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Mon. 11/20/17
Deputies Arrest Hit-and-Run Driver (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/17 5:16 PM
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WHITE CITY - A driver who fled from a crash that left two children injured is now in custody. On Monday, deputies arrested Rowdy Winterhawk Decker, 37, of Klamath Falls, on multiple charges including the felony crimes of second degree assault, third degree assault, and failure to perform the duties of a driver when persons are injured ("hit and run").

On Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 5:33 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Antelope Road and Lakeview Drive in White City. Deputies determined Decker was driving a red 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck northbound on Lakeview Drive from Highway 140. Decker did not stop at the intersection with Antelope Road and collided with an eastbound 2008 Toyota Tacoma pickup. The Toyota rolled over and came to rest on its side.

Two young children in the Toyota were transported to the hospital with injuries, including a broken arm. An adult female passenger went by private vehicle to the hospital for observation. Three additional passengers in the Toyota, including one child, were not injured.

Decker fled the scene on foot and was not located despite an extensive search. A 30-year-old female passenger in Decker's vehicle initially fled with him, but returned to the scene. She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on charges of eluding police in a vehicle and reckless driving.

On Monday morning, deputies located Decker at a relative's home in White City. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged in jail. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for prosecution.



Attached Media Files: 17-24291 Scene , Rowdy Decker

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Reports Inmate Death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 11/20/17 3:56 PM
Matthew Tracy
Matthew Tracy
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died this morning of natural causes at an area hospital. His death was expected.

Matthew Tracy, 65, was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017. He had been housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Intake Center in Wilsonville.

Tracy entered DOC custody on September 21, 2017 on three counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Jackson County. His earliest release date was May 31, 2026.

Next of kin has been notified.

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




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Attached Media Files: Matthew Tracy

Holidays are Here; If You See Something, Say Something(TM) (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 11/20/17 2:02 PM
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.
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Salem, OR -- November 20, 2017 -- If You See Something, Say Something. This is the hallmark slogan of a nationwide campaign launched by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative. Oregon's Office of Emergency Management recently partnered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" public awareness initiative.

OEM encourages everyone this holiday season be watchful in any event or gathering with crowds, at airports and at shopping malls. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1. Suspicious activity might be a vehicle parked in an odd location, an unattended backpack or unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest.

"Informed and alert Individuals play an important role in keeping our communities safe," says OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "We want to remind people to pay attention to their surroundings -- during the holiday season and throughout the year -- and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 9-1-1."

The "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign--originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign--is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper law enforcement authorities.

The Department launched the "If You See Something, Say Something(TM)" campaign in conjunction with the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative--an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation and fusion centers for analysis.

OEM is promoting the initiative with other state agency partners including the Oregon State Police, Oregon State Fire Marshal, Oregon Fusion Center and Oregon Military Department.

Print and broadcast PSAs are available for media use in a variety of lengths and sizes. To obtain copies, contact public.info@state.or.us.

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Attached Media Files: OEM encourages everyone this holiday season to be watchful at events, at airports and at shopping malls. If you see something, say something.

Woman Missing One Year; Detectives Seek Answers (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/17 1:29 PM
Malina Nickel
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SHADY COVE - This week marks one year since the 2016 disappearance of a Shady Cove woman. Malina Nickel, 30, was last seen just before Thanksgiving. Detectives are hoping someone will come forward with information that will lead them to her.

Family members told deputies they found Malina's car, a white 2002 Ford Escape, abandoned near the Trail post office on November 25, 2016. A witness reported seeing a male walking away from Malina's vehicle and getting a ride to a gas station in Shady Cove on the night of November 23. The male has not yet been positively identified. Malina was reported missing by her mother on November 28. Malina's personal belongings were found in her residence and she had made no mention of leaving the area.

Detectives say Malina was known to use drugs and had a warrant for her arrest at the time she went missing, but their focus is on solving her disappearance. They have followed up on numerous tips, interviewed potential witnesses, and searched specific locations. At this time, all leads received have been investigated. The process has proved challenging as most tips have turned out to be based on speculation or rumors.

Malina is a mother to two children. Her friends and family have organized rallies and utilized social media to help spread the word about Malina's case. They have also spoken about the case for an article in Dateline NBC's "Missing in America" series.

Detectives are confident someone holds the facts that will help them close the case. Those with information are asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tip line at (541) 774-8333. Refer to case 16-24006.


Media Opportunity - Tuesday, 11/21/17
Detective Sergeant Scott Waldon will be available for interviews between 10:00 am and noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2016, at the JCSO main office (5179 Crater Lake Hw.). Contact Sergeant Julie Denney (PIO) for scheduling requests or additional information.



Attached Media Files: Malina Nickel , Malina Nickel

Rollover Crash at Butler Market Road and Hamby Road (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/20/17 12:05 PM
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Released by: Sgt. William Bailey

Location: Hamby Road / Butler Market Road

Vehicle 1: 2000 black Ford Ranger pickup

Vehicle 2: Dark colored passenger car

Driver 1: Cody R. Bean Age: 20
Redmond, Oregon

Driver 2: Unknown

NARRATIVE:

On November 20, 2017, at approximately 0955 hours, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Bend Police Department were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle rollover crash at the intersection of Butler Market Road and Hamby Road in Bend. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Cody Bean of Redmond, was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the crash.

An investigation at the scene determined Bean was driving southbound on Butler Market Road approaching the intersection with Hamby Road. A second vehicle was stopped on Hamby Road facing north, preparing to turn westbound onto Butler Market Road. This three way intersection is controlled with stop signs at Hamby Road facing north and Butler Market Road facing east. Southbound Butler Market Road is not controlled and has the right of way at the intersection.

The northbound facing vehicle failed to yield right of way and turned into the path of Bean's southbound Ford Ranger. Bean swerved to avoid the vehicle to vehicle collision, but then lost control of his pickup and rolled onto the roadway shoulder.

The Bend Fire Department extricated Bean from his vehicle by removing the roof of the Ford Ranger. Bean was then transported to the St. Charles Medical Center Bend with unknown injuries.

The other vehicle, described as a dark colored passenger car, left the scene.

This investigation is ongoing. The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who may information on the second vehicle or witnessed the crash and hasn't been interviewed, to call into non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and speak to a deputy. Reference case 17-359048



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Reminder: Today, Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening of Christmas Valley Branch (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 11/20/17 8:34 AM
The new branch is providing a much-needed financial lifeline to residents in the rural area.

CHRISTMAS VALLEY, OR. --For several years, residents of Christmas Valley, Oregon and surrounding communities in North Lake County had no local financial service options. The 60-mile trek to the nearest bank branch presented quite a challenge for those needing to deposit paychecks or conduct other financial transactions in person. Now, residents in the area have a local credit union branch.

Klamath Falls-based Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union (Pacific Crest FCU) celebrates the Grand Opening of its new branch in the heart of Christmas Valley today, Monday, November 20.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), learned of the need for financial services options in Christmas Valley, and looked to credit unions for the solution.

"When Senator Merkley's office reached out through the Northwest Credit Union Association regarding the needs of this community last year, we felt Pacific Crest might be able to serve the people who live in North Lake County," said Chad Olney, Pacific Crest FCU's President/CEO. "Access to financial services is a vital thread in the tapestry of any community."

"Credit unions across Oregon play a critical role in supporting our small businesses and rural economies," said Sen. Merkley. "By opening this branch, Pacific Crest is bringing much needed reliable financial services and economic opportunity to the region."

Pacific Crest FCU's decision to open a branch in Christmas Valley is consistent with credit unions' not-for-profit, cooperative model that puts people's needs first. In fact, a 2017 independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest found that credit unions are often the only financial services lifeline in rural counties.

"While many out of state, for-profit financial services institutions have closed branches in rural communities, local credit unions remain committed to serving these populations," the report noted. Credit Unions are present in 31 of Oregon's 36 counties, serving 413,000 credit union members who live in rural areas.

The Christmas Valley branch, Olney says, meets consumers' needs without creating a large footprint. The branch has two full-time employees and one part-timer who will serve members on site. Technology will also allow the members to video conference with Pacific Crest FCU loan officers in Klamath Falls--a financial opportunity the community has never experienced.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people in the community worked hard to bring fiber internet service to the area," Olney said. "This enables us to provide high tech, and high touch services in North Lake County."

Olney notes the new branch will also provide local access to financial services for the community's businesses.

Olney says as he hoped the Christmas Valley branch model could serve as a blueprint that other credit unions can replicate as they work to provide financial opportunities to rural consumers in the Northwest.

WHAT: Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union Opens Christmas Valley Branch
WHERE: 57269 Park Rd. Christmas Valley, OR
WHEN: TODAY, Monday November 20, 11:00am-3:00pm, with ribbon cutting at 1:00pm
Pacific Crest Federal Credit Union is a Not-For Profit financial cooperative that has been headquartered in the Klamath Basin since 1936. Pacific Crest's mission is to provide our members and communities with the opportunity to prosper through financial products, services, and education that expands what is possible for our members to achieve. Today Pacific Crest serves nearly 16,000 people throughout the region with branches in Klamath Falls, Lakeview, Alturas, and Christmas Valley. myPCFCU.org



Attached Media Files: 2017-11/4992/109780/Reminder-Pacific_Crest_Credit_Union_opens_Christmas_Valley_Branch.docx , Pacific Crest Credit Union is the only financial services institution locally serving consumers and businesses in Christmas Valley, Oregon

Oregon Employers Will See Lower Unemployment Tax Rates in 2018
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/20/17 8:27 AM
Unemployment tax rates for most Oregon employers will be lower in 2018. Tax rates will drop to schedule three for employers that pay into the unemployment insurance system.

Tax schedule three includes an average rate of 1.97% for the first $39,300 paid to each employee. In 2017 Oregon operated on schedule four which had an average rate of 2.26%. The specific rate each employer will pay under the new schedule depends on how much they have used the unemployment insurance system.

Oregon annually adjusts employer tax rates using eight tax schedules based on the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. Movement between the eight schedules of tax rates represents part of the self-balancing aspects of Oregon's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund law. Each September a formula contained in state law determines how much should be collected during the next year to maintain a solvent fund. Each schedule has a range of tax rates based on an employer's previous Unemployment Insurance experience.

The last time Oregon was on tax schedule three was in 2009. A healthy economy and strong job growth helped to contribute to the reduction.

As a result of this approach, Oregon has one of the strongest trust funds in the nation. The trust fund provides support for temporarily unemployed workers, their families, and communities while minimizing the impact on employers. This approach allows this support without having to reduce benefits to workers, increase employer taxes, or borrow from the federal government as most other states had to do for the Great Recession.

The Oregon Employment Department mailed notifications to businesses last week regarding their individual tax rates and encourages employers to wait until they receive their individual notice before attempting to contact the department with questions. Any employer who has not received their notice within the next couple of weeks should contact the Oregon Employment Department Unemployment Insurance Tax Section. Contact information may be found online at www.Employment.Oregon.gov.

Sat. 11/18/17
CODE Disrupts BHO Lab During Search Warrant Execution
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) - 11/18/17 1:13 PM
Date and Time of Incident: 11/16/2017 / 10:38 pm
Type of Incident: Drug Arrests / Search Warrants
Location of Incident: 6333 SW Buckskin Lane, Crooked River Ranch, Oregon

Suspect Information:

Justin Paul Hamilton 41 years of age Crooked River Ranch Resident
Brandon Matthew Darrow 30 years of age Redmond Resident

Narrative:

On November of 2017, the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team began an investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine. On November 15th at 10:38 pm the CODE team executed a search warrant at 6333 SW Buckskin Lane in Crooked River Ranch, Oregon. This search warrant was obtained as a result of multiple investigative efforts.

The address of 6333 SW Buckskin Lane has two residences occupied by independent individuals. This search warrant gave authorization for a specific structure occupied by Justin Paul Hamilton.

Justin Paul Hamilton was encountered inside of the target residence and was detained without incident. Investigators found a small amount of methamphetamine and heroin, digital scales, and currency. Additionally, they seized a handgun. Hamilton is a convicted felon and is not legally allowed to possess firearms.

Brandon Matthew Darrow arrived at the residence during the execution. He was ultimately placed under arrest for frequenting a place where controlled substances were being used. Investigators also found a user amount of heroin on his person.

As the search warrant continued, investigators learned the neighboring residence at the same address had a Butane Hash Oil (BHO) lab along with a significant unlawful amount of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and executed at this second residence at about 2:35 am on November 16th, 2017.

During this second search warrant, investigators encountered a single female hiding in the residence. She was identified as Kailey Berg. Investigators found components and equipment for the manufacture of a Butane Hash Oil lab. In addition, investigators seized approximately 105 pounds of marijuana.

Both Hamilton and Darrow were transported to the Jefferson County Jail on the charges listed below. Darrow was ultimately cited and released from the jail. No action was taken against Berg on this night. Her criminal involvement will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for consideration.

This investigation, specifically involving the BHO lab, is ongoing. The suspect(s) responsible for the lab have been identified and it is anticipated charges will be forthcoming. At this time, no further details are being offered.

"Hash oil," also known as "honey oil," is derived from marijuana. The "hash" or "honey" is concentrated Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. "Hash oil" is manufactured by utilizing highly flammable materials, such as Butane, to refine and concentrate the THC, making a product which can range upwards to 90% THC content. Today's marijuana sold in recreational and medical dispensaries typically have THC content ranging from 15% to 20%, and some as high as 30%. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of marijuana BHO lab explosions in Oregon in recent years. To the extent, the Oregon State Police has reformed several Clandestine Lab Response Teams. The last time these teams were being utilized was during the home methamphetamine manufacturing boom of the late 1990's and early 2000's.

Charges:

Justin Paul Hamilton:

Unlawful Possession of Heroin 475.854 (felony)
Unlawful Delivery of Heroin 475.850
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine 475.894 (felony)
Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine 475.890
Felon in Possession of a Firearm 166.270
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used 167.222

Brandon Matthew Darrow:

Unlawful Possession of Heroin 475.854
Frequenting a Place where Controlled Substances are Used 167.222


The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.

Fri. 11/17/17
OSP Seeks Public's Assistance In Killing of Wolf - Wallowa County
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 3:21 PM
The Oregon State Police is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual(s) responsible for shooting and killing a wolf in Wallowa County. The wolf was found dead in the Chesnimnus hunt unit in an area known as Cold Springs on Wednesday November 14, 2017. The wolf was a collared wolf known as OR23 and it is believed that it died Sunday or Monday morning (November 12 or 13).

The Oregon State Police is investigating the incident and has found evidence that the wolf was killed by a gun shot. Due to this being an on-going investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

Poaching (otherwise known as unlawful take) of fish and wildlife, to include wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division, says Captain Jeff Samuels. As the Division only employs 120 officers statewide, the public's assistance greatly increases the chances of catching persons involved in poaching.

"We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon," said Doug Cottam, ODFW Wildlife Division Administrator. "Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Chris Hawkins at the La Grande Patrol Office, 541-963-7175 ex 4670. Callers can also stay anonymous by calling the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888.

Health advisory lifted November 17 for all of Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 11/17/17 2:52 PM
November 17, 2017

Reduced blue-green algae, toxin levels confirmed; continued caution with pets advised

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the health advisory issued July 28 for Howard Bay and updated September 1 to include all of Upper Klamath Lake, located northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, OHA officials recommend people continue to be cautious about allowing pets in the lake because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Federal, state and local agencies are able to monitor only a fraction of Oregon's lakes and waterways for blue-green algae, so people should be their own best advocates when it comes to keeping themselves, their families and their pets safe.

People, and especially small children and pets, should avoid areas where the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red in color, if a thick mat of blue-green algae is visible in the water, or bright green cells are suspended in the water column. If you observe these signs in the water, avoid activities that cause you to swallow water or inhale droplets, such as swimming or high-speed water activities.

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. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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FBI Arrests Portland Man on Child Pornography Production Charge: Juan "Carlos" Ramon Has Reportedly Held Significant Positions of Trust with Children
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 2:46 PM
FBI Agents arrested Juan "Carlos" Ramon for production of child pornography at his Portland home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, Ramon allegedly approached two young Louisiana girls via an app called "Musical.ly" The complaint further alleges that Ramon convinced the children, ages 6 and 8, to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves. A musical.ly user has the ability to generate a video, generally lasting between 15 seconds and 1 minute, which the user can then share with others using the site.

The complaint further alleges that Ramon contacted many other minors for explicit material.

Investigators believe Ramon may have had the opportunity for direct contact with children over a period of years as a result of various jobs he has held. Investigators believe that Ramon is currently employed by El Programa Hispano Católico (Catholic Charities) in Gresham. They also believe he previously worked for Metropolitan Family Service's SUN School program in Gresham.

The FBI offers this advice to concerned parents:

Parents who have a child who has come in contact with Mr. Ramon should let their child know that he has been arrested for inappropriate behavior with a child. Parents should tell their child that if Mr. Ramon did, or said, anything inappropriate to them to let them know. If a child discloses an incident that did happen to him or her, or that they observed happen to someone else, the parent should not ask the child detailed questions about the incident. Instead, please contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI at (503) 224-4181.

This investigation began in late June 2017 when a family contacted the Ouachita Parish (Louisiana) Sheriff's Office about what was believed to be victimization of children. A deputy sheriff with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office who also serves as a Task Force Officer with the FBI's New Orleans Office and is assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force there, investigated this case.

Ramon made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak today and was ordered detained.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and all defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.

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BLM seeks nominations to Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 2:18 PM
The Bureau of Land Management continues to seek public nominations for positions on four Resource Advisory Councils in Oregon. As published in a notice in the Federal Register, the BLM is considering nominations for 30 days, until Dec. 1, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"Restoring trust in the federal government and being a good land manager are two of my top priorities at Interior, and state and local input, particularly in communities surrounding public lands, is imperative to building trust," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Nobody knows the land better than the people who live and work it. Council members provide a valuable service to the Department and offer a variety of perspectives that assist in solving land and resource use issues."

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

The Southwest Oregon RAC, Southeast Oregon RAC, and John Day/Snake RAC have different positions open in the following categories:

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

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

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

In addition, the Steens Mountain Advisory Council has eleven positions open for public nomination:

a person interested in fish and recreational fishing in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area;
two persons who are grazing permittees on Federal lands in the CMPA;
two persons who are recognized environmental representatives, one to represent the State as a whole and one from the local area;
a person who has no financial interest in the CMPA to represent statewide interests;
a person who participates in mechanized or consumptive recreation in the CMPA, such as hunting, fishing, or off-road driving;
a recreation permit holder or representative of a commercial recreation operation in the CMPA;
a person to serve as the State government liaison to the Council;
a private landowner within the CMPA; and
a member of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Questions, nominations and completed applications for RACs should be sent to the appropriate BLM offices listed below:

John Day-Snake RAC: Lisa Clark, BLM Prineville District Office, 3050 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR 97754, 541-416-6864.

Southeast Oregon RAC: Larisa Bogardus, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 South G Street, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-6237.

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

Steens Mountain Advisory Council: Tara Thissell, BLM Burns District Office, 28910 Highway 20 West, Hines, OR 97738, 541-573-4519.

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

FBI Increases Reward in Hunt for Sex Trafficking Suspect
FBI - Oregon - 11/17/17 12:20 PM
UPDATE

Fugitive Kamau Curnal turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle on the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2017. The arrest was without incident. Curnal will appear at 2:00 pm today in front of Magistrate Judge Brian Tsuchida in the Seattle Federal Courthouse at 700 Stewart Street.

The FBI would like to thank the Washington and Oregon media for their assistance in bringing this fugitive investigation to a conclusion.

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The FBI's Portland Division is increasing the reward being offered to up to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kamau Kambui Leland Curnal, age 29. In October 2016, a federal grand jury in Oregon charged Curnal with one count of sex trafficking of a child and one count of transportation of a minor for the purposes of prostitution. The indictment alleges that Curnal and a second man, Terrence T. Barnes (aka Aaron Barnes), drove a minor victim from Portland to Seattle as part of a trafficking operation. The FBI arrested Barnes in November 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Although the charges stem from alleged criminal activity in Oregon, Curnal is believed to have extensive ties to Seattle and may be living in that area. For that reason, the FBI is also running Facebook ads in the Seattle area in an effort to generate new leads.

Aliases: Kamau K. Curnal, Kamau Kambui Carnal, Jr., Kamau Curnal
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185 pounds
Sex: Male
Race: Black
Wanted poster

Curnal should be considered armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact him directly. If in the immediate vicinity, call 911. Anyone with general information or tips about the location of Curnal is asked to call the FBI office in his or her area. In Portland, the number is (503) 224-4181. In Seattle, the number is (206) 622-0460.

All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

FBI Wanted Poster: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/human-trafficking/kamau-kambui-leland-curnal

*** UPDATE on TIP Money*** OSP Seeking Public Assistance in the Unlawful Killing/Waste of Three Black Tail Deer Outside of Butte Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/17/17 12:10 PM
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UPDATE on TIP Reward Money Available
The Oregon State Police has been notified the following increases of reward money being offered leading to an arrest by the following organizations:

OHA TIP-$500.00
Local Rogue Valley OHA chapter-$500.00
Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon-$1,000

Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division in Central Point is asking for the public's assistance in locating the persons responsible for the unlawful killing and waste of three black tail deer that were discovered just outside of Butte Falls.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Oregon State Police investigated three black tail deer that were dumped just outside of Butte Falls. Only the heads and some meat were taken. The deer appeared to be dead only a couple of days. Currently, there is an archery deer season in this unit.

A reward is being offered by the Oregon Hunters Association through the Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program for any information leading to an arrest in this or any other wildlife case. Callers can remain anonymous. The TIP program number is 1-800-452-7888.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact either the TIP hotline or by calling Oregon State Police Dispatch at 541-776-6111.

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

Poaching wildlife and damaging habitats affects present and future generations of wildlife, impacts communities and the economy, and creates enforcement challenges.

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward is paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, furbearers and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

$1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose

$500 Elk, Deer and Antelope

$300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf

$300 Habitat Destruction

$100 Game Fish and Shellfish

$100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl

$100 Furbearers

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

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

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



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DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 11/17/17 9:41 AM
Boardman to Hemingway Project will create jobs and provide infrastructure to develop America's energy resources

PORTLAND, Ore. -- In a move that will improve the nation's energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

"The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America's energy independence," said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "Today's decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region."

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid.

"This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to market," said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. "It is a great example of the Administration's America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production."

"It's great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done," said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "I'm pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I'm confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership."

"BLM's approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers," said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. "This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region."

"The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho's energy needs and promote the region's energy infrastructure moving forward," said Senator James Risch. "I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project."

"The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho," said Congressman Mike Simpson. "Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work."

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions' ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President's all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America's energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

The final documents and maps showing the Agency Preferred Alternative are available at: http://bit.ly/2hRuQfS.

The state fire marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 11/17/17 8:50 AM
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With Thanksgiving just a few days away, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety front and center when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

"When friends and family gather at this festive time of year, don't let it be marred by tragedy," says Walker. "By following a few fire prevention tips, you can keep yourself and loved ones safe."

From 2012 through 2016, there were more than 3,600 cooking-related fires reported in Oregon causing seven deaths, 200 injuries, and more than $33 million in property loss.

Cooking safety tips:
Keep a close eye on your cooking; never leave cooking food unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.
Keep your cooking area clean, including stovetop, burners, oven, and exhaust fan.
Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, dishtowels, and food packaging away from your stovetop.
Wear clothing that will not dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.
Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot foods.
Heat cooking oil slowly and never leave it unattended.
Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

If you have a cooking fire:
Always keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don't move the pan until it is completely cool.
Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.
In the event of a fire in your oven or microwave, turn them off and keep the doors closed.
When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.

Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Turkey fryer safety:
The OSFM agrees with the National Fire Protection Association in discouraging the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

However, if you use a fryer, the OSFM urges you to use extreme caution.

"If you're cooking your turkey in a deep fat fryer, always do it outdoors a safe distance from buildings, deck railings, and any other flammable material, and never leave it unattended," advises State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "Hot oil is extremely dangerous, never use turkey fryers on a wooden deck or in your garage."

More turkey fryer safety tips:
Lower and raise food slowly to reduce splatter and prevent burns.
Cover bare skin when adding or removing food from the fryer.
Make sure to have at least two feet of space between the propane tank and the fryer burner.
If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the fryer gas supply off and leave the pot uncovered to cool.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx

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Thu. 11/16/17
Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state [correction]
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:47 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Point.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.

Grants awarded for heritage projects throughout the state
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/16/17 4:10 PM
Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, awarded 18 grants totaling $230,000 to organizations across the state for projects that conserve, develop and interpret Oregon's cultural heritage. Projects range from exhibits to oral history and awards range from $2,000-$20,000.

Funded organizations include:
Abernethy Elementary School PTA, in Portland, for the restoration of a WPA mural in the school.
Astoria Public Library to organize historic archives.
Benton County Historical Society and Museum for conservation of historic objects to be displayed in the new museum in Corvallis.
Butte Creek Mill Foundation for the restoration of the Butte Creek Mill destroyed by fire in Eagle Creek.
Chetco Historical Memorial Committee for enhancements to the Chetco Indian Memorial site in Brookings.
Cottage Grove Museum for improvements to an exhibit about a survivor of the wreck of the Titanic including the jacket worn by her onboard.
Four Rivers Cultural Center, in Ontario, for the restoration of the Harano photography neon sign.
Gorge Owned, in Hood River, for the development and marketing of two podcasts about Columbia River Gorge history.
High Desert Museum, in Deschutes County, for improvements to the Frontier Days school program.
Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, in Cave Junction, to create and perform an original production about food farm heritage.
Linn County Historical Museum, in Brownsville, for improvements to the exhibit about the history of the local indigenous people.
Oregon Historical Society, in Portland, to develop and implement the Indigenous Oregon History series for Tribes to share history and culture with broad public audiences.
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, in Portland, to evaluate and update a walking tour with added stories and sites exploring South Portland's historic, cultural, ethnic and racial dynamics.
Oregon Nikkei Endowment, in Portland, to digitize, to translate and publish on-line two collections; FBI documents from the Koyama Family and 10 special issues of Oregon Nippo, a Japanese language newspaper.
The Vanport Mosaic, in Portland, to collect and present the history of the northeast Portland neighborhood of Albina 1950s-1980s through multimedia oral histories, a new play, and engagement activities.
Umatilla County Historical Society, in Pendleton, to complete phase three of the Umatilla Gold: The History of Wheat in Umatilla County exhibit.
The University of Oregon, in Eugene, to provide training and equipment to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to digitize photographs, slides, and scrapbooks that will be annotated by community members and published to the tribes' online, digital collection.
Whiteaker Community Council to conduct 10 oral histories, digitize photos in private collections, and upload these to its website.
This competitive grant program is for qualifying organizations, and is offered once per biennium. It is a program of the Oregon Heritage Commission, comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity.

The Commission is part of Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. To learn more about the Oregon Heritage Grant or the Oregon Heritage Commission, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.



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***Name Released*** Two Killed In Highway 20 Crash Near Santiam Pass - Jefferson County
Oregon State Police - 11/16/17 2:49 PM
Update on 2nd deceased driver name
The driver of the Ford was identified as Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon).

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On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van towing a trailer traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck a westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. The driver of the Subaru, Linda A DAVIS, age 70, of Stayton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Michael A. Carter (age 47 from Ontario, Oregon), was also pronounced deceased. His identity is still being withheld at this time as his family has not yet been located.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

More information will be released when it becomes available.
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Previous Release:
On November 2, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 81 (just east of the Santiam Summit).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Ford Van traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the double centerline and struck an westbound 2010 Subaru Legacy head-on. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no passengers in the vehicles.

Highway 20 was completely closed for about one hour until one alternating lane was opened for traffic.

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released when it becomes available and next of kin for the deceased have been notified.

Jacket thefts from COCC and OSU Cascades (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 11/16/17 1:51 PM
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Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Case # 2017-345759

Date & Time of Incident: November 2015 through November 7, 2017

Type of Incident: Theft II

Location of Incident: 2500 NW College Way

Victim:

Multiple students at COCC

Suspect:

Mark Mahoney 51 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

On November 7th, 2017 the Bend Police Department received a report from a student at Central Oregon Community College regarding a theft. The student reported a suspect stole her coat from inside the Barber Library.

Bend Police contacted Central Oregon Community College Campus Public Safety regarding the theft. Bend Police learned from Campus Public Safety that several of these thefts have been taking place since November of 2015 from inside the Barber Library. These thefts have been sporadically reported to either Campus Public Safety or the Bend Police Department. In some cases both agencies were notified.

On November 7th, Bend Police learned from COCC Campus Public Safety they had conducted an independent investigation and had identified in March of 2017 that Mark Mahoney, a 51 year old Bend resident, as the suspect in the thefts of the jackets. He was suspected of committing all the thefts of the jackets between November of 2015 and March of 2017.

On November 8th, Bend Police contacted Mahoney at his residence in SE Bend. During the contact Mahoney admitted to stealing several high end winter coats since 2015. Several of these coats were recovered by Bend officers either inside Mahoney's residence or in his vehicle. Included in the recovered stolen coats was the coat reported stolen on November 7th. Mahoney admitted to stealing the coats for sexual gratification.

During the contact with Mahoney, one of the jackets found was stolen from OSU-Cascades in April of 2017. In total, the Bend Police Department has been able to identify 10 thefts of coats from COCC since 2015 and one theft from OSU-Cascades.

During the Bend Police Investigation officers determined Mahoney had stolen two coats, from the same victim, while she was at Barber library, on two different dates.

Mahoney was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of Theft II (x3) and Criminal Mischief II (x2). All these charges were related to recovered jackets.

We are asking the public to call if they had a similar theft at COCC Barber Library or OSU-Cascades. Please contact 541-693-6911 if you have any further information regarding this incident.

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St Charles Foundation helps Bend PD Save Lives (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 11/16/17 1:39 PM
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Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

St Charles Foundation helps Bend PD Save Lives

Opioid addiction and usage is at an all-time high nationally and Central Oregon is not immune. Since 2016, the Bend Police Department has been deploying Nalaxone to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Since the Bend Police Department implemented the use of Nalaxone, saved 15 community members lives who went through an opioid overdose.

We are excited and thankful to say we have received a $3000 grant from the St. Charles Foundation to help continue the deployment of Naloxone. The Bend Police Department will switch to Narcan Nasal from Nalaxone. Since implementation we have found that Nasal Narcan will be more efficient and simpler for officers to deploy during an overdose emergency. (See photograph)

Partnerships are important in communities our size and this grant emphasizes the positive relationship the Bend Police Department has with St. Charles Health Systems. Working together makes a better and safer Bend. Thank you St. Charles Foundation for helping us save lives in Bend!

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Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 11/16/17 1:25 PM
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Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

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

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



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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets November 22 by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:59 AM
November 16, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Accountability Metrics Subcommittee of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Approve October meeting minutes; discuss process measures for effective contraceptive use; hear concept for how benchmarks will be set.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1-2 p.m. A public comment period is offered at the end of the meeting.

Where: This meeting is by webinar only. The public may join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5150607625475124481 and by calling the conference line at 877-873-8017, access code 767068#.

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Accountability Metrics Subcommittee develops recommendations about public health quality measures for consideration by the board.

For more information, see the board's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/About/Pages/ophab.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
ˇ Sign language and spoken language interpreters
ˇ Written materials in other languages
ˇ Braille
ˇ Large print
ˇ Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact: Sara Beaudrault at 971-645-5766, 711 TTY, or sara.beaudrault@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

OHA accepting applications for Public Health Advisory Board
Oregon Health Authority - 11/16/17 10:34 AM
November 16, 2017

The Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division is seeking applicants for the state Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB)

OHA invites applications from people who represent coordinated care organizations. This position serves a four-year term that begins Jan. 1, 2018. Board members are appointed by the Governor.

To apply, submit the following documentation to executive.appointments@oregon.gov by Dec. 1:
1. A completed executive appointment interest form, which is available on the Governor's Office website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.
2. A resume or brief biographical sketch.
3. A brief statement of interest.

Information about the Public Health Advisory Board is available on the board's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

For more information, contact Cara Biddlecom, OHA Public Health Division, at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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Wed. 11/15/17
Red Cross Responds To Residential Fire In Redmond
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/15/17 7:52 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster
November 15, 2017, at approximately  5:00 p.m. in the 600 block of NW 7th St. In Redmond OR. This single family fire affected two adults.  The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average
of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates
emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community.
Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at
www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.

Scammers Portraying Themselves as Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies Indicted on Federal Wire Fraud Conspiracy Charges (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/17 6:36 PM
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Prepared by Sgt. William Bailey

Correction to Name: Christina Wright

Correct name: Christine M Wright



From late 2015 through early 2017, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has been investigating reports of various telephone scams targeting Deschutes County citizens. Since then, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives followed many investigative leads around the country and presented their findings to the United States Attorney's Office in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, the United States Attorney's Office and a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective obtained a Federal Criminal Indictment charging:

Jay Baron Wright, Sr., 42, an inmate at the Calhoun State Prison (GA)
Christine Wright, 24, of Windsor, South Carolina
Barbara Lynn Clayton, 43 of Windsor, South Carolina

With Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1349).

It is believed that Jay Baron Wright, Sr., and possibly another Georgia prison inmates allegedly used contraband cellular telephones from inside Jimmy Autry State Prison (Pelham, GA) to access Internet websites to identify the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of potential fraud victims. Using the cellular telephones, the inmates called the victims. During these calls, the they made certain false representations to the victims, including: (a) that he was a Deschutes County law enforcement official; (b) that the potential victims had unlawfully failed to appear for jury duty; (c) that because the potential victims had failed to appear for jury duty, warrants had been issued for the victims' arrest; and (d) that the potential victims had a choice of being arrested on the warrants or pay fines to have the arrest warrants dismissed. To make the calls seem real, the inmates created fictitious voicemail greetings on their contraband cellular telephones, identifying themselves as members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

Unfortunately, several of our Deschutes County citizens made payment believing it would be used to pay the fine for failing to appear for jury duty and would result in the dismissal of the arrest warrant. For those victims who chose the "fine", the inmates instructed them to purchase pre-paid cash cards and provide the account number of the cash card.

After a victim provided an inmate with the account number of the pre-paid cash card, the inmates then used their contraband cellular telephones to contact the co-conspirators (Christine Wright and Barbara Clayton), who were not incarcerated, to have them transfer the money from the cash card purchased by the victims to a pre-paid debit card possessed by the co-conspirators. Next, the co-conspirators withdrew the victim's money, which had been transferred to the pre-paid debit card they controlled, via an automated teller machine or at a retail store. Typically, the co-conspirators then laundered the stolen money by purchasing a new cash card so that the victims' funds could be transferred back to the inmates.

During our investigation, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detectives located additional victims in Colorado, Kentucky and Virginia.

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know they should never send someone money without verifying the information they are being provided first. It is not common practice for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to advise a citizen they have a warrant over the phone. In most cases a citizen with a warrant will be contacted in person, and the Deputy will have proper credentials when serving the warrant.

Sheriff Nelson said, "I am so proud of Sgt. Vander Kamp and everyone else who worked on this case. These types of cases can be time intensive and extremely difficult to investigate. Scams come in many different forms and being able to follow the leads and get this indictment is outstanding. Because of hard work and partnerships with other law enforcement agencies, these scammers will be held accountable."

An investigation of the complexity required partnerships with other Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies from around the United States. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the United State Attorney's Office -- South Carolina received investigative assistance from:

Oregon State Police -- Bend
Oregon Department of Justice -- Criminal Division
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
United States Marshal Service (Atlanta, GA)
Pueblo County (CO) Sheriff's Office
Albemarle County (VA) Sheriff's Office
Douglas County (GA) Sheriff's Office
Kentucky State Police

This investigation is on-going and more indictments and arrests are anticipated. Please contact Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp (541-693-6911) if you were a victim of this particular "warrant" scam and have not yet reported your loss.



Attached Media Files: Prison Scheme Visual , Wright, Jay , Wright, Christine M , Clayton, Barbara L

Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet November 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 3:08 PM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee

When: Friday, November 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Attendees can also follow the presentation by webinar and listen to discussion by phone. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/312837825839229954 and call the conference line at 888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee debrief; health aspects of kindergarten readiness; 2019 work plan; adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/hpa/analytics/Pages/Metrics-Scoring-Committee.aspx.

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Antibiotics still frequently--and inappropriately--used for viruses
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 1:38 PM
November 15, 2017

But OHA physician says their unnecessary use has been on decline since '08

Unnecessary use of antibiotics on viruses, which can lead to dangerous antibiotic resistance, is on the decline. Work still needs to be done in Oregon to discourage inappropriate prescribing of these drugs for non-bacterial illnesses, state officials say.

Overall, antibiotic prescriptions for oral medications used in outpatient settings have been steadily dropping in Oregon since 2008, when OHA first recruited Oregon health insurers to voluntarily provide data on their annual numbers of prescriptions. Between 2008 and 2016, annual rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics fell 32 percent, and a 5 percent drop was seen between 2015 and 2016, said Ann Thomas, MD, public health physician at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.

But Oregon clinicians are still over-prescribing for some conditions such as bronchitis, which is due to a virus in a majority of cases and rarely requires antibiotics, said Thomas, medical director of OHA's Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education (AWARE). In 55 percent of bronchitis cases in Oregon in 2014, patients filled a prescription that likely was unnecessary. Worse still, 90 percent of the patients who filled an antibiotic prescription for bronchitis got a broad-spectrum drug, meaning that it attacks a wide range of different bacteria, increasing the risk of developing resistance among several types of bacteria.

"Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used for infections that don't require treatment in the first place, so it's always perplexing to see them prescribed for conditions like bronchitis and the common cold," Thomas said.

Nov. 13-19 is "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," an annual national observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance, and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. During the observance, AWARE reminds consumers about the dangers of unnecessary antibiotics for viral respiratory infections.

Antimicrobial resistance continues to pose serious health threats. At least 2 million people annually acquire serious infections--and 23,000 of them die--from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States. Outpatient settings in the U.S. are home to more than 60 percent of national antibiotic-resistant expenditures. Respiratory conditions, including many where antibiotics are not appropriate, remain the most common diagnoses leading to antibiotic prescriptions in children and adults.

Oregon AWARE is providing educational materials and technical assistance to HealthInsight, Oregon's Medicare quality improvement organization, as part of its Get Smart initiative to reduce inappropriate prescribing in clinics and other outpatient facilities in four states (the others are Utah, New Mexico and Nevada). In Oregon, about 200 facilities are participating and will use multiple quality improvement strategies to reduce prescribing.

"This is a critical time for providers and stakeholders to join together to preserve the power of antibiotics," says Nicole O'Kane, PharmD, HealthInsight's clinical director.

An information sheet with provider resources is available from HealthInsight at http://healthinsight.org/files/Outpatient%20Antibiotic%20Stewardship/Abx-Awareness-Week-2017-info-508.pdf.

When antibiotics are used for viral infections, such as colds and bronchitis, it can lead to resistant bacteria and dangerous side effects, such as diarrhea and vomiting, and they can be deadly if someone experiences an allergic reaction.

Consumers should avoiding asking their health care providers to prescribe antibiotics for colds and the flu, and question their provider if they really need antibiotics when prescribed. Consumers who receive appropriately prescribed antibiotics for bacterial infections, however, should take every dose, even if symptoms improve, since not doing so contributes to drug resistance. And they should not share antibiotics with others, since individuals taking antibiotics not prescribed to them can experience adverse reactions.

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics in Oregon, AWARE, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, works to change Oregon clinicians' prescribing habits.

To learn more about Oregon AWARE, visit the AWARE website at http://healthoregon.org/aware. For information about the CDC's "U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week," visit the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/index.html. The 2016 "Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Settings in Oregon" report is available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/AntibioticResistance/Documents/Oregon_Outpatient_Antibiotic_Prescribing_Report.pdf.

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Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search And Rescue Is Seeking Additional Volunteers (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 11/15/17 11:56 AM
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Date: 11/15/17
By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications from members of our community who are interested in becoming a Search and Rescue Volunteer. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (DCSO SAR) is one of the busiest search and rescue units in the state of Oregon. In 2016, DCSO SAR completed over 400 missions and training's. Our Volunteers are highly skilled and range from general searchers to those capable of highly technical missions such as Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Diving operations and more.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and if selected, are required to complete the DCSO SAR Academy, which consists of approximately 100 hours of training. This year's academy will begin on April 2nd, with Volunteers graduating on May 10th. Generally, training occurs on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9:30pm, which consist of classroom exercises and is followed up with a day of training on Saturday for outdoor practical exercises.

Academy attendees will receive instruction in several areas including, but not limited to: navigation, tracking, wilderness survival, search tactics, first aid/CPR and how DCSO SAR operates. Included in the academy, is a "pack test", which consists of a five mile hike (2 1/2 miles uphill and 2 1/2 miles downhill) carrying a 25 lb. back pack. The time limit for this test is 100 minutes. Each academy attendee will be assigned a mentor to assist with the successful completion of the academy.

Applications can be found online at www.deschutes.org/jobs and must be submitted by January 19th, 2018 at 5 PM.

Once applications are reviewed, applicants that meet minimum qualifications will be contacted and required to attend an informational session. Applicants will also be required to attend an oral board interview. A background investigation will be completed for all applicants who are selected after the oral board interview. Some qualities necessary include a flexible schedule allowing for SAR training and missions, the ability to fit in with our current volunteers, a good attitude and the ability to function as a team player. There is a $100 entry fee for those selected, which covers initial Search and Rescue Volunteer clothing issued upon graduation from the academy.

Additional questions can be answered by telephoning the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Unit at 541-388-6501, as well as going online to http://sheriff.deschutes.org/Special-Services/sar/ and www.deschutessearchandrescue.org.



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Matthew Bell Joins PacificSource Health Plans as Vice President, Idaho Regional Director (Photo)
PacificSource Health Plans - 11/15/17 11:11 AM
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(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) Nov. 15, 2017--PacificSource Health Plans has recently hired Matthew Bell as the insurer's new Vice President, Idaho Regional Director. In his role, Bell will serve as a member of the organization's executive management group with responsibilities for all health plan activities in the state of Idaho, as well as an executive leader for issues related to media, legislative, regulatory, business, key provider interactions, and community activities. Bell will formally begin his duties with the organization in late December 2017.

Bell most recently served as Regional Account Executive focused on outreach and network development for University of Utah Health Care. In that role he was based in Boise, Idaho, and served a multi-state region. Prior to holding that position, he was a Senior Partner with White Cloud Analytics in Boise. He also has 12 years of experience with St. Luke's Health System in Boise, serving in progressively responsible roles, culminating as System Vice President for Strategic Planning.

"As we conclude our first decade serving our members in Idaho, we are excited to bring Matt's deep healthcare and management experience to the PacficSource leadership team," said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans. "He brings to this position a keen understanding of the Idaho market that will greatly help us serve our members in the years ahead."

Bell earned his Master of Healthcare Administration degree at the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Science in political science at the University of Utah. Outside of work, when he isn't coaching or attending his son's games, he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and playing golf.

About PacificSource Health Plans:
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933 in Springfield Ore., PacificSource has local offices throughout the state, as well as in Idaho and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 900 people, serves more than 300,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.



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Metrics Technical Advisory Group to meet November 16 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 11/15/17 11:03 AM
November 15, 2017

Contact: Melisa Otrugman, 503-689-5238, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Building, eighth floor (Mary Conference Room), 421 SW Oak St., Portland

The public also can attend remotely through a webinar and conference call. Join the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3481507190725738756 and call in to listen at 888-848-7030, participant code 695-684.

Agenda: Welcome and introductions; updates; electronic health record-sourced measures; review 2017 smoking cessation survey; TAG input on coordinated care organization metric guidance documents; 2018 TAG work plan; wrap up and adjourn.

For more information, please visit the committee's website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/HPA/ANALYTICS/Pages/Metrics-Technical-Advisory-Group.aspx

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
Braille
Large print
Audio and other formats
If you need help or have questions, please contact Melisa Otrugman at 503-689-5238, 711 TTY, melisa.z.otrugman@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.

SAIF releases relaxation videos for the most stressful time of year
SAIF - 11/15/17 10:32 AM
Summary: Short, calming videos help workers combat stress.
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While stress can always be an issue, it can feel especially difficult to manage this time of year. From end-of-year deadlines, to holiday commitments, to financial concerns, it seems everyone has something causing stress. But regardless of whether your stress is due to your personal or professional life, it can be a workplace safety hazard.

According to a Colorado study, employees who reported high stress were 22 percent more likely to suffer a work-related injury.

"If your mind is on your stressor, you may miss a safety precaution or a danger signal," said Sabrina Freewynn, Total Worker Health consultant at SAIF. "This could lead to an injury to yourself or a co-worker."

In addition, long-term stress contributes to poor health, which is why SAIF is urging everyone to take a relaxation break.

"Just taking a few minutes to relax, breathe deeply, and focus on something calming can help reduce stress," said Freewynn. "We hope these videos help workers take a moment to breathe so they can then be a bit more mindful on the job."

Videos featuring scenes from around Oregon--including the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Silver Falls, and Bruce Starker Arts Park--are now available at www.saif.com/relax and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL331BVFvRJ3JI5mrI9efXP35kEJv2D47c. SAIF will continue to add videos over time.

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Freewynn offers additional suggestions on how to manage stress:

Take a walk or get other physical activity
Eat good nutrition
Improve your sleep habits
Talk to a friend or professional
Practice deep breathing techniques
Make a gratitude list
Drink a cup of tea

"When you take time to collect your thoughts and slow your breathing, it helps you manage your stress and improves your safety," Freewynn added.

Check out saif.com/relax for more information on managing stress, including tips for employers who want to support their employees.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Roseburg Resident arrested for numerous sex Crimes (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 11/15/17 10:03 AM
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On November 2, 2017, Oregon State Police detectives assisted Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with serving a search warrant at a residence in Roseburg, Oregon on the basis that child pornographic images were uploaded (electronically sent) from that address.

During the search of the residence and the following investigation, it was discovered that one of the child pornographic images was produced at that residence by Kelly Shane Rice (29) of Roseburg, Oregon with his stepdaughter (1 year of age) as the victim displayed in the image.

On November 9, 2017, Kelly Rice was arrested without incident and lodged at the Douglas County Jail for 163.670 - Using Child in Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct, 163.427 - Sex Abuse I, 163.411 - Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, 163.684 - Encouraging Child Sex Abuse I.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is available for release at this time.



Attached Media Files: Rice

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
Pacific Power - 11/15/17 8:41 AM
Contact: Pacific Power media hotline FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1-800-570-5838 Nov. 15, 2017

Colder than average winter in store for Northwest
But Pacific Power tips for conserving energy and managing costs during winter can help you save money while staying comfortable

PORTLAND, Ore. -- It's a law of physics. The colder it gets outside, the more energy it takes to keep your house warm. No one can change that basic equation, but with forecasters predicting a colder than average winter blowing our way, there are steps you can take to keep energy bills from giving you the chills.

"You are battling the elements," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power's vice president for customer service. "Cold air sneaks in and warm air gets out. So the first thing you can do is seal all windows or doors before the cold really sets in. This can be done inexpensively now and the difference will show up once temperatures start dipping below freezing."

Another step is to switch to Equal Pay. Under Equal Pay, energy costs are averaged out over the year so bills are more predictable and manageable. Customers can enroll in Equal Pay online at pacificpower.net/equalpay, via the Pacific Power mobile app, or by phone at 1-888-221-7070.

"The sooner you call, the better for Equal Pay," said Coughlin. "If you wait until the higher bills have already come, your average will have gone up, too. This program also helps if you have high cooling costs in the summer."

Here are low-cost tips you can use today to battle cold weather:

Set your thermostat as low as comfortable, aim for 68 degrees. When you are asleep or out of the house, lower the temperature by another 10 degrees and this will reduce your energy usage by about 10 percent.
Use space heaters sparingly and safely. Running a 1,500 watt portable heater 8 hours a day for 30 days can add an extra $30 to a monthly power bill in winter.
Avoid the temptation to bump up the thermostat when it gets colder. That won't get you to your desired temperature faster, you will just make your furnace run longer and use more energy.
Improve your home's heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently. Move furniture that is blocking intakes or heat registers.

You can save even more energy by taking a longer range view of your energy use. In Oregon, Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to offer energy efficiency consultation and cash incentives to upgrade your home and save energy and money. Visit bewattsmart.com or call the Energy Trust toll free at 1-866-368-7878 to learn more about qualifications and services.


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Help prevent Veteran suicide by sharing this PSA narrated by Tom Hanks (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 11/15/17 8:16 AM
#BeThere
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As an update to this release, here is a link to video and audio files that may be better suited for broadcast.
https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8209451-jnj-be-there-for-veterans/

An average of 20 Veterans die by suicide each day. Did you know that only six of those 20 were recent users of VA health services?

We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the Veteran or Service member in their life who is going through a difficult time. A simple act of kindness can help someone feel less alone. Our actions can help save lives.

We hope you will raise awareness of suicide prevention within our community by running these PSAs frequently.

You can visit www.BeThereForVeterans.com for additional information and resources about the #BeThere campaign.

Thank you!
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VA continues to emphasize #BeThere as a way to spread the message that suicide is preventable and YOU can help stop suicide.

Through a partnership involving Veterans Affairs and Johnson & Johnson, actor Tom Hanks has voiced a Veteran suicide prevention public service announcement video. This PSA is available in both 30 and 70 second formats.

70 second version: https://youtu.be/xCDMHaYrbk4
30 second version: https://youtu.be/OrCCrT2IyeY

Please consider sharing/running these videos on your social media channels or via other communication tools over the next year.

Thank you.



Attached Media Files: #BeThere

Tue. 11/14/17
Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 11/14/17 4:11 PM
Honor people who have demonstrated heroic actions or made outstanding contributions in our local community. Nominate them for a Red Cross Hero Award.

PORTLAND, Ore., November 14, 2017 -- The American Red Cross in Oregon and SW Washington (Cascades Region) is calling on our community to recognize people who have exemplified courage, kindness, selflessness and bravery by nominating them for a prestigious Red Cross Hero Award. Each year, for more than two decades, the Red Cross in the Cascades Region has recognized individuals who have lived the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate suffering.

Nominating a Hero is easy. Complete the simple online form at redcross.org/Heroes2018 or fill out the online form, print it and mail it to American Red Cross, 3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland, OR 97227.

All forms must be received by Friday, December 22, 2017. The heroic actions of nominees should have taken place between December 1, 2016 and December 1, 2017 in the state of Oregon or SW Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties).

Award winners will be recognized at our Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on March 9, 2018. View the stories of past Hero Award winners here: http://rdcrss.org/2AGwQwC.

Nominate heroes in the following categories:
1. COMMUNITY HERO is presented to an individual who displayed leadership and commitment to his or her community by making a positive and significant impact.

2. GOOD SAMARITAN HERO is presented to an individual who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering unusual, significant or unexpected circumstances.

3. FIRST RESPONDER HERO is presented to an individual or group of the public service community (i.e. EMS, firefighter, or law enforcement) who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a life.

4. GIVE LIFE HERO is presented to an individual whose commitment to blood and platelet donation played a significant role in ensuring the health of patients in our local communities and throughout the country.

5. MILITARY HERO is presented to an active, reserve or retired member of the Armed Forces or ROTC or civilian that has made a significant impact on the military community.

6. YOUTH GOOD SAMARITAN HERO (under 21) is presented to an outstanding young person who displayed courage and compassion upon encountering an unusual, significant or unexpected incident.

7. VOLUNTARY SERVICE HERO is presented to an individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to voluntary service resulting in a significant and positive impact in his or her community.

About the American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast is the region's premiere fundraising event and a celebration of ordinary people who have taken extraordinary and lifesaving action. Last year's Heroes Breakfast had nearly 600 attendees and honored eight award winners, including the Portland Fire & Rescue team that evacuated people from and responded to a building explosion; a Vancouver youth who resuscitated his grandfather after he suffered cardiac arrest while driving; and a Camas man who pulled a stranger from a car completely submerged in floodwaters.

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



Attached Media Files: News Release - Red Cross Hero Award Nominations Now Open

OMSI to Host Media Preview of Latest Featured Exhibition - ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems
OMSI - 11/14/17 2:03 PM
On Friday, November 17, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is hosting a media preview for the opening of its latest featured exhibition, ILLUSION: Nothing Is As It Seems.

After viewing the exhibition, media guests will have the opportunity to speak with Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI, and Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin and one of the original curators of the exhibition.

Friday's Timeline:
8:50 -- 9:00: Media arrival
9:00 -- 9:45: Exhibition preview
9:45 -- 10:00: Opening remarks with Nancy Stueber and Ian Brunswick
10:00 -- 10:30: Follow-up interview opportunities:
- Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of OMSI
- Ian Brunswick, head of programming at Science Gallery Dublin
- Anthony Murphy, artist and creator of Counter
- Karina Smigla-Bobinski, artist and creator of Simulacra
- Rox Vasquez, artist and creator of Synesthesia

RSVP to John Farmer via email jfarmer@omsi.edu or call 503.797.4517.

About Science Gallery
Pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery is a new kind of space where art and science collide--a porous membrane between the university and the city. Primarily oriented towards young adults between the ages of 15 and 25 years old, Science Gallery develops an ever-changing program of exhibitions, events and experiences on broad themes linking science, technology and the arts.

Since opening in 2008, Science Gallery Dublin has attracted over 3 million visitors and become one of Ireland's top 5 free cultural attractions. To date, exhibitions have ranged from light to love and from contagion to the future of the human species, and have travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

The diverse and provocative exhibitions encourage people to discover, express and pursue their interests in a friendly, sociable environment. Having received significant international recognition for its approach, Science Gallery is currently developing a Global Science Gallery Network. The Global Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the support of Google and the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020, with the first planned to open at King's College London in 2018. For more information visit www.sciencegallery.com

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

Wells Fargo sells Portland tower and operations building to Starwood Capital Group (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 2:00 PM
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Wells Fargo signs lease for call center in Hillsboro

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo has sold its 40-story Wells Fargo Center building at 1300 S.W. Fifth Ave. in downtown Portland to a controlled affiliate of Starwood Capital Group, a leading global private investment firm.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The sale includes a five-story operations building across the street from the center at 350 S.W. Jefferson St.

Wells Fargo plans to lease back space and continue to be the anchor tenant in the Wells Fargo Center building, which will retain its name.

The sale will not result in any Wells Fargo employee reductions. Wells Fargo will continue to keep its bank branch and history museum in the building.

Wells Fargo first announced on June 14 that it was putting the property up for sale. The decision to sell is part of a long-term strategic real estate realignment in the Portland market that will enable the company to better serve its team members and manage future growth as customer and business needs change.

Establishing A Call Center in Hillsboro
Wells Fargo has also signed an agreement to lease a building at 23175 N.W. Bennett St. in Hillsboro, starting Jan. 1, 2018, that the company plans to use as a retail banking customer call center.

The building can accommodate up to 900 employees. Wells Fargo plans to relocate some existing team members there as well as new hires.

Wells Fargo will make extensive renovations to the new site and start moving in its first team members next summer. The company plans to start hiring the additional workers late next year.

Job Fair At Beaverton Call Center
In the meantime, Wells Fargo also plans to hire 45 fulltime phone bankers at its Barnhart call center, 18700 N.W. Walker Road in Beaverton. The company will host a job fair there 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wellsfargo.com/about/careers.

If a prospective team member's application is accepted, they will be invited to schedule an on-site interview prior to the career fair. The position pays $14.15-$14.40 an hour with benefits and the opportunity for a quarterly bonus.

Walk-ins are welcome but will only be able to participate in an informational interview at the event.

About Wells Fargo
Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services through 8,400 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking. Wells Fargo perspectives are available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo Center and ops building , Wells Fargo Center

Oregon hosts 13th annual U.S. -- China Disaster Management Exchange
Oregon Military Department - 11/14/17 1:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017

WHO: Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), Oregon National Guard and the People's Republic of China (PRC) People's Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.

WHAT: U.S. and PLA Soldiers will participate in a Disaster Management Exchange (DME) in Portland and Camp Rilea, Oregon, from Nov. 13-19 2017. This is the 13th iteration of this exchange between the PLA and USARPAC. The DME is designed to maximize hands-on, side-by-side interaction with the PLA on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enable sharing of real world lessons learned. The DME consists of an expert academic discussion (EAD), a table-top exchange (TTE) and a practical field exchange (PFE).

WHERE: Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, OR, 97146 (Meeting at front gate).

MEDIA DAY: 18 November 2017
Media link up time is 8:00 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Media will be credentialed onsite and transported by bus to the training sites and returned to their vehicles. Bus departs at 8:30 a.m., time is 45 minutes at each site, and returns journalists to their vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Training sites are all outside, so please come prepared in case of rain. Media invited are limited to no more than two personnel.

Media Day visit includes an opportunity for photos, b-roll and interviews with Soldier participants at two sites of the event's PFE. U.S. and PLA Soldiers will be working together through a Multinational Coordination Center as part of their scenario response to a simulated flood disaster in which both armies have been requested to support an impacted third nation.

CLOSING CEREMONY AND PRESS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2017
Media link up time is 10:15 a.m. at the front gate to Camp Rilea. Ceremony and press conference run together from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Closing ceremony includes opportunity for photos, b-roll of the ceremony and participation in the Press Conference featuring U.S. Army Pacific Commanding General, Gen. Robert B. Brown and the People's Liberation Army- Southern Theater Command Commanding General, MG Zhang Jian. No interviews will be provided beyond the press conference.

BACKGROUND:
- Base access is required, so please RSVP by 1:00 p.m. on 17 November 2017.

- Interviews with People's Liberation Army personnel require their concurrence.

- In order to focus on training, no additional media interviews or attendance to the event other than Media Day and Closing Ceremony/Press Conference will be allowed during the execution of the DME per the agreement between the U.S. and PLA coordinators.

- 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange participants include: U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), the 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

- Coverage of the event will be on the following Facebook sites:
- Pacific Resilience
- 8th Theater Sustainment Command
- U.S. Army Pacific

- Products when released will also be on DVIDs https://www.dvidshub.net/ with the tag "US CHINA DME 17"

Redmond Downtown Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 11/14/17 11:15 AM
Redmond Downtown Historic District
Redmond Downtown Historic District
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The Redmond Downtown Historic District in Deschutes County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Redmond Downtown Historic District embraces the historic commercial core of Redmond, including 43 downtown buildings located primarily along SW 6th Street roughly between SW Forest Avenue and SW Cascade Avenue. The historic district reflects the period of economic and commercial growth in Redmond between 1910 and 1960, beginning with the years shortly after the founding of the city, when the earliest remaining downtown buildings were constructed, up through the end of major expansion in the post-World War II era. During this period, the population of Redmond expanded from 216 in 1910 to 3,340 in 1960. Architecturally, the district demonstrates the continuity of dominant design styles during the pre-war period of the twentieth century, including Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Art Deco, and Streamlined Moderne styles, and extending to the early post-war architectural styles, in particular, the International Style.

Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended the district's nomination during their June 2017 meeting and on October 30, 2017, the district was formally listed by the Keeper of the National Register in Washington DC. The Redmond Downtown Historic District is now one of six listings in the National Register, and the second historic district in the city to be listed. The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

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



Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , Redmond Downtown Historic District

Bend company earns safety, health recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 11/14/17 10:54 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon OSHA has announced that Suterra LLC in Bend has graduated from the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The program encourages employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP. That's in addition to about 157 employers that have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP.

With 70 employees at the Bend facility, Suterra LLC is a leading provider of bio-rational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. Through international product sales, the company works to help growers reduce their use of traditional insecticides.

The SHARP program helped the company take a fresh look at its policies and processes, and reinforced the company's ongoing efforts to improve safety, according to Aman Khapoya, vice president of global operations for Suterra.

The recognition that comes with being a SHARP company also serves as a valuable tool to recruit new employees, Khapoya said.

"As our business grows and we compete for new talent, we hope candidates see our achievements under the SHARP program and realize that we are truly committed to the health and safety of our team," he said. "The candidates for whom that safety commitment is important are precisely the ones we want -- and the ones we will need to make Suterra even better."

Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP, regardless of size or type of business, although the program is primarily designed to help small and mid-size businesses.

For information about SHARP, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/SHARP.aspx.

For information about Oregon OSHA's no-cost consultation services, which help employers develop worker safety and health programs, visit http://osha.oregon.gov/consult/Pages/index.aspx.


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

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

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Business Email Compromise
FBI - Oregon - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against new version of the Business Email Compromise Scam.

We've talked about this kind of scheme before. The traditional scam starts with Company A, Company B and the fraudster who jumps in between the two. The scammer uses an email address almost identical to the one used by a business executive at Company A as he communicates with a vendor or customer at Company B. The scammer is trying to convince that vendor at Company B to route a payment into the scammer's personal bank account instead of the Company A account. Usually the businesses have a long-standing relationship, and a request to have a big dollar invoice paid by wire transfer doesn't raise any flags.

The newer version of the scam that we are talking about today goes one step further. The scammer isn't just pretending to be the CEO or CFO of Company A -- he actually takes over that persona. He has hacked that executive's email account, and he can get in to read, receive or send emails at will. As an added twist, he can set rules within the email account to automatically forward to himself any email that includes a particular keyword or is from a particular sender. The emails pass through the legitimate executive's account in a virtual sense -- but that executive may never even see them as they get deleted from his inbox immediately.

So what can businesses do? Here are a few options:

Avoid free web-based email accounts. Establish a company domain name and use it to create formal email addresses for your employees.

Check the "rules" setting on your account periodically to ensure that no one has set up auto-forwarding for your emails.

Be careful what you post to social media and your company website,
especially information about who has which specific job duties. Also be cautious about using out-of-office replies that give too much detail about when your executives are out of the mix.

Require two-factor verification for money transfers, particularly big ones. For example -- you could require a telephone call to confirm significant wire transfers. Be sure to set up this protocol early in the business relationship and outside the email environment. When the fraudster hacks your email account, you don't want him to be able to see how to evade your security protocols.
When confirming requests, don't rely on phone numbers or email addresses embedded in the request. Look up the number from an external source when calling.

Require your employees to use two-factor authentication to access corporate email accounts. They would need two pieces of information to log-in... something they know (such as a password) and something they have (such as a dynamic PIN that changes constantly).

Train your employees to watch for suspicious requests -- such as a change in a vendor's payment location.

Train your employees to avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown senders. Doing so could download malware onto your company's computers, making you vulnerable to a hack.

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



Attached Media Files: TT - BEC - ENGLISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Written , TT - BEC 2 - SPANISH Audio , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Written , TT - BEC 2 - RUSSIAN Audio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon October 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 11/14/17 10:00 AM
Oregon Adds 11,600 Jobs in October

In October, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment rose by 11,600 jobs, following a revised loss of 1,100 jobs in September. The gain in October was the largest monthly increase since 14,100 jobs were added in February 2017.

Monthly gains were concentrated in professional and business services, which added 5,300 jobs, and in leisure and hospitality, which added 3,800. Both of these industries rebounded from job losses within the prior two months. Three other industries each added at least 1,000 jobs in October: other services (+1,400 jobs); manufacturing (+1,000); and transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+1,000). Retail trade cut 900 jobs, posting the biggest monthly job decline.

The big job gain in October, coupled with the upward revision to September, considerably boosted Oregon's over-the-year growth rate. Since October 2016, Oregon has added 45,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, which equals an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent. Construction continues to lead the way with 9,400 jobs added, equaling 10.3 percent growth. The second fastest growing industry was transportation, warehousing and utilities (+3,400 jobs, or 5.6%). Over the past 12 months, five service-providing industries each expanded faster than the overall economy: information (+1,000 jobs, or 3.0%), professional and business services (+6,800 jobs, or 2.8%), health care and social assistance (+6,200 jobs, or 2.7%), financial activities (+2,500 jobs, or 2.6%), and leisure and hospitality (+5,000 jobs, or 2.5%). Meanwhile, only two industries posted declines during that time: other services ( 900 jobs, or -1.4%) and mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.7%).

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.3 percent in October from 4.2 percent in September, remaining near the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in October.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the October county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, November 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for November on Tuesday, December 19th.??NLG



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources.

The 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 April, May and June 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



The pdf version of the news release, including tables and graphs, can be found at www.QualityInfo.org/press-release. To obtain the data in other formats such as in Excel, visit www.QualityInfo.org, then within the top banner, select Economic Data, then choose LAUS or CES. To request the press release as a Word document, contact the person shown at the top of this press release.

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

Equal Opportunity program -- auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Contact: (503) 947-1794. For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, call 711 Telecommunications Relay Services.



Attached Media Files: Employment in oregpno October 2017

Wells Fargo's Overdraft Rewind to help customers stretch paychecks, avoid fees
Wells Fargo - 11/14/17 9:11 AM
San Francisco -- Wells Fargo & Company has introduced a new feature that will automatically "rewind" overdrafts that are assessed on customers' accounts at a vulnerable time -- specifically the day before their payday direct deposit is received, when their account balances might be low.

With the new "Overdraft Rewind" feature, the bank will not charge overdraft or insufficient funds fees if a covering direct deposit is received the morning after their account is overdrawn. Customers do not need to take any action to receive the new benefit, automatically providing a better banking experience for millions of customers nationwide.

"We're always looking for new and better ways to help our customers manage their accounts, and many customers have told us that they are frustrated by unexpected overdrafts the day before their next paycheck is direct deposited into their account," said Ed Kadletz, head of Wells Fargo's Deposit Products Group.

"By looking back at a customer's prior-day transactions when a direct deposit is received by 9 a.m. local time, we're now able to effectively 'rewind' any overdrafts from the previous business day that are covered by that deposit, helping our customers to avoid overdraft fees and bridge the occasional gap between paychecks," said Kadletz.

Wells Fargo also announced today it will no longer charge overdraft fees for any transaction of $5 or less, further helping customers avoid unexpected fees when their account balances are low.

This new per-transaction threshold complements the bank's existing policy of not charging an overdraft fee if a customer's available balance and ending account balance is overdrawn by $5 or less and no items are returned for non-sufficient funds at the end of nightly processing. It is intended to help customers avoid additional overdraft fees for small transactions conducted after an account is initially overdrawn.

In June, Wells Fargo also introduced an alert that will automatically notify its Online Banking customers by email if their account balances drop to zero or less. The automatic alert, which customers can choose not to receive, expands on the wide variety of optional text and email alerts Wells Fargo has offered for a number of years.

On average, Wells Fargo sends out more than 1 million zero and low-balance alerts during the day, giving its 21 million Online Banking customers a chance to avoid an overdraft fee by making a deposit or transferring funds from another account.

The recently introduced overdraft improvements support Wells Fargo's commitment to help customers improve their financial health -- a challenge for many Americans today. Research shows that 57 percent of Americans are struggling financially, and 44 percent say they would not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money.

To help more Americans feel more stable and prepared for life's opportunities and challenges, Wells Fargo is providing a growing set of services that make it easier for customers to know where they stand, and make the right financial decisions based on their specific needs and goals.

How Wells Fargo Supports Financial Health
Wells Fargo seeks to provide its customers the personalized, proactive guidance and convenient financial resources they need to support their financial health. These include providing 68 million customers free access to their FICO Credit Score, and a Financial Health Conversations program that has provided personalized plans for more than 23,000 customers since the start of 2015. For Wells Fargo's easy-to-follow financial health guidelines and online tools, see One Little Thing, a financial health resource.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.