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Mon. 06/27/16
Pacific Power adds more features to its convenient mobile app
Pacific Power - 06/27/16 11:23 AM
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Pacific Power adds more features to its convenient mobile app

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 27, 2016) --Pacific Power is updating its popular mobile app with new features to make it easier for customers to manage their accounts from anywhere. In addition to paying bills and reporting power outages through the app, customers can now:
View the full billing statement (for the last six months)
Enroll in the Equal Pay option to pay the same amount each month
Choose paperless billing to save time and reduce waste
Learn about ways to save energy and money
"Our customers have loved the app and now there's more to love because additional information and services are available, anywhere at any time," said Barb Coughlin, Pacific Power vice-president of customer service.
These enhancements were developed based on customer feedback. Nearly 70,000 customers are using the free app to make payments and stay informed during power outages.
The original version of the app was launched in May 2015 and allows customers to do the following:
Pay bills quickly with a debit card, credit card or through a checking or savings account
Report a power outage or check the status of an existing outage for homes or businesses
Switch between multiple electric accounts to pay bills and get outage details for each account
Review an account summary
Stay up-to-date with alerts for billing, payments and outages
Stay connected with direct-dial access to customer service and social media links
Customers can log in to the app with an existing Pacific Power web user ID and password or create an account through the app to access secure services on the go. The app can also be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides safe and reliable electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet customers' growing electricity needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.
Supreme Court Protects Abortion Access
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 06/27/16 11:18 AM
Today in a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States protected access to safe, legal abortion by declaring unconstitutional 2 Texas restrictions that shut down clinics and put safe abortion out of reach.

If the Court had allowed the 2013 restrictions to go into full effect, the 5.4 million women of reproductive age in Texas would have been left with only 9 health centers that provide safe, legal abortion in the entire state - down from approximately 40 health centers before passage of this dangerous law. As the Court recognized, "neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes."

In response, Planned Parenthood has vowed to redouble its efforts to fight restrictions on safe, legal abortion across the country. Since 2011, state lawmakers have passed more than 316 restrictions on safe, legal abortion, and have introduced 442 in the first 6 months of 2016 alone, according to the Guttmacher Institute. Last year in Oregon, right-wing conservatives introduced 5 bills to restrict women's health - including one that could have shut down nearly every abortion provider in Oregon.

Statement from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:

"This landmark ruling is an enormous victory for women. We are thrilled the Court recognized that these laws do not enhance patient safety - rather, they punish women by blocking access to safe abortion. Yet far too many women still face insurmountable barriers, which is why we are taking this fight state by state. It's time to pass state laws to protect a woman's constitutional right to abortion, and repeal ones that block it. A person's right to make their own decisions about abortion shouldn't depend on who they are or where they live."

Statement from Stacy M. Cross, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Columbia Willamette and Lisa Gardner, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon:

"Today is a great day. The Supreme Court made it clear that the U.S. Constitution prohibits politicians from passing laws to block access to safe, legal abortion. No woman or doctor should be punished for receiving or providing essential medical care. We will continue to fight restrictions on safe, legal abortion on behalf of our patients in Oregon. Oregon voters have consistently shown widespread support for reproductive freedom, and we will push for expanded access to all reproductive health care, including abortion. We will not be punished, and we will not go back."

Blocking access to reproductive health care has real and disastrous consequences for all people. This often has a disproportionate harmful impact on communities of color, who already face systemic barriers in accessing quality health care - as National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, In Our Own Voice and other Reproductive Justice organizations have demonstrated. Expanding access to birth control, prenatal care and abortion improves women's health and long-term financial stability for themselves and their families.

A PerryUndem poll commissioned by Vox found that the majority of Americans oppose restrictions meant to shutter health centers or make it more difficult for women to access abortion, and that 70 percent of Americans don't want to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Local Red Cross Sends Disaster Responders to California Wildfires, West Virginia Floods and Texas Floods
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/27/16 10:49 AM
Thirteen Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) disaster responders have deployed to disaster-affected areas to assist thousands of people.

To schedule a phone interview with a disaster responder, please contact Monique Dugaw, 503-877-7121 or monique.dugaw@redcross.org.

PORTLAND, Ore., June 27, 2016 -- The American Red Cross Cascades Region is responding to three massive disasters throughout the United States, helping people who have lost everything in the raging wildfires in California, the devastating floods in West Virginia and the catastrophic floods in Texas.

Responders from Portland, Salem, Nehalem, Beaverton, Williams, Turner, Keizer, Bend and Eugene, Oregon are on the ground in West Virginia, California and Texas. They are assisting affected communities by managing shelters, providing emergency financial assistance, health and mental health services, transportation services, and coordinating with local government entities to help deliver assistance.

"Whenever, wherever help is needed, Red Cross volunteers step up and assist people who are suffering across the country," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "One of our volunteers deployed to West Virginia directly from another a relief operation in Texas and another canceled his birthday plans to respond to the California wildfires. We have remarkable people doing remarkable things to help others in their greatest time of need."

WEST VIRGINIA: Thousands of people are without power and gas service. As many as 60 roads are closed to flooding and flood damage. There are 20 Red Cross and community shelters open across the affected counties where hundreds of people are taking refuge from the flooding. Red Cross workers are providing meals, relief supplies and other assistance to those affected as well as meals for first responders. Red Cross disaster mental health workers are helping people cope. Health workers are helping to replace needed items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and working with state and local officials and partners to help ensure people get the help they need. Find Red Cross flood safety information here.

CALIFORNIA: The Erskine Fire in Kern County started last week and firefighters are working around the clock to contain the blaze, which has already destroyed 150 homes, burned 35,000 acres and forced almost 3,000 people to evacuate. Red Cross workers have shelters open, are providing food and relief supplies, and health and mental health services. People in the path of the fire can find vital safety information here.

TEXAS: Since the beginning of the year, numerous storms have ravaged the state, displacing thousands of families and devastating homes and businesses. Some parts of Texas have received two feet of rain. Emergency officials estimate that some 6,000 homes may be affected.


OTHER RED CROSS RESOURCES:
SAFE AND WELL: Register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website so loved ones can see if you are safe and well. Those who can't access a computer can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and a Red Cross operator can help them register. They can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website or visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell on their smart phone and click on the "List Yourself as Safe and Well" or "Search for friends and family" link.

EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding, wildfires and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

HOW TO HELP: These are large relief responses and the Red Cross needs the public's support now. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like flooding, wildfires and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/1190/95649/News_Release_-_Local_Red_Cross_Responds_to_West_Virginia_Floods_California_Wildfires_Texas_Floods.pdf
Governor Kate Brown Declares July 25-29 as Oregon Private College Week
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 06/27/16 5:34 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Governor Kate Brown has declared July 25-29, 2016 to be Oregon Private College Week. The proclamation cites the indispensable contributions of the state's private, nonprofit sector of higher education to Oregon's communities and to the state's 40-40-20 education attainment goal.

Twelve private, nonprofit colleges and universities across the state are opening their doors to prospective students and their families during Oregon Private College Week. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll 19% of Oregon's undergraduate students, award 23% of Oregon's undergraduate degrees and confer 25% of the bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students in the state, including high-need fields such as STEM (20%), health professions (35%), business (24%), economics and political science (22%), mathematics and statistics (34%), and public administration and social service (22%).

Together, the private nonprofit sector offers degrees in more than 240 fields of study, such as engineering and computer science.

The majority of students (60%) enrolled in Alliance member institutions graduates within four years, saving students time and money. Also cited in Governor Brown's proclamation is the economic contribution that Oregon's private, nonprofit colleges and universities make to the state's economy.

During Oregon Private College Week, prospective students and their families are invited to come ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. College officials will also address common myths about private higher education:

- Thirty-two percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
- The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.
- Ninety-two percent of first time, first year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of over $19,000.

According to research conducted by Eduventures, 71 percent of prospective students identify the campus visit as the most trusted source of information about a college. There's certainly no better way for students to experience the "feel" of a campus and to discover their "best fit" for college.

Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, please visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.

About The Alliance
The Alliance represents 18 of Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance intersects the needs of business and industry, private nonprofit colleges and universities, and the public good to create real solutions that build a more educated and skilled workforce for Oregon. For more information, visit www.oaicu.org.


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/4829/95603/Oregon_Private_College_Week_2016.pdf
Sun. 06/26/16
Fire near Crane Prairie Resort (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/26/16 5:51 PM
Crane Prairie Fire
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Sgt. Vance Lawrence

There is currently a fire west of the Crane Prairie Resort across the reservoir from the resort. This fire is estimated at about two acres. There are ground crews on scene that have been transported across the reservoir by boat from the resort side and are making progress. Fire trucks have gained some access, there is a helicopter using a bucket, dipping water from Crane Prairie Reservoir and dropping it on to the fire.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office staff on scene say the firefighters are making progress and the fire does not appear to be growing any more at this time. There may be some road closures in the immediate area, there is no information on which roads may be affected at this time.

The initial report is that late last night or early this morning a boat may have capsized in the area and the occupant(s) started a warming fire that got out of control. We will work to confirm this information.


UPDATE

Fire crews have successfully established a fire line around the burn. US Forest Service Law Enforcement contacted the person(s) responsible to document this incident and take appropriate action.

Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night to mop up and ensure no flare ups occur.

Any questions regarding action taken by the US Forest Service should referred to the USFS Law Enforcement.


Attached Media Files: Crane Prairie Fire
Three Motorcyclists Die On Oregon's Highways Over The Weekend
Oregon State Police - 06/26/16 2:30 PM
JUNE 24 -- LANE COUNTY

On June 24, 2016 at about 5:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle versus a pickup on Highway 36 near milepost 7 (near Mapleton).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound when it failed to negotiate a corner, crossed the centerline, and struck a 1999 Ford Ranger head-on.

The motorcyclist, Michael R LUCIER, age 56, of Swisshome, Oregon, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, Rodney D PRUETT, age 23, of Florence was not injured.

There were intermittent lane closures on Highway 36 while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Florence Police.


JUNE 25 -- JOSPEHINE COUNTY

On June 25, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 46 at milepost 7 (Caves Highway near Cave Junction).

The 911 caller, who was a passing motorist, reporting seeing a motorcycle partially down the embankment. The caller also reported the rider was not breathing. Emergency crews arrived on scene and pronounced the motorcyclist deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Triumph motorcycle was eastbound on Highway 46 at milepost 7 when it left the roadway on a corner. The motorcycle struck a tree and the rider, Patrick Michael DALEY, age 57, of Cave Junction, was thrown down the embankment.

Roadway evidence indicates excessive speed was a factor. Highway 46 was closed for approximately 1 hour during the investigation. OSP was assisted by the Illinois Valley Fire Department.


JUNE 26 -- LINN COUNTY

On June 26, 2016 at about 6:45AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a truck versus motorcycle collision on Interstate 5 at the 235 interchange (just north of Albany). Information received is the truck driver failed to remain at the scene and left the area.

Preliminary information indicates a 1995 Kenworth truck tractor towing a chip trailer had been traveling southbound on Old Salem Road. The truck began to make a left turn onto the Interstate 5 southbound onramp, but turned in front of a northbound 1995 Kawasaki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist crashed as a result of the truck turning into its path. The rider, Kevin R ARGO, age 39, of Lebanon was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.

The operator of the truck, Ruben L DEFOOR, age 79, of Albany, was later located and is cooperating with the investigation.

The onramp was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Albany Fire, Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when available.
Jewel Road Fire Burns 31 Acres in Central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/26/16 11:21 AM
The Jewel Road Fire was reported Saturday at 4:30 p.m. burning in grass and brush on Oregon Department of Forestry-protected lands west of Dufer in central Oregon. Fire-fighting resources from ODF's Central Oregon District and several cooperators stopped the fire's spread at 31 acres.

A single-engine air tanker on contract with the Washington Department of Natural Resources flew from Dallesport, Wash., and dropped one load of retardant and three loads of water onto the fire. ODF responded with four engines and a bulldozer, and four additional engines were supplied by the U.S. Forest Service and a rural structural protection district.

The fire burned on rolling hills through grass and brush beneath an overstory of pine and oak trees, and was contained by 11:00 p.m. The engine crews were released from the fire by midnight.

Today, four engines and a five-person crew are patrolling the Jewel Road Fire and extinguishing remaining hot spots.

The cause of the Jewel Road Fire is under investigation.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.

Statewide Fire Statistics for 2016 on ODF-Protected Lands as of June 26:
Lightning has caused 33 fires that burned 2,126 acres.
There have been 167 human-caused fires that burned 186 acres
Total: 200 fires that burned 2,312 acres

10-Year Average for fires on ODF-Protected Lands as of June 26:
Lightning caused 30 fires that burned 37 acres
Humans caused 164 fires that burned 1,332 acres
Total: 194 fires that burned 1,369 acres
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AARP Oregon - 06/26/16 10:31 AM
Elaine Friesen-Strang
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CLACKAMAS - The state's largest membership organization has a new leader. Elaine Friesen-Strang, 62, has accepted the volunteer position as AARP Oregon's state president, said Jerry Cohen, state director. She will lead the volunteer Executive Council for at least the next two years as well as collaborate with AARP staff and volunteers to achieve positive social change on behalf of people 50+ in Oregon.
AARP Oregon has more than a half million members ages 50+ and approximate 1,500 individuals who volunteer with AARP Oregon, The Driver Safety Program and AARP Tax Aid. "Our volunteers are the real power behind AARP," Cohen said. "They bring significant knowledge, skills and passion to the work to show that age is an asset and life is full of real possibilities at any age."

Friesen-Strang brings a wealth of experience and community service to the position. In addition to her volunteerism with AARP, she is active with the Elders in Action Commission and the Governor's Commission on Senior Services. She's been a key advocate in Multnomah County to create safer streets for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars working hard to pass the recent Portland gas tax.

Friesen-Strang said in accepting the position, "Regardless of who we are, we all share the same needs: financial security, health services, care giving supports, personal fulfillment, and communities that help us thrive. I'm honored to serve with other Oregon volunteers and the AARP staff to help make these goals a reality," she said. "In the words of Ethel Percy Andrus, 'We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest, and our attention to something besides ourselves.'"

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/or or follow us on twitter @aarpor.


Attached Media Files: Elaine Friesen-Strang
Sat. 06/25/16
Civil Air Patrol joins Linn County Sheriff for search for missing man (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/25/16 2:57 PM
Lt Col Wayne Shultz and Lt Jonathan Ritchie are preflighting the aircraft and preparing to take off from Aurora State Airport to join a search in Linn County for a missing hiker. (Photo by Cathe Frederic)
Lt Col Wayne Shultz and Lt Jonathan Ritchie are preflighting the aircraft and preparing to take off from Aurora State Airport to join a search in Linn County for a missing hiker. (Photo by Cathe Frederic)
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The U.S. Air Force Rescue and Recovery Center has dispatched the Oregon Civil Air Patrol to assist Linn County Sheriff's Office in searching for a missing man.

The search is for a missing hiker aged 75 in the Marion Lake area. Sheriff Bruce Riley has asked for the CAP to join the search in the wilderness area of northeast Linn County. There are no roads directly to Marion Lake.

CAP was performing a training day today, so it has diverted three aircraft from training tasks to join the search. Two will fly search patterns while the third aircraft will perform a "high bird" function, flying at a higher elevation and relaying radio communications between the search aircraft and the CAP base at Aurora State Airport.

"We are happy to divert our aircrews and aircraft to support Sheriff Riley," said Lt Col Ira Rosenberg, who is the Incident Commander. "Performing this search will help us keep our skills sharp even better than our practice missions would have. We are able to respond very rapidly since we had aircraft fueled and ready, and our personnel had already gathered."

More than 57 people are involved in the CAP emergency services drill today. Five Cessna 182s and one Cessna 172 are active today. Activities are controlled from Aurora, but pilots with their aircrews took off from Hillsboro, Portland, Eugene and Bend. CAP and its Emergency Services teams practice frequently to maintain readiness and skill levels. They train vigorously to Federal Emergency Management Agency standards.

Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

CAP, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

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Attached Media Files: Lt Col Wayne Shultz and Lt Jonathan Ritchie are preflighting the aircraft and preparing to take off from Aurora State Airport to join a search in Linn County for a missing hiker. (Photo by Cathe Frederic)
Fri. 06/24/16
Be A Trooper: OSP Accepting Online Applications (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/24/16 8:56 PM
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Have you ever considered the Oregon State Police as a career? If so, the Oregon State Police offers numerous duty assignments across our beautiful state and will be accepting Entry Level and Lateral recruit trooper applications beginning today and will close at midnight on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

Careers with the Oregon State Police not only offer many geographical transfer opportunities throughout the state, but also offer a wide variety of assignments within our Patrol, Fish and Wildlife and Criminal Divisions.

Adding to the attractive scenery and numerous assignment options are numerous opportunities for promotional advancement, excellent wages, incentives based on education and experiences, and an excellent benefit package.

Start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at osptrooper.com. The website will help interested applicants learn about the process, understand qualifications, and get a head start on the required entry level testing.

Two entry level testing sessions will be held on Saturday, August 20, and Monday, August 22, at the Department of Oregon Public Safety Academy located at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem. The Oregon State Police testing sessions typically take the majority of the day, and kick off around 7:30 a.m.

The Oregon State Police urges applicants to prepare for the application and testing sessions beforehand.

The complete application for employment is comprised of an e-recruit profile, a supplemental questionnaire and required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. If you are interested in a challenging career that will provide you with a lifetime of memories, then consider applying with the Oregon State Police. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

For additional information applicants should call the OSP Recruiting and Training Section at (503) 378 4931.


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Oregon Home Care Commission plans to meet July 7 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/24/16 3:09 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission plans to meet Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at 676 Church Street NE in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Public testimony; updates on the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Aging and People with Disabilities, Office of Developmental Disabilities Services, Community Advisory Councils, Coordinated Care Organizations; Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion toolkit presentation; and staff reports.

The Commission will hold an Executive Session starting at 1:30 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations. In accordance with Oregon law, this session is closed to the public.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 at least 48 hours before the meeting.
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Attached Media Files: Home Care Commission Full Agenda
OSP And Partners Focusing On Waterway Safety This Weekend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/24/16 2:27 PM
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As the hot weather arrives again this weekend, Oregon State Police urges those who utilize state wildlife areas, parks, beaches and other locations along waterways to not make critical mistakes that affect them and others on Oregon roads and waterways. In particular, OSP wants to remind those who recreate on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA) beaches near Portland, Oregon to enjoy their time with friends and family and to keep it enjoyable by making safe and sober boating and driving a priority.

OSP and local law enforcement partners will participate in a national enforcement effort this weekend, 'Operation Dry Water,' to discourage impaired boating and prevent alcohol-related incidents on Oregon waterways. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of boating under the influence awareness, education and enforcement launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. In conjunction with this effort, additional OSP and local law enforcement will focus the same effort to discourage impaired driving.

Important safety tips for warm weather recreating:

Designated Driver (DD) - If you haven't worked out who will drive if you're going to drink; now's the time!
Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion --"stressors" common to the boating environment-- intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs, and some medications.
Make it an Overnighter - couches or hotel rooms make great landing pads and are far more comfortable than a jail bed.
Reach out for help - if you've been drinking or using marijuana you shouldn't be boating / driving. Call a cab, phone a friend or send for backup on Twitter - it may mean the difference in someone else's life.
If you do see an impaired driver behind the wheel or operating a boat call and report it: 911

Here are links to operation dry water. First one is for media:
http://www.operationdrywater.org/awareness


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Inmate walk away from Deer Ridge Correctional Institution work crew BACK IN CUSTODY(Photo) (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/24/16 1:58 PM
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UPDATEINMATE CLARK WAS APPREHENDED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AT APPROXIMATELY 1:00 P.M. HE IS IN CUSTODY AT MULTNOMAH COUNTY JAIL.




An inmate walked away today from a Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) work crew near Sisters. Oregon State Police are investigating.

DRCI staff discovered inmate Richard Clark missing at approximately 1:45 p.m., Thursday, June 23. Clark is a 29-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet tall, 205 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Clark entered DOC custody on March 31, 2016, on two counts of attempted robbery in the second degree out of Washington County. His earliest release date is June 11, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding Clark's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

DRCI is a multi-custody facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison contains 644 minimum-security beds and 1,223 medium-security beds. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. The medium facility has not received inmates due to cost saving measures. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.


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Attached Media Files: Richard Phillip Clark
Health advisory issued for Howard Bay located in Upper Klamath Lake (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 06/24/16 12:48 PM
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June 24, 2016

High toxin levels found in lake area in Klamath County

A health advisory was issued today for Howard Bay (also known locally as Howards Bay or Howard's Bay), located in the southwest corner of Upper Klamath Lake, northwest of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of toxic blue-green algae in the bay. Toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals, though toxin testing in other areas of the lake have been low.

People should avoid swallowing water while swimming or inhaling water droplets as a result of high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in areas where blooms are identified. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy, red rash at the affected area.

Drinking water directly from Howard Bay at this time is especially dangerous. Oregon public health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Howard Bay and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

Exposure to toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity. People who bring their pets to Upper Klamath Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in Howard Bay.

The advisory will be lifted when the concern no longer exists.

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

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0400.

OHA maintains an updated list of all health advisories on its website. To learn if an advisory has been issued or lifted for a specific water body, visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "algae bloom advisories," or call the Oregon Public Health Division toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767.

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Imagery (C)2016 DigitalGlobe, Landsat, State of Oregon, Map data (C)2016 Google


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Media Advisory - 25-year anniversary and rededication of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/24/16 12:36 PM
Ford, Wash. - On June 29, 2016, the Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Bonneville Power Administration will celebrate the 25-year anniversary and rededication of the Spokane Tribal Hatchery.

WHAT: Signing ceremony, celebration and hatchery rededication.

WHO: Spokane Tribe of Indian elders, leaders and BPA executives.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: 5629 Hatchery Rd., Ford, Wash.

Contacts: Monica Peone, 509-458-6587, rawhide@spokanetribe.com
David Wilson, 503-572-1209, dbwilson@bpa.gov

Background:

In 1990, BPA began funding the hatchery's design, construction and operation to mitigate in part for the environmental impacts of Grand Coulee Dam. Completed in 1939, Grand Coulee flooded the Spokane Tribe's ancestral homelands and blocked salmon from migrating to the tribe's traditional fishing sites. The operation of Grand Coulee has also negatively affected resident fish populations, such as trout.

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has taken a leadership role in bringing fish back to the river, developing a restoration and enhancement program for Lake Roosevelt that includes a fish hatchery for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon.

"Historically, the Spokane Tribe was known as a river and fishing people, culturally defined, in part, by the bounty of salmon that returned annually to tribal fishery grounds," says Tim Peone, Spokane Tribal member and hatchery manager. "The hatchery program is meant to be more than just a fish production facility, it provides a remembrance and pathway for tribal members to reconnect with the river and its fisheries."

The rededication and signing ceremony will improve and modernize the hatchery facilities and guarantees BPA ratepayer funding for another 25 years.

Today, the Spokane Tribe manages the hatchery in coordination with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sherman Creek Hatchery and the Lake Roosevelt Rainbow Trout Net Pen Rearing Project.

"We realize the hatchery doesn't bring back what was lost 80 years ago, but BPA is committed to protecting and improving conditions for the area's resident fish populations," says Lorri Bodi, BPA's vice president of Environment, Fish and Wildlife. "We want to help preserve and fortify tribal culture and the indigenous knowledge that enriches our entire region."

Annually, the hatchery produces approximately 100,000 kokanee salmon and 750,000 rainbow trout for release into Lake Roosevelt. Additionally, the hatchery also produces 6,000 rainbow trout yearlings for annual release into inland lakes on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The tribal hatchery consists of 44 indoor/outdoor raceways and employs five full-time and four seasonal employees.

Artifacts, photos and reading panes chronicling historical fisheries, tribal subsistence and the cultural significance of the river are on display at the Spokane Tribal Hatchery -- open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Oregon Civil Air Patrol To Hold State Wide Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/24/16 11:39 AM
Oregon Civil Air Patrol utlizes it's fleet of specially equipped Cessna C182 search aircraft for numerous missions in support of the state of Oregon
Oregon Civil Air Patrol utlizes it's fleet of specially equipped Cessna C182 search aircraft for numerous missions in support of the state of Oregon
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The Oregon wing of the Civil Air Patrol will be conducting a major state wide training exercise this coming weekend, June 25 and 26, with numerous senarios to train for, and test, the Oregon CAP's capability and preparedness to respond to various types of historically supported emergency incidents

With incident command centers located in both Medford and Aurora, the CAP will conduct responses to natural disasters,such as those posed during the Cascadia Rising state wide exercise earlier this month that CAP also participated in, air search and rescue, and related operations that could be requested by state, local and federal authorities. Up to 8 aircraft and up to 100 members from around the state will comprise ground, mission base and air crew personnel to conduct various emergency responses. These operations could be communications support to local authorities, search operations to locate missing persons or aircraft, high resolution digital photo reconnaisance, emergency medical support flights and transporting of critical supplies, equipment and personnel among other possible tasks as directed by USAF evaluators.

In addition to adult aircrew and ground staff, the CAP will utilize its teenaged cadet members in various ground support operations such as communications, mission base operations, ground search and rescue operations and aircraft flightline activities under the guidance of an experienced adult member."Our cadet members are an important force multiplier during our missions" said Lt. Col. Thomas Traver, Oregon Wing CAP public affairs officer "They perform essential tasks that have a tremendous impact on the success of our multitude of operational missions" he added.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

MEDIA NOTE:
Members of the media are encouraged to visit the CAP mission bases at the Medford Airport and
Aurora State Airport (North end) during the exercise.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Civil Air Patrol utlizes it's fleet of specially equipped Cessna C182 search aircraft for numerous missions in support of the state of Oregon
Thu. 06/23/16
Man Injured During Mountain Bike Crash
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/16 10:34 PM
Released by: Deputy Cliff Cox, Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: June 23, 2016 / 6:45 PM

Location: Trail System near Tumalo Falls

Rescued: Jeff Hess, 50 yrs
Bend resident

NARRATIVE:

On June 23, 2016 at approximately 6:54 PM, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Special Services Deputies were dispatched to the area of Tumalo Falls for a Mountain Bike Crash.

It was learned that Jeff Hess was riding with two other riders. Hess lost control and crashed approximately one half mile from the parking lot. Hess was wearing a helmet and his fellow riders were able call 9-1-1 and provide accurate location information.

One Deputy and 16 SAR Volunteers responded to the scene. Rescuers had to hike to the patient and reached him shortly after 8 PM. Rescuers packaged Hess into a wheeled litter and transported him to the parking lot where he was turned over to Bend Fire Department paramedics.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind our citizens of the importance of having proper gear including navigation and means of communication when recreating in the backcountry.
Officer Involved Shooting In Douglas County **Update # 2**
Oregon State Police - 06/23/16 4:57 PM
On June 14, 2016, at about 3:06 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired at 2306 Happy Valley Road, Roseburg.

When deputies arrived, they found an adult female had been shot. The shooter was reported to be on foot in the area. Law enforcement officers from all around Douglas County responded to the incident. The woman was later identified as Lisa E MARTIN, age 19, from the Eugene area. The suspect, a 25 year old Springfield man, was identified as Joseph A GEORGE.

While Deputies were attending to Martin, the suspect fired a shot at them from a wooded area. Two Deputies returned fire. The suspect fled the immediate area and medics were able to transport Martin from the scene. Officers searched the area and located the suspect deceased in a nearby field within about two hundred feet of the residence. The initial investigation determined the male died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was not struck by any of the deputy's bullets. This was later confirmed by the medical examiners autopsy.

Martin was transported to Mercy Medical Center and later transferred via air ambulance to Sacred Heart - Riverbend in Springfield for life threatening injuries. Martin has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with the Oregon State Police being the lead investigative agency. Douglas County Sheriff's Office initially responded along with the Oregon State Police and Roseburg Police Department.

Per the Douglas County Response to Deadly Physical Force Plan and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team agreement, a Major Crimes Team was activated to investigate the incident. At the request of Sheriff John Hanlin, and in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police has been designated as the lead investigative agency.

No further information will be released at this time.

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Stow your carry on and fasten your seat belts Evergreen Museum is offering camps, a 4th of July celebration and events of heroic proportion this summer
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 06/23/16 4:31 PM
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is excited to fly into our summer season with a full schedule of events, camps and extraordinary programming. We are not closing! So adjust your flight plan to visit the Evergreen Museum Campus located in the heart of wine country. Come! Be Inspired!

All events can be found online at www.evergreenmuseum.org

Summer Movie Series
Every Friday and Saturday for the Summer season will be showing second-run theater hits on our six-story tall giant screen.. Movies will change weekly.

June 29-July 1 BEGINNER ROCKET CAMP
Grades 5 through 8. Time: 10am-3pm

July 4th Celebrate July 4th in Mac
Family Fun starting at 5 pm in the North Parking lot, food, games and fireworks. Admission to the Museums will be $5 per person starting at 5 pm -- 9pm.
5 pm - 10:30 pm in the Evergreen North Parking Lot

July 5-28th WATERPARK JR. LIFEGUARD SUMMER PROGRAM
Ages 7-15. Tue & Thurs 8-10am; 4-week long course

July 6-8 BEGINNER R/C CAMP
Grades 5 through 8. Time: 10am-3pm

July 13-15 BEGINNER ROBOTICS CAMP
Grades 3 through 6. Time: 10am-3pm

July 18-22 SEAPERCH CAMP
Ages 11-17. Time: 8:30-12:00

July 27-29 ADVANCED ROCKET CAMP
Grades 5 through 8. Time: 10am-3pm Prerequisite: Beginner Rocket Camp

August 5 JUNIOR ASTRONAUTS Fun Fridays
Grades 1 and 2. Time: 10am-3pm

August 10-12 ADVANCED R/C CAMP
Grades 6 through 8. Time: 10am-3pm Prerequisite: Beginner R/C Camp

August 19 ACE AVIATION CAMP
Grades 1 and 2. Time: 10am-3pm

August 24-26 ADVANCED AVIATION CAMP New for 2016!
Grades 9 through 12 only. Time: 10am-3pm

"We created camps and other programs during the summer to give people a reason to come to Wine Country and discover the Evergreen Museum", said Ann Witsil, Interim Executive Director. "Our STEM-based camps are fun and interactive. We have an outstanding educational staff and want to share our passion!"

Prices for each of the programs vary; please check online for up-to-date pricing and details. www.evergreenmuseum.org
Mined Land Reclamation Awards recipients announced
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/23/16 2:27 PM
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) today announced the recipients of its annual Mined Land Reclamation Awards.

A multi-million dollar multi-year project to restore Willamette River fish and wildlife habitat, a consistently innovative approach to reducing mining operation impacts on nearby neighbors, a site where mining operations began more than 100 years ago, and a late mine owner whose vision for reclamation ensured fish and wildlife habitat protection are among those recognized for their outstanding efforts during the 2015 calendar year. Honorees are:

Outstanding Reclamation: River Bend Sand & Gravel Co. of Salem for ongoing water quality protection and thoughtful operation practices that supported final reclamation - which included planting more than 20,000 native tree seedlings and grasses and creating wetland areas - at the Ellendale Quarry site near Dallas, Ore.

Outstanding Operator: Britt Sand & Gravel of Baker City for improving the safety and productivity of mining operations at the Grey Eagle Mine, which began operating in 1907, as well as embracing new mapping requirements that improved the accuracy of permit boundary lines.

Good Neighbor Award: Wildish Sand & Gravel Co. of Eugene for commitment to reducing the potential impacts of their operation on neighbors and the environment through actions such as working with partners to develop a river bank stabilization plan, building a materials transport bridge to ensure safe boating access to the McKenzie River, and bringing in an archeologist to document cultural and historic resources discovered on their properties.

Oregon Plan Award: The Nature Conservancy for the ongoing Willamette Confluence Project, which seeks to restore fish and wildlife habitat for approximately 1,300 acres of previously mined land in the Middle/Coast Fork confluence area, with the project's $1 million Phase 1 achieving improved fish passage, creation of riparian habitat, and restoration of vegetation for approximately 130 acres.

Special Recognition Award: The late Robert D. Traverso of Canby Sand & Gravel for his lifelong commitment to seeking out and implementing best practices for mining operations, as well as his dedication to returning mined land to fish and wildlife habit. Mr. Traverso's vision of what mine reclamation should be far exceeded any regulatory standards, and his legacy is exceptional restoration of mined land to thriving habitat.

About the Mined Land Reclamation Awards
Each year, DOGAMI's Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation program and an independent panel of experts select mine sites and operators to receive awards for excellence in reclamation, mine operation, and habitat protection. The awards were presented June 23, 2016 during the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association (OCAPA) Annual Meeting at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.

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Editorial note:
Additional information about the awardees is available for download at: http://www.oregongeology.org/mlrr/awards.htm
Photos are available on the Oregon Geology Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregongeology/albums/72157670013758466
Insight school of Oregon - Painted Hills | Board of Directors Meeting
Insight School of Ore. - Painted Hills - 06/23/16 12:33 PM
Reminder: The ISOR-PH board will hold a regular meeting on June 30th at 4:00 PM.

Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Board Members are hereby notified that the Meeting of the Board will be held at:

1.Via Teleconference:
Conference Call Number: 1-888-824-5783
Conference Code Number: 54433245# - Note this is a new pass code.

And

2.Via Web Conference
http://tinyurl.com/ISORPH-SchoolBoardMeeting

The Public has been invited to the Board Meeting with notices posted at the following locations:

A.FlashNet Newswire
http://flashalertbend.net/press-releases.html

B.Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Office
603 NW 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Fireworks - Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/23/16 11:57 AM
The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to "Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe" when using fireworks. The 2016 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Thursday, June 23 and runs through Wednesday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

"People often forget that legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands," says Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used. For example, fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds."

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. "Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests," states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. "Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation."

Oregon law bans possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches into the air. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

There were 227 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2015, resulting in 28 injuries and more than $423,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2011 through 2015, there were 924 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon resulting in one death, 161 civilian injuries, and more than $2.7 million in property damage.

Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

"All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only legal fireworks and use them carefully," adds Ruiz-Temple. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks."

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B's of safe fireworks use:
Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.
Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.
Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.
Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B's of fireworks safety brochure is available here:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.


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OSSA and OACP Support Governor Kate Brown in forwarding Travis Hampton as her choice to serve as the next Superintendent (Photo)
Oregon State Sheriffs' Assoc. - 06/23/16 11:28 AM
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June 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Contacts:
John Bishop, Executive Director
Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
bishop@oregonsheriffs.org

Kevin Campbell, Executive Director
Oregon Association Chiefs of Police
kevin@victorygrp.com

OREGON SHERIFFS AND POLICE CHIEFS SUPPORT GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENT OF TRAVIS HAMPTON AS NEXT OREGON STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT

The announcement today that Governor Kate Brown is forwarding Travis Hampton as her choice to serve as the next Superintendent of the Oregon State Police (OSP) is welcome news to the law enforcement agencies throughout Oregon that partner to keep our state a safe place to live, work and play. We believe that Travis Hampton will continue the strong commitment to partnership that our current Superintendent Rich Evans exemplified during his leadership of OSP. Collaboration is critical in Oregon, where our limited law enforcement resources must be deployed strategically and with alignment in order to best promote public safety.

In addition to his meaningful law enforcement experience and his commitment to partnership, we believe that Travis Hampton is a leader who can make hard decisions with integrity and competence. His proven record of leadership and undisputed, high ethical standards bring qualities to the Superintendent position that Oregonians want and deserve.

The Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police want to express our thanks to Governor Brown and her staff for providing law enforcement leaders and other stakeholders with an opportunity to provide input during the appointment process. As statewide associations of law enforcement leaders that represent agencies small and large, rural and urban throughout Oregon, we stand ready to express our firm support of Travis Hampton as his appointment goes to the Oregon State Senate for confirmation. We are committed to working closely with Travis Hampton to continue improving our criminal justice system and to continue ensuring that Oregonians have confidence in our public safety system. We want to thank Superintendent Rich Evans for his contribution to public safety during his 29-year career with the Oregon State Police and we wish him our best as he retires at the end of the month.

About the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Sheriffs' Association
The OACP and OSSA are statewide associations dedicated to promoting and enhancing the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon.


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32nd Annual Bike MS to Cycle through the Willamette Valley Countryside August 5-7, 2016 (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 06/23/16 11:27 AM
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PORTLAND -- In the first weekend of August, Bike MS Willamette Valley takes cyclists on two days of recreational rides through the rolling hills, wildlife preserves, historic towns, and water features of the Willamette Valley countryside.

The 2016 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride kicks off Friday, Aug. 5 at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon with an opening night party and karaoke sing-a- long. On Saturday, Aug. 6, riders of all levels loop anywhere from 20-100 miles, refuel at fully-stocked rest stops, enjoy BBQ, a beer garden, and movie night under the stars. Event participants roll to a close on Sunday, Aug. 7 with a 35 or 50-mile ride and lunch.

Anyone 12 or older is invited to participate. Participants receive free campsites and RV spaces near event festivities (first come, first served), on-route bike repair and safety support, before/after-ride meals and entertainment, and a celebration back at Western Oregon University. Riders cycle with others at their own pace, and gain a sense of accomplishment by crossing a finish line that helps the Society get that much closer to finding a cure.

The 32nd annual ride marks one of the largest fundraisers for the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. Cyclists pay a registration fee of $50 through July 5 and commit to raising at least $250 to defeat MS. Those raising more than $5,000 are given a pass to all one hundred Bike MS rides across the country. Nearly 75% of what's raised directly funds programs and services to help those impacted by MS lead their best lives, and helps researchers find both a cause and a cure.

As Marcella Sciotto, Bike MS Willamette Valley's 2016 "I Ride with MS" co-ambassador says, "Having the courage to wear the IRWMS jersey helped me to accept this disease and all the love and support from everyone at the ride."

Register for the event at bikeMS.org > Oregon.

Where Does the Money Go?

The 2015 Bike MS Willamette Valley ride generated $732,000; the goal for 2016 is $826,000. Our supporters' generous contributions help serve local friends and neighbors affected by MS by supporting research and training projects aimed at finding the cause of MS, better treatments and a cure; informing and educating people with MS about a variety of issues through newsletters, publications, education seminars and conferences, and at-home teleconferences; providing direct support and financial assistance for the FDA-approved medications, medical equipment, counseling services, respite, care management, college scholarships, and other emergency assistance; supporting emotional health and physical well-being through wellness programs, wellness grants, exercise classes, retreats, a network of self-help groups, a peer support telephone program, and so much more.

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

Learn More About Bike MS

Visit BikeMS.org

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS so that they can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world.

Through our comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, we also invested $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

More About the Oregon Chapter

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,100 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

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


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War Canyon Fire Burns 20 Acres East of Long Creek
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/23/16 10:17 AM
The War Canyon Fire was reported around 12:30 PM Wednesday burning in grass and brush on ODF-protected lands two miles east of Long Creek, Ore. Oregon Department of Forestry fire-fighting resources from the Central Oregon District's John Day Unit were assisted by firefighters from the Long Creek Rural Fire Department. Firefighters stopped the fire spread at approximately 20 acres. ODF resources on scene included four engines, a four-person hand crew and the incident commander. Firefighting personnel will continue the mop-up process today to extinguish heat within the fire perimeter.

The cause of the War Canyon Fire is under investigation.

No other fires 10 acres in size or larger were reported yesterday on ODF-protected lands.

Statewide Fire Statistics for 2016 on ODF-Protected Lands as of June 23:
Lightning has caused 33 fires that burned 2,126 acres.
There have been 160 human-caused fires that burned 182 acres
Total: 193 fires that burned 2,308 acres

10-Year Average for fires on ODF-Protected Lands as of June 23:
Lightning caused 29 fires that burned 37 acres
Humans caused 152 fires that burned 1,315 acres
Total: 181 fires that burned 1,352 acres
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit Rescues Monkey Face Climbers (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/23/16 9:50 AM
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Date: 06/22/16

By: Lt. Bryan Husband

Location: Monkey Face, Smith Rock State Park

Climber #1: Tyler Coleman, 26 yom, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Climber #2: Cordero Chavez, 29 yom, Lone Pine, CA

Narrative:

On 06/22/16, at about 4:57pm, Cordero Chavez reported to 9-1-1 Dispatch he and his climbing partner, Tyler Coleman, had climbed to the summit of the popular rock formation at Smith Rock State Park named "Monkey Face", but were now in need of assistance.

Chavez and Coleman had chosen the wrong route to descend, leaving not enough rope to get to the bottom. Chavez was still near the summit of Monkey Face, but Coleman was nearly halfway down the approximate 450' rock face, unable to ascend or descend further. Both subjects reported themselves as uninjured, but needing assistance in safely completing their descent.

11 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Unit Volunteers had been training at Smith Rock State Park and were just finishing with their training when the call came in. They were joined by five additional DCSOSAR Volunteers and three DCSO Deputies to begin the rescue mission. Redmond Fire Department also responded and assisted in ferrying personnel across the Crooked River on the northwest side of the park, closest to Monkey Face.

Four DCSOSAR volunteers climbed to the summit of Monkey Face and were assisted by additional volunteers at the base in pulling additional ropes and rescue equipment to the top. Chavez was contacted and further secured. One DCSOSAR volunteer was then lowered to Coleman's location. Utilizing two ropes, Coleman was then transferred onto the rescue ropes and the two were then lowered the rest of the way down the rock, reaching the bottom at about midnight. Chavez was then assisted in rappelling off of the proper side of Monkey Face.

Coleman and Chavez were not injured and did not require further medical assistance. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or in the backcountry, to research and pre-plan your chosen location to minimize risk.


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Board of Forestry to adopt desired attributes for next State Forester; recruitment to begin in July (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/23/16 8:58 AM
State Forester Doug Decker is retiring from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry in October.
State Forester Doug Decker is retiring from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry in October.
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The Board of Forestry will review and approve a set of desired attributes for the position of Oregon State Forester when it meets by telephone conference call from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 28. The meeting is open to the public, and interested persons may attend by listening to the conference call in the Santiam Room, Building D, at Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

Last month, current State Forester Doug Decker, a 29-year veteran of the agency, announced his plans to retire in October at the end of this fire season.

In a note to employees last month announcing his retirement, Decker reflected on his ODF career: "It has been one of the greatest privileges and pleasures of my life to serve with and lead this organization," he wrote. "I'm very grateful for three decades of opportunities to learn and grow, from the confidence and trust people have placed in me, and from the working friendships and partnerships we've built."

Decker's career highlights include spearheading the acquisition of the Gilchrist State Forest, the new 70,000-acre tract of state-owned forest near the town of Gilchrist in northern Klamath County; and establishing the Tillamook Forest Center, an award-winning forest-based interpretation and education center that tells the story of the Tillamook Burn and Tillamook State Forest.

The State Forester serves as director of ODF and is appointed and supervised by the Oregon Board of Forestry. The board is expected to open its recruitment to fill the position in July utilizing the desired attributes it approves at the June 28 teleconference meeting. The position should be filled by late September.

The Oregon Department of Forestry provides fire protection for 16 million acres of private and public forestland from wildfire, enforces the Oregon Forest Practices Act, and manages 800,000 acres of forestlands across Oregon. The state forests are actively managed to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Oregonians.


Attached Media Files: State Forester Doug Decker is retiring from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry in October.
Oregon Health Authority releases the fourth CCO Metrics Report
Oregon Health Authority - 06/23/16 8:03 AM
June 23, 2016

Oregon Health Authority releases the fourth CCO Metrics Report

This report and accompanying payments mark a continued shift toward paying for quality and access to care

Today the Oregon Health Authority released its fourth annual Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Metrics Report. The report details CCO performance on a variety of quality measures, and shows the incentive payments the 16 health plans will receive based on each plan's results in serving Oregon Health Plan (OHP) members. For 2015, CCOs received a combined total of $168 million in incentive payments. These pay-for-performance funds mark a continued movement toward paying for quality and access to care--not just services delivered--in Oregon's health care system.

"The latest performance report shows coordinated care organizations across the state are providing higher quality care for Oregon Health Plan members," said Lynne Saxton, OHA Director. "OHP members are enrolling in patient-centered primary care homes, using emergency rooms less frequently and getting more effective care for chronic diseases. Oregon's incentives are producing better results for members and for taxpayers."

The Oregon Health Authority is continuing to make progress in key areas through the coordinated care model and the CCOs' hard work is making that possible. Report highlights include:

-- Hospital readmissions have decreased: The percent of adults who had a hospital stay and were readmitted for any reason within 30 days has improved by 33 percent since 2011. This measure is also shared with the Hospital Transformation Performance Program.

-- Decreased hospital admissions for short-term complications from diabetes: Decreased 29 percent since 2011. Admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, and asthma also have all decreased from the 2011 baseline. Lower is better for these measures.

-- Increased access to primary care for children and adolescents: The percent of children and adolescents who had a visit with their primary care provider in the past year has increased from 2014. Adolescent well-care visits also have increased 38 percent since 2011.

-- Increased rates of dental sealant use: The percent of children ages 6-14 who received a dental sealant on a permanent molar in the past year increased 65 percent since 2014.

-- Increased use of effective contraceptives: The percent of women ages 15-50 who are using an effective contraceptive increased almost 9 percent since 2014, even with the addition of thousands of new OHP members in 2014.

-- Increased blood sugar testing for adults with diabetes: The percent of adults with diabetes who received at least one blood sugar test during the year has increased 6 percent since 2011.

-- Patient-centered primary care home enrollment continues to increase: Coordinated care organizations continue to increase the proportion of members enrolled in patient-centered primary care homes. PCPCH enrollment has increased 69 percent since 2012.

-- Increased member satisfaction: The percent of CCO members who report that they received the information or help they needed and thought they were treated with courtesy and respect by customer service staff has increased almost 10 percent since 2011 baseline.

The Oregon Health Authority is continuing to put resources into improving quality, access, and outcomes for Oregon Health Plan members by supporting CCOs. OHA's Transformation Center provides targeted technical assistance on specific measures to CCOs, including a focus on colorectal cancer screening, adolescent well care visits, childhood immunizations, and reducing tobacco use.

Learn more about the CCO metrics report at Oregon.gov/OHA/Metrics.

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NEWS RELEASE: Corps Reviewing Permit Conditions
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/22/16 4:42 PM
Release No: PA 16-025
For Immediate Release:
June 22, 2016

Proposed changes seek to further protect Oregon's aquatic resources

PORTLAND, ORE. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requests the public to comment on proposed changes to regional permit conditions for construction projects in Oregon that impact wetlands and navigable waters of the United States.

The Corps announced recently it is seeking comments on its proposal to renew and revise Nationwide Permits for work in wetlands and other waters that are regulated by Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and/or Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. Corps division engineers are authorized to add conditions to those permits to meet the needs and requirements of a particular region or state.

The Portland District is responsible for developing regional conditions to ensure aquatic resources within the state of Oregon are conserved. Fifty nationwide permits authorize a range of activities in Oregon and contain general and regional conditions. An example of a regional condition is requiring all in-water work to be conducted during the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's published in-water work window.

The public can review the initial draft regional conditions at the Portland District's website at www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Projects/ and clicking on "2017 Nationwide Permits Re-issuance - Regional Conditions."

Comments on the initial draft regional conditions should be addressed to Portland District, P.O. Box 2946, Portland, Oregon 97208-2946. Comments can also be emailed to Judy Linton at Judy.L.Linton@usace.army.mil. All comments must be received by Aug. 1, 2016.

Comments on national issues relating to NWPs should be submitted to docket number COE-2015-0017 at www.regulations.gov by email to NWP2017@usace.army.mil, or by mail to Headquarters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Civil Works, ATTN: CECW-CO-R, 441 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20314-1000. Instructions for submitting comments are provided in the June 1, 2016, Federal Register notice. Comments on the proposed NWPs are due by Aug. 1, 2016.

The Corps issues nationwide permits designed to streamline authorization of projects that are similar in nature and cause only minimal adverse environmental impacts to aquatic resources, such as commercial developments, utility lines or road improvements. These permits are authorized for a five-year period. The current nationwide permits became effective on March 19, 2012, and are scheduled to be modified, reissued, or revoked prior to March 18, 2017.

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ODVA seeks women veterans' input in improving access to health services
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 06/22/16 4:11 PM
The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs invites all women with prior military service to take a brief, confidential survey sharing their experiences accessing health care and mental health services in the state.

The survey, commissioned by the Legislature in 2015 and conducted by The Rede Group, is designed to gauge the extent to which women veterans use health and mental health services, the barriers women veterans face in accessing these services and how the state can better serve women veterans regarding health care.

The ODVA will use the results to make recommendations for improving services and programs available to women veterans in Oregon, which are due to the Legislature in November.

Elizabeth Estabrooks, ODVA's Women Veterans Coordinator, said the department is seeking the input of women veterans who are currently using the VA Health Care System, those who are eligible for VA health care but have opted not to use it and those who once used VA health care but have since left the system. She said ODVA wants to hear from those who have had positive or negative experiences.

"If a woman is really happy with the care she has received, we want to know about that, too," Estabrooks said. "We want to be able to look at that clinic and say, 'OK, what are they doing differently here that could be implemented at some of these other facilities?'"

Estabrooks said she hopes the survey is taken by as many of the state's 28,000 women veterans as possible, so the ODVA has a clear picture of what needs are the greatest and where they are concentrated.

"It's really important that we understand how to help women veterans where they live," she said.

Those who complete the survey before July 22 can enter a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. However, the survey will remain active even after this deadline passes.

To take the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM3PHGG.

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17 Oregon artists receive Career Opportunity Grants (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 06/22/16 2:20 PM
Work from Brenna Murphy’s show “All Watched Over” at James Cohan gallery in New York City in 2015.
Work from Brenna Murphy’s show “All Watched Over” at James Cohan gallery in New York City in 2015.
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In the third of three rounds of Fiscal Year 2016 Career Opportunity Grants, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation have awarded $61,625 to 17 artists for career development projects.

The Oregon Community Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission partnered in March 2016 to provide additional funding for established literary and performing arts artists; a long-standing partnership with The Ford Family Foundation provides similar grants to established visual artists. The awards include $18,480 from the Oregon Arts Commission, $23,145 from The Ford Family Foundation and $20,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation. Individual grants range from $500 to $8,500.

Career Opportunity Grants help individual artists take advantage of timely opportunities to advance their artistic careers. Most of the grants support the artists' participation in residencies, exhibitions or performance opportunities that help bring visibility to their work.
The Ford Family Foundation grants are available only to Oregon mid-career visual artists over 30 years of age who are actively producing new work in the fields of fine art and contemporary craft.

"This grant program invests in the career growth of talented Oregon artists," said Anne Taylor, the Arts Commissioner who chaired the review panel. "We also are proud to support artists in representing Oregon outside of the region and internationally."

"We are pleased to be able to invest in these artists at such pivotal moments in their careers," said Anne C. Kubisch, president of The Ford Family Foundation. "We expect these artists to make significant progress on regional, national and international stages."

"This is an exciting way we can support creativity," said Michelle Boss Barba, OCF Program Officer for Arts and Culture. "By enhancing a program that is already in place to support artists we have a great opportunity to understand the impact direct financial support has on literary and performing arts and artists."

This fiscal year a total of $150,000 is available for three rounds of funding, $75,000 each from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. The Oregon Community Foundation has provided $34,000, for grants across Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.

In the third round, Fiscal Year 2016 Career Opportunity Grants were awarded to:

Alito Alessi (Eugene), Dance, Oregon Community Foundation $8,500
To support the presentation of Alessi's choreography "Don't Leave Me," featuring dancers with and without disabilities, at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. on Oct.16.

Carla Bengtson (Eugene), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support Bengtson's Portland 2016 Biennial exhibition, which she describes as "a tipping point in terms of new ways of thinking and making" because of her exploration away from painting and into different mediums.

Pat Boas (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,480
To support Boas' exhibition of his artwork in two of the Portland 2016 Biennial exhibition locations in Madras and Salem in September.

Aaron Flint Jamison (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support Jamison's participation in the 2016 Rennes (France) Biennial, a contemporary art exhibition for emerging and mid-career artists in Europe opening on Sept. 30.

Sylvan Lionni (Eugene), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $2,000
To support Lionni's creation of multi-media paintings for a solo show at Kansas Gallery in New York in February 2017.

Maxim Loskutoff (Portland), Literature, OAC $500
To support Loskutoff's participation in a month-long writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 21, to complete the editing of his first book-length manuscript.

Margaret Malone (Portland), Literature, Oregon Community Foundation $3,000
To support an East Coast book tour following Malone's reading of her book, "People Like You," with the Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Aug. 5.

Ian McDonald (Eugene), Design Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $700
To support McDonald's solo exhibition of ceramics with influences from architecture and pottery on July 12 in New York City at Patrick Parrish Gallery.

Donald Morgan (Eugene), Visual Arts, OAC $1,000
To support Morgan's exhibit of sculptures and paintings at the 2016 Portland Biennial.

Brenna Murphy (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,000
To support Murphy's exhibition of her sculptural work on the Oregon landscape at the Schneider Museum in Ashland, Oregon, opening on Friday, July 15 as part of the Portland 2016 Biennial.

Lisa Radon (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $945
To support the development of a far-reaching digital project for Radon's exhibition at the Portland 2016 Biennial in July at the Muscle Beach Art Gallery in Portland, Oregon.

Michelle Ross (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support the presentation of a solo survey of Ross' work, including textile works, prints and paintings, at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, opening in October.

Tad Savinar (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $4,500
To support Savinar's survey exhibition at Lewis & Clark College in January of 2017.

Heidi Schwegler (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,000
To support Schwegler's month-long Yaddo residency in June in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she will have the opportunity to network and to create new projects.

Andrea Stolowitz (Portland), Literature, Oregon Community Foundation $8,500
To support the world-premiere production of Stolowitz's new play "Schl?1/4terstra?Ye 27" at English Theatre Berlin in Germany on Oct. 6.

Storm Tharp (Portland), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500, The Ford Family Foundation $3,000
To support an exhibition of Tharp's drawings in the 2016 Portland Biennial at Clatsop County Community College.

Amanda Wojick (Eugene), Visual Arts, OAC $1,500
To support Wojick's first international exhibition of sculptures and paintings at Stene Projects in Stockholm in fall 2016.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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Attached Media Files: Work from Brenna Murphy’s show “All Watched Over” at James Cohan gallery in New York City in 2015. , Work from Ian McDonald’s show at the Curators Cube in Toyko, Japan in 2015. , A still from the dress rehearsal of Alito Alessi’s original choreography “Don’t Leave Me."
Department of Revenue releases updated marijuana tax collection numbers
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 06/22/16 1:45 PM
SALEM, Ore.--As of May 30, the Department of Revenue has processed $14.9 million in marijuana tax payments this year. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.
The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns were due on May 2, 2016. As of June 17, 57 percent of the 319 dispensaries that have made at least one monthly payment have filed a return. Dispensaries who haven't filed their returns should have received a notice from the department reminding them of their filing obligation.
"There may be some confusion about when returns are due because it's quarterly as opposed to the monthly payment requirement," said John Galvin, manager for Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program. "This is a new program and some dispensaries are still learning about their tax obligations."
According to Galvin, they've been providing dispensaries with information about making payments and filing returns by email and on the department's website. "We want them to be aware of what they need to do before they end up facing penalties for not filing or paying as they're required," he explained.
For dispensaries that haven't yet filed, the department encourages them to file as soon as possible. The quarterly return form and instructions are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana. If dispensaries have any questions about filling out the form or their filing obligation, they can contact the Marijuana Tax Program at (503) 947-2597 or marijuanatax.dor@oregon.gov.
Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Corps seeks comments on Crook County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/22/16 12:53 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the City of Prineville to conduct work in Crook County, Oregon.

Public Notice NWP-2010-535 is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Eight selected for new Promise Scholarship program
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 06/22/16 11:52 AM
Seven districts and one education service district (ESD) have been selected to participate in a pilot Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) program that will reward board development actions with scholarship funds for students.

Under the Promise Scholarship Program, eight boards selected by OSBA from among applicants will receive $5,000 each in student scholarship funds by completing a five-step process that includes a board project, superintendent and board self-evaluations, participation in "The Promise of Oregon" campaign (www.promiseoregon.org), and individual board member development (or a second board project).

The eight participants are Athena-Weston, Baker, Jefferson, Lake County, North Santiam, Philomath, Nyssa, and Multnomah ESD.

"We see this as an opportunity for Oregon students to gain in two ways," said Steve Kelley, OSBA's director of board development. "First, by local school boards sharpening their skill sets and gaining knowledge, and secondly by financially assisting students pursuing advanced degrees."

Program requirements must be completed by Dec. 15, 2016, and scholarship funds will be released in January 2017. Selected boards will be responsible for awarding student scholarships.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Travel Back in Time This Independence Day with a Ride on the Oregon Historical Society's Shay Locomotive (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 06/22/16 11:48 AM
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Portland, OR -- June 22, 2016 -- ALL ABOARD for an old-fashioned, all American 4th of July in Prineville, Oregon! This Independence Day, the Oregon Historical Society and the City of Prineville (COP) will run the Mt. Emily Shay #1 on a series of excursion trips beginning at 8am, with runs occurring every hour on the hour until the last train departs at 3pm. The Mt. Emily is a Shay steam locomotive built in 1923 which was designed to haul logs to the mill. It is one of only a handful of operable Shay locomotives left in the world, and it was donated to the Oregon Historical Society collection in the 1950s and has been lovingly cared for by the COP.

Boarding will be at the COP Team Track located at 1521 NW Lamonta Road. These historic rides are FREE and open to the public and each run can accommodate 90-100 people. Following your train ride through Prineville, you and your family are welcome to join the 4th of July festivities taking place throughout town. Visit http://www.mountemilyshay.com to learn more about Mt. Emily and her history.

Directions to the COP Team Track: Enter Prineville from HWY 126 Eastbound, and then turn left at the first light onto Harwood Street. Go North from Harwood to Lamonta Road, then turn left and continue ?1/4 mile. The Team Track will be on your left.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


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Powerball jackpot grows as Oregonians win
Oregon Lottery - 06/22/16 7:54 AM
June 22, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Michele Phillips of Eugene is the latest Oregon Lottery player to win $50,000 playing Powerball this year.

Phillips purchased her ticket at Dari-Mart #44 on River Road in Eugene and won by matching four of the five numbers and the power ball.

As the Powerball jackpot continues to grow to $184 million for Wednesday night's drawing, there are a number of Oregon Powerball players who have yet to claim their Powerball prizes. There are currently two Powerball prizes that have yet to be claimed, which combined equal $200,000.

In the June 8 Powerball drawing, a winning ticket was purchased in North Bend that matched four of five numbers and the Powerball and added the Power Play multiplier option for an additional $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for the June 8 drawing was 3, which multiplies the $50,000 to $150,000. The winning numbers are 12-25-37-60-69 and a power ball of 20. The winner has until June 8, 2017 to claim their prize.

The oldest unclaimed Powerball prize is a $50,000 ticket that was purchased in Sisters Dec. 2, 2015 for the Dec. 9, 2015 drawing. The winning numbers for that draw are 7-10-46-50-56 and a power ball of 1. The player has until Dec. 9, 2016 to claim the prize.

All winners have one year from the draw date to claim their prizes.

The next drawing is Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and when the jackpot is won, it will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
Tue. 06/21/16
OSBA Board votes to support IP 65 on November ballot
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 06/21/16 4:05 PM
The Board of Directors of the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) voted this week to support Initiative Petition (IP) 65, a proposed measure on the November ballot that would establish the High School Graduation and Career Readiness Fund as part of the state General Fund.

The proposal by the non-profit advocacy group Stand for Children Oregon would dedicate an estimated $280 million -- about $800 annually per high school student -- every two years to prevent dropouts and reduce chronic absenteeism. It does not raise taxes or otherwise create a new revenue stream.

Under the proposal, school districts would use funds to establish or expand career and technical education (CTE) programs, create "college-level educational opportunities" for high school students such as Advanced Placement classes, and implement dropout prevention strategies in all high schools.

OSBA Board members said their support is based on the proposal's goal of reducing dropout rates. They also said it is important that funding for the proposal, as IP 65 explicitly states, be in addition to funds that would normally be allocated to schools.

In other action, the OSBA Board voted to remain neutral on two other education measures planned for the November ballot.

IP 67 would create a new Outdoor School Education Fund to ensure that all Oregon fifth- and sixth-graders have the opportunity to attend a weeklong outdoor school education program. The OSBA Board expressed its support for outdoor school, but had concerns that as much as $22 million in state lottery funds would be used to fund the program.

The Board also voted to remain neutral on IP 28, which is expected to raise a little over $3 billion each year by increasing taxes on those "C" corporations with sales in Oregon of greater than $25 million annually. Current estimates are that it would affect about 1,000 companies.

Under the proposal, such companies would pay a 2.5 percent tax on all sales in excess of $25 million. Revenue from increased taxes would go toward "additional funding for: public early childhood and kindergarten through 12th grade education; healthcare; and services for senior citizens." The proposal does not specify how the proceeds would be divided among those areas.

Among other issues, OSBA's Board expressed concerns about how much of the new tax would be dedicated to public schools.

"Our Board and our members support the concept of revenue reform," said OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones, "but we believe any new revenue should be dedicated to our public schools. OSBA is working on the revenue reform issue and we expect to have a proposal ready by this fall to show our members and the public."

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Update: Early season wildfire burns nearly 100 acres (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/21/16 2:49 PM
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A wildfire ignited Monday afternoon burning approximately 100 acres, five miles west of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District.

It was originally reported by crews that the fire was roughly 45 acres; however, remapping has shown the wildfire is larger. This is not due to fire growth, but better measurement.

The Chenoweth Fire began around 5:20 p.m. on state-protected land and burned through the night before crews could extinguish all visible flames.

Alongside the crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, a private contractor, Steelhead Enterprises, pitched in fighting this fire.

Firefighters will continue to strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. The fire is contained. Fire crews will work on hot spots the rest of the day.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.


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Sisters Shred Event
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/21/16 2:41 PM
Sisters Shred Event

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Sisters Station - Sisters
06/25/2016

By: Lt. Mark Eggert

On 6/25/2016 the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office in partnership with SecureShred, and NeighborImpact will host a shredding event. This event will take place at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Sisters substation, located at 703 N. Larch, Sisters, Oregon starting at 10:00 am and concluding at 12:00 pm.

Shredding

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and SecureShred of Oregon are collaborating on for this event to provide residents the opportunity to safely destroy personal documents and learn identity theft prevention tips.

The event is intended for private residential document shredding and is not for business or company disposal. At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have information how to avoid becoming an identity theft victim and what to do if you believe your identity has already been stolen.

No advance document sorting is necessary as shredding equipment can destroy paperwork with paper clips or staples attached. File folders and binders may also be shredded. There is no cost to the public for up to 4 medium size boxes of personal documents.



Donate a Non-Perishable Food

The Sheriff's Office is asking event participants to consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the NeighborImpact Food Bank.


Drug Disposal Program

At the event, the Sheriff's Office will also have a deputy available to collect outdated or unwanted prescription medication. No needles or over-the-counter drugs will be accepted.

The drug disposal program is designed to keep unwanted or unused medications away from abusers, children and animals. The program is also intended to reduce negative environmental impact to the water, soil and landfill's by using proper disposal practices.
Media Advisory - Fireworks Media Event
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/21/16 1:49 PM
Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe
Live safety demonstration -- safer use of legal fireworks in legal places

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Training Center
12400 SW Tonquin Road, Sherwood, Oregon

WHO: The Office of State Fire Marshal, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Forestry, Clackamas Fire District #1, Portland Fire & Rescue, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs, Multnomah county animal services, the Oregon Humane Society, and Oregon fireworks wholesalers will provide information on legal fireworks in Oregon, where fireworks may be used, education, and safety and enforcement efforts. Live fireworks demonstrations are scheduled.

WHAT: Keep it legal, keep it safe
Legal fireworks in legal places
Live demonstration -- Safer use of fireworks

June 23 opens the season for fireworks sales in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The Office of State Fire Marshal has issued more than 709 retail fireworks permits, and 211 display permits. Oregon law forbids possession, use, or sale of fireworks that fly, explode, or travel more than six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air. Bottle rockets, Roman candles, and firecrackers are ILLEGAL in Oregon.

All fireworks are prohibited on all Oregon beaches, in parks, and campgrounds.

Illegal fireworks can be expensive. Under Oregon law, illegal fireworks may be confiscated and offenders fined up to $500 per violation for possession of illegal fireworks and endangering life and property. Offenders may also be arrested. Any fireworks causing damage, or misuse of fireworks carries a liability for the offender, who may be required to pay for resulting fire or other damage. Parents are liable for fireworks-caused damage by their children. Costs may include assessed fines as well as the cost of suppressing fireworks-caused fires.
Operation Dry Water --It's all about Impairment (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/21/16 12:48 PM
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The Marine Board and law enforcement from 32 counties and the Oregon State Police will be participating in Operation Dry Water, during the weekend of June 24-26, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants (BUII).

Already this year, serious impairment-related boating accidents and fatalities have occurred on Oregon waterways. Many are still under investigation. This year and last, there were instances where marijuana contributed to accidents and fatalities. "Because there is clear evidence from Washington State that recreational marijuana increases fatal car crashes, we can only assume that some people will take their impairment to the water," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board. "To help marine officers prepare, we are training them to recognize drug impairment along with alcohol impairment and arrest those operators --including those with paddles," Henry adds.

Boating under the influence of intoxicants means prescription drugs, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, or any other substance that impairs a person's ability to make sound judgments and have the ability to safely operate a boat. The effects of drugs and alcohol are also amplified on the water with the combination of sun, glare, wind, waves and other motion.

Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face serious penalties. In Oregon, the consequences of being convicted of BUII include the possibility of jail time, $6,250 in fines and loss of boating privileges. Marine officers can arrest boaters on the observed impairment, which can occur under the .08% blood alcohol concentration and can legally obtain blood, breath or urine if a boater fails field sobriety testing. The Marine Board urges boaters to boat safe, and boat sober --by refraining from using any type of intoxicant.

"Overall, recreational boating is very safe if boaters wear their life jackets, boat sober, and keep a sharp lookout by watching where they are going and what's going on around them. Accidents and fatalities would be extremely rare. So far this year, the pattern for bad accidents includes impairment, distracted operation and no life jacket," Henry warns. Henry goes on to say, "The public is our ally in safe boating. If you see an impaired operator or someone who is operating in a way that threatens others' safety, call 911 and report it. The vast majority of marine officer contacts are educational in nature, but if someone is impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other drug, they will be arrested and will face the consequences. That's how we can all save lives."

For more information about Operation Dry Water, visit www.operationdrywater.org or the Marine Board's Boating Safety Program at www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Operation Dry Water 2016
Early season wildfire burns 45 acres
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/21/16 10:39 AM
A wildfire ignited Monday afternoon burning approximately 45 acres, five miles west of The Dalles in the Central Oregon District.
The Chenoweth Fire began around 5:20 p.m. on state-protected land and burned through the night before crews could extinguish all visible flames.
Alongside the crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry, a private contractor, Steelhead Enterprises, pitched in fighting this fire.
Firefighters will continue to strengthen the trails creating a containment buffer. They expect to have the fire fully contained within a few hours, and will work on hot spots the rest of the day.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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As we head into this week, the Fire Danger Level is Low to Moderate throughout the state. The Fire Forecast shows windy, dry weather will last for one more day throughout several regions. But temperatures look to remain around average as more showers are anticipated in the middle of the week. Summer weather is expected to return this weekend. It's a reminder to know the changing conditions before enjoying the outdoors!


FIRE STATISTICS:

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

- January 1, 2016, through Today, June 21, 2016:
Lightning-caused fires: 32 fires burned, 2,125 acres
Human-caused fires: 154 fires burned, 177 acres
Total: 186 fires burned 2,302 acres

- 10-year average (January 1st through the present date in the year):
Lightning-caused fires: 29 fires burned, 34 acres
Human-caused fires: 145 fires burned, 1,300 acres
Total: 174 fires burned, 1,334 acres
Crash Near Haines Takes Life Of One, Two Others Suffer Life Threatening Injuries - Baker County
Oregon State Police - 06/21/16 10:09 AM
On 6/20/2016 at approximately 6:26PM a driving complaint was called in to Baker County Dispatch concerning a blue Buick passenger car that was driving erratically. At approximately 6:30PM Baker County dispatch received a report of a 2 vehicle head-on crash at mile post 41 on Highway 30 involving the blue Buick that was called in previously.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Buick sedan was traveling eastbound when it crossed the centerline and was struck on its passenger side by a 2011 Toyota sedan. Upon crashing the front end of the Buick caught on fire and was extinguished by first responders and people that had stopped to help using fire extinguishers as well as a bucket and water from the ditch next to the road.

Medics arrived on scene and pronounced the female driver of the Buick, Christina Lynn LONG, age 39, of Haines, deceased. The driver of the second vehicle, Tricia Eileen PRICE, age 40, of Haines as well as a 17 year old passenger were both taken to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Baker City and then transferred by air ambulance to regional trauma centers for life threatening injuries.

A witness stated that he saw the driver of the Buick make a bad pass on a corner on Hwy 30 west of Haines. He stated that she passed a pickup in a corner and then quickly came to a stop in front of the pickup she had just passed at a high rate of speed. The witness stated that as he entered Haines he saw the Buick catching up to him from behind at a high rate of speed. He was concerned that the driver was going to rear end him so he pulled over. He stated he then pulled out behind it and was attempting to get a license plate to call in a driving complaint. He stated that when he came to the next corner he saw the Buick suddenly swerve into the oncoming lane of travel and crash into the other vehicle.

Roadway evidence suggests that the 2003 Buick braked aggressively and initially traveled in a straight path within it's lane of travel before veering sharply to the left into the oncoming lane as the vehicle rotated nearly 90 degrees counter clockwise where it was struck in the passenger side door the Toyota.

Highway 30 was closed in both directions for approximately 4 hours for the crash investigation. OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City Fire, ODOT, and Baker Rural Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Lottery launches responsible gambling training for retailers and servers
Oregon Lottery - 06/21/16 8:43 AM
Beginning this month, the Oregon Lottery is launching "Responsible Gambling & You," an online training program for Lottery retailers and their employees.

"This training is one facet of the Lottery's far-reaching responsible gambling program and illustrates our commitment to working at every level of the business to mitigate harm that can arise from gambling," noted Lottery Commission Chair Mardilyn Saathoff.

The Lottery created the training to enable video lottery retailer staff to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to direct people to resources and help related to gambling.

"Promoting responsible gambling practices and connecting people to help when needed is as integral to our mission as maximizing revenue," said Acting Lottery Director Barry Pack. "We are proud to partner with our retailers to bring this awareness to their employees."

Employees from 42 Dotty's locations are the first to pilot the training program that helps front line staff recognize opportunities to provide information on gambling and resources for problem gamblers in the context of providing excellent customer service.

"We are delighted to partner with the Oregon Lottery to promote responsible gaming. The overwhelming number of our customers play the Lottery for entertainment and fun. So we share with the Oregon Lottery a strong commitment to delivering the best possible experience for our customers and we applaud the Lottery for developing this new training program that will enable our employees to recognize and address problem gaming situations as they may arise," said Dotty's owner Dan Fischer, President of Oregon Services Inc., which operates the popular Dotty's chain of restaurants.

Dotty's is supplying employees with electronic tablets to take the interactive course. Employees can take the training on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. The Lottery worked with Janine Robinson, an international problem-gambling expert, to design training that teaches front line retailer staff how to provide accurate information about Lottery games, such as the odds of winning and how the games work and resources related to responsible gambling and problem gambling.

The Lottery plans to roll out this training to all its video lottery retailers during the summer months. "Providing this training to customer service staff is an important step in promoting awareness of problem gambling and the importance of responsible gambling," said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Tom Moore. "The Lottery has worked closely with its council partners on this project and we congratulate the Lottery and its retailers for bringing this important information to retailer staff."

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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments July 24th-30th in Salem, Oregon
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 06/21/16 6:50 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments July 24th-30th in Salem, Oregon

Vancouver, Washington--June 21st, 2016--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the first Camp Abilities on the West Coast for children and youth with visual impairments July 24th-30th, 2016 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the ages of 8 and 15.

Camp Abilities Oregon is primarily targeting Oregon residents; however, some out-of-state opportunities will be available on a limited basis. Campers will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. The purpose of Camp Abilities Oregon is to empower blind or visually impaired children to break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is often associated with their disability. Campers will be encouraged to take control of their own quality of life, and will be empowered to use their many talents to actively contribute within their communities. A variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, kayaking and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week. Registration for camp is currently open, but there is a waiting list for out-of-state campers.

"We are honored to offer this once-in-a-lifetime transformational program to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that reach far beyond participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to be successful throughout all areas of life," said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry

Camp Abilities Oregon is funded in part by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, but additional support is critically needed. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities Oregon 2016. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Last year, the organization served 1,200 individuals of all ages and abilities. NWABA was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were provided opportunities to participate in sports and physical activity.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

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Mon. 06/20/16
Smoke Management Committee to meet June 29, Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/20/16 5:20 PM
A five-member committee tasked with advising the Oregon Department of Forestry on the state's Smoke Management Plan will meet Wednesday, June 29, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- Pace and scale of restoration burning on public and private lands
- Update on spring burning, smoke intrusions
- Program fund balance
- Field Coordinator position status
- Study on the use of polyethylene on slash piles to reduce emissions from burning wet piles

The meeting agenda can be viewed at:
www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/SMAC.aspx

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Santiam Room - Building D, Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and public comments will be received at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

By Oregon statute, the Smoke Management Advisory Committee includes representatives of industrial and non-industrial forest landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the general public.
***Update - Names and Photos Released*** Head-On Crash On Highway 97 Kills Two - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/20/16 3:59 PM
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On June 20, 2016 at approximately 8PM OSP received a report of a head on crash on US Hwy 97 at milepost 171 (south of Lapine).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound 1991 Lexus was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2016 Ford Fusion head-on.

The driver of the Lexus, Alan James EUTSLER, age 29, of Bend, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Ford, Donald R ADAMS, age 45, and his front passenger, Barbara A ADAMS, age 30, were taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. An eight year old male passenger in the Ford was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of minor injuries. A 10 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Both were children of Donald and Barbara Adams. All were from Rathdrum, Idaho.

Highway 97 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Police, Lapine Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Speed and unlawful passing by EUTSLER is being considered as the leading factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation; more information will be released when it becomes available.

End Update

Previous Release:
On June 19, 2016 at approximately 8PM OSP received a report of a head on crash on US Hwy 97 at milepost 171 (south of Lapine).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a northbound 1991 Lexus was traveling northbound on Highway 97 when it crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2016 Ford Fusion head-on.

The driver of the Lexus, a 29 year old adult male, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Ford, a 45 year old male, and his passenger, a 30 year old female, were taken by air ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for life threatening injuries. A eight year old male passenger in the Ford was taken by ground ambulance to Saint Charles Bend for treatment of minor injuries. A 10 year old female passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Highway 97 was closed for over four hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. No further information will be released until families of the deceased have been notified.


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Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial Breaks Ground at Salem Capitol Mall (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 06/20/16 3:45 PM
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Salem, OR - June 20, 2016 - Flag Day, June 14, 2016, was celebrated with the groundbreaking for the long awaited Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial. The memorial is located in front of the Public Service Building on the Capitol Mall. The groundbreaking was organized by White Oak Construction, the company chosen to construct the memorial.

Oregon State Police (OSP) Lt. Cari Boyd, leads the organization which has raised over $235,000 for the project. The memorial will recognize 33 troopers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the citizens of Oregon.

"This is the most in-the-line-of-duty deaths of any law enforcement agency in the state of Oregon," Boyd said. She was pleased that millions of people will be able to honor these troopers at the memorial when they visit the State Capitol.

City Councilor Brad Nanke represented the City of Salem at the event. "I am proud to have this memorial in Salem," he said.

Dan Wellert, project manager at White Oak Construction said his company is fully committed to the project. He added, "From the citizen's perspective, it is so important to acknowledge what our police officers do for us and to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

Gene Bolante, lead architect at Studio 3 Architecture, shared artist renderings of the project. The memorial will feature a black basalt wall with the names of fallen troopers. In the center will be a map of Oregon with stars showing where each death occurred. An unfinished column will be placed in the middle to symbolize troopers who will never be able to finish their job. "We are so proud to be a part of this," he added.

The OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial is scheduled to be completed in October. They continue to accept donations for the project at www.OspMemorial.org. A Fallen Trooper Memorial Run will be held July 9, 2016, at Champoeg State Park. Sign up at https://runsignup.com/race/or/stpaul/ospfallentrooperrun.

A groundbreaking video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4YyD8z5z5w&feature=youtu.be


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Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council Meeting at Oregon State Library, 6/29/16
Oregon State Library - 06/20/16 2:13 PM
The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council will meet on June 29, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 103.

The Government Information and Library Services Advisory Council is established in the bylaws of the Oregon State Library Board to advise the staff of the Government Information and Library Services Program of the Oregon State Library. The Council will provide insight, consultation, and advice on strategies for better serving the information and research needs of Oregon state government agencies. The Council will also assist Government Information and Library Services staff in creating effective strategies and programs to inform state employees about services and to train state employees in the use of these services.

The following topics will be discussed at the meeting:

1) Welcome and introductions (5 mins) Margie Harrison
2) Discussion about the types of statistics we keep and report, and what statistics the Advisory Council would like for us to report (15 mins) Margie Harrison

3) Discussion about the Embedded Librarian initiative and input from the Advisory Council on ways to improve (15 mins ) Jerry Curry

4) Electronic Resources Roundup; new products, issues, news & information (15 mins.) Kate McGann

5) Report from the State Librarian (15 mins) MaryKay Dahlgreen

6) Staff Reports
a) Subscriptions Database InfoGuide (10 mins.) Margie Harrison
b) Oregon Documents Summit (5 mins.) Jey Wann
c) Bring Your Child to Work Day activities (10 mins) Claire Bolyard

7) Round Robin (15 min) (all)
a) Brief reports from council members about the work of their agencies

8) Adjournment
Interagency Wildland Firefighting School begins June 20 in Sweet Home (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/20/16 8:29 AM
The 5-day Fire School culminates in a live fire exercise
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(Sweet Home, OR) For the 20th consecutive year, forestry officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Bureau of Land Management are hosting an interagency fire school to prepare new firefighters for the rigors of fighting fire, both in Oregon's forests and in rural-urban interface areas.
Classes begin Monday, June 20, and continue through Friday.

This intensive training -- so essential to the safety and effectiveness of fire crews as they battle blazes during fire season -- is an opportunity for members of the media to observe and take video or photos of firefighting, initial attack, fire safety protocol and various tasks involved in fire suppression.

Co-Incident Commanders Shawn Sheldon, Deputy Fire Staff, U.S. Forest Service and BLM, Willamette National Forest; and Craig Pettinger, Unit Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry, Sweet Home; see fire school as an opportunity to train firefighters in both tactical skills and safety. Safety principles of fire training include wearing protective gear, safe use of tools, being on the lookout for hazards and maintaining proper spacing amongst workers.

"Fire School provides crucial education and training in wildland fire to new firefighters and gives career firefighters a chance to refresh their skills, explore leadership opportunities and come together as a team working towards a common goal," said Sheldon

"A nearby forest landowner, Cascade Timber Consulting, Inc., provides a new field site each year and we are very grateful," he added. "Field exercises greatly enhance the students' training experience -- working in smoke, hiking through uneven terrain and working closely with crew members to dig fireline are all things they'll experience this season as wildland firefighters."

More than 200 trainees from a variety of agencies across the state - including the Willamette, and Siuslaw National Forests, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Department of Forestry - will be in attendance this year. The interagency school takes place June 20 through Friday June 24 at Sweet Home High School, 1920 Long Street in Sweet Home.

Classes, then a field exercise
Trainees spend the first part of the week in a classroom setting. Classes include basic fire behavior, map and compass use, teamwork, safety, use of engines, tools and hose lays, fighting fire in the rural-urban interface and fire investigation. Students sleep in tents at the school and eat their meals communally, giving them a taste of a real fire camp.

"Safety is paramount in every aspect of wildland firefighting, and it begins with our training exercises," said Pettinger. "Working together in a training setting improves communications and builds effective relationships for the agencies to draw on during fire season."

The five-day course culminates in a live fire exercise. The June 24 exercise provides trainees with the final challenge: applying their newly acquired skills to suppress and mop-up a real fire.

For more information, please contact Public Information Officers Stefanie Gatchell, (541)367-3962, Dawn Sleight, (503)829-2216, or Joanie Schmidgall, (503) 569-2200.


Note to Media:
This opportunity offers access to both trainee and experienced firefighters as they prepare for the 2016 fire season. However, we require 24 hour notice of your intent to participate, as all media must be accompanied by an agency escort and have personal protective equipment.

Personal protective equipment includes Nomex pants, long sleeve Nomex shirt, gloves, hard hat, and boots with vibram soles. Protective equipment (excluding leather boots) may be available for media to borrow. Please contact Stefanie Gatchell to make arrangements.


Attached Media Files: The 5-day Fire School culminates in a live fire exercise
Sun. 06/19/16
FBI Arrests Bandon Educational Assistant & Coach on Child Pornography Charges
FBI - Oregon - 06/19/16 9:32 PM
FBI Agents, with the assistance of the Coos County Sheriff's Office and Bandon Police Department, arrested Sean Jeffrey Haga, age 30, on 15 federal charges including possession of child pornography, production of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Haga is an educational assistant, basketball coach and track coach in the Bandon School District. At this time, there is no indication that Haga abused any child other than a relative. Any parents concerned about possible inappropriate contact between their child and Haga should call the Bandon Police Department. Outside of the law enforcement process, parents who have concerns relative to the school district should contact Superintendent Doug Ardiana.

Late on the evening of Friday, June 17th, an online user unknowingly contacted an undercover FBI task force officer and shared alleged child pornography. The FBI worked through the night to identify the owner of that particular online user ID, the location from which it was being used, and the identity of the resident at that location. Based on all of the information developed, FBI agents in the Medford Resident Agency were able to obtain search and arrest warrants on Saturday, June 18th. The arrest occurred at 7:45 p.m. that evening, and the arrest was without incident.

Haga will make his first court appearance at the U.S. District Courthouse in Medford on Monday, June 20th.

A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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Injury UTV Accident (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/16 5:05 PM
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Location: Public land off East Antler Ave.

By: Sgt. Jayson Janes

Driver: Ryan C Rojas
24 years of age
Redmond, Oregon
Vehicle: Yamaha YXZ 1000R

Passenger: Bryce A Shiner
23 years of age
Bend, Oregon







On Sunday June 19, 2016 at approximately 1430 hours the Redmond Police Department responded to a reported UTV crash with injuries on public land off of E. Antler. Ave. They later determined the crash took place outside of the city limits and requested the Sheriff's Office respond.

Based on statements and evidence at the scene, it was determined Ryan Rojas was driving the Yamaha YXZ west on E. Antler Ave. Rojas drove over a bump in the road and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels.

Rojas was transported to St. Charles by air ambulance with serious injuries. Bryce Shiner did not report any injuries from the crash.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department and Redmond Fire Department.


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***Update- Second Driver Arrested *** Speed Racing Suspected As Cause Of Crash That Killed McMinnville Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/19/16 1:35 PM
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Second Arrest made associated with fatal crash which occurred on May 4, 2016 in Yamhill County.

On June 19th, 2016, Jeremy G HOPPER II, age 24, of Amity was arrested and lodged at the Yamhill County Jail. He was lodged on the following charges:

Manslaughter In The First Degree Bail $150,000
-Assault In The First Degree Bail $ 150,000
-Assault In The Fourth Degree Bail: $ 5,000
-Reckless Driving Bail: $ 5,000


On Saturday June 18, 2016 the driver of the 2013 Silver Mitsubishi Lancer, identified as Andrew RD OLSEN, age 22, of Lafayette was arrested and lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on the following charges stemming from the investigation into the crash that occurred on May 4, 2016.

ANDREW ROBERT DEAN OLSEN:
-Manslaughter In The First Degree Bail $150,000
-Assault In The First Degree Bail $ 150,000
-Assault In The Fourth Degree Bail: $ 5,000
-Reckless Driving Bail: $ 5,000

No further information is authorized for release.
End Release

Previous Release:
On May 4, 2016 at about 8:50 PM, OSP Troopers responded to a collision involving two vehicles on Highway 99W near milepost 34 (north of McMinnville).

Initial investigation reveals that a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling northbound on Highway 99W when it lost control and spun across the paved center median and struck a southbound 2004 Honda Odyssey van nearly head-on.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, Jeremy G HOPPER, age 24, of McMinnville, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. HOPPER's passenger, Natasha FISHER, age 18, of McMinnville was transported by air ambulance to a Portland hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Honda, Claudio MARTINEZ MARQUEZ, age 43, of McMinnville, was pronounced deceased at the scene. MARTINEZ MARQUEZ's passenger, Bonifacio MARTINEZ GARCIA, age 33, of McMinnville was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

The operator of a Silver 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer remained at the scene after the crash.

Speed racing is being investigated as a factor in the cause of this crash. Anybody with information regarding this crash should call the Oregon State Police at 503-472-2184.

HWY 99W was closed for approximately 8 hours. OSP was assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McMinnville Police Department, Newberg Police Department, ODOT, and McMinnville Fire Department.


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Missing La Pine Male (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/19/16 11:02 AM
Robert Lee Hughes
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MEDIA RELEASE

UPDATE To Missing La Pine Male

Released by: Deputy Jim Whitcomb

Occurred: June 19, 2016

NARRATIVE:

Robert Lee Hughes was located this morning at about 0900 hours and was determined to be OK and is no longer considered missing.

End of updated information.



Missing Person out of La Pine, Oregon

Released by: Sgt. Don Manning, Sgt. Mike Sundberg

Occurred: June 16, 2016

Location: La Pine, Oregon Harrisburg, Oregon

Missing Person : Robert Lee Hughes 65 year old male
La Pine, Oregon


NARRATIVE:

On June 15, 2016, at approximately 1430 hours, Robert Hughes left his residence in the La Pine area to visit family in the Harrisburg/ Brownsville, Oregon areas. On June 16, 2016 Robert Hughes left family from the Harrisburg/Brownsville areas to an unknown location. Based on information received in this investigation, it is believed that Robert could be suffering from depression and be a danger to himself. Robert was driving his silver, 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck with Oregon license plate YHN311. Robert Hughes likes to visit and fish at Deschutes River Cow Meadow area, Hanks Lakes, Winopee Lake, North Twin Lake, Little Cultus Lake. It was also learned that Robert could be visiting the area of Diamond Lake (four bays). Robert Hughes is further described as being 5 '10" and 270 lbs.


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating Robert Lee Hughes and his vehicle. If the public has seen Robert or his vehicle, or has any information on his current whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office through non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

A photograph of Robert has been attached to assist with locating him. No picture of his pickup is currently available.


Attached Media Files: Robert Lee Hughes
Sat. 06/18/16
Man Loses Life After High Speed Crash On Interstate 5 -Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/18/16 5:22 PM
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On June 18, 2016 at about 6:16AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a roll over crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 268 (south of Woodburn). This area of Interstate 5 is three lanes in each direction.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Hyundai was traveling northbound in the slow lane at a high rate of speed (witnesses estimated over 100 mph). A northbound 2002 Honda Accord was traveling in the middle lane when it made a lane change to the slow lane and into the path of the Hyundai.

The Hyundai lost control, exited the highway and struck a bridge pillar. The driver, Brandon L HUBBELL, age 21, of Willamina, was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Honda, Matthew G VOGT, age 27, of Corvallis was not injured.

The slow lane was closed for over 5 hours while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Marion County Sheriff's Office

More information will be released when it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Red Cross Responds to Warm Springs Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/18/16 10:15 AM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single family home fire in Warm Springs, Oregon. The fire occurred in the 2000 block of Otis Loop. The Red Cross Disaster Volunteers assisted 4 adults displaced by the fire and provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, 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 Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We provide hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. 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.
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***Update - Suspects Arrested*** OSP Seeking Public's Assistance With Elk Poaching Case - Columbia County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/17/16 8:15 PM
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On June 14, 2016 OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers from the Astoria, Saint Helens, and Portland offices followed up on an anonymous tip leading them to contact three subjects at two separate residences in northeast Portland.

While at the first residence, Troopers interviewed Esgar GARCIA, age 31, who admitted to shooting both bull elk while recreationally shooting near Scappoose. Troopers found several sets of deer antlers which GARCIA admitted were shot at night on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area (SIWA). Additionally, GARCIA admitted to shooting approximately other deer and two domestic cows on the SIWA that he had left to waste.

Troopers went to the second address, and interviewed Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ, age 41, and a 16 year old regarding the incident. During the interview, the 16 year old juvenile admitted to shooting several times at the elk with an AR-15. All subjects were arrested for the following crimes:

Esgar GARCIA was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season x 2
Waste of Game Animal x 2
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Lionzo GARCIA-RODRIGUEZ was arrested for:
Aiding in a Wildlife Violation: Unlawful Take of Bull Elk

16 year-old juvenile was arrested for:
Unlawful Take of Bull Elk: Closed Season
Waste of Game Animal

12 rifles, shotguns, and handguns were seized during the interviews, as well as the unlawfully taken deer antlers and two homemade sound suppressors. This is an ongoing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Previous Release:
The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the unlawful killing of two bull elk in Columbia County.

On the evening of May 29, 2016, OSP was notified of two dead bull elk in the area of Pittsburg Road near Baker Point (approximately 3 miles from Scappoose-Vernonia Highway). OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers responded and found two dead elk, determining they had been shot and left to waste. Investigation revealed the elk were most likely shot on or around Saturday, May 28th.

A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. The reward is comprised of $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-In-Poacher program and $500 from the Oregon Hunters Association Columbia County Chapter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact OSP Sergeant Joe Warwick through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information may be kept anonymous.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:
The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are 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, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, 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.

In addition, a reward may be issued for information that results in an arrest/conviction of a person who has illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who "work" the system and falsely apply for resident licenses and/or tags are not legally hunting and/or angling and are considered poachers.

Increasing damage to wildlife habitat by off-road vehicles prompted the Oregon Hunters
Association (OHA) in 2009 to create the Natural Resources Reward Program that offers a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone causing natural resources damage by the illegal use of motorized vehicles and is similar to its highly successful TIP program.
$100 Game Fish
$100 Upland Birds
$200 Habitat
$250 Deer, Bear, Antelope, and Cougar
$500 Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Moose, and Mountain Goat

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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Two Killed In Separate Crashes In Southern Oregon (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/17/16 7:58 PM
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On June 17, 2016 at about 2:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 66 near milepost 10 (east of Ashland). Upon emergency crews arriving they found the driver of the vehicle had been ejected and was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota coupe was traveling westbound on Highway 66 when it failed to negotiate a corner. The Honda left the roadway and traveled down a steep embankment where it rolled over. The driver, Lauryl J LOCKWOOD, age 27, of Ashland, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The second crash occurred on June 17, 2016 at about 4PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 at milepost 62 (near Merlin). Upon crews arriving on scene they discovered a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu had been southbound on Interstate 5 when, for unknown reasons, left the roadway on a sweeping curve. The Chevrolet crossed an open grassy area, rolled over and struck a tree.

Emergency crews arrived and transported the driver to Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass where he died from his injuries. The driver was identified as Brandon AJ MAY, age 23, of Central Point.

Both crashes are still under investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Red Cross Responds to Umatilla County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/17/16 5:53 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region are assisting one adult displaced by a single family fire that occurred on Rasberry Lane in Milton-Freewater. The Red Cross is providing resources to help address the immediate basic needs such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health. For additional information - please contact the local fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. We advocate for emergency preparedness and offer 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.
Oregon announces preliminary health rate decisions
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 06/17/16 1:04 PM
Salem -- Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see the state's preliminary decisions for 2017 individual and small employer health insurance rates. The Department of Consumer and Business Services must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.

These preliminary decisions will undergo continued review and discussion through public hearings being held in Salem and streamed online June 22-23. The public comment period also will remain open through Friday, June 24. There will be a dedicated public comment period during each public rate hearing. For a schedule of hearings and to submit comments online, visit www.oregonhealthrates.org.

Health insurance rates are an estimate of future expenses, including medical and prescription drug claims costs and administrative expenses. These estimates are based on historical data and forecasts of future trends.

The department reviews rates to ensure they are reasonable and actuarially sound -- meaning they are sufficient to cover costs so that health insurance companies can pay claims, but not excessive. After reviewing 2017 rate proposals, the department made a few adjustments, but concluded most rates were reasonable based on projected expenses for 2017.

In the individual market, the division's preliminary rate decisions range from an average rate increase of 9.8 percent to an average rate increase of 32 percent, depending on the insurance company. Under the preliminary decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $312 to $442 a month.

In the small group market, the division's preliminary rate decisions range from an average rate decrease of 8.9 percent to an average rate increase of 17 percent. Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $266 to $362 a month.

Click this link for company-specific information: http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/Insurance/news/Documents/2016/june172016-attachment.pdf

"Our preliminary decisions reflect some instances where we believe assumptions were not fully justified or not reasonable," said Laura Cali, insurance commissioner and administrator of the department's Division of Financial Regulation. "However, we generally see the need for rates to increase in order for insurers to be able to meet their obligations to policyholders."

Factors for the rate increases include:
State and federal "reinsurance" programs, designed to help insurers offset the risk of insuring more people who now have access to coverage, are ending in 2016.
Medical costs continue to rise, driven by increased utilization and advances in prescription drugs and medical technology.
Costs have exceeded premiums in recent years, so insurers have less capacity to absorb more losses.

"Health reform has provided access to insurance coverage for more Oregonians, which has been a positive for the health of our state," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "However, factors that have more to do with provider costs, such as prescription drugs and contracts with specialty providers like hospitals and dialysis centers, are increasing important factors that are not dealt with through insurance rate regulation."
Preliminary decision information for each carrier can be found at www.oregonhealthrates.org.

The proposed rates are for plans that comply with the Affordable Care Act for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through an employer. Final decisions will be released July 1.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit dcbs.oregon.gov.
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (DCSOSAR) rescue's fallen hiker at Hidden Forest Cave
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/17/16 12:59 PM
Released by: Deputy Jeff Winters
Assistant SAR Coordinator

Occurred: 06/16/2016 at 9:31 p.m.

Location: Hidden Forest Cave

Fallen Hiker: Erik Siefken, 21 years old
From Bend Oregon

NARRATIVE:

On 06/16/2016 just after 9:30 p.m., Deschutes County 911 received a call reporting an adult male (Erik Siefken) had fallen while hiking in the bottom of Hidden Forest Cave. It was reported that Erik had sustained non-life threatening injuries, but needed assistance getting out of the area.

Hidden Forest Cave is located in the same area as Arnold Ice cave on China Hat Road near Mile post 13. Hidden Forest Cave is a large, deep depression in the ground and is not a traditional cave in the sense that it lacks an underground tunnel that is accessible to the public.

Much of Hidden Forest Cave has vertical and/or near vertical rock walls that rise up approximately 25' from the cave floor. The south end of the cave has a steep hiking trail that leads to the bottom. Most of the bottom of the cave is covered with large, loose, lava rock boulders.

It was reported that Seifken had been hiking in the bottom of the cave with his wife and attempted to climb up one of the near vertical walls. Seifken lost his grip/footing and fell about 10-12 feet to the cave floor where he remained, waiting for rescue.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m., DCSOSAR was activated. At about 11:00 p.m., an advance team of 1 Deputy, 1 SAR Rescue Leader and 1 USFS Law Enforcement Officer located Seifken and made an initial assessment of his injuries and overall condition. It was confirmed that Seifken's injuries were non-life threatening, but he would need to be manually transported out to the parking area.

At about 11:30 p.m., the remaining team of 17 volunteer rescuers reached Siefken and began preparing him for transport. After being loaded into a wheeled liter, the volunteers moved Seifken over the boulder field and out of the cave, back to the parking area which was about ?1/4 mile away. Due to the rugged terrain, it was necessary to physically carry Seifken much of the way.

Upon reaching the parking area, Seifken was turned over to medics from Bend Fire and Rescue for transport to St. Charles in Bend, where he was treated for his injuries.

The Sheriff's Office would like to urge the public to exercise due caution when recreating in wilderness areas.
VA Northwest Health Network announces new VA Portland Health Care System Director (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 06/17/16 12:09 PM
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VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael W. Fisher as the new Director of VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS). Fisher will oversee delivery of health care to more than 95,000 Veterans with approximately 4,000 staff and an operating budget of $813 million.

"We are excited to bring Mr. Fisher on board as the new director of VAPORHCS," said Michael Murphy, Interim Network Director, VA Northwest Health Network, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20. "His strong leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the VISN, the employees and volunteers, and most importantly, for the Veterans we are honored to serve. His arrival date in Portland is scheduled for July 24"

Mr. Fisher currently serves as Director at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS), a position he has held since June 29, 2014. VALBHS is a Clinical Referral Level 1B facility with five community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) in the Southern California area. As Director at VALBHS, Mr. Fisher is responsible for the care and services of over 56,000 Veterans and oversees an operating budget of $500 million+ and 2600+ employees. Mr. Fisher sets the vision and strategic direction for the healthcare system by developing initiatives and tactics in alignment with VA national and regional priorities.

VAPORHCS consists of a tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore. and the Vancouver Division, located near downtown Vancouver, Wash. VAPORHCS also operates ten additional community outpatient clinics across Oregon located in Warrenton, Bend, Salem, Fairview, Newport, Lincoln City, West Linn, Hillsboro and The Dalles, a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland. The main Portland medical center sits adjacent to its major academic affiliate, Oregon Health & Sciences University, and is part of VISN 20, which includes facilities in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The Portland Campus is a tertiary care, teaching, and research facility classified as a 1a complexity level facility, which, along with the Puget Sound Healthcare system in Seattle, Wash. acts one of two referral facilities for the entire Northwest Health Network, VISN 20.

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Second Suspect Arrested From Shooting - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 06/17/16 11:26 AM
On Wednesday June 15th, 2016, detectives from the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section in Central Point arrested Robbie Shane CRUZ, age 32 of Grants Pass. CRUZ was arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation into a shooting that occurred On April 19th, 2016 at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. Detectives previously arrested Linzin Rooni Eshalom, age 33, from Arizona on multiple charges related to this incident. CRUZ was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on the following charges...

- Conspiracy to commit Burglary in the 1st Degree
- Conspiracy to commit robbery in the 1st Degree
- 2 Burglary in the 1st Degree
- 2 Robbery in the 1st Degree
- 2 Assault in the 2nd Degree
- 2 counts of attempted murder
- Assault in the 1st Degree
- Unlawful use/carrying a dangerous weapon

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and as such, no further information is being released at this time. Any questions should be forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:

On April 19th, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, OSP Troopers were dispatched to the report of a home invasion robbery at 8051 Holland Loop Road in Cave Junction. The report indicated one occupant of the residence was pistol whipped and shot by the suspect(s). The initial report indicated that there were four suspects who were dressed in black with masks covering their faces.

The resident at 8051 Holland Loop Rd was the victim to this incident. He was injured during the incident and was treated and released from Three Rivers Medical Center on April 20, 2016.

While OSP Troopers were on scene of the home invasion, Asante Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass reported a unidentified male had been transported and left at Three Rivers Hospital. The report indicated the unidentified male had been shot several times.

Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Division responded to assist. The subsequent investigation has revealed the following information:

The unidentified male who was dropped off at Three Rivers Hospital was later identified as 32 year old, Linzin Rooni ESHALOM. ESHALOM was set to be discharged after a medical procedure on the evening of April 25th. Prior to that procedure, he self-discharged from the hospital with the assistance of his mother and sister. Linzin Rooni ESHALOM was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona on April 26th. 2016 in connection with the incident.
OSBA Board members advance school priorities in U.S. Capitol (Photo)
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 06/17/16 9:58 AM
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Salem -- Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board members visited the U.S. Capitol this week to discuss educational priorities with Oregon's congressional delegation. On June 14, they urged Congress to uphold local governance and flexibility while implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, increase federal funding for Title I, and discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools.

OSBA Board members who advocated these priorities on behalf of Oregon schools are: President Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD); President-elect Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville SD); Vice President LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD); Secretary-Treasurer Don Cruise (Philomath SD); Past President Dave Krumbein (Pendleton SD); Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD); and Hank Perry (Douglas ESD).

The OSBA delegation met with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden.

OSBA Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones praised the advocacy visits, which occurred in conjunction with the National School Boards Association's Advocacy Institute: "Our senators and representatives were very attentive to learning from school board leaders about the impacts of these federal policies and laws on Oregon students. It's a dialogue that we will continue as we jointly work to ensure success for every student," she said.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.


Attached Media Files: Members of the OSBA Board visit with Sen. Jeff Merkley; from left to right: Dave Krumbein, Kris Howatt, Betty Reynolds, Sen. Jeff Merkley, LeeAnn Larsen, Executive Director Betsy Miller-Jones, Hank Perry, Don Cruise and Doug Nelson.
Three Oregon CAP members to receive national awards (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/17/16 8:18 AM
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Three members of the Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol are receiving national awards at the CAP National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in August.

There are 52 Wings in CAP organized into eight CAP Regions. These award winners are considered the top in their specialty area in the nation for 2016.

Maj Bradley Naas will receive the Brig. Gen. Jeanne M. Holm Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Officer of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding performance in aerospace education by CAP Aerospace Education Officers assigned to duties at the squadron, group, wing or region levels. Maj Naas, a retired shop/technology education schoolteacher, is the Oregon Wing Director of Aerospace Education. He is a member of the Columbia Composite Squadron which meets at the Portland Air National Guard Base. Educating youth and adults about aviation is one of the three major missions of Civil Air Patrol.

"Maj Naas enjoys seeing cadets getting sparked by aviation," said Lt Col Scott Maguire, Commander of the Columbia Squadron. "He teaches and encourages our cadets and helps the rest of our squadron members to do a better job of teaching the cadets."

Lt Col Rogers Walker will receive the Counter Drug Officer of the Year Award. CAP performs counter drug missions in accordance with public law, implementing Department of Defense and Air Force policies, directives and instructions. CAP, with concurrence with USAF, has established national agreements with federal law enforcement agencies to assist in locating illicit drug trafficking and growing activities. Lt Col Walker is the Oregon Wing Counter Drug officer. He is a member of the High Desert Squadron, based in Bend.

"Lt Col Walker is a mainstay in our Squadron - someone we can always count on and who is very good at whatever work he takes on, be it in the airplane or in the Incident Command Post," said Capt Mike Wissing, Commander of the High Desert Squadron. "I am thrilled that he has won this award and is being recognized for his incredible dedication to the Civil Air Patrol. He epitomizes all of our core values and is an indispensable asset."

Cadet 2nd Lt Simon J. Chuang is the 2016 Air Force Sergeant's Association NCO of the Year Award recipient. 2nd Lt Chuang is a member of the Aurora Composite Squadron, which meets at the Aurora State Airport. NCOs or non-commissioned officers are varying levels of sergeant and can serve as Flight Sergeants and other positions within a squadron. The selection process was based upon his numerous achievements within CAP and he received a favorable recommendation by his commanders. As this year's recipient, he and two guests will get free lodging and registration for the national convention. After he was nominated for this award, Cadet Chuang was promoted to an officer rank (2nd Lt) after serving in several NCO positions.

"Cadet Chuang is a living example of the Civil Air Patrol Core Values," said Capt Marc Minato, Commander of the Aurora Squadron. "He was an exemplary NCO in the Aurora Squadron, and a model of integrity."

These three recipients were named as the Officer of the Year in their specialty area at the state level and were selected from among all the recipients of the six states in the Pacific Region as the top person in the whole region in that specialty. The Oregon Wing is the only state in the Pacific Region to have three people receive this level of national recognition this year.

These awards will be presented on Aug. 13, 2016, at the event to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville.

Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

CAP, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.


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On Your Mark, Get Set... READ! (Photo)
Oregon State Library - 06/16/16 4:16 PM
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Contact: MaryKay Dahlgreen
State Librarian
503-378-4367


June 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

School is out for the summer! Research by Harris Cooper and his colleagues indicates, "At best, students showed little or no academic growth over summer. At worst, students lost one to three months of learning." How are you going to help your children remember what they learned last year so they're ready to level up when they go back to school?

Providing children access to books, allowing them to choose what they want to read, talking with them about what they are reading, and going to the library are four things you can do to help your children stay at the same reading level or improve their reading skills this summer (Kim, 2006). But don't forget, kids need a break from the rigors of school so make fun the priority of summer learning!

All public libraries in Oregon offer a free summer reading program. While the fun activities and reading challenges may be different at each library, they all have great books for kids to choose from and opportunities for kids to make new friends. Most libraries also have arts and crafts and STEM activities so kids can do fun thing to practice the skills they learned in school last year. Many libraries also bring in professional performers that put on free shows for families to enjoy together. Contact your local public library to find out what's going on in your community this summer (Oregon Library Directory, http://libdir.osl.state.or.us/).

The statewide summer reading program at local libraries is supported in part by the state general fund through the Ready to Read grant program and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, both administered by the Oregon State Library.

References:
Cooper, H., Nye, B., Charlton, K., Lindsey, J., & Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of summer vacation on achievement test scores: A narrative and meta-analytic review. Review of Educational Research, 66, 227-268.

Kim, J. (2009). How to Make Summer Reading Effective (National Summer Learning Association Research in Brief). Retrieved from http://summerlearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/HowToMakeSummerReadingEffective.pdf


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Corps seeks comments on Baker County permit application
US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District - 06/16/16 2:19 PM
US Army Corps of Engineers
Portland District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking comments on a request by the Idaho Power Company to conduct work in Baker County, Oregon.

Public Notice NWP-2016-147 is available at
http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Notices/
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission to meet June 29 in Lebanon
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/16/16 1:41 PM
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its third meeting of the year June 29 in Lebanon. Commissioners will gather from 8 a.m. to participate in work sessions and training at the Best Western Boulder Falls Conference Center, 505/605 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon. Commissioners will convene an executive session at 9:30 a.m. at the same location to discuss acquisition priorities and opportunities, and potential litigation. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

Award recreation grants to Oregon communities.
Approval the "Agency Request Budget" for 2017-2019.
Remove the scenic bikeway designation from the Metolius Loops route in Central Oregon, and approve a designation for the Oregon Outback route in south central Oregon near Lakeview.

The agenda includes an action item recommending removal of the Metolius Loops Scenic Bikeway designation. The recommendation comes after a public review of the 5-year old route and is due to a conflict with pre-existing federal wild and scenic river management plan that limits promotional options for the area. The roads are still open to bicycling, but will not be promoted as part of the Oregon scenic bikeway system.

The draft agenda and all other materials will be online at http://bit.ly/june2016agenda by 5 p.m. Friday, June 17. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.
OR 18 ramp to OR 99W (McMinnville) to close for part of two nights for deck work
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 06/16/16 1:10 PM
The OR 18 eastbound connector ramp to OR 99W will close for parts of two nights on Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 to put in new deck protection. The ramp will be closed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on June 19 to do deck prep shot blasting. The ramp will then be closed the next night from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. to put down the new deck surface.

The local detour for traveler both nights is W. McMinnville Bypass to E. McMinnville Bypass, to SE Stratus Ave. to SE Norton Lane where there is a light to go left in to McMinnville or turn right and continue to OR 99W north of McMinnville.

Travelers should plan on extra travel time while using the detour. The work is weather dependent.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/16/16 12:49 PM
Prepared by: Sgt. K. Dizney (541) 693-6911

Vehicle 1: Mickel, Stephen Chase (age 21)
Bend, Oregon

2009 Hyundai Elantra 4 door passenger car (silver)



On Thursday, June 16, at approximately 0723 AM, deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to assist an off duty sheriff's deputy who came across a fatal motor vehicle crash on S. Century Drive near Big River Drive. The off duty deputy was able to determine the driver, and sole occupant of the car was deceased, and was assisted at the scene by La Pine Fire Department.

Deputies conducted an investigation and determined the driver, Stephen Chase Mickel (age21), was traveling westbound on S. Century drive negotiating a right curve in the roadway. Mickel failed to maintain his lane of travel and drifted into the oncoming lane, then onto the shoulder on the opposite side of the road. Mickel attempted to bring his car back up on to the pavement at which time the car slid sideways and rolled several times coming to rest on the north shoulder of the roadway.

Speed and/or distracted driving are believed to be related to this crash. Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected at this time. It was determined Mickel was on his way to work in the area of the high lakes at the time of the crash. Further investigation determined the crash occurred within minutes of the off duty deputies arrival.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was assisted by and would like to thank the Oregon State Police, Deschutes County Road Department, Sunriver Police Department, and the La Pine Fire Department. Due to the investigation S. Century drive was closed between Bonanza Lane and Big River Drive for approximately 3 hours. This investigation is ongoing.
Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 06/16/16 9:01 AM
For the eighth consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.

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Oregon Army National Guard general to retire in ceremony (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/16/16 9:00 AM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard will host a retirement ceremony in honor of Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton scheduled for June 17 at 3:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center, located at 3225 State Street, in Salem, Oregon.

Plimpton most recently served as the commander of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component Command), which oversees all Army operations for the State of Oregon and is responsible for more than 6,000 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers. Brig. Gen. William Edwards succeeded Plimpton and assumed command of the Oregon Army National Guard in a change of command ceremony, April 3, 2016, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon.

"Todd has a long and distinguished career as a Citizen-Soldier and we wish him the very best in his retirement," said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.

Plimpton began his 33-year military career in 1983 when he enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard. He served as an enlisted member in the 422nd Signal Battalion, where he became the assistant operations officer after receiving his commission through the Officer Candidate School at the Nevada Military Academy in 1986. The following year, he transferred to the Oregon Army National Guard, where he has served in a number of leadership positions over the span of his career.

Plimpton served as a weapons platoon leader and reconnaissance platoon leader for D Company, 1st Battalion, 249th Infantry Regiment. He was the Aide-de-Camp for the 82nd Brigade commander. He held several company-level commands including, B Troop, 1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry Regiment; E Company and then D Company, 1st Battalion, 186th Infantry Regiment.

Plimpton served as logistics officer, operations officer and then executive officer for the 1-186th Infantry Battalion. During his time in the battalion, he deployed to Sinai, Egypt, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002-2003. Upon his return from Sinai, he became the battalion commander. During his time as commander, the battalion deployed a significant number of Soldiers to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He deployed with the battalion to Louisiana in support of Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts in 2005.

In 2006, Plimpton took command of Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. In 2008, he deployed again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the commander of Afghan Regional Security Integration Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Plimpton served as the strategic planner for Joint Force Headquarters before taking command of 82nd Brigade (Troop Command) in 2009. He then became the Assistant Adjutant General -- Army before taking command of the Oregon Army National Guard in 2013.

Plimpton's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters; Army Commendation Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, among many other federal and state awards. He was also awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

In his civilian career, Plimpton is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Nevada in 1987. He holds a Master's in Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University. He also completed a Masters of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

He is a member several professional associations, including Military Officers Association of America; National Guard Association of the United States; Oregon National Guard Officer Association; American Bar Association; Knights of Columbus; Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America; and Lovelock Lions Club.

Plimpton and his wife, Jill, currently reside in Lovelock, Nevada, and they have four children together; Eric, Ben, Scott and Katie.

Photo Captions:
141111-Z-PL993-045: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton, commander of the Oregon Army National Guard, speaks to an audience of more than 100 fellow Veterans from all eras, family members and guests at an event hosted by the Beaverton American Legion Post 124 in Beaverton, Ore., Nov. 11, 2014. (Photo by Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

160403-Z-OT568-022: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel (left), Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton with the Oregon Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon, for his service as the Land Component Commander for the Oregon Army National Guard. Plimpton is scheduled to retire following a 33-year military career. In his civilian career, he is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

160403-Z-OT568-031: Brig. Gen. Todd Plimpton speaks to an audience as he relinquishes command of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component) in a ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon. Plimpton is scheduled to retire following a 33-year military career. In his civilian career, he is a partner with the law firm of Belanger & Plimpton, in Lovelock, Nevada. (Oregon Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)


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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates 51st class. (Photo)
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Cadet Abigail Tamay speaks to a packed crowd about what graduation from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe (OYCP) program has meant to her and her family during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Cadet Pedro Pachenco is presented with the Overall Outstanding Cadet of the Company award by (left to Right) Shey Mikelson, Superintendent of OYCP, Mrs. Jeanne Atkins, Oregon Secretary of State, and Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) Cadet Color Guard post the colors, kicking off the 51st OYCP graduation, at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) director, Daniel Radabaugh, proudly announces the accomplishments of the 51st OYCP class during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program (OYCP) drill team sits in the front row awaiting graduation of the 51st OYCP class during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15. The OYCP program helps wayward children who are behind in school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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Oregon Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation (OAHAC) - Special Meeting
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 06/15/16 4:02 PM
OAHAC Special Meeting
Purpose: To approve amendments to Hardest Hit Fund programming.
Date: June 20, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. PDT,
Location:
Conference Room 336
Oregon Housing and Community Services Department
725 Summer Street NE, Suite B
Salem, Oregon 97301-1266.
Fatal Crash near Condon
Oregon State Police - 06/15/16 2:42 PM
On June 15, 2016 at 6:25 AM The Dallas OSP office responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on state highway 206 near milepost (MP) 26.

Preliminary investigation revealed a red Chevrolet sedan was westbound when the driver, Richard W. Miller (age 74 from Mt. Vernon) drifted off the westbound lane when started through a left hand corner. Miller attempted to gain control of the vehicle and over corrected. The vehicle came to rest on its top on the eastbound shoulder. Miller was pronounced deceased at the scene. Miller was wearing his seatbelt and there was no airbag deployment. Miller had a dog in the vehicle that survived the crash.

OSP was assisted by Gilliam County SO, Gilliam County Fire/Rescue and ODOT. One lane was opened after two and a half hours.
Officer involved shooting in Douglas County ** UPDATE #1****
Oregon State Police - 06/15/16 2:34 PM
UPDATE # 1

The victim female is currently receiving treatment for serious but non-life threatening injuries at Sacred Heart at Riverbend in Springfield. The name of the deceased suspect is not being released pending next of kin notification.

Three Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office have been identified as being involved in the officer involved shooting. The three deputies are currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol during officer involved shooting investigations.

Per the Douglas County Response to Deadly Physical Force Plan and the Douglas County Major Crimes Team agreement, a Major Crimes Team was activated to investigate the incident. At the request of Sheriff John Hanlin, and in consultation with the District Attorney's Office, the Oregon State Police has been designated as the lead investigative agency.

No further information will be released at this time.

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Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council meets June 26 in Hermiston
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/15/16 2:24 PM
The Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Council will hold its summer meeting in Hermiston at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

The meeting will be in the Conference Room at the Knights Inn at 425 N 1st Street, Hermiston.

This meeting is free and open to the public and there is no charge for attending. OHTAC will be discussing old business including the Barlow Trail Multimedia grant project, wind farm activity and more.

In 1998, the Governor established OHTAC to oversee and provide advice on Oregon's16 historic trails. The Council is made up of nine governor-appointed volunteer-citizens working together to advise the Governor and to locate, preserve and encourage the use of these historic trails by Oregonians and visitors to our state. The Council meets three times a year to explore at least one of the 16 designated historic trails. Guided by local residents and/or public agency experts, the Council members evaluate and record trail conditions and discuss opportunities for the marking, interpretation and protection of the trails. For information visit the OTHAC webpage or contact Loren Irving, 541-480-4167.

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Marine Board Meeting in The Dalles June 28
Oregon Marine Board - 06/15/16 1:40 PM
For Immediate Release Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Marine Board Meeting in The Dalles June 28

The Oregon State Marine Board will be holding their quarterly Board meeting at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2014 West 7th Street in The Dalles, beginning at 8 am.

The packed agenda includes the following items:

Chapter 250 Division 011 --Steering and Sailing Rules, consideration of rule adoption
Chetco River Petition, OAR 250-020-0082, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
Insurance and Duplication Fees and Refunds, OAR 250-010-0058, consideration of rule adoption
Boat Operations in Jefferson County, OAR 250-020-0340, consideration of rule adoption
Boat Operations in Wallowa County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of rule adoption
Boat Operations on the Willamette River in Clackamas County, OAR 250-020-0032, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
Agency Representation by Officer or Employee, OAR 250-001-0035, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
Ocean Charter Vessels, consideration of initiation of rulemaking
Board Update for Multnomah Channel enforcement
2017-2019 Agency Request Budget & Key Performance Measures
Round Two Facility Grants
Petition and Rulemaking Procedures
Agency Section Staff Reports

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Friday, June 24 . The Board will accept public comment during the designated period at the beginning of the meeting on only those agenda items which did not have a pre-noticed comment closing date.

To view the agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/15/16 1:39 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 99th Basic Telecommunications Class.

The two-week course includes emergency call handling techniques, stress management, civil liability, ethics, criminal law, overview of fire-rescue and law enforcement operations, and a number of other topics. Upon completion of the course, students will return to their employing agency to continue their training for a number of months with a field training officer.

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification. There are approximately 950 men and women across the state who work in this profession in city, county, tribal, regional, and state public safety communications centers.

Basic Telecommunications #BT99 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Operations Supervisor Renee Heidy of the Frontier Regional 9-1-1 Center.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT99 on their successful completion of basic training.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #99

Dispatcher Micah Aldridge
Port of Portland Police Department

Dispatcher Nicole Aragon
Frontier Regional 9-1-1

Dispatcher Daniel Barnes
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Candice Bromley
Bureau of Emergency Communications


Dispatcher Jeffery Bucher
Lakeview Police Department

Dispatcher Michelle Capetillo
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Telecommunicator Alex Handsaker
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Misty Haugen
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Ashley Hollenbach
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Kathryn Hulscher
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Brittney Laubsch
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Sondra Mainord
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Kyleigh Mayner
Hood River County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Rachel Miles-Davis
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Rachel Nelson
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Travis Norfleet
Lebanon Police Department

Dispatcher Courtney Pattock
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Courtney Perry
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Christopher Prew
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Sarah Shields
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Tiffany Valenzuela
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Matthew Wamsley
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Brittany White
Bureau of Emergency Communications
FBI Offers $50,000 Reward and Launches National Campaign to Identify Serial Killer in Cold Case (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 06/15/16 1:20 PM
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The information below is part of a national campaign on a serial killer cold case. All inquiries should be directed to (916) 486-5555 or SacramentoOPA@ic.fbi.gov.



SACRAMENTO--Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, and Contra Costa Sheriff's Department held a press conference to announce the launch of a reward and national campaign to help identify the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, a violent serial burglar, rapist, and murderer who terrorized multiple communities in California throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

The digital media campaign includes the launch of a webpage, www.fbi.gov/EastAreaRapist digital billboards throughout the country; social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube; and audio broadcasts via podcasts and radio PSAs. The public can play an active role in helping law enforcement find the subject by sharing links to the website and official social media content.

Law enforcement asks the public to consider the following information when reviewing information about the case:
Did they live in one of the areas of criminal activity and remember someone in the area who matches the physical description of the subject or may have been known to spend a considerable amount of time in the areas?
Have they discovered a hidden collection of items among the belongings of a friend or family member--notably coins and jewelry--as described on the FBI webpage about the crimes?

The subject, who may be 60-75 years old now, was described as a White male standing approximately five feet, ten inches tall, with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build. He may have had an interest or training in military or law enforcement techniques as he was familiar and proficient with firearms.

People who know the subject may not believe him capable of such crimes. He may not have exhibited violent tendencies or have a criminal history.

Detectives have DNA evidence from some of the crime scenes which can either positively link or exclude a suspect. This enables investigators to quickly exclude innocent parties and the public should not hesitate to provide information--even if it is the name or address of an individual who resided in the areas of the crimes--as many parties will be quickly excluded by a simple, non-invasive test.

Between 1976 and 1986, this single subject committed 12 homicides, approximately 45 rapes, and multiple residential burglaries in the state of California. All of the crimes have been linked by DNA and/or details of the crimes. His victims ranged in age from 13 to 41 and included women home alone, woman at home with their children, and couples.

The subject was active in the greater Sacramento area from June 1976 to February 1978.
Burglaries and rapes began occurring in the Sacramento area during the summer of 1976. During these crimes, the subject would ransack the homes of his victims and take small items such as coins, jewelry, and identification. These cases include the homes of families, couples, and single women; burglaries in a neighborhood tended to precede clusters of sexual assaults. On February 2, 1978, Rancho Cordova couple Sergeant Brian Maggiore and his wife, Katie, were on an evening walk with their dog, chased by the subject who overcame the couple, and shot at close range.

His activity continued primarily in the East Bay Area of Northern California in 1979 and, by October 1979, his activity escalated into rapes and homicides/attempted homicides along the California Coast with homicides in Goleta (October 10, 1979, December 3, 1979, and July 27, 1981), Ventura (March 16, 1980), Laguna Niguel (August 19, 1980), and Irvine (February 6, 1981 and May 5, 1986). During the commission of the homicides, the subject tied up both victims, raped the female victim, and then murdered the couple.

After July of 1981, no associated incidents are known to have been reported for five years. In 1986, an 18-year-old woman was raped and murdered in Irvine. No additional crimes have been connected to the subject after this incident.

A graphic illustrating the general location of these crimes is available on the FBI's webpage.

The following is a listing of local law enforcement agencies who have investigated a crime believed to have been committed by the subject and the number of crimes in their jurisdictions:

Agency Sex Assaults Homicides
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department 24 2
Sacramento Police Department 4 1 assault w/ deadly weapon
Contra Costa Sheriff's Dept. 5 0
Concord Police Department 2 0
Davis Police Department 3 0
Fremont Police Department 1 0
Modesto Police Department 2 0
San Jose Police Department 2 0
Stockton Police Department 2 0
Walnut Creek Police Department 2 0
Irvine Police Department 0 2
Orange County Sheriff's Dept. 0 2
Santa Barbara Co. Sheriff's Dept0 4 +2 attempted
Ventura Police Department 0 2

Law enforcement is seeking any information that may help identify the subject, dubbed the "East Area Rapist" in Sacramento. He has also been called the "Original Night Stalker," "Diamond Knot Killer," and, more recently, the "Golden State Killer." Individuals with information about the subject may call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Additionally, information may be submitted to the FBI's online tip line, tips.fbi.gov.

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Cave Junction Male Arrested for Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/16 10:51 AM
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On 5/13/16, OSP Detectives in Central Point responded to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for a report of a 15 year old female who had been raped and assaulted by her stepfather.

Detectives interviewed the victim's mother and hospital staff. The suspect at the hospital was identified as Jeffrey Handley DOB 08/28/1971.

On 5/14/16 OSP Detectives received a call of a shooting that occurred at 146 Enchanted Way in Cave Junction, OR. It was reported a male subject had shot himself in the head and was still alive. The preliminary investigation revealed Jeffrey Handley, had shot himself in the head with a .22 long rifle in the back yard of the residence. Handley was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, before being transferred to OHSU Hospital for treatment of his injuries he sustained from the gunshot wound to his head.

Detectives interviewed the victim on 5/16/16 and she disclosed Jeffrey Handley had sexual abused her on multiple occasions since she was seven years old.

On 6/10/2016, Handley was interviewed at Forest Park Care Facility in Portland. Following this interview, Handley was arrested on the following charges and lodged in the Josephine County Jail:

Rape III
Sodomy III- 3 counts
Sex Abuse II- 2counts
Sodomy I
Unlawful Sexual Penetration I- 3 counts
Sex Abuse I- 4 counts


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State standard for opioid prescribing will follow CDC guideline
Oregon Health Authority - 06/15/16 8:54 AM
June 14, 2016

State standard for opioid prescribing will follow CDC guideline
Task force recommends new practice for pain management

A new Oregon standard for prescribing opioids for pain will be modeled after a federal guideline and, public health experts hope, improve patient care and reduce prescription drug overdoses in the state.

The Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force approved adoption of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain at its June 3 meeting in Portland. In its motion, the task force also encouraged more discussion at state, regional and organizational levels about how the guideline will be disseminated, communicated to patients and health care providers, and implemented.

"Opioid overdose is a major public health problem in Oregon and nationwide," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, state health officer and state epidemiologist at Oregon Health Authority. "This guideline is an important step toward addressing this problem. The task force voted to endorse the CDC guideline as the foundation for opioid prescribing in Oregon."

The 36-member task force is composed of physicians and other health care industry professionals representing local public health agencies, state and national professional licensing boards, associations and other nonprofit organizations. Hedberg and OHA Chief Medical Officer Jim Rickards, MD, are the task force's executive sponsors.

Each year in Oregon, there are more drug overdose deaths than motor vehicle traffic deaths. About 43 percent of those overdose deaths are associated with prescription opioids. Since the 1990s, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription-controlled substance sales, use, misuse, dependency and overdose due to opioids in Oregon.

Data from Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shows that prescribed opioid use is pervasive among Oregonians. In 2015, nearly 25 percent of Oregonians received a prescription for opioid medications, and in a recent national survey, Oregon ranked second among all states in non-medical use of pain relievers (i.e., prescription pain medication).

Reducing harms associated with alcohol and substance use is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan.

According to the CDC, the federal guideline is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain; improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment; and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose.

Developing and implementing an opioid prescribing guideline for pain management was a goal of the OHA's "Oregon Prescription Drug Overdose, Misuse, and Dependency Prevention Plan," published in November 2015. The plan also called for the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to assess high-risk behavior, prescribing thresholds, and dangerous co-prescribing--recommending multiple opioid medications--and use of multiple prescribers and pharmacies.

The plan also encourages reimbursement for non-opioid treatment for chronic pain, and implementation of pharmacy opioid management strategies.

In addition, OHA's prevention plan supports:

-- Improving the infrastructure for naloxone rescue medication, such as passing laws--as Oregon has--that allow lay people to carry and administer naloxone to people suffering from an opioid overdose.

-- Providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

-- Implementing routine collection, analysis and reporting of opioid overdose, misuse and dependency data.

-- Providing education and training of the public, providers, health systems, policymakers on the issues related to opioid overdose, misuse and dependency.

-- Collaborating with federal and state entities to support the work of the initiative to reduce prescription drug overdoses.

-- Improved safe drug disposal at pharmacies.

Hedberg said next steps for the task force include seeking endorsement for the new guideline from health care provider groups around the state, and getting the word out about them to other stakeholders through the end of the year.

"The hard work now begins with implementing and communicating about this guideline to clinicians, patients and the public," she said.

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Resources:

-- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html

-- Oregon Prescription Drug Overdose, Misuse, and Dependency Prevention Plan: https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/SubstanceUse/Opioids/Documents/prescription-drug-overdose-state-plan.pdf

-- Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan: https://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/HealthImprovement.aspx
Mack's Canyon Campground Now Provides All Boaters Access (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/15/16 8:34 AM
Jet boat motoring upstream on the Lower Deschutes River past the new boat ramp at Mack's Canyon
Jet boat motoring upstream on the Lower Deschutes River past the new boat ramp at Mack's Canyon
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Providing and improving access to Oregon's waterways is a key mission for the Marine Board, however, boating improvements can only be accomplished with willing partners who are able to dedicate time, staff and matching funding. Being in the waterway access business, one might think that building a boat ramp shouldn't be a hard thing to do, but add in a scenic waterway, protected fish, multiple jurisdictions, surveys, design concepts, permits and funding challenges, and things can get complicated quickly. In the case of Mack's Canyon Campground, a strong partnership formed between the Marine Board and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2008, when both agencies started down the path of improving the parking, restrooms and boating access at the site. Fortunately, this partnership remained strong through the diverse challenges.

After seven years, the improvements were completed and the final Boating Facility Grant payment was issued in June, 2015. The Mack's Canyon boat ramp improvements include a new concrete motorboat ramp, non-motorized ramp with staging area, and expanded single car and trailer parking. The site also has two, ADA --accessible walkways and vault toilets, and a dump station for disposal of human waste from boater's portable toilets. The cost for the improvements totaled $217,828 with the Marine Board contributing $104,414 in state motorboat funds and the BLM contributing $113,414 in cash and administrative services.

A local Maupin resident had been watching this project develop through the years and proposed an idea to make this project more special than it already becoming. Ron Walp wanted to explore the idea of having this ramp dedicated to Oscar Lange, a local hero and well-known river runner/guide. As a young man, Walp learned how to safely float the Lower Deschutes River from Oscar, who made a deep impression on him. Walp helped organize not only the naming of the facility, but the dedication event as well. Friends and family gathered at the boat ramp on June 3, to remember a remarkable man, and to give thanks to the various agencies that partnered in making these improvements happen. Based on first-hand accounts from friends, admirers and family during the facility's dedication, it was clear that Oscar made an impression on everyone he came in contact with, infecting everyone with a love and appreciation of the river. Many of the people who shared stories, including Walp, started out as customers and later became professional guides themselves. A local businessman, Oscar owned and operated Oscar's Sporting Goods in Maupin for decades, which was a one-stop-shop for many visitors to the area. He quickly earned a reputation of being strong willed, but full of knowledge that he was willing to share. Walp's single intention was to honor Lange in order to preserve his memory so people don't forget the past and to inspire others to learn and love the river the way Oscar did. A special plaque, provided by Sherman County, was unveiled by two of Oscar's daughters, and Craig Lesley, Oscar's nephew and author of "The Sky Fisherman," a novel inspired by Oscar shared the inscribed words.

"The Marine Board, in partnership with BLM and Sherman County, are happy to be part of naming the site, Mack's Canyon/Oscar Lange Memorial Power Boat Ramp," said Janine Belleque, Boating Facilities Manager for the Marine Board. "Recreational boaters will enjoy and appreciate this facility for many years." Belleque added, "It's a beautiful thing to be able to dedicate this ramp to someone who was so passionate about conservation, preservation, and stewardship of the river. This is a special place that's brought so many people together, and now everyone from rafters to motorboats can share this river and experience it's magnificence."

To view a slideshow of the dedication, visit www.facebook.com/boatoregon.
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Attached Media Files: Jet boat motoring upstream on the Lower Deschutes River past the new boat ramp at Mack's Canyon , Oscar Lange Memorial Plaque , View from the top of the new boat ramp.
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/15/16 8:04 AM
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Each year, an estimated five million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to anyone--a family member, a neighbor, even you. Yet it is estimated that only about one in five of those reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation are ever reported.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and we believe every Oregon adult deserves to live in safety -- free from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

Here are some Oregon facts:
Investigations by Adult Protective Services Specialists showed that statewide, a total of 4,181 older adults and people with physical disabilities were determined to have been abused in 2014.
Financial exploitation and neglect continue to be the most frequent forms of abuse. Together, they represent nearly 60% of all substantiated abuse in Oregon.
Financial exploitation remains the largest portion of both reported and substantiated abuse in community adult protective services. It increased by 11.5% from 2013 to 2014.
In community settings in Oregon, the accused person was more likely to be the adult child of the victim and financial abuse was more likely to occur. In licensed settings, the accused person was more likely to be a direct care staff or other employee of the facility/program and neglect was most likely to occur.
The average dollar amount lost by a victim of financial exploitation in Oregon in 2014 was $24,915. However, money is not all that is taken. Personal property, real estate, vehicles, medication, food stamps and other belongings are lost by victims. The estimated cost to our Medicaid and other government funded programs in Oregon in a single year is close to $2 million.

Behind these statistics are real people, both the victims of abuse and the many dedicated Adult Protective Services Specialists who work to protect older adults. Adult Protective Services Specialists in Oregon face danger, difficulty and hard choices every working day. We want to recognize you and thank you for the work you do.

Abuse reporting takes the collective efforts of everyone and understanding the issue is critical in order to reduce the problem. DHS offers many resources on the web, including signs of elder abuse and where to call for help: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/index.aspx.

The Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations also has annual reports of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation online at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/spwpd/adult-abuse/Pages/data.aspx. They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OregonOAAPI .

In addition, The National Center on Elder Abuse has a factsheet titled "Why Should I care about Elder Abuse?" It is worth sharing: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/Resources/Publication/docs/NCEA_WhyCare_508.pdf

Finally, because we're all mandatory reporters of elder abuse, as well as child abuse, today is another opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to keeping our most vulnerable individuals safe, healthy and independent. For more information on mandatory reporting, here is a link to our brochure titled "Reporting Abuse of Older Adults and People with Physical Disabilities: https://apps.state.or.us/Forms/Served/de9373.pdf
Commerical Motor Vehicle crashes into train trestle (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/16 7:50 AM
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On June 14th, 2016 at 4:10 PM the Oregon State Police- Oakridge Troopers were dispatched to semi tractor- trailer truck (CMV) versus Recreation Vehicle (RV) crash.

Preliminary evidence and statements revealed the CMV was westbound east of Lowell on Highway 58 when it lost control. For unknown reasons, the CMV driven by 37 year old Rana A. Tanveer from Live Oak California, lost control of the semi, jackknifed and crashed into a Union Pacific train trestle near milepost 14. An RV driven by 62 year old Breckenridge Colorado native Pamela Jane Herring, was eastbound and was unable to avoid the semi-trailer as it swung into the opposite lane as it crashed into the train trestle. Tanveer was not injured in the crash. Herring was trapped in the RV for over 2 hours before a coordinated effort was successful in extricating her from the vehicle. Herring was transported to the Riverbend Hospital for serious non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 58 was closed for over 3 hours as a result of the crash. OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, Eugene / Springfield Fire and Rescue, Goshen Fire, Dexter Fire, Union Pacific and NW Hazmat.


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Civil Air Patrol sends airplanes in emergency drill (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/14/16 10:11 PM
CAP Aircrew members Gabriel Fletcher and Jordan Hayes prepare Cessna 182 for earthquake recovery trip
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Civil Air Patrol members conducted several aerial photography missions Tuesday to continue working an earthquake scenario emergency recovery drill after most other agencies have stood down.

Oregon and Washington CAP personnel conducted activities this week to extend an exercise that began last week. Oregon and Washington launched Cascadia Rising as a major response to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast. Many agencies including CAP put in four days of exercises last week responding to power outages, road and bridge damage and the opening of emergency shelters. This week Civil Air Patrol is working under the Ardent Sentry scenario, which is a simulation that is several days farther into the crisis.

At least two flights were launched Tuesday after a day of waiting for showers, heavy clouds and thunder and lightning to pass through the area. The teams of three highly trained CAP members were flying photography missions to assess damage. The task for the day is to photograph U.S. Highway 101 from California to Washington. The photos will be delivered to the 1st Air Force, which will share with federal and state authorities to assess earthquake or flood damage and debris. Tsunamis often are triggered by earthquakes and can wash out or undermine coastal roads.

Personnel have reported to the Incident Command Post at the Bend Municipal Airport with Aurora working as a staging area dispatching flight crews, as able, from Salem, Medford and Aurora.

Yesterday, pilots flew missions so their crews could photograph Interstate 5 from Eugene to Wilsonville.

In a real-world earthquake such as the scenario is modeled upon, many airports and aircraft that normally would be used to perform these functions in Oregon would be damaged and unavailable. So, CAP would call in aircraft and aircrews from other states to fly into Oregon and assist.

Ardent Sentry continues through Friday. CAP works under the U.S. Air Force, specifically the 1st Air Force, for missions like this.

Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.


Attached Media Files: CAP Aircrew members Gabriel Fletcher and Jordan Hayes prepare Cessna 182 for earthquake recovery trip
Double Fatal Crash Investigation Continuing - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/14/16 10:02 PM
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On June 13, 2016 at about 11:55PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck versus passenger vehicle on Highway 22 near milepost 20 (just east of Stayton).

A 1993 Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Highway 22 when it crossed over the centerline, striking an eastbound 2007 Peterbilt tractor towing a box trailer head-on. The driver of the Honda, Oscar TOPETE CARRILLO, age 48, of Stayton was pronounced deceased at the scene. The passenger in the Honda, Cecilia ROMERO ESTRADA, age 33, also of Stayton, was critically injured and transported by air ambulance to a local hospital. She died while in transit. The driver of the truck, James ERICKSON, age 48, of Crooked River Ranch, OR received minor injuries.

Highway 22 was closed for over six hours with a detour established on Old Mehama Road. OSP was assisted by Stayton Police, Stayton Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Civil Air Patrol works on earthquake after other agencies stop
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 06/14/16 2:18 PM
More than 26 Civil Air Patrol members have gathered to continue working an earthquake scenario emergency recovery drill after most other agencies have stood down.

Oregon launched Cascadia Rising as a major response to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Oregon. Many agencies including CAP put in four days of exercises last week responding to power outages, road and bridge damage and the opening of emergency shelters. This week Civil Air Patrol is working under the Ardent Sentry scenario, which is several days farther into the crisis. CAP works under the U.S. Air Force, specifically the 1st Air Force, for missions like this.

Aircrews are waiting on breaks in the weather to fly photography missions to assess damage. On the docket is a set of overlapping flights to photograph U.S. Highway 101 from California to Washington. The photos will be delivered to the 1st Air Force, which will share with federal and state authorities to assess earthquake or flood damage and debris. Tsunamis often are triggered by earthquakes and can wash out or undermine coastal roads.

Personnel have reported to the Incident Command Post at the Bend Municipal Airport with Aurora working as a staging area dispatching flight crews, as able, from Salem, Medford and Aurora.

Yesterday, pilots flew missions so their crews could photograph Interstate 5 from Eugene to Wilsonville.

In a real-world earthquake such as the scenario is modeled upon, many airports and aircraft that normally would be used to perform these functions in Oregon would be damaged and unavailable. So, CAP would call in some of its fleet of aircraft assigned to other states to fly into Oregon and assist.

As a representation of that, an aircrew from Oakland, Calif., is visiting Aurora. Capt Jordan Hayes, 1st Lt Eric Choate and 1st Lt Gabriel Fletcher are from the Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron (Oakland 188). They were initially tasked to report to Bellingham, Wash., but weather there is worse. So they were instructed to stop short of that goal and work from Aurora.

Choate is the pilot. Hayes in the Mission Observer, who sits in the front right seat and assists the pilot with radios and other navigation and does visual searching from the right side of the aircraft. Mission Observers help record information during photographic missions in support of the back seat crew member, who would be the photographer. The back seat person, called the Mission Scanner, normally records activities and searches out the left side of the aircraft.

Interestingly, the California flight crew meets in the first purpose-building airport hotel in the world, and Amelia Earhart, an American woman pioneer in aviation, stayed there when she was alive.

Ardent Sentry continues through Friday.

Civil Air Patrol was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, by a group of aviation enthusiasts and private pilots who wanted to donate their time and aircraft to protect the nation's coastlines during World War II and to perform other critical civil defense missions.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually.

Civil Air Patrol's 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.
Riparian Rulemaking Committee to meet June 21, Keizer
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/14/16 11:24 AM
The Riparian Rulemaking Advisory Committee will meet on June 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Keizer Community Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE, in Keizer.

The committee will discuss:
- Timeline and expectations to complete the committee's work
- How to define the term "well distributed" for trees adding to the streamside buffer
- Possible relief for landowners impacted by the new policy
- Recommendations from the agency for integrating new rule language into the current rules
- How to determine fiscal impact imposed by the new rules

The committee advises the Oregon Board of Forestry on drafting language the board will consider when adopting rules to implement its decision to increase streamside shade buffers along some fish-bearing streams.

This is a public meeting that includes opportunities to provide comment at the beginning and end of the meeting. The meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities. Interpreter requests for the hearing impaired and other accommodations should be made by June 20. For more information about attending the meeting, please contact Susan Dominique, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon May 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 06/14/16 10:06 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2016 CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist
Video and Audio available at 10:00 AM


Oregon's Labor Market Largely Unchanged in May

Oregon's unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5 percent in May, the same rate as in the prior two months. This kept the state's rate close to the national level, as the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May and 5.0 percent in April.

Oregon's tight labor market is reflected in low numbers of long-term unemployed. Only about 10,000 Oregonians had been unemployed six months or more in May. This was far less than the more than 100,000 people in this situation during the wake of the Great Recession.

About 28,000 Oregonians were unemployed due to a job loss in May. In contrast, during the worst of the recession, more than 140,000 Oregonians were unemployed due to a job loss. Other reasons people are unemployed include those who have voluntarily quit their jobs and those entering the labor market.

Payroll employment gained only 1,200 in May, following gains averaging 5,300 per month over the prior 12 months. In May, most industries closely followed their normal seasonal patterns, with only a few major industries deviating substantially from their typical trend. Retail trade added 800 jobs and financial activities added 800. Meanwhile, other services cut 600 jobs while manufacturing cut 400.

Despite the modest May job gains, Oregon added 61,300 nonfarm payroll jobs over the year, equaling a growth rate of 3.5 percent. Since May 2015, construction grew at the fastest rate of the major industries, adding 8,100 jobs or 9.9 percent. The second fastest growing industry was professional and business services, which added 12,700 jobs, or 5.6 percent. Several other industries expanded by at least 4 percent: information (1,600 jobs, or 4.9%), other services (2,900 jobs, or 4.8%), health care and social assistance (9,900 jobs, or 4.5%), and leisure and hospitality (7,600 jobs, or 4.0%).

Manufacturing was the only major industry to decline since May 2015, as it cut 1,300 jobs, equaling a loss of 0.7 percent. May was the fourth consecutive month of declines in manufacturing. Several component industries within manufacturing cut jobs over the year including sawmills ( 300 jobs), primary metals ( 500), transportation equipment (-300), and paper manufacturing (-200).

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

Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed manufacturing industry employment components.

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 October, November and December 2015 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.


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Department of Revenue: tax scam season becoming year-round concern
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 06/14/16 10:00 AM
SALEM, Ore.--Tax Day was almost two months ago and, while most Oregonians have paid what they owe or received their refund, that's not stopping fraudsters from trying tax-related scams around the country.

The IRS reports that the latest variation on scammers' fraudulent collection calls is the bogus "Federal Student Tax." Like all phony collection calls, the caller will badger and threaten a person to try to get them to send money immediately--often via wire transfer or making a payment on an iTunes gift card or other prepaid card.

"We haven't heard about this specific scam hitting Oregon yet," said Ken Ross, who manages the Department of Revenue's anti-fraud efforts. "Whether it's this particular version or something else, we want to help Oregon taxpayers protect themselves from fraudsters throughout the year."

What can you do to protect yourself from tax-related scams, now or in the future? Revenue has some specific advice:  

Don't talk to callers that are badgering, threatening, or trying to make you do something immediately. If you owe taxes or other debt, call the agency to which it's owed at their published phone number to talk about the situation.
Revenue will only call you about money you owe after at least one notice has been sent by mail. If you receive a bill in the mail, contact Revenue as soon as you can to discuss payment.
Check consumer protection resources, like the Department of Justice's webpage at www.doj.state.or.us/consumer and the IRS' scam tracker at www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts, so you're aware of the types of scams happening and can better detect a scam if you become a target.

You can always review your state tax account through Revenue Online, a secure portal available at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax information, check the status of your refund, or make payments. You can also email questions.dor@oregon.gov; call 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or call, toll-free, 800-356-4222. 

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Deer Ridge Correctional Institution to host recruiting event (Photo)
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Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) in Madras will be holding a recruiting event for Correctional Officers on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Correctional Officers play an important role in Oregon's criminal justice system. Every day, they use leadership, communication, and social skills to positively impact the lives of the adults in custody entrusted to their care. Those who come on board at DRCI join a team of 4,500 corrections professionals across the state within the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotion, and continuing professional development.

To attend the full one-day recruiting event, interested applicants should arrive at 9 a.m. Attendees will receive assistance with the online application, scheduling for the National Testing Network (NTN) REACT test ($35 fee -- participants may register ahead of time at nationaltestingnetwork.com/publicsafetyjobs), and a tour of the facility. At 12 p.m., attendees will take the NTN REACT test, followed by interviews at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be offered throughout the day.

Those wishing to attend will need to bring valid photo identification (driver's license, military ID, or passport). Attendees may not wear clothing that is blue (including denim), camouflage, or suggestive. Cell phones and smartwatches cannot be taken inside the facility.

DRCI is located at 3920 E. Ashwood Road in Madras. Interested applicants with questions about the recruiting event may call (541) 325-5684 or (503) 930-2462. They may also visit www.odocjobs.com for more information.

DRCI is a multi-custody facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon that currently houses approximately 750 minimum-security men in custody. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.

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Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program Honors 51st Class with Graduation Ceremony
Oregon Military Department - 06/14/16 9:00 AM
BEND, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) is scheduled to host a graduation ceremony for its 51st class on June 15, at 11 a.m. at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Middle Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.

Oregon Secretary of State, Jeanne Atkins and the Deputy Director for the Oregon Military Department, Dave Stuckey, are scheduled to be in attendance.

OYCP is a statewide accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The graduation ceremony features 126 students from 50 different high schools and 17 Oregon counties and features a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase followed by a year of active mentorship.

Of the 126 graduates, 13 will receive high school diplomas and 6 will earn GEDs. 117 cadets earned enough credits through OYCP to return to their hometown high schools and graduate with their respective classes. The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state. The event is open to the public and media is invited to attend.

As part of their training through the program, 126 cadets earned their food handler permits, as well as first aid and CPR certification. In addition, cadets donated 130 units of blood through the American Red Cross. Cadets set a goal of giving 110 units of blood, and exceeded that goal by 20 units. During the five-and-half-month residential phase of the program, the class also provided 11,015 hours of community service at numerous civic events and nonprofit organizations in the Bend area, averaging 87 hours of service per cadet. The estimated total value of their combined volunteer service is $101,888.75.

About OYCP
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17- and- a-half-month program provides youth who are at-risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by phoning (541) 317-9623.

Contacts:
Daniel Radabaugh, Oregon Youth ChalleNGe Program, (541) 317-9623, x221, Daniel.M.Radabaugh@mil.state.or.us
Mon. 06/13/16
Oregon Air National Guard celebrates Flag Day, 75th anniversary during ceremony at Portland ANG Base
Oregon Military Department - 06/13/16 12:18 PM
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. -- The 142nd Fighter Wing, Portland Air National Guard (ANG) Base, Oregon, will conduct a Flag Day ceremony at the base at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. The ceremony is also part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Oregon Air National Guard.

"This ceremony is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first flag that was donated by the Portland community and raised at the Portland Air National Guard Base," said Col. Paul T. Fitzgerald, 142nd Fighter Wing Commander. "It is also a celebration of the Oregon Air National Guard's 75 years of service to Oregon and our nation."

The presiding officer for the ceremony is Brigadier General Mark A. Crosby, Oregon Air National Guard Joint Domestic Operations Commander.

Distinguished visitors for the ceremony will include retired Col. Al Bailey and Mr. Francis Eugene (Gene) Madore -- two Oregon veterans in their 90s, who served during World War II. As part of the ceremony, they will affix streamers that represent the myriad campaigns in which Oregon Air National Guardsmen -- past and present -- have served.

"The National Guard is always ready, always there," said Col. Fitzgerald. "Our military history in Oregon is a testament to this commitment," he said.

Since Oregon's first military deployment in 1848, the state has had a proud heritage of active military service. In 1941, Oregon's military service expanded to include what was then known as the Army Air Corps. For the first time in history, war strategy took a technological leap and incorporated the systematic use of airpower. Airmen, aviation and all the ingenuity required of this new dimension were born.


About the 142nd Fighter Wing
With more than 1,000 Airmen, the 142nd Fighter Wing guards the Pacific Northwest skies from northern California to the Canadian border, on 24-hour Aerospace Control Alert as part of Air Combat Command and the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command. Our mission is to provide unequaled, mission-ready units to sustain combat aerospace superiority and peacetime tasking any time, any place in service to our nation, state and community. The fighting "Redhawks" are proud to serve as a vital part of the Total Force team, defending our nation with the F-15 Eagle. The wing also stands ready to participate in state and federal contingency missions as required.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets June 24 in Oregon City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/13/16 11:22 AM
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. June 24 at the Station 15 John Adams Fire Station, 624 7th Street, Oregon City. Agenda items will include cemetery ownership, communication with the Cemetery Association of Oregon, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances.

Requests for information about the meeting and accessibility may be made to coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.
Akawana Fire final update - June 13, 2016
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/13/16 10:58 AM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Information: www.facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772

Note: This will be the final update from this team.

Sisters, OR -- The Oregon Department of Forestry's Type 1 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Link Smith, will hand the fire over to a smaller Type 3 organization tomorrow. The Team would like to thank the Sisters, Three Rivers and Grandview communities for their kind hospitality and support during its stay.

The size of the fire remains 2,094 acres, and it is now 80 percent contained.

While fire crews have reached at least 300 feet into the fire from the perimeter with mop-up operations, residents may see smoke for several days from burning stumps and snags well within containment lines.

The Type 3 Team in place for the next few days is made up of about 140 firefighters and support staff. Equipment assigned to the fire with this team will include three fire engines, four water tenders, two bulldozers, three skidgines and one helicopter. The fire camp will be moved to ODF's Sisters sub-unit office.

Now that the smoke has cleared over the Akawana Fire, residents should continue to treat fire season with respect. Everyone is encouraged to follow current fire season restrictions to prevent human-caused fires.

In addition, residents of the wildland-urban interface, where communities border forests and grazing lands, should always be prepared before fire threatens communities. Have a plan that includes making arrangements for persons with special needs, livestock and pets. Learn more about the Ready Set Go Program at www.wildlandfirersg.org/.

To stay up to date on fire information in central Oregon, please follow Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District on Facebook. Other valuable resources include www.inciweb.nwcg.gov, www.oregon.gov/odf, www.keeporegongreen.org and www.airnow.gov.
The incident management team would also like to recognize and thank all cooperating agencies that assisted us in the complete and coordinated fire protection system on this fire. Agencies and partners included the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and responding structural task forces from around the state, Lake Chinook Fire District, the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, Crooked River National Grasslands, PGE/Warms Springs Tribes Land Ownership, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet June 17 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 06/13/16 10:41 AM
June 13, 2016

Contact: Pamela Naylor, 503-559-2216 (meeting information or accommodation)

What: The regular public meeting of the Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee.

When: Friday, June 17, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 10 a.m.

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

Attendees also can join through a listen-only conference line at 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277166.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda, disparity measurement discussion, public testimony, 2017 measure selection

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

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call the Oregon Health Authority at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Health Care Leads Long-Term Job Growth in Oregon
Oregon Employment Dept. - 06/13/16 10:09 AM
Oregon's total employment will grow by 260,200 jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to newly released projections from the Employment Department. The 14 percent increase in employment includes private-sector gains of 233,300 jobs, growth of 11,400 jobs in government, and an additional 15,500 self-employed Oregonians.

In addition to job gains from economic growth, another 440,100 job openings will be created by 2024 to replace retiring workers and others leaving occupations. Together, the number of job openings due to economic growth and replacements will total 700,300.

Industry Projections
All private industries are expected to add jobs by 2024. Health care and social assistance should contribute the most new jobs (46,300), along with professional and business services (45,700). Professional and business services includes legal and architectural services, computer systems design, temporary employment agencies, corporate offices, and a variety of other businesses.

Strong demand, low inventory, and a growing population in Oregon should contribute to strong construction growth (22%), the fastest of any broad sector over the 10-year period. Projections also show strong and steady job growth in health care (22%). This reflects a continuation of the industry's long-term trend, driven by both the growth and aging of the population.

State government (3%) and local government (5%) are expected to be the slowest-growing industries in Oregon. Federal government (-4%) is the only major sector expected to shed jobs over the decade. Among private industries, information -- which includes newspaper, directory, and book publishers -- will grow the slowest (6%).

Occupational Projections
At the broad occupation group level, construction (21%) and health care (19%) top the list for fastest growing by 2024. Service occupations (which include protective services, building and grounds cleaning, personal appearance workers, funerals service workers and more), and professional and related (computer occupations, engineers, drafters, scientists, education, and more) rank first in most job openings.

Service occupations made up 18 percent of the jobs in 2014, and are projected to comprise 22 percent of the openings over the decade. Office and administrative support shifted in the opposite direction, making up 15 percent of the jobs in 2014 but only 11 percent of the total openings over the 2014 to 2024 period.

Occupations expected to have the most job openings include retail salespersons, waiters and waitresses, cashiers, combined food preparation and service workers, and registered nurses. In terms of fastest growing, half of the top 20 fastest growing occupations are in the health care field.

Six out of 10 total job openings (440,100) are expected to be due to the need to replace workers who retire or otherwise leave their occupation, with the remaining due to new or expanding businesses.

One-third of job openings typically require education beyond high school for entry into the occupation. More than half (54%) of the projected job openings will require some sort of education beyond high school in order for candidates to be more competitive in the hiring process. A bachelor's degree or higher will be needed for about 28 percent of the openings at the competitive level.

The top five occupations in terms of projected openings with high school or less as the typical entry-level education are sales or service occupations. Those with postsecondary certificates or an associate's degree as the typical entry-level education include health care occupations, truck drivers, automotive technicians, and computer users support specialists. In the bachelor's or higher category, the top five are more varied.

Regional Projections
Central Oregon and the Portland area will record the fastest employment growth by 2024. The Central Oregon region made up of Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties expects employment gains of 16 percent, with the fastest growth in construction, education, and health care. The Portland tri-county area consisting of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties anticipates 15 percent job growth, led by software publishing, professional and technical services, corporate offices, and construction. All other areas are projected to grow at a slower pace than Oregon statewide.

Additional local information is available by contacting the regional economist listed in the table

Additional Information
Every two years, the Oregon Employment Department updates long-term industry and occupational projections to account for changes in the economy. The 2014-2024 statewide projections cover 100 industries and 709 occupations. All employment projections are available at QualityInfo.org in the Employment Projections box on the Publications page.

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.


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Lottery launches new Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 06/13/16 9:03 AM
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Oregon Lottery players now have a chance to win up to $100,000 playing the new Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it.

"Wheel of Fortune is the latest entry into the Lottery's 'family of games' Scratch-it offerings," said Interim Traditional Product Manager Tina Erickson. "The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it has been wildly popular throughout the lottery industry and we are excited to have it in Oregon. The game features four different tickets at different prices, with different top prizes. The $1 Wheel of Fortune game has a $5,000 top prize, the $2 game has a $10,000, the $5 ticket carries a $50,000 top prize, and the $10 ticket has a top prize of $100,000."

Second chance drawing
There is also a second chance for Wheel of Fortune players to win that includes a chance to spin the wheel with Pat Sajak and Vanna White and a chance to win $1 million. By entering non-winning Wheel of Fortune Scratch-its at www.oregonlottery.org, three players will be drawn to win a prize package that includes:
- Round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles
- Five days and four nights deluxe accommodations
- $1,000 in spending money
- Two tickets to a non-broadcast, lottery players-only taping of the Wheel of Fortune with Pat and Vanna and a chance to win $1 million
- And more

With the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it ticket launch, the Lottery has made the entry process easier for players as well as making improvements to the second-chance entry site. With the Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it, the higher the ticket price, the more entries the player will receive. The $1 ticket offers one entry, the $2 ticket gets two entries, the $5 ticket gets five entries, and the $10 ticket gets 10 entries into the second chance drawing.

The Wheel of Fortune Scratch-it is available at Oregon Lottery retail locations statewide.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 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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Attached Media Files: Wheel of Fortune family of games
DHS Town Hall meetings begin next week in Portland, Salem, Eugene and Medford
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/13/16 8:22 AM
You are invited to provide input and feedback to the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) on our programs, services and priorities for our 2017 budget and legislative session. We've been doing these meetings for several years, and they are a great way to hear directly from the people and communities DHS serves.

Local reporters are encouraged to attend, too!

The Town Hall will cover programs and services in the following areas:
Child Welfare
Aging and People with Disabilities
Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services
Self Sufficiency Programs
Vocational Rehabilitation
DHS Director's Office and other Central Services

Your participation is extremely valuable to us as we make plans to move forward, so make plans to attend a meeting in your local area!

Monday, June 20
PORTLAND: Creston Elementary School, Auditorium, 4701 SE Bush Street, right off Powell Blvd
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line PORTLAND

Tuesday, June 21
SALEM: Chemeketa Community College, Auditorium - Building 6, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line SALEM

Wednesday, June 22
EUGENE: Lane Community College, Center for Meeting & Learning #104, 4000 E 30th Avenue
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line EUGENE

Thursday, June 23
MEDFORD: North Medford High School, Auditorium, 1900 N Keene Way Drive
(10:00 am -- 12:00 noon)
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line MEDFORD

Monday, June 27
BEND: The Riverhouse Convention Center, Cascade AJ Room, 3075 N. Business 97
10:00 am -- 12:00 noon
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line BEND

Tuesday, June 28
PENDLETON: Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion Avenue
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm
Please let us know if you plan to attend: DHS Director's Office -- Use subject line PENDLETON

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Sun. 06/12/16
Akawana Fire update - June 12, 2016 evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/12/16 8:53 PM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Information: www.facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772

Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: June 7, 2016
Location: Akawana Butte, 13 miles North of Sisters
Types of Fuel: Grass, Brush and Timber
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged: 0
Residences Destroyed: 0
Current Size: 2,094 acres
Percent Containment: 80%
Number of Personnel: 537
Hand Crews: 21
Engines 16
Dozers 5
Water Tenders 11
Skidgines 5 (track equipment with a water tank and pump)
Helicopters 6

Note: It was another great day on the fireline. Firefighters continued aggressive mop-up, making sure that this fire will not reignite and flare up later this summer. No additional growth has occurred in the last operational period. The size remains 2,094 acres and is now 80 percent contained. A warming trend and stronger winds are expected tomorrow that will pose a mild test to containment lines.

Cooperators: Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, US Forest Service, Lake Chinook Fire District, Crooked River National Grasslands, Central Oregon Fire Management Services, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, PGE/Warm Springs Tribes Land Ownership.
FBI Statement
FBI - Oregon - 06/12/16 7:16 PM
The FBI's Portland Division continues to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in assessing LGBT associated threats. At this time we have no information regarding any specific credible threats to any LGBT communities or organizations in Oregon. As always, the FBI's Portland Division will work with our law enforcement partners to gather, share and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention. We urge the public to report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Akawana Fire update - June 12, 2016 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/12/16 10:09 AM
Oregon Department of Forestry
Incident Management Team 3
Link Smith, Incident Commander

Information: www.facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4772

Sisters, OR -- All evacuation notices for the Akawana Fire will officially be lifted at 10 a.m. today. Residents not only affected by this fire, but throughout Oregon, are encouraged to treat fire season as if they are under a Level 1 evacuation notice by being ready and prepared in the event a fire impacts their community. Residents can get ready by assembling emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place, planning escape routes and ensuring all those residing within the home know the plan of action. Learn more by visiting www.wildfires.org.

The fire has burned 2,094 acres and is currently 72 percent contained. Total firefighting costs at this point are about $2.3 million.

Firefighters anticipate another favorable day of weather for mop-up operations into the fire's interior. Stronger winds are expected to return to the area tomorrow, which will serve as a mild test for the fire staying within its current footprint. Crews working on this fire are also available to help local resources, should any new fires occur within the area.

Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.
Sat. 06/11/16
Akawana Fire Quick Facts - June 11, 2016 9 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/11/16 10:52 PM
FIRE INFORMATION
Email Address: Akawanafireinfo@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
Twitter: @centralORFire

Type of Incident: wildfire
Cause: lightning
Date of Origin: June 7, 2016
Location: Akawana Butte, 13 miles north of Sisters
Types of Fuel: grass, brush and timber
Structures Threatened: 912
Structures Damaged: 0
Residences Destroyed: 0
Current Size: 2,094 acres
Percent Containment: 72%
Number of Personnel: 595
Hand Crews: 22
Fire Engines 17
Bulldozers 6
Water Tenders 1
Skidgines 4 (track equipment with a water tank and pump)
Helicopters 6

Note: The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Incident Management Team and structural task forces working under the Conflagration Act have been released today to return to their home areas. The threat to structures has decreased significantly and conditions continue to improve. OSFM's Green IMT will remain on the incident through this morning to help ensure a smooth transition.

Cooperators: Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Fire Marshal, US Forest Service, Lake Chinook Fire District, Crooked River National Grasslands, Central Oregon Fire Management Services, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, PGE/Warm Springs Tribes Land Ownership
Traffic Complaint leads to short pursuit and arrest.
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/11/16 4:49 PM
Traffic Complaint leads to short pursuit and arrest.

Released by: Sgt. Dan Bilyeu

Occurred: June 11, 2016

Location: Highway 20 between Sisters and Bend

Name: KRAUPA, Justin Scott
Albany, Oregon
27 years of age

Charges: Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor) $2500.00
Attempting to Elude (Felony) $5000.00


NARRATIVE: On 06/11/2016 at approximately 1300 hours the Deschutes County 911 Dispatch Center received a call of a dangerous driver, eastbound on Highway 20 near Innes Market Road. A beige colored, newer Jeep with a blue license plate and yellow letters. Dispatch was able to determine this call may be related to an earlier traffic complaint near the Sisters Rodeo grounds. The earlier complaint involved Beige or Champaign colored Volvo SUV.

Oregon State Police (OSP) had an aircraft in the area and was able monitor the vehicle from the air, giving frequent updates as to the location and direction of travel. The Volvo SUV was observed on the north end of Bend by a Deschutes County Deputy Sheriff. The Deputy attempted to stop the VOLVO SUV but the driver attempted to elude, southbound on Third Street. The pursuit was almost immediately discontinued due to unnecessary risk to the public. The OSP aircraft was able to maintain observation over the VOLVO until the driver stopped in an apartment complex on Full Moon Drive.

The driver (KRAUPA) attempted to flee on foot but was captured by members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Bend Police Department. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Agencies involved were the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Police Department and the Oregon State Police.



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Akawana Fire Update - 06-11-16 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/11/16 10:04 AM
Sisters, OR -- The Akawana Fire has burned 2,094 acres and has line completely around it. It is currently 60 percent contained. Total firefighting costs are close to $1.8 million. Reported June 7, the lightning-caused fire is burning north of Sisters in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District.

Fire crews were very successful yesterday and overnight thanks to hard work, cool temperatures and higher humidity. All Level 2 evacuation notifications have now been lowered to Level 1 (be ready). This includes homes in the Three Rivers subdivision (as of June 9), Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and their outlying areas (as of yesterday). Gusty afternoon winds spurred one spot fire across containment lines in the southeast corner of the fire that crews, equipment and helicopters quickly attacked and extinguished. Infrared imaging taken overnight shows a solid decrease in heat near the fire's perimeter.


Firefighters anticipate favorable weather today as they focus their efforts on mop-up operations into the fire's interior. While some heavy equipment and air resources are being released, additional crews are being brought in to do the more labor-intensive dirty work of digging out hot spots from beneath stumps and soaking larger fuels on the ground. Crews working on this fire are also available to help local resources, should any new fires occur within the area.

To date, just one minor hand injury has occurred.

Structural task forces working under the Conflagration Act have been released to return to their home areas. The threat to structures has decreased significantly and conditions continue to improve. Oregon State Fire Marshal's Green incident management team will remain on the incident through this morning to help ensure a smooth transition.
Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.
Fri. 06/10/16
DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills
DEA Seattle - 06/10/16 11:56 AM
JUN 10 (WASHINGTON) - DEA has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences. Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab.

"Fentanyl can kill you," Riley said. "Fentanyl is being sold as heroin in virtually every corner of our country. It's produced clandestinely in Mexico, and (also) comes directly from China. It is 40 to 50 times stronger than street-level heroin. A very small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you."

Two Atlantic County, NJ detectives were recently exposed to a very small amount of fentanyl, and appeared on the video. Said one detective: "I thought that was it. I thought I was dying. It felt like my body was shutting down." Riley also admonished police to skip testing on the scene, and encouraged them to also remember potential harm to police canines during the course of duties. "Don't field test it in your car, or on the street, or take if back to the office. Transport it directly to a laboratory, where it can be safely handled and tested."The video can be accessed at: http://go.usa.gov/chBWW

More on Fentanyl: On March 18, 2015, DEA issued a nationwide alert on fentanyl as a threat to health and public safety. Fentanyl is a dangerous, powerful Schedule II narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths within the United States. During the last two years, the distribution of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of thousands of overdoses and deaths. The overdoses are occurring at an alarming rate and are the basis for this officer safety alert. Fentanyl, up to 50 times more potent than heroin, is extremely dangerous to law enforcement and anyone else who may come into contact with it. As a result, it represents an unusual hazard for law enforcement.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller, is being mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but dealers and buyers may not know exactly what they are selling or ingesting. Many users underestimate the potency of fentanyl. The dosage of fentanyl is a microgram, one millionth of a gram -- similar to just a few granules of table salt. Fentanyl can be lethal and is deadly at very low doses. Fentanyl and its analogues come in several forms including powder, blotter paper, tablets, and spray.

Risks to Law Enforcement: Fentanyl is not only dangerous for the drug's users, but for law enforcement, public health workers and first responders who could unknowingly come into contact with it in its different forms. Fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin or accidental inhalation of airborne powder can also occur. DEA is concerned about law enforcement coming in contact with fentanyl on the streets during the course of enforcement, such as a buy-walk, or buy-bust operation.

Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance during enforcement activity or field testing the substance can result in absorption through the skin and that is one of the biggest dangers with fentanyl. The onset of adverse health effects, such as disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest is very rapid and profound, usually occurring within minutes of exposure. Canine units are particularly at risk of immediate death from inhaling fentanyl. In August 2015, law enforcement officers in New Jersey doing a narcotics field test on a substance that later turned out to be a mix of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, were exposed to the mixture and experienced dizziness, shortness of breath and respiratory problems. If inhaled, move to fresh air, if ingested, wash out mouth with water provided the person is conscious and seek immediate medical attention. Narcan (Naloxone), an overdose-reversing drug, is an antidote for opiate overdose and may be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or subcutaneously. Immediately administering Narcan can reverse an accidental overdose of fentanyl exposure to officers. Continue to administer multiple doses of Narcan until the exposed person or overdose victim responds favorably.

Field Testing / Safety Precautions: Law enforcement officers should be aware that fentanyl and its compounds resemble powered cocaine or heroin, however, should not be treated as such.

If at all possible do not take samples if fentanyl is suspected. Taking samples or opening a package could stir up the powder. If you must take a sample, use gloves (no bare skin contact) and a dust mask or air purifying respirator (APR) if handling a sample, or a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for a suspected lab.

If you have reason to believe an exhibit contains fentanyl, it is prudent to not field test it. Submit the material directly to the laboratory for analysis and clearly indicate on the submission paperwork that the item is suspected of containing fentanyl. This will alert laboratory personnel to take the necessary safety precautions during the handling, processing, analysis, and storage of the evidence. Officers should be aware that while unadulterated fentanyl may resemble cocaine or heroin powder, it can be mixed with other substances which can alter its appearance. As such, officers should be aware that fentanyl may be smuggled, transported, and/or used as part of a mixture.

Universal precautions must be applied when conducting field testing on drugs that are not suspected of containing fentanyl. Despite color and appearance, you can never be certain what you are testing. In general, field testing of drugs should be conducted as appropriate, in a well ventilated area according to commercial test kit instructions and training received. Sampling of evidence should be performed very carefully to avoid spillage and release of powder into the air. At a minimum, gloves should be worn and the use of masks is recommended. After conducting the test, hands should be washed with copious amounts of soap and water. Never attempt to identify a substance by taste or odor. Historically, this is not the first time fentanyl has posed such a threat to public health and safety. Between 2005 and 2007, over 1,000 U.S. deaths were attributed to fentanyl -- many of which occurred in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

The current outbreak involves not just fentanyl, but also fentanyl compounds. The current outbreak, resulting in thousands of deaths, is wider geographically and involves a wide array of individuals including new and experiences abusers.

In the last three years, DEA has seen a significant resurgence in fentanyl-related seizures. In addition, DEA has identified at least 15 other deadly, fentanyl-related compounds. Some fentanyl cases have been significant, particularly in the northeast and in California, including one 12 kilogram seizure. During May 2016, a traffic stop in the greater Atlanta, GA area resulted in the seizure of 40 kilograms of fentanyl -- initially believed to be bricks of cocaine -- wrapped into blocks hidden in buckets and immersed in a thick fluid. The fentanyl from these seizures originated from Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Recent seizures of counterfeit or look-a-like hydrocodone or oxycodone tablets have occurred, wherein the tablets actually contain fentanyl. These fentanyl tablets are marked to mimic the authentic narcotic prescription medications and have led to multiple overdoses and deaths. According to DEA's National Forensic Lab Information System, 13,002 forensic exhibits of fentanyl were tested by labs nationwide in 2015, up 65 percent from the 2014 number of 7,864. The 2015 number is also about 8 times as many fentanyl exhibits than in 2006, when a single lab in Mexico caused a temporary spike in U.S. fentanyl availability. This is an unprecedented threat.
Correction: Conference of Local Health Officials meets June 16 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/10/16 11:48 AM
Correcting name of the Conference of Local Public Health Officials

June 10, 2016

What: The monthly public meeting of the Conference of Local Health Officials

Agenda: Updates; Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant; climate change and drought grants; role of OHA innovator agents; environmental health updates; Oregon Health Policy Board planning related to collection and use of data; Public Health Modernization update.

When: Thursday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland, Room 1E

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350. For more information, see the Conference's website at http://oregonclho.org.

Program contact: Danna Drum, 971-673-1223, danna.k.drum@state.or.us

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Monitoring shows hexavalent chromium slightly above health-based goal near Reed College (Photo)
Oregon Health Authority - 06/10/16 10:13 AM
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EDITORS: Brian Boling, DEQ laboratory program manager, and David Farrer, OHA toxicologist, are available today between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to discuss air monitoring results. Contact their agencies' communications staffers to set up an interview.

June 10, 2016

Agencies report decline in most metals' average concentrations, but some levels still above air quality targets

PORTLAND -- The first set of data from an air monitor placed near Reed College in southeast Portland shows levels of hexavalent chromium above health-protective air quality goals.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) placed a monitor on the campus as part of the agency's ongoing effort to pinpoint sources of hexavalent chromium emissions that exceed health benchmarks.

This week, state inspectors sent samples collected from facilities in the area to a laboratory for analysis of hexavalent chromium. DEQ anticipates results early next month.

Though the levels of hexavalent chromium are above the annual health-based target concentrations, they are below Oregon 24-hour screening level. According to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) toxicologist, there is no indication of an immediate public health threat. Additionally, the findings do not indicate the need for any special precautions on the part of residents in the area.

The data are the first of 19-day monitoring results from the monitor DEQ set up just west of Reed College. The data show hexavalent chromium levels were 1.4 times above the annual health-based target or "ambient benchmark concentration" for the metal.

Three heavy metals were slightly lower compared to previous weeks but remained above long-term health benchmarks in southeast Portland, based on new data from air monitors deployed by DEQ. The metals detected above benchmarks were hexavalent chromium, cadmium and arsenic.

None of the metals were registered at levels that would be likely to cause any immediate health problems for people. However, metals persist in the air at concentrations above the long-term health benchmarks.

Results of the latest monitoring data were derived from samples collected through May 23.

The attached table lists the average concentrations compared with what's expected in urban environments (urban background), and the health-based target (ambient benchmark); data are listed in nanograms per cubic meter, or ng/m3:

This week, state inspectors continue to review information obtained during inspections of multiple businesses in southeast Portland in an effort to pinpoint the source of elevated hexavalent chromium in the air.

Emissions of hexavalent chromium have averaged above health-based targets since 24-hour monitoring began March 1. Arsenic levels also are above health-based targets, but they are consistent with levels that would typically be found in urban environments.

Starting June 16, DEQ and OHA will post analyses of weekly air monitoring data from southeast and north Portland on the SaferAirOregon website at http://SaferAir.Oregon.gov. For information about the Cleaner Air Oregon initiative to align industrial air toxics regulations with human health, visit http://CleanerAir.Oregon.gov.

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Akawana Fire update, 06-10-16 morning
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/10/16 9:01 AM
Sisters, OR -- Residents in the Lake Billy Chinook area are breathing a little easier this morning thanks to a change in the weather and the persistence of fire crews on the Akawana Fire. Level 2 evacuation notices have been lowered to a Level 1 in the Three Rivers Subdivision. About 262 homes in Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and outlining areas remain in a Level 2 evacuation notification, which directs residents to be set to go at a moment's notice. Consistent cloud cover and a trace of rain calmed fire behavior so that firefighters could build containment lines along the fire's edge and keep the fire from further spread.

As of this morning the fire is 2,065 acres and completely lined. It is currently 44 percent contained. Total firefighting costs are close to $950,000.

While much of the fight has been taken out of the Akawana Fire, firefighters still have a lot of work ahead of them. ODF's incident management team fire behavior analyst Mike Haasken reiterated to firefighters at this morning's briefing that, although we will have cooler conditions, the forest fuels are still very dry and susceptible to ignition should something cross containment lines. An infrared photo taken from aircraft overnight indicated that the fire's edge remains extremely hot. Today's objectives include strengthening established containment lines and mopping up hot spots from the perimeter into the interior.

Structural task forces protecting homes under the Conflagration Act will continue to stand ready should the fire take an unexpected run. The threat to structures has decreased significantly. If conditions continue to improve throughout today, the OSFM may release some task forces to return to their home communities, however the Oregon State Fire Marshal will maintain a significant presence for the near future.
Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.
Thu. 06/09/16
Akawana Fire update - Thursday, June 9, 2016 evening
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/09/16 8:01 PM
Fire Information: 503-983-8897
Email Address: Akawanafireinfo@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/odfcentraloregon
Twitter: @centralORFire

Type of Incident: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: June 7th, 2016
Location: Akawana Butte, 13 miles North of Sisters
Types of Fuel: Grass, Brush and Timber
Structures Threatened: 912
Structures Damaged: 0
Residences Destroyed: 0
Current Size: 1930 acres
Percent Containment: 44%
Number of Personnel: 561
Types of resources: 20 Hand Crews, 6 Helicopters, 5 Air Tankers, 20 Engines, 9 Dozers, 8 Water Tenders.
The evacuation level for Three Rivers has been lowered to a level 1 (Be Ready), Forest Park, Air Park, Rim Park and outlying properties remain in level 2. A total of 262 structures remain at evacuation level 2 (Be Set).
Akawana Fire Recent Activities:
Fire crews made solid progress as cooler conditions moderated fire activity allowing crews to gain direct access to the edge of the fire.
Spot fires occurred in a few areas, but crews were able to quickly contain them.
Air resources (planes and helicopters) played a major role in expanding control lines.
Tomorrow's objectives include mopping up hot spots from containment lines into the interior and strengthening lines along the northeast corner of the fire.
Structural Task Forces protecting homes under the Conflagration Act will continue prepare and safeguard homes until the danger has abated.
Suspicious Container at Sisters Fire Dept. 301 S. Elm (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/09/16 5:24 PM
After the water cannon
After the water cannon
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Sgt. Vance Lawrence

Correction on the date.

On Thursday June 9, 2016 at about 0647 hours Deschutes County 911 received a call regarding a suspicious container outside the Sisters Fire Department Office. Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies responded and determined that due to the time frame and out of the norm location we elected to block off the area for one block in sight of the container.

The City of Sisters Public Works/Road Dept. took care of all the road closures, detours and maintained manpower at the intersections to ensure no one disregarded the closure.

The Oregon State Police Bomb Unit was contacted, advised of the container and examined photos of the container. The Oregon State Police Bomb Unit (a multi agency cooperative unit was assisted by the FBI in this case) responded and took over dealing with the container upon arrival.

The OSP Bomb Unit used specialized equipment to scan the container. After examining the image scan, the OSP Bomb Unit elected to use a water cannon type device to safely open the container from a distance.

After the container was opened we found that it contained a portable wood router with some accessories.

There was no danger to the community and no explosive device.

See Photo's attached.

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Attached Media Files: After the water cannon , Bomb Tech , Bomb Tech's , Pic of Scene , Suspicious Container
***Person Of Interest Located*** Homicide Investigation Continuing In Klamath Falls
Oregon State Police - 06/09/16 4:59 PM
Please refer to attached release from the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. The person of interest in this investigation has been located.
End Release

Previous Release:
The following release is on behalf of the Klamath County District Attorney's Office:


"On Thursday, June 9, 2016, at approximately 5:50 a.m. 911 received a call that an individual had been shot in the 3000 block of Cannon Avenue. Upon arrival law enforcement discovered Kameron Kevin Stewart (DOB 9-8-1993) deceased. The Klamath County Major Crime has been activated and the investigation is ongoing.

The Major Crime Team has named Lisa Kay Kosten (DOB 11-23-63) as a person of interest and seeks help from the public to locate her. If located the public is requested to call 911.

Lisa Kay Kosten (DOB 11-23-63) is a white female approximately 5' 6" tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, she has blond hair and blue eyes. She is a resident of Klamath Falls....

Lisa Kay Kosten is believed to be driving a white 1996 Chevy 1500 Chevrolet pick-up truck, Oregon License Plate UVM 995.

If the public has information regarding this investigation they can call the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336 or they may leave anonymous information at the police department tip line at 541-883-5334.

The agencies involved in this investigation are the Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police, Klamath County Community Corrections, Klamath County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue and Klamath County District Attorney's Office."


Attached Media Files: 2016-06/1002/95151/Klamath_County_District_Attorney_Press_Release__6-9-2016_2.pdf
Message from Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/09/16 4:53 PM
Statement by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson

In my commitment to continue to be as transparent as possible, I am releasing the following information. Please understand that I cannot release specific details about these investigations as I do not want to jeopardize their outcome. At this time, these are just allegations and will be thoroughly investigated.

1) On Friday, May 20, 2016, I received information from an employee regarding alleged rumors circulating about restrictions on political campaigning by public employees. I contacted the Oregon Department of Justice as soon as possible and they accepted the request for an internal investigation relating to 2013 ORS 162.415 (Official misconduct in the first degree) and 2013 ORS 260.665 (Undue influence to affect registration, voting, candidacy, signing petition).

I take these allegations very seriously and respect the absolute right of all citizens to run for public office.

The Department of Justice is working with the Secretary of State on how to proceed with this investigation.


2) On June 3, 2016, our office was notified by ATF that they wanted to conduct an inquiry into an employee regarding potential violations of whether he needed to obtain a federal firearms license to build a firearm for a co-worker while off duty. We were informed that they received an anonymous complaint, as well as, a named complaint approximately 2 months ago. On June 8, 2016, ATF came to our office and completed the inquiry on Lt. Robert Trono and advised our office that this was "not a prosecutable violation". ATF will not be opening a case on this and will not be looking into this incident any further. Our office will review this through an administrative investigation. Lt. Trono is not on administrative leave given ATF's conclusion.


3) Two employee-generated complaints have been filed against me (Sheriff L. Shane Nelson) within the last two weeks. The complaints were made by employees who were prior supervisors. These investigations are being handled by outside agencies and our office will fully cooperate with the investigators.

I stand behind my actions as your Sheriff over the last 11 months. I have made a lot of change within our organization and as my actions have shown, if and when there is an issue, I will take care of business. I will do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reasons.
[PHOTOS] Oregon National Guard and Partners from Bangladesh and Vietnam Tour Special Focus Exercise Site (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/09/16 3:33 PM
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6717: Oregon National Guard Maj. Craig Talarico and Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem discuss training operations as a part of the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon on June 9. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)


6784: Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, during the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon on June 9. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6761: Brig. Gen. Steven Beach, Assistant Adjutant General (Army), Oregon, showcases the facilities at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon to Bangladesh Army Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shahmeem and Vietnam Senior Col. Pham Van Ty on June 9, during the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and following tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6740: Vietnam Army Senior Col. Pham Van Ty disembarks from a UH72- Lakota helicopter to participate in the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising on June 9, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)

6797: Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Joint Domestic Operations Commander, discusses natural disaster threats with Vietname Senior Col. Pham Van Ty while taking part in the Oregon National Guard's Special Focus Exercise, part of exercise Cascadia Rising on June 9, at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon. The tour showcased logistical challenges involved with a Cascadia subduction earthquake and tsunami. The Oregon Military Department through the State Partnership Program is partners with Bangladesh and Vietnam. (U.S. Army photo by Spec. Timothy Jackson, 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)


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Oregon Main Street Welcomes New Performing Main Street Communities (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/09/16 3:06 PM
Ribbon cutting for The Dalles parklet opening
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Salem, Oregon, June 9, 2016 -- Oregon Main Street just accepted the La Grande Main Street Downtown and The Dalles Main Street programs at the Performing Main Street level of Oregon Main Street. They join Albany, Astoria, Corvallis, McMinnville, Oregon City, and Roseburg at this top level. Communities participating at this level have a high degree of commitment to using the Main Street Approach(R) as a model for their downtown revitalization effort. The Main Street Approach(R) is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that uses historic preservation as one of its most important tools. It is a practical program that helps a community build on their district's unique assets.

When hearing the news, Thomas Taylor, executive director of La Grande Main Street Downtown, stated, "We are very proud to reach this benchmark. A lot of energy has been built around our downtown revitalization efforts since we began our main street organization. We have a great working relationship with our city, several key properties have been renovated, new events have added vitality to downtown, and we have a stronger business mix."

And, Matthew Klebes, executive director of The Dalles Main Street, said, "This reflects the hard work of our numerous volunteers that make up our Board, committees, and task squads. The Dalles Main Street has seen amazing growth over the past few years. This is a direct result of our community stepping up and working hard on many different projects, programs, and events that have strengthened our historic downtown."

Over the past few years, Oregon Main Street has seen an increased interest in building a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort using the Main Street model and a renewed awareness of the link between local heritage and sustainable economic development across the state. Between 2010 and 2014, communities participating at the Performing Main Street and Transforming Downtown levels -- the two highest levels in the OMS Network -- saw an increase of 295 net new businesses, 1,995 net new jobs, 719 private sector building improvement projects representing $53.9 million of private sector reinvestment.

Communities participating at the Performing Main Street level must have a cohesive core of historic or older commercial and mixed-use buildings that represent the community's architectural heritage and may include compatible in-fill. They must also have a sufficient mass of businesses, buildings, and density to be effective, as well as be a compact and pedestrian-oriented district.

Acceptance into this level allows communities to participate in training, community assessments, technical assistance, the Oregon Main Street network, and receive local capacity building support. There isn't a fee to participate in the Oregon Main Street network. Communities participating at this level are also eligible for recognition as an accredited community by the National Main Street Center.

Currently, there are over 80 communities participating in one of the four levels of the Oregon Main Street Network: Performing Main Street, Transforming Downtown, Exploring Main Street, and Affiliate. While not a pre-requisite for acceptance at the Performing Main Street level, both La Grande and The Dalles previously participated at the Transforming Downtown level.

"We are very excited to have both La Grande and The Dalles join the six other communities participating at the Performing Main Street level," said Sheri Stuart, coordinator, Oregon Main Street. "It has been exciting to watch the progress they have made over the past few years to engage community partners in revitalizing their historic downtowns."

Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs in Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and is a designated coordinating program member of the National Main Street Center. Oregon Main Street provides assistance to all communities whether they are just beginning to explore options for their downtown or are seeking recognition as an accredited Main Street(R) town.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Ribbon cutting for The Dalles parklet opening , Red Cross Drug Store in La Grande, OR Main Street's 2015 Oustanding Business of the Year
Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure offers tips for farmers & motorists (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 06/09/16 11:48 AM
The Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure offers tips for motorists and farmers about how to share the road safely with large farm equipment
The Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure offers tips for motorists and farmers about how to share the road safely with large farm equipment
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For many Oregon farmers, summer is the busiest time of year. By July, harvest of major crops like grass seed and wheat is in full swing, and it's not unusual for a farmer to spend 14-hour days on a tractor out in the field.

Sometimes farms have acreage spread over a wide region, and farmers must drive large, slow-moving swathers, combines, or trucks down a stretch of rural road to reach a field. Driving a large piece of equipment on a highway is legal and often a necessary part of harvest; but it can pose a safety risk for both farmers and motorists without caution, courtesy, and patience.

Just in time for the 2016 harvest season, the Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee presents its Rural Road Safety brochure, offering important information for staying safe when encountering large farm equipment on the highway.

"The goal of the brochure is to save lives," said Anne Rigor of the Oregon Farm Bureau Health & Safety Committee. "It's heartbreaking to hear about injuries or deaths involving farm equipment that could've been avoided if drivers had simply slowed down."

If a piece of large farm equipment must use a road, it is required to have a reflective, triangular, orange-and-red, slow-moving-vehicle sign displayed on its rear. This equipment is designed to travel at speeds of only 15 mph or 25 mph, and this symbol is a warning for the driver following it to slow down immediately.

"If you're driving 55 miles per hour on a highway and come upon a tractor that's moving at only 25 miles per hour, it takes only 8 seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor," said Rigor.

The brochure offers useful tips for the general public about how to share the road safely with farm equipment, the meaning of the triangular slow-moving-vehicle sign, and how the SMV sign is for use on slow-moving vehicles only.

"Many people don't realize that it's illegal to use a triangular slow-moving-vehicle sign as a driveway marker or a reflector on a stationary object," said Rigor.

Other tips for motorists include:

If you decide to pass farm equipment on the road, please do so with caution.
Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass.
If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not proceed unless you can see clearly ahead of both you and the vehicle you will pass.
If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass.
Do not pass if you are in a designated "No Passing Zone" or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must make wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator's hand signals and look at the left side of the road for gates, driveways,

"The brochure also includes information for farmers. For example, there are some good strategies about how to make their equipment more visible on the highway," said Rigor.

The OFB Rural Road Safety brochure can be downloaded at www.oregonfb.org, or request as many free copies as you'd like from Anne Marie Moss, annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

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Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.

Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue is a third-generation farmer raising a variety of vegetables and berries at a nearly century-old farm near Boring, Oregon. He is OFB's 15th president.


Attached Media Files: PDF of the Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure , The Farm Bureau Rural Road Safety brochure offers tips for motorists and farmers about how to share the road safely with large farm equipment
Oregon Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Executive Committee to meet on June 22 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/09/16 11:45 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday June 22, 2016 from 3:30p.m.to 4:30p.m.at the Human Services Building 500 Summer St NE, Room 165 Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular Executive Committee meeting business, an introduction of the new officer's role, an Interpreter RFP report, discretionary budget decisions, and a discussion on the Rules Advisory Committee.

People can also call into the meeting: 1-888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

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

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, policy analyst at Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us
OHA: Measuring hospital performance
Oregon Health Authority - 06/09/16 8:44 AM
June 9, 2016

Oregon's hospitals are focusing on improving patient safety and the quality of care they provide, according to the second annual report of the Oregon Health Authority's Hospital Transformation Performance Program.

The report covers the program's second year, October 2014 through September 2015. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) requires hospitals to submit data on 11 measures or "metrics" that include goals such as reducing healthcare-associated infections, reducing readmissions of patients after discharge, improving medication safety, improving overall patient experience, and screening for alcohol and substance use.

"This report gives OHA insights into how Oregon's hospitals are performing on key measures," said Lynne Saxton, OHA Director. "It is also an important element of our commitment to increased transparency and accountability as we continue to make progress toward better health, better care, and lower costs for all Oregonians."

The health authority's Hospital Metrics Advisory Committee developed the measures in coordination with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The 11 measures cover six areas, including two that focus on collaboration between hospitals and coordinated care organizations (sharing information about emergency department visits with primary care providers, and behavioral health). Hospitals are scored on whether they meet benchmarks or make progress toward them as measured against baselines set in the latest performance year.

This year $150 million in quality pool dollars, funded by 1 percent of the hospital assessment, is awarded to hospitals based on their performance on these measures.

The quality pool funds are paid in two phases. Each participating hospital can receive a lump sum of $500,000 by achieving at least 75 percent of the measures for which it is eligible. This year three received this payment: Adventist Medical Center and Shriners Hospital for Children, both in Portland, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.

The second phase of the quality pool payments is in the form of proportional awards to hospitals for meeting the individual benchmarks or making progress toward them. All 28 participating hospitals received some payment, ranging from $166,000 for Kaiser Westside (Portland) to $21.8 million for Adventist; hospital payments vary by size and payments are weighted based on the number of Medicaid discharges and inpatient days.

The program covers the state's "DRG" hospitals. Those are hospitals that are paid per patient by the state Medicaid program based on a patient's diagnosis or diagnosis-related group (DRG) rather than for every service performed.

The full report is available on the OHA website at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/Metrics/Pages/Hospital-Reports.aspx.

More information about the Hospital Transformation Performance Program is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/analytics/Pages/Hospital-Baseline-Data.aspx, or by contacting Jon Collins, PhD, director of the OHA Office of Health Analytics, at 503-945-6429 or jon.c.collins@state.or.us.

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Akawana Fire update - June 9, 2016 a.m.
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/09/16 8:02 AM
Sisters, OR -- Incident management teams from the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office (OSFM) are currently serving in unified command on the Akawana Fire burning 13 miles north of Sisters. The fire is currently at 1930 acres. Approximately 912 homes in the Three Rivers Grandview area are considered threatened and under a level 2 evacuation notice. Level 2 indicates that residents should be set for a potential evacuation. Residents must be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

The lightning caused fire was reported on Tuesday June 7th at 2:00 PM. The fire is 30% contained and is currently burning on private forestland protected by ODF. The fire is being pushed by 15-20 mph winds and is burning in heavy dead and down fuels. The winds are expected to persist through today with a cooling trend in the next day or two. In all, about 400 firefighters and support staff are expected to work on the fire today. Crews are being supported from the air with helicopters and retardant dropping air tankers.

Due to the threat to structures Governor Kate Brown invoked the Conflagration Act Wednesday afternoon at the request of Jefferson County Fire Defense Board Chief Brian Huff. The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire. The State Fire Marshal has mobilized four task forces, for a total of approximately 20 pieces of firefighting equipment, including engines and water tenders.

Cooperating agencies assisting in the fire suppression effort include the Central Oregon Fire Management Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson and Deschutes County Emergency Management.

For the latest updates on the fire, log on to www.facebook.com/ODFCentralOregon.
Wed. 06/08/16
Photo and Video Release: Cascadia Rising Day-2 (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/08/16 5:41 PM
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Links to two videos below are of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Andrew Phelps. In the videos, Phelps talks about the importance of preparing for disasters and sharing public safety information, and discusses Cascadia Rising on Capital Community Television (CCTV) Salem. Cascadia Rising is a 4-day exercise to test a regional response to a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. CCTV working is with the city of Salem and Marion County to ensure they have equipment capable of getting info out to the public during a worst-case scenario. These agencies are an important partners with OEM due to their close proximity to the in Salem.

Here are the videos:
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The Governor's Disaster Cabinet, which serves as an advisory council to the governor during disasters, convenes at the Anderson Readiness center Salem for Cascadia Rising on day 2 of the 4-day, regional exercise.
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Deputy FEMA Administrator Joseph Nimmich addresses elected officials and other dignitaries on day 2 of Cascadia Rising, June 8, at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Emergency Coordination Center in Salem. Cascadia Rising is a 4-day functional emergency management exercise designed to test a response to the first 4 days of a catastrophic Cascadia earthquake and tsumami.
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Representatives for Emergency Support Function 4 (Firefighting) from the Oregon State Fire Marshal assess information on Day 2 of Cascadia Rising, June 8, at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Emergency Coordination Center in Salem. Oregon's emergency support system is comprised of 18 emergency support functions. Cascadia Rising is a 4-day functional emergency management exercise designed to test a response to the first 4 days of a catastrophic Cascadia earthquake and tsumami.
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2,000-acre Akawana Fire burning north of Sisters
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/08/16 3:27 PM
The 2,000-acre Akawana Fire reported June 7 is burning 13 miles north of the town of Sisters in the Oregon Dept. of Forestry's Central Oregon District on private lands. ODF has dispatched an incident management team to the fire. It will take over command of the firefighting operation from local ODF forces Thursday morning, with the incident command post to be located at the ODF office in Sisters. The fire is burning in heavy brush and beetle-killed ponderosa pine fuels.

Terrain is moderate, enabling bulldozers to build fire line effectively. The fire burned actively Tuesday evening with steady winds promoting spread. ODF fire managers expect continued growth over the next 24 hours as wind is forecast to persist. The fire is threatening approximately 1,200 homes in the Three Rivers subdivision near Lake Billy Chinook. Gov. Kate Brown has invoked the Oregon Conflagration Act to provide added protection to homes and other structures. The Conflagration Act authorizes structural firefighters and equipment from around the state to assist local fire departments in battling the fire.

In addition, the Oregon State Fire Marshal has dispatched a structural incident management team to the fire to assist with protection of homes and other structures.
Correction Conflagration declared for the Akawana Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/08/16 3:21 PM
Previous headline misspelled the name of the fire. This headline is corrected.

Governor Kate Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act for the Akawana Fire burning in Jefferson County near Culver, Oregon.

The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The State Fire Marshal has activated its Agency Operations Center and the OSFM Green Incident Management Team. The OSFM is currently working to mobilize two task forces to begin work immediately and will be working to mobilize two additional task forces for day shift tomorrow, June 9, 2016.

The fire is threatening approximately 1,200 homes in the Three Rivers subdivision near Lake Billy Chinook.

The conflagration was requested by Jefferson County Fire Defense Board Chief Brian Huff.
Conflagration Declared for the Akawama Fire
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/08/16 3:11 PM
Governor Kate Brown has invoked the Conflagration Act for the Akawana Fire burning in Jefferson County near Culver, Oregon.

The declaration authorizes the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

The State Fire Marshal has activated its Agency Operations Center and the OSFM Green Incident Management Team. The OSFM is currently working to mobilize two task forces to begin work immediately and will be working to mobilize two additional task forces for day shift tomorrow, June 9, 2016.

The fire is threatening approximately 1,200 homes in the Three Rivers subdivision near Lake Billy Chinook.

The conflagration was requested by Jefferson County Fire Defense Board Chief Brian Huff.
State agencies announce plan to help school districts and child care centers reduce lead in drinking water
Oregon Health Authority - 06/08/16 11:18 AM
June 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALEM -- Oregon's education and health agencies recommend all school districts and child care programs test drinking water this summer, as part of a statewide plan to reduce student exposure to lead. The plan, developed by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), is in response to Governor Kate Brown's April directive to the agencies to review water quality in schools and develop recommendations.

ODE, with the support of health experts at OHA, will work collaboratively with school districts and child care programs to implement the plan this summer. The agencies will provide information and technical support to schools and child care programs. (Earlier this week, the agencies sent a fact sheet to guide administrators who are already conducting testing.)

"Children are especially susceptible to lead exposure because their bodies absorb metals at higher rates than adults," Governor Brown said. "In addition, schools are not included when water systems test for lead as required by the Environmental Protection Agency, meaning that a water system may be deemed to have safe lead levels overall, while water quality at schools remains unknown. This must change."

Salam Noor, PhD, deputy superintendent of public instruction, said: "I know superintendents, administrators, educators and school facilities staff across the state are concerned about lead in drinking water. We want to give them the tools and support they need to keep students safe from lead."

Joint plan helps close water testing gap in schools

Most Oregon school and child care programs get their drinking water from municipal or community water systems. All municipal or community water systems must regularly test water at specific numbers of home taps to ensure that the water meets requirements for lead levels at the tap. However, schools and child care programs are not subject to required testing, unless a school district maintains its own water supply. The joint OHA-ODE plan addresses this regulatory gap.

Outdated plumbing systems in school buildings can leach lead into the water students and school staff drink during the school day. The joint ODE-OHA plan is designed to ensure that water in school fountains and taps meets the same lead restrictions municipalities are required to meet. Lead is a neurotoxin that is harmful to people of all ages, particularly young children who are vulnerable to developmental and learning problems due to lead exposure.

State agency actions will reduce lead risks in schools and day care centers

Under the plan, ODE and OHA intend to:
-- Drinking water testing: Recommend all school districts and child care programs test for lead in their facilities this summer and take corrective action where necessary.
-- Certified laboratories: Recommend schools use certified drinking water testing labs to process water samples for lead.
-- Reportable results: Require certified laboratories to report lead levels in school and day care drinking water to OHA.
-- Online database: Develop a database and a method to transfer lead test records from labs, schools and school districts to OHA. ODE and OHA will collaborate to make results available to the public in an accurate and accessible online format. The database will be available later this fall.
-- Health expertise: Provide technical assistance on lead and other environmental health issues to schools and day care centers as needed.

Lynne Saxton, Director of the Oregon Health Authority said: "Lead in school drinking water is a high-priority health issue. These steps will help schools and child care programs keep harmful levels of lead out of their fountains, taps and sinks. In addition, the plan will give families, school staff and community members more transparent, accurate and readily accessible information about lead testing results."

Statewide lead testing plan launches this summer

This summer, OHA and ODE will work with school districts and child care programs to implement the plan. Working collaboratively with educators, the agencies will:
-- Work with schools: Convene meetings with school district superintendents, school boards and school facilities managers to discuss the recommendations and requirements and provide technical support to implement the plan.
-- Inform day care centers: Early Learning Division staff will educate child care programs about testing recommendations and corrective actions that these programs can take to reduce exposure among young children.
-- Review current testing: Communicate with school districts and child care programs to assess current testing programs and procedures.

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Attached Media Files: 2016-06/3687/95086/Schools-lead-in-drinking-water.pdf
Mosier News Update 9
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/08/16 10:48 AM
Mosier Derailment Unified Command
News Update 9 -- 10:30 a.m. June 8, 2016
For immediate release

Contact:
Suzanne Skadowski, Incident Information Officer, 206-900-3309

All oil transloaded from site -- damaged tanker car removal begins

MOSIER, Ore. -- Crews successfully and safely completed transloading all oil from derailed tank cars off-site overnight Tuesday. A total of 13 cars were offloaded.

The recovered oil was transferred by truck to The Dalles and now staged for transport by rail to Tacoma, Wash., its original destination at a date to be determined.

As of Wednesday morning, crews have cleaned and decontaminated all of the derailed cars. Today through end of the week, the empty tanker cars will be transported by truck to Portland.

Once the rail cars have been removed, crews will begin removing contaminated soil and continue other environmental cleanup and monitoring activities.

Previously Released

A drinking water advisory was lifted Monday, June 6 after water tests confirmed that the water is safe to drink. Tests have not yet confirmed the water is safe to drink for two homes on Rock Creek Road that remain under a boil water advisory.

On June 3, sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed, four of those cars caught fire releasing an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the environment. The cars were part of a 96-car train carrying Bakken crude oil to Tacoma, Wash.

The derailment also damaged and contaminated the Mosier wastewater treatment plant. An estimated 10,000 gallons of oil were removed from the wastewater treatment plant and cleaning of the plant continues. A temporary bypass system is operating while the city works to rebuild the wastewater treatment plant. The city's wastewater is being collected and trucked to the Hood River wastewater treatment plant.

It is estimated that the remaining 32,000 gallons of oil released to the environment were either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil.

Booms remain in place in the Columbia River and Rock Creek as a precautionary measure but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways.

Union Pacific has identified a preliminary cause of the crash, saying a bolt that
fastens the rail to the railroad ties may have been at fault. But the final
determination of the cause has not been made.

Rail traffic resumed through Mosier Sunday, June 5, with trains limited to 10 mph.

Crews continue to carefully monitor air and water quality around the derailment site.

Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response.

Media and citizen inquiries can be directed to: MosierMP70@gmail.com and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is providing public updates at bit.ly/deqmosier.

Other sources of information:
Oregon DEQ Mosier web site: bit.ly/deqmosier.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
Union Pacific: www.up.com/mosier
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OSBA Board members will advocate for Oregon schools in U.S. Capitol
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 06/08/16 9:35 AM
Salem -- Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Board members will visit the U.S. Capitol next week to discuss educational priorities with Oregon's congressional delegation. In meetings scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, OSBA Board members will urge Congress to uphold local governance and flexibility while implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, increase federal funding for Title I, and discuss long-term solutions to ensure that county timber payments continue to support public schools.

OSBA Board members heading to Washington, D.C., for the National School Boards Association's Advocacy Institute include: President Doug Nelson (High Desert ESD); President-elect Betty Reynolds (West Linn-Wilsonville SD); Vice President LeeAnn Larsen (Beaverton SD); Secretary-Treasurer Don Cruise (Philomath SD); Past President Dave Krumbein (Pendleton SD); Kris Howatt (Gresham-Barlow SD); and Hank Perry (Douglas ESD).

Scheduled meetings include visits with U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader and Greg Walden.

OSBA is a member services organization for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.
Tue. 06/07/16
[PHOTOS] Oregon Governor Visits With National Guard During Cascadia Rising Exercise (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/07/16 8:02 PM
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Deputy Chief Ken Burns, interim fire chief for the Portland Fire Department, briefs Oregon Governor Kate Brown on casualty care during the Cascadia Rising Exercise, June 7, 2016 at Portland Fire and Rescue Training Center #2, Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Deputy Chief Ken Burns, interim fire chief for the Portland Fire Department, explains to Oregon Governor Kate Brown the simulated support given by medical teams in a casualty care point during the Cascadia Rising Exercise, June 7, 2016, at the Portland Fire and Rescue Training Center #2 Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Battalion Chief Fred Ellison, District 2, Portland Fire Department, provides a detailed briefing on the logistical structure necessary for disaster relief during the multi-day Cascadia Rising exercise to, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, June, 7, 2016, at the Portland Fire Training Center #2Portland, Oregon. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional exercise across Oregon and Washington focused on inter-agency and multi-state coordination in the event of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. (Oregon Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

[Video] Kate Brown, Governor ,Oregon, holds press conference at the Army Aviation Support Facility #2 in Salem.

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Injury Motor Vehicle Crash
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/07/16 5:45 PM
Sgt. K. Dizney

Vehicle 1 Black Toyota Camry (Arizona plates)
Driver: Ryan, William 87 years old (Arizona)
Passenger: Ryan, Karen (Arizona)

Vehicle 2 Tan Chrysler PT Cruiser (Oregon plates)
Driver: Edwards, Gordon 78 years old (La Pine)
Passenger: Edwards, Judith 75 years old (La Pine)



Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported blocking injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 97 just north of Gordy's Truck Stop involving two vehicles. Upon arrival, deputies discovered two vehicles in the middle of the roadway. An investigation determined a black Toyota Camry, operated by William Ryan, had turned from a parking lot on the east side of the highway at S&S Auto Parts into the Northbound highway travel lane into the path of another Northbound Chrysler PT Cruiser, operated by Gordon Edwards. A crash occurred causing both vehicles to come to rest in the middle of the highway. Non-life threatening injuries were sustained by both occupants of the PT Cruiser and were transported by ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend by La Pine Fire Department. La Pine Fire Department was assisted by the Sunriver Fire Department.

The investigation, medical treatment, and removal of the vehicles by ODOT from the roadway caused both North and Southbound lanes of travel to be shut down for approximately 30 minutes, with no alternate routes available. Alcohol, speed, or distraction are not believed to be factors in this crash. This investigation is ongoing.

Due to traffic congestion from this crash, a second crash involving non-life threatening injuries occurred just north of the first crash. This was investigated by the Oregon State Police.
Blast Off to a Summer of Space Exploration at OMSI
OMSI - 06/07/16 4:33 PM
Museum to launch new exhibition on the challenges and future of living and working in space

Portland, Ore. (June 7, 2016) -- Beginning June 18, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is taking guests through an out-of-this-world experience with the exciting new exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit features hands-on, immersive experiences that will give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment of space. They'll learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature extremes, to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components, and interactive exhibits, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space -- from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.

The exhibit finale includes a full scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they're floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.

To complement Journey to Space, OMSI has organized a series of new programs and demonstrations available to guests throughout the run of the exhibit. On weekends visitors can explore how space ties together difference branches of science through hands-on labs in chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Inside the exhibit OMSI has hands-on demos that explore everything from space suit fabric to Shuttle tiles, rocket launches to gyroscopes. Plus, this summer will feature Star Parties, new Planetarium shows, special space-themed giveaways, and film festivals for audiences of all ages.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition runs June 18, 2016 -- January 8, 2017. To learn more visit omsi.edu.

Press note: All media requests to tour/photograph/film the exhibit must be made in advance.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics.

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 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.

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Be alert for landslides today in Baker County
Oregon Dept. of Geology and Mineral Industries - 06/07/16 3:52 PM
BAKER COUNTY, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight for Baker County. The Cornet Windy Ridge burn scar will be especially prone to flash flooding.

"Intense rainfall is a very common landslide trigger, and risk is even higher in recently burned areas," says Ali Ryan Hansen, communications director for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "It's important to be aware of the potential landslide and debris flow hazard and avoid burn areas."

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): www.oregongeology.org/slido
Landslide and debris flow resources: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Answerland Advisory Committee meeting at Oregon State Library, 6/16/16
Oregon State Library - 06/07/16 3:34 PM
The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet on Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland. The current member list is available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/pages/answerland/advisory.aspx.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us.


Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library -- Room 103 (or by phone)
June 16, 2016
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Agenda

9:00 Welcome and introductions
9:15 Review of agenda
9:20 Committee business (Ottum)
o Overview of State Library advisory boards structure
o Review of AAC webpage and bylaws
o Elect Chair for 2016-2017
9:50 Answerland update (Ottum)
10:20 Break
10:30 Partner Libraries (Ottum)
11:00 Future of the Answerland Quality Team (Milner)
11:20 Open Forum
11:40 Open discussion about Answerland (thoughts, wishes, ideas, concerns, etc.)
11:50 Action item review
12:00 Adjourn
PHOTO RELEASE - Cascadia Rising Exercise is underway (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/07/16 3:22 PM
Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Military Department briefs the Emergency Communications Center during the Cascadia Rising Earthquake drill at the Anderson Readiness Center, June 7. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional
Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Military Department briefs the Emergency Communications Center during the Cascadia Rising Earthquake drill at the Anderson Readiness Center, June 7. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional
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OREGON -- The Cascadia Rising functional disaster exercise is in progress at locations across Oregon as state, local, and federal partners test capabilities for responding to a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

The exercise scenario for today, Day 1, saw a magnitude 9 Cascadia earthquake and tsunami occur this morning. The exercise will continue through Friday, June 10.

As an emergency preparedness exercise that encompasses all aspects of emergency response, Cascadia Rising brings together multiple states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho), and FEMA to prepare for a Cascadia earthquake. Major Oregon cities, 23 counties, nine tribal nations, 17 state agencies and departments, the American Red Cross, and two private sector partner organizations are participating.

Emergency Operations and Coordination Centers at all levels of government will activate to coordinate simulated field response operations within their jurisdictions and with neighboring communities, state emergency operations and coordination centers, FEMA and a variety of military resources.

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Attached Media Files: Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Military Department briefs the Emergency Communications Center during the Cascadia Rising Earthquake drill at the Anderson Readiness Center, June 7. Cascadia Rising is a four-day functional , Oregon Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby, commander of Joint Domestic Operations delivers a brief to Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E Stencel The Adjutant General, Oregon, during the beginning of the Cascadia Rising exercise at the A , Oregon Governor Kate Brown receives a brief from Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, during the Cascadia Rising exercise at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Emergency Coordination Center, June 7. Cascadia Rising is a four-
Public Health Advisory Board meets June 16 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/07/16 11:41 AM
June 7, 2016

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

Agenda: Reports from the Public Health Advisory Board subcommittees; discussion of the public health modernization assessment report and deliverables to the Legislative Fiscal Office.

When: Thursday, June 16, 2:30-5:30 p.m. A 15-minute public comment period is scheduled at 5:15 pm; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1E, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The meeting will also be live-streamed through the Public Health Advisory Board website at http://www.healthoregon.org/phab.

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 meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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Public Health Advisory Board Accountability Metrics Subcommittee meets June 9 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/07/16 11:38 AM
June 7, 2016

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

Agenda: Review measurement structure proposal; discuss use of existing measure sets; examine organization of potential measures; discuss possible data source and availability needs.

When: Thursday, June 9, 1-2 p.m. A 10-minute public comment period is scheduled at 1:50 pm; comments are limited to three minutes.

Where: Conference call: 1-877-873-8017; 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.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284, cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in White City
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/07/16 11:35 AM
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on Thursday, June 16th and Friday June 17th at the Brookside Inn & Suites, 2020 Leigh Way in White City, 97503. Sessions will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday and 9:00 a.m. on Friday and are open to the public.

The Committee will review a Multiple Property Document and two associated nominations for the Central Oregon Irrigation District; and nominations for the Eagle Point National Cemetery in Eagle Point; the Camp White Station Hospital Administration Building in White City; the Nyla L. Jebousek House in Newport; and the Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland. A boundary decrease for a National Register property in Portland, the William B. Holden House, will also be reviewed. The agenda and electronic copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the hearing impaired may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).


Attached Media Files: SACHP Press Release
Department of Revenue seeks customer service feedback
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 06/07/16 9:10 AM
More than 7,000 taxpayers will receive a survey in the mail later this week asking about their customer service experiences with the Oregon Department of Revenue. The sample group is made up of taxpayers who recently contacted the department for assistance.

"We hope everyone who receives the survey will take a moment to fill it out and send it in," said JoAnn Martin, the department's sponsor for the survey project. "These surveys give us a solid starting point for evaluating our training and procedures for customer service activities and help us determine what we can do to better assist taxpayers with their questions and concerns."

The Oregon State University Survey Research Center is conducting the survey on behalf of the department, so correspondence about the survey won't be on the department's letterhead. If you're concerned about whether a letter is really from the department or if it's an attempt to fraudulently obtain your personal information, please contact the Tax Services Unit at (503) 356-4222 or questions.dor@oregon.gov.

All responses are confidential and no identifying information will be provided to the department with OSU-SRC's final report.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
Land Board to consider budget requests, land sale at June 14 meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 06/07/16 8:48 AM
Salem -- The State Land Board will be asked to approve submission of two agency budget requests to the Department of Administrative Services for the 2017-2019 biennium: the Department of State Lands' total operating budget and the Department of Forestry's management budget for Common School forestlands.

The board also will be asked to approve selling approximately 0.21 acres of state-owned filled lands in Columbia County.

The informational agenda includes an overview of the Oregon Marine Debris Action Plan and the annual report on the Department of State Lands Trust Property Program for fiscal year 2015.

The meeting will be held:

June 14, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.
Department of State Lands
Land Board Room
775 Summer St. NE, Salem

The meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 871-4323 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202016/slb_agenda_jun2016.aspx

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

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Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend After He Forces Way Into Her Residence - Josephine County
Oregon State Police - 06/07/16 7:44 AM
On June 3, 2016 at approximately 9:15PM, OSP troopers responded to a report of shots fired at an address off Beebe Drive in rural Josephine County several miles outside the town of Cave Junction. Initial reports indicated that one individual had been shot who was still being held at gunpoint.

Upon arrival, troopers located an adult male identified as Mark JORDAN, age 55, of Cave Junction, with a gunshot wound to his upper leg. JORDAN was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass for non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed that JORDAN and his ex-girlfriend, a 56 year old female, reside near each other and had gotten into an altercation. JORDAN forced his way into the female's residence where she fired several rounds from a handgun, striking JORDAN once in the upper leg.

On June 6, 2016, JORDAN was arrested after being released for the hospital. He was taken to the Josephine County Jail where he was booked for Burglary in the 1st degree. The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be released when available.
Creswell Man Assaults Woman With Nail Gun, Then Turns It On Himself - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/07/16 6:30 AM
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On June 1, 2016 at about 8PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a medical call on Highway 58 near milepost 21 (east of Lowell). The initial 911 call reported a male and female had attempted suicide and had nails sticking inside their heads.

Upon emergency crews arriving, they found an adult female and an adult male with multiple nails inside their heads. They were both transported to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of their injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed Eve PAGLIARO, age 31, of Eugene, and Troy V THOMPSON, age 46, of Creswell, had rented a nail gun with air compressor the day before in the Eugene area. They then drove to Goodman Creek Road east of Lowell on the day of the incident.

The investigation revealed THOMPSON shot PAGLIARO several times in the back of the head with the nail gun. After doing this, THOMPSON shot himself in the back of the head with the nail gun at least once. They were found by other persons who called 911.

PAGLIARO and THOMPSON were taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for life threatening injuries. Detectives from OSP's Major Crime Section began investigating the incident.

On June 6, 2016, THOMPSON was arrested by OSP immediately after he was released from the hospital. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Assault in the 1st degree. PAGLIARO is still in critical condition at Sacred Heart Riverbend.

More information will be released as it becomes available as this is an ongoing investigation.


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Boise Woman Killed In Head-On Collision On Highway 20 - Harney County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/07/16 6:06 AM
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On June 5, 2016 at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a head-on crash involving a passenger vehicle and semi-truck on Highway 20 near milepost 156 (east of Burns).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Freightliner towing a flatbed trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 20 when it attempted to pass a slower moving motorhome in a no passing area (double yellow line). While in the eastbound lane of travel, it encountered an oncoming 2005 Ford Focus. The driver of the focus swerved her vehicle towards the ditch to avoid striking the truck head-on. At the same time, the driver of the truck swerved towards the ditch. The vehicles collided head-on near the fogline of the highway.

The driver of the Ford, Sara E ALLISON, age 30, of Boise was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel. A passenger in the vehicle, Matthew T ALLISON, age 27, also of Boise, was taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for life threatening injuries. The driver of the Freightliner, James W DECOU, age 32, of Roy, Utah, was transported to Harney County Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries.

Highway 20 was closed for several hours for investigation of the crash. This is an ongoing investigation with potential criminal charges being considered. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Mon. 06/06/16
AARP launches statewide listening sessions on caregiving in June
AARP Oregon - 06/06/16 10:14 PM
AARP launches statewide listening sessions on caregiving in June

More than 460,000 Oregonians provide care for loved ones each year that is unpaid and often goes unrewarded. AARP Oregon is launching a series of community forums and listening sessions to better understand the needs of caregiving -- especially in terms of needing a break from this demanding labor of love.

"Caring for a loved one is something that many people find rewarding, as it can bring people closer together. But unfortunately it can also be very physically, emotionally, and mentally stressful," said Jon Bartholomew, AARP Government Relations Director. In 2015, there was an estimated $110 million in higher health care costs for caregivers in Oregon due to the fact that they are caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's/dementia. And this population is less than half of all the family caregivers in Oregon, so the overall numbers are much higher.
One thing that helps is caregiver training. It is available in person and online for free in Oregon through Oregon Care Partners. But in addition to learning new skills, caregivers also need short breaks (respite care) from caregiving so they can take care of themselves.

"Caregivers need to spend some time alone or with friends, go out to a movie or see a game -- something that allows them to be themselves," Bartholomew said.

Getting respite from caregiving can be difficult. Typical paid respite care includes:
Paying for a home care worker to provide care at the home
Adult Day Care
Transportation to and from medical appointments
Time off on the weekend.

"We want to hear from caregivers about what can we do in Oregon to improve access to and effective use of caregiver respite. There are multiple answers. What is important to people in Portland could be different than what is needed in Burns," Bartholomew said.
For those who can't attend, or people who live outside of the forum communities, written feedback can be offered at https://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/ .
Details and links to register for the forums are listed are below. Or RSVP for any of these events by calling toll free 1-877-926-8300
Albany -- June7th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteAlbany060716
Roseburg -- June 8th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteRoseburg060816
Lincoln City -- June 9th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteLincoln060916
Eugene -- June 14th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteEugene061416
Medford -- June 15th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteMedford061516
Salem -- June 16th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteSalem061616
Beaverton -- June 21st https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteBeaverton062116
Portland -- June 28th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespitePortland062816
Astoria -- June 29th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteAstoria062916
Bend -- July 12th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteBend071216
Burns -- July 13th https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteBurns071316
La Grande -- July 14 AM https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteLaGrande071416
Pendleton -- July 14th PM
https://aarp.cvent.com/RespitePendleton071416
Hood River -- July 27
https://aarp.cvent.com/RespiteHoodRiver072716
All times are 4:00 to 6:00 pm

except Lincoln City, which starts at 4:30 pm and La Grande from 9:00 to 11:00 am


More information
Additional Oregon resources for caregivers and their families can be found at https://adrcoforegon.org/consite/explore-caregiver-supports.php
How good is Oregon at supporting caregivers? See a "scorecard" by AARP on the long-term care and support system http://states.aarp.org/new-scorecard-again-ranks-oregon-near-the-top-in-serving-older-disabled-residents/


About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. With staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment. AARP also advocates for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation magazine, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org/or or follow us on Twitter @aarpor
Mosier boil water advisory lifted
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/06/16 7:19 PM
Mosier Derailment Unified Command
News Update 7 - 7:15 p.m. June 6, 2016

For immediate release
Contacts:
Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer, 503-545-2540
Suzanne Skadowski, Incident Information Officer, 206-900-3309

Mosier's boil water advisory lifted

MOSIER, Ore. -- The city of Mosier lifted its boil water advisory Monday as work crews continued to remove oil from the tanker cars that derailed last week.

Water sample tests showed that the water from a back-up well now being used is safe to drink. At 2 p.m. the city lifted the boil water advisory for all residents except for two homes on Rock Creek Road.

Response crews continued to transfer oil off the derailed tanker cars and stage it for transport through The Dalles.

Union Pacific has identified a preliminary cause of the crash, saying a bolt that fastens the rail to the railroad ties may have been at fault. But the final determination of the cause has not been made.

Sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed Friday afternoon, June 3. Officials estimate that 42,000 gallons of crude escaped from four rail cars. The cars were part of a 96-car train carrying Bakken crude oil.

Thirteen cars remain at the wreckage site and two have been emptied. The oil will be transferred to The Dalles for transport by rail to Tacoma, Wash., its original destination.

Union Pacific estimated that 10,000 gallons were removed from the wastewater system after the crash with the remaining 32,000 gallons either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil. An undetermined amount remains in wastewater lines.

Booms remain in place as a precautionary measure but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways. Environmental crews have been working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

Traffic resumed on the rail line through Mosier late Sunday but with restrictions on the cargo that can move through the area with trains limited to 10 mph.

Crews continued to carefully monitor air and water quality around the site of the crash.

A temporary fix has allowed the city to restore sewer service to local customers. But until the city's wastewater treatment plant is repaired, Mosier's wastewater will be collected and trucked to Hood River for disposal.

Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.

Media and citizen inquiries can be directed to: MosierMP70@gmail.com, an information kiosk is located at the Mosier School, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is providing public updates at bit.ly/deqmosier.

Other sources of information:
Oregon DEQ Mosier web site: bit.ly/deqmosier.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
Union Pacific: www.up.com/mosier
Declassified: SR-71 Personnel to discuss the SR-71 Spy Plane this Father's Day, June 18 & 19 at Evergreen Museum
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 06/06/16 3:45 PM
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Father's Day weekend at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Campus will bring to life the SR-71 program that was officially terminated in 1989. Presentations will take place on June 18 and 19 in the Evergreen Theater at 11 am and 2:30 pm daily. Guests will hear from the pilots, crew and staff associated with the SR-71 program. The speakers will share their perspectives, experience, trials and stories of the program. Simultaneously there will be additional presentations next to the SR-71 in the Space Museum, where anyone can see a 360 visual cockpit on a big screen; this group will cover every switch and every gauge and explore the SR-71 artifact.

Don't miss a chance to be up-close and personal with the SR-71 and the personnel that know it best. Guest will learn everything there is to know about the Top Secret SR-71 program -- Declassified. Museum will raffle off SR-71 models signed by the personnel on site for the event, be a part of the Museums future.

"The SR-71 Father's Day weekend is a phenomenal biannual event. It is amazing to have such high caliber presenters with such a breath of knowledge on this particular artifact. This group has such passion and we hope their stories will spark imagination and make the SR-71 accessible to everyone. There is so much to learn, two days doesn't seem like enough time for this event." said Melissa Grace, Marketing, Communications and Sales Director of Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

WHAT: SR-71 Father's Day Weekend Event

WHEN:
Saturday, June 18
11 am & 2:30 pm Presentation in Evergreen Theater
10 -- 4 pm Presentations at the SR-71

Sunday, June 19
9 am Father's Day Brunch in the Space Museum
11 am & 2:30 pm Presentation in Evergreen Theater
10 -- 4 pm Presentations at the SR-71

COST: Speaking portion included with admission
Sunday Father's Day Brunch starts at $15 per person
DPSST Executive Committee Meeting Scheduled
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/06/16 2:49 PM
For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016
Contact:
Theresa Janda
503) 373-1553
Notice of Teleconference Meeting
The Executive Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a teleconference meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.
Chair's Report and Administrative Announcement

"This is a public meeting subject to the public meeting law which will be tape recorded."

1. Consent Agenda (the following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes from September 10, 2015

B. Committee Appointments
Private Security/Investigator Policy Committee
Carol Coates -- reappointment to the PSIPC, term effective 6/12/16
Raymond Byrd -- reappointment to the PSIPC, term effective 7/23/16
Donovan Beard re-appointment to the PSIPC, tem effective 10/23/16
Steven Swenson -- new appointment to the PSIPC, replaces Jim Gibson, term effective 6/12/16
Public Safety Fund Memorial Board
Jeff Hering -- new appointment, to replace Mike Wells on the PSMFB, term effective 6/30/16
Brian Wolfe -- new appointment to replace Rich Evans on the PSMFB, term effective 6/30/16
Patricia Connolly -- new appointment to replace Joe Seibert on the PSMFB, , term effective 6/30/16

2. OAR 259-008-0020 and OAR 259-009-0010 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Social Security Numbers

3. OAR Chapter 259 Division 008 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Housekeeping

4. Next Meeting -- August 11, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Requires a vote by the Committee
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/06/16 11:57 AM
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Monday morning at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on Monday, June 6, staff responded to the cell where inmate Johhny Tinker was the sole occupant. Upon arrival, medical staff determined that he was deceased. Tinker was 59 years old.

Tinker entered DOC custody on August 22, 2002 on one count of murder out of Douglas County. He was sentenced to life in prison.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Johnny Tinker
ADRC of Oregon is making a difference in peoples' lives
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/06/16 10:59 AM
The 2015 Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC) Consumer Satisfaction Survey conducted by Portland State University has just been released, and consumers say the ADRC is providing quality and needed support to Oregonians.

The ADRC of Oregon is a collaborative, public-private partnership that streamlines consumer access to a complicated and confusing aging and disability service delivery system. As part of its commitment to quality ADRC services, Oregon has used grant funds to conduct an annual survey of those receiving ADRC information and assistance or options counseling services.

Of those consumers surveyed:
93 percent said they would recommend the ADRC to others
83 percent report the services or information they received by the ADRC has allowed them to live in the place they most desire.
76 percent report they are more independent as a result of the information and services received.
76 percent believe they are safer in their home as a result of ADRCs assistance.

"This survey allows us to ensure the work we are doing though the ADRCs is impactful and making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. It is rewarding to know that we are making a difference," said Sarah Hout, manager of the State Unit on Aging who oversees the ADRC.

An overview of the ADRC Consumer Satisfaction Survey is attached.

For the Executive Summary of the survey, go to http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/SUA/ADRCDocuments/2015%20ADRC%20Executive%20Summary_Final.pdf

For a copy of the full survey, please contact Kristi Murphy, program analyst for ADRC, at kristi.m.murphy@state.or.us.


Attached Media Files: ADRC Consumer Satisfaction Survey Overview
Regional Disaster Exercise Scheduled for Major Earthquake and Tsunami Preparation (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/06/16 9:58 AM
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Salem, Ore. -- Cascadia Rising is a region-wide functional disaster exercise scheduled for June 7-10 where the Oregon Office of Emergency Management will work with state and federal partners as well as city, county and tribal emergency management entities, to plan for the real eventuality of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. The exercise tests specific functions and capabilities these agencies have in place to respond to such an event. Several media opportunities are available:

Monday, June 6 -- Cascadia Rising twitter chat
12-1 p.m. -- A Twitter chat with scientists and preparedness experts focuses on sharing information about the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami hazards. Public participation is welcomed by following the hashtag #CascadiaEQ on Twitter.

Tuesday, June 7 -- Cascadia Rising exercise day-1 media opportunities:
10 -10:15 a.m. -- Governor Kate Brown, The Adjutant General, Oregon, Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel and OEM Director Andrew Phelps will provide comments at the Larry C. Deibert Flight Facility (Diebert is one building of several that makes up the support facility) 1921 Turner Rd. SE -- Salem. Media contact: Chris Pair chris.pair@oregon.gov; 503-580-7836

11 a.m. -- OEM Deputy Director Laurie Holien, DOGAMI Communications Director Ali Ryan Hansen and Red Cross Cascades Region CEO Amy Shlossman will discuss how news media and emergency managers can work together during a Cascadia event (and other emergencies) to ensure timely and accurate public information is being distributed effectively. Media will be given the opportunity to ask questions and give comments. Anderson Readiness Center, Room 114, 3225 State St. -- Salem. Media contact: Stephen Bomar stephen.s.bomar.mil@mail.mil; 503-584-3917

1-2 p.m. -- Portland Fire and Rescue and the 304th Rescue Squadron Air Force Reserve Command combat search and rescue unit based at the Portland Air National Guard Base will be performing joint rescue and recovery operations. Earthquake scenarios include mass casualty treatment, roof top extraction, as well as rope and collapsed space rescue operations. Scenarios will be conducted each day June 7-9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Media contact: Maj. Chris Bernard Cbernard510@gmail.com; 503 313-1350

Wednesday, June 8 -- Cascadia Rising at the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
9-11 a.m. -- Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director Carmen Merlo will be available to tour interested media through the PBEM Emergency Coordination Center, and answer questions regarding PBEM response during a Cascadia event. PBEM, 9911 SE Bush Street, Portland. Media contact: dan.douthit@portlandoregon.gov; 503-793-1650

Thursday, June 9 -- Cascadia Rising at Camp Rilea and the Clatsop County Emergency Operations Center
9-11 a.m. -- Observe the Oregon National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) during their Special Focus Exercise and Joint Multi-Agency Emergency Response Activity Set, along with the co-located Clatsop County EOC. Meet at Warrior Hall, Camp Rilea, 33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton, Ore. Media contact: Maj. Stephen Bomar stephen.s.bomar.mil@mail.mil; 503-584-3917


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Sun. 06/05/16
Evacuation order lifted for Mosier residents following oil train derailment (News Update 5 -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/05/16 10:07 PM
News Update 5 -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command
For immediate release: June 5, 2016 10:00 pm
Contact: Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer 503-545-2540

Evacuation order lifted for Mosier residents following oil train derailment

Response crews made good progress today on cleaning up the derailment area, restoring essential services to the community of Mosier. The waste water treatment plant is now operating. About 10,000 gallons of oil was removed from the plant.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies have lifted the evacuation order and residents can return to Mosier Manor tonight.

Residents may also now flush toilets and other sewer use. Although both water and sewer are usable, the city asks folks to conserve.

A boil water order remains in effect. Bottled drinking water is available to anyone who needs it at the Union Pacific Claims Center across from Mosier Market.

Tonight the incident response team met with an overflow crowd at the Grange to listen to concerns and answer questions.

Mosier residents needing assistance because of their evacuation should contact the Union Pacific Claim Center located across from the Mosier Market or call the claim center at 877-877-2567, option 6.

A health hotline has also been set up by Union Pacific. Residents with health questions can talk to a health expert at 888-623-3120.

A light sheen of oil in the Columbia River is being contained by about 1000 feet of boom. The sheen remains contained to a limited area. Environmental crews are working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

Response crews are:
Continually monitoring water and air
Removing oil from damaged rail cars
Removing damaged rail cars
Transporting recovered oil by truck to The Dalles
Repairing damaged rail
Restoring full operation of the waste water treatment plant
Federal, state, tribal and local authorities will remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.

The I-84 Mosier exit is now open in both directions. Rock Creek Road remains restricted. Residents can come and go with an escort.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.


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Additional sources of information:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mosierderail
www.up.com/mosier
Sat. 06/04/16
Red Cross Shelter Services No Longer Needed in Mosier; Shelter Closes
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/04/16 6:54 PM
Shelter services are no longer needed at Dry Hallow Elementary School in The Dalles and the Red Cross has closed the shelter at this location.


Thank you to Dry Hallow Elementary School for allowing the Red Cross to use this facility to shelter individuals who were evacuated due to yesterday's train derailment.


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
On-scene photo from Mosier train Derailment (Photo)
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/04/16 4:12 PM
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Photo of train derailment taken from Mosier Bridge just before 4p 6/4/2016


Attached Media Files: Mosier Derailment
News Update -- Mosier Derailment
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/04/16 10:21 AM
For immediate release: June 4, 2016 9:30 p.m.
Contact: Judy Smith, Incident Information Officer 503-545-2540

Local, State and Federal Personnel Responding to Train Derailment

A Union Pacific train derailed mid-day on June 3 on tracks paralleling Interstate 84 in the town of Mosier, Oregon. Fourteen oil tankers derailed and four caught fire. There were no injuries and no structures were lost.

The tank car fire was extinguished at 2:05 a.m. this morning.

Water and air monitoring is being conducted. At first light this morning, a light sheen of oil was observed about six feet offshore in the Columbia River at the mouth of Rock Creek. Approximately 1000 feet of containment boom was used to contain the sheen. Environmental crews are working to identify and control the source of the sheen.

The containment boom placed this morning was in addition to three lines of sorbent booms placed across Rock Creek and the mouth of the creek in the Columbia River by the Union Pacific Railroad to protect these waterways during response operations.

Operations today will include removing rail cars from the site. When the rail cars are sufficiently cool, oil will be offloaded from the remaining railcars to tank trucks.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies evacuated residents in an area about one quarter mile around the incident. The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at the Dry Hollow Grade School in The Dalles (1314 E 19th St.). The evacuation remains in effect. Wasco County deputies are patrolling the evacuated area to protect evacuated properties. The Wasco County Sheriff's office will assess any continuing need for evacuation Saturday evening, and will contact citizens with an update.

A boil water order is currently in place for the Mosier community as a precautionary measure in the event an untested well is used for fire suppression.

Federal, state, tribal and local authorities have established a command center near the scene to coordinate response, cleanup and investigation into what happened.

Interstate 84 reopened for traffic at 11 p.m. on Friday night. The Mosier exit remains closed until further notice to allow movement of emergency response vehicles and operations.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.

Additional sources of information: www.up.com/mosier

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Vehicle Pursuit/Stolen Vehicle
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/04/16 3:30 AM
On Friday June 3, 2016 at about 2253 hours a Deschutes County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop on a white 1994 Ford Ranger PU with a black canopy for a minor violation near 22nd and Maple in Redmond.

As the deputy was overtaking the vehicle it sped up and tried to elude the pursuing deputy. The vehicle ended up driving north on Northwest Way then west on Montgomery where it drove out on to unimproved private property and crashed. The driver and passenger fled on foot.

After the vehicle crashed and the deputy on scene checked the vehicle we determined the vehicle had been previously reported as stolen from within the city of Redmond.

The passenger, Katelyn Wanda Kimler (25 yrs) of Prineville Or, fled the vehicle and was located by Deschutes County K-9, Zeus. Kimler was arrested and lodged at the Deschutes County Adult Jail for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle (C Felony), Criminal Trespass II (C Misdemeanor), and Fleeing/Eluding (A Misdemeanor)on Foot.

The driver was not located and is still outstanding. This case is still under investigation.

The Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and the City of Redmond Police Department assisted with this call.
Fri. 06/03/16
Mosier train derailment update: 10:30 p.m.
ODOT: PDX, Mt. Hood - 06/03/16 10:39 PM
News Release -- Mosier Derailment Incident Command
For immediate release: June 3, 2016 10:30 p.m.
Local, State and Federal Personnel Responding to Train Derailment

A Union Pacific train derailed just after noon today on tracks paralleling Interstate 84 in the town of Mosier, Oregon. Eleven oil tankers derailed and several caught fire. There were no injuries and no structures have been lost. Water and air monitoring is being conducting and as of 9:30 p.m., no oil or fire suppression water has reached Rock Creek, the Columbia River, or its tributaries.

Union Pacific Railroad crews have placed three lines of sorbent booms across Rock Creek and a containment boom at the mouth of the creek in the Columbia River to protect these waterways during response operations. The plan overnight is to continue to cool off the derailed rail cars. When crews determine the railcars have cooled enough, they'll apply foam to the burning rail cars to suppress the fire. Until then, risk of further fire and possible explosion remains.

Wasco County Sheriff's Deputies evacuated residents in an area about one quarter mile around the incident. The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at the Dry Hollow Grade School in The Dalles (1314 E 19th St.). Wasco County deputies are patrolling the evacuated area to protect evacuated properties. The Wasco County Sheriff's office will assess any continuing need for evacuation Saturday morning, and will contact citizens with an update.

Federal, state, tribal and local authorities have established a command center near the scene to coordinate response, cleanup and investigation into what happened.

Interstate 84 remains closed in both directions between Hood River (milepost 64) and The Dalles (milepost 87). As soon as safety allows, Interstate 84 will be reopened. Until then, travelers should use U.S.26, OR 35 and U.S.97 to get around the closed area.

Media and citizen questions can be emailed to MosierMP70@gmail.com.
Mosier train derailment
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/03/16 4:12 PM
Initial media availability staging area at Hood River Marina, Exit 63 off I-84.

Public Information Officers are en route. Estimated Time of Arrival is 5:30 p.m.

Contact:
Judy Smith, EPA PIO cell: 503-545-2540; Smith.Judy@epa.gov
BLM Presents 'Making a Difference' National Volunteer Awards
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 06/03/16 2:41 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bureau of Land Management presented its prestigious "Making a Difference" National Volunteer Awards for outstanding volunteer service in 2015 on BLM-managed lands in a national videoconference on Thursday, June 2. Top BLM leaders recognized the award winners via live videoconference. Staff at the BLM's headquarters in Washington, D.C. hosted the conference, which connected to five states around the country. Two winners were in attendance at the BLM's Washington Office.

"We have held this ceremony for 21 years, and each year we find new inspiration in the dedication and hard work of BLM volunteers," said BLM Director Neil Kornze. "Congratulations to all the honorees this year--you and all the exceptional BLM volunteers represent all those willing to stand together as our partners in the stewardship of America's public lands, each and every year."

In 2015, BLM volunteers contributed more than 1 million hours, equating to more than $24 million of service and 577 work years. The annual "Making a Difference" Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who have contributed thousands of hours improving the public lands. These hard-working volunteers have helped BLM to improve fish habitat, keep campers safe, find homes for wild horses and burros, and provide environmental education and other visitor services. A new "Group Excellence" category this year recognizes the contributions of volunteer groups.

The volunteers selected for this year's awards are:
Bill Mackie (Outstanding Achievement), Lake Havasu Field Office, Arizona;
Sharron Evans (Outstanding Achievement), Utah State Office;
Danny and Barbara Frye (Outstanding Achievement), Butte Field Office, Montana;
Asha Lela (Lifetime Achievement), San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington;
Jack and Sandy Gasser (Lifetime Achievement), Yuma Field Office, Arizona;
Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (Group Excellence), Redding Field Office, California;
Lesly Smith (Employee Winner), Wyoming State Office;
Shanita McLean (Outstanding Youth), Eastern States Office, Virginia.

A national panel of BLM specialists and partner representatives selected the award winners from dozens of nominees submitted by BLM state offices. The winners demonstrated exceptional contributions to the conservation and management of public lands.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: BLM Presents 'Making a Difference' National Volunteer Awards
Five ways to beat the heat
Pacific Power - 06/03/16 1:27 PM
Pacific Power media hotline: June 3, 2015
1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Five ways to beat the heat
Tips from Pacific Power to be safe, stay cool and use less energy

PORTLAND, Ore. --With forecasts predicting triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest over the coming weekend, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money.

Stay hydrated and watch for others
Drink water and stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible. Use hats and sunscreen.
Check on neighbors who you know have few outside contacts. Keep a close eye on children and pets to make sure they have water available and have some place to cool down after bouts of fun in the sun.

Don't let the sun shine in
On hot days, close blinds and drapes, especially in south-facing windows which allow in the most heat.

Open windows in the evening and circulate cool air
Open windows in evening and early morning to let in cool air. Be aware, however, of any safety or security issues.
Use fans to bring in and circulate cool air. Ceiling and window fans use less electricity than an air conditioner when the compressor is engaged. Running an air conditioner in fan-only mode can also be effective as outside temperatures drop.

Reduce the heat inside
Use heat-producing appliances like ovens, dishwashers and dryers in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
Grill outside or use a microwave or toaster oven. A toaster oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a regular oven and releases less heat into the home.
Turn off heat-generating devices when not in use, including lamps, televisions and computers.

Be air conditioner smart
Set your thermostat at 78 degrees. This will keep you comfortable and cooling your house below that temperature can increase your air conditioning bill as much as 8 percent.
Don't turn off the air conditioner when you're gone; instead set it higher, at 85 degrees. That setting allows your air conditioner to use less electricity to cool the house than if the air conditioning has been off all day, but doesn't shut down altogether.
Use a programmable or smart thermostat; set it to start bringing your home's temperature from 85 degrees down to 78 degrees no more than 30 minutes before you get home.
Replace air conditioner filters once a month. The dirtier your filter, the less efficient it is.
Lamps, televisions or any other appliance that creates heat needs to be kept away from the thermostat; they will impact its accuracy.
Your air conditioner will operate most efficiently if you trim nearby foliage to allow adequate air flow around the unit.
Don't block inside distribution vents with furniture or other objects.

For more information and tips, visit bewattsmart.com.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages.
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet Friday, June 17 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/03/16 11:21 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Advisory Committee will meet on Friday June 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building. 500 Summer St NE, Room 473, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular commission business, training on the Rules Advisory Committee Process, executive committee elections and updates from the subcommittees.

People can call into the meeting: 1-888-808-6929; participant code: 4517555.

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

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell, policy analyst at Theresa.A.Powell@state.or.us.
Extreme heat conditions this weekend prompt Oregon Public Health warning
Oregon Health Authority - 06/03/16 11:16 AM
June 3, 2016

Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure and stay safe in the water

As the state's temperatures break into the upper 90s and possibly triple digits by this weekend, health officials are recommending Oregonians take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"Summer-like weather in Oregon is great and people want to be outdoors, but temperatures at or above 100 degrees can be dangerous," says Katrina Hedberg, M.D., state epidemiologist and state health officer at the Public Health Division. "Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health. As people seek to beat the heat they often head to the rivers and lakes where drowning and hypothermia are concerns."

According to the National Weather Service, the hottest weather of the year so far is expected to arrive throughout Oregon Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for most of the state calls for temperatures in the high 90s to just over 100 degrees in lower elevations and above 90 in higher-elevation areas.

The Oregon Public Health Division offers the following tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:

1. Stay cool
-- Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.
-- Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.
-- Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.
-- Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
-- Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.
-- Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.
-- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body.
-- Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars -- they, too, can suffer heat-related illness.
-- Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
-- Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.

2. Stay hydrated
-- Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
-- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.

3. Stay safe in and near the water
-- Be aware that rivers are running fast with spring run-off and may be a challenge for even the most experienced simmers.
-- Keep an eye on the water temperature. Even though it is hot, if water temperatures are 60 degrees or lower you could develop hypothermia if you stay in too long. This can cause disorientation, fatigue, and even drowning.
-- Young children and non-swimmers should wear properly fitted life jackets in and near the water. Air-filled and foam toys such as water wings, water noodles, and inner tubes are not designed to keep swimmer safe and should not be counted on.
-- Make sure children do not have unsupervised access to pools by fencing pools in and ensuring gates are closed. Kiddy pools are also a concern and should be fenced in or drained when they are not being supervised.
-- When supervising children or non-swimmers, stay focused and avoid distractions like reading, texting, talking on the phone, or doing chores.
-- Don't consume alcohol before or during boating, swimming, tubing or other water activities.

People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they're drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.

Those who exercise or work outdoors in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.

Children and those with seizures are particularly vulnerable to drowning, so special attention should be given to their water safety.

For more information, visit the Oregon Public Health Division Extreme Heat page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx or the CDC Heat Stress page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress. Information on Extreme Heat for vulnerable groups is available in English and Spanish and can be found at https://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/specificgroups.asp.

The CDC has information on staying safe in and around swimming pools at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSafeSwimmingPool/ and in natural water settings at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsDrowningRisks/.

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Bend Police and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deploy Potentially Life-Saving Medication (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/03/16 11:09 AM
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Released by:

Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Lt. Clint Burleigh, Bend Police Department

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department are deploying Naloxone Hydrochloride in patrol vehicles to help prevent deaths due to narcotic overdoses. This medication is delivered to a patient suffering a severe narcotic analgesic overdose. Narcotic Analgesics includes Heroin, Oxydcodone, Oxycontin, and other opioid related medications. Deschutes County has seen a significant increase in overdoses from these substances including many that have resulted in deaths.

This potentially life-saving medication is delivered by intranasal atomization (spraying up the nose). Deputies and officers received training from Deschutes County Jail medical staff and paramedics with Bend Fire and Rescue in the recognition of narcotic overdose, treatment, and after-care. This does not replace medical treatment or EMS response, but is intended to provide a potentially lifesaving intervention, prior to more advanced medical treatment. Patients suffering from a drug overdose are provided medical evaluation and typically transported to the nearest medical facility.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office began issuing Naloxone to deputies in November of 2015. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has had Naloxone available in the jail since early fall of 2015.

The Bend Police Department was trained by Bend Fire and Rescue on May 31 through June 2, 2016. Naloxone was distributed to trained officers immediately after the training and is currently in use.

Issues surrounding drug use in our community are significant factors in a healthy community. We take pride in working hard to help those in mental distress or struggling with drug addiction. Law enforcement and our community partners are constantly looking at improving the safety and welfare of our citizens.


Attached Media Files: Naloxone Hydrocloride
2016-2017 Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced
Oregon Farm Bureau - 06/03/16 10:57 AM
The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce the following (16) sixteen recipients of the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship program is open to new and continuing full-time students (12 or more hours per quarter or the semester equivalent). Applicants must be an Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, of completed college coursework documented by a transcript. Home-school graduates must also provide proof of parents Oregon residency. Applicants must be preparing for a career in agriculture or forestry. Students attending institutions outside of Oregon are eligible.

The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship is to: "Support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agricultural related fields."

The following students have been identified to receive a $1,000 scholarship: (14)

Stormy Scharzenberger
Corbett, OR
Graduate-Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Pratum Co-op

Marcel Ortiz
Scio, OR
Senior-Crop Science
Oregon State University @ Eastern Oregon University
Sponsor:
John T. Rossner Endowment Scholarship Fund

Alexandra Colton
North Powder, OR
Junior-Animal Science/Pre-vet
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
John T. Rossner Endowment Scholarship Fund

Julia Barnes
Milwaukie, OR
Junior-Animal Science
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Multnomah County Farm Bureau I/M of Jack Chapin

Jacob White
Hines, OR
Junior-Agricultural Communications & Education
University of Florida
Sponsor:
Multnomah County Farm Bureau

Tyler Gustafson
Yoncalla, OR
Freshman-Agriculture Business Management
Umpqua Community College/Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Multnomah County Farm Bureau

Joelle Hepler
Cornelius, OR
Senior-Fisheries & Wildlife Biology
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Washington County Farm Bureau

Riley Merrigan
Imbler, OR
Senior-Animal Science/Pre-vet
University of Idaho
Sponsor:
Linn County Farm Bureau

Victoria "Lauren" Riback
Redmond, OR
Senior-Agricultural Science: Agricultural Education
Texas A & M University
Sponsor:
Oregon Mint Commission
Josephine County Farm Bureau

Juniper Cosner
Weston, OR
Sophomore-Agriculture Science & Natural Resources
Oregon State University @ Eastern Oregon University
Sponsor:
Marion County Farm Bureau

Kyra Forester
Albany, OR
Junior-Animal Science
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Wilco

Kelley Duggan
Redmond, OR
Freshman-Animal Science
Chico State University, California
Sponsor:
COUNTRY Financial

Lauren Bernards
McMinnville, OR
Senior-Animal Science
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Yamhill County Farm Bureau

Rory Scilacci
Baker City, OR
Freshman-Animal Science
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Anonymous Donor

The following students have been identified to receive a $750 scholarship. (2)

Myra Rademacher
Eagle Point, Oregon
Freshman-Agricultural Communication
Purdue University
Sponsor:
Bob Flowers Memorial Scholarship

Lynze Schonneker
Culver, Oregon
Freshman-Agricultural Science
Oregon State University
Sponsor:
Bob Flowers Memorial Scholarship

These awards are made possible through the continuing support of our scholarship sponsors, fund donors, and volunteer advisory committee members.

For more information, contact Andréa Kuenzi, OFBMS Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org.

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Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, June 8 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/03/16 10:46 AM
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE, Room 166, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: public comment; approval of April 13, 2016, minutes; advocacy and development update; budget note update; council business; and next meeting planning. The full agenda is attached.

For those who can't attend in person you may call into the meeting at the following number: 1-888-808-6929, participant code 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Max Brown at 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the event.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown at 503-945-6993; max.brown@state.or.us.
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CCB contractor license search temporarily unavailable on website as agency investigates security issue
Construction Contractors Board - 06/03/16 10:22 AM
The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) took steps Thursday to stop an intrusion into the agency's website after learning that a database housing contractors' personal information was vulnerable.

The state's Chief Information Office is in the process of determining whether any personal information was actually compromised.

Concerns initially arose Tuesday evening, when the agency learned that someone had accessed a CCB-hosted database that government agencies use to verify that bidders for public works projects meet state requirements.

While this database houses no personal information, the CCB closed access after learning that emails and passwords of some government users were found on the Internet. The CCB alerted users to the problem, and that database remains closed while CCB staff adds security.
In continuing to investigate that security issue Thursday, the agency and the Chief Information Office determined that the CCB's contractor licensing database was also vulnerable. This database contains contractors' personal information.

The CCB shut down the database and it remains closed while the agency takes steps to address the vulnerability. Oregon consumers use the license search to verify that a contractor is licensed, bonded and insured.

Other features of the CCB website remain open. Contractors can continue to renew licenses online and take continuing education classes.

If personal information has been compromised, the agency will offer support to those affected. As more information becomes available, the CCB will notify licensees and keep the public informed through the CCB website and news releases.

About the CCB
The CCB is a state agency that licenses construction. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve, inspect or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.
Prineville man becomes Oregon's fourth $1 million Mega Millions winner
Oregon Lottery - 06/03/16 10:03 AM
June 3, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- With a $1 Mega Millions ticket a Prineville man became the fourth Oregonian to win $1 million playing the multi-state game.

Charles Beatty of Prineville said he purchased the ticket because the Mega Millions jackpot continues to grow and he thought he would try his luck. When Beatty bought his ticket for the May 24 drawing, the jackpot was at $203 million. With no jackpot winner as of Thursday morning, the Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $251 million.

To win $1 million players need to match five numbers but miss the Mega Ball(R). Beatty's prize, after taxes, was more than $670,000. Jackpots for Mega Millions start at $15 million and grow by a minimum of $5 million per draw each time the jackpot rolls. Mega Millions is drawn every Tuesday and Friday.

Mega Millions players have the option of adding another dollar to purchase the Megaplier option which can multiply their non-jackpot prize up to five times. For the May 24 drawing, the Megaplier drawn was 4, and for those who added the option, would have multiplied their prize times 4

Beatty's ticket, which he purchased at The Towne Pump & Pantry along Madras Highway in Prineville, was one of two outstanding Mega Millions $1 million winners in Oregon. Oregon Lottery officials are also waiting for a $1 million prize to be claimed from a ticket that was purchased the morning of Jan. 13 in Newport. The winning numbers are 29-41-53-54-70. The odds of winning $1 million playing Mega Millions is one in 18,492,204. The player has until Jan. 15, 2017 to claim the prize.

While Oregon Lottery officials are still waiting for the state's first Mega Millions jackpot winner, Oregon Mega Millions players have won more than $8.8 million in prizes more than $10,000 since Mega Millions was offered in Oregon in 2011.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 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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Join the #CascadiaEQ Chat on Twitter (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/03/16 9:11 AM
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SALEM -- On June 6 at 12 p.m., a one-hour Q&A Twitter chat will take place about a possible 9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The chat is one day before Cascadia Rising 2016, a large-scale, four-day simulation exercise (June 7-10) in which emergency managers across the region will train and test the whole community approach to complex disaster operations together as a joint team.

WHAT:
A Twitter chat with scientists and preparedness experts focusing on sharing information about the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami hazards. Bring your questions to the experts who represent local, state, and federal agencies and non-profits responsible for various aspects of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

WHEN:
12 -- 1 p.m. on June 6, 2016

WHO:
The Oregon Office of Emergency Management welcomes the public's participation by following the hashtag #CascadiaEQ on Twitter. Other Twitter sites to follow include: @OregonOEM, @FEMARegion10, @ReadyGov, @PrepareAthon, @PNSN1, @ShakeOut, @ECA, @TheTsunamiZone, @SCEC, @waEMD, @NWSwestern, @IdahoBHS, @PNSN1 + more.

WHY:
The Cascadia Subduction Zone can produce earthquakes as large as magnitude 9+ and corresponding tsunamis. Scientific evidence indicates that a magnitude 8.0-9.0 earthquake occurs along the more than 600-mile long fault on average once every 200 to 500 years. The last major earthquake and tsunami along the fault occurred more than 300 years ago in 1700. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone and the resulting tsunami is the most complex disaster scenario that emergency management and public safety officials in the Pacific Northwest could face. Cascadia Rising is an exercise to address that disaster. The #CascadiaEQ Twitter chat aims to help address questions, and to help people take action and prepare alongside the emergency management community.

HOW:
On the social media platform Twitter, @ShakeOut will post five topics for discussion, encouraging questions and helping to facilitate conversations between experts and the media. Follow and interact with the conversation by monitoring @ShakeOut, or follow and interact with the complete conversation by monitoring #CascadiaEQ.

ABOUT OEM:
Our mission is to lead statewide efforts to develop and enhance preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities to protect the lives, property and environment of the whole community.


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Fire Program Review, State Forests on agenda for Board of Forestry meeting June 8 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/03/16 8:31 AM
The Oregon Board of Forestry will receive an update on an eight month-long review of the state's wildfire protection program by a diverse citizens' committee, in addition to other topics, at a meeting set for the morning of June 8 in Salem. Note that the original agenda has been revised to the morning only.

Highlight items on the agenda include:

- FIRE PROGRAM REVIEW UPDATE - A significant increase in wildfires over the past several years prompted ODF to launch a sweeping review of its Fire Protection Program in December 2015. The final report of the Fire Protection Review Committee will be published by the end of June. At this meeting, ODF Fire Protection Division staff will present highlights of the committee's work to date.

- APPROVAL OF FOREST PROTECTION DISTRICT 2017 FISCAL BUDGETS -- In compliance with state law, the Board will be asked to review the forest protection district budgets and assessment rates and give final approval. The budgets fund the firefighting and fire prevention activities of ODF at the field level.

- FIREFIGHTER LEGAL DEFENSE -- The Board will consider for adoption final rule proposals that would allow the State Forester to pay the costs to defend ODF employees against criminal charges that might be brought for actions taken in the course of suppressing a wildfire.

- FOREST TRUST LAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE TESTIMONY -- The advisory group of county commissioners mandated by statute to advise the Board of Forestry on management of state forestlands will address the Board.

- CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF FUTURE BUDGET CONCEPTS -- The board will receive an update on stakeholder input related to early budget concepts for the 2017-19 biennium. This will be a review and discussion to prepare the board for final consideration and approval of budget concepts at its July 2016 meeting.

- CRESCENT SANITARY DISTRICT PARCEL TRANSFER -- The Board will consider granting approval of a proposal to transfer a parcel of the Gilchrist State Forest to the Sanitary District to address sanitation needs of Crescent and alleviate environmental issues.

The meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is on the agenda. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, located at 2600 State St., in Salem. Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx

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

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information on the Board is available at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx .
Thu. 06/02/16
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 06/02/16 10:12 PM
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Anthony Powell
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Thursday evening at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, staff responded to the cell where inmate Anthony Powell was the sole occupant. Upon arrival, medical staff determined that he was deceased. Powell was 41 years old.

Powell entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on July 15, 1996, on one count of aggravated murder out of Multnomah County; and one count of attempted murder, assault in the second degree, and inmate with a weapon out of Umatilla County. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Anthony Powell
357th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Oregon Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/02/16 3:50 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 357th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, community policing, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Police #BP357 on their successful completion of basic training. The graduation will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception immediately following the graduation. Sheriff Mark Garton, of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, will be the guest speaker.

The graduating students appreciate the family, friends and guests who make graduation an appropriate conclusion to their basic training at the Oregon Public Safety Academy.
Reception immediately following.

Graduating members of BP357:

Police Officer Bryan Anderson
Portland Police Bureau

Trooper John Andreazzi
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Barker
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jacob Begin
Rockaway Beach Police Department

Police Officer Cody Booth
Winston Police Department

Trooper Arthur Buell
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Mackenzie Burdett
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Brian Chaco
Portland Police Bureau

Police Officer Jason Conwell
Salem Police Department

Police Officer Alan Farmer
Oregon City Police Department

Police Officer Nathan George
North Bend Police Department

Trooper Jessica Harzan
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Justin Hernandez
Union County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Kyle Holmes
Salem Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Hutchison
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Michael Iacob
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Nathaniel Jones
Portland Police Bureau

Deputy Sheriff Robert Krause
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Jacob LaCombe
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jordan Largent
Aumsville Police Department

Trooper Erik Lawson
Oregon State Police

Deputy Sheriff Kelly Lorence
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Ryan Mazour
Oregon State Police

Trooper Ian Normand
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Joshua Nyone
Portland Police Bureau

Trooper Travis Pattan
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Samuel Perez-Montufar
The Dalles Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Shasta Petersen
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

Trooper Johnathan Plumlee
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Collin Poulton
Grants Pass Department of Public Safety

Deputy Sheriff Eric Purdell
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Jeffery Quesenberry
Gresham Police Department

Police Officer Hayden Randall
Newport Police Department

Trooper Michael Slifer
Oregon State Police

Police Officer Colter Souza
Corvallis Police Department

Deputy Sheriff Mike Stevenson
Polk County Sheriff's Office

Police Officer Larissa White
Turner Police Department

Police Officer Charles Williams
Corvallis Police Department

Police Officer Patrick Wright
Winston Police Department
Heritage Commission meeting June 6 CANCELED
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/02/16 3:32 PM
NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED


The Oregon Heritage Commission will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 124 of the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem. Its agenda includes approval of Oregon Museum Grants, and other heritage topics.

The Heritage Commission is comprised of nine people representing Oregon's heritage and geographical diversity who have been appointed by the Governor. There are nine advisory representatives from state agencies and statewide organizations. The mission of the Oregon Heritage Commission is to secure, sustain, and enhance Oregon's heritage by ensuring coordination of heritage initiatives by public and private organizations; advocacy on its behalf; education of the public about its extent and value; and promotion and celebration of its diversity. For more information, contact coordinator Kyle Jansson at 503-986-0673 or kyle.jansson@oregon.gov .

For more information about both commissions, visit www.oregonheritage.org
Oregon Legislature Approves Reimbursement Request
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/02/16 2:52 PM
Released by: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
June 2, 2016


The Deschutes County Sheriff's office, along with public safety partners around the state, will be receiving state funds to partially reimburse their expenses for the immediate response and participation in the Harney County Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover in the first quarter of this year. On May, 25, 2016, the Oregon Legislative Joint Ways And Means Committee approved the request during an emergency board session at the state capitol.

Deschutes County Sheriff's office asked for a reimbursement of $116,381.77 on April 18, 2016. Sheriff L. Shane Nelson stated, "I am very pleased to be receiving the reimbursement from the State of Oregon. I will continue to pursue the federal government for the remainder out-of-pocket costs of $53,123.29."
OSP Continuing Assault Investigation - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 06/02/16 1:53 PM
On June 1, 2016 at approximately 8 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers responded to Goodman Creek Road near Hwy 58 (milepost 24) for a report of a man and woman who both had serious head injuries. Both of the subjects, a 31 year old Eugene woman and a 46 year old Creswell man, were life flighted to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and are currently in the ICU.

OSP detectives responded and are continuing to investigate the incident. There is no indication anyone else is involved with the incident and there is no threat to the community. This is an ongoing active investigation.

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Updated Press release on Center Drive Death Investigation
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/02/16 12:27 PM
Updated Press Release 6/2/16 at 12:00 p.m..

Deceased female: Freise, Christine age: 63
La Pine, Oregon

Contacted person: Freise, Elizabeth age: 59
La Pine, Oregon

Released by: Lt. Chad Davis

Date of incident: 4/15/16

Time: 11:23 a.m.

Location: 52533 Center Drive, La Pine, Oregon



Narrative:

On 4/15/16 at 11:23 a.m., Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to 52533 Center Drive in La Pine regarding a welfare check. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that an adult female was located deceased inside the residence. The female had been deceased for an extended period of time.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division responded to assist in the investigation, along with the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner.

An autopsy will be scheduled at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas, Oregon. Following the autopsy, an updated press release will be completed. No further information will be released at this time.

Updated Narrativeas of 4/18/16

The original call to this residence on 4/15/16, was at 10:47 a.m. for a medical call. A neighbor to this residence reported that a female, later identified as Elizabeth Freise, had fallen on her front porch and was in need of medical attention. Medics from the La Pine Fire Department responded and rendered aid to Elizabeth. During the contact with Elizabeth, medics became concerned about the living conditions, due to foul odors and the collection of garbage in the home. La Pine Fire then contacted the Sheriff's Office for a welfare check at the residence. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the residence was filled with garbage, cats and foul odors.

Elizabeth Freise was interviewed at St. Charles by a Deputy and she admitted her sister had died sometime in mid-November and her remains were still inside the residence. Elizabeth was her sister's caregiver and she suffered from a long term illness that left her mostly bedridden.

Detectives from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Detective Division obtained consent from Elizabeth to enter the residence. Upon entering the residence, Detectives located the remains of the deceased female. In addition to the remains, Detectives observed numerous deceased cats, live cats and garbage covering the floors.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant for the residence, in order to process the scene and remove the living cats from the residence. Several cats were removed the residence and later housed at the Central Oregon Humane Society.

The deceased's remains were removed and later transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy was performed on 4/18/16. It was determined the female died of natural causes several months ago. Due to decomposition, the positive identification of the remains will take additional time to complete.
The investigation is continuing and a report will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office for review for any charges against Elizabeth Freise.

Updated Narrative 6/2/16
The deceased female has been identified as Christine Freise (Age: 63) of La Pine. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office determined Christine Freise died of natural causes. The investigation report has been forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office for review of any possible charges against Elizabeth Freise. Elizabeth Freise turned over custody of one dog and over twenty cats to the Humane Society of Central Oregon.
2015-16 Fire Program Review Committee to finalize recommendations to Oregon State Forester June 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/02/16 12:05 PM
The Fire Program Review Committee will finalize a set of recommendations to the State Forester for improving Oregon's Complete and Coordinated Wildland Fire Protection System when it meets June 6 in Salem. The diverse committee includes private forest landowners, legislators, partner public agencies and Oregon Department of Forestry staff specialists.

Oregon has experienced a significant uptick in wildland fires over the past three seasons, leading to increased firefighting costs as well as extensive damage to the forest ecosystem. And, as ODF mobilized personnel throughout the agency to assist the suppression effort, other forestry programs suffered as a consequence.

In response, the agency and the Board of Forestry proposed a strategic initiative to move towards a more sustainable large fire funding model and fire organization. The committee was formed last November and tasked with developing a set of recommendations to improve and streamline the way Oregon funds and delivers wildland fire protection.

The committee also explored ways to improve conditions on the ground that have led to more complex fire seasons in recent years, including the buildup of brush and small trees in many forestlands, and the expansion of the wildland-urban interface.

Recognizing from the outset the broad array of fire-related policy and technical challenges facing Oregon's forests, the committee created three work groups, each charged with a discrete set of tasks:

- Large Fire Funding Work Group -- develop options for more sustainable funding mechanisms for suppressing large, expensive fires

- Sustainable Fire Organization Work Group -- address ways to sustain ODF's fire organization while at the same time supporting all agency programs

- Wildfire Policy Work Group -- formulate policy options to help mitigate the forest conditions that result in more complex fire seasons

The full committee will provide final recommendations on these topics to the State Forester and Board of Forestry at the June 6 meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tillamook Room -- Building C, at the ODF headquarters office, 2600 State Street, in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period will be held at 1:30 p.m.

State Forester Doug Decker commended the work of the committee:

"I know that I also speak for Board of Forestry and the department when I extend my deepest appreciation to the Fire Program Review Committee members for their countless hours of thought and deliberation to produce this set of recommendations," he said. "The quality work completed here will likely inform agency operating plans and policies for the next several years."
ODF Declares Fire Season in Central Oregon District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 06/02/16 10:36 AM
Fire Season 2016 will begin Friday, June 3, at 12:01 a.m. for ODF's Central Oregon District. Warm spring temperatures have quickly melted the winter snowpack and dried wildland fuels.

District fire managers have monitored fuel indices over the last few weeks to determine fire danger and the risk of fire spread. Long-term weather forecasts indicate a pattern of above-normal temperatures with minimal possibility of precipitation, further drying fuels.

With implementation of fire season, burn permits issued earlier this spring may not be valid. Check with your local Oregon Department of Forestry office before burning. Industrial slash and debris burning will no longer be allowed on ODF-protected lands. Landowners are encouraged to check burn piles/areas that were burned earlier this spring or late last fall for any hold-over heat. In addition to these restrictions, logging and other industrial operations must meet requirements for fire prevention, such as fire tools, water supply, and watchman service when those operations are occurring on lands protected by ODF. Contact your local stewardship forester for more information.

Recreationists are asked to put fire prevention into practice and be deliberate with your actions. Make sure campfires are DEAD OUT! Never leave a fire unattended. Clear the area around your campfire, removing flammable material outside the campfire. Fully extinguish cigarettes and properly dispose of them. The public is also reminded that sky lanterns and the use of tracer ammunition or exploding targets is illegal within the District during fire season.

COD had 16 more human-caused fires in the 2015 Fire Season than the 10-year average (2005-2014), which accounted for 60 percent of the total fire starts in the District for 2015.

"We can't predict when and how many lightning fires we will get, but we can reduce the number of human starts by being smart and deliberate in our actions," said Central Oregon District Forester, Mike Shaw.

For additional information on ODF's Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit www.ODFcentraloregon.com.
Archaeology Road Show Hits Portland! (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 06/02/16 9:16 AM
Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.
Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.
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Portland, Ore. -- The archaeological heritage of the Pacific Northwest will be on display at the Portland State University campus this Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the fifth annual Archaeology Road Show.

Presentations, interactive exhibits, and displays will showcase heritage of dwellings in all its forms - drawing on archaeology, knowledge of historic buildings and places, oral traditions, and historic documents.

In addition, a panel of experts in archaeology, paleontology and geology will be on hand to identify the personal artifacts visitors bring. Stone, bone, woven, plant, and historical items are welcome.

At this event, BLM archaeologists - together with community partners including universities, tribes, agencies, companies, historical societies, students and the general public - will help celebrate and explore archaeology and history through the heritage of dwellings and living spaces.

Federal agency co-sponsors include the BLM, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with numerous businesses and state, county, and local organizations.

The event will take place at PSU's Hoffman Hall (1833 SW 11th Ave., Portland, Ore.).

Event directions and information: http://www.pdx.edu/anthropology/archaeology-roadshow.

Photos of BLM archaeology, archaeologists, and artifacts: https://flic.kr/s/aHskbWLcJS.

-BLM-

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM'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. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Artifacts found on BLM-managed land near the Rimrock Draw Rockshelter outside of Riley, Oregon, suggest one of the oldest known human occupations in the western United States. Photo by Katrina Lancaster.
Fatal motorcycle crash on McKenzie Highway near Belknap Hot Springs (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/02/16 9:04 AM
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On June 1, 2016 at 3:55 PM the Oregon State Police- Springfield Troopers were dispatched to motorcycle versus SUV crash. While en route to the crash, troopers learned the operator of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed 2015 Yamaha was being driven by Mr. Brady A. Williams (age 18 from Eugene). Mr. Williams was traveling eastbound on McKenzie Highway (HWY 242) near milepost 56). Mr. Williams failed to negotiate a right-hand corner and crossed the center-line. Mr. Williams was ejected from the motorcycle and was struck by a westbound vehicle. The westbound vehicle was a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma was driven by Ms. Lori L. Fleischmann (age 35 from Portland). Ms. Fleischmann and her passenger were not injured.

The highway was closed for approximately five hours. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor of the crash.

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Media Opportunity-Area Fire Agencies Conduct Joint Wildfire Training (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/01/16 2:59 PM
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This media notice is being sent by the Office of State Fire Marshal on behalf of the Metro Area Wildland School


What- Metro Area Wildland School
Firefighters from several western Oregon agencies will be conducting wildfire training. A helicopter will be on site practicing water drops as directed by ground crews. Firefighters will be lighting and extinguishing live fire.

Who-
Members of the media are welcome to observe this training.

When-
10:00 AM-12:00 PM June 10th and 11th

Where-
Media should meet at 10:00 AM at Molalla Fire Station 82 (320 N Molalla Ave. Molalla Or. 97038)

Special Notes-
Depending on the type of helicopter that is obtained for this training, a media flight may be a possibility. This will be determined on the day of the event.

ALL ATTENDIES ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AND WEAR NOMEX WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING CLOTHING AND STURDY LEATHER CLOSE TOED SHOES.


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The Oregon Health Authority and FamilyCare are pleased to announce they have reached a settlement agreement
Oregon Health Authority - 06/01/16 2:42 PM
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and FamilyCare are pleased to announce they have reached a settlement agreement that resolves the financial issues in dispute between the parties for the 2015 and 2016 rate years, which initially arose from the rate-setting process started in 2014 in response to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) objections to the State's previous rate-setting process.
Under the settlement agreement, FamilyCare has agreed to dismiss all pending litigation against OHA. OHA has agreed to withdraw its notice of termination of FamilyCare's CCO contract. Both parties appreciate the efforts that were made to reach an agreement that will allow them to move forward and focus their full efforts and attention on providing quality care to Oregon Health Plan enrollees and transforming health care for Oregonians in the future.
A copy of the settlement agreement will be made available upon request to:
Email: BethAnne.Darby@state.or.us
Phone: 503-798-7100
Or
Email: CindyB@familycareinc.org
Phone: 503-930-6894


Attached Media Files: OHA and FamilyCare reach settlement agreement
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet June 7 in Portland at OHSU
Oregon Health Authority - 06/01/16 1:54 PM
June 1, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983 (meeting information or accommodations)

Includes value-based payments presentation and panel

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting June 7 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will hear regular updates and discuss value-based payments.

When: Tuesday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting also will be available via live web-stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx. Members of the public also may call in to listen at 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; Workforce Committee update; director's report; Comprehensive Primary Care Plus update; value-based payments discussion and panel

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

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Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet June 29 in Salem --location change
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/01/16 12:47 PM
The Client and Staff Safety Task Force will meet Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room F, 900 Court Street NE, in Salem. This meeting is open to the public.

The conference call number for those who are unable to attend in person is: 1-877-873-8017; enter participant code 772325# when prompted.

The task force is directed to make recommendations on staff safety, resident care, and the operation of Stabilization and Crisis Units. The task force will meet approximately six times and provide a report to the Legislature by September 15, 2016.

The task force will consider and make recommendations for:
Ensuring the dignity and self-determination of each resident in a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the safety of staff employed by a Stabilization and Crisis Unit
Improving the training and support for staff
Staffing levels
Reducing incidents of aggressive and assaultive behavior by residents
Reducing the need for staff to work overtime
Improving access to appropriate mental health supports and intervention methods
Ensuring the timely transition of residents in Stabilization and Crisis Units when ready to be placed with a residential service provider in the community, including recommendations for building capacity in community-based care settings.

An agenda will be coming in a later communication.

All meetings of this task force will conform to Oregon public meetings laws. Request for an accommodation for a person with disabilities should be made to Angie Allbee and should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information, contact Angie Allbee, DHS Legislative Coordinator, at 503-689-5034.
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Attached Media Files: Agenda
Oregon Historical Society to Host First Public Exhibit of "The Magna Carta of Baseball" (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 06/01/16 11:26 AM
Chas. Jacobs and Paul Egger, Baseball School, April 1946, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 99077
Chas. Jacobs and Paul Egger, Baseball School, April 1946, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 99077
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Portland, OR -- Documents that the official historian of Major League Baseball declared "the Magna Carta of America's national pastime" will be on exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland (1200 SW Park Avenue) from July 1 -- October 9, 2016. The exhibit will be the first public display of these 1857 papers, which only recently came to light at an auction in California. More, the content of the documents thoroughly change the early history of baseball by naming Daniel "Doc" Adams the proper father of the modern game, not the often mis-credited Abner Doubleday.

The hand-written documents were drafted by Adams for presentation to an unprecedented special meeting of all New York area baseball clubs in 1857, and include his notations of the meeting's proceedings. Up until this meeting, games were played under a variety of rules, including teams that ranged from eight to eleven players, games that ended when a team scored twenty-one runs, and no set base path distances. Among other rules, the document entitled "Laws of Base Ball" established the base paths at ninety feet, conclusively set the number of men to a side at nine, and fixed the duration of the game at nine innings.

"Few states are more passionate about sports than Oregon," said Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society. "Baseball has been part of Oregon's history since the early days of statehood. In fact, the Pioneer Baseball Club of East Portland--the first organized baseball team in the Pacific Northwest--was founded on May 28, 1866, 150 years ago last week. We are honored that an anonymous friend of the Oregon Historical Society has chosen us to host the first public exhibition of these priceless documents, and we invite baseball fans from across the country to make a road trip to Portland this summer."

The Oregon Historical Society's museum is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. The museum and exhibit will also be open on Independence Day, Monday, July 4, from 10am -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and, thanks to the recent renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy, Multnomah County residents also receive free admission every day.


About the Oregon Historical Society

For more than a century, the Oregon Historical Society has served as the state's collective memory, preserving a vast collection of artifacts, photographs, maps, manuscript materials, books, films, and oral histories. Our research library, museum, digital platforms & website (www.ohs.org), educational programming, and historical journal make Oregon's history open and accessible to all. We exist because history is powerful, and because a history as deep and rich as Oregon's cannot be contained within a single story or point of view.


Attached Media Files: Chas. Jacobs and Paul Egger, Baseball School, April 1946, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 99077 , Chas. Jacobs and Paul Egger, Baseball School, April 1946, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 99077 , Willamette Baseball Club, 1888, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 92590 , Pioneer Baseball Club, the first baseball team in the Pacific Northwest, 1876, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 90185 , 1955 Portland Beavers, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 85307 , Postcard of Portland Beaver Ivan Olson, c. 1910, Oregon Historical Society Library, Neg. 66817 , Portland's First Baseball team, c. 1866, Oregon Historical Society Library, Neg. 66815 , Family watching little league, July 1968, Oregon Historical Society Library, OrHi 99075
The Oregon Home Care Commission will meet Thursday, June 2 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/01/16 11:18 AM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) is planning to meet Thursday, June 2 at 10 a.m., 676 Church Street NE in Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes: public testimony; quarterly Aging and People with
Disabilities (APD) report; OHCC Subcommittee review; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Aging and People with Disabilities, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations updates, followed by staff reports. There will be a working lunch, which will include: Steps Consultant and Steps Specialist monthly meeting notes, followed by the Executive Director's report; and an update on workers' classification -- workforce development.

For those who can't attend in person there is a call-in phone number: 1-888-431-3632; then dial in the access code: 643068 #.

The full agenda is attached.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984; Joanna.M.Gould@state.or.us.

For more information about the Oregon Home Care Commission: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/SENIORS-DISABILITIES/HCC/Pages/index.aspx.

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***Update #2*** Major Crime Team Investigating Officer Involved Shooting - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 06/01/16 11:07 AM
Sent on behalf of the Bend Police Department:

"The Deschutes County District Attorney's Office will be holding a press conference on
June 1, 2016 at 3:00pm in regards to yesterday's officer involved shooting at the High
Desert Museum. The location of the conference will be at the District Attorney's Office
located at 1164 NW Bond Street in Bend, OR.

District Attorney John Hummel will provide further information surrounding the incident
leading up to the shooting.

The press conference will be held at the District Attorney's Conference room in the
courthouse. The address of the courthouse is 1100 NW Bond. The buildings are
adjacent to one another. Media will be allowed to begin setup at 2:30pm. Media should
be aware this is a secure area and they will have to pass through a security desk. No
weapons, pepper spray or other items are allowed."



Previous Release #1:
The following is a news release by the Bend Police Department on behalf of the Tri-County Major Crimes Team:

"The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Bend Police
Department responded to the High Desert Museum on May 31 at 3:25pm on the report
of an assault in progress. Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received information there
was an adult male holding a female by the throat threatening to kill her. Further
information from 911 Dispatch indicated the male was armed with a knife.

When this incident was occurring, there were several visitors and staff inside the
museum. Staff from the High Desert Museum assisted the numerous visitors out of the
area where the male and female were located.

Within minutes of the initial 911 call being made, an Oregon State Police Trooper
arrived on scene and entered the museum. The Trooper located the male inside the
museum. During this encounter the Trooper fired his weapon, striking the male
suspect.

The male suspect died from his injuries at the scene. The female received non-life
threatening injuries and is cooperating with investigators. The Oregon State Police
Trooper was not injured during the incident. There is no known connection between the
male and female.

Per Deschutes County Senate Bill 111 Officer Involved Shooting protocols, a multiagency
crime team was activated with the Bend Police Department as the lead
investigating agency assisting the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office. The Tri
County Major Incident Team is made up of all law enforcement agencies in Crook,
Deschutes and Jefferson Counties.

Bend Fire and Rescue, Deschutes County Behavioral Health and the Central and
Eastern Oregon Chapter of the Red Cross responded to assist with the multiple
witnesses at the museum.

This is an ongoing investigation and there will be no further releases tonight."

Previous Release #1:
On May 31, 2016 at about 3:30PM law enforcement responded to the High Desert Museum in Bend on a report of a disturbance possibly involving a weapon. Law enforcement arrived and an officer involved shooting occurred. An adult male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Tri-County Major Crime Team (law enforcement from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties)is investigating the incident. The High Desert Museum is closed and the public is at no further danger.

This is an unfolding incident. More information will be released when it is available.


Attached Media Files: 2016-05/1002/94876/2016_OIS_High_Desert_Museum.pdf
Radio test enhances ability to share information with media partners (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 06/01/16 10:17 AM
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On May 27, FEMA Region X issued a test message during an emergency communications exercise to the state of Oregon and the state of Washington via 5.3305 MHz channel to test capabilities to relay information to the media via radio when all other forms of communication are down. After hearing the message, media outlets sent a confirmation email to FEMA Region X to verify the message was received.

Oregon is participating in one of the largest-ever regional exercises called Cascadia Rising to test the ability to respond to a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami, June 7-10. Many communications components will be tested including the ability to share critical, life safety information. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management, along with FEMA and other local and regional agencies, have been working to develop networks and best practices for working with media partners to get alerts and warnings to the public.
Media interested in learning more about how to utilize the radio channel and information during emergencies are encouraged to contact the DHS FEMA Region X News Desk: (425)487-4610; FEMA-R10-NewsDesk@fema.dhs.gov; Twitter: @FEMARegion10.


PHOTO CAPTIONS:

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Oregon State Service Corps member Alaina Mayfield and Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer Paul Tuttle capture a radio message on a channel developed to share information with media partners, May 27. FEMA Region X issued a test message during an emergency communications exercise to the state of Oregon and the state of Washington via 5.3305 MHz channel to test capabilities to relay information to the media via radio when all other forms of communication are down. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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Amateur radio volunteers pause for a photo during an exercise developed to share information with media partners, May 27. FEMA Region X issued a test message during an emergency communications exercise to the state of Oregon and the state of Washington via 5.3305 MHz channel to test capabilities to relay information to the media via radio when all other forms of communication are down. (Photo by Cory E. Grogan)

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A radio captures a message on a channel developed to share information with media partners, May 27. FEMA Region X issued a test message during an emergency communications exercise to the state of Oregon and the state of Washington via 5.3305 MHz channel to test capabilities to relay information to the media via radio when all other forms of communication are down.
(Photo by Cory E. Grogan)


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Correcting: Marijuana edibles become legal June 2: OHA provides information to keep children safe
Oregon Health Authority - 06/01/16 9:50 AM
Correcting for media contact telephone number

May 31, 2016

On June 2 edible marijuana products containing up to 15 mg of THC will be available for retail sale in registered medical marijuana dispensaries across the state to adults 21 or over.

Although smoking marijuana has the added risk of harmful smoke exposure, eating or drinking marijuana still exposes you to THC, the chemical that makes you high. While you quickly feel the effects of smoked or vaped marijuana, edibles can take up to four hours to take full effect.

Marijuana can make children very sick.

-- You can help keep the children in your life safe and healthy by storing all marijuana products in a locked area that children cannot see or reach.
-- If your child eats or drinks marijuana products, call the Poison Center Hotline as soon as possible at 1-800-222-1222.
-- If symptoms seem bad, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. Symptoms can include your child having trouble walking or sitting up, starting to be sleepy or having a hard time breathing.

THC can affect people differently. Members of the public are advised to ingest less than the 15 mg per unit limit and wait at least 90 minutes and up to four hours before eating or drinking more.

Temporary Oregon Administrative Rules go into effect June 2. The rules, under OAR 333-008-1500, are available online at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/mmj/Documents/Rulemaking/333-008-Marijuana-Early-Start-Temporary-Rule-Text.pdf.

They allow a registered medical marijuana dispensary to sell to members of the public age 21 or older one unit of a single-serving, low-dose cannabinoid edible per day. A unit of low-dose cannabinoid edible can contain more than one edible as long as the total tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the unit does not exceed 15 mg. THC is the chemical in marijuana that makes you high. Also on June 2, all edible retail marijuana products in Oregon must have a clear THC serving size indicated on them.

To learn more about the work of the Oregon Public Health Division related to marijuana, please visit healthoregon.org/marijuana.

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Correcting: Public Health Advisory Board to hold special meeting June 3 in Portland and by webinar
Oregon Health Authority - 06/01/16 9:50 AM
Correcting for media contact telephone number

May 26, 2016

Program contact: Cara Biddlecom, 971-673-2284; cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us

What: A special meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board

Agenda: Discussion about key findings and draft policy recommendations from the public health modernization assessment

When: Friday, June 3, 3-5 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, 97232 Room 1C. The public also may listen in by conference call line by calling 1-877-402-9753, access code 1439464. The meeting also will be available by webinar at
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6901063116292574211.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. To request alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility, or other reasonable accommodations call OHA at 1-800-282-8096 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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.

For more information contact Cara Biddlecom at 971-673-2284 or cara.m.biddlecom@state.or.us.

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OSP Continuing Fatal Crash Investigation On Highway 58 - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/01/16 6:54 AM
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On June 1, 2016 at about 12:05AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger car versus a semi-truck on Highway 58 near milepost 42 (east of Oakridge). Initial reports were the pickup was on fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Ford F150 was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane on Highway 58 when it collided head-on with a 2007 Kenworth truck tractor towing a box trailer. After impact the Ford became engulfed in flames and the truck drove off the highway into the ditch. Fire personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, finding the driver deceased inside. The driver of the Kenworth, Ivan SLAVNIK, age 34, of Portland was not injured.

Highway 58 was closed for approximately an hour and a half before one lane was opened for traffic. The name of deceased will be released after family has been notified. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Tue. 05/31/16
Red Cross Assisting At Public Safety Incident In Bend, Oregon
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 05/31/16 7:55 PM
Disaster volunteers from the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to the High Desert Museum at around 5:30 p.m. May 31, 2016 to provide canteening services for 75 first responders and other personnel following a public safety incident at that location.

Additional information concerning this incident response may be available by contacting the first response agency in the affected community.
Spring clean-up should prevent, not start wildfires
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 05/31/16 3:36 PM
Many Oregonians have good intentions when they set out to eliminate the fire hazards around the home. But the way they go about it may actually start a wildfire. Using the right tool in the right place at the right time is crucial during clean-up. Get any of these wrong, and the outcome could be disastrous.

In late July 2015, the Stouts Creek Fire in SW Oregon ignited, eventually growing to more than 26,000 acres and costing millions of dollars to put out. The blaze was caused by a resident mowing dry grass, with the probable intention to reduce the fire hazard.

Spring is the time to clean up excess vegetation, not during the summer when fuels are dry and susceptible to a spark from a steel blade striking a rock or emitted by a hot exhaust system. Improper equipment use ranks as the No. 2 cause of wildfires on state-protected lands in Oregon.

FOLLOW CURRENT FIRE RESTRICTIONS -- Check with the local Oregon Department of Forestry district or forest protective association to learn if there are any current restrictions or regulations on the use of internal combustion engines (lawn mowers, chainsaws, weed trimmers). Some areas may restrict their use depending on weather and vegetation conditions.

MOW BEFORE 10 A.M. -- The best time of day to use gas-powered equipment is early morning, when the humidity is higher and temperatures are lower. Never mow when it's windy or excessively dry.

USE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB -- Lawn mowers are designed to mow lawns, not weeds or tall, dry grass. Use a weed trimmer with plastic line, vs. metal blades that can strike rocks, create sparks and start a wildfire. Remove rocks in the area before you begin operating any power equipment to avoid sparks.

ALL PORTABLE GAS-POWERED EQUIPMENT MUST HAVE AN APPROVED SPARK ARRESTER -- In wildland areas, an escaped carbon particle from a muffler may be all it takes to start a fire. This includes cars, tractors, harvesters, chainsaws, weed trimmers and mowers. Keep the exhaust system in proper working order, spark arresters clear of carbon build-up, and the engine free of oil and dust. Allow equipment to cool before refilling with gasoline. Use the recommended grade of fuel and don't top it off.

Wildfire awareness, preparedness and prevention are crucial this year. Learn more at: www.keeporegongreen.org, and be a part of the solution.
Nominations now open for 2016 Oregon Governor's Volunteer Awards; Wells Fargo commits $15,000 to support this year's event
Wells Fargo - 05/31/16 2:15 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor's Volunteer Awards conducted by Oregon Volunteers Commission for Voluntary Action and Service and sponsored by Wells Fargo.

"Following the rich tradition begun by Governor Vic Atiyeh in 1981, the annual awards honor individuals, programs and organizations for creating positive change through volunteerism across the state," said Kathleen Joy, Executive Director of Oregon Volunteers.

In addition to event sponsorship, Wells Fargo will provide funding for cash grants that each individual and nonprofit group or program winner will designate to a nonprofit of their choosing.

There is no cost to enter a nomination. The nomination deadline is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 23. The nomination form and more information are posted online at www.oregonvolunteers.org/events/gva.

"This is a great program that recognizes the important work done by volunteers and we are proud to support it," said Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "Volunteerism is part of our company culture and one of the many ways we help our communities succeed. Last year our team members volunteered nearly 52,000 hours in Oregon and S.W. Washington."

The awards are given at both the regional and statewide levels in the following categories:
Adult Volunteer or Duo (age 19-64)
Elder Volunteer or Duo (age 65 or better)
Youth Volunteer or Duo (age 18 and younger)
Lifetime Achievement (individual or duo - at least 10 years of service in Oregon)
Youth Volunteer Program
Small Business Volunteer Program (15 or fewer employees)
Large Business Volunteer Program (16+ employees)
Community Based Volunteer Program
Statewide Business Volunteer Program (any size -- active in 3 or more regions)
Statewide Community Based Volunteer Program (active in 3 or more regions)
AmeriCorps Alumni (recognizes the volunteer efforts of members AFTER they have completed a year of AmeriCorps service)

Awards Luncheon Set For Oct. 11

A committee will review the nominations. The winners will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 11 at the Salem Conference Center.

Oregon Volunteers is the State Commission for Voluntary Action and Service. Its mission is to strengthen communities by inspiring Oregonians to actively engage, volunteer and serve. Oregon Volunteers promotes and supports AmeriCorps, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), volunteerism and civic engagement to strengthen Oregon communities. For more information about Oregon Volunteers, visit http://www.oregonvolunteers.org

Wells Fargo has been serving Oregonians since 1852. The community-based financial services company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the Internet (wellsfargo.com); and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo earned the statewide award for Outstanding Volunteer Program in 2010.
Motorycle Crash Kills Klamath Falls Man - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/31/16 7:45 AM
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On May 30, 2016 at about 6:15 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motorcycle crash on Running Y Road near Highway 140.

Initial investigation revealed a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling southbound on Running Y Road approaching Highway 140 when it failed to negotiate a sharp curve. The motorcycle traveled across a grassy area before ejecting the operator into a pond.

The operator, James D DEHART, age 47, of Klamath Falls, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Speed is being considered as contributing factor in the crash. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Crash North Of Rogue River Takes Life Of Grants Pass Man - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/31/16 7:20 AM
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On May 30, 2016 at about 9pm OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a vehicle versus tree on Hwy 99 near milepost 8 (1 mile north of Rogue River).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Honda coupe was traveling northbound on Highway 99 at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate a right sweeping curve. The Honda exited the roadway and struck a large pine tree on the driver's side door. The driver, Donovan G HILBY, age 47, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel. The passenger, Patrick G GREEN, age 35, of Grants Pass, was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The highway was restricted to one lane for about 3 hours as the investigation was conducted. Oregon Department of Transportation, Rogue River Fire Department, Rogue River Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's office assisted. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors of the crash. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Mon. 05/30/16
[PHOTOS] Oregon National Guard Participates in Memorial Day Events
Oregon Military Department - 05/30/16 5:50 PM
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Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby, Commander of Joint Domestic Operations, Oregon National Guard, pledges allegiance to the U.S. flag alongside Tigard Police Department's Daniel Swain, a member of the Air Force Reserve's 304th Rescue Squadron based out of Portland, Oregon, during a Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Daniel Swain and others, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby, Commander of Joint Domestic Operations, Oregon National Guard, speaks to a crowd during a Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Daniel Swain and others, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Members of the Portland Sea Cadets Color Guard march forward through more than 300 visitors to post the National and State flags, beginning a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Congressman Kurt Schrader and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, the Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to more than 300 guests during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Congressman Kurt Schrader and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, the Adjutant General, Oregon, speaks to more than 300 guests during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Congressman Kurt Schrader and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Congressman Kurt Schrader, U.S. Representative for Oregon's 5th Congressional District, speaks to more than 300 guests during a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Congressman Kurt Schrader and Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby, Commander of Joint Domestic Operations, Oregon National Guard, takes part in a Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Daniel Swain and others, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Brig. Gen. Mark A. Crosby, Commander of Joint Domestic Operations, Oregon National Guard, listens as Daniel Swain, Tigard Police Officer and Staff Sergeant in the Air Force Reserve's 304th Rescue Squadron speaks during a Memorial Day ceremony in Tigard, May 30. The event featured guest speakers; Brig. Gen. Mark Crosby, Daniel Swain and others, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps by the Oregon Army National Guard Honors Team among other military proceedings to honor fallen servicemembers from all generations. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Steven Conklin Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)


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***Names Released*** Motorcyclist Killed, Another Injured In Crash On Interstate 5 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 05/30/16 2:32 PM
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The operator of the 2008 Harley Davidson, John J SOULE III, age 39, of Gold Hill was declared deceased on scene. The operator of the 2012 Harley Davidson, Joshua J MACDONALD POSE, age 29, of Medford was taken to Providence Medical Center with serious injuries.

Another driver who had been following the motorcycles stopped at the scene. This driver, Mitchel W HENSLEY, age 33, of Gold Hill, was subsequently arrest for DUII -- Alcohol.

No further information to release at this time.

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Previous Release:
On May 29, 2016 at about 11:00pm OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of two motorcycles crashing on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 44 (4 miles south of Rogue River).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle were southbound on Interstate 5 and left the roadway as they entered a right hand curve. One of the riders, a 29 year old male, was transported to Providence Medical Center with serious injuries. The other rider, a 39 year old male, was declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel.

OSP was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Rogue River Fire District. Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

More Information will be released after the family of the deceased has been notified.


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***Names Released*** Two Killed In Early Morning Crash On Highway 126 East Of Springfield - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 05/29/16 4:38 PM
The driver of the Mazda was identified as Brett V WILDGEN, age 46, of Springfield. The driver of the Honda was identified as Kenndra J HANEY, age 21, of Springfield. The passenger of the Honda was identified as Chase T HOLDEN, age 19 of Springfield.

More information will be released when appropriate as this is an ongoing investigation.

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On May 29, 2016 at about 12:40AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 26 near milepost 26 (near Leaburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1990 Mazda pickup was traveling eastbound on Highway 126 when it crossed the centerline and struck a westbound 2004 Honda Civic head-on. Both drivers were declared deceased on scene by emergency personnel. A male passenger in the Honda was taken to Sacred Heart Riverbend for treatment of life threatening injuries.

The highway was shut down for approximately one hour. McKenzie Fire assisted with medical transport and extrication of the occupants. The Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted. Alcohol consumption by the driver of the Mazda is being considered as the contributing factor in the crash.

More information will be released after families have been notified.