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Sat. 03/25/23
Fatal Crash - Interstate 5 - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/25/23 4:45 PM

On Friday, March 24, 2023, at approximately 5:58 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 5 (southbound), near milepost 166, in Douglas County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a Freightliner CMV and semi-trailer, operated by Joel Lockhart (29) of White City (OR), was southbound and lost control striking the center barrier where it came to rest. A Nissan Murano, operated by Karen Sweesy (46) of Monroe (WA), was southbound and came upon the disabled CMV and semi-trailer. The Nissan crashed into the left rear corner of the semi-trailer. Sweesy was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS. 

A passenger in the Nissan, Shari Landerville (59) of Monroe (WA), received serious injuries and was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend. The operator of the CMV was uninjured.


The highway was impacted for approximately 2.5 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted.


OSP was assisted by North Douglas Fire & EMS, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Cottage Grove PD, and ODOT.

Fri. 03/24/23
Days Creek School Superintendent announces resignation (Photo)
Days Creek Charter School - 03/24/23 8:02 PM
District Logo
District Logo

March 24, 2023 Days Creek, Oregon - Douglas County School District #15 


Mr. Steve Woods, Superintendent/Executive Director and Principal of Douglas County SD 15 - Days Creek Charter School, announced his resignation to the School Board effective June 30, 2023.  Mr. Woods has served the Days Creek School district for five years. Mr. Woods has accepted the district Superintendent position in Harrisburg, Oregon, and will begin serving there on July 1, 2023. 


During his tenure at Days Creek, student enrollment has increased, test scores have improved and the number and quality of resources have been expanded.  Mr. Woods and his team have worked diligently to implement a variety of programs and ongoing supports that have improved the learning atmosphere for the students and staff of the Days Creek school community. 


Prior to joining the Days Creek school district, Mr. Woods served as a teacher, technology director, coach, principal, athletic director, and superintendent during the course of his career in Georgia, Texas, California, and Oregon. 

“Serving the Days Creek community has been both a joy and honor,” shared Mr. Woods. “The bonds and relationships with all the amazing people are embedded in my heart, and my wife and I will be forever grateful.”

The Days Creek school board will soon be announcing the details regarding the plan to search for the next Superintendent/Executive Director and Principal.  


About Douglas County School District #15 - Days Creek 

Douglas County School District #15 - Days Creek (Days Creek Charter School) is a public school in Douglas County, Oregon, serving Kindergarten through 12th-grade students. 

Mission Statement: Inspire and develop LEARNERS, THINKERS, and LEADERS 

Vision Statement: To challenge every student to pursue excellence every day 

District Goals: 1. Create a welcoming culture of respect, responsibility, and care. 2. Develop students who understand the purpose and relevance of the subject matter.

Visit www.DaysCreekSchools.com for more information.


Attached Media Files: District Logo , Woods Photo

Cherry blossoms illuminated at the State Capitol State Park March 25-April 1 (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/24/23 4:39 PM
Cherry blossom at night
Cherry blossom at night

SALEM, Ore— Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Yozakura,” a night viewing of the cherry blossoms March 25 through April 1 at the State Capitol State Park. 

Parks staff will illuminate the cherry blossoms with Japanese lanterns and lights from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can bring blankets, camping chairs or even a nighttime picnic to enjoy under the canopy of the illuminated trees. 

“The lanterns and lights create a striking and beautiful scene inside the park at night,” said Operations Manager Kevin Strandberg.

On opening night March 25, Koto player Masumi Timson will fill the park with music and staff from Focal Point Photography in Dallas will share how to take nighttime photos and macro photos of the blossoms.

Alcohol is not allowed in State Capitol State Park (without permits) and the park closes at 10 p.m. The Oregon State Capitol Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this event. For more information on the foundation, visit https://oregoncapitolfoundation.org/

For more information on events at the Capitol, call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388 or visit the events page: www.oregoncapitol.com.

Attached Media Files: Cherry blossom at night

03-24-23 Douglas County Commissioners Issue $78,800 in 2023 Veterans Facility Grants (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/24/23 3:34 PM
2023 Veteran Facility Grants
2023 Veteran Facility Grants

Douglas County Commissioners Issue $78,800

in 2023 Veterans Facility Grants


(Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman are pleased to report that they recently awarded Douglas County Veterans Facility Grants totaling$78,800 to four locally owned veterans facilities in Douglas County.  The veterans facilities include the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post #16 in Roseburg, the Patrick W. Kelley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2468 in Roseburg, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9745 in Winston, and the George H. Fallin American Legion Post #123 in Myrtle Creek.  The Veterans Service Facility Grant Program is an initiative launched by the Douglas County Commissioners in 2022 in order to provide infrastructure funding for groups that support and provide services for local veterans.   


"Our county motto that is proudly displayed on our road signs as you enter Douglas County states that, We Honor VeteransOur Veterans Service Facility Grant Program allows us to put our motto into action and show our citizens that we mean it.  Douglas County’s Veterans Service Office is the highest functioning VSO in the state, largely due to the significant number of veterans who call Douglas County home.  We owe these brave men and women a great deal of respect and support.  I cannot even begin to express the importance of the programs our local veteran service organizations provide to our veterans and how crucial those services are for our Veterans,” stated Commissioner and Liaison to Douglas County Veterans Service Office, Tim Freeman.


Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post #16 Adjutant Larry Hill submitted an application for his post requesting grant dollars to replace the camera system, removal and window replacement projects, and a parking lot resurfacing/restriping project.  A new enhanced/upgraded camera system and windows will help to provide protection, security and surveillance from unfortunate criminal break-in activity and vandalism at the post.  They also plan to remove the large window at the front of the building and close the opening permanently because of vandalism/breaking of the window three times in the past two years at a huge out-of-pocket cost for the Post.  Next, they plan to install 4 new Low E, tempered energy-efficient windows to help decrease heating and cooling costs. Lastly, they plan to crack seal, resurface asphalt and restripe the parking lot to extend the life another 10+ years.  This is the first year that Post #16 has applied for and received a grant from the Commissioners.  They were awarded $16,800.  The Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post #16 is located at 406 SE Oak Avenue in Roseburg. Their meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm.  They also have a Ladies Auxiliary for those interested in helping to support veterans.  For more information about resources, programs and services offered at Post #16 call (541) 672-4392 or email amlegionpost.16@gmail.com


Patrick W. Kelley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2468 Commander David Best submitted an application for his post requesting grant dollars to begin major renovations of the post.  This round of funding will be used for phase one of the remodel which includes a complete kitchen remodel and enlargement project, as well as a plumbing repair project. They plan to enlarge their kitchen to bring it up to current health standards which will enable them to invite the public in for events and facility rentals.  They will also be updating and fixing needed repairs to the plumbing system.  In the future for phase two they plan to expand the post with a 25-foot x 45-foot addition to the main building.  The expansion will incorporate the walk-in refrigerator and freezer for their meat program into the main building which will provide a more efficient workspace and make rotating stock easier to maintain.  The addition will nearly double their main hall and floor area.  This is the second year that Post #2468 has applied for and received a grant from the Commissioners.  They were awarded $20,000 this year.  The Patrick W. Kelley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2468 is located at 1127 Walnut Street in Roseburg.  Their meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  They also have a Ladies Auxiliary for those interested in helping to support veterans.  The Ladies Auxiliary is run by Auxiliary President Linda Eakin.  For more information about resources, programs and services offered at VFW #2468 log onto https://www.vfwpost2468.com/ or call (541) 672-9716 or email vfw2468@hotmail.com.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9745 Commander Denny Hollison submitted an application for his post requesting grant dollars to repair and replace the roof and ceiling that has suffered extensive water damage over the last few years.  Post #9745 has been closed and in disrepair for around three years and the new officers plan to renovate the building to bring it back to its former glory with a restaurant, cantina, renovated kitchen, meeting rooms, bingo parlor, and an open space for community rentals.  They are also working on cleaning up the baseball fields and have inked a deal with the local Little League baseball program to take over the fields.  The roof and ceiling repairs have been completed along with a new kitchen floor and a new HVAC system.  This is the first year that Post #9745 has applied for and received a grant from the Commissioners.  They were awarded $20,000.  The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9745 is located at 570 SE Douglas Blvd in Winston. Currently, they are only hosting bingo on Monday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm.  They plan to reopen the facility in mid-April 2023 with a full restaurant and cantina and make the space available for the community.  They also have a Ladies Auxiliary for those interested in helping to support veterans.  The Ladies Auxiliary is run by Auxiliary President Patricia Koehler.  For more information about resources, programs and services offered at VFW #9745 call (541) 679-4090 or email vfw9745@qwestoffice.net.


George H. Fallin American Legion Post #123 in Myrtle Creek Commander Roy Brogden submitted an application for his post requesting grant dollars to repair and replace the aging roof at their Veterans Memorial Building. The roof is several years old and has leaks which means that a large portion of the structure will need to be replaced along with the facets and gutters.  The post recently completed the installation of a new HVAC system, paving and striping of the parking lot, back wall refurbishment, replacement of windows and painting of the facility.  Many of those projects were funded through the 2022 Veterans Service Facility Grant Program.  This is the second year that Post #123 has applied and received a grant from the Commissioners.  They were awarded $22,000 this year.  The George H. Fallin American Legion Post #123 is located at the Tri City Veterans Memorial Building at 252 Old Pacific Hwy in Myrtle Creek.  Their meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.  They also have a Ladies Auxiliary for those interested in helping to support veterans. For more information about resources, programs and services offered at Post #123 check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FallinPost123/ or call (541) 863-7575 or email oyandmarybrogden@gmail.com">royandmarybrogden@gmail.com.


The main purpose of the Douglas County Veterans Facility Grant Program is to improve the building and site facilities for veteran-owned organizations in Douglas County.  The grant dollars are funded out of our county general fund and supported through Oregon Lottery dollars.  In 2016, Oregon voters directed 1.5% of all Oregon Lottery proceeds to support services for those who stood to protect us, our military veterans. Utilizing these funds to help operate and staff our VSO and provide grants for local veteran service organizations is our way of supporting outreach programs and thanking our veterans for their service. A number of the facilities and buildings that house our local Veteran Service organizations are aging and in a state of disrepair.  Grant dollars from our program are to be used exclusively for the restoration, repair and/or replacement of existing facility structures, including but not limited to: heating and cooling systems, electrical and plumbing systems, windows and doors, roofs, floors, walls, foundations and ADA compliance projects.   The grant program is open annually to any Veteran Service organization in Douglas County. Applications are reviewed by a grant review committee and grants are awarded based on available budget and need. Applications are available online in January of each year at: https://douglascounty-oregon.us/DocumentCenter/View/21667/03-17-22-Veterans-Service-Facility-Grant-Program-Application, or by emailing a request to: oc.assistants@co.douglas.or.us">boc.assistants@co.douglas.or.us or by picking up an application at the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Office in Room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.  In order to be considered, applicants must submit a completed and signed application to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.  If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Douglas County Board of  Commissioners Office at (541) 440-4201. 


All of these veteran service organizations offer support programs for veterans including assistance with filing benefit and health claims, peer support, mental health referrals, financial assistance, job placement and camaraderie with fellow bothers-in-arms.  All of them are actively recruiting new members.  If you are a military veteran or you are interested in helping veterans, please reach out to them for more information.  We encourage all veterans to check out our Douglas County Veterans Service Office (541) 440-4219, and also consider joining a local veterans organization. 

Attached Media Files: 2023 Veteran Facility Grants

53 organizations share $265,000 in Arts Build Communities awards to address community need through the arts (Photo)
Oregon Arts Commission - 03/24/23 2:37 PM

Salem, Ore. – Fifty-three organizations addressing a community issue or need through the arts have been awarded $5,000 FY2023 Arts Build Communities grants totaling $265,000 from the Oregon Arts Commission. The Arts Build Community program is committed to promoting arts access for underserved audiences and targets broad geographic impact throughout Oregon. 

The grant-funded projects include the “Pony Xpress Journal" – a digital publication for writers who are incarcerated – by Bridgeworks Oregon; “A Reflection of Life,” a full-length documentary film by World Muse that explores water issues and features Indigenous voices from five Northwest tribes  as well as public policy makers and scientists; and BODY/LANGUAGE, a free, full-day festival by Cascadia Composers that explores how music and movement provide cultural understanding, identity, unity and healing. 

“These grants help arts and other community-based organizations address a local community problem, issue or need through the arts," said Arts Commission Vice Chair Harlen Springer, who led one of three review panels. “It enables local citizens to employ creative thinking and a collective response to strengthen and enrich their community.”

The grants also spark and leverage many other investments and resources, serving as a catalyst for greater economic and civic impact, said Springer. 

In recent years the Arts Build Communities program has generated more than $600,000 in additional community investment, much of it representing salaries paid as well as products and services purchased in the funded communities. These grants are made possible through a funding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The FY2023 recipients are:

Anima Mundi Productions, Phoenix

To support "Among Sisters," a music project comprising two concerts of professional women musicians performing works by women composers, two new world premiere commissions, and a 10-day residency for the Uptown String Quartet, a legendary all-female, all-Black ensemble. This residency will offer free community events in Southern Oregon. Funds will cover the costs of this residency, which include artist fees and travel expenses.

Art in Oregon, Oregon City           

To support Arts in Oregon’s work with Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts to curate an exhibition of Oregon-based indigenous artists at the Chehalem Cultural Center, Parrish Gallery. The exhibit includes eight artists from the Crow’s Shadow permanent collection. The artists will have the opportunity to contribute additional artwork and be compensated with a stipend of at least $500. The goal is to further their artistic practice by sharing recent work and supporting the creation of new work.

Artist Mentorship Program, Portland    

To support the Artist Mentorship Program’s drop-in space for youth ages 15-25 in the Portland metro area to help them navigate the trauma of homelessness by building healthy, relationship-centered communities through music and art. Funds will be used for music equipment, art supplies and staffing. AMP believes that youth experiencing homelessness are resilient, creative and deserving of a dynamic support system and nurturing environment where they can heal from trauma.

BEAT Children’s Theater, Bend

To support BEAT’s Community Outreach Educational Program. Funds will be used for artist fees, supplies (costumes, makeup, music, set pieces, etc.), royalties, printing and transportation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Lane County, Florence

To support the Unlock Future Success with Art Education initiative to foster creative self-expression bolstered by art education so that by Dec. 31, 2023, 50 low-income, rural Florence youth will have experienced 12 months of innovative, high-yield arts education experiences. The initiative is designed to stimulate learning, inspire creativity and encourage self-expression. Funds will be used for art education fees and art supplies.

Bridgeworks Oregon, Portland

To support the “Pony Xpress Journal," an annual digital publication for Oregon writers who are incarcerated. Funds will be used to run 14 writing workshops, including travel costs to Oregon prisons.

Caldera, Portland

To support a Youth Arts Mentoring Program that provides ~250 youth/year in Portland and Central Oregon with year-round arts-based mentoring that integrates nature and is grounded in positive youth development; and to support Artist in Residency Programs that provide ~25 artists/year with opportunities to build skills, relationships and creative projects at Caldera’s Arts Center in Central Oregon. Funds will support artist fees and program supplies and materials.

Cascadia Composers, Portland

To support BODY/LANGUAGE, a free, full-day summer festival of concerts and workshops combining new art music with multicultural dance at Toast Studios. This interactive event unites several artistic/cultural forces active in Portland’s Cully neighborhood and beyond with local composers to explore how music and movement provide cultural understanding, identity, unity and healing. Funds will be used for artist fees, tech, venue, production and admin costs, and publicity.

Centro Cultural del Condado de Washington, Cornelius

To enrich three major cultural celebrations and traditions: Dia del Nino in April, El Grito in September, and Dia de los Muertos in November with diverse and engaging arts-based programming and activities aimed at furthering accessible arts in Washington County. Funds will be used for artist fees and to purchase arts supplies and materials.

City of Toledo, Toledo

To support the ART Toledo Youth Initiative, which engages youth in public art activities in rural Toledo, providing opportunities for emerging artists and exposing youth and young adults to different art medians. Funds will be used for purchasing art supplies and targeted outreach materials for youth.

Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Oregon City

To support Youth Arts for Change, which provides vulnerable and underserved youth with unique opportunities for personal exploration and creative expression. Funds will be used to compensate teaching artists and provide youth with supplies for hands-on projects, as well as take-home art supply bags to further develop their voice through the arts.

Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, Corvallis

To support Mundus Imaginalis, a community-based collective muralism project, led by immigrant and English-learner youth. The project will uplift collective and individual voices, stories of heritage and current multiculturalism while promoting self-expression, confidence and cooperation. Funds will be used for supplies, advertising, facilitator stipend, staff time, an unveiling ceremony and community engagement.

Dallas Arts Association, Dallas

To support Dallas On Stage – Live Community Theater. Funds will be used to purchase microphones, lighting and stage equipment for the new theater group. 

Deschutes Public Library Foundation, Bend

To support the community read program, “A Novel Idea,” where residents are encouraged to read, discuss, create and explore the selected books together. The Library Foundation is seeking to bridge the socio-economic and cultural differences and foster a sense of community. Funds will be used to pay for bilingual author María Amparo Escandón’s honorarium, Spanish-speaking cultural experts and books in Spanish.

Drexel H. Foundation, Vale

To support Public Art Enhances Malheur Co. to fill a community need to enrich our county with public art created by all sectors of the community and locating it throughout the county visible from the roadways. Funds will be used to pay for artists fees, marketing, and purchase supplies.

Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, Eugene

To support the ESYO String Academies, which provide beginning strings instruction to 3rd-5th graders for free or at very low-cost at several Eugene 4J Public Elementary Schools. Funds will be used to support bringing these classes back into school buildings after two seasons of online programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fishtrap Inc, Enterprise

To support the winter program “Fishtrap Reads,” where community members read a shared book and engage in free programming to explore the selected book. Events include a kick-off, book discussions, lectures, celebrations and film screenings. Hundreds of free books will be distributed to local schools and libraries. Funds will be used to purchase 400 copies of this year’s selected book, cover a keynote presenter honorarium and purchase related support materials.

Friendly House, Portland

To support a new project: Art Therapy Group at Friendly House. Funds will be used for instructor/therapist fees, art supplies, food and refreshments for participants during this 4 to 6 session series planned for 2023, aimed at reducing isolation and providing therapeutic workshops with a trained art therapy counselor to address impacts of trauma, abuse, violence and mental illness through art and community.

Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall, Union

To support the Music Education: Catherine Creek Community Center Program. Funds will be used to initiate an all-age music program in Union Oregon. The program will invite interest in Old Time Fiddle music, bridge a gap between generations of performers and support local culture via music education.

Global Works Community Fund, Portland

To support the Unity Through Arts Program, which engages 15 BIPOC and low-income youth annually through 36 weeks of programming for ~140 hours of engagement. The civic engagement project focuses on creating impact in essential change-making spaces, and art is a way of expressing the times, needs of the community, and the voices of individuals. Funds will support the mural creation aspect programming, including artist fees, supplies and materials.

Grande Ronde Symphony Association, La Grande

To support the Chamber and Small Ensemble Series. The requested funds will be used to provide concerts in creative, historic venues and employ regional performers to engage a diverse audience in northeastern Oregon. Funds will be used to provide honorarium for performers, marketing and venue facility fees.

Heart of Cartm, Manzanita

To support the Transforming Marine Debris Creative Retreat in January and November of 2023. Each event will include three days of art, creative writing and a shoreline survey and collection. Funds will pay for skilled artist instructors and accommodations for participants to engage in reflection together. 

Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Portland

To support Behind These Bars, a project to raise awareness of the contributions of civil rights activist Minoru Yasui and to celebrate the State of Oregon’s Minoru Yasui Day. Funds will produce a staged reading of Yasui’s writings by a racially diverse cast, a dedication of his jail cell at JAMO and a community performance at the Soul Restoration Center to deepen relationships between communities of color and focused outreach to youth.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, Joseph

To support "Chronicles of Change," a community-based exploration through art, science and storytelling, of how local communities and landscapes are transforming due to climate change and consequent cultural shifts. JCAC will host the exhibits in collaboration with five other community nonprofits that will present coordinated talks, field trips and activities germane to their foci.

La Grande Arts Commission, La Grande

To support the installation of a multi-panel concrete image sculpture display on the bulkhead in front of the 4th street entrance of the Cook Memorial Library in downtown La Grande. The sculpture will be free-standing but bolted to the platform and have four murals that can be viewed from different perspectives with the theme "Honoring the Past; Celebrating the Present; Embracing the Future." Funds will be used to pay the artist.

Lane Arts Council, Eugene

To expand cultural programming by partnering with Black/African American artists to develop and produce content for the July and August First Friday ArtWalks 2023. Funds will support production and artist fees, equipment rental, supplies and materials, permits and staff time for project management and administration.

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland

To support Dress Han: A Celebration & Re-Imagining of Hanfu. Dress Han is a two-month celebration showcasing original hanfu fashion and hanfu-inspired music by local Asian American artists, plus a master workshop series, original cultural programming, a talk series focused on hanfu as a cultural product, and multi-disciplinary activities led by AANHPI cultural groups. Funds will be used for engagement activities, marketing, outreach and staffing.

Literary Arts Inc, Portland

To support Woodburn High School’s participation in Literary Arts’ Youth Program activities. Funds will be used to cover ticket costs for students to attend Portland Arts & Lectures author talks, fees surrounding Writers in the Schools residencies and other Youth Programs activities.

MetroEast Community Media, Gresham

To support “Food Foray,” a community-focused television program highlighting the role of ethnic groceries in addressing food security in East Multnomah County. Funds will be used for video production and editing, translation services, community engagement, food and supplies.

Miracle Theatre Group, Portland

To support Teatro Milagro, the educational outreach program of Milagro. Funds will be used for teaching artists fees, supplies and transportation.

My Voice Music, Portland

To support two new satellite programs in Harmony Academy, for youth recovering from substance abuse disorders, and Pioneer School, for students with significant behavioral and/or emotional needs. Funds will be used to pay teaching artist fees and transportation costs.

Northwest Museum of Cartoon Arts, Portland

To support “Improved literacy with comics study and creation,” which will educate youth who are below grade level in reading about comics creation and reading. Each student will meet with comics authors and artists, create their own comic with drawing tablets, and be presented with a set of graphic novels upon completion of the class. Funds will be used for a classroom teacher, expert guest teachers and a paraeducator.

Oregon ArtsWatch, Portland

To support a series of stories published on orartswatch.org that will profile essential cultural hubs, especially in rural areas, and how they uniquely serve and reflect their communities. These stories will reach 25,000 people, giving the hubs greater visibility, building audiences and generating economic revenue. As traditional media continue to decline dramatically, creating news deserts, cultural communities have a difficult time spreading the word about their work.

Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland

To support the OBT After School program during the 2023 school year. Funds will be used to support salaries and teaching artist wages as OBT partners with four low-income Title 1 schools to offer weekly extra-curricular ballet and creative movement classes throughout the school year.

Oregon Children's Theatre Company, Portland

To support OCT’s fifth annual Intergenerational Queer Theater Project, a devised theater production featuring stories, reflections, poems and songs from 18 members of the regional queer community, ranging in ages from 14 to 80. The cross-generational dialogue among artists seeks to explore the diversity of queer experience, history, outlook across generations and aspirations for the future. Funds will be used for development and production costs.

Oregon Coast Youth Symphony Festival Association, Newport

To support the Festival’s activities, revitalize high school orchestra programs and expand the size of the Festival’s statewide music community. Funds will be used to pay expenses (food, housing, etc.) for the students and their teachers. The high school orchestras only pay for bus transportation to and from Newport.

Out Central Oregon, Bend

To support the inaugural Winter Pride LGTBQ Film Festival in partnership with The Tower Theatre Foundation. Funds will be used for artist fees and staffing.

Pelican Bay Arts Association, Brookings

To support the Youth Summer Art Camp. Funds will be used for teacher stipends, background checks, snacks, program coordination, scholarships and indirect costs for three one-week camps at the Manley Art center. Funds will be used to engage 30 children in learning and making art, three work study assistants in learning art and teaching skills, and to provide a stipend to three art teachers.

Portland Playhouse, Portland

To support programming that creates space for Black and Brown Portlanders to reflect on a range of issues in conjunction with the theatrical run of WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS: Pearl Cleage’s witty play about Black feminism, love and breaking racial barriers in 1970s Atlanta (Feb 8-March 26, 2023). Funds will be used to cover costs of trauma-informed facilitators, speakers, workshop leaders and the two PPH producers at the helm of the project.

Portland Street Art Alliance, Portland

To support ongoing efforts to create a vibrant public art in Portland via the innovative Community Art Program. The goal is to facilitate inclusive community involvement in the process of mural-making and partner with Ground Score and the City of Portland to paint murals with diverse artists on chronically vandalized properties. Funds will be used for mural wall preparation, painting, community outreach and ongoing mural maintenance.

Portland Taiko, Portland

To support PEOPLE OF THE DRUM, a free summer concert at Gateway Discovery Park on Saturday, July 22. The program will showcase percussion-based performances and dances by Hula Halau ‘Ohana Holo’oko’a (Hawaiian), MexicaTiahui (Mexican/Aztec), Alex Addy Drummers (West African), and Portland Taiko (Japanese/Asian American). Each group will perform for approximately 20 minutes. Free drumming and dance workshops will be offered between performances.

Profile theatre Project, Portland

To support In Dialogue, a season-long partnership between Profile Theatre and culturally specific organizations throughout the Portland metro area that engages a wide range of community members with digital and in-person arts programs. Funds will be used for presenter fees, marketing and outreach expenses.

push/FOLD, Portland

To support the fifth annual Union PDX - Festival of Contemporary Dance (Union PDX - Festival:23) at the Hampton Opera Center in November 2023, featuring artist-talks, low-cost masterclasses, free professional development workshops, and public (paid) and student (free) performances from local, national and international artists creating contemporary work in any dance genre. 

Redfish Music Festival, Port Orford

To support the festival’s operating expenses. Funds will be used to cover insurance costs, venue rental, musician fees, musician transportation, advertising, postage and music camp costs (Including student housing and meals, staffing fees and rental car for student transportation during festival).

Roots and All Theatre Ensemble, Portland

To support Ritual Treatment, a surreal, bilingual piece of dance theatre about a queer Latina teen working through trauma from growing up with domestic violence and entering into a series of abusive relationships. It breaks stigmas around mental illness by cultivating empathy and dismantling taboos. It serves as a catalyst for healing for survivors, and a cautionary tale of the ways we trap ourselves in cycles of violence, even where we think we are safe.

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis

To support the Youth Program in providing hands-on, ecology-inspired, in-school and summer art education to over 1,300 Pre-K-8 grade youth through partner school districts in Tillamook and Lincoln Counties. Funds will be used for art supplies, instructor wages, guest arts/ecology instructors and direct administrative expenses to run and grow the program.

Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Portland

To support a workshop series, “Mental Health for Music Educators,” designed to equip music teachers with resources to support students navigating mental health issue. The series is linked to Third Angle’s winter concert, SELF PORTRAIT, which will create a public platform for addressing the mental health challenges that many musicians face. Funds will be used for workshop fees and outreach to partner organizations that represent music educators.

Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg

To support PAINT Umpqua Valley, a collaborative art installation project combining youth art education, public transportation and local history. UVA’s Youth Digital Art Residency Program provides an after-school graphic design mentorship for teens. Students prepare designs to submit for an art installation at local bus shelters to celebrate Roseburg’s 150th birthday. Funds will be used to buy a large-format vinyl printer and supplies to support this project and future art installations.

Unlock the Arts, Portland

To support the Expressive Writing Program, which centers on the healing and therapeutic platform of expressive writing for participants aged 14-24 who are currently incarcerated at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility within the Oregon Youth Authority. Funds will be used for artist fees, booklet publication, transportation, purchase of notebooks, pens and folders, stipends for guest speaker(s) and refreshments for open mic sessions.

Western Oregon University Development Foundation, Monmouth

To support El Bardo en el Valle: Milagro Theatre at Western Oregon University, Valley Shakespeare’s collaboration with Milagro Theatre to perform a Spanish Translation of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged). Funds will be used to hire professional Latinx/Spanish-speaking artists. A half-day symposium with local arts leaders to address the subject of how to increase accessibility to underserved communities will be featured.

Willamette Jazz Society, Eugene

To support The Jazz Station Educational Programs Grant for clinician and venue jam staff fees for two community music programs: In-School Jazz Station House Band Clinics (four musicians) and Jammin with the Pros, a bi-weekly in-venue jam (three rhythm section musicians and two part-time staff positions).

World Muse, Bend

To support the production of "A Reflection of Life," a full-length documentary film focusing on water issues and featuring Indigenous experiences and voices from five Northwest tribes as well as public policy makers and scientists. Funds will be used for artist fees.

Write Around Portland, Portland

To support the production of a 60th anthology and book launch in spring 2023. Funds will be used for printing expenses, book design costs, event rental and supply costs, postage for mailing free copies to participants, and related personnel and infrastructure expenses.



The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission became part of Business Oregon (formerly Oregon Economic and Community Development Department) in 1993, in recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social, economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the Oregon legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information and community cultural development. 

The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. More information about the Oregon Arts Commission is available online at:  www.oregonartscommission.org.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1418/162210/IMG_1429.JPG , Push/FOLD dancers. Photo by Jingzi Zhao. , A Portland Taiko park performance. , Saxophonist Rob Scheps performs at a 2022 Grande Ronde Symphony Association Chamber and Small Ensemble Series concert. , A Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center Pottery Class

National Park Service Lists Riverside Community Hall in Linn County in the National Register of Historic Places
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/24/23 2:37 PM

ALBANY, Ore. – The Riverside Community Hall is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation (SACHP) recommended the nomination at their October 2022 meeting. The National Park Service — which maintains the National Register of Historic Places — accepted this nomination in February 2023.

The Riverside Community Hall is in a rural area in the midst of prime farmland, and is approximately 3 ½ miles southwest of Albany, and six miles northeast of Corvallis. Built by community members in 1921, the community used Riverside Hall for a wide variety of uses, including social gatherings, public presentations and speeches, dramatic and musical performances, community meals, religious services, clubs, interest groups and as a Grange hall. The building expresses many of the features typically associated with the Craftsman style as applied to a public building, including open eaves supported by kneebraces, extensive use of woodwork, and built-in cabinetry and other furniture.

The first documented start of the Hall dates to a group of ladies who decided in 1908 that they needed a community center where people could meet. They formally organized in 1918 and began to look for a site. In 1920 Callamette Grange #543 (established in 1916) gave $1000 for a new community building, when a site could be procured, with the understanding they could hold their meetings in the new Hall.

To construct the community hall, the community members came together for the purpose of pooling their abilities and resources. With a lot of community support and fund raising, it was completed in five months, and the mortgage was retired in May 1923. Although most of the labor and materials were donated by community members, the value of the building was estimated to have cost the equivalent of $5,000 in labor, materials, and raised funds.

The National Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the authority of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.

This effort is in line with Oregon’s Statewide Preservation Plan that seeks to increase the number of listings in the National Register. It also supports the goals to increase access to Oregon heritage that are part of the Oregon Heritage Plan.

Properties listed in the National Register are:

  • Recognized as significant to the nation, state, or community;
  • Considered in the planning of federal or federally-assisted projects;
  • Eligible for federal and state tax benefits;
  • Qualify for historic preservation grants when funds are available;
  • Eligible for leniency in meeting certain building code requirements;
  • Subject to local laws pertaining to the conservation and protection of historic resources.

State law in Oregon requires local governments to offer a minimal level of protection for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places; the decisions about how to accomplish that goal reside with local governments, which also have the authority to create and regulate local historic districts and landmarks.

More information about the National Register and recent Oregon listings are online at oregonheritage.org (listed under “Designate”).

Portland-based mixed media artist Jonathan Barcan to present "Billions and Billions" at UCC Art Gallery
Umpqua Community College - 03/24/23 2:32 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore., Mar. 24, 2023 – “Billions and Billions” by Portland artist Jonathan Barcan will be displayed on April 3, in The Art Gallery at Umpqua Community College.

Barcan is a mixed media artist and printmaker featured worldwide. A lecture by modern philosopher Alan Watts, served as Barcans inspiration when creating "Billions and Billions.” Barcan says the core meaning of Billions and Billions is an evaluation of the collective human consciousness and its relationship with physical reality and the universe. Each monoprint merges figurative and abstract elements to symbolize the collective dementia of humanity as it progresses through time; without being conscious of the past or, as Barcan calls it, “existing without memory.”

Combining various printmaking techniques, Barcan overlays etchings of anatomical medical images, illustrations, and sentences. The final image is a singular “quilted quality” image expressing a sense of synergy.

“I find that arranging larger compositions from a collection of smaller pieces allows for a creative improvisation,” Barcan says, “which helps to push even further how the idea of ‘drawing’ can be incorporated into today’s printmaking practice.”

“Billions and Billions” will be on display from April 3 through May 3, 2023. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.

More About the Artist

Jonathan Barcan is a Portland based mixed media artist and printmaker that exhibits nationally and internationally. Noteworthy exhibitions include the Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy, and the Today Museum Printmaking Center, Beijing, China, and residencies at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, and Druckwerk Print Studios in Basel, Switzerland. Barcan is active in the local arts community as a participant, educator, curator, and volunteer.

About The Art Gallery 

The UCC Art Gallery is located in the Whipple Fine Arts Building at Umpqua Community College, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg, OR, 97470. The Art Gallery is a 100 square-foot exhibition space that features six exhibitions per year, showcasing a variety of media from emerging to established artists. The primary focus of the Art Gallery is to exhibit high-quality artwork for the education and cultural benefit of the students of UCC and the residents of Douglas County. 

Fatal Crash - HWY 138W - Douglas County
Oregon State Police - 03/24/23 2:00 PM

On Thursday, March 23, 2023, at approximately 12:36 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 138W, near milepost 19, in Douglas County.


The preliminary investigation indicated an International Box Truck, operated by Jose Cortez Hurtado (68) of Salem, was eastbound on Hwy 138W, when for unknown reasons, it went across the roadway and partially onto the westbound shoulder. The truck veered back across the roadway and onto the eastbound shoulder where it crashed into a tree. Hurtado was pronounced deceased at the scene by first responders. 


The highway remained open during the on-scene crash investigation.


OSP was assisted by Sutherlin Fire, Kellogg Fire, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, ODOT, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Medical Examiner.

Burn Permits -- Spring 2023 - 03-24-23 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 03/24/23 11:37 AM
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Image 1

The City of Roseburg Fire Department will begin issuing residential burn permits, beginning on April 15, 2023 and ending on May 15, 2023.

These permits are issued for seven (7) days at a cost of $75.00.  Residential yard waste is the only material that may be burned. Prohibited items include standing berry vines, paper, wood, plastics, tires, standing grass, weeds, construction material, and material from lot clearing.  Burning may not be done on vacant lots or the property of another. Fires must be monitored by a competent adult and extinguished prior to darkness. Tools to control or extinguish the fire must be on-site whenever there is material burning.

Burn barrels are never allowed inside City limits, and anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be subject to a fine and/or legal action.  Additionally, due diligence must be exercised while burning, even with a permit, as fire can quickly get out of control, and the person responsible for the fire may be subject to fines, legal action, or restitution.

If possible, residents are urged to utilize alternatives to burning, such as composting, chipping, mulching, or transporting the debris to the Douglas County Landfill.  More information on these options can be found at https://douglascounty-oregon.us/449/Wood-Yard-Waste

To request a burning permit in the City of Roseburg, call (541) 492-6770 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. This information, as well as the burn permit request form is also available on the city website at https://www.cityofroseburg.org/departments/fire

Attached Media Files: Image 1 , Image 2

Missing child alert -- Jerrica Landin is missing and is believed to be in danger (Photo)
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/24/23 9:29 AM
Jerrica Landin
Jerrica Landin

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, asks the public to help find Jerrica Landin, age 16, a child in foster care who went missing from Portland, Oregon on March 7. She is believed to be in danger.

ODHS asks the public for help in the effort to find Jerrica and to contact 911 or local law enforcement if they believe they see her.

Jerrica may be in Portland, there is also a chance that she is traveling to the area around Seattle and Kirkland, Washington or to Northern California. 

Name: Jerrica Landin
Pronouns: She/her
Date of birth: Oct. 24, 2006
Height: 5-foot-5
Weight: 130 pounds
Hair: Reddish brown
Eye color: Brown
Other identifying information: Jerrica has a tattoo of a heart on her neck
Portland Police Bureau Case #23-9912
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children #1472515

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 


Attached Media Files: Jerrica Landin

Umpqua Singers to Perform High-Energy Music in Whipple Fine Arts Center
Umpqua Community College - 03/24/23 8:30 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore., Mar. 24, 2023 — The Umpqua Community College Performing and Visual Arts Department presents “Swing and the Spring” on Apr. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whipple Fine Arts Center on the UCC Campus. 

The Umpqua Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jason A. Heald, will present a program of high-energy music including jazz standards, funk, R and B, and contemporary selection.  Admission is $10.00 per person at the door. For more information, contact 541-440-4691 or music@umpqua.edu.

About Umpqua Community College
Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high-quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities. For more information, please visit us online at www.umpqua.edu.


Thu. 03/23/23
Lincoln City Police Plan to Conduct Distracted Driving Enforcement Operations (Photo)
Lincoln City Police - 03/23/23 6:11 PM

The month of April is designated as the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Lincoln City Police Department will be utilizing traffic safety grant funds to conduct enhanced enforcement operations during the month. The Lincoln City Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies across the state and nation in an effort to increase enforcement efforts and raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. Enhanced enforcement operations will be conducted periodically throughout the month of April.

Distracted Driving is a dangerous behavior for drivers, passengers, and non-occupants alike. Distracted driving is a specific type of inattention that occurs when drivers divert their attention from the task of driving, to focusing on some other activity instead. These enforcement efforts are designed to increase the number of law enforcement officers on patrol with an emphasis on seeking out drivers who are distracted by talking or texting on their cell phones or using other electronic devices while they are operating their vehicle. The goal of these enhanced enforcement efforts is to increase the safety of the citizens and visitors of Lincoln City. 

The Distracted Driving Enforcement grant funds are a valuable resource that assist us in improving the traffic safety in our community. Our objective is to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the roadways to prevent crashes that cause injuries and cost lives. These grant funds were made possible through the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Impact.

Submitted By: Lieutenant Jeffrey G. Winn


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Portland Man Caught Transporting Drugs to Central Oregon Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 03/23/23 4:31 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Portland drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison today after he was arrested transporting methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl to Redmond, Oregon.

Jason Robert Melcado, 51, a Portland resident, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and four years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, in June 2021, the Bend Police Department received information that Melcado was delivering methamphetamine and heroin to Deschutes County from Portland. Officers soon learned Melcado had an active felony arrest warrant and had recently been investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

On July 12, 2021, Bend police determined that Melcado was traveling to Redmond. Upon his arrest, officers found Melcado to be carrying a loaded 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number and approximately one dozen counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. The next day, after obtaining a search warrant, officers found 217 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 1,000 counterfeit pills, and smaller quantities of heroin and cocaine in Melcado’s vehicle.

On August 19, 2021, a federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment charging Melcado with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

On November 22, 2022, Melcado pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

This case was investigated by the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) Team and DEA. It was prosecuted by Gavin W. Bruce, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

The CODE team is a multi-jurisdictional narcotics task force supported by the Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program. CODE includes members of the Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sunriver, and Black Butte Police Departments; the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department; the Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices; the Oregon State Police; the Oregon National Guard; DEA; and the FBI.


Attached Media Files: PDF Release

03-23-23 Notice of Meeting - LPSCC Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittees (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/23/23 3:47 PM

Notice of Virtual Meeting

Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC)

Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittees

Tuesday, March 28, 2023


(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting for the Douglas County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council’s (LPSCC) – Behavioral Health and Housing Subcommittees will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 11:30 am via a virtual conference format.


In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch or listen to the meeting via video or by phone. For information on how you can watch or listen to this meeting, please see the agenda or contact Koree Tate at kdtate@co.douglas.or.us or call (541) 957-7790.


The meeting agenda is attached and can also be found at www.co.douglas.or.us.



Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 957-7790 prior

to the scheduled meeting time.




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03-23-23 Salmon Harbor Marina Unveils New Automated Fee Machines (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/23/23 3:38 PM
Salmon Harbor Map
Salmon Harbor Map


March 23, 2023


Salmon Harbor Marina Unveils New Automated Fee Machines



(Douglas County, Ore) Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman along with Douglas County’s Salmon Harbor Marina are excited to unveil and introduce automated fee machines at Salmon Harbor Marina in Winchester Bay.  The new automated fee machines will enhance the payment processes for launches, transient moorage, and dry camping.  There are three new automated fee machines, one at the east launch ramp, one at the west launch ramp and one at the D-section of the dry-camping area on the middle spit of Salmon Harbor on Ork Rock Road. 


Salmon Harbor Marina discontinued the use of traditional pay boxes and began accepting payments through these automated fee machines, which are designed to accept credit card transactions exclusively. Visitors who prefer to pay with cash will still have the option to do so at the Salmon Harbor Marina Office, located at 100 Ork Rock Road in Winchester Bay.  The Salmon Harbor Marina Office is open Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  For after-hours payments, envelopes will be made available at the office, and payment can be deposited in the pay slot.


The automated fee machines are the latest of several ongoing improvement projects initiated by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Salmon Harbor Marina in order to enhance the Winchester Bay community. 


Douglas County is also excited to promote our new social media page promoting all the wonderful recreational opportunities available in the beautiful town of Winchester Bay, Oregon. From exploring the stunning sand dunes to crabbing and fishing in the bay to camping experiences to sea glass hunting on the beach, there is always something to do for everyone.  To keep you up-to-date with all the latest news and happenings in Winchester Bay, we invite you to like and follow our Discover Winchester Bay social media page at https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverWinchesterBay/. By doing so, you'll have access to regular updates, photos, and videos of our town, as well as exclusive offers and discounts from Salmon Harbor Marina, Winchester RV Resort, Douglas County Parks, Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum & Giftshop and the Coastal Visitors Center.


Salmon Harbor Marina, “the best kept secret on the Oregon Coast,” is one of the largest recreational facilities along the Oregon Coast. Salmon Harbor has immediate access to the Umpqua River, County Parks, the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, the Pacific Ocean, and miles of public white-sand beaches.  The full-service marina offers 375 moorage slips with power and water, two launch ramps, a full-service fuel dock and 124 self-contained first come, first served camping sites with restroom and shower facilities.  They also operate the nationally renowned Winchester Bay RV Resort with 178 large full-hook up sites with newly upgraded WiFi service.  For more information about Salmon Harbor Marina check out their webpage at https://douglascounty-oregon.us/448/Salmon-Harbor-Marina.




Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

See attached map

Attached Media Files: Salmon Harbor Map

Bushnell Students Partner with Filmmaker Brett Smith to Promote Freedom's Path (Photo)
Bushnell University - 03/23/23 3:27 PM
Photo by Kyle Edwards
Photo by Kyle Edwards

EUGENE, Ore. - Bushnell students got the unique experience to help promote a new movie. Freedom’s Path, written, directed, and produced by Brett Smith, tells the story of a freed slave and a soldier overcoming differences and becoming close like brothers. Set during the time of the Civil War Brett hopes to highlight parts of the War usually not shown in other films set during the time period.  

Smith initially contacted Assistant Professor of Marketing Christy Silverthorne about having some Bushnell students help in the marketing of the film. “I was excited to connect the students with Smith because it would give them some real-world experience in marketing and promoting this important film,” said Silverthorne. “I was extremely impressed by their professionalism and creativity in their marketing campaign. They went above and beyond in every way.”  

Bushnell students played a huge role in the behind-the-scenes. Students were asked and capitalized on aiding in certain promotion and advertising aspects of the movie. Santiago Galindo, one of the students who helped with promoting the movie, said about his experience, “I got the chance to work with an incredible Director and through social media, to bring awareness and help promote this film. It was amazing working with Brett even for just a couple of days and being part of something so special and so unique.” 

Freedom’s Path was the winner of multiple film festival awards and made its theatrical debut in February.  

Director Brett Smith was featured on KEZI news where he thanked the Bushnell students for their help promoting the film locally. You can see the full story here.  

Attached Media Files: Photo by Kyle Edwards , Photo by Kyle Edwards

Sheriff's Office to Conduct Training at Green and Sunnyslope Elementary Schools
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/23 3:03 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office will be holding an in-service training for Sheriff’s Office deputies and staff from all divisions during Roseburg School District's Spring Break. The training will take place Tuesday, March 28th -Thursday, March 30th. 

The training will be held at Green and Sunnyslope Elementary schools. DCSO staff will receive instruction in First Aid/CPR and ethics. Deputies will also participate in scenario based training. These continuing education hours keep deputies current with their certification requirements mandated by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and to maintain a professional level of service. 

In the interest of public notification and awareness, community members should be aware that the scenario based training will look like an active shooter/active threat response. Simulated gunfire, yelling and a general police presence may be observed by community members in the area. Signage will be present indicating a training exercise is in session. 

"We believe it is vitally important to train our deputies in the response of active threats. The use of scenario based training provides the deputies with the most realistic training possible and helps to develop them professionally in order to better serve our communities," said Lt. Brad O'Dell. “We are thankful to the Roseburg School District for their support and hospitality in hosting this important training session.

Roseburg School District Superintendent Jared Cordon said he is grateful for the ongoing partnership between the district and local law enforcement agencies.

“We appreciate the opportunity to support the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in their training efforts,” Cordon said. “The more we work together to plan and prepare for potential emergencies, the safer our schools and community will be.”

For the safety of the community and deputies, the school campus will be closed to the public during the training sessions each day, which start at 7:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. 

Any public questions should be directed to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4450 or dcso.pio@co.douglas.or.us.

Four Sisters Claim Oregon Lottery's $1 Million Raffle Prize (Photo)
Oregon Lottery - 03/23/23 2:47 PM
Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle
Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle

Salem, Ore. – A retired Wood Village woman and her three sisters are planning a fun vacation together after winning the $1 million top prize in Oregon Lottery’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Raffle. 

Carol Serbick bought the winning ticket at Bumpers Grill & Bar in Fairview on March 2, 2023 – about a week before tickets were sold out.  

“I went to the restroom, walked past the bar and said to the bartender, ‘just give me one ticket,’” she said. “Between us sisters, we purchased a total of nine tickets.” 

The sisters had agreed to split the prize money before the winning numbers were drawn. The plan was for each sister to buy two – but Serbick picked up the ninth ticket on a whim. A first time Raffle player, Serbick is the oldest sibling and all four are retirees looking forward to a sisters’ trip. 

To check the winning numbers for all 1,801 Raffle prizes, players can use the Lottery’s smart phone app, go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. In addition, players can claim their prize by mail – visit www.oregonlottery.org/claim-a-prize/ for instructions. 

The Raffle offers the best odds of any Oregon Lottery game of winning $1 million – 1 in 250,000. Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8. This was the 23rd time a Raffle was offered by the Oregon Lottery. 

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Attached Media Files: Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle

Town of Talent rises from the ashes to become Oregon's Tree City of the Year (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/23/23 2:45 PM
Talent has boosted tree plantings in the wake of devastating wildfires that killed many of its urban trees in 2020.
Talent has boosted tree plantings in the wake of devastating wildfires that killed many of its urban trees in 2020.

TALENT, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Forestry has selected the southern Oregon town of Talent to be Oregon’s Tree City of the Year. Only one community is chosen each year from across the state. Cottage Grove was last year’s honoree.

To be eligible for Tree City of the Year honors, a community must be a Tree City USA. To become a Tree City USA, communities must meet requirements of the national Arbor Day Foundation for having basic tree-care policies and management in place. Talent has held that status for 23 years. Last year was also the fourth time the City earned a Growth Award for significant improvements to its urban forestry program.

A fast-moving wildfire in 2020 destroyed about 40 percent of the city, leaving thousands without homes and killing a heart-breaking number of its trees. Before the fire, Talent did not have an accurate inventory of its urban trees. With help from ODF urban forestry grants, Talent has gained access to inventory software from PlanIt Geo (Treeplotter). The City inventoried 1,500 street and park trees throughout the community – about one-third of the estimated public trees in Talent. From this data Talent is able to figure out the size, diversity, ecosystem services, and economic loss resulting from the destroyed portion of its urban forest. 

“After being devastated by the 2020 wildfire, Talent has rallied as a community, becoming very invested and committed to their urban forest. In the face of traumatic and devastating loss, they still managed to outscore all of our other growth award applicants,” said ODF Urban and Community Assistance Forester Brittany Oxford. “Most notably, they have been mapping their canopy with an equity-informed focus guiding their reforestation efforts. The City is working hard to ensure the historically underserved in Talent are the starting point from which they begin to reforest and recover.”

“This recognition was earned by the hard work of so many dedicated people in Talent, from elected city commissioners, Tree Board, volunteers and city staff, such as our new Hazard Mitigation Coordinator Mike Oxendine,” said Talent Mayor Darby Ayres-Flood. “It shows the resilience and determination of our town to come back even better than we were before the wildfire.”

A certified arborist, Oxendine has been helping Talent with its citywide hazard tree assessment and removal. He has also been staff liaison to the Talent Urban Forestry Committee and is project lead on drafting a master plan for the City’s urban forest. This is in addition to seeking out and overseeing grant funding for hazard mitigation and canopy restoration, including tree plantings.

“Post-fire grants have allowed us to hire a GIS professional contractor Nikki Hart-Brinkley, who is the owner and principal of Green Top Planning, Development, and Research,” said Oxendine.

He said Hart-Brinkley has been working on a series of maps detailing canopy coverage before and after the wildfire of 2020. 

“The maps are the basis for our Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. They show that within Talent city limits (total 851 acres) before the wildfire we had 142 acres of canopy coverage and post-fire we have 104 acres. That’s a drop in tree canopy coverage from 16.7% to 12.3%. That’s roughly a loss of one tree in four,” explained Oxendine.

“This canopy assessment is also informing our decisions about achieving equity in our reforesting efforts. We are analyzing heat islands and overlaying that data layer with socioeconomic data to show where our heat islands intersect with historically underserved populations. We can see where there is lots of asphalt and concrete and where shade trees are most needed,” said Oxendine.

Oxford said Talent is also adding to knowledge about tree performance in southern Oregon conditions, reporting data on 10 common urban trees’ growth rates in their community.
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Attached Media Files: Talent has boosted tree plantings in the wake of devastating wildfires that killed many of its urban trees in 2020.

BCSO Seeks Information from the Public in Infant Death Investigation (Photo)
Benton Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/23 2:06 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant, Opal Oaks, on February 26, 2023.  

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the welfare and location of two-month-old Opal Oaks from her birth, on December 16, 2022, to her death on February 26, 2023.  

If between these dates you saw any of these individuals – Andrew Oaks, Barbara Oaks, or Deborah Albin – in the presence of an infant, or have any information about the health, welfare, or location of Opal, the Sheriff’s Office urges you to call their anonymous tipline at 541-753-8477 or email the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at entonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov%20">BentonCoSheriff@bentoncountyor.gov, referencing case #2023-526.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1505/162180/Deborah.png , 2023-03/1505/162180/Barbara.png , 2023-03/1505/162180/Andrew.png

Rules Advisory Committee to discuss updating Scenic Bikeways rules March 29
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/23/23 12:37 PM

SALEM, Ore— Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) formed a committee to begin the process of amending the Oregon Administrative Rules guiding the Scenic Bikeways.

A Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) will hold a virtual meeting 10 a.m. to noon March 29 to review and discuss proposed changes to administrative rules. The agency intends to update definitions regarding biking and surfaces on the scenic bikeways, increase seating on the program committee and clarify meeting process and quorum. 

The public can view a livestream of the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/@oprddirectorsoffice5783/streams . After the committee review, the rule will open for public comment. Details will be posted on the Proposed OPRD Rule web page.

The Scenic Bikeways program was established in 2009 by OPRD, Cycle Oregon, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Department of Transportation. It now includes 17 of the state’s best designated mostly-roadway bicycle routes that showcase Oregon’s breathtaking landscapes, cultural treasures and western hospitality. 

OPRD and Cycle Oregon appointed members to the advisory committee. Members include representatives of the biking community, officials from state and federal land management and recreation agencies, local government representatives, small business owners, destination marketing organizations and other impacted groups.

Individuals who require special accommodations to view the meetings should contact Jo  Niehaus at least three days in advance of the meeting at jo.niehaus@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-881-4637.

Man Arrested in Shady Cove Linked to Several Unsolved Burglaries, Leads Investigators to Keys for 20 Local Businesses, 43-Grams Fentanyl Seized (Photo)
Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/23 10:05 AM

JCSO Case 23-1621


SHADY COVE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) Shady Cove deputies arrested a man after he attempted to break into a local RV park front office Tuesday afternoon in the 21000 block of Highway 62. An observer witnessed the man acting suspiciously in the area and alerted authorities. JCSO deputies responded, detained and identified the suspect discovering he had a total of eight outstanding warrants for his arrest and a parole violation. 


While searching the suspect, deputies found 14-grams of methamphetamine on his person. A search of his vehicle uncovered 43.7-grams of fentanyl in multiple baggies packaged for sale, evidence of several additional burglaries, and burglary tools. Medford Police Department (MPD) detectives responded to assist in the investigation and along with JCSO deputies were able to link the suspect to burglaries from throughout the Rogue Valley. During the search, the suspect advised he had stolen keys for approximately 20 local businesses and had hidden them in a local creek.  Most of the keys and stolen property was recovered during the investigation.


The suspect, Michael Jonathan Barrett, 48, of Central Point, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, second-degree attempted burglary, third-degree theft, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of a schedule II-controlled substance (fentanyl). He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail and due to his parole violation is not eligible for pre-trial release. Barrett was wanted on failure-to-appear warrants for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, third-degree theft, identity theft, and second-degree burglary. Barrett’s outstanding warrants included two counts of first-degree theft and second-degree burglary. His parole violation was for unlawful delivery of heroin. 


Barrett has been linked to a least two unsolved burglary cases locally. This includes a Medford dental office and a Jacksonville computer store where he stole the keys to local businesses. This case is under further investigation with MPD and JCSO following additional leads and is an example of the great multi-agency law enforcement teamwork we have in the Rogue Valley. 


According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage. JCSO deputies seized enough fentanyl in this case to potentially kill nearly 22,000 people.


Attached Media Files: Fentanyl , Searching Creek , Burg Tools

Tip of the Week for March 27, 2023 - Spring Break Safety (Photo)
Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/23/23 10:00 AM
Image - Spring Break Safety
Image - Spring Break Safety




Date:           March 23, 2023

Contact:       Sheriff Curtis Landers


                                        SPRING BREAK SAFETY TIPS

For many schools, Spring Break is upon us! A break from school usually means time with friends and family, a rest from school, and travel. Regardless of how your household is spending spring break, there are some ways you can make your holiday safer while still having fun. 

You already know the basics, stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and avoid alcohol and other substances. If you do lawfully partake, be responsible and consume in moderation. If you are traveling, remember to prepare ahead and make plans to keep yourself and your companions safe. Below are some tips for a Spring Break safety. 

Plan Ahead

  • Share your plans with loved ones including:
    • Any arrival or departure dates.
    • Locations and contact information for where you are staying.
    • Who you are travelling or staying with.
  • Update your car or travel emergency supplies before heading out.
  • Secure important documents like your passport and other ID.

Health and Safety

  • Practice outdoor safety:
    • Wear sunscreen and eye protection.
    • Seek shade and cooler temperatures in hot climates.
    • Avoid cooling off in cold bodies of water. Drowning and/or hypothermia are more likely to occur when outdoor temperatures are warm and the water is cold.
    • Wear life jackets and avoid alcohol or other substances while boating, swimming, or during other water activities.
  • Practice social responsibility:
    • Be considerate of others. Try talking out conflicts respectfully if issues arise.
    • Don’t drink or use substances and drive.
    • Remember the rules of consent. If someone does not want to drink, have sex, or participate in another activity, be respectful and don’t pressure them to do so.
    • Use the buddy system. Travel with people you trust and do not leave someone behind or with strangers.

Don’t forget your pets:

  • If travelling with your fury, feathery, or scaly companion, don’t forget to bring emergency supplies for them.
  • Be mindful of temperatures during activities or if you must leave them unattended.
  • Have a backup pet sitter or emergency contact in case something happens before you can get back to them.

Spring Break can mean lasting memories with your friends. Unfortunately, it can also mean tragedy and increased accidents. As the weather continues to get nicer and there are more opportunities to be outdoors, remember to put safety first to protect yourself and those around you. 

For more information and tips, visit our website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net and like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.



Attached Media Files: Tip of the Week - Spring Break Safety - PDF , Tip of the Week - Spring Break Safety - word , Image - Spring Break Safety

Community Wildfire Defense Grant Oregon Awardees Announced
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 03/23/23 9:00 AM

Salem, OR—Ten project proposals in Oregon, including one by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), have been selected to be funded by the Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG). The proposals focus on assisting communities in developing Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), and funds immediate actions to reduce wildfire risk for communities that already have an active CWPP, key roadmaps for addressing wildfire risks locally. 

Funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the CWDG program helps communities, tribes, non-profit organizations, state forestry agencies and Alaska Native corporations plan for and mitigate wildfire risks as the nation faces an ongoing wildfire crisis. Scoring priority was given to project proposals that are in an area identified as having a high or very-high wildfire hazard potential, benefit a low-income community or are located in a community impacted by a severe disaster within the previous 10 years that increased wildfire risk.  

Of those that applied, the states with the largest dollar amount for their communities were Oregon, California and Washington.

Examples of proposals that have been selected for funding include:

  • Oregon Department of Forestry, John Day; Grant County Defensible Space
    $681,041 to focus on 300 acres of fuels reduction treatments for Grant County landowners in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), installation of Firewise Communities, and outreach and education in the high-risk communities of John Day, Mt. Vernon, Prairie City, Dayville, Granite, Monument, Canyon City, Long Creek and Seneca.
  • Klamath Watershed Partnership, Chiloquin Wildfire Risk Reduction and Education
    $616,404 to implement 165 acres of defensible space treatments over five years; to develop and implement a "Brush Dump" program; to design, purchase, and deploy a multi-use wildfire education trailer for community education and outreach events, and a mobile information distribution point during a wildfire as needed; and to build capacity and sustainability within Chiloquin Fire and Rescue through development of a part-time Mitigation Specialist position to coordinate the activities of this project and to plan future projects.
  • Douglas Electric Cooperative Fuels Treatments, Vegetation Management, and Other Mitigation
    $9,151,505 to reduce fuel buildup in high-risk wildfire areas, enhance the utility right-of-way's ability to function as fire breaks, increase forest health, and minimize the probability that Douglas Electric's transmission and distribution system may be the origin or contributing source for the ignition of a fire. Funding from this program will enable DEC to reduce its vegetation management program to a 3-to-4-year cycle while addressing hazard trees (snags and cycle busters) not in the traditional utility space.

ODF has partnered with other organizations around the state whose applications have been selected for funding and will provide support for their proposals through various avenues.

For more information on funded proposals, visit www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/grants/funded-proposals. The Forest Service will announce the second round of funding later in 2023. 

The 2023 application period for additional grant awards is planned to open spring of 2023. Revised guidance for 2023 will be posted when received from the USDA Forest Service. The ​​2022 eligibility​​ flowchart and 2022 CWDG Program fact sheet remain helpful tools to plan for the upcoming 2023 application process.

Wed. 03/22/23
Interagency Training Exercise Planned For Lincoln County's Emergency Responders
Lincoln City Police - 03/22/23 5:45 PM

Public safety agencies from all over Lincoln County will be taking part in an interagency training exercise for emergency response to a large-scale critical event on Saturday, April 1, 2023. This training event will be a day-long event that will allow emergency responders from Lincoln County to work and train together to become better prepared to respond in the event a critical incident occurs in our county. 

This training exercise will be taking place at the Oceanlake Elementary School campus in Lincoln City, and we want to alert the public in hopes of minimizing any alarm or confusion that may occur when people see a large concentration of police cars, fire vehicles, and ambulances heading to or parked at the school. The training exercise will be occurring during Spring Break when no students will be present at the school, and the only school staff present will be those scheduled to take part in the exercise. Signs will be posted outside the school indicating that a training exercise is underway.

Agencies participating in the training exercise include the Toledo Fire Department, North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Newport Fire Department, Lincoln City Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department, Pacific West Ambulance, First Student Transportation, Care Oregon, and the Lincoln County School District. 

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Lincoln City Police Department Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn at 541-994-3636 or Toledo Fire Department Training Captain Shannon Brecik at 541-336-3311 x 5203.

All emergency response agencies would like to extend a big thank you to the Lincoln County School District for allowing the use of their building for this training exercise. The cooperation of all our emergency response agencies and our school district partners is crucial to helping keep the communities and citizens of Lincoln County safe. 

Submitted by:  Lieutenant Jeffrey Winn

Search Warrant Service -- Lane County Sheriff's Office
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/22/23 4:17 PM

Lane County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant shortly before 9:00am this morning at a residence in the 1500blk of Adelman Lp. in Eugene pursuant to a robbery investigation they are conducting. 

The Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Team initially responded to assist with the warrant as there was information to believe that the suspects could be armed and dangerous. 

Deputies are still processing the scene and the investigation is ongoing.  One person was detained for questioning without incident.  More information will be released as it becomes available.


Bureau of Land Management seeks proposals to fund natural resource projects
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 03/22/23 3:21 PM

Portland, Ore. – About $3 million in funding is available for natural resource projects that restore and improve public lands across western Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management encourages individuals, organizations, and local governments to submit funding applications for consideration. 

Project funding is available through Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Proposed projects should restore land health, improve water quality, or maintain existing infrastructure. Projects must benefit Oregon and California Grant (O&C) lands and resources. O&C lands are located in the 18 western Oregon counties, including: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. 

“Title II funds are used to make investments in public lands and create employment opportunities,” said Heather Whitman, Roseburg District Manager. “These projects are vital because they improve cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for public lands.”  

BLM officials encourage applicants to discuss their project proposals with them prior to submission. Please contact the BLM District representative where the project would be implemented:

The application forms, criteria, and instructions are available through grants.gov. The grant is under the heading Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement L23AS00283 BLM OR/WA Secure Rural Schools, Title II Grants. 

Applications are due by May 15, 2023. 

Examples of previously funded projects include noxious weed treatments, trail maintenance, garbage removal, and stream restoration. 

The Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee will review the applications at their fall 2023 meeting.

Information about the BLM’s Western Oregon Resource Advisory Committee is available at: blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/near-you/oregon-washington/western-oregon-rac

OHA providing vouchers for free well testing, water treatment
Oregon Health Authority - 03/22/23 1:21 PM

March 22, 2023

Media contacts: Jonathan Modie, Oregon Health Authority, 971-246-9139, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

OHA providing vouchers for free well testing, water treatment

Umatilla, Morrow residents in Groundwater Management Area can submit applications through May 15

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Health Authority is urging private well users in Umatilla and Morrow counties to take advantage of free water testing and treatment so well users in those counties can know their risk of exposure to nitrate and other contaminants.

Domestic (private) well users who live in parts of Umatilla and Morrow counties that are within the Lower Umatilla Basin Groundwater Management Area, or LUBGWMA, are eligible to apply for water testing vouchers. To be eligible for a free voucher the well water must be used for drinking, bathing, cooking and washing dishes, and the well is not part of a public water system.

“It’s important that everyone in this area of concern who relies on a domestic well finds out whether they are exposed to high nitrates and other common contaminants in their drinking water,” said Gabriela Goldfarb, OHA’s Environmental Public Health Section manager. “Testing is an essential first step that allows OHA to provide well users in Umatilla and Morrow counties access to treatment systems or other alternative sources of water for daily living.”

Testing voucher applications are accepted through May 15 and expire June 7. They cover testing for nitrate, arsenic, bacteria, lead, iron, manganese and hardness. Applications are available at http://bit.ly/3xzx1cp. They also can be accessed from OHA’s LUBGWMA page in both English and Spanish.

As of today, 38 testing vouchers have been distributed in Morrow County and one in Umatilla County. Most were submitted following a March 11 event organized by Morrow County Public Health and community-based organization Oregon Rural Action. Volunteers went door to door to promote well water testing, distribute OHA well testing voucher applications and collect water samples.

Morrow County conducted extensive water testing after issuing a June 2022 domestic well water emergency declaration; Umatilla County has also made testing available to residents. OHA is working closely with the counties to use existing test results to identify households at risk and offer treatment and, where treatment is not adequate, provide alternative water supplies with support from the Oregon Department of Human Services. End-of-tap treatment systems are not effective when nitrate levels are above 25 milligrams per liter (mg/L), or may not produce enough water to meet the needs of larger households.

There are an estimated 4,500 wells used for drinking water in the LUBGWMA. Some wells serve multiple households. OHA estimates about 80% of the wells are in Umatilla County and 20% are in Morrow County.

OHA’s testing and treatment effort is funded through June 2023 by a $881,987 Legislative Emergency Board allocation, which pays for 800 tests and 84 reverse-osmosis treatment systems. Gov. Tina Kotek’s budget request this year includes resources that would extend funding for this work into the 2023-2025 biennium.

OHA will soon begin providing vouchers for in-home treatment systems for certain households with private well water. Those that have tested at or above 10 mg/L, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) maximum recommended contaminant level for the compound in drinking water, may be eligible for treatment or provision of water for household use.

The LUBGWMA is an area that spans the northern portions of Morrow and Umatilla counties along the Columbia River, and encompasses the cities of Hermiston, Boardman, Irrigon, Stanfield, Echo and nearby unincorporated areas. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) designated the LUBGWMA in 1990 under Oregon’s groundwater Quality Protection Act of 1989 due to regional nitrate-nitrogen concentrations in groundwater that exceeded 7 mg/L.

Here is what different nitrate levels mean: The federal Safe Drinking Water Act defines high nitrate as a level exceeding 10 mg/L.

  • Nitrate up to 10 mg/L is SAFE for all uses.
  • Nitrate between 11 mg/L and 40 mg/L is NOT SAFE to drink for infants who rely on baby formula, children younger than 3, or women who are or may become pregnant, or to use for tooth brushing in children younger than 3. It is SAFE to drink short term, up to a year, by people 3 and older (except pregnant women), pets and livestock. It is SAFE for other domestic uses, including bathing, washing dishes, laundry and garden irrigation.
  • Nitrate above 40 mg/L is NOT SAFE for drinking. It is SAFE for other domestic uses, including bathing, washing dishes, laundry and garden irrigation.

OHA has additional information about nitrate in a fact sheet posted on its website in English and Spanish.


Officer Involved Shooting- Cascadia - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 03/22/23 12:45 PM

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Section and the Linn County Major Crimes Team responded to Linn County to investigate an officer involved shooting.  


At approximately 2 P.M., Linn County Deputies responded to the area of Cascadia to investigate a reported disturbance.  Upon arrival at the reported location, Deputies confronted an armed male and the incident resulted in two Deputies discharging their duty weapons.  Deputies rendered emergency medical aid to the suspect, Noah David Colgrove (30) of Sweet Home, however he was declared deceased at the scene.  The Deputies were uninjured during the incident. 


The Deputies involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave; per agency policy and practice.


At this time, no further information is available for release.  This is on-going investigation and future updates will come from the Oregon State Police or the Linn County District Attorney’s Office.

Annual Hydrant Flushing - April 1 to June 30, 2023 (Photo)
Roseburg Fire Dept. - 03/22/23 11:35 AM
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The Roseburg Fire Department will be flushing fire hydrants from April 1, 2023 through June 30, 2023.  Hydrant flushing will be conducted from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. 

The Fire Department realizes that hydrant flushing may cause some inconvenience, however, the flushing program is necessary to ensure the proper functioning and delivery of adequate water from the water mains when needed for fire control.  The community’s cooperation with this hydrant-flushing program is appreciated. 

During the flushing process, customers may experience low water pressure or discolored water. While the water is safe to drink, customers may prefer to wait until it runs clear before drinking or washing clothes and dishes.

Attached Media Files: Image 1

Corvallis Police Investigate Stabbing at the Skate Park
Corvallis Police - 03/22/23 9:30 AM



03/22/2023 09:24 AM


Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 / benjamin.harvey@corvallisoregon.gov


Corvallis Police Investigate Stabbing at the Skate Park


On March 22, 2023 at approximately 3:05 am, Officers of the Corvallis Police Department responded to the area of the Skate Park, 190 SW B Ave, for a report of a stabbing. Officers arriving on scene located a 41-year-old male, with no fixed address with stab wounds. The male victim was transported by ambulance to the emergency room where he is being treated for his injuries. Detectives from the Corvallis Police Department were called in and the investigation is ongoing. Police vehicles, crime scene tape and personnel will be in the area of the Skate Park throughout the day as the investigation continues. Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the incident are encouraged to contact Corvallis Police Detective Josh Zessin. Detective Zessin can be contacted at 541-766-6924.

Oregon Psilocybin Services issues state's first licenses
Oregon Health Authority - 03/22/23 9:00 AM

March 22, 2023

Contact: Afiq Hisham, 971-273-3374, PHD.Communications@oha.oregon.gov

Oregon Psilocybin Services issues state’s first licenses

PORTLAND, Ore. –Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has issued the state’s first psilocybin license as part of the nation’s first regulatory framework for psilocybin services. The manufacturer license was issued to a woman-owned business, Satori Farms PDX LLC, owned by Tori Armbrust. As the nation celebrates Women’s History Month, this woman-owned business will bring communities one step closer towards accessing psilocybin services in Oregon.

“We congratulate Tori Armbrust of Satori Farms PDX LLC for being issued the first psilocybin license in Oregon’s history and for representing women leading the way for the emerging psilocybin ecosystem,” says Oregon Psilocybin Services Section Manager Angie Allbee. “We are committed to fostering an inclusive partnership with our regulated community to ensure safe, effective and equitable psilocybin services throughout the state.”

The role of Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) is to license psilocybin facilitators, manufacturers, service centers and laboratories, while ensuring that those licensees and their workers comply with Oregon law. OPS began accepting applications for the four license types on January 2, 2023. OPS expects to issue additional licenses to laboratories, service centers and facilitators in the coming months.

Anyone interested in accessing psilocybin services can find service centers and facilitators once they are licensed on the OPS Licensee Directory website. The directory will contain licensee names and contact details for all licensees that have requested to have their information published. This may also provide opportunities for licensed psilocybin businesses to connect.

Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) has also begun publishing a Weekly Report on Applications for Licenses and Worker Permits. The new weekly report includes information about total number of applications received by type and status. OPS will update the report on a weekly basis.

OPS encourages the public to visit the OPS website for more information and to sign up for updates on the section’s work.

For the latest updates, subscribe to the Oregon Psilocybin Services distribution list at: oregon.gov/psilocybin 


Benton County Board of Commissioners response to community petition regarding Coffin Butte landfill (Photo)
Benton County Government - 03/22/23 7:16 AM
Benton County logo
Benton County logo

The Benton County Board of Commissioners is aware that advocates are circulating a petition asking the Board to delay its consideration of any land use action at Coffin Butte landfill until after the County has completed a sustainable materials management plan.

The following message was delivered by Benton County Board Chair Pat Malone at the Benton County Board of Commissioners Meeting on March, 21, 2023:

While we appreciate the level of interest in Benton County’s solid waste and disposal future, we have consistently asked community members, including our Planning Commission, Solid Waste Advisory Council, and Disposal Site Advisory Committee to focus their comments to the Workgroup as the “One Table” for issues related to solid waste and disposal, including Coffin Butte landfill.

Over the past year, dozens of community members have invested substantial time and energy into that constructive effort and we continue to ask all interested community members to direct comments to the solid waste process work group at entoncountytalkstrash@bentoncountyor.gov">bentoncountytalkstrash@bentoncountyor.gov.

To be clear, Benton County has not received any new application at the landfill and the County will not prematurely judge or take a position on any land use application.

Regarding the petition, it asks the Board of Commissioners to take action that is outside of our scope of authority under Oregon law and is asking us to take one or more actions that could jeopardize the County’s ability to manage the decision-making process, instead turning the action over to the landfill operator and Oregon courts.

Importantly, when any land use application is filed in the state of Oregon, a local government, including Benton County, must take final action within 150 days of receiving the complete application. If Benton County were to delay taking action, that would open the door for an applicant to take action in circuit court that could compel judicial approval of the proposal.

The Board is committed to keep land use decision-making authority here in our community, where we can hear from all voices directly, and then decide fairly and objectively what is right for our future.

We think that makes sense for the future of our community, for the Willamette Valley, and for Oregon. Thank you for your collaborative participation in this important discussion.


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please contact Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or pioinfo@bentoncountyor.gov.

Attached Media Files: Benton County logo

Leaders/Experts team to get "In the Know about H20" (Photo)
Benton County Government - 03/22/23 3:00 AM

Benton County is teaming with Oregon State University researchers, state and federal agency partners, County Commissioners, industry leaders, non-profit advocates, and other key stakeholders for an “In the Know about H20” discussion at the Willamette Valley Planners Network Meeting, Thursday, March 23 from 3-5 p.m. at the Benton County Kalapuya Building in Corvallis.

The session will provide colleagues working on a wide range of water issues the opportunity to discuss the future of water in the Willamette Valley and the importance of individual and collective water resource management.

“These researchers, legislators, and change-makers who have common understandings and different perspectives about water security are coming together for an important discussion,” said Shannon Bush. “Researchers will highlight how their latest work may directly inform and/or impact water scarcity, access, or quality issues in local communities.” 

OSU research presentations will be followed by a panel discussion focused on identifying opportunities to improve collaboration and partnerships, resource sharing, and envisioning the future of water security in the Willamette Valley.

WHEN: Thursday, March 23, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: 4500 SW Research Way, Corvallis, OR 97333

WHAT and WHY: 

  • 45 mins: OSU researchers will each have 5 minutes for a “lightning round” to present their latest research and findings. This is meant to share state-of-the-art research related to and impacts planners, communities, etc.
  • 45 mins-1 hour: Moderated panel discussion tying in some of the OSU researchers’ findings and recommendations with panelists asking thought-provoking questions of the group, trying to consider ways to address water access, security, scarcity, quality, etc.
  • 20-30 mins: Open forum Q&A among attendees.


“Lightning Round” speakers include:

Dr. Meghna Babbar-Sebens, OSU, Associate Professor of Water Resources Engineering and Co-Director of the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure (OGSIR) Facility

Dr. Xue Jin, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering (drinking water expert)

Dr. Salini Sasidharan, Assistant Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering, College of Agriculture (groundwater management expertise)

Dr. Mary Santelmann, Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (wetlands ecology, biogeography expertise)

Dr. Abigail Tomasek, Assistant Professor and Statewide Soil Water Quality Extension Specialist, Crop and Soil Science, College of Agriculture

Dr. Mohammed F. Azizian, Faculty Research Associate, School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

Andrew Millison, Senior Instructor, Dept. of Horticulture and founder of Permaculture Design 

Stephen Gingerich, U.S.G.S. Research Hydrologist


 Panelists include:

Xanthippe Augerot, Benton County Commissioner

J. Rose Wallick, U.S.G.S. Hydrologist at Oregon Water Resource Center

Dr. Todd Jarvis, Institute for Water & Watersheds (water policy and governance expertise)

Sean Scorvo, Benton County Planning Commissioner

James Thom, Operations Director, HP 

Darren Nichols, Benton County Community Development Director, Panel Moderator


Benton County is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring and employment practices. This document is available in alternative formats and languages upon request. Please call Cory Grogan at 541-745-4468 or email pioinfo@co.benton.or.us.

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Tue. 03/21/23
Linn County Sheriff's Deputies Involved in Shooting (Photo)
Linn County Sheriff's Office - 03/21/23 6:28 PM

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports that deputies of the Sheriff’s Office have been involved in an officer-involved shooting, while responding to a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance at a residence in east Linn County. The Linn County Major Crimes Team, led by Oregon State Police, have been engaged to investigate the shooting, as is required by agency policy and state statute. We will provide updates as additional details become available.

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DPSST Telecommunications Policy Committee Meeting Cancelled
Ore. Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training - 03/21/23 4:01 PM




Notice of Meeting Cancellation

The Telecommunications Policy Committee of the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training meeting scheduled for May 3rd, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled due to lack of agenda items.

The next Telecommunications Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for August 2nd, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.


The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities Enters Shared Services Partnership with Core Education to Benefit Members
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities - 03/21/23 4:00 PM

TUALATIN, OR, March 21, 2023 – The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (The Alliance) has signed an operating agreement with Core Education Services, a public benefit corporation on a mission to transform the business model for small- and mid-sized colleges and universities to unleash its shared service platform and business transformation solutions. The agreement with Core will allow The Alliance and its 12-member institutions to leverage economies of scale to improve services, technology and operating effectiveness. 

“The combined budgets of The Alliance member institutions are more than $1 Billion,” said President of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities Brent Wilder. “We need to find the right platform to empower our institutions to work independently yet take advantage of the economies of scale for shared services. Our operating agreement with Core provides us with the best of both worlds.” 

“The operating partnership with Core is an important strategic initiative,” said President of Linfield University and Chairman of the board for The Alliance Miles Davis. “The operating agreement with Core creates a shared service platform that encourages inter-institutional collaboration, improving the collective strength of our 12 institutions.”   

The agreement allows The Alliance institutions to transform their business models with shared service through a unique operating partnership. Supporting services and expanded human resources for member institutions include enterprise and campus technology, institutional research, financial planning, capital strategies, workflow automation, academic programming services, revenue growth, and compliance support services. 

“Business model transformation requires innovation and creativity,” said Executive Chairman of Core Education Rick Beyer. “By creating economies of scale and providing access to top talent and resources that would otherwise be inaccessible, members of The Alliance will have an operating partner who understands what it takes to establish long-term prosperity through transformation.”

About the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities
The Alliance’s activities foster collaboration and find the intersection between the needs and expertise of member institutions, industry leaders, philanthropy, and government. In doing so, The Alliance is a contributing partner to Oregon’s 40-40-20 education attainment goal, strengthening the state’s intellectual, creative, and economic resources. The mission of Oregon Alliance of Independent College and Universities is to represent and serve its member institutions, all of which are accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in Oregon. For more information, please visit www.oaicu.org.

About Core Education Services, PBC
Core Education is a public benefit corporation with a mission to help small- and mid-sized institutions transform their business model. By creating a culture of prosperity, Core leverages its economies of scale to achieve operational effectiveness, technological efficiency, and market expansion implemented through innovative shared services. For more information, please visit www.core.edu.


UPDATE - Oregon Department of Human Services announces that Mia Macias has been found
Oregon Department of Human Services - 03/21/23 3:12 PM

(Salem) – The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Child Welfare Division, is thankful for the community support to find Mia Macias. 

Mia, age 16, is a child who went missing from Salem on Nov. 29, 2022. She was found March 17, 2023. 

Sometimes when a child is missing they may be in significant danger and ODHS may need to locate them to assess and support their safety. As ODHS works to do everything it can to find these missing children and assess their safety, media alerts will be issued in some circumstances when it is determined necessary. Sometimes, in these situations, a child may go missing repeatedly, resulting in more than one media alert for the same child.

Report child abuse to the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline by calling 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).  This toll-free number allows you to report abuse of any child or adult to the Oregon Department of Human Services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. 


Subjects Arrested in Connection to Recent Armed Robberies
Douglas Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/21/23 3:07 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Sheriff's Office has arrested three individuals for their involvement in a series of armed robberies that occurred between February 9th and February 12th, 2023.

The Log Cabin Grocery was robbed on February 9th and then on February 12th, the Winchester Market and the Dillard Market were robbed.  The Sheriff's Office along with the Roseburg Police Department investigated the robberies. During the course of the investigation 33 year old Dillon Oden of Roseburg and 33 year old Aurelio Sandoval of Los Angeles were developed as suspects.

On March 12th, 2023, Sheriff's Deputies responded to a disturbance in the Green area that involved stolen property and a firearm. During the course of that investigation, deputies arrested Oden and Sandoval on charges related to the disturbance.  Sheriff's Detectives responded to the scene and subsequently served a search warrant.  Detectives identified 29 year old Sabastian Tucker of Myrtle Creek as a third suspect in the robberies.

On March 15th, all three suspects were arrested and charged with multiple charges relating to the armed robberies including First Degree Robbery.


03-21-23 Meeting Notice - DC Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Kick Off Meeting (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/21/23 1:56 PM
DCMJNHMP Kick Off Meeting Agenda
DCMJNHMP Kick Off Meeting Agenda


March 21, 2023




Douglas County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan

2023 Update Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, March 22, 2023



(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice and Tim Freeman, in conjunction with the Douglas County Planning Department, Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and the University of Oregon are pleased to inform the public that the kick off meeting for the 2023 update of the Douglas County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm via an online zoom meeting. 


In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting. To view the meeting online, please visit: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88461604293?pwd=cjVJZ005L3BHdDB6d002U2pnaHA0QT09.  Using Passcode: 783160 | Webinar ID: 884 6160 4293.


For additional information about this meeting, please contact the Douglas County Planning Department at (541) 440-4289 or email at planning2@co.douglas.or.us  The meeting agenda is attached and can also be found at https://douglascounty-oregon.us/.


Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.  Please contact the Douglas County Planning Department in Room 106 of the Justice Building at the Douglas County Courthouse, 

located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon, or call (541) 440-4289, prior to the scheduled 

meeting time if you need an accommodation. 







Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us


Attached Media Files: DCMJNHMP Kick Off Meeting Agenda

Two beach campgrounds to close temporarily this fall and winter (Photo)
Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. - 03/21/23 12:50 PM
Bullards Beach Yurt Village
Bullards Beach Yurt Village

OREGON COAST, Ore—Two popular coastal campgrounds will temporarily close this fall and winter for construction projects. 

Bullards Beach, two miles north of Bandon, and Beverly Beach, seven miles north of Newport, will close their campgrounds temporarily for construction projects. 

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department understands that it takes time to plan a trip and wanted to give potential visitors enough notice to find alternative parks for their fall and winter visits.

  • Beverly Beach campgrounds will be closed Sept. 5, 2023 through May 24, 2024 to upgrade the park and campground power and water lines as part of the Go Bond projects, which include improvements at 11 parks around the state
  • Bullards Beach campgrounds will be closed Oct. 15, 2023 through March 15, 2024 for a main sewer line upgrade. 

While the campgrounds will be closed at Bullards Beach, visitors can still enjoy the day-use area, boat ramp, lighthouse and horse camp, which will remain open. 

All facilities will be closed at Beverly Beach.

OPRD knows that these campgrounds are well loved places that will be missed this fall and winter season. The closures will allow crews to improve the parks for seasons to come. 

“Thank you for your patience as we make improvements to the campground that will enhance the park experience for all of our visitors,” said Bullards Beach Park Manager Nick Schoeppner.

Attached Media Files: Bullards Beach Yurt Village , Beverly Beach

Gresham company recalling frozen strawberry products linked to hepatitis A cases in Washington
Oregon Health Authority - 03/21/23 10:10 AM

March 21, 2023

Media contacts:

Gresham company recalling frozen strawberry products linked to hepatitis A cases in Washington

Oregon health officials are working with federal partners to determine whether product has caused any illnesses in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore.— Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham is recalling frozen "Organic Strawberries” sold at Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood and PCC Community Markets, and frozen “Organic Tropical Fruit Blend” sold at Trader Joe’s, due to an outbreak of hepatitis A illnesses.

Five outbreak-associated cases of hepatitis A have been reported in Washington since March 13. The five cases occurred between November 11 and December 27, 2022, and two individuals required hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone reported eating frozen organic strawberries.

Although no patients with hepatitis A in Oregon have been definitively linked to the consumption of these products, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) officials are monitoring the outbreak in Washington. In addition, OHA is interviewing persons diagnosed with hepatitis A to determine if any have consumed frozen berries.

“Since these products were available in Oregon stores, we want to let people know about them so they can take steps to protect themselves and their families,” said Ann Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., a public health physician in OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section. “At this point, OHA is carefully investigating any new cases of hepatitis A virus to determine if they are associated with the outbreak, but we have not yet been able to link any Oregon cases to these products.”

The following products are subject to this recall:

Brand Name

Product Name

Net Weight


Best By Date

Distributed in States

Simply Nature

Organic Strawberries

24 oz.





Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin


Vital Choice

Organic Strawberries

16 oz.







Kirkland Signature

Organic Strawberries

4 lbs.





Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington


Made With

Organic Strawberries

10 oz.





Illinois, Maryland


PCC Community Markets

Organic Strawberries

32 oz.



29/10/2024 (as printed on package)




Trader Joe’s

Organic Tropical Fruit Blend Pineapple, Bananas, Strawberries & Mango


16 oz.



04/25/24, 05/12/24, 05/23/24, 05/30/24, 06/07/24




The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company continue their investigation into what caused the problem. In addition, the company is removing all inventories of the affected lot from sale.

“The company is voluntarily recalling the affected products and cooperating with the FDA,” said Karel Smit, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Food Safety Program manager. “The purpose of the recall is to remove the products from commerce and prevent the public from consuming potentially affected products.”

Although no hepatitis A virus has been found in the products, consumers should stop eating the product, and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund, or throw it away. Consumers with questions may contact the company at .service@scenicfruit.com">customer.service@scenicfruit.com.

Thomas said, “People who believe they’ve gotten sick from consuming frozen strawberries purchased at Costco or Trader Joe’s should contact a health care provider.”

Since 2014, Oregon has seen an average of 20 cases a year, with 2020 having the highest number at 29. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes), tiredness, stomach pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (frequent watery bowel movements), dark urine, and light-colored bowel movements.

The disease varies in severity, with mild cases lasting two weeks or less and more severe cases lasting four to six weeks or longer. Hepatitis A infection can result in hospitalization. Some individuals, especially children, may not develop jaundice and may have a mild illness that can go unnoticed. However, even mildly ill people can be highly infectious. People with symptoms suggestive of hepatitis should consult a physician immediately, even if symptoms are mild.

For information about the national hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen strawberries, visit the CDC website. General information about hepatitis A is available on OHA’s and CDC’s websites.


Press Release: Oregon's Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Changed Little in February
Oregon Employment Department - 03/21/23 10:00 AM

March 21, 2023 

umenauer@employ.oregon.gov">Gail Krumenauer, State Employment Economist (971) 301-3771 
Video and Audio available at 10 a.m. 

Oregon’s Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Changed Little in February 

In Oregon, nonfarm payroll employment declined by 100 jobs in February, following a gain of 9,600 jobs in January. Job losses in February were largest in manufacturing (-1,300 jobs) and financial activities (-1,000). Gains were largest in construction (+1,400 jobs), private educational services (+1,000), and government (+700). 

Nondurable goods manufacturing experienced more job cuts than normal in both January and February. The industry employed 57,800 in February, which was close to its February totals of the prior two years. Food manufacturing comprises about half of nondurable goods manufacturing employment and, at 27,800 jobs in February, was close to its February totals of each of the past seven years. Meanwhile, durable goods manufacturing hasn’t gained much ground lately, as it has hovered close to 137,000 jobs during the past eight months. Recent gains in machinery manufacturing have been offset by declines in computer and electronic product manufacturing

Construction employment rose sharply in February, reaching another record high of 122,700. The industry added 7,500 jobs, or 6.5%, over the past 12 months. Since February 2022, all published components of construction are up between 3.8% and 9.3%. The component that grew the fastest was building equipment contractors, which added 3,000 jobs, or 9.3%, in that time. Both components within construction of buildings grew close to 4%, with residential building construction up 800 jobs, or 3.8%, and nonresidential building construction up 500 jobs, or 4.3%. 

Government employment rebounded above to its pre-pandemic high of early 2020, as it rose to 302,100 jobs in February. Local government education rose to 139,100 jobs in February, which was 6,500 jobs above its year-ago figure, and is now nearly back to its February 2020 total of 141,900. Local government, excluding education slowly expanded over the past eight months; it employed 97,700 in February. 

Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.7% in February, little changed from 4.8% in January. Oregon’s unemployment rate averaged 4.8% over the past six months. In February, the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 3.6%, from 3.4% in January. 

Next Press Releases 
The Oregon Employment Department plans to release the February county and metropolitan area unemployment rates on Tuesday, March 28, and the next statewide unemployment rate and employment survey data for March on Wednesday, April 19.


Attached Media Files: 2023-03/930/162101/employment_in_Oregon_--_February_2023_--_press_release.pdf

Fatal Crash - HWY 97 - Deschutes County
Oregon State Police - 03/21/23 9:05 AM

On Monday, March 20, 2023, at approximately 7:45 A.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Hwy 97, near milepost 151, in Deschutes County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a 2005 Toyota 4Runner, operated by Leland Daniel Angier (31) of Bend, was traveling northbound on Hwy 97, near MP 151, when it lost control on icy road conditions, slid off the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a stop. The single occupant of the vehicle was declared deceased at the scene.


The roadway was impacted for approximately 4 hours during the on-scene investigation of the crash.


OSP was assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriffs' Office, Sunriver PD, Sunriver Fire, and ODOT.

Corvallis League of Women Voters host forum on upcoming County bond measure (Photo)
Benton County Government - 03/21/23 9:00 AM

The Corvallis League of Women Voters hosted representatives from Benton County and other community organizations, March 14, for an educational forum about the County’s facilities bond measure that will be on the May 2023 ballot. More than 50 community members were in attendance.

Commissioner Xan Augerot and Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall provided a brief presentation detailing components of the Justice System Improvement Program and proposed measure 2-140, which would fund community safety, mental health, and homelessness services facilities in Benton County. 

“The planning process started in 2018 with a comprehensive assessment of the entire justice system. Some of the recommendations have been implemented with existing County funds or other state and federal funding and are not part of the bond measure,” said Augerot. “Those facilities include the downtown mental health crisis center and the new courthouse and District Attorney’s offices to be located on the new community safety and justice campus.”

The proposed facilities selected for inclusion in the bond were determined through a multi-year, community-involved planning process. If passed, Measure 2-140 would fund the following projects:

  • A co-located Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center to improve coordination during major events and natural disasters, and to improve emergency response.
  • A new correctional facility with increased capacity (up to 120 beds) and dedicated areas to provide mental health and addiction services.
  • Expanded and redesigned spaces for the Children and Family Program mental health services for youth and families.
  • Funding for homelessness services facilities, with a preferred option of a homelessness services housing and navigation center, in partnership with Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center, to help people build pathways out of homelessness.

Estimated costs for proposed bond projects total $110 million:

Correctional facility$64.3 M
Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Operations Center$40.4 M
Expanded Youth Mental Health Facilities$1.5 M
Funding for Homelessness Navigation Center$3 M
Bond issuance costs$800,000

Commissioner Augerot outlined details of the proposed facilities and shared that if the bond measure passes, the bond levy rate would be an estimated $0.55 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The cost would be an estimated $142 per year for a Benton County home with a median tax-assessed value of $258,596. The actual levy rate may differ due to changes in interest rates and assessed value. If the bond does not pass, the proposed facilities would not be built, and property taxes would not increase.

In addition to Commissioner Augerot and Sheriff Van Arsdall, speakers included Laura Hennum, CEO of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Allison Hobgood, Executive Director of the Corvallis Daytime Drop-in Center, who spoke about the challenges in mental health crisis services and providing resources for those experiencing homelessness in Benton County. Panelists for the question-and-answer period included the speakers and Benton County Chief Financial Officer Rick Crager and Deputy Director of Benton County Behavioral Health Department, Damien Sands.

“The panel was amazing and really brought out the connectedness of all the services of Benton County and other providers. The League of Women Voters of Corvallis was pleased to have a panel of experts who could explain what is included in the bond measure as well as answer questions from an engaged audience,” said LWV board member and event coordinator Sara Ingle. 

To learn more about the bond measure, visit www.bentoncountyjustice.org.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/4171/162092/benton-county-logo-horizontal-full-color-rgb.png

Fatal Crash - Interstate 5 - Linn County
Oregon State Police - 03/21/23 8:26 AM

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, at approximately 3:05 P.M., the Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5, near milepost 210, in Linn County.


The preliminary investigation indicated a 2022 Freightliner (CMV) and trailer, operated by Branden Hamilton (50) of Buffalo (NY), went off the roadway and impacted the guardrail and bridge cement barrier on Interstate-5 southbound, near milepost 210. Hamilton was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. 


The highway was closed for approximately 6 hours during the on-scene investigation. The cause of the crash is unknown, however investigators believe the operator may have suffered a medical event prior to the crash.


OSP was assisted by the Halsey/Shedd Fire Department and ODOT.

Mon. 03/20/23
OHA issues statement on Legacy Mount Hood waiver request
Oregon Health Authority - 03/20/23 5:06 PM

March 20, 2023

Media contacts: Jonathan Modie, Oregon Health Authority, 971-246-9139, 


OHA issues statement on Legacy Mount Hood waiver request

PORTLAND, Ore.— Oregon Health Authority is issuing the following statement regarding Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center’s request for a waiver that would allow it to discontinue maternity services at its Family Birth Center:

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is highly concerned about reports that maternity patients at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center are being redirected to other Legacy hospitals such as Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. OHA has not granted Legacy’s waiver and is in the process of reviewing Legacy’s responses to the many questions OHA posed to Legacy about its waiver request. OHA received Legacy’s responses late on Friday, March 17. OHA has been very clear with Legacy that it cannot cease providing required maternity services at its Family Birth Center without receiving OHA approval of a waiver.

OHA will be investigating reports that Legacy has ceased providing maternity services. 


Linn County District Attorney has reached findings regarding an officer involved shooting
Albany Police - 03/20/23 3:40 PM

The Linn County District Attorney has reached a decision regarding an officer involved shooting from February 8, 2023.  The written decision is attached to this release.  Any questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Albany Police Department PIO, Captain Brad Liles.

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/1192/162091/doc12873820230320151602.pdf

Corvallis Police Investigate Shooting on March 19, 2023
Corvallis Police - 03/20/23 3:09 PM

News Release

Corvallis Police Department

180 NW 5th Street

Corvallis, OR97330


03/20/2023 2:55 PM


Media Contact: 

Lt. Ben Harvey, Corvallis Police Department

(541) 766-6556 / benjamin.harvey@corvallisoregon.gov


Corvallis Police Investigate Shooting on March 19, 2023


On March 19, 2023 at approximately 10:35 pm, Officers of the Corvallis Police Department responded to the area of NW 9th Street near NW Walnut Blvd for a report of two vehicles ramming each other while traveling westbound on NW Walnut Blvd. Additionally, the caller reported hearing a gunshot. Officers quickly located both vehicles and safely detained who they believe to be all involved persons in the area. No persons were injured in the incident, although we do believe a firearm was fired at least one time by the involved subjects during the altercation. Detectives from the Corvallis Police Department were called in to investigate. Two persons were initially arrested on unrelated warrants during the investigation, which is ongoing. The incident spanned over many blocks in North Corvallis beginning at approximately 10:09 pm until 10:40 pm. The involved vehicles are described as a black mid-size SUV and a black minivan.   Anyone with information, or who may have witnessed the incident are encouraged to contact Detective Smith at the Corvallis Police Department. Detective Smith can be reached at 541-766-6924.

Lane County Sheriff's Office Seeking Applicants for Cadet Program (Photo)
Lane Co. Sheriff's Office - 03/20/23 3:00 PM

Interested in serving your community and learning more about a career in law enforcement? 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office Cadet Program is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 who have an interest in law enforcement.  The Cadet Program provides an opportunity to get first-hand experience working in the criminal justice field.  Cadets are able to develop skills and knowledge in order to prepare for full-time employment in a very important and fulfilling career.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be between 18 and 21 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in high school / GED program, or have a high school diploma / GED

Cadets Will:

  • Participate in law enforcement ride-alongs
  • Receive training in law enforcement procedures, legal issues, use of force, corrections operations and patrol operations
  • Learn about the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office and work with special teams including Marine Patrol, Dunes Patrol, And Forest Patrol

This is a competitive process that will be closing soon!  Apply today at:


Additional information may be found at: http://www.LaneCountyOr.gov/Sheriff_Cadet_Program or by contacting Sgt. Alex Speldrich at ich@lanecountyor.gov">alex.speldrich@lanecountyor.gov

Attached Media Files: 2023-03/6111/162089/Cadets.jpg

PacificSource Health Plans Partners with Aetna Signature Administrators(R) to Improve Access to National In-network Care
PacificSource Health Plans - 03/20/23 11:21 AM


(SPRINGFIELD, Ore.) March 20, 2023— PacificSource Health Plans is pleased to announce a new business collaboration with Aetna Signature Administrators® that will improve access to care for PacificSource members when traveling or residing outside of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Aetna’s preferred provider organization (PPO) network will give PacificSource members in-network access to more than 6,000 hospitals and 1.5 million participating physicians and ancillary providers. Aetna will replace First Health Network, PacificSource’s current national partner, on June 1, 2023.

Access to Aetna’s PPO network will be offered to PacificSource members covered on individual and family plans, employer group plans and student health plans. Services from Aetna PPO network providers, outside the PacificSource four-state area, will be paid as in-network. The new partnership does not include Medicare or Medicaid members.

“We are pleased to welcome Aetna as a trusted partner and have full confidence our members traveling or residing outside our four-state service area can get the care they need through their comprehensive network of providers,” said Peter McGarry, PacificSource vice president of provider network.

PacificSource in-network plan benefits remain the same for members using Aetna’s provider network outside of PacificSource’s four-state service areas of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Montana.  

About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,800 people and serves over 600,000 members throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information, visit PacificSource.com.

Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo)
Oregon Dept. of Corrections - 03/20/23 10:43 AM

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, William M. Blanscet, died the evening of March 19, 2023. Blanscet was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) in Salem and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Blanscet entered DOC custody on April 9, 2004, from Josephine County with an earliest release date of April 2, 2032. Blanscet was 53 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 men and women who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

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



Attached Media Files: William M. Blanscet

Clackamas Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of Local Pub
U.S. Attorney's Office - District of Oregon - 03/20/23 10:38 AM

PORTLAND, Ore.—A Clackamas, Oregon man was sentenced to federal prison today for robbing a local pub with a gun.

Dustin Lee Henderson, 42, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on November 22, 2019, Henderson robbed the Lighthouse Pub, a public house and deli located on 82nd Avenue in Clackamas. In video surveillance of the robbery, Henderson was seen handing the pub clerk a bag, brandishing a firearm, and taking five cartons of cigarettes. The pub’s owner chased Henderson through the parking lot when Henderson discharged a single round from his firearm, prompting the owner to stop the chase. Law enforcement later recovered a .22 caliber cartridge case near the site of the shooting.

Law enforcement later observed Henderson in a nearby mobile home lot and arrested him. Investigators executed a state search warrant on a mobile home where Henderson resided and recovered the stolen cigarette cartons, clothes worn by Henderson during the robbery, and a .22 pistol. DNA analysis later linked Henderson to the seized firearm.

On March 17, 2022, Henderson was charged by superseding indictment with interfering with commerce with threats or violence, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. 

On April 27, 2022, after a three-day trial, Henderson was found guilty on all counts.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Oregon State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cassady Adams, Craig Gabriel, and Suzanne Miles prosecuted the case.


Attached Media Files: PDF Release

Rural residents have a few more days to help update Lane County's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan by taking survey (Photo)
Lane Co. Government - 03/20/23 10:23 AM
Survey QR Code
Survey QR Code

Residents who live outside the Eugene-Springfield area have the rest of the week to take a short online survey to help update Lane County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Take the survey at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/mitigation (QR code attached)


Watch a short video highlighting the importance of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan: https://vimeo.com/801037726. (Local media partners are welcome to use all or a portion of the video as part of their coverage.)


Lane County’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is updated every five years. Mitigation means acting now to reduce our long-term risk from natural hazards. It is our local blueprint to help protect people and property. Updating this plan also makes Lane County and its partner cities eligible for federal grants and funding to help mitigate potential impacts from disasters such as fuels reduction to reduce our risk of wildfire.  


Residents can weigh in on the plan update: Do you think Lane County should focus on fuels reduction? Updating culverts and bridges to withstand flooding? Or something else? Take the short survey to tell us what you think the plan should focus on first. 


The survey opened in mid-February. In addition to news coverage and online advertisements, a random sample of 4,500 rural residents were invited via mail to take the survey. 


Paper copies of the survey can be requested by calling 541-682-6967 or emailing licInformation@LaneCountyOR.gov">PublicInformation@LaneCountyOR.gov.



Attached Media Files: Survey QR Code

03-20-23 Commissioners Honor Jean Miles as Senior Volunteer of the Month (Photo)
Douglas Co. Government - 03/20/23 9:03 AM
Jean Miles
Jean Miles


March 20, 2023


Commissioners Honor Jean Miles as Senior Volunteer of the Month


            (Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners Tom Kress, Chris Boice, and Tim Freeman, along with our Douglas County Senior Services Department are pleased to announce that Jean Miles was awarded the Douglas County Senior Services Volunteer of the Month award for March 2023.  Commissioner Tom Kress was honored to present Jean with the award at the Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Site in Riddle on Thursday, March 16. Bistro Sixty Riddle is located at 123 Parkside Street in Riddle, inside the Riddle Community Center.


“Jean is one of our most committed volunteers. She is the first to arrive and the last to leave,” stated Commissioner Tom Kress, liaison Commissioner to the Douglas County Senior Services Department. “Thank you for serving four hours per day for each of the three days Bistro Sixty Riddle is open.”


            Douglas County Senior Services Food Coordinator Darla Hilburn nominated Jean for the Douglas County Senior Services Volunteer of the Month award. They said, “Jean is a wonderful, caring volunteer!”


Jean has been faithfully volunteering at Bistro Sixty Riddle since 2016. She has called Douglas County her home since 1948 and spent her career working for Safeway and Kroger grocery stores. In addition to volunteering for the Bistro Sixty in Riddle, she also volunteers at the Community Cancer Center in Roseburg and is a member of the Douglas County Senior Advisory Council. Jean enjoys making jewelry and spending time with family and friends.  “I volunteer because I want to give back to the community and serve those who are less fortunate.”  


            Our Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites prepare meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at our seven rural dining site locations in Glide, Glendale, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla. Senior Services staff know there are others in our communities who could benefit from their Meals on Wheels delivery program and/or meals at their Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites.  If residents know of friends or family who are unable to drive, need assistance with daily living activities, would benefit from hot meal delivery, or need other assistance, they are encouraged to call the Aging & Disabilities Resource Connection in the Douglas County Senior Services Department at (541) 440-3677 or by sending an email to c@co.douglas.or.us">adrc@co.douglas.or.us


            Douglas County’s seven rural Senior Dining Sites and Meals on Wheels programs are managed by Douglas County Senior Services Department staff but are successful because of the dedication of volunteers like Jean. To get involved with Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Meals on Wheels programs or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Darla Hilburn at the Douglas County Senior Services Department via email at ur@co.douglas.or.us">dahilbur@co.douglas.or.usor by calling (541) 440-3677. Thank you, Jean! 




Media Contact:     Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tjhowell@co.douglas.or.us

Kellie Trenkle, Public Affairs Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 440-4493 Email: kellie@co.douglas.or.us 


Photos © D.Hilburn/Douglas County. Individual photos available upon request.

Attached Media Files: Jean Miles

Spring Break Brings Popular Wildlife Program and Extended Hours to High Desert Museum (Photo)
High Desert Museum - 03/20/23 9:00 AM

BEND, OR — The High Desert Museum celebrates spring break with special programs and extended hours beginning Saturday, March 25 through Sunday, April 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Visitors pay winter rates with summer hours through Friday, March 31. It’s made possible by Oregon College Savings Plan.

The popular indoor flight demonstration Sky Hunters returns to the E.L. Wiegand Pavilion in the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center. Visitors can experience powerful predators close up as raptors fly just overhead, showcasing the birds’ agility and grace. The program runs from Saturday, March 25 – Saturday, April 1 with demonstrations daily at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $7 and available at Admissions. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount. 

The Museum is excited to welcome special guests from the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife from Thursday, March 30 – Saturday, April 1. Visitors can find them at the Autzen Otter Exhibit sharing information and biofacts about sea otters and Pacific lamprey.

Spring break visitors will also be able to experience the Museum’s temporary exhibitions. The newest original exhibition is Creations of Spirit. Native artists created artwork to be used in Native communities before arriving at the Museum, and the art will be available to Native communities for use once again after the exhibition. It features acclaimed artists Joe Feddersen (Colville), RYAN! Feddersen (Colville), Natalie Kirk (Warm Springs), H’Klumaiyat Roberta Joy Kirk (Wasco, Warm Springs, Diné), Phillip Cash Cash, Ph.D., (Cayuse, Nez Perce), Jefferson Greene (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) and Kelli Palmer (Wasco, Warm Springs). Creations of Spirit is a one-of-a-kind, celebratory experience featuring the stories of living works of art. highdesertmuseum.org/creations-of-spirit

Other temporary exhibitions include the original effort, Under the Snow. The exhibit, offered in English and Spanish, reveals the hidden world beneath the snow, called the subnivium. In this environment, animals create a matrix of tunnels to survive the winter’s frigid temperatures and hide from the predators that lurk above. The exhibit is filled with animations of animals and immerses the visitor in the winter landscape. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/under-the-snow.

And In the Arena: Photographs from America’s Only Touring Black Rodeo, will be open through June 25. Through the lens of San Francisco Bay area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, the exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo—the only touring Black rodeo in the country—and the showstopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who compete in it year after year. Learn more at highdesertmuseum.org/in-the-arena.

Living history characters in period dress will be present during spring break, as well, from Saturday, March 25 – Saturday, April 1 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. They will share how they lived and supported themselves in the High Desert in 1904 and offer visitors opportunities to help with chores and play games. The encounters will take place outdoors at the High Desert Ranch and Sawmill or indoors in the Spirit of the West exhibit. The location is weather-dependent, and visitors are encouraged to check with Admissions upon arrival.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy two daily talks during spring break, the Natural History Walk and Otter Encounter. Other daily programs that usually take place in the pavilion will resume on Sunday, April 2.

More information on visiting the High Desert Museum is available at highdesertmuseum.org/visit-bend-oregon.


THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was a 2021 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. To learn more, visit highdesertmuseum.org and follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.






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2023 National Earthquake Program Managers meeting strengthens earthquake preparedness and collaboration (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 03/20/23 8:00 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 20, 2023 – The 2023 National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) meeting will take place March 21-23 at the Duniway Hotel at 545 SW Taylor St. The event aims to provide information sharing and capacity-building opportunities for state, federal, non-profit and private sector members of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

This year's NEPM meeting is co-hosted by the Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW). OEM Geological Hazards Program Coordinator and 2023 NEPM Chair Althea Rizzo will lead the meeting, alongside 2023 NEPM Vice-Chair Scott Gauvin, who also serves as manager of strategic operations and preparedness with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

“It’s a privilege to work with people from across the country so passionate about improving earthquake safety,” said Rizzo. “Earthquake preparedness and mitigation is a vital investment in our collective resilience, safeguarding our communities and securing the future against nature's unpredictable upheavals."

The NEPM group is primarily composed of state emergency management agency representatives who actively plan and prepare to reduce earthquake-related losses in their states. While some states have a dedicated earthquake program manager, in others, the responsibility is shared. Collectively known as the National Earthquake Program Managers, the group holds annual meetings to develop programs, share best practices and foster relationships.

The NEPM group first began holding annual meetings in the early 1990s, and after a brief hiatus, resumed meeting in 2004 at the National Earthquake Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then, the group has met yearly to continue building resilience against the high-consequence hazard of earthquakes.

For more information, visit EQProgram.net.

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Media Availability: Oregon Department of Emergency Management hosts Oregon Prepared Conference at Sunriver (Photo)
Oregon Department of Emergency Management - 03/20/23 6:00 AM

The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting its Oregon Prepared Conference for the emergency management community this week in Sunriver. The workshop provides training and information on programs, current issues, and a place to discuss lessons learned and best practices related to all phases of emergency management in Oregon. This marks the return of the event following a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

OEM will host a media availability from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on March 21. OEM Deputy Director Matt Marheine will be available for one-on-one interviews about the state of emergency management in Oregon. Visit the workshop session discussing evacuation planning for B-roll footage.

Media Availability: 9:45-10:45 a.m. on March 21
Conference: March 21-23

Homestead Ballroom at Sunriver Resort, 56924 Meadow Rd.

Workshop attendees (450) include tribal, county, city, special district, state and federal emergency management, public safety and health preparedness staff, DHS/FEMA preparedness grant recipients, and non-profit and private sector partners with a role in preparedness, response, recovery and resilience.

Oregon Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Please contact Chris Crabb, OEM Public Affairs Officer, at 971-719-0089 or is.crabb@oem.oregon.gov">chris.crabb@oem.oregon.gov in advance to make arrangements.

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