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07/23/14
Oregon State Library Executive Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda 7/29
Oregon State Library - 07/23/14
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet in Room 205 of the Oregon State Library on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library.

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

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
July 29, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

5:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

5:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting for August 15, 2014 Bonebrake

5:45 Other business Bonebrake

6:00 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
It's not too late to make plans to attend an upcoming DHS Town Hall Meeting: Portland, Bend, Eugene, Medford, Online Webinar
OR Department of Human Services - 07/23/14
Oregon Department of Human Services -- Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College (Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Portland

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (Hitchcock Auditorium)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Bend

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (Center for Meeting & Learning)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eugene

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Community College (RCC/SOU Higher Education Center)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Medford

Thursday, August 7 (special online meeting for those unable to attend in person)
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Web

NEW!! We are also working on setting up a meeting for folks in eastern Oregon for Mid-August! Let us know if you'd like information. Send an e-mail to DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eastern Oregon Meeting

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Red Cross Provides Assistance at Multi-Family Fire in Albany
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/23/14
Volunteer members of the Red Cross disaster action team this morning responded to a disaster in the 400 block of 6th Avenue in Albany, Oregon. This multi-family fire affected six adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, seasonal garments, clothes, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Ore. State Fair Homebrew Beer & Amateur Wine Competitions call for entries
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/23/14
Calling all DIY beverage makers! Oregon State Fair's Homebrewed Beer and Amateur Wine competitions are officially open. Competition handbooks describing more than 80 total beer and wine categories are available online.

Important dates:
Homebrew entries due July 31
Amateur wine entries due July 25 (registration due July 24)

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OREGON STATE FAIR HOMEBREW BEER AND AMATEUR WINE COMPETITIONS CALL FOR ENTRIES

SALEM, OR - July 8, 2014 - The 149th Oregon State Fair is officially accepting entries for its Homebrew Beer and Amateur Wine competitions, raising a pint and a wine glass in honor of Oregon's best DIY beverage makers.

Are you ready for the ultimate homebrewed beverage challenge? Here's how to enter.

Homebrew Beer Competition

*Entries due: Thursday, July 31 at 5pm if submitting at one of several designated drop off locations across the state, or Friday, August 1 at 5pm if delivering to the Oregon State Fairgrounds

*Entry fee: $8 per entry

*Categories: Enter your homebrewed best in 29 beer categories or the non-alcoholic soft drink category (categories details are available online).

*Award Presentation: Friday August 22 at 7pm at the Jackman-Long Stage

The Homebrew Beer competition is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program.
Amateur Wine Competition

*Entries due: online entry forms and fees must be submitted online by Thursday, July 24; entries are due by 4pm on Friday, July 25

*Entry fee: $10 per entry

*Categories: Enter your amateur wine in one of 55 categories (details are available online).

*Award Presentation: Blue, red and white ribbons are presented on Friday, August 15. Blue ribbon best of show winners will also be honored Friday, August 15 at a special fair preview event: Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine and Music.

The Amateur Wine Competition is sponsored by Chemeketa Community College's Northwest Wine Studies Center.

Excepting the soft drink category, all participants must be age 21 and over to enter.

Additional details - including required online registration links and category descriptions - are available online:

Homebrew Beer Competition: http://oregonstatefair.org/competitions/home-brew/

Amateur Wine Competition: http://oregonstatefair.org/competitions/amateur-wine/


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/4844/76217/Amateur_wine__homebrew_release_FINAL.pdf
Fatal Fire at 417 SE 6th (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/23/14
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This morning at 6:41 a fire was reported from the Pacific overpass where someone saw smoke coming from an apartment complex located at 417 SE 6th Ave. Arriving fire department personnel saw flames and smoke coming from the top story of the apartment building. There were 10 apartments, two were vacant. Seven people were evacuated and one person died. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of the apartments.
Estimated loss is 300,000.00. Albany Fire department had 28 personnel at the scene while Corvallis Fire Department and Tangent Fire Department covered calls in the city.
Albany Fire Department and Albany Police Department are working together investigating the cause of the fire.


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State launches alternatives analysis for Elliott State Forest
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 07/23/14
Project includes outreach to interest groups, work with technical advisers

Salem - As directed by the State Land Board, a project team is working to gather information and examine alternative ownership and management scenarios for the Elliott State Forest.

Most of the 93,000-acre forest, located in Coos and Douglas counties, is overseen by the Land Board. The forest is managed for the Board by the Oregon Department of Forestry. About 84,000 acres is a land asset of the Common School Fund, a trust fund established at the time of statehood to help pay for public education in Oregon.

The fund has disbursed more than $240 million to Oregon schools over the past five years. However, reduced timber harvests on the Elliott due to litigation over species protections resulted in a net deficit of about $3 million in operating costs for fiscal year 2013. The negative returns conflict with the Land Board's fiduciary obligations to the Common School Fund.

The Land Board is composed of Governor John Kitzhaber (chair), State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, and Secretary of State Kate Brown. As trustees of the $1.4 billion fund, the Board must look at sustainable, long-term management of the fund's land assets, said Department of State Lands Director Mary Abrams. "We're seeking creative ideas from a wide variety of interest groups. We know how passionately many Oregonians feel about this forest, and we need new thinking about its future." she said.

The Elliott alternatives analysis team will be working with a number of interest groups, including the education beneficiaries of the fund; local officials and economic development groups in the area; conservation organizations and land trusts; and private timber interests.

The first round of stakeholder work sessions is being conducted during July in Salem, Portland and the Coos Bay area. A second round of sessions will be held in September.

Public comments are being accepted now via email or in writing, and additional opportunities will be offered at public meetings in the fall. More information about the project, meeting notes, contacts and the timeline is on the State Lands website: www.oregonstatelands.us.

The Elliott alternatives project is being led by John Potter and Stephanie Hallock Cummins, who both have years of experience in natural resource management and state government. Analysis and technical assistance is being provided by Eugene-based consulting firm Evergreen Economics and an interagency workgroup composed of state and federal agency representatives.

Using public input, research and modeling prepared by the technical consultant, and expertise provided by the interagency workgroup, the project team expects to draft recommendations in November for the Land Board's consideration at their Dec. 9 public meeting.

"Based on all the good ideas we're receiving from stakeholders, it's highly possible we'll offer a few solid alternatives to the Board, and they'll require further refinement on one or more of the options presented," said Abrams. "This is not something we're taking lightly. The Elliott has been an asset of the Common School Fund since the 1930s. It's always been important for school funding, but also for its conservation and recreation values. We need to do this right."

Additional information:

Elliott State Forest: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/LW/Pages/Elliott-State-Forest.aspx
Common School Fund: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/DO/Pages/aboutcsf.aspx
State Land Board: http://www.oregon.gov/DSL/SLB/Pages/index.aspx

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

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Update #2: Added Information & Photos - OSP Arrests Josephine County Murder Suspect Daniel Martinson in Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/23/14
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Update: The arrest of MARTINSON by Oregon State Police occurred as he was walking from a local food bank carrying a box of food along S. Junction Avenue next to Jubilee Park in Cave Junction. The photos were taken shortly after his arrest at the scene. OSP detectives and troopers were involved in the response and arrest.

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Following a citizen's tip Wednesday morning, Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives and troopers arrested DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINSON, age 44, who was wanted on a felony warrant for Murder related to a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction, Oregon.

On July 23, 2014 at approximately 9:16 a.m., a citizen called 9-1-1 to report seeing MARTINSON in Cave Junction. OSP detectives were in the area and took MARTINSON into custody about ten minutes later without incident in a park.

OSP, US Marshals Service, and law enforcement agencies in southern Oregon and northern California have been on the lookout for MARTINSON since the warrant was issued.

OSP thanks the local Cave Junction community and Josephine County residents for tips reported during the search.

MARTINSON will be taken to the Josephine County Jail later where he will be lodged on the warrant.

No other information for release.

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2nd Annual NW Farmers Fighting Hunger Campaign Brings 85,000 lbs. to Food Banks in Oregon and Washington: Oregon Wins Trophy for Most Donations (Photo)
Dairy Farmers of Oregon - 07/23/14
Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - (July 23, 2014) -- Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive - nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.

The campaign, a joint effort between the states' Dairy Products Commissions, Departments of Agriculture, food banks and Fred Meyer, ran throughout June Dairy Month to raise awareness of the increased need for food and donations during the summer, when children have less access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director, Katy Coba, and Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Bud Hover, supported the campaign with a friendly competition to see which state could generate the most food and funds.

Oregon won the competition and will take the Director's Trophy with $9,000 raised and 10,500 pounds of donated food. Pacific Foods in Tualatin, Ore., donated nearly half the total raised, with 500 gallons of shelf stable milk for families in need.

"We appreciate the efforts of the Dairy Farmers of Oregon to raise food and funds for Oregon Food Bank," said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. "Milk, yogurt and cheese are key components in healthy meals, especially for children."

Cash donations were emphasized in order to take full advantage of the purchasing power of the Oregon Food Bank Network. Funds raised from Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger will help get more nutrient-rich dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yogurt into emergency food boxes.

The campaign included collection barrels throughout Fred Meyer stores, as well as events at selected stores in Oregon and Washington throughout the month. Kickoff events were held for the respective states in downtown Portland and at the Washington State Capitol. Contributions were also accepted at the campaign website.

"Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger draws attention to the need for food during summer months when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating," said Oregon Ag- Director Coba, noting that Northwest farmers show their commitment to fight hunger by donating more than 13.5 million pounds of food to the states' food banks each year. "We hope the partnership will grow and strengthen so that, together, we can make sure no one in the Northwest goes to bed hungry."

"Partnering with Washington and Oregon dairy farmers in a combined effort to fight childhood hunger means a lot to our entire employee team," said Melinda Merrill, Manager of Community Affairs for Fred Meyer. "The annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger program is one step toward combating hunger."


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About Dairy Farmers of Oregon
Dairy Farmers of Oregon is a program of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. The Commission works on behalf of Oregon's dairy farm families who, with the help of 123,000 dairy cows and Oregon dairy processors, provide award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt. Milk is the official state beverage of Oregon, and Oregon is recognized nationwide as a leader for milk quality. The Oregon dairy industry is a community-conscious, caring business that contributes to nearly $1 billion to Oregon's economic well-being each year. Oregon dairymen and women care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. www.dairyfarmersor.com. The Commission also provides nutrition education through its program of the Oregon Dairy Council. www.oregondairycouncil.org

About Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank's mission: to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four Oregon Food Bank branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. The Oregon Food Bank Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education, and helping communities strengthen local food systems.


Attached Media Files: Food banks in Washington and Oregon received the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food from the 2nd Annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger Cash/Food Drive – nearly 50 percent more than the 58,000 pounds donated in 2013.
(Video and photos) Oregon Army National Guard assists wild fire suppression efforts
Oregon Military Department - 07/23/14
The Oregon Army National Guard continues to assist with fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore. Approximately 40 Soldiers are providing flight crews, refueling crews and communications for the four aircraft - two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters - assisting local authorities with containing the fire.

High-resolution photos are available for download at the following link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonmildep/sets/72157645435953557/

Video is available for download at the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350837/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-civilian-fire-suppression-agencies

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350484/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-assist-fire-suppression

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/350428/oregon-army-national-guard-aviators-support-local-responders-fire-suppression-efforts
NW's best-known cake contest returns to Oregon State Fair
Amber Lindsey PR - 07/23/14
The Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest returns! The popular baking contest (all made from scratch, no mixes allowed!) returns for its 55th consecutive year, with cakes judged solely by its namesake - Oregon's resident chocolate cake gourmand. More than 2,400 cakes later, Gerry Frank shares his tips about what makes a really great chocolate cake: http://bit.ly/1nm6Uf6.

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NORTHWEST'S BEST-KNOWN CAKE CONTEST RETURNS TO OREGON STATE FAIR
55th Annual Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest is sponsored by Macy's

SALEM, OR - July 23, 2014 - This August marks the 55th year of the Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest at the Oregon State Fair. Regarded as the Northwest's best-known cake contest, entries are judged solely by Gerry Frank based on just two bites of each decadent, made-from-scratch creation.

Frank has tasted more than 2,400 cakes as judge of the contest created in his honor in 1959 by newly inaugurated Governor Mark Hatfield. His is a palate ideally suited for the job: he is also proprietor of the gourmet cake shop and café Gerry Frank's Konditorei.

2014 entrants are invited to bring their cakes to the Creative & Artistic Stage in the Jackman-Long Building at the Oregon State Fairgrounds by no later than 1pm on Sunday, August 31. The first place winner will be awarded a $250 Macy's Gift Card and a party for six people at Gerry Frank's Konditorei. Additional details about how to enter are available online (oregonstatefair.org/competitions/sponsored/gerry-frank-chocolate-layer-cake-contest/).

Frank's preferences for deeply chocolate, moist, visually appealing cakes are what inspired 2013 first place winners Russell and Brenda Read, who used Godiva Chocolate Liqueur to distinguish their winning entry. First time baker and 2012 winner Meghan Loftus, a high school student at the time, catered her entry to Frank's love of dark chocolate cakes.

Heir to the Meier and Frank department stores and Senator Mark Hatfield's Chief of Staff for 25 years, Frank is also known for his Oregonian travel columns, available in a new second edition of "Gerry Frank's Oregon." His best-selling guidebook, "Where to Find It, Buy It, Eat It in New York" has sold over one million copies. Immediately following the 55th Gerry Frank Chocolate Layer Cake Contest, the judge and author will remain at the fairgrounds for a book signing.

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About the Oregon State Fair
The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.
07/22/14
Title Correction to Listed Highway - OSP Investigating Death of ODOT Employee During Work Project - OR Highway 320 near Echo (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/14
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Title Corrected to Reflect Location as "OR Highway 320"

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating the death of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) employee at a work site Tuesday afternoon along OR Highway 320 south of Interstate 84 near Echo. The victim's name and other related information will be released shortly by ODOT in a separate news release.

On July 22, 2014 at approximately 1:15 p.m., OSP and Umatilla County Sheriff's Office were notified of an accidental death at a chip seal paving operation work site on OR Highway 320 near milepost 35. OSP troopers are on scene and are the lead investigating agency.

Highway 320 is closed at the scene for the duration of the investigation. Oregon OSHA was notified and is on scene. No other information to be released by OSP at this time.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 95 north of Oregon/Nevada Border in Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 07/22/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night's fatal traffic crash involving a passenger car and commercial truck along Highway 95 about seventeen miles north of the Oregon/Nevada border in southern Malheur County. The crash occurred during heavy rain and high water, resulting in the death of a California man. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 21, 2014 at approximately 9:55 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was contacted by Ontario 9-1-1 regarding a reported head-on traffic crash on Highway 95 near milepost 104. Emergency responders from Nevada responded and arrived on scene first. Due to the extensive distance to the scene, OSP arrived about two hours after the report was received.

A deputy from Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office arrived on scene first and encountered a scene of high water that was described as approximately 3 - 4 feet deep covering the highway. One of the involved vehicles, a 1999 Acura four-door with California license plates, had significant damage and was unoccupied. The deputy waded into the water and found a deceased adult male who was determined to be the registered owner of the car. The truck driver was not injured.

Preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 9:48 p.m., the Acura driven by STEVEN RICHARD HORNING, age 57, from Elk Grove, California, was traveling southbound on Highway 95 as a 2011 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer driven by TIMOTHY DALE LONGHOFER, age 55, from Wilder, Idaho, was traveling northbound. In the darkness, both vehicles traveled into a dip on the highway where heavy rains caused high water to cover the roadway. As the Acura went into the high water, it tossed up a wall of water into the air and traveled into the northbound side of the highway where it collided head-on into the commercial truck.

OSP investigators believe the Acura's driver was not using safety restraints and was ejected from the car.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Humboldt County, Nevada Sheriff's Office, McDermitt, Nevada EMS, and ODOT. Elk Grove, California Police Department assisted with next of kin notification.

The highway was closed for over 8 hours before one lane was open.

No photographs available for release at this time.

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OSP Pendleton Lieutenant Receives Department's "Holly V. Holcomb" Award For Actions During Potentially Deadly Encounter Near Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) lieutenant was presented Tuesday with the Department's "Holly V. Holcomb Award" in recognition of his professional response last year during a potentially deadly confrontation with an armed and dangerous suspect near Madras.

On July 22, 2014, OSP Major Travis Hampton presented the special recognition award to Lieutenant Michael Turner in front of family, friends and co-workers at the Pendleton Area Command office. The "Holly V. Holcomb Award" is presented to sworn employees who react to a situation in a heroic and professional manner, reducing the risk or loss of life or injury to citizens or another officer. The award is named after former Superintendent Holly V. Holcomb who died November 25, 1975, when he was shot and killed by an assailant in front of the OSP General Headquarters in Salem.

On April 26, 2013, a 56-year old fugitive wanted on an out-of-state warrant was being sought by OSP, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, and Warm Springs Police Department after eluding officers in a remote, wooded area. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office also activated an airplane to assist with the search from the air after the suspect fled from a vehicle on foot.

During the two-hour search, Turner took charge of a rapidly escalating situation. The man, who was armed with a firearm, was spotted in the area east of Highway 97 northeast of Madras. During the encounter with the armed suspect, Turner shot and injured the man. After the shooting, Turner and assisting troopers rendered emergency medical care until relieved by paramedics and the wanted suspect was transported to a hospital.

"Mike's courage and leadership displayed in the line of duty during this potentially volatile situation may have prevented injury or death to his fellow officers and citizens who were in the area," said Superintendent Richard Evans.

Turner, age 37, joined OSP in 1999. At the time of the incident, he was working as a patrol sergeant at the Bend Area Command office. He was later promoted to lieutenant and his current assignment as the Area Commander at the Pendleton office.

Photograph (Left to right: Major Hampton & Lieutenant Turner)

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OSP Arrests Cave Junction Man After Attempt to Elude on ATV (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/22/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 23-year old Cave Junction man Monday evening after the man attempted to elude OSP on a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

According to Sergeant Brandon Boice, on July 21, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., OSP personnel in marked and unmarked vehicles were in the Cave Junction area when they saw a man operating a green 2004 Artic Cat ATV on Highway 199, popping wheelies and driving in a reckless manner. They tried to stop the ATV but the operator failed to yield and fled at a high rate of speed southbound from Cave Junction, eventually driving onto Blas Cerdena Drive where the ATV operator encountered a dead end. The operator tried fleeing off the road but his path was stopped by fencing and OSP blocked the ATV from fleeing further.

At approximately 6:03 p.m., OSP took the operator, MICHAEL ALAN MURPHY, age 23, into custody without further incident. MURPHY was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle and Reckless Driving. He was also cited for several traffic violations.

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ATV photo - Oregon State Police
Murphy photo - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood and platelet donors
American Red Cross Blood Services - 07/22/14
Blood donations needed now to prevent emergency situation

PORTLAND, OR (July 22, 2014) - The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

In addition, the Independence Day holiday falling on Friday reduced the number of blood drives scheduled in early July. Many sponsors did not host drives because people took vacations either over the long weekend or for the entire week. In an average summer week, about 4,400 Red Cross blood drives are scheduled, compared to Independence Day week when only 3,450 drives occurred.

"Hospital patients continue to need lifesaving blood this summer, and they're relying on the generosity of volunteer donors to give them hope in the days and weeks ahead," said Jeff Allen, CEO for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "Please, consider giving the gift of life. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need - and you never know when it could be your loved one needing blood."

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed at this time. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets - a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it's important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

The summer can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities. When school is out of session for summer break, donations from those who normally give on campus tend to drop by more than 80 percent.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign "100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope." Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

Local Blood Donation Opportunities
See downloadable list of local blood donation centers and mobile blood drives for July 22 through August 10.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Update: Photo - Madras High School Track & Field Coach Arrested on Allegation Related to Unlawful Relationship With Team Member (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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Note: Questions regarding this investigation should be directed to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office at (541) 475-4452.

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The head track and field coach at Madras High School was arrested Monday by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an investigation into an alleged unlawful relationship with a 17-year old male member of the high school track team. OSP is continuing the investigation and requesting contact from anyone with information or who may have been a victim related to this investigation.

On July 21, 2014, OSP troopers and detectives arrested MELISSA BOWERMAN, age 43, at her residence in Fossil, Oregon. BOWERMAN was transported by OSP to the Jefferson County Jail in Madras and lodged on the following charges:

* Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree (class C felony)
* Luring a Minor (class C felony)
* Online Sexual Corruption of a Child in the Second Degree (class C felony)
* Contributing to the Sexual Delinquency of a Minor (class A misdemeanor)

Earlier this month, OSP received a tip that BOWERMAN, who has been coaching at Madras High School for two years, was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile male. Subsequent investigation, in cooperation with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, identified the juvenile male and developed evidence that led to her arrest related to alleged unlawful conduct since May 2014.

OSP investigators are concerned there may possibly have been other victims. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Tips will be forwarded to the lead investigator for follow up.

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Wells Fargo to host Retirement Day in Oregon, S.W. Washington bank branches this week
Wells Fargo - 07/21/14
Wells Fargo will host its first Retirement Day at all of its 128 banking locations in Oregon and S.W. Washington this week.

Customers are invited to visit a Wells Fargo bank on Saturday, July 26, and have a personal conversation about how they are doing on their journey to retirement, or how to get started on saving for retirement (locations that are normally closed on Saturdays will host their Retirement Day on Friday, July 25).

"Two-thirds of our customers rank 'savings and investing' or 'retirement' as their number one financial priority," said Oregon Region President Tracy Curtis. "Retirement Day will help customers understand the importance of saving early and regularly, as well as having a plan to track progress and estimate funds in retirement."

Customers who meet with a banker on Retirement Day for their financial review will receive a dream bank as a token of Wells Fargo's appreciation.

"We are excited to start a new retirement conversation with customers or to check in with those who may be saving diligently and want a check-up on their plan and goals. We think our bank branches are the perfect place to have that dialog," said Curtis.

"Retirement confidence is strongly tied to having a plan," she added. "Saving early and regularly is critical to the success of one's financial outcome for retirement."

More information is available by calling a local Wells Fargo bank. Appointments are not required but are recommended.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.
OSP Sergeant Receives Department Lifesaving Award For Actions During May 2012 Hostage Rescue in Klamath County (Photo)
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) sergeant from the Springfield Area Command office was presented last week with the Department's "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" for his heroic, lifesaving action in May 2012 that helped save a female kidnap victim while she was held hostage at a remote cabin in Klamath County.

On July 16, 2014, OSP Major Travis Hampton presented the "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" to Sergeant Casey Codding in front of family, friends and co-workers at the Portland Area Command office. The lifesaving award is presented to OSP employees who distinguish themselves by performing or reacting to a situation in a positive and professional manner which saves, or reduces the risk of loss of life of another person; and, where a strong possibility existed that if such action wasn't taken, loss of life or serious injury would have resulted.

On May 1, 2012 in the late morning hours, law enforcement officers responded to a report that a vehicle associated with a Umatilla County missing person case was spotted near a cabin in the Crescent Lake area. Upon confirming the report, officers secured the area and the OSP SWAT team responded to the scene. Negotiators made contact with two people inside later confirmed as the 28-year old suspect and a 26-year old female kidnap victim. According to Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, the victim was reported missing under suspicious circumstances on April 27.

After several hours of negotiations, the male suspect exited the cabin with the kidnap victim in close quarters as a human shield. During the standoff outside the cabin, Sergeant Codding was assigned in a sniper position on the perimeter of the scene. As the suspect held the victim as a human shield, the suspect was shot once by Sergeant Codding and received a non-life threatening injury. The female hostage was released unharmed and rescued from the cabin where she reportedly was held against her will since she was reported missing.

The suspect was subsequently prosecuted in Umatilla County.

"Casey's courage and skills during a life-threatening situation ultimately saved the woman's life," said Superintendent Richard Evans.

Sergeant Codding, age 37, is a 13-year OSP veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the Springfield Area Command office.

The "Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award" is named after Lieutenant Harold R. Berg who died in 1975. Berg, while off duty at a family picnic near Tillamook, was contacted by a citizen who informed him that a boy scout was missing at Cape Lookout State Park. While attempting to search a cave near the water's edge, he was washed out to sea.

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Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Monday, July 21 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/21/14
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS

No new fires were reported to Salem Coordination Center in the last 24 hours.

* WATERMAN COMPLEX
This lightning-caused complex of fires near Mitchell, Service Creek and Kimberly, was reported last Monday evening. It is 11,989 acres and is 60 percent contained and includes the Bailey Butte, Toney Butte and Junction Springs Fires.

Adverse winds yesterday prevented completion of the planned burnout operations to secure the existing fire lines along the Forest Road 2630 to Highway (Hwy) 26. The limited opening of the highway will not occur today as scheduled.

Evacuation Notices
Wheeler County Sheriff and fire officials have lowered the Level 3 evacuation order for the West Branch area. West Branch and Marks Creek residents will remain at the Level 2 preparedness. Residents need to remain ready to evacuate should fire conditions warrant. The Red Cross Shelter remains open at the Crook County High School in Prineville.

Current Situation
The Complex consists of four fires (Bailey Butte, Toney Butte, Junction Springs and Incident #376.) The Bailey Butte fire is being actively managed. The others are 100% contained and will continued to be monitored by air.

Resources assigned to the Waterman Complex: 37 engines, 23 crews, 24 water tenders, 8 helicopters, 11 bulldozers, and 872 personnel.

Bailey Butte Fire - 9,745 acres, 50% contained. Due to an increase in relative humidity, firefighters were unable to complete the scheduled burnout operation early this morning. Crews worked all night into the early morning hours continuing the burnout operation from Corral Flats to the Hwy 26 corridor to provide a secure fire line along the highway. When the burnout and hazard tree falling is complete, Hwy 26 will partially open as soon as it is deemed safe for travel. Fire fighters are also mopping up hot spots, chipping debris removed from fire line preparation, using helicopters to drop water to cool hotspots, and holding established fire lines.

Toney Butte Fire - 2,229 acres, 100% contained. The fire will be monitored by the air. Smoke may be visible from interior burning.

Junction Springs Fire - 15 acres, 100% contained. This fire remains in patrol status and monitored by air.

Incident #376 - .25 acres, 100% contained.

Ochoco National Forest Closure Area:
A Forest Closure Order 06-07-01-14-001-01 is in effect on Ochoco National Forest System lands. The closure prohibits the public from entering the Closure Area except under special exemption. The closure is due to firefighting activities and the safety of the public within the Closure Area. The public is encouraged to check with the Forest before they travel. To view the entire Forest Closure Order please see the following link:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/centraloregon/alerts-notices/?aid=24081


Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR):
The TFR over the Toney Butte fire was removed. One TFR remains in place over the Bailey Butte fire. Please check the NOTAM for current information.

For more information on the Waterman Complex visit: Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/


* SUNFLOWER FIRE
On Monday, July 14, 2014 a thunderstorm ignited the Sunflower Fire (USFS) 10 miles northwest of Monument, OR. The fire is now estimated at 6,736 acres, 250 acres are on ODF-protected lands but there has been no growth in acreage over the last 2 days. The fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain with open grass lands and timber stringers. The fire is now 35 percent contained.
The fire continues to spread south of Wall Creek drainage between Happy and Wilson Creeks and is established in the Little Wilson and Big Wilson Creek drainages. It has not crossed the Indian Creek Road.
Current Situation: Ground and aerial resources continue to make excellent progress connecting dozer lines with handlines on the southern perimeter. A contingency branch, the Monument Group, with Oregon Department of Forestry personnel, area landowners and the Incident Management Team is working together to keep the fire from progressing onto private land. The fire crossed Forest Road 190, but crews were able to complete hand line and secure the fire from spreading.
Crews contained the 13 acre spot fire on the eastside of Indian Creek Road (Forest Road 24) with the help of four handcrews and three helicopters. Today, in the Little Wilson drainage, the fire is making short uphill runs into itself in heavy timber. Crews and aerial assets will concentrate suppression efforts to keep the fire from spreading.
If favorable conditions allow, this afternoon crews will conduct a low impact burn on the eastern perimeter in Big Willow Springs Creek drainage to strengthen the containment line. Crews in the northern perimeter will initiate rehabilitation efforts on internal dozer lines and continue to mop up hot spots.
Weather: Cooler temperatures with higher relative humidity will be observed today which should aid in fire suppression activities.
Resources: 24 engines, 2 helicopters, 16 crews, 6 water tenders, 5 bulldozers and 525 personnel.
Area Fire Closures: An area closure was again expanded on July 19 around the fire for firefighter and public safety. Information and map can be found @ http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3964/
Sunflower Fire Information: 1-800-923-6891

* FOX FIRE
Approximately 600 acres of ODF-protected lands have burned on the Fox Fire, part of the Ochoco Complex (USFS). The fire recently grew to about 6,036 acres and is located approximately 3 miles northwest of the North Fork Wilderness Study Area about 17 miles east of Post, Oregon.
Resources assigned: 9 engines, 4 crews, 3 dozers, 4 water tenders and 191 personnel are now assigned to the Ochoco Complex.

* Moccasin Hill Fire
The 2,535-acre Moccasin Hill Fire located 4 miles north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, was 100 percent contained on Saturday.
A local Type 4 team is now assigned to the fire, which is in mop-up. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

FIRE STATISTICS
Fire statistics are for the current year and the average over the past 10 years for the 16 million acres of private and public forestland protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

January 1, 2014, through today:
Lightning-caused fires: 58 fires burned 28,084 acres
Human-caused fires: 343 fires burned 8,804 acres
Total: 401 fires burned 36,888 acres

10-year average (January 1 through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 85 fires burned 4.605 acres
Human-caused fires: 281 fires burned 619 acres
Total: 365 fires burned 5,224 acres

Fire statistics can be accessed any time from the ODF website.

*When personnel are heavily engaged in firefighting activities, the latest information may not always appear in the statistics.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

> > > FIRE PREVENTION REMINDER
Debris burning is the number one cause of fires in our state. Oregon's current climate and dry landscape conditions are such that the slightest spark or stray ember can start a wildfire.
Please check with your local forestry or fire district to learn the current fire regulations or restrictions.

For more info: http://www.keeporegongreen.org/ (Keep Oregon Green)
Pursuit leads to rural search for suspect
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/21/14
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on Evans Valley Rd just outside of Silverton just after 5 P.M. The vehicle was a grey Ford Ranger pick-up. The vehicle failed to stop with a white male adult driver and a white female adult passenger inside.

The initial reason to stop the vehicle was reckless driving where the Ford Ranger almost caused an accident. The driver continued to drive with deputies following to Forest Ridge Rd and ultimately drove down a gravel access road near the 17500 Block of Powers Creek Lp.

Deputies set a perimeter and deployed police canines into the area to track the suspects. This area of Marion County is rural forest and the terrain is steep with thick underbrush. Deputies tracked the suspects northeast for approximately 4 miles and ended up near Abiqua Rd NE.

The Sheriff's Office last received information from the public the suspects were seen near the 17000 Block of Abiqua Rd NE at around 10 P.M. The suspects who are described as a white male, long brown hair with a medium build and unknown age. The female is described as a white female, long brown hair wearing a backpack.

It is believed the suspects were attempting to get out of the area and the direction of travel
would indicate the same. We have no specific information that would indicate there is a danger to the community other than it is unknown why they were trying to avoid police contact. Marion County Sheriff's Deputies are not actively searching the area for the suspects any longer.

If you have any information regarding the identity of the suspects or their location, please call 503-588-5094 for Deputy Walker. Citizens are asked to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032 if you see the suspects or any kind of suspicious activity in the area that might be related.
Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cannon Beach in Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/21/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal traffic crash found Sunday evening by a hitchhiker along Highway 101 about one mile north of Cannon Beach. The vehicle was spotted approximately 40 feet down a heavily wooded embankment where the passenger was deceased and the driver injured.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 8:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a male hitchhiker spotted a crashed vehicle after hearing cries for help from down an embankment along Highway 101 near milepost 28. Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2004 Chevrolet four-door driven by GABRIELA RAYON, age 21, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling southbound on Highway 101 with a passenger identified as RUTH A. DELGADO, age 23, from Los Angeles, California. For an unconfirmed reason, the car left the roadway down the embankment where the passenger side struck a tree. The car then came to rest on the ground in heavy brush amongst the trees and was not visible from the roadway.

It appears the crash occurred at least 12 hours before the vehicle was spotted by the hitchhiker.

DELGADO was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RAYON was seriously injured and transported initially by Medix Ambulance Service to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. She was later transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where she is listed in fair condition.

Both occupants were using safety restraints.

OSP troopers and detectives from the Astoria Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Greg Schuerger is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Cannon Beach Police Department, Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue, Medix, and ODOT.

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Salem Police holds National Night Out kick-off party tomorrow-Officers plan kick-off party to encourage citizen participation in annual event (Photo)
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The Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit announces its 8th Annual National Night Out Kick-Off Party to be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall atrium just outside the police department.

Staff invites Salem residents to attend the event to help boost community enthusiasm about hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out which is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
The kick-off party will be the place for last minute block party planners to register their gathering, apply for a street closure permit, and pick up some resources to distribute at their block party.

"Our slogan for this year is 'Turn up the heat on crime!' said Ofc. Mark Jantz, "which fits nicely with our theme which is the neighborhood barbecue." To help bolster enthusiasm for the event and its theme, The Home Depot is sponsoring the event, and bringing a barbecue to grill up some treats for all the registered block party hosts.

Other kick-off sponsors include Target stores with last minute block party ideas, the US Postal Service who will speak to attendees about postal crime prevention, and the Community Development Department's Neighborhood Services Section.

At the kick-off, those block party hosts who have already registered their party with the police department can pick up their commemorative gift (one per party, while supplies last). "The commemorative give-away is a big deal each year. Neighbors arrive early and form a line at the kick-off party just to get theirs," said Jantz.

Neighbors interested in receiving a visit from a National Night Out team consisting of a police officer and a law enforcement or local business mascot, should register soon as the number of parties we can visit is limited by staffing and fleet.

For more information, please contact the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (503) 588-6175 or visit www.cityofsalem.net/nno.


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Health advisory issued for Odell Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 07/21/14
July 21, 2014

High toxin levels found at Klamath County lake

A health advisory is being issued today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Odell Lake, located off Highway 58 in Klamath County, about 31 miles southeast of the Lane County city of Oakridge.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of very high levels of cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae. These dangerous toxin concentrations in the water can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Odell Lake is especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Odell Lake are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Odell Lake and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Forest Service at 541-433-3200.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Preliminary Information: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cannon Beach
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation of a fatal traffic crash reported Sunday evening along Highway 101 between Cannon Beach and Highway 26 in Clatsop County. Prior to OSP arrival at the scene, the initial report indicated two people died but confirmation from OSP troopers later confirmed one person died and one person was injured in the single vehicle crash.

The highway was initially closed and is now open to one lane of travel that is being used to move traffic through for both directions.

More information will be shared Monday.

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(PHOTO) Oregon Army National Guard aviators conduct fire suppression operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/20/14
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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops water on a fire in support of fire suppression efforts at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. The "Bambi" bucket used on the Chinook helicopters can carry up to 1,500 gallons of water. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter returns to the Madras Airport after successfully dumping water on a target area in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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An Oregon Army National Guard HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter waits for a launch order to continue supporting fire suppression efforts in the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 20. Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and two HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters of the Oregon Army National Guard arrived at the Madras Airport, July 19, to assist local authorities in suppressing the wildfire west of Madras, Ore. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 234 near Gold Hill in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
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A 31-year old Lakeview man died Sunday morning after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a field along Highway 234 near Gold Hill in Jackson County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., a 2014 Suzuki motorcycle operated by NOLAN RAYCE RINGULET, age 31, from Lakeview, was traveling westbound on Highway 234 near milepost 9 with two other people, one on a motorcycle and another driving a pickup. RINGULET reportedly passed the pickup at a high rate of speed and as he moved back into the westbound lane he lost control. The motorcycle traveled onto the gravel shoulder and left the highway into a field where RINGULET was ejected. The motorcycle came to rest several hundred feet away from its operator.

RINGULET was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet. Next of kin were notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Jeff Walker is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

ODOT recently sent a news release regarding motorcycle safety with reminders and tips for everyone traveling on our roads:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/nr14062401.aspx

OSP joins ODOT in urging all travelers to stay focused on safety and Drive Safely to Save Lives.

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Update: Named Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126E east of Vida in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into an early Sunday morning single vehicle traffic crash that resulted in the death of a 40-year old woman along Highway 126E about four miles east of Vida. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 20, 2014 at approximately 2:00 a.m., OSP was notified of a single vehicle traffic crash on Highway 126E near milepost 30. McKenzie Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on scene and confirmed an adult female, later identified as JENNIFER ROSE COACH, age 40, from Blue River, was deceased.

Preliminary investigation indicates the white 1993 Toyota Camry driven by JENNIFER COACH was traveling eastbound negotiating a right curve when it crossed the centerline. The driver over-corrected and the car began to spin, crossing the highway and crashing into a ditch on the north side of the road.

There are no known witnesses other than the person who spotted the crash at 1:45 a.m. after it happened. OSP confirmed the driver got off work in Springfield at midnight.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator. Anyone who saw the vehicle traveling between Springfield and Vida between midnight and 1:45 a.m. is asked to contact Trooper Sether at (541) 726-2536 ext 439.

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Red Cross Preparedness Outreach Teams Continue Work in Wildfire-Affected Communities
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/20/14
Red Cross volunteers from around the region - Salem, Bend, Portland and Southwest Washington - are gathered in central Oregon to assist communities affected by the swath of wildfires across the state. Teams have been conducting outreach at grocery stores, community centers, parks and other areas, armed with wildfire preparedness information including coloring books and material geared to youth. Yesterday several hundred pieces were handed out to concerned residents in Warm Springs, Prineville and Mitchell. Today, Red Crossers will be in Madras, Maupin and Antelope.

In addition to the printed preparedness information, the Red Cross Wildfire mobile app is a valuable resource. The free app provides information on what to do before, during and after a wildfire. Melinda Davis, preparedness and community partner manager for the Red Cross Cascades Region, points out that the app offers real-time wildfire safety tools.

"The app lists specific and simple steps such as meeting with family members to discuss what to do in case of a wildfire, what to pack and where to meet up if evacuated," says Melinda, "and includes more targeted information such as how to turn off gas, water and electric utilities."

Additional information can be found at www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps.
07/19/14
Red Cross Assists Scio family
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/14
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to assist a family displaced by a fire in the 38000 block of West Scio Rd. The fire affected 2 adults, 1 child and 3 dogs who were provided lodging, food, clothes, comfort kits and information on disaster health and disaster mental health services.
(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon Army National Guard aviators assist in fire suppression efforts (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/19/14
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Ground crew re-fuelers prepare an HH-60M Blackhawk helicopter for take off at the Madras Airport in Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the Logging Unit fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Alan Gronewald, a CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot and commander of the Pendleton-based Bravo Company, 1-168 Aviation, coordinates with ground crew prior to flying out in support of fire suppression missions at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter stands by to begin fire suppression operations in support of local responders at the Logging Unit fire west of Madras, Ore., July 19. Two Oregon Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters have been requested to support local responders in containing the fire.  Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

Video available at the link:

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Update #2: Victim Identified - Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 211 between Molalla and Woodburn (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred along Highway 211 about five miles east of Woodburn. A 36-year old female died after being struck by a vehicle. Her name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Jason Lindland, on July 19, 2014 at approximately 4:35 a.m., two adult females were walking eastbound on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 211 near Rock Creek Bridge between S. Barlow Road and S. Needy Road. The two women decided to cross the highway in the darkness to walk on the westbound side. One of the women safely made it across but the second woman was struck by a westbound 1982 Volvo four-door station wagon driven by ABEL GUZMAN CALDERON, age 20, from St. Paul.

The severely injured woman came to rest along the side of the roadway and was later pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders. She was identified as AMANDA ALICE HOCKETT, age 36, from Beaverton.

GUZMAN CALDERON remained at the scene and was not injured. He is cooperating fully with the investigation and there is no indication of fault on his part.

OSP troopers from the Portland and Salem offices are on scene investigation the crash. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police Department, Monitor Rural Fire Protection District #58, Clackamas County Medical Examiner and ODOT are assisting.

The highway was closed until about 10:00 a.m. during the scene investigation.

Pedestrian-related safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Transportation Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/pages/pedestrian.aspx.

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12-Year Old Boy Injured in Skateboarding Accident at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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A 12-year old Eugene boy suffered a potentially serious head injury Saturday afternoon when he fell from his skateboard while riding on the entrance road into Milo McIver State Park near Estacada.

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper was on patrol in Milo McIver State Park when he was flagged down by a park ranger and told that a young boy was injured in a skateboarding accident. The trooper responded to the injured boy and provided initial emergency medical care until relieved by responding firefighters who ordered LifeFlight response. The boy was transported to Oregon Health & Science University for treatment of a possible serious head injury.

The trooper learned the boy and a juvenile female were skateboarding down the hill on the entrance road followed by the boy's aunt in a motor vehicle. The boy and girl both were going too fast and lost control, falling off their skateboards. Neither was wearing a helmet. The girl had a minor injury and didn't go to a hospital.

The boy's name is not being released unless approved by immediate family.

OSP and State Parks & Recreation Department urges all park visitors to be aware of park rules. Remember that all park area roadways are considered public roadways and all provisions of the Oregon Vehicle Code, ORS chapters 801 to 826, are applicable and enforceable. Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-010-0026 covers use of non-motorized vehicles, cycles, and similar devices in State Parks, stating that persons under 16 years of age are required to wear protective headgear when operating a bicycle, skateboard, scooter, rollover- or inline skate, or other wheeled, operator-propelled equipment that transports the operator on land.

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Update: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Oregon/California Border (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of an off-duty California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation corrections officer as he was returning home from work along Highway 101 about one mile north of the Oregon/California border. The victim's name is released in this update.

On July 19, 2014 at approximately 7:15 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified of a single vehicle traffic crash off Highway 101 near milepost 362. Upon arrival, a deceased adult male driver was located at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by JOEL RAMOS, age 29, from Brookings, Oregon was traveling northbound when it crossed the southbound lane and went off the highway. The car struck a large stump and then crashed head-on into a tree where it came to rest. RAMOS was using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

Troopers confirmed RAMOS had gotten off work at Pelican Bay State Prison and was returning home when the crash occurred. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Next of kin and prison officials were notified of his death.

OSP troopers from the Gold Beach office are investigating the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted by Brookings Police Department, local fire personnel and ODOT.

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Moccasin Hill Fire FINAL News Release, Saturday, July 19, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/19/14
Following is the FINAL news release for the Moccasin Hill Fire.

Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 19, 2014 8:00 a.m.

THIS IS THE FINAL NEWS RELEASE FOR THIS INCIDENT



Current Situation

"Today was a seek and destroy mission" began Operations Chief Joe Hessel's report of yesterday's day shift progress as crews continued to extinguish all smokes within 300 feet of the fireline and structures. More of the same is planned for today, as crews dig out all remaining hotspots that the infra-red crews located and marked during last night.

Team 2 will transfer the command of the ODF Moccasin Hill Fire to an ODF Type 3 Transition Team working out of the Oregon Department of Forestry Klamath District Office. This will occur on Saturday, July 19 at 12:00 noon. The Transition Team (IC Pellissier) will work to extinguish any remaining smokes and recover equipment. The local ODF fire staff will patrol the fire and monitor for smokes frequently throughout fire season. 100% containment is expected at noon today.

Smokes will remain visible in the interior portions of the fire. If residents spot smokes near structures or fire edges, they are advised to call 911.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire until 8:00 am Sunday morning. The Red Cross Center is now closed.

This is the final news release from the Incident Command Post. All media and public inquiries should contact the ODF office in Klamath Falls at 541-883-5681.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information, which will end on 7-19-14.

Fire at a Glance (07/19/14)

Size: 2535 acres
Cause: under investigation
Current Containment: 95%
Containment Date: 7-19-14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 12
Helicopters: 3
Engines: 21
Dozers: 3
Water Tenders: 6
Total personnel: 365

Estimated Costs to Date: $ 3.1 M

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
NW Large Fires Information -http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com
Red Cross Conducts Preparedness Outreach in Central Oregon Wildfire Areas
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/19/14
As a series of wildfires burn across central Oregon, the American Red Cross is at the ready to open and staff shelters for area residents and visitors. Today several outreach teams will be canvassingthe Three Rivers area, Warm Springs and Prineville, to distribute bottled water and wildfire preparedness information.

Red Cross Cascades Regional Disaster Program Officer Cara Sloman has been overseeing Red Cross response for the wildfires, encompassing shelter and operations near the Waterman Complex fires near Prineville and Mitchell, the Bridge 99 fires near Sisters and the Shaniko Butte fire near Warm Springs. She coordinated the outreach activity to help inform the communities about specific actions that can be taken to mitigate the impact of wildfires.

"Many people know that the Red Cross is there to respond to disasters," she said. "We also take an active role in how to prepare for them."

Prepare! A Resource Guide can be viewed by visiting the Preparedness Toolkit page on regional website: www.redcross.or/portland/preparedness-toolkit.
Injured Hiker Rescued near Mt Jefferson
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/19/14
The Marion County Sheriff's Office received information from The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, which is located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City Florida, there was an activation from a Personal Locator Beacon near Mt Jefferson. A Personal Locator Beacon is similar to locating devices which are used on aircraft, but for personal use.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was able to find out the beacon was registered to 56 year old Michael Smilenski out of the Detroit, Oregon area. Deputies received information from friends that Mr Smilenski left yesterday to hike up to Mt Jefferson but they did not know the trail he was taking.

Deputies attempted to locate Mr Smilenski's vehicle and began activating Search and Rescue units from Marion County and Linn County. The sheriff's office also requested a helicopter from the Oregon National Guard. The National Guard activated staff and sent a helicopter into the area to locate Mr Smilenski.

Mr Smilenski was located by the helicopter just after 10 P.m. as he was flashing some kind of light to signal rescuers. The helicopter that located Mr Smilenski was not equipped to conduct a rescue operation and they requested an additional helicopter for the rescue.

Once the rescue helicopter was on scene overhead, they were able to use a hoist to lower down, load up Mr Smilenski and lift him up into the helicopter where he was flown to Salem and then taken by ambulance Salem Hospital for medical treatment. Mr Smilenski was hoisted into the rescue helicopter just before 2:30 A.M.

Mr Smilenski is an experienced hiker and had hiking equipment with him for the different conditions he might face. Information from Mr Smilenski indicates he fell approximately 100 feet and was unable to hike out on his own due to the injuries he sustained. The sheriff's Office will not be releasing further details about his injuries.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to thank The Linn County Sheriff's Office for the assistance of deputies and Search and Rescue Crews, The Oregon National Guard as well as Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Teams. We would also like to thank the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center for the information and resources they provided throughout this rescue mission.
07/18/14
4 Alarm Fire In Turner, Oregon (Photo)
Jefferson Fire Dist. - 07/18/14
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On Friday July 18, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. Turner Fire District was dispatched to a low risk grass fire at 12307 Summit Loop SE Turner, Oregon. Upon arrival Incident Commander, Jon Remy saw that the fire was approximately six acres. The fire quickly escalated to a four alarm fire. Albany, Lebanon, Jefferson, Scio, Salem, Stayton, and Marion County were also dispatched to assist with the call. There was a small shop being threatened within a few feet of where it appeared to be an illegal burn. The fire quickly moved through approximately 15-20 acres.

There were several homes that were threatened from Pearson Road towards Wintercreek. Marion County Sheriff's gave standby evacuation notices to the homes that were potentially threatened by the fire.

The fire was deemed under control at 3:19 p.m. Crews continue to mop up for several hours after. The cause of the fire appears to be from an illegal burn and is under investigation by the Oregon State Fire Marshall's Office.

There were no injuries to firefighters or animals.


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(PHOTO RELEASE) Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry honored during mobilization ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/18/14
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Family, friends and well-wishers of the Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, gathered to honor the Citizen-Soldiers during a mobilization ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.
"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."

It is customary for senior leaders and elected representatives to deliver letters to the deploying units. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wrote, "I have no doubt your team will demonstrate skill and professionalism in your upcoming mission. I know you will display courage and strength as you provide security forces at the Bagram Airfield base."
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden also provided letter to the unit. Many local, state and other elected officials were in attendance alongside representatives from law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.

To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, stand in formation for a unit photo, prior to their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson (center), Adjutant General, Oregon, is joined by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (right), and Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with unit Solders following the unit's mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR), speaks to Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers and guests during the mobilization ceremony for the 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The unit is commanded by Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen (right), listens as Lt. Col. Noel Hoback, commander, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, briefs unit Soldiers, prior to the start of their mobilization ceremony, held July 18, at the McNeal Pavilion, Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Ore. The unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Deputies and Fire on scene fire South Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/18/14
Fire personnel were dispatched to Summit Loop SE in Marion County on a fire that appears to have started from an illegal burn. Residents in the area have been notified to be ready to evacuate if needed by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and fire personnel. The fire is mostly contained at this point but fire crews are still checking further.

The public is asked to avoid the area of Parrish Gap Rd SE, Wintercreek Rd SE and Summit Loop SE. The Oregon State Fire Marshalls Office will be investigating the cause of the fire and will give a follow up media release as they are available. Please direct questions to the State Fire Marshalls Office for additional information.

The Sheriff's Office does not plan on putting out any further media releases.
TRI Staff to present unique approach to program rating at the QRIS national meeting (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 07/18/14
From left to right: Robyn Lopez Melton, Pat Aldrich and Tom Udell
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Robyn Lopez Melton, Pat Aldrich and Tom Udell, staff members at Western Oregon University's Teaching Research Institute (TRI), were invited to present at the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) national meeting from July 23 to 25 in Denver, Colo. QRIS is a system designed to improve the quality of child care by providing technical assistance to programs and professional development to staff, and to create a rating system that gives families a tool when looking for a program in which to place their children.

This invitation came after a successful presentation on Oregon's QRIS at the 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Minneapolis. Their presentation, titled The Portfolio Approach: A cost-effective measure for evaluating program standards, focuses on Oregon's unique use of a portfolio system to document standards as an affordable approach.

"The use of portfolios to evaluate child care programs is unique to Oregon's QRIS," says TRI's Center on Early Learning Director Tom Udell. "It shows promise of not just being cost effective, but creating high levels of participation and engagement with home and center based child care providers."

The portfolio system, which grew out of a decision from what was then Oregon's Child Care Division about eight years ago, supports the idea that Oregon would always spend more supporting programs than rating them. At that time, Oregon's Programs of Quality (also coordinated by TRI) conducted a pilot test to discover if one could accurately measure the quality of a child care program by having each child care program director submit documentation in a portfolio. The pilot test showed the method had promise, not only for documenting quality but for being more cost effective than direct observation. Oregon's QRIS portfolio system was born.

"In most states, the rating is based on outside observations using selected observation tools," said Robyn Lopez Melton, QRIS program coordinator and TRI staff member. "The observation approach includes the expense of hiring, training and maintaining skilled observers, the purchase of the observation tools, and travel expenses." Absent most of these expenses, Oregon's costs-per-program using portfolios appears to be lower.

Ella Taylor, Ph.D., director of Teaching Research Institute said, "Early evidence indicates that the use of a portfolio system encourages greater buy-in from early learning providers since they directly interact with the standards - needing to review each standard and show evidence of how his or her program satisfies the criteria. Oregon's portfolio system engages providers by encouraging them to assess and improve their programs based on the standards."

The portfolios contain all of Oregon's early child care standards and indicators, and require evidence to document how programs meet the standards. The child care program directors complete and submit their portfolio to TRI. A team of trained reviewers review and rate each program. According to Lopez Melton, "Many programs receive their rating in the first review, and others respond to requests for additional evidence and are rated in a simple re-submission process."

After attending Oregon's QRIS presentation at the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Minneapolis, Debi Mathias, Director of the QRIS National Learning Network with the BUILD Initiative, invited the TRI team to repeat the presentation at the QRIS National Meeting in Denver later this summer. TRI staff are excited about this opportunity to share what has proven to be an effective, engaging and successful process that may benefit QRIS programs across the country.

For more information, please contact Tom Udell at udellt@wou.edu


Attached Media Files: From left to right: Robyn Lopez Melton, Pat Aldrich and Tom Udell
Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins Statement on Daimler Trucks North America Headquarters Groundbreaking
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/18/14
PORTLAND - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins issued the following statement today at Daimler Trucks North America's Headquarters groundbreaking event on Portland's Swan Island:

"Daimler Trucks North America's commitment to stay and expand its corporate headquarters here in Oregon is an enormous vote of confidence in our state's economic future. Our highly-trained workforce and high quality of life continues to make us globally competitive as we develop foreign partnerships and attract investment from around the world. We're an international player, and Oregon will continue to attract foreign direct investment and work to grow companies like Daimler here."


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Expect congestion and delays on I-5 between Drain and Cottage Grove (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 07/18/14
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Motorists traveling north on Interstate 5 should expect lane closures, congestion and delays between Drain and Cottage Grove today and tomorrow, July 18-19, due to pavement repairs.

Northbound lane closures will be in effect between milepost 168 and milepost 170, just north of the Lane-Douglas County Line. The lane closures are necessary because several large potholes have developed along the right side of the road this week.

Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, workers plan to dig out a 500-foot section of the northbound right lane, replace the rock under the road and pave the surface. All lanes are expected to be open by Saturday evening.


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Update: Investigation Into Officer-Involved Shooting in Reedsport
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's officer-involved shooting in Reedsport. The man shot by a law enforcement officer is still being treated at a local hospital and no officers present were injured.

Updated information authorized for release indicates on July 17, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., four law enforcement officers (two from Reedsport Police Department and two from Douglas County Sheriff's Office) responded to a reported verbal and physical disturbance at a mobile home park located at 1000 N. Eighth Street in Reedsport.

After arrival, the officers were confronted by an adult male suspect armed with a handgun. Shots were exchanged between the man and law enforcement. The suspect was shot at least once and injured. He was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital for initial treatment where he is still being treated.

For investigative reasons, including pending interviews, the names of the person shot and the involved officers are still withheld.

Both deputies from Douglas County Sheriff's Office and one Reedsport police officer are on paid administrative leave at this time, which is standard protocol during officer-involved shooting investigations.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is represented by investigators from OSP, DCSO, Reedsport Police Department, and Roseburg Police Department. The Douglas County District Attorney's Office is assisting the Major Crimes Team.

Additional information will be released when approved by the investigative team.

Officer-involved shooting investigations can be complex and take several weeks to complete and present to the District Attorney's office for review. To provide educational outreach to local communities, a video was produced by the Lane County District Attorney office with the assistance of law enforcement and national and regional experts. The 17-minute video provides important details regarding officer-involved shootings and the process used to investigate them. The video may provide useful background for reporters and the public, and it can be viewed via this link: http://bit.ly/q0V69v

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Oregon ranchers attempt to stave off devastating wildfires, save cattle (rancher interviews available) (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 07/18/14
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SALEM -- With the Oregon wildfires still raging, Oregon ranchers are doing all they can to save their homes, cattle, land and livelihoods.

Throughout Oregon, ranchers are doing their best to not only stop the fires, but to protect their cattle. Several ranchers have already come across as many as 20 dead cows. By the time these wildfires are put out, there is no telling how many cattle will have perished.

Find out more about the Oregon Cattlemen's Association at www.orcattle.com

For media:

Interviews can be arranged with several ranchers, including: Ray Sessler, Bill Wilber and Bob Skinner. Their contact information can be obtained by calling Scott Anderson, OCA communication coordinator, at 503-361-8941. You can also email him at Scott@orcattle.com

Notes: If you would like photos of Bill Wilber inspecting his land Tuesday in Burns, photos can be emailed.

Information on the ranchers:

Ray Sessler:

The current president of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, Sessler lives in Prineville. With his ranches in Prineville and Paulina, Sessler operates on 62,000 acres. Sessler has been a full-time rancher since the 1980s. He was born in Klamath Falls and grew up in the ranching industry.

Bill Wilber:

Wilber, 72, lives in Burns where he operates on 10,000 acres. Wilber is the OCA's Wildlife Committee Chairman. Wilber confirmed Friday that he has already found seven dead cows and 13 dead calves. He expects to find more, along with countless injured cattle, but is struggling to get a count on the exact number due to the fact that the ground is still extremely hot. Wilber also said he has found cattle he refers to as the "walking wounded." He said one calf had been found that had no visible burn marks, but it was "totally traumatized," he said.

Bob Skinner:

Skinner, the OCA's Public Lands Committee Chairman and past OCA president, lives in Jordan Valley. Skinner, along with many other ranchers who serve as members of the Jordan Valley Rangeland Fire Protection Association, have personally been fighting the Buzzard Complex fire.

"The wind was pretty bad and the fire has jumped the fire line about four times," he said.

Skinner also said while he didn't have an exact count, many cows have died.

"And a lot of people are upset," he said. "Operations are going to be severely impacted. I've been through this before, too. These fires impact you for years to come and it's also a huge emotional drain. Plus, these big fires just annihilate the wildlife. It's not a good situation."


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White River Fire Morning News Release, Friday, July 18, 2014 @ 9 a.m. FINAL
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/18/14
July 18, 2014 9:00 a.m.

NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE

OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1

WHITE RIVER FIRE FULLY CONTAINED

Most of the firefighters who have been mopping up the 652-acre White River Fire this week are hitting the road this morning. The fire was declared 100 percent contained today by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry incident management team, which took supervisory control of the fire's suppression on Sunday, July 13.

The direction of further mop-up operations on the White River Fire has been returned to The Dalles Unit of the Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Several crews, engines and other equipment remain to ensure the fire stays inside its containment line.

But one hundred percent contained does not mean the fire is 100 percent out.

The incident management team's objectives were to complete a fire line around the blaze's perimeter, then mop-up (fully extinguish) all hot spots within 500 feet of the fire line (300 feet inside the White River Canyon, a wilderness area).

The cost of containing the White River Fire is $2 million. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Some of the incident management team's members have already been assigned to other wildfires, as have many of the crews that helped to contain the White River Fire. Dozens of blazes east of the Cascade Range in Oregon are scrambling for fire suppression resources - crews, engines, bulldozers, helicopters - and an unwritten objective of the incident management team on the White River Fire was to complete its tasks quickly and completely so much-needed help could be sent to fire managers in other parts of the state.

For further information about the White River Fire, please contact:
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
The Dalles Unit, (541) 296-4626
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Oregon State Medical Examiner Receives Eye Bank Association of America's "Gift of Sight Award" (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
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The Oregon State Medical Examiner recently received special recognition by the Eye Bank Association of America for her advocacy and support of eye and corneal donation when she was presented with the association's "Gift of Sight Award".

Dr. Karen Gunson has worked for the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for over 28 years and has been the Chief Medical Examiner since 1999. Dr. Gunson is a strong advocate and supporter of organ and eye donations and was intimately involved in developing Oregon's 9-1-1 referral system to the eye bank to give families an opportunity to authorize donations whenever possible.

The "Gift of Sight Award" is presented by the Eye Bank Association of America to a professional who works closely with the eye banking community and whose efforts have demonstrated significant support of eye and corneal donation.

Corrina Patzer, Director of Business Development for Lions VisionGift, submitted the nomination leading to Dr. Gunson's award.

"Dr. Gunson makes a difference and creates a positive impact on the field of eye donation and transplantation. Her dedication, energy and leadership provide a direct and lasting benefit to donor families, people in need of transplantation, and transplant recipients. Her steadfast support for donation translates into saved lives and enhanced living for many others," said Patzer.

Dr. Gunson graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in 1981 and is board certified in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and Forensic Pathology. In 2009, she was the first ever medical examiner to win the "Regional Champion Award" from the Health Resources Services Administration for outstanding contributions on behalf of organ donors, donor families and transplant patients.

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About the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Division:
The purpose of the Medical Examiner Division is to provide direction and support to the state death investigation program. The Medical Examiner manages all aspects of the state medical examiner program and has responsibility for technical supervision of county offices in each of the 36 counties of Oregon. The division is staffed by four full??'time forensic pathologists, supported by four staff personnel located in the Portland Metropolitan area. Further administrative support and oversight are provided by the Department of Oregon State Police. The main activity of the division is to certify the cause and manner of a death requiring investigation within the authority of ORS Chapter 146. This activity includes post mortem examination and alcohol and drug analyses. The division also maintains appropriate records and provides lectures and training on legal medicine and death investigation to medical school physicians and students, attorneys, law students, police officers, emergency medical technicians, and other persons associated with the death investigation system.

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Five Ways to Prepare for the Homebuying Process (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 07/18/14
Kurt Hill of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
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Wells Fargo offers tips for aspiring homeowners to prepare for mortgage loan approval

Next to saving for retirement, purchasing a home is one of the most significant financial events for most Americans. Here are five steps that prospective homebuyers can take to get on the path to homeownership:

1) Know your credit profile - Prospective homebuyers should know their credit score before applying for a loan. A borrower's credit history may impact the interest rate or the amount of money that can be borrowed in relation to income. Once a year, you can obtain a free copy of your credit report from each of the three credit bureaus by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.

To learn more about understanding and improving credit scores, visit the Wells Fargo Smarter Credit center at www.wellsfargo.com/smarter_credit. The site has information on establishing, improving and protecting credit as well as tips on paying down debt.

2) Have manageable debt - An important factor that lenders evaluate is debt-to-income ratio, which is the relationship between income and expenses. While debt-to-income requirements vary by mortgage programs, a good rule of thumb is to keep your total debt level at or below 36 percent of your gross monthly income.

3) Show funds for a down payment - In the current mortgage environment, a down payment is required for most loan programs. However, a 20 percent down payment is not mandatory and there are some loan programs available that provide lower down payment options. Keep in mind that some low down payment programs may require private mortgage insurance, which adds to the monthly payment and overall loan cost.

4) Demonstrate proof of all income - Borrowers must demonstrate their ability to repay and provide documentation of income sources. Lenders will review income history and will require current W2s, tax returns or other documentation.

5) Money in the bank - In addition to showing an ability to make your monthly mortgage payments and other financial responsibilities, lenders want to see that you have savings or a cushion. Some call this cushion a "rainy day fund," which can be used to handle unexpected expenses that come with home ownership such as a roof leak or a failing appliance.

A good rule of thumb is to have savings for at least six months of expenses. This illustrates to a lender that you are financially responsible and capable of putting money aside.

"We are committed to helping our customers turn houses into homes and know that access to credit is easier when consumers are financially prepared," said Kurt Hill, a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage regional sales manager in Portland.

"We want to help customers prepare to move forward successfully in the home buying process, which includes helping them understand what's expected for loan approval and what's needed for sustainable homeownership," Hill said.

For more information about buying a home visit: www.wellsfargo.com/mortgage.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com).


Attached Media Files: Kurt Hill of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting - July 25
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/18/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission will hold a regular meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, July 25 at 2 World Trade Center, Flags Conference Room, 121 S.W. Salmon St., in Portland.

The meeting's agenda is available at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Contact-us/Oregon-Business-Development-Commission/2014meetings.php
Moccasin Hill Fire Update for Friday, July 18, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/18/14
Firefighters were engaged in a variety of tasks yesterday as they continued to wrap-up work on the Moccasin Hill Fire in preparation for a transfer to a local team this weekend. Crews extinguished hot spots along the fire line and around residential areas.

Today will be the last big mop-up shift before additional crews demobilize to other incidents across the state. The Team will continue to prepare for tomorrow's transition to a local fire management organization. One minor firefighter injury was reported on Thursday.

"Overall, the Team has had an excellent safety record on this incident," said IMT2 Safety Officer Scott West. "Their training and hard work has really paid off."

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Recovery Center in Sprague River was active yesterday, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. The Red Cross Center is now closed.

Fire Size: 2535 acres
Containment: 75%
Expected Containment: 7-19-14
Resources assigned: 21 crews, 3 helicopters, 24 engines, 3 dozers, 9 water tenders
Total personnel: 594
Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Estimated Costs to Date: $2.7 M

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.
Advisory: Wheeler County SO & OSP Urge Highway Travelers To Slow Down, Drive Safely as Firefighting Efforts Continue
Oregon State Police - 07/18/14
The Wheeler County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police are urging all travelers in the vicinity of Highway 26 and Highway 19 to slow down and drive safely. A wildfire in the area has closed Highway 26 between milepost 35 and 53 east of Prineville. ODOT's TripCheck.com notes due to hazardous debris and weather, there is no current estimated time for opening.

Law enforcement is concerned that limited visibility, increased traffic on secondary roads, and firefighting efforts/movements may affect highway safety in the Mitchell and Spray areas. Motorists using alternate routes are asked to slow down, drive alert and be watchful for others using the area roads.

Traffic updates on state roads in the area can be monitored on ODOT's TripCheck.com website.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 153 (SE Amity Road) east of Amity in Yamhill County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Highway 153 (SE Amity Road) east of Amity near SE Burch Hill Road in Yamhill County. The crash resulted in the death of a 19-year old female whose name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Brad Hessel, on July 17, 2014 at approximately 10:20 a.m., a 1999 Toyota Camry four-door driven by ARIEL DAWN DUMLER, age 19, from Amity, was traveling eastbound on Highway 153 when, for an unconfirmed reason, the driver lost control on a slight left curve. The vehicle traveled off the highway and down an embankment where its top collided into a tree.

The crash was not witnessed but a local resident heard it and called 9-1-1. Local emergency responders arrived on scene and confirmed the female driver was deceased.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are investigating. The victim was using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Amity Fire District, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT. The highway was closed with a detour in place during the scene investigation.

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Red Cross offering Assistance for Springfield Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/17/14
Due to a fire at the Springfield Forest Products Company, Lane County Emergency Management has contacted the Red Cross for potential assistance if evacuations are necessary. If evacuations do occur and someone needs asssitance they should contact the Red Cross at 888-680-1455.
Narcotics Related Search Warrant
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/17/14
Date Occurred: July 17, 2014
Occurred Location: Lebanon, Linn County Oregon

The Lebanon Police Department with the assistance of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Linn County P&P, Albany Police Department and Sweet Home Police Department executed a search warrant at 1131 S 9th St, Lebanon, Linn County Oregon.
At the time of entry, four occupants were located inside the residence. 1-Nathan Eugene Bartholf, DOB: April 13, 1991/2-Ashley Cheyenne Murray, DOB: May 9, 1994/ 3-Angela May Rhoades, DOB: September 6, 1970/ 4-Daniel Allen Norris, DOB: November 11, 1981.

Heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, drug paraphernalia, cash and three handguns were seized during the search, tow of the three handguns recovered were reported stolen through the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested/Charges:
Nathan Eugene Bartholf - Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Theft in the First Degree by receiving (2 counts), Felon in possession of a firearm (three counts), Frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold, and outstanding warrant for his arrest for Fail to Appear in the First Degree. He was transported to the Linn County Jail for booking.

Ashley Cheyanne Murray - Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold, and an outstanding warrant for her arrest for Fail to Appear in the First Degree. She was transported to the Linn County Jail for booking.

Angela May Rhoades _ Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Frequenting a place where drugs are used or sold. She was cited and released.

Daniel Allen Norris - Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Frequenting a place where drugs are used and sold. He was cited and released.

If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact Detective Steve Fountain at (541) 258-4344.
This case has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney's office for prosecution.
Correction: Preliminary Information: Investigation into Officer-Involved Shooting in Reedsport
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
Correction to first paragraph changed to "Thursday afternoon"

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The Douglas County Major Crimes Team, led by Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, is starting an investigation into Thursday afternoon's officer-involved shooting in Reedsport. The man shot by a law enforcement officer is being treated at a local hospital and no officers present were injured.

Preliminary information indicates on July 17, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m., law enforcement officers from Reedsport Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported disturbance at a mobile home park located at 1000 N. Eighth Street in Reedsport.

After arrival, the officers were confronted by the armed adult male suspect and shots were exchanged between the man and law enforcement. The suspect was shot at least once and injured. He was transported to Lower Umpqua Hospital for initial treatment. His condition is unknown.

No other information, including names of law enforcement officers or the suspect, will be released without authorization by the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. The involved law enforcement agency will be identified when approved for release.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is represented by investigators from OSP, DCSO, Reedsport Police Department, and Roseburg Police Department.

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Yard, Garden & Patio Show to Continue Under New Ownership
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 07/17/14
July 17, 2014, Wilsonville, Ore. - Oregon's Yard, Garden & Patio Show will continue into 2015 and beyond, according to a joint announcement made Thursday.

Metropolitan Productions Inc. has purchased the 26-year-old consumer event, designed expressly for gardeners and homeowners, from the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). The next edition will be held Friday-Sunday, February 27-March 1, 2015, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. The show is held every year on a weekend in late February and/or early March.

"We are both honored and excited to be the new owners of the Yard, Garden & Patio Show," said Sean Guard, President and CEO of Metropolitan Productions. "We look forward to carrying on the rich tradition of the show, and also adding some exciting new elements over the next few years."

Jeff Stone, executive director of the OAN, said that Metropolitan Productions turned out to be the perfect buyer. The purchase agreement provides for the continued involvement of OAN-member garden retailers, landscapers and service providers in the event. Metropolitan will also support the nursery industry by funding annual scholarships for horticulture students through the Oregon Nurseries Foundation, an arm of OAN.

"Metropolitan Productions is well known, experienced, and respected in the events industry," Stone said. "They own and operate the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival, and have a large portfolio of events clients, including Fred Meyer, Columbia Sportswear, Cash & Carry, LinkUs and the Harrington Family Foundation. The Yard, Garden & Patio Show is a perfect fit for their core competencies. We think the show will be in excellent hands."

Stone noted that Metropolitan is familiar with the show, having worked on the marketing and promotion of the event in 2010.

Matt Gold, president of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, said he was pleased with the arrangement, which was unanimously approved by the OAN Board of Directors. "This allows the OAN to focus efforts on the Farwest Trade Show, our wholesale show supporting the $750 million Oregon nursery industry, while still providing a way for our retail and landscape members to reach out to the public," he said. "It's the classic win-win situation."

The OAN will continue its other consumer outreach projects, including the Plant Something(TM) campaign, the Random Acts of Gardening e-newsletter, and the annual Retail Nurseries & Garden Centers Guide (a folding map and directory of OAN-member retailers, landscapers and service providers). All of these projects will continue their presence at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show -- and both Stone and Guard pledged that the two organizations will continue working together for the benefit of gardening and the horticulture industry.

"We appreciate the trust that the OAN has put in Metropolitan Productions," Guard said. "YGP has had 26 very successful years. We know what an outstanding event it is for the public and for the exhibitors. We are prepared to work with the OAN to make the transition seamless, so we can retain this quality event in the Portland market and continue its success for years to come."

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Metropolitan Productions Inc. was founded in 2002 and is based in Washougal, Wash., a Portland suburb just across the Columbia River.

The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is among the state's largest agricultural commodities, with annual sales of $755 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.
Assault in First Degree
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/17/14
Contact:
Phone: 541-451-1751 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lebanon Police Department


Nature of Crime or Event: Assault in the First Degree
Date Occurred: July 14th, 2014
Occurred Location: Lebanon, Oregon

This investigation started on July 14th, 2014 when the Lebanon Police Department was contacted by the Lebanon Community Hospital regarding a seventeen month old boy who was brought to the hospital with multiple bruises on his body and a broken collar bone. In addition to the broken collar bone, the child had over 30 bruises on his body; including bruising to his forehead, around his nose and eyes, in his ear, on his stomach and his back. The child was brought to the Lebanon Hospital for swelling and redness on his shoulder.
This case was assigned to the Lebanon Police detectives for follow up with everyone that was with the child prior to him reportedly being injured. Detectives interviewed the mother and a live-in male friend regarding the unexplained types of injures.
Based on the investigation and statements made by the suspect, on July 16th, 2014 the live-in friend, Justin Ray Garton, date of birth, July 28th, 1989 was arrested for Assault in the First Degree. He was lodged at the Linn County Jail pending arraignment.
The victim in this case is a minor so the name is not being released.
The mother of the child continues to be cooperative with law enforcement and Department of Human Services. The child was released from the hospital to the mother. The Department of Human Services has a safety plan in place the for the child and a sibling that resides in the same home.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Shelly McInnes at 541-258-4329.



This case has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney's office for prosecution.


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Base jump leaves one man Dead
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are finishing up at the scene of a base jumping accident. Deputies responded to a report from friends of 38 year old Zachary Sommer of Portland that he had not returned from a base jump. Initial information is Mr Sommer called his friends last night letting them know he was heading out for a base jump, but he never called them back and they became worried something bad happened and called the Marion County Sheriff's Office just after 7 A.M. this morning.

Deputies arrived on scene at the tower southeast of Silverton where they found Mr Sommer deceased. The tower is approximately 1000 feet high and is located on private property. We will not be releasing the exact location of the tower.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Cooper, who is an experienced base jumper and known in the base jumping community believes Mr Sommer grabbed a lanyard as well as the handle to deploy his pilot parachute which prevented the proper pull and deployment of the parachute. Deputy Cooper describes the lanyard as a part of the stash bag which is used to package the parachute once the jump is completed.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens there are no legal locations for base jumping within Marion County but there are websites that list legal options for base jumping on line.
30th Annual Bike MS to Cycle through the Willamette Valley Countryside Aug. 1 - Aug. 3 (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 07/17/14
Bike MS Oregon
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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2014

National MS Society, Oregon Chapter holds recreational cycling event to benefit multiple sclerosis research, support programs

PORTLAND - With 100 Bike MS rides across the U.S. in 2014, there's a Bike MS ride coming soon to Oregon. In August, the 30th annual 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley takes cyclists on two days of recreational rides through the rolling hills, wildlife preserves, historic towns, and water features of the Willamette Valley countryside.

To celebrate its inception in 1984, 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride kicks off Friday, Aug. 1 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore. with an 80's themed welcome reception. On Saturday, Aug. 2., riders of all levels loop anywhere from 33-100 miles, enjoy BBQ, a beer garden, live entertainment and 80's movie night under the stars. Event participants roll to a close on Sunday, Aug. 3 with a 35 or 50 mile ride and lunch.

The 30th annual ride marks one of the largest fundraisers for the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. Cyclists pay a registration fee of $75 - $95 and commit to raising at least $250. Those raising more than $5,000 are given a pass to all 100 MS rides across the country. Nearly 80% of what's raised directly funds programs, services and research to help those living with MS, and help researchers find both a cause and a cure.

Register for the event at bikeMSoregon.com

Anyone 12 or older is invited to participate. Routes range from 33 to 100 miles, with fully stocked rest stops every 10 to 15 miles. Participants receive free campsites and RV spaces near event festivities (first come, first served), on-route bike repair and safety support, before/after-ride meals and entertainment, and a celebration back at Western Oregon University. Riders can enjoy up to 100 miles of Willamette Valley's finest countryside, cycle with others at their own pace, and gain a sense of accomplishment by crossing a finish line that helps the Society get that much closer to finding a cure.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

Where Does the Money Go?
Funds raised in this event will be used by the Society to help those who live with MS. The 2013 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride generated $580,000; the goal for 2014 is $612,000. The money helps fund programs and services such as:

* $50 provides round-trip transportation to a medical appointment.
* $100 helps purchase a walker or shower chair.
* $250 funds a transport chair, accessible transportation to medical appointments or a portable ramp.
* $500 helps fund a college scholarship for a high school senior who is living with MS or whose parent is living with MS.
* $1,000 pays for a hospital bed, half of a standard chair lift, or utility or rental assistance to two people living with MS.
* $43,000 funds the average research fellow

About 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley

www.bikeMSoregon.com

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About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

More About the Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 7,800 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com

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Recreating Around Water? Wear a Life Jacket (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 07/17/14
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Most boaters already know they're required to have a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for every passenger on their boat and that it needs to be "readily accessible." But what keeps people from actually wearing one? It's surprising when you ask adults why they don't put one on when they're boating:

"I won't fall overboard."
"I've been boating my entire life."
"I've been out on this same lake for decades and nothing's ever happened."
"I'm a good swimmer."

When the temperature outside gets hot, the lure of the water can be hard to resist. But most waterways, especially rivers, are fed by snow melt and remain cold through most of the year -well into summer. Cold water and hot surface temperatures can lead to muscle cramping with just a minutes of exposure. For people floating in single inner tubes, even though they aren't considered a boat and are exempt from state life jacket requirements, are even more prone to muscle cramping. Many rivers have a strong undercurrent, and if a person falls out of their inner tube, the tube will float downstream faster than they can grab it. Add muscle cramping and cold water, and that could mean trouble.

The Oregon State Marine Board and other boating safety advocates recommend that all boaters and passengers not only have a life jacket, but "Wear It!" at all times while boating. Why? Because accidents on the water happen too fast to realistically put one on in an emergency. U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in 77 percent of recreational boating fatalities in 2013, and that 84 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets. That's why boating safety advocates continue to push for increased and consistent life jacket wear on the water.

The good news is that today's life jackets are much more comfortable, lightweight and stylish than the old, bulky orange horse collar styles from decades ago. Life jackets that use inflatable technologies are lightweight, keep the wearer cool, are extremely comfortable and resemble a pair of suspenders or a belt pack.

Other life jacket styles are available for almost any boating activity:

For fishing: Vest-style life jackets come with features such as pockets and clips that can replace a fishing vest and keep the angler safe.

For personal watercraft and water sports: Inherently buoyant, lighter-weight life jackets are rugged, with multiple buckles and clasps to keep them secure after impact with the water.

For paddling: Special life jackets are designed with large openings for arms to allow ease of movement. For Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), many paddlers are opting for the inflatable belt-pack style. This type of life jacket is worn in the front, not the back, because once the pack is deployed, the life jacket will inflate forward, and allow the person to easily slip it over their head.

For children: There are specifically-designed, inherently buoyant life jackets that come in a wide variety of styles, colors, and types. Many styles include straps attached to a head cushion that make pulling a child from the water much easier and ensures a child's head can remain face-up when they're in the water.

For pets: Life jackets are even available for our four-legged friends. It's helpful to purchase one with a handle on top to easily pull your pet out of the water, if needed.

No matter what the activity or style chosen, the most important thing is: remember to select a life jacket that you like, is designed for the activity you're doing and to "Wear It!"

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

Try It On -It's a must
* To get started, check the manufacturer's ratings for your size and weight.
* Make sure the life jacket is zipped or buckled.
* Do the "Touch-Down Test," by raising your arms straight up over your head with the life jacket on. Grab the jacket from the shoulders and lift up. The shoulder straps should not come up past your ear lobes. Try tightening the buckles once again, and repeat. If the jacket still rises above the ears, go down a size.
* If the buckles overlap once they're connected, then the jacket is too big, so go down a size.
* Many life jacket styles are short-waisted, so don't go by the length to determine proper fit. The most important factor is how the jacket rises because this is how it will float you in the water.
* If the life jacket rides up over your chin or face, it does NOT fit properly. A snug fit, not a restrictive one, signals a properly fitting life jacket.

Important Reminders:
* Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
* Double check that your life jacket is appropriate for your favorite boating activities.
* Take the time to ensure a proper fit.
* Life jackets designed for adults do not work for children. If you are boating with children, make sure they are wearing properly fitted, child-sized life jackets. Do not buy a life jacket for your child to "grow into." There are life jacket exchange events held by many boating safety advocates throughout the year. Consider exchanging a outgrown life jackets for ones that will currently fit your children.

In Oregon, children under 13 years old must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket on recreational vessels that are underway, unless they are below decks or in an enclosed cabin. Boaters who recreate on whitewater rivers rated with Class III or higher rapids are also required to wear a properly fitting, U. S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

For more information about life jackets and boating and water safety in Oregon, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/safety/lifejacket.aspx.


Attached Media Files: Collage of people wearing their life jackets
Death Investigation - Spencer Butte Area south of Eugene
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Lane County Medical Examiner are investigating the apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound death of a 62-year old Eugene man found Wednesday afternoon deceased in his vehicle south of Eugene.

On July 16, 2014 at approximately 4:23 p.m., an OSP trooper was attempting to locate next of kin related to an earlier fatal traffic crash when a citizen flagged the trooper down. The citizen told the trooper there was a suspicious vehicle parked off the road near S. Willamette Street and W. 52nd Avenue.

The citizen pointed out where the passenger car was parked and the trooper saw the driver was slumped over in the driver's seat. When the trooper approached the car he found the 62-year old male driver, identified as RICHARD IRWIN CAESAR from Eugene, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the vehicle.

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Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Thursday, July 17, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/14
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
No new fires were reported to Salem Coordination Center in the last 24-hours.

*Sunflower Fire
The lightning-caused Sunflower Fire that was reported Tuesday burning in timber and grass approximately 10 miles north of Monument is now estimated at 1,200 acres.
Resources currently assigned: 4 engines, 1 water tender, 82 personnel. 6 structures threatened.

Fire Camp for the Sunflower Fire is being set up at the Morrow County OHV Camp between Spray and Heppner, Milepost 22 / Highway 207. A Type 2 Team from Nevada is being assigned to this fire.

*Waterman Complex
This lightning-caused complex of fires near Mitchell, Service Creek and Kimberly, was reported Monday evening. It includes the Bailey Butte, Toney Butte and Junction Springs Fires.

Current situation: A Level III Evacuation Notice for the Marks Creek Estates has been issued from the Crook County Sheriff's Office. Residents have been asked to leave their homes due to the fire threat.
Highway 26 remains closed on the south end beginning at Mount Bachelor Academy. The road will remain closed due active fire behavior on both sides of the road, hazard trees, and smoky conditions.

Firefighting resources continue to arrive to assist in suppression efforts. Suppression actions of the day include: providing structure protection on the West Branch Road, and Marks Creek area; constructing and holding fire line, mopping-up hot spots, scouting new fire line locations, and prepping existing roads. Aviation assets will be utilized to assist in containment efforts.
Firefighters are challenged with steep terrain, and a Red Flag Warning for high temperatures, low relative humidity's, and terrain driven winds.

The Bailey Butte Fire, part of the Waterman Complex burning in timber, is located approximately 10 miles west of the town of Mitchell. It is estimated at 2,105 acres and is now 5% contained.
Additional crews have been reassigned to work the southern portion where the fire is most active. The northern portion, the origin, will have crews working the perimeter and cooling down hotspots. Firefighters working the east, west and southern flanks will continue to construct and hold lines. The Resource Natural Area (RNA) on the south end has been impacted by the fire. No suppression tactics are planned within the RNA. Crews will work to reduce fuels and prep the Forest Service 2630 Road to create a fuel break.

The Toney Butte Fire, also part of the Waterman Complex, was reported Monday burning in grass, brush, juniper, sage and timber approximately 6 miles southwest of the town of Spray. The fire is estimated at 2,194 acres and is 50% contained. Today crews will cold trail and mop up any hot spots.

The Junction Springs Fire, also part of Waterman, is 20 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire is now in patrol status.

Resources assigned to the Waterman Complex: 24 engines, 17 crews, 6 water tenders, 6 bulldozers and 6 helicopters are assigned to this fire, along with 502 personnel.

Ochoco National Forest Closure Area:
This closure has been enacted due to firefighting activities taking place within the closure area and for the protection of public and employees safety. The Bailey Butte Fire Closure Area is established within boundary lines on its north side by the Forest boundary and it's south side following a system of closed Forest roads which include:
Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and the 2750. All roads and trails within the bounds of the Forest Closure are closed.

All campgrounds within the Forest Closure area including Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide, and Whistle are closed. Persons or their invitees who live or own property within the closure area, permitees who have a legitimate need to access their permitted allotments, escorted or approved by the Incident Management Team may be allowed into the closure area.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Two TFRs are in place over the Complex. One is located over the Bailey Butte Fire and the other over the Toney Butte Fire. Please check the NOTAM for current information.

Red Flag warnings (critical fire weather conditions) are in effect over the fire area for breezy winds and low humidity from Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening. Hot and dry conditions will continue through the rest of the week.

Fire information: 541-462-3140 or visit Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/
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*Moccasin Hill Fire
The 2,535-acre Moccasin Hill Fire, reported Sunday burning 4 miles north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is now estimated at 55 percent contained.
Firefighters continued to make excellent progress with mop-up and line reinforcement Wednesday. The Incident Management Team has received excellent cooperation and support from the local community, partner agencies and the local fire service.

"We have shifted from catching and holding the fire to securing the fire," said Operations Chief Joe Hessel. "With a good mop-up effort, we will be able to turn this fire over to a local team in a few days." Mop-up work will continue today, as crews use hand-held infrared devices that can show hot spots that may hold heat but not visible flame or smoke. Yesterday's mop-up activities revealed two additional small outbuildings had burned on Sunday, bringing the total number of structures lost to 35.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center in Sprague River is transitioning today to a Recovery Center, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. Thursday hours for the Red Cross Recovery Center will be 9 am to 8 pm.

With the reduction in fire activity and multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in Oregon, the process of demobilizing resources is underway. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Pacific Northwest is available at: http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com/.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Resources assigned: 21 crews, 2 air tankers, 10 helicopters, 33 engines, 5 bulldozers, 9 water tenders and 662 personnel. Estimated costs to date: $1.6 M.

Fire information: 541-947-6223 , or follow the incident's website.

*White River Fire
Nearly 460 firefighters and support personnel awoke in the White River Fire Camp this morning but many of them will hit the road today and tomorrow, either to another fire suppression assignment or to return to their home units. The 652-acre wildfire, which burned in a portion of the White River Wild and Scenic area 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, is 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected by Friday morning.

Day shift crews will focus on mopping up interior hot spots on the south side of the White River Fire; the north side of the fire will be patrolled by engine crews. Tonight, there will not be a full night shift operation; engines will patrol the perimeter and use hand-held infrared devices to detect heat.

Firefighters, engines and helicopters assigned to the White River Fire are also poised to respond to new fires, should any occur, in support of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's protection unit in The Dalles.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect today across the region for westerly winds to 10-20 mph, gusts to 30 mph, and relative humidity below 20 percent.

The cause of the White River Fire, which started July 12, is being investigated.

Resources assigned: One Type II (medium) helicopter, one Type III (light) helicopter, 8 engines, 2 bulldozers and 1 water tender.
Costs so far have reached $1.8 million.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area, under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes.
Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

For more information, please follow the incident's website.

*Log Springs Fire
The 10-acre Log Springs fire that was reported Monday burning in timber and grass approximately 4 ?1/2 miles northwest of Ukiah is 100 percent contained and in patrol status.

Bear Claw Fire
The 26-acre Bear Claw Fire burning in timber and grass approximately 6 miles northwest of the Log Springs Fire and 10 miles northwest of Ukiah, is 100 percent contained and in patrol status.

Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available.

FIRE PREVENTION
A word about fire prevention: Several of our larger fires this year have been human-caused. With fire activity across the state, plus warmer-than-usual July temps and low humidity, please be extra-careful with fire.
Correction: Update #2: Second Person Dies; Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W between Veneta and Eugene (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
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Correction: Lane Fire Authority, not Eugene Springfield Fire, assisted at the scene.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed that a second person died following Wednesday afternoon's two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W between Veneta and Eugene. OSP is continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. The names of both drivers are released in this udpate.

On July 16, 2014 at approximately 1:10 p.m., a 2008 Toyota Prius driven by BRUNHILDE MARIA WATKINS, age 78, from Veneta, was westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 50. For an unconfirmed reason, the Toyota traveled across the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1986 Toyota 4Runner sport utility vehicle driven by KIRK GERARD RINALDI, age 47, from Dorena.

WATKINS was pronounced deceased at the scene.

RINALDI was extricated by firefighters and transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. According to the Lane County Medical Examiner's Office, RINALDI died early Thursday morning at the hospital.

Both drivers were believed to be using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane County Sheriff's Office, Lane Fire Authority, and ODOT. The highway was blocked and a detour in place until it was re-opened about 4:30 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Waterman Complex fires update - July 17, 2014, a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/14
Waterman Complex - Mitchell, Oregon
Information Center - 541-462-3140 (Will be routed through the school switchboard)
Incident Commander Doug Johnson


Current Situation:.
A Level III Evacuation Notice for the Marks Creek Estates has been issued from the Crook County Sheriff's Office. Residents have been asked to leave their homes due to the fire threat.

Highway 26 remains closed on the south end beginning at Mount Bachelor Academy. The road will remain closed due active fire behavior on both sides of the road, hazard trees, and smoky conditions.

The Complex consists of three fires: Bailey Butte, Toney Butte, and Junction Springs. Firefighting resources continue to arrive to assist in suppression efforts. Suppression actions of the day include: providing structure protection on the West Branch Road, and Marks Creek area; constructing and holding fire line, mopping-up hot spots, scouting new fire line locations, and prepping existing roads. Aviation assets will be utilized to assist in containment efforts. Firefighters are challenged with steep terrain, and a Red Flag Warning for high temperatures, low relative humidity's, and terrain driven winds.

Bailey Butte Fire - 2,105 acres, 5% contained. Additional crews have been reassigned to work the southern portion where the fire is most active. The northern portion, the origin, will have crews working the perimeter and cooling down hotspots. Firefighters working the east, west and southern flanks will continue to construct and hold lines. The Resource Natural Area (RNA) on the south end has been impacted by the fire. No suppression tactics are planned within the RNA. Crews will work to reduce fuels and prep the Forest Service 2630 Road to create a fuel break.

Toney Butte Fire - 2,194 acres, 50% contained. Crews will cold trail and mop up any hot spots.

Junction Springs Fire- 20 acres, 90% contained. This fire is in patrol status and monitored by air.

Ochoco National Forest Closure Area:
This closure has been enacted due to firefighting activities taking place within the closure area and for the protection of public and employees safety. The Bailey Butte Fire Closure Area is established within boundary lines on its north side by the Forest boundary and it's south side following a system of closed Forest roads which include:
Forest Roads 450, 2630, 150, 2200, 2210, 300, 2610, Buck Creek Road to its intersection with the east edge of the Mill Creek Wilderness and Forest Roads 650, 27, 2745, 010 and the 2750.

All roads and trails within the bounds of the Forest Closure are closed. All campgrounds within the Forest Closure area including Walton Lake, Round Mountain, Crystal Springs, Wildwood, Ochoco Divide, and Whistle are closed. Persons or their invitees who live or own property within the closure area, permitees who have a legitimate need to access their permitted allotments, escorted or approved by the Incident Management Team may be allowed into the closure area.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): Two TFRs are in place over the Complex. One is located over the Bailey Butte Fire and the other over the Toney Butte Fire. Please check the NOTAM for current information.

FIRE FACTS AT A GLANCE
Start date: July 11-12, 2014
Cause: Lightning
Total acres: 4,319
Containment: 28 percent
Hand crews: 17
Fire engines: 24
Water tenders: 6
Helicopters: 6
Bulldozers: 6
Total personnel: 502

For more information on the Waterman Complex visit:

Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/

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Find us on Twitter @watermancmplx
Sheriff's Office Fall Citizens Academy
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/17/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley announces the next Linn County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy will be held this fall starting September 9th and concluding on November 18th. The academy will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sheriff Riley is excited to start the next installment of this valuable program. The academy will touch on all aspects of the Linn County Sheriff's Office. Students will receive approximately 30 hours of training.

Applications for Citizens Academy can be located on the Linn Sheriff's Office website (Linnsheriff.org) under volunteer programs. Applications will need to be returned by August 22nd. Space for the academy is limited. If you have any questions, you may call 541-967-3950 and speak with Undersheriff Jim Yon or Debbi Harrell.
OSP Arrests Attempted Murder Suspect in Williams, Oregon Who Was Wanted Out of Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/17/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a Klamath County man Tuesday evening in Josephine County who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Attempted Murder. The warrant was issued in relation to a Klamath County Sheriff's Office investigation into a shots fired incident in Sprague River in May 2013.

On July 15, 2014 at approximately 8:07 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to the Williams Country Store in Williams after OSP received a tip that a man wanted on a warrant was at the store. The trooper arrived and contacted two people identified as MICHAEL ROBERT HORN, age 41, and REBECCA JUNE TOMPKINS, age 36.

Further investigation confirmed HORN was wanted out of Klamath County on a felony warrant for two counts of Attempted Murder. TOMPKINS was also wanted out of Klamath County on a misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Appear in the Second Degree.

HORN was taken into custody without incident and lodged in Josephine County Jail pending transfer to Klamath County. TOMPKINS was issued a citation to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court and was not lodged in jail.

According to Klamath County Sheriff's Office, HORN was wanted in relation to their investigation into a shooting that occurred in Sprague River on May 23, 2013. HORN is suspected of shooting several rounds at a vehicle occupied by two people during a disturbance. The vehicle was struck but no one was injured.

Questions regarding the investigation may be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Questions regarding pending court appearance(s) should be directed to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

Horn Photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Family forestlands, fire season update on Forestry Board's July 25 agenda; tour planned for July 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/14
July 16, 2014

Contact:
Rod Nichols, (503) 945-7425, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
Dan Postrel, (503) 945-7420, dpostrel@odf.state.or.us

The Oregon Board of Forestry will meet in the Forest Grove area on July 24-25 for a tour and regular business meeting that will include an update on the busy 2014 fire season, and a review of key issues and opportunities facing Oregon's 70,000 family forestland owners.

Thursday, July 24 Tour
On Thursday, July 24, the Board of Forestry will tour multiple forestland ownerships that are part of the Trask Paired Watershed Study. Begun in 2006, the study is enabling side-by-side examination of managed and unmanaged watersheds. The tour will depart from the Forest Grove Community Auditorium at 8 a.m. and conclude about 5 p.m. Members of the public may accompany the tour. For safety in the forest, tour participants are advised to wear long pants and footwear with good traction and ankle support. Hardhats and additional safety gear will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch, and to have their own transportation in case van seating is unavailable. Following the July 24 tour, the Board will host a community social at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 25 Meeting
The board meeting will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St., in Forest Grove. A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up. Agenda materials are available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, (2014 meeting link).

AGENDA ITEMS TO BE TAKEN UP JULY 25 INCLUDE:

Committee for Family Forestlands annual report
The Committee for Family Forestlands will submit its annual report to the board, which describes the citizen advisory panel's activities over the past year, discusses progress on key issues, and offers recommendations on policy topics affecting family forestlands.


2014 Fire Season update
Fire Protection program staff will provide an update on wildfire activity this summer, the weather outlook, and the readiness of firefighting resources.

Rulemaking for the changed status of bald eagles
The removal of the bald eagle in 2012 from the state's list of threatened and endangered species necessitated an update to Oregon's forest practice rules. Private Forests program staff will seek the board's approval to begin administrative rulemaking.

Subcommittee on alternative forest management plans
A board subcommittee assigned to identify alternative plans for managing the NW Oregon State Forests will describe its progress to date. The subcommittee was formed in June of last year and has met five times, most recently to review the science assessment phase of the process.

Subcommittee on federal forests
A board subcommittee on federal forests will provide an update on its work. The subcommittee focuses on federal forest policy issues, with an aim to help the board interact with the governor's office, the Oregon congressional delegation, the Legislature and other stakeholders on management of the 18 million acres of federally owned forestland in the state.

Oregon Department of Forestry budget
The board will consider the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) request budget for the 2015-17 biennium. If approved, the proposed budget will then be submitted to the Department of Administrative Services.

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

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

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at www.oregon.gov/odf.

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White River Fire Morning News Release, Thursday, July 17, 2014 @ 6:45 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/14
July 17, 2014 6:45 a.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1

Contact: Brian Ballou, public information officer, (541) 621-4156

DEMOBILIZATION OF WHITE RIVER FIRE BEGINS

Nearly 460 firefighters and support personnel awoke in the White River Fire Camp this morning but many of them will hit the road today and tomorrow, either to another fire suppression assignment or to return to their home units. The 652-acre wildfire, which burned in a portion of the White River Wild and Scenic area 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, is 95 percent contained. Full containment is expected by Friday morning.

Day shift crews will focus on mopping up interior hot spots on the south side of the White River Fire; the north side of the fire will be patrolled by engine crews. Tonight, there will not be a full night shift operation; engines will patrol the perimeter and use hand-held infrared devices to detect heat.

Firefighters, engines and helicopters assigned to the White River Fire are also poised to respond to new fires, should any occur, in support of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's protection unit in The Dalles.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today across the region for westerly winds to 10-20 mph, gusts to 30 mph, and relative humidity below 20 percent.

The cause of the White River Fire, which started July 12, is being investigated.

Fire suppression equipment available to the crews today include:
* One Type II (medium) helicopter
* One Type III (light) helicopter
* Eight engines
* Two bulldozers
* One water tender

Costs so far have reached $1.8 million.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area, under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes.

Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

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Make plans to attend one of these DHS Town Hall Meetings: Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community
OR Department of Human Services - 07/17/14
You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, DHS agency operations, and other human services issues. Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Your input and participation is extremely valuable to us. Please make plans to attend a meeting in your local area -- or to log on for a statewide web-based meeting (if you are unable to attend in person). We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College (Cascade Campus, Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Portland

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (Hitchcock Auditorium)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Bend

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (Center for Meeting & Learning)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Eugene

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Community College (RCC/SOU Higher Education Center)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Medford

Thursday, August 7 (special online meeting for those unable to attend in person)
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
RSVP to: DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us subject line Web

Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Additional information will be coming soon - please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Thank you!

Questions?
Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Moccasin Hill Fire - update July 17, a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/17/14
Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 17, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line: 541-947-6223

CURRENT SITUATION

Firefighters on the Moccasin Hill Fire continued to make excellent progress with mop-up and line reinforcement on Wednesday. The Incident Management Team has received excellent cooperation and support from the local community, partner agencies, and the local fire service.

"We have shifted from catching and holding the fire to securing the fire," said Operations Chief Joe Hessel. "With a good mop-up effort, we will be able to turn this fire over to a local team in a few days". Mop-up work will continue today, as crews use hand-held infrared devices that can show hot spots that may hold heat but not visible flame or smoke. Yesterday's mop-up activities revealed two additional small outbuildings had burned on Sunday, bringing the total number of structures lost to 35.

As the fire threat decreases, the Incident Management Team will be issuing only one news release per day. With the reduction in fire activity and multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in Oregon, the process of demobilizing resources is underway. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Pacific Northwest is available at: http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com/.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center in Sprague River is transitioning today to a Recovery Center, processing affected families and referring them to partner agencies for possible assistance. Thursday hours for the Red Cross Recovery Center will be 9 am to 8 pm.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.


FIRE AT A GLANCE

Size: 2535 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 55%

Expected Containment: 7-19-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 21
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 33
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 662

Estimated Costs to Date: $2.4 mil

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
NW Large Fires Information -http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com
07/16/14
Moccasin Hill Fire - update July 16, evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/14
Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 16, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line: 541-947-6223


Afternoon Update

Firefighters had a good day on the fire lines of the Moccasin Hill Fire Wednesday, as they focused on mop-up activities and reinforcing portions of the line. Most of the flame and smoke activity is limited to the eastern flank of the fire. In addition to mop-up work along the entire fire perimeter, crews will continue to extinguish all smokes within the residential area.

Due to decreased fire activity, this will be the last afternoon update from the Incident Management Team. A morning news release will still be issued daily for the remainder of the week.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the process of demobilizing resources has begun, with the fire releasing some crews to transition to one of the many other active large fire incidents in Oregon. A new website providing updates on all active large files in the Northwest is available at: http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com/.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.

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FIRE AT A GLANCE (07/16/14)

Size: 2535 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 35%

Expected Containment: 7-19-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 24
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 23
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 748

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.6 M

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
NW Large Fires Information -http://www.nwccinfo.blogspot.com
PIO Coverage 07/17 thru 07/21
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/16/14
Sergeant Baldridge will be on vacation starting 07/17 thru 07/21. In his absence to reach a PIO you must call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great week!
Overnight Shelter Closes, but Red Cross Resource Center Remains Open to Provide Services in Moccasin Hill Response
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/16/14
The American Red Cross Cascades Region has discontinued its overnight shelter accommodations at the Sprague River Community Center due to a decrease in overnight lodging needs. Red Cross services are still available and people seeking assistance are encouraged to visit the Red Cross Resource center, which is open until 8 p.m. tonight, and will be staffed tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Red Cross services include food, water, snacks and information about disaster health and disaster mental health service
Two Men Convicted of Murder
Marion Co. District Attorney's Office - 07/16/14
Today a Marion County jury found Frank Romero and Pedro Suarez guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Murder. The victim, Andrew Entizne, was shot to death in South Salem on April 6, 2013 at approximately 3:00am. Sentencing for both men has been set for July 18, 2014 at 2:00pm before the Honorable Vance Day.
Update: Search Scaled Down For Murder Suspect Daniel Martinson in SE Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of other area local and federal agencies, has scaled down the search for a murder suspect Wednesday in a remote wooded area of southeast Josephine County just north of the Oregon/California border. OSP will maintain a patrol presence in the area and is urging the public to call OSP or 9-1-1 if they have information where he is hiding or if they see him.

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINSON, age 44, has a felony warrant issued for his arrest for Murder in a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction. The search focused near Page Mountain Sno-Park in the southeast corner of Josephine County. There are some homes in this remote area. MARTINSON was spotted several times last night and this morning and has eluded officers on a motorcycle on several remote paved and dirt roads. The motorcycle is described as back in color with a red tank.

MARTINSON was last seen this morning wearing full camouflage clothing and has shaved his head. He is described as a white male, 5'6", and 155 pounds. MARTINSON is missing a front tooth and has a tattoo on his back of a pit bull dog with the word "Outlaw" underneath. A previously released photograph is provided with this news release advisory.

MARTINSON is considered armed and dangerous. OSP troopers from several Department divisions (Patrol, Criminal, Fish & Wildlife) were involved in the search all day with support from other agencies on the ground and in the air including California Highway Patrol, Del Norte County, California Sheriff's Office, and US Marshals Service.

Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600 or 9-1-1.

Photographs - Oregon State Police
(Additional photographs included from search area)

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Safety Camp Openings (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 07/16/14
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There are still some spots available for the second Safety Camp of 2014. Safety Camp is for kids going into 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the fall of 2014. Safety Camp is July 28-31 at South Albany High School. You can register at that Boys and Girls Club located at 1215 SE Hill St. The cost of camp is 35.00 and that includes, swimming every day, snacks and lunch, a field trip, t-shirts and great safety information. Scholarships are available.
Safety Camp is sponsored by Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department, Greater Albany Public Schools, Albany Community Pool and the Boys and Girls Club of Albany.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1216/76025/Safety_Camp_2.jpg , 2014-07/1216/76025/Safety_Camp_1.jpg
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet July 18 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 07/16/14
July 16, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, July 18. The primary business of the meeting will be review of the final 2013 performance and quality pool payout and assessment of the 17 incentive measures for 2015. Public testimony will be heard at 12:45 p.m.

When: Friday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville. Directions and parking information are available on the college's website at www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville/.

Interested persons can also attend through a listen-only telephone conference line at 1-888-808-6929; the participant code is 915042.

Agenda:

-- Select depression screening and follow-up plan benchmark for 2014

-- Review final 2013 performance and quality pool payout

-- Assess 17 current incentive measures for 2015

-- Process to review proposed new measures for 2015

-- Public testimony

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

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

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Correction: Extensive OSP F&W Division Investigation Into Central Oregon Illegal Guiding & Hunting Activities Leading to Multiple Convictions (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Correction to paragraph six clarifying Emily Aronson pled no contest.

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In perhaps one of the most extensive investigations involving troopers of the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division, a Bend area man was recently sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegal guiding and hunting activities in central Oregon. In total, 23 people have been charged for more than 200 counts/charges filed in Wheeler County and 15 additional charges were filed in Deschutes County. Ten of those individuals pled guilty or no contest; and cases are pending adjudication for 13 other people.

In October 2012, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper received an anonymous tip about alleged illegal guiding and hunting activities in Wheeler County. The initial tip only provided a first name of a suspect. As the investigation progressed, the trooper identified the primary suspect as ALAN ROY ARONSON, age 43, from Bend, who was alleged to be conducting illegal guided hunts, primarily for elk and buffalo, on another person's ranch property without the owner's consent.

During the investigation, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers across the state were involved in a coordinated effort and interviewed over a hundred people. Information indicated ARONSON was performing guided fee hunts, to hunters on private lands, whether or not they had valid hunting licenses or tags. Between 2010 and 2012, hunters accompanying ARONSON killed dozens of elk, including several large trophy elk that were shot and killed by persons without valid tags, and at least 9 buffalo from a neighboring ranch without the ranch owner's consent. Oregon State Marine Board records revealed that ARONSON was not a registered hunting guide in the State of Oregon during the time of the unlawful activities and was operating on land he did not own and therefore was illegally guiding hunters without an outfitter/guide registration.

Investigators also found evidence that a 6x7 bull elk was unlawfully shot and killed by his wife, EMILY ARONSON, age 34.

Search warrants were served at two different locations tied to the ARONSON's in Deschutes and Wheeler County. Subsequent to searching the properties, evidence seized included documents, a computer, untagged trophy elk and deer mounts, vehicles, a rifle, and three freshly skinned buffalo hides.

Both ALAN ARONSON and EMILY ARONSON were sentenced in Wheeler County Circuit Court on June 20, 2014. ALAN ARONSON pled guilty to three misdemeanor counts of failure to register as an outfitter and guide, and two felony counts of theft in the first degree. ALAN ARONSON was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a lifetime hunting license suspension and approximately $66,050 in fines and restitution, in addition to forfeiture of property to include a 2005 Ford pick-up and two UTV's vehicles that were determined to be used in the illegal guiding operation. EMILY ARONSON pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of hunting wildlife without a valid tag, was sentenced to a three year hunting license suspension and ordered to pay fines and restitution of $15,350 for the illegal taking of a 6x7 bull elk.

The global resolution for the 10 adjudicated persons to date, have resulted in the following cumulative sanctions:
* 180 days in jail (all jail sentences suspended except for the 30 days levied against ALAN ARONSON)
* 34 years in hunting license suspensions, plus the lifetime suspension for ALAN ARONSON
* Over $152,000 in fines, fees, restitution, and forfeitures
* 140 hours of community service* 222 months of probation

"The case resolution was successful in part from the great efforts and investigative skills of the lead investigator and team members whom worked tirelessly on this extensive and complex case, along with assistance from other Fish and Wildlife troopers from across the state," said Captain Jeff Samuels, OSP Fish & Wildlife Division director.

OSP Fish & Wildlife Division was assisted in this investigation and prosecution by Wheeler County District Attorney's Office, Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, and Oregon Department of Justice.

Questions regarding this investigation and court matters should be directed to the Wheeler County District Attorney Daniel Ousley at (541) 763-4207.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Fire Update for Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/14
*Sunflower Fire
The lightning-caused Sunflower Fire was reported burning in timber and grass approximately 10 miles north of Monument yesterday. The fire is currently estimated at 400 acres with running, spotting and torching. Growth potential is high.
Resources currently assigned: 4 engines, 1 crew, 1 water tender. 6 structures threatened.

*Waterman Complex
This lightning-caused complex of fires near Mitchell, Service Creek and Kimberly, was reported Monday evening. It includes the Bailey Butte, Toney Butte and Junction Springs Fires.

The Bailey Butte Fire, burning in timber, is located approximately 10 miles west of the town of Mitchell. It is estimated at 2,105 acres and is 0% contained.
The fire has moved south onto the Ochoco National Forest into very heavy timber. Plans include using managed stands to suppress the fire's forward movement.

Firefighters will be working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private timber and range lands. Coordination with private landowner and Ochoco National Forest will continue.

The Wheeler County Sheriff reduced the evacuation notice to Level 1 on the West Branch Road area. Home owners have been advised to remain on alert. Highway 26 remains closed due to very active fire behavior and hazardous falling trees. Two developed campgrounds (Ochoco Divide and Wildwood), and one trailhead (Cougar East) have been evacuated.

The Toney Butte Fire was reported Monday burning in grass, brush, juniper, sage and timber approximately 6 miles southwest of the town of Spray. The fire is estimated at 2,194 acres and is 0% contained.
Firefighters will be coordinating with landowners and working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private lands by establishing fire line to aid containment.

The Junction Springs Fire is 20 acres, 0% contained. Engines were able to access the top of the fire to apply water directly holding the fire. Efforts are to improve, hold and mop-up hot spots on existing line, construct and hold new line, and identify potential spot fires.

Resources assigned to the Waterman Complex: 15 engines, 20 crews, 3 water tenders, 6 bulldozers and 1 helicopter are assigned to this fire, along with 482 personnel.

Fire information: 541-462-3140.

*Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, reported Sunday burning 4 miles north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is now estimated at 2,535 acres.

Firefighters continue to make significant gains in efforts to contain the fire. Late yesterday fire officials reported the entire fire is lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main perimeter have been lined, and crews are reinforcing lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.

Yesterday, fire officials and Red Cross personnel were able to enter the burned area to conduct a detailed assessment of structures lost during the initial fire run on Sunday afternoon. This assessment has revealed that 17 primary structures and 16 other structures were lost for a total of 33 structures destroyed, up from the previous estimate of 20 total. No additional structures have been lost since Sunday.

Today, firefighters will focus on mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. In addition to mop-up work along the entire fire perimeter, crews will continue to extinguish all smokes within the residential area.

Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions. The weather forecast for today calls for a chance of thunderstorms late in the day.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the Incident Management Team will begin releasing some crews to transition to other incidents.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.

The fire is 35 percent contained and cause of the fire is under investigation.

Resources assigned: 24 crews, 2 air tankers, 10 helicopters, 23 engines, 6 bulldozers, 9 water tenders. Estimated costs to date: $1.6 M.

Fire information: Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for fire information, or follow the incident's website.

*White River Fire
Despite withering heat, fire crews working to extinguish the 652-acre White River Fire located 12 miles west of Tygh Valley significantly expanded their mop-up operation, bringing the containment level to 80 percent today. Full containment is expected by the end of the week.

Firefighters today will be working under Red Flag Warning conditions: 100-degree heat, humidity below 20 percent and stronger winds. This will raise the likelihood of increased fire activity deep inside the fire line where there are scattered unburned fuels and numerous hot spots. Hose lines and portable water ponds have been set up to stretch mop-up capabilities deep into the White River Canyon.

Night shift firefighters have been using hand-held infrared devices to detect buried pockets of heat.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area, under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes.

Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

Some resources, mostly personnel, will be released from the White River Fire today. It is likely that firefighters and equipment will get reassigned to other fires burning in the region.

Resources assigned: 2 Type II (medium) helicopters, 2 Type III (light) helicopters, 10 engines, 2 bulldozers, 1 water tender and 458 personnel. Fire costs to date: approximately $1.5 million. Cause is under investigation.
The cause of the fire, which started July 12, is being investigated.

For more information, please follow the incident's website.

*Log Springs Fire
The Log Springs fire was reported Monday burning in timber and grass approximately 4 ?1/2 miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 10 acres, is 90 percent contained and is in mop up.

*Bear Claw Fire
The Bear Claw Fire was reported yesterday burning in timber and grass approximately 6 miles northwest of the Log Springs Fire and 10 miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 26 acres, is 80 percent contained and is in mop up.

*Service Creek Fire
The Service Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles west of Spray, Oregon, is estimated at 385 acres. This fire was 100% contained at 9 a.m. yesterday.
2 crews are still assigned to the fire, which is in mop-up.

Over the weekend, lightning strikes across the state have started a number of smaller sized fires in various jurisdictions, including on the Malheur National Forest, and in the Willamette National Forest (contained, and called the Bingham Complex).
Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available.


ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

FIRE PREVENTION
A word about fire prevention: Several of our larger fires this year have been human-caused. With fire activity across the state and warmer-than-usual July temps, please be extra-careful with fire.
White River Fire Morning Update, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 @ 7:30 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/14
July 16, 2014 7:30 a.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1

Contact: Brian Ballou, public information officer, (541) 621-4156

WHITE RIVER FIRE NEARS CONTAINMENT

Despite withering heat, fire crews working to extinguish the 652-acre White River Fire significantly expanded their mop-up operation, bringing the containment level to 80 percent today. Full containment is expected by the end of the week.
The cause of the fire, which started July 12, is being investigated.
Resources assigned to the White River Fire suppression effort include:
* 458 personnel
* Two Type II (medium) helicopters
* Two Type III (light) helicopters
* Ten engines
* Two bulldozers
* One water tender

Costs so far have reached $1.5 million.

Some resources, mostly personnel, will be released from the White River Fire today. It is likely that firefighters and equipment will get reassigned to other fires burning in the region.

Firefighters today will be working under Red Flag Warning conditions: 100-degree heat, humidity below 20 percent and stronger winds. This will raise the likelihood of increased fire activity deep inside the fire line where there are scattered unburned fuels and numerous hot spots. Hose lines and portable water ponds have been set up to stretch mop-up capabilities deep into the White River Canyon.

Night shift firefighters have been using hand-held infrared devices to detect buried pockets of heat.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area, under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes.

Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

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Waterman Complex fires update - July 16, 2014, a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/14
Waterman Complex - Mitchell, Oregon

Information Center - 541-462-3140 (Will be routed through the school switchboard)

Start date: July 11-12, 2014

Cause: Lightning

Total acres: 4,319

Containment: 0%

Hand crews: 20

Fire engines: 15

Water tenders: 3

Helicopters: 1

Bulldozers: 6

Total personnel: 682



Location: Three fires near Mitchell, Service Creek, and Kimberly, Oregon.


Current situation: Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 3, Incident Commander Doug Johnson, assumed command of the Waterman Complex last evening. The incident command post is located at the Mitchell High School in Mitchell, Oregon. A telephone number is now available at the information center 541-462-3140. An infra-red radar flight was completed last night and updated acres reflect the results. Fire fighting resources continue to arrive to assist in suppression efforts. Operational plans for the day include: providing structure protection on the West Branch Road, constructing and holding fire line, mopping-up hot spots, scouting new fire line locations, and falling snags along Hwy 26. Aviation assets will be utilized to assist in containment efforts.


The Complex consists of three fires:


Bailey Butte Fire - 2,105 acres, 0% contained. The fire has moved south onto the Ochoco National Forest into very heavy timber. Plans include using managed stands to suppress the fire's forward movement. Firefighters will be working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private timber and range lands. Coordination with private landowner and Ochoco National Forest will continue. The Wheeler County Sheriff reduced the evacuation notice to Level 1 on the West Branch Road area. Home owners have been advised to remain on alert. Highway 26 remains closed due to very active fire behavior and hazardous falling trees. Two developed campgrounds (Ochoco Divide and Wildwood), and one trailhead (Cougar East) have been evacuated.


Toney Butte Fire - 2,194 acres, 0% contained. Firefighters will be coordinating with landowners and working diligently to minimize acres burned on ODF protected private lands by establishing fire line to aid containment.


Junction Springs Fire- 20 acres, 0% contained. Engines were able to access the top of the fire to apply water directly holding the fire. Efforts to improve, hold, mop-up hot spots on existing line; construct and hold new line, and identify potential spot fires.


For more information on the Waterman Complex visit:


Inciweb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3961/


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Businesses Report Largest Number of Vacancies in Six Years
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/16/14
Oregon businesses reported 11,700 more job vacancies in the spring of 2014 than they did the prior year. Businesses had approximately 46,900 job vacancies in the spring months of 2014, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department.

The last time vacancies were at this level was in 2008, before the Great Recession did its damage. In the spring of 2008, Oregon had 47,900 vacancies.

While vacancies rose this spring, the number of unemployed Oregonians declined to 131,000 in April. As a result, Oregon had 3 unemployed people per vacancy. That's still above the 2 unemployed per private-sector vacancy nationwide, but below Oregon's 4-to-1 ratio one year ago.

Vacancies were recorded across a wide range of education levels - from jobs requiring a high school education (about 22,000), to positions in need of postsecondary-trained workers (just over 8,000), and jobs requiring a bachelor's or advanced degree (also about 8,000). The largest increase since last spring occurred in vacancies requiring a high school diploma, which doubled. Common jobs requiring high school include cashiers, janitors and cleaners, home health aides, waiters and waitresses, and retail salespersons.

Average wages increased along with educational requirements. Vacancies that required some training beyond high school had an average wage $4 per hour above those that needed a high school diploma. The average wage for vacancies with bachelor or advanced degree requirements paid $13 per hour above those with postsecondary training.

Overall, the average wage offered for vacancies this spring, $14.69, was lower than the $15.09 average in the spring of 2013. The number of high-wage vacancies (those paying $25 per hour or more) hasn't changed. But, the number of vacancies paying less than $15 per hour is well above the level at this time last year.

This reflects a growing need for seasonal part-time workers, concentrated in jobs that tend to pay low wages, such as sales, food preparation, and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance. These occupations, along with office and administrative support
vacancies, each recorded more than 4,000 openings in the spring.
Vacancies increased significantly over the year in Eastern Oregon, the Portland area, and Central Oregon. Eastern Oregon saw the largest rate of increase, with sizeable gains in farming, production, and transportation related vacancies. Total vacancies declined slightly over the year in Northwest Oregon
and the Willamette Valley.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for summer 2014 will be released in October. For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


Attached Media Files: Press Release PDF , Interview Sound Bite 5 , Interview Sound Bite 4 , Interview Sound Bite 3 , Interview Sound Bite 2 , Interview Sound Bite 1 , Produced Radio Story
Moccasin Hill Fire update - July 16, a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/16/14
Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 16, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line: 541-947-6223

Current Situation:

Firefighters continue to make significant gains in efforts to contain the Moccasin Hill fire. Late yesterday fire officials reported that the entire fire is lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main perimeter have been lined, and crews are reinforcing lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.

Yesterday, fire officials and Red Cross personnel were able to enter the burned area to conduct a detailed assessment of structures lost during the initial fire run on Sunday afternoon. This assessment has revealed that 17 primary structures and 16 other structures were lost for a total of 33 structures destroyed, up from the previous estimate of 20 total. No additional structures have been lost since Sunday.

Today, firefighters will focus on mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. In addition to mop-up work along the entire fire perimeter, crews will continue to extinguish all smokes within the residential area.

Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions. The weather forecast for today calls for a chance of thunderstorms late in the day.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the Incident Management Team will begin releasing some crews to transition to other incidents.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.

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FIRE AT A GLANDCE (07/16/14)

Size: 2535 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 35%

Expected Containment: 7-19-14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 24
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 23
Dozers: 6
Water Tenders: 9
Total personnel: 748

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.6 M

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
Update #2: Photo - Fatal Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 395 near Ukiah (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/16/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday's fatal motorcycle-involved traffic crash found by a citizen who had stopped along Highway 395 near Ukiah. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Sterling Hall, on July 15, 2014 at approximately 12:48 p.m., a citizen had stopped along the side of Highway 395 near milepost 53B when he saw a motorcycle over the edge of the roadway. Emergency responders arriving on scene confirmed there was an adult male lying near the motorcycle who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2009 Buel motorcycle operated by MARK HALL PFENNING, age 57, from Bend, was traveling northbound when PFENNING lost control in a left curve. The motorcycle slid on its side across the turnout on the shoulder where it went down an embankment off the highway. The estimated time of the crash is not confirmed.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office are continuing the investigation. OSP was assisted at the scene by Ukiah Quick Response Team, Pendleton Fire and Ambulance Department, LifeFlight, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

ODOT recently sent a news release regarding motorcycle safety with reminders and tips for everyone traveling on our roads:
http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/nr14062401.aspx

OSP joins ODOT in urging all travelers to stay focused on safety and Drive Safely to Save Lives.

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07/15/14
Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect ***In Custody*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
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Approximately one hour ago an alert Salem Police Officer, Officer Laura Seefeldt spotted a male matching the description of the person who was involved in an armed robbery at Target on July 14th. The male was walking on D Street near the I5 Overpass. Kraig James Fox, age 28, of Keizer has been arrested on outstanding warrants for parole violation and he is to be lodged in the Marion County Jail.

Once Mr. Fox has been interviewed by Detectives it is expected he will face charges associated with the robbery. Those exact charges have not yet been determined by Detectives.


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Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.


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Moccasin Hill Fire - July 15, p.m. update
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/14
Moccasin Hill Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 2, IC Cline

July 15, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Recorded Fire Information Line: 541-947-6223
Will be updated as needed.

Current Situation:

Fire crews made excellent progress on the Moccasin Hill fire this afternoon, significantly strengthening containment lines and focusing on hot spots within the fire perimeter. By the end of the day today, fire officials expect to have the entire fire lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main fire perimeter have been lined, and crews are continuing to reinforce lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.

Firefighters have already initiated mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the Incident Management Team will begin releasing some crews to transition to other incidents. Two Hot Shot Crew will be released today to join other firefighting efforts.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.

Tomorrow's morning news release will contain additional information on the containment progress and the results of the burned area assessment work completed today.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.

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Current Situation:

Fire crews made excellent progress on the Moccasin Hill fire this afternoon, significantly strengthening containment lines and focusing on hot spots within the fire perimeter. By the end of the day today, fire officials expect to have the entire fire lined with approximately 85% dozer lines, 5% roads, and 10% hand lines. Spot fires outside the main fire perimeter have been lined, and crews are continuing to reinforce lines along steep bluffs on the eastern side of the fire.

Firefighters have already initiated mop-up activities on several portions of the fire line. Safety officers are encouraging the crews to pace themselves appropriately to deal with the warm and dry weather conditions.

With multiple additional large fires being managed elsewhere in the state, the Incident Management Team will begin releasing some crews to transition to other incidents. Two Hot Shot Crew will be released today to join other firefighting efforts.

The level 1 evacuation status remains in effect for subdivisions near the fire. The Red Cross Evacuation Center remains open at the Sprague Community Center.

Tomorrow's morning news release will contain additional information on the containment progress and the results of the burned area assessment work completed today.

Visit our social media sites, Inciweb page, or call the SCOFMP recorded Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for the latest information.

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Fire at a Glance (07/15/14)

Size: 2500 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 15%

Expected Containment: unknown

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 14
Air Tankers: 2
Helicopters: 10
Engines: 33
Dozers: 8
Water Tenders: 7
Total personnel: 441

Estimated Costs to Date: $1.25 M

For More Information:

South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter - www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook - www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
InciWeb - http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/
Oregon timber harvest above four billion board feet for the first time since 2006
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
July 15, 2014

Contacts Brandon Kaetzel, ODF Principal Economist, 503-945-7413; bkaetzel@odf.state.or.us
Jeri Chase, Oregon Department of Forestry Public Information Officer
503-945-7201 (office), 503-931-2721 (cell), or jchase@odf.state.or.us


In 2013, Oregon's timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, marking four consecutive years of increase from the recession low of 2.72 billion board feet in 2009. "This was the first harvest above four billion board feet in seven years," said ODF principal economist Brandon Kaetzel, "and represents a 12 percent increase over the 2012 harvest of 3.75 billion board feet."

Approximately 49 percent, or 30.2 million acres, of Oregon is forested. Federal forestlands account for 60 percent of these forestlands, industrial forestlands for 19 percent, family forestland owners own 15 percent, state-owned forests comprise three percent, and all other forestland owners (counties, Tribal, etc.), three percent.

Timber harvest increases can be attributed to a strong export market for Oregon logs in 2013, coupled with a domestic market recovery, particularly in housing. Whether this trend will continue for the 2014 harvest is uncertain due to housing forecasts being revised to lower numbers and a sudden cool-down in the export market that occurred during the second quarter of 2014.

The largest increase in harvest came from non-industrial private forestlands where harvests increased 61 percent to 511 million board feet from the 2012 total of 318 million board feet. "This is most likely due to small forestland owners taking advantage of higher prices as a result of a still strong export market in 2013," Kaetzel said. The harvest on industrial forestlands rose from 2.56 billion board feet in 2012 to 2.75 billion board feet in 2013, for an eight percent increase in harvest.

Harvests on Native American forestlands increased five percent from 2012 to 2013, rising from 63 million board feet in 2012 to a total of 66 million board feet in 2013.

On Oregon's west site, federal forestland posted modest increases in harvests; an 11.5 percent increase on Bureau of Land Management lands (for a 2013 total of 165 million board feet) and a six percent increase in harvests on U.S. Forest Service lands (totaling 392 million board feet in 2013). State public lands, which include Common School Fund and Board of Forestry forestlands, posted a slight increase from 251 to 252 million board feet.

Klamath County continued to lead in eastern Oregon with a 2013 harvest of 124 million board feet. Even with a diminished infrastructure, harvests on the east side rose approximately four percent due to increases on tribal, private, and other public (e.g. county) forestland. There was a marked decrease in federal timber harvest on the east side for 2013. In western Oregon, Lane County continued to lead with a 2013 harvest of 620 million board feet.

A link to the 2013 report, as well as links to previous years' annual reports, is available on the department's website at www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/STATE_FORESTS/FRP/annual_Reports.aspx.



NOTE: One board foot of lumber is one foot wide, one foot long, and one inch thick, or the equivalent in volume. Construction of an approximately 1,800-square-foot house requires about 10,000 board feet.

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Salem Police K9 Unit receives donation (Photo link fixed) (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 07/15/14
Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
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Generosity knows no bounds in this community.

Today, the Salem Police K9 trust fund received a $20,000 donation from the estate of Shirley Allister. The generous gift was presented to Chief Jerry Moore and members of the K9 Unit by Daryl Vogel, Allister's son.

"We are extremely grateful to your mother," Chief Moore said to Vogel, "As she requested, the funds will be dedicated for use by our K9 Unit."

The unit comprises seven police service canines and their officer-handlers. Six of the dogs, or more commonly known as K9s, are assigned to the patrol division, and one K9 is part of the department's undercover drug team. These highly trained dogs are an integral part of the department's force. The K9s perform a variety of functions, including suspect and missing person searches, and participate in the apprehension of violent and resistive suspects. The purchase of a police service canine costs approximately $20,000, and includes intensive six-week training with the officer.

"It is donations, such as yours that keep this valuable program going, and we are very appreciative of your support," said Chief Moore to Vogel.

For more information about the Salem Police K9 Unit contact Sgt. Ryan Demmer at (503) 588-6123. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the K9 Trust Fund may contact the Salem Police Foundation (www.salempolicefoundation.org) for assistance.
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Attached Media Files: Daryl Vogel (center) presents a donation to the K9 Trust Fund on behalf of his mother, Shirley Allister. Left: Ofc. Sean Cooper, K9 Cito. Right: Chief Jerry Moore
Oregon National Guard's 1-186 Infantry prepares to mobilize Soldiers to Afghanistan (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/15/14
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The Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is scheduled to mobilize approximately 275 Soldiers to Afghanistan in a ceremony, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Oregon University's McNeal Pavilion.

The public and media are invited to attend. The address is 1465 Webster St., in Ashland, Ore. For parking, take I-5 Exit 14, head west on Ashland St. and turn right on Walker Ave.

The deployment is part of the regular rotational cycle of forces to provide security missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The battalion is headquartered in Ashland, with companies also based in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Medford, Roseburg, and St. Helens. The unit is under the command of Lt. Col. Noel Hoback and Command Sgt. Maj. Brad Huppunen.

The unit will complete deployment processing and training at Fort Hood, Texas, prior to departure for Afghanistan. The units will provide security and support for military facilities in Kabul and southwestern Afghanistan.

The history of the 41st Brigade can be traced back to 1917 when the 41st Infantry Division was created for service in World War I primarily from National Guard units from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The 41st Infantry Division was the longest deployed division during WWII, serving in the Pacific.

Elements of the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team have served in Saudia Arabia, The Sinai, Kuwait, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade deployed a large contingent known as Task Force Phoenix to Afghanistan in 2006 and again deployed the entire brigade to Iraq in 2009.

"The Oregon National Guard today is the best equipped, best trained, best led we've ever been due to experience gained through supporting overseas contingency operations over the last decade," said Maj. Stephen Bomar, director of Public Affairs for the Oregon Military Department. "Mobilizations such as this help the Oregon National Guard maintain a ready and reliable operational force."


To see still photos, stories and video of the unit's Soldiers' training, visit the following links:
http://www.dvidshub.net/video/347734/1-186-infantry-battalion-mobilization-training#.U8V0_ZRdV8E

http://www.dvidshub.net/image/1438538/oregon-army-national-guard-infantry-unit-prepares-deployment#.U8V1JJRdV8E

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Photo captions:
130309-Z-9135B-353: Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Mark Timmons (right), commander of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, surveys the situation and gives instructions to Soldiers following a simulated battle during a full-scale infantry training exercise at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. (Photo by Sgt. Betty Boyce, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

130309-Z-7541B-003: Oregon Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Scott Bagdan, with Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, gives instructions to Soldiers during a simulated casualty evacuation at the Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore., March 9. Infantry units, based out of Coos Bay and St. Helens, Ore., met in Salem to conduct a full-scale training exercise simulating battlefield scenarios. (Photo by Spc. Matthew Burnett, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

130309-Z-AH721-013: Oregon Army National Guard Cpl. Andrew J. Miller, with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment, provides roadside security in the blackberry bushes as the sun rises through the trees during a training exercise, March 9, at Fairview Training Center in Salem, Ore. (Photo by Spc. Erin J. Quirke, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)


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Oregon Dept of Forestry Fire Update for Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/14
FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Several new fires were reported to Salem Coordination Center in the last 24-hours.

John Day-Watermen Complex
This lightning-caused complex of fires in central Oregon was reported yesterday evening. It includes the Baily Butte and Toney Butte Fires.

The Baily Butte Fire, reported burning in timber, is located approximately 10 miles west of the town of Mitchell. Size of the fire is estimated at 800-1,000 acres.

The Toney Butte Fire was reported yesterday burning in grass, brush, juniper, sage and timber approximately 6 miles southwest of the town of Spray. Size is estimated at 2,000+ acres.
An interagency Incident Management Team has been assigned to the Watermen Complex.

Stage 2 evacuations were issued last night in the west branch road area near Mitchell. The Crystal Springs Campground on the Ochoco National Forest was also evacuated last night.

Resources assigned: 20 engines, 4 crews and multiple dozers are assigned to this fire.

Fire information: 541-575-1321.

Log Springs Fire
The Log Springs fire was reported yesterday burning in timber and grass approximately 4 ?1/2 miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 10 acres and is in mop up.

Bear Claw Fire
The Bear Claw Fire was reported yesterday burning in timber and grass approximately 6 miles northwest of the Log Springs Fire and 10 miles northwest of Ukiah. The fire is estimated at 26 acres and is in mop up.

Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, reported Sunday burning 4 miles north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is now estimated at 2500 acres. The fire has destroyed a total of 20 structures including six homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision.
ODF IMT 2 assumed command of the Moccasin Hill fire yesterday afternoon. The fire made a 50-60 acre run yesterday, but the winds pushed the fire back into itself so no additional structures were lost. The flames were quickly extinguished by 6 helicopters along with 3 air tankers. By late afternoon, most of the smoke had cleared. Last night crews were focused on completing a secure line around the fire. A heat seeking infra-red flight last night produced a more accurate acreage estimate and map.

The mandatory evacuation (Level III) order issued for the Sprague River Drive area was downgraded to Level 1 Monday afternoon.

The fire is 15 percent contained and cause of the fire is under investigation.

Resources assigned: 14 crews, 2 air tankers, 10 helicopters, 33 engines, 8 bulldozers, 7 water tenders. Estimated costs to date: $1.25 M.

A Red Cross Center has been set up at the Sprague Community Center. This continues to be a gathering place for local residents to get the latest fire information updates. Currently 100 structures remain threatened. To date, only one non-firefighter injury has been reported. The Moccasin Hill Fire camp is located at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin.

Fire information: Until phone lines are available at the Incident Command Post, please call the ODF office in Klamath Falls at 541-883-5681, or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223 for fire information, or follow the incident's website.

White River Fire
The 570-acre White River Fire 12 miles west of Tygh Valley reported Saturday afternoon is now estimated at 65 percent contained. Significant progress was made overnight by crews mopping up the fire, increasing the number of acres inside the fire line that are fully extinguished. The increase in acreage is due to more accurate information.

Day shift crews will work to hold the recently completed fire lines on the east and west sides of the White River Canyon and run hoselays deeper into the canyon. Mop-up also continues on the high ground on the north and south sides of the canyon. Cause is under investigation.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes. Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

Resources assigned: 3 Type 2 (medium) helicopters, 2 Type 3 (light) helicopters, 8 engines, 3 bulldozers, 4 water tenders. Fire costs to date: approximately $1.1 million. Cause is under investigation.

For more information, please follow the incident's website.

Service Creek Fire
The Service Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles west of Spray, Oregon, is estimated at 385 acres. This fire was 100% contained at 9 a.m. today.
2 crews are still assigned to the fire, which is in mop-up.

Over the weekend, lightning strikes across the state have started a number of smaller sized fires in various jurisdictions, including in the Willamette National Forest (contained, and called the Bingham Complex).

Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms as it becomes available.
White River Fire Morning News Release, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/14
July 15, 2014 7:30 a.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1
Contact: Brian Ballou, public information officer, (541) 621-4156

MOP-UP OPERATIONS WIDEN ON WHITE RIVER FIRE

Significant progress was made overnight by crews mopping up the 652-acre White River Fire, located 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, increasing the number of acres inside the fire line that are fully extinguished.

The increase in acreage is due to more accurate information and not to further spread of the fire. The fire is 65 percent contained.

Day shift crews will work to hold the recently completed fire lines on the east and west sides of the White River Canyon and run hoselays deeper into the canyon. Mop-up also continues on the high ground on the north and south sides of canyon.

Nearly 460 personnel are assigned to the White River Fire, and crews have the following equipment available to assist them in fire suppression:
* Three Type II (medium) helicopters
* Two Type III (light) helicopters
* Eight engines
* Three bulldozers
* Four water tenders

The cost of suppression so far is estimated at $1.1 million.

Crews heading for the fire lines have been reminded to keep hydrated as a defense against working in 100-degree temperatures on blackened ground. Yesterday, a firefighter was treated for a heat-related injury. Firefighters were also cautioned to watch for and avoid rattlesnakes and poison oak. Other hazards to firefighters include falling trees and snags, rolling rocks, and poor footing on the steep slopes inside the river canyon.

The White River Fire is on land protected by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District. Much of the land is wilderness inside the White River Wild and Scenic Area, under the administration of the Bureau of Land Management. The Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife administers other lands inside the fire area for wildlife conservation purposes.

Fire suppression operations are run by the Oregon Dept. of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 led by Incident Commander John Buckman. Crews and support personnel from across the state have been running the fire suppression operation out of an incident command post at Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon June 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/15/14
June Job Losses Offset May's Gains as the Unemployment Rate Remained at 6.8%

Industry Payroll Employment (Establishment Survey Data)
After adding almost 44,000 jobs in 11 straight months of growth, Oregon's payroll employment dropped by 4,300 in June, as several industries trimmed payrolls. Construction dropped by 3,600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis, while the following major industries each cut more than 1,000: manufacturing ( 1,300 jobs), professional and business services ( 1,100), leisure and hospitality ( 1,100) and government ( 1,500). These losses were partially offset by gains in private educational services (+1,700 jobs) and health care and social assistance (+1,800).

June Labor Market Highlights
*Payroll employment dropped 4,300 in June, following a gain of 3,900 in May.

*Construction slipped by 3,600 jobs in June but is still up 4,200 jobs, or 5.7 percent, since June 2013.

*Oregon's unemployment rate was 6.8 in June, the same as in April and May.

*The long-term unemployed dropped to 40,700, the lowest since 2008.

The June change in construction employment was weaker than normal. Most of its component industries failed to add jobs at the robust rate that is typical in June.

Construction's weak June followed rapid gains in prior months. In fact, on a seasonally adjusted basis, construction was still up by 4,200 jobs, or 5.7 percent, since June 2013.

Several industries had a lackluster June following rapid gains in prior months. These industries include retail trade; manufacturing; leisure and hospitality; and professional and business services. All of these are still up strongly over the year.

In June, health care and social assistance continued its strong growth, with a seasonally adjusted job gain of 1,800. Since June 2013 it has been one of the fastest growing industries, adding 7,800 jobs, or 3.8 percent.

Unemployment
(Household Survey Data)
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in June and 6.8 percent, as revised, in May. Oregon's unemployment rate has been between 6.8 and 7.0 percent for each of the first six months of the year.

The number of long-term unemployed continued to drop. In June, roughly 40,700 Oregonians were unemployed for six months or more, the fewest since December 2008. Since reaching a peak of more than 100,000 in mid 2010, the number of long-term unemployed has trended downward.

In June, 28 percent of unemployed Oregonians were unemployed for six months or more, the smallest share since July 2009.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the June county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, July 21st and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for July on Tuesday, August 12th.


The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the October, November and December 2013 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

If you need this release in the Spanish language, please contact Eric Villegas at 503-947-1794.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities


Attached Media Files: Oregon June 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
American Red Cross calls on eligible donors with all blood types to help maintain a sufficient blood supply this summer
American Red Cross Blood Services - 07/15/14
(see downloaded file for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area)

PORTLAND, OR (July 15, 2014) -- The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don't get a vacation from needing blood - the need is constant.

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

See attached document for a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Lebanon Police want to remind you not to leave your animals in vehicles
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/15/14
Hot weather is upon us and Lebanon Police want to remind you to not leave your animals in vehicles.
Heat stroke is a very serious problem that can occur when weather gets nicer (or temperatures climb).


How Long Does It Take For A Car to Get Hot?
Outside Temperature* Time It Takes To Heat Up...Temperature* Inside Vehicle
75 10 minutes 100
75 30 minutes 120
85 5 minutes 90
85 7-10 minutes 100
85 30 minutes 120
90 20 minutes 120
100 15 minutes 140
Heat Stroke Study Guide
If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call the local animal control agency, police or 911 right away. Lebanon police call (541) 451-1751, Linn County Dog Control call (541) 967-3925 and Linn County Sheriff at (541) 967-3925
If possible, you can also try to find the dog's owner. Signs an animal is in distress include:
* Excessive panting
* Excessive drooling
* Increased heart rate
* Trouble breathing
* Disorientation
* Collapse or loss of consciousness
* Seizure
* Respiratory arrest
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In Oregon, you must call police or animal control to retrieve the animal, attempting to do so independently may be construed as a crime.
There are no specific laws regarding this, however Lebanon Police will respond to every call and enforce what laws that apply.
Smokey Bear Awaits Movie Release
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/15/14
The anticipation is mounting as movie-goers await the newest Disney adventure, "Planes: Fire and Rescue." The animated feature, which will hit theatres July 18, captures the essence of wildland firefighting and will remind all audiences of the devastation fire brings. Smokey Bear, the Ad Council and the National Association of State Foresters have teamed up with Disney to raise fire prevention awareness encouraging folks to take the proper steps when putting their campfire out.

Check out the fire prevention message at: www.psacentral.org/campaign/Wildfire_Prevention/asset/Smokey_Bear$Planes-_Wingman/189280004 .
The 2014 fire season is already proving to be a challenge. Drought conditions persist throughout the region and fire danger has already begun reaching record highs during these early summer months. Fire officials throughout Oregon and Washington are reminding everyone to be extra vigilant throughout the remainder of the summer. By practicing simple fire prevention measures, human-caused fires can be prevented.

If you want to have a campfire, check and see if campfires are allowed where you will be staying. If so, build the fire in a safe area free of vegetation and away from overhanging limbs. The best place for a campfire is in a well-maintained campground complete with established fire pits. Have a bucket of water and shovel nearby at all times. Never leave a campfire unattended and put the fire out before going to bed or leaving the site.

Leave fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns at home. These items are not only notorious for sparking fires, they are illegal in most areas.

Finally, keep your vehicle on gravel or paved roads free of vegetation. Never leave your car or truck idling along the side of the road over dry grass. When traveling on forest roads, carry a shovel and a gallon of water or charged fire extinguisher.

Let's all be part of the solution in protecting our forests and grasslands from the next human-caused fire.
Refund money awaiting Oregon taxpayers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 07/15/14
SALEM - Thousands of taxpayers across Oregon have tax refund money awaiting them - all they need to do is cash a check.

The Oregon Department of Revenue has mailed letters to taxpayers in possession of refund checks that haven't been cashed as a reminder to redeem these checks prior to October. "Annually, Revenue sends notices of outstanding refund checks to the taxpayer's last known address," explained Jan Hunt, Revenue's Budget and Finance Manager. "Our goal is to ensure each taxpayer gets their money."

Checks are considered void after two years and are then sent to the Department of State Lands.

If a letter is received, cash the check immediately. If the check has been lost or was never received, the taxpayer should sign the notification letter and return it to Revenue to have the check reissued.

Last year, Oregon taxpayers were notified of $1,850,779 in refund checks that hadn't been cashed. This year, 1,000-2,000 notification letters were mailed. Hunt said the most common reasons for not cashing a refund check are misplacement of the check or having an incorrect mailing address on file with Revenue. She said taxpayers should notify Revenue of any address changes to ensure receipt of all tax-related correspondence.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Fish lake Guard Station listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/15/14
Fish Lake Guard Station
Fish Lake Guard Station
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Built by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for the Santiam National Forest (later Willamette National Forest) between 1906 and 1934, the centrally-located Fish Lake Guard Station provided fire crews and Forest staff with an administrative base and pack animal remount station from which to provide conservation management for the forest and fire protection. Later, the Fish Lake Guard Station served as an essential catalyst in managing designated wilderness areas near the Willamette National Forest after the passage of the Wilderness Act. Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act mandated that the National Park Service, USFS, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review all lands under their jurisdiction and designate appropriate tracts as National Wilderness areas to be protected in their natural condition. The station's rustic-style buildings are representative examples of USFS administrative architecture built by Forest employees and the CCC using USFS and CCC plans and rustic design, made with local, natural materials to blend with the surrounding landscape.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination in their June 2013 meeting. Over 900 properties in Linn County are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Fish Lake Guard Station
Deputies Searching For Missing Female (Photo)***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/15/14
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Ms. Wymer has been found safe in the area of 17th and State Street. An alert citizen saw Ms. Wymer near a coffee stand at State and 14th Street and called police. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the agencies who helped search for Ms. Wymer throughout the night.

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On July 14th at 8:50 p.m., deputies were called to the 1800 block of Walker Road NE in Salem. Mary Catherine Wymer, age 58 walked away from her care facility and as of this hour she has not yet been located.

Ms. Wymer suffers from dementia as well as several other serious mental health conditions. The area Ms. Wymer is missing from is densely populated, however to the east quickly turns to rural farm land. The Sheriff's Office Jeep Patrol and Search and Rescue K9 Units are out and actively searching the area for Ms. Wymer.

Ms. Wymer is a Native American female, 5'05" tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing bright green tennis shoes, turquoise sweat pants and a gray tee shirt with a green teddy bear on the front of it.

The Sheriff's Office is asking that if you see Ms. Wymer to please call 911.

***The attached photo of Ms. Wymer is the only image available and was taken in the 1970's.***


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1294/75952/Wymer.jpg
07/14/14
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 07/14/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors July 21, 2014.


Attached Media Files: 2014-07/1814/75950/Board_Meeting_Agenda_7-21-14.doc
White River Fire Evening News Release, Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 7:20 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/14
Here's the evening news release from ODF Incident Management Team 1 for the White River Fire. Note that this will be the last evening news release for this fire unless something unanticipated occurs. Regularly scheduled news releases will be issued and distributed in the mornings.

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July 14, 2014 7:20 p.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1
Contact: Brian Ballou, public information officer, (541) 621-4156

-- THIS IS THE LAST EVENING UPDATE FROM THE WHITE RIVER FIRE -
UNLESS SIGNIFICANT CHANGES OCCUR

WHITE RIVER FIRE 65% CONTAINED
Crews working in the steep White River Canyon completed the two remaining segments of fire line around the 570-acre White River Fire early this afternoon. The fire line completely encircles the fire and mop-up is proceeding satisfactorily inside the fire line, prompting Incident Commander John Buckman to declare the fire 65 percent contained tonight.

More than 90 firefighters are assigned to night shift. Their objectives are to continue mopping up inside the north and south fire lines. Night shift crews do not work inside the White River Canyon due to safety concerns. The crews are supported by two engines and one bulldozer.

Tonight, crews will also be adding to or moving existing hose lines so the mop-up operation can proceed deeper into the fire's interior.

A firefighter working inside the canyon on the fire's northeast side suffered a heat-related illness during the afternoon and was transported by helicopter to a hospital in The Dalles for treatment. The firefighter responded quickly to treatment and was released.

As wildfire activity picks up in central Oregon, the incident management team in charge of the White River Fire's suppression has agreed to support the local Oregon Department of Forestry unit, located in The Dalles, with initial attack fire suppression resources should new fires break out inside the unit's protection area. Assistance could include engines, helicopters and firefighters to keep newly reported fires from escaping initial attack.

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Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Meet in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/14/14
PUBLIC SAFETY MEMORIAL FUND BOARD MEETING NOTICE

Contact: Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427

Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on July 24, 2014 at the Public Safety Training 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 as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes for November 7, 2014
Approve minutes


2. *COMMON (Pitchford) - Supplemental M-1 Application for Benefits
Application for Supplemental Benefits


3. Public Safety Memorial Fund Reconciliation (Information Only)
July 2013 - May, 2014


4. Next meeting - October 23, 2014


*Requires a vote by the Board
Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, July 14, 2014 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/14
The Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River on July 13, 2014. Photo credit Dennis Lee, ODF.
The Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River on July 13, 2014. Photo credit Dennis Lee, ODF.
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This is an Oregon Dept. of Forestry (ODF) fire update for Monday, July 14, 2014.

We are posting a number of press releases and photos to our Facebook page, so please check back regularly via ODF social media (Facebook and Twitter @ORDeptForestry) to stay current (http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx).

>FIRES ON ODF-PROTECTED LANDS
Two of three ODF Incident Management Teams are deployed on the Moccasin Hill and White River fires.

>Moccasin Hill Fire
The Moccasin Hill Fire, burning just north of Sprague River and northeast of Klamath Falls, is 2508 acres. First reported yesterday at 2 p.m., the fire has destroyed a total of 20 structures, including six homes in and around the Moccasin Hill subdivision. As of yesterday evening, the Klamath County Sherriff Department has evacuated over 100 people from Sprague River Drive and North Arrowhead Lane. The Red Cross has set up to care for evacuees at the Sprague River Community Center. Crews continue to fight the blaze as it burns through heavy timber and brush, with lots of air attack (helicopters) underway, and 231 structures currently threatened. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident's website (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3946/). The Moccasin Hill Fire camp is located at 21910 Sprague River Road, Chiloquin. We're here to help in Salem, and available for all media inquiries, but if you'd like direct local information, you can call the Klamath Falls ODF Office at 541-883-5681 or the SCOFMP Fire Information Line at 541-947-6223.

>White River Fire
Starting Saturday afternoon, firefighters working night and day on the 570-acre White River Fire 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, extinguished remaining hot spots inside the fire's perimeter. Now reported at 45% contained, crews are currently improving fire lines, tightening protection barriers around the blaze, and setting hoses deeper into the area, among many other efforts. The White River Canyon includes very steep terrain, and safety is a top priority for ODF and crew. Fire costs to date: approximately $800,000. Cause is under investigation. For more information, please follow the incident's website (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3945/).

>Service Creek Fire
The Service Creek Fire, located approximately 11 miles west of Spray, Oregon, burned off of ODF protected-lands on to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) jurisdiction lands, and under BLM protection and responsibility. BLM provided a Type 3 team. Two outbuilding structures have burned.

Lightning strikes across the state have started a number of smaller sized fires in various jurisdictions, including in the Willamette National Forest (contained, and called the Bingham Complex).

Additional fire information is shared in real time on ODF and other web and social media platforms (http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx) as it becomes available.

>OTHER FIRE INFORMATION & LINKS

Oregon Department of Forestry social media
Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr (http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx)

>Other Department of Forestry links
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/fire.aspx#Fire_Weather (Fire Weather)
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/FIRE/fire.shtml#Smoke_Management_Information (Wildfire smoke forecasts)

>Other links
http://www.nwccweb.us/ (Northwest Interagency Coordination Center overview)
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov (Sortable nationwide information)
http://www.deq.state.or.us/aqi/index.aspx (Statewide air quality index readings)
http://wildfirelessons.net/uploads/6mfs/home.html (Safety tips)
http://www.keeporegongreen.org/ (Keep Oregon Green)

NEWS MEDIA
News media may call the Fire Information Duty Officer pager, 503-370-0403, 24/7 for fire information. The duty officer will call back promptly. Media may also call the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office, 503-945-7200, weekdays during business hours.

ABOUT THIS UPDATE
ODF is responsible for fire protection on about 16 million acres of private and state-owned forest and grazing land, and on certain other public forestlands, including those owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in western Oregon. Fires may cross ownerships, and because of the need to share firefighting resources, agencies work closely together.

This update focuses primarily on firefighting activity on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands involving fires 10 acres or larger in size or of other significance. It also reports on ODF's major actions as a partner with other agencies.

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Attached Media Files: The Moccasin Hill fire burns north of Sprague River on July 13, 2014. Photo credit Dennis Lee, ODF.
Detectives Say Be on the Lookout for This Armed Robbery Suspect (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
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Detectives are investigating a theft that turned very serious for store security after the suspect pulled a firearm when they confronted him. Today at 1:40 p.m., at the Target on Center Street in Salem a white male, in his thirties, approximately 6'3" tall, 190 lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes, a black shirt with red lettering on the front and black back pack is suspected of doing just that.

Detectives are asking that if you have seen this suspect or know this suspect to please call the Sheriff's Office At 503-588-5032. Do not attempt to contact the suspect he is believed to be armed and dangerous. As further details become available they will be released.


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Benton County Marine Deputies Perform Two Rescues on North Santiam River (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
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On Saturday, July 12, 2014, BCSO Marine Deputies were on patrol on the North Santiam River, just upstream from the confluence of the South Santiam River. They went to the same log jam where, on June 7, 2014, they rescued several groups of people. After June 7, they cleared a portion of it, but not all of it due to its size and location.
At about 3:45 pm, on July 12, 2014, deputies saw a 19 year old female clinging to a log in the same log jam, after being ejected from her kayak. She was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). The deputies carefully navigated the boat near the female, put a PFD on her, and assisted her to the boat and then to shore uninjured.
At about 4:30 pm, a small group of people were floating towards the same obstruction. A seven year old girl was floating on an inner tube, wearing a PFD. The girl's father was floating on a separate inner tube. He was capsized by a different log jam and became stuck. The girl floated past him and in the direction of the same log jam. The deputies recognized that she was headed directly towards the large log jam and knew she would be washed directly into it and most certainly capsized. The deputies navigated the boat past the log jam and were able to safely push her out of the path of it. She avoided it and they picked her up unharmed. They picked the father up, who had abrasions and scratches.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to always wear a PFD when on the waterways and exercise extreme caution. People should be familiar with the water they are navigating and prepared for any emergencies. Navigating our rivers can become very dangerous very quickly and can result in tragedy.


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NW Natural Launches "Energy Analyzer" so Customers Can Learn How to Save Energy and Money
NW Natural - 07/14/14
Customers who try it out by Sept. 5 could win a tankless water heater

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), has created a new tool to help customers save energy and money.

The online Energy Analyzer is easy to use: customers simply go to the company website's Energy Analyzer page, log in, and then begin answering questions about their energy use. Then they will receive a wide range of suggestions to improve the efficiency of their home based on how much time and skill they have for energy projects; how much money they care to invest; and how much energy they'd like to save. Options could include turning down the temperature on the water heater to upgrading a heating system and/or adding insulation.

There are dozens of steps in between to match time, budget and interests. Customers can choose how much sweat equity, skill and money they want to invest, as well as how much energy and money they want to save.

"We want to thank Energy Trust of Oregon for partnering with us to make this new tool possible," said Cory Beck, NW Natural Communications & Internet Services manager. "Our customers are paying less for natural gas than they did 10 years ago. But they can save even more money and energy when they take steps to improve the efficiency of their home."

The Energy Analyzer also helps customers compare the amount of energy they use to similar homes in the area. If they are using more than their neighbors, they can learn some easy ways to cut use and save money. Users can also sign up to receive ongoing emails to remind them to finish the energy-saving projects they've self-selected.

Customers who try out the Energy Analyzer between July 14 and September 5 will automatically be entered into a contest to win a tankless water heater. Visit nwnatural.com for complete contest rules.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 698,000 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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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Condemns Dennis Richardson's 1990 Anti-Women Comment
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 07/14/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today condemned gubernatorial candidate and State Representative Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) for ignorant and offensive remarks about women's health.

In 1990, Richardson wrote a letter to the editor of The Oregonian claiming that "a woman relinquishes her unfettered right to control her own body when her actions cause the conception of a baby."

Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "Dennis Richardson's comments are outrageous, offensive and out of touch with Oregon values. More than 40 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman's ability to make her own personal medical decisions, without the interference of politicians like Dennis Richardson. Oregonians overwhelmingly believe that abortion should remain a safe and legal medical procedure for a woman to consider if she needs it. Dennis Richardson has a vision for Oregon that looks an awful lot like the 1950s, and women will not let him take us back."

Time after time, Richardson has interfered in a woman's personal medical decisions:

* In 2005, Richardson introduced a fetal "personhood" bill.
* In 2006, Richardson was chief sponsor of Ballot Measure 43, which would have endangered young women's health by requiring parental notification prior to an abortion.
* In 2007, Richardson was one of only nine House members to vote against a bill requiring insurance companies to cover birth control and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women after a sexual assault.
* In 2009, Richardson was one of only 19 votes against medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education.
* In 2013, Richardson accepted a $20,000 donation from Oregon Right To Life to push its radical agenda, which includes a ban on all abortion (even in cases of rape and incest) and certain forms of birth control.

In contrast, Governor John Kitzhaber has a long record as a women's health champion:

* In 1994, Governor Kitzhaber became a nationally recognized leader for health care transformation, providing lifesaving care to thousands of low- and moderate-income Oregon families and their children through the Oregon Health Plan.
* In 1999, Governor Kitzhaber vetoed the entire human resources budget because it included a ban on access to safe, legal abortion for low-income Oregonians.
* In 1999, Governor Kitzhaber vetoed a bill that would have endangered young women's health by requiring parental notification prior to an abortion.
* In 2013, Governor Kitzhaber signed a bill to promote the early detection of breast cancer by requiring doctors to notify patients of dense breast tissue indicated by a mammogram.
* In 2014, Governor Kitzhaber called the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision - allowing some bosses to interfere with their employees' access to birth control - "the wrong direction for women's health."

The discovery of the 1990 letter led Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to move up the announcement of Governor Kitzhaber's re-endorsement.
Best-selling author Doris Kearns Goodwin to give exclusive media tour of Oregon Historical Society Lincoln exhibit; public lecture to follow
Oregon Historical Society - 07/14/14
Portland, OR - Next Monday, July 21, the Oregon Historical Society is thrilled to host famed author Doris Kearns Goodwin for a lecture at the Newmark Theater at 7 p.m. on her New York Times bestselling book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Limited tickets are still available through TicketsWest and start at $50.

Prior to the evening lecture, media are invited for a special behind the scenes tour of the Oregon Historical Society's exhibit 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy with Ms. Goodwin and local businessman and collector Pete Mark. The tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society (1200 SW Park Avenue, downtown Portland). If you are interested in joining us for the tour, please contact Rachel Randles at 503.306.5221 or Rachel.Randles@ohs.org.

Goodwin is the author of six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, (November, 2013). Goodwin is well known for her appearances and commentary on television, where she is seen frequently on NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and Meet the Press. Goodwin earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency. She served as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisted President Johnson in the preparation of his memoirs.

In Team of Rivals, Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president. Goodwin worked with director Steven Spielberg on the film Lincoln, which is partly based on Team of Rivals. The film grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award(R) nominations, including an Academy Award for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln.

Goodwin resides in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband, the writer, presidential advisor, speechwriter and playwright Richard N. Goodwin. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

Copies of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals will be on sale at the Newmark starting at 6 p.m. Doors to the theater open at 6:30 p.m. Following the lecture, all ticket holders are invited to the Oregon Historical Society for a tour of 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy.


About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
Oregon Employment Department Services in Corvallis to Reduce Hours
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/14/14
Corvallis - Oregon Employment Department services within the WorkSource Oregon Center in Corvallis will be operating on reduced hours beginning the week of July 21, 2014.

Starting that week, the Employment Department services will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to noon, and then from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Employment Department services will not be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Job seekers and businesses in Corvallis can still receive Employment Department services through the WorkSource Oregon Center in Albany from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Albany office is located at 139 SE 4th Ave, and can be reached by telephone at 541-967-2171.

Services are also available through the WorkSource Oregon Center in Lebanon. That office will remain open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The center is located at 44 Industrial Way, 541-259-5787.

The reduction in the hours of operation for Employment Department services in the Corvallis WorkSource Oregon Center is due to a reduction in funding.

WorkSource Oregon is the state's workforce system providing job search assistance, access to training resources, labor market information, and more.

Further information regarding WorkSource Oregon and the services provided can be found at www.WorkSourceOregon.org.
Media Advisory: Oregon Statewide Unemployment Rate to be Released Tomorrow
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/14/14
Salem - The Oregon statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 will be released tomorrow, July 15, at 10 am.

The Oregon Employment Department will hold a press conference at the Oregon Employment Department Central Office in Salem. The event will take place in the building's auditorium, 875 Union Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97311.

The press conference will be moderated by Employment Department Public Information Officer Craig Spivey and will feature state employment economist Nick Belieciks.

The conference will be video streamed live. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may submit questions by e-mail at: worksourcecommunications@gmail.com prior to, or during the news conference.

The press conference may be viewed live at the following websites:
http://www.qualityinfo.org
http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/COMM/Pages/livevideostream.aspx
Hazelgreen Road closed due to crash ***Updated Details Correction on Age of Victim*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/14/14
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
Hazelgreen Crash Scene
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The driver in yesterday's crash that blocked Hazelgreen Road has died. Brittany Perry, age 17 of Silverton was taken to the Salem Hospital where she was treated and ultimately died from injuries sustained during a single vehicle collision with a tree.

The passenger in the vehicle remains in the hospital and her condition is unknown. MCSO does not intend to release the passenger in the vehicles name nor do we anticipate any further release regarding this incident.

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The time of call for the accident was 0556 a.m.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Crash Team is on the scene of a single vehicle accident in the 6600 block of Hazelgreen road which is approximately 5 miles east of Salem. Deputies responded to a report of a single vehicle accident into a tree. A citizen driving through the area spotted the vehicle and immediately checked on the occupants and called 911.

Fire and medical personnel from Marion County Fire later transported the driver and a single passenger to Salem Hospital Emergency Room with serious injuries. We plan to release further information at a later time regarding the occupants.

Initial information indicates the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Hazelgreen road, left the roadway impacted a tree. No other vehicles were involved and it is unknown at this time if speeds or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Hazelgreen road is closed between 62nd Av and 75th Av and will remain closed for several hours. We would ask commuters to avoid this area while our investigators finish up at the scene.


Attached Media Files: Hazelgreen Crash Scene
ODF News Release - White River Fire Morning Update, Monday, July 14, 2014 @ 9 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/14/14
July 14, 2014 9:00 a.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1
Contact: Brian Ballou, public information officer, (541) 621-4156
CREWS REPORT GOOD PROGRESS OVERNIGHT ON WHITE RIVER FIRE
Firefighters working night shift on the 570-acre White River Fire, which started Saturday afternoon in the White River Wild & Scenic Area 12 miles west of Tygh Valley, extinguished remaining hot spots inside of the fire's perimeter. Most of the night shift's work was on the fire's south end and the north end above the canyon.
Crews today continue to improve fire lines, tightening the protective barrier around the blaze, and stringing hoses deeper into the burned area. Teams of fallers are working with firefighters on felling hazardous trees where crews are working.
Hazards are numerous in the White River Canyon - it's very steep and footing is poor, burned trees fall with little warning, and rattlesnakes must always be watched for.
Firefighters working in the Wild & Scenic Area are employing light-on-the-land suppression tactics, which includes felling only the burned trees and snags (dead trees) that pose a risk to firefighters' safety. After fire suppression operations are finished, fire lines will be rehabilitated so they're less visible and more unlikely to cause erosion problems in the fall and winter.
The fire is 45 percent contained, and the suppression cost thus far is $767,428. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The fire suppression operations are being conducted under the oversight of an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team. Cooperators include the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
Fire suppression resources assigned to the White River Fire include 451 personnel, six helicopters, eight engines, four bulldozers and one water tender.
No structures are immediately threatened by the fire, but there are widely scattered homes, cabins and other structures around the fire's fringe. The nearest community is Pine Grove, approximately 2.5 miles south of the fire.
The Mt. Hood National Forest, Barlow Ranger District, is working with Oregon Department of Forestry to ensure public safety while recreating on the White River. Because the White River Fire is burning on both sides of the river, making the riverbank unsafe and causing visibility problems due to smoke, the Mt. Hood National Forest is asking kayakers to hold off using the Keeps Mill Campground launch site and others on the Forest until river passage is safe.
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July 18 last day for public comments on 2015 health rates
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 07/14/14
Salem - Oregon consumers have until Friday, July 18, at midnight, to provide comments on proposed 2015 health insurance rates.

The rate requests are available for review and comment at http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/. The proposed rates are for plans for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer, which affects about 10 percent of Oregonians. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders. The division's actuaries conduct a thorough review of the rates to ensure they are reasonable and justified.

"The input we receive from the public is valuable and a key part of our review process," said Laura Cali, Oregon Insurance Commissioner. "We encourage consumers to take advantage of these last few days to weigh in on proposed rates."

Over the past two weeks, the Insurance Division held public hearings for each company's rate request. The hearings are available to watch online at http://www.oregonhealthrates.org/?pg=archived_2015.html.

The division will make decisions on rates by early August with consumer-friendly documents that describe the decisions by mid-August. Plans will be available starting Nov. 15, 2014, to purchase through the federal marketplace, agents, and insurers.

Consumers can sign up for email notifications to be alerted of rate decisions and future filings at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORDCBS/subscriber/new?qsp=276.
Contractor board finds new administrator at architect agency
Construction Contractors Board - 07/14/14
Salem - James Denno, the top executive at the state Board of Architect Examiners, will become the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) administrator on Aug. 11.

The contractor board selected Denno this week after receiving input from staff and stakeholder groups. Denno replaces Craig Smith, who served as the agency's top executive for 13 years before retiring in February. Berri Leslie, deputy administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division, served for six months after Smith left.

Denno has experience in local and state government working in housing, building codes, building energy conservation, and professional licensing regulation. He has served as the administrator of the State Board of Architect Examiners for nearly three years.

At the CCB, Denno will lead an agency that regulates more than 34,000 licensed construction contractors with about 60 employees and a $15.1 million 2013-15 budget. His annual salary is $101,400.

"I will miss the outstanding team at the Architect Board, but I have been very impressed by the CCB staff and board members," Denno said. "They are energized about the future of the CCB and I am excited to be joining them. It is an honor to be chosen to lead their team."

The CCB protects consumers by preventing and resolving construction contracting problems. In addition to licensing contractors and investigating complaints against licensees, the agency educates the public about how to avoid problems on construction projects and mediates disputes between homeowners and licensed contractors.

"In a field of strong candidates, Jim Denno stood out," Board Chair Rob Yorke said. "He has the people skills, regulatory acumen and innovative thinking to propel the agency forward.

"I have every expectation that he will advance the positive momentum started at the agency by Interim Director Berri Leslie," Yorke added. "In his prior roles, Jim has done much for the citizens of Oregon. There will be more to come as he leads the CCB."

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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 34,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
07/13/14
ODF News Release - White River Fire Evening Update, Sunday, July 13, 2014 @ 6 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/13/14
White River Fire Evening Update, Sunday, July 13, 2014

Incident: White River Fire Wildfire
Released: 1:19 hrs. ago

July 13, 2014 6:00 p.m.
NEWS RELEASE
WHITE RIVER FIRE
OREGON DEPT OF FORESTRY
INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM 1
Contact: Brian Ballou, Public Information Officer, (541) 621-4156

FIREFIGHTERS HOLD WHITE RIVER FIRE AT 570 ACRES
The White River Fire has burned approximately 570 acres of mixed conifer forests, oak woodland, and grass savannahs in the White River Canyon, 12 miles west of Tygh Valley. (The acreage change is due to better mapping.) No structures are immediately threatened by the fire, but there are widely scattered homes, cabins, and other structures around the fire's fringe. The nearest community is Pine Grove, approximately 2.5 miles south of the fire.

There were 380 firefighters assigned to day shift today, and 65 firefighters will be working overnight. The fire did now grow larger today, and is 15 percent contained.

The cause of the fire, which started Saturday, is being investigated.

White River Canyon is designated as a wilderness, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and is steep and extremely hazardous. Suppression tactics inside the wilderness must be conducted to minimize impact on natural resources.

Hotshot crews are working inside the canyon to construct fireline and fell dangerous snags. The south end of the fire will be hit hard tonight by crews doing mop-up.

Helicopters supported firefighters today by delivering buckets of water onto hot spots. However, persistent thunderstorm activity limited their flying time. Five Type II (medium) helicopters will be assigned to the fire on Monday, as well as two Type III (light) helicopters.

The fire is being fought by an Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team led by John Buckman. Much of the land inside the fire area is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as a wilderness area. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has some wildlife conservation land inside the burned area, and several tracts of private land are affected by the fire.

The Mt. Hood National Forest, Barlow Ranger District, is working with Oregon Department of Forestry to ensure public safety while recreating on the White River. Because the White River Fire is burning on both sides of the river, making the riverbank unsafe and causing visibility problems due to smoke, the Mt. Hood National Forest is asking kayakers to hold off using the Keeps Mill Campground launch site and others on the Forest until river passage is safe.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Territorial Highway near Lorane in Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Saturday evening's serious injury two vehicle head-on traffic crash on Highway 200 (Territorial Highway) west of Creswell. Six people were transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

According to Trooper Cale Day, on July 12, 2014 at approximately 3:42 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by RICK A. KITZEL, age 20 from Eugene, was traveling southbound on Territorial Highway near milepost 34 at Hamm Road when the pickup crossed the centerline. A northbound 1999 Nissan Pathfinder operated by MARCOS QUIAHUA-QUIAHUA, age 40, from Eugene, swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the pickup. The pickup's driver then moved back into the southbound lane where both vehicles collided head-on.

The five occupants in the Nissan Pathfinder and the pickup's driver were all transported with serious injuries to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. One of the Nissan's occupants, MARIA YNEZ, age 42, from Eugene, was transported by air ambulance. The others were taken by ground ambulance.

OSP is working in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney's Office as part of the ongoing investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by South Lane Rural Fire District, Eugene and Springfield fire departments, and ODOT. The highway was blocked about three hours.

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OSP Arrests Man For Attempted Homicide & Robbery of Hitchhiker Along Southern Oregon Coast
Oregon State Police - 07/13/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 56-year old Washington man Saturday after he allegedly threatened to kill and robbed a hitchhiker at knife-point while giving the victim a ride along Highway 101 on the southern Oregon coast.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 1:56 p.m., OSP was notified by Curry County 9-1-1 of a report that a hitchhiker was robbed by a suspect who was last seen southbound on Highway 101 between Gold Beach and Brookings. A vehicle description including license plate was provided. The victim had been given a ride by some people passing through the area to Brookings where he reported the incident and was contacted by OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Johnson at Brookings Police Department.

The victim, DANIEL DEDARD GUAU, age 28, from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada reported he was picked up by the suspect while hitchhiking on the northern Oregon coast. As they traveled along the southern Oregon coast near milepost 345, the suspect allegedly pulled a knife on the victim, placed it against his throat and threatened to kill him. The suspect, later identified as SAMUEL NILS STROM, age 56, from Lynnwood, Washington, slashed at the victim and forced him from the vehicle, leaving him on the side of the road. STROM left in the vehicle with the victim's passport and other personal property.

Through the trooper's investigation the suspect was positively identified. At approximately 6:13 p.m., the trooper learned the suspect's vehicle was parked at a residence west of Highway 101 between Brookings and the Oregon/California border. OSP troopers found the vehicle and observed the victim's property and a knife inside the vehicle. Subsequent contact with STROM led OSP to take him into custody for Attempted Criminal Homicide, Robbery in the First Degree, and Menacing.

Troopers were able to return the victim's property to him after seizing it from the vehicle.

No photographs available for this release.

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07/12/14
Injury Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Wilsonville (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/12/14
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One person received non-life threatening injuries Saturday afternoon in a five vehicle chain-reaction crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in Wilsonville. An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation concluded with the offending driver being cited for Careless Driving.

On July 12, 2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., northbound traffic on Interstate 5 near milepost 283 was stopped. A Ford Escape driven by JENNIFER EISENZIMMER PRICE, age 45, from Portland, was the last vehicle in the line of stopped traffic in the left lane when the Ford was struck from behind by a passenger car driven by JESSE D. DARLING, age 22, from Seaside. The impact pushed the Ford forward into the back of a third vehicle leading to the chain-reaction crash involving a total of five vehicles.

EISENZIMMER PRICE was extricated from her vehicle by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters. She was transported by ground ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University with potential serious but non-life threatening injuries.

DARLING was not reported injured. He reportedly had his vehicle's cruise control set at 64 mph and failed to see the stopped traffic before crashing into the back of the Ford Escape. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.

No other injuries were reported. The crash blocked the majority of the northbound lanes for over an hour. Traffic was eventually able to get by on the far right side of the traffic lanes.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department, and ODOT.

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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain promoted (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/12/14
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon National Guard Lt. Colonel Scott Delbridge, recently appointed as State Chaplain, was promoted to colonel in a ceremony held at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12.
The ceremony was attended by family, friends and members of the military, both currently serving and retired. The Adjutant General for Oregon, Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson presided over the ceremony. Delbridge has served with the Oregon Army National Guard since 1994 when he transferred from the Air National Guard.

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140712-Z-G3909-063: Maj. Gen. Dan Hokanson, Adjutant General for Oregon, addresses family and friends during a promotion ceremony for Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-082: Lt. Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, receives his new shoulder boards from his wife (pictured left) and his father (pictured right) during his promotion ceremony to the rank of colonel held at Heritage Park in Salem, Oregon, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-119: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's newly appointed State Chaplain, addresses family and friends during his promotion ceremony at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.

140712-Z-G3909-208: Col. Scott Delbridge, the Oregon National Guard's recently appointed State Chaplain, poses for a photo with his family after his promotion ceremony to colonel, at Heritage Park in Salem, July 12. Delbridge originally joined the Oregon Army National Guard in 1994 and has served in various chaplain roles throughout his time in the organization and is now the newly appointed State Chaplain for the Oregon National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Edward Gomez-Bravo, Oregon Army National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.


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07/11/14
Health advisory lifted for water contact at D River, Heceta beaches
Oregon Health Authority - 07/11/14
July 11, 2014

Health advisory lifted for water contact at D River, Heceta beaches

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

A public health advisory for contact with marine water at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued July 10 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided, and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk associated with water contact activities. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Public Health, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400 or www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Hot, dry weather prompts No. Cascade District to tighten fire rules
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/11/14
Hot, dry weather has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to tighten fire safety restrictions in the North Cascade District, which provides wildfire protection to private and public forestlands in Clackamas, Marion, northern Linn and eastern Multnomah counties. On July 11 a "Regulated-Use" closure went into effect, aimed at reducing the chance of fires starting from public activities in the forest.

The Regulated-Use closure bans the following activities:

- Smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles or buildings
- Campfires outside of designated campgrounds
- All open fires
- Use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads
- Use of fireworks
- Use of chainsaws

Mowing of tall dead or cured grass is allowed, but only before 1 p.m. or after 8 p.m.

The Regulated-Use closure requires forest users to carry a shovel with a minimum of a 26-inch handle and an 8-inch blade, and either one gallon of water or a 2-1/2 lb., ABC-rated fire extinguisher.

The North Cascade District declared fire season on July 2. The public is reminded that state law prohibits the use of tracer ammunition, exploding targets and sky lanterns in the forest during fire season.

Eleven fires have burned 420 acres in the district so far this year. The 10-year average is 14 fires burning just 30 acres.

Across the 16 million acres of private and public lands protected by ODF statewide, about 8,200 acres have burned to date - considerably ahead of the 10-year average of just 1,048 acres.
Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 07/11/14
Pacific Power media hotline: July 11, 2014
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to stay cool, use less energy and save money

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the next week, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

1. Be air conditioner smart
* Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
* Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
* Use an air conditioner timer; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
* Replace air conditioner filters now, then once a month.
* Don't place lamps or televisions near the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
* Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
* Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

2. Don't let the sun shine in
* On warm days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

3. Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
* Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
* Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperature drop.

4. Reduce the heat inside
* Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
* Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
* Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

5. Think for the long term
* Plant deciduous trees to shade the south side of your house. Well-placed trees can reduce cooling needs as much as 20 percent, and an air conditioner operating in the shade can use as much as 10 percent less electricity.
* Insulate floors, walls and attics to keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Seal and insulate air conditioning ducts that run through unconditioned spaces.
* Get your air conditioner tuned up annually.
* Consider a new air conditioner and other appliances -- new models are more efficient and may lower your electric bill. Look for ENERGY STAR appliances.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
Non-Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's non-injury commercial truck that partially blocked the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at Myrtle Creek. Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor.

According to Lieutenant Doug Ladd, on July 11, 2014 at approximately 10:45 a.m., an International truck pulling a semi-trailer was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 in the right hand lane when it traveled onto the right shoulder and struck an impact attenuator at the top of exit 108. Several gallons of fuel spilled from the truck's tanks but were contained with barriers and absorbent materials placed by Myrtle Creek Fire Department firefighters.

The truck's driver, STANLEY DIGGS, age 58, from Jefferson, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Roseburg Area Command office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Myrtle Creek Police Department, Myrtle Creek Fire Department, and ODOT.

One northbound lane and the shoulder are still blocked. Traffic updates at TripCheck.com.

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Recreational Boaters Sought for Boat Oregon Advisory Teams
Oregon Marine Board - 07/11/14
The Oregon State Marine Board is seeking interested boaters to sit on one of four boating advisory teams to provide guidance to the agency on a variety of boating related issues. The Boar Oregon Advisory Teams (BOATs) will be comprised of 10-15 members from around the state, and will meet approximately twice a year and occasionally via teleconference/webinar depending on the volume of issues being discussed.

"Agency staff are routinely dealing with issues where we are seeking boater input to determine the range of options and select the best course of action to recommend to the Board," said Scott Brewen, Director of the Marine Board. "These ad hoc committees provide great input, and are particularly useful for geographic-specific issues, but for ongoing statewide topics, these are often difficult to set up and generally meet only once or twice for a specific issue. By having designated teams of interested boaters, we can have an ongoing dialogue about statewide boating issues as they develop and as we attempt to deal with them," Brewen added.

"These teams are informal in nature with the purpose of providing input and advice to staff. The teams are not decision-making bodies, and do not take the place of any Board deliberations or any formal hearings required for rulemaking," said Brewen. "Our goal is that the Boat Oregon Advisory Teams will represent recreational boaters who can tell us what they're experiencing out on the water and then provide agency staff with ideas on how the agency can best address their concerns."

The Marine Board is recruiting for members for the following Boat Oregon Advisory Teams:
* Cruising (includes yachting, sailing, and runabouts)
* Watersports (includes wakeboarding, waterskiing, towed devices, PWCs, sailboarding, and motorboat racing)
* Outdoor Sportsmen (anglers and hunters who use a boat for their activities)
* Paddlesports (team currently exists, however; new member recruitment will being in the summer of 2015)

Meeting timeframes may vary between two to four hours with the following structure:
* Topics will include boating trend analysis, potential safety issues, boater conflict discussions, national trends, and local issues relating to law enforcement, education and access
* Current issues -OSMB staff will provide updates on issues previously identified by boaters
* New issues identified by team members
* New issues identified by OSMB staff
* Each issue will be given a name and number for use as a tracking tool and to establish goals for team members and agency staff.

Meetings are open to the public and public interaction will be encouraged. Additionally, members will be asked to serve a two year term with the option of an additional two years if desired.

All of the meeting agendas, materials and minutes will be posted on the agency website (www.boatoregon.com) and public meetings calendar at www.data.oregon.gov.

If being a member of a Boat Oregon Advisory Team floats your boat, the Marine Board has an online application form available at www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/BoatOregonAdvisoryTeams.aspx.
The digital application deadline is July 31, 2014 by 5 pm.
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Assault in First Degree, Strangulation
Lebanon Police Dept. - 07/11/14
This investigation started on July 7, 204 when Lebanon Police Department was contacted by the Lebanon Community Hospital regarding a four year old boy who was brought to the hospital with an unknown medical problem. Based on the injuries to the child, the hospital staff called the Lebanon Police Department. Officer's responded and made contact with the family including the mother of the victim. The child was flown to Doernbecker's Children hospital in Portland due to the seriousness of the injuries sustained.
The case was assigned to the Lebanon Police detectives for follow up with the family and everyone that was with the child prior to him being injured. Detectives interviewed family and friends of the victim for days following the unexplained type of injuries. Based on the investigation and statements made by the suspect, on July 10, 2014 the live-in boyfriend, Hugo Leonardo Avilez, date of birth November 6th, 1987 was arrested on Assault in the First Degree and Strangulation charges. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail pending arraignment.
The victim is a minor child so the name is not being released. At this time the child is showing signs of improvement but is still under the care of Doernbecker's Children's Hospital.
Other family members continue to be cooperative with the law enforcement and Department of Human Services.
If anyone has any information regarding this case. please contact Detective Justin McCubbins at (541) 258-4346.
This case has been turned over to the Linn County District Attorney's office for prosecution.
Update #2: Name Released - Serious Injury Bicycle-Involved Crash - Highway 211 near Molalla (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday's serious injury bicycle-involved crash that occurred along Highway 211 just east of Molalla. Initial investigation indicates alcohol is a possible contributing factor for the injured bicyclist. The bicyclist's name is released in this update. His injuries are not life threatening.

On July 10, 2014 at approximately 7:40 a.m., DANIEL LAWRENCE NYBERG, age 44, was riding a bicycle westbound on Highway 211 near S. Vaughan Road when he suddenly turned left into the path of a westbound 2005 Toyota pickup approaching from behind. The pickup's driver, VICTOR MAXFIELD, age 32, from Molalla, wasn't able to avoid the bicyclist and struck him.

NYBERG was transported from the scene by LifeFlight to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). NYBERG is believed to live in the Molalla area and has previously resided in Portland. He was not wearing a protective helmet. The hospital and lead investigator, Sergeant Jason Lindland, haven't been able to reach any family members to notify them where he is being treated at.

MAXFIELD was not injured.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Molalla Police Department, Molalla Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. The highway was closed for about 45 minutes.

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State fire marshal encourages fire safety with outdoor cooking (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/11/14
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With the onset of warmer weather many people will be taking their cooking outdoors prompting Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker to urge Oregonians to be fire safe during barbecues and cookouts to avoid tragedy during summer activities. From 2009 through 2013, there were 215 outdoor cooking-related fires in Oregon, resulting in 11 injuries and more than $3.8 million in property loss.

"Cooking outdoors is a nice way to enjoy Oregon's wonderful summers with family and friends, and following a few basic outdoor cooking fire safety tips will help keep it safe," says Walker.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal offers the following safety tips:
* Only use barbecue grills, smokers and turkey fryers outdoors. Using them indoors or in any enclosed space (e.g. garage) poses a fire hazard and exposes you and your family to deadly gases.
* Keep the grill, smoker, or turkey fryer away from siding, deck railings, and out from under eaves or overhanging branches according to the manufacturer's instructions.
* Grills, smokers, and turkey fryers should never be used on a porch or balcony; including any porch or balcony on an upper level of a building.
* Keep three-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
* Periodically remove grease or fat buildup from catch trays to prevent it from being ignited by a hot grill.
* Never leave the grill, smoker, or turkey fryer unattended.
* For propane grills, make sure to check the propane cylinder hose for leaks. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
* Only use proper starter fluid for charcoal grills. Store the charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
* Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited.

"Also, make sure you dispose of ashes properly," says Walker. "Even though ashes may feel cool to the touch, treat them as if they are hot. Soak them with water and place them in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Store the container away from things that can burn and do not leave it on a wooden deck."

You can download the OSFM grilling safety card on our website at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/2012_SA/1141361_outdoor_cooking_WEB.pdf

There are more resources such as a grilling safety infographic, tip sheet, video, and national data on grill related fires available on the NFPA website at: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grilling

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Wells Fargo reports $5.7 billion in net income
Wells Fargo - 07/11/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.7 billion, or $1.01 per diluted common share, for second quarter 2014, up from $5.5 billion, or $0.98 per share, for second quarter 2013. For the first six months of 2014, net income was $11.6 billion, or $2.06 per share, up from $10.7 billion, or $1.90 per share, for the same period in 2013.

The full news release is posted at wellsfargo.com.

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PIO for 07/11 & 07/12
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/11/14
Sgt Baldridge will be off for the next two days. To reach a PIO please dial the PIO line at 503-584-MCSO (6276). Thanks and have a great weekend.
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Red Cross Responds to House Fires in Washington and Lane Counties
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/10/14
Shortly after 4 p.m. today Red Cross volunteers responded to a disaster in the 6900 block of 195th Avenue in Aloha, Oregon. This single-family fire affected three adults. Red Cross provided lodging, food, clothing, shoes, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.

Earlier in the afternoon, Red Cross disaster action team volunteers also responded to a house fire in the 82000 block of Minnick Road in Dexter, Oregon. This fire affected three adults and one child. Red Cross provided lodging, food, comfort kits, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Willamette Humane Society presents Applause for Paws, An Evening of Comedy Featuring Police Academy's Michael Winslow (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 07/10/14
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(Salem, OR)-- Applause for Paws is an annual night of comedy benefiting Willamette Humane Society, featuring the talents of voice impersonator and sound-effects king Michael Winslow (Spaceballs, Police Academy) and musical funny-man Michael Jenkins.

Applause for Paws takes place on Wednesday, July 16, at the Historic Grand Theatre, located at 191 High St NE in downtown Salem. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25, general admission, and can be purchased online at whs4pets.org or at the door.

Come prepared for sidesplitting laughs and unpredictable sound effects from Michael Winslow, known for his signature role as Larvell Jones in the Police Academy series, and as the zany radar technician in Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. Whether it's a barking dog, a purring cat, a violin, or a distorted electric guitar, the sound is all coming from Michael Winslow's creative mouth!

Willamette Humane Society Development Coordinator Meredith Kuhl is excited for the energy the performers will bring to this year's event. "Having grown up in the 80's, Michael Winslow is a legendary comedy figure for me, and I can't wait to relive the old material with his new flare in a live performance," said Kuhl. In this vein of 80's nostalgia, Applause for Paws is sponsored in part by The Coin Jam Arcade & Grill, which will host the before and after party at its location at 439 Court St, just around the corner from the Grand Theatre downtown.

Applause for Paws is in its second year benefiting the dogs and cat at Salem's Willamette Humane Society. The inaugural event welcomed regional comedy greats Dave Anderson, Dwight Slade, Stacey Hallal, and Susan Rice in 2013.

Capitol Subaru and Valley Credit Union are gold sponsors of Applause for Paws, and they invite all to support the cause of homeless dogs and cats at Salem's signature comedy charity event. They are joined by silver sponsors Salem Electric, Innerhealth Clinic & Spa, The Grand Hotel, KBZY, and Coin Jam Arcade.

More information about Applause for Paws can be found online at whs4pets.org, on Willamette Humane Society's facebook page, or by calling 503-585-5900 ext. 304. Michael Winslow comedy material can be found at michaelwinslow.net.




Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


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Correction: Health advisory lifted for water contact at Harris State Park Beach and Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/10/14
July 10, 2014

Media contacts: Jonathan Modie, Oregon Public Health Division, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us; Robert Smith, Oregon Parks and Recreation, 503-390-0639, ext. 227

Technical questions: Tara Chetock, Oregon Public Health Division; 971-673-1496, tara.a.chetock@state.or.us; Aaron Borisenko, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, 503-693-5723; aaron.n.borisenko@state.or.us

Health advisory lifted for water contact at Harris State Park Beach and Mill Beach

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

A public health advisory for contact with marine water at Harris State Park Beach and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County, was lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisory was issued June 26 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from subsequent samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed contamination had subsided and the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk for water contact. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools and runoff from water frequented by birds, because this can be an indication of increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003, state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, contact the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program at 971-673-0400 or the program's website at www.healthoregon.org/beach; also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Salem police officers to carry Special Olympics Flame of Hope through town
Salem Police Dept. - 07/10/14
Members of the Salem Police Department will be participating in the Oregon Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run that is passing through Salem, Friday, July 11, 2014 according to Officer Brian Frazzini who is coordinating the Salem Police Department's participation.

The Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch, known as the Flame of Hope, will be carried through Salem by a squad of police officers and cadets as it makes its way to Newberg, Oregon for the June 12 opening of the Special Olympics Summer Games. The torch is carried across the state before the summer games to raise awareness of the Special Olympics Oregon's year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Each year, a caravan of vehicles and motorcycles accompany the runners as they make their way on the 11-mile route through town. (See route details below.) To cheer on the officer-runner, Special Olympians from the Marion County Chapter of Special Olympics will be in the caravan riding in a van. Some Special Olympians will be running a portion of the route from city hall to the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The Salem Police Department will be posting social media updates (Twitter: @salem_police and Facebook: SalemPoliceDept) throughout the event. Follow along and use the hashtag #SPDTorchRun to ask question or to track posts.

Route:
The approximate 11-mile route begins (at approximately 10:30 a.m.) on the south side of town (Delaney Road Park & Ride) as the torch is handed to the Salem Police Department by runners representing the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The run will continue north on Commercial Street to Liberty Street, and to city hall(555 Liberty St. SE) for a brief stop (at approximately 12:15 p.m.) where additional officers will join the parade of runners. The group will proceed north on Liberty Street, west on Chemeketa St. to Front St., and on toward the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge into West Salem and to the Brush College Park & Ride where the torch will be passed to the Oregon State Police runners.

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$200,000 in Arts Learning grants awarded to 24 arts organizations; Grants support residencies, teacher training and classes
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/10/14
A total of 24 Oregon arts organizations have received $200,000 in 2015 Arts Learning grants to support arts education projects across the state. The grants were approved at the June 27 Oregon Arts Commission meeting, held at Newberg's Chehalem Cultural Center.

The grants range from $4,200, to Columbia Gorge Arts in Education for a year-long fashion and sports equipment design class at Hood River Valley High School, to $12,000, for "The Geography of We: Humans, Wildlife and The Habitats We Share," a Caldera project providing 430 underserved students with intensive, year-long instruction in transmedia arts. Other grant projects include $5,100 to the Ross Ragland Theatre to restore performing arts instruction for second through fourth graders in the Klamath County School District and $7,700 to the Portland Children's Museum to expand its arts learning partnership with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization.

"The variety of grant requests and projects demonstrates the capacity of art to help students learn," said Deborah Vaughn, the Arts Commission's arts education coordinator. "We applaud the creativity and collaboration behind this year's applications, and are confident that the lives of thousands of students will be enriched as a result."

Arts Learning grants are designed to: support projects that expand opportunities for K-12 students to learn in and through the arts; respond to an arts education issue; provide professional development opportunities to teaching artists, teachers and administrators; promote the arts as integral to a comprehensive education; embed meaningful evaluation practices in the project design; and include sustained and substantive interactions with students over time.
Grant applications are evaluated based on project quality and scope, project preparation and evaluation of student learning.
Organizations receiving 2015 Arts Learning grants, and their project descriptions, are:
Architecture Foundation of Oregon, Portland - $5,700
To support an architects-in-residence program for third through fifth grade students comprised of teacher/architect training and residency preparation, six-weeks of professional architect involvement in the classroom and a public exhibit of student work.

Caldera, Portland - $12,000
To support "The Geography of We: Humans, Wildlife, and The Habitats We Share," providing 430 underserved students with intensive, year-long instruction in transmedia arts. Students will receive instruction in storytelling techniques that range from traditional forms to cutting-edge digital media.

Columbia Gorge Arts in Education, Hood River - $4,200
To support the Design Arts Project, bringing professional artists in the field of fashion and sports equipment design into Hood River Valley High School to work directly with students during a year-long design class.

Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene - $8,800
To support an after-school, sequential music program that includes in-school enrichment activities, a curriculum aligned with in-school initiatives and intensity of instruction.

High Desert Museum, Bend - $11,500
To support a year-long arts education program culminating in an exhibition at the Museum. An art educator will work in the schools, providing curriculum, materials and instruction.

Hollywood Theatre, Portland - $11,500
To support an increase of the capacity of education programs at Open Meadow Middle school (OMMS) by building out an unused classroom at OMMS to create a state-of-the-art, mobile media studio.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene - $10,000
To support revision of existing teacher resources, curriculum and lesson plans to meet new National Standards for the Visual Arts, Common Core and Oregon Visual Arts Standards.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene - $7,900
To support multidisciplinary arts programs for Oaklea Middle School's sixth grade students including development of ArtCore modules, teacher training, a sustainable, school-wide strategy for the arts, increased capacity to replicate this model and understanding the impact of ArtCore on students' abilities and 21st Century Learning Skills.

Literary Arts, Portland - $11,500To support 44 semester-long in-school creative writing residencies as part of the Writers in the Schools program across Multnomah County.

Majestic Theatre Management, Inc., Corvallis - $9,700
To support an arts enrichment project in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility & Organización de Latinas Unidas (OLU), during which stories of young women and girls will be expressed through playwrighting and performing.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland - $5,100
To support a year-long strategy with Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro to create a bilingual experiential arts integrated approach for improving learning and teaching, including a teacher in-service, assemblies of bilingual theatre performances, and quarterly bilingual arts instruction.

My Voice Music Incorporated, Portland - $5,200
To support teaching music and songwriting lessons to 103 middle and high school students at three alternative schools: Mt. Scott Learning Center, Elevate Oregon and Ackerman Academy.

Northwest Film Center, Portland - $8,500
To support the GLOBAL CLASSROOM program, bringing the Portland International Film Festival to high school students and expanding professional development offerings.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland - $6,700
To support OBT L.A.B. (Learn About Ballet) at four schools, providing dance and integrated arts learning through six sessions over a three-week residency period, field trips to OBT studios and in-theatre performances.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland - $4,700
To support the Loud and Clear program using theatrical performance techniques to teach public speaking. Teaching artists work with students through four in-school workshops and provide teachers with professional development training.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland - $12,000
To support three-year School Visit Partnerships in providing professional development opportunities, curricula and in-school residencies by OSF actors that include classroom workshops, assemblies and evening performances. Partnerships culminate in a three-year visit to Ashland with travel subsidies, free play tickets and free ancillary programming.

Portland Center Stage, Portland - $12,000
To support youth education programs: Visions & Voices playwriting classes in area high schools, Stage Door matinees and workshops, and the new Alls Fair In Love And Shakespeare outreach program.

Portland Children's Museum, Portland - $7,700
To support an expansion of the arts learning partnership between Portland Children's Museum and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization through family-focused arts programming such as Family Art Engagement workshops, a Family Art Night at the Museum, and museum access through family passes and a community membership.

Portland Playhouse, Portland - $4,800
To support a Fall Festival of Shakespeare, an after-school storytelling program for middle school students.

Portland Taiko, Portland - $8,300
To support a school residency program using the art of taiko drumming to support teaching in the classroom.

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland - $12,000
To support the Right Brain Initiative, a systemic and equitable approach to arts education for K-8 students with direct connections to other core curriculum.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford - $4,600
To support Elementary Arts Outreach in presenting visual arts education in collaboration with the Medford School District throughout the school year including art lessons in the classroom and on field trips, an exhibition of their art and art kits to take home.

Ross Ragland Theatre, Klamath Falls - $5,100
To support the StARTS Early Learning Initiative, a collaboration with Klamath County School District to restore performing arts to grades 2-4 through residencies in classrooms.

Young Audiences of Oregon, Inc., Portland - $10,500
To support implementation of the Teaching Artist (TA) Studio, a training program to build teaching and evaluation skills for teaching artists in Oregon.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Oregon's Capitol Auto Group Named in Top 10 "Best Dealers to Work For" (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 07/10/14
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Salem, Oregon (July 10, 2014) - Capitol Auto Group (CAG) is the only dealership in Oregon to have earned the national distinction as one of Automotive News' 100 Best Dealerships To Work For in 2014. The information was published in the July 7 edition of the magazine. CAG also received this honor in 2012 and 2013.

Capitol Auto Group President, Scott Casebeer said, "It is wonderful to receive this honor for a third time. I am even more proud because all three of our dealerships, Subaru, Chevrolet/Cadillac and Toyota were honored separately as 'best' to work for in the United States. We win many awards, but this is one of the most meaningful because it says something about our work environment and how we treat each other."

Automotive News partnered with Best Companies Group to identify dealerships in the U.S. and Canada that have excelled in creating quality workplaces for employees. The program measured workplace satisfaction through a confidential survey of employers and employees. This year, CAG will learn about their ranking at the awards ceremony Oct. 15, 2014, at an event in Chicago, Illinois. 19-year employee, Charley Engelfried, Customer Relations Manager and Human Resources coordinator will represent the company at the event.

"I am truly looking forward to representing Capitol Auto Group in Chicago for the Automotive News Top 100 Best Dealerships to work for in the Nation. We have had a spectacular year as a team of people who care about our community. We raised over $100,000 for United Way, were involved in dozens of charity campaigns all while providing the best customer service, said Engelfried."

For complete information about the Best Dealerships To Work For from Automotive News visit www.autonews.com/bestdealerships. Capitol Auto Group's main campus is located off the Salem Parkway. www.capitolauto.com. 1-800-888-1391.

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About Capitol Auto Group: Capitol Auto Group has served the greater Salem area for more than 80 years. Dealer Scott Casebeer opened the Toyota/Scion facility, 783 Auto Group AV NE, in Salem off the Parkway, in the fall of 2011 and the Subaru facility in June 2012 at 3235 Cherry AV NE. Chevrolet/Cadillac opened in late July 2012 at 2855 Maple AV NE. They recently opened Capitol West Valley, pre-owned sales and service in Dallas, Oregon. The company has been: recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 7 times as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon; Recognized by Oregon Business Magazine 7 times as one of the 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon; 2012 Salem Chamber Business of the Year; Nine-time winner, Toyota President's Award, Recognized for Toyota Sales and Service Excellence, Recognized for Toyota Parts and Customer Relations; General Motors World Class Technician on staff. The company was EarthWISE Certified by Marion County in 2013 and nominated for EarthWiSE Certified Business of the Year and Sustainable Large Business of the Year. www.CapitolAuto.com


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Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting, cemetery future conversation slated for July 25
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/10/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. July 25 at the Hallmark Inn, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments.

On the same day at 1 p.m. the Commission invites you to join it and the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (OMCB) for a community planning session on an important topic: The Future of Cemeteries in Oregon.

Both boards have noticed a trend of the increasing difficulty of getting new volunteers to continue non-profit and rural cemeteries--whether a non-operating historic cemetery, or a small operating one. With the high cremation rates in the Northwest, even for-profit operating cemeteries are concerned about increasing operating costs for ongoing maintenance without the same level of new burials and revenue coming in as before.

"We want to compare notes on these trends and any others identified by the community," said Kuri Gill, coordinator of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. "We will also discuss the role--if any--the public sector should have in addressing these trends, or, simply in helping if and when a particular cemetery becomes abandoned."

If you want to attend the planning session, phone or email Carla Knapp as soon as possible. She can be contacted at 971.673.1507 or Carla.Knapp@state.or.us. The OMCB will hold its regular meeting beginning at 1 p.m. July 24 in Newport.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities, the meeting and the planning session may be obtained from Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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OSP Investigating Illegal Towing Operation Arrests Owner For Fail to Register as Sex Offender and Parole Violation (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/10/14
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A 35-year old Polk County man under investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) related to an alleged illegal towing business was arrested Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and parole violation.

MICHAEL ALAN SELMER, age 35, from Falls City, is the subject of an ongoing investigation after OSP received information he acquired two tow trucks and began advertising towing services in Salem and Independence areas without obtaining a towing certificate authorizing him to perform tow services. His tow trucks displayed the name "Whoops! Towing" and he allegedly posted tow impound signs at various businesses in the Salem, Jefferson and Independence areas, using a spotter to call for tows before removing vehicles.

On July 8, 2014, OSP arrested SELMER when he began to tow an undercover OSP vehicle from a parking lot. SELMER was lodged in Marion County Jail for Felony Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Parole Violation. Additional charges related to the OSP investigation may be pending following review by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information related to the illegal towing investigation is asked to contact Senior Trooper Doug Brown at (503) 378-3387 ext 30500.

No other information for release due to the ongoing investigation.

Photograph - Marion County Sheriff's Office

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Health advisories issued for water contact at D River Beach and Heceta Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 07/10/14
July 10, 2014

Health advisories issued for water contact at D River Beach and Heceta Beach

Public health advisories were issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at D River Beach, located in Lincoln County, and Heceta Beach in Lane County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisories are lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While these advisories are in effect at D River Beach and Heceta Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by these advisories.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Save the date, make plans to attend a Department of Human Services Town Hall Meeting this summer
OR Department of Human Services - 07/10/14
Save the date and make plans to attend a DHS Town Hall Meeting: Planning for Safety, Health and Independence in Your Community.

You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our priorities and strategic direction for 2015-17 and beyond in the following areas: Child Welfare, Aging and People with Disabilities, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services, Self Sufficiency Programs (SNAP, TANF, ERDC), Vocational Rehabilitation, and DHS agency operations.

Our community outreach this summer has two goals: first, to report on progress toward our long-term goals and strategic efforts as an organization; and second, get your thoughts and ideas as we plan for the next two years of work. Your input and participation is extremely valuable to us. Please make plans to attend a meeting in your local area -- or to log on for a statewide web-based meeting (if you are unable to attend in person). We need your help and ideas to ensure the safety, health and independence of all Oregonians!

Wednesday, July 30
Portland - Portland Community College - Cascade Campus (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, August 1
Bend - Central Oregon Community College (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monday, August 4
Eugene - Lane Community College (room to be announced)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, August 5
Medford - Rogue Valley Community College (room to be announced)
10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Thursday, August 7
Statewide -- Web-based interactive meeting, sign-up info & other details to come later.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join DHS Director Erinn Kelley-Siel and members of the DHS Executive Team for an informative presentation and lively discussion about where the agency is today and where we are going in the next two years and beyond. Additional information will be coming soon - please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Thank you!

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
Wells Fargo Second Quarter Earnings Information
Wells Fargo - 07/10/14
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) is scheduled to announce its second quarter 2014 earnings on Friday, July 11, at 5 a.m. The news release will be available at wellsfargo.com/invest_relations/earnings.

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Affordable Care Act Allows Former Foster Care Youth to Remain on Medicaid/OHP until Age 26
OR Department of Human Services - 07/10/14
On January 1, 2014, Oregon began providing Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan (OHP) benefits to former foster care youth under the age of 26. Oregon's program is called the Former Foster Care Youth (FFCY) Medical Program. It is estimated that there are 3,329 former foster care youth in Oregon eligible for the program.

A provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows children/dependents under the age of 26 to stay on their parent's health insurance. Recognizing that children who are discharged from the foster care system as an adult (18-20) do not always have that option, the ACA includes a provision allowing former foster care youth to remain on Medicaid until age 26, regardless of income.

"We are working with our caseworkers, community partners and stakeholder networks to help us get the word out, so these young adults can get enrolled in health care coverage" said Sherril Kuhns, Federal Compliance Manager for the Oregon Office of Child Welfare. "Since January 2014, we have enrolled 544 youth under the age of 26 into the Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program."

Youth can request a FFCY application from their DHS caseworker, Independent Living Program (ILP) provider or FosterClub Dedicated Outreach Representative. Other options include:

* Phone: The DHS Children's Medical Unit (CMED) can take applications over the phone, please call 503-945-5720 or 503-947-2598.

* Email: Applications can be requested or submitted via email 5508.c-med@state.or.us.

* Mail: Applications are also available online on the DHS Independent Living Program website; look for FFCY Medical Program Referral Form. To submit application print, complete and mail application to CMED, 500 Summer Street NE, E-69, Salem, Oregon 97301

* Fax: Completed applications can be faxed to 503-945-7032

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Hot Weather Fire Prevention and Safety
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/10/14
With the projected warmer weather this week and into next week, the Salem Fire Department reminds everyone that additional steps should be taken to prevent fire and maintain health. Due to increased temperatures and lower fuel moistures, the risk of fire ignition and fire spread is magnified. Additionally, high heat can impact the health of people and pets. Here are some key points to follow to "beat the heat" and be safe:

Fire Prevention
*Dispose of cigarettes properly in non-combustible ashtrays or extinguish them in water or sand. In Oregon, cigarettes start one in ten fires statewide.
*When using barbeque grills, maintain clearance from combustible decks, fences, and vegetation. Allow ashes to completely cool and then dispose of them in metal containers. Barbeque ashes can maintain ignition temperatures for many hours, even if the surface is cool to touch.
*Avoid using welding, grinding, or mowing equipment near dry weeds and grass.
*Avoid parking vehicles in dry, weedy areas. The temperature of vehicle exhaust components can easily ignite dry grass and weeds.
*Don't overload electrical outlets with portable fans, air conditioners, or extension cords.
*Keep a fire extinguisher, water hose, or bucket handy in the event a fire occurs.
*Observe no-burn regulations.

Hot weather safety
*Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, which promote dehydration.
*Minimize direct exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen.
*Limit exercise and exertion - rest frequently and pace yourself.
*Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
*During the warmest parts of the day, consider indoor activities such as visiting the library, a shopping mall, or a movie theater.
*Consider scheduling outdoor activities during cooler time periods.
*Plan ahead before swimming and follow water safety tips.
*Don't leave children or pets in vehicles. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be at higher risk to heat-related issues.
*Cooling shelters are available at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, 503-588-6071, and Center 50+, 2615 Portland Road NE, 503-588-6303. Open times vary by location and day, please check schedules online or call to confirm.

Being prepared and proactive can decrease the likelihood of fires starting and spreading. Take time to review your family's fire evacuation plan and emergency preparedness supplies and also review the basic safety tips for staying cool.

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Sheriff's Office On Scene of Second Drowning ***Name Release*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/10/14
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The Sheriff's Office has identified Tuesday's drowning victim as Ralph Johnson the III, age 30. Mr. Johnson is from the New York area but had recently been living in Portland. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further releases regarding this case.

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The Sheriff's Office and Crisis Chaplaincy Service are working very hard to locate and notify family of the deceased male from yesterdays drowning. As of the time of this release however we have not made any contact with family. We are exhausting all means and resources prior to releasing the males name.

We will continue working on these notifications and once they are complete we will be releasing the name. The Sheriff's Office thanks the media for its patience and understanding in this matter.


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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is on scene of it second drowning two days. At approximately 5:45 p.m. today deputies were called to the Scott's Mills Park to assist with the investigation of an adult male who had drown and subsequently died in a popular swimming hole located on Butte Creek.

Deputies have found that the male was swimming with a friend, began struggling against a current and drown. CPR was performed by first responders but he was unable to be resuscitated. These two tragic events compel the Sheriff's Office to remind that public of theses few safety tips when swimming.

1 Know your swimming skill.
2 Always swim with a buddy.
3 Have a Coast Guard approved flotation device with you, on you, or near you at all times when swimming.

The Sheriff's Office is still working with the friends of the victim to identify him and then notify his family of his tragic death. Once this process is complete the victim's name will be released.


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Marion County Sheriff's Office Adopts Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (Photo)
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce a new partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), which is a private social network for neighborhoods and neighborhood watches. It is intended to build stronger, safer communities through the help of residents.

Nextdoor will enable the Sheriff's Office to communicate online with neighborhoods. Residents and the Sheriff's Office will be able to work together to improve safety and strengthen neighborhood watch efforts.

With Nextdoor, Marion County residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Sheriff's Office will be able to post information, such as safety tips and crime alerts, to Nextdoor websites within their community.

"We believe in our communities and their ability to effect positive change by working together," said Undersheriff Troy Clausen. "With Nextdoor, we can help empower neighbors to keep their communities safe and to stay connected by giving them the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts."

Already, Nextdoor has proven to be a well-received tool for northeast and southeast Salem-area residents. Seven neighborhoods have already joined!


Nextdoor is free for both residents and the Sheriff's Office. Each Marion County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who can verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the Sheriff's Office will not be able to access residents' websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by any search engines.

Those interested in joining their neighborhood's Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.


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07/09/14
Update #2: Missing Keizer Man Found Deceased in Southwest Marion County; Death Investigation Underway
Oregon State Police - 07/09/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, and Marion County District Attorney's Office, are investigating the manner and cause of death of an adult male found Wednesday morning in a field near the community of Talbot in Marion County. The deceased was identified as missing Keizer man, ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP.

On July 9, 2014 at approximately 9:17 a.m., a report was received that a deceased body was found in a field near Talbot in rural southwest Marion County. Marion County Sheriff's Office and OSP responded to the scene and confirmed the report.

The body was identified as ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP, age 54, from Keizer, who was reported missing to OSP June 8, 2014, after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem.

The Marion County Medical Examiner and OSP Forensic Services Division personnel also responded to the scene to assist with recovering the body.

An autopsy is pending by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office to determine the manner and cause of death.

No other information to be released at this time.

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Oregon Air National Guard general retires in ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 07/09/14
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SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Bruce W. Prunk, Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard, retired in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9.

Prunk retired after more than 30 years of service. In his most recent position, he was responsible for strategy development, state and federal liaisons, inter-agency coordination, and special duties supporting the 105,000 Air National Guard members nationwide.

He was commissioned in 1983 through the Air National Guard's Academy of Military Science. Prior to receiving his commission, he was an enlisted member of the 142nd Combat Support Squadron of the Oregon Air National Guard. He has served as a social actions officer at both the wing and state levels, and was the 142nd Fighter Wing's Inspector General. In 1996 he was selected to command the 142nd Security Forces Squadron; further proceeding as the 142nd Mission Support Group commander and the vice commander of 142nd Fighter Wing.

In 2006, he became the Director of Staff of the Oregon Air National Guard for Oregon Joint Force Headquarters. He deployed in 2007 to Iraq as the deputy commander of the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. Prior to his most recent assignment, he served as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air for the Oregon National Guard; responsible for staff oversight within state joint force headquarters and support to the commander.

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, returns a salute from Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left) Adjutant General, Oregon, presents both the Oregon Distinguished Service Medal and the Oregon Thirty Year Faithful Service Medal to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) with a Certificate of Retirement from the U.S. Air Force during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) poses with his wife, Janice Prunk, as they hold the Certificate of Appreciation that was presented to her from the Sec. of the Air Force on the occasion of her husband's retirement in a ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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Col. Rick Wedan (left), 142nd Fighter Wing Commander, presents a lithograph with an F-15 Eagle to Brig. Gen. Bruce Prunk (right) during his retirement ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Ore., July 9. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/Released)


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Future of Public Health Task Force meets July 23
Oregon Health Authority - 07/09/14
July 9, 2014

What: The eighth public meeting of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health. Agenda items include:

-- Finalize straw model.

-- Discuss workgroup options for implementation.

-- Public comment period.

When: Wednesday, July 23, 1:30-5 p.m.

Where: Association of Oregon Counties Building, 1201 Court St. NE, Suite 300, Salem

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348 to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Oregon Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-888-363-4734, and use code 295577.

Future meeting dates currently scheduled:

-- Aug. 20,Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Sept. 10, Portland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan at 971-673-1282.

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

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Fire season declaration, vegetation abatement required
City of Albany - 07/09/14
Albany Fire Chief John Bradner has declared today, July 9, 2014, the start of fire season due to ongoing hot, dry weather.
During fire season, weeds, grass, and other noxious vegetation that has been determined to be a fire hazard must be addressed to reduce the potential for fire in accordance with Albany Municipal Code 7.84.160. To report a vegetation fire hazard in Albany, call 541-791-0155.
Coos Bay Public School's July Public Meeting Schedule
Coos Bay School District - 07/09/14
Below are Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of July, 2014. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

July 14, 2014
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. The agenda and packet are posted at the following link and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

July 25 & 26, 2014
* Lighthouse Project Training: On July 25 the meeting is at 4:00 PM. On July 26, the meeting is at 9:00 AM.

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

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

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Salem Police to participate in traffic safety campaign
Salem Police Dept. - 07/09/14
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The Salem Police Department had two officers assigned to work varied shifts during the holiday weekend on this high visibility project. These officers arrested three subjects for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, arrested one suspect on drug possessions charges, cited two drivers for driving with suspended licenses and issued 24 citations and warnings on various other violations. There were six additional subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants by other officers in the Salem Police Department during this time period.


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Salem Police Officers will be participating in a statewide traffic enforcement and safety campaign throughout the July 4 holiday weekend to focus on motorists driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The goal of the statewide campaign is to reduce the number of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries by increasing public awareness of driving under the influence of intoxicants and focusing enforcement efforts during the busy holiday weekend. The campaign is in conjunction with Oregon Impact and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that 780 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more during July 4th holidays over the last five years (from 2007 to 2011). These fatalities account for 40% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over this same five-year period.

The Salem Police Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July, but please celebrate safely and always have a designated driver. Remember: When in doubt, get a ride!
Marion County Sheriff's Office Adding Extra Patrols For Holiday Weekend (Stats Added) (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
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During the Sheriff's Office extra patrols focused on detecting DUII drivers deputies contacted 24 drivers, issued 21 citations and arrested 3 impaired drivers. For any questions regarding the specific violations cited please contact the PIO at the listed numbers.

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The Marion County Sheriff's Office will be adding extra patrols over the 4th of July weekend thanks to grants made possible thru the Oregon State Sheriff's Association. The extra patrols will be focusing on detecting and arresting impaired drivers.

With the warm weather and the holiday weekend comes the increased usage of our roadways to access our waterways, parks and rural camping areas. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind motorists that it is all of our responsibility to drive safe and sober.

If you are drinking and you must drive a few simple steps can help you avoid a crash or a trip to jail.

* Volunteer or designate your sober driver before leaving home.
* If you don't have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend or family member to come and get you.
* Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.

And finally please report any possible intoxicated drivers to your local law enforcement agency. The Sheriff's Office can be reached at 503-588-5032 or 9-1-1 in an emergency.


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Salem Fire Department - Three Alarm Commercial Fire
Salem Fire Dept. - 07/09/14
At approximately 3:10 a.m. on July 9, 2014, fire crews from the Salem Fire Department were dispatched to the 800 block of Commercial Street NE in Salem, Oregon, for a commercial structure fire. The call was reported via 911 by a railroad train engineer who noticed flames showing on the west side of the business. Due to the location and information received, a second alarm was immediately called, adding additional Salem Fire firefighting resources to the dispatch.

Upon arrival by the first arriving fire engine approximately four minutes later, heavy fire was found and a third alarm was called, adding more fire engines to the response, including mutual aid from neighboring fire districts.

A total of nine fire engines and three ladder trucks were on scene during the fire, along with command staff, support vehicles, and medic units from Rural Metro Ambulance. Mutual aid was received from Aumsville Rural Fire Protection District, Keizer Fire District, Marion County Fire District #1, and Polk County Fire District #1, which provided support at the fire as well as subsequent coverage in the City.

Firefighters initially made a defensive, exterior attack to protect adjacent buildings and to begin extinguishing the fire. Once fire conditions were controlled, crews quickly transitioned to an interior attack, completing interior searches and extinguishing the fire. Initially, Front Street NE, Commercial Street NE, and the Portland & Western Railroad line were closed to allow firefighting operations. All streets and the rail line are now open.

The majority of fire damage was limited to the center area of the building and did not involve the main sales area of the business. Fire damage to the structure is estimated at $100,000 to $200,000 and it is anticipated that the main sales area of the building will reopen within the next few days. Additionally, minor fire damage was incurred at an adjacent business in the 900 block of Front Street NE, which included broken windows and charring to the exterior siding caused by the intense heat from the fire.

Fire investigation personnel from Salem Fire have begun an investigation into the origin and cause. No injuries were reported to civilians or firefighters and the majority of fire crews were back in service within two hours. Salem Fire units will remain on the scene throughout the day to assist with the investigation.
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Fire restrictions take effect Friday on West Ore District forestlands
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/09/14
On Friday, July 11, the Department of Forestry will increase restrictions on forest activities due to rising fire danger. The "Regulated Use" closure is specifically geared to reduce the chance of wildfires starting from public activities in forested areas. The restrictions ban the following activities:

- Smoking in the forest except in closed vehicles
- Campfires outside of designated campgrounds
- All open fires
- Use of motorized vehicles except on improved roads
- Use of any fireworks and the use of chainsaws
- Mowing of tall dead or cured grass is allowed, but only before 1p.m. or after 8 p.m.

The Regulated Use closure also requires forest users to carry a shovel with a 26-inch handle with an 8-inch blade, and either one gallon water or a 2-1/2 lb., ABC-rated fire extinguisher.

Fire season was declared on the West Oregon District on July 1. This declaration primarily affects forest operations, such as logging sites, by requiring firefighting equipment on site and the use of precautionary measures against fire. The "Regulated Use" closure extends restrictions and preventative measures to the public on all private and Bureau of Land Management forest lands in Benton, Lincoln, Polk and southern Yamhill counties.

As the summer has progressed, conditions in the forest have gotten warmer and drier, pushing the fire danger up. The intent of the Regulated Use closure is to limit some of the potential ignition sources of forest fires. Human activities continue to be the top cause of forest fires.

For further information on the public use restrictions, please do not hesitate to contact the Oregon Department of Forestry during normal business hours.

Benton County: Philomath Office - (541) 929-3266
Lincoln County: Toledo Office - (541) 336-2273
Polk County or Yamhill County: Dallas Office - (503) 934-8146
Update: Victim's Name Released: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 east of Pleasant Hill (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/09/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 58 twelve miles east of Pleasant Hill. The crash involved a pickup and commercial truck, resulting in the death of the pickup's adult male and minor injuries to the truck's two occupants. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Robert Edwards, on July 8, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a Dodge pickup driven by TIMOTHY DAVID FINE, age 55, from Oakridge, was eastbound on Highway 58 near milepost 16 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with computers and tires. The truck and trailer caught fire and was fully engulfed when emergency responders started arriving. The fire spread to brush on both sides of the highway.

The truck's two occupants escaped the commercial truck with minor injuries. Both were transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment. Their names are not available at this time and both were released from the hospital.

FINE was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The highway was completely closed while firefighters controlled the fire. One lane was opened after 8:00 p.m. The other lane was closed for several hours while ODOT and a tow company work with heavy equipment to remove the burned truck and semi-trailer, and the pickup. The highway was fully re-opened after midnight.

OSP troopers and a collision reconstructionist from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Kyle Bachmeier is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by fire personnel from Dexter, Lowell, Oakridge, and Goshen. Additional assisted provided by ODOT, Department of Forestry and Northwest Hazmat, Inc.

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Business Oregon Leads Delegation of Five Oregon Outdoor Gear Companies to OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 07/09/14
SALEM - Business Oregon will lead an Oregon delegation of five outdoor gear and apparel companies to the OutDoor Friedrichshafen 2014 trade show in Germany this week.

Another 13 Oregon outdoor firms will also either appear at the show or promote themselves in the Oregon Outdoor booth. The OutDoor Friedrichshafen show takes place July 10-13 and is considered Europe's premier outdoor industry event. It features more than 900 exhibitors from 40 countries showcasing their products and services.

"Nike and Columbia Sportswear aren't here by accident. Oregon has emerged as a global leader in the outdoor gear and apparel industry, in part because we are the place where customers come to play and to push their gear to the limit," said Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins. "That is why we work hard every day to help Oregon's outdoor gear designers and manufacturers find customers all around the world so they can grow back here in Oregon."

Business Oregon will provide export assistance grants to five firms to help defray their costs of attending the show. Those companies include Oregon City's FixnZip, climbing pack maker CiloGear, climbing apparel maker NW Alpine, stainless steel bottle maker Hydro Flask and ultralight equipment maker Six Moon Designs of Beaverton.

Business Oregon offers matching grants of up to $5,000 to Oregon companies to help defray the expense of traveling to trade shows around the world, and can also provide technical assistance and expertise to Oregon companies seeking export markets for their products.

Since 2012, Business Oregon has awarded 240 Grants totaling $804,303 to 222 different Oregon companies. As a result, these Oregon firms report an estimated $29 million in immediate sales, and another $105 million in projected future sales as a result of the trade shows appearances.

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Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. Visit www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.
Salem Hospital returns to normal operations
Salem Health - 07/09/14
Today at 8 a.m., Salem Hospital returned to normal operations after conversations with Salem Police determined that the threat level had diminished.

The hospital entered a "Code Black" for a threat on Tuesday morning after it received a threatening phone call. Salem Police immediately responded and were a visible presence throughout Tuesday.

This morning, all hospital entrances reopened with normal operations and access. Salem Police will continue its visible presence on campus for now.

Hospital security measures remain in place for the safety of staff, patients and visitors. Hospital leadership continues to monitor the situation and remain in constant contact with Salem Police.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Salem Resident Loses Pet Snake ***Update Snake Found*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/09/14
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Nomad the nomadic boa has been located. According to the snakes owner she found a hole in the sheet rock inside of their residence and climbed inside of a wall, where she remained until she was located. The owners have assured the Sheriff's Office that they have purchased an upgraded snake cage to prevent these types of escapes in the future.

The Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of the citizens who offered their help during this strange incident.


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It's not every day law enforcement is called to help a pet owner find their lost pet. But when it is a 10 foot, red tail, boa constrictor it perks our attention. That is what brought us to 825 Treewood Lane SE in Salem. The owners of the snake say it has been missing for about four days and it may have slithered out a second story window.

The owners called deputies because of the size of the 23 year old, female snake, appropriately named nomad and its close proximity to other residences. Deputies have searched the area but were unable to locate the snake. Residents close to the home are being contacted by deputies and made aware of the situation. We are asking other residents to be mindful of their pets and small children until the snake can be located.

The snake is green and tan and despite its name does not have a red tail. If you locate the snake please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032. The photograph attached is similar to the missing snake.


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07/08/14
Oregon crude oil reports now on the web
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 07/08/14
The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, acting in its role as the State Emergency Response Commission, announced today that reports received from railroad companies on the movement of Bakken crude oil through Oregon are now available to the public. The agency announced last week that it would provide the reports through the OSFM website.

The OSFM has previously provided copies of these reports to local emergency response agencies in areas where trains carrying crude oil travel.

Railroad companies are required by federal law to notify counties prior to making any material changes in the estimated volumes or frequencies of trains traveling through a county. The United States Department of Transportation considers an increase or decrease of 25 percent or more in the number of implicated trains per week to be a material change.

The railroad reports are available at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/SERC/CrudeOilReports.aspx
Red Cross Volunteers Assist in Eugene House Fire Response
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 07/08/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross responded to a disaster in the 4000 block of W. 18th in Eugene, OR. This single family fire affected two adults. Red Cross provided comfort kits and information on disaster mental health services.
Pacific Power renewable energy customers are national leaders....again
Pacific Power - 07/08/14
Contact:
Tom Gauntt
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow: @TomGauntt1

Pacific Power renewable energy customers are national leaders....again
Blue Sky is a top 5 utility green power program for 11th year

PORTLAND, Ore.--Pacific Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program has once again received national recognition for its leadership and impact. For the 11th year, the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ranked PacifiCorp--which includes Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power--in the top five utility green power programs in the entire country.

For 2013, Blue Sky ranks second for total number of participating customers and third for total renewable energy sales through a voluntary program.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory - Top 10 Utility Green Power Programs for 2013

"Our Blue Sky customers have helped build a market for renewable energy for more than a decade and have helped fund the construction of more than 70 renewable energy projects in our customer communities," said Pat Reiten, Pacific Power president and CEO. "For our customers who choose to voluntarily support the continued growth of renewable energy, Blue Sky is a smart choice that makes a real difference for the environment, sustainability and individual communities.."

At the end of last year, there were nearly 95,000 Blue Sky customers in PacifiCorp's six states. These customers make a difference by supporting more than 634 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy during 2013, with environmental benefits equivalent to 395,844 tons of carbon dioxide avoided. That's like taking 74,169 cars off the road or planting 9.3 million trees. Blue Sky customers also helped fund dozens of new community-based renewable energy projects. Their participation continues to make a difference today.

In 2013, Blue Sky participation by Pacific Power customers increased by more than 9 percent and Blue Sky funding was awarded to 15 new community-based renewable energy projects. There are currently more than 52,000 Blue Sky customers in Pacific Power's service area in Oregon, Washington and California. A Blue Sky challenge in Medford, Oregon, in 2013 had a goal of increasing participation by 25 percent in that community. The challenge handily exceeded that goal and the heightened awareness continues to spread the word. As of July 1, 2014 Medford enrollment is up 50 percent from before the challenge. A similar community challenge is underway in Roseburg, Oregon this summer.

The Blue Sky program provides an easy and convenient way for Pacific Power customers to support renewable energy in the region beyond the company's cost-effective renewable resource investments to serve all customers. Blue Sky is Green-e Energy certified by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions and customers can participate in the program for as little as $1.95 each month. For more information or to sign up, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky or call toll free at 800-769-3717.
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Update: Employer Offers Reward to Help Find Keizer Man Reported Missing June 8, 2014 (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/08/14
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The employer of a Keizer-area man reported missing June 8, 2014, is offering a reward of up to $500 for information that helps authorities find him.

ROBERT ALLEN KNUPP, age 54, was reported missing to Oregon State Police (OSP) after his vehicle was found unoccupied at the Santiam Rest Area along Interstate 5 south of Salem. KNUPP is described as a white male, 5'11", and 215 pounds, with brown salt & pepper hair and a short beard. He was last known to be wearing a blue print Hawaiian-style shirt with khaki pants, white socks and brown leather tie shoes. He was driving a 1993 Geo Metro passenger car found locked Sunday, June 8, about midnight at the rest area. He was last seen in Albany on Saturday, June 7.

KNUPP has worked 17 years for Garten Services, Inc., a Salem-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1970 to support people with disabilities in their effort to contribute to the community through employment, career, and retirement opportunities. At the time of his disappearance, he was working as a custodial supervisor.

Garten Services, Inc., has established an account at US Bank under "Robert Knupp Reward Fund" in case anyone wished to donate.

Anyone with information regarding KNUPP's whereabouts is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Lead investigator is Detective Richard Olsen.

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Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
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Yesterday at 3:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. That is where deputies learned that 14 year old Sean Kaleopa had been swimming with family at Three Pools Recreational area.

Family members noticed Sean was missing and when they began looking for him they found him submerged and at the bottom of the pool of water. A heroic effort to save Sean was put into action by family members and park goers. Sean was pulled from the pool and a human chain was formed to extricate him from the river's edge. CPR was performed on Sean by citizens and responding fire personnel, however Sean could not be resuscitated.

Sean is described by his family as the, "Big brother to all." Sean is a Houck Middle School Student who was active in numerous sports, his most favorite being football. An impromptu memorial has been scheduled at Houck Middle School at 1:30 p.m. The family spokesperson Bob Jung will be on hand to answer any questions.

The immediate family has declined any personal interviews and they are requesting all media refrain from coming to their residence during their time of mourning.


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Sheriff's Office Accepts Donation in Honor of Torch Run (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/08/14
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This Friday the Marion County Sheriff's Office will take part in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run. LETR is a grassroots funds raiser that benefits the Special Olympics Oregon athletes.

On Friday the 11th at 8:15 a.m., at the Jefferson Home Town Market, the Sherriff's Office will be passed the torch and then carry it approximately 10 miles, to Delaney Road and Interstate 5 where it will be passed to the Salem Police Department.

Last night Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers accepted a donation for the Special Olympics Oregon athletes. GTECH Enterprises a worldwide company with an office in Salem, made a $500 contribution to support our Oregon athletes.

As of today the Sheriff's Office has raised more than $1,150.00, if you would like to donate to the Special Olympics Oregon through the Sheriff's Office you can email Deputy Matt Hagan at mhagan@co.marion.or.us or donate directly at https://www.soor.org/Sub-Page.aspx?name=Donate-Now&PID=70


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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet by phone July 21, 2014 in Salem
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/08/14
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 8, 2014

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

Salem OR - Salem OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting by phone on July 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. The public venue for the meeting is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department headquarters office at 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

The Commission is meeting to act on recommendations to award community recreation grants funded by Oregon Lottery and federal funding sources. The full meeting agenda is available online at http://tinyurl.com/9vy72bo .

Those needing special accommodations to attend should contact OPRD at 503-986-0719 to make arrangements at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state. Additional information, including minutes from previous Commission meetings, is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission.aspx.

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07/07/14
Update #2: Added Info & Photo - Washington Man Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Interstate 5 Between Eugene and Cottage Grove (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/07/14
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Update #2: Based on the car's vehicle identification number, OSP has confirmed it was a reported stolen out of Washington State. Additional charge for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle is pending.

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Update #1: As the eluding vehicle was traveling northbound from Cottage Grove, the passenger side window blew out as it was passing the left side of a commercial truck and semi-trailer. After the eluding driver was in custody, OSP found a handgun inside the car missing two rounds. OSP suspects the driver fired at least one round out of the car as it was passing the truck and semi-trailer. The truck is described as a late model Freightliner conventional style cab pulling a white in color box semi-trailer. The driver probably is unaware that the left rear side of the trailer may have been struck by a gunshot. OSP would like to speak to the truck's driver. Anyone with information is asked to call Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk at (541) 726-2536.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 24-year old Tacoma, Washington man Monday after his attempt to elude troopers on Interstate 5 south of Eugene. The suspect eluded Lebanon police earlier in the day.

On July 7, 2014 at approximately 1:47 p.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint of a high speed 1990s Mercury displaying Washington license plates southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 216. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle reported by Lebanon Police Department after it eluded one of their officers.

Troopers set up southbound along Interstate 5 to find the car. At approximately 1:57 p.m. a vehicle matching the description passed an OSP trooper near Coburg. A second trooper also got behind the car and they attempted a traffic stop near Belt Line Road. The vehicle failed to yield and sped up to speeds over 100 mph as it drove recklessly, passing vehicles on the shoulder.

Troopers backed off, keeping the car in sight as it continued southbound and OSP notified Lane County Sheriff's Office and Cottage Grove Police Department (CGPD) for assistance. The driver avoided spike strip deployment by Cottage Grove police near milepost 176, but a second attempt by CGPD near milepost 174 successfully deflated the left front tire.

The vehicle exited Interstate 5 at London Road on the south end of Cottage Grove and returned northbound on the freeway. Speeds began to slow to 80 - 90 mph as the vehicle was traveling on 3 tires.

At approximately 2:26 p.m., the vehicle exited in Creswell and turned right onto E. Cloverdale Road where a trooper pulled along the passenger side and safely executed a tactical vehicle intervention technique. The eluding car came to a stop and the driver fled on foot on Emerald Parkway for about a half block before troopers took him in custody without further incident.

The driver was identified as JAMES CARL VOSHELL, age 24, from Tacoma, Washington. VOSHELL was lodged in the Lane County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Reckless Driving
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Carrying a Concealed Weapon
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (10 counts)

Additional charges may be pending by Lebanon Police Department related to their incident earlier.

Investigation is continuing.

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Deputies Respond to Drowning at Three Pools Recreational Area (Updated with the time of call)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
At 2:50 p.m. today, the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to investigate the drowning death of a teenage, juvenile male at the Three Pools Recreational area in rural east Marion County. We are currently in the process of the notifying the family and do not expect to release any further details regarding this tragic incident until later tomorrow.
Sheriff's Office Advising of Possible Traffic Delays (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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With the consolidation of courts and the opening of the new Marion County Justice Court located at 4660 Portland Road NE, Suite 7, comes a back log of arraignments. This onetime event has made it necessary for the Sheriff's Office to notify the public of possible traffic delays in the area.

The courts in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office and Marion County Public Works will be working feverishly to process the some 800 arraignments, scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.

Traffic control will be in place but the Sheriff's Office and Public works are asking for motorists to seek alternate routes if possible during their normal commutes to avoid congestion.


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Senator Wyden and Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton Seen Serving Summer Lunch at Grant Community School in Salem
Oregon State Library - 07/07/14
Senator Calls for Increased Support as National, State and Local Partners
Discuss Effectiveness of Quality Summer Programming

Senator Ron Wyden and Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton donned aprons and gloves and served lunch to the children at Grant Community School in Salem Wednesday, (see photo) before meeting with state and local partners to hear about the "SL3" Project, a program running in elementary and middle schools in Oregon this summer, designed to combat summer learning loss and childhood hunger.

"SL3: Summer Libraries, Summer Learning, Summer Lunch," is a community collaboration coordinated by Oregon Afterschool for Kids in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association and the Oregon State Library. NSLA founder, Matt Boulay, Oregon State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen, Office of Learning - Child Nutrition Director, Joyce Dougherty and Program Manager, Lynne Reinoso and local partners, including Salem Keizer Education Foundation Director Krina Lee, gathered at Grant to share with the Senator the impact that summer learning programs, such as the SL3 project, can have on "summer slide."

This year (2014), 22 schools are keeping their school libraries open to students one or two days per week. Working in conjunction with the USDA Summer food schedule, this simple model focuses on the access and equity gap for children in Oregon around food and books. Studies show that low-income children lose two to three months in reading each summer, while their middle and upper-income peers make slight gains. By the end of fifth grade, lower-income children can be nearly three years behind their higher-income peers in reading and the gap continues to widen beyond that point. Additionally, many of Oregon's children are hungry during the summer months. Access to expanded learning opportunities over the summer has been shown to not only stop the "slide" but children participating in these programs have access to healthy food and demonstrate gains when returning to school in the fall.

Matt Boulay shared his passion with the Senator and Mr. Saxton, "Summer learning is the smartest investment we can make. From September thru June, we make a huge effort to boost student learning - and as a society we're collectively very good at developing our children's skills and talents. So it doesn't make any sense to then let our children forget over the summer what they've learned during the school year."

Free books are given away to each child through Bazillion Books for Kids, and at many sites additional activities include school gardens, STEM activities, free dental screening and Oregon Battle of the Books preparation. Last year 1,048 Oregon children checked out or took home 7,829 books.

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Update #2: Traffic Fatality Count Increased to 4 - Post-Fourth of July Holiday Reporting Period Information (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/07/14
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(Updated) Preliminary information now indicates 4 people died in four separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Fourth of July holiday period between 6:00 p.m., July 3, and 11:59 p.m., July 6. Information regarding a fourth fatal crash was received by ODOT's Fatality Analysist Reporting System (FARS) from Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The following is a brief overview of the four confirmed reported fatal traffic crashes:

* On July 4, 2014 at approximately 8:31 p.m., an off-road motorcycle operated by a 21-year old Reedsport man crashed in the Loon Lake area off Highway 38 in Douglas County. The victim was not wearing a protective helmet. Douglas County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.

* On July 5, 2014 at approximately 10:03 p.m., a pickup driven by a 48-year old Madras man rolled off NE Clark Drive near NE Dogwood Lane north of Madras. The driver was ejected and transported to an area hospital where he died later that night from injuries sustained in the crash. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency and reports alcohol appears to be a contributing factor.

* On July 6, 2014 at approximately 12:55 a.m., a passenger car driven by a 16-year old St. Helens girl was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 53 west of Rainier. For an unconfirmed reason, the car traveled off the highway and rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its top. The female driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and her 16-year old male passenger had minor injuries. Both were using safety restraints. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.

* On July 6, 2014 at approximately 4:36 p.m., a 92-year old female from Hines died in a single vehicle rollover crash on Steens Mountain Loop Road in Harney County. The driver was using safety restraints. Additional details of the fatal crash on not available. Harney County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.

During the 2013 Fourth of July 102-hour holiday period, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes. The deadliest Fourth of July holiday period occurred in 1980 when there were 19 reported deaths during a 78-hour period. Since 1970, a total of 306 people have died in traffic crashes in Oregon during the Fourth of July holiday reporting periods.

OSP troopers reported 50 DUII arrests statewide during this year's holiday period. Last year, troopers reported 60 DUII arrests. Prior to each holiday period, OSP encourages citizens to report possible DUII drivers they spot on the road so troopers or other agency police officers can get into position to stop the vehicle and determine if the driver is impaired. Of this year's 50 reported DUII arrests, eight were the direct results of citizen driving complaint reports to OSP dispatch centers helping troopers get in position to stop the vehicle. Six DUII arrests were connected to injury and non-injury traffic crashes investigated by troopers.

The following OSP offices reported three or more DUII arrests during the holiday period:

* Springfield Area Command office - 11 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* The Dalles Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
* Portland Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
* North Plains Work Site office - 4 DUII arrests
* Coos Bay Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

OSP troopers on patrol and fish & wildlife troopers in field also reported arresting 25 people during the holiday period who were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants.

(Note: OSP does not track DUII arrests statistics made by other law enforcement agencies)

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A Bizarre Test Drive Leads to Arrest of Salem Man (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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Three days in a row a man identifying himself as a deputy sheriff came to the car lot at Good Fellows Auto Sales located at 218 Lancaster Drive NE to test drive a black, Chevrolet Tahoe. On the third day employees grew suspicious and went along on the test drive.

That is when Anthony McGuire, age 40, of Salem began yelling at a motorcycle to pull over. The motorcyclist pulled over and Mr. McGuire told the rider he was a deputy and he was stopping him for speeding.

Everyone involved grew suspicious of Mr. McGuire and called the real deputies. Mr. McGuire admitted to impersonating a deputy and he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail. If you believe you have been a victim of Mr. McGuire please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-588-5032.

Please remember that deputies and police officers acting in their capacity will always carry official identification to include a badge. If you ever have questions about a police officer or deputies identity please call your local law enforcement or 911.


Attached Media Files: McGuire
Sheriff's Office Cadets Graduate US Border Patrol Academy (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/07/14
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On June 27th three Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadets graduated from the United States Border Patrol Explorer Academy held at Camp Ortoha. The Explorer Academy is located in the Okanogan National Forest, near the Canadian border in Central Washington.

Cadets John Mendrin, Nick Skelton and Grant Thommen participated in the week long academy which covered numerous law enforcement skills with a high degree of focus on team building and physical fitness.

Cadet Mendrin was chosen by Academy Advisors and awarded with the "Outstanding Performance" award. This award goes to the cadet who demonstrated leadership and the best overall performance for the week.

The Marion County Cadet Program is for area youth between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one, Cadets volunteer twenty hours a month, while attending school. Cadets assist with community events throughout Marion County and participate in ride-alongs with Deputies.

To learn more about our cadet program or make a donation go to, http://www.co.marion.or.us/SO/jointheteam/cadetunit.htm


Attached Media Files: Cadets
Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be in Toledo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 07/07/14
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 26 in Toledo. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The workshop will be at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.

Participants should bring their lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.

In conjunction with the workshop, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will also meet in Newport on July 25.

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

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Weekly Unemployment Benefit Payments Increase
Oregon Employment Dept. - 07/07/14
The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased slightly. The maximum weekly benefit amount an individual can receive will increase to $549, while the minimum amount will be $128.

The change affects new unemployment insurance claims effective on or after June 29, 2014. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount.

Under Oregon law, each year the Employment Department recalculates the maximum and minimum amounts paid weekly to those filing for unemployment benefits. The amounts are set as percentages of the average weekly wage earned by Oregonians. The minimum unemployment figure is 15% of average weekly wage, and the maximum amount is 64%. Both dollar amounts are rounded down to the nearest dollar as required by law.

The new maximum and minimum payments represent a 2 and 1.6 percent increase respectively from benefits paid over the past year. Over the past 12 months the maximum payment has been $538, while the minimum was $126.
07/06/14
Update #2: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 west of Rainier in Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 30 west of Rainier that resulted in the death of a 16-year old female and minor injury to the teenage passenger. Both names are released in this update.

On July 6, 2014 at approximately 12:55 a.m., a 1993 Subaru driven by SEEAIRA D. HICKS, age 16, was eastbound on Highway 30 near milepost 53. For an unconfirmed reason, the car traveled off the eastbound shoulder and rolled several times before coming to rest on its top.

HICKS was pronounced deceased at the scene. Passenger SCOTT A. HAMLIN, age 16, received minor injury and was transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Washington. Both occupants are from St. Helens and were using safety restraints. The car's airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from St. Helens and Astoria offices responded to the scene to investigate. There is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were contributing factors. OSP is looking at driver fatigue as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Billy Bush is the lead investigator.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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OSP Arrests Wilderville Woman In Husband's Shooting in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation into Saturday night's shooting at a residence in Wilderville in Josephine County. The initial investigation led to the arrest of a 35-year old woman on allegations related to the shooting of her husband who is being treated at a hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 9:50 p.m., a report was received by 9-1-1 of a shooting at 483 Waters Creek Road in Wilderville. OSP patrol troopers responded and confirmed DARICK JONES, age 35, was shot in the leg and they detained his wife, BETHANIE J. JONES, age 35.

DARICK JONES was transported to Three Rivers Community Hospital for treatment of the gunshot injury.

OSP detectives responded to lead the investigation with the assistance of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office. Initial investigation led detectives to arrest BETHANIE JONES and lodged her in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the First Degree and four counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

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Chemult Man Arrested After Troopers Respond to Disturbance, Find 2 Pipe Bombs in Vehicle
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested a 26-year old Chemult man Saturday night following a disturbance and discovery of 2 small pipe bombs in the man's car.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 10:12 p.m., OSP responded to reported disturbance in the 500 block of Benard Lane in Chemult. Reported information indicated an intoxicated male broke a car window, threatened to use explosive devices on a vehicle and the residence, and indicated he might take his own life.

Upon OSP's arrival, DONALD E. COCKERILL, age 26, from Chemult, was detained without incident. Troopers also found two pipe bombs in his vehicle, so they requested OSP Hazardous Device technicians respond to remove the homemade explosive devices.

Subsequent investigation resulted in COCKERILL being lodged in the Klamath County Jail on the following charges:

* Possession of a Destructive Device
* Menacing
* Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
* Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree
* Harassment

No photographs available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Death Investigation - South of Oswald West State Park in Tillamook County
Oregon State Police - 07/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Tillamook County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the death of a 44-year old adult male who apparently took his own life Friday night on a trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The deceased male's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Greg Plummer, on July 4, 2014 at approximately 8:47 p.m., OSP was notified that a deceased male was found at the end of a trail by several citizens after they heard a gunshot. The trail led from a viewpoint along Highway 101 between Oswald West State Park and Manzanita near milepost 41.

After responding to the scene, police and medical responders confirmed the report and that the deceased male had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was still in possession of a handgun. His vehicle was found parked at the viewpoint near the trail entrance.

The deceased male was identified as BRIAN ALLAN BITTON, age 44, from Portland.

Due to safety concerns related to potential danger for emergency responders retrieving the body in the darkness, the area was secured during the night. The Tillamook County Medical Examiner and an OSP detective came to the scene Saturday morning to continue the investigation prior to removing BITTON.

OSP was also assisted by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Manzanita Department of Public Safety, and Nehalem Bay Fire & Rescue.

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07/05/14
Oregon State Penitentiary resumes visiting
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/05/14
Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) is slowly returning to normal operations following an incident that occurred Thursday. Regular visiting will resume on Sunday, July 6.

OSP was placed on lockdown Thursday, July 3, following a large fight between inmates in the institution's dining room. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

OSP is Oregon's oldest correctional institution. It houses approximately 2,000 adults in custody and is the state's only maximum security prison.


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07/04/14
State Housing Council Meeting and Executive Session
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 07/04/14
Date: July 11, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: North Mall Office Building
725 Summer Street NE, Salem OR 97301 | Conference Room 124a/b
Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Room Number: 4978330

1. Call to Order and Roll Call
2. Public Comment

3. Draft Meeting Minutes for Approval
May 2, 2014

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Adjourn public meeting; convene Executive Session; see attached public notice.
Resume Public Meeting [estimated time 10:00 a.m.]

4. Refinance and Restructure Approval
Columbia Knoll

5. GHAP/HOME Grant Awards for Approval
a. Cove Avenue: 1906 Cove Ave | La Grande
b. Quail Run: 20 Erickson Ave | Shady Cove
c. Cypress: 700 NW Cypress St | McMinnville
d. Quartz: TBD Quartz Ave | Redmond
e. New Meadows: 8701 N Dana Street | Portland
f. Spruce Terrace: 840-858 Pershing Street and 641-831 Spruce Street | Mount Angel
g. Andrea Place: 7621 N. Portsmouth | Portland

6. OHCS Agency Requested Budget Briefing

7. Report of the Director

8. Report of the Chair

Adjourn State Housing Council Meeting


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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured After Crash ***Update Driver Name Released*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/04/14
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The driver of last night's motorcycle crash has been identified as 45 year old, William Liebertz the IV of Salem, he remains in critical condition at Salem Hospital. No further information is available about this incident at this time. Additional information may be released upon the completion of the CRASH Teams investigation and that time frame is currently unknown.

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A motorcyclists is in critical condition after riding recklessly and crashing near the intersection of 45th and Market Street in Salem. Deputies attempted to stop the motorcycle after it passed them at high speeds on Lancaster near Center Street.

The deputies turned around to stop the motorcycle and radioed ahead to additional units. One block later a Sergeant with the Sheriff's Office witnessed the rider's behavior and activated his lights in an attempt to pull the motorcycle over. The rider continued riding at high speeds and the Sergeant quickly terminated the pursuit of the motorcycle.

Unfortunately even after all deputies deactivated their lights and stopped following the motorcycle, the rider continued speeding through city streets. Near the intersection of 45th and Market Street the rider lost control and crashed his motorcycle.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office CRASH Team has been called to the scene to investigate. The riders name and more details surrounding this event should be available tomorrow.


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OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Asking For Public's Help Investigating Deer Poaching in the East Evans Creek/Antioch Road Area in Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division in Central Point is seeking the public's assistance in locating the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of a buck deer recently in the East Evans Creek or Sams Valley area off Antioch Road in Jackson County.

Sergeant Kirk Meyer is investigating the discovery of deer parts, including a deer head with the skull cap and antlers cut off, by an area resident on Antioch Road near milepost 10 on July 2, 2014. Evidence at the scene indicates that the buck deer was recently killed elsewhere and butchered. The deer head, legs and other parts of the carcass were dumped there.

A reward is being offered through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) Program, administered through the Oregon Hunters Association, for any information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sergeant Meyer at (541) 618-7944, or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.

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Updated: Name Released - Death Investigation - Drowning off Lincoln City Beach
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
Note: The victim was reportedly wearing a wet suit and life jacket vest. Information provided also indicates he was an experienced kitesurfer.

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A 49 year old male died Thursday afternoon after being transported to a Lincoln City hospital following an apparent accident while kitesurfing in the ocean off the beach at Roads End State Park. The victim was identified as an off-duty member of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVFR).

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Oregon State Police was notified that an adult male was being taken to a hospital in Lincoln City after he was found by a friend unresponsive in the water while kitesurfing. When OSP arrived at the hospital, medical staff had pronounced him deceased after lifesaving efforts at the beach by the victim's friend, responding fire personnel, and hospital emergency room staff.

The victim is identified as WYLIE DALE JOHNSON JR, age 49, from Dundee. According to TVFR, JOHNSON was a firefighter for 19 yrs with TVFR and, most recently, was assigned as a lieutenant at Fire Station 35 in King City.

North Lincoln Fire & Rescue and Pac West ambulance were involved in initial response and transport to the hospitals. Lincoln City police also assisted.

Questions regarding Lieutenant JOHNSON's service with TVFR should be directed to their department.

No other details available at this time.

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Driver Arrested After Collision With Parked Police Car Blocking Intersection at Fire Response Scene in Ontario
Oregon State Police - 07/04/14
A 25-year old Ontario man was arrested Thursday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) for DUII and other charges after he collided with a parked Ontario police car that was blocking an intersection where firefighters were handling a fire-related call.

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 10:48 p.m., an OSP trooper was dispatched to investigate a non-injury traffic crash involving an Ontario Police Department (OPD) patrol vehicle at the intersection of SE 7th Avenue and SE 3rd Street. The OPD vehicle was parked with emergency lights activated blocking an intersection when it was struck by 2014 Chevrolet Impala four-door traveling westbound on SE 7th Street.

When the trooper arrived on scene he found the Chevrolet's driver, JAIME MORENO JR, age 25, from Ontario, visibly intoxicated, belligerent and aggressive toward those present at the scene. Subsequent investigation indicated MORENO had taken the car without the owner's permission. MORENO was arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail on the following charges:

* DUII
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (11 counts)
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

The eleven recklessly endangering counts are for the alleged endangerment of 2 police officers, 2 firefighters, 2 passengers in the car, and 5 citizen bystanders who were present when the collision occurred.

He was also cited for No Operators License and Refusing a Breath Test.

The damage to the police car did not require towing from the scene.

No photographs provided for release.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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07/03/14
Salem Police Investigating Homicide in Northeast Salem
Salem Police Dept. - 07/03/14
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Salem Police Officers were called to 4704 Niles Ave NE at approximately 3:59 pm on July 3 on a report of suspicious circumstances. When officers arrived on scene they discovered 58-year old Larry Bush of Salem had been stabbed and was deceased at the scene. Shortly thereafter they detained 50-year old Jon Bush at the scene. Larry Bush and Jon Bush are brothers.

The investigation revealed that the brothers were involved in an altercation at that location at which time Jon Bush stabbed his brother. No further information is being released at this time about the nature of the altercation. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

Jon Bush was subsequently arrested and charged with Murder and lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

All further media releases on this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Nichole Theobald, 503-588-5222.

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Salem Police Detectives are currently conducting a homicide investigation following an altercation in the 4700 block of Niles Ave NE.

One adult male is deceased and one adult male is currently being detained as the investigation continues. There are no further outstanding suspects.

This investigation is in its very early stages, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
The Oregon National Guard Army Band announces its Summer Concert Series schedule
Oregon Military Department - 07/03/14
The Oregon National Guard Band, the 234th Army Band, is scheduled to perform at a number of venues throughout the state this summer.

The Army Band is Oregon's own National Guard Band and will present "Heroes and Villains," a free public performance for the entire family, featuring:

* Superman March

* Music from Frozen

* Highlights from the Incredibles

* Godzilla Eats Las Vegas

* Selections from Les Miserables

* Marches, Patriotic Selections & More

No tickets are necessary to attend the performances, but arrive early to ensure the best seats in the house.

July 6, 2pm - Liberty Theater, Astoria

July 7, 7pm - Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport

July 9, 7pm - Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay

July 11, 7 pm - North Medford HS Auditorium, Medford

July 12, 7 pm - Rose Auditorium, Roseburg

July 15, 7pm - Grand Theatre, Salem.

For more information, check the Army Band Facebook page at: facebook.com/234tharmy band.
Oregon State Penitentiary placed on lockdown
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 07/03/14
Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) was placed on lockdown Thursday, July 3, following a large fight between inmates. Visiting is canceled until further notice.

At 12:20 p.m., approximately 30 inmates were involved in an altercation in the dining room, prompting OSP officials to place the institution on lockdown. No one required outside medical treatment. An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

OSP is Oregon's oldest correctional institution. It houses approximately 2,000 adults in custody and is the state's only maximum security prison.

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Two Wanted Subjects Arrested After Attempt to Elude on Interstate 84 Between Cascade Locks and The Dalles (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of several law enforcement partners in Hood River and Wasco counties, arrested two wanted persons following Thursday morning's high speed attempt to elude along Interstate 84. The attempt to elude concluded without further incident along the eastbound lanes in The Dalles after officers had successfully deployed spike strips on the vehicle that was confirmed stolen from Gresham.

On July 3, 2014 at approximately 9:49 a.m., OSP and Hood River County Sheriff's Office were notified of a white sports car eastbound on Interstate 84 in east Multnomah County traveling at a high rate of speed. The car reportedly had stolen license plates displayed.

At approximately 10:00 a.m., the white 2011 Subaru Legacy four-door was spotted eastbound by Hood River County Sheriff's Office (HRSO) and OSP west of Hood River. The vehicle attempted to elude eastbound at high speeds as other officers from OSP and HRSO moved into position to try and stop the vehicle as it approached Hood River. The eluding vehicle reportedly struck a guardrail near milepost 62 and an officer successfully deployed spike strips near milepost 64. Despite the right front tire being deflated, the vehicle continued eastbound at speeds near 100 mph as other troopers and officers from Wasco County Sheriff's Office and The Dalles Police Department (TDPD) positioned themselves to assist with stopping the eluding vehicle.

Traveling through The Dalles on Interstate 84, TDPD deployed spike strips and deflated the left front tire. The right front tire shredded off earlier and the vehicle was running on one of its rims.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the driver stopped near milepost 87 in the left lane. Officers stopped traffic in both directions while the two occupants were removed at gunpoint and taken into custody.

The two occupants were identified as driver PATRICIA MARIE MOTLEY, age 30, from Gresham, and passenger AARON JOSEPH SMITH, age 28, from Rosamond, California. Both were wanted on outstanding felony warrants issued out of Clackamas and Multnomah counties. They were lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility in The Dalles.

MOTLEY was arrested the following six warrants:
* Fail to Appear - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle / Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (Clackamas County warrant)
* Theft in the Second Degree (two separate Clackamas County warrants)
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Multnomah County warrant)
* Fail to Appear - Possession of Burglar Tools, Theft in the Second Degree (Multnomah County warrant)
* Fail to Appear - Theft in the Third Degree (Multnomah County warrant)

She also lodged for the following local charges to be filed in both Hood River and Wasco counties related to the incident:
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Kidnapping in the Second Degree
* Theft in the Third Degree

SMITH was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and the following three warrants:
* Dangerous Drugs (Multnomah County)
* Parole Violation (Multnomah County)
* Fail to Appear - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, ID Theft, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (Clackamas County)

The displayed license plates were reported stolen July 2nd to Beaverton Police Department and had been placed on the stolen car.

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Forestry's West Lane, South Cascade districts advise fire caution over Fourth
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/03/14
Hot, dry weather has arrived, and the Department of Forestry asks Oregonians to be mindful of the wildfire risk over the Fourth of July weekend.

"If you're going camping, check with the landowner to learn whether campfires are permitted," South Cascade District Forester Greg Wagenblast said.

In areas where campfires are allowed, take precautions to ensure the fire doesn't escape to become a wildfire. The Keep Oregon Green Association lists helpful tips for a safe campfire at: www.keeporegongreen.org/.

Fireworks have no place in the forest and should be left at home. This time of year the woods are an abundant fuel bed of grass, trees and shrubs that can be ignited by the sparks and flames from even legally sold fireworks.

Residents of Lane and Linn counties are reminded that backyard burning is banned for the season.

Oregon law now prohibits the use of exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns in the forest during wildfire season.

"We ask people to exercise caution as they recreate this holiday weekend," he said. "Fire season is just ramping up in the region, and we likely have a long one ahead of us."
Linn Deputies Investigate Scio Area Robbery
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/03/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that his deputies are investigating a robbery. On July 2, 2014, at 7:25 P.M. the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call from Nickolaus Thomas Blair, 21 years of age (of Scio) stating he had just been robbed at knife point.

Blair reported he had been walking along the banks of Thomas Creek with his dog, then walked back to his car, which was parked on Densmore Road just west of Kelly Road in Scio. Blair told deputies when he arrived at his vehicle, there was a 90's dark green Honda Civic with paint peeling on the trunk, parked along the roadway. Blair said the doors of the Honda Civic were open and two adult males were inside the vehicle. Blair told deputies as he walked past the green Honda to his vehicle, he heard the two males approaching him. Blair reported he turned around and one male grabbed him by the throat and held a knife to him, while telling him to unlock the door to his vehicle. Blair told deputies he unlocked his vehicle door while one male kept him at knife point and the other male entered his vehicle, taking Blair's wallet, a Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun, and his iPhone 4S. Blair told deputies the two males fled the area in the dark green Honda Civic, last seen driving towards Jefferson on Densmore Road. Blair was uninjured during this incident.

The only suspect information the deputies were able to obtain was there were two adult Hispanic males who were described by Blair as short. One Hispanic male was wearing a white T-Shirt and blue jeans and the second Hispanic male was wearing a gray tank top with blue jeans.

This investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Lieutenant Bob Clark at (541) 967-3950.
15 Oregon arts groups receive $200,000 in Arts Services grants; Grants provide operating support to fund ongoing services
Oregon Arts Commission - 07/03/14
Fifteen Oregon arts groups that provide services to broad populations have been awarded $200,000 in 2015 Arts Services grants to fund ongoing operations. The grants, ranging from $3,000 for Baker City's Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, Inc. to $33,000 for Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council, were approved at the Oregon Arts Commission's June 27 meeting, held at Newberg's Chehalem Arts and Culture Center.

Awarded to arts councils and organizations serving diverse geographical areas of the state - including Hood River, Newport and La Grande - the grants recognize groups that encourage all people to participate in arts activities while enhancing the capacity of artists to contribute to the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of their communities. Applications are evaluated based on quality of services and outcomes; organizational capacity and sustainability; and community impact.

"Part of our mission is to empower the groups who are transforming their communities through the arts," said Commission Vice Chair Libby Tower, who chaired the grant panel. "These organizations offer ongoing, high quality artistic programming, outreach programs in the community and opportunities for arts learning,"

The organizations receiving 2015 Arts Services grants are (alphabetically by community):

Baker City: Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center, Inc. - $3,000
The mission of the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Inc. is to create opportunities for the entire community to be engaged, inspired and transformed by the arts through participation in classes, workshops, exhibits, mentorships and partnerships - A welcoming place where people meet and the arts speak. The organization's philosophy is "Art for Everyone," which speaks to the motivation and core of their services.

Bend: Arts Central - $10,300
Arts Central was founded in 1976 with the intention of building participation in the arts in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties through arts education programs and arts advocacy. The need for these services continues today and to address them the Arts Center developed and operates a number of arts education programs, most notably the Art Station, Artists in Schools and VanGo. As an arts advocacy provider, Arts Central manages the Deschutes Cultural Coalition and recently initiated the Arts & Culture Alliance and Cultural Byways projects.

Corvallis: The Arts Center - $14, 700
The Arts Center's mission is to integrate the arts into daily life by providing audiences in Benton and Linn counties with a diverse range of services including: thought-provoking exhibitions and events; youth art education programs on-site, in schools and for at-risk youth; and one-on-one art experiences for patients in local medical facilities. These programs work to enrich the lives of a broad cross section of people, leading to increased community livability and cultural vibrancy.

Eugene: Lane Arts Council - $17,300
Lane Arts Council's mission is to strengthen and support the arts in Lane County. Founded in 1976 by a group of artists and arts activists who identified the need for a centralized arts agency in Lane County, the Council is a service-based organization with a commitment to increased access to the arts and serving as a resource for the arts community through three main arts services focus areas: Arts Learning in Schools (artist residencies, arts integration, after-school programs and performance assemblies); Capacity Building for Arts Professionals (professional development workshops, re-granting of city arts funding, fiscal sponsorship and local arts advocacy); and a monthly First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Eugene.

Hood River: Columbia Arts - $14,150
Columbia Center for the Arts' mission is to cultivate the arts in the Columbia Gorge by providing experiences that touch the heart, challenge the intellect and spark conversation. The Center is located in Hood River and serves residents and visitors of every age throughout the Mid-Columbia. Their services advance the mission through: community access to a wide range of arts experiences; the transformative nature of the arts; providing a home for the arts with access for all; lifelong learning through the arts; and artist development opportunities.

La Grande: Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council - $3,000
ArtsEast's mission is to facilitate and serve the arts, and artists, and to strengthen arts education in Eastern Oregon by coordinating with schools, developing and providing study guides and hiring professional teaching artists to travel to remote schools and teach the arts. The work is motivated by a belief that bringing arts to the classroom affords students a glimpse of the wider world. Using a broad array of partnerships, ArtsEast has been providing support for the arts and artists in La Grande and eastern Oregon for more than 37 years.

Lake Oswego: Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts - $9,000
Lakewood Theatre Company/Lakewood Center for the Arts is a professional theatre company, arts education and arts services provider in Lake Oswego. Their mission is to inspire and nurture a love of theatre and the arts. Their vision is to be the theatre and visual arts provider of choice in the region. Programs include Lakewood Theatre Company, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lakewood Gallery and Arts Education Classes. Lakewood Center for the Arts' goals include: 1) creation, hosting and presenting high quality programming in theatre and visual arts; 2) producing and hosting cultural community events; and 3) maintenance of its facility. Established in 1952, it is the largest arts provider in Clackamas County and strives to create accessibility, inclusivity and opportunity for all.

Newport: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts - $16,400
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center. It celebrates, promotes and develops community arts from Astoria to Brookings as a regional arts council. Their services support community arts through technical assistance to arts organizations and artists, the creation of art exhibitions, delivery of youth arts learning, performances, capacity building workshops, marketing and advocacy programs.

Oregon City: Clackamas County Arts Alliance - $10,600
The Clackamas County Arts Alliance's mission is to keep arts and culture central to life in Clackamas County by providing information, training, public art and capacity-building services for organizations, artists in all disciplines, youth at risk, business partners and civic leaders. Their work demonstrates how the arts and creative practitioners support local business, jobs and cultural tourism; build vibrant downtowns and rural centers; and knit people together in community. They attract the people and resources needed to support creative activity all across the county.

Pendleton: Arts Council of Pendleton - $18,200
The Arts Council of Pendleton's mission strives to enrich the cultural climate of the region by fostering opportunities in the arts, with emphasis on youth education, and by providing stewardship for the Pendleton Center for the Arts which was incorporated in 1974. Their facility opened in 2001 following a $1.8 million capital campaign and renovation and is located on Main Street in a 1912 Carnegie Library building. Dedicated to expanding the arts ecology of Eastern Oregon by providing services to people of all ages from all economic levels, most services are offered at no cost to the visitor, student or artist.

Portland: Business for Culture & the Arts - $9,650
Business for Culture & the Arts connects business and the arts to strengthen Greater Portland's culture and economy. The organization's vision is to engage every business in the arts by providing programs to inspire employee engagement in the arts, develop arts leaders and spur increased public and private giving to arts and culture. They enlist business people to advocate for arts and culture; take leadership roles on arts and culture boards; share business skills to advance arts and culture nonprofits; and participate in the region's rich and diverse arts scene. Their efforts result in new patrons, new relationships between arts and business, a diverse pipeline of individuals ready for boards, management assistance and momentum to spur corporate support for arts and culture.

Portland: Regional Arts & Culture Council - $33,000
The Regional Arts & Culture Council's mission is to enrich communities through arts and culture in the Portland metropolitan region by providing grants and services for 50 schools, 250 arts organizations and countless artists of every discipline in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties. RACC is working to realize a vision and environment in which the arts and culture of the region flourish and prosper. RACC provides grants; manages an internationally acclaimed public art collection; raises money and awareness for the arts; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance; and helps teachers integrate the arts into other subjects for K-8 students.

Portland: Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington - $7,200
Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington's mission is to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. They serve students by building bridges from professional artists and arts organizations to schools and local communities. They engage a roster of 153 professional teaching artists who bring diverse in-school residencies, workshops and performances to young people. They support the infrastructure that makes arts learning possible with planning, consultation services and fundraising support, including the annual Run for the Arts jog-a-thon. They teach classroom teachers how to incorporate arts lessons into every subject area and school day and offer trainings to improve teaching artists' teaching and evaluation skills and boost student learning outcomes.

Roseburg: Umpqua Valley Arts Association - $14,000
Umpqua Valley Arts Association's mission is to create and foster a climate that supports arts appreciation, participation and education. They host 30 gallery exhibits each year to establish standards of excellence through juried shows and assure local artists the opportunity to show their work. Their educational programs provide 18,000 individual art experiences for K-12 students annually. The organization works closely with stakeholders in the community to establish programs which respond to identified needs. UVAA's core identity is as a community center in Roseburg, but it engages all of Douglas County through outreach. UVAA also hosts the major summer Arts Festival in the region, now in its 46th year, and is the custodian of the historic landmark which is the home for its galleries and classrooms.

Salem: Salem Art Association - $19,500
The Salem Art Association envisions a vibrant and connected community that harnesses the power of the arts and heritage to expand creativity and improve lives. Its mission is to actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions and events, arts education for youth and adults, and the preservation and interpretation of our shared cultural heritage. The Association advances its mission by providing a variety of arts services to Mid-Valley residents, including: (1) Artists in the Schools, which annually serves more than 12,000 K-12 students, teachers, and administrators; (2) High School Art Apprenticeship Program; (2) Hillcrest Art and Literacy Project; (3) Artists' Services initiatives; (4) Salem Art Fair & Festival; and (5) Bush Barn Art Galleries.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Workgroup of Future of Public Health Task Force meets July 8, 15
Oregon Health Authority - 07/03/14
July 3, 2014

What: A workgroup of the Task Force on the Future of Public Health will meet to discuss and develop options for putting into operation a draft straw model of governmental public health services. The model is being considered by the full task force. Options developed during the workgroup meetings will be brought to the task force's meeting July 23 for consideration.

When: July 8 and July 15, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St.

Who: The Task Force on the Future of Public Health was created by Oregon HB 2348 to study the regionalization and consolidation of public health services, and the future of public health services in Oregon, to make recommendations for legislation.

The task force is made up of 15 members appointed by the Legislature, the Governor, and the directors of the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

Details: Space is limited. For more information about the meeting, contact Michael Tynan, Public Health Division, at 971-673-1282.

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

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Update: Name Released & Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/03/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday afternoon's fatal crash after a sport utility vehicle went into the Umpqua River as it traveled along Highway 38 about six miles east of Reedsport in Douglas County. The victim's name is released in this update along with previously provided information and safety tips for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on July 2, 2014 at approximately 3:49 p.m., a 1991 Ford Explorer driven by KENNETH RAY RICHARDS, agea 54, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on Highway 38 near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it traveled off the highway into the Umpqua River where it became submerged. ODOT employees came across the crash scene and reported it to law enforcement and local emergency responders.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office and ODOT personnel went into the river and confirmed the driver was deceased. US Coast Guard personnel responded to the scene with a boat and helicopter, and along with OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers in a second boat, they searched the river for any other possible occupants. Emergency responders determined the driver was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Dave Timm is the lead investigator. RICHARDS was not using safety restraints.

OSP was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Lower Umpqua Ambulance, Reedsport Police Department, Lakeside Fire Department Dive Team, Douglas County Sheriff's Office / Medical Examiner, and US Coast Guard.

The highway was restricted to one lane for the duration of scene investigation and victim recovery which lasted about 5 hours.

OSP and ODOT remind everyone traveling on our roads that this year's Fourth of July holiday 78-hour period starts 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and concludes 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6. Last year in Oregon, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period. The following safety reminders can help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

Motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists should remember that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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American Red Cross to hold annual Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive
American Red Cross Blood Services - 07/03/14
All presenting donors at participating centers will receive a T-shirt and whole apple pie

PORTLAND, Oregon (July 3, 2014) -- The American Red Cross is hosting its annual Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive on the Fourth of July at participating blood centers in Oregon and Washington. All presenting blood donors will receive a free T-shirt and a whole apple pie (while supplies last).

Celebrate Freedom - one of the most popular drives of the year - helps to bolster the community blood supply during a time of year when it can be difficult to collect blood. Many families are on vacation during the summertime or busy with Fourth of July barbecues and parties. This event encourages people to make time to donate blood and gives the Red Cross an opportunity to "thank" donors for supporting patients in need throughout the year.

WHO: American Red Cross and local blood donors

WHAT: Celebrate Freedom Blood Drive

WHEN: July 4, 2014

WHERE: Participating Red Cross blood centers include Bend, Medford, Portland, Richland, Roseburg, Salem, Vancouver and Yakima.

MEDIA: For more information, please contact Jared Schultzman at (503) 407-3642
or jared.schultzman@redcross.org.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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Murder Suspect Sought Related to November 2013 Homicide in Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to locate a 44-year old Josephine County resident wanted for murder in connection with a November 2013 homicide in Cave Junction. OSP detectives have been handing out information flyers in the southern Josephine County today to help alert area citizens as they look for the wanted man.

DANIEL JOSEPH MARTINSON, age 44, has a felony warrant issued for the murder of AARON LEE CLOUSER, age 39, from Cave Junction. MARTINSON is described as a white male, 5'6", and 155 pounds. MARTINSON may have shaved his head and might not have facial hair as shown the photograph provided with this release. MARTINSON is missing a front tooth and has a tattoo on his back of a pit bull dog with the word "Outlaw" underneath.

MARTINSON is known to frequent the Cave Junction / Selma / Kerby areas in Josephine County and is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his location is asked to call OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 664-4600 or 9-1-1.

On November 5, 2013 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a report was received of a man lying in the road in the 200 block of W. Millie Street in Cave Junction. The deceased man was later identified as CLOUSER and his death was determined to be a homicide. The cause of the death is not being released until approved by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives have been investigating the homicide with the assistance of the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, and Josephine County Parole & Probation.

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Constitutional Amendment to Ban State Funding for Abortion Lacks Enough Support to Make November Ballot
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 07/02/14
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

(Portland) -- Proponents of a constitutional amendment to change long-standing Oregon law by prohibiting the use of state funds for abortion services admitted in an e-mail to supporters yesterday that they could not generate enough support to gather the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

"With a total of about 95,000 signatures in our hands now, we are well short of our goal of 150,000," chief petitioner Jeff Jimerson wrote to his supporters. Oregon law requires a minimum of 116,284 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.

This is Jimerson's second consecutive failed attempt, having gathered only 70,000 signatures in 2012. Similar measures qualified for the Oregon ballot and were soundly defeated by voters in 1978 and 1986.

"Oregon voters have proven once again that they are committed to protecting access to health care for all women in our state, and they saw that this vague and confusing proposal posed a real threat to that," said Michele Stranger-Hunter, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon.

Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, added: "With no exception to protect a woman's health, this amendment would have denied needed health care to women facing serious health issues, like cancer or severe fetal deformities. It would have taken difficult, personal medical decisions out of the hands of women and their medical providers."

The Pro-Choice Coalition of Oregon is a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to protecting women's access to health care in the State. Members include Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and ACLU of Oregon.
Public comments being taken on proposed Supported Employment Policy
OR Department of Human Services - 07/02/14
Public comments will be taken until 5 p.m. on July 11, 2014 on a proposed Supported Employment Policy for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Comments can be presented during a series of public hearings or in writing. The proposed policy can be viewed online at http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/vr.

The policy is being updated to align with the Governor's Executive Order 13-04 and the Oregon Department of Human Services' Employment First Policy. The Executive Order and Employment First Policy seek to increase integrated employment of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

There are three options for submitting comments:
* By attending one of the public hearings held around the state to provide testimony. It is recommended that you bring a written copy of your oral testimony to the public hearing. The public hearing schedule is listed below.
* By sending an e-mail to vr.info@state.or.us
* By sending your comments by U.S. Mail to:

Robin Brandt, Policy Analyst
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Oregon Department of Human Services
500 Summer Street NE, E-87
Salem, Oregon 97310-1018

The public hearing schedule is as follows:


July 7, 2014
Medford
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
JCLS Medford Library
Adams Room
205 South Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

July 7, 2014
Bend
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Vocational Rehabilitation Office
1230 NE 3rd St., Suite A-152
OSHA Room
Bend, OR 97701

July 7, 2014
La Grande
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Department of Human Services
Mt. Emily Room
1607 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, OR 97850

July 9, 2014
Salem
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barbara Roberts Human Services Building
Rooms 137 B and C
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301


ASL Sign Language Interpreters and other auxiliary aids or accommodations are available by making a request in advance by contacting the Vocational Rehabilitation Program at 503-945-5880 or toll-free at 877-277-0513 (TTY users use 711 or other relay service).
Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet July 8 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/02/14
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
July 2, 2014

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dpostrel@odf.state.or.us


The Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet July 8 in Salem to continue reviewing and prioritizing draft work plan actions.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m.-11:00 p.m. in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with Gov. John Kitzhaber and other public policy leaders.

About the board
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/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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ODVA Now Accepting Donations Online
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 07/02/14
SALEM - The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA) is now accepting online donations to support four funds aimed at improving programs and supporting efforts that benefit Oregon veterans.

One of the funds, the Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention Fund, was established in 2013 when the Oregon Legislature passed SB 762 creating a public information campaign to raise awareness and prevent suicide by veterans in Oregon. Part of the awareness effort partnered ODVA with the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and the Oregon Charitable Checkoff Commission to raise money for this effort.

Federal US efforts have also turned to raising awareness about suicides by veterans. In 2007, a law required the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase its suicide prevention efforts by educating the public about suicide risk factors, providing additional mental health resources for veterans and tracking veteran suicides in each state.

In Oregon, between 2008 and 2012, suicide rates among veterans were significantly higher compared to non-veterans. According to the Suicide Among Oregon Veterans report published by the Oregon Health Authority in May 2014, more than 150 Oregon veterans or service members took their lives in 2012. Nationally, it is estimated that there are 22 veteran suicides per day, nearly one every 65 minutes.

ODVA Director Cameron Smith said, "These men and women are proud, proven, committed patriotic citizens who deserve nothing less than the best in care, resources, and opportunities from our state - not as a charity, but as an investment. When they are struggling, we need to be sure they know that they are not alone and that there are resources available."

Besides the Suicide Awareness and Prevention Fund, donors can choose to support other funds including the Oregon Veterans Homes, the Oregon Veteran Support Fund, and Oregon Women Veterans.

"For the first time in ODVA's history, we are striving to serve veterans spanning four generations and five major wars. With more than 320,000 veterans in Oregon, we are serving an increasingly diverse veterans' population that has significant needs," Smith said. "For those most impacted by their military service, we must understand their tenacious spirit and respond to their changing needs. Donations to ODVA help make that possible"

To make a tax deductible donation online to any of these programs, go to: www.oregon.gov/odva
tableFIVE 08 Opens in Downtown Salem: Local chefs create global flavors with fresh ingredients (Photo)
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Downtown Salem is welcoming a new restaurant to the neighborhood. tableFIVE 08, located on the corner of State and High Streets, offers dishes with bold, global flavors using local ingredients.

tableFIVE 08 unites the culinary talents of executive chef Jason Freeburg and chef de cuisine Alexander Baccarat to bring Salem the best in global dining. Both chefs are graduates of New York's CIA (Culinary Institute of America), the world's premiere culinary school, and are excited to share their expertise with the Salem community. The team will receive additional support from local celebrity bartender Rob "Rob the Bartender" Melton, who will have complete creative control over the bar and lounge.

Chef Freeburg takes great pride in tableFIVE 08's commitment to serving fresh, local, healthy food. He states that "our menu will focus on vegetables, fruits and proteins with vegetarian and gluten-free options. There is very little fried food, dairy and eggs (except in desserts) in our recipes. We are so committed to fresh ingredients; we have a very small freezer, mostly for ice cream."

The restaurant has a colorful "Rustic Industrial" décor of gold and chili pepper red, the lounge has comfortable seating at tables or the bar, which offers a large selection of local liquors, beer, more than 100 wines and champagnes, and small bar bites.

Jason Freeburg's brother and restaurant business manager, Steven Freeburg, says the project has been a dream of theirs for many years. They were pleased when they found the former La Capitale space had become available.

"We wanted to bring something different to Salem and to accommodate many types of diners and tastes," Steven Freeburg said. "Business people will be served lunch quickly so they can get back to work, and if someone wants a more leisurely meal they won't be rushed," he added.
tableFIVE 08 is named for the warmth and comfort brought by gathering around the "table," and "508" for its address--508 State Street. The restaurant hours will be MON-THUR 11 a.m.--10 p.m.; FRI 11 a.m.--11 p.m.; SAT 4 p.m.--11 p.m. and closed Sunday and July 4. A banquet room can seat 20. Reservations will be taken for parties larger than 8. To view the menu and learn more about tableFIVE 08, visit www.tableFIVE08.com.


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Linn Sheriff warns public of Bench Warrant Scam
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/02/14
Undersheriff Jim Yon would like to remind citizens to be on the lookout for possible fraud involving telephone scams.

Telephone scams are a serious crime that continues to grow throughout America. As of today our office has taken 7 reports involving a scam that claims the victim did not show up for jury duty as required by law. The caller claims to be a Deputy with Linn County, saying the victim can resolve the issue by loading money on a pre-paid card. The victim will then give the caller a card number and an amount to resolve the warrant.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement do not request money over the telephone to pay for any warrant or citation. If you receive a telephone call similar to this and believe you are a victim of a scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

To protect you from fraud involving scams, the Linn County Sheriff's Office recommends that everyone check and monitor their financial accounts and credit report. Be smart on your passwords and be careful where you purchase items Online. Do not open E-mails from unknown sources and always shred sensitive documents that might contain personal information. Don't give out your Social Security Number and make sure you keep personal information secure in your home.
Reckless, Eluding Motorcyclist Arrested Following Incident on Highway 30 west of St. Helens; Additional Witnesses Sought by OSP (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is seeking additional witnesses following the arrest of a motorcyclist Wednesday morning who attempted to elude a trooper along Highway 30 west of St. Helens. The motorcycle operator was located after a log truck driver saw it pull into a parking lot near St. Helens and notified police.

On July 2, 2014 at approximately 6:26 a.m., an OSP senior trooper on patrol saw a black & silver 2003 Suzuki motorcycle displaying a Washington license plate eastbound on Highway 30 milepost 42 traveling 120 mph. When the trooper activated the patrol car's emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle sped up faster on the two lane highway passing other unidentified witnesses using the westbound lane and eastbound shoulder. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle a couple miles later and terminated the attempt to stop it.

At approximately 6:40 a.m., a report was received from a log truck driver that the reckless, eluding motorcyclist pulled into the Dyno Nobel plant parking lot where it was parked. The trooper and officers from St. Helens Police Department and Rainier Police Department arrived at the parking lot and found the unoccupied motorcycle.

Subsequent investigation confirmed the motorcycle's operator, MICHAEL TEJADA ECHEVERRIA, age 19, from Longview, Washington, worked at the plant and he was contacted by officers. TEJADA ECHEVERRIA was arrested and lodged in the Columbia County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. He was also cited for Exceeding the Posted Speed in Excess of 100 mph, No Motorcycle Endorsement, and Driving Uninsured.

OSP is looking for other witnesses who observed the motorcycle's reckless operation on Highway 30 between the PGE Trojan Park entrance and Dyno Nobel plant. A photograph of the motorcycle, and clothing, gloves and helmet worn by the operator are provided with this release.

Any witnesses are asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Lead investigator is Senior Trooper Robin May.

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North Bend School District Public Meetings - July 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 07/02/14
July 3, 2014
Emergency/Special Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m. in the North Bend School District Conference Room, 1913 Meade Street, North Bend, OR.

July 14, 2014
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the North Bend City Council Chamber, 835 California Street, North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at www.nbend.k12.or.us
Oregon League of Minority Voters presents 2014 awards (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 07/02/14
Left to right: OLMV Board Chair Sho Dozono, co-emcee Melinda Merrill, keynote speaker Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr., OLMV Executive Director Promise King, Dan Wieden, and Event Co-Chairs Tom Kelly and Kiernan Doherty.
Left to right: OLMV Board Chair Sho Dozono, co-emcee Melinda Merrill, keynote speaker Rev. Dr. W.G. Hardy Jr., OLMV Executive Director Promise King, Dan Wieden, and Event Co-Chairs Tom Kelly and Kiernan Doherty.
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HONORING DAN WIEDEN -- The nonpartisan, nonprofit Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) presented its annual Liberty & Hope Awards on June 26 to Congressman Greg Walden, Sen. Ron Wyden and advertising executive Dan Wieden to recognize their efforts in support of people of color and minorities in Oregon. About 200 people attended the seventh annual dinner at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The event raised $35,000 for the organization, which works to promote a broader understanding of the issues that uniquely impact people of color and minorities with a mission to re-engage majority involvement in civil rights causes.

(photo by Tom Unger)


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Update: Deceased Driver Identified Related to June 23, 2014 Fatal Crash - Highway 18 east of Otis in Polk County
Oregon State Police - 07/02/14
The Polk County Medical Examiner confirmed positive identification of a driver killed in a June 23, 2014, on Highway 18 about seventeen miles east of Otis. Both vehicles caught fire following impact and the deceased's identity was confirmed using dental records.

The deceased driver was identified as JASON E. MACHADO, age 22, from Salem.

On June 23, 2014 at approximately 11:16 p.m., a 1997 Ford Escort driven by MACHADO was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 18. For an unconfirmed reason, the Ford Escort crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Mercedes sport utility vehicle occupied by two people. The Ford Escort was split into two sections and both vehicles caught fire.

The two occupants of the Mercedes got out of the Mercedes on their own and were later transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. MACHADO was deceased at the scene.

The fire also spread to the side of the highway. The fire to both vehicles and along the highway was extinguished by responding firefighters.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

Previously released information available at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/06_24_2014_fatal_hwy18_mp18.aspx

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Make safety a part of your Independence Day celebrations
Salem Police Dept. - 07/01/14
Independence Day is a day of celebration for our nation, and in 2013, it happened to be busiest day of the year for the Salem Police Department Patrol Division.

The Willamette Valley Communications Center, also known as the dispatch center for the Salem Police Department, received 1,066 calls for service during the 72-hour period before and after July 4, 2013.

Of those, 153 were complaints about fireworks, noise, or calls about possible shots fired. The high volume of calls on the days preceding and after Independence Day always sets up the Patrol Division for very busy shifts throughout the day and night.

As with all calls for service involving noise, please be advised that patrol staff will try to respond to complaints of fireworks, noise, or shots-fired, depending on other emergency calls. However, it is important that the caller leave their name and provide a specific location. General or anonymous calls of fireworks will be noted, yet only addressed as patrol staff is able. The phone number to call is the police non-emergency line at (503) 588-6123. However, Salem Police Public Information Officer Lt. Dave Okada provides some sound advice, "Should any resident observe the use of fireworks, illegal or not, that are posing a threat to property or individuals, call 9-1-1 immediately."

Residents are reminded to only use fireworks that are permitted in our state. For safety tips, please review the English and Spanish language videos we have posted on the Salem Police Department YouTube channel: www.facebook.com/SalemPDTV.

Lastly, rather than hassle with a fireworks at home, Lt. Okada reminds residents of a local alternative. "Don't forget about the City of Salem's Independence Day celebrations occurring at Riverfront Park," added Lt. Okada, "There will be live music, food vendors, and a great fireworks display at dusk to complete your July 4th fun!"

Fireworks safety video (English) direct link: http://youtu.be/QWR_PfUjHXI
Fireworks safety video (Spanish) direct link: http://youtu.be/1ljSvygKmBQ10
Replica of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Coat Added to Exhibit at the Oregon History Museum (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 07/01/14
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Portland, OR - To kick off the Fourth of July weekend, the Oregon History Museum has announced a new addition to its original exhibition, 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy. Thanks to local collector and philanthropist Pete Mark, the Oregon History Museum has secured from Brooks Brothers the replica of the embroidered "Great Coat" the retailer made for Abraham Lincoln for his second inauguration, which he was also wearing when he was assassinated just six weeks later. The Great Coat will be on display for a limited time only through July 31, 2014.

Working in conjunction with Ford's Theater, Brooks analyzed each component of the original coat to maintain authenticity when recreating the garment they first created in 1864. A special feature of the coat's quilted lining is an embroidered eagle with a pennant in its beak bearing the inscription "One Country, One Destiny." This coat was made in Brooks Brothers' workrooms, just as the original was almost 150 years ago.

The Oregon History Museum will be closed on Friday, July 4 in observance of the holiday, but will reopen on Saturday, July 5. Regular museum hours are Monday - Friday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM, and admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

About 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy
The exhibit features extremely rare documents and artifacts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the holdings of the Oregon Historical Society. Visitors to the exhibit have the opportunity to see a first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln; a House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators; military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman, the actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories , and pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater. In addition, the exhibit includes numerous Civil War-era costumes that were worn by actors in director Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning movie, Lincoln.

The exhibit also features a touch-screen video game, "Lincoln's Challenge," which allows visitors to test their knowledge of America's 16th President and the Civil War. 2 Years, 1 Month will be on display until October 6.



About the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
The Oregon History Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at WWW.OHS.ORG.


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County advisory group for state forestry to meet July 8 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 07/01/14
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, July 8, in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include an alternative forest management plan update, including discussion on the science team review process and the July Board of Forestry state forests tour in northwest Oregon. The committee will also look at State Forests Division policy option packages, proposed for the 2015 legislative session.

The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters in the Santiam Room - Building D, 2600 State St., in Salem.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided around 1:15 p.m.

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

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

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

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Scio Man Drowns in Thomas Creek
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
Undersheriff Jim Yon reports, the Linn County Sheriff's Office received a call of a missing 91 year old man with dementia on June 30, 2014, at 11:26 pm from a residence in the 45000 block of Thomas Creek road outside of Scio. Ashby "Al" Getz was last seen inside the residence reading a book earlier in the evening.

Linn County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area and began searching for Getz. They searched the immediate area around the residence and nearby roads. Linn County Search and Rescue was brought in to assist with the search. The Linn County Dive team responded to search Thomas Creek, which backs up to the property. Oregon Air National Guard sent a helicopter to assist with the search.

Today at 10:08 am, Getz' body was located by Oregon Air National Guard approximately 150 feet below the residence in the middle of Thomas Creek. Linn County Dive Team removed Getz from the river. The body was taken to Aasum Funeral Home.
Keep safety in mind with expected extreme heat
Salem Health - 07/01/14
The staff and physicians of Salem Hospital's emergency department want area residents to stay healthy and safe today with expected temperatures near 100 degrees. They offer these tips to help you, your children, and even your parents, stay safe, and what to do if you have problems in the heat.

Stay well hydrated

* Aim for two to three quarts of fluid per day (non-caffeinated).
* Water is good, but don't limit your intake to just water. You also need electrolytes, which you can get from a variety of sports drinks.
* If you're thirsty, you've waited too long.
* One way to tell if you're getting enough fluid is to look at your urine. In general, it should be clear. Yellow urine means you need to drink more water, unless it is affected by food, vitamin, medication or caffeine intake.
* Limit alcohol intake during hot weather. It doesn't count toward your water consumption and it can impair your judgment.
* Be smart about your outdoor activities
* Unless your job requires you to be outdoors, stay inside.
* If you have to be outdoors, avoid strenuous activities between the hottest times of the day, typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* If you need to be outdoors, prime the pump before you go. In other words, start your fluid intake before you take your first step outside.
* Wear sun block and a hat.
* Use a water spritzer to cool off. Battery-operated, hand-held fans may also be helpful.

Some people need extra precautions

* "Before the day is over, call your mom and check on her," says Heather Cofer, R.N., emergency department assistant nurse manager with Salem Hospital. High heat can cause people to be confused. So be sure to check on your elderly relatives or neighbors to see how they're doing.
* The very young and the elderly are most susceptible to thermal-regulation problems. Their bodies simply have a harder time regulating heat. They especially should avoid the outdoors and manage their fluid intake. This is also true for people with chronic illnesses, like those on dialysis.
* Children can become dehydrated much more quickly than adults. Be sure they get enough fluid and follow all heat and sun-safety procedures.
* Don't overdress your newborn. If you're wearing a tank top and shorts, then a similar outfit for your baby is appropriate, whether it be a shorts outfit or simply a t-shirt and diaper. Stay in the shade. Use a lukewarm washcloth to cool baby. And carry a blanket to protect the baby when you enter air-conditioned extremes.
* Some medications can cause problems during heat spells, particularly some psychiatric medications and diuretics. Talk with your pharmacist if you have concerns.

Be safe in the water

* When it gets hot, you may be tempted to jump in the river to cool off. Be careful. Remember, Oregon rivers are cold, even on hot days. Do no dive into rivers or ponds. They may be shallow.
* Wear a life jacket on the boat and in the river.
* Do not consume alcohol.
* Children need close parental supervision in the water, as do some people who have mental or physical disabilities.
* If you have a home pool, make sure it has a fence around it.

Warning signs and what to do if you experience them

* Heat illness progresses through three stages: heat cramps, then exhaustion, and then heat stroke. If you experience heat cramps, you'll have muscle cramps and feel dizzy. You need to get in the shade and use a cold compress and take fluids.
* In heat exhaustion, you'll sweat profusely, and be pale. You need to get in the shade, and use a cold compress and fluids. IV fluids may be needed.
* "If you are having a heat stroke, you will be very pale and have a fever. You won't be able to sweat and you will be mentally confused. Your body core temperature has gotten too high. Call 9-1-1!" says Paul Gramenz, M.D., an emergency physician and medical director/section chief with Salem Hospital.
* Heat related illness could cause serious problems. You can reduce your chance of feeling tired or becoming seriously ill with a few simple steps.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Update #2: Photo - Double Fatal Crash Highway 101 north of Bandon in Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 07/01/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the double fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 in Coos County north of Bandon. The crash resulted in the death of a San Francisco woman and the death of a Bandon man. Names of the deceased are provided in this update.

On June 30, 2014, at about 3:30 p.m., a Honda Accord driven by DONALD WILLIAM DODGE, age 80, from Bandon, was southbound on Highway 101 near milepost 253. A Honda Element driven by VIRGINIA SIMPSON WOODSON, age 64, from San Francisco, California, was northbound at the same location. For unknown reasons, the Honda Accord crossed into the northbound lane and crashed nearly head-on into the Honda Element. Both the drivers died from their injuries at the scene of the crash.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command are continuing their investigation into the cause of the crash. Seat belt usage is still being determined by investigators. Highway 101 was closed for about 3 hours and was restricted to one lane for about an hour during the investigation. Trooper Josh Mullins in the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Bandon Fire Department, Oregon Department of Transportation, Coos County District Attorney's Office, Coos County Medical Examiner's Office, Bandon Police Department, Myrtle Point Police Department, and North Bend Police Department.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Board on Public Safety Standards and Training July 24, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 07/01/14
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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

1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote) A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the April 24, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-060-0025 & OAR 259-060-0135 - Proposed Rule Change
Proof of Continuing Education
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PSIPC on June 23, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-020-0055 - Proposed Rule Change
Polygraph Licensing Advisory Committee Membership
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PLAC on May 14, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-061-0200 - Proposed Rule Change
Private Investigator Compliance
Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on June 23, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-020-0010 - Proposed Rule Change
Examiner Trainee License Standards
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PLAC on May 14, 2014.

F. *Troy Cunningham - DPSST#F27490 - Jefferson RFPD - Restore Eligibility for Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by FPC on May 28, 2014.

G. *Michael Andrews - DPSST#F19356 - Polk County FD#1 - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by FPC on May 28, 2014.

H. *Jenna Whiteaker - DPSST#49213 - Bend PD - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.

I. *Shane Pallesen - DPSST#32178 - Beaverton PD - Denial of Eligibility for Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.

J. *Anthony Barnett - DPSST#37913 - LaGrande PD - Amended Proposed Order
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.

K. *Christopher Tiboni - DPSST#45424 - Boardman PD - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.
L. *Jason Wallace - DPSST#F13001 - Mohawk Valley RFPD - Not Deny Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by FPC on May 28, 2014.

M. *Jack Catto - DPSST#24679 - Clackamas County SO - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on May 13, 2014.

N. *Addition of Tactical Combat Casualty Care to Basic Police Course
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.

O. *Addition of Names to Fire Memorial Wall
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on May 28, 2014.
* Tony B. Chapin
* John Hammack
* Oscar Montano-Garcia
* Melvin Claude Richardson
* Jesse Trader

P. *Policy Committee Changes
Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee:
Raymond Byrd - Private Business or Gov. Entity Utilizing PS Services - New appoint

Corrections Policy Committee
Tami Jackson - Non-management DOC-Coffee Creek - Reappointment
Andy Long - OSSA - Reappointment

Police Policy Committee
Kris Allison - OACP - New appointment
Scott Dillon - Non-management Law Enforcement - New appointment (beginning 11/1/14)
Joel Lujan - OSP Command Staff - Reappointment
Brian Wolf - OSSA - New appointment

Fire Policy Committee
Jamie Paul - Forest Protection Agencies - Reappointment (first term expires 10/24/14)

Telecommunications Policy Committee
Rich Culley - Oregon State Police - Reappointment
Gary Bettencourt - OSSA - New appointment
Sharyl Dresser - Assn. of Public Safety Communications Officers - New appointment

3. *Parole & Probation Curriculum Program Update

4. *DPSST 2015-2017 Agency Request Budget

5. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

6. Policy Committee Update
* Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
* Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
* Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
* Private Security Policy Committee - Vacant, Chair
* Telecommunications Policy Committee - Toni Sexton, Chair - Director Gabliks reporting

7. Next meeting date: October 23, 2014


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Close Call Spurs Warning to Swimmers from Sheriff's Deputies (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 07/01/14
Park
Park
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An eight year old boy is alive, thanks to the quick reactions of his 12 year old brother after a near drowning at a local swimming hole. Yesterday at about 3:15 p.m., the two juveniles and their 43 year old aunt, Connie Kitchen of Scotts Mills were swimming in Butte Creek at the Scotts Mills Park, in Scotts Mills.

The eight year old became caught in a swirling current, was growing tired and swallowing water. His 12 year old brother saw he needed help, swam out to him and together they reached the shore. Neighbors heard the screams of Ms. Kitchen and called 911.

When law enforcement and fire arrived the boy was tired but uninjured. The eight year old was taken to Silverton Hospital for evaluation. Life preserves were not being used by either child in this case, nor were they accessible.
Although this incident turned out well it could have quickly turned tragic.

Please remember a few things can save you or your child's life when swimming in the open water:

* Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
* Always swim with a buddy
* Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.
* Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
* Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
* Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person's ability.


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06/30/14
Take geology on the trail with mobile maps
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/30/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - New mobile maps put the geology of Oregon's volcanic peaks into the hands of hikers.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) is offering its geologic guide and recreation map series as mobile maps through the PDF Maps app for Apple and Android. The series, available for Mount Hood, Crater Lake, and Three Sisters, offers trailside geology along with must-have details like distance, elevation and amenities.

"Hiking is an amazing way to experience Oregon's geology," says Daniel E. Coe, the maps' cartographer. "With mobile maps, you can capture that experience, from exactly where you took that lava flow photo to marking the best viewpoints."

The mobile maps get a boost with features like tracking location on the map, measuring distance, adding geotagged photos, and dropping placemarks at points of interest. Maps are also downloaded to the mobile device, making multiple maps easy to access.

The map series features new-generation maps created with lidar technology for the ultimate in outdoor exploration. The Mount Hood and Three Sisters maps include distances and elevations for 70-plus trails, including the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The Crater Lake map shows distances and elevations for all park trails, including the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Maps also include features like highways, service roads, wilderness areas, and recreation spots.

To get the maps, download the free PDF Maps app from Apple or Android app stores, then search the in-app Map Store for DOGAMI. Two map sides are available for each destination; each side is 99 cents. The series is also available as a double-sided folding map on water-resistant paper for $6 from the Nature of the Northwest Information Center, www.naturenw.org.

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Editorial note: Review copies of the mobile maps are available as geo-referenced PDFs that can be uploaded into the PDF Maps app.
Seattle Seahawks Lombardi Trophy on display at Oregon Historical Society Thursday, July 10 from 2-6 PM (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 06/30/14
Credit Seattle Seahawks
Credit Seattle Seahawks
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Portland, OR - For one day only, the Oregon Historical Society will host the prized Lombardi Trophy for a special viewing in Portland. Most recently awarded to Super Bowl XLVIII champions the Seattle Seahawks, the Lombardi Trophy will be on display in the Oregon Historical Society Pavilion (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland 97205) for four hours on July 10 from 2-6 PM. Admission to the museum for the entire day will be free.

"The Oregon Historical Society was filled to the brim with hockey fans when we hosted the legendary Stanley Cup this past March," said Oregon Historical Society Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. "When the Seahawks reached out about showcasing the Lombardi Trophy in our museum, we jumped at the chance to open our doors for this piece of Pacific Northwest sports history."

The NFL championship trophy was first awarded in 1967 to the Green Bay Packers, and was renamed in 1970 in honor of the legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. The trophy has been made each year by Tiffany & Company, and is remade each year and presented permanently to the winning team.

"The Seattle Seahawks are excited to bring the trophy to the fans of Portland," said Thomas Buren, Seahawks Fan Development Coordinator.

Visitors will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Lombardi Trophy, listen to a performance by the Blue Thunder drumline, and visit with Sea Gals as this historic sporting event!

About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content. Visit www.ohs.org for more information.

About the Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks Joined the NFL in 1976 and are currently owned by co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, and coached by Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have won eight division titles, and two conference championships. They have appeared in two Super Bowls, and won Super Bowl XLVIII this past year, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8.


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OMSI Update: July-August Exhibits, Events and Shows
OMSI - 06/30/14
OMSI EXHIBITS, EVENTS & SHOWS UPDATE
July & August 2014

OMSI HOURS
Monday - Sunday; 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS

Dinosaurs Unearthed
In OMSI's Featured Hall
On View May 23 - September 2

Stare the mighty T. rex in the eye this summer at OMSI--and it might just blink back. Featuring animatronic dinosaurs and complete skeletons, Dinosaurs Unearthed uses the latest in fossil evidence to take a captivating look at the dinosaurs' fascinating--and feathered--history. Set amongst naturalistic indoor landscapes, fifteen animatronic models will challenge guests' understanding of how their favorite dinosaurs lived and looked during prehistoric times. Dinosaurs Unearthed is designed to appeal to guests of all ages.

Local Supporting Sponsors of Dinosaurs Unearthed includes Chevron, Baird Private Wealth Management and in memory of Judy Forster, OMSI Trustee 1955-1959.

Tickets:
Adult $13; Free to Members
Youth (3-13)/Senior (63+) $9.50
Prices include admission to the museum.

EXHIBITIONS

Mind to Hand: Art, Science, and Creative Collision!
In Turbine Hall
On view through September 28
What sparks creativity? What does art have to tell us about science? How does science inspire artistic decisions? In the hands of eleven talented master artists 60+ years old, materials become objects of beauty, whimsy and wit. Mind to Hand explores the benefits, exciting outcomes and new ways to see our world when art and science collide!

NEW INFO
Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science.
In the Earth Hall
On view through December 8
Native American and native Hawaiian communities face many challenges to their ecosystems and their health. By drawing from traditional knowledge and science, native communities are developing innovative solutions to tackle current ecological and health challenges. Roots of Wisdom is the result of collaboration between OMSI, Indigenous Education Institute (IEI), and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) with four native community partners.

EVENTS

Reel Science
Watch and learn at the Empirical Theater as OMSI brings the science of your favorite movies to life on the big screen. Perfect for science and film lovers alike, this series combines the best of Science Pub with the fun of movie night, bringing in experts to amplify your movie-watching experience.
Cost: $7 for non-members & $6 for members.

NEW INFO
July 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
With Jose Vazquez-Bello, Ph.D., Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Washington State University, Vancouver

NEW INFO
July 22, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Fed Up
Speaker information coming soon.

NEW INFO
August 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Reel Science: Jaws
Speaker information coming soon.

June 30, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Science on Screen: Short Circuit
At the Hollywood Theater
Featuring Dave Shinsel, creator of 70-lb. humanoid robot, Loki
Science on Screen is a popular nationwide program funded by the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to expand film and scientific literacy. This ongoing series will creatively pair screenings of classic, cult and documentary films with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Lunar Viewing
Saturday, July 12, at approx. 9:00 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
Because Earth's moon will be in a perfect position for viewing, OMSI, the Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers have organized free Star Parties at Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park starting at 9:00 pm. From beginners to experts of all ages, here's your opportunity to view the moon, stars and other celestial objects up close and personal through telescopes. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

July 19, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Drive Revolution: The Future of Transportation
OMSI Parking Lot
Drive Revolution showcases the latest in sustainable transportation options in bikes, cars, public transportation and more. Audiences will have hands-on opportunities to learn about the newest engineering techniques and sustainable choices for the future. OMSI is dedicated to inspiring learners of all ages to gain a deeper knowledge of the science around them, in fun and informal educational settings. Drive Revolution is helping us take new steps in public education around alternative transportation and the innovation and engineering around them!

NEW INFO
OMSI Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower Watch
Tuesday, August 12, at approx. 9:00 p.m. at Rooster Rock State Park and L.L. "Stub" Stewart State Park
Cost: FREE with $5 parking per vehicle fee
Hundreds of star lovers from across the Pacific Northwest will be meeting at both Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park to watch and enjoy the wonder of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The event, also sponsored by Rose City Astronomers and Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers, will have telescopes set up for attendees to use. OMSI staff will be presenting informal talks about the meteor shower, constellations and the summer sky. On the scheduled day of each OMSI Star Party, it is suggested that interested visitors call the OMSI Star Parties Hotline, (503) 797-4000 #3 then #5, or check the OMSI website for possible weather-related cancellations.

Theory Eatery

NEW INFO
Better Bites
An evening to spark your thoughts and ignite your taste buds--sound appetizing? OMSI is offering Better Bites, a series of seasonal, health-centered cooking demonstrations by local chefs addressing the latest culinary topics and trends. With a focus on cooking for specific health solutions, Better Bites includes health and nutritional trips from a naturopathic physician from National College of Natural Medicine.
Cost: $25

Tuesday, July 29, 6 - 8 p.m.
Better Bites: Grain-Free Cooking
We're talking grain-free cooking. Enjoy a small-plate, four-course meal with cooking demonstrations by Chef Abby Fammartino of Abby's Table and nutritional information from Dr. July Briley, ND of NCNM.
Food will be 100% gluten free, but will not be prepared in a gluten-free kitchen.

Food Luminary
Foodies and science lovers, dinner is served! Taste the best of the PDX food scene without the lines, but with the science, of course. From the delectable four-course meal to the food-science demonstrations, Food Luminary puts a twist on your typical restaurant experience. 21+ years only.
Cost: $60 (includes dinner, beverages and gratuity)
NEW INFO
Thursday, August 21, 6 - 9 p.m.
Food Luminary Dinner: Crown Paella
Executive Chef Scott Ketterman
Stir things up for dinner--with a giant wok on the Theory patio! Learn the secrets behind this challenging and delicious dish.

NEW INFO
August 28, 6 - 9 p.m.
Blind Tasting Bingo
In partnership with Ecotrust and Edible Portland, OMSI is hosting Blind Tasting Bingo, a game of sensory deprivation and heightened exploration. Players--eyes covered--will try to match the flavors from 14 small plates with the ingredients listed on a bingo board that includes both correct and false answers. A few lucky winners will receive a prize!

OMSI After Dark
Enjoy child-free, brain-building science fun featuring live demos, new exhibitions and old favorites! Guests can indulge in tasty snacks, sweets and beer and wine from regional food and beverage artisans. 21+ only, IDs required. OMSI.edu/afterdark

OMSI After Dark is held the last Wednesday of every month.
Cost: $13 regular admission; $6.50 for OMSI members; FREE for OMSI After Dark members.

Get a head start on the science fun--drink up at happy hour starting at 5 p.m. in OMSI's eatery, Theory! The event takes place before OMSI After Dark each month and features a special menu including stone hearth pizza and local beer and wine.

July 30, 7 - 11 p.m.
Out of This World: Astronomy
Look up this summer and glimpse into the study of the stars with OMSI.

NEW INFO
August 27, 7 - 11 p.m.
Under the Sea
Getting to the bottom of the ocean with OMSI.

OMSI Science Pub
Science Pub is a monthly event held in multiple locations throughout the state and is open ages 21+ or minor with adult. No RSVP or scientific background is required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!

Science Pub Portland - Hollywood Theater
The Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland


July 7, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Inevitable Robot Uprising
With Daniel Wilson, Ph.D., author and robotics engineer

NEW INFO
August 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
Drones, Big Data, and the Next Agricultural Revolution
With Ryan Jenson, MS, mechanical engineer, CEO & Co-Founder, HoneyComb Corporation

Science Pub Portland - Crystal Ballroom
Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St, Portland
Note: Due to programming changes at the Mission Theater, this series of Science Pub relocated to the Crystal Ballroom starting in June.
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge
omsi.edu/sciencepubportland.

July 15, 7 - 9 p.m.
House of Wisdom: The Influence of Islamic Science on Western Culture
With Jonathan Lyons, Ph.D., author

NEW INFO
August 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Creating Digital Worlds: The Tech Behind the Pixels
With Cooper Johnson (Cardboard Castle), Damon Redmond CCC DMC), and J Bills (VFX/PDX)

Science Pub Hillsboro
Venetian Theatre & Bistro, 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, Oregon 97123
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge
omsi.edu/sciencepubhillsboro.

July 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
Dynamic Geology of Oregon
With Scott Burns, Professor Emeritus of Geology at Portland State University

NEW INFO
August 25, 7 - 9 p.m.
Winemaking: Art Versus Science
With James Frey, winemaker and owner at Trisaeturn Winery

Science Pub Eugene
Cozmic Pizza, 199 W 8th Ave., Eugene, OR (Inside The Strand at 8th and Charnelton)
Co-presenters of Science Pub Eugene are OMSI (omsi.edu), The Science Factory (sciencefactory.org) and the University of Oregon's College of Arts & Sciences (cas.uoregon.edu).
Cost: $5.00 suggested cover charge.
omsi.edu/sciencepubeugene.


July 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Origin of Life in Soil
With Greg Retallack, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, University of Oregon

NEW INFO
August 14, 7 - 9 p.m.
Astronomy in Oregon: Boldly Going Where Few Astronomers Dare to Tread
With Scott Fisher, Ph.D., astronomy lecturer in the Department of Physics, U of O

$2 DAYS AT OMSI
Explore the museum for only $2 per person the first Sunday of every month. Support comes from local sponsor Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

July 6
August 3

THE EMPIRICAL THEATER AT OMSI
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/empirical-theater
Named for knowledge gained through observation, the Empirical Theater emphasizes programming that engages and entertains visitors on educational, scientific and cultural topics. With a new giant screen, Dolby Atmos sound system and 3D capability, the theater is expanding the tradition of offering the latest in high-quality informative and entertaining films for all ages.

NEW INFO
Godzilla
Coming Soon
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Playing June 2
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Steve Rogers--aka Captain America--retires to a quiet life in Washington, D.C.. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. As the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy--the Winter Soldier.

Bears
An epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature's new True Life Adventure showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life's most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop, Bears captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet's last great wildernesses.

Dinosaurs Alive 3D
A global adventure of science and discovery featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous Period "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant screen. Narrated by Michael Douglas, the film uses state-of-the-art CGI to bring dinosaurs, their behaviors, and their ancient environments to life. Witness dinosaurs locked in mortal combat, nesting in colonies, protecting their young and facing catastrophic forces of nature. Interwoven is a real-life scientific adventure that looks at the field of paleontology and the discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of these creatures that once dominated the Earth.

Flying Monsters 3D
220 million years ago, dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth, but another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction. Sir David Attenborough, the world's leading naturalist, sets out to uncover the truth about the enigmatic pterosaurs, whose wingspans of up to 40 feet were equal to that of a modern day jet plane. Audiences of all ages will be in awe as never before.

Sea Monsters 3D
Sea Monsters 3D brings to life the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit Earth's oceans, from saber-toothed fish to ancient sharks and giant squid. Combining state-of-the-art animation with exciting paleontological discoveries, this National Geographic production will take you on an unforgettable journey to an era when reptiles ruled the oceans as well as the land.

Great White Shark
Unraveling the mystery of a creature that haunts our imaginations, Great White Shark explores this iconic predator's much maligned reputation as it takes viewers around the world to tell the true story of the great white's threatened role atop the oceanic food chain.

Mysteries of the Unseen World
In the National Geographic tradition of powerful natural-history images and storytelling, Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals once-invisible dimensions of nature that are filled with beauty and wonder--and hold secrets crucial to our survival.

Flight of the Butterflies 3D
A scientific adventure story about the remarkable Monarch butterfly which makes one of the longest migrations on Earth with pinpoint navigational accuracy to a secluded place it has never been. Follow the monarchs' perilous and extraordinary journey through the story of an intrepid scientist's 40-year search to find their remote hideaway in the mountains of Mexico.

PLANETARIUM SHOWS
For more information, visit: omsi.edu/planetarium

To Space and Back
Now Showing Daily at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:30 a.m.
Space exploration--our greatest adventure--is having a big impact on our lives. Discoveries made through space exploration are helping us discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space and Back, narrated by James May, takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Discover how we've been changed by space exploration, and what we owe to curiosity and the spirit of discovery.

Perfect Little Planet
Now Showing Daily at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:30 p.m.
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes--a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known dwarf planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. Walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.

Starry Nights LIVE!
Now Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 4:00 p.m.
Showing Daily at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; and 4:00 p.m. starting June 14
Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. It is not just stars in the night sky--planets, constellations, zodiac, shooting stars, and satellites are all there if you know when and where to look. Navigate by the stars and discover how you can become a backyard astronomer. Topics will change monthly and graphics will be programmed accordingly. All shows are hosted and narrated live by OMSI planetarium staff.

MATINEE LASER SHOWS

Laser Movie Madness
Showing Daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.; Sat-Sun at 11:00 a.m.
Music from the movies is brought to life in Laser Movie Madness, featuring a compilation of soundtrack favorites set to spectacular lasers. Song selections include the Theme from Jurassic Park, Circle of Life from the Lion King, music from Tron: Legacy and more.
"Circle of Life" from The Lion King (Carmen Twillie), Theme from Jurassic Park (John Williams), "Derezzed" from Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk), "The Galaxy Song" from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (Eric Idle), "Imperial March" from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams),"Conversation" from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (John Williams), "Danger Zone" from Top Gun (Kenny Loggins), Theme from Lone Ranger (William Tell Overture) Gioachino Rossini)

EVENING LASER SHOWS (Fridays and Saturdays only)
July
8:15 p.m.
Laser Rush - Fly By Night, 2112: Overture, 2112: Temples of Syrinx, The Trees, Closer to the Heart, Tom Sawyer, Subdivisions, Distant Early Warning, Big Money, Dreamline, Presto

9:30 p.m.
Pink Floyd Vision Bell - Keep Talking, One Slip, Astronomy Domine, Any Colour You Like, Brain Damage, Eclipse, Have A Cigar, Wish you Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 1), The Happiest Day of Our Lives, Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2), Hey You, Is There Anybody Out There?, Pigs on the Wing (Pt. 2)

August
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Outdoor workers at risk as temperatures climb
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/30/14
(Salem) - Landscaping, construction, and agriculture are some of the outdoor jobs that can expose workers to dangerous high heat. Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to learn the signs of heat illness and take precautions. A person overcome with heat exhaustion will still sweat but may experience extreme fatigue, nausea, lightheadedness, or a headache. The person could have clammy and moist skin, a pale complexion, and a normal or only slightly elevated body temperature. If heat exhaustion is not treated promptly, the illness could progress to heat stroke, and possibly even death.

"Water, rest, and shade are the three things to remember," said Penny Wolf-McCormick, health enforcement manager for Oregon OSHA. "Employers should ensure workers are taking water breaks throughout the day and provide shade to give their body time to recover."

From 2009 through 2013, 33 people received benefits through Oregon's workers' compensation system for heat-related illnesses. The majority of claims each year occur in July.

"Many Oregon workers aren't used to this type of heat and may need time to acclimate," Wolf-McCormick said.

To help those suffering from heat exhaustion:
* Move them to a cool, shaded area. Do not leave them alone.
* Loosen and remove heavy clothing.
* Provide cool water to drink (a small cup every 15 minutes) if they are not feeling sick to their stomach.
* Try to cool them by fanning them. Cool the skin with a spray mist of cold water or a wet cloth.
* If they do not feel better in a few minutes, call 911 for emergency help.

Certain medications, wearing personal protective equipment while on the job, and a past case of heat stress create a higher risk for heat illness.

Heat stroke is a different condition than heat exhaustion. There are several reactions that occur in the human body with heat stroke: hot, red skin (looks like a sunburn); mood changes; irritability and confusion; and collapsing (person will not respond to verbal commands). Immediately call for emergency help if you think the person is suffering from heat stroke. If not treated quickly, the condition can result in death.

Here are some tips for preventing a heat-related illness:
* Perform the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day.
* Use the buddy system (work in pairs) to monitor the heat.
* Drink plenty of cool water (one small cup every 15 to 20 minutes).
* Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (such as cotton).
* Take frequent short breaks in cool, shaded areas - allow your body to cool down.
* Avoid eating large meals before working in hot environments.
* Avoid caffeine and alcoholic beverages (these make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illnesses).

Employers can calculate the heat index for their worksite with the federal OSHA heat stress app for mobile phones. The tool is available at
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html. A number of other tools are also available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.

Oregon OSHA also has a pocket-sized booklet available, in both English and Spanish, with tips for working in the heat: http://www.orosha.org/pdf/pubs/4926.pdf (English version).

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About Oregon OSHA:
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, go to www.orosha.org.

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 at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Corban University Becomes Member of The Alliance
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 06/30/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Corban University will become the newest campus member of The Alliance (Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities). The Alliance is the product of a merger that occurred nearly three years ago of two long-standing private college organizations: the Oregon Independent College Foundation and the Oregon Independent College Association. The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, the private nonprofit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon.

The Alliance institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business and industry, philanthropy, public post-secondary education and government.

"We are proud to welcome Corban University as a member of The Alliance" according to Larry D. Large, Ph.D., President of The Alliance.

Corban University is a private Christian university in Salem with more than 50 majors and programs of study including professional, liberal arts, and ministries. Along with traditional and adult degree completion programs at the undergraduate level, Corban offers graduate teacher licensure programs and graduate degrees in education, business, ministry and counseling.

Sheldon C. Nord, Ph.D, President of Corban University said, "We at Corban University are honored to become a Member of The Alliance. This will enable us to collaborate more closely with other private colleges and universities in our state. While we have set and attained our institutional goal of becoming a global campus, we see all the more reason to remain deeply rooted here in Oregon. Our new membership status in The Alliance allows us to do just that."

For the 11th consecutive year, Corban University was ranked in the top ten in the West for regional colleges in the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges." The guide ranked Corban eighth for 2013. Additionally, Corban ranked sixth for best value in the same category.

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The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, the private nonprofit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information visit www.oaicu.org.
Planned Parenthood: Supreme Court Rules Against Oregon Women and Families
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 06/30/14
Planned Parenthood organizations in Oregon condemned today's ruling by the Supreme Court that some for-profit private corporations, such as the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, can deny coverage of birth control to their employees, for no reason other than the personal religious beliefs of the corporation's owners.

Stacy M. Cross, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, said: "Today, the Supreme Court ruled against Oregon women and families, giving bosses the right to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage. This is a deeply disappointing and troubling ruling that will prevent some women, especially those working hourly wage jobs and struggling to make ends meet, from getting birth control."

Cynthia Pappas, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, said: "This ruling does not strike down the Affordable Care Act's birth control benefit. Today, about 360,000 Oregon women are eligible for birth control with no co-pay thanks to this benefit, and the vast majority of them will not be affected by this ruling. But for those who are affected, this ruling will have real consequences."

Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "It's unbelievable that in 2014, we're still fighting about whether women should have access to birth control. Some politicians want to get rid of the birth control benefit entirely and take away coverage from millions of women. To the majority of Americans, birth control is not a controversial issue. Birth control is basic health care - and it's only a 'social issue' if you've never had to pay for it.

"We hope most businesses will do the right thing and let women make their own health care decisions. We urge Congress to act and protect women's access to birth control, regardless of the personal views of their employer."

BACKGROUND

After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, the birth control benefit requires all insurance policies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket cost to women -- rightly categorizing birth control as part of women's basic preventive care. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 30 million women nationally are already eligible for this benefit. When the law is fully implemented, 47 million women nationally will have access to no-copay birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to the birth control benefit, women already have saved $483 million in the last year alone. Studies also show that women who receive birth control with no co-pay or at a reduced cost are able to avoid more than two million unplanned pregnancies each year, which also reduces the need for abortion. It's not surprising that the public overwhelmingly supports the birth control benefit by a nearly two-to-one margin.

Birth control is tremendously important to women for all kinds of reasons, including the need to control certain medical conditions and to plan our families. Under the birth control benefit, women have access to this important preventive care at no cost.

* The wide availability of birth control has been an enormous benefit for countless women and their families -- enabling them to support themselves financially, complete their education, and plan their families and have children when they're ready.

* Virtually all (99 percent) American women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some time.

* A 2010 survey found that more than a third of female voters have struggled to afford prescription birth control at some point in their lives, and as a result, used birth control inconsistently. This isn't surprising considering copays for birth control pills typically range between $15 and $50 per month -- up to $600 per year.

* Other methods, such as IUDs, can cost several hundred dollars, even with health insurance. For the first time, under the birth control benefit, IUDs are now fully covered by insurance companies without additional out-of-pocket expense.

* For many women, birth control is used for a host of health care reasons. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 58 percent of birth control pill users cite health benefits as a contributing factor for using the birth control pill, including treating endometriosis, menstrual pain, and menstrual regulation.

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is the largest nonprofit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, more than 55,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW's health centers. PPCW provides a wide range of education programs and health care services, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, emergency contraception, gynecological check-ups and Pap tests, breast exams, pregnancy testing and options information, and health counseling. Less than 5 percent of PPCW's health services are for abortion services.

Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has been dedicated to providing expert reproductive health care and sexuality education in Southwestern Oregon for more than 47 years. PPSO sees 24,000 patients each year at seven health centers. PPSO is also the region's most respected provider of medically accurate sexuality education for young people and adults, as well as training programs for professionals who work with youth and families. Education and training programs make more than 25,000 contacts each year, transforming the lives of young people in Southwestern Oregon. PPSO's essential health services include breast and cervical cancer screenings, well-woman annual exams, birth control, STD prevention, testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and HPV vaccinations. Less than 2 percent of PPSO's patient visits are for early abortion care.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is the statewide political voice for Planned Parenthood's two affiliates in Oregon and for women's health care. PPAO defends the Planned Parenthood mission by advocating for public policy that will enhance and protect women's health; by building support and accountability among our elected officials in Oregon; and by engaging and motivating the public. PPAO is not affiliated with any political party, but is instead organized to support those state and local candidates who have taken responsible positions on women's health care, including birth control and abortion.
06/29/14
Red Cross Responds To Albany Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/29/14
On 06/29/14 at 2:30 PM, an American Red Cross volunteer DAT team responded to a residential fire in the 3700 block of Glendale Street in Albany, OR.
This single-family fire affected 2 adults, and 2 children. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, infant formula and supplies, and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
OSP troopers in Salem investigate stabbing at Oregon State Fairgrounds
Oregon State Police - 06/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP)troopers is continuing the investigation into a reported stabbing that occurred at the Oregon State Fairgrounds early Saturday morning.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 28, 2014, Troopers from the OSP Salem Area Command responded to the report of a fight in progress with injuries at a dance event in the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Salem Police Department and EMS also responded to assist. A seriously injured juvenile male was found near the Pavilion with multiple stab wounds. Emergency first aid was rendered and the injured juvenile was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment. Officers learned from witnesses that several persons became engaged in a fight during which time the juvenile male was stabbed multiple times by at least one male suspect.

The investigation continued during the weekend and a male juvenile suspect was positiviely identified. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30, 2014, a search warrant was executed without incident by OSP Troopers and Detectives, assisted by Salem Police Department officers, at a location in NE Salem. The suspect, identified as a 17 year old male juvenile, was found at the residence, taken into custody and lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on Attemtped Murder and Assault 1 charges. The case will be forwarded to the Marion County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is reqeusted to contact Senior Trooper Jason Perrizo at 503-378-3387.

No further information for release pending authorization by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Early morning Albany house fire
City of Albany - 06/29/14
The Albany Fire Department responded to 3750 Glendale St. at 12:47 a.m. Sunday to a report of a fire in a garage. Firefighters arrived at the scene in about seven minutes and found a house partially engulfed in fire. Firefighters requested resources from neighboring fire departments to assist with extinguishment, and requested water tenders (tankers) to respond because the house is remote from fire hydrants. The homeowner was able to escape and exit with her child and pets before firefighters arrived.

The intense fire prevented firefighters from entering the house which forced them to extinguish the fire from the exterior. Firefighters worked through the night and were able to contain the fire to the primary residence; however, multiple cars in the driveway sustained varying levels of damage and a neighbor's house sustained some minor damage as well.

Twenty-five Fire Department personnel responded to the emergency including personnel from Lebanon and Tangent fire districts. Off-duty Albany firefighters and firefighters from Tangent Rural Fire District and Corvallis Fire Department also responded to handle subsequent emergency calls in Albany. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The home sustained significant fire damage; no dollar estimate has been made. No one was injured.
06/28/14
PIO Change 06/28 & 06/29
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/28/14
MCSO PIO coverage will be handled by Sergeant Jeff Stutrud for the next two days. To reach Sergeant Stutrud please call the PIO line at 503-584-6276 or 503-584-MCSO. Thanks and have a great weekend.
06/27/14
Salem Fire Graduates 15 from Firefighter Academy (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 06/27/14
SFD Graduate Photo
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The Salem Fire Department recognized 15 new firefighter/paramedics on their successful completion of the department's firefighter academy at a graduation ceremony, which was held today at the fire training facility. The celebration and swearing-in ceremony included city staff, department members, and family and friends of the new firefighter/paramedics.

The graduation marks the successful completion of an intensive 14-week firefighter academy, which included a combination of classroom, hands-on, and on-the-job training. All recruits participated in an initial two week training academy that was designed to meet State and National standards for basic firefighter and then began subsequent phases of training that included responding as teams to emergencies within the community.

Phase II of the department's recruit training program involved staffing a 24-hour training engine responding from Fire Station 11, located at 1970 Orchard Heights Road NW. Twelve of the newly hired, entry-level recruit firefighter/paramedics were assigned to three 24-hour shifts, which were led by seasoned Salem fire captains and apparatus operators. Each of the six-person crews continued rigorous hands-on training that included firefighting techniques, fireground operations, and emergency medical care. The 3 other firefighters, who each had considerable experience from other career fire departments, continued a 2-week training program and then began assignments at fire stations in the community.

The enhanced recruit academy model was selected to provide better on-the-job experience for the new firefighters, while also adding coverage for emergencies in Salem. The 24-hour coverage allowed for quick response to medical emergencies, vehicle crashes, and miscellaneous emergency calls, augmenting the primary fire response in the community. As the training academy continued, the crews responded to additional emergency calls, which provided valuable experience for the new firefighters, as well as augmenting the staffing levels in the community.

The graduates include:

Paul Amar
Nathaniel Arguien
Steve Cudeck
Peter Desmarteau
Dylan Harvey
Allan Kehrer
Dustin Labrousse
Josh Massie
Tyler Mendel
William O'Connell
Ian Poulos
Matthew Shore
Daniel Steffen
Brent Stepman
Joseph Weigand

The training engines were led by seasoned fire captains and apparatus operators and included:

A-Shift - Captain Rich Lee, Apparatus Operator Brian Mitzel
B-Shift - Captain Jason Armstrong, Apparatus Operator Trevor Fosmark
C-Shift - Captain Gary West, Apparatus Operator Chuck Ettel

The department's recruitment process began in the winter of 2013 and 15 fifteen recruits were hired to maintain staffing levels and replace vacancies that occurred over the previous year. The 2014 recruit class included 12 entry-level firefighters and 3 lateral-transfer firefighters that came from other career fire departments. The class included 8 people who resided in Oregon as well as 7 others that relocated from out of state. Prior to beginning employment with the Salem Fire Department, all recruits were required to be certified as paramedics and also completed extensive testing requirements, including written exams, emergency medical scenarios, physical agility tests, and comprehensive interviews.


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Attached Media Files: Media Release PDF , SFD Graduate Photo
Marine Board Approves a Proposed Registered Motorboat Fee Increase
Oregon Marine Board - 06/27/14
The Oregon State Marine Board met for their quarterly Board meeting on June 25 in Prineville, to discuss the agency's proposed 2015-2017 budget and consider a recommendation for a motorboat fee increase. The Board also approved two boating facility grant increase requests and elected new Board officers.

Staff briefed the Board on budget preparation and the public's participation in the process. During May and June, staff met with the public throughout the state and outlined the Marine Board's financial picture. In the past five years, the agency has experienced a 17 percent decline in fuel tax revenue, a seven percent decline in motorboat registrations, but conversely, an increase in boater activity on Oregon's waterways. During these discussions, staff presented the cost-savings actions that OSMB has implemented in the past two biennia including streamlining internal operations and the elimination of program positions. Members of the public made suggestions. A summary of these ideas were provided to the Marine Board for consideration.

The Board deliberated on an increase to the "flat per-foot" charge and a variety of "variable fees" based on length while taking into account the impact on boaters and cost comparisons with other western states for motorboat registrations.

The Board approved moving forward on a legislative concept with a fee proposal to increase the flat fee from $3 per foot to $5 per foot for all motorboats. The Board also approved raising the fees for other boating-related services.

"It has been 12 years since the last fee increase and with boat fuel use continuing to decline, to maintain services to boaters, this increase is necessary," said Director Scott Brewen. "We've eliminated marketing campaigns and ninety percent of our print publication budget, plus two and a half positions in the last four years. We've also streamlined operations and created efficiencies so it's easier and faster for boaters to complete transactions and get out on the water." Brewen added, "Any additional cuts will have to be from boating safety services or boating facility grants, which will negatively impact boaters."

During the meeting, the Board also considered grant funding increases for two existing grants due to the increased costs in materials for the Roger's Landing boarding float replacement and the City of St. Helens Courthouse Docks upgrade. The Board approved an additional $75,000 in state boater funds to Yamhill County to reflect the increase in the price of aluminum required for the boarding float construction for Roger's Landing. The Board also approved an additional $37,742 in state boater funds for increased costs to upgrade the existing utilities serving the pumpout and dump station and transient tie-up, and power expansion for the power pedestals and self-service kiosk.

In final business, the Board elected new officers. For the remainder of the year through next June, Jen Tonneson, of Scappoose, will serve as Marine Board Chair and Jean Quinsey, of Lake Oswego, as Vice-Chair.

To view the Marine Board's staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
To learn more about the agency's budget discussions or strategic planning teams and boating blog, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/pages/admin/strategicplan.aspx
Companies honored with Mined Land Reclamation Awards
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/27/14
REDMOND, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries today announced the winners of the 2013 Mined Land Reclamation Awards.

Among the 2013 winners are a state-of-the-art gold mining operation on a historic mining settlement in Baker County, an operator that continually goes above and beyond to reclaim land for agricultural use, and a quarry site project that increased creek access for spawning Coho salmon.

The awards recognize outstanding efforts during the 2013 calendar year. Honorees were:

- Outstanding Reclamation: Oregon Resources Corporation of Coos Bay for efforts to minimize the impacts to surrounding landowners and complete successful reclamation at their heavy minerals mining site in Coos County.

- Voluntary Reclamation: Triple C Redi-Mix Inc. of Baker City for reclamation of old, eyesore excavations into crop-producing agricultural land.

- Outstanding Operator: Southern Oregon Ready-Mix of Central Point for quickly correcting problems inherited from past operators at their Jackson County sand and gravel site and implementing best management practices to protect adjacent natural resources and reduce the potential for off- site impacts.

- Outstanding Operator, Division II: Western Mine Development of Baker County for exemplary planning, development, and day-to-day operations that protect natural resources adjacent to their Twin Lake Ranch site at the historic China Town settlement.

- Good Neighbor: Latham Excavation of Bend for efforts to reduce off-site impacts and complete interim and concurrent reclamation on previously disturbed areas at the Johnson Road Pit in Deschutes County.

- Oregon Plan Award: Weyerhaeuser Company for efforts to improve site operations, protect water quality, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat for two Coos County quarries.

- Special Recognition Award: Bob Short, consultant to CalPortland Company, for his tireless efforts to support the aggregate industry on social, political, economic and environmental levels.

Each year, DOGAMI's Mined Land Regulation & Reclamation program and an independent panel of experts select mine sites and operators to receive awards for excellence in reclamation, mine operation, and habitat protection. The awards were presented June 27, 2014 during the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) Annual Meeting at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.

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Editorial Note: Award winner profiles are attached. Photos are available on the Oregon Geology Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/oregongeology/


Attached Media Files: Bob Short Bio , Winner Profiles
Statement from Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins on Opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's new, $200 million processing line in Boardman.
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 06/27/14
Statement from Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins on Opening of ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston's new, $200 million processing line in Boardman.

SALEM - "The citizens of the northeastern Oregon will benefit greatly from ConAgra Foods' $200 million investment and the creation of 130 new jobs at the Lamb Weston frozen potato processing plant in Boardman. Every time we can use our resources to help put Oregonians to work, it is a win for the entire state and its economy.

We are happy to celebrate this success with our partners on this project: ConAgra Foods, Inc., the Port of Morrow, City of Boardman, Morrow County and the Oregon Department of Transportation. ConAgra already plays a large role in the area's economy where it operates seven plants and employs 750 employees in Boardman and another 500 in Hermiston. Agriculture and the production of value-added goods are an important component of our state's economy and are an important global export for Oregon. We are pleased to have been a part of this important expansion."

For more information on the project, please see: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/conagra-foods-lamb-weston-and-community-leaders-celebrate-boardman-plant-expansion-2014-06-27.

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The Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding, and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs.
Workplace safety training grants available
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/27/14
(Salem) - Grant funding will be available starting July 1 to develop innovative workplace safety and health training programs. Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, will sponsor projects that may range from a unique mobile app to an online educational game that engages workers.

The grants will focus on programs that target an Oregon industry or a specific work process to reduce or eliminate hazards. Any employer or labor consortium, association, educational institution affiliated with a labor group, or other nonprofit organization may apply. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 per grant project without a requirement for any matching dollars or in-kind contributions. Grant applications are due Oct. 9, 2014.

Some examples of past grant projects include:
* Development of safe lifting guidelines
* Pictograms for training people on hazards in the workplace with a variety of learning needs or language barriers
* Manuals and videos in Russian, Spanish, and English designed for home builders
* An educational program for prevention of ergonomic-related injuries for nurses

The grant program was established by the Oregon State Legislative Assembly in 1990, set aside by the Oregon Legislature. Employers cannot use the program to fund training projects for their employees.

Materials produced by grant recipients become the property of Oregon OSHA. They are housed in the Oregon OSHA Resource Center and are available online for use by the public.

Grant application information is available at http://www.orosha.org/subjects/educate.html. Contact Teri Watson at 503-947-7406 or teri.a.watson@state.or.us for more information.

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About Oregon OSHA:
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, go to www.orosha.org.

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 at www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
06/26/14
Sheriff Opens the Jail for Public Tours
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson will hold Jail Open Houses events starting this Saturday, June 28th with two others scheduled for July 12th and July 26th.

Community members who are interested in touring the jail can sign on by visiting the Benton County Sheriffs website @ http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/, Or by calling 541-766-6866

Once signed up, you will receive a confirmation of your tour time with information for that day.

This is a great opportunity to see your local jail first hand.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves purchase of coast property in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/26/14
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News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // June 26, 2014

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

Tillamook OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously June 25 to purchase 357 acres of coastal property in Tillamook County. The site, known locally as the Beltz property, sits along Sand Lake Road north of Pacific City and south of Cape Lookout State Park. The commission's vote authorizes the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to purchase the property from Oregon-based nonprofit Ecotrust for up to $1.8 million.

The property consists of woodlands, both fresh- and saltwater marshes, dunes and oceanfront. The final purchase price will be determined by an appraisal, plus 10%, up to the $1.8 million limit, and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks by Oregon voters in 1998 and 2010.

"There's something delightful and pure about this kind of state park," says Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Van Laanen. "We focus campground development on parks like Cape Lookout and Nehalem Bay, but we balance that with more natural parks that draw people close to the landscape."

"This is a significant natural property," says Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commissioner Robin Risley, who lives in Cannon Beach and serves as the 'West of the Coast Range' representative. "It's been an important estuary to preserve for decades because of its location, beauty, and natural character."

"The Sand Lake estuary is one of the most pristine, intact areas on the coast," says Jay Graves, commission chair. "These kinds of opportunities are rare, and directly contribute to the physical and economic health of the community. I'm pleased we and Ecotrust were in the right place at the right time to make this happen."

Oregon state parks in Tillamook County currently attract 1.7 million visitors, resulting in $15 million a year in local spending, and a projected $100,000 in lodging taxes from state park camping in 2014.

The department will eventually open the park after discussing parking options with the county and nearby residents, a process which could take several months or longer. More information on the property is online at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/pages/commission-beltz.aspx

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Attached Media Files: Ground level looking south , Ground level looking north , West side of Beltz with existing paths , Dunes with paintbrush flowers , Aerial looking north
Oregon State Police Acting Public Information Officer Contact: June 27 - June 30, 2014
Oregon State Police - 06/26/14
STARTING FRIDAY, June 27, THROUGH MONDAY, June 30, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted at:

Office: (541) 737-3010
Email: Steve.Mitchell@oregonstate.edu (receives also on his cell phone)

Please note that Lieutenant Mitchell has other assigned duties and his response may be slightly delayed. We appreciate the media's patience during this period.

Lieutenant Hastings will return to his office Tuesday, July 1.

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Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approves Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/26/14
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the new Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway at its June 25 meeting in Klamath Falls. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program now has 12 designated bikeways statewide.

Experienced riders seeking a challenge will love this 70-mile route of forested splendor paired with a 3,125-foot climb near Estacada and a 1,985-foot climb near Detroit. A shorter, family-friendly ride is available near Estacada on Faraday Road, which is closed to motor vehicles. The bikeway parallels the Breitenbush River and the nationally designated Wild and Scenic Clackamas River along rocky riffles and quiet pools where native coho, chinook and steelhead seek their ancient spawning beds.

"The Willamette and Mt. Hood National Forests are proud to be a part of this unique biking opportunity. The new bikeway winds through some beautiful country and gives visitors the opportunity to explore the towns of Detroit and Estacada along the way," said Acting Clackamas River District Ranger Nancy Lankford. "The Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway is a welcome addition to the diverse recreation opportunities our two forests offer the public."

Directional and safety signage will be posted along the road later this summer. The route is closed during late fall and winter due to snow.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeways program is the first and only of its kind in the country, and now includes more than 860 miles of designated scenic bikeways. Launched in 2005, the program is a partnership among Travel Oregon, Cycle Oregon, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Local groups apply for the bikeway designation, but only half of the applications are accepted. Routes are rated on scenic qualities, road conditions and general riding enjoyment.

All the information to plan a ride can be found on RideOregonRide.com, including a printable map, accommodations and amenities along the route.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department provides and protects outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for enjoyment and education. It served more than 40 million people last year in a system of state parks, historic and natural areas, trails, and other special programs.
Celebrate Our Country's Birthday By Driving Safely To Save Lives This Fourth of July Holiday Weekend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/26/14
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The Fourth of July is a popular holiday for many Oregonians and others around our country. Families and friends travel locally and long distances to gather and celebrate our nation's birthday with parades, parties, and fireworks. The Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and law enforcement partners statewide urge all travelers during the Fourth of July weekend to keep the holiday from quickly going from festive to fatal on our roads.

This year's Fourth of July holiday 78-hour period starts 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3, and concludes 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6. Last year in Oregon, four people died in 4 separate traffic crashes during the 102-hour Fourth of July holiday period. One fatal crash involved a motorcyclist, another was pedestrian-involved, and in both of the passenger vehicle-involved crashes the victim was not using safety restraints. Three of the 4 fatal traffic crashes were alcohol-involved.

"Holidays are a time for celebration, but they often lead to increased traffic and public safety issues for law enforcement on Oregon's highways. The Fourth of July is no exception," said Captain David Anderson, director of the OSP Patrol Services Division. "Our goal is to keep the holiday from quickly turning tragic through targeted enforcement of drivers who put lives in danger. Each of you can help by making safe driving choices, using appropriate safety restraints, and driving sober."

Oregon law enforcement agencies are joining others nationwide as part of the ongoing "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown with stepped up enforcement efforts to stop impaired drivers before they cause a tragic highway incident. The campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving and no excuses for those who do so.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of all crashes (44%) with fatalities during the 2012 July Fourth holiday weekend involved a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level above .08 percent. Between 2008 and 2012, 765 people lost their lives in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or more.

Alcohol-involved fatal traffic crash rates during the Fourth of July holiday period in Oregon are similar to national percentages. Over the past 25 years, nearly half of Oregon's fatalities occurred in alcohol-involved crashes. More than 300 people have died since 1970, of which sixty-one deaths have happened between 2000 and 2013.

Anticipated warmer weather, coupled with Fourth of July celebrations, often extends celebrations and gatherings well into the evening and night. According to NHTSA, statistics reflect the combined dangers of alcohol and night driving. During the 2012 Fourth of July holiday period, 59 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes between 9:00 p.m. and midnight were drunk.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) remind everyone that while death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other consequences that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer and court costs, and insurance hikes, just to name a few.

OSP, OSSA, OACP, and ODOT offer the following safety reminders to help keep your holiday travels safe:

* Get rested before you are tested. Fatigued drivers are more frequent during holiday weekends because of increased travel and activity. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
* Pay attention. An inattentive driver is a growing safety concern on our roads and an increasing factor in traffic crashes.
* Know before you go: Stay up to date on road conditions by visiting TripCheck.com or calling 5-1-1. Don't use your cell phone to check on this non-emergency information while driving.
* Even when workers are not present, all work zone speed limits still apply and fines double. Inactive work zones still have equipment, detours, and incomplete changes in the roadway so drivers need to slow down and be alert.
* Share the road. Don't tailgate and be sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
* Be on the lookout for bicyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable users of our roads.
* Always use safety restraints and child safety seats correctly (see www.childsafetyseat.org for free safety seat clinics and proper buckling tips).
* Don't drink and drive; don't be impaired and drive. These can be deadly combinations.
* MOVE OVER if you are approaching any type of emergency vehicle, tow truck or roadside assistance vehicle which is stopped on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT remind every traveling person - bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists alike - that we all have individual responsibility for keeping our roads safe. Immediately report aggressive, dangerous and intoxicated drivers to 9-1-1 or call OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865).

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NOTE: Questions regarding your local OSP or other law enforcement agency enforcement efforts should be directed to those OSP offices or other agencies. OSP media ride-along requests should be arranged through your local OSP office before the holiday weekend starts.

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Health advisory issued for water contact at Harris Beach State Park and Mill Beach
Oregon Health Authority - 06/26/14
June 26, 2014

Public health advisories were issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Harris Beach State Park and Mill Beach, both located in Curry County.

Water samples indicate higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria, which can result in diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Direct contact with the surf or water running into the surf in this area should be avoided until the advisory is lifted, especially for children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources, such as storm water runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Harris Beach State Park Beach and Mill Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0400, or 877-290-6767 toll-free.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on these beaches because they pose no health risk even during an advisory. Neighboring beaches are not affected by this advisory.

Since 2003, state officials have used a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. State organizations participating in this program are the Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

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Woodburn Man Arrested After Stealing From Cemetery (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/14
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You would think after thirteen years of law enforcement that the shock factor would be gone, but that certainly was not the case when reviewing the calls for service on June 25th. That was when I learned that Randall Kuschnick, 42, of Woodburn had been arrested for stealing metal flower pots and 300' of fencing wire from a cemetery in rural north Marion County.

Deputies were alerted to the Belle Passi Cemetery by the care taker after he discovered the missing items between the dates of June 13th and June 20th. The care taker began searching local scrap yards and after finding the flower pots called deputies in to investigate.

That is when deputies used recycling records to locate and arrest Mr. Kuschnick for the thefts. Mr. Kuschnick was cited and released for the charge of Theft I and he is scheduled to appear in court on 07/25/2014 at the Circuit Court Annex in Salem.


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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet July 1 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/26/14
June 26, 2014

Contact: Stephanie Jarem, 971-273-6844 (meeting information or accommodations)

What: The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting July 1 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive an update on the Transition Project, which is managing changes in eligibility for the next open enrollment period in November, 2014. It also will hear about: the spread of the coordinated care model in the recently released PEBB contracts; Early Learning Hubs; and Oregon's Health System Transformation 2013 Performance Report. A presentation on primary care for health system transformation will also be heard. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

When: Tuesday, July 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Where: New location - OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., Third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx

Agenda:
* Transition Project update
* Update on activities related to the 2013 OHPB recommendations to the Governor
* CCM alignment update: PEBB contracts
* Oregon's Health System Transformation 2013 Performance Report
-- Primary care for health system transformation
-- Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Program update
* Strategies for strengthening and monitoring primary care infrastructure
* Early Learning Hubs update
* Public testimony

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Health advisory lifted for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/26/14
June 26, 2014

Health advisory lifted for Lost Creek Lake

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued June 3 for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon waterbodies for recreation to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255 and the Jackson County Health Department at 541-774-8206. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Limit consumption of some fish species in Applegate Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/26/14
June 26, 2014

Limit consumption of some fish species in Applegate Lake

Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon when available. However, Oregon health officials are issuing a fish consumption advisory on certain species from Applegate Lake due to elevated levels of mercury found in fish tissue. Applegate Lake is located in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest about 30 miles southwest of Medford.

The Oregon Health Authority does not know how long the advisory will last.

Mercury can build up in resident fish such as bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, catfish, and suckers that live in one place their entire life and are exposed to these contaminants over their lifecycle. If a person eats too much contaminated fish, there can be negative health effects over time, such as impaired brain development, and damage to organs, the nervous system and reproductive system.

Hatchery-raised rainbow trout and salmon are considered a healthy choice for eating. While there are no data specific to these species in Applegate Lake, their diets make them less likely to accumulate harmful levels of mercury. Trout and salmon less than 12 inches in length are an especially healthy choice.

Fish consumption recommendations for Applegate Lake are as follows:

-- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should eat no more than two meals per month of large- and smallmouth bass and yellow perch, and no more than four meals per month of panfish (bluegill and crappie).

-- Men and women beyond childbearing age should eat no more than five meals per month of large- and smallmouth bass and yellow perch, and no more than 13 meals per month of panfish.

-- If the maximum amount of fish covered by an advisory is eaten in a month, do not consume any more of these fish during that month.

A meal is about the size and thickness of your hand.

Fetuses, nursing babies and small children are most vulnerable to the health effects of mercury, so it is especially important that pregnant and nursing women follow this advice. Fetuses and babies exposed to high levels of mercury can suffer life-long learning and behavior problems. The Oregon Health Authority recommends all women of childbearing age (18 to 45) follow fish advisories. Anglers also should not give resident fish caught from Applegate Lake to others unless the recipients are aware of where the fish were caught, and that they understand the current fish advisory recommendations.

It is important to know that many waterbodies in Oregon are not monitored, and that when they are monitored, not all fish species are collected and analyzed. The Oregon Health Authority recommends following these basic principles when an advisory is not in place:

-- Eat migratory and first-year stocked fish over resident fish.

-- Eat fish at the smaller end of the legal size limit instead of big fish.

-- Eat a variety of different fish from different waterbodies.

These principles, when followed, will maximize the benefit of fish consumption as part of a healthy diet while reducing the risk of exposure to contaminants.

By issuing the advisory, the Oregon Health Authority hopes to increase the public's awareness of which fish species to avoid, and which to keep eating. While it is important for people to know about contaminants in fish, it is equally important to keep fish on the table. The Oregon Health Authority continues to encourage people including pregnant women to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. Migratory fish such as salmon and steelhead are an essential source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and are low in contaminants.

To learn more about why fish is good for you and get information about fish consumption advisories in Oregon, visit the Oregon Public Health website at www.healthoregon.org/fishadv.

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Bryant Fire Morning Update, June 26, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/26/14
Bryant Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

June 26, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Fire information at the Bonanza School Fire Camp has been discontinued.

For current fire information, phone Klamath/Lake District: 541-883-5681


Current Situation:

This is the final update from the Bryant Fire information desk.

The safety record for this incident has been exceptional. There have been no reportable injuries to date.

Fire crews continue to make progress to contain the Bryant Fire, aided by the rainfall yesterday.

Wednesday's much-reduced night shift again utilized handheld infrared cameras to detect remaining areas of heat while engine crews worked to extinguish the hot spots.

Equipment and personnel continue to be released from the fire as efforts begin focusing on rehabilitation of fire lines. Most of the fire damaged trees that pose a threat to firefighters have been felled. Hand crews have begun constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and continued spreading out the berms created by the dozers.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team #1 will transition management of the fire to the Klamath/Lake District today at 1200.

For More Information:
Social Media Resources for this fire:
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog @ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo
Fire at a Glance (06/26/14)

Size: 1361 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 95%

Expected Containment: 6/26/14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 2- Type 1
2 - Type 2
2 - Camp
Air Tankers:
SEATS:
Helicopters: 1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

Engines: 6

Dozers: 1

Water Tenders: 3

Total personnel: 216

Estimated Cost to Date: $4.1 M



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Board of Forestry Subcommittee to receive short briefing on future science review (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/14
Reforestation in the Tillamook State Forest. Photo credit Tony Andersen, ODF.
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The Board and Department of Forestry are considering new options to manage Northwest Oregon's state forests to improve financial sustainability and conservation benefits. The Board has appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will host a conference call in Salem on July 2 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members will receive an overview of how the science team - a group of scientists assigned to review possible forest management concepts through a science-based lens - will accomplish their work, next steps and focal points. Due to the short nature of the meeting, public comment opportunities are not available.

>Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., July 2.
Where: Conference call will be hosted in the Santiam Room, Building D, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

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

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

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.


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Update - Names & Added Photos - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W southeast of Sisters (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Wednesday morning's two vehicle serious injury traffic crash that occurred on Highway 20W southeast of Sisters. The names of three people involved in this crash are released in this update.

On June 25, 2014 at approximately 8:15 a.m., a 2004 Honda Element driven by JILL BEAMAN, age 60, from Bend, was traveling westbound on Highway 20W near milepost 1 when it crossed the centerline. The driver of an eastbound box truck tried avoiding the Honda but was struck in the left rear axle area. The box truck overturned on its side and the Honda came to rest in a traffic lane on the highway.

BEAMAN was extricated by firefighters and taken by LifeFlight to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with serious injuries. Subsequent to the investigation, she was cited for Fail to Maintain a Lane of Travel.

The truck's driver, JORGE MALPICA, age 42, from Vancouver, Washington, received minor injury not requiring hospital transport. The truck's passenger, GUILLERMO GOMEZ JOVEL, age 34, from Beaverton, received minor injuries and was taken by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

All person were using safety restraints.

The highway was blocked about one hour and then open to one lane until vehicles are removed about 12 noon.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Black Butte Ranch Rural Fire District, Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District, and ODOT.

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Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting June 27 CANCELED
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 06/25/14
The Oregon Business Development Commission Meeting Scheduled for Friday, June 17 at Port of Morrow in Boardman has been canceled due to the lack of a quorom. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
OSP Announces New Area Commander for the Coos Bay Area Command Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
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Effective July 1, 2014, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Coos Bay Area Command office will have a new area commander appointed by Superintendent Richard Evans Jr.

Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, age 40, takes over as Coos Bay Area Commander following the transfer of Lieutenant Steve Smartt to the OSP La Grande Area Command office. Lieutenant Mitchell started his career in 1997 and worked as a patrol trooper and sergeant at OSP offices in Klamath Falls, Roseburg, and Central Point. In 2010, he transferred to the OSP Office of Professional Standards for about a year before being promoted to lieutenant at the Oregon State University office where he worked for three years before transferring to the Coos Bay office.

The Coos Bay Area Command office oversees Patrol, Fish & Wildlife and Criminal division operations at two offices (Coos Bay and Gold Beach) supporting public safety services in Coos, Curry, and western Douglas counties. The two offices have a combined total staff of 21 sworn officers and two non-sworn employees.

Patrol troopers working out of the Coos Bay office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 242 miles of state highways in Coos and western Douglas counties. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within 1,800 square miles of Coos and western Douglas counties. One detective supports local law enforcement in the three counties with major criminal investigations and on interagency teams, while also providing criminal investigative services on state property and at state institutions.

Patrol troopers working out of the Gold Beach office have primary responsibility for patrolling approximately 100 miles of state highways. Fish & Wildlife Division troopers have primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources and habitats within nearly 2,000 square miles of Curry County.

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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard units conclude annual training in Yakima, Wash.-Part II (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/25/14
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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, set off a charge of 128 pounds of ammonium nitrate and C4 explosive as a "cratering charge" during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The explosion had an equivalent of 220 pounds of TNT. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with the 162nd Engineer Company, 1249th Engineer Battalion, prepare C-4 charges during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Polley, 1249th Engineer Battalion Command Sergeant Major, speaks to Soldiers of the 162nd Engineer Company, during their annual training at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 20. The unit spent two weeks training with different types of explosives, and conducted weapons qualification on the M240 "Bravo" machine gun and the M2 .50-caliber machine gun. "Missions like these are what keeps us as Soldiers coming back year after year," Polley said of the Soldiers' training. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers with Golf Troop, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, guard an entry control point at the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion compound at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 21. Several Oregon Army National Guard units converged on the training site for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Sheria Pitman (left), and Sgt. David McCabe, with Bravo Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, work on a HMMWV ambulance at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Pitman, a welder, and McCabe, a mechanic, were joined by fellow Citizen-Soldiers from several Oregon Army National Guard units at the training facility for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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PHOTO RELEASE: Oregon Army National Guard units conclude annual training in Yakima, Wash. (Photo)
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Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Michael Burghart (left), commander of the 141st Brigade Support Battalion, fires an M240 "Bravo" machine gun, while assisted by Maj. Brian Stramel, on the weapons qualification range at Yakima Training Site, Wash., June 22. Berghart and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major Allen Holland toured the training facility, visiting with Oregon Citizen-Soldiers who were conducting their annual training. The units will conclude their training cycle over the next week and head back to Oregon. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Alexandria Davidson, treatment platoon leader for Charlie Co., 141st Brigade Support Battalion, works on a computer program in the Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 21. The unit's TMC supports medical needs of service members with a full complement of doctor, nurse, dental, x-ray, and administrative services. The Soldiers recently completed three weeks of training at Orchard Combat Training Center, in Idaho, before gearing up for their annual training cycle in Yakima. Davidson, a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, received her commission through the school's ROTC program. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Capt. Derek Hotchkiss (right), battle captain with the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, and Staff Sgt. Nick Valleton, assistant S3 non-commissioned officer, conduct a battle drill in the Tactical Operations Center (TOC), during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. Several Army National Guard units from Oregon converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle, and worked alongside other Army units from Washington State and several Marine Corps detachments. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, yells out the command to fire a 105mm Howitzer, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, from Keizer, Ore., is joined by number one man on the gun, Spc. Cody Shepherd (second from left), of Milwaukie, Ore.; gunner Spc. William McKnight (seated), of Vancouver, Wash.; assistant gunner, Pfc. Jordan Pena (right), of Portland, Ore.; and ammunition team chief, Sgt. David Tully (not pictured), of Gresham, Ore. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Stocker (left), gun crew section chief for Alpha Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, explains fire coordinates and trajectory tables to gun crew member, Spc. Cody Shepherd, during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 23. The gun crews fired high-explosive and phosphorus charges as part of their annual training cycle. Stocker, who is from Keizer, Ore., and Shepherd, from Milwaukie, Ore., were joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Justin Simonson, number one man on the gun crew for Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, listens to a briefing before the start of a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Simonson, of McMinnville, Ore., was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard's 1st Platoon, Gun #2, of Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, scores a direct hit on a target using a 105mm Howitzer during a Direct Fire Competition at the end of their unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. The gun crew is comprised of Staff Sgt. Richard Moisa, gun chief; Sgt. Daniel Hyde, gunner; Sgt. Michael Whalan, gunner #2; Spc. Nathan Livingood, ammunition team chief; Spc. Derek Becker, number one man; and Pfc. Blake Smith, number two man. Moisa's gun crew was joined by Soldiers from several Army National Guard units from Oregon and Washington, in addition to several Marine Corps detachments who converged on the training center for their two-week annual training cycle. Winners of the battalion's Direct Fire Competition will be announced at the unit's family day in July. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

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Oregon Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Sanderson, assistant S4 for the 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, organizes a weapons check exercise for a platoon of U.S. Marines during the unit's annual training at Yakima Training Center, Wash., June 24. Sanderson, who is from Portland, Ore., and another Oregon Soldier were tasked as the liaison non-commissioned officers between the Oregon Army National Guard unit and the Marines who were embedded with the Oregon unit. The Marines planned daily and nightly tactical raids on the Army compound in order to test their defenses against adversaries. Sanderson, who has worked closely with members of other branches of the military over the years said embedding the Marines with the Oregon Army National Guard unit was a big win for both organizations, from a cross-cultural standpoint, and for strategic joint training and readiness. Photo by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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Death Investigation - Snake River east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area in Malheur County
Oregon State Police - 06/25/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Malheur County Sheriff's Office, located and recovered a deceased 81-year old Corvallis man who died Tuesday evening while fishing along the Snake River east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area (http://bit.ly/1nHlri0).

On June 24, 2014 at approximately 9:44 p.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch was notified of a welfare check for an 81-year old man who failed to return to his campsite at Farewell Bend State Recreation Area after going fishing earlier in the day. The man's wife contacted the State Park host who then called OSP with information the man probably drove to the Interstate 84 interchange at exit 356 (Highway 201N) to fish in the Snake River.

About 45 minutes later, an OSP trooper found the man's car parked on the interchange's westbound on ramp where access to the Snake River is possible by walking down a steep embankment. Four OSP officers and Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel started searching the area along the riverbank for the man identified as ALAN WINTHROP EDE, age 81, from Corvallis.

Shortly after midnight, an OSP trooper on foot spotted a partially submerged body along the rocky shore line about a mile west of where the man's car was located. Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel helped retrieve the body that was later confirmed as EDE.

Preliminary investigation indicates EDE may have slipped or lost his balance on a large rock. One of his legs was wedged between rocks and he fell into the water where it is suspected he drowned.

OSP will work with the Medical Examiner to confirm the cause of death.

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Bryant Fire Morning Update; Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/25/14
Bryant Fire

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1

June 25, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633 (The Information Center will be closing at 1200 on 6/26/2014)



Current Situation:

Fire fighter crews continued to mop-up at least 100 feet and up to 500 feet in some places. With the forecasted change of weather to cooler and light rain possible in the next 24 hours, this will aid in the mop-up efforts.

During the evening, crews again utilized handheld infra-red cameras to search for any remaining hot spots. The night hand crews worked the hot spots and flagged them for the day shift to double check and completely extinguish.

The Bryant Fire continues significant resource demobilization and is in the rehabilitation phase. This entails the completing of falling all snags and fire damaged trees, hand held infra-red camera imagery up to 1,000 feet in heavy fuel concentrated areas. Hand crews will begin constructing water bars in the established fire hand line and spreading out the berms created by the dozers.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team #1 will transition management of the fire to the Klamath/Lake District tomorrow at 1200.

To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
Social Media Resources for this fire:
Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog @ http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com/
South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter @ http://twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo
Fire at a Glance (06/25/14)

Size: 1361 acres

Cause: under investigation

Containment: 85%

Expected Containment: 6/26/14

Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 4 - Type 1
9 - Type 2
2 - Camp
Air Tankers:
SEATS:
Helicopters: 1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
1-Type 3 (Light Lift)

Engines: 6

Dozers: 1

Water Tenders: 5

Total personnel: 493

Estimated Cost to Date: $3.7 M
06/24/14
Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 18 west of Grand Ronde
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
Update: The Ford's driver was the victim in this crash and was deceased at the scene. Positive identification is pending and won't be released until authorized by the Polk County Medical Examiner.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday night's two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 18 about seventeen miles east of Otis in Polk County. The victim's name is withheld pending positive identification.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on June 23, 2014 at approximately 11:16 p.m., a 1997 Ford Escort was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 18. For an unconfirmed reason, the Ford Escort crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Mercedes sport utility vehicle occupied by two people. The Ford Escort was split into two sections and both vehicles caught fire.

The two occupants of the Mercedes got out of the Mercedes on their own and were later transported by ground ambulance to Salem Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. They are identified as male driver AMNATA RATSASACK, age 52, and female passenger NELAVANH BOUNKETH, age 48, both from Happy Valley.

The fire also spread to the side of the highway. The fire to both vehicles and along the highway was extinguished by responding firefighters.

OSP troopers from the Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Polk County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Fire District, Sheridan Fire District, Polk County Medical Examiner, Polk County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT.

After the highway was opened, it was restricted to one lane of travel. Total duration of closure and lane restriction was over five hours.

No photographs for release at this time.

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Update #2: Deceased Suspect Identified - Investigation of Rainier Police Officer-Involved Shooting
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
The investigation into Monday afternoon's shooting of a Rainier police officer is continuing. The following is an update to include the name of the deceased suspect and background information for the injured officer.

On June 24, 2014, the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on CHRISTOPHER EUGENE ELLIOTT, age 30, from Waitsburg, Washington. The autopsy determined ELLIOTT died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He had no outstanding warrants and there is no confirmed motive for the officer's shooting at this time.

On June 23 at approximately 5:00 p.m., ELLIOTT was found deceased by members of the Oregon State Police SWAT team searching an area of tall grass approximately a quarter mile from where a vehicle he was driving was abandoned. A handgun was found near his body.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., ELLIOTT fled in a vehicle from a traffic stop following the shooting of Rainier Police Officer Russ George. The vehicle was found abandoned outside of Clatskanie on a dirt road. Columbia County Sheriff's Office coordinated a multi-agency search for the suspect using ground and air resources.

Officer George remains in fair condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. Accompanied by a Reserve Officer on patrol, they stopped a passenger car driven by ELLIOTT on Highway 30 near Veterans Way related to reports of driving complaints. As Officer George approached the vehicle, ELLIOTT shot the officer in his right hand. The bullet traveled through his hand and struck him in the chest which was protected by a ballistic vest. Following the shooting, Officer George drove to a local hospital in Longview, Washington, from where he was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

According to Rainier Police Department, Officer George, age 45, started his law enforcement career with Rainier Police Department as a Reserve Officer in February 1993. He was hired as a full-time police officer in July 1995 until leaving their Department in October 2001. Since that time he worked for Scappoose Police Department and Columbia County Sheriff's Office, before returning to Rainier Police Department in January 2013.

The name of the Reserve Officer present during the traffic stop and shooting is withheld pending completion of an interview by investigators. The reserve officer was hired September 2013.

Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section detectives are leading the investigation with the assistance of Columbia County Sheriff's Office, St. Helens Police Department, Scappoose Police Department, and Columbia County District Attorney's Office.

A photograph of ELLIOTT is not provided with this release.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
20 minute delay scheduled for US 101 south of Depoe Bay
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 06/24/14
On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 all traffic on US 101 between Depoe Bay and Otter Rock (MP 131-132) will experience a 20 minute delay as ODOT crews remove a tree that poses a hazard by leaning over the highway.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 11 a.m., crews will fall and remove the tree. Because the tree is located along a three-lane section of US 101, traffic will need to be stopped only when the tree is felled. Crews will then push the fallen tree into a single lane and allow north and southbound traffic to travel in the two available lanes while the tree is cut into segments and removed from the roadway.

Mid-morning hours typically experience lower traffic volumes on the highway, but motorists traveling at that time should plan on a 20 minute delay.
DHS Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Involved Children's Waiver
OR Department of Human Services - 06/24/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking public comment on the initial determination that services authorized in the State's Medicaid 1915(c) Medically Involved Children's Waiver are community-based and have the qualities described at 42 CFR § 441.301(c)(4) for community-based settings. The services provided in the waiver are all non-residential services. The transition plan can be viewed online at:

http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/transition-plan-miw.pdf

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will issue guidance to States for non-residential settings. Until then, States must make a determination that services provided in non-residential settings are not institutional and not provided in institutional settings. The assessment of these services has been provided for public comment and input. Oregon is requesting input and comments on the determination that the services are provided in non-residential settings and are not institutional services.

Additionally, Oregon is seeking comment on the proposed amendment to the Medically Involved Children's Waiver. The amendment includes additional services and provider qualifications for the providers of these services. The amendment also removes services from the waiver that are now available through the 1915(k) Community-First Choice Option under the Medicaid State plan. The summary of changes can be viewed online at:

http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Documents/summary-of-waiver-06-2014.pdf

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than July 23, 2014. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services will submit the renewal applications and request for amendment on July 30, 2014.


Attached Media Files: Transitions Plan , Summary of Changes
Salem Hospital Foundation grants scholarships to more than 100 students
Salem Health - 06/24/14
The Salem Hospital Foundation announces that 103 students in medical or medically related fields will receive a scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The Foundation awarded a total of $191,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in a variety of medical programs.

The scholarships include several named scholarships in memory of various community members, including the John Alsever physician scholarship, the Cass Bailey physician scholarship, the Hattie Kremen nursing scholarship, the Patricia Legate H.I.M. scholarship, the Elmera "Tiny" Richardson nursing scholarship, the Sewell Family scholarship, and the Grayce & Glola Sigg nursing scholarship. In addition, the Salem Self-Help Nursing Scholarship was awarded through the Salem Foundation.

Recipients for the 2014-2015 school year:

Albany: Lindsay Klampe and Sandra Moreno

Amity: Julie Altree

Dallas: Angie Bishop, Hilary Broadus, Jennifer Broadus, Leslie Classen, Hailey Clothier, Missy Huber, Kristi Tichenor and Miki Todosov

Dundee: Curtis Dodson

Gates: Julie Minton

Independence: Sheali Bowker and Kirsten Fertig

Jefferson: Rachel Hickman

Keizer: Taryn Cutchin, Nicole Daulton, David Hanna, Rachel Hittner, Katie Lofthus and Denis Marshall

Lebanon: Teresa Rush

Lyons: Kelly Owen

Madras: Moriah Pugh

McMinnville: Randy Calligan and Janae Mansour

Monmouth: Shannon Carey, Jordan Frerichs, Michael Frerichs and JingJing Rao

Portland: Amber Banks, Bruce Rodgers, Bethany Sappington and Nicole Webber

Salem: Elaina Atkin, Paige Baldwin, Ellie Barnhart, Matthew Boles, Heather Boone, Douglas Casteel, Iuri Cernev, Jill Cohen, Kristen Connolly, Courtney Dawes, Kaylinn Dokken, Krissa Dorfner, Hillary Drake, Leann Drake, James Fahey, Cristina Garcia Ortega, Mary Gregory, John Guy, Kathleen Hainsworth, Stephanie Hamel, Joana Hester, Anna Hiebert, Jessica Hoff, Juline Hoffman, Nathan Hoover, Winter Horsley, Jesse Huang, Stephen John, Daryn Jones, Erin Jones, Hannah Kuizenga, Chris Lentz, Kyle Lenz, Benjamin Long, Brianna Neufeldt, Nduta Nyoro-Cayton, Michael Petrone, Karina Porter, Amanda Reynolds, Timothy Rock, Stephanie Rodriguez, Christina Romeo, Brandon Schmidgall, David Schultze, Nicholas Sedor, Michelle Slattum, Zachary Smith, Michelle Snawder, Krista Studebaker, Lori Swain, Angela Taylor, Rebecca Tish, Sarah Tomscha, Victor Toran, Annette Whitney and Audrey Williams

Sheridan: Kirsten Walker

Sherwood: Tiffany Taylor

Silverton: Christi Christian, Monica Henderson, Rebekah Kaufman, Emily Paysinger and Stephanie Sprauer

Stayton: Marci Jordan

Sublimity: Renee Martizia-Rash and Georgianne Mayer

Turner: McKenzie Beeson

Woodburn: Ashley Medford
Dan Powell's "ROADSIDE" to be exhibited in the Governor's Office through Sept. 5 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/24/14
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Salem, Ore. - Eugene-based artist Dan Powell will exhibit "ROADSIDE" in the Governor's Office, in the Capitol Building in Salem, from June 27 to Sept. 5.

The works in this exhibition feature medium- and large-format photographs from the late 1980s and early 90s taken during the artist's travels. "I wanted to reach back to this time in my practice when I spent days drifting through the West, responding to the dynamic visual theatre of the land," Powell writes. "I was less interested in the genre of conventional landscape photography than I was in the constant flickering of events that moved through my view as I was driving on back roads and highways."

Of note in these works is the particular framing of each vignette, originally photographed with a medium-format Brooks Veri-Wide camera and digitally scanned and printed for this exhibition.

Straddling the line between road and land, natural and human, Powell's photographs highlight the ruptures that take place within the relatively seamless fabric of the western landscape. His images describe a place where meanings clash and where tensions are created. "I felt it was like watching a movie," the artist recalls, "or dissecting the way in which language operates: images and meanings re-combining constantly. As a photographer, I was concerned with locating some point of visual and meaningful significance within this ever-shifting scenario."

Powell received a bachelor of arts in 1972, and a master of arts in 1976 from Central Washington University, before completing his master of fine arts degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1980. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the University of Oregon research awards; the Polaroid Corporation purchase awards; and a Maine Photographic Workshops grant; in 1981 he received an Emerging Artists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work appears in collections at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the Portland Art Museum, Portland; Lightwork, Syracuse, NY; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Powell's work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art Week, New Art Examiner, Art News, Afterimage and The New York Times. A comprehensive archive of Powell's work is being collected by Special Collections, Knight Library at The University of Oregon. Powell taught photography in the Art Department at the University of Northern Iowa from 1980 to1987 before beginning his current position teaching photography at the University of Oregon in 1988. He currently lives and works in Eugene.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

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

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

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Update: Investigation into Rainier Police Officer-Involved Shooting
Oregon State Police - 06/24/14
Rainier Police Officer Russ George is still being treated at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and is reported in fair condition.

The investigation into Monday's shooting continues. An autopsy was scheduled this morning on the deceased. The name of the deceased suspect and reserve officer present during the shooting are not being released at this time. Other investigative details will only be released when approved by the investgative team led by Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section.

Another update news release will be sent when information can be provided.

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###
Bryant Fire Morning Update, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 @ 8: a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/24/14
Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team 1 June 24, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Fire Information is located at the Bonanza School
Fire Camp Information Phone # 541-545-1633



Current Situation:

With fire fighters completing the fire line perimeter yesterday, crews were able to mop up 100 to 500 feet in from the exterior fireline. Last night crews utilized handheld infra-red cameras to scour the landscape within 1,000 feet of the fire perimeter for any remaining hot spots. Infra-red cameras are used to reveal heat sources buried deep in the ground. Upon discovery, the spots are flagged for the night crews to work on and the next day shift to double check and completely extinguish. "This is the pick and shovel work that is necessary to keep the fire from rekindling later this summer" says Night Operations Chief John Flannigan.

On some portions of the Bryant Fire significant efforts are underway as the fire fighters start rehabilitation work; this entails falling all danger trees and snags along the fire perimeter and road systems, infra-red work, constructing waterbars on steep hand trail and spreading out the berms created by the dozers during fireline construction.


To date, no reportable injuries have occurred.

For More Information:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3904/

Social Media Resources for this fire:

Oregon Department of Forestry:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/oregondepartmentofforestry
Blog: http://wildfireoregondeptofforestry.blogspot.com


South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scofmpfireinfo
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scofmpfireinfo

Fire at a Glance
(06/24/14 at 0800)

Size: 1361 acres
Cause: under investigation
Containment: 70%
Expected Containment: 6/26/14
Crews and Equipment:
Crews: 5 - Type 1
23 - Type 2
2 - Camp
Air Tankers:
SEATS:
Helicopters: 1- Type 2 (Med Lift)
1-Type 3 (Light Lift)
Engines: 27
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 10
Total personnel: 803
Estimated Cost to Date: $3 M

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Albany Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review
City of Albany - 06/24/14
On January 26, 2011 the Albany City Council adopted a revised Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan was approved by FEMA Region X in December 2010.
The City's hazard analysis identifies eight natural hazards that can have an effect on the City and it citizens to varying degrees. These hazards include high winds, floods, ice and snow storms, droughts, landslides, volcanoes, and earthquakes. These hazards are included in the City's Hazard Mitigation Plan along with action items that, when implemented, can help the City identify methods to reduce the hazards' impact on property and lives.
A Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee meets twice a year to review progress on action items to assure the City is moving forward and doing what it can to reduce the impact of each natural hazard on the city. The plan will be reviewed and updated again in 2015.
FEMA and the City of Albany encourages citizens to read, understand and comment on this plan. An electronic copy of the 2010 Natural Hazard Mitigation plan can be found at http://www.cityofalbany.net/fire/. Hard copies are available at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, and at City Hall in the Public Works Engineering and Community Development offices on the second floor.
Engaging in mitigation activities provides jurisdictions with a number of benefits, including reduced loss of life, property, essential services, critical facilities and economic hardship; reduced short-term and long-term recovery and reconstruction costs; increased cooperation and communication within the community through the planning process; and increased potential for state and federal funding for recovery and reconstruction projects.
For more information about the plan, call Darrel Tedisch at 541-917-7725 or email darrel.tedisch@cityofalbany.net.
Progress improving Oregon Health Plan highlighted in annual report
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/14
June 24, 2014

Coordinated care organizations are delivering improved preventive and primary care at more sustainable costs. Patients and coordinated care organizations (CCOs) are starting to see the benefits of Oregon's new model for Medicaid, according to a report released today by the Oregon Health Authority.

The coordinated care model showed large improvements in the following areas for the state's Medicaid enrollees:

-- Decreased emergency department visits. Emergency department visits by people served by CCOs has decreased 17 percent since baseline data were collected in 2011. The corresponding cost of providing services in emergency departments decreased by 19 percent over the same time period.

-- Developmental screening during the first 36 months of life. The percentage of children who were screened for the risk of developmental, behavioral and social delays increased from a 2011 baseline of 21 percent to 33 percent in 2013, an increase of 58 percent.

-- Increased primary care. Outpatient primary care visits for CCO members increased by 11 percent and spending for primary care and preventive services are up over 20 percent. Enrollment in patient-centered primary care homes has also increased by 52 percent since 2012, the baseline year for that program.

-- Decreased hospitalization for chronic conditions. Hospital admissions for congestive heart failure have been reduced by 27 percent, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by 32 percent and adult asthma by 18 percent.

The report lays out how Oregon's coordinated care organizations scored on health care service measures in 2013. This will mark the first time the state is rewarding CCOs for improving care, rather than only the number or type of services delivered. In addition, Oregon remains on track to stay within the capped rate of growth in Medicaid spending.

Based on how they did on the measurements, this week CCOs will receive all or part of the payments that had been held back until now. To earn their full payment, CCOs had to show improvement toward the goals on 17 measures. All CCOs showed improvements and 11 out of 15 met 100 percent of their improvement targets.

The CCOs were scored on measures such as reducing patient emergency department visits while increasing childhood health screenings and primary care, among other things.

The full report can be found on the OHA website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Metrics/Pages/index.aspx. It shows, in total, 33 health services measures including the 17 measures that drive this week's incentive payments.

The report also shows areas where there has been progress but more gains need to be made, such as screening for risky drug or alcohol behavior and whether people are able to get timely appointments with health care providers. While there were gains in both areas, officials say that the state will put greater focus on them in the year to come. Access to care is particularly important with more than 340,000 new Oregon Health Plan members joining the system since January of 2014.

Additionally, this is the first report to show 2013 performance data by race and ethnicity compared to 2011 baseline data.

"The report shows where we started and where we are now," said Suzanne Hoffman, interim director of the Oregon Health Authority. "It also shows us where we want to go in continuing to innovate and improve our health delivery system."

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