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03/05/15
Fatal Traffic Crash on HWY 99W near MP 30 - Yamhill County
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 03/05/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal crash on highway 99W near milepost 30, just south of McDougal Junction in Yamhill County.

OSP is being assisted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, McM Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), Dayton Fire Department and Lafayette Fire Department.

ODOT has established a detour around the crash scene and traffic is not experiencing significant delays at this time. Updates to road status conditions may be found by going to
www.tripcheck.com for real-time information.

Additional information, photographs and names of those involved will be released once next of kin notification has been done.

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Electricity outage in Cottage Grove scheduled early morning of March 8
Pacific Power - 03/05/15
March 5, 2015
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Electricity outage in Cottage Grove scheduled early morning of March 8

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Approximately 300 Pacific Power customers in Cottage Grove will have their electricity interrupted early Sunday morning, March 8 while Pacific Power crews safely replace a pole.

The outage is scheduled to begin just after midnight on Sunday, March 8 and will be restored by 10 a.m. although power will be restored at the first opportunity. The area affected is from 6th Avenue to the river and from Adams Street to Harrison Street.

Street lights will be out in the area and Pacific Power will have flaggers on the scene to help assure traffic safety.

Customers in the affected area have been notified individually about the outage.

"A routine inspection of poles in the area determined that this one pole needed to be replaced as soon as possible," said Doris Johnston, regional community manager. "We scheduled the work promptly and picked a time that would cause the least convenience for customers. Safe, reliable delivery of your electric service is our top priority and this scheduled outage will help assure that."

If customers have questions about the planned outage, they can call Pacific Power at 1-888-221-7070. Any outages during that time in other parts of the community should continue to be reported to Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088.


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It's that time - state fire marshal urges you to test your smoke alarms when setting your clock
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 03/05/15
Sunday, March 8 marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and serves as a good reminder for Oregonians to test their smoke alarms. The Office of State Fire Marshal is urging residents to test their smoke alarms before automatically changing the batteries.

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "So, I encourage residents to test their alarms before changing the battery."

Oregon law requires ionization-only smoke alarms that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a hush feature and a 10-year battery. Because of this technology, the national slogan "Change your clock, Change your battery" may not apply to Oregon residents who have these ionization-only smoke alarms.

Other types of alarms are also being sold with either a 10-year battery or a standard-life battery.

"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire," adds Walker. "Also, be sure to replace any smoke alarm that is 10 years old or older."

To test your alarm properly we recommend you:
1) Push the test button to be sure the battery is working.
2) When replacing batteries, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the correct battery to use.
3) Always retest alarms after installing new batteries
4) Replace any alarm that fails to operate after installing a new battery.
5) Inspect your alarms to determine if they are 10 years old or older, and replace any smoke alarm
10 years old or older. Look for a date on the back of the alarm. If there is no date, your alarm is more than 10 years old and should be replaced.
6) Follow the manufacturer's instructions on regularly cleaning your alarms of dust and cobwebs.

Working smoke alarms provide a critical early warning to a fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, which increase your chances of survival. Additional safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, in each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Use the smoke alarm's hush feature to silence nuisance alarms.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with family members.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire department or visit
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/CommEd_SA_Program.aspx

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


Attached Media Files: Smoke Alarm Tip Sheet
Roseburg's Fir Grove Park Goes Solar
Pacific Power - 03/05/15
Contact:
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power
503-813-7291

Lance Colley, City of Roseburg
541-492-6866


Roseburg's Fir Grove Park Goes Solar
Pacific Power joins community celebration for Blue Sky customer-funded solar array

ROSEBURG, Ore.--Are you ready for snow cones powered by the sun? That's what's in store for anyone seeking refreshment at Roseburg's Fir Grove Park concession stand after yesterday's dedication of a solar array that will partially power the building adjacent to the city's largest soccer field.

Mayor Larry Rich and Pacific Power CEO Pat Reiten joined other community leaders March 4 to celebrate a new 2.2-kilowatt, 8-panel solar array honoring the community's environmental commitment to renewable energy through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program.

The project is one benefit of Roseburg residents and businesses exceeding their 2014 Blue Sky Community Challenge goal to increase the community's number of Blue Sky enrollees by 500. The effort gained more than 600 new supporters.

"I am very appreciative of the citizens of Roseburg who were a key partner in bringing solar to Fir Grove Park," said Mayor Larry Rich. "This project is a symbol of Roseburg's commitment to sustainability and what we can accomplish when we come together in support of our community values. We hope to continue our partnership with Pacific Power, and look forward to a bright and sunny future."

Joining Reiten and Mayor Rich in cutting the ribbon today were Lance Colley, city manager, and Monte Mendenhall, Pacific Power regional community manager.

"We're here today because Roseburg likes renewable energy and likes a challenge. But we wouldn't be here today without the support and hard work of all the partners involved in the challenge," said Mendenhall. "The city, Umpqua Community College, Umpqua Community Action Network and Jefferson Public Radio all played important roles. Pacific Power is proud to be part of it, but the credit goes to the customers who made it happen through their own personal commitment."

The Blue Sky program provides Pacific Power customers with an easy way to support renewable energy in the region. When customers choose Blue Sky, Pacific Power purchase more renewable energy certificates from regional renewable energy facilities. This guarantees that renewable energy is delivered to the regional power pool, reducing the need for non-renewable energy and creating measurable environmental benefits.

Blue Sky customers, numbering over 1,200 in Roseburg and more than 55,000 statewide, also have helped fund the construction of 80 community-based renewable energy projects in the Northwest since 2006.

For more information about the Blue Sky program, or to sign up, visit pacificpower.net/bluesky. For more event pictures, visit the Blue Sky Facebook page: facebook.com/pacificpower.bluesky


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About Blue Sky
For eleven years, Blue Sky has ranked in the top five nationally for the number of customers buying renewable power and for renewable power sales volume. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets the rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. More than 100,000 customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across PacifiCorp's six state service areas. For more information, visitwww.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.


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03/04/15
DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/04/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced two changes to the Operations Division management team, effective March 15.

Named were Rob Persson as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, and Guy Hall as Superintendent of Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem.

Persson started with DOC in 1995 as a Correctional Officer and worked his way up through the ranks. In 2003, he accepted a position with the Offender Information and Sentence Computation (OISC) Unit as the Prison Term Analyst Manager. In 2006, he became the Administrator of that unit. In 2010, Persson became Assistant Superintendent of Security at CCCF. He has served as OSCI Superintendent since 2011. Persson holds a bachelor's degree in corrections from Western Oregon University and a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University.

Hall has 39 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1976 as a Correctional Counselor in Hawaii and serving in various roles there. He came to DOC in 1998 as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem and promoted to Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla in 2003. In 2008, he returned to Salem as the Administrator for the Office of Population Management, and then Administrator of Education, Programs, and Treatment in the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division in 2012. Hall has been SCI's Superintendent since May 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Willamette University and a master's degree in social work from University of Hawaii.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Public Health Advisory Board meets March 6 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 03/04/15
March 4, 2015

What: The Public Health Advisory Board's quarterly public meeting.

Agenda: Announcements; appoint executive committee members; Public Health Division update; legislative update; Future of Public Health Task Force update; PHAB 2015 and board business; accreditation update; communicable disease update.

When: Friday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The public comment period is at noon. All comments are limited to three minutes.

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

Oregon's Public Health Advisory Board advises the Oregon Health Authority on policy matters related to public health programs, reviews statewide public health issues and participates in public health policy development.

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Forestry educators honored by Board of Forestry March 4
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
The Oregon Board of Forestry today recognized four individuals for excellence in forestry education - three received the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, and one the State Forester's Education Award.

The 2014 Mary Rellergert Award winners are:

Clair Thomas - Tillamook School District
Lindsay Reaves - Forests Today & Forever, and Bauman Tree Farm
Amy Busch - Wallowa Resources

Amy Busch - As the youth education coordinator for Enterprise-based Wallowa Resources, Amy Busch has developed the program into a respected environmental education organization. It is developing concepts and curriculum for kindergarten-12th grade students, coursework for the college level, and community education.

Lindsay Reaves - A passionate educator and tree farm owner committed to forestry education, Lindsay Reaves is skilled in creating and presenting programs that engage and delight audiences.

Clair Thomas - Clair Thomas's contribution to the community is inspiring as he works to link students with partners in education, outreach, monitoring and on-the-ground projects as part of the Tillamook School District's innovative forestry program.

"I am in awe of the quality and range of work that is being done across the state to engage students in learning about Oregon forests," said Norie Dimeo-Ediger, K-12 program manager with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute.

The Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award is a collaborative project of the Oregon State University's Oregon Natural Resource Education Program, Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Oregon Department of Forestry. Each year, outstanding forest educators are recognized for their contributions to forestry education in Oregon. Rellergert served as the Oregon Department of Forestry's Education Coordinator in the Tillamook State Forest. She died in 2004.

State Forester's Award
As part of the awards ceremony, State Forester Doug Decker also presented the annual State Forester's Award to environmental educator Susan Sahnow for her exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education. Sahnow works in the Oregon Forestry Education Program at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, promoting environmental education curricula for teachers across the state to help incorporate information about Oregon's forests, wildlife and water into the classes they teach.

"The individuals and organizations recognized here today have contributed in a big way to the cause of forestry education in our state," Decker said of the four award winners.
State forestry advisory group seeks members
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
A committee advising Oregon Department of Forestry staff on forest operations and projects is seeking applications to fill four vacancies.

Formed in 2001, the State Forests Advisory Committee provides oversight for implementing forest management plans in northwest and southwest Oregon. The committee represents a diverse range of forestry stakeholders and serves as a forum for discussing agency opportunities for achieving forest management goals.

The committee specifically covers issues related to Oregon Department of Forestry district annual operation plans, best operations for balancing a range of forest benefits, strategies for improving public outreach and participation, among other technical topics.

Four new members will serve three-year terms beginning in April 2015. To best represent a cross-section of the forestry community, there is one vacancy apiece for members from the environmental community and recreation communities, and two for non-affiliated members.

"This is an opportunity for Oregonians to proactively join the forestry conversation, and provide input on how we implement forest management plans," said Andy White, Northwest Oregon Area Director at ODF. "We look forward to hosting a diverse and experienced committee in the coming months."

SFAC members attend three meetings per year and a summer field tour, and agendas are usually scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To apply, complete a questionnaire http://www.oregon.gov/odf/STATE_FORESTS/docs/SFAC_Application_Questionnaire_2015.pdf by March 25th and submit by e-mail or mail to April Davis at the Oregon Department of Forestry at april.r.davis@oregon.gov or call 503-359-7426. The mailing address is listed on the application.

For specific questions about the committee, please contact Andy White at 503-359-7426 or andrew.t.white@oregon.gov. Additional SFAC background information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/state_forests/SFAC_Background.aspx
Health Republic Insurance Extends Open Enrollment Deadline to Match Federal Extension
Health Republic Insurance - 03/04/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Mar. 4, 2015) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance carrier, announced it has further extended its enrollment window to match the new federal tax penalty extension deadline and will offer enrollment to individuals and families now through 5 p.m. on April 30, 2015.

To purchase a Health Republic plan, individuals can call 503-673-3577 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org and mail or fax in a paper application. A Qualifying Life Event (QLE) or attestation is not required to purchase a plan during this extended enrollment period.

Health Republic applications received by March 31 will have an April 1 effective start date. Applications received by 5 p.m. on April 30 will have a May 1 effective start date.

Plans purchased off-exchange through Health Republic are not eligible for federal subsidies, however federal subsidies may be applied to plans purchased on the federal exchange. Individuals should visit www.healthcare.gov to determine if they qualify for a subsidy.

The federal exchange tax penalty special enrollment runs March 15 through April 30.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Tillamook Forest Center reopens today (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/04/15
Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
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The Tillamook Forest Center reopens its doors today after an annual winter closure.

Located an hour west from downtown Portland, near milepost 22 on Wilson River Highway 6, the center provides visitors a unique opportunity to explore the past, present and future of the Tillamook State Forest and Oregon forestry through artifacts, personal stories, photos, film, exhibits, games, computer simulations, and interpreter-led events.

The facility also showcases salmon watching viewpoints, a suspension bridge spanning the Wilson River, a fire lookout tower, and a network of interpretive trails that encourage exploration through the eyes of early Oregonians.

"If you're heading to the coast, or just driving along the Wilson River, take a moment to stop in. It's always free," said Fran McReynolds, director of the center. "I always love seeing the expressions of those visiting our facility for the first time. Oregon forests have many stories, and we're telling them daily."

Please join Tillamook Forest Center staff for opening weekend activities including the "Forest Springs to Life Hike" on Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 1:30 p.m. Follow the center's website (www.tillamookforestcenter.org) for more information on forest hikes and program offerings during the spring.

Admission to the Tillamook Forest Center is free. During spring (March-Labor Day), center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday & Tuesday. During the summer months (June through September) the center opens all week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. For more information visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org.

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Attached Media Files: Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF , The Tillamook Forest Center from the fire lookout tower in the Tillamook State Forest. Photo courtesy Tony Andersen, ODF
Oregon OSHA cites Portland bakery for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 03/04/15
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A worker??1/2s hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine at Portland Specialty Baking.
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Portland Specialty Baking LLC $28,125 for a grouped willful violation after a worker's hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine. Although treated as a single violation for penalty purposes, a grouped violation indicates that the employer conduct being cited violates more than one code. The citation was the result of an inspection on Oct. 7, 2014, at the Portland commercial bakery.

The worker was operating a machine that cuts dough into smaller pieces when the accident occurred. When dough became jammed in the machine, the worker placed a piece of dough over the sensor, lifted the machine guard, and reached into the running machine.

The Oregon OSHA investigation found the bakery had a history of similar injuries. On July 3, 2014, a worker received a serious laceration to his middle finger (and lost a fingernail) when he reached into the bagel dough divider to remove dough trimmings. On July 16, 2014, another employee suffered lacerations and a fractured hand after reaching into the same machine to remove trimmings. In 2008, an employee also suffered a crushed hand when reaching into the dough chunker machine.

"Despite the pattern of injuries, this employer continued to ignore the rules that could prevent them, with what certainly was a careless disregard for worker safety," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "It might even be described as reckless."

Oregon OSHA cited the bakery for not providing adequate training to workers, many of whom were not native English speakers. Employee interviews revealed workers did not understand how to safely operate the machinery and were bypassing machine guarding. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


Attached Media Files: Oregon OSHA citation report , A worker??1/2s hand was crushed in a dough chunker machine at Portland Specialty Baking. , The dough chunker machine with guarding.
03/03/15
Marine Board to Hold Special Board Meeting (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/03/15
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The Oregon State Marine Board will hold a special meeting at the Marine Board Office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem at 1 pm on March 12. The meeting is being called to review and discuss draft language for cautionary buoy placement procedures, waterway markers and slow-no wake rules. These items were originally going to be discussed during the January 7, 2015, Board work session but were postponed.

In addition, the Board will initiate a discussion on its need to engage and solicit information from agency partners on dredging projects and funding options.

The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. For a communication aid request or agenda questions, please contact June LeTarte, Executive Assistant, at 503-378-2617 by Monday, March 9.
To view the agenda and staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.

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Salem Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges with Juvenile Female (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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On November 30, 2014, Salem Police Detectives arrested 39-year old Arthur Nigel Chavez of Salem on five counts of Rape in the Second Degree and one count of Sodomy in the First Degree. The charges stem from inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female who was known to him.

As the investigation progressed it was discovered that Chavez had been having contact with other juvenile females and was also an assistant girls basketball coach in the Salem Keizer Educational Foundation (SKEF) basketball league during the 1012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. SKEF is aware of the investigation and has been cooperating with detectives.

Due to the nature of the allegations against Chavez, the Salem Police Department as asking anyone who is aware of any inappropriate contact between Chavez and juvenile females to contact Salem Police Detective Dustin Wann at 503-540-2462.


Attached Media Files: Arthur Chavez
Senate Bill 324 A Will Hurt Oregon Agriculture (Photo)
Oregon Cattlemen's Association - 03/03/15
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For immediate release:
SALEM,Ore., (03/03/2015) - As the house gets ready to take a look at Senate Bill 324 A, more commonly referred to as the low carbon fuel standard bill, agricultural organizations express their concerns over SB 324 A to Oregonians.

Jenny Dresler, government affairs associate for the Oregon Farm Bureau, said that while they can't be certain of what environmental benefits SB 324 A would bring, they likely won't be substantial. In addition to uncertainty of the bills effectiveness, "the funds raised by the program will not fund critical infrastructure or road improvements." Dresler said.

The bill would hit Oregon's agriculture industry hard. Jerome Rosa, executive director for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, said, "On estimate, this could raise fuel costs 4 cents to $1 per gallon." Rosa explains that this causes a huge impact on ranchers in rural Oregon because of the distance they are forced to drive for basic needs. "Many legislatures on the West part of the state may not understand that," Rosa said.

Dresler adds that any increase in transportation costs would harm all agricultural businesses. "It, (SB 324 A), would increase the cost of doing business in Oregon and make Oregon agriculture less competitive," she said.

Jim Welsh, political advocate for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association brings up another concern lawmakers should take into account. "We don't have the technology for manufacturing and blending ethanol at the volumes we will need," Welsh said. "The land acreage needed to grow the crops necessary for ethanol production will be transferred from food crops for humans and food animals." He believes this could eventually result in a food shortage in Oregon.

Welsh said there are other ways to lower the carbon emissions, but that SB 324 A is not the best option. "Reducing forest fires and replanting trees and plants on burned over forest and range lands as fast as possible is a good way to reduce carbon emissions," he said. Wildfires have been a significant problem in Oregon the last couple years.

At this point in time, Dresler encourages concerned Oregonians to immediately write to their house member and let them know their opposition to SB 324 A. "SB 324 A would raise fuel prices, impacting Oregon's families and small businesses," Dresler said. "Oregonians need policies that encourage job growth." The bill is scheduled for a vote on the House floor tomorrow.

The Oregon Cattlemen's Association was founded in 1913 and works to promote environmentally and socially sound industry practices, improve and strengthen the economics of the industry, and protect its industry communities and private property rights.

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Salem Police Searching For Missing Elderly Male-UPDATE Subject located (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 03/03/15
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March 3, 2015/2:15 pm


Edward Bakke has been located. At approximately 7:40 am this morning, a passerby located Mr Bakke on the ground near the intersection of Center St NE and Cottage St NE, apparently suffering from some type of medical problem. He was transported to Salem Hospital where he was identified and his family notified. No further information is available on his medical condition at this time.

The Salem Police Department would like to thank all who assisted in searching for Mr Bakke.



A photo of Mr Bakke is attached


The Salem Police Department activated "A Child Is Missing" at approximately 9:30 pm on March 2 to assist in the search for 80-year old Edward L Bakke.

Mr Bakke left his residence near the intersection of March Ave NE and Hawthorne Ave NE at approximately 5:30 pm today to walk approximately 1/2 mile to the Target store on Center St NE near Lancaster Dr NE and he has not been seen since. Mr Bakke is described as a white male adult, approximately 6'00" tall and 155 lbs. He has white colored hair down to his neck, is unshaven and was last seen wearing khaki pants with a dark blue puffy jacket and a black colored beany cap with an eagle on the front. He walks in an upright posture. Mr Bakke has short-term memory issues and takes medication for seizures and has become confused and lost before.

Anyone with information as to Mr Bakke's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

The Salem Police Department is working to obtain a photo of Mr Bakke. It will be released as soon as possible.


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Deputies and Detectives on Scene of Shooting Outside Local Tavern ***Update 2*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/03/15
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office has been able to interview the victim in last Friday Nights shooting. The victim in this case was an innocent bystander in a shooting that took place between two males who exchanged gunfire with each other, just outside of the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking anyone with information or video from last Friday night, in the area of Glendale Ave NE, Lancaster Drive NE and Devonshire Ave NE. If you have surveillance video or information please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.
This is a very active criminal investigation and the Sheriff's Office does not intend to release any further details regarding the incident or victim at this point.


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Details in this investigation are coming very slowly due to the fact the victim in last nights shooting was rushed into surgery and is recovering from that operation. Detectives intend to interview him today and we anticipate a release with further details sometime later this evening.

An additional photograph has been added to this release.

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Tonight at about 10:15 p.m., deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office were called to the Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, located at 3082 Lancaster Drive NE, in Salem. When they arrived they found a male victim who had been shot, just outside the tavern.

The male has been transported to the Salem Hospital in what deputies describe as serious condition. Very little details are available regarding the shooting and because of the condition of the victim, a suspect description has not been obtained.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding tonight's incident to call our non-emergency line at 503-588-5032. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release of information regarding this incident tonight. A release containing additional details will be made available sometime tomorrow afternoon.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 03/03/15
Oregon's Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.3 Percent--Lowest Since July 2008

Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent in January, down from 6.7 percent in December. January's rate was the lowest since July 2008. This continues the trend of decline we've seen since May 2009, when Oregon's rate peaked at 11.9 percent. The number of unemployed also declined to 124,000, from 138,000 a year ago.

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 7,600--the fourth time in five months we've added more than 6,000 jobs. In addition to Oregon's continued economic growth, January weather was unusually mild, which allowed many outdoor industries, particularly construction, to keep more workers on the job than they might usually at this time of year.

Employment set another record level in January and rose 55,600 above a year ago, a 3.3 percent increase. Oregon's private sector grew by 49,100 jobs or 3.5 percent. Meanwhile, government expanded by 6,500 jobs or 2.2 percent.

The fastest growing of the major private-sector industries each grew by at least 4 percent over the year: retail trade (+8,000 jobs or 4.1%); manufacturing (+7,000 jobs or 4.0%); transportation, warehousing, and utilities (2,600 jobs or 4.6%); and professional and business services (+13,100 jobs or 6.1%). Several component industries within professional and business services expanded at very rapid rates of near 6 percent or more, including computer systems design, management of companies, administrative services, and employment services.

Putting Oregon's employment growth into perspective, the rate of growth has steadily accelerated over the past few years: jobs grew 1.4 percent in 2012, 2.4 percent in 2013, and 3.3 percent in the past 12 months. This most recent over the-year growth of 3.3 percent is the fastest pace since June 2006. Other than brief periods during 2004 through 2006, the last time Oregon jobs grew faster was the four-year period ending in July 1997 when Oregon averaged 4.0 percent growth.

Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the January county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 10th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for February on Tuesday, March 17th.

Note: all numbers in the above narrative are seasonally adjusted.

The Oregon Employment Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) work cooperatively to develop and publish monthly Oregon payroll employment and labor force data. The estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other sources. This press release incorporates, for the first time, the annual revisions to the data for 2014 and prior years.

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

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

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


Attached Media Files: Employment in Oregon January 2015 News Release
Sublimity Middle School student featured in "Promise" video
Ore. School Boards Assn. - 03/03/15
Kaitlin Sandall, a seventh-grader at Sublimity Middle School (North Santiam School District), is the subject of a short-length feature video that debuted today as part of "The Promise of Oregon" campaign.

The "Promise" campaign, which launched Nov. 14, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state's 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. Kaitlin is the second of three students statewide whose stories will be featured in videos on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org

In the video, Kaitlin describes how for the past year she has faced a new diagnosis that she is diabetic. Kaitlin hopes to use her education to move into a career allowing her to help other diabetics or search for a cure for the disease. She also shares how she expresses herself through writing and dance.

"Education means a lot to me because it just helps me think, 'I can do this. I'm not going to fail. I've got this,'" she said.

The "Promise" campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today's students are Oregon's greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, education service districts and community colleges. It also provides services to charter schools and their boards.

Website: promiseoregon.org
Twitter and Instagram: @PromiseOregon
Facebook and YouTube: ThePromiseofOregon
Three defendants sentenced for gang related shooting spree
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 03/03/15
On February 26, 2015, Anthony Pena, Pablo Serrano, and juvenile David Hernandez-Fragua were sentenced in Marion County Circuit Court for their involvement in a gang related shooting spree that occurred in Salem on November 25, 2014. Two individuals were shot and injured during the spree. Anthony Pena and David Hernandez-Fragua were also sentenced for two other incidents that occurred on November 28, 2014 and December 6, 2014, respectively.

On November 25, 2014, Pena drove Serrano and Hernandez-Fragua to the residence of a rival gang member in Northeast Salem. Witnesses reported that Serrano fired at the rival gang member, hitting him twice. Later that same night, as Pena drove the trio, they spotted a second rival gang member who was walking on Sunnyview Road. Serrano then shot at the rival gang member, striking and wounding him. The trio then returned to the scene of the first shooting and fired a single shot in the direction of three people standing outside, hitting a parked car.

None of the suspects were immediately apprehended, but the Salem Police Gang Enforcement Team continued to investigate the case. Three days later, on November 28, 2014, "Black Friday," Pena and Serrano approached two individuals at Lancaster Mall and Pena pointed a loaded firearm at them, telling them, "I just want to cap somebody today." Police were notified and captured Pena and Serrano outside the mall after a brief chase. During the chase, Pena discarded a firearm and ammunition but it was recovered. It was not the same caliber firearm involved in the November 25, 2014 shootings.

Anthony Pena, 20, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. For these crimes, Pena was sentenced to 24 and ?1/2 years in prison. Pena will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Pablo Serrano, 19, pled guilty to two counts of Attempted Murder with a Firearm and two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm. Serrano was sentenced to 15 and ?1/2 years in prison. Serrano will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

David Hernandez, 16, the only juvenile offender, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Murder in adult court and was sentenced to 90 months in prison. His sentence will be served at the direction of the Oregon Youth Authority and he will not be eligible for any form of early release, reduction in sentence or alternative incarceration programs.

Hernandez also pled guilty in adult court to Assault in the First Degree for stabbing and injuring a man on December 6, 2014. He was sentenced to 90 months in prison, to run concurrently with the sentence for Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

All three defendants are known gang members.
03/02/15
City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

City of Astoria unveils first renewable energy project
New hydroelectric turbine cuts power costs; made possible by Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers and Energy Trust of Oregon

ASTORIA, Ore. -- March 2, 2015 -- Today the City of Astoria unveiled a new hydroelectric turbine in its municipal water system. Located at the city's Bear Creek Reservoir water storage facility, the hydropower system will save the city an estimated $9,000 in annual energy costs. With expected annual generation of approximately 150,000 kilowatt hours, the equivalent to powering 16 homes, the turbine will offset the power usage of the city's water treatment plant, with excess generation sold to Pacific Power. The turbine began operating in March.

"I am thrilled that so many agencies and groups were able to come together to help get the city's first alternative energy project off the ground," said Arline LaMear, mayor, City of Astoria. "This project not only helps power the city with renewable energy, its construction supported the local economy by providing at least 25 jobs for 12 weeks. Hopefully there will be other projects in Astoria and in other communities."

The 30-kilowatt hydroelectric turbine project was made possible by a $169,000 funding award from customers of Pacific Power's Blue SkySM renewable energy program, $143,000 cash incentive from Energy Trust of Oregon, $88,000 from the Business Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority and $50,000 from the City of Astoria. The project's total cost is estimated to be $450,000.

"Astoria residents may never see this turbine at work, but it will be generating power and saving them money every day," said Sheila Holden, regional community manager, Pacific Power. "Our Blue Sky customers helped fund the feasibility study in 2007 and made the investment along with Energy Trust, the city and other partners. This is the kind of innovative project Blue Sky customers love to help make possible." The project is one of over 75 renewable energy projects made possible with funding support from Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers in the Northwest.

"This is a great example of the opportunity municipalities have to generate electricity within their drinking water systems," said Peter West, director of energy programs, Energy Trust. The nonprofit has supported this project for over seven years. In addition to the cash incentive, Energy Trust provided $15,000 in project development assistance. Energy Trust is dedicated to supporting pressure reduction hydropower projects that conserve energy and provide revenue streams for small municipalities.

Legislation sponsored by Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson in 2013, SB 837, made it possible for small hydropower projects like Astoria's to comply with fish and wildlife permitting processes by paying into a fund supporting fish passage restoration efforts in Oregon.

"I am very pleased that Astoria's commitment brought this project to fruition," said Sen. Betsy Johnson. "I'm proud that collaboration with the legislature and Governor's office changed the law to accommodate in-conduit hydroelectric turbines throughout the state. I'm sure it will reap great benefits."

"The Bear Creek Dam project is a real reason to celebrate, because it demonstrates what can be accomplished with public/private partnerships," said Oregon State Rep. Deborah Boone. "As a longtime member of the Oregon House Energy Committee, I have a keen appreciation for the value of distributed generation, and this project is harnessing an untapped energy source that will provide dividends for years to come."

BLUE SKY: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified. About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

PACIFIC POWER: Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.

ENERGY TRUST: Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save nearly $1.7 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.

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MEDIA NOTE: Photos and potential video clips showing the hydropower system and March 2 dedication event are available for media use. Access the files here https://www.flickr.com/photos/53788443@N08/sets/72157650636998149/ or contact Sue Fletcher at 503-546-3618 or sue.fletcher@energytrust.org.
Visitor restrictions lifted at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital due to drop in flu cases
Salem Health - 03/02/15
Salem Health is no longer limiting patient visitors at Salem Hospital and West Valley Hospital. The number of patients testing positive for flu is declining.

"We've seen a noticeable drop in the number of patients both admitted with influenza and testing positive as an outpatient," said Julie Koch, infection prevention manager at Salem Health.

Since Jan. 2, Salem Health had signs posted near hospital entrances asking patients' families and friends to limit visitation to help prevent the spread of flu. Infection prevention leaders encourage the public and health care team to use common sense with respiratory etiquette, such as coughing into their elbow or sleeve.

"We will continue to closely watch flu activity in our community, though normally flu season is over by the end of March," said Koch. "We will reassess the situation if a resurgence of flu cases reappear."

Salem Health is comprised of Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Linn County Traffic Enforcement Results
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports the Sheriff's Office has completed their participation in the Oregon Department of Transportation enhanced seatbelt enforcement for Linn County from February 9-22, 2015.

These extra patrols were responsible for 25 hours of additional enforcement, totaling 36 citations and 14 warnings. Citations issued include; one safety belt violation, one cell phone related citation, two driving without an Oregon driver's license and 32 other traffic violations.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for safe driving practices and following the rules of the road.
Take It. Share It. Step Out. Americans are urged to take the Diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert Day and to share it with everyone they care about to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
American Diabetes Association - 03/02/15
PORTLAND, OR - Tuesday, March 24, 2015, is the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day, a "wake-up call" asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. During its 75th Anniversary, the Association is even more committed this year to making sure the public is aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes. The campaign will run through April 21. On Alert Day, Americans will be urged to take the risk test at diabetes.org/portlandalert and start living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 30 million children and adults including over 343,000 living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. A quarter of those affected by diabetes are not aware that they have the disease. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes(R).

An additional 86 million, or one in three American adults, have prediabetes, including 676,204 in Oregon and Southwest Washington, which means that their blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal. Early intervention via lifestyle changes such as weight loss and increased physical activity can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association is fighting to Stop Diabetes and takes the opportunity of Alert Day to help identify those who are undiagnosed and those at risk for type 2 diabetes, by educating people about diabetes risk factors and warning signs. In 2014, over 118,000 Diabetes Risk Tests were taken online and almost 45,000 of those tests resulted in High Risk status.

Unfortunately, diagnosis often comes seven to 10 years after the onset of the disease, after disabling and even deadly complications have had time to develop. Therefore, early diagnosis is critical to successful treatment and delaying or preventing some of its complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death. The primary risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight, sedentary, over the age of 45 and having a family history of diabetes. African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at an increased risk for developing the disease.

"Studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by losing just 7 percent of body weight (such as 15 pounds if you weigh 200) through regular physical activity (30 minutes a day, five days a week) and healthy eating," said Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of The American Diabetes Association of Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southern Idaho. "The American Diabetes Association hopes that this Alert Day will encourage people to take the Diabetes Risk Test and share it with their loved ones. By understanding your risk, you can take the necessary steps to help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes."

The Association will host its annual Tour de Cure cycling and fundraising event on July 25 at AmberGlen Park in Hillsboro, Oregon, which is a great event to help take the first step to a healthy and active life, while raising the critical dollars needed to Stop Diabetes. Tour de Cure offers five different routes, from a 10 mile family ride to a 100 mile century ride. All routes are fully supported and offer rest stops every 10-12 miles to rest and fuel all riders. Participants can expect breakfast and lunch, entertainment, massage, vendor booths and a kids zone. To help prepare for the ride, the Association hosts group training rides each month. To learn about group training rides and to register for Tour de Cure, visit diabetes.org/portlandtourdecure.

You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get your free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish) by visiting diabetes.org/portlandalert or by calling 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Walgreens is supporting the American Diabetes Association Alert Day efforts and you can ask your local Walgreens pharmacist for a copy of the Diabetes Risk Test.

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes(R) and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2015-03/4139/82293/thumb_vdsgraphic.jpg
The Oregon State Marine Board has opened rulemaking to require boats operating in coastal waters to carry U.S. Coast Guard -approved visual distress signals, including those waters directly connected to the ocean, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide (mouth of the Columbia River).

Adoption of this rule, OAR 250-010-0164, would establish the state requirement for visual distress signals in coast waters consistent with Federal equipment requirements, and is required through the U. S. Coast Guard grant agreement with Oregon.

Written comments may be submitted by March 31, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.
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Attached Media Files: Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating's Visual Distress Signal Graphic. Courtesy, BoatEd.
Results from extra DUII and seatbelt saturation patrol, and upcoming DUII saturation patrol on Saint Patrick's Day.
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/02/15
The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra seatbelt patrol February 9-22. The sheriff's office also participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement between February 19-22, 2015 to coincide with the Seafood and Wine Festival. Those who worked the extra seatbelt patrol issued a total of 34 citations that involved seatbelt, speeding, and other violations. Those who worked extra DUII patrol arrested 1 person for DUII, made two other arrests for different crimes, and issued 25 citations for violations. The Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 3 people for DUII, arrested suspects on 6 outstanding warrants, issued 110 traffic citations and investigated 4 traffic crashes during the Seafood and Wine Festival dates.

UPCOMING EVENT:
The Benton County Sheriff's Office will have extra DUII saturation patrol and seatbelt patrol throughout the upcoming year. The next event is DUII extra patrol on Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2015. For too many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. According to NHTSA, on Saint Patrick's Day between 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in drunk-driving crashes.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com. For help with child seats or additional "best practice" information, refer to the seat manufacturer's instructions, vehicle owner's manual or call ACTS Oregon Child Safety Seat Resource Center at 503-643-5620 in Portland or 877-793-2608.
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 03/02/15
MS KILLS CONNECTION > < CONNECTION KILLS MS
MS Awareness Week March 2 - 8, 2015

Every Connection Counts towards the National MS Society's vision for a World Free of MS at MSconnection.org

Portland, OR -- This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual awareness campaign kicks off March 2-8 and will provide opportunities for people across the country to unite, raise awareness, and find new ways to help people with MS live their best lives. MS Awareness Week is a special week to recognize progress made and to inspire others to join the Society's vision of a world free of MS.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Since its inception, the Society has invested $870 million in MS research and has recruited more than 800 new researchers to the field. Each year, through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, the Society also helps more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

This MS Awareness Week and beyond, find the power of connection and visit www.MSconnection.org. Just some of the opportunities you will find are:

* Share Why You Connect. Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support-every connection you create moves us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement.

* MS Connection. Join the Society's online community for making meaningful connections-when, where and how you want. Visitors and members will learn about topics that are important to them, connect with others in the MS movement, find expert MS information and opinions at their fingertips, and join or start groups and discussions of their own. Visit www.MSconnection.org.

* Other Opportunities to Connect. You can build connections, view and share images, videos, and stories about your connections on the Society's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety. You can also spread the word using the hash tag #MSconnection.

* Live Webcast: Finding Answers for Progressive MS. On Wednesday, March 4, you can join a panel of experts for a live webcast on "Finding Answers for Progressive MS." Topics will include updates on research, treatments, symptom management and rehabilitation. The webcast will culminate a research summit organized by the International Progressive MS Alliance which has invited some 100 scientists from around the world to move forward a global initiative to end progressive MS. The Alliance is cumulatively investing nearly $30 million over the next six years, initiating last year 22 research projects across 9 countries with additional projects to be announced later in 2015. To register for the webcast visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/About-the-Society/News/Live-Webcast-Finding-Answers-for-Progressive-MS

Supporting this MS Awareness building effort is a year-round MS Awareness Public Service education campaign:

* Public Awareness Campaign--A multi-channel Public Service Awareness Campaign: MS Kills Connection > < Connection Kills MS features real people living with the effects of MS. Included in the campaign are Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen as well as Noah "40" Shebib, the charismatic music producer and song writer who is a major contributing force to the rapper Drake's meteoric rise to fame. The unique and powerful campaign was developed pro-bono in partnership with the renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. It was shot by the award-winning portrait photographer Martin Schoeller. The Connections Public Service Announcements will be spotlighted on mega-electronic billboards in New York City's Times Square that have been donated by Clear Channel and Times Square 2 for millions of people to see during the month of March.

"People impacted by MS are connecting across the nation starting this week to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis," said Lisa Roth, Oregon Chapter President.

Media support for building awareness and understanding about MS throughout the month of March is generating coverage by the Meredith Vieira Show, Working Mother magazine, Parents magazine, EveryDay Health, Healthline, Healthguru, and Lifescript among other platforms.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.2 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.

About the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter's support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.

* We offer many programs -- including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.

* Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

The Oregon Chapter serves more than 8,000 individuals with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington. We help people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. The Oregon Chapter was established in 1963.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com
Twitter: @defeatMSoregon
https://www.facebook.com/defeatmsoregon
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
Oregon State Hospital hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Junction City Campus

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Oregon State Hospital's newly completed campus in Junction City

When: Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.

Where: Oregon State Hospital, 29398 Recovery Way, Junction City

Details: Oregon State Hospital is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the soon-to-open campus in Junction City on Saturday, March 7, at 10 a.m. The hospital has invited state legislators, local elected officials and other community leaders. Speakers include Representative Val Hoyle, Oregon Health Authority Acting Director Lynne Saxton and hospital superintendent Greg Roberts. Those attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to tour the new facility.

In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, FOOD for Lane County volunteers will be planting 200 Liberty apple trees along the hospital's main driveway entrance Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This partnership between the state hospital and the nonprofit will provide landscaping for the new campus as well as a healthy and sustainable food source for Lane County's efforts to eliminate hunger and create access to food.

The first patients are scheduled to move into three living units March 11. When fully operational, the campus will be able to serve up to 174 people with six 25-bed living units and three eight-bed cottages.

The Junction City campus will primarily serve people from the southern Oregon counties - Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, and Lane. It will treat people who have been civilly committed or who have successfully pled guilty except for insanity. When people are well enough, they will return to life in the community.

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Marine Board to Hold Non-Motorized External Advisory Committee Meeting in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 03/02/15
The Oregon State Marine Board's external non-motorized boating advisory committee will be meeting on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marine Board office, 435 Commercial St. NE, in Salem.

The advisory committee is comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders, from organized clubs to private citizens from around the state. The non-motorized boating external advisory committee will be discussing recommendations to the Marine Board on how to best engage and incorporate non-motorized boaters into the future mission of the agency and meet the ever-evolving needs of all boating user groups.

The public is invited to attend, however, comments will not be accepted at this meeting. The meeting is accessible for persons with disabilities. Persons needing some form of assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability should contact Ashley Massey at
503-378-2623 by Friday, March 6, 2015.

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Unique Collaboration Helps Oregon Lottery Bring Responsible Gambling Messages to Latino Players
Oregon Lottery - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015 - Salem, OR - A collaborative effort among the Oregon Health Authority, the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, and the Oregon Lottery is helping reach Latino lottery-game players.

Over the past year, the Lottery worked closely with the Oregon Health Authority and the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling to develop responsible and problem gambling messages specifically for the growing Latino population in Oregon. One goal was to promote the statewide problem gambling helpline that is staffed with Spanish speakers and make the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website accessible the Latino community.

Currently the Oregon's problem gambling help line phone number is 1-877-MYLIMIT, an easy-to-remember number relevant to the caller...if the caller is an English speaker. Realizing this, the Lottery teamed up with the Latino Advisory Committee to recreate the helpline number as 1-844- TU VALES (1-844-888-2537) to make it both relevant and easy to remember. This translates to 1-844-You're worth it.

In addition, the Lottery, the Latino Advisory Committee and problem gambling treatment provider community just completed a Spanish version of the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website - OPRG.com.

The Oregon Lottery recently adopted a Responsible Gambling Code of Practice to provide a structure for the Lottery and Lottery retailers to help encourage responsible gambling. "An essential part of the Lottery's statutorily-defined mission is the Lottery's commitment to encouraging responsible gambling and helping identify and provide treatment for problem gambling," said Oregon Lottery Commission Chair Elisa Dozono.

"The Oregon Lottery has started to include Latino radio and multicultural print publications as part of its advertising media mix," said Lottery Associate Marketing Communications Manager Thais Rodick. "By adding Spanish language materials to our media mix, we are better able to communicate our product launches, our campaigns that talk about where Lottery dollars go, and most importantly the responsible and problem gambling outreach programs that are available to the Latino community."

"Currently, Latinos make up about 6.6 percent of people who receive problem gambling treatment in Oregon," said Nicole Corbin, Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health. "The good news is that problem gambling in the Latino community is disproportionately low compared to the total Latino population in Oregon. That said, we hope that these new marketing materials will help us reach more Latinos to educate them about the risks associated with gambling and the services available for problem gamblers and their families."

It was important to not simply translate the English messages word for word into Spanish, but to recreate them in order to be certain that the message is culturally appropriate for a Latino audience.

"Much meaning is indeed lost in the translation," said Janese Olalde, of the Latino Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. "The process of working with the Lottery and the Latino Advisory Committee was successful because the Lottery understood the importance of creating relationships and rapport with people in the Latino community."

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since the statute dedicating those funds for that purpose was enacted in 1992, over $70 million in Lottery funds has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment.

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Renewing community with green projects
Pacific Power - 03/02/15
Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power, March 2, 2015
503-813-7291
Tom.Gauntt@pacificorp.com
Follow at: @TomGauntt1


Renewing community with green projects
Applications invited for community-based renewable energy project funding through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program

PORTLAND, Ore. - For more than a decade, Pacific Power's Blue Sky customers have made a big difference on the green power map by personally choosing to support renewable energy. This includes helping put nearly 80 new community-based renewable energy projects on the ground, rooftops and public facilities in Oregon, Washington and California-- projects that add more than 6.8 megawatts of renewable power capacity to the grid.

"In dozens of Pacific Power communities, customers can see these projects and point to the impact their support is providing," said Blaine Andreasen vice president of customer services. "Solar arrays atop schools, colleges, and airports, geothermal projects, low impact hydroelectric projects within city water systems -- promote innovation and increase the visibility of renewable energy generation technologies through education and community outreach."

The competitive application process is now open for the current year's funding cycle to select new projects. The amount of funding awarded is limited and varies each year. Since 2006, more than $7 million of Blue Sky funds have been put to work on local renewable energy projects. These projects are intended to further the growth of renewable energy and offer educational and demonstration opportunities that benefit local communities. Go to pacificpower.net/blueskyprojects for a list of previously funded projects.

To be considered in this competitive application process, interested parties must complete and submit an application form along with supporting materials by 5 p.m. PST
May 29, 2015.

Renewable energy projects that are eligible for funding awards from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program may include those that support technologies such as wind, solar, low-emissions biomass, wave, landfill gas, certified low-impact hydro, pipeline or irrigation canal hydropower and geothermal.

This funding is available for non-residential projects in Pacific Power's service area that are locally owned and have a generating capacity of less than 10 megawatts of electricity. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2016. Preference is given to local, community-based projects that support educational efforts to bring broader understanding of renewable energy, and/or invest in research and demonstration of new generation technologies.

For detailed eligibility requirements, project qualifications and application forms, please go to: pacificpower.net/blueskyfunds.

Materials may be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Pacific Power
Attn: Blue Sky Fund Award
825 NE Multnomah Avenue, Suite 600
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: 800-754-3114
Email: blueskyprojects@pacificpower.net



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About Blue Sky
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has ranked Blue Sky fifth or better in the nation for the 11th consecutive year in the number of customers buying renewable power. The Blue Sky Block, Usage and Habitat products are Green-e Energy certified; About 55,000 Pacific Power customers currently participate in the Blue Sky program across Oregon, Washington and California. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/bluesky.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net.



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Media availability today: Public health physicians discuss UO meningococcal disease, mass vaccination effort
Oregon Health Authority - 03/02/15
March 2, 2015

What: Physicians from the Oregon Public Health Division and Lane County Public Health will answer questions about meningococcal disease, this week's mass vaccination of University of Oregon students, and efforts to prevent further spread of the disease.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today, March 2

Where: Lane County Public Health, 151 W. 7th Ave., Room 258, Eugene

Who:

-- Pat Luedtke, M.D., M.P.H., health officer, Lane County Public Health

-- Paul Cieslak, M.D., medical director, infectious disease and immunization programs, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

Details: Information about meningococcal disease is available on the Oregon Public Health website at http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/MeningococcalDisease/Pages/Meningococcal-Update.aspx

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02/28/15
Armed Turner Man Surrenders to Mobile Crisis Response Team (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/28/15
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Tonight at about 5:30 p.m., the Turner Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the reports of shots fired inside of a residence, near the 5400 block of Val View Road SE in Turner.

When officers and deputies arrived family members informed them that Jared Holm, age 22, of Turner was inside of his bedroom, intoxicated, suicidal and armed with two handguns and one shotgun. Prior to police and deputies arriving Mr. Holm had fired at least one round inside of his bedroom, prompting his family to call 911. Hearing the call, members of our Mobile Crisis Response Team responded to the scene.

The Mobile Crisis Response Team is a deputy and mental health professional who are trained to respond to incidents when people are in crisis. After arriving on scene deputies, officers and MCRT were able to successfully negotiate Mr. Holm's surrender without using force.

Mr. Holm has been transported to the Salem Hospital where his mental health can be evaluated and treated. Mr. Holm could face criminal charges for his discharging of a weapon inside of the city limits of Turner. All criminal charges are being handled by the Turner Police Department.


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North Bend School District Public Meetings - March
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 02/28/15
Below are North Bend School District public meetings currently scheduled for March:

March 2, 2015
Special School Board Meeting with Executive Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

March 9, 2015
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

March 30, 2015
Special Board Meeting - Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

The schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information.
02/27/15
*** Media Photo *** Serious Injury Head-On Crash HWY 26 in Washington County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/27/15
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*** Update ***
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoons serious injury head-on crash on HWY 26 at milepost 40.

Preliminary information from troopers involved in the investigation indicates that shortly before 5:00 P.M., on Friday, February 27, a grey 2005 Honda CR-V, operated by LYNNE FIELD, 66, of Portland, was westbound on highway 26 near milepost 40 when it went onto the highway shoulder. The driver over-corrected from the shoulder and crossed the highway into the oncoming eastbound lane of travel; striking a blue, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic passenger car, head-on.

The driver of the CR-V, FIELD, was transported by LifeFlight to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) with injuries described as critical. The driver of the Sonic, identified as RICHARD G. PAUL, 54, of Pearland Texas, and his passenger, MARY E. PAUL, 52, also of Pearland, were transported via ground ambulance to OHSU with reportedly serious injuries.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. The investigation is ongoing and no further details are available at this time.

Original Release:
The road is blocked as the investigation continues. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes or expect delays. Check www.tripcheck.com for road status updates. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

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Oregon Employer Council Hosting State Conference for Business
Oregon Employment Dept. - 02/27/15
SUNRIVER RESORT - The Oregon Employer Council State Conference for Business, an annual event, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 4 and 5, 2015 at Sunriver Resort just south of Bend.

The Conference offers keynote speakers and breakout sessions on human resources, labor law, and business topics, as well as opportunities to network with businesses from around the state. There are over 19 HRCI credits pending for this state conference.

Early bird registration for the state conference is $349 per person, or $399 after March 27. Register online at Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-employer-council-2015-annual-state-conference-for-business-tickets-15422447957. For more information, contact Shaun Engstrom at 503-947-1692 or shaun.c.engstrom@oregon.gov. Agenda is available at www.oec.org.

The Oregon Employer Council is a nonprofit organization with 20 chapters throughout Oregon. OEC members involve employers in problem solving relationships with local, state, and federal governments to advocate for employer education and influence in our communities by identifying and addressing local workforce challenges. Membership is open to all Oregon businesses.


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Stomp All Over Multiple Sclerosis at Walk MS Oregon (Photo)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter - 02/27/15
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More than 5,500 people are expected to rally in nine communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington between April 11 and May 9 for the National MS Society's annual Walk MS fundraising event. Participants help raise funds for critical, cutting edge research that benefits the more than 8,100 people living with multiple sclerosis in the region. It's a great day for friends, family and co-workers to make connections, have fun, and stomp all over MS.

Walk MS Oregon - 2015 Dates and Locations
All locations are 100% accessible, 5k walk routes with entertainment and refreshments along the way. While there is no fundraising minimum or fee to register, the Oregon Chapter encourages a $35 minimum donation.

*Saturday, April 11 9:00am Merrill - Merrill Presbyterian
10:00am Salem - Riverfront Park

*Saturday, April 18 10:00am Portland - Pioneer Courthouse Square
Bend - Riverbend Park

*Saturday, April 25 10:00am Heppner - All Saints Episcopal Church
Central Point - Twin Creeks Park

*Sunday, May 3 10:00am Vancouver, WA - Esther Short Park

*Saturday, May 9 10:00am Corvallis - Helen M. Berg Plaza
Eugene - Alton Baker Park

"Help us better the story for the thousands in our community who need more, deserve more and are counting on the National MS Society to deliver a world without MS," said Lisa Roth, Chapter President of National MS Society, Oregon Chapter. "Together, we will end MS forever."

Register, start a team, volunteer, make a donation or learn more at: walkMS.org

EVENT INFO
Andrea Kofoed
Walk MS Manager
andrea.kofoed@nmss.org
503-445-8342

PRESS PHOTOS
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About Walk MS
Since 1988 Walk MS has raised more than $870 million to help people living with multiple sclerosis. It's the National MS Society's only simultaneous national fundraising event. The first Walk MS attracted 42,000 participants at 42 sites and raised $4 million. Since that time, the event has grown to nearly 350,000 walkers in almost 600 locations across all 50 states. The funds raised go toward life-changing programs and advanced research that give hope to those living with MS in our community

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2013 alone, through its home office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society invested $48.3 million to support 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

Learn More
National MS Society, Oregon Chapter
5331 SW Macadam Ave, Ste. 290
Portland, OR 97239
www.DefeatMS.com


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*** Photo's Added *** Fatal Traffic Crash HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County (Photo)
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*** Update *** Photo's to be released later.

Pleasant Hill OR: Troopers from the Springfield Area Command of the Oregon State Police (OSP) are continuing the investigation into this evenings two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 58 near milepost 5 in Lane County.

Preliminary information indicates that on February 26, at approximately 6:15 p.m., a white, 2003 Toyota pickup operated by 66-year old, GLEN D. PRATER, of Pleasant Hill, was traveling eastbound on highway 58 when for unknown reasons it drove into oncoming westbound traffic. PRATER'S vehicle collided head-on with a blue, 2011 Chevy Silverado , injuring its driver, 34-year-old, RYAN E. HARTMAN, and his wife, 32-year-old, JENNIFER L. HARTMAN and their 8 year old son; all residents of Malin, Oregon.

PRATER was pronounced deceased by medics at the scene. The HARTMAN family was transported to Riverbend Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries..

Investigators are working to determine if a semi-truck may have also been involved in the incident which was reported to have lost a wheel however, that is still undetermined. The crash remains under investigation.

Preliminary information indicates all involved were wearing safety belts. Highway 58 was down to a single lane for approximately four hours.

OSP was assisted by Pleasant Hill Fire, Dexter Fire and ODOT.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police ( OSP ) are on the scene of a fatal traffic crash on HWY 58 at MP 5 in Lane County. Motorists traveling in the area are advised to use alternate routes or expect delays as early information indicates the road is blocked. More information will be released when it becomes available. For closure updates go to www.tripcheck.com.

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North Bend office manager first to win new Lucky Life Scratch-its jackpot (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 02/27/15
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February 27, 2015 - Salem - Betty Noble of North Bend was the first Oregonian to win a jackpot playing the new Lucky Life Scratch-its from the Oregon Lottery.

Noble, an office manager for an electrical wholesaler, took home the top prize on the $2 Lucky Life Scratch-its, $2,000 a month for 10 years, or $240,000. She opted to take the annuity instead of the lump-sum payment. One $2 Lucky Life jackpot ticket is still available.

Noble said she purchased the Scratch-it when she stopped at the North Bend 7-Eleven to get a soda pop. Not wanting to use her debit card for just a soda, she purchased $2 Lucky Life tickets. That chance decision led to her winning the jackpot.

"I scratched the ticket in the car, and I thought I had won, but I couldn't tell because I didn't have my reading glasses," Noble laughed. "I ended up taking the ticket back into 7-Elven and when they scanned it, we all went crazy. I was fanning myself with the other tickets I bought because I was so excited!"

The 59-year-old Noble said she was talking to a financial planner to see if she could retire sooner than she had planned, thanks to the winnings. She also said she was going to do something nice for her new granddaughter.

"I am going to be very slow and smart with how I spend the money," she said.

The Lucky Life family of Scratch-its has four different tickets, ranging from the $1 ticket, with a top prize of $1,000 a month for 10 years, to the $10 ticket, where the jackpot is $10,000 a month for 10 years.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


Attached Media Files: Betty Noble of South Beach
Corvallis Police Discontinue Search for Missing Person
Corvallis Police - 02/27/15
Corvallis Police Investigators have continued the search for Chad Ferschweiler since he was initially reported missing by family members on February 20, 2015. Investigators have discovered Ferschweiler is alive and traveling up and down the Oregon Coast. Ferschweiler has been positively identified as an individual staying in a Central Oregon Coast hotel by hotel staff. It appears Ferschweiler has been traveling up and down the coast since leaving Corvallis on February 16, 2015.

At this time there is no reason to consider Mr. Ferschweiler to be a missing person. The Corvallis Police Investigation will be discontinued at this time.
Historic Cemeteries Commission meets March 13 via conference call
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/27/15
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. March 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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02/26/15
Sheriff's Office Investigatates Scio Burglary
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a report of a burglary at the Old Silver Dollar Tavern, located at 38726 N. Main Street in Scio. An employee arrived for work this morning, February 26, at 9:25 a.m. and discovered the back door had been forced open sometime during the night.

Two safes inside the tavern were damaged and appeared to have been pried open. The Bookkeeper advised a large amount of cash was taken from the safes and nothing else was found to be missing.

During the course of the investigation, deputies interviewed nearby residents who heard banging in the early morning hours but did not report the noise to the Sheriff's Office.

No suspects have been identified at this time, however the investigation is continuing. If anyone has any information on this investigation, please call the Sheriff's Office at 541-967-3950.
Vehicle vs. Pedestrian
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that occurred in Scio. Today at 3:10 P.M, the sheriff's office received a call that reported a single vehicle crash involving a juvenile pedestrian at the intersection of NW 2nd and NW Alder Street in Scio.

The operator of the vehicle, Joy Irish 82 years old of Scio, was driving a white 2002 Dodge Dakota. Irish was the only occupant in the vehicle. Irish was traveling east on NW 2nd Street at a speed of 15-20 MPH. A witness told deputies that a juvenile male, 14 years-old from Scio, was riding a skateboard south on NW Alder Street. The witness said the juvenile did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection and rode in front of Irish.

Irish remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The juvenile was complaining of leg pain and other minor injuries. He was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Corvallis for evaluation. The juvenile was not wearing a helmet. This crash remains under investigation. At this time, no citations have been issued.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone of the dangers involved with pedestrian traffic on our roadways. This is the second vehicle vs. pedestrian crash the sheriff's office has responded to in less than 2 weeks. Please be mindful of motor vehicles when riding bicycles, skateboarding, running or walking on roadways. Often wearing highly visible or reflective clothing can help drivers see pedestrians and avoid these types of crashes.
Lane County Business Women Raise $67,000 for Babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 02/26/15
The 2015 High Heels for High Hopes models
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On Wednesday, February 25th, twenty business women from around Lane County raised more than high hopes in the third annual High Heels for High Hopes Fashion Show at the Kendall Toyota Showroom--they raised over $67,000; surpassing their goal by $7,000. For months before the show, each model began working to raise $2,000. One model, Jennifer Revoal, owner of REVOLUTION Design Group, raised nearly $9,000, which earned her the coveted Stiletto Award.

The money raised by this event will benefit the Lane County March of Dimes, which helps support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

High Heels for High Hopes is presented and hosted by Kendall Toyota and sponsored by Family Care Health Plans, Northwest Community Credit Union, The Charity Crosby Real Estate Team, Pape Material Handling, The Duck Bar and Grill, Cascade Title Co., Directors Mortgage, Courtsports Athletic Club, QSL Print Communications.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.

(From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfill, Mariah Mikel, Jen Revoal, Grace Brown, Cynthia Bevans, Adrienne Weiss, and Heather Compton.


Attached Media Files: The 2015 High Heels for High Hopes models
*** Update *** January 25th Shooting Investigation in La Pine Leads to Charges/Arrest
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/26/15
*** Update ***
On January 25, 2015, troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to northern Klamath County to investigate a report of a drive by shooting. GARY T. DAVIS,31, of La Pine was identified as a suspect in the shooting and was subsequently involved in a brief stand-off with police in La Pine. (Previous release)

Detectives continuing the investigation identified and interviewed additional witnesses and gathered new evidence which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant in Klamath County for the charge of attempted murder for DAVIS.

On February 25, DAVIS turned himself in to troopers at the Oregon State Police office in Bend without incident. DAVIS was arrested and transported to Klamath County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant.

Any further releases will be coordinated through the Klamath County District Attorney's Office.

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Previous Release:
Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2015 11:31 AM
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation of a drive-by shooting in Northern Klamath County, which prompted a SWAT response to La Pine early this morning.

Preliminary information from on-scene commanders indicates that just before 2:00 A.M., this morning, 9-1-1 call centers in Klamath County received a report of shots being fired at or into a residence on Collar Drive, just south of La Pine. Troopers investigating the incident learned the suspect, identified as 31-year-old GARY T. DAVIS, of La Pine, had threatened a man at that location previously. No injuries were reported during the shooting and the matter is still under investigation.

Shortly before 7:00 A.M., troopers and Deschutes County Sheriff's Department deputies, tracked DAVIS to a residence at 52905 Meadows Lane, in La Pine (Deschutes County) where he was staying with his girlfriend, identified as TASHA L. MURPHEY, age 24, also of La Pine. Troopers and deputies who arrived began negotiating with the subjects who barricaded themselves in the residence. A limited number of OSP SWAT personnel were dispatched to the scene to assist with the incident.

At approximately 9:50 A.M., DAVIS was taken into custody without further incident on a probation violation with additional charges pending. MURPHEY was not injured during the incident. OSP Criminal Investigative Services Division is continuing the investigation.
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Man Arrested After Climbing on Running Bulldozer
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
Today at 3:15 p.m., deputies were called to the Brown Island Demolition Landfill, located at 2895 Faragate Avenue South, in Salem. A bulldozer operator called 911 to report that a man had crawled onto his moving machine and was swinging an axe.

The operator locked himself inside the cab of the piece of heavy equipment and waited for deputies to arrive. When deputies arrived they found Dale Gerner, age 56, a transient from the Salem area. Mr. Gerner had dropped the axe, but was armed with a knife. Deputies challenged Mr. Gerner, he complied with all of their commands and he was arrested without incident.

Mr. Gerner told deputies that he was tracking a cougar in Minto Brown Park, when he began being chased by hunters with dogs. Mr. Gerner stated the hunters climbed a tree and racked a gun so he made the decision to enter the landfill by climbing the barbed wire fence. It was very apparent to deputies on scene that Mr. Gerner was in crisis and suffering from some type of mental health condition.

Although he was arrested and transported to the jail for the crimes of menacing, trespassing and disorderly conduct, members from our Crisis Outreach Response Team will attempt contact with Mr. Gerner and assess his mental health needs.

Currently there are no booking photos available of Mr. Gerner.
Sheriff's Office Offering Free Boat Inspections (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/26/15
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On Saturday March 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Team will be offering free boat inspections. Deputies will be at the Sportsman's Warehouse, located at 1260 Lancaster Drive SE, in Salem.

We will be checking for:

-Boat Registration (Certificate of number)
- Registration numbers on forward half of boat
- Validation stickers
- Boater education cards
- PFD's (life jackets)
- Sound producing device
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights
- Ventilation
- Clean Flame arrestor
- Aquatic Invasive Species Permit for non-motorized over 10'

Come on out, we hope to see you there!


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Health advisory lifted February 26 for Lost Creek Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 02/26/15
February 26, 2015

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued December 4, 2014, for Lost Creek Lake, located 30 miles northeast of Medford on the Rogue River in Jackson County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the level of blue-green algae is well below guideline values. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who recreate in Oregon water bodies to always be alert to signs of algae blooms. People and their pets should avoid contact if the water is foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish red in color, or if a thick mat of algae is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-878-2255 and Jackson County Environmental Health at 541-774-8206. For drinking water information, contact your local drinking water treatment facility.

For health information, to report human or pet illnesses due to blooms, or to ask questions about a news release, contact the Oregon Health Authority at 971-673-0400. Also contact the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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$95,690 awarded for art acquisition through The Ford Family Foundation (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/26/15
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Eight Oregon arts organizations will receive $95,690 in funds from The Ford Family Foundation's Art Acquisition Program, the Oregon Arts Commission announced today.

The Art Acquisition Fund, managed by the Arts Commission, helps visual arts institutions with publicly accessible collections acquire seminal works by Oregon visual artists. The effort preserves public access to great works and supports artists and the institutions that sustain their work.

Awards help these institutions leverage organization and donor dollars to acquire works. In the five years of this program, 40 works of art by Oregon artists have been placed into permanent Oregon collections.

Awards were made to:

Favell Museum, Klamath Falls ($12,500)
For the purchase of "Where Trails Cross," an oil on canvas depicting a story of the Western Rangers by Don Prechtel. The painting will complement the Museum's holdings of works relating to the history of the American West.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem ($20,815)
For the purchase of "Triad" by Mel Katz. The significant sculpture will be placed in a public outdoor location on the Willamette campus. The acquisition deepens the Museum's upcoming retrospective of Katz' work.

Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland ($13,500)
For the purchase of Stephen Hayes' "Tisch," (attached) which was included in the exhibition Figure/Ground, Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective in 2013. The painting will join and extend the college's collection of landscape works by significant historic Oregon artists.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene ($22,000)
For the purchase of "Torch," by James Lavadour. Painted in 2012, the work represents the scale, richness and visual impact of Lavadour's complex, post-2000, explorations of Chinese painting, Abstract Expressionism and jazz. It is the first work by Lavadour in the Museum's collection.

Oregon State University, Art About Agriculture Collection, Corvallis ($2,375)
For the purchase of "Epicure Extravaganza," "Feather," "Permian Utopia," and "Wings" -a suite of three prints and one drawing by renowned OSU faculty member Yuji Hiratsu. The works are significant to the College of Agricultural Sciences' collection for their exceptional quality and for the environmental portraiture that reflects humankind's culinary pursuits and interaction with the biodiversity of land and sea.

Portland Art Museum, Portland ($10,000)
For the purchase of "Peelatchiwaaxpáash/Medicine Crow (Raven) & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation" by artist Wendy Red Star. Originally installed for the Museum's Apex series, Red Star's reinterpretation of well-known photographs made during the Peace Delegation of 1880 touches three of the Museum's collections: Native Arts, Photography and Contemporary Northwest.

Reed College, Portland ($8,500)
For the purchase of "Symmetrical Ovoid Lattices VII" by Michael Knutson. The 2013 painting complements an earlier work by the Reed professor, allowing students to study the artist's evolution in technique and color palette, and joining important regional abstraction by Carl Morris, Louis Bunce, Michele Russo and C.S. Price in the collection.

Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University, Ashland ($8,000)
For the purchase of "1973, After Her "War Series," Nancy Spero Resolves to Paint Only Female Subjects. She Calls This La Peinture Feminine" by Ellen Lesperance. The work is part of Lesperance's ongoing study of female activists, and continues the Museum's interests in discourse and academic inquiry.

About The Ford Family Foundation Visual Arts Program
The Art Acquisition Fund is one of seven program facets first launched in 2010 as part of The Ford Family Foundation's initial five-year visual arts program established in the memory of Hallie Ford to assist Oregon's most promising visual artists and the institutions that support their work. The Foundation's board has approved extending the program through 2019. In addition to the Arts Acquisition Fund, other resources are being dedicated to the following:

Fellowships: Hallie Ford Fellows are provided unrestricted grants to support the conceptualization and the development of new work, annually.
Artists-in-Residences: Bi-annual awards to four "Golden Spot" residency programs in Oregon, and at Djerassi Art Residency and the Ucross Foundation that provide opportunities for artists to explore and conceptualize new work. Two new additional national programs will be opened to Oregon artists in 2015.
Exhibition & Documentation: Funding for the curation, preparation, materials and traveling of exhibitions.
Capital Projects: Resources to improve and/or expand studio and exhibition space at key Oregon visual arts institutions.
Curator/Critic Tour: Visitations by national curators to consult with Oregon's visual artists, regional curators and critics, and to generally interact with the arts community.
Career Opportunity Grants: Resources to mid-career Oregon visual artists who face unanticipated circumstances that could aid in significantly advancing the creation, production or exhibition of their work.


About The Ford Family Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation is the sole funder of this Visual Arts Program. It partners with Oregon's leading visual arts educators, gallerists, museum and arts professionals to help implement program elements and leverages funding with other state and national resources.
The Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford. Its Mission is "successful citizens and vital rural communities" in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California. The Foundation is located in Roseburg, Oregon, with a Scholarship office in Eugene. For more information about the Foundation, please visit the website at www.tfff.org.

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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 Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community 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 and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at www.oregonartscommission.org
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Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/26/15
Inmate Steven Lee Fox
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An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date was Aug. 12, 2016.


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Attached Media Files: Inmate Steven Lee Fox
02/25/15
Linn County Search and Rescue
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is recruiting young men and women, ages 14 to 18, to join the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team and participate in an 11 day summer training program.

This will be the 22nd Search and Rescue Training Academy in Linn County and will be held June 19 through June 29, 2015.

Those who are interested in becoming an integral part of the Sheriff's Office search and rescue mission should have an interest in community service and a desire to be a part of a highly trained and professional life saving organization.

There is an application process that includes oral interviews, a background check and physical aptitude test. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the 11-day Search and Rescue Training Academy in June. The training will include classes in wilderness survival, shelter building, search tactics, first aid/CPR, map and compass reading, rappelling, and many more topics. There will also be a three day field exercise in the Cascades that include a 20 mile hike.

For more information about the program contact Staff Sergeant Joe Larsen at the Linn County Sheriff's Office (541-812-2272) or visit the Linn County Sheriff's Office website at www.linnsheriff.org.

Applications are available on the website and at the Sheriff's Office in Albany.
Linn Deputies Make Arrest in The Shipping of Marijuana (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley, reports that on February 12, 2015, deputies responded to a local shipping company in the Albany area, on a report from an employee who became suspicious of a female attempting to send marijuana through the mail. Deputies responded and seized mail containing approximately a pound and a half of marijuana.

The mail was addressed to a legitimate residential address in South Dakota. Deputies notified local law enforcement in South Dakota for their follow up.

On February 18, 2015, Brookings County Sheriff's Deputies from South Dakota served a search warrant at a residence in their jurisdiction. Deputies seized marijuana, firearms, and illegal prescription medication.

With information received from Brookings County Deputies, Linn County Deputies identified two suspects responsible for shipping the marijuana; Julie Diane Shoemaker, 50-years old, and Michael Jay Sorensen, 56-years old, both from Lebanon.

On February 24, 2015, Deputies served a search warrant at Shoemaker and Sorensen's residence located at 30502 Hazen Lane, Lebanon. Deputies determined Shoemaker was registered through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as a current patient and grower for three patients.

Deputies seized 76 marijuana plants; 3.9 pounds of processed marijuana, marijuana grow equipment, marijuana paraphernalia, packaging material, drug records, digital scales, two pistols, schedule II prescription medication, and $3,891 in U.S. Currency.

Deputies determined Shoemaker was the founder and operator of Spay Inc. Spay Inc. is a non-profit organization that rescues and adopts feral cats and is located at the Hazen Lane address where these crimes were committed.

Shoemaker was arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana. She was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

Sorensen was arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, and Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana. He was also lodged in the Linn County Jail.

The investigation is continuing.


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Oregon Historical Society Explores the "Art of War" in New Exhibit (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 02/25/15
WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu
WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu
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Portland, OR - Guns, bombs, planes, tanks, ships, and submarines were the major weapons of World Wars I and II, but the persuasive powers of words and images were critically important in gaining and galvanizing the support of the American public. During both World Wars, the United States Government ran aggressive public relations campaigns, which highlighted what was at stake and how each citizen could play a role in achieving victory.

A selection of such posters from this era will be on display at the Oregon Historical Society in The Art of War: Propaganda Posters of World Wars I & II, on exhibit from February 28 through December 7, 2015. These posters, from the Mark Family Collection, provide a unique glimpse into an era before television and internet, when artists and marketers were challenged to communicate to the general public in a way that would simply and powerfully convey important messages.

To add context to these jarring graphics, OHS will host First and Second World War scholars Dr. Kimberly Jensen and Dr. Dan Tichenor at its next Second Sunday program on March 8. All are welcome to this free in-gallery discussion of the ways wartime propagandists employed ideas about gender, race, religion, and national unity to produce powerful images with impacts far beyond military recruitment and bond purchasing. Kimberly Jensen's publications include Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War and Dan Tichenor's publications include Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America and the forthcoming Presidential Prerogatives: Liberty, Security, and Wartime Leadership.

The Art of War precludes the Oregon Historical Society's much anticipated summer exhibition, World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed. Opening on June 26, this original 6,000 square foot exhibit will employ letters, historic documents, and military uniforms to provide a sense of place and give visitors a lens into the many events of World War II, including prominent battles and critical political decisions. The exhibit will also focus on those events that dramatically changed Oregon, including the operation of the Kaiser shipyards, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the fact that the only World War II combat casualties that occurred in the continental U.S. were in Oregon as a result of the balloon bomb.

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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.


Attached Media Files: WWI “Aviation, Fly With the US Marines” Howard Chandler Christy poster. (1920) Very possibly, this Howard Chandler Christy illustration for Marine aviation is the rarest of WWI era posters, with only a few copies known. The staff of the Marine Corps Museu , WWII “Remember Dec. 7th!” homefront morale poster. (1942) Seen in at least three sizes, this is the middle size. A great image of the tattered flag, still flying but at half staff after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Credit Mark Family Collection , WWII Uncle Sam “Buy War Bonds” poster. (1942) Artist unknown; extraordinary patriotic image of stars and stripes-waving Uncle Sam, leading the charge of doughboys below and bombers above. Credit Mark Family Collection , WWII “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships” Seagram’s tavern poster. (1943) Following four are examples from the House of Seagram series for taverns by Seymour R. Goff, a.k.a. ‘Ess-ar-gee’, all concerning ‘loose lips’ and ‘careless talk’. Credit Mark Family Collec
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather listed in the National Register of Historic Places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/25/15
The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
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The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County is among Oregon's latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1937, it is improbably perched on a knobby promontory on the jagged south flank of Cape Foulweather, 453 feet above the Pacific Ocean. This secondary headland is commonly known as Otter Crest, a name also appropriated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the adjacent State Scenic Viewpoint.

The Look-Out was built and operated by Wilbur "Buck" and Anna Badley. The business began briefly as the Foulweather Coffee Shop, but soon shifted into a very successful gift shop when the Badleys realized people were most interested in purchasing souvenirs of their visit to the coast. Upon the completion of the Roosevelt Coast Military Highway (U.S. 101) in 1932 and associated bridges in 1936, tourists could more easily travel and visit sites along the Pacific Ocean. The Look-Out is an excellent example of an isolated entrepreneurial venture along the central coast that capitalized on the public investment based upon the urging and support of the citizens of Oregon.

This building is also associated with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Beach Patrol, which operated in Oregon from 1942 to 1944. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the coastline was considered vulnerable to attack and constant surveillance was vital to protect the U.S. from further attacks. The Look-Out was a strategic vantage point from which to watch for enemy invasion. Six men from the Coast Guard resided in The Look-Out to help defend the coast during this period of time.

A place for visitors to enjoy spectacular views, watch for whales and other sea life, and purchase souvenirs of their travels to the central Oregon coast, The Look-Out is now an Oregon State Park facility that continues to provide unique experiences for those who travel to see the Pacific Ocean and all that it has to offer.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. More information about the National Register and recent Oregon lists is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of


Attached Media Files: National Register nomination , Press Release , The Look-Out on Cape Foulweather
Inmate walks away from Two Rivers Correctional Institution work crew (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/25/15
Inmate Steven Lee Fox
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Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Holds Recruitment Fair ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/25/15
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On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office hosted a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, located at 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE, in Brooks.

Deputies and staff from all disciplines within the Sheriff's Office were on hand to test, answer questions and introduce prospective applicants to the exciting career opportunities at the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Over 100 people took part in the recruitment fair, Lead Recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "This event was a huge success, so much so we are already planning for our next one!"

If you were unable to attend our recruitment fair, watch for our next event scheduled to take place sometime in October. You can also find Sheriff's Office job opportunities at www.GoMCSO.com.

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On Saturday February 21st, the Marion County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a recruitment fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, at the Chemeketa--Brooks Regional Training Center, 4190 Brooklake Rd. NE, Brooks, OR.

Lead recruiter, Deputy Elsa Navarro stated, "If you have ever thought about a career in law enforcement this is a great opportunity for you to come out and see what we have to offer and what you can do for your community."

Perspective applicants can meet and discuss job duties with deputies from the Jail, Parole and Probation and Enforcement Teams and of course we will have some cool tools of the trade on hand for you to view and experience. In addition qualified candidates can apply for and run the Oregon Physical Agilities Test for free, an $85 value. "Come out and see if a career as a Deputy Sheriff is right for you!"


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Tenth Annual Native Caring Conference Scheduled for April 15-16, 2015
AARP Oregon - 02/25/15
CLACKAMAS, OR; February 25, 2015 -- The tenth annual Native Caring Conference will be held on April 15-16 at the Three Rivers Casino and Hotel in Florence, Oregon. All Native Elder caregivers and relative caregivers of children from Northwest Indian communities are invited to attend.

The two-day conference features local and national spokespersons on Caregiver Well-Being, Medication Management, Elder Abuse, Children's Alcohol and Drug Use, and How to Communicate with Health Care Providers.

Registration deadline is April 3rd. The cost is $150 with a $25 discount if registration is received by March 3. The registration fee includes two lunches, dinner, and breakfast.
For more information contact: Doug Morrison, CTCLUSI (541) 997-6685; Wilson Wewa, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (541) 553-3313; or, Michelle Carson, The Klamath Tribes (541) 783-2219 ext 175.

The Native Caring Conference is hosted by: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indians Reservations, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, The Klamath Tribes, Burns Paiute Tribe, AARP and the Oregon Department of Human Services State Unit on Aging.

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Oregon OSHA cites Woodburn company for willful safety violations (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/25/15
Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes.
Fall protection and hard hats were not provided to workers at Fleetwood Homes.
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(Salem) - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) has fined Fleetwood Homes Inc. $75,800 for five violations, including one willful violation. The citation was the result of an Aug. 29, 2014, complaint inspection at the company's Woodburn plant.

The investigation found managers at the mobile home manufacturer were aware of employee exposures to falls but did not provide protection, despite concerns brought forward to managers by employees and by Oregon OSHA. The company manufactures a mobile home model with fall exposures 13 feet from the ground. Roofers had to climb over the guardrails of scaffolding onto the roof of the mobile home with no tie-off points to connect a fall protection harness. Employees brought up the issue three times with management in 2014 before a complaint was made to Oregon OSHA.

"Year after year, falls are one of the major sources of serious injury and death in Oregon," said Oregon OSHA Administrator Michael Wood. "There is no good reason to disregard the need to protect workers from such risks. Yet, this employer consciously ignored fall protection rules that are designed to prevent injuries or deaths."

Oregon OSHA cited the business $70,000 - the legal maximum - for the willful violation. Even after Oregon OSHA itself brought the issue to management's attention and management acknowledged the need to provide fall protection, work continued without such protection. A willful violation exists when an employer intentionally or knowingly allows a violation to occur.

The following serious violations were also found during the inspection:
* Employer allowed employees to stand on the guard rail of scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide an access ladder or other safe access to scaffolding
* Employer failed to provide hard hats in an area where there was an exposure to falling objects
* Employer failed to inspect fall protection equipment

The company has 30 days to appeal the citation.

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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov. Follow DCBS on Twitter: http://twitter.com/OregonDCBS. Receive consumer help and information on insurance, mortgages, investments, workplace safety, and more.


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Oregon Public Safety Academy to Graduate 93rd Basic Telecommunications Class
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/25/15
The Oregon Public Safety Academy will graduate its 93rd Basic Telecommunications Class on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon at 11 am. Chief Les Stiles of the City of Prineville Police Department will be the guest speaker.

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend. Any questions please call Tami Atkinson at DPSST (503) 378-2026 or e-mail her at tami.atkinson@state.or.us

The class consists of public safety communications professionals from 9-1-1/emergency communications centers statewide.

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

The 9-1-1 training program began in 1993 when the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted legislation which requires that individuals who receive emergency calls for assistance from the public meet professional standards for training and certification.

Members of Graduating Class

Dispatcher Erica Barcus
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Ximena Bernier
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Valerie Dinicola
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Mary Ford
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Briana Francisco
Curry County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Laura Grazier
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kyle Henriksen
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Megan Hoel
Milton-Freewater Police Department

Dispatcher Beth Hogan
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Douglas Johnson
Yamhill Communications

Dispatcher Raelee Kinley
Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Shawna Martin
Newberg-Dundee Police Department

Dispatcher Karen Morris
Deschutes County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Andrew Otton
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Emma Owens
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Kelsey Parks
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Danielle Rogers
Prineville Police Department

Dispatcher Whitney Sitton
Morrow County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Aarika Stephens
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Stephanie Trierweiler
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher George Trussler
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Dylan Wheat
Klamath 9-1-1 Communications District

Dispatcher Lee Williamson
Astoria Police Department

Dispatcher Gina Wilson
Morrow County Sheriff's Office


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 225 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards for more than 41,000 constituents established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.
Business Oregon creates $400,000 fund for small business innovation
Business Oregon - 02/25/15
Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, is starting a $400,000 grant program to help small businesses fund research and development of new, innovative products.

The fund will support Oregon small businesses that want to earn a share of the $2.5 billion awarded annually in highly competitive federal research grants. Oregon currently ranks in the middle tier among states in capturing federal innovation grants for small businesses.

"For sustainable economic growth in both urban and rural Oregon, we must continually look for ways to give small business and entrepreneurs a leg-up," said Governor Kate Brown. "Leveraging state grant funds to access federal funds fosters innovation that not only brings great ideas to life, it creates more opportunities to grow Oregon business statewide."

The federal grant programs - known as Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, or SBIR/STTR -- are designed to encourage small companies and research universities to pursue risky but rewarding research that helps bring new ideas to market and maintains the United States' position as the global leader in innovation. iRobot, Qualcomm and Symantec are examples of companies that grew out of the SBIR/STTR program.

"Innovation grows jobs," said Sean Robbins, Business Oregon's director. "We need to do more to nurture early-stage startups. We created this program to help Oregon small businesses earn a bigger share of federal research dollars to transform ideas on a white board into products sold around the globe."

At Business Oregon, our mission is to grow Oregon jobs, companies and communities. That work starts with helping entrepreneurs and existing Oregon businesses grow here at home. The SBIR/STTR fund is part of Business Oregon's strategy to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

BACKGROUND

Access to capital is a key hurdle for early-stage small businesses, especially for companies in the R&D phase. The SBIR program, created in 1982, is designed to ensure small businesses have access to federal R&D grants. The programs provide funding in two grant phases.

Phase I: Funds research on a product's feasibility, typically up to $150,000
Phase II: Funds the development of a market-ready product, typically up to $1 million

Business Oregon's $400,000 grant program will provide $100,000 to expand an existing program that helps companies prepare SBIR/STTR grant applications. The remaining $300,000 will be for matching grants to companies that win the federal grants to help make their innovations more market ready.

ABOUT SBIR: Federal agencies that produce more than $100 million in external research annually must allocate 2.8 percent of their spending to SBIR. Currently, 11 federal agencies participate.

ABOUT STTR: Federal agencies that produce more than $1 billion in external research annually must allocate .3 percent to STTR. Five agencies participate.

FOR ENTREPRENEURS

To learn how to apply: Visit the Business Oregon website or contact our Innovation Strategist Mark Brady at 503-229-5223 or mark.brady@oregon.gov.

Oregon SBIR/STTR training: Oregon BEST will host a series of training sessions around Oregon. The first is today in Hood River. They will host five more sessions through March 13 in Corvallis, Newport, Beaverton, Eugene and Bend.
02/24/15
Oregon Stroke Care Committee to meet February 26 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015

What: Public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include:

--Discussion of hospital self-identification regarding level of acute stroke treatment service;

--The International Stroke Conference, which was held this month in Nashville, Tennessee, with the theme of Practice Change in Acute Stroke Treatment;

--The Stroke Care Committee's meeting frequency.

When: Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1D, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland.

Who: The Oregon Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 (2013) to achieve continuous improvement in the quality of stroke care in Oregon. The committee is made of 10 members appointed by the director of the Oregon Health Authority.

Details: Space is limited. To participate by phone, call 1-877-336-1831, participant code 559758.

For more information about the meeting, contact Kirsten Aird, chronic disease program manager, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, at 971-673-1053.

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

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MCSO Seeking Information in Monday Night Robbery at Local Convenience Store (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/24/15
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On Monday the 23rd at about 1:00 a.m., a male, portraying to have a weapon in his pocket, entered the Plaid Pantry, located at 4617 Silverton Road NE and demanded cash. The male is described as mixed race, approximately 6'3" tall, medium build, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue hooded jacket, dark colored pants and dark colored shoes.

The suspect forced the clerk to open the register and left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was last seen running north on 47th Avenue NE.

Plaid Pantry is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. If you have information regarding this suspect or the incident that took place Monday night, please call our tip line at 503-540-8079.


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Committee for Family Forestlands meets March 6
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/24/15
The Committee for Family Forestlands will receive an update on the legislative session, and hear a presentation on the East Face Elkhorns Cohesive Wildfire Strategy when it meets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters office in the Tillamook Room - Administration Building (C), 2600 State St., in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public, and a public comment period is scheduled between 9 and 9:30 a.m.

AGENDA
Agenda items include:

- Oregon Forest Industries Council update on current events
- Presentation on the Monitoring Strategy development process
- Update on the Partnership for Education program
- Discussion to provide input to the Subcommittee on Riparian Rules
- Update on forestry-related legislation under consideration in the current session of the Oregon Legislature
- Presentation on the "All hands, all lands" restoration project underway in the Elkhorn Mountains of NE Oregon and SE Washington

The Committee welcomes public input at its meetings on all issues related to its work.

COMMITTEE
The Committee for Family Forestlands researches policies impacting family forestland viability, resource protection, and forestry benefits. Based on its findings the Committee recommends actions to the Oregon Board of Forestry and State Forester.

The 13-member committee includes seven voting members and six non-voting members. Voting members include family forest owners, an environmental community representative, a forest products industry representative, and a citizen-at-large public representative. Non-voting, ex-officio members may include representatives from the Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State University, Oregon small forestland groups, forestry-related industry associations, and the Oregon Forest Resources Institute representatives.

PUBLIC MEETING
The meeting 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 prior to the meeting. For additional information about attending the meeting, accessibility, or special accommodations, please contact Susan Dominique at 503-945-7502. The Committee website can be found at: www.oregon.gov/ODF/pages/board/cff/cff.aspx.
Reckless Driver Pursuit in Eugene Ends When Driver Rams Other Vehicles - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/24/15
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On Tuesday, February 24, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers were dispatched to assist the Lane County Sheriff's Office with a reported assault in the Pleasant Hill area shortly before 8:30 a.m. As troopers responded they began to receive reports of a vehicle associated with the assault being operated in a reckless and unsafe manner on highway 58. A short time later, troopers passed by the vehicle and attempted to stop it.

The involved vehicle, a white, 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by RYAN A. SPOONER, 22, of Pleasant Hill, fled from troopers and a short pursuit ensued. While troopers held back from the fleeing vehicle it struck two vehicles on I-5 disabling them. The Tacoma took the 30th Avenue exit in Eugene and as troopers attempted to stop the Tacoma intentionally rammed a passenger vehicle and a large box van which caused it to become disabled in the roadway. The driver was taken into custody without further incident and was lodged at the Lane County Jail on multiple charges including:

Attempt to Elude Police - Felony
Felony Hit and Run by a vehicle
Reckless Driving
Recklessly Endangering another Person
Disorderly Conduct
Assault 4
Menacing

One of the drivers of a vehicle hit on I-5 was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, otherwise no other injuries were reported. OSP was assisted by the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Goshen Fire Department.

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Oregon Health Policy Board to meet March 3 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 02/24/15
February 24, 2015
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting March 3 in Portland. The meeting will be held at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the director's report as well as a legislative update. The board will discuss and provide input on work to spread the Coordinated Care Model beyond Medicaid to PEBB, OEBB, and commercial coverage. The board will also discuss and may adopt a policy statement regarding vaccinations. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 10:15 a.m.

When: Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 -11:30 a.m.

Where: OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3033 SW Bond Ave., third floor, Room 4. The meeting will also be available via live Web stream. A link to the live stream and a recording of the meeting will be posted on the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

Agenda:

--Director's report;

--Committee updates;

--Legislative update;

--Spreading the Coordinated Care Model;

--Public testimony;

--Policy statement on vaccinations.

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2015-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.

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

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* Clarification * OSP Investigation into Klamath County Man Who Took Archaeological Artifacts (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/24/15
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* Clarification * The initial release Headline indicated Cotallese was arrested while the body stated it was forwarded to the District Attorney's Office. The Headline was incorrect and he has not been arrested at this point.

On February 19, 2015, the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division in Klamath Falls, concluded a seven-month-long investigation into the unlawful take, possession, and sale of archaeological artifacts. A search warrant, served at the residence of DOUGLAS COTALLESE, age 46, of Klamath Falls, resulted in the recovery of numerous archaeological objects including funerary items and items of cultural patrimony. Troopers also located methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia items.

According to Sergeant Randall Hand of the Klamath Falls Office an extended drought in the region has exposed many archaeological areas normally concealed by water. Oregon Law says a person may not remove any archaeological object located on public or private lands unless that activity is authorized by permit. This case is being forwarded to the Klamath County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the Klamath Tribe, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Oregon State Police and its partners are committed to working together to protect the natural resources of our state. To report archaeological crimes call 1-800-452-7888.
Sergeant Randall Hand can be contacted at (541) 851-4911.


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Red Cross Responds To Gold Hill Residential fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/24/15
On February 24, 2015 at approximately 1:00 AM, disaster volunteers responded to a residential fire that occurred on February 23, 2015 in the 800 block of Rogue River Highway in Gold Hill, OR.

This single-family fire affected two adults and two dogs. Red Cross provided food, lodging, and information about disaster mental health and recovery services
02/23/15
Oregon State Library Executive Committee Meeting Press Release & Agenda 2/27/15
Oregon State Library - 02/23/15
The Executive Committee of the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet by phone on Friday, February 27, 2015. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may come to Room 205 at the Oregon State Library.

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 503-378-2464.

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OREGON STATE LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
February 27, 2015
2:30 p.m.
Oregon State Library Room 205
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

2:30 p.m. Report of the State Librarian Dahlgreen

3:00 Discussion of the Board Meeting for March 20, 2015 Bonebrake

3:15 Other business Bonebrake

3:30 Adjournment Bonebrake


NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
MEDIA ALERT: High Heels for High Hopes: 20 Lane County Businesswomen Walk the Catwalk for Babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 02/23/15
Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
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--WHO--
Twenty business women from Lane County who want to help all babies get a healthy start in life.

--WHAT--
High Heels for High Hopes
Oregon's third annual High Heels for High Hopes event, a fashion show benefiting March of Dimes. The 20 business women will walk the catwalk wearing one of three themed looks: "a night out on the town," "just want to have fun," or "dress for success."

Each model has a goal of raising at least $2,000 to help babies be born healthy. Donations can be made on the models' behalf to March of Dimes here: http://HighHeels.MarchofDimes.org/Oregon. Auction items will also be at the event, each relative to one of the model's three looks.

--WHEN--
Wednesday, February 25
Beverages and appetizers starting at 6:00 PM, runway show beginning at 7:00 PM

--WHERE--
Kendall Toyota Showroom, 373 Goodpasture Island Road in Eugene

--WHY--
In an average week in Oregon, 877 babies are born - and 82 of them are born too soon. Premature babies often spend their first weeks in the NICU fighting for life, and often have lasting consequences such as vision and hearing loss or learning disabilities.

March of Dimes is the champion for all babies, those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. Moms can rely on March of Dimes for everything they need to know about having a healthy baby and how to recognize the warning signs of premature labor.

More than 4 million babies were born in the United States last year, and the March of Dimes has helped each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

High Heels for High Hopes is presented and hosted by Kendall Toyota and sponsored by Family Care Health Plans, Northwest Community Credit Union, The Charity Crosby Real Estate Team, Pape Material Handling, The Duck Bar and Grill, Cascade Title Co., Directors Mortgage, Courtsports Athletic Club, QSL Print Communications.


March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
Skill building opportunities expand at CCCF (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/23/15
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
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Opportunities for women in medium custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to earn cosmetology certification have expanded with the grand opening of renovated space at CCCF on February 19.

CCCF's School of Cosmetology originally opened in 2002. Initially, the program supported ten individuals with classroom instruction and hands-on training offered through Portland Community College. Today, 20 women can obtain three valuable certifications from the Oregon Health Authority's Health Licensing Office in Hair Design, Nail Technology, and Esthetics. In addition, women who have previously earned certifications may train to become instructors and leaders.

While taking the course, the women learn about hair care including cutting and designing, coloring, giving permanents, applying relaxers, and weaving. Students also learn about skin care, including facials and applying makeup. Finally, they learn how to do manicures and pedicures, including gel manicures and artificial nails. Research shows that adults in custody who participate in correctional education programs not only have a lower rate of recidivism, but are more likely to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Attached Media Files: DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening. , CCCF's expanded School of Cosmetology.
Forestry board to honor forest operators, receive fire protection update, at March 4 meeting
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/23/15
The state Board of Forestry will honor the recipients of its Forest Practices Operator of the Year award and receive updates on key topics, including work to obtain insurance to help cover costs of fighting large wildfires, at its March 4 meeting in Salem.

The agenda also includes proposed adoption of an approach for considering the predicted effects of climate change in the work of the board and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

The meeting is open to the public.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS:

2014 Forest Practices Operator of the Year awards. This program recognizes forestry contractors for exceptional skill and commitment, often above and beyond legal requirements, in protecting natural resources during harvest or other projects. The awards also promote public understanding of the Forest Practices Act, its administration, and its effectiveness protecting natural resources. Awards are given in each of ODF's operating regions--Northwest, Southwest and Eastern Oregon.

Rellergert Forestry Education awards. The board will recognize individuals and organizations for excellence in forestry education with the Mary Rellergert Forestry Education Award, named for an ODF forest educator who died in 2004. The annual State Forester's Award for exceptional contributions to the cause of forestry education will also be presented.

Emergency Fire Cost Committee, fire protection updates. The committee and the department will report on efforts to renew Oregon's unique large-fire insurance policy for the 2015 wildfire season. Oregon used its full coverage during the severe 2013 and 2014 fire seasons, and work with insurance underwriters continues to develop coverage options for the 2015 season. The state and forest landowners have historically shared the cost of the policy.

The Emergency Fire Cost Committee, appointed by the board, oversees a fund that consists of landowner dollars, collected through per-acre assessments and other mechanisms, to help pay the costs of fighting large fires.

Climate change adaptation recommendations. Climate change presents risks to Oregon's forest ecosystems. ODF staff have developed an overall approach for addressing adapting forest management and policy in an era of changing climate. Recommendations include considering the best available climate science in board work, and incorporating the implications of climate change as the department plans and implements its fire, natural resource protection and other activities.

Updates. The board will receive updates on several key projects and initiatives, including:

- The work of a board subcommittee and department staff in crafting a new plan for managing state-owned forests in Northwestern Oregon.

- A second board subcommittee's work in helping to increase the pace and scale of restoration projects on federally owned forestlands.

Executive session. After completing its regular agenda, the board will meet in executive session to consult with legal counsel on topics related to state-owned forests. The session will be closed to the public, in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute 192.660(2)(h).

MEETING DETAILS:
- The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Tillamook Room, Administration Building (C), at the Oregon Department of Forestry headquarters, 2600 State St., in Salem.

- A general public comment period is scheduled near the start of the meeting. Public comment on specific agenda items will be received as the board takes them up.

- Agenda materials will be available prior to the meeting at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx, under the 2015 meeting link.

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

ABOUT THE BOARD:
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information on the board is available at www.oregonforestry.gov.

ODF is on Facebook and other social media sites, accessible at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/odfsocialmedia.aspx
Lane Education Service District Board of Directors to Meet On FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Lane ESD - 02/23/15
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will meet on February 24, 2015. A work session is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m., and this session will focus on the Strategic Plan 2015-17. The regular Board Meeting session will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Lane Education Service District Board of Directors meetings are held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 N, Eugene, OR.
Veterans Advisory Committee to meet in Lebanon
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 02/23/15
LEBANON -- The public is invited to attend and participate in the next quarterly meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs being held at the Edward C. Allworth Veterans Home in Lebanon on March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The home is located at 600 N. 5th Street.

The nine-member committee is comprised of veterans appointed by the governor to provide counsel to the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

The advisory committee's meetings are held throughout the state on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For more information about the committee and its members go to www.oregon.gov/odva/Pages/advisory.aspx.

Questions for the committee can be emailed to: vaac@odva.state.or.us.
02/21/15
Oregon Public Safety Academy Hosts Largest Two-Day Firefighter Training Event in Pacific Northwest
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/21/15
More than 400 firefighters from across the state have converged on Salem this weekend - February 21 and 22, 2015 - for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training's (DPSST) annual Winter Fire School. This event, is the largest two-day training opportunity in the Pacific Northwest, offered free of charge, bringing together career and volunteer firefighters from every corner of the state.

The Winter Fire School is held at the 235-acre Oregon Public Safety Academy on Aumsville Highway SE and offers more than a dozen classes in a wide variety of topics from firefighting skills, vehicle rescue, tactics, command, safety and leadership. "This is an outstanding opportunity for Oregon's career and volunteer firefighters to receive training from top-notch instructors from the National Fire Academy, Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and local fire agencies" said DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks.

Gabliks said "We are very pleased to offer this event and we appreciate the assistance the local business community provides to support it. The firefighters attending this weekend training opportunity stay in local hotels and dine at local restaurants and Salem always rolls-out the red carpet to the men and women who respond to fire-rescue emergencies in communities across the state".

Gabliks said "This weekend training event is part of DPSST's continued effort to prevent, and reduce, firefighter injuries and deaths through training and certification programs that embrace the 16 fire life safety initiatives adopted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home Program in partnership with our nation's fire service organizations." http://www.lifesafetyinitiatives.com
Email Outage 02/20 not 03/20 ***Updated***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/21/15
The email server for MCSO is offline for the weekend of 02/20. If you need assistance from the PIO please just call the PIO line. Have a great weekend!
02/20/15
Fifty Oregonians died from fire-related causes in 2014
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 02/20/15
Fifty Oregonians lost their lives due to fire-related injuries in 2014. This is the most since the 53 fire fatalities in 2008.

Residential fires accounted for 34 of the 50 fatalities. The sixteen non-residential fatalities occurred in incidents involving motor homes, outdoor fires, motor vehicle accidents involving fire, and other situations.

"All fatalities are tragic," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "But to see this increase is disheartening. Our agency works very hard at educating Oregonians about fire safety and prevention intended to keep themselves and their families safer from the threat of fire."

The top three causes of residential fire-related fatalities were smoking, combustibles to close to a heat source, and cooking.

"Although we can educate and provide information, ultimately fire safety is a personal responsibility," Walker added.

Of all fire fatalities, males were more than twice as likely to be a victim as females (35 male deaths vs. 15 female deaths). Adults 50 and older accounted for more than half (28) of total fatalities. Six of the fatalities were under the age of 18.

Residents are encouraged to:
* Have working smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside each sleeping area, and in each bedroom.
* If you smoke, smoke outside.
* When cooking, watch what you heat and stay in the kitchen when using the stove top.
* Always keep things that can catch fire at least three feet away from sources of heat.

In addition to the fatalities, there were 214 civilian injuries, 124 firefighter injuries, and more than $128 million in property damage.

All data is as reported by local fire agencies as of February 17, 2015.


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SRCI opens state's first inmate unit for veterans (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/20/15
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
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Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has designated a 72-bed housing unit to adults in custody who are military veterans. The facility held a dedication event for the unit on February 17.

The idea for a veterans housing unit was conceived from involvement SRCI staff had with the Snake River Veterans Association (SRVA) within the institution. Realizing a housing unit could be beneficial to veterans housed at SRCI, a team of prison staff went to Washington State to see a similar unit in one of its correcitonal facilities. Months later, the first ever Oregon unit is ready to be dedicated.

There are criteria individuals must meet to be housed in the SRCI veterans unit, such as being honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. Military, as well as meeting the behavior standards to live in the priviledged housing complex of the institution. Although the needs of the institution operations are always the priority to ensure the facility is running in a safe and secure manner, there are specific goals that were established for the Veterans Unit:

*Enhance overall behavior and personal well-being for veterans in custody by giving them an opportunity to pro-socially associate with like-minded, like-experienced individuals.
*Make support resources and programs available to assist the special needs of veterans.
*Assist incarcerated veterans in accessing federal resources and benefits, specifically in the areas of transition, release, health, and well-being.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. The facility has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. The facility also provides education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.


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Attached Media Files: Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones. , Members of the SRCI Veterans Unit Color Guard, posting the Colors during the SRCI Veterans Unit Dedication.
All 77 of BPA's annual reports now on line
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/20/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration now has all 77 of its annual reports online at BPA.gov. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937, BPA administrators have used these annual reports to share their thoughts about the year and describe BPA's financial performance in detail.

Each annual report covers BPA's fiscal year, which today runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, and provides financial highlights, management discussion and analysis, and financial statements. It also provides a letter from the BPA administrator that summarizes the year's accomplishments.
It's in these letters from the administrator that BPA's rich history unfolds. That history includes bringing electricity to all corners of the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, supporting the war effort that led to the allies winning World War II and signing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada in the early '60s that has provided over 50 years of flood control, electricity and other benefits to both nations.
In 1970, BPA completed the Pacific Direct Current Intertie that allowed the region to begin sharing power with our neighbors to the south. In 1980, Congress passed the Northwest Power Act that gave rise to BPA's development of the largest energy conservation and salmon recovery programs in the country.
More recent annual reports highlight BPA's effort to sustain and expand the Federal Columbia River Power and Transmission System and connect more than 4,500 megawatts of renewable and carbon-free wind power to our transmission system.
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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Fortune magazine ranks Wells Fargo as World's Most Admired bank (22nd among all firms) (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 02/20/15
Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
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Wells Fargo is the most admired bank in the world, according to Fortune magazine.

The magazine announced its 32nd annual rankings on Feb. 19. Wells Fargo is the highest-rated bank in the overall list, displacing JPMorgan Chase, which had previously been the highest-ranked bank among all companies. JPMorgan Chase fell five spots to No. 35.

Wells Fargo was also rated 22nd among all firms, up from 35th in 2014. Wells Fargo has 128 bank branches, four call centers and 6,300 employees in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

"Being recognized as one of the world's most admired companies is a tribute to the hard work of all our team members," said Oregon Region President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "The passion and care that our team members demonstrate for our customers, our communities and each other are what drive our success."

The magazine has posted its full list of 349 companies in 55 industries (sorted by rank, industry or location) online at Fortune.com.

Fortune's survey partners at the Hay Group surveyed analysts, directors, and executives in each industry to rank companies based on nine attributes.

Wells Fargo finished first in six of its industry categories: financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services, quality of management, social responsibility, and use of corporate assets.

The magazine has published the annual list since 1983.

Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.


Attached Media Files: Wells Fargo employees constantly volunteer for their communities.
02/19/15
North Bend School District Public Meetings - February
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 02/19/15
North Bend School District Public Meetings scheduled for the month of February:

February 2, 2015
Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

February 9, 2015
Regular School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
North Bend City Council Chamber
835 California St., North Bend, OR

February 23, 2015
Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
North Bend School District Office
1913 Meade St., North Bend, OR

This schedule is subject to change.
Visit www.nbend.k12.or.us for agenda information
Record 38 Oregon high schools participate in Poetry Out Loud (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/19/15
Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School
Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School
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Breaking previous participation records, almost 4,000 students from 38 high schools in 18 Oregon communities are taking part in the 10th anniversary season of Poetry Out Loud.
Organized by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for which students memorize and present poems - practicing public speaking skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

After months of classroom study and preparation, students participate in school-wide recitation contests, with each winner eligible to compete in one of three regional contests on March 7. The top three finishers in each region advance to the state contest in Salem on March 14 (contest details appear below).

"Poetry Out Loud is a wonderful way for students to gain an appreciation of great poetry," said Deb Vaughn, arts education coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission. "To 'own' a poem through practiced recitation is an experience students will carry with them for years to come."

Judges for the 2015 competition include: Eleanor Berry, poet; Wayne Carr, actor at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Marty Hughley, performing arts journalist; Mike Chaser, associate professor of English at Willamette University; Paul Hadella, English faculty at Southern Oregon University; Stephanie Lenox, poet; Ann McBride, actor and radio personality; Laurence Overmire, poet; and Claudia Alick, associate producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The 2013 and 2014 Oregon state champion, Rosie Reyes, will welcome students to the 2015 Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest after joining them for lunch.

In addition to winning a $200 scholarship and $500 for the winner's school library poetry collection, the state champion receives an all-expenses-paid trip, with a chaperone, to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals April 27-29.

Nationwide, more than 365,000 students are expected to participate. Students compete for more than $50,000 in college scholarships awarded at the state and national levels.

Details on the regional and state contests--
Oregon regional contests:
Mid-Valley & Central Regional, Salem
10 a.m.-1 p.m., March 7, The Book Bin East, 2235 Lancaster Dr. NE

Southern Regional, Medford
1-4 p.m., March 7, Medford Public Library, 205 South Central Ave.

Northern & Eastern Regional, Beaverton
4-8 p.m., March 7, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.

Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Contest:
1-4 p.m., March 14, Willamette University Library, Hatfield Room, 900 State Street, Salem

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, contact the Arts Commission at (503) 986-0082 or Oregon.artscomm@state.or.us or visit the national website at www.poetryoutloud.org

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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 Business Oregon 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 and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. For more information about the Oregon Arts Commission: www.oregonartscommission.org.

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Attached Media Files: Sydney Bettencourt, 2015 winner from Condon High School , Mackenzie Gonzales, the 2015 winner from the Online Connection Academy (statewide online school). Gozales is from Grants Pass. , Eli Bronstein, 2015 winner from Oak Hill School in Eugene
AARP React to Governor's Recommended Budget for the Department of Human Services Aging & Disability Services
AARP Oregon - 02/19/15
SALEM, February 19, 2015 -- AARP Oregon is working to ensure people can live in their homes and communities for as long as possible by advocating for more resources and services to assist those who not only need care but those who provide care, especially family caregivers.

But, the Governor's Recommended Budget does not look at the future needs and projected increases in the senior population especially as more Oregonians are and will live well in to their 80's.

"There are steps Oregon can take to help ease the anxieties we will face at some point in our lives in either providing or receiving ongoing care," said Jon Bartholomew, director of Government Affairs for AARP Oregon. "Oregon should be striving to make it easier for older people to live with independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can.

AARP recommends to increase the Governor's Recommended Budget by $28 million.

* Continue training for family and professional caregivers - $3.3 million

* Continue the Oregon Project Independence Pilot Project to serve younger disabled individuals - $6 million

* Continue evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention - $1.25 million

* Cost-of-living adjustments for home and community based care providers and in home caregivers of long term care services and supports - $13.84 million

* Recruitment and workforce development of care workers - $2 million

* Senior property tax deferral (including wait-listed individuals) - $1.6 million

The greatest need for LTC is among those ages 85+. Their numbers in Oregon will grow from 80,959 in 2010 to 121,741 in 2022. While the Boomers born between 1946-1964 are creating a dramatic shift in population, the major waves of significantly increased needs will hit around 2030. Investing now in maintaining and growing our LTC system makes sense and will prepare Oregon for our aging citizens.

Preserving long-term care services is the right thing to do, and it's extremely cost effective. Oregon's population is aging, and our long-term care (LTC) system is not keeping up with the needs of our residents. Our community-based system that was created 35 years ago is a model for the nation. It was designed to honor the independence, choice and dignity of seniors and people with disabilities by supporting home and community-based care alternatives.

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*CORRECTION -Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Outfitter/Guide Rules
Oregon Marine Board - 02/19/15
The Oregon State Marine Board seeks public comment on proposed rules pertaining to OAR 250-016-0020, 250-016-35 and 250-016-0050, that modify definitions, adds new language to define license expiration dates for non-boating guides, remove recreational boating laws from a list of violation, clarify violations, and add specific references to types of fishing and hunting licenses, tags and permits.

Public hearings are also being held to gather written and oral comments on the proposed rules:
* Jackson County Sheriff's Office: March 8, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 620 Antelope Rd., White City, OR
* Columbia County Sheriff's Office: March 15, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 901Port Ave., St. Helens, OR
* Lane Fire Authority: March 29, 2015, 6:30 to 8 pm, 88050 Territorial Hwy, Veneta, OR.

Written comments may be submitted by April 30, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx

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Penalties assessed for not filing information returns electronically
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/19/15
SALEM--Starting with the filing of 2014 returns this year, the Oregon Department of Revenue will be assessing penalties for failing to file information returns electronically.
Oregon requires businesses filing any number of W2s or more than ten 1099s to file those electronically through iWire by March 31.

The penalty will be $50 per return, with a maximum of $2,500. If a business knowingly fails to file or knowingly files an incomplete, false, or misleading return, the penalty will be $250 per return, up to a maximum of $25,000.

All electronic filing must be done through iWire, a free, browser-based application available through our website. Many software vendors and payroll providers have updated their programs to support Oregon iWire. If your software does not support Oregon iWire, submit your file using the specifications provided on our website.

You can contact the iWire team by phone at 503-945-8127, during normal business hours, or by email at iwire.dor@oregon.gov.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Forestry Board panel on federal forests to meet February 24 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/19/15
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Distribution: Major Media
February 10, 2015

Contact: Dan Postrel
503-945-7420
dan.postrel@oregon.gov


The Oregon Board of Forestry's Subcommittee on Federal Forests will meet February 24 in Salem. Agenda items include discussion of a draft paper about modernization of U.S. Forest Service policies that was submitted to the state Board of Forestry at its Jan. 7 meeting. This draft is consistent with the subcommittee's federal forests work plan, which the full board approved on July 25, 2014.

The meeting will be held from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. in the Clatsop Room - Administration Building C, at the Oregon Department of Forestry's Salem Headquarters, 2600 State Street. Members of the subcommittee may attend by conference call; the public is invited to attend in person.

Meeting materials are available at
www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_Fed_Forests.aspx.

Oregon has 30 million acres of forestland, of which more than 18 million acres are federally owned. The subcommittee was formed in January 2013 to explore means of ongoing board engagement in federal forest management issues, in concert with the Governor and other public policy leaders.

About the board
The Oregon Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

More information about the board is available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx.

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347th Basic Police Class to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/18/15
The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) is pleased to announce the graduation of its 347th Basic Police Class.

The Basic Police Class is 16-weeks in length and includes dozens of training areas including survival skills, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, ethics, cultural diversity, problem solving, elder abuse, drug recognition, and dozens of other subjects.

Date: February 20, 2015

Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy - 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon

Time: 11:00 a.m. / Reception following ceremony

All family and friends of students, supervisors, department heads and city and county officials are welcome to attend.

Any questions please call Nick Hurley at DPSST (503) 378-4723 or e-mail him at nicholas.hurley@state.or.us

Members of Basic Police Class 347

Smith, Derick - Bandon Police Department
Blair, Jacob - Carlton Police Department
Grieve, Marc - Central Point Police Department
Grimm, Garrett -Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Mazhnikov, Alexander - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Cook, Michael - Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries
Fabrizio, Gabriel - Coos County Sheriff's Office
Foster, Stephen - Corvallis Police Department
Hageman, Justin - Corvallis Police Department
Raybould, Dale - Corvallis Police Department
Samuels, Derrick - Corvallis Police Department
Zessin, Joshua - Corvallis Police Department
Murphy, Christopher - Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Sanchez-Quiroz, Eduardo - Forest Grove Police Department
Garth, Wesley - Gilliam County Sheriff's Office
Marshall, Shali - Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety
Alfano, Jon - Gresham Police Department
Mitchell, Grant - Gresham Police Department
Cobian, Mario - Hermiston Police Department
Jubb, Spencer - Hillsboro Police Department
Durr, Michael - John Day Police Department
Parton, Lon - Klamath County Sheriff's Office
Dempsey, Philip - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Smith, Richard - Lane County Sheriff's Office
Tehama, Tokata 'Cameron' - Lincoln City Police Department
Enna, Peter - Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Simac, Kenneth - Milwaukie Police Department
Crowell, Kaleb - Morrow County Sheriff's Office
Martinez, Noe - Mt. Angel Police Department
Taggart, Kevin - Myrtle Creek Police Department
Bratley, Brandon - Salem Police Department
Buker, Joshua - Salem Police Department
Claxton, Daniel - Salem Police Department
Smith, Branden - Salem Police Department
Thayres, Seth - Salem Police Department
Linn, Megan - Tigard Police Department
Phillips, Christopher - University of Oregon Police Dept
Phillips, Troy - University of Oregon Police Dept
Moore, Jonah - Warm Springs Police Department
Mathiasen, Russell - Wheeler County Sheriff's Office

## 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. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department serves as the Chair of the Board. DPSST, recognized as one of the most innovative training academies in North America, implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security 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.
*** Update *** Two Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash in Westfir - Lane County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this morning's fatal traffic crash on West Oak Road in the city of Westfir near Oakridge.

Preliminary investigations indicates that at approximately 7:55 a.m., a grey Honda Accord, operated by JERRY L. LOSSING, 66, of Oakridge, was traveling eastbound on West Oak Road when it failed to negotiate a curve and went into the oncoming lane of travel. The Accord collided head-on with a silver, 2008 Toyota Rav-4, operated by KATHLEEN S. CAMERER, 68, of Oakridge, which was westbound. LOSSING was pronounced deceased by medics shortly thereafter. CAMERER was transported via ground ambulance to a Eugene area hospital with injury. Preliminary information indicates LOSSING was not using his safety belt.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), a statewide observation survey in June 2014 found 98% percent of Oregon's motoring public routinely using safety belts. However, ODOT crash data reveals a belt use rate of only 62% among those killed in crashes last year.

This February, OSP is participating in ODOT's 'Click it or Ticket' campaign along with sheriffs and local police to increase proper safety belt and child car seat use during a statewide traffic enforcement "blitz" from FEBRUARY 9, to FEBRUARY 22, and reminds all drivers to take the time to buckle up.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Oakridge Police Department, Westfir Volunteer Fire Department and Oakridge Fire Department.

Original Release:
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a two vehicle head-on fatal crash on West Oak Road (Westfir - Oakridge Road) just east of Westfir in Lane County. Additional details will be released when they become available.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice


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ODF Stewardship coordinating committee to meet Thursday in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/18/15
Please note corrected date for tomorrow, thank you!

Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee, whose primary purpose is advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, is meeting Thursday, Feb. 19, in Salem.

The committee - comprised of state and federal natural resource agency representatives, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and members of forest industry and conservation organizations - meets 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Tillamook meeting room at Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) headquarters in Salem.

On the agenda
The committee will be discussing a wide variety of topics including how forestland owners are faring in Farm Bill Conservation Program cost-share funding, strategic investment opportunities for family forests, and the agency's urban and community forestry program. Stewardship agreements and alternative regulatory practices for Certified Family Forests will be discussed in the afternoon, which concludes with updates about Forest Legacy and the US Forest Service's Community Forest Program from Brad Siemens, USForest Service.

About the committee
The Stewardship Coordinating committee advises the State Forester about policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, including the U.S. Forest Service Legacy and Forest Stewardship programs. In addition to advising the State Forester on incentive programs for family forestland owners, the committee also serves as forestry subcommittee to Oregon's Technical Advisory Committee, advising both the USDA Farm Services Agency and USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service on federal farm and forestry assistance programs.

Public invited
Members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Questions about the meeting can be directed to Jim Cathcart or Susan Dominique at the contact numbers listed.

The meeting 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 prior to the meeting. Questions about accessibility or special accommodations for the meeting can be directed to Susan Dominique, Oregon Department of Forestry, at 503-945-7502.

More information about the Stewardship Coordinating Committee: www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/stewardshipcoordinatingcommittee.aspx
 
Linn Deputies Make Arrest in Burglary (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on December 8, 2014, deputies responded to a reported theft of copper wire at Selmet Incorporated, on Seven Mile Lane near Albany.

Deputies learned that Selmet was in the process of constructing a new building and had different subcontractors working on the various phases of the building. The subcontractor hired to do the electrical portion of the new building reported approximately 800 feet of copper wire stolen from inside the new building. The copper was valued at $1,400.

Another subcontractor hired to work on the building reported a welder stolen from inside the same building. The welder was valued at $2,300. At the time of these reports, no suspects were identified.

On January 19, 2015, deputies returned to Selmet for another reported theft. The subcontractor responsible for the electrical portion of the job discovered that someone had entered the new electrical distribution cabinet and stole copper wire, copper bus bar, and other industrial copper.

During the investigation employees from Selmet discovered an additional building had also been entered and a large copper crucible (used to melt precious metals in large furnaces) had been stolen as well as a bucket filled with copper bolts, copper nuts, and copper washers. The value of the copper items stolen was valued at $16,130. It was also estimated that it would cost approximately $10,000 to repair the damage caused to the electrical distribution cabinet during the theft.

During the investigation, deputies learned two Selmet employees witnessed a suspicious vehicle during the last theft. The subcontractor doing the electrical portion of the job was able to determine from the suspect vehicle description that the suspect was an employee who was fired from Selmet.

With the help of the subcontractor, deputies identified the fired employee as Michael Taylor Shaffer, 22- years old, from Stayton. Deputies also learned that Shaffer had sold the stolen copper to a metal scrap yard in Marion County.

On February 10, 2015 detectives located Shaffer in Salem. Shaffer admitted to Detectives that he stole the metal from Selmet at two different times. Shaffer was arrested and charged with three counts of Burglary II, two counts of Theft I, Aggravated Theft, and Criminal Mischief I. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

Investigators have not been able to locate a second person of interest, Gregory Robert Swain, 28-years old with a last known address in Scio. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Scott Christensen at (541) 967-3950.


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Health Republic Insurance Extends Enrollment Window to March 15
Health Republic Insurance - 02/18/15
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Feb. 18, 2015) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance carrier, announced that it has extended its enrollment window and will continue to sell plans to individuals and families until March 15, with a plan effective date of April 1. The extended enrollment period only applies to plans purchased directly from Health Republic and not on the federal exchange.

"Our core mission is to increase the number of Oregonians with access to quality health care, and securing a good health insurance plan is the first step towards getting the care they need," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "Our extended enrollment period is a great opportunity to help people who need more time to choose the plan that will best fit their health care needs in 2015."

To purchase a Health Republic plan, individuals can call 503-673-3577 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org and mail or fax in a paper application. A Qualifying Life Event (QLE) is not required to purchase a plan during this extended enrollment period.

About Health Republic Insurance

Unlike traditional health insurance companies, Health Republic is a 501(c)(29) private non-profit governed by its members, and by law must reinvest all profits back to its programs, including providing better care and lower costs for members. Health Republic provides access to health care in all parts of Oregon through the statewide Providence Network. This partnership offers members an extensive group of providers, practitioners, and facilities, including 60 hospitals and thousands of providers, labs, imaging locations and physician clinics throughout Oregon and SW Washington. To learn more, visit www.healthrepublicinsurance.org
Newport Area Troopers Complete Investigation into Unlicensed Guide/Outfitter
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/18/15
Troopers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division assigned to the Newport Area Command investigated a complaint of unlawful guiding/outfitting in the Alsea Valley area.

In February of 2014, troopers initiated an investigation into allegations that CHRIS COTTER, 30, of Tidewater OR, had been performing unlicensed guide/outfitter services under the business name 'Alsea Valley Outfitters'. Investigation revealed COTTER provided guide/outfitting services in May of 2014 on a spring bear hunt, without the proper licensure. Shortly thereafter, COTTER was cited and released for Guiding Without a License.

On January 20, 2015, COTTER pled guilty to One (1) count of Guiding Without a License. He was sentenced to 40 hours of Community Service, 24 months of bench probation, No hunting/fishing for probation term (24 months),may not act as a guide or outfitter during probation term (24 months), may not possess firearms or dangerous weapons, and was assessed a $250 fine with $700 restitution to Oregon State Police for costs.

Oregon State Police troopers in the Fish & Wildlife division investigate violations of Oregon's Guide and Outfitter laws with a focus on offenders who engage in the unlawful commercialization of fish and wildlife resources. The Fish & Wildlife Division works with the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx

No photographs are available for this release.

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Twitter: @ORStatePolice
Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/18/15
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon??1/2s 38th governor. (Photo by Chri
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Oregon Military Department participates in inauguration

SALEM, Oregon -- The Adjutant General Oregon, Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, attended the inauguration of Governor Kate Brown, while an Oregon Military Department Color Guard presented the colors at the beginning of the ceremony on February 18.


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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard, presents the colors at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.

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SALEM, Oregon -- An Oregon Military Department Color Guard member Sgt. Jamie Kisch, Salutes the U.S. Flag at the inauguration of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, February 18. Brown follows Governor John Kitzhaber as Oregon's 38th governor. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.) RELEASED.


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Fatal Crash Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/18/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are continuing the investigation of a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred yesterday on Oakville Road near Queen Avenue in Albany.

The female driver and single occupant of the white 2000 Subaru Legacy, was identified as 24-year-old Thanh Xuan Nguyen of Corvallis.

The investigation reveals Nguyen was traveling north on Oakville Road near Queen Avenue, when she lost control of her vehicle while entering a right hand corner. Nguyen crossed into the westbound lane and hit a bridge railing.

Deputies believe Nguyen then spun backwards, crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the opposite side of the bridge. The vehicle continued to roll backwards back into the westbound lane, where her vehicle struck a bicyclist.

The bicyclist was identified as 60-year-old Grant Keith Garner of Albany, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies learned Garner was riding his bicycle home from work and traveling on the westbound shoulder of Queen Avenue, near the intersection of Oakville Road, when he was struck by Nguyen's vehicle. Garner was wearing a bicycle helmet. The Deputy Medical Examiner was contacted and the body was taken to Aasum-Dufour Funeral Home in Albany.

Nguyen was treated for minor injuries at the scene, and has been cooperative with the ongoing investigation. Her vehicle was towed to the Linn County Sheriff's Office as evidence.

Deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County Road Department.

The preliminary investigation indicates alcohol was not a contributing factor, but excessive speed has not been ruled out. Upon completion all reports will be submitted to the Linn County District Attorney for review.

No photo's are available at this time.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Welcomes Governor Kate Brown (Photo)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 02/18/15
Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today congratulated women's health champion Kate Brown on her swearing-in as the state's 38th governor.

"Oregonians are fortunate to have leaders like Kate Brown who understand that when women succeed, Oregon succeeds," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon has full confidence in Governor Brown's leadership and integrity."

Before being elected to office, Brown began her career as an advocate working with the Women's Rights Coalition to pass numerous bills on women's health, domestic violence and economic fairness for women in the workplace. Thanks to the work of her and many others, Oregon became one of the first states in the country to allow parents to stay home with their sick family members without fear of losing their job.

Shortly after joining the Legislature in 1991, Brown helped found the Oregon Women's Health and Wellness Alliance, a coalition that has passed multiple laws to improve the lives and health of women and their families across the state. Since then, she has been a leader in standing up for Planned Parenthood and protecting access to health care, even in the toughest of economic and political times:

* Governor Brown was an early pioneer of the movement for contraceptive equity for Oregon women. In 2007, after a 14-year battle with the far right and the insurance industry, she succeeded in prohibiting insurance companies from excluding prescription contraceptives if they cover other prescription drugs. For Brown, it was a matter of basic fairness. At the time, women of reproductive age paid an average of 68% more for out-of-pocket health care coverage than men.

* Governor Brown led the effort to require hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women who seek them after sexual assault.

* Governor Brown introduced legislation aimed at preventing so-called "Crisis Pregnancy Centers" from spreading false or misleading information to women.

* Governor Brown received Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award and has earned a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon for her entire career.


Attached Media Files: Kate Brown receives Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon's 2012 Champion Award. Photo by Andie Petkus.
02/17/15
Linn Deputies Investigate Fatal Crash
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a bicyclist.

Today at 5:41 p.m., the sheriff's office received a call reporting an adult male was hit by a car and was pinned under the vehicle. The crash occurred on Oakville Road near Riverside Drive which is located just outside the city limits of Albany.

Names of the involved persons are being withheld pending further investigation and notification of family. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with deputies.

Sheriff's deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and the Linn County Road Department.

Further information will be released upon conclusion of the initial investigation.
Deputies Need Your Help Finding Suspect and Identifying Stolen Property ***Correction*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
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Mr. Thompson's age should be 34.

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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's help in locating, Brandon Michael Thompson, age 34 of Aumsville. Deputies have been able to link Mr. Thompson to several utility trailer thefts from all over Marion County.

The Sheriff's Office currently has probable cause to arrest Mr. Thompson for the crimes of, Aggravated Theft I, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, and Criminal Mischief II. Mr. Thompson drives a green, 1994, Ford Explorer with Oregon "share the road" plates bearing the letters GDWX. Mr. Thompson is known to possess a handgun and regularly carries a knife, if you know where Mr. Thompson is deputies are asking you to please call 911 immediately.

In addition deputies are seeking to locate the owner of a welder recovered from inside one of the stolen trailers. If you own the welder or know someone who does, please call Deputy Ferron at 503-576-7210.


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Corvallis Police Continue to Investigate Park Homicide (Photo)
Corvallis Police - 02/17/15
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Corvallis Police have positively identified the victim in the Alan B. Berg Park homicide as 42 year old Kimberly Theresa Hakes of Corvallis. Hakes was killed sometime before 10:30am in the park where she was camping.

An autopsy examination was performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Officer this morning. Based on the examination, Hakes suffered serious trauma to her head which caused her death.

Investigators have completed the search of the location where her body was discovered.

There are no suspects or persons of interest at this time. Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen or had contact with Hakes on February 14, 2014, to call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6924.


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Red Cross Responds to Corvallis Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/17/15
American Red Cross disaster assistance team volunteers today responded to a disaster in the 1800 block of NE Seavy Ave. in Corvallis, OR. This single-family fire affected two adults and two children. Red Cross provided food, clothing, shoes, and information about disaster mental health and recovery services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family's exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
State Housing Council Meeting - February 18, 2015
Oregon Housing and Community Services - 02/17/15
This will be a phone conference public meeting to discuss and vote on the proposed General Housing Account Program Award for Bethlehem Inn, Housing the Homeless, 3705 N. Highway 97 in Bend, Oregon.

Date: February 18, 2015
Time 1:15 p.m.
Call?In: 1?877?273?4202; Room Number: 4978330
Traffic Enforcement Update
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/17/15
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind all citizens of the state wide Safety Belt Enforcement Blitz that has been scheduled February 9, 2015 through February 22, 2015. The Oregon Department of Transportation funds these extra enforcement efforts to reduce traffic crashes and the severity of injuries.

Deputies will be observing all traffic movements, so please drive safely and follow the rules of the road. Our focus during these two weeks will be on safety belts, child restraints, texting, excessive speed and aggressive driving.
Lane County Business Women March for Babies in Stilettos (Photo)
March of Dimes - 02/17/15
Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
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Twenty business women from Springfield and Eugene will be walking the runway for babies in Oregon's High Heels for High Hopes event, a fashion show benefiting March of Dimes on February 25th. The women will walk the cat walk wearing one of three themed looks: "a night out on the town," "just want to have fun," or "dress for success."

This year's models are: Celeste Edman of Lunar Logic; Matney Lea of Elite Realty, Molly Hammans of Eugene 4J School District; Robyn LaVassaur of Summit Funding; Stephanie Lansdon of Jones & Roth; Alicia Diens of New Image Car Wash; Brett Warren of Infinity Lending Solutions; Carly Tuttle of Keller Williams Realty; Amy Newport of Kendall Auto Group; Bridget Larson of Eugene Skin; Cari Garrigus of Eugene Association of Realtors; Val Steele of KDUK; Alecia Foster of Cascade Title; Summer Highfill of Be Alive; Mariah Mikel of Finish Right Carpentry, Inc.; Jen Revoal of Revolution & Internet Marketing Arts; Grace Brown of Equinox Real Estate; Cynthia Bevans of Windermere Real Estate; Adrienne Weiss of Umpqua Bank Mortgage; and Heather Compton of Hybrid Real Estate .

Each model has a goal of raising at least $2,000 to help babies be born healthy. Donations can be made on the models' behalf to March of Dimes here: http://HighHeels.MarchofDimes.org/Oregon. Auction items will also be at the event, each relative to one of the models' three looks.

High Heels for High Hopes is Wednesday, February 25th at the Kendall Toyota Showroom (373 Goodpasture Island Rd in Eugene). Beverages and appetizers will be served starting at 6:00 pm prior to the runway show beginning at 7:00 pm.

Funds raised by this event will benefit the Lane County March for Babies, which helps support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

For information about how to donate, contact Aimee Corey at acorey@marchofdimes.org or (541) 225-5023.

High Heels for High Hopes in Lane County is hosted by Kendall Toyota and sponsored by Mujeres Salon, White House Black Market, Francesca's, CAbi, Chico's, John Hayes Photography, Mannequin at Salon Delange, Mothership, My Party Bus, FamilyCare Health Plans, Northwest Community Credit Union, Pape Material Handling, The Charity Crosby Real Estate Team, Cascade Title, QSL Print, The Duck Bar & Grill, and Directors Mortgage.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: Participants (From left) Back Row: Celeste Edman, Matney Lea, Molly Hammans, Robyn LaVassaur, Stephanie Lansdon, Alicia Diens, Brett Warren, Carly Tuttle, Amy Newport, Bridget Larson, Cari Garrigus, and Val Steele. Front Row: Alecia Foster, Summer Highfil
Reminder-PIO Forum is February 19
Salem Police Dept. - 02/17/15
Reminder-The next PIO forum will be held on Thursday, February 19 at 11:30 am. The meeting will be held at CCTV, 575 Trade St SE in Salem.

This is an excellent opportunity for media to meet with a variety of local Public Information Officers and to exchange information and ideas
Salem Man Arrested Following Elude in Marion County Near Keizer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/17/15
PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:

The Oregon State Police recovered a stolen Honda Accord in short pursuit that resulted in a crash and foot pursuit on Interstate 5 near milepost 260 northbound. Driver is in custody and Troopers believe that a female passenger fled on foot.

No reported injuries or property damage. Preliminary information reveals that Oregon State Police attempted to stop a 1994 blue Honda Accord driven by MAURICIO GOMEZ CASTANEDA, 28, from Salem, for speeding on Portland Road in Salem. GOMEZ attempted to elude and entered Interstate 5 northbound and lost control resulting in him crashing into the center divider. He then attempting to flee on foot and shortly after taken into custody by Troopers. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of the Keizer area.

GOMEZ was lodged in the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Driving While Suspended - Violation
02/16/15
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision
Salem Police Dept. - 02/16/15
****** UPDATE-VICTIM IDENTIFIED *****
02-16-15/7:10 PM

The investigation into today's crash that left a motorcycle rider over the edge of the Marion Street Bridge and into the Willamette River below is continuing.

Thus far, it appears as though the motorcycle rider, 73-year old William Chamberland Jr of Salem, was riding his 2012 Victory motorcycle westbound on the Marion Street Bridge and was attempting to change lanes from the right lane to the left lanes. As he was changing lanes, he collided with a van being driven by 55-year old Virgil Lee Evans III of Salem. Chamberland was being followed by his wife at the time of the incident, and she watched as he lost control of his motorcycle, struck the barrier on the south side of the bridge and was thrown over the south side of the bridge into the Willamette River below.

42-year old Matt Barnhart of Salem and his girlfriend had just launched their boat at Wallace Marine Park and were alerted to the fact that there was a victim in the water. Barnhart immediately responded in his boat and provided first aid to Chamberland until a Salem Fire Department rescue boat could arrive and help get Chamberland out of the water and to Salem Hospital. Chamberland was transported to Salem Hospital with potentially life threatening injuries both from the crash as well as being in the water. There are no updates currently on his medical condition.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No citations have been issued thus far, and the investigation is continuing.


****** UPDATE ******
02-16-15/3:50 PM
All lanes of the Marion Street Bridge are now open for normal traffic.

Further information on the crash will be released as they become available.



The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Motocyclist Thrown From Marion Street Bridge Following Collision
Salem Police Dept. - 02/16/15
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is on the scene of a motorcycle/vehicle crash on the Marion Street bridge that caused the motorcycle driver to be thrown into the Willamette River below.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:45 pm on Monday when a motorcycle and vehicle impacted each other while eastbound on the Marion Street Bridge. The impact caused the motorcycle to go out of control and the driver was thrown over the south edge of the bridge and into the Willamette River below. He was recovered downstream by a civilian boater and turned over to medics to be transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other vehicle remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

At least one lane of the Marion Street Bridge will be closed while the incident is being investigated. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Correction in Death Release 2/16/15 @1115
Corvallis Police - 02/16/15
The last release stated the deceased died some time prior to 10:30am on February 14, 2015. The correct date should have been February 15, 2015.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/16/15
Corvallis Police, and investigators from multiple partner agencies, continue to investigate the death reported in Alan B. Berg Park yesterday. The deceased, a white female adult, appears to be the victim of homicidal violence. She died some time prior to 10:30am on February 14, 2015. Her body has been transported to the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Investigators are not releasing the identity of the deceased until appositive identification has been made. Efforts to effect a positive identification are in progress.

Investigators will continue to search the location where her body was discovered throughout the day.

There are no suspects or persons of interest at this time. If anyone has information, or observed something suspicious in Alan B. Berg Park, please call Corvallis Police at 541-766-6911.
State Land Board meeting canceled
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/16/15
Oregon- Due to the gubernatorial transition, the State Land Board meeting planned for February 18, 2015 will be postponed until a later date. The new date will be announced prior to the meeting in accordance with ORS 192.640.

Meeting information: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2015_slb_meeting_schedule.aspx


The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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02/15/15
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Corvallis Police investigators along with other law enforcement partners, will continue to investigate the circumstances of the death in Alan B. Berg Park through the night. Positive identification of the decedent has yet to be made, but once identity has been confirmed, the information will be released in a subsequent media release.

An anticipated update for information concerning this case is scheduled for 9:00am on February 16, 2015.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Corvallis Police continue to examine the circumstances surrounding the death reported this morning in Alan B. Berg Park. Currently, Corvallis Police are receiving assistance from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, Philomath Police Department and Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Updated information will be released as available.
Corvallis Police Investigate Suspicious Death
Corvallis Police - 02/15/15
Shortly after 10:30am, the City of Corvallis Police Department responded to a 911 call report of a possibly deceased person in Alan B. Berg Park, east of downtown Corvallis. When patrol officers arrived, a single individual was located and confirmed to be deceased. At this time the cause and manner of death are under investigation, however the incident is being treated as a criminal event.

Details of the investigation are not available for release at this time, but updates will be made as information is available for release. The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time pending identification and notification of next of kin. The next update is anticipated to be at 4:00pm.
02/14/15
Update: Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 214 MP 49 North of Silverton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/14/15
Crash Photo 2
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UPDATE:

A driver was cited Saturday following an investigation into a minor injury two vehicle crash on Highway 214 north of Silverton.

According to Trooper Michael Lopez, on February 14, 2015 at approximately 1:11 p.m., a red Honda Civic was traveling southbound when it was struck from the side by a silver Nissan Pathfinder entering traffic from Hobart road. The silver Pathfinder was traveling westbound on Hobart road when it came to the stop at highway 214. The driver of the Pathfinder states that he came to a complete stop, looked both ways and proceeded to enter traffic when he struck the red Honda Civic as it passed through the intersection.

Both occupants received minor injuries. Subsequent to the investigation, driver of the silver pathfinder was cited by OSP for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device.

The highway was partially blocked over one and a half hours with one lane of travel available for traffic.

Photographs - Oregon State Police

PRELIMINARY:

Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responders are on scene of a injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 214 at milepost 49 north of Silverton. The crash temporarily blocked the southbound lane and the northbound lane is reported open at this time.

Traffic updates can be checked on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs available at this time.


Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 2 , Crash Photo 1
Red Cross Responds to Lane County Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/14/15
Disaster Volunteers from the Red Cross assisted 1 adult displaced by a single family fire in Dorena, Oregon. The fire took place in the 30000 block of Row River Rd. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, shoes, a comfort kit and information about disaster health and mental health services.
02/13/15
*** UPDATE *** Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on I-5 SB at MP 80 - Douglas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
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UPDATE:

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along Interstate 5 at milepost 80 interchange near Glendale. The crash resulted in the death of a Turner, Oregon man.

On February 13, 2015 at approximately 3:50 p.m., a 1992 Chevy pickup driven by WEBSTER WARREN WHITE, age 51, from Turner, was traveling northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 80 when his vehicle left the freeway and rolled, ending up resting in the middle of southbound lanes.

WHITE was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency responders and no information was available on whether safety restraints were used. The crash occurred near the Josephine County line approximately one mile into Douglas County.

According to a witness, the pickup was traveling at fast rate of speed just prior to the crash.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass office are continuing the investigation and were assisted at the scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Glendale Fire Department, and Josephine County Sheriff's Office. Partial lanes were closed during the investigation for two and half hours.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION:

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 80 in Josephine County. The crash is blocking the southbound slow lane of I-5 and the on-ramp to I-5 from exit 80. Travelers are asked to use caution when approaching the area. For updates to traffic delays visit www.tripcheck.com.

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Attached Media Files: Crash Photo 2 , Crash Photo 1
OSP Troopers in Florence arrest two Eagle Point Area robbery suspects who wore underwear disguises (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper received an anonymous tip that one of two suspects involved in a September 19, 2014, robbery of an AM/PM Mini-Mart in Eagle Point was in the Florence area. Earlier this week the trooper was able to determine the name and location of one of the suspects, identified as GAGE S. MILLER, 21 of Florence, who was already in custody on other unrelated charges in the Florence Police Department Jail. During the interview of the suspect additional information was developed which led investigators to determine the identity and location of the second suspect.

The second suspect, identified as TIMOTHY D. RAYBOULD, 22, of Florence, was located and stopped leaving a Florence area residence on February 6. Both RAYBOULD and MILLER were arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail pending charges for Robbery in the first degree and Robbery in the second degree. Preliminary information indicates the 'hoods' worn by the robbers were actually camouflage boxer-brief style underwear.

OSP was assisted in the investigation by the Eagle Point Police Department, Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Florence Police Department.

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Attached Media Files: Raybould , Miller
Board of Forestry Subcommittee to discuss principles for new forest management plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/13/15
The Alternative Forest Management Plan Board Subcommittee will meet on February 17 to discuss guiding principles for drafting a new forest management plan for northwest Oregon.

The Board of Forestry decided to pursue a land allocation - or zoned - approach for managing northwest Oregon state forests in November, working to ensure financial viability for the State Forests Division at ODF, and improved conservation outcomes over time. The Board appointed a subcommittee to facilitate this work.

The Alternative Forest Management Plan for Northwest Oregon Subcommittee will meet in Salem on February 17 (see details below).

During the meeting, subcommittee members will review principles, definitions and measures related to financial viability, conservation emphasis areas, and production emphasis areas. They will also discuss durability concepts related to potential future zones, and hear next steps. Subject to change, public comment opportunities are available at 11 a.m.

>Meeting details
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., February 17.
Where: Tillamook Room, Building C, ODF Headquarters Office, 2600 State St., Salem.

>More information, including a detailed agenda and meeting materials can be found here:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/BOF_Subc_AltFMP.aspx

>Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling the department's Public Affairs Office at least 48 hours before the meeting, at (503) 945-7200.

>About the board
The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the state forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon's 30 million-acre forestland base.

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Deer Ridge Post 131 Charter Presentation (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/13/15
Deer Ridge Post 131
Deer Ridge Post 131
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The American Legion Department of Oregon presented the charter and installed the officers of Deer Ridge Post 131 on Saturday, February 7 at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI.) Deer Ridge Post 131 is the first American Legion Post in an Oregon correctional institution and only the fourth post nationwide in a correctional facility. American Legion District 5 Commander Eugene Hellickson and 2nd Vice Commander Keegan Hodges presented the charter to Post 131 Commander Theodore Aguirre. The officers and general membership were installed during a ceremony held in the DRCI Chapel.

The charter was presented to 15 of the original 19 inmate veterans who initiated the formation of Post 131. Tom Weiss, Jefferson County Veteran's Service Officer, presented the idea of forming an American Legion Post at DRCI in July of 2014. The founding 19 members worked diligently to create the constitution and bylaws, raise funds for membership fees, and elect officers for the post. The Oregon Department of Corrections was in full support of this endeavor, and the level of support was expressed by the attendance of Deputy Director Kim Brockamp, Assistant Director Mike Gower, Chief Administrator Nancy Howton, and Operations and Policy Analyst Parrish VanWert.

Deer Ridge Post 131 will follow the guidelines set by The American Legion. They will hold regular meetings, pay membership dues, hold fundraisers, and give back to the community and fellow veterans in need. American Legion membership will not only provide the veterans with connections to fellow veterans while incarcerated, but will provide connections upon release to help them reunite with their respective communities. The adults in custody participating in The American Legion Post 131 will learn valuable life and job skills such as organization, budgeting, communication, and much more.

DRCI is a minimum security facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison houses approximately 770 inmates who are within four years of release. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.

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Attached Media Files: Deer Ridge Post 131
*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015

Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
OBA Board Chair Issues Statement in Response to Governor's Resignation Announcement (Photo)
Oregon Business Association - 02/13/15
Mark Long, OBA Board Chair
Mark Long, OBA Board Chair
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In response to the recent announcement that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has made a decision to resign, OBA Board Chair Mark Long has issued the following statement:

"Having worked with Governor John Kitzhaber since the founding of OBA in 1999, we are deeply saddened by the recent developments and his announcement of resignation from office.

We as an organization have enjoyed a constructive and productive relationship with the Governor and have great respect for his past accomplishments and effectiveness as a legislator, governor and statesman. We are saddened by the recent turn of events, but will remain focused on our agenda and the welfare of the state.

In this difficult time, when the citizens of Oregon are reeling at the news of the first resignation of a Governor due to a matter of this nature, we at OBA believe it is important to remember the achievements of Governor Kitzhaber. From health care reform to the 2013 Grand Bargain, John Kitzhaber did build that vital center of Oregon politics and embodied statesmanlike leadership and represented the "balanced voice" OBA stands for.

Moving forward, we will continue to focus on OBA's mission of achieving balanced policy solutions to strengthen quality of life and the state's long-term economic competitiveness.

We are determined to continue on a positive path, working hard and with diligence as we do every session, on achieving important policy objectives on behalf of our members, the Oregon business community, and the citizens of Oregon."

--Mark Long,
Managing Partner, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC
Chair, Oregon Business Association Board of Directors


Attached Media Files: Mark Long, OBA Board Chair
DOGAMI Governing Board to meet February 27
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 02/13/15
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 27 at DOGAMI's Portland offices, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste 965.

A meeting agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/1zAZ2YY

The DOGAMI Governing Board sets policy and oversees general operations, and adopts a strategic plan every six years to guide DOGAMI's mission and objectives. The Board meets quarterly at sites around the state. As active members of their communities, board members provide an important connection between Oregonians and DOGAMI's mission of providing earth science information and regulation to make Oregon safe and prosperous.
Coos Bay School District Updated Public Meetings in February 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/13/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of February 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

February 18, 2015
* Classified Negotiations Committee, 5:00 PM @ Milner Crest

February 23, 2015
* Policy Committee, 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Special School Board Meeting, 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 20th and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

February 25, 2015
* Facilities Planning Committee, 5:30 PM @ Milner Crest

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Historic Cemeteries Commission meeting CANCELED
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/13/15
***NOTICE: MEETING CANCELED***

Historic Cemeteries Commission meets Feb. 13 via conference call

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 1 p.m. February 13 via conference call. Agenda items will include grant reports, current projects and upcoming plans. The commission will invite public comments. For a meeting agenda and access information visit the historic cemeteries page of www.oregonheritage.org.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. More information about commission activities and the meeting may be obtained from coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov .

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02/12/15
University Instructor Arrested for Public Indecency (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 02/12/15
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A visiting Spanish instructor at Willamette University was arrested by Salem Police Detectives on February 11 and charged with Public Indecency.

The instructor, 33-year old Antonio Martin-Ledesma, is from Seville, Spain, but has been instructing Spanish classes at Willamette University for the past two years. The charges stem from three incidents during November and December of 2014 when Martin-Ledesma was observed by faculty and students exposing himself and touching his genitals in a sexual manner in the library on the Willamette campus. As a result he was taken into custody and charged with three counts of Public Indecency.

Salem Police Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if other incidents occurred that may have been witnessed. Anyone with further information concerning Martin-Ledesma is asked to call Salem Police Detective Scotty Nowning at 503-540-2346.


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Exercise tests emergency response capabilities (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 02/12/15
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The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) conducted a functional exercise Feb. 12 at the OEM Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) in Salem. The statewide exercise was designed to test specific response capabilities during a declaration for 26 Counties and 2 Tribal nations simulating a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and resultant tsunami. Participants included Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, Oregon State Fire Marshall, Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon State Marine Board, Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Military Department, and a Department of Homeland Security-Protective Security Advisor.

The exercise is in preparation for Cascadia Rising 2016, a major functional exercise scheduled for June 2016 involving multiple county, state and tribal nations in Oregon as well as the state of Washington, FEMA region X, along with a variety of military and other partners to improve regional response capabilities during a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

"Today we are testing several of our core capabilities for emergency management, including communications, coordination and situational awareness," said Kelly Jo Craigmiles, ECC Manager. "This is critical for ensuring that public safety response agencies can work closely with city, county, state and tribal emergency managers to deliver the best possible services."

Exercises ensure OEM can support trained responders who know how to deliver services during large incident response, added Craigmiles.


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Emergency Coordination Center Operations Chief Bill Martin and Assistant Operation Officer Genevieve Ziebell gather emergency response information during a functional exercise Feb. 12 at the OEM Emergency Coordination Center in Salem.
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Albany Police Seeking Helping Help Identifying Burglary Suspect (Photo)
Albany Police - 02/12/15
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During the late evening hours of Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4 downtown Albany businesses were forcibly entered and property was taken. One business had surveillance video which captured images of the suspect. The surveillance video, edited for time, is attached.

Albany Police Detectives are working with Corvallis Police Detectives who are investigating a similar string of burglaries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Albany Police Detectives at 541-917-7686 or the Corvallis Police Department at 541-766-6989.

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Wells Fargo to offer free financial education Feb. 24-26 to help military families succeed
Wells Fargo - 02/12/15
Wells Fargo will offer free online financial education workshops Feb. 24-26 during Military Saves Week, a national campaign that encourages military families to save money and reduce debt.

Provided by Wells Fargo's Military Mortgage Express program, the instructor-led webinars will cover home financing, managing credit, and budgeting and saving. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Advance registration at www.wellsfargo.com/rsvp is required. Webinars are capped at 250 participants. The webinar schedule and access codes are:

* First-Time Homebuyer: Feb. 24 at noon. Access code: Mil1stHome
Participants will learn about the homebuying process, identifying the costs associated with buying a home and types of financing available, including the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program.

* Get Smart About Credit: Feb. 25 at noon. Access code: MilCredit
Participants will learn how to manage credit cards and the factors that go into an individual's credit score.

* Budgeting and Saving: Feb. 26 at noon. Access code: MilBudget
Participants will learn how to make the most of their money by saving more, creating a spending plan and being a smart shopper.

Contact militarymortgageexpress@wellsfargo.com with questions about these webinars. More information on Military Mortgage Express is available at www.wellsfargo.com/militarymortgage.

Ongoing Financial Education
Military members, veterans and their families can access free financial education any time through Wells Fargo's Hands on Banking for Military program (www.handsonbanking.org). The program offers self-directed online lessons designed for military ranging from the basics of banking to planning for retirement.

Wells Fargo and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling have joined forces to provide one-on-one financial reviews and deliver Hands on Banking for Military workshops. Community groups and nonprofit organizations can request a Hands on Banking for Military presentation by contacting their local Wells Fargo bank.

Military Saves Week
Wells Fargo participates in Military Saves Week along with several other financial institutions and military organizations. The annual program is coordinated by the Consumer Federation of America and recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more at www.militarysaves.org.

Military members are invited to visit their local Wells Fargo branch and talk with a banker about tools and programs for their unique needs. More information on Wells Fargo's Worldwide Military Banking services is available at www.wellsfargo.com/military.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com). Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
02/11/15
First Responders to Crash Locate Suspicious Devices in Involved Vehicle on HWY 97 in Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/11/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a head-on crash on highway 97 near milepost 123, in Redmond.

Preliminary information indicates that shortly before 1:30 p.m., on Wednesday, February 11, a silver Dodge 2500 pickup, driven by TROY J. SCHAFFNER, 23, of Redmond, was northbound on highway 97 when for undetermined reasons it crossed the center median and into the right-hand lane of southbound traffic. The Dodge collided head-on with a 2002 Freightliner semi-truck and trailer, driven by GABRIEL PEREZ, 44, of Imperial CA. SCHAFFNER was transported via ground ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and PEREZ was not injured. Both drivers were using safety restraints and the airbags in the Dodge deployed.

First responders to the scene discovered suspicious items in the Dodge similar to improvised explosive devices. OSP Bomb Technicians were called in to collect the devices and secure the scene. Traffic was delayed for about 2.5 hours during the event. The highway was closed for 5-10 minutes while technicians secured the devices in a trailer designed to contain explosives.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and follow-up on the suspicious devices also. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Redmond Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Villanueva Sentenced
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 02/11/15
Today, Gustavo Villanueva (DOB 10/12/1970) was sentenced on the charge of Manslaughter in the First Degree for his participation in the death of his wife, Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas (DOB 2/8/1974). The Honorable Dale W. Penn sentenced Gustavo Villanueva to a term of 180 months in the Department of Corrections followed by a term of Post Prison Supervision (20 years minus time served). Villanueva pled guilty to the charge on January 6, 2015 before the Honorable Jamese L. Rhoades.

The case stemmed from the February 14, 2011 disappearance of Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas. On September 1, 2012, a hunter found human remains in a rural area near Gates, Oregon. Through the persistence of Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas' family, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and it's Cold Case Squad, the Tualatin Police Department and Keizer Police Department, those remains were positively identified as Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was "homicidal violence of undetermined type."

An investigation into the circumstances of Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas' disappearance revealed that she was last seen alive when her husband, Villanueva, picked her up from work at the Agave Grill in Tigard, Oregon on the night of February 14, 2011. Villanueva's behavior following Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas' disappearance was suspicious and included a variety of inconsistent explanations for her disappearance. Marion County Sheriff's detectives discovered that Villanueva was in the Gates area two days after Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas went missing. Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas' personal identification and other significant items were later found in Villanueva's possession. Villanueva maintained that he had no knowledge of the circumstances surrounding his wife's death, except at one point when he told police that it was an accident.

On August 26, 2013, Villanueva was arrested by the Laredo Police Department, in Texas, and extradited to Oregon where he has remained in custody pending trial. On January 6, 2015, Villanueva pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree for his participation in causing the death of Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas. In imposing Villanueva's sentence today, The Honorable Dale W. Penn ordered that Villanueva will not be entitled to programming, including earned good time.

The Marion County District Attorney's office thanks the agencies that partnered in the investigation and Villanueva's apprehension. Those agencies include the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County and State of Oregon Medical Examiners, Tualatin Police Department, Keizer Police Department and Laredo Police Department.
2015 Individual Artist Fellowships Announced; Ana-Maurine Lara honored with Joan Shipley Award (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/11/15
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Literary artist Ana-Maurine Lara, an award-winning novelist and poet from Eugene, is the 2015 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary Joan Shipley Award. Lara leads a group of 13 Oregon artists selected for the Arts Commission's 2015 Individual Artist Fellowships.

The 2015 fellowships, awarded to artists from Ashland, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene and Portland support artists working in literature and performance and include small financial stipends.

The Joan Shipley Award is named for Oregon arts leader Joan Shipley, who passed away in 2011. Shipley was a collector, philanthropist and supporter of many arts and humanities organizations. In 2005, she and her husband John received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award. Many in the arts community also counted her as a mentor and friend.

The Arts Commission fellowship program supports the more than 20,000 artists who call Oregon home. Fellows are selected by a review panel of Oregon arts professionals who consider artists of outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to the creation of new work(s); their recommendations are submitted to the Arts Commission.

The following artists were awarded 2015 fellowships:

(Literature)
Jeff Fearnside, Corvallis;
Ana-Maurine Lara, Eugene - Joan Shipley Award;
Victor Lodato, Ashland;
Mary Heather Noble, Bend; and
Alexis Smith, Portland.

(Performance)
Kate Braidwood, Portland;
David Crumb, Eugene;
Katherine Longstreth, Portland;
Carla Mann, Portland;
Michael Mendelson, Portland;
Rebecca Oswald, Eugene;
Jayanthi Raman, Portland; and
Carol Triffle, Portland.

Read their full profiles here: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/impact/fellowship-profiles.

All artist photos are available on request.
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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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Powerball Jackpot Increased to $500 Million
Oregon Lottery - 02/11/15
February 11, 2015 - Salem, OR - Wednesday's Powerball jackpot has been increased to $500 million. Here are some interesting points for this Powerball jackpot:

* Tonight's $500 million jackpot is the 3rd largest Powerball jackpot and 5th largest ever in North America. (World record jackpot: $656 million Mega Millions won in Mar. 2012)

* Players have two choices on how to take the jackpot prize:
o 30-year annuity = over $11.1 million per year (after Federal and State withholding taxes)
o One-time cash payment = over $226.3 million (after Federal and State withholding taxes)

* What if you win?
o Sign your ticket
o Consider putting together a trusted "team" consisting of a lawyer, financial planner and accountant
o Call the Lottery office
o The winner has one year from the date of the ticket's drawing to validate the winning ticket

* The drawing is at 7:59 PM every Wednesday and Saturday. Players are able to buy tickets until 7 PM on drawing nights.

* Oregon is one of 46 lottery jurisdictions who offer Powerball.

* There have been four Oregon Powerball jackpot winners
o The West and Chaney families of Medford won $340 million in October 2005 (currently the 8th largest Powerball jackpot)
o Dan Gannon of Milwaukie won $182.7 million jackpot in March 2007
o The Givens family of Eugene, winners of a $38.4 million prize in October 1992
o Robin Powell of Beaverton, a $33.8 million winner in July 1999


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. In that same period, it has paid its players more than $28 billion in prizes.

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AARP Study: BRCA Gene Testing Rates Soar After Angelina Jolie Double Mastectomy Announcement - AARP Report is first to quantify increase in BRCA testing rates (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 02/11/15
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WASHINGTON, DC -- BRCA testing rates surged nearly 40% in the week of Angelina Jolie's announcement that she carried the BRCA 1 gene mutation and had an elective double mastectomy, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute study released today. This is the first report quantifying an increase in BRCA testing rates among women enrolled in a large US health insurance carrier.

Prior to Ms. Jolie's announcement, women with a cancer diagnosis had more BRCA tests than women who did not, the AARP study found. However, during the week of her public announcement, the increase in BRCA testing among women who did not have a cancer diagnosis was nearly twice that of women with a cancer diagnosis. BRCA testing helps identify treatment options for women with the gene mutations before or after they are diagnosed with breast and/or ovarian cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"Our study showed that the BRCA testing rate increased about 40% and stayed at an elevated level for the rest of the year after Angelina Jolie's announcement," said AARP Executive Vice President for Policy Debra Whitman, PhD.

On May 14, 2013, Angelina Jolie announced in The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?_r=1&) that she tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation and underwent a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. Ms. Jolie's story gained immediate and widespread international media attention.

About 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by hereditary genetic defects, according to the American Cancer Society. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer. Women with either mutation have a high lifetime risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

"By revealing her personal story, Angelina Jolie did an incredible job of raising public awareness about the BRCA gene mutations and the increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer," added Whitman. "We found that Baby Boomer women ages 50- to 64-years-old had the highest increase in testing rates for the BRCA gene."

To better understand the so-called "Angelina Jolie effect", AARP, in collaboration with Optum Labs, compared BRCA testing rates based on claims among commercially-insured women ages 35 and older in the US, before and after Ms. Jolie's story was publicized in 2013.

Study Highlights:

* BRCA testing rates increased nearly 40% per week, from an average of 350 tests per week to an average of 500 tests per week and remained elevated for the rest of the year.

* Women ages 50-64 had the highest BRCA testing rate increase (44%), followed by women ages 35-49 (40%).

* BRCA testing rates increased for women among all racial and ethnic groups: 43% among white women; 43% among Hispanic women; 23% among black women; and 16% among Asian women.

"Star Power: Angelina Jolie's Personal Story of BRCA1 Mutation on Testing Rates Among Commercially-Insured Women" (http://www.aarp.org/ppi/info-2015/angelina-jolie-brca1-testing.html) Methodology

AARP's Public Policy Institute examined the number and rates of BRCA tests among women covered by a large, national U.S. health insurance carrier before and after Angelina Jolie's May 2013 announcement (January-December 2013). Using data from the Optum Labs database of retrospective administrative claims data, the report also analyzed the age, race/ethnicity, and cancer diagnosis status of women ages 35 and older who received the tests.

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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.


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AARP Warns of 4 Valentine's Day Scams to Watch Out For Tips on How to Spot and Avoid Romance Scams:
AARP Oregon - 02/11/15
Portland, February 11, 2015 - As lovers and those looking for love prepare to celebrate Valentine's Day, AARP's Fraud Watch Network releases new tips on how Oregonians can protect themselves from scammers from taking aim at their hearts and their pocketbooks.

Scamming thousands of men and women each year - most over age 40 - romance swindles consistently make Top Scams lists, including those of the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov). The average per-victim loss is $10,000, according to MoneyGram. Other Valentine's Day cons include: phony e-cards, sham flower sales and a rumored cash-on-delivery scam.

"Whether you're head over heels in love and looking for the perfect gift or searching for a love connection, scammers are breaking Oregonians hearts and their bank accounts," said Shelley Buckingham, AARP Oregon's Director of Communications. "AARP's Fraud Watch Network is helping people spot and avoid heartless scams. And if you or a loved one has been victimized, call our helpline for advice and guidance."

AARP urges Oregonians to watch out for these 4 scams:

Online Dating Scams: With 38 percent of singles who are looking for love having used online dating sites, it is critical for Oregonians to beware of these signs their "sweetheart" is really a scammer:

* Wants to leave the dating site immediately upon meeting and quickly asks for an e-mail address, phone number, or instant messaging username.

* Professes true love after just a few contacts.

* Has a profile that seems too good to be true, including a supermodel-worthy photo.

* Won't answer basic questions about where they live and work. Or, claims that he or she is a U.S. citizen who is abroad, is wealthy, or is a person of important status.

* Asks for money, multiple times (and, usually through a wire transfer) to pay for travel, a child or other relative's hospital bills, recovery from a temporary financial setback, or expenses while a big business deal comes through.

* Communicates in a more desperate, persistent, or angry way if you don't send money immediately.

Tips for how Oregonians can protect themselves:

* Don't send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone they don't know.

* Be careful about what personal information they share online.

* Report suspected fraudsters to the dating website or chat room operator.

Bogus ECards: Electronic greeting cards are an easy way for scammers to infect a computer with malware that gives them remote access to a person's files, online banking accounts, and passwords, putting them at risk for identity theft.

Tips for how Oregonians can protect themselves:

* Don't click on links, especially when they're from an unnamed person or secret admirer.

* Steer clear of names and senders you don't recognize.

* Even if you recognize the sender's name, go to the card company's website to open the card; usually you'll receive a confirmation code you can use to open the ecard.

Fake Flowers: Scammers will sometimes pose as a local florist and then charge hidden or inflated fees. Or, you may get an e-mail from a supposed florist containing harmful links that lead to phony sites looking to steal personal and credit card information in exchange for huge discounts.

Tips for how Oregonians can protect themselves:

* Use a florist you trust and know; get referrals from friends and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau.

* Ask for a detailed receipt for any florist you use online and make sure that the fees for the florist who's actually fulfilling your order are fully disclosed--third parties are often used around holidays.

* Pay by credit card so if there's a problem you can dispute it with your card issuer.
* Don't fall for and click on email links that could release malware onto your computer and put you at risk for identity theft.

Cash on Delivery: Law enforcement across the country report con artists are delivering flowers-and-wine baskets to unsuspecting Valentines, demanding that a charge must be paid because alcohol is being delivered. The charge is minimal - under $5 - but the delivery person won't accept cash, only a credit card. With the account information, the scammer can run up thousands in fraudulent charges.

Tip for how Oregonians can protect themselves:

* There is no special charge for delivered alcohol.
02/10/15
Deputies on Scene of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo)***Update***
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/10/15
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Investigators with the Traffic Safety Team have identified the driver in yesterdays fatal traffic crash as Allen Arnold, age 52, of Hubbard. Mr. Arnold was struck by an eastbound commercial truck while traveling west on Arndt Road, in his 1999, Ford F350.

The driver of the commercial truck, Andrew Price, age 22, of Beaverton was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. The investigation is ongoing as to what caused the two vehicles to collide.

The Sheriff's Office is searching for any witnesses that may have been driving in the area at the time of the crash. If you witnessed the collision or were in the area at the time of the collision, please call Deputy Casey Burnham at 503-991-6743.


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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team is on scene of a two vehicle crash, on Arndt Road NE, near Aurora. The initial investigation shows that a commercial truck traveling east on Arndt Road collided with a pickup truck traveling westbound.

The driver of the commercial truck is not injured and cooperating with investigators, tragically the driver of the pickup truck has been pronounced dead at the scene. Arndt Road is closed at Airport Road NE and at S. Knight Road in Clackamas County. The traffic safety team will be on scene most of the day and the closure will remain in effect until the investigation is complete.

The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release regarding this crash until later tomorrow. The road closures will be updated via our Twitter feed @MCSOInTheKnow.


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Villanueva Sentencing
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 02/10/15
On January 6, 2015, Gustavo Villanueva pled guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree before The Honorable Jamese L. Rhoades. The charge stems from the February 14, 2011 disappearance of his wife, Maribel Gutierrez-Salinas from the Tigard, Oregon area. Ms. Gutierrez-Salinas' remains were found in September, 2012 in rural Marion County near Gates, Oregon.

Villanueva is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:30pm at the Marion County Courthouse by The Honorable Dale W. Penn.
BPSST Police Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 02/10/15
Notice of Regular Meeting

The Police Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 10:00 a.m. on February 19, 2015. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling Mona Riesterer at (503) 378-2431.


Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes - November 20, 2014

2. *Matthew Tiller, DPSST #53939 (Possible Executive Session) Medical Waiver

3. *OAR 259-008-0000, 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0035, 259-008-0040, 259-008-0060, 259-008-0100, 259-008-0250 - Certification of Oregon Liquor Enforcement Inspectors Proposed Rule Change

4. *Nathan Lay, Baker County Sheriff's Office, DPSST #40666 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of Lay's Basic Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

5. *Marco Espinoza, Springfield Police Department, DPSST #49339 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of Espinoza's Basic Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

6. *Waymon Hubbard, Salem Police Department, DPSST #43391 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of Hubbard's Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

7. *Lawrence Schmaltz, Salem Police Department, DPSST #15389 Determine whether to recommend to the Board the revocation of Schmaltz's Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Police certifications based on discretionary disqualifying conduct.

8. Staff Updates

9. Next Police Policy Committee Meeting - May 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.


## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department 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, 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.
Investment All Stars to Address Local Financial Planners
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/10/15
Portland, OR, Feb. 5, 2015 - Over one hundred and fifty professionals from the Pacific Northwest are expected to attend the Financial Planning Association of Oregon & SW Washington's annual Mid-Winter Conference February 25-67, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport, Portland, OR. The conference is designed for financial planners, financial advisers, brokers, CPAs, estate attorneys and insurance representatives. The 2015 Conference theme is Financial Planning All Stars. To live up to its name, the speaker line-up is truly an all-star list of Ph.D.'s and experts in financial planning and investment topics.

Wednesday's speakers include:
* Pavlina Tcherneva, Ph.D., Global Economics
* Brad Klontz, Psy.D. CFP(R) Why Clients Resist Advice and How to Break Through;
* John Mitchell, Ph.D., Update on the Northwest Economy;
* Virginia Traweek, M.S., CCRC's: Assessing Finances for Residents and Communities;
* Walter Lenhard, IV, CFA, It's not Active or Passive: It's Both;
* Sam Stovall, MBA, Sector Investing Using the Seven Rules of Wall Street.

On Thursday, the lineup is equally impressive and includes:
* Michael Guillemette, Ph.D., How Large Swings in Equity Values Affect Risk Tolerance
* Brent Leadbetter, CFA, Smart Beta in the Factor Zoo
* David Blanchett, CFA, CFP(R) , AIFA(R), No Portfolio is an Island
* Paul Pomeroy, An Introduction To Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) & Retirement Planning
* Sam Stovall, MBA returns again this year for Is It Time to Buy or Bail?

In addition an optional two-hour CFP(R) Ethics course a three hour Oregon Insurance Law course will be offered by John Lenz, CFP(R).

Continuing education hours will be provided for insurance agents licensed in Oregon and professionals holding the Certified Financial Planner (CFP(R)) certification. The conference will feature a trade show highlighting about two dozen companies that sell financial and insurance products.

For a registration brochure call 503-286-8350 or visit the website at www.fpa-or.org to register, review the agenda, and preview the presentations and speaker's bios.

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Oregon families to receive Congressional Gold Medal (Photo)
Oregon Civil Air Patrol - 02/10/15
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PORTLAND, Ore. - U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will present Congressional Gold Medals at a special ceremony in Portland on Monday, Feb. 16, to four Oregon families for the World War II service of their loved one.

Also attending will be Hellenmerie "Rie" Walker, 89, who will personally receive the award that she couldn't travel to Washington, D.C., to receive. Ms. Walker's daughter attended the national ceremony on her behalf in December. Walker is the only one of six Oregon members of Civil Air Patrol who is still alive. She served as a cadet from 1942 to 1944 as a teenager. Later in life she rejoined Civil Air Patrol, and earned the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.

Honorees include:
Obed "Pancho" Donaldson joined at the age of 34. He became a member on December 1, 1941, the day the Civil Air Patrol became a reality, just six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. During his wartime service Donaldson flew as a pilot with the Southern Liaison Patrol on the Texas-Mexico border. He later served as the Oregon Wing Commander reaching the grade of Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Iris, and 3 sons: Richard, Dale and Don. All four of them plan to be at the Portland ceremony.
George Felt is one of six members of the Oregon Wing of Civil Air Patrol who served during World War II. He was born January 4, 1914, in Ogalalla, Nebraska, and started his career in aviation at the Roseburg Airport where he worked on airplanes. He learned to fly at the age of 15. His granddaughter, Lori Adams of Roseburg, plans to attend the Portland ceremony.
?Harry M. Hewitt lost his life while flying a Southern Liaison Coastal Patrol Mission. He was 28 years old when he made the supreme sacrifice on January 17, 1944. He had been a senior member of CAP for one year. Hewitt was born in 1916 in Colorado, but raised in Eugene. Prior to joining CAP he was an enlisted man in the U.S. Army Air Corps. ??On December 10, 2014, at the national award ceremony in Washington, D.C., Hewitt's son Harry Hewitt Dichter of Oregon received the bronze medal for his father and therefore doesn't plan to attend the Portland ceremony.
Ms. Dean Jones - Although most of the Civil Air Patrol flying was done by men during World War II, about 20 percent of the members were women. They served in many important ways. One of those ladies was Dean Jones, a resident of Eastern Oregon. Her son Keith Jones and family operates the Devil's Canyon Ranch & Devil's Canyon Guest Ranch in the Bridgeport/Clarksville area of Eastern Oregon. Her family is not able to attend the Portland ceremony. Standing in for them will be close family friend State Rep. Greg Barreto of District 58.
Dean Rankin, born in Vaughn, Oregon, in 1921, and served first in Civil Air Patrol, and then the U.S. Army Air Corps. His major skill was as an aircraft maintenance technician. He also had a private pilot's license. He joined CAP in Benito, Texas, where CAP flew anti-submarine and border patrol missions. Rankin passed away in Eugene, Oregon, June 23, 1998 at the age of 76. His daughter, Dena Rankin-Searles, who lives in Roseburg, will attend the Portland ceremony.
Hellenmerie "Rie" (Fiatte) Walker will travel from Lewiston, Idaho, to attend the ceremony. She was a cadet during World War II standing guard duty over B25s at the airport at The Dalles, walking neighborhoods to remind Portland residents about the "blackout" order of showing no lights after dark. She also joined CAP later as an adult and was a medical officer, administrative officer and chaperone among many other activities. She worked on many aircraft searches and search exercises. As an adult, she led trips of cadets to British Columbia, Canada, for airshows where they would help direct aircraft traffic and other duties.
The Congressional Gold Medal was granted to Civil Air Patrol volunteers from World War II on May 10, 2014. It is a single Gold Medal that was given to the Smithsonian Institution to create a traveling display. Each recipient or his or her family receives a bronze replica.

The bill passed by Congress details the accomplishments of CAP pilots and volunteers:
"The unpaid volunteer members of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II provided extraordinary humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical time of need for the Nation.

"During the war, CAP members used their own aircraft to perform a myriad of essential tasks for the military and the Nation within the United States, including attacks on enemy submarines off the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States."

Germany started a massive submarine offensive off the east coast of the USA against oil tankers and other critical shipping. Neither the Navy nor the Army had enough aircraft, ships or other resources to adequately patrol and protect shipping. Many ships were torpedoed and sunk, often within sight of civilians on shore including 52 tankers sunk between January and March 1942. That caused the Petroleum Industry War Council to urge the War Department to consider using CAP to patrol. They allowed patrols starting in March 1942. There were three bases in Delaware, Florida and new Jersey. Aircrews from CAP, ranging in age from 18 to over 80, immediately started to spot enemy submarines as well as survivors, bodies and wreckage.

CAP aircrews flew up to 100 miles out over the ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Often they had one radio and a compass between a pair of aircraft. The initial purpose was to spot submarines and report their position. It became obvious that the military could not respond in a timely manner, so CAP aircraft were eventually authorized to drop 50- and 100-pound bombs and on some larger aircraft 325-pound depth charges. The arming of CAP aircraft dramatically changed the mission for these civilian aircrews, and resulted in more than 57 attacks on enemy submarines.

All told, CAP lost 26 pilots and other aircrew members during flying missions. There were an additional 7 serious injuries and 90 aircraft were lost. But, in the 18 months of the Coastal Patrol, the aircrews from CAP were credited with 2 submarines possibly damaged or destroyed; 57 submarines attacked; 82 bombs dropped against submarines; 173 radio reports of submarine positions (with a number of credited assists for kills made by military units); 17 floating mines reported; 36 dead bodies reported; 91 vessels in distress reported; and 363 survivors in distress reported.

CAP also used its crews and aircraft to perform 5,684 convoy missions as aerial escorts for Navy ships. There were 86,685 missions flown, with 244,600 total flight hours logged covering more than 24 million miles.

After the Coastal Patrol was assumed by the U.S. Navy, CAP turned its skills and resources to border patrol flights, forest and fire patrols, military courier flights for mail, repair and replacement parts and urgent military deliveries. In emergencies they would transport military personnel. In training of U.S. pilots, CAP aircrews served as tow airplanes for targets that pilot trainees would shoot at.

Many more areas of support are listed in Senate Bill 309.

These awards will be presented at the annual awards banquet of the Columbia Composite Squadron, which meets on Monday nights at the Portland Air National Guard Base. This ceremony will begin at 5:45pm February 16th at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland, OR.

Today Civil Air Patrol has three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education and Cadet Programs. CAP offers opportunities for members to serve communities, participate in leadership development training and acquire new skills that benefit personal and professional growth.

Facts about CAP:
* Contributed $155 million in man-hours in 2012 by serving the disaster relief and emergency service needs of communities, states and the U.S.
* Operates one of the largest fleets of single-engine piston aircraft in the world, with 550 currently in the fleet.
* Flies more than 100,000 hours annually.
* Maintains a fleet of more than 950 emergency service vehicles for training and mission support.

For more information about CAP, please see www.gocivilairpatrol.com.
For more information on the Oregon Wing of CAP, please see www.orwg.cap.gov.
For more information on the Columbia Composite Squadron of CAP, please see www.columbiacomposite.com.


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Fish and Wildlife Troopers in La Pine Make Arrests in Mule Deer Poaching Case (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Troopers in Deschutes and Klamath Counties arrest La Pine man and others relating to Mule Deer Poaching.

In Mid-December 2014, Senior Troopers Hayes and Bean received information that GENE A. PARSONS, 37, of La Pine, had been involved in the illegal killing of a large number of mature trophy class mule deer bucks during the fall of 2014. Sr. Troopers Hayes and Bean initiated an investigation, gathering information and evidence over the next several weeks.

On January 17, 2015, a search warrant was executed at PARSONS' home in La Pine. During the service of the warrant, numerous large mule deer antlers, deer meat, firearms, and controlled substances were seized. PARSONS was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail for Unlawful Take/Possession of Mule Deer with additional charges pending.

Additional information developed during the search warrant led troopers to identify another suspect, LANCE COURNOYER, 44, of Grants Pass. Further investigation into COURNOYERS' conduct resulted in charges for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Take of Mule Deer, and waste of Game Mammal.

PARSONS' parents, OLIVER PARSONS, 64, and SUZAN PARSONS, 58, of La Pine, were found in possession of 6 sets of large mule deer antlers and deer meat and were cited and released for the crimes of Aiding in a Game Violation, Illegal Possession of Mule Deer, and Tampering with Evidence. The investigation is on-going and additional charges are pending.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact Senior Trooper James Hayes at 541-419-1653.

The OSP Fish and Wildlife Division wants to remind folks about the Oregon Hunters Association Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program where callers who report wildlife crimes to police may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to the apprehension and conviction of wildlife offenders. Anyone with information about wildlife offenses is asked to call (800) 452-7888; and additional information may be found at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/FW/Pages/fwtip.aspx


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SCAM Calls - How to Safeguard Yourself
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/10/15
Recently, the Oregon State Police has taken reports from people who have been scammed out of money by people posing as law enforcement officers on the telephone.

Scammers have called and claimed to be members of a police department or sheriff's department and that the victim missed jury duty, had outstanding fines, or a warrant for their arrest that could be taken care of over the phone with a payment. Callers may instruct the victims to purchase re-loadable cards and call them back with the numbers. Similar scams have been reported in the past year where callers claim to be with a utility or other government agency.

The Oregon State Police reminds you to be aware that:
* The Oregon State Police or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants.
* The Oregon State Police does not call individuals and demand money from community members under any circumstances.
* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:
* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.
* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload.
* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.
* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

The Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) advises that courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:
* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.
* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the OJD collections hot-line at 1-888-564-2828.
* Use OJD Courts ePay to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to http://www.courts.oregon.gov/OJD/OnlineServices/ePay/Pages/index.aspx.

If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency. You may also file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Office via the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or complete an on-line Consumer Complaint Form anytime at http://www.doj.state.or.us/consumer/Pages/complaint.aspx

Re-published by permission from and in cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau www.portlandoregon.gov/police/

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County advisory group for state forestry to meet February 17 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 02/10/15
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Tuesday, February 17 in Salem.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include a forest management plan update, including discussion on the principles and definitions used for drafting a new plan, and state forest-related topics for the 2015 Oregon legislative session.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Government Center, 1201 Court Street, Room 113 in Salem. FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 2 p.m.

The FTLAC is a legally mandated committee of county commissioners representing counties that deeded lands to the state. The committee advises the Board of Forestry on matters in which counties may have a responsibility related to forestland managed by ODF.

The FTLAC is made up of seven members representing the 15 counties that have state forest land within their county boundaries. The trust counties include: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Washington.

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Powerball Clarification
Oregon Lottery - 02/10/15
The Powerball jackpot drawing is every Wed. and Sat.

The Media Alert that went out earlier today mentioned "Tonight's Powerball jackpot..."
Wednesday's Powerball Jackpot Increased to $485 Million
Oregon Lottery - 02/10/15
February 10, 2015 - Salem, OR - Tonight's Powerball jackpot has been increased to $485 million. Here are some interesting points for this Powerball jackpot:

* Tonight's $485 million jackpot is the 3rd largest Powerball jackpot and 5th largest ever in North America. (World record jackpot: $656 million Mega Millions won in Mar. 2012)

* Players have two choices on how to take the jackpot prize:
o 30-year annuity = over $10.8 million per year (after Federal and State withholding taxes)
o One-time cash payment = over $219 million (after Federal and State withholding taxes)

* What if you win?
o Sign your ticket
o Consider putting together a trusted "team" consisting of a lawyer, financial planner and accountant
o Call the Lottery office
o The winner has one year from the date of the ticket's drawing to validate the winning ticket

* The drawing is at 7:59 PM every Wednesday and Saturday. Players are able to buy tickets until 7 PM on drawing nights.

* Oregon is one of 46 lottery jurisdictions who offer Powerball.

* There have been four Oregon Powerball jackpot winners
o The West and Chaney families of Medford won $340 million in October 2005 (currently the 8th largest Powerball jackpot)
o Dan Gannon of Milwaukie won $182.7 million jackpot in March 2007
o The Givens family of Eugene, winners of a $38.4 million prize in October 1992
o Robin Powell of Beaverton, a $33.8 million winner in July 1999


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. In that same period, it has paid its players more than $28 billion in prizes.

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Land Board to consider land transactions, reports at Feb. 18 public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 02/10/15
Salem - The State Land Board will be asked to approve three actions at their Feb. 18 meeting: final approval of a land exchange with Tree Top Ranches, LLC; final approval to sell one state-owned parcel in Wheeler County; and initiating rulemaking based on the work of the Filled Lands Advisory Group and subgroup recommendations.

The Board's informational agenda includes an update on the Department of State Lands' Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances for the greater sage grouse.

The consent agenda includes five requests to approve permanent easements for transportation and communication facilities, and a request to approve a release of mineral rights in Curry County.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Feb. 18 at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Building C, Tillamook Room, 2600 State St. in Salem, in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in this meeting due to a disability, please notify Lorna Stafford at (503) 986-5224 (lorna.stafford@state.or.us) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Note: this is a different day and location than the Board's usual bi-monthly meetings.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/Agendas%202015/slb_agenda_feb2015.aspx

The State Land Board consists of Governor John Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon's Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.

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02/09/15
17,000 customers in Lebanon area restored
Pacific Power - 02/09/15
17,000 customers in Lebanon area restored

As of 3:45 pm, power has been restored to approximately 17,000 customers in the Lebanon area after 60-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains caused 12 power poles to come down along Highway 34 starting at 10 am. Now about 1,500 customers remain without power as we bring back service circuit by circuit to avoid unbalancing the system. This will take an hour or so.

After that is done, about 145 customers will remain without power as they are closest to the actual damage along Highway 34. Our dedicated crews will continue to work on site to restore the remaining customers, which may take an extended period due to their location on the system, the magnitude of repairs and the ongoing weather conditions. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding of this inconvenience under these weather circumstances. Customers who are part of this extended outage will be called individually with updates.

We would like to remind everyone, especially the media, to give any area where wires are down a wide berth. Treat any line you see on the ground as live and dangerous.

Outage updates can be found at https://www.pacificpower.net/ed/po/ooi.html
Highway 34 Update
Lebanon Police Dept. - 02/09/15
OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) will remain restricted to a single lane of travel in each direction approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP15.7) for the next two days and possibly longer. A dozen power poles and multiple power lines fell into the eastbound lanes of the highway after strong winds earlier today. The utility has informed ODOT that it may be two days or more before the necessary repairs can be made. Therefore, two-way traffic will be restricted to the westbound lanes. Travelers should anticipate delays and increased congestion, and use extreme caution while traveling through the area. UPDATE
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation Meets in Eugene
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 02/09/15
Oregon's State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation will consider nominations to the National Register of Historic Places in a two-day meeting on February 19th and 20th at the Hilton Eugene & Conference Center at 66 East 6th Ave., Eugene. Sessions will begin at 12:30 on the 19th and 1:30 on the 20th.

The committee will review proposed nominations for the Pilot Butte Canal Historic District in Deschutes County and individual properties in Madras, Bandon, Gresham, Albany, Portland, and the Leaburg and Williams areas. The Committee also will consider the petition to decrease the boundary of the National Register-listed Irvington Historic District, previously listed in 2010. An agenda and pdf copies of all meeting documents are available online at: http://www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/NATREG/nrhp_sachphome.shtml.

Nominations recommended by the SACHP go to the National Park Service, which maintains the Register under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Members of the Committee hold credentials in many historic preservation-related fields.

The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations for the meeting may be made by calling (503) 986-0655. More information about the National Register and Oregon properties listed in the Register is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).
OR 34 near Lebanon to be restricted all day (Photo)
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 02/09/15
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OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.), approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP 15.7), will be restricted to a single lane of traffic in each direction all day today and into tonight, after a wind event downed as many as a dozen power poles and multiple power lines.

The poles and lines are blocking the eastbound lanes. The westbound lanes will be used to carry a single lane in each direction until the poles and lines can be repaired.

Travelers should anticipate delays and increased congestion during peak travel times.


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Highway 34 (Photo)
Lebanon Police Dept. - 02/09/15
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OR 34 (Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy.) is closed approximately one mile west of Lebanon (MP 15.7)in Linn County, due to multiple power poles and power lines down across the highway. Travelers should take an alternate route or expect delays.


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Wells Fargo customers can now redeem credit card rewards at ATMs
Wells Fargo - 02/09/15
Wells Fargo customers participating in the Wells Fargo Rewards Program can now redeem their rewards at more than 12,500 Wells Fargo ATMs across the nation, including those in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

Wells Fargo is the first major U.S. financial services provider to introduce this functionality, continuing the company's history of customer-centered innovation.

The new ATM feature allows customers to either:
1. Redeem their rewards in the form of a cash withdrawal, or
2. Redeem rewards in the form of a deposit or payment to a qualifying Wells Fargo account, including checking and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages, home equity loans and personal loans.

Customers can redeem rewards in increments of $20 at the ATM.

"Customers live their lives on-the-go and being able to conveniently and simply access their accounts and rewards when and how they want is important," said Alicia Moore, head of Wells Fargo ATM Banking.

"We are always looking for ways to add innovative features and benefits to our ATM network, which gives customers access to their money and accounts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," she added. "By providing customers the ability to redeem rewards for cash or account credit directly at the ATM, we've made it more convenient for them to feel truly rewarded for doing business with Wells Fargo."

Wells Fargo has a long history of ATM innovation. In 2010, the company was the first bank to offer its customers email receipts at its ATMs and in 2011, it announced that its entire ATM network was Envelope-Free. In 2013, Wells Fargo was the first to offer its customers the option to receive ATM receipts via text messaging and the same year, the company announced that its customers had conducted one billion paperless transactions at its ATMs.

The Wells Fargo Rewards Program offers thousands of rewards choices for consumer credit cardholders, including cash, gift cards, digital downloads, travel, popular brand-name merchandise and charitable donations.

The program also allows cardholders to increase their savings or pay down loans through automatic rewards redemptions into a wide variety of Wells Fargo deposit or loan products. Customers earn rewards points, cash rewards or rebates by making purchases using their Wells Fargo Rewards credit cards and they can earn bonus rewards by shopping through Earn More Mall.

Wells Fargo Rewards is currently undergoing enhancements to offer new features to help customers achieve their financial goals, connect to others through the program, make their everyday spending more valuable and give them greater control and choices.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations; 12,500 ATMs; and the internet (wellsfargo.com).
North Bay Elementary School Without Power 2/9/15
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 02/09/15
**UPDATE: Power has been restored at North Bay Elementary School. School will resume as scheduled.**

North Bay Elementary School is currently without power, with no estimated time to return. School will remain as scheduled. We will keep you posted as we receive more information.
02/08/15
Fatal Head-On Crash on HWY 22W near MP 6.5 in Polk County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/08/15
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into this afternoon's head-on crash on highway 22W at milepost 6.5 - near Red Prairie Road in Polk County.

Preliminary information indicates shortly before 4:30 p.m., a green, 1995 Plymouth Neon, was westbound on highway 22W near Red Prairie Road overtaking another vehicle in the oncoming lane. The Neon collided head-on with an eastbound, Gray, 2004 Chevrolet Venture. The driver of the Neon, identified as Mr. JOSHUA DEEDS, 19, of Otis, was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Venture, identified as Ms. ORSENE L. DAVIS, 73, of Salem, was transported via air ambulance to Salem Hospital with serious injuries. The passenger in the Venture, identified as Mr. CARROL L. DAVIS, 70, of Salem, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time. OSP is working with the Polk County District Attorney's office and any further release of information will be coordinated with the District Attorney. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff's Department, Polk County Fire District No.1, Dallas Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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Oregon Army National Guard major general retires (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/08/15
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SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart retired from more than 37 years of military service in a ceremony today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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SALEM, Ore. - Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, The Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the certificate of retirement to Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart today, Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center. Maj. Gen. Enyeart has more than 37 years of military service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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SALEM, Ore. - Mrs. Kate Enyeart is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on the occasion of her husband, Maj. Gen. David Enyeart's retirement from the Oregon Army National Guard on Feb. 8, at the Anderson Readiness Center, for her own unselfish, faithful, and devoted service throughout her husband's career. Enyeart retired today with more than 37 years of service. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs) RELEASED

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*** Update *** Single Vehicle Rollover Crash with Fatality - HWY 240 at MP 6 in Coos County (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Sunday morning's single vehicle fatality crash on SR 240 near milepost 6 in Coos Bay.

On February 8, 2015, at 10:39 a.m., OSP troopers were dispatched to a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 240 near milepost 6. A 2002 Nissan Xterra, operated by DAVID CONN II, age 46, from Coos Bay, was northbound on Highway 240 near milepost 6 and for unknown reasons went off the roadway onto the northbound shoulder. Once on the shoulder the Nissan collided with a dirt bank and rolled at least one time coming to rest on its side.

Emergency responders extricated CONN from his vehicle and transported him to Bay Area Hospital where he was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained in the crash.

CONN was wearing safety restraints at the time of the crash and was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Highway 240 was closed for about thirty (30) minutes and was opened to one lane for several hours while investigators completed the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coquille Tribal Police, Charleston Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Coos County Medical Examiner and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are investigating a single vehicle rollover crash with a fatality on highway 240 at Tarheel Road in Coos County. Additional information will be added once it is available.

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02/07/15
Man Claiming His Wife Was Kidnapped by FBI Taken Into Custody ***You Tube Link Fixed*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/07/15
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Yesterday at around 3:45 p.m., the Marion County Sheriff's Office was called to the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Monroe Avenue NE, in Salem on a reported non-injury, hit and run crash. The driver of the suspect vehicle exited his car, began shouting wild accusations and then took off running south on Lancaster Drive NE. One of the callers reported that there was a large butcher knife inside of the vehicle that the male had just run from.

Witnesses reported that Joshua Shepherd, age 41, of Salem was yelling about FBI agents and claiming his wife had been kidnapped. In addition Mr. Shepherd was talking off his clothing as he ran from the scene of the crash. A deputy contacted Mr. Shepherd close to the scene and found him only wearing his mixed martial arts style fighting shorts.

The deputy described Mr. Shepherd as 6'00" tall, with broad shoulders, very little body fat and bulky muscles. When the lone deputy first arrived Mr. Shepherd would only lay down on the ground and refused to follow the command to place his hands behind his back. The deputy stated that he felt as though Mr. Shepherd was attempting to bait him into coming closer. Numerous times the deputy told Mr. Shepherd that he was under arrest and that he was going to be tazed, if he did not comply. Mr. Shepherd refused to comply with the deputy, stating that he would kill the deputy if he came any closer.

As the second deputy arrived both men approached and Mr. Shepherd quickly spun back stating, "Come any closer and I'll fucking kill you." Deputies remained calm and waited for the third deputy to arrive continuing to verbally engage Mr. Shepherd and request that he peacefully surrender. The third deputy, Sergeant Jeff Stutrud arrived on scene and determined a fourth deputy was needed due to Mr. Shepherd's continued threats to not approach him and his refusal to place his hands behind his back. While the deputies waited for the fourth deputy to arrive they continued to talk with Mr. Shepherd and request he surrender. Once the fourth officer arrived deputies requested additional units for a crowd gathering around them.

One of the deputies on scene, a twenty two year veteran stated, "Out of all of the calls I have been on this guy truly scared me." The deputy described the man as lifting himself in a plank style approximately one inch off of the ground and holding himself in that position. The deputy stated, "This guy had that mixed martial arts build to him, it was obvious that he was capable of hurting all of us."

The fourth officer, a Salem PD, K9 arrived on scene and a plan was put into action to take Mr. Shepherd into custody. Deputies staged medical units for Mr. Shepherd and approached him cautiously. Sergeant Stutrud and the other police officers approached Mr. Shepherd and touched his foot with their foot. This touch was to gauge Mr. Shepherd's reaction to their approach. Mr. Shepherd immediately attempted to spin and attack the deputies. The K9 seized Mr. Shepherd and the remaining deputies took him into custody.

After being placed into custody Mr. Shepherd was carefully sat up to avoid injuring him any further. Even after being taken into custody Mr. Shepherd continued to threaten and resist deputies and medics as they attempted to treat him for the dog bite. It was apparent to deputies that Mr. Shepherd was not fit to be taken to jail and he required medical attention for the dog bite as well as a mental health evaluation.

A deputy assigned to our Mobile Crisis Response Team or (MCRT), arrived on scene and rode with Mr. Shepherd to the hospital. At the hospital Mr. Shepherd was cited and released for the crimes of Hit and Run Property Damage, Resisting Arrest and Driving on a Misdemeanor Suspended License.

It has come to the Sheriff's Office attention that videos of this incident have been posted on YouTube and shared with the media. It is always our mission to be transparent and provide media with facts so that they may report the full story to their viewing public.

Attached to this release is the YouTube video submitted to local media by a member of the public. In addition Sergeant Baldridge is prepared to email any requesting media, the dispatch tapes as well as additional video of Mr. Shepherd being transported to the hospital. Mr. Shepherd is still being treated at the Salem Hospital.

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Westview High School Team 1 of Portland wins the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to national competition
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/07/15
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390 or
503-230-5131

Westview High School Team 1 of Portland, Ore., wins the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to national competition

More than 350 students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland

Portland, Ore. - For the second year-in-a-row, Westview High School Team 1 of Portland, Ore., won the BPA Regional Science Bowl and advances to the National Science Bowl.

Westview went undefeated through 16 rounds in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Sunset High School Team 1, also of Portland, came in second. Jesuit High School Team 1 of Portland came in third place.

Last weekend, Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., won the middle school division of the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to nationals. Science Infinity Club Team 1 of Bellevue, Wash., came in second with Xenon Science Group of Bellevue, Wash., taking third place.

For 24 years, the Bonneville Power Administration has hosted the nation's largest regional science bowl as part of its commitment to encouraging young minds to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Teams, which represented both public and private schools, traveled from as far as Republic, Wash., and Ashland, Ore., to compete. Many practiced for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event.

The morning kicked off with a round-robin contest of eight rounds that whittled the teams from 70 to 16. The advancing teams spent the afternoon competing in a double-elimination contest that could last up to nine rounds. For each match, teams of four students sat opposite each other, using buzzers to field a variety of science-based questions.

The top individual performers in the morning rounds - those who correctly answered the most questions - were recognized as All-Stars.

This year's BPA Regional Science Bowl All-Stars for high school are:
* Kai Klocke, Sunset High School, Portland, Ore.
* Abhijit Mudigonda, Westview High School, Portland, Ore.
* Drew Cannon, Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore.
* Ming Liu, Mountain View High School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School, Portland, Ore.
* Rohan Guliani, School of Science & Technology, Portland, Ore.

This year's BPA Regional Science Bowl All-Stars for middle school are:
* Kevin Shen, Stoller Middle School Team 1, Beaverton, Ore.
* Kevin Jin, Stoller Middle School Team 3, Beaverton, Ore.
* Eric Tong, Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, Beaverton, Ore.
* Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego Junior High Team 1, Lake Oswego, Ore.
* Erica Chiang, Lake Oswego Junior High Team 2, Lake Oswego, Ore.
* Anirudh Prakash, Xenon Science Group, Bellevue, Wash.
* Monica Chang, Shahala Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Alex Westrick, Ashland Middle School Team 1, Ashland, Ore.

Also recognized at the lunch celebration were the winning entrants in the second year of SciClips, a competition sponsored by Google in which competing teams created short videos that expressed their enjoyment of science. Winning teams received a gift certificate for supplies for their sponsoring school's science laboratory. Coaches for the winning teams also received a trophy in the form of an Einstein bobblehead.

The SciClips winners from high school are:
* David Douglas High School, Boring, Ore.
* Exploring Post 311 Club, Walla Walla, Wash.
* North Bend High School, North Bend, Ore.
* St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

The SciClips winners from middle school are:
* Boring Middle School, Boring, Ore.
* Mt. Tabor Middle School, Portland, Ore.
* Valley Catholic Middle School, Beaverton, Ore.
* King's Way Christian Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Shahala Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Pierce County Home School Club, Milton, Wash.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to ensure a future pool of engineers, scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

The high school students not only competed for the trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl in late April, but also for potential scholarships. Several colleges and universities throughout the region have set aside a total of $134,000 in scholarships that members of the top three teams may claim.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is powered by more than 200 volunteers from BPA and partner agencies, many of whom have volunteered for 10 years or more.

The event is sponsored by the University of Portland, Google, Vernier Software & Technology, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

Complete list of teams for both middle school and high school: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowlTeams

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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02/06/15
Fire Destroys Home outside Lebanon
Lebanon Fire Dist. - 02/06/15
February 6th, 2015
Time: 11:48 A.M.
Location: 39557 Golden Valley Dr, Lebanon, OR 97355
The Lebanon Fire District responded to a structure fire at the above location. Upon arrival firefighters observed a 1988 double - wide manufactured home with smoke and flames showing from the roof and rear areas of the structure. A defensive fire attack was initiated and the fire was contained to the structure. No occupants were home at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured during suppression efforts. Linn County Sheriffs deputies assisted with traffic control at the location. The structure and contents sustained heavy damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 7 units and 12 personnel responded to the incident.
OSP Assisting the Lane County Sheriff's Office with Inmate Death at the Jail
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/06/15
Oregon State Police (OSP) are investigating the unexpected death of an inmate in the Lane County Jail at the request of the Lane County Sheriff's Office.

Preliminary information indicates that on Friday, February 06, at approximately 12:11 p.m., Deputies and medical personnel at the Lane County Jail were performing routine duties when they checked the cell of 46 year-old, TROY L. BAILEY, of Eugene, in the intake/housing area.

Deputies discovered BAILEY, who was alone and secured in his own cell, unconscious and not breathing. Deputies and medical staff immediately initiated CPR and continued for approximately 30 minutes until BAILEY was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:44 p.m. Initial investigation suggest BAILEY died of an apparent suicide.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office has requested the Oregon State Police lead the investigation into this incident and will take any media inquiries also. The investigation is ongoing and no additional information is available at this time. No photos are available for release at this time.

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Red Cross Assists in Home Fire Response in Florence, Ore.
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 02/06/15
American Red Cross disaster action team volunteers today responded to a disaster on the 85000 block of Cedar Street in Florence, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult and three children. The Red Cross provided food, clothing, seasonal garments, lodging, and information about disaster health and disaster mental health services.

The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed, make a plan, build a kit. This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.
Deputies on Scene of Suspicious Package Call ***Update*** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/06/15
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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad have cleared the scene of the suspicious package found earlier today. The package was a backpack hanging from a hook at the highest point in a fire exit stairwell.

During the investigation the 5th and 4th floors were evacuated and regular business was ceased at Court House Square. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad disrupted the backpack using a water cannon and found it did not contain any explosive materials.

A male associated to the backpack has been questioned and released without criminal charges. According to deputies the male suffers from mental health issues and left the backpack to dry in the stairwell. The Sheriff's Office would like to thank the Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.


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Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad, are currently on scene and investigating a report of a suspicious package on the 5th floor of the Court House Square Building, located at 555 Court Street NE, in Salem.

Very few details are available regarding the investigation at this time. Traffic in the Area is being affected by this incident and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes around the Court House Square area. Further details will be made available as soon as possible.


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Salem Fire Chief Honors Citizens with Lifesaving Awards (Photo)
Salem Fire Dept. - 02/06/15
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Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock met with employees of the Pioneer Trust Bank in downtown Salem, Oregon on February 5, 2015 to recognize their lifesaving actions during a recent medical emergency at their business.

On January 2, employees from the Pioneer Trust Bank called 9-1-1 to report one of their customers was in cardiac arrest. The customer, a 78 year old man, was conducting business in the bank when he suddenly collapsed. Bank employee Samantha Howell, who is also a volunteer paramedic with the Keizer Fire District, immediately started CPR. She also directed staff members at the bank to use the automatic external defibrillator (AED) that was in place at the bank while emergency responders from the Salem Fire Department and Rural Metro Ambulance were en route to the life-threatening emergency.

With the help of coworkers, Mary Ann Vansend, Kellie Alexander, John Willburn, Lisa Edmiston, Marianne Alexander, and Pilar Olivera, Ms. Howell was able to perform CPR and successfully defibrillate the victim, restoring his pulse and breathing within three minutes. Emergency responders arrived and continued patient care, transporting the patient to Salem Hospital where he underwent cardiac surgery and was later released.

Chief Niblock met with the bank employees and presented letters of commendation and Salem Fire challenge coins, acknowledging their life-saving actions and teamwork. Chief Niblock also recognized Pioneer Trust Bank for their demonstrated commitment to community safety by maintaining an AED and training their employees in CPR. Niblock highlighted the bank employee's actions as a part of the chain of survival in a cardiac emergency. "Immediate recognition of the emergency, coupled with quick 9-1-1 notification, early CPR, and early defibrillation, are foundational in the survival of cardiac arrest" said Chief Niblock.

The Salem Fire Department serves a population of 188,000 residents, responding to nearly 20,000 calls to 9-1-1 each year, including approximately 90 sudden cardiac arrests. The department recently launched the PulsePoint smartphone application with six other area fire departments to provide real time lifesaving information and AED locations throughout the community. More information related to PulsePoint can be found at the Salem Fire Department website http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/Fire/Pages/SalemAreaPulsePoint.aspx.

The life saving actions taken by the Pioneer Trust Bank employees falls in line with the objectives of the recently formed Salem Fire Foundation, a new nonprofit group dedicated to assisting the Salem Fire Department achieve its core mission of saving lives. The Salem Fire Foundation provides assistance by funding community outreach programs in CPR and AED training.
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops abruptly without warning. After each minute that passes in such an event, the victim's chance of survival decreases by 10 percent. "Sudden cardiac arrest accounts for 383,000 deaths in America each year," Niblock said.

In 2014, the city of Salem experienced a 41.2 percent save rate for sudden cardiac arrest. The fire department and foundation's future goal is to see that save rate rise to 65 percent. "I know this community has the right mix of people to achieve the highest save rate in the nation," Niblock said. "We have a lot of work to do to achieve this goal, but I know it's possible."

As a 501(c)3, the Salem Fire Foundation has an online site where people can learn more about saving lives and also donate. Interested donors can also mail checks.

How to donate:
Visit http://salemfirefoundation.org/ and click donate to give to the nonprofit geared toward decreasing the number of deaths in sudden cardiac arrests. You can either donate online by credit card or by mail-in check to Salem Fire Foundation, P.O. Box 2920, Salem, OR 97308.
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Photo of landslide on Oregon 66 mile point 14 east of Ashland (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 02/06/15
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Here is a photo taken by ODOT maintenance this afternoon of a landslide across both lanes of Oregon 66, east of Ashland near mile point 14.
Crews are in the process of clearing the slide. No firm estimate on time of reopening since the water has yet to recede from the top of the Emigrant Creek bridge near mile point 9.


Attached Media Files: Oregon 66 mile point 14
February Safety Belt Campaign
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 02/06/15
The Linn County Sheriff's Office is partnering with the Oregon Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide enhanced seatbelt enforcement in Linn County. The ODOT three flags grant starts February 9, 2015 and continues through February 22, 2015; we are looking for proper use of safety belts, child restraints and distracted driver's (cell phone use). Consistent vehicle restraint use is the single most effective way to protect occupants from crash injury or death, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Sheriff Bruce Riley would like to remind everyone to drive safely. Make sure you and your passengers are buckled up before you start your trip. Please observe the speed limits and follow the rules of the road. Avoid dangerous distractions such as cell phone usage while you drive. If your plans include alcohol consumption, please use a designated driver. Please help us make our roads safer for everyone.
Oregon Department of Revenue addresses fraud in light of recent scam
Oregon Dept. of Revenue - 02/06/15
SALEM--The Oregon Department of Revenue has identified inconsistencies in recently-filed state tax returns prepared with third-party tax preparation software, indicating potential fraudulent activity.

However, this is just one of many scams detected and stopped this filing season by the state's tax administration agency. "Fraudulent attempts are on the rise and we're working to stop fraud where we find it," explained the department's director, Jim Bucholz.
Bucholz attributes the current detection of fraudulent attempts to the business rules and processes in use by the department. The characteristics of this specific fraud have been incorporated into these business rules.

No department systems have been breached and taxpayer information on file with the department has not been compromised during this current situation, Bucholz said. Staff are reviewing and verifying the validity of a number of returns. The department may contact victims of identity theft.

The department is working with TurboTax-developer Intuit to determine the extent of the impact on Oregon taxpayers, Bucholz said. "If we can identify victims of fraud early, it's easier for us to help them."

If you've received notification that a tax return has already been filed on your behalf when you try to file your state return, contact your third-party tax preparation software vendor. Intuit, the vendor for TurboTax, has set up a dedicated hotline for its users at 800-944-8596.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Be alert for landslides and debris flows in southern Oregon
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 02/06/15
MEDFORD, Ore. - The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Saturday afternoon for parts of southern Oregon, including Jackson County and central Douglas County, the Siskiyou Mountains and southern Oregon Cascades. A previous flood watch remains in effect for coastal and eastern Curry County, Josephine County and the south central coast.

For latest flood watch updates, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1EM7qNl

"Intense rainfall is a common landslide trigger," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Landslides and debris flows are possible during this event, so it's important to be aware of the potential hazard."

Debris flows are rapidly moving, extremely destructive landslides. They can easily travel a mile or more, depending on the terrain. They will transport boulders and logs in a fast-moving soil and water slurry.

People, structures and roads located below steep slopes in canyons and near the mouths of canyons may be at serious risk. Caution should be used when traveling. According to DOGAMI, the most dangerous places include:
- Canyon bottoms, stream channels, and areas of rock and soil accumulation at the outlets of canyons.
- Bases of steep hillsides.
- Road cuts or other areas where slopes of hills have been excavated or over-steepened.
- Places where slides or debris flows have occurred in the past.

Learn more about landslides and debris flows and how to prepare for them:
Statewide Landslide Information Database (SLIDO): www.oregongeology.org/slido
Landslide and debris flow resources: http://bit.ly/landslidehazards
Coos Bay School District Public Meetings in February 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/06/15
Below is the list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of February 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

February 9, 2015
* Policy Committee at 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Regular School Board Meeting at 6:00 PM. Executive Session at 5:45 PM. The agenda and packet are posted at the following link and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

February 23, 2015
* Policy Committee at 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by February 20th and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
02/05/15
PUBLIC NOTICE: State approves relocation of nursing facility beds in Ontario
Oregon Health Authority - 02/05/15
A proposed order was issued today to Presbyterian Nursing Home, Inc. (Presbyterian Community Care Center) for the development of a new 48-bed nursing facility to be located at 2431 NW 4th Ave., Ontario, Oregon 97914.

This project involves the relocation of 48 nursing facility beds from Presbyterian Community Care Center's current location at 1085 N. Oregon St., Ontario, Oregon 97914 to the new site. After implementation of this project, the North Oregon Street location will no longer offer nursing facility services.

The order issued today is a proposed order. Any affected party who takes exception to the proposed order may request the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division, to hold an informal hearing. If no request for a hearing is received by Feb. 20, 2015, the proposed order will automatically become final. For further information about this project, please contact Jana Fussell, Certificate of Need coordinator, Public Health Division, at 971-673-1108.

Under state certificate of need law, Presbyterian Community Care Center was required to seek state approval of this project because it involves the relocation of existing nursing facility beds. The purpose of the law is to see that health services are adequately distributed in the state without unnecessary duplication of services or excessive cost to patients. This proposed order grants the provider permission to proceed with the project as submitted. This project will be subject to further review for any changes to the physical plant, for state licensure, and for federal certification for Medicare and Medicaid if requested.

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DOC announces executive management changes (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 02/05/15
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Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced several changes to the executive management team, effective March 1.

Named was Daryl Borello as Assistant Director for General Services, Heidi Steward as Assistant Director for Offender Management and Rehabilitation, and Mark Nooth as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville.

Borello has 24 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1990 as a police officer in central California. He came to DOC in 2003 as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Shortly after, he joined the Special Investigations Unit, promoting through the Inspector ranks and assisting with the development of Security Threat Management before becoming Chief Investigator. For the last four years, Borello has been with the Human Resources Division where he has worked as the Professional Development Unit Administrator and Chief Administrator. He holds an associate's degree in theology.

Steward has been with the department for 19 years, most recently as the Superintendent of CCCF. Prior to that, she was Administrator of the Government Efficiencies and Communications Office; Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation at CCCF; and spent many years in the transitional services arena.

Nooth began his career in corrections in 1983 as a Corrections Officer with the Massachusetts DOC. During his 20 years there, he advanced through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Director of Security, and Deputy Superintendent of Operations. In 2003, he took a position with Oregon DOC as the Assistant Superintendent of General Services at Snake River Corrections Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, and then promoted to Superintendent in 2007. Nooth received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1986 from South Eastern Massachusetts University.

"Each of these individuals has proven their leadership and dedication to the department," said DOC Director Peters. "Their commitment to our mission, vision, and values is unwavering and will serve as an example for all DOC. The experience and expertise they bring to their new positions will help carry our agency into the future."

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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Albany Police Investigate Invasion of Privacy in Target Store: APD # 15-1346 (Photo)
Albany Police - 02/05/15
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, a 24 year old woman was trying on garments in the Target dressing room when she noticed a smart phone was being held under the door and angled up toward her, possibly recording her as she changed.

Video surveillance led to a person of interest in the case, who appears to be a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years of age, wearing a blue work uniform. Surveillance images are being released to the public for assistance in identifying this individual.

Anyone with information in regard to this case is encouraged to contact the Albany Police Department at (541)917-7680.

*****Update******02-02-15

The person pictured in the included attachments has been identified thanks to help from the public. No arrests have been made at this point, and the investigation continues.

*****Update ****** 02-05-15
On 02-04-15, Albany Police executed a search warrant at the Albany residence of Inocencio Ventura Carbajal, age 40. Carbajal was not home at the time. On 02-05-15, Carbajal was lodged at the Linn County Jail on charges of Tampering with Physical Evidence and Invasion of Personal Privacy. Carbajal refused to make any statements. Evidence found during the search of the residence is still being examined. No jail photo was available at the time of this press release.


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Local healthcare providers come together to improve behavioral health care (Photo)
Legacy Health - 02/05/15
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In an unprecedented collaboration, Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have signed a Letter of Intent to open the area's first comprehensive behavioral health care center in late 2016.

Called the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, the facility will include psychiatric emergency services for people with acute psychiatric crises, as well as an inpatient facility with services for both adults and adolescents.

These psychiatric emergency services are modeled on the successful program at the John George Psychiatric Pavilion in Alameda County, Calif. where 75 percent of the patients are successfully cared for and stabilized in less than 24 hours. Because patients received appropriate treatment without unnecessary waiting, the program is producing better outcomes.

The inpatient facility will include 79 adult and 22 adolescent patient beds. The new center will offer space to organizations providing community behavioral health services allowing patients to plan for support after discharge.

Adventist Health, Legacy Health and OHSU will move their behavioral health inpatient services to the Unity Center for Behavioral Health. It is possible that new jobs will be created with the implementation of this new model.

The center will be located on Legacy's Holladay Park campus following renovations. The cost of the construction is estimated at $50 million. Legacy Health will donate $10 million in real estate and is committed to actively seeking the additional funds from a combination of corporations, foundations, government entities and individual donors.

The next step in the process is the development of a joint operating agreement detailing the management and operations of the facility, including the involvement of local advocacy and peer groups.


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Same-day hospital diagnosis and treatment available for heart patients (Photo)
Salem Health - 02/05/15
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* Video link: http://youtu.be/fQ7sD3T4wqs
* Transcript in broadcast and AP style
* MP3 audio dub of Salem Health video
* JPG files of Salem Hospital Radial Catheterization Lab, Dr. Kevin Thompson and Gary Schrader

Salem Hospital patients are benefiting from a more efficient cardiac catheterization system to diagnose and treat heart ailments. Salem area cardiologists collaborated with Salem Hospital to open the hospital's Radial Catheterization Lab in 2014. It became the first facility of its kind for hospitals in Oregon for treatment of coronary artery disease.

Radial catheterization has increased drastically and uses the radial artery as the entry point in the wrist, instead of the traditional entry through the groin or femoral artery. Cardiologists can treat heart attacks, open blocked arteries and improve symptoms through angioplasty and stent procedures. The radial approach offers patients significant advantages:

* Minimal bleeding risk and less discomfort
* Shorter hospital stay (usually just hours) and no bed rest required
* Same-day discharge, even if a stent is placed

"While this is becoming the preferred approach, we always make sure it is safe to proceed," said Kevin Thompson, DO, cardiologist with Salem CardioVascular Associates, PC and the Salem Health Heart & Vascular Institute. "As with all cardiac catheterizations, there are risks to consider." Patients must have good blood supply to their hands. The procedure may not be appropriate for patients who are on dialysis and have their dialysis access from the same arm.

Gary Schrader, of Lyons, is among one of Dr. Thompson's patients who have experienced the real benefit of the radial approach--getting in and out quickly. "It was just easy. It was simple," said Lyons. "I came by in the morning and went home at night."

Salem Health produced a video about Dr. Thompson, Schrader and the Salem Hospital Radial Catheterization Lab available at this link: http://youtu.be/fQ7sD3T4wqs

February is American Heart Month and Salem Health's Community Health Education Center will host Dr. Thompson on Monday, Feb. 9, at 11:30 a.m., for a special free presentation: "Talk with a heart doc: What is angina, and how long will my stent last?" Registration is required. Find more information online at salemhealth.org/heartmonth.

Salem Hospital is part of Salem Health, along with West Valley Hospital, Willamette Health Partners and other affiliated health care organizations offering exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. The prestigious 2015 Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals named Salem Hospital among the highest performing hospitals in the nation--and the only Oregon hospital, and one of two Pacific Northwest hospitals, to receive this honor. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


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Traffic Safety Team Adding Extra Patrols in February (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 02/05/15
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Starting February 9th, the Marion county Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Team will be adding extra patrols on our roadways. During their patrols deputies will be focusing on seat belt violations and distracted drivers.

A focused operation will be held on February 13th, at the intersection of Lancaster Drive NE and Silverton Road NE. This intersection has been selected due to its high number of motor vehicle crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 49 percent of the 114,102 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed on our roadways from 2008-2012 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crashes. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

These extra patrols will continue through February 22nd and are made possible by grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation.


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Oregon Army National Guard major general to retire (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 02/05/15
Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position a
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SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Army National Guard Maj. Gen. David Enyeart is scheduled to retire from more than 30 years of military service in a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2:00 p.m., at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon.

The Anderson Readiness Center is located at 3225 State St., Salem, Oregon 97301.

In his most recent position, Enyeart served as the Chief of Staff of U.S. Forces Korea, where he was responsible for directing, planning, coordinating and integrating actions of the Joint Staff while directly supporting national objectives to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula in order to deflect potential attackers.

Enyeart began his career in the U.S. Army in 1978. He received his commission as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School in June 1985 and joined the Oregon Army National Guard as a mortar platoon leader. Over the course of more than three decades, Enyeart served on three overseas deployments; two in Afghanistan and one in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

His military career includes commands ranging from unit level to brigade level before becoming the Assistant Adjutant General - Army for the Oregon National Guard, and then the Commander/Senior Military Representative, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Headquarters /Sarajevo.

In Sarajevo, Enyeart served with military and governmental agencies assisting in their entry into NATO.

Family, friends, and members of the media are invited to attend the retirement ceremony which marks Enyeart's service to the state and nation.

For Enyeart's official biography, visit: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/ngbgomo/bioshow.aspx?id=2082

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120206-Z-PL-993-001: Maj. Gen. David Enyeart, Oregon Army National Guard and Chief of Police in Toledo, Oregon, is promoted to the rank of Major General during a promotion ceremony at the Anderson Readiness Center in Salem, Oregon, Feb. 6, 2012. Enyeart took on the position as the Chief of Staff, United States Forces Korea, shortly thereafter. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Van Mourik, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.


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OSP Pursuit Suspect Arraigned On Attempted Aggravated Murder Charge (Photo)
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 02/04/15
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Today, Gustavo Isabel Vega, age 22 years, was arraigned on the charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Delivery of Heroin, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Reckless Driving, and Resisting Arrest, stemming from an incident on Friday, January 30, 2015. This incident involved an Oregon State Police pursuit, in which the Marion County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation.

The Honorable Janet Klapstein ordered the defendant held without bail on the Attempted Aggravated Murder charge. Ted Coran was appointed to represent the defendant. The next court appearance was set for February 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon.

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Coos Bay School District Public Meetings in February 2015
Coos Bay Sch. Dist. - 02/04/15
Below is the updated list of Coos Bay Public Schools Public Meetings currently scheduled for the month of January 2015. All meetings are held at Milner Crest Education Center, 1255 Hemlock Ave., Coos Bay, unless otherwise noted. The schedule is subject to change.

January 12, 2015
* Regular School Board Meeting at 5:30 PM - note change in time. The agenda and packet are posted at the following link and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

January 26, 2015
* Policy Committee at 9:30 AM @ Milner Crest
* Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 PM. The agenda and packet will be posted at the following link by January 23rd and are subject to change: http://cbd9.net/schoolboard/agendas

Go to http://cbd9.net/public-meetings-schedule to link to all the public meetings currently scheduled.

All Coos Bay School District Board Meetings are subject to the Public Meetings Law (ORS 192.610-192.710). The public is welcome to attend. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. Request for other accommodations should be made to Peggy Ahlgrim at 541-267-1310, 541-269-5366 (fax) or peggya@coos-bay.k12.or.us

Contacts:
Dawn Rae Granger, Superintendent, (541) 267-1309
Peggy Ahlgrim, Board Secretary, (541) 267-1310
Free Health Self-Management Workshop (Springfield)
Lane Council of Governments - LCOG - 02/04/15
Join us for the next Living Well With Chronic Conditions free workshop series February 11th - March 18th, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Wednesdays at Willamalane Adult Activity Center (215 W. C Street, Springfield). Call 541-682-4103 to register or for more information.

This 6-week workshop series is designed for adults with any type of chronic health condition. Developed and licensed by Stanford University, the workshop series teaches skills and information related to exercise, nutrition, medication management and much more. Workshops are offered locally in Lane County by Senior and Disability Services, a division of Lane Council of Governments.

This workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division, Lane Community College Successful Aging Institute, Willamalane Adult Activity Center, Sundance Natural Foods, Lane Council of Governments, and the Department of Human Services.
Roseburg food distributor earns safety recognition
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 02/04/15
(Salem) - Harbor Wholesale Foods in Roseburg is the latest employer to be welcomed into Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

SHARP provides an incentive for Oregon employers to work with their employees to find and correct hazards, develop and implement effective safety and health programs, and continuously improve. The ultimate goal of SHARP is to encourage employers to become self-sufficient in managing workplace safety and health issues. Currently, about 35 employer locations are active SHARP employers, in addition to approximately 136 facilities that have graduated from the program.

Harbor Wholesale Foods is a distributor for grocery and foodservice products with locations in Roseburg, Ore., and Lacey, Wash. The company employs 67 people at its Roseburg location.

"The SHARP program has given our company a framework to help us live our company value of safety throughout our daily operations," said Justin Erickson, CEO of Harbor Wholesale Foods. "We pride ourselves on being a family company and workplace where our people come first. Keeping our family of employees safe is our top priority. Our team has taken ownership of the SHARP program and encourages all of our team members to consider safety in everything we do."

Participation in SHARP does not eliminate regulatory enforcement, although SHARP participants do receive a limited exemption from programmed inspections. Employees retain all workplace safety and health rights contained in the Oregon Safe Employment Act. Oregon employers that have been in business for more than one year are eligible to apply for SHARP regardless of size or type of business.

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Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org or follow on www.facebook.com/OregonOSHA.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.
Extra Patrols During DUII Saturation in Eugene/Springfield -- KLCC Microbrew Festival
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/04/15
The Oregon State Police (OSP), in partnership with the Eugene Police Department (EPD) and Springfield Police Department (SPD), have organized DUII saturation efforts around the KLCC Microbrew Festival, February 6th and 7th at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Additional troopers and officers will be assigned to the high visibility enforcement (HVE) event each night, targeting drug and alcohol-impaired drivers. Funding for these coordinated efforts are provided by grants through the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This HVE effort is undertaken in conjunction with ODOT Transportation Safety Division's message, "Drive Sober - The Way to Go," and NHTSA's safety message, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Across the United States, more than 10,000 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in 2012. Here in Oregon in 2013, over 40% of all fatal crashes involved a driver who had been drinking.

Attendees are encouraged to designate a driver or use alternative transportation. KLCC and the Lane Transit District (LTD) are offering free bus passes for those attending the festival. Visit KLCC's website for more information. www.klcc.org

Point of contact: Sergeant Evan Sether - Oregon State Police (503) 375-3555
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Oregonians invest a record $4.4 million in culture in 2014 (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 02/04/15
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Salem, Ore. - Oregonians increased their investment in culture by more than 7 percent in 2014, donating a record $4.4 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust - a full $300,000 more than the previous year.

"It's an incredible outcome given it was a year of significant transition for the Trust," said Executive Director Brian Rogers, who assumed his role in July. "We welcomed new Trust Manager Aili Schreiner in August and were without a full-time communications manager until October. We worked very hard to ensure all was in place for year-end giving, and these results are really rewarding for all of us."

"This speaks to the strength of the relationship donors have with the Cultural Trust," added Trust board member Bob Speltz, who completed three years as chair in December. "While we are constantly refining our marketing, the loyalty of our donors is unquestioned."

It will be a couple of weeks before full analytical data is available, said Schreiner, but staff is hopeful the increase - the largest in the Trust's history - is due to growth in new donors and online giving.

"We diverted more of our marketing dollars to digital advertising and creating a mobile application for our website," she said. "We also focused the campaign exclusively on the last three months of the year, which is historically when the donations come in."

A total of $678,331 in donations was received on Dec. 31, more than 15 percent of the total dollars raised. There also was a significant increase in donations received through the Willamette Week Give!Guide, which raised $295,680, more than $50,000 than the year before.

The Cultural Trust distributes $.42 of each donor dollar in grants and puts $.58 into a permanent fund, currently valued at just over $25 million. In 2014 the Trust awarded $1.8 million in grants to its statewide partners, 45 county/tribal cultural coalitions and 51 cultural nonprofits through a competitive grant program.

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Media advisory: Media availability at beginning of emergency operations tabletop exercise
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 02/04/15
2015 Crude Oil-Rail Response Tabletop Exercise
8:30 a.m.--12 noon Thursday February 5, 2015
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317

Local, state, tribal, federal and rail company partners will collaborate in a tabletop coordination exercise Thursday morning Feb. 5. The tabletop exercise simulates a crude oil spill from a derailed train. The exercise will focus on coordinating emergency operations plans during the notification and response phases of an incident.

Media are welcome to obtain pictures and interviews at the beginning of the exercise (8:30 a.m.--9:00 a.m.).

Agency spokespeople will be available for interviews during the exercise; agency participants in the exercise will not be available for interviews until after the exercise concludes about noon.

State agencies collaborating in this exercise include the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Health Authority.
$5,000 cash reward offered by Pacific Power and Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative to stem metal thefts
Pacific Power - 02/04/15
Pacific Power, Tom Gauntt: Feb. 4, 2015
503-813-7291
Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. contact:
Christine Stallard 1-541-332-6162


$5,000 cash reward offered by Pacific Power and Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative to stem metal thefts
Increase in local thefts endangering employees, costing residents
COOS COUNTY, Ore. - Thieves stealing wire from power poles in Coos County are increasingly endangering linemen and residents and costing money in repairs. Pacific Power and CCEC are offering a cash reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the perpetrators.
Since July 2014, Pacific Power has experienced 15 wire theft incidents in Coos County. The criminal activity increased toward the end of the year, prompting the increased focus and cash reward offer. These thefts have occurred primarily in rural areas of the county and generally take place at night. No power outages have occurred due to the crimes because the thieves only took the neutral wires, not the energized ones.
"These thefts create an unnecessary safety and financial burden on our customers and we are taking aggressive action to stop it," said Doug Butler, vice president of operations for Pacific Power. "One of the best ways to stop it is to reach out to those who are affected most - our neighbors on the south coast."
"We are seeing more and more of this type of damage to our system and it greatly concerns us," said Roger Meader, CEO and general manager of CCEC. "Repairs put additional cost pressure on both utilities at a time when everything possible is being done to minimize cost increases to electric consumers. Damaging the electric system puts crews at risk as they go about their work on the local power grid and the thieves themselves are in mortal danger when they perform these criminal acts."
The cost to repair or replace the damage over the last two years is more than $200,000 on Pacific Power's Coos County system alone.
"Rewards work," said Butler. "Last year, we paid out two $3,000 rewards and now two metal thieves in the Yakima, Washington area are behind bars, convicted of causing thousands of dollars in damages. We can have the same kind of success here. If you see something or know someone is up to no good, go to the police. The system is confidential, anonymous, and it works."
Working with law enforcement officials and local scrap dealers, the two utilities ask the public to report any incidents where they see individuals loitering near service yards, climbing poles or carrying coiled wire when there are no Pacific Power or CCEC vehicles in the vicinity. Except during local power outages, Pacific Power and CCEC crews usually will not be working at night.
Pacific Power and CCEC crews use company-marked vehicles, wear company gear and surround any work vehicles with orange safety cones. Anyone working on power lines or facilities and not clearly identified as a member of Pacific Power or CCEC crew should be considered suspicious.
If residents see any suspicious activity around power poles, do not confront these individuals, but dial 9-1-1. If anyone has knowledge of past thefts, please call:
Coos County Sheriff's Office 541-396-7830
Oregon State Police Southern Command Dispatch Center
Coos Bay Police Department

North Bend Police Department 800-442-2068
541-269 8911
541-756-8500
Tips can also be sent by email to: crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.
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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. Our goal is to provide our customers with value for their energy dollar, and safe, reliable electricity. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, with almost 1.8 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.

About Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CCEC) was founded in 1939 by a group of Coos County, Oregon, residents who wanted electricity in their area. Today, the nonprofit cooperative has approximately 18,400 meters in Coos, Curry, and Douglas Counties, and 1,626 miles of line, including 52 miles of transmission line between Gold Beach and Brookings. CCEC serves the rural populations east and south of Coos Bay in Coos County, a portion of Douglas County and all of Curry County except for the town of Langlois. Headquartered in Port Orford, Oregon, CCEC has area business offices in Port Orford, Coquille, Gold Beach and Brookings.
Triple the impact of your HEAT Oregon donation
Pacific Power - 02/04/15
Media Contact: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tom Gauntt, Pacific Power Feb. 4, 2015
503-813-7291

Triple the impact of your HEAT Oregon donation
Pacific Power will match it 2-for-1 to help our neighbors in need

PORTLAND, Ore - You can triple your commitment to helping your neighbors stay warm and healthy this winter by pitching in with Pacific Power. The company will match every $1 you donate to HEAT Oregon with $2 more.

Last year, Pacific Power's donations helped nearly 3,700 households in need throughout Oregon including 4561 children, 1,288 seniors and 1,096 people with disabilities. This year, Pacific Power's 2-for-1 match will continue up to $144,000.

"The 2-for-1 match will help our neighbors in a simple and direct way. We're privileged to work together with HEAT Oregon, as we have since 1993, to help people as much as we can," said Pat Reiten, president and CEO of Pacific Power.

Pacific Power customers receiving bills by mail get a HEAT Oregon contribution envelope and can use it to send a tax-deductible contribution. Customers paying bills online can send a check or enroll in the fixed donation program. This program allows customers to donate as little as $1 per month, which is then incorporated into their monthly bill. Fixed donations will also be matched 2-for-1. To enroll in the fixed donation program, call Pacific Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070.

HEAT Oregon verifies eligibility and allocates funds to those in need. All funds donated assist families in need from the same county in which the donor resides.

Customers needing bill assistance themselves can talk with Pacific Power representatives who can set up individual payment plans or direct customers to agencies that may be able to help. Pacific Power's customer service number is 1-888-221-7070.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power is headquartered in Portland, and provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. It is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity producers in the United States, providing 1.7 million customers with value for their energy dollar and safe, reliable electricity. In 2010, Pacific Power celebrated 100 years serving customers and communities. For more information, visit pacificpower.net.

About HEAT Oregon
HEAT Oregon is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to help low-income Oregonians become more energy self-reliant. In partnership with 32 community agencies throughout the state, HEAT Oregon's primary objective is to prevent disconnection of utility service by providing bill payment assistance to low-income households in emergency situations. To donate to, or learn more about HEAT Oregon visit www.heatoregon.org, call 503-612-6300; or write to HEAT Oregon, P.O. Box 127, Tualatin, Ore. 97062.
School Exclusion Day is February 18
Oregon Health Authority - 02/04/15
Editors: Oregon Public Health Division immunization and infectious disease experts will be available today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Room 1-D of the Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon St., to answer reporters' questions.

February 4, 2015

School Exclusion Day is February 18

Parents must provide schools, child care facilities with children's immunization records

The Oregon Immunization Program is reminding parents that children will not be able to attend school or child care starting February 18 - School Exclusion Day - if their records on file show missing immunizations.

State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations, or have an exemption.

"Immunization is an effective way to keep schools and the entire community healthy," said Stacy de Assis Matthews, school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "We want to make sure children are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough and measles."

Parents need to know about this updated vaccine requirement:

-- The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series required for children 18 months and older in child care, preschool and kindergarten through sixth grade.

If school and child care vaccination records are not up-to-date, the child will be sent home. In 2014, local health departments sent 32,345 letters to parents and guardians informing them that their children needed immunizations to stay in school or child care. A total of 5,227 children were kept out of school or child care until the necessary immunization information was turned in to the schools or child care facilities. Letters to parents will be mailed on or before February 4, 2015.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider or local health department, or call 211Info - just dial 211. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines.

Pharmacists can immunize children 11 and older. Parents should contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details.

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website at www.healthoregon.org/imm. Follow the Oregon Immunization Program on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OregonImmunize.

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