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Motorcycle crash on the Bend Parkway at Empire
Bend Police Dept. - 10/19/17 3:55 PM
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

Case # 2017-323827

Date & Time of Incident: October 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Type of Incident: Motor vehicle crash

Location of Incident: Northbound Parkway on the Empire Off Ramp

Suspect:

Joseph James Pandolfi Jr 31 year old Bend resident

Suspect Vehicle:

2005 Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle

Narrative:

Bend Police Officers were dispatched to the Northbound Parkway Empire Off Ramp on October 18 at 8:18 pm for the report of motorcycle crash. Deschutes County 911 Dispatch received information that the motorcycle rider had hit the back of a vehicle on the Empire Off Ramp, causing the motorcyclist to incur injuries.

Officers arrived a short time later and provided initial care for the motorcyclist as he had suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Bend Fire and Rescue arrived a short time after officers and handled the care of the motorcyclist. Officers learned the motorcyclist crashed into the rear of another vehicle on the on-ramp, which was a midsize sport utility vehicle.

Officers learned the motorcyclist was Joseph Pandolfi Jr. They also learned a Trooper with the Oregon State Police was working traffic enforcement on the Northbound Parkway near the south end of Bend just prior to the crash. The Trooper found the motorcycle ridden by Pandolfi was traveling north on the Parkway at a high rate of speed. The Trooper attempted to overtake the motorcycle, which sped away at a high rate of speed. The Trooper was unable to catch the motorcycle and rider.

The crash happened as the OSP Trooper was searching for the motorcycle.

Pandolfi was transported to St. Charles Bend due to the injuries he incurred.

Bend Police are still investigating the incident. Pandolfi will be charged with Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Elude, Driving While Suspended (violation) and Driving Uninsured. Pandolfi will be issued a citation to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court for the above charges.
Preparations are underway for the 2017 Shop with a Cop program (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/17/17 4:33 PM
2016 SWAC
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

NARRATIVE:

Planning and preparations are underway for the 2017 Deschutes County Sheriff's Office's Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop is a joint venture between local law enforcement agencies throughout Deschutes County, local Walmart stores, and McDonalds. Its primary focus is to help make the holidays a little brighter for less-fortunate families, and provide an opportunity for children to engage in positive police interaction.

The dates for this year's events are:

Tuesday, December 12th, Redmond Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
Wednesday, December 13th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm
Thursday, December 14th, Bend Walmart, from approximately 12-5pm

This will be the seventeenth year this event will take place. The program has come a long ways since its inception in 2001; that year, 20 school-aged students went shopping, and the $1500 in donations came from employees at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

During 2016's program, 107 school-aged children (grades 1-12) from schools in Deschutes County participated, shopping for approximately 552 family members. Many times, the students are hesitant to get anything for themselves, instead being more concerned with their family member's needs. The officers encourage the student shoppers get something for themselves, and, many times, a warm winter coat or a new set of snow boots "magically" appears in their shopping cart. Gifts are not always "fun and game" items; they often include shoes, clothing, personal items, family activities, household items and other needed supplies. In addition this program assists children and families throughout the year with basic needs during emergencies.

Shop with a Cop is completely funded by donations from our community. Many businesses, organizations, and individual citizens give money to the program. No tax dollars are spent on this program. In addition to shopping with the students, SWAC partners with Food 4 Less to help provide a Christmas meal for some families. We apply 100% of your donations to this local program.

Participating students are referred primarily by a community based advocacy group that works directly with school aged children at most schools throughout Deschutes County. Additional students are referred via the Central Oregon Partnership for Youth (COPY) program, which provides positive mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. The selected students are picked up by officers at their respective schools and driven to Walmart where they then enjoy a "one-on-one" shopping experience with their uniformed partner. While gifts are being wrapped, the students are treated to lunch, donated by the in-store McDonald's restaurants.

Although Shop with a Cop is overseen and coordinated by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, its continued success stems from the participation of officers from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, police departments throughout the region, the Oregon State Police, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Services, and BLM law enforcement. Shop with a Cop has also been overwhelmingly successful in past years because of the outstanding generosity, in the form of monetary support, from local citizens and businesses. Volunteer support for the program has always been a critical part of the program's success as well.

For businesses and citizens who would like to make a monetary contribution towards this year's program, donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at the main Sheriff's Office in Bend, or at the Sheriff's Office's substations in La Pine and Sisters. Checks, made out to "DCSO SWAC", can also be mailed to:

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Shop with a Cop Program
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703

We again would like to thank the many Central Oregon businesses and community members that make Shop with a Cop possible...together, we CAN again make a big difference in the lives of many individuals and families!


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Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/14/17 6:07 PM
MEDIA RELEASE

Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Injury MVA

Released by: Sgt. Aaron Harding

Location: Hwy 126 / SW Helmholtz Way

Vehicle 1: 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser, Purple.

Vehicle 2: 2016 Toyota Corolla, Silver.

Driver 1: Farrow, Albert W Age: 77
Terrebonne, Oregon

Driver 2: Kinsey, Rebecca J Age: 66
Redmond, Oregon

Citations: Fail to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

NARRATIVE: On October 14, 2017 at about 2:25pm, Deputies from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office where dispatched to an Injury Motor Vehicle Crash at the intersection of Hwy 126 and SW Helmholtz Way. Deputies responded to the scene with the Redmond Fire Department, the Oregon State Police and ODOT.

It was determined that Vehicle 1 was traveling north on SW Helmholtz, when it stopped at the intersection then attempted to cross Hwy 126, in front of Vehicle 2, which was traveling westbound. After the collision both vehicles came to rest on the north side of the highway.

Both drivers were transported to St. Charles Medical Center -- Redmond, due to their injuries.

Traffic in the area was slowed, but continued moving while the scene was investigated.

The driver of Vehicle 1, Mr. Albert Farrow, was cited for Fail to Obey as Traffic Control Device.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this crash.

This investigation remains open.
FBI "Women in Tech" Recruiting & Outreach Event (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/19/17 11:00 AM
FBI Evidence Response Team
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Women with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, and math are in high demand in today's economy, but they can also play a crucial role in helping keep our shared community safe for generations to come. The FBI, in partnership with ChickTech Portland, is offering women in Oregon and Southwest Washington a chance to learn more about exciting career opportunities that balance work and family while providing new career challenges.

++ WOMEN IN TECH EVENT ++
Date: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown Portland (location will be given to those who pre-register)

Pre-registration is required for those who wish to attend. Send an email to portlandapplicants@ic.fbi.gov no later than Wednesday, October 25th.

Anyone interested in applying for the FBI is encouraged to visit www.fbijobs.gov for more information on available positions, requirements and the process.



Media wishing to cover the event should contact PIO Beth Anne Steele prior to the event.


Attached Media Files: FBI Women in Tech flyer , FBI Evidence Response Team
FBI Announces Results of National Child Sex Trafficking Operation in Oregon
FBI - Oregon - 10/18/17 11:06 AM
The FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, working with a number of local and state partner agencies in Oregon, recovered two child sex trafficking victims as part of a national and international operation in the past week. The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spearhead the "Operation Cross Country" initiative to recover minor sex trafficking victims and to target the criminal enterprises responsible for the commercial sex trafficking of children.

Across the United States, FBI task forces recovered more than 80 minors and arrested 120 traffickers. In all, 55 FBI field offices working with hundreds of local and state law enforcement partners took part in this, the 11th iteration of Operation Cross Country (OCC). International partners included Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.

The Oregon operations resulted in:


PORTLAND
Two minor sex trafficking victims recovered. (One of these two just recently turned 18 but disclosed victimization that began when she was a minor).
Nine adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


EUGENE
Five adult prostitutes contacted. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


SALEM
One arrest - Terrence Martell Williams, age 34, on a state charge of promoting prostitution. Arrested by Salem Police Department.
Six adult prostitutes arrested and/or cited. Law enforcement and social service providers offered assistance to all contacted.


The FBI's victim specialists work with state protective service agencies and social service providers to offer those minors recovered medical assistance, mental health counseling or other support as needed. Adult prostitutes arrested by local law enforcement partners assisting in Operation Cross Country are also given the option to receive social services.

"It can be easy to think that selling sex with children is so corrupt, so depraved that it couldn't possibly happen in my town, my neighborhood, my school. But, as we find out every time we recover a child, these victims are here and their needs are very real," said Loren Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. "These kids are everyone's responsibility, and they are counting on us -- the FBI, local law enforcement, the community -- to come together to give them a chance at a life we would all wish for our children."

Nationally and internationally, investigators staged operations in a number of locations, including casinos, hotels and truck stops as well as on street corners and via the Internet. With regards to the Oregon operations, we will not release specifics as to the stings, including their locations, to protect the integrity of future operations.

"We were honored to join this massive effort to hold offenders accountable," said Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. "We've made child exploitation a major enforcement focus at our agency, with initiatives and partnerships that include our Child Abuse Team, the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT), A Safe Place Family Justice Center and our annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit. We salute the FBI, our deputies and partner agencies in their large-scale effort to bring these individuals to justice."


Oregon law enforcement partner agencies include:
FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force
Portland Police Bureau
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Beaverton Police Department
Tigard Police Department
Lake Oswego Police Department
Hillsboro Police Department
Washington County Sheriff's Office
Eugene Police Department
Salem Police Department
Keizer Police Department
Polk County Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT)
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Springfield Police Department
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon


Oregon social service agency partners include:
Safety Compass
Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)
Clackamas County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Clackamas County Juvenile Department
Multnomah County Department of Human Services
Washington County Juvenile Department
Marion County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Lane County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program
Lane County Child Protective Services
Lane County Department of Youth Services
Kids' FIRST Center
Looking Glass

Note: Additional information, b-roll, photos, and interviews associated with this year's operation can be downloaded at www.fbi.gov/occxi
FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Nigerian 419 Scams
FBI - Oregon - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
October Marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. For more information about emerging cyber threats, go to https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/national-cyber-security-awareness-month-2017

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Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against Nigerian 419 scams.

In 2016, the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center received almost 400 reports of 419 scams. The total losses reported by victims exceeded $1 million.

So what are Nigerian 419 scams? The number 419 refers to a section in Nigerian law concerning con artistry and fraud that deals specifically with people requesting assistance with transferring money. This scam has been around for a long time, but now more often than not, the scammer is contacting victims electronically.

What does this look like? An individual may contact you, often through e-mail, explaining that he needs help transferring a large amount of money. He tells you that political turmoil or a recent natural disaster in his country has affected his ability to transfer the money on his own. If you help him, he will allow you to keep some of the funds for yourself.

The scammer asks you to give him your financial information -- including your bank account number -- so he can complete the transfer. This allows him to access and steal from your accounts.

In another version of this scam, the fraudster may require that you to pay a fee in order to facilitate the transfer. Once you pay the fraudster, and he sees that you're willing to give him money, he continues to invent extra costs that he needs you to cover. As long as you keep paying, he keeps coming up with more expenses.

Regardless of which method the fraudsters use, these victims never see the promised jackpot.

So, how can you protect yourself?
Don't give anyone your bank account number or other financial information that could allow him to access your accounts.
Don't send money to strangers, unsolicited contacts or people you don't know face-to-face.
Don't transfer money on behalf of other people.
Don't trust anything that seems like an easy way to make a lot of money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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


Attached Media Files: TT - Nigerian Scams - ENGLISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - SPANISH Written , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Audio , TT - Nigerian Scams - RUSSIAN Written
Drone shot down; man arrested (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/19/17 2:32 PM
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WHITE CITY - On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, deputies arrested a Central Point man for shooting down a drone at a popular county recreation area. Christopher David Grindstaff, 33, turned himself in to deputies after hearing about the case online. He was lodged in jail on one count of criminal mischief in the first degree, a Class C felony.

On Tuesday, October 17, at 5:35 pm, the victim called to report his personal drone had been shot down while flying over the Hoover Ponds recreation area. The victim posted photos and video of the incident on Facebook. He later provided deputies with video and images taken by the drone as it was flying.

Grindstaff can be seen in the video standing next to his vehicle, a gray 1994 Isuzu Trooper. In another still photo, he appeared to be pointing a rifle toward the drone, just before the drone crashed to the ground. Deputies determined the involved weapon was a high-velocity air rifle using .177 caliber pellet ammunition. The value of the drone was estimated at more than $1000.

The case will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. It will also be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for review.

Case: 17-21982


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/6186/108910/17-21982_close.jpg , 2017-10/6186/108910/17-21982_vehicle.jpg , Christopher Grindstaff
Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/19/17 1:10 PM
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On October 19, 2017, at 8:28 hours, dispatch received a 911 report of a rollover vehicle crash in the 7500-block of Ramsey Road, Gold Hill. Deputies determined the vehicle, a boom truck belonging to J.I.M. and Associates, Inc., first left the roadway on the passenger side, then crossed the roadway and rolled completely, landing on its tires. The driver, the only occupant, was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team responded to investigate the crash. An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office also responded to the scene. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.

Case 17-22103


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Update on Oregon fire agencies assisting with California wildfires 17 October 2017 (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/17/17 4:18 PM
Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex
Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex
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As firefighters slowly get the upper hand and weather improves somewhat in northern
California, two Oregon Strike Teams (Marion County and Jackson Josephine counties) are being demobilized today and will head back to their home stations over the next 24 hours.

More Oregon Strike Team demobilizations are in the planning stages if conditions continue to stabilize.

Oregon Strike Teams in southern California will remain deployed as that area is still under a Red Flag Warning and fire officials expect hot, dry weather and significant winds. We expect Oregon resources in that area to remain at least throughout the coming weekend.

Three Oregon Strike Teams (Washington County, Umatilla/Union counties, Linn/Benton counties) have been reassigned to assist with the recently growing Bear Fire in Santa Cruz.

"Oregon's deployed resources have been performing extremely well," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Marian Ruiz-Temple. "We have heard nothing but great things about our Oregon response system and the caliber of our firefighters. All Oregonians can take pride in the effectiveness and professionalism of our deployed men and women."


Attached Media Files: Deschutes County Strike Team works to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex , Dechutes County Strike Team work to protect structures and property on the Southern LNU Complex , Washington County Strike Team receiving orders to leave Prado Staging near Chino and report to the Bear Fire near Santa Cruz.
Oregon sends five more task forces to Ca (Photo)
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/14/17 10:18 AM
Strike team crews prepare to leave for California
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California fire officials sent an additional request for five strike teams from Oregon to assist with fires burning near Chino in southerrn California.

In response, the OSFM Agency Operations Center activated strike team crews from Linn/Benton counties, Umatilla/Union counties, Clackamas County, and Klamath/Douglas counties who are now on their way.

The OSFM is extremely grateful to Oregon's fire chiefs and their agencies for again stepping up to the plate to help our neighbors to the south as they continue to struggle with an unprecedented amount of fires on their landscape.


Attached Media Files: Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews prepare to leave for California , Strike team crews preparing to leave for California
Hood River District Attorney's Eagle Creek Fire Press Release (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/19/17 12:04 PM
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On behalf of the Hood River County River District Attorney's Office:

"When the Eagle Creek fire erupted a criminal investigation was immediately begun by the Oregon State Police. US Forest Service investigators have been assisting the State Police in this ongoing investigation. As a result of the investigation legal proceedings have been commenced in the Hood River County Circuit Court. A fifteen year old boy recently appeared and was arraigned on a Juvenile Court Petition.

Allegations in the Petition include acts of Reckless Burning, Depositing Burning Materials on Forest Lands, Unlawful Possession of Fireworks, Criminal Mischief and Recklessly Endangering Other Persons. The charging petition was filed by the Hood River County Juvenile Department at the direction of the Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell. The Hood River County District Attorney's office has been acting in cooperation with the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. Although extensive damage caused by the wildfire occurred in both Hood River and Multnomah Counties, Oregon's juvenile code dictates that legal proceedings be commenced in the county where the illegal act originally occurred, which is Hood River County.

The District Attorney's office, the Oregon State Police and the Hood River County Juvenile Department will have no further comment until the case has been resolved."


Attached Media Files: 2017-10/1002/108897/HRDA_Eagle_Creek_Fire_Release.pdf , 2017-10/1002/108897/Big_Tree_Images_Eagle_Creek_Fire.jpg
***Name Released*** Bend Man Killed In Highway 97 Crash - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/17 10:35 AM
The name of the deceased driver is Kim Douglas HOUSTON, age 58 (not 59 as previously stated). A dog that had been with HOUSTON also died as a result of the crash. Impaired driving and failure to use safety belts are being investigated as contributing factors. No further information at this time.

End Update

Previous Release:
On October 13, 2017 at about 5:20PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway 97 near milepost 119 (Canal Avenue Overpass). Upon emergency crews arriving they discovered nobody in or around the 1997 Dodge Pickup which had apparently rolled over. Crews quickly found an adult male who was critically injured on the Canal Avenue overpass above 97.

Preliminary information revealed the Dodge had been traveling southbound on Highway 97 and drifted out of the lane of travel and struck a guardrail and rolled. The driver, a 59 year old Bend man, was ejected and landed on the bridge that spanned over Highway 97. He was pronounced deceased on the scene by first responders.

OSP was assisted by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This is an initial release. More information will be released pending family notifications and further investigation.
Medical
Randall Children's Hospital first children's hospital to receive Level 1 pediatric trauma verification in the Pacific Northwest (Photo)
Legacy Health - 10/16/17 8:00 AM
KIDS Team Mobile ICU
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Portland, Ore. (October 16, 2017) The American College of Surgeon (ACS) Committee on Trauma has verified Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, making it the first in Oregon and the first children's hospital in the Pacific Northwest to receive this premier status. There are approximately 50 ACS-verified Level 1 pediatric trauma centers across the country.

This recognition highlights the hospital's commitment and holistic approach to improving the care of injured children, ensuring every child access to pediatric specialists and expertise and providing the highest level of care for the most critically injured pediatric patients. The verification is also an extension of the long-standing expertise in trauma care offered at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which has been an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center since 1988 and is home to the Legacy Oregon Burn Center -- the only facility of its kind between Seattle and Sacramento.

"Randall Children's Hospital is a leader in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest and this achievement in pediatric trauma highlights the hospital's approach to comprehensive care for each patient," said Bronwyn Houston, president of Randall Children's Hospital. "I am so proud of our incredible team. Receiving the ACS verification is an outstanding testament to their dedication and commitment to providing the highest level of care."

Randall Children's Hospital recognizes that children have different needs, illnesses and injuries than adults. That is why the hospital has a children's emergency department (CED) designed just for kids, open 24 hours a day. Studies have shown that children have better results when treated at a hospital that specializes in pediatric care. The children's emergency department is staffed by doctors and nurses who specialize in children's emergency care and the location on the Legacy Emanuel campus provides quick access to pediatric medical and surgical specialists, as well as experts in trauma, burn and critical care. In addition to trauma-related care, the medical team in the CED treat over 27,000 patients each year with various levels of injuries and life-threatening illnesses.

The process to achieve ACS verification is voluntary and means that the hospital and staff are required to meet stringent and essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma's published guidelines. The hospital is currently working on its Level 1 pediatric surgical center verification to be finalized in 2018.

"We are very proud that several years of diligence and hard work by the entire institution has led to verification of our center as a Level 1 American College of Surgeons Pediatric Trauma Center. This distinction means that we meet or exceed national standards established for medical centers treating the most severely injured children and their families," said Mubeen Jafri, MD, pediatric trauma medical director.

Some requirements and attributes of an ACS-verified pediatric trauma program include:

Pediatric specialists in neurosurgery, radiology, anesthesia, orthopedics, trauma surgery and critical care medicine who are available to care for children 24-hours-day, 7 days a week and meet additional standards of a Level 1 trauma center.
Dedicated trauma social worker and trauma-credentialed nurses.
Commitment to partner with hospitals throughout the state to improve the care of injured children in their communities, as well as at the Level 1 trauma center.
The highest level of staffing, skills, and facilities to provide pediatric trauma care to injured patients.
Performance improvement efforts to ensure that each patient experiences the best possible outcome by providing a continuum of care from the emergency department to our inpatient rehabilitation program, the only program of its kind in the state of Oregon.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.


Attached Media Files: KIDS Team Mobile ICU , Randall Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Utilities
Pacific Power crews helping Northern California recover from catastrophic wildfires (Photo)
Pacific Power - 10/17/17 2:28 PM
Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced.
Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced.
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Pacific Power crews helping Northern California recover from catastrophic wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif.--Oct 17, 2017--Sixteen Pacific Power crew members, from Yreka, Calif., Grants Pass, Medford, Bend and Portland, Ore. are working behind the active fire areas to help Pacific Gas & Electric restore electricity. Over the next 10 to 14 days, they'll work to rebuild the area's distribution system by putting in poles, stringing transmission line and reconnecting customers to the power they need to begin their recovery.

The crew at work consists of 12 linemen, 2 foremen, a manager and a mechanic. They left on Oct. 15 for a base camp outside Santa Rosa from which this highly-skilled team will be deployed as needed.

Pacific Power serves 45,000 customers in northern California in Del Norte, Siskiyou and Modoc counties, which are beyond the fire zone.


Attached Media Files: Charred poles on steep hillside require special equipment to be replaced. , Burnt utility poles being replaced near Santa Rosa, Calif.
Don't fall for phone scams targeting utility customers
Pacific Power - 10/16/17 2:56 PM
Media inquiries: Media Hotline 800-570-5838

Don't fall for phone scams targeting utility customers

Bend, Ore--Oct. 16, 2017--Pacific Power is reminding customers to be aware of phone scams that target utility customers.

In the last week, customers in Central Oregon have reported receiving fraudulent calls from scammers posing as utility representatives. The callers insist that the customer is behind on their bill. They then threaten that, without an immediate payment, service will be disconnected.

Customers can protect themselves from these types of schemes by being aware of the following signs that indicate fraudulent calls:

If the caller says he is with the "Pacific Power Disconnection Department." No such department exists.
If the caller asks for your credit card number or advises you to purchase a pre-paid card from a store and to call back with the code. Pacific Power will not ask for this information. We can facilitate credit card payments through our vendor upon request, but our employees don't handle these payments directly.
If the caller claims your electric service will be disconnected if you don't make a payment immediately, particularly if you haven't received any prior notice about late payments or a potential disconnection. We don't threaten our customers. Instead, we work with customers who are behind on their payments to help them get back on track. Generally, notices about past due bills are sent to customers in the mail or delivered to their home, or they receive an automated phone message.

If you receive one of these calls, ask the caller to state your account number and compare it with the number listed on your bill. Pacific Power customer service employees will always have your account number.

Remember, if you still have concerns about the legitimacy of a call, you can always call back at our published customer service number, 1-888-221-7070. It's a toll free call and we have customer service employees available around the clock.
If you receive a suspicious call, take note of the phone number the person is calling from and any information that may help to track down the crooks. Please call and let us know at 1-888-221-7070.
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Federal
BLM announces three selections for National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 10/17/17 9:20 AM
Oregon Wild Horses
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WASHINGTON -- The Bureau of Land Management announced today that the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture have made selections for the three open positions on its nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. Mr. Fred T. Woehl, Jr. of Harrison, Arkansas, has been reappointed for the category of public interest (equine behavior); Dr. Sue M. McDonnell of West Chester, Pennsylvania, has been reappointed for the category of wild horse and burro research; and Mr. James French of Winnemucca, Nevada, has been newly appointed for the category of natural resources management. Each individual will serve a three-year term on the Advisory Board.

The nine-member National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board advises the BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, and the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Agriculture Department, on the management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros on public lands and national forests administered by those agencies, as mandated by the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act. Members of the board, who represent various categories of interests, must have a demonstrated ability to analyze information, evaluate programs, identify problems, work collaboratively, and develop corrective actions. More information about the advisory board can be found here.

Mr. Woehl has been involved in the horse community for over 43 years as a trainer, natural horsemanship clinician and educator. He has been involved with the Equine Science Department at the University of Arkansas and taught Equine Science at North Arkansas College. He has served as a volunteer for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Program for ten years, conducting demonstrations of wild horse versatility and assisting with adoptions. Additionally, Mr. Woehl worked as a senior agricultural adviser for the U.S. State Department from October 2008 to November 2009 in Iraq, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of agricultural programs and policy for the Ninewa Province. From November 2009 to March, 2011, he worked in the Kingdom of Jordan, for the Department of Interior's International Technical Assistance Program, where he developed policies for horse use and trained the local Bedouin tribesmen in humane methods of training and in the use of horses at the Archeological Park of Petra. Mr. Woehl currently has four BLM mustangs that are used for demonstrations in Branson, Missouri, and good-will visits at nursing homes, schools and churches.

Dr. McDonnell is a Clinical Associate and Adjunct Professor of Reproduction and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Also, as a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, she consults privately on equine behavior and welfare. Dr. McDonnell, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, co-edited the current leading academic book on horse behavior, titled "The Domestic Horse: The Evolution, Development and Management of its Behavior," published by Cambridge University Press.

Mr. French has spent more than 40 years involved in the management of wildlife on public lands in north-central Nevada. Over the course of his career, including 32 years as a biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, he developed a unique understanding of wild horse and burro issues, and has worked with diverse groups to develop land management plans on county, state and federally-managed public lands. Since 2011, he has served on the Humboldt County Commission, the Nevada Association of Counties (also known as NACO) Board of Directors, the National NACO Western Interstate Region Board of Directors, NACO Public Lands and Natural Resources Steering Committees (both state and national), the Humboldt River Water Authority Board of Directors, and the Nevada State Land Use Planning Council. He has contributed to the development of public lands policy, resource management plans and herd management plans for more than three decades. Mr. French has worked collaboratively with county commissions in 16 counties, as well as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and government in six states.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency. This land is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Attached Media Files: Oregon Wild Horses
State
DPSST Police Policy Committee Meeting scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:22 PM
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on November 16, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.


Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Approve Meeting Minutes
Approve minutes from the August 17, 2017 Police Policy Committee Meeting

3. Approval for Changes to the Basic Police Curriculum
Presented by Staci Yutzie

4. Introduction to the New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale

5. Administrative Closures -- Police/Regulatory Specialist
Presented by Katrina Robson


6. McDonald, Rachel DPSST #57760 -- Portland Police Bureau; Application for Training and Subsequent Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

7. Shipley, Joseph DPSST #24794 -- Yamhill County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

8. Hewitt, Megan DPSST #31385 -- Hillsboro Police Department; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, and Management Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

9. Plummer, Teresa DPSST #31191 -- DPSST; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Police Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

10. Ames, Zechariah DPSST #42841 -- Oakridge Police Department; Basic Police Certification, Basic Corrections Certification, Basic Telecommunicator Certification, and Basic Emergency Medical Dispatcher Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

11. Schafer, Bradley DPSST #54285 -- Canby Police Department; Basic Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

12. Ruiz, Jason DPSST # 57553 -- Bend Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Police Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

13. Smith, Clarence DPSST # 10581 -- Basic Intermediate, Advanced & Supervisory Police Certifications
Presented by Katrina Robson

14. Citizen Complaints against Grant County Sheriff Palmer, Glenn DPSST #18276
Presented by Katrina Robson

15. Department Update


16. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting -- February 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

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


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Corrections Policy Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:16 PM
For Immediate Release
October
Contact: Mona Riesterer
(503) 378-2431


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on November 14, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Dial-in number: 888-273-3658 and Participant code: 4711910

If you dial-in for the meeting, please mute your phone unless you are addressing the group. Doing so will enable you to hear the meeting more effectively.

Agenda Items:

1. Introductions

2. Minutes -- August 8, 2017
Approve the minutes of the August 8, 2017 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

3. Approval for Changes to the Basic Parole & Probation Curriculum
Presented by Chris Enquist

4. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC
Presented by Robert Sigleer

5. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0065 and Repeal of 259-008-0066 -- Combines the certification maintenance for P&P Officers employed part-time with the requirements for all other law enforcement officers
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. Introduction to New Denial/Revocation/Suspension Standards
Presented by Linsay Hale


7. Administrative Closures -- Corrections/Parole & Probation
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Ware, John DPSST #30288 -- DOC EOCI; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9. Shield, Russell DPSST #42433 -- Coos County Sheriff's Office; Basic Corrections Certification and Application for Intermediate Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

10. Nauman, Alexander DPSST #54373 -- DOC OSCI; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

11. Feist, Miranda DPSST #57004 -- DOC TRCI; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

12. Olsen, Theresa DPSST #33223 -- DOC OSP; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

13. Frost, Nicolas DPSST # 48377 -- DOC DRCI; Basic and Intermediate Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

14. Todd, Cheryl DPSST #51507 -- DOC SFFC; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

15. Hernandez Jeffrey DPSST #45724 -- DOC OSP; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

16. Cook, Christopher DPSST #53053 -- DOC SRCI; Basic Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

17. Joseph, Tracey DPSST #31239 -- DOC CRCI; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Corrections Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

18. Moore, Kenneth DPSST #57737 -- Curry County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certifications
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

19. Witty, Kyle DPSST #57693 -- DOC EOCI -- Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


20. Hyder, Brandan DPSST # 57869 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

21. Gilham, Robert DPSST #57870 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

22. Holguin, Michael DPSST # 51994 -- Josephine County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

23. Department Update

24. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- February 13, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
DPSST Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee Meeting Scheduled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/17/17 4:14 PM
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Contact: Sara Stewart
503-378-2424


Notice of Regular Meeting
The Basic Telecommunications Curriculum Committee will hold a regular curriculum meeting at 10:00-15:30 on October 26, 2017. The meeting will be held in the conference room A234 at DPSST. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the deaf or hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.


Agenda Items:

Welcome new members
Final revisions to content drafts
Mini Basic Facilitator Development
Instructor Suggestions
Instructional Materials Review & To Do




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


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Oregon Home Care Commission meets Thursday, November 2, 10 a.m. in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/17/17 2:45 PM
The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) meets Thursday, November 2,
10 a.m., 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.
The agenda includes: public testimony; Executive Director's report; OHCC Budget Update; Governor's Commission on Senior Services; Oregon Disabilities Commission; Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, Oregon Self-Advocacy Coalition, Aging and People with Disabilities, Community Advisory Councils and Coordinated Care Organizations; and a Quarterly Homecare Worker Benefits Trusts update.

There will be a working lunch during question and answer staff reports, including: quarterly Workers' Compensation, quarterly Registry and quarterly STEPS QBR Referral, bi-monthly Developmental Disabilities/Mental Health Committee and monthly OHP OmbudsAdvisory Council, Traditional Health Worker Commission and training/Registry updates.

A Worker's Classification -- Workforce Development update will be followed by a quarterly Aging and People with Disabilities update. The full agenda is attached.

For those who are unable to attend in person there is a call-in number: 1-888-278-0296; then dial the access code: 7999724 #. The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month. Visitors are welcome to these meetings. Persons needing an accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna DeMeyer at 503-378-4984; joanna.m.demeyer@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
The OHCC ensures high quality homecare services for seniors and people with physical, intellectual/developmental and mental health disabilities. The Commission defines qualifications, manages a statewide registry and trains homecare workers (HCWs) and personal support workers (PSWs). The commission serves as the employer of record for purposes of collective bargaining for HCWs and PSWs receiving service payments from public funds.

Learn more about OHCC at www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hc and
"Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.

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Attached Media Files: 2017-10/973/108838/Home_Care_Commission_Agenda_November_2_2017.pdf
Services for seniors will continue
Oregon Department of Human Services - 10/16/17 8:46 AM
On August 23, 2017 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board of Directors determined "that the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments cease providing services under all programs and contracts." "Further MCOGS shall continue to provide services until such time that appropriate process and transitions may be undertaken by the parties in the best interest of the public, programs, employees and the organization as a whole."

The Department of Human Services/Aging and People with Disabilities has initiated the public process of designating another entity to function as the Area Agency on Aging and deliver services, as outlined in the Older Americans Act, Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 410 and the Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 411, Division 2.

In late October and early November Aging and People with Disabilities will be holding public meetings in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler counties share information on the process and seek public input. Details on these meetings will be shared as soon as they are available.
New documentary featuring Oregon LGBTQ veterans to premiere Nov. 3 in Portland (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 10/19/17 12:13 PM
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The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs is proud to present the world premiere of "Breaking the Silence," a documentary featuring the stories of some of Oregon's LGBTQ service members and veterans.

This groundbreaking film explores the lives of five Oregon veterans, who not only served their country honorably, but were forced to serve in silence and at great risk to themselves, their careers and their families.

"We are privileged and honored to share the stories of these five incredible men and women, who have shown such great courage in coming forward after years or even decades of silence," said Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs. "We are extremely proud of this film and are excited to celebrate the diversity that unites us as a vibrant community of veterans and as a state."

"Breaking the Silence" was filmed by the multi-talented videographer Julia Reihs and produced by Portland storyteller Paul Iarrobino, in collaboration with Nathaniel Boehme, ODVA's LGBTQ veterans coordinator.

Veterans and family, the general public and media are welcome and encouraged to join us for the film premiere on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. in Portland. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the screening will be at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the veteran storytellers who participated in the project.

Admission is free. There will also be food and drinks by McMenamins available for purchase. Minors are welcome to attend accompanied by a parent or guardian.

A trailer for the film can be found online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeBpkFepTnU&t. If you are an LGBTQ veteran in need of assistance or support or have any questions about the benefits you've earned through your service to our nation, please contact us at LGBTQVets@odva.state.or.us.

Media interested in interviewing the veteran participants prior to the event may contact ODVA's Tyler Francke at 971-239-6640 or tyler.francke@state.or.us to make arrangements.


Attached Media Files: Film premiere flyer (PDF) , ODVA logo , Film premiere flyer (JPG) , "Breaking the Silence" title card
DCBS announces federal approval of 1332 State Innovation Waiver application
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/19/17 3:28 PM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today that it has received approval of Oregon's 1332 State Innovation Waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This approval will grant Oregon an estimated $30 million annually to fund the new Oregon Reinsurance Program created during the 2017 Legislative Session.

The Oregon Reinsurance Program is designed to stabilize the individual market, reduce rates, and encourage insurance companies to offer plans in more parts of the state. Reinsurance spreads the risk of high-cost claims so that all insurance companies take an equal share of the risk of expensive claims.

Rates for individual plans in 2018 have already been reduced by 6 percent from what they would have been without the reinsurance program.

"We are pleased that CMS has quickly approved Oregon's 1332 State Innovation Waiver application enabling Oregon to establish its reinsurance program," said Acting DCBS Director Jean Straight. "The Oregon Reinsurance Program will provide much needed stability to Oregonians who purchase insurance on their own. Without this program, we might be seeing counties with no plans offered through Oregon's Health Insurance Marketplace, and much larger rate increases for those who purchase insurance on their own in 2018."

Funding for the reinsurance program comes from federal funding through the approved 1332 State Innovation Waiver from CMS, funds from the previous temporary reinsurance program that ended in 2016, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace assessment account, and an assessment approved by the Legislature during the 2017 session. The total expected funding for plan year 2018 is approximately $90 million.

For more information about about the Oregon Reinsurance Program as it becomes available, visit dfr.oregon.gov.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Award recognizes Oregon's return-to-work programs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/18/17 1:22 PM
(Salem) -- The Oregon Workers' Compensation Division (WCD) has received an award from a worldwide organization for the division's ongoing efforts and track record of success in helping injured Oregon workers return to work.

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions -- the largest trade association of workers' compensation agencies in North America -- honored WCD with a 2017 President's Award. Such awards recognize the contributions of regulators and industry professionals in improving workplace health and safety, including helping workers recover from on-the-job injury and illness.

WCD's award, announced by the association during its 103rd annual convention held in Portland this month, recognizes two Oregon programs: the Employer-at-Injury Program and the Preferred Worker Program.

The Employer-at-Injury Program encourages the early return to work of injured workers by helping lower an employer's early return-to-work costs and claim costs. Since 1995, it has helped more than 160,000 injured Oregon workers achieve both long-term employment and wages that are higher than those who did not use the program.

The Preferred Worker Program encourages re-employment of qualified Oregon workers who have permanent disabilities from on-the-job injuries. The program, which focuses on small- to medium-sized businesses, offers Oregon employers a chance to save money by hiring preferred workers. Since 2012, the program has served an average 1,029 newly eligible workers per year.

In putting the spotlight on both programs, the association noted WCD's commitment to continuously improve its services. "While both programs have been successful," according to the association, "Oregon continues to measure the impact and make changes to improve outcomes."

"This award reflects the energy, hard work, and professionalism of all of our staff," said Lou Savage, administrator for WCD. "And we remain committed to what matters most: helping improve the lives of injured workers -- and their families -- in Oregon."

Learn more about WCD's return-to-work programs by visiting http://wcd.oregon.gov/rtw/Pages/index.aspx, calling 800-452-0288 (toll free), or by sending an email to the Employer-at-Injury Program -- Eaip.oregon@oregon.gov -- or the Preferred Worker Program -- Pwp.oregon@oregon.gov.

For more information about the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division, visit http://wcd.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.


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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Division of Financial Regulation seeking comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases ¬-- deadline is Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 3:19 PM
Salem - The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is seeking public comment on cost-sharing reduction rate increases for silver metal tier individual health insurance premiums for 2018 plans.

The comment period starts Monday, Oct. 16. Due to the limited time frame to file revised rates, the deadline for comment is Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. To comment in writing, email Ethan Baldwin via email at Ethan.C.Baldwin@oregon.gov.

The reason for the public comment period is on Oct. 12, the Trump administration issued an announcement about immediately stopping cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurance companies. The Division of Financial Regulation is committed to the stability of Oregon's health insurance market and ensuring access to statewide comprehensive health coverage.

The division has determined that in order to ensure carriers can continue to offer coverage in Oregon, it must offer health insurance companies offering plans on HealthCare.gov the opportunity to increase their already approved silver metal tier 2018 plan rates by 7.1 percent. The deadline for insurance companies and the state to file new rates on HealthCare.gov is 12 p.m. on Oct. 17.

Non-silver metal tier plan rates (e.g., bronze and gold) will remain unaffected.

This increase will affect plans both on and off HealthCare.gov, and will compensate for the $49 million worth of cost-sharing reduction payments that the federal government will no longer be making to Oregon insurance companies in 2018.

Visit http://dfr.oregon.gov/news/Pages/20171013-trump-payment-reduction.aspx for more details about the decision to increase rates and a sample rate table of the revised rates.

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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.dfr.oregon.gov.
Community Bank Week honored in Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/16/17 11:30 AM
(Salem) -- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state.

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs.

In some communities, the banks are the largest employer or the only provider of banking services.

"Oregon communities, especially small businesses, depend on their local banks," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS director. "Not only do these local bankers lend to Oregon families and farms to help communities flourish, but they also provide critical information and education to their customers about a variety of financial matters."

Community banks reported loans to Oregon small businesses topping $5.9 billion in a single year, according to a recent survey by the Oregon Bankers Association. The survey also showed community banks in the state gave to their communities, pitching in $4.9 million to nonprofits and community organizations. Meanwhile, their employees logged more than 64,000 volunteer hours.

Members of Community Banks of Oregon (CBO) and community banks throughout the state are celebrating Community Bank Week in Oregon. Banks will host consumers, students, small businesses, and local elected officials to showcase the positive effect banks have on the people they serve.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/community-bank-week.html.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Financial Regulation oversees the financial and insurance industries in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.oregon.gov/dcbs/Pages/index.aspx and http://dfr.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx.
Board of Forestry to meet in Eugene Nov. 1, hosting joint meeting and field tour with EQC on Nov. 2
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/19/17 8:55 AM
Release date: Oct. 19, 2017
Contact: Ken Armstrong, ODF Public Affairs Director, 503-945-7420


Board of Forestry to meet in Eugene Nov. 1, hosting joint meeting and field tour with EQC on Nov. 2


The Oregon Board of Forestry will hold a regular business meeting on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., in the North and Middle Columbia Room at the Valley View Inn, located at 1000 Valley View Way in Eugene. Following the meeting, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a community social event to meet and visit with local community leaders. On Nov. 2, the Board will meet jointly with the DEQ Environmental Quality Commission from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to discuss water quality protection, smoke management and prescribed burning. The BOF and EQC will then tour an active slash burn.

The Nov. 1 meeting agenda includes the following agenda items:
Overview of the financial dashboard
2017 fire season update
Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee testimony
Western Oregon Habitat Conservation planning update
Overview of coordination to develop landscape-scale projects that serve private landowners and advance restoration on public lands
Presentation on urban and community forests -- future challenges and trends in Oregon and nationwide
Forest health update

Immediately following the regular meeting, the Board will meet in executive session from 3:25 to 4:25 p.m. to conduct the State Forester's Annual Performance Review, as provided for in Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(i).

The public is welcome to attend the meetings, community social, and tour. There is opportunity at the beginning of the Nov. 1 meeting for general public comment on items that are not scheduled on the Board's meeting agenda, as well as opportunities to comment throughout the meeting on the individual agenda items.

Agenda materials are available online at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/BOFMeetings.aspx.

Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services, or assistance can be arranged by calling the ODF Public Affairs Office at 503-945-7200, at least 48 hours in advance.

The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base. More information about the Board is available at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/AboutBOF.aspx.

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County advisory group to state forestry meets Oct. 20
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/17/17 9:00 AM
Release date: Oct. 16, 2017

Contact:
Liz Dent, State Forests Division Chief, Salem, 503-945-7351



Salem, ORE - The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee will meet Friday, Oct. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Oregon Department of Forestry Salem headquarters, Tillamook Room, Building C, 2600 State St. Items on the committee's agenda include comments from State Forester Peter Daugherty and updates from the ODF State Forests Division staff on the following:
Business Improvements
State Forests Division performance measures reporting
Habitat Conservation Plan
Forest Management Plan project

The meeting agenda is available on the department's web site at http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Board/Pages/FTLAC.aspx.

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

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7200.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon September 2017 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/17/17 10:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017 CONTACT INFORMATION:
Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist
(503) 947-1267 Video and Audio available at 10:00 AM
David Cooke, Economist (503) 947-1272


Oregon's Employment Declines for the Second Consecutive Month in September

In September, Oregon's nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 3,800 jobs, following a revised loss of 7,000 in August. These job losses followed rapid gains during February through July, when a total of 42,600 jobs were added in just six months.

Recent forest fires did not have a noticeable impact on the September jobs report. Although many individuals and businesses were impacted in September by forest fires that raged in many locations within Oregon, the industry employment totals did not appear to be impacted significantly. A job is counted in this report when a worker is employed for any part of the business's pay period that includes the 12th of the month. Workers able to return to work during the September pay period are counted in the jobs report.

In September, four industries cut more than 1,000 jobs, while two added more than 1,000. Leisure and hospitality (-3,700 jobs) cut the most as this industry returned to the long-term trend line after a spike upward in June and July. With vacancy surveys indicating that many firms are having trouble attracting workers, part of the weakness in hiring is likely due to the tight labor market.

Professional and business services (-3,100 jobs) cut back at a time of year when a flat trend is typical for the industry. The industry appears to have stalled from its upward trajectory over the past eight years. Each of its published component industries cut jobs since September 2016: employment services (-1,400 jobs), business support services (-400), and services to buildings and dwellings ( 1,500). The two other industries that cut substantially in September were private educational services ( 1,400 jobs) and other services (-1,200).

All was not lost in September, as construction added 2,900 jobs and government added 1,400.

The September jobs report indicates that Oregon's over-the-year job growth, while moderate, has slowed. Between September 2016 and September 2017, payroll employment expanded by 37,400 jobs, or 2.0 percent. This is a reduction from the 3.1 percent job-growth rate seen through July. In the past 12 months, several industries continued to add jobs at a rapid clip, such as construction (+11,600 jobs, or 12.7%); health care and social assistance (+8,500 jobs, or 3.7%); and manufacturing (+5,700 jobs, or 3.0%). However, many of Oregon's industries haven't experienced the same rapid growth over the past 12 months, including government; professional and business services; wholesale trade; information; other services; and logging.

Oregon's unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.2 percent in September from 4.1 percent in August. Oregon's rate was significantly below its year-ago rate of 4.9 percent in September 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in September 2017.

These preliminary estimates of jobs and other labor force data are produced in cooperation with the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, are based largely on a survey of businesses and a survey of households, and are subject to later revision.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, October 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 14th.??NLG



Notes:
All numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted except for the detailed industries within professional and business services.

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2017 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS.



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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment In Oregon September 2017
Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet October 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 10/18/17 3:23 PM
October 18, 2017

Contact: Heather Johnson, 503-508-8276, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodation)

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

When: Friday, October 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:20 a.m.

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

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

Agenda: Welcome, consent agenda and updates; public testimony; OHA obesity measure proposal; consider 2019 potential change to tobacco prevalence measure; consider potential change to PCPCH measure; finalize recommendation to Health Plan Quality Metrics Committee; future meeting schedule and topics.

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

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Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
Sign language and spoken language interpreters
Written materials in other languages
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If you need help or have questions, please contact Heather Johnson at 503-508-8276, 711 TTY, heather.n.johnson@state.or.us, at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee to meet October 19
Oregon Health Authority - 10/17/17 4:06 PM
October 17, 2017

What: A public meeting of the Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee (RAC)

Agenda: Approve meeting minutes; review draft amended rule language (version 2); review statement of need and fiscal impact form; discuss next steps

When: Thursday, Oct. 19, 9-11 a.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: 888-636-3807, participant code 793800.

Who: The Glass Ionomer Rules Advisory Committee includes broad representation of these key stakeholder categories: coordinated care organizations (CCOs), dental care organization (DCOs), local school dental sealant programs, and dental sealant materials and clinical experts. More information can be found on the committee's website at http://www.healthoregon.org/sealantcert.

Program contact: Amy Umphlett, 971-673-1564, amy.m.umphlett@state.or.us

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Marine Board Appoints Director (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/19/17 9:40 AM
Interim Marine Director, Rachel Graham
Interim Marine Director, Rachel Graham
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The Oregon State Marine Board appointed Rachel Graham as Marine Director effective October 16, 2017 at its quarterly meeting in La Pine. This interim appointment will remain in effect through the recruitment and hiring process to replace outgoing Marine Director, Scott Brewen.

ORS 830.135 states the Marine Board shall appoint the Marine Director who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board, with assistance from the Department of Administrative Services Human Resources, anticipates posting the position vacancy and beginning its recruitment for a Marine Director prior to year-end.

Ms. Graham began her employment with the Marine Board in 2010 and in her capacity as the Policy and Environmental Manager has represented the agency on many state, interstate and agency legislative initiatives.

Ms. Graham may be contacted at (503) 378-2617 or by email at Rachel.B.Graham@oregon.gov.

For more information about the Marine Board and the agency's self-supporting programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Attached Media Files: Interim Marine Director, Rachel Graham
OPRD seeks to fill position on grant committee that advises on statewide trails
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 2:09 PM
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking a representative of the hiking community for a vacant volunteer position on the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Advisory Committee that evaluates grants for statewide trails projects.

The competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and administered by OPRD. Grants are awarded to non-profits and governments for trail projects, including building new trails, improving existing trails and installing trail signs.

"Reviewing these grant applications is an important step in the process of improving and expanding Oregon's trail system," said OPRD grant coordinator Jodi Bellefeuille. "Grant committee members get to have a direct say in what trail projects are funded and provide feedback to land managers about their proposals."

The ten member committee evaluates and ranks requests for grant funding. Ideal candidates can live anywhere in Oregon and will be avid hikers with experience in one or more of the following areas: recreation planning, trail design, project management, grant management and budget review.

The committee meets once or twice a year at locations throughout the state. In 2017, meetings were held in Salem in May and September. Dates for 2018 have not been finalized. Time commitment varies and includes reviewing and evaluating 40-80 grant applications each annual funding cycle.

Those interested in serving must submit an OPRD Grant Advisory Committee Appointment Interest Form by Friday, Nov. 17. For more information or to obtain an interest form, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/GRANTS/Pages/RTP-Committee.aspx, or contact Jodi Bellefeuille at jodi.bellefeuille@oregon.gov or 503-986-0716.
Committee to review Oregon Heritage Grant applications
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/17 1:19 PM
A committee will meet to score and rank applications for the Oregon Heritage Grant program. The recommendations from the committees will be forwarded to the Oregon Heritage Commission for final review and approval on November 6 via conference call. The grant committee meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street, NE, and can also be accessed by phone. The committee will meet October 30, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in room 124A. Call in information is 1?888?
278?0296, access Code: 4653554.

For information about the grants contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .
Banks & Credit Unions
October 20 is International Credit Union Day
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 10/18/17 10:26 AM
Find out why 235 million consumers worldwide, and 2 million in Oregon, have chosen not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions as their financial services partners.

TIGARD, OR. -- If you visit a credit union branch anytime, you'll receive a warm welcome, local service, and better interest rates than most other financial institutions offer. If you visit a credit union branch October 20th you'll feel an even more energized buzz. It's International Credit Union Day, an annual celebration of more than 68,000 credit unions and their 235 million members worldwide.

As not-for-profit financial cooperatives, credit unions provide a viable alternative to profit-driven financial institutions. Credit unions not only offer a plethora of financial services to their member-owners; they are also committed to community service, and are a force for positive economic and social change.

In Oregon, 5,000 employees of 59 credit unions serve 2 million members across the state, in 289 branch locations, and with 24/7 technology that helps consumers make wise financial decisions.

Since 1948, International Credit Union Day has been celebrated annually on the third Thursday of October. Each year, the international event affords the opportunity to remember credit unions' proud history and promote awareness of and support for the credit union difference. This year's theme, "Dreams Thrive Here," celebrates how credit unions and other financial cooperatives serve as catalysts to make different professions, personal choices, and career paths real.

Interview credit union employees and members in your community on #ICUDay. Please share this video with your audiences so consumers know they have a not-for-profit, cooperative financial services choice: https://vimeo.com/229748075





Attached Media Files: 2017-10/4992/108864/International_Credit_Union_Day_in_Oregon.docx
Organizations
Oregon Tech Announces Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge 2018
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 10/17/17 10:37 AM
October 17, 2017, KLAMATH FALLS, OR. -- Oregon Tech's Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge has been a huge success for student competitors and the Klamath community. Over the past three years, 15 student/alumni teams have competed for over $40,000 in prize money that was generously donated by Representative Whitsett, Senator Whitsett, Klamath County, City of Klamath Falls, KCEDA, Avista, the Gaucho Collective, the Herald & News, Klamath IDEA, Oregon BEST, Business Oregon, the Wendt Family Foundation, and Black Canyon Woodworks.

The winning team in 2015, Gro-volution, is continuing to grow under the leadership of one of its founders, Eric Wilson. Eric is moving ahead to build the Gro-volution business, a sustainable agriculture production system ("In the box farming"), with the help of their $5,000 first place prize, and subsequent loans and investments from community members and organizations. The winning team in 2016, GO Possibilities, with members Matthew Stansbury, Eric Tipler, Ben Fawver, and Tate Orlik Hill, is still engaged in research to produce graphene oxide -- a highly conductive fluid that is made of carbon, at lower cost and using less toxic chemicals than currently available products. Several team members are enrolled in graduate study programs that provide access to sophisticated equipment to help further their product development.

The winner in 2017, Helios Hive, formed by student inventor Mathias Dean, has just completed its first prototype of a solar-powered bee hive that will kill a predatory mite that is a responsible for the decline in the bee population worldwide. Mathias and business partner, Baker McDonald just competed in the InventOR competition at the state level in October and their team was awarded $2,500 for the best pitch presentation. Helios Hive will test their prototype this summer with Klamath Falls bee keepers.

The 2018 Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Kick-off Meeting will be on October 24, 2017 from 5 -- 7 pm at the Gaucho Collective on Main Street in Klamath Falls. Catalyze 2018 will be similar in format to last year, with teams competing for prizes, receiving coaching and technical assistance, as well as participating in a Shark Tech pitch session and development of a business plan to commercialize their invention. The winning teams will receive over $15,000 in cash and in-kind business supports, to enhance their ability to start and grow successful companies in the region.

Oregon Tech is encouraging all student project teams in both the Colleges of ETM and HAS to consider competing in the Challenge, and to form multi-disciplinary teams of engineers or healthcare majors with management and entrepreneurship students.

The Oregon Tech community is rich in talent and the Klamath community is rich in its desire and support to grow and sustain new invention-based companies in the region.

Preliminary Schedule of Events

o October 24, 2017 from 5 -- 7 pm: Catalyze Klamath Challenge IV Kick-Off Meeting. This is a hosted event at the Gaucho Collective for students, faculty, and community members to learn about the contest and begin to form teams. Gaucho Collective, 1038 Main St., Klamath Falls 97601.

o November 7, 2017: Preliminary Concept Pitch and Resource Solicitation at the Gaucho Collecrtive.


o November 27, 2017 - Jan 12, 2018: Catalyze Team Registration Window--
Final Deadline is January 12, 2018.
o January 17, 2018: Catalyze Team Meet and Greet. This is a hosted event for all teams to meet with mentor network and learn about external resources that are available to teams; Location TBD
o March 7, 2018: Annual SharkTech Venture Pitch Contest --Tentative date This is the first competitive event for all student teams. (Mandatory) Contact Mark.Ahalt@oit.edu.
o April 30, 2018: Final Report Due --See details, final report submission requirements at www.oit.edu/catalyze.
o May 17, 2018: Catalyze Klamath Falls Challenge Contest at Oregon Tech College Union. Teams will compete in front of a panel of judges for the PRIZES! We will post a list of judges, prizes and final details when we get closer to the date. Refreshments will be served for all team members.
See oit.edu/catalyze for specific dates, contest rules and judging rubrics or contact Professor Hallie Neupert at hallie.neupert@oit.edu.
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting Two in Prineville
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/19/17 5:05 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on October 18, 2017, at approximately 9:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of SE Melrose Drive in Prineville, OR. The fire affected two, including one adult and one pet. The Red Cross provided resources to help address the immediate basic needs of those affected such as temporary housing, food, clothing, comfort kits with toiletry items, information about recovery services, and health and mental health services. Additional information about this incident, if available, may be obtained from the local first responding agency/fire department.

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