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Thu. 12/08/16
Enroll by Dec. 15 to get Jan. 1 health insurance coverage
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/08/16 8:19 AM
(Salem) -- Affordable Care Act enrollment is on the rise as 40,290 Oregonians have already selected health plans for 2017. Those who haven't enrolled yet have a week left to make sure they have health insurance coverage on New Year's Day. Expert help and financial assistance are available as the deadline looms.

Last year, 35,704 Oregonians selected plans in the first four weeks of open enrollment.

While open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31, 2017, Oregonians need to apply by Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, to ensure they have coverage on Jan. 1, 2017. Staying enrolled in health insurance is important to protect people from unexpected costs or problems getting the health care they need.

Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov.

Most consumers who already have insurance through HealthCare.gov or directly through an insurance company will be re-enrolled in their same plan if they do not act by that date. Even Oregonians with existing health plans should log into their HealthCare.gov accounts to make sure their applications are up-to-date and that their plans are still right for them. After all, plans and prices -- and people's health needs and incomes -- can change from year to year.

"While we are pleased with the increase in enrollment so far, we know there are still Oregonians who do not have coverage and others who have coverage but are not taking advantage of subsidies available to them through HealthCare.gov," said Patrick Allen, director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), which houses the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "Financial help can go a long way in making coverage more affordable."

Of the nearly 132,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual coverage on the Marketplace in 2016, about 95,000 of those consumers received financial help. The average premium tax credit they received was $250 per month. Help with out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles, is also available on some silver-level plans for those who qualify. Having insurance coverage also helps you avoid a potential penalty on your 2017 taxes.

Oregon has a network of insurance agents and community organizations ready to help people enroll. You can find an agent or community partner in your area by going to http://www.oregonhealthcare.gov/get-help.html or calling the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free).

DCBS also provided grants to 35 agents to create drop-in enrollment centers during open enrollment. These centers will be ready to help during the entire open enrollment period during normal business hours, with some extended hours. You can find the list of enrollment centers at http://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/agent-storefronts.aspx.

DCBS has developed a tool to help consumers who want to compare plans on their own. It is available at http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/ins-help/health/Pages/ind-health-compare-tool.aspx.

To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

Open enrollment is under way as more Oregonians than ever have insurance coverage, thanks to expansion of the Oregon Health Plan and subsidies to help pay for commercial health plans. Oregon's uninsured rate stands at 5 percent.


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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
Wed. 12/07/16
Shady Grove Man Killed in a Single Vehicle Crash on Highway 62 - Jackson County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/07/16 5:21 PM
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On December 7, 2016, at about 6:02 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 62 near milepost 15, west of Shady Cove.

Preliminary information indicates a red 1995 Toyota pickup truck, operated by Larry Ralph LACY, age 73, of Shady Cove, was traveling westbound when his vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle travelled approximately 200 yards on the south roadway shoulder, paralleling the highway before it struck a tree, and coming to rest off the highway. LACY was pronounced deceased at the scene and his medical conditions may have been a contributing factor.

Prior to the crash, the Toyota pickup had been the subject of a driving complaint as it traveled from Shady Cove toward Eagle Point. A witness described the Toyota pickup as driving erratically, unable to drive within its lane and nearly colliding with a school bus.

Highway 62 eastbound was temporarily reduced to one lane for approximately one hour while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Jackson County Fire District 3, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flights, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.


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State Fire Marshal offers home heating safety tips
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/07/16 4:01 PM
As colder weather arrives, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is urging Oregonians to use heating appliances wisely.

"With the onset of cooler weather, I urge citizens to ensure all their heating appliances are in good working order," says Walker. "Have your woodstoves, fireplaces, and chimneys, cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified specialist before using them. Portable space heaters also pose a high risk. Use these with extreme caution and follow our space heater safety tips."

Although woodstove and fireplace-related fires are more common, the most deadly home heating fires result from combustibles to close to portable electric heaters.

From 2011 through 2015 in Oregon, there were 2,267 home heating-related fires resulting in nine deaths, 57 injuries, and more than $30.9 million in property loss. Although chimney and fireplace-related fires accounted for more than 66% of these fires, six of the nine fatalities occurred in portable heater-related fires.

Oregonians can keep themselves safer from heating-related fires using these safety tips:

Portable Space Heaters
Only use portable space heaters with an automatic shut-off so if they're tipped over they will shut off.
Give heaters space. Keep at least three feet of space between the heater and combustibles such as furniture, curtains, bedding, and papers.
Check heater electrical cords. Inspect for cracked or damaged cords, broken plugs, or loose connections. Replace before using the space heater.
Plug portable electric space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Never plug them into a power strip or extension cord.
Never allow children to play with, or around a heater.
Turn heaters off when not in use, before going to bed, or when leaving the room.

Electric Baseboard and Wall Heaters
Be aware of electric baseboard and wall heaters. These heaters are thermostatically controlled and may turn on without warning when temperatures drop.
Give these heaters space. Just as with portable space heaters, keep at least three feet of space between your baseboard/wall heater and combustibles items such as furniture, curtains, bedding, and papers.

Fuel Burning Space Heaters
If using a fuel-burning space heater, make sure it is designed for indoor use. Read all manufacturer instructions and make sure it is properly vented.
Allow the heater to cool before refueling. Refuel outside or in a well-ventilated area.
If you smell gas, do not light the heater, operate any electrical switches, or thermostats. Leave the building and call 9-1-1, the fire department, or the gas company.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves
Have chimney and woodstove flues and vents inspected and cleaned every year by a qualified specialist. Ask them to check for creosote deposits, soot build-up, or physical damage.
Always use a fireplace screen. Make sure the screen is made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass to prevent sparks from escaping.
Keep a clutter-free environment. Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations, and flammable materials.
Store kindling, fire logs, and wood at least three feet from any heat source.
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue and chimney temperatures.
Use proper fire starters. Proper fire starters include newspaper, kindling, or specially manufactured starters designed for indoor use. Never use flammable liquid, such as lighter fluid, kerosene, or gasoline to start a fire.
Never burn charcoal indoors. Burning charcoal can release lethal amounts of carbon monoxide.
Use fire-resistant materials on walls around woodstoves.
Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing of them.
Dispose of ashes in a tightly covered metal container and place the container outdoors, at least ten feet from the home and any other nearby buildings. Ashes may retain heat for days after they appear to be out.

Smoke Alarms and Home Escape Plans
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and outside any sleeping area (hallways).
Test smoke alarm batteries at least once a month by pushing the test button.
Look at the date on the back of your smoke alarm, if it's 10 years old or older, replace it. If there is no date, it is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
Ensure you have a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal if not detected early.
Home heating and cooking equipment that burn fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane are sources of carbon monoxide.
Make sure you have working CO alarms on every level of your home, in every bedroom (sleeping areas), and outside each sleeping area.
Test and maintain your carbon monoxide alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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

For more smoke alarm information, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx.

For more information on carbon monoxide and Oregon's carbon monoxide law, visit: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_co_program.aspx.

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Conference of Local Health Officials meets December 15 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 2:48 PM
December 7, 2016

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

Agenda: 2017-2019 Governor's Budget; Hepatitis C Grant;
Tuberculosis Program element revisions; new CMS emergency preparedness requirements; Public Health Modernization Statewide Plan update; and Environmental Health Intergovernmental Agreement.

When: Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

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

The Conference of Local Health Officials provides recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the rules and standards for public health specified in ORS 431.345 and 431.350.

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

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New Tillamook State Forest OHV bridge and trail segment thanks to Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/07/16 1:53 PM
New Gummyworm OHV Trail Bridge on the Tillamook State Forest
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Release date: Dec. 7, 2016

Contact: Jahmaal Rebb, Tillamook State Forest OHV Program Specialist, 503-359-7463, Jahmaal.Rebb@Oregon.gov


Off-road enthusiasts will benefit from a new bridge and trail segment in the Tillamook State Forest, thanks to a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative GRANT (Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation's Trails).

Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Forestry received the GRANT to fund the development of a 45-foot-long trail bridge on a new segment of the Gummyworm Off-Highway Vehicle Trail in the Tillamook State Forest. The GRANT was awarded as part of the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative promoting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas.

The primary objective of the new bridge and trail segment is to improve trail connectivity and public safety. The improvements provide a new trail connection between the Gummyworm and Island OHV trails, two very popular OHV trails in the Browns Camp OHV area trail network. Prior to their development, OHV trail users had to ride on busy forest roads to make that connection.

"Providing safe, enjoyable, and sustainable trail riding opportunities for OHV enthusiasts is an important part of managing recreation on the Tillamook State Forest," said Jahmaal Rebb, ODF's OHV Program Specialist for the Tillamook State Forest. "This project will bring us one step closer to our goal of having a sustainable and well-connected trail system that protects and enhances sensitive stream ecosystems."

GRANT funds were used to purchase all of the lumber, hardware, abutments, approaches, and permits necessary for the bridge's construction. ODF OHV Program staff constructed the bridge.

"Yamaha and its' Outdoor Access Initiative is happy to continue the productive partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry in the ongoing, proactive efforts to improve responsible access for recreationists," said Steve Nessl, Yamaha Marketing Manager, ATV and SxS Division.

For more information about Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative, visit: www.yamahaoai.com.

ODF manages the 364,000-acre Tillamook State Forest to provide a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits. Additional information about the Tillamook State Forest Recreation Program and Oregon's state forests is available at www.oregon.gov/ODF or http://tillamookstateforest.blogspot.com/.

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Public Health Advisory Board Incentives and Funding Subcommittee meets December 13
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 1:22 PM
December 7, 2016

What: The regular public meeting of the Public Health Advisory Board's Incentives and Funding Subcommittee

Agenda: Understand implications of Governor's Recommended Budget on funding formula deliverable; discuss proposal to apply the funding formula model to public health emergency preparedness funding; review changes to the funding formula model; prepare to present funding formula model to Public Health Advisory Board for approval; plan for subcommittee meetings in 2017; set agenda for January subcommittee meeting

When: Tuesday, December 13, 1-3 p.m. A five-minute public comment period is scheduled at 2:55 p.m.; comments may be limited to two minutes.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 1C, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. Interested persons also can join by webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4675188691240638211, or by listen-only conference line at 1-877-873-8017; access code 767068#.

The Public Health Advisory Board provides guidance for Oregon's governmental public health system and oversees the implementation of public health modernization and Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. The Incentives and Funding Subcommittee develops recommendations for consideration by the Public Health Advisory Board.

Program contact: Sara Beaudrault, 971-673-0432; sara.beaudrault@state.or.us

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Oregon Disabilities Commission -- Executive Committee to meet Tuesday, December 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/16 12:52 PM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission Executive Committee meets Tuesday, December 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oregon Department of Human Services, 676 Church Street NE, Salem, in the large conference room on the first floor. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements; public comment; Oregon Disabilities Commission business; other topics.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929. Use participant code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:

The Oregon Disabilities Commission advocates to secure economic, social, legal and political justice for individuals with disabilities through systems change.
In order to carry out its mission, the commission:

Identifies and hears the concerns of individuals with disabilities and uses the information to prioritize public policy issues which should be addressed.
Publicizes the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities as they relate to the full achievement of economic, social, legal and political equity.
Educates and advises the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on how public policy can be improved to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

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New tool provides interactive map of Oregon schools, easy access to school drinking water test data
Oregon Health Authority - 12/07/16 11:30 AM
December 7, 2016

Editor's note: Please contact local school districts with questions about school-specific test results

PORTLAND, Ore. ---- State health and education officials have launched a database for accessing water test results for lead in Oregon schools. The tool provides an interactive map of Oregon and displays results for individual school buildings across the state.

The mapping tool acts as a one-time source for sharing information as schools transition from providing individual test results on their websites to submitting Healthy and Safe School Facilities plans to the Oregon Department of Education in 2017. It is scheduled to remain online until the end of the current 2016-17 school year and is not intended to replace communication with school staff or administrators. Parents and others should direct questions about testing results to their local district.

Schools were not statutorily required to submit test results.

"Our schools are a launch pad for learning and development, which is why healthy schools are critical to supporting the well-being of Oregon children," said Lillian Shirley, the director of the Public Health Division at the Oregon Health Authority. "This tool allows us to share preliminary school lead in water results clearly, and reflects our commitment to transparency."

With increased attention to lead in water in Oregon's public school facilities, Governor Kate Brown last spring requested that OHA and ODE review existing state programs and create a plan to address lead in school water and other environmental concerns.

"This database is an accessible and transparent resource for augmenting information that school districts are already sharing with their communities," said Rick Crager, ODE assistant superintendent of finance and administration.

Curtis Cude, OHA's environmental public health surveillance program manager agreed.

"We expect a range of community members----whether parents, school staff, or state officials----will be interested in learning more about the challenges and opportunities experienced by local schools," Cude said.

Cude said state officials acknowledge that lead testing data is technical and can be difficult to understand, so in addition to a navigable map, they are providing a FAQ to help translate and decipher testing results and a video tutorial for how to use the map.

Since spring 2016 state officials have launched a series of strategies to address environmental public health challenges in Oregon schools. While state agencies do not have statutory authority to mandate testing for lead in school drinking water, it has been strongly recommended that all schools test their facilities. ODE adopted new rules requiring schools to create Healthy and Safe Schools (HSS) plans by 2017, requiring that schools create a plan to test drinking water for lead. The HSS plan also serves as a one-stop document for environmental health plans guiding testing for radon, integrated pest management, and reduced exposure to lead paint.

The state's Early Learning Council has convened a work group to examine strategies for reducing lead exposure in child care facilities, and is scheduled to provide a recommendation regarding testing next month.

OHA, ODE and the Governor's Office continue to partner to provide technical and policy assistance to school officials. Community members and others can access the OHA-hosted Healthy School Facilities web page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Pages/index.aspx to learn more about healthy learning environments and lead testing in Oregon.

For more information:

-- Drinking Water Test Results for Oregon Schools interactive map at http://geo.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=6a4f2b6001bd474ca7d0a7f0c2552f57

-- Map FAQ at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Documents/understanding-school-drinking-water-data.pdf

-- Video tutorial for map at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXrn_BKyPv8

-- Healthy School Facilities webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9bBd0vmQHU

-- Healthy School Facilities web page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthySchoolFacilities/Pages/index.aspx

-- Oregon Department of Education at http://www.ode.state.or.us/home/

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DHS Employment First offers innovation grants
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/07/16 9:11 AM
Department of Human Services' Employment First initiative is offering the opportunity for local providers and agencies to apply for grants to fund new, creative and innovative ideas to increase collaboration and build capacity for employment services to people with developmental disabilities.

The purpose of these "mini-grants" is to expand the efforts to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Oregon Legislature awarded funding in the 2015-17 session in a Policy Option Package to fund innovative Employment First projects to increase capacity for employment services throughout the state. A total of $800,000 is available, which will be awarded in various amounts depending on the scope of the proposals.

Local Employment First teams, Vocational Rehabilitation branches, Community Developmental Disabilities Programs (CDDPs) and developmental disabilities brokerages, local education agencies, family groups or networks, or employers are encouraged to apply as partnering agencies. While a variety of agencies or entities may apply, it is required that more than one entity must apply to demonstrate local collaboration.

Employment First is seeking local agencies and entities with innovative ideas and projects for building employment capacity and collaboration. While these grants are not limited to the following examples, some ideas include: training for teachers who want to become job developers; innovative ideas on helping with transportation barriers for people with disabilities; and employer or family networking events in local communities aimed at promoting employment for people with developmental disabilities.

Many more examples are listed in the full Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) under RFGP titled "DHS-4281-16 Innovative Employment First Services" at: http://orpin.oregon.gov
The minimum requirement for proposals is that the project includes clear deliverables, is not already funded through state or local resources, improves employment services for individuals with I/DD, and must be sustainable if it is intended to continue.

Grant proposals are due by 3 p.m. March 2, 2017. Any questions about this Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) must be directed to Lesley Erickson at: lesley.g.erickson@state.or.us or 503-945-6698.
Tue. 12/06/16
Single Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Grants Pass Man - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/16 7:44 PM
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On December 6, 2016, at about 4:17 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 140 East, near milepost 29 (east of Klamath Falls).

Preliminary information indicates a 2004 Ford Explorer was traveling westbound when it left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest off the roadway and the operator, Kyle Justin STANTON, age 20, of Grants Pass, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The adverse weather conditions may have been a contributing factor.

Highway 140 East was reduced to one lane for approximately three hours while the investigation was conducted and the vehicle recovered. OSP was assisted by Bonanza Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones.

https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/winterdriving.aspx

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Save the Date: January 20, 2017 - DHS Stakeholder/Partner Meeting in Salem re: Legislative & Budget Matters
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/06/16 3:46 PM
SAVE THE DATE: You are invited to join us on Friday, January 20, 2017
for a DHS stakeholder/partner meeting and conference call about upcoming legislative and budget issues

Join DHS Director Clyde Saiki and members of the DHS Executive Team for a brief presentation and discussion, including program updates, legislative issues and budget news. Please forward this message to others who may be interested.

Friday, January 20th
Salem -- Human Services Building (500 Summer Street NE, Rooms 137A-B-C-D)
1:30 pm -- 3:00 pm

More information coming after the first of the year!

Questions? Please contact DHS.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us
ODOT employee seriously injured in Highway 35 Crash - Hood River County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/06/16 2:58 PM
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On December 4, 2016 at about 3:09 p.m., OSP Troopers, Hood River County Deputies and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash involving a passenger car and an ODOT employee, who was struck by the vehicle near milepost 73 south of Parkdale.

Preliminary investigation revealed, a white 2005 Toyota Scion was travelling south on Highway 35 when the driver came across the scene of another crash and lost control of her vehicle striking an ODOT employee, who was standing on the shoulder of the highway. The Driver of the Toyota, identified as Lucia ACEVEDO MARTINEZ, age 25, and the passenger identified as Jose Melecio BARRAGAN CRUZ, age 26, were not injured. (Both of Vancouver, WA)

The Oregon Department of Transportation employee Stephen Capps, age 65 of Hood River, was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening but serious injuries.

Just prior to the crash involving Martinez and Capps, another SUV had lost control and rolled over on the shoulder of the highway. The driver of that vehicle identified as Nicholas Michael MAGAURN, age 29, from Portland, and passenger Edward Girard LEVESQUE III, age 30, from Beaverton, escaped uninjured.

MAGAURN who witnessed Martinez hit Capps, was just able to avoid the collision by jumping out of the way after Capps had stopped to check on him and LEVESQUE.

Highway 35 remained open during the investigation and icy conditions are being investigated as the contributing factor in the crashes. OSP was assisted by the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Parkdale fire and other emergency responders.

OSP reminds drivers that winter conditions are now upon us and to travel with extreme care. SLOW DOWN and check the emergency equipment in your vehicles including the safety equipment needed such as chains and snow tires to travel into Oregon's snow zones.

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Department of State Lands to report on Elliott State Forest Ownership Transfer Opportunity on Dec. 13
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 12/06/16 11:18 AM
Salem -- The Department of State Lands (DSL) will be providing information about the one ownership transfer plan received for the 82,500 acres of Common School lands within the Elliott State Forest at the State Land Board's Dec. 13 public meeting.

The meeting will be held in a different location to accommodate the public:

Dec. 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.
Keizer Community Center
930 Chemawa Road NE
Keizer, OR

In the spring of 2014, after more than a decade of trying to resolve declining Common School Fund revenues from the Elliott, and confronted with a projection of ongoing deficits, DSL began a broad outreach effort to solicit public input into resolving the dilemma.

The results of this outreach and related technical analyses were presented to the Land Board, and in August 2015 the Board approved moving forward with an approach -- the Elliott State Forest Ownership Transfer Opportunity Protocol -- to identify a new owner for the Elliott property.

Over the past 16 months, DSL has been implementing the Protocol, engaging the public and about 50 entities that expressed interest, and completing extensive due diligence on the property. By the deadline of Nov. 15, 2016, DSL had received one ownership plan for the Elliott.

The plan was submitted by Lone Rock Timber Management Company, in cooperation with two federally recognized Indian tribes: The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, and with support and advice from additional organizations and tribes.

The plan was reviewed by the Department of State Lands and Department of Justice, and deemed responsive to the criteria outlined in the Protocol:

The plan demonstrates adequate equity investment and financing to acquire the Elliott Property at the established fair market value price of $220.8 million, in cash at closing.
The plan proposes enhanced public benefits as required by the Protocol that exceed those which are already provided under applicable law.
The plan recites enforceable mechanisms required for providing the enhanced public benefits in perpetuity.

While deemed responsive, the plan includes some gaps, uncertainties and ambiguities that will need to be addressed during negotiations with the potential ownership transferee and possible additional partners. The general areas needing further clarification include details regarding:

Public access rights, and compliance and means of public enforcement.
Expectations related to Harvest Protection Areas.
Allowable activities in Riparian Management Areas.
Enforceable mechanisms, including third-party enforcement rights in the conservation easement.

At the Dec. 13 meeting, DSL Director Jim Paul will provide the Land Board a summary of the background on the Elliott State Forest and an update on the status of the Protocol. He will present a summary of the proposed acquisition plan received, DSL's rationale for deeming the plan responsive, and additional details on concerns to be addressed through development of an offer of direct sale.

The Land Board will be asked to provide input and direction on proceeding with the development of an offer of direct sale, and on exploring options with the potential new owner and additional partners.

Public testimony will be accepted at the meeting. All speakers will need to sign in when they arrive. The Department anticipates a maximum of two minutes will be allotted to each speaker. It is possible that the time will be shorter if needed to accommodate the public requesting to speak.

People are encouraged to bring written copies of their comments in case time constraints prevent everyone from speaking. All oral and written comments will be made part of the official record.

The meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Elliott agenda item: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/docs/2016_docs/slb_dec2016_item2.pdf

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

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Inclement weather can mean an increase in injured workers
SAIF - 12/06/16 9:44 AM
SUMMARY: SAIF reminds employers to take precautions in snow and ice.

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With possible snow and ice in the forecast this week, it's important to keep workplace safety top of mind--even for offices and other businesses that aren't frequently exposed to the elements.

That's according to recent data from SAIF, which suggests a correlation between low temperatures and precipitation and an increase in workplace injury claims.

"Because 2015 was an unseasonably warm year and 2016 was more typical with snow and ice, we can compare January and February with the year prior to see how much the colder weather impacted injury claims," said Paul Stutz, a claims technical analyst with SAIF. "What we found is that there were significant increases in slips, trips, and falls in January and February of 2016, and injuries specifically tied to snow and ice increased by more than 250 percent."

According to Jim Nusser, a senior safety management consultant with SAIF, there are precautions employees and employers can take to minimize risk during the winter months.

For employers, Nusser offers the following tips:
Have an inclement weather procedure that addresses who will be responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, steps, and pathways.
Consider allowing some staff to work from home when feasible, or allow staff to stay home or arrive late if conditions are expected to improve as the day warms up.
Put a mat at the entryway, if it has a hard surface like tile, so workers' shoes don't leave wet footprints that could increase the risk of slips.

Employees can find inspiration from an animal familiar with avoiding icy slips and falls: the penguin.

"We encourage employees to 'walk like a penguin' in the parking lot or on the pathways around work if it may be icy," said Nusser. "Pointing your toes slightly to the sides and walking with a short stride can reduce your risk of slipping."

Employees should also ensure they have slip-resistant footwear with good traction on the heel of the shoe.

SAIF's data also shows an increase in motor vehicle accident claims in this time frame, increasing from 149 in 2015 to 201 in 2016, a 35 percent increase.

For safer driving in snowy and icy conditions, Nusser recommends the following tips:
Consider staying home or reducing the amount of travel.
Drive slowly.
Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
Keep a following distance of eight to 10 seconds.
Be aware that bridges may develop ice before other sections of road.

Employers can find more tips for cold weather--including for employees working outside who face exposure risks--at SAIF's Safety and Health page on saif.com (http://www.saif.com/safetyandhealth.html).

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914 it has been caring for injured workers and helping to make workplaces safer. For more, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com
Mon. 12/05/16
Blanket and Winter Coats Needed Immediately! (Photo)
Shepherd's House Ministries - 12/05/16 5:50 PM
Blankets and Jackets Needed
Blankets and Jackets Needed
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2016-12/3949/99795/thumb_Blanket_Donations.jpg
Shepherd's House Ministries has a CRITICAL need for blankets and winter coats.
Our supplies are regularly depleted, and with the cold weather upon us, the need is great!
Please help the desperate men, women, and children of our community keep warm tonight!
Drop Off Location:
Shepherds' House Ministries
1854 NE Division St, Bend, OR 97701
(541) 388-2096
www.shepherdshouseministries.org
https://www.facebook.com/MyShepherdsHouse/
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Attached Media Files: Blankets and Jackets Needed
Evergreen Museum Announces Hire of New Executive Director
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 12/05/16 3:33 PM
McMinnville, Ore. (Dec. 5, 2016) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, located in McMinnville, OR, has announced the selection of Brandon Roben as its new executive director. Roben will fill the vacancy created by interim Executive Director Ann Witsil. After a regional search and selection process, Roben accepted the position and moved from his current role of chief operating officer for the Museum Campus to that of Executive Director.

"We are proud to let you know on Nov. 29th, 2016, the Museum board selected Brandon Roben as the new executive director of the Museum," reported John Rasmussen, the current Museum board president. "Brandon brings his vast management experience from running water parks and as the COO for the Museum. We are confident that Brandon will lead this team to a successful future."

Roben started his career as a lifeguard with Six Flags in California, eventually working his way up in the industry before being selected to run Wings & Waves Waterpark for its first four years in operation. Roben also serves in the Army Reserve and holds a B.S. in management. Roben's skills, background and leadership style promise to increase the momentum that this new year has created for the Museum and its programs.

"The potential that the Museum has to inspire our visitors, educate students all around Oregon and to preserve artifacts is out of this world," Roben said. "I am going to first focus on building attendance, increasing awareness of our offerings, creating new programming and finding sustainable funding for the future. I move forward understanding the importance of the success of this facility to the region and the tourism industry in Oregon."


About the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden flying boat, the "Spruce Goose," the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile. Also, there are more than 200 historic aircraft, spacecraft and exhibits on display, along with artwork and traveling exhibits. The Museum values its educational partnerships, which include the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium and the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program.

The Museum facility located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, sits across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 12/20/16
Oregon State Library - 12/05/16 3:30 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library. To listen to this meeting via telephone, please contact Jessica Rondema for information (503-378-5015, jessica.rondema@state.or.us).


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

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
December 20, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

10:00 a.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

10:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for April 20, 2016 Bonebrake

10:45 Other business Bonebrake

11:00 a.m. Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
National VA analytics report released; report put into perspective for Portland VA
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 12/05/16 3:29 PM
Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning (SAIL) report put into perspective for Portland

In an effort to be as transparent as possible, Veterans Affairs releases a national report summarizing hospital system performance within Veterans Health Administration (VHA) that includes data specific to the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS).

Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value Model or 'SAIL,' (http://www.va.gov/QUALITYOFCARE/measure-up/Strategic_Analytics_for_Improvement_and_Learning_SAIL.asp)is a system for summarizing hospital system performance within Veterans Health Administration (VHA). SAIL assesses 27 quality measures in areas such as death rate, complications, and patient satisfaction, as well as overall efficiency at individual VA Medical Centers (VAMCs).

SAIL's basic framework was developed to be able to benchmark VA to the private sector. Each facility is provided information on their own performance and that of VHA's national performance. This tool provides each VA facility with information on its own progress, independent of how others do, and quickly identifies potential areas for improvement in terms of both clinical quality and efficiency.

"We have the outcomes to show that we are providing high quality care," said Michael Fisher, Director VAPORHCS. "It's access -- and convenient access -- that we're not doing as well as we need to, but we are making great strides in these areas and expect this report to indicate that in the near future."

Quality of care

According the most recent report, VAPORHCS earned exceptional ratings in inpatient performance measures (94.5 percent) which are are above the national VA average of 90.9 percent. Portland scores in the top 10th percentile for inpatient quality measures. The Portland VA also scores well related to adjusted length of stays and mortality rates. Both adjusted length of stays and mortality rates were better than the national average, with Portland having some of the best 30-day standardized mortality ratios in the VHA system.

VAPORHCS was lauded with its third American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Hospital Designation in 2014, a rating derived from a comprehensive, whole-organizational look at quality. Strong, high-performing nursing staff are a key focus of the Magnet program and are a key reason of why VA Portland's length of stays are shorter and the mortality rates better.

Mental Health

Due primarily to an incredible increase in demand for services, some scores have lagged in mental health, but VAPORHCS has made recent improvements in timeliness which should help drive Portland towards a three-star or higher rating in the near future. According to the latest VHA "Patient Access Data," (https://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp) for the month of Oct. 2016, the average wait time for Mental Health services within VAPORHCS was 2.1 days.

VAPORHCS is a leader in integrating mental health with primary care. With a goal of January 2017, Veterans identified as needing mental health assistance during a primary care visit, then the Veteran will be able to see a mental health provider while they are already at the clinic at the time of identified need.

In addition, currently, if a Veteran is in crisis or has another need for care right away in mental health, the Veteran will receive immediate attention from a health care professional at the VA medical center or other VA facility. Additionally, if a Veteran is new to mental health in the VA and has a non-urgent need, they will receive an initial evaluation screening by the next calendar day.

Primary Care

One of the biggest contributors to the less than desirable SAIL 'Access' ratings in within VAPORHCS is a shortage of providers. As of today, VAPORHCS is short 13.5 primary care providers and 39 support staff. The good news is we have seven providers and 16 support staff selected to be hired in the near future. VAPORHCS has open and continuous recruitments for all positions and continues to make progress in this area. The latest average wait time data (https://www.va.gov/health/access-audit.asp)for primary care services across VAPORHCS is 6.2 days for completed appointments ending Oct. 2016.

Options for Care

VAPORHCS continues to build strategic relationships with community partners to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program and other VA community care programs when they cannot be seen internally at the VA within the clinically indicated timeframes. VAPORHCS conducts daily reviews of patients, identified through consults or scheduled appointments, where their care is deemed time sensitive. This review ensures these patients are being seen timely that meets their health care needs.

Space and Growth in Demand

Space continues to be a strategic challenge, exacerbated by the fact that VAPORHCS has seen tremendous growth following a decade of war and high utilization of the Oregon National Guard in Iraq and Afghanistan. To help mitigate this, over the past few years, VAPORHCS expanded the Bend, Salem and Fairview area clinics by more than tripling the size of those facilities with brand new clinics; VAPORHCS opened a new clinic in Lincoln City; a new primary care clinic is under construction now in Vancouver set to open next summer; a new leased 10,000 square foot Specialty Care Clinic is opening in Vancouver over the next two months. We continue to look at options and opportunities to best serve and meet the demand of our Veterans while being good stewards of the tax payer funding we are provided.

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The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) serves more than 95,000 Veterans in Oregon and Southwest Washington. VAPORHCS consists of the main tertiary care medical center located near downtown Portland, Ore., the Vancouver Campus located near downtown Vancouver, Wash., a Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in downtown Portland, as well as nine community outpatient clinics across Oregon that support our Veterans. These clinics are located in Bend, Fairview, Hillsboro, Warrenton, Newport, Salem, The Dalles, West Linn, and Lincoln City Oregon.
2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Announced
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/05/16 10:42 AM
Nominations for the 2017 Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Program are now being accepted. Applications can be found online through the Oregon Heritage website www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting Oregon Heritage Coordinator Todd Mayberry at Todd.Mayberry@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0696. The postmark deadline for submitting nominations is January 27, 2017.

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities.

Nominations are encouraged for organizations and projects of all sizes and heritage purposes and for volunteers and professionals from all heritage sectors.

"The award recipients represent the extraordinary efforts to preserve Oregon's heritage," said Todd Mayberry, coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission. "They also serve as models for others on how to develop new ideas, approaches, and innovations."

Last year's recipients included:

-- University of Oregon Libraries Oregon Digital Newspaper project, for its cooperative ground-breaking efforts to create the project and increase public access to important historic documents.

-- Oregon Archaeology Society, in recognition of its decades of work education the public about archaeology, preserving cultural resources, and advancing archaeological knowledge.

-- Sally Donovan, for her dedication and outstanding work on behalf of Oregon's heritage resources which included Oregon Coast lighthouses, historic districts, public buildings, residences, irrigation canals, wooden flumes, and pioneer cemeteries.

Awards will be presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg by Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

The announcement for 2017 awardees will be made in early April 2017. Tickets for the awards presentation will be made available this coming spring.


Attached Media Files: 2016-12/1303/99780/12-05_Heritage_Excellence_Awards_Nomination_Announcement.docx
ODVA Remembers 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 12/05/16 10:36 AM
The surprise strike by Japanese aircraft against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 military personnel and wounded nearly 1,200. Sixty-eight civilians were killed and 103 were wounded. Additionally, all eight of the Navy's battleships were damaged or sunk, and 188 aircraft were destroyed.

Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, said the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor reminds us not only of that infamous day of loss that heaved America into a second world war, but also of the millions of ordinary citizens whose courage and sacrifice changed the course of history.

"Ordinary citizens like Portland resident Jean Wojnowski, an Army nurse who served in the South Pacific, tending to the wounded and fallen," Smith said. "Jean, who turned 101 in May, still remembers her time serving in uniform as one of the highlights of her life."

More than 152,000 Oregonians served in WWII, but today, fewer than 13,000 of these men and women remain.

"We can never forget the lessons of Pearl Harbor, but the greatest teachers are those who lived through it," Smith said. "The Greatest Generation's shared sacrifices and determination -- both overseas and on the home front -- inspired the world and helped guide our nation through one of the most perilous times in its history. These real-life heroes still have much to teach us all."

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Oregon's child and dependent care credits are changing for 2017 filings
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/05/16 9:04 AM
Salem, Ore.--When taxpayers start filing their personal income tax returns in January, they may find that they're eligible for the new Working Family Household and Dependent Care (WFHDC) Credit.

"This new credit is geared toward helping low- to moderate-income families pay for the care of their dependents while they're working or looking for work," said Megan Denison, Policy and Systems Unit manager at the Oregon Department of Revenue. The credit brings together benefits previously offered under Oregon's Working Family Child Care and Child and Dependent Care credits, and replaces both credits starting in tax year 2016.

To qualify for this new credit, the taxpayer must have earned income during the year, and their adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than the limit for their household size. The taxpayer must also have qualifying household or dependent care expenses. Qualifying expenses are expenses paid for the care of a dependent child under age 13, a disabled spouse, or a disabled person who the taxpayer could claim as a dependent.

To help prevent tax credit fraud and ensure the credit is reaching its intended recipients, anyone who knowingly claims this credit falsely or assists someone else in doing so can be charged with a penalty of up to 25 percent of the credit amount claimed.

"This is important information for tax preparers," Denison said. "If you have clients claiming this credit, remember to review their supporting documentation to make sure they're eligible, so you don't end up being penalized. And as a courtesy to your client, please remind them of the potential penalty."

For more information on the WFHDC credit, including additional details on eligibility and supporting documentation requirements, visit www.oregon.gov/dor and look under "Popular Topics."

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.
State task force approves new opioid prescribing guidelines for Oregon
Oregon Health Authority - 12/05/16 9:00 AM
December 5, 2016

Editors note: Contacts for local perspectives are listed below under "For more information"

A group of health care leaders and the Oregon Health Authority seek to reduce opioid overdoses and improve pain treatment

PORTLAND, OR----A group of Oregon health care leaders has approved a new standard for prescribing opioids for pain. The Oregon-specific guidelines aim to improve patient care and pain management, and reduce prescription drug overdoses in the state.

The Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Task Force approved the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain as the basis for Oregon guidelines in June. Since then, the task force has worked on Oregon-specific additions to the guidelines. The additions include recommendations for evaluation, consultation and documentation for patients who are on higher doses of prescribed opioids----and who use prescribed opioids in combination with other medications including marijuana.

The approval also encouraged continued discussion at state and local levels about how the state guideline will be implemented and communicated to patients and health care providers.

"Opioid overdose is a major public health problem in Oregon and nationwide," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, state health officer and state epidemiologist at the Oregon Health Authority. "These guidelines provide Oregon a blueprint for decreasing opioid-related deaths in Oregon through the prescription process. Approval of these guidelines represents agreement and commitment from health care leaders in the effort to address addiction and misuse."

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

Each year in Oregon, drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle traffic deaths, and more overdose deaths involve prescription opioids than any other type of drug. It's reported that three prescription opioid-related deaths occur every week, and many more Oregonians develop opioid use disorder. Since the 1990s, Oregon has seen a dramatic increase in sales, use, misuse, dependency and overdoses involving prescription controlled substances, particularly opioids.

Data from Oregon's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program shows that prescribed opioid use is pervasive among Oregonians. In 2014, enough opioids were prescribed in Oregon for nearly every person in the state to have a bottle, despite insufficient evidence that long-term opioid treatment is effective for chronic non-cancer pain. In a recent national survey, Oregon ranked second among all states in non-medical use of pain relievers (i.e., prescription pain medication).

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

"The hard work now begins with implementing and communicating about this guideline to clinicians, patients and the public," Hedberg said. "Looking ahead, success will continue to require a shared commitment by our health care and community partners. We all serve a critical role, and approving this final set of guidelines continues momentum toward reducing opioid overdose and misuse in Oregon."

Developing and implementing an opioid prescribing guideline for pain management was a goal of the OHA's "Oregon Prescription Drug Overdose, Misuse, and Dependency Prevention Plan" published in November 2015. The plan also encourages reimbursement for non-opioid treatment for chronic pain, and implementation of pharmacy opioid management strategies.

In addition, OHA's prevention plan supports:
-- Increasing access to non-opioid treatments for chronic non-cancer pain.
-- Improving the infrastructure for naloxone rescue medication, such as passing laws--as Oregon has--that allow lay people to carry and administer naloxone to people suffering from an opioid overdose.
-- Providing medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.
-- Implementing routine collection, analysis and reporting of opioid overdose, misuse and dependency data.
-- Maintaining and improving the Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
-- Providing education and training of the public, providers, health systems and policymakers on the issues related to opioid overdose, misuse and dependency.
-- Collaborating with federal and state entities to support the work of the initiative to reduce prescription drug overdoses.
-- Improved safe drug disposal at pharmacies.

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

For more information:
-- OHA website: Reducing Opioid Overdose and Misuse https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/SubstanceUse/Opioids/Pages/index.aspx
-- CDC Prescribing guideline information for patients http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/patients.html
-- CDC Prescribing FAQ http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/faq.html
-- CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/guideline.html
-- Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan https://public.health.oregon.gov/About/Pages/HealthImprovement.aspx

Contacts for local perspectives:

Jim Shames, MD, health officer, Jackson County Public Health: 541-774-8200
Safina Koreishi, MD, medical director, Columbia Pacific CCO: 503-416-8026
David Labby, MD, health strategy advisor, Health Share of Oregon: 971-222-9768
Kim Swanson, PhD, chair, Central Oregon Pain Standards Task Force: 541-977-1411
Amit Shah, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CareOregon: 503-416-1751
Catriona Buist, PsyD, pain psychologist, OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center, chair, Oregon Pain Commission: 503-314-4497
Roger Chou, MD, OHSU, author of CDC opioid prescribing guidelines, 503-494-8231
Sun. 12/04/16
Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting Two People in Hermiston
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/04/16 9:46 PM
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a home fire disaster on December 4, 2016, at approximately 6:00 p.m. in the 1000 block of 16th Street in Hermiston, OR. The fire affected two adults and two pets.

The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

The Red Cross Cascades Region (Oregon and Southwest Washington) responds to an average of two home fires every day. The Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected, helping victims anywhere and anytime. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire to schedule an appointment.
Two Washington County Women Killed In Highway 26 Crash - Clatsop County
Oregon State Police - 12/04/16 2:36 PM
On December 3, 2016 at about 7:30PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 14 (east of Seaside).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Chevy Equinox was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2012 GMC pickup. The driver of the Chevrolet, Anali AGUILAR GAONA, age 21, of Cornelius was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her passenger, Marilyn MANRIQUEZ GUTIERREZ, age 23, also of Cornelius, was also pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the GMC, Michael J HEUVELHORST, age 63, and his passenger, Linda J HEUVELHORST, age 69, were transported to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries (both are Seaside residents).

Highway 26 was closed or partially closed for over five hours while the investigation was conducted. Speed is being investigated as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Hamlet Fire. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Fri. 12/02/16
Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 14 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/02/16 2:52 PM
The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 14 from 9:30 -- 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 166, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Call to order; public comment; approval of October 5, 2016 minutes; advocacy and development update; Governor's Recommended Budget and upcoming legislative session; Conference on Aging debrief; council business; and the 2017 meeting schedule.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1 888-808-6929. Use participant code 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsey Gleeson at 503-947-5104 or kelsey.gleeson@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact Max Brown at 503-945-6993 or at max.brown@state.or.us
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OHA to change testing standards for marijuana products
Oregon Health Authority - 12/02/16 2:46 PM
December 2, 2016

Temporary rules provide relief for industry, maintain public health protection

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced today it is modifying testing standards for medical and recreational marijuana products with new, temporary rules that balance testing costs for the marijuana industry with public health protection for consumers.

Governor Kate Brown requested agencies to develop the temporary rules so producers and processors can test fewer samples, which is expected to lower costs and create a more efficient process. The temporary rules take effect today, Friday, Dec. 2.

OHA is responsible for adopting testing standards for marijuana products that are necessary to protect public health and safety. These standards must take into account how the costs of testing will affect the cost to marijuana consumers.

Highlights of the temporary rules:

Replaces process validation with control study
Cuts three process validation tests to one control study.
A processor with a process lot that passes one control study can combine samples into one composite sample, plus a field duplicate for testing, for one year, unless the manufacturing of the product changes.

Removes alcohol-based solvents from testing requirement
Butanol, propanol and ethanol are removed from solvent analyte list.

Combines some batches for testing
Samples from multiple batches may be combined for the purposes of testing for THC and CBD if the batches are the same strain.
Samples from multiple batches, even if different strains, may be combined for the purposes of testing for pesticides if the total weight of the batches does not exceed 10 pounds.

Changes variance for potency testing of edibles
Increases the amount of homogeneity variance in edible products to plus five percent (+ 5%).

Changes labeling for potency
The THC and CDB amount required to be on a label must be within plus or minus five percent of the value calculated by the laboratory.

Since OHA permanent testing rules became enforceable on Oct. 1, 2016, the marijuana industry has reported to regulating authorities that testing costs are driving up consumer prices, creating product shortages, and causing some processors to temporarily cease operations and furlough employees.

"The Governor has been clear about the importance of the marijuana industry to Oregon's economy," said Jeff Rhoades, marijuana policy adviser, Office of Governor Kate Brown. "This approach keeps Oregonians employed, prevents marijuana product from slipping back into the illegal market, and continues to protect public health and safety."

Oregon labs have notified OHA of a total of 307 samples taken from marijuana products--from dried flower to extracts--that failed for either pesticides, solvents or both since Oct. 1, 2016.

Andre Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program at OHA, says he's confident the temporary emergency rules will immediately alleviate some of the regulatory burden on the industry while still ensuring that cannabis is reasonably safe for consumers and patients.

"OHA understood the difficult situation that cannabis producers and growers were in with regard to the authority's Oct 1. testing regulations," Ourso said. "OHA looks forward to working with the Governor's Office and its sister agencies in developing permanent testing rules in the near future that protect the public from harmful substances, such as illegal pesticides, yet allow for the cannabis industry to succeed in a robust regulatory environment."

For more information, visit the OHA website at: healthoregon.org/ommp.

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Local Red Cross Sends Responders to Help People Affected by Wildfires and Severe Storms in Tennessee
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/02/16 11:56 AM
Four Red Cross disaster responders from Oregon deploy to Tennessee to help people affected by deadly wildfires and severe storms. More local responders are expected to deploy in the coming days.

PORTLAND, Ore., December 2, 2016 -- The local American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington has deployed four disaster responders to assist people affected by wildfires and severe storms in Tennessee.

Two responders from Beaverton, one from Monmouth and one from Bend, Oregon are heading to Tennessee to provide disaster recovery assistance and health and mental health services. The volunteers are the first of many local responders expected to deploy to help with recovery efforts in Tennessee.

"Here at home and across the country, whenever and wherever there are people in need, the Red Cross is there to help," said Amy Shlossman, CEO of the Red Cross Cascades Region. "In the true spirit of service during the holiday season, our local volunteers have stepped up to give help and hope to people in Tennessee."

Tennessee Wildfires:
The death toll from the fires has tragically risen to 11, and a reported 400 homes and businesses have been destroyed. More than 4,500 customers are without power. On Thursday, the Red Cross operated two shelters outside of damaged areas, helping to provide 191 people with a safe place to stay overnight. In addition to overnight stays, area residents can stop by shelters for extra water and hot meals. To date, the Red Cross has served more than 31,300 meals and snacks to community members and first responders. Red Cross volunteers are also distributing safety information and comfort kits, which include toiletry items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and washcloths for evacuated people.

As it is safe to do so, Red Cross disaster teams are entering impacted neighborhoods to distribute meals, water and relief supplies. Some of these items include cleanup kits, with rakes, shovels, buckets and work gloves as well as sifters for people clearing through the rubble to identify charred possessions. Red Cross disaster teams will continue to assess community needs to provide impacted residents with the resources they need on the road to recovery.

Tennessee Severe Storms:
Red Cross disaster teams are also helping people recover from severe storms, including tornado activity, that tore through the state earlier this week. Four counties in Southeast Tennessee were hit especially hard, with three confirmed fatalities. On Thursday, three Red Cross shelters were open, helping to provide a safe place to stay for impacted residents and act as resource centers for people in need of a hot meal, water or other recovery resources. Over the weekend Red Cross disaster teams will be circulating impacted areas to meet people at their homes to distribute meals and bulk items, like rakes, shovels and trash bags, as they clean up from the storms.

HOW TO HELP:
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of local donors to fulfill its mission. To help people affected by Tennessee wildfires and severe storms visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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

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

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


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Winter is here. Drive carefully
ODOT: East. Ore. - 12/02/16 9:25 AM
With colder, winter temperatures in eastern Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation reminds all motorists to pay extra attention to road and weather conditions and to slow down when necessary, regardless of the posted speed limit. Ice, snow, fog and slick roads can create unpredictable driving challenges. Always drive according to the conditions of the road.
Check Tripcheck.com for update highway conditions.
Oregon Hospitals to Play Prominent Role at 14th Annual Oregon Leadership Summit
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 12/02/16 9:10 AM
Senior hospital leaders will play a prominent role in the annual Oregon Leadership Summit, scheduled for December 5th at the Oregon Convention Center. The annual gathering of business, government and not-for-profit leaders is an opportunity to discuss and outline solutions to the most difficult public policy issues facing the state. This year's focus will be on fiscal challenges sure to dominate discussions at the Oregon State Legislature next year.

"Oregon's hospitals are committed to more than just the physical health of our communities. We support collaborative solutions designed to ensure the long-term, fiscal health of our state's economy," said Andy Davidson, President and CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS). "Nothing is more important to Oregon's children and other vulnerable populations than access to quality health care. Without a sustainable budget plan, however, this coverage will be put at risk."

Oregon's hospitals are responsible for 70,000 direct jobs, making them a critical economic linchpin in communities across the state. In fact, it's not uncommon for rural hospitals to be the largest regional employer, convener of community events, and provider of essential health services. They have a unique interest in finding a balance between the climate in which employers operate and the necessary level of government services.

"Supporting a forum like the Oregon Leadership Summit is a way we can encourage discussions between key decision makers that can lead to creative solutions," said Davidson. "It's critical that we move away from a boom and bust state revenue picture and adopt a sustainable growth path for state services."

The Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems is the Summit's sole Level 1 Sponsor, while four of the association's members are sponsoring at lower levels.

More information regarding the summit can be found online at: http://www.oregonleadershipsummit.com

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About Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Founded in 1934, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems is a statewide, nonprofit trade association that works closely with local and national government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to enhance and promote community health and to continue improving Oregon's innovative health care community.