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Climber falls at Smith Rock State Park (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/18 9:43 PM
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Date: 08/15/2018

Prepared by: Assistant SAR coordinator Deputy Aaron Myers

Rescued Climber: Clark, Aaron 32 year old male, Gresham, Oregon 

On August 15, 2018, at approximately 1632 hours, Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received a call that 32 year old Aaron Clark had fallen approximately 25 feet while climbing at Smith Rock State Park. Clark is familiar with the area and was doing a traditional route using gear to climb near the north point trailhead when the incident occurred. 

Redmond Fire and Rescue responded and evaluated Clark. 22 SAR Volunteers and two Deputies responded to Smith Rock to preform a technical rescue. A rope system was used to raise Clark up in a litter where he was then transported by ambulance to St. Charles-Redmond for further evaluation. 




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Construction worker hit and killed in active contruction zone (Umatilla County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 4:10 PM
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On Tuesday August 14, 2018 at about 8:40 PM a fatal crash occurred on SR 11, milepost 16, near Athena Oregon.  The crash occurred in an active construction zone where a repaving project was occurring. 

Preliminary information shows a construction zone flagger, Tyresa Monaghan (49 ) of Kennewick, WA.  had a vehicle stopped when a silver 2005 Chrysler minivan, operated by Leman Bledsoe (76) of Milton-Freewater, side swiped the stopped vehicle and struck Monaghan.  Monaghan sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Bledsoe continued for approximately 1 mile in the construction zone, endangering numerous other workers, before stopping. 

Bledsoe was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton by ambulance.  He was treated and released from the hospital and taken into custody.  Bledsoe was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail for DUII, Reckless Endanger Another Person x 2, Reckless Driving, Fail to perform the duties of a driver (injured person), Reckless Endanger a Highway Worker and additional charges are pending. 

Highway 11 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours.

Oregon State Police were assisted by ODOT, Umatilla County SO, Medic 400,  and East Umatilla County Fire




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Oregon State Police SWAT team arrests armed man near Rainer. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 4:05 PM
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On August 14, 2018 at approximately 4:50 PM Oregon State Police Troopers were dispatched to the report of a “road rage” event that occurred in the area of Hwy 30 milepost 45 near Rainer, OR.   During this event the parties were involved in a verbal altercation.  Troopers responded to an address on Wasser Rd. in Rainer to contact the owner of one of the vehicles involved.  Upon arrival they were confronted by a subject with several firearms.  That subject later identified as Richard J. Flores Jr (37) of Rainer.  Troopers took a positon of cover and secured the area.  The Oregon State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) responded to assist.  Several members of the SWAT team are trained as Crisis Negotiators (CNT).  At approximately 10:00 PM, after several hours of negotiating, Flores surrendered without incident. 

 

Flores was lodged at the Columbia County Jail on charges of Menacing, Recklessly Endangering, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct.




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UPDATE - Person of Interest - Oregon State Police investigating shooting in Cave Junction (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 2:46 PM
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Dillon James Gomez (photos attached) age 25 is a person of interest in the shooting of Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. If you see Gomez do not attempt to contact or detain.  Call 911 or the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111 

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 1:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to the Cave Junction area on the report of a person that had been shot.

The victim identified as Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. (34) was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and later transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Oregon State Police Southern Command Center at 541- 776-6111 and reference case # SP 18-302404.

Investigation is continuing no further information will be released at this time.




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Oregonians urged to check paycheck withholding before year's end
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 08/15/18 2:35 PM

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Revenue is urging Oregon employees to check their wage withholding to ensure enough is held back from each paycheck to cover their 2018 Oregon income tax liability. This is particularly important for anyone who filled out the 2018 federal Form W-4 and provided it to their employer.

Recent federal changes from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act directly impact Oregon’s personal income tax, including changes to calculating withholding allowances for tax year 2018. These changes have caused a larger difference between how federal and Oregon income tax withholding is calculated. Combined with Oregon’s dependence upon the federal form to determine state withholding, these changes have created a situation where taxpayers may not be withholding enough income taxes from their wages to cover their Oregon income tax liability. This may mean that more taxpayers have a tax to pay at the end of the year, or have more tax to pay than usual, leaving them with unexpected and difficult financial burdens.

The department has a withholding calculation worksheet available that has been updated to accommodate recent federal changes. It provides taxpayers with a way to check their withholding so they can make any necessary changes—including adjusting allowance numbers and opting to withhold additional funds from upcoming paychecks—before the end of the year to hopefully reduce the amount owed when they file their 2018 returns early next year. The worksheet (OR-WW, Oregon Withholding Worksheet) is available at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Oregon wage earners who use separate Form W-4s for federal and Oregon income tax withholding will have a new option for withholding documentation in 2019 with the release of the Oregon-specific Form W-4. With this form, employees will no longer need to complete a separate federal form W-4 and write “For Oregon only” at the top to designate their amount of state withholding. It will also give Oregon more flexibility in adapting to future federal tax law changes without unnecessarily burdening employees or employers.


Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets August 17
Oregon Health Authority - 08/15/18 2:30 PM

August 15, 2018

Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup meets August 17

What: A public meeting of the Oregon Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup to develop detailed recommendations to amend Oregon’s statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.

Agenda:

  • Welcome, scope and introductions.
  • Discussion of draft.
  • Meeting summary and next steps.
  • Public comment period.

When: Friday, August 17, 8-10 a.m. 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., Room 1B, Portland

Background: The purpose of this workgroup is to set a standard of care in Oregon for safe opioid prescribing for acute pain. The workgroup will develop detailed recommendations for acute opioid prescribing that will be included as an amendment to Oregon’s existing statewide Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. They will address acute opioid prescribing in primary care, emergency departments, dentistry, and after surgical procedures. The Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup [https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/SUBSTANCEUSE/OPIOIDS/Pages/task-force.aspx] will build on recommendations developed by the Oregon Health Leadership Council’s Evidenced Based Best Practice Committee, as well as acute prescribing guidelines developed in other states.

These guidelines support ongoing efforts in Oregon to address the epidemic of opioid misuse, abuse, dependency, associated hospitalizations and overdose deaths.

Specific areas that the Acute Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Workgroup will address:

  1. Acute pain patients presenting in settings including (but not limited to) dental offices, emergency departments, primary care, urgent care, and post-surgical.
  2. Recommended treatments by medical condition (e.g., dental pain, post-surgical, acute injury).
  3. Alternative treatment options, weighing benefits and risks of opioid therapy.
  4. Starting patients on the lowest effective dose; establishing maximum number of pills and number of days prescribed.
  5. Use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) to monitor prescribing and dispensing.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson at 971-673-1033, 711 TTY or ew.r.simpson@state.or.us">drew.r.simpson@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Oregon's nursery industry grows to new heights
Oregon Association of Nurseries - 08/15/18 12:35 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wilsonville — August 15, 2018 — The Oregon nursery industry climbed to its second-best sales year on record in 2017, according to newly released figures from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The state’s wholesale and retail nurseries tallied an estimated $947.7 million in sales during the calendar year, which was more than enough to make nursery and greenhouse crops Oregon’s top agricultural commodity, ahead of cattle and calves, which were in second place at $695 million. 

“The wholesale nursery industry is a traded sector that serves markets in every time zone of the United States, as well as Canada and overseas, and brings significant dollars back to the Oregon economy,” said Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries. “More than three-fourths of what we grow in Oregon is shipped over state lines, to destinations as far away as the East Coast.”

It was the Oregon nursery industry’s best sales year since 2007, when $1.039 billion worth of Oregon nursery and greenhouse products were sold, just prior to the Great Recession, which caused sales to decline. 

The news comes as nursery industry professionals prepare to gather at the 2018 Farwest Show, which is the nursery industry’s largest business-to-business trade show on the West Coast. The Farwest Show will take place next Wednesday–Friday, August 22–24, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, with some 6,000 people expected to attend.

“The Oregon nursery industry is feeling momentum with eight consecutive years of sales growth, and we’re excited about sharing what Oregon has to offer with visitors from all over the country,” Farwest Show Director Allan Niemi said.

For 2017, Oregon’s other top-ranked agricultural commodities included hay ($585 million), milk ($501 million), grass seed ($455 million), wheat ($239 million), potatoes ($177 million), pears ($177 million), wine grapes ($172 million) and blueberries ($148 million). 

Oregon remains the nation’s third-leading nursery state, behind the larger states of California and Florida, according to the most recent USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties (2014). 

Oregon leads the United States with more than 61,000 acres of land in nursery production. What’s more, Oregon is the nation’s top grower of coniferous evergreens, deciduous shade trees, bareroot nursery products and deciduous flowering trees (USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties, 2014). 

Oregon has consistently been the nation’s top grower of Christmas trees as well, growing $92 million worth of them in 2017 according to the state’s new figures. (Christmas trees are considered part of the nursery industry, but the Oregon Department of Agriculture counts the sales as a separate figure).

In 2017, the Oregon nursery and greenhouse industry (including the Christmas tree sector) employed an average of 9,288 people and had a total payroll of $317.3 million, for an average wage of $34,159, according to the State of Oregon Employment Department.

But as Stone pointed out, the nursery industry isn’t beneficial only to Oregon’s economy. “Our products make life better by providing research-proven environmental, social, economic and even health benefits once they’re planted at their final destinations,” he said.

These benefits are enumerated at the OAN’s Plant Something Oregon site, www.plantsomethingoregon.com/pmlb.

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SOURCE: Oregon Department of Agriculture Facts and Figures:
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CONTACT: Curt Kipp, Oregon Association of Nurseries, 503-682-5089
The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 750 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and nursery industry suppliers and service providers. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.
 


CORRECTION ON AGES ---Fatal crash involving commercial motor vehicle on I-84 (Baker County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 10:55 AM
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Plasari is 53 years of age and Lako is 36 years of age.

 

On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at approximately 8:00 PM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on I-84 one mile from Baker City near mile post 307.

Investigation revealed that a 2016 Ford Van, operated by Stavr Plasari (36) from Glen Ellyn, IL. was westbound on I-84 and either stopped or traveling slowly in the right hand lane. It was struck from behind by a commercial motor vehicle (semi-truck) being operated by Samuel Goedhart (30) from Twin Falls, ID.

The passenger in the Ford Van, Mitildit Lako (53) from Elmwood Park, IL, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the van. Lako sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Plasari was transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City for injuries.

Goedhart and a juvenile male passenger in the semi truck were both transported to St. Alphonsus in Baker City with minor injuries.

OSP was assisted by the Baker County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.




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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 38 (Douglas County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 10:52 AM
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On Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at approximately 3:29 p.m. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a reported serious injury crash at Hwy 38 milepost 19. 

Initial investigation indicated a 1996 Ford Explorer, operated by Sharon McCloskey (63) from Coos Bay,  was traveling west on Hwy 38 when it swerved onto the westbound shoulder for an unknown reason.  She lost control as the vehicle traveled through a ditch and back up onto the roadway, rolling over multiple times and coming to rest on all four tires in the center of the west bound lane. 

Witnesses and first responders attempted life saving measures but McCloskey died of injuries sustained in the crash, prior to Life Flight arrival.  The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Two dogs were located at the scene with minor injuries and they were returned to family. A third dog is unaccounted for and most likely loose in the area, a tan chihuahua named Ladybug. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by Lower Umpqua Ambulance, ODOT, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Scottsburg Rural Fire Department and Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains.




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DPSST Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 08/15/18 10:46 AM

For Immediate Release      
August 13, 2018
Contact: Staci Yutzie
  503-378-2426
 
Notice of Regular Meeting
 
The Basic Police Revision Advisory Panel for Phase 2 will hold a regular meeting on August 24, 2018 from
11:00a-2:00p.  The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety
Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an
interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should bemade before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.   
 
Agenda Items:
 
I. Welcome
 
II. Content Draft Review
a. Legal Series- Criminal Law
b. Defensive Tactics

III. Lesson Plan Discussion  
a. Legal Series
b. Behavioral Health Series
c. Use of Force Series
d. Defensive Tactics   
e. Firearms
f. Building Searches
 
IV. Learning Outcomes
 
V. Development Tasks for September
 
VI. Conclusion
 

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

 

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

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

 


Update Names Released: 8 people die in two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 (Harney County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/15/18 10:41 AM
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Update- Names released:

The operator of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner was Mark Robert Rundell, 48-years-old, of Prairie City, Oregon.

The operator of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner was Erika Carter Boquet, 29-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington.  Passengers of this vehicle were:

Kyla Marie Brown, 28-years-old, of Olympia, Washington;

Isabella Earlene Boquet, 11-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington;

Elisabeth Ann Boquet, 8-years-old, of Tacoma, Washington;

Tytis Michael Boquet, 6-years-old, of Tacoma Washington;

Arianna Marie Brown, 10-years-old, of Olympia, Washington;

Xavier King Johnson, 2-years-old, of Olympia, Washington.

On Monday, August 13, 2018 at approximately 10:00 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Hwy 78 near milepost 30.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1999 Toyota 4 Runner was traveling westbound on Hwy 78 when it veered into the eastbound lane and collided with a silver 2016 Toyota 4 Runner. 

The operator of the 2016 Toyota 4 Runner and the 6 passengers all sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The operator of the 1999 Toyota 4 Runner sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. No passengers.

OSP was assisted by the Harney County Sheriff's Office, Hines Police Department, Harney District Ambulance, Burns Fire Department, Range Land Fire Protection Association, and ODOT.

This is an ongoing investigation.  Names and more information will be released when it is appropriate.

 

 




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Forum in Bend to focus on safety in cannabis industry
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 08/15/18 10:10 AM

(Salem) – Cannabis growers and extractors are invited to an unprecedented opportunity to learn from government and business leaders about safety and health in the cannabis industry as part of a two-day event in Bend next month.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Sept. 18-19 cannabis forum – “Safety and Health in the Cannabis Industry: From Seed to Shatter” – at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes.

The cannabis forum is part of the larger Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which will tackle a range of other workplace health and safety issues.

The forum arrives as the industry surrounding cannabis – a legal agricultural commodity in Oregon – continues to evolve. It will address multiple health and safety topics, and afford participants a question-and-answer session. It will feature speakers from Oregon OSHA; the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC); Oregon Department of Agriculture; the Portland and Bend fire departments; and Oregon-based grow and extraction operations.

Topics include:

  • OLCC requirements
  • Cannabis grow operations
  • Hydrocarbon extraction
  • Carbon dioxide extraction
  • CO2 and alcohol extraction
  • Fire marshal regulations
  • Pesticide regulations
  • Ergonomic risk factors
  • Oregon OSHA consultation services

   Registration for the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which includes the cannabis forum, is now open. The cost to attend ranges from $55 to $210. For more details about the cannabis forum – including specific presentation times and topic areas – or to register, go to https://safetyseries.cvent.com/central18.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon’s largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.

 

 


Shepherd's House Ministries Needs Donations to Maintain Service to Homeless Community during Building Refurbishing (Photo)
Shepherd's House Ministries - 08/15/18 8:45 AM
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As part of Shepherd’s House Ministries A Place to Call Home Campaign, we will be refurbishing our Division Street location. Construction is set to start August 20th  on a new roof and HVAC system.  We will continue serving lunch and dinner to the homeless community but are in need of several donations, as our normal kitchen operations will be limited during construction.  Needs include sack lunch items like lunch meat, chips, nutrition bars, fruit, and LOTS of bottled water. We will also be accepting monetary donations to help in this effort.  Our dinner service will continue with help from local community organizations and churches.  Phase I of our A Place to Call Home Campaign will last for several weeks and will provide much-needed upgrades and repairs as we head into the winter season. For more information, contact us at 541.388.2096




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FBI Seeking Individual Who May Have Information Regarding the Identity of a Child Sexual Assault Victim  (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/15/18 8:00 AM
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The FBI's Portland Division is releasing the following information on behalf of the FBI's national fugitive publicity program:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male who may have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation. Photographs and an informational poster depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 40, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

The video depicting the unidentified male, John Doe 40, shown with a child, was first noted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in October of 2017. 

John Doe 40 is described as a white male, likely between the ages of 30 and 40 years old. He appears to be heavyset with dark colored hair. John Doe 40 could be heard speaking English in the video. Anyone with information to provide should submit a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov/ or call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). The public is reminded no charges have been filed in this case and the pictured individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. 

This individual is being sought as part of the FBI’s Operation Rescue Me and Endangered Child Alert Program (ECAP) initiatives, both of which represent strategic partnerships between the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Operation Rescue Me focuses on utilizing clues obtained through in-depth image analysis to identify the child victims depicted in child exploitation material, while ECAP seeks national and international media exposure of unknown adults (referred to as John/Jane Does) who visibly display their faces and/or other distinguishing characteristics in association with child pornography images.

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Structure Fire Alfalfa
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/15/18 1:43 AM

By:  Sgt. K. Dizney

Date:  8/14/18

On Tuesday, 8/14/18, at approximately 7:54 PM, deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded with the Alfalfa Fire District to a report of a structure fire at 25000 block of Cultus Lane in Alfalfa.  Reports were that there was a fire in the attic area.  While responding, it was confirmed that the only occupant was able to evacuate safely.  The fire was contained to a small area of the single-family one story residence.  An initial investigation by the Alfalfa Fire District concluded this fire was likely started by electrical wiring near the ceiling.  The only occupant of the home did not require further assistance.  Damage estimates are currently not available.   


Tue. 08/14/18
Cloverdale Brush Fire Affects Homes and Forces Evacuations ##Updated 08-14-18 / 6:30 PM##
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 08/14/18 6:41 PM

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 08-14-18 / 6:30 PM

Firefighters have continued to patrol the fire area and extinguish hot spots, reporting good progress.  In coordination with the Cloverdale Fire District, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is canceling all evacuation notices due to this fire. 

We sincerely appreciate the patience and cooperation of local residents. We also encourage all residents to make efforts to reduce the likelihood their home will ignite during a wildland fire.  For more information and resources go to: www.projectwildfire.org 

##End of Update##

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 08-12-18 / 6:00 PM

Fire managers are reporting good progress today.  Firefighters worked throughout the day to reinforcing control lines and mop up in from the perimeter and around structures.  As a result, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is lowering evacuation levels.  All areas under Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notice have been reduced to a Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice.  All areas previously under Level 1 (Be Ready) Evacuation Notice will remain at that level for the immediate future.  Evacuation notices will be revaluated tomorrow and changed as appropriate based on recommendations of fire managers.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 1 (Be Ready):

  • All residences between Rabbitbrush Ln and Central St and north of Hwy 20 to Cascade Estates Dr and Breezy Way

Road Closures:

  • Currently there are no road closures in effect, however motorists are urged to drive with caution.

Firefighters will be patrolling the fire area and continuing to address hotspots.  Smoke may be visible for the next few days.  Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

##End of Update##

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 08-12-18 / 12:30 PM

After consultation with fire managers, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is lowering evacuation levels in some areas surrounding the fire effectively immediately.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 3 (Go Now!):

  • All residences on the east side of Cascade Estates Dr between Hwy 20 and Breezy Way 
  • All residences on the south side of Cascade Estates Dr from Breezy Ln east to the 17700 block
  • All residences north of Hwy 20 between Cascades Estates Dr and Rock Island Ln
  • All residences on the west side of Rock Island Ln from Hwy 20 to Parkway Ln
  • All residences on both sides of Rock Island Ln from Parkway Ln to the end 

Level 1 (Be Ready):

  • All residences between Rabbitbrush Ln and Cascade Estates Dr
  • All residences between Rock Island Ln and Central St and north of Hwy 20 to Cascade Estates Dr

Road Closures:

  • Cascade Estates Dr between Hwy 20 and Breezy Way (section running north and south)

A large amount of fire equipment will be in the area and motorists are asked to respect road closures and use caution on all roadways around the fire.  The Sheriff's Office will continue to coordinate with fire managers and will adjust evacuation levels as appropriate.  Firefighters will continue mopping up and reinforcing control lines at least through today and will likely be on scene intermittently over the next several days.  Residents are asked to remain vigilant and ready to leave if conditions worsen.

A current map of the evacuation area can be found at: https://arcg.is/D9OPi

##End of Update##

Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Updated: 08-11-18 / 11:30 PM

Homes off of Sagebrush Ln have been reduced to Level 1 (Be Ready).  Residents should be aware of potential danger and ready to evacuated if needed.  Residents should also monitor local media and emergency services sites for additional information, should the situation change.

Current Evacuation Levels:

Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas on the west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr and residents off of Rock Island Ln.

Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, east of Sunburst St., and residences off of Sagebrush Ln.

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Release by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Date/Time: 08-11-18 / 4:10 PM

Location: Rabbitbrush Way / Hwy 20

On 08-11-18 at approximately 4:10 PM, Cloverdale Fire District was dispatched to a brush fire in the area of Rabbitbrush Way and Hwy 20 in Cloverdale.  First responders found the fire actively burning to the east and south.  The fire grew rapidly in dry and windy conditions threatening multiple structures and spread to the east.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in consultation with Cloverdale Fire Protection District initiated Level 3 (Go Now!) Evacuation Notices in the areas south of Cascade Estates Dr, north of Hwy 20 and west of Fryrear Rd.  Notifications were made via the Deschutes Alerts Mass Notification System as well as door to door notifications by deputies, Black Butte Ranch Police officers, and Oregon State Police troopers.

Multiple fire agencies responded from around Central Oregon sending two structural protection task forces.  Central Oregon Fire Management Services (US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) and Oregon Department of Forestry also assisted.  Several firefighting aircraft were utilized including a Very Large Air Tanker, Large Air Tankers, Single Engine Air Tankers, and water dropping helicopters.

Forward progress on the fire was stopped around 6:30 PM and the preliminary size estimate is approximately 130 acres.  Preliminary damage assessments found two residences lost and approximately 6 outbuildings.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at Five Pines Lodge in Sisters for evacuees.  The Pet Evacuation Team is available to assist with animals as needed.  Several local residents also assisted with transporting large animals belonging to evacuees.

Current Evacuations:

Level 3 (Go Now!): All areas west of the 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Rabbitbrush Way.

Level 1 (Be Ready): All areas east of 17900 Block of Cascade Estates Dr, Sunburst St, Ten Peaks Ct to Fryrear Rd.

Oregon Department of Transportation is assisting traffic through the area on Hwy 20 with pilot cars.  The highway had been closed for approximately four hours.  Drivers are asked to use extreme caution when traveling through the area as fire operations will continue tonight and tomorrow.


UPDATE: Conference of Local Health Officials meets remotely August 16
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/18 3:46 PM

August 14, 2018

UPDATE: Conference of Local Health Officials meets remotely August 16

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

Agenda: Includes committee appointments; draft funding principles checklist; Public Health Modernization matching funds criteria.

Agenda is subject to change. The agenda and related materials will be posted on the CLHO website at http://www.oregonclho.org/about/clho-meetings/ before the meeting.

When: Thursday, August 16, 9:30-11 a.m.

Where: The August CLHO meeting is a remote meeting. There is no in-person option available to members of the public, who can attend by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8494885502979062019. Use webinar ID 627-139-779.

Background: The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the foundational capabilities and programs and any other public health program or activity under ORS 431.147. (ORS 431.340)

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Danna Drum at 971-673-1223, 711 TTY or um@state.or.us">danna.k.drum@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Driver dies when vehicle crashes into tree on Hwy 200 (Lane County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/14/18 3:35 PM
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On Monday, August 13, 2018, at approximately 4:35 PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on SR-200 near milepost 13.5, North of Elmira in Lane County.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2004 Cadillac sedan, operated by Gina Laracy, age 85, of Salem was traveling south on SR-200 with a passenger, Jeffrey Jones, age 36 of Salem, when for an unknown reason left her lane of travel and crashed head on into a tree.  The vehicles airbags failed to deploy.

Jones was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

Laracy suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased while in transport to the hospital.

OSP Troopers were assisted by Lane County Fire and ODOT Incident Response.

 




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Portland Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Armed Bank Robbery (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/14/18 12:33 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Jesse Lee Brockner, 32, of Portland, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Brockner will be on supervised release for three years.

According to court records, on August 30, 2017, three men burglarized a barn in Yamhill County, Oregon, stealing the victim’s vehicle. Two of the suspects fled in the moving truck and a third in the victim’s vehicle. After Yamhill County Sheriff deputies located, arrested and interviewed the two suspects who fled in the moving truck, they identified Brockner as the third suspect. During a search of the moving truck, deputies found a backpack containing approximately $4,000, drug paraphernalia, and Brockner’s driver’s license.

Later the same morning, Brockner robbed a U.S. Bank branch in Beaverton, Oregon wearing a welding mask and holding a firearm. While executing the robbery, Brockner made numerous threats of physical violence and pointed a handgun at the victim teller. A witness observed Brockner walk through a parking lot adjacent to the bank and enter a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle stolen earlier that morning from the barn in Yamhill County.

Approximately two hours later, an FBI Task Force Officer with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) observed a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle on the 3900 block of SE Powell Boulevard in Portland. After confirming Brockner’s identity, multiple marked PPB patrol units responded to assist the Task Force Officer. A high risk traffic stop was attempted and led to a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended in a crash and an officer involved shooting at NE 55th Avenue between East Burnside Street and NE Couch Street in Portland. Brockner was arrested and transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital to receive medical attention.           

Brockner previously pleaded guilty to one count of armed bank robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2113(a) and (d) and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) on May 2, 2018.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Craig Gabriel, Benjamin Tolkoff and John Brassell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Land Board approves next steps for 945-acre project in Deschutes County   (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 08/14/18 11:40 AM
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SALEM, Ore. -  A project that aims to bring tech businesses, a fairground expansion, and a new military readiness center to Deschutes County moved forward today as the State Land Board approved next steps for a 945-acre property near Redmond. 

The project, a collaboration between the Department of State Lands (DSL), the City of Redmond, Deschutes County and the Oregon Military Department, would bring the parcel inside the Redmond urban growth boundary and annex the property into the city. 

DSL would exchange 140 acres with Deschutes County for an expansion of the county fair and expo center, and sell 20 acres to the Oregon Military Department for a new readiness center. 

"This will continue the investment made with state and local partners to meet the needs of Deschutes County, the Oregon Military Department, the City of Redmond, and open the door to bring all kinds of new family-wage jobs to Central Oregon," said DSL Director Vicki Walker.

The remaining acres would become large lot industrial land - a designation Central Oregon needs to diversify its employment opportunities, according to a 2011 study commissioned by area cities and counties. The designation is aimed to appeal to tech businesses and other light industrial, low-impact uses that require large parcels of land. 

"The authorization positions Redmond to work with Redmond Economic Development, the state, and other partners to focus on transforming that bare land into a hub of family-wage industrial jobs and to keep up with the growth in Central Oregon," said Redmond Mayor George Endicott.

The Land Board's decision allows DSL to submit land use applications to the city and county for the project, to fund infrastructure improvements required for the large lot industrial zoning designation, and to partition the parcels for the fairgrounds and readiness center.  

About the State Land Board and the Department of State Lands: The State Land Board consists of Governor Kate Brown, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and State Treasurer Tobias Read. 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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Pictured from left to right: Vicki Walker, Director, Department of State Lands; Jon Stark, Senior Director, Redmond Economic Development Inc.; Stanley Hutchison, Deputy Director, Oregon Military Department; Governor Kate Brown; Mayor George Endicott, City of Redmond; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Clara Taylor, Real Property Analyst, Department of State Lands; and John Swanson, Real Property Planner, Department of State Lands.


 




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Portland Man Sentenced To Home Detention, Probation For Hoax Bomb Threat On Max Train
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/14/18 11:32 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Wilfredo Reyes, 60, of Portland, was sentenced today to three years’ probation including eight months of home detention for falsely reporting a suspicious package on a TriMet MAX train.

According to court records, on June 9, 2017, Reyes called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious package with protruding wires on a MAX train in Portland. During the call, he intentionally conveyed false and misleading information that led the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications and local law enforcement to believe an explosive had been planted on the MAX train. TriMet police and more than 40 officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene. The Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit rendered the device safe and concluded that it did not contain a bomb.

Surveillance cameras revealed that Reyes boarded the train with a backpack, placed it in a seat, walked to another part of the train, and then proceeded to call 9-1-1. He was interviewed by officers at the scene and initially denied being the caller. After the backpack was determined not to contain a bomb, officers found items in it with Reyes's name on them. He was arrested and admitted to owning the backpack and arranging the contents to look like a bomb.

Reyes’ conduct caused a substantial disruption to multiple law enforcement agencies and local businesses. Two business near the Hollywood/NE 42nd Avenue MAX station were evacuated. The station, several streets, and the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 were closed during the investigation.      

Reyes previously pleaded guilty to one count of conveying a hoax bomb threat in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1038(a) on April 26, 2018.

The Portland FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated this case in coordination with its first response partners Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire and Rescue and TriMet. The case was prosecuted by Hannah Horsley, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-08/6325/117032/SENTENCING-Reyes-Final.pdf

Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee meets August 20 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 08/14/18 11:27 AM

August 14, 2018

Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee meets August 20 in Portland

What: The monthly meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission's Patient Access Subcommittee

Agenda:

  • Introductions.
  • Updates: survey questions and data requests; legislative landscape.
  • Finalizing subcommittee report.
  • Public comment.

When: Monday, Aug. 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1D, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Conference call line: 877-848-7030, access code 753428.

Background: The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through HB 2198. The commission consists of the state health officer or designee and an eight-member panel appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The commission is tasked with determining a possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy, agronomic and horticultural best practices, and medical and pharmacopoeia best practices. Along with this, they advise the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the statutes governing medical and retail cannabis.  For more information, please visit the commission's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Shannon McFadden at 971-673-3181, 711 TTY or shannon.m.mcfadden@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.

 


Public Lands Foundation Student Congress Comes to Oregon
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 08/14/18 10:58 AM

Portland, Ore.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Public Lands Foundation are proud to announce that the Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress will be held in Baker City, Oregon from August 22 to 25, 2018. 

Every two years, the Public Lands Foundation sponsors a National Student Congress focused on public land management and natural resource issues. This year’s theme will reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act. The Student Congress will also include former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts and former BLM Director Jim Caswell as featured speakers. 

Student Congress participants are recruited from colleges and universities across the country where they discuss current issues and potential solutions for future policy making.  Students from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be participating in this year’s Student Congress from a wide-ranging number of universities, including: University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, Penn State University, University of Ottawa, and the Colorado School of Mines.  All full list of this year’s student participants, along with their biographical summaries is available here:

https://publicland.org/about/biennial-student-congress/2018-2/ 

At the end of each Student Congress a report is prepared that summarizes the Student Congress and makes recommendations for future land management policy making and are presented by members of the Student Congress to the Public Lands Foundation and to BLM officials in Washington D.C.

The Public Lands Foundation is a national advocacy organization that works to keep public lands in public hands.  The Public Lands Foundation was founded in 1987 and is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Additional information about the BLM’s partnership with the Public Lands Foundation is available online at: 

https://publicland.org/
 




Attached Media Files: PLF News Release

FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Travel Scams (August 14) (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 08/14/18 10:00 AM
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Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against travel scams.

It is that travel-filled time of year again folks. Whether you are behind the curveball and trying to squeeze in some last minute summer vacations or completely on top of it and already planning for fall and winter trips, everyone is always on the lookout for a good deal at a great price. However, scam artists know this and will try to take advantage of it as much as they can.

If you are like me, you are constantly getting calls and emails from people telling you that you are the “lucky winner” of an all-expense paid for vacation. Although the offer is tempting, don’t fall for it! How often do you hear of people actually getting their entire trip paid for by a random stranger? Not that often, because it is yet another scam with expensive strings attached. So before you book that discounted hotel room or flight reservation, be sure to keep these travel tips from our friends at the Federal Trade Commission in mind:

  • Just say no to the robocalls. If you answer your phone to another automated message, just hang up and ignore it. Most robocalls are illegal. If you get one of these unwanted calls, report it to FTC.
  • Be vigilant to unexpected emails and text messages. Similar to the automated calls, many scam artists will send you fake deals through both email and text. Remember, if the offer is too good to be true, it probably is. Ignore and delete the messages.
  • Research a company before booking with them. If you do decide to use an agency that offers cheaper deals, be sure to do your research. Look up reviews and ratings to see if other customers were satisfied with the services that they received.
  • Know the cancellation policy. Before booking, take time to ask about the company’s refund policies for flight reservations, car rentals, and hotel bookings. Get these policies in writing.
  • Pay with credit card. If you have gone through all of these steps and feel good about booking with the company, use your credit card to pay. This will give you more protection than paying with cash, check, or a debit card. If you end up not getting what you paid for, this will enable you to dispute the charges with your credit card company.   

If you have been victimized by an online scam or any other cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov or call your local FBI office.




Attached Media Files: TT - Travel Scams audio file - August 14, 2018 , TT - Travel Scams graphic - August 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon July 2018 News Release
Oregon Employment Department - 08/14/18 10:00 AM

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July, which was Oregon’s lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s June unemployment rate was 4.0 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate exactly matched Oregon’s rate in both months: 3.9 percent in July and 4.0 percent in June.

During the past two years, Oregon’s unemployment rate has been remarkably low and steady. The rate was either 4.1 percent or 4.2 percent each month stretching from January 2017 to May 2018. The most recent two months are still close to that level, but have edged down to 4.0 percent in June and 3.9 percent in July.

Oregon’s economy is growing faster than previously thought. Payroll employment figures covering the spring and early summer show bigger job gains than the numbers released four weeks ago indicated. In July, Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,400 jobs, following a revised over-the-month gain of 6,600 jobs in June.

Monthly job gains in July were concentrated in retail trade (+1,900 jobs), construction (+1,700), and health care and social assistance (+1,400). The only major industry performing below seasonal expectations was government, which cut 2,200 jobs.

Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment increased by 45,300 jobs, or 2.4 percent, since July 2017. This growth was substantially more rapid than was previously indicated in the jobs estimates released last month. Oregon’s gains over the past 12 months were largest, by far, in construction, which added 11,000 jobs, expanding by 11.2 percent. Over the year, several other major industries each added more than 6,000 jobs, while growing faster than 3 percent: leisure and hospitality (+8,100 jobs, or 3.9%); manufacturing (+6,300 jobs, or 3.3%); professional and business services (+7,900 jobs, or 3.2%); and health care and social assistance (+7,600 jobs, or 3.2%). Some industries remained close to their year-ago job totals, including information (+200 jobs, or 0.6%); retail trade (+600 jobs, or 0.3%); government (-800 jobs, or -0.3%); and wholesale trade (-600 jobs, or  0.8%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the July county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, August 21st, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for August on Tuesday, September 18th. 

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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month’s release incorporates the January, February and March 2018 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.

Effective with the January 2018 data, employment of Oregon’s approximately 17,000 home care workers are counted in private health care and social assistance instead of state government. The change was due to legislative action clarifying that for purposes of workforce and labor market information, home care workers are not employees of state government. The reclassification affects private sector and government monthly change figures for January 2018 and will affect over-the-year change figures through December 2018. It does not affect total payroll employment levels.

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

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

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




Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon July 2018 News Release

Oregon Agencies Join Forces to Help Prevent Forest Fires (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 08/14/18 9:28 AM
Cigarette butts can smolder for hours before touching off a fire. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green)
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Salem, OR – August 14, 2018 – To prevent further forest fires while supporting areas affected by summer blazes, Oregon Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with other state agencies to raise awareness of fire prevention.  

Human caused wildfires burned 228,000 acres in 2017. The Oregon Department of Forestry has responded to 30 human-caused fires in the past week alone; one burned over 20,000 acres. Causes include vehicles (faulty exhaust systems, overheating), illegal abandoned campfires, target shooting, and illegal debris burning.  

“Eliminating human-caused wildfires helps all Oregonians,” said Peter Daugherty, State Forester, Oregon Department of Forestry.  “Preventing even one wildfire allows firefighting resources to concentrate on the lightning-caused wildfires we can’t prevent, and minimizes public and firefighter risk.”

The bottom line, says Daugherty, is to use utmost care on a daily basis to prevent adding new fires to the landscape, especially during extreme conditions with a long way to go before the end of fire season. 

OEM has compiled these tips, gleaned from fire-response agencies, to mitigate human-caused wildfires:

  • Mow before 10 a.m., but never when it’s windy or excessively dry.
  • Lawn mowers are designed to cut lawns, not weeks or dry grass. Metal blades striking rocks can create sparks and start fires
  • Check Keep Oregon Green for current conditions and restrictions in your area, and always keep fire-fighting tools on hand.
  • Wildfires sparked along roadways may be caused by traveling motorists
    • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained, with nothing dragging on the ground.
    • Maintain proper tire pressure; riving on exposed wheel rims will throw sparks.
    • Properly maintain brakes; brakes worn too think may cause metal-to-metal contact which can cause a spark.
    • Practice safe towing. Check for dragging chains, use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains.
    • Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush; hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires you won’t even see until it’s too late.
    • Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle and learn how to use it.
  • Maintain a defensible space around your home
  • Remove dead trees to reduce wildfire risk

“Preventing wildfires is every Oregonian’s responsibility, and there has rarely been a more critical time to do your best to keep wildfire from occurring,” said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. “Common everyday activities such as mowing the lawn or pulling your vehicle off to the side of the road may start a wildfire in these dry conditions.”

This year, wildland fires have had significant impact on many rural communities, as well as local businesses who rely on welcoming and serving vacationing Oregonians and guests from around the world during Oregon's summer season.

As the fires and smoke subside, all Oregonians can support local businesses by visiting fire-impacted areas for vacations this year,” said Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson. “Not only will we have the world-class experiences we cherish, we'll have the added pleasure of knowing we're supporting the recovery of our fellow Oregonians.” 

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Attached Media Files: Cigarette butts can smolder for hours before touching off a fire. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Recognize the fire risk of recreational shooting under hot, dry weather conditions. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Cars, motorcycles and ATVs can easily cast sparks or overheat - especially if they are older or not maintained. (Graphics courtesy Keep Oregon Green) , Drown the campfire, stir the ashes and drown it again. (Graphic courtesy Keep Oregon Green

Mon. 08/13/18
Bend area resident arrested for multiple criminal charges after fleeing the site of reckless burning near Lava Land Visitor Center. (Deschutes County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 10:49 PM
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On Monday August 13, 2018 at about 2:30pm, the U.S. Forest Service investigated an illegal burn at a primitive campsite located in the Deschutes National Forest off of Forest Service Road 9702, (Benham Falls Road), near the Lava Lands Visitor Center.  The burn site was estimated at ¼ acre and evidence of drug use was located at the scene.  A suspect was contacted by a U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) and the suspect initially gave a false name and fled the scene shortly after in a teal 1993 Ford Escort Wagon.  The U.S. Forest Service LEO was able to capture the vehicle plate and disseminate that information to local area partner agencies.

Oregon State Police Troopers and Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office began an area search for the outstanding suspects involved in this incident.  At about 4:00pm, the Deschutes County 911 Center received a report of a rolling domestic disturbance near 3rd Street and NE Franklin Avenue in Bend.  The vehicle reported matched the teal Ford Escort from the previous reckless burning incident.  Officers from Bend Police Department and OSP located and stopped the Ford Escort. 

The male driver, later identified as 43 year old Bend resident Benjamin Noah Osborn, was positively identified as the suspect.  Osborn and his female passenger, identified as 28 year old Redding California resident, Kaleigh Thompson were both transported to a Bend area hospital for evaluation for concerns of drug use. 

Osborn was later lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on charges of DUII – Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Substance – Heroin; Giving False Information to Police; Fail to Register as a Sex Offender; and Fugitive from Justice on an Outstanding Arrest Warrant issued from California.  Citations were also issued by the U.S. Forest Service for Illegal Burning and Giving False Information to Police. 

The Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service and all First Responders urge the public to use extreme caution during the fire restriction season to prevent risk to life and public and private property damage.




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Oregon Disabilities Commission's Executive Committee meets August 21
Oregon Department of Human Services - 08/13/18 5:32 PM

(Salem, Ore.) — The executive committee of the Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. N.E., Room 160, Salem, Oregon, 97301.

The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes regular ODC business, review and approval of meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes, public comment, announcements, ODC business topics, next meeting agenda ideas and other topics.

Those who can’t attend in person may call into the meeting using this conference line and access code: 503-934-1400, 4891017.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Lori Watt at Lori.C.Watt@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

For questions about the meeting, please contact: Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

 

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

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Legacy Emanuel Medical Center re-verified as a level 1 trauma center (Photo)
Legacy Health - 08/13/18 5:18 PM
Photo caption: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, recently re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center.  Photo credit: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Public Relations
Photo caption: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, recently re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center.  Photo credit: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Public Relations
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For Immediate Release                                           

August 13, 2018

 

 

Contact: Vicki Guinn

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

 

 

 

Phone: 503-413-2939

vguinn@lhs.org

 

 

 

 

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center re-verified as a level 1 trauma center

 

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center was recently re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center by the Verification Review Committee, a component of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes the trauma center’s dedication to providing optimal care of injured patients.

Led by the Legacy Emanuel’s Trauma Medical Director Ameen Ramzy, M.D., MBA, FACS, and Trauma Program Manager Carolann VinZant, R.N. the trauma team worked closely with colleagues across the medical center to successfully meet the re-verification requirements.

“The ACS called Legacy Emanuel ‘a pillar of the state and regional trauma system’,” says Dr. Ramzy. “The re-verification of our Level 1 trauma center was the result of an exceptional team effort between staff who provide patient care and administrative support staff from facilities management, environmental services, nutrition services and security.”

Trent Green, FACHE, president of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center says Legacy was verified as a Level 1 trauma center 30 years ago. “We consider ourselves a leader in providing the highest level of trauma care to people in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest,” says Green. “Our ability to build an exceptional trauma center over the years is a testament to the many dedicated and committed staff who made it a priority.”  

Level 1 is the highest designation for trauma care. Legacy Emanuel provides the highest level of care with life-saving capabilities for serious injuries and illnesses. The medical center provides a complete system for receiving patients, including a heliport for the emergency helicopters to deliver patients from across the state.

Earlier this year, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel was verified as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, making it the first in Oregon and the first children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive this premier status. There are approximately 50 ACS-verified Level 1 pediatric trauma centers across the country.

The verification is an extension of the long-standing expertise in trauma care offered at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which has been an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center since 1988 and is home to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center – the only facility of its kind between Seattle and Sacramento.

Legacy Health is a local, nonprofit health system with six hospitals and dedicated children’s care offered at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Legacy also includes more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, as well as almost 3,000 providers who are either employed, on the medical staff or part of Legacy Health Partners. We have lab, research and hospice services. Among our major partnerships are PacificSource Health Plans and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.

 

Photo caption: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, recently re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center.  Photo credit: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Public Relations

FAQs from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

How many categories of verification does the program have?

There are five separate categories of verification in the Committee on Trauma's (COT) program (Level I Trauma Center, Level II Trauma Center, Level III Trauma Center, Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center), each with specific criteria that must be met by a facility seeking that level of verification.

What is the Committee on Trauma?

The Committee on Trauma (COT), a standing committee of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), works to improve all phases of care of the injured patient and to prevent injuries before they occur. The COT promotes leadership and cooperation of all participants in a trauma center so that the best possible care will be provided to injured patients. The COT also requires the commitment of each facility's surgeons to the improvement of trauma care. Recognizing that trauma is a surgical disease that demands surgical leadership, the ACS established the Committee on Trauma, its oldest standing committee, in 1922.

What is the Consultation/Verification Program?

Established by the ACS Committee on Trauma in 1987, the Consultation/Verification Program is designed to promote the development of trauma centers in which participants provide the hospital resources necessary to address the trauma needs of all injured patients. The Consultation Program is designed to help hospitals and their personnel prepare for this endeavor. The Verification Program confirms that all the criteria have been met.

What are Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient?

This document is the resource manual of the COT. First published in 1976 as

Optimal Hospital Resources for Care of the Injured Patient, the manual established guidelines for the care of injured patients. Subsequent revisions have continued the COT's commitment to ensuring that resources and personnel for providing optimal care for injured patients are in place in trauma programs. In 1990, the name of this manual was changed to Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient to reflect a change in trauma care and to complement an important and abiding principle of the Committee on Trauma: To ensure that the needs of all injured patients are addressed wherever they are injured and wherever they receive care.

How did the verification program begin?

An obvious outgrowth of the establishment of the COT's guidelines for optimal care was the development of a verification process through which a hospital could be evaluated by ACS trauma surgeons to determine whether the criteria for optimal care of injured patients were being met. Thus, the Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals was established in 1987.

How does a hospital or clinic receive verification?

The level of verification is requested by the hospital. An on-site review of the hospital is conducted by a team of reviewers experienced in the field of trauma. Using the current Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient manual as a guideline, this team will determine if the criteria for the requested level have been met.

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Attached Media Files: Photo caption: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, recently re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center.  Photo credit: Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Public Relations

Recreational use health advisory for Lower Willamette River updated to include only Ross Island Lagoon
Oregon Health Authority - 08/13/18 4:34 PM

August 13, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for Lower Willamette River updated to include only Ross Island Lagoon

Advisory updated based on toxin testing results

The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for the Lower Willamette River to only include Ross Island Lagoon.

Ross Island Lagoon is located about a mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County. The area of concern includes the downtown reach of the Willamette River.

Toxin test results from samples collected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Thursday, Aug. 9, show elevated toxins in Ross Island Lagoon but not in areas outside the lagoon where the bloom is more dispersed. No toxins were detected outside the lagoon.

OHA first issued a health advisory for the Ross Island Lagoon Aug. 3 and lifted it Aug. 7 after tests showed toxin levels were below recreational advisory levels. The advisory was re-issued and expanded downstream to Cathedral Park on August 11. Today’s update restricts the area under advisory to Ross Island Lagoon.

While the bloom is visible in other areas of the river, it does not appear to be producing toxins at levels that threaten human health outside Ross Island Lagoon.

People should avoid swimming and high-speed water activities, such as water skiing or power boating, in Ross Island Lagoon. Although toxins are not absorbed through the skin, people who have skin sensitivities may experience a puffy red rash at the affected area.

Because of dogs’ special sensitivity to cyanotoxins, OHA advises dog owners to keep their pets out of the water in any area with visible bloom regardless of whether an advisory is in effect.

Drinking water directly from Ross Island Lagoon at this time is especially dangerous. OHA public health officials advise recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

This portion of the Willamette River is not a source of drinking water for a public water system, but if people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

OHA public health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where cyanobacteria blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as cyanotoxins 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 Ross Island Lagoon and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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 the Lower Willamette River for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the river.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested or inhaled, people are encouraged to visit Ross Island Lagoon and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0440.

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 877-290-6767.

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UPDATE - NAME RELEASED - Single vehicle fatality Hwy 36 near Junction City ( Lane County)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 12:58 PM

The deceased has been identified as James Allen Guse, age 82 of Eugene.

On August 11, 2018 at approximately 9:52 AM Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Hwy 36 near mp 51 (near the Hwy 36 / Hwy 99 Intersection)

Preliminary investigation reveals that the vehicle slowly drifted off the road and crashed into a concrete bridge pillar.  After crashing in the bridge the vehicle caught on fire.

The driver of the vehicle sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No other occupants in the vehicle.  Name will be released at a later time.

OSP was assisted by the Junction City Police Department, Lane County Fire and the ODOT.


Folding Laundry and Winning $66,000 Playing Keno (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 08/13/18 9:07 AM
Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno
Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno
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August 13, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Some people find a few bucks in change when they do laundry, but Enola Dick of Pendleton, found $66,576.

Dick said she purchased the ticket at Cadillac Jack’s Saloon and Grill in Pendleton and then went home to do her laundry.

“I couldn’t watch the Keno game because I needed to get my laundry done,” she said. “After I was done I looked up my numbers and I thought I had won maybe $30,000 or $40,000, I had no idea it was $66,000. It definitely paid off doing the laundry!”

Dick originally drove to the Wilsonville Payment Center to claim her prize, but since it was more than the $50,000 limit the center can payout, she had to go to Salem. She didn’t mind though, because she got the shock of it being a large jackpot prize.

Dick purchased a Special Keno 8-Spot ticket. She not only won the higher Special Keno prize of $25,000 by matching all eight numbers, but also won the Keno rolling jackpot of $41,576. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

Dick said she had plans to go to Hawaii, but hadn’t finalized anything, waiting for the right moment.

“I guess the right moment came up sooner than I thought,” she said. “I may wait for the hurricane to pass. I want to go over and see some friends I have over there.”

In the short term, Dick said she was going to have a glass of Champagne.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Umatilla County, where Dick lives and played at Cadillac Jacks, more than $16 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. In 2017, more than $697 million in Oregon Lottery funds were transferred to the Oregon Legislature. That is the state’s second largest source of discretionary funding after personal income tax.

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org




Attached Media Files: Enola Dick of Pendleton won more than $66,000 playing Keno

Single vehicle (motorcycle) crash Hwy 20 (Linn County)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 7:16 AM

On Sunday August 12, 2018 at approximately 11:34 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single motorcycle crash on Hwy 20 near milepost 34.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a red 2002 Kawasaki ZX6, operated by Victoria Hotson, age 56, of Dallas, was traveling eastbound on Hwy 20 when for unknown reasons the Kawasaki veered off the road and struck the westbound guardrail.

Hotson sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Hwy 20 westbound lane at milepost 34 was closed for three hours following the crash. OSP was assisted by Sweet Home Fire and ODOT.

 

  


One person dies in head on crash on Hwy 95 (Malheur County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/13/18 6:54 AM
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On Saturday, August 11, 2018 at approximately 2:45 PM Oregon State Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head on collision on Hwy 95 near milepost 97.

Investigation reveals that a white 2005 Ford Focus, operated by Jaila Aguilera-Pinder (19) from Las Vegas, NV. was northbound on Hwy 95. Aguilera-Pinder was attempting to pass a commercial motor vehicle in a no passing zone when it struck a southbound 2014 Ford Escape, operated by Victor Dunkelberger (33) from Rocklin, CA. The two vehicles collided head on at highway speeds.

Dunkelberger sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There were two passengers in the Ford Escape, Ayna Anderson (27) from Rocklin, CA - transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center (Boise), a juvenile passenger was transported by ground to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Aguilera-Pinder and her passenger, Keilin Alfonso-Vaquero (25) from Las Vegas, NV, were both transported by air to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

OSP was assisted by Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Life light, Jordan Valley Ambulance, ODOT, and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (NV).

OSP collision reconstructionist are continuing the investigation.




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Sat. 08/11/18
Red Cross Wildfire Evacuation Shelter Opened in Sisters, OR
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 08/11/18 8:20 PM

The Red Cross has opened a shelter for wildfire evacuees in Sisters, Oregon, due to a wildfire in the area.

 

The shelter is located at:

FivePine Conference Center

1021 E Desperado Trail

Sisters, OR 97759

 

Individuals and families affected by the wildfire and in need of shelter assistance are encouraged to simply show up at the shelter for help.

 

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


Three vehicle crash on Hwy 22E claims life of motorcyclist (Linn County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/11/18 7:53 PM
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On Saturday, August 11, 2018 at about  9:10 am, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle versus motorcycle crash on OR-22E near milepost 71. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a white 2015 Triumph motorcycle, operated by Gregory D. Gummere (64), of Boise, ID, was traveling westbound on OR-22E when for unknown reasons the motorcycle crossed the centerline and clipped an eastbound 1996 Plymouth minivan operated by David Privratsky (62), of McMinnville, OR.  The motorcycle then hit head-on with a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, operated by Caleb J. Pilling (33) of Beaverton, OR.   

Gummere suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no injuries to any other persons involved. 

OR-22E was closed for approximately five hours following the crash.  OSP was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Idanha & Gates Fire, and ODOT.




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Confirmed Case of Measles in Traveler to Portland Metro Area
Oregon Health Authority - 08/11/18 5:06 PM

August 11, 2018

Contact: Delia Hernández, 503-422-7179, phd.communications@state.or.us

Confirmed case of measles in traveler to Portland metro area

Laboratory testing confirmed a case of measles in an individual who traveled for a week throughout the Portland metro area. Oregon Health Authority is working with local public health agencies to notify individuals of their potential exposure and to inform them of steps to take to should they become ill, so as to prevent more cases. At this point, no additional cases of measles have been identified.

Measles is a highly contagious virus and spreads easily to people who are not vaccinated. It is spread through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes. People with measles can spread the virus to others before they show symptoms. The virus can also linger in the air for minutes to hours after someone who is infectious has left.

“The bad news is that measles is a serious disease, the good news is that if you've been vaccinated you're well protected,’’ said Paul Cieslak, MD, Medical Director for Communicable Diseases for the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “This is the second time this summer that someone arrived in the Portland area sick with measles.”

Officials confirmed the case late yesterday, Aug. 10, 2018, in a person who was infectious and spent time in the Portland metro area during July 30–August 6. Public health officials are working directly with area businesses where the sick individual spent time. Most people in our area have been vaccinated against measles, so their risk is low. Risk may be higher for unvaccinated persons who were in these locations:

  • July 30, PDX Airport, 2:15—3:45 p.m.
  • July 31, Leno Medoyeff Bridal, 710 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, 3:30—5:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 1, Tom’s Pancake House, 12925 SW Canyon Rd., Beaverton, 7—9:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Beaverton Transit Center to Pioneer Square, 12:30—1 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, Max Red Line, Pioneer Place to Beaverton Transit Center, 5:30—6 p.m.
  • Aug. 5, Verde Cocina, 5515 SW Canyon Ct., Portland, 2—4:30 p.m.

For this exposure, public health officials expect symptoms in anyone newly infected to appear any time over the next two weeks. There is no connection between this case and the measles cases that occurred in Multnomah County in June and July.

Measles poses the highest risk to people who have not been vaccinated, to pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with weakened immune systems. A person is considered immune to measles if ANY of the following apply:

1.       You were born before 1957; or

2.       You are certain you have had the measles; or

3.       You have been fully vaccinated against measles (two doses).

About measles

The symptoms of measles start with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a red rash that usually begins on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. People are contagious with measles for four days before the rash appears and up to four days after the rash appears.

Common complications of measles include ear infection, lung infection, or diarrhea. Swelling of the brain is a rare but much more serious complication. For every 1000 children with measles, 1 or 2 will die from the disease.

After someone is exposed, illness usually develops in about 2 weeks, sometimes longer. Oregon public health officials are advising anyone who believes they have symptoms of measles to first call their health care provider or urgent care by telephone to create an entry plan to avoid exposing others in waiting rooms.

Anyone with questions about measles infection or the measles vaccine should call their primary care provider or their county health department. For more information on measles for the public:

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Pages/measles.aspx

Clackamas County Public Health 503-655-8411

Clark County Public Health 360-397-8182

Multnomah County Public Health 503-988-3406

Washington County Public Health 503-846-3594

Yamhill County Public Health 503-434-7525

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Miles Fire Update August 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/11/18 12:06 PM

Forty-one different fire agencies are providing structure protection under the coordination of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal. These firefighters have checked 1018 structures, and prepared 398 homes to better withstand wildfire conditions. Those preparations were tested overnight with increased fire activity, and no homes were lost.

 

Although fire weather will be slightly moderated today, relative humidity levels remain well below the critical threshold. The fire area has seen minimal moisture since May, and is officially in a moderate drought condition. Fuel conditions remain conducive to active fire behavior. When the smoke inversion breaks mid-day, there will be a noticeable increase in fire behavior.

 

The southern flank of the Miles Fire will be the top priority for firefighters today. Late yesterday afternoon, two spot fires occurred outside of the perimeter. One spot is to the east side of Elk Creek Road, just south of the Homestead Trailhead, and is currently estimated to be at least 200 acres. Another spot fire is just north of the Alco Creek area. Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will provide support to crews on the ground today. Smoke columns are anticipated to be visible today as interior islands burn on both northern flanks of the fire.

Acres - 29,397    Containment - 4%     Engines - 89 


Memaloose 2 Fire declared a conflagration
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 08/11/18 11:51 AM

Governor Kate Brown has declared the Memaloose 2 Fire, burning near the Memaloose State Park in Mosier, a conflagration. The declaration cleared the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.

 

The Office of State Marshal’s Blue Incident Management Team, and six structural task forces from Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, and Marion counties will arrive early afternoon and begin working to protect structures.

 

The following Level 1, 2 and 3 evacuations for Wasco County are as follows:

LEVEL 1 (GET READY) evacuation notice for the following:

Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park.

 

LEVEL 2 (GET SET TO GO) evacuation notice for the following:

The intersection of State Road and Marsh Cutoff to Dell Road. This includes both sides of the road.

 

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice for the following:

The intersection of Highway 30 and Marsh cutoff all the way east to the bottom of the Rowena loops, this includes both sides of the Highway 30, Rowena Dell, Rowena Overlook, Canyon Way all the way down to Rowena Ferry Road.

Starting at the bottom of the Rowena Loops to the west end of Tooley Lake, both sides of Interstate 84 and both sides of Hwy 30 as well as Mayor State Park.

LEVEL 2 (GET SET TO GO) evacuation notice for the following:

The intersection of State Road and Marsh Cutoff to Dell Road. This includes both sides of the road.

LEVEL 3 (GO NOW) evacuation notice for the following:

The intersection of Highway 30 and Marsh cutoff all the way east to the bottom of the Rowena loops, this includes both sides of the Highway 30, Rowena Dell, Rowena Overlook, Canyon Way all the way down to Rowena Ferry Road

 

Oregon’s conflagration may be invoked only by the Governor and allows the State Fire Marshal to dispatch structural firefighters and equipment. More information on Conflagration and Emergency

 

More information on evacuations is available at Wasco County Sheriffs Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/WascoCountySheriff/?hc_ref=ARTVrl7XZjg4B1Ea1eVPFIU_hja5N-OGHnbggMctf6KJNRQmvcGcvxVoCJjnXrY5ZWk&fref=nf

 


Motor Vehicle Crash on Butler Market Road (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 08/11/18 5:57 AM
Stenkamp's Vehicle
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Date: Friday, August 10, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018- 246968                         

Date and Time of Incident: August 11, 2018 at 02:25 am   

Type of Incident:  Motor Vehicle Crash

Location of Incident:  Butler Market Road and Wells Acres Road

Driver vehicle 1:

Christopher Joe Stenkamp                  38 year old                        Bend resident

Narrative:

On August 11, at 2:25 am officers with the Bend Police Department were dispatched to the area of Butler Market Road and Wells Acres Road for a heard only motor vehicle crash.  Officers searched the area and eventually located a roll-over crash with one occupant still inside. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, and the Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the area to search for additional occupants or victims.

During the investigation, officers learned Christopher Stenkamp was driving a Ford pickup and was travelling east on Butler Market Road. Stenkamp’s vehicle left the roadway near Wells Acres Road and struck numerous trees and rocks before coming to a stop upside down.  It was initially believed there were additional occupants of the vehicle but further search of the area found nobody else was involved.  Stenkamp was transported to St. Charles Medical Center where he was admitted for injuries.

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Attached Media Files: Stenkamp's Vehicle

Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Southbound Parkway (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 08/11/18 5:53 AM
Baker's Vehicle
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Date: Friday, August 10, 2018                                                                         

Case # 2018- 246954                         

Date and Time of Incident: August 11, 2018 at 01:30 am   

Type of Incident:  Motor Vehicle Crash

Location of Incident:  Southbound Parkway at Revere Street

Charges: DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering,

Driver vehicle 1:

Hannah Rebecca Baker                  28 year old                        Bend resident

Driver vehicle #2:

Jaspreet Singh                             37 year old                        Sacramento, CA resident

Narrative:

On August 11, at 1:30 am officers with the Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the Oregon State Police and the Bend Fire and Rescue responded to the area of the southbound Parkway near Revere Street for the report of a motor vehicle crash. Initial information included the crash was a head on collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer truck.

During the investigation, officers learned Hannah Baker was driving a Saturn Vue passenger car. Baker was traveling north on the Parkway in the southbound lane when she collided with a semi truck operated by Jaspreet Singh.  Singh was able to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Baker but his truck was still struck and disabled by Baker's vehicle.

Both drivers were evaluated at the scene by paramedics and neither required further medical attention.  Both lanes of the southbound parkway were closed for approximately an hour and a half during the investigation.

Baker was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering and transported to the Deschutes County Jail.

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Attached Media Files: Baker's Vehicle

Fri. 08/10/18
Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach lifted August 10
Oregon Health Authority - 08/10/18 4:30 PM

August 10, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for water contact at Seal Rock State Park Beach lifted August 10

Testing shows fecal bacteria levels have subsided

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) today lifted a recreational use health advisory for contact with marine water at Seal Rock State Park Beach, located in Lincoln County. The health authority issued the advisory August 7 after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

Results from later samples taken by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) showed lower bacteria levels. Contact with the water no longer poses a higher-than-normal risk. However, officials recommend staying out of large pools on the beach that are frequented by birds, and runoff from those pools, because the water may contain increased bacteria from fecal matter.

State officials continue to encourage other recreational activities at all Oregon beaches, suggesting only that water contact be avoided when advisories are in effect.

Since 2003 state officials have used a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria. Oregon state agencies participating in this program are OHA, DEQ and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website at http://www.healthoregon.org/beach or call 971-673-0482, or call the OHA toll-free information line at 877-290-6767.

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Prescribing Practice Review Subcommittee of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission meets August 14
Oregon Health Authority - 08/10/18 4:14 PM

August 10, 2018

Prescribing Practice Review Subcommittee of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Commission meets August 14

What: A public meeting of the Prescribing Practice Review Subcommittee of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Advisory Commission

Agenda:

Welcome and introductions.

Review actions since last meeting.

Data presentation.

Review and discuss PDMP data, select criteria.

Discuss potential outreach and education options, vote.

Adjournment.

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2-4 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 918, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland

Background: Oregon HB 3440, passed in 2017, requires that the Oregon Health Authority, in conjunction with the PDMP Advisory Commission, establish a clinical review subcommittee to identify practitioners who are prescribing high amounts of opioids based on agreed-upon practice standards, such as the Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for chronic pain. These providers are to receive education or training related to pain management and appropriate opioid prescribing.

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

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

If you need help or have questions, please contact Drew Simpson at 971-673-1033, 711 TTY or ew.r.simpson@state.or.us">drew.r.simpson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Jury Delivers Verdicts in Trial of FBI Special Agent
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/10/18 2:55 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – A federal jury today acquitted W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) based in Quantico, Virginia, on charges of making false statements and obstruction of justice.

“We thank the jury for their dedicated service and for giving full consideration to an important case. We strongly believe this case needed to be brought before the court and decided by a jury,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Our system of justice relies on the absolute integrity of law enforcement officials at all levels of government.”

“The OIG respects the jury’s verdict. We will continue to investigate allegations of misconduct by Department of Justice employees to ensure the integrity of our law enforcement components,” said Michael E. Horowitz, U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General. “We also would like to thank the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Major Incident Team for their assistance with this investigation.”

Astarita was one of a number of FBI agents assigned to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and was present during the shooting of Robert LaVoy Finicum on January 26, 2016, in Harney County, Oregon.

Astarita was accused of knowingly and willfully making false statements to FBI Supervisory Special Agents. Specifically, Astarita told his supervisors he had not fired his weapon during the attempted arrest of Finnicum.

A federal grand jury charged Astarita with three counts of making false statements in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 and two counts of obstruction of justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1521(b)(3) on June 20, 2017. One count each of making false statements and obstruction of justice were dismissed pre-trial.

The verdicts concludes a three-week trial during which jurors heard testimony from FBI agents, state and local law enforcement officers, forensic scientists and ballistics experts.

The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General investigated this case in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon. The case was prosecuted by Gary Y. Sussman and Paul T. Maloney, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-08/6325/116961/VERDICT-Astarita-Final.pdf

Recreational use health advisory reissued for Ross Island Lagoon, extended to Cathedral Park
Oregon Health Authority - 08/10/18 1:33 PM

August 10, 2018

Recreational use health advisory reissued for Ross Island Lagoon, extended to Cathedral Park

Advisory reissued based on visible scum found in Multnomah County water body

The Oregon Health Authority reissued a recreational use health advisory today for Ross Island Lagoon and urges caution in areas of the Willamette River downstream from the lagoon, including downtown north to Cathedral Park.

Ross Island Lagoon is located about a mile south of downtown Portland in Multnomah County. The area of concern includes the downtown reach of the Willamette River.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) staff collected samples for toxin analysis and results are expected next week. Because the bloom has changed and spread so much since last week, OHA is issuing this advisory as a precautionary measure until sample results are available next week.

OHA first issued a health advisory for the Ross Island Lagoon on Aug. 3 and lifted it Aug. 7 after tests showed toxin levels were below recreational advisory levels.

DEQ also carried out a visual assessment of the river and reported cyanobacteria starting at 100 meters south of Ross Island lagoon. Inside the lagoon, the bloom is thick with scums, blobs and streaking throughout. Dense cyanobacteria continued down the East channel into the mainstem of the Lower Willamette and was present at River Place marina, the swimming dock south of the Hawthorne Bridge and Tom McCall waterfront park. The bloom was visible throughout the Portland reach and on the surface at the Riverscape dock. The bloom intensified to the railroad bridge downstream of Portland Harbor. At Cathedral Park, the bloom was present but less intense.

If present, toxins are usually highest in areas where the bloom is visible, and people can avoid most of the health risks associated with blooms by avoiding those areas. However, it’s possible cyanotoxins can still exist in clear water. Sometimes, cyanobacteria can move into another area, making water that once looked foamy, scummy or discolored now look clear. Dying blooms can also release toxins that may reach into the clear water around them.

People should avoid swimming and 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 affected areas of the river is especially dangerous. OHA public health officials advise 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 alternate 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. This portion of the Willamette River is not a source of drinking water for a public water system, but if people connected to public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

OHA public health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where cyanobacteria blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as cyanotoxins 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 the Lower Willamette River and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

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 the Lower Willamette River for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the river.

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested or inhaled, people are encouraged to visit the Lower Willamette River and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray. Although inhalation risk is much lower than ingestion, it can present a risk.

For health information or to report an illness, contact the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) at 971-673-0440.

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 877-290-6767.

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Oregon Domestic Terrorism Suspect in Custody After 12 Years on the Run
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/10/18 1:08 PM

WASHINGTON – Joseph Mahmoud Dibee, 50, of Seattle, Washington, an accused domestic terrorist and 12-year fugitive, has been apprehended and returned to the United States to face federal criminal charges in Oregon, California and Washington State.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Assistant Director Michael McGarrity of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams for the District of Oregon, and Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon of the FBI in Oregon made the announcement.

“Whatever the motivation, terrorism is simply unacceptable,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers. “Domestic terrorism is no exception. Because of the close cooperation between our international and intergovernmental partners, Dibee will now face the consequences for his crimes. This should send a clear message to all other criminals on the run: no matter how long it takes, we will find you and we will bring you to justice.”

“We will always continue in our mission to locate and bring to justice those who threaten our national security or seek to harm the American people,” said FBI Assistant Director McGarrity. “We thank all of the agents, analysts, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, who have worked tirelessly on this case over the years.”

“More than two decades ago, a loosely affiliated group of environmental extremists set out to express their views using force, violence, sabotage, mass destruction, intimidation, and coercion,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Thankfully no innocent lives were taken by these senseless acts. Today we recognize the FBI’s unwavering pursuit of justice in returning longstanding fugitive Joseph Dibee. Dibee will now, as many of his co-conspirators have before, face the consequences of his actions. Using violent means to express one’s views will never be tolerated nor forgotten. We will bring every last person responsible for these crimes to justice.”

“Every act of violence comes with a choice—a choice to do harm,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Cannon. “A choice to do what may be irreparable damage to a family, a business, or a researcher’s life work. A choice to risk the lives of the firefighters who will respond to an incident. Most of the defendants in the FBI's long-running Operation BACKFIRE investigation have answered for those decisions they made with significant prison sentences and millions of dollars in fines. Mr. Dibee, who traveled the world to avoid capture, will now, finally, have to answer to the allegations of violence he faces.”

Dibee, an American citizen, is charged in the District of Oregon with one count of conspiracy to commit arson, one count of conspiracy to commit arson and destruction of an energy facility, and one count of arson. He also faces one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence in the Western District of Washington and one count each of conspiracy to commit arson, arson of a government building, and possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence in the Eastern District of California.

Dibee will make an initial appearance in federal court today at 1:30 p.m. before a federal magistrate judge in the District of Oregon. The government will seek his continued detention.

According to court documents, federal authorities learned Dibee was traveling through Central America on his way to Russia with a planned stop in Cuba. With the assistance of the Cuban authorities, particularly the Ministries of the Interior and Exterior, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security including the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations and the U.S. Embassy in Havana, the FBI arranged for Cuban authorities to detain Dibee before he boarded a plane bound for Russia, and return him to the United States. Dibee fled the United States in December 2005.

In 2006, a federal grand jury in Oregon indicted Dibee and 11 coconspirators as part of Operation BACKFIRE, a long-running FBI domestic terrorism investigation. The conspirators, known as “The Family,” have been linked to more than 40 criminal acts ranging from vandalism to arson between 1995 and 2001, causing more than $45 million in damages.

Many of the Dibee’s crimes were linked to the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) or the Animal Liberation Front (ALF). Dibee’s “captured” poster can be seen at https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/dt/joseph-mahmoud-dibee.

One fugitive remains at large from Operation BACKFIRE. Josephine Sunshine Overaker, an American citizen believed to be either 43 or 46 years old, fled to Europe in late 2001. Overaker faces 19 felony charges including conspiracy to commit arson, conspiracy to commit arson and destruction of an energy facility, attempted arson, and arson in the District of Oregon, the Western District of Washington, and the District of Colorado. Overaker speaks fluent Spanish and may seek employment as a firefighter, midwife, sheep tender, or masseuse. The FBI continues to offer a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to her arrest.

An indictment is only an accusation of a crime and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Geoffrey Barrow of the District of Oregon, Andrew Friedman and Thomas Woods of the Western District of Washington and Heiko Coppola of the Eastern District of California, along with Trial Attorney David Cora of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE USE THE CONTACTS IN THE MESSAGE OR CALL THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT 202-514-2007.




Attached Media Files: 2018-08/6325/116948/8.10.18_Dibee_Arrest_OR_-_Final.pdf , 2018-08/6325/116948/Indictment.pdf , 2018-08/6325/116948/josephine-sunshine-overaker-poster.pdf , 2018-08/6325/116948/joseph-dibee-poster.pdf

Notice of Press Conference
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 08/10/18 12:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Billy J. Williams, United States Attorney for the District of Oregon, and Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, will hold a press conference following the conclusion of Magistrate Court on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Date

Friday, August 10, 2018

Time

Set up beginning at 1:30PM. Conference will begin at 2:00PM.

Location

Jury Assembly Room – Second Floor

Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

1000 SW Third Ave.

Portland, OR 97204

Access

All credentialed media are invited to attend and required to display valid photo identification to gain entry into the courthouse.

Please limit attendance to a maximum of three individuals from any one media outlet.

Photo/Video

Credentialed media are invited to use camera and audio equipment during the press conference. Use of camera and audio equipment is otherwise prohibited in the federal courthouse.

Contact

Kevin Sonoff

Public Affairs Officer

United States Attorney’s Office – District of Oregon

kevin.sonoff@usdoj.gov | (503) 727-1185

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Attached Media Files: 2018-08/6325/116949/NOTICE_OF_PRESS_CONFERENCE-8.10.2018-Final.pdf

Redmond Police Apprehend Kidnapping Suspect at Redmond Airport (Photo)
Redmond Police Dept. - 08/10/18 11:51 AM
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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release completed by: Captain Brian McNaughton

Arrested: Maldonado Lopez, Arnulfo  -  Age: 25

Address: Bend, Or. 97702 (Last known address) 

Redmond, Oregon – On Thursday, August 9, 2018, officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to Roberts Field (RDM) for an attempted child abduction. As Officers were in route to RDM, the suspect, 25-year-old Bend resident Arnulfo Maldonado, attempted to pass through a TSA checkpoint, then became combative with airport security just after he failed in his attempt to pull a child away from his mother and father.

Maldonado continued to resist as Redmond Police Officers tried to take him into custody near the TSA checkpoint. Maldonado bit a Redmond Police Sergeant on the hand and attempted to escape from officers. Additional Officers responded to the scene and Maldonado was restrained in the "WRAP". The WRAP is a restraint device designed to reduce injury to officers as well as the suspect.

An initial investigation determined Maldonado suddenly grabbed a three-year-old child, who was holding his father’s hand. Maldonado attempted to pull the child from his father but then let the child go after the father threatened him. Maldonado proceeded to erratically run around yelling and screaming just before security was able to detain him. It should be noted that Maldonado was not previously known to this family.

Maldonado was transported to the Redmond St. Charles Emergency room, evaluated by medical staff, and transported to the Deschutes County Jail. He was booked on charges of Kidnapping, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, Assault of a Public Safety Officer, Interfering with Police and Criminal Mischief. The Sergeant was treated and released for minor injuries related to being bit on the hand.

The Redmond Police Department attributes the quick actions of the child’s parents as well as the actions of onsite RAMS security for the apprehension of Maldonado and for the safety of the child. The child was unharmed during the incident. We would also like to thank the RDM

Airport staff, TSA personnel, and St. Charles emergency room staff for their assistance in this matter.

Maldonado was previously arrested in Bend, Oregon on July 28, 2018. The arrest was associated with Maldonado calling 911 and asking for help. As Bend Officers attempted to assist Maldonado by utilizing a "language line" service, he stole the Officers phone and ran away. Bend Officers captured Maldonado and retrieved the phone.

The Redmond Police Department works daily to make our community safe. We would like to remind parents to be aware of any suspicious activity. The parents, in this case, were alert and took appropriate action. The Redmond Police Department asks that all citizens be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity or persons to the police immediately. We need your help to reach our goal to make Redmond the safest community in Oregon.




Attached Media Files: Arrest Photo

Northwest State Forest Management Plan Revision Informational Meeting Set For August 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/10/18 11:38 AM

SALEM, Ore - The Oregon Department of Forestry will host an informational meeting concerning the ongoing Northwest State Forest Management Plan revision at 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, in Salem.

The meeting will be held in the Tillamook Room at ODF's Salem headquarters, Building C, 2600 State St. It is intended to inform members of the public about the status of the Forest Management Plan revision project.

State Forest Management Plans establish the goals and direction to manage state forests, which are sustainably managed to provide environmental, social and economic benefits to all Oregonians. By law, the majority of revenue generated from state forests must be distributed to counties and schools and used to provide public services. Information regarding the Forest Management Plan revision will be posted at https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Initiatives.aspx

This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.


County forestry advisory group meets August 24
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 08/10/18 11:21 AM

SALEM, Ore – The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, August 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee’s agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and Board Chair Tom Imeson, as well as the following topics.

  • State Forests Resource Assessment
  • Habitat Conservation Plan Update

Committee members will also formulate the committee’s testimony for the upcoming Board of Forestry meeting on September 5, 2018. The meeting agenda will be posted on the department’s web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

This meeting is open to the public. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee is comprised of seven county commissioners representing 15 Oregon counties where state forestlands are located. The FTLAC is a statutorily established committee that advises the Board of Forestry on matters related to forestland managed by ODF.


Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon: Buehler Video Insults All Oregon Women
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 08/10/18 11:12 AM

Yesterday Knute Buehler posted a campaign video that misrepresents his anti-abortion voting record and that contains an outrageous allegation against Governor Kate Brown, with one supporter claiming, “Knute cares more about women than Kate Brown does — and she’s a woman.” The video, titled “Women’s Health,” fails to disclose that the “Independent” voter is a former employee for Buehler.

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon strongly condemns the video as misleading and irresponsible for covering up Buehler’s record of voting against expanding access to reproductive health care; protecting a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion; and expanding healthcare access for low-income families.

Emily McLain, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon, said: “There is only one gubernatorial candidate who has a long history of fighting for women and kids, and it’s not Knute Buehler. Governor Brown started her career serving women and families and hasn’t stopped since. Meanwhile, Buehler has voted against protecting Roe vs. Wade. He has promised to restrict access to safe, legal abortion, calling it ‘the wrong option.’ He has sided with anti-abortion extremists, while attacking Planned Parenthood for ‘not doing the right thing for women’s health.’

“Buehler’s outrageous attack on Governor Brown is an insult to all Oregon women. Based on his words and actions, we can’t trust Buehler to stand up for women’s health and rights. We urge voters to go to TheTruthAboutKnute.com to learn the facts.”

Oregonians deserve to know the truth. Here are 10 questions that Knute Buehler still hasn’t answered:

  1. Why did he vote against codifying Roe v. Wade into Oregon law?
  2. Why has he been silent about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is committed to overturning Roe v. Wade?
  3. Why did he say abortion is “the wrong option” if he’s indeed “pro-choice”?
  4. Why did he promise to restrict abortion, while claiming he “doesn't see access to abortion under threat”?
  5. Why did he seek the recommendation of Oregon Right to Life, a radical organization that wants to ban all abortion and the most popular forms of birth control?
  6. Why does he oppose state funding for low-income women to access to safe, legal abortion through their insurance plan?
  7. Why has he refused to defend the Planned Parenthood health center that serves his own constituents, in the face of relentless attacks at the federal level from his own political party?
  8. Why did he brag on right-wing radio about his “record in the Legislature of voting against Governor Brown’s efforts to expand access to abortion”?
  9. Why does he continue to misrepresent the existence of “over the counter” birth control in Oregon?
  10. Why did he vote against the Oregon Health Plan, which covers reproductive health services for thousands of women throughout the state?

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon has endorsed Governor Kate Brown for re-election because she has provided clear answers to these questions in her endorsement interviews and in her longtime voting record and leadership. Voters should visit TheTruthAboutKnute.com for more information about why Buehler cannot be trusted to protect women’s health and rights.


CORRECTION Name transposed - Two vehicles and farm implement involved in fatal crash in Malheur County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 08/10/18 9:54 AM
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The correct name is Holden Martin from Northport Washington.

On August 8, 2018 at approximately 11:43am, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a multi-vehicle fatality crash involving a farm implement on SR-201N near milepost 20. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 John Deere Tractor pulling a large oversized farm implement, operated by Hector Garduno Dominguez (54) of Weiser, Idaho was traveling southbound on SR-201N near milepost 20.  Allan Garrison (83) of Weiser, Idaho was traveling northbound on SR-201N near milepost 20 in a 2013 white Ford F150 pickup when he struck the farm implement that was partially in the northbound lanes of travel.  The implement peeled open the driver's side of the Ford pickup causing serious injuries to Garrison's left arm.  Garrison was later transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Ontario for treatment of his injuries.

Martin Holden (19) of Northport, WA was traveling northbound behind the white Ford pickup in a white 1999 Honda Accord when the first crash occurred.  The Honda and the implement collided.  Holden suffered fatal injuries in the collision and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

ODOT had SR-201N closed with detours in place for nearly 4.5 hours.

OSP was assisted by ODOT, Treasure Valley Paramedics and Payette Rural Fire Department.

 

 

 

 




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Farm Bureau calendar seeks pics of Oregon agriculture through 9/15 (Photo)
Oregon Farm Bureau - 08/10/18 9:42 AM
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Through Sept. 15, Oregon Farm Bureau invites the public to submit their best photos of Oregon agriculture for a chance to be featured in the 2019 Oregon’s Bounty Calendar.

The award-winning calendar celebrates all aspects of Oregon agriculture: the products, the people, the crops, the cultivation, the landscape, anything that depicts the beauty, culture, enjoyment, technology, or tradition of family farming and ranching.

“What makes the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar so special is that the images are sourced from the public,” said OFB Communications Director Anne Marie Moss. “Oregon agriculture is an inspiring, visually interesting subject for photographers.

“We’re looking for what I call ‘gaze-worthy’ images, photos that you can enjoy for a month as the calendar hangs on the wall,” said Moss.

The Oregon’s Bounty Calendar is mailed to nearly 70,000 Farm Bureau members around the state and thousands more are distributed throughout the year. It’s an exceptional opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to get their work shown broadly.

Horizontal-layout, high-resolution images — both close-ups and panoramic shots — are needed of all types of agriculture in all seasons. Subject ideas include rural scenery; scenes from farmers markets, roadside stands, u-picks, on-farm events, county fairs, and rodeos; portraits of farmers, ranchers, kids, and farm families; planting or harvest shots; and close-ups of fruits, vegetables, flowers, crops in the field, and farm animals.

The deadline for entries is Sept. 15, and there’s no limit to the number of photos that can be submitted.

As thanks for participating, everyone who submits photos with their mailing address will receive a complimentary copy of the Oregon’s Bounty Calendar. Photographers with images selected for month pages in Oregon’s Bounty, along with six runners up, will receive a photo credit in the calendar and numerous copies.

Images can be submitted in three ways:

1. Email photos to:ie@oregonfb.org"> annemarie@oregonfb.org, (Note that our email server has a file size limit of 10mb. You may need to send photos individually).

2. Upload photos to OFB’s dropbox at https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/OregonFarmBureau

3. Mail a thumb drive, disc, or printed photos to OFB, attn: Anne Marie Moss, 1320 Capitol St. NE, Suite 200, Salem, OR 97301.

See past calendars and get more information at www.oregonfb.org/calendar.

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

For more information, contact Anne Marie Moss, OFB Communications Director, at ie@oregonfb.org">annemarie@oregonfb.org, 503.399.1701.

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Note to Editors: “Farm Bureau” is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit, general farm organization representing the interests of farming and ranching families in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon at the county level in 1919 and the state level in 1932, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties.

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.




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