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Fri. 03/24/17
Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Invites the Public to the Capitol for Dairy Day (Photo)
Oregon Dairy Farmers Assn. - 03/24/17 5:16 PM
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Tuesday, March 28, will be a day of celebration for Oregonians of all ages as we mark the 20th Anniversary of Milk as Oregon's Official Beverage. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt being served in the Galleria. During the Floor Session of both the House and Senate, the 2017 Dairy Princess Ambassador, Kiara Single and the First Alternate, Kortni Ragsdale, will be introduced by their Senator, Betsy Johnson and Representative Brad Witt.

An Official "Toast to Milk - Oregon's Official Beverage" will take place at 2:15 pm in the Galleria led by the House and Senate Leadership. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Ice Cream will be served beginning at 2:30 pm.

Oregon is home to 228 Dairy Farms. Our farms range in size from small to large, organic to conventional. You can be assured that every dairy farm is a family operation and they take the health of their cows and their land very seriously. Every dairy farmer is heavily regulated by State and Federal officials.

The leadership of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association looks forward to welcoming you to the Capitol on Tuesday, March 28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Attached Media Files: Kortni Ragsdale, 2017 DPA First Alternate (L) and Kiara Single, 2017 DPA (R)
Red Cross Responds to Home Fire Affecting 7 People in Redmond
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 03/24/17 1:44 PM
Disaster responders with the local American Red Cross responded to a home fire disaster on Friday, March 24, 2017, at approximately at 9:35 a.m. in the 700 block of NW 28th Loop in Redmond, OR. The fire affected 7 people, including 5 adults, 2 children and 2 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.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/24/17 1:41 PM
News release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 24, 2017

Media contact: Chris Havel, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, 503-986-0722 (desk), 503-931-2590 (cell)

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit for bids on bungee jumping concession at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

Terrebonne OR -- The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will solicit proposals from concessionaires interested in conducting recreational bungee jumping from a decommissioned highway bridge over the Crooked River at Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint north of Terrebonne. Responses to the solicitation will be accepted starting sometime the week of March 27 through late April or early May. Exact dates will be available through the official state procurement website, http://orpin.oregon.gov/.

A summertime pilot project was conducted in 2015-2016, then ended. A visitor survey conducted in 2016 showed the activity did not detract from the overall park experience (http://bit.ly/peterskeneogdensurvey), and highway safety appeared unaffected. The effects on raptors nesting and flying below the canyon rim were inconclusive and require study over a longer period, so the project includes ongoing monitoring and a readiness to change schedules or operations as needed to protect birds. The contract will have a short initial period--as few as 2 years--with renewal options that extend to 10 years, giving the park manager flexibility to modify the project more extensively if additional information becomes available. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will continue to consult with both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Protecting wildlife passing through the park is important, and while there are no raptor nests nearby, we'll need to monitor this carefully so we can make adjustments as we go," says OPRD Stewardship Manager Trevor Taylor.

"The department's mission includes outdoor recreation, and adapts to offer new opportunities where they are compatible with a state park landscape," says OPRD Mountains Region Manager Jerry Winegar. "Climbing and mountain biking were both new to state parks at one time, but now help introduce new people to Oregon's outdoors."

Businesses interested in submitting proposals for the operation must register with the State of Oregon Procurement Information Network -- https://orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcome.

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Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
Oregon Health Authority - 03/24/17 1:35 PM
Resending to clarify lead level measurements and add information on blood lead testing.

March 24, 2017

Extremely high lead levels close Salem multi-use commercial building
State finds levels of the metal were significantly above federal standards, prompting building owner to voluntarily close for air sampling, clean-up

PORTLAND, OR--A multi-use commercial building in Salem that once stored and finished batteries has closed for testing, inspection and clean-up after state regulators confirmed that lead dust levels on several interior surfaces were significantly above national health protection standards.

The owner of the building at 576 Patterson St. NW in Salem, which contains at least six businesses, agreed Thursday to voluntarily shutter the structure at the request of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Occupational Safety & Health, effective immediately. The agencies had reviewed results of tests on dust wipe samples taken from more than 20 spots around the interior of the building and determined the lead dust levels that were found posed a public health threat to those visiting and working in the building.

The building owner moved immediately to fence the entire facility and personally contact all business owners in the building to inform them of the closure. Among the businesses in the building are a CrossFit gym with a small childcare facility; a home renovation firm; a baseball training facility with indoor batting cages; a catering business; a roller skating rink; and storage and office space. A microbrewery also is under construction in the building.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limits for lead levels at child care facilities are 40 micrograms per square foot on floors, 250 micrograms per square foot for windowsills and 400 micrograms per square foot for window troughs. Many of the samples collected in the 576 Patterson building had lead levels of many thousands of micrograms per square foot--one sample taken from the brewery floor was measured at 2,115.45 micrograms per square foot. A windowsill in the brewery was measured at 6,127.44 micrograms per square foot.

The highest sample in the building was taken from an electrical panel in a batting cage, found at 188,636 micrograms per square foot; and another on a girder above a roller skating rink was at 179,654 micrograms per square foot. Only one sample--on the CrossFit facility floor--was measured at less than 5 micrograms per square foot.

"Chronic, long-term exposure to lead is a serious concern. When we see levels of dangerous contaminants such as lead at extremely high levels that potentially endanger public health, our goal is to stop the source of the exposure," said Katrina Hedberg, MD, state health officer at the OHA Public Health Division. "This is why we encouraged the building's owner to close immediately, and fortunately, the owner acted without delay."

DEQ recommended the owners of the facility test for lead inside the old building on site, which the owners voluntarily agreed to in late February. The owners wanted to see what actions they would need to take for DEQ to lift deed restrictions in place on the site since the 1990s following cleanups to remove concrete flooring and soil contaminated with lead beneath it. In 2016 the owners entered the site into DEQ's Voluntary Cleanup Program, which provides oversight to property owners who want to clean up hazardous-substance sites in a voluntary, cooperative manner.

While the extent of the public's exposure to areas of the building with the highest lead dust levels and the precise degree of the health risks are not known, children are most at risk of long-term health effects because their bodies absorb more lead than adults' and their brains are still developing, according to EPA. Infants and young children are often exposed to more lead than adults because they put their hands and other objects contaminated with lead from dust or soil into their mouths. Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in behavior and learning problems, such as lower IQ and hyperactivity.

Hedberg says there is no evidence of human illness related to exposures at the facility.

DEQ plans to inspect the 576 Patterson building in the coming days, and Oregon OSHA will work with the building owner to conduct air monitoring during and after clean-up of the interior. OHA also is encouraging anyone who is concerned about past lead exposure to see their health care providers and get screened for elevated blood lead levels.

Polk County Public Health is offering free blood lead testing for children ages 1-18 and pregnant or breastfeeding women who may have been exposed to lead while inside the building. Testing will be offered March 28, 4-7 p.m., at Polk County's West Salem location, 1520 Plaza St. NW, Salem. Those interested can call 503-623-8175 for more information.

Other adults and parents of children younger than 1 should seek testing through their primary care provider or pediatrician. The testing, though important, is not considered an emergency and does not need to happen immediately.

For more information on lead exposure and health, visit http://www.healthoregon.org/lead.

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Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/24/17 12:57 PM
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Oregon winery funds experimental fermentation program

Eola Hills, first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future will be the first donor to the experimental vineyard to Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.

Pinot Noir and Chocolate will be hosted in the "Barrel Room" of Eola Hills Wine Cellars from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 22nd. Tickets are $85. The event will feature six pairings of Pinot Noir with chocolates prepared by Fleur Chocolate and select appetizers. A colorful presentation on Clark College at Boschma Farms will be presented at 6 p.m. Total donations from this event are expected to raise between $10,000 and $20,000.

Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized. To do so takes more than education, it requires land combined with resources for curriculum development, equipment and laboratories.

Huggins also believes this event will initiate an on-going coalition of support that includes funding from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy, and other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington. His dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States.

Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Washington, along with Eola Hill's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be pouring at the event and will explain to guests how they may contribute to the future of this experimental winery. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com.

Seating is limited, for tickets http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/

About Eola Hills Wine Cellars.

Three decades ago, Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins never imaged his dream of Eola Hills Wine Cellars would reach international attention. That dream is now a worldwide distributed label and Eola Hills is made up of six vineyards, over 300 planted acres, and an annual production of 93,000 cases of pinot noir and other varietals that have won international awards including Best Buy ratings year after year on their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Eola Hills Wine Cellars prides itself on producing a wine of great quality and consistency year after year. For more information: www.eolahillswinery.com.

Attached Media Files: Tickets: http://eolahillswinery.com/event/pinot-chocolate-barrel-room/
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Seek the Public's Help in an Eagle Poaching Case - Curry County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/24/17 11:18 AM
On March 20, 2017, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper responded to a report of a Bald Eagle that had been killed and dumped at the mouth of the Winchuck River near Brookings. The Bald Eagle's talons had been cut off and illegally taken. An examination of the Bald Eagle showed no sign of visible injuries that would have led to the death of the bird. The taking of the Eagle's talons without a permit is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940. Penalties under the Act can include jail time and a fine of $100,000 or more, depending on the circumstances. Bald Eagles are also protected under Oregon's Wildlife Laws.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Senior Trooper Paul Rushton at the number listed below. It should be noted that this incident is unrelated to another press release where an OSP Trooper helped rescue two injured Bald Eagles in the Brookings Area.

Senior Trooper Paul Rushton: 541-531-5896

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

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

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

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

Attached Media Files: Photo2 , Photo1
Thu. 03/23/17
State Search and Rescue Coordinator Reminds Oregonians to stay safe this Spring Break (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 03/23/17 2:16 PM
Spring Break is coming up and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas would like to remind Oregonians to stay safe while enjoying spring break activities. Lucas says the search and rescue community in Oregon stands ready to respond when needed, but that being safe and prepared should always be a priority when getting out to enjoy all Oregon has to offer.

Lucas says a lot of accidents can be avoided by being prepared and knowing where you're going, the weather conditions, what you need, and by bringing extra supplies like water and high protein or other snacks.

"If you are going out, away from the city, you should plan accordingly. Plan for safety and the unexpected," says Lucas. "When you go hiking, dress accordingly. Bring food, a cell phone and other supplies you may need."

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue program supports the broad spectrum of search and rescue operations in Oregon. That mission includes coordinating activities of state and federal agencies involved in search and rescue, liaising with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and other organizations, and providing on-scene search and rescue coordination when requested.

"Search and Rescue is a needed asset, especially in Oregon. We live in a large state with so many recreation opportunities," Lucas added. "No one goes out with the intent to get lost or injured so preparing in advance can keep you safe."

He said even though it is spring break, weather conditions still may be harsh, making it even more important to be prepared when heading outdoors. Here are some wilderness safety tips: https://www.nps.gov/isro/planyourvisit/upload/Safety%20Tips%20for%20Hiking-2.pdf

To learn more about the Oregon Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue Program go to: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/emops/Pages/Search-and-Rescue.aspx

Oregon State Search and Rescue Coordinator Scott Lucas (center) stands with U.S. Coast Guard Pilots, March 2017, at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters prior to a capabilities demonstration of the MH-65 Short Range Recovery Helicopter. (Courtesy Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend Headquarters)

A scene at the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue Summer Exercise in 2016 shows search and rescue personnel standing near Brim aviation search and rescue helicopters in Ashland, Ore.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Corvallis and Eugene Mountain Rescue teams are tested on their basic ground search and rescue rope rescue skills in June 2016 during Oregon Mountain Rescue Council re-certification at Mary's Peak outside of Corvallis Oregon.
(Oregon Office of Emergency Management Photo by Scott Lucas)

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/3986/102916/20170313_112125.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160604_104420_001.jpg , 2017-03/3986/102916/20160521_160802_(002).jpg
CODE Team Executes Search Warrant and Seizes Methamphetamine
Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) - 03/23/17 1:33 PM
Date and Time of Incident: 03/22/17 -- 5:08pm

Type of Incident: Drug Arrests and Search Warrant

Location of Search Warrant: 1881 NE Moonglow Court, Bend, Oregon

Suspect Information:

Jason Rydell Johnson 36 year old male Bend Resident
Judith Lynn Flanders 56 year old female Bend Resident
Preston Lee McNeely 52 year old male Transient


The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team conducted a month long investigation into the criminal distribution of methamphetamine in the Central Oregon area. On March 22nd Jason Johnson was arrested during a traffic stop and a search warrant was executed at 1881 NE Moonglow Court. Judith Flanders and Preston McNeely were arrested. Approximately five ounces of methamphetamine was recovered, currency, scales, drug records, and packaging material.

On March 22nd, 2017, at about 5:08 pm, members of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement team (CODE), assisted by a Bend Police Officer, conducted a traffic stop on a 1978 Ford van near the intersection of Pettigrew Road and Thomas Drive, in Bend, Oregon. Jason Johnson was the driver of the van and only occupant in the vehicle. Investigators had observed him leaving 1881 NE Moonglow Court and arranged the traffic stop.

Johnson was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Deschutes County Jail. Investigators seized over an ounce of methamphetamine from Johnson's vehicle.

On this same date at approximately 6:22 pm, CODE detectives executed a search warrant at 1881 NE Moonglow Court. Judith Flanders was contacted and arrested without incident.

Investigators seized just under two ounces of methamphetamine, currency, scales, drug records, and packaging material from the residence.

During the search warrant execution, Preston McNeely arrived at the residence. He was in possession of over two ounces of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody and charged with the below listed charges.



Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)


Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.886)


Unlawful Delivery of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.890)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.894)
Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine (ORS 475.886)

The Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and the following Central Oregon law enforcement agencies: Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Police Department, Prineville Police Department, Crook County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Madras Police Department, Oregon State Police, Sunriver Police Department, Black Butte Police Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County District Attorney's, and the Oregon National Guard.

The Oregon-Idaho HIDTA program is an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) sponsored counterdrug grant program that coordinates and provides funding resources to multi-agency drug enforcement task forces to disrupt or dismantle local, multi-state and international drug trafficking organizations.
Tillamook Forest Center will close Tuesdays this summer
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/23/17 12:17 PM
Oregon Department of Forestry's Tillamook Forest Center will change its hours and days of operation for the upcoming summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Summer hours of operation for ODF's popular forest education center will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays. Admission and most programs are offered free of charge to the public.
The move to close on Tuesdays during the peak season represents a reduction in the Center's normal summer schedule from seven to six days per week. The Tuesday closure will affect interactive exhibit spaces, facility access, public programs and tours offered at the Tillamook Forest Center, located one hour from Portland in the heart of Tillamook State Forest.

"We are working hard to achieve our mission of providing forest education and interpretation, and hope to minimize disruptions to services we provide 60,000 visitors each year," said TFC Director Fran McReynolds. Tuesday, she notes, is typically the least busy day of the week.

Fall and spring hours will remain unchanged, with free public access to the center beginning annually on the first Wednesday in March, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook, Oregon 97141. The Tillamook Forest Center is closed December to February.

Wed. 03/22/17
Albertsons robbery with arrest of suspect
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 8:53 PM
Date: 03/22/2017 Case # 2017-090326

Date & Time of Incident: 03/22/2017 @ 1847 hours

Type of Incident: Robbery III & Theft II

Location of Incident: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Victim Information: 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons)

Suspect Information: Thornsberry, Marcus 45 year old, Bend resident


On March 22nd, 2017, at 1847 hours Officers from the Bend Police Department responded to the area of 1800 NE 3rd St. #A (Albertsons) as it was reported a robbery had occurred at the location.

It was reported the suspect demanded money from an employee cashier at a checkout stand. The suspect made threatening statements to the cashier as he demanded the money. The cashier gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency and the subject fled from the business on foot. A description of the male suspect was provided and Officers from the Bend Police Department responded and checked the area for the suspect.

A citizen standing outside the business saw what was occurring and followed the suspect. The suspect had fled to the east on Revere Ave. and then went to the south on NE 5th St. The citizen reported last seeing the suspect go south on NE 5th St. before losing sight of the individual.

Officers then started checking the area and located a male subject in the area of NE 5th St./ Quimby Ave. The male matched the description of the suspect and was wearing the same clothing. The male was taken into custody by officers. The suspect was identified as Marcus Thornsberry. Officers seized evidence which included U.S. currency believed to be related to the crimes committed.

Thornsberry was transported to the Deschutes County Jail where he was lodged on the below charges.

Thornsberry's Charges: Robbery III and Theft II
Five Car Crash Claims the Life of a Scappoose Man Near the Sauvie Island Bridge - Multnomah County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:52 PM
On March 22, 2017, at about 9:55 a.m., Oregon State Police Troopers from the St. Helens Worksite responded to a five vehicle crash on US 30 near milepost 10.5, just east of the Sauvie Island Bridge.

Preliminary information indicates that a red 2004 Ford Ranger pickup, operated by Lewis DEMARS, age 58, of Scappoose, was traveling eastbound on US 30 when the Ranger crossed over the centerline and into oncoming, westbound traffic. The Ranger struck a 2012 Toyota Camry, operated by Steven RICHARDS, age 46, of Vancouver, Washington, nearly head-on. The Camry began to spin and hit the side of a 2007 Kenworth dump truck, operated by Michael WILLIAMS, age 38, of Portland, which was also traveling westbound. After colliding with the dump truck, the Camry traveled across the centerline and into oncoming eastbound traffic, where it collided head-on with a 2010 Honda Fit, operated by Laurie DAVIS, age 61, of Scappoose. The Ranger continued eastbound a short distance after striking the Camry, where it crashed head-on into a 2003 GMC utility van, operated by Breckon SCOTT, age 26, of Camas, Washington, that was traveling westbound.

DEMARS was pronounced deceased at the scene. RICHARDS, DAVIS and SCOTT were transported to Emanuel Hospital with injuries. WILLIAMS was uninjured and remained on scene.

Both lanes of US 30 remained closed for approximately three hours while Troopers investigated the crash. Oregon State Police was assisted on scene by Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Fire and Rescue, Scappoose Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Photo3 , Photo2 , Photo1
***Update - Name Release*** Fatal Crash on US Hwy 26 near Milepost 18 - Clatsop County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/22/17 4:01 PM
Involved Vehicle
Involved Vehicle

The deceased male is Richard Franklin POLLOCK, age 44, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and his family members have been notified of their loss.

Previously released:

On March 14, 2017, at approximately 6:58 a.m., Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon, struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan, Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation. The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours

Attached Media Files: Involved Vehicle
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility adds butterfly program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/22/17 3:56 PM
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.

This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison.


Attached Media Files: Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly
Aggravated Theft Sale of Gold Bars (Photo)
Bend Police Dept. - 03/22/17 3:49 PM
Fake Perth Mint
Fake Perth Mint
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Case # 2017-63055

Date & Time of Incident: July 2016-February 2017
Type of Incident: Aggravated Theft by Deception/Conspiracy
Location of Incident: Multiple locations in Bend and Redmond, Oregon

Victim Information:
Levi Huffman, 47 year old male, Redmond resident
Craig Boatman, 29 year old male, Bend resident
Justin Leiva, 29 year old male, Bend resident
William Fleming, 65 year old male, Bend resident

Suspect Information:
(1)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident
(2)17 year old male juvenile, Bend resident

On March 21st two Bend juveniles were arrested for multiple counts of aggravated theft by deception and conspiracy.

This investigation stemmed from the juveniles using online websites to buy artificial gold bars that resembled authentic gold bars. The juveniles sold the artificial gold bars to unsuspecting Bend residents as authentic gold bars over the past year. The juveniles were sophisticated and used multiple ways to conceal their identity and scheme. The juveniles were able to identify local residents that were interested in purchasing gold through Craig's List and set up meetings to make the transactions.

Bend Police received first report on February 24th regarding gold bars. Multiple reports of similar activity came in through March 21st identifying two male juvenile suspects.

Several officers and detectives spent a substantial amount of investigative time on this case. Officers were able to locate, interview, and arrest the juveniles. Combined, the suspects received over $50,000 in US currency and other goods for the artificial gold. Bend Police was able to recover some of the money used to purchase the artificial gold bars.

Both juveniles were contacted at their Bend residences and transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Department where they were lodged on the charges listed below.

We are asking the community to let us know if you purchased Royal Canadian Mint bars or Perth Mint bars (see attached photos) from someone other than a dealer between July 2016 and March 21, 2017. If you have information regarding purchasing or being asked to purchase these type of gold bars please contact the Bend Police at 541-693-6911.

Bend Police wants to warn citizens from buying precious metals and gems from unknown persons. If you want to purchase metals and gems we suggest contacting reputable dealers in the area. We also want citizens to be diligent regarding who they are communicating with on line before setting up a meeting.

Suspect Juvenile 1
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 2 Counts
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 6 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 6 Counts
Money Laundering

Suspect Juvenile 2
Aggravated Theft I by Deception, 1 Count
Theft I by Deception/False Pretenses, 3 Counts
Felony Computer Crime, 5 Counts
Felony Criminal Conspiracy, 5 Counts

Attached Media Files: Fake Perth Mint , Fake Royal Canadian Mint
Oregon's Public Safety Career Fair Looks to Fill 500 Vacancies
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/22/17 2:00 PM
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to host the 2017 Oregon Public Safety Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem (4190 Aumsville Highway SE) on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2017 in partnership with Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association. More than four dozen city, county, state, tribal and federal agencies are participating and we have created the attached flyer for the event that will give more details.

Our message is simple, today agencies around the state are looking to hire more than 500 qualified employees to fill both sworn (police, corrections, parole and probation, fire-rescue, emergency communications) and non-sworn (analysts, chemists, nurses, CSI, etc.) positions at city, county, state, tribal, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Equally important retirement data shows that many more seasoned public safety professionals are getting ready to retire and over the next two years and agencies will be looking to fill approximately 1,000 positions statewide. You will see that on each day we will also offer tours of the Oregon Public Safety Academy and also offer break-out sessions that cover some specific topics such as women in public safety, veterans in public safety, and others.

We ask that you please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in a career in public safety.

Attached Media Files: Career Day Flyer
Union County Farm Bureau president talks respect for water, opposition to bills
Oregon Farm Bureau - 03/22/17 1:32 PM
[On March 22, the House Energy & Environment Committee will hold hearings on two costly water-related bills: HB 2705, which would require farmers outside irrigation districts to install expensive measuring devices on all water diversions, and HB 2706, which would impose a $100 tax on water rights.]

In the heart of the scenic Grand Ronde River Valley in far eastern Oregon, along Catherine Creek, Jed Hassinger, president of Union County Farm Bureau, raises an interesting mix of crops: peppermint, sunflowers, wheat, and grass seed.

He and his brother Seth are the fifth generation to run the family farm and keep a proud agricultural heritage thriving.

"Over the years we've learned to manage this land well. We take pride in it and really value that," said Hassinger. "It's important that we're good environmental stewards so future generations can enjoy the same farming productivity and wildlife and all the aesthetic values we enjoy now."

But when he hears about bills that would substantially increase his farm's costs -- and specifically a $100-per-water-right fee with HB 2706 -- it frustrates him.

"They call it a 'management fee,' but you pay money when you apply for a water right. It seems like another tax, which is not insignificant if it's for the maximum $1,000 a year," he said. "It's especially tough now when commodity prices are so low and margins are so slim, to have that kind of a tax added on to our farm's expenses when we could be putting that toward more efficient irrigation infrastructure or upgrading equipment."

Oregon's farmers already pay a significant amount to maintain the infrastructure needed to deliver water to their crops, including increasing electricity costs. The value of a water right is already part of the property values they pay taxes on every year.

This new fee would not go to providing any direct benefit to family farms. Instead, it would go to the Department of Water Resources (OWRD) for administrative costs and studies.

Meanwhile, HB 2705 would require measurement and reporting for all water rights outside of irrigation districts and cities. The proposal would require installation of costly measurement devices and authorizes OWRD to impose a punitive penalty of up to $500 per day with no exceptions for equipment failure.

HB 2705 also is impractical for many farm and ranch families. Technologically advanced measurement devices are expensive, and would be particularly so for farms with multiple diversion points. HB 2705 is an unnecessary cost burden on rural households.

Most of Oregon's farmers are already exemplary environmental stewards, committed to doing more with less without state-mandated measurement systems. These families care about maintaining a healthy environment -- they depend on it for their livelihood -- and are constantly striving to conserve water, improve soil health, increase energy efficiency, and, of course, raise the highest-quality crops possible.

For example, a few years ago, Hassinger received an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) grant to experiment with soil moisture sensors.

"It's been a monumental change in the way we manage irrigation," he said. "We have about 75 sensors so we can keep tabs on the exact soil moisture in different fields. We're able to know when to water and how much is needed."

The precise, targeted technology prevents inadvertent over-watering of crops, thereby limiting water runoff, reducing overall water use, and keeping the soil's nutrients intact for the plants.

While it's difficult to know for sure, Hassinger estimates the sensors are to thank for a 15% improvement in water conservation.

The farm is also transitioning to a more-efficient pivot irrigation systems from wheel lines, and uses variable-frequency motors on pumps to save both water and energy.


Note to Editors: "Farm Bureau" is a registered trademark; please capitalize in all cases.

The state's largest general farm organization, Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state's farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. First established in Oregon in 1919, Farm Bureau is organized in all 36 counties and has 7,000 member families that are professionally engaged in agriculture.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/22/17 1:25 PM
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
News Release // Oregon Parks and Recreation Department // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // March 22, 2017

Media Contact: Chris Havel // 503-986-0722 (desk) // 503-931-2590 (cell) // chris.havel@oregon.gov (email best on 3/22 and 3/23)

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Apr. 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park

Sublimity, OR - The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its second meeting of the year April 4-5 at Silver Falls State Park near Silverton and Sublimity, Oregon.

On April 4, Commissioners will gather at 10:30 a.m. to tour Silver Falls (http://bit.ly/SilverFallsSP), followed by a work session and training at the Smith Creek meeting hall in the park.

On April 5, Commissioners will convene an executive session at 8:30 a.m. at the park's North Falls meeting hall to discuss real estate and legal issues. Executive sessions are closed to the public. A public business meeting will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the same location. The agenda includes several information and action items from agency staff, including requests to:

>> Award $7.3 million in grants for all-terrain vehicle recreation. Grants fund ATV riding area operations and maintenance, law enforcement, and acquisitions. Information is online at http://bit.ly/oregonatvgrants.

>> Approve two appointments to the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee: Ann Haak from Burns, and John Omlin from Eugene. Members of the committee are volunteers who review ATV recreation accident information and recommend appropriate safety requirements to protect child operators and riders, among other responsibilities.

>> Award $160,000 in grants for veterans and war memorial grants. More information on the program is online at http://bit.ly/oregonvetmemorialgrants.

>> Authorize quitclaiming a deed to 0.44 acres of unneeded right-of-way property in Crook County to an adjacent landowner.

The draft agenda is online at http://bit.ly/april2017agenda. The full meeting packet will be available by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. People who plan to present testimony are requested to provide 15 copies of their statement to Commission Assistant Jen Busey at jen.busey@oregon.gov for distribution to the Commissioners before the meeting. Those needing special accommodations to attend should also contact Busey by email, or by calling 503-986-0719, at least three days in advance.

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The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission (www.oregon.gov/oprd/Pages/commission.aspx) promotes outdoor recreation and heritage by establishing policies, adopting rules, and setting the budget for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The seven members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. They serve four-year terms and meet several times a year at locations across the state.

Attached Media Files: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department logo
Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee Executive Team will meet Wednesday, March 29 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/22/17 12:15 PM
The Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee -- Executive Team meets Wednesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Barbara Roberts Human Services Building, Room 280, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include announcements, public comment, new member election, OPA 2 position updates, ASL interpretive services, RFP updates, Deaf Culture training discussion, review of bylaws, review of budget, and comments or concerns.

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

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

About the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Committee:
The committee assists the Oregon Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Program (ODHHSP) by providing information and expertise on issues affecting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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"Extraordinary," "Historical," "Memorable," and "Must-be-seen" events coming to the Evergreen Museum Campus --Come Visit!
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum - 03/22/17 11:47 AM
McMinnville, Ore. (March 22,2017) -- Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is excited to announce new events and historical happenings for 2017. Not only will the Museum open its campus for a Solar Eclipse event on Aug. 21, we will celebrate our new partnership with The Falls Event Center, and commemorate the one and only Spruce Goose and its 70th Flight Anniversary, just to name a few of our exciting events.

The Falls Event Center -- Grand Opening Event
Come celebrate and tour the newest of The Falls Event Centers, located on the Evergreen Museum Campus. Take a tour of the newly developed Lodge, formerly the Chapel, and the Main Hall located in the Space Museum. Enjoy complimentary food, beverages, and entertainment.
Date: March 29 2 pm -- 8 pm

Spring Break Camp:
Evergreen Museum's 1-day camp provides students with a fun-filled model rocket experience. They will build and fly 2 model rockets, one they get to keep at the end of the day and another team rocket they must design and build from scratch.
Date: March 31 8 am - 3 pm
Pre-Registration requested

History Continued
Join us in the Space Museum at our Galaxy theater as the museums' docents explore topics including Nuclear Powered Submarines, Aircraft Carrier Flight Deck operations, F-100, Living in Space, A-10 Warthog, and much more.
Date: Tuesdays 2 pm -- 3 pm and one Saturday a month.
Please check the Museum website for time and topic.
Included with admission.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Join the museum educational staff along with speakers from NASA JPL for this historic event. Watch the Solar Eclipse in the heart of the Yamhill Valley.
Date: August 21 - the campus will open at 6 am
Presentations: starting at 8 am (more details to come)
Cost: $5 per person, includes glasses for viewing the eclipse.

70th Anniversary of the Flight of the Spruce Goose - November 2, 2017
Join us and hear about this one of a kind artifact from Spruce Goose experts. Learn the story of how it came to be at the Evergreen Museum, the reason behind constructing a wooden airplane, and much more. Help us to celebrate this amazing artifact.
Date: November 2, 2017
Presentations and Speaker information to come.
Cost: Included with Admission

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

The Museum facility is located at 500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission required. Call 503-434-4180 or visit www.evergreenmuseum.org for more information.
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Tue. 03/21/17
Answerland Advisory Committee meeting online, April 6, 2017
Oregon State Library - 03/21/17 5:06 PM
The Answerland Advisory Committee (AAC) will meet online on Thursday, April 6 from 10am to 12pm Pacific Time. The agenda is included.

This is an online public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The AAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on Answerland, and its membership is drawn from all areas of the state and representing the public, school, academic, and special libraries that use or provide service for Answerland.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Tamara Ottum, 503-378-6506 or tamara.ottum@state.or.us.

Answerland Advisory Committee Meeting
April 6, 2017 (online)
10am to 12pm

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping (Milner)
10:05 Review agenda, approve minutes from December 7, 2016 meeting, and review previous
action items (Milner)
10:15 Committee membership 2017-18 (Milner & Ottum)
Select nominees
Elect new chair
10:45 Answerland Update (Ottum)
Partner library agreements
24/7 Reference Cooperative staffing
11:00 Open Forum
11:15 Help with projects (Milner & Ottum)
Establishing goals, activities and outcomes for assessment
Rebooting the Quality Team
Bringing back the Oregon Virtual Reference Summit
11:55 Action item review (Ottum)
12:00 Adjourn
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board Meeting Notice
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/21/17 4:20 PM
For Immediate Release

March 21, 2017

Contact: Linsay Hale
(503) 378-2427
Notice of Meeting

The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on March 28, 2017 at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

Teleconference Information: (888) 273-3658; Participant Code: 4711910

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made as soon as possible by contacting Linsay Hale (503) 378-2427.

Agenda Items:

1. Minutes for December 2, 2016
Approve minutes

2. FINN, Melissa -- M-1 Application for Benefits
Application for PSMF Benefits

3. Next meeting -- April 27, 2017

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

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

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/21/17 1:33 PM
David Lewis Purcell
David Lewis Purcell
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.

Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.

Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


Attached Media Files: David Lewis Purcell
Public hearing on revised forest fire prevention rules will be held April 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/21/17 10:15 AM
News Release

Release date: March 17, 2017

Tom Fields, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Salem, 503-945-7440, tom.fields@oregon.gov
Jim Gersbach, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- The Oregon Department of Forestry will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to fire prevention rules for industrial (logging and other commercial) operations on forestlands. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on April 17 at ODF headquarters in Salem at the following address:
Tillamook Room, Building C
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed revisions clarify existing language and include changes to water supply and delivery, firewatch services and fire tools and extinguishers. Proposed updates will increase fire prevention and preparedness requirements in some areas while reducing requirements in others to account for changes in technology and logging practices. The updates come after a two year examination of the rules by a committee comprised of forest landowners and operators, affiliated organizations and ODF staff.

The public is welcome to attend. The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the hearing. ODF invites public comment on whether other options should be considered for achieving the rule's substantive goals while reducing the negative economic impact of the rule on business. For more information about attending the hearing or to submit written comments, please contact Sabrina Perez at Sabrina.perez@Oregon.gov. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. on April 19.
They can also be mailed to:
Sabrina Perez, Rules Coordinator
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, OR 97310

The proposed administrative rulemaking package is available for review at the State Forester's office, 2600 State Street in Salem or on the ODF website at

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Reaches Record Low 4.0 Percent in February
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/21/17 10:00 AM
Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 4.0 percent in February, from 4.3 percent in January. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon's 4.0 percent unemployment rate was significantly lower than the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.7 percent in February.

In February, the number of unemployed Oregonians dropped to about 82,000, which was the lowest number since August 1995 when about 82,000 were unemployed. By contrast, the labor force has grown from just under 1.7 million in 1995 to over 2.0 million today.

In February, nonfarm payroll employment surged ahead by 8,200 following a revised gain of 700 in January. Government grew the most of the major sectors, as it added 4,400 jobs, rebounding from a loss of 3,400 jobs in January. Similarly, health care and social assistance shot up by 2,400 jobs in February following a loss of 1,700 the prior month. Manufacturing added 1,300 after a loss of 200 in January. Construction continued to grow rapidly by adding 900 jobs in February, following a strong gain of 2,500 in January. Only one major industry cut more than 600 jobs in February as transportation, warehousing and utilities shed 1,400.

Over the past 12 months, payroll employment added 39,900 jobs, or 2.2 percent, which was a slight deceleration from the growth rate near or above 3 percent throughout much of the past four years. Oregon is still growing faster than the U.S. growth rate of 1.6 percent.

Since February 2016, Oregon's growth was very fast in construction, which added 8,900 jobs, or 10.0 percent. Other industries that grew rapidly were health care and social assistance (+8,700 jobs, or 3.8%); financial activities (+3,600 jobs, or 3.8%); and information (+1,100 jobs, or 3.3%). Meanwhile only three industries cut jobs over the year: manufacturing (-400 jobs, or -0.2%); mining and logging (-200 jobs, or -2.6%); and wholesale trade (-200 jobs, or -0.3%).

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28th, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Tuesday, April 18th.

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

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

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

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

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/930/102840/CLFIE_3-21-2017.xlsx , 2017-03/930/102840/employment_in_Oregon_--_February_2017_--_press_release.pdf
Mon. 03/20/17
Oregon State Library Board Executive Committee Meeting, 3/29/17
Oregon State Library - 03/20/17 3:55 PM
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board will meet by phone on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

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

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


March 29, 2017
4:00 p.m.
State Library, Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair


4:00 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

4:30 Discussion of the Board Meeting scheduled for April 19, 2017 Bonebrake

4:45 Other business Bonebrake

5:00 p.m. Adjournment Bonebrake

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
$210,400 awarded in 36 Arts Build Communities grants
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/20/17 3:30 PM
Salem, Ore. -- Thirty-six recently awarded Arts Build Communities grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, totaling $210,400, engage the arts as a means of addressing and alleviating community needs.

Among the projects funded by 2017 Arts Build Communities grants are: new public art to revamp the streetscape of Vale while celebrating and reinforcing community collaboration; Slam Across Oregon, bringing together Oregon's young slam poets from diverse rural, urban and suburban backgrounds for a Slamboo competition in Portland; and a public performance and exhibit designed to facilitate a community discussion about homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge.

Now in its 21st year, the Arts Build Communities program targets broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences. More than half of the 2017 awards go to communities outside of the Portland Metro region.

"This program provides access to arts and culture activity in underserved populations of the state," says Arts Commissioner Michael Dalton, who led the review panel. "Local citizens employ creative thinking and collective response to identify a local need and provide an arts-based solution. These modest grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic impact."

Arts Build Communities grants frequently serve as seed money to spur additional local support. In recent years Arts Build Communities projects attracted more than $570,000 in leveraged funding, much of it used to pay artists as well as to purchase products and services in the funded communities.

Arts Build Communities grants are made possible through partnership funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Note: Photos available on request.

The 2017 recipients, listed by region, are:

Central Oregon
Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend, $5,000
To support A Novel Idea, a community reading program that encourages residents to read, discuss and explore a selected book together. The project broadens cultural, social, educational and economic areas of community life by ensuring wide access through partnerships with local artists, organizations and businesses. Grant funds will support the purchase of books and the author's honorarium.

The High Desert Museum, Bend, $7,000
To support Kids Curate, a year-long, hands-on arts program for students in schools that lack art instruction. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum and gives students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and student transportation.

The Museum At Warm Springs, Warm Springs, $5,000
To support the annual Warm Springs Tribal Youth Art Exhibit and its associated programs. The project will encourage students to learn about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that will travel over Warm Springs, and express what they've learned through art. Grant funds will be used to purchase art supplies, pay art instructors and print notecards and coloring books featuring the art created. The coloring books and notecards will reflect the theme of Sun and Shadow and will be sold in the museum's gift shop to support the 2018 Youth Art Exhibit (the museum's 25th Anniversary).

Bandon School District, Bandon, $5,400
To support the creation of a community mural to promote local youth awareness of pollinator science, led by a muralist in collaboration with school students and the public. Grant funds will support artist fees and mural materials.

City of Lincoln City, Lincoln City, $5,440
To support a comprehensive plan to assist in the selection of public art installations that will align with the city's brand, celebrate its way of life and boost civic pride. Grant funds will support hiring a public art and planning consultant.

Miracle Theatre Group, Astoria, $6,000
To support Milagro's UNIDAD, a bilingual arts and science residency program, in Astoria with workshops and a public performance of the play "El Payaso," an ecodrama that follows the journey of a young Latino with an environmental studies degree. The residency will involve local students in discussing environmental issues facing the Latino population. Grant funds will support teaching artists and related travel expenses.

Eastern Oregon
Cornucopia Arts Council, Halfway, $3,600
To support the 2017 Clear Creek Music Festival, which provides two weeks of musical instruction and performance opportunities for the residents of rural communities in eastern Baker County. University faculty and students will teach and perform up to four public concerts during the festival. Grant funds will support concert fees, instrument rental for local students and instructors for the community chorus, Kids Camp and Brass Camp.

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale, $5,950
To support expenses for the 2017 Teen Art Builds Community public art project, during which local students will create murals and other public art enhancing the local streetscape. A collaboration between city government, schools and the Drexel Foundation, the project is designed to strengthen community pride.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise, $7,000
To support The Big Read in Wallowa County. Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried" will inform and inspire discussion about war, veteran's issues and PTSD. The novel offers Fishtrap the opportunity to collaborate with veteran's organizations for the first time. Grant funds will support the purchase and distribution of books to schools and community groups, program staff salaries and program promotion.

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Hood River, $4,500
To support Stories of Home and Homelessness, a multi-disciplinary exploration of homelessness and home insecurity in the Columbia Gorge. Arts in Education of the Gorge teaching artists will conduct storytelling, creative writing and visual art workshops for local youth and adults who have suffered from home insecurity. The goal is to raise community awareness, ignite meaningful dialogue and change public perception and policy regarding homelessness. The project will culminate in a public performance and exhibit of participants' stories and art, followed by a facilitated community discussion focused on developing new ideas to address home insecurity in the Gorge. Grant funds will support artists' fees and workshop materials.

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hood River, $6,690
To support a Music in Healing program for patients, visitors and families served by
Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. The program goal is to decrease pain and anxiety through lobby concerts, unit concerts and bedside individual performances. Grant funds will support musician fees and will be matched by hospital foundation funds and in-kind donations.

Portland Metro
Alberta Main Street, Portland, $5,600
To support the Equitable Placemaking Historical Markers Project. The design of place-markers will be informed by stories from community members. The project will be collaboratively led by a storyteller and artist to document the history of the African American community on Alberta Street. Grant funds will support artist fees as well as the fabrication and installation of the markers.

Boom Arts, Inc., Portland, $5,600
To support the presentation of Dahlak Brathwaite's "Spiritrials," a work of Hip Hop theatre that addresses race, identity and criminal justice through rap, song and storytelling, at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Grant funds will support production expenses and technical fees, as well as staff time and the engagement of a Youth and Community Engagement Liaison.

Circus Project, Portland, $6,300
To support a community-based Social Circus, a global movement that uses the thrill, artistry and wonder of circus arts to inspire social transformation. The project reflects Circus Project's partnership with social service agencies and public schools and will serve more than 300 youth participants. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, the purchase and maintenance of circus-specific equipment and staff expenses for planning and evaluation.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City, $7,000
To support Youth Arts for Change, a project giving teens an opportunity to share their story via theatre, writing and visual art. Through a series of workshops, participating teens collaborate with professional teaching artists to create an original play or art exhibit for a public presentation and celebration. Grant funds will support artist fees, supplies and collaboration with existing and new partners.

Free Arts NW, Portland, $3,200
To support the painting of a handicapped-accessible city bus and provide arts programming for underserved youth. Free Arts NW facilitators will invite local youth to develop the design that will become a vehicle wrap. The mobile art studio will reduce barriers, offering a safe place for artistic self-expression. Grant funds will fund art supplies and production of the vehicle wrap.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest, Portland, $4,400
To support five public performances of "Rush Hour" between May and September. The production will include free public rehearsals and offer low-income communities access to professional caliber, thought-provoking art. The performances are scheduled to take place in partnership with Portland community centers, private arts organizations and developers' properties in five diverse Portland neighborhoods. Grants funds will support performers' fees.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, $7,000
To support the annual celebration of National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. Grant funds will support artist fees, the purchase of arts and crafts materials, publicity, an interactive guide for visitors and audio equipment rental.

Literary Arts, Portland, $7,000
To support the 2017 Oregon Book Awards' Author Tour. The tour brings award winners and finalists to eight to 10 communities across the state to teach writing workshops, meet with readers, visit schools and present their work at community gatherings. Libraries, schools, bookstores and writing groups across the state will partner with Literary Arts to produce the tour. Grant funds will support author travel and expenses, promotion and program staff time.

Living Stages, Portland, $5,950
To support a collaborative Theatre Empowerment Initiative, consisting of a series of workshops, trainings and performances. These activities are intended to train and support low-income and houseless community members for personal growth, empowerment and community action through theatre. Grant funds will pay coordination and artist fees, and provide support for participants in the form of food, stipends and transportation assistance.

My Voice Music, Portland, $7,000
To support My Voice Music Camps, giving youth living in foster care or referred by mental health treatment partners the opportunity to write, record and release music to help them cope, heal and thrive in the midst of crisis. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees and student leaders.

Open Hearts Open Minds, Portland, $5,600
To support a theatre production at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Grant funds will support the costs associated with guest artist visits, costumes and props, program facilitation, production rights, music rental, books/scripts, and performance recordings.

Oregon Children's Theatre, Portland, $6,000
To support free performances in rural communities and underserved neighborhoods of the play "Tomás and the Library Lady," the story of a migrant family's son who discovers the imaginative world of reading. Grant funds will support artistic and community engagement expenses, including preparation of Spanish-language materials in support of the production.

Oregon Symphony Association, Portland, $5,600
To support musicNOW, a music therapy program for retirement community residents living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The project is in partnership with Earthtones Music Therapy Services. Performance locations will include a Portland-metro public venue in order to reach those living with memory impairment in private residences.

Oregon Writing Project, Portland, $7,000
To support Slam Across Oregon's poetry event Slamboo. The competition brings together young slam poets from rural, urban and suburban Oregon to collaborate and compete through the art of poetry, enabling them to develop relationships built on empathy and understanding. Grant funds will support slam events, guest coaches and a printed anthology.

Portland Opera, Portland, $4,000
To support Opera a la Cart, a mobile music venue that will be used for more than 40 free live opera performances for underserved communities. Grant funds will support performer and accompanist fees.

Vanport Mosaic, Portland, $7,000
To support the Vanport Mosaic Festival, a four-day event to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. The festival will unite Portlanders through screenings of oral histories, performances, educational and community dialogues and a reunion for former Vanport residents. The grant will support artist fees.

Write Around Portland, Portland, $7,000
To support the expansion of creative writing workshops for those with the least access in Washington County. Nine 10-week creative writing workshops will culminate in the publication of participants' work and public readings. Grant funds will support staff time to form partnerships with social service agencies in East Multnomah and Washington Counties, to train volunteer facilitators and to purchase workshop materials.

Southern Oregon
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, $6,300
To support the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "Off the Rails" by Native American playwright Randy Reinholz, a partnership with the Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University. Grant funds will support a gathering prior to the Oregon Indian Education Association Conference on the Southern Oregon University campus in April, with opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and learning among artists, educators and tribal representatives.

Rogue Valley Chorale Association, Medford, $4,000
To support Spring Sing, a series of choral music concerts for Rogue Valley children. Grant funds will be used to hire buses to transport children from Central Point, Medford and Phoenix-Talent school districts, and will cover printing costs for project-related materials.

Willamette Valley
The Arts Center, Corvallis, $6,000
To support Theater of the World, a professional theater experience for fifth grade students attending a low-income, dual-immersion elementary school. The project integrates Spanish speaking children with children learning Spanish to build community among families, friends and community partners. Grant funds will support teaching artist fees, materials and marketing for production of three performances followed by community celebrations.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene, $6,000
To support Fiesta Cultural, a two-month, county-wide celebration of Latino art and culture. Through participatory arts, Fiesta Cultural will increase the platforms for Latino artists to showcase work and further understanding of Latino culture and culturally-relevant community events. Grant funds will support marketing the event to low-income and Latino immigrants.

Eugene Symphony Association, Eugene, $7,000
To support Symphony Connect, a partnership with local human service agencies to bring specially designed interactive chamber music performances and other music opportunities to individuals who experience barriers to cultural participation. Grant funds will support musician fees, consulting specialists and a program evaluation.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene, $5,700
To support the String Academy program, a youth music education program that provides a full year of beginning string instruction to underserved children in public schools at little or no-cost. Grant funds will support three of eight classes taking place during the 2016-17 school year. It is a partnership with the Eugene 4J School District's BEST Afterschool Program, which serves the district's most disadvantaged students through afterschool homework support and enrichment activities.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (University of Oregon), Eugene, $6,970
To support the Club de Arte para Mamás' (Latina Mothers' Club) Monday and Saturday workshops, allowing the club to continue an expanded schedule of 18 sessions with increased attendance. Grant funds will support artist fees, marketing, translations and art supplies.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, $5,600
To support the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic building that houses the Umpqua Valley Arts Association's galleries, classrooms and offices. The year-long celebration, From Soldiers' Hospital to Arts Center, will bring the community together through an exhibit of veterans' ceramics, photography and painting; regular tours emphasizing the buildings history and architectural features; and a victory garden that will feature heirloom plants as a reminder of the hospital's self-sufficient nature. Grant funds will support marketing the performances, exhibits and historic tours.

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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of the Oregon Business Development Department in 1993 in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission's expertise in grant-making, arts and cultural information and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Forestry department invites public comment on forest management activities
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:35 PM
News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--Each year the Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on work plans, called Annual Operations Plans (AOPs), outlining state forest activities for an upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on May 4, public comments are invited for ODF's district activities for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

These plans describe specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of long-term Forest Management Plans. Two districts have also noted Forest Land Management Classification changes within their draft AOPs that are open to public comment from March 20 to May 4, 2017.
Public comment details:

The draft annual operations plans are available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx. After the comment period closes, each district will review comments and finalize draft AOPs for the district forester to review and approve.

An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments regarding the Annual Operations Plans: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFHH8TK
To comment on the Forest Land Management Classification changes for Tillamook and/or Forest Grove: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TNDVZDN
Online comments are also received through ODF's comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may also be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

2017 Spring Whale Watch Week runs March 25-31
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/20/17 2:29 PM
Depoe Bay OR -- Bring your binoculars for a chance to see gray whales passing by the Oregon coast during Spring Whale Watch Week March 25-31. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 designated whale watch sites 10 a.m. -- 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits and offer tips on how to spot them. A map of the watch sites is available online at www.whalespoken.org.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay will also be open 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m. daily during the Watch Week. The Whale Watching Center has interpretive exhibits on whales, "whale size" windows with panoramic ocean views, and rangers on hand to answer questions. The Whale Watching Center is located at 119 SW Hwy. 101 in Depoe Bay.

OPRD coordinates both the Spring and Winter Whale Watch Weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Washington State Parks. More information about the Whale Watching Spoken Here program is available at www.whalespoken.org or by calling (541) 765-3304.
Western Lane Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes open for comment
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 2:21 PM
NOTE: This news release has been revised to include the actual web page addresses within the body of the text

News Release

Release date: March 20, 2017

Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427

SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on proposed revisions to its Western Lane District Implementation Plan and Forest Land Management Classification changes. The public comment period is open for 30 days from March 20 to April 18.

The district's Implementation Plan describes management activities, such as timber harvesting, roads and reforestation that will occur over a 10-year period. The plan provides the objectives for the district's annual operations plans, while aligning with the goals and strategies found in the long-term Northwest Oregon State Forests Management Plan.

The Western Lane Implementation Plan revision includes Forest Land Management Classification changes, which describe the management emphasis for parcels of land. The classifications vary from general stewardship to focused stewardship, special use and high-value conservation areas.

Public comment details:

Draft of the Western Lane District Implementation Plan revision: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/2017DraftIPWesternLaneDistrict.pdf
Western Lane District Implementation Plan public comment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TFNDRTY
Comments may also be sent via http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310

***Update - Names Released*** Two Killed In Early Morning Interstate 5 Crash - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 12:09 PM

The drivers of the vehicles have been identified and the family members have been notified of their loss.

The driver of the Ford was identified as Brady Paul GOLLADAY, age 28, of Riddle. The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as Roman M FEDOROV, age 36, of Seattle.

Seatbelt use has not yet been determined but it is believed alcohol consumption by GOLLADAY may be a contributing factor. No further information to be released at this time.

Previously released:

On March 19, 2017 at about 3AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 124 (Roseburg).

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Ford Focus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at what is believed to be a high rate of speed. The Ford struck a southbound 2005 Volkswagen Jetta head-on near the 124 southbound on-ramp. Both drivers, adult males, died at the scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicles.

OSP was assisted by Roseburg Police, Roseburg Fire and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Interstate 5 was reduced to one southbound of travel until 6AM.

The names of the drivers will be released once the next of kin notifications have been made. This is a preliminary release, more information will released later today.
Fish and Wildlife Troopers Cite Winston Man in Black Tail Deer Poaching Case - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/20/17 11:50 AM
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division executed a search warrant early Sunday morning, concluding a year and half long investigation into the unlawful take of several black tail deer. Oregon State Police Troopers from the Albany and Roseburg area served a search warrant at a Winston address, where three sets of trophy black tail buck antlers and a center fire rifle were seized as evidence. David Barton, 28, of Winston, was cited and released on three counts of unlawful take/possession of buck deer. The search warrant was stemming from an investigation that showed Barton had killed several deer without any deer tags and was exceeding bag limits.

A violation of any provision of the wildlife laws (such as the unlawful take of deer), or any rule adopted pursuant to the wildlife laws, is a Class A misdemeanor if the offense is committed with a culpable mental state in Oregon. If convicted, a person can be charged with the maximum penalty of $6250, have their hunting privileges suspended and forfeit weapons or other items used in the commission of the crime(s).

Anyone with information regarding wildlife violations is encouraged to report the information to the Oregon State Police Turn in Poacher (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888. Information can remain anonymous.

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 (24/7)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

(Please use the TIP Hotline for Weekend and Evening Reporting)

Information on the T.I.P. Reward Program:

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

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

Bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose $1,000
Elk, deer, antelope $500
Bear, cougar, wolf $300
Habitat destruction $300
Illegally obtaining Oregon hunting or angling license or tags $200
Game fish, shell fish $100
Upland birds, waterfowl $100
Furbearers $100

Attached Media Files: Photo
Pacific Power is using more renewable generation to save money and make grid cleaner
Pacific Power - 03/20/17 10:00 AM
Efforts to make the grid 'smarter' lead to fewer emissions and improved reliability

Portland, Ore, March 20, 2017 -- Operating Pacific Power's electricity generation system more efficiently is providing cleaner energy, and reducing costs for its 750,000 customers.

Through more innovative integration of its existing power plants with the growing amount of renewable generation on the grid, Pacific Power's 'smarter grid' reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent for 2016 versus the previous 5-year average. That comes out to 6 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 1.1 million passenger cars off the road for a year. Making the grid more flexible in using available renewable generation also reduced energy costs for Pacific Power customers, by nearly $50 million for the year.

"Our efforts to make our power system 'smarter' means making it cleaner, more efficient and more reliable," said Stefan Bird, President and CEO of Pacific Power. "By leveraging technology to improve the way that traditional generation can follow the rise and fall of renewable energy availability, we can take full advantage of the diversity of resources, both traditional and renewables, available to serve customers. That means we can make maximum use of renewable generation when it's available, while also improving our grid operators' visibility and tools to maintain the reliability and dependability that customers count on."

The amount of renewable energy capacity connected to the PacifiCorp grid increased 41 percent last year. The 2,960 megawatts of solar and wind energy generation capacity now serving customers represents 29 percent of customers' peak energy demand and represents an important milestone towards more zero-emission generation. In 2016, nearly one-third of all PacifiCorp's electric generation capacity was from zero-emitting plants.

"We know our customers want cleaner, dependable energy, and to keep rates low," added Bird. "We will continue to build on this success by looking for more innovative, responsible ways we can invest in the energy future we all want."

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to almost 750,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with1.8 million customers in six western states Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via pacificpower.net.
Klamath IDEA to host open house at new Center for Entrepreneurship
Klamath Co. Chamber of Commerce - 03/20/17 9:41 AM
The Klamath IDEA (Inspire Development, Energize Acceleration) will host an open house to celebrate the opening of the Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship on April 11th from 4:00-7:00 pm. The Center is located at 803 Main Street, Suite 103 in downtown Klamath Falls, just inside the Washington Federal Bank Building.

"Weekday mornings from 9:30-12:00 the Center will be open to the public for those with questions about what support is available in the entrepreneurial ecosystem here. Then in the afternoons and evenings, the space will predominately function as a business training classroom for use by the resource partners," commented Kat Rutledge, Director of the KCC Small Business Development Center and leader of the Klamath IDEA.

The afternoon will commence at 4:00 pm with a ribbon cutting and light refreshments will be served.

Klamath IDEA is a community initiative dedicated to supporting the development of resources in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region and encourage their use in the community. Resource Partners in the initiative include Klamath Community College, KCC Small Business Development Center, South Central Oregon Economic Development District, Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Tech, Klamath County Economic Development Association, Oregon State University KBREC, and Business Oregon.

The classroom and Center were largely funded by a Rural Opportunity Grant from Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency. The new ROI Program is aimed at supporting capacity building in the rural regions of Oregon specifically around encouraging entrepreneurship.
Sandy logging firm is named Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon by the state Board of Forestry (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/20/17 9:14 AM
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of

Release date: March 17, 2017

Jim Gersbach, public affairs specialist, 503-945-7425, jim.gersbach@oregon.gov

(SALEM) -- On March 8, the Oregon Board of Forestry recognized Wayne Stone Logging of Sandy as the Operator of the Year for northwest Oregon. The award was given at the board's regularly scheduled meeting.

The award recognizes logging operators who consistently perform above the minimum standards set forth in Oregon's Forest Practices Act for protecting natural resources. Operators are judged on how well they protect soil, water, wildlife habitat and scenic corridors among other natural resources, especially in difficult terrain or challenging circumstances. Wayne Stone Logging was honored for its work to protect water quality during a difficult downhill harvest south of Brightwood and extra efforts it took to prevent fires. Video of the harvest can be seen at https://youtu.be/81WgwqJ8fSA.

Tracy Brostrom, a wildlands fire supervisor with the Oregon Department of Forestry, nominated Wayne Stone for the award. Brostrom, who has more than 30 years of experience in logging, says the area to be logged was steep, making it too expensive to build access roads. Because of the relatively small volume of timber, helicopter logging was also uneconomical.

"Wayne Stone met the challenge by putting up a 100-foot tall tower and hauling the logs aerially up and over a ridge along more than 3,000 feet of cable," says Brostrom. "This was an awesome feat. It made building a road unnecessary and minimized impacts to forest soil, as well as saving the landowner money."

Andrew White, director for the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northwest Oregon Area, says, "The ingenuity and extra effort of Wayne Stone Logging provided a unique example of how to achieve objectives for both resource protection and financial returns on a very difficult operation."

Wayne Stone Logging is widely respected in the industry, having been recognized as Operator of the Year by Associated Oregon Loggers at their 2015 convention. The firm participates in the Oregon Professional Logger program, which trains its crews to fully meet or even exceed requirements of the Oregon Forest Practices Act.

The Forest Practices Act has governed logging and forest management to protect natural resources in Oregon. Enacted in 1971, the Act is overseen by the Oregon Board of Forestry and administered by the Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, a logging operator who consistently goes "above and beyond" basic requirements is recognized by the board in each of three regions in Oregon -- the northwest, southwest and lands east of the Cascades.

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Attached Media Files: Wayne Stone of Sandy, Ore., holds the plaque naming him and his company, Wayne Stone Logging, as Operator of the Year for the Northern Oregon Area. The plaque was bestowed by the Oregon Board of Forestry recently in Salem. At right is Tom Imeson, chair of
Eola Hills Wine Cellars invests in local fermentation future (Photo)
WCI - 03/20/17 8:39 AM
Oregon winery supports planned experimental fermentation program in the Pacific Northwest
Eola Hills, is possibly the first winery in the Pacific Northwest to make a commitment to our region's economic and fermentation future as an initial supporter of the proposed experimental vineyard at Clark College at Boschma Farms in Ridgefield, Washington.
Pinot Noir and Chocolate is of one of the winery's most popular events. Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins is giving a portion of the proceeds from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22, event hosted in the Barrel Room of Eola Hills Winery to the college. The $84 ticket features appetizers, six pairings of Eola Hills pinot noir with the noted confections of local chocolatier Mike Sherlock of Fleur Chocolatte of Vancouver, Wash. A colorful presentation on the Boshma Farms project will be presented at 6 p.m. Renderings and Platt maps will also be in the Eola Hills Barrel Room.  The event is expected to raise significant awareness dollars for the future of fermentation education.
Huggins' dream is that the Pacific Northwest will evolve into the winery and brewery center of the United States. He also believes this event will spark on-going support of fermentation education that will be funded from wine clubs, citizens committed to a sustainable economy as well as other vintners and brewers in Oregon and Washington.
Mike Sherlock with Eola's vintner Steve Anderson will be on-hand to talk about each pairing. The Clark County Food & Wine Society will be volunteering and pouring at the event and will be on-hand to answer questions about wine, food pairing and the contribution vintners make to the local economy. Reservations are required, tickets (and group discounts) are available: 503-623-2405, 1-800-291-6730, eolahillswinery.com
Eola Hills founder Tom Huggins realizes that the wines and breweries of the Pacific Northwest, a sustainable and environmentally friendly economic boon, needs to put down more than roots. Fermentation education and standards drawn from the expertise of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer vintners and brewers needs to be formalized.
This support of Boschma Farms of Clark College will contribute building a future working and educational vineyard.

SPECIAL NOTE: Eola Hills Wine Cellars still has room reservations and events at the for the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE August 21, 2017, and is presenting an Eclipse Wine Festival, from Aug. 18 to 21 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars. Reservations are required and tickets for rooms, free campsites and details of entertainment packages are at: www.eolahillswinery.com

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Opening This Week: High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120
Press Kit: http://bit.ly/2lLYBR7

Media Preview: Please join us for an exclusive exhibit preview and tour with OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk on Thursday, March 23 at 11am. Email rachel.randles@ohs.org if you plan to attend.

Portland, OR -- One hundred years after his birth, and more than a half-century after his shocking death, John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a subject of endless fascination for millions of Americans. The youngest president ever elected, Kennedy's 1,037 day administration was marked by great hope as well as great tension. How he reached the White House is a story of both privilege and determination. The second-born son of a rich and influential father, Kennedy's rise to power may be seen as inevitable, but his ascension was hard fought as he persevered through severe health problems and religious discrimination.

On March 25, the Oregon Historical Society will unveil an original 6,000 square foot exhibition on the life of this iconic president. While much of his life has been overshadowed by his assassination at a young age, Kennedy's achievements during his presidency were significant and are still affecting history today. High Hopes: The Journey of John F. Kennedy will be on view March 25 - November 12, 2017.

This exhibition explores Kennedy's early life, his road to the presidency, and the changes he effected during his time in office. With the high hopes of the country behind him, John F. Kennedy made a commitment to changing the world for the better, and in his legacy he continues to live on. This exhibition, the largest centennial exhibit outside of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston, features more than 150 rare artifacts and manuscripts from the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society collection. A bold, unique design draws visitors through the life of this enigmatic figure and mixes state of the art interactive elements with iconic moving image footage.

Exhibition highlights include the following:

President Kennedy's Rocking Chair
Suffering from a debilitating back injury after his service in World War II, John F. Kennedy found relief from sitting in a high-backed rocking chair. He ordered several of this style, the North Carolina Rocker, from P and P Chairs for the White House, Air Force One, and his homes in Palm Beach and Hyannis Port and gave additional versions to friends. The chair was upholstered by Lawrence Arata, who Jackie Kennedy recruited to help with restoration of the White House. Kennedy gave this particular chair to Averell Harriman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Letters from John F. Kennedy to Rose Kennedy
The exhibition features a selection of letters JFK wrote to his mother Rose. One featured letter was written while Kennedy was a fifteen-year-old student at Choate Hall, a private college preparatory boarding school he attended from 1931 to 1935. Another is a letter he wrote to her as a young officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II after receiving a "round-robin" letter being circulated among her nine children. Gently teasing her, JFK commented, "I enjoy your round-robin letters. I'm saving them to publish, that style of yours will net us millions." JFK was close with his mother throughout his life and corresponded with her frequently as a young man. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Dress Worn by Jacqueline Kennedy
This brown and tan checked wool suit was designed by Carolina Herrera, a Venezuelan-born designer who created many ensembles for Jackie. Jackie's personal secretary, Mary Gallagher, was given many of Jackie's items of clothing, including this suit. During her life, Jackie Kennedy became known for her impeccable sense of style and is now seen as a modern style icon. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

CBS News Camera, KRLD-TV, Dallas
This news camera filmed the transfer of accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's murder by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

White House "Hotline" Phone
This phone served as a hotline to the White House from 1961-63 when JFK was traveling, particularly while staying at his family's home in Palm Beach, Florida. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

John F. Kennedy's Mahogany Oval Office Coffee Table
John and Jacqueline Kennedy refurbished the White House during their residency with period paintings, fabrics, and furniture. The president's oval office included two sofas, a rocker, and this low, American Empire style coffee table. It has bold carving in high relief, scroll feet, a heavy pedestal base, and handsome, matching veneers for its top. World leaders, military officers, and politicians gathered around this table for conversations with the president. Courtesy of the Mark Family Collection

Watercolor Painting by John F. Kennedy
In order to keep himself occupied after back surgery, John F. Kennedy took up painting as a hobby and painted this watercolor of the Kennedy home in Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. He had given the painting to the Tubridy family, some Irish friends, and was reminded of the gift years later when Aine Tubridy sent him a photo of the painting. Courtesy of the Shapell Manuscript Collection

About the Oregon Historical Society

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

The Oregon Historical Society's museum (1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland) is open seven days a week, Monday -- Saturday from 10am -- 5pm and Sunday from 12pm -- 5pm. Admission is $11, and discounts are available for students, seniors, and youth. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents thanks to the renewal of the Oregon Historical Society levy.

Attached Media Files: President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy greet crowd outside National Theatre. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133120 , President Kennedy's Rocking Chair, Courtesy Mark Family Collection , 2017-03/2861/102378/bb008209.jpg , President John F. Kennedy, half-length portrait, seated in rocking chair, facing slightly left. Library of Congress, RN: LC-USZ62-133121
VA Veterans Town Hall and Claims Clinic (Photo)
VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) - 03/20/17 8:35 AM
VA Seal
VA Seal
FOR WHO: Veterans, family members, community and media are invited.

WHEN: March 20, 2017; Claims Clinic is 5--7:30 p.m.; Town Hall 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Vancouver Campus Columbia Rm., 1601 E 4th Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash. & via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/)

WHAT: At the Claims Clinic, Veterans can speak to specialist about claims issues or to VAPORHCS Patient Advocates about specific health-related issues or questions.
At the Veterans Town Hall - get the latest up-dates from the Directors of VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Portland Regional Office and ask questions and speak to staff.
Anyone can watch & submit questions live on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/vaportland/) or later at their convenience.

Attached Media Files: VA Seal
Sun. 03/19/17
Multiple Agencies Engaged at House Fire in Cloverdale
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/19/17 7:00 PM
Released by: Sgt. Nathan Garibay, Emergency Services Manager (on behalf of Cloverdale Fire District)

On 03-19-17 at approximately 3:30 PM, Cloverdale Fire District was dispatched to a residential structure fire on Varco Rd. The fire involved a large dwelling and was actively burning upon arrival of initial units.

Cloverdale Fire District was assisted by 9 fire agencies (Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, Black Butte Ranch Fire District, Bend Fire and Rescue, Redmond Fire and Rescue, Crooked River Ranch Fire District, Sunriver Fire Department, Jefferson County Fire District, Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and Oregon Department of Forestry). 22 pieces of fire apparatus and 55 firefighters responded to the scene, which includes 10 water tenders, which shuttled water to the scene.

Assistance was also provided by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, and Black Butte Ranch Police Department.

As of 7 PM, firefighters are still actively fighting the fire and expect to work through the night.

A complete media release will be provided by Cloverdale Fire District at a later time.
Driver Arrested for DUII After Fatal Crash in Grants Pass
Oregon State Police - 03/19/17 3:14 PM
On March 18, 2017, at approximately 8:22 PM, Oregon State Police troopers and emergency workers responded to a reported single vehicle crash occurred at milepost 59 on Interstate 5 southbound. As a result of the crash, one occupant died from his injuries.

Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates a black 2000 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Kim Parsley ( age 62 from Glendale, Oregon) was traveling southbound when the Jetta was rear ended by a 2010 Subaru Legacy. The Subaru, driven by Lindsey Johnson (age 28 from Grants Pass), fled the scene.

The crash caused the Volkswagen to flip onto its top and collide with a guardrail. Parsley was trapped in the vehicle and emergency workers had to extricate him from the vehicle with critical injuries. Parsley's passenger, Ashlan Parsley (age 18 from Glendale, Oregon) was able to remove herself from the vehicle but sustained serious injuries. Both Parsleys were initially transported to Three Rivers Medical Center. Kim Parsley was later transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Approximately 20 minutes after the crash, one of the Oregon State troopers left the crash scene and stopped a vehicle, about a mile from the crash scene, for a lighting violations. The trooper stopped the Subaru and realized the vehicle had been involved in the crash. The driver was identified as Johnson and was ultimately arrested for DUII.

OSP was assisted by Grant Pass Fire and ODOT. The crash is still under investigation and OSP is working with the Josephine County District Attorney's Office for review of additional charges. No other information or photos are available.
OR Hwy. 3 remains open in north Wallowa County after a slide (Photo)
ODOT: East. Ore. - 03/19/17 9:32 AM
OR Hwy 3 slide
OR Hwy 3 slide
OR Hwy. 3 remains open in north Wallowa County after a slide closed the route yesterday afternoon near the Washington State border at mile point 3. Crews monitored the slide throughout the evening after opening the road around 7:15 p.m. ODOT geologists are also reviewing the slide area. Attached are photos taken before the debris was removed from the road. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and to check Tripcheck.com for current road conditions.

Attached Media Files: OR Hwy 3 slide , OR Hwy. 3 slide , OR Hwy 3 slide
Sat. 03/18/17
Male Subject Accidentally Shot by Friend
Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/18/17 11:17 PM
Release by: Sgt. Mike Sundberg

On March 18th, 2017, at about 1916 p.m., deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence located in the area of Skywagon Drive near Cougar Trail east of Bend for a report of an accidental gunshot wound.

It was determined, Trevor Rogers (22 year old male),from Bend, had been accidentally shot by his lifelong friend, Jullian Messner (21 year old male)also from Bend. Messner was trying to unload a semi-automatic handgun at the time of the incident. Neither subject was impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The shooting occurred when Messner attempted to unload the hand gun. Messner released the handguns magazine and thought he cycled the action on the handgun to remove the bullet from the chamber. The bullet did not clear the guns chamber and Messner's finger depressed the trigger causing the handgun to fire. The bullet struck Rogers in the upper torso. Messner immediately called 911 and rendered aid. The weapon involved in the incident was a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Bend Fire Medics treated Rogers at the scene and a Life Flight helicopter was also dispatched to assist. Rogers was Flown by Life Flight to St Charles Medical Center, Bend. Rogers was able to provide a statement that supported this being an accidental shooting. Rogers is currently in stable condition at St. Charles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to follow the 12 Golden Rules for safe gun handling.
1. Always treat the gun as it's loaded
2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
3. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
4. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it
5. Never point the gun at anything that you don't intended to destroy
6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it
7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using
8. Always use proper ammunition
9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting
10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for
several seconds, then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload
the gun
11. Don't rely on the guns safety to keep it from firing
12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything

No criminal charges were filed against Messner at the time. This incident will be forwarded to the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office for review.
Fatal Crash on US 26 near Milepost 55 -- Wheeler County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 5:23 PM
Victim Vehicle
Victim Vehicle
On March 18, 2017 at approximately 7:30am, OSP was dispatched to a fatal crash involving two vehicles. This incident occurred west of city limits of Mitchell and just east of the city limits of Prineville.

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2013 Dodge Ram, occupied by three, was traveling eastbound of US 26 near milepost 55 at approximately 50mph, when the driver veered off the roadway and struck a rock wall. The driver, identified as Scotty M. Ledford, age 31 from Prineville was pronounced deceased at the scene. The impact caused the 2013 Dodge Ram to cross the highway into the westbound lane of travel and then into a ditch. The vehicle was struck by a westbound blue 1995 Dodge pickup, driven by Kimberly Banta (male) age 55 from Sweet Home.

The 2013 Dodge Ram was also occupied by surviving front passenger, Angelica M. Luna, age 27 and a juvenile passenger who were transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend for non-life threatening injuries. The passenger of the 1995 Dodge pickup, Jared Banta, age 42 of Sweet Home and Kimberly were not injured.

OSP was assist was assisted at the scene by ODOT, Wheeler County SO, Crook County SO, Crook County Fire and Rescue, Wheeler County Fire and Rescue. The highway was closed for approximately two hours with detours in place.

Attached Media Files: Victim Vehicle
Civil Air Patrol flying to monitor flooding
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 03/18/17 3:41 PM
AURORA, Ore. -- Dodging rain showers, the Civil Air Patrol's Oregon Wing members are conducting reconnaissance flights Saturday as river levels in the state threaten to rise above their banks.

The Oregon Wing used the flooding photography mission as a practice exercise for its regularly scheduled Search and Rescue Exercise on March 18. Weather severely restricted operations throughout Oregon. Aircrews in Bend and Medford were not able to fly in the exercise due to weather. Aircraft did not take off from Aurora until after 1:00 pm, when the clouds and rain showers stopped.

A total of 44 highly trained volunteers responded to the three locations to practice search techniques and support base operations.

Simultaneously the Oregon Wing conducted a Ground Team Training near Mill City with more than 40 more adults and teen-aged member cadets. Ground Teams can support the aircrews, zeroing in on a potential location, and can track down emergency signals emitted by aircraft. Ground teams are also trained to search fields, trails and rough terrain looking for lost hikers, or clues leading to crashed aircraft.

Civil Air Patrol can assist county sheriffs in searches, and photographic missions in support of state and federal agencies. Taking photos of potential flooding can help local, county and state emergency agencies in reacting or preparing for flooding. CAP has helped the Oregon Department of Geology and Minerals, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon Aviation Division in recent years.

"We are often challenged by the weather in Oregon," said Lt Col Nick Ham, assistant incident commander for the day. "Our usual season for flying is late spring through mid-fall and can have days were we get no opportunity to fly. We are all here hoping for breaks in the weather, and working on other aspects of training in between."

Civil Air Patrol, is a strategic partner of the U.S. Air Force serving as a member of its Total Force. It is a Congressionally chartered nonprofit organization with 56,000 members nationwide. CAP performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 80 lives a year on average.

Using a fleet of 560 single-engine aircraft, CAP flew 104,500 hours last year. CAP does its work supporting America's communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development and promotion of air, space and cyber power. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 24,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 75 years. For more information, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
Lincoln City Coach Arrested and Lodged on Sex Abuse Charges (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 03/18/17 2:21 PM
This press release is being sent on behalf of the Lincoln City Police Department. If any additional information is released it will be made from the Lincoln City Police Department.

March 18, 2017
Contact: Lt. Jerry Palmer, 541-994-3636

On the evening of March 16, 2017, Lincoln City Police Department (LCPD) was notified by several Lincoln City parents of possible sex abuse crimes involving juveniles in the Lincoln City area. The Lincoln County Major Crime Team was called out and based on information obtained on March 17, 2017, the suspect was identified as Tyler William Lopez, age 22, from Lincoln City. Lopez was taken into custody and lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on the following charges: two counts of Display of Child/Sexual Conduct (B-Felony), one count of Sex Abuse First Degree (B-Felony), and four counts Sex Abuse Second Degree (C-Felony). It anticipated Lopez will be arraigned on these and possible additional charges in Lincoln County District Court on March 20th, 2017 at 1:15 PM.

Lopez is known throughout the Lincoln City area as a coach of youth basketball, football, and baseball. The Lincoln City Police is asking for any additional potential victims or witnesses who have not already spoken with investigators about these crimes to contact the Lincoln City Police at (541)994-3636. Please tell dispatchers you have information regarding case number 17-400.

This case remains under investigation by the Lincoln County Major Crime Team which is comprised of members of the Lincoln City Police, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Newport Police, Oregon State Police, Toledo Police, and the Lincoln County District Attorney's Office.
Lincoln City Police Department is lead investigating agency. At this time there is no further information to be released. Once Lincoln City Police Department determines there is additional information can be released, it will be released via Flash Alert.

Attached Media Files: 2017-03/1002/102771/3-18-17_Lopez_Arrest.doc , 2017-03/1002/102771/lopez.photo.jpg