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Police & Fire
Public Indecency Arrest
Bend Police Dept. - 01/21/17 4:05 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Bend Police Department

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017 Case # 2017-025164

Date & Time of Incident: January 20 at 4:17pm

Type of Incident: Public Indecency

Location of Incident: 424 NE Greenwood; Regroup Thrift Store

Victim:

Female store employee

Suspect:

Shawn Lee Cline 50 year old Homeless Bend resident

Narrative:

On January 20 at 4:17pm, officers with the Bend Police Department responded to 424 NE Greenwood for the report of a male exposing himself in a sexual manner. An employee at Regroup Thrift Store called the incident into Deschutes County 911 to report the suspect was found nude in a dressing room. The employee advised law enforcement the suspect had left the scene, but she was able to describe the male and give a direction of travel.

A Bend Police Officer in the area found the suspect on NE 4th Street at 4:23pm. The suspect fled on foot and led the officer on a short foot pursuit before being taken into custody less than a minute later near 1230 NE 3rd Street #A130.

The suspect was identified as Shawn Cline. The investigation revealed that Cline had not recently registered himself as a sex offender. The investigation also found that Cline drove his passenger car to the Regroup Thrift Store and he was driving with a revoked driver's license.

Cline was transported to the Deschutes County Jail, where he was lodged on two felony counts
of public indecency, one count of failing to register of a sex offender and misdemeanor driving
while suspended.

Prepared by Lieutenant Clint Burleigh January 21, 2017 2:30pm

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Final Messaging from the Deschutes County EOC
Bend Police Dept. - 01/19/17 11:27 AM
Final Messaging from the Deschutes County Emergency Operations Center

January 19

As the snow storm and subsequent warming has started to settle, we are transitioning our information line from 211 to each individual agencies contact center. The below information provided is for community members of specific jurisdictions for questions they might have regarding street maintenance situations.

For City of Bend-
Utilities: 541-317-3000 extension 2
Streets: 541-317-3000 extension 3

For the City of Redmond-
541-504-2000
streets@ci.redmond.or.us
Additional information about our snow and ice operations can be found at www.RedmondStreets.com.

For Deschutes County-
541-388-6581
road@co.deschutes.or.us

For City of Sisters
541-549-6022 during business hours
541-480-7634 after hours
www.ci.sisters.or.us
For City of La Pine
541-536-1432
Bend-La Pine School
541-355-1000
www.bend.k12.or.us
Redmond School District
541-923-5437
www.redmond.k12.or.us

We are still in the middle of winter and expect difficult weather throughout the next few months. The steps taken to mitigate this weather situation can be used to prepare for any upcoming storms. For non-emergent police or fire situations call 541-693-6911. For emergencies dial 911.

This will be the final joint message from the Deschutes County Emergency Operation Center.

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Bend/Redmond Roads (Updated Redmond resources today)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/18/17 4:10 PM
Slush management

The warm weather is helping Bend's and Redmond's Public Works clearing the slush off the streets. Streets cleaning equipment in the region is out clearing slush on roadways in an efficient, targeted effort that prioritizes problem areas.

Crews are also assisting with catch basin clearing and flooding issues in priority areas. In Bend, 11,093 storm drains, and catch basins must be cleared to allow snow melt runoff.

After storms, both cities typically prioritize clearing all arterials and collectors and problem areas. Over the past weeks, the snow has been scraped and packed down on the streets. Now, with this warm wet weather, that packed snow is churning into deep and cumbersome slush.

Plowing all streets would push heavy ice berms across driveways, mailboxes, and hydrants that would be very problematic for people. "Therefore, we are working with the warmer temperatures and rain to help the roads melt and drain," said Bend Streets and Operations Department Director David Abbas.

The idea is to let Mother Nature help with the road clearing process today for the most part, and address problematic areas. Streets crews are handling the problem areas where streets and intersections are making people get stuck or creating dangerous situations.

The City of Bend has all of its available equipment working -- about 18 pieces of equipment.

The City of Redmond has five graders out today, focused on clearing ice berms and potentially problematic areas from residential streets and intersections.

If you know of an area that is causing vehicles to get stuck, you can report it and the information will be helpful in directing our limited resources to the most pressing locations.

Bend Streets and Operations 541-317-3000 X3

Redmond: streets@ci.redmond.or.us or call Public Works 541-504-2000

For a map showing places to avoid, visit www.deschutes.org/highwater . This interactive map shows streets and intersections experiencing high water that residents may want to avoid. Local flood impacted areas and road closure information will be added to the map if they occur.
Bend-La pine School update for January 17
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/17 6:37 PM
January 17, 2017

Contact: Alandra Johnson, Communication Specialist
541-355-1005, alandra.johnson@bend.k12.or.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


30 Schools, Programs and Facilities Open Wednesday, Jan. 18
Rolling Start Underway; No asbestos at Kenwood Gym

"What an outstanding community of parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors we have," said Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Shay Mikalson. "I know that having so many days off has been challenging for families and we appreciate your patience and understanding."

Mikalson said that thanks to the determination of more than 150 snow removal team members, 12 structural engineers and dozens of staff who have worked behind the scenes or volunteered their time, Bend-La Pine Schools will reopen 30 schools, programs and facilities tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18.

The following schools will open tomorrow at their regular time.


Administration -- Education Center
Amity Creek at Thompson School
Bear Creek Elementary
Buckingham Elementary
Ensworth Elementary
High Lakes Elementary
Highland at Kenwood School
Juniper Elementary
La Pine Elementary
R.E. Jewell Elementary
Rosland Elementary
Silver Rail Elementary
Three Rivers Elementary
Westside Village at Kingston School
Cascade Middle
High Desert Middle
La Pine Middle
Sky View Middle
Bend Senior High
La Pine High
Marshall High
Mountain View High
Summit High
Tamarack
Transition Co-op
Maintenance
Transporation, Bend
Transportation, La Pine
Warehouse -- Distribution
Bend International School



For this week, students will be released on Wednesday per their school's full day schedule, rather than the usual School Improvement Wednesday schedule. For a list of full-day release times, visit:

"Giving students a full day tomorrow with their peers and school staff will begin to get them back into their normal school routine and will let our great teachers have a full day with their students," said Mikalson.

Athletics and activities are being rescheduled with adjusted dates and times for all schools.

"Engineers have completed structural evaluations of all 38 school and work sites for structural integrity," said Mikalson. "They have now deemed all sites as structurally sound."

Mikalson said engineers found one school, R.E. Jewell Elementary, to have had structural damage. Repairs are now complete and structural engineers and City of Bend staffers have deemed the school sound and ready to reopen to students tomorrow.

While all sites are now deemed structurally sound, not all sites are yet ready for occupancy. To be cleared, snow loads must be below design capacity and all doors must be cleared to allow compliance with State Fire Marshal code.

Mikalson said that of the eight schools yet to open, crews are continuing to move snow off of roofs and away from buildings, so that they can be ready for occupancy.

"These schools will be opened in the days to come, we will keep updating our community at about 5 p.m. each night with new information," said Mikalson. "Again, thank you to everyone for their support and flexibility during these trying times. We are excited to get back to doing what we do best: teaching students."

"I know that many Kenwood families and neighbors have been anxiously awaiting the results of the asbestos test that we sent to a local lab," said Mikalson. "Results received today confirmed that there was no asbestos in the Kenwood gym and therefore is no asbestos present in the demolition rubble. I think this information will allow many to breathe a sigh of relief."

For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit: http://www.bend.k12.or.us/

The district has started a Facebook thread to allow business owners a location to share suggestions for keeping students who are not going to school busy in the days to come. It is located at http://bit.ly/2k2pEGN


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January 17 Countywide Storm Update (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 01/17/17 12:44 PM
Thinking beyond the sandbag
Thinking beyond the sandbag
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For Immediate Release
Date: January 17, 2017
From Anne Aurand
City of Bend Communications Director 541-388-5573, aaurand@bendoregon.gov

Contacts:

Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh 541-322-2978, mobile 541-815-7437,
cburleigh@bendoregon.gov
Bend Fire Battalion Chief Dave Howe, 541-322-6313, mobile 541-350-4775, dhowe@bendoregon.gov
Bend Streets Director David Abbas, 541-317-3016, mobile 541-610-3743
dabbas@bendoregon.gov

Sandbag and other storm related updates
January 17, 1 p.m.

We want to thank the citizens of Deschutes County for your willingness to take proactive measures to protect our community. We had a tremendous response to the availability of sand and bags today.

Within the City of Bend alone, we were able to distribute 13,000 bags and 193 tons (386,400 pounds) of sand. The City of Bend sandbag sites as well as the Deschutes County site on SE 27th Street are now out of bags.

Thank you to our community for taking this proactive approach. We saw firsthand how our communities came together to help one another during this storm. We saw community members helping each other fill, carry and load these sandbags. Volunteers and staff from our governmental agencies pitched in to make this a successful effort.

Community members that did not obtain a sandbag can still take a proactive measure to protect their homes and neighborhoods. Most households won't need sandbags to protect your home from potential flooding. See the attached graphic on "Thinking beyond the sandbag" for additional ideas.
To protect your residence you can also:

Clear your roof of snow
Pull snow away from your home to minimize contact with your siding and foundation vents
Clear your storm drain and catch basins
Clear the area around the fire hydrants

(Here's a link where you can find a storm drain and fire hydrant map:
https://maps.ci.bend.or.us/html5viewer/?viewer=hydrantviewer
Instructions to use this are on the home page that opens automatically. You can enter your address in the search to find what's in your neighborhood.)

Here is a link to find storm drains in Redmond, Oregon:

http://redmondoregon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=ab8eebaf447d4fdbb0f77810ed003c8b

The weather report has been ever-changing and now it's looking better in terms of potential flooding. Recent updates have reduced the amount expected rainfall and temperatures are not expected to rise significantly higher. The amount of runoff is not expected to be as severe as originally reported.

Remember, 911 is for emergencies only. If you need non-emergency police or fire assistance, the number is 541-693-6911. We encourage our community to call 211 information if you have questions or need information related to this storm.

Thank you for your vigilance during the past two weeks. Please use this event as an opportunity to determine how you can better prepare your property for future weather events. Your Deschutes County, City of Bend, City of Sister, City of Redmond, City of La Pine and Deschutes 911 governments are preparing to respond to future events and minimize the impacts.


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Attached Media Files: Thinking beyond the sandbag
Injury Two Vehicle Accident - Hwy 372 MP 10.5 (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/22/17 5:42 PM
Air Link landing
Air Link landing
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01/22/2017 at 1109 hours

Vehicle #1

Red 2001 Mazda B30 pickup
Operator's name withheld
17 yo female Bend, OR

Vehicle #2

Gray 2010 Honda Pilot
Operator: Perry, Carlene
47 yo female Bend, OR

Passenger: 10 yo male Bend, OR

By: Deputy Jim Whitcomb

NARRATIVE:

At the listed date and time the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to an injury motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles that occurred on Century Drive, Hwy 372, at about MP 10.5

The initial report was that a female was entrapped in a vehicle as a result of a possible head on collision. The road conditions at the time were icy and or snow packed. Two Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene as well as Bend Fire Medics and ODOT. An air resource was placed on standby.

Upon arrival at 1125 hours, it was confirmed the EB lane of travel was blocked with WB traffic being able to slowly pass by. Witnesses of the accident stated vehicle #1 was traveling WB at about 40-45 MPH and lost control on an icy section and swerved into the oncoming lane of travel. This resulted in vehicle #2 being unable to avoid a T-Bone type impact. Witnesses reported the driver of vehicle #2 was traveling EB at about 30-35 MPH. Several citizens stopped at the scene to assist with traffic flow and to provide temporary medical assistance to the operator of vehicle #1.

The operator and sole occupant of vehicle #1 needed to be extricated from the vehicle by Bend Fire personnel.

A landing zone was set up just east of the accident scene which required a shut down of both lanes of travel. Air-Link transported the female operator of vehicle #1 to St Charles Medical Center in Bend as a result of serious physical injuries. It was learned the operator had not been wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

The operator and passenger of vehicle # 2 were not injured and reported they were both wearing lap/shoulder seat belts.

Both vehicles sustained significant damage and the air bags in both vehicles had deployed.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to be extra mindful of the hazardous and varying road conditions that one may encounter while traveling to and from a snow park. Based on elevation changes and resulting temperature changes between our central Oregon towns and the snow parks, the road conditions will invariably change. There are areas of our mountainous roads that receive little to no sun throughout the day which can result in black ice just around a bend in the road.


Attached Media Files: Air Link landing
Cougar Killed in La Pine Neighborhood Released by: Sergeant Jayson Janes 541-693-6911 Location: Glenwood Drive, La Pine
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 01/21/17 6:13 PM
NARRATIVE: Within the past week the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has investigated three reported attacks of domestic animals by a cougar in the La Pine area. The first report was in the area of Coyote Road in La Pine. The reporting person advised their dog had been attacked by a cougar. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed the dog had been attacked by a cougar. At that time a trapper was contacted through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The next report was on Pine Forest Dr. in La Pine regarding a cougar on the person's front porch. The reporting person was calling their cat inside their residence when the owner observed the cougar on their front porch with the deceased cat.

On January 21, 2017 at approximately 1223 AM Deschutes County Deputies received a call regarding a report of a cougar attacking a dog on Glenwood Dr. in La Pine. The reporting person advised he believed the cougar was located under his deck. Deputies responded to the scene and located the cougar under the reporting person's deck. The Deputies ultimately shot the cougar due to the danger it posed to the community.

There are numerous houses in this neighborhood which is located less than one quarter of a mile from a day care, and approximately one mile from Rosland Elementary School.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted during the investigation by the Oregon State Police.
Vancouver Man Killed In Interstate 205 Crash - Clackamas County
Oregon State Police - 01/22/17 9:43 AM
On January 21, 2017 at about 4AM, emergency personnel responded to the report of a pedestrian that was struck on Interstate 205 near milepost 2 (Stafford Area). Upon emergency crews arriving on scene they discovered the adult male pedestrian was deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Freightliner towing a box trailer was traveling northbound on Interstate 205 in the center lane of the available three lanes when he observed a person run onto the highway. The driver, Robert R BARNCORD, age 40, of Salem, was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian, Kevin J HIDALGO, age 26, of Vancouver, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicated HIDALGO was crossing the highway from the inside shoulder and directly in front of the truck. Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation. Interstate 205 (northbound) was closed for four hours while the investigation was conducted. More information will be released when it becomes available.
Arrest Made In Death Of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg Nearly A Decade Later (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/21/17 12:34 PM
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On January 20, 2017, it was learned that Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO, age 29, was arrested in the Mexican state of Puebla on an arrest warrant for the death of Marion County Deputy Kelly Fredinburg and another man in June of 2007.

On June 16, 2007 Deputy Fredinburg was enroute to an emergency call southbound on Highway 99E north of Gervais when his patrol car was struck head-on by a northbound vehicle driven by Alfredo De JESUS ASCENCIO. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene. Deputy Fredinburg joined the Marion County Sheriff's Office in August 2006 after working the previous six years for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. He was 33 years old when he died.

De JESUS ASCENCIO, who was 20 years of age at the time of the crash, was treated for critical injuries at a Portland-area hospital. De JESUS ASCENCIO had two passengers one of which died the next day at a Portland area hospital. He was identified as nineteen year old Oscar ASCENCIO AMAYA.

Oregon State Police investigated the crash and received an indictment on August 3rd, 2007 for two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide on De JESUS ASCENCIO. It was learned he fled the US to Mexico to avoid prosecution around the time of the indictment.

De JESUS ASCENCIO was believed to be hiding in Mexico and there was no chance of him being returned to the US due to the limitations in the extradition treaty. In 2010 Oregon prosecutors sought an Article 4 prosecution which allows certain crimes committed in the US to be prosecuted by the Mexican judicial system.

In 2010, OSP investigators traveled to Mexico and filed the Article 4 paperwork in front of the Procurador General de la República (PGR), which is the equivalent of the Attorney General's Office in the US, and presented them with all police reports translated into Spanish. The case went to a Mexican federal judge for review. In 2011, OSP learned that the judge had approved the Article 4 paperwork and a warrant was issue for De JESUS ASCENCIO's arrest. Since that time, OSP, the Marion County District Attorney's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and FBI have collaborated in efforts in locating De JESUS ASCENCIO.

Interpol, in coordination with FBI agents working in Mexico and in Salem, determined De JESUS ASCENCIO's location. On January 20, 2017, Interpol confirmed the arrest to the FBI. He is currently being held in custody while the Article 4 process continues.

Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers commented today saying, "It has been nearly 10 years since the tragic loss of Deputy Kelly Fredinburg. While no one has ever given up hope that the individual responsible for this tragedy would be apprehended, it has been an emotional, trying and difficult journey to reach this point. I would like to thank the Marion County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police for their tenacity with this investigation. I also express my heartfelt condolences to the Fredinburg family, as this capture may bring relief, but also a renewed sense of loss. My sincere hope is for justice and healing as this case proceeds ahead."

This is a preliminary release. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Coos Bay Woman Killed In Highway 101 Crash - Coos County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/21/17 6:50 AM
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On January 20, 2017 at about 6PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 101 near milepost 241 (just south of Coos Bay). Emergency personnel crews arrived on scene and found an adult female deceased.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1996 Honda Accord attempted to cross Highway 101 from Millington Frontage Rd near milepost 241. The Honda was struck by a 1992 Chevrolet pickup that had been traveling southbound on Highway 101. The driver of the Honda, Kelly J SMITH, a 55 year old female from Coos Bay, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet, Ronald L RANDOLPH, a 57 year old male from Myrtle Point, was taken to Bay Area Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Highway 101 was reduced to one lane, both northbound and southbound, while the investigation was conducted. OSP was assisted by Millington Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. No further information to be released at this time.


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Two-Deer Poaching Case in the Wolf Creek area - Lane County
Oregon State Police - 01/19/17 6:22 PM
On October 26, 2016, a Lane County Sheriff Deputy stopped a pickup truck being operated by Hunter Dillen JOHNSON, age 19, of Noti, Oregon. The Deputy discovered the carcasses of a Black-tailed deer doe and a Black-tailed deer spike in the bed of the pickup. JOHNSON produced a hunting license and tag issued to another person. The Deputy called the Oregon State Police to investigate.

Trooper Todd Cutsforth, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife, responded to investigate. The investigation revealed that JOHNSON had shot and killed both deer that date, one with a .22 caliber rimfire rifle. JOHNSON had already filled his valid tag earlier in the season and had no right to be hunting additional deer.

On January 18, 2017, JOHNSON plead guilty to five charges: Unlawful Borrowing of Deer Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe without Valid Tag, Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Doe (Exceeding Bag Limit), Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike without Valid Tag, and Unlawful Taking of Black-tailed Deer Spike (Prohibited Method-Rimfire Rifle).

JOHNSON was sentenced to three years court probation, a three-year suspension of all hunting privileges, four days in the Lane County Jail with a recommendation it be served on the Road Crew, $2,000 restitution to the State of Oregon for the taking of the deer, and a special condition of probation that he not participate in any hunting excursions during the period of probation.

Oregon State Police donated the seized deer to a local church in the Florence area for dispersal to families in need. Additionally, OSP seized two rifles in JOHNSON's possession which were ordered forfeited to OSP.

By law, wildlife is the property of the State of Oregon. No person shall angle for, take, hunt, trap or possess, or assist another in angling for, taking, hunting, trapping or possessing any wildlife in violation of the wildlife laws and established rules.


Information on the TIP Reward Program:

The Turn-In-Poachers (TIP) reward program is sponsored by the Oregon Hunters Association. Rewards are paid for information leading to the arrest/conviction of person(s) for the illegal possession, killing, taking, and/or waste of deer, elk, antelope, bear, cougar, big horn sheep, mountain goat, moose, and/or game birds.

TIP rewards can also be given for the illegal taking, netting, snagging, and/or dynamiting of salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, and/or large numbers of any fish listed in Oregon statute as a game fish.

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

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

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:
TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)
TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)
OSP Troopers Patrolling Mule Deer Winter Ranges - Central Oregon
Oregon State Police - 01/19/17 2:55 PM
OSP Fish and Wildlife Troopers will be conducting saturation patrols on Oregon's "winter ranges" to protect deer and elk from illegal activity and poachers. These areas are vital to deer and elk in order to avoid heavy snowfall, have access to food sources and rear their offspring.

Not only will there be patrols on the ground, OSP F&W aircraft will be flying daytime and nighttime missions over these areas. Troopers will be searching for those violating road closures and "spotlighters".

Saturation patrols will occur in the White River Wildlife Area, Silver Lake Unit, Fort Rock Unit, Paulina Unit and Metolius Unit. These units are home to thousands of wintering deer and elk.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1002/101096/WINTER_RANGE_2017.docx
Redding California Man Arrested on Sex Abuse Crimes - Jackson County
Oregon State Police - 01/18/17 7:03 PM
On January 17, 2017, the Oregon State Police Criminal Division began an investigation into a runaway 13 year-old female from Josephine County. She was reported to be in the company of an adult male.

At about 8:00 a.m., on January 18, 2017, a patrol trooper stopped to check on a disabled motorist on Interstate 5 at milepost nine, south of Ashland. The trooper identified the female juvenile and determined she was the listed runaway from Josephine County. The detective assigned to the case responded and continued the investigation. The victim and suspect met through an adult dating website.

The suspect, Francis Marcel WARD, age 21, of Redding, California, was arrested on sexual abuse related charges from Josephine County and additional charges will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office at a later date. WARD was processed and lodged at the Josephine County Correctional Facility.

This is an active investigation and no further information is to be released at this time.

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Highway 140 West Crash Kills Two from California - Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 01/18/17 4:35 PM
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On January 17, 2017, at about 10:52 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 140 West near milepost 38 (1/2 mile east of Dead Indian Memorial Road).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup, operated by Chu VANG, age 51, and female passenger Pa VANG, age 47, both of Sacramento California, was traveling westbound when it lost control and slid sideways into the path of an eastbound 2008 International box semi-truck, operated by Denny CHOATE, age 38, of Grants Pass. The International impacted the passenger side of the Toyota causing extensive damage. Chu VANG and Pa VANG suffered fatal injuries while CHOATE suffered minor injuries and declined emergency medical care.

The roadway was snow-covered, yet was plowed and sanded. Information indicates that speed may have been a contributing factor. Seatbelts were utilized and airbags deployed.

Highway 140 West was closed for approximately one hour following the crash. One lane was opened for three hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by Rocky Point Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). More information will be released when it becomes available.

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Transportation
High winds, blowing snow, ice and freezing rain close freeway, create challenging driving contions
ODOT: East. Ore. - 01/17/17 4:50 PM
Motorists are reminded to continually check weather reports and TripCheck.com for update highway conditions before heading out on the road. Currently, Interstate 84 is closed through the Columbia Gorge due to ice and hazardous driving conditions. The freeway is closed between Troutdale at mile post 17 and Hood River at mile post 62. In eastern Oregon the Westbound freeway is also closed in La Grande at Exit 265 due to crashes, blowing snow, high winds and hazardous conditions.

Travelers will need to use alternate routes or wait until the freeway opens.

If using alternate routes, be mindful that GPS navigation devices/phone apps do not indicated road conditions of detour routes. Stay safe and stay on main highways.

Icy, slick roadways and snowy conditions can be expected along many eastern Oregon highways, combined with high winds, blowing snow and snow drifts. High winds may also result in down trees and/or powerlines. Drive with extreme caution or postpone travel until conditions improve.
OR 58 Willamette Highway rockfall area active (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 01/18/17 1:08 PM
Rockfall cleanup on Hwy 58 - 2
Rockfall cleanup on Hwy 58 - 2
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With the warmer temperatures, a rock fall area has become active again on OR 58 Willamette Highway near milepost 54, just west of the Salt Creek Tunnel.

Travelers are advised to be aware of the possibility of rocks and debris on the roadway, and expect delays for cleanup when needed.


Attached Media Files: Rockfall cleanup on Hwy 58 - 2 , Rockfall cleanup on Hwy 58 - 1
Military
Oregon National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration in D.C. (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 01/17/17 2:33 PM
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SALEM, Oregon -- Nearly 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force -- District of Columbia (JTF -- DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.

Oregon Soldiers from the 1186th Military Police Company, 821st Troop Command Battalion, based in Salem, Oregon, will assist district and federal agencies with security, including crowd management, traffic control, and assisting with the flow of people in and out of the area during the inaugural events.

In addition, Oregon National Guard public affairs personnel will assist with highlighting the overall National Guard participation in this historical event. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard's participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.

"Partnering with local, federal security and public safety agencies during the 58th Presidential Inauguration is just one more example of how the Oregon National Guard is "Always Ready, Always There," said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.

The Oregon National Guard routinely supports civil authorities when needed during major events and is able to seamlessly integrate with interagency partners.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the joint task force. The District of Columbia National Guard specifically created JTF - DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. The National Guard task force will supplement security, communication, medical evacuation and other support capabilities.

A crowd of 800,000 to 1-million is estimated to attend this national event. Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel during the inaugural events. The National Guardsmen will provide assistance to local civilian authorities as requested. All National Guard forces supporting the Inauguration will be sworn in as Special Police by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. However, the National Guardsmen will not be armed. This support ensures that the hundreds of thousands of expected spectators will be able to move around smoothly and safely before, during and after the Inauguration events.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today's National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington during the procession from Mount Vernon, Va., to his inauguration ceremony in New York City. The National Guard has continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.

Media interested in covering Oregon National Guard assets supporting the Inauguration may call (202) 685-9700 or email interview requests to JTFDCPress@gmail.com.

Photos and video of JTF-DC are available for download via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS): https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/JTFNCR58

Follow the National Guard in action with hashtags #NG2017Inauguration, #NGInauguration2017, #PI58, #NationalGuard.

More information and updates can be found at these websites:
Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC): http://www.dcng-inauguration.com/
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR): http://inauguralsupport.mdw.army.mil
Congressional Inaugural Committee: www.inaugural.senate.gov

Photo caption:
Joint service members salute while the stand-in presidential motorcade drives along Pennsylvania Avenue during the Department of Defense Dress Rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 15, 2017, in preparation for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Reserve and National Guard components, will provide ceremonial and other support to civil authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. John Raufmann)


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9-1-1 Operators to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy / DPSST
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/19/17 3:56 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 102nd Basic Telecommunications Class.

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

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

Basic Telecommunications #BT102 Graduation will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. Telephone: 503-378-2100. The guest speaker is Director Steve Watson of the Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District.

DPSST would like to invite you to join us in observing the ceremony and congratulating Basic Telecommunications #BT102 on their successful completion of basic training.

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

Reception immediately following.

Members of Basic Telecommunications Class #102

Dispatcher Stephen Akins
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Trainee Elizabeth Alexa
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Communication Specialist Nichole Ault
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Telecommunicator Lisa Bauman
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Adelaide Blanchard
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Joella Blomstrom
Toledo Police Department

Dispatcher Susan Brazeau
Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety

Telecommunicator 2 Arin Clements
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Sue Darger
Brookings Police Department

Communications Specialist 1 Kahla Davis
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Nathaniel Durham
Oregon State Police

Telecommunicator Jason Fojaco
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Communications Specialist Hannah Francis
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Telecommunicator Renae Frey-Koenig
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries

Dispatcher Joshua Gibbons
Sweet Home Police Department

Communications Specialist 1 Hunter Gunderson
Central Lane Communications Center

Communications Officer Lander Haasken
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Jacob Houck
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Telecommunicator 2 Ryan Lesly
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Michelle Little
Bureau of Emergency Communications
Communications Officer 1 Stacy Manning
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Officer Andrew Martin
John Day Police Department

Dispatcher Cassandra McCrea
Toledo Police Department

Communications Officer Mallory Morrison
Brookings Police Department

Communications Specialist Wojciech Piatek
Central Lane Communications Center

Dispatcher Erica Psaltis
Prineville Police Department

Public Communications Officer Lacey Schaff
Prineville Police Department

Telecommunicator Terry Scott
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Trainee Maliena Slaymaker
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Dispatcher Trainee Amanda Thomas
Bureau of Emergency Communications

Telecommunicator 2 Andrew Tuttle
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Trainee Daniel Weisenburg
Bureau of Emergency Communications

## Background Information on the BPSST and 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 - 01/18/17 4:04 PM
For Immediate Release
January 18, 2017
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 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 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 -- November 8, 2016
Approve the minutes of the November 8, 2016 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

3. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Training Compliance Unit
Presented by Robert Sigleer

4. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0020 -- Review of Public Comment
Presented by Jennifer Howald

5. Proposed Rule Change for OAR 259-008-0025 -- Adds Requirement for 8 Hours of Firearms/Use of Force Training and Amends Corresponding Time Extension Language
Presented by Jennifer Howald

6. Eric Banick DPSST # 52200 -- Marion County Sheriff's Office; Basic Corrections Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds


7. Alicia Thurman (Young) DPSST # 42597 -- Warm Springs Police Department; Basic Corrections Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Marie Tyler DPSST #21119 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office; Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory, Management, and Executive Corrections Certifications and Instructor Certification
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

9. Michael Badilla DPSST #56937 -- Crook County Sheriff's Office; Application for Training and Subsequent Certification
Presented by Katrina Robson

10. Department Update

11. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting -- May 9, 2017 at 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.
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training - Meeting Announcement
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 01/17/17 12:10 PM
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training January 26, 2017 Notice of Regular Meeting

The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be made to Theresa Janda at least 48 hours before the meeting at
(503) 373-1553 or theresa.janda@state.or.us.

1. Welcome New Member -- Ray Byrd - and Introductions

2. Consent Agenda (The following items to be ratified by one vote)

A. Minutes - Approve minutes from the October 27, 2016 meeting

B. (Consent Agenda Item B moved to regular agenda for discussion)

C. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0075, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amend drafted language requiring public safety professionals to report arrests, adding "or criminal citations" to DPSST, as presented. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

D. OAR 259-008-0065 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Adds maintenance for certification for corrections officers, parole and probation officers and regulatory specialists, includes additional amendments to clarify maintenance requirements and processes. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

E. OAR 259-008-0090 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Updates rule language to reflect changes in the submission of training records to DPSST. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016 with clarifications to section (7).

F. OAR 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0085 - Proposed Rule Change -- Approve.
Provides recommended updates and clarifies retest options for PCOD/CCOD courses. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016 and Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

G. OAR 259-061-0018 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the expert witness exemption from licensure as a private investigator. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016

H. OAR 259-061-0010 and 259-061-0110 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends rule language regarding the application and process for temporary investigator licensure. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.
I. OAR 259-060-0015 et al -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Review of public comment regarding proposed rule language to amend and adopt responsibilities and compliance regarding use of prohibited business name per HB 4142. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

J. OAR 259-060-0010 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. Amends definition of "Alarm Monitoring Facility" to exclude a facility that provides temporary services during an outage or emergency. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

K. Updated 2016 Unarmed Private Security Training Course (Curriculum) and 2016 Unarmed Private Security Refresher Course -- Approve. Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

L. Unarmed Curriculum Testing -- Approve. Allows for DPSST curriculum staff to compose test questions based on approved curriculum and learning outcomes and to update questions if needed for clarification or ORS/OAR updates. Updates effecting Learning Goals and Outcomes would be forwarded to Unarmed Subcommittee and PSIPC for review. 8/2 Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

M. Christian Fritz DPSST#F28303 (Sandy RFPD/ #72) -- Not Discharge for Cause -- Not Revoke
5/4 vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

N. Geanna Harrison DPSST#F29281 (Warrenton Fire Department)) - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

O. Lyndon B. Johnson DPSST#32221 (Evans Valley Fire District #6) -- Revoke, Not allow to re-apply for two years. Unanimous vote to recommend Revocation and 8/1 vote to recommend to not allow re-application for two years to the Board by the FPC on November 16, 2016.

P. Marc Brodeur DPSST#43446 (Yamhill County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to revoke and 8/6 vote to recommend a 5-year ineligibility to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

Q. Richard Tirico DPSST#23776 (John Day Police Department) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

R. Jordan Kirksey DPSST#54339 (Linn County Sheriff's Office) - Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

S. Bryan Holman DPSST#56585 (Warm Springs Police Department) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

T. Adam Garner DPSST#49574 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

U. Dawn Kennard DPSST#32548 (Marion County Sheriff's Office) -- Revoke. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

V. Michael Yanez DPSST#56333 (DOC CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

W. Patrick Williamson DPSST#56589 (DOC -- EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

X. Bradley Kaye DPSST#56605 (Lane County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Y. Joseph Hutchison (Grant County Sheriff's Office) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

Z. Dustin Herron DPSST#56417 (DOC - TRCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

AA. Sabrina Herrera DPSST#56571(DOC - CCCF) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

BB. Tyrel Caswell DPSST#56431 (DOC - EOCI) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

CC. Matthew Allen DPSST#56379 (DOC) -- Not Deny Application for Training and Subsequent Certification. Unanimous vote recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016.

DD. Daniel C. Kor PSID#03990 (Bravo Event Services Inc.) -- Assess Civil Penalty
Vote to recommend to the Board by the PSIPC on November 15, 2016.

3. OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 250-008-0070, 259-008-0080 -- Proposed Rule Change -- Approve. The Criminal Justice Denial/Revocation Workgroup recommendations for denial and revocation standards. Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the TPC on November 2, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the CPC on November 8, 2016, Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by the PPC on November 17, 2016.

4. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

5. Policy Committee Update

6. Next Meeting Date: April 27, 2017

Requires a vote by the Board.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 40,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county, tribal 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 20,000 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Oregon Home Care Commission to meet Feb. 2 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/20/17 9:19 AM
Salem, Oregon -- The Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) will meet on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m., at 676 Church Street NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

The agenda includes public testimony; reports from the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, Oregon Disabilities Commission, Oregon Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities, DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) program, community advisory councils and coordinated care organizations; provider time capture project, quarterly APD update, OHCC Legislative Committee bill reports; brainstorming session/future agenda topics and staff reports.

There will be a working lunch, followed by workforce development update and Executive Director's report. The full agenda is attached. The agenda is subject to change.
A call-in number is available for people unable to attend in person: 888-278-0296, dial access code 7999724#.

The commission meets on the first Thursday of every month.

The Oregon Home Care Commission welcomes visitors to its meetings. People who need any type of accommodation due to a disability should contact Joanna Gould at 503-378-4984 or joanna.m.gould@state.or.us 48 hours prior to the meeting.

About the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC)
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). OHCC 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 http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/seniors-disabilities/hcc and "Like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonHomeCareCommission.


Attached Media Files: February agenda
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee to meet Friday, January 20 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 01/17/17 9:48 AM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee meets Friday, January 20 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Announcements, public comment, old business, subcommittees, new business, agenda items for next meeting, adjourn.

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

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

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Theresa Powell theresa.a.powell@state.or.us
Oregon businesses invited to take a 'Safety Break' May 10
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/20/17 9:23 AM
(Salem) -- May 10 is a day to come together and reflect on and talk about why workplace safety and health matter in our lives. It's a day to put safety into action and to renew our commitment to preventing on-the-job injury, illness, and death.

Employers across Oregon are invited to participate in Safety Break for Oregon on Wednesday, May 10, event aimed at raising awareness and promoting the value of safety and health in shielding workers from harm. Now in its 14th year, Safety Break encourages employers to bolster workplace safety and health with training, award recognition gatherings, or other creative activities.

Oregon OSHA coordinates Safety Break, which is voluntary for employers. Businesses and other employers can decide what activities are most beneficial to their workforce.

"This stand-down provides an opportunity for employers and their workers to pause and remember the high value they should place on safety and health while on the job," said Michael Wood, Oregon OSHA administrator. "It's an opportunity to celebrate past successes and to review the reasons behind those successes. It's also a time to reflect on current challenges and to look to the future with a renewed commitment to identifying and eliminating hazards."

Safety Break encourages employees and managers to work together to identify safety and health concerns. The result of this cooperation can lead to fewer injuries and reduced workers' compensation costs for employers.

Companies that participate will be entered to win one of three $100 checks, to be used for a luncheon of their choice, when they sign up online by Friday, May 5: http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/signup.aspx. The prizes will be given to participating companies as part of a random drawing. The Oregon SHARP Alliance is sponsoring the contest.

For more information, ideas on how to host an event, or to download graphics, visit the Safety Break for Oregon website at http://osha.oregon.gov/safetybreak/Pages/index.aspx.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.
2017 Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/18/17 12:00 PM
(Salem) -- Registration is open for the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 6-9, 2017, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 150 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest.

"This event provides a unique opportunity for organizations to breathe new life into their commitment to on-the-job safety and health," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "Everyone from professionals in the field to employers, supervisors and workers on the front lines can use GOSH as a fresh reminder of why workplace health and safety matters. Ultimately, it's about bringing people together to soak up new knowledge, discuss best safety and health practices, and to tackle emerging issues -- all with the goal of sending workers home safe to their family and friends."

Keynote speaker Todd Conklin will present "Thinking Differently About Safety" on Tuesday, March 7. Conklin, who has a doctorate in organizational behavior, spent 25 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a senior advisor for organizational and safety culture. He speaks all over the world to executives, groups, and work teams who are interested in better understanding the relationship between workers in the field and an organization's systems, processes, and programs.

Conklin's presentation will focus on the human performance theory of safety, where investigations are conducted before accidents happen. "Safety is not the absence of events," he said. "Safety is the presence of defenses."

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) encourages safety committee members, emerging environmental health and safety professionals, safety managers, and human resources personnel to mark their calendars for the 2017 GOSH Conference.

The event will offer session tracks on many specialties, including:
Construction
Workplace violence prevention
Motor vehicle safety
Emergency response and preparedness
Communication and training
Utilities
Craft brewing and winemaking

Back by popular demand is the Columbia Forklift Challenge and registration is open to participants. Trained forklift drivers will compete for cash in an obstacle course designed to test their skills and safe operation on Wednesday, March 8.

The GOSH Conference is a joint effort of the American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter and Oregon OSHA.

For more information on the conference schedule, events or to register, go to www.oregongosh.com.


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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Feb. 1 is the deadline for Oregon students to enter workplace safety contest
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 01/17/17 10:43 AM
(Salem) -- There is still time for Oregon high school students to let their video skills shine in service of a good cause: increasing awareness about safety on the job for young workers. The deadline to submit their creative work in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

Students must create a 90-second or less video that inspires young workers to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The video must include the theme: "Speak up. Work safe." The video must educate young workers about the importance of speaking up in the workplace. Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to develop a key message or slogan, use humor, and get creative while emphasizing ways to protect themselves -- and their co-workers -- from getting hurt on the job.

Submissions will be judged on the following:
An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
"Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event this spring, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube.

In the past, student winners wrote and sang original music as part of their "safety musical," while other finalists relied on storytelling through oddball characters or serious themes that touched on the potential for on-the-job accidents.

Starting this year, students may submit their videos online.

For detailed contest information, including tips, rules, entry forms, workplace safety and young worker resources, and a playlist of past finalist videos, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/contest/.

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) organizes the contest. The sponsors are Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local Oregon chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, the SHARP Alliance, the Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the SafeBuild Alliance, Hoffman Construction, and Construction Safety Summit.

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

The Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) is a nonprofit dedicated to preventing young worker injuries and fatalities. O[yes] members include safety and health professionals, educators, employers, labor and trade associations, and regulators. For more information, go to http://youngemployeesafety.org/.
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 01/17/17 11:56 AM
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
Dtanyum Arnold Huey
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2017-01/1070/101018/thumb_Huey.jpg
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 8:14 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Dtanyum Huey, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell, where he was the sole occupant. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 8:40 a.m.

Huey entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on December 1, 2016 on one count of escape in the second degree out of Klamath County. His earliest release date was December 2, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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Attached Media Files: Dtanyum Arnold Huey
ODF Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet Jan. 25 in Springfield
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 01/20/17 2:07 PM
Release date: January 20, 2017

Contact:
Bobbi Doan, Public Affairs Specialist, bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov, 503-945-7506
Kyle Abraham, Deputy Chief Private Forests Division, kyle.abraham@oregon.gov, 503-945-7473


The Northwest and Southwest Oregon Regional Forest Practices Committees will meet Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service/Bureau of Land Management Springfield office, located at 3106 Pierce Parkway.

Regional Forest Practices Committees are panels of citizens -- mandated under Oregon law -- that advise the Oregon Board of Forestry on current forestry issues and forest management approaches. Three Regional Forest Practices Committees, serving the Northwest, Southwest and Eastern regions of the state, were created by the 1971 Oregon Forest Practices Act. Members are qualified by education or experience in natural resource management. Under Oregon law, a majority of Regional Forest Practices Committees members must be private forest landowners, timber owners or authorized representatives who regularly engage in forest operations.

Agenda items include the Eastern Oregon/Siskiyou Region Streamside Protections Review and Bald Eagle rule language. Other items on the agenda are:
Updates on the Oregon Department of Forestry's budget reduction planning, the make-up of the Board of Forestry, and the 2017 Legislative Session
An overview of the Specified Resource Site review

Members of the public may attend the meeting and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to the Oregon Department of Forestry at 503-945-7248.
Oregon's forests are among one of the state's most valued resources, providing a balanced mix of environmental, economic and social benefits.
Find the meeting agenda and learn more about ODF's Regional Forest Practices Committees here.

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Bobbi Doan | Public Affairs Specialist
Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem Campus
Office: (503) 945-7506
Cell: (503) 507-4481
Bobbi.j.doan@oregon.gov
Marijuana tax collection numbers updated
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/20/17 1:56 PM
SALEM, Ore.--As of December 31, 2016, the Department of Revenue has received $60.2 million in marijuana tax payments since the state began taxing recreational marijuana in January 2016. Additional marijuana tax data is available at www.oregon.gov/dor/stats.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.dor@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
First tax return for marijuana retailers due soon
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 01/17/17 8:24 AM
The year is just starting, but for many who sold recreational marijuana in October, November or December, there are already tax obligations they need to fulfill.

For medical marijuana dispensaries that were selling recreational marijuana products under the temporary early start provisions--which ended December 31--their final returns and tax remittances are due by January 31. For retailers who were licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) during fourth-quarter 2016, their first returns are also due by the end of January. Dispensaries will file their final returns on paper, but retailers are required to file electronically using Revenue Online at www.oregon.gov/dor. Many businesses will be responsible for filing two returns for the fourth quarter: one on paper, and one online.

Businesses making payments in cash should schedule their payment appointments as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of appointments available throughout the month, and those for the end of the month tend to fill up quickly.

Additionally, with the end of early start, the permanent state tax rate of 17 percent is now in effect for all recreational marijuana sales, and those sales can only be made at licensed retail facilities. Consumers in many areas throughout Oregon may see an additional 3-percent local tax added to their recreational marijuana purchases.

The majority of municipalities with this additional local tax are entering into agreements authorizing the Oregon Department of Revenue to collect local marijuana taxes on their behalf. This will determine how businesses file and remit their local taxes. If the Department of Revenue is collecting for the municipality, businesses will file one quarterly return and make one monthly remittance for both state and local taxes. If the municipality is handling their own collections, businesses will have to work with the local government to determine local filing and remittance requirements. They'll still be responsible for filing and remitting state taxes as required by the Department of Revenue.

For more information about state and local recreational marijuana taxes, visit www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana or contact the Department of Revenue's Marijuana Tax Program by phone at (503) 947-2597 or email at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov. For questions about licensing for recreational marijuana retailers, visit the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's (OLCC) website at www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon December 2016 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 01/18/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Dropped to 4.6 Percent in December


Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in December, from 5.0 percent in November. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in December, down from 5.3 percent in December 2015. Oregon's unemployment rate and its decline over the year are comparable with the U.S.

In December, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 5,000, which was more than the average monthly gain of 4,400 experienced over the prior 12 months. This followed a strong November gain of 5,200 jobs, as revised. December gains were strongest in professional and business services (+1,200 jobs) and government (+1,100). Three other industries added close to 700 jobs: financial activities (+700); health care and social assistance (+700); and construction (+600). Only one major industry had a substantial monthly job loss, as transportation, warehousing and utilities cut 500 jobs.

Over-the-year growth in Oregon continued at a robust pace as payroll employment grew by 2.9 percent since December 2015, nearly double the U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent. In Oregon, industries growing the fastest during 2016 were construction (+7,000 jobs, or 8.1%); other services (+3,000 jobs, or 4.8%); professional and business services (+10,600 jobs, or 4.5%); and health care and social assistance (+10,200 jobs, or 4.5%). No industry declined over the past 12 months, but manufacturing (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%) and retail trade (+1,200 jobs, or 0.6%) each expanded by less than 1 percent.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the December county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, January 24th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for January on Tuesday, February 28th.??NLG


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

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

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this Official Oregon Series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the April, May and June 2016 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 December 2016
Oregon Health Policy Board to meet for retreat January 19 in Eugene
Oregon Health Authority - 01/18/17 4:49 PM
January 18, 2016

Contact: Jeff Scroggin, 541-999-6983, jeffrey.scroggin@state.or.us (meeting information or accommodations)

The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold a retreat meeting January 19 in Eugene at the Eugene Hilton.

When: Thursday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Hilton Hotel, 66 E Sixth Ave, Wilder I/ Hansberry Room, Eugene. Members of the public can listen by dialing 1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042#.

Agenda: Welcome; director's report; role of the board; CCO's of the Future recommendations; waiver update and federal policy update; Action Plan for Health

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2016-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet January 20 in Wilsonville
Oregon Health Authority - 01/18/17 1:46 PM
January 18, 2017

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

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

When: Friday, January 20, 9 a.m. to noon. Public testimony will be heard at 9:15 a.m.

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 210, 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
-- Listen-only conference line: 1-888-204-5984, participant code 1277-166. The telephone will be unmuted during public testimony.

Agenda: Welcome and consent agenda; public testimony; continue equity measure discussion; patient experience measure discussion; wrap-up / adjourn.

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

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

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Housing Stability Council - SPECIAL MEETING
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 01/20/17 5:08 PM
AGENDA
1:00 Special Meeting Called to Order - Roll Call
1:01 Public Comment Session
1:30 Executive Session - Discussion of documented information relating to Low Income Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program transactions currently in the OHCS pipeline as background for understanding the potential impact of and future consideration of options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing.
2:45 Public Meeting resumes
3:00 Meeting Adjourned

Notice of Special Meeting:
The Oregon Housing Stability Council will hold a special meeting at 1:00 pm on January 27, 2017 at 725 Summer Street, NE, Room 237, Salem, Oregon. The meeting will focus on documented information relating to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program transactions currently in the OHCS pipeline as background for understanding the potential impact of and future consideration of options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing.

Notice of Executive Session:
The Oregon Housing Stability Council will hold an executive session at 1:30 pm on January 27, 2017 at 725 Summer Street, NE, Room 1A, Salem, Oregon. During the session, the Council will consider information or records that are exempt from disclosure by law as background for a future discussion on how the Council and the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) can best respond to changes in LIHTC pricing. The executive session is being held pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(f).

An agenda and informational materials are attached. The Council invites public comment relating to the attached agenda and informational materials, including options for responding to changes in LIHTC pricing. Written public comments will be accepted through 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 25, 2017 and may be sent via electronic mail to kris.j.klemm@oregon.gov. In addition, and as reflected in the attached agenda, the Special Meeting will commence with a public comment period of up to 30 minutes for members of the public wishing to provide public comment in person. Individual in-person public comment time may be limited.


Attached Media Files: 2017-01/1810/101128/012717_HSC_Meeting-Material-Packet.pdf
Stocking stuffer leads to $4.2 million Megabucks jackpot
Oregon Lottery - 01/19/17 3:00 PM
Jan. 19, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- On a whim, a Salem couple used their winnings from Scratch-it tickets they received for Christmas to buy a Megabucks ticket. Thanks to that spur of the moment purchase Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion won the $4.2 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

Gasperini and Erion usually only buy Oregon Lottery tickets for birthdays and holidays, and almost always Scratch-its. So after getting Scratch-its for Christmas, Gasperini took the winnings from those Scratch-Its and broke with their normal tradition; he bought an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket for three drawings instead.

By winning the $4.2 million jackpot, Gasperini became Oregon's 258th Megabucks millionaire. The couple split the prize.

The winning numbers were 4-31-40-41-45-48 for the Wednesday, Jan. 4 drawing. Gasperini matched all six numbers with her quick pick ticket.

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The couple purchased the ticket at the Safeway on South Commercial Street in Salem. The store will now receive a 1-percent sales bonus of $42,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Marine Board Approves Grant, Rulemaking
Oregon Marine Board - 01/19/17 9:22 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board approved a grant for Klamath County and approved initiating rulemaking for boat operations in Clatsop County during their quarterly Board meeting, held in Salem on January 18.

The Board approved a grant for Upper Klamath Lake's Wocus Bay boat ramp to remove existing piling, replace and extend the length of the piling for the debris deflection boom by ten feet. In April, 2016, the agency received a report that the piling was listing and the county was concerned the piling could become dislodged. The Board approved $35,000 in state boater funds to match $7,000 in administrative services, monitoring and inspection contributions by Klamath County for a project total of $42,000.

The Board also approved initiating rulemaking for Boat Operations in Clatsop County to change the 5-MPH speed restriction on the lower Skipanon River and in the Warrenton Small Boat Basin to "slow-no-wake," as defined in statewide rule.

To review the staff report and meeting agenda, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.
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Severe Weather Continues Across Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 01/18/17 3:15 PM
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon.
Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2017-01/3986/101062/thumb_ECC_activation_-_DHSJan_18.jpg
Freezing rain, ice, high winds and blowing snow create blizzard-like conditions in the Columbia River Gorge

SALEM, OR -- January 18, 2017 -- As severe weather continues to rage across the state, Oregon's Office of Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). OEM staff and state emergency support representatives are gathered to assist with resource requests as communities are pummeled with ice, high winds and blowing snow.

Interstate 84 is closed between Troutdale and Hood River due to ice; the highway is also closed between Pendleton to Ontario as blowing snow creates blizzard-like conditions. OEM and the Oregon Department of Transportation urges motorists to stay off the roads.

State ECC Manager Kelly Jo Craigmiles says that the ECC is facilitating resources for affected counties, as well as areas in eastern and central Oregon. Ice, flooding concerns, sandbags and snow removal are the biggest needs at this time, although power outages, landslides and avalanches are also a concern.

Numerous weather advisories and warnings (https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/or.php?x=1) are in place in all parts of Oregon, including:
- Ice storm warning for the east Columbia Gorge;
- Winter storm warning in the south central Oregon Cascades, the Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon Cascades;
- Flood advisory in Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Deschutes, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties;
- Flood watch for central coast range of western Oregon, central Oregon coast; central Willamette Valley, Coast Range of Northwest Oregon, the greater Portland-metro area and the North Oregon Coast.

In addition, wind advisories are in effect in the Grande Ronde Valley and foothills of the Northern Blue Mountains, with gusts reaching 75-85 miles per hour.

OEM encourages residents to stay informed. Watch local news, listen to local radio and use smartphone apps to receive up-to-date weather information. Sign up for local text alerts. Be 2 Weeks Ready (https://www.facebook.com/2WeeksReady/), have a communications plan and be prepared for power outages.

Check that emergency kits are stocked and readily accessible with flashlight(s), radio, batteries, food, water and blankets/extra clothes.
If you are using a generator, understand the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to use generators safely (http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/power-outage/safe-generator-use).
Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics. Turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
Leave one light turned on so you'll know when the power comes back on.
Check on family and neighbors to see if they are in need of support

Individuals who are vision impaired, hearing impaired or mobility impaired should take additional steps to prepare for disasters:

Ensure all assistive technology, communication devices and other power-dependent medical equipment is fully charged so that these devices are useable in the event of a power outage.
Call personal care attendants, dialysis and oxygen providers to identify support plans and/or make plans to stay with friends or family members in the event of a power outage.
Write out an emergency information card, including any medications, allergies, sensory or mobility impairments, equipment you need and emergency contact numbers.
If you live in an assisted living facility, find out what its emergency plans are.
If you're mobility impaired, identify two accessible escape routes.
Write an information card which includes the best way to communicate with you or move you if necessary.
If you must leave the house, have an emergency kit with essential medications, and extra food and water. If you have a service animal, make the kit has supplies for them as well.
If you must leave the house, have an emergency kit with essential medications and some extra food and water. If you have a service animal, make the kit has supplies for them as well.
Protect your service animal's feet: use boots or clean them off once you get inside.

In an emergency situation, contact 9-1-1.

About Oregon Office of Emergency Management:
Our mission is to lead statewide efforts to develop and enhance preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation capabilities to protect the lives, property and environment of the whole community.


Attached Media Files: Representatives from the Oregon Department of Human Services and the American Red Cross help to staff the State Emergency Coordination Center as winter weather continues across Oregon. , The Weather Channel alerts audiences about the possibility of severe snowfall in Oregon's Cascades Mountains.
22nd Annual Eagle Watch set for Feb. 25-26; youth eagle art contest deadline is Feb. 17
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/20/17 9:00 AM
Culver, OR -- The 22nd annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 25-26 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live in the Lake Billy Chinook area. Hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Portland General Electric (PGE), Crooked River Grassland, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (CTWS), the event features activities to explore the natural and cultural significance of the birds.

The two-day celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Festivities will be in "Eagle Village" at Round Butte Overlook Park's visitor center, 10 miles west of Madras.

"This is a fun, free weekend event perfect for the entire family," said Event Coordinator and OPRD Park Ranger Erin Bennett. "Visitors will have the opportunity to glimpse our resident bald eagles and golden eagles, as well as learn about the significance of the eagle to tribal culture and traditions."

Central Oregon students in 4th-12th grade can enter an Eagle Art Contest through 3 p.m. Feb. 17. Winners will be announced at lunch on Feb. 25 and their artwork will be on display during the celebration. Artwork can be dropped off at the Cove Palisades State Park or at your school's office. Contest rules are posted at covepalisades.wordpress.com.

Event attendees can meet Aquila, a rehabilitated golden eagle, as well as a great horned owl that lives at the Sunriver Nature Center. Saturday at noon, children can meet JR Beaver, Smokey Bear and Larry the Lightbulb. Children are also invited to participate in our eagle race (on Saturday) or make a bird feeder (on Sunday). Madras Garden Center will demonstrate how to create a backyard refuge to enjoy birdwatching year-round at your own home.

Wild eagle viewing will take place each day at Round Butte Overlook Park and two overlooks on Mountain View Road. Wildlife biologists have recorded eleven bald eagle pairs and nine golden eagle pairs living in the area year round, and migrant bald eagles join the resident birds from January through March. For those who want more, on Sunday at 4:30 pm attendees can go to Smith Rock State Park for an hour-long guided tour with Oregon Eagle Foundation volunteer David Vick.

The Quartz Creek Drummers and Dancers will provide a special presentation of tribal drumming and dancing sponsored by Warm Springs Power and Water Enterprises at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking at PGE's Round Butte Overlook Park is free. Attendees can purchase souvenirs and participate in a daily silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Oregon Eagle Foundation. Indian Fry bread proceeds will support sending local kids to the rodeo, and donations for lunch support Culver Middle School's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. Only cash and checks will be accepted; no ATM is on site.

For information, call Oregon State Parks Information at 800-551-6949 or The Cove Palisades State Park at 541-546-3412 or visit oregonstateparks.org. Information will also be posted on the Cove Palisades blog, The Cove Rattler, at covepalisades.wordpress.com and on Facebook.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to conduct public meeting for proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway in Maupin
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 01/17/17 10:00 AM
Maupin OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will hold a public meeting for a proposed Oregon Scenic Bikeway from 5:30-6:30 p.m Feb. 8 at the Imperial River Company, 304 Bakeoven Rd., Maupin.

The proposed 33-mile loop starts in Maupin and travels on existing roads through a high desert landscape carved with rivers. The bikeway passes through rural Tygh Valley, then continues along the White River and Deschutes River, with views of scenic Sherars Falls.

The meeting will consist of a presentation on the Oregon Scenic Bikeway Program and information on the proposed Sherars Falls Scenic Bikeway, followed by questions from attendees.

Public comment on the proposed bikeway will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment will be accepted both before and after the meeting until the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission acts on the proposed designation. Comments will be presented to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission before the commission votes on designation.

The State Scenic Bikeway Program designates the best-of-the-best road bike riding in Oregon. Currently, the program includes 15 designated bikeways, listed at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/index.aspx.

Send comments about the proposed bikeway to Alex Phillips at alex.phillips@oregon.gov
or to Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept., ATTN: Alexandra Phillips, 725 Summer St NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301-1266.
**CANCELLED** Oregon State Library Board Meeting in Salem, January 19 & 20, 2017
Oregon State Library - 01/17/17 2:50 PM
The Oregon State Library Board Meeting and Strategic Planning Session on January 19 and 20, 2017 has been canceled due to inclement weather in numerous areas of the state. The meeting will be rescheduled for late February or early March.
Charter and Private Schools
Insight school of Oregon - Painted Hills | Board of Directors Meeting
Insight School of Ore. - Painted Hills - 01/19/17 2:18 PM
Reminder: The ISOR-PH regular school board meeting set for Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 4:00pm has been canceled.

The next regular ISOR-PH board meeting will take place on Feb 16, 2017 @ 4:00pm.

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

1.Via Teleconference:
Conference Call Number: 1-888-824-5783
Conference Code Number: 54433245#

And

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

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

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

B. Insight School of Oregon Painted Hills Office
603 NW 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Organizations
Klamath Chamber Announces Winners of 96th Annual Chamber Awards
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 01/18/17 12:26 PM
Close to 250 guests enjoyed a Hollywood-style awards show on January 14th at the 96th Annual Klamath County Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala sponsored by US Bank. Chamber members were asked to nominate the businesses, organizations, or individuals that they felt best represented the spirit of the Gala.

The Best Place to Work category encompasses both businesses with fewer than 15 employees and businesses with more than 16 employees. These awards are granted to businesses that provide employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace. The winner of the 15 or less category was Emmett's Auto Repair. The nominators noted that the company puts family first, and the family oriented atmosphere infuses the organization. The winner of the 16 or more category was AirLink Critical Care Transport; the nominators were enthusiastic in their endorsement of AirLink's passion for the work they do and the happiness of their employees.
The concept behind the Big IDEA Innovation Award is to recognize an organization in any industry that employs new ideas or approaches to doing business. The winner in this category was RAD Used Bikes, for their innovative use of available components to repurpose old bicycles into new machines of transportation.

The Commitment to Community Award is awarded to an organization in any industry that demonstrates a successful approach to corporate social responsibility and can show a positive impact on the community. This year, one of the nominees was not an organization, but an individual who has tirelessly toiled above and beyond for the community. The winner of this award was William Riggs.

The 2016 Award for Environmental Leadership is granted to Steen Sports Park, for their efforts to provide sustainable solar energy has not gone unrecognized by the community. Awarded to any organization in any industry that demonstrates an alignment with clean energy or clean technology practices, the members of the Chamber thanked Steen Sports Park for their leadership in environmental sustainability.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is just that: recognition of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional business achievement and outstanding commitment to Klamath's business community over their lifetime. The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Greg Thede, whose nominators praised him for his advancements within the Klamath County School District system, his involvement in local government to improve the educational environment for students, and his endorsement of learning for all students.

The nominators for winner of the Pathfinder Award noted, "{He} is one of those people who moves mountains." In this case, the winner forges his own path through the mountain with humble leadership, expansive vision, and drive to succeed. Mark McCrary has led the Ross Ragland to the height of fine entertainment in Klamath, while providing countless children with opportunities to learn and grow with theater summer programs and was therefore awarded the Pathfinder award.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurism award was given to Eric Wilson of Grovolution. Part of the Catalyze Klamath movement, and its first winner, Eric's proprietary invention will revolutionize the way we consume food in the years to come. His "outside the box" thinking is an exciting vision for the future, noted his nominators.

Chamber Ambassadors recognized Jenine Stuedli for her efforts. Stuedli has been a member of the Chamber Ambassadors for several years. The Ambassadors recognized Stuedli for her willingness to volunteer, her leadership, and her ability to get things done. The Ambassadors are a volunteer committee within the Chamber that helps with member retention. They help facilitate networking meetings, attend ribbon cuttings, and help promote Chamber member businesses.

And last but not least, the Chamber Board added a new award this year and have named it after its first recipient -- the Massie Award. Charles "Chip" Massie led the Chamber for more than 8 years with steadiness, growth, and vision. His dedication to improving the workforce in Klamath led him to his new role with Klamath Community College, where he is able to pursue his passion of helping people in our community become educated and employed.

The Klamath County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who made a nomination for these awards and congratulates all of the winners. For more information on this event or the Chamber, call (541) 884-5193 or visit www.klamath.org.


Best Place to Work (15 or less): Emmett's Auto Repair
Best Place to Work (16 or more: AirLink Critical Care Transport
Big IDEA Innovation: RAD Used Bikes
Commitment to Community: William Riggs
Environmental Leadership: Steen Sports Park
Lifetime Achievement: Greg Thede
Pathfinder: Mark McCrary
Spirit of Entrepreneurism: Eric Wilson
Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Jenine Stuedli
President's Award: Charles "Chip" Massie
Organizations & Associations
Red Cross Assists Four in Bend after Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 01/20/17 6:52 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family fire disaster on Friday January 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm in 2800 block of NE Canyon Park Drive, Bend, Oregon. This fire affected four adults. 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 and information about recovery 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.
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Hosts "Reaching for the Stars: A Special Day for Exceptional People."
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 01/19/17 4:32 PM
McMinnville, Ore.-- On Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10 am -- 3 pm, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will dedicate a full day of activities to serve people of all ages with special needs. Each activity offered will be tailored to accommodate every visitor, whether participants have a developmental disability or physical handicap.

Reaching for the Stars activities include hands-on workshops, exploration tables, paper helicopters and much more. Additionally, Star Wars-costumed representatives from Cloud City Garrison will appear in support of the event and pose for photos with museum visitors.

"Even after seven years of hosting this event, it is an event that I look forward to as it embodies our mission and the passion of our educational team. On Saturday the 28th we will have more hands-on activities and educators on site to enhance museum experience, it is not to be missed," said Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Executive Director Brandon Roben.

Reaching for the Stars begins at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 3:00 p.m., with check-in the beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Aviation Museum. The event costs $5 per participant for admission to the Aviation & Space Museum. A Movie at the 3D Digital Theater is also $5 per participant.

For more information or to register, please contact the Museum Education Department at 503.687.2423 or e-mail education@evergreenmuseum.org. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128.

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


The Museum facility 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. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular visitor admission is required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF LEGO(R) ART IS COMING TO OMSI: Oregonian artist returns home with an international record-breaking exhibit made from millions of LEGO bricks (Photo)
OMSI - 01/17/17 10:05 AM
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
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PORTLAND, Ore. (January 17, 2017) -- THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition of intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO(R) brick, opens at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) on February 18. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.
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THE ART OF THE BRICK is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art, featuring more than 100 works of art. This exhibition has toured the globe, breaking records and becoming both an art and pop culture phenomenon along the way.
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The collection features Sawaya's notable original pieces, as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous art masterpieces such as Van Gogh's Starry Night and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The exhibition concludes with a spectacular and innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused hyper-realistic photography produced in collaboration with award-winning photographer Dean West. Visitors will have the opportunity to get an up-close view of the iconic, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will come face-to-face with a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks. Inspired by his origins, Sawaya will also create and display a brand-new Portland-themed piece especially for the exhibition at OMSI.
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Sawaya's creations comprise the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Raised in Veneta, Oregon, Sawaya transforms the popular plastic construction toy into amazing showcases of creativity, innovation, and fine art.
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"I'm really looking forward to bringing this collection of art to Oregon for the first time. It's where this incredible journey with LEGO began. I use LEGO bricks as my medium because I enjoy seeing people's reactions to artwork created from something with which they are familiar," says Sawaya. "Everyone can relate to it since it is a toy that many children have at home. I want to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before."
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In THE ART OF THE BRICK, visitors will have the opportunity to try their own hand at LEGO brick ingenuity. OMSI has created a 1,500 square-foot "free-build" LEGO and DUPLO(R) play area for all ages. The play area will feature a variety of engineering, design, math, architecture, physics, and biology challenges, as well as helpful tips for young builders just getting started.
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"This exhibition is one that opens the door to a variety of complex topics through a simple toy most of us played with as children," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO. "It shows that art and science are very much linked together, and this exhibit is a fun and whimsical way to make both accessible to audiences of all ages."
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THE ART OF THE BRICK runs from February 18, 2017-May 29, 2017. Tickets to this exhibit, which include general museum admission, are $19.75 for adults, $13.50 for youth (ages 3-13), and $15.00 for seniors (ages 63+). Prices for OMSI Members are $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth, and $5.00 for seniors.
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First Tech Credit Union is the major sponsor of THE ART OF THE BRICK at OMSI. For more information, visit www.omsi.edu. For more information on Nathan Sawaya and the history of THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in nearly every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.
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About Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed contemporary artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO into the art world and his touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded, "The Art of the Brick is one of the top must-see exhibits in the world!" Originally from Oregon, when it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art than sitting in a boardroom negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO bricks.
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Now, Sawaya is an author, speaker, and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.nathansawaya.com. For more information about THE ART OF THE BRICK, visit www.brickartist.com.
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Attached Media Files: The exhibit features re-imagined versions of the masterpieces. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , "Yellow," a life-sized sculpture made of thousands of bricks. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK , Nathan Sawaya, contemporary artist from Oregon. Credit: THE ART OF THE BRICK
Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation announces scholarship opportunities
Oregon Farm Bureau - 01/22/17 1:18 PM
The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year.

> Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) Memorial Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors planning to attend an institution of higher learning; current full-time college students with a high school diploma; and Oregon home school graduates with some college coursework completed.

Applicants must be majoring in a field of study related to agriculture or forestry -- or be the child or grandchild of a current Voting member of Farm Bureau in Oregon.

"The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship program is to support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields," said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

Ten to 12 OFB Memorial Scholarships will be awarded.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

> The Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, of $1,000 is available to one new or continuing full-time student at an institution of higher learning.

Students can be pursuing any major, but must come from a family that has an Associate (non-farm) membership with Farm Bureau in Oregon and has insurance from COUNTRY Financial.

"The goal of the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, is to help future community and business leaders obtain a baccalaureate education with the aim of strengthening understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect among rural, urban, and suburban Oregonians", said Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education Scholarship Coordinator Andréa Kuenzi.

The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017. The application is available at www.oregonfb.org/scholarships.

Contact Andréa Kuenzi, Scholarship Coordinator, at andrea@oregonfb.org

About the Foundation: The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization formed to support, provide, and encourage education, training, and study in the field of agriculture. This foundation offers educational opportunities and research in subjects that relate to or benefit Oregon agriculture and farmers, such as the Oregon Century Farm and Ranch Program, the Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarship Program, and the Summer Ag Institute.

About Oregon Farm Bureau: Oregon Farm Bureau is Oregon's largest agricultural advocacy organization. Founded as a statewide, grassroots membership organization in 1932 and with county roots dating to 1919, Oregon Farm Bureau today represents almost 9,000 Oregon farm and ranch families.

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Diverse Coalition Demands Reproductive Health Equity in Oregon
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 01/18/17 11:43 AM
PRO-CHOICE COALITION OF OREGON PRESS RELEASE

Under landmark legislation, Oregon would become the first state in the nation to ensure reproductive health equity.

A broad coalition of racial and gender justice, reproductive rights and community groups from across the state have joined forces to introduce the Reproductive Health Equity Act (House Bill 2232). The coalition consists of American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Family Forward Oregon, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and Western States Center.

Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, particularly for those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care. By ensuring that Oregonians have coverage for the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of-pocket cost and by filling gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status, the Reproductive Health Equity Act will remove financial barriers and ensure that every Oregonian is empowered to make decisions about whether and when to become a parent.

Zeenia Junkeer, Director of Equity and Community Engagement for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, said: "Preventive services reduce healthcare costs and strengthen our communities and our economy. In order to have stronger health outcomes, Oregonians need quality medical care to prevent problems before they start."

Laurel Swerdlow, Advocacy Director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, said: "We don't always know a person's circumstances; we're not in their shoes. That's why all Oregonians should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting with preventive care and continuing through postpartum care. This basic right is the foundation of freedom and opportunity for Oregonians and their families."

Linda Roman, Director of Health Policy and Government Relations for Oregon Latino Health Coalition, said: "All Oregonians - regardless of citizenship status - should have the freedom to decide if and when they have children based on what's best for them and their family's circumstances."

Amy Casso, Gender Justice Program Director for Western States Center, said: "Immigrants are our neighbors. They work hard, pay taxes and put their children through school, yet many Oregonians are categorically denied health coverage due to their citizenship status. No one should have to go bankrupt or deep into debt because they don't have affordable reproductive health care."

Kara Carmosino, Director of Programs and Strategy for Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, said: "Transgender and gender-nonconforming Oregonians need access to services often categorized as 'women's health care,' including gender-specific cancer screenings. Unfortunately, when coverage is dependent on one's gender marker, procedural barriers can hinder access to this necessary and lifesaving care."

Kimberly McCullough, Legislative Director for American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said: "We believe every Oregonian should have access to the full range of reproductive health care, starting with preventive care and continuing through postpartum care. This basic right is a foundation of freedom and opportunity for individuals and their families."

Andrea Paluso, Executive Director for Family Forward Oregon, said: "Working families are under so much strain today and often have a hard time making ends meet. Families in Oregon need support like paid time off from work to care for loved ones and access to affordable child care. It is also critical that they have access to affordable, essential reproductive health care, which this bill guarantees."