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Burglary arrest on Skyline View Drive
Bend Police Dept. - 12/11/17 5:32 PM
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Case # 2017-381092

Date & Time of Incident: December 11 at 2:52pm

Type of Incident: Burglary Arrest

Location of Incident: 61000 block Skyline View Drive

Victim:

Residents of address on 61000 block of Skyline View Drive

Suspect:

Bradley Dean Marshall 29 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

On December 11 at 2:52 pm, Deschutes County 911 received a report that an unknown male was in the garage at a location in the 61000 block of Skyline View Drive.

Previous to the call, the reporting party noticed the same male suspect on their property. The reporting person looked for the suspect, but was unable to find him. The reporting person drove around the neighborhood looking for the suspect, but was unsuccessful. Upon returning to his residence, the reporting person found shoe prints in adjacent gravel that led to his neighbor's property.

The reporting person noticed the suspect inside of a detached shed on his neighbor's property. At this time the reporting person called Deschutes County 911 to report the incident.
Bend Police Officers arrived on scene at 3:01 pm. The suspect was located in a vehicle parked inside a detached shed on the victim's property. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and identified as Bradley Dean Marshall.

Bend Police found that Marshall had entered the residence. Marshall left the house and went into the shed, where he took some property which he had on his person. Based on the investigation, Marshall appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances.

Marshall was transported to St. Charles-Bend Emergency Department for a medical evaluation.
Marshall will be lodged at the Deschutes County Jail upon clearance from St. Charles-Bend. Marshall is facing criminal charges of Burglary II, Criminal Trespass I, Criminal Trespass II, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief III.

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Pursuit and Attempted Assault
Bend Police Dept. - 12/11/17 4:59 PM
Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

Case # 2017-380643

Date & Time of Incident: December 11th at 07:50 am

Type of Incident: Suspicious activity

Location of Incident: 610 SW Powerhouse; 2500 NE Neff (St. Charles-Bend)

Victims:

Multiple victims throughout Bend

Suspect:

Christopher Van Wambeke Ward 30 year old Bend resident

Narrative:

On December 11 at 7:50 am, Deschutes County 911 received information that an unidentified male was running around the area of the Old Mill District. The male had mentioned he was "stabbed" and had a non-life threatening injury to his leg. Bend Police Officers responded to the area and eventually found the male at the Round-a-Bout located on Reed Market and SW Bond. The male was identified as Christopher Van Wambeke Ward. Ward admitted the injury to his leg was self-inflicted. Based on the circumstances of this investigation, Ward was transported to St. Charles-Bend for evaluation.

Bend Police were on-scene at St. Charles Emergency Department with Ward, at which time Ward ran out of the emergency room. Ward ran through locked doors at the emergency department, ran under a fence and got into a Tomco Electric box style van. Ward stole the van and raced out of the parking area around St. Charles-Bend. Ward drove through a temporary fence in place for the construction at St. Charles-Bend. When Ward drove through the fence he caused damage to several vehicles belonging to employees at St. Charles-Bend.

As Ward was driving out of St. Charles parking lot, he nearly struck a Bend Police Officer with the vehicle.

During a search of the immediate area, Bend Officers located the stolen van and attempted to stop the van Ward was operating. Ward did not yield to officers and drove in an erratic and treacherous manner, putting several community members at risk. Bend Police discontinued the pursuit of the vehicle but set up in areas where Ward has been known to frequent.

Deschutes County 911 received several driving complaints from concerned citizens regarding the van Ward was operating. Ward caused damage to the property at 61691 SE 27th Street (Church of Christ) during this time.

Shortly after Ward eluded officers, he was located within the perimeter where Bend Police had been set up. Ward again eluded Bend Police and eventually parked the stolen van in a business on American Loop. Ward attempted to steal a second vehicle (a red Subaru), but eventually left the vehicle without stealing it.

Ward walked west on Reed Market, crossed the empty canal and entered a third vehicle. This residence is located in the 600 block of SE Reed Market. Bend Police, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police made contact with Ward inside this vehicle. Ward was taken into custody without incident at 12:45pm.

Silver Rail Elementary School was placed on a brief "Lockout" during this incident.

Ward was taken back to St. Charles for clearance as he sustained new non-life threatening injuries. Ward was transported to the Deschutes County Jail at 4:30pm and lodged on Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle (2 counts), Attempted Assault 1 on a Public Safety Officer, Reckless Driving (2 counts), Criminal Mischief 1, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, Criminal Trespass II.




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DCSO Partners with Nextdoor, the Private Social Network for Neighborhoods (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:46 PM
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Occurred: December 11, 2017


NARRATIVE:


The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office today announced that it has started using Nextdoor (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve countywide communications by connecting with residents on a hyper-local level.

This integration enables the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer and more prepared communities with the help of Deschutes County residents. On Nextdoor, the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and Nextdoor neighborhoods are able to work together to improve safety related to emergency preparedness, strengthen community engagement, and better prepare for, mitigate and recover from emergency situations.

Nextdoor is popular amongst Deschutes County neighborhoods. More than 20,000 Deschutes County residents are connected and communicating on the social network.

With Nextdoor, Deschutes County residents create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within Deschutes County.

Nextdoor is free. Each Deschutes County neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is not able to access residents' websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office joins over 2,400 public agencies across the country that are using Nextdoor for Public Agencies to build stronger relationships with residents.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/5227/110343/Nextdoor.jpg

DCSO's newest K9 'Masa' Hits the Streets (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:08 PM
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey
Occurred: December 11, 2017

NARRATIVE:

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office is excited to announce our newest patrol K9 hit the streets of Central Oregon this morning. K9 Masa is an eighteen month old Czech-Shepard from Slovakia. Last week she successfully completed her certification training, making her and her handler Deputy Ben Bartness ready for patrol use this week.

Deputy Ben Bartness is a seven year veteran of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and has served in the positions of Field Law Enforcement Technician, Patrol Deputy, and Police Training Officer. Deputy Bartness is also a US Marine Corp veteran.

The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office has four K9 Teams that are assigned to the Patrol Division. There are three tracking and apprehension K9 teams and one narcotics detection K9 Team. K-9 teams are on-call 24 hours a day. The K-9 teams devote a significant amount of time to ongoing training. They train individually almost every day and train with other K-9 teams in Central Oregon on a weekly basis. Our K-9 teams also regularly assist other law enforcement agencies throughout Central Oregon. All of our K-9 teams are certified annually by the Oregon Police Canine Association (http://www.opca.com/home).

B Roll video footage of K9 Masa and Deputy Bartness can be located here : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d40cjt1vxc656ng/AABQ5BHb1s39oM2TXCyaxRaIa?dl=0



Attached Media Files: Deputy Barness and K9 Masa

Three subjects arrested - stolen pickup from Gresham recovered in Redmond
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/10/17 5:54 PM
Date/Time: 12/10/2017 at 1:56 p.m.

Location: NW Birch Ave./NW 4th St.- Redmond

Prepared by: Lt. Mike Biondi



Vehicle involved: red 1996 Nissan pickup


Driver: Morkert, Dean F. - 46 year old male - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Bail: $10,000

Passenger: Higbee, Amber E. - 48 year old female - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Cited and released at scene

Additional arrested subject: Leeper, Garrett V. 25 year old male - Redmond, Oregon
Charges: Warrant for probation violation for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Bail: None


On 12/10/2017 at 1:56 p.m., a Deschutes County Deputy observed the above listed vehicle and attempted to stop it for a traffic violation. The driver (Morkert) avoided the deputy and attempted to hide the Nissan in an alley near the listed location. The deputy located the pickup just as Morkert was walking away from it.

Upon seeing the deputy, Morkert fled on foot northbound from the alley, crossing through yards in the neighborhood. Additional deputies and officers from the Redmond Police Department responded to the area to assist in locating Morkert. During this time it was determined the vehicle Morkert was driving was stolen out of Gresham in November of 2017. A K9 was requested and Deputy Johnson and his partner Ezel responded to assist.

Higbee was also seen walking away from the pickup and was later contacted by deputies.
It was learned that Morkert might be headed to Higbee's address on N. Canal Blvd. A Redmond Police Officer observed a male fitting Morkert's description enter the residence. Higbee advised she didn't know who was inside her house and requested it be searched by law enforcement.

Multiple deputies and officers responded to Higbee's address. After numerous attempts by deputies at the scene to get Morkert to come out, K9 Ezel was utilized to bark and announce his presence. Upon hearing Ezel's barking and after being told he was going to utilized to search the residence, Leeper exited the residence without incident. Morkert also exited a short time later without incident.

Both Morkert and Leeper were lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Higbee was cited and released. Leeper was not charged in the theft of the Nissan pickup.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Employees Association Presents No Shave November Donations (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 1:36 PM
Deputy Kevin Turpen
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Location: Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

Occurred: December 08, 2017 at 1:00pm


NARRATIVE:

Today at 1:00pm, members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Employees Association (DCSEA) presented two $2500 checks to two organizations the association's members had chosen last month to be the recipients of their donation.

DCSEA pledged to match the individual donations made by members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office during our No Shave November 2017 event. A total of $5000 was donated by 126 participating members of DCSO to cancer related organizations of the individual's choice. With DCSEA's matching donation, the total amount contributed to cancer related research and awareness was $10,000.

DCSEA wanted to give their donation in the name of Deputy Kevin Turpen, a current patrol deputy with our office. Deputy Turpen is currently fighting his own battle with cancer, which we are happy to report his is winning!!

DCSEA President Scott Herrmann said, "It is with great honor that the Deschutes County Sheriff Employee Association (DCSEA) would like to match the $5000 raised by the generous employees of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office for No Shave November 2017. DCSEA would like to honor one of our own, Deputy Kevin Turpen, who is currently fighting his own battle with cancer and donate $2500 to Bend Ronald McDonald House and $2500 to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Kevin's name. Cancer has affected many, if not all of us in one way or another, and the DCSEA feels this is a very worthy and worthwhile cause and are excited to make this donation."



Attached Media Files: Deputy Kevin Turpen , Ronald McDonald House Presentation , OHSU Presentation

Deputies Receive Life Saving Award at Oregon State Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Bend (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 10:23 AM
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 06, 2017


NARRATIVE:

On December 6, 2017 two members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, along with a Sunriver Police Officer, were presented with a Life Saving Award for their actions during the early morning hours of June 27, 2017. Sgt. Doug Sullivan, Deputy Ben Bartness and Sunriver Police Officer Michael Womer were presented their award during the Oregon State Sheriff's Associations (OSSA) Annual Conference in Bend this week. Lt. Mark Eggert with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office submitted the following facts to the OSSA Awards Committee for consideration:

"On June 27th at approximately 0555 hours, Sgt. Sullivan, Deputy Bartness (DCSO) and Officer Womer (Sunriver Police Department) responded to the Deschutes River near La Pine. A home owner reported seeing a deceased male body floating down stream with the swift current of the river. The home owner lost sight of the body after it moved quickly past his property. As deputies arrived near this location, a woman ran to a responding deputy's car and reported that her 80 year old mother (with significant medical conditions) had walked away from home during the early morning and had been missing for over two hours. The deputy relayed this information with new concern the body seen was the elderly woman.

Officer Womer went to the home of a citizen in this area and utilized their small motorized boat to begin what was believed to be a recovery attempt. Officer Womer navigated the boat upriver and located the body of the missing 80 year old woman. The swift current of the river pushed her body against a sunken tree with exposed branches. Officer Womer picked up Sgt. Sullivan and Deputy Bartness from a nearby boat ramp. They removed their ballistic vests; the boat did not have any floatation devices onboard. Officer Womer piloted the boat to the tangle of limbs and close to the body. They immediately noticed that she was alive and was completely submerged with only her mouth slightly above the cold, rushing water. Concerned that at any moment she could sink or be pushed under the fray of limbs by the fast current; Sgt. Sullivan and Deputy Bartness pulled her body in the boat while Officer Womer held the boat steady. With the woman now on board, they immediately went to a nearby private dock and assessed her condition. With hypothermia being an obvious threat, they covered her in blankets to suppress the possible damage from the cold water temperature. Because of these law enforcement professionals, Paramedics were able to transport her to the hospital, where she survived her injuries.

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said the following, "I am incredibly proud to work with Sgt. Sullivan, Deputy Bartness and Officer Womer. Their quick thinking and heroic actions that day undoubtedly saved her life."

(Pictured from L to R: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson DCSO, Sgt. Doug Sullivan DCSO, Deputy Ben Bartness DCSO, Sgt. Mike Womer SRPD, Capt. Cory Darling BPD/SRPD)



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Captain Michael Shults Received Meritorius Service Award for Service to Multnomah County SO (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 10:22 AM
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 6, 2017


NARRATIVE:

On December 6, 2017, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Captain Michael Shults received the Meritorious Service Award at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Bend this week. Multnomah County Sheriff Michael Reese submitted the award nomination for then Chief Deputy Shults and his service to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Corrections Division.

The following remarks were mentioned during Captain Shults award presentation:

"Chief Deputy Mike Shults has shown steadfast leadership over the [Multnomah County Sheriff's Office] MCSO Corrections Division for the past 6 years, which is the longest period of time anyone has served in this position in the agency. His hard work, dedication, forward thinking and foresight has given MCSO a distinction as being a leader in the corrections industry. It was through his leadership that MCSO became known for its pioneering efforts in addressing transgender issues in the jail, which lead to one of the first comprehensive polices in the nation. Among Mike's long list of accomplishments was to bring the agency into [Prison Rape Elimination Act] PREA compliance, successfully introducing Tasers into the jail setting, implementing a suicide prevention program and spearheading partnerships with external and internal partners to address mental health issues in the jail.

While Mike's "Can Do" attitude has contributed to countless achievements, he is also known for his ability to disarm a room with his overwhelming knowledge of corrections issues and delivers the information in a humble, but confident way with answers and solutions. He has a heart for people from all walks of life and could be found working a post in the jail to augment staffing, attending all retirements and visiting injured or sick staff at hospitals. He always has a smile on his face and looks to encourage and help others often on his own time. His leadership has made an indelible mark on the Sheriff's Office and will be an iconic figure that will not be forgotten."



(Pictured from L to R: DCSO Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, DCSO Captain Michael Shults, MCSO Sheriff Michael Reese)



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/5227/110245/24993031_10159800729680066_1602542100_o.jpg

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Emergency Manager Receives Distinguished Service Award (Photo)
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 10:22 AM
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Released by: Sergeant William Bailey

Occurred: December 6, 2017


NARRATIVE:

On December 6, 2017, Emergency Services Manager Nathan Garibay was presented with the Distinguished Service Award during the Oregon State Sheriff's Associations (OSSA) Annual Conference in Bend this week. Captain Paul Garrison with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office submitted the following facts in part to the OSSA Awards Committee for consideration:

"In the months and weeks leading up to and during the operational period of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, Emergency Manager Sergeant Nathan Garibay's diligence in cooperatively working with his fellow emergency managers to prepare the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and our other public safety partners, demonstrated his dedication to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office and the citizens we serve.

Sergeant Garibay was instrumental in the organization and day to day operations of the Tri-County Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) which managed the response of various resources to incidents within the Tri-County area. MACC responsibilities grew from not just coping with the significant rise in population due to the eclipse, but included the Level I evacuation from the Millie Fire that threatened Sisters and neighboring subdivisions and the Symbiosis event in Crook County.

The advanced preparations by Emergency Managers and their collaborative efforts was the foundation for success during the operational period of the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, while simultaneously managing the challenges presented by the concurring incidents of the Millie Fire and Symbiosis."

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson said, "Sergeant Garibay's tireless work in preparation for and during the eclipse event, along with his collaboration with other emergency managers, was so crucial to our communities and the roughly 200,000 people who traveled to the Central Oregon region to experience this once in a lifetime event. The appropriate preparedness messaging helped ensure that no major unforeseen problems occurred."

Sergeant Nathan Garibay said, "It was an honor to work with such a talented group of more than 100 professionals throughout the planning process and in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center(MACC). We are fortunate in Central Oregon to have the support of our leaders in collaborative planning and interagency coordination. It is one of the things that makes this such a special place to live and work.

(Pictured from L to R: Crook Co. Sheriff John Gautney, Crook County Emergency Manager Michael Ryan, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Jefferson County Emergency Manager Mark Carman, Deschutes County Emergency Manager Nathan Garibay, Sheriff L. Shane Nelson)



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FBI Tech Tuesday - Building a Digital Defense Against the Internet of Things (IoT)
FBI - Oregon - 12/12/17 10:00 AM
Welcome to the Oregon FBI's Tech Tuesday segment. This week, building a digital defense against "Internet of Things" - or "IoT" attacks.

If you were thinking about asking Santa for something from the "Internet of Things" world this year -- you have plenty of options. The possibilities include everything from devices that control your lights and thermostat to security systems to gaming systems and music players. There are wearables such as fitness trackers and tech-connected clothes. Or, how about a new Internet-enabled fridge or stove?

Once you get your wish list together, don't forget to ask for a hub to control all of your other "things" through a single app on your phone. We will all be living like the family of the future in no time! In fact, the FBI estimates that the number of "Internet of Things" or "IoT" devices will increase from 5 million last year to anywhere from 20 to 50 million in the year 2020.

But, before the sleigh and eight tiny reindeer show up on your roof, make sure you are ready for the reality of what you are bringing into your home.

Bad actors have been taking advantage of the lack of security, manufacturers' difficulty in patching vulnerabilities, and consumers' inexperience to exploit these devices. In many cases the devices are just using default usernames and passwords, which make them easy targets for the cyber thieves. Criminals can use that open door to force your device into service as part of a botnet -- or to access other connected systems that have sensitive personal or business info.

It can be difficult to know if your IoT device has been compromised, but there are simple steps you can take to help secure your things:

Change default usernames and passwords. Many default passwords are collected and posted on the Internet. Do not use common words and simple phrases or passwords containing easily obtainable personal information, such as important dates or names of children or pets.

If you can't change the password on the device, make sure your wireless Internet service has a strong password and encryption.

Invest in a secure router with robust security and authentication. Most routers will allow users to whitelist, or specify, which devices are authorized to connect to a local network.

Isolate IoT devices on their own protected networks.

Turn off devices off when not in use.

Research your options when shopping for new IoT devices. When conducting research, use reputable Web sites that specialize in cyber security analysis and provide reviews on consumer products.

Look for companies that offer firmware and software updates, and identify how and when these updates are provided.

Identify what data is collected and stored by the devices, including whether you can opt out of this collection, how long the data is stored, whether it is encrypted, and if the data is shared with a third party.

Ensure all IoT devices are up to date and security patches are incorporated when available.

Santa may want to give you the future at your fingertips -- just make sure you are ready for it. For more tips about IoT devices, check out the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

Coming up next week: how to protect your kids when Internet-connected toys show up under the Christmas tree.



Attached Media Files: TT - IoT - English Audio , TT - IoT - Spanish Audio , TT - IoT - Spanish Written , TT - IoT - Russian Audio , TT - IoT - Russian Written

Jackson County Honored at 2017 OSSA Awards (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 2:43 PM
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BEND - Several Jackson County employees, volunteers, and citizens have been honored by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for their service and bravery. The awards were presented during the OSSA Annual Conference in Bend on December 6, 2017. Annual honorees are selected from nominations made by sheriff's offices throughout the state.

The following is a list of the 2017 award winners from Jackson County:

Council Chair Award -- Sgt. Shawn Richards (JCSO Search and Rescue)
Concealed Handgun License Support Staff -- JCSO Civil Division
Jail Commander of the Year -- Capt. Dan Penland
Meritorious Service Award -- Graham Wilson (Search and Rescue Volunteer)
Distinguished Action Award -- Tom Moxon and Aden Moxon (Citizens)
Life Saving Award -- Scott Richardson and James McWaters (Citizens)

Sheriff Nathan Sickler expressed his gratitude for the dedicated service and selfless action taken by this year's honorees. He said if the OSSA's awards included additional service categories, he is certain that even more Jackson County representatives would be recognized. For more information about the OSSA, follow this link: https://oregonsheriffs.org/.



Attached Media Files: Life Saving award , Moxon award , Penland award , Wilson award , Civil award , Richards award

Classroom Volunteer Arrested for Sex Abuse (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/11/17 1:00 PM
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WHITE CITY -- A Medford man is in jail on charges related to the sexual abuse of a kindergarten student in White City. On Friday, December 8, 2017, Jackson County Sheriff's Office detectives arrested Jerry Duane Lodge, 72, of the 700-block of Crater Lake Avenue. The investigation showed Lodge sexually touched the 5-year-old girl while volunteering at Lower Table Rock Elementary School.

Lodge was in the classroom through the Foster Grandparent Program facilitated by Community Volunteer Network, a division of Pacific Retirement Services (PRS). The program places senior volunteers in classrooms throughout the Rogue Valley. Participants must pass a criminal background check.

Detectives say once the abuse allegations surfaced on December 6, officials with Jackson County School District #9 and PRS prevented Lodge from having any further contact with children and cooperated fully with the criminal investigation. Today, school officials are sending a notice to all parents in the child's classroom. It includes guidelines to help parents speak with their children, as well as information about how to make a report in the event their child discloses abuse. The school district will also offer an opportunity for those parents to meet with school officials and detectives later this week.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Lodge volunteered in classrooms at McLoughlin Middle School and Kids Unlimited in Medford during the 2017 calendar year. No allegations of abuse by Lodge have been reported at those locations.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Jason Penn at (541) 770-8925.

Case #17-25514


Note: For information about talking to children about body safety, detectives recommend the following reference: https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Talking-to-Kids-About-Body-Safety-10.19.15.pdf



Attached Media Files: Jerry Lodge mug

Two Lodged for Robbery with Shots Fired (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 12/08/17 12:24 PM
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SHADY COVE -- A man and woman are lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges associated with a robbery involving a firearm. The incident occurred late Thursday night in the parking lot of the Chase Bank in Shady Cove.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, at 11:57 p.m., deputies responded to a report of shots fired at the Chase Bank. The caller reported a man had shot out the tires of her vehicle with a high-powered rifle, and then left in a vehicle on Highway 62 toward Butte Falls. Dispatch also received calls from neighbors reporting the sound of several gunshots.

An Eagle Point Police Department officer located the suspect vehicle, a gold Lexus sedan, on Butte Falls Highway and initiated a traffic stop. The suspected shooter, Kevin Don Anderson, Jr., 20, of Eagle Point, and the driver of the vehicle, Bridgett Wallace, 23, of Shady Cove, were taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun from the vehicle.

At the scene of the shooting, deputies learned the victim vehicle, which was occupied by two women, was parked in front of the Chase Bank ATM when they were confronted by the suspects. Anderson fired several shots, striking the vehicle. Nobody was injured.

Deputies say the suspects and victims were known to each other. The incident apparently began as a dispute over money between Anderson and one of the victims. The two were previously involved in a relationship.

Following the investigation, deputies lodged Anderson and Wallace in the Jackson County Jail. Charges against Anderson include robbery in the second degree, attempted robbery in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing (two counts), recklessly endangering another person (two counts), criminal mischief in the first degree, and coercion. Wallace is charged with robbery in the second degree.


Case #17-25622



Attached Media Files: Anderson mug , Wallace mug

Update on Oregon strike teams assisting with the California wildfires
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 3:00 PM
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, activated its Agency Operations Center Wednsday, December 6th and deployed 15 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are now actively engaged in assisting with the wildfires in California.

All Oregon resources are assigned to assist with the Thomas Fire burning near Ventura, California. The California Office of Emergency Services reports that the Thomas Fire is at 230,500 acres and is 15% contained.

"Oregon resources are doing great work and their morale is good," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "We continue to be proud of our firefighters professionalism and effective intergration with California resources during these difficult fires."

In addition to OSFM's deployed resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry has also deployed 60 personnel and 25 engines to assist with the California wildfires.

Be sure to follow the OSFM on Facebook/Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and Twitter @OSFM for regular updates.

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Holiday planning needs to include fire prevention and safety
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 12/11/17 10:18 AM
With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

"This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don't let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire," says Walker. "By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy."

Tree care and decorating tips:
Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer's directions indicate it is safe.
Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
Always use a flashlight -- not a candle -- for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/com_ed_section.aspx

OSP Responds to two crashes on Hwy 58 within a short time period (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/14/17 3:54 PM
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The first crash occurred on December 14th at approximately 9:30AM and involved a commercial motor vehicle towing an empty tanker on Hwy 58 near milepost 60 east of Oakridge. No hazardous materials were released. The driver stated he lost control on the icy road and left the roadway, damaging a substantial amount of guardrail. He was uninjured

While investigating this crash, OSP was dispatched to another single vehicle, rollover crash at 10:40AM less than a mile from the first crash near milepost 59. This crash involved an SUV that had been operated by a female driver, who was the sole occupant, who also indicated she had lost control on the icy road and rolled over. The female was entrapped and extricated by fire personnel. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

OSP was assisted on scene by ODOT, the Oakridge Fire Department, Northwest Hazardous Materials, and Dowell's Towing on these crashes. Traveling at speeds too fast for conditions was a contributing factor in both of these collisions which occurred within a short time of each other. We ask the public to be cognizant of the road conditions for the area you are traveling in and slow down. The posted speed may not be the appropriate speed for the road conditions at the time.



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Bend Man Loses his life in two-vehicle crash on Hwy 20 near Hamby Road east of Bend (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 4:55 PM
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On December 13, 2017 at approximately 9:35AM, OSP responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hamby Road and Highway 20 just east of Bend. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 GMC Sierra truck was westbound on Hwy 20 when eastbound 2017 Ford Transit van turned into its path as it attempted to turn onto Hamby Road.

The driver and sole occupant of the GMC truck was identified as 59 year old Michael Francis DELEONE from Redmond who was uninjured. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford van was identified as 48 year old Mark Douglas PRICE from Bend who was deceased as a result of the crash. Both drivers were properly utilizing their safety restraints and the airbags deployed in the GMC truck.

PRICE failed to yield to oncoming traffic and is the contributing factor in this crash. DELEONE is cooperating with the investigation and is not suspected in any wrongdoing. Hwy 20 was shut down or limited to one lane of travel for nearly four hours while this investigation was completed. OSP was assisted by ODOT, Bend Fire and Rescue, the Deschutes Medical Examiner, the Deschutes District Attorney's Office and the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.



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***Update - Public's Assistance Needed*** Two-Vehicle Crash Takes the Life of a Bend Man on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 - Deschutes County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 4:29 PM
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OSP is asking for the public's assistance with the investigation that killed a Bend man last week. Shannon ROGERS, from Goldendale, Washington, is believed to have been driving in a reckless manner prior to the crash that took the life of a Bend man.

Investigators believe ROGERS was traveling from Fresno, CA to Goldendale when the crash occurred. Any persons who may have witnessed the vehicle in the attached photographs driving in an unsafe manner is urged to contact Senior Trooper Toni Raugust at 503-375-3555.

ROGERS is still at Saint Charles Bend receiving medical care. No further information at this time.

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Previous Release:
On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at about 10:15 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 97 at Milepost 151 (near Sunriver).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver 2006 Nissan Quest, operated by Shannon Ray ROGERS, age 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was traveling northbound when for unknown reasons, struck the rear of a northbound white 1981 Toyota pickup, operated by Brian Jay HARRIS, age 56, of Bend. The Toyota veered off the road and impacted into a tree and the Nissan continued northbound and then veered off the road and also impacted into a tree.

HARRIS was pronounced deceased at the scene and ROGERS received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to the local area hospital for treatment.

Highway 97 was closed for about 30 minutes until one alternating lane was opened for traffic. OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Sunriver Fire Department, Bend Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Alcohol and speed are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.



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Man loses life from a medical emergency on Hwy 20 east of Bend while driving
Oregon State Police - 12/13/17 9:17 AM
On December 12, 2017 at approximately 8:00PM, OSP Troopers from Bend responded to the report of a non-crash related medical emergency on Highway 20 near milepost 47, east of Bend. The initial report indicated a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser was eastbound when the 70 year old male driver, identified as Larry Wayne HOPKINS of Burns when he suffered a medical emergency, crossed into the oncoming lane and stopped. A male passenger was able to put the vehicle into park and with the assistance of a Good Samaritan was able to remove HOPKINS from the vehicle and begin CPR. Another passenger, who is related to HOPKINS, called 911.

The responding OSP Sergeant and Trooper arrived and relieved the Good Samaritans and continued CPR. An air ambulance had been dispatched and medics from Bend Fire and Rescue arrived a short time later and attempted life saving measures. Shortly after the air ambulance arrived, medics pronounced HOPKINS deceased. The family member on scene reported HOPKINS had a history of heart problems and was taking medications.

Hwy 20 was closed for nearly an hour and OSP was assisted by ODOT and Bend Fire and Rescue.

OSP Search warrant reveals clandestine drug lab north of Madras. (Jefferson County) (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 12/12/17 12:38 AM
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On the afternoon of Monday December 11th, 2017, Troopers with the Oregon State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on Northwest Columbia Drive, located north of Madras in Jefferson County. OSP had conducted an initial investigation of property crime and obtained a search warrant to seize evidence at the residence of 28 year old Madras resident, Joshua Joseph. The search warrant was executed and in addition to the expected evidence, Troopers discovered a clandestine drug lab along with other drug related evidence. The Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section responded to process the illegal drug lab and all discovered hazardous materials were properly collected.

Joshua Joseph was taken into custody without incident and he was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail on the following charges:

Forgery in the 1st Degree
Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 1st Degree
Theft by Deception
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Additional drug related charges are anticipated following a referral to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. The Oregon State Police were assisted by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and the Jefferson County Fire District.



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Two-Vehicle Crash Claims the Life of a Molalla Man on Highway 351 at Milepost 5.5 - Wallowa County (Photo)
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On December 7, 2017, at about 2:20 p.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 351 near milepost 5.5 (at Wallowa Lake).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Silver Dodge Caravan, operated by Michael Paul SPRISSLER, age 63, of Molalla, was traveling southbound on Highway 351 near milepost 5.5 when he veered across the highway in the path of a white 1996 Ford F250 pickup, operated by James Anthony BURTON, age 59, of Joseph. The Ford impacted the driver's side of the Dodge and SPRISSLER was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene. BURTON was not injured.

Highway 351 was closed for about four hours while Troopers investigated the crash scene. OSP was assisted by the Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, Joseph Fire and Rescue, and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Speed and icy road conditions are being investigated as possible contributing factors in the crash. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.

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

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Redmond Police Warn Residents Of Scammers Purporting To Be Law Enforcement
Redmond Police Dept. - 12/08/17 4:49 PM
Redmond, Oregon -- Throughout the day today, December 8, Redmond Police have received several phone calls from residents reporting they have received phone calls from a male purporting to be "Sergeant Cook" from the Redmond Police Department or the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office. The caller advises the person has a warrant for their arrest and to turn themselves into the Redmond Police Department. In some cases, the male caller asks for money. Residents have also reported the male caller, when questioned further about the "warrant," becomes frustrated and insults the person receiving the phone call.

The Redmond Police Department and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office want everyone to know it is not common practice to make phone calls to individuals and request money in lieu of an arrest warrant. If you receive one of these phone calls, please do not provide any personal information, or money, and hang up. Most cell phones and landline telephone companies can block specific phone numbers.

In November 2017, three Southeast U.S. residents were charged by federal authorities for their involvement in a similar scam. An investigation into these phone calls is just beginning, and it is too early to tell if these new calls are somehow related to the recent arrests.

Redmond Police Arrest Michael Bremont For New Sex Offenses
Redmond Police Dept. - 12/08/17 4:00 PM
Redmond, Oregon -- In 2012, the Redmond Police Department received information Michael Bremont had engaged in a sexual relationship with a minor female, while he was the director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy (RPA), a Central Oregon charter school based in Redmond. The victim was a student at RPA at the time. As a result of the investigation in 2012, Bremont was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree. It was suspected at the time there may have been additional victims, but probable cause did not exist to make any additional arrests.

In July 2017, a victim came forward and contacted the Redmond Police Department to disclose her sexual relationship with Bremont, while she was under the age of eighteen and a student at RPA. The relationship also continued after the victim turned eighteen years of age. Since July, a Detective has been investigating and developed probable cause to believe Bremont committed additional sex crimes while he was the director of RPA with this victim. On Friday, December 8, Bremont was arrested when he checked in with his probation officer in Bend for ten counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree.

The Redmond Police Department does not identify victims of sex-related crimes.

The Redmond Police Department, the State of Oregon, and sexual assault victim advocates recognize being a sexual assault victim can be a traumatizing incident and victims may choose not to report or disclose the incident until a later time. Young victims of a sexual-related offense may not realize they are being taken advantage of, until much later in life. For these reasons, the State of Oregon recently lengthened the statute of limitations for some sex offenses.

In Central Oregon, Saving Grace is an excellent resource for those who have or are currently trying to survive a sexual assault. Services are available in the form of support groups, an emergency shelter, court advocacy, respite child care, and a 24-hour hotline. The hotline phone number is 541-389-7021.

Anyone with additional information about Bremont and sexual contact with minors is encouraged to contact the Redmond Police Department.

Search to identify shooter of swan in Sunriver continues (Photo)
Sunriver Police Dept. - 12/10/17 3:41 PM
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On 12-09-2014, at 1300 hours, 10 members of the Hasty Response Team, from the Sunriver Citizen's Patrol, and two Sunriver Officers spent approximately four hours searching areas for evidence related to the shooting of Chuck the Swan.

Members used three metal detectors, and other search methods probing for any evidence related to the incident. There has been additional areas identified for search in the near future. The Officers of the Sunriver Police Department thank and appreciate the Sunriver HRT for their dedication, effort and continued support.

The Sunriver Police Department continues to investigate this case, and will keep the public advised as new information becomes available. There is a $1500.00 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible for this incident.

If you have any additional information that might lead to the identification of the suspect(s) involved with this incident, please contact the Sunriver Police Department, or the Oregon State Police tip line.



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Military
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program graduates 54th class (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 12/13/17 8:31 PM
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REDMOND, Oregon - The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 54th class on Dec. 13, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. The ceremony drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The program, which is operated by the Oregon Military Department out of Bend, Ore., helps students who are struggling in school or have dropped out to recover their credits through a rigorous military style residential program. In addition to academics, the students learn other core strengths such as personal fitness, good citizenship, job skills and self discipline. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com.

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Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the students' accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Cadet Ali Alhejab, gives a before and after picture of his life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on Dec. 13, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)



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Federal
Anglers remove 191,000 salmon-eating pikeminnow from Columbia and Snake rivers
Bonneville Power Administration - 12/11/17 2:46 PM
Portland, Ore. -- The numbers are in and they're impressive. In 2017, anglers caught and removed more than 191,000 northern pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers, protecting young salmon and steelhead from predation.

Approximately 1,100 people registered to be part of the Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program. All together anglers removed 191,483 of the salmon-eating predators from the two rivers, and were paid nearly $1,542,000 for their efforts. The program, funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, runs from May 1 through Sept. 30.

The anglers' successes mean BPA is also successfully meeting its program goals.

"The program's goal is to reduce the number of pikeminnow that prey heavily on juvenile salmon," said Makary Hutson, BPA project manager. "Annual harvest rate estimates, which are calculated using data from tagged fish caught by anglers, indicate the 2017 season met our program targets, which directly benefits juvenile salmon making their way to the ocean."

The reward program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per fish, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches during the season, the more each pikeminnow they reel in is worth. State fish and wildlife biologists also release more than 1,000 specially tagged northern pikeminnow, each worth $500.

This year the top 20 fishermen registered with the Sport Reward Program earned an average of nearly $30,000 each. The top angler earned nearly $84,000, reeling in more than 10,000 fish over the five-month season.

Northern pikeminnow are voracious eaters, consuming millions of young salmon and steelhead every year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the Columbia and Snake rivers. The program has reduced predation on young salmon and steelhead by up to 40 percent since it began.

The BPA-funded program is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. The 2018 season is scheduled for May 1 through Sept. 30, 2018. For more information about the program call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

About BPA
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 143 electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and parts of California, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 260 substations to 511 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region's high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov

State
CANCELLATION! Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting for Tuesday, December 19, has been canceled
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:47 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) Executive Committee meeting, originally planned for Tuesday December 19, 2017 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, 500 Summer St. NE, Room 160, Salem, Oregon, has been canceled.

Agenda items planned for this event will be covered during next month's regular meeting.
For questions about the meeting, please contact Jeff Puterbaugh, policy analyst at Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

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

Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council to meet Wednesday, December 13 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 12/08/17 9:24 AM
(Salem, Ore.) -- The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council meets Wednesday, December 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.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, council annual report final review, HB 3359 rule development update, other rule updates, and council business.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number that can also be accessed through Skype for Business: 1 503-934-1400; Participant Code: 1007451.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Alex Pelusi at alex.j.pelusi@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.

For questions about this meeting, please contact: Max Brown, 503-945-6993 or max.brown@state.or.us.

About the Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council: The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality and Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities program on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community based care services.

Sheronne Blasi appointed to head the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (Photo)
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs - 12/13/17 2:43 PM
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Gov. Kate Brown announced today the appointment of Sheronne Blasi (pronounced "Share-ON Blaze-ee"), a 14-year Navy veteran, to serve as the next director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, pending Senate confirmation in February. Once confirmed, Blasi will become the first woman veteran to head the agency in its 72-year history.

Prior to joining ODVA as its assistant director of Statewide Veteran Services in 2017, Blasi worked as a performance auditor for 15 years with the Secretary of State Audits Division. She managed performance audits which looked at the efficiency and effectiveness state agencies and their programs, and made recommendations for improvements to programs and services for Oregonians.

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Blasi served 10 years as an enlisted sailor before accepting a commission as a Supply Corps officer through the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Upon leaving active duty, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University.

Blasi replaces Cameron Smith, who has served as director of ODVA since 2013 and was appointed the new director of Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.

"Cameron Smith's tenure as director has been a very transformational period in ODVA's history," Blasi said. "Under his leadership and with the passion and dedication of the ODVA team, the agency has reinvigorated and expanded its core programs and mobilized broad community partnerships to assure our veterans' health, education and economic opportunity. I am honored to continue building upon our work and the trust placed in me by Governor Brown, the ODVA team and the veteran community in Oregon."

Blasi is a longtime resident of Salem, where she is very active in the community. She serves on the Salem-Keizer School Board, the Salem Planning Commission and is a board member for the Mid-Valley Habitat for Humanity. She also co-founded a nonprofit that throws birthdays parties for children living in local homeless shelters.

"It has been a privilege and honor to serve Oregon's veterans and to work with the amazing team at ODVA for the past four and a half years," Smith said. "Sheronne Blasi is a proven leader and a tremendous advocate for veterans and their families, and she has my and our Advisory Committee's full confidence and support to lead our team and mission forward."

Blasi's first day as acting director of ODVA will be Dec. 21, 2017.



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State fines Florida resident for million dollar investment scheme
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/14/17 8:30 AM
Salem -- The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation issued a cease-and-desist order against a Florida woman and her company for violating Oregon securities law as part of a nationwide investment fraud scam. The division fined Judith Jackson and her company -- Becker, Jackson and Reed (BJR) -- $60,000 for illegally selling shares of stock in a company called Alpine Family Entertainment Parks.

The scheme used high-pressure sales to obtain more than $1 million from victims across the U.S., including $150,000 from one Oregon resident. Victims were pressured into purchasing shares of stock in Alpine Family Entertainment Parks for the development of a new amusement park in San Diego. There were no plans to develop an amusement park.

The investigation revealed that 80 percent of investors' funds were routed to bank accounts in Mexico while the remaining funds were used to maintain the investment scam. Oregonians should beware that Jackson and BJR may still be soliciting investments.

"Do your homework before making investment decisions, no matter how urgent the opportunity seems," said Jean Straight, acting DCBS Director. "One of your first steps should be checking the license of any company offering investments to Oregon residents."

The division encourages residents to check the license (http://dfr.oregon.gov/gethelp/Pages/check-license.aspx) and recognize the signs of investment fraud:

High rate of return, especially better than similar investments
Guarantee that investment will not fail
Pressure to invest immediately

Your best defense to avoid an investment scam is to ask a lot questions and contact the Division of Financial Regulation at dfr.oregon.gov or call 866-814-9710 (toll-free in Oregon) for more information.

To view the cease-and-desist order: http://dfr.oregon.gov/AdminOrders/enf-orders-2017/20171129-alpinebjr-s-17-0135.pdf
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The Division of Financial Regulation is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov and www.insurance.oregon.gov.

Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 3:31 PM
(Salem) -- The safety and health of workers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries will take center stage during a two-day training conference in central Oregon.

Topics covered during the Jan. 29-30 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will include ladder safety, excavation rules, electrical safety, construction-related health hazards, and elimination of fall hazards.

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 17th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit's keynote speaker is Russ Nicolai, safety director for Snyder, a commercial roofing contractor with offices in Oregon and Washington. During his Jan. 30 presentation, "Changing One's Perspective," Nicolai will discuss how innovations can create successes in protecting workers and boosting company performance.

The summit also offers opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits through Oregon's Construction Contractors Board and Landscape Contractors Board. Moreover, certification and re-certification will be offered for first aid personnel and workzone flaggers.

The two-day summit's other workshops include:
Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices -- and requirements -- for correcting them.
General excavation safety.
Electrical safety and you.
Understanding and implementing the new silica standard for construction.
Defensive driving strategies for central Oregon.
Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment.

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Monday, Jan. 29) is $50. Conference registration (Monday, Jan. 30) is $85. Registration for the OSHA 10-hour training for construction is $140 for both days.

To register, go to http://safetyseries.cvent.com/events/2018. If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.

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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 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.

Consumer Warning: As Health Care Enrollment Ends, Beware of Non-Traditional Health Plans
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/13/17 9:46 AM
Media Alert:
Consumer warning: As health care enrollment ends, beware of nontraditional health plans that are not available on HealthCare.gov

Complaints are on the rise from Oregonians being lured into purchasing nontraditional health insurance plans.

As the enrollment deadline nears, consumers are encouraged to purchase their health coverage only from a trusted source.

Nontraditional plans typically offer low-cost coverage, but are not available at HealthCare.gov. These plans often lead to high cost of care and a high tax penalty.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services encourages consumers to:
Beware of cold calls offering low-cost health coverage
Purchase health insurance only from a trusted source, such as an agent you trust or HealthCare.gov.
Do not sign any document stating the policy is not subject to Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements

If you believe a low-cost, time-sensitive policy will meet your specific health care needs, follow the steps above, carefully review the exclusions under the policy, and understand your own financial risk.

For more information about ACA-compliant plans available in Oregon, visit OregonHealthcare.gov.

Final five days: the HealthCare.gov deadline is this Friday
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 12/11/17 9:57 AM
(Salem) -- Friday, Dec. 15, is the last day to get 2018 health insurance during open enrollment. Oregonians who do not get coverage through their job or another program should go to HealthCare.gov and choose a plan before time runs out. HealthCare.gov is the only place to get help paying for coverage.

"People who need coverage and haven't enrolled at HealthCare.gov could be leaving money on the table," said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "They should go to HealthCare.gov by Friday and see if they qualify for financial assistance."

In 2017, more than 70 percent of Oregonians using HealthCare.gov qualified for financial assistance, and they received an average of $346 per month to help pay for coverage. This year, individuals making less than about $48,000 annually or families of four making less than about $98,000 annually may qualify.

A recent analysis estimated that many Oregonians who were eligible to use HealthCare.gov and receive financial assistance did not enroll last year, including more than 78,000 men and more than 33,000 people ages 25 to 34.

"Enrollment this year has been strong so far, but as the deadline approaches, it's essential to take action if you need coverage or, if you've already signed up, remind your friends and family that it's time to enroll and see if they can get help paying for coverage," Flowers said.

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

After the Dec. 15 deadline, people will be able to get 2018 coverage only in special circumstances, like when they move or lose job-related coverage.

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The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. DCBS houses both the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and the Division of Financial Regulation, among other divisions. For more information, go to dcbs.oregon.gov.

Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmate Lorrie Hocker back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 12/08/17 4:49 PM
Lorrie Hocker
Lorrie Hocker
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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate who walked away from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) work crew in Wilsonville Monday morning is now in custody.

Tualatin Police Department arrested Lorrie Marie Hocker on Friday, December 8, 2017, at approximately 3:45 p.m.

"The Department of Corrections thanks Tualatin Police Department, the Oregon State Police, and the public for all of the tips, investigation, and hard work leading to Hocker's arrest. It's partnerships like these that help all of us to meet our mission of protecting the public, and we are pleased she is safe and back in custody," stated DOC Inspector General Craig Prins.

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Attached Media Files: Lorrie Hocker

Oregon Department of Forestry engines and personnel are helping wildfire suppression efforts in Southern California
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 12/11/17 11:30 AM
SALEM, Ore. -- Some 25 engines and over 60 firefighting personnel from Oregon Department of Forestry districts and forest protective associations are in Southern California helping battle the 230,500-acre Thomas Fire.

The Oregon firefighters traveled from various points around the state to California on Friday and Saturday. All arrived over the weekend at the California Southern Region Prado Mobilization Center in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The ODF firefighters are assigned to the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County. As of this morning, Cal Fire was reporting that close to 6,400 firefighters and more than 850 fire engines were engaged in fighting the fire, which is threatening a number of communities.

The five ODF task forces, each made up of five engines, were requested by California fire officials through an interstate resource-sharing system known as ROSS (Resource Ordering and Status System). They are in addition to over 300 other Oregon fire service personnel sent to fight Southern California fires by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and fellow entities.

"California and Oregon have a longstanding relationship with mutual reciprocation when suppression resources are needed," said Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty. "California was there for us during our challenging fire season this year and Oregon is fortunate to have the opportunity to return the favor."

Severe fire weather is expected to continue, promoting significant fire growth in Santa Barbara County, where a number of communities are under mandatory evacuation orders. For the latest information about the Thomas Fire, visit Cal Fire's incident information page at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents.
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New taxes going into effect in 2018
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 12/14/17 3:16 PM
SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding Oregon businesses and employers, out-of-state businesses with employees or customers in Oregon, and vehicle and bicycle buyers to make sure they're ready for four new taxes starting in 2018.

The 2017 Legislature created four tax programs to help fund a statewide transportation package: the bicycle excise tax, the vehicle privilege tax, the vehicle use tax, and the statewide transit tax.

"We're communicating directly with affected sellers about new taxes relating to some bicycles and vehicles, which begin January 1, 2018," said Eric Smith, Business Division administrator for the department. "There will be more outreach to employers about the new statewide transit tax as we approach its start date of July 1, 2018," he said.

Bicycle excise tax

Oregon's bicycle excise tax is a flat tax of $15 paid by the consumer at the point of sale. To be taxed, a bike must meet all of the following criteria:

Be a new bicycle.
Have two or more wheels that are 26 inches or larger.
Be exclusively human powered and designed for use on the ground.
Have a retail purchase price of $200 or more.

Sellers must provide an invoice, receipt, or other proof-of-sale document that has a separate line showing the amount of tax paid by the consumer. They must also report and remit the taxes collected from sales of taxable bicycles to Revenue at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Consumers who don't pay the tax at the time of purchase must report the purchase and pay the tax directly to the Department of Revenue by the 20th of the month following the month of purchase.

Vehicle privilege tax

Oregon's vehicle privilege tax applies to dealers selling new vehicles in Oregon. The tax is on the privilege of selling and equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the new vehicle. Sales of new vehicles, which must not have been previously registered in Oregon, include:

Vehicles with 7,500 miles or fewer and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,000 lbs. or less.
Recreational vehicles and motorcycles.
Lease sales of new vehicles.

Dealers must report and pay the tax based on their sales at the end of each calendar quarter. The first return, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018. Although a lawsuit has been filed in relation to distribution of the vehicle privilege tax, it doesn't change a dealer's responsibility to report and pay the privilege tax on their sales beginning January 1, 2018.

Vehicle use tax

Oregon's vehicle use tax applies to vehicles purchased outside of Oregon by Oregon residents or for use in Oregon. It applies to any vehicle which, if purchased in Oregon, would qualify for the vehicle privilege tax. The tax may be paid by the out-of-state dealer or the consumer, and it equals one-half of one percent (.005) of the retail sales price of the taxable vehicle.

Only some out-of-state dealers will be required to collect and remit the use tax. Others will choose to do so. If a dealer doesn't collect the tax from the consumer at the point of sale, the consumer must report and pay it directly to Revenue. Upon payment, the consumer will receive a certificate showing they paid the tax, which the DMV will need to register or title the vehicle in Oregon. The deadline for reporting and paying is the 20th day of the month following the month of purchase. Dealers who collect the tax must report and remit it at the end of each calendar quarter. Their first returns, covering sales from January through March, will be due by April 30, 2018.

Statewide transit tax

The statewide transit tax takes effect on July 1, 2018. It will be one-tenth of one percent (.001) of the wages of Oregon residents--regardless of where they're working--and non-residents who work in Oregon. Payers of annuities and other periodic payments under ORS 316.189 also must withhold one-tenth of one percent (.001) of these payments. Employers who fail to deduct, withhold, and remit the tax to the department will be subject to standard penalties. In addition, employers who knowingly fail to deduct and withhold the tax are subject to an additional penalty of $250 per employee, up to $25,000. Oregon residents working for certain out-of-state employers must self-report and pay the tax when they file their personal income tax return, if their employer chooses not to withhold it.

All new taxes

More information about the transportation-related taxes can be found at www.oregon.gov/dor.

Affected sellers and employers can register, report taxes, and make payments through the department's new web application, Revenue Online. They can visit www.oregon.gov/dor for more information and to sign up for a Revenue Online account.

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Housing Stability Council - Special Meeting - Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 12/12/17 11:44 AM
MEETING LOGISTICS:
Thursday, December 14, 9-10 a.m.
Teleconference only: Call-In: 1-877-273-4202; Participant Code: 4978330

AGENDA:
9:00 a.m. - Meeting called to order - Roll call taken
9:05 a.m. - Multifamily Funding Decision
- River Place, Parcel #3
10:00 a.m. - Meeting adjourned

All times listed on this agenda are approximate and subject to change. Agenda items may also be taken out of order and addressed at different times than listed. The agenda may be amended by the Council at the time of the meeting.

Portland man wins $1,000 a week for life
Oregon Lottery - 12/13/17 12:00 PM
Dec. 12, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Cyril Osborne had a little fun before claiming his Win for Life win.

Osborne, from Portland, matched all four numbers on his Win for Life ticket to win the game's top prize of $1,000 a week for life.

However, Osborne has a history of playing pranks on his wife of 47 years. So when he told his wife he won, she wouldn't believe him.

"I didn't tell her when I first got home. I just smiled a lot. She knew something was up. When I told her, she thought I was playing around," he said. "I had to get my iPad out and show her the numbers on the website before she would believe me."

Osborne purchased his winning quick pick ticket at the Safeway on Highland Drive in Gresham.

"I do the grocery shopping and I pick up a ticket every so often," Osborne said. "I bought the Win for Life because it has more numbers than other tickets. When I went back to the store, I realized I won the top prize!"

Osborne opted to take $52,000 per year as an annual payment, rather than the $1,000 a week option. He also said the money was going toward his retirement.

"That $2 ticket is paying out rather handsomely!" he said.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $22 million of Lottery dollars went to economic development projects in Multnomah County.

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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and 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

Economic impact of Oregon State Parks tops more than $1 billion per year
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/12/17 2:30 PM
Visitors to Oregon state parks in 2016 contributed $1.1 billion to the state's economy and supported 16,000 full- and part-time jobs, according to a report released today by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

The report, Economic Activity from Recreation Use of Oregon State Park Properties -- System Report, measures how communities near parks benefited economically from the 54 million-plus visits to state parks in 2016. Visitor spending supported 16,000 full-and part-time jobs statewide, equating to a combined salary of $550 million.

"The report clearly shows that Oregon's state parks are more than great places to visit, but also a vital economic engine for local economies across the state," said OPRD recreation planner Terry Bergerson.

OPRD's analysis of the report found that each dollar invested in the Oregon State Parks system generates $30.50 in related economic activity.

OPRD commissioned economist Eric White, a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, to prepare the report at a cost of $45,697 over a six year period. White analyzed survey responses from more than 18,000 visitors from 84 park properties. OPRD conducted the surveys from 2011-2016.

"We wanted to measure the economic benefits state parks bring to the state," said OPRD Director Lisa Sumption. "The findings are clear: when state parks succeed, so do Oregon communities. We want to keep it that way, so we continue to look at what we can do to improve visitors' experiences."

The report provides information by region and by park. Coastal parks had the greatest number of visits and slightly higher levels of average spending, accounting for about half of the total statewide spending.

Silver Falls State Park provided the largest economic boost, with 1.4 million visits contributing $58.4 million to the local economy. Fort Stevens State Park followed with $40.1 million, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site with $34.8 million.

"State parks are also an important side trip during many recreation outings," White said. "We estimate visitors spend about $245 million in local communities during those side trips."

Other key findings include:

>> Visitors spend an average of $25 for a day trip within 30 miles from home to $390 for an overnight camping trip more than 30 miles from home.

>>Visitors most often spend money on gasoline, groceries and purchases in restaurants and bars.

>> More than half ($619 million) of visitor spending across all state parks was generated by visitors who traveled more than 30 miles from home, and who stayed overnight on the property or in a nearby community.

The full report is available at http://bit.ly/OPRDRecreationEconomicReport.

Free First Day Hike at Smith Rock State Park Jan. 1
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 12/08/17 10:55 AM
Bend OR -- For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Information about the special hike hosted at Smith Rock State Park is below. The usual $5 parking fee will be waived Jan. 1 only.

Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store, http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH . Online registration is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change.

Hike time: 10 a.m. The hike is limited to 35 participants. Reserve your spot by registering at http://bit.ly/SmithRock2018FDH
Starting location: Smith Rock Welcome Center
Terrain and length of trail: Moderate four-mile hike on the River Trail. We recommend the hike for children at least 7 years old. No dogs or baby strollers allowed.
Contact information:(541) 416-0645
Additional details: Learn about winter wildlife and the unique features of the park.

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Share photos of First Day Hikes via Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ORfirstdayhikes or tagging "Oregon State Parks" on Facebook.

Banks & Credit Unions
Wells Fargo branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington collecting food and toy donations for those in need (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 12/11/17 11:14 AM
graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results.
graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results.
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Wells Fargo bank branches throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington are helping out those in need by collecting donations of food and toys this month.

All of the donations made at each branch will stay in the community where they were given to support local residents.

The company's annual toy drive in Oregon and S.W. Washington is taking place now through Friday, Dec. 15. Members of the public are welcome to drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Wells Fargo branch.

Wells Fargo will give the donated toys to local nonprofits for distribution to children from low- and moderate-income families.

Food Drive Runs to Dec. 30
This year Wells Fargo branches in this region are also participating in the company's first-ever national food drive now until Dec. 30. All of the non-perishable food collected from the public will be donated to local nonprofit groups.

To help in the effort, Wells Fargo has also created four "mobile pop-up food banks" that are currently traveling throughout the nation to collect food donations. One of the pop-ups will make a number of appearances in Portland, Beaverton and Tigard this month.

The mobile food bank will appear:

Outside the Moda Center before Trail Blazer games Dec. 20, 22 and 28;

At the Beaverton Town Square shopping center Dec. 21 and 23;

At the Washington Square Mall Dec. 27 and 29.

Deploying approximately 5,900 bank branches and 268,000 team members, the national food drive encourages customers, communities and Wells Fargo employees to give food at its branches, donate money to United Way and volunteer with hunger-related organizations.

"The winter holidays are a time for coming together in fellowship with friends and family," said Wells Fargo Region Bank President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "Yet one in seven American families depends on the kindness of others to partake in meals during this season."

"And so many children go without gifts during the holidays because their families can't afford them," added Wells Fargo Region Bank President Cindy Johnson of McMinnville. "The Wells Fargo toy and food drives are two great ways we can use our branch network and other company locations to help those neighbors and friends who need our support."

$5 Million Donation
Working with United Way Worldwide to create a long-term, high impact program that will support hunger-related causes in our local communities, Wells Fargo donated an additional $5 million grant to the United Way in support of this effort.

"This donation from Wells Fargo will support local United Ways' fight to address hunger in communities and provide families with vital resources to live healthier lives," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide President and CEO. "Wells Fargo's strong relationship with United Way is a critical part of our fight to tackle our nation's toughest challenges and create solutions that strengthen the quality of life for individuals and families."

Volunteering 5,000 Hours
Wells Fargo has also committed to volunteering 5,000 hours nationally during the food drive and is encouraging its employees to support food-based nonprofit organizations in their local communities throughout the holidays.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance services. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Wells Fargo third on its most recent list of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Last year Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 14,900 nonprofits and Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.73 million hours with 50,000 nonprofits.



Attached Media Files: graphic image of Wells Fargo's food survey results. , Wells Fargo branches are collecting food donations now through Dec. 30. , A Wells Fargo mobile food bank will appear in the Portland metro area this month.

PR Agencies
Redmond, Oregon Couple Wins $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway
StingRay Communications - 12/12/17 4:40 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017

Redmond, Oregon Couple Wins $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway
Of more than 6,000 entries, Brett and Bibiana Limbeck randomly chosen to win grand prize

(Redmond, Ore.) -- Christmas arrived early for Redmond, Oregon residents Brett and Bibiana Limbeck. The Limbeck's thought they were doing a construction walkthrough with their real estate broker when they were surprised by an entourage of people as Hayden Homes announced them winners of the $25,000 Dream Backyard Giveaway.

The Limbeck's purchased a home in the Hayden Homes' Obsidian Trails Community in September 2017. They entered the drawing along with 6,000 people who visited Hayden Homes' model homes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho neighborhoods and the company's website during the summer $25,000 backyard giveaway promotion.

"This is unbelievable," Bibiana said. "It's something you dream about but never think will happen to your family."

Brett works at a water and waste water treatment facility and Bibiana owns a cleaning company and teaches Zumba at Redmond Athletic Club. The Limbeck's have four children, Anthony, Kevin, Brandon and Maddison. Their home will be completed in March 2018.

The Limbeck's are already looking forward to their first design meeting to take place with Hayden Homes' Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Murphy, in January. All plans will be finalized in time for the installation of the new backyard in summer 2018.

Learn more about this year's giveaway.

SPECIAL MEDIA NOTE: VIDEO, VOICEOVER AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA USE AT THIS DROPBOX: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9jmopt6b7qqhczs/AAA-yC4ny5OhcE8xdNtvQiV0a?dl=0

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About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes provides high-quality, value-driven homes throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed $2.5 billion to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than $13.3 million in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 nonprofit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 workforce families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.



Attached Media Files: 2017-12/6224/110383/www.dropbox.com_(47).url

Businesses
SAIF hopes for fewer falls and more fa-la-las this season [videos]
SAIF - 12/12/17 8:55 AM
Summary: New "Spot the Hazards" videos make holiday safety as fun and warm as an ugly sweater.
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'Tis the season for holiday hazards--from chestnuts roasting on an open fire to walking in a winter wonderland, safety risks are everywhere this time of year.

That's why SAIF has released two 360-degree videos today to help remind Oregonians about small things that can add up to big trouble. The videos, where viewers try to spot holiday hazards, highlight home holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVgkKWf9CsM&feature=youtu.be) and work holiday safety risks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGekhhO46M&feature=youtu.be).

"Most people know not to step on the top part of a ladder, or to remove tripping hazards," said Leigh Manning, senior safety consultant at SAIF. "But when you're on deadline for holiday parties and workplace projects, it's easy to take the risk."

In addition to the videos, Manning offers the following tips to stay safe and have a happy holiday season, both at work and home:

Remember ladder safety. Make sure you have the right ladder for the job. Do not overreach or lean too far to one side on the ladder, and always face the ladder when climbing up or down. Keep in mind, you have climbed too high if your knees are above the top of the stepladder.
Don't overload circuits. Too many plugs can overload a circuit, leading to a power outage or an electrical hazard.
Remove trip hazards. Decorations and extension cords can be tucked to the side so they don't cause a hazard.
Avoid heavy loads. Carrying too many gifts or packages can be bad for your back.
Reduce sweets. Holiday treats are fine in moderation, but consider bringing healthy snacks to workplace potlucks or holiday parties.
Manage stress. It's easy to get stressed this time of year, but too much stress can lead to poor health. Visit www.saif.com/relax for tips on how to manage it.

"We hope people will speak up with their friends, family, and co-workers," says Manning.

More information, including tips for other safety hazards, can be found at www.saif.com/safetyandhealth.

About SAIF
SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. For more than 100 years, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.

Organizations & Associations
AARP Honors 2017 Class of State Elected Officials for Championing Family Caregivers
AARP Oregon - 12/08/17 2:42 PM
Preview posted on FlashAlert: December 8th, 2017 2:28 PM
Clackamas, OR -- AARP Oregon today named "Capitol Caregivers" of 2017 in recognition of their support family caregivers in Oregon. Honored for the legislatively efforts are Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Jackie Winters, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Tim Knopp, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. Dan Rayfield, and Rep. Greg Smith.

These leaders advanced policies to support Oregon's family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community--where they want to be.

"AARP thanks Senators Steiner Hayward, Winters, Devlin and Knopp, and Representatives Nathanson, Rayfield and Smith for championing the preservation of funding for long term supports and services that help to keep Oregonians in their own homes this year," says Jerry Cohen, state director of AARP Oregon. "They provided key leadership to pass a budget this year that does not cut critical services for older Oregonians and helped make the big responsibilities of family caregivers a little bit easier."

The state budget that passed during the 2017 legislative session prevented proposed cuts to programs like Oregon Project Independence, which provides basic help to older families to help keep people in their own homes. The budget also protected funding for family caregiver training programs and the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC) that helps people find appropriate care, supports, and resources.

Across Oregon, about 470,00 Oregonians provide unpaid care for their older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, and other loved ones-- valued at about $5.7 billion annually. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, grocery shopping and more.

"Family caregivers provide invaluable care to their loved ones," says Cohen. "And they need our support."

AARP Oregon will present the Capitol Caregiver awards to these legislators January 11 during legislative days at the State Capitol in Salem.

"Funding long term supports and services is just a first step to providing help for family caregivers," says Cohen. "AARP will continue to fight for Oregon's family caregivers and their loved ones in 2018: for more support, help at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief and more.

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Caregiving Resources:
v AARP's I Heart Caregivers Initiative - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
AARP Caregiving Resource Center - https://secure.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012
Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care (October 2012) - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/
Caregiving in the US: 2015 Report - https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/home-care/


The Oregon awards are part of national recognition by AARP to 100 lawmakers around the country who worked in a bipartisan way to support family caregivers.
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About AARP
AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the world's largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Fire Affecting Two Adults in Sisters
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/10/17 11:34 AM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 10, 2017, at approximately 9:00 a.m. in the 60000 block of Lariat in Sisters, Ore. The fire affected two adults and their pets.

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

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

Red Cross Responds to Single Family Home Fire Affecting One Adult in La Pine
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 12/09/17 4:47 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a single-family home fire disaster on Dec. 9, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the 50000 block of Ash Road in La Pine, Ore. The fire affected one adult.

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

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

Chess for Success celebrates 25th anniversary
Chess for Success - 12/13/17 10:22 AM
The mission of Chess for Success is to help children develop the skills necessary for success in school and in life through learning chess. In 1992 Dick Roy, Phil Margolin, and Frank Eiseman saw a need in our community for chess programs for vulnerable students. They knew from experience that chess teaches critical thinking, perseverance, and concentration among other skills. It improves behavior and school attendance, because children want to go to school so they can go to chess club. Through chess, children learn skills that help them become college and career ready.
With this goal in mind, Chess for Success was born. Chess for Success sponsors after-school chess clubs in high-poverty schools. A teacher is hired from within the school and provided curriculum and support. To promote club unity, every student in the program receives a t-shirt their club designs. The students receive free entry into all Chess for Success tournaments. At the end of the year, they get a chess set. By giving students the opportunity to learn an engaging game while learning important life skills, Chess for Success is at the forefront of developing our next industry leaders.
This year Chess for Success is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The program started at nine elementary schools in the Portland Public School District: Applegate, Beach, Boise-Eliot, Brooklyn, Clarendon, Humboldt, Peninsula, John Ball (now Rosa Parks), and Vernon. Now, our reach stretches over 70 clubs across the state from Hermiston to Grants Pass, and one club in Vancouver, Washington. There are programs in therapeutic schools for students who struggle in a standard school setting, and schools for incarcerated youth. Currently, over 30% of program participants are girls, an unusually high number for a chess program. During the last 25 years, Chess for Success has reached 45,600 students, supplied 114,000 chess sets, and provided 1,824,000 hours of after-school chess lessons.
Chess for Success is grateful our community has risen to the occasion to help students reach their full potential through chess. We would like to thank our coaches, volunteers, donors, and advocates as well as the families of our participants. You are the unsung heroes of the program, and we are successful because of you.
Research found that students involved in Chess for Success had higher math and reading test scores than their peers. Participation in chess club led to an increased interest in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) for boys and girls. Our nation is facing an increased need for people in STEM careers. Encouraging children to play chess puts many of them on the path to STEM careers, an opportunity many need.
We are committed to our mission. I encourage you to support Chess for Success. There are programs in 22 school districts across 10 counties, and tournaments are held around the state from January through March. I invite you to visit a club to watch the joy chess brings to our participants. There is nothing like it.

www.chessforsuccess.org

Help Make Christmas Possible for Families in Deschutes County
The Salvation Army Portland Metro - 12/13/17 1:00 AM
WHO: The Salvation Army -- Bend, Oregon and Deschutes County


WHAT: Making Christmas possible for families in Bend and Deschutes County.


WHEN & WHERE:

In Full Effect 12 December 2017:
Bend, Oregon and surrounding areas.

WHY:
With Christmas now less than two weeks away; The Salvation Army is working hard to ensure that all those who have requested assistance this season have the availability to receive. Last year The Salvation Army assisted more than 350 families and provided 1,500 children (ages 0-18) with presents and clothing for Christmas and on the 19th of December, they want to do it again, but they are still in need of gifts and funds to reach their goals.

CONTACT:
For information:

Captain Rachel Johnson -- Corps Officer -- The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon: 541-408-6171
Captain Michael Johnson -- Corps Officer -- The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon: 541-408-5669

MEDIA:
Captain Michael Johnson

For all media inquiries, please contact Captain Michael Johnson: 541-408-5669
michael.johnson@usw.salvationarmy.org

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Full Release:

(BEND, OR) December 12, 2017 -- This year we need The Salvation Army is reaching out to the community to help make Christmas possible for families in need in Bend and Deschutes County.

"While it is unfortunate that so many are in need this Christmas, we are happy that we can be there for them. By providing toys and clothes for the children, the adults can breathe a little easier knowing they do not have to make the choice between paying a bill or buying Christmas presents." -- Captain Rachel Johnson, Corps Officer -- The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon

Here's are two ways you can help. Donate an unwrapped gift to assure that the need is met, they can drop it off at The Salvation Army, located next to Bend Senior Highschool (515 NE Dekalb Ave, Bend, OR 97701,) or call Captain Rachel Johnson directly at (541) 408-6171.You can also donate your time at the Red Kettle. Just 60 minutes of bell ringing yields enough in donations to feed 13 people. Currently The Salvation Army in Bend has raised about $65,000 of their $115,000 goal, which puts them a little over half the way. Call The Salvation Army at 541-408-5669 to register to ring.

"We know that many have supported us in the fires here in Deschutes and other disasters around the US; and we are extremely grateful, but many know that there is still a need in the community and we want to be sure that we can meet that need. There is still time; though it's going fast, for people to sign-up and bell ring. It's fun and it helps other in the community." -- Captain Michael Johnson, Corps Officer -- The Salvation Army of Bend, Oregon (OR SOMEONE ELSE)

The Salvation Army is proud to be a part of the city of Bend and service all of Deschutes county. They are appreciative of the support that they have received already, and are confident that those who see the work they do to help other, will continue to contribute to their efforts. To learn more about the work of The Salvation Army in Bend, to volunteer or make a donation; please visit bend.salvationarmy.org or visit them at 515 NE Dekalb Ave, Bend, OR 97701

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army works in 129 countries worldwide. For more information, or to make a donation, visit us online at bend.salvationarmy.org. People wishing to make monetary donations can do so by calling 541.389.8888, or by mail, The Salvation Army, 515 NE Dekalb Ave, Bend, OR 97701