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10/24/14
Salem Hospital holds Ebola drill using updated CDC guidelines
Salem Health - 10/24/14
NOTE TO EDITORS: YouTube video link in news release, includes b-roll; WAV audio file attached of Dr. Cort Garrison's interview, plus video transcript.

Salem Hospital staff and employees took part in an Ebola drill in the emergency department on Thursday, Oct. 23. The participants practiced putting on personal protective equipment using the latest recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control as of Oct. 20. The new CDC recommendations involve caregivers covering all exposed skin. The regimen now includes wearing longer gloves and leg coverings, plus a hood with a different air source.

"The overall risk of having a true Ebola case in Salem is very low," said Cort Garrison, MD, interim chief medical officer and chief information office for Salem Health. "We're doing everything in our power to not only take care of a patient if they present to Salem Health, but also protect our staff and employees to exposure to a potentially deadly virus."

"We have a dedicated training team," said Garrison. "We have everybody cooperating in a spirit where we want to do this right and to the best of our capabilities. If next week we have different recommendations, then we will retrain to those recommendations."

The training team worked with a total of 84 people in two days. The hospital is conducting the training sessions in phases for key staffers. Phase one prioritized the emergency room and ancillary services--including 49 staff nurses, 12 emergency physicians, 9 environmental services staffers, 5 imaging employees, 5 patient transporters, 3 respiratory therapists--and one member of the hospital's rapid response team, which covers the emergency room and the rest of the campus, as a backup.

"We're making sure that a sufficient number of people are trained, that no one individual has to be put in harm's way that's not trained," said Garrison.

Salem Health produced a video about the Ebola drill. It is available for viewing on YouTube at this link: http://youtu.be/rYFqnst_0E4.

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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.


Attached Media Files: Video transcript , WAV audio file of Dr. Cort Garrison interview
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 8 lbs of Marijuana, Pending Charges for California Man - Highway 395 near Lakeview (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
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A California man is facing felony marijuana-related charges following an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Thursday in Lake County in which a trooper found approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in a vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 2:27 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a 2011 Chevrolet four-door passenger car displaying California license plates northbound on Highway 395E near Lakeview for a speed violation. The trooper identified the driver as LAWARENCE ANTHONY COSTA III, age 29, from Albion, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 8 pounds of marijuana concealed in the trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

COSTA was later cited and released to appear in Lake County Circuit Court for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Eugene Resident Among Nurse of the Year Winners (Photo)
March of Dimes - 10/24/14
Kiyah Williams
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Eugene resident Kiyah Williams was among 18 exceptional nurses from across Oregon and SW Washington recognized Friday, October, 24th, at the fourth annual March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards, presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. With 430 nurses nominated, the state-wide committee selected the 18 winners in a blinded process.

While the immense value and profound effect that all nurses have on our lives was noted and celebrated, these 18 nurses were acknowledged for their constant care, compassion and dedication to improve the quality of others' lives through service.

Nurse of the Year 2014 Winners
* Adult Acute Care: Yirong "Ron" Wang of Kaiser Westside Medical Center from Portland

* Advance Practice: Carla Brim of PeaceHealth System Office (Vancouver) from Vancouver, WA

* Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care: Mardee Stirling of Adventist Health from Battle Ground, WA

* Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review: Carolyn Williams of City of Portland from Portland

* Community Health: Sara Mosher of St. Charles Medical Center from Bend

* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal): Megan Tinling of Oregon Health & Science University from King City

* Emergency: Rhonda Fischer of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital from Parkdale

* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care: Sandra Dykes of Portland Adventist Medical Center from Battleground, WA

* Nurse Educator: Amy Corcoran of Oregon Health & Science University from Sherwood

* Nurse Leader: Lora Horn of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland

* Nurse Specialty: Sarah McQuade of Mid-Columbia Medical Center from Parkdale

* Pediatric Acute Care: Theresa Wikander of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel from Portland

* Rising Star: Kiyah Williams of PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend from Eugene

* Small Hospital: Lisa Halvorsen of Providence Milwaukie Hospital from Wilsonville

* Student Nurse: Samantha Owens of Kaiser Permanante Northwest from Vancouver, WA

* Surgical Services: Mai-Tuyet Tran of Oregon Health & Science University from Portland

* Women's Health: Maribeth Roberts of Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center from Portland

* Distinguished Nurse of the Year: Deborah Eldredge of Oregon Health & Science University from Portland

Chaired by William E. Johnson, MD, MBA, President of Moda Health, this annual event also serves as a benefit for March of Dimes. With the support and involvement of 21 health organizations and medical centers, the Nurse of the Year Awards raised over $105,000 to help fund the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Committee members include: Rod Hart, RN, COHN, FAAOHN, of Moda Health; Lisa M. Alvarado, RN, MSN, of Kaiser Permanente; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, of OHSU; Kris Cuthair, RN, BSN, MSN, of Kaiser Westside Medical Center; Shari Davis, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN, of Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel; Trece Gurrad, RN, MSN, of Columbia Memorial Hospital; Tim Herrmann, RN, BSN, MBA, of PeaceHealth Oregon West Network; Sandy Montminy, RN, MSN, of
Adventist Medical Center; Lynae Moor, RN, MPH, of Adventist Medical Center; Regina Rose, RN, MSN, of Mid-Columbia Medical Center; Marcia Soderling, RN, MPA, BSN, of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; and Jeanie Vieira, RN, of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: Kiyah Williams
Marine Board Holds Quarterly Meeting
Oregon Marine Board - 10/24/14
The Oregon State Marine Board held its quarterly meeting on October 22 in Astoria, and approved boating facility grants and denied a petition for personal watercraft (PWC) restrictions on the Salmon River, in Lincoln County.

The Board approved the disbursement of $63,080 in state boater funds and $204,241 in federal Clean Vessel Act (CVA) funds to replace seven pumpout and dump stations. The new equipment will help capture thousands of gallons of boater-generated sewage from portable toilets and holding tanks. Together with in-kind contributions, total project expenditures equaled $300,841. The Port of Garibaldi, Boardman Park & Recreation District, Metro (Chinook Landing), City of Depoe Bay, Port of Astoria (West Basin), Port of Gold Beach and State Parks (Cove Palisades) were awarded grants.

In other business, the Marine Board voted 4:1, to not initiate rulemaking to amend OAR 250-021-0040, in response to a petition the agency received to prohibit the operation of personal watercraft (PWC's) in Lincoln County.

The Board also voted unanimously to adopt a new Marine Board logo. The logo was developed by an external advisory committee comprised of staff, community members and state boaters and aided by the design firm of bell + funk, from Eugene. Agency signage, publications, forms, and other documentation will incorporate the new logo as existing supplies are exhausted.

For more information about the Marine Board and the agency's programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.
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Lane Education Service District Board of Directors To Meet Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Lane ESD - 10/24/14
The Board of Directors of Lane Education Service District will conduct a regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Lane Education Service District, 1200 Highway 99 North, Eugene, Oregon.
Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee Accepting Applications for New Routes
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/24/14
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Scenic Bikeway Program will accept applications in the spring of 2015 for new bikeway designations.

Designated Scenic Bikeways are selected from locally proposed routes and represent the "best of the best" road bicycle riding in Oregon. Currently, there are 12 designated bikeways totaling nearly 800 miles. Oregon is the only state with an official Scenic Bikeway program.

Completed applications consist of a proposed scenic route, a local proponent group, and letters of support from all governing bodies of road jurisdictions. The applications must be submitted from March 17-31, 2015 to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Bikeway proponent groups consist of local volunteers, cyclists and tourism professionals. If the purposed route submitted via that application is officially recommended for designation by the Oregon Bikeway Committee, the proponent group must then complete a comprehensive Bikeway Plan including a series of goals, sign locations, promotions and future engagement.

The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee evaluates proposed routes using criteria which examine human made, natural scenic and sensory values and road conditions on the route.

In the past, only half of the applications scored high enough on the criteria to be recommended for designation.

Applications, a list of important features for a bikeway and the criteria are available at http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/BIKE/Pages/info.aspx

For more information on the application process or the Bikeway Program contact Alex Phillips at 503-986-0631 or alex.phillips@oregon.gov .


Attached Media Files: News release
McCullough Bridge in North Bend to remain closed until weekend (Photo)
ODOT: SW Oregon - 10/24/14
McCullough Bricge (photo 2)
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October 24, 2014
R3-83-14

McCullough Bridge to remain closed until weekend

NORTH BEND - U.S. Highway 101 is expected to remain closed at McCullough Bridge in North Bend at least until Saturday.

ODOT and contractor crews are currently working to stabilize the project enclosure that is attached to the bridge. The enclosure slid approximately 60 feet out of place on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the closure of the bridge.

This stabilization work will likely continue into the weekend. ODOT will notify the public and media as soon as an estimated time for re-opening the bridge is available.

Local traffic may detour along East Bay Drive, and motorists are advised to use caution on this narrow road. Trucks are advised to use alternate routes, such as Interstate 5.

# # ODOT # #

DAN LATHAM, PIO
Voice: (541) 957-3601
Cell: (541) 817-5200
Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us


[MEDIA NOTE - Please see attachments for photos of the west side of McCullough Bridge and the work enclosure, which were taken on Thursday. Prior to Wednesday afternoon, the steel enclosure was bolted to the bridge, with the right side flush against the concrete pier seen in the pictures. For reasons that are currently unclear, the enclosure slid approximately 30-60 feet to the north (toward the left in the photos), bending the steel scaffolding on the sides of the enclosure.]


Attached Media Files: McCullough Bricge (photo 2) , McCullough Bridge (photo 1)
PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Oregon Growth Board
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/24/14
The Oregon Growth Board will hold a regular meeting on October 30, from 10:00am to 1:00pm
at:

White Stag Building
Room 152
70 NW Couch St
Portland, 97209

Meeting agenda can be downloaded here: http://www.oregongrowthboard.com/Meetings/2014/1014/1014OGBagenda.pdf

For more information on the Oregon Growth Board, visit www.oregongrowthboard.com.

The Oregon Growth Board was created in an effort to spur more economic growth in Oregon, with a focus on increasing the state's ability to grow companies from early stage to large, locally headquartered firms. An important focus is placed on leveraging state resources to improve the availability of capital for high-growth companies.
Grant application period open for federal Community Forest Program (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/24/14
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
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A federal program that provides financial assistance to local governments, Tribal governments and nonprofit entities for establishing community forests is now available. The program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use.

Lands eligible for grants under the program must be private forest at least 5 acres in size, at least 75 percent forested, and suitable to sustain natural forest cover. The lands must not be held in trust by the United States on behalf of any Indian tribe. Passed under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program authorizes the U.S. Forest Service to pay up to 50 percent of the project costs to a maximum of $400,000.

The purpose of the program is to protect forestland from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits. Lands must be threatened by conversion to nonforest uses, allow public access, and be offered for sale by a willing seller.

Community benefits as described under the Community Forest Program include:
* Sustainable forestry
* Recreation
* Educational and experiential learning opportunities
* Wildlife habitat
* Clean air, water, and other environmental benefits

More about the Community Forest Program
Community Forests can be owned by local governments, tribes, and qualified nonprofit entities.
All projects must complete a Community Forest Plan within 120 days after land acquisition; a draft of the plan is due at the time of application. Technical assistance from the Oregon Department of Forestry for development of the Community Forest Plan may be available in addition to the land acquisition costs of the project. Projects consisting of conservation easements are not eligible.

The program pays up to 50 percent of acquisition costs -- and requires at least a 50 percent non-federal match. Qualified non-profits and local governments apply through the Oregon Department of Forestry; Indian Tribes apply directly to the U.S. Forest Service.

Oregon framework - suggestions for applicants
Applications should include a letter from the private landowner that indicates the landowner is a voluntary, willing seller supporting the project. In addition, projects that result in one or more of the following are encouraged:
* A written and approved Oregon forest management plan - or the commitment to develop one before closing on the acquisition.
* Third party certification through the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
* Property demonstrates effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to being in a degraded condition.
* Property is located within an urban-rural interface area threatened with conversion to non-forestry use.
* Land management supports implementation of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's
"Conservation Strategy" (see link, below).
* A strong landowner/public forestry/outdoor education component.
Applications from family forestry related non-profit organizations - with local forestland owner and community involvement, and demonstrated financial and organizational capacity to manage the property - are strongly encouraged.

A preference will be given for properties already demonstrating effective forest stewardship and sustainable forestry as opposed to properties in a degraded condition.

Application deadline
All applicants must send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted to the Oregon Department of Forestry for funding consideration.

Hard copy or electronic versions of applications need to be submitted to:
Jarrett Caston
Oregon Department of Forestry
2600 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97310
jcaston@odf.state.or.us
(503) 945-7382
and received no later than close of business, January 16, 2015. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Jarrett Caston with any questions.
For the national Request for Applications, go to:
http://www.fs.fed.us/cooperativeforestry/library/2014_app_fed_rfa.pdf

For more information about the Community Forest Program:
http://www.oregon.gov/odf/privateforests/pages/incentivescfp.aspx
For information about the Oregon Conservation Strategy: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/


Attached Media Files: The Community Forest program provides assistance grants for acquisition of private forestlands threatened with conversion to non-forest use
Driver Arrested After Alcohol-Involved Hit & Run Injury Crash - Highway 20E just east of Bend
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), arrested a 51-year old man following an alcohol-involved injury hit & run crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 20E east of Bend.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 4:00 p.m., OSP was notified of a possible injury hit & run crash on Highway 20E near milepost 5. While enroute, witnesses followed the suspect vehicle, a GMC van, from the scene until DCSO deputies located and stopped it at Alfalfa Market Road and Todd Road.

The GMC van driven by BRIAN L. WHITE, age 51, from Bend, attempted to make a U-turn from the westbound shoulder as a westbound Chevrolet pickup driven by JAMES FLOYD, age 63, from Bend, was approaching and struck the pickup's passenger side.

WHITE stopped momentarily at the scene and then drove away until stopped by DCSO deputies.

FLOYD was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with a non-life threatening injury.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to arrest WHITE for Assault in the Third Degree, Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. WHITE was also cited for Refusing a Breath Test and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail.

No photographs available for this release.

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Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126 east of Redmond
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday night's single vehicle rollover crash along Highway 126 about four miles east of Redmond that critically injured a Prineville man.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 9:52 p.m., a 1993 GMC pickup driven by JASON GORDON, age 23, from Prineville, was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 4 when it departed the roadway. The pickup rolled several times and struck a tree before coming to rest.

GORDON was partially ejected out of the driver's door and critically injured. An off duty Crook County deputy and OSP sergeant witnessed the crash, initiating emergency medical care until relieved by EMS responders. GORDON was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Richard Gay is the lead investigator. Alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Crook County Sheriff's Office, and Redmond Fire and Rescue. Highway 126 was blocked at the scene for 30 minutes.

No photographs for release.

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Open enrollment is your chance to shop around
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/24/14
As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This guide focuses on the importance of shopping during open enrollment.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You can shop and access financial help during open enrollment by visiting the federal Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov.

Whether you have insurance coverage for the first time or have had an individual plan for years, there are many reasons to explore all your options during open enrollment.

* You can no longer be turned down for coverage. In the past, those with health conditions may have had limited plan choices. However, people with health conditions can no longer be turned down for coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. That means all Oregonians are free to shop for health insurance without fear of rejection.

* You may qualify for financial help. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/qualifying-for-lower-costs-chart/ to see if you might be able to get premium tax credits or lower out-of-pocket costs. You can access these savings only if you buy your plan through healthcare.gov.

* Your plan may have changed. If you currently have insurance, you will receive a letter from your insurance company about whether your current plan is changing or will be available in 2015. Consider any changes and make sure the plan still meets your needs. You have the option to choose a new plan during open enrollment.

* You may have an older plan that does not include certain benefits. If you chose to keep the plan you had before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered or transitional plans, you may not have access to health care services that are free under all new plans. For example, many preventive services are now covered 100 percent. During open enrollment, you could choose a newer plan that does provide this coverage.

Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting through healthcare.gov. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).
Update #3: Photos - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/24/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. The victim's name is released in this update as well as added information related to the offending driver also being charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree and DUII.

According to Lieutenant Justin McGladrey, on October 23, 2014 at approximately 3:07 p.m., a 1997 Ford Ranger pickup driven by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN FITCH, age 21, from Beaverton, was northbound on Highway 101 near Old Condor Bridge Road about milepost 84. As the pickup negotiated a right curve at a high rate of speed, it crossed the double solid centerline and collided nearly head-on with a southbound 2001 Ford Taurus four-door. The pickup came to rest on its right side near the center of the highway. The car came to rest off the southbound shoulder of the highway.

The Ford Taurus driver, GERALD DEE WILL, age 70, from Cloverdale, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

FITCH, who was driving on a suspended license, received minor injury and was later arrested by OSP. As part of the investigation, OSP learned FITCH was on probation for DUII out of Clackamas County and during the evening confirmed alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor. In consultation with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, FITCH was lodged in the Tillamook County Jail for Manslaughter in the Second Degree, DUII and and Reckless Driving.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site office and Newport Area Command office are continuing the investigation which will be forwarded to the District Attorney. Trooper Sarah Reding is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Nestucca Rural Fire & Rescue, Tillamook Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Tillamook County Medical Examiner, Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, and ODOT. The highway was closed in both directions for 4 hours.

Photograph Sources:
Crash Scene Photos - Oregon State Police
Fitch Photo - Tillamook County Sheriff's Office

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10/23/14
Salem boy, 16, in critical condition after being struck by vehicle
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
Last night at about 6:48 pm, Marion County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to Swegle Rd NE and Cordon Rd NE regarding a jogger struck by a car. The 16 year old jogger was heading west on Swegle Rd, when the vehicle struck him from behind.

At the time of the accident, it was raining heavily and dark out. The jogger was dressed in all black with no reflective gear, which made him very difficult for the driver to see due to the weather conditions and the lights of oncoming traffic.

The 16 year old jogger was transported via ambulance and the driver remained on the scene cooperating with deputies and their investigation.

Driving in the rain, especially at night, can pose some serious challenges. Rain reduces the effectiveness of your headlights and causes poor visibility. Be sure to increase your visibility by replacing your wipers every six months, and use water repellant on your windshield, side windows and mirrors. Make sure your headlights are in good working order and if you replace one, replace them both.

We would like to encourage citizens when jogging at dark to always run against traffic and choose well lit routes. Be visible, wear white, yellow or orange clothing, and also make sure you have reflective gear on and even a headlamp is a great item.
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Albany (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's cross-over fatal traffic crash that occurred on Interstate 5 in the north Albany area. The names are released in this update.

On October 23, 2014 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 1995 Honda Civic driven by AMBER NICHOLE FOREST, age 28, from, Aumsville, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 237 when it traveled into the center median. The car continued across the median into the southbound lanes where it collided with a 2005 Volvo commercial truck pulling semi-trailer in the right southbound lane.

After impact, the commercial truck and trailer crossed the center median onto the northbound lanes where it collided into a concrete barrier. The truck and trailer came to rest jackknifed across the northbound lanes. The Honda came to rest in the center median.

FOREST was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The truck's driver, ARTHUR F. PEREZ, age 65, from College Place, Washington, was transported by ambulance to Albany General Hospital with minor injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are investigating the crash with the assistance of a crash investigation inter-agency team comprised of members from Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, and Lebanon Police Department.

Additional assistance provided at the scene by Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire District, and ODOT.

All lanes in both directions were opened by 3:00 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Anthony James Martinis Sought on Bank Robbery Warrant (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/23/14
Martinis
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FBI Agents and local partners in Oregon and Washington have possibly identified the man who they believe is responsible for three bank robberies in Oregon and three in Washington in the past month. The man, Anthony Martinis, faces local charges out of Cowlitz County, WA. No federal charges have been filed at this time.

The bank robberies were in Lacey, WA; Yakima, WA; Longview, WA; Salem, OR; Eugene, OR; and Cottage Grove, OR. Tips in Oregon should be directed to the closest FBI office or local police agency. The FBI's 24 hour number in Oregon is (503) 224-4181.

Attached please find the press release put out by the Seattle FBI tonight.


Attached Media Files: Seattle FBI Press Release , Martinis , Longview Bank Robbery , Lacey Bank Robbery , Yakima Bank Robbery , Wells Fargo in Salem - 10-16-14 , Umpqua Bank in Eugene - 10-16-14 , Wells Fargo Bank in Cottage Grove - 10-17-14
Fire season ends in northeast Oregon
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
As of 12:01 p.m. on October 23, 2014, fire season was officially terminated for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow. Scattered rain showers throughout the district over the past few weeks, combined with cooler fall temperatures has reduced the fire danger.

However, John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester, reminds the public to implement safe practices when using fire in the fall months.

"Fall is a good time to burn forest slash or yard debris, but please recognize that just one sunny and windy day can change conditions very quickly," he said. "Each fall we respond to escaped fires, so please continue to use fire in a responsible manner."

Technical advice for burning and smoke management can be obtained from your local ODF office.

With the termination of fire season, requirements such as providing firefighting equipment at logging sites or obtaining a burning permit for burn barrels are no longer in effect. However, termination of fire season does not relieve landowners or forest operators of lawful responsibilities concerning the safe burning of debris or slash. Windy conditions combined with warm weather could cause unpredictable fire behavior.

Specific Smoke Management/Burning Advisory Information:

- Unless you are in a rural or city fire department protection area, burn permits for burn barrels and small amounts of yard debris are not required. If you are under the protection of a rural or city fire department, please call and ask what their burning restrictions are. Burning within the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation requires a permit from the CTUIR. Follow all requirements within the permit.

- Burning of slash from forestry and logging activities requires a Notification of Operation/PDM from the Oregon Department of Forestry. In addition to this permit, the local Oregon Department of Forestry office must be contacted prior to ignition.

Before burning in northeast Oregon, it is important to check weather conditions related to smoke management. For smoke management forecasts call (541)963-9781 or visit the following website: www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/protection/fire_protection/Daily/neo.htm.

- Slash Burns must be registered with the local Oregon Department of Forestry office at least seven days prior to burning and burning accomplishments reported within seven days after burning.

The Northeast Oregon District of the Oregon Department of Forestry would like to thank forest landowners, forest operators and the public for their efforts in fire prevention, detection and suppression activities this season. After back-to-back record fire seasons for the State of Oregon, the Northeast Oregon District was again able to keep acres burned below the 10-year average of 2,207 acres.

Firefighters in the district suppressed 105 fires, which burned just 1,038 acres. Additional resources such as helicopters, bulldozers and single-engine air tankers partially paid for with General Fund monies from the State of Oregon helped significantly to check fire spread quickly in a year in which there were numerous large fires burning throughout the state.

These additional resources were part of the coordinated effort employed by ODF, which also included rural fire departments, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, local contractors, landowners and a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

For further information, contact the Oregon Department of Forestry at these local offices:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
Forestry board to focus on urban forestry benefits in Nov. 5-6 Portland meeting and tour (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/23/14
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
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The state Board of Forestry will hold a meeting and tour Nov. 5-6 in Portland, focusing on the benefits of trees and other natural resources in cities, and joining local leaders in discussions about the board's and the Oregon Department of Forestry's current and future urban forestry work.

The board will also meet with the state Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and host a community social, at which it will continue its tradition of honoring a community leader's contribution to natural resource conservation.

In addition, the board will receive an update from a subcommittee that has been exploring revisions to the current plan for managing state-owned forests in northwestern Oregon. Based on the subcommittee's recommendation, the board is expected to provide direction to department staff on further development of plan revisions.

The Forest Trust Lands Advisory Committee, a statutorily established advisory committee to the Board, will provide testimony on the board's deliberations. There will also be an opportunity for public comment.

All events are open to the public.

Business meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5
Setting the tone for the following day's tour, the board will join the EQC and representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality for an overview of the two panels' positive working relationship, an update on the Department of Forestry's urban forestry program, and an exploration of the role of trees and other natural resources in managing urban storm runoff.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Crystal Room of the Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St.

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 are available at: www.oregon.gov/odf/Pages/board/index.aspx

The community social, also at the Tiffany Center, will follow the meeting.

November 6 tour includes parks, Portland's Water Pollution Control Laboratory
The tour will begin with a panel discussion on a regional urban forestry planning effort, involving two states and 30 cities, that seeks to improve collaboration among government and community organizations, increase forest canopy cover and promote best natural resource management practices.

The tour will include stops at Holman and Columbia Parks and other locations, with presentations by representatives of the Portland Environmental Services Bureau, DEQ, the Oregon Environmental Council and others.

Throughout, the tour will provide insights on importance of green infrastructure--trees, open space, waterways and other natural assets--in providing environmental, economic and social benefits.

A lunch stop will feature a discussion with key urban area leaders on needs and opportunities-- today and in the future--in urban forestry and green infrastructure, and on the current and potential roles of the Board and Department of Forestry.

The day's activities begin at 8 a.m. in the Tiffany Center's Crystal Room. Members of the public are welcome, and encouraged to bring a lunch, arrange transportation if van seating is unavailable, and dress for inclement weather.

Special needs
Accommodations for people with disabilities, and special materials, services or assistance can be arranged by calling ODF'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


Attached Media Files: Portland is the location of a Board of Forestry tour focused on urban forestry
Marion County Law Enforcement Agencies Take Part in National Domestic Violence Campaign
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
On Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 agencies from in and around Marion County participated in the 12th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. Multiple officers and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Enforcement deputies and Parole and Probation, Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, as well as agencies across the country set out into their respective communities to arrest offenders with outstanding family-violence warrants.

By 11:00 p.m., this collaborative effort in Marion County resulted in the arrest of 7 men and women with family violence related warrants, out of the 32 warrants collected. The teams made 43 attempts on the 32 cases. Each person arrested was booked at the Marion County Jail.

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, on average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds the women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year.

On a local level, according to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of more than 85,000 Oregon women showed that 1 in 10 women experienced intimate-partner violence in the five years preceding the survey. Also, the estimated cost of intimate partner violence in Oregon exceeds $50 million each year.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Parole and Probation Division has 5 Deputy Sheriff's assigned to manage a domestic violence case load as well as Deputy Sheriff's assigned to the patrol division who have been provided an advanced level of training in regard to investigating domestic violence and other related crimes. The Marion County District Attorney's Office plays a vital role in this effort as well and their collaborative effort is much appreciated.

For information on the national effort, please contact the National Coordinator Carrie Jo Paine, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, at DVWarrantSweep@co.clackamas.or.us.
City of Keizer Receives National Boating Access Recognition for Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp, Amenities (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/23/14
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager
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The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) presented the City of Keizer a Mid-Size Access Award for the new Keizer Rapids Boating Facility on the Willamette River during their annual conference held in Arkansas during the week of October 13. Only one such award is given each year. The national award was formally presented to the City of Keizer's Mayor, Lore Christopher, during their monthly City Council meeting by Janine Belleque, the Oregon State Marine Board's interim Boating Facilities Manager.

Planning for this mid-sized boating access site began in 2003 and within that timeframe, many partnerships were established to work through the different challenges associated with the project. More than 50 individuals from city, state and federal levels, collaborated to complete property acquisitions, obtain environmental construction permits, complete design and engineering, bidding, construction and obtain funding for the Keizer Rapids boating facility. The City of Keizer's Community Development Director, Nate Brown, was instrumental in keeping everyone moving forward and responding to the challenges of completing the City's first improved boating facility.

The total cost for the project was $1,322,379, with $728,296 provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife utilizing federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $221,356 in state boater funds, and $372,727 from the City of Keizer. Federal funds are derived from federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuels taxes.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility amenities include:
-Property acquisition;
-1,900- feet of paved access road;
-paved and curbed parking lot for 16 single car spaces and 23 vehicle/boat trailer spaces, landscaped islands, sidewalks and signage;
-261-feet for a single-lane concrete boat ramp;
-200-foot long boarding floats supported by five steel piles;
-Single stall vault toilet;
-Two vegetated stormwater treatment bio-swales;
-Bank stabilization, boat ramp protection and large woody debris habitat enhancement;
Vegetated earthen berm to create a noise buffer and visual barrier for adjacent neighbors.

The Keizer Rapids recreational boating facility provides public access to a 12.5 mile area of the Willamette River and is a designated stop on the Willamette River Water trail.

SOBA recognizes outstanding achievements in recreational boating access at the annual National Boating Access Conference. The City of Keizer deserved this national recognition for their vision, collaboration and master planning of Keizer Rapids Park that will benefit recreational boaters for decades to come.

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Attached Media Files: Mayor Lore Christopher being presented the Mid-Size Access SOBA Award from Janine Belleque, Marine Board's Interim Boating Facilities Manager , Keizer Rapids Boat Ramp in 2013 shortly after construction.
Update: Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge
Oregon State Police - 10/23/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a 52-year old Florence man whose body was found in Coos Bay following an apparent accident while he worked on a lower maintenance bridge underneath Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge. The man's name is released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed that a pickup was underwater below the bridge.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel in a boat found a body in the water about four miles from the bridge. Fire personnel from North Bend Fire Department, North Bay Rural Fire Protection 2, and Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District responded to the scene with watercraft resources. A dive team from Lakeside Rural Fire Protection District checked the pickup about 15 feet underwater and confirmed there were no other occupants inside. The pickup was later recovered by Mast Bros. Towing.

The deceased man was identified as MARK FORTUNE, age 52, from Florence. FORTUNE reportedly was working as a mechanic for the bridge contractor. The circumstances surrounding his death and how his vehicle went into the water are not known at this time. The incident was not witnessed and construction crew members spotted the 2001 Ford F250 pickup in the water but couldn't account for FORTUNE.

According to ODOT, Highway 101 remains closed at the McCullough Bridge following the incident that damaged a construction project enclosure attached to the bridge. ODOT estimates the bridge will remain closed to all traffic until late Friday. A detour along East Bay Drive is being used for local traffic. Motor carriers are advised to use Highway 42 instead of Highway 38.

Questions regarding the bridge project and traffic restrictions should be directed to ODOT. Updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No photographs for release.

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Oregon Aero honored by Department of Defense for support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves
Oregon Military Department - 10/23/14
Scappoose, Ore. (October 15, 2014) - The Oregon Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) announced today that it is honoring Oregon Aero with an Above and Beyond Award. The company Oregon Aero was previously recognized with the "Patriot Award" during the 2014 Northwest Military Employer Summit, in Clackamas, Oregon.

The award is to recognize Oregon Aero for their extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Oregon National Guard and Reserve. Oregon Aero joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their current human resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

Many employers provide 'above and beyond' support with pay differential to offset any wage loss, and extension of health care benefits, which complement coverage provided by the military when their employees are mobilized for duty.

According to retired Oregon Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Norman Hoffman, Oregon ESGR State Chair, the ESGR Above and Beyond was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve.

"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units," Hoffman said.

Oregon Aero designs, tests, and manufactures products for both military and civil applications at its facility in Scappoose, Oregon.

"Our Citizen-Soldiers provide an unparalleled workforce that brings dedication, motivation and outstanding leadership abilities to the roles they fill," said Tony Erickson, chief operating officer for Oregon Aero. "They have skill sets would be beneficial any employer. We're lucky to have them."

ESGR, a Department of Defense (DoD) office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers' principal advocate within DoD. ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
Benton County Sheriff's Office Children hosts Special Needs Horseback Ride Event
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/23/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office Mounted Posse is hosting their 5th horseback ride event for children with special needs and their siblings. It will be held at the Indoor Arena of the Benton County Fairgrounds and is sponsored by Sheriff Scott Jackson.

The participants are helped up onto the horse and led around the arena. Special accommodations are made for mounting/dismounting and safety while on horseback. Riders must be between 3 and 18 years of age and be able to hang on by themselves. The arena is not heated and long pants/closed-toed shoes are required.

There will also be a coloring area and brushing/petting station with miniature horses. Photographs will be taken and available online after the event for those who give permission to do so. A release form is required for all riders and will be available at the event and also on our website, if you would like to fill it out ahead of time.

Please RSVP by November 14th so we can plan appropriately. You can either email or phone, with the parent/guardian name and the name and age of your child(s) who will be riding.

http://www.bentoncountysheriffsmountedposse.com
email: sheriffsposse@co.benton.or.us
Phone: 541-766-6045
10/22/14
Death Investigation - Coos Bay Below Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge
Oregon State Police - 10/22/14
Highway 101 at the Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge in Coos Bay is closed at this time by ODOT as Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of local emergency responders, investigate the death of an person found near a vehicle in the water below.

According to Lieutenant Steve Mitchell, on October 22, 2014 at 5:35 p.m., a report was received of a vehicle in the water under Conde McCullough Memorial Bridge located on Highway 101 near milepost 234 in Coos Bay. US Coast Guard and local fire personnel responded with watercraft resources and the body of a deceased adult male was recovered. Divers located a vehicle under water believed to be associated with the victim.

ODOT has closed the bridge in both directions for an unknown period. A detour is being established around the area and updates for traffic-related matters are posted on ODOT's website TripCheck.com.

No other information to be released at this time.

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U of O employee springs into action
Eugene/Springfield Fire Dept. - 10/22/14
When a kitchen fire broke out at the Wesley Center, 1236 Kincaid, Eugene, Or. University of Oregon employee Sarah Anderson, who was on a break from working next door at the Duck Store, reacted swiftly and effectively by entering the structure, locating a fire extinguisher, ducking below the smoke, entering the kitchen and putting the fire out. All occupants, including Ms. Anderson, were out of the structure upon the Fire Department's arrival at 1:40pm, 10/22/2014. Firefighters checked for fire extension and then begun overhaul and smoke removal. The cause of the fire was determined to be food that was left cooking and unattended. The fire had spread to the cabinets and was growing rapidly when it was extinguished. While fire officials always appreciate citizen involvement they are quick to emphasize that the best course of action is to rapidly exit any structure that is on fire.

Ms. Anderson had left the scene prior to the firefighters arrival and it was only after interviewing bystanders did they piece together Ms. Anderson's heroic actions. By the time firefighters had arrived on scene she had reported back to the Duck Store where she works as an Administrative Assistant. Concerned fellow employees convinced her to be examined for smoke inhalation at the University District hospital where she was treated and released. Fire officials contacted her later to follow up on her well being and to thank her for her assistance.

Fire and heat damage was contained to the kitchen area. There was smoke damage throughout the structure. Initial damage estimate is $25,000.
State to Release 2013 Report on Adult Abuse Following Gert Boyle Presentation at National Adult Protection Conference in Portland Next Week
OR Department of Human Services - 10/22/14
When: October 29, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Waterfront Marriot Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland; Salons E and F

What: Last year, Oregon DHS received over 35,000 reports of possible abuse of older or vulnerable Oregonians. At this conference, Oregon will release its 2013 statistics, which show an increase in both financial exploitation and neglect. Key facts about abuse in Oregon will be shared.
(There are over 600 people registered for this international conference, experts from 43 states, five tribal nations and three foreign countries will be participating).

Why: The issue of adult abuse continues to impact our state, our nation and our world. The fact that Oregon is hosting this major event speaks to the heightened awareness and concern over adult abuse.

Who: Highlighted speakers:
* Marie Cervantes, Director of Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention Investigations. She will present Oregon's 2013 stats.
* Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association. She will give a national perspective.
* 12 year old Rayanna Blair of Lakeview, Oregon will be introduced. She will be receiving a special award at the conference for reporting the abuse of a 90 year old and ultimately saving her life. Everyone needs to take responsibility for protecting our elders. Here is a video about this brave youngster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ikC54yRhRE&feature=youtu.be
The briefing will take place right after the keynote presentation by Gert Boyle. Mrs. Boyle is 90 years old, lives in "independent living," goes to work full time at Columbia Sportswear, where she is chairman of the board. When she was in her late 80's she was the victim of a brutal attack. She will give professionals advice on how to work with older victims.

Format: The press briefing will be short. Following the briefing, presenters will be available for interviews. Workshops are open for the media. Conference program is attached.


Attached Media Files: attached is the program for the conference
Sheriff's Office Honors Actions of Staff in Service to their Community (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/22/14
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Yesterday, Marion County Sheriff's Office employees and family members filled the seats and lined the walls of the Senator Hearing Room in the Courthouse Square building to honor some significant events and actions by staff. Lifesaving awards, a Purple Heart, and Medals of Valor were presented.

Sheriff Jason Myers welcomed the group and briefly spoke about the work of the Office. In his welcoming speech, he said, "It's about what the men and women of this office do collectively, daily, diligently, and relentlessly. You all make this office what it is. I get to be here to shine a light on that great work." During yesterday's ceremony, the following awards were presented:

Lifesaving Awards:

Deputy Jason Hickam, Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and K9 Yo - In near freezing weather, they searched for and located a suicidal woman who had fled into rural Marion County. After finding her, Deputy Hickam carried the woman across a field to staged medics.

Deputy Ryan Dunbar, Deputy Derrell Maddy and Nurse Renee Hansen - Deputies discovered an inmate had attempted suicide and they immediately began CPR. Jail Nurse, Renee Hansen, responded to the cell to assist and they performed CPR until additional medical teams could respond.

Deputy Jacob Thompson - Responding to a call of an unconscious woman, Deputy Thompson arrived on scene and immediately began CPR. Deputy Thompson twice cleared her airway and performed CPR until medics arrived on scene.

Purple Heart:

A Purple Heart medal was bestowed upon Deputy James Buchholz who, while tracking down a suspect, was shot. He protected himself and bandaged his bullet wound while other deputies and medics responded to the area. Deputy Buchholz received a standing ovation from the entire room while he received his award.

Medal of Valor:

Deputy Steve Duncan and Deputy Dale Huitt - A wanted fugitive engaged the deputies in gun fire when they responded to a call of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a parked vehicle. The deputies were able to resolve the threat, and then they provided medical aid until additional units arrived. The man had committed crimes across several states and hours prior had pointed handgun at a Tigard Police Officer.

Deputy Ryan Postlewait, Deputy Cody Lane, Deputy Jeff Nicoloff, Deputy Shawn Bush and Sergeant Nick Hunter - The Deputies and Sergeant responded to the scene of a shooting at an RV Park. The suspect had been shooting at people and had already injured one person. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and worked together to end the terrifying episode.


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Wells Fargo survey finds one-third of middle class is not saving for retirement (Photo)
Wells Fargo - 10/22/14
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Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans, according to Wells Fargo's fifth annual Middle-Class Retirement Survey.

The national results showed that 34% of those surveyed are not currently contributing anything to a 401(k), IRA or other retirement savings vehicle.

Nearly a third (31%) of all respondents said they will not have enough money to "survive" on in retirement, and this increases to 48% of middle-class Americans in their 50s. Nineteen percent of all respondents have no retirement savings.

"Saving for retirement isn't easy. It requires sacrifice, and it's not something people can push off and hope to achieve later in life," said Joe Ready, Wells Fargo's director of Institutional Retirement and Trust.

"If people in their 20s, 30s or 40s aren't saving today, they are losing the benefit of time compounding the value of their money," Ready added. "That growth can't be made up later, so people have to commit early in life to make savings a regular discipline year after year. It is the only way most people will achieve their financial goals to carry them through retirement."

On behalf of Wells Fargo, Harris Poll conducted 1,001 telephone interviews from July 20 to August 25 of middle-class Americans across the country ages 25-75 with a median household income of $63,000.

About Wells Fargo (Twitter @WellsFargo)
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, 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). The firm has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.


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Pedestrian hit by train in north Marion County ***** UPDATE *****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/22/14
The 13 year old boy involved in last night's train accident has been identified as Juan Carlos Robles-Melara. He resided in Woodburn and attended French Prairie Middle School.

Based on the investigation, it appears Juan is a high functioning child with autism who left school on his own after soccer practice when he was supposed to wait for his mother to pick him up. Once his mother arrived and did not find Juan, family began looking for him and eventually called the Woodburn Police Department to make a report. While Woodburn Police was taking the report from the family, Woodburn Police heard of the train versus pedestrian accident. Shortly after the accident, it was confirmed to be Juan based on a clothing description and school identification he had in his backpack.

The family is not available for contact by the media and it is unknown if they will be at a later time.

Any inquires regarding French Prairie Middle School should be referred to Superintendent Chuck Ransom at 503-981-2727.
Wanted Man Arrested by OSP & Salem PD After Fleeing Traffic Stop, Area Search off Interstate 5 near Market Street
Oregon State Police - 10/22/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) and Salem Police Department (SPD) arrested a wanted 21-year old man after he fled an OSP traffic stop Wednesday morning on the off-ramp from Interstate 5 at Market Street in Salem. The off-ramp and some area streets were closed while law enforcement officers searched three hours for the subject who was believed armed.

On October 22, 2014 at approximately 2:26 a.m., OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received a citizen's driving complaint regarding a passenger car southbound on Interstate 5 near Donald/Aurora. An OSP trooper stopped the car about 2:50 a.m. on the off-ramp to Market Street and contacted two occupants.

The passenger was not wearing a safety belt, provided a false name to the trooper and fled on foot. The trooper quickly confirmed his identity as KRISTOPHER ALLEN RICE, age 21, from Salem, learned he was wanted on felony Marion County warrants and that he may be armed.

Additional law enforcement officers from OSP, SPD and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded and established a perimeter. Some SPD SWAT personal also came to the scene to assist with the search as the off-ramp, some area streets and a park-and-ride lot were closed off.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., SPD SWAT took RICE into custody as he hid in a transient tent surrounded by brush. RICE was turned over to OSP and also found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. No firearm was reportedly found.

RICE was transported to Marion County Jail where he was lodged on the felony warrants for Dangerous Drugs and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, and local charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine and Furnishing False Information to a Police Officer.

The driver was not arrested.

No photograph available for release at this time.

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Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families -- Social Security Key 2014 Election Issue
AARP Oregon - 10/22/14
Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Modest Social Security COLA Crucial for American Families
Social Security Key 2014 Election Issue

WASHINGTON, DC - AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins offered the following statement in reaction to today's announcement by the Social Security Administration of a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2015:

The modest Social Security COLA for 2015 remains crucial to the financial security of the nearly 59 million Americans receiving benefits. The COLA helps beneficiaries of all ages maintain their standard of living, keeping many from falling into poverty by providing partial protection against inflation. Millions of families, including 41 million retired workers and their dependents, 6 million survivors of deceased workers, and 11 million workers with disabilities and their dependents, will depend on next year's modest COLA increase as they face rising costs of basic needs like food, utilities and health care.

Although in the long term we need to strengthen Social Security with reasonable changes, volatility in the stock market has never impacted the promise of Social Security benefits. With $2.8 trillion in assets these popular benefits can exist far in to the future, continuing on their nearly 80 year streak of never missing a payment. That's why candidates and outside groups have scrambled in these final few weeks before Election Day to define who wants to protect and strengthen Social Security benefits the most. Because most retirees depend upon their earned benefit for at least half of their retirement income, we hope Americans of all political stripes will ask candidates where they stand on Social Security and Medicare and look at our voter guide to see what candidates have already said about these vital issues.

For more information about what political candidates have to say about Social Security, Medicare, and financial security, check out the AARP Voter Guide at aarp.org/YourVote. For tips on when to claim Social Security and how to best plan for retirement go to aarp.org/ReadyforRetirement. Additional resources may be seen here.
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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 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.
10/21/14
Pedestrian hit by a train in north Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/21/14
At about 7:50 pm, The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a train versus pedestrian accident south of Gervais. Deputies have determined a 13 year old boy died as a result of this accident, while walking on the tracks.

The investigation is still on going and the name of the involved is being held until the appropriate notifications have been made to the family.
Lebanon Woman Dies in Tractor Accident
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/21/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports his deputies are investigating a fatal tractor accident that occurred today at about 1:28 p.m. The accident occurred on private property in the 41000 block of Upper Berlin Road near Lebanon.

The operator of the red 1950's Ford 8N tractor was identified as 47-year-old
Doris Eilleen Jennings of Lebanon. Ms. Jennings was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation reveals Ms. Jennings and James Ronald Royer, 49 years old from Scio, were working together to remove a tree. Ms. Jennings had a chain attached to the back of the tractor and was using it to pull out an oak tree. Royer told deputies he was standing nearby and witnessed the rear tractor tires start to spin.

Royer said Ms. Jennings applied more throttle to the engine which caused the front of the tractor to lift up and flip over on top of her. Upon arrival, deputies found Ms. Jennings pinned under the tractor. Ms. Jennings suffered severe head injuries from the accident.

There is no indication that drugs or alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Linn County Deputies were assisted by members of the Lebanon Fire Department. AAsum-Dufor Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.

The investigation is continuing.
Red Cross Assists in Veneta Home Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/21/14
Disaster action team volunteers with the American Red Cross this afternoon met with a client who had a fire in the 86000 block of Territorial Highway in Veneta, OR.
This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided food, seasonal garments, bedding and linens,and information about disaster mental health and disaster health services.
Two Unrelated Traffic Stops Lead to Discovery of 13 lbs. of Marijuana, Pending Charges for 2 People - Interstate 5 near Roseburg
Oregon State Police - 10/21/14
Two unrelated traffic stops by Oregon State Police (OSP) on Monday in Douglas County is leading to charges against two people following the seizure of a total of more than 13 pounds of marijuana.

On October 20, 2014 at approximately 6:23 p.m., an OSP sergeant stopped a 1998 Ford Escort displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 119 for a speed violation. The vehicle was occupied by a 21-year old female driver and the passenger identified as JORDAN J. PERRY, age 48, from Hollywood, California.

Subsequent investigation with the assistance of an OSP drug detection canine led to the discovery of over 4 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $10,000.

PERRY was taken into custody and later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. The driver was not arrested or cited.

The second traffic stop occurred at approximately 10:44 p.m. on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 120 when an OSP trooper stopped a Ford Ranger pickup displaying Minnesota license plates. The pickup's driver was identified as TERESA ANN LEMONS, age 45, from Rogers. Minnesota.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 9.5 pounds of marijuana concealed in the pickup. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $20,000.

LEMONS was later cited and released to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

No photographs available for this release.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 52 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Washington Man - Interstate 5 near Tualatin (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/21/14
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A Seattle, Washington man was arrested Tuesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) senior trooper discovered approximately 52 pounds of marijuana inside a vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 near Tualatin. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 21, 2014 at approximately 2:27 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rental 2014 Toyota Camry four-door displaying California license plates for a traffic violation northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 290. The vehicle's driver was identified as SANTICHITH LA HOCHINGNAVONG, age 38, from Seattle, Washington. The passenger was identified as a 25-year old Washington man.

Subsequent investigation led the trooper to discover approximately 52 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $130,000.

HOCHINGNAVONG was arrested without incident and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

The passenger was not arrested.

OSP was assisted during the traffic stop by Tualatin Police Department.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana photo - Oregon State Police
Hochingnavong photo - Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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Wells Fargo offers reward of up to $5,000 for robbery information
Wells Fargo - 10/21/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wells Fargo announced today a reward of up to $5,000 for original information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed Wells Fargo bank branches in Salem on Oct. 16 and in Cottage Grove on Oct. 17.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery should call their local police department or FBI office. All calls are confidential and the reward will be paid anonymously.

Wells Fargo will decide who is entitled to a reward and in what amount, based primarily upon law enforcement's evaluation of the value of the information provided. Wells Fargo may pay only a portion of the maximum reward offered. When there are multiple claimants, the reward will be shared in amounts determined by Wells Fargo.

"We have found that rewards are an effective way to help law enforcement identify bank robbers," said Wells Fargo spokesman Tom Unger. "The message we are sending to criminals is that if you rob a Wells Fargo bank, we will work with law enforcement agencies to relentlessly pursue and prosecute you."

Serving Oregonians since 1852, Wells Fargo is the second largest bank in the state with 128 branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

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Salem Hospital only Oregon hospital named to "125 hospitals with great orthopedic programs" by national publication
Salem Health - 10/21/14
Becker's Hospital Review, a leading publication offering business and legal trends and guidance for hospital executives, named Salem Hospital to its list of "125 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs for 2014"--including Mayo Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic.

The hospitals on this list exhibit excellence in orthopedics, quality of service, outstanding local and national reputations and high volume of orthopedic cases. Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence was the only Oregon orthopedic program to make the list.

"It's a mark of distinction for our Joint Replacement Center of Excellence to be among the nation's top hospitals for orthopedic care," said Deni Hoover, director of orthopedics, rehabilitation, and neuroscience services at Salem Health. "Salem Hospital and our orthopedic surgeon partners have put in a great deal of collaborative effort over the past years to provide our patients with an exceptional experience."

"It is an honor for our program to be recognized nationally for the patient-centered care that we deliver to our orthopedic joint replacement patients," said Mark Dolan, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Hope Orthopedics of Oregon, and medical director of Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence. "It is a tribute to the entire team that provides care to these patients and their expertise and experience that allow them to deliver such wonderful care."

Jerry McNabb, 72, of Salem, recently received his second hip replacement in ten months at Salem Hospital. "The level of care from the surgeon on down--everybody is on top of their game completely," said McNabb. "I feel like I'm being taken care of in the best way possible. It's a seamless process that works exceptionally well."

In February 2012, Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence became the first in Oregon to earn the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM) for certification in total hip and knee replacements. In March of this year, the Joint Commission announced its recertification of Salem Hospital's joint replacement program. The continuing certification demonstrates a proven commitment to excellence in providing quality care and health care staffing, in order to provide the best joint replacement experience for patients.

For more information about Salem Hospital's Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, visit salemhealth.org/joint.

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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Visit us at salemhealth.org; "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
"Speak up. Work safe." video contest opens to Oregon students
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/21/14
(Salem) - Teens have used rap music, humor, and other creative special effects to share their workplace safety and health messages in the annual "Speak up. Work safe." video contest. The contest is now open to high school students across Oregon. The top three entries will take home cash prizes ranging from $300 to $500, and students will earn a matching amount for their school.

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

The contest is designed to increase awareness about safety on the job for young people. Students must create a 90-second or less video with the overall theme of "Speak up. Work safe." Specific video guidelines are outlined in the contest rules. Participants are encouraged to use creative moviemaking techniques, while sharing the message "Work shouldn't cost you your future." In addition, the video should emphasize ways for young workers to protect themselves at work. Submissions will be judged on the following:

* An original health and safety message that appeals to teen workers and safety educators
* Overall production value (video/audio quality, acting, and editing)
* "Speak up. Work safe." theme is used effectively

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 2, 2015.

The contest is organized by the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]). Oregon OSHA, SAIF Corporation, local chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Hoffman Construction, Central Oregon Safety & Health Association, the Labor Education and Research Center, the SHARP Alliance, Oregon Health Authority, the Construction Safety Summit, Northern Lights Theater, and SafeBuild Alliance sponsor the contest.

Contest winners will be unveiled at a screening event in spring 2015, and winning entries will be posted on YouTube. Students are encouraged to use social media to spread the word about their contest entries with the tag #Oyesvideo.

For detailed contest information, including contest tips, rules, and entry forms, go to www.youngemployeesafety.org/contest. To see the 2014 winning videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/OregonSafetyHealth.

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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.

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.


Attached Media Files: Contest poster
Latest CCB Sweeps for Unlicensed Contractors
Construction Contractors Board - 10/21/14
Salem - Construction Contractors Board (CCB) investigators found nearly 60 potential violations of contractor law after recent enforcement sweeps of approximately 400 job sites in the Portland area and the Oregon coast.
Investigators checked job sites at random in September and early October as part of an ongoing campaign targeting unlicensed contractors.
"We are going to make it difficult for those skirting Oregon's contracting laws to do business," CCB Administrator James Denno said. "Our recent enforcement sweeps have been very effective at rooting out unlicensed contractors. This is something we will continue to pursue."
Common violations included:
* People who were building, remodeling and repairing properties without a contractor's license
* Contractors who failed to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees
* Contractors who were working on homes built before 1978 but who were not licensed to handle lead-based paint
In recent months, the agency has conducted similar sweeps of construction sites in other parts of the states.
A typical first-offense penalty for working without a license is $1,000 with subsequent violations resulting in fines of up to $5,000. Working without a license is also a misdemeanor crime.
The CCB posts monthly reports of contractors it penalizes on its website: http://www.oregon.gov/ccb/Pages/enforcement.aspx
Contractors and consumers can report unlicensed contractors and other illegal activity or verify licenses on the CCB's website or by calling 503-378-4621.
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About the CCB
The CCB is the state agency licensing 33,000 contractors. Anyone who is paid to repair, improve or build a home must be licensed. Learn more about how to have a successful project at www.oregon.gov/ccb.


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10/20/14
Update: Names Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 near Boardman in Morrow County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/20/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's multi-vehicle collision on the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near Boardman that resulted in the death of an 80-year old male. Names of involved persons are released in this update.

According to Lieutenant Mike Turner, on October 20, 2014 at approximately 7:47 a.m., an oversized heavy equipment load was being transported in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 west of Boardman. The oversize load was escorted with support vehicles and a rolling slow down of traffic was being deployed to prevent traffic from moving past the group of vehicles.

A Ford Explorer pulling a travel trailer was among a long stretch of slow moving traffic east of the Boardman interchange near milepost 164.5 when the trailer was struck in the rear by a 2012 Ford Mustang driven by MITCHELL E. DAVIS, age 27, from Mattawa, Washington, in which the victim was a passenger. After the initial collision the Ford Mustang was disabled and stopped in the right westbound lane.

After DAVIS got out of the Mustang and helped his passenger/grandfather, MELVIN J. MITCHELL, age 80, from Richland, Washington, get out, as they were standing next to the car three commercial vehicles approached from the rear and weren't able to stop. One commercial truck passed on the right shoulder. A second commercial truck passed to the left and the third commercial truck struck the stopped Ford Mustang and elderly male, resulting in fatal injuries to MITCHELL.

After impact, the Ford Mustang spun into the second commercial truck before coming to rest in the westbound lanes.

DAVIS received minor injuries but remained at the scene to assist investigators.

The driver of the commercial truck that struck the Ford Mustang was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston with minor injuries. He is identified as RONALD COOK, age 65, from Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Ford Explorer's driver, JOE W. BROGDON, age 63, from La Grande, was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office and Hermiston Work Site are continuing the investigation. Trooper John Lombardi is the lead investigator.

Assistance at the scene provided by Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Boardman Police Department, Morrow County District Attorney's Office, Boardman Rural Fire Protection District, Morrow County Ambulance, and ODOT.

While this investigation was being conducted, a secondary collision occurred in the westbound lanes near milepost 166. That collision was investigated by Boardman Police Department and Morrow County Sheriff's Office.

The westbound lanes were re-opened about 3:30 p.m.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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BPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/20/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317

DPSST TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on November 5, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Victor G. Atiyeh Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes of August 18, 2014 Meeting
Approve Minutes of August 18, 2014 Meeting

2. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Telecommunications Policy Committee Presented by Linsay Hale

3. *OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0060 and 259-008-0078 - Proposed Rule Changes Limited Duration, Administrative Positions

4. *OAR 259-008-0005 and 259-008-0060 - Proposed Rule Changes CPR/First Aid Requirements, Leave Clarification and Housekeeping

5. Telecommunications Field Training Manual Revision & Update Presented by Eriks Gabliks

6. Staff Update

7. Next Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting February 4, 2015 Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
BPSST Corrections Policy Committee to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/20/14
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY STANDARDS AND TRAINING
4190 Aumsville Hwy SE
Salem, OR 97317


DPSST CORRECTIONS POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULED
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014
Contact: Rebecca Hannon (503) 378-2328

Notice of Regular Meeting

The Corrections Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training located at 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made before the meeting by calling the contact listed above.

Agenda Items:

1. *Minutes - August 12, 2014
Approve the minutes of the August 12, 2014 Corrections Policy Committee meeting.

2. *Jason Terkelson (Possible Executive Session Medical Waiver

3. Quarterly Review of DOC BCC by DPSST Audit Unit Presented by Teresa M. King

4. *Bylaws of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training Corrections Policy Committee Presented by Linsay Hale

5. *OAR 259-008-0005, 259-008-0010, 259-008-0011, 259-008-0025, 259-008-0060 and 259-008-0078 - Proposed Rule Changes Limited Duration, Administrative Positions

6. *Bryan Turk - DPSST# 54377
Presented by Leon Colas

7. *Matthew Tiller - DPSST# 53939
Presented by Kristen Hibberds

8. Staff Update

9. Next Regularly Scheduled Meeting - February 10, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.


# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Chief Kent Barker of the City of Tualatin Police Department. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 35,000 public safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security/private investigator providers, and makes determinations on waiver requests. The Board is supported by six policy committees and a number of sub-committees representing the public safety disciplines, which provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of city, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.
Increased Interagency Traffic Enforcement Effort in Oregon State University Campus Vicinity
Oregon State Police - 10/20/14
Oregon State Police, working in partnership with OSU Department of Public Safety and Corvallis Police Department, will focus enforcement efforts toward traffic-related violations in the campus vicinity on October 22 and 24.

Following complaints and past problems related to bicycle and vehicle operation endangering pedestrians, the enforcement effort will focus both dates on roadways and intersections in the vicinity of Memorial Union, Valley Library and Kerr Administration from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are urged to remember their duty to exercise due care and obey traffic control devices (i.e., stop signs, traffic signals, pedestrian crossing signals) at all times. Drive safely to save lives.

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10/19/14
Update: Names Released - Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/19/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information are provided in this release.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., a 2010 Dodge Caliber was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban towing a 32 foot travel trailer.

The operator of the Dodge Caliber, TIFFANY FEFELOV, age 27, her husband FRED FEFELOV, age 34, and their daughter MILA FEFELOV, age 7 months, from Sherwood, all suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The operator of the Suburban, FRANCIS HART, age 78, and his wife, SALLY HART, age 77, from Salem, were uninjured in the crash.

Seatbelt usage by all occupants from both vehicles is still being determined by investigators.

OSP troopers from Albany Area Command are leading the investigation and were assisted by OSP troopers from Bend Area Command. OSP was assisted at the scene by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Black Butte Police Department, Black Butte Fire Department and ODOT.

Photograph provided by OSP.

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10/18/14
Injury crash Highway 140West west of Klamath Falls (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
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A Klamath Falls woman was injured on Saturday afternoon when her westbound vehicle left Highway 140West and went into the Klamath Lake.

On October 18, 2014 at approximately 1:00 p.m., a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV, operated by ASHLEY WILLBURN, age 23, from Klamath Falls, was westbound on Highway 140West near milepost 58. For unknown reasons WILLBURN'S SUV drifted onto the westbound shoulder. WILLBURN overcorrected and her SUV came back onto the road and eventually left the roadway and went into the Klamath Lake. The SUV came to rest partially submerged in the lake.

WILLBURN was transported by ground ambulance to Sky Lakes Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. WILLBURN was cited for Careless Driving. Seatbelt usage is still unconfirmed.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Klamath County Fire District 1 and ODOT.

Photographs provided by OSP.

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Preliminary Information: Triple Fatal Crash- Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a two vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning resulting in the death of three occupants from one of the involved vehicles. The victim's names and other information will be released tomorrow after confirmation of next of kin notification.

Preliminary information indicates on October 18, 2014 at approximately 9:57 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a critical injury two vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 78. Upon arrival the crash was confirmed as a triple fatality in which a passenger car that was eastbound lost control and traveled broadside into the path of a westbound utility vehicle pulling a travel trailer. All three occupants in the passenger car were confirmed deceased. The occupants in the utility vehicle were uninjured.

OSP troopers from the Bend and Albany area commands are investigating the crash. OSP is being assisted at the scene by ODOT and local Fire and EMS. No further information for release at this time.

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Public's Help Needed Identifying Suspected Three Time Bank Robber; Salem, Eugene and Cottage Grove Banks Hit in Two Day Spree (Photo)
FBI - Oregon - 10/18/14
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10/18/14 - 10:30 am update

adding the contact information for the Cottage Grove Police tip line. It is: (541) 942-9145.

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10/17/14 - 10 pm update

A man suspected in two bank robberies on Thursday, October 16, 2014, is now suspected in a third robbery - this time in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

The Friday, October 17, 2014, robbery occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside the Safeway store located at 1500 E. Main in Cottage Grove at about 2:45 pm.

The first robbery on Thursday took place at 10:10 am - also at a Wells Fargo Bank branch located in a Safeway store, but this one was in Salem. That store is located at 3380 Lancaster Drive NE.

The second robbery on Thursday took place at the Umpqua Bank branch located at 1175 Valley River Drive in Eugene.

Investigators believe the same man is responsible for all three robberies. In all cases, he approached the teller desk, demanded cash, received an undisclosed amount of money and left.

Witnesses describe the suspect as:

White man

Age: Late 30's to mid-40's

Height: 6'0" - 6'2"

Weight: 200 pounds

Build: Medium

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Short stubble, possibly graying


In the first robbery on Thursday, the suspect was wearing a black, zip-up long sleeved shirt or jacket with two white stripes and a Michael Jordan logo over the left chest.

In the second robbery he was wearing a black sweatshirt with red print. In both of these robberies, he was wearing blue tennis shoes and black basketball shorts with a red triangle and white stripes. He was also wearing gold wire-rimmed glasses.

In the third robbery on Friday, the suspect was wearing a dark colored shirt or jacket, light colored pants, and blue tennis shoes.

Anyone with information as to this person's identity or location is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (twenty four hours a day); the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601; the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222; or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 540-8079; or the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111.



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(Original Release - 10/16/14)


The FBI, the Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Eugene Police Department are requesting the public's help in identifying and locating the man believed responsible for two robberies today. The first happened inside a Wells Fargo Bank this morning. The man walked into the bank branch inside a Safeway located at 3380 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, at approximately 10:10 am.

The second robbery happened at 1:48 pm when the same man is believed to have walked into the Umpqua Bank branch located at 1175 Valley River Drive in Eugene. In both cases, he approached the teller desk, demanded cash, received an undisclosed amount of money and left.

Witnesses describe the suspect as:

White man
Age: Late 30's to mid-40's
Height: 6'0" - 6'2"
Weight: 200 pounds
Build: Medium
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Short stubble, possibly graying


In the first robbery, the suspect was wearing a black, zip-up long sleeved shirt or jacket with two white stripes and a Michael Jordan logo over the left chest. In the second robbery he was wearing a black sweatshirt with red print. In both robberies, he was wearing blue tennis shoes and black basketball shorts with a red triangle and white stripes. The suspect wears gold wire-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information as to this person's identity or location is asked to call the FBI in Portland at (503) 224-4181 (twenty four hours a day); the FBI in Salem at (503) 362-6601; the FBI in Eugene at (541) 343-5222; or the Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 540-8079; or the Eugene Police Department at (541) 682-5111.


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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/18/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred Friday afternoon off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near Wolf Creek. The victim's name and additional details are released in this update.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 17, 2014 at approximately 1:27 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 76.

Initial investigation indicates a 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle driven by ADELINA TERESA BARRERA, age 80, from Tigard, was southbound on Interstate 5 when, for an unconfirmed reason, it traveled at a high rate of speed onto the shoulder though a grassy field and into a wooded area. The vehicle went through a wire fence, struck several trees and fence posts, and narrowly missed a house before hitting a tree head-on.

BARRERA was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by a deputy medical examiner from Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Rural Metro Fire.

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Free Car Seat Inspections October 22nd
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/17/14
A free car seat inspection will be held on October 22nd from 4-8pm at Albany Fire Station 12 located at 120 34th Ave SE. A group of volunteers will be available to help you ensure that your car seat is installed correctly.
Boat Ramp Congestion Requires Etiquette, Courtesy (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/17/14
Boaters at the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, lining up to exit the water.
Boaters at the Port of Siuslaw in Florence, lining up to exit the water.
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Summer boating may be over but the Fall salmon runs are bringing boaters from all over the state to fish Oregon's bays and rivers, creating a great deal of congestion and some angst at many of the coastal ramps. Boat ramp traffic jams can be eased if everyone practices courtesy and knows the proper etiquette at the boat ramp. And once your boat is underway, it's important to remember the proximity rules for speed and wake to avoid agitating other boaters.

The Oregon State Marine Board wants to remind boaters to practice the following protocols for a smoother and more enjoyable experience:

Courtesy:

* Use the staging area to transfer all equipment and supplies into the boat before maneuvering down the launch ramp.
* It's best to launch and retrieve with another person, so one can stay with the boat and the other can park the vehicle and trailer.
* Never block a ramp with an unattended boat or vehicle. Move the boat away from the launch area immediately after launching. Return briefly to the boarding float to pick up the vehicle driver once they have parked the vehicle.

Launching:

* Remove all tie-down straps before backing down the ramp but leave the trailer winch line securely attached to the boat.
* Back the trailer and boat far enough into the water so the lower engine unit can be lowered and submerged while the boat is still on the trailer. Set the parking brake on the towing vehicle as a safety precaution. Have someone lower the engine or outdrive, run the blower, and start the engine. If you have engine trouble, you can easily retrieve the boat and trailer out of the water.
* Once the engine is warmed up, back the trailer further into the water until the boat floats. Undo the winch line, put the boat's engine into reverse, and slowly back off the trailer. Use the bow line to maneuver the boat down the boarding float so another boat can launch.

Retrieving:

* Back the trailer into the water so that two-thirds of the rollers or bunks are submerged in the water. Set the parking brake of the towing vehicle or put it in park.
* Move the boat onto the trailer far enough to attach the winch line to the bow eye of the boat and crank the winch. It is NOT recommended to load the boat using engine power because this damages the toe of the boat ramp by creating a hole that car tires and trailers can get stuck in, and it's expensive to repair.
* Shut off the engine, raise the engine or outdrive, and off you go.

"It's a common occurrence to finally be underway after experiencing stress at the boat ramp, only to find more congestion where you want to be crabbing or fishing," says Ashley Massey, Public Information Officer for the Marine Board. "It's important to remember the basic proximity rule, which is to operate at a slow -no wake speed within 200 feet of a boat ramp, marina or moorage, a floating home moorage, or people working at water level. This rule also applies to courtesy with other boats or structures. In a congested area, slow down to avoid making a wake. Once the water opens up, then it's alright to increase speed to get to your destination," Massey adds.

This information is covered in the Boat Oregon -A Course on Responsible Boating, which is a state approved classroom course offered by volunteer Instructors with the Marine Board. Currently there are over 300,000 Oregon boaters who have their mandatory boater education card, which must be carried when operating a boat over 10 horsepower. The card is proof that the operator has taken an approved boating safety course.

With so many great reasons to hit the water this fall, it's important for boaters to practice what they've learned with launching, retrieving and obeying the proximity rules, so everyone can enjoy Oregon's waterways.

For more details about launching and retrieving with an instructional video, visit www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/RampRules.aspx.

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Driver's Card supporters respond to misleading attacks
Ore. Association of Nurseries - 10/17/14
The Oregon Association of Nurseries responded today to misleading attack mailers, circulated against certain legislative candidates, that distort the true intent and impact of Measure 88, the Oregon Driver's Card bill.

"The attack ads late in the Measure 88 campaign are shameful and harm the political process," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "Yes, there are strong feelings around the driver card measure. This is an important public safety issue with tremendous economic impacts.

"The GOP members who put out this reprehensible rubbish to the public cannot claim to be pro-business. You simply cannot say you support Oregon's economy and local businesses while simultaneously disemboweling the very traded sectors our state depends on. Oregonians will certainly see through this shameful attack ad."

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The Oregon Association of Nurseries, based in Wilsonville, represents more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon's ornamental horticulture industry is among the state's largest agricultural commodities, with annual sales of $740 million. Oregon's nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503- 682-5089.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1413/78888/M88_Mailer.pdf
Update #3: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Demaray Road at Hubbard Lane southwest of Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
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Update: The name previously mentioned as the driver of the other vehicle (Matthew Hill) was not correct. The name of the Nissan's driver was confirmed by Sergeant Lee as GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass. Oregon State Police apologizes for the error.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's fatal traffic crash involving a motorcycle and sport utility vehicle that occurred southwest of Grants Pass.

According to Sergeant Tyler Lee, on October 16, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2000 Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicle driven by GEORGE GRIFFIN, age 49, from Grants Pass, was northbound on Demaray Drive turning left onto Hubbard Lane. According to witnesses, a 2008 Honda motorcycle operated by GRANT EVAN VERITY, age 35, from Grants Pass, was passing vehicles northbound at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the left rear of the turning Nissan.

VERITY was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.

GRIFFIN was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Josh Quick is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Rural Metro Fire, Grants Pass Fire/Rescue Division, and AMR Ambulance.

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Bowser's Boo Bash: Record Attendance Expected for Willamette Humane Society's Famous Costume Party, Dinner, and Auction to benefit the Animals (Photo)
Willamette Humane Society - 10/17/14
Count Dogula with Bowser's Boo Bash Attendees
Count Dogula with Bowser's Boo Bash Attendees
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* What: Bowser's Boo Bash, a costume party, dinner, and auction for Willamette Humane Society
* When: Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.
* Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St SE, Salem.
* Cost: $60 before October 18, and $70 thereafter. Reporters and Photographers Welcome!
* How: Purchase your tickets at whs4pets.org, or contact Willamette Humane Society.
o 503-585-5900 ext 324
o events@whs4pets.org
o 4246 Turner Rd SE, Salem

Bowser's Boo Bash is Willamette Humane Society's annual costume party, dinner and auction benefiting the animals, presented by Capitol Subaru for the 8th year. Guests don their favorite costumes and enjoy...

* A gourmet meal
* Hosted wine from 7th year sponsor, Van Duzer Vineyards
* Hosted beer from Oakshire and Hop Valley
* Live music by the Orville Ivie Duo
* A professional sitting with Terri Jacobson Photography at the venue
* The opportunity to bid on hundreds of pet themed items, vacation getaways, and one-of-a-kind experiences during both a silent and live auction.

In costume at Bowser's Boo Bash, you'll find community movers and shakers, dog-walkers, volunteer foster parents, recent adopters, business sponsors, new donors, and even early supporters of Willamette Humane Society. Bowser's Boo Bash brings our community together to party for the pets.

With a record-breaking 500 guests anticipated on October 25th, the event continues to grow in revelry, stature, and most importantly in proceeds raised for the animals at the shelter. Meredith Kuhl, the event organizer at WHS, expects Bowser's to raise nearly $130k to support animal care programs. Kuhl said, "We're excited to welcome our supporters to the 2014 Boo Bash. We're honored by the support our community is showing. Attendees can expect an incredible party with an unprecedented lineup of auction items!"

Auction items include vacations to British Columbia, Mexico, and San Francisco. There is an ale trail ski trip in Sunriver, and a beach trip to Pacific City with a professional photography package. Unique items include Lasik eye surgery, a Portland Pin-ups photography package, and many more pet themed gifts, local products, and services!


Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training -- and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 800+ volunteers who serve over 6,000 dogs and cats each year.


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Linn County Deputies Investigate Critical Injury Crash (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/17/14
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Linn County Undersheriff Jim Yon reports his deputies are investigating a critical injury motor vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 5:15 p.m. on October 16, 2014. The crash occurred on Lacomb Drive at the intersection of Bond Road in Lebanon.

The operator of a green 2006 Honda motorcycle, identified as Carl Ray Goodwin, 51-years old of Albany, was thrown from his motorcycle and sustained critical injuries to his head and body. The second involved vehicle, a silver 2004 Dodge 1500 pickup, was driven by Farrell Theodore Pendley, 70-years old of Scio. His wife, Inge Theresia Pendley, 72-years old of Scio, was the only passenger.

The investigation revealed Mr. Pendley was traveling north on Bond Road and had stopped at the stop sign intersecting Lacomb Drive. Mr. Pendley did not see any oncoming traffic and proceeded through the intersection, north on Bond Road. Mr. Pendley's vehicle was struck on the driver's side front wheel by Mr. Goodwin's motorcycle. Mr. Goodwin was thrown approximately 25 feet onto the roadway. Mr. Goodwin was wearing his helmet. A Reach air ambulance was activated and Mr. Goodwin was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis. Mr. Goodwin was later transported to a Portland area hospital in critical condition. Mr. Pendley and Mrs. Pendley were not injured and both were found to be wearing seatbelts.

Witnesses on scene indicated Mr. Goodwin's speed could be a contributing factor to the crash. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash.

The investigation is continuing.


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Acting Public Information Officer for Saturday, October 18, & Sunday, October 19
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, Lieutenant Steve Mitchell will be acting Public Information Officer for Oregon State Police. During this period, Lieutenant Mitchell may be contacted via email at steve.j.mitchell@state.or.us.

Lieutenant Hastings will resume PIO duty for OSP on Monday, October 20.

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Death Investigation - Cape Foulweather in Lincoln County
Oregon State Police - 10/17/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is completing the investigation into the death of a 24-year old Newberg man found deceased Wednesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near Cape Foulweather's Look-Out Observatory and Gift Shop in Lincoln County.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 7:00 a.m., OSP and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) were asked by Newberg/Dundee Police Department to be on the lookout for a suicidal man who may have traveled to the Cape Foulweather area. At 7:45 a.m., a LCSO deputy found the man's vehicle at a parking lot and then found MICHAEL A. LYMAN, age 24, from Newberg, deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

OSP responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation with the assistance of the Lincoln County Medical Examiner. Other assistance at the scene provided by Depoe Bay Fire District and Oregon State Parks & Recreation personnel.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please contact your local crisis help resources.

Lincoln County Mental Health & Human Services has crisis help line available 24 hours a day by calling 1-888-232-7192. More information about mental health services in Lincoln County is available on their website at http://www.lincolncountyhealth.com/MH/MHWEBpage1.htm

Yamhill County Adult Mental Health has a crisis help line available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (503) 434-7523. After hours, mental health crisis help is available by calling 800-560-5535. More information about mental services in Yamhill County is available on their website at http://hhs.co.yamhill.or.us/

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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AARP Ready for Retirement Events: Today in Salem, Saturday in Albany
AARP Oregon - 10/17/14
Are you ready for retirement? Can you use a few tips to help you save? Today in Salem, nearly 100 people are eager to learn the steps to a healthy and happy retirement and next stage of life. Whether you are 30 or 60, it is never too early to start socking away money for your golden years.

Some people make more plans for vacation than they do for a successful retirement! Now you can take charge of your financial future with AARP's free workshop. Learn more about:
* Social Security and Medicare
* Retirement Finances
* Retirement challenges and solutions being worked on here in Oregon

You'll come away with tips, tools and information to help you make the best choices for yourself and your family. Every participant will receive the "AARP Retirement Survival Guide" book.

Friday, October 17, Salem
1:00-4:30 p.m. Workshop
Where: Chemeketa Event Services (Merlot)
215 Doaks Ferry Rd. NW Salem, Oregon 97304

Saturday, October 18, Albany
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Workshop
Where: Beanery
Corporate offices meeting room
1852 Fescue St SE
Albany, OR 97322
Annual AARP Volunteer Award Goes to North Bend Resident: Award Ceremony 10/24 (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/17/14
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AARP Oregon is pleased to announce that - Jane Baumgarten of North Bend - has been selected to receive the 2014 AARP Oregon's Andrus Award for Community Service.

The Andrus Award will be formally presented to Jane by Betty Coe-DeBrokert, a member of the AARP Oregon Executive Committee, at a local ceremony at noon on October 24th in the Coos Bay Firehouse, 450 Elrod Avenue, Coos Bay. We invite you to join AARP and community partners as we celebrate Jane's contributions to Oregon's older adult population.

The Andrus Award is AARP's most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award honors an outstanding Oregon volunteer age 50 or older who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

Jane has worked many decades with a variety of organization to enhance quality of life for all. She is a role model for leading a life of purpose and community service. During her decades-long volunteer career with AARP, Jane has held many different roles. From serving on the AARP national Board of Directors, chairing AARP's national Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Committee, leading the Oregon State Legislative Committee, and educating the community about the policies that impact them, Jane has put her interest and passion for health and long-term care policy into action in real and impactful ways.

In addition to her work with AARP, Jane has been an active volunteer serving at the state and local levels with many organizations, including the Governor's Commission for Senior Services, Coos County Area Agency on Aging, the Pacific Child Center board of directors, and an active member of League of Women Voters. As a former educator, Jane has also been active with the Oregon Education Association serving on the State Legislative Committee and president of the North Bend Education Association.

I hope you can join us as we honor Jane on October 24th at 12:00 p.m.


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10/16/14
Salem Police Announces Newest Deputy Chief (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 10/16/14
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Second attempt to send photo


On Wednesday, October 15, Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore announced the promotion of Lt. Skip Miller to the position of Deputy Chief.

Deputy Chief Miller is a 17-year veteran of the department, having started his law enforcement career in 1997. Previous to that Miller had a career in the United States Army as a sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division.

During his tenure with the department, Miller has been a member of the SWAT and Mobile Response Teams. He was awarded Officer of the Year in 2002 and was instrumental in establishing the Salem Police Department Honor Guard. He is a graduate of Western Oregon University, the FBI National Academy and a recipient of the US Army Bronze Star for combat in Operation Desert Storm. His interest in the police field was piqued during his time at WOU. Through the university, Miller received an internship with the Salem Police Department which solidified his career path. "after being here as an intern, I knew this is where I wanted to work," shared the new Deputy Chief.

Said Chief Moore of the promotion, "Deputy Chief Miller has prepared himself well for the promotion to his new position. He has been involved in a wide variety of assignments within the department, has developed relationships with a variety of community and intergovernmental partners and clearly understands the importance of his new assignment and role." He added, "I am confident he will be a strong member of our command staff."

The announcement came with Chief Moore re-swearing Miller into his new position. Effective November 3, Deputy Chief Miller will command the Investigations Division of the department. Photos from the ceremony were posted on the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, www.facebook.com/SalemPoliceDept and @salem_police, respectively.


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Public Safety Memorial Fund Board to Meet in Salem
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/16/14
Public Safety Memorial Fund Board
Agenda
October 23, 2014


The Public Safety Memorial Fund Board will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Public Safety Training Academy in Salem, Oregon.

For further information, please contact Linsay Hale at (503)378-2427 or via email at linsay.hale@state.or.us.


1. *Minutes for July 24, 2014
Approve minutes


2. *OAR 259-070-0010 - Proposed Rule
Same Sex Marriage Recognition


3. Next meeting - January 22, 2015


*** Public Safety Memorial Fund Overview ***

The Public Safety Memorial Fund (PSMF) supports officers and families in time of need. This program was established by the Oregon Legislature in 1999. The Oregon Public Safety Memorial Fund is administered and staffed by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training(DPSST), in conjunction with a Governor-appointed PSMF Board of public safety constituents. The fund provides financial assistance to public safety officers who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a line of duty injury, and to family members of the public safety officers who have been killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. The Board is currently Chaired by Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Condemns Dennis Richardson's False Advertising
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon - 10/16/14
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon today condemned a new campaign ad from gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson in which a supporter falsely claims: "He'll uphold Oregon's laws to protect my right to choose." The ad can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/XioMqqN9upQ

One of Richardson's top cash campaign contributors is Oregon Right To Life, an extremist organization that is working to ban safe, legal abortion - even in cases of rape and incest - as well as the most popular forms of birth control.

"His ad is beyond misleading. It is disingenuous, and it is false," said Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. "Dennis Richardson is out of touch and too extreme for Oregon, so now he's desperately trying to rewrite history on the eve of Election Day."

Richardson is endorsed by and has accepted $80,000 in cash contributions from Oregon Right To Life to push its radical agenda, which includes:

* Banning all abortion - even in cases of rape and incest - and the most popular forms of birth control.

* Allowing bosses to interfere with their employees' birth control decisions.

* Restricting medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education.

* Promoting fake medical clinics that don't protect vulnerable young women's privacy and that endanger public health by providing misleading information.

* Perpetuating junk science, including the false claim that abortion "is the root cause of a significant number of breast cancer cases" and that "the trauma of sexual assault is likely to inhibit ovulation."

As a State Representative, Richardson has a long voting record of interfering with a woman's personal medical decisions:

* In 1990, Richardson wrote a letter to The Oregonian claiming that "a woman relinquishes her unfettered right to control her own body when her actions cause the conception of a baby."

* In 2005, Richardson introduced a fetal "personhood" bill.

* In 2006, Richardson was chief sponsor of Ballot Measure 43, which would have endangered young women's health by requiring parental notification prior to an abortion.

* In 2007, Richardson was one of only nine House members to vote against a bill requiring insurance companies to cover birth control and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to women after a sexual assault.

* In 2009, Richardson was one of only 19 votes against medically accurate, age-appropriate sexual health education.

"Dennis Richardson has accepted large checks from Oregon Right To Life because he has agreed to push their radical agenda to roll back the clock on Oregon women," Terrill Patten said. "He has not made any attempts to condemn their extreme positions, and he has not made any attempt to explain his outrageous comment from 1990. Oregon women are watching, and they will not be fooled."
Stewardship Coordinating Committee to evaluate Forest Legacy applications October 30 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/16/14
South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
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A committee will meet Oct. 30 to review proposals to conserve forest parcels at risk of being sub-divided or developed. Oregon's Stewardship Coordinating Committee meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. - 3 pm. in the Tillamook Room at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 2600 State St., in Salem.

The committee, tasked primarily with advising the State Forester on policies and procedures for delivering private forest landowner assistance programs, consists of representatives from state and federal natural resource agencies, private forest landowners, consulting foresters and forest industry and conservation organizations.

On the agenda: Forest Legacy applications
The primary agenda item for the meeting is evaluation of project applications to the Forest Legacy Program. The Forest Legacy Program - which the U.S. Forest Service implements through a partnership with participating states - addresses privately-owned forestlands that face threats to conversion to non-forest use. Forest Legacy funds the purchase of development rights to eligible private forestlands through either conservation easement or acquisition into public ownership.

The Committee will evaluate applications for federal fiscal year 2016 funding in Wallowa, Union, Crook, Curry and Klamath counties. At the Oct. 30 meeting, applicants will present their projects to the committee; on November 13, the committee will further evaluate the applications and decide which to forward to a national review panel.

The agenda also includes a public comment period.

> Summary of Forest Legacy proposals

East Moraine, Wallowa Lake, Wallowa County
The property is at risk of development and the Wallowa Land Trust seeks funding to acquire the property, which includes the iconic Wallowa Lake. The area, inhabited by the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce tribe before Oregon became a state, has been managed for sustainable timber production, and has also been used for recreation since at least 1880. Acquisition of 1,533 acres of property is sought by Wallowa Land Trust, Wallowa Resources and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department to place the land in public ownership by Wallowa County, and permanently manage it as a community forest through a public-private partnership.

Ponderosa Ranch, Union County
The 4,888-acre Ponderosa Ranch in Union County adjoins the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest on the west and north boundaries. Property management has focused on restoration including fuels reduction, reduced cattle grazing, and thinning projects. Funding for a conservation easement is sought because the property is at risk of fragmentation and development.

Demaris Ranch, Crook County
The 2,150-acre Demaris Ranch on McCay Creek is managed for timber production as well as cattle grazing, reforestation and fisheries, including habitat for redband trout, a state and federal sensitive species, and steelhead. The land is at risk of being divided into smaller parcels. The Deschutes Land Trust seeks a conservation easement to allow land management goals of sustainable timber harvest, fuels reduction, livestock grazing and protection of fish habitat.

Ranch of Cape Blanco, Curry County
This 800-acre property is bounded on the south side by the Sixes River and Cape Blanco State Park, and on the north side by Flora Lake State Park, and is managed for timber, grazing, and cranberry operations. The ranch's location as the only property between two state parks and its proximity to Bandon's golf courses puts the property at risk of fragmentation into luxury home sites. Phase 1 of the project proposes 125 acres to be acquired by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department so as to connect Cape Blanco and Flora Lake State Parks and conserve important estuarine and upland coastal bluff forest habitats. The partners for this proposal are Wild Rivers Coast Alliance, South Coast Watersheds, and Wild Rivers Land Trust.

West Klamath Lake Forest, Klamath County
These 1,487 acres of forested land are managed for timber stand improvement and conservation of the adjoining watershed, and for local and migratory bird populations and wildlife. Part of the objective is to keep the land as a working forest. A restoration plan calls for restoring Denny Creek and reestablishing connectivity to the Upper Klamath Lake to reconnect historically important spawning and rearing habitat for federally endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers.The property faces potential fragmentation through resort development. Proponents seek to maintain this working forest in perpetuity through the acquisition of a conservation easement.

About the committee
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 provide comment. Prior to the meeting, questions about project proposals can be directed to Cynthia Orlando (503) 945-7421.

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


Attached Media Files: South Coast Working Lands - Photo by Wild Rivers Coast Alliance
Art in the Park event comes to Honeyman State Park
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/16/14
Florence, OR - Artwork celebrating the beauty of the central Oregon coast will be displayed at the annual Art in the Park festival at Jessie M. Honeyman State Park Oct. 24-25.

All styles of artwork and photography from local artists and student artists will be represented. Local artists will also lead workshops and demonstrations.

The weekend event will feature live music, including by flutist Bruce Jarvis who carves wooden flutes. Free food and door prizes are also on tap. Festivities are scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 24 and noon-8 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Historic Cleawox Lodge.
Correction: Driver Cited After Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 101 north of Florence (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
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Correction: The transport van belongs to Northwest Youth Corps, not Youth Authority.

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Two people were injured Thursday morning in a collision between a transport van and passenger car on Highway 101 north of Florence at the Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park intersection. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigated the crash and cited the transport van's driver.

On October 16, 2014 at approximately 7:04 a.m., a 2000 Honda Civic four-door driven by RONALD G. TAVES, age not available, from Yachats, was northbound on Highway 101 near milepost 176. A Northwest Youth Corps transport van driven by JOSHUA ABEL, age 21, from Mesa, Arizona, pulled out from Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park into the northbound lane where the car struck it on the left side.

RONALD TAVES and his passenger, JOAN TAVES, age 66, received non-life threatening injuries and were transported by ambulance to Peace Harbor Medical Center in Florence. They were treated and released from the hospital. Both occupants were using safety restraints and the car's airbags deployed.

ABEL and his nine passengers were not injured.

Subsequent investigation led OSP to cite ABEL for Fail to Yield Right of Way. Lead investigator is Trooper Rodney Brock.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue and ODOT. The northbound lane was closed about two hours.

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ShakeOut events help buisness leaders and many others in Oregon prepare (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/16/14
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More than 390,000 Oregonians took part in a drop, cover, and hold on exercise, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon participated.

One of those events, the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore., included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The event highlighted partnerships in preparedness for major disasters including a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami as a call to action for businesses in Oregon to get prepared for disasters by strengthening the bond between peers, suppliers, and agency officials.

"In the event of major emergency it is about everyone stepping up to the plate, said ViaWest President Jim Linkous. "Today's event was a great opportunity to build relationships so that we can support each other during a disaster."

Oregon is located along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state within the next 50 years.

"This is a start to a great partnership we want to have with business partners in the event of a Cascadia earthquake so we can recover from the disaster together," said Director Dave Stuckey of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

The ShakeOut provided an opportunity for individuals to practice what they would do in an earthquake.

K-12 schools and districts as well as local governments, state governments, federal government including military, healthcare, colleges and universities, and many more in Oregon participated in the Great ShakeOut.

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Cascade Region Red Cross CEO Amy Shlossman and CDO Steve Eberlein participate in the "ShakeOut Selfie contest" sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Particpants snapped a shot while taking part in the drill and posted on Twitter using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, for the chance to win an free emergency kit. (Photo Courtesy of Cascade Region Red Cross)

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, presents the Cascadia Playbook to an audience at the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. The event included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). (Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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An Oregon business leader studies the Cascadia Playbook Overview at the "7x24 Preparedness Breakfast" at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Ore. The event included the state's top business leaders and was hosted by the Oregon Military Department and the State of Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). (Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)


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News availability: Ebola response at Salem Hospital
Salem Health - 10/16/14
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a patient referred to Salem Hospital Emergency Department does not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and will not be tested.

Hospital administrators and members of the emergency department staff will be available to meet with the news media to answer questions.

WHEN: 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16

WHERE: Salem Hospital campus, 890 Oak St. SE, Bldg. D., first floor, Creekside overflow room

PARKING: Available on east side of hospital parking garage, Park on west side of Capitol St. in drop-off lane, just north of Mission St. SE.

Salem Health staff will be on hand to direct the media to the news conference.
Death Investigation - Highway 126E near Belknap Springs in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/16/14
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Lane County Medical Examiner, is completing an investigation into the death of a Springfield man found deceased Wednesday in his vehicle at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near Belknap Springs. Initial investigation indicates the death is from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 8:35 a.m., an ODOT employee stopped to check a 1991 Honda Civic parked at the McKenzie River Viewpoint along Highway 126E near milepost 15. The ODOT employee reported discovering a deceased adult male inside the car.

OSP responded to the scene to investigate. The deceased was identified as DAVID PETER CADA, age 45, from Springfield.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, professionals are on call to handle mental health emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

There are several resources available through Lane County Public Health and the Lane County Suicide Prevention Program. More information is available online at:
http://www.preventionlane.org/suicide-links.htm

In addition to local resources in your community, a toll free line is available for Oregon Partnership Lifeline/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

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Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting, Oct. 30, 2014
Oregon State Library - 10/16/14
The Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee (SDLAC) will meet on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm PST at the Oregon State Library. The agenda is included.

This is a public meeting; those who would like to attend should contact Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

The SDLAC advises the State Library and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council on the Statewide Database Licensing Program, and its membership is representative of school, public, tribal and academic libraries. The current member list is available at: http://oregon.gov/OSL/LD/technology/sdlp/index.shtml.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to Arlene Weible, 503-378-5020 or arlene.weible@state.or.us.



Statewide Database Licensing Advisory Committee Meeting
Oregon State Library - Basement Conference Room (or by phone)
October 30, 2014
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Agenda

10:00 Welcome and housekeeping

10:05 Review agenda and approve minutes from February 20, 2014 meeting

10:15 Update projects since last meeting

10:30 Budget update

11:00 Outreach to OR Department of Education update
* What can SDLAC do to support efforts?

12:00 Working Lunch

12:30 Testing and Skills Building RFP
* Review draft
* Recruit 3 volunteers for proposal evaluation

2:00 SDLP future direction and outcomes discussion

2:45 Action Item Review

3:00 Adjourn
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 4 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of 2 Men Including Texas Fugitive - Interstate 5 in Eugene/Springfield (Photo)
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Wednesday in the Eugene/Springfield area led to the arrest of two people following the discovery of approximately 4 pounds of marijuana. One of the men was wanted out of Texas for felony marijuana-related charges. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 15, 2014 at approximately 1:07 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Nissan sport utility vehicle displaying California license plates for multiple traffic violations off Interstate 5 at the Glenwood Boulevard exit near milepost 192. During the contact the trooper identified the two occupants as driver THOMAS M. GARZA, age 48, from Talent, and passenger ANTHONY J. BALASCIO, age 43, from Allen, Texas.

During the traffic stop the trooper learned BALASCIO was wanted on a felony warrant out of Texas for Unlawful Possession and Manufacture of Marijuana. BALASCIO was arrested without incident as a Fugitive from Justice.

Subsequent investigation also led the trooper to discover approximately 4 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value of the seized marijuana was $10,000.

GARZA was arrested without incident for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana. GARZA and BALASCIO were lodged in the Lane County Jail.

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History is rewritten in Reedsport (Photo)
Oregon Travel Experience - 10/16/14
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A brand new interpretive historical marker has been installed at a Reedsport wayside along US Hwy 101 (at Milepost 211 about ?1/2 mile north of Reedsport). A replacement, the new and improved Jedediah Smith Historical Marker, documents Smith's contributions to mapping the Oregon Territory for subsequent generations. The new marker also corrects historical and cultural inaccuracies with help from the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Oregon Trails Advisory Council.

Jedediah Smith's explorations in the American West began when he was 21 and lasted until his death at age 32. He crisscrossed the state in search of beaver pelts and new trade and travel routes. His exploration journals helped craft the first accurate maps of what is now the western United States.

The Jedediah Smith interpretive marker is one of 110 markers within the state's official Historical Marker Program. The program and its governing committee are managed by Oregon Travel Experience (OTE) and the Oregon Historical Marker Committee, which is staffed by volunteers from across the state.

The Oregon Community Foundation's Oregon Historic Trails Fund provided partial financial support for the new marker project.

More information about the Oregon Historical Marker Program can be accessed through the Oregon Travel Experience website at http://ortravelexperience.com/oregon-historical-markers/about-historical-markers/. Interactive maps denoting marker sites and audio tours are available on program web pages.

OTE also publishes an Oregon Historical Marker and Oregon Heritage Tree combined map brochure that is available to the public at no charge. The brochure contains regional maps with a synopsis of each tree or marker site and links to audio tours. The booklet stores easily in your glove box and referenced along your own explorations across the state.

Please contact OTE's Heritage Program Administrator Annie Von Domitz for more information about the heritage map brochure or individual heritage programs. Email should be sent to anniev@oregonte.com.


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Earthquake Drill a Good Reminder to Check Natural Gas Preparedness at Home
NW Natural - 10/16/14
NW Natural Offers Tips to Help Prepare Your Natural Gas Home for an Earthquake

PORTLAND, Ore. - As millions of people world-wide get ready to take part in today's Great ShakeOut earthquake drills, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) asks customers to also run-through their natural gas preparedness at home.

"No one can predict when an earthquake will hit, but we're committed to making sure our customers have the information they need to be properly prepared for when it does," said Dawn Johnson, public information officer, NW Natural.

Below are helpful hints natural gas customers can follow to help secure their home, and steps to take in the event an earthquake occurs.

Before an earthquake:

* Secure natural gas equipment, such as water heaters, to minimize movement during a quake.

* Keep combustibles like paint cans and rags away from your furnace and water heater.

* Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible ones.

* If you choose to install an earthquake shut-off valve, you need to contact a qualified, licensed contractor.

* Learn the location of your gas meter and its manual shut-off valve.

After an earthquake:

Remember, if you smell natural gas, it's always safest to leave the area on foot immediately and then call our emergency line, 800.882.3377.

In the aftermath of a significant natural disaster, when it could be several days before we're able to reach your home, DO NOT turn off your natural gas service unless you smell gas, hear gas blowing or see other signs of a leak. ONLY turn off your gas if it is safe to do so. To learn how to do this, visit nwnatural.com and look for the earthquake preparedness section under the safety drop down menu.

If you turn off your gas, LEAVE IT OFF, and contact NW Natural. Appliances and gas lines will need to be checked for possible damage before service can be safely restored.

About NW Natural

NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest. Additional information is available at nwnatural.com.
10/15/14
No Ebola case at Salem Hospital
Salem Health - 10/15/14
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a patient referred to Salem Hospital Emergency Department does not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and will not be tested.

Salem Hospital has confirmed an alternate condition that supports the symptoms. Salem Hospital will continue to treat the patient and return to normal infection prevention protocols.

"We are very pleased with this outcome, as is the patient. All necessary precautions were taken to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, visitors, volunteers and staff," said Dr. Cort Garrison, Chief Medical Officer. "We have emergency preparedness plans in place, and began closely monitoring the Ebola situation in August using CDC guidelines and resources."

The Oregon Department of Health initially made the recommendation that the patient did not meet the exposure criteria for Ebola and subsequently confirmed that with the CDC. In the meantime, Salem Hospital activated its emergency operations plan, set up an incident command team and isolated the patient according to Salem Health Ebola response protocols.

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. Salem Hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) from Healthgrades in 2014, placing it among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. "Like" us on facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at youtube.com/salemhealth.
Oregon's Hospitals and Nurses Work Together to Prepare for Ebola
Oregon Assn. of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) - 10/15/14
JOINT STATEMENT from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems:

Ebola preparedness is something Oregon's hospitals and their nursing partners are taking very seriously. Nurses often are the first to encounter a patient who may be showing signs of an infectious disease -- it is critical that they, and all frontline healthcare providers, have the proper training, equipment and protocols to remain safe and care for the patient.

In the wake of the situation in Dallas, Texas, we understand the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reviewing all the protocols and procedures involved, and will be continuously putting out updated guidance as new information is received and best practices are developed. As new CDC guidance is issued regarding Ebola preparedness procedures, we are working with our collective memberships to incorporate all of these updates into plans and protocols.

It is important to remember that this situation is very fluid and rapidly changing. Any amount of preparation will require adjustment as more is learned about how best to care for any patient who is infected with Ebola, while protecting our healthcare providers. We need to continue to be flexible as we receive new guidance. In the end, hospitals and nurses have the same goals in the face of any Ebola case: to ensure patients are appropriately cared for at the right time and the right place and that all hospital and clinical staff are safe in providing that care.

We are directing people - both from our membership ranks and the public - who have questions about the most recent Ebola guidance, information, and protocols to consult the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.

Lines of communication remain open between hospitals, nurses and our state public health authorities. We will all work together to keep information flowing through these important channels.

For more information please contact Philip Schmidt, OAHHS Director of Public Affairs at 503.636.2204 or pschmidt@oahhs.org OR Cathy Van Zyl, ONA Press & Publications Specialist at 503.293.0011 or vanzyl@oregonrn.org.


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Lane County's Signature Chefs Raises over $90,000 for Stronger, Healthier Babies (Photo)
March of Dimes - 10/15/14
March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
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The fifth annual Signature Chefs Auction in Eugene last night raised over $90,000 for March of Dimes' mission to improve the health of babies. On October 14th at Valley River Inn, five of Lane County's finest chefs offered their signature dishes and the winner of the Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef cook off was revealed.

The cook off, held the week prior at Kendall Lexus, had four chefs competing for the title. Chefs were told in advance they had to use four ingredients in the competition: pork chops, apples, swiss cheese and cherry tomatoes, with a surprise ingredient (not revealed until the cook off) of Mountain Dew. The panel of judges kept the winner a secret until Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters was awarded the title of Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef last night.

Other treats included a special visit from The Duck and the talented Bill and Robb of KPNW who served as emcees. The most popular packages of the auction were a seven-night stay on the Big Island of Hawaii, a tailgater with and RV for the U of O vs Stanford game, and seven night get away in Honduras.

The evening's notable chefs were: Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Tom Ascariz of Prime Rib & Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro, Amber Pasquali of RiverWalk Bakery, and Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters at Valley River Inn.

Wine for Signature Chefs Auction was provided by Southern Wine and Spirits and craft beer was compliments of Hop Valley Brewing.

The 5th annual Signature Chefs Auction was hosted by Valley River Inn. Other sponsors include First Tech Federal Credit Union, Kendall Auto Group, Les Schwab, New Image Carwash, Southern Wine and Spirits, Hop Valley Brewing, KVAL and KPNW.

Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction support lifesaving research and educational programs right here in Oregon.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org. Find out what's going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.


Attached Media Files: March of Dimes volunteer Cari Garrigus, CEO of Eugene Association of Realtors, with chef Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters, winner of the 2014 Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef competition
MEDIA AVAILABILITY TODAY: State, county public health officials discuss Ebola
Oregon Health Authority - 10/15/14
October 15, 2014

What: State and county public health physicians will answer questions about the ongoing Ebola situation.

When: TODAY, October 15, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, 1-D, 800 NE Oregon St.

Who:
* Paul Cieslak, MD
Medical Director, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention
Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority

* Paul Lewis, MD
Health Officer
Multnomah County Health Department

Details: Information about Ebola, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pages about the disease, are available at https://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/Pages/disease.aspx?did=128.

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K9 Deputy Hondo Retires (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/15/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that after a long, nearly nine year career with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, K9 Deputy Hondo will be hanging up his leash to live a leisurely life of retirement.

During Hondo's entire career, he was partnered with Deputy John Trenary. As you can imagine, the bond between Deputy Trenary and Hondo was very strong making the two inseparable. Hondo was deployed over 500 times in his career and is credited with finding over 185 pounds of illegal drugs (marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine) with a total "street value" of approximately $750,000.

Alerts from Hondo also lead to the location and seizure of nearly 700 pieces of drug paraphernalia, over 100 items of MDMA and prescription controlled substances comingled with illegal drugs, and over $126,000 in currency from drug sales proceeds.

The children who swarmed around Hondo at school presentations and public appearances loved him. His friendly, happy demeanor made Hondo an incredibly effective ambassador to the Linn County community; humanizing our Office to the citizens we serve.

Unfortunately, Hondo's arthritis is preventing him from continuing his career. Medically, he is no longer suited for law enforcement. Though his back might be failing, his spirit is just as energetic and fun loving as ever. Hondo has certainly earned an extravagant retirement of table scraps, belly rubs, and lounging with his family.


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Presidential search committee membership announced for Western Oregon University
Western Oregon University - 10/15/14
The State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) and Western Oregon University (WOU) have announced membership of the search committee to assist in the search for WOU's next president. The next president, who will replace retiring WOU president Mark Weiss, is slated to start July 1, 2015 at the same time the inaugural WOU Board of Trustees will assume authority over the university.

Witt/Kieffer has been selected as the search firm to support WOU and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE) throughout this process. Information about the search process can be found at wou.edu/presidentialsearch.

"My appreciation goes out to the members of this committee, who represent the varied perspectives and strengths found within the WOU community as well as Oregon," said Jim Francesconi, chair of the search committee and representative from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. "WOU brings great value to our state and the committee recognizes that the next president must be a strong, visionary leader who will lead the university in its continued growth and continue the excellent work achieved during Weiss' tenure."

The search committee includes members from the current OSBHE and WOU's inaugural board of trustees to ensure involvement of current and future governance groups on the committee. Committee members also represent constituencies across campus, the community and WOU alumni.

Presidential search committee membership:
* Jim Francesconi (committee chair), OSBHE member and vice president of MODAHealth
* Dr. Ed Ray, Oregon State University president
* Dr. Emily Plec, head, Communications Studies Department
* Eric Bruce, instructor, Division of Health and Physical Education
* Robert Monge, instruction and outreach librarian
* Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, professor of linguistics*
* Tina Fuchs, dean of students
* Kimber Townsend, research analyst, College of Education
* Corbin Garner, Associated Students of Western Oregon University president
* Dr. Susanne Monahan, dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
* Darin Silbernagel, director, business affairs
* Paul Kyllo, president, WOU Alumni Association
* Dr. John Minahan, former president of WOU*
* Jim Baumgartner, president, WOU Foundation Board*
* Jaime Arredando, secretary-treasurer, Oregon's Farmworker Union (Pineros Campesinos Unidoes del Noroeste)*
* Dr. Salam Noor, director of academic planning and policy for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, effective November 2014
* Cec Koontz, business manager, Central School District*

*members of WOU's board of trustees

About WOU
Western Oregon University (WOU), founded in 1856 and located in Monmouth, is Oregon's oldest public university. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Marine Board to Meet in Astoria October 22
Oregon Marine Board - 10/15/14
The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their quarterly Board meeting beginning at
9 a.m. at the Barbey Maritime Center, 2042 Marine Drive in Astoria, on October 22.

The Board will consider a citizen petition requesting the initiation of rulemaking to prohibit the use of personal watercraft within the estuary of the Salmon River in Lincoln County. The Board may choose to open the rulemaking process, reject the petition, or other take other action.

Other agenda items include the following:
* Smoke detectors on vessels
* Staff program reports
* Clean Vessel Act Program Grants
* Consider a new agency logo concept

The meeting is being held in a facility that 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, October 20. The Board will accept Public Comment during the designated period at the start of the meeting.

The meeting agenda and staff reports can be downloaded from http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/members.aspx.
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Salem Police Seek Public Assistance In Locating Missing Juvenile (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 10/15/14
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**** UPDATE ****
"Chloe Nelson has been located safe in California and is currently being reunited with her family. It appears as though her disappearance was staged, and the investigation is continuing."



Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public in locating a 14-year old female who is missing from her residence in South Salem.

Chloe Olivia Nelson, at 14-year old white female juvenile, was discovered missing from her residence at approximately 6:00 am on October 14. It is believed that she left of her own accord, but her disappearance is highly unusual. Chloe is described as being approximately 5'04 tall, with a medium build, long brown hair and possibly in possession of a green backpack.

A missing person report has been taken by the Salem Police Department and Chloe's information has been entered into appropriate law enforcement databases. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

A photo is attached.


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Dave Stuckey named Oregon Military Department Interagency Director upon announcement of Dave Ferre retirement
Oregon Military Department - 10/15/14
SALEM, Oregon -- Maj. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, Adjutant General, Oregon, in coordination with the Oregon Governor's office, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Stuckey as the Oregon Military Department's (OMD) Interagency Director, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Stuckey, who is currently the Director of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM), is scheduled to replace Dave Ferre, who has announced his retirement.

"Dave Ferre's vast amount of interagency experience and background as an exceptional leader was instrumental to the success of our organization," said Maj. Gen. Daniel Hokanson. "We thank him for a career of contributions and life-long sacrifice to his state and nation, and look forward to David Stuckey's knowledge, experience, and leadership as our new Interagency Director."

The search to fill the position of OEM Director will be an open competitive application process. The selected candidate will work directly with Stuckey through the end of 2014 to ensure a smooth transition.

Ferre has more than 30 years of collective experience as a state employee beginning as an Oregon State Trooper in 1976. He has held various positions in state government to include acting OMD State Personnel director, OMD State Financial manager/comptroller, OMD Installations director and director of Service Member and Family Support.

To complement his long state service, Ferre has had a successful parallel military career. He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, beginning in 1975. He transferred to the Air Reserve in 1976, and joined the Oregon Air National Guard in 1981. Ferre served as a weapons controller and disaster preparedness officer, and eventually as director of operations and the unit commander for the 104th Air Control Squadron.

After serving a number of command positions throughout the Oregon Air National Guard, to include the plans and programs officer, executive officer for the 142nd Fighter Wing, and 142nd Mission Support Group commander, Ferre was appointed as the Oregon Combat Operations Group commander. In August 2005, Ferre was appointed the United States Property and Fiscal Officer for Oregon (appointed by the Chief of National Guard Bureau). He retired from the military as a colonel in December 2011.

Stuckey has a long and established career in the military and emergency management. He served as deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from April 2010 to June 2012. During that time, he was part of three presidential declarations and multiple emergency response activation.

Stuckey was instrumental in responding to the 2011 Oregon floods and was the Governor's authorized representative and State coordinating officer in response to the tsunami resulting from the Japanese earthquake, which occurred March 11, 2011.

The mission of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is to maintain emergency response and recovery activities with the state and local emergency services agencies and organizations.
10/14/14
Remote Locator assists deputies with stolen vehicle arrest
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/14/14
Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on October 14, 2014, at 10:12 a.m. deputies recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested Sweet Home resident, Zachary Mitchell Johnson 21-years old and Stefani Michelle Brock 24-years old of Lebanon.

Deputies were advised by Sweet Home Police dispatch of a stolen vehicle which was just reported to the Sweet Home Police Department. Deputies were advised the stolen vehicle was a maroon 1992 Honda Accord which contained a personally owned remote locater device. Deputies were given a possible location of the stolen vehicle near Allbee Lane and Knox Butte road in Albany. Deputies located the vehicle turning west on Knox Butte road from Allbee Lane. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Knox Butte road, east of Harber road. The two occupants were arrested without incident.

Mr. Johnson was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief II, Theft II and Attempted Theft II. Ms. Brock, the operator, was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of less than 1oz. Marijuana and Driving while suspended. Both Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Brock were transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail.
County advisory group for state forestry to meet October 20 in Tillamook County
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/14/14
A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that, in the past, deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Monday, October 20 in the Tillamook State Forest at the South Fork Forest Camp.

Items on the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee's (FTLAC) agenda include an alternative forest management plan update and state forest-related bills for the 2015-2017 Oregon legislative session. The Department of State Lands' Elliott State Forest Alternative Project will also be discussed.

The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Fork Forest Camp, 48300 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook County.

FTLAC meetings are open to the public, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided at approximately 10 a.m.

To comply with facility public access and security standards, attendees are asked to e-mail Mary Schmelz at mschmelz@odf.state.or.us to RSVP. A form of valid photo identification is required to enter the meeting.

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.

Counties depend on revenue generated from management activities on these lands. The revenue is used primarily for local schools and also helps fund county government and local taxing districts.

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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Metrics and Scoring Committee to meet October 17 in Wilsonville - NEW PUBLIC TESTIMONY TIME
Oregon Health Authority - 10/14/14
October 13, 2014

What: The Oregon Health Authority Metrics and Scoring Committee will meet in Wilsonville Friday, October 17. The primary focus of the meeting will be to select the benchmarks for 2015 coordinated care organization (CCO) incentive measures. Public testimony will be heard at 9:45 a.m.

When: Friday, October 17, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Clackamas Community College Wilsonville Training Center, Room 211, 29353 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville

Directions are available online at www.clackamas.edu/Wilsonville.

Interested persons can also join through a listen-only conference line at

1-888-808-6929, participant code 915042.

Agenda:

Select benchmarks for 2015

Committee meeting schedule

Public testimony

For more information, please visit the committee's website at www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/metrix.aspx.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Harris Beach campground closed to improve drainage and access
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/14/14
Brookings, OR - The campground at Harris Beach State Park will be closed through Nov. 20 for projects to improve drainage and access. The day-use area will remain open, except for a 1-2 day closure for road repairs that has not yet been scheduled.

This preliminary phase of the project includes some paving work and replacement of several failing culverts in order to improve drainage in the parks. Improvements are scheduled to continue next fall and winter with projects to level parking pads and upgrade campsites utilities.

Tidewater Contractors, Inc. of Brookings was hired to do this portion of the project, which costs $200,700 and is funded by Oregon Lottery dollars dedicated to state parks.
Great ShakeOut activities planned statewide Oct. 16
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/14/14
More than 370,000 Oregonians will drop, cover, and hold on Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m. The Great ShakeOut is a worldwide earthquake drill aimed at helping individuals prepare for an earthquake. Businesses, schools, individuals and state agencies throughout Oregon are scheduled to participate.

In conjunction with the Great ShakeOut, 150 of the state's top business leaders will take part in the 7x24 Preparedness Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16 at Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, Ore. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management will brief executives on how to prepare for a Cascadia event and discus its direct impact on the business community.

"We will focus on our State's preparedness for a major earthquake and how we can work with businesses and community leaders to prepare organizations for a disaster," said Dave Stuckey, director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 600 mile fault line stretching from British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state within the next 50 years.

The ShakeOut provides an opportunity for individuals to practice what they would do in an earthquake. During the drill participants will drop, cover, and hold on under a desk or table for one minute just as they would do in a real earthquake. Interested media can view the drill at various locations on Oct. 16.

Portland Public Schools will participate in the Great ShakeOut. Media is welcome at Creston School, 4701 SE Bush St., Portland. The drill at Creston School will begin at 10:00 a.m.

The American Red Cross will hold the ShakeOut drill at 10:16 a.m. at their Portland headquarters at 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Portland. The American Red Cross is also sponsoring the "ShakeOut Selfie contest". Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will have a chance to win a free emergency kit.

While most will take part in the ShakeOut on Oct. 16, you can register now and pick a later date to fit your schedule, all registrations prior to Dec. 31 are eligible.

Register now for the Great ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/oregon.

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
MEDIA ALERT: Lane County Chefs Cooking for a Cause TONIGHT
March of Dimes - 10/14/14
*PHOTO OP*
Lane County chefs cooking up culinary delights before your eyes.

*MEDIA*
Members of the media are invited to attend. Chef interviews and photo ops available from 6:00pm -7:00 pm. Live remotes welcome. Arrangements can be made by calling Aimee Corey at 541.915.1103 or Julie Grove at 971.340.9271.


--WHAT--
Lane County's finest chefs will offer their signature dishes to nearly 300 guests, accompanied by an array of unique auction items, including: a cooking demonstration and dinner by the Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef winner, catering at your own Duck Tailgater and a one week stay in Roatan, Honduras. All proceeds benefit March of Dimes to help all babies be born healthy.

--WHEN--
Tuesday, October 14
6:00 PM

--WHERE--
Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way, Eugene, OR

--WHO--
The chefs cooking for a cause are: Alfredo Van Nortwick of Sweet Waters, Tom Ascariz from Prime Rib and Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro and Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaruant.

--WHY--
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year, including 1 in
11 babies in Oregon. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. March of Dimes is there for all babies.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/14/14
Oregon's Unemployment Rate was Unchanged at 7.1 Percent in September, as Jobs Declined 300

Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in September, the same as the revised August rate of 7.1 percent. The August preliminary rate was originally reported as 7.2 percent.

Oregon's unemployment rate has been near 7.0 percent throughout the year, with the rate staying between 6.8 percent and 7.1 percent during each of the past 10 months.

In September, Oregon's unemployment rate was above the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.9 percent.

Oregon's labor force expanded rapidly in recent months. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force, which includes the employed plus the unemployed, rose by 5,600 in September, following similarly rapid gains in the prior two months. This helped Oregon's labor force participation rate rise to 61.5 percent in September, from 61.1 percent in June.

The number of people unemployed because they lost their job is falling. In September, approximately 51,000 unemployed Oregonians were unemployed due to involuntary job loss. Unemployment caused by job loss has declined rapidly since reaching a peak of more than 140,000 in mid-2009. This decline is a sign of continuing strengthening in the demand for workers. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed new and returning entrants in the labor force totaled about 59,000, a level that has been maintained throughout the past four years.

Following rapid job gains during November 2013 through May 2014, the pace of job gains slowed over the past four months. Seasonally adjusted payroll employment in September declined 300, after growing by 4,200 in August, as revised.

Payroll employment grew moderately since September 2013, with seasonally adjusted jobs up 37,300, or 2.2 percent. Most of the major industries expanded during that time, with the exceptions being financial activities (-2,200 jobs, -2.4%) and information (-200 jobs, -0.6%).

Over the past 12 months, these industries led the expansion: professional and business services (+7,800 jobs, +3.7%), health care and social assistance (+5,800 jobs, +2.8%), leisure and hospitality (+5,600 jobs, +3.2%), and manufacturing (+5,000 jobs, +2.9%). In addition, government (+6,000 jobs, +2.1%) recently contributed to overall employment gains following continuous job losses from 2009 through mid-2013.

The average workweek for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees was 34.0 hours in September and 34.1 hours in August. In September 2013, the average was 34.7 hours.

In September, the average wage was $22.82 per hour for Oregon's private-sector payroll employees, up 22 cents from $22.60 in August. Wages have increased 17 cents, or 0.8 percent, from September 2013 when the average was $22.65. Over-the-year wage gains indicate that hourly earnings are not increasing as fast as inflation.


Next Press Releases
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the September county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Monday, October 20th and the statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for October on Tuesday, November 18th.

The Oregon Employment Department is responsible for releasing Oregon's monthly payroll employment and labor force data. The data are prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS estimates of monthly job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses. The BLS estimates of unemployment are based on a survey of households and other inputs.

The Oregon Employment Department publishes payroll employment estimates that are revised quarterly by using employment counts from employer unemployment insurance tax records. All department publications use this official Oregon series data unless noted otherwise. This month's release incorporates the January, February and March 2014 tax records data. The department continues to make the original nonfarm payroll employment series available; these data are produced by the BLS and are revised annually.

For the complete version of the news release, including tables and graphs, visit: www.QualityInfo.org/pressrelease.

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


Attached Media Files: Oregon September 2014 Statewide Unemployment Rate Release
Injury Rollover Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 west of Boardman (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Sunday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that occurred along Interstate 84 about fifteen miles west of Boardman. The crash injured a 77-year old Tualatin man.

On October 12, 2014 at approximately 6:10 p.m., a 2001 Mitsubishi Galant driven by SILVERIO FRIAS MOLINERO, age 77, from Tualatin, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 150. According to witnesses, the car was attempting to pass a commercial truck using the left shoulder when the driver lost control. The car went into the center median where it rolled before coming to a rest on its wheels over 200 feet from where it left the roadway.

Boardman Fire/EMS, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, Gilliam County Sheriff's Office, and OSP responded to the scene. FRIAS MOLINERO was extricated from the vehicle and transported by ground ambulance to Boardman where he was transferred by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was later released after treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

Trooper Wes Linhart is the lead investigator. Enforcement decision is pending.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 214 near north end of Silver Falls State Park in Marion County
Oregon State Police - 10/14/14
(Note: Also change in milepost location)

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Marion County Medical Examiner, are continuing the investigation into the cause of a motorcycle crash that resulted in the death of an adult male Monday afternoon. The crash occurred along Highway 214 near the north boundary of Silver Falls State Park south of Silverton. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 2:25 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by PATRICK C. HOPE, age 67, from Vancouver, Washington, was traveling on Highway 214 near milepost 22 behind another motorcyclist when it went off the road while negotiating a curve. The motorcycle struck a tree and its operator was ejected. The first motorcyclist didn't witness the crash, turned around when he didn't see HOPE and while backtracking he discovered the crash scene.

Emergency responders from Drake Crossing Fire District, Sublimity Fire District, and Woodburn Ambulance initially responded along with LifeFlight. Before HOPE could be transported by air ambulance, he was pronounced deceased and then taken by ambulance to Silverton Hospital. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. Senior Trooper Frank Hagen is the lead investigator.

OSP was also assisted at the scene by ODOT.

No photographs for release.

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Nominations sought for state trail designations
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/14/14
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council (ORTAC) invites trail users to nominate additions to Oregon's network of non-motorized, state designated trails. Nominations will be accepted through November 30, 2014.

The process defines two trail designation categories: Scenic and Regional. Scenic Trails can be single routes as short as a mile, or trails that combine with others to give access to "outstanding scenery and lasting memories for trail users." They must be open to the public and be mostly complete.

Regional Trails must be longer than five miles and create close-to-home recreation opportunities. They also are defined as connectors linking communities, schools and recreation sites with significant scenic trails. Like Scenic Trails, they must lie on public land or public rights-of-way or easements.

"ORTAC's intent is to have a statewide system of trails that showcases Oregon's exceptional trail experiences in both rural and urban areas," said Nancy Ream Enabnit, the chair of ORTAC. "We're seeking nominations from all corners of the state to get the job done."

In 2010 ORTAC and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department streamlined the application process. Since that time the state has received seven new nominations, doubling the designated trail inventory since the program began in 1971. ORTAC's goal is to make the process simpler and more accessible to trail advocates and land managers.

The council was established by the Legislature in 1971 to advise the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and to promote non-motorized trail recreation and development in Oregon. The Council is made up of seven volunteer members appointed by the Oregon Park and Recreation Commission to represent the five Oregon congressional districts. The council meets four times annually in different locations across the state.

ORTAC's website has links to a nomination form and to the Oregon Recreation Trails Designation Program handbook, which includes criteria and timelines. Go to http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/Trail_Programs_Services/Pages/Trails-Designation-Programs.aspx

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Wells Fargo reports $5.7 billion in net income for third quarter
Wells Fargo - 10/14/14
SAN FRANCISCO - Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) reported net income of $5.7 billion, or
$1.02 per diluted common share, for third quarter 2014, up from $5.6 billion, or $0.99 per share, for third quarter 2013. For the first nine months of 2014, net income was $17.3 billion, or $3.08 per share, up from $16.3 billion, or $2.89 per share, for the same period in 2013.

"The company's third quarter results demonstrated strength in the fundamental drivers of our long-term growth," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. "Loan and deposit growth was strong and diversified across both commercial and consumer businesses. Capital levels increased even as we returned more capital to shareholders through higher dividends and share repurchases from a year ago. We continue to see signs of a steadily improving economy, and I remain optimistic about the opportunities ahead for Wells Fargo. Our team remains committed to meeting the financial needs of our customers, and this focus will continue to drive our performance over the long term."

Chief Financial Officer John Shrewsberry said, "This was a strong quarter for Wells Fargo and again demonstrated the benefits of our diversified business model. Despite the low interest rate environment, revenue and pre-tax pre-provision profit increased linked quarter, and we continued to operate within our target ranges for ROA, ROE, efficiency ratio, and capital return to shareholders. We also remain well positioned to benefit from higher rates in the future, and our balance sheet has never been stronger, with higher levels of capital and liquidity, and improved asset quality."

The full earnings announcement is at www.wellsfargo.com.

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10/13/14
Deputies Respond To Fatal Crash in North Marion County (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/13/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on French Prairie Rd NE, north of St. Louis Rd NE at 5:20 pm, today.

Sheriff's deputies arrived to find two vehicles involved. Deputy Casey Burhnam's, MCSO Traffic Safety Team, investigation revealed a vehicle rearended a tractor pulling a trailer. Both vehicles were traveling south on French Prairie Rd NE. The driver of the tractor, 53 year old Scott Miller, died at the scene due to his injuries from the crash. Another person was transported to the hospital, by ambulance, with minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Medical Examiner and a Deputy District Attorney also responded to the scene.
Photos from the scene are attached.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Sgt. David Leday, Keizer Police Department, and members of the Woodburn Fire Department and Woodburn Ambulance. French Prairie Rd NE was closed for several hours, however is open to all traffic at this time.


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Update: Names Released - Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 99E near Tangent in Linn County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/13/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Monday morning's two-vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on Highway 99E near McFarland Road in Linn County. The names of the involved adult female drivers are released in this update.

On October 13, 2014 at approximately 8:10 a.m., a 2007 GMC Yukon driven by ELLEN L. MARY, age 67, from Albany, was southbound on Highway 99E near milepost 6. For an unknown reason, it crossed the center turn lane and left northbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup in the right northbound lane.

ELLEN MARY was transported by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The Chevrolet pickup's driver, KARENETTA J. ADAMS, age 60, from Sweet Home, was transported initially by ground ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and then taken by REACH air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious injuries.

OSP troopers from the Albany Area Command office are continuing to gather information to determine the cause of the crash. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time. Senior Trooper Nathan House is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Tangent Rural Fire District, Albany Fire Department, and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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OED Seeks Assistance with Outreach to Customers
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/13/14
The Oregon Employment Department will be mailing information offering identity theft protection to customers whose information may have been compromised by a security vulnerability to the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job. Letters will be mailed within the week. Concerned WorkSource customers may also contact OED's toll-free hotline at 1-877-643-4322.

Beginning Tuesday, October 14, customers will be able to call the hotline to determine whether they have been identified as a customer whose information may have been compromised. Staff will be answering hotline calls Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

As an extra security precaution, OED is asking customers to reselect and answer security questions and reset their password when logging into their WOMIS account. As security breaches are unfortunately becoming more common both in the public and private sectors, experts advise that it is also good practice to regularly change security questions for other accounts outside of the WOMIS system.

After reviewing 1.9 million records for customers who have used the Oregon Employment Department's WOMIS, 851,322 individuals have been identified whose information may have been compromised. This was in response to a security vulnerability that OED identified and stopped on Monday, October 6.

OED has no evidence at this time that this information has been used, however OED wants to be proactive in contacting these customers. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement was contacted and OED has engaged with them to determine whether criminal activity has occurred.

OED will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 10/13/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors October 20, 2014.
Red Cross Encourages Everyone to Register for the Great ShakeOut
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/13/14
PORTLAND, Oct. 13, 2014 - Millions of people worldwide will practice how to "drop, cover, and hold on" at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16 during Great ShakeOut earthquake drills. This is particularly important for Pacific Northwest residents who live near the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long earthquake fault stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.

WHAT:
The Great ShakeOut takes place on a specific day and time each year to increase earthquake preparedness. Participants DROP to the ground, take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table (or against a wall with your arms covering your head/neck), and HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.

WHO:
The American Red Cross Cascades Region, Oregon Emergency Management, and various schools and agencies across the state will participate. Local businesses that have registered include Fred Meyer, Intel, Salem Hospital, Citizens Bank, Evergreen School District and the City of Vancouver.

WHEN:
10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2014

WHERE:
American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter
3131 N. Vancouver Ave., Portland

CONTEST:
The Cascades Region is hosting its second annual "Great #ShakeOutSelfie" contest. People participating in the ShakeOut exercise are encouraged to snap a photo of themselves (aka "selfie" during the drill and to tweet the image to @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie. Participants are eligible for a variety of disaster kit items provided by Oregon Emergency Management. Full contest rules are posted at http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014.

In addition to practicing actions to stay safe during an earthquake, the Great ShakeOut is a great opportunity to update emergency plans and supplies, and to download the Red Cross Earthquake App. To learn more about the Great ShakeOut visit www.shakeout.org.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Arts Commission, Trust embark on statewide town meetings
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/13/14
For Immediate Release
Oct. 13, 2014
Contact: Carrie Kikel, (503) 986-0081, carrie.kikel@oregon.gov

Commission, Trust embark on statewide tour
to gather information on arts and culture issues;
Findings to guide strategic planning process

Salem, Ore. - Led by Executive Director Brian Rogers, the staff of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust will hold 14 statewide town meetings between now and Dec. 12 to hear from Oregonians about arts and culture issues. The information gathered will develop independent plans to guide each organization over the next five years.

"Hearing from our stakeholders, which include every Oregonian, is a vitally important part of the planning process," said Rogers. "The themes that emerge from these meetings will form the framework of our plans."

Each of the three-hour meetings, which kick off in The Dalles Oct. 20 and conclude in Eugene Dec. 12, will be hosted by a local arts and culture partner. Registration is encouraged but not required. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the meetings appears below; click the links for more information or to register.

10/20/2014: The Dalles, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingthedalles)

10/21/2014: La Grande/Cove, 1 to 4 p.m.
(https://www.regonline.com/townmeetinglagrande-cove)

10/22/2014: Pendleton, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingpendleton

10/28/2014: Bend, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingbend

10/29/2014: Burns, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingburns

10/31/2015: Salem, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingsalem

11/3/2014: Medford, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingmedford

11/4/2104: Klamath Falls, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingklamathfalls

11/17/2014: Portland Eastside, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland1

11/20/2014: Newport, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingnewport

11/21/2014: Coos Bay, 9 a.m. to noon
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingcoosbay

12/2/2104: Astoria, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingastoria

12/4/2014: Portland Westside, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingportland2

12/12/2014: Eugene, 1 to 4 p.m.
https://www.regonline.com/townmeetingeugene

Written testimony also is welcome, especially from those unable to attend a town meeting. Testimony should be emailed to brian.rogers@oregon.gov or mailed to OAC / OCT Planning Process, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200, in Salem OR 97301.

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The Oregon Arts Commission plays an important role in fostering arts engagement to preserve Oregon's famously high quality of life. In collaboration with many partners, the Arts Commission provides leadership, advocacy, resources and capacity-building programs; and awards millions of dollars in grants every year to Oregon artists and arts organizations.

The Oregon Cultural Trust supports an environment in which cultural organizations are sustained and valued as a core part of vibrant Oregon communities. The Cultural Trust is a provider for Oregon culture, working with its five statewide cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission; Oregon State Historic Preservation Office; Oregon Humanities; Oregon Heritage Commission; and the Oregon Historical Society.

The Arts Commission and Cultural Trust are departments within Business Oregon, a state agency that ensures a coherent, integrated approach to economic development and a continuous policy direction that can transcend changes in executive and legislative leadership. Business Oregon recognizes the expanding role the arts and culture play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities.
Regulated-use rules end Oct. 14 in NE Oregon, fire season still on
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/13/14
As of 12:01 am, October 14, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has terminated the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure for private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. Campfires and warming fires are allowed with landowner permission.

Matt Howard, Wallowa Unit Wildland Fire Supervisor, cautions "Campfires should not be left unattended as they could spread to wildland fuels."

Build campfires in a safe location by scraping away leaves and litter to bare soil on all sides of the fire. All fires should be DEAD OUT! DROWN all embers, sticks, and coals, STIR the coals with a shovel, DROWN the area again.

Fire season remains in effect for private, state, county, municipal, and tribal lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties. Open fires (except campfires), debris burns and burn barrels on ODF protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Year to date fire information for lands protected by Oregon Department of Forestry Northeast Oregon District:

Lightning caused: 66 fires Acres burned: 636
Human caused: 31 fires Acres burned: 261

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at (541) 963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit (541) 963-316
Baker City Sub-Unit (541) 523-5831
Wallowa Unit (541) 886-2881
Pendleton Unit (541) 276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.
Northeast Oregon District Wildfire Blog: http://neodistrictfireblog.blogspot.com/
ODF on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ORDeptForestry
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Springfield
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Thursday October 23rd from 11:15am - 1:00pm at Springfield City Hall, Library Conference Room, 225 5th St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Newport
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

*Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 11:15am - 12:45pm at the Newport Senor Center, 20 SE 2nd St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Lebanon
OR Department of Human Services - 10/13/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Monday October 20th from 10:30am - 12:00pm at the Lebanon Senior Center, 80 Tangent St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
Oregon League of Minority Voters to host forum for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates: Kitzhaber, Richardson, Merkley and Wehby
Wells Fargo - 10/13/14
Group to honor Nichole Maher and Charles Wilhoite

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The nonpartisan Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) will host its fifth annual "State of Civil Rights Forum" 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Benson Hotel in downtown Portland.

The nonprofit OLMV has invited all four gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates to attend, giving them the opportunity to state their positions on the issues that uniquely impact minorities in Oregon, among those pressing issues are civil rights and immigrations.

The free event will include dinner and is open to the public. Attendees must order tickets in advance by calling (503) 946-8526 or sending an email to OLMV@oregonlmv.org.

An estimated 200 participants are expected to attend the dinner forum, including public officials, business leaders, clergy and community leaders.

"Our goal is to provide a forum for these candidates, to share their views about what they propose to do to improve this state for all its residents, including its minorities and communities of color," said OLMV Director Promise King. "Those we elect to serve and represent us must demonstrate they can champion our issues, and be ready to lead us toward unity and justice, and away from inequity , racial division and the anxiety of dealing with systemic injustices."

The event will include the presentation of OLMV's coveted Civil Rights Champion Award to Nichole Maher, president and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation; and Charles Wilhoite, CPA, managing director of Willamette Management Associates.

The event sponsors include Benson Hotel, City of Beaverton, Fred Meyer, Multnomah County Sheriff, Neil Kelly, Portland Development Commission, Providence, Safeway, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

About The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV)
Founded in 2007, a concerned group of volunteers and leaders established the OLMV to advocate for public policies that uniquely impact all people of color throughout Oregon. It serves as a liaison between communities of color, policy leaders and the public institutions that serve them. The league is a non-partisan and non-profit organization founded to promote a broader understanding of the issues that uniquely impact people of color and minorities with a mission to re-engage majority involvement in civil-rights causes. For more information about OLMV, go to website: www.oregonlmv.org.
Downed Tree Struck by 4 Vehicles - Highway 22 near Detroit in Marion County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/13/14
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Highway 22 was partially blocked Monday morning for a couple hours after several vehicles struck a downed tree on Highway 22 between Gates and Detroit in Marion County. No vehicle occupants required transport to a hospital and two of the damaged vehicles were towed from the scene.

According to Senior Trooper Frank Hagen, on October 13, 2014 at approximately 6:30 a.m., strong winds led to a tree falling onto the highway near milepost 36. The driver of an eastbound pickup safely pulled onto the shoulder after running over the tree. Immediately afterward, a westbound pickup struck the tree and then crashed into an embankment. An eastbound Chrysler PT Cruiser and westbound log truck both also struck the tree. The Chrysler then collided nearly head-on with the loaded log truck.

Fire and medical responders from Lyons Rural Fire Protection District and Gates Rural Fire Protection District assisted with traffic control for an hour while ODOT personnel cleared the tree from the road.

Occupant names are not available for this release.

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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/13/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Grants Pass - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 21, 2014
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
City Hall - Council Chambers
101 NW A St.
Grants Pass

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/13/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Charleston - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 21, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Port of Coos Bay
Charleston Marina Complex
63402 Kingfisher Rd.
Charleston

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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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Who Should Represent Oregon In National Statuary Hall? (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 10/13/14
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Oregonians are invited to cast their vote!

Portland, OR - Beginning Monday, October 13, Oregonians will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on whether statues of Dr. John McLoughlin and Jason Lee should continue to represent Oregon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building, or whether those statues should be returned to Oregon, and replaced by statues of other historic Oregonians.

In 1864, the United States Congress passed legislation converting the former House of Representatives Chamber into a venue for displaying statues of citizens from each state "illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services." The National Statuary Hall collection now includes 100 statues contributed by the fifty states. Legislation enacted by Congress in 2000 provided procedures for states to reclaim a statue in the collection and replace it with a new statue. Seven states have since replaced statues.

Oregon pioneers McLoughlin and Lee were selected by the 1921 Oregon State Legislature to represent Oregon in the collection. On August 20, 2014, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order establishing a nine-member Statuary Hall Study Commission, and assigned them the task of reporting to the upcoming Oregon Legislative Assembly whether the statues of McLoughlin or Lee should be returned home, and, if so, who should be sent as a replacement statue.

The Commission, chaired by former Willamette University President Dr. Jerry Hudson, has held two public meetings, and, as required by the Executive Order, is encouraging input from a wide range of Oregonians, including school children throughout Oregon.

At the request of the Commission, the Oregon Historical Society has added a special section to its website (http://ohs.org/get-involved/statuary-hall.cfm) which will allow Oregonians to access biographies of McLoughlin and Lee, as well as biographies of historic Oregonians who historians and various historic organizations have recommended as worthy of consideration as possible replacements. Those accessing the website will also be able to express their opinion on the question of the retention or replacement of the current statues, and the question of possible replacements.

"I invite all Oregonians to join in this fascinating conversation on our state's history, heritage, and shared values," said Dr. Hudson. "I especially encourage school teachers across Oregon to ensure that Oregon's future--our youth--become involved in this conversation."

Oregonians can also share their opinions by snail mail, by writing to the "Statuary Hall Study Commission; c/o Oregon Historical Society; 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97205.

NOTE: Photo credit Architect of the Capitol - additional images available on their website at http://www.aoc.gov/

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About the Oregon Historical Society
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.


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10/12/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office seeking Cadet Applicants (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/12/14
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office Cadet Program was created to introduce young men and women to law enforcement and develop them as future leaders. Here's a chance to experience, first hand, what it takes to be a Patrol Deputy, Parole & Probation Deputy, or Corrections Deputy. Many law enforcement officers, including our own Sheriff Jason Myers, have used their Cadet experiences to start a career in law enforcement.

If you're between 14 1/2 & 20 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and enrolled full-time in school with at least 2.5 grade point average, you may qualify to join our Cadet Program. Cadets are expected to have Internet access to aid in communicating with our Cadet Program Advisors.

You'll learn about teamwork and develop leadership skills while working with our Deputies. Selected applicants will participate in an interview process and must pass a background investigation. Successful applicants will begin an 8-week Cadet Academy that starts in January. Classes are held on Saturdays. If interested, turn your application in by 5:00pm, October 30th.

Once trained, you'll ride along with deputies on patrol, participate in community relations programs, assist with traffic control & security, and learn more about the professions associated with the field of law enforcement.

Cadets are expected to dedicate 20 hours of volunteer work each month.

For more information, visit our web site at www.GoMcso.com and click on the Cadet Unit link for an application! You can also leave a voicemail at 503-932-4850. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


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Two Injured in Rollover Crash After Hitting Dead Bear Lying on Road - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/12/14
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Two people were injured and their dog died Saturday night in a rollover crash along Interstate 84 near Meacham when the driver lost control after running over a dead bear lying in a traffic lane.

On October 11, 2014 at approximately 11:00 p.m., a passenger car driven by BRET CARTWRIGHT, age 25, from Boise, Idaho, was eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 235 when he changed from the right lane to left lane due to plastic vehicle parts on the road causing a hazard. Upon changing lanes, the car struck a dead black bear lying in the left lane.

CARTWRIGHT lost control of the vehicle as it rolled into the center median where it came to rest on its top.

CARTWRIGHT was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton for treatment of non-life threatening injury. His 22-year old wife received minor injury and their 1-year old daughter was properly restrained in a child safety seat and was not injured. Both were driven to the hospital by an OSP trooper.

The family's dog was deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted at the scene by local emergency responders.

The vehicle that had previously struck the bear was not at the scene. OSP and ODOT urge drivers involved in a collision with wildlife or other animals to stop and make an effort to check the extent of injury and any damage to your vehicle. If possible and safe to do so, try to get the animal and/or road debris out of the way of approaching traffic. Contact 9-1-1 or OSP dispatch to report the collision and request assistance, if needed.

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Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 97 north of Highway 58 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's collision that seriously injured a West Richland, Washington man along Highway 97 four miles north of the Highway 58 junction in Klamath County.

On October 10, 2014 at approximately 7:09 p.m., a Kenworth truck pulling an unloaded flatbed semi-trailer driven by ROGER MACOMBER, age 69, from Redmond, Oregon, was northbound when MACOMBER tried to make a u-turn on Highway 97 near milepost 191. The trailer became high-centered and was stopped when a 2003 Saturn driven by BRENT CAMPBELL, age 49, from West Richland, Washington, crashed into the trailer and caught fire. Two other vehicles also collided with the truck.

Several citizens removed CAMPBELL from the vehicle. He was seriously injured and transported by Air Link to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment.

OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by Crescent Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT. The highway was blocked about two hours before one lane was open.

Enforcement action is pending review of the completed investigation with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office. Trooper Jeremiah Beckert is the lead investigator.

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Update #3: Second Person Dies - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Walton in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) was notified that a second person has died following an October 7, 2014 two vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on Highway 126W about three miles west of Walton in Lane County.

Passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene, reported died Friday, October 10, at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 4:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 126W near milepost 30. Local emergency responders extricated two critically injured people from a Chevrolet pickup. The driver of the offending vehicle, RICHARD ANDREW JACKSON, age 40, from Bloomington, Indiana, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial investigation indicates a 1995 Ford pickup driven by JACKSON was westbound on Highway 126W when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an eastbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup with two occupants.

The two seriously injured persons from the Chevrolet pickup were identified as driver DEBORAH HOPE, age 56, from Eugene, and passenger RICHARD HENNIGAN, age 58, from Eugene. HOPE was transported by air ambulance to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. HENNIGAN was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield.

OSP troopers from the Springfield and Florence offices are continuing the investigation. Recruit Trooper Candyce Fiddy is the lead investigator and Senior Trooper Blaine Hlebechuk is the lead collision reconstructionist.

No photographs are available for this release.

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Update: Name Released - Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 126W near Veneta in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 10/11/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single vehicle traffic crash along Highway 126W near Veneta that turned fatal after the driver was transported to a hospital. The victim's name is released in this update.

On October 10, 2014 approximately 2:45 p.m., a 2006 Mercedes Benz driven by JERRY BYRON (J.B.) HOWELL, age 80, from Walton, was traveling westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 48 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and off the road, crashing into a tree. Local emergency responders including Lane Fire Authority were dispatched and HOWELL was extricated from the vehicle. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and reportedly died about two hours later.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are investigating the crash.

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OED Addresses Security Vulnerability
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/10/14
The Oregon Employment Department (OED) has identified and stopped an intrusion into the agency's website. On Monday, October 7 OED responded to an anonymous tip alleging a security vulnerability in the WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS), an application where customers may register for job search help and other services. The system does not affect the filing of unemployment insurance claims. This impacts people who registered with WorkSource Oregon to look for a job.

The first priority is to secure all personal information, regardless of whether it had been compromised. Work began immediately Monday morning--in coordination with the state's Chief Information Office--to validate the information in the anonymous tip. Once validated, WOMIS was shut down while steps were taken to correct the security vulnerability to eliminate the possibility of retrieving social security information. The personal information was then secured to prevent any further threats. The system was brought back online with added security Monday afternoon. The site is now up and running with a repaired and reinforced WOMIS system.

The second priority is to determine exactly whose information has been compromised and to initiate a criminal investigation. We do not know if criminal activity has taken place. At the direction of Governor Kitzhaber, law enforcement has been contacted. OED will directly notify all customers who are WOMIS participants.

OED has engaged with law enforcement to determine whether criminal activity has occurred. We will keep the public and media informed as new information becomes available.

OED has established a dedicated hotline for inquiries, ¬¬¬1-877-643-4322. Staff has been redeployed and will be available special Saturday hours on October 11 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wildlife-Involved Collisions Serve as Another Reminder to be Extra Alert for Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
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Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals on the road.

On October 9, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a Dodge Ram pickup driven by ERIC MEYERHOFER, age 44, from Payette, Idaho, was southbound on Highway 201N near milepost 22 north of Ontario in Malheur County when a deer entered the roadway. MEYERHOFER wasn't able to avoid the deer, striking it with the front of the pickup. The deer broke through the pickup's windshield and came to rest dead on the front passenger seat.

Fortunately there were no passengers in the pickup. MEYERHOFER received glass-related cuts but declined medical transport. A photograph from the incident is provided with this release.

In another incident, two elderly people were transported with injuries after crashing while avoiding a deer on the road in Baker County. On October 9 at approximately 6:40 p.m., a Subaru Legacy driven by BEVERLY THOMPSON, age 76, from Richland, Washington, was eastbound on Highway 86 near milepost 35 when the driver served to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed the westbound lanes and off the highway where it went up an embankment, striking a tree and rolling down the embankment where it came to rest on its top.

Passenger WILLIAM THOMPSON, age 82, from Richland, was able to get out of the vehicle. His wife was extricated by responding EMS personnel. Both were transported by air ambulance to an unidentified hospital for treatment of injuries.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx.

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Transitions: summer to fall, wildfire to prescribed fire (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
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As fall weather finally begins to take hold after the long wildfire season, many forest landowners are shifting to another form of fire. Prescribed burning removes downed woody material from the forest, reducing wildfire risk when next summer rolls around. And when conducted following timber harvest, these controlled fires help prepare the soil for replanting of young trees.

In addition to clearing excess vegetation that would otherwise compete with young trees soon to be planted, prescribed burning releases nutrients into the soil to jumpstart their growth.

Oregon's Forest Practices Act, the first in the nation, requires replanting after logging.

To minimize smoke intrusions into populated areas, Oregon Department of Forestry meteorologists daily monitor weather conditions, and issue forecasts and burning instructions throughout the fall prescribed burning season.

To prevent excessive smoke caused by too many burns at one time, the weather forecasters coordinate hundreds of burning requests from private and public forest landowners.

In contrast to prescribed burns, which take place in fall and also spring, large wildfires typically occur in summer when weather conditions often trap smoke in populated valleys for an extended period.

Since 1972, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has regulated forestland burning in the state under the Oregon Smoke Management Plan. Though smoke intrusions into populated areas occasionally occur due to unexpected changes in weather and wind conditions, ODF's oversight of prescribed burning minimizes such occurrences.

More information on prescribed forest burning can be found online, www.oregon.gov/odf


Attached Media Files: Prescribed burning removes excess vegetation, reducing the risk of wildfire during the summer.
173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations
Oregon Military Department - 10/10/14
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The 173rd Fighter Wing will conduct night flying operations October 14-16.

Night flying is one part of the course curriculum for F-15 student pilots at Kingsley Field.

"Night flying is a critical skill which our students need to learn to be effective war fighters," said Col. Jeremy Baenen, 173rd Fighter Wing Commander.

Most of the training will occur in military operating airspace where the pilots can fly without any lights. However, the community will most likely hear the jets during take-offs and approaches to and from Kingsley Field.

"On their first night rides, students learn basic formation, air refueling, and basic intercepts," said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Edwards, 114th Fighter Squadron Commander. "After they master these basic skills, students progress to fly as the wingman in a realistic tactical intercept scenario."

Student pilots are also trained to use Night Vision Goggles.

"This training, increases their situational awareness and combat capability," added Edwards.
Community Bank Week highlights role of Oregon's local banks
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/10/14
Local banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), play an integral role in their communities.

To celebrate the impact of community banks on their communities and the state's economy, Gov. John Kitzhaber proclaimed Oct. 13-17, 2014, Community Bank Week.

"Community banks are woven into the fabric of Oregon communities," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They are typically locally owned and operated, contribute money and staff time to community needs, and are a significant source of funding for growing local businesses."

Oregon's 28 community banks held $31.1 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2014, compared with $12.2 billion in total assets a decade ago. They employ about 6,750 individuals. Oregon community banks had loans totaling $21.4 billion, as of June 30, 2014, representing 97 percent of their total core deposits. Across the nation, community banks made more than 50 percent of all loans to farms and small businesses, despite the fact that community banks' share of total banking assets is less than 20 percent.

"Although there has been some consolidation in recent years, Oregon's community banks are financially strong and seeing growth in deposits and loan activity," Allen said.

To learn more about the Oregon banks recognized during Community Bank Week, go to http://www.oregonbankers.com/CommunityBankWeek.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency. The department's Division of Finance and Corporate Securities regulates state-chartered banks and credit unions, as well as securities and other financial-related industries. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Halloween Safety Tips from OSP and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oregon State Police - 10/10/14
Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Oregon State Police and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

Before Halloween

*Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint - Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags)
* Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
* Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated.
* Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
* Teach children how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
* Teach children to say "NO!" in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.

On Halloween

* Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
* Never send younger children out alone - they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
* Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
* Don't let children enter a home unless you are with them.
* Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.

Link to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Halloween Safety Tips (pdf):
(English) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf
(Spanish) http://www.missingkids.com/en_US/publications/NC153.pdf

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Business Oregon Director Embarks on Business Development Mission to Asia
Business Oregon (Ore. Business Development Dept.) - 10/10/14
- Mission to China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan explores export growth, business expansion and builds relationships to grow business back in Oregon -


SALEM - Business Oregon Director Sean Robbins departs for Asia today to pursue business and export growth opportunities, continuing to leverage long-standing ties between Oregon and its trade partners within the Pacific Rim. Approximately 490,000 Oregon jobs are tied to international trade with wages 18% above the Oregon average.

During the 12-day trip, Robbins will visit China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan where he will pursue opportunities to increase Oregon exports and meet with companies already invested here in Oregon, as well as those considering the state for future expansion. Robbins will also join officials from the Port of Portland who will be in Asia as well, working to increase cargo services between Oregon and Asia.

"Oregon has a great story to tell abroad. Our mission is to champion that story and the innovation of Oregon businesses. By doing that, we increase revenues for local companies, attract new international operations into Oregon and create jobs for Oregonians," Robbins said. "The state's exports to these countries tops $6 billion, up 13% last year, and we are uniquely positioned to capture more of that growth if we get after it and relentlessly tell Oregon's story."

In Tokyo, for example, Robbins will meet with executives from five companies including the Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, a leading business publication in Japan, with which Business Oregon has been working to promote American expansion opportunities for growing Japanese manufacturers. Earlier this year executives from the publication led a group of representatives from Japanese companies on a scouting trip to Oregon, which has already created several opportunities for potential investment here.

This mission continues a proud tradition of the state and its partners of connecting Oregon's economy to growing markets across the Pacific. More recently, Business Oregon's export assistance grants totaling $594,000 have helped 170 Oregon small businesses achieve immediate sales of $21 million overseas. Just this past April, a delegation of Oregon officials and business leaders traveled to Japan for a series of trade and business development meetings, and to deliver a "Doing Business in Oregon" seminar to local business executives.

An itinerary for the mission can be found here: www.oregon4biz.com/p/2014_Asia_Itinerary.pdf
Health advisory issued October 10 for Willow Creek Reservoir
Oregon Health Authority - 10/10/14
October 10, 2014

High levels of blue-green algae found at Morrow County reservoir

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today due to high levels of blue-green algae in Willow Creek Reservoir, located just east of the town of Heppner in Morrow County.

Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins. These algae levels are likely to be associated with dangerous cyanotoxin concentrations in the water that can be harmful to humans and animals.

Swallowing or inhaling water droplets, as well as skin contact with water, should be avoided. Drinking water directly from Willow Creek Reservoir is especially dangerous.

Exposure to toxins can produce symptoms of numbness, tingling and dizziness that can lead to difficulty breathing or heart problems, and require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of skin irritation, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and fainting should also receive medical attention if they persist or worsen. Children and pets are at increased risk for exposure because of their size and level of activity.

The public will be advised when the concern no longer exists.

Oregon Public Health officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating the water with camping-style filters.

People who draw in-home water directly from Willow Creek Reservoir are advised to use an alternate water source because private treatment systems are not proven effective at removing algae toxins. However, public drinking water systems can reduce algae toxins through proper filtration and disinfection. If people on public water systems have questions about treatment and testing, they should contact their water supplier.

Oregon health officials recommend that people who choose to eat fish from waters where algae blooms are present remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking, because toxins are more likely to collect in these tissues.

Public health officials also advise that people not eat freshwater clams or mussels from affected water, and that Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations do not allow the harvest of these shellfish from freshwater sources. Crayfish muscle can be eaten, but internal organs and liquid fat should be discarded.

With proper precautions to avoid water contact, people are encouraged to visit Willow Creek Reservoir and enjoy activities such as camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing and bird watching. Boating is safe as long as speeds do not create excessive water spray, which could lead to inhalation risk.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 541-676-9009.

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. For information about advisories issued or lifted for the season, call the Oregon Public Health toll-free information line at 1-877-290-6767 or visit the Harmful Algae Bloom website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories."

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Forestry Board to hold planning workshop Oct. 16 in Salem
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/10/14
The Oregon Board of Forestry will engage with Department of Forestry leadership to review planning systems and work plans, 2015 budget and legislative agendas, and the board's overarching strategy document, the Forestry Program for Oregon, during an informal workshop on Oct. 16.

The session, a regular part of the board's planning cycle, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eola Viticulture Center, 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW, in Salem.

The meeting is open to the public. No policy or business decisions will be made.

The board has also scheduled an executive session following the workshop to conduct the state forester's annual performance evaluation. The executive session will be closed to the public in accordance with Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 192.660(2)(i).

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.

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

Materials for the Oct. 16 workshop will be posted on the website, under the 2014 link, in advance of the meeting.
10/09/14
Red Cross Volunteers Install Smoke Alarms in Salem Neighborhood Homes as Part of a National Home Fire Safety Campaign In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/09/14
(The Office of State Fire Marshal is forwarding the following news release in support of American Red Cross efforts.)

In follow up of a Sept. 28 canvassing event, Red Cross volunteers will return to homes
in the 97301 ZIP code on Oct. 11 to install free smoke alarms

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 9, 2014) -- On Sept. 28, Red Cross volunteers canvassed nearly 800 homes in the Salem ZIP code 97301 to inform residents about fire safety and distribute emergency preparedness materials. This Saturday, Oct. 11, volunteers will return to the area to install smoke alarms in homes where residents requested them.

Red Cross volunteers will be in the neighborhood bounded by State Street to the north, 21st Street to the west, 25th Street to the east and Mission Street to the south. Residents who did not meet with volunteers on Sept. 28 will not be eligible to have an alarm installed on Oct. 11.

There is no cost to community residents for the smoke alarms, which have been provided by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The canvassing and smoke alarm installation is all part of a national Home Fire Safety Campaign launched by the American Red Cross last month. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within the next five years.

Red Cross is known for providing critical support for large-scale disasters such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires says Cara Sloman, regional disaster preparedness officer for the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington. But the bulk of local Red Cross response is to home fires which affected more than 800 individuals and families last year.

"We are very pleased to be able to participate with the American Red Cross in this campaign," says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We appreciate having trained Red Cross volunteers help with this life-saving effort."

Information from the National Fire Protection Association shows that nearly two-thirds of all fire-related deaths occur in homes that have no functioning smoke alarms.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
AARP: Three Things You Need to Know About Medicare Open Enrollment (Photo)
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Don't miss the once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your Medicare plan

WASHINGTON, DC -- AARP encourages everyone with Medicare to take advantage of this year's Medicare Open Enrollment period October 15th-December 7th to review their health and prescription drug plans for 2015. AARP wants people to know the Medicare plan changes that can be made, the four things to consider, and how to make changes.

"Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, don't miss this seven-week window to make changes to your insurance coverage," said Nicole Duritz, AARP Vice President, Health Education and Outreach. "If your health and prescription drug needs have changed, or your current plan has made changes, now is the time to make adjustments."

During Medicare Open Enrollment, AARP recommends that people evaluate their current health and prescription drug coverage. This is the time to make adjustments based on changes in health status, income, lifestyle, or personal preference. For instance, people can add or switch their Medicare prescription drug coverage based on the specific medications they need. Others may want to change plans so that they can continue seeing their doctor or continue going to the same health care center.

Three Things To Know About Medicare Open Enrollment

1. Main Changes You Can Make
Here are three changes you can make during open enrollment:
* Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another Medicare Advantage plan
* Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
* Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

2. Consider the "Four C's"
AARP recommends that people consider the "Four C's" when reviewing Medicare plan options:
* Cost - Compare monthly premiums, annual deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance.
* Coverage - Review the doctors and pharmacies included in the plan, as well as prescription drugs and other services you need.
* Convenience - Look at the accessibility of doctors, pharmacies, and services in the plans.
* Customer Service - Assess the quality of service a plan provides. Quality ratings are available for most Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan.

3. How to Make Medicare Plan Changes
People can make changes to their Medicare insurance plans during open enrollment by visiting the Medicare Plan Finder at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan or by calling Medicare at 1-800- 633-4227. Medicare enrollees who want help understanding their options can contact The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (1-800-677-1116) for no-cost personalized health insurance counseling.

Other Helpful Resources
* Medicare Open Enrollment and You - Gives helpful information from AARP to make the most of your Medicare coverage.
* AARP Medicare Q & A Tool - Provides easy-to-understand answers about Medicare. (Available in Spanish at http://bit.ly/1vlSFsD.)
* Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Provides comprehensive information about Medicare and Medicaid.
* State Health Insurance Assistance Program - Offers free personalized health insurance counseling.

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About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 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 bilingual news source. 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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Oregon State Fair and Expo Center Hires New CEO (Photo)
Amber Lindsey PR - 10/09/14
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SALEM, OR - Oct. 9, 2014 - Michael Paluszak, a Californian with extensive experience in managing fairs has been hired as Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center. The hiring was announced today by Gene Derfler, Chairman of the Oregon State Fair Council, which operates as the board of directors for the Fair and Expo Center.

Paluszak has served for the past six years as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Solano County Fair Association in Vallejo, California. He also previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ventura County (California) Fair, the Chief Executive Officer of the Calaveras County (California) Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, and as the President of a consulting company specializing in event planning and management. Paluszak is a past president of the Western Fairs Association, and was inducted this year into the Association's Hall of Fame.

"Mike is the right leader at the right time for the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center," said Derfler. "He is widely respected and admired throughout the fair industry, and he is committed to building on the Oregon State Fair's reputation as one of the best in the country, and to bringing financial stability to the Expo Center.

Paluszak said, "Passage of Senate Bill 7 by the 2013 Oregon State Legislature provides an unprecedented and exciting opportunity to create a vision and business model that will make the Oregon State Fair and Expo Center thrive."

Senate Bill 7 removed the Fair and Expo Center from control of the Oregon State Parks Department, creating a public corporation similar to Oregon Health Sciences University and the State Accident Insurance Fund. The eleven-member Oregon State Fair Council was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber and serves as a Board of Directors for the Fair and Expo Center.

The Council was assisted in their search by Norb Bartosik of Ralph Andersen and Associates. Paluszak will assume the Chief Executive Officer's position on December 1, 2014

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Summer Job Vacancies Reach New High
Oregon Employment Dept. - 10/09/14
Oregon businesses reported 49,600 vacancies this summer. That's 6,700 more vacancies than last summer and the most found by any Oregon Job Vacancy Survey, which began in the spring of 2008. The growing number of vacancies reflects the busy summer hiring season and long-term improvement in the job market.

There were three unemployed Oregonians for each vacancy during the summer. That's the same unemployed-to- vacancy ratio as in the spring, but below Oregon's 4-to-1 ratio in the summer of 2013. Nationwide, there were two unemployed persons per vacancy this summer.

Three large industries reported more than 5,000 vacancies apiece: health care and social assistance (10,800); management, administration, and waste services (10,400); and leisure and hospitality (5,400). Together these three industries accounted for more than half (54%) of all vacancies reported this summer. Management, administrative, and waste services includes temporary help services, janitorial services, call centers, and other related firms.

Although just a few large industries accounted for so many vacancies, employers were looking to fill openings across a wide range of occupations this summer. The broad occupational groups with the largest number of vacancies were food preparation, office and administrative support, health care, and construction.

Compared with last year, the number of vacancies have increased the most for health care (+8,400) and construction-related (+3,900) occupations.

The number of vacancies for jobs requiring post secondary education - such as a certification or associate's degree - increased substantially.

Employers reported a slightly more difficult time filling job vacancies this summer. Since the spring of 2013, difficult to fill vacancies have made up roughly half of the total. In the summer of 2014, that share was 58 percent.

Central and Eastern Oregon each reported that three out of four job vacancies were difficult to fill. The most-frequently cited reasons for difficulty filling positions in these areas included a lack of applicants or a lack of qualified candidates. Additional contributing factors may have included the relatively low share of full-time vacancies in Central Oregon, and smaller share of permanent positions in Eastern Oregon.

About the Survey
The Oregon Employment Department conducts the Oregon Job Vacancy Survey and estimates the number of job vacancies each quarter based on responses from private-sector businesses with at least two employees. Estimates for fall 2014 will be released in January.

For more details on recent Oregon job vacancies, visit the "publications" tab on QualityInfo.org and scroll down to the section titled "Quarterly Job Vacancies Snapshots."


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North Bend School District Public Meeting - October 13, 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 10/09/14
A Regular meeting of the North Bend School District #13 Board of Directors will be held Monday, October 13, 2014, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the North Bend City Council Chamber, 835 California Street, North Bend, OR.

Agenda information can be found at www.nbend.k12.or.us
10/08/14
Update #2: Suspect Sought in Grant County Arrested by Grant County Sheriff's Office (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/08/14
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Update: At approximately 6:35 p.m., Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer confirmed SHANE SANDERS was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by his department. SANDERS will be lodged in the Grant County Jail on several charges including Menacing and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

SANDERS was the subject of an extensive search by Grant County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of Oregon State Police (OSP) and the OSP SWAT team, after fleeing the Seneca area Wednesday morning as law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired incident during a domestic disturbance at a cabin in Seneca. After law enforcement officers arrived in the area, they heard additional shots. An armed suspect identified as SANDERS, age 41, was seen fleeing in the darkness and is the subject of an ongoing area search. There were no known persons injured.

After re-opening area roads this afternoon following a several hour search, law enforcement personnel remained in the area. Officials believed there was no public safety threat at that time.

A DMV photograph of SANDERS is provided with this release.

Questions regarding the case and arrest should be directed to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

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Sheriff's Office Focus Patrols leads to Multiple Arrests in Sweet Home (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 10/08/14
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Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley reports that on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, his deputies received a tip from a citizen on the whereabouts of a fugitive, Jerald Allen Erickson, 54 year old of Sweet Home. In early September 2014, Erickson fled the Linn County Courthouse after a trial concluded in which he was found guilty of theft. Before Erickson could be sentenced on this case, he fled the courthouse and has been reportedly hiding out in east Linn County.

While conducting focus patrols, a tip led deputies to the 25000 block of Brush Creek Road, Sweet Home. Deputies located Erickson hiding in the residence along with several others including a fugitive from Tillamook County, Oregon. These persons were identified as Mark Lawrence Idzal, 33-years old of Sweet Home and Jacqueline Diane Banta, 25-years old of Tillamook. Idzal had warrant for charges of parole violations involving Marijuana, Heroin and other schedule 1 drugs, as well as frequenting known drug locations and theft. Banta was arrested on a Linn County Supervisory warrant.

A fourth person at the residence, Jill Renae Larsen, 24-years old of Sweet Home, was arrested for Hindering Prosecution as she tried to conceal the locations and identities of the three wanted subjects. A fifth person, the homeowner, Nancy Jeanette Larsen, 55-years old was located a short distance from the residence and was cited and released on a Lebanon Justice Court warrant for Contempt of Court.

Jerald Erickson, Mark Idzal, Jacqueline Banta and Jill Larsen were transported and lodged at the Linn County Jail.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office implemented our Focus Patrol program in June of this year. Focus Patrol is an internal office wide effort to focus on problem areas and/or people in Linn County. We prioritize our patrols starting with recognizing the high crime areas within the county. We also look at traffic problem areas and proactive ways of improving the quality of life for our citizens.


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FBI Renews Efforts to Locate Missing Girls from Saipan
FBI - Oregon - 10/08/14
The information below is being provided to Oregon media on behalf of the FBI's Honolulu Division. The reason: Oregon has a sizeable population from the North Mariana Islands.

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Vida G. Bottom, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Honolulu Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is seeking the public's help in providing information regarding missing children Faloma and Maleina Luhk, who disappeared from the U.S. territory of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands on May 25, 2011. The girls were ages 10 and 9 at the time of their disappearance.

This week, the FBI announced the release of new age-enhanced photos of the Luhk sisters created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The age-enhanced photos are available at: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1172939.

In addition to Saipan, the FBI is focusing this publicity campaign on Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State, states with sizable populations originating from the Northern Mariana Islands.

On May 25, 2011, the Luhk sisters disappeared in Saipan while waiting for a school bus to arrive. The disappearance sparked a massive community and law enforcement effort to locate the girls. The FBI is hoping that this latest publicity push and the age-enhanced photos will generate new leads to resolve this case.

Anyone with information to provide is asked to call their local FBI office.


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MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** 2nd UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/08/14
The state medical examiner has concluded their investigation into the death of Mr. Corey Fred, who was found deceased while hunting. It was determined Mr. Fred died from natural causes.

Members of the Fred family are planning funeral services for this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. which will be held at Cascade High School, 10226 Marion Rd SE, Turner, OR 97392.

Anyone who may be interested in making donations to the Fred family can go to www.youcaring.com and search for "in memory of Corey Fred."
Oregon.gov, finalist for best state website
State of Oregon - 10/08/14
Salem, Ore. Oct. 8: The Oregon.gov website is one of the top 10 most intuitive and functional state websites, according to the Center for Digital Government's 2014 Best of the Web awards, announced this week. http://bit.ly/1qhvSd1

"Across the board, this year's Best of the Web and Digital Government Achievement Award winners and finalists have demonstrated how effective their portals and applications are," said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. "Elements such as upgraded eCommerce capability, mobile-first design, intuitive search, improved transparency and integration of social media provide citizens and businesses easier and better access to their government."

In April, state government worked with technology vendor NIC to launch a new streamlined version of Oregon.gov, emphasizing usability and quick access to the most popular services. Oregonians drove the design - sharing how they would organize site content. More than 200 usability tests and 25 iterations of the design and functionality led to a site that is user-focused and task-oriented.

State Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan noted, "This week's announcement affirms the work of dedicated staff who engaged Oregonians to think differently about our virtual front door. We started with our end users in mind, then figured out how to organize our content in a way that made sense to them."

About the Oregon E-Government Program
The Oregon E-Government Program was established through Governor's Office Executive Order in 2001 and is administered by the Department of Administrative Services. The Oregon Legislature further supported the program by enacting legislation in 2011 that established an Electronic Portal Advisory Board to advance the effectiveness and delivery of new online services to the public. The program works with Oregon government organizations, helping them to conduct state business online and improve public access to government information. http://www.oregon.gov/das/ets/egov

About NIC
Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the "100 Best Small Companies in America" five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included three times on the Barron's 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.
DUII Driver Facing Charges Following Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 199 near Cave Junction
Oregon State Police - 10/08/14
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a two vehicle DUII-involved traffic crash on Highway 199 near Cave Junction. The offending driver was cited by OSP in connection with the injury crash.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 1990 Toyota Camry driven by JEFFREY S. LONDINO, age 51, from Cave Junction, was northbound on Highway 199 near milepost 29 when it crossed the centerline as LONDINO lost control. The Toyota slid sideways and its passenger front side collided into the left front side of a southbound 2008 Nissan Armada sport utility vehicle driven by SHELLY BURNS, age 38, from Cave Junction.

LONDINO was transported by air ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. He was later cited by OSP for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree.

SHELLY BURNS and one of her five passengers were transported by ground ambulance to Three Rivers Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The name of the injured passenger is not available.

OSP troopers from the Grants Pass work site are continuing the investigation. Senior Trooper Eric Tholberg is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Illinois Valley Fire District. The highway was closed about 35 minutes.

No photographs available for this release.

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Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
OR Department of Human Services - 10/08/14
The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"We all have a role to play in -- and benefit to gain from -- increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, The Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a social media campaign.

"The Council is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Executive Director, Jaime Daignault. "We want to spread the important message to Oregonians that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages -- during October and throughout the year -- by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.


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Eight Lane County Residents Among 188 Finalists for 2014 Nurse of the Year
March of Dimes - 10/08/14
With 430 nurses nominated, 188 finalists remain for the fourth annual 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards. This event will honor outstanding Oregon and SW Washington nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients. Eighteen nurses will be awarded Nurse of the Year; one in each of 17 categories plus one Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The eight Lane County finalists are:
* Molly Bryant (Eugene) for Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal) at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Janice Bustrin (Springfield) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at PeaceHealth Medical Group

* Patty Everett (Eugene) for Nurse Educator at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Janis Finley (Florence) for Emergency at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center

* Dorinda Nance (Eugene) for Advance Practice at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* James Sims (Veneta) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at PeaceHealth-Senior Health and Wellness Center

* Kiyah Williams (Eugene) for Rising Star at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

* Aaron Wilson (Springfield) for Surgical Services at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center - RiverBend

Twenty-two finalists live in SW Washington, 120 are from the greater Portland area, twelve from the Gorge area, five from the Salem area, thirteen from North Coast, five from the Bend area, and three from Southern Oregon.

Award winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Kevin Carroll, author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," will be the keynote speaker; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing will share the connection between March of Dimes and the nursing profession. Local media personality Tara Dublin will emcee.

Awards will be given in the following 17 categories:
* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
Five Salem Area Residents Among 188 Finalists for 2014 Nurse of the Year
March of Dimes - 10/08/14
With 430 nurses nominated, 188 finalists remain for the fourth annual 2014 Nurse of the Year Awards. This event will honor outstanding Oregon and SW Washington nurses for their constant care and compassion toward patients. Eighteen nurses will be awarded Nurse of the Year; one in each of 17 categories plus one Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The five Salem area finalists are:
* Arianne Booth (Albany) for Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal) at Doernbecher Children's Hospital

* Marci Jordan (Stayton) for Adult Acute Care at Salem Health

* Debra Keating (Salem) for Case Management, Occupational Health & Utilization Review at Kaiser Permanante Northwest

* Debra McAninch (Salem) for Ambulatory Care/Clinic Care at Kaiser Permanante Northwest
* Shannon White (Keizer) for Nurse Specialty at Dialysis Systems Management

Twenty-two finalists live in SW Washington, 120 are from the greater Portland area, twelve from the Gorge area, eight from Lane County, thirteen from North Coast, five from the Bend area, and three from Southern Oregon.

Award winners will be announced at the Nurse of the Year Awards on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. Kevin Carroll, author of "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," will be the keynote speaker; Katherine J. Bradley, PhD, RN, from the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing will share the connection between March of Dimes and the nursing profession. Local media personality Tara Dublin will emcee.

Awards will be given in the following 17 categories:
* Adult Acute Care
* Advance Practice
* Ambulatory/Clinic Care
* Case Management/Utilization Review
* Community Health
* Critical Care (Adult/Pediatric/Neonatal)
* Emergency
* Hospice, Home Health, Long Term Care, Rehab and Palliative Care
* Nurse Educator
* Nurse Leader
* Nurse Specialty
* Pediatric Acute Care
* Rising Star
* Small Hospital
* Student Nurse
* Surgical Services
* Women's Health

For more information or to register for the event, visit marchofdimes.org/Oregon.

Nurse of the Year Awards is presented by Moda Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Gold sponsors include Cambia Health Solutions and Providence Health & Services. Silver sponsors include Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health and PeaceHealth. Bronze sponsors include Columbia Memorial Hospital and Life Flight Network. The event is chaired by Dr. William Johnson, President of Moda Health.

March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org. Find out what is going on in the Greater Oregon Chapter by visiting OregonMOD.com.
New AARP Poll Says More than Half Think They Won't Have Enough Money for Health Care
AARP Oregon - 10/08/14
4 in 10 Haven't Saved at All, Most Plan to Work Past Age 65

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55%) don't think they'll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in ten (38%) say they haven't saved anything at all for such expenses even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that among 50+ workers, most (57%) say they plan to work past the age of 65.

Although AARP found that 68% believe they should begin saving at age 35 or younger, just 28% began saving at that age. AARP's recently launched free online Health Care Costs Calculator, a major addition to its Ready for Retirement suite of planning tools, could help families and individuals of all ages plan for health savings. The calculator is available to all for free at www.aarp.org/hccc.

"Our survey shows that Americans haven't planned enough for health expenses in retirement," said AARP Vice President for Financial Security Debbie Banda. "Even though these costs can have a significant impact on retirement savings, families and individuals often struggle to save what they need because they are paying other necessary expenses or helping to support other family members or loved ones. We hope that we can help people of all ages get a better handle on these expenses with AARP's free Health Care Costs Calculator."

The Health Care Costs Calculator estimates health costs in retirement by utilizing a database that includes $136 billion in costs from actual health care claims. Users can select from 82 medical conditions to estimate how much they may need to spend on out-of-pocket health care costs. The calculator also assumes that individuals will be eligible for and select Medicare Parts A, B and D.

After estimating costs with the calculator, users can create a customizable action plan to help save for health care in retirement and make lifestyle changes that could help reduce their out of pocket costs. For example, if a person chooses "get to a healthier weight" as a goal, the tool will show how that action can lower their predicted costs, as well as offer possible next steps for pursuing that goal.

"When faced with future health costs, many people are either overwhelmed or overconfident," added Banda. "Thinking that your health care will be paid for by Medicare alone or avoiding health care planning altogether are not the right solutions. The more you know and plan for you and your family's health care, the better off you will be in the long run."

The Health Care Costs Calculator requires no registration and collects no personal data on any user. To learn more about the tool visit www.aarp.org/hccc. For the 2014 survey Planning for Health Care Costs in Retirement: A 2014 survey of 50+ Workers, telephone interviews were conducted by Woelfel Research, an independent research company, June 4 - June 22, 2014. The margin of error for the national sample of 1,002 non-retirees is +/- 3%. The margin of error for the national sample of 502 retirees is +/- 4%.

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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Oregon State Library Board Meeting Press Release, October 17, 2014
Oregon State Library - 10/08/14
The Oregon State Library Board of Trustees will meet at the State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR on October 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Aletha Bonebrake of Baker City will chair the meeting.

The Board will consider recommendations from the LSTA Advisory Council and review the State Librarian's recommendation for the continuing operation of the statewide virtual reference service, Answerland. An open forum is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Anyone may address the Board on any topic at the open forum.

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 MEETING
October 17, 2014
Oregon State Library, Room 103
Aletha Bonebrake, Chair

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Approval of the Minutes of the August 15, 2014 and
September 26, 2014 Meeting Bonebrake

9:15 Reports of Board Chair and Trustees Bonebrake
Executive Committee Report
Other Board Reports

10:00 Reports of the State Librarian and Staff Dahlgreen
Strategic Plan Progress
Division Reports

11:30 Open Forum**

Noon Working Lunch
Bonebrake
12:30 New Business:
Recommendations of the LSTA Advisory Council Lindauer
Recommendation for Answerland Dahlgreen

1:45 Plans for 2015 meetings (bring calendars) Bonebrake

2:00 Adjournment Bonebrake

** Any person may address the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees at this meeting on any topic.

NOTE: The times of all agenda items are approximate and subject to change.
DCBS releases national study on workers' compensation costs
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
Rates for Oregon businesses among the lowest in nation

Oregon's workers' compensation rates continue to be among the lowest in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

The biennial study ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on rates that were in effect Jan. 1, 2014. Oregon had the ninth least expensive rates in 2014, an improvement from its ranking as the 13th least expensive state the last time the study was done, in 2012. DCBS recently announced that Oregon workers' compensation rates would decline further - an average 5.3 percent - in 2015.

"Consistently low workers' compensation rates have been an important factor in creating a positive business climate in Oregon," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "A strong commitment by all in the workers' compensation community has helped keep costs down while improving outcomes for workers."

The study shows California had the most expensive rates, followed by Connecticut. North Dakota had the least expensive rates. In the Northwest, Idaho's rates were the 14th most expensive, followed by Washington.

Oregon researchers also compared each state's rates to the national median (midpoint) rate of $1.85 per $100 of payroll. Oregon's rate of $1.37 is 27 percent below the median.

Because states have various mixes of industries, the study calculates rates for each state using a standard mix of the 50 industries with the highest workers' compensation claims costs in Oregon. Details about how the study was conducted can be found at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/about_the_study.html. A summary of the study was posted today; the full report will be published later this year.

Oregon has conducted these studies in even-numbered years since 1986, when Oregon's rates were among the highest in the nation. The department reports the results to the Oregon Legislature as a performance measure. Oregon's relatively low rate today reflects the state's workers' compensation system reforms and its improvements in workplace safety and health.

Here are some key links for the study/workers' compensation costs:

* To read a summary of the study, go to http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/files/report_summary.pdf.

* Prior years' summaries and full reports with details of study methods can be found at http://bit.ly/9mG3hs.

* Information on workers' compensation costs in Oregon, including a map with these state rate rankings, is at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/external/dir/wc_cost/map.html.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
WOU's 2014-15 theatre and dance season announced (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 10/08/14
Western Oregon University 2014-15 theatre season poster
Western Oregon University 2014-15 theatre season poster
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This year Western Oregon University's Department of Theatre and Dance faculty have planned a season of stage entertainment featuring comedy, romance, dance, and even an original play. All productions will be in Rice Auditorium and tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $7 for students (season ticket options available until November 13). Tickets for each event go on sale at the Box Office two weeks prior to opening night and can be purchased by calling 503-838-8462.

"Death by Design," directed by Ted de Chatelet, is the first performance of the season. This is a comedy with songs and murder. Written by Rob Urbinati, the play is a mystery "mash up" of Noel Coward and Agatha Christie complete with a collection of unusual characters brought together by chance and all falling under suspicion when one is murdered. "Death by Design" performs November 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held November 16.

Jane Austen's beloved romance "Pride and Prejudice" will be directed by David Janoviak. Austen's book has been adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J. R. Sullivan and tells the story of the five eligible Bennet sisters wooing (and being wooed), and how the socially awkward Mr. Darcy proves to be a more interesting match for Elizabeth Bennet than first presumed. "Pride and Prejudice" will be presented February 26 through 28 and March 4 through 7 at 7:30 p.m. A 2 p.m. matinee performance will be held on March 1.

The much anticipated annual Spring Dance Concert features choreography by students in WOU's dance program as well as by faculty members Deborah Jones, Sharon Oberst and Darryl Thomas. Each year the concert also features piece by a guest choreographer. The Dance Concert will be given nightly at 7:30 p.m. May 7 through 9.

The 2014-15 season will close with a new Devised Theatre production created under the direction of Michael Phillips, who led the creation of the devised production "Half a Block from Home" in spring 2013. The production, created and performed by students, will be presented May 27 through 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on May 30.

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Rest Area along Highway 18 to close temporarily for upgrades
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/08/14
Lincoln City, OR - Rest Areas on Highway 18 in the H.B. Van Duzer Forest State Scenic Corridor near the junction with Highway 101 are set to close starting Oct. 13, 2014--weather permitting. Both North and South Rest Areas will close in order to complete a paving restoration project. The parking areas and restrooms will not be available during this closure.

Road and Driveway Company of Newport will repair and resurface degraded asphalt, replace concrete curbing, improve drainage systems, enhance ADA access and re-stripe the lots.

Funded by Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the estimated $171,000 project is set to be completed by Nov. 2, 2014.
Medicare annual enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/08/14
State SHIBA program offers free, unbiased help

Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts next week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to help.

SHIBA is a statewide Medicare information and assistance program that is federally funded through an annual grant from the Administration for Community Living. SHIBA staff and more than 250 certified counselors serve many of Oregon's more than 700,000 Medicare beneficiaries to help them understand their Medicare benefits and enrollment options. Call 1-800-722-4134 (toll-free) for free, unbiased one-on-one assistance.

Annual enrollment runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Any Medicare Advantage (MA) or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made between these dates so that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2015.

"It is important to compare Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans every year," SHIBA spokeswoman Lisa Emerson said. "Plans change year to year, as do your individual health care needs. You could potentially save money by shopping for a new plan."

SHIBA counselors help beneficiaries compare plans and enroll by using the plan finder tool found online at www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan. Beneficiaries and their families can also choose to use this tool to compare plans and enroll on their own.

Here are tips from SHIBA for comparing plans:

- Find your insurance cards: You may need your red, white, and blue Medicare card to review benefit details or enroll in a new plan. If you have a Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, you may also need that card.

- Update your list of prescription drugs: Check with your doctor to make sure you understand each prescription. Is a generic available? Can you eliminate any unneeded medications? Based on your list, do you have the right plan for you?

- Use the Medicare.gov plan finder: The plan finder uses your prescription list to compare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage health plans in your area. Not all companies cover the same drugs so it's important to have a complete list of your medications and dosages when using this tool.

- Contact your doctor, hospital, and pharmacy before making changes: Not all health and drug plans contract or work with the same providers. If you switch plans, make sure you understand which providers you can see for the best price.

- Apply for help with drug costs: If you have limited income and assets, you may qualify for extra help with prescription drug costs. SHIBA counselors can help you apply for this benefit through Social Security.

SHIBA also publishes an annual Medicare guide, which will be available soon.

More information:

SHIBA: To meet with a counselor, contact the toll-free SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-722-4134. You will be asked to enter your ZIP code to be connected to a program in your area. Visit www.oregonshiba.org to find a copy of the 2015 Oregon Guide to Medicare Health plans or to find a free Medicare 101 class in your area.

Medicare: As an alternative you may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you understand your coverage options and enroll in a plan.

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance is part of the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit 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.
Arrest of Mercedes Alvarado
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 10/08/14
On October 7, 2014, an Indictment was filed in Marion County Circuit Court charging Mercedes Alvarado with Manslaughter in the Second Degree. Mercedes Alvarado, 25, is charged with recklessly causing the death of her daughter Aniya Zamora, who was three years old at the time of her death on April 19, 2013. Mercedes Alvarado was subsequently arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office on a warrant issued for that charge.

Manslaughter in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony and a Measure 11 offense that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 75 months in prison. The crime requires proof that the defendant recklessly caused the death of another human being.

Mercedes Alvarado is currently being held at the Marion County Jail with no bail and will appear for arraignment on October 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Marion County Court Annex, 4000 Aumsville Highway, Salem.

The circumstances surrounding Aniya Zamora's death continue to be investigated by the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Grand Jury. Therefore, no additional comments will be issued by the Marion County District Attorney's Office. Any person with information concerning Aniya Zamora's death should contact Detective Matt Wilkinson at 503-566-6925.
10/07/14
Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine exhibit to travel across state (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 10/07/14
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Portland, OR - Due to the overwhelming response to Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, the Oregon Historical Society has developed a traveling version of the exhibition to debut November 1, 2014 at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg. Adapted from the Portland-based museum exhibition, which was on display from June 6-September 20, the traveling version includes 12 colorful banners with photographs and text illustrating the history of the flourishing Oregon wine industry.

Two iPads with stands provide digital interactive experiences to complement the graphics. Visitors may scroll through and view wine-related objects dating back to the 19th century through a digitized artifact catalog. A virtual AVA map with touch screen capability gives wine enthusiasts the chance to explore the major winegrowing areas of Oregon and learn about typical wine varietals grown in each part of the state.

The exhibition will be available for rental in 2015 and is booking quickly. Please contact Lori Erickson, OHS Curator, at 503-306-5233 for rental inquiries, or visit http://ohs.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/clink/.


About Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine

Celebrate the wonders of Oregon wine and the people who make it possible in Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, a traveling exhibition curated by the Oregon Historical Society in collaboration with local history organizations and industry leaders. This unique, engaging exhibition tells the stories of some of the individuals and institutions that propelled Oregon wine onto the national and international stage.

Clink! traces the history of Oregon wines from the earliest vineyards to legislative efforts to control alcohol during Prohibition to the resurgence of the wine industry in the 1960s and finally to what the future may bring for these thriving Oregon businesses.


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Minor Injury Commercial Truck Crash - Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Tuesday afternoon's minor injury commercial truck crash that occurred off the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Grants Pass. The truck and load of lumber came to rest several hundred feet off the freeway down an embankment. Recovery of the vehicles and load is expected to take a couple days.

On October 7, 2014 at approximately 12:50 p.m., a 2010 Freightliner truck pulling a semi-trailer loaded with lumber driven by MACEO BOSTON III, age 45, from Grants Pass, was southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 70 going uphill when the driver lost control. The truck and trailer struck the metal guardrail, damaging several posts and sections of guardrail as it continued off the freeway and down an embankment. The truck and trailer continued several hundred feet before hitting a tree and stopping in a location not visible to passing traffic.

Another commercial truck driver made his way down to the crash scene and extinguished a small fire in the vehicle.

Personnel from Rural/Metro Fire Department and AMR Ambulance responded and helped BOSTON back to the freeway area. He was transported by ambulance to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass with minor injuries.

Approximately 180 gallons of diesel spilled near the wreckage toward Rat Creek. A hazardous materials response team was being dispatched to handle the spill at the request of the trucking company, A&M Transport from Glendale, Oregon.

ODOT is handling incident scene management. OSP Senior Trooper Scott Holsworth is the lead investigator.

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Update: Victim Name & Suspect Photo Released - Arrest Following Shooting near Merlin in Josephine County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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One person is in custody and the victim is being treated at a hospital following Monday night's shooting near Merlin in Josephine County. Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by the Josephine County District Attorney's Office, is continuing the investigation. The victim's name and suspect's photograph are released in this update.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 9:23 p.m., OSP troopers and local emergency responders were dispatched to a reported shooting at 535 Pleasant Valley Road north of Merlin. OSP troopers arrived and secured the scene so fire and medical personnel could approach to treat an adult male found outside the residence suffering a gunshot wound.

The 27-year old male victim identified as JOSHUA MORRISON was taken by ambulance to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. The victim reportedly lives at the residence where the shooting occurred. According to the hospital, he is in stable condition.

Subsequent to the initial investigation, OSP arrested DAVID EDWARD MILLER, age 51, from Merlin. He was lodged in the Josephine County Jail for Assault in the Third Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

The victim's girlfriend, HALEY JORDAN KIRBY, age 24, was arrested as a Fugitive from Justice based on an outstanding felony warrant out of Floyd County, Georgia, for Larceny.

No other information is being released at this time.

Miller photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

Kirby photograph - Josephine County Sheriff's Office

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Head outdoors and enjoy fall color in Oregon (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/07/14
Fall color in Springfield, OR
Fall color in Springfield, OR
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Whether you're a nature lover, photographer, or just love outdoor life, right now - as the days shorten and nights grow cooler - is a great time to take in the beauty of Oregon's fall colors. Hiking in a park, along a trail, taking a walk through your neighborhood or enjoying your favorite college campus are all good opportunities to appreciate the color of the leaves of red alder, dogwood, vine maple and other trees as they catch our eye with their brilliant hues.

Good places to experience fall color
Fortunately, during these times of resource conservation and high gas prices, you don't need to travel far to find places to enjoy fall color. Great fall color can often be found close to home, both in city parks or arboretums. If you're in the neighborhood, plan a visit to one of these destinations.

Silverton
In Silverton, the Oregon Garden is a grand showcase for thousands of plants in more than twenty specialty gardens. The Oregon Garden also boasts water features, wetlands, a conifer garden, and the 400 year-old Signature Oak.

Corvallis
Oregon State University's campus in Corvallis features fall beauty around every corner this month. There are some 5,000 trees on campus, and some 20 to 50 new trees are planted each year. The OSU Campus Tree Tour application for your phone or tablet is also available to download at the Apple App Store.

Portland
In the Portland area, try Hoyt Arboretum to check out its diverse collection of more than 8,000 trees and plants from around the world. This park-like setting includes some 187 acres with 21 trails covering 12 miles. Located just two miles from downtown Portland, it's a great place to take kids. The breathtaking Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, northeast of Portland, is also an excellent place to take in the beauty of the season's colors.

Eugene / Springfield
If you live in the Eugene-Springfield area, take a walk through the University of Oregon campus where both native and non-native trees are showing off fall color. Or, take a hike at Lane County's 209-acre Mount Pisgah Arboretum bordering the coast fork of the Willamette River; it's located east of I-5 and just south of Eugene. If you've never been there before, their annual "Mushroom Festival" on Sunday, October 26th, might be just the time to get acquainted.

Ashland
You say you live near Ashland? Ashland's 93-acre Lithia Park located near the downtown area is the perfect place to experience fall color splendor. The one-mile Woodland Trail, part of a 100-acre National Historic Site, offers much to photograph in a beautiful wooded setting.

What causes leaves to change color?
This time of year often prompts both kids and adults to ask: "why do leaves change color, anyway?"

"The leaves of deciduous trees change color each fall due to a combination of environmental factors," explains Paul Ries, an urban forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry. "During summer months, a leaf is green because the tree is making chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis." Ries says that as day length wanes in the fall and temperatures cool, photosynthesis begins to shut down, revealing "the natural color pigments of the leaves" - what we know as fall colors.

A series of dry days combined with cool nighttime temperatures is ideal to creating beautiful fall color, so each season is a bit unique from the next. And, although abundant fall rain and wind can shorten the fall color period, Oregon is lucky as it usually has a long fall color viewing period.

Thinking about planting a tree this fall?
The autumn months - after leaf drop - is a great time to plant a new tree. Keeping in mind that red maple is over-planted in most cities, you might consider Paperbark maple for its brilliant, shiny scarlet leaves. For small to medium areas, take a look at Persian Parrotia which features purple, yellow, orange, and sometimes even red leaves on the same tree at the same time. If you have a large yard or garden, Tulip tree or Scarlet oak make a great addition to the landscape.

Fall is an excellent time to look at fall color in retail tree nurseries, so if you're looking for a colorful tree to plant, try visiting your local nursery.

When planting a new tree, make sure roots are covered but don't plant your tree too deeply; instead, set it slightly above the level of the surrounding soil to allow for settling and increased soil drainage. Do add a few inches of mulch around the base of your new tree, keeping a couple of inches of space between the mulch and the bark of the tree. Water deeply.

Help a neighbor in need
While everybody loves fall color, many people do not enjoy the fall leaf drop. If there are seniors or others in your neighborhood needing a hand, get in touch and see if they can use some help raking leaves.

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Update #3: Vehicle Photo Added - Citizen's Tip Leads OSP to Arrest Driver Involved in October 4 Critical Injury Hit & Run Crash - Highway 62 in White City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/07/14
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A tip provided to the Oregon State Police (OSP) helped lead to the arrest of the driver involved in an early Saturday morning pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The involved vehicle was also located and seized pending the ongoing investigation.

On October 6, 2014, OSP received a citizen's tip that led troopers to a White City-area business parking lot where a black 1997 Dodge Ram pickup with fresh body damage was parked. The pickup had damage to the right front marker light, right front bumper and passenger side mirror. Troopers identified the vehicle's owner as GEORGE V. PRAUSS, age 34, from White City, and contacted him at his place of employment.

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, OSP arrested PRAUSS and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail for Felony Hit & Run, DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

His arrest is related to an incident on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., when an adult male identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41, was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. THOMPSON was found critically injured, lying in the right turn lane in front of the store's entrance. He was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

OSP issued news releases to local media requesting the public's help to identify the vehicle and driver. OSP thanks the media and public's help related to this investigation.

No other information to be released at this time. Additional charge(s) may be pending.

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Prauss photo - Jackson County Sheriff's Office
Vehicle photo - Oregon State Police

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Tangent Firefighter's Breakfast
Tangent Rural Fire Dist. - 10/07/14
Tangent Fire District's annual Firefighters Breakfast will be held this Saturday October 11th from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The proceeds from this year's event will go toward funding a Community CPR Training Program. Citizen CPR is one of several factors that can greatly improve the survivability of somebody who experiences a sudden cardiac arrest. These classes which will begin in 2015, will be offered twice a year and will be free of charge to residents living within the Tangent Fire District, and will be available to those living outside the District for a nominal fee. Cost of the breakfast will be $6.00 for adults (13 and over), $4.00 for kids (ages 5-12), and free for children 4 and under, with a maximum of $20.00 per immediate family.
Land Board to consider land sales at Oct. 14 meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/07/14
Agenda also includes wetlands and waterways report

Salem - At their Oct. 14 public meeting, the State Land Board will be asked to approve the sale of three parcels of forest land within the Hells Canyon Wilderness Area to The Wilderness Land Trust. The proposed sale will result in approximately 146 acres going back into federal ownership for conservation purposes.

The meeting's informational agenda includes a report on the Department of State Lands' removal-fill regulatory program, including number and types of permits issued, compliance monitoring, enforcement, wetland delineation, and wetland land use notice data. The report covers fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

The consent agenda includes requests for approval of several land actions in Central Oregon: initiating rulemaking for restricting recreational use of state-owned land in Deschutes and Crook counties; seeking proposals for the sale method for the Forked Horn Butte subdivision in Redmond; and initiating review for the potential sale of three parcels in Crook and Deschutes counties.

The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Oct. 14 at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, 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.

Meeting agenda: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/SLB/Pages/2014-State-Land-Board-Meetings.aspx

Note: Comments from the public will be taken only on agenda items for this meeting.

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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MCSO Searches For Missing Hunter In East Marion County **** UPDATE ****
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
This evening, searchers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office have located Mr. Fred. Regretfully Mr. Fred was deceased at the time he was found. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing at this time.

The Fred family has been notified of the passing of their family member and they are asking for privacy to allow the family time to grieve. The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any additional press releases until a cause of death is determined and that time frame is unknown.
Oregon Virtual Academy
Oregon Virtual Academy - 10/06/14
Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors October 13, 2014.
MCSO Searches for Missing Hunter in East Marion County
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
Today at about 0944 hours, Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a missing hunter in the 18000 block of Old Mehama RD SE. The missing hunter is identified as 37 year old Corey Fred who is an experienced hunter and is familiar with the area he was hunting.

The last contact anyone had with Mr. Fred was at 0600 hrs on Saturday morning, October 4th, 2014 when he sent a text saying he was going hunting on his property, which abuts up against forest land.

Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team as well as mounted posse have been called out and are searching for Mr. Fred. They are being assisted by an Oregon Air National Guard Helicopter. We would request that media aircraft remain clear of the area to lessen the dangers to the search aircraft and personnel.
Hit and Run suspect in custody thanks to observant citizen (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/06/14
Travis Haselip booking photograph
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office has located the vehicle and driver of the hit and run vehicle. Thanks to an observant citizen who saw the initial press release and called Willamette Valley Communications Center to report the vehicle.

The citizen said the vehicle was parked in a driveway in the 1000 Block Sage St in Silverton. Deputies responded to the location and based on the damage and evidence found at the scene of the accident, deputies were able to confirm the vehicle was involved in the accident. The vehicle is a 1997 Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

Deputies made contact with the registered owner at the residence who is identified as 34 year old Travis Haselip. Mr Haselip told deputies that he hit something on Silverton Rd but did not know what it was. Mr Haselip was arrested and lodged at the Marion County Jail on a felony charge of Fail to perform the duties of a driver, which requires a driver to stop and provide basic information exchange if involved in a motor vehicle accident on a public roadway. Mr Haselip was charged with a felony due to the injuries the victim received.

The sheriff's office would like to remind drivers to slow down and focus on their driving, especially during hours of darkness. The Marion County Sheriff's Office has responded to at least 4 vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in the past 4 days as well as several more that Salem Police responded to and investigated.

Attached is a booking photograph of the suspect.

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Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 6200 Block of Silverton Rd on October 3rd, 2014 at approximately 11:56 P.M. Deputies initially received a call from a citizen driving on Silverton Road who reported a male subject walking in the roadway. While deputies were responding they received information there was a vehicle that crashed into a field in the same area.

Deputies arrived and found 33 year old Matthew Brennan of Silverton with non-life threatening injuries from being struck by a vehicle. Medical personnel responded and transported Mr Brennan to Salem Memorial Hospital for treatment. No further information will be released on Mr Brennan's medical status in compliant with HIPPA regulations.

Deputies did not find the vehicle that struck Mr Brennan at the scene or in the area. Based on the initial information obtained at the scene as well as statements from Mr Brennan, deputies believe the involved vehicle is possibly a green colored, mid to late 90's Toyota SUV or pick-up with passenger side damage.

This investigation is on-going and deputies are asking anyone that may have seen the accident or knows anything about the accident to call Marion County Dispatch at 503-588-5032.


Attached Media Files: Travis Haselip booking photograph
BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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Rural Veterans to gain better access to Health Care
Oregon Dept. of Veterans' Affairs - 10/06/14
SALEM -- Oregon military veterans who reside in highly rural areas will have improved access to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and services thanks to a $400,000 grant that has been designated to expand transportation services for veterans in eight counties.

The VA and the White House Rural Council have announced a national award of grants which will improve health care access for veterans across the nation. The Congressionally authorized funding program will assist more than 11,000 veterans in seven states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide health care.

The Oregon counties that will be receiving $45,000 each from this grant include Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Wallowa and Wheeler.

For thousands of veterans living in rural Oregon, the challenges of accessing the VA's health care system stem from a lack of transportation to one of the three major medicals centers across the state.

Eric Belt, the Administrator of Veterans Services for the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA), said each of the state's counties that are receiving grant funding have unique transportation needs. The grant addresses these needs by enhancing existing community linkages and new routes established by grant funding through increasing staff, outreach and marketing.

"Many times the distance between a veteran and a VA Hospital or Community Based Clinic can be hundreds of miles apart. It's even more difficult for those who can't drive themselves," Belt said. "The grant will specifically address and improve transportation concerns so Oregon veterans may better receive VA health care and services."

As an accredited service office, the ODVA applied for the grant on behalf of eligible rural Oregon counties.

A highly rural area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than seven persons per square mile. At least half of the states, including Oregon, have at least one highly rural area. About one quarter of the nation's 22 million veterans live in rural areas and a majority are enrolled in the VA health care system.
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America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes(R)- People of Portland Encouraged to Start Living a Healthy Active Lifestyle During American Diabetes Month(R)
American Diabetes Association - 10/06/14
Portland, OR (November 1)- During American Diabetes Month(R) this November, the American Diabetes Association is continuing its efforts to Stop Diabetes(R) by challenging local Portland residents to begin living a healthier lifestyle through the America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes campaign, presented by Sun Life Financial.

This initiative is designed to engage and empower the public to cook nutritious and delicious food and encourage them to be more active. Through social media and an interactive landing page on DiabetesForecast.org, the Association will share healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipes and more, as well as ideas on how to raise funds to help Stop Diabetes in communities across the country.

"Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes and 1 million of those Americans are here in Oregon and Southwest Washington" stated Andrea Bruno, Executive Director of American Diabetes Association, Oregon, Southwest Washington & Southern Idaho. "Cooking healthfully and staying active can be a challenge, but these are key components to managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes. Our goal for American Diabetes Month and beyond is to show Americans that it's not too late to start living a healthy active lifestyle and you can even have fun while doing it."

In support of American Diabetes Month(R), the Association will host two events at the Oregon Convention Center on November 22; Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes followed by the American Diabetes Association EXPO, presented by The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University.

Step Out is a fundraising event encouraging people to get active and raise the critical funds needed to Stop Diabetes(R). Walkers will step out on an indoor track in the Oregon Convention Center and take part in interactive stations, win prizes and join with "celebrity walkers." Register today at diabetes.org/portlandstepout.

Following Step Out, the Association invites walkers and the public to attend it's FREE Diabetes EXPO. EXPO serves over 5,000 community members interested in the latest information on diabetes and pre-diabetes and provides access to free health screenings, diabetes resources and healthy eating and active living demonstrations. EXPO is proud to feature Kendall Simmons, two-time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chef Curtis Aikens, TV personality from The Food Network, focusing their discussions and demonstrations on the American Diabetes Month themes of eating healthy and getting active to Stop Diabetes. EXPO is the finale event of this year's Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week. Register for EXPO at diabetes.org/oregonexpo.

The focus of American Diabetes Month(R) will be driven through online efforts at diabetesforecast.org/adm with weekly online engagement activities including Get Moving Mondays, Tasty Tip Tuesdays, What's Cooking Wednesdays, Get Together Thursdays and Fast Check Fridays. Follow the Association on Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or call 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month(R) Facts and Figures

Prevalence
* Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
* Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
* Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health
* Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
* Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
* The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
* About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes
* The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
* One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
* One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

About American Diabetes Month(R)
November is American Diabetes Month(R), a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

About the Stop Diabetes(R) Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes 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 www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
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A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - North Bend/Coos Bay
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Wednesday October 15, 2014 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave
* Thursday October 16, 2014 from 1:30pm - 3:00pm at the North Bend Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe St.

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
A Community Conversation: Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Oregon - Roseburg
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) would like to invite you to come and share ideas about the future of Oregon's services for seniors and people with disabilities. This is your opportunity to help Oregon decide what should be done to improve future services. There will be a short presentation followed by a group discussion. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to hear what home and community mean to you--Now and as you age. Meetings will be held:

* Tuesday October 14, 2014 from 10:00am - 11:30am at the Public Safety Building, 700 SE Douglas
* Tuesday October 14, 2014 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the Douglas County Museum, 123 Museum Drive

Interpreters for people who are non-English speakers, who are deaf or hard of hearing or other accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Please contact Rebecca Arce at Rebecca.e.arce@state.or.us or 503-947-5019 to make arrangements at least 48 hours before the meeting. For general information please contact Bob Weir at 503-947-2321 or bob.weir@dhsoha.state.or.us.
OSP Asking for Public's Help in Serious Injury Pedestrian-Involved Hit & Run Crash on Beach north of Gearhart
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is asking for the public's help to identify the pickup and driver involved in Sunday morning's serious injury hit & run pedestrian-involved crash on the beach near Gearhart in Clatsop County.

On October 5, 2014 at approximately 7:30 a.m., JALIXAN FATAMAG, age 22, from Astoria, said he was walking on the beach near the Del Ray Beach access road when he was hit by a pickup's driver side rear bumper that was operated recklessly and 'cutting cookies'.

FATAMAG was knocked to the ground and had brief verbal contact with the pickup's male driver before it drove away. FATAMAG was seriously injured and helped by his friends who were at the beach access parking lot and heard him yelling for help.

FATAMAG was transported by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital and then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. His injuries were serious but not life threatening.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model 'lifted' white Toyota Tundra pickup with black fenders and tinted windows. The pickup displayed unknown salmon-style Oregon license plates and has a yellow "OREGON" sticker (approximately 3 inch high lettering) in the rear window. There is no further description of the driver.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at (800) 452-7888. Lead investigator is Trooper Dave Rzewnicki.

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Public Notice and Request for Comment on Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal and Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Medically Fragile Children's Waiver (40193) Renewal
Behavior Model Waiver (40194) Renewal

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes to being proposed for the three Children's Model Waivers-
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Specialized Medical Supplies, Individual Directed Goods and Services and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Translation; and Counseling as a component of Family Training
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Public Notice and Request for Comment on Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment and Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal
OR Department of Human Services - 10/06/14
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are seeking additional public comment on the submission of the following Medicaid 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services waivers:

Comprehensive Services Waiver (0117) Amendment
Support Services Waiver (0375) Renewal

42 CFR §441.304 (f) (1-4) requires that the agency establish and use a public notice and input process. The process must include meaningful opportunities for input for individuals served. The Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services continue to work with CMS on the approval of these waiver submissions.

The following is a summary of substantive changes being proposed for the Support Services and Comprehensive Services Waivers-
* Supported Employment Services definitions, provider qualifications and rate methodology revisions.
* New services added- Environmental Safety Modifications, Financial Management Services, Specialized Medical Supplies and Vehicle Modifications
* Services Removed- Counseling as an option for Family Training, Physical/Occupational and Speech, Hearing and Language Therapies
* Revision of the State's Quality Improvement Strategy
* Revision of Level of Care criteria
* Removed the following provider types from providers of Family Training and Counseling Services - Licensed Psychologists, Mental Health Professional: Counselor and Social Worker

Proposed changes to Comprehensive Services Waiver only-
* Addition of Participant Direction Opportunities

Proposed changes to Support Services Waiver only-
* Decrease maximum number of unduplicated participants for each of the five waiver years in Support Services Waiver
* Revision of selection of entrants to the waiver
* Removal of Specialized Supports service
* Remove designation of Organized Healthcare Delivery System (OHCDS) from Support Services Brokerages

The proposed waiver applications can be viewed online here: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/news-releases.aspx

Comments can be sent to odds.info@state.or.us and should be received no later than November 7, 2014.
Get "Caught" Wearing Your Life Jacket (Photo)
Oregon Marine Board - 10/06/14
Marine Deputy Nate Thompson showing a young boater the importance of wearing her lifejacket.
Marine Deputy Nate Thompson showing a young boater the importance of wearing her lifejacket.
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It's a symbol of safety and most boaters know that wearing a life jacket can save your life. But did you know that most recreational boating fatalities involve adults who have years of boating experience but succumb to drowning from falling overboard or capsizing?

The Oregon State Marine Board, Lincoln County and Tillamook County Sheriff's Offices and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are teaming up to evaluate life jacket wear and to reward adults who are "caught" wearing their life jackets as part of a nationwide "Wear It" campaign to educate boaters about the importance of wearing a properly fitting life jacket to reduce recreational boating fatalities in Oregon.

During a targeted weekend in October, marine deputies will be rewarding boaters who are "caught" wearing their life jackets with a free, cell phone Dry Pak(C). Coast Guard Auxiliarists will also be observing boaters and documenting the type of boats, weather conditions, and if boaters were wearing life jackets.

"This project is a great way to raise awareness, and hopefully impact behavior so boaters look at life jacket wear the same way car drivers look at seat belts," says Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. "This is a positive way to encourage use. Let's reward people who are being safe."

October is traditionally a peak month for Dungeness crabbing, among other fisheries along the Oregon coast. With the change to fall, there comes a change in weather, which can happen suddenly in coastal environments. "The coast is a perfect place to test out this "Caught" campaign, and hopefully, we'll be able to document higher wear rates and fewer accidents this fall and winter," Henry adds.

The Marine Board received a grant from the National Safe Boating Council for the Dry Pak(C) giveaways to promote life jacket wear. For more information about the nationwide "Wear It" campaign, visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/.

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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Over 4 lbs of Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Interstate 5 near Rogue River
Oregon State Police - 10/06/14
A Saturday night Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop led to the arrest of a San Jose, California man after a trooper found over 4 pounds of methamphetamine inside the man's car on Interstate 5 near Rogue River. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 4, 2014 at approximately 11:59 p.m., an OSP trooper stopped a 1998 Volkswagen displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 45 for a traffic violation. During the stop, the trooper identified the driver as FRANCISCO ALBERTO BEIZA, age 27, from San Jose, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine concealed inside the vehicle. Estimated value is approximately $60,000.

BEIZA was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

No photographs available for this release.

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Essential salmon habitat maps to be discussed at public meeting
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/06/14
Changes in stream designations will affect state wetland and waterway permits

Salem - Staff from the Oregon Department of State Lands' removal-fill permit program will present information, answer questions and take formal testimony at a public meeting regarding proposed new rules to change state maps designating "essential indigenous anadromous salmonid" habitat (ESH):

Oct. 16, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Department of State Lands
Mill Creek Room
775 Summer St. NE

The first hour will be an informal discussion and information exchange; the second 30 minutes will be a formal, recorded rulemaking hearing.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) works with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to update statewide maps designating ESH. Changes in the maps, which affect DSL's removal-fill permit program, are adopted through formal rulemaking. At the meeting, ODFW staff will be available to discuss the maps, and DSL staff will cover definitions and policy implications of the proposed rules.

ESH streams are identified as such because they and their tributaries provide critical spawning and rearing habitat for fish listed as threatened or endangered by the federal government, or sensitive by ODFW (for example, chum, chinook and coho salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout - all known as "salmonids").

If a stream is designated ESH, it means a permit from DSL will be required for any non-exempt activities regardless of the amount of removal or fill in the waterway. This includes adjacent wetlands that are seasonally connected to the ESH stream.

Exemptions to permit requirements in ESH streams include routine agricultural and state forest management activities, emergency road repair, and voluntary stream restoration. Exemptions will be discussed at the meetings, along with expedited permits that may be used for regulated activities in ESH.

The public comment period for the new ESH rules opened on Sept. 1, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2014. Comments received outside this 90-day period will not be considered. The public may provide comments in person at the meeting, or by sending comments to DSL:

rulemaking@dsl.state.or.us; Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. NE, Suite 100, Salem, OR 97301-1279

More information, including the new ESH maps, is available on the DSL website: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/Pages/Rulemaking-Activity.aspx. Additional meetings will be held in Salem, Tillamook, Charleston, Grants Pass and Klamath Falls. The agency hopes to adopt the new rules by March 2015.

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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Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 58 in Pleasant Hill (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Monday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred off Highway 58 at Parkway Road in the Pleasant Hill area of Lane County.

On October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:20 a.m., OSP and local emergency responders received a report of a single vehicle crash on Highway 58 at Parkway Road. Shortly after arrival, the male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that happened at an unknown time during the night.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2002 Grand Cherokee driven by JOHNNY GENE DYE, age 52, from Dexter, was southbound on Parkway Road approaching the Highway 58 intersection when it failed to negotiate a right curve. The vehicle went through a stop sign at the intersection, across Highway 58 and onto Frontage Road where it rolled off the roadway and down a short embankment.

DYE, who was the lone occupant, was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Alcohol is being investigated as a possible contributing factor. Trooper Evan Sether is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Pleasant Hill Fire District, Goshen Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. No traffic lanes were closed during the investigation.

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Health Republic Insurance Invites Public to Inaugural Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election
Health Republic Insurance - 10/06/14
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Oct. 6, 2014) - Health Republic Insurance, a non-profit health insurance provider, announced today that it will hold its inaugural annual meeting and board of directors election on Oct. 27, 3-6 p.m. in Director Park, located in downtown Portland, Ore. The meeting is open to the public and will feature a variety of family-friendly activities including photo ops with therapy llamas, a live DJ, giveaways, and free samples of Dr. Brew Kombucha.

"Most companies hold their board of directors elections behind closed doors in a conference room somewhere hidden from the public," said Dawn Bonder, president and CEO of Health Republic. "We feel it's important to let the public and our members know we have nothing to hide and so we've chosen to make our whole board election process open to the public."

During the meeting, Health Republic plan members will be electing two seats to the company's board of directors. One seat is reserved for a person currently insured by Health Republic and one seat is reserved for someone not insured with the company.

"It's important to note that anyone was allowed to nominate or be nominated for a seat on our board. The perspectives a member and non-member offer will ensure that member interests drive our company," said Bonder.

Health Republic is a chartered 501(c)(29) non-profit, known as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), and by law must have members choose its board of directors. By 2016, a majority of its board must be comprised of the company's health plan members.

Director Park is located on SW Park Ave between SW Yamhill St. and SW Taylor St. near the Fox Tower in downtown Portland, Ore. The board of directors election proceedings will begin at 5 p.m. Public are welcome to observe, but only Health Republic plan members may vote.

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
Oregon Lions Inducted into Hall of Fame for Service in their Communities (Photo)
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation - 10/06/14
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Doug Thompson, Executive Director; Tel: (503) 413-7399

NEWS RELEASE


(Portland), OR (October 6, 2014) - The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) hosted its annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Tualatin Country Club on October 4th, 2014 to honor the Lions history and outstanding work in communities all around the state. The OLSHF Hall of Fame was established to honor, memorialize, and encourage outstanding leadership and service on behalf of the Foundation's mission to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need.

At the event, three Lions were inducted into the Hall of Fame - Lake Grove Lion William Page Douglas (posthumously), Redmond Lion Tom Bessonette and Beaverton Lion Wally Anderson - joining thirteen other Lions who have left a significant legacy of serving others. The very first member of the Hall of Fame was Dr. Richard Chenoweth, who was recognized with an OLSHF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gala in 2009.

Due to the contributions of these inductees and their Lions Clubs, OLSHF assists thousands of Oregonians with sight and hearing issues who have nowhere else to turn for help. Page Douglas left a generous bequest to OLSHF ensuring our ability to serve more people in need. Tom Bessonette, a Lion for 63 years, actively served in many different capacities - Zone Chairman, Deputy District Governor, District Governor and OLSHF's Executive Committee Chair. Wally Anderson has worked with the Mobile Health Screening Program for 11 years traveling more than 15,000 miles throughout the state to screen the sight and hearing of 300,000 people - school children as well as adults, discovering thousands of potential health issues.

For nearly 90 years Lions Club members have fulfilled a promise to Helen Keller to serve as Knights of the Blind by addressing preventable sight and hearing loss to those in need. In Oregon, children, families or adults lacking resources are helped with cataract surgeries, eye exams, new eyeglasses, hearing exams and new hearing aids as well as health screenings.

About OLSHF:
Our mission is to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need. Last year, 79,420 people were screened statewide through our Mobile Health Screening Program, 96% of which were children at an average cost of less than $4.00 per person. In addition, we have distributed over 2,300 gift vouchers for free eye exams and eyeglasses in partnership with Vision Service Plan and Prevent Blindness America. We also provide the gift of sight to people in developing countries with nearly 72,000 eyeglasses shipped and distributed through mission work. In the last 12 months, we have also given over $1 million in brand new hearing aids to those in need, through a partnership with All-American Hearing Centers. Learn more at www.olshf.org or www.facebook.com/olshf.

About Lions Clubs International:
Lions Clubs International is a service organization with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs around the globe. Started in 1917, Lions Clubs aim to provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals, as well as provide other services and humanitarian projects for local communities. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.

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Portland Air National Guard Base to conduct temporary night flying operations (Photo)
Oregon Military Department - 10/06/14
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OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD (PANG) BASE, Ore. - The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing will conduct routine F-15 night training missions Oct. 6 and 7.

Night training allows the Citizen-Airmen pilots based in Portland and Vancouver to stay current with mandatory Air Force requirements. These missions are conducted monthly as they provide essential training in the use of night vision goggles and aircraft maneuvering in nighttime flying scenarios.

Flights will depart from and land at the Portland International Airport, and training will occur in approved airspace several miles off the Oregon coast. In an effort to foster communication with the community and the Port of Portland, training flights will conclude each evening before 10:00 p.m.


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MEDIA ALERT: Lane County Chefs in a Live Cook Off for Stronger, Healthier Babies
March of Dimes - 10/06/14
**PHOTO OP**
Lane County chefs cooking up culinary delights before your eyes and competing in a cook off to be the "Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef".

**MEDIA**
Members of the media are invited to attend. Chef interviews and photo ops available from 6:00pm -7:00 pm. Live remotes welcome. Arrangements can be made by calling Aimee Corey at 541.915.1103.


--WHAT--
Lane County's finest chefs will compete in a live cook off where they're only able to use five ingredients, one of which will be a surprise. The chefs were informed of the other four ingredients (pork chops, apples, Swiss cheese and cherry tomatoes) late last week. A panel of judges will crown the "Richard Balajadia Ultimate Signature Chef".

--WHEN--
Tuesday, October 7
6:00 PM

--WHERE--
Kendall Lexus
344 Goodpasture Island Road, Eugene, OR

--WHO--
The chefs cooking for a cause are: Jose Martin Pelayo of Chapala Mexican Restaurant, Tom Ascariz of Prime Rib & Steak House, Billy Thur of The Zingaro and Alfredo Van Nortwick of SweetWaters at Valley River Inn.

--WHY--
Premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year, including 1 in
11 babies in Oregon. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have disabilities. More than 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects that can mean a lifetime of disability. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to be sure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. March of Dimes is there for all babies.


About March of Dimes
March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, 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.org or nacersano.org.
Register now for the Great Oregon ShakeOut
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 10/06/14
Register now for the Great Oregon Shakeout, the largest earthquake drill in history and join thousands of Oregonians in making earthquake safety a priority. The ShakeOut is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m, when residents around the state will "drop, cover, and hold on" for one minute.

"Participating in the ShakeOut is an easy way to practice what you would do in an earthquake," said Kim Lippert, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

There are many ways to participate this year including a "ShakeOut Selfie contest" sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. Have your camera ready when you "drop, cover and hold on" during the ShakeOut drill. Snap a shot of yourself taking part in the drill and post on Twitter and tag @RedCrossCascade using the hashtag #ShakeOutSelfie, and you will be eligible to win a free emergency kit.

Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone a fault line stretching from off shore British Columbia to California. Experts predict a major 9.0 or higher earthquake could strike our state at any time.

"It's only a matter of time before a large earthquake hits Oregon, by preparing now you can increase your chances of survival later," said Althea Rizzo, Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

As you get ready to ShakeOut, don't forget to share the preparedness steps you take on social media, via email, or in person with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. What you provide as an example could help teach another person what to do, which could save their life!

Register for the Shakeout here: www.shakeout.org/oregon

More information on the ShakeOut selfie contest can be found here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/or/portland/Great-ShakeOut-Selfies-Contest-2014
Trail Blazers and Wells Fargo "Take it to the Court for Education" program to provide $75,000 to local schools this season
Wells Fargo - 10/06/14
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The big winners at last night's Wells Fargo Fan Fest at the Moda Center weren't the Portland Trail Blazers players or coaches. It was local schools and teachers.

At the free scrimmage, the Trail Blazers and Wells Fargo announced they have launched a new education initiative called "Take it to the Court for Education" sponsored by Wells Fargo. The program will provide a total of $75,000 in grants to teachers and schools across Oregon and S.W. Washington to support their academic, art and athletic, or community programs.

"This new program will offer critical funding to school programs that might otherwise be cut," said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. "It will also spotlight important school programs that support youth where they learn and play across the region."

Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers have worked together in the past on other education efforts, including a college scholarship program.

"Take it to the Court for Education is a natural extension of our collaboration and a desire by both our organizations to do everything we can for our local students," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis.

Teachers, staff, administration, parents and community members can submit applications by mail or online for up to $10,000 for an elementary, middle or high school's program in Oregon and SW Washington. Applications are available now at www.trailblazers.com/takeittothecourt and at participating Wells Fargo bank branches in Oregon and S.W. Washington.

The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2015. Winners will be notified in late January.

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10/05/14
Red Cross Assisting Drain Family After Residential Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/05/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting a Drain family following a residential fire Sunday, Oct. 5 in the 300 block of State Highway 38 in the Douglass County community.

One adult and five children are receiving Red Cross immediate emergency assistance for food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
Update: Name Released - OSP Seeking Tips to Locate Vehicle & Driver Involved in Critical Injury Hit & Run Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Highway 62 in White City
Oregon State Police - 10/05/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) continues to ask for the public's help to locate a vehicle and driver involved in Saturday morning's pedestrian-involved serious injury hit & run crash on Highway 62 in White City. The injured pedestrian is identified as CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH THOMPSON, age 41. THOMPSON has resided in the Portland area and may be currently living in the Central Point area.

According to Sergeant Jeff Allison, on October 4, 2014 at approximately 3:15 a.m., an adult male later identified as THOMPSON was struck by an unknown vehicle on Highway 62 near milepost 7 in front of the White City Goodwill store. Preliminary investigation indicates THOMPSON was walking in the northbound bike lane located between the right turn lane into the store and the right northbound lane.

THOMPSON was transported by Mercy Flights to Rogue Regional Medical Center and is in critical condition. His family has been notified.

OSP troopers from the Central Point Area Command office are investigating the crash and seeking information to locate the vehicle and driver. Evidence at the scene indicates the involved vehicle sustained damage to a headlight/turn signal assembly, side mirror and possibly windshield or side glass. It is unknown at this time if the damage is to the right or left area of the involved vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111. Trooper Josh Wetzel is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jackson County Fire District 3, and ODOT.

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Red Cross Assisting 17 People After Weekend Multi-Family Fires
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/05/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting 17 people after two weekend multi-family fires.

Five adults and five childeren are receiving immediate emergency assistance after an Oct. 5 fire in the 32000 block of Latham Road in Cottage Grove, Lane County.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, disaster health services, and information about disaster mental health services.

Seven adults are receiving immediate emergency assistance following an Oct. 4 fire in the 2700 block of NE 27th Street in Gresham, Multnomah County.

The Red Cross provided food, clothing, lodging, comfort kit, disaster mental health services, and information about disaster health services.
10/04/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Seizure of 20 lbs of Liquid Methamphetamine, Arrest of California Man - Highway 97 north of Madras (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop Friday afternoon along Highway 97 north of Madras led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid methamphetamine concealed in the rental car. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 3:57 p.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a rented 2013 Hyundai Elantra displaying California license plates for a speed violation in a construction zone on Highway 97 near NE Elm Lane in Jefferson County. During the traffic stop the driver was identified as SILVESTRE RIVERA FERNANDEZ, age 25, from South Gate, California.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover 3 vacuum sealed bags concealed in the vehicle with a substance that was determined to liquid methamphetamine. Total weight of the liquid methamphetamine was approximately 20 pounds, which can later be converted to a solid form of methamphetamine. Estimated value is pending confirmation.

RIVERA FERNANDEZ was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine.

OSP troopers from Madras and Bend offices were assisted by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and OSP Drug Enforcement Section.

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Update #2: Second Person Dies Following 9/24/14 Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 5 in Salem (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Oregon State Police confirmed this morning through Salem Hospital that passenger CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from Portland, died at the hospital where she has been treated since the September 24, 2014 traffic crash. The investigation continues and no enforcement decision has been made yet.

Previously released information information indicates on September 24, 2014 at approximately 7:50 a.m., a 2005 Ford Ranger pickup driven by MICHAEL LIPPMAN, age 53, from SE Salem, was northbound in heavy rain conditions when it collided into the left side of a tanker trailer. The pickup then crossed the raised grass center median into the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a 1993 Nissan Sentra two-door with two occupants. Two other southbound vehicles, a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup and a 1997 Toyota pickup, were involved in the collision.

The Nissan's driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. He is identified as STEVEN EDWARD FRITZ, age 54, from SW Portland. He is the husband of Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and an employee at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem.

A 64-year old female passenger in the Nissan, CARY MARIE FAIRCHILD, age 64, from SW Portland, was critically injured and transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital. She is also an employee of the Oregon State Hospital and was in critical condition until her death.

LIPPMANN was also transported to Salem Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released. He is cooperating with the investigation.

Two males in the Toyota pickup were taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. Their names are not available at this time.

A second minor collision involving two other vehicles occurred north of the initial crash scene that was unrelated to the fatal crash.

OSP troopers from the Salem Area Command office are continuing the investigation. There is no evidence of alcohol or drugs as a contributing factor. Senior Trooper Doug Brown is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by several agencies including Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, ODOT, Salem Environmental Services, and Marion County District Attorney's Office.

One lane was open during the investigation and all lanes opened at 11:00 a.m.

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Oregon Red Cross Assisting After Creswell Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/04/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting one adult displaced by a residential fire Saturday, Oct. 4 in the 200 block of South Mill Street in Creswell, Lane County.

The Red Cross provided lodging, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
Serious Injury Motorcycle Crash - Interstate 5 near Harrisburg (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday evening's serious injury motorcycle crash that occurred at the northbound Oak Grove Rest Area on Interstate 5 near Harrisburg.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 7:33 p.m., a motorcycle operated by EDDIE R. BATES, age 42, from Coburg, was northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 206 when it entered the Oak Grove Rest area at approximately 50 mph. The motorcycle struck a curb, ejecting BATES about 75 feet onto the ground.

BATES was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with serious injuries. He was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Harrisburg Fire Department, Eugene/Springfield Fire & EMS, and ODOT. Trooper Cale Day is the lead investigator.

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Two Uninjured After Wildlife-Involved Collision - Interstate 5 south of Creswell (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/04/14
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Two drivers were not injured Friday night following a vehicle-wildlife collision on Interstate 5 three mile south of Creswell. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be extra alert for wildlife on or near our roads.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 8:10 p.m., a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 60-year old male was southbound in the left lane on Interstate 5 near milepost 179 when the driver saw a deer standing on the right fog line. As the driver began to slow, the deer ran across the highway were the Honda hit it head-on. A 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 33-year old female was following the Honda and struck the rear of the car.

The drivers were not injured and both cars were towed from the scene because of damage sustained in the collision. The deer was killed.

According to ODOT, over the past 10 years more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

More information related to vehicle-wildlife collisions is available in a news release sent October 3 at: http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/10_03_2014_wildlife_crash_reminder.aspx

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Oregon Health Policy Board to hold monthly meeting October 7 in Portland
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Policy Board will hold its monthly meeting October 7 in Portland. The meeting will be held at its new location at the OHSU Center for Health and Healing. The board will receive the results from the study on the Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon and from the Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment study. It will also hear about public health in Oregon, including an update on the Task Force on the Future of Public Health Services. Other presentations will include the Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and a follow-up on High Cost Medications. Public testimony will be heard during the meeting, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

When: Tuesday, October 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: New location! 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 www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx

Agenda:
* Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Oregon
* Oregon Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Survey
* Public Health in Oregon
* Behavioral Health Strategic Plan
* Follow-up on High Cost Medications

For more information on the meeting, visit the board's meeting page at www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPB/Pages/2014-OHPB-Meetings.aspx.
The meeting site is accessible to persons 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.
Health advisory lifted October 3 for Cullaby Lake
Oregon Health Authority - 10/03/14
The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued September 22 for Cullaby Lake, located just off Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside in Clatsop County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. 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 with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact the Clatsop County Parks at 503-325-6452.

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.
County to Consider Additional Amendments to Noise Ordinance
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/03/14
The Marion County Board of Commissioners has scheduled another reading and will consider additional amendments to the county noise ordinance at their regular Board Session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will be held in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court Street NE, Salem.

In July, the board amended the noise ordinance to remove the exemption for commercial uses inside the Salem urban growth boundary to address noise and loud music played at night made in conjunction with permitted commercial uses. The proposed amendments will expand the exemption outside the urban growth boundary. If approved, the ordinance will become effective in 90 days.

The public is invited to provide verbal comments at this meeting and written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m., October 14, 2014, and may be submitted to:

Marion County Board of Commissioners
PO Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309-5036
Or via email at commissioners@co.marion.or.us

Written comments must include the commenter's full name and address. For more information, please contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or e-mail commissioners@co.marion.or.us.
Local agencies participate in prescription drug take back ***** Update ***** (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 10/03/14
The drug take back on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 was a success thanks to everyone involved. The Marion County Sheriff's Office location took in 271 pounds, while Salem Police took in 237.5 pounds for a total of 508.5 pounds of prescription drugs between the two different drop sites.

So what happens to all these drugs once they are dropped off? The Marion County Sheriff's Office along with the Marion County Health Department and Covanta Marion Energy-from-Waste (EFW) Facility are proud to have a partnership where together we all help ensure the safekeeping, disposal and ultimate destruction of medications.

Covanta's Rx4Safety program provides people across the country with a way to safely dispose of unwanted drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and nutritional supplements, at no cost to the tax payer, through collaborations with local municipalities to organize free drop-off events. Once collected, the drugs are properly destroyed free of charge via Covanta's Energy-from-Waste process and turned into clean, safe energy at a Covanta Energy-from-Waste facility, ensuring unwanted prescription drugs are kept off the streets and out of drinking water. These facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art combustion controls and air pollution control equipment to ensure environmentally sound destruction.

Participants were invited to take a pledge to lock up drugs at home and enter a drawing to win a personal sized digital safe. Safes are just one way to secure commonly misused medications at home to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft of drugs. The winners of the two safes were Vera Horne from Jefferson and Patricia Wheeler from Salem, Congratulations to them both.


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Update: Names & Added Information - Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City (Photo)
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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's single vehicle fatal crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 between North Powder and Baker City. The names of the five occupants are released in this update following confirmation that the deceased's next of kin were notified.

On October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:45 a.m., a 2009 Pontiac four-door driven by BRANDON M. GOEDERS, age 20, from Port Moody, British Columbia, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 294 when it traveled onto the left shoulder. GOEDERS, who said he fell asleep, over-corrected to the right causing the car to roll on the pavement and off the freeway lanes.

A 20-year old female rear seat passenger identified as JANELLE CECLIA LAWLER from Hope, British Columbia, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

GOEDERS and three other female passengers were transported by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City with non-life threatening injuries. The surviving passengers are identified as CINDY KOKOTAILO, age 24, from Langley, British Columbia; TAVIA EAKMAN, age 22, from Surrey, British Columbia; and, ALANA HITTRICH, age 24, also from Delta, British Columbia.

All five were using safety restraints and were enroute to a conference in Utah.

OSP troopers from the Baker City and La Grande offices are continuing the investigation. The driver is cooperating fully and there is no evidence that drugs or alcohol were contributing factors. No enforcement action has been taken and the completed investigation will be forwarded to the Baker County District Attorney for review before a decision is made. Senior Trooper Ed Mercado is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Baker County Sheriff's Office, Baker City-area first responders, and ODOT. One lane was blocked for several hours during the incident response and investigation.

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Attempt to Elude
Lebanon Police Dept. - 10/03/14
Nature of Crime or Event: Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Date / Time Occurred: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014/ 11:44PM
Occurred Location: Intersection of Tangent and N. 12th St., Lebanon, OR to the intersection of Linn West Dr. and Powell Hills Loup., Shedd, Linn County, OR.

While attempting to stop a vehicle for a defective lighting violation, a Lebanon Police Officer initiated a pursuit of the driver of the suspect vehicle, a silver Mercedes-Benz ML320, after it failed to yield to emergency lights and siren. The driver of the suspect vehicle, (later identified as Lebanon resident Jacob M. Elliott, 38 years of age), traveled at speeds of 90MPH as he drove in a Southwesterly direction from Lebanon to the Shedd area. Pursuing Lebanon Police Officers paced the suspect vehicle until Linn County Deputies and an Oregon State Trooper joined the pursuit.

After traveling approximately 13 miles on various back roads, the suspect vehicle came to a stop near the intersection of Linn West Dr. and Powell Hills Loop near Shedd, OR. Apparently, the vehicle ran out of fuel. Jacob Elliott and a single passenger, Katherine A. Aitken, 26 years of age, were both taken into custody without incident. Both individuals had outstanding warrants out for their arrest. The arrest warrants for Jacob Elliott included charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine/Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine/Heroin, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Probation Violation. Katherine Aitken had a felony warrant for Failure to appear on an Identity Theft Charge. In addition to the felony warrants, Jacob Elliott was charged with Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Driving While Suspended-Misdemeanor, DUII and Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin. The vehicle was seized for the eventual service of a search warrant. Both Jacob Elliott and Katherine Aitken were transported to the Linn County Jail for lodging.
Portland Man Arrested Following Injury Crash - Highway 97 / Highway 138 in Klamath County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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A Portland man was arrested Thursday night following a minor injury traffic crash on Highway 97 at the Highway 138 intersection in Klamath County.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 7:25 p.m., a 2014 Hyundai Elantra driven by NICHOLAS J. RAPTIS, age 39, from SW Portland, was northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 213 when it passed a northbound commercial truck in a posted no passing zone. While finishing the passing maneuver, the Hyundai swerved in front of the truck causing the truck's left front corner to collide with the car's right passenger side.

The truck's driver, TAD YOUNG, age 32, from Silverton, lost control and the truck and semi-trailer overturned onto their side coming to rest blocking the northbound lane. YOUNG and passenger CHRISTOPHER RICH, age 33, from Dallas, were transported by Chemult EMS ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with minor injuries. The truck & semi-trailer, loaded with a cargo of assorted paper and plastic goods, were extensively damaged.

The Hyundai also received major damage. RAPTIS was not injured and subsequent to the investigation he was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Klamath County Jail for Reckless Driving and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

OSP troopers from the LaPine office are investigating the crash. OSP was assisted by US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Klamath County Sheriff's Office, Chemult Rural Fire Protection District, and ODOT. Senior Trooper Joe Smith is the lead investigator.

The northbound lane was closed about five hours.

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6 Creative Housing Options (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/03/14
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AARP Oregon has opened registration for five Staying at Home workshops on December 2, 4, 6 in Gresham, Portland and Tualatin http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_Metro and Salem and Albany, December 3 and 6 http://aarp.cvent.com/OR_MidValley.

Now for 6 Creative Housing Options By Amy Levner, AARP

The choices for how and where to live as an older adult are growing.

In her book With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older, author and journalist Beth Baker observes that, as roughly 10 thousand baby boomers a day are turning 65, "a significant cultural shift is underway."

The current and coming generation of older adults is realizing, says Baker, "that they can make other choices about where and how to live. With intention and planning, people around the nation are creating ways to live in community, alternatives that give them more control, more companionship, more dignity and choice than generations past."
Here, adapted from Baker's book is a brief guide to what some of these creative options are called and how they work.

1. Cohousing
In a cohousing situation each person or family purchases a residence -- be it an apartment, townhouse or even a single-family house -- which contains everything a typical home would have (i.e., a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room). However, the residences are linked to a shared space, such as a yard and gardens, and a large common room, dining area and kitchen that can accommodate group meals or gatherings.

The point of cohousing is community and being able to live independently without living entirely alone. Cohousing setups are typically intergenerational and don't involve staff-provided services, but they can be age-specific. A few "senior cohousing communities" have been built, and some allow residents to hire household and care services as needed.

2. House Sharing
In these arrangements a person who has a home may invite a friend or family member, or even a tenant, to move in and help with expenses and chores. The setup might involve people of the same age or generation and the arrangement is one of peers residing together for companionship and cost efficiency. Sometimes two or more friends actually purchase or rent a residence together and become housemates.

Another house sharing scenario can revolve around the needs of an elderly property owner who doesn't want to relocate but can no longer care for herself or a large home entirely on her own. A younger person (and younger can even mean someone who's 60 or older) may be willing to provide some caregiving and transportation assistance in exchange for affordable or flexible housing. If so, the two can make for well-matched housemates.

3. Housing Cooperatives
These types of member-owned, resident-governed nonprofit communities are common in certain cities (New York for one) and are generally not age-specific.

A co-op can be made up of housing that ranges from apartments to single-family houses to mobile homes. The co-op board, typically consisting of elected residents, decides what shared services the co-op will provide (such as social activities and maintaining the grounds) and often has approval rights over potential home buyers. Mobile home cooperatives are spreading in rural areas, and senior housing cooperatives have taken root, particularly in the Midwest.

4. Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (also referred to by the acronym NORC)
Neighborhoods or locations that just happen to have a significant number of older people (hence, the community's commonality is naturally occurring or organic) create a network of shared support services, such as helping one another -- or sharing hired help -- for grocery store runs, transportation to medical appointments, or lawn-mowing. By working together, each person is enabled to safely and comfortably "age in place."

5. Niche Retirement Communities (also called Affinity Retirement Communities)
A traditional retirement community is an age-restricted, usually 55-plus community that enables older adults to live independently but with access to social activities and community amenities, such as yard maintenance services or fitness and recreation facilities. (Retirement destinations such as Florida and Arizona have many such places.) A "niche" or "affinity" retirement community is one where residents share a common interest, religion or identity. The link may revolve around, for example, shared ethnicity, sexual orientation, occupation or hobby.

6. Villages
Founded in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston in 2002, the Village model of "neighbors-helping-neighbors" provides a way for older adults to stay in their homes and community. There are upwards of 125 Village communities throughout the nation today, with 100 more getting started, most operating via a mix of paid staff and volunteers who assist older residents with everything from transportation and technology training to home repairs and grocery shopping. Villages frequently provide social activities and classes as well. Members pay annual dues and are encouraged to volunteer themselves.

You can read a longer version of this article at aarp.org/livable-communities/info-2014/creative-age-friendly-housing-options. For more about Beth Baker's book, "With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older" (Vanderbilt University Press, 2014), visit bethbaker.net. To learn more about livable communities, visit aarp.org/livable or email AARP at livable@aarp.org.
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Amy Levner is the manager of the Livable Communities team at AARP, where she leads educational and outreach efforts to create age-friendly communities for people of all ages. She can be reached at alevner@aarp.org.


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Update: Name Released - Fatal Motorcycle Crash - Highway 38 east of Reedsport in Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday afternoon off Highway 38 about twelve miles east of Reedsport. The victim's name and additional information is released in this update.

On October 2, 2014 at approximately 2:57 p.m., OSP, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and local emergency responders were notified of the discovery of a male lying next to a motorcycle off an embankment along the north side of Highway 38 near milepost 12. Upon arrival, emergency responders confirmed the male was deceased.

Subsequent investigation indicated the motorcyclist, JOHN JOSEPH AMBROSINI, age 59, from Coos Bay, was traveling westbound on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he failed to safely negotiate a right curve and went off the highway, down an embankment about 30 feet and struck a tree. The victim was wearing a protective helmet.

The crash scene was discovered by the victim's friends who were checking travel routes after AMBROSINI was reported missing September 26, 2014 to Douglas County Sheriff's Office when he failed to return home from a motorcycle ride.

OSP troopers from the Coos Bay Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. OSP was assisted at the scene by Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Medical Examiner, Bay Cities Ambulance, local fire personnel and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Guide to 2015 Health Insurance Coverage for Oregonians: Women's Health
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/03/14
Note: This is the first in a series of consumer guides from the Oregon Insurance Division

As open enrollment for 2015 health insurance plans approaches, the Insurance Division is providing information to consumers about how to choose the plan that best meets their health and financial needs. This is the first in a series of consumer guides to help Oregonians through the open enrollment process. This guide focuses on women's health coverage.

The open enrollment period for people who buy their own health insurance runs from Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. This is the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help during open enrollment by visiting healthcare.gov.

The Affordable Care Act provides many protections to women to help them better access the care they need. Below are some considerations that women and their families should keep in mind as they shop for health coverage for 2015:

* Preventive care. Health plans must cover women's preventive care without charging you a co-pay or co-insurance, even if you haven't met your deductible. For a list of required covered services, click here: https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/women. You should also check the insurers' Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document, which is posted on their websites, for more detailed information about coverages and out-of-pocket costs.

* Pregnancy care and childbirth. These services are an essential health benefit, which means all health plans must cover them. You get this coverage even if you were pregnant before your coverage starts. Pre-natal costs are provided with no cost sharing, but plans vary in how they cover childbirth and what portion of the cost you pay for. Look to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document for these details.

* Birth control. Both the Affordable Care Act and Oregon law require insurers to cover all methods of prescribed contraceptive services approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with no cost sharing. When reviewing insurance product filings, the Insurance Division ensures plans include this coverage.

* Abortion services. The Insurance Division requires insurance companies to disclose whether or not they cover any or all abortion services in their Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) document.

Some of these coverage requirements may not apply to plans that were sold before the Affordable Care Act took effect, known as grandfathered plans or transitional plans. If you aren't sure what kind of plan you have, call your insurance company or agent to ask.

During open enrollment, consumers who may qualify for financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with an insurance company or agent.

For more information:
The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

The Insurance Division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Motorists Should Be Extra Alert For Wildlife on Roads (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/03/14
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October and November are the two busiest months for vehicle-wildlife collisions, statewide and nationally. With more wildlife crossing roads all over the state, Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) , and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) urge motorists to be on alert.

According to statistics from ODOT's Crash Analysis & Reporting Section, wildlife-involved traffic collisions have been on the rise in Oregon. In 2013, ODOT received reports of 1,274 such crashes, similar to the 1,283 crashes reported in 2012 and up from 1,199 reported in 2011. Overall, reports are approximately 24 percent higher than in 2008 (974 reported crashes). Officials believe the numbers are actually higher because most collisions involving wildlife result in property damage only to the involved vehicle and do not get reported to police or DMV.

Between September 27 and October 1, OSP troopers responded to four vehicle-wildlife crashes:

* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:43 a.m., a sport utility driven by a 22-year old woman was northbound on Highway 7 near milepost 3 in Grant County when an elk crossed the highway. The driver swerved to miss the elk, lost control and went off the highway where her vehicle collided head-on into a tree. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
* On September 27, 2014 at approximately 6:48 a.m., a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 134 in Grant County struck an elk crossing the highway. The injured elk was found in a field off the highway and dispatched due to its injury. The driver wasn't injured.
* On September 29, 2014 at approximately 2:22 a.m., a passenger car traveling northbound on Highway 97 near milepost 191 in Klamath County struck a deer crossing the highway. The vehicle was damaged and had to be towed from the scene. The vehicle's airbags deployed and the driver was uninjured.
* On October 1, 2014 at approximately 9:30 p.m., two women received minor injuries while traveling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 236 in the Meacham area when their passenger car struck an elk in the traffic lane.

ODOT statistics indicate since 2004 there have been more than 9,800 reported wildlife-involved collisions in Oregon, resulting in 29 fatalities; 12 of those fatalities were motorcyclists or motorcycle passengers. Fall weather often encourages motorcycle trips, so these operators should be especially vigilant: just as you continually watch for vehicles entering the roadway, be alert for wildlife, who when startled may even go back across a road they just crossed.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane - and many crashes go unreported.

During this season, OSP, ODOT and ODFW urge drivers to be aware of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. Extra vigilance is required. The following information may help reduce these incidents:

* The annual deer rut season typically lasts from late October to mid-to-late November, increasing deer activity in and around roadways.
* During the next few months there will be fewer daylight hours and visibility will be challenged by darkness and winter weather conditions.
* Be attentive at all times, but especially sunset to sunrise.
* When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife, please use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
* Be extra careful in areas where there is a lot of vegetation next to the road or while going around curves. Wildlife near the road may not be visible.
* Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
* When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
* The same advice applies for smaller wildlife like nutria or raccoons - try to stay in your lane and do not swerve for these animals. They are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals; losing control of your vehicle is a larger concern.
* Always wear your safety belt, as even the slightest collision could result in serious injuries.

ODOT produced a 2:30 video on the U.S. 97 undercrossing south of Bend showing elk and deer (and other animals) using the underpass and helping improve safety in a high-incident area. The video is available for viewing online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSJGRs5KRP8&feature=youtu.be.

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Oregon site of earliest human occupation added to nation's list of important places (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/03/14
University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w
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The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States' listing of the nation's most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south-central Oregon, archaeological excavations at the site has produced evidence of human occupation in Oregon beginning 14,300 years ago, nearly 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

The occupation of Paisley Five Mile Point Caves predates the appearance of "Clovis" sites by more than 1,000 years. Clovis sites characterized by a distinctive projectile point have been documented throughout many regions of the U.S. and for many years been widely accepted as evidence for the first human settlement of the Americas.

Led by Dr. Dennis Jenkins of the University of Oregon (UO), a team of researchers conducted archaeological excavations and extensive laboratory analyses to amass information challenging the "Clovis First" hypothesis. Intriguingly, along with stemmed projectile points, grinding stones (for grinding plant materials), modified animal bone and woven plant fiber cordage, Jenkins' team recovered coprolites (feces) containing human DNA involving testing by multiple independent laboratories. Over 200 coprolites were radiocarbon dated to pre-Clovis times. The discovery by UO researchers of 14,300-year-old human feces demonstrates the presence of an ancient human population in America's FarWest at the end of the last Ice Age.

"Archaeologists have worked at the site since 1938," said Jenkins who is a research associate at the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History and director of the UO Archaeology Field School in the northern Great Basin. "As we have used increasingly sophisticated scientific techniques in recent years, our understanding of the cultural and megafaunal remains at the site has grown dramatically. Analyses by our research team provides significant new information regarding the timing and spread of the first settlers in the Americas."

The site is located on land managed by the U.S. Department of Interior-- Bureau of Land Management.

"BLM is indeed pleased to see the Paisley Five Mile Points officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places," said Stan McDonald, state archaeologist for Oregon and Washington for the BLM." The site's listing underscores the importance of Oregon's archaeological heritage to understanding the full breadth of the human experience. We extend our thanks to our partner the University of Oregon and associated research team for their dedication and commitment to outstanding research."

Now a sagebrush steppe vegetation community, the Paisley site once was grassy plains surrounding a lake, marsh and river. Camel, bison, horse and waterfowl bones have been found in the area. The people living there 14,300 years ago were gathering and consuming aromatic roots, for which they would have needed special knowledge that would have developed over time.

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 listings is online at www.oregonheritage.org (click on "National Register" at left of page).

Other information:

Research at the Paisley Caves
http://pages.uoregon.edu/ftrock/paisley_caves_description.php

Oregon Archaeology Celebration of October 2014 poster showing the coprolite
http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/ArchyPoster2014.pdf


Attached Media Files: News release , University of Oregon students record data at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves. Because the site, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, shows evidence of human occupation for more than 14,000 years, it recently w , Dennis Jenkins, a researcher at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, holds a piece of coprolite. DNA testing of coprolite enabled coprolite found at the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to be evidence of human occupation in Oreg
Weekend striping scheduled for OR 58 in Lane County
ODOT: Valley, No. Coast - 10/03/14
A nighttime highway striping operation will reduce lanes and create short delays for motorists and bicyclists on OR 58 between Pleasant Hill and Dexter, in Lane County this weekend.

Slow moving striping equipment will be working between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.

Motorists are encouraged to reduce speed, avoid crossing over freshly placed striping and follow the directions of flaggers on OR 58, between mileposts 6.5 and 11.

The highway segment was the recent focus of a road reconstruction and paving project. A delay in striping occurred for a few reasons including, the small number of striping subcontractors who are in high demand for numerous paving projects at the end of a busy construction season. In addition, the subcontractor on the OR 58 project lost one of its striping trucks in a fire.

"Ordinarily, we don't like to allow construction on a busy highway during the weekend," said ODOT Area 5 Project Manager Chuck Lemos. "But in the interest of making this stretch of highway safer and completing this project, we're allowing it this time."

Motorists traveling through the area during the nighttime hours should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes.
Red Cross Responds to Eugene House Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 10/03/14
Cascade Region volunteers early this morning responded to a disaster in the 1500 block of Linda Ave in Eugene, Oregon. This single-family fire affected one adult. Red Cross provided clothes, blankets, comfort kit, and information about disaster health services and disaster mental health services.
10/02/14
Board on Public Safety Standards and Training October 23, 2014 Notice of Regular Meeting
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 10/02/14
The Board on Public Safety Standards and Training will hold a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014, in the Boardroom at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.

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


1. CONSENT AGENDA (The following items to be ratified by one vote)
A. *Minutes
Approve minutes from the July 24, 2014 meeting.

B. *OAR 259-020-0010 & OAR 259-020-0015 - Proposed Rule Change
Criminal Justice Commission Crimes Effective Date
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PLAC on September 10, 2014.

C. *OAR 259-060-0010 & OAR 259-060-0130 - Proposed Rule Changes
Public Comment on Temporary Work Permit Definition
Vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on August 19, 2014.

D. *OAR 259-061-0005, 2559-061-0240, 259-0691-0260 - Proposed Rule
Continuing Education Requirements
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PSIPC on August 19, 2014.

E. *OAR 259-008-0015 and 259-009-0015 - Proposed Rule
Background Investigations
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.
Unanimous vote with one abstention to recommend to the Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

F. *OAR 259-009-0005 and 259-009-0062 - Revision
Wildland Interface Firefighter - New Name: Wildland Fire Operations
Vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

G. *OAR 259-009-0059 and 259-009-0070 - Proposed Rule
Fingerprint and Denial/Revocation Update
Vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 18, 2014.

H. *OAR 259-008-0010 and 259-008-0011 - Proposed Rule
Academic Proficiency Standard Exception
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on May 15, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.

I. *OAR 259-008-0069 - Proposed Rule
Tribal Law Enforcement F-8 Requirements
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

J. *Carney, Chris - DPSST#22541 - Bend PD - Revocation
Resolved via Stipulated Order/Voluntary Relinquishment

K. *Heldt, Joshua - Request for Medical Waiver
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

L. *Andrews, Michael - DPSST#F19356 - Polk County Fire District - Not Revoke
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by FPC on August 27, 2014.

M. *Hayes, Peter - DPSST#30789 - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

N. *Wallace, Desirae - DPSST#48878 - Warm Springs PD - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

O. *Stinnett, Samuel - DPSST#53824 - Grant County SO - Not Deny Application for raining
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

P. *Hughitt, Cindie - DPSST#41260 - Grants Pass Dept of Public Safety - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by TPC on August 18, 2014.

Q. *O'Brien, Timothy - DPSST#42723 - Denial of Eligibility
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by CPC on August 12, 2014.

R. *Ulch, William - DPSST#46132 - Oregon State Police - Revocation
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

S. *Rousseau, Steven - PSID#63999 - Deny Certification
Unanimous vote to recommend to the Board by PS/IPC on August 19, 2014.

T. *Policy Committee Appointments
Telcommunications Policy Committee
. Sherry Bensema - OFCA EMS Section - New appointment
Private Security/Investigators Policy Committee
. Donovan Beard - Armed Representative - New appointment
Fire Policy Committee
. Jeff Hamilton - Non-Management OSFFC - New appointment

2. *Law Enforcement Memorial Wall Nomination - Marshal Joseph Krechter
Unanimous vote to recommend to Board by PPC on August 21, 2014.

3. Director's Report - Director Gabliks

4. Policy Committee Update
. Corrections Policy Committee - Lisa Settell, Chair
. Fire Policy Committee - Joe Seibert, Chair
. Police Policy Committee - Kent Barker, Chair
. Private Security Policy Committee - Bill Geiger, Chair
. Telecommunications Policy Committee - Toni Sexton, Chair

5 Update - Center for Policing Excellence

6. Next meeting date: January 22, 2015
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Willamette River
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory for the Willamette River. The advisory, issued September 16 and updated September 18, covered the stretch of river from Ross Island to Sauvie Island.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Since not all water bodies or sections of a river are monitored for blue-green algae, Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon waters for recreation 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 with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

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 the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Update: Hood River Man Dies After Sept. 12th Motorcycle-Involved Crash - Highway 97 south of Biggs Junction in Sherman County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/02/14
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Oregon State Police (OSP) confirmed the motorcycle operator involved in a September 12, 2014, crash at an intersection on Highway 97 near Wasco in Sherman County died Wednesday. The OSP investigation is continuing and enforcement action is pending.

OSP was informed that MARK PETERS, age 55, from Hood River, died October 1, reportedly from injuries related to the crash. PETERS returned back to Hood River for post-hospital care in late September.

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 4:46 p.m., a Dodge van driven by MERVA HALEY, age 68, from Wasco, was turning off Clark Road to the southbound lane of Highway 97 when the van was struck in the driver side by a northbound motorcycle operated by PETERS. Upon impact, PETERS was ejected from the motorcycle and critically injured.

PETERS was transported by Sherman County Ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles. PETERS was transferred by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was wearing a protective helmet.

There was no reported injury to HALEY.

OSP troopers from The Dalles Area Command office are continuing the investigation. Trooper Matthew Newby is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sherman County Sheriff's Office, Sherman County EMS personnel, and ODOT.

OSP and ODOT urge all drivers and motorcycle operators to remember these safety tips:

* Remember, motorcycles are vehicles with all of the rights and privileges of any other motor vehicle on the roadway. Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width--never try to share a lane.
* Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
* Because motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles it can be difficult to judge their speed. They may be closer than they appear. Allow extra time before turning in front of motorcycles.
* Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
* Allow more following distance, three or four seconds, when following a motorcycle, so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. Don't tailgate.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

### www.oregon.gov/OSP ###


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Wells Fargo offering free credit scores to customers until Nov. 15
Wells Fargo - 10/02/14
In an effort to help customers succeed financially, Wells Fargo is offering its customers in Oregon and S.W. Washington their free consumer credit score and complimentary credit report now through Nov. 15.

Wells Fargo customers can access their free score and report by visiting a participating Wells Fargo bank branch and obtaining a unique personal access code from a banker.

"A recent Wells Fargo survey showed that 27 percent of Americans are more worried about their financial health than their physical health," said Gary Korotzer, an executive vice president in Wells Fargo's Consumer Credit Solutions Group. "In much the same way an annual check-up helps us stay physically healthy, consumers can take control of their financial health by regularly checking their credit and taking steps to improve it."

About the Free Consumer Credit Score Program
Since its inception in 2012, more than 800,000 customers and team members have taken advantage of the promotion and obtained their free consumer credit score and complimentary credit report.

In its third year, the Wells Fargo's Free Credit Score promotion coincides with the American Bankers Association's Get Smart About Credit Day, a national campaign of volunteer bankers who work with young people to raise awareness about the importance of using credit responsibly.

As part of the Get Smart About Credit program, Wells Fargo set a goal of reaching at least 60,000 people through volunteering in classrooms and community centers across the country to teach credit lessons.

For more information about this limited time offer, go to www.wellsfargo.com/freecreditscore.

Tips for Credit Health and Wellness
A strong credit profile can help consumers qualify for lower interest rates. Yet, many people wait until they need a loan to think about their credit situation. Wells Fargo offers these five tips to responsibly manage their credit:

1) Check your credit report annually. Make sure your credit report contains current and accurate information. Errors could negatively impact your credit score and even be a sign of possible identity theft. Request a free copy of your credit report at least once a year from www.AnnualCreditReport.com or by calling toll-free (877) 322-8228.

2) Pay your bills on time. Your payment history is one of the biggest factors in your credit score - including things that may surprise you like on-time payment of your rent and cell phone bill. Using free online tools, often available through your financial institution's online banking, can help you develop a budget and create an automatic bill payment schedule.

3) Keep debt at no more than 35 percent of your gross monthly income. Lenders look at the amount of debt a consumer has compared to their monthly income when making credit decisions.

4) Understand how strong credit impacts your bottom line. Your credit score influences the interest rate you qualify for. The lower the interest rate, the less you'll pay in interest over time. Many sites, including Wells Fargo, offer calculators that help consumers understand how interest rates impact their payment and the total cost of the loan.

5) Establish and maintain healthy credit - even if you don't need a loan. Lenders aren't the only people who use credit scores to make decisions - many insurance companies, cell phone providers and landlords do, too.

Free Tools
Wells Fargo offers a variety of free tools to customers of all ages to help them take charge of their finances, including managing their credit responsibly. Helpful educational resources include:

1) My Financial Guide -- This online site features articles and videos about money management.

2) Hands on Banking -- This interactive financial education online program is intended for all age groups (available in Spanish at www.elfuturoentusmanos.com).

3) Budgeting Toolkit -- A goal-oriented online site to help people manage their finances (available in Spanish at www.wellsfargo.com/paquetedepresupuesto).

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. The company provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 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.
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division Investigation Leads to Wildlife Crime-Related Charges for Bandon Man (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/02/14
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A year-long investigation by a Coos Bay Fish & Wildlife Division trooper, in conjunction with the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team (SCINT), led to a Bandon-area resident being cited for wildlife crimes and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On September 24, 2014, at approximately 9:15 a.m., search warrants were served at three Bandon-area properties. OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from the Coos Bay, Gold Beach and Roseburg offices were assisted by officers from the Bandon Police Department and SCINT detectives.

The investigation revealed that on or about August 29th, 2013, DALE J. GILBERT STONE BARKER, age 32, killed a spike elk while archery hunting in the Floras Creek area of Curry County. About two weeks later, BARKER killed a 7x7 elk while archery hunting in the same area of Floras Creek in Curry County. Both elk were retained by BARKER.

During the search of the properties, items seized related to the investigation included the following:

* One set of spike elk antlers
* Taxidermy mounted 7x7 elk shoulder mount
* Elk meat from 2013 and 2014
* Compound bow
* Two shotguns

Based on the investigation, BARKER was cited by OSP to appear in Curry County Circuit Court for Exceeding the Bag Limit for Big Game - Elk, and in Coos County Circuit Court for Unlawful Possession of Big Game - Elk and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Over 25 pounds of marijuana and edible marijuana products were also seized. SCINT detectives are referring charges of Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Delivery of Marijuana to the Coos County District Attorney.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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The 4 C's of Choosing a Medicare Plan That's Right For You: News You Can Use from AARP Oregon (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 10/02/14
Medicare serves 49 Million
Medicare serves 49 Million
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Medicare can help protect you or your loved one's health, financial security and future. This year's Medicare open enrollment season runs from October 15 - December 7. If you're 65 or over, you can review your Medicare options and change plans if you'd like. In fact, each year you have a chance to review your coverage and see what new benefits Medicare has to offer.

If you're satisfied that your current plan will meet your needs for the next year, you don't need to make any changes. But it's worth it to look at your options. Your health may change over time, and you may want to find a plan that works better for you. And if you are caring for someone who needs or has Medicare, you can also help that person navigate Medicare during open enrollment.

I encourage you to take some time to get to know how your Medicare works. Visit the AARP Medicare Question and Answer tool at www.aarp.gov/MedicareQA to find answers to common questions. When you are confident Medicare has you covered, you can focus on turning your life goals into real possibilities.

What to Consider When Selecting a Medicare Plan

You can compare Medicare coverage options on the Medicare Plan Finder at www.Medicare.gov. Click on "Find Health & Drug Plans." When looking at your options, consider the four C's: coverage, cost, convenience and customer service.

1. Coverage
Make sure that the doctors you see and the medications you take will still be part of your plan in the coming year. If upcoming plan changes affect your coverage, then it's important to review other Medicare coverage options.

2. Cost
Like most other insurance, Medicare does not pay for all your health care costs. You are responsible for paying for expenses such as deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments. If two or more plans seem to offer about the same coverage, consider choosing the plan with the lowest overall cost.

Remember, don't just look at the premium (monthly payment). Also consider the deductible (how much you pay out-of-pocket before insurance kicks in), and coinsurance and copayments (how much you pay out-of-pocket for each service like visiting a doctor or filling a prescription). Make sure to compare all of these features so you can find a plan that works for you and your wallet.

3. Convenience
Compare plans to see which doctors and hospitals are included in the coverage, as well as what local pharmacies participate. If you prefer mail-order pharmacies, check out which plans offer this option.

4. Customer Service
The Medicare plan finder tool on www.Medicare.gov provides a quality rating for each plan. The rating covers several aspects of each plan, including customer service, member complaints, drug pricing, managing chronic conditions and more.

All plans now cover certain preventive services at no cost to you, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. These include screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies and annual wellness visits with your doctor.

For one-on-one help with your Medicare decisions, contact Oregon State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIBA) by phone at 1-800-722-4134 or online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/SHIBA.


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Attached Media Files: Medicare serves 49 Million
Sweet Home Unit remains in fire season, Regulated-Use
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/02/14
It may be October, but wildfire danger persists in the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Sweet Home Unit, according to Unit Forester Craig Pettinger.

"We're almost to the end of fire season, but we're still in it," he said.

Fire season is still in effect, as well as the more restrictive Regulated-Use rules, in the Sweet Home Unit, which encompasses the southern portion of Linn County.

A forecast of dry weather with temperatures warming up into the 80s, and low offshore wind flow prompted ODF's decision to extend fire safety restrictions.

The unit forester noted that both Linn and Lane counties recently extended their debris-burning bans till further notice.

More information on the fire safety rules can be obtained from the South Cascade District's Sweet Home Unit office, 541-367-6108, and on the web, http://www.oregon.gov/odf/pages/field/sh/aboutus.aspx.
Insurance Division offers consumer tips for open enrollment
Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services - 10/02/14
This fall's open enrollment period starts Nov. 15, 2014, and Oregonians who buy their own insurance will receive letters this fall from their insurance company about their health plan options. The Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services also has information available to help consumers make the best choice for them.

"Oregon has one of the most competitive health insurance markets in the country, which means that Oregonians have lots of options," said Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali. "During open enrollment, consumers will be able to shop and pick the best plan that meets their health and financial needs."

All individual plans now have the same open enrollment period - the one time during the year when you can change plans, change insurance companies, or choose to stay with the plan you have. You also can access financial help, such as tax credits, during open enrollment.

The open enrollment period for 2015 health plans runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers who may qualify for tax credits and financial help should go to healthcare.gov. Starting Nov. 15, 2014, Oregonians will be able to shop and compare local plans and enroll in one sitting. Consumers can also enroll directly with their local carrier.

If people currently have coverage and want to make sure there is no break in coverage, they should be aware of some important dates. People who want to purchase a plan through the online marketplace healthcare.gov and qualify for financial assistance for Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 15. This includes people whose 2014 coverage was purchased through Oregon's state-based exchange, Cover Oregon. Oregonians who bought a plan directly from an insurance carrier should work with that carrier to see what date they need to enroll by or whether they can be automatically be re-enrolled, in order to have coverage Jan. 1.

Additionally, all insurance companies must notify consumers if there are changes to their plan, if their plan is ending, or if their plan is available to renew. Those notices are being mailed soon.

It is common for plans to change year to year. For many Oregonians, there may not be much difference between their current 2014 plan and the most similar 2015 plan. However, if insurers make any changes to benefits or cost structure - even a minor change that provides better coverage - they must notify customers that their current health plan is changing or ending.

"If your current plan is ending, it's likely that a very similar plan is available for 2015," Cali said. "You may also want to consider other options, either with the same company or another company."

All consumers who currently have health insurance will get a letter from their insurance company with information about the status of their current plan and directing them to healthcare.gov or their carrier to renew or change their plan for benefits starting Jan. 1, 2015. For people who enrolled through Cover Oregon, the letters will also include the amount of tax credit received for 2014, if any.

Small employers, which can enroll year-round, will receive letters from insurers before their plan is due for renewal.

The Insurance Division has information about health insurance posted online at http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/insurance/gethelp/health/Pages/health.aspx and has consumer advocates available to answer questions at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).

Here are some frequently asked questions about these notifications and options for 2015 health coverage:

Q: Why is my plan changing or ending?
Insurers must notify their customers if they make any structural changes to their plans to give customers the opportunity to stay in the updated plan or shop for a new plan. The notification will state that the plan is changing or ending. If the plan is ending, the carrier will likely identify a similar plan that will be available in 2015.

Q: What changes are insurance companies making to plans?
Most companies are making changes to all or some of their plans in 2015. Some examples of changes to plans include:
* Moving covered services from being covered after the deductible is met to before the deductible is met
* Changing deductibles or maximum out-of-pocket costs
* Adding new benefits
* Making network changes

Q: If my plan is ending, how do I enroll in a similar plan?
If your current plan is ending, your insurance company will identify a similar plan in which you can enroll. The steps you have to take depend on whether you bought your plan through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll in the similar plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. You also can enroll outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace through your insurance company or agent, but if you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically enroll you in a similar plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: My letter says my plan is continuing. Do I have to do anything to stay on my current plan?
It depends on whether you bought your plan for 2014 through Cover Oregon or directly through an insurance company or agent.
* If you bought your plan through Cover Oregon: You need to re-enroll, either through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov or through your insurance company or agent. To ensure your coverage is effective Jan. 1, 2015, you must enroll by Dec. 15, 2014. If you received a tax credit to help pay for your premium and want to continue receiving those savings, you must enroll through healthcare.gov.
* If you bought your plan directly from the insurance company or an agent: Your insurance company will automatically re-enroll you in the same plan for 2015. You will receive a bill for your first month's premium, which you need to pay to ensure your coverage continues. You also have the option of choosing a different plan.

Q: If I re-enroll in the same or similar plan, can I still get the tax credit?
If you qualify for the tax credit, you must enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to get those savings. Your insurance company will provide you with the plan name and ID so that you can find the plan on healthcare.gov and enroll.

Q: Can I change plans?
Yes. Oregon has a competitive health insurance market, so there are a variety of plans and insurance companies from which to choose, and you can no longer be turned down for coverage because of a health condition. You can choose a new plan during the open enrollment period from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015. Here is how you can shop for coverage:
* Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to compare plans, find out if you qualify for tax credits or other savings, and enroll. You can work with an agent or community partner to get coverage through healthcare.gov. If you qualify for a tax credit or other savings, you can get those savings only if you enroll through healthcare.gov. To make sure your new plan gets you covered Jan. 1, 2015, you need to select your plan by Dec. 15, 2014.
* Choose a plan outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace - directly from an insurance company or with the help of an agent. (You cannot receive tax credits or other cost savings if you choose this option.) Check with the insurance company about when you need to enroll to ensure coverage by Jan. 1.

Q: Is this my only opportunity to change plans?
Open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015) is your only opportunity to change plans without experiencing a "qualifying event." Examples of qualifying events include loss of comprehensive coverage, getting married, and having (or adopting) a child. You may be able to enroll at other times during the year, but only if you experience a qualifying event.

Q: Where can I learn more?
* If you have questions about your current benefits and plan, contact your insurance company or agent.
* If you have questions about the upcoming open enrollment process or your eligibility for tax credits or other savings, visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free).
* If you have general questions about health insurance, call the Insurance Division's Consumer Advocacy Unit at 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free), email cp.ins@state.or.us, or visit www.insurance.oregon.gov.

The division is part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. Visit http://www.dcbs.oregon.gov.
Health advisory lifted October 2 for Walterville Pond
Oregon Health Authority - 10/02/14
October 2, 2014

Reduced blue-green algae levels confirmed

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a health advisory issued August 5 for Walterville Pond, located off Oregon Route 126, five miles east of Springfield.

Walterville Pond is next to the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) Walterville Canal, a half-mile northeast of the town of Walterville in Lane County.

Water monitoring has confirmed reduced levels of blue-green algae and their toxins. These reduced levels are not likely to be harmful to humans and animals.

Oregon health officials advise people who use Oregon water bodies for recreation 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 with an unpleasant odor is visible in the water.

For local information about water quality or blue-green algae sampling, contact EWEB at 541-685-7471.

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 the Harmful Algae Blooms website at www.healthoregon.org/hab and select "Algae Bloom Advisories," for information regarding advisories issued or lifted for the season.

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Carrie Kikel named Communication Manager for Oregon Arts Commission/Oregon Cultural Trust
Oregon Arts Commission - 10/02/14
Carrie Kikel, a nonprofit communication specialist most recently working as a consultant, has accepted the newly expanded role of Communication Manager with the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. The position previously supported only the Trust.

"Carrie's deep experience and her passion for arts and culture across the state will be tremendous assets to our work," said Brian Rogers, executive director of the Commission and the Trust. "We are very pleased she has agreed to work with us."

Kikel spent 15 years with the Oregon Symphony, from 1991 to 2006, where she held the position of vice president of communication. Her Symphony accomplishments include initiating annual telecasts and National Public Radio broadcasts, as well as organizing national release parties for a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute recording that reached number four on the Billboard classical charts. She also led communication for the music director transition that paid tribute to James DePreist and welcomed Carlos Kalmar.

Kikel joined Providence Health & Services in 2006 and served as a regional public affairs manager until 2012 when she established her consulting business. Her cultural clients have included fEARnoMUSIC and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts, as well as the Commission and the Trust. She also helped found Portland Radio Project, an online music station honored with two Edward R. Murrow Awards in its first six months on the air.

"During the past several months my consulting work has given me a front row seat to the amazing work the Commission and the Trust do to enrich our state," said Kikel. "I am really proud to join their team and feel, in many ways, like I am coming home."

Kikel has a bachelor's in communication from Marylhurst University. Her employment began Wednesday, Oct. 1.

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The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, Business Oregon, is to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians through public-private partnerships, leveraged funding and support of economic opportunities for Oregon companies and entrepreneurs. This position is located within the Oregon Arts Commission section and is responsible in providing 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 (Business Oregon) 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.
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Albany Fire Department and Police Department Hold Annual Treasure Hunt October 4th (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 10/02/14
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Come visit us this Saturday, October 4th from 10-1. See attached flyer for all the details of activities happening!


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Fire restrictions ease on private lands in NE Oregon, campfires still banned
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/01/14
As of 12:01 am, October 2, 2014, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) has modified the fire prevention related Regulated-Use Closure which is in place on private forestlands protected by the Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in the following counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla, and small portions of Grant, Malheur, and Morrow Counties.

Rain and cooler temperatures have moderated the fire danger, allowing the district to remove most of the restrictions implemented in July. The reduction in restrictions is intended to allow people to recreate in the woods and participate in normal fall activities. Cooler weather may give a false sense of security, which frequently results in a higher occurrence of human-caused fires.

Forecasted warmer temperatures and dry conditions combined with an increase in activity in the woods still cause concern for fire managers that campfires could be left unattended and spread to wildland fuels. Due to these concerns, campfires and warming fires will still be prohibited on lands protected by the Northeast Oregon District, except in designated locations. All other open fires on ODF-protected lands require a burn permit, contact your local office for information.

Limiting human-caused fires within the Northeast Oregon District is the objective of the closure, which includes the following restrictions:

- Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated locations. Designated locations within the Regulated Use Closure area includes but is not limited to the following Oregon State Parks: Emigrant Springs, Ukiah Dale, Catherine Creek, Hilgard Junction, Red Bridge, Wallowa Lake, Minam and Unity Lake. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.


Year-to-date fire information for lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry's Northeast Oregon District:

- Lightning-caused: 66 fires
- Acres burned: 247
- Human caused: 28 fires
- Acres burned: 483

Note that when traveling from private land onto federal land, fire restrictions may change. Please check restrictions before conducting activities in the outdoors.

To report a fire, call the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center at 541-963-7171, or 911.

For further information, contact your local Oregon Department of Forestry office:

La Grande Unit 541-963-3168
Baker City Sub-Unit 541-523-5831
Wallowa Unit 541-886-2881
Pendleton Unit 541-276-3491

More information can be found at the Blue Mountain Interagency Dispatch Center website http://bmidc.org/index.shtml. Look under fire restrictions.
State health officials prepared for Ebola, but infection risk is low
Oregon Health Authority - 10/01/14
October 1, 2014

State health officials prepared for Ebola, but infection risk is low

EDITORS: A video of today's Ebola press briefing in Portland is available at http://youtu.be/MgLwOk_Ror8

State public health officials say they are ready to respond in the unlikely event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon, but they emphasize that risk of exposure remains low.

To help public health officials monitor for illness and keep it contained, they encourage people to talk to their doctors if they have recently travelled to West Africa.

Katrina Hedberg, M.D., is state health officer at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "We know that Ebola is a very serious illness that is an epidemic in West Africa," Hedberg said Wednesday. "It can often be deadly, but it's not highly communicable. It's spread from person to person, usually from direct contact with body fluids. It's not airborne."

Hedberg and Genevieve Buser, M.D., a physician in the Public Health Division's Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, attended a press briefing at the Portland State Office Building to provide an update on Oregon's response to the international Ebola situation. The briefing occurred a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it had confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed within the United States - a man who was visiting family in Texas.

Hedberg said she is not surprised the U.S.A. has seen its first case of Ebola.

"There's a fair amount of travel that happens between the United States and other countries in the world," Hedberg said. "We assume that the risk of this in Oregon is very low, but it wouldn't be unheard of."

That's why the CDC and the Public Health Division have been getting the word out to hospitals and their physicians about the importance of understanding the travel history of individuals who have recently been in countries to which nonessential travel has been discouraged, including parts of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

"What's key is not only for the physicians but for people themselves who've traveled (to West Africa) to make sure they give a travel history if they come down with illness," Hedberg said.

Hedberg and Buser said Ebola is more difficult to spread than diseases that can be passed through the air, such as measles and tuberculosis. Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of an ill, infected person who has symptoms, by touching either the ill person or a surface recently contaminated by his or her bodily fluids.

Still, state and local health departments remain vigilant, and are working closely with the CDC to keep hospitals, and all other parts of the health system, updated on developments in West Africa, and informed on how to identify, test and respond to a human case in Oregon.

The division's epidemiology team also has taken part in local "roundtable" discussions with medical professionals, emergency medical transport agencies and health partners to plan for the potential arrival of an Ebola patient in Oregon, should that day ever come.

"We have posted a Web page that has current information both from CDC and us regarding Ebola response and identification," Buser said. "Each of these steps has been taken in collaboration with local health departments and our clinicians to best inform them so ... we can set in place an appropriate response."

Other resources:

Oregon Isolation and Quarantine Bench Book (PDF): http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/ReportingCommunicableDisease/Documents/benchbook.pdf

CDC Travel Advisories: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

CDC Outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html

CDC Ebola homepage: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html

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African American history project seeks additional sites (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 10/01/14
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A crowd-sourced project to identify Oregon's African American historic sites and places has uncovered additional locations in Eugene, La Grande, Corvallis, Portland and other communities. Project leaders are asking the public to continue submitting information about potential sites.

"These places can be buildings anywhere in Oregon where African Americans worked, sites where important events happened, or objects created, installed, or inspired by African Americans," said project manager Kim S. Moreland.

The Oregon Black Pioneers, in partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office, launched the property survey project "Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places" in May. Working with community partners and volunteers, the organizations want to protect and preserve Oregon's African American historic sites and places from 1844 to 1984.

Committee partner Gwendolyn Trice, founder of Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center, commented that "rural counties have significant undocumented structures, places and cemeteries. Conversations are taking place in Eastern Oregon that are providing data that translates rich African American community architectures into historic record."

Preserving Oregon African American Historic Places project is a crowd-sourced project that encourages the public to contribute information online that pertains to existing structures with any African American association in their histories and cemeteries with African American burials. "It is important to note that the data submission can include properties associated with the post-war period from the 1950 to the early 80s," said SHPO outreach and grants coordinator Kuri Gill.

Recent documentations include the historic St. Mark CME Church in Eugene and the 1915 Portland home of retired buffalo soldier Sgt. Alfred J. Franklin and his wife, Cora. Additional data was received on the office building located at 2337 N. William Ave., which was formerly occupied by Dr. John Marshall, one of Portland's early Black medical doctors. The building later served as the original office of The Skanner News, one of Portland's most long-lived Black newspapers.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Dec. 31. You may submit your information online at www.makeoregonhistory.com or at www.oregonblackpioneers.org. Provide as much information as you can, but it is OK to leave blanks if you do not know the particular information requested. Go to www.makeoregonhistory.com to submit online. The information will be added to the collections of the Oregon Black Pioneers and the Oregon Historic Sites Database.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a multiple property document that identifies sites for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places," said Moreland.

If you have any questions about the survey project you may email Moreland at historic_places@qwestoffice.net or Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage, Grants and Outreach Coordinator at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.


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Child Development Center earns highest quality rating available (Photo)
Western Oregon University - 10/01/14
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MONMOUTH, Ore. - The Teaching Research Institute's (TRI) Child Development Center (CDC) at Western Oregon University has been awarded the highest quality rating in Oregon's Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS is a program to raise the quality and consistency of childcare and early learning programs throughout the state. The TRI-CDC is the first 5-star quality rated program in Polk County and one of only 26 in Oregon.

"The Child Development Center is committed to quality care and learning for all children," said Ingrid Amerson, CDC Director. "We know that the first years of life build the foundation for lifelong learning and success. That's why we are among the first early learning programs in Oregon to participate and receive a QRIS rating."

"A 5-star program excels in all the standards that support quality early learning for all children," said Dr. Ella Taylor, director of the Teaching Research Institute. "Programs must provide evidence that they provide exceptional environments for young children's learning and development, work with families to encourage ongoing development, and that staff possess significant early learning credentials."

The TRI-CDC was evaluated through both a portfolio and observation process. Experts in the field of early childhood care and education evaluated materials and observed classrooms using research-based standards that address children's learning and development, health and safety, personnel qualifications, family partnerships and administration and business practices. Oregon's QRIS is part of the state's 40-40-20 educational goals.

TRI-CDC provides quality care and education for children 30 months to 10 years of age for WOU students, staff and faculty as well as the surrounding community. Running both a pre-school program and a school-age after school enrichment program, the Child Development Center has been in operation on the WOU campus for over 25 years.

"Our early learning programs integrate learning activities in to each child's daily routine to meet his or her individual developmental stage. We are an inclusive program serving children of all ability levels," Amerson said. "Our curriculum for school-age children brings together creative play and project-based programing along with homework assistance and a healthy snack!"

About TRI
TRI's mission is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals. Originally established in 1961, the work at TRI has followed a course congruent with state and national issues in education and human services. TRI houses seven Centers focused on informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for all individuals. Funded through external grants, the centers conduct programs of research, develop evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increase system capacity to effect change. TRI manages a yearly grants' expenditures budget of approximately $7 million.

About WOU
Western Oregon University, founded in 1856, is the oldest public university in Oregon. The university has received national recognition for excellence for its focus on student learning and success by the Education Trust, US. News and World Report, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, National Association of Academic Advisors, and Parade Magazine. In 2010 WOU was recognized by the Education Trust as being the top university in America at eliminating the Latino graduation gap. WOU is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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New map poster explores Columbia River connections (Photo)
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 10/01/14
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed a new map poster in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, Oct
The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed a new map poster in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, Oct
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PORTLAND, Ore. - A new geologic map poster created by Oregon and Washington geologists offers an in-depth look at the interplay of Earth systems along the states' shared river.

"The Columbia River flows through some of Oregon and Washington's most iconic geology," says Oregon's State Geologist Vicki S. McConnell. "There's no better place to experience dramatic interactions of the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere."

"Washington and Oregon are privileged to share in the stewardship of one of the world's most remarkable river systems: the Columbia River, a geologic and cultural treasure that has shaped the destinies of our two states," says David Norman, Washington State Geologist.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources developed the map in honor of Geologic Map Day, celebrated this year on Friday, October 17.

In its 309-mile meander along the Washington-Oregon border, the Columbia River provides challenges and opportunities for the people, wildlife and plants that interact there. Interactions of Earth systems can be destructive - floods racing down the river channel - as they are beneficial - winds and water producing electric power. The new map poster highlights the influence of geology with examples along the river's length.

The map poster is available for download as a 34-by-44-inch PDF or as eight 11-by-17-inch PDFs for easy assembly: http://bit.ly/mapday2014

For more information about the geology of the Pacific Northwest, visit DOGAMI at www.oregongeology.org or the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources at www.dnr.wa.gov/geology.

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Governor proclaims October as Fire Prevention Month in Oregon
Oregon State Fire Marshal - 10/01/14
In support of the theme of National Fire Prevention Week, and at the request of the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal to expand Fire Prevention Week into Fire Prevention Month, Governor John Kitzhaber has proclaimed October as Oregon Fire Prevention Month. Oregon's theme mirrors the national theme - Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test Yours Every Month!

"Responsibility for fire safety begins at home," said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "All adults should ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside any sleeping area."

During October, the Office of State Fire Marshal and fire agencies statewide are teaming up in support of a social media education campaign and contests on Facebook and Twitter to raise awareness of the importance of having smoke alarms and testing them to be sure they work.

A #TestItTuesday contest encourages Oregonians to take a "selfie" photo featuring them testing their smoke alarm. One Oregon winner will be chosen every week from the submissions posted to the OSFM Twitter feed and Facebook page.

A #TriviaThursday contest involves weekly smoke alarm-related trivia questions posted on the OSFM Twitter feed and Facebook page each Thursday during October. The first correct answer wins. Visit the OSFM website for rules and information.

Working smoke alarms provide an early warning to fire, allowing you vital minutes to escape, and increasing your chances of surviving. Additional fire safety tips:

* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older should be replaced.
* Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the type of battery to use in your smoke alarm.
* Smoke alarms with a non-replaceable (long-life) battery are designed to be effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, immediately replace the entire smoke alarm.
* Never disconnect or remove batteries from smoke alarms for other uses.
* Smoke alarms are available for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
* If you need assistance with smoke alarms, contact your local fire agency.

For more smoke alarm and fire safety information, contact your local fire agency or visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/CommEd_SA_Program.shtml.


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Corvallis Man Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Abuse Crimes
Corvallis Police - 10/01/14
On September 30, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested thirty-four year old Nathan Leffler of Corvallis for multiple sex crimes. Leffler was arrested for sexually abusing a female under the age of twelve. The victim was a person who was known to Leffler. The abuse had been occurring over the course of approximately one month, and was discovered when the victim disclosed the abuse to a parent.

Leffler was arrested on September 30, 2014, without incident and transported to the Benton County Jail. Leffler is currently charged with:

* Rape in the First Degree
* Sodomy in the First Degree
* Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree
* Sex Abuse in the First Degree

His bail is currently set at $400,000. Leffler is scheduled to appear in Benton County Circuit Court on October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004198
Corvallis Man Arrested For Attempted ATM Robbery
Corvallis Police - 10/01/14
On October 1, 2014, 16 about 4:45am, A Corvallis Man was at the ATM machine of Bank of America, 324 SW 3rd St., when he was approached by Kevin Steinberger of Corvallis. Steinberger asked the victim for money and the victim declined. Steinberger initially walked away, however, he returned and was upset because the victim declined to give him money.

Upon his return, Steinberger produced a knife from his pocket and threatened to cut the victim's throat. Steinberger pushed the victim to the ground and fled the area toward the riverfront and SW 1st St. He did not get any money from the victim. Steinberger was located a short time later and arrested. The victim in this incident sustained minor injuries.

Steinberger is currently charged with:

* Attempted Robbery in the First Degree
* Unlawful Use of a Weapon
* Menacing
* Attempted Assault in the First Degree
* Attempted Theft in the Third Degree

Kevin Steinberger is currently lodged at the Benton County Jail with a bail amount set at $316,000. He appears in Benton County Circuit Court today, October 1, 2014, at 1:20pm.

A mug-shot photo is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_detail.php?bn=2013004199
BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/01/14
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BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA Regional Science Bowl Registration Opens

Portland, Ore. - Registration is now open for the nation's largest regional science bowl competition for middle and high school students. Registration is open Oct. 1 to Nov. 15 for the 2015 Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl. The events take place on consecutive weekends this winter at the University of Portland. The middle school competition is set for Jan. 31, and the high school competition kicks off Feb. 7. The event is free and open to teams from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is a fast-paced, quiz-show-style competition that invites middle and high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of science and math in a round-robin, double-elimination tournament, with winners eligible to travel to the national finals in Washington, D.C. The BPA events are the largest in the nation, and include enrichment activities for all participants, including an engineering competition and student video contest.

For details and registration instructions, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.
Registration takes only a few minutes with the online form. To register, teachers need to list contact information, school name and the number of five-student teams they'd like to register.

The boundaries for the BPA Regional Science Bowl differ slightly between middle schools and high schools. Maps with regional boundaries specific to both Oregon and Washington can be found at www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl.

Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with each entrant's first team taking priority, followed by second teams and third teams, up to each competition's 64-team limit.

The Bonneville Power Administration provides free programs, presentations and information to K-12 schools in the Pacific Northwest to help students achieve energy literacy, and to support science, technology, engineering and math education. For more information on BPA's education efforts, go to www.bpa.gov/goto/Education.

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin 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 www.bpa.gov.

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Fire restrictions still in effect in Forestry's Central Ore District
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 10/01/14
After the parched summer, the recent rainfall in central Oregon was heartily welcomed by local residents. But it wasn't enough to end wildfire danger, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry's Tracy Wrolson.

"It was not a soaking rain," he said. "It helped, but we can't let ourselves be lulled into a false sense of security. It's still dry out there and the risk of fire has not been abated." Even with the shorter days and cooler nights, fires can still pick up and move.

For that reason, the department is keeping heightened fire safety rules - known as Regulated-Use Restrictions - in place for now.

Enacted June 21, the following rules remain in effect:

- Open fires prohibited, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except in designated areas. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

- Smoking prohibited while traveling, except in vehicles on improved roads.

- Chainsaw use prohibited between the hours of 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Chainsaw use is permitted at all other hours, with firefighting equipment present.

- Use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, prohibited, except on improved roads and except for vehicle use by a landowner and employees of the landowner on their own land while conducting activities associated with their livelihood.

- Mowing of dried grass with power-driven equipment prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural crops.

- Use of fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and sky lanterns prohibited.

Other agencies may have reduced or lifted their restrictions based on the lands they have jurisdictional responsibility for. This may lead to confusion for the general public. When in doubt, please call to find out what the restrictions are in the areas where you plan to be.

A complete list of the current fire safety restrictions in ODF's Central Oregon District is available online: www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/RUCO0114.pdf, or by calling the local ODF office.
Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season
Pacific Power - 10/01/14
Contact: Media Hotline, 800-570-5838 Oct. 1, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Safety crops up as priority during busy fall harvest season
Pacific Power wants to help farmers and ranchers keep safety first and avoid potential electrical hazards

PORTLAND, Ore.--Harvests of many kinds are well underway in the many rural communities Pacific Power serves --- from apples and pears to peas and pumpkins. The busy fall harvest season is the most highly productive yet most dangerous time of the year for farmers, ranchers and their work crews, according to the National Agricultural Safety Database.

"As the Northwest's largest rural power supplier, we know that fall harvest is a critical time of year. This is when the year's investment pays off, but only if you take the time to stay safe, which is why we are focused on this season as much as you are," said Gene Morris, Pacific Power's director of health, safety and environment. "Electricity helps with the harvest, but if you take it for granted and try to cut corners, tragedy could result."

Customers and the public can get important safety materials, including Pacific Power's Electrical Safety on Your Farm or Ranch brochure, or Alerta! Fuera de Casa brochure in Spanish, and Look Up and Live irrigation safety stickers in both English and Spanish - or schedule a free safety presentation - call Pacific Power toll free at 1-800-375-7085 or visit pacificpower.net/safety.

There are three main areas in which to concentrate safety efforts:

Power Line Safety

* Be aware of overhead power lines. Lower auger, harvesters or other equipment to transport level to ensure adequate clearance when near power lines. Know the height of cultivators or planters in the fold-up position; the equipment may be taller than during field use.

* If a tractor or vehicle comes in contact with a power line, remain seated until help arrives. If there is danger of fire, jump as far away from the tractor as possible and keep your feet together when landing. Do not allow any part of your body to touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Many injuries have occurred when equipment operators attempted to get back on or touch equipment after dismounting.

* Never attempt to raise or move a power line.

* Watch for guy wires, which are attached to and support utility poles and the ground. Striking a guy wire can damage your equipment and weaken a pole or even bring live power lines down, creating an extremely hazardous situation.

* Do not erect fence wire along the same route as an overhead line and do not string fence wire where it may come into contact with an overhead line.

Electrical Safety

* Make sure all outlets are three-hole, grounded outlets with faceplates.

* Install a lock-out switch that can turn off all electricity to one area, for fast action in an emergency.

* If there are any doubts about the state of electrical circuits, wiring or equipment on a farm, have a licensed electrician inspect them.

* Properly ground the entire electrical system and protect ground wires and rods from damage.

Grain Bin Safety

* If it is necessary to enter a grain bin, shut off and lock out electricity before entering. Use a safety harness and safety line, and have people available outside the bin in case of an emergency.

* Know the National Electric Safety Code requirements for horizontal clearance between the side of the grain bin and adjacent power lines and the vertical clearance above the bin to the nearest line. Make sure the wiring on the property complies with all codes.

If a line has fallen on the ground or on some other object or piece of equipment, always assume it's hot, live or energized. Stay clear, keep others away and call 911 and Pacific Power toll free at 1-888-221-7070.

Another great source for safety information is the National Agricultural Safety Database. Visit nasdonline.org to find out more.

"By being extra careful and refreshing everyone on safety, especially with an expanded workforce on hand, we can all work together and enjoy a safe and bountiful harvest," said Morris.

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About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 730,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers 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.
SPECIAL STATE LAND BOARD MEETING NOTICE: Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project
Oregon Dept. of State Lands - 10/01/14
Coos Bay - The State Land Board will meet in special session on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, to receive public comments about ownership and management of the Elliott State Forest.

The meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Hales Performing Arts Center, Southwestern Oregon Community College, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay.

In recent years, revenues from the Elliott State Forest, a land asset of the Common School Fund, have been significantly curtailed because of Endangered Species Act litigation. As a result, the forest in Fiscal Year 2013 cost the Common School Fund about $3 million, instead of generating revenue for the fund.

As trustees of the fund, the State Land Board approved work by the Department of State Lands (DSL) to examine and develop a range of ownership and management scenarios for the forest. Since June, DSL staff have engaged with interested stakeholder groups, agency technical experts, and economic consultants to prepare a report on viable management alternatives for the Elliott.

The Oct. 8 meeting in Coos Bay will allow any interested party to provide comments about the forest. The Land Board will not make any decisions at this meeting.

A final report will be presented to the Board for its consideration at their regular public meeting in Salem on Dec. 9, 2014.

How to Provide Comments
Comments may be presented to the Land Board at the meeting either orally or in writing. All speakers will need to sign in when they arrive. Written comments must have author information included. A maximum of three minutes will be given to each speaker. It is possible that a shorter time will be allotted in order to accommodate more speakers.

People are encouraged to bring written copies of their comments in case time constraints prevent everyone from speaking. All oral and written comments will be made part of the official record.

Those who are unable to attend the Oct. 8 meeting may submit written comments:

elliottproject@state.or.us; or Oregon Department of State Lands
Elliott State Forest Project
775 Summer St NE, Suite 100
Salem, OR 97301-1279

The deadline to receive public comments is Oct. 10, 2014.

Additional information about the Elliott State Forest Alternatives Project is on the Department of State Lands' website: www.oregonstatelands.us.
The meeting will be held 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 or lorna.stafford@state.or.us at least two working days prior to the meeting.

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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PRESS BRIEFING TODAY: State public health physicians to discuss Oregon's response to Ebola crisis
Oregon Health Authority - 10/01/14
October 1, 2014

What: State public health physicians will answer media questions about state and local response to the Ebola crisis in light of Tuesday's announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the first confirmed case in the US. No formal announcements will be made and no news release will be issued.

Key points they will discuss:
* Health officials are ready to respond in the event a person ill with Ebola infection arrives in Oregon.
* Spread of Ebola virus requires direct contact with body fluids of an ill, infected person who has symptoms and cannot be spread through the air.
* State and local health authorities are in contact with the CDC, which will be immediately notified if any ill travelers arrive in the region.

When: TODAY, October 1, 10 a.m.

Where: Portland State Office Building, Suite 1-E (first floor), 800 NE Oregon St.

Who:
* Genevieve Buser, MD
Public Health Physician, Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section
Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division

* Katrina Hedberg, MD
Health Officer, State Epidemiologist
Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division

Details: To participate by phone, call 877-322-9654, participant code: 188044. Note: Five conference lines are available - first come, first served - and will open at 9:55 a.m. Please attend in person if you can.

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Non-Injury Crash Involving Oversize Load Partially Blocking Highway 22E west of Mill City (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 10/01/14
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Highway 22E three miles west of Mill City is partially blocked while workers try to clear a commercial truck crash in which a 70,000 pound cylindrical condenser rolled onto the highway.

According to Lieutenant Josh Brooks, on October 1, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m., a report of a commercial truck crash was received on Highway 22E near milepost 27. A commercial truck transporting a 70,000 pound condenser by Bigge Crane and Rigging Company was traveling downhill when the rear car started to swerve and lost control. The vehicle and load rolled onto its side, blocking the two westbound and center median.

Cranes and additional equipment are enroute to remove the vehicle and load. This is estimated to take 10 - 12 hours. OSP is on scene assisting ODOT with a plane for removal. Flaggers are keeping a lane open to help keep traffic moving through the area.

OSP investigation is continuing.

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09/30/14
$5 Admission to Oregon Historical Society Oct. 4-6 for Final Days of Lincoln's Legacy Exhibition (Photo)
Oregon Historical Society - 09/30/14
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Portland, OR - See Lincoln for a Lincoln! From Saturday, October 4 through Monday, October 6, see the Oregon Historical Society's blockbuster exhibition 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy for only $5 before it closes on October 6. Plus, the first 25 visitors will receive a free full size exhibition poster to take home. Admission is free every day for OHS members and Multnomah County residents with valid ID.

Featuring two rare copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, this original exhibition tells the story of the challenges Lincoln faced and the legacy that he built in the period between the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the ratifying of the Thirteenth Amendment two years later.

Recently added to the exhibition courtesy of the Mark Family Collection are the "Walter Chairs," designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, the architect of the Capitol dome, and commissioned for the U.S. House of Representatives when they moved into their new House Chambers in 1857. Lincoln used a chair of the same design as his favorite portrait chair, and these chairs were used in the House until they were retired in 1873.

Other notable artifacts on display courtesy of the Mark Family Collection, the Shapell Manuscript Foundation, and the Oregon Historical Society collections include:

* A House of Representatives official copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, personally signed by the then members of Congress and United States Senators
* The military uniform shoulder straps worn by General William T. Sherman
* The actual pen that President Lincoln used in 1862 to sign the Act of Emancipation for the Territories
* Pieces of fabric from both the coat that Lincoln was wearing and the seat in which he was sitting the night he was assassinated at Ford's Theater.

After touring the 3,000 square foot exhibition, test your knowledge of our 16th president in the "Lincoln's Challenge" touch-screen game, and add your thoughts on Lincoln's legacy to the exhibit walls.
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About the Oregon Historical Society

Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon's primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon's history through a museum, research library, academic journal, educational programs, and digital content.

The Oregon Historical Society is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in downtown Portland. Museum hours are Monday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. Admission is always free for Multnomah County residents. Visit ohs.org for information on exhibitions, research library hours and resources, upcoming events, and access to educational content.


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Salem Police Need Help Identifying Burglar (Photo)
Salem Police Dept. - 09/30/14
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On August 21st, just before 3:00 AM, an unidentified white male used a rock to smash the glass entry door to the Sizzler restaurant located at 1151 Lancaster Dr NE and unsuccessfully tried to take the cash register. The suspect fled moments later empty handed. Police responding to an alarm at the business searched the area but were unable to locate him.

The suspect was described as approximately 55 years of age, 5'8" to 5'10", with a thin to medium build. The suspect was wearing a light colored medium length jacket with blue trim, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and had wire framed glasses. He was older and better dressed than most burglars we see.

Photographs of the suspect have been distributed to local criminal justice agencies with no success in identifying him. We are now releasing the photos to the public with the hope someone will recognize him. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Steve Smith at (503)540-2464.
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Superintendent Evans Announces Reassignments Including Next OSP Public Information Officer and Area Commander Positions
Oregon State Police - 09/30/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Richard Evans announced several reassignments of personnel that will be effective October 1, 2014, for the following positions:

Public Information Officer
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer (PIO), is retiring effective December 1, 2014, following a 36-year OSP career. Hastings has served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

The PIO position will be filled by Lieutenant Joshua Brooks who will be assigned at OSP General Headquarters in Salem. Brooks, age 35, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. His OSP office assignments included John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

(More information will be shared with media regarding the PIO transition and contact information in the near future)

Salem Area Command Office
Tim Fox is promoted to Lieutenant at the Salem Area Command office following Lieutenant Brooks' reassignment to the Public Information Officer position. Fox, age 41, has worked for OSP for 19 years and previously was the Salem office's area commander from 2009 - 2013. Since joining OSP in October 1995, he has worked Patrol Services Division assignments in Coos Bay, Salem, Oregon State University, and Albany offices. He also served as the Department's SWAT commander for 7 years, and most recently worked in the Gaming Division in Salem.

Portland Area Command Office
Andrew McCool, age 43, is promoted to Lieutenant and takes over as the Portland Area Commander following the reassignment of Lieutenant Jon Harrington to oversee OSP Criminal Investigations Division detectives for the Department's northwest region. McCool is promoted to Lieutenant from his patrol sergeant position at the Portland Area Command office. Since joining OSP in August 1999 assigned at the Heppner work site, he has worked in Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division assignments at Bend, Government Camp and Portland.

Northwest Region Headquarters - Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
Lieutenant Jon Harrington is reassigned to oversee the Northwest Region Criminal Investigations Division (CID) detectives following the reassignment of Lieutenant Steve Duvall to the Capitol Mall office. Harrington, age 42, joined OSP in 2008 following a twelve year career with Lake Oswego Police Department where he worked as a patrol officer, detective, and as a member of the Regional Organized Crimes Narcotics Task Force. After lateral entry to OSP at the Portland Area Command office, he worked as a patrol trooper for 3 months before being reassigned as a Major Crimes Section detective. In October 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised OSP Major Crimes Section detectives in seven counties. In July 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant at the Portland Area Command office.

Capitol Mall Area Command Office
Lieutenant Steve Duvall is reassigned from the Northwest Region Headquarters to oversee OSP operations for the Capitol Mall office, replacing Lieutenant Terri Davie who is transferred to the Gaming Division at General Headquarters. Duvall, age 49, joined OSP in 1995 and has been assigned in Salem-area assignments in the Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards.

McMinnville Area Command Office
Lieutenant Douglas Shugart takes over as the McMinnville Area Commander following the promotion of Eric Davenport to Captain in the Department's Office of Professional Standards. Shugart, age 43, is reassigned as the McMinnville Area Commander from his previous position in the Fish & Wildlife Division where he oversaw the division's operations for the northwest region. Shugart is returning to the McMinnville office where he started his career in 1998 as a patrol trooper. Since joining OSP, he has worked in Patrol and Fish & Wildlife division assignments at the McMinnville, Salem, and Capitol Mall offices.


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$100,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to Arrest & Conviction in AK-47 Bandit Case
FBI - Oregon - 09/30/14
Note to media: The following release is being sent to you on behalf of FBI Los Angeles. More information, including a link to never-before-released surveillance video, can be found at http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/september/help-us-catch-the-ak-47-bandit/help-us-catch-the-ak-47-bandit. Any inquiries should go to Laura Eimiller at FBI Los Angeles.

While this bank robber is not known to have hit in Oregon, he is believed responsible for robberies in Washington and California, as well as other states. His location is currently unknown, thus the national publicity push. Thanks.

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A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect who shot and wounded a Chino police officer after robbing a bank in 2012, and who has since been linked to four bank robberies and one attempt in multiple states using an assault rifle.

The FBI and law enforcement partners in multiple states and jurisdictions, to include California, Washington, Idaho and Nebraska, are announcing a nationwide publicity campaign and reward offer in an effort to identify this suspect.

Last month, the AK-47 Bandit was linked to a bank robbery that occurred on the afternoon of August 22, 2014, at a First Nebraska Bank in Nebraska City, Nebraska. During the robbery, the suspect carried a duffel bag and an assault rifle with a drum magazine similar to the weapon seen in his earlier robberies. The suspect proceeded to remove cash from victim tellers' drawers and directed employees to comply with his demands. The suspect fled the bank with the stolen cash.

Agents and detectives are conducting a joint investigation to identify and apprehend the AK-47 Bandit. Since the suspect has traveled across a wide geographic area during this crime spree, investigators believe he may continue to travel extensively to commit additional crimes in any part of the United States and are urging residents of all states to take a close look at the photographs, and to listen to an audio file that has been made available to the public.

Investigators know that the suspect is proficient with an assault weapon and will not hesitate before shooting someone in order to avoid capture. In addition, the suspect has demonstrated the ability and willingness to travel interstate to commit crimes. What investigators do not know is who the suspect is and where he will strike next. The public may wish to consider the following:
* Do you know someone with access to an AK-47 with a drum magazine?
* Do you know someone with a vehicle that meets the descriptions on the wanted flyer?
* Do you know of anyone who has access to body armor that has "Sheriff" written on the back, or who takes an interest in law enforcement gear?
* Do you know of anyone who has traveled extensively between February and November of 2012, especially in areas like California, Washington and Idaho? Or more recently, in Nebraska?
* Do you know someone who may have ties to one or more of these areas?

Investigators believe that someone likely knows this suspect, whether they are familiar with his physique; his voice (based on audio from diversionary call); his vehicle/s; or the apparel he's wearing during the robberies. A summary of each incident is listed below:

CHINO ROBBERY & ATTEMPTED MURDER OF OFFICER:
During a robbery that occurred on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the California Bank & Trust on 5455 Riverside Drive in Chino, California, the suspect was described by witnesses as a white male, 25-40 years old, with a stocky build. Following the armed bank robbery, a police officer patrolling the area came upon the bank robbery suspect who was fleeing the bank he had just robbed with the assault rifle. The suspect fired upon the officer and seriously wounded him. During and following the robbery, the suspect wore body armor over a dark-colored collared short-sleeved shirt and blue pants, as well as a ski mask covering his face. The suspect was seen leaving the scene in a vehicle described as a dark gray Nissan Maxima with four doors and tinted windows.

Prior to the bank robbery, a threat was called into the 911 dispatch center from a payphone in the general vicinity of the bank by a male caller. Investigators believe the suspect employed a diversionary tactic in an attempt to delay officers responding to the bank robbery. Additional information and photographs can be found at http://www.chinopd.org.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ROBBERY & ATTEMPT:
The suspect is also believed to be connected to the March 12, 2012, robbery of the Bank of the West on the 1000 block of Helen Power Drive in Vacaville, California. He has also been linked to an attempted robbery three days prior on March 9, 2012, of the Tri Counties Bank on the 1700 block of Challenge Way in Sacramento, California. The suspect is believed to have used the above-described Nissan Maxima in both the Vacaville robbery and the Sacramento attempted robbery.

WASHINGTON STATE ROBBERY:
On July 6, 2012, a similar takeover-style robbery occurred at the Chase Bank on Mt. Si Boulevard in North Bend, Washington. The suspect was armed with an AK-47 style rifle equipped with a drum magazine. He had a loud, deep voice with no obvious accent, and threatened to shoot the tellers if they did not hurry. The suspect carried the cash by hand as he did not bring a bag. A dirty, reddish-orange Jeep Patriot or Liberty was parked out front of the bank as a getaway vehicle. It may have had out-of-state license plates with a prominent blue stripe across the top.

IDAHO ROBBERY:
On November 7, 2012, a robbery took place at the East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg, Idaho. At approximately 4:30 pm, the suspect entered the bank with what may have been an assault rifle and ordered the employees and customers into the vault. After obtaining the money, the suspect fled in a dark blue sedan with tinted windows and a red and blue license plate. He was last seen headed south on South Yellowstone Highway.

NEBRASKA ROBBERY: Described earlier in this release.

Anyone with information about this incident or as to the identity or whereabouts of this suspect is urged to contact investigators at a toll free number established for this case: 1 800-CALL-FBI. This suspect is considered heavily armed and dangerous and individuals who may come into contact with him are advised to contact law enforcement immediately and refrain from taking independent action to apprehend the suspect.

Bank surveillance photographs and video of the suspect can be found at: https://bankrobbers.fbi.gov/robbers-container/2014-09-17.5047873315. Information can be provided confidentially.

Billboard advertising has been donated to assist with the publicity on this case and donor companies will run digital ads in multiple states.

The reward of up to $100,000 is being offered collectively by multiple entities. It should be noted that each entity offering reward money attaches a separate set of criteria that must be met in order for reward money to be paid. The reward is broken down as follows:

FBI: Up to $50,000
City of Chino: Up to $20,000
East Idaho Credit Union, City of Rexburg, Idaho: Up to $20,000
California Bank & Trust: Up to $10,000

This case is being investigated jointly by the Chino Police Department; the Rexburg Police Department; the North Bend Police Department: the Vacaville Police Department; the Sacramento Police Department, the Nebraska City Police Department, as well as FBI offices in each of the above-mentioned jurisdictions.


Attached Media Files: AK-47 Wanted Poster
Maffei appointed to DOGAMI Governing Board
Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries - 09/30/14
PORTLAND, Ore. - Laura Maffei has been appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate to serve a four-year term on the Governing Board of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).

Maffei, an attorney and registered professional geologist with the State of Oregon, practices environmental and natural resources law. She joined Portland firm Cable Huston LLP in March 2014 as a partner. She previously represented municipal and industrial clients in permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental litigation matters. Before attending law school, Maffei was an environmental consultant in Oregon and Washington.

Maffei graduated from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College with a juris doctor degree and a certificate in environmental and natural resource law. She earned an undergraduate degree in geology from UCLA and a master of science in geology from University of Washington. She is one of few Oregon lawyers who are also registered professional geologists.

"With her background in geology and environmental law, Ms. Maffei brings one-of-a-kind perspective and insight to the geologic and mineral resource challenges and opportunities facing Oregon," says State Geologist Vicki McConnell, on behalf of the Board. "We welcome her to the Governing Board."

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.

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Governor's Task Force on Resilience Plan Implementation makes recommendations on how to prepare Oregon for a major earthquake
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/30/14
The Governor's Task Force on Resilience Plan Implementation submitted recommendations to the Oregon State Legislature on how to help prepare Oregon for a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Experts have long predicted that Oregon is due for a major 9.0 or higher earthquake, and the recommendations of the task force are aimed at helping prepare the state in critical areas for a disaster of this magnitude.

"We have a clear plan for what needs to be done, and now is the time to take our first significant steps forward," said Scott Ashford, dean of the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, chair of the Governor's Task Force, and an expert on liquefaction and earthquake engineering who has studied disasters all over the world, similar to those that Oregon will face.

A large Cascadia Subduction Zone rupture in the state could result in an earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that struck off the Coast of Japan in 2011 devastating that country. Oregon is located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, a 700 mile fault line stretching from offshore northern California to southern British Columbia.

The Task Force was formed as a result of Senate Bill 33, legislation that established a task force charged with implementing the recommendations of the Oregon Resilience Plan. The Oregon Resilience Plan was released to Oregon legislators in 2013, and outlined earthquake vulnerabilities in the state. The recommendations of the task force include capital expenditures toward infrastructure, increased focus on developing community resilience, and structural improvements to critical facilities.

"The challenges we face are enormous but I really believe Oregonians are ready to take an important step toward resilience. This is our chance," said Ashford.

Some of the task force recommendations include establishing a Resilience Policy Advisor to the Governor, providing the state with ongoing, long-term, statewide resilience oversight along with increased funding for training and education for decision makers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors and additional dollars for teaching disaster preparedness in public schools.

The report and supporting information can be found at: http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/Pages/Resilience-Taskforce.aspx


Attached Media Files: Resilience Plan Implementation Recommendations
Legacy Health expands reconstruction choices for breast cancer patients with innovative procedure (Photo)
Legacy Health - 09/30/14
Dr. Shane Kim and Dr. Hema Thakar of Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery are the only surgeons in Oregon who perform DIEP Flap Reconstruction as a team
Dr. Shane Kim and Dr. Hema Thakar of Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery are the only surgeons in Oregon who perform DIEP Flap Reconstruction as a team
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Highly specialized DIEP flap surgery uses patients own tissue to create more natural-looking breasts after a mastectomy

Portland Ore. (September 30, 2014) - Legacy Health is offering breast cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy a new breast reconstruction option - Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator or DIEP Flap breast reconstruction. Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery's microsurgeons Shane Kim, MD and Hema Thakar, MD, perform the highly specialized procedure, which involves transplanting a patients' own tissue and blood vessels to recreate a breast that has a more natural appearance and contains no foreign bodies.

The end result is more natural-looking anatomy that is able to age, gain and lose weight with the patient throughout her life. DIEP flaps have better longevity than implants as there is no chance of leaks or ruptures and there are fewer surgeries necessary as no implants are involved that need to be replaced repeatedly throughout a patients' lifetime.

"DIEP Flap is the most advanced form of breast reconstruction available today, however, many women unfortunately do not even know it exists," said Shane Kim, MD, a mircosurgeon at Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery who is fellowship trained in DIEP Flap breast reconstruction. "As the gold standard for breast reconstruction for women who have undergone radiation, we want to raise awareness of that this option exists when women are making decisions regarding the long term health of their breasts."

Very few U.S. surgeons are trained to perform the DIEP flap procedure and Dr. Kim is the most experienced microsurgeon performing it in the state of Oregon and he draws many patients from all over the state. His partner, Dr. Thakar, is also very experienced having received additional training in Winnipeg, Canada at University of Manitoba where DIEP flap is a commonplace.

Drs. Kim and Thakar are also the only physicians in Oregon who perform DIEP flap procedures as a team. DIEP flap requires highly skilled microsurgery skills (few plastic surgeons are also microsurgeons) and the procedure takes about five-and-a-half hours per side. The benefits of having two experienced microsurgeons working together allows for decreased operative time, less anesthetic, and increased safety for the patient. In addition, Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery's DIEP flap patients recover in Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center's Cancer Care Unit under the care of a nursing staff with specialized expertise in the cancer removal and reconstruction healing processes.

About DIEP Flap
After mastectomy, fat and skin from a patient's abdomen is used to create a new breast. Zero or very little abdominal muscle is removed and blood vessels are moved to supply the transplanted tissue with blood, creating a more natural-looking anatomy. Ideal candidates of DIEP flap are those who are of a healthy weight but have enough belly tissue to remove and have not previously undergone a tummy tuck.

Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery works closely with patients to identify the best possible reconstruction option for each individual. Additional specialties include:

* Muscle Sparing Transverse Rectus Abdominis (TRAM) Flap - skin, fat, and sometimes the flap of muscle in the lower abdomen between the waist and pubic bone are used to reconstruct the breast.

* Transverse Upper Gracilis (TUG) Flap - skin, fat, and sometimes muscle from the inner thigh;

* Latissimus Dorsi (LD) Flap - skin, fat, and sometimes muscle from a patient' back, below the shoulder and behind the armpit;

* Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator (S-GAP) Flap - skin, fat, and sometimes muscle from the top of the buttocks; and

* prosthetics, including traditional immediate tissue expander placement and immediate implant reconstruction.


Attached Media Files: News Release , Dr. Shane Kim and Dr. Hema Thakar of Legacy Medical Group - Reconstructive Surgery are the only surgeons in Oregon who perform DIEP Flap Reconstruction as a team
2014 Days of Culture to celebrate how Oregonians experience culture; Prizes awarded daily Oct. 1-8 for social media posts
Oregon Arts Commission - 09/30/14
Salem, Ore. - A good meal, attending a quinceañera, or a visit to the museum: Days of Culture 2014 will celebrate the diverse ways Oregonians experience culture with an Oct. 1-8 social media campaign inviting Oregonians to share snapshots of their own cultural experiences.

Traditionally a weeklong celebration of events and activities presented by Oregon's 1,300 cultural organizations, coalitions and tribes, Days of Culture commemorates the Oct.8 anniversary of the Cultural Trust, established in 2001. The decision to expand the 2014 celebration to feature individual experiences came from a desire to demonstrate how interwoven our culture is with everyday life.

"Many people think culture is exclusively about art, humanities and history," said Aili Schreiner, Cultural Trust manager. "Certainly going to a concert, reading a book or visiting a monument are cultural experiences, but so is celebrating a birthday by eating cake or landing your first salmon on the Columbia River. Our culture is defined by who we are, what we do and how we experience life."

All Oregonians are invited to share their culture by capturing a photo of a cultural moment (anything from a sporting event to a backwoods hike) and posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #thisisculture. The goal is to digitally showcase a range of cultural experiences from around the state. Everyone who posts will be eligible to win a daily prize; prizes include: a Portland Trail Blazers package; a stay at The Lodge at Kah-Nee-Ta; Oregon Symphony tickets; passes to the Oregon Coast Aquarium; and lodging at the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur, Ore.

Days of Culture also launches the Trust's fundraising season; those who gave or give a 2014 donation to one of Oregon's designated 1,300 cultural nonprofits are eligible for a tax credit if they make a matching gift to the Cultural Trust.

For details on Days of Culture 2014 and the tax credit, visit www.CulturalTrust.org.
09/29/14
Family and Three Pets Safe from House Fire (Photo)
Albany Fire Dept. - 09/29/14
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Today at 3:50pm Albany Fire Department was called to 3127 SE 26th Ave for a house fire. The neighbors reported that they saw flames coming from an upstairs bedroom window. The two girls that were home at the time of the fire reported smelling smoke and while they were trying to find the source of the smoke the smoke alarms went off. They left the house with the three pets: Panther the cat, Zach the ferret and Beast the dog. No one was injured. Tangent Fire and Lebanon Fire came to cover calls in Albany. Estimated loss is 125,000 to the house and 30,000 to contents. The cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation. The family did not have insurance the Red Cross was called and the family was also given some assistance from the Albany Fire Fighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF).


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Red Cross Assisting Five People After Albany Fire
American Red Cross - Cascades Region - 09/29/14
The Oregon Red Cross is assisting five people displaced by a residential fire Monday, Sep. 29 in the 3100 block of SE 26th in Albany, Linn County.

This single family fire affected two adults, three children, and three pets. The Red Cross provided immediate emergency assistance for food, clothing, shoes, seasonal garments, lodging, comfort kits, disaster health services, and information about disaster mental health.
Update #2: Fatal Pedestrian-Involved Crash - Shoreview Drive east of Cottage Grove in Lane County
Oregon State Police - 09/29/14
The investigation by Oregon State Police (OSP) into the death of a 39-year old Eugene man continues following new information developed Monday by the Lane County Medical Examiner.

On September 27, 2014 at approximately 10:40 p.m., Lane County Sheriff's Office requested OSP's help with a report of a deceased body in the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive near Dorena Lake. OSP assumed the lead in the investigation that indicates a vehicle struck a 39-year old male and didn't remain at the scene. Initially, OSP believed the death was related to a hit-and-run driver and the deceased pedestrian was identified as REUBEN JAMES ORR, age 39, from Eugene. He was wearing dark clothing when found by emergency responders.

On September 28, OSP was contacted by an adult female who said she was driving in the area during the night and thought she ran over a deer lying on the road. The woman is fully cooperating with investigators and has provided investigators access to her vehicle. Her name is not being released at this time.

On September 29, the Lane County Medical Examiner examined the body. The Medical Examiner determined the man was lying on the roadway near the centerline, and was not standing up when struck by a vehicle. Toxicology test results for any relevant evidence that may help in this investigation is pending and could take several weeks to complete.

No other information for release at this time.

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Anthony White Pleads Guilty to Keizer Armored Car Robbery, Other Charges (edited contact information)
Marion Co. Dist. Attorney's Office - 09/29/14
News Release from Marion Co. District Attorney's Office

TO: All media
FROM: Keir Boettcher, Deputy District Attorney
DATE: September 29, 2014
RE: ANTHONY WHITE PLEADS GUILTY TO KEIZER ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, OTHER CHARGES

Today, before the Honorable Dale W. Penn, Anthony Samuel White, 29, was sentenced for the robbery of an armored car courier after previously changing his plea on September 19, 2014. In addition to Robbery in the Second Degree, White also pled guilty to two counts of Burglary in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Burglary in the Second Degree, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. For the first count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced 45 months in the Department of Corrections. For the crime of Robbery in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 70 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the first burglary sentence. For the second count of Burglary in the First Degree, White was sentenced to 36 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the robbery charge. For the crime of Burglary in the Second Degree, White was sentenced to 28 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the second burglary in the first degree charge. For the crime of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, White was sentenced to 30 months in the Department of Corrections, to be served consecutively to the burglary in the second degree charge. The Unlawful Use of a Weapon and second charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm charges merged with other counts. In total, White was sentenced to 209 months, or nearly 17 and a half years. Under the terms of the sentence, White will only be eligible for programming through the Department of Corrections for the final 30 months of his sentence.

On March 18, 2014, the Keizer Police Department responded to the old Roth's Market at 5013 River Rd. N in the Schoolhouse Square shopping center after a Brinks armored truck driver called 911 to report that his courier was the victim of a robbery. The courier was inside the Roth's to service an ATM when White approached and threatened him with a firearm. Officers responded and set a perimeter around the location but were unable to apprehend White at that time. On March 22, 2014, White attempted another robbery on a different armored car courier in Eugene, Oregon, where he was ultimately shot and paralyzed from the waist down.

White's apprehension in Eugene led Keizer Police to further investigate White and his whereabouts before and after the robbery at Roth's, ultimately connecting him to the robbery inside the Roth's. Through that investigation, Keizer Police linked White to a residential burglary in Keizer that occurred on March 17, 2014, the day before the robbery at Roth's, where a vehicle was taken. Keizer Police also linked White to another residential burglary in Falls City that occurred on March 20, 2014, two days after the robbery at Roth's, where over $10,000 in personal belongings and firearms were taken. White is a felon based on prior Robbery in the First Degree convictions from 2005 and is not allowed to possess firearms. A Marion County grand jury convened on June 4, 2014 and indicted White on 14 criminal counts in connection with White's actions.
Parole and Probation Officers to Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/29/14
BASIC PAROLE PROBATION CLASS #68 GRADUATION

Date: October 10, 2014

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

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 Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us

Members of Graduating Class

Parole & Probation Officer Tiffany Abernethy
Clackamas County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Stephanie Allen
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Lance Baker
Deschutes County Adult Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Matthew Baxter
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Kristin Casey
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Carraig Colahan
Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Danielle Dickerson
Josephine County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Jodi Gerstmar
Josephine County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Kelly Irish
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Christopher Jackson
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Kelly Johnson
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Nathan Lelek
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Paul Lively
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Eric Lloyd
Klamath County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Alicia Long
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer David Mastros
Multnomah County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Kimberly Otley
Lane County Parole & Probation

Parole & Probation Officer Lydia Radke
Washington County Community Corrections

Parole & Probation Officer Charlene Rapley
Hood River County Community Justice

Parole & Probation Officer Marilu Semph
Multnomah County Community Justice

Deputy Sheriff Erik Thede
Marion County Sheriff's Office

Parole & Probation Officer Tilli Trushell
Klamath County Community Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Glen Watson
Tillamook 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. The department 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
Oregon National Guard's JTAP contract expires
Oregon Military Department - 09/29/14
SALEM, Ore. - The fiscal year 2014 contract for the Oregon National Guard's Joint Transition Assistance Program, known as JTAP, which assists service members and veterans with civilian job placement, has expired.

The contract employed approximately 16 contractors across the state of Oregon and was developed as part of the Reintegration Program to help returning war veterans find jobs.

Federal funding was available for a new contract to continue these services for fiscal year 2015. However, no proposals to support the contract requirements were received during the solicitation process, resulting in a lapse in executing a new contract.

"Although the funding was available, we received zero quotes to fulfill this contract," said Stephen Bomar, Director of Public Affairs, Oregon Military Department. "Since the contract was not executed, the funding had to be returned to the federal government."

A new contract may be executed if funding is allocated in fiscal year 2015, which begins October 1, 2014. Meanwhile, Family Assistance Specialists with the Reintegration Program will work hand in hand with WorkSource Oregon to assist veterans and families seeking employment to continue these services.

"This is an amazing program, not just for the Oregon National Guard, but for all Oregon veterans and their families," Bomar said. "We will continue to do our best to support this requirement."

Oregon's Reintegration Program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The JTAP program has helped secure employment for more than 1,200 veterans over the last 12 months.

Currently, the Oregon National Guard has nearly 1,000 Guard members mobilized in support of overseas operations, with the majority serving in Afghanistan. Many of these Oregon Guard members will be seeking civilian employment upon their return to Oregon next year.

For information about the JTAP program visit: http://www.orng-vet.org/employment/employment%20How%20Do%20I%20Start.html
Alliance President on National Panel Discussing the Future of Independent Higher Education (Photo)
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities - 09/29/14
Photo credit: Lilia LaGesse, Council of Independent Colleges
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Larry Large, president of the Alliance (Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities), participated in the recent meeting of the national steering committee of college and university presidents that met to begin to assess the future of independent colleges. The meeting, held in September in Washington, D.C., was organized and hosted by The Council of Independent Colleges, which includes the Alliance as a member.

With the guidance of the steering committee, the Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges project will explore new approaches to higher education, alternative college business models in the context of disruptive social and educational trends impacting American higher education, and the distinctive aspects of independent liberal arts colleges that are critical to fulfilling higher education needs in the United States. The project will provide a new opportunity to lead the national conversation about what it means to offer a high-quality education in the 21st century. The project is funded by the Lumina Foundation.

The Alliance represents Oregon's regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, the private nonprofit sector enrolls more than 35,000 students and delivers approximately 30% of all baccalaureate degrees and higher awarded in Oregon. Through the Alliance, institutions collaborate to strengthen Oregon's intellectual, creative, and economic resources through public advocacy, institutional cooperation, and strategic collaboration with the public sector, including business, philanthropy, and government. For more information visit www.oaicu.org


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North Bend School District Public Meeting Canceled- September 29, 2014
North Bend Sch. Dist. - 09/29/14
The North Bend School District Board Work Session scheduled for September 29, 2014 has been canceled.
Update: Missing Georgia Woman Found Safe Near Crater Lake
Oregon State Police - 09/29/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) has made contact with a woman and confirmed she is safe in the Crater Lake area and in need of no assistance after she was reported missing to OSP early this morning. OSP thanks the media and those on social media who helped get the word out. Contact was made this morning about 10:00 a.m. via her cellphone.

On September 29, 2014, OSP was contacted by the husband of ANDRIA C. TERRELL, age 51, a traveling nurse currently working in Eugene. According to her husband in Georgia, she was enroute Sunday to Crater Lake in a rented blue 2014 Kia Forte displaying California license 7AXZ944.

Her cellphone activity showed the last known location was Sunday, September 28, about 1:00 p.m. in Douglas County near Canyonville. Her family and friends said they had not heard from her, which is very unusual, and they weren't able to contact her cellphone.

OSP troopers and Douglas County Sheriff's Office checked area roads. An attempt to locate was sent to other Oregon law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for her and the vehicle.

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Brief Scio power outage scheduled Sept. 30 to upgrade substation reliability, safety
Pacific Power - 09/29/14
Media hotline: 1-800-570-5838 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2014

Brief Scio power outage scheduled Sept. 30 to upgrade substation reliability, safety
Early morning work scheduled to minimize inconvenience

SCIO, Ore. - Approximately 1,600 Pacific Power customers in the Scio area will have their electricity interrupted during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 30, while Pacific Power crews upgrade equipment in the Scio substation to make for more safe and reliable system operation.

The outage will begin just after midnight. Sept. 30 and be restored by 4 a.m. or earlier if possible. The entire community of Scio will be affected for this brief time.

"We are working with transportation officials, local law enforcement and major customers in the area to make sure they are prepared and to minimize inconvenience to residents and visitors to the area," said Doris Johnston, regional community manager.

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

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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Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Lebanon Police Dept. - 09/29/14
Lebanon Police Department


Nature of Crime or Event: Attempt to Elude a Police Officer
Date / Time Occurred: Sunday, September 28, 2014/ 4:11AM
Occurred Location: From North Lebanon to intersection of Spicer Dr. and Stutzman Dr., Albany, Linn County, OR.

While attempting to stop a vehicle for failing to obey a traffic control device and speeding, a Lebanon Police Officer initiated a pursuit of the suspect vehicle after it failed to yield to emergency lights and siren. The red Honda Prelude driven by Charles V. Agosto, 35 years of age and on Post-Prison Supervision for Dangerous Drugs, traveled at speeds in excess of 100MPH as it traveled Westbound on Highway 20 from Lebanon to Albany. At some point in the pursuit, the hood to the Prelude was ripped off, due to the speed at which the vehicle was traveling. Pursuing Lebanon Police Officers chose to pursue at a distance and simply maintain a visual of the suspect until more law enforcement units from surrounding agencies could assist.

Near the area of Spicer Dr. and Red Bridge Rd., the suspect vehicle could not be seen anymore and the pursuit was called off. However, on their return back to Lebanon, an Officer spotted the suspect vehicle parked in a residential driveway. Contact was made with the residents and they stated a loan male subject was seen running across their yard away from the Prelude. With the assistance of Linn County Sheriff's Deputies, a search cordon was established and a Police K-9 unit was requested.

While Officers and Deputies could not readily see the suspect due to darkness and dense foliage, a strong scent of cologne could be smelled in the area.

Upon the arrival of a U.S. Department of Forestry Ranger and K-9, Charles V. Agosto was found within a few minutes, hunkered down in some shrubbery on private property. Agosto was taken into custody without incident on charges of Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving and Criminal Trespass II. Agosto mentioned he regretted applying cologne on his person prior to leaving his house.

After the K-9 "Drex" alerted on the Prelude for possible narcotics, the car was seized for the eventual service of a search warrant. Agosto was transported to the Linn County Jail for lodging.
ID Thieves Embrace new High-tech Tools as Consumers Fall Further Behind in Fight to Protect their Identities (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/29/14
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New report reveals consumers are stuck in analog world as ID thieves go digital

A new nationwide survey shows that consumers continue to put themselves at risk of identity theft by ignoring simple protection tips like shredding personal documents, checking credit reports and locking mailboxes. But the report, along with recent eye-opening interviews with convicted ID thieves, reveal Americans are falling even further behind in the fight to protect their identities as scam artists go digital.

The AARP report, "Identity Theft: Who's at Risk?" http://infonet/sng/advocdept/docs/ID%20Theft%20Report-Final.pdf shows Americans continue to ignore time-tested consumer protection tips that are known to help protect personal information from identity thieves. For example, only six-in-ten (59%) of Americans regularly lock their mailboxes. More than one-in-five (21%) of Americans say they never shred any of the personal documents that could be used to steal their identity. Over half (54%) of Americans ages 18-49 have left at least one valuable personal item in their car (e.g. purse/wallet, paystub, laptop) that could be used to steal their identity.

But according to consumer protection experts, the more troubling findings of AARP's survey show Americans are even less prepared for new high-tech attacks. For instance, the report shows over one-in-three (35%) of Americans have not set up online access to all of their bank/credit card accounts. It gets worse among older adults as more than one-in-four (42%) of Americans age 50+ have not set up such access. More than four-in-ten (45%) of Americans admit to using the same password on two or more of their accounts. Almost half (49%) of Americans have not changed the password on their online bank account in the past six months.

The danger of leaving these online doors open to ID thieves was amplified during recent AARP interviews with a convicted ID thief. Alice Lipski (not her real name) is the subject of a new article, "She Stole My Life" in the October/November issue of AARP the Magazine. http://infonet/sng/advocdept/docs/ID%20Theft%20Report-Final.pdf Alice's crime included a mix of the usual approaches like sifting through stolen mail with other more high-tech advances that allowed her to digitally erase victim's lives while assuming their good names and credit. "Nowadays it's all about technology, and if you know what you're doing with it, it's easy for me to take over your life," says Alice.

"It's chilling to hear how Alice so nonchalantly and easily ripped apart the credit and lives of her victims," says AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel, who authored the magazine piece. "With just a few simple pieces of information like a credit card number and password, she was able to digitally erase and assume the lives without her victims' even realizing it. Her story and those of con-artists like her should be a wake-up call for consumers," he said.

AARP's survey showed that forty-four percent of Americans age 50+ who own smartphones do not have a passcode on their smartphones. Other survey results included:

* Twelve percent of Americans age 18 or older have been subject to identity theft in just the past 12 months.
* Over half (52%) of Americans do not check their free credit report annually.
* Just 14% of Americans say they subscribe to identity theft protection services such as Lifelock, Identity Guard, or LegalShield.
* Just 17% of Americans check their credit regularly with one of the credit bureaus.

In an effort to arm all Americans with the tools and resources they need to spot and avoid scams, and avoid identity theft, AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network. A free resource for people of all ages, the Fraud Watch Network offers real-time alerts about the latest scams in your state, a guide to outsmarting con artists, help for those who have been victimized, and easy tips for consumers' daily lives from identity theft prevention experts. The public can sign up free of charge at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork or by calling 877-908-3360.

A central tactic of AARP's new Fraud Watch Network is to learn from the con artists themselves. "For too long we've been playing catch up with the bad guys," says Shadel. "As our survey shows, today's consumer protection tips are rarely enough to spot and stop tomorrow's attack. We're going straight to the source to learn how scammers operate, and sharing that information with consumers who want to keep a step ahead."


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AARP Offers 10 Tips to Protect Oregonians from ID Theft (Photo)
AARP Oregon - 09/29/14
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Portland, OR -- There are 10 things Oregonians and all Americans do put them at increased risk for identity theft according to a new AARP Fraud Watch Network (www.aarp.org/fraudwatch)study and series of interviews with an accomplished identity thief.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 Americans ages 18+ shows common mistakes people make that put them at risk for having their identity stolen or their financial accounts compromised.

After hours of video interviews with a convicted ID thief for the October/November AARP The Magazine story 'She Stole My Life,' (http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/identity-theft-protection.html) AARP fraud expert Doug Shadel offers these 10 tips (http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2014/avoiding-identity-theft-photo.html#slide1) on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

1. Lock Your Mailbox. 59 percent of Americans don't use a locking mailbox.

2. Set Up Online Accounts: 42 percent of Americans over age 50 don't have online access all of their bank or credit accounts.

3. Don't leave wallets, computers or purses in your car. 24 percent of Americans 50 and older do.

4. Micro-Shred Documents: More than 21 percent of Americans never shred documents with personal information. Make sure to get a "micro-cut shredder." Shredders that cut paper into long strips are easy for scammers to recreate.
5. Set passwords on electronic devices. Only 26 percent of people use distinctly different passwords on their online accounts and 44 percent of smartphone owners age 50+ don't have a passcode on their smartphones.
6. Close inactive credit card accounts.

7. Don't carry your Social Security card.

8. Regularly monitor your accounts online for suspicious activity. 52 percent of Americans do not check their free credit report annually.

9. Register with the three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Just 17 percent of Americans check their credit regularly with one of the credit bureaus.

10. Put fraud alerts or credit freezes on your accounts.

Outsmarting a Notorious ID Thief

In conjunction with the survey, AARP Fraud Watch Network unveils a new video featuring "Alice Lipski," a convicted ID thief, who shared her playbook for scamming people of all ages. In the October/November AARP The Magazine, Alice discusses how she took over one woman's identity and ran up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges.

"Nowadays it's all about technology, and if you know what you're doing with it, it's easy for me to take over your life," Alice says. "I took over everything and she didn't even know."

AARP arms Americans of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams so they can protect themselves and their families. The Fraud Watch Network is:

* Free for Everyone. Anyone, of any age, can access our resources free of charge.
* A Go-To Resource. Get real-time alerts about the latest scams, tips on how to spot them, and help if you or someone you know has been victimized.
* A Scam-Tracking Network. Get connected to people in your state who are sharing their experiences so you know what to watch out for.
* A Guide to Outsmarting Con Artists: Learn to outsmart scammers before they strike with tips based on hundreds of undercover fraud tapes and hours of interviews with former con artists and their victims.

The AARP Fraud Watch Network survey of 2,250 people 18+ was conducted for AARP by e-Rewards online panel. The survey was conducted in August 2014 and the margin of error was 2.1 percent.






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09/28/14
Photo Release: "Race the Wave" fun run raises awareness about Cascadia threat (Photo)
Oregon Office of Emergency Management - 09/28/14
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A "Race the Wave" participant looks at educational materials as other participants finish the event along a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
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Participants look at emergency preparedness materials after "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
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A participant shows off her t-shirt at "Race the Wave" tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach. The race finished at supply cache containers and included an emergency preparedness fair.
(Photo by Cory, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Oregon congressional representative Suzanne Bonamici presents to participants near supply cache containers at "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach.
(Photo by Cory Grogan, Oregon Office of Emergency Management)

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Oregon legislative representative and emergency preparedness advocate Deborah Boone pauses for a moment near supply cache containers at "Race the Wave", a tsunami evacuation fun run highlighting local preparedness accomplishments in the city of Cannon Beach and Clatsop County to raise awareness about the Cascadia Subduction Zone threat. Citizens of Cannon Beach, the City of Cannon Beach, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and FEMA partnered for the event to approach a serious topic in fun manner, Sept. 28, in Cannon Beach.
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09/27/14
Correction to Latest Updates: Driver Arrested Following Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 97 between Bend & Redmond (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/27/14
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Correction. The driver (FIX) is the victim's Stepfather, not father as originally listed. We apologize for the error.

Also, OSP is asking to speak with any witnesses to the driving of the involved white 1997 Chevrolet Suburban between Bend and the crash scene. Any witnesses with pertinent information is asked to call OSP Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888. Messages will be forwarded to Trooper Gary Thompson for a return call. Thank you.

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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) and Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into Friday evening's single vehicle rollover crash that has resulted in the death of a 7-year old girl, injuries to four other juvenile females, and the arrest of the vehicle's driver on Highway 97 between Bend and Redmond. The names of the deceased victim and other injured girls are released in this update.

On September 26, 2014, at approximately 7:17 p.m., law enforcement and emergency responders were dispatched to a reported single vehicle rollover crash involving a northbound vehicle. Upon arrival, Redmond Fire & Rescue and DCSO deputies confirmed one fatality and others injured. An air ambulance and ground ambulance were dispatched to the scene to transport injured persons to area hospitals.

Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Chevrolet Suburban driven by WILLIAM WAYNE FIX, age 32, from Redmond, was traveling northbound in a reckless manner when FIX lost control. The vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a rock embankment where it rolled and came to rest on its side.

Passenger PHOENIX MARIE PRICE, age 7, from Redmond, was pronounced deceased at the scene. She is reportedly the driver's stepdaughter.

Three juvenile females, two age 14 and one age 10, were critically or seriously injured. NAOMI SPANSEL, age 14, and OLIVIA JEANES, age 10, both from Redmond, were critically injured and transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. SPANSEL was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. JEANES was later transferred to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The seriously injured girl, VALON FIX, age 14, from Redmond, was taken to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond.

A fourth girl, IZZABELLA ROBBINS, age 7, from Redmond, was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Redmond with minor injuries.

WILLIAM FIX was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend for treatment of his injuries. After he was released from the hospital, OSP took him into custody and lodged him in the Deschutes County Jail on the following charges:

* Manslaughter in the First Degree
* Assault in the Second Degree (3 counts)
* DUII - Alcohol
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person (5 counts)

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are leading the investigation. Safety restraint use by all occupants is pending confirmation. No other information to be released at this time.

The highway was fully closed until one lane was open for both directions about 9:00 p.m.

Scene photograph - Oregon State Police
FIX photograph - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

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Suspect Arrested in Papa Murphy's Robbery
Corvallis Police - 09/27/14
On September 26, 2014, Corvallis Police Department investigators arrested 35 year old Kenneth Starr of Corvallis in connection with a September 23, 2014, armed robbery at Papa Murphy's on NW Circle Blvd. During that robbery, Starr pointed a handgun at an employee, demanding cash. No one was injured in the incident and no shots were fired.

Investigators were able to link the suspect from Tuesday's robbery to a vehicle parked near the robbery scene. Starr owned a vehicle matching the one linked to the robbery suspect. Starr, who recently shaved his beard, matched the physical description and surveillance photos of the suspect in the September 23rd robbery. He was contacted at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation of the robbery, investigators contacted Starr's girlfriend. During an interview with Starr's girlfriend, investigators learned there had been a domestic assault the same night as the robbery. Starr's girlfriend told investigators that during an argument, Starr grabbed her and covered her mouth and nose, cutting off her air. Additionally, she suffered bruising and an injured jaw.

Starr was charged with one count of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, one count of Assault in the Forth Degree and one count of Strangulation. He was transported to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged. Starr's bail is currently set at $150,000. His initial appearance in Benton County Circuit Court is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014.

A mug-shot photo of Starr is available at the following link:

http://www.co.benton.or.us/sheriff/corrections/inmate_list.php?d=i
09/26/14
9-1-1 Operators Graduate from Oregon Public Safety Academy
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 09/26/14
The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training graduated its 91st Basic Telecommunication Class on Friday, June 27, 2014.

The graduation was held at DPSST's Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. The guest speaker was Operations Manager Jennifer Reese, of the Willamette Valley Communications Center. The class consisted 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.

Any questions please call Kristy Witherell at DPSST (503) 378-2386 or e-mail her at kristy.witherell@state.or.us.

Basic Telecommunications #91 Graduates

Dispatcher Tamara Allender
Coos County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Tracy Arnett
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Alex Edinger
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

Supervisor Nancy Gentry
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Lisa Gomez
Oregon State Police

Dispatcher Vanessa Hernandez
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Dispatcher Tesmond Hurd
LaGrande Police Department

Dispatcher Harminder Kaur
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Amanda King
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Katie Krebs
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lacey Larson
Tillamook County 9-1-1

Dispatcher Lori Larson
Warm Springs Police Department

Dispatcher Meira Lavadour
Umatilla Tribal Police Department

Dispatcher Karisa Lemire
METCOM 9-1-1

Dispatcher Tyler Marler
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Nicole Miller
Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center

Dispatcher Laura Olson
Florence Police Department

Dispatcher Sara Olson
Sweet Home Police Department

Dispatcher Laura Satrum
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Justin Schreiner
Lane County Sheriff's Office

Dispatcher Spencer Simpson
Willamette Valley Communications Center

Dispatcher Lori Sissum
Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon

Supervisor John Thompson
METCOM 9-1-1

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 212 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 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.
Critical Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 20W / Highway 126 Junction on Santiam Pass
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Thursday afternoon's single vehicle crash that critically injured a 76-year old Junction City man on Highway 20W in the Santiam Pass area.

On September 25, 2014 at approximately 3:52 p.m., a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by CLIFFORD LEROY MURR, age 76, from Junction City, was eastbound on Highway 20W at the Highway 126 junction. For an unconfirmed reason, the pickup traveled off the highway approaching Highway 20. The pickup went airborne before crashing into lava rocks, entrapping the critically injured driver.

Emergency responders extricated MURR and he was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. According to the hospital, he is in critical condition.

OSP troopers from the Bend Area Command office are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash. Trooper Aaron Roth is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Sisters - Camp Sherman Fire District and ODOT.

No photographs available for this release.

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Update #2: Fatal Traffic Crash - Interstate 84 east of Pendleton in Umatilla County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
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Update - OSP confirmed the pickup driven by the deceased driver was stolen September 11 in Pendleton.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Thursday morning's single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about twelve miles east of Pendleton. The victim's name is released in this update.

According to Sergeant Seth Cooney, on September 25, 2014 at approximately 5:06 a.m., a Umatilla Tribal police officer drove upon an unreported single vehicle crash spotted in the darkness about 20 feet off the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 223. The police officer confirmed there was an unresponsive adult male inside the extensively damaged 1990 Ford F250 pickup that was on its side at the base of a rock embankment.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and confirmed the driver, GREG ALLEN WHITE, age 29, from Pendleton, was deceased. He was not using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Pendleton Area Command office responded to the scene to investigate. The actual time of the crash has not been determined. The westbound and eastbound lanes at this section of Interstate 84 are about a half mile apart. Senior Trooper Jeremy Gunter is the lead investigator.

The left eastbound lane was closed at the scene during the investigation.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla Tribal Police Department and ODOT.

Photograph - Oregon State Police

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Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9
Oregon Health Authority - 09/26/14
Contact: Jonathan Modie, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@state.or.us

Oregon Stroke Care Committee Meeting October 9

What: The fourth public meeting of the Oregon Stroke Care Committee. Agenda items include a review of stroke data and discussion of topics that include:

* Evidence-based education targeting the general public and providers;
* Stroke-ready hospitals;
* Access to rehabilitation services.

When: Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 a.m.

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

Who: The Stroke Care Committee was created by Oregon SB 375 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 at 971-673-1053.

The meeting site is accessible to persons 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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Correction to Update: Driver Cited in Connection with September 19 Fatal Bicycle-Involved Traffic Crash - Highway 131 Between Netarts & Tillamook
Oregon State Police - 09/26/14
Correction to first sentenced to say "September 19"

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation into a September 19, 2014, fatal crash involving a bicyclist and pickup on Highway 131 between Netarts and Tillamook led to the offending driver being cited for non-criminal offenses.

On September 25, 2014, OSP cited FRANK B. BOHANNON, age 74, from Oceanside for Careless Driving (Contributed to the Serious Injury or Death of a Vulnerable User of a Public Way) and violation Driving While Suspended. He was issued a date to appear in Tillamook County Circuit Court. OSP conferred with the Tillamook County District Attorney's Office prior to taking enforcement action. No criminal charges are pending.

On September 19, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a bicycle ridden by KERRY LEE KUNSMAN, age 67, from San Diego, California, was westbound on Highway 131 near milepost 5 when it was struck from behind by a 2011 Ford F350 pickup driven by BOHANNON. Both bicycle and rider came to rest in the traffic lane.

KUNSMAN was seriously injured and initially transported by ground ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center. KUNSMAN was then taken by air ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he died September 22. He was wearing a protective helmet.

BOHANNON was not injured.

OSP troopers from the Tillamook work site are completing the investigation. Previously released details and links to a photograph are on our website at:
http://www.oregon.gov/osp/NEWSRL/Pages/news/09_22_2014_delayedfatal_bike_hwy131_mp5.aspx

Careless Driving when contributing to a traffic crash is a Class A traffic violation. According to ORS 811.135, if the court determines that the commission of the offense contributed to the serious injury or death of a vulnerable user of a public way, the court shall impose enhanced penalties. More information about those enhanced penalties at http://www.stc-law.com/pdf/Oregon%20Vulnerable%20User%20Law.pdf

OSP & ODOT urge all drivers to be watchful for vulnerable highway users such as bicyclists and pedestrians on all roads. Useful safety tips and information is available on ODOT's Bicycle Safety website at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TS/Pages/bicyclistsafety.aspx

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Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1 (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 09/26/14
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The Oregon Department of Forestry issued this news release today.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MAJOR MEDIA DISTRIBUTION

September 26, 2014

Contact:
Lena Tucker, (503) 945-7529, ltucker@odg.state.or.us
Nick Hennemann, (503) 910-4311, nhennemann@odf.state.or.us


Efficient Forestry - Notifications to be filed online starting Oct. 1

Forestry professionals are not only logging, but will now log-in before doing forestry work. In August 2013, the Oregon Department of Forestry began developing a Notification of Forest Operations process with a simple 21st century solution: E-Notification. Starting Oct. 1, E-Notification will occur through the Forest activity Electronic Reporting and Notification System (FERNS), accessible through the Department's main web page at www.oregon.gov/odf.

A team developed the site using an agile approach, testing each piece while the developers created the next one.

"E-Notification is really an agile development success story," said Peter Daugherty, the department's Private Forests Division chief. "Rather than waiting until the site was finished and walking away with a product that might work, we got to test it the whole way through to find and fix problems and ensure a functioning system."

Lena Tucker, the deputy division chief who led the development team, said, "We tested it. We tried to break the system every way we could imagine and have the developer fix it. But, like any system, we know we'll still have updates and fixes to refine this tool. We're already working on release 2 and eyeing future releases."

Efficiency

E-Notification gives everyone in forestry flexibility and efficiency when submitting legally required Notifications of Operations. Starting Oct. 1, anyone filing a Notification for Operation and Permit to Operate Power Driven Machinery will be able to use the new online system. Landowners, the public, forest industry, and the Department developed e-Notification system goals to:
* increase efficiency,
* streamline communications, and
* simplify the process.

21st Century Business

E-mailing, e-filing, and e-Notifying match today's business and regulatory needs and speeds for information. The Department of Forestry continues investing significant resources to meet these demands.

Currently, landowners, timber owners, and operators file a paper notification. Department staff then manually enter the information into an electronic system. Finally, the notifier receives a printed copy by mail. With e-Notification, notifiers will submit notifications anywhere they have internet access and quickly receive an email with a copy of their completed notification.

Private Forest Division Chief Peter Daugherty explained, "Administratively, we're simply matching current technology. The principles stay the same - communicate, protect people and the environment, and allow productive forest management. It's just the tools that have changed."

Streamlined
* E-Notification will reduce redundancy. Someone who files notifications annually can set up an account, and then will need to enter only the site-specific details for the next notification.
* Notifiers can copy older notifications electronically to update or add operation activities for the next year.
* Instead of checking boxes on a paper form for the township, range and section of the operation, notifiers can locate their property on a digital map and draw their unit boundary.
* Notifiers who have their own GIS systems will be able to import their technical files from their system into the E-Notification.

Who?
Anyone who submits a Notification for Operation or Application Permit for Power Driven Machinery (notifiers).

What?
E-Notification - the 21st Century notification system requiring the same information as before but now it's exclusively online.

When?
October 1, 2014 all notifiers will use e-Notification to submit Notifications.

How?
On-line by accessing e-Notification on the ODF website (www.oregon.gov/odf)

Where?
Anywhere you can access the internet.

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Local Agencies Participate in Prescription Drug Take Back (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/26/14
Cadets at Drug Turn In
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On Saturday September 27th The Marion County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Drug Administration Agency and several local Police agencies will have drop sites to turn in prescription Drugs. The Marion County Sheriff's Office drop site will be in the parking lot of Roths I.G.A. which is located at 702 Lancaster Dr NE in Salem.

Salem Police will have a drop site at Peace Plaza which is located at 555 Liberty St SE in Salem. All drop sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they enter their zip code. Or they can call 800-882-9539. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites--liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

If you have further questions or want additional information, please visit www.dea.gov. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.


Attached Media Files: Cadets at Drug Turn In
09/25/14
Marion County Sheriff's Office arrests Texas fugitive on custodial Interference warrant, in Woodburn. (Photo)
Marion Co. Sheriff's Office - 09/25/14
Detectives from the Marion County Sheriff's Office and state prosecutors from Texas worked together to arrest Gary Delaine Thomas, age 59, on an outstanding warrant for custodial interference.

Gary Thomas fled the state of Texas in February, of this year, to avoid allowing his ex wife full custody of their children. The mother of the children recently learned of Mr. Thomas's whereabouts and called police in Texas. This information was given detectives with the Sheriff's Office criminal investigations unit and they began working the case.

Today at around 7:45 am, Detective Emanie Bravo located the children who were enrolled at a school in Woodburn. Detectives waited at the school for Mr. Thomas and arrested him as he dropped the children off for school; Mr. Thomas has been lodged at the Marion County Jail on the outstanding warrant. The Children have been returned to their mother. Mr. Thomas is awaiting extradition back to Texas.

One of the Sheriff's Office's core functions, as developed under the leadership of Sheriff Myers, is to work collaborative with our community and public safety partners with an emphasis on the prevention of crime, problem solving, and being responsive to the community's needs for public safety. Today was a great example of this.


Attached Media Files: Gary Thomas