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Student Arrested For Making School Threat
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/18 9:20 AM

TRI CITY, Ore. - A 16 year old male student has been arrested for writing a school threat in a bathroom at South Umpqua High School. This is the second written threat discovered at the school in the last week. 

On Monday, April 23, 2018, school officials learned of a threat written on a wall in a boy’s bathroom. Deputies were contacted and conducted an investigation. That investigation lead to the arrest of the male juvenile who has been charged with First Degree Disorderly Conduct, a Class A Misdemeanor.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages parents to have discussions with their children regarding the seriousness of these offenses and the consequences for committing these crimes. A misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to 1 year in jail.


South Umpqua High School Threat Investigation
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/18 6:46 PM

TRI CITY, Ore. - Deputies responded to South Umpqua High School on Thursday, April 19, 2018, for a report of vandalism in a girl's bathroom. The vandalism was non-specific graffiti on a bathroom wall that made reference to a threat against the school on Friday, April 20, 2018. 

Deputies are conducting a criminal investigation in cooperation with the school district. Several interviews were conducted and at this time the Sheriff's Office does not feel there is a credible threat. However, an increased law enforcement presence will be observed on the school campus on Friday. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471 or by email at dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us


Roseburg Woman Arrested After Running From Traffic Stop (Photo)
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/18 8:18 AM
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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg woman is in custody after attempting to run away from a traffic stop and hide from deputies. 

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at about 10:30 pm, a deputy observed a 2002 Toyota Camry on Austin Road with a malfunctioning headlight. The driver of the vehicle turned onto Hanna Street as the deputy was turning around to conduct a traffic stop. 

The driver parked the vehicle in a driveway in the 4000-block of Hanna Street and exited. The deputy told the driver, identified as 19 year-old Roseburg resident Sarah Brittney King, to stop. King ran into the house, which deputies entered and located her. 

King physically resisted being arrested, but was eventually taken into custody. She was transported to the Douglas County Jail and lodged on the following charges: 

  • Attempt to Elude Police on Foot
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Interfering With Police



Attached Media Files: Sarah King

DINT Arrest - Theodore Green (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 04/20/18 11:53 AM
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On April 18th, 2018, DINT arrested 34 year old Theodore Green in the 200 block of Parkhurst Avenue, Roseburg.  Green was arrested on outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Green was in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest and he was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on the outstanding warrants for his arrest as well as a new charge of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.




Attached Media Files: 2018-04/6255/113767/Green.jpeg

Heroin Arrest (Photo)
Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT) - 04/20/18 11:31 AM
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On April 19th, DINT arrested 54 year old Danny Joe Enos of Myrtle Creek, regarding his connection to an ongoing heroin trafficking investigation.  

Approximately two weeks earlier, on April 5th, DINT initiated a traffic stop on I-5 Northbound at milepost 93, on a vehicle driven by Enos that was returning from out of the state.  At that time all three of Enos' passengers were arrested, to inlude the following:

  • 39 year old Lacie Marie Yarbery, of Myrtle Creek, Or (Unlaw Poss Meth, Unlaw Poss Heroin, Unlaw Delivery Heroin, Supplying Contraband into a Correctional Facility)
  • 32 year old Tracy Michelle Nelson, of Bandon, Or (Parole Violation)
  • 27 year old Crystal Dawn Shute, Of Myrtle Creek, Or (Unlaw Poss Meth, Unlaw Poss Heroin, Warrants for arrest on previous cases)

Approximately 47 grams of heroin were seized pusuant to that investigation.  

The investigation has been ongoing and has resulted in last night's arrest of Danny Joe Enos for his alleged involvement.  Enos was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Heroin and Unlawful Delivery of Heroin. 

Enos was previously arrested by DINT on November 29th, 2017, after DINT served a search warrant at Enos' residence in the 100 block of Mountain View Ave, Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  During that case Enos was charged with Unlaw Poss Meth, 2 counts of Unlaw Poss Heroin, Unlaw Delivery Heroin, and Unlaw Delivery of Heroin within 1000 Feet of a School.  




Attached Media Files: 2018-04/6255/113765/Shute.jpeg , 2018-04/6255/113765/Nelson.jpeg , 2018-04/6255/113765/Yarbery.jpeg , 2018-04/6255/113765/Enos.jpeg

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Medicare Card Scams (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/24/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Medicare card fraud schemes.

Over the years, we have constantly warned people to protect their Social Security number. Don’t give it out unless you have to, and don’t carry your card in your wallet. That’s good advice – but if you have Medicare, then it was good advice that was hard to follow since your Medicare card had your Social Security number right on it.

Help is on the way! Medicare is now changing out all of its beneficiaries’ cards and replacing that Social Security number with an 11-character “Health Insurance Claim Number.” This new card will be paper instead of plastic, and the ID on it will include randomly-generated numbers and uppercase letters. Medicare’s goal is to better protect private health care and financial information with this new system. This new Medicare number will be used for transactions such as billing and for the checking of eligibility and claim status.

The first of the new cards are going out in the mail starting this month, but it could take some time to get them all out – so don’t worry if your neighbor gets hers right away but yours takes a bit of time. It’s important to note that if you are part of a Medicare Advantage plan, you will continue to have that separate card as well. You should carry both with you to facilitate service from health care providers.

Of course, with a new system there are always scam artists looking for ways to cash in. If you receive a call, email or visit from someone asking for personal information about your Medicare number or plan, about your new card or about your Social Security number, it is likely a scam. Medicare will never call you uninvited and ask you for personal information to get a new card. You do not have to pay for the new card, either. As long as your address is up-to-date, Medicare will send this replacement version automatically.

Another potential twist on this scam: seniors who are told they have a refund due on their old card, which the caller is happy to process as soon as he gets your bank account information. Don’t fall for it!

Here’s what you need to remember:

  • The new card is free – there is no replacement fee or activation fee. Do not pay anyone who says you owe money for the new card.
  • Do not give out personal information, including your Social Security number, to people who contact you unsolicited.
  • If someone calls and threatens to cancel your benefits because you do not yet have a new card, ignore them. Your Medicare benefits and coverage are not changing.
  • When you receive your new card, destroy the old one.
  • If you have any questions about your new card or unsolicited contacts you receive asking for your personal information, contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE. You can also find more information at www.medicare.gov/newcard.

Also, if you have been victimized by this scam or any other online scam, you can file an online report at the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.




Attached Media Files: TT - Medicare audio file , New Medicare Card , TT - Medicare Card Tips

Oregon Non-Profit, Safety Compass, Presented with FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 04/20/18 12:57 PM
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On Friday, April 20, 2018, Christopher Wray presented Safety Compass with the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for its service to victims of violence in Oregon. Receiving the award on behalf of Safety Compass was Esther Nelson, founder of the non-profit. This organization focuses much of its work on the women and children who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and it runs programs in Washington, Clackamas and Marion counties. 

Safety Compass is able to provide direct services to survivors in addition to online support for families of missing and chronically exploited youth and adults, specialized training for professionals and community members, and advocacy as survivors work through the criminal and social service systems in our area.

"Our approach is the extend respect and free confidential advocacy services to commercial sexual exploitation survivors as they seek safety. We believe that instead of operating from a "rescue mentality" we exist to show up for survivors from a strengths-based posture; to listen, encourage, foster resilience, and believe in who they are as over-comers of difficult experiences. I am grateful to accept this award on behalf of the hard working staff and incredibly brave survivors I have the privilege of working alongside every day at Safety Compass, " said Esther Nelson, FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient.

Under Ms. Nelson’s direction, the staff and volunteers at Safety Compass demonstrate their commitment to survivors of violence every day with a promise to respect each victim’s unique background and set of experiences.  Another core belief of those who serve at Safety Compass is that people in need deserve a diverse community of social service providers, law enforcement and community leaders who are willing to work together to bring about real change. 

“The FBI’s partnership with Safety Compass is incredibly important to our shared responsibility of ensuring justice for those we both serve,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Sex trafficking is not something law enforcement can effectively address alone. Our collaboration with Ms. Nelson and Safety Compass allows us take a holistic approach to breaking that cycle of violence; we can work through the legal system while at the same time their counselors are helping survivors build a path forward.” 

About the Award

Every year, each of the FBI’s 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.

You can find out more about Safety Compass on its webpage at http://www.safetycompass.org




Attached Media Files: FBI Director Wray and Esther Nelson, Safety Compass

JCSO to Receive DUII Enforcement Award (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/18 12:02 PM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for its efforts toward prevention and enforcement of driving under the influence (DUII) laws.  The Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Training Task Force will present an award for the “2017 DUII Enforcement Agency of the Year”  to JCSO on May 3 , 2018, during a ceremony at their annual conference in Bend. 

Sheriff Nathan Sickler is proud to receive the award:  “It is great to be recognized for the hard work our employees are doing to curb impaired driving. DUII enforcement is a priority for us because it directly affects the safety and wellbeing of our citizens.”   

According to award criteria provided by the task force, agencies selected for recognition have employed an effective DUII enforcement program through focused and pro-active “education, prevention, deterrence, or community involvement.”

In 2017, Jackson County deputies made 320 arrests for DUII.  The total number of arrests represents an increase from previous years – 250 in 2016 and 166 in 2015.  Two deputies on JCSO’s four-person traffic team are dedicated specifically to enforcement of laws related to aggressive, distracted, and impaired driving. 

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office regularly uses traditional and social media to encourage DUII prevention.  JCSO’s public outreach includes frequent messaging aimed at DUII awareness and prevention, especially in rural areas – places where crashes too often prove fatal.  With the change in law regarding recreational marijuana in Oregon, JCSO has also taken an active approach in educating the public regarding the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Sheriff Sickler also recognizes the important role citizens play in DUII prevention and detection.  Citizens are encouraged to intervene if they know somebody who is planning to drive while impaired.  They are also asked to call 911 immediately if they suspect an impaired driver on the road.

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Attached Media Files: Sams Valley traffic patrols , Foothill Rd. traffic patrols

One Arrested, One Sought After Crime Spree *UPDATE* (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/18 7:29 PM
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 Update 4/18/18 at 7:25 pm:

The second suspect, Jesse Michael Dornath, has been lodged at the Jackson County Jail. On Wednesday afternoon, a Medford Police officer arrested Dornath for a probation violation detention warrant. A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy added charges related to the weekend vandalism and burglaries. Additional charges may be added as the investigation continues. 

Original release 4/18/18, at 10:26 am:

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies have made one arrest in a weekend burglary and vandalism spree.  They are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the second suspect.

On Sunday, April 15, 2018, at 5:28 a.m., deputies responded to an audible business alarm in the 2100-block of Sage Road, Medford.  Responding deputies encountered two men walking nearby.  The men were identified and released at the time because the extent of the incident was not yet known. 

JCSO deputies and officers with the Medford Police Department found at least eight businesses and a vehicle on Sage Road and Lars Way that had been burglarized or vandalized.  The total value of the stolen property and damage is estimated at several thousand dollars.  The general area is at the Medford city limits, leading to the multi-jurisdictional investigation.

After obtaining a description of property stolen by the businesses, deputies were able to connect the items to property possessed by the men contacted during the initial response.  Those suspects were identified as Andrew Kyle Beck, 21, of the first block of Freeman Road, Central Point, and Jesse Michael Dornath, 24, of the 3300-block of Eucalyptus Drive, Medford.

On Tuesday, April 17, deputies located Beck with the assistance of Central Point Police.  They recovered stolen property from Beck’s residence.  Beck was lodged in jail on numerous charges from JCSO and Medford PD.

Deputies are still looking for Dornath.  Anyone with information on Dornath’s whereabouts or the incident in general is asked to call dispatch at (541) 776-7206

Case #18-7358

 

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Attached Media Files: Photo - damage , Photo - Dornath booking Nov 17 , Photo - Beck booking 04/17/18 , Photo - recovered property

Deputies Seek to Identify Fraud Suspect (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/18/18 11:51 AM
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JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. - Deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a fraud suspect.  The man is suspected of using stolen credit cards at multiple businesses in Rogue River and Grants Pass. 

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, deputies investigated a theft from a vehicle parked at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point.  Among the items stolen were two women's purses with cash and credit cards.  The cards were later used at multiple businesses.

Deputies obtained video footage from the businesses.  The attached photos show the suspect using one of the stolen credit cards at the Lil Pantry in Rogue River.  He is described as a heavy set white male in his 30’s or 40’s with a shaved head.  The suspect drives a white and gold early-1990’s model Ford pickup with an extended cab.

Anyone with information can contact Deputy Tom Hohl at (541) 774-6800.  Tips can also be provided through the JCSO website at http://jacksoncountyor.org/sheriff/Safety/Can-you-ID.

Case #18-4352

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Attached Media Files: Suspect photo 2 , Suspect photo 1 , Vehicle photo 2 , Vehicle photo 1

Lebanon Firefighter Respond to House Fire (Photo)
Lebanon Fire District - 04/19/18 6:07 PM
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Today at approximately 4:30pm Lebanon Fire District was dispatched for a structure fire at 145 Bromil St. A neighbor noticed smoke and fire coming from the rear exterior of the house on the deck. Using a garden hose the neighbor was able to slow the progress of the fire and alert the occupants, who were still inside the home. Lebanon firefighters arrived and removed smoldering decking and siding to completely extinguish the fire. There were no injuries on scene. The fire did not extend into the house or attic. There were a total of 15 personnel, 3 engines, and 3 command officers on scene. The cause of the fire was improperly discarded ashes from a metal fire pit on the patio deck. The damage was estimated at $4000.




Attached Media Files: 2018-04/1191/113754/file1-4.jpeg , 2018-04/1191/113754/file1-3.jpeg , 2018-04/1191/113754/file1-2.jpeg

Siletz Valley School Staff Member Arrested for Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/18 4:52 PM
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On January 9, 2018, the Lincoln county sheriff’s office was notified of possible inappropriate contact between a staff member and a minor student at the Siletz Valley School in Siletz, OR. During the investigation the staff member was identified as Joseph Patrick Bailor. The investigation revealed inappropriate contact between Joseph Bailor and the female student occurred in a public location inside the Siletz Valley School during normal school hours. Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and reviewed digital video evidence which resulted in the case being referred to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree.

On April 11, 2018 a misdemeanor warrant was issued for Joseph Bailor regarding this investigation.

On April 22, 2018 Joseph Bailor age 55 was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to this investigation by the Newport Police Department and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail with a bail of $50,000.

 

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Submitted by, 

Karl Vertner, Patrol Sergeant

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

(541) 265-4277x 0681




Attached Media Files: Booking Photo

News release
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/18 9:25 AM

TRAFFIC STOP TURNED INTO POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE CHARGE (04/16/18 - Lincoln County) During a traffic stop on Hwy 229, Deputy Derick Smith arrested Jeamilette Myrtha Legare-Morales of North Bend, Oregon on TWO outstanding FAIL TO APPEAR WARRANTS both out of Douglas County. One warrant was for POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE and the other warrant was for CRIMINAL MISCHIEF II, THEFT I AND POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. Legare-Morales was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on these warrants. During a pat down search in the jail, Deputy Mariah Colmenero located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine and pipe in the waistline of Legare-Morales pants. During a follow up search more baggies of suspected methamphetamine and another pipe was located in Legare-Morales’ bra and underwear. These items were turned over to Deputy Smith who in turn arrested Legare-Morales for UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE and lodged her in the Lincoln County Jail where she remains with a $50,000 bail.

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Prepared by: Marie Gainer

Sergeant - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Jail Division

251 W Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

mgainer@co.lincoln.or.us

(541) 265-0717 Office


Tip of the Week April 23, 2018
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/18 3:40 PM

While many of us are looking forward to enjoying the warmer weather, we must remind ourselves that some of our loved ones may find themselves in an uncomfortable predicament.  It could even result in their death.

We are speaking about our pets who accompany many of us on our trips and errands in a motor vehicle.  We should never leave our pet unattended in a parked car.  On warm days, the temperature in a car can rise to dangerous levels in minutes, even with the windows cracked open.

Here on the Oregon Coast, even on what seems like a cool but sunny day, inside car temperatures can become uncomfortable and even dangerously high enough to cause a pet to suffer heat stroke.  Dogs have a normal body temperature of 101 to 102.5 degrees.  They can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a very short period of time before suffering brain damage or even death.  Even immediate emergency care may not save your pet’s life.

The brief stop we plan to make at the store could stretch to 15 minutes or more before we know it.  Our mistake could cost our pet its life.  Leaving the windows cracked won't cool the car enough to protect our beloved pet, even if we have made water available.

Many pets may not care about a trip in the car, but we know that most dogs are excited about car rides.  Most dogs want to go with their owners everywhere, but when the weather turns warm, it may be safer to leave your pet at home or with a trusted friend.

If you observe a pet in a car under this circumstance, call dispatch at 541-265-0777.

For more tips and information, visit our web site at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 2018-04/5490/113745/042318-How_Long_Will_You_Be_Gone.pdf

Community Presentations: Cascadia Subduction Zone and Distant Tsunamis
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/19/18 11:40 AM

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the American Society of Civil Engineers are coordinating community presentations focusing on what you need to know and how to prepare for distant tsunamis and the Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.  The events are open to the public, free of charge, nor RSVP needed. We have also included an update from the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) on regional earthquake impacts.

Please see the attached media release for further details on the outreach event date, time and locations.

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For more information,

Virginia "Jenny" Demaris
Emergency Manager
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Emergency Management
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Attached Media Files: ASCE Unprepared Presentation Announcement , Lincoln County Cascadia Community Presentations Announcement , Media Release - Cascadia Community Presentations

Update on Missing Idanha Man
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 04/19/18 2:47 PM

 

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the search and rescue efforts continue into locating a missing man from Idanha.

Corey Allan Waterman, 37, from Idanha has not been seen since April 6, and was reported missing to the Sheriffs’ Office on April 8..

Deputies have searched in a private timber area south of Idanha where he was last seen.

Search teams include the Linn County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Posse, K-9 and ground teams and ATVs.  Searchers will be out again tomorrow in hopes of finding clues.

It is possible Waterman is not in this area and citizens are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office if they have seen Waterman or know of his location.

 

Missing Idanha Man

 

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are currently searching for a missing person, Corey Allan Waterman, 37, from Idanha.  Waterman was last seen walking up a logging road, off of Church Street in Idanha.

 

Yesterday at 9:08 a.m., Linn County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a call from Charles Ray Waterman of Idanha.  Charles said on April 6, 2018, at about 1:30 p.m., his brother Corey went for a walk on a forest road and did not return.  Corey normally takes walks on forest roads, but usually returns in the late evening.  Charles checked with friends and family and he has not been able to locate Corey.

 

Corey is described as 5’7” tall, and 175 pounds with short hair. Corey was last seen wearing brown pants and black boots.  Witnesses do not believe Corey is dressed for the weather conditions.

 

Linn County deputies are in the area and actively looking for Corey.  If you have any information, please call the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3950.

 

 

 

 


Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/24/18 4:13 PM
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Marion County Sheriff's Office Announces Speed Zone Changes near Donald - 4/24/2018

The Marion County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the City of Donald and the Marion County Public Works Department wants to make the public aware of a change in speed zones along Butteville Road NE south of the Donald city limits.

A 40 mph speed zone will be added just south of the Donald city limits. This new speed zone will begin approximately 1,000 feet south of the city limits and extend north to the existing 25 mph speed posting at the city limits. This posting will result in a 40 mph transition speed zone between the existing 55 mph and 25 mph speed postings. This will ensure drivers are slowing down and not entering the city at excessive speeds. The Sheriff's Office will continue to educate drivers and enforce traffic laws in and around the city of Donald.

Any questions regarding the speed zone change should be directed to the Marion County Public Works Department at 503-588-5036. For any enforcement related questions please call the Marion County Sheriff's Office Community Resource Unit at 503-588-5094.




Attached Media Files: Press Release Stock Photo

Deputies Locate Child (East Salem) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/23/18 11:41 PM
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Hunters parents have been located.  Deputies will be investigating to determine how Hunter wandered away from home.  There are no additional details available at this time.   

Tonight around 10:30 p.m. deputies found a 3 or 4 year old boy named Hunter wandering in the area of Lancaster and Auburn in Salem. Hunter told deptuies that he was on his way to the toy store and that his Father is home asleep and his mother is working.  Hunter was unable to guide deputies back to his home .

Deputies are asking  anyone who can help us locate Hunters parents to please call the Sheriff's Office 503 588 5032. 




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Early Morning Crash sends one to Hospital (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/21/18 12:46 PM
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Update-Road is clear

The Sheriff's Office CRASH Team has cleared the scene and the roads are now open.  The CRASH is still under investigation but the driver of the Black Ford Explorer, a 16 year old male from Salem, has been lodged at the Marion County Juvinile Detention Center on charges of Assault 2, Reckless Driving and Felony Hit and Run.

The passenger of the Black Ford Explorer is also a 16 year old male from Salem and he has been transfered to a Portland Hospital with serious injuries.  We will not be releasing either of the 16 year olds names or giving further medical information.

The Black Explorer was traveling at a speed and manner that was reckless east on Marht Av SE and ran into the Black Toyota as well as two other parked cars.  The exact speed is unknown at this time but will be determined later by the CRASH Team.  The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 26 year old Josue Amezquita Fonseca of Salem.  Mr Amezquita Fonseca was taken to the Salem Hospital by family with minor injuries.

No further details are available at this time.

 

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash involving several vehicles near Elma Av SE and Marht Av SE in Salem.  Deputies responded to the call at 4:51 AM and arrived within 5 minutes of the call to find one vehicle with significant damage in the yard of a residence and two other vehicles possibly involved.

The details as to what exactly occurred are still under investigation but initial information is the black Ford Explorer (pictured) was traveling east on Marht, went through the intersection at Elma and collided with a black Toyota pickup.  It appears there were two people in the Ford and one person in the Toyota.  The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team is on scene assisting deputies.  One person involved in the crash, a 16 year old male, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital with significant and potentially life threatening injuries.  The driver of one of the vehicles was contacted away from the crash scene a short time after deputies arrived.

Deputies believe speed was at least partially at cause of the accident.  The CRASH Team will be on scene for several more hours which will create delays in and around the accident scene until they have completed the investigation.  The Sheriff's Office is asking commuters to avoid this are for the next several hours.

No names will be released at this time until family members have been notified.  This release will be updated once the CRASH Team is able to determine additional information.




Attached Media Files: Scene photograph

Phone Scam circulating again-Marion County Sheriff's Office
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 04/20/18 2:53 PM

If you receive a phone call from someone saying they are from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the number that shows up is 503-850-7014, it is a scam. They may be using other Sheriff's Office names and addresses as well.  Marion County will not call and leave a message telling you to send money. 

As a reminder, please do not comply or give out any personal information if you were to receive this call.  Should you find yourself subject to this scam, please contact our Non-Emergency dispatch line at (503)588-5032.


**Update** Fatal Stabbing in Wolf Creek (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/23/18 9:58 AM
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Update

The victims have been identified as 64 year old Kevin MATTHEWS and 55 year old Helen MATTHEWS, both from Grants Pass.  Kevin MATTHEWS was deceased at the scene and Helen MATTHEWS was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatning injuries, where she was treated and released.

An additional charge of Assault in the Fourth Degree was added to WINN, who remains lodged at the Josephine County Jail.

End of Update

On April 20, 2018 at approximately 9:15 p.m., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a reported fatal stabbing in the Wolf Creek area of Jospehine County. 

Law enforcement responded and found the suspect, Kyle L. Winn (age 32 from the Grants Pass area) , had barricaded himself in a nearby residence. The Oregon State Police SWAT team responded to area. Winn was taken into custody, without incident, at 3:00 a.m. 

The victim was an adut male who Winn had just met on April 20, 2018. His name will be released at later time. The case is still under investigation. 

Winn was lodged at the Jospehine County Jail for Murder and a outstanding felony warrant for probation violation. 

Oregon State Police was assisted from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. 

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Fatal Crash Highway 212 -- Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/22/18 10:28 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal crash on Highway 212 and SE 130th Avenue near Happy Valley. 

On April 22, 2018 at about 4:58 p.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a motorcycle. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Kia Rio, operated by Uriy DUDKO, age 20, from West Plains MO, was stalled in the fast lane of Highway 212 heading eastbound.  A Honda B6S motorcycle operated by, Mitchell VANDOREN, age 25, from Milwaukie, was traveling eastbound on Highway 212 at a high rate of speed and hit the rear of the Kio Rio. 

DUDKO exited his vehicle to check the damage and then proceeded southbound onto SE 130th Ave. After going a short distance DUDKO again exited his vehicle to look at the crash scene. DUDKO again left the scene in his vehicle and was stopped by a Happy Valley Police Sergeant. DUDKO was arrested and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver to injured persons. VANDOREN was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators are looking at speed on VANDOREN’S part as a contributing factor in the crash. 

Highway 212 was closed  about 3 ½ hours for the investigation. 

OSP was assisted by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Happy Valley Police Department, Oregon Department of Transportation and Clackamas County Fire.

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Fatal Crash Highway 30 -- Clatsop County (Photo) -- County Correction
Oregon State Police - 04/22/18 8:32 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday afternoon’s fatal crash on Highway 30 near Astoria. 

On April 22, 2018, at 1:48 PM, OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a maroon Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Lori COURTWRIGHT,  age 43, from Warrenton, was eastbound when for an unknown reason crossed the double yellow centerline into the path of a westbound white Toyota Prius, driven by Douglas MORGAN, age 54, from Astoria.  The two vehicles collided nearly head-on. 

MORGAN died on scene as a result of the collision and COURTWRIGHT was taken to an air ambulance in Astoria and flown to a Portland area hospital with serious injuries. 

Highway 30 was closed for approximately three (3) hours for the investigation.  The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) provided traffic control and detour information to motorists.     

OSP was assisted on scene by John Day/Knappa Volunteer Fire Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Astoria Police Department and ODOT.

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Fatal Crash Highway 237 -- Union County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday morning’s double fatal crash on Highway 237 near Cove in Union County. 

On April 22, 2018 at 7:45 a.m., OSP troopers and first responders were dispatched to a rollover crash on Highway 237 near milepost 16.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white Ford F350 pickup, operated by David GRAY, age 34, from Baker City, was traveling southbound on Highway 237 near milepost 16 when the pickup exited the highway via the right-hand shoulder for unknown reasons. The pickup traveled down an embankment and rolled at least once before coming to rest on its top in a creek.

GRAY and passenger, Casey WENDT, age 27, from Baker City, were extricated from the vehicle and were both pronounced deceased on scene.

Highway 237 was closed for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Union County Sheriff's office, Cove Fire Department and La Grande Fire Department.

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Assault Investigation - Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
Oregon State Police - 04/22/18 10:53 AM

The Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an assault suspect.

On April 19, 2018, between noon and 3:00 PM, an adult male victim stated he was at Collins Beach #6 at the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area when he was approached by a nude male adult that was upset about the victim’s dog being off-leash. The victim stated that he was held down and punched repeatedly by the irate beach goer causing visible injury. The suspect has reportedly accosted others in the past regarding off-leash dogs on the wildlife area and is a regular at Collins Beach.

The suspect is described as a white male approximately 35-40 years old with a medium muscular build. The suspect is approximately 6’3” tall with a salt and pepper color crew cut hairstyle with a receding hairline.

OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers are continuing to investigate the assault and anybody with information on this suspect, including past encounters is asked to call the OSP Northern Command Center at OSP or email Trooper Joe Dezso at Joseph.Dezso@state.or.us.

No further information for release. 

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Fatal Crash Trans Pacific Highway -- Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/20/18 12:47 PM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning’s fatal crash on Trans Pacific Highway north of Coos Bay/North Bend. 

On April 20, 2018 at approximately 6:06 a.m., OSP troopers responded with the Coos County Sheriff's Office for a crash on Trans Pacific Highway near milepost 1.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white Chevy Caprice, operated by Jourdan ACKERMAN, age 30, from North Bend, was traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed and left the roadway for unknown reasons.  After leaving the roadway the Chevy Caprice collided with a power pole and came to rest near the bay.  The crash resulted in the fatality of ACKERMAN.  The passengers in the Chevy Caprice were identified as Zane WOOD, age 18, from Coos Bay and Rebekah AARON, age 19, from North Bend.  Both WOOD and AARON received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Bay Area Hospital. 

Investigators are looking at speed as a contributing factor in the crash.  

The crash is being investigated in coordination with Coos County Interagency Crash Team with OSP as the primary investigating agency. 

OSP was assisted by the Coos County Sheriff's Office, Myrtle Point Police Department, Coquille Police Department, North Bend Fire Department, North Bay Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Coos County District Attorney’s Office and Pacific Power. 

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Fatal Crash Highway 97 near Klamath Falls -- Update Names Released (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/19/18 9:11 AM
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s fatal crash on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls. 

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at approximately 7:40am, OSP Troopers and First Responders were dispatched to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97, near milepost 266.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold Buick Century operated by Timothy KENYON, age 27, from Klamath Falls, was attempting to turn onto Highway 97 from Algoma Road.  However, for unknown reasons, KENYON turned directly in front of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), which was traveling northbound on Highway 97.  The CMV, operated by Robert GRIFFITH, age 32, from Central Point, was unable to avoid the collision and crashed into the Buick.

KENYON was ejected from the Buick and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Buick, Cassandra DAVIS, age 28, from Klamath Falls, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  GRIFFITH was not injured.

Highway 97 was closed for about seven (7) hours with a detour put in place by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire District and ODOT.

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Oregon State Police, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and EPA joint investigation into unlawful wastewater discharge
Oregon State Police - 04/19/18 8:33 AM

On April 19, 2018, the Oregon State Police (OSP), with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services executed a criminal search warrant at the business of Oregon Oils, Inc. located at 2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon. The joint OSP and EPA investigation began in early February of 2018 after investigators learned about possible violations of the State and Federal laws pertaining to wastewater treatment and discharges. The City of Portland administers an industrial wastewater discharge permit for the facility and is assisting with the effort.

This case remains under investigation by the OSP and the EPA. Inquiries about the investigation can be directed to the Oregon State Police’s Captain Tim Fox, at (541) 419-8843.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality work in partnership to investigate and enforce Oregon’s Environmental laws. You can report pollution complaints to the DEQ Hotline at 1-888-997-7888 or to the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.


Jackson County Grand Jury Indicts Man on Sex Charges (Photo)
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On April 17, 2018, a Jackson County Grand Jury indicted eighteen year old Daniel Michael Cooley on one count of Rape in the first degree, one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the first degree and one count of Sexual Abuse in the first degree. The charges are related to a several month long investigation by the Oregon State Police in multiple counties.  The current charges involve a juvenile female who was reportedly under 11 years old at the time some of the offences occurred.

Cooley was arrested on March 14, 2018, in Josephine County where he remains lodged on a $100,000 bail. On March 20, 2018, a Josephine County Grand Jury indicted Cooley on two counts of Sexual Abuse in the first degree and one count of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the second degree. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming in separate counties. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at (541) 618-7957.     




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Fatal Crash Highway 97 near Klamath Falls (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Wednesday morning’s fatal crash on Highway 97 north of Klamath Falls. 

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at approximately 7:40am, OSP Troopers and First Responders were dispatched to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 97, near milepost 266.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a gold Buick Century was attempting to turn onto Highway 97 from Algoma Road. However, for unknown reasons, the driver turned directly in front of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV), which was traveling northbound on Highway 97.  The CMV was unable to avoid the collision and crashed into the Buick.

The driver of the Buick was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger of the Buick was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  The driver of the CMV was not injured.

Names of those involved are being withheld pending next of kin notification. 

Highway 97 is still currently closed with a detour put in place by Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).  Motorists should check www.tripcheck.com for traffic updates.  OSP was assisted by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Klamath County Fire District and ODOT.

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Medical
Eugene celebrates PeaceHealth Rides, the city's first bike share program (Photo)
PeaceHealth - 04/20/18 2:48 PM
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EUGENE, Ore.— PeaceHealth Rides hit the ground running yesterday at an outdoor party to celebrate Eugene’s first bike-share program.

Community leaders, cycling enthusiasts and other interested citizens gathered at the Eugene Water & Electric Board River Edge Public Plaza to enjoy music and food while checking out some of 300 sturdy, blue PeaceHealth-branded bikes now available to rent from 35 kiosks around the city. Some guests took a “celebration spin” along the nearby river path.

“Today, I represent one of the many community partners who were instrumental in helping to deliver the vision of a public bike share system,” Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis said. “We are all thrilled to have PeaceHealth as the title sponsor of PeaceHealth Rides because they are an organization that cares as deeply about the health and livability of our community as we do.”

Bike share is an innovative transportation alternative to cars and buses. For a modest charge—$1 for 15 minutes or $15 a month for most users—riders can pick up and drop off bicycles for one-way trips. Although bicycles can be locked to any bike rack within the system area, PeaceHealth Rides stations are located near high-traffic businesses, restaurants, health-care facilities, parks and other popular destinations.

It’s a healthy, environmentally friendly and congestion-reducing transportation alternative that cities around the world are embracing. Several Northwest cities, including Portland, Seattle and Boise, have incorporated bike share systems.

“Promoting personal and community health is one of the foundations of our PeaceHealth Mission, and we can’t think of an easier and more enjoyable way to build muscle, improve balance and coordination, decrease stress and boost cardiovascular fitness than a daily spin on a PeaceHealth Rides bike,” said Susan Blane, PeaceHealth Oregon director of community health. “This program also offers a new transportation option to community members who struggle to access health care and other social services. We want everyone in the community to be able to experience the health benefits, utility and joy of bike share, without price being a barrier.”

Eugene’s 35 stations are clustered in the downtown core, Whiteaker neighborhood and University of Oregon campus (including PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District). There’s also a standalone station at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, intended for use by hospital patients, visitors and caregivers.

Working with our partners and a variety of community organizations, PeaceHealth Rides will be offering both subsidized and reduced fare options to those in need. PeaceHealth Rides is also working to incorporate adaptive rental bikes into the fleet to ensure the program is ADA accessible.

“Eugene is so ready to embrace this program,” said Lindsey Hayward, general manager for PeaceHealth Rides, which is operated by JUMP Bikes under a contract with the city. “PeaceHealth Rides is the culmination of years of planning and research, and we’re confident it will be successful. And we’re so excited to be partnering with a health-care organization that’s committed to the health and wellness of all citizens.”

Speakers at the Launch Party were:

  • Mayor Lucy Vinis, city of Eugene
  • Susan Blane, director of community health, PeaceHealth
  • Paul Esselstyn, PeaceHealth heart patient
  • Kris Winter, associate vice president and dean of students, University of Oregon
  • Carl Yeh, board member, Lane Transit District Board of Directors

To learn more about PeaceHealth Rides, including cost, rental instructions and station locations, visit www.peacehealthrides.com.

About PeaceHealth Rides

PeaceHealth Rides is a form of active transportation where users can pick up and drop off publicly available bicycles for one-way trips across the city.  Bike share conveniently and affordably complements other forms of transit, keeping you healthy and on the go. The bike share program is a partnership with the City of Eugene, University of Oregon, Lane Transit District, Social Bicycles by JUMP Bikes and title sponsor PeaceHealth. For more information, visit https://www.peacehealthrides.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthRides.

About PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org. or follow PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthOregon.




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Utilities
NW Natural Gives $75,000 to Oregon Harbor of Hope (Photo)
NW Natural - 04/23/18 1:00 PM
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Multi-year Grant Will Provide Operational Support for the New Navigation Center for Homeless Aid

PORTLAND, Ore. — Joining local business leaders, NW Natural has committed a $75,000 donation that will be granted over the next three years to the new Oregon Harbor of Hope (OHOH) navigation center.

“As longtime business residents of the downtown corridor, every day we witness the homeless crisis. We’re glad to join Oregon Harbor of Hope in support of its vision and work to transition people to the next step of care,” said Von Summers, community relations manager for NW Natural.

The company’s donation will be used by OHOH for operational support of mobile shower and laundry units, medical care, and the development of a new transitional facility for the homeless – a project recently kick-started by a significant donation from Portland-area business leader Tim Boyle. The facility will be located on land donated by the City of Portland near the western end of the Broadway Bridge.

OHOH founder and real estate developer Homer Williams is committed to raising funds from private sector businesses and individuals to cover the cost of operating the 24-7 navigation center.

“We cannot rely on one single person or organization to solve this crisis,” said Williams. “Making our vision of safe harbor communities a reality will take the support and talent of so many, and we’re grateful to NW Natural for stepping up as one of our first contributors.”

NW Natural’s donation to OHOH is one of many that the company invests in each year. In 2017, NW Natural shareholders gave nearly $1 million as part of its annual Corporate Philanthropy Fund. One of the company’s primary focus areas for charitable giving last year included 11 grants totaling $60,500 to the region’s leading authorities in health and human services.

To learn more about OHOH and its programs, visit www.oregonharborofhope.org.  

About Oregon Harbor of Hope (OHOH)

The mission of OHOH is to motivate the private sector of Portland and region to assume a leadership role in meeting the many challenges of homelessness and lack of a broad range of housing choices for all people. Founded in 2016 by longtime Portland developer Homer Williams, OHOH is an Oregon non-profit public benefit corporation, recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue Service and registered with the Charities Division of the Office of the Oregon Attorney General. OHOH is funded entirely by private sector donations and loans.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 740,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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Military
Oregon National Guard participates in University of Oregon Spring Game (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 04/21/18 7:13 PM
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PHOTO CAPTIONS:

180421-A-VK948-001: Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Fighter Jets fly over Autzen Stadium prior to the University of Oregon Ducks Football Spring Game, April 21, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by 1st Lt Jessica Clarke, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180421-A-VK948-002: University of Oregon ROTC cadets present the U.S. flag during a pre-game ceremony for the University of Oregon Ducks Football Spring Game at Autzen Stadium, April 21, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by 1st Lt Jessica Clarke, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180421-A-VK948-003: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Alexander Wolf, with the 1186th Military Police Company, pauses for a photo with fans prior to the University of Oregon Ducks Football Spring Game, April 21, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by 1st Lt Jessica Clarke, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

180421-A-VK948-004: The Oregon National Guard Funeral Honors Team presents the U.S. flag during a ceremony at halftime during the University of Oregon Ducks Football Spring Game at Autzen Stadium, April 21, in Eugene, Oregon. Veterans from every branch of service participated in Military Appreciation Day activities during the game. (Photo by 1st Lt Jessica Clarke, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

 




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Federal
Break-in at BPA substation threatens power service, endangers employees
Bonneville Power Administration - 04/20/18 12:25 PM

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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2018
 

Portland, Ore. – Bonneville Power Administration security officials report that a recent break-in at the McNary Substation in Umatilla, Oregon, resulted in the theft of 29 copper ground wires. The substation is McNary Dam’s first point of integration to the region’s power grid. 

A BPA employee discovered the theft Monday morning during a routine inspection. Officials say the crime likely occurred over the weekend, between April 13 and 16. 

“This is a serious concern on several levels,” said Doug Dailey, BPA physical security specialist. “The number of copper grounds stolen creates a safety issue for our transmission employees and could have caused significant damage to equipment had it not been discovered.”

Officials say there was no interruption of power transmission and that they are evaluating the damage to determine what resources are needed to make necessary repairs.

The BPA Security Office is taking additional steps to further secure property, equipment and materials to minimize and prevent theft at other BPA facilities.

“We learned that this break-in is one of four similar incidents at utility substations in the area over the past couple of months,” said Dailey. “We are coordinating closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Additionally, our people have been checking other BPA substations near McNary to determine if any of those locations have been affected.” 

Anyone with information about the theft is encouraged to contact the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office at 541-966-3600.

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 143 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 260 substations to 511 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


BLM Seeks Nominations to Resource Advisory Councils
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 04/20/18 9:56 AM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on 30 citizen-based sounding boards for BLM initiatives, proposals, and policy changes.

Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 37 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. Of those committees, 30 are RACs. Each Council consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, and they assist in the development of committee recommendations that address public land management issues. Established by charter, RACs are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in the communities that the agency serves.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said BLM State Director Jamie E. Connell. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on a Council. Nominees, who must be residents of the state or states where the RAC has jurisdiction, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the Council’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. Letters of reference must accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications.

Each of the 30 RACs has different positions open in the following categories:

Category One – Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the commercial timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation.

Category Two – Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three – Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, Alaska Natives as appropriate to the state of Alaska; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

The BLM administers 8 advisory councils and committees in Oregon and Washington. More information, including an Oregon/Washington RAC boundary map, can be found online at https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington.

As published in a notice in today’s Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days (until June 4, 2018).  Requests for more information, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM personnel listed below:

Coastal Oregon RAC

Megan Harper, BLM Coos Bay District Office, 1300 Airport Lane, North Bend, OR 97459, 541-751-4353.

 

Eastern Washington RAC

Jeff Clark, BLM Spokane District Office, 1103 North Fancher Road, Spokane, WA 99212, 509-536-1297.

 

John Day-Snake RAC

Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

 

Northwest Oregon RAC

Jennifer Velez, BLM Northwest Oregon District Office, 1717 Fabry Road SE, Salem, OR 97306, 541-222-9241.

 

San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee

Marcia de Chadenedes, BLM San Juan Islands National Monument Office,

P.O. Box 3, 37 Washburn Avenue, Lopez Island, Washington  98261, 360-468-3051.

 

Southeast Oregon RAC

Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 S. G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

 

Southwest Oregon RAC

Christina Breslin, BLM Medford District Office, 3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504, 541-618-2371.

 

Steens Mountain Advisory Council

Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR  97738, 541-573-4519.

 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.


State
DPSST Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/23/18 2:09 PM

For Immediate Release                                          

April 23, 2018

Contact: Mona Riesterer
                (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on May 2, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1.  Introductions

2.  Minutes Meeting Minutes Meeting
Approve Minutes of February 7, 2018 Meeting

3.  ORS 183.405-Five Year Review of Agency Rules Adopted Informational Update

Presented by Jennifer Howald

4.  Proposed Rule Changes for OARs 259-007-0010, 259-008-0070, 259-009-0070, 259-020-0200, 259-060-0300 and 259-061-0300; Board Disapproval of a Policy Committee Recommendation

Presented by Jennifer Howald

5.  Admin Closures – Telecommunicator/Emergency Medical Dispatcher

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

6.  Brooks, Debbie DPSST #33906 – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Telecommunicator Certifications and Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification; Lane County Sheriff’s Office

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

7.  Stolt, Jennifer DPSST #42217 – Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications; Junction City Police Department

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8.  Tobin, Kenneth DPSST # 21784 – Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certifications; Willamette Valley Communication Center

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9.  Staff Update

10. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Telecommunications Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting

 

Background Information ##

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

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

 


DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/19/18 9:39 AM

For Immediate Release                                          

April 19, 2018

Contact:              Mona Riesterer
                              (503) 378-2431

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon.  The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group.  Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1.  Introductions

2.  Approval of Meeting Minutes

Approve the minutes of the February 13, 2018 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

3.  Review of Pilot Curriculum – BPP76

Presented by Chris Enquist

4.  Quarterly Review of DOC BCC

Presented by Robert Sigleer

5.  ORS 183.405 – Five Year Review of Agency Rules Adopted Information Update

Presented by Jennifer Howald

6.  Proposed Rule Changes for OARs 259-007-0010, 259-008-0070, 259-009-0070, 259-020-0200, 259-060-0300 and 259-061-0300; Board Disapproval of a Policy Committee Recommendation

Presented by Jennifer Howald

7.  Administrative Closures-Corrections

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8.  Edison, James DPSST #38290 – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications; Department of Corrections – PRCI

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9.  Lagao, Mario DPSST #53203 – Basic Corrections Certifications; Department of Corrections-EOCI

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10. Hanson, Shawn K. DPSST #58352 – Application for Training and Subsequent Certification; Department of Corrections – CCCF

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11. Beers, Tyler DPSST #58455 – Application for Training and Subsequent Certification; Department of Corrections – EOCI

Presented by Kristen Hibberds

12.  Department Update

13.  Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting – August 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Corrections Policy Committee members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


DPSST Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/19/18 9:26 AM

For Immediate Release                                          

April 18, 2018

Contact:              Linsay Hale

                              503-378-2427

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup will hold a regular meeting on April 26, 2018 at 1:30.  The meeting will be held at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE Salem, Oregon 97317. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above. 

Agenda Items:

  1. Discussion regarding Supervisory, Management and Executive level training for criminal justice professionals – Dr. Steve James, Washington State University
  2. Next Steps

Administrative Announcement

This is a public meeting, subject to the public meeting law and it will be recorded. Deliberation of issues will only be conducted by Criminal Justice Management/Executive Certification Workgroup members unless permitted by the Chair. Individuals who engage in disruptive behavior that impedes official business will be asked to stop being disruptive or leave the meeting. Additional measures may be taken to have disruptive individuals removed if their continued presence poses a safety risk to the other persons in the room or makes it impossible to continue the meeting.

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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


Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair - Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies (Photo)
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 04/18/18 2:23 PM
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The Oregon Association of Chief of Police, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Oregon Peace Officers Association, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) are pleased to host the Oregon Law Enforcement  Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem on Friday, April 20, 2018  and Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Both days will run from 10 am to 2 pm and more than three dozen agencies will be in attendance.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "across the state law enforcement agencies are looking to hire men and women from diverse backgrounds who are problem solvers interested in engaging with community members to help make communities safe.  With baby boomers getting ready to retire, there are more than 500 current vacancies and there will be many more to follow as more than 1,000 currently employed police, corrections and parole and probation officers and 9-1-1 operators around Oregon will be eligible to retire over the next three years.”

Gabliks said “The event will run from 10 am to 2 pm on both days and will not only allow interested applicants (friends and family members) to meet representatives from dozens of law enforcement agencies but also find out about the various career opportunities available that range from police, corrections and parole and probation officers; 9-1-1 operators; lab and evidence technicians; crime analysts; forensic chemists; nurses; and many others.  Specialties such as K-9, explosives technicians, marine patrol, tactical, and motor patrol will also be on hand to answer questions and display their equipment.”

Both days of the two-day event will also feature three panel discussions - Why Policing in 2018; Women in Law Enforcement; Military to Law Enforcement: Continuing to Serve.  Gabliks said "In previous years the panel discussions have been well attended and have allowed applicants (and friends and family members) interested in career opportunities to hear first-hand from those currently working in the field what to expect, what a day is like, what challenges and rewards they have experienced, what they wished they would have known when they applied, etc.  Each session includes active question and answer sessions."

A new statewide law enforcement careers webpage is a great tool for interested applicants, OregonPoliceJobs.com  Gabliks said “This is a new webpage that is an amazing tool that will help get the word out on what is available around the state at a centralized location"  

For more information http://www.oregon.gov/dpsst/HR/PublishingImages/2018%20Career%20Fair.pdf

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New grants fund key veteran service projects across the state (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 04/18/18 10:01 AM
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The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs this week awarded grants totaling more than half a million dollars to fund key projects that will improve veterans’ access to transportation, housing, health care and other vital services across the state.

The grants are funded through the Veteran Services Grant Fund, a new program established by the Legislature during the 2017 session. Based on the funding available, the evaluation committee selected 10 outstanding proposals from nonprofit, governmental and community organizations that are already providing significant and much-needed services to Oregon veterans and their families.

“Our partners are our greatest asset,” said Mitch Sparks, ODVA acting director. “They are doing amazing and innovative work to ensure all of our veterans have access to the care and benefits they deserve, and we are thrilled to be able to support and expand that work.”

The response to this new grant program was remarkable, as a total of 59 grant proposals were submitted, with requests in excess of $5.3 million — almost 10 times the amount of funding available.

Sparks said the response clearly highlights the large community of organizations who are doing important work for veterans statewide, as well as the many critical needs that still exist.

“This is a starting point,” Sparks said. “Through this process, we now have first-hand information that details the gaps in local services, with proposed solutions directly from the providers in those areas. We will be sharing this information with our legislative partners, and we are hopeful this program will be renewed for another round of funding.”

The Veteran Services Grant Fund receives funding from Lottery revenues, as authorized by Measure 96, which Oregon voters approved overwhelmingly in 2016. ODVA and its partners in the veteran community are grateful for the continued support and bipartisan leadership of Gov. Kate Brown, the Legislature and citizens across the state.

The complete list of grant awardees and their projects may be found here: www.oregon.gov/odva/Connect/Documents/Grants/2017-Veteran-Services-Grant/VeteranServicesGrantRecipients.pdf.




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New Medicare cards are coming: what beneficiaries need to know
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/24/18 10:38 AM

(Salem) – Oregonians with Medicare coverage will be issued a new card from the federal government by the end of June. Each person’s new card will have a unique Medicare number, instead of a Social Security number, to prevent fraud and identity theft. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will automatically mail the new cards, at no cost, to each beneficiary's address on file with Social Security. 

Here’s what Oregonians on Medicare can expect, and what they should know:
•    Make sure Social Security has your current address. You can update your address online by signing in to or creating a “my Social Security” account at ssa.gov. 
•    Don’t worry if you get your new card before or after friends or family members here in Oregon or in other states. The cards are being sent on a variety of dates to prevent mail theft.
•    When your new Medicare card arrives, destroy the old one. Do it in a secure manner, such as shredding it.
•    Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They should be ready to accept your new card when you need care.
•    Even people with a Medicare plan through a private insurance company, also known as a Medicare Advantage plan, will get a new Medicare card from the federal government. Keep it in a safe place, but continue to use the member card your insurance company sent you. 
•    Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Protect your Medicare number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers. Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.

More information is available at go.medicare.gov/newcard. Oregonians also can contact the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program with questions. SHIBA’s phone number is 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free), and the line is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Oregon SHIBA 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.


Ceremony will honor fallen Oregon workers April 27
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 04/24/18 9:10 AM

(Salem) – It’s a day to remember those who died on the job. It’s a day to grieve with families, friends, and communities. It’s a day to renew our responsibility to create and maintain safe and healthy workplaces. Oregon workers who died on the job will be honored with a ceremony Friday, April 27, at noon in Salem. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) and the Oregon AFL-CIO invite all Oregonians to attend the Workers Memorial Day observance.

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

The ceremony will include the reading of the names of Oregon workers who died on the job in 2017.

“We must continually renew our efforts to seek stronger safety and health protection and improve standards and enforcement so that we can prevent tragedies like these in the future,” said Gov. Brown.

“Oregon’s workers make significant sacrifices every day to serve their communities and their state,” Alonso Leon said. “I am honored to be reading the names of our fallen workers to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all. As a legislator, I am committed to serving Oregonians and their families to ensure that they are safe and healthy in the workplace.”

Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood and Oregon AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byrd will also be among the event speakers.

Oregon workplaces are safer today than in previous decades. Yet, there are still far too many preventable on-the-job deaths each year.

“On Workers Memorial Day, we mourn fallen workers and members of the armed services who died in the line of work and duty,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “Through that mourning, we will reinvigorate our commitment to fight as hard as we can for the living by making sure Oregon's workers are getting the right gear, the right training, and the right precautions to do their jobs as safely as possible.”

Through a partnership of labor, business, and government working together to bolster on-the-job safety and health, Oregon’s fatality and injury and illness rates have steadily declined for decades.

Nevertheless, there is room for improvement.

“Each name that will be read during Workers Memorial Day tells a story of dreams lost, of family, friends, and co-workers grieving the untimely death of a friend or loved one,” Wood said. “And each story is a reminder that we must strengthen our efforts to fully confront the risks of death in our workplaces, and to identify and eliminate their causes.”

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

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

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

The Oregon AFL-CIO is the statewide federation of affiliated unions, representing over 300,000 working Oregonians.  Learn more at www.oraflcio.org.

 


PSA - Spring forest burning is planned to reduce risk of summer wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/24/18 5:33 PM

Start date: April 24, 2018

Kill date: May 31, 2018

30-sec. PSA - # 1

Each spring, forest landowners prevent fires by starting fires. Controlled burns reduce hazardous woody debris. That way, when summer comes there is less fuel to feed wildfires. These spring burns are carefully planned to limit smoke entering communities. In contrast, weather patterns during the summer often hold wildfire smoke close to the ground for many days. Learn more about controlled burning from the Oregon Department of Forestry website.

30-sec. PSA - # 2

Last year’s bad wildfire season has passed. Along with the flames and destruction, Oregonians suffered through weeks of thick smoke. This spring, forest landowners are conducting controlled burns to clean up excess woody debris. Burning when weather conditions are right limits smoke entering communities. It also reduces the risk of high-intensity wildfires later on. Learn more about controlled burning from the Oregon Department of Forestry website.


Oregon Department of Forestry prepares for 2018's wildfires with seasonal hiring, contracting, training and technology (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/23/18 3:00 PM
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SALEM, Ore. — With smoke from the 2017 wildfires still fresh in the minds of Oregonians, the Oregon Department of Forestry is already gearing up for this summer’s wildfires.

The agency’s Interim Fire Operations Manager Blake Ellis said a lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes each winter and spring. “We work to ensure firefighters are equipped and ready to respond quickly and effectively to wildfires all year, with a special emphasis on being staffed and ready for the drier months,” said Ellis. ” We essentially double our firefighting forces going into the summer, when wildfire risk is highest.”

Readiness activities include:

  • Contracts and agreements for firefighting equipment, aircraft and other resources have been signed
  • A new policy governing use of remotely piloted aerial vehicles (also known as drones or UAVs) has been adopted. These systems will support fire protection and natural resource management.
  • Hiring of seasonal firefighters is underway. New firefighters will attend training at ODF and interagency fire schools across the state in June.
  • Permanent and returning firefighters will take fire line refresher training over the next two months.
  • Hundreds of miles of fire hose have been cleaned and rolled, ready for use statewide.

Last year ODF had great success testing out infrared technology. Carried on aerial vehicles, the equipment was able to see through heavy smoke on two Oregon wildfires – Horse Prairie and Eagle Creek. These systems provide sharp images and real-time fire mapping for fire managers, boosting safety and tactical planning. This year ODF is incorporating these technologies into its toolkit.

ODF’s Aviation Manager Neal Laugle said the increasing use of various types of aircraft in recent years highlights the importance of keeping up with new technology to achieve the agency’s mission. “From detection to fire mapping and active wildfire suppression, aircraft continue to play a critical role in the fight to save lives, resources and property,” said Laugle.

Last year, contracted aircraft flew 1,477 hours on firefighting missions for ODF, more than 100 hours above average, he said. For 2018 the agency has contracted the same number of aircraft as last year.

“We have 27 aircraft based across the state, including helicopters, fixed-wing detection planes, single-engine air tankers and a large airtanker, all of which we’ve secured for our exclusive use. We also have call-when needed agreements with a number of companies for additional firefighting aircraft. Among these agreements is one for the use of a 747 modified to carry 19,000 gallons of retardant should the situation warrant.”

ODF will continue to have access to aviation resources from other states and federal agencies upon request.

“Uncontrolled fires can be devastating. Our relationships with our partners are invaluable to support prevention and suppression efforts statewide," said Ellis.

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Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet in Medford May 2
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/19/18 10:07 AM

News Release

Date:     April 19, 2018

Contact:

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

 

SALEM, Ore.—The Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committee will meet Wednesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Avenue, Medford.

Agenda items that the committee will discuss and may take action on include:

  • Private Forests Division update
  • Siskiyou streamside literature review
  • Tethered logging
  • Marbled Murrelet rule analysis
  • Food plots rulemaking
  • Incentives


This is a public meeting and everyone is welcome. The agenda includes time for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The meeting space is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. For more information about attending the meeting please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502.
 
Regional Forest Practices Committees are advisory groups made up of forest landowners and the public who advise the board on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Additional information about Regional Forest Practices Committees is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/RFPC.aspx.
 
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Oregon Board of Forestry meets April 25 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/18 8:37 AM

News Release

Date:  April 18, 2018

Contact:  Megan Ehnle, Board of Forestry Executive Support, Cell: 503-302-5603

 

Salem, ORE – The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in Salem on April 25. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem.

Agenda items include:

  • Oregon Department of Forestry Fiscal Report – An update on the agency’s current financial status.
  • 2019 – 21 Biennial Budget Policy Packages – Presenting the agency’s proposed policy option packages for the 2019 – 21 biennium.
  • Agency Initiative: 2019 – 2021 Agency Biennial Budget Request – Status update on the agency initiative development, including the draft framework and strategy to finalize the work for the Board to consider at the upcoming June meeting.
  • Update from the USDA Regional Forester, PNW Research Station Director, and Oregon State Forester – Updates on the ongoing partnership that include the 2017 fire season close-out, Good Neighbor Authority, fire season preparedness, and joint research topics.
  • Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee testimony – FTLAC comments and information on state forests.
  • Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan – State Forests Division staff will present proposed building principles, definitions of financial viability and conservation, and a modified FMP Content Table.
  • Forest Practices Act (FPA) Rule Enforcement Policy Review/Rule Process Relating to Marbled Murrelet Sites – Private Forests Division staff will present an overview of a draft Technical Report for Marbled Murrelets and seek direction to move forward with an expert review of the report.
  • Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust – Overview of the history, mission, and key programs of the trust, and recommending the Board endorse the trust’s strategic plan.

Agenda materials are available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling the department’s Public Affairs Office, at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

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Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Federal Forests meets April 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/18/18 8:31 AM

News Release

Date:  April 18, 2018

Contact:  Megan Ehnle, Board of Forestry Executive Support, Cell: 503-302-5603

 

Salem, ORE – The Oregon Board of Forestry Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet in Salem on April 24. The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Santiam Room, Operations Building D, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem.

Agenda items include:

  • An overview of the Federal Forest Restoration Program, Good Neighbor Authority and HB 4118
  • Information and discussion about priorities for fuel reduction treatments
  • An update and review of current federal policy work

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling the department’s Public Affairs Office, at least 48 hours in advance, at 503-945-7200.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

 

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OHA amends 2018 CCO capitation rates
Oregon Health Authority - 04/24/18 3:35 PM

Media availability: Laura Robison, OHA’s chief financial officer and Chelsea Guest, OHA’s manager of actuarial services, will be available to answer questions at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 25. To participate, please call 877-873-8017 and enter the participant code 8257371.

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April 24, 2018

OHA amends 2018 CCO capitation rates

The Oregon Health Authority has amended and finalized 2018 capitation rates for coordinated care organizations (CCOs). These rates are the per-member-per-month amounts the state pays CCOs to coordinate health care for nearly 1 million Oregonians on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).

The adjustment will result in an average net payment of $427.70 per month for each member, which is $8.04 more than the initial 2018 rate, and $21.49 more than the average per-member-per month payment in 2017, an increase of 5.3 percent.

“OHA set 2018 rates last fall, but we committed to review the impact of recent eligibility renewals and update rates, if needed,” said Laura Robison, OHA’s chief financial officer. “The majority of the increase is driven by the impact of these renewals.”

The amended rates also include the 1.5 percent managed care tax and the reduction of Health Share of Oregon's rates due to the February 1 transition of FamilyCare members to Health Share of Oregon. As of February 1, Health Share of Oregon’s average rate decreased by 0.6 percent due to the member transition, reflecting the lower average health risk of FamilyCare’s members relative to Health Share of Oregon’s existing members.

CCOs' capitation payments are divided into 12 rate categories. The rates take into account the average cost for members in these specific categories. For example, the state pays CCOs more for members who are disabled than it does for children because members who are disabled generally have higher health care costs.

Why did renewals increase the CCO capitation rates?

After Cover Oregon failed in 2014, the state received permission from the federal government to hold off on annual Medicaid renewal reviews until it could implement a new renewal system. The state implemented the new Oregon Eligibility (ONE) system in late 2016 and completed renewal reviews for the final group of cases in August 2017.

During this effort OHA determined that more than 67,000 members were still eligible for Medicaid benefits, but more than 47,000 no longer qualified, either because they didn’t meet the income criteria or because they didn’t respond to the state's letters requesting additional information.

On average, CCOs had been spending less on these members because they were healthier and needed fewer services. This shift in the CCO membership left fewer healthy members in the system to compensate for the higher costs of less-healthy members who continued to qualify for Medicaid.

“The rate-setting process already accounts for natural fluctuations in the Medicaid market," Robison said. "But we needed to make an adjustment because such a large number of members were deemed ineligible at one time.”

“We don’t expect this to be an issue going forward, as we have finished the renewal eligibility work and the ONE system reviews Medicaid eligibility annually,” added Robison.

Since 2012 Oregon has avoided $2.2 billion in Medicaid costs through the coordinated care system and other health system reforms. A recent independent evaluation of the first five years of Oregon’s Medicaid waiver found Oregon’s health reforms lowered per-member costs compared to Washington’s Medicaid program.

“Now that enrollment has stabilized, we look forward to working with our CCO partners to build on Oregon’s success in reducing health care costs," Robison said. "We want to use the lessons we’ve learned in the first five years of health system transformation to further improve the quality of care and meet our cost-saving targets.”

A full breakdown of final amended 2018 CCO rates is on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/OHPRates/2018-Aggregate-CCO-Rate-Comparison.pdf

Additional information is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/OHP-Rates.aspx

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Be aware of harmful algae blooms this summer
Oregon Health Authority - 04/23/18 1:42 PM

April 23, 2018

Media contact: Delia Hernández, 503-522-7179, phd.communications@state.or.us

Be aware of harmful algae blooms this summer

Increasing temperatures create potential for toxins in water

As summer approaches, the Oregon Health Authority is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be alert for harmful algae blooms when recreating in Oregon lakes, rivers and reservoirs.

Most blooms are harmless but under the right conditions some can produce toxins capable of causing illness in people and animals.

If toxin levels are above OHA guideline values for human health, the agency issues a health advisory warning people to stay out of affected water to avoid illness. This year after evaluating current research, OHA is reducing the toxin guideline values to further protect the public. Although this change should not affect the number of advisories that may be issued, it could affect the length of time an advisory is in place. This is because it may take longer for toxins to drop below these reduced values.

Since only a fraction of Oregon’s fresh waters are monitored, OHA advises people to stay out of the water if it looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint and pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color. Exposure to toxins can cause skin rash, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting, numbness, dizziness and fainting. Children and pets are most vulnerable to illness due to their size and level of activity. Note that OHA guideline values are for human health; animals are much more sensitive than people. Within hours of being exposed to extremely low levels of the toxin, dogs can become gravely ill and even die.

Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people with skin sensitivities can develop a rash when wading, playing or swimming in or around a bloom. More serious symptoms occur when water is swallowed while swimming, or through inhalation of water droplets via high-speed activities such as water-skiing.

By being aware of signs of a bloom and taking proper precautions when a bloom is suspected, people can continue to visit their favorite lake, river or reservoir and enjoy water activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is also safe when speeds do not create excessive water spray.

To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, you can visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at healthoregon.org/hab or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

For health information or to report an illness, contact OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup meets April 20 in Wilsonville and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 04/19/18 4:41 PM

April 19, 2018

Contact: Jennifer Uhlman, 503-939-5267, .m.uhlman@state.or.us">jennifer.m.uhlman@state.or.us  (meeting information or accommodation)

Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup meets April 20 in Wilsonville and by webinar

What: A public meeting of the Health Aspects of Kindergarten Readiness Technical Workgroup

When: April 20, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E., Wilsonville

The public may also attend by webinar or by conference call at 877-848-7030, participant code 695684. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6656206289436141313.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; reflections from March meeting; scope and work plan refresher; review draft conceptual framework; review draft criteria for measure recommendations; public comments open at 4:45 p.m.

Details: For more information including a full agenda, please visit the technical workgroup’s website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/KR-Health.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

•         Sign language and spoken language interpreters

•         Written materials in other languages

•         Braille

•         Large print

•         Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, ugman@state.or.us">melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 

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Toxic Free Kids Program Rules Advisory Committee to meet April 23, May 9, May 14
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/18 4:25 PM

April 18, 2018

Toxic Free Kids Program Rules Advisory Committee to meet April 23, May 9, May 14

What: A series of public meetings of the Toxic Free Kids Program Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to implement requirements set forth by SB 478 of the 2015 legislative session

Agenda: Provide background information and purpose of RAC; review the rulemaking process; review draft rule language; request input and feedback; discuss next steps

When: April 23, 9 a.m.-noon via teleconference; May 9, 9 a.m.-noon (in person); May 14, 9 a.m.-noon (in person, if needed)

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting on May 9 will be in Room 1E; the May 14 meeting if necessary, will be in Room 1B. The public may attend any or all all of the three meetings by telephone conference call at 888-363-4735, participant code 1027039.

Who: The Toxic Free Kids Rules Advisory Committee includes representation of Oregon Environmental Council, The Toy Association, Oregon Business and Industry, American Chemistry Council, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Multnomah County Department of Health, Metro Regional Government, Washington Department of Ecology.

Program contact: Justin Waltz, 971-673-1217, justin.waltz@state.or.us

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Justin Waltz, 971-673-0429, 711 TTY, or Justin.Waltz@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet April 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/18 2:36 PM

April 18, 2018

Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee to meet April 26 in Portland

What: A regular public meeting of the Tobacco Reduction Advisory Committee

When: April 26, 1-2:30 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 and comprised of private organizations and state agencies dedicated to the reduction of the harmful impact of Oregonians’ tobacco use.

Details: Agenda items include: updates on the tobacco retail evaluation, Tobacco 21 and compliance checks; and a Tobacco Metrics Accountability Work Group update.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sign language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Barnard at 971-673-1347, 711 TTY or ah.barnard@state.or.us">sarah.barnard@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee quarterly meeting April 23
Oregon Health Authority - 04/18/18 2:00 PM

April 18, 2018

Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee quarterly meeting April 23

What: The state Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is holding its quarterly meeting. This meeting will cover Dental Pilot Project #100, “Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project.”

Agenda: Review site visit findings; review project modification request; discuss next site visit; discuss modification of administrative rules for Dental Pilot Project program.

When: April 23, 10 a.m. to noon. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1A, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Conference line: 888-273-3658, participant code 76-64-09

Background: Dental Pilot Projects are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce, and efficacy by teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel; develop new categories of dental personnel; accelerate the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or teach new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

Program contact: Sarah Kowalski, 971-673-1563, ah.e.kowalski@state.or.us">sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services.  OHA provides free help.  Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:

  • Sing language and spoken language interpreters
  • Written materials in other languages
  • Braille
  • Large print
  • Audio and other formats

If you need help or have questions, please contact Sarah Kowalski at 971-673-1563, 711 TTY or ah.e.kowalski@state.or.us">sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 

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Marine Law Enforcement Academy Training May 8 through May 10 on Hagg Lake (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 04/24/18 8:51 AM
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The Oregon State Marine Board will be conducting marine law enforcement training in Forest Grove between May 1 and May 10, with the last three days (May 8-10) spent on nearby Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County.  This training is for new or seasonal marine law enforcement officers who are new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals. 

This in-depth training encompasses boating law, navigation skills, knot tying, theft, patrol strategies, and even jumping into the deep end of the swimming pool with full utility gear on.  “The pool training is eye-opening for some of the students,” said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager.  “Last year, one officer went right to the bottom of the pool, pulled the cord to inflate his life jacket, and nothing happened. The CO2 canister wasn’t quite screwed in all the way.  He was able to return to the surface, but with the additional weight, was heavily winded.  It’s a cautionary tale for all boaters to make sure gear is serviced and ready to go.”  Henry notes that divers and extra staff are on hand to ensure student safety.

The training also covers accident investigation and detecting and apprehending operators boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII). At Hagg Lake, students will develop basic boat handling skills and participate in real-world scenarios that emphasize safety, courtesy, enforcement tactics, and accident prevention.   

This academy is hosted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, along with highly skilled deputies from around the state taking an active role as instructors.  Pool sessions will be conducted at the Forest Grove City Aquatic Center, 2300 Sunset Drive, in Forest Grove.

For more information about the Marine Board’s partnership with marine law enforcement, visit www.boatoregon.com.

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Marine Board Teleconference Scheduled April 24
Oregon Marine Board - 04/20/18 3:37 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board will be meeting via teleconference at 9 am on Tuesday, April 24.  The Board will be finalizing a legislative concept on the agency budget for the 2019 legislative session.

Members of the public are invited to attend the teleconference being facilitated at the Marine Board office, located at 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.  A public call-in option will not be available.   

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Marine Board Approves Boating Facility Grants, Other Items
Oregon Marine Board - 04/20/18 2:10 PM

The Oregon State Marine Board met in Salem on April 18, and approved a new rule for Lake Billy Chinook, corrected a prior meeting’s rule language error, approved Cycle Two boating facility grants and gave agency staff direction for their 2019-2021 budget and legislative fee concept. 

Chair Val Early announced at the beginning of the meeting that Member Cliff Jett (Rufus, OR) was stepping down from the Board.  Jett joined the Board in 2013 and was serving his second term.  Chair Early thanked him for all of his time and experience on the Board, as well as the on-the-ground representation he provided to eastern Oregon’s recreational boaters.  The Board hopes replace his seat with someone with as much wisdom and insights as Member Jett from the eastern Oregon.   

For the first two agenda items, the Board approved a slow-no wake zone within the Fly Creek Inlet on Lake Billy Chinook.  The Board also corrected language for the Foam Encapsulation rule that was mistakenly stricken during the March meeting and will allow for some types of non-treated wood. 

The Board also considered 20 boating facility grant requests.  Over $3.5 million in needs were identified with only $1.8 million available for 2017-2019 funding.  The needs exceed available funding by 3:1.  Grants were scored and ranked based on applicant matching funds, permit status, and the ability to complete a project within the biennium.  Several grant requests were excellent examples of what could be considered in the future under a proposed Waterway Access Program to improve access for paddlers; however, the priority for facility funding goes toward motorized boating access projects.

The following grants were approved:

  • Lane County Parks –Secure floating restroom on Siltcoos Lake with piles.  In June 2017, the floating restroom broke free of its moorings.  The Board approved $11,250 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds and $3,750 in state boater funds to match $3,250.60 in applicant match for a total project cost of $18,203.60.
  • City of Nyssa –Replace a broken pile to stabilize the dock at Nyssa River Park.  The City is also pursuing replacing the boat ramp and docks.  Because there are limited contractors in the area with the required equipment and capability to install piling, the cost for mobilization is higher than typically observed in more populated areas.  The City is committed to improving the facility for their community and offered a cash contribution to the project.  The Board approved $39,850 in state boater funds to match $8,000 in applicant match for a total project cost of $47,850.00.
  • Port of the Dalles –Replace the broken pumpout and port-a-potty dump station at the marina and add a monitoring system.  The nearest pumpout and dump stations are 20 miles upstream from the Port of Hood River and 55 miles downstream from the Port of Arlington on the Columbia River.  The Columbia River is the heaviest used waterbody in the state for recreational boaters.  The Board approved $15,000 in federal Clean Vessel Act funds to match $5,440 in applicant match for a total project cost of $20,400.   
  • Port of Coos Bay –Repair three of the existing boarding dock strings and replace rubstrips, wales and hinge connections at the Charleston Marina while replacement docks are being pursued.  The cost to replace the docks is estimated at $400,000 which is approximately a 20 percent increase as a result of the aluminum tariff and market volatility, therefore the Port will complete this project in phases.  Repairing the boarding docks will provide short term stability of the dock structure and will allow the Port to keep the docks operational.  The Board approved $38,801 in state boater funds to match $23,452 in applicant match for a total project cost of $62,253.
  • City of Gladstone –Assistance with permitting, design and engineering to dredge the channel for safe ingress and egress for the Meldrum Bar boat ramp.  A bathymetric survey showed the channel is shallowing due to increased shoaling creating a safety concern for boaters.  Dredging requires expertise and a variety of permits.  This will be the first phase of two, toward replacing the over 20-year old boarding docks.  The soonest the dredging work can be done is the fall of 2021.  The Board approved $30,000 in state boater funds to match $16,000 in applicant match for a project total of $46,000. 
  • Oregon Youth Conservation Corps –Maintenance assistance and job skills for youth crews in Lane and Clackamas Counties.  These opportunities for youth help save boating facilities money for maintenance, general repairs and site improvements while providing youth with valuable work experience.  The Board approved $27,183 in state boater funds to match $28,138 in applicant cash, materials, equipment and administration for a total project cost of $55,321.
  • City of Coquille –Replace existing boarding docks and short term tie-up docks at Sturdivant Park.  In 2015, the docks were damaged during a storm event which washed away the gangway and broke out an old creosote wood piling, making the dock unsafe.  The City has been diligently working to secure funding for the massive repairs needed.  The grant will help pay for replacing the existing boarding and short term tie-up docks with new aluminum docks and steel piles.  The City is also pursuing a grant through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund administered by ODFW to create a designated a section of the dock for fishing in an effort to reduce user conflict.  The Board approved $72,247.80 in state boater funds to match $458,752.20 in applicant match for a project total of $531,000.
  • Metro Parks – Fill the parking lot cracks with slurry seal, seal coat and add new striping for the parking lot at Chinook Landing.  These improvements will add to the useful life of the parking lot.  The Board approved $87,659.50 in state boater funds to match $29,519.50 in applicant match for a project total of $117,179.00.    
  • Douglas County Parks –Repair and overlay existing asphalt, install asphalt over gravel areas and install curbing and stripe the parking area at Amacher Park.  These improvements will help delineate traffic flow and better identify boat trailer and single car parking spaces to reduce user frustration caused by traffic flow.  The Board approved $80,000 in state boater funds to match $26,680 in applicant match for a project total of $106,680.
  • US Forest Service –Replace the boat ramp at Mason Dam to improve safety for boaters.  This project will be completed in phases due to water levels and the construction window for permitting.  The Marine Board has been in discussions with the Forest Service about improvements since 1997.  This site was identified by ODFW as a high priority for Sport Fish Restoration funding which reduces the amount of funds requested from the Marine Board.  The Board approved $92,500 in state boater funds to match $233,744 in applicant match for a project total of $326,244. 
  • City of Portland Parks and Recreation –Assistance with permitting to replace the boat ramp, boarding dock and pilings at the Swan Island boat ramp.  This project will be completed in phases: phase one, prepare and submit environmental permit applications to replace the boat ramp, docks and pilings; phase two, construction of the permitted items; and, phase three, future improvements to parking and sanitation..  There’s complexity to the project since the facility is in a Superfund site with a proposed sediment cap in some areas of the lagoon.  Staff recommended the City obtain a consultant to assist with the permitting phases and will assist the City and consultant with coordination of the in-water structure design and permit application process.  The Board approved $86,054.50 in state boater funds to match $200,794 in applicant match for a project total of $286,848.50.
  • South Wasco Parks and Recreation District –Replace the upper 75 feet of concrete for the South Pine Hollow boat ramp.  The Parks and Recreation District plan to replace both the north and south boat ramps in the future.  Replacing the upper portion of the south boat ramp will allow for safer access while the District secures funding for future site improvements.  The Board approved $34,900 in state boater funds to match $21,500 in applicant match for a project total of $56,400.           

During the remainder of the meeting, the Board discussed the agency’s budget and provided staff direction on a legislative concept for a voluntary cuts to agency programs in conjunction with a fee increase at a level that will have the least impact to motorized boat owners. 

For more details about the grant applications and meeting materials, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

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Wake Sports Rules Advisory Committee Meeting April 25
Oregon Marine Board - 04/18/18 7:50 AM

The Oregon State Marine Board is holding a Wake Sports Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting on April 25, at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.  The meeting will begin at 3 pm.

The RAC is meeting to assist in developing statewide rule proposals to increase safety and reduce boating concerns related to wake sport boat operation within 200 feet of the shoreline and objects in the water.  The committee will also assist in the assessment of a fiscal impact of any proposal.

The public is invited to attend and observe by coming to the agency; however, public comment will not be accepted at this time.  A formal public comment period will be opened at the appropriate time during the rulemaking process.

To view the agenda, or listen to the audio recording after the meeting, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department seeks candidates for Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/24/18 2:30 PM

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is accepting applications for a seat on the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC). The ideal candidate will have experience in community engagement—especially to underserved groups or communities—and have an interest in trail planning and recreational trail opportunities on the Oregon coast.

Qualified candidates must submit an appointment interest form by June 1. The form is available online: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Documents/2017_ORTAC_Interest_Form.pdf

ORTAC advises OPRD and its allies on subjects related to the development and promotion of high quality, non-motorized recreational trail systems throughout Oregon. The council strives to create safe, sustainable trails for the well-being and enjoyment of Oregon’s residents and visitors.

Council members are appointed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission and serve four-year terms. The seven-member council has representation from each congressional district, with at least two members from separate counties bordering the coast. ORTAC conducts four public meetings per year.

In addition to advising OPRD, council members are responsible for reviewing applications for state trail designations, representing ORTAC on a variety of other trail-related committees and helping develop the 10-year statewide Trails Plan.

For more information about serving on ORTAC, contact David Stipe at 503-509-4752 or david.stipe@oregon.gov.


Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council to meet May 4 in Klamath Falls
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 04/19/18 12:57 PM

The Oregon Recreational Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) will meet 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 4 at Klamath Falls City Hall, 500 Klamath Ave., Klamath Falls. The meeting will be open to the public. 

On the agenda: presentations from local trail advocates and land managers about area trail projects; an update on the Oregon Office of Outdoor Recreation; a presentation on the review of the Umpqua River Greenway designation application; a discussion of the Doug Newman Award nominee; and the committee’s vision for trails statewide.

ORTAC was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The council’s seven volunteer members are appointed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission and represent the five Oregon congressional districts. ORTAC meets four times annually in different locations across the state. 

For more information about the meeting or ORTAC contact Nicole Sprecher, Administrative Support Specialist, at 503-986-0968, echer@oregon.gov">nicole.sprecher@oregon.gov. Individuals that require special accommodations to attend the meeting must contact Nicole Sprecher at least three days in advance.


State Library of Oregon Board meeting May 8
State Library of Oregon - 04/24/18 4:26 PM

The Oregon State Library Board will meet at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR on May 8th, 2018. Ann Malkin of Bend will chair the meeting.

On May 8th the Board will hold their regular meeting which will include RFP for Statewide Databases, the Legislative Concept, and the LSTA ffy 2017 funds.

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

 

 

                   STATE LIBRARY OF OREGON BOARD MEETING
                                                May 8, 2018
                           ROOM 103, State Library, Salem, Oregon
                                            Ann Malkin, Chair

                                                               Agenda

 

9:30             Approval of minutes from January 19, 2018 meeting            Malkin

 

9:35             Reports of Board Chair & Members                                       Malkin

 

10:30           Report of Interim State Librarian                                             Agata

 

11:30           Open Forum

 

12:00           Working Lunch

 

12:30           Staff Reports                                                                            Agata

 

1:15             Best Practices Survey for Board                                                      Malkin

 

1:45             New Business:

                    RFP for Statewide Databases                                                 Westin

                    Legislative Concept                                                      Westin/Agata

                    LSTA ffy 2017 funds                                                              Westin

 

3:00             Adjournment                                                                          Malkin

 

 

 

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change

 

Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board at this meeting on any topic


Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council Meeting May 9-10, 2018
State Library of Oregon - 04/23/18 12:20 PM

 

Oregon’s Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council will meet at the State Library on Wednesday and Thursday, May 9 & 10, 2018. Mari Cheney will chair the meeting, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on May 9 and 9:00 a.m. on May 10.

The Council will review the 2018 LSTA grant proposals and make recommendations to the State Library Board concerning the state’s LSTA program. The council will hear updates from the Statewide Database Licensing Advisory (SDLAC) and Answerland Advisory Committees.

An open forum will be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 2:45 p.m. Any member of the public may address the council on any topic during the open forum.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the public if requested prior to 48 hours before the meeting; notice prior to 72 hours before the meeting is preferred. Handouts of meeting materials may also be requested in alternate formats prior to 72 hours before the meeting. Requests may be made to Ross Fuqua at 503-378-5027.

 

 

 

LSTA Advisory Council Meeting Agenda

May 9 – 10, 2018

State Library, Meeting Room 103

250 Winter St., Salem, OR

AGENDA

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 

1:00 p.m.         Introductions and welcome

1:15                 Housekeeping – Ross Fuqua

1:20                 Approval of the Agenda

                        Approval of the Minutes

  • May 15-16, 2017
  • October 30, 2017

1:25                 Report from Interim State Librarian – Caren Agata

1:40                 Budget Update FFY2017 – Susan Westin

1:45                 Staff updates on new FY2017 expenditures & grants:

  • Update on OLA Professional Development Scholarships – Arlene Weible
  • Oregon Reference Summit – Tamara Ottum
  • Update on WSL/WRH Digital Collections pilot project – Ross Fuqua

2:05                 Continuing Education Needs Assessment – Tamara Ottum

2:20                 Election of new Advisory Committee members

  • Answerland Advisory Committee
  • Statewide Database Licensing Program Advisory Committee

2:30                 Break

2:45                 Open forum

3:00                 Discussion and recommendations:

  • Updates and proposed changes to LSTA Advisory Council bylaws
  • Changes to LSTA Advisory Council Meeting schedule and competitive grant application and review cycle
  • Oregon’s LSTA program and tribal libraries’ eligibility

4:30                 Travel reimbursement process for committee members

5:00 p.m.         Recess

 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

 

9:00 a.m.         Council Meeting Reconvenes

9:05                 Proposed Budget FFY2018 – Susan Westin & Ross Fuqua

9:15                 Statewide Database Licensing Program – Arlene Weible

  • Recommendation on RFP

9:45                 LSTA brainstorming session – Ross Fuqua

  • Competitive vs. criteria grants: what other states are doing
  • Results from Oregon’s previous 5-year plan evaluation

10:30               Break

10:45               Process Review for LSTA competitive grants – Ross Fuqua

  • Presentation/ranking of initial evaluations

10:55               Discussion and recommendations on LSTA competitive grant applications

12:00 p.m.       Working Lunch

12:30 p.m.       Resume LSTA competitive grant discussions and decisions

1:45                 Break

2:00                 Proposed Budget for FFY2018 revisited

  • Including potential recommendations

2:15                 Recommendations to the State Library Board          

2:45                 Process check – 2018 LSTA grant evaluation process

2:55                 Review action items

3:10                 Overall process review/feedback on meeting

3:20                 Travel reimbursement process for committee members

3:30 p.m.         Adjournment

all times are approximate except for Open Forum


Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting May 1, 2018
State Library of Oregon - 04/19/18 10:14 AM

The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PST at the State Library of Oregon. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

 

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.


Private & Charter Schools
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee to speak in Eugene
Oak Hill School - 04/24/18 4:39 PM

Oak Hill School, along with The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Adelante Si, MEChA University of Oregon, and the government of Guanajuato, Mexico, is proud to bring Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra to Eugene and Lane County. Father Solalinde, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, will speak to the dangers and struggles all immmigrants face as they travel through Mexico. 

Father Solalinde in well-respected and known for his humanitarian works on behalf of the vulnerable, targeted migrants and he is the author, most recently, of Los Migrantes del Sur (Migrants of the South.)

He will speak Tuesday, May 1st, from 2 - 4pm in the Oak Hill School Gymnasium. The Father will give a 2nd presentation Tursday, May 3rd, from 5:30 - 7:30pm at 180 PLC, University of Oregon.




Attached Media Files: 2018-04/1713/113866/Solalinde_poster.pdf

Organizations & Associations
Join the Red Cross & Sutherlin Fire Department to Sound the Alarm and Save Lives from Home Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 04/18/18 12:28 PM

On April 28, Red Cross and Sutherlin Fire will install 300 free smoke alarms in local homes. This event is part of the Sound the Alarm initiative, which includes the installation of 100,000 alarms in 100+ communities across the country.

 

SUTHERLIN, Ore., April 18, 2018 — Join the local American Red Cross and Sutherlin Fire Department to Sound the Alarm about fire safety and reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Every day, an average of seven people die as a result of a fire in their home, and most of these deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

On April 28, Red Cross volunteers, Sutherlin Fire officials, including Sutherlin Fire Chief Mike Lane, and local partners will install free smoke alarms in homes that need them and deliver fire safety education.

 

WHAT:      Join the Red Cross and Sutherlin Fire Department to install free smoke alarms, deliver fire safety information and Sound the Alarm about fire safety.

WHERE:   Sutherlin Senior Center, 202 E Central Ave., Sutherlin, OR 97479  (event kick-off and staging area)

WHEN:     April 28, at 9 a.m.

 

Red Cross Regional Chief Executive Officer Candace Horter and Southwest Oregon Executive Director Carisa Hettich will be joined by Sutherlin Fire Chief Mike Lane to deliver remarks on the importance of the Sound the Alarm campaign and local home fire safety efforts. Sutherlin local Pauline Johnson (83) will share her story of how she survived a devastating home fire and was immediately helped by the Red Cross following that fire.

 

ABOUT RED CROSS SOUND THE ALARM INITIATIVE:

“Over the last 12 months, the local Red Cross has responded to 718 home fires. Home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every single day,” said Carisa Hettich, Red Cross of Southwest Oregon Executive Director. “Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”

“Having a working smoke alarm increases your chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent,” said Sutherlin Fire Chief Mike Lane. “The Red Cross Sound the Alarm initiative will help to install hundreds of smoke alarms in Sutherlin homes and potentially save countless lives not only now, but in the future, as well.”  

 

READ A LOCAL STORY ABOUT OUR WORK:

Read Pauline's story here: http://www.redcrossblog.org/2018/04/sleepy-in-sutherlin.html

 

ABOUT RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN:

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.

Across the country, the Red Cross efforts to end home fires are making a difference. As of April 2018, the Red Cross and our partners have saved more than 400 lives and installed more than 1,103,000 free smoke alarms.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. To sign up to help, visit SoundTheAlarm.org.

 

About the American Red Cross

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




Attached Media Files: News Release - Join the Red Cross & Sutherlin Fire Department to Sound the Alarm and Save Lives from Home Fires

Girl Scouts Honor Earth Day with Service Projects Throughout Oregon and SW Washington (Photo)
Girl Scouts of Ore. and SW Washington - 04/20/18 4:34 PM
GSOSW Campers
GSOSW Campers
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Girl Scouts Honor Earth Day with Service Projects Throughout Oregon and SW Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 19, 2018 – This weekend, local Girl Scouts will roll up their sleeves and honor Earth Day by participating in service projects throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“Through Girl Scouting, girls develop a lifelong respect and love for the Earth,” says Karen Hill, CEO of Girl Scouts of Oregon and SW Washington. “Earth Day service projects, camping and other outdoor adventures with Girl Scouts help girls understand their relationship to the Earth, and the vital role they have in caring for it and conserving it for future generations.”

BEAVERTON, OR—Parks and Trails Preparation

Troop 40110 will help to inspect parks and trails throughout the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District in order to identify areas that need attention before the summer season. Girl Scouts will also complete trash pickup during their inspections.

CLACKAMAS, OR—Cemetery Clean-Up

Girl Scout Service Unit 11 (Milwaukie, Clackamas and Gladstone, Oregon) will join SOLVE for Weekend Cemetery Clean Up at Clackamas Pioneer Cemetery in Clackamas, OR. Clean up will include debris, tree branches and blackberry removal and mulch spreading.

KLAMATH FALLS, OR—Clean-Up along the OC & E Woods Line State Trail

Girl Scout Service Unit 65 (Klamath, Lake and Harney counties) will join SOLVE, along with other community organizations, to do litter clean-up along the OC & E Woods Line State Trail in Klamath Falls. Girl Scouts will focus on the portion of the trail that spans from Washburn to Altamont.

SHERWOOD, OR—Garden Preparation and Spring Nature Mandala

Together with the Sherwood Rotary Club, members of Girl Scout Troop 45496 prepared and weeded the garden at the Our Table Cooperative. At 9 a.m. on the morning of April 22 (prior to an Earth Day Celebration), girls from Troop 45496 will create a spring nature mandala around the peace pole at Our Table Cooperative. Mandala-making is an ancient art form—traditionally, mandalas are bright and vibrant mosaics representing the universe, made from colored sand or rice. Nature mandalas, like those made by Troop 45496 will be made from found items including leaves, pine cones, shells, stones and flowers from the Girl Scouts’ own gardens. The Earth Day celebration at Our Table Cooperative takes place on April 22, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

UMATILLA, OR and PASCO, WAImproving Habitat at McNary National Wildlife Refuge

On April 21, Girl Scouts from Service Unit 22 (Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla and Wheeler counties in OR) will work with the Army Corps of Engineers to clean-up a local pond in West Park, part of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in the Columbia Basin, minutes from the Tri-Cities of Washington (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, WA). Local Girl Scouts—from the Pendleton and Hermiston areas of Oregon—will plant Coyote Willows and Cottonwood trees, remove invasive Russian Olive trees, and help make the wildlife area more habitable for the many species of animals that live there. In addition, they will remove debris and rubbish around the wildlife park. Afterwards, the girls will get to travel to the Bechtel National Planetarium, at Columbia Basin College, in Pasco, WA, to hear a special presentation about the life of trees.

STEVENSON, WA—Camp Arrowhead 70th Anniversary, Tree-Plantings and Trail Restoration

More than 80 Girl Scouts and their family members and friends will commemorate Earth Day and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Camp Arrowhead, located in Stevenson, Washington—in the Columbia River Gorge area—with tree-plantings and trail restoration on April 21-22, 2018. Attendees are traveling from Englewood, CO; Boardman, OR; the Portland/Willamette Valley area; Westchester, CA; Seattle, WA; and Irrigon, OR to attend the celebration. Three trees—a Douglas Fir, a Mountain Hemlock and a Western Red Cedar—will be planted at Camp Arrowhead to help commemorate Earth Day as well as celebrate 70 years of outdoor skill-building, friendships and appreciation for nature.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING

To learn more about GSOSW’s local outdoor programming, please visit: http://www.girlscoutsosw.org/en/camps/explore_our-camps.html. Additional information about outdoor programming in Girl Scouts, including 34 outdoor skill-building badges, can be found at: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/our-program/outdoors.html.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON | GSOSW

Our council serves 13,955 girls in 38 counties with the help of over 10,000 volunteers. Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they: Develop a strong sense of self; Display positive values; Seek challenges and learn from setbacks; Form and maintain healthy relationships; Identify and solve problems in the community. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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Attached Media Files: GSOSW Earth Day Service Projects Press Release , GSOSW Campers , Camp Arrowhead Fun Patch , Camp Arrowhead , Happy Earth Day Girl Scouts , Girl Scouts Fall Nature Mandala

PACE Awards recognize Klamath County SD as Safety Star, others
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 04/20/18 8:55 AM

Six programs and two individuals were recognized Thursday during PACE Awards presentations. Debbie Laszlo, chair of the PACE Board of Trustees, presented the awards during the “PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools” event in Salem.

The awards highlight significant contributions made in 2017 to the Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) program. PACE (pace.osba.org) is an insurance pool made up of roughly 300 Oregon member school districts, charter schools, education service districts (ESDs) and community colleges.

The Klamath County School District was recognized as the statewide Safety Star, selected from among all applicants. The award carries with it $5,000 from PACE to be used in a school safety improvement effort. Klamath won the award for its half-day active shooter drill. Over 500 people participated by acting as students in classrooms as more than 50 first responders fired blanks. The goal was to have staff experience an active shooter event so they could be better prepared for such a crisis.

Dave Harvey, PACE administrator, said Klamath County schools had exemplified PACE’s values by working together to keep students and staff safe.

“Nothing is more important to us than getting every child and every employee home safe, every day,” he said. “That requires a lot of planning from our members, and through the PACE Awards we can thank them for their hard work.”

Other awards included:

Outstanding programs – Clatskanie SD, which retrofitted all its lights to LED, saving money and reducing eye strain on students and staff; Seaside SD, for its monthly school safety contest for students, designed to reduce workers compensation claims; Springfield SD, for its risk evaluation of boiler and mechanical rooms, a continuous program that has identified and reduced safety hazards; Chemeketa CC, for its centralized Title IX compliance program, which assures compliance and standardizes practices; and InterMountain ESD, for its interest in door-locking systems.

Outstanding individuals – Tim Witcher, chief financial officer of the Clackamas ESD, for establishing a culture of caring, safety and wellness; and Michelle Brady, safety and emergency preparedness manager of the Hillsboro SD, for improved safety and compliance tracking and training.


Goodbye, Oregon My Oregon: Long-running Oregon Historical Society exhibit closes Sunday, April 29 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 04/24/18 9:33 AM
Experience Oregon rendering - covered wagon build
Experience Oregon rendering - covered wagon build
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Construction begins May 1 on new permanent exhibition, opening February 14, 2019

Portland, OR – April 24, 2018 – After fourteen years, the Oregon Historical Society’s beloved Oregon My Oregon (OMO) exhibition will close as construction begins on a brand new state-of the art permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon. Since opening in 2004, this artifact-rich journey through Oregon’s history has delighted hundreds of thousands of students and visitors of all ages. Oregon My Oregon’s final day on view will be Sunday, April 29, and all are invited to visit OMO for free on Saturday, April 28, as well as view renderings and get a sneak peek at some of the interactive games that will be featured in Experience Oregon

“One of the many privileges of serving as Executive Director is the opportunity to tag along on guided tours of our showcase Oregon My Oregon exhibition,” said Kerry Tymchuk. “While I will miss Oregon My Oregon, I know that it will be replaced by an even more fascinating and relevant narrative.”

Now in the final design stage, Experience Oregon will provide an epic overview of the state’s history. From a 180 degree intro theater to an immersive build that will let visitors walk through a covered wagon, the 7,000 square foot exhibit will provide a portal to Oregon for all visitors, from sixth generation Oregonians to recent arrivals to our state to tourists from across the world.

Central themes like water, land, and home span the exhibition’s timeline, inviting viewers to think about how Oregonians have defined our state. By showcasing new and much-loved artifacts, along with diverse voices representing Oregon’s many cultures and geographies, this re-imagined exhibition will engage visitors in the experience of Oregon and its history. Sample renderings can be viewed and used for press coverage at http://bit.ly/2HtYMb2.

Funds for this new exhibition are being raised through contributions to the Oregon Historical Society’s FORWARD! capital campaign. The creation of Experience Oregon, along with the development of OHS Digital Collections, the upcoming renovation of the OHS Research Library, and the establishment of key endowments, make up the four initiatives of this multi-year campaign.

As this is the last week to visit Oregon My Oregon, OHS will be sharing visitors’ favorite parts of the exhibit on Instagram. Visitors are invited to share their favorite memories from Oregon My Oregon and photos of visits over the years on social media using the hashtag #goodbyeomo.

The Oregon Historical Society 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.


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.




Attached Media Files: Experience Oregon rendering - covered wagon build , Experience Oregon rendering - interactive timeline that weaves through the exhibit , Experience Oregon rendering - 180 degree intro theater , Experience Oregon rendering - Benson automobile, first car built in Oregon, exhibit display , Experience Oregon rendering - panel sample featuring two historic perspectives , Cedar canoe artifact in Oregon My Oregon , Modern Oregon issues interactive in Oregon My Oregon , Covered wagon in Oregon My Oregon , Explorers tent in Oregon My Oregon