - Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 11:32 AM
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On April 24, 2017, 53 year old Jeffrey Allan McCRAVEN of Lebanon, was found guilty in a Linn County Court of one count of Taking, Angling, Hunting, or Trapping in Violation of Wildlife Law or Rule, a Class A Violation.

Subject to the guilty verdict, McCRAVEN was required to:

-Forfeiture of the elk meat and antlers; Ordered by the court to be released to the victim.
-Forfeiture of Bow and Arrow seized during investigation.
-Pay $15,000 in restitution to ODFW.
-Pay $435 for the violation of Take/Possession of Bull Elk.
-Pay $279.23 for meat processing.
-Pay $500 to the OHA TIP fund.
-Hunting privileges suspended for a period of 3 years.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Mid-Valley Team, which concluded McCRAVEN engaged in the unlawful take of a trophy 6x6 bull elk in East Linn County on September 11th, 2016.

The investigation revealed that the bull elk was legally shot and mortally wounded by the victim who is an acquaintance of McCRAVEN. A search party, which included McCRAVEN, could not locate the bull that day. The following morning, McCRAVEN located the expired elk and he shoved and shot arrows into the bull to make it appear as if he had lawfully harvested the bull. McCRAVEN then validated his archery elk tag, and then tried to convince others that he killed it.

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).

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, fur-bearers 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
Fur-bearers $100


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Fish and Wildlife Trooper Seeks Public's Help In Illegal Killing of Beef Calves - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 10:09 AM
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On April 13, 2017, the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division investigated the illegal shooting of two yearling beef calves on a local cattle ranch north of Port Orford. The incident took place in a pasture east of highway 101 near milepost 291 in Denmark, Oregon.

One of the calves was left wounded while the other calf was field dressed and removed from the field. The suspect(s) gained access to the pasture by cutting a hole in the fence and loading the animal into a vehicle that was parked on highway 101.

The victim of the incident is offering a $5000 reward for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of the suspect(s). Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Trooper Dylan Roberts at the number listed below.

Trooper Dylan Roberts: (971)-601-0047

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)


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Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Ongoing in Wolf Creek - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 04/25/17 7:33 AM
On April 24th, 2017, at approximately 9:38 PM, Troopers from the Grants Pass Area Command responded to the Wolf Creek General Store in Josephine County Oregon, attempting to locate a male subject known to have a felony warrant. While attempting to take the male subject into custody, a struggle ensued between the suspect and a Trooper. During the struggle the male suspect was shot, resulting in a fatal injury. The Trooper was uninjured.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 111, the Josephine County Major Crimes Response Team was activated to conduct an investigation into the shooting. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety was assigned as the lead investigative agency.

All further information related to this investigation will be released by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.
Graffiti abatement gets an upgrade to tackle vandalism (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 04/25/17 11:19 AM
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Thanks to a little support from a fellow City department, the Salem Police Graffiti Abatement Team just got an upgrade to help tackle vandalism in our community.

Support between departments was at work when the idea to repurpose a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up truck came about. The light duty truck with secure utility box and open cargo area was transferred for use to the Police Department when Mark Becktel, Public Works Operations Manager, learned of the need. "We're just happy to help," remarked Becktel.

The team's previous small utility truck was limited in size and space for the team to carry necessary tools out in the field. The previously used truck was outfitted with a new pressure washer which was purchased thanks to a recent donation to the graffiti abatement program by a Salem resident and police volunteer.

It was all good news to Lieutenant Michael Bennett of the Support Division. "The program is an important component of the police department's services and greatly favored by the public," shared Bennett, adding, "These recent improvements will help us move the program into new directions allowing us to look into fresh and innovative ways to remove graffiti while preserving the original landscape."

Residents routinely see the paint-over technique for the removal of tags and other graffiti defacement, but will now see the team working to beautify rather than only using paint to cover up graffiti. With the addition of the pick-up truck, the team will carry better tools and make use of the donated pressure washer to tackle removal of graffiti from varying surfaces, such as brick, concrete, and even tree bark. Acquiring the larger truck was a necessary first step.

"We're grateful to the Public Works Department who are our partners in public safety in so many ways," said Bennett. "With their help we'll be improving our response to graffiti in our community."

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Medical
Marion County chief administrative officer joins Salem Health Board of Trustees (Photo)
Salem Health - 04/27/17 9:21 AM
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Salem Health is pleased to announce that John Lattimer has accepted an appointment to the Salem Health Board of Trustees. Lattimer is the chief administrative officer and budget officer for Marion County. Previously, he served as Oregon's legislative fiscal officer for ten years, Oregon state auditor for five years, and chief information officer for the State of Oregon for two years.

"We invited Mr. Lattimer to join the Salem Health Board of Trustees due to his record of service and his passion for the well-being of our community," said Bob Wells, Salem Health Board chair. "His experience spans a variety of disciplines and he will provide valuable perspective."

Lattimer looks forward to serving on the board, stating, "I am excited to be part of an organization that contributes to the health of our neighborhoods, schools and families in so many ways. Salem Health is a pillar of this community, and I'm looking forward to serving."

Before moving to Oregon, Lattimer practiced and studied public policy in a number of states. He spent nineteen years in policy, budget, finance and program evaluation in Illinois, Ohio and Kansas. In 1984, he was elected chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Lattimer has served locally on a variety of appointed public boards and commissions including the Budget Advisory Team for the Salem-Keizer School District, the Public Commission on the Legislature, the Salem Task Force on Neighborhood Associations, the Salem Town Square Task Force and the Salem Blue Ribbon Task Force-Police Facility. He chaired the Southwest Association of Neighbors and is a member of the Salem Downtown Rotary, Salem Chamber of Commerce, SEDCOR board, Local Government Personnel Institute board, and the Behavioral Care Network board and executive committee.

Lattimer holds a Master's Degree from the University of Kansas. Additionally, he taught public policy analysis at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management as well as public finance in the MPA program at Portland State University.

All members of the Salem Health Board of Trustees are volunteers and serve three-year teams. The board provides overall policy setting for the health system, and is ultimately responsible for the quality of care and the financial well-being of the organization. The Salem Health Board of Trustees appoints members from a variety of backgrounds to ensure a broad representation of experience and skills.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. The hospital in Salem received Magnet designation, placing it among the top 7 percent of hospitals nationwide for nursing quality. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Federal
BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/21/17 11:08 AM
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has extended to June 12, 2017 the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The prior deadline was April 28.

These non-monetary awards recognize those programs created to foster sustainable development, which encourages environmental health, social responsibility, and economic security.

Awards are presented through one of five categories. These include the Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award, the Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award, the Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award, the Hardrock Mineral Director's Award, and the "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award.

The Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award recognizes achievements demonstrating continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Community Outreach and Economic Security Award recognizes the successful coordination of projects with local and regional stakeholders, including those projects that contribute to the quality of life or demonstrate concern for the long-term health of the local community.

The Hardrock Mineral Small Operator Award recognizes operators or organizations, with 15 employees or fewer, who have demonstrated continuous or repeated efforts to successfully meet or exceed federal, state, or local reclamation requirements with minimal oversight.

The Hardrock Mineral Director's Award is presented to a single operator, one whose dedication has resulted in the use of a new or innovative design or technique that allows or enhances successful operations in technically challenging conditions.

The "Fix a Shaft Today!" Award recognizes active participation in the FAST! Campaign, a partnership initiative aimed at eliminating unsafe abandoned mine land features including open mine shafts. Individuals, as well as organizations, are eligible for this award.
Nominations should be submitted to the BLM state office where the individual or organization is located (Attention: Solid Minerals). A brochure offering detailed information on the nomination and selecting process, as well as state contact information, is available online, at:

https://edit.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/documents/files/2017_Sustainable_Awards_Brochure_0.pdf.


Attached Media Files: BLM Extends Deadline for Nominations for 2017 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards
Corps seeks comments on Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon permit application.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 04/25/17 9:26 AM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by Applegate Holdings, LLC. to conduct work impacting the Dunawi Creek, two unnamed tributaries and abutting wetlands in Corvallis, Benton County, Ore. Public Notice NWP-2008-00086/2 is available at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
State
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Take Our Kids to Work Day (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/27/17 2:12 PM
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The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a number of activities at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem today as part of a national event, Take Our Kids to Work Day.

More than four dozen boys and girls participated in today's events at the Academy. The children were of family members and friends employed at the Academy in a variety of roles including public safety trainers, police officers, firefighters, regulatory specialists, and trades such as electricians, plumbers, food services, etc.

The day's activities began with a "roll call" during which all of the children were given a "briefing" on an "investigation" they were going to be assigned to assist with. The investigation would provide clues at each location which would eventually allow them to close their case. The clues would bring the children to various locations within the agency so they can see the various careers that exist at the Academy. Participants also visited the Academy fire station where they helped extinguish a simulated car fire and at the end of the day were able to meet Trooper Jeff Frietag of the Oregon State Police and his K-9 drug detection partner Keno.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "the goal of our event is two-fold. First, to give the children of our staff the opportunity to find out more about what their parents do. Second, to get boys and girls thinking about what type of careers they might be interested in when they grow up. Waiting until they are out of high school is too late. The motto of our day is that any boy or girl can do any career they want when they grow up."

Background on Take Our Kids to Work Day from Wikipedia - Take Our Daughters To Work Day was created in New York in the summer of 1992 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. The first celebration took place on Thursday, April 22, 1993 and has since been celebrated on the 4th Thursday of April every year in order for the 37 million children, parents, schools in over 3.5 million workplaces across the country, in addition to participants in over 200 countries around the world, to plan ahead for the annual event. The day has generally been scheduled on a day that is a school day for most children in the United States, and schools are provided with literature and encouraged to promote the program. Educators are provided with materials for incorporating career exploration into school curricula on the day before or after the event. The program was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys; however, most companies that participated in the program had, since the beginning, allowed b oth boys and girls to participate, usually renaming it "Take Our Children to Work Day" or an equivalent. The program's official website states that the program was changed in order to provide both boys and girls with opportunities to explore careers at an age when they are more flexible in terms of gender roles. The Ms. Foundation also states that men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take_Our_Daughters_and_Sons_to_Work_Day

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet Thursday, May 11 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/27/17 10:00 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission meets Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Guest speaker Ashley Carson Cottingham -- Director of Aging & People with Disabilities, public comment, legislative updates, ADA celebration planning, discussion on the AOCIL/ODOT settlement, a viewing of HASL's curb ramp video, and next meeting agenda items.

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

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

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.
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Oregon Department of Human Services Announces Upcoming Stakeholder/Partner Meeting, May 23
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/21/17 4:21 PM
You are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 23 for a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting and conference call about upcoming legislative and budget issues.

DHS Director Clyde Saiki and DHS Executive Team will present brief program, legislative, budget updates followed by a question and answer period.

Join in person, by phone or follow along on Facebook or Twitter.
When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137, 500
Summer Street NE, Salem
How: Conference call 1-877-336-1829; Participant Code: 8307334

Join us on social media:
Live streaming during the event:
Twitter: @OregonDHSAPD
Facebook: @OregonDHS.SSP

We will tweet live during the event via the DHS Twitter account @OregonDHS; join the conversation using #ORDHSforum.

If attending in person, please RSVP by Friday, May 12: Communications.DHS@state.or.us.

Questions or accommodation requests related to a disability: contact Communications.DHS@state.or.us. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.
Ceremony will honor fallen Oregon workers April 28
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/21/17 3:06 PM
(Salem) -- Not all Oregon families experience the safe return of their loved ones following a day at work. Oregon workers who died on the job will be honored with a ceremony Friday, April 28, at noon in Salem. The state's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the Oregon AFL-CIO invite all Oregonians to attend the Workers Memorial Day observance to remember those who died on the job and to renew Oregon's commitment to creating safe and healthy workplaces.

The event will take place at the Fallen Workers Memorial outside the Labor and Industries Building, 350 Winter St. NE, on the Capitol Mall. The memorial service, coordinated by the Oregon AFL-CIO, will feature remarks from State Rep. Barbara Smith Warner and from Elana Pirtle-Guiney, workforce and labor policy advisor to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2016.

"Workers Memorial Day is a time to remember the victims of workplace injury and disease, and to rededicate ourselves to improving safety and health in every American workplace," Brown said. "By seeking stronger safety and health protection, we commit ourselves to prevent these tragedies in the future."

"It's important for Oregon's legislature to be involved in observing Workers Memorial Day," said Smith Warner. "The reading of the names is more than a symbolic gesture. It's an affirmation that these workers are not forgotten and that we as policy makers have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent further workplace fatalities."

Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain will also be among the event speakers.

While Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades, there are still far too many preventable on-the-job deaths each year. In fact, 2016 saw a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of workers who died in Oregon workplaces, according to a new data collection program begun in 2015 by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

"On April 28 we mourn the fallen, and fight for the living by recommitting to fight for stronger workplace safety protections," said Chamberlain. "This year, we are reading more names of fallen workers than the year before. Each of the names we read on April 28 has family, community, friends, co-workers -- people who miss them dearly. These are preventable deaths, workplace accidents. We have to do more as a state to protect working people."

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to improve workplace safety and health conditions in Oregon, the number of fatal workplace incidents eligible for workers' compensation benefits has been cut by about 75 percent since the Oregon Safe Employment Act was enacted in 1973.

"For each of us, Workers Memorial Day serves as an important reminder that we must do better in our struggle against death in the workplace," said Wood. "At its heart, this day is not about statistics or rates, but about individual stories, about lives cut short, about families and friends who have lost loved ones. Each year, there are far too many such stories. We can -- and must -- do better."

The annual Workers Memorial Day serves as a nationwide day of remembrance. It recognizes the thousands of U.S. workers who die each year on the job and the more than 1 million people in the U.S. who are injured each year at work. The observance is traditionally held on April 28 because Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act on that date in 1970.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, visit www.osha.oregon.gov.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.

The Oregon AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 working Oregonians and their interests, including good jobs, health care, retirement security, and rebuilding the middle class. For more information, visit www.oraflcio.org.
Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/17 5:15 PM
News Release

Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7248

Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout

SALEM, Ore.--Today the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously adopted new rules to protect cold water streams that support salmon, steelhead or bull trout. The rules apply to forest management around small and medium streams in western Oregon north of the Siskiyous. The effective date is July 1, 2017.

"This was a difficult journey. But, in true Oregon fashion, people of diverse interests and backgrounds worked together and crafted a thoughtful solution. I'm proud of everyone who joined the conversation. We found a way to protect cold water and allow private landowners to responsibly manage their property," said Board Chair Tom Imeson.

The rules will help reduce or eliminate gaps in the tree canopy along streams. The rules will do this by requiring landowners harvesting trees to leave wider streamside buffers on small and medium streams, keep more trees in the buffers after harvest, and better distribute the remaining buffer trees for wildlife shade and habitat.

State Forester Peter Daugherty said, "The practical result of these rules is not just keeping water cold, the wider stream buffers will also provide other streamside benefits, such as improved habitat. The rule changes build on what Oregon's forests are already doing well, providing the state's cleanest water."

In 2015, the board decided to update and refine rules for harvesting timber to meet the cold water standards set by the state for salmon, steelhead, or bull trout streams. To ensure broad public representation the board convened an advisory committee of members from the conservation, forestry, fishing, and landowner communities to recommend technical changes to the draft rules to meet the board's policy intent. Forestry held nine public meetings throughout western Oregon to bring the public into the conversation.

Video File: State Forester Peter Daugherty talks about the new riparian rules - https://youtu.be/IQt6FGWTdW8

Video File: Board of Forestry Chair Tim Imeson talks about the new riparian rules - Tom - https://youtu.be/vw62tqR0g2c

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Western Lane 2018 Annual Operations Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Release date: April 25, 2017
Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on the Western Lane district's Annual Operations Plan (AOP), outlining the work plan for state forest activities for the upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on June 8, public comments are invited for ODF's Western Lane district AOP for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The plan describes specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Western Lane Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of the long-term Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Public comment details:
The draft AOP for Western Lane is available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx.
An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments for the Western Lane AOP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG7VN29
Comments may also be submitted through ODF's online comment page: 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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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Committee for Family Forestlands meets May 1 in Baker City
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/17 1:30 PM
News Release

Release date: April 20, 2017

Contact:
Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-910-4311
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, Salem, 503-945-7473


The Committee for Family Forestlands will meet Monday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The meeting will be at the Sunridge Inn, 1 Sunridge Lane, Baker City. The committee will receive updates about:

The Ritter Land Management Team
Northeast Oregon's collaborative forest restoration work
Northeast Oregon's post-fire restoration effort and seedling availability
The Private Landowner Collaborative Workshop
The Private Forests Division

This is a public meeting, everyone is welcome. The meeting space 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 meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.

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

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The Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic, and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam, and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The department's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Roseburg is named a Tree City USA for the first time for supporting a healthy urban forest
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/21/17 9:51 AM
(ROSEBURG, Ore.) -- This month Roseburg joins for the first time 60 other Oregon cities in having earned the title of Tree City USA. The Oregon Department of Forestry bestows the Tree City USA title on Oregon communities in partnership with Oregon Community Trees and with support from the U.S. Forest Service.

The Arbor Day Foundation, based in Nebraska, sets the national standards for communities to become Tree Cities USA. Roseburg was honored with the designation for strongly supporting its urban forest in four key areas:
Having a tree board or department
Having a tree protection ordinance
Spending $2 per resident annually on its trees
Proclaiming and celebrating Arbor Day each year

Kristin Ramstad, acting manager of ODF's Urban and Community Forestry program, said Roseburg was one of three Oregon cities earning a Tree City USA title for the first time this year. The other two are Milwaukie in Clackamas County and Falls City in Polk County.

"Roseburg is noted as a timber town but the city also recognizes the value of trees for their environmental and human health benefits for their residents," said Ramstad. "Becoming a Tree City USA reflects real commitment and teamwork to supporting a healthy, thriving urban forest."

Roseburg City Manager Lance Colley said, "For the first time this year, our Mayor Larry Rich was honored to read our proclamation regarding Arbor Day as an official Tree City USA community! Participating in the program and receiving the Tree City USA designation was a 2015-17 City Council goal and we are committed to continued participation in the program. Our staff, organization and community continue to make efforts to enhance our livability through nationally recognized programs like Tree City USA."

Ramstad credited the city for their efforts to promote the virtues of trees and for obtaining certification as a Tree City USA. To celebrate Arbor Day in April and replace trees lost over the drought, Roseburg Parks and Recreation Division recently hosted high school students planting trees in Stewart Park. The division also gave away native conifer seedlings for residents to plant.
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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Marine Law Enforcement Academy Training May 1-6
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/17 9:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be conducting marine law enforcement training on Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County, from May 1 through May 6. This training is specifically designed for new or seasonal marine law enforcement who are new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals.

This in-depth training encompasses hands-on learning in a pool environment that includes cold water immersion with full utility gear and water rescue techniques. The training also covers accident and theft investigations, boating under the influence of intoxicant detection and apprehension, basic boat handling, trailering, and scenario-based exercises on Hagg Lake.

In addition to hands-on training, the academy now includes an interactive online classroom component, which is a new resource being implemented by the Marine Board, before officers attend in person. The online training replaces classroom presentations, leading to better learning outcomes while saving money and providing flexibility in delivery for new hires and refreshing knowledge of existing marine officers.

This academy is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, with highly skilled deputies from around the state taking an active role with instruction. Pool sessions will be conducted at the Forest Grove City Aquatic Center.

For more information about the Marine Board's partnership with marine law enforcement, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Marine Board Adopts Rule, Denies Petition, Other Actions
Oregon Marine Board - 04/21/17 12:02 PM
The Oregon State Marine Board made several rulings on a variety of issues during their quarterly Board meeting held on April 20, in Salem.

The Board approved amending the boat operations rule in Clatsop County (OAR 250-020-0041) to remove the speed restriction on the Skipanon Waterway from the area north of the Hampton Mill to the confluence of the Columbia River. The 5-MPH designation will be amended to read "slow-no wake." This change will save boaters transit time to and from marinas in the Skipanon River, while protecting docks and moorages south of the Hampton Mill.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking to amend OAR 250 Division 030 to add an exemption for landowners, inadvertently removed in 2016, to the prohibition on motor use for certain sections of the lower Deschutes River who have special boater passes issued under Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) rule, 736-040-0071(10). Marine Board staff will coordinate with State Parks on the draft rule language and will return to the Board with a rule recommendation in the fall.

In January, the Board received a petition to initiate rulemaking in OAR 250-010-0053, Safety Inspections, to allow law enforcement officers "additional tools to enforce watercraft required equipment rules to address unmuffled engine noise." The petition was denied; however, staff identified another option to address the petition's concerns and recommended that the Board initiate rulemaking on OAR 250-010-0121 Mufflers, to update noise standards and testing procedures. The Board approved initiation of rulemaking on OAR 250-010-0121. Staff will convene an advisory committee and will return to the Board with a rule recommendation in the fall.

In February, the Board received a petition to restrict jet pump or air propeller drives on the Rogue River from Table Rock Road Bridge (at mile 131.3) upstream to the barrier dam at Cole River Fish Hatchery (mile 155.7), except for emergencies, law enforcement, and emergency training by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The Board denied the petition and after a detailed discussion, directed agency staff to consider alternatives to rulemaking including education, information, signage, voluntary restrictions and increased law enforcement of existing laws. Board members underscored the importance of looking for solutions before imposing rules that restrict entire user groups and that all parties need to find ways to share the waterways.

In other business, the Board approved a grant to the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps that will employ up to 17 youth who will perform work at seven to 13 boating facilities in three counties during the 2017 summer. The Board approved $9,999.99 in state boater funds (pending legislative approval of the agency's budget) to match $14,735 of applicant cash, materials, equipment and administration to fund one crew in Clackamas County for a total project cost of $24,734.99. The Board also approved a cost increase for utilities installation on the new pumpout and dump station on Foster Reservoir. The Board approved $24,000 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds, and $16,000 in state boater funds to complete the project.

To view the meeting agenda and agency staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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Oregon State University holding tsunami drill at South Beach State Park May 11
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/24/17 8:47 AM
Newport, OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) along with Oregon State University (OSU) engineers and sociologists is seeking volunteers for a tsunami evacuation drill starting 10 am May 11 at South Beach State Park, two miles south of Newport.
OSU is developing computer models that show how people's decisions during a tsunami affect their ability to survive the event. The computer models will analyze decisions such as how quickly people decide to move, and what route they take.
South Beach State Park is the first location for the pilot project and gives OPRD and researchers a chance to see how the public uses tsunami evacuation signs and routes. Organizers need about 100 volunteers with smart phones to participate in the evacuation. Campers and other visitors can register by going to http://bit.ly/2ovL1hB.
Coordinators will give instructions at 10 am at the South Beach meeting hall. The exercise begins at 10:30 am. The drill gives visitors five minutes to prepare, and 25 minutes to make it to a safe area. The evacuation is expected to last until noon, followed by a question and answer session at the meeting hall.
Researchers estimate a massive earthquake and tsunami will hit the Oregon coast in the next 50 years. Computer models predict that South Beach would be covered in a tsunami wave within 30 minutes.
OSU is one of 10 institutions leading an initiative called the Community Resilience Center of Excellence. Based at Colorado State University, the five-year, $20-million dollar program develops computer programs designed to help communities better prepare for natural disasters, lessen their impact and recover more quickly. The National Science Foundation and Oregon Sea Grant provided funding for this tsunami drill.
2017 Oregon Heritage Fellows to Give Presentations on April 26
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/21/17 4:44 PM
Three Oregon university students will present research findings April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg. The presentations will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St., and are free and open to the public.

Our emerging scholars will be presenting on archaeological digs at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites in Silvies Valley, Northern Paiute resistance to imprisonment at the Yakama Reservation, and the historic preservation of Oregon's statewide fish hatcheries.

The three students have been named Oregon Heritage Fellows by Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, based on the strength of both their scholastic achievement and their research topics. The fellowships encourage the thoughtful inquiry of Oregon's heritage by emerging scholars.

"The Fellows conduct original research into the diverse history of Oregon, often on topics that have drawn less attention from more-experienced historians," explains Chrissy Curran, Oregon's deputy state historic preservation officer. "We believe it is important that their research is presented to the public."

The Fellows, their schools, and topics are:

-- JD Lancaster, Oregon State University Ph.D. student in Applied Anthropology/Archaeology. "Test Excavation at the Newell Creek and Buffalo Lake Sites, Oregon";

-- Augustine Beard, University of Oregon undergraduate student in History/Environmental Studies. "Northern Paiute Resistance to Imprisonment at Yakima Reservation, 1878-1884";

-- Rodney Bohner, University of Oregon graduate student in Historic Preservation/Community and Regional Planning. "Preserving Oregon's Heritage Fish Hatcheries: Historic Context and Preservation Recommendations."

Eliza E. Canty-Jones, editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, will moderate the session.

The Oregon Heritage Summit April 26-27 brings together staff and volunteers from historical societies, historic landmark commissions, schools and universities, humanities groups, local and state agencies, museums, tourism and economic development organizations, federal agencies and tribal governments.

To find more information and register for the summit, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx. For more information, contact Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov


Attached Media Files: 2017 Oregon Heritage Fellows to Give Presentations on April 26
Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/21/17 9:34 AM
Camperdown elm on capitol grounds
Camperdown elm on capitol grounds
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // April 20, 2017

Media Contact:
Chris Havel, Director's Office, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Desk: 503-986-0722 // Cell: 503-931-2590
Additional contacts at end of release

Portions of State Capitol State Park grounds closed April 24 through mid-May

Salem OR -- Small portions of the State Capitol State Park grounds will be closed from April 24 through mid-May to accommodate relocation of a set of historic Camperdown elm trees. Access to the capitol building will not be affected.

The four trees currently located near the capitol building, must be moved to accommodate necessary updates to capitol building utilities. Two other trees will also be moved during the project. A contractor, Environmental Designs Incorporated, will perform the work under the management of the Oregon Legislative Administration.

The Camperdown elm trees are an important part of the historic landscape, and have been on the capitol grounds since the late 19th to early 20th centuries. They have been successfully moved before in 1937-41 and 1977 during other construction projects.

During the move when sections of the park are closed, visitors are reminded they are welcome to observe the work from a distance, but to respect all safety fences and directions from the project crew.

More information on the project is available from Project Managers Ed Newvine (ed.newvine@oregonlegislature.gov, 503-986-1744) or Marina Cresswell (marina.cresswell@state.or.us, 503-986-1744).


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Lane Co. Schools
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet April 24 & 25, 2017
Lane ESD - 04/21/17 4:21 PM
The Lane Education Service District Board of Directors will meet Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 in Executive Session as part of the Executive Search process to identify Lane Education Service District's next superintendent,pursuant to ORS 192.660(7)(d).

Monday's meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m., and Tuesday's meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. All Lane Education Service District Board of Directors meetings are held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon 97402.
Private & Charter Schools
Oak Hill School's Sproul wins OSAA State Championship in Extemporaneous Speaking; OHS Finishes 2nd in Team Competition (Photo)
Oak Hill School - 04/25/17 8:33 AM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For additional information contact:
Keith Eddins, Oak Hill Debate Coach
Tel: 541-543-5508
Email: keith.eddins@oakhillschool.net
Additional photos available by request


The Oak Hill School speech and debate team finished 2nd among division 4A/3A/2A/1A programs at the OSAA Speech and Debate Championships, held April 20-22 at Western Oregon University.

Senior Conrad Sproul won the individual Oregon state championship in Extemporaneous Speaking and finished 3rd in Impromptu Speaking, leading the Oak Hill team's accomplishments. Sproul became Oak Hill's first two-time state champion, having won the Radio Commentary title in 2015. In addition, freshmen Katrina Carrier and Daisy Hagen reached quarterfinals in Policy Debate, freshman Aubra Scott-Hinkle advanced to octofinals in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and junior Kirill Myagkov was a semifinalist in Extemporaneous Speaking. Senior Beau Taylor-Ladd, juniors Emma Miller and Morgan Henery, and sophomore Julian Bellavita also competed at the state tournament.

Despite coming from a small division 1A school, Oak Hill's team members were competing against speakers and debaters from every size school in Oregon, including much larger division 6A and 5A programs. In fact, many of the schools against whom Oak Hill was competing have more speech and debate team members than Oak Hill has high school students.

Oak Hill's debate team, which was only formed in 2013, has attended three state championships, and has now finished second (in 2015), first (in 2016), and second (this year) among division 4A/3A/2A/1A schools.

The team's final event of the year will be the National Speech and Debate Championship Tournament, at which Hagen, Sproul, and Taylor-Ladd will be competing in Birmingham, Alabama, June 18-24.


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Organizations
Corvallis Spring Garden Festival 2017
Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets - 04/24/17 8:47 PM
May 7 event to feature plant sale, garden art, demonstrations & more!


Attached Media Files: 2017-04/5592/103812/Press_release_Spring_Garden_Festival_04_12_17.pdf
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake & Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/27/17 4:07 PM
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The Red Cross is bringing its 'Prepare Out Loud' earthquake and disaster preparedness presentation to Linn County and holding a community preparedness fair on May 11.

LEBANON, Ore., April 27, 2017 --The American Red Cross and our Linn County community partners are helping Oregonians to better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Lebanon on May 11. Community partners in Linn County will be participating in a preparedness and safety fair before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also shares preparedness steps individuals and families can take now to be ready for other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

Prepare Out Loud in Linn County and Preparedness Fair Event Details
Thursday, May 11, Preparedness Fair starts at 5:30 p.m., Prepare Out Loud starts at 6 p.m.
Boulder Falls Conference Center -- 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
The presentation and preparedness fair is FREE and open to the public
RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudLinnCounty

An emergency preparedness fair will be held immediately before and after the Prepare Out Loud presentation at 5:30 - 6 p.m. & 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. The following agencies will participate in the preparedness fair:
OFD Foods, LLC
Bi-Mart
Linn County Fire Department
Linn County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue
Linn County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ?,? Linn County Sheriff Amateur Radio Emergency Services (A.R.E.S.)
Linn County Roads Department
Linn County Public Health Department
Lebanon Fire Department
Lebanon Police Department
Samaritan Health
American Red Cross

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

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

Prepare Out Loud presentations throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington are made possible by our generous regional partners:
NW Natural
Mountain House

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

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

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


Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Flyer Linn County , News Release - Red Cross Holds Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Event in Linn County , Bend 2016 , Corvallis 2016 , Medford 2016 , Portland
Red Cross Holds Free Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Presentation in Coos Bay (Photo)
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/24/17 1:28 PM
Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Medford
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COOS BAY, Ore., April 24, 2017 --The American Red Cross and its community partners are helping Oregonians better understand the regional impact of a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami and the simple steps they can take now to be ready for disasters of all kinds by holding Prepare Out Loud in Coos Bay on May 1. Several small earthquakes off the Oregon coast in recent months provided a reminder to those living in coastal communities of the importance of being ready for a larger earthquake and taking preparedness actions now.

The Red Cross Prepare Out Loud presentation directly addresses the seismic significance of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and what to expect following an earthquake of this magnitude. The presentation also addresses preparedness steps individuals and families can take to be ready for this and other, more common disasters like home fires, floods and wildfires.

All presentations are free and open to the public.

WHAT: Prepare Out Loud -- Coos Bay

WHEN: Monday, May 1, 2017, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Southwestern Oregon Community College -- Hales Auditorium
1988 Newmark Ave.
Coos Bay, OR 97420

Information and RSVP: www.redcross.org/PrepareOutLoudCoosBay

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


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

"I encourage businesses to seriously consider making this presentation available to their employees and, if possible, their communities as soon as practicable," said James Merryman, president & chief operating officer of OFD Foods (parent company of Mountain House Foods). "The information it provides will help them and their families understand they can take a positive step by starting to prepare now. They will find some comfort in knowing they can help their family and friends in the event of such as disaster and in knowing you cared enough to bring this important information to their attention."

"We know we need to prepare for a disaster and Prepare Out Loud helps people and organizations know where to start," said Von Summers, community affairs manage for NW Natural. "I came to the presentation knowing I would learn more about the hazards we face in the Pacific Northwest. What I didn't realize is how motivating the topic could be. Prepare Out Loud inspires thought-provoking conversations and stimulates preparedness."

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

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

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Attached Media Files: Prepare Out Loud Coos Bay Flyer , News Release - Red Cross Holds Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness Event in Coos Bay , Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Medford , Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Bend , Photo - Prepare Out Loud in Corvallis
Red Cross Responds To Roseburg Fire Affecting Two
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/21/17 9:56 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, April 21,2017, at approximately 6 p.m. in the 5600 block of Roberts Creek Road in Roseburg. The single-family fire affected 2 adults. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 2 Adults in Eugene
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/21/17 10:41 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, April 21,2017, at approximately 8:30am in the 1000 block of Willa Street in Eugene, OR. The fire affected 2 adults and 4 pets. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Revised* Baskets from Fragments Offer Glimpse into Ancient Ways
Columbia Basin Basketry Guild - 04/24/17 11:22 AM
Revised The public is invited to a program about 2,000-year-old basket fragments found near Duvall, WA, which, when replicated into complete baskets, provide a glimpse into an ancient way of life.

Dale R. Croes, Ph.D., director of the Pacific Northwest Archaeological Society and Services and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Washington State University, will present, "Awakening Ancient Salish Sea Basketry."

The program is Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland. The free presentation ($5 donation suggested) is sponsored by the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild.

In 2014-15, Croes, who was taught basket weaving by Makah elders for his dissertation on the Ozette village site, worked with Suquamish Elder and Master Basket Maker Ed Carriere to replicate baskets based on fragments found at the Snoqualmie Tribe's Biderbost site in Duvall. The fragments had been exposed by river bank erosion and now are at the Burke Museum, Seattle.

Croes will discuss the project, show the baskets he and Carriere made, and explain how the project is being carried forward today.

For more information, contact ColumbiaBasinBasketryGuild@gmail.com

REVISION: An earlier version stated that both Croes and Carriere would be presenting. Due to health issues, Carriere is not expected to participate.
Public Lectures about Historic Conservation Photos Tour Oregon
Oregon Historical Society - 04/27/17 3:36 PM
Press images available online at http://bit.ly/2p8eMIG

Portland, OR -- Photos and manuscripts by noted conservationist William L. Finley, his wife Irene, and Herman T. Bohlman helped in establishing wildlife refuges in Oregon. Now those photographs, manuscripts, and other documents are becoming available online and will be shown at lectures around Oregon in late April through early June.

William L. Finley's interest in wildlife conservation began when he and his boyhood friend, Herman T. Bohlman, began photographing birds around Oregon at the turn of the twentieth century.

The Oregon Historical Society Research Library and Oregon State University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives Research Center are collaborating to make more than 40 years of photographs, manuscripts, publications, correspondence, and other materials created by William Finley, Irene Finley, and Herman Bohlman available online. The project, "Reuniting Finley and Bohlman," is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

The project began in July 2016 and will be completed by June 30, 2017. This digitization effort allows the collection, which is physically divided between the Oregon Historical Society in Portland and Oregon State University in Corvallis, to be united in its entirety for researchers and conservationists to access in a single digital space. Many of the photographs and documents are already available on Oregon State University's digital collection website at http://oregondigital.org/sets/finley-bohlman. The collection will also be made available on the brand new OHS Digital Collections website, which is set to launch on May 22, 2017.

The entire digital collection will include approximately 6,500 photographs and 8,600 pages of manuscript material. The photographs include Finley and Bohlman's trips to Malheur Lake, the Klamath Lakes, and Three Arch Rocks on the Oregon coast -- and, these photographs played a key role in President Theodore Roosevelt's decision to create wildlife refuges at those locations. A fourth wildlife refuge near Corvallis was named in honor of William Finley. More information about Finley can be found on The Oregon Encyclopedia at https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/finley_william_l_1876_1953_/#.WQI3m_krKUk.

The public lecture and slide presentation series, "On the Road with Finley and Bohlman," started in Burns, Oregon on April 25 and will also be offered at these locations:

April 27: Oregon Institute of Technology, College Union Auditorium, Klamath Falls, 7pm -- 8pm
May 13: Oregon State University, Valley Library's Willamette Room, Corvallis, 6pm -- 7:30pm
May 14: Netarts Community Club, Oceanside, 2pm -- 3:30pm
June 7: Oregon Historical Society, Portland, 6:30pm -- 7:30pm

More information about the series, including details on related nature walks, is available at http://www.ohs.org/finley.



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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.