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January 14th Car Seat Inspection Cancelled
Albany Fire Dept. - 01/13/17 11:53 AM
The January 14th Car Seat Inspection has been canceled. Our next inspection day will be February 25th at Albany Fire Department Station 12 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more details please see our website at https://www.cityofalbany.net/departments/fire/community-resources/free-car-seat-inspections
Two Arrested for Warrants and Heroin (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/13/17 4:17 PM
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On Thursday, January 12, 2017, a Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy assigned to the Cow Creek contract noticed a 2003 Ford Focus parked in the Seven Feathers Casino parking lot which was occupied by two individuals.

The deputy made contact with the male and female in the vehicle and discovered the license plates on the car did not match DMV records. After further investigation the deputy learned the male and female both had active warrants for their arrest. Both were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as 29 year old Tyler J. Svendsen and 23 year old Kehkashan S. Ijaz, both of Salem, OR.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered approximately 6 grams of heroin.

Ijaz and Svendsen were transported to the Douglas County Jail where they were lodged on their respective warrants and cited for Unlawful Possession of Heroin.

The vehicle was not stolen and arrangements were made for the registered owner to retrieve the vehicle.


Attached Media Files: Kehkashan Ijaz , Tyler Svendsen
Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Citizen Police Academy
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 11:12 AM
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Roseburg Police Department in cooperation with Umpqua Community College is pleased to announce that registration is open for their 2017 Citizen Police Academy class.

The Citizen Police Academy is for Douglas County residents who want to learn more about the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Roseburg Police Department. This hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is offered FREE of charge and allows citizens the opportunity to gain knowledge of how these agencies are organized, what their mandated functions consist of, as well as improving the understanding of the challenges law enforcement face serving and protecting our community.

The Academy meets once a week on Thursday evenings starting on April 6 through June 15, 2017 from 6 -- 9 PM. This is an 11-week commitment from the participants. Participants are required to attend at least nine of the sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided.

The goal of the program is to provide information to Douglas County residents so they can make informed judgments about the law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Open discussion and better understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation.

The Citizens Police Academy consists of classroom and hands-on instructional learning experiences. Subjects covered include: the job of a uniformed police officer, investigations, crime scene investigations, crime prevention, canine program, tactical operations, and much more. Participants will be involved in activities such as touring the communications center, jail and police department, using police equipment, and participating in a simulated shoot/don't shoot scenario.

Each applicant must fill out an application and undergo a criminal background investigation prior to approval and admission. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have no felony convictions, have no pending civil or criminal cases with the city, county or its employees and have no outstanding warrants for arrest.

The instructional courses will be held at the Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Anyone wishing to apply for the Citizen's Police Academy may do so by visiting www.dcso.com or stopping by either agency. Class size is limited to 25, to allow for maximum instructor-student interaction.

Questions regarding the Citizen's Police Academy can be directed to: Andrea Zielinski at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 541-440-4486 or Sgt. Gary Klopfenstein at the Roseburg Police Department, 541-492-6788.
Salem Man Arrested in 1999 Child Abduction Case from Indiana
FBI - Oregon - 01/13/17 9:44 AM
FBI Agents arrested Charles Hollin, age 61, aka Andrew David Hall, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, in Salem. He was wanted in connection with an Indiana child abduction case from 1999. Attached please find today's press release and complaint affidavit from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Indiana. All media inquiries related to this case should be directed to:

Special Agent Wendy Osborne
FBI Indianapolis
317-845-7055


Attached Media Files: Hollin complaint affidavit , Hollin press release
Sodaville Area Home Destroyed By Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 4:59 PM
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A fire which started on the rear porch of a Sodaville manufactured home quickly spread to the entire structure and left the occupants with the total loss of their home. Multiple callers reported the fire at 30245 Townsend Road at 2:23 p.m. and responding fire crews could see a large column of smoke while traveling to the scene. The Battalion Chief called for a second alarm to bring more firefighters and water to the scene while en route, and the Albany Fire Department responded by sending a water tender.
First arriving LFD units described a manufactured home fully engulfed in flames and two occupants safely outside the home watching it burn. According to a resident, she was in a bedroom of the home and noticed smoke coming into her room around the closed bedroom door. She opened the door to see smoke throughout the house and fire burning on the back porch. She alerted her father in law who was also in a bedroom and the two escaped the house along with their dog. There were no working smoke detectors in the home.
Interviews with the occupants have led fire investigators to believe the fire was caused by smoker's carelessness as moments before the fire one resident had been on the back porch smoking a cigarette which was discarded into an ashtray and then into a plastic paint bucket filled with discarded cigarette butts and other debris. Investigators believe that the cigarette was not properly extinguished, which resulted in a fire in the bucket which then quickly spread through the enclosed porch and into the home.
Firefighters remind smokers to use extreme caution with discarded cigarettes and to avoid disposing of matches or butts inside of structures. Additionally, firefighters stress the extreme importance of having multiple working smoke detectors on all levels of your home. For more information on home fire safety contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

For HD Video of this and other LFD incidents, please subscribe to the Lebanon Fire District YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

For HD photos of this and other LFD incidents, please follow the Lebanon Fire District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LebanonFireDistrict/?ref=bookmarks

For updates on large scale incidents within the Lebanon Fire District, follow us on Twitter: @LebanonFD


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LFD, State HAZMAT Team Respond To Lebanon Fuel Spill (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 01/15/17 10:23 AM
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A gasoline tanker filling holding tanks at the Park Street Chevron station experienced an uncontrolled fuel release at approximately 8:00am Sunday morning. The problem is believed to be associated with a malfunctioning valve or vapor return mechanism. The Lebanon Fire District reposted and discovered approximately 30 gallons of gasoline had been lost onto the property. Crews quickly contained the spill using booms and absorbent to prevent it from entering the sanitary sewer system. The Regional HAZMAT team of the State Fire Marshals Office was activated and responded from Albany with members of the Albany Fire Department to assist LFD with the hazard mitigation. Crews worked to disconnect the fill line from the truck while preventing further release of product. Units cleared the scene at 10:20 am,

HD video of this and other LFD incidents is available on the LFD YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg

Photos available on the LFD Facebook page.


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Lebanon Warming Shelter Open Tonight Sunday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/15/17 10:58 AM
Lebanon Warming Shelter open tonight Sunday - 01/15/17
With the temperatures expected to be in the 20's tonight, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter Team, will be activated for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.
The shelter will open tonight January 15th, at 7 pm and stay open until 7 am. Lebanon Police will keep the public updated on a daily basis as we monitor the weather forecast.
The location of the warming shelter is located at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen at 170 E Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are welcome, but will be put in kennels.
At this time we are in need of men's heavy winter gloves and instant soups. We would like to thank the community for all its generous donations.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339
Lebanon warming shelter open tonight Saturday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/14/17 10:43 AM
Lebanon Warming Shelter open tonight Saturday - 01/14/17
With the temperatures expected to be in the 20's tonight, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter Team, will be activated for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.
The shelter will open tonight January 14th, at 7 pm and stay open until 7 am. Lebanon Police will keep the public updated on a daily basis as we monitor the weather forecast.
The location of the warming shelter is located at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen at 170 E Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are welcome, but will be put in kennels.
At this time we are in need of men's heavy winter gloves and instant soups. We would like to thank the community for all its generous donations.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339
Lebanon Warming Shelter open tonight Friday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/13/17 5:27 AM
With the temperatures expected to be in the 20's tonight, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter Team, will be activated for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.
The shelter will open tonight January 13th, at 7 pm and stay open until 7 am. Lebanon Police will keep the public updated on a daily basis as we monitor the weather forecast.
The location of the warming shelter is located at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen at 170 E Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are welcome, but will be put in kennels.
At this time we are in need of men's heavy winter gloves and instant soups. We would like to thank the community for all its generous donations.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339
Warming Shelter in Lebanon open tonight Thursday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/12/17 12:03 PM
With the temperatures expected to be in the 20's tonight, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter Team, will be activated for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.
The shelter will open tonight January 12th, at 7 pm and stay open until 7 am. Lebanon Police will keep the public updated on a daily basis as we monitor the weather forecast.
The location of the warming shelter is located at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen at 170 E Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are welcome, but will be put in kennels.
At this time we DO NOT need any more items and will advise when we do. We would like to thank the community for all its generous donations.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339
Lebanon Warming Center Open Tonight Wednesday
Lebanon Police Dept. - 01/11/17 10:29 AM
With the temperatures expected to be in the 20's tonight, the Lebanon Warming Shelter, coordinated by the Lebanon Police Department and the Lebanon Warming Shelter Team, will be activated for residents to get out of the cold temperatures.
The shelter will open tonight January 11th, at 7 pm and stay open until 7 am. Lebanon Police will keep the public updated on a daily basis as we monitor the weather forecast.
The location of the warming shelter is located at the Lebanon Soup Kitchen at 170 E Grant St. Snacks, warm beverages, as well as mats and blankets are provided. Animals are welcome, but will be put in kennels.
At this time we DO NOT need any more items and will advise when we do. We would like to thank the community for all its generous donations.

Any questions please contact Dala Johnson at (541) 258-4339
Linn County Search and Rescue Assists Idanha Residents (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 4:21 PM
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports on Thursday January 12, 2017, the Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue responded to the City of Idanha and surrounding area to assist the city which declared a local emergency due to the recent series of winter events.

Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue provided 20 team members to volunteers to assist with clearing snow and ice from homes having structural issues created by heavy snow loads. Team members also assisted the City of Idanha's Public Works Department in clearing snow at the city's water treatment center in order to restore water pressure.

Linn County Search and Rescue also went house to house on the Linn County side of Idanha to check on each residence in order to determine if they needed assistance or emergency services. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Marion County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members also completed site checks on residents.


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Deputies respond to a report of a gunshot wound at a residence outside of Turner *** UPDATE 1***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/14/17 5:13 PM
Investigators along with the Medical Examiners Office continued their investigation today regarding the couple found deceased inside of their home on Valley View Rd SE. Evidence has indicated this was a murder / suicide. The couple was identified as 75 year old Buster Parker and 78 year old Christel Parker.

The family has been notified regarding the detail of this investigation and they are not available for comment. There also is no photographs available of the couple.





Today at about 9:55 am, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of two people found deceased inside of a residence in the 5700 block of Valley View Rd SE. This is very preliminary information as the investigation is still ongoing. The Medical Examiner and District Attorney's office is also involved along with Marion County Detectives.

Based on the investigation at this point, there is no belief that the public is at risk. There is no PIO on scene of this incident and the time frame of further press releases is unknown at this time.
Sheriff's Office Announces K9 Retirement (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/12/17 11:22 AM
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This week Deputy Jon Gadberry and K9 Donja will take their last ride together as partners, patrolling the streets, highways and neighborhoods of Marion County. Donja began her career with the Sheriff's Office in 2010 and was our only female, patrol, K9.

Donja is a 10 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd Mix from Holland who served for 6 months with the US Army's Special Forces prior to coming to the Sheriff's Office. During her tenure she was deployed over 700 times with over 100 captures.

In November of 2014, Donja fell gravely ill with an infection that nearly killed her. But in her true warrior spirit she battled back to full health and went on to have many more successful deployments and captures. Donja was a local superstar at fairs and shows, her demeanor made her loveable to kids and a general crowd favorite for her vocal and acrobatic nature. Donja will continue to live with her handler Deputy Jon Gadberry, enjoying a life of luxury, running around the house and playing.

The Sheriff's Office is grateful to Donja for her service and we wish her a happy and healthy retirement.


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Sex Offender Community Notification (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/10/17 1:06 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to ORS181.507, OAR 291-28-30, which authorizes Parole and Probation to inform the public when the release of information will enhance public safety and protection.

The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense that requires registration with the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, this person's criminal history places them in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

NAME: William Albert Nosack
SID#: 5437397
DOB: 11/16/1957
CURRENT AGE: 058

RACE: W SEX: M
HEIGHT: 5' 11'' WEIGHT: 240lbs
HAIR: BRO EYES: BRO

RESIDENCE: 1545 CAPITOL ST NE, SALEM, 97301

William Albert Nosack is on Post Prison Supervision for the crime (s) of : SEX ABUSE 1, SEX ABUSE 1, and INMATE WEAPON

This person was granted Supervision on: 04/14/2016, 04/14/2016, 04/14/2016
Supervision expiration date is: 04/13/2019, 04/13/2019, 04/13/2019

Special restrictions include: [X] No contact with minors (male/female)
[X] Sex offender treatment
[X] Submit to polygraph
[X] No alcohol or bars
Other: Nosack's victim pool includes females who are known to him as well as females who are unknown to him.


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Deputies Investigate Throat Slashing Near South Salem ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/10/17 12:31 PM
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Last night deputies arrested Kyle Howard, age 25 after he slashed the throat of Bryan Stumbaugh, age 23 at a residence in South Salem. Howard was detained by the Salem Police Department at his residence shortly after the altercation and deputies arrived later to arrest him.

Deputies do believe that both the victim and the suspect know each other and up until the incident were friends. No motive has been determined for the attack. Mr. Howard is currently at the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Attempted Murder, Assault I and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. His next court appearance is scheduled for today at 3 p.m. at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.



Tonight at 8:30 p.m., deputies were called to the 6200 block of Stonehill Road South near Salem after a man reported his throat had been slashed. When deputies arrived they found a male with a severe laceration to his throat. The male victim was transported to the Salem Hospital where he is expected to survive.

Minutes later the suspect was found at his residence and detained by the Salem Police Department. There are very few details surrounding the investigation and detectives have been called in to investigate, it is clear that the suspect and victim are known to each other. Additional details will be made available as the investigation progresses but that time frame is not yet known. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name of the victim or the suspect.


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Man In Custody After Crashing Into a Tree In North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/09/17 10:47 PM
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Tonight, around 5:00 p.m., a man was arrested after blowing through a stop sign, driving into a yard and hitting two trees. Alexander Belcourt, age 24 was driving his car east on Fargo Road NE when he failed to stop at a stop sign at Bents Road. Witnesses told deputies that Belcourt drove into a yard after missing the intersection and struck two trees.

Belcourts passengers Henry Sutton, age 40 and Richard Weaver, age 47 were both injured in the crash. Weaver was taken to Salem Hospital with serious injuries and Sutton was taken to OHSU where he remains in critical condition.

At the time of Belcourts arrest his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. Belcourt was taken to the Marion County Jail for the crimes of Assault II, Assault IV, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering. Belcourt was not injured in the crash.


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Search Ongoing For Eugene Area Man And Son Swept To Sea - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/15/17 7:48 PM
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On January 15, 2016 at about 1PM, emergency personnel responded to the report of an adult male and a toddler swept out to sea on the beach near Floras Lake in Curry County.

Preliminary information revealed a family from the Eugene area was on the beach when a 31 year old male and his 3 year old son were swept out to sea by a wave. This area of the beach has a steep angle to the water and the seas were rough at the time of the incident.

The US Coast Guard began a search by air with two helicopters and 47 foot MLB (motor life boat). OSP Troopers and other first responders began scouring the beach using ATVs. The search from the shore lasted until about 6PM. The US Coast Guard will be searching into the night by the air and by ground.

The name of the missing persons will be withheld until tomorrow to allow family notifications. OSP was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Curry County Sheriff's Office, Sixes River Fire, and Port Orford Fire. More information will be released tomorrow as it becomes available.


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***Update - More details and photos*** Nevada Man Killed In Plane Crash Near Cape Blanco - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/14/17 11:10 AM
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The pilot killed in Friday's aircraft crash has been identified as Raymond J WULFENSTEIN, age 80, of Pahrump, Nevada. Information from the family is that WULFENSTEIN also maintained a residence in Lakeside, Oregon.

Investigation has revealed the on January 13, 2017 at about 11:50AM, WULFENSTEIN, radioed FAA air controllers and said he was losing sight in one of his eyes and needed to land his plane. No further radio contact was made with him thereafter. A USCG helicopter crew overheard the distress call and headed to the area to search for the aircraft.

The FAA notified Curry County 911 that a Coast Guard helicopter was looking for a plane south of the Cape Blanco State Park. FAA requested assistance in checking the Cape Blanco State Airport to see if the aircraft had landed there. Sixes River Fire Department checked the airport and the plane was not there.

At about 1PM, the USCG helicopter crew located the crashed airplane on the beach near the mouth of the Elk River. The crew landed the helicopter and checked on WULFENSTEIN, who had been ejected during the crash, and found him to be deceased.

The Curry County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene. It is unknown at this time if WULFENSTEIN was attempting a beach landing, but the 1980 Piper Dakota violently collided with the sand. The plane was totaled following the crash and was later removed and taken offsite for NTSB investigators.

No further releases are anticipated in the near future.

End Release


Previous release:
On January 13, 2017 about 1:20PM OSP and emergency personnel responded to the report of a crashed airplane on the ocean beach near Cape Blanco (near the mouth of Elk River).

The US Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area after overhearing a distress call between a pilot and the FAA. After a search, they located the wreckage and alerted first responders. At the scene, a deceased male was located near the wreckage who is believed to be the pilot. It is believed he suffered some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

First responders will remain on scene into the evening pending further investigation which will be ongoing through Saturday. OSP was assisted by the Curry County Sheriff's Office, the US Coast Guard, and Sixes River Fire. The man's name is being held pending notification to the family. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Visit US Coast Guard's twitter at @uscgpacificnw and facebook at @uscgpnw for further details on their involvement.


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OSP Seeking Public's Assistance with Theft from Several Vehicles at Silver Falls State Park - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/11/17 4:12 PM
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On December 3, 2016, OSP was notified of several vehicles broken into while parked at the 214 Trailhead at Silver Falls State Park, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The subsequent investigation revealed the thefts total over $10,000 and a stolen credit card was used at three Salem businesses shortly after. The pictured male and female are suspects in the thefts and the pictured truck, or one like it is associated with the pair. The truck is a Ford, possibly with black rims and is likely a diesel.

Anyone with information on the identity of these individuals is asked to contact Trooper Elias Breen of the OSP Salem Area Command at 503-798-5035 or ebreen@osp.state.or.us . Reference case number SP16407520.

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***Update*** Law Enforcement Investigating Fatal Crash Following Reported Kidnapping - Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 01/10/17 1:09 PM
Update - Names Released:

On Jan 9, 2017 at about 6:45 a.m.(MST), the Ontario Police Department responded to the report of a kidnapping in progress at a convenience store in Ontario. Just as Ontario Police arrived on scene, the suspect, Anthony Wayne MONTWHEELER, age 49, of Nampa, Idaho, fled in a 2014 black Dodge pickup. Officers received information that there was an adult female, Annita S. HARMON, age 40, of Weiser, Idaho, who was being held against her will, in the pickup. Officers pursued the suspect in the city then traveled south onto Highway 201.

As the Dodge was traveling southbound, it crossed the centerline and collided with a northbound 2001 Ford Excursion. The driver of the Ford, David Joseph BATES, age 38, of Vale, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The right front passenger in the Ford, Jessica Sara BATES, age 35, of Vale, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Jessica BATES was later transported to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise, Idaho for further treatment. Jessica BATES is in stable condition at this time.

MONTWHEELER received serious injuries and also taken to an area hospital where he remains. Inside the Dodge, HARMON was deceased. Investigation to HARMON's cause of death is still under investigation.

Highway 201N near milepost 29 was closed for over six hours while investigators processed the scene. The Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office and the Ontario Police Department are continuing the investigation. Investigators from the Idaho State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Weiser Police Department are assisting with the investigation and follow-up as needed.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Two Seriously Injured In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/10/17 11:51 AM
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On January 10, 2017 at about 6:20 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97 near milepost 129. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find one subject entrapped in a vehicle and two with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a white 1990 Toyota Corolla had been traveling northbound on Highway 97 north of Bend when it lost control on the icy roadway and collided with a southbound 2000 Dodge pickup.

The driver of the Toyota, Kimberly BAKER, age 46, and a passenger Kelly SHEHAN, age 34, both from Redmond, were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for serious injuries resulting from the crash. SHEHAN was entrapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The driver of the Dodge, Wayde PRATT, age 20, from Sisters and the passengers; Joel PRATT, age 25, from Philomath, and Martin LANGAGER, age 25, from LABANON, were not injured in the crash.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) assisted OSP at the scene. Highway 97 was closed for just over an hour before the Highway was reopened, while the crash investigation was conducted and the Highway was being cleared.

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Residential Structure Fire - 1732 NW Keasey (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 01/10/17 11:31 AM
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At 6:13 p.m. on January 9th, the Roseburg Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1732 NW Keasey Street. The fire was originally reported as a flu fire and all occupants had vacated the residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke showing from a rear window of the residence and the incident was upgraded to a first alarm structure fire. Firefighters found an active fire in the wall of the kitchen that appeared to have extended from the basement through a void space. The residence sustained structural and water damage and two residents were displaced. However, no one was injured in the fire.

A total of 19 firefighters assisted with firefighting operations. Other agencies assisting with the fire included Douglas County Fire District #2, Roseburg Police Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Pacific Power, and Avista Utilities.

The structure which is valued at $160,000.00 suffered approximately $60,000.00 in damage. Fire investigators were on scene and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

As the temperature drops outside, wood and pellet stoves are being fired up inside the home. Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. Please remember the following tips when using wood and pellet stoves:

Have your chimney and stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep every
fall just before heating season.
Have a qualified professional install stoves, chimney connectors, and chimneys.
Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a covered metal container. Keep the container at least 10 feet away from the home and other buildings.

For more information, please contact Chief Gregg Timm at 541.492.6770 or gtimm@cityofroseburg.org.

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.


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Calkins Boat ramp truck fire. (Photo)
Sweet Home Fire Dist. - 01/11/17 4:21 PM
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Today at 2:23 pm Sweet Home Fire was dispatched to a vehicle fire at Calkins boat ramp near foster lake. Crews arrived to find a 1983 Chevrolet K1500 truck with fire in the engine compartment. As crews were extinguishing the fire the owner arrived from a hike. The cause of the fire was determined to be a result of an electrical problem.

Photo and following video courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

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Transportation
Semi blocks EB lanes of Crater Lake Highway in Medford (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 01/12/17 2:17 PM
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Oregon 62 between Owen and Coker Butte Rd.: traffic is able to get by a semi blocking the EB lanes. Expect short delays and use caution.


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Hydropower -- answering the cold weather call - Columbia and Snake River dams crank out the power
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/13/17 3:53 PM
Portland, Ore. -- Prolonged subfreezing temperatures across the Pacific Northwest are driving power demand to its highest levels in nearly 10 years--topping out on Friday, Jan. 6 at 10,943 megawatts. That's enough electricity to power nearly eight million homes.

In recent days, power demand has moved above 10,000 MW. Although electricity demands exceeding 10,000 MW are uncommon, Friday's peak is not a record; that honor goes to the year 1990, when BPA's system reached an all-time-high of 11,970 MW.

The January 6 peak was the highest BPA has seen since 2009, when winter demand reached 11,561 MW. For perspective, one MW is enough electricity to power 700 average sized homes.

The bulk of this BPA supplied electricity comes from 10 federal dams, six on the Columbia River and four on the Lower Snake. These dams are part of the Federal Columbia River Power System that encompasses 31 federal dams and one nuclear power plant, the Columbia Generating Station.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov
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BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/12/17 12:08 PM
More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Portland, Ore. --The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term withdrawing lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the BLM in the southwest corner of Oregon, subject to valid existing rights.

This withdrawal includes 95,805 acres of National Forest System lands on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and 5,216 acres of Bureau of Land Management public lands in the Medford and Coos Bay Districts of the BLM. The lands are in Josephine and Curry Counties. The Assistant Secretary's Order withdraws these lands from settlement, sale, location, and entry under the public land laws, location and entry under the U.S. mining laws, and operation of the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, for a period of 20 years while Congress considers legislation to permanently withdraw those areas. This action will also protect the natural resources in the southwestern Oregon watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development.

This withdrawal does not prohibit or restrict any other authorized uses on these lands. The withdrawal protects these watersheds from possible adverse effects of mineral development. Also, while this action prohibits the location of new mining claims, it does not prohibit ongoing or future mining exploration or extraction operations on valid pre-existing mining claims.

The area covered by this action is generally known as the Klamath Mountains and includes the Rough and Ready-Baldface Creek and the Hunter Creek-North Fork Pistol River subwatersheds of southwestern Oregon. The defining characteristic of the proposal is the North Fork of the Smith River, which originates in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and drains most of the area under consideration for withdrawal. Creeks that feed into the North Fork and other rivers that flow to the Oregon Coast offer unique ecological features stemming from the confluence of the Coast Range, Cascades, and Siskiyou Mountains. A high concentration of rare plants, forested trails, and scenic views are all emblematic of these drainages. Rough and Ready Creek and Baldface Creek are listed as eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation by the U.S. Forest Service.

The areas protected include the watershed of the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River in Oregon and the watershed of Rough and Ready Creek. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area.

Additional information about the BLM's mineral program is available online at: www.blm.gov.


Attached Media Files: SW Oregon Mineral Withdrawal
Interior Department Releases Comprehensive Roadmap to Reform Federal Coal Program
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/11/17 2:04 PM
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the results of a comprehensive, public review of the Nation's federal coal program. The review, based on hundreds of thousands of public comments and prompted by a Secretarial Order issued in 2016, examined concerns about the federal coal program that have been raised by the Government Accountability Office, the Interior Department's Inspector General, Members of Congress and the public.
"Based on the thoughtful input we received through this extensive review, there is a need to modernize the federal coal program," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "We have a responsibility to ensure the public -- including state governments -- get a fair return from the sale of America's coal, operate the program efficiently and in a way that meets the needs of our neighbors in coal communities, and minimize the impact coal production has on the planet that our children and grandchildren will inherit. The only responsible next step is to undertake further review and implement these commonsense measures."

Secretary Jewell first called for an open and honest conversation of the federal coal program in March 2015. Today's report outlines the need for modernization of the federal coal program in the following key areas: ensuring a fair return to Americans for the sale of their public coal resources, assessing the structure and efficiency of the coal program in light of current market conditions, and considering impacts on communities and the environment including climate change.

"Over the past eight years we have focused on modernizing and strengthening the way that energy is produced in America. As a result of that work, solar, wind and geothermal power are the fastest growing sources of energy in the United States and oil and gas are produced in safer and cleaner ways. It is vital that we update our nation's coal program as well. This report provides the critical starting point for the modernization that is needed," said BLM Director Neil Kornze.

The report sets out the best policy ideas available for addressing these important issues, and identifies the additional data and technical work needed to decide how to move forward.

Today's report also identifies a number of good government modernization activities that will be taken in the near future to improve the program. These include increased transparency of the leasing program, increased protection for private surface owners and opportunities to prevent wasted natural gas from coal mines. Additional areas to be considered include: adjusting rental rates and bonus bids paid for leased coal to reflect inflation (which have not been updated in more than 30 years); strengthening financial and environmental responsibility requirements for operators who are permitted to bid on coal leases; and undertaking actions to improve lease process efficiency.

The production of federal coal accounts for more than 40 percent of all coal produced in the United States and is responsible for 10% of the country's greenhouse gas emissions. While energy markets, communities, environmental conditions and national priorities have undergone major changes in recent decades, the BLM's management of the federal coal program has stayed relatively static.

Next steps in the review process include finalizing the additional analysis identified in the report and completion of the programmatic environmental review required by Secretary Jewell's January 2016 order.

Consistent with the practice during two programmatic reviews of the federal coal program that occurred during the 1970s and 1980s, the Interior Department has instituted a pause on issuing new coal leases while the review is underway. The pause does not apply to existing coal production activities. There have been limited, commonsense exceptions to the pause, including for metallurgical coal (typically used in steel production), small lease modifications and emergency leasing, including where there has been a demonstrated safety need or insufficient reserves.

Companies can continue to mine the large amount of coal reserves already under lease, estimated to be enough to sustain current levels of production from federal land for approximately 20 years.

The report is available here: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage¤tPageId=93180
BLM Issues Timber Payments to Counties
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 01/10/17 1:58 PM
$19 million distributed to support county services in western Oregon

Portland, Ore. -- Today the BLM announced the distribution of over $19 million to 18 counties in western Oregon. These payments follow a formula established in the 1937 Oregon and California (O&C) Lands Act and the Coos Bay Wagon Road (CBWR) Act, both of which authorize timber receipt-based payments to western Oregon counties, and both of which remain in effect following the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Payments made through the authority of the O&C Lands Act and CBWR Act are essential to O&C counties and help offset county timber and tax revenue not generated by Federally-managed forests. The counties use these funds for county services such as law enforcement, road maintenance, health services, schools, libraries, and other county services.

The O&C Lands Act provides that 50 percent of receipts from the sale of timber on O&C lands are distributed among the 18 O&C counties including Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties. Coos and Douglas counties have Coos Bay Wagon Road and O&C lands within their boundaries, so payments to those counties are covered by both the 1937 and 1939 statutes.

The Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands, known as the O&C Lands, lie in a checkerboard pattern through eighteen counties in western Oregon. These lands contain more than 2.4 million acres of forests with a diversity of plant and animal species, recreation areas, mining claims, grazing lands, cultural and historical resources, scenic areas, wild and scenic rivers, and wilderness.

Additional information about the BLM's forestry program is available online at: https://www.blm.gov.


Attached Media Files: FY 2016 Timber Receipts Press Release , 2017-01/5514/100783/FY_2016_Receipts.pdf
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Howard Fonda's "Les premiers seront les derniers" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office Jan. 16-March 9 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 01/10/17 10:36 AM
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Salem, Oregon -- Portland artist Howard Fonda will exhibit a selection of works he calls "Les premiers seront les derniers" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem between Jan. 16 and March 9.

Fonda's works, which often feature human, animal and other natural forms against colorful and loosely patterned dabs of bright colors and undulating lines, are both playful and serious, safe and perilous. He describes painting as "an articulate means of exposing a range of emotion, both rational and irrational." Informed by philosophical underpinnings and direct experience, the paintings speak to our humanity while throwing us into life at full bloom.

"I'm interested in big questions about life and existence and the mysteries that lie within," said Fonda.

An artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, Fonda was recently featured in the Portland2016: A Biennial of Contemporary Art. He has been the recipient of grants from a number of institutions including the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Previously an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fonda has lectured, served on jurying and critique panels and pursued curatorial projects at numerous universities and art centers. He lives and works in Portland.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

Translation from French: The first will be the last



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at: www.oregonartscommission.org


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Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet Thursday, January, 26, 2017
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/12/17 4:28 PM
The Governor's Commission on Senior Services Executive Committee will meet on January 26, 2017 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Human Services Building, 500 Summer Street NE, Room 165, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes announcements, a public comment period, debrief of the January meeting, a discussion on planning a 2017 Oregon Conference on Aging, and setting the agenda for the February 9 full commission meeting.

People can also call into the meeting: 888-363-4735, access code: 3439085.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Rebecca Arce, policy analyst at Rebecca.E.Arce@state.or.us.

About the Governor's Commission on Senior Services: The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations, and advocacy, we work to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence and dignity.
Lane Community College welcomes health insurance enrollment event
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/11/17 3:06 PM
(Salem) -- Students at Lane Community College in Eugene are invited to sign up for health insurance during an enrollment event that will include free in-person help with the application.

Enrollment help will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Center Building's Learning Commons (second floor) at the college, 4000 East 30th Ave., Eugene.

The event, which is also open to residents of Lane County, will include a Health Insurance 101 meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Room 202 of the college's Center Building. The meeting will answer questions about health insurance in Oregon, review people's options, and address the myths of health insurance.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is hosting the event in partnership with the college. The event arrives as open enrollment runs through Jan. 31 for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer.

Attendees should bring the following household information:
Social Security numbers and birth dates
Immigration documentation
Employer and income information
Federal tax information
Policy numbers and plan names for current insurance

Enrollment can get confusing. It may be difficult for people to navigate on their own. That is why help from an expert is available.

"Students and community members can walk in, meet with someone trained and experienced in the enrollment process, and get help finding the health plan that works for them," said Israel Estrada, outreach and education coordinator for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

More information
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email info.marketplace@oregon.gov

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The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to host recruiting event (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/11/17 3:28 PM
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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville will be holding a one-day recruiting event on Friday, January 27, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clackamas Community College -- Gregory Forum. During this event, corrections professionals will share information about careers including Correctional Officers, Food Service Coordinators, Physical Plant/Maintenance Specialists, Correctional Counselors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, and Administrative Support.

Those who come on board at CCCF will join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotions, and continuing professional development.

All attendees will receive assistance with the online application and scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT Test for Correctional Officers ($35 fee -- accepted payment methods are: valid credit card, debit card, or prepaid debit card). Participants may register prior to the event at: https://nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport).

The event will be held at Clackamas Community College -- Gregory Forum, located at 19600 S. Molalla Ave., Oregon City. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (503) 570-6668. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

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


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Smoke management committee will meet Jan. 19
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/13/17 2:08 PM
An update to Oregon's Smoke Management Plan will begin with a Jan. 19 meeting of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Smoke Management Advisory Committee in Salem.

The plan's overall purpose is to guide the state in providing maximum opportunity for essential forestland burning while minimizing smoke intrusions into Smoke Sensitive Receptor Areas and other sensitive areas. The plan is a coordinated effort between the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem office in the Santiam Conference Room, located at 2600 State St. The committee's Jan. 19 agenda can be viewed at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx.

Major agenda items for the meeting include:
-The plan's 10-year strategic financial plan
-The pace and scale of industrial land burning
-A debrief of the November 2016 joint meeting of the Board of Forestry and the Environmental Quality Commission and their tour of the Ashland Watershed Resiliency Project
-Preparation for the upcoming Smoke Management Review

In 1989, the Oregon Legislature directed the State Forester to establish a Smoke Management Advisory Committee to provide advice and assistance to the Oregon Department of Forestry Smoke Management Program. Membership of the committee includes representatives of industrial forestland owners, non-industrial forestland owners, the general public, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Each representative serves for renewable two-year terms. The committee meets twice a year.
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2017 tax season opens January 23
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/12/17 9:40 AM
The Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS will begin processing tax returns when the 2016 tax season opens January 23. Taxpayers can submit their returns earlier, but processing won't start until the tax season officially begins. Once processing begins, returns will be processed in the order received.

As a reminder, the Oregon Department of Revenue won't be issuing personal income tax refunds until after February 15. This refund hold is part of the state's tax fraud prevention activities, and will allow confirmation that the amounts claimed on returns matches what employers report on forms W-2 and 1099. The IRS is also holding federal tax refunds until after February 15, but only for those taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Here are a few things for taxpayers to keep in mind this tax season:

E-filing is the fastest way to get your tax refund. On average, taxpayers who e-file their returns and request their refund via direct deposit receive their refund sooner than those who file paper returns and request paper refund checks.

There are many free or low-cost preparation options available for both federal and Oregon tax returns.
o Some software companies offer free software use and e-filing for eligible taxpayers.
o AARP and CASH Oregon provide free and low-cost tax preparation services throughout local communities.
o All Oregon taxpayers preparing their own return can file electronically at no cost using Oregon's free fillable forms.
For more information visit www.oregon.gov/dor and search for "free tax preparation services."

Anyone who needs a personal income tax return booklet can order it through the Department of Revenue. The booklet is available online at www.oregon.gov/dor/forms , or taxpayers can order a copy by calling (503) 378-4988 or (800) 356-4222, or by mailing their request--along with their name, phone number, and mailing address--to:
Forms
Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14999
Salem, OR 97309-0990

According to a report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy, one in five taxpayers who were eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit didn't claim it in past tax years. For more information about the credit and eligibility, visit the IRS website at www.eitc.irs.gov.

On the subject of tax credits: Oregon is offering a new refundable credit to low- and moderate-income families: the Working Family Household and Dependent Care (WFHDC) Credit. The new credit brings together benefits previously offered under Oregon's Working Family Child Care and Child and Dependent Care credits, and replaces both credits starting in tax year 2016. For more information on the WFHDC credit, including additional details on eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Having flu symptoms? Talk to your doctor before visiting hospital ER
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 10:58 AM
January 13, 2017

Staying home, calling health care provider, visiting urgent care clinic are good options for people with mild illness, health officials say

Winter weather, the onset of flu season, and the usual admissions for heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions are keeping many hospitals in the state busy.

Influenza season is in full swing, causing achiness, fever, cough and sore throat for many Oregonians. Emergency departments are busy, and people with mild symptoms who want to be seen can protect others and avoid long waits in the ER by calling their primary care provider before heading to the hospital.

Most people with flu recover with just rest and drinking plenty of fluids. "Many people have the flu this season, but people with mild illness should see a health care provider only if they're at high risk for severe illness or they develop severe symptoms," said Richard Leman, MD, public health physician with Oregon Health Authority.

People should call 911 if someone they know with the flu has severe shortness of breath or is difficult to wake. For those 65 and older, pregnant women, children, and those with chronic medical conditions or weak immune systems who get fever with cough or sore throat, talk to a health care provider.

Others with mild symptoms who want to be seen should consider contacting their own provider or going to urgent care before heading to the ER.

Flu cases in Oregon have spiked in recent weeks. Laboratories in the state reported 1,641 specimens that were positive for influenza during the week of Dec. 25-31. That's up from 609 positive flu specimens the previous week. Most of the cases have been influenza A, this season's predominant flu type, with one strain, H3N2, hitting the elderly population particularly hard.

Hospitalizations also have been on the rise. There were 143 hospitalizations during Dec. 25-31, which was nearly double the previous week's total. The week before that saw just 33 hospitalizations.

There have been no pediatric deaths attributed to the flu this season, officials say. The Public Health Division does not track adult flu deaths.

Officials offer these tips for people to consider to get the care they need and help emergency rooms care for those who need it most:
-- Get the flu vaccine. It's the most effective way to prevent the flu. The fewer people who get the virus, the fewer who will need care.
-- "Know when to go." Understand flu symptoms and their severity, and when it's OK to just call your doctor or stay home.
-- Most people with the flu recover in a couple of weeks, and those with mild illness do not need to go to the emergency room.
-- If you are at high risk for severe illness or concerned about your illness, call your health care provider.

Even though most people only have mild illness, some people with severe illness do need emergency care. Adults having a hard time breathing or shortness of breath; pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, or seizures should be seen promptly. This is also true for people with flu who get better, then have a fever and cough that return.

Children should be seen urgently if they have fast or troubled breathing, bluish skin color, are not waking up or interacting, become so irritable that they do not want to be held, or have fever with a rash. They also should be seen if symptoms of the flu get better but then come back with a fever and cough. Infants should get medical help right away if they are unable to eat, have a hard time breathing, do not have tears when they cry, or have many fewer wet diapers than normal.

Other ways to help prevent flu:
-- Stay home and limit contact with others if you are sick, including staying home from work or school when you are sick.
-- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue out when you are done.
-- Wash hands with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
-- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them.
-- Avoid getting coughed and sneezed on.

Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies. To find a flu vaccine clinic, visit http://www.flu.oregon.gov/ and use OHA's flu vaccine locator tool.

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Stroke Care Committee to meet January 19 by conference call
Oregon Health Authority - 01/13/17 9:56 AM
January 13, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include: 2017 committee report to the Legislature; stroke rehabilitation workgroup update; discuss committee's next steps.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7-8:30 a.m.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee is established by ORS 431.673 to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the Director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: The meeting will be a teleconference call. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird at 971-673-1053.

To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters or other reasonable accommodations, call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets January 19 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:37 PM
January 12, 2017

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Share information about the Healthy Places Initiative; discuss Oregon Health Authority's agenda for the 2017 legislative session; discuss State Health Improvement Plan priorities for obesity and substance use; review 2017 work plan and discuss potential changes to meeting structure.

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

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. A conference call line is available by dialing 1-877-873-8017, access code 767068.

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

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet January 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 01/12/17 1:31 PM
January 12, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

Agenda: Oregon Tobacco Quit Line evaluation updates; communication coordination; tobacco legislative efforts check-in.

When: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Please note that space is limited.

Who: The Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee is appointed by the Governor to provide the state Tobacco Prevention and Education Program (TPEP) with recommendations and guidance on program and budget matters. Its members come from private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians' tobacco use.

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Snowstorm leads to last-minute, milion-dollar win
Oregon Lottery - 01/11/17 2:56 PM
Jan. 11, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- An Oregon Coast man had one of the best snow days ever.

Like many Oregonians spending time at home during the recent winter weather, Joemel Panisa (pronounced: Joe-MEL Pa-NEE-sa) spent the time cleaning his office. But Panisa is different in one million ways -- he discovered his winning Mega Millions ticket just eight days before it was due to expire, thanks to the snow and ice storm.

Panisa told Oregon Lottery officials he placed the ticket in an envelope and put it in his office last January and forgot about it. When he came across it while cleaning, he checked the numbers online and realized it was a winner. He also said he remembered media reports about the unclaimed ticket expiring this month and knew he had to claim it as soon as possible.

Claiming his prize, Panisa's ticket became the fourth Mega Millions $1 million winner since the game was offered in Oregon in 2010.

Panisa purchased the ticket for the Friday, Jan. 15 drawing at the US Market 104, along Highway 101 in Newport on Jan. 13, 2016. He claimed the prize Jan. 9 and he had until Jan. 17 to claim the prize or it would have expired. All Mega Millions tickets are good for one year from the date of the drawing, and Panisa cut it very close.

The US Market 104 will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $10,000 for the store. Octavio Tamayo, manager of the store said they had enjoyed some large Scratch-It wins of $100,000 but nothing this big.

"It is surprising and very exciting," Tamayo said when he found out. "My staff is going to be wondering who bought the ticket now. Hopefully they come back in and let us know."

Tamayo said he wasn't sure what the company would do with the selling bonus, but said that they love hearing about winners so they can share with other players who come in.

Mega Millions is a game which features five white balls and one Mega Ball. It is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 p.m. Panisa's quick pick ticket had five numbers but he missed the Mega Ball number.

All unclaimed prizes go into the state's Economic Development Fund. In fiscal year 2015, more than $5.9 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund.

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. 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


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Marine Board Meeting in Salem January 18
Oregon Marine Board - 01/12/17 10:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will meet in Salem on January 18, for their quarterly Board meeting being held at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, beginning at 9 am.

The Board will consider the following agenda items:
Contract terms for the Duckworth Dock in Downtown Portland
Consideration of a petition for rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County
Boating Facility Grant --Klamath County, Wocus Bay
Program reports
Strategic plan report

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Tuesday, January 17. The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Marine Board's Quarterly Meeting Canceled
Oregon Marine Board - 01/11/17 11:06 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board has canceled their quarterly Board meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 12, in West Linn due to inclement weather conditions. The agency will send out notification once a new date and time are determined.
2017 Historic Cemetery Award Nominations Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/13/17 9:11 AM
Nominations for the 2017 Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation, part of the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program, are now being accepted.

This new category in the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognizes an individual, business, or organization for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon historic cemeteries, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of historic cemetery activities.

Nominations are encouraged for all efforts that lead to the preservation of a historic cemetery or contribute to the preservation of historic cemeteries statewide. Examples may include the establishment of a preservation program, the reclaiming and care of an abandoned cemetery, training others in monument repair, documentation, public education, tools that enhance cemetery preservation, etc.

"The new award is named for Sally Donovan, who developed historic cemetery planning and provided training in monument documentation and repair," said Kuri Gill, Oregon Historic Cemeteries program coordinator. "She brought cemetery preservation to the forefront in this state and personally influenced monument repair in dozens of cemeteries."

Announcement of awardees will be made in early April 2017. Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.

Applications can be found online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is February10, 2017.
Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet in Coos Bay Jan. 27, 2017
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/12/17 5:00 PM
The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2017, at the Coos History Museum, 1210 N. Front Street, Coos Bay. The council invites public comments.

The agenda includes presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about trail projects and initiatives in the area. The council will review the draft mission and vision set forth by Oregon State Statue and OPRD staff; receive an update from the state's Recreation Trails Program Coordinator; and hear presentations from various regional trail groups.

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state. For more information about the meeting or about ORTAC, contact David Stipe, Integrated Park Services Manager, at 503-986-0740 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.
Grants available for Oregon museum projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:46 AM
The Oregon Heritage Commission is offering grants to qualified museums for collections projects, heritage tourism, and education and interpretation projects. Awards typically range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Museums may apply for a variety of projects, including of the following examples. Collections projects may include cataloging, archival storage, disaster preparedness and conservation. Heritage tourism projects may include museum marketing and promotions, enhancing visitor experience, and training for museum staff. Education and interpretation projects may include exhibits, online education, school classes, workshops and camps. Museums may also partner with other organizations for projects that might be outside the museum, but still meet the museum's mission.

"This program is a nice opportunity for museums to complete important projects," said Oregon Heritage Commission coordinator Todd Mayberry.

While the grant applications are online, they are simple and there is plenty of support to complete them. "Our goal is to support organizations of all sizes all over the state in their valuable work. We provide assistance in the application process," says Kuri Gill, the grants program coordinator. "A recent applicant and awardee noted she had never received more assistance, both before the with application and after with the award. That is the experience we hope to provide for all applicants."

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The commission's mission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

To learn more about museum grants, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.
Grants available for main street building projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:44 AM
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for up to $100,000 in matching funds for downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant funds may be used to acquire, rehabilitate, and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown areas statewide.

Funded projects must facilitate community revitalization that will lead to private investment, job creation or retention, establishing or expanding viable businesses, or creating a stronger tax base. Projects may include façade improvement, accessibility enhancement, basic utilities, second floor renovations and more. Only organizations participating in the Oregon Main Street Network are eligible to apply. Projects must be within approved Main Street areas. Eligible organizations may collaborate with the local governments and private property owners to apply for projects that will have the biggest benefit to the downtown.

"We are excited to see the impact this grant program will have in communities working hard to keep their downtowns a strong asset in their communities," notes Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Network Coordinator.

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects and review applications. A free workshop specific to the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant will be January 31 in Cottage Grove. Additional grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application will be offered. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system. To learn more about the grant, workshops, and the Oregon Main Street Network visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at Sheri.Stuart@oregon.gov or 503-986-0679.



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Grants available for historic cemetery projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:40 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering grants for qualified historic cemeteries. The annual grants fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries. Projects funded in the past include marker repair workshops, fencing, signs, interpretive panels and brochures, security lighting, access improvements, records management and more.

Awards typically range between $1,000 and $6,000, but have been higher. Anyone can apply for a grant. While the grant applications are online, they are simple and commission staff can provide support.

"Our goal is to preserve Oregon's historic cemeteries, so we try to make it easy for people to access funds to do that while ensuring the funds are appropriately used," said historic cemeteries program coordinator Kuri Gill.

A previous grant applicant, Patricia McCracken with Winchester Elementary School, said cemeteries program staff were supportive when she was submitting her grant report. "We were new to filling out grants; staff was extremely helpful when we called," she said.

There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain the online grant system.

State law established the seven-member historic cemeteries commission to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. To learn more about the grants or visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

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Grants available for historic properties and archaeology projects
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/11/17 8:38 AM
The State Historic Preservation Office is offering grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects. The annual grants fund up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects.

The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs. It can also fund significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and interpreting archaeological sites.

The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. These grant return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation (local or national).

Preservation office staff is happy to talk with applicants about potential grant projects, review applications and assist with the online grant system. There will be free grant workshops on project planning and grant writing and using the online grant application. A two-hour workshop will be in Salem on March 15. A shorter webinar will be available on March 16. Two webinars, January 18 and 19, will explain online grant system. To learn more about the grants and workshops visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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Heritage Commission to meet January 22-23 in Woodburn
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/10/17 3:00 PM
The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet in Woodburn January 22-23.

On January 22, Commissioners will gather at 12:30 p.m. to tour heritage efforts including the Jesse H. Settlemier House, Woodburn Masonic Lodge restoration project, and Woodburn Historical Museum and Bungalow Theater.

On January 23, a public business meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the CAPACES Leadership Institute located at 356 Young Street. Its agenda includes review and discussion of Oregon Heritage Tradition and Oregon Heritage All-Star Communities applications, Oregon Heritage grant programs, 2017-2022 Oregon Historic Preservation Plan, and the Connecting to Collections project.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Oregon Heritage Commission Coordinator Todd Mayberry at 503-986-0696 or Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov.


Attached Media Files: Heritage Commission to meet January 22-23 in Woodburn
Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/10/17 8:56 AM
Camp White Administration Building
Camp White Administration Building
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The Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building (Building 200) was constructed in 1942 to house hospital administration uses associated with the development of US Army Camp George A. White in White City, Jackson County, in southern Oregon. White City is an unincorporated community developed on the site of this former US Army training cantonment in the years following the Camp's decommissioning at the end of World War II. The building was converted to the administration building for the Camp White Domiciliary in 1949. Today it still serves an administrative function associated with the 145-acre Department of Veterans Affairs Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC) campus. The two-story, brick-clad, Colonial Revival building was designed by noted California architect Myron Hunt based on Army Corps of Engineers plans dated November 1941.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the building's nomination in their June 2016 meeting. It is the only individually listed property in the National Register in White City, but is one of 154 individually listed historic properties in Jackson County. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: Camp White National Register nomination , Press Release , Camp White Administration Building
Oregon State Library Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting, 1/18/17
Oregon State Library - 01/11/17 9:31 AM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Jerry Curry, 503-378-5008 or jerry.w.curry@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The Council advises the State Library and provides insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about Government Services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

Membership is representative of various Oregon state agencies. The current member list is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/GRES/Pages/advisory.aspx

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Jerry Curry, 503-378-5008 or jerry.w.curry@state.or.us.



Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting
Oregon State Library -- Room B9 (or by phone)
January 18, 2017
1:30 -- 3:30 PM

Agenda

1:30 Welcome and introductions

1:40 State Librarian Announcements (Dahlgreen)

1:50 eClips Revamp & Upgrade (Curry)

2:05 Digital Asset Management System (Bolyard & Pitts)

2:20 Government Services Social Media Strategy & Statistics (Pearson)

2:35 Discussion/Selection of GS Adv. Council Vice-Chair (Nickerson)

2:45 Money "Smart Week" April 2017 Programming (Newsome)

2:50 Farewell/Recruitment Adv. Council Members (Curry)

2:55 Round Robin (All Attendees)

3:20 Action Item Review (Curry)

3:30 Adjourn
Lane Co. Schools
Elmira Elementary School Open House and Ribbon Cutting and Elmira High School Open House
Fern Ridge Sch. Dist. - 01/12/17 12:45 PM
Fern Ridge School District is celebrating the completion of our new elementary school and new lobby and gym at the high school. An Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Elmira Elementary School from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and there will be an Open House at Elmira High School from 6:00-7:00 p.m. We would like to invite families, community members, and friends looking to explore and celebrate the completion of the projects.
Surplus Sale - Fern Ridge School District
Fern Ridge Sch. Dist. - 01/12/17 12:34 PM
SURPLUS SALE
Fern Ridge School District 28J
Old Elmira Elementary School Gym
88960 Territorial Rd, Elmira OR
Saturday, January 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
Items include: Student & teacher desks, chairs, tables, storage cabinets, file cabinets, bookshelves, books, pianos, globes, lockers, photography equipment, kitchen equipment, fish aquariums, tools, computers, mixer, kiln, and more!
All items sold as is. All sales are final. All items removed at time of purchase. Cash/Debit/Credit Cards Accepted.
Coos Co. Schools
Updated Public Meeting Schedule for January 2017
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 01/11/17 7:49 AM
Below is the updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for January 2017. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

New - Superintendent Evaluation Committee Meeting - January 17 at 5:30 PM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Mary Fields at maryf@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-6750.

Policy Committee Meetings - January 18 at 8:00 AM at Milner Crest Education Center. For more information, contact Mary Fields at maryf@coos-bay.k12.or.us or 541-404-6750.

Special School Board Meeting -- January 23 at 5:30 PM. Agenda and packet will be posted at http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas the Friday before the meeting.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us


Peggy Ahlgrim
Secretary to Superintendent & School Board
peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us
541-267-1310
Businesses
Oregon Health Authority Receives Early Waiver Approval
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/13/17 11:07 AM
Fast-tracked waiver approved before Federal Government administration change

(BEND, Ore.) Jan. 13, 2017-- PacificSource Community Solutions is pleased to learn that the 1115 waiver renewal application submitted by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) in August 2016, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Oregon's existing five-year waiver--which authorizes transformation of the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) through coordinated care organizations (CCOs)--expires on June 12, 2017. This fast-tracked waiver, is valid from Jan. 12, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

The OHA contracts with 16 CCOs across the state to serve OHP members in a managed care model. Oregon's efforts to transform Medicaid, bend the cost curve, and promote improved health outcomes through a partnership between the OHA and the CCOs require a waiver.

"PacificSource Community Solutions greatly appreciates the tireless work by the OHA and Gov. Brown to support the CCO model and the 1115 waiver," said Ken Provencher, president/CEO of PacificSource. "This waiver promotes critical continuity of care for Oregonians during a time of uncertainty at the Federal level."

The OHA had originally requested additional financial support from CMS, but this waiver does not come with enhanced funding for transformation efforts

"We remain committed to working with OHA during this next phase of CCO development and performance," said Dan Stevens, PacificSource's executive vice president of product management. "This waiver represents stability and an opportunity for CCOs to continue to innovate and work together with stakeholders to build healthier communities."

About PacificSource Community Solutions
As part of the PacificSource family of companies, PacificSource Community Solutions serves Medicaid members through its coordinated care organizations in Central Oregon and the Columbia Gorge. Founded in 1933, PacificSource employs 900 people, serves more than 275,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
PacificSource Health Plans Partners with CMS on Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model
PacificSource Health Plans - 01/12/17 12:56 PM
PacificSource Health Plans has been selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a partner in its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model. The five-year CPC+ model, the largest multi-payer initiative launched by CMS, began on January 1, 2017 in 14 regions across the United States.

CPC+ is an advanced primary care medical home model, with a goal to strengthen primary care through regionally based, multi-payer reform and care delivery transformation. The initiative brings together a collaboration of Medicare fee-for-service, commercial insurance payers and state Medicaid agencies, and includes two tracks with incrementally advanced care delivery requirements and payment options.

"Many payers are interested in strengthening primary care, but a single payer has limited potential to transform primary care practices," said Peter McGarry, PacificSource vice president of provider network. "With collaboration, we can achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier communities."

CPC+ builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative CMS launched in 2012 that ended on December 31, 2016. The goals of CPC+ include:

Supporting patients with serious or chronic diseases to achieve health goals.
Engaging patients and their families in their own care.
Working together with insurers, hospitals and other clinicians, including specialists, to provide better-coordinated care.
Giving patients access through enhanced in-person hours and 24/7 telephone or electronic means.
Proactive care management for high-risk patients to improve outcomes.
Comprehensive physical and mental care including preventive services.
Patients receiving timely follow-up after emergency room or hospital visits

PacificSource payer partners in CPC+ include: AllCare Health, Inc, Atrio Health Plans, CareOregon, Eastern Oregon CCO, FamilyCare Health, Medicare fee-for-service, MODA Health Plan, Oregon Health Authority (Medicaid), BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Montana Medicaid, Primary Health of Josephine County, Providence Health Plan/Assurance, Tuality Health Alliance, Umpqua Health, Western Oregon Advanced Health, Willamette Valley Community Health, and Yamhill Community Care Organization.

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.
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds To Cottage Grove Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/15/17 3:28 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 15th at about 11:00 am in the 37000 block of Row River Road In Cottage Grove OR.  This single family fire  affected three adults and two children  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
Red Cross Responds To Creswell Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/13/17 6:47 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 700 block of Blue Jay Loop in Creswell, OR. The fire affected two adults, two children and 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
Red Cross Responds To Prospect Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/13/17 6:41 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13th in the 4000 block of Highway 62 in Prospect, OR. The fire affected two 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, 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
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting One Family in Deschutes County
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/13/17 4:59 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on January 13, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m. in the 52,000 block of Caribou Rd in La Pine, Oregon. The fire affected one family, including one adult and three children. 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.
Severe Weather Causes Increase in Red Cross Responses
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/12/17 1:51 PM
January 1 through January 12, Red Cross has responded to more than 50 disasters, a 117% increase in responses when compared to the same time period last year.

PORTLAND, Ore. January 12, 2017 -- American Red Cross responders have remained vigilant both day and night to help people affected by disasters, including many caused by severe weather across Oregon and SW Washington. Since January 1, 2017, Red Cross responders have helped more than 130 families at more than 50 disasters from Vancouver to Klamath Falls. That's a more than 117% increase in disaster responses when compared to the same time period last year.

In addition to responding to disasters that affect a single family, the local Red Cross has simultaneously been operating a shelter for more than three dozen residents affected by an apartment fire on SW Alder in Portland and shelters for people affected by power outages and extreme cold in Cave Junction and Enterprise, Oregon. With power restored, the shelters in Cave Junction and Enterprise have closed, however the shelter for residents of Hotel Alder remains open at University of Portland.

Responders throughout the region remain on standby to assist people who have been impacted by disasters related to the severe weather or otherwise. The Red Cross has already helped at two separate incidents this morning, including a roof collapse in Hillsboro that left seven people and pets displaced and an apartment fire in Gresham that left nine people displaced. In both cases, the Red Cross provided assistance to people affected to help meet their immediate basic needs (shelter, food, clothing, health and mental health assistance).


When the weather is cold, the number of home fire incidents tend to rise. Use caution when heating your home with space heaters, fireplaces and woodstoves.

HOME HEATING SAFETY REMINDERS

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
Portable Space Heaters
Keep at least three feet of space between a heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding and papers.
Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed or when leaving the room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year. Check for creosote deposits, soot build-up and physical damage.
Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
Store kindling, fire logs and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
Use proper fire starters, such as newspaper, kindling or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene or gasoline to start a fire.

About the American Red Cross
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OPENING DELAYED: The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, an exhibition by photographer Peter Marbach, opens January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society
Oregon Historical Society - 01/12/17 1:47 PM
Due to the snow and ice in Portland, the opening of this exhibit has been delayed to Wednesday, January 18.

Images for press can be downloaded via http://bit.ly/fromsourcetosea

Portland, OR -- The Columbia River flows for over 1200 miles, born free in the cradle of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. From its humble beginnings from a tiny spring you can straddle, to a two mile wide confluence with the Pacific Ocean, the river flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty. It was also the place of a miraculous ancient migration of Pacific salmon that came all the way home to the headwaters in Canada.

In this new original exhibition, The Columbia River: From Source to Sea, Oregon photographer Peter Marbach shares his decade-long odyssey to document the sacred landscapes and the people of the entire river. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 18 at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) and is on view through April 1.

When asked about the process of creating this exhibit, artist Peter Marbach shared, "It was a challenge to sort through all the work I have created for this exhibit. It is a vast, diverse river with so many distinct features and people who have inspired me with their stories. Ultimately, it came down to which images best represented the essence of the project and help illuminate the larger story of preserving this great river and taking steps toward restoring ancient salmons runs."

One striking image featured in the show is a self-portrait of the artist. "In December 2015, I drove the 15 hours to the headwaters region in search of the true source of the river," said Marbach. "It was bitter cold but I was determined to stay until finding it. I trudged through a mile of frozen marsh following a creek that was continually narrowing until I found the spot where the water bubbles up from an underground spring. I was overjoyed to stand there and straddle the headwaters! But it took two hours to create a self- portrait, waiting for a brief moment of sunlight to illuminate the moment of discovery.

The exhibit will include a blend of riverscapes, wildlife, and portraits of people who live along the Columbia, showcasing the beauty, culture, and geographic diversity of Nch I Wana -- The Big River.

"Having lived along the Columbia for more than twenty years, I have a deep respect and connection to this sacred river," said Marbach. "This project only enhanced that connection, especially getting to know the wild and free section of the Columbia in British Columbia. Cradled between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcell Range, the unspeakable beauty fired my imagination to wonder what it must have been like before the era of dams when fish used to migrate all the way, some 1200 miles from the Pacific to the headwaters."

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.

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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.