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Man Rescued From South Sister (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/14/18 11:48 PM
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Release by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager

Rescued Subject: Arthur Duncan, 56 yrs (Portland, OR)

Narrative:

On June 14, 2018 shortly after 4 pm, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was notified of a stranded hiker on South Sister.  The hiker, Arthur Duncan called 911 to report he had left the South Sister Climbers Trail and at some point slid and fell leaving him stranded.  Duncan found himself on a cliff and unable to go down, back up or to the side without risking a dangerous fall.

Deputies utilized location data from Duncan's 911 call and determined he was about 400 feet down from the Caldera rim above the Lewis Glacier.  Duncan was at approximately 9800' elevation and was not prepared for overnight exposure to the elements.  Two DCSO SAR Mountain Rescue Unit members were flown by AirLink to the summit of South Sister while additional SAR members began the hike in from the Devils Lake Trailhead.  The first two rescuers made contact with Duncan at about 7:35 pm.

Upon contacting Duncan, rescuers determined he had minor injuries.  Duncan told them he had gotten off the trail after summitting.  At one point, he slipped, tumbled and slid 50 to 100 feet before catching himself on a rock before going over a cliff avoiding a near certain tragic outcome.  Duncan remained on a ledge until rescuers reached him.

Due to the precarious location, unstable slopes, and limited daylight a hoist capable Oregon National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was requested early in this incident and arrived around 8:30 pm.  The helicopter was able to hoist Duncan from his position and flown to waiting SAR members at the Mount Bachelor West Village Lodge parking lot.  Duncan declined medical care.  The two SAR members that assisted Duncan were able to make their way back to the summit where they were picked up by a LifeFlight helicopter.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is incredibly thankful to AirLink, LifeFlight and the Oregon National Guard.  The aircraft contributed to a safe resolution to this incident and prevented a night technical rescue, thus minimizing the risk to Duncan and rescuers.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those hiking/climbing South Sister that by leaving the climbers trail you can face loose rocks, scree, and treacherous conditions. 

 




Attached Media Files: DCSO SAR Rescuer , National Guard Helo

Terrebonne Crash sends two local men to hospital (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 06/13/18 6:47 PM
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MEDIA RELEASE  

 

 

 

Released by:          Sergeant Shawn Heierman 541-388-6655

 

Location:               NW 19th St./ NW Odem Ave--Terrebonne

 

Vehicle 1:                1996 White Toyota Tacoma pickup

 

Vehicle 2:                2002 Silver Lexus 300 sedan

 

Driver 1:                  Richard Alan Sutherland Jr.    Age: 48

                                  Redmond

 

Driver 2:                  Dylan Dae Taylor                    Age: 23

                                  Redmond

 

Citations:                none at this time

 

NARRATIVE:         

On Wednesday June 13, 2018 at around 15:45 hours, a head on motor vehicle crash involving 2 vehicles was reported to Deschutes County 911 that had just occurred at the intersection of NW 19th St. and Odem Ave in Terrebonne.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputies responded to find a white 1996 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by 48 year old Richard Sutherland Jr. of Redmond had been stuck on the front driver's side of his pickup by a silver 2002 Lexus 300 sedan driven by 23 year old Dylan Taylor also of Redmond.

Sutherland was treated on scene by Terrebonne District Fire Department medics and then transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with non-life threatening injuries. Taylor was taken to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond by a family member. Both drivers were reported to have been wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

On scene investigation showed Sutherland who was stopped at the NW 19th St. stop sign, pulled out into the intersection in front of Taylor's vehicle which was eastbound on NW Odem Ave, causing Taylor's car to crash into the driver's side of Sutherland's pickup.

No citations have been issued at this time, however the investigation is ongoing. Alcohol is not believed to have been contributing factor in this crash

 

 

 




Attached Media Files: Sutherland vehicle

State fire marshal announces three counties complete hazmat by rail response plans
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 06/18/18 5:00 PM

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal has announced that three Oregon counties, Morrow, Polk, and Umatilla, have completed local hazardous materials by rail emergency response plans

These plans identify rail lines locally that transport hazardous materials, outline emergency notification and response procedures, and are created in conjunction with local emergency planning committees (LEPC) and county emergency managers.

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) – who, among other responsibilities, coordinates emergency response planning for oil or hazardous materials spills or releases during rail transport – recently worked with Morrow, Polk, and Umatilla counties to complete the plans. Input is gathered from stakeholder groups including first responders, emergency planners, tribal representatives, railroad operators, healthcare administrators, and many more to ensure a “whole community” approach to planning and response. 

 

The overall goal of these local plans is to develop the framework for a safe, effective, and efficient response to a hazmat by rail emergency that might occur within their jurisdiction. Plans include information such as the frequency of hazardous commodities transported, emergency notification and response procedures, evacuation routes, probable areas and population impacted along the rail lines, and historically, culturally, and environmentally sensitive areas.

With roughly 40% of all hazardous materials transported in the United States shipped by rail, Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker applauds communities for taking preventative action locally. “By planning notification and response procedures upfront, communities like these get ahead of the curve by preparing for an incident of this magnitude and favorably influence the outcome for both responders and the citizens they protect.”

Follow the OSFM on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OregonStateFireMarshal and Twitter @OSFM.


Update - Names Released - Vehicle crashes into Hellgate Canyon - Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/18/18 3:07 PM
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The operator of the Honda Civic has been identified as Hailee FOX, age 21 from Grants Pass.  FOX sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The passenger Rodrigo, HERRERA, age 24 from Grants Pass.  HERRERA was transported to the hospital for his injuries.

No further information will be released as investigation is continuing

On June 16, 2018 at approximately 12:50 AM Oregon State Police Troopers responded to a 911 call on Galice Rd.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a female from Grants Pass had called 911 and reported that a male had been assaulted and that he was in need of medical attention.    She stayed on the phone with 911 and began driving to the hospital.  As Troopers were responding they located the male in the middle of Galice Rd. and evidence that a vehicle had left the road and went into Hellgate Canyon.

Rural Metro Fire personnel rappelled into Hellgate Canyon and there they located a Honda Civic with a female operator that sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Josephine County Search and Rescue and Rural Metro Fire.

No further information will be released as investigation is continuing.




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Impairment being investigated in crash on Hwy 99E - Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/16/18 11:35 AM
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On June 15, 2018 at approximately 6:26 PM Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle injury crash on Hwy 99E near milepost 43 in Marion County. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Dodge minivan was slowing to make a left turn when it was rear ended by a 2018 Nissan.  The minivan was pushed into the ditch, rolled onto its side, and caught fire.  The six passengers and the operator were able to escape the minivan through broken windows before it became engulfed in flames. All occupants received what are believed to be minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.

The operator of the Nissan was transported to the hospital where she was cited and released for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and  Driving while Suspended. 




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Single vehicle fatal car crash Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 06/16/18 11:06 AM

On Friday June 15, 2018 at approximately 4:15PM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 95. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that a gold colored Mazda sedan operated by Giancarlo FUELA (male), age 26, of Princeton, MA was traveling northbound on I-5 when for unknown reasons the sedan impacted the concrete median near milepost 95.  The vehicle then veered off the road, crossed both lanes of travel, and struck a rock embankment.  After hitting the rock embankment it rolled and came to rest on the shoulder of I-5. 

A passenger in the vehicle suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. (name will be released next week) 

I-5 northbound traffic was delayed due to single vehicle lane restriction at this location for approximately 3 hours while the scene was being investigated. 

Oregon State Police was assisted by medical personnel and the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

 


2nd Update - Father and Son Tragedy on the Beach in Rockaway (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/18 8:28 PM
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On Friday June 15, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a deceased person in the surf near Rockaway Beach.  The deceased was determined to be Samuel Vicente ALLEN.  ALLEN was missing and presumed to have drowned after a surfing incident on June 6, 2018.  Allen was found approximately one half mile from where he was last seen on June 6.

Oregon State Police was assisted by Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue, Rockaway Beach Police Department, and the Tillamook County Medical Examiner.

Robert Joseph Allen, age 50, from Fort Collins, CO and Samuel Vicente Allen, age 17, from Fort Collins, CO.

The Coast Guard is continuing the search for Samuel Allen.  

 

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at about 2:21pm, Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a report of a water rescue occurring on the Pacific Ocean beach adjacent to the city of Rockaway Beach. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 17 year old male from Fort Collins, Colorado was riding a Boogie Board in the surf when a wave knocked him off his board.  Family members, on the shore, could see he was in distress.  His father, age 50, from Fort Collins, Colorado entered the surf in an attempt to rescue his son.  After several minutes, family members lost sight of both father and son.

A search and rescue effort was begun involving the US Coast Guard and local emergency responders.  While flying over the area, a US Coast Guard helicopter located and recovered the 50 year old male, who was deceased.  The 17 year old male is still missing and is presumed to be deceased.

At this time the search is still ongoing for the 17 year old male.

OSP was assisted by Rockaway Beach Fire and Rescue, the Rockaway beach Police Department, the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance and the United States Coast Guard.   

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Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers requesting public's help in locating suspect(s) involved in the Unlawful Taking of buck deer. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/18 2:55 PM
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On June 15, 2018, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers received information of a dead deer located in west Eugene near Churchill High School.  Troopers located a deceased buck deer with an arrow protruding from its mid-section.  This is the second occurrence in the same area of west Eugene and is believed to be related.  Anyone with information regarding the Unlawful Taking of this buck deer or any other deer is asked to contact Trooper Wolcott at 541-868-5056.     

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund, for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose                                                                      $1,000

Elk, deer, antelope                                                                                                         $500

Bear, cougar, wolf                                                                                                           $300

Habitat destruction                                                                                                         $300

Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags                                  $200

Game fish, shell fish                                                                                                         $100

Upland birds, waterfowl                                                                                                  $100

Furbearers                                                                                                                          $100

 

 




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Oregon State Police seeks assistance in Oakridge area poaching case (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/15/18 2:14 PM
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The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help to identify the person (s) responsible for the unlawful taking of a cow elk on private property near Oakridge.

On the evening of June 2, 2018 Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Troopers and Oakridge Police Department Officers responded to a report of a trespass in progress with an elk down on private property in the Dunning Road area. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival.  Investigation revealed a cow elk had been shot and left at the location.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Fish and Wildlife Senior Trooper Marshall Maher   through the Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or 541-953-9942

Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators

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

The Oregon Hunters Association offers rewards to persons, through their T.I.P. fund,  for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) for illegal possession, killing, or taking of bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, elk, deer, antelope, bear, cougar, wolf, furbearers and/or upland game birds and water fowl. T.I.P. rewards can also be paid for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of game fish, and/or shell fish, and for the destruction of habitat.

In addition rewards may be paid for information leading to the issuance of a citation to a person(s), or an arrest made of a person(s) who have illegally obtained Oregon hunting/angling license or tags. People who “work” the system and falsely apply for resident license or tags are not legally hunting or angling and are considered poachers.

Rewards:

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose                                                                        $1,000

Elk, deer, antelope                                                                                                         $500

Bear, cougar, wolf                                                                                                           $300

Habitat destruction                                                                                                         $300

Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags                                         $200

Game fish, shell fish                                                                                                       $100

Upland birds, waterfowl                                                                                                  $100

Furbearers                                                                                                                      $100




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Single vehicle fatal crash on Hwy 138 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 06/14/18 6:23 PM

On Thursday June 14, 2018 at approximately 12:00 PM Oregon State Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and other emergency personnel were dispatched to a vehicle in the North Umpqua River near Hwy 138 mile post 44.

Emergency responders located a 2005 Mercury Sable that had for unknown reasons left the roadway, struck a tree, and came to rest partially in the river.  The driver identified as Sandra Mincher, age 68 of Dillard, OR died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The passenger, a juvenile male, also died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Oregon State Police as well as numerous other emergency personnel had been searching for the two and the vehicle since they had been reported as overdue motorists on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 9:00 PM.  They had been last seen leaving Klamath Falls on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at approximately 1:30 PM enroute to Dillard. 

It is believed that the crash occured sometime around 4:00 PM on Wednesday June 13, 2018. 


Oregon State Police looking for witnesses to reckless driver- Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 06/13/18 8:14 PM
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On June 12, 2018 at approximately 1:25 PM,  Tillamook County Law Enforcement  received a complaint of a reckless driver traveling southbound on Hwy 101 near Manzanita. 

Rockaway Beach PD located the vehicle southbound on 101 and a pursuit started they quickly terminated due to continued reckless driving.  Manzanita PD / Clatsop County SO located the vehicle northbound on 101 and quickly terminated the pursuit due to continued reckless driving.    

The suspect vehicle eventually went east on Hwy 26, where it crashed into the ditch near mile post 9.  The male occupant attempted a carjacking of a female witness, before fleeing into the woods on foot.  Washington County SO responded and assisted with a K-9 and searched the area. 

On June 13, 2018 a suspect was taken into custody.

Oregon State Police is requesting anyone who witnessed the driving of the vehicle to contact Sergeant Dee Rzewnicki at 971-673-4003.

No further information at this time as investigation is continuing.




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Redmond Police Announce DUII Enforcement Results for May, Planned June Enforcement (Photo)
Redmond Police Dept. - 06/15/18 11:43 AM
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REDMOND, OR – In May, the Redmond Police Department conducted a DUII High Visibility Enforcement effort.  During this time Redmond police placed three additional officers on the road funded by DUII grant funds.  A total of ten hours was worked on grant time, resulting in several enforcement stops, but no DUII arrests.  Redmond patrol officers working their normal shifts during May arrested fourteen (14) DUII drivers. 

 

Redmond Police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of June.  The primary intent of these heighten patrols is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road.  Redmond Police Department officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle. 

 

The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest community in Oregon.  Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision.  Funding to support these enhanced DUII patrols is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

 

Please report suspected DUII drivers by calling 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-24-DRUNK (800-243-7865).




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Military
Governor Ceremoniously Signs State Tuition Assistance Bill For Oregon National Guard (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 06/16/18 5:39 PM
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SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon National Guard hosted a Governor’s Ceremonial Signing of House Bill 4035 June 16, at Kingsley Field, Air National Guard Base.

Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Rep. Mike McLane (House Minority Leader, HD 55), Oregon Rep. Gene Whisnant (HD 53), and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, were in attendance.

House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard. The bill, passed by the Oregon Legislature on March 3, details the requirements that will qualify Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to receive state-funded tuition assistance towards an associate or baccalaureate degree at Oregon public universities and community colleges. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission will administer the grant program, scheduled to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The bill was introduced by Rep. McLane, and received bi-partisan support across the legislature, as well as support from the governor in alignment with her goal to enhance education programs across Oregon.

“I’m proud to sign a bill into law that deepens Oregon’s commitment to our National Guard service members,” said Governor Brown. “Whether they’re fighting on the frontlines, fighting wildfires, or helping prepare our state for the influx of eclipse viewers, our Oregon Guard members are always ready to answer the call to help Oregonians in times of need. Extending tuition assistance to Guard members is one important way to show our appreciation for their service by investing in their education and future.”

In 2017 alone, approximately 15 percent of the Oregon National Guard was called into service for emergencies, disasters, and crisis planning, including wild land firefighting, hurricane relief efforts, search and rescue missions, and traffic assistance during the solar eclipse. Meanwhile, nearly 200 Oregon Guardsmen were deployed overseas last year.

“This new law specifically bridges the federal tuition assistance shortfall and enables our Guard men and women to complete their associate or bachelor degrees,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. “It aligns with the governor’s education focused agenda and will not only serve as a huge recruitment and retention tool, but it will also provide us with the breadth of knowledge we need to think like leaders and succeed in an increasingly technologically complex world.”

Service members statistically cite money for education as the number one reason they join the military. Those who already have federal education benefits such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 Bill will need to use those benefits prior to using the state tuition assistance funding. Qualified students can use up to 90 credit hours at an Oregon community college and up to 180 credit hours at a public university. To receive the tuition assistance they must be in good standing with their Oregon National Guard commitments and their educational institution.

“We expect the tuition assistance bill’s impact for recruitment and retention within the Oregon National Guard to be substantial,” said Stencel. “Filling the ranks continues to be important not only to provide a capable, ready force for our nation, but to also ensure a robust Oregon National Guard to support Oregonians during disasters here at home.”

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180616-Z-NV612-0009 - Oregon Rep. Mike McLain, House Minority Leader, speaks during a ceremony to mark the signing of House Bill 4035 June 16, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

180616-Z-NV612-0019 - Oregon Governor Kate Brown presents the signed copies of House Bill 4035 during a ceremony June 16, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

180616-Z-NV612-0031 - Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks during a ceremony to mark the signing of House Bill 4035 June 16, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

180616-Z-NV612-0014 - Oregon Governor Kate Brown ceremoniously signs House Bill 4035 June 16, 2018 at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar)

 




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Governor to ceremoniously sign state tuition assistance bill for Oregon National Guard
Oregon Military Department - 06/15/18 9:00 AM

SALEM, Oregon – The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to host a Governor’s Ceremonial Signing of House Bill 4035 at 3:45 p.m.on Saturday, June 16, in Hangar 219, at Kingsley Field, Air National Guard base, located at 211 Arnold Avenue, Klamath Falls, Oregon, 97603.

Governor Kate Brown, Oregon Rep. Mike McLane (House Minority Leader, HD 55), Oregon Rep. Gene Whisnant (HD 53), and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, are among those scheduled to attend.

House Bill 4035 authorizes state tuition assistance for service members in the Oregon National Guard. The bill, passed by the Oregon Legislature on March 3, details the requirements that will qualify Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to receive state-funded tuition assistance towards an associate or baccalaureate degree at Oregon public universities and community colleges. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission will administer the grant program, scheduled to begin in the 2018-2019 academic year.

The bill was introduced by Rep. McLane, and received bi-partisan support across the legislature, as well as support from the governor in alignment with her goal to enhance education programs across Oregon.

“I’m proud to sign a bill into law that deepens Oregon’s commitment to our National Guard service members,” said Governor Brown. “Whether they’re fighting on the frontlines, fighting wildfires, or helping prepare our state for the influx of eclipse viewers, our Oregon Guard members are always ready to answer the call to help Oregonians in times of need. Extending tuition assistance to Guard members is one important way to show our appreciation for their service by investing in their education and future.”

In 2017 alone, approximately 15 percent of the Oregon National Guard was called into service for emergencies, disasters, and crisis planning, including wild land firefighting, hurricane relief efforts, search and rescue missions, and traffic assistance during the solar eclipse. Meanwhile, nearly 200 Oregon Guardsmen were deployed overseas last year.

“This new law specifically bridges the federal tuition assistance shortfall and enables our Guard men and women to complete their associate or bachelor degrees,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon. “It aligns with the governor’s education focused agenda and will not only serve as a huge recruitment and retention tool, but it will also provide us with the breadth of knowledge we need to think like leaders and succeed in an increasingly technologically complex world.”

Service members statistically cite money for education as the number one reason they join the military. Those who already have federal education benefits such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill or the Post 9/11 Bill will need to use those benefits prior to using the state tuition assistance funding. Qualified students can use up to 90 credit hours at an Oregon community college and up to 180 credit hours at a public university. To receive the tuition assistance they must be in good standing with their Oregon National Guard commitments and their educational institution.

“We expect the tuition assistance bill’s impact for recruitment and retention within the Oregon National Guard to be substantial,” said Stencel. “Filling the ranks continues to be important not only to provide a capable, ready force for our nation, but to also ensure a robust Oregon National Guard to support Oregonians during disasters here at home.”


Federal
Deputy Attorney General Recognizes Oregon Appellate Chief (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/15/18 10:58 AM
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WASHINGTON – Kelly Zusman, Appellate Unit Chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Oregon, was one of 162 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorney’s (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 34th Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington, D.C.

The District of Oregon was one of 35 districts represented at the ceremony held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In addressing the award recipients and guests, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said, “Today’s honorees earned the esteem of their colleagues.  But most importantly, they earned the gratitude of our fellow citizens — the people whose communities you made safer, whose lives you improved, and whose trust you rewarded. Today, we pause to honor and recognize a small portion of your work.”

Ms. Zusman was recognized for her outstanding performance in representing the U.S. before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in U.S. v. Mohamud.

On November 26, 2010, Mohamed Mohamud flipped a switch believing it would detonate a bomb planted at the holiday tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, Oregon. Fortunately, there was no bomb as Mohamud was the subject of an FBI sting. A jury convicted Mohamud of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. Litigation was extensive and several novel and complex issues were raised on appeal.

Most significantly, the defendant challenged the constitutionality of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendment Act (FAA). The government’s briefing involved over 300 pages of classified and unclassified submissions and a 30,000 page record. After extensive preparation, including moots before the Criminal Division and the National Security Division, Ms. Zusman argued the case in July 2016. The conviction and sentence were later affirmed and the FAA found to be constitutional. The ruling was a significant victory for national security.

“Kelly’s dedicated service to the District of Oregon and the United States is beyond reproach. She’s nationally recognized for her appellate expertise and locally cherished for her leadership, unwavering support of coworkers, and persistent can-do attitude,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.

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Attached Media Files: Press Release , Award Ceremony Photo

U.S. Attorney Statement On Joint Dismissal of Springfield Veterans Affairs Case
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/15/18 10:43 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that a joint stipulation of dismissal has been reached with Springfield, Oregon veteran Michael Williamson.

Mr. Williamson is a U.S. Air Force Veteran with a 100% disability rating due to his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (“ALS”). The VA has contracted for Mr. Williamson’s in-home care for 19 years. Unfortunately, late last year his contracted provider abruptly submitted a 90-day notice to discontinue his care, citing safety concerns. After Mr. Williamson filed suit, the VA in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office worked collaboratively with Mr. Williamson and his attorneys from Disability Rights Oregon, to find additional options for in-home providers that could meet the high level of care needed in this case.

“We are pleased to announce that the VA and Mr. Williamson have reached a joint agreement to dismiss this case,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “The parties have worked hard to reach consensus on this matter. He is an honored veteran and deserving of thoughtful and attentive care.”

“I’m pleased we were able to achieve a successful outcome that honored our veteran and his family’s wishes while also providing a safe environment for his care,” said David Whitmer, Interim Medical Center Director, Roseburg VA Healthcare System. “Because of the complex care needed by an ALS patient, this took some time to negotiate and ensure a home based solution that could meet all of the requirements.”

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Attached Media Files: 2018-06/6325/115346/USA_Statement-VA_Agreement-Final.pdf

Oregon Woman Pleads Guilty for Role in Forced Labor and Visa Fraud Scheme Involving Thai Restaurant Workers
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/14/18 4:55 PM

Defendant financially benefited from co-defendant’s use of debts, fraud, threats of financial and reputational harm, and other means to compel victims to work at restaurants

WASHINGTON – Tanya Jumroon, also known as Thunyarax Phatanakit Jumroon, 59, of Beaverton, Oregon, and a naturalized citizen originally from Thailand, pleaded guilty today in a U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, to financially benefitting from forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy, and filing a false federal income tax return, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon, Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon of the FBI in Oregon, and Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation’s Seattle Field Office. Jumroon waived indictment by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division.

According to the defendant’s plea agreement, admissions in court, and other court documents, between 2011 and 2014, the defendant, her then-husband, Paul Jumroon, and other associates fraudulently obtained E-2 visas to bring Thai nationals into the United States to provide cheap labor at two restaurants located in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Ridgefield, Washington. The restaurants were owned and operated by the defendant and Jumroon at the time, but have since been sold and are under new ownership.

Paul Jumroon used the fraudulently obtained E-2 visas to entice four forced labor victims to come to the United States from Thailand. After the victims arrived, Jumroon used inflated travel expenses, debt manipulation, threats of deportation, serious financial and reputational harm, verbal abuse, and control over identification documents, among other means, to compel them to work 12 hours a day, six to seven days a week, for minimal pay at the restaurants he co-owned and operated with the defendant. The defendant witnessed Paul Jumroon’s mistreatment of two of the victims, and she benefitted financially from the victims’ forced labor at the restaurants. As part of the defendant’s guilty plea, she agreed to pay the four victims a combined $131,391.95 in restitution for their unpaid labor in connection with the forced labor scheme.

The defendant further admitted to filing multiple false tax returns with the IRS by failing to report cash income earned from the restaurants between 2012 and 2015. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant agreed to pay tax due and owing in the amount of $120,384 to the IRS.

“The Justice Department remains committed to combatting human trafficking, holding those who choose to exploit vulnerable individuals accountable, punishing those who profit from these crimes, and securing restitution for exploited victims” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Gore of the Civil Rights Division. “Today’s guilty plea exemplifies the hard work of the Civil Rights Division, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, to honor that commitment.”

“Human trafficking schemes are seldom carried out by a single person. Tanya Jumroon profited off of her then-husband’s actions while turning a blind eye,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “In too many of these cases, we later learn that someone close by could have taken action to stop the abuse and intimidation of others and did not. I implore all Oregonians to remain vigilant and watch for the signs of human trafficking in their communities. Your attention and perceptiveness could help a victim in need.”

"These victims believed the Jumroons were offering them a chance at a better life. When they arrived in the U.S., however, they faced false promises, forced labor and abuse. Victims such as these often live in the shadows and find it difficult to get the help they need. We are grateful for the community members who were able to bring this case to our attention so we could work together to bring an end to the physical, psychological and financial exploitation," said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

“Forced labor schemes, such as the one employed by the Jumroons, are deplorable crimes that have no place in today’s society,” said Darrell Waldon, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation’s Seattle Field Office. “Falsely reporting income and expenses associated with such schemes will continue to be vigorously investigated by IRS-CI Special Agents.”

The defendant faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for financially benefitting from forced labor, five years in prison for visa fraud conspiracy, and three years in prison for filing a false tax return. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24 before United States District Judge Anna J. Brown. 

Co-defendant Paul Jumroon previously pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy, and filing a false federal income tax return. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18, also before Judge Brown.

Attorney General Sessions issued a proclamation on January 31 commemorating January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The District of Oregon is one of six districts designated through a competitive, nationwide selection process as a Phase II Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam), through the interagency ACTeam Initiative of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor. ACTeams focus on developing high-impact human trafficking investigations and prosecutions involving forced labor, international sex trafficking and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion through interagency collaboration among federal prosecutors and federal investigative agencies.

This prosecution is the result of the joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation and Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, with assistance from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Portland Police Bureau. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hannah Horsley and Scott Bradford of the District of Oregon, and Lindsey Roberson of the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. 


Bank of Oswego Executives Sentenced to Federal Prison After Jury Conviction for Fraud
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/13/18 5:13 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. – Today in federal court, Dan Heine and Diana Yates were sentenced to 24 and 18 months in prison, respectively, for bank fraud and falsifying bank entries, reports, and transactions.

A jury convicted Heine and Yates, former executives at the Bank of Oswego in Lake Oswego, Oregon, of one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and twelve counts each of falsifying bank entries, reports, and transactions in a trial ending in November 2017.

“Dan Heine and Diane Yates orchestrated one of the largest and most complex bank fraud schemes in Oregon’s history. Their selfish acts of greed are deplorable,” said Billy J. Williams, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “While we urged the court to impose longer sentences, these sentences still serve as a warning to bank executives and others entrusted with fiduciary responsibilities. We will continue to work with federal investigators to protect investors and ensure the trustworthiness of our financial institutions.”

“For centuries, the American banking system has served as the bedrock of the U.S. economy. Honest bankers are critical to our financial system. By addressing lies and conspiracies at the Bank of Oswego, the FBI and Department of Justice have helped re-establish the integrity of the financial system we all rely on,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon.

Dan Heine, a co-founder of the bank, was president, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the board of directors from September 2004 through September 2014. Diana Yates was executive vice president, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and secretary of the board of directors from 2004 through March 2012. During the conspiracy Heine and Yates concealed the true financial condition of the bank to regulators and the board of directors by falsely reporting that the bank had title to a property in a straw buyer transaction, falsely reporting that delinquent loans were paid, and falsely reporting the sale of bank owned property.

A forfeiture and restitution hearing has been scheduled for August 7, 2018. The case was investigated by the FBI and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG) and prosecuted by Claire Fay, Quinn Harrington, and Michelle Kerin, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-06/6325/115290/SENTENCING-Bank_of_Oswego-Final.pdf

Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking and Illegal Firearm Possession
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 06/13/18 10:30 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – Anthony Ballard Jones, 36, was sentenced today to 78 months in federal prison for the interstate transport of individuals for prostitution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones will serve a five year term of supervised release upon the conclusion of his prison sentence.

According to court documents, Jones transported two adult female victims from Idaho to Oregon so they could engage in commercial sex acts. His first victim had been with Jones for approximately eight months prior to Jones’ arrest, and Jones met his second victim in Boise, Idaho, in March 2015. She was homeless at the time, and Jones offered her drugs and convinced her that prostitution could make her rich. After originally telling Jones that she did not want to engage in prostitution, she later agreed to do so.

Jones would talk menacingly about “regulating” his victims and keeping them “in check” in order to intimidate them. On March 7, 2015, at a motel in Eugene, a planned commercial sex act fell apart when the second victim decided not to participate. The John became upset, started tearing at the second victim’s clothing, and threatened to return with a gun. After this incident, Jones threatened to leave the second victim stranded in Oregon if she did not continue to engage in prostitution. The police investigated the disturbance at the motel and subsequently contacted Jones. Jones, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a pistol and was arrested.

Jones previously pleaded guilty to one count each of interstate transport for prostitution and felon in possession of a firearm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

This case was investigated by the FBI and Eugene Police Department, and prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

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Attached Media Files: 2018-06/6325/115273/SENTENCING-Jones-Final.pdf

State
National Fire Service Safety Stand Down 2018:Be Aware -- Get Checked / Focus on Firefighter Medical/Physicals
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 06/14/18 2:29 PM

The National Fire Service Safety Stand Down takes place June 17-23. This year’s them focuses on understanding, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive annual medical/physical for firefighters and navigating the Road Map to Firefighter Health and Wellness.

Firefighters face many health risks, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and PTSD, and early detection through annual medical evaluations and physicals saves lives. Safety Stand Down resources and materials will increase awareness among firefighters of how to educate their physicians on risks, where to go for the latest information on the IAFC occupational hazard profile and how to access available resources about annual medicals/physicals.

This important event allows everyone to refresh or learn new skills and techniques based on today’s research into firefighter annual medicals/physicals. Firefighters have a responsibility to be fit and ready to answer the call, and this year’s Safety Stand Down aims to provide the tools to make that happen and reduce line-of-duty deaths.

Agencies in Oregon, and across the country, are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activities during the week of June 17-23 in order to focus on training and education related to this year’s theme. An entire week is provided to ensure all shifts and personnel can participate. Topic information, training materials and videos will be available at SafetyStandDown.org, the official website for the Safety Stand Down event.

The Safety Stand Down is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC, and it’s supported by national and international fire and emergency service organizations, including the NFPA.  The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is active in sharing this important information with more than 300 career and volunteer fire service agencies around the state.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "Oregonians are protected by more than 12,000 career and volunteer fire fighters around the state.  Many Oregon fire departments and fire protection districts have participated in the National Fire Service Safety Stand-down every year.  Previous years have focused on training topics and reviews of policies and procedures.  This year's theme is more personal, Be Aware – Get Checked.  The importance of medical evaluations, on-going physicals, and behavioral health cannot be understated.  The physical and emotional health and wellness of our first responders is paramount. Sadly a recent USA Today article showed the tragic impact suicides are having on our law enforcement officers and firefighters around our nation" https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/11/officers-firefighters-suicides-study/503735002/

Local contacts: Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Safety & Health Section https://oshs.ofca.org/

 

 


Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team to meet Thursday, June 28, in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 06/18/18 10:32 AM

The Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan Steering Team meets Thursday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 137 A-D, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: foster parent training and supports updates, coordinated response to allegations of child abuse updates, status reports on ten priority projects and future agenda items.

Individuals unable to attend in person may call into the meeting and follow the presentation along online. Conference line: 1-877-848-7030; Participant Code: 285-3245. To follow presentation online, please use this link:  https://bit.ly/2L8U6bY.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Kelsi Eisele at 971-283-1628 or kelsi.p.eisele@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Nathan Rix, Executive Projects Director, at nathan.k.rix@state.or.us or Kelsi Eisele, Communication Project Manager, at kelsi.p.eisele@state.or.us.

DHS developed the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan, which defines a two-year scope of work for transforming the child safety system and governance structure. The project team is now driving forward ten priority projects geared towards increasing child safety in Oregon. This steering team provides oversight, adherence to goals, and will monitor and control projects within the Unified Child and Youth Safety Implementation Plan.

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OHA anuncia reuniones comunitarias a lo largo del estado para definir el futuro del Plan de Salud de Oregon 
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/18 3:24 PM

18 de junio, 2018: Este comunicado de prensa se actualizó para reflejar un cambio en la ubicación de la reunión de Bend

14 de junio, 2018 

El director de Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Patrick Allen, emprenderá una gira este verano para conversar con residentes de Oregon sobre el futuro del Plan de Salud de Oregon. Allen viajará por 10 comunidades (Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Hermiston, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Ontario, Portland y Springfield) para hablar sobre lo que se ha logrado con la transformación del sistema de salud en Oregon y lo que se busca mejorar. Además, Allen quiere escuchar opiniones sobre las opciones propuestas para mejorar el sistema de salud coordinada del estado.

La conclusión de los primeros contratos de cinco años con las Organizaciones de Atención de Salud Coordinada (CCOs por sus siglas en inglés) señalan una oportunidad para que el Consejo de Política de Salud de Oregon trabaje con todas las partes interesadas para mejorar los servicios que un millón de personas reciben por medio del Plan de Salud de Oregon.  CCOs son organizaciones gobernadas por la comunidad que ayudan a reunir proveedores de salud física, mental, y dental para coordinar la atención médica de beneficiarios del Plan de Salud de Oregon (Medicaid).

Desde el 2012, el modelo de salud coordinada de Oregon ha ahorrado a los contribuyentes alrededor de $2.2 mil millones, mientras reduce las visitas innecesarias a las salas de emergencias y mejora el cuidado de salud preventivo para niños y adultos.

El 5 de junio, OHA presentó propuestas y estrategias al Consejo de Política de Salud de Oregon para mejorar la atención de salud que proveerá el Plan de Salud de Oregon en los próximos cinco años. Las propuestas se formaron tras consultar al público por medio de sondeos, foros comunitarios, reuniones en persona y por internet, al igual que correos electrónicos.

Las propuestas se enfocan en mejorar cuatro áreas de prioridad identificadas por la Gobernadora Kate Brown.

  • Mantener un crecimiento sostenible de los gastos.
  • Incrementar remuneración basada en acciones—paga según el rendimiento.
  • Enfocarse en los determinantes sociales de la salud y equidad.
  • Mejorar el sistema de salud mental.

OHA continuara recabando aportaciones del público sobre las propuestas a lo largo del verano, y el Consejo de Política de Salud adoptara las recomendaciones en el otoño. Contratos para la atención de salud coordinada para 2020-2025 se espera sean otorgados en el verano de 2019.

Programa de reuniones comunitarias de junio 2018

Lunes, 18 de junio
Hood River, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hood River Inn 
1108 E Marina Drive 
 
Martes, 19 de junio
Hermiston, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center 
1750 E Airport Road 

Ontario, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Treasure Valley Community College, Weese Building, Room 110 
650 College Blvd 
 
Miércoles, 20 de junio 
Bend, 12-2 p.m. 
Central Oregon Community College, Wille Hall
2600 NW College Way 
 
Jueves, 21 de junio 
Portland, 6-8 p.m. 
Madison High School 
2735 NE 82nd Ave 
 
Martes, 26 de junio 
Corvallis, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center 
875 SW 26th Street 
 
Springfield, 6-8 p.m. 
Holiday Inn 
919 Kruse Way 
 
Miércoles, 27 de junio 
Astoria, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Astoria Armory 
1636 Exchange Street 

Coos Bay, 7-9 p.m. 
Red Lion Inn 
1313 N Bayshore Drive 
 
Jueves, 28 de junio 
Klamath Falls, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Henley Elementary School 
8227 Highway 39 
 
Traductores en español estarán presentes en todas las reuniones.

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Todos tienen el derecho de tener conocimiento y utilizar los programas y servicios de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregon (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés). OHA provee ayuda gratuita como, por ejemplo:

  • Traductores en diferentes lenguajes hablados y lenguaje de signos americano
  • Documentos escritos en otros lenguajes
  • Braille
  • Letra grande
  • Audio y otros formatos

Para asistencia o respuestas a preguntas, por favor llame a Lisa Bui al 971-673-3397, 711 TTY o Lisa.T.Bui@state.or.us al menos 48 horas antes del evento.

Este comunicado de prensa se actualizó el 18 de junio de 2018 a las 3 p.m., para reflejar un cambio en la ubicación de la reunión de Bend.


OHA announces community meetings across state to shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan
Oregon Health Authority - 06/18/18 2:57 PM

Updated June 18 to reflect new location of Bend meeting

June 7, 2018

Contact: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@state.or.us

OHA announces community meetings across state to shape the future of the Oregon Health Plan

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen is hitting the road this summer to engage Oregonians in a conversation about the future of the Oregon Health Plan. Allen is scheduled to travel to 10 communities (Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Hermiston, Hood River, Klamath Falls, Ontario, Portland and Springfield) to discuss how far Oregon’s health transformation has come and where it's going, and to get feedback on proposed policy options to improve the state’s coordinated care system.

The end of the first five-year contracts with coordinated care organizations (CCOs) marks an opportunity for the Oregon Health Policy Board to work with stakeholders to improve the services that 1 million Oregonians receive through the Oregon Health Plan. CCOs are community-governed organizations that bring together physical, mental health, addiction medicine, and dental health providers to coordinate care for people on the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid).

Since 2012 Oregon’s coordinated care model has saved taxpayers an estimated $2.2 billion, while also reducing unnecessary emergency department visits, and improving preventive care for children and adults.

On June 5 OHA presented policy options and strategies to the Oregon Health Policy Board to shape the next five years of health care coverage offered through the Oregon Health Plan. The policy options were informed by public input gathered this spring through surveys, community forums, in-person and online stakeholder meetings, and emails.

The policies focus on four priority improvement areas identified by Governor Kate Brown:

  • Maintain sustainable cost growth.
  • Increase value-based payments that pay for performance.
  • Focus on social determinants of health and equity.
  • Improve the behavioral health system.

OHA will continue to gather public input on the policy options throughout the summer, and the Oregon Health Policy Board will adopt final recommendations this fall. Coordinated care contracts for 2020-2025 are expected to be awarded in summer 2019.

For more information, visit the CCO 2.0 webpage.

June 2018 community meeting schedule

Monday, June 18

Hood River, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hood River Inn

1108 E Marina Drive

 

Tuesday, June 19

Hermiston, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center

1750 E Airport Road

 

Ontario, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Treasure Valley Community College, Weese Building, Room 110

650 College Blvd

 

Wednesday, June 20

Bend, noon to 2 p.m.

Central Oregon Community College, Wille Hall

2600 NW College Way

 

Thursday, June 21

Portland, 6-8 p.m.

Madison High School

2735 NE 82nd Ave

 

Tuesday, June 26

Corvallis, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Oregon State University LaSells Stewart Center

875 SW 26th Street

 

Springfield, 6-8 p.m.

Holiday Inn

919 Kruse Way

 

Wednesday, June 27

Astoria, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Astoria Armory

1636 Exchange Street

 

Coos Bay, 7-9 p.m.

Red Lion Inn

1313 N Bayshore Drive

 

Thursday, June 28

Klamath Falls, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Henley Elementary School

8227 Highway 39

Spanish language interpretation services will be available at the meetings.

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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 Lisa Bui at 971-673-3397, 711 TTY, or ui@state.or.us">Lisa.T.Bui@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting. OHA will make every effort to provide services for requests made closer to the meeting.

Time of meeting updated 6/12/18.

Meeting place updated 6/18/18.


Health advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake June 15
Oregon Health Authority - 06/15/18 6:24 PM

June 15, 2018

High algae toxin levels found in Upper Klamath Lake

A health advisory was issued today for Upper Klamath Lake. The lake is located off Oregon Route 140, 15 miles west of Klamath Falls in Klamath County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae and the toxins they produce in this area of Upper Klamath Lake. These toxin concentrations can be harmful to humans and animals.

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 this area of the lake at this time is especially dangerous. Oregon public health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

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

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Upper Klamath Lake 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 Eagle Ridge County Park for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

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

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

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

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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Recreational use health advisory for Detroit Lake re-issued June 15
Oregon Health Authority - 06/15/18 1:26 PM

June 15, 2018

Recreational use health advisory for Detroit Lake re-issued June 15

High toxin levels found in Linn-Marion county lake

The Oregon Health Authority re-issued a recreational health advisory today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem. The lake spans both Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has again confirmed the presence of harmful algae above Oregon Health Authority recreational guideline values for cyanotoxins. At measured levels cyanotoxins can be harmful to humans and animals. Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of harmful algae and avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, or where small bright-green clumps are floating in the water.

Since May 29, Oregon Health Authority officials have been receiving daily samples for Detroit Lake from the City of Salem. It is unusual for the Harmful Algae Bloom Program to get daily samples. Typically, the program receives sample results for recreational bodies of water on a weekly basis. OHA's guidelines require the agency to issue an advisory whenever cyanotoxin levels exceed recreational guideline values.

This more-frequent-than-usual sampling, along with daily changes in toxin levels measured in that daily sampling from Detroit Lake, is the reason recreational advisories have been issued and lifted so often for Detroit Lake.

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.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. The Santiam River downstream of Detroit Lake is the source of drinking water for several cities, including the City of Salem. On June 10, the City of Salem’s drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations was extended for at least two more weeks. For more information about the city’s water advisory, visit http://www.cityofsalem.net/.

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 Detroit Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

Drinking water directly from Detroit Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Detroit Lake 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.

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

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit Detroit Lake and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, 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 OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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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Cannabis Commission Patient Access Subcommittee meets June 22 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/15/18 1:02 PM

June 15, 2018

Cannabis Commission Patient Access Subcommittee meets June 22 in Portland

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

Agenda: TBD

When: June 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Conference Room 1B, 800 NE Oregon St., Portland. The public may also attend by conference call at 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 and eight members 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, the commission advises the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission about statutes governing medical and retail cannabis. For more information, visit the commission's webpage 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.


Recreational use health advisory lifted June 14 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/18 5:53 PM

June 14, 2018
Reduced blue-green algae and toxin levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted the recreational use health advisory issued June 13 for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem. The lake spans both Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has confirmed that the level of harmful algae toxins in the lake are below recreational guideline values for human exposure. However, Oregon Health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of harmful algae in all Oregon waters, because blooms can develop and disappear throughout the season. Only a fraction of the many lakes and waterways in Oregon are monitored for harmful algae by state, federal and local agencies, therefore, you are your own best advocate when it comes to keeping you and your family safe while recreating.

Detroit Lake is upstream of the source of drinking water for some public water systems. Data provided by the City of Salem for Detroit Lake and the Santiam River has confirmed that toxins are below OHA advisory values for recreational water, and drinking water. While the recreational advisory for Detroit Lake is being lifted, the drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations for the City of Salem will remain in place, until the city is assured that toxins remain below OHA drinking water advisory values. 

The drinking water advisory levels for vulnerable populations are different for recreational use than for drinking water. The amount of water people incidentally swallow while recreating (swimming, water skiing, etc.) is much lower than when people use it as a primary drinking water source. For drinking water concerns, visit the City of Salem’s drinking water advisory or the Oregon Health Authority’s Drinking Water Services website at http://healthoregon.org/dws. You can also dial 211 for information on the drinking water advisory.

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

For recreational health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms or cyanotoxins in recreational waters, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0440. For information about recreational advisories issued or lifted for the season, contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Blooms website at http://healthoregon.org/hab and select “Algae Bloom Advisories.” 

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Quarterly Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee meets June 18
Oregon Health Authority - 06/14/18 1:35 PM

June 14, 2018

What: The state Dental Pilot Project Advisory Committee is holding its annual  meeting; the meeting will cover Dental Pilot Project #100, “Oregon Tribes Dental Health Aide Therapist Pilot Project.”

Agenda: Trauma Informed Care; Dental Project Manager; Data Presentation; Project Update; CODA Application; Project Process; Future Site Visits. 

When: June 18, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. A public comment period will be held at the end of the meeting.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., Room 1A, Portland. Conference line: 1-888-273-3658, participants code: 76-64-09

Background: Dental Pilot Projects are intended to evaluate the quality of care, access, cost, workforce and efficacy by teaching new skills to existing categories of dental personnel; developing new categories of dental personnel; accelerating the training of existing categories of dental personnel; or teaching new oral health care roles to previously untrained persons.

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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:

  • Sing 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 Sarah Kowalski at 971-673-1563, 711 TTY or sarah.e.kowalski@state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.
 


Out of Hospital Births Prior Authorization Review Workgroup to meet June 20 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/13/18 2:48 PM

June 13, 2018

What: A public meeting of the Out of Hospital Births Prior Authorization Review Workgroup.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 10 a.m. to noon. A public comment period will be held at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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

The public also may attend by conference call at 800-278-0296, participant code 843163.

Agenda: Welcome, introductions and process overview; background and workgroup scope and goal; current process for out-of-hospital births prior authorization; challenges with and reflections on PA process; public comment; summary and next steps.

Background: The Out of Hospital Births Workgroup met in 2016-2017 to discuss the Oregon Health Plan's coverage of childbirth in settings other than hospitals. The workgroup presented recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority in summer 2017. OHA is convening this small group to undertake the workgroup's third recommendation, "Prior Authorization Process Review," with the goal of optimizing safety while improving the efficiency of the process. Questions and public comments may be submitted to OOHB.Workgroup@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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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 Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY or heather.n.johnson@dhsoha.state.or.us at least 48 hours before the meeting.


Conference of Local Health Officials meets June 21 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 06/13/18 1:37 PM

June 13, 2018

Conference of Local Health Officials meets June 21 in Portland

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

Agenda: Includes public health modernization funding formula matching funds framework; tobacco prevention and education funding update; Behavioral Health Collaborative update; drinking water and cyanotoxins; maternal and child health strategic plan; training expectations and guidance.

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

When: June 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. No conference call option is available for the public.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Room 221, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland

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)

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

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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:

  • Sing 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.

 


Recreational health advisory re-issued June 13 for Detroit Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 06/13/18 1:17 PM

June 13, 2018

Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, phd.communications@state.or.us

Recreational health advisory re-issued June 13 for Detroit Lake

High toxin levels found in Linn-Marion county lake

The Oregon Health Authority re-issued a recreational health advisory today for Detroit Lake, located 46 miles southeast of Salem. The lake spans both Linn and Marion counties.

Water monitoring has again confirmed the presence of harmful algae above Oregon Health Authority recreational guideline values for cyanotoxins. At measured levels cyanotoxins can be harmful to humans and animals. Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of harmful algae and avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, or where small bright-green clumps are floating in the water.

On Friday, June 8, OHA lifted a recreational advisory that had been issued May 23 for the lake.

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.

People who draw in-home water directly from the affected area are advised to use an alternative water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective for removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. The Santiam River downstream of Detroit Lake is the source of drinking water for several cities, including the City of Salem. On June 10, the City of Salem’s drinking water advisory for vulnerable populations was extended for at least two more weeks. For more information about the city’s water advisory, visit http://www.cityofsalem.net/.

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 Detroit Lake for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

Drinking water directly from Detroit Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Detroit Lake 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.

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

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit Detroit Lake and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, 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 OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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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Recreational health advisory issued June 13 for Dorena Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 06/13/18 1:00 PM

June 13, 2018

Recreational health advisory issued June 13 for Dorena Reservoir

High cell counts of harmful algae found in Lane County lake

The Oregon Health Authority issued a recreational health advisory today for Dorena Reservoir, located six miles east of Cottage Grove in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of harmful algae above Oregon Health Authority recreational guideline values for cell counts. Harmful algae at this level are likely to be associated with cyanotoxin concentrations that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise recreational visitors to always be alert to signs of harmful algae and avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red, or where small bright-green clumps are floating in the water.

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.

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.

The Row River downstream of Dorena Reservoir is the source of drinking water for the City of Cottage Grove. Drinking water samples at this time show no detections of toxins. If people connected to the City of Cottage Grove public water system have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact the water supplier directly.

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 Dorena Reservoir for recreation activities should take special precautions to keep them from drinking from or swimming in the lake.

Drinking water directly from Dorena Reservoir at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters. If community members have questions about water available at nearby campgrounds, they should contact campground management.

Oregon health officials recommend that those who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, as toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues. Fillets should also be rinsed with clean water. Public health officials also advise people to not eat freshwater clams or mussels from Dorena Reservoir 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.

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

With proper precautions to avoid activities during which water can be ingested, people are encouraged to visit Dorena Reservoir and enjoy activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping, 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 OHA at 971-673-0400. For campground or lake information, call the local management agency.

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 Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award
Oregon Lottery - 06/13/18 9:26 AM

June 13, 2018 - Salem, Oregon – For the 10th consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

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

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

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

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.

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Boaters Reminded to "CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY Boats and Equipment to Protect Oregon's Waterways (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 06/14/18 9:55 AM
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The Marine Board, Oregon Invasive Species Council and Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding boaters to “CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY their boats and equipment to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.  This effort, in conjunction with border inspection stations will help protect the fragile balance of Oregon’s aquatic ecosystems.

“Clean, drain and dry your boat after every outing," said Glenn Dolphin, the Marine Board’s Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program Coordinator and 2018 Chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.  “Recreational boaters, whether propelled by paddle, oar or motor, can help protect our waterways by draining all water within any interior compartments and letting everything thoroughly dry.  If every boater embraces this practice, it will go a long way in preventing the spread of invaders that are already in Oregon.” 

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that out-compete or prey on Oregon’s native fish and other wildlife. They can harm the environment, hinder salmon recovery efforts, negatively impact human health and hurt local business economies. They come to Oregon from other states and provinces on trailers, boat hulls, motors, wading boots, fishing equipment and via many other vectors. Once they become established in one lake or river, they can easily spread to more waterways in Oregon.

In addition to boaters taking personal responsibility to ensure their boats are clean, six inspection stations are operating along the Oregon borders targeting out-of-state boats.  Inspection stations are open in Ashland, Ontario, Brookings, Klamath Falls, Umatilla,  and Burns.  Ashland and Ontario operate year-round, while the others are seasonal. 

All boats being transported are required to stop if an inspection station is open.  This includes mounted kayaks, canoes, inflatable boats, stand up paddle boards, catarafts, and trailered boats (including commercially transported boats).  Inspection teams are made up of specially trained personnel from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife who look inside and outside of boats for invasive species.  Inspections take approximately 10 minutes.  If a boat is contaminated, the inspection team will decontaminate the boat on-site.  Decontamination can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour.  There is no cost to the boater for decontamination.  “It’s extremely important that people stop at these stations to get their boats inspected,” Dolphin said. 

“We need to make sure plants and mussels are kept out of the state.  Right now, on average between 20- 30% of the people transporting boats don’t stop for inspections and that’s too much of a risk.  All it takes is one contaminated boat.  The cost of an AIS infestation is enormous.  We’ve already experienced our worst fears with Diamond Lake.  All of us need to take action to protect our waterways,” Dolphin added.   

The inspection stations, equipment and personnel are paid for through funds generated from the sale of  AIS permits, which are required on all motorboats and non-motorized boats over 10 feet when boating on Oregon’s waterways.  Oregon registered motorboats pay the AIS fee as part of their boat registration, so no additional AIS permit is required.  Out-of-state registered motorboats and sailboats must purchase a $20 annual permit.  Non-motorized boats have the option of purchasing a $5 annual or $10 two-year permit.  The Marine Board’s Aquatic Invasive Species FAQ page lists all of the purchasing options.        

To do your part to help protect Oregon’s waterways, follow these steps:

Clean: When leaving the water, clean all equipment that touched the water by removing all visible plants, algae, animals and mud.  Equipment includes watercraft hulls, trailers, shoes, waders, life jackets, engines and other gear.

Drain: Drain any accumulated water from boats or gear, including the bilge and live wells and transom wells, before leaving a water access point.  Pull the boat’s bilge plug and allow water to drain. 

Dry: Once home, fully dry all gear before using it in a different waterbody.

In 2017, ODFW technicians inspected 21,035 boats and intercepted 17 with quagga or zebra mussels and 283 with other types of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian milfoil and brown mussels.    

“There is so much at stake,” Dolphin added. “If quagga or zebra mussels get into our waterways they will have a huge impact on dams, irrigation systems, drinking water supplies and our fisheries.”  

Researchers estimate that invasive zebra and quagga mussels alone could cost the power industry more than $3 billion, and industries, businesses and communities more than $5 billion nationwide over 6 years.

“The Pacific Northwest states (OR, WA, ID, WY, MT) are the last region of the country that is not yet invaded by mussels,” said Dolphin.  Tribes, the federal government, states and nonprofit organizations have come together to address aquatic invasive species contamination through research, inspection and decontamination efforts and rapid response exercises.  “We’ve got a great communication network but we have to remain vigilant.  Inspection stations aren’t open 24/7 so we need everyone’s help.”  Learn to recognize aquatic invaders and report any you find to the toll-free Oregon Invasive Species Hotline: 1-866-INVADER

The Oregon Invasive Species Council is the main coordinating organization for all taxa of invasive species (terrestrial and aquatic) and includes a wide variety of stakeholders, along with state and federal agencies tasked with managing invasive species.  Their next quarterly meeting will be held in Charleston and Bandon on June 19 and 20. 

During 2016, the Council spent a considerable amount of time developing a state-wide strategic and action plan that covers a 10 year time-frame for implementing important management activities.  However, the necessary fiscal resources are not available at this time to fully implement the plan.  The Council has submitted a funding proposal for the 2019 legislative session with the hopes that adequate resources can be allocated to the Council to be able to meet their mission of working to protect Oregon against all taxa of invasive species.  More information can be found at https://www.oregoninvasivespeciescouncil.org/.   

You can also learn which waterbodies already have aquatic invasive species, view the 2017 Annual AIS Program Report, and the Least Wanted list of invaders at https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/boater-info/Pages/Aquatic-Invasive-Species-Program.aspx.

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Pictured:  An outrigger canoe with quagga mussels found during an inspection in 2017 from a contaminated state.




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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department seeks public feedback on Oregon Scenic Bikeways
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 06/13/18 11:00 AM

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is soliciting public input on the 17 Oregon Scenic Bikeways. Individuals that have ridden any of the bikeways are encouraged to share their experiences via a short online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHPCFFL

OPRD will use the survey results to guide bikeway improvement plans. The Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program was started in 2009 and is overseen by OPRD.

Information about the 17 designated Scenic Bikeways—printable maps, GPS and route descriptions—is online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org.


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Nation's Largest Not-for-Profit Air Ambulance Service Life Flight Network Celebrates 40 Years of Service; Offers $40 New Memberships Through Labor Day (Photo)
Berg & Associates - 06/13/18 12:42 PM
Life Flight Network started in 1978 as Emanuel Life Flight in Portland, Oregon. Today, Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air medical transport service with 25 bases serving Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana.
Life Flight Network started in 1978 as Emanuel Life Flight in Portland, Oregon. Today, Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air medical transport service with 25 bases serving Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana.
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Aurora, Ore., June 13, 2018—Life Flight Network, the largest not-for-profit air medical transport service in the United States, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and offering $40 new memberships in honor of its 40 years of service to communities across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.  

“Since 1978, Life Flight Network has provided air medical transport service to people in the Pacific Northwest, saving lives and saving valuable time when every second counts,” said Life Flight Network CEO Michael Griffiths. “It is our privilege to continue to serve the region alongside hospitals and the emergency response community.”

To celebrate its 40 years of service, Life Flight Network will offer $40 annual memberships—for new members only—for a limited time from June 13 through Labor Day, 2018. Memberships are not available in Montana due to state regulations.  Members incur no out-of-pocket expense if flown for medically necessary emergent conditions by Life Flight Network or one of their reciprocal partners. Membership covers the primary membership holder, their spouse or domestic partner, and dependents claimed on their income tax return. Elderly and disabled family members living in the same household can also be covered. Memberships are normally $65. To enroll, visit www.lifeflight.org/membership or call the Life Flight Network membership office at 800-982-9299.

Started in 1978 as Emanuel Life Flight, the program was owned and operated by Emanuel Hospital (now Legacy Emanuel Medical Center). Emanuel Life Flight was one of the first hospital-based air ambulances on the West Coast and only the fourth in the nation. Transporting 121 patients in its first year, a French-made Allouette-3 helicopter was the program’s inaugural aircraft.

Yachats Fire Chief Frankie Petrick activated the first Emanuel Life Flight transport. “In more than 40 years with the Yachats Fire Department, I’ve worked closely with Life Flight Network in situations where having access to air ambulance transport meant the difference between life and death,” said Petrick. “Life Flight Network has served our region well and since my first call to Emanuel Life Flight in 1978, they’ve always been there when we needed them.”

Today, Life Flight Network is a nationally recognized air medical transport service with more than 550 employees and 25 bases covering a large part of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Life Flight Network is still committed to its core mission – to serve the community by providing ICU-level critical care transportation to ill or injured patients in a safe, compassionate, efficient, and expeditious manner.

Life Flight Network recently released a new app called LFN Respond that allows hospitals and first responders to call for a life-saving air ambulance transport with the touch of a button. Using the app, hospital and emergency responders can instantly request a Life Flight Network aircraft by tapping the flight call button in the app, sending vital information and GPS location directly to dispatch personnel at Life Flight Network’s Communications Center

The consortium of Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Providence Health & Services own Life Flight Network. The combined strength of these world-class health institutions ensures the quality of the program remains as safe and strong today as when it started in 1978.

ABOUT LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK

Life Flight Network, a not-for-profit air medical service, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) and the National Accreditation Alliance of Medical Transport Applications (NAAMTA). Life Flight Network has administrative offices in Aurora, Oregon.  Aviation services provided by: Life Flight Network and Jackson Jet Center, Inc. For more information about Life Flight Network or to become a member, visit www.lifeflight.org.




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Newport Avenue Market Hosts "Meet the Producers" (Photo)
StingRay Communications - 06/14/18 7:21 AM
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Product samplings, free hot dogs, big steak sale, live music, and more highlight annual celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

(BEND, Ore.)—Newport Avenue Market, Oregon Country Beef, and almost 20 local and regional producers will share samples, stories, and inspiration with the Bend community from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, June 16. Now in its fourth year, “Meet the Producers” is a celebration of ranchers, farmers, producers, and makers who supply products to the locally- and employee-owned Bend store. The event offers customers a chance to ask questions, taste samples, and learn more about the products they buy, straight from the source. Newport Avenue Market and Oregon Country Beef will also be offering free hot dogs, live music, ribeye steak tastings, big discounts, and more. Bend’s own Adventure Box Photo Booth will be set up in front of Newport’s Mural, #thebendwall, from 11am to 3pm for free photos and lots of fun! 

WHO:    Newport Avenue Market, Oregon Country Beef ranching families and almost 20 other local and regional specialty food and product makers. 
    

WHAT:    Newport Avenue Market’s annual celebration of Oregon Country Beef and its local ranching families, “Meet the Producers” include local purveyors of beef, beer, wine, vegetables, sweets, canine treats, and numerous other products. Customers can meet more almost 20 local and regional producers and sample their products.

WHEN:    Main Event 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, June 16; Bend’s own Adventure Box Photo Booth will be set up from 11am to 3pm

WHERE:    Newport Avenue Market, 1121 NW Newport Ave., Bend, OR 97703

OTHER:    “Meet the Producers” includes: 

•    Oregon Country Beef, Burns, OR
•    Backporch Coffee Roasters, Bend, OR
•    Blue Reaven Pies, Amity, OR
•    Bontà Natural Artisan Gelato, Bend, OR
•    Caboost Kombucha, Bend, OR
•    Country Vines, Madras, OR
•    Eastside Distilling, Portland, OR
•    fRED SAUCE, Bend, OR
•    Holm Made Toffee Co., Bend, OR
•    J. Scott Cellars, Eugene, OR
•    Laird Superfood, Sisters, OR
•    Majesty’s Animal Nutrition, Redmond, OR
•    Rainbow Whiskey, Monroe, OR
•    Orchard View Cherries, The Dalles, OR
•    Riff Cold Brewed Coffee, Bend, OR
•    The Pines 1852 Vineyard, Hood River, OR
•    Union Wine Co., Tualatin, OR
•    Wild Ride Brewing, Redmond, OR

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Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to a Multi-Family Home Fire Affecting Eight in Redmond
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 06/15/18 5:13 AM

Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on June 15, 2018, at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the 2000 block of SW Canal Blvd in Redmond, OR. This multi-family fire affected 6 adults and 2 children.

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

The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington (the Cascades Region) helps an average of three families affected by disasters, like home fires, every day. The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness and offers the installation of free smoke alarms in our community. Residents may call (503) 528-5783 or complete an online form at www.redcross.org/GetAnAlarm to schedule an appointment.


Museum Holds Biennial SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Event for Father's Day Weekend (Photo)
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum - 06/15/18 9:00 AM
The Museum's SR-71 in flight during its service years. Photo courtesy United States Air Force.
The Museum's SR-71 in flight during its service years. Photo courtesy United States Air Force.
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Dads receive free Museum admission both Saturday and Sunday in honor of Father’s Day

McMinnville, Oregon, June 15, 2018 – On Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, the Museum showcases its Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird exhibit with presentations and speakers panels made up of nineteen former SR-71 pilots, maintenance personnel and crew. Guest speakers will discuss the program, answer questions and interact with visitors. Two panel discussions will be held per day with an additional SR-71 presentation at the aircraft exhibit. On Sunday morning a Father’s Day pancake breakfast provided by Chris Cakes Northwest will be held in the Space Museum, featuring their amazing flying pancakes! 

Museum Interim Executive Director John Rasmussen says “The Blackbird is 1960s technology built with a slide rule instead of computers—and is an aviation marvel, even today. Our visitors that travel near and far describe our SR-71 display as the best they have ever seen.”

The Museum’s SR-71A—serial number 17971—has a noteworthy history: It is one of three Blackbirds used by NASA for high-speed research in the 1990s, and was the last flyable aircraft of this type. It is also the only Blackbird currently on display in Oregon. The SR-71, a D-21 drone and much of the Blackbird’s support equipment is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

SR-71 events are free with Museum admission. Dads receive free Museum admission Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17. The Sunday morning Father’s Day pancake breakfast costs $10, and is not included in Museum admission. Full event details and a link to purchase tickets to the pancake breakfast are available online at the Museum website, www.evergreenmuseum.org.

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ABOUT EVERGREEN AVIATION & SPACE MUSEUM: 
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is best known as the home of the world's largest wooden aircraft, the Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose." The Museum collection also includes a rare SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Titan II SLV Missile--with its original launch room, and a new full-motion interactive flight simulator ride. Discover more than 150 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 is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @evergreenmuseum for the latest updates. 




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Long-Running Oregon History Exhibit Closes for Renovation at Oregon Historical Society; New State-of-the-Art Experience Oregon Exhibit to Open February 2019 (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 06/15/18 3:04 PM
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Portland, OR – The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) has closed its popular Oregon My Oregon exhibition after fourteen years. Construction broke ground on May 1 on a brand new state-of the art permanent exhibition, Experience Oregon, which is set to debut on Oregon’s 160th birthday on February 14, 2019.

“One of the many privileges of serving as Executive Director has been the opportunity to tag along on guided tours of Oregon My Oregon,” said Kerry Tymchuk. “While I will miss Oregon My Oregon, I know that it is being replaced by an even more fascinating and relevant narrative.”

A project that has been in development for two years, Experience Oregon will provide an epic, inclusive overview of the state’s history. From a 180-degree intro theater to an immersive build that will let visitors walk through a covered wagon, the 7,000 square foot exhibit will provide a portal to Oregon for all visitors, from sixth generation Oregonians to recent arrivals to our state to tourists from across the world.

Central themes like water, land, and home span the exhibition’s timeline, inviting viewers to think about how the many people who have lived here have defined our state. By displaying new and much-loved artifacts, along with diverse voices representing Oregon’s many cultures and geographies, this reimagined exhibition will engage visitors in the experience of Oregon and its history.

Sample renderings of Experience Oregon are available for press at http://bit.ly/2HtYMb2

While the museum’s third floor is under construction, the Oregon Historical Society still has two permanent Oregon history exhibits available for visitors:

Oregon Voices examines some of the important actions and ideas that have shaped Oregon from the end of World War II to the present. From a discussion of Tom McCall’s environmental work to tribal termination and restoration to landmark legislation on gay rights and women’s rights, Oregon Voices employs artifacts, documents, and video interviews to spark conversations about modern day Oregon and what the future may hold for the state.

History Hub is the museum’s newest permanent exhibit made for kids, by kids. In History Hub, youth and families can explore the topic of diversity through fun, hands-on interactives and pictures. View historic artifacts like suffragist Abigail Scott Duniway’s typewriter, learn about different cultures by reading books in the “Book Nook,” and discover how Oregonians have stood up for fairness throughout history.

Other current and upcoming exhibits include:

The Oregon Historical Society museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. Starting June 25, admission to the Oregon Historical Society will be temporarily reduced to $5 until Experience Oregon opens on February 14, 2019. Admission is always free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents.

Funds for Experience Oregon are being raised through contributions to the Oregon Historical Society’s FORWARD! capital campaign. The creation of Experience Oregon, along with the development of OHS Digital Collections, the upcoming renovation of the OHS Research Library, and the establishment of key endowments, make up the four initiatives of this multi-year campaign.

 

About the Oregon Historical Society

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




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